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Anyone watching Boro - Derby?
at 12:35 13 Dec 2014

Derby are getting quite aggressive again. It didn't do them any good down here last year, doesn't seem to be doing any more today so far.

Friend and Reach on Boro's left are a great partnership; only done a little so far this match but they link up very well.
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Raheem Sterling, £70k a week ins't enough for him apparently
at 09:01 11 Dec 2014

Yes, footballers living with their heads up their own arseholes isn't exactly news but the hubris and greed is laughable.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/liverpool/11286529/Liverpool-for

The odd times I've seen Liverpool on tv this season, he hasn't looked in anything like the form he was in the last one.
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Interesting retrospective on Reading's 2012-13 season in the Premier
at 08:30 11 Dec 2014

The difference between the Reading promotion teams of 2005-06 and 2011-12 is quite remarkable. They really were not very good the second time but still got promoted.

http://thetwounfortunates.com/promotion-tales-reading-fc-and-disillusionment/

I don't think there is too much to read across to us this season - we've been in this division too long not to enjoy the change - but the shear dullness of being unable to perform is interesting. The other notable point is the difference Jason Roberts made to them in the run-in.
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Hereford suspended from all football
at 14:15 10 Dec 2014

Doesn't look good for them at all.

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/dec/10/hereford-united-suspended-fa-foo
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One from the Ian Marshall book of injuries?
at 14:47 9 Dec 2014



http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/30388517

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Well, that's one TV game gone (n/t)
at 19:15 8 Dec 2014

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YEP Report from Saturday
at 08:11 8 Dec 2014

Seems fairly balanced, even if downplaying some of the football we did play. I get the impression Neil Redfearn won't last the season out with that sort of decency he showed post-match.

http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/sport/leeds-united/latest-whites-news/ipsw

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Start your day with the goals again
at 07:54 8 Dec 2014

I really enjoyed Saturday. We weren't phased by going behind, fans or players, and kept working. Murphy is certainly our Player of the Season so far, in fact he's had an excellent 2014 right back from the minute he stepped up in McGoldrick's absence in the Spring.

The biggest disappointment was that we didn't score more in the second half but we created plenty of opportunities to do so, just weren't quite accurate enough. That's been picky of course, seeing four goals at PR for the first time in 18 months or so was pretty good.

The fixture list doesn't get any easier now, each of the four games left this year could be difficult but it's nice knowing that we'll compete well in all of them and continue to pick up points.

http://www1.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/football/teams/ipswich-town/9596819

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A very good, but sombre, piece on the Bradford Fire
at 16:01 7 Dec 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2014/dec/06/bradford-fire-forgotten-dis

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Have we done the Lafferty free kick on here yet?
at 22:58 6 Dec 2014

If so, worth seeing again:



Hopefully today keeps Neyul I. His job fir a while yet.
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A couple of things from the various Chambers stories this morning
at 08:34 5 Dec 2014


1. His comments on tomorrow's game -- that if people are expecting a straightforward win they shouldn't be - suggest a sense of realism that his manager would be pleased with.

2. He clearly loves the fact that the vast majority of away fans at Charlton stayed to wait for the fist pump at the end. The bond between players and fans here is currently very good and we should all enjoy it.
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Whatever else happens this season it feels like we've got our club back
at 20:48 1 Dec 2014

Just look at this place: boat trips, planning trains for away games months in advance, scrutinising every aspect of the post-match celebrations from Saturday, best celebration threads, etc, etc.

There have been odd good moments since but, genuinely, the last time it felt like this was in 2004-05. That's a long time for me in my late 30s, for the under 30s far longer. Not sure about the really old gits, they probably can't remember.

Thanks Mick, thanks Terry. Now let's build on this and keep the momentum going all season. There's a long time at to go yet but maybe, just maybe....
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So, debut goals then
at 21:39 30 Nov 2014

There aren't too many in recent years - Bullard, Chopra & Campbell - but what other memorable ones are there?

In 99-00, croft, Midgley, Stewart and Reuser all managed one. Armstrong did the following year. Currie did in a great away game too but I think I've missed a few.

Was it Keith Bertschin who scored at Highbury with his first touch?

There also now a distinct category for last minute debut winners. Noel meet Martijn.
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Canary Call can be superb
at 19:37 29 Nov 2014



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Come on Sunderland
at 19:11 29 Nov 2014

Make one of these count and finish the day off properly.
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Off to the game now
at 09:31 29 Nov 2014

Time to get some breakfast in and a couple of beers pre-match.

Have a good day all, looking forward to this one as well.

COYB.
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Cricket: Brendan McCullum scored 202 off 188 balls
at 07:32 29 Nov 2014

Impressive stuff from a man who has had a good year. No idea how the match has been affected though.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan-v-new-zealand-2014/engine/match/742615.html

Less impressive stuff from England currently 118-5 against Sri Lanka and heading for another defeat. To the surprise of absolutely no-one obviously.
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The #putoutyourbats hashtag as a tribute to Phillip Hughes
at 22:09 28 Nov 2014

Yesterday I thought this might be a bit of a gimmick but it's hard to scroll through it and not be deeply moved by the shear breadth of tributes.

It's hard to read with a dry eye too.
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Adnams news - Spruce IPA
at 21:57 28 Nov 2014

Picked up a couple of bottles from M&S.

http://www.marksandspencer.com/southwold-douglas-fir-ipa-case-of-12/p/p60065059

Nice, strong too at 6.5% but not a great deal of flavour.

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