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Just back from Open Day with my 3 year old niece...
at 13:34 30 Jul 2015

...it was so busy. So many people there which is great but made it a bit of an effort to do anything because Q's were so big, but wasn't disastrous.

Players stayed out signing autographs and talking to fans for ages, a really great event for kids of about 8 upwards - well done to all involved.

On a separate note, people will Q up for anything if it is free.
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U21s v Bury last night
at 07:57 30 Jul 2015

Henshall more involved than most, but still lacks a bit of real quality when required, Stewart similar but he seemed like he wanted to be there last night which is more than recent games - hopefully someone comes in for him soon as not nice seeing a career just dwindling away.

McDonnell will be a player, great passing range and ability on the ball, loves a tackle - he needs to bulk up his upper half a bit but think (and hope) he'll really kick on this year.

Emmanuel had a decent half going forward and defended well in the most part but did get beaten a couple of times when he shouldn't have been - Yorwerth is very no nonsense defence wise, but think he gets a bit too involved as giving everything 110% at 100mph which he needs to calm down from.
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Quick thoughts on last night...
at 08:19 29 Jul 2015

Goalkeeper - Gerks doesn't convince, wouldn't say he was at fault for the goals but too many occasions he made saves and just put the ball straight back into a dangerous area. Doesn't relieve defenders of pressure ever - Bart all the way for me.

Defence - Shambolic at times, even in first half where 2 straight balls took Smith and Berra completely out of the game. Second half showed sadly that none of the youngsters are ready to be starting against Brentford so reinforcements urgently needed.

We weren't great defensively from New Years Day onwards - think some sort of reshuffle needs to take place to solidify it.

Midfield - Coke looked neat and tidy, but doesn't look fit to lace Skuse's boots. Too many times marauding runners from midfield just cut through our midfield and put pressure on defence, that's a big worry if you are the holding midfielder.

Bru looked as good as I've seen him, Ambrose looks quality with the ball but still struggles at times without - think he'll be a decent squad option. Toure showed a couple of things on the ball but was totally shot after 15 minutes.

Bishop and Fraser add class, Maitland-Niles will be a great impact player when he gets game time.

Forwards - There's plenty of goals in there and such a great balance.

Colchester - Agree with those who think we should look at Moncur, looked an excellent player.

Overall thoughts - sign at least one defender before Brentford, preferably 2. Am surprised Clarke has been sent away without back up in as he would be making us stronger currently.
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Good on M_E for calling the club out on mascot costs.
at 12:13 24 Jul 2015

The argument about publicly embarrassing the club is so flimsy, glad someone is trying to hold them to account.
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North Cyprus...
at 16:45 20 Jul 2015

Anyone been? There are dirt cheap holidays there at the moment and I want to get away somewhere cheap - just want a pool to relax by for a week with a decent hotel bar

If I go I probably won't mention the fact my Mum's family are all Greek Cypriot, but at the moment I don't care that much!

It's out of the Eurozone, any currency backers can let me know how Turkish Lira is looking against the pound too will be handy.
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This Dussledorf thing seems great....
at 13:44 17 Jul 2015

....gutted I couldn't go this year - hopefully we'll go back next year.

Well done to all involved at Supporters Club for getting it happening.
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Open betting
at 10:01 16 Jul 2015

Rickie Fowler 14s
JB Holmes - 80s
Zach Johnson - 100s

All at £2.50 ew, for top 7.

Who else is having a flutter?
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KuqiCoup must be gutted....
at 15:57 15 Jul 2015

....we could have had a better player in Donaldson and £3m in the bank

Dare I say it? by KuqiCoup 10 Jul 13:22
I think that Clayton Donaldson is actually a better player than Murphy. I love Murphy. My favourite player. My favourite player of the last 10 years probably. A terrific all round player. But Donaldson for me just edges it. He's also a superb player. I'd be thrilled if we got him. It's only knowing Murphy may go that stops me being excited. Donaldson caused our back four (in the 4-2 win) more problems than I've seen anybody do for a long, long, time. I don't want Murphy to go but if we got £5m and made a £3m profit after signing Donaldson that's great business. Just not the businees we want for sentimental reasons.

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Scott Barron
at 15:50 14 Jul 2015

Was an excellent youth player, I remember one time watching the U17s in a national final against Man U (who included Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Paul McShane and possibly others) - we were 1-0 down and brought Barron and Bowditch on with half an hour to go as they were mostly playing first team/U19s by then and they absolutely tore Utd a new one.

Think it only finished 2-1, but those 2 were in a different class - shame neither went on to do much for Town.

Him and his company, represents one of the new scholars, alongside Richard Lee the ex Watford and Brentford keeper.
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Who was the 23rd man?
at 16:32 13 Jul 2015

We took a squad of 22 to Ireland for the training week and the game, Hyam got injured but yet we still had 22 players on Saturday?

Did someone else fly over, or where we not going to give everyone a game?
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Neil Alexander - overrated
at 16:05 13 Jul 2015

Half a good season and he seems to acquire some legendary status.

I think only because our keeping had been rubbish for a while and then he actually looked competent for his spell here.

His half season wasn't as good as Wrighty's full season under Jim when he returned (let alone his incredible first spell) but yet Alexander has got more votes as best keeper in that other thread....!
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NFL signs 10 year deal with Spurs
at 14:24 8 Jul 2015

At least 2 games per season from 2018 to 2028, great stuff - lets hope transport links are better to New White Hart Lane.

If there is to be a UK franchise, this will be where it is based.
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About to walk from Ipswich Golf Club to Arcade St Tavern...
at 14:51 4 Jul 2015

...this is going to take f**king ages isn't it?!
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Swansea get Cat 1 Status....
at 08:33 3 Jul 2015

...despite not having passed an audit!

http://www.swanseacity.net/news/article/swansea-city-academy-to-play-category-on

"Although the club is continuing to work towards securing full Category One status, the Premier League has promoted the Swans to the higher level ahead of their forthcoming audit at the end of the year."

Phil - any idea how they get this and we don't, and potential to get a comment from Milne/Milts to see why we aren't getting similar treatment?
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James Vaughan
at 07:54 2 Jul 2015

Been racking my brains for potential Murphy replacements and he seem to fit the bill - only stain on his record is an unsucessful spell at Scum.

Big, quick, strong and is a decent goalscorer - 31 goals in 72(8) appearances for Huddersfield. That is across 3 seasons though and he has had a few injuries.

Turns 27 in a few weeks, but is a good age, one year left on his deal so would probably require a 7 figure fee, but would be a very good addition I think.

Fits the bill for what we are after, anyone else have any suggestions?
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Burger Review - Dray Yard Smokehouse, Norwich
at 18:07 1 Jul 2015

As recommended by Lord Lucan. And I have to concur it was bloody delicious.

Photo below of burger and menu, in hindsight I wouldn't have had the double patty as it was a bit too much with that.

The pulled pork was unbeleivable, so tasty and tender...and while the brisket was dry it just crumbled apart and was very moist with it, a real strange sensation but one that was really good.

Chips were decent, as were the Sweet Potato Fries Mrs itfcjoe had - and they have a juicy BBQ sauce on the table which was as nice a BBQ sauce as I can remember having.

Starter was Buffalo Wings (Hot), really nice but not really a Buffalo Sauce - I probably should have gone Extra Hot with those as the kick wasn't quite up to what I wanted. very tasty though.



EDIT - Click on tweet/photos to see them larger
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Where have Infinidi's threads gone?
at 15:56 1 Jul 2015

The way he is shouted down so vociferously and rudely, but yet seemingly punished for that is surely not in the boards T's & C's?
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TV games announced at 12pm today....
at 09:51 30 Jun 2015

....get that Brentford game to the Sunday so I can go!
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Linked with Scott Allan in Scottish press
at 09:19 28 Jun 2015

Both Old Firm apparently in for him too, highly rated

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