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Some photos of today's game from the EADT
at 22:21 20 Dec 2014

http://www.eadt.co.uk/sport/ipswich-town/itfc_2_middlesbrough_0_photo_gallery_1_

I think this is the best one, defenders sat on their arses after conceding is always great:





This was a highlight too:



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That's quality defending there Nodge
at 13:00 20 Dec 2014

Two central defenders just standing watching the bloke between them.
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Barney Ronay on Christmas Football
at 13:25 19 Dec 2014

Worth reading for the desctiption of Steve Bruce alone:

"perhaps the most obviously Christmassy of the current lot, carrying with him the hopeful, hangdog look of a man perpetually on the verge of dashing off to ferret through the aisles at Debenhams, sweating at the lingerie racks, whirling around in search of perfume."

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/blog/2014/dec/19/christmas-football-fest

He's tight though, Christmas football remains a high point of the season and whilst a Boxing Day home match is long overdue to the A12 will be busy on Boxing Day.
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Cricket:Martin Crowe on 2014 is worth reading
at 07:52 19 Dec 2014


http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/810679.html

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Another 1,600 tickets for Southampton
at 11:07 18 Dec 2014




Good. Nice to see people wanting to travel again.
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Stamford Bridge then and now
at 10:35 18 Dec 2014

This is quite interesting. Would love to see similar for Portman Road

http://www.theguardian.com/football/ng-interactive/2014/dec/18/chelseas-stamford
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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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