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Four Four Two mag's Top 51 players in the Football League...
at 14:56 11 Apr 2019

...makes fairly miserable reading...

1. No Ipswich player in the list... (granted, not particularly surprising)
2. Our best player (mentioned in the list of teams not featured in the Top 51) isn't even ours... Trevoh Chalobah.
3. It's littered with our cast-offs... Kieffer Moore at 18, Matt Clarke at 26, Adam Webster at 30...
4. Can't even bring myself to count the number of budgies in the list, including at Number 1.

That said, It's a great read - first issue edited by magazine editing genius James Brown.
Only 11 teams have never played at the new Wembley.
at 08:21 9 Apr 2019

This is since 2007. Almost impossible to believe this...

For those interested in music books...
at 11:22 24 Mar 2019

... this oral history of Joy Division by Jon Savage is out in a week or so. Here’s an excerpt in today’s Guardian.

I reckon this is going to be a great book.
Climate Change protests today
at 13:26 15 Mar 2019

Anyone seen them in the towns/cities where they are today?

I work just south of Westminster Bridge and have just walked to Carnaby Street area and back again for a meeting - there are tens of thousands (maybe 100,000, I don't know) of young people on the streets, marching, singing songs. All very life-affirming to see them all, getting up & out to protest about something they believe in and making their voices heard.

I do hope this gets the media coverage/attention that it deserves over the next few days.
Some Valentine's Day advice from one of the older fellas
at 10:22 14 Feb 2019

Valentine's Day may be a marketing scam invented by card manufacturers, but never ignore it. It tells your loved one what they mean to you - and wins you bundles of brownie points. This is especially the case if your partner forgets/can't be arsed.

In this instance, lay it on thick with a trowel. #winner

Me, I bought my wife (a Blondie obsessive) a book of Chris Stein photographs signed by the great man himself. She got me nothing.

That will keep me topped up with brownie points for a few months...

RIP Albert Finney
at 14:05 8 Feb 2019

If anyone hasn't seen Saturday Night Sunday Morning, give yourself a treat this weekend and check it out. An absolutely superb film, too rarely mentioned as one of the all time great films - with one of the great performances from Albert Finney.

Excellent Supporters Club meeting in London last night.
at 10:11 30 Jan 2019

Anyone else there?

Genuinely came away feeling we're in good hands. Great to hear so much positivity from the floor too.

Chatham House rules, so it was agreed not to share the details, but they clearly are very committed to club for the long-term, genuinely appreciate the fans (I think Lambert is genuinely a bit taken aback - he said he was concerned about the reception he might get from fans given his NCFC history. No problems there.

Of course, I'm sure there will be people saying, "why the positivity, we're bottom of the table". But we are where we are, for me it's all about doing what we can this season, but if it goes wrong it's about building back for next season. And we have the right people in charge, imho.

Did anyone else go?
Steve Bruce - what day this week does he start at Sheff Wed?
at 16:31 28 Jan 2019

There's been a bit of coverage about this today, criticism from Ruud Gullit and Danny Murphy asking why he hasn't started yet. Personally, I don't care if he's had a holiday before starting in the job - and wouldn't if he was joining us, given what he has gone through.

If anything, right now, I'd particularly like him to join very late this week so he can have only minimal impact on Sheff Wed. Would be annoying for their new manager bounce to happen against us...
Can someone explain something to me about the U-23s?
at 14:43 28 Jan 2019

So, before today's game we were 7 points clear at the top of this league. Which league is this? Do we win promotion to the division above? if not, how do we put our reserves up against better teams, to give our second string players more competition and enhance/accelerate their development?

It seems a little pointless to be playing inferior teams and winning 4-0 every week, to be honest...

Donacien starts for Accrington...
at 12:18 26 Jan 2019

... Waghorn for Derby.

On tv at 12.30pm.
Villa on Saturday
at 14:01 22 Jan 2019

We do have a chance, don't we? They haven't won at home since the end of November, 7 games ago.

I'm not sure why a few people seem to be so much less confident than we were vs Blackburn, who have a much better home record.
Hi Gav. Any chance of setting up a “Brexit threads” filter...
at 14:16 20 Jan 2019

... alongside the “football” and “general” ones.

I genuinely have less than zero interest in the daily flurry of new threads about this subject on TWTD. I’m sure I’m not the only one.
Lambert committing to next season, wherever we are...
at 11:36 18 Jan 2019

The most important news of the transfer window. No doubt about it.
DIY SOS tonight about the poor Cambridge Utd fan who was beaten up...
at 20:29 17 Jan 2019

...and left for dead by 13 Southend United thugs.

There but for the grace of god go any of us. Really appalling case.

Incredibly uplifting programme though. Over 900 more volunteers than they needed offered to help rebuild his house.
Just been down to Parliament Square...
at 16:11 15 Jan 2019

...and waved an EU flag on behalf of everyone on TWTD.

I hope that's okay.

Martin O'Neill to be Nottm Forest manager...
at 12:31 14 Jan 2019

Roy Keane to join him as assistant, I wonder?
Quaner, Keane and Pilkington incoming.
at 20:29 8 Jan 2019

None of whom are clinical strikers.

Anyone else have an inkling we may be targeting someone else we’re not yet aware of as a fox in the box? Possible, maybe?
Dear Martin Samuel...
at 11:38 8 Jan 2019

...I felt I had to respond to your piece in the Daily Mail today about Mick McCarthy.
Off out soon, so here’s a pre-emptive Happy New Year to everyone,
at 19:38 31 Dec 2018

Have a great evening, ladies and gents of TWTD.

Here’s hoping 2019 gets started in the right way tomorrow afternoon - and we can put this godawful year behind us.
That seemed a pretty exasperated Lambert to me...
at 13:42 31 Dec 2018

For the first time, he seemed more exasperated than upbeat.

Pretty damning comments:
We need half a dozen in, including probably two strikers.
Jonas’s contract should never have been allowed to run down, should have been sorted out last summer.
Should never be in a situation of signing 8/9 players every year. It’s madness. It’s not normal.

It all seemed like the comments and body language of a man who is becoming impatient and fairly exasperated about where we are. That didn’t fill me with confidence about this coming month’s transfer dealings, I have to say...

Or am I reading between the lines too much...?
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