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at 15:37 10 Jun 2019
Why not have a process where the opposition captain can call for a review similar to that in cricket for a VAR decision. One review each. If it turns out the ref was wrong, the decision gets reversed and the review remains intact.
If the ref was right and the VAR proves this then that review is lost. One per team per game.
|If I was Theresa May|
at 13:47 24 May 2019
I would be on the lash this afternoon. Control A the in-box then delete.
I would imagine she will sleep well tonight,.
|Trump, Boris & Farage|
at 10:32 24 May 2019
Armando Iannucci, Spitting Image and Charlie Brooker would have struggled to come up with this madness.
at 09:54 20 May 2019
Probably been discussed before and I've missed it. Saw Toto's instagram account where he has been over to the Congo to spend a week at a school/orphange to work with the youngsters. What a man :) No Vegas jolies for him during the close season.
I like him even more now.
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|Hey Joe - Liam Gibbs|
at 08:58 13 May 2019
What's the story on him? People are giving him a lot of praise after the Hospital Cup game. Is he one that's come on your radar?
at 08:33 30 Apr 2019
I only got the pack on Saturday from the club. A mate of mine who is season ticket holder also only just got the pack. The missing 800 or so from last year will probably still sign up. Not everyone is thinking about ITFC all the time and the pack will act as a reminder.
I reckon we will easily hit the 12000 mark.
The plan of selling my match ticket to a Leeds fan for £355 quid to pay for my season ticket on Sunday has backfired a bit :)
|Heathy is back|
at 11:01 27 Apr 2019
First season ticket bought after three years. Did have one for forty before that though.
Come on you Blues.
|FAO SuffolkGoon - Feyenoord|
at 14:28 16 Apr 2019
As you asked about the trip here are some details: -
Took Ferry from Harwich to the Hook - added in a cabin for £10 as it's a seven hour journey. Actually was a right result as the cabins had TV and was able to watch Tiger Woods win the masters on BBC2 on the journey home. Ferry was £90 return with cabin both ways. Gets into Holland at around 5pm.
Rotterdam is easy to get to from the Hook. It's about 20 minutes away on bus and then metro. Only 4 euros.
We stayed at the EasyHotel in the City Centre. It was twin room for £75 a night. It's a budget hotel but perfectly reasonable for a weekend. Everything in Rotterdam is pretty much a couple of minutes away from the hotel. The main street with the restaurants and bars, coffee shops and museums. We went to the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. It had a Bauhaus exhibition. It also had paintings from all the famous rock and roll star artists. Monet, Van Gough, Picasso etc. That was cool to see them close up.
Restaurants we went to the food was really good and reasonably priced. I would say Rotterdam is similar in price to Ipswich. Maybe slightly more expensive but certainly not London prices.
We got an Uber to the ground for ten quid. The stadium itself is very old skool. About 80 years old apparently. It is a little run down and dirty but it does create a great atmosphere. The match ticket cost £35. You have to buy tokens for food and drink inside the stadium. It's 14 euros for five tokens. A token gets you a small beer, 1.5 tokens a big beer. The beer is good and you can drink it in the stands. You can smoke too. Proper old skool. There was about 40,000 there on Saturday. It kicked off at 8:45 for some reason. They give everyone a free programme too.
One think I really like about European football is the anthems they play as the teams come out and before the start. Everybody joins in. Colonge was similar.
The standard of the football was probably mid table to bottom premier league. Lots of tricky players with limited end product. The match itself was good. 2-1 Feyenoord, Feyenoord played most of the second half with ten men after a player was sent off after a VAR review. It was end to end stuff in the second half after the opposition equalised. Feyenoord brought on Van Persie for the last fifteen minutes. He's obviously a legend there as he got a huge cheer.
I was led to believe the atmosphere would be mad. It wasn't until the last fifteen minutes. Feyenoord were given a penalty with 10 minutes to go and scored. Everyone was really friendly though. Getting back to the city centre is easy. Train next to ground takes you to Rotterdam Central. Half a mile from the hotel.
Rotterdam is a cool city. It's very laid back and friendly. Quite a lot of culture as well. The bars in the main street all have outside seating and heaters, so people were drinking on the street. I would definitely recommend it.
at 14:57 15 Apr 2019
I did not realise that she was a town fan. Her of Breakfast TV fame.
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|Update from League 1 from Football 365. Here's what we have to look forward to..|
at 14:36 9 Apr 2019
So I thought maybe it might be nice to send an update from League 1 Sunderland, where we’ve been witnessing a real topsy-turvy season after the absolute drudgery and despair of the last four or so. Started like a train in the league, smashing goals in left right and centre, but then faded away with a succession of draws around New Year, coupled with losing top scorer Josh Maja to the French league and (possibly not adequately) replacing him with Will Grigg. A run in the Checkatrade Trophy resulted in us mounting up a huge swathe of games in hand over second-placed Barnsley (Luton having, rather amazingly, simply run away with top spot), but as we all know, points in the bag are better than games in hand, yeah? After the excitement of making it to Wembley (and beating Newcastle and Manchester City along the way – I know it’s their under-23s but I’m claiming them) and then losing on penalties to Portsmouth, we’ve managed to refocus nicely on the league and have levelled up on points with Barnsley, with two games in hand. Hopefully, just hopefully, we can snatch that second automatic promotion spot and not have to go back to Wembley maybe in the play-offs, where we could face Portsmouth again (or even Charlton, anyone remember 1998?)
Just a few observations from the season so far:-
Jack Ross has done a tidy job, putting together possibly the best technical team in the division, only losing two games and failing to score in only one so far. His tactics though are on the side of cautious and this has contributed to our large number of draws. Playing big Charlie Wyke (who looked hopelessly shorn of confidence until recently) up front alongside Grigg has to start being the go-to plan, especially at home, as we often seem to lack a Plan B.
Size really matters in League One, it would seem. We have a squad that’s on the small side (I was amazed to find Lynden Gooch isn’t much bigger than my ten-year old son, when I met the team at a hospital appointment), and some of the opposition at this level are based firmly around their size, strength and power. Teams have caused us lots of problems with physicality and I think a few more “bruisers” in our own squad might have served us better over the season.
Don’t complain about Premier League referees – the standard in League One is much, much worse. I’ve been amazed at a lot of the refereeing quality, lots of basic mistakes and inconsistency far above what we’re used to at higher levels. You don’t realize what you’ve got till it’s gone, I guess.
Sunderland making all their games available via a streaming service was a master-stroke, the engagement level with fans has really grown and we could see that with the demand for Wembley tickets. Obviously Saturday games are still supposedly “protected” but apparently sales of VPN subscriptions in the north-east have skyrocketed. Despite this we still managed to break the League One attendance record so it’s clear that you can pander to the “armchair” fan without too much of a knock-on effect, although I guess you’d need a big fan base to be able to do this.
It’s all very well seeing the best players in action, but football is nothing without excitement. The standard is immaterial. I think I haven’t enjoyed a Sunderland season this much since 1999/2000. Here’s hoping we don’t end up back at Wembley again and can come up to the Championship the easy way!
|Alfie Cutbush |
at 11:53 3 Apr 2019
Let's hope he makes it just so we can make a song about Cutbush City limits.
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