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Obscure but vaguely interesting facts, snippets or random randomnesses
at 15:48 5 Aug 2020

Did you know that when you shuffle a deck of cards, it's highly likely that that combination of 52 cards has never been shuffled before, ever, in that order. So, in shuffling a deck of cards, it's almost certain that you're doing something nobody has ever done before.

Probability wise its a 52 factorial, or 52! chance of achieving the same arrangement of cards. That's 52 x 51 x 50 x 49.....etc. To save you doing the maths, the answer is, broadly speaking, an 8 followed by 67 zeros.

For some context as to how big that number is, it's greater than all of the atoms on the planet.

If every human who had ever lived (anticipated to be c. 100bn) had spent every SECOND of every day, 24 hours a day (assuming a generous average life expectancy of 50) shuffling cards, we would still have only shuffled 0.000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000002% of the total combinations.
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Lack of transfer activity
at 12:18 5 Aug 2020

I don't see the problem. Everyone's starting from a different base, and a lot of clubs will have seen more departures hence needing replacements.

The best 'signings' we could make this summer would be keeping hold of some of the better players we do have*

*Plus perhaps a left back, ideally not Garbutt.
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Ipswich Town former food offerings
at 12:16 5 Aug 2020

I rarely buy food at PR. Not sure why, just doesn't really cross my mind. I'll often get a pint before the game, but h/t isn't really long enough. By the time you've got to the front of the queue you're normally left with about 3 minutes to sink it and get back to the game. I did get a rare half time pie & pint last season, I think it was the FA Cup game against Lincoln and that was more because it was cold and there was no queue. Pretty decent it was too I must say.

Used to get a Yorkie sometimes when I was a kid. Or Fruit Pastels.

How come you're a Newcastle fan having worked at PR for 14 years? Pull yourself together man.
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On the plus side your hoard of gold is now worth more....
at 11:10 5 Aug 2020

I won't lie, the Fresnillo shares I bought mid June aren't doing too bad!
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Trump
at 10:24 5 Aug 2020

Credit to whoever played him in that clip, it really was a good likeness.
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Championship Play-Off Final tonight
at 18:20 4 Aug 2020

Brentford hopefully, on the basis I make Fulham more likely to feck over Norwich next season in the Championship.
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£2.67 for a quarter pounder with cheese meal....
at 11:45 4 Aug 2020

Well done for helping out, Joe.

Not all heroes wear capes

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James Norwood
at 11:34 4 Aug 2020

In his defence, we're talking about a bloke we signed on a free transfer from Tranmere and probably pay c. £5k a week. If you're looking purely at a return on investment he's not holding up too badly, and it's not really his fault that such a fanfare surrounded his arrival, on here and elsewhere. Yes he's probably a big earner relative to most of our squad, probably top 3, but he was a pretty low cost and low risk signing. Certainly compared to a Jackson who we spent £1.7m on, and scored less on a goals per game basis than Norwood did last season.

You made a valid point earlier around people's expectations and seeing Norwood as our main man. Its perhaps as a result of the history of this club, and the standards a number of our fans have come to expect, but really he's pretty much reflective of where we are, and ultimately you tend to get what you pay for in that market. FWIW I like both Jackson and Norwood for different reasons. I don't think we'll see either scoring regularly in the 2 top divisions any time soon but they're where we are at the moment, just handy L1 forwards who if kept fit, can certainly score us goals.
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James Norwood
at 10:18 4 Aug 2020

I think if there's evidence that that's the case then it's a different question altogether, but it feels like a leap to suggest that 2 operations on his groin are in any way linked to having a pint on a Thursday night or climbing through a window because he's locked out of his house. Posting it up online isn't sensible, I agree.

People question 'attitude' but the bloke was taking painkillers and injections before games because he wanted to be involved. He's waited his whole career for a crack at this level and it turned out as it did last season, it's bound to hurt.

He's a goalscorer, and they're hard to come by. 11 goals in 22 starts, a number of those not fully fit. He's scored goals throughout his career and I've seen enough to know he can do so here, if fit. I think the best thing supporters could do is get off his back and support him. We're much more dangerous with him in our weaponry vs. an additional few grand in the bank account that we'll inevitably spend a fraction of on a downgrade.
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James Norwood
at 21:11 3 Aug 2020

Literally what I said, moronic to film that and put it online.

‘The wrestling’ is a complete non story. He went along to a charity event and maybe engaged in a move or two for the cameras. It really is a non story that some on here appear desperate to peddle like he’s committed some sort of breach of contract. Lambert referenced it at the fan event in London earlier on in the year and dismissed it as a non story.

I think he’s a bit of a clown, and it seems fine if you’re a clown and playing every week and scoring goals. But if you’re a clown and injured fans won’t accept it, despite there being no demonstrable link between to 2. It’s like a player going for a few pints after a win, ‘good lads’ and nice to see them let their hair down. Have a few beers after a defeat though and there’s hell to pay. They should be at home sobbing into their dinner.
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FAO Football Manager nerds
at 17:27 3 Aug 2020

That's pretty much my exact blue print to a tee.

I tend to find the 1st season the hardest as you've often inherited a load of sh1t. Once their contracts are up and you can move on the pants ones you can free up wages to sign some kids that have been released by some of the bigger clubs. I signed a RWB in the Conference South from Chelsea who was class, and a striker released by Leicester who banged in 30_ goals. I'm not afraid to recycle players after a season once up to the next level and more attractive to a higher quality of player.
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James Norwood
at 17:03 3 Aug 2020

Footballer in not being very bright shocker.

To be fair, Norwood is probably one of the more cerebral players around in the modern game, but that's not saying much. I do agree, filing it and posting it online is a bit moronic, footballer or otherwise. Smacks of attention seeking tbh, which isn't a trait I warm to personally. Having said that, I so think Norwood gets an unnecessarily bad rep on here, largely without any basis too. The bloke scored 11 goals for us in a sh1te team despite being injured for large parts of the season. I think until people have walked a mile in someone else's shoes we should try not to be so judgemental.
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Alan Quinn Podcast
at 16:10 3 Aug 2020

And half of them were about Phil...
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Anyone had a half price meal yet?
at 16:08 3 Aug 2020

Yes. Inspired by GB's thread earlier I just went out for lunch. I'm off work today, I've spent the weekend doing some house hunting so we just went to Bury St Edmunds for lunch. Burrito, Sweet Potato fries & diet coke for her. Burger, fries and pint for me. £15.

Thanks Rishi. Very well organised etc where I went too I must say.

My wife has also had her transfer confirmed to West Suffolk hospital (nurse) from St George's and accepted an offer on our flat, so looks like we're on the move.
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Eat out to help out
at 12:59 3 Aug 2020

Nice one, cheers. Might check out where around me is signed up.
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Does anybody here really believe that we might get promoted next season?
at 12:41 3 Aug 2020

I think that's about right. We over achieved under Mick relative to our peers in terms of budget, and that was largely because he was a damn good manager and got a tune out of them. The whole was greater than the sum of the parts, and through his connections and eye for a player he found players that wanted to come here. What was particularly telling under MM was that it was fairly rare that we lost games we ought not to, on paper, with the exception of the Cup games. We're were pretty consistent. We lost to the likes of Boro and Norwich because ultimately we fell a bit short in quality, but had decent records at picking up points against those around us. It says a lot about the squad, it was never for a lack of effort. It's important to not reflect with rose tinted specs, the football wasn't pretty at times, but it served a purpose. And the lack of ambition in the cups was frustrating, but again the bigger picture was prioritising the league.

We've underachieved since Mick. Last season was the worst, given the level we're operating at. I can sympathise with PL for the relegation season, we weren't strong enough at all, and making up the deficit when you're allowed a Quaner or Elder on loan in Jan, or Dawkins on a free was never going to cut the mustard. But last season was a disgrace. Can you imagine us under MM with that squad shipping 5 at Lincoln. It just wouldn't happen. It really was a disgraceful how we went off the rails in the manner we did, quite so spectacularly and he's very lucky to keep his job IMO.

I definitely agree re. characters in the squad. We have 1 leader in Chambers, 2 at a push if you include Downes who leads more by example. That also comes down to Lambert though, why hasn't he addressed that? MM didn't bring in the right characters by chance, he knew exactly what he was signing in the Hunt brothers and Berra etc. He signed leaders. We're completely gutless at the moment.
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Eat out to help out
at 12:29 3 Aug 2020

How does the scheme work? Do you have to do anything as the consumer, or do you just get a discount and the restaurant claims it back from the govt?
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FAO Football Manager nerds
at 11:26 3 Aug 2020

Hi Paul,

Sorry to hear about your FM game. On another note, I just wondered if you could elaborate on your recent comments about learning from last season, I'm sure a fair few on here are keen to hear more about that.

PS. in your playing days, were you ever tempted to play abroad?
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Bret Pitman keen on a return?
at 11:08 3 Aug 2020

That's a good analogy. They always had weird nicknames that you would be embarrassed to shout during a match.

"Hi I'm Pete but you can call me Snake".

"Nah you're alright mate, i'll stick to Pete. Someone I know might be watching".
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Bret Pitman keen on a return?
at 11:01 3 Aug 2020

Definitely. McGoldrick was similar. I think the issue was they're both good footballers, technically. Not blessed with great pace but a really nice touch, technique, and can finish. Both liked to drop in between the oppositions defence and midfield in 'the hole' and show for the ball to feet, but when you've got a left back with a default position of pumping long balls down the line in the broad direction of your 'big man', your patience is going to wear thin after a while.
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