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Robbo Robson | 12:29 UK time, Monday, 5 October 2009

Can you see it coming?

The faint growth of beard; the hands twitching in the pockets and reaching for the dogs' leashes; the post-match stonewalling of the awkward questions; start the car, Mr Clegg, 'cos Keano could be on his way.

The most obvious signs that Ipswich are going to need a new manager for Christmas was the little interview on Saturday evening. When Keane says 'I refuse to answer that question' the eyes go so cold and clinical that I fear he's re-imagining the reporter's head as the leg of Alf-Inge Haaland.

It's chilling. It makes Hannibal Lecter look like a puppy wrapped in bog roll. Roy should jack in the manager's job 'cos I'm sure the Cybermen would have a vacancy for him.
Roy Keane Be afraid...
The Ipswich board are four-square behind him - which is better than being in front of him when he's in that sort of mood - but Clegg and co are bound to be after all the song-and-dance last April when they hired the Cork clogger. It all stank of the big 'I am' then and nowt's changed.

Anyone who saw the final weeks of his tenure at Sunderland wouldn't have been convinced by the ode to Roy. The man openly doubted himself and looked not unlike Robinson Crusoe after finding a case of White Lightning washed up on his island.

He's got a track record of bailing out in a huff and so for Suffolk's sake he shouldn't be getting all narky when a reporter dares to wonder if he's going to hang around. "I refuse to answer that question" is not exactly affirmative. "Yes" would, I think, be the most affirmative thing to say, Roy.

He may be getting a bit of stick, but I reckon the dogs will be fetching a lot more come January.

At least he's not one for too many excuses, Keane. He'll tell you if the players have been rubbish. His mentor is quite another kettle of pish.

Fergie's latest outburst was so outrageous the ale went up the back of me throat and came out me nose. There wasn't enough injury-time, he bleated. Well flip me, Alex, if you gave back the extra minutes that Old Trafford has acquired over the years we'd be celebrating the start of the 22nd century at the end of the week!

Worse still was the dig at Alan Wiley over his fitness. He should see some of the blokes that officiate in our league. Hellfire! Not only do they stay in the centre-circle for 90 minutes, they bloody well fill it.

Big Nige is a lovely fella but next time he refs us we're thinking of putting a Lazy Susan on the centre spot so it's even easier for the great lump.

Even if Fergie did have a point about Wiley, the fact is that the Glasgow Beetroot only ever refers to such stuff when his team has failed. It's downright shoddy. Anything to distract the attention away from a dismal performance by his players.

Why Nani's still at the club is beyond the understanding of every right-thinking person in the country. We use the word Nani in the Bell now. Like if you get a slice of lime in your lager, or a sprig of parsley on your battered cod, or a crappity flower in a tiny vase on your table - that's a Nani. It's sort of decorative but has absolutely no impact on the experience.

Wiley to my mind is a good ref, and he was certainly popular on the touchline the other week when Michael 'My groins get pulled more often than Katie Price' Owen got the winner against Citeh.

I'm sure Drogba will enter the vocabulary soon 'n' all. He's already a template for a certain type of player up front: muscular, unstoppable, lethal. The way he brushed past the increasingly decrepit Jamie Carragher was most impressive.

All of which makes you wonder why he still thinks it's acceptable to plunge face down like a hissy-fitting toddler when he's touched.

Even Chelsea fans, a pretty shameless bunch on the whole, are getting embarrassed by it. The Chelsea physio keeps his head down. Ancelotti raises that Pavarotti eyebrow and ignores him. There's a wobbly bar-stool in the Blue Bell. It takes very little to knock it over so we've dubbed it Drogba.
Steven gerrard and Xabi Alonso
Hands up if you miss Xabi
It seems a petty thing to bang on about, but in the light of a match-winning performance - in a really, really drab game - you'd think Didier would stay on his feet, where let's be fair he does his best work. In fact, on the occasion when for once he had good cause to go down, the striker set up the second goal.

Meanwhile it's becoming clear who the Big Four's signing of the summer is. Man U, Chelsea and Arsenal fans will tell you. Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid. Great result for them all. Putting Lucas Leiva in his place is like replacing Arlene Phillips with Lynda Bellingham.

Gooners might argue the case for Thomas Vermaelen, the famous Belgian. (He must be THE famous Belgian). Thirteen years for Wenger and his team are brighter than ever.
There's a kind of knee-jerk uppityness you get from Gooners if you criticize Wenger. The man is sometimes revered like some Gallic Oracle when it comes to football purity. What you can't deny is that year after year his team turns out some of the most sublime stuff imaginable.

The six on Saturday were all little works of art. So while I haven't built an altar to St Arsene in me front room, I'll be the first to admit that Wenger has improved the life of the average football-watcher in the country many times over. Merci, monsieur.

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  • 1. At 1:41pm on 05 Oct 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    Oi Robbo! Stick to English!

    Its unfair that we get modded for using foreign lingo and you dont.

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  • 2. At 1:42pm on 05 Oct 2009, cocacolageordie wrote:

    Excellent, nice to see Wenger lauded instead of chastised for not seeing something! Anyone else think Fergies just like a child, your best mate one match (Man City), your worst enemy the next (Sunderland)???

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  • 3. At 1:43pm on 05 Oct 2009, LABSAB9 wrote:

    Great Blog Robbo

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  • 4. At 1:46pm on 05 Oct 2009, jacksofbuxton wrote:

    oh Robbo,after a week of our former England keeper throwing one in after 93 mins to give the dee-da's a point on Tuesday,and a 96th minute defeat to Barnsley,I was hoping for some light heated remarks about Liverpool.But no,the stare was there instead.Maybe if Keane played Triggs at centre half we might not concede so many stupid goals!Mind you,in fairness to Roy,how could we allow 15 players contract's to be up at the end of last season?No wonder they play like strangers,they are.Mind you,at least we haven't sold our best player to Real Madrid.Oh,hang on,we haven't got one.Still,at least Stockport isn't too far to go next season.

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  • 5. At 1:48pm on 05 Oct 2009, LABSAB9 wrote:

    "The six on Saturday were little works of art"

    The six on Sunday were!!!!

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  • 6. At 1:52pm on 05 Oct 2009, dominic wrote:

    Keane may be a good or bad manager, i think time will tell, but he's sure fun to watch ! Nobody (except perhaps ronaldo) throws his toys out the pram quite like Roy, good for a chuckle or two.

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  • 7. At 1:57pm on 05 Oct 2009, Ryushinku wrote:

    Hey hey hey, what've you got against the Oxo Mum? Arlene Phillips hasn't got a hope of providing quality gravy like that.

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  • 8. At 2:01pm on 05 Oct 2009, vanjoh wrote:

    Arsenal's goals were like works of art? That's a cliche, Robbo - you're better than that. People who say things along those lines invariably know nothing about art. Football isn't art - it's... football!
    I don't want to see prissy little triangles and over-elaborate interplay that doesn't go anywhere. I don't find that "sublime". I'd rather watch something more dynamic, less fey. The Holland team of Cruyff, the Denmark team of the Laudrups, England on form in Euro 96 - that's my idea of marvellous football.
    Good luck to Arsenal, they've got a talented bunch of players and can play any way they see fit - I just don't see why fans of other teams have to get dragged into worshipping them as proponents of the 'beautiful game'

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  • 9. At 2:01pm on 05 Oct 2009, DavidBeckhamsBeard wrote:

    Don't wanna be pedantic but. Against City Wiley gave a minimum of four mintues the extra three came from the ref (can't remember who it was) not Wiley.

    the game was delayed by about thirty seconds from when Ferdinand scored til play was restarted. As Utd had the ball in a prime crossing position at the time, it was a very crucial part of the game, I would been upset to.

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  • 10. At 2:10pm on 05 Oct 2009, Torres Is a Blue wrote:

    fergie is a joke.

    a mediocre if not terrible united side were out played and deserved to lose against an average sunderland side.

    YET THE DISGRACE TO ENGLISH FOOTBALL THAT IS FERGUSON COMPLAINS ABOUT THE ADDED TIME?

    IT WILL BE A GREAT DAY FOR THE PREMIER LEAGUE WHEN HE RETIRES.

    http://i41.tinypic.com/33lfeix.jpg

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  • 11. At 2:14pm on 05 Oct 2009, dominic wrote:

    vanjoh,
    art is the process or product of deliberately arranging elements in a way that appeals to the senses or emotions. Football skill's CAN be put into that category. It inspires and brings joy while giving others ideas to progress and further these skills. Football is an ever evolving art form and some of Arsenal's play is a pure display of this.

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  • 12. At 2:14pm on 05 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Alonso was indeed the best bit of business United could have hoped Liverpool could have done but the same could be said of Ronaldo. Don't know what Steve Bruce thinks he's up to having the temerity to come to Old Trafoord and have his team play well. Jolly well not on that.

    As for the stare - I must say I wouldn't like to be on the receiving end and it was probably a good job that there were no boots near whoever has thrown away the points in last 2 games or they would have received a Beckham-esque shiner. A 2 goal lead earlier in the week, a last second goal this week any more and he'll be imagining his entire team is Alfe Inge Haaland's leg (or the Sunderland tactics board if Dwight Yorke is to be believed) and doing a Cantona on them.

    best 2 quotes ; -

    looked not unlike Robinson Crusoe after finding a case of White Lightning washed up on his island

    It makes Hannibal Lecter look like a puppy wrapped in bog roll (best hope he doesn't sign anyone called Starling)

    Although I think he would be Cyber Leader if he joined Dr Who.





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  • 13. At 2:16pm on 05 Oct 2009, LABSAB9 wrote:

    8. At 2:01pm on 05 Oct 2009, vanjoh wrote:

    I don't want to see prissy little triangles and over-elaborate interplay that doesn't go anywhere. I don't find that "sublime". I'd rather watch something more dynamic, less fey. The Holland team of Cruyff, the Denmark team of the Laudrups, England on form in Euro 96 - that's my idea of marvellous football.
    Good luck to Arsenal, they've got a talented bunch of players and can play any way they see fit - I just don't see why fans of other teams have to get dragged into worshipping them as proponents of the 'beautiful game'


    "prissy little triangles and over-elaborate interplay that doesn't go anywhere"

    Doesn't go anywhere???? 6 goals scored and could/should have been more doesn't get much more beautiful than that!!!!

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  • 14. At 2:17pm on 05 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    #10 - Not a city fan by any chance are you?.

    Fact is all teh added time was correct and accounted for (in fact it was about 30 seconds short due to the goal scored ina added time).

    it's not Fergie's fault that Richardson was stupidly sent off leaving Sunderland with 10 men for the last portion of teh game.

    Remember the phrase - "play to the whistle" well City didn't and neither did Sunderland.

    Didn't see you complaining when Chelsea and Liverpool have benefited by loads of added time this season.

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  • 15. At 2:21pm on 05 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Adam,

    "Although I think he would be Cyber Leader if he joined Dr Who."

    But shortly after we should expect a string of poor results from the Cybermen, and Keano to bail out before the Doctor finaly thwarts thier diabolicle scheme?

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  • 16. At 2:21pm on 05 Oct 2009, highlowsell wrote:

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  • 17. At 2:23pm on 05 Oct 2009, OliverChuckles wrote:

    Drogba does go to ground rather easily for a big chap, but he gets up even faster when the opposing team who have the ball knock it out of play.
    Did I see John Terry on Sunday telling him to get up and get on with it?

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  • 18. At 2:28pm on 05 Oct 2009, sambeezy wrote:

    Of course Ferguson complained about the ref; all losing Premiership managers do that. Does anybody really expect any of them to be honest enough to say "Sorry, that was my fault. I picked the wrong team/tactics etc. Put the blame at my door."

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  • 19. At 2:33pm on 05 Oct 2009, Penners wrote:

    Can't blame Arsene for missing these things though... at the other end of the spectrum you have Fergie, who believes he can see and hear everything and gets himself into trouble for it.

    Keane will be the next manager to depart the Championship in my opinion where nobody else will have the sense to employ him again, until the Irish FA put him in charge of the national side 4 years down the line for lack of a better candidate

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  • 20. At 2:37pm on 05 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Fergies a difficult one... on his achievements as a manager he really is second to none. I mean wow, what a cup haul he has had in the last 20 odd years. But what really grinds my gears is when he does either lose or draws and Utd have clearly played below their standard he goes in to a petulant diatribe, which shows him in a very bad light and blames anything but Utd. Which in it self is bad enough but this pettiness is made 10 times worse by Utd fans insistence that Fergies nonsensical ramblings are all part of some master mind game... and then as Utd tend to bounce back strongly, this is interpreted as evidence that it was some master mind game... Well it’s not, Utd come back strong as they are a good team, there are no mind games, it is petulance and brattyness... If he is a master of mind games, so is my 3 year old daughter. They should both know better!

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  • 21. At 2:37pm on 05 Oct 2009, bluesberrybarton wrote:

    vanjoh

    so prissy little triangles and over elaborate interplay doesn't actually go anywhere does it - of course not!! It was just by chance that the team managed to score 6 goals - complete fluke of course!!!
    Then again - perhaps you're a different kind of artist that has a preference to alcoholic beverages - "more dynamic and less fey" - so when football is played brilliantly, intricate helped by clinical finishing, defence splitting passing and all out attack - it can only be called "fey" - that some of the top managers and footballers alike( Zico, SAF, Thierry the legend etc) have recently praised the style of play that Wenger has installed simply matters none - other folk like yourself are, of course, much wiser than these mere mortals!!!
    So you don't see why fans of other teams have to get dragged into worshipping them as proponents of the 'beautiful game' - sorry but you're not - you obviously have you're own preference of how the game should be played and it is obviously not the Arsenal way - so be it you're entitled to such a view. As an Arsenal fan though of many years, I still remember the "boring Arsenal" days in the pre-Wenger era and can only admire how the team play today compared to many years ago.

    PS good blog Robbo - Nani can seem crap at times but he still reminds me of Ronaldo when he first went to Man U - far too flash and in and out of games far too often - think his time will come though - hope it won't be in premier league though!!!


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  • 22. At 2:40pm on 05 Oct 2009, boringoldblue wrote:

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  • 23. At 2:41pm on 05 Oct 2009, Neilthedrillgodden wrote:

    How can people think that Roy Keane is/will make a good manager. He’s got the people skills of a hermit and the dedication of a toddler. As soon as it doesn’t go his way, he throws his toys out of the pram. The only reason he’s at Ipswich is because it raises their profile, for me, in a negative way.

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  • 24. At 2:41pm on 05 Oct 2009, Penners wrote:

    Agree with RBA, the most embarrassing excuse was the 'Shirtgate' saga where he believed the then kit sponsor Umbro had developed the world's first stealth clothing technology and used it on a batch of Man Utd strips.

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  • 25. At 2:42pm on 05 Oct 2009, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    Some improvements this week Robbo. You have managed to include some football related points in between the goings on in the Blue Bell.

    Dare I say it but the weeks break seems to have afforded you some extra time to produce a blog that contains a brief summary of the big fours match up and an overview of Keanes position at Ipswich.



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  • 26. At 2:49pm on 05 Oct 2009, Penners wrote:

    23. At 2:41pm on 05 Oct 2009, Neilthedrillgodden wrote:
    He’s got the people skills of a hermit and the dedication of a toddler

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    Hear hear (or is it here here?) bring back Jim Magilton, at least they were challenging for the playoffs when he left

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  • 27. At 2:52pm on 05 Oct 2009, Chelsea_ladies82 wrote:


    Typical Keane
    Typical Fergie
    Typical Drogba

    This article was amusing but very outdated. Some things will never change despite how many times they get discussed.

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  • 28. At 2:54pm on 05 Oct 2009, Henwelder wrote:

    I'm looking forward to another heated discussion/argument, between the sycophants and the misanthropes. I think JDR and co came out on top last week.

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  • 29. At 2:55pm on 05 Oct 2009, dominic wrote:

    Neilthedrillgodden agreed Keane really has shown much promise as a manager HOWEVER it is still very early days in his managerial career and i would definitely not say he never could come good. A lot of the best managers have had their doubters and bad spells and with Keane's passion for the game he may have a shot.

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  • 30. At 2:58pm on 05 Oct 2009, ormrodblue76 wrote:

    It was Atkinson who was the ref in the Manchester derby, he's on the Taggart payroll hence the extra mins, whilst Wiley has abit of integrity.

    Great blog as usual Robbo, The Gypsy King throwing a wobbler is comedy gold

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  • 31. At 2:59pm on 05 Oct 2009, dominic wrote:

    sorry typo, "really hasn't". (29)

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  • 32. At 3:02pm on 05 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    28, "The sycophants and the misanthropes" Is that like a cyber version of the Bloods and Crypts?...

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  • 33. At 3:05pm on 05 Oct 2009, charlie_9 wrote:

    Whoa!!!! Robbo come on sunshine. Carra decrepid. I know he's been a bit off the pace this season as has skrtel. But both the centre halves made a marked improvement yesterday. Drogba is lethal, although he shares a smiliar pain threshold to my 5 year old daughter, he is one of the best strikers in the game, so i'm sure you can forgive even the finest defenders an occassional goal from him. It's not as if he had the two running for cover for the whole 90 minutes. I'm not a dissulusioned kopite, but a hopeful one. We're yet to see aquilani, although i am nervous. If the ITALIANS call him a man of glass then what the hell are the english going to call him. Xabi is a huge loss and the bloke should've been man managed better. But we know Rafa's no good at that. He sees his players as commodities, there to do a job and that's it. Rightly or wrongly that is his attitude. He doesn't pretend to be a father figure to a bunch of divas.

    If we beat united in a 3 weeks it'll be a different story. I stress IF. I'v heard Aquilani, if he stays fit is a brilliant middle man. Though i've not seen him action yet, neither have the rest of you i'd imagine (unless your his physio)

    So in short, lay of carra. It's his first dip in form in over five years. The knives have come out for him all to quickly in my opinion. Maybe his a victim of his own impeccable standards??????

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  • 34. At 3:11pm on 05 Oct 2009, Kevin wrote:

    "Why Nani's still at the club is beyond the understanding of every right-thinking person in the country. We use the word Nani in the Bell now. Like if you get a slice of lime in your lager, or a sprig of parsley on your battered cod, or a crappity flower in a tiny vase on your table - that's a Nani."

    My thoughts exactly. Nani is a 'nana. And as for Ben Foster and his 100 percent goals record (every shot is a goal), why does Fergie persist with him? He's the worst United keeper since Paddy Roche - in fact he's a lot worse. The name Taibi springs to mind (I've nearly erased his existence from my mind, so if he never really existed I apologise).
    Fergie has to stop blaming everybody but himself. It's not big and it's not clever.

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  • 35. At 3:14pm on 05 Oct 2009, chris brennan wrote:

    Robbo's blog wrote; "Fergie's latest outburst was so outrageous the ale went up the back of me throat and came out me nose. There wasn't enough injury-time, he bleated. Well flip me, Alex, if you gave back the extra minutes that Old Trafford has acquired over the years we'd be celebrating the start of the 22nd century at the end of the week"!
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    Although i have to agree he's the best prem manager ever,robbo,your only
    reiterating what most of us have been saying since the 20TH century!.That man
    is like his supporting ilk,ingracious in defeat and contemptueous of officials.
    Can't wait to see his burgundy complexion go the whole colour crimson
    when some team give them a spanking this season.Real Madrid in CL (if they
    meet)would be something to savor.Any thoughts?

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  • 36. At 3:15pm on 05 Oct 2009, ron_will_be_missed wrote:

    Oh Come on Robbo..

    your comment regarding, Fergie being selective while bashing referees only when his team is losing, is an insult to your intelligence and wit..

    what do you expect him to say when his team has won.. "Oh we played Good football.. won 3-0 but Referee was too fat to be around the box to give us 2 penalties..."

    of course he would only bash the referee when Referee is at fault and his team is losing and .. A stonewall Penalty missed, Anderson was fouled in 6 yard box, time not added for the goal in injury time.. what more????

    i agree his choice of literals is questionable but he made his point and some numpties are just trying to focus on the comments regarding Referee's waistline rather than what the real issue was and Fergie made the right points when he said.. Referee didnt want to give extra seconds just coz he was so very exhausted...

    Robbo.. if all the extra time given to United at OT was added till now.. and subtracted from the actual time deserved.. me and you would have been watching Middlesbrough in their Glory Days.. oh wait.. did they have any glory days btw?

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  • 37. At 3:15pm on 05 Oct 2009, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    27. At 2:52pm on 05 Oct 2009, Win_or_Lose_I'm_A_True_Blue_Chick wrote:

    Typical Keane
    Typical Fergie
    Typical Drogba

    This article was amusing but very outdated. Some things will never change despite how many times they get discussed.

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    I agree with you on this but at least but at least it offers something better to discuss than Robbos fictional pub team or what his favourite pint in the Blue Bell is.

    I suspect the continued reliance on the old formula of bringing up the Drogba diving, Lucas being rubbish, Fergie/Benitez being idiots in post match interviews etc is that mainly its true but also that its a fairly safe play to make and garuanteed to cause a bit of a stir. At least this week he included something on Keane which he generally only brings up once every 6 months as opposed to twice a week like Fergie/Benitez/Arsene. Robbo likes to stick with these gus as they generally give him a better platform to launch his one liners, northern hmour and sarcastic analysis. Losing the "gelled tumbler" to Real Madrid was probably just as bad for Robbo as for Man Utd as Robbo lost one of his chief antagonists. We can only hope Drogba remains at Chelsea and Fergie/Arsene dont retire soon or Robbo is going to be seriously short on material.

    Despite this, Robbo knows that supplying a few cheeky (and to be fair often justified) digs at the big 4 and their players will be sure to cause people to bite regardless of how often he does it. The best we can hope for is that he manages to include some other worthwhile point in there buried amongst the ficional pubs, pub teams and northern colloquialisms. In this case Keanes faring at Ipswich is mildly refreshing when considered against the standard Robbo backdrop.

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  • 38. At 3:15pm on 05 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    RBA & MVPO

    All he does is protect his players in public and the let them have teh hairdryer when they're in the dressing room much as everyone else does.

    As for Shirtgate let's face it he had to blame something as the first half of that match was shocking. I mean who's daft idea was it at Umbro to have grey shirts in grey weather (and he probably wanted to distract attention for Keane's sending off)- - bear in mind a few points though -

    Firstly we played better in the 2nd half of that match after the shirt change

    Secondly Utd never wore that shirt again

    Thirdly United won the league still that season and I bet he wasn't blaming the shirts in the dressing room.

    And to forestall any more comments like #10 - FERGIE TIME rules - (I'm going to patent & sell some Fergie time watches that receives text alerts to reset to GMT in the event that Utd are leading at 90 minutes - this will only last till the next game)

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  • 39. At 3:19pm on 05 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

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  • 40. At 3:30pm on 05 Oct 2009, Devongone wrote:

    If Arsenal's goals qualify as Art then Didier's dives should certainly be judged as Choreography (so we do need Arlene, not the Oxo-All-Creatures lady). But how can you not love the best Centre Forward in the world?

    Poor Roy thinks looking hard equals being hard. It doesn't. Real hard men don't need to be sly, or to break legs. A real hard man would eat Roy for breakfast.

    Arsene is a miracle. He produces delightful football in his teams, despite such poor eyesight that he has missed every controversial incident involving Arsenal players since he left France.

    As for Fergie he's a wind-up merchant with a bit of psychological insight and good animal instincts. In a field where limited intellect is sufficient to shine, he can. He's been wise enough to remain in that field all his life.

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  • 41. At 3:31pm on 05 Oct 2009, BrizzleGooner wrote:

    Good blog as usual, and I'm actually wondering what odds I can get on Keane being gone by Christmas. Anything better than 2/1 and I'm putting a tenner down.

    And it's also nice to see the compliment on the way we played yesterday. Shame it's been ruined by Allardyce whinging about the refereeing. I don't think 6-3 would have been much better than 6-2 to be honest, but there you go. Looks like Fergie's got some competition in the "who has the worst referee in the game" stakes.

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  • 42. At 3:31pm on 05 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Adam... hehe, i have to admire how you'll stick up for your gaffer! I don't really think he is worse or better than anyone other manager, i mean Big Sam got walloped and still had a pop at the ref for a missed pen??? Its just when fergie throws a wobly, a lot of Utd fans try to write it off as some genius tactic... Oh but shirtgate was hillarious!

    Well done for posting Gaz's video, it is very good... And please be kind to 28 it is sometimes difficult to tell who is winning one of our debates when placed so precariously on the fence...

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  • 43. At 3:36pm on 05 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    #41 BrizzleGooner

    I think Allardyce's poinmt was at 3-3 and with Vermaalen sent-off then Arsenal may not have got the momentum to score 6. He probably felt that Rovers could have gone on to score again making it 4-3 to them which is why he is complaining.

    And Devongone - I think Alfe-Inge, Viera and a few other "hard men" in the premier league will tell you that Keane was hard (both in terms of staring, kicking, tackling and general all-round hardness) a lot like Vinnie Jones but with more medals and more ability (although Vinnie was more skillful than people give him credit for)

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  • 44. At 3:37pm on 05 Oct 2009, Chelsea_ladies82 wrote:

    JoeDavisRoach

    Agree on all points! :)

    come on Robbo, give me something original next time!

    Like Benitez complimenting Drogba and one day hoping to sign him in pre match interview! lol ;)


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  • 45. At 3:38pm on 05 Oct 2009, oldnickyb wrote:

    With regard to Drogba, the pity and it is the real pity, is, when he wants to play football, he is, without doubt (IMO) the best Centre Forward on this, or any other planet.

    I speak as a Stoke City supporter and the goal he scored against us the other week was truly out of this world and I cannot think of any one else that would not only have tried it, but thought to have tried it!!

    Oh, to hell with this, is is a diving cheat and should be banned for life (backdated to the day before he scored against us)

    Good blog Robbo

    Have a good day everybody

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  • 46. At 3:39pm on 05 Oct 2009, oldnickyb wrote:

    Sorry, meant to say he is (getting too excited!!)

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  • 47. At 3:39pm on 05 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    I'll admit shirtgate was a dodgy excuse as we were poor, losing 3-0 and down to 10 men.

    But then again those Shirts were awful. I don't know anyone that bought one and I bet after that defeat no-one wore them either. I would suspect that a lot of junior schools in Lancashire got "community donations" from Umbro at the end of the season

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  • 48. At 3:39pm on 05 Oct 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

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

  • 49. At 3:42pm on 05 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Huys - JDR has been out recruiting - I would think Benitez is as about as likely to compliment drogba as to send Sir Alex a christmas card. He is by far the most ungratious manager in the league - Liverpool were shocking and he still blames anyone but himself - Best get used to 5th place

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  • 50. At 3:43pm on 05 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    #48 - Holloway - that is a horrifyingly scary image.

    Although has anyone seen Carlos Tevez's movie debut as the Portrait in Dorian Gray

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  • 51. At 3:44pm on 05 Oct 2009, BrizzleGooner wrote:

    Adam,

    I don't think that even if it had been a penalty, that Vermaelen would have been sent off. We'd already been behind twice and came back, so I don't think it would have affected the result that much.

    As for the shirtgate thing, I'd forgotten all about that. Thinking back about it, I can still remember laughing my ball bearings off when that was first in the news! Wasn't that funny when I had to scrape the congealed corn flakes off the wall that I was eating at the time, though.

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  • 52. At 3:45pm on 05 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Adam... they are all just mind games Benitez deploys to take the flak off his squad!

    Only joking, the mans an absolute fool... Why he has so much faith in Lucas and so little in Yossi is mind blowing?

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  • 53. At 3:48pm on 05 Oct 2009, LABSAB9 wrote:

    32. At 3:02pm on 05 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:
    28, "The sycophants and the misanthropes" Is that like a cyber version of the Bloods and Crypts?...

    For crypts read crips!!!

    Unless of course they are a gang of cryptographers hanging around deciphering codes!!!

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  • 54. At 3:48pm on 05 Oct 2009, Chelsea_ladies82 wrote:

    Huys - JDR has been out recruiting - I would think Benitez is as about as likely to compliment drogba as to send Sir Alex a christmas card. He is by far the most ungratious manager in the league - Liverpool were shocking and he still blames anyone but himself - Best get used to 5th place

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    Which is why credit should be given to Ancelotti when it comes to post match interviews.

    I might be blindingly biased as I've not watched every post match interview of his in detail but he
    a) Doesn't blame the refereee
    b) the weather
    c) Lack of minutes of added time (In Utd's case, 'Until we're winning' minutes)
    d) Players diving or making 'mistakes' when they were clearly goals scored against his team


    I could go on but I'm at work so bit busy lol

    I may not be accurate (For those who might be tempted to take a dig) but I do feel Ancelotti is the only manager to have least complained when his side has lost. Then again, that's only been once so far so we'll have to wait and see what's in his locker of backlashes!

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  • 55. At 3:55pm on 05 Oct 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    The Arsenal fan in me says "hahahahahahhahahahaha ha ha ha" to Big Sam

    The neutral would say if he's looking for someone to blame for the loss he should ask himself why he took off his most influentual player (Dunne} when they were still very much in the game.

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  • 56. At 3:57pm on 05 Oct 2009, Penners wrote:

    40. At 3:30pm on 05 Oct 2009, Devongone wrote:
    Poor Roy thinks looking hard equals being hard. It doesn't. Real hard men don't need to be sly, or to break legs. A real hard man would eat Roy for breakfast.

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    Exactly, the Alfe Haaland 'tackle' was cowardice. Alan Shearer stood toe to toe with Roy Keane and when the latter lost his temper, Shearer simply smiled in his face as Keane cost Man Utd 3 points that day as they went down to 10 men

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  • 57. At 3:59pm on 05 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Truebluechick

    While your assessment of Ancelotti is correct I have yet to see him experience losing or drawing where it has hinged on the ref (will be interesting to see what he says when it does happen)

    The weather - he hasn't hit winter and lots of rain yet so we'll reserve judgement on that at the moment

    Lack of minutes - again he won the game at Stoke by scoring in both periods of added time so he won't complain until he has his "mark hughes" moment

    With drogba in his team theer would be too many pots calling the kettle.

    He is a good manager but I think Hiddink would have been just as good had he stayed (his accent was better as well as post-matchj interviews were like the Grolsch advert) - Schtop this interview is not ready - where is the sweaty brow, why is he not talking in cliches....

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  • 58. At 4:02pm on 05 Oct 2009, Dazz wrote:

    22. At 2:40pm on 05 Oct 2009, boringoldblue wrote:
    "Even Chelsea fans, a pretty shameless bunch on the whole, are getting embarrassed by it."

    You're going to live to regret that my poorly educated northern friend.

    Whilst we can all agree that sometimes The Drog goes to ground too soon, (and it's happened too much already this season), what about the rest of the league.

    I think people overly cricitise him simply because he's just SO good it's disappointing to see someone of his ability dropping down. However, you said the same about Ronaldo and no one would argue against his ability (unlike Drogba, who for some reason most of the guys down the pub don't recognise as a shockingly outstanding talent).

    However, if some of these other clubs strikers were better, their diving would be pillioried as much as Drogba's also. Shameless diving is a pain in the neck and fans will turn (Arjen Robben anyone?), however Drogba does it no more or less than virtually any other striker in the league.

    I get annoyed when it happens, but I get even more annoyed when people are blinkered simply because the guy is a real talent and refuse to acknowledge that it's done by virtually everyone else in a forward position in football.

    St Stevie of G? St Roonie of Aldi? St Peter of NotCrouching?

    They all dive like the best of them, equally as much as Drogba, but of course they are English and thus deserve the protection of the good old Tommy loving, kraut bashing free press in the UK... right?

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    Totally agree mate. Drogba has to be the most underrated talent ever. I'm a United fan but I'm not ashamed to say in my eyes, Drogba is up there with the best - Van Basten, Papin, Weah, Shevchenko, Ronaldo De Lima. He just needs to improve his character and maybe promote some charities, make himself more popular!

    It would seem that once you have any bad habits, your talent counts for nothing and that's pretty one-eyed in my reckoning.

    Yeah maybe he goes to ground a little too easily but then he is also fouled a little too often! The poor chap has to find a way to protect himself. He may be a big chap but he is still a human being, not a log of wood to be kicked all day by all and sundry

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  • 59. At 4:07pm on 05 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Curse my lack of gang knowledge! Ross Kemp and Snoop Dogg will be annoyed! My apologies...

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  • 60. At 4:09pm on 05 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Dazzlin - it's not that the talent counts ofr nothing it is just that it becomes more frustrating when you see his physical strength that he goes to ground early. People have been saying the same about Heskey for years (although he is not as talented) that for someone that big and powerful to dive is ridiculous as he'd get more goals by staying on his feet and powering through).

    And believe me we give Stevie G just as much stick for it as Drogba.

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  • 61. At 4:11pm on 05 Oct 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    57. At 3:59pm on 05 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote

    Adam I agree with what you said about Ancelotti,time will tell.

    If you think Guus' accent was funny than you would probably wet yourself if you heard how Steve Mclaren gives interviews over here.(NL)

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  • 62. At 4:13pm on 05 Oct 2009, Chelsea_ladies82 wrote:

    adampsb

    LOL - Your feedback is too cool to judge. good comeback x I agree on all points. it's a long way to go yet for these teams to really show what they're made of

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  • 63. At 4:13pm on 05 Oct 2009, Bhoycie06 wrote:

    "At least he's not one for too many excuses, Keane. He'll tell you if the players have been rubbish. His mentor is quite another kettle of ..."

    Ha! We get our comments modified for that sorta stuff Robbo!

    Drogba - what a fairy, what a player though.
    Keane - what a fish manager, what a player though.

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  • 64. At 4:14pm on 05 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    RBA - you need to watch more Doggy Fizzle Televizzle.

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  • 65. At 4:14pm on 05 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Mclarens not still using his dodgy Dutch voice is he? That interview is easily one of my favorite Youtube clips of all time!

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  • 66. At 4:16pm on 05 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Is that on Cbeebies Adam?

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  • 67. At 4:23pm on 05 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    No it was on MTV - Snoop had is own sketch show.

    Cbeebies and Playhouse Disney have shows like Ira The Explorer

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  • 68. At 4:24pm on 05 Oct 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    65 RBA He tries to hide it, but it still sneaks through, sad but highly entertaining.

    A bit like almost all managers when you think about it.

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  • 69. At 4:26pm on 05 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    68 h2h... Except of course for Gary Waddock... a gentleman and true ginger legend! Would be great to see Mclaren do another though... is he speaking Dutch, fair play if he is!

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  • 70. At 4:29pm on 05 Oct 2009, dominic wrote:

    curiosity, seeing as there are a couple of united fans about. does anybody think foster will live up to his potential ? at the moment he looks about as stable as a bank. back to the drawing board for england's number one i'd say.

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  • 71. At 4:31pm on 05 Oct 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    I havn't heard him speak dutch yet, shame, it's not that difficult to learn, (no matter how hard it sounds).

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  • 72. At 4:35pm on 05 Oct 2009, Chelsea_ladies82 wrote:

    dominiccm317

    How much do Utd miss Van der sar? .. a lot!

    Foster hasn't covered himself with much glory, certaily this season.
    I don't blame Utd defenders as much as the goalie. far too many goals being conceaded by Utd which I would think worries some utd fans somewhat.

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  • 73. At 4:36pm on 05 Oct 2009, codzie85 wrote:

    Again a great read, yet strangely no mention from Robbo or Fergie the purple-headed monster about the absolute joke of a sending-off that Kieran Richardson was 'awarded'. With Sunderland leading 2-1 and United playing more like the under-17s, Wiley showed a 2nd yellow for returning the ball back to where the free kick was conceded. How did Fergie himself not get a red-card for what we all lip-read on MOTD to the 4th official?
    Double standards, me thinks, in bright red as always. Only 4 minutes Alex? Get a life, when you played there were 45 in a half and ten at half time, now with games finishing at 5.00 on a Saturday and good old United getting as much time as they need it's become the 'don't annoy Alex' show!

    In defence of Big Sam, and generally every other manager who has a pop at the ref, he deserves it. Refereeing in football is not up to scratch across all competitions- remember Robbie Keane begging to be booked because he didn't get a penalty? Respect has to be earned and two-dimensional, at the moment it is neither.
    It pains to me to say, on a final note, as a Spurs fan, but player of the season so far? Thomas Vermaelen. Absolute class


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  • 74. At 4:37pm on 05 Oct 2009, Dazz wrote:

    Foster's a joke. We'd better get a competent goalie if we are to win anything this season. I just can't believe he's been hyped so much (perhaps cos he's English). Kucszak is not fantastic, but he's a better bet IMO. Fergie had better swallow his pride now and admit he's mad a mistake there else we'll end up maoning about what could have been this season

    And with regards to Nani, hate to admit but he's a total waste of space lacking any form of common sense. Why on earth didnt we buy Robben? I know he's injury prone but no player play too many games for United except teh back 4 and Rooney. WE must get either David Silva or Ribery and or Fabiano ASAP. I'm tired of watching some of teh jokers playing for us. These guys should eb playing for Liverpool not United!

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  • 75. At 4:39pm on 05 Oct 2009, dominic wrote:

    is van der sar injured or is fergie just trying to bring through foster ?


    i always preferred kuzcask (the polish lad) for united. almost, dare i say, schmeichel - esque in his command of the box.

    world cup no1 jersey looks very much up for grabs and i'd like to see robinson given another chance before the summer. has been the best of the rest this season imo.

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  • 76. At 4:41pm on 05 Oct 2009, charlie_9 wrote:

    Can't believe we haven't had an array of Liverpool fans jumping to the defense of Carra. His been a faithful, loyal servant to us for over ten years. He's consistant, passionate, a model proffesional. It seems he's being written off by his own fans quicker than the press have. I'm aware he's not a better 'footballer' than rio and terry et al, but he's a crackin centre half in the traditional sense.

    Gerrard suffers from dips in form a lot more than carra does. That's not to say Stevie's inconcsistant (in a red shirt at least) Just outlining how quickly the knives have been sharpened for him.

    p.s i know it's a little off the current subject but i'm a little incensed as you can probably tell lol.

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  • 77. At 4:42pm on 05 Oct 2009, Chelsea_ladies82 wrote:

    Can people stop using the term 'class' like it's going out of fashion.

    Before you claim players to be 'class', might help to reflect what they've actually done over a full season.

    IMO ..... Just makes the word look cheap when you try to differentiate between quality title winning players and those who bag a few goals when the team's winning by a few goals anyway and against a side that's beatable by anyone with 11 men on a pitch at times!

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  • 78. At 4:42pm on 05 Oct 2009, Shibboleth30 wrote:

    And the BBC pay you for this?

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  • 79. At 4:44pm on 05 Oct 2009, Time For Heroes wrote:

    You reckon if you were chatting up Drogba's missus in a bar and he came over that you could tap him in the shins and he'd be rolling around on the floor?
    Me neither.

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  • 80. At 4:45pm on 05 Oct 2009, dominic wrote:

    hush up Shibboleth30. If you don't like it, don't read it !

    Alternatively write your own blog and send us a link. If you can do "so" much better than robbo, as you seem to be implying, then by all means go ahead. I'm sure the BBC will employ you.

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  • 81. At 4:45pm on 05 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    78... They pay him handsomely out of YOUR (and mine and everyone elses) TV Licence! ooh the blood boils!

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  • 82. At 4:50pm on 05 Oct 2009, oldstafford wrote:

    78 and they pay you while you're at work to read this?

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  • 83. At 4:51pm on 05 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    And they pay me whilst i'm at work to post this!

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  • 84. At 4:52pm on 05 Oct 2009, Bangforyourbuck wrote:

    @75:

    Totally agree with you on Robinson. Leaving that goalkeeper's graveyard known as White Hart Lane seems to have got him back to his old best. For the most part he was a one-man army against Arsenal yesterday, and his decision making (except for the one cross, which was clearly going to land on an Arsenal head had it not been cleared) was excellent.

    He's the best all-rounder for the England jersey at the minute with kicking, handling, decision-making and shot-stopping. Definitely deserves a chance in the next two games.

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  • 85. At 4:52pm on 05 Oct 2009, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    78. At 4:42pm on 05 Oct 2009, Shibboleth30 wrote:

    Essentially anyone that pays a licence fee is paying him which is one of the reasons I find the constant repitition and lack of variety offered by his work hard to fathom.

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  • 86. At 4:53pm on 05 Oct 2009, oldstafford wrote:

    RBA shame about Aldershot at the week end. Looks like you needed a Terry in defense - he managed to keep Torres quiet.

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  • 87. At 4:56pm on 05 Oct 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    85. At 4:52pm on 05 Oct 2009, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    ......the constant repitition and lack of variety....

    Really?

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  • 88. At 4:57pm on 05 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    I know Staff... it was a late goal aswell, but i am pretty happy about our defence on the whole... Ah well... only a point of play offs anywhere in or around thier is all gravy with me!

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  • 89. At 4:58pm on 05 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    H2H... in fairness Joes reptition is funded completely by himself!

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  • 90. At 4:59pm on 05 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    H2H... in fairness Joes reptition is funded completely by himself!

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  • 91. At 5:00pm on 05 Oct 2009, Chelsea_ladies82 wrote:

    oldstafford

    " he managed to keep Torres quiet."

    Tell him like you mean it! lol. Just kidding.

    I've got my footage of how quiet Torres was.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wT2g94wXhd8
    (Granted the quality isn't perfect but being there to see it was excellent!)

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  • 92. At 5:02pm on 05 Oct 2009, Wolves4CL wrote:

    #81 - To make matters worse, quite a few of the posters on this blog (including myself) don't even live in the UK, so those of you that do are filling Robbo's wage packet while us expats and Johnny Foreigners get it all for nothing! Yippee!

    Besides, it's the BBC website, which to my knowledge has other sources of funding (advertising, etc.). Correct me if you dare.

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  • 93. At 5:02pm on 05 Oct 2009, dominic wrote:

    JoeDavisRoach a sizable number of people enjoy his blog. i feel enough to justify a fee.

    However the bbc offers a variety of "bloggers" with varying style and subject matter. I'm sure there is something for almost everyone.

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  • 94. At 5:02pm on 05 Oct 2009, PaulMcShane wrote:

    Yes Joe and what’s more irritating is if some of us, the people who are effectively paying his salary, try to offer constructive criticism we get attacked by Robbo himself. If the people paying me asked me to improve on some areas of my work I know I wouldn’t go on a charge about how they’re wrong and tell them to get lost like Robbo does.

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  • 95. At 5:05pm on 05 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    RBA - Why oh why did you mention teh evil words "licence fee" we are now in for it I tell you.

    In answer to the question on Foster - Shoot him and sign Manuel Neuer - far better keeper - as for england - get Rooney to score 1 and then stand everyone on teh goal line and just punt the ball upfield for 90 minutes (just like Arsenal in the late 80's early 90's)

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  • 96. At 5:07pm on 05 Oct 2009, Henwelder wrote:

    53. At 3:48pm on 05 Oct 2009, LABSAB9 wrote:

    32. At 3:02pm on 05 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:
    28, "The sycophants and the misanthropes" Is that like a cyber version of the Bloods and Crypts?...

    For crypts read crips!!!

    Unless of course they are a gang of cryptographers hanging around deciphering codes!!!

    That had me laughing, well done sir.
    Its good to see the early sniping starting, last weeks 500+ argument was rather entertaining.

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  • 97. At 5:13pm on 05 Oct 2009, DonsCan wrote:

    I completely agree with you Robbo. The young Aberdeen players are playing some fantastic stuff and if Stewart Milne didn't spend so much time in the Bell, he could help us get better players to build around the kids. As you rightly point out, it was Keano who stole our captain Russell Anderson, and we only dropped two points because of the unfit referee. It took courage from our ex-boss to point out the need for computer tracking of refs not just the players. Great post and thanks for paying attention to great clubs outside the English four (and their ex players).

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  • 98. At 5:22pm on 05 Oct 2009, ControlledMagic wrote:

    I agree with plenty you say today Robbo, even as a United fan. However, someone here came up with 'Shirtgate' which, besides being an extremely long time ago, actually was a case of the players merging into the background. I do know this for a fact myself (an actual fact, not a Rafafact...should that be Rafact?) as at about that time (must have been as they only used the shirt for 3 games, I think) I was sat in the front row of the North Bank with a couple of Gooner mates.

    When the players ran out to start they match we could see Arsenal ok but I actually said to my mate "where are United?". It did, really, truly and honestly, take a few moments to find the United players against the crowd. I realise that, further up the stands, you wouldn't realise this as you'd see the players against the pitch but, at pitch level, the shirt was a bloody disaster.

    Just thought I'd get that off my chest and hopefully lay the ghost of that particular 'let's laugh at Fergie' story. Nevertheless, sometimes he can be a bit toe-curling....such as the 'beyond the pale' moment. I have to say I wasn't watching to see if Wiley was 'puffing' on Saturday but you can bet your life the whole crowd will be watching him next week!

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  • 99. At 5:53pm on 05 Oct 2009, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    93. At 5:02pm on 05 Oct 2009, dominiccm317 wrote:

    Well ideally the blog would be funded solely by the people that enjoyed it but Im not naive enough to think that this sort of scenario is either practical or possible.

    What I would like to see is Robbo (or the author seeing as some people think calling him by his real name is the height of ignorance) offering a bit more substance in his blogs. Whilst maintaining this "Robbo" character a certain amount of repition is to be expected but this could improved in several ways:

    1.Do the blog less often. Twice a week puts quality strains on the author and leads to overkill and reptition. Essentially the character is worn out and so are his outlooks. Last week there was only one blog and that was mor than enough.

    2. Offer more variety - this could mean either in his existing blog or alternatively writing a non Robbo comedy blog for those who find Robbo twice a week to be far too often. As pointed out above, the blog in geneal relies on the same old format of poking fun at the top four and the usual suspects (Fergie,Arsene,Benitez, Drogba, Gerard, Rooney, Lucas, Nani) all with the same criticism launched at them on a bi weekly basis. In the event theres no controversy surrounding the big four at the weekend Robbo sems to be stuck for material and as a result we get a half hearted blog filled with whats going on with Robbos pub team and what goes on in his pub. Pointless really. There also seems to be some kind of increasing emphasis on including Katie Price in every blog now - not sure why.

    3. There is plenty in football to comment on and dare I suggest it - provide a comic outlook on but Robbo seems extremelly unwilling to try. Too often he falls back on the same gags about the same handful of players and managers. Sometimes there isnt even a general point to his blog, just a series of sarcastic one liners held together by the usual suspects. I can see why he does this - its garaunteed to get people posting once you slag off the top four but its all been done countless times. Who dives more than who, which manager moans the most etc. Surely there could be a fresh outlook more often. He did a blog on the champions league format a while back which wasnt too bad as it did manage to offer something new to discuss rather than just trying to get the big four fans to squabble amongst themselves. More of this kind of approach would be better as I dont believe writing a comedy blog and having some kind of thought provoking point to be mutually exclsive.

    Theres plenty Robbo could do to make the blog better even to Robbo fans and also broaden its appeal. As the bbc only have one fun and games/comedy blog on football I think it would beneficial to provide a bit more variety rather than Robbos shopworn outlook. I dont think its overly difficult for the author to just tweak and rehash past blogs and opinions every so often whilst including the mandatory mention of Katie Price so there seems to be an element of comfort zone about it. As Ive mentioned before, as a comic writer I would imagine (and hope) theres more to his range than just Robbo.

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  • 100. At 6:09pm on 05 Oct 2009, BrizzleGooner wrote:

    You have a point Joe. This blog isn't funded solely by those who enjoy it. But then again, there are many things on the BBC that are funded in part by MY license fee that I don't like. Balances itself out, doesn't it?

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  • 101. At 6:41pm on 05 Oct 2009, dominic wrote:

    wow JoeDavisRoach, that is some essay ! i'l try and dissect it a tad.

    1) i, personally, quite like robbo's blog being regular. behind vickery his blog happens to be my favorite and, despite the odd cliche, is rather enjoyable.

    2) perhaps yes he could shy away a little from the "big four" however sometimes he does this. However fergie, rafa and arsene are all rather like pantomime characters "oh no i didn't see it" and robbo play's on this to considerable effect. The pub anecdotes i suppose come down to taste however some of these are often relevant to a situation in the football world. His reaction to the adebayor celebration made for brilliant reading. The Katie Price thing is rather odd but i suppose it's topical humour with mention of whatever happens to be getting a lot of press coverage at the time.

    3) Yes fine there is a little too much of a focus on the big four however it does get a lot of responses and often leads the comments off onto different paths.

    FINAL (wow, it took a while) point. BrizzleGooner said it well, everyone likes different things so we all have to accept that we wont like everything the bbc do, be that who they employ or their writing style. The only reason i go on the defensive is because a lot of people (i'm not saying you as you've actually explained yourself) attack robbo and the blog for no real reason. often they support a team he appears to not favour or they simply want to be cool and moan about how they want their license fee back.

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  • 102. At 6:57pm on 05 Oct 2009, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    101. At 6:41pm on 05 Oct 2009, dominiccm317 wrote:

    100. At 6:09pm on 05 Oct 2009, BrizzleGooner wrote:

    Essentially yes the idea is that the licence fees balance out for the benefit of everyone but you would prefer to think that its balanced out fairly.

    Take Tim Vickerys blog for instance - I read that aswell and can see why its justified to have someone providing an insight on South American football. In contrast - I have little or no interest in cycling but again as long as it is covered in a reasonable fashion I have no problem with it being covered.

    Robbo is somewhat different though as it is a comedy blog and very niche. In that regard I think it should try and offer a bit more variety. Also in terms of priorety on the bbc a Robbo blog has to rank fairly low and assuming its position as a blog can be justified I think it would be better off trying to have a more broad appeal. Like I said this doesnt neccessarily mean abonanoning all together as Im aware it does entertain a selection of regulars but instead of having it twce a week could the author not limit it to once a week or once a fortnight and in the meantime do a few other blogs? I think that this would help alot as even the biggest Robbo fans would have to admit it does get quite repitive in style and subject matter covered. Limiting it to once a week or fortniht would cut down on this needless repitition, allow the author to appeal to a wider base by trying a few new blogs and would mean each new Robbo blog wouldnt be short on material or quality.

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  • 103. At 7:01pm on 05 Oct 2009, dominic wrote:

    hmmm. perhaps the fact that he does two blogs a week could show a little value for money. (assuming he has a set wage and not a "pay as you write" contract).

    i suppose it is something of a niche but it has a strong loyal readership.

    the question is, if they cut robbo down to once a fortnight, is there anything to replace it with ?

    personally i wouldn't mind strachan being given at least the occasional guest spot, enjoyed reading him last year and his new non league surroundings would make a nice change to read about.

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  • 104. At 7:05pm on 05 Oct 2009, shinywillie1980 wrote:

    At least JDR has his numbers bit more accurate i thought robbo had done 700 blogs per year last time you were blowing off. There is so much rubbish on bbc I have not watched anything on bbc1 or bbc 2 for a long long time I despise strictly come prancing yet do I perpetually and repetitively bombard the bbc with comments about wasting my money, no. I enjoy this blog and if you don't like the style then fine stop preaching to the rest of us as we don't gaive a rats anus what you think.

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  • 105. At 7:05pm on 05 Oct 2009, BrizzleGooner wrote:

    The fact is though, we all know someone like Robbo. Every time I go down the pub, there is always someone giving his opinion to all that will listen. But both here and in the pub, a debate is started. Points will be argued. Beer will be spilled. Everyone leaves will their opinions in tact, but at the same time, their eyes are opened to a whole new way of thinking. You're gripe seems to be with the sense of humour used in starting the debate. Fine. You don't find the sense of humour funny. Personally, I thought The Office was less funny than waking up to find your love spuds in a vice (again, I contributed financially to that "humour"), but others didn't. So if you don't like his humour, then just get on with commenting about the debates raised.

    And there is a reason it's always about the Big Four. It's where most of the controversies and talking points stem from.

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  • 106. At 7:10pm on 05 Oct 2009, princebuabenandpals wrote:

    Great stuff from Keano, Ipswich will win next weekend... will not be surprised if they are pushing for the play offs come May.

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  • 107. At 7:12pm on 05 Oct 2009, oldstafford wrote:

    77 Win_or_Lose_I'm_A_True_Blue_Chick
    Didn't watch all of it as it was taking an age to download but I'm assuming it was taken just after Torres fell out of JT's or Carvalho's pocket. Does he actually touch the ball?! Saying that top quality player (I won't say class).
    Talking of quality I think you have a bit of work to do before you can apply for a job as as a cameraman (and don't apply to work at the BBC I can just imagine the 'does my huge license fee pay for that' argument).

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  • 108. At 7:14pm on 05 Oct 2009, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    103. At 7:01pm on 05 Oct 2009, dominiccm317 wrote:

    I agree with you on Strachan I thought he did a good job last year offering an insight into lower league football which is often overlooked and wrote in an unassuming fashion which worked well in the context of the blog.

    However with Robbo im not really suggesting cutting it down in favour of more serious blogs but rather just varying the comedy blog. I cant claim to know the terms of the authors contract but pay as you write might certainly explain the unneccessary volume of blogs. As he is some kind of comedian I just thnk he could try displaying a broader range. Maybe do one Robbo blog a fortnight and one or two non Robbo comedy blogs. There has to be more to him than just his Robbo character. s it stands I feel the blogs twice a week are just too similar and the close proximity of blogs means that repitition and ovrkill is inneviteable and quality suffers as a result of the short time constraints which may explain Robbos over reliance on jst throwing together a few one liners and gags about the big four rather than taking the time to write a peice on an alternative subject which might require more time and effort. The fact is that quality probably suffers more than anything else with having so many Robbo blogs in such short time frames that even Robbo fans arent getting the best out of it. Longer time frames would give the author a more constructive window to work in to write blogs hich contain reasonable points as well as comedy rather than just hastily written blogs about the standard stuff which often have no real substance to them.

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  • 109. At 7:16pm on 05 Oct 2009, DenistheGenius wrote:

    well, i told myself i wouldn't bother looking at another train wreck list of comments, but here we are!
    not nearly as bad as the last few (yet!) schoolyardesque taunting sessions, but give JDR time, and he'll stink up a room with the best of them.
    just couldn't help yourself, eh Joe? you practically compliment Robbo, in hopes of luring him into another pointless response, only to impatiently revert to your sleep-inducing company line of "could be better...blah,blah,blah...end transmission"

    at least the ubiquitous Gaz has shown the decency to spare us his 2(hundred) cents today - could you not follow suit?!

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  • 110. At 7:17pm on 05 Oct 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    Oi JDR, where were you last week?

    Nothing to say about getting your behind kicked by Gaz I suppose.

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  • 111. At 7:20pm on 05 Oct 2009, SP66ENGLAND wrote:

    Good form Robbo I for one would be happy to double my annual subscription to the Beeb to ensure quality work,s such as your blog,s and strictly come dancing continue to entertain us.

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  • 112. At 7:22pm on 05 Oct 2009, dominic wrote:

    okay joe there is going to have to be some agree to disagree here i think. i can see your point but, as BrizzleGooner again pointed out quite well (even with his comedic flair), it's a question of taste.

    the strachan thing is rather odd. michael gray has been an okay replacement so far but i don't think he is too representative of the football league experience (at least not at the basement level). i'm curious as to whether strachan chose to stop writing or the bbc decided that his drop out of the league meant his blog would no longer get the same response.

    my only problem with the robbo blog (oh yes, i have one) is that the comment section often descends into a slagging match between "big four" fans. perhaps if robbo chucked in more comments of his own it make take a better order. it could give it the direction for interesting debate.

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  • 113. At 7:23pm on 05 Oct 2009, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    110. At 7:17pm on 05 Oct 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    Not really I just dont have the inclination to spend all my time on this blog. One read is usually enough. I dont have much interest in getting into personal slagging matches or insulting people simply because they dont agree with me.

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  • 114. At 7:26pm on 05 Oct 2009, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    112. At 7:22pm on 05 Oct 2009, dominiccm317 wrote:

    I would guess its because Strachan dropped out of the League football more than anything else. I know he was doing some course in journalism so I cant se why he would want to stop writing unless he felt he just wouldnt have enough material now that he had no club.

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  • 115. At 7:28pm on 05 Oct 2009, DenistheGenius wrote:

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

  • 116. At 7:28pm on 05 Oct 2009, ControlledMagic wrote:

    Re Strachan - if you look back, the site has changed the player doing the blog every season. Simples!

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  • 117. At 7:32pm on 05 Oct 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    113: sure you don't. wink ;) wink ;)

    You just have the inclination, ney unquenchable lust to annoy any group or individual that appears to be enjoying themselves.

    And it does not require any time.

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  • 118. At 7:35pm on 05 Oct 2009, dominic wrote:

    ControlledMagic thanks, i did not know that. That aside i think a non league blog would make a good read and strachan seemed to be able to tell a good story giving the reader a good feel of the moment and a few laughs. Curiosity, did you rate Strachan's blog ?

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  • 119. At 7:51pm on 05 Oct 2009, sandcastlejim wrote:

    good work Robbo. on the money again. Wenger an absolute legend. His teams have played the best attacking football we've seen on these shores ever!

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  • 120. At 7:52pm on 05 Oct 2009, ControlledMagic wrote:

    I did like Strachan's, yes. I also liked Kevin Nolan's a few years back and Jason (whose surname escapes me but played for Wigan and now Blackburn) before that.

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  • 121. At 7:53pm on 05 Oct 2009, BrizzleGooner wrote:

    Jason Roberts?

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  • 122. At 7:56pm on 05 Oct 2009, ControlledMagic wrote:

    Thar's him, ta!

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  • 123. At 7:57pm on 05 Oct 2009, BarnsleyOffside wrote:

    A match report of the game from the point of view of Barnsley can be found here:

    http://barnsleyfc.wordpress.com/2009/10/04/barnsley-2-1-ipswich/

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  • 124. At 9:09pm on 05 Oct 2009, Ginger wrote:

    This is a popular and usually amusing blog, thanks Robbo.

    If you don't like it then read the Sky Sports website. P.S Enjoy the adverts on there.

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  • 125. At 9:26pm on 05 Oct 2009, BrizzleGooner wrote:

    And the lack of comments. And debate. And humour. And any sense of organisation.

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  • 126. At 9:41pm on 05 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Hi all.

    Just want to tell you something that may put the petty squabbles on here into some perspective, and even show that football is not the be all and end all.

    Over the weekend my wife and I lost our unborn child. To say that I am devestated would be the understatement of the century.

    Now I am sure that there may be some who might think that I have no business telling anyone here this bt I don't care. The reasons I am saying it are a) I told people we were pregnant and they congratulated me so I feel its only right to let them know. b) I am 100% certain that a couple of people here will feel some sympathy for us and that gives me some comfort. Yes I may have never met these people before but for some reason (another mystery of human nature) we get along and laugh at the same things. I have no doubt they are good and kind people and no matter that the internet seems to have become a whingers paradise there are still sensible, sympathetic human beings around. c) It may make even 1 person realise that petty arguments over things that don't really matter are in the end pointless.

    So that's it. Nothing more I can say really. I have told all of my family, all of my friends and now a few people on a silly blog that makes some people laugh, and do you know what, I feel a little bit better for doing so.

    Peace.

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  • 127. At 9:49pm on 05 Oct 2009, Sgt_Pepper1990 wrote:

    I do love the game leap frog.. Norwich up, Ipswich down.. travesty.

    :)

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  • 128. At 10:10pm on 05 Oct 2009, dominic wrote:

    Sincere condolences gaz. I think it's safe to say everyone's sympathies are with you and your wife.

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  • 129. At 10:33pm on 05 Oct 2009, chris brennan wrote:

    At 9:41pm on 05 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote
    last week your hitler parody about fellow posters was comedy of the
    highest order.

    Very sorry for you to hear such bad news.It happens more than people care to
    admit,but give your lady all the TLC she deserves and put it behind you.Fair
    play to you for posting such a personnal message.

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  • 130. At 10:33pm on 05 Oct 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    Gaz

    Just in from a classical music concert. Checking through a thread which I had decided to lay off from for a while and saw your posting of less than an hour ago.

    I spend much of my time on here trying to be smart with words. And then something appears for which there are none.

    Sincere sympathy, mate. Look after your lady.

    Z

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  • 131. At 10:48pm on 05 Oct 2009, Kevshev wrote:

    Good blog Robbo,

    BUT...

    Fergie had every right to complain about the lack of extra minutes against Sunderland. After the Manchester derby Hughes complained about the amount of added time and I can understand exactly why, yet the FA have not admitted to any mistake being made by the officials so we can only assume that they were happy with the amount of time. Yet on Saturday, despite a goal again being scored in injury time, no more time was added. In things like this there needs to be a consistency, not decisions made arbitrarily by referees.

    Either Mr Wiley or Mr Atkinson has made a mistake with their timekeeping recently, both cannot be right, yet I suspect that the FA will continue to refuse to acknowledge any of their own mistakes - despite punishing managers and players freely.

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  • 132. At 10:58pm on 05 Oct 2009, beusset wrote:

    Hi Robbo,
    I loved your Katie Price comment.
    But more importantly, what you have said about Arsene Wenger is sooooo true.
    Myself an Arsenal fan, I am the first to want my team to grab trophies. Fact is, there is only 1 Premier League winner and one FA Cup winner ( 1 Champions League winner also).
    It is sooooo hard to win a title, make your club financially sustainable and showing great football to your adoring fans.
    Well, correct me guys if I am wrong but Arsenal is leading at least on two of those fronts.
    I was at the Emirates last Sunday to watch them destroy the poor Rovers.. Not any other team in England can play that sort of football. Just sparkling.

    We may not win trophies at the moment but our stadium will never be empty with that kind of football.
    Long live Arsene....

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  • 133. At 11:27pm on 05 Oct 2009, Robbo Robson wrote:

    Gaz,
    [From Robbo's alter ego]
    Terrible news - I've experienced that too and it's just bloody awful. No two ways about it. No advice. Get through as best you can and when you're ready try again. Thoughts are with you and your wife.

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  • 134. At 11:32pm on 05 Oct 2009, redpreacherman wrote:

    Gaz

    It was 9/11 when NY was attacked; at about the same time my daughter was being delivered of a still born, full term baby boy. The two events left me equally devastated, it hurt then and it hurts now. There are no words but your courage is exemplary and it always helps to talk and to share.
    You have my sympathy and my prayers as you grieve and mourn the loss of a loved one.

    Shalom

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  • 135. At 00:03am on 06 Oct 2009, Zell182 wrote:

    You do realise that Nani means 'what' in Japanese Robbo...just an amusing thought for you and your Blue Bell pals.

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  • 136. At 00:43am on 06 Oct 2009, oldstafford wrote:

    Gaz, Read your post about ten minutes ago. I don't know how many times I've typed something and then deleted it - words can often be powerful but on this occassion they would never be enough. I can only offer my deepest condolences and say my thoughts are with you and your wife.

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  • 137. At 01:40am on 06 Oct 2009, DenistheGenius wrote:

    so, so sorry Gaz.
    my thoughts are with your family tonight.

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  • 138. At 03:01am on 06 Oct 2009, nisteljani wrote:

    Robbo - why is added time always a multiple of whole minutes? Do the officials round down do the nearest minute, or round up (in the case of SAF) to the nearest 2 minutes?

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  • 139. At 03:05am on 06 Oct 2009, barrymanulow wrote:

    Everyone seems to have something to say on every comment made by the great man SAF. You either admire him because he is so successful, or hate him because he is so successful and YOU are not. (tall poppy syndrome)
    The bottom line is that Giggs has become the new "Ronaldo" of Man Utd this season. He seems to have a hand in everything good that United do, and as soon as he is rested United come up short (against Sunderland)
    On the topic of Roy Keane, he seems to be adding weight to the theory that great players make poor managers by the minute.
    One thing is for certain, of all those United greats who turned their hand to management, Keane is one who wont be returning to Old Trafford to fill SAF's boots when he retires. The only manager with a worse CV than Keane that I can think of would be Steve Mclaren and his umbrella.

    Its a shame what he has done to a fine club like Ipswich, who not so long ago were banging on the door of Premier League football, when they seemed to be banging in goals for fun. Now, if someone doesnt act fast and get rid of Keane they may find themselves in League one next year.

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  • 140. At 04:49am on 06 Oct 2009, ZEUSFC wrote:

    actually, looking at the website while not in the UK, i think it's pretty safe to say that it's paid for by online adverts and not your UK license fees
    top of every page; banner
    bottom of every page; google ads
    vidio clip; 30 second commercial before every clip

    see what i mean?

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  • 141. At 05:38am on 06 Oct 2009, redwillhunted7 wrote:

    Gaz,

    So sorry to hear your news, It's truly awful - my uncle went through the same thing about 10 years ago so I know it's difficult to deal with. His brother (my dad) reminded him at the time that he'll probably go on to have another 11 (i.e. at least a first 11).

    Deepest commiserations/keep your chin up fella.

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  • 142. At 05:52am on 06 Oct 2009, Spitfire wrote:

    Gaz, my condolences.

    How, I have no idea whatsoever but I sincerely hope that you and your family will get through this. Very sorry for your loss.

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  • 143. At 08:59am on 06 Oct 2009, TommyB wrote:

    Sorry, Gaz. Not much else I can say really. I hope you and your wife get through it as best you can, and also that the future brings better fortunes.

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  • 144. At 09:06am on 06 Oct 2009, rastafairy wrote:

    Why are Liverpool supporters surprised by the criticism of Carragher. Take the blinkers off. He's only got a good rep because referees seem to think he is invisible. He pulls shirts, fouls and handles the ball with apparent impunity. Also, he is probably the worst player I have ever seen bringing the ball out of defence. He can't kick it while its moving. Watch him. He'll bring it out a bit, put his foot on it, kick it forward a bit more, put his foot on it then make a poor pass. It's like a three year old who has to stop the ball with his hand before trying to kick it.Under pressure he's awful.So what exactly is there to defend with him?

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  • 145. At 09:18am on 06 Oct 2009, Robbo Robson wrote:

    #138
    Not sure how they work it out. I think they multiply the amount of injury time by a multiple defined by the temperature of Fergie's hooter and then of course they factor in the scoreline somewhere along the line. Maybe.

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  • 146. At 09:22am on 06 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Gaz.....

    My thoughts are with you and your wife, i know both the tragedy of loss and the undescribable happiness of fatherhood... And though this is just a silly blog where we exchange a few laughs, my thoughts are sincerely with you and your wife... And i know enough from your comments to be sure you are a strong charachter. You will be fine, i know.

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  • 147. At 09:23am on 06 Oct 2009, Davesic wrote:

    Fergie, like all managers is only protecting his players and his club. He is unlikly to say 'yeah we were god aweful today' is he? Did Rafa say this on Sunday when Chelsea made them look like school boys? No i don't think so. Did Big Sam say this when he walked away from The Emirates with his back side slapped? No, he didn't.
    It is a managers right to complain about anything and everything other than his own team in the face of defeat or poor preformance.

    As for the city game, i cannot believe the blue side of Manchester is still complaining about this... BOTH TEAMS HAD THE SAME AMOUNT OF EXTRA TIME - DEAL WITH IT AND MOVE ON!!!!

    Love the bit about Nani! You know when your driving to work in the morning, your already running late and the twerp in front of you is driving at 10 miles an hour in his 2 litre Audi A4 - he's a Nani.

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  • 148. At 09:23am on 06 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Did anyone see Hughes' face last night when 5 minutes went up - didn't look too chuffed did he

    Maybe he thought Martin O'Neill was going to get some Fergie Time

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  • 149. At 09:46am on 06 Oct 2009, lmr wrote:

    From 36:
    "of course he would only bash the referee when Referee is at fault and his team is losing and .. A stonewall Penalty missed, Anderson was fouled in 6 yard box, time not added for the goal in injury time.. what more????

    i agree his choice of literals is questionable but he made his point and some numpties are just trying to focus on the comments regarding Referee's waistline rather than what the real issue was and Fergie made the right points when he said.. Referee didnt want to give extra seconds just coz he was so very exhausted..."
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    If that's a stonewall penalty I assume that's in the special Old Trafford edition of the rules of the game. Funny, no mention of Rooney getting away without at least a yellow for a deliberate swipe at Reid, Vidic being allowed to kick the ball away, and I think it was Carrick or Anderson with a badly timed lunge of the sort I have seen result in a red card, and which Arsene wants to result in a life ban..... No denying, Richardson was stupid, far better to take the decision and stand and wait for the referee to move the ball back to the site of the offence, than to pick up a needless 2nd yellow. Who knows, with 11 men the ball may well have been cleared properly before the OG and then there would be no argument at all about whether there should have been more time.
    Overall the ref managed the game well and although some of the decisions can be questioned, they seem to balance out over the 90.
    Fergie's rant, as he has admitted in the past, is so he doesn't have to say that his team just didn't turn up for large parts of the game.

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  • 150. At 10:00am on 06 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Good analysis really of the overall position. Arsene has pointed out that some penalties are Old Traffordish (alongside his Emiratesish ones). I think if Richardson had stayed on Sunderland possibly would have held on but no guarantee of this.

    And yes teh rants are designed to deflect attention which as you say he has admitted in the past

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  • 151. At 10:00am on 06 Oct 2009, Penners wrote:

    Speaking of questionable decisions, have a look at the Newcastle vs Bristol City highlights on here where Marlon Harewood was denied a penalty. Daylight robbery if you ask me.....

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_1/8289898.stm

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  • 152. At 10:12am on 06 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Bristol City are on a roll with these things at the moment especially after that dissallowed goal at home to palace

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  • 153. At 10:14am on 06 Oct 2009, wms-y-shec wrote:

    Gaz,
    Terrible news.
    Hope all posters here have you & your family in their thoughts during this awful time. All the best Sir

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  • 154. At 10:14am on 06 Oct 2009, Penners wrote:

    Yeah if Darren Ferguson was in charge you could have understood why

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  • 155. At 10:25am on 06 Oct 2009, Bantam_Doonhamer wrote:

    Gaz,

    Just signed in and read your dreadful news. Many condolences to you and your wife, I know it won't feel like it at the moment but it WILL get better with time. Chin up Mate.

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  • 156. At 10:43am on 06 Oct 2009, The Dirty Tackle wrote:

    Excellent Robbo,

    I've been saying since the first few games of this season Magilton was bulleted for being a moderately successful manager.

    A few years patience and the plausability of an EPL return was there.

    Keane was a great player, but appears to be an adequate manager. It may well be only a matter of time before he jumps, is pushed or Ipswich are staring at the Championship from League 1.

    Keep up the good work,
    MOP13
    www.manonplatform13.blogspot.com
    www.thedirtytackle.blogspot.com

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  • 157. At 10:49am on 06 Oct 2009, rafferty wrote:

    Robson-you are a 'effin idiot.

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  • 158. At 10:52am on 06 Oct 2009, Rolf McHarris wrote:

    No fan of Keane. But this is a nasty little piece. Straight out of the Sun school of journalism.

    If any of us posted something so abusive - as this is of Keane - we'd be blocked.

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  • 159. At 10:59am on 06 Oct 2009, awesomeMr_Burns wrote:

    Gaz so sorry to hear that my thoughts go out to you and your family
    x

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  • 160. At 11:01am on 06 Oct 2009, 5europeancups05 wrote:

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

  • 161. At 11:05am on 06 Oct 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Little late but sorry to hear such terrible news Gaz.
    Having been told by my mother what it was like for her to lose a child I can say it's a pain I wouldn't wish on anyone.

    Hopefully the next time will be a success for you and your wife.

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  • 162. At 11:11am on 06 Oct 2009, superjohnbyrom wrote:

    ere Robbo whats happened to the Aussie barmaid?

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  • 163. At 11:15am on 06 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Thank you all for your kind words. Sincerly. Especially one alter-ego, that was very kind of you.

    Ok, enough of Robbo's blog being highjacked, this is supposed to be a happy place, no matter how many try to tell us otherwise.

    After all I really should be tearing Robbo a new one for his slanderous (or should that be libellous ;) ) comments on Roy and Sir Alex. But then they are both cut from the same cloth and will never ever admit when they are wrong, not in public at least but I'm betting that Theresa and Lady F hear it a lot at home. It never surprises me that the strong in public men never even come close to a pair of trousers at home.

    To hopefully help and get back to the funny stuff I posted a video last week that some of you seemed to enjoy. At the risk of getting this post modded I won't put the link up again but if you type "thejdrgang" into google you'll find it, for anyone who hasn't seen it. Robbo, did you have a look or could you not possibly comment?

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  • 164. At 11:42am on 06 Oct 2009, ControlledMagic wrote:

    Gaz - as you probably know now, it happens to more people than we really comprehend, and that included me and my wife. As others have said, you'll get through it. All I can add is to take everything that she throws at you, that will pass too and what you won't believe, right now, is that it will make you stronger.

    My total commiseration and best wishes.

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  • 165. At 11:48am on 06 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Gaz,

    Sorry to hear about your loss.

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  • 166. At 11:48am on 06 Oct 2009, sholseyballondOr wrote:

    Derek, your comments about Keane are typicaly journalistic. Keane is the person with the talent in his relationship with the sporting press/media. Its perfectly normal to feel irritated when the person doing the questioning hasnt got anywhere near the ability to do the job him / her self. Seaguls, trawler, scraps et al. Parasites. Keane has openly declared his distain for bluffers and bullshitters in the past and the vast majority of journalists are just such unfortunately. One only has to observe their complete inability to report science for example. The Haaland incident wasn't pretty but it wasn't unprovoked either. As a player Roy Keane was one of the greats of world football player. He is a new to management. You are focusing one mistake and his negative personality traits. I suggest you try and find a genuine talent for something, then you might appreciate what an outstanding individual Roy Keane is.

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  • 167. At 11:51am on 06 Oct 2009, redwillhunted7 wrote:

    BTW robbo spot on regarding Drogs...

    As well as sulking when he doesn't get his own way (does the blind professor give him lessons?) he invariably goes down quicker than Paris did on the former gelled tumbling weeble champ...Drogs is now clearly No.1

    keane's video was normal, well normal for someone who painted his room, floor and every artefact within it black when he was 14...bit of an insight that...i'm surprised the reporter was stll verticle 5 secs after asking what we all (minus me) wanted to know ...

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  • 168. At 11:55am on 06 Oct 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    adampsb and ron-will-be-missed

    didn't see Rafa whining about the injustice of not having won a game that we deserved to lose.

    sunderland deserved a point, and i'm not convinced Richardson should have been sent off.

    ferguson deserves his place in history, but he's hurt English football by legitimising the sort of cheating and gamesmanship that it so lamented today. better off gone.

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  • 169. At 11:57am on 06 Oct 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    i've never spoken to or of him before, but JDR is actually quite right most of the time. this blog sometimes resembles thw worst of frank skinner. but he may as well be complaining about the heat in a volcano.

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  • 170. At 12:00pm on 06 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    captainlazytim

    If anyone has legitimised cheating and gamesmanship look no further than Anfield and their own diving champion Steven Gerrard. While down at the Emirates Arsene never sees anything and Mourinho's teams did the same thing.

    I remember times when George Graham's Arsenal would pressure referees as would Mr Souness & co at Liverpool.

    Every team has some element of gamesmanship but to say football would be better off without Sir Alex is like saying music was better off without Elvis & Hendrix

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  • 171. At 12:02pm on 06 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    This blog is meant to be satire.. Even JDR gets that.. You , mr mcshame, andre and ira_abuse need to recognise that

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  • 172. At 12:24pm on 06 Oct 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    love to know why i got moderated!

    i'm aware that it is supposed to be funny, but that doesn't mean it has to be poorly written. and the heat/volcano comment shows my awareness of the fact.

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  • 173. At 12:26pm on 06 Oct 2009, robjm447 wrote:

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

  • 174. At 12:45pm on 06 Oct 2009, SkyBluePete wrote:

    Stop writing about Roy Keane!! Do the bbc realise there is more than just Ipswich in the championship??! I'm so fed up of this guy, showing once again that he's a poor manager. When he went to Sunderland he had an initial impact, which gave the club the momentum to climb and eventually win the league. But, once the team lost a few he totally lost the respect of the team.
    Feel sorry for Ipswich, they deserve a better manager!!

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  • 175. At 1:00pm on 06 Oct 2009, Safcman wrote:

    My god, another person blaming ManU's performance on their players playing badly, rather than Sunderland Player's playing them off the park. ManU's players, regardless of overall possesion (look at the tackles completed stats), couldnt cope with a Sunderland side who were chasing them down, putting pressure on them and not giving them any space. Cana and Cattermole dominated the midfield.

    It was a fantastic performance by our players, and credit should be given where it is earned.

    I honestly don't know if Sunderland's performance against ManU will set the standard, or if its a one off - but even if we play at 70% of level we did on saturday for the rest of the season we should still finish in a strong mid-table position.

    Anyway, rant over.

    BTW, your comments on RK made me chuckle. Glad that he got us promoted, but equally glad that he left us.

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  • 176. At 1:03pm on 06 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    You wouldn't have been if Sbragia had relegated you. Steve Bruce is a better manager but you are lucky that you're not playing Championship football this season

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  • 177. At 1:07pm on 06 Oct 2009, Bangforyourbuck wrote:

    Gaz, so sorry to hear of your loss. My best wishes to you and your wife.




    A few people have asked about Gavin Strachan's whereabouts. Well he joined my home town's football club (Corby Town FC) in the summer. This came as a surprise mostly to us in Corby, but from what I've heard the reason for this is he has just opened a soccer school in Coventry. So playing part-time semi-pro locally seems to be a good fit for him right now. I would imagine that with all that going on it would be tough for him to keep up a regular blog.

    He needs to concentrate on forging a good understanding with Jason Lee and getting Corby promoted to the Blue Square Prem anyway. Steeeeeeelmen!!

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  • 178. At 1:15pm on 06 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Does Jason Lee still have teh Pineapple on his head like in his Forest days?

    I used to go and watch Forest when I was at University and he used to get some grief for that hairstyle

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  • 179. At 1:26pm on 06 Oct 2009, Bangforyourbuck wrote:

    Unfortunately not! I've never known a player to let the stick get to him as much as he did back then. I mean, could you imagine if David James crumbled every time someone made fun of his appearance?? He'd never play, or leave his house, ever again!

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  • 180. At 1:32pm on 06 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    You have to admire how he persevered with that ridiculous style. I'd have shaved it off there and then on the pitch after the first rendition of the song

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  • 181. At 1:38pm on 06 Oct 2009, ghisared wrote:

    All these people having a go at Fergie. Did any of you see the interview. No, not on BBC you didnt. He admitted that United were very poor, that they failed to pass the ball, that they gave away a soft goal after getting back in the game. He did not name names, he never does, but what good manager slags off individuals on telly. he did point out that he felt the game was too fast for Wiley, that he was taking an inordinate amount of time to book players and Fergie thought it was because he needed a rest. Have you seem Wiley's physique? Not exactly svelte is he? The man has a point, but you will have a go because you dont like him.
    As for Keane. one previous job which he left as he felt he had lost the support of the owner. One world cup that he walked out on because he felt the Irish were amatuerish. He is a man who has the courage of his convictions and I admire him for that. He could just sit tight and wait to be sacked by sunderland and take a big wedge, but he didnt! as for the interviewer, we all know what he was inferring - are you gonna walk away like before. Keane has every right to ignore such a question and, frankly, had the reporter had any bottle he would have challenged him to actually answer the question.

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  • 182. At 1:38pm on 06 Oct 2009, robjm447 wrote:

    I can only presume my previous post was removed becaused of an impolite word. I have removed it and therefore re-post. Several posts have been removed in this thread - I hope the blog chat is not developing into a cosy tea-room tête-à-tête. "People seem to have missed the point that Roy Keane and Ipswich now go so well together. He was the logical choice in a sequence of events:
    (i) Let's screw all the local businessmen who helped build our new stand. Let's not pay the St John Ambulance their £2000. Let's go into administration. Oh and let's be generous and give them all 2p in the pound. Let's not have a points penalty because it hasn't been invented yet, but we'll vote for it anyway.
    (ii) Let's now get England's Howard Hughes to take over now he hasn't got all those nasty debts to worry about and all those horrible little people running around clamouring for what they are owed.
    (iii) Let's get in a Mr Nasty Clegg to insult everyone's intelligence and make sure that the club show that being arrogant and nasty is the way to success.
    (iv) Oh, what about poor Mr Niceguy Sheepshanks, old Etonian and jolly good fellow -a bit of a liabilty, but we'll give him something to do in the background so we keep a bit of respectability
    (v) Now we've established that being nasty is the way to success, we'll sack our manager over the phone while he's visiting his sick mum in Ireland.
    (vi) Now to complete the picture - who really fits our profile for a new manager? There's really only one option.
    (vii) Being nasty and arrogant MUST MUST be the way to success, it really must. It must. We can't go back to the cosy image of the little, family club with sherry and good manners. We're a big club now with a big name manager and a big name investor and a big name troubleshooter executive. OK, we're in a little, rather nasty town with gates that can't even match those of the little League 1 club up the road, but we're getting lots of publicity which means we must be a big club.
    (viii) God throws a thunderbolt - with any luck."

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  • 183. At 1:38pm on 06 Oct 2009, Bangforyourbuck wrote:

    I don't know if that's tenacity or lunacy though. Surely he can't have thought it was a good look? At least James had the decency to get rid of the Superman do, and the 70s porn star look, straight away. Though his repeated offences require some kind of punishment. Malouda needs to have the p*ss firmly ripped out of him as well, while we're at it.

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  • 184. At 1:42pm on 06 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    There is a trend of ridiculous haircuts but Malouda's is quite common among young black people in London. But David James yes - punishment for repeated crimes against hair is well-deserved

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  • 185. At 1:48pm on 06 Oct 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Well who knows how long Keane will last in his new job. All I know is these repeated incidents where he's called out players for various misdemeanours and airing laundry in public is doing litte for the team's morale, which translates into their dismal position.

    Remeber what happened to Hull after Phil Brown humiliated them on the pitch at Man City. They only stayed up thanks to how comically poor Newcastle were that year.

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  • 186. At 1:51pm on 06 Oct 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Just logged in & saw the gutwrenching post 126
    Gaz, my heartfelt condolences go out to you and yours.

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  • 187. At 2:31pm on 06 Oct 2009, charlie_9 wrote:

    Always get the feeling David James is quite a cultured man. Doesn't really take himself too seriously. Quite enjoy his comedy doo's!!!!!

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  • 188. At 3:04pm on 06 Oct 2009, awesomeMr_Burns wrote:

    I love this blog, the way the comments go from serious football talk to Calamity James hair cuts.

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  • 189. At 3:13pm on 06 Oct 2009, Bangforyourbuck wrote:

    Whoa, whoa, WHOA! Are you saying James' hairstyle ISN'T serious football banter??? I'm not having that!! Forget your Fergie ref-baiting, this is where it's at.

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  • 190. At 3:16pm on 06 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    David James' Barnet is about as serious as football discussion can get... Anyone who says otherwise just doesn't understand football...

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  • 191. At 3:17pm on 06 Oct 2009, DenistheGenius wrote:

    Barrymanulow wrote:

    You either admire him because he is so successful, or hate him because he is so successful and YOU are not. (tall poppy syndrome)

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

    excellent name, Barry - i only hope it's strictly a pun and not a tribute to your 2 great passions!

    but this is just lazy analysis. no one likes Fergie, besides ManUs, because he is just plain unlikeable. by your logic, i should hate Roger Federer because he has won more tennis titles than me.
    i'm not Swiss, but i happen to genuinely like Federer for his stylish play, and because he conducts himself with class, humour and occasional vulnerability.
    Fergie shows none of this. he's bitter and blameless in defeat, showy and ungracious in victory

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  • 192. At 3:24pm on 06 Oct 2009, DenistheGenius wrote:

    can i nominate Chris "should've Waddled on back to the stylist":

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/insideout/northeast/series11/images/week5/waddle449.jpg

    D.James, eat your heart out!

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  • 193. At 3:28pm on 06 Oct 2009, charlie_9 wrote:

    I reckon benitez (new birmingham forward not rafa, although his beard could top a 'questionable facial hair' poll or maybe even the new pin up for just for men) is one for the future in the haircut stakes. He's shown some early promise.

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  • 194. At 3:30pm on 06 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Thats a quality Mullet.... no doubt! Old Cisse has had some howlers in his day! but my favorite has to be the prince of Sould Glo.... Tony Daley... Rick James would be proud son!

    http://api.ning.com/files/PljwbnoaWerDKbq1a8hsBWpFJCR4JjycuMrRdAsbwKgyofi49yxjcmnj11zEvyyECrjfnyWg9qOCiYX9n2rIvrwmAeoIuqxd/tony20daley20hair.jpg

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  • 195. At 3:34pm on 06 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    This is why Robbo's blog should go on forever more. You just never know where it's going to end up!!

    http://images.mirror.co.uk/upl/m4/nov2008/6/5/BF401BEB-9A62-5B38-6EA9454CCBDA5AD1.jpg

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  • 196. At 3:35pm on 06 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    And seeing you English do like to make fun of ze Germans....

    http://www.thespoiler.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/haircut.jpg

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  • 197. At 3:46pm on 06 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    I imagine Zoots to have a similar Moustache to Herbert Heidenriech.. but also imagine he has a tophat, monacle and cape???

    Good barnets though Gaz... For todays contempary bad 'doo... i think Kuyt is probably a good candidate, but he also has the bad fotune of having a chevy which looks likea chicken carcus with a face drawn on...

    Worst manager haircut???

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  • 198. At 3:46pm on 06 Oct 2009, charlie_9 wrote:

    Gaz those are blinders!!! why's that last german on the right got a dead badger attached to his head??? surely someone should alert him!!!!

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  • 199. At 3:49pm on 06 Oct 2009, Bangforyourbuck wrote:

    How has everyone forgotten about Taribo West by the way? FTW!

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  • 200. At 3:51pm on 06 Oct 2009, charlie_9 wrote:

    Worst manager doo? Gullit/ rijkard (seperated at birth)

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  • 201. At 3:52pm on 06 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    BFYB... Class! i had to google to refresh my memory and that is corker of a bad doo... Infact it is about 4 bad haircuts pieced together, like a frankenstein's monster of shocking barnets...

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  • 202. At 3:53pm on 06 Oct 2009, charlie_9 wrote:

    Bangforyourbuck..........good call. What about that jason what his name...... pineapple head i think he was known as, Played for Forest???

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  • 203. At 3:54pm on 06 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    I could go on all day with these. Purely for the fact that I need cheering up you understand, nothing to do with me being jealous of those less folically challenged that I...

    http://images.mirror.co.uk/upl/m4/nov2008/6/2/BF870B99-B0B4-09DA-DFFC93D5795586D9.jpg

    http://www.sport.co.uk/public/images_blog/Xavier.JPG

    http://www.interestment.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/lalas-380x380.jpg

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/chrismoyles/worldcup/badhair11/11.jpg

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  • 204. At 3:56pm on 06 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Jason Lee... I think thats how the hair cut debate got started!

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  • 205. At 3:56pm on 06 Oct 2009, charlie_9 wrote:

    Robbie savage has gotta be in there somewhere and vorynin!!!!!

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  • 206. At 3:58pm on 06 Oct 2009, charlie_9 wrote:

    Sorry Redblue...... school boy error not reading through the history, won't happen again!!!!

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  • 207. At 3:59pm on 06 Oct 2009, charlie_9 wrote:

    I remember a fair few of the spaniards at the last world cup were knockin about in a few millenium mullets, might have been euro 2004. Cesc and Torres were the ringleaders i think!!

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  • 208. At 4:00pm on 06 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Don't worry Charlie.... a haircut as monumental as Jason Lees deserves mentioning twice at least!

    Yes, savage has to be up thier... it is a good mixture of bad and nausiatingly tw@tty... Robbie Savage has that ability...

    Vorynin's is bad, but i liked him in Lord of The Rings, so wont be too harsh...

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  • 209. At 4:01pm on 06 Oct 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Anyone remember that Colombian dude Valderama or somethig, wit the Hair Bear Bunch style afro?

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  • 210. At 4:04pm on 06 Oct 2009, Bangforyourbuck wrote:

    @charlie_9: That's Jason Lee, how this whole thing kicked off. The king of dodgy barnets!

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  • 211. At 4:04pm on 06 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    There have been a couple of helpful top ten lists of them...

    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/top10s/2373280/Top-10-worst-football-haircuts.html

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ed_lOXzcag

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  • 212. At 4:09pm on 06 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    I'm gonna go to me ma'a and dig out my panini italia 90 world cup sticker book... I'm sure its full of suspect, yet masterful haircuts...

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  • 213. At 4:09pm on 06 Oct 2009, Bangforyourbuck wrote:

    Just to throw another tangent into the mix... has anyone noticed David Platt's gradual transformation into Mr Burns from The Simpsons?

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  • 214. At 4:10pm on 06 Oct 2009, charlie_9 wrote:

    Redblue...... i knew i'd seen the flying undercut somewhere before. Peter Jackson's got a lot to answer for. I know it's an obvious one but we can't have a bad football hair discussion without mentioning the Godfather. Remember th whole "Ghettobecks" fiasco, the corn rowes?? God loves a tryer.

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  • 215. At 4:13pm on 06 Oct 2009, fourleafmac wrote:

    Any bad hair debate has to include Fellaini of Everton. How he is going to manage to play every weekend and also appear on the X Factor is beyond me...

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  • 216. At 4:14pm on 06 Oct 2009, DenistheGenius wrote:

    how 'bout worst pundit cut ever?

    http://arsenal-opinion.com/2009/02/13/worst-haircut-in-football/

    take a bow, Sir Francis!

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  • 217. At 4:19pm on 06 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Francis!!!!! How did that gem go unmentioned till now! God bless ya Dennis!

    And Charlie... As for Becks that guy has had some terrible cuts in his time... The cornrolls have to take the biscuit, he genuinly believed he was a brother for about 3 years???

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  • 218. At 4:20pm on 06 Oct 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    How sad is Kieran Richardson's mini, mini, mini pony tail?

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  • 219. At 4:21pm on 06 Oct 2009, 1950 wrote:

    I'm gonna check these out when I get home, I'm already laughing and I haven't seen any yet!

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  • 220. At 4:24pm on 06 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    #218 - I noticed that the other day. At first I thought his stylist hadn't braided or curled something right - the mini, mini, - can't even call it a ponytail - more a gerbiltail to be honest

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  • 221. At 4:26pm on 06 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    A Shetland Ponytail...

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  • 222. At 4:29pm on 06 Oct 2009, DenistheGenius wrote:

    note what the guy wrote about the Francis nightmhair:

    "I’d understand if he was from up north..."

    ouch, Robbo! that's gotta hurt.

    can one of you computer wizards please remove Robbo's cartoon cap to reveal the accuracy of the accusation?
    drumroll......

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  • 223. At 4:30pm on 06 Oct 2009, charlie_9 wrote:

    Redblue, do you remember a documentary on channel four about beckham, detailing how black he was. It was really odd!!! Quite surreal. They were making all sorts of weird and wonderful parallels. Even comparing Beckham's struggle to regain popularity after france 98 to the plight of west indian immigrants and the prejudice they endured!!!!

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  • 224. At 4:32pm on 06 Oct 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    A Shetland Ponytail... nice one RBA.

    Someone once told me if you lift up a pony tail, 9 times out of 10 you'll find a horse's a(r}s.

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  • 225. At 4:33pm on 06 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    NOW WAY! Thats mad... though i do remember in september '98 walking through town and alot of bars, hotels and bedsits had signs in the windows saying "No Beckhams"...

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  • 226. At 4:35pm on 06 Oct 2009, Bangforyourbuck wrote:

    Chris Kamara's brillo pad still hasn't been mentioned???

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  • 227. At 4:36pm on 06 Oct 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Charlie, that's a wind up right?

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  • 228. At 4:38pm on 06 Oct 2009, charlie_9 wrote:

    Yeah that was in the dark ages, when beckhams were victims of police brutality, slave labour, obscenities shouted at them for no particular reason. It got to the stage where people from Peckham were being persecuted!!!

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  • 229. At 4:39pm on 06 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Nah, Kammy needs to be praised for still persuing the Jerry Curl 20 years after everyone else gave up on it... A real hero!

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  • 230. At 4:39pm on 06 Oct 2009, charlie_9 wrote:

    Then hoddle and waddle recorded a charity single for them and cleared the whole debacle up.

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  • 231. At 4:41pm on 06 Oct 2009, charlie_9 wrote:

    Holloway, i wish it was. How black is David beckham i think it was called

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  • 232. At 4:48pm on 06 Oct 2009, Bangforyourbuck wrote:

    Kammy reminds me of... is it Darryl from the film Coming to America?

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  • 233. At 4:48pm on 06 Oct 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Anyone else think that Hoddle & Waddle sound like they could be the names of Donald Duck's nephews?

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  • 234. At 4:49pm on 06 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Yes the Soul Glo Prince!! (i credited Tony Daley with this earlier) But Kammy is a more deserving candidate... (and yes it is Darryl... i love that film!)

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  • 235. At 4:51pm on 06 Oct 2009, Bangforyourbuck wrote:

    Phew! That has driving me spare for the past 20 minutes, trying to remember which film he was off! I can sleep now.

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  • 236. At 4:53pm on 06 Oct 2009, Bangforyourbuck wrote:

    I meant "had been driving me spare" there.

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  • 237. At 4:54pm on 06 Oct 2009, oldstafford wrote:

    The Beckham thing was called Black like Beckham…
    Quotes from a trailer…
    A Channel 4 spokeswoman said: “The program sets out to prove that Beckham is Britain’s most famous black man”.
    “But So Solid’s Romeo reckons there is one thing that stops Becks from being truly black”. (Apart from the fact that he’s white)
    He said: “I won’t say he’s necessarily black – because I’ve seen him wearing a sarong. You would not get a black guy walking through Brixton wearing a skirt.”

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  • 238. At 5:00pm on 06 Oct 2009, charlie_9 wrote:

    oldstafford,

    Thank you so much, i was beginning to doubt myself. right in the nick of time to, before i have to log off and go home.

    Good evening chaps. See you next blog!!!

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  • 239. At 5:00pm on 06 Oct 2009, Bangforyourbuck wrote:

    With this David Blackham business (you see what I did there?? Ha ha... ha... *cough*) I feel like I've wandered into some kind of surreal wind up show. How did I miss this comedy genius??? And interviewing Romeo from So Solid Crew... c'est magnifique!

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  • 240. At 5:01pm on 06 Oct 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Charlie & 'staff', wow that rates real high on my weirdsh!tometer.

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  • 241. At 6:49pm on 06 Oct 2009, BrizzleGooner wrote:

    Gaz,

    Sorry top hear about your bad news. I can't say I know how it feels, but I'm sure it must be devastating, and my best wishes go to you and your wife.

    Now, haircuts. Someone mentioned having a look at their Panini Italia 90 sticker album for a few dodgy cuts. Well, I can still remember the Mexico 86 edition. My god that was horrible. Waddles looked like a hairy rugby ball stuck to his head. And as for Beardsley.....

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  • 242. At 7:08pm on 06 Oct 2009, TommyB wrote:

    Bobby Charlton. To be fair, legend (even if he is a Manc), but how much denial can you get away with?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/insideout/northeast/series11/images/week5/bobby_charlton449.jpg

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  • 243. At 7:14pm on 06 Oct 2009, BrizzleGooner wrote:

    Actually, I also remember Rudi Voller's from 1990. A combination of mullet and perm. Only a German could think that was good.....

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  • 244. At 7:20pm on 06 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    There are some extremely dodgy hairstyles in this clip, as bad as a friend of ours is it doesn't even come close to being the worst...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XTlMfR_0Ks

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  • 245. At 8:16pm on 06 Oct 2009, DenistheGenius wrote:

    so far, i see it as a draw between Ronaldo's 2002 skull-muff, and that Werner bloke from Gaz's German link... great stuff.

    just for fun, i popped into Phil McN*mpty's blog and let him know what i think of him and his ode-to-censorship of a blog.
    of course, it got pre-moderated before i even finished typing!

    Long Live the Robbo Blog!

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  • 246. At 8:21pm on 06 Oct 2009, codzie85 wrote:

    On the subject of dreadful manager barnets, love the Rudi Voller!
    Seriously who's idea was that? Not his wife's.
    I seem to remember Necaxa playing in the World Club Cup a few years back and some dude had a bright red lightning bolt on his head....can't think of the fella's name though...

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  • 247. At 8:47pm on 06 Oct 2009, SP66ENGLAND wrote:

    Just logged on since last night and really gutted to read your devastating news Gaz all the best to you and your good lady look after each other cheers S.P.

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  • 248. At 9:10pm on 06 Oct 2009, BrizzleGooner wrote:

    Here's another one. I was reminded of it by someone saying Carlos Valderama. René Higuita. Remember him? the guy who did the scorpion kick save for Columbia against England. He got the real soul-glo thing going on. Looks like loads of strings of black pearls.......

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  • 249. At 9:58pm on 06 Oct 2009, NEARPOSTHEADER wrote:

    Arsenal over-elaborate with the ball? Well, with a goal difference of 14 from 7 games, I just wish that my Un'Appy 'Ammers would over-elaborate as much.

    Talking of hair - John Terry's bogbrush. It may not seem that weird but parts of it really defy gravity. Perhaps it's what makes him such a good header of the ball. By the way, can you head a penalty?

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  • 250. At 10:22pm on 06 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    You have to give it to John Terry though, he really made an effort for that pic he had taken at a bus stop...

    http://wsilva.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/transvestite_lucy_mbd210109display.jpg

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  • 251. At 10:31pm on 06 Oct 2009, BrizzleGooner wrote:

    Oh my god. That is the funniest thing I ever saw. I won't be able to watch him/her play ever again.

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  • 252. At 11:54pm on 06 Oct 2009, Robbo Robson wrote:

    Gaz
    Did indeed see the JDR gang on Youtube and was honoured and chucklesome at one and the same time. Grand stuff. The Newcastle one is of course peerless n all.

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  • 253. At 11:59pm on 06 Oct 2009, Robbo Robson wrote:

    162. At 11:11am on 06 Oct 2009, superjohnbyrom wrote:
    ere Robbo whats happened to the Aussie barmaid?

    _________________________________________________________________________

    Oh she's still around - shaking her tail a tad after the champs trophy n all. Tch. Just a shame them Ashes are parked up our end of the world, eh?

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  • 254. At 00:09am on 07 Oct 2009, Scott Walker wrote:

    Great blog robbo. Entertaining and no frills. Keep it up son.

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  • 255. At 10:18am on 07 Oct 2009, redwillhunted7 wrote:

    Kazuyuki Toda's looks to have a life of its own :-)

    http://www.virginmedia.com/sport/football/galleries/worst-haircuts.php?ssid=5

    ..and if you're greedy and looking for a barnet and chin combo, check out Lala's 1994 effort

    http://www.virginmedia.com/sport/football/galleries/worst-haircuts.php?ssid=7

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  • 256. At 11:27am on 07 Oct 2009, captainlazytim wrote:

    Adamspb

    Fergie is the definitive Prem manager, and has shaped the league in his image, which is why cheating is accepted as part of the game. We should expect more than selective blindness and arrogance from all managers, top to bottom.

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  • 257. At 11:40am on 07 Oct 2009, Geraint wrote:

    Christie's Poirot was Belgian

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  • 258. At 12:23pm on 07 Oct 2009, lordbaldyman wrote:

    I have to disagree with you on a few points here robbo.

    firstly, some lagers, especially those brewed in warm countries, can require a piece of lime to bring out their flavour. this can be due to their lack of co2 to make them easier to drink in the the heat of the day in the country of brewing.

    secondly, flowers are pretty!!!!

    as for parsley on fish.....
    WELL THAT'S JUST NANI!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 259. At 12:37pm on 07 Oct 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    Christie's Magrittes are also Belgian.

    Sotheby's auction them as well.

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  • 260. At 1:06pm on 07 Oct 2009, Y-I-1892man wrote:

    an entertaining read Robbo!just goes to show by the amount of comments,keep em coming pal!-I got an email from the UK after the Man C-U game,a picture of SAF holding up the extra time board which read "NOT UNTIL WE´VE SCORED"-NO COMMENT NEEDED.However at the weekend,Wiley did look out of shape,Foster has not got the quality of a United goalie,Sunderland could have come away with all 3pts(this from a NUFC fan-not bad,eh!),Keano should waste his time on other fads.Wenger HAS brought quality to the PL.The game would not be the same without the likes of SAF and Wenger.Terry/Cavalho outstanding,Torres-probably the best striker at the mo-did he play?
    Gaz-sorry to hear of your loss mate-give it time mate-regards from Sweden

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  • 261. At 3:46pm on 07 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Can Sothebys auction Vincent Kompany - he's belgian - so is Vermaalen - top quality, cheap at the price - upgarde your current Rio level model

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  • 262. At 4:37pm on 07 Oct 2009, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    hi all.

    Gooner here.

    as you can imagine i am rather over the moon that at last a journalist has lauded the efforts of Arsenal and Arsene Wenger, without going OTT either. Congrats Robbo made a real change from most of the negativity shown to the Gunners, the Boss himself and of course us Gooners.

    The rest of the blog was very amuseing, as usual so top marks again for that as well.

    It shows what happens when we all take a chill pill, and put a different slant/perspective on the game of Football and those playing it and managers.

    long live Humour.

    Shine ON.

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  • 263. At 4:45pm on 07 Oct 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    And there are those who say that there are no famous Belgians. Poirot, Magritte, Kompany, Vermaelen, Tintin... the list goes on.

    I know for a fact that Sotheby's have auctioned a Vincent van Gogh painting and a Vincent 1000 motorcycle, so a Vincent Kompany is not out of the question. The reserve price might create problems, however: it's a helluva lot to pay for a reserve.

    Vermaelen, however, would clearly sell, and recoup the initial investment of ten million, with room to spare, according to those who have viewed the item.

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  • 264. At 4:57pm on 07 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    At 4:45pm on 07 Oct 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    I know for a fact that Sotheby's have auctioned a Vincent van Gogh painting


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    Did you sell it or buy it Zoot?

    Either way I don't care, you will have enough money to do any of the following...

    a) Buy Liverpool and give Rafa a 1 thousand year contract before those Yanks do the unthinkable and sack him (unthinkable for us United fans that is)

    b) Pay for the licence fees of all the naysayers which might mean less complaining. Although I doubt it.

    c) Buy Newcastle and give it to Robbo as his person plaything.

    Actually we all have enough money for c, it's just that no one in their right mind would want to.

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  • 265. At 5:09pm on 07 Oct 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    I painted it. But don't tell anyone. It could create the wrong impression. Again.

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  • 266. At 5:16pm on 07 Oct 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Some of these posts waffle on a bit.....Hey they're Belgian too. ;)

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  • 267. At 5:23pm on 07 Oct 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    Isn't Holloway2Holland a cross border bus route from Belgium? We'd pronounce it "All the way to Holland", but they speak funny.

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  • 268. At 5:24pm on 07 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    I once had an impressionist masterpiece hanging on my wall.

    I got 7 years for it and Alistair McGowan was rescued by the police.




    I'll get my Belgian coat.

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  • 269. At 5:27pm on 07 Oct 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    That would be a duffel coat.

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  • 270. At 5:28pm on 07 Oct 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Is Vincent a limited Kompany or privatly owned?

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  • 271. At 5:29pm on 07 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    Now you're just showing off :)

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  • 272. At 5:30pm on 07 Oct 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    *privately.

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  • 273. At 5:32pm on 07 Oct 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    Not a lot of people know this, but the duffel coat takes its name from Duffle, a town in Belgium.

    So that's another famous Belgian. Thing.

    Waffles, duffel coats, chocolates, painters who draw Granny Smith apples wearing bowler hats, Tintin... There's more to Belgians that meets the eye.

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  • 274. At 5:38pm on 07 Oct 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    270

    A very limited company, I'm afraid; it went to the wall in 1955. The Vincent Black Shadow, its most famous model, was the fastest motorcycle on the roads in the early 1950s.

    There was a guy had one in an episode of "Morse". But he got murdered. Don't know what happened to the bike.

    I should, at this stage, acknowledge that Vincent Kompany is a very good player who has had a run of bad luck with injury. No offence, Vince.

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  • 275. At 5:40pm on 07 Oct 2009, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Zoot, you put wikipedia to shame, I tip my hat to you sir...
    Well I would if I had one

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  • 276. At 6:47pm on 07 Oct 2009, BrizzleGooner wrote:

    They also had a Vincent Black Shadow on Top Gear not so long ago. But as that was paid for by the license fee, I'm sure someone will complain about that too. Sorry, couldn't resist that.

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  • 277. At 8:42pm on 07 Oct 2009, THE-WORD-LIFE wrote:

    Robbo is it true that the Blue Bell is a gay bar?

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  • 278. At 08:18am on 08 Oct 2009, Zootmac wrote:

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

  • 279. At 08:44am on 08 Oct 2009, Starburst_995 wrote:

    @ 276 Trust me, the license fee for the year was worth it just to see Jezza shovelling coal on that steam train.

    Coming back to football briefly, A lolworthy article in the Sun. Owen Coyle laced up his boots and turned out for Burnley's reseve team last night as they were so thin on the ground player wise.

    Him and his team really have ben a breath of fresh air in the Prem this season :)

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  • 280. At 09:16am on 08 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Zoot- small point but Van Gogh was Dutch not Belgian.

    I'm sure there is a Balgian chocolate maker who is internationally renowned and famous. But the name escapes me.......

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  • 281. At 09:18am on 08 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Zoots! Modded before the sun is even close to being over the yardarm! What could you have said! H2H, Gaz and Zoots... well done or your string of belgian puns/jokes... If i can borrow Holloways imaginary hat, i would certainly tip it...

    As for Owen Coyle playing, that is class... It is great to see a football club that is actually like a football club in the Prem. most refreshing...



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  • 282. At 09:18am on 08 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    THE-WORD-LIFE @ 277... Your thinking of the Brown Bell.

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  • 283. At 09:29am on 08 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    RBA - bad luck on your cup match last night - need to practice those penalties I think

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  • 284. At 09:30am on 08 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    Sorry Tuesday night - looks like I need to practice reading the calendar

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  • 285. At 09:39am on 08 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Adam... it was gutting mate, and we scored in the 94th minute (waddock time) to get to pens... Wish we hadn't bothered! Ah well, now we can focus on the league, haha...

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  • 286. At 09:47am on 08 Oct 2009, adampsb wrote:

    weel at leat you're doing ok in the league and teh FA cup starts soon so all is not lost.

    We're all in the redbluearmy - we'll get nowhere near Wemberlee

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  • 287. At 10:01am on 08 Oct 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    280 adam

    Yes, but I'd moved on to contrived "Vincent" connections at that stage. But it's good to know that you've got your ear to the ground. As had van Gogh, at one stage.

    276 BrizzleGooner

    You're right: Richard Hammond, the "Hamster", used a Vincent Black Shadow as his vehicle of choice during one of the "Top Gear" races.

    There was also the bike used by Dougal's hamster, in Father Ted. But I couldn't tell if it was a Black Shadow, or a very very very VERY... dark blue one.

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  • 288. At 10:25am on 08 Oct 2009, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Ok Adam turn it in fella... I worked in Stonebridge Park for 2 years, in the shadow of the Wembley Arch... and for six months that involved a 2 hour commute from aldershot every morning... If i never make it to wembley, i dont think i'll be that sad haha...

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  • 289. At 12:34pm on 08 Oct 2009, GazUtd wrote:


    So we've finally figured out that Zoot is in fact Father Jack?!

    The Owen Coyle playing story is fantastic. How magnificent would it be if we put the 20 Premiership managers up against each other in a match.

    We could nominate 2 outside of their ranks keepers and let the rest of them play out field. Simply draw the names out of a hat.

    Imagine the possibilities...

    Rafa and SAF end up on the same team with neither ever passing to the other.
    Hughes scythes down Wenger, stamps on his head and runs to the touchline celebrating. But because Arsene was on his team he didn't see it.
    Big Sam is actually proved just to be Fat Sam after a 17th minute heart attack.

    And so on...

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  • 290. At 4:16pm on 08 Oct 2009, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Gaz, very sorry to hear that news. Look after your lass, keep yer chin up, it'll all come right.

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