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Would you be annoyed about this?
at 11:42 26 Oct 2016

And I'm not really, because so busy at the moment that don't really have time for it, but......

One of wife's friends had some money problems, they weren't really her fault, and were going to be pretty short term - approx 2 months. They were at last straw and about to sell their car so wife offered to, and we subsequently lent them, a large amount of money (4 figures).

We didn't ask for anything back, but they always insisted that they'd take us out for dinner afterwards. All got sorted, they've given the money back and re-iterated that they want to take us out as so grateful.....but after giving them some dates when we could be free (a few months back) we haven't heard anything about it.

We've been in contact with other things, so it isn't a radio silence - but just getting to a stage where so long has passed I assume it isn't happening. It doesn't overly bother me as so busy at weekends and not getting much sleep with a newborn - but almost at a stage where I'd like to know either way!
NFL International Series
at 08:16 26 Oct 2016

Did anyone go to Twickenham on Sunday - how did that compare to Wembley for the NFL? Gutted to have missed it....

I am going Sunday, and looking forward to what should be a competitive game - only game this year due to having a new little one - looking forward to getting back there!

Also, when are the 2017 games announced? Can't remember, but know it was during season as we had the prospect of any NFC East team last year as positions weren't finalised
U18/U23 results recently
at 09:14 25 Oct 2016

Both our U18s and U23s are 8th in their 10 team league....the other 9 teams in it are:

Bristol City (Championship)
Cardiff (Championship)
Charlton (League 1)
Colchester (League 2)
Coventry (League 1)
Crystal Palace (Premier League)
Millwall (League 1)
QPR (Championship)
Watford (Premier League)

Now results clearly aren't everything at these levels, but generally when we've had good crops of youths coming through they've picked up results along the way - and that was when we used to play teams like Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs on a weekly basis.

Is our academy as good as is made out? Because if it is and we have genuine ambitions of Category 1, we should be at the very tops of these leagues.

Are we now becoming an academy where the majority of the boys are there for the development of the one or two key men in the year? Or is there more to it?
Mick in v Mick out - with a twist.....
at 08:34 25 Oct 2016

State the position you are currently in - but rather than state why, just give any reasons that give you a conflict.......i.e. if you are in the 'Out' camp then state reasons why you'd want him to stay.

Hopefully this will show that everyone has shades of grey to the argument and it isn't just black and white!
17 points from 14 games - 1.2ppg
at 08:15 24 Oct 2016

In order to get into the play offs, you need to get around 75 points - which means we need 58 points over are last 32 games (1.8ppg - a 50% improvement)

Our record will need to be something like

17W 7D 8L
16W 10D 6L
15W 13D 4L

So unless we are going to go through the rest of the season losing less than 5 games, we are going to need to win 16+, or basically half our games.

It looks a tough ask, and when we've won 1 out of 7, and only scored 2 goals in that time, it seems a massive ask.

Realistically, unless our form increases dramatically in the next few weeks - we could be out of the play off hunt by the time the January window even comes around.

Obviously that doesn't all hinge on the loss of Murphy (and failure to replace him in August), but if our plan which has seemingly been to muddle through until we can replace him in January was the case - it seems to have backfired spectacularly.
Well that was sady predictable....
at 17:09 22 Oct 2016

....and the worrying thing is with Bruce starting to get a tune out of Villa, and 3 sides coming down with parachute payments and effectively limitless money to spend it does make you wonder how we'll ever get out of this league!

Frustrating to concede so early today, but sounds like it made little difference and we were comprehensively beaten by a far better side - and when you look at the squads there is no real shame in that

Thoughts on last night...
at 10:02 19 Oct 2016 no particular order.

Whilst we were a bit more open at the back, we created many more chances - if someone like Bru had more of an eye for goal we could have been out of sight. The games are a much better watch like this, and against sides like Burton, and Rotherham in a few weeks, we should have enough about us to beat them in a game like this as have much more quality.

Tom Lawrence was excellent, a clear MotM for me, his touch and the way he runs with the ball is great to watch.

Teddy Bishop was a bit disappointing, his 2 biggest contributions were great tackles which isn't what you want from a number 10. He seems much more comfortable driving from a deeper role.

It is a big concern that Skuse and a back 4 that doesn't have any real particular intent can't be a more solid unit, should he really need Douglas alongside him for us to be solid?

Knudsen had a poor game, both on and off the ball.

I was impressed with Best, but he needs to be a bit more selfish in front of goal, could've pulled the trigger a number of times.

Delighted for Sears.
In the last calendar year, we've had 10 (ten!) 0-0 draws....
at 09:52 18 Oct 2016

.....I assume that is a club record
Promising comeback from McGoldrick
at 19:44 17 Oct 2016

The subs sum Mick up for me....
at 17:02 15 Oct 2016

On top against a Blackburn side that sounds really poor, and rather than try and win the game by getting Bishop or Williams on for Skuse or Douglas, we stick them out wide as round pegs in square holes.

He just doesn't have it in him to take a risk and try and win a game. If we are still trying to aim for the top 6, we aren't goping to draw our way there.

You'd think Mick hasn't realised that it is now 3 points for a win.
Blackburn's first clean sheet of the season...
at 16:54 15 Oct 2016

...was it ever in any doubt.
No such thing as a bad away point....
at 16:51 15 Oct 2016

Would've taken that before we got off the bus...

And the most boring side in the division drifts further away from any relevance

Blackburn are rubbish, and we aren't any better.
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Short to Chambers.....
at 16:09 15 Oct 2016

.....Chambers hoofs it.....poorly
Straight to Evans

The first thing I heard when I got back in car after filling up with petrol.
Team today...
at 11:16 15 Oct 2016's going to be the below isn't it?




Ched Evans on a free?
at 15:25 14 Oct 2016

Personally wouldn't do it due to the fact it will still bring bad publicity (and don't think he is even on a free.....!), but now he is not guilty should he be considered an option?
Another fine day for the banks, RBS this time
at 14:03 11 Oct 2016

Destroying businesses to make their figures look better so they can get their bonuses.

Just so much greed, and so little conscience. It's all just so deliberate and people should be punished for the heartache and anguish they put people through.

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Bryan Klug - change of role....
at 20:17 10 Oct 2016

Almost reads as though he is stepping back in a way? Sure that isn't the case and is a way of doing less admin which he doesn't enjoy and more coaching but he is going from 'Academy Manager' to 'Head of Coaching and Player Development' which surely gives less overall responsibility.

The website says that this is a promotion, but don't really see how? Hopefully nothing to worry about though as we've seen over the years how vital Klug is to the academy.
Ratings out of 10 for managers.....
at 14:40 3 Oct 2016

....staring with Burley. Hinted at on the other thread.

Burley - 9
Royle - 8
Jim (pre-takeover) - 7
Jim (post-takeover) - 5
Keane - 3
Jewell - 1
Mick - 8*

Judging on state they inherited club in, left club in, transfer dealings, use of the academy, success on the pitch, and anything else you can think of.

*If Mick were to leave today and be judged on spell up until this point.
Apparently there was only 12k in the ground for the Brighton game
at 10:54 3 Oct 2016

Counting the season ticket holders and other ticket holders who didn't turn it up took it to 15,200

That is from a pretty impeccable source, but via someone, no reason not to believe it when you looked around and just knowing how many people I know who lived locally that didn't bother to go - let alone those who needed to travel.
Di Matteo sacked.....
at 09:10 3 Oct 2016

If we could end up with some compo for Mick it would work out well for all considered.

He would walk away at a time when things are starting to turn against him and his very good overall job is being forgotten about

We get a chance to start things over with a new manager

Villa get a manager that would deal with their situation very well.

But think it will be Bruce....
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