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VAR - Italians asking for manager challenges
at 12:53 14 Feb 2020

What do we think ? I like the idea, but I think they should have to specify what they are challenging to stop speculative challenges. I would also stop the reviews that currently happen that look for any reason to disallow a goal - if no one on the other team has an issue, why disallow it ?
RWC final
at 18:37 31 Oct 2019

Does anyone know if anywhere is showing the final and serving breakfast on the Ravenswood side of town please ?
The election posturing yesterday
at 05:32 30 Oct 2019

That really was unedifying yesterday in my view which thankfully the speaker stopped. All the parties using 16-17 year olds and EU citizens as pawns for their own political advantage. In my view that sort of issue should be passed to the electoral commission so they can be looked at impartially.

Clearly the date of the election was similar, the parties wanting either date due to perceived advantage from where students will be. I can't see how that could be removed from parliament though !
VAR - What a farce, how to improve it ?
at 05:24 3 Jul 2019

It is just making the game worse at the moment, long delays and crazy marginal decisions.

Time to learn from other sports

Put it in the hands of the captains, only one failed referral per half, and the game only stops when the ball is in the possession of the team calling the referral or dead.

This would stop the marginal calls, players usually know. I don't think the USA would have risked their review on that goal last night, it could be too valuable later in the game on a more significant decision.

Thoughts ?
Suffolk show advice please
at 08:43 29 May 2019

I'm going to the show tomorrow for the first time

We will need to leave at about 3:30

For experienced show goers :

1) Whats the best time to head for the show to avoid too much traffic ?
2) How easy is it to park ?
3) Is the food stupidly expensive ? How much seating is there ?
4) Is there a picnic area ? Is it big ?
5) Any tips on what is best to see ? (Going with two girls, 12 & 10)

The Unfair Football Finances and a Fairer and More Sustainable Alternative
at 18:43 16 May 2019

The Current Revenue Split
Hadleigh - Anyone know what’s going on ?
at 14:10 24 Mar 2019

Police, forensics and ambulance near the cricket ground, a couple of roads closed.
Just added to Keith Stroud's Wiki page
at 06:25 22 Mar 2019

Let's see how long this one lasts !

On hearing that Stroud is to referee a match involving your side it is common to fall into a pit of despair as you await the pedantry and incompetence.

He is known for being nearly as bad as Jeremy Simpson and Andy D'Urso
We have become a managerial graveyard
at 15:05 25 Oct 2018

Since Burley :

Royle - Managed Oldham for 9 games a few years after leaving us

Magilton - Managed QPR for less than a season

Keane - Has not managed a club again

Jewell - Has not managed again

McCarthy - Still out of work

Pretty remarkable stat in my view !
The thing that worries me most about Hurst
at 08:32 3 Oct 2018

I think Hurst has misjudged the gap between league 1 and the championship, and consequently some of his signings are not adapting well, but the thing that worries me most is team selection. It seems so random, he seems to drop players who are playing well (Edwards !), he has blundered significantly in the starting line up for both the Brentford and Boro games - rectifying both at half time, but it was too late then.

For me the team should be (assuming we stick to Hurst's 4-5-1) :


Bart (it may be unfair on Gerken, but Bart is the better keeper, the stats support this)


Donacien (Has looked solid, crosses well, created two of our best moments last night)

Use Pennington as cover for all but Knudsen where I would use Kenlock


Choose one of Skuse or Chalobah to be the sitting midfielder
Have Dozzell alongside to 'quarterback' the team
Edwards on the right.
Left wing is problematic, Ward and Graham are both average, perhaps try Rowe.
If we can get them fit, play one of Bishop or Huws at 10, if not play Nolan


Sears - He showed well last night against the toughest defence in the league. Have Jackson on the bench to use his pace later on.

Most importantly, stick with the same team where possible to get some consistency !

Donacien's work permit - Question for Phil
at 13:24 3 Sep 2018

Hi Phil, do you have any idea what the timescale is for this ?

It will be good to be able to pick a team without the loan restriction affecting us

Cynical play from Derby
at 08:50 22 Aug 2018

I know we didn't create much in general, but two times we did have promising attacks going they were stopped by cynical professional fouls by Bryson and Keogh. Both taking a yellow card for the team. Those fouls significantly reduced our chances of scoring, it does make me question the rules of the game !
Speed skating
at 12:45 20 Feb 2018

This sport seems to be a bit of a farce, in almost every race I've seen someone gets disqualified, and most of the time no one seems to know why, including the ex speed skater they have commentating on the BBC !

This really spoils the spectacle for me, wouldn't it be better if the ran it like the cycling where the skaters started on opposite sides of the track, and it was truly down to speed ?

EFL rivalries programme last night
at 08:16 18 Oct 2017

I watched this last night and thought it was quite good, although it did miss a few things on our side (Megson's own goal, Danny Haynes)

The one that staggered me though was Warky's sending off, I'd only ever seen it live in the ground, how on earth was that a red card ?

And the way Durkin then gesticulated and dismissed him was completely out of order in my view, total lack of respect.
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