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Robbo Robson | 10:31 UK time, Monday, 28 September 2009

"There is no better psychological education than growing up in a pub... I learned about tactics and selection from the people talking about football in the pub - who plays on the left wing and who should be in the team."

Who's this talking?

Harry Redknapp? Big Sam Allardyce? At first I thought he'd nicked it off a previous blog of mine! But no, it's the thoughts of one Arsene Wenger. Monsieur Sophistication. Raised to the scent of Gaulois and 1664. A booze orphan tapping up the locals for a bit of knowledge.

It makes perfect sense. If he came for a drink in the Blue Bell you get a pint of fine ale and a wisdom chaser:
Arsene Wenger Wenger has been known to hit the bottle
'There's your bitter, Mr. Wenger, and by the way, Toure and Gallas are too similar to make a quality centre-back pairing. Your smoky bacon crisps, monsieur, and why not snap up a fox in the box to complement your intricate approach play?

There's your second pint, Mr Wenger, and why don't you tell the fans at the Emirates that if they don't start making a hell of a lot more noise we'll extend Bendtner's contract!'

Thirty years ago you couldn't get off your bar-stool for post-match footballers all mulleted and Old-Spiced and tipping back the large ones. They used ordinary alehouses in them days, not no-trainers nightspots for the well-to-do where the only danger is getting harangued by Lily Allen or happening across one of them parasitic 3am girls.

It's a job to imagine Wenger hanging out in a boozer, though. One can only think that his boyhood haunt was full of pool players who played the most complex and beautiful trick shots in the world but could never quite put away the final black.

There must have been a few one-eyed bandits in there too, and if any of the regulars ever spilt a pint, Arsene missed it. And you certainly couldn't trust the optics behind the bar, although they sometimes delivered the odd Double.

Sadly there's no mention as to what this now seminal boozer was called. Suggestions welcome although I'd opt for something like The Extra Touch.

Of course football people still like to invest their money in hostelries. Fergie's bought a boozer, I hear: the Old Red Lion (known locally as the Theatre of Drams). When you hear them shout 'Time, gentlemen, please' don't fret - you can get in at least three more rounds before they chuck you out.

Emmanuel Adebayor is opening an exclusive night-club for former colleagues - you can't get in without a stamp.

Michael Owen's pub has a beer garden with very comfortable benches in it.
Phil Brown's little drinking-hole has a tanning-booth out back and specialises in serving a Tiger beer with a distinctive orange hue.

A pint at 'Berba's' costs a lot considering it never gets a decent head on it.
The Referees Association are also interested in reviving failing public houses, and God knows how many dives they'll have bought by the end of the season.

On Merseyside, David Moyes can be seen behind the bar of Moe's (never see 'em in the same room), getting the absolute best out of some pretty average fare, while Rafa's Place is of course a whine bar.

Coyle's Club in Burnley is always too crowded for my liking but then I think that's 'cos they're letting too many in at the moment.

Meanwhile Roy Keane has lost the chance to run his own brewery after he failed to organise the opening night party properly. Besides which, he wants to stay away from the boos at the moment.

Don't ask for a mild at Warnock's Bar. I understand you can have a quiet drink in the saloon bar, a bite to eat in the lounge bar and an almighty amount of bitter in the cross bar.

In the Blue Bell, the landlord has stopped making a heady Blue Bell cocktail during Happy Hour. The recipe is a closely guarded secret but it's known as the Drogba Daquiri cos it goes down far too easily. We would've called it the Gerrard Gin Sling only he prefers the real ale. There's a Cheshire microbrewery that does a pint called the Groin Muscle and Stevie pulls himself one before every international friendly.

Have I exhausted this less than profitable seam yet? Yes. I'm sure you lot are gagging to chuck some more at us.

Anyway Arsene's always welcome at our gaff. I'd love to listen to the old Prof rattling on about tactics 'n' that. I wonder if he feels the same as Gary Kirsten, India's South African cricket coach, about sex the night before a big match? It certainly helped me get through my wedding day.
Fernando Torres Torres celebrates his hat-trick against Hull
Kirsten reckons it improves performance on the pitch which rather suggests that Pompey are putting out a team of virgins right now. And Fernando Torres' girlfriend must be the happiest woman in the country.

Me, I always believed the opposite. The Friday night adage was always 'Score now and you don't score tomorrow.' So I would now like to apologise to all them lasses that must have been heart-broken when I turned them down on the night before a vital fixture.

Next Wenger'll be telling us of the performance-enhancing properties of beer and we'll be blaming that two-yard scuff past the post on the flaming detox diet and the wife's recurrent headache.

Comments

  • 1. At 11:26am on 28 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

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

  • 2. At 11:28am on 28 Sep 2009, the_gashead wrote:

    Entertaining read for a monday morning...

    ...just.

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  • 3. At 11:30am on 28 Sep 2009, bakercake123 wrote:

    The last time I checked the scorers chart on this site (this morning) it had Rooney as top scorer, and the report on the Bent/Jones penalty farrago also mentions that if Bent had scored the second penalty he would have joined Rooney at the top of the scoring charts. Apologies for being a pedant, but hasn't Torres scored 8 league goals, or did I miss something? Robbie Keane isn't on the chart either, by the looks of it. This is the BBC, isn't it??

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  • 4. At 11:30am on 28 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Seriously would you picture Wenger in a pub talking football?

    Would be interesting if he did pop down the Nags Head or The Favourite or somewhere else local for some views and chat

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  • 5. At 11:39am on 28 Sep 2009, Malt Loaf wrote:

    Everbody thinks Wenger has been some kind of forward-thinking manager during his time in England, introducing a culture of better diet and fitness into the football mindset. Well, with his pub admission he has been exposed as a fraud. As any Saturday afternoon footballer knows, the correct fuel for playing is lager and pork scratchings on the preceeding Friday night.

    Wenger's secret is out! [Unsuitable/Broken URL removed by Moderator]

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  • 6. At 11:40am on 28 Sep 2009, Bangforyourbuck wrote:

    Robbo, what have you done??? You dared to mention the timekeeping debate again! Cue one hundred posts from Man U fans explaining in minute detail how they average only 128.36 seconds of injury time compared to Chelsea's 131.46.

    Rafa should also open his own boozer, The Rants and Facts, but it'd only have only two decent beers on tap.

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  • 7. At 11:43am on 28 Sep 2009, Mike wrote:

    It amazes me that there are 2 types of people who seem to read this blog...those who hate it and waste their time complaining about it, and those who sycophantically kiss Robbo's behind after every blog...now, in my mind each is as bad as the other. For these reasons:

    Do you for one moment think 'Robbo' is really a pint swilling football fanatic from the north-east?? No, of course he isn't. He's a journalist, a funny one at that sometimes, who has developed a character. I doubt very much whether he is even from north London, let alone northern England. He probably supports Spurs and lives in a nice detatched house in Surrey somewhere. Plus, he has all you fools convinced...

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  • 8. At 11:49am on 28 Sep 2009, goosey72 wrote:

    Just a point of pedantry really, but you say "Sadly there's no mention as to what this now seminal boozer was called. Suggestions welcome although I'd opt for something like The Extra Touch."

    Well, if you'd read the original interview with Wenger in the Grauniad, you'd know that "The Frenchman's parents owned and ran La Croix d'Or in Duttlenheim and the young Wenger would spend hours in the company of the establishment's patrons".

    So that's cleared that up at least.

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  • 9. At 11:50am on 28 Sep 2009, Whiteoutloud wrote:

    I reckon Arsene's boozer is called The Forensic Foul. Technically it's a pub but it depends on your viewpoint.

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  • 10. At 11:51am on 28 Sep 2009, beardedshrimper wrote:

    Class, really enjoyed that one Robbo

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  • 11. At 11:51am on 28 Sep 2009, Worst_Firm_In_The_World wrote:

    Illparrot - it amazes me that you even care.

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  • 12. At 11:52am on 28 Sep 2009, 1ronjaw wrote:

    7. At 11:43am on 28 Sep 2009, Illparrot wrote:
    It amazes me that there are 2 types of people who seem to read this blog...those who hate it and waste their time complaining about it, and those who sycophantically kiss Robbo's behind after every blog...now, in my mind each is as bad as the other. For these reasons:

    Do you for one moment think 'Robbo' is really a pint swilling football fanatic from the north-east?? No, of course he isn't. He's a journalist, a funny one at that sometimes, who has developed a character. I doubt very much whether he is even from north London, let alone northern England. He probably supports Spurs and lives in a nice detatched house in Surrey somewhere. Plus, he has all you fools convinced...
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    Doesn't that put you in category 1 then as someone who comes on just to have a go about Robbo? You must hate yourself no end.

    Personally, I though it was funny- loved the David Moyes/Moe connection...

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  • 13. At 11:52am on 28 Sep 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    IllParrot,

    you missed the third type of reader, the reader whose own feeling of self importance coupled with thier lack of anything even resembling a sense of humour gives them the urge to point out what is painfully obvious to everybody, both lovers and haters of the Robbo blog.

    Your's was a pint of Bitter with a shot of Sourz (do they do Grape flavour?) wasn't it?

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  • 14. At 11:53am on 28 Sep 2009, Chris Charles wrote:

    Dear all. Robbo is spending large parts of this week out and about and will only be able to dip into your comments sporadically. According to Illparrot's theory (No 7) he'll be taking in a few art galleries, a couple of operas and the odd poetry reading, while later musing over his beloved Spurs at a private members club in leafy Surrey. Or not.

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  • 15. At 11:54am on 28 Sep 2009, TommyO wrote:

    "Oi, Wenger - did you spill my pint?"

    "I am sorry.....but i didn't see it"

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  • 16. At 11:54am on 28 Sep 2009, 1ronjaw wrote:

    Wengers pub should be called the "Countdown Loser"- he says words that sound real, but once checked are completely made-up

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  • 17. At 11:56am on 28 Sep 2009, Adam Ponomarenko wrote:

    post number 7, have felt the exact same way for years. Why people come on here to type "great blog robbo" is beyond me.

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  • 18. At 11:56am on 28 Sep 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Illparrot.

    I couln't care if Robbo turned out to hail from Norway and broke wind for the Afghan Olympic team. Whoever he is he writes irreverant stuff that gets a chuckle out of me on an otherwise grim monday morning.

    Arsene the boozer eh? Certainly explains why he's adamant he didn't see a foul at any given time comitted by his plyaers in a game.

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  • 19. At 11:59am on 28 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Apparrently by posting the word First on the 1st comment I broke the house rules - Can someone somehow explain this

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  • 20. At 12:05pm on 28 Sep 2009, Ryushinku wrote:

    To be fair to Wenger, recently he's missed fouls by opposing players as well and things like Adebayor's stomp on Fabregas. Perhaps he needs to try out the old Beer Goggles?

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  • 21. At 12:05pm on 28 Sep 2009, chimchimeney wrote:

    #19
    Maybe it contravenes some kind of universal law that stops you saying the number of the post you are?
    This is probably post 23 by now, if I get it right maybe I'll get moderated too!

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  • 22. At 12:06pm on 28 Sep 2009, Mike wrote:

    And then there's Category 3 - idiot bloggers who don't read comments properly...I like Robbo's character, he is funny, his blog brightens my day and when it's good, it's very good.

    What strikes me as sad are the twits who come on here and say "Great blog Robbo, merrr, you're funny...herherher" like the majority of witless idiots who commented on my comments.

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  • 23. At 12:06pm on 28 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    #7

    Oh dear. We have only recently got JDR to stop pointing this out and post relevant comments and the bloke has indeed started posting well-reasoned football arguments.

    No Robbo is not real (unlike Santa and the Tooth Fairy) but we all comment with teh character in mind as the blog is written by the character. You're not mates with Irn bru, Andreisgiant or BTP are you because you seem to be posting their usual stuff.

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  • 24. At 12:07pm on 28 Sep 2009, massivemeatball wrote:

    Adampsb: Because it is pointless and irritating and adds no value to the forum. I am glad the moderators are clamping down on this juvenile and quite frankly boring habit at last.

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  • 25. At 12:07pm on 28 Sep 2009, Mary-Lou_Stalin wrote:

    Apparrently by posting the word First on the 1st comment I broke the house rules - Can someone somehow explain this

    ***************

    Threads that start with 'first' are usually the province of 9 year old ADD sufferers from Penge.

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  • 26. At 12:08pm on 28 Sep 2009, chimchimeney wrote:

    Damn, two out

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  • 27. At 12:08pm on 28 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    #22 - Maybe they think he IS funny and have a different sense of humour by the way.

    RBA - good result on Saturday. Again - Next stop The Prem with the Ginger Mourinho then

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  • 28. At 12:10pm on 28 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    24. At 12:07pm on 28 Sep 2009, massivemeatball wrote:
    Adampsb: Because it is pointless and irritating and adds no value to the forum. I am glad the moderators are clamping down on this juvenile and quite frankly boring habit at last.

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    But it is also fun and this is a fun forum If you want something serious go post on Peston's blog about hedge funds vs amoritised earning enrichment via taxation re-evaluation or something like that

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  • 29. At 12:11pm on 28 Sep 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    @ adampsb

    Umm, you said the 'F' word again ... I'm telling :P

    Seriously though, no idea how the word 'First' falls foul of the mods.

    (damn, now I've said it ... I'll be off to wash my mouth out with soap then ... )

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  • 30. At 12:14pm on 28 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Fergie..

    Ha ha said the F word again

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  • 31. At 12:14pm on 28 Sep 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Could be Adam mate.. were doing very nicely and 2 wins on the bounce constitutes a run in Ashot... And if Burnley can, why shouldn't i dream ay? but really played well and looking dangerous upfront and tight at the back... Good times!

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  • 32. At 12:17pm on 28 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Woudl Fegie First get me double moderated though for FF.

    Or is that Alice Goodwin

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  • 33. At 12:21pm on 28 Sep 2009, massivemeatball wrote:

    Adampsb, it might have been fun the first time, but I challenge you to find a single person with an IQ of over 12 that finds people posting "First" fun

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  • 34. At 12:21pm on 28 Sep 2009, TommyO wrote:

    Landlords & their pubs

    Rafa Benitez - The Beyond the Pale Arms
    Alex Ferguson & Sam Allardyce - The Cock and Bull
    Arsene Wenger - The Blind Beggar
    Ruud Van Nistelrooy - The Nags Head
    Gary Neville - The Bell
    George Best - The Bird in Hand

    and a cricket one to finish off
    Ravi Bopara - The Three Tuns

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  • 35. At 12:23pm on 28 Sep 2009, charlie_9 wrote:

    Wengers pub........... The Walk it inn. No explanation needed really

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  • 36. At 12:24pm on 28 Sep 2009, thenevillesadvocate wrote:

    You try far too hard to be funny robbo and you just aint. It probably takes you days to come up with your cheesey jokes and every now and then you'll get one which is fairly amusing, but you should try having some actual football opinion in there, not just you banging on about what you think about managers or players, because quite frankly if your what my tv license pays for i want my money back

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  • 37. At 12:24pm on 28 Sep 2009, TommyO wrote:

    24. At 12:07pm on 28 Sep 2009, massivemeatball wrote:

    Adampsb: Because it is pointless and irritating and adds no value to the forum. I am glad the moderators are clamping down on this juvenile and quite frankly boring habit at last.



    well said.

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  • 38. At 12:25pm on 28 Sep 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    TommyO.... Superb fella!

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  • 39. At 12:27pm on 28 Sep 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Tommy, that was for the pub names, for the record, posting first when first to post doesn't present a problem for me, wouldn't do it myself but it hardly constitutes an irritation for me...

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  • 40. At 12:42pm on 28 Sep 2009, BlueArteta10 wrote:

    I was in the Last Chance Saloon in Nottingham on Saturday night when Sol Campbell popped in for one, unfortunatley he didn't finsh it .....

    I'll get me coat.

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  • 41. At 12:43pm on 28 Sep 2009, SugarDunkerton wrote:

    Would Mr Wenger's 'pub' really constitute a pub though?? If you go by the rulebook of Mr Al Murray Im sure it would be in fact a 'winebar' which sells fruit based drinks for the ladies...

    IllParrot

    and insulting people for disagreeing with your view is not the action of an idiot?? I think we can all agree that Robbo is fictional and doesnt need brought up week after week.

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  • 42. At 12:45pm on 28 Sep 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    Arsene se promeme dans un bar.
    "Mon dieu! Ma tete!" il crie.
    C'est parce-que c'etait un bar du fer?
    Non! C'est parce-que le monsieur Adebayor lui timbre avec les studs!

    Rire de maniere audible!
    Ou non.
    (Vraiement, mon Francais est merde)

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  • 43. At 12:51pm on 28 Sep 2009, Retirethenumber17shirt wrote:

    Ruud and Jimmy Bullard's new pub - The Horse and Jokey
    Roy Keane's - The Broken Legs of Man

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  • 44. At 12:52pm on 28 Sep 2009, Cozmo012 wrote:

    loved tommy onions comment

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  • 45. At 12:55pm on 28 Sep 2009, TommyO wrote:

    can't think of one for Ronaldo but if he did own a pub i bet it'd be a dive



    BADOOMTISH !

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  • 46. At 12:55pm on 28 Sep 2009, Eddy Cordoza wrote:

    Mark Hughes would be a bitter man, grumbling in the corner, while Rafa Benitez would just stick to the red whine. Probably a cheap Spanish import but certainly not sour grapes, oh no.

    Bellamy would pop in for WKD - because he definitely has a wicked side - but the FA wouldn't punish him for it, presumably because they've passed out in the corner.

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  • 47. At 12:57pm on 28 Sep 2009, JahWomble wrote:

    Dear old Arsene's pub? What a great place that'd be, eh? No one would be booted out (even when they'd clearly outstayed their welcome), you'd be entitled to sup all you wanted, to the extent of becoming blind to the increasingly dubious antics of your regulars. And when no one's looking, you'd be invited into the 'Eduardo Bar' - a bit of a dive, but you might actually get away without paying...

    The name? Well, it'd have to be The Outstretched Arms - and probably situated somewhere in Manchester, either Old Trafford or maybe even the City Stadium.

    After all, I'm sure Wenger's disciples ''ad-a-beer' there the other week..?

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  • 48. At 12:58pm on 28 Sep 2009, Epic Bale wrote:

    "[Robbo] probably supports Spurs and lives in a nice detatched house in Surrey somewhere."

    I support Spurs and live in a nice detached house in Surrey, but I'm not Robbo.

    Or am I...

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  • 49. At 12:59pm on 28 Sep 2009, bluehellsbells wrote:

    A couple more pub suggestions:

    White Lion - Adrian Mutu or MArk Bosnich (allegedly)
    Five Bell(y)s - PAul Gascoigne
    White Hart - harry Rednapp
    Prince of Wales - Ryan Giggs
    White Elephant - Wayne Rooney
    Rising (Ji) Sun (Park)
    Saracens - Ok rugby team

    Sure must be something for Half Way House but can't think anything

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  • 50. At 1:00pm on 28 Sep 2009, Retirethenumber17shirt wrote:

    Delia Smith - The Game Bird
    Peter beardsley - The Ring O' Bells

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  • 51. At 1:00pm on 28 Sep 2009, bosstard wrote:

    #42

    Can someone please translate, I don't speak German :(

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  • 52. At 1:02pm on 28 Sep 2009, waddle_1867 wrote:

    Did Wenger go in 'The Blind Beggar'? ....i never discovered footy tactics in my local cos everyone was too bladdered to care. We either won, drew, or lost. Only in my more mature years have i bothered to study the formations of teams and I'm sure everyone will agree when they watch there beloved eleven we still remain clueless as to what the manager's thoughts are.....until the excuses for playing below par, or 'i am god' comments after a game.
    Football eh?.....bloody hell!

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  • 53. At 1:08pm on 28 Sep 2009, Neilthedrillgodden wrote:

    “Do you for one moment think 'Robbo' is really a pint swilling football fanatic from the north-east?? No, of course he isn't. He's a journalist, a funny one at that sometimes, who has developed a character. I doubt very much whether he is even from north London, let alone northern England. He probably supports Spurs and lives in a nice detatched house in Surrey somewhere. Plus, he has all you fools convinced...”

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    Thanks for clearing that up. I was one of the “fooled”, but you’ve pulled me back from the dangerous depths of believing.

    Good work. Continue your personal crusade to warn/inform others.

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  • 54. At 1:11pm on 28 Sep 2009, Bhoycie06 wrote:

    Harry Redknapps pub The Irritating Sun actually lets you take back any old pint you have bought from the boozer before and he will buy it back off you - no matter how old or flat it has gone over time.

    Good blog, helped ease the monday hangover!!

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  • 55. At 1:17pm on 28 Sep 2009, tomefccam wrote:

    How about robbo's robbery. stealing five minutes out my day to read that garbage. can you not put something factual in your blogs from now on. i'd sooner read anything other than what you put.

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  • 56. At 1:20pm on 28 Sep 2009, highlowsell wrote:

    Great blog Robbo

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  • 57. At 1:21pm on 28 Sep 2009, 49 and thats a wrap wrote:

    Blaming Wenger for "missing" his team's fouls is so yesteryear, esp. after he's admitted he does it to deflect blame on his players. A manager has two choices, take it upon himself or lie for the player, like Fergie's done for Rooney & Co. I'd rather take a non-admittal to outright lies any day. But the British media will always harp on Wenger, because he'll never been seen as "one of them".

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  • 58. At 1:23pm on 28 Sep 2009, Whiteoutloud wrote:

    Boozers

    Harry Rednap – The Dodgy Dealer
    Alan Wiley – The Stopped Clock
    Paul Hart – The Pointless Compass
    Phil Brown – The Rainbow (changes colour throughout a match)
    SAF – The Wine Cellar
    Alex Mcleish – The Gingerbread Man

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  • 59. At 1:25pm on 28 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

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

  • 60. At 1:26pm on 28 Sep 2009, chimchimeney wrote:

    Interesting that you can say sh*t in french but not in English. Wonder if Scheiße is allowed...

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  • 61. At 1:28pm on 28 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    How did you get the keyboard to do the double S thing in German?

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  • 62. At 1:28pm on 28 Sep 2009, Mandy_Turner wrote:

    I've been to Phil Brown's pub. Every night is karaoke night.

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  • 63. At 1:30pm on 28 Sep 2009, chimchimeney wrote:

    You copy and paste it from another website :-)

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  • 64. At 1:34pm on 28 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    That's cheating :)

    Be careful it will be included in some form of mysterious footballing conspiracy soon enough.

    Maybe Robbo gave you 3 extra characters of added space whereas Liverpool fans only get 1.876 characters of added space

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  • 65. At 1:37pm on 28 Sep 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    "Great blog Robbo" may appear immature and irrelevant, but is, in fact, subliminal advertising for the Bootle Grog Bar.

    These Scousers, with their crafty product placement; you can't keep up with them.

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  • 66. At 1:40pm on 28 Sep 2009, Bangforyourbuck wrote:

    @Zootmac:

    That's far too clever for a Monday, please desist immediately.

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  • 67. At 1:41pm on 28 Sep 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    Pity about the extra "B". I'll get me hat.

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  • 68. At 1:41pm on 28 Sep 2009, WhitleyBayWonTheVase wrote:

    If he spent his childhood in a pub it would go some way to explaining the beer goggles and why Mr Wenger never sees anything.

    Anyway, this is all very unimportant.

    What is very very very (repeat) important is that news reaching me this morning eludes to a club sniffing around our manager.

    I hereby announce that he is not available, at any price, to any club, and that I can speak on his behalf. Honest. He doesn't want to leave the mighty Bay and if anyone thinks they're stealing him from under our noses they'll have to get past a barrier of upturned pie tins and coke cans superglued together to form a wall at the door of the changing rooms.

    I hate it when those bird of prey come out. You have a blinding start to a season, have the bling of the FA Vase in your trophy room to back it up, and what happens.....well I daren't even think of it happening.

    It can't happen. Ian Chandler ain't going anywhere, so please go away!

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  • 69. At 1:41pm on 28 Sep 2009, Ireland Brew wrote:

    Meanwhile Roy Keane has lost the chance to run his own brewery after he failed to organise the opening night party properly. Besides which, he wants to stay away from the boos at the moment.
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    This is unfair to Roy. It is quite clear to anyone who understands football that the reason for Ipswich's dismal start to the season is down to:
    1. The FAI
    2. Mick McCarthy
    3. The prawn sandwiches
    4. Alf Inge Haaland
    5. Jack Charlton
    6. The lack of shopping opportunities for the players wives and girlfriends in Ipswich
    7. Insert your own excuse here

    Roy Keane walks into a bar with his dog. The barman says "You can't bring that rottweiler in here"
    Roy says "He's a labrador".
    The barman says "I was talking to the labrador"

    I'll get my turncoat!

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  • 70. At 1:41pm on 28 Sep 2009, Presto West End wrote:


    #7 Illparrot wrote:

    "Do you for one moment think 'Robbo' is really a pint swilling football fanatic from the north-east?? No, of course he isn't. He's a journalist, a funny one at that sometimes, who has developed a character. I doubt very much whether he is even from north London, let alone northern England. He probably supports Spurs and lives in a nice detatched house in Surrey somewhere. Plus, he has all you fools convinced..."

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    Only one way to find this out...

    http://www.thebluebelllodge.co.uk/

    Any road, why can't he be a journalist from the North east - are they mutually exclusive?



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  • 71. At 1:43pm on 28 Sep 2009, awesomeMr_Burns wrote:

    What about BAR-SOL

    Where you have one slightly flat pint then leave and never go back!

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  • 72. At 1:45pm on 28 Sep 2009, WhitleyBayWonTheVase wrote:

    p.s. Ronaldo is finished at Real Madrid.

    Having set a club record for scoring in his first 4 league matches he failed to score on Saturday, leaving that duty to Benzema (2) and Kaka (1).

    Pah, £80m and he can't score in 5 consequetive matches? Sell him, sell him I say.

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  • 73. At 1:45pm on 28 Sep 2009, suavejohn wrote:

    #34

    Shouldnt that read:

    Gary Neville- The Bell.....End?

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  • 74. At 1:45pm on 28 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    25. At 12:07pm on 28 Sep 2009, Mary-Lou_Stalin wrote:
    Apparrently by posting the word First on the 1st comment I broke the house rules - Can someone somehow explain this

    ***************

    Threads that start with 'first' are usually the province of 9 year old ADD sufferers from Penge.
    ----------------------------------------

    Do you have a brother called Josef or are you the 9 year old with ADD from Penge

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  • 75. At 1:45pm on 28 Sep 2009, Presto West End wrote:

    I've always thought that Fergie and Wenger will settle down together and run a pub called the Professor Plum.

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  • 76. At 1:47pm on 28 Sep 2009, LABSAB9 wrote:

    Great blog Robbo really enjoyed it.

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  • 77. At 1:47pm on 28 Sep 2009, chimchimeney wrote:

    Surely you realise that us North Easterners only know how to work down the pits or in a shipyard. Or in the cloying fumes of an industrial wasteland if you're unlucky enough to come from 'Borough ;)

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  • 78. At 1:48pm on 28 Sep 2009, Ireland Brew wrote:

    Roy Keane walks into a bar, criticises the management and walks out again!

    Roy Keane walks into a bar.
    "Ow!. That hurt"

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  • 79. At 1:48pm on 28 Sep 2009, dodiesmith wrote:

    Thank you, Chris Charles, for your comments to Ill parrot....loved them!
    Think mr.parrot (!) should lie down with a cold cloth on his forehead, he is getting far too worked up.
    So here we go: great stuff, Robbo.
    Of course I have to complain though about knocking Gerrard...
    so there we go!

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  • 80. At 1:48pm on 28 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    73. At 1:45pm on 28 Sep 2009, suavejohn wrote:
    #34

    Shouldnt that read:

    Gary Neville- The Bell.....End?
    ---------------------------------------------

    Isn't that Gerrard's pub or is that The (Smarmy) Lizard Lounge

    Nev's owuld just be The Red Devil

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  • 81. At 1:51pm on 28 Sep 2009, TommyB wrote:

    Gary Neville's would be The Attempted Tache (est. 1995)

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  • 82. At 1:51pm on 28 Sep 2009, lorus59 wrote:

    There seems to be some debate to whether Robbo is real or not but I remember him being on a radio show many years ago when he was answering questions. He had a strong north east accent. So who was that guy?

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  • 83. At 1:55pm on 28 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    #82 - think that was Bryan Robson

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  • 84. At 2:00pm on 28 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Hello all.

    This is fun.

    How about Mr. Gerrard's local...

    "The St. Scott Free bar where they only serve Hypocritc-ale"

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  • 85. At 2:00pm on 28 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Anyone seen Chris Sutton appointed as Lincoln manager - Shearer should have gone for that one as Hughton is doing too good a job at Newcastle now

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  • 86. At 2:00pm on 28 Sep 2009, awesomeMr_Burns wrote:

    What about Frank Lampards pub the Barn Door

    You can have 30 shots but only 1 hits the spot !!!

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  • 87. At 2:00pm on 28 Sep 2009, Bangforyourbuck wrote:

    #81: On a similar note, could Neville's also be The Fake Mexican? Phil Neville's would be The Fake Human Being.

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  • 88. At 2:03pm on 28 Sep 2009, TommyO wrote:

    another one of a growing band of Neville establishments

    The Turtle Head


    perhaps - he could make that one a nightclub and get Rooney down there for the grab-a-granny night?

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  • 89. At 2:05pm on 28 Sep 2009, Bangforyourbuck wrote:

    One more for now... Michel Platini's The English Pig.

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  • 90. At 2:07pm on 28 Sep 2009, signori wrote:

    Your's was a pint of Bitter with a shot of Sourz (do they do Grape flavour?) wasn't it?


    Top drawer puns here!

    As for Bellamy would have a WKD as he has a Wicked side to him

    AWFUL!

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  • 91. At 2:09pm on 28 Sep 2009, BergkAmp_Baracus wrote:

    What about...

    The Nags Head: Ruud Van Nistelrooy
    Hole in the Wall: Rivelino
    Three Tuns: Kenny Samson
    Bag o nails: Emile Heskey

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  • 92. At 2:09pm on 28 Sep 2009, signori wrote:

    What about Frank Lampards pub the Barn Door
    You can have 30 shots but only 1 hits the spot and
    TommyOnion is on fire here! very good monday entertainment as Robbos blog for me isnt about the blog itself its about the comments afterwards that makes me laugh so much.

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  • 93. At 2:15pm on 28 Sep 2009, This Is Anfield wrote:

    Didn't think Benayoun could get any uglier he's achieved it in that picture!

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  • 94. At 2:15pm on 28 Sep 2009, whatbill wrote:

    I think Gerrard would need to think through his jukebox policy before opening a pub. He might be better investing in a restaurant. How about Planet Hollywood (ball)?

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  • 95. At 2:22pm on 28 Sep 2009, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    " Anyway Arsene's always welcome at our gaff. I'd love to listen to the old Prof rattling on about tactics 'n' that. I wonder if he feels the same as Gary Kirsten, India's South African cricket coach, about sex the night before a big match? It certainly helped me get through my wedding day "

    " It certainly helped me get through my wedding day "

    apologies for the double quote.

    But I like that bit

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  • 96. At 2:25pm on 28 Sep 2009, redandblackT-Save 606 wrote:

    Great blog Robbo!

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  • 97. At 2:30pm on 28 Sep 2009, Thanks A lot BBC7 wrote:

    What's worse:

    Not one single point for Portsmouth in 7 games or

    not a single laugh for me in 71 lines of Robb.sh?

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  • 98. At 2:32pm on 28 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:

    At 2:30pm on 28 Sep 2009, Thanks A lot BBC7 wrote:
    What's worse:

    Not one single point for Portsmouth in 7 games or

    not a single laugh for me in 71 lines of Robb.sh?

    -----------

    Depends what you were expecting more, Portsmouth to get a point or Robbo to score.

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  • 99. At 2:32pm on 28 Sep 2009, DenistheGenius wrote:

    Ruud's Pub = The Nag's Head
    good laugh!

    Paul Scholes = The Fishy Tackle

    don't have a name for Rooney's, but it's co-owned by Greg Louganis.

    and i'd like to say "well done" to the ref, er moderator... completely deserved yellow card for adamp's utterly worthless, if not offensive, claim.
    not just because it's you, adamp...because it's you AND it's shtoopid!

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  • 100. At 2:34pm on 28 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    The single laugh because Portsmouth are rubbish and deserve to get relegated (have lotsif friends who are Saints fans although my daughter was born in Portsmouth so she'll kill me).

    Surely though there must have been something funny. The Old Red Lion and Adebayor bits were surely worth a wry grin or small chuckle.

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  • 101. At 2:38pm on 28 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Oh so it is personal (how much did you pay the moderator).

    If I go I got the hundredth post la la, la la la does that make it worthless only because I did it as the previous 30 or so people who have done that this year on this blog weren't moderated off or were they shtoopid too.

    Cos gues what?

    I got the hundredth post la la, la la la

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  • 102. At 2:39pm on 28 Sep 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    No - but you got the dalmatians spot.

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  • 103. At 2:40pm on 28 Sep 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    And I got the sequel

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  • 104. At 2:40pm on 28 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    One Hundred and Second!!

    Stick that in your pipe and smoke it.

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  • 105. At 2:40pm on 28 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:

    Damn

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  • 106. At 2:42pm on 28 Sep 2009, awesomeMr_Burns wrote:

    Bellamys pub The Ugly Beggar only sells punch !!!

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  • 107. At 2:48pm on 28 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    ha ha nice try.

    I actually had to think about that Dalmation one for a second but I did get the centry as well - 1,100 - doubt we'll get a thousand tough.

    Do you think Mick McCarthy would be running The Sick Parrott after yesterday's match.

    I'll leave it to your imagination what Kieron Richardson would be called after yesterday's back pass that led to Wolves' 2nd goal

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  • 108. At 2:54pm on 28 Sep 2009, signori wrote:

    imagine making up a little song and posting it to the readers with lalalala at the end only to find out that you 101 and not 100!

    laugh of the day for me!

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  • 109. At 2:58pm on 28 Sep 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    Of course, the inverse way to seek that kind of fame is to go over the entire backlog of Robbo blogs and add "Last post!" to each one.

    Although, of course, if someone else gets the same idea...

    Never mind. Passes the time.

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  • 110. At 3:01pm on 28 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    How long did it take you?

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  • 111. At 3:02pm on 28 Sep 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Good morning campers.

    Zoot, would this help....Great Log Robbo!

    Fergie's wine bar could be "Le nez rouge" and Sven's "The Game Cock"

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  • 112. At 3:04pm on 28 Sep 2009, charlie_9 wrote:

    The Idle Pretender??? (Kieron Richardson i mean,

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  • 113. At 3:08pm on 28 Sep 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    110 Adam

    The first time, three months. Then I discovered cut and paste.

    111 Trotter

    With one impressive movement, you've solved the problem.

    Gaz

    Have you been putting "Last post!" underneath me and Joe?

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  • 114. At 3:13pm on 28 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    111

    Would Megson's be

    The long ball.
    Surely Sven's should be retired due to overuse by now?

    or The Smooth Charmer would be a good one for him.

    Wonder what all these women see in muti-millionaire famous football manager Sven that the rest of us don't have.

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  • 115. At 3:16pm on 28 Sep 2009, charlie_9 wrote:

    no megson's would be The Prked Bus

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  • 116. At 3:18pm on 28 Sep 2009, charlie_9 wrote:

    No Megson's would be The Parked Bus!!!

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  • 117. At 3:20pm on 28 Sep 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    At the moment, the moderator's not impressed by a pair of charlies.

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  • 118. At 3:22pm on 28 Sep 2009, redwillhunted7 wrote:

    My Threepence 'apenny..

    Rooney - Head of Steam
    Sol C - Last in, First out
    Giggsy - Red Dragon
    SAF - Three Cups
    Rafa - Man on the Moon
    Boro Fans - World's End
    Ronaldo - Slipp Inn

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  • 119. At 3:23pm on 28 Sep 2009, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    Well, having read this blog I really cant find anything good to comment on. Once again Robbo has sacrificed any sort of base point or substance in order to produce a series of poorly held together jokes.

    Increasingly we are being treated to blogs that are more to do with whats happening in the world of the Blue Bell than offering anything that qualifies as football orientated debate. Even the most hardcore Robbo fans must be disappointed by this and have to agree that there really isnt much to debate here other than some playschool challenge by Robbo to invent hypothetical footballers pubs.

    The failure to strike the balance between style and substance has left us with a disappointing read.

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  • 120. At 3:26pm on 28 Sep 2009, charlie_9 wrote:

    Think it's because i'm new!!! They don't trust me quite yet, probably best!!

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  • 121. At 3:28pm on 28 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Joe - Do you have any thoughts on the demise of Portsmouth or why Bolton fans will never take to Megson regardless of how high he gets up teh table.

    Any thoughts on Chris Sutton as Lincoln's new manager

    Those are a couple of good footballing points

    Or any good ideas for pubs?

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  • 122. At 3:33pm on 28 Sep 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Fergie: The Red Nose... Full of pricy imported beers with not much flavour including a flat Bulgarian and a vintage Welsh Red, however theirs a local stout that’ll knock you for six... Oh and none of the locals are local....

    Carlo Ancholottery: The Bramble Inn... You can drink 6 on the trot and feel on top of the world, but if your Cech bounces your out on your ear.

    Rafa: The Mad Rant... Plenty of punters, but all been drinking out of the same 5 cups for too long. Can be a twenty year wait for what you want, but you know it’s always you getting served next...

    Mark Hughes: The Golden Sheikh... Pricey drinks, the locals all have high expectations, a bit drafty as it’s in the shade of a bigger pub down the road... Oh and the London Prides off at the moment.

    Arsene Wenger: The Blind Beggar... Cheap drinks, but not much atmosphere brilliant when you walk in, though disappointing at the back... But children are welcome.

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  • 123. At 3:33pm on 28 Sep 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Adam,

    If Tamir Cohen keeps scoring, Meggo's will be "Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem"
    (the oldest boozer in England).

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  • 124. At 3:34pm on 28 Sep 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    I do love a playschool chalenge me!

    Robbo: The Bloggers Arm... great atmosphere but with the occasional scuffle and a Roach problem.

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  • 125. At 3:35pm on 28 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    That's pretty good - although none of the locals are locals. Me and my mates from Basingstoke & Guildford are really upset at that

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  • 126. At 3:38pm on 28 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    If Tamir Cohen keeps scoring, Meggo's will be "Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem"
    (the oldest boozer in England).

    - something Gazza will never be. I'm afraid that his desire to be the next George Best is sadly very likely to happen.

    I went to that pub when I was at Uni and was well cramped. The only place smaller than that is the Bolton Wanderers Megson Appreciation society. A room so empty that Dennis Wise could start a fight in it

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  • 127. At 3:44pm on 28 Sep 2009, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    121. At 3:28pm on 28 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote

    Portsmouth - Already in serious trouble. The only that could save them is a change of manager and significant investment in January.However by that stage they may well be still be at the foot of the table which means even with money they will struggle to attract quality. They need a new manager and one that has a good track record in the transfer market.

    Bolton - Get the impression with Megson that the fans think he will never be able to take them above the 14/13th spot like they could under Allardyce. I.e he will never rise above mediocrity. They will probably always do enough under Megson to avoid the drop but it may be a case where the fans simply want more than that and dont think Megson can deliver.

    Sutton - no idea how that will turn out.

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  • 128. At 3:47pm on 28 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Would agree with Portsmouth situation but who would you get in. Maybe relegation and an up and coming manager would give them some momentum as it has done for West Brom and Newcastle

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  • 129. At 3:49pm on 28 Sep 2009, charlie_9 wrote:

    Roach problem...........Love it!! That man's got more beef than a deli!!

    I'm pretty knew to the robbo phenom (potential night club perhaps??) But i'm at a loss to explain why people waste there time with something they quite obviously don't like. There's plenty of 'serious' football blogs around for jdr to spoew out his acidic witterings. Why waste your time with a light hearted, tongue in cheek blog. It's even in the 'fun and games' section of the website!!!! My god man, lighten up!!!!

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  • 130. At 3:52pm on 28 Sep 2009, Chaunders wrote:

    The pub was called "La Croix d'Or" ito which he was refering and it was more of a bistro

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  • 131. At 3:56pm on 28 Sep 2009, ZEUSFC wrote:

    JDR, are you joking? best blog for ages! full of humour, no manc v scouse pointless rivalries, loads of comments worth reading for the add-ons to the list
    (*15) TommyOnion's was pure genius, only because i genuinely expected it to be the opening line of the blog

    Drogba: the Sack o' Spuds
    Giggsy: the Prince of Wales (obviously!)
    and I'm assuming Sol would have his bar in the nearest departure lounge...




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  • 132. At 4:03pm on 28 Sep 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    The so called fans should leave Meggo alone for a while, he could be manager of the month for September and October! 3 wins and a draw in the last 4! Now we have Spurs, Man U, Everton and Chelsea (twice) to look forward to. I'm thinking 12 points and a cup run, Oh Happy Days! Wake me up when it's over.

    JDR, all we need to get into the top 6 is five hundred million quid.

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  • 133. At 4:03pm on 28 Sep 2009, Manos_de_Piedra wrote:

    128. At 3:47pm on 28 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:
    Would agree with Portsmouth situation but who would you get in. Maybe relegation and an up and coming manager would give them some momentum as it has done for West Brom and Newcastle.
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Personally I would never go for the relegation approach as its far too serious a gamble. Theyve just lost most of their best players in the last year or so and badly need to improve quality which I dont think they could attract in the championship.

    As for who to bring in to manage - tough to say. Are the finances and ambition there significant enough to attract a high calibre manager even given their poor start? Im not sure - they may be forced to try bring in some one short term to keep them up. I cant see any premiership manager jumping ship at the moment exept perhaps Phil Brown who wouldnt be ideal. Looking at the championship Keane did well for Sunderland and took over in a similar scenario when they were in the championship but has had a pretty awful start to the season and Im not convinced of his transfer market ability.I think it depends if they want to get someone in on a short term measure to stop the rot or else go for a long term appointment in which case they need to move quickly and give the new manager time.

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  • 134. At 4:06pm on 28 Sep 2009, pilch666 wrote:

    Excellent, the real JDR has turned up with his similar boring comments. Cannot be bothered to post the rest of usual response as already aware how hypocritical this post has become.

    tomefccam - spend five minutes reading another blog then. Hardly difficult to work out surely.

    Good blog, though some of the additional pub names mentioned have been just as amusing. Perfect reading for a Monday afternoon!!!

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  • 135. At 4:06pm on 28 Sep 2009, signori wrote:

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

  • 136. At 4:09pm on 28 Sep 2009, Dazz wrote:

    Robbo

    "On Merseyside, David Moyes can be seen behind the bar of Moe's (never see 'em in the same room), getting the absolute best out of some pretty average fare, while Rafa's Place is of course a whine bar. "

    Absolute, sheer class!

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  • 137. At 4:10pm on 28 Sep 2009, Dazz wrote:

    "In the Blue Bell, the landlord has stopped making a heady Blue Bell cocktail during Happy Hour. The recipe is a closely guarded secret but it's known as the Drogba Daquiri cos it goes down far too easily. We would've called it the Gerrard Gin Sling only he prefers the real ale. There's a Cheshire microbrewery that does a pint called the Groin Muscle and Stevie pulls himself one before every international friendly."

    Another piece of Marco Van Basten like magic!

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  • 138. At 4:13pm on 28 Sep 2009, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    128. At 3:47pm on 28 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    I would never consider relegation an option. Its just to risky even if the club could survive financially. They probably arent blessed with options at the moment but if they were to move quickly with the promise of strong financial support in January they may be able to tempt a higher quality manager but at the moment regardless of who they appoint -they couldnt do much worse than their current form. The longer it goes on the less time they have and the chances of geting someone diminishes unil they are left just trying to get someone in on a short term fix just to keep them up.

    Strachan is an obvious manager out there who would fit the profile of a guy they need. He did well with limited squads at Coventry and Southhampton. Coppell would be another possibility as well as a gamble on someone like Ferguson from the championship. If you are looking at the continent then Ive no idea really what calibre of guy could be attracted - it would depend on the long term ambition and finances of the club but as said above the further adrift they become the harder it will be.

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  • 139. At 4:14pm on 28 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    #133 - I don't think another prem manager would be a good plan - need either a lower division manager who is doing well or someone out of work as taking a manger who is on a losing streak is not a good move.

    Eddie Howe at Bournemouth could be good - local and he he is top of league 2 (not to mention finishing mid-table after overcoming a 17 point deficit)despite having a transfer embargo imposed and a squad so small they are having to raid the local comprehensive school to make up the subs bench.

    Could try Jamie Redknapp - seems to know what he is on about and maybe some of his dad's management skills have rubbed off

    A good short-term option would be to try and coax George Graham, Souness or Gullitt off the Sky couch for a few months to keep them up.



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  • 140. At 4:18pm on 28 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    The pub was called "La Croix d'Or" ito which he was refering and it was more of a bistro

    I thought that was just me when someone nicked my packet of Chilli Heatwave

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  • 141. At 4:20pm on 28 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    #138 - Could strachan win over the fans as an ex-Southampton Manager though.

    I agree Coppell or even Alan Curbishley could be a good move

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  • 142. At 4:26pm on 28 Sep 2009, pilch666 wrote:

    #141 Roy Keane should be available soon :)

    Or Bryan Robson, another "successful" ex-player manager.

    What about Paul Jewell?? Is he employed at the moment??

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  • 143. At 4:27pm on 28 Sep 2009, DenistheGenius wrote:

    "...occasional scuffle and a Roach problem" - well done RedBlue! every Roach (post) looks the same, eh?

    think it's time to finally abandon the ugly Wenger as pedophile jokes, though... even if i were not a father, and there were any shred of a reason for suspicion, i couldn't see the humour in that.

    sorry to get all heavy, but there you have it.

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  • 144. At 4:28pm on 28 Sep 2009, charlie_9 wrote:

    I really feel for the Pompey faithful. You always get the impression that they are a great set of fans. I think adampsb has a point though. Relagation does give them the oppurtunity to re build the team, and the club from it's roots, rather than just paper over the ever more prominent cracks.

    As a football fan, it will be sad, if it happens, if they do go down. It's always god to see a championship side establish themselves in the premiership. Everyone loves an underdog and when a side comes to fruition it gives the league another dimension.

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  • 145. At 4:30pm on 28 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    #141 -

    Bryan Robson is now national manager of Thailand,

    Paul Jewell is going to be appointed Darlington manager although I reckon Whitley Bay's manager may be on his way there

    As for Keano I think he'll start winning soon so will not be available

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  • 146. At 4:31pm on 28 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Dennis - no-one had brought that up - wher on earth has that bit come from?

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  • 147. At 4:33pm on 28 Sep 2009, TommyO wrote:

    Steve Bruce could do a good job for Pompey - he must be due to move jobs soon ?

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  • 148. At 4:38pm on 28 Sep 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Denis, dude... you got me all wrong, i was only refering to the age of players and youth policy at Arsenal.. Mate i've 2 young daughters myself... do not joke with that stuff.

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  • 149. At 4:38pm on 28 Sep 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    They could get 'arry back for 8 million a year.

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  • 150. At 4:40pm on 28 Sep 2009, pilch666 wrote:

    #145 I am guessing it will not take Thailand long to work out Bryan Robson has no idea and they would be better off employing Robbo. Now there's an idea.

    Expecting Keane to walk out again anytime soon because he is actually unable to do anything to reverse the decline.

    Didnt know about Jewell, though at least the only way is up for him!!!

    If Mark Robins was not already tied up, he may also have been worth a gamble.

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  • 151. At 4:44pm on 28 Sep 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    150 pilch

    If Robbo is thinking of the Thailand job, he'll have to learn to pronounce Phuket without a Teeside accent; otherwise the players will think that he doesn't care.

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  • 152. At 4:46pm on 28 Sep 2009, pilch666 wrote:

    #151 Fair point. Though would be truthful in the not caring part. Unless we are talking about the salary (does the manager of Thailand warrant a large salary or are there other added "extras").

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  • 153. At 4:48pm on 28 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    I have it

    The next Portsmouth manager should be that football Genius: -

    JOEDAVISROACH

    He knows all about the game and in interviews would avoid speaking in stereotypical cliches and would now what was funny and what isn't and as a result of his insights teh players would all improve to the point where Pompey fans would be asking Harry who?

    Or he could be Tony Adams and Brian Kidd rolled into one in which case

    THEY'RE DOOMED.

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  • 154. At 4:53pm on 28 Sep 2009, charlie_9 wrote:

    adampsb,

    You can't lure JDR in to a serious debate then lay in to him when he relpies. I'm not a fan of his opinions as previously stated, but leave him to his cynical mindset and come back to the people who take the blog for what it is. A bit of a laugh and a chance for us to chat and banter like we're back in the pub when we're at work!!!

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  • 155. At 4:54pm on 28 Sep 2009, DenistheGenius wrote:

    ...my apologies then, RedBlue - that gag has been so common in these parts, i just assume any mention of Wenger and children is another thinly veiled insinuation. i'm sure you can understand.

    besides, i wouldn't hold it against ya... always enjoy your comments!

    and at the risk of annoying this blog's "big 4" further, let me just say i quite liked Irabu's Keano Rottweiler joke!

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  • 156. At 4:58pm on 28 Sep 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Zoot, a great Blog and a great Log all in the same day! Calls for some grog. Can it get any better? Paul Hart's pub.... The Last Drop

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  • 157. At 5:04pm on 28 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Isn't that Chester City's pub?

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  • 158. At 5:08pm on 28 Sep 2009, The_Toonster wrote:

    Genius Robbo! You're back on form! You've got me laughing all the way into me own pint glass this evening.

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  • 159. At 5:10pm on 28 Sep 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    I thought they had a zoo, not a pub?

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  • 160. At 5:22pm on 28 Sep 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    # 141.

    If Strachan won them an FA cup and took the to Europe again all will be forgotten about his Saintly past.

    Worked for Redknapp, hell they have him freedom of the City after doing that for them.

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  • 161. At 5:23pm on 28 Sep 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    In my day, Chester lived in Dodge City, Miss Kitty ran the Longbranch saloon, Sam was the bartender, and Matt Dillon kept things under control.

    There is no mention of a zoo.

    Robbo has probably got details of that in his Log, although I'm not recommending that you investigate.

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  • 162. At 5:29pm on 28 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    #160

    Worked for Redknapp, hell they have him freedom of the City after doing that for them.

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

    That's because he was a secret agent specifically tasked with relegating Southampton and then returning to Pompey. Bit like letting Neil Warnock manage Wednesday.

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  • 163. At 5:31pm on 28 Sep 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    No, I won't be investigating his log, it seems too long, best leave that for the experts who investigate it more thoroughly than I ever could and on a bi-weekly basis, yet always come up with the same results! They never accuse him of anything other than consistency though which is somewhat confusing in light of last week's curry and beer comment. We'll have to get someone else to look into it!

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  • 164. At 5:32pm on 28 Sep 2009, ProfStriker wrote:

    Some suggestions:

    Giggs: The Hairy Beast

    Van Persie: The Honest Diver

    Berbatov: Sleepy Hollow

    Rooney: The Tireless Pug
    The Bald Pug
    The Petulant Pug
    (He works so hard, mind, that he owns three pubs.)

    Wenger: The Blind Poet
    (Cf. the Blind Poet in Edinburgh, class place, that.)

    SAF: The Jigger

    Ronaldo: Tumbling Dice

    Terry: The Slippery Pitch

    Lampard: The Square Head





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  • 165. At 5:33pm on 28 Sep 2009, jonny_gunner wrote:

    It amazes me that there are 2 types of people who seem to read this blog...those who hate it and waste their time complaining about it, and those who sycophantically kiss Robbo's behind after every blog...now, in my mind each is as bad as the other. For these reasons:

    Do you for one moment think 'Robbo' is really a pint swilling football fanatic from the north-east?? No, of course he isn't. He's a journalist, a funny one at that sometimes, who has developed a character. I doubt very much whether he is even from north London, let alone northern England. He probably supports Spurs and lives in a nice detatched house in Surrey somewhere. Plus, he has all you fools convinced...

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

    Does anybody remember on 5 live about 10 years ago a show on a friday night (I think) called "the treatment" with Stuart Maconie? (I do, as despite being 18, had the face of a 6 yo and couldn't get in my local). Derek "Robbo" Robson would be called each week by Stuart to give his thoughts on the weeks' sporting events. Funniest thing I've ever heard on the radio. He's probably an actor, but he sounded proper Geordie on there, so at least he's a good one.

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  • 166. At 5:38pm on 28 Sep 2009, United Dreamer wrote:

    Two p(o)ints

    "Meanwhile Roy Keane has lost the chance to run his own brewery after he failed to organise the opening night party properly. Besides which, he wants to stay away from the boos at the moment. "

    "theatre of drams"

    Good stuff.

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  • 167. At 5:43pm on 28 Sep 2009, ProfStriker wrote:

    Rooney just opened a fourth pub: Raging Bull

    Tevez opened a Raging Bull also. It's next to Adebayor's pub: The Stamping Celebrant

    Pompey: The Descending Chimes

    Gerrard: The Sweet and Tender Hooligan

    Bellamy: Hooligan's



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  • 168. At 5:47pm on 28 Sep 2009, United Dreamer wrote:

    "Adebayor lui timbre avec les studs"

    Excellent.

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  • 169. At 5:53pm on 28 Sep 2009, DenistheGenius wrote:

    164. At 5:32pm on 28 Sep 2009, ProfStriker wrote:
    Some suggestions:
    Van Persie: The Honest Diver

    Rooney: The Tireless Pug
    The Bald Pug
    The Petulant Pug
    (He works so hard, mind, that he owns three pubs.)

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    so let me get this straight - you've taken a dig at a player who has the guts to come out and admit to having been theatrical, without involvement in any recent controversial incident to prompt him, mind you... but you manage to give a pass to the self-proclaimed "honest player" who has just blatantly lied to the world after AT LEAST one high-profile cheating dive in the last few weeks.

    umm, any other non-England die hards want to help this Prof guy with his coat?

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  • 170. At 5:55pm on 28 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Would the real JDR please stand up.

    Interesting to see that for the last few blogs it all went a bit serious and Joe was happy and then today when it was more of a humour orientated blog, probably because nothing much exciting happened with the weekends footie, Joe is sad again.

    The BBC and humour clearly do not have a place together in Joe's mind methinks. Joe you should watch re-runs of The Fast Show or The League Of Gentlemen if that is the case, you'll find no comedy in there.

    Missing all the fun these days, I'd love to explain why but that might only bring Andre back telling me how no one should talk about anything outside "the blog" and no one wants to see him again.

    Nice to see Ira getting in a few Roy Keane digs though. Anything to keep you happy Ira, it's getting a bit too cold in Kerry to be out in the fields doing what usually keeps Kerrymen happy.

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  • 171. At 5:58pm on 28 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:

    At 5:53pm on 28 Sep 2009, DenistheGenius wrote:
    164. At 5:32pm on 28 Sep 2009, ProfStriker wrote:
    Some suggestions:
    Van Persie: The Honest Diver

    Rooney: The Tireless Pug
    The Bald Pug
    The Petulant Pug
    (He works so hard, mind, that he owns three pubs.)

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

    so let me get this straight - you've taken a dig at a player who has the guts to come out and admit to having been theatrical, without involvement in any recent controversial incident to prompt him, mind you... but you manage to give a pass to the self-proclaimed "honest player" who has just blatantly lied to the world after AT LEAST one high-profile cheating dive in the last few weeks.

    umm, any other non-England die hards want to help this Prof guy with his coat?

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    DENIS!! For goodness sake take a breath. It's a joke, like RBA's kids stuff from earlier. He's even making fun of Rooney. If you see an Arsenal comment count to ten before posting. Or have a pint of Arsene's "Speckled Glasses" first at least.

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  • 172. At 6:00pm on 28 Sep 2009, ProfStriker wrote:

    re 169:
    so let me get this straight - you've taken a dig at a player who has the guts to come out and admit to having been theatrical, without involvement in any recent controversial incident to prompt him, mind you... but you manage to give a pass to the self-proclaimed "honest player" who has just blatantly lied to the world after AT LEAST one high-profile cheating dive in the last few weeks.

    umm, any other non-England die hards want to help this Prof guy with his coat?
    _________

    First, I support Arsenal. I also happen to support England. I don't see anything wrong with having a laugh at Arsenal's players and England's players alike. As for your last sentence, I'm not quite sure what you mean by "any other non-England die hards" etc.

    You're a Gunner fan? I completely agree with you about Rooney's high-profile dives and I'm quite annoyed by them. Perhaps he could open a pub called the Pub and Lyre.

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  • 173. At 6:03pm on 28 Sep 2009, ProfStriker wrote:

    Thank you, Gaz! Wow. Temper temper, Denis!

    I repeat, I'm an Arsenal fan! Pace!

    Maybe we can make peace, Denis, by having a pint at Drogba's new place, where there is a large sign reading "No shirt, no shoes, no service."

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  • 174. At 6:06pm on 28 Sep 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Nice to see Ira getting in a few Roy Keane digs though. Anything to keep you happy Ira, it's getting a bit too cold in Kerry to be out in the fields doing what usually keeps Kerrymen happy.

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

    Gaz, does the above suggest that Irn Bru is made from herders and not girders?

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  • 175. At 6:07pm on 28 Sep 2009, ProfStriker wrote:

    Rooney: Pug and Lyre (correction)

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  • 176. At 6:07pm on 28 Sep 2009, ProfStriker wrote:

    G. Neville: Bell Haven

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  • 177. At 6:13pm on 28 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Gary Neville would have one of those "Faux Pubs", like the one's that impersonate Irish pubs everywhere. After all he's been impersonating a professional footballer for long enough.

    Trotter - I'm saying nothing. Although the dark evenings are a favourite of the Kerry brigade. Something to do with the animals not being able to see you coming.

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  • 178. At 6:14pm on 28 Sep 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Do they all wear rubber wellies too?

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  • 179. At 6:18pm on 28 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    No need. There is no chance of rain stopping play.

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  • 180. At 6:18pm on 28 Sep 2009, GunnarShumba wrote:

    Is the BBC run by the government? How else can anyone explain this incompetency? Is there nothing better than come up with silly blogs like this one?
    This is the cheapest and worst form of journalism I ever saw. Shocking.

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  • 181. At 6:26pm on 28 Sep 2009, ProfStriker wrote:

    Adebayor used to run a club down here called Rumours. It closed.

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  • 182. At 6:27pm on 28 Sep 2009, DenistheGenius wrote:

    Gaz - i get that he was trying to make a joke... forgive me for thinking that Prof is trying to cleverly shift blame away from Wonderboy Wazza by calling someone else a diver...he's the one who started this "i'm an honest player" garbage, so attributing it to someone else is just lazy, in my opinion.

    i happen to think Van Persie is often a bit of a punk - but he's shown so much more Ballacks and honesty in that one interview than self-christened "honest footballer" Rooney ever has.

    to your point, making fun of Rooney's looks is about as innocuous as it gets... "Shreck" is a flipping term of endearment to ManU fans, so don't try to sell me on the "objectivity" of that. it's not even in the same league as questioning a player's integrity, which the "Honest Diver" clearly implies.

    and for the record, cops just towed my car when there was nary a tow-away sign in sight, so it is a bit "me-against-the-world" at the moment!

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  • 183. At 6:32pm on 28 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:

    and for the record, cops just towed my car when there was nary a tow-away sign in sight, so it is a bit "me-against-the-world" at the moment!

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    All is forgiven.

    Although I thought it was clampers who towed your motor. Don't cops only do it if there is something in it you shouldn't have? Don't tell me you've gone and been making dodgy lasagnes again and storing them in the boot!

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  • 184. At 6:36pm on 28 Sep 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    180 do pop in again Gunnar.

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  • 185. At 6:51pm on 28 Sep 2009, DenistheGenius wrote:

    Gaz - if that's code for distributing large amounts of lysergic acid, then guilty as charged!
    actually, the cops ticketed it and HAD it towed for being in the park after hours (i can explain)... had just played a show there (did a pretty cracking version of the Who's "A Quick One" to close it out!), and opted to leave the car and NOT drive under the influence - let that be a lesson?!

    of course, i only divulge all of this useless information to hear JDR's teeth grinding.
    all is well again.

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  • 186. At 7:17pm on 28 Sep 2009, georgesbest wrote:

    I saw the Pompey team in the Rock Bottom the other day, they were all sitting in the corner with nothing on the table, and i thought to myself "they won't be here for long."

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  • 187. At 7:21pm on 28 Sep 2009, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    170. At 5:55pm on 28 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:

    Theres never been a "serious" "Robbo" blog but at least some of the ones he did recently had some basic football related substance to them.

    Its when he writes these type of blogs here that have little to do with any real footballing point other than to support a the random musings in the Blue Bell and game of lets makeup footballers pub names that I take issue. Like Robbo I wont call a spade a soil redistribution implement.

    It hardly takes a genius to write a funny blog that contains some kind of football related point. Is a blog on fictional pubs owned by players seriously the best that could be done? It seems to me that these kind of blogs of clearly directed at the likes of yourself, Trotters, Zootmac and RedblueArmy who can now trade pub names back and forth all day. Thats fine by me but could the blog not have harboured something with a bit more topic to it than that for the rest of the world?

    And again before peoplecome back to me with the usual "lighthearted", "fun and games", "comedy" blog and the usual stuff - I know. Im well aware the blog is supposed to funny and that there are people out there that it amuses and gives them a medium to essentially trade jokes with each other but surely there could be a bit more variety to the bbc other than having Robbo and his world of the Blue Bell as the only source? In the event that this seemingly small mercy is too much to ask I would ask Robbo to at least try and strike a balance between style and substance.

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  • 188. At 7:26pm on 28 Sep 2009, shinywillie1980 wrote:

    If Adebeyor was in a pub with a circular bar in the middle, reckon he would run around to the other side as soon as he was served screaming, as he was caught up in the emotion of it all being served first,
    A pub near me is called 'hop and vine'
    Slightly adjusted for the 'Stamp and Whine' for the aforementioned individual.

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  • 189. At 7:30pm on 28 Sep 2009, Macca wrote:

    Evenin' all,

    Some good Bar Managers/Pub Names on here. Some pub names to assign managers to...

    The White Swan - An ugly duckling that turns to a graceful creature not immune from the odd (swan) dive...
    The Rovers Return - Any Blackburn fans care to take a pop?
    The Queen - With all his preening, Ronaldo must have been a candidate...?
    The Angel - No chance getting one for this!
    The Stag - Mansfield FC

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  • 190. At 7:51pm on 28 Sep 2009, HandGunner wrote:

    Is anyone in Wenger's team even legal to drink? :)

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  • 191. At 7:59pm on 28 Sep 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    JDR #187

    "........but surely there could be a bit more variety to the bbc other than having Robbo and his world of the Blue Bell as the only source?"
    ----------------------------------

    It's far from the only source JDR, try some of these others on this very same site....



    BBC Sport blog editor
    Ben Dirs
    Chris Charles
    Chris Jardine
    Dan Walker
    Gavin Strachan
    Jacqui Oatley
    Jake Humphrey
    Jim Spence
    Joel Taggart
    Michael Gray
    Paul Fletcher
    Phil McNulty
    Phil Minshull
    Robbo Robson
    Simon Austin
    Steve Wilson
    Tim Vickery
    Tom Fordyce


    Other Football blogs
    Other football blogs
    Beautiful game
    Caught offside
    Fantasy football blog
    Goal (New York Times)
    Reuters soccer
    Run of play
    Soccer blogs
    Some people on the pitch
    The offside
    Off The Post
    Inside Futbol
    World Cup blog
    Soccer Lens

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  • 192. At 8:00pm on 28 Sep 2009, Robbo Robson wrote:

    151. At 4:44pm on 28 Sep 2009, Zootmac wrote:
    150 pilch

    If Robbo is thinking of the Thailand job, he'll have to learn to pronounce Phuket without a Teeside accent; otherwise the players will think that he doesn't care.

    _________________________________________________________________________

    Bangkok and Phuket! I'm sure I've seen that on an instruction manual somewhere. Robson only went to manage Thailand cos they told him it was a new rival for Tie Rack.

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  • 193. At 8:07pm on 28 Sep 2009, SirJeckylStockings wrote:

    You would never get a drnk in Wengers bar - it needs glasses!

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  • 194. At 8:09pm on 28 Sep 2009, Robbo Robson wrote:

    Top pub names, gentlemen and lady maybe.
    JDR - was thinking of writing a hard-hitting blog about the increasingly dangerous vocation that is being a ball-boy or the upturn in Liverpool's form - or the evergreen qualities of Giggsy but then I thought 'Fun and Games'? Do some pub puns and see who bites. Tsk. I'm ashamed at my frivolity. Anyway back to Man City West Ham for me and back to the morgue for you eh?

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  • 195. At 8:09pm on 28 Sep 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Hopefully it wasn't a manual for an inflatable Gareth Southgate!

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  • 196. At 8:13pm on 28 Sep 2009, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    191. At 7:59pm on 28 Sep 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Believe it or not I do actually read other blogs. My point with Robbo is that its more or less the only "comedy" blog option which I find strange to begin with as I would have thought in the event of a comedy section it would extend beyond a single blog written by the same person in roughly the same fashion every time.

    I can take when the humour isnt exactly side splitting but its when its reduced to a tabloid-esque peice of writing with its spine being a series of fictional pub (be it player owned or frequented by the author) then I feel the need to ask is could there not be more topics offered?
    A blend between the humour aspect and football aspect should be maintained.

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  • 197. At 8:16pm on 28 Sep 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Oh well JDR, far be it from me to tell you what you've already ignored dozens of times.

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  • 198. At 8:17pm on 28 Sep 2009, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    194. At 8:09pm on 28 Sep 2009, Robbo Robson wrote:
    Top pub names, gentlemen and lady maybe.
    JDR - was thinking of writing a hard-hitting blog about the increasingly dangerous vocation that is being a ball-boy or the upturn in Liverpool's form - or the evergreen qualities of Giggsy but then I thought 'Fun and Games'? Do some pub puns and see who bites. Tsk. I'm ashamed at my frivolity. Anyway back to Man City West Ham for me and back to the morgue for you eh?
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Surely you could manage both? The blog appears under both "fun and games" and "football".

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  • 199. At 8:20pm on 28 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Forget the City v West Ham game Robbo. An hour and a half (or 2 if you borrow Fergie's watch) of arguing with JDR will surely leave you more fulfilled.

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  • 200. At 8:25pm on 28 Sep 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    would you look at that - they're advertising SINGHA beer at the match - the authentic taste of Thailand, Robson will be disappointed!

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  • 201. At 8:29pm on 28 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Go to Thailand and taste a Singha.

    Insert your own Gary Glitter joke.

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  • 202. At 9:13pm on 28 Sep 2009, blueskyrai wrote:

    i don't understand this british humor at all.
    either the writer is dumb or it's my curse for understanding any comic sequences.
    and iam sick and tired of this robot(who think he is super human) trying to make fun of clubs who tirelessly entertain us.and finally does british media and journalists have any grudge against arsenal??

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  • 203. At 9:43pm on 28 Sep 2009, Robbo Robson wrote:

    Joe

    You know the problem is that you've come up with your own remit for what this blog should be. Why it should be 'balanced' between funny stuff and serious analysis every time is beyond me. You really should get on with writing that one yourself cos I'd love to read it. Post it up here if you like, see who salutes. Zootmac's already on his way to nicking my seat as it is.
    In the meantime it's up to me to decide what goes into this one and unfortunately I'm not going to try and tailor it to whatever I might think your expectation is.
    I look forward to reading your mix of the wry and the searing with interest. No, I really do. (Infer nil irony here)

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  • 204. At 10:16pm on 28 Sep 2009, DenistheGenius wrote:

    may i be so bold as to suggest that you quit responding to JDR?

    he's basically sticking his tongue out at you like an 8 year old, and you're giving him exactly what he wants.

    perhaps you could focus that energy on responding to some more interesting threads - like the one recalling you on the radio back in the day?

    not to be a pill, but it's a bit frustrating when something of substance gets totally missed by some of the schoolyard nonsense that goes on around here.

    Phuket - maybe i'll go to moderator school!

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  • 205. At 10:24pm on 28 Sep 2009, collie21 wrote:

    Your notion of a pub and that of wengers are different. Imagine a parisen cafe, chic ladies with little dogs, over weight men drinking ridiculously small glasses of rosé, somewhere around the back are a group of men, platiniesque hair styles drinking, 25mls glass of stella artois, or pelforth brune by the neck, probably chatting about Cruyff and Platini in more glorious tones than your bluebell on a Sunday afternoon. Gathering together for 2 hours of Apero before going home to sit around with family dinner and a bottle of wine..... Just what fergusons wanted all his life, while he in turn seems to have what wenger wanted all his., Ce n'est pas juste mon ami, pas de tout le meme chose. I think you may have lost something in translations. Just ask sofia copolla.

    Some of the blokes on here seem to be drinking too much Gin and Bitter

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  • 206. At 11:12pm on 28 Sep 2009, ScarletIeu wrote:

    I heard this story recently, wonder if anyone can verify it for me.. When Fergie bought Rooney, he wasn't fully match fit, so before his first game, Fergie said, 'Gentle first start, Wayne - play the first half and I'll bring you off at half-time.' Rooney replied, 'No thanks, Guv, I'd rather have a cup of tea like the rest.'

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  • 207. At 11:17pm on 28 Sep 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    Thought that I should spend the evening watching my recording of "The Choir", as recommended by Robbo. I made it on my Sanyo Betamax, using the tape I bought in 1982.

    I don't go a bomb on all this modern DVD nonsense: the Betamax does the job for me. It's especially effective when the choir sings a carol, and you get that effect of them singing waveringly through falling snow. Quite poignant, really. Atmospheric.

    And you know that award-winning film, "Blue", by Derek Jarman, where there is nothing but blue on the screen for about six hours, and every now and again some blokes talk profoundly about stuff? I can do an albino version on the Betamax by recording "White Christmas" back-to-back on extended play and watching it with the volume turned down and the tranny switched on.

    All these top tips and improving insights on Robbo's blog. And some people continue to find it frivolous. At times I despair.

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  • 208. At 11:30pm on 28 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    All I can garner out of that Zoot is that you were watching a blue movie. But maybe that says something about me.

    I think if this blog is to go in the "Fair And Balanced" direction it should definitely copy that mantra from Fox News. We could have Robbo taking on a Bill O'Reilly persona and instead of trying to reason with JDR he would simply tell him to eff off, cut his mic and try and punch him afterwards.

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  • 209. At 11:31pm on 28 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Oh yeah and you had a tranny turned on. Which you should be commended for. It's a lot more difficult than you think.

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  • 210. At 11:35pm on 28 Sep 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Perhaps it was on Zoot's tape player that Robbo saw the Bangkok and Phuket instruction? It makes sense that they'd collaborate, what with Zoot preparing for a guest spot and all.

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  • 211. At 11:45pm on 28 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    So let me get this straight...

    Zoot filmed Robbo while a turned on tranny was in his seat doing a guest spot, with JDR doing the final edit talking profoundly in the background?

    And who said this blog descended into meaningless rubbish late at night.

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  • 212. At 11:47pm on 28 Sep 2009, gibgod wrote:

    Great blog Robbo!

    Now I feel like Alanis Morrisette...

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  • 213. At 11:52pm on 28 Sep 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Gaz, I think that's it in a nutshell and all while the City Hammers match was on, no wonder there's no football talk on here!

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  • 214. At 00:18am on 29 Sep 2009, W_Rooney99 wrote:

    I usually enjoy your blogs robbo but not this one. constant mockery of wenger annoys me and im a united fan!

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  • 215. At 06:26am on 29 Sep 2009, bertrandmcnally wrote:

    JDR is a fabrication.

    The BBC Online has realized that their smartest participants have caught on to the fact that Robbo is a fictional amalgamation and decided to create a meta critic who would interact with their Northern creation from a deeply paranoid and self-righteous point of view that evokes derision from the dopey pub crawler. They did this to encourage those fearful, yet hopeful, shut-in pedants to themselves apply to the BBC, where their special talents for myth and conspiracy busting would be admired by all.

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    The Brown Pill - The bar for hoping to get lucky, again (one way or another);
    The Hog's End - As an American, I should say this: Dempsey as a creative/attacking winger in the Prem? Ugh.



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  • 216. At 06:36am on 29 Sep 2009, SS11 wrote:

    Super hilarious blog! Excellent Robbo

    How about bar names for
    Mark Hughes, Fabio Capello. Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo

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  • 217. At 06:53am on 29 Sep 2009, diamondronaldinho wrote:

    Arsene makes his boys play smooth like white wine, rough like rum, calm like whiskey, commanding like scotch, tough like hooch, royal like champagne, most of the guys who play for Arsene will not be allowed in a bar , yet they are making men in Bars talk about them , Arsene is a refreshner in the otherwise not very likeable English Football, Fergie try to play Arsene's way is the new drink , Mourinho tried to play the Arsene's way is an outdated drink, Alcohal and Arsenes Football , both are intoxicating, , he surely is the Revelation in EPL.

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  • 218. At 08:59am on 29 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Or are Arsenal like Hooch - promising start, gets a bit sticky halfway through and is ultimately disappointing

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  • 219. At 09:16am on 29 Sep 2009, collie21 wrote:

    The blind mans Inn - Wenger
    The Red Face- Ferguson
    The Muscial Chairs - Bruce
    The Empty promise Bar - shearer
    The happy Dealer - Redknapp.
    The VIP lounge - Hughes
    The Cock and Bull - Bellamy
    The last Chance Saloon - Mike Ashley
    The Kings Head - Owen
    The beheaded King Berbatov

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  • 220. At 10:10am on 29 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    215. At 06:26am on 29 Sep 2009, bertrandmcnally wrote:
    JDR is a fabrication.
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    Do you reckon it's Phil McNulty messing with us

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  • 221. At 10:10am on 29 Sep 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    I miss all the goings on here at night, but let me get this straight... Robbo and a tranny were smoking a zoot whilst JDR was hammered, and more shockingly, speaking profoundly??? Is this anywhere near correct?

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  • 222. At 10:11am on 29 Sep 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Adam, if that was the case you would be moderated by now...

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  • 223. At 10:15am on 29 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Gary McAllister is the new Assistant Manager at Portsmouth - Are we seeing some quick succession planning going on?

    How long before Paul Hart steps down citing "personal or family reasons"

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  • 224. At 10:17am on 29 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    222. At 10:11am on 29 Sep 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:
    Adam, if that was the case you would be moderated by now...
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    Probably but then he may just be using it as evidence to keep me moderated on his board

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  • 225. At 10:47am on 29 Sep 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    The Blog fuhrer does not need evidence to keep you moderated Adam... He imposes his will as he sees fit.

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  • 226. At 11:17am on 29 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Do you think that if Tevez had played at Utd like he did last night that we would have kept him or that regardless of performance he was going to be out and Owen in bearing in mind that Fergie was of the opinion that Tevez had sorted the City deal in January?

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  • 227. At 11:26am on 29 Sep 2009, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    203. At 9:43pm on 28 Sep 2009, Robbo Robson wrote:
    Joe

    You know the problem is that you've come up with your own remit for what this blog should be. Why it should be 'balanced' between funny stuff and serious analysis every time is beyond me. You really should get on with writing that one yourself cos I'd love to read it. Post it up here if you like, see who salutes. Zootmac's already on his way to nicking my seat as it is.
    In the meantime it's up to me to decide what goes into this one and unfortunately I'm not going to try and tailor it to whatever I might think your expectation is.
    I look forward to reading your mix of the wry and the searing with interest. No, I really do. (Infer nil irony here)
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    No your missing the point - Ive never said the blog has to be "serious" as I know full well that is asking for far too much. What I am saying is that surely, as a football blog, it could at least have some kind of base footballing point to it other than a "lets all just make up pub names" game. Fine you could have that as a segment in the blog but to have that as more or less the entire theme of the blog? - Come on man. You know thats just being lazy.

    And yet again you seem to take the stance that 1. I am the only critic of this blog (incorrect) and 2. Any criticism should just be ignored. Surely as a comic writer you would want to broaden your appeal. Yes there are 7/8 guys here that will show up almost regardless of what you write and have their own personal conversations and blogs like this seem to just be tailored to them. Would you not consider trying to expand the appeal of the Robbo blog beyond those who have a liking for repetitve Northern stereotyped humour and predictable outlooks twice a week. You have done one or two blogs recently which despite being loaded with the usual "any roads, blue bells, nowts etc" have at least provided a football related topic that goes beyond a playschool game. Why not try to get the best from both worlds?

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  • 228. At 11:27am on 29 Sep 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    To be honest, i think the only reason Tevez left is because his pimp played hard ball with Fergie... And hard ball and hard nosed, rarely co-exist in business, so this was doomed to failure. I don't think thier is much doubt that Fergie would rather have Tevez as his atacking option over Owen... as would any manager to be honest. But a clash of Egoes is Utds loss and city's gain... A shame, as i am sure he would still rather be on the red side of the fence...

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  • 229. At 11:40am on 29 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Are you certain about Tevez being better than Owen though. I'm not sure Tevez would have tucked away the goal Owen did against City (would have probably hit the post). He had a lot of energy and was good at scoring important goals but there were never enough of them

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  • 230. At 11:50am on 29 Sep 2009, TommyO wrote:

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

  • 231. At 12:29pm on 29 Sep 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Joe mate, when you watch football do you watch it with freinds? Do you not discuss the frivelous and ridiculous when doing so? Is it really just clinical criticism of tactics and play... Do you never think whose teams mascot would win a royal rumble? Was Wes Brown the result of a one night stand between Phil Brown and Morph? Which of the Nevilles was beaten harder with the ugly stick as a child? What is Roy Hodgsons face made of? (i think he's been carved out of cottage cheese personally). For me the banter and fun is just as much a part of football as the playing... Dude, seriously cheer up man. Try and think of a couple of pub/football gags, join in and just maybe you'll understand what its all about...

    e.g.
    Landlord: A man walks in to a bar,
    Arsene Wenger: I saw nothing?

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  • 232. At 12:32pm on 29 Sep 2009, TommyO wrote:

    oh dear

    and now the tedionaut has reported me

    boo hoo

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  • 233. At 12:40pm on 29 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    RBA - Not as hard as Carlos Tevez and Peter Beardsley were I'll wager

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  • 234. At 12:44pm on 29 Sep 2009, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    231. At 12:29pm on 29 Sep 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Yes but your talking about humour/banter in the general asopposed to this blog which is the exact same slightly bitter working class northerner outlook every single time.

    Contrary to popular belief on this blog I do actually have a sense of humour - I just think Robbo could try to mix it up a bit more as this is the only "comedy" blog on the site. In the event that he cant manage to deviate from Robbos repetitive nature then all Im asking is that it has some reasonable footballing theme to it. Granted there will be people who have fun making up pub names for hours but could Robbo not have included something a little more to debate? It doesnt have to be the meaning of life but just something football related that isnt to do with what life is like in the Blue Bell or what footballers fictional pubs would be called. We have enough fictional pubs on the blog as it is.

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  • 235. At 12:46pm on 29 Sep 2009, TommyO wrote:

    and what is stopping you posting your own football topic to debate within this blog?

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  • 236. At 12:52pm on 29 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Exactly

    So will Gary McAllister be the new Portsmouth manager in 3 weeks time after Paul Hart becaomes the only manager to have 0 points after 10 games

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  • 237. At 12:58pm on 29 Sep 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    Anybody read in the paper this morning that Prince Faisal has threatened pulling out of the Liverpool deal unless Gerrard agrees to open up a pub with the Prince's best pal.

    The "Sheik 'n' Stevens" was all set to be refurbished in this ole house with green doors, but Gerrard objected to the appointment of Mike Tyson as in-house DJ.

    Nobody read that? Funny. Neither did I.

    How ya doin', Joe?

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  • 238. At 1:04pm on 29 Sep 2009, redJoey wrote:

    Then there’s the pub that only uses class one eggs for its omelettes – The Special One.

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  • 239. At 1:13pm on 29 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Before anyone lse does

    Surely Shaky/ Michael Barratt was a stereotypical Elvis sound-alike with the same tired-old dance moves, singing about Old Houses (why can't it be a stylish, well-built substantial house), Green Doors (Why can't they be blue)and wishing everyone Merry Christmas.

    Can't we have some variation - use ofd a synthesizer - some Chris Lowe remixed dance beats, some humbug or just standing on the spot singing like Steve Brookstein rather than jumping about like hhe had ants in his pants (unless he was seeing some-one from the Antmusic persuasion.

    Let's fershen it up and sing about world peace and serious issues not frivolous nonsense such as home decor, renovation or seasonal festivities

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  • 240. At 1:28pm on 29 Sep 2009, aquilanisrightfoot wrote:

    Yeah, everyone is a regular comedian in here today. Robbo you are the man, just not the one anyone should listen to about proper footy. keep up the good gags...

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  • 241. At 1:30pm on 29 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    That is freshen it up and sing about world peace and serious issues not frivolous nonsense such as home decor, renovation or seasonal festivities.

    Not sure what fershening is

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  • 242. At 1:32pm on 29 Sep 2009, FrankandTomsDad wrote:

    Some pubs
    Mick McCarthy - The Who'd a' thought it
    Vinnie Jones - The Iron Duke
    Liam Brady - the Jig and Reel
    Matt Le Tissier - The Mitre
    Arsene Venger - The Frog and Radiator
    Roy Keane - We Anchor in Hope
    Mark Hughes - The Lucky Charm

    Robbo, don't listen to those nasty people saying you're not real, they're just jealous that they haven't any imagination and all they can really do is react rather than create.

    Keep it up, whatever you do, wherever you do it, I'll be happy to help if you get stuck for some material from the left field.

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  • 243. At 1:38pm on 29 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Jon Stead's - The Barn Door (cos he can't hit one)

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  • 244. At 1:54pm on 29 Sep 2009, Andreisgiant wrote:

    Why does this blog continuously have to be hijacked by the same couple of people? They post relentlessly and only get replies...thats right...you guessed it, from those same people. I've even seen cases where they reply to their own post.

    How desperate are you for social interaction that you live your lives on a fictional blog composed by a half-baked comedian?

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  • 245. At 2:06pm on 29 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    I don't know. I mean if I lived on your blog I would tell you.

    As for social interaction, I am married with kids (4 of whom are girls and the oldest boy prefers computers and rugby) and work in an all-female office so chances to talk about football are pretty thin.

    Which probably explains why I am on this blog.

    But what is your excuse as you are hardly an infrequesnt visitor (and by the way we generally are correcting our own posts not answering them)

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  • 246. At 2:06pm on 29 Sep 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Andre:
    About half as desperate as someone who continually returns to a blog he dislikes in order to bait a reply from people he professes not to like in order to get a cheap kick and make his tawdry little existence a bit more worthwhile... How afraid of social interaction are you?

    Oh and it a real blog, written by a fictional charachter... Or is it, perhaps this is all your subconscious way of getting you to kiss a girl one day?

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  • 247. At 2:15pm on 29 Sep 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Yeah good point RedBlue!

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  • 248. At 2:59pm on 29 Sep 2009, collie21 wrote:

    I reckon JoeDavis needs a holiday and a glance at some world news headlines to get his priorities straightened out. Lighten up son.

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  • 249. At 3:03pm on 29 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    I agree with whatever Gaz said.

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  • 250. At 3:14pm on 29 Sep 2009, chimchimeney wrote:

    To be fair to JDR, he's more misguided than anything else. He wants something from this blog that he's not getting, but instead of finding another blog that satisfies him, he slogs on with the same old thing and gets his pleasure from incessantly complaining. A bit like marriage really.

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  • 251. At 3:16pm on 29 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    What's Andre's excuse then Chimchimeney? He doesn't actually want anything but just continually insults people for no good reason.

    Bit like working for The Daily Mail?

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  • 252. At 3:22pm on 29 Sep 2009, chimchimeney wrote:

    Some people just like to feel wanted.

    Or he could be the trois in a scary manage a trois (sp) between himself, JDR and... possibly Robbo. Could be one of those abusive relationships?

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  • 253. At 3:23pm on 29 Sep 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Good morning campers.

    Nothin to say, just popped in to say hello to meself and ask meself a few questions but I've been side-tracked with Sahkin' Stevens tune humming. I was really hoping to see Joe's blog but I'm sure it'll be worth waiting for.

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  • 254. At 3:24pm on 29 Sep 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Well Gaz, sometimes in life people can act out because of a hard upbringing, they find it hard to relate with people and attack others before they can be attacked themselves... Other people though, like Andre... are just jerks.

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  • 255. At 3:25pm on 29 Sep 2009, chimchimeney wrote:

    I actually didn't mean to be that insulting to JDR, as much as I disagree with what he says, I always find myself relishing his posts when I read this blog. And he spawns some fairly witty rejoinders

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  • 256. At 3:30pm on 29 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Well Andre never has nor never will spawn anything.

    Trotter - Have you seen that Megson said it would be "suicidal" to sell Cahill? Would you lot really kill him if he did?

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  • 257. At 3:33pm on 29 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    251. At 3:16pm on 29 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:

    What's Andre's excuse then Chimchimeney? He doesn't actually want anything but just continually insults people for no good reason.

    Bit like working for The Daily Mail?

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

    More like the Daily Express - he probably =thinks The Pope, Prince Phillip and Terry Venables killed Princess Di (it was a car crash and the driver was drunk and picked by Dodi - 12 years later and the Daily Express still haven't figured that out)

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  • 258. At 3:38pm on 29 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    I have this great series of Express headlines Adam. Wish I could email them to you but if anyone even posted a temporary email address here I would think that Andre might explode.

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  • 259. At 3:41pm on 29 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    STOP THE PRESSES ADAM.

    Found it online - your own personal guide on how to write a Daily Express headline...

    http://www.b3tards.com/u/140f53149919acfbe5b4/daily-express-big.gif

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  • 260. At 3:47pm on 29 Sep 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Gaz, ahhhh the old suicide metaphor! They sold Anelka and very nearly went down, we all knew it was a risk. But, it was a risk with 8 million profit. If Cahill goes for 20 million then that's 15 million profit.

    I didn't want to lose Anelka and nor do I want to lose Cahill but big whoop, my opinion counts for nowt! It's business not football so they'll do what they need and live by it. Now, if players want to leave that's a different issue but it's still one of the factors that influence the fans. If they sell Cahill it won't be Megson's decision anyway, he'll just take the heat for it! Bolton isn't a club that increases debt to increase fan satisfaction! If they win more than they lose, give the masses a bit to cheer about then it's happy days.. whatever they do with the money!

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  • 261. At 3:52pm on 29 Sep 2009, ZEUSFC wrote:

    I've spent all day working out the details of this one (it was a quiet day and i had quite a bit of free time)...
    Stan Collymore could open a bar with ulrika-ka-ka and call it;
    the Dog and Duck (or you'll get another black eye my girl...)
    It would obviously be a really seedy bar, but with a huge badly lit car-park, for after hours entertainment :)

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  • 262. At 3:54pm on 29 Sep 2009, ZEUSFC wrote:

    ... and I'm not going anywhere near Graeme Le Saux's just in case.

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  • 263. At 3:55pm on 29 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Oh crikey, does Le Saux's place have a back door?

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  • 264. At 3:59pm on 29 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Good one with the Express though. I think they have an annual quota of Diana conspiracy headlines they have to print to keep Al-Fayed happy

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  • 265. At 3:59pm on 29 Sep 2009, ZEUSFC wrote:

    It does! a dark smelly passage!
    unlike Stevie G's, back passage, which is so clean, it's where scousers believe the sun shines out of!

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  • 266. At 3:59pm on 29 Sep 2009, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    250. At 3:14pm on 29 Sep 2009, chimchimeney wrote:

    I can assure you that Im not misguided. People seem to be assuming I live in a world where I think Robbo is the only blog out there. I read lots of blogs on lots of different subjects. I tend to think blogs generally lend themselves better to non fictional writing but in the event that the blog is "fictional" I think it should have at least some real point worth debating (even if the opinion behind the point isnt real).

    What I dont really get is when the blog becomes almost entirely based on what Robbo does in the Blue Bell or how his fictional pub team did in their last match. I cant really see the point in that as blog material. He may aswell just write a book. Similarly an entire blog dedicated to making up fictional pub names is a bit shallow.

    Despite their being many blogs on bbc there are hardly any comedy ones so I find it strange that the only one is perpetually "Robbo". Im not really fan of the "Robbo" humour as its just simply too repetitive and predictable (Yes this must mean I have no sense of humour). Even those that are fans must surely agree that a little variety could be introduced.

    Initially Robbo dismissed my criticism by saying that I dont offer him any feedback on how it could be improved. Then when I suggest a more balanced approach I get some rant back about how its HIS blog and only HE decides what goes into it which is both missing the point and changing his tune. The smallest thing like actually asking for his blog to have a point is treated like turning water into wine.

    Then I get roundly criticised for requesting this and labelled as someone with no sense of humour or some kind of personal vendetta against Robbo as if he was actually a real individual. Very little constructive responses to my questions or requests.

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  • 267. At 4:00pm on 29 Sep 2009, ZEUSFC wrote:

    oh, moderators!

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  • 268. At 4:05pm on 29 Sep 2009, ZEUSFC wrote:

    JDR, I really can't understand... When it's obvious that this isn't the blog for you, why do you bother week in-week out to try and change it when loads of us who post regularly on here actually don't want it to change?
    there might only be a few BBC comedy blogs, but it's the internet FFS... you MUST be able to find what you're looking for somewhere, or is it that work have a restricted internet policy, and the BBC is about as risque as it gets?

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  • 269. At 4:10pm on 29 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Here's a constructive response for you Joe...

    Build yourself a rocket and return to your home planet asap.


    Seriously you make no sense whatsoever. You don't like this blog or the Robbo style of humour. We get that. SO WHAT! Who cares if you don't like it and just because you don't why should it change. It has been continually pointed out to you that we all don't like certain things in the media but that doesn't mean any of them are going to change just because we complain. And even if there are about 4 people who moan about this blog that still doesn't mean that it has to change.

    You can keep coming back and back and complaining but it will do you no good whatsoever. Robbo will never change his style of blog just to suit you (or the 3 others who moan incessantly). The ONLY way this blog will ever change is when the BBC decide that it has run it's course and replace it with something else. This will have nothing to do with your constant whining. At the minute it is very popular for a blog that is hidden away so it is here to stay. The sooner you get over that the better.

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  • 270. At 4:19pm on 29 Sep 2009, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    269. At 4:10pm on 29 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:

    Doyou really think myselt and 3 others are the only people on the planet who dont like this blog?

    You have no way of knowing how popular the blog is. Yes you and 5 other or so die hards can have your chats on it but it hardly makes it supremely popular. I could fill any other blog with 100+ posts but it wouldnt autimatically make it the most popular.

    Requesting Robbo mix it up a bit or provide some variety may result in getting nowhere, but doing nothing will garauntee getting nowhere.

    Simply being in disagreement doesnt mean I shouldnt post. Its like asking you not to post whenever you disagree with any of "Robbos" opinions.

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  • 271. At 4:36pm on 29 Sep 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Joe, you are a quite a character!
    My three year old asks for sweets everytime we go to the shop... Without fail. She never gets them, but she asks everytime, no matter how many times i tell her "no!" I know she will ask the next time we are in the shop. Everytime we go to town, she asks to go to McDonalds, everytime without fail, i always say no, but she always asks... Always! Whenever it is her bedtime, she says one more story even though the answer is always no, she always, always asks... She is three years old, so i can understand that she may think if she consistently asks for the same thing, one day she'll get it. She is still learning and trying to understand life. But Joe you are at least old enough to type cohesive sentences, you are clearly quite intelligent (though a little OCD?), so why continually make the same comment again and again and again? Of course you have the right to type whatever you want... you do man, but i just cant understand why you continue to put the level of effort in that you do when you know that it is ultimately a fruitless undertaking? That’s what I don’t get?

    Any way you ever read Chris Charles Review of the week? He is a real guy for sure, and very funny...

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  • 272. At 4:38pm on 29 Sep 2009, ZEUSFC wrote:

    JDR: (and I don't consider myself a die-hard!)
    why don't you post under this name on ANY other Blog? You tell us you visit other blogs, yet for some unknown reason you never ever post?
    I've been back through the last month, and your posts are ONLY on Robbo's, which you tell us you hate!
    Please explain, as I'm totally mistified as to why you won't discuss football anywhere else?

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  • 273. At 4:38pm on 29 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Joe ffs are you a 10 year old child. Your "arguments" make no sense whatsoever. You have no idea who likes and dislikes this apart from the people who post on here. There are currently way more people who like this than dislike it according to the posters. Robbo has already told you that your requests are going to get you nowhere so it is pointless for you to keep making them.

    As I and no doubt many others have continually told you, the ONLY way this blog will change is when the BBC decide so. When that happens we will all move on to something else. Many of us to having fun somewhere else and a bit of banter. You to no doubt moaning your head off at something else you think you have a God given right to change.

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  • 274. At 4:40pm on 29 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Well at least I put him at 10 years old rather than RBA's rather insulting 3.

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  • 275. At 4:40pm on 29 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Joe,

    Robbo may never change and you may not like it but there is a lot of entertainment in responding to you (unlike the other 3)

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  • 276. At 4:42pm on 29 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Adam, don't you get entertainment out of responding to Zoot, Trotter and RBA?

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  • 277. At 4:43pm on 29 Sep 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Not insulting, its just my daughter is the only other person i know who is as persistent as Joseph when knowing that in the end you won't get anywhere.

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  • 278. At 4:46pm on 29 Sep 2009, ZEUSFC wrote:

    JDR; you type r e a l l y s l o w l y !

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  • 279. At 4:47pm on 29 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Aha, but would your other half put your daughter ahead of you?

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  • 280. At 4:47pm on 29 Sep 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Adams right man.... Joe i genuinely think your as much a part of Robbos blog as "the Bluebell" or "any road"... We are no longer the Robbo 5, but the robbo 6! Even the deciples had Judas...

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  • 281. At 4:48pm on 29 Sep 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Gaz, My other half puts the cats ahead of me!

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  • 282. At 4:50pm on 29 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    So your other half prefers pus...


    Better not go there.

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  • 283. At 4:52pm on 29 Sep 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    If she see's that typed up here, i'll not be going there either...

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  • 284. At 4:55pm on 29 Sep 2009, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    272. At 4:38pm on 29 Sep 2009, ZEUSFC wrote:

    In general I prefer to read the blogs and occaisional comments and dont really have time to comment on every single one anyway. I find virtually all blogsare hit and miss anyway some more so than others. Robbos blog has the unique position on the bbc of being written by a fictional character and his take on sport. Its also supposed to be comedy. You have to admit that its strange that its the only blog on the bbc of this nature and as such one would think that either more variety could be provided in the "humour" department or Robbo/Niall himself could vary his blogs somewhat. Robbo twice a week is overkill and even though there are people that enjoy it - I think even they would have to admit that twice a week can be fairly repetitive for a blog of this nature and style - especially in the abscence of controversy during the week. Also even if you like Robbo - chances are you probably like the authors Nialls comedy so why not allow for some variety - for all you know he could write blogs that even better and funnier than Robbo. This is why I post on Robbos blogs - because my issue is with the blog itself as opposed to its opinions in which everyone is entitled. Would it really be such a bad thing if 1. The bbc introduced another comedy blog for those not sold on the Robbo humour or 2. Niall did an alternative blog to Robbo once in a while. I think its a bit unfair to assume this Robbo character is all he has in his comedy locker.

    271. At 4:36pm on 29 Sep 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    It isnt exactly some superhuman effort Im putting into posting on his blog. I read it yes, and then comment much like anyone else. I cant see how my postings are any better/worse than those that post "good blog Robbo". In fact making up numerous pub names probably takes more effort than any of my posts. I just write what I think and respond to the odd (generally critical) response to my posts to defend my position.

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  • 285. At 5:05pm on 29 Sep 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Joe... ah forget it.

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  • 286. At 5:07pm on 29 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    276. At 4:42pm on 29 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:

    Adam, don't you get entertainment out of responding to Zoot, Trotter and RBA?

    ----

    I meant the other 3 whingers (Andre, Ira and that new one that turned up today)

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  • 287. At 5:15pm on 29 Sep 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    Joe would open the "Bad Pub". It would be a fictional, illegal drinking den.

    Which all goes to prove there is no such thing as Bad Pub licitly.

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  • 288. At 5:39pm on 29 Sep 2009, TommyO wrote:

    Speaking of McDonald's

    somewhere in the UK this lunchtime the following scene was witnessed


    JDR & Andreisgiant walk into a McDonald's



    JDR "I see they have burgers on the menu again, Andre.."

    Andre "Tsk.....typical"

    Assistant "Can i take your order, please?"

    JDR "I'd like two Lobster Thermidors, please"

    Assistant "We don't serve Lobster Thermidor, I'm afraid. We have Big Macs, Quarter Pounder with Cheese, Fillet of....."

    JDR "Yes, Yes I know what you have, i have frequented a McDonald's before, however I think this establishment would be improved by serving more dishes like Lobster Thermidor"

    Assistant "You may be right, however, this is McDonald's. We don't serve Lobster Thermidor. Perhaps you should try the French bistro up the road ?"

    Andre "Can we speak to the manager, please?"

    Assistant "Certainly"
    .
    .
    .
    Manager "Good afternoon, How can I help you gentlemen?"

    Andre "We'd like some Lobster Thermidor, please"

    Manager "I'm sorry but we don't serve Lobster Thermidor here, this is McDonald's"

    Andre "Yes, we know that but we believe this establishment would be improved by adding this French classic to the menu, instead of churning out the same old array of burgers, fries and milkshakes every day"

    JDR "Don't get us wrong. We like a burger as much as the next man but just feel that eating burgers here twice and sometimes three times a week, well, it's gets a little, you know, repetitive and boring. We feel you should ask your cooks to make Lobster Thermidor. It'll improve this place no end"

    Manager "Well, thanks for your input but this is McDonalds, we're essentially a fast food restaurant and are happy with the menu as it stands at the moment. We're quite popular as we are, you know?"

    JDR "Just because people eat here doesn't mean this place is popular. Listen, are you seriously trying to tell me that this place wouldn't be improved by having Lobster Thermidor on the menu? It's a bit unfair to think your cooks are only capable of flipping burgers and putting fries in cardboard holders. At least give it a go ?"

    Manager "Well, i appreciate your feedback but I don't think I can help you. We think there's sufficient variety in what we do already - perhaps you should try a different place to eat....? Now, was there anything else I could help you with....?"

    Andre "Oh yes, there was one thing.... "

    Manager "Yes ?"

    JDR "we'd like some Lobster Thermidor, please?"

    Manager "Please leave"

    JDR and Andre walk out of the restaurant

    JDR "Are you busy on Friday, Andre?"
    Andre "Nope, fancy a McDonald's ?"
    JDR "Ooooh, yes ! Lobster Thermidor, my favourite!"
    Andre "See you there"

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  • 289. At 5:43pm on 29 Sep 2009, ZEUSFC wrote:

    Dear BBC
    Today I watched the 9 o clock news, and I'm dismayed that it has become very "samey" why not change the theme? maybe have a cartoon version of the news once a week, or have voiced-over animals, to show the BBC can adapt for the minorities who simply want something different?
    OR...
    Dear BBC
    Today I let my three year old daughter watch Tellytubbies, and was dismayed that it has become very "samey" why not introduce a weekly political commentary, or use giant robots, and act out the programme in outer space, to show the BBC can adapt for the minorities who simply want something different?

    IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN JUST BECAUSE I WANT IT TO!
    (although i really like the voice over animal news idea!)

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  • 290. At 5:44pm on 29 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Quality Tommy.

    Now there's something I never thought I would say. Do you see Joe the way this blog opens peoples minds. If they have a mind to be opened in the first place I suppose.

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  • 291. At 5:46pm on 29 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Dear Joe

    Today I read the same comment from you for th 4925th time. I am dismayed that I have to keep doing this over and over again. Can you not vary your complaints. Maybe they would be better coming from a real person instead of this fictional JDR character who's getting stale and boring.

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  • 292. At 5:52pm on 29 Sep 2009, Ireland Brew wrote:

    I have a suggestion for a public house.

    The Gas and Madam.

    Only people who agree with the owners are allowed to enter. Those who disagree will be hectored and abused until they give up and leave. The most common insult to dissuade the unworthies from entering is that they "have had a sense of humour by-pass". Other common insults are that people are racist and homophobic in spite of the fact that one of the owners has no problems with his cronies posting ill-disguised "humourous" insults about Sol Campbell's private life.

    The other owner lives in an imaginary world where he is married to a lady from the Kingdom. We know this is a fantasy because no self-respecting Kerrywoman would ever, EVER marry a Dub.

    JDR you may have the patience to engage in debate with half-wits and fantasists but I do not envy you the task.

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  • 293. At 5:59pm on 29 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:

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  • 294. At 6:01pm on 29 Sep 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    TommyO, that was absolutely brilliant, a perfect illustration of the situation and funny as 'eck!

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  • 295. At 6:20pm on 29 Sep 2009, ZEUSFC wrote:

    TommyOnion, I am impressed again... I was chuffed to bits with my post, but after i'd posted it, up popped yours, and you did a far better job... i wouldn't have bothered!
    please tell me when you're NOT going to be posting, so i don't embarrass myself in public again!

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  • 296. At 7:23pm on 29 Sep 2009, BrizzleGooner wrote:

    Personally, I find this blog fantastic, and the only reason I don't comment is because my company does not allow us to access the BBC website during office hours. I would say that I would like JDR to go away, but because of the quality of the retorts from the regulars here (and TommyOnion's was fantastic), I don't want him to leave. Besides, it's nice to know that there are people like JDR and Andre around. Makes me a lot happier about my life......

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  • 297. At 8:13pm on 29 Sep 2009, Pasinho wrote:

    272 - ZEUSFC - I thought about it before, but your research makes me 99% convinced: JDR is either Robbo himself or somebody else from the Blue Bell "commenting" here to create debates, arguments and witty responses. And it works... TommyO was superb!

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  • 298. At 8:32pm on 29 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Well well well.

    All Liverpool seen was a purple haze in that first half. There's a big difference in playing Phil Browns munchkins compared to the Champions League. With the Inter result it kind of defeats the purpose of the CL is rubbish comments of a few weeks ago.

    Although of course it's only half time, still plenty of time for a Stevie dive and another couple of flukes in the 2nd half to make me eat my words.

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  • 299. At 9:07pm on 29 Sep 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    297 PPL, more fodder for the conspiracy theorists, maybe when Robbo takes his stool at the BlueBell bar, he has JDR to his right and Gaz, RBA or TommyO to his left? Anyway, surely there's a law against bloggers impersonating posters? I'm hoping Zoot will tell us the exact name of said law!

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  • 300. At 9:17pm on 29 Sep 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Rubin Kazan? hmmmm, is that Russia's equivalent of Whitley Bay?

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  • 301. At 9:26pm on 29 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    296 Brizzlegooner - well said

    Like RBA said JDR has become part of teh remit he gives us something to respond to, think about and make light of.

    What I can't figure out is why Andre complains but never makes any suggestions and why Ira can't seem to do anything but abuse and insult people. Quite frankly I wish he had a pub called The Silent Man as quite frankly we are better off without his childish insults.

    As for my cronies making "ill-disguised "humourous" insults about Sol Campbell's private life." we aren't we are speculating about his private life but also making up puns using his name which is a well-known comic tool - Looking for Sol-itude is nothing to do with his private life.

    And as for KErry girls not marrying Dubliners what sort of clown is Ira - Girls from County Kerry most likely marry who they want and don't care where they are from unless they are very sad and narrow-minded.

    Hang-on that is Ira-abu - he should change his user name to sad and narrow-minded as he makes JDR look charismatic

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  • 302. At 9:31pm on 29 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Hang-on I have cronies - does that make me the leader of the Robbo Six

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  • 303. At 9:33pm on 29 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    There are no leaders Adam. Bit like Liverpool tonight.

    I had sycophants the other day, but the cream seems to have cleared them up.

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  • 304. At 9:37pm on 29 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Best make sure that isn't contagious. The scousers losing is something I can bear with enormous fortitude

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  • 305. At 9:41pm on 29 Sep 2009, BrizzleGooner wrote:

    I didn't see that game, I was watching Arsenal give Olympiakos a football lesson. Although the result of the Liverpool game brought a smile to my face.

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  • 306. At 9:44pm on 29 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Mine too - looks like RBA will be disappointed as Aldershot are only drawing with Torquay, while Rochdale are winning and Notts County have no Sol but do have 3 points

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  • 307. At 9:47pm on 29 Sep 2009, BrizzleGooner wrote:

    I'm sure there are a lot of County fans shouting "I told you Sol".....

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  • 308. At 9:49pm on 29 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Quite probably. I feel sorry for Keano at the moment as Ipswich have thrown away a 2 goal lead to draw 3-3 at Sheff Utd. doesn't seem to matter who tries what Ipswich are just R for rubbish

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  • 309. At 9:54pm on 29 Sep 2009, DuracellTom wrote:

    I think Keane will come good though. Maybe left Man United one year too early when he good of got some more managerial expertise from Fergie, but he has already proved himself with Sunderland and is sure to become a great manager, whether at Ipswich or somewhere else

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  • 310. At 9:54pm on 29 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

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

  • 311. At 9:54pm on 29 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    #309 - completely agree - previous post is just a repeat of an earlier one which is not off topic but is making a point

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  • 312. At 10:05pm on 29 Sep 2009, daphyd wrote:

    Wigan 3 Chelsea 1....several commentators have said that Drogba has been carrying an injured calf during recent games. To make sure Saturday's result isn't repeated I think he should be told to leave it with the four the official during upcoming games

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  • 313. At 10:28pm on 29 Sep 2009, oldstafford wrote:

    #288 TommyO ...sheer class, won't change a thing but it was well worth reading JDaRse's ramblings for that response.

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  • 314. At 10:32pm on 29 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Rafa went into a McDonalds and asked for a Lucas burger....




    Too soon?

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  • 315. At 10:41pm on 29 Sep 2009, oldstafford wrote:

    Jovetic went into Rafa's bar and asked for a double, Rafa gave it to him on a plate.

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  • 316. At 11:45pm on 29 Sep 2009, WhitleyBayWonTheVase wrote:

    BILLINGHAM TOWN 1 - 6 WHITLEY BAY

    Raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

    Top of the league, 9 played, 9 won, 27 points, 2 points clear and a game in hand!

    That is all. Goodnight. Sorry.

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  • 317. At 11:58pm on 29 Sep 2009, WhitleyBayWonTheVase wrote:

    Oh my.

    I have just seen that Fiorentina beat Liverpool, and with relative ease. Returning from sunny Billingham tonight to watch Sky Plus Champions League highlights and Rafa actually ADMITTING that his team played badly - on top of our 1-6 away win tonight - I don't think I take much more of this!

    Its all far too surreal!

    However, my reason for posting this was to find out....does anyone know where the real Jamie Carragher has gone? What on earth has happened? He looks utterly shot, finished and frankly embarassing.

    Can a player of his calibre really just lose it all overnight? He has looked dreadful when I've seen him against anything like quality opposition this season and tonight he looked woeful.

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  • 318. At 00:13am on 30 Sep 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    It comes to us all Whitley but that game is being shown here at 8:15 pm, ie 1:15 am your time so I have no input whatsoever. Just as big a shock was Boro's home defeat to Leicester. An element of the fans are even changing the words of Bolton's anti-Meggo songs and serenading Southgate!

    Congrats again to your lot! Hope you still have a manager next week.

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  • 319. At 09:06am on 30 Sep 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    TommyO... That is fantastic mate, one of the finest post's ever to grace these walls sir!

    And adam... A point on the road for us will do nicely! No sad faces in Ashot today... (well thier are loads, it is Aldershot).

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  • 320. At 09:26am on 30 Sep 2009, ZEUSFC wrote:

    297*
    i must admit i've thought about that myself, but the way JDR et all are after Robbo to lose this blog, I really don't think it's likely...

    mind you, there's a few people on here that always appear at exactly the same time each week, leading me to believe that there are some "bipolars" excercising their minds to the full or that they do all work together :)

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  • 321. At 09:30am on 30 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Lobster Thermidor at McDonalds - absolutely brilliant.

    What next Thai Curry with soft noodles at Burger King in case Andre is sick of McDonalds

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  • 322. At 09:34am on 30 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Can a player of his calibre really just lose it all overnight? He has looked dreadful when I've seen him against anything like quality opposition this season and tonight he looked woeful.

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

    and may it stay like that for the next 3-4 league games.

    I'm hoping Sunday is a draw and then we stuff them on the 25th

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  • 323. At 09:45am on 30 Sep 2009, WhitleyBayWonTheVase wrote:

    @TommyO and #288 - brilliant, yet worryingly believable.

    It does stretch reality in one respect though.

    We all know that JDR wouldn't leave when he was asked.

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  • 324. At 10:07am on 30 Sep 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    288: Great stuff, TommyO!

    It's interesting that that great posting, along with RedBlueArmy's riposte a couple of blogs back, are amongst the best bits of writing on here -and they are both responses to Joe.

    It really IS the case that, to produce great art, a man has first to experience real suffering.

    I suppose that that means, following the logic and last night's result, Tommy will be unable to post today because he's working on his "Moaning Lisa", a portrait of the woman of Joe's dreams.

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  • 325. At 10:22am on 30 Sep 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Zoots, if great writing, or in this case great posting, is really a result of suffering... It makes me very sad indeed. As this must mean i live in a world where you are in great misery but Irn_Bru is one of the happiest people to have ever lived. Where is the justice?

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  • 326. At 10:25am on 30 Sep 2009, bluehellsbells wrote:

    288. At 5:39pm on 29 Sep 2009, TommyOnion

    By 'eck Tonny, that was a well funny read. Some - probably JDR/IRA/Andre and Illparrot - might say better than that Pseudo Northerner (ee By Gum), beer drinking (belch) Robbo can come up with. Nowt better than a bit of competition, as we say in rural Surbiton.

    Why aye man, 'ere at t'BBC we don't believe in stereotypes so JDR & co, why not visit

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ae2kYqg-E4

    for a well balanced approach to Londoners - I'll go t'top of t'stairs if thou don't have a giggle at that. I admit those involved probably live in cobbled streets, eat Hovis, Wethers Original mints, drink Newcastle Brown and support Accrington Stanley (who are they, exactly)

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  • 327. At 10:28am on 30 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    That's a bit mixed up my friend a bit like Ira_abu a man who sucks the happiness out of life the way a vaccuum cleaners sucks up dust and watches it drain faster than non-colourfast cotton.

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  • 328. At 10:51am on 30 Sep 2009, bluehellsbells wrote:

    Sorry adampsb, there was supposed to be a level of irony in the post, or should that now read IRAny

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  • 329. At 10:58am on 30 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    The thing is whether irony or IRAny was intended he probably is happy insulting and annoying people because they have the nerve to socialise and amuse themselves with this blog.

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  • 330. At 11:24am on 30 Sep 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    He craves negative attention from you and gaz i reckon, especially Gaz? i am not sure where his bitterness comes from but he still seems hung up on the whole britain/ireland thing... So perhaps he see's this working class blog and our innocent banter as the epitome of the English culture he seem's to dislike so much? And this goes someway to his singling out of Gaz, he see's him as a traitor? I don't know, perhaps he like Andre is just a jerk? Not Joe though he's in the 6 and cooler than the other side of the pillow!

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  • 331. At 11:58am on 30 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    He does have a real dislike for Gaz especially when it comes to Gaz's wife hence his comment about a true Kerry Girl not marrying anyone from Dublin.

    It may be that Ira knows Gaz (and Gaz doesn't realise this) and that Gaz went out with someone that Ira was infatuated with and as a result Ira hates him and does all he can to belittle Gaz and anyone who associates with him.

    Or he could just hate the fact that the Pet Shop Boys version of Go West became the song of football (immortalised by Ian Wright's 1-0 to the Arsenal which used to get played at home games at Highbury) and he hates me because he despises electronic pop & disco/ dance music

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  • 332. At 12:12pm on 30 Sep 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    OK, thats you and Gaz cleared, but what about Trotter Zoots and me? Why does he hate us all and our, quite frankly, awesome banter? Well, i'm from Ashot, home of the British Army so that could be a reason? With Zoots, i can only imagine it's a fear of his intelectual superior, he's quite smart old Ira, but Zoots would make stephen fry look like a slack jawed yokel... But Trotter... how do you dislike Trotter??? You can't thats how... Thier must be some synth based pop reason for his downbeat nature!

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  • 333. At 12:19pm on 30 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    No synth-pop doesn't account for it as despite their so-called dour minimalism most synth-pop people are generally quite cheerful as a lot of records are upbeat in terms of tempo if not lyrical content.

    I suspect Ira's record collection is made up of Nirvana, My Chemical Romance, The Stone Roses and other similarly miserable downbeat people. He probably dislikes Trotter as he lives in the land of the free, home of the brave wher I would escape to if I could.

    Or he is a Lisbon Treaty supporter and is depressed about a repeat of last-times NO vote at the last referendum

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  • 334. At 12:21pm on 30 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    How do you know that Zoots isn't Stephen Fry? - As Mr Fry is always travelling doing documentaries it would explain Zoot's infrequent and randomly timed appearances.

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  • 335. At 12:26pm on 30 Sep 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    I would not be Surprised at all... I have often wondered if this is the case... Zoots, when is the new series of QI on?

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  • 336. At 12:46pm on 30 Sep 2009, Zootmac wrote:

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

  • 337. At 1:33pm on 30 Sep 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Is Hugh Laurie the moderator?

    Now we'll never know!

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  • 338. At 1:51pm on 30 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    If Hugh Laurie was there would be some mean sarcastic reference to your marital relations being affected by whatever it was you posted and how being mean kept you rational mind working...

    Ahng on - Eureka

    JDR IS HOUSE

    How did we not get this before.

    But tehn often his arguments are a bit offa nd then I'm mean so.. ha I'm House and that means he has to be Taub, Cameron or Kutner - quality

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  • 339. At 2:02pm on 30 Sep 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Can i be Blackadder?

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  • 340. At 2:07pm on 30 Sep 2009, oldstafford wrote:

    I can’t work out why Hugh Laurie, or anyone for that matter would take offence when it was a joke about a member of the International Reading Association going for a pint - although I also can’t work out what the struggle referred to may have been - perhaps struggling to read the labels on the pump, Bitter Irn Bru?

    Anway…Literature_abu!!

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  • 341. At 2:16pm on 30 Sep 2009, PompeyLapras wrote:

    "which rather suggests that Pompey are putting out a team of virgins right now"

    Haha, even though I'm a Portsmouth fan, that's a great line! Made me giggle.

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  • 342. At 2:18pm on 30 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    #340 - I think maybe the person that the acronym could be associated with dissapproves of jokes and fun activities.

    RBA - If you must although I would prefer to be Blackadder rather than House although there would be some merit to being Jack Bauer as you could track 3/4 people down and and do stuff on 24 to them

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  • 343. At 2:18pm on 30 Sep 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Oh man, it sounds like a classic Zoot post! Lousy Moderators!

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  • 344. At 2:20pm on 30 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    I know. They could at least leave it for a few minutes so that we could see it before Ira complained and had it removed

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  • 345. At 2:23pm on 30 Sep 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    God if it was Ira, think of the diatribe he's carefully planning in Word right now to point out how futile and petulant we all are! Should be a good read...

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  • 346. At 2:29pm on 30 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    It will likely be a long read. Wouldn't mind but it's just the pathetic name calling that he keeps up that annoys me.

    I showed the wife your JDR lifestyle post from a couple of blogs ago along with Tommy's McDonalds joke and Gaz's cat related sommenta nd she laughed her socks off which means I can now get Robbo access on the evening rather than teh kids nicking the computer.

    I 'm surprised that he hasn't pointed out that Justin & Sarah-Jane don't actually live in the Higgledy House together although I would love to hear is individual character analysis of Balamory and what sterotypes it contains (miss Hooley dressing in a yellow coat and Josie Jump having a yellow house cos they are cheerful and energetic, Spencer the artist, Archie the inventor living alone in his pink house) could be very interesting indeed

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  • 347. At 2:35pm on 30 Sep 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Adam, thats no fair! i'm not allowed to play on the Robbo blog out of office!! Goddamit...

    And i think Justin would be safe from the critisms of JDR as he now does a while host of different characters on Gigglebiz (take note, Robbo!).

    And i think no one should go too depp in to the mind of Archie the inventor... He is creepy!

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  • 348. At 2:53pm on 30 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Yes but if you've ever seen hoodwinked you'd knwo that we don't lock people up for being creepy.

    So you know the guy in the tank - the creepy one? - Better let him go.

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  • 349. At 3:30pm on 30 Sep 2009, jaykay342 wrote:

    I sometimes played football 2 games a day at school. Later when still playing for my TV company at 40, if I got lucky on a friday I always played better on the saturday.

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  • 350. At 3:39pm on 30 Sep 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Heidi Hi,
    333 Adam, If a man can live with himself it matters not where he lives. Don't know who said it but he was a lot more wise than me (maybe Zoot). Two points from that: Don't look for an escape, the answer is in the hot dog, just ask Tommy B.
    There's misery and happiness everywhere and sometimes side-by-side!

    Besides that, misery loves company and that's why Irn Bru pops in now and then.

    Just reading the Liverpool match report and noticing the (soon to be removed) Carlsberg logo on their shirts, made me think....

    ROBBO, probably the best blager in the world!

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  • 351. At 4:08pm on 30 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Don't look for an escape, the answer is in the hot dog,

    If the question is what is the hot dog ingredients list then that is one answer you really don't want to know

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  • 352. At 4:12pm on 30 Sep 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Adam, a few weeks back TommyB recalled the tale of his buddhist pal walking up to a hot dog stand and asking the vendor to make him one with everything!

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  • 353. At 4:13pm on 30 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    I vaguely recall it - wasn't sure of what significant point teh story made though.

    Still best not know everything that goes in one. While what you don't know can hurt you sometimes not knowing is better

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  • 354. At 4:21pm on 30 Sep 2009, Disillusioned wrote:

    Excellent stuff Tommy O!!

    It reminded me of the Monty Python 'Cheese Shop' sketch!

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  • 355. At 4:25pm on 30 Sep 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    ok, I'll go back to my chanting.

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  • 356. At 4:35pm on 30 Sep 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Chant's will be a fine thing!

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  • 357. At 4:39pm on 30 Sep 2009, oldstafford wrote:

    From the report on the fan that got clouted by Bellamy and has been banned from attending football matches for three years …
    ‘Manchester City could have equalised if it had not been for Clarke’ it was suggested
    See, City can’t blame the added on time, it was the pesky brick layer and oh yeah the fact that they weren’t good enough ;p
    Trotter, if I could just interrupt the at oneness and the chanting, do you get the United games over there? If so you might be watching Cahill play in red from January – 22 million though - ouch!

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  • 358. At 4:48pm on 30 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Utterly disgraceful comments from you all today. Imagine going so far as saying if you are / are not allowed internet access at home. You all seem to forget that this blog must exist outside the realms of normality and no mention of your real life shall be spoken. Unless it suits those whose names we shall not mention when complaining about a fictional character.

    Anyway, what's all this with a post from Zoot being moderated?! FFS it's Zoot!! Did you include a big word Zoot and no one knew what it meant so therefore in the super-media-afraid-of-being-sued world that we live in the default censor button was pressed?

    Just to make one thing abundantly clear. I have never ever went out with anyone Ira was dating/interested in/infatuated with. I don't go in for the back door shennanigans.

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  • 359. At 4:49pm on 30 Sep 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Yep, we get 'em all. So far this week Cahill is going to 4 top teams! We get Italian league, Spanish league and the Prem so chances are I'll still spot him from time to time!

    Bolton v Spurs is on Setanta here on Saturday morning but I'll be golfing the next three days and getting text updates and the usual insults from members of our UK betting ring, we have all the bases covered Staff! Along with Setanta we have Fox Soccer Channel and ESPN who bought a Prem package to go with their Euro coverage.

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  • 360. At 4:57pm on 30 Sep 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Staff, sorry, we also get MLS but I don't watch that unless Beckham is playing! For all he's slowed down, he's still miles ahead of this league.

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  • 361. At 5:01pm on 30 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    I don't think it will be that high - more likely to be £10-12M with add-ons. I mean he's hardly Vidic is he and he was only £7M

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  • 362. At 5:05pm on 30 Sep 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Adam, it might be 15m plus Vidic! Throw in Jonny Evans too please.

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  • 363. At 5:08pm on 30 Sep 2009, ChuckleBrother2 wrote:

    It really is almost shocking to read one of these blogs again and see that zero effort has been made to improve them recently, despite the constructive criticism that has been profferred. The sheer lack of substance would be almost amusing if it wasn't so eagerly lapped up by the great swathe of under-educated unwashed cretins that seem to peruse this part of the BBC's website. It's almost as if someone managed to set up a creche and convince everyone that wasn't what it was and it really is acceptable to laugh at second-rate childish jokes and hurl your faeces at each other.

    I have a shocking announcement for you all but Niall Ashdown is probably enough of a reasonable and intelligent human being to find this sort of comedy he's forced to put out twice a week fairly tawdry at best. Obviously he's not going to say this on his blog where he's forced to maintain this Robbo persona even while everyone acknowledges there is no Robbo. However I can only imagine the unrelenting horror he experiences after starting a career in comedy only to find himself posting the same recycled half-assed jokes every few days for the entertainment of what, eight guys who seem more interested in criticising JoeDavisRoach or talking to each other about which side they buttered their toast on this morning or something else equally fascinating.

    One almost has to feel for JDR on here. His tireless efforts to get something vaguely resembling quality or content into this blog are really quite remarkable. In fact reading briefly over some comments from the last couple of weeks he seems to have a far better grasp on football matters than Niall does. Perhaps a joint effort is the way forwards? I for one would certainly appreciate anyone who can add more football related commentary to this blog.

    Regardless of this is I can ask for one thing it's for people to stop talking like referring to "robbo" as Niall Ashdown is somehow missing the point of his fictional persona. When critics discuss the performance of actors in plays or tv series they don't refer to them by their character's name. And this is what is happening here. The quality of Niall's blogging is being critiqued. It is nothing like going along to a play and shouting the actor's first name at him constantly. It is like going up to him afterwards and saying "I thought that was a great performance there (insertcharactersnamehere)".

    The issue is not that anyone is surprised to load up a robbo blog and find the standard lackadaisical fare on offer. The issue is that the BBC and Niall can offer more (without removing the comedic element from the blog). Can we not ask for some degree of, dare I say it, education with our entertainment? Over to you "Robbo".

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  • 364. At 5:11pm on 30 Sep 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Where has this clown suddenly sprung from. Right in the middle of some football focussed conversation he chips in with rubbish even Joe would be ashamed to post.

    I'm off bye

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  • 365. At 5:47pm on 30 Sep 2009, Pasinho wrote:

    Adam, just went through some of ChuckleBrother2's old posts - he doesn't seem to be a happy chap either. Perhaps he and JDR could swap numbers and form a support group.

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  • 366. At 6:16pm on 30 Sep 2009, Ireland Brew wrote:

    CB2,
    The ultimate accolade. Madam has called you a clown.

    This from a man who made up a little song about having the 100th post and then posted it to find that it wasn't. His most amusing postings are always when he is not trying to be funny. I particularly liked the one where he claimed to have got a degree from a "red-brick university". Honestly, you couldn't make it up.

    It is also interesting to see Gas' references to "back door shennanigans" and other, no doubt, witty references to what Kerry farmers get up to with their sheep. Especially when he actually "came out" in this blog. He has been backtracking on that quicker than a full-back with Ronaldo running at him ever since. We have learned that he has a wife and a child on the way. Methinks he protests too much.

    RBA, Rotter and Root, I have to say I do not hate any of ye. Hate is a very strong and emotive word. In order to truly hate someone you must first fear them. If you look back on when I first contributed to this forum it was simply to defend the character and reputation of Mick McCarthy whom Gas had tried to belittle and abuse in one of his many incoherent posts. I'm sure, at that stage, you intervened on the side of your friend (in as much as anyone can have friends in cyberspace), as you all usually do, and therefore became enjoined in a debate I did not wish to involve any of you in. If you wish to consider me as an enemy or think that my posts are driven by malice that is entirely up to you. I can tell you that they are not.
    When it comes to abuse you only need to look at some of the comments directed against myself or, better still, read back over Gas' posts about Mick McCarthy. People do not seem to have a problem abusing people on this site under the cover of total anonymity. The comments on Sol Campbell were nauseating considering the underlying phobia that seemed to underlie a lot of them. And you did not complain or say it was wrong.
    What you may consider abuse from me is not actually so. I base my considerations on what I read on this site and make inferences (whether rightly or wrongly) based on those contributions.

    And, tellingly, the two people on this site I have the greatest problem with are Man Ure supporters. This may very well say something about me.

    Or about them.

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  • 367. At 7:01pm on 30 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    What a load of self-righteous claptrap.

    "In order to truly hate someone you must first fear them" - Have you ever heard such utter rubbish in all your life. Something no doubt Ira continually tells himself because of the long list of people who hate him. No one fears you Ira, they simply hate you because you are a self-righteous wind-bag who does nothing but belittle people when they don't agree with you.

    No doubt you will once again say you are right so here is an example which proves your point wrong. Don't know why I am bothering seeing as you have never accepted facts or examples before but I may as well try again. I absolutely hate some politicians and other people in Northern Ireland who have done nothing but benefit themselves to the detrement of others. Do I fear them? Never in a million years, because they are simply bullies and the day I fear a bully is the day I die.

    Now as for your continual reference to me "coming out" in previous comments. IT WAS A JOKE YOU ******. You suggested I was gay and I said "Yes, I am gay." The fact that you keep bringing it up again and again probably says more about you than anything else you witter on about.

    Yes I insulted Mick McCarthy, and yes I will do it again. Why? Because he insulted Ireland with his pathetic attempt at managing the national football team. Just because you hate Roy Keane doesn't mean that you are right and everyone else is wrong.

    Everything I said about Kerry farmers is true. They continually abused European grants.

    The fact that you have now long last admitted that you are a rabid ABU is at least getting us somewhere, once you admit that you are also a stuck in the past republican as well then you might get somewhere.

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  • 368. At 7:17pm on 30 Sep 2009, ChuckleBrother2 wrote:

    365. At 5:47pm on 30 Sep 2009, ppl752 wrote:

    Adam, just went through some of ChuckleBrother2's old posts - he doesn't seem to be a happy chap either. Perhaps he and JDR could swap numbers and form a support group.


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

    God save humanity from your attempts at wit.

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  • 369. At 7:51pm on 30 Sep 2009, oldstafford wrote:

    Chuckles - 'under-educated unwashed cretins that seem to peruse this part of the BBC's website'.
    Enough said; you have a low opinion of everyone who reads this blog...welcome along.

    I'm off for a shower.

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  • 370. At 8:48pm on 30 Sep 2009, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    363. At 5:08pm on 30 Sep 2009, ChuckleBrother2 wrote:

    Im in agremeent with much of whatyou say but must admit I dont really mind the the 7/8 regulars in question havea forum with which to hold their own conversation. Like you said, the blog seems to aimed increasingly at the regulars in question if only to provide an area for them to hold their own conversations. I think there is an element of security in predictability for them. I.e. they know when there will be a Robbo blog and who will be on it. Quality seems to be unimportant for them and any lobbying for something slightly varied is seen as a threat to be met with hostility.

    This however is not what my intention is. A blog of this nature provides a forum for people to post about a wide range of issues but one of the key drivers surely has to be the blog itself. For instance if someone other than Niall wrote a "comedy" blog under the "Robbo" guise Im still certain the same regulars would show up and be content. As I am more interested in discussing football points I would prefer the blogs to at least have some kind of football related theme above Robbos fictional world of the Blue Bell. I cant see how this would detract from the regulars banter as they call it but it would at least offer something for a wider audience.

    Then there is the repitive nature of the blog - yes I know Ive brought it up before but even the regulars must surely admit that the blog is written in the same style with the same predicted outlook and colloquiallisms twice a week. I cant understand why this has to be the case. For those that enjoy "Robbos" humour - chances are theres a good chance you will like other pieces written by Niall not neccessarily as Robbo. However again this seems to be met with resistance to even try a different brand of comedy which to me is bemusing. As you say, Im sure Robbo/Niall himself must find it tedious rehashing the same character so often. Surely there is room for a bit more creative freedom?

    I also notice there is a post there about me hypothetically going into McDonalds. This isnt really an accurate summary at all. I a find it interesting that Nialls work is also being likened to McDonalds - i.e fast food, unhealthy and poor quality by a so called fan. Im not asking Niall to produce "lobster" quality material Im simply asking for his blogs to contain a reasonable point. Its like walking into McDonalds only to be told that they only sell clothes in one size. Then when you request a meal you get villified by people in the shop who all happen to like the clothes and are the exact same size. Then even when you realize that there are no meals for sale and you ask for a shirt you are told no they only do one size and they dont have yours and wont order it in.

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  • 371. At 9:00pm on 30 Sep 2009, Pasinho wrote:

    ATTEMPTS!? How dare you! In any case, relax, me and my wit (or lack thereof) pose very little threat to humanity, either here in the BBC cyberspace or in the real world.

    JDR, you lost me a bit with your meal and shirt analogy, but if I don't find a meal or a shirt of my liking at a given establishment, I walk to another one in the hope of finding what I want. I don't go on moaning about the quality of that shop/restaurant, I simply accept that people have different tastes and different sizes - not everything have to fit me and my taste. Indeed, it would be scary if everybody were my size and shared my sense of humor - especially as I'm so rubbish at attempting wit.

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  • 372. At 9:54pm on 30 Sep 2009, Ireland Brew wrote:

    Before I begin I would like to say that I consider TommyO to be the cleverest and wittiest contributor to this forum. His unrelenting skewering of the bombast and pomposity of the two most regular contributors to this blog is something I genuinely admire.

    He has drawn praise for his analogy with McDonalds and JDRs complaints on the quality of this blog. Again, I have to re-iterate that I am a fan of Robbos and look forward to his twice weekly missives on this website.

    However, if I could look at his analogy and maybe slightly modify it to reflect reality it could throw some light on the subject.

    My take on it is that JDR and Andre enter McDonalds and partake of the fare therein. They like certain aspects of the experience, say speed of service and tastiness of fare. However, they believe that certain improvements could be made and, in the spirit of constructive criticism decide to let their views be known to the manager. They tell him that rather than concentrate solely on burgers, fries and shakes maybe the restaurant should offer something more substantial, for example, maybe include healthier options on the menu, reduce the amount of fat and sugar in their products, consider providing a bespoke coffee service and ensuring that the childrens menu encourages healthy eating. While they are making their views known to the manager several customers (including two who spend all their time there) begin to harass, harangue and hector JDR and Andre telling them that if they don’t like the fare on offer they can shove off somewhere else, that they like it just the way it is and why don’t they go and open their own restaurant if they think they can do any better. When they reply that their areas of expertise do not include restaurant management and are making known their views purely as customers they are then subjected to a constant barrage of “witty” one-liners and questions as to whether they have had a “burgers and fries by-pass”.

    Now the amusing thing about all of this is that McDonalds has changed substantially in the last ten years to include all the items detailed above. This has meant that a company which was haemorrhaging customers for years is now achieving solid growth again. If they had just listened to their customers who genuinely loved the experience and did not want it to change they would now be going out of business. It was the dissidents and lost customers who saved the company, not the fans.

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  • 373. At 10:01pm on 30 Sep 2009, ZEUSFC wrote:

    and there we go... cheers CB2, you have once again RUINED this blog!
    it's humour! if you don't like it, you know what you can do!

    the subject of this blog, was humourous pub names, based on caracteristics of players and managers. NOW WILL YOU PLEASE ADD TO THE BLOG ACCORDING TO THE SUBJECT, OR LEAVE NOW FOR GOOD 'COS TODAY YOU'VE REALLY UPSET MY USUALLY HAPPY KARMA?

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  • 374. At 10:02pm on 30 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    I went into a McDonalds and ordered my burger, sat down and began to eat.

    At the next table Ira, Andre, Chuckle and Joe were discussing world affairs.

    I listened in.

    Within 10 seconds I was asleep.

    When I awoke my Big Mac was gone.

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  • 375. At 10:02pm on 30 Sep 2009, ZEUSFC wrote:

    JDR, on this one, i'd leave it and let CB2 take the rap as idiot of the week...

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  • 376. At 10:11pm on 30 Sep 2009, Ireland Brew wrote:

    I have just read Gas Bags latest post above and, I think, we are last getting to see his true character. No more "witty" one-liners and football related banter. Just the sad deluded ramblings of a know-nothing know-it-all (Cf Homer Simpson). He sees no irony in the fact that his post is one long stream of abuse where he accuses me of abusing people.
    It is obvious, given the amount of time that he is on this forum that he has no real friends, that it would be impossible for him to have a relationship and that he has no job. Even his claim that he is a manure student are looking less and less likely. the only thing going for him is that he is a man united supporter and is clinging on for dear life to the vicarious glory this gives him.
    this is in spite of the fact that he is from Dublin and has no obvious connection with Manchester. These are called, I am led to believe, McFans (appropriately given the ongoing debate above). If he was genuinely interested in soccer he would support a local team in Dublin. There are plenty to choose from and then he would not be able to complain that he would need to be a Kerry millionaire to be able to follow his team on a regular basis.

    But, of course, there is no glory in that.

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  • 377. At 10:19pm on 30 Sep 2009, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    374. At 10:02pm on 30 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:

    Gaz - this would be a more accurate description of your trip to McDonalds.

    Gaz goes to McDonalds every day and orders the exact same Big Mac meal. He joins fellow diners RBA, Zootmac and Trotters who also all have ordered Big Mac meals. Instead of eating the Big Mac meals they proceed to just throw it at each other in a food fight and all have great banter. Several other diners in the vicinity (most likely Andre or Chucklebrother) are slightly annoyed by this behaviour.

    After a while the food fight is over and all agree to come back the next day. However a worker approaches them and says "you guys come here every day - tomo we were thinking of introducing a new chicken fajita meal which has been popular in our other branches. Would you like to try it as a limited edition special?"

    The four look at each other with bemusement and say " no that would be rubbish we only eat Big Mac meals". The worker replies "but I see you evey day you dont even eat the meats. All you do is throw it at each other and laugh". The others reply "so what? we like throwing our meals around. We can do what we like with them". The worker says - "yes but these others meals may be even better for that purpose. In any event would you not like to even try?".

    The four look at each other again - "nah if we wanted that wed go to KFC or something. Imagine people not wanting to eat Big Macs everyday?? There must be something seriously wrong with them.

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  • 378. At 10:30pm on 30 Sep 2009, ZEUSFC wrote:

    JDR, leave it! it's not funny! TommyOnion's was briliant; that was just rubbish!
    PEOPLE DON'T GO TO MACDONALDS FOR CHICKEN FAJITAS; THEY GO THERE FOR MACDONALD'S BURGERS! YOU'VE JUST PROVED THE BL00DY POINT OF TOMMY'S POST!

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  • 379. At 10:34pm on 30 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  • 380. At 10:35pm on 30 Sep 2009, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    378. At 10:30pm on 30 Sep 2009, ZEUSFC wrote:

    I think youl find people do actually go there for chicken fajitas. But whatever. Im not going to lose sleep over an irrelevant (ill informed) point regarding the McDonalds menu.

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  • 381. At 10:49pm on 30 Sep 2009, TommyB wrote:

    And thus bespoke the coffee, or is that bespake?

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  • 382. At 10:56pm on 30 Sep 2009, oldstafford wrote:

    I've given up on the... your complaining in the wrong place, the choice is yours to post or read and it's not up to you who posts and what they post that's the mod's job, the arguments pointless.
    Chuckles, Andre, Jdr and Ira, keep posting, your making this blog look more and more popular every time you do. For every post you make you can guarantee another will follow.
    As for McDonalds I don't eat there. I can't stand their food, it's unhealthy no matter what they say, most processed food is. Freedom of choice my friends and in this day and age there's plenty of it.

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  • 383. At 10:57pm on 30 Sep 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    377 JDR, I found your post highly amusing, not well founded and probably a waste of time but amusing nonetheless and if that was your objective (and sureley there could be no other), you succeeded. You could perhaps now rise to Robbo's challenge to write a piece and use that as its basis? Perhaps replace the characters with Premier League Managers.

    p.s. There's no 'S' in Trotter.
    p.p.s. I suspect that Zoot is above food fights.

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  • 384. At 10:58pm on 30 Sep 2009, TommyB wrote:

    Ira_abu... just looked up your name in gaelic. The hotdog, if you'll allow me to anthropomorphise a fast food snack for a second, is unimpressed. Not in the spirit of things, old horse.

    Weenie abu!

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  • 385. At 11:00pm on 30 Sep 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    lol

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  • 386. At 11:05pm on 30 Sep 2009, TommyB wrote:

    Trott, I reckon Zoot would be partial to lobbing a bit of thermidore, but only should dire circumstance present itself

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  • 387. At 11:06pm on 30 Sep 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Well, thermidor maybe, and a grenade or two but not some fat ridden slab of processed cow!

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  • 388. At 11:09pm on 30 Sep 2009, oldstafford wrote:

    370 JDR wrote - ‘Im not asking Niall to produce "lobster" quality material’

    386 Although perhaps if he did the above would be for ideal for protecting oneself in such food fighting circumstances, (people would snap it up).

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  • 389. At 11:12pm on 30 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:

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

  • 390. At 11:16pm on 30 Sep 2009, TommyB wrote:

    Trott - You say thermidor, I say thermidore. Mea culpa, mine was the Italian spelling (pl).

    Stafford - 'Snap it up' indeed? Are we going to forever be langoustine in the depths, searching for the basest pun, bottom feeders that we are?

    I'm still working on my filibuster by the way, as this seems to be this evening's trend. It will mainly contain knob gags.

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  • 391. At 11:20pm on 30 Sep 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Gaz, I once met a lovely woman from Barnard Castle, that's Barnard, not Barnyard! Nice come back victory tonight, steady as she goes!

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  • 392. At 11:23pm on 30 Sep 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    oh dear, I missed a gem from TommyB, post it in latin please Tommy and I'll read it when we get back from our Zagat rated dining extravaganza. The kids are with me so there might be a food fight all the same!

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  • 393. At 11:26pm on 30 Sep 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    How was that from Tommy modded so quickly when all that whining from earlier by Ira, including the constant name calling, is still there?

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  • 394. At 11:32pm on 30 Sep 2009, TommyB wrote:

    I said (and this has been self-moderated):

    "Trott - You say thermidor, I say thermidore. Mea culpa, mine was in Italian (pl).

    Stafford - 'Snap it up'? Oh dear, shall we forever be langoustine in the depths, searching for the basest puns, bottom feeders that we are?

    I'm still preparing my filibuster by the way, as seems this evening's theme. It will mainly contain k**b gags."

    Or something like that.... moderatori, un momento, per favore!

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  • 395. At 11:36pm on 30 Sep 2009, oldstafford wrote:

    tommyo .. whatever the rumours have been I am not a bottom feeder.

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  • 396. At 11:37pm on 30 Sep 2009, oldstafford wrote:

    sorry tommyb

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  • 397. At 11:40pm on 30 Sep 2009, TommyB wrote:

    Careful, or you'll have ira_abu on his high horse about homophobia. That horse is so high it should be called Timothy Leary, and no doubt would make an excellent gift to any passing Trojans, but only if you really don't like them

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  • 398. At 00:01am on 01 Oct 2009, oldstafford wrote:

    tommyb I hope you are not cryptically insinuating that Ira likes hiding his thing in high horses? I can categorically confirm that he doesn’t? I have that information from a reliable source in Dublin.

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  • 399. At 00:06am on 01 Oct 2009, TommyB wrote:

    staf

    Nope, but insinuate away! They'll moderate the word "k**b" but sectarianism, homophobia and mild racism are all carte blanche.

    Gaz, are you not an Ulsterman by the way?

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  • 400. At 00:11am on 01 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Well technically I am Tommy. But it's all a bit confusing. Way too late to get into the explanations and the essay that may go some way to giving you an idea would make one of Ira's whinges look like a Limerick.

    Put it this way, I have one passport that says I'm British, another that says I'm Irish. I prefer to think of myself as simply a citizen of the world. Which we will all hopefully do when the aliens arrive.

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  • 401. At 00:35am on 01 Oct 2009, TommyB wrote:

    I actually meant geographically speaking. I remember there was some sort of Glentoran-Linfield business a few blogs ago.

    I have a passport that says nothing on either front or back. The royal crest has worn off, which is how I like it. Kanu's on the other hand says he's 18 years old and has had no major health issues.

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  • 402. At 01:08am on 01 Oct 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Well it seems you all got back on track and doubtless are now safely tucked in and drifting towards slumber full of hope for tomorrows' bloggering, with extra sweet dreams for the Arsenal, Chelsea and Man U fans among us, all pleased with the mid-week proceedings.

    Tommy, do McDonalds should serve an all you can throw filet buster?

    Gaz, I feel a song coming on, you are a child of the Universe. Perhaps a Limerick contest next? No, forget that idea, "Trotter" presents too many possibilities!

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  • 403. At 08:20am on 01 Oct 2009, TommyB wrote:

    Gaz Man, and the children of the universe

    Jai guru deva..... om

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  • 404. At 09:07am on 01 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

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

  • 405. At 09:37am on 01 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Moderated because I complimented JDR's posting and said what I think about Ira - proves the point about his petty and ridiclous behaviour. He probably complained because I named the red-brick university I got my degree from.

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  • 406. At 09:40am on 01 Oct 2009, Andreisgiant wrote:

    Niall,

    As a blogger on the BBC, you have the opportunity to reach millions with your comic ability. You also therefore have the opportunity to promote yourself to the upper echelons of the comedic world.

    However, and I find this staggering, you do not take this opportunity. Rather you post on here continuously using the same tired, old cliches, repeating pretty much the same content and have now even gone off the central theme of football and plummetted into juvenile 'pub names and whos would be called what'. Ugh.

    You also have about 5 or 6 loyal followers on here, that NO MATTER WHAT, will always return to pump up the comments section, given that they post over 50%.

    Niall, why dont you take the opportunity you have been offered, and give us some variety? As I have said previously, I am not asking for Robbo to be axed. He does provide some comic relief . But rather, use your comedic skills for something new. I guarantee you that the 5 or 6 hardcore posters shall remain loyal, but you may discover new fans.

    So Niall, what do you have to lose? Step out of your comfort zone with the Robbo character and give us something new! Not only will this allow you to showcase your talents to countless others, your career should develop too.

    In fairness, who wants to be a one-bit poster on the BBC giving jollies to Gary, Adam and the rest of the clan?

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  • 407. At 09:49am on 01 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Andre,

    Why can't you call him Robbo rather than Niall. The Robbo character is the one that the BBC wish to use and that's why he doesn't change it because it is the one he is contractually obliged to use.

    Yes some of the content can be lacklustre but the "juvenile pub names" thing that you despise is why this blog is under the fun & games as well as the football section.

    Maybe Robbo s(Sorry Niall as you call him)could have a seperate blog site using his other characters that you may find more satisfactory. I'm sure that if you google him you will be able to find some way of contacting him to find out where they are hosted.


    And you never know he may acuallly enjoy writing the blog and sitting back and watching it all unfold.

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  • 408. At 10:02am on 01 Oct 2009, beijingren wrote:

    #407
    You could be right, however I have noticed that Robbo's not joining in with the "banter" so much these days - 3 posts this blog and none at all last time out.
    Maybe Joe's right and he's getting a bit bored with it himself.
    For my part I am a long time reader - but feel that one of these per week would probably be plenty.
    Please dont advise me to only read it once a week!!

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  • 409. At 10:02am on 01 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    hahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahhahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahha....

    That is all i have to say, except, god bless every one of you.

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  • 410. At 10:06am on 01 Oct 2009, WhitleyBayWonTheVase wrote:

    Andreisgiant - don't be such an arrogant fool.

    What gives you the right to address Robbo as 'Niall' continually? He doesn't use your true name when replying to your continuing stream of moronic and time-wastingingly repetitive drivel does he?

    Have a little respect or grow up. Or both.

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  • 411. At 10:21am on 01 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    #408 - teh lack of robbo was pointed out by Chris Charles early on. he said Robbo wouldn't actively engage in this one so much.

    I think he only posts when the comments are drying up to get more discussion going, if there is something particularly controversial or if he wants to introduce a new point or topic half-way through.

    Hopefully he will be back tomorrow

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  • 412. At 10:32am on 01 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Adam... Owen out for three weeks? What are your thoughts? Also how did Grafite make Vidic look so mediocre last night???

    (are we allowed to post football based postings)

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  • 413. At 10:32am on 01 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Has anyone else noticed that the 3 main moaners about the blog itself, JDR, Chuckle and Andre post in exactly the same way.

    Same words, same inflections, same punctuation, same everything. Coincidence or does everything, including morons, come in 3s?

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  • 414. At 10:35am on 01 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    RBA there is absolutely no call for that. Dragging us back into football talk is something none of us want!

    On it though, Grafite didn't need to make Vidic look bad as Vidic has the capability of during certain matches, look like he has never played football in his life. I think it's something he's got from Rio who last night looked like someone suffering from dementia at times.

    It probably all comes from something Gary Neville does in training. Gary Neville is to blame for everything.

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  • 415. At 10:37am on 01 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Gaz are really suggesting that Andre, Chuckle and Joey are one and the same!!! God i hope that's true... Chuckles and Andre i could believe, as chuckles was JesusFChrist, so he has previous for this sort of thing? The plot thickens....

    And when are we organising this foodfight at MaccyD's?

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  • 416. At 10:41am on 01 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    I'm up for it, no throwing McFlurrys though as they can have hard bits in them!

    Might be difficult to organise though because it would involve talking about stuff that exists outside the blog and giving your real names and details so Andre would have a fit. Despite the fact that he insists on calling Robbo Niall.

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  • 417. At 11:22am on 01 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

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

  • 418. At 11:37am on 01 Oct 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Andre, I think there's something different in Robbo's blog every time, he touches on a myriad of issues, sporting, social, humanitarian, financial, political, culinary amongst others. You are at liberty to pick up on any of them and expand them, share your theories and insights, your witicisms and criticisms. You don't seem to see the trees for the forest.

    Adam, see, it's all coming together, Vidic and 15m for Cahill. I rate Vidic but he devalued himself under such a large spotlight against Liverpool last year and now his deterioration gets a mention on Robbo's blog of all places, might as well tell the whole world! If he keeps doing it Fergie will be happy to move on and Cahill will indeed be one of yours! Unless Cahill starts making the same errors which would change everything, it's asking a lot of Cahill to be faultless between now and January with all eyes on him, not least of all Fabio!!!

    Sorry to mention football, I'm leaving with the lads for my big birthday 3 day golf trip in half an hour! Come on ye whites! A win against Spurs would be HUGE for confidence, fans and team alike.

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  • 419. At 11:42am on 01 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Enjoy the trip Trotter. I had a 3 day golf trip last weekend and spent 2 days getting over it. I'm just too old for it now. Remember it's only a shot if someone seen you hitting it.

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  • 420. At 11:46am on 01 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Happy birthday trotts enjoy

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  • 421. At 11:48am on 01 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Actually back on subject given thr starting quote about learning who is in the team etc.

    Can someone from Arsene's parents pub please call him and tell him to buy a defensive midfielder.

    Actually no forgot don't as Arsenal might start winning trophies again if they do that

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  • 422. At 11:50am on 01 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    You fellas love your golfing...Good luck though trotter and happy birthday fella... 21 again? I'm off for a 6 hour dart's trip tonight, so all is good in Aldershot...

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  • 423. At 12:03pm on 01 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Golf hasn't quite made it passed the boundaries of Aldershot yet has it RBA? Do you have a caddy to carry your darts for you?

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  • 424. At 12:03pm on 01 Oct 2009, highlowsell wrote:

    Hey Robbo - great blog

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  • 425. At 12:20pm on 01 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    To be honest Gaz, no... They say golf is a good walk spoilt, well golf in Aldershot would be a horrible walk spoilt, and then you'd get robbed. As for a darts Caddy, i don't... but i really want one now, that would be amazing!

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  • 426. At 12:27pm on 01 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Tell you what RBA, your next darts match I'll turn up and carry your darts. No one will know me and you can just tell them all you've hired a caddy because you think it will improve your game. I can stand behind the oche giving advice and walk up and remove the darts for you.

    Imagine the look on their faces. If you kept the joke up and never revealed the truth how many of them do you think would turn up the next week with their own caddy?

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  • 427. At 1:05pm on 01 Oct 2009, oldstafford wrote:

    RBA If you’re playing darts for six hours it sounds like you well may need a caddy. I’ve no idea how long a match should last but six hours seems a long time, a lot of walking between oche and board!
    May I suggest a golf buggy as well? It would save both yours and Gaz’s legs and I wonder how many people would turn up next week with…

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  • 428. At 1:39pm on 01 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Ah, i should probably come clean and let you know that a hefty propportion of that 6 hours is taken up with drinking... You are quite right staff, 6 hours is a very long match, even i can find the double in that time... (though, we'll see what the drink does???).
    Gaz, mate i'd be honoured to have you as my Darts Caddy, and i reckon we could change the face of Darts... I want to be part of that!

    And robbo a point for you mate... When am i gonna get a blog on Darts? Instead of the same old northern cliches, hahahaha!

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  • 429. At 1:46pm on 01 Oct 2009, ChuckleBrother2 wrote:

    414. At 10:35am on 01 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    RBA there is absolutely no call for that. Dragging us back into football talk is something none of us want!


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    Were you trying to redefine irony here or something? Do you even read your own posts. Here's just the ones since that remark.

    426. At 12:27pm on 01 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Tell you what RBA, your next darts match I'll turn up and carry your darts. No one will know me and you can just tell them all you've hired a caddy because you think it will improve your game. I can stand behind the oche giving advice and walk up and remove the darts for you.

    Imagine the look on their faces. If you kept the joke up and never revealed the truth how many of them do you think would turn up the next week with their own caddy?

    423. At 12:03pm on 01 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Golf hasn't quite made it passed the boundaries of Aldershot yet has it RBA? Do you have a caddy to carry your darts for you?

    419. At 11:42am on 01 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Enjoy the trip Trotter. I had a 3 day golf trip last weekend and spent 2 days getting over it. I'm just too old for it now. Remember it's only a shot if someone seen you hitting it.

    416. At 10:41am on 01 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    I'm up for it, no throwing McFlurrys though as they can have hard bits in them!

    Might be difficult to organise though because it would involve talking about stuff that exists outside the blog and giving your real names and details so Andre would have a fit. Despite the fact that he insists on calling Robbo Niall.


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    There's only been 12 posts since then and 4 of them are you spouting complete gibberish. How is anyone supposed to talk about football in the responses to this blog anyways? There were no real points about football actually made. Do you have any idea how asinine comments like that are?




    413. At 10:32am on 01 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Has anyone else noticed that the 3 main moaners about the blog itself, JDR, Chuckle and Andre post in exactly the same way.

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Literacy

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  • 430. At 1:50pm on 01 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Time for an afternoon nap methinks. That's definitely made me sleepy.

    Would anyone apart from me care to point out to Chuckle that none of his posts are ever about anything other than moaning and complaining?

    Please, someone else can have the pleasure, I get enough abuse as it is. Besides I need my nap.

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  • 431. At 1:51pm on 01 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    RBA imagine what a blog on darts from Robbo would do to them, heads would explode in anger.

    Changing the face of darts is something I want to be a part of, especially as the current face is that of Phil Taylor.

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  • 432. At 2:02pm on 01 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Taylor is yesterdays news... Its all about Wadey!

    Me and James Wade grew uptogether, we're good mates and he does Aldershot proud... My Uncle Molly taught me and Wadey how to play when we was little... he won like £240,000 in his last tournament... and i'm stuck in an office arguing with Joey Roach, AndreisCretin and ChukleBother... Thank you very much uncle molly!

    And i would love the fallout of a Robbo Darts Blog! Bring it on!

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  • 433. At 2:55pm on 01 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Ooh dear... a bit too much of the arrows in here, everyones scarpered... Robbo, probably not a good idea to do blog on Darts...

    Anyway back to thrashing out the high brow issues of the day... Who would win an arm wrestle between Rafa and SAF??? And what pub would they do it in?

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  • 434. At 3:08pm on 01 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    RBA, hang in here, there is something special brewing, and it's not in the pub. Give it another 30 mins or so. M16 have just been on to me and the word is that a special video has been found, details to follow.

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  • 435. At 3:20pm on 01 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Gaz, thier is currently a look of intrigue plastered all over my mug?

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  • 436. At 3:54pm on 01 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Ok folks, I have just gotten word that MI6 have infiltrated an anti-Robbo meeting and made a video of it.

    The results can be viewed here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-vWr8zr588

    Be warned that it is not pretty

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  • 437. At 3:54pm on 01 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    #434 - hang in here, there is something special brewing, and it's not in the pub.

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

    Just make sure you open a window or door as that sort of thing isn't pleasant.

    I've just guaranteed mr chuckle will be on here berating me in 5 minutes

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  • 438. At 4:12pm on 01 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Gaz, that is truly the stuff of legends... god bless you sir!

    I am going to be laughing for months at that! It is genius...

    Bravo mate... And the Lobster thermidor at the end... mate it killed me!

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  • 439. At 4:24pm on 01 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Gaz, how long did that take? Before IRA comes along and is all "what a purile waste of nossense, blah blah blah" ZZZZZzzzz.... I just want you to know that it was definately worth it!

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  • 440. At 4:29pm on 01 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    It probably took longer than it should because I couldn't stop laughing making it, plus I've no patience for movie maker.

    As long as it made someone laugh I'm happy. Pity Trotter is away, I'm sure he'd have appreciated it. Hope more can see it, it can't be modded off youtube thankfully.

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  • 441. At 4:41pm on 01 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    That looks absolutely fantastic.

    I'm watching it tonight when I get in as I've no audio and use Citrix so any video content is really slow.

    Classic stuff

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  • 442. At 4:49pm on 01 Oct 2009, bluehellsbells wrote:

    Re: 436.

    GazUtd

    Sadly I'm not one of the Robbo 6 but that was clip was just brilliant

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  • 443. At 4:53pm on 01 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Gaz a sa "media project" you could go through past blogs and dig out the best retorts to JDR, Andre & Ira ncluding "the jdr lifestyle", mcdonalds etc and put it on you-tube or something as a slideshow - would be excellent

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  • 444. At 5:00pm on 01 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Bluehellsbells, don't worry sir, now that you have said something good about me (it works for any of us) you are now automatically added to the group. If you compliment anyone here it is outside the rules of the chosen few. Welcome aboard.


    Adam - I am way too lazy to do that, besides I already get accused of having no life etc so imagine what would happen if I took time to do that. Think of what I'm going to get called just because I wasted an hour of my life making that clip.

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  • 445. At 5:00pm on 01 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    That would be great... Gaz i am still chuckling! Well done mate a grand days work! I hope the the night dwellers have some good retorts, as my read this morning was hillarious...

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  • 446. At 5:02pm on 01 Oct 2009, Two_Footed_Challenge wrote:

    I agree - I am not a member of the inner sanctum, or for that matter the outer-sanctum, but I read the comments and that was a quality representation of the squabbles on here. Really made me laugh.

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  • 447. At 5:02pm on 01 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    The only problem is Ira comes on at night

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  • 448. At 5:24pm on 01 Oct 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Hi, I've been reading this blog for some time now, never really felt the need to comment. I,ve always enjoyed the blogs and the mostly witty & inteligent (some extreamly) posts from Zoot, RBA & Trotter, even JDR & his cronies amuse me.
    But with this blog the bar (no pun) has been raised, TommyO's bar names and McD's story was top notch, but todays winner must be GAZ, that vid is just brilliant, I almost wet my pants.

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  • 449. At 5:40pm on 01 Oct 2009, Hilly55 wrote:

    That video was sheer class. I'm another of the silent majority who enjoy reading Robbo's blogs. Tommyo's McD story sums it up nicely, but it wouldn't be the same without JDR et al.

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  • 450. At 5:41pm on 01 Oct 2009, Andreisgiant wrote:

    Admittedly, I actually found parts of this funny.

    Credit given where credit is due

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  • 451. At 5:54pm on 01 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:

    At 5:41pm on 01 Oct 2009, Andreisgiant wrote:
    Admittedly, I actually found parts of this funny.

    Credit given where credit is due


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    I'm speechless

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  • 452. At 6:09pm on 01 Oct 2009, Andreisgiant wrote:

    451. At 5:54pm on 01 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:

    I'm speechless


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    If only you knew what that actually meant, this blog would not be consumed with your irritating socialising.

    But you don't, so we'll continue to hear more about your course, the fact youre a mature student, the fact your Irish, youre from the North originally, your wife is pregnant, you spent a recent time in France and youre a Man Utd supporter. Actaully you can keep the last one, just get rid of the rest.

    And Niall, perhaps you could take note from Gary. He posts non-stop utter rubbish about the most useless and pointless information. However, on this occassion, and I fear the last, he has provided something, dare I say, funny. He mixed it up and got a good response from not only me, but 'long time watchers' who had never posted before.

    What more proof do you need? Suspend the stale Northerner and you too could have a blog full of comments praising your work, and not a fan who wishes nothing more than to be you...

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  • 453. At 6:13pm on 01 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    I knew it was too good to be true

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  • 454. At 6:17pm on 01 Oct 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    436:

    Gaz - utterly BRILLIANT.
    Almost fell off the seat laughing at that.

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  • 455. At 6:45pm on 01 Oct 2009, RedAstaire² wrote:

    More of the same rubbish I'm afraid - the only stimulating debate this blog usually generates is the BBC's fall in standards.

    The same regulars continually posting about what they did/are going to at the weekend.
    Is this blog only here to satisfy the social needs of those very few (you know who you are) who find it funny?

    A blog about the Celtic/Rapid Vienna game tonight would have been interesting.. But more bandwidth is wasted with this nonsense.


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  • 456. At 7:04pm on 01 Oct 2009, oldstafford wrote:

    436 Gaz - Genius

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  • 457. At 7:13pm on 01 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:

    At 6:45pm on 01 Oct 2009, RedAstaire² wrote:

    A blog about the Celtic/Rapid Vienna game tonight would have been interesting

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    So much for my video, this is the funniest thing that has ever been written on this site

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  • 458. At 7:21pm on 01 Oct 2009, RedAstaire² wrote:

    457 - please explain

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  • 459. At 7:32pm on 01 Oct 2009, RedAstaire² wrote:

    @457
    As I've looked for a blog on this subject and couldn't find one - I know there's an article about the game, which I've read, but nowhere to comment, ie a blog.
    Instead, the BBC's resources/ blog space are taken up with this rubbish.. Didn't see your video, is it funny then?

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  • 460. At 7:36pm on 01 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Not really for me to judge Red, but I could never do something that makes people laugh as much as Scottish football

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  • 461. At 7:48pm on 01 Oct 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    It wasn't funny, it was HILARIOUS

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  • 462. At 8:30pm on 01 Oct 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    436. Gaz!

    It was absolutely brilliant mate.


    You did had one tiny mistake in there.
    Joe does not smoke.

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  • 463. At 8:30pm on 01 Oct 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    did have*

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  • 464. At 8:41pm on 01 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Spitfire, it was supposed to be a parody of him wanting something that doesn't exist, ie a smoking area. It was near the end, I was tired by that stage :)

    Glad you liked it anyway, just waiting on the other 3 to see their views ;)

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  • 465. At 8:48pm on 01 Oct 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    Was it a parody?
    My bad.

    I thought it WAS the actual footage.

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  • 466. At 8:54pm on 01 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    I'm not sure, I don't really know what a parody it. It just sounds like a big word that makes me seem smart.

    I'll get in touch with my MI6 contact and see whats going on

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  • 467. At 10:05pm on 01 Oct 2009, 59th_street wrote:

    Great vid Gaz, very funny. As a toon fan I found it almost as funny as Owen's injury.

    Who'da thought it...all the talk of golf and then we get inside footage of a bunker (ouch).

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  • 468. At 11:07pm on 01 Oct 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    455 Red

    As you say, there is no forum for debate about the Celtic game tonight. I have been reading the beeb football blogs for a while now, and my recollection is that there were three Scottish football blogs, the most heavily subscribed to being that of Chic Young, which appeared weekly. Because of the "comedy" approach, that blog, although frequented by interesting bloggers who wanted to talk about Scottish football, and popular with most posters, was consistently slammed by perennial, and uncompromisingly vitriolic, killjoys. It has not appeared this season.

    As a result, the only Scottish football blogs on offer are the one by the Annan Athletic guy, which attracts an average of five postings unless, out of desperation, he latches onto some aspect of the English Premier League, and the doleful Jim Spence, who blogs once every three or four weeks.

    There is nothing available in Scotland because the killjoys have killed off what was there.

    The expression "pyrrhic victory" comes to mind.

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  • 469. At 08:27am on 02 Oct 2009, TommyB wrote:

    Gaz, just seen it. Top work! Tickled me pink.

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  • 470. At 08:55am on 02 Oct 2009, RedAstaire² wrote:

    @468 - Thanks for clearing that up, although not specifically interested in Scottish football, having been a resident of Vienna for some years, sharing a flat with a couple of Rapid fans, a blog on this subject would have been interesting.

    Whilst being a lifelong Liverpool fan, having watched Rapid vs Liverpool in the summer in Vienna, and having seen 50 thousand passionate Viennese fans singing you'll never walk alone, I can safely say that Rapid are now my second team to folllow.
    Rapid fans are some of the best in the world, and anyone who heard them out-singing the Celtic faithful for 90 minutes last night must have been impressed. A club, who by British standards would be able to compete financially in League 1 at best, have now turned over Villa, Hamburg (1st position in Bundesliga, having beaten Bayern at the weekend ) and almost beat Celtic on their own patch. They also beat Liverpool in that pre-season friendly.

    When considering the loss of their two first choice strikers ( Hoffer to Napoli, and Maierhofer to Wolves) this summer, Rapid's achievements are nothing short of amazing. It would be worth marking the names of a couple of Rapid's players, as I'm sure that they will be known at bigger clubs in the future.

    It is also worth noting that Rapid are by no means the richest club in Austria, that being RedBull Salzberg, who after Redbull's investment, bought the majority of established talent in the league, and also changed the colour of their kit and banned fans from wearing the old kit into the stadium! Salzberg can be considered the Chelsea/Man City of Austria.. Little history, no soul!

    Rapid, rather than investing in over-priced journeymen from around Europe, have concentrated on developing young players, and it appears to be paying dividends. Indeed the losses of their two regular strikers (Hoffer and Maierhofer) has seemed to galvanise the team, with the emergence of the excellent Jelavic (last nights scorer) as a real bonus.

    Make no mistake, this will be a team no-one will want to meet in the knock out stages, having decided to play all european ties this season in the 50,000 Ernst Happel Stadion ( Venue for Euro 2008 final last year ) rather than their home, the Hanappi stadion, (around 20,000 capacity) Vienna will be a particularly difficult place to visit, just ask Hamburg, humbled 3-0 two weeks ago.

    Peter Pacult the Rapid coach ( scorer of the winning goal in the cotentious re-played game in Glasgow in 1984), has created a team with an excellent compact midfield, led by the talismanic Stefan Hoffman (Fussball Gott!!) , and a squad brimming with talented young players -

    Watch this space!

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  • 471. At 09:04am on 02 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    455: Someones done quite a good blog on Rapid @:470. Give it a read fella, I know what you'll think "ah its that redastaire bloke, he just moans about the content of a comedy blog as it is not serious enough, surely this will be more of the same" But actually he seems to have a brain in his head and the ability to write with some passion... Now if only he could get that elusive sense of humour, and the Tinman can get his heart we can all leave Oz forever!

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  • 472. At 09:16am on 02 Oct 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    470 Red

    That's a really interesting post - and brings home how much was missed by not having a forum to discuss last night's game. One thing I did notice was that, as soon as the draw for the Europa League was made, something like 100,000 tickets were being sought for the Celtic match in Vienna, with the result that the game was switched to the national stadium. Rapid Vienna is a big club.

    Envy you your stay in Vienna. I love the city.

    I shall be watching Rapid closely. Thanks for that.

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  • 473. At 09:22am on 02 Oct 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    @436

    I've seen that video clip before, under the guise of someone hating the latest Star Trek movie and dubbing it appropriately, but your take was fe*king hilarious.

    Not sure what JDR wil make of it though.

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  • 474. At 09:24am on 02 Oct 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

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

  • 475. At 10:03am on 02 Oct 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    I'm assuming the mods have a grudge against Father Ted then.

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  • 476. At 10:20am on 02 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Father Dick Byrne is the chief moderator...

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  • 477. At 10:41am on 02 Oct 2009, fourleafmac wrote:

    Morning all, first time poster but long time lurker here.
    Gaz's vid has inspired me to come out of hiding, nice one. I laughed so much a little bit of wee came out!
    Looking forward to the new Robbo blog and subsequent comments...

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  • 478. At 10:57am on 02 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Gaz, you have started something brilliant, really glad to see so many new posters coming out (Ira, make your own joke here). Well done sir...

    Fourleafmac: (related to Zoot?) Willkommen zur Schwarz-seite! (As they say at anti Robbo meetings...)

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  • 479. At 11:37am on 02 Oct 2009, fourleafmac wrote:

    RBA - thanks for the welcome. Am no relation to Zoot (at least not that i'm aware of), he's far too intellectual!

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  • 480. At 12:08pm on 02 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    I always enjoy people coming out!

    I can't help but wonder where 3 of the well known protagonists are though, at least Andre made a comment.

    (Zoot, you might explain if I used protagonists in the correct context there, another of those big words I picked up somewhere that I like to think makes me look smart)

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  • 481. At 12:13pm on 02 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    #473

    Yep there are loads of parodies of that clip floating around. I think it started with someone makig it about Hitler getting banned from xBox Live, and that video has unbelievably had 2 million hits on YouTube. Somehow I don't think mine will get that many.

    There is a very funny one from a couple of weeks ago where Hitler is a City fan and reacting to the derby defeat.

    In case anyone is wondering it's from a film called Downfall (Der Untertang) which is supposed to be very good, I'm going to give it a watch tonight just to see.

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  • 482. At 12:15pm on 02 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Gaz, I think they're antagonists... Though i am sure they see it the other way around?

    Andre was superb... but would love to hear Ira and Joeys 2 cents on the issue? I think Joe will honetly see the funny side, but reitterate his point about the blog needing variation and improving (NIALL!!!). Ira will see it as the actions of an Anglophile Dublin Nogoodnick, with an imaginary wife... Oh i do hope the imaginary pregnancy is going well, i have an imaginary 6 month old at home, your in for good ride mate! (though it will b imaginary)...

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  • 483. At 12:18pm on 02 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    All of my good rides have been imaginary RBA.

    To be honest the video shouldn't really have had Joe as the head because he always does say that he doesn't really care about us lot talking tripe, it's just Robbo he has the problem with. But Joe is the most famous out of the naysayers so had to be him.

    Ira and Chuckle are the ones I'm waiting on!

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  • 484. At 12:24pm on 02 Oct 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    476 RBA, Father Dick Byrne, that sounds painfull.

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  • 485. At 1:22pm on 02 Oct 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    Twice, this morning, I have deserted the stuff I'm working on and typed "theJDRgang" into google.

    God, that is SO good.

    Gaz - I have little doubt that Irn Bru will soon reappear, with his acres of leaden, manipulative prose; but Chuckle, like PMS, is volcanic in activity: the next erruption isn't due for at least a fortnight.

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  • 486. At 1:24pm on 02 Oct 2009, WhitleyBayWonTheVase wrote:

    Gaz, you owe me an apology.

    I have spat yoghurt all over my lovely monitor and a very important document that I have to take to a client on Tuesday of next week. I feel my pleas of 'sorry about the yoghurt, blame GazUtd and the Hitler video on YouTube' will not placate the customer.

    "Don't worry, he didn't mean it" - had me in absolute stitches.

    Excellent play on the well used Hitler video, in fact probably the best use of it I have ever seen. Its the casting, its just perfect. :)

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  • 487. At 1:32pm on 02 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    That depends if you use that as your preesentation and while he is in stitches pass the yoghurt off as some new-fangled client interaction process where how they perceive the yoghurt is some kind of psychometric testing method.

    Won't work but they'll be in stitches at the video.

    I was as surprised at most at Andre's response. I honestly think Joe will find it amusing but the other 2 well...

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  • 488. At 1:54pm on 02 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Zoot I forgot about those 2 not coming round that often. I suppose PMS is a once a month thing after all. Pity Robbo is away though, doesn't seem to be a 2nd blog this week so maybe they've got their own way?


    WhitleyBay - Sorry about your monitor but come on, we've all had a little "monitor accident" at least once before, haven't we? ;)

    You never know, what if your client is one of the silent majority on here and he actually like the video, it could work out well for you. Although he could be Ira, in which case you are well and truly screwed.

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  • 489. At 2:08pm on 02 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Gaz,
    It's only an imaginary monitor so don't worry about it. According to Myra_abu we don't really have lives, family, jobs or qualifications but these are simply figments of our imagination created by our digital selves that the Matrix has created for us

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  • 490. At 2:10pm on 02 Oct 2009, PaulMcShane wrote:

    Well aren’t the pro Robbo brigade pleased with themselves this week. On a side note, isn’t it interesting to see what this blog has actually morphed into? No longer are the comments related in anyway to the blog content bar maybe the first few. Instead we’re treated to the comedic efforts from the usual diehards as well as a barrage of insults directed at anyone who tries to make well reasoned and justified criticism.

    I wonder what Niall makes of all this. The fact is no one really cares about his blog anymore. He may as well just simply make a post twice a week saying “off you go boys” and leave everyone to it. The BBC could cut costs as there’s no need to hire someone to post a blog whose main function is to operate as a forum for a few unemployed or bored at work individuals.

    Alternatively, Niall, you could try reinvigerate your bi-weekly slot with a fresh approach to football themed comedy journalism. Perhaps post as yourself while maintaining humour as the central focus of the blog. Anyway whats the worst that can happen? People actually read what you write and make comments on the subject matter rather than how their partners are coping with a possibly made-up pregnancy?

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  • 491. At 2:24pm on 02 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    Seriously.

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    No, but seriously.

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    (I suppose the fact that hundreds of posts were about funny pub names and therefore exactly what the blog was about is lost on some)


    Although I have figured out where Robbo is... Off to St James to see if he can get 2 million quid out of them.

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  • 492. At 2:31pm on 02 Oct 2009, PaulMcShane wrote:

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

  • 493. At 2:37pm on 02 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    "usually almost instantly the loser"

    -----

    Can anyone explain to me what this means, I don't speak idiot.

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  • 494. At 2:42pm on 02 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Gaz... did you mod him!? I think the worst he said was cretin... if you cant say that Andre will never post again!

    as for the above, i do not have a clue... and i am almost fluent in idiot?

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  • 495. At 2:45pm on 02 Oct 2009, PaulMcShane wrote:

    you reply within minutes to anything that might be vaguely directed towards you because you are constantly refreshing this page all day. That makes you a loser. A loser is a person who doesn't have a life.

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  • 496. At 2:48pm on 02 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    ahhh... Usually almost instant, the loser"

    Grammar dear boy, what would Zoots say?

    And cheer up, you sound quite bitter? Its only a football blog you know, i shouldn't worry too much about it...

    F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5!

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  • 497. At 2:58pm on 02 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Where is the Robbo blog today, no Review of the Week from Chris Charles either!!??? Shape up BBC! Or i am going to have to take the drastic step of doing some work on a friday afternoon!

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  • 498. At 2:59pm on 02 Oct 2009, Andreisgiant wrote:

    I have to agree with you, PaulMcShane.

    Gary your relentless assault on this blog is so frustrating. You said previously that once you had done your 'summer project', we'd see less of you. This has not occurred.

    Adam, why do you find it bizarre that I found the video funny? I, oddly enough, have a sense of humour....given that you liked it too, perhaps not too dissimilar to your own.

    I have consistently stated that it is the soap opera that goes on in the comments section that riles me the most. The hardcore posters don't even discuss football anymore. I cannot understand why they don't just use MSN.

    Either way, I'm sure there'll be more insults levelled at me. But heres my opinion:
    Niall writes good blogs and bad blogs. Due to the repetitive nature of the blogs, the bad outwiegh the good, but there are still decent ones. I would like to see some variety to hopefully solve this issue

    I did enjoy the YouTube video. It was funny. I also gave credit to its author, even though he is the biggest clown on here

    The hardcoer people that post on here lack social skills to make 'real' friends. Divulging such info as what youre doing, where and when you went on holidays has no place on a football blog. It is not comedy and it is not about football.

    I don't see how anything I've done is unreasonable. Bit of variety on now more rubbish posts. Hardly beyond the imagination?

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  • 499. At 3:00pm on 02 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Aha! Yes, thank you for that.

    I have just purchased a dictionary and it gave me the following definitions...


    loser; (n) - A person who makes the occassional witty comment on an internet site and seems to be there quite a lot even when he isn't. He may also use pieces of software to see when sites have been updated instead of the F5 key.

    winner; (n) - A person who has never anything good to say about anyone. Winners constantly hurl abuse and call people names, usually to make up for their own deficiencies. eg - See Right Wingers, America.

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  • 500. At 3:04pm on 02 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    "Gary your relentless assault on this blog is so frustrating. You said previously that once you had done your 'summer project', we'd see less of you. This has not occurred."

    ----

    I assume that is directed at me, even though you've been told Gary is not my name.

    It actually has occurred, but sure why let perceptions get in the way of reality eh? I wasn't here for 2 weeks. Missed most of last week. If you checked my posts you'd see that they are usually within certain time frames, like other people when they are at work etc. I'd be perfectly happy to tell you why but then that might entail explaning what I was doing etc and that would only annoy you more. Such contradictions.

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