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Life's just not fair

Robbo Robson | 15:48 UK time, Monday, 18 May 2009

Well I don't mind telling the lot of you. It's been an emotional weekend. If I close me eyelids that horrible bottom four are stamped on their insides and it's that bleeding -28 that means we're utterly doomed. We'll need a 3-0 at least on Sunday and at present our goals to games ratio is 0.729 recurring. As in recurring nightmare.

There's something noble, steadfast and old-fashioned about Gibson's support for Southgate, and I hope they give him another season, too, if only to buck the trend of treating managers like disposable nappies. But the man has made mistakes, not least in the coiffure department. There's not enough bite and brains in the middle of the park. He's offloaded Viduka and Yakubu and replaced them with Alves. Hmmm.

Gareth Southgate

But we can take our cue as supporters from the Baggies fans, who had me weeping through the 5Live commentary on Sunday afternoon. All right they're a bit more used to going up and down like the pound against the dollar but the unwavering and incredibly loud endorsement for Mowbray, his players and the way the club plays and is run was absolutely brilliant!

Both Boro and Albion have at least tried to keep the ball on the deck and knock it around. At times both teams have been a nice watch - like Arsenal but without the results. Then again Arsenal are like Barca but without the results. It's a bit blinking irritating when teams with big lads who treat a football like it needs to be taught a lesson - Stoke, Bolton, Blackburn - end up way above you. I think all three of them will stay up next year 'n all, mind, cos no matter what your average half-interested lass says, football's not about being pretty. Just ask Steve Bruce. It's about results.

Alan Shearer'll tell you the same. There was a lot of guff following the win against us about the bravery of saviour Shearer. Newcastle weren't saved cos they beat a team like Boro. So it's proved. And I think they deserve to go down now. It's been a horrible, sloppy, mismanaged mess that club and a little spell in the corner just having a little think about how they've behaved might be just what the club needs. No more Messiahs, no more hospital patients on six-figure salaries, no more 'big club' bluster... just a giant dose of reality and a bit of the icky feeling we've been suffering on the banks of the Tees.

Now I don't say this out of malice. There's true blue barcodes who agree with me. Hull can have one more season in the sun - which I think they'll manage as Fergie and Darren Fletcher are spending the week combing the streets of Salford and Moss Side in search of ten schoolboys to join Fletch for an away day at the KC. There's every chance that United's mascot will be the tallest lad on the pitch in a red shirt.

Time too to grit your teeth into a clenched dead man's smile and congratulate the Beetroot of Govan for another job well done. Rafa take note. We used to slate Benitez for his rotation policy but then he used to replace fillet steak with economy frozen burgers. Fergie's first 18 are in their prime. The defence, but for one little blip, has been rock-solid and the Tumbler had been close to his best. Do we think his strop the other day against City was cos he wanted more goals and as it stands Anelka might yet pip him to the golden boot? Nah, he wouldn't be that vain.

As Dixon and Keown admitted last night - the Liverpool squad has a lot less going for it. (Is it me or do the MOTD pundits all buy their shirts from Blandman.co.uk? I mean I'm not expecting Hawaiian shirts and Big Ron bling, but their clobber's so nondescript you'd think they were waiting for a sponsor).

So I'm not sure why Benitez is being quite so petty. Perhaps it's cos he knows that he spent half the season being way too negative and ever since they lost at our place, they've been, well, brilliant and exhilarating and, a poor home display against Chelsea in the Champs league apart, unstoppable. In short, by being too cagey it's Liverpool that've lost it. Can't see that mistake happening next season - so come on, sulky-chops! Say well done, and win it next year.

Rafael Benitez

That's what Guus Hiddink would be saying if he was to stick around at the Bridge. Every time that bloke opens his gob I'm more impressed. The players like him and any one who can get two self-appointed members of football's royalty to dovetail like Drogba and Anelka have done in the last few weeks deserves all the plaudits going. The bloke shouldn't be off back to Russia he should be helping Blair's Middle-East peace talks. I don't know whether Drogba will be there either but every time that bloke sets his mind on staying on his feet for 90 minutes he's twice as good a player. Lesson learned? I doubt it. If he's in Serie A next season he'll be expected to revert to type and he'll be throwing himself on the floor and weeping like a Blue Bell regular.

You're right, Rafa. Life's just not fair, is it?

Comments

  • 1. At 6:35pm on 18 May 2009, gerimus wrote:

    Life has never been fair for us Boro supporters Robbo....

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  • 2. At 6:53pm on 18 May 2009, djibrilcissesbarber wrote:

    Seeing the Drog seems to tumble more than the "Gelled Tumbler" these days, whose the real gelled tumbler then, as the Drog also puts a bit of the chemical in his hair. We may have to refer to the two as the Red Gelled Tumbler and the Blue Gelled Tumbler.

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  • 3. At 6:53pm on 18 May 2009, unseenforces wrote:

    im not a liverpool fan by any means but next season they gonna win...i really wanted the baggies to stay up because they try and play 'football' but well, they lack quality players...anyways my team spurs hopefully will break iinto the top 4 next season (hopefully)....As for the champions league final, comeon barca....As Messi quotes:'"Manchester United have a great team - I think we just have that little bit more football."

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  • 4. At 6:55pm on 18 May 2009, Zippymk13 wrote:

    I agree what you say about Hiddink, has impressed me in the short time he has been here.

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  • 5. At 6:57pm on 18 May 2009, kevfullo wrote:

    ah well the 'Boro will bounce back with a sqaud full of academy players. Rafa can win it for us next year and Ferguson can blank him in retaliation.unless Ancelotti ruins it for everyone...I don't think so tho' another Scolari for 6 months before they bin him for Guus. at least you'll have the Barcodes for company.

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  • 6. At 6:59pm on 18 May 2009, MagpieRH wrote:

    Replacing Viduka and Yakubu with Alves a bad move? He brought in someone who, admittedly, hasn't been on top form but Yakubu's been out for half a season and Viduka's turned up once this season - last Monday. Doesn't seem a bad deal to me. Maybe Yakubu would've given you a few goals and a bit more presence but he's as injury-prone as the rest. I'll bet Alves is on a lower wage, too.

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  • 7. At 7:09pm on 18 May 2009, madeiraman57 wrote:

    Well done Robbo. Life ain't fair and 2 out of 3 NE teams will be in the Championship. At least Middlesbrough will be fairly familiar and the Chairman will probably be able to chose a manager to get em out of their. Newcastle are doomed to do a Leeds in my opinion, they had their chance to stabilise with big Sam. I may be wrong and at least Toon have a chance of winning something for the first time since around about when they launched ships on the Tyne, Champions of the Championship , great on your CV eh Alan...?
    At the other end of the table, job done United and a fair result.
    It will be interesting to see if United can get out of second gear next season for more than 40 % of the matches and if Rafa can harness his rage against SAF to better effect and Liverpool will triumph ? Probably not United will also improve !!! With Hiddink , Chelsea would have been a great bet , especially if the cash drawer was opened....but the new guy will be bewildered for 10 games or so , game over. United again for me, great.
    See you in August Robbo, good luck in the off season.

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  • 8. At 7:15pm on 18 May 2009, whatbill wrote:

    Good blog Robbo, I'm sure Newcastle going down will ease the pain, although how do you see them doing next season? Do you think they'll hamper your chances of coming straight back up?

    Trouble with liverpool is, Rafa only attacks when he's behind. Liverpool stumbled into bore draws every time they went top of the table and only went on their final winning run when they realised that only wins were (still not quite) good enough.

    Whether he can inspire Liverpool next season remains to be seen. I think it depends more on how well United play - if they get a similar number of points, I think they will win it again...

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  • 9. At 7:46pm on 18 May 2009, mrpalba wrote:

    If Rafa wants to behave like a plonker, he can't complain if everybody laughs at his teenage tantrums. He just pulls down the achievements of his great club and his players. who almost gave him what he wanted.
    And if you can't speak (or understand) the lingo, better not get into an argument - BASIC...

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  • 10. At 8:03pm on 18 May 2009, Torresque wrote:

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  • 11. At 8:06pm on 18 May 2009, WesSport wrote:

    If newcastle do go down I think that they will do a Leeds, but being a Leeds fan i think Hull will go down. Even Man U's under11's will beat them and Newcastle will probably beat Villa anyway

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  • 12. At 8:10pm on 18 May 2009, call_me_Sir wrote:

    A very fair and well-thought out conclusion to the season there, Robbo. Sad to see Boro go down, it just won't be the same on MOTD without seeing all those empty seats... Now, who do you think will leave the Riverside to continue playing in the Prem? Not that it matters, you've got a great youth thing going on up there, and I'm sure your kids will have field days in the Championship next season. Yes, I'm sure.

    I think you're right about the Toon aswell. If they can get players to feel proud to play for Newcastle again, then they can use relegation as a way to get back to a positive, winning mentality and maybe do something of note next time they play in the world's best league. Its not quite over yet though...

    As for Rafa, well since he's come to Liverpool he has learnt from his mistakes each year. The best way to talk is to win football matches, and hopefully he'll accomplish this next season. I wouldn't say Rafa is being petty though, more like he hates the fact that Man Utd have won it again and beaten him. A lot of people would have said far worse things than him this season. He's shown he has Liverpool in his blood and has been loyal to the fans' general feelings, especially towards Utd. This is why Rafa is 'one of us.' C'mon, all us Reds are being 'sulky-chops', and I'm sure Utd and Fergie would be the same if it was the other way round.

    And after all, I'm a man, sulking is what I am best at.

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  • 13. At 8:22pm on 18 May 2009, Arctic wrote:

    United had a lot of 1:0 wins this season, if a few of those turn to 0:0 Liverpool will win the Premier League next time around for sure.

    Still don't get why Benitez has to congratulate the manager of Liverpool's main rivals. He congratulated the whole team, manager included. Where's the pettiness in that? Liverpool supporters don't want our manager getting soppy with individual players or staff at Man Utd.

    We're rivals and there's nothing wrong with the attitude that puts your own club first.

    Sorry to say but I think you're right about Boro going down. Nothing against Hull or Sunderland, but I like Southgate a lot and same with Boro. You play honest football and you have an honest manager, if you stick with him I'm pretty sure you'll get promotion before the parachute payments dry up.

    I used to like Newcastle when they lost games 4:3 to Liverpool every year, but now they grind out 3:0 losses by the bucket load. Something is very wrong when you see a team get beat by that many goals and still think the game was dull.

    Who knows though, maybe they'll get that new owner they need and keep the only manager that actually wins games for them next time. I think Sam and Blackburn are laughing at Newcastle and deservedly so.

    But if Shearer can get rid of his layabouts and pick up a few Championship players willing to do a day's work, then they'll be back too.

    And what the hell did they do to Owen? He was hands down the best forward at Real Madrid, out-scoring Ronaldo and Raul in terms of goals per game, and within a year of returning to Blighty he's gone back to his Liverpool fitness routine. Funny how no one remembers how much of every season he spent off sick when he was here, and yet somehow still managed to score 20 or more goals. The more you look at him now the more you have to congratulate Benitez for getting shot of him when he did.

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  • 14. At 8:32pm on 18 May 2009, L-M-R FC wrote:

    i love rafa but i was disappointed he made a point of not congratulating fergie. if he had just said well done to man united i think it would have been much better than hilighting the fact that he was not praising fergie.

    then i was reminded of gesturegate.

    fergie can go do one.

    well done to the rest of those affiliated with man utd.

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  • 15. At 8:55pm on 18 May 2009, karl_C wrote:

    Robbo: "No more mental patients on six-figure salaries"; try seven-figure salaries. Barton (that lunatic) was actually on £2.5million or £3 million a year.

    Re: Liverpool, you omitted the catastrophe of Liverpool letting Arsenal hit them on the break a few times in the 4-4. Benitez "gets" Champions League football, but he doesn't "get" the Premier League.

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  • 16. At 10:19pm on 18 May 2009, Diala Anthony wrote:

    Robbo, welcome back from being modded last time out. Methinks you pulled a fast one on us: pretending to be moderated so you can sulk off and drown your 'Boroful tears in a glass of ale. Ahh!

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  • 17. At 10:26pm on 18 May 2009, 03richardsm wrote:

    I find it hilarious the way people lord the united team like their the most invincible team on the planet. I'll admit the United defence is the best in the league but people go on about how United have so many options up front and Liverpool have nothing, well then how come Liverpool have scored 74 goals more then any other team 7 more then united, and they say Liverpool are nothing without Gerrard and Torres well we beat Man U 2-1 at Anfield without either of them. People have said Rafa is being childish and stupid well let's say Liverpool won the league like Fergie's going to say well done Rafa you deserved it, he couldn't even admit Liverpool deserved to win when we beat them 4-1 in their own ground. I'm right behind rafa fergie has shown rafa no respect whatsoever so why should rafa show any respect back.

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  • 18. At 10:44pm on 18 May 2009, mightymuk wrote:

    I'm a liverpool fan, and well done Man U, butit seems obvious that liverpool are favourites to win it next year, from the performance of this season, but liverpool aren't just gerrard and torres, but we are much better with them, thats why we need to bring in good players like them so we can have two different teams like Man U. but anywayz i just hope this rafa vs fergie keeps going on till next year, so we can rub it in his face when we win it!!

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  • 19. At 10:58pm on 18 May 2009, excitedmanutd wrote:

    unseenforces (No 3) -- As for the champions league final, comeon barca....As Messi quotes:'"Manchester United have a great team - I think we just have that little bit more football."

    As a non-white ManUtd supporter I feel I have truly integrated into British society simply because I will always support any British team in a major game (no matter how much I may hate them) against any foreign team.

    Shame on you.

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  • 20. At 11:25pm on 18 May 2009, Ginger wrote:

    #19 excited manutd

    Don't worry this is the price of success. Nobody has supported us in a major final save for the FA Cup against Millwall!

    The boys are going to show some 'football' next week and retain the CL Trophy.

    No problem.

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  • 21. At 11:27pm on 18 May 2009, Ginger wrote:

    #18 'I'm a liverpool fan, and well done Man U, butit seems obvious that liverpool are favourites to win it next year'

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    Obvious! Are you having a laugh! What are the odds at the bookies?

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  • 22. At 02:13am on 19 May 2009, beanabeaner wrote:

    good blog as usual robbo,but how come every single footy blog ends up with man u & liverpool fans bickering ?

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  • 25. At 02:28am on 19 May 2009, Smudge wrote:

    Robbo how about a blog hypothesising why the 4 teams from the "upper" right hand side of England (have been generous to include Hull) are in danger of relegation.
    Is it down to the depressed economy in that part of the country or what? Must be a PHD or two available to research this.

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  • 26. At 04:16am on 19 May 2009, SYSTEM-J wrote:

    Robbo, Viduka left of his own accord when his contract ran out (as did Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Bolo Zenden before him), so you should blame Keith Lamb for that master stroke, while Yakubu also wanted out and deliberately played like a drunken Bendtner to force a move.

    Whatever else you can blame Southgate for, you can't blame him for those two leaving. In fact, it was an almighty achievement keeping us in the league when our two main strikers (who scored 28 league goals between them in Southgate's first season) abandoned us. Tony Cascarino in the Times likened it to Man United winning the league after losing Rooney and Ronaldo, and said Southgate's achievement was the most impressive of the season.

    Funny how things change in the space of a year...

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  • 27. At 08:15am on 19 May 2009, Rovers Return - HKR AWAY DAYS wrote:

    Good blog, Robbo - Sir Alex is sure to play a weaker side at the KC. Man Utd already have their eye on defending their Champions League title. Can you blame them when they have nothing left to prove this year? Not at all. If SAF needs a speedy left winger with a deft touch and wicked crossing ability, I'll bring my boots, I only live around the corner!

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  • 28. At 08:22am on 19 May 2009, SugarDunkerton wrote:

    Personally I think letting Cattermole leave was more of a mistake than the loss of Viduka or Yakubu..

    Managers live and die with their big buys.. Southgate's big buy is Alves and he has been a howler.

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  • 29. At 08:51am on 19 May 2009, A Bastion of Invincibility wrote:

    Maybe you could take punditry advice from Dixon and Keowns shirts.

    You obviously have to plaster your personality all over the blog, with the not very witty child like style of writing. The pathetic attempts at 'humour' (the Blue Bell must be a borefest if you're the leading man) and jumping on the predictable bandwagon of tabloid reporting.

    Its almost a crime that next season we will still have this and McNultys words of wisdom (ha!) as an option and we will, more than likely, not have the excellent blog of Gavin Strachan to read!

    Oh well, at least we will have Tim Vickery's column to read too. All that needs to be done is arrange a swap deal so he reports on the English game instead.

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  • 30. At 08:51am on 19 May 2009, yajustdonsavethose wrote:

    love the blinkers everyone has. avram grant took chelsea from 6th to within one game of the title and took them to within one pen of winning the champs league (JT - maybe let striker take a pen rather than trying to grab personal glory). hiddink didnt come close to this. Not saying grant is amzing or that hiddink isnt but the hypocrisy is just comical

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  • 31. At 08:54am on 19 May 2009, merryPotterdownunder wrote:

    Great blog but seriously wonder why people keep criticising the likes of Stoke , Blackburn and Bolton. All three teams have played some half decent football along the way. I'm a Stoke fan and I am as surprised as anyone to see them survive let alone mid table.

    Why not throw Newcastle into the mix by the way. They play like a pack of donkeys most of the time!!

    We (Stoke) love the criticism by the way because we've watched our lads get better and better as the season went on. It wasn't just Delaps throw either.....some very neat play at times and certainly a fully fit Liam Lawrence adds a new dimension with Etherington and Beattie terrorising up front.

    I read alot about how Beattie was too slow and not skilled enough to be an EPL player. Well obviously those opinions were rubbish too.

    We are all allowed to have an opinion and the Brit has voiced theirs all year long.

    Tony Pulis is proving to be a stoich figure as an EPL manager. He seems to have a gift and building a team that can execute a game plan. We could have fallen apart when we capitulated at West Ham but we came back and survived with relative ease in the end.

    Well done to Bolton and Blackburn too. You ain't just heaving the ball around. May not always be as pretty as Man Utd but you graft the results and get the job done. Darn site better than being a WBA or Hull fan right now. You can have all the beauty in the world on the park but relegation is plain ugly. I really feel for you guys and hope Hull can stay up.

    I hope to see Stoke mature in their play and become a force in the league in years to come. Underestimate TP and the Brit at your peril!!

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  • 32. At 08:55am on 19 May 2009, Give_Me_A_Break wrote:

    To all those Liverpool fans bleating on about "gesturegate" I ask them one thing: who started this whole thing in the first place? If Rafa hadn't pulled out his list of so-called facts and implicitly criticised Fergie unfairly then all would have been sweetness and light (relatively). Put yourself in Fergie's shoes at that time (and also after subsequent ill-conceived comments by Rafa) and I think you would be looking for some kind of retaliation. Childish? Maybe, but Rafa has ultimately brought all this on himself.

    And to all those who think that Rafa praising United is just the same as what Fergie has done in the past to Chelsea and Arsenal when they won the league, I say get real. Rafa went out of his way to say he would not congratulate Fergie, something Fergie has never done. Rafa is dragging the good name of Liverpool though the mud with this one, and I for one now have no respect for anything he says. He should focus a bit more on his own team rather than criticising his opponents.

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  • 33. At 09:10am on 19 May 2009, Robbo Robson wrote:

    Quite right about Lafferty. To me that's a 5-game ban, automatically. It's the equivalent of kicking someone off the park and the lad should be made to think twice before he does it again.

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  • 34. At 09:18am on 19 May 2009, collie21 wrote:

    Nice blokes come last you know that! This isn't football it's business under the guise of sport, and when Mowbray and Southgate realise that, they might get a team to win a few more games. That's why the tumbler and cry baby and Gerards of this world fall down with a gust of wind. They are under orders, they are trained to do it. Hiddink is like most Dutch people, cool intelligent well educated, unlike most of the soccer fraternity.

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  • 35. At 09:31am on 19 May 2009, _nighthawk_ wrote:

    Entertaining blog as usual.

    I was absolutely shocked when Viduka left as i didnt consider Southgate had anyone to replace him with and even the other day showed he still has it in terms of presence in the box.

    I'm not fancying Chelsea's chances if Hiddink doesnt stay, even Malouda looks like he might be half decent under him. Although does anyone else think Drogba just looks totally out of sorts at the moment, against Blackburn this weekend he was awful.

    To post #13

    At Real Madrid in 2004-05 Owen had the spanish league season's highest ratio of goals scored to number of minutes played, however he was used mainly as a high impact substitute and was not a really a regular starter. The reason for this is the games he started he didnt impact all that well in. Hands down the best striker at Real Madrid is a long long way off the mark. Just look at Ronaldo's goals/game ratio for his Madrid time or even his entire career. Phenomenal.

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  • 36. At 09:38am on 19 May 2009, Spartakus666 wrote:

    "(JT - maybe let striker take a pen rather than trying to grab personal glory)"

    Don't let the fact one striker had been sent off and the other one was hiding colour your (for want of a better word) thinking.

    Boro - a shame but did anyone really expect Aliadiere to suddenly become a striker?

    Benitez - is acting very childishly. Again.

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  • 37. At 09:58am on 19 May 2009, MU_Andy_58 wrote:

    Can't see Boro staying up, 4 goals is just too much. Pity as I quite like Southgate and his approach, will he also lose players though?

    As for Rafa, does anybody care? I doubt it.

    I can't see the Toon beating Villa either so I guess thats them gone also, may spark a sense of reality there!

    I assume you will still be blogging but on Championship wages.

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  • 38. At 10:11am on 19 May 2009, alwaysindoubt wrote:

    Ack, I really thought Boro might win their last two games. It is looking rather bleak for you now Robbo, in fact it would be the most remarkable prevention of the fat lady singing since 1964 when a freak woodworm infestation caused the stage to collapse just as she opened her mouth at a show in Barnstaple.

    Hey ho.

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  • 39. At 10:15am on 19 May 2009, Baghdad_Potter wrote:

    Always enjoy your blog Robbo and I know you are trying to be a little controversial and to 'Stoke' up reactions and comment. BUT I think I detect a little sour grapes? I am sure every single one of those handful who were at the Riverside at the weekend would swap their team for ours. Horses for courses and you play to your strengths. Boro have been fantastic, 11 seasons in the Prem which is not to be sniffed at and a record I would certainly envy, but the truth is this season, Boro were not good enough. Fact. Keep up the good work though.

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  • 40. At 10:16am on 19 May 2009, Meist101 wrote:

    All Benitez seems to do is rant at United with these 'Rafafacts' and for what reason? The stats do not back up what Rafa has been saying.

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    RAFA MOANS ABOUT UNITED GETTING MORE DECISIONS THIER WAY
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    Here's a few stats for you;

    Man utd

    penalties for 4
    penalties against 5
    players red carded 7
    players sent off against utd 2

    Liverpool

    penalties for 8
    penalties against 2
    players red carded 0
    players sent off against liverpool 8

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    RAFA MOANS ABOUT UNITED WINNING BECAUSE WE OUTSPENT THEM --------------------------------------------------------

    Benitez has spent more than SAF in both net & gross since he arrived at Liverpool.
    Prior to Chelsea being bought by Abramovich, Liverpool had the highest net & gross spend on transfers in Premier League history.

    Since Benitez arrived he has spent £212,490,000 gross.
    In that same period, SAF has spent £169,450,000 gross.

    Benitez's net spend is £110,460,000, averaging £22,092,000 per season.
    SAF's net spend in the same period is £93,400,000, averaging £18,680,000 per season.

    Since the Premier League began, Liverpool have spent £380,115,000 gross.
    United have spent £391,150,000 gross.

    Liverpool have spent £202,445,000 net since the Premier League began, averaging £11,908,529 per season.
    United have spent £200,585,000, averaging £11,799,118 per season.

    Now, which "facts" were you talking about please?

    http://www.transferleague.co.uk/

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    There have been some good but mostly really bad Liverpool signings!

    Mascherano 18m - good player, little expensive
    Arbeloa 2.6m - hmmm
    Lucas 6m - what a complete fool Benitez is
    Vronin free - clear reason why
    Leto 1.85m - who?
    Torres 20m - no brainer, dont have to be a genius manager to realise he's a good player
    Benayoun 5m - not quite consistant enough
    Babel 11.5m - Benitez treats him apallingly
    Aurelio free - again you can see why
    Pennant 6.75m - awful buy and overspend
    Kuyt 9m - works hard.....for 9m
    Palletta 2m - rubbish
    Bellamy 6m - gone
    Agger 5.8m - treated like garbage
    Keane 20m - treated like garbage
    fowler foc - stop gap
    Kromkamp - garbage and gone
    El zhar - hmm
    Crouch 7m - gone
    sissoko 5.8m - gone
    Gonzalez 4.5m - gone
    Barragan foc - gone
    Reina 6m - good signing - yay at last
    Zended foc - gone
    Carson 750,000 - gone
    Morientes 6.3m - gone

    31 signings made, not including Ngog who he keeps bringing for some strange reason.

    As well as his stupid selections when he has got everyone fit. He should go now. Oh no maybe we could go for another knockout competition...yawn
    Pellegrino foc - lol
    Josemi 2m - gone
    Garcia 6m - gone
    Alonso 10.5m - hurrah good signing
    Nunez - gone

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    And finally, since the start of the Premier League, United have won 10 league titles, four FA Cups, and two European Cups.
    Liverpool have won two FA Cups, two UEFA cups and one European Cup.

    We have met your league winning tally, without you winning since 1989-90.

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  • 41. At 10:25am on 19 May 2009, been wrote:

    Robbo, what did you do to get yourself moderated last time?

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  • 42. At 10:30am on 19 May 2009, duffy wrote:

    As long as borough take Downing with them then at least England fans will be spared as with any luck he'll be overloooked from thereon.

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  • 43. At 10:31am on 19 May 2009, tricky-knee59 wrote:

    Re Lafferty

    Just a quick thought, wonder what Mr Wenger would have seen had Lafferty been playing for Arsenal.

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  • 44. At 10:35am on 19 May 2009, thesefeetdontdance wrote:

    Robbo, really good article.

    Only problem with Newcastle going down is that there will be other Premiership clubs who will take the "failures" when the best thing that could happen is the likes of Owen, Viduka et al all get their come uppance, just like the club and dont get creamed off elsewhere but have to see what life is like in the dressing rooms at Peterborough, or even Millwall !!!!!

    Newcastle are symptomatic of what is wrong with football, too many mercenaries on the pitch, too many in the boardroom, and a group of supporters, who the odd march excepting, cant see how they are being taken for a ride.

    No, I pray NUFC go down to teach everyone a lesson, you never know they may just then bounce back up and provide this country with another hotbed of football cos at the moment when you think of Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Darlington and Hartlepool and they make the economic depression seem like fun.

    Probably the best team in that area at the moment are Whitley Bay !!!!!!!!

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  • 45. At 10:50am on 19 May 2009, stonao wrote:

    i think i'm going to be the first chelsea fan to comment, and to take the discussion away from the scouse and the mancs i'd like to talk about how impressive Guus Hiddink has been at the bridge. within 3 months, he was totally revitalised our team, players like Malouda, Drogba and Anelka are now playing out of their skins. it also looks as if he has had a word with Drogba about his antics on the pitch and recently he has not complained once about a challenge on him, and not dived. against Blackburn the first time he was on his backside was when Robinson punched through him. Ronaldo on the other hand seems to believe he is bigger than the club and his childish tantrums show it. at least when Drogba came off against Barcelona he showed some respect to the manager, didnt have a hissy fit on the touch line and sat down without arguement.

    now onto 'Boro. everyone's talking about losing out on goalscorers at the riverside, however i personally think what you've missed is Schwarzer's presence in goal. in past seasons he has kept boro alive and losing him has been the biggest blow of all.

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  • 46. At 11:12am on 19 May 2009, Giggs' Left Peg wrote:

    Sorry Robbo, the Boro are gone. Downing aside they have very little quality. If Alves is worth £12million what does that make Torres worth? Im hoping Newcastle go down, mainly because i want to see Hull pull it off.

    As for Rafa, sure he congratulated Man Utd but the flat refusal to name Sir Alex and congratulate him shows what a brat he is. I dont think it would have hurt him to simply say "Well done Alex" and just get over it. Instead he makes a great club with a great history look petty and sour by association. It's amusing though, seeing Rafa turn beetroot and give his "the whole world is sgainst us" speech is amusing!

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  • 47. At 11:29am on 19 May 2009, hodgy926 wrote:

    Post #40
    Are you Konvictz in disguise (re. McNulty's blog on "worthy champions") or did you just copy and paste those transfer stats?

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  • 48. At 11:55am on 19 May 2009, Rob Smiley wrote:

    I'm sure Ronaldo would have scored more goals this season if he didn't keep taking his many free kicks the same way he treated his ferrari... ie, driving them straight into the wall.

    Droghba?... revitalised?? Half the time, when he goes down, doesn't get the free kick/penalty, and then throws a paddy, I keep expecting to discover the person running onto the pitch isn't going to be the Physio, it's going to turn out to be Droghba's mum! "How DARE you embarass me in front of all these people, pull yourself together and stop sulking!"

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  • 49. At 11:58am on 19 May 2009, I am a number not a free man wrote:

    I believe neither SAF nor Rafa have exactly covered themselves in glory this season ( off the pitch ). Too much fixating on the other's club ( while claiming their rival was doing the same ).
    The shame is that Rafa's pointed refusal to congratulate SAF has somewhat detracted from what had been a very competitive season for Liverpool. Where footy fans should be talking about how close run the title race has been ( though not as close as last year ), they have - to a certain extent - been discussing Rafa's poor sportsmanship, and whether he lacks dignity in defeat ?!
    It's interesting that among all the stats bandied about regarding who was more deserving of wining the title - LIverpool's 2 defeats ( thus far ) vs United's 4 ( thus far ), the relative number of goals scored etc. The one stat I see rarely quoted is - IMO - the most important one. The number of games won. With 3 points for a win, and only one for a draw, it is patently obvious that a team who wins one match and loses another will have more points that the team the draws two matches. One of those teams is undefeated; the other has more points.

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  • 50. At 12:12pm on 19 May 2009, palace_mark wrote:

    I do feel for the boro going down, but to be fair, all of their "big" players are being linked with moves away, but are any of them good enough to stay in the prem based on this season?
    I would say that Tuncay and wheater would be about it for me!
    Downing is possibly the most overrated player in the prem, and the only reason that he gets anywhere near the england squad is because he is the only naturally left footed player of any note who is English, well that and the fact that the tabloids keep linking him with Spurs (so he must be good, right?), but then who isnt?
    I wouldnt give you £15 for him.
    I do hope that he leaves, as i think that Adam Johnson will come into his own in the championship next year.
    As for the rest, Alves, Huth, Aliadiere, Mido (when he gets back) amongst others, who in their right mind will take on these players?
    I think that Boro will bounce back next year, and southgate will win the championship, and as a Palace fan, that is painful to say!

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  • 51. At 12:16pm on 19 May 2009, Robbo Robson wrote:

    Quite agree with the above. If you come second and whinge it's just sour grapes. Neither SAF or Rafa are good at losing but there has to be a bit of dignity involved somewhere. The way things are going there'll be a scrap in a pub car park off the M56 by October of next season.

    And yes, Stoke fan, I would be stoutly defending my team were they yours. As I said, it's a results business and the Potters have Delapidated many a team at their place and deserve to have more joy in the Prem.

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  • 52. At 12:40pm on 19 May 2009, collie21 wrote:

    30. At 08:51am on 19 May 2009, yajusdonsavethose wrote:
    love the blinkers everyone has. avram grant took chelsea from 6th to within one game of the title and took them to within one pen of winning the champs league (JT - maybe let striker take a pen rather than trying to grab personal glory). hiddink didnt come close to this. Not saying grant is amzing or that hiddink isnt but the hypocrisy is just comical

    ---------------------------------------------------
    Go look up the word Hypocrisy, this isn't it.
    Still Grant is probably the most underratted manager ever. Maybe his personality is the problem he doesn't get a high profile job. Or maybe he just doesn't want one

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  • 53. At 12:45pm on 19 May 2009, collie21 wrote:

    48. At 11:55am on 19 May 2009, RobSmiley wrote:
    I'm sure Ronaldo would have scored more goals this season if he didn't keep taking his many free kicks the same way he treated his ferrari... ie, driving them straight into the wall.

    Droghba?... revitalised?? Half the time, when he goes down, doesn't get the free kick/penalty, and then throws a paddy, I keep expecting to discover the person running onto the pitch isn't going to be the Physio, it's going to turn out to be Droghba's mum! "How DARE you embarass me in front of all these people, pull yourself together and stop sulking!"

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    Would you care to expand on the term paddy?

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  • 54. At 12:54pm on 19 May 2009, The_Toonster wrote:

    Not many laughs in that one Robbo.... we need some funny!

    Less misery and more happy!

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  • 55. At 1:00pm on 19 May 2009, jonnytheboy wrote:

    really don't think its fair to have a pop at JT for having the bxxxs to take a crucial pen...he's done it for england as well......

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  • 56. At 1:09pm on 19 May 2009, Rob Ice wrote:

    I wish people would stop comparing Rafa with Fergie. Fergies been in the premier league 23 years, Rafa 5 years so comparisons are ludicrous. Compare what they achieved at similar stages in their careers.

    Rafa has achieved more in 5 years than Fergie did in his first 5 years. Rafa won the CL in his 1st season, it took Fergie 13 years. Rafa won FA cup in his 2nd season, Fergie took 4 years. Rafa has finished in the top 5 of the league in each of his first 5 seasons. Fergie was mid table mostly and won his 1st league title after 7 years. Rafa got to 100 premier league wins a lot quicker than Fergie. Add to that the fact that its a lot tougher to win the league now than it was then with all the spending that goes on.

    The point is Rafa is about to become a true Anfield legend and will break the domination of Chelsea and Man U in the premier league in the same way he did in Spain with Valencia. Hes got Liverpool playing good attacking football and got them closer and closer to the title as every season without buying £30 players in the same way Man U do.

    As for saying Rafas signing have been poor. Fergie has 23 years experience in the premier league but still makes his share of poor signings Veron, Saha, Smith, Hargreaves, Nani, Anderson, Berbatov (value for money I dont think so !!)

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  • 57. At 1:13pm on 19 May 2009, collie21 wrote:

    "On an economic level we cannot fight with the other big teams, at least for now, in particular because of the stadium," added Benitez.

    He is avoiding the issue, economics has nothing to do with points dropped. Ask Middelsbourough and Newcastle, and even Leeds, good or bad economics in the club shouldn't really translate onto the pitch...or does it?

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  • 58. At 1:19pm on 19 May 2009, Rob Ice wrote:

    "On an economic level we cannot fight with the other big teams, at least for now, in particular because of the stadium," added Benitez.

    He is avoiding the issue, economics has nothing to do with points dropped. Ask Middelsbourough and Newcastle, and even Leeds, good or bad economics in the club shouldn't really translate onto the pitch...or does it?

    .........

    What's he's saying is he doesn't have the funds to have the likes of Tevez and Berbatov on the bench.

    If economics results in us finishing the season with 86 points then I hope economics is an issue every season in the same way I hope he has a rant every season!

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  • 59. At 1:43pm on 19 May 2009, Presto West End wrote:

    "It's been a horrible, sloppy, mismanaged mess that club and a little spell in the corner just having a little think about how they've behaved might be just what the club needs."

    I said exactly the same thing about Leeds nearly a year ago
    (http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/paulfletcher/2008/07/will_leeds_march_on_to_promoti.html).

    Thing is, once you're down there, and by no means guaranteed to re-emerge quickly, its not that attractive any more. Same goes for Boro.

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  • 60. At 1:49pm on 19 May 2009, Yabooga wrote:

    Thesefeetdontdance

    "and a group of supporters, who the odd march excepting, cant see how they are being taken for a ride."

    Do you do any of the following:

    a. Live on Tyneside
    b. Visit on a regular basis
    c. Have a wealth of friends and/or contacts on Tyneside
    d. Attend Newcastle matches on a regular basis
    e. Read independent NUFC fanzines, publications and websites

    If not, then please explain on what basis you make that idiotic comment.

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  • 61. At 2:04pm on 19 May 2009, redatwork84 wrote:

    Post 40 - Possibly the fact that Liverpool dont fould opposition players as often, both in the box and outside, means we have less players booked/sent off and penalties conceded. The fact we spend a lot of time with the ball in the opposition box with the ball getting fouled, means we get more penatlies given to us. These aren't just decisions going our way because we're liverpool. It's us deserving them by playing in that way.

    Just the same that Liverpool would have deserved to win the league had we not had so many 0-0 bore draws at home.

    All the while, congrats to Utd. for the title...congrats to Everton for FA cup and congrats to Barca for champs league!

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  • 62. At 2:51pm on 19 May 2009, gormo7 wrote:

    12 >>> call_me_sir wrote: and I'm sure your kids will have field days in the Championship next season. Yes, I'm sure.

    Do you watch much of the championship?? the current middlesborough squad would struggle for promotion never mind just the kids.

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  • 63. At 2:56pm on 19 May 2009, Tina wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 64. At 3:00pm on 19 May 2009, Sir Harry Whitesnapp wrote:

    So Robbo - looks like you're out of a job too mate. Not sure what exciting tales you can whip up about the championship....

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  • 65. At 3:07pm on 19 May 2009, DenistheGenius wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 66. At 3:08pm on 19 May 2009, Robbo Robson wrote:

    Dunno why the Championship should lack drama compared to the Premiership. There's every chance I'll become one of them second tier converts and start laying into the overpaid deliverers of drab fare that masquerade as millionaires in the so-called top league while my lads play proper football.

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  • 67. At 3:12pm on 19 May 2009, Robbo Robson wrote:

    Denis - quite right about Roy. Top bloke n all.
    Btw, Hiddink didn't exactly back Drogba post-Barca like the skipper did.
    And of course it's no coincidence the Needle of Govan is always involved in these long-running feuds. Interesting how Rafa's rants seem to have brought Arsene and Alex closer together. Bit difficult to get your head round too.

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  • 68. At 3:16pm on 19 May 2009, Purebreed wrote:

    Man U did not deserve to win the league because they did not field as many spanish players as Lpool, that is the problem says Rafa.

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  • 69. At 3:23pm on 19 May 2009, beardedshrimper wrote:

    I am really sadened to see Boro go down because they've done right by the manager. I hope Gobson gives Southgate at least one more season to sort things out. Like a striker for a start.
    The bloke was unlucky, no-one could have known Alves was going to be THAT bad. He wouldn't get in the Southend team on this form.
    The second tier is better than the Prem in many ways, there is some excitement as any team really can beat any other.
    When we were there a few seasons ago we beat Birmingham at theirs, can't see West Brom winning at Man U somehow

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  • 70. At 3:23pm on 19 May 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    As one of them second (well, fourth) tier supporters that does lay into the overpaid deliverers of drab fare that masquerade as millionaires in the so-called top league while my lads play proper football... I can confirm to you the excitement, drama and overall magic is not only equal but maybe greater... We won the Blue Square Conference last year with a record number of points... I was happier than any utd fan is right now. It means something. And yes i have been to "real" stadiums (wembley, emirates, the bridge) but none of them compare to our Rec!

    Plus in the lower leagues you can have an open debate about football that doesn't break in to a row between Liverpool and Utd fans...

    Robbo, football is football, where ever it is played it is beautiful whether it be in front of 2 thousand loyal fans in the Mighty East bank of the rec or 50 thousand fans in the Kop end of Anfield...

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  • 71. At 3:40pm on 19 May 2009, collie21 wrote:

    Dear Robbo,
    Please please please, talk to your fellow bloggers. I would like a serious piece written about the demise of a particular footballer by way of an excuse to look at what happens overall in the game. Liam Miller was let go by QPR this week. This is the same Liam Miller who was a midfield maestro for Celtic, who was touted as the next Roy Keane, who was Bought by Untied and then sold to Sunderland and was dropped and sold to OPR where he was just dropped. How can a player who was so good for Celtic prove so Bad for every other club. Is it a reference on Scottish football as a whole or just the player himself? I wonder would he have done a job a boro?

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  • 72. At 3:56pm on 19 May 2009, whatbill wrote:

    49 - Good point, United have lost more games than the 2nd place team in each of their last 3 titles. Fergie's strategy is to gamble on the win: even if it means a slightly higher risk of defeat, the 3 points make it worthwhile.

    After years of having this pointed out to him, a lighbulb seemed to finally go on in Rafa's head a couple of months ago. Whether he will carry this on next season remains to be seen.

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  • 73. At 4:19pm on 19 May 2009, MUFC_RED_ARMY wrote:

    Robbo, why did you add a link to the Moss Side Road near Irlam when you talked about Fletch and Fergie combing the streets of Salford and Moss Side?

    Salford is about 10 miles away from the Moss Side Road and Moss Side itself is eevn further away, about 12 miles.

    Do your research next time...

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  • 74. At 4:20pm on 19 May 2009, MUFC_RED_ARMY wrote:

    Should read: "even further away"...

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  • 75. At 4:21pm on 19 May 2009, united-devilishly wrote:

    "There's every chance that United's mascot will be the tallest lad on the pitch in a red shirt"
    classic Robbo

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  • 76. At 4:26pm on 19 May 2009, pimms-o-clock wrote:

    Guess who's back
    Back again
    Pimms is back tell a friend
    Guess whos back, guess whos back, guess whos back

    Sorry west brom and when the hell is the trophy cabinet gonna get some more silverware. Ive waited four bleeding years and still nothing

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  • 77. At 4:26pm on 19 May 2009, pimms-o-clock wrote:

    In the context of arsenal

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  • 78. At 4:35pm on 19 May 2009, Xavierneville wrote:

    Oh Yabooga!

    Did you put c in just for me? No wind ups this week, as my empathy kicks in I've been there and lived through it
    All I'll say this week is a total lottery, all you can do is go for it and maybe you'll get lucky.....

    Do you think you'll turn the Villa over? Goodluck

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  • 79. At 4:41pm on 19 May 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    #29 If you feel so strongly about Robbo's blog, why on earth do you read it? You should perhaps congratulate the BBC but leave out Robbo's name!

    #31 Beattie was a big surprise to me this season too, he had a great year. I was forced into taking an interest after pulling Stoke out of the hat in a round robin betting ring of the promoted clubs. Obviously your lads did me proud!

    Raffa has been crying about something since he arrived in Liverpool, that won't change. He doesn't have the same dignity and humility that typified the great managers of LFC. They had it before they won trophies and not as a result of winning! The good news is that they might just be getting back to the old boot room mentality with Dalglish and Sammy Lee on board but I have my doubts if Raffa is the man to lead it. Dalgish might be the future.

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  • 80. At 4:45pm on 19 May 2009, digispoonerta wrote:

    i know it's a long shot for Boro but I don't think Fergie will be allowed to play a load kids on Sunday as the game effects relegation (If i remember rightly teams are not allowed to play a vastly weakened side if the result effects League Title or Relegation) ....

    If ManU win 4-0 against hull and Boro win 1-0 then Boro will go above Hull by 1 goal! It would then depend on the Newcastle and Sunderland results... Something like that happened when West Brom stayed up by 1 goal a few years ago!!!

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  • 81. At 4:49pm on 19 May 2009, collie21 wrote:

    know it's a long shot for Boro but I don't think Fergie will be allowed to play a load kids on Sunday as the game effects relegation (If i remember rightly teams are not allowed to play a vastly weakened side if the result effects League Title or Relegation) ....
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    Well you try naming a vastly weakened team that united could put out? The carling cup semi final winners perhaps? Nil All will do Hull.

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  • 82. At 4:51pm on 19 May 2009, thesefeetdontdance wrote:

    We are touchy Yabooga.

    Why do I need to be linked with NUFC in any way to comment on a team that with 50000 in attendance is currently languishing in what is a laughable position. Its not laughable, in any other business players, as employees, would have been dismissed for such underachievement.

    The game needs a vibrant North East but you are not going to get it whilst the club and the players are so mercenary, attitudes totally at odds to the loyalty displayed by the fans but that loyalty is being abused. If you cant see that, you deserve to go down for a reality check because otherwise there is no chance of things ever improving.

    Not whilst you still get 50000 through the turnstiles, the only way the guys in the boardroom and on the pitch are going to begin to address things is by losing money, by playing against the likes of Peterborough and Doncaster (and those names are only chosen because they are unfashionable, they have achieved more in their own ways recently than Newcastle).

    Hull may have lost their way (I think they will go down) but in terms of a wake up call, if Newcastle were to be relegated it might induce some soul searching.

    Bottom line is football needs its hotbeds,inc the North East.

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  • 83. At 5:05pm on 19 May 2009, digispoonerta wrote:

    What i was trying to say is that ManU can't put out a load of kids/ reserves etc.... as it affects relegation....

    I personally think that whatever team ManU put out will be too strong for Hull but depending on who plays will be as to what the score might be....

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  • 84. At 5:18pm on 19 May 2009, collie21 wrote:

    If United play Gary Neville then Hull will have a great chance. Kuszczak in goal, Both de silvas, Wellbeck, Macheda, Gibson in Midfield, Nani, and then I am getting stuck as to who they could put out....Possebon, Martin??? This is their second team, ....

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  • 85. At 5:25pm on 19 May 2009, Lupethan wrote:

    Sorry Robbo for choosing your particular blog to make a pointless point, but having read a lot of comments on the various blogs regarding rightly/wrongly how great Guus Hiddink is because of his results over since coming into Chelsea, I just kept getting the nagging feeling I had headr similar praise earlier in the season, and the stats make interesting viewing.

    Just for clarity, whilst I think that Guus Hiddink has done a fantastic job taking over Chelsea midway through the season, he has in fact only done marginally better that Big Phil Scolari.

    Premier League Comparison after 12 Games :-

    Guus - P12 - W10 - D1 - L1 = Pts 31
    Phil - P12 - W9 - D2 - L1 = Pts 29

    I am not criticising Guus, as I personally think he is a fantastic manager, but I do believe that Scolari was equally being praised after the same number of games. It is worthwhile remembering that after 12 games Chelsea were still top of the premier league table, in fact they were still top after 14 games, and in the opening 12 games Chelsea drew with Manchester United and lost to Liverpool. Guus on the other hand in the premier league 12 games he has managed has not had to play either of these two teams, and these two teams are the top two in the country.

    It is important to learn lessons, seasons and managers must not be judged on 12 games, it is a 38 game campaign.

    My personal opinion is that Phil Scolari was not a manager for a Club team, he has not been in club management for a long time (2001). Whereas, Guus Hiddink has managed PSV Eindhoven as recently as 2006.

    Finally for this post, if Chelsea draw the last game of the season then over 13 premiership games, Guus Hiddink will have accrued exactly the same number of points as Phil Scolari in the opening 13 games. Perhaps the secret for Chelsea this season would have been to have a manager for the middle 12 matches.

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  • 86. At 5:30pm on 19 May 2009, Robbo Robson wrote:

    #80
    I'll leave the optimism to you, son.
    Collie - re Liam Miller - I dunno what's happened to the lad. Fergie got shot of him pretty swiftly really which usually suggests the lad's not as good as you;re saying. I never witnessed his magical displays in a Celtic shirt so all I've seen is a well average player go to well average clubs (after United) so I think Southgate'll be signing him up come Monday.

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  • 87. At 5:34pm on 19 May 2009, Robbo Robson wrote:

    #85 A canny point, son. I reckon Hiddink and Shearer have hit ona new tactic for managers. You tell the employers how long you're staying. You never get sacked... you can't be properly judged. You can't really look bad. It's a kind of Iain Dowie approach minus the P45.

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  • 88. At 5:36pm on 19 May 2009, Lupethan wrote:

    Whilst I have been proving how much of a bore I can be by researching information, just to pre-empt any Liverpool fan who frequents both this blog and Phil McNulty's blog.

    Arguments have been raised that since January 2008 Liverpool have been a better team than Manchester United.

    I took this as meaning if we look at all the results in the premiership since the 1st January 2008 that Liverpool had amassed more points than Manchester United.

    I had to 'referee' an argument between my brothers, one a Manchester United fan & the other a Liverpool fan, at the beginning of the season about how Liverpool had been the best team with the best results if you looked at the last 'x' games of the 2007/2008 season. It had proved that only on that particular 'x' number of games that Liverpool had in fact had a better record. However that did not go all the way back to the beginning of January.

    Just to avoid any churlish arguments on this blog around this point between the Manchester United brigade and the Liverpool brigade, here are the actual stats.

    MUFC: Jan 1st to end season = 42pts - 08/09 Season 87pts
    LFC : Jan 1st to end season = 39pts* - 08/09 Season 83pts

    *At the end of December 2007 Liverpool had played one less game than Manchester United. That obviously means that from Jan 1st to the end of the season they played one extra game and still ended that period of the season with 2 less points than Manchester United. This season they obviously have not scored as many points as Manchester United.

    So, I shall be pointing my brothers to this blog and this post in order to enjoy a quieter post/pre season football free period.

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  • 89. At 5:43pm on 19 May 2009, digispoonerta wrote:

    But ..... they are not allowed to put out what would be a second team full of players who have not played all season and under strutainy (sp?) would be classed as a weakened team ..... and surely if people like tevez, nani, neville, the twins etc, are looking to impress for a place on the bench at the CL final (5 allowed is it?) then they are not going to take it too lightly

    also the league would look at if he played Fletcher, who is suspended for the Final etc....

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  • 90. At 5:45pm on 19 May 2009, digispoonerta wrote:

    the point being is that they are NOT allowed to put out a team like what you are suggesting ... it also belittles and shows utter contempt for all the teams involved be it Boro, Newcastle, Hull and Sunderland...

    If he does that then it says it all about ManU

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  • 91. At 6:30pm on 19 May 2009, DenistheGenius wrote:

    score one for the good guys!

    had me post "moderated" - but not before it got the coveted instant response from Robbinho.

    take that, Moder-robots! 'round here we call that "doing the double" ;)

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  • 92. At 7:03pm on 19 May 2009, DenistheGenius wrote:

    true - Hiddink didn't act a total punk like Terry did after the Barca match... but how impressive and refreshing would it have been if rather than be non-commital, Guus had shown some guts and told it like it is, perhaps even admitting to being embarrassed by Chelski players' behavior?
    he could've set a new precedent for managerial forthrightness and honourability that we've been desperately lacking for some time, but he instead played it safe.

    heaven forbid a coach risk upsetting a star player when that player has disgraced his club and the game itself!

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  • 93. At 7:18pm on 19 May 2009, NEARPOSTHEADER wrote:

    I LOVE relegation ding-dongs...especially when West Ham aren't involved! They make the battle for the title look tame. I think the Prem should arrange it so the last day of the season sees the big boys all playing each other, just in case the title is still up for grabs.
    Sir Alex will undoubtedly come in for criticism when he fields his under-14 team against Hull, but would any manager in his right mind do otherwise? Think of the howls of derision if he were to play Rooney, Ronaldo, et al, and they picked up injuries. Upton Park is, traditionally, not a pleasant place to go on the last day of the season, but even if Boro do stuff the Hammers, I doubt whether it'll be enough.
    Can't help feeling the Barcodes will pull off the Great Escape, leaving the Tigers to fall through that trapdoor.
    Liverpool win the title next season? That's being very presumtuous I feel. I think the Prem is in for a shake-up at the top.

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  • 94. At 7:53pm on 19 May 2009, TNeile wrote:

    Liverpool need two or three replacements, beginning with Rafa. But no Scousers will ever see that until after it happens and the team begins to live up to its potential again. The win in Istanbul made him look like a genius, though it was the heart of the players and the lack of same of the Italians that won the day for them. I suppose you can love a wife who puts plastic on all the furniture and won't let you use the dishes or silverware except on special occasions. But if you can quickly trade her for another, why not look into it at least?

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  • 95. At 02:04am on 20 May 2009, Smudge wrote:

    Very simple reason why Liverpool didn't win the title - 14 points "dropped" at home with 7 draws !! And only 2 of those draws were against "notable" opposition. Sorry to say this but as a Liverpool fan we can't expect to win the title if we can't put away the likes of Fulham, Hull & Stoke at Anfield.

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  • 96. At 07:51am on 20 May 2009, MickS wrote:

    United have to do what is best for United this weekend. They still have another bit of silverware to play for and this game doesn't really have any meaning for them. That the players picked will play to win goes without saying, they wouldn't stay at United if they didn't but you can't expect them to field their strongest side. It's not showing contempt for Hull's rivals at the bottom of the table. Its being professional. As the title of this blog says "Life's just not fair".

    I'd like to see Hull stay up. Maybe relegation will allow a bit of reality to intrude on the myth of greatness that is Newcastle United. It's not about how loud or fanatical your fans are, its about what happens on the pitch.

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  • 97. At 08:27am on 20 May 2009, bramwellpowers wrote:

    Abashi!

    The same old ill-informed comments about Newcastle, week after week by people who have never been to the city!

    1) Look at Allardyce's record at Newcastle. There is no guarantee we wouldn't have gone down last year due to the slide down the table by the end and the poor players he brought in. Awful transfer record. And in addition Ashley would have sold the better players this season, as he did to Keegan - where would Newcastle be then?

    2) Newcastle fans are not deluded - we know we are rubbish. That is why there were protests in September over the state of the squad and the lack of cover in left back and right back positions etc. when the 1 player we had there was injured. Newcastle fans wanted a return for the huge sume of money they have put in (by being able to fill the subs bench) and effort from the players not wandering around the pitch un-interested. Not 1 Newcastle fan I know has demanded European football etc. hence the chant "were going to win **** all again, we still follow United." No delusion there.

    3) To be criticised for supporting the team despite being rubbish......is this really what is wrong with football? The problem isn't men in their 40s obsessed with a team a few hundred miles away that they've never seen in the flesh? That is a ridiculous criticism and demonstrates the lack of understanding of culture in the area. There is a strong regional pride in the North-East which is channeled into its football clubs....not turning up because they're rubbish isn't what the people are about. If this is the 'dose of reality' Newcastle fans need, sorry but the Championship won't knock regional pride out of us!

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  • 98. At 09:26am on 20 May 2009, alwaysindoubt wrote:

    It will be interesting to see whether Ronaldo plays for Man Utd against Hull. He clearly wants the chance to win the golden boot, Ferguson would clearly like to rest him. Could be indicative of who has the upper hand in their relationship.

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  • 99. At 09:46am on 20 May 2009, Yabooga wrote:

    Thesefeetdontdance

    Thanks for the response. Please refer to post 97 point C which gives a good explanation as to why we go. To suggest that we deserve relegation because we fans are loyal to our football club is slightly preposterous. I can accept that Ashley and his cronies deserve nothing, the greedy uncaring past it players we have deserve nothing, but to suggest the fans deserve relegation and a 'reality check' because we keep attending the matches to support the city's club is rather bitter and highlights a possible animosity to Geordies in general. However, you're entitled to your opinion, so good luck to you.

    Xavierneville - can't say point C was written with you in mind, but I'm glad you picked up on it. Do I believe we'll beat Villa - no. Do I believe we'll stay up - no. Will I be there on Sunday giving every last ounce of support in me - yes. I experienced the pain of relegation 1988-89 and it's horrendous, Sunday looks like being a day Geordies will never forget either way.
    All the best

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  • 100. At 1:09pm on 20 May 2009, collie21 wrote:

    97. At 08:27am on 20 May 2009, bramwellpowers wrote:
    Abashi!

    The same old ill-informed comments about Newcastle, week after week by people who have never been to the city!


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    This is where I stop reading. Never been to the city? The majority of followers of football teams have never been to the cities involved. The majority of football fans have never been to Barcelona, does it mean we can't comment on them too? What utter Newcastle Fan rubbish. Your club has little to do with your city, Your belief that it has is probably why it is where it is. If you think your city and only your city should support your club off you go to the blue square.

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  • 101. At 1:11pm on 20 May 2009, collie21 wrote:

    86. At 5:30pm on 19 May 2009, Robbo Robson wrote:
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    RE Millier, actually it isn't me saying it, I am sure if you look back you will see people spouting about him they way they did MCGeady these last few seasons. I think it speaks volumes Scotish football greats don't really cut it in the premiership.

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  • 102. At 2:57pm on 20 May 2009, Boroboyrob wrote:

    Robbo,
    Remember last year 8 -1 v Man city
    Same again this Sunday v West Ham, Mags lose and MU hump Hull.
    Live in hope!!

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  • 103. At 3:54pm on 20 May 2009, HoldenIBM wrote:

    Just a note on Blackburn. A couple of months back Sam Allardyce was faced with a dillema not suffered by many managers in the league: no strikers. Santa-Cruz was injured, as were McCarthy, Roberts, and even Diouf was out for a few weeks. Allardyce tried something very unsophisticated: not only a big man up front to whack high balls to but a big man who was a central defender, not a striker. This might have had the "purists" up in arms, and the football was ugly. But the strategy worked. Blackburn Rovers are in the Premier League for another season, and have a chance to convalesce their attacking players. Moral is: football, indeed any sport, is about winning within the rules of the game, regardless of the tactics employed.

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  • 104. At 9:00pm on 20 May 2009, bramwellpowers wrote:

    100. At 1:09pm on 20 May 2009, collie21 wrote:
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    This is where I stop reading. Never been to the city? The majority of followers of football teams have never been to the cities involved. The majority of football fans have never been to Barcelona, does it mean we can't comment on them too? What utter Newcastle Fan rubbish. Your club has little to do with your city, Your belief that it has is probably why it is where it is. If you think your city and only your city should support your club off you go to the blue square.
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    You can comment on the football of Barcelona - but how on earth can you comment on the mentality of a club's fans that you have never met which is what the point I was making was about?

    And can you really call yourself a fan of a club that you've never been to see?

    You are wrong to say the club has little to do with the city which you would fully understand if you had ever been......your ignorant bile has fully proven my point that people who haven't been don't get it!


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  • 105. At 09:18am on 21 May 2009, gormo7 wrote:

    i must say collie your comments are utter trash. Obviously you have no idea. How can you say a club has little to do with its city.....especially a city like Newcastle.....your crazy. Even i know how proud the geordies are and im from Sheffield!

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  • 106. At 10:50am on 21 May 2009, kevthered83 wrote:

    final day should be interesting.

    I expect Sunderland to loose, but other results should go there way.
    Boro should win, but will it be enough?
    Newcastle....could go eitherway, but i expect them to get at least a point.

    Lots of fuss about Utd and what team they will put out. They are entitled to put out whatever team they want. However all this talk about kids, I still expect the starting lineup to be something along the lines of Kuszack, rafael, Neville, Ferdinand, Fabio, Nani, Fletcher, Martin, Tosic, Macheda & Wellbeck (maybe even Tevez for Wellbeck. Possibly even giggs or scholes somewhere....even a slight chance of Ronaldo). That team should still be capable of not only beating Hull, but beating Hull by a few goals. Certainly gives Boro optimism.

    Personally I think Newcastle will just about sneak it at the expense of Hull & Boro, but im certainly not going to bet on it.

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  • 107. At 11:52am on 21 May 2009, Mr Red wrote:

    To all those Liverpool fans bleating on about "gesturegate" I ask them one thing: who started this whole thing in the first place? If Rafa hadn't pulled out his list of so-called facts and implicitly criticised Fergie unfairly then all would have been sweetness and light (relatively). Put yourself in Fergie's shoes at that time (and also after subsequent ill-conceived comments by Rafa) and I think you would be looking for some kind of retaliation. Childish? Maybe, but Rafa has ultimately brought all this on himself.
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    i´ve seen you posting complete nonsense for some while now. i say nonsense as you clearly don´t know what you are talking about.
    when Rafa took out his piece of paper in that interview, he said something like ¨this is in reply to comments from alec¨
    alic started this way back and has forever been the most ungracious person in sport.
    as for the facts, they were facts quite simply by definition.
    what about alecs comments after the 2005 CL final and commenst before 2007 final? what about his comments about Chelsea before this season? what about his comments about City? what about his comments about Refs? what about his insulting comments about Calderon being like Franco?
    take off the beetroot tinted glasses, and this goes for most of the United supporters, not all, as most of you, like your club, players and most of all the manager, personify poor sportsmanship, simulation, rudeness and an ungraciousness despised around the world.


    as for Boro, i´m sorry Robbo but they have been poor for a long while and they need time in the Championship to regroup and rebuild. they have spent too long just raising their game for the big teams and now they are in trouble.
    great youth policy which will see them back in the Prem soon, but they have to show more fight.
    unfortunately, or fortunately you will at least have the Norh East Derby to contest next year, but i can´t see Newcastle joining you back in the Prem for a while.

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  • 108. At 1:37pm on 21 May 2009, kevthered83 wrote:

    as for the facts, they were facts quite simply by definition.
    ------------------------------------------------------------------

    In what way are they facts? Just because Rafa says so does not make them facts. In fact (that word again) they are some of most factually incorrect accusations that have ever come out of a manager. They were opinions, definatley not facts!

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  • 109. At 3:42pm on 21 May 2009, nwademike wrote:

    Banitez, should by now acknowledge the achievement of Sir Firgie. The big one would soon be in the kitty.

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  • 110. At 1:36pm on 24 May 2009, aries22 wrote:

    #15 Robbo was talking a six-figure salary per WEEK, not per annum.

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  • 111. At 09:42am on 12 Jan 2010, Football Superstars wrote:

    I think the salary expectations are abit hopeful at best! As for Benitez days at Liverpool are numbered and should focus on the Football instead of Fergie.

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  • 112. At 7:08pm on 12 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Are we still in the prem???

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  • 113. At 11:16pm on 12 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    I come from the future and I am sorry to report, that this is a terrible decision. Boro will be lower to mid table come January´and out of the FA cup.

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  • 114. At 2:18pm on 13 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    i too am from the future and not just giving the current blog a gelled tumbleresque swerve due to the intense tedium that is man utd

    no i am from the future. send help. the martians have landed they are all wearing Blandman.co.uk clothing its horrible.

    they have destroyed the city. im in a small room - 3 men and a woman. send reinforcements. if you cant send reinforcements, send 2 more women.

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  • 115. At 2:51pm on 13 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Blog, I have sent reinforcement.

    Its a battalion of French Foreign Legion.
    So basically, 300 crack ex-con commandos and armed with the the whole french nuclear arsenal, have wiped out all human population.


    So chear up mate, you are rescued.

    Guess its bad news for the lone woman.

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  • 116. At 10:26pm on 13 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    shes a minger spit

    Earthmen. Next January, FA cup match, Reading to beat Liverpool 2-1. Put a mnkey n it. Monster. Monster.

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  • 117. At 10:29pm on 13 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Beware the Hoops in snow.
    Not good for those in red.

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  • 118. At 11:07pm on 13 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    But none of the above will match the cracking start to the Year when Leeds beat united fair and square at Old Trafford of all places.

    Dont believe me?

    I dont blame you.

    I mean, you all might think how can a team with Ronaldo, Tevez and hargereaves in it lose to low lifes like Leeds and you'll be correct because they wont.

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  • 119. At 00:08am on 14 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    wise words fbh.

    when scoles shall ginger be
    reds shall lose
    by a score of 3 (it rhymes and theyll never know until too late tee hee)

    this is the equivalent of slipping out for a crafty ciggie.

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  • 120. At 2:21pm on 14 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Blog, a quickie

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  • 121. At 3:40pm on 14 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    And I thought you were all here
    Tum te tum
    Whistle Whistle
    Oh well
    If the mountain wont come to Mujahadine

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  • 122. At 4:16pm on 14 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    got a light, fbh?

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  • 123. At 4:27pm on 14 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Damn it blogo, I am trying to quit.

    Friends like you, eh

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  • 124. At 4:31pm on 14 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Blog - I didnt inhale!!!

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  • 125. At 11:49pm on 14 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    Never return to a lit firework

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  • 126. At 00:04am on 15 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Man who smoke pot choke on handle.

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  • 127. At 11:29am on 15 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    spit - ha ha
    i like this smokey shadow blog. its an outpost of eternity.

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  • 128. At 1:12pm on 15 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Blogidy,it's confirmation of the many worlds theory

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  • 129. At 1:54pm on 15 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    Jacks, its confirmation that we've all got too much time on our hands, thats for sure!

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  • 130. At 1:56pm on 15 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 131. At 2:29pm on 15 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    ah they do moderate old blogs. now i know.

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  • 132. At 3:07pm on 15 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Chin up,old lad.Oatcake time soon

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  • 133. At 3:21pm on 15 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    I'm intrigued as to how you've been referred to the mods.Pray,by whom?Is there a lurker present?

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  • 134. At 3:37pm on 15 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    ive never understood how it operates, Jacks. I insulted richard scudamore which wouldnt offend many people i dont think.

    some kind of macro with all rich people who might sue entered in it, perhaps?

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  • 135. At 3:38pm on 15 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    by the way im going to post on here until its up to some silly number. spit led the way.

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  • 136. At 3:45pm on 15 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Any preference for your number?Cos when your numbers up...

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  • 137. At 4:04pm on 15 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    how about 3 billion, jacks?

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  • 138. At 4:10pm on 15 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Might need reinforcements,Blogidy.I suppose if we mention meerkats DG3 will cross over.

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  • 139. At 8:55pm on 15 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    There's more on here than the current blog!>!?
    Fag time.....

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  • 140. At 9:07pm on 15 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    hows life fbh?

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  • 141. At 11:37pm on 15 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Blog mate - things fine - bit quiet next door so I thought I would pop in the snug for sneeky fag - cant wait for tomorrow - real footy - got me daughter in the morn/early afternoon - then listen to boro match on tranny/wireless/magic box thingy with ssn on the flickery magic box- then everton v man city live on telly then italian footy or off to the pub to meet teesside's finest ladies (or cheapest) What more can a man want????

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  • 142. At 11:38pm on 15 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Blog - please forgive my ignorance - how are you this evening???

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  • 143. At 07:34am on 16 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Cured be he,by the great God Agememnom that post number 150.May he/she be struck down by a lifetimes allegiance to the great red team of the north west.

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  • 144. At 3:36pm on 16 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Cured? Cursed?

    Doesnt matter.

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  • 145. At 3:37pm on 16 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    And what are you doing here anyway?

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  • 146. At 3:37pm on 16 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    You dont even smoke.

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  • 147. At 3:38pm on 16 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Then, it does look like you are a Voyeur type

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  • 148. At 3:39pm on 16 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Or may be you just like the idea of a smoke break

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  • 149. At 3:40pm on 16 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    does smoking look cool to you? Does it?

    Well let me tell you old man.

    It kills.

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  • 150. At 3:50pm on 16 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Cured like a piece of bacon.....oh nuts,I've done it.150...

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  • 151. At 07:37am on 18 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Voyeur might be a bit harsh,I thought that was Arsene.

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  • 152. At 2:19pm on 18 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    fbh, what the hell are you on about mate?
    cant understand a word of it?

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  • 153. At 2:38pm on 18 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Spit - even I dont know!!!!

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  • 154. At 2:45pm on 18 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    well get your head straight man. Its a cruel world out there. I dont know of a single man who has ever survived it.

    exept perhaps jesus. But then he had access to some cheat codes.

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  • 155. At 4:48pm on 18 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    http://wordsmith.org/anagram/anagram.cgi?anagram=spitfirefagbreak&t=1000&a=n

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  • 156. At 4:49pm on 18 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    http://wordsmith.org/anagram/anagram.cgi?anagram=followingborohurts&t=1000&a=n

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  • 157. At 9:20pm on 23 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Anyone in?

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  • 158. At 9:28pm on 23 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Everyone stopped smoking???

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  • 159. At 10:57am on 24 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    If only.
    Well we're going to have to face it.we're addicted.

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  • 160. At 2:49pm on 25 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    why is southgate trying to inflate an invisible space hopper?

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  • 161. At 3:16pm on 25 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    because he's worth it??

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  • 162. At 3:18pm on 25 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Is Rafa trying to catch it?

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  • 163. At 11:06am on 28 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    in a a ground-breaking future time-lapse bit of photography we can see here, above, a pic of rafa hailing a cab outside anfield on his way to juventus

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  • 164. At 1:20pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    But is Southgate trying to contain an outbreak of Swine Flu?

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  • 165. At 10:54am on 30 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Sometimes I have to remind myself that everyone, no matter how obnoxcious and revolting or pale they may be, are allowed to breathe on.

    Is it normal ?

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  • 166. At 1:46pm on 30 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    spit - i know what you mean. the existence of other if only killable minds doesnt justify their killing. its the care in the community aspect of this blog, i suppose.

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  • 167. At 2:01pm on 30 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    If I lived in the earlier times Bloga, I would be having duels left and right. But then...

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  • 168. At 9:05pm on 30 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    For all the people still on this blog

    STOP LIVING IN THE PAST.

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  • 169. At 10:42pm on 30 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    But, its so nice here.

    Like, its a magical place, where its possible to escape from all the evil and hurt that besieges us today.

    H2, dont be cruel and take this escape away from me. I'll go mad.
    But then, who would know any different?

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  • 170. At 00:45am on 31 Jan 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    How long will it take to get this blog up to 5,000 posts? We should keep this going at least until Boro are back in the prem.

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  • 171. At 3:51pm on 31 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    i like it in the past. trott- well be up to 5,000 by today, which is about 2 yers away.

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  • 172. At 4:49pm on 01 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Anyone seen star around here - think hes changed !?!?!

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  • 173. At 6:05pm on 01 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Dont think Star has ever been down here. Now, he never will.

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  • 174. At 1:37pm on 03 Feb 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    what day is it?

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  • 175. At 2:30pm on 03 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Match day?

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  • 176. At 1:23pm on 04 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    hello darkness, my old friend

    just here to get away from alvin and the chipmunks poking the modswith a stick ggrrrrrr...

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  • 177. At 1:37pm on 04 Feb 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    I ended up on Robbo's clock watch by mistake doing that blogidy.Will noone(Exeter City) rid us of these moddling bishops?

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  • 178. At 2:14pm on 04 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    I love mods!!!! But keep it quiet!!!

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  • 179. At 7:56pm on 04 Feb 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    I've come to talk to you again.....


    all these mod baiters would be better described as master baiters.

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  • 180. At 8:09pm on 04 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Ya know what Trott!

    it got boring and tedious some time Mondáy.

    Exactly what the serial master baiters are trying to achieve I have no idea whatsoever.

    I dont get ht protest stance either. Protest against who?
    Who do they think reads this carp?

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  • 181. At 10:08pm on 04 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    It's ok lads, they seeme

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  • 182. At 10:09pm on 04 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Mt powers are fading here in the past, what I meant to post was;

    It's ok lads, they seem to have stopped now.

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  • 183. At 00:38am on 09 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    I just cant let this blog die on me.

    Think of the future generations.

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  • 184. At 4:31pm on 09 Feb 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Man City 1 - 2 Trotters.
    Mancini off back to Italy.

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  • 185. At 9:55pm on 10 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Keep the faith.

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  • 186. At 9:56pm on 10 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    Well done,Spits.12 games to go.

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  • 187. At 10:13pm on 11 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:

    This is a head to head league for 12 teams where our teams play each other. There are only 12 spots. I'm sorry, lads, but if I don't know ya, you will be modded as this is for those of us that know each other. The regular league is for everyone.

    http://fantasy.premierleague.com/M/myleagues.mc?view=cj
    Code: 2261761-436901

    Only 11 places left. If there is overwhelming demand from the regulars someone can set up Division 2 (I can't as I can't be in both Div 1 and 2).

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  • 188. At 10:17pm on 11 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:

    fbh, bo - check out the message above this one

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  • 189. At 10:20pm on 11 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Hi Tommy - ive just spent a bit more time working on my team - and have sacrifised carra to save money to pay for drogba - plus I have rooney so im happier - you still up next week - I will pop along to Myton Arms (think thats the pub you said ) I can give you a lift into yarm if you want - in me old banger that is mate

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  • 190. At 10:22pm on 11 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:

    Was that for jacks mate? I'm nowhere near the hallowed Boro!

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  • 191. At 10:23pm on 11 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:

    And get yerself in the league before spots run out

    2261761-436901

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  • 192. At 10:23pm on 11 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    fbh, sign up for the new league mate gate.

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  • 193. At 10:24pm on 11 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:

    Nice one Tezza, la! 5 down, 7 to go.

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  • 194. At 10:26pm on 11 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Hey Tommy - am getting u and Ngog mixed up - I think now its him visitng teesside next weeek - but the lift into yarm is still on offer :)

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  • 195. At 10:29pm on 11 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:

    Well, it'd save me the taxi fare. Are you on the Yarm tourist board? Are you the entire Yarm tourist board? Does it need one? Or is it magnetic enough?

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  • 196. At 11:32pm on 11 Feb 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    haha, lovely, imagine that, Kevin Davies playin' in a super league! Well done TommyB!

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  • 197. At 00:08am on 12 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:

    My team's too perfect, if a few too many Stoke players. Had to leave one out.

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  • 198. At 00:53am on 12 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Tommy we may have been infiltrated.

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  • 199. At 01:00am on 12 Feb 2010, Tommy B wrote:

    Yeah, I noticed. Bit harsh to chuck him out though. We'll see how demand goes. Don't wanna be a git.

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  • 200. At 6:17pm on 15 Feb 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    woohooo 200

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  • 201. At 9:03pm on 15 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Two Hundred and One.

    Its all gone crazy on the new blog, it's got so wierd that they've frightened Star away.

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  • 202. At 9:33pm on 15 Feb 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    haha, some debates will never end!

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  • 203. At 9:49pm on 15 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    i turned up expecting the usual bunch to be on having meaningless nattering about gibberish,soon changed my mind on that.Back to itunes and catch up on Law and Order...

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  • 204. At 10:40pm on 15 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    I wish I had known you lads were here.

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  • 205. At 6:58pm on 18 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    are there any kittens here i can kick?

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  • 206. At 7:18pm on 18 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Blog - dont upset the punters!!! :)

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  • 207. At 10:47pm on 18 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    I once kicked a cat.

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  • 208. At 10:58pm on 18 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Its not a joke.

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  • 209. At 11:00pm on 18 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Just wanted to get that off my chest.
    I am not proud of it, but today is the first time I have spoken of it all these years.

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  • 210. At 00:16am on 19 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    vent the pent, spit. i once shouted at a hoarse. i also fogot to feed my guinea pig for a whole day. and today, i ate a bit of a chicken.

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  • 211. At 00:36am on 19 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Thats cruel blog, eating a bit of the chicken.

    What bit did you take?

    It must have been horrifying for the poor bird. Did you at least put it out of its suffering or is it flapping around in agony?

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  • 212. At 2:15pm on 19 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Well your fantasy football league has ushered a bunch of new people to the blog, and they are different and judgemental, where as i am different and just regular mental... I dont like change, its why i often tell custodians to keep it... (unless its more than 50p, standard.).

    Anyway, after spits little vent (note to self, invent a spit vent for crash helmets) i thought i'd get it off my chest...

    Thier calling me names.... boooo hoooo!

    Oh, and the Ashot Sumbags are going to crush you this weekend!

    Go Chelsea.

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  • 213. At 2:19pm on 19 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    Nobody should be allowed to do that to you RBA.A fine,upstanding,slightly demented,citizen of the fine town of Aldershot.Don't take it lying down...

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  • 214. At 5:33pm on 19 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Sorry RBA, you had to live the tripe and torment while I was not around.
    Never miss any chance at kicking folk who are down, me.





    Still. I will defend your right to be absolute mental as you have always been and noone has the right to come over and change this blog.

    WE WAS HERE FIRST!

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  • 215. At 5:52pm on 19 Feb 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    (raising hand, head bowed)

    I once kicked a cat too.

    As a lad of about 13, I was just opening the door to my budgie shed when I heard a bit of a scuffle from within, the surpised feline tried to leap through the gap in the door and byond me but I caught it on the volley and it slammed into the back wall with a thud.....

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  • 216. At 8:57pm on 19 Feb 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    RBA - dont ever change, mate, we love you the way you are (in a manly fashion, of course)

    i was a little bit worried about you this afternoon.

    spit - that didnt stop me sticking the boot in, of course

    the FFL has served to flush out all the lurkers. apparently all blog communities are 90% comprised of lurkers. when we realised this was true of our little playground we all started shouting lukers! weirdos! and so lots of them are now posting, so we only have ourselves to blame. im finding i tend only to read the people i know, now though, which is a pity but christ you cant spend all day on here can you, cough cough.

    i reckon that change is foretaste of and metaphor for death so you only really relish it when youre ignorant of mortality ie when youre 15.

    Go Chelsea!

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  • 217. At 9:09pm on 19 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    RBA, your insanity and Blog, your lack of empathy and the hundreds and thousands (possibly millions) voyeuristic lurkers make this blog the way it is. I am so proud of all the halfarsed, whimsical nonsense that I add to this hotchpotch.

    All of it, its mint, init?

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  • 218. At 11:44am on 22 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Cheers guys, its decided than i wont change, or i will change but only as evolution takes place, you know how man was a fish or somehting then he grew legs and breathed air, i didn't relally pay attention at school, but i think its like that fatboy slim video... the one with Christopher Walken???

    Go C H E L S E A!

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  • 219. At 12:20pm on 22 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    Go RBA!

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  • 220. At 2:06pm on 25 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    Noone(plymouth)has been here for a while.Just doing a fire check.Won't take long

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  • 221. At 2:38pm on 25 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    FIRE!!!!

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  • 222. At 2:40pm on 25 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    Put the paraffin down slowly and move carefully to the door...

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  • 223. At 2:49pm on 25 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Thats a job for Blog.

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  • 224. At 3:01pm on 25 Feb 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    221. At 2:38pm on 25 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:
    FIRE!!!!

    I was watching sink the Bismark the other day - they didnt say fire - they said "shoot" - sounded a bit weak - just an observation

    "Rooney Fire" - nope that doesnt work either

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  • 225. At 3:02pm on 25 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    I've just read 223 in a silly American voice and expect thunderous music with the arrival of the Burslem Burner....
    We've doubled the original number of posts on here.Do we need to get out more?

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  • 226. At 3:19pm on 25 Feb 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Probably

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  • 227. At 3:22pm on 25 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    Oh well.Building regs inspection soon.I'm sure we'll meet again,don't know where...

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  • 228. At 4:41pm on 25 Feb 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    is that you Vera?

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  • 229. At 4:44pm on 25 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Patrick Vera?

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  • 230. At 4:45pm on 25 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    Put that light out...

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  • 231. At 4:46pm on 25 Feb 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Oi!

    get back to the new blog.

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  • 232. At 4:50pm on 25 Feb 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Vera Lynn! Bluebirds over the white cliffs of dover, she could wear a City scarf on MTV!

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  • 233. At 4:52pm on 25 Feb 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Anyone with a City scarf is more like a Vera Wang.

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  • 234. At 5:05pm on 25 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    Wang Dang Doodle

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  • 235. At 08:30am on 26 Feb 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    Always be careful in these old haunts,that's what the fire checks are for...http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/derbyshire/8535853.stm

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  • 236. At 2:58pm on 11 Mar 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    DONT! Just dont!

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  • 237. At 6:15pm on 11 Mar 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    DO! Just do

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  • 238. At 9:36pm on 11 Mar 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Ave it!

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  • 239. At 8:14pm on 19 Mar 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Why not?

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  • 240. At 10:31pm on 19 Mar 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    A good question old friend...

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  • 241. At 6:08pm on 31 Mar 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    I've lost me car keys. Anyone seen em?

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  • 242. At 08:44am on 01 Apr 2010, JacksfromBuxton wrote:

    I've had a good look round Spits.Not here,not in the sanctuary either..

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  • 243. At 5:09pm on 16 Apr 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Last!!!

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  • 244. At 10:42pm on 16 Apr 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Who goes there? show yerself!!!

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  • 245. At 7:58pm on 19 Apr 2010, U14419455 wrote:

    243. At 5:09pm on 16 Apr 2010, followingborohurts wrote:

    Last!!!

    ----------------

    Nope! :P

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  • 246. At 12:37pm on 06 May 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    What if the Tories win?

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  • 247. At 12:49pm on 06 May 2010, blogdubdrib wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

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