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Can someone explain cricket to me part 18629
at 13:02 8 Sep 2019

What I don't quite understand is why England aren't just playing ultra defensive cricket, given that the draw is the best result in the circumstances?
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Football League Trophy
at 19:07 2 Sep 2019

Are these the same ST holders who are proclaiming the competition a farce and that they won't be attending, but will most likely be front of the queue if we get to Wembley?

If it was the League Cup or the FA Cup then I'd agree with you, given that ST holders tend to go to those games, but for the FLT it all seems a bit hypocritical.
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Football League Trophy
at 16:40 2 Sep 2019

Would it not be worth the club's while to announce that, if there is excessive demand for tickets later in the competition, a certain level of priority will be given to those who have attended previous games in the tournament?

I know most people would be covered by ST or Silver priority levels, but it might do something to boost attendances.

For me, ideally, the sole priority factor should we get to Wembley would be number of trophy home matches already attended, with ST and Silver members taking second and third place.
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I feel fortunate today
at 14:24 31 Aug 2019

I'll admit that this week I've felt fairly ambivalent about the whole Bury/Bolton debacle; if you spend beyond your means, why should you expect anyone else to bail you out? As one Bury black pudding seller said in an interview, if he were to go to the wall, why should the baker pay to keep him afloat?

That changed walking to the ground today, and seeing all the people around me for whom Portman Road has been part of their Saturday routine 23 times a year ever since they can remember.

I parked in the same spot, took the same route to the ground and town, popped the same long-odds accas on at the same bookie, and then came back to the ground to have the same burger as usual from the same burger stand (the one opposite the away end FYI. If you don't get your pre-match burger from there, why not?).

Anyway, I digress.

I listened to some Bolton fans on R5L on the drive to Ipswich, and got to thinking "if the same were to happen to Town, I'd blooming miss this". Sure, there'd be a phoenix club with the same badge and the same colours. It'd be as close to the real thing as possible, but it still wouldn't be the same. It'd be like losing your partner in an horrific accident, and replacing them with one of those freakily lifelike latex dolls. It just wouldn't be quite right.

Whatever the pros and cons of Evans' ownership are, I just count myself lucky that I still have a club to come and cheer on today. Reading an article this morning which highlighted the number of clubs that had issues paying their players last season, it really rams it home that it can happen to any one of us. Then you read that Ken Anderson had been sniffing around the club at the same time as Evans, and it all becomes a bit too close for comfort.

I'd hazard a guess that probably 60 of the 72 EFL clubs are one final net loss too many, or one poor owner away from ending up like Bolton or Bury, us included.

Say what you like, but today I feel very fortunate.
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If Bury and/or Bolton go...
at 09:16 27 Aug 2019

What will the league do with regards to the final day of the season?

Without any tweaks being made to the fixtures, Oxford and Fleetwood would finish their campaigns on the penultimate weekend.

Given that the EFL like to have all of the final fixtures kick off at the same time in order to keep them competitive, surely they'd have to juggle things so that there can be a full programme on final day?
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Bunkum from Lambert
at 11:41 23 Aug 2019

Okay - I didn't realise that one! I still stand by Rooney though.
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Good bands from Overseas.....
at 09:33 23 Aug 2019

Nena - Germany



City - East Germany



Die Toten Hosen - Germany

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Bunkum from Lambert
at 09:32 23 Aug 2019

I think you'll find it comes under the heading of "tact and diplomacy".

On the other hand, he does have a bit of a point - our youngsters are playing three games a week, and it never did the likes of Rooney and Owen any harm.
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Bunkum from Lambert
at 09:06 23 Aug 2019

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Bolton Wanderers Pre-Match Press Conference
at 08:56 23 Aug 2019

"Would you please list your engagements for the day"
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Bolton Wanderers Pre-Match Press Conference
at 08:51 23 Aug 2019

Park at gatwick?
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Bolton Wanderers Pre-Match Press Conference
at 08:47 23 Aug 2019

I'm assuming it still hasn't started?
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Free agents worth a cheeky conversation with......
at 17:28 22 Aug 2019

They're all still free agents for a reason.
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Prang
at 13:20 21 Aug 2019

IMHO Corrie Ndaba driving an expensive Merc really fast in Suffolk exposes everything wrong in football.
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Why don't the train companies run a London train before 10.23 on a match night?
at 12:51 21 Aug 2019

The thing is, it's a perfectly credible response.

It's not just passenger services that use the GEML, but plenty of freight services too between Felixtowe and the Midlands.

If you consider that the majority of the line until you reach Greater London consists of one track in each direction, it would be very easy for one delayed train to mess up many other trains on either side of it.
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About to buy Bolton tickets...
at 11:52 21 Aug 2019

If I'm honest, I felt this seemed a bit sus when Bolton announced it at the time. It's hardly going to be a sell-out in the away end, so why not sell tickets on the day?

I'm inclined to think they want to get as much money in the coffers as possible, without having to worry about people deciding on the day that they're not going to bother.

Likewise, if the game does get called off then those with tickets have to faff about trying to get refunds, whilst the money sits in their account and earns interest.
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Brenner vs Lambert
at 12:32 20 Aug 2019

Reuser v Stewart?
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At what point do the EFL call time on Bolton?
at 15:37 16 Aug 2019

If you mean Bury, I believe the EFL have set a final deadline of 23rd August before they revoke their membership.

I think the problem is that they've still to submit any proof of how they intend to satisfy 100% of football debts, and at least 25% of other debts (35% if paying in instalments).
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Shrews at home
at 08:59 15 Aug 2019

That's the problem when you have to work in Base 6...
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Shrews at home
at 08:45 15 Aug 2019

Oh bore off back to WOTB, pumping your sister, or whatever your other pastimes might be...
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