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Best atmosphere aside SBR lower?
at 14:41 29 Jul 2021

I went on the website earlier to check ticket availability for the Morecambe game just to get a sense of which areas of the ground will be easier to book for non-season ticket holders when I manage to make a trip over to Portman Road this year. SBR lower is usually my choice but it's almost entirely season tickets down there this season so where else is best? I was in the SBR upper last time I went to a home game which was okay but it was for Norwich so that no doubt made it better than it is normally. But I assume it's either there or SAR?
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1-24 Predictions competition
at 15:21 28 Jul 2021

I posted a thread the other day for posters to predict the League One table but have decided to make it into a competition. Here are the rules:

Each poster must predict the table 1-24. At the end of the season you will score points based on how far away you were from each team's league finish.

For example if you were to predict Town to finish 2nd and we finish 2nd then you would score 0 points. If we finish bottom of the league you would get 22 points.

Your scores for every team in the league are then added up. The aim is to finish on as few points as possible. In the unlikely event that more than one entrant is tied for points, the winner will be decided by who has the highest number of teams predicted in exactly the right place in the table.

There won't be any late counting of results this year as Kropotkin and his friend Google Spreadsheets have kindly offered to assist. No entry fees but there may be a prize on offer. Entries can be posted and edited up until 3pm on 7th August (Town's first game) if Phil would be so kind as to sticky it. Good luck!
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1-24 Predictions
at 18:05 26 Jul 2021

Not a competition this year but would be interested to see everyone's predictions for how they reckon the league will go this year. I uploaded a preview onto the blog section to explain my choices if anyone wants to see it in more depth. At the moment, this is my guess.

1 Sheffield Wednesday
2 Ipswich
3 Charlton
4 MK Dons
5 Bolton
6 Wigan
7 Sunderland
8 Lincoln
9 Rotherham
10 Portsmouth
11 Oxford
12 Burton
13 Wycombe
14 Doncaster
15 Plymouth
16 Gillingham
17 Cheltenham
18 Accrington
19 Crewe
20 Fleetwood
21 Shrewsbury
22 Cambridge
23 AFC Wimbledon
24 Morecambe
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League One Preview 2020/21
at 19:40 25 Jul 2021

Each summer, football pundits comment on the big names that find themselves in the third tier – clubs which wouldn’t look out of place in the Championship or even the Premier League.
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Man Utd 4-1 down at QPR
at 16:29 24 Jul 2021

Dozzell started the game and Lyndon Dykes, the worst player at the Euros, has scored 2. United team has a lot of absences but they still have a strong enough team out to be beating QPR - Lingard, Greenwood, Matic, James and Williams all involved
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FAO Blue Monday contributors
at 14:23 24 Jul 2021

I was scrolling through some old episodes the other day and remembered Harry's team-by-team preview for the Championship a few years back on the podcast.

Is there any chance of bringing it back for this year? I know Harry's no longer on the podcast so I doubt it would be so in depth as I imagine it's very time consuming but some sort of League 1 preview/predictions show would be a nice listen if there's enough time to record it before the season starts. I wouldn't mind contributing in some way with the research either if that's any help.
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Tested positive
at 21:20 20 Jul 2021

Bit of a bummer. I'm double jabbed and in my 20s so came as a surprise. It came through today at work - I'm a support worker for Mencap.

I had a nice week lined up as well, I was meant to be travelling back up to Wales to visit my girlfriend, who I haven't seen for 6 weeks. I'm more gutted about the knock on effects at work - one of the residents we look after was all set to go on a trip to the West End in London but that's not happening now as they can't get PCRs in time. Also a bit worried I could have passed it on to people in the vulnerable category - I know it's not my fault but still a concern of course.

Does anyone have any podcast or documentary recommendations? Preferably in the football, politics or true crime genres.
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Vaccine Passports for nightclubs from September
at 07:59 20 Jul 2021

The reaction to this online has been hilarious. There are genuinely people on Twitter (Julia Hartley Brewer) who are comparing it to apartheid. Personally I’m not sure what I think about the idea of compulsory jabs and passports, but madness how many people are desperate to be thought of as victims of discrimination. Funnily enough I imagine they’re largely the same people who would dismiss anyone who suffered genuine discrimination on the grounds of race, sexuality etc.
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Johnson and Sunak not isolating despite being pinged by Test and Trace
at 08:16 18 Jul 2021

How is this fair? Millions of people are living in fear of being pinged because it would mean losing hundreds of pounds, yet these guys can swan around No10 doing whatever they like. They aren’t even hiding their contempt for the plebs anymore.


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Front 6
at 12:39 13 Jul 2021

A midfield and strikeforce of Evans, Harper, Burns, Crooks, Celina and Piggot would be insane for League 1 standards. Roll on August.
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3 strikers?
at 17:39 12 Jul 2021

Great signing to get Piggott over the line. Hadn’t checked here since this morning so was a surprise to see a deal go from not being mentioned to being confirmed straight away. I wonder what this means for the formation and squad. Is Cook going to play 2 up front? Will Bonne play as a 10/winger? Is Norwood off?
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Trippier in, Saka out
at 15:36 11 Jul 2021

Is the leaked team being banded around. So far, all of these predicted lineups have been accurate so will assume it's true. Surprised at the 3-5-2, thought we'd be unchanged and I'd probably have stuck with what we had but can't really doubt Southgate after how well we've done so far.

Come on Engerland.
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Euros team of the tournament?
at 14:55 11 Jul 2021

Obviously the Euros haven't finished yet but there hasn't been an obvious player of the tournament so thought I'd give it a go with a best XI and bench. When putting it together I noticed how many good left backs there have been, which was probably the most difficult position to select. I've switched a few positions around in the 3 behind the striker, but they all play (sort of) free roles in their teams anyway.



Donnarumma

Dumfries Bonucci Maguire Shaw

Jorginho Hojbjerg

Sterling Forsberg Chiesa

Schick


Bench: Sommer, Spinazzola, Christensen, Pedri, Damsgaard, Torres, Ronaldo
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England yet to concede since taking the knee before Euros games
at 22:38 3 Jul 2021

Fair play to that Karl Marx bloke, he’s put in a cracking shift this tournament !
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Watch out ladies
at 17:26 2 Jul 2021

Michael Gove is back on the market

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Batley and Spen
at 07:21 2 Jul 2021

Labour hold - just about. Only 323 votes in it but when you consider that Galloway stood with the sole purpose of splitting the Labour vote and won 8k, and the Brexit-supporting independent who won 6k votes in 2019 stood aside, it’s very impressive. Apparently many Tories switched to Labour to keep out Galloway after his mob spent the campaign abusing the Labour candidate. Hopefully he’ll feck off out of politics forever now. Awful man.

Results:

Labour 13296
Tory 12973
Galloway 8264
Lib Dem 1254
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Mark Cysts at it again!
at 16:17 30 Jun 2021

This could be a genuine LBC call.

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When did we last beat a top tier nation in normal time in the knockouts?
at 19:39 29 Jun 2021

Is it 1966? I can't think of any other examples. Amazing stuff.
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I’d like to apologise for suggesting Mbappe was better than Ronaldo right now
at 22:53 28 Jun 2021

Shocker of a shout
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I’d like to apologise for suggesting Mbappe was better than Ronaldo right now
at 22:48 28 Jun 2021

Shocker of a shout
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