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Jim McLean RIP & excellent article with Paul Lambert content
at 16:41 29 Dec 2020

Found out about the death of Jim McLean, manager of Dundee United, on the Guardian Football Weekly podcast.

They referred to an article in Scottish football publication The Nutmeg, and it's well worth a read including mention of our current manager and excellent Duncan Ferguson anecdote. Here it is - https://www.nutmegmagazine.co.uk/issue-11/jousting-with-jim/
Anniversary of the Superga air disaster today
at 11:29 4 May 2020

Today is the 71st anniversary of the Superga air crash which killed the Grande Torino team. It's a fascinating story of one of Serie A's most successful team.

If you have a few lockdown minutes to kill there's an article about the manager, Erno Erbstein, the Nazis didn't get him but the Superga air crash did, here - https://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/jan/22/erno-erbstein-hungary-holocaust

The book about his life published by The Blizzard is a great read.
Anyone got Gigaclear broadband?
at 18:24 6 Apr 2020

They laid the fibre cables down my road last Autumn and today, after experiencing yet more outages with our Plusnet connection, I have placed an order to have Gigaclear. There are some half decent deals about currently.

It probably won't be a standard installation from their terminal at the property boundary so they'll have to send someone round to work it out and I can decide to go ahead or not once that's done.

Reviews online aren't brilliant to be honest but wondered if there was any experience in the TWTD massive.
Anyone got any advice on choosing and setting up a NAS drive to store music etc.
at 19:52 14 Nov 2019

I’ve currently got all my music and photos on a second hard drive in an elderly Mac Pro and I stream it to various things in the house using a DLNA server (Twonky). It’s getting a bit full and I may replace the Mac at some point in the not too distant future. So, am thinking of shifting all the files onto a NAS and using that. I have a more recent Dell Windows PC I could use as storage too, but would rather something that doesn’t take up quite so much room.

Anyone got any tips? Thanks.
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Anyone have any tips for a family weekend in Liverpool?
at 12:50 16 Jul 2019

Does anyone have any tips for a family weekend in Liverpool? Probably going to go to the Keith Haring exhibition at the Tate and make a weekend of it? Places to stay, things to do etc. (not intending to go to the Cavern unless I really have to).

Anyone else having trouble buying concession season tickets online?
at 11:57 3 May 2019

I’ve chosen two seats in the Co-Op stand and selected Under 19 for one of them and adult for the other but when I put them in the basket they’re both adult.

Any ideas anyone?
40 years aog this week - 1st £1 million footballer
at 14:36 5 Feb 2019

Interesting article here about the first £1 million footballer, Trevor Francis


The transfer to Forest took place 40 years ago.

I recall attending a game against Forest in I guess 1979 when he played for them and punched the ball into the net at the Churchmans end, thankfully disallowed. I’ve had it in my head that it was his debut for Forest. Can anyone confirm or disprove that?

Interesting article about Luton's under 11 champions of Europe
at 17:38 12 Dec 2018

Mentions Janoi Donacien

Hopefully, should the worst happen, we won't suffer a similar fate to what they did when they went out of the league.

There's a Woolfenden on University Challenge
at 20:36 16 Jul 2018

From Dereham, any relation to Chris?

Alright, any relation to Luke?
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One other thing from yesterday ...
at 16:56 15 Jul 2018

Our new shirt doesn't look great in real life. The round neck is a bit rubbish and the red stripes on the shirt and shorts look wrong.
On the other hand Braintree's Hummel kit is a simple elegant affair. Looking at Hummel's Twitter feed they're making an effort to get more clubs wearing their kit.
Anyone going to the Braintree game on Saturday?
at 11:10 12 Jul 2018

See you in the 'Spoons beforehand?
So we have got £5 million and 53 centre half appearances
at 16:08 27 Jun 2018

in exchange for Matt Clarke and £700,000. Given how transfer fees have gone in recent seasons I don't think that we've done very well out of that.
Can anyone find the Phoenix from the Flames recreation of Osborne 1-0?
at 09:08 8 May 2018

The anniversary of the FA Cup win this weekend reminded me of the David Baddiel / Frank Skinner recreation of the winning goal in the Phoenix from the Flames slot on Fantasy Football. Unfortunately it’s not on Youtube (as far as I can tell but please contradict me) so here’s the Alan Sunderland one which I think was filmed in Ipswich.

Any Woodbridge estate agents on?
at 11:46 20 Apr 2018

Have you taken any calls recently from a man with a French accent?
So, if Graham Potter is now out of our grasp, how about
at 17:34 25 Feb 2018

Sunday Oliseh?


Sounds like it wouldn't be boring and he would certainly not be one of the usual suspects.
Gareth Ainsworth should be on the list to replace Mick (if he goes).
at 14:02 21 Feb 2018

I've been consistent in my promotion of Gareth Ainsworth to replace Mick. This Guardian article makes him out to be someone who should be in the frame, but he's already been prevented from talking to Barnsley.

What we should've done, how to successfully sign Batistuta
at 09:52 22 Jan 2018

Interesting story in the first of James Richardson’s new Italian football podcast. Gabriele Marcotti told the story of how Gabriel Batistuta was transferred from Fiorentina to Roma in 2000.

What happened was Roma’s manager (Fabio Capello) and director of football went to dinner with the editor of the Corriere dello Sport newspaper and convinced the editor to run a story saying that the owner of Roma had signed Batistuta. Once the story appeared in the paper the clamour from the fans for it to be true (including turning up at the owner’s house celebraintg) was basically too much for the owner to resist and Batistuta became a Roma player. They won the Scudetto the next season.

If only the Town fans of 1994 had acted similarly we might have had a very different mid 90s.

The podcast is https://www.thetotallyfootballshow.com/golazzo-totally-italian-football-show/ -

The story is about 18 minutes in.
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