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Ian Evatt to Bolton - has this been missed today?
at 18:39 1 Jul 2020

Very interesting appointment for both that. Got himself a nice little rep based on the playing style and success at Barrow and gets them up to League 2.

Wonder if it's the sort of move Hurst was meant to be for us or not? Only 38 too so has time on his side and maybe thought the problems at Bolton are worth putting up with.
New contract for Woolfenden?
at 10:41 1 Jul 2020


The big announcement's blue!
at 14:00 30 Jun 2020

This is scandalous reading
at 10:41 30 Jun 2020

That anyone can fall through the cracks in a country as rich as ours is bad enough, but to see headteachers put in this position makes me angry.

No one expects perfection in times like these, but to see yet more evidence of leaving it up to the little people and not joining up the response in any way whatsoever.
We're going to be playing against Paul Anderson next season aren't we?
at 10:07 30 Jun 2020

Is that the measure of how far we've fallen?

No disrespect to him, because he seemed like a lovely bloke when he was here and a decent player, but he was yet another who probably had his peak with us before falling away. To think he's come back from serious injury and now promoted to the same level as us..... frightening.

They've got the Liverpool fan then
at 16:05 28 Jun 2020

Was never going to get away with it once his photo was all over the internet was he?
Gavin Williamson playing the fool as well as to the mob
at 15:41 26 Jun 2020

You'll have to log in to read the whole thing, but it's another example of vacuous soundbites, disrespectful braying which is ironic given what he's suggesting kids need to do.

The bloke is utterly incompetent and merely parroting tough sounding nonsense. This sounds like more positioning unions and by proxy any dissenting teachers as the problem, not this incompetent government.

I guess education hasn't been on the agenda enough lately to maintain this negative spin.
Potential Free Signings?
at 10:45 26 Jun 2020

I know we have far too many players in the squad and somehow not enough for certain positions but has anyone seen potential signings they think Lambert could/should get?

Jordan Williams was released by Rochdale I see. Good education at Liverpool and can play as a DM or more recently a CB. Thought he played well against us at their place too and is big physical presence. At 25 he might be the right age too if we are going to be bouncing around this league and the Championship until we find another decent manager.

George Tanner was being talked about on twitter last night and was apparently decent at Morecambe on loan as an attacking left back. I can't imagine we are going to find a left back who has the goals in him that Garbutt had, but two attacking full backs and the youths we have to play out wide might rapidly improve our effectiveness going forward.

Anyone got any decent shouts they fancy to be the right player for the right wages?
RIP Joel Schumacher
at 20:10 22 Jun 2020

8mm, Phonebooth and Falling Down are all great films not to mention Lost Boys too.
Craig Forrest with a good tweet thread here
at 17:41 7 Jun 2020

Lots of ITFC connections too.

Colston statue pulled down by protestors in Bristol
at 15:41 7 Jun 2020

Wanton act of destruction? Political statement? Bad PR?

I'm not sure this is quite the same as when they pulled down statues of Saddam in Iraq for example. Strikes me as simply ammo for the critics and little else.
Schools not opening round here now
at 17:16 5 Jun 2020

Just seen a parent share a letter saying because the R rate is so high in the North West schools in their council borough aren't opening Monday to Year 1 and 6. It looks legit too and not fake news.

Maybe it's living in the North West but the impact here really does seem to be massive. Does it feel the same elsewhere? Or is it more like something happening off in the distance?
No money back for League 1 STs
at 19:10 3 Jun 2020

Sunderland are setting out their stall here. With the further delays and uncertainty it seems like there is going to be some very bitter fall out around the division to me.
I think these tweets might help reach a few football fans
at 18:27 2 Jun 2020

Those getting uppity about their club deciding to make a social media post could do worse than read these thoughts from DeAndre Yedlin

ITFC statement on returning to training
at 13:06 1 Jun 2020

Finally got a response from my MP
at 12:57 1 Jun 2020

I am fairly confident that is a copy and paste job, given it doesn't address a single point I raised, or answer any of the direct questions I made specifically about Sir Graham Brady's role as head of the 1922 committee, his previous jobs in government etc.

Anyone else had the same/similar letter?


Thank you for your recent email(s). I didn’t want to reply until the Durham Constabulary published its conclusions surrounding Dominic Cummings’ actions.

The last week has seen a furore over the conduct of the Prime Minister’s adviser, and there has been palpable and understandable anger from people, contacting me, who think they have seen double standards applied. Some of this has been orchestrated by the left-wing press, political opponents, campaigners or those that disagree with aspects of the Government’s key policies. However I also recognise that much of the outrage has come from people who have never contacted their MP before and are bitterly disappointed with the behaviour of a senior member of staff serving the Government. I am sorry that this has so adversely affected so many people at this testing time.

Since the start of the pandemic, I and colleagues have been arguing for arbitrary rules to be replaced with good information and an appeal to the public to exercise judgment and common sense, but the Government’s message remained blunt. This has meant an increasing number of people have suffered distressing situations of a sort not seen in this country before. Dominic Cummings made a decision that he believed to be in the interests of his family. Without repeating the details, he maintains that he drove from London to Durham without stopping and stayed with his family in isolation until it was safe to return. In order to make that return he says that he tested his driving capabilities by driving to Barnard Castle. Durham Police have now issued a statement saying,

“Durham constabulary have examined the circumstances surrounding the journey to Barnard Castle (including ANPR, witness evidence and a review of Mr Cummings’ press conference on 25 May 2020) and have concluded that there might have been a minor breach of the regulations that would have warranted police intervention. Durham constabulary view this as minor because there was no apparent breach of social distancing.
Had a Durham constabulary police officer stopped Mr Cummings driving to or from Barnard Castle, the officer would have spoken to him, and, having established the facts, likely advised Mr Cummings to return to the address in Durham, providing advice on the dangers of travelling during the pandemic crisis. Had this advice been accepted by Mr Cummings, no enforcement action would have been taken.”
Durham constabulary does not consider that by locating himself at his father’s premises, Mr Cummings committed an offence contrary to regulation 6 of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020. (We are concerned here with breaches of the regulations, not the general government guidance to ‘stay at home’)”

One interpretation is that Dominic Cummings behaved in accordance with the rules but took advantage of the detailed exemptions to reflect his family’s situation as he saw it. However - for many of us - it appears that this was certainly not in keeping with the spirit of the Government’s message. I have received hundreds of messages from constituents, mostly from those who are angry that Mr Cummings has retained his job. Many people also wrote to me who have endured tragic experiences over the past few months. Please be assured that although in order to reply in a timely manner it has not been possible to respond to you individually, I have read your words and they played heavily into what I have said to the Prime Minister about this matter.

The employment of Special Advisers remains a matter for the Prime Minister.
Hancock taking money from horse racing in the form of donations?
at 19:58 30 May 2020

Does seem to be a fair wad from Newmarket there doesn't it? What's opening up asap?

The idea that something with such a terrible track record of animal deaths and the social ills of gambling, will "lift spirits" after people have been through the mill is an interesting take too. Let alone the controversy over Cheltenham linked to the impact of the pandemic this week.
Kits and the remainder of the season
at 12:26 29 May 2020

Assuming that our season resumes and is finished as some people are keen for, and the Prem is doing, are there rules about the new kits?

I seem to remember we and many teams have worn next season's kit during the last match of the season, but assume I either dreamt that or the loophole has been closed.

Will clubs especially the big global Prem ones on TV be able to wear new kits to try and get sales going? There seems to be even more leaks of Prem kits than I remember too, which made me wonder if they will try and cash in if the rules cover dates rather than the entirety of the competition.

Would be quite weird if one set of kits had a shelf life cut short by a handful of games too.
Blue Monday cover
at 20:13 26 May 2020

I like it. These retro style covers aren't usually this good. Hopefully that link works now.
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