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Robbo Robson | 13:46 UK time, Thursday, 31 December 2009

There's been lots of somewhat meaningless but irresistible waffle about what the best sports event of the Noughties was, hasn't there?

Bolt's brilliance, Federer's dominance, the many conquests of Woods... but for my money you'd have to go a long way to beat the 2005 Ashes. Sport at its best - on a knife-edge, topsy-turvy and the right team winning.

But a new decade begins and my, oh my, what treats we have in store. I've being swilling the dregs at the bottom of me Christmas Ale pint-pot and this is what I foresee:

The World Cup in South Africa 2010 is a bonanza of attacking football as Italy get knocked out early.

New mobile technology allows Robinho to quite literally phone in his performance (his form improves slightly) but Brazil surprisingly make an early exit. ITV's guest pundit Phil Brown goes missing and is discovered naked but still perfectly camouflaged in a crowd of Dutch supporters.
Phil Brown and a Dutch fanSomeone looking particularly orange - and a Dutch fan
England and Holland meet in the final and England are triumphant after the longest penalty shoot-out in tournament history... it takes 42 penalty kicks before someone finally scores. And the man in question, one Emile Heskey, comes home the conquering hero.

Sir Fabio Capello says he's right chuffed but stands down any road. Stuart Pearce takes temporary charge. The appointment's on a full-time basis but somehow you just know it's temporary.

In 2011, Usain Bolt lowers his own 100m record to 9.52 secs and astounds the world by saying he can go quicker still if he stops doing "that silly walking bit at the end. Plus the wellies don't help."

Meanwhile in the Large Hadron Collider at Cern, scientists have isolated the particle that can actually bend or contract time. It is called the Fergie-boson.

Following the winning of his first treble in the club's history, Roberto Mancini is fired as Man City's boss. The chairman explains that the Italian has "let us all down terribly by blowing the Carling Cup".

As Mancini gets into his waiting limousine at Eastlands, Jose Mourinho pops out the other side and announces that City have given him carte blanche to bring in who he wants and he's going to start by buying Valencia. That's the city, not the half-decent right-winger from across town.

In 2012, all attention is focused on the London Olympic Games. It's a roaring success despite the disappointing opening ceremony which features a live performance of Jamie Oliver's jellied eels recipe, Katherine Jenkins singing a Chas 'n' Dave medley and a tedious display of supposedly dangerous driving by Top Gear presenters in bendy buses.

On the track, Usain Bolt wins the 100m in 5.8 secs 'cos he's learnt a short-cut and Tom Daley just pips Didier Drogba to diving gold.

Tony Pulis and James Beattie misread the programme of events and enter the rowing competition. But the best performance by a Brit comes in the cycling when, following a disastrous power cut, Sir Chris Hoy is linked up with the National Grid and single-handedly keeps the lights on in the Olympic Stadium.

2013 sees the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson. New manager Laurent Blanc unveils a celebratory statue in front of the Stretford End - it's a big bronze hairdryer. Hours later the club is sold off by the Glazer family to an internet sportswear billionaire and United fans prepare for life in the Championship. The up side is that at least they'll be able to renew their old rivalry with Liverpool.

The Ashes are retained by England following their handsome victory in 2011. Skipper Alastair Cook holds the little urn aloft and pays tribute to the 10 South Africans who made the victory possible.

In 2014 global warming means that the Winter Olympics in Sochi are abandoned after two speed skaters very nearly drown on the top bend. Organisers decide they need to find a new venue for 2018 and opt for the dark side of the moon. Despite the lack of atmosphere, Wigan Athletic supporters reckon it'll be one hell of an exciting venue. And ski jumpers anticipate a few world records coming up.

Arsene Wenger is sacked by Arsenal after he dismisses the first team's childminder for "giving them too many Haribos and letting them stay up and watch Ice Age 7 (7D) when they had training the next day". New owner Stan Kroenke insists he gave Wenger a P45 but Arsene says he didn't see it.
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Brazil win the World Cup on their own patch, defeating Diego Maradona's Argentina in a bad-tempered final. Crowd trouble starts when He of the Divine Hand is sent to sit in the stands and has a pop at Pele.
Maradona and PeleMaradona and Pele -best of buddies
2015: The Formula 1 championship is regained by Ferrari, but there's controversy when tests reveal that their driver - a bloke called C3-D1-X467 - is actually a cyborg. Bernie Ecclestone makes it clear that the result stands and besides, the droid has bags more personality than all the other drivers put together.

Andy Murray wins Wimbledon, beating some 7ft Croatian 7-6 7-6 7-6 in the most tedious final in history. Hurrah.

2016: Rio hosts the Olympics and it's brilliant. Team GB's post 2012 legacy leads to one medal - a highly creditable bronze in the archery by some housewife from Saffron Walden. Huzza!!!

2017: Brooklyn Beckham's fashion football empire continues apace. Manchester United become the first team to compete in the FA Cup Final wearing puff sleeves and embroidered sarongs (and that includes the manager - some Malaysian bloke. Beckham himself scores the winner as United beat the all-conquering Notts County 2-1.

2018: The World Cup arrives and England manager Rafa Benitez pulls a real surprise by naming Kai Rooney in his squad. Kai, the nine-year old face of Gillette, joins all the other really good English players on the bench while Benitez picks some run-of-the-mill naturalised Spaniards to start. Cameroon win the Cup.

2019: Ryan Giggs retires at the age of 107 and is named Sports Personality of the Year. The award is presented to him by that other bastion of fair play and clean living, 2010's World Cup-winning captain and Stamford Bridge's tour guide, John Terry.

And following its purchase by a Martian trillionaire, Middlesbrough FC win their first Premier League title. Manager Stewart Downing is delighted and the inhabitants of Teesside are re-named the Smug Monsters.

In the meantime - a Happy New Year to one and all!!

Comments

  • 1. At 09:08am on 01 Jan 2010, Ferdinand wrote:

    First on first of first?

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  • 2. At 09:12am on 01 Jan 2010, Keywin wrote:

    wouldn't the most tedious wimbledon final in history involve 5 sets?

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  • 3. At 09:25am on 01 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    Best blog for ages Robbo. Ashes 2005 were amazing, but there was another particularly joyous night in Turkey that year which made it the best summer of sport ever. Can you giss wot it is yit? A Happy New Year to all!

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  • 4. At 09:47am on 01 Jan 2010, aida wrote:

    what took u so long? i've been patiently waiting 4 ur blog and this is all u could come up with? want another before 2 morrow ends

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  • 5. At 10:53am on 01 Jan 2010, Smoggy Bob wrote:

    Loved the predictions Robbo,

    you have to feel that Usain will only run faster and faster over the next few years. Couldn't really care less about the cockney olympics i'm afraid, mind you quite a lot of Londoners feel the same way apparently.

    Loved the Boro's take over, if we win and become smug monsters does that make me Smuggy Bob?

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  • 6. At 11:16am on 01 Jan 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    4. At 09:47am on 01 Jan 2010, aida wrote:
    what took u so long? i've been patiently waiting 4 ur blog and this is all u could come up with? want another before 2 morrow ends

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    C'mon mate/lass! Even I deserve a week off during Christmas... What's up? Did Santa not bring you all you wanted?

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  • 7. At 11:21am on 01 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Happy New Year to one and all!!

    Great stuff Robbo sir, I can actually see some of those predictions comming good, although I am admitedly still pretty steamed from last night. (New year, same old story.)

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  • 8. At 11:29am on 01 Jan 2010, IGM wrote:

    Dissapointed at no mention of the Commonwealth games in Glasgow in 2014 - has everyone forgotten?

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  • 9. At 11:32am on 01 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

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

  • 10. At 11:33am on 01 Jan 2010, Parag wrote:

    4. At 09:47am on 01 Jan 2010, aida wrote:
    what took u so long? i've been patiently waiting 4 ur blog and this is all u could come up with? want another before 2 morrow ends

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    C'mon mate/lass! Even I deserve a week off during Christmas... What's up? Did Santa not bring you all you wanted?
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    Santa died last summer due to global warming :)

    love this one after a long time...

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  • 11. At 11:59am on 01 Jan 2010, adampsb wrote:

    Meanwhile in the Large Hadron Collider at Cern, scientists have isolated the particle that can actually bend or contract time. It is called the Fergie-boson.

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    Classic stuff - Fergie time rules.

    As for your Giggs prediction you're forgetting that he will then become player-manager and keep going to 120 when he will then get the FIFA World Player of the Year

    At the risk of stirring I think Liverpool will finish 7th this season and Glenn Johnsons medial ligament injury will require an operation ruling him out of the World Cup just as a certain other right-back who plays for the other team in red returns from injury. Good timing or what

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  • 12. At 12:02pm on 01 Jan 2010, beneficiary wrote:

    What about "Man U defeating Man C 24-23 at OT after 169 minutes of extra time. Man U had to come back from a goal down 22 times." News is that the extra time on extra time was added because of goal celebrations by City players.

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  • 13. At 12:56pm on 01 Jan 2010, Zootmac wrote:

    Great read, as ever, Robbo. But I'll get in before the geeks on this one:

    My understanding is that the Wimbledon men's final can't be won 7-6,7-6,7-6. A third set cannot be decided by a tie-break. Of the four tennis "majors", only the US championship can be decided by a tie-break in the third set.

    My New Year resolution is only to post sensible points on the Robbo blog.

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  • 14. At 12:56pm on 01 Jan 2010, Malt Loaf wrote:

    and that includes the manager - some Malaysian bloke

    I don't know any famous Malaysians. Went on wikipedia as well and when I typed in 'Famous Malaysians' it gave me a load of blokes and birds I've never heard of. Or am I taking this too seriously...? http://www.loserscomesecond.com

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  • 15. At 1:11pm on 01 Jan 2010, beneficiary wrote:

    # 13: The third set in men's game can be a tiebreaker, it's the fifth set which needs to have a difference of two games. In women's game the third set cannot be a tie-breaker and I strongly believe that Andy Murray plays men's game. Don't you remember some Richard Kraejeck (can't spell it write) defeating Pete Sampras by the same score (I guess it was 1996).

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  • 16. At 1:17pm on 01 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    .......mushy........peas..........

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  • 17. At 1:20pm on 01 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

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

  • 18. At 1:23pm on 01 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    A Happy and Prosperous New Year to One and ALl.

    Now where are them mushy peas.

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  • 19. At 1:32pm on 01 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    Zoot - "My New Year resolution is only to post sensible points on the Robbo blog."

    That's my first resolution, too, Zoot.

    My second is to buy Liverpool FC and turn it into a used hubcap emporium.

    My third is to emulate the Australian Marsupial mouse Antechinus stuartii which stocks up for years on adrenaline and testosterone and then starts shagging and doesnt stop until its immune system collapses and it drops dead.


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  • 20. At 1:33pm on 01 Jan 2010, Zootmac wrote:

    15:

    Krajiceck beat Sampras 7-5,7-6,6-4 in the 1996 quarter-final. That was the year of Cliff's singalong.

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  • 21. At 1:37pm on 01 Jan 2010, beneficiary wrote:

    Oh really!!! My apologies!!! Now I am starting to have doubts even on my first point that the third set can be a tie-breaker.

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  • 22. At 1:53pm on 01 Jan 2010, redpreacherman wrote:

    2002, Federer beat Philippousis 7-6 6-2 7-6.

    And a happy new year to one and all.

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  • 23. At 2:02pm on 01 Jan 2010, redpreacherman wrote:

    Robbo, just one word.

    Supercalifragilisticexpialidotious

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  • 24. At 2:06pm on 01 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    @ Zoots And Blogidy*

    I'd advise you to leave the serious posting to the Royal Mail, TNT etc, they get paid to make a mess of it, allegedly.

    I never really followed tennis, too much love in it for my liking, although I do enjoy a nice deuce occasionally, especially if it's the orangey kind with a large helping of vodka in it.

    Good luck with your third resolution Blogs, I hope you become the Wayne Kangarooney of the marsupial world, with an extreamly high scoring rate.

    *Sounds like a new wave jazz hip hop fusion duo.

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  • 25. At 2:10pm on 01 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    Happy New Yer To All.

    Like the man u predictions looks good for a decent wager.

    My new years resolution is to remain on Topic and to this end, the best bit on telly over the xmas hols, besides Arsenals relentless march to the PL Title, was the advert with the Russian Meercat in it.

    " Simples "

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  • 26. At 2:24pm on 01 Jan 2010, goonergetit wrote:

    When Wenger has a fully fit squad, when there's serious competition for places, when they get on a run and when Eduardo shows what a great world class finisher he really is, when they get a little luckier, when Wenger sweeps all before him, the booing middle classes at the Emirates will be at Church in the shires next year singing Handel's messiah and this is what they'll be singing
    "Handel’s Messiah:
    As sung by the middle class credit card brigade
    next year in 2010 when Arsene Wenger has swept all before him.

    King of kings, and Lord of lords,
    |King of kings, and Lord of lords,
    And Lord of lords,
    And He shall reign,
    And He shall reign forever and ever,
    King of kings, forever and ever,
    And Lord of lords,
    Arsene Wenger, Arsene Wenger.

    And He shall reign forever and ever,
    King of kings! and Lord of lords!
    And He shall reign forever and ever,
    King of kings! and Lord of lords!
    Arsene Wenger ! Arsene Wenger! Arsene Wenger! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

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  • 27. At 2:32pm on 01 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    The Fergie-Boson and Smug Monsters - brilliant - HNY Robbo

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  • 28. At 2:33pm on 01 Jan 2010, Zebedee77 wrote:

    Always a pleasure to read your blog Robbo. Have a great 2010.

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  • 29. At 2:39pm on 01 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    On this issue of famous Malaysians, the fantabulous 2017 manchutd team of catwalk mannikins would have to be managed by Jimmy Choo the shoe designer, shoerly? Or is Hugo the Boss Malaysian?

    Derek - if your about to be purchased by martian trillionaire, surely David Icke would be your man at the top not Stuart Normal.

    Some famous headhunters on that list of famous Malasians, Malt Loaf, but not the kind employed by Executive Search and Recruitment firms. Rafa's obviously on their list, H2H, as evidenced by your post yesterday. BTW, thats not you pictured next to Orangey-Brown, is it, H?

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  • 30. At 2:43pm on 01 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    26 Adam Kiingdom

    I want some of whatever you were drinking last night.

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  • 31. At 2:49pm on 01 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Hi Blog - nice retort earlier !!! I'm on about " ... mushy ... peas ..." (for southerners they are peas that are ... well sort of ..erm ... mushy) not your response to Beyond the Pale "And try not to leave pointless bilious comments in public places." Think i'd agree with you on that one but that would rule out most of my posts m8???

    Such as
    Chris Rea said to Paul Daniels "Ow Paul What were it like when you were growing up round 'ere like mate like?" ... "Bit smelly like chris like mate like" "Sounds like a song a wrote - the Road to Smell" "Aye Chris its all them fishies" " Aye Paul - should have kept them on the lishies" "You are gunna like this ... not a lot like mate like" Hey chirs when your famous yu shud use that as your cathphrase .... its better than 'Debbie Mcgee sit on me knee and grab me magic wand' like mate like parmos like mate" " Nah"

    Adam - your plan for PSB and no 1 didnt work (ok apart from in greece - but I see your effort at getting GN in the Enmgland squad may be working with the injury to GJ ... spooky!!!

    And at 11.50 last nigth I gave up ciggies for good ... havent had one this year!!! :-)

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  • 32. At 2:59pm on 01 Jan 2010, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    Another year, another horrifying blog.

    Does anyone on the bbc actually pursue journalism anymore, or for that matter even follow sport?

    In between numerous articles by paid journalists to make up their team of the decade we have back to back Robbo blogs which covers everything except the latest premeir league news.

    Horrifying

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  • 33. At 3:09pm on 01 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    @29. No, it's not me Blogs, as I mentioned above, the only orange stuff that is anywhere near me is usually mixed with vodka.

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  • 34. At 3:10pm on 01 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    JDR - you cut and paste that from one of your previous posts??

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  • 35. At 3:24pm on 01 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Its all wishful thinking. Boro winning the PL gave it away.

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  • 36. At 3:33pm on 01 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    JDR - what do you expect? The BBC is in an absolute mess = hopelessly biased, appallingly managed, with some truly shocking journalism for a national broadcaster and a level of subbing that would have had me sacked.

    Still, at least those 37 managers earning more than our own Prime Minister can be happy in the knowledge that our licence fee is helping the Irish discuss their favourite English football teams, eh?

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  • 37. At 3:43pm on 01 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    And let's not forget the BBC's marvellous reporting of Van Morrison's new baby.

    Real quality journalism there.

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  • 38. At 3:49pm on 01 Jan 2010, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    36. At 3:33pm on 01 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:
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    I can usually tolerate "Robbo" because I dont actually consider him a real journalist. I think he falls somewhere under the "comic writer" umbrella. But when he starts producing stuff like this that looks like he has scribbled down a series of nonsenses in about ten minutes that just leaves me with a sense of disgust. We already had "Robbos Christmas presents". Now we have yet more "Robbo" predictions. Next he will be doing an article on how much a pint costs in the "Blue Bell". Im not asking for a miracle - just something reasonably well written that is covers a few decent points in the world of sport. I lost interest with "Robbos" obsession with Phil Browns orange omplexion about 30 blogs ago.

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  • 39. At 3:50pm on 01 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    JDR = Welcome back!

    You are a legend on these pages. But IMO if Shakespeare were alive today and working as a comedy sports blogger at the BBC, Robbo's blog is exactly what he'd produce.

    To blog or not to blog. What was the question?

    FBH - good luck with the ciggie-giving-up lark -it's easy me old jeordie mate, ive done it dozens of times. Try nicotein patches - one over each eye and you'll never find your fags.

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  • 40. At 3:53pm on 01 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    It's ok, JDR - in no time at all he, along with his Guinness-supping gang and their NORAID chums will be back to fellating Fergie.

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  • 41. At 3:59pm on 01 Jan 2010, Andy M wrote:

    @21 - you may be thinking of the 1991 semi-final, when Edberg lost (both the match and his Wimbledon crown) 4–6 7–6 7–6 7–6 to Stich despite not dropping his serve in the entire match.

    Geekily yours
    Andy

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  • 42. At 4:03pm on 01 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    35. At 3:24pm on 01 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:
    Its all wishful thinking. Boro winning the PL gave it away.

    SPit - well didnt the season of goodwill to all men last a long time - only joking mate :) And keep up the pressure on the Chavs

    Blog "it's easy me old jeordie mate" - I am not biting - damn you made me wanna go out and buy 10!!! Darn it :)

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  • 43. At 4:03pm on 01 Jan 2010, Zootmac wrote:

    22

    Which tournament was that? Didn't Federer get knocked out of Wimbledon in the first round in 2002?

    I'm giving up on this sensible stuff. It's too much like hard work.

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  • 44. At 4:05pm on 01 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Nice to see JDR back. All i can hope for is this will force Gaz out of his hiding as well.

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  • 45. At 4:05pm on 01 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    Ha ha JDR's got a pal!

    I think you're psychologically projecting, guys. When I see people talking about falling standards almost always they mean - "I'm getting old, things have changed and I dont like the world I see around me, it must have got worse."

    Sorry for you guys, hope things go better for you in 2010.

    BTP 40 : what an unpleasant and warped view of the world you have, old timer.

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  • 46. At 4:06pm on 01 Jan 2010, Zootmac wrote:

    41

    And now I'm really confused. How can you lose a set 6-4 without dropping your serve?

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  • 47. At 4:08pm on 01 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    JDR said Next he will be doing an article on how much a pint costs in the "Blue Bell".

    Hi JDR - I know you have heard it all before but this blog is a bit of fun - and not just a prem league thingy ... any way but seeing as you ask its £1.50 a pint in the Ketton Ox on Yarm High Street (5 miles south of Stockton mad 10 miles west of Middlesbrough) on Thursday nights - the have karaoke and all sorts - that ok?

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  • 48. At 4:10pm on 01 Jan 2010, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    39. At 3:50pm on 01 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:
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    Everyones entitled to an opinion and I fully accept that Robbos blog entertains his regular band of followers. Whilst I dont have much interest in engaging in the back and forth that goes on I do appreciate that it provides a decent forum fo people to basicauuly discuss whatever they want without too much hassle from moderaters.

    The problem I have - and this is by no mens isolated to Robbos blog - is that the blog format lends itself to a culture whereby the article becomes almost secondary to the actual comments which become the main driver. As a result there is a worrying trend whereby journalists essentially get away without shoddy work because they know its not essential as he coments will generally take over as the chief entertainment. McNulty, Minshull etc are primary culprits of this. Every one has an opinion, everyone is entitled to one, but the reason these blogs are there is to provide an informed opinion by a professional journalist who is paid to cover the topics at hand. Instead we are now treated to just a casual fans opinion in the form of a blog that is really no different from the average joe you may converse with in the pub. This cheapens journalism immensely but unfortunately the bbc now seems more concerned with aiding the bored desk job worker in cuttin a few hours work than actually trying to provide something worthwhile. Robbo is not the worst because he isnt actually a journalist, but since this is the case I have set my quality bar as low as possible in relation to his bi-weekly offerings. When his material fails to meet even this lowest of measure that is when I am utterly disappointed.

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  • 49. At 4:13pm on 01 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    jdr "coments will generally take over as the chief entertainment." And your point is?

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  • 50. At 4:14pm on 01 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    re 46: perhaps he did not drop it. Just place it down very gently.

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  • 51. At 4:15pm on 01 Jan 2010, you wrote:

    JDR: if you were not a complete loner, you would know some people actually enjoy this blog.

    Lighten up mate.

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  • 52. At 4:16pm on 01 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    JDR "When his material fails to meet even this lowest of measure that is when I am utterly disappointed." Boro fan by any chance?

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  • 53. At 4:17pm on 01 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    FBH, I heard that due to the smog in your home town smoking was actually considered the healthier option.

    Blogs, I've given up loads of times too, but I always feel conflicted in doing so, as my parents always told me that noone (not the exeter guy) likes a quitter.

    Welcome back Zoots, that seriousness didn't suit you sir.

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  • 54. At 4:18pm on 01 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    Found this in Nostradamus:

    "When the roof slideth and
    Cliff starteth to sing
    When umpire chairs bend back
    Then Thunderbird shall take to the skies
    and Cameron shall reign over the ruins
    On this day shall FBH the jeordie smoke a hookah"

    100% genuine and not made up. I just think prophecies these days arent as good as they used to be.

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  • 55. At 4:19pm on 01 Jan 2010, codzie85 wrote:

    What a surprise, you'd think at a time of NY Resolutions (that's not a new NFL Franchise btw), people like JDR would resolve to put their time to better use than whining about things they don't like. Robbo's not gonna win the Turner, Booker, nobel or any other prize so stop expecting it! If you don't like it, pop your whiney face back into the middle of the Guardian or whatever other pretentious middle-class broadsheet you read and leave us all alone!
    I don't usually comment as work computers restrict this but I'm having a well-deserved day off. Blog, H2H, adampsb (even though you have an unhealthy obsession with g-nev) you guys are the fun part of this and it's this 'pub chat' I log on and read and love. JDR you may be clever, eloquent, often right, see the thing is we don't care! Spurs to start last day of the season in 4th and food poisoning to destroy our CL hopes. Again.
    lol happy new year everybody hope it goes better than last year for some of you

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  • 56. At 4:19pm on 01 Jan 2010, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    49. At 4:13pm on 01 Jan 2010, followingborohurts wrote:
    jdr "coments will generally take over as the chief entertainment." And your point is?
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    The journalists realise this and are therefore less concerned about the quality of their output. They know whether its good, bad or indifferent people will essentially become more concerned with the comments than the actual article. Overall the journalists standards slip continually then. I think this is evident across the bbc and that blogs are now just pitched at providing a debate forum for bored office workers rather than offering well written, researched and informed opinions worth reading by people who do not have access to the same resources that journalists have in their job capacity.

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  • 57. At 4:20pm on 01 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    H2H - no one likes a quitter - best excuse ever :) As for the smog, when they close British Steel aka Corus the air will be cleaner im sure - every silver lining has a cloud!?!?

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  • 58. At 4:23pm on 01 Jan 2010, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    Why is it people continually tell me to stop expecting Robbo to win journalistic awards?

    Im assuming you are replying to my comments so I dont understand why people continually neglect to read what Ive said. Ive said countless times that I understand Robbos blog entertains people and that I dont condsider him an actual journalist and have therefore set my standards extremelly low in relation to his blog. Its when I feel that even these lowest of standards are not met that I am unhappy. Its that simple. It has nothing to do with expecting top class jornalism from him.

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  • 59. At 4:26pm on 01 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    personally I think, JDR, you are a quitter, Sir.

    In that you consistently fail to lower you expectations of this blog and our comments thereafter.

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  • 60. At 4:27pm on 01 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    48 JDR
    Youre an intelligent guy and I do respect what you say. I see it the other way round though; some of the contributions here are at least on a par with Robbo's excellent stuff. And why shouldn't they be? The old world of deference to expert opinion is gone and a good thing too. I don't need anyone to tell me what to think or how to write (you might disagree).

    It's a new era of participation, Joe - you take full advantage of it and we're all better for that. I don't see the problem, journalists never had a monopoly of wisdom. Look at what's happening in Iran if you underestimte the power of web2/G3 communication.

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  • 61. At 4:29pm on 01 Jan 2010, codzie85 wrote:

    JDR it's because your comments are, although partly true, beside the point of what the blog is about. It never seems to be a disagreement with the content of the blog, more the existence of it instead! We all know that the license fee is a waste of dosh. We all know that McNutty is a United fan. We all know that anything we post on here is going to be of such little importance on the greater aspects of life. It just seems in your comments you expect more from this, and that it's repetitive and often the comments section has no relevance to the actual blog. Can you imagine every day conversations not going off-topic? What a boring life....

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  • 62. At 4:30pm on 01 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    JDR - i read two boks recently - Child 44 by Tom Smith and Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham. I enjoyed both. And for different reasons. Both were a different experience. And I didnt criticise Child 44 because it wasnt written by Somerset Maugham. I sort of knew that when I bought it. Get it?
    I also read Frankie Boyle's autobiog - that was a good laugh (though does lose its way 3/4 of the way through) and thats why I come on here - a bit of a laugh. And in the words of Paul Daniels "And why not?
    The are millions of sources of serious footy commentary. So let the rest of us have a bit of fun. There's a good chap.

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  • 63. At 4:31pm on 01 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Let's give a pint to our new mate codzie.

    Aaah it's new year, drinks all round.

    Í was too drunk last night to celebrate NYE so here in chez H2H we,ve just opened a bottle of bubbly to bring in the new year, so here's a glass raised to all.

    My prediction is that I'll be ratfaced today too. Hic.

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  • 64. At 4:32pm on 01 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Peter Mandelson on Smoking
    "Im a fighter not a quitter!!"




    Actually I nearly typed
    "Im a fighter not a quieter" - that would have been just daft!!!

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  • 65. At 4:33pm on 01 Jan 2010, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    59. At 4:26pm on 01 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:
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    Not at all. I actually the blog has improved from what it was this time last year (last couple of blogs aside). However the last couple of blogs have been sub standard and hence my criticism.

    I have to go now so I wont be able to elaborate on my points but the gist of it is really quite simple. I set the bar low in relation to Robbo blogs insofar as I appreciate that he is not actually a journalist and its not in his job description. However when he produces a blog that is basically a work of fiction from a fictional character that doesnt cover anything substantial I am disappointed.

    I dont think the blog format lends itself well to high level journalism (tabloid perhaps) which paid journalists for the bbc ought to aspire to but I actually think that it does work well in relation to Robbo blogs.

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  • 66. At 4:35pm on 01 Jan 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    58. At 4:23pm on 01 Jan 2010, JoeDavisRoach wrote:
    Why is it people continually tell me to stop expecting Robbo to win journalistic awards?

    Im assuming you are replying to my comments so I dont understand why people continually neglect to read what Ive said. Ive said countless times that I understand Robbos blog entertains people and that I dont condsider him an actual journalist and have therefore set my standards extremelly low in relation to his blog. Its when I feel that even these lowest of standards are not met that I am unhappy. Its that simple. It has nothing to do with expecting top class jornalism from him.

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    Happy New Year, JDR. Thought we'd seen the last of your rays of sunshine but you return, swathed in post-Christmas pessimism, 'horrified' by this blog. As a regular poster/slagger-offer you probably know that I always do a light-hearted little crystal ball thing around the turn of the year. So it didn't brighten your New Year's Day. I'm gutted. Really I am.

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  • 67. At 4:35pm on 01 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    Oh and I should say tat the point of a blog, as opposed to a leader column, say, is surely to provoke reaction and noone (exeter city player) does that better than Derek.

    And the real irony there, as someone pointed out a couple of days ago, is that it's your carefully considered contributions which provoke greater participation as people who like what Robbo wrtes (matter of opinion, right) rally to his defense.

    Happy New Year. Im off out.

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  • 68. At 4:36pm on 01 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    As an Arsenal fan I sometimes wish that the bar was set a little higher....


    Bendtner would win the golden boot every year.

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  • 69. At 4:38pm on 01 Jan 2010, redpreacherman wrote:

    Sorry Zoot, I think I'll give up as well. Wimbledon Mens Final 2003.
    2002 Hewitt beat Nalbandian 6-1 6-3 6-2

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  • 70. At 4:38pm on 01 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    H2H - strong stuff you on there mate??? :)

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  • 71. At 4:39pm on 01 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Anyone for tennis??

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  • 72. At 4:39pm on 01 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

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

  • 73. At 4:41pm on 01 Jan 2010, codzie85 wrote:

    Cheers H2H, I'll put it next to the pink lego house I just built... apologies to all you regular posters who I failed to mention, there's a double vodka with whatever fruit-based dilution you like ready for you all to enjoy this beautiful day.
    Well we've got sunshine, don't know about the rest of you. Back to something relevant, what are we going to do for a RB if Johnson is injured for the WC- Any outsider suggestions?? I personally think Matt Taylor should have been capped by now (not at RB though)

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  • 74. At 4:41pm on 01 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

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

  • 75. At 4:43pm on 01 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    72 Blogs,

    Mine's been laughed at loads of times.

    But I read in Cosmo once (in a docters waiting room) that ladies like a fella who can make them giggle. Score.

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  • 76. At 4:44pm on 01 Jan 2010, codzie85 wrote:

    Ha! Joey Barton. Wikipedia that, I'm sure there's a graphic of male genitalia next to his name.

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  • 77. At 4:45pm on 01 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Watched sumat about Steve Coogan the other night when he was doing a spoof commentary on footy - Long shot hit the back of the net a single word was shouted out "Tw&t"

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  • 78. At 4:46pm on 01 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    H2H "make em laff make em cry and send em home happy" - never worked for me tho!?!?

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  • 79. At 4:50pm on 01 Jan 2010, redpreacherman wrote:

    71, Real or Lawn?

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  • 80. At 4:52pm on 01 Jan 2010, codzie85 wrote:

    Lawn I hope redman, real's bloomin hard I've tried. Anyone watching the darts?

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  • 81. At 4:56pm on 01 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    With GJ absent I think we truly have a problem, sorry Adam, I just can't get behind Gnev, although with that dodgy tasche I'm sure many young men with a different persuasion will be queing up. ;p.

    Maybe we need to get some of those Haldron scientist chappies to help us solve the RB conundrum.

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  • 82. At 4:57pm on 01 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Blog - we have been modded!?!?! You are the first of the decade!!! Im gutted - cant remember what I said
    JDR?????

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  • 83. At 5:00pm on 01 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

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

  • 84. At 5:01pm on 01 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    82 fbh, the word you spelt with a k is the reason.

    Makes my post (75) look silly now. Not that anyone would notice the difference.

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  • 85. At 5:02pm on 01 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Hi Preach - I was thinking of the one where they play indoors in cloisters (wherever that is) , you being a man of the cloth and all that??

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  • 86. At 5:03pm on 01 Jan 2010, codzie85 wrote:

    something to do with hob-nobs i believe, H2H who else is there mate, centre-backs that can play at RB seems the only option, otherwise we're left with Mr. Baked Bean himself, a distant cousin of Phil 'Tango' Brown, poor old Wes. And we ain't gonna win the Blue Square Premier with him let alone the WC...

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  • 87. At 5:03pm on 01 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    H2H - I could refer it to the mods for ya on the basis that the context is missing!!

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  • 88. At 5:06pm on 01 Jan 2010, chris mills wrote:

    Enjoyed the blog Robbo , some decent chuckles there.

    Would point out though that the 'Spanish' thing with Benitez has surely run its course , with only Reina & Torres figuring this season & they are hardly run of the mill.

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  • 89. At 5:07pm on 01 Jan 2010, redpreacherman wrote:

    FBH, perhaps you should have hinted that you were referring to a Non-occluded baculovirus.

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  • 90. At 5:12pm on 01 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Hey 'Preach, I saw you posted this on the previous blog;

    "Make a note in your diaries fellow bloggers, on 8th January my team visit WBA and the match will be shown live on Sky. It's a glorious opportunity to see a decent team play!!!?"

    Sorry mate, but I don't rate the Baggies at all. ;p

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  • 91. At 5:29pm on 01 Jan 2010, Big Match Centre wrote:

    Robbo: brilliant! I haven't laughed so hard at one of your blogs... ever! Only kidding, it was very funny.

    JDR: you truly are a leg-end(!) and may you never change. You're footballing outlook brings me endless mirth.

    On the subject of fergie, I personally don't think he'll ever retire. He'll just have to have the age-therapy that Monty Burns in the Simpsons has to go through in order to keep him alive!

    http://bigmatchcentre.blogspot.com/

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  • 92. At 5:34pm on 01 Jan 2010, Patrick_in_NY wrote:

    Good one, Robbo. Arsenal have young players but they get younger and they need babysitters. I see how you did that.

    Oh and Arsene Wenger didn't see the P45 like he rarely sees an incident on the field. That was also a good. I see how you did that too.

    You missed the future bit about Arsenal being the only team from the original top 4 to be still financially solvent.

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  • 93. At 5:39pm on 01 Jan 2010, f1tevaldo wrote:

    The Ashes is the biggest joke in sport all we do is play Australia and when we win everyone goes mental. The law of averages means that england will win eventually and you reckon thats the best sporting moment? So forget Bolt/Federer/Liverpools epic 05 champs league win/Uniteds champ leagues win and Hamilton winning the WDC on the final corner lets go for a win that was guaranteed to happen sooner or later! Nobody would have made so much fuss if England were better and won it more reguarly. Well at least you enjoyed one of the most tedious drawn out sports ever created. No sport should have a tea break or lunch break (whatever its called). What a joke.

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  • 94. At 6:35pm on 01 Jan 2010, My-back-pocket wrote:

    i missed eastenders to read this..and my god was it worth it! :D funny blog Robbo,love it

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  • 95. At 6:35pm on 01 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    66 : JDR : Leave it Derek, mate, e aint wurf it.

    78 FBH/H2H : funny men get the best women? Never worked for the Chuckle Brothers.

    when Barry Chuckle had a motorcycle accident in Greece (it says here) British tourists instead of helping him out, shouted out the Chuckle Brothers' catchphrase: "To me, to you."

    Funny old world.

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  • 96. At 6:44pm on 01 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    Robbo's on Doctor Who now predicting the end of the Time Lords.

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  • 97. At 6:52pm on 01 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    95 Blogs.

    I never said anything about the best mate.

    Hull, Wigan, Portsmouth etc may not have the best players, but they're still in the PL, maybe they don't get to score as often as they would like, but at least they get to play the game with the creme de la creme every week. Unless ofcourse you play for Wolves, then you get rested to have a better cnance with the mingers.

    Anyway, who ever laughed at anything the Chuckle Brothers ever did?

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  • 98. At 7:34pm on 01 Jan 2010, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    Happy new year froma bloody freezing Prague!

    93. At 5:39pm on 01 Jan 2010, f1tevaldo wrote:
    You may not like Cricket, but atleast it isn't about the bat they hold or the make of bal they use, unlike a certain other sport where the general rule is the guy with the fastest car wins, if you want predictable and boring then stick with formula 1 round the circuit again and again and again and again and again and again and again again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again which to people that don't like it is about as exciting as watching grass grow as well, but we don't get all high and mighty about it. Take a chill pill sunshine and deal with it. Honestly the nerve of the whipper snapper, pip pip an all that jazz, nothing like the sound of a "forward stroke" to get a man out of bed in the morning.......

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  • 99. At 7:36pm on 01 Jan 2010, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    97. At 6:52pm on 01 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Anyway, who ever laughed at anything the Chuckle Brothers ever did?
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    The Chuckle Brothers always laughed........oh right. Honestly they were about as funny as a dead puppy, are they still around?

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  • 100. At 7:48pm on 01 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Mods. Is it ok for me to point out what Joey Barton said about most footballers as reported on Radio 4 and 5 live news bulletins?

    That is that "most footballers are" well now then how do iget round this ... aha a man of the cloth came to my rescue (cheers preach p.s. that millenium thingy 10 year ago - bit over-rated if ya ask me) so her goes

    "most footballers are" a Non-Occluded Baculovirus. ... clever lad that Joey Barton (and Preach)

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  • 101. At 7:51pm on 01 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Hi Scotch - Ive never been to Prague but funnily enough my now redundant ash tray is from there - that is a coincidence - Ive been to Krakow - amazing city - simialr??? God Im sending meself to sleep

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  • 102. At 8:01pm on 01 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    re 101: FBH,

    you re missing out on something if you havent been to Prague.

    IT is amazing City indeed.

    Fond memories

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  • 103. At 8:04pm on 01 Jan 2010, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    101. At 7:51pm on 01 Jan 2010, followingborohurts wrote:
    Hi Scotch - Ive never been to Prague but funnily enough my now redundant ash tray is from there - that is a coincidence - Ive been to Krakow - amazing city - simialr??? God Im sending meself to sleep
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    Howsit mate?

    YOu have never been but have the ashtray? Are you sure that's not never having @remembered@ going, as it see's you came back with a UDT (unidentified drinking trophy, kind of like a UDI Unidentified drinking injury but slightly different), it'a amazing where a night out down the pub can take you LOL

    They don't do Parmo's here (but they do something similar, rolled up, stuffed with cheese and then fried, MMmmmmmmmm), but it is bloody freezing, so it's atleast 50% like Middlesboro ;o)

    Krakow is very Eastern Europe, Prague is very central Europe, a huge difference in the people a lot more westernised and the lifestyle, very similar to London

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  • 104. At 8:10pm on 01 Jan 2010, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    102. At 8:01pm on 01 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:
    re 101: FBH,
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    Yeah, spot on there mate, Mrs ScotchEggRule is from there and not only is the city beautiful, but the women, my god, i get a sore neck every time I set foot outside the front door! lol Try and avoid weekends though as huge stag parties full of complete morons from around Europe tear up the city, midweek is much better.

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  • 105. At 8:26pm on 01 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Krakow is very Eastern Europe, Prague is very central Europe, a huge difference in the people a lot more westernised and the lifestyle, very similar to London

    Not sure which comes out better there Scotch, Krakow or Prague. (Ive just mentally mispronounced Prague, instead of the "prarg" pronunciation I pronounced it "pragyou" - Im still laughing?????)

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  • 106. At 8:31pm on 01 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Hey spit - thanks for that info - and, as Mrs FBH has moved in with a tennis coach called Tarquin, the beauty of Prague is even more appealing - do they do mail order???:)

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  • 107. At 8:37pm on 01 Jan 2010, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    Was that a northern dig at London? ;o)

    I know what you mean, but both Krakow and Praha are beautiful cities in their own rite. My Czech is still god awful thoguh, Afrikaans was much easier to learn! Still parmo is parmo in any language you choose. Get yourself over mate, it's well worth a gander.

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  • 108. At 8:39pm on 01 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Scotch - Certainly in my plans for 2010, that and the big apple.
    P.s. London is great - streets are paved with gold so I hear

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  • 109. At 8:40pm on 01 Jan 2010, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    106. At 8:31pm on 01 Jan 2010, followingborohurts wrote:
    as Mrs FBH has moved in with a tennis coach called Tarquin, the beauty of Prague is even more appealing - do they do mail order???:)
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    Tarquin? LOL If ever a someone needed a slap just for having a rediculous name that is it, huh imagine Tarquin eh? What's that you say? ScotchEgg's is rediculous....bloody cheek.

    As for the crumpet, the eye's will certainly not go wanting mate.

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  • 110. At 8:42pm on 01 Jan 2010, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    108. At 8:39pm on 01 Jan 2010, followingborohurts wrote:
    Scotch - Certainly in my plans for 2010, that and the big apple.
    P.s. London is great - streets are paved with gold so I hear
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    We even have indoor loo's, running water and electrickery, amazing stuff :o) The gold pavements are a bitch to walk on in winter though, absolute death traps.

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  • 111. At 8:46pm on 01 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Mind you Scotch, i dont intend frequenting any of them dodgy establishments!! Hand on heart I have never paid for it!! Ive begged for it a few times but never paid for it!!!

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  • 112. At 8:48pm on 01 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    H2H - you steaming yet?
    Anyway Mastermind is on so catch ya later

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  • 113. At 8:49pm on 01 Jan 2010, ScotchEggsRule wrote:

    Begged! LOL
    In the words of Jimmy Carr "See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil......Rohipnol!"

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  • 114. At 9:17pm on 01 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Prague is a top city, partied hearty there on a few occassions.
    New York's OK, but if you're goind to party I'd reccommend L.A or Vegas.

    Fbh the Champoo is gone, and although it's a nice tipple on certain occasions, I'm a lot happier with a vodka or a lager, which luckily are within arms reach at the mo.
    Full steam ahead.

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  • 115. At 9:36pm on 01 Jan 2010, used2beprofi wrote:

    tremendously enjoyable, robbo,...BIG thanks and happy new year!!

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  • 116. At 9:43pm on 01 Jan 2010, Teiam - problem solved wrote:

    Robbo, good save about United getting relegated but meeting Liverpool, I imagine many United fans were ready to have a go and Liverpool fans were ready to have a laugh! Top blog! More of the same this year!

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  • 117. At 9:50pm on 01 Jan 2010, redpreacherman wrote:

    Hi there H2H, I wondered if someone would spot the ambiguity.

    Not keen on vodka and lager, but am looking at a very tasty Drambuie so I'll drink to your health with that.

    Cheers

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  • 118. At 9:58pm on 01 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Cheers 'Preach.

    Just messing with you of course.
    Forest are looking good this season, Billy Davies certainly does know his stuff.
    A chance to have a go at a PL team this weekend is a good oppertunity to see how far you've come. B'ham are doing really well at the mo', so it should be a good test.

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  • 119. At 11:00pm on 01 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    G'day and happy new year to all... although I am well into the new year now... I didn't make any new year resolutions this year... if previous resolutions are anything to go by I would have broken them by now anyway.

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  • 120. At 11:03pm on 01 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    I'm not sure why anyone should mention tennis or golf on a sports blog.

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  • 121. At 11:19pm on 01 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Alone again, naturally

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  • 122. At 11:19pm on 01 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

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

  • 123. At 11:20pm on 01 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    Hi Bo, just seen you're there. Was busy writing gibberish. Pleasant New Year?

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  • 124. At 11:23pm on 01 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    The new year was full of, I want to say good spirit but I would be lying... let's just say the liquid amber was flowing in profusion and leave it at that.

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  • 125. At 11:26pm on 01 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Wouldn't mind going to that bar in Thailand Tommy... where is it situated?

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  • 126. At 11:27pm on 01 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    How was that referred? Absolute rubbish!

    I got food poisoning! Spent it on the couch watching rubbish tv. Just about feeling better this morning, and made the schoolboy error of having several pints tonight (I was feeling left out of the celebrations) and have made myself mildly ill again. Ah, the trials and tribulations. One day I'll learn, or I'll die. Either way it'll settle the matter.

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  • 127. At 11:27pm on 01 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    How was your new year Tom?... this being your first visit to the blog since then, does that mean you have just woken up or are you not like us SB's and have better things to do with your time.

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  • 128. At 11:29pm on 01 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    Koh Phi Phi. The Reggae Bar. Our mate got in with an ex-junior European kickboxing champion. Say no more.

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  • 129. At 11:30pm on 01 Jan 2010, dyrewolfe wrote:

    Brilliant blog Robbo. Happy New Year to you and all the regulars.

    Personally, I would love it if some billionaire tycoons bought Boro and gave them enough money to win the Premier League. Not something I would have said last year, but the smugness and taunting of the Geordie fans is becoming unbearable!

    I would include JDR in my best wishes, except I now think he/it is actually a malfunctioning web bot that just keeps repeating the same message over and over again. Either that or he/it is a malicious bit of software, specifically designed to annoy other forum users.

    Poor programming, if so, as they clearly forgot to include a sense of humour or any understanding of what blogs are.

    Maybe the BBC's IT boffins should run a scan for malware?

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  • 130. At 11:31pm on 01 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Food poisoning is just mildly worse than alcohol poisoning.. the problem is you are aware of having it for a longer period.

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  • 131. At 11:37pm on 01 Jan 2010, Bench warmers need love too wrote:

    Very entertaining read, what are the odds of all that happening?

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  • 132. At 11:39pm on 01 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    It was agony, sweating, the desire to expire, and the usual expulsions for 9 hours, then nothing this morning. Maybe it was a bug. I'm no doctor, thankfully. Whatever it was it was horrific (and that's using the word properly, JDR), but it's all gravy now, though that's possibly a bad choice of words.

    As for my top 5 sporting moments, if they're fully modded I will re-post in the morning. But for now I bid you adieu.

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  • 133. At 11:54pm on 01 Jan 2010, WES Together we are Burnley wrote:

    2010- England, Italy and Germany take an early exit as Algeria and the rest of the South Africans take the competition by storm. In the end South Africa meet North Korea in the final. After a 4-4 draw, North Korea come out on top winning 32-31 on penalty kicks!

    2011- Murray wins all the grand slams as Federer is knocked out of Wimbledon in the first round by qualifier Derek Robson. (Who the 'ell is he?)

    2012- The world does not end! London 2012 is underway with Usain Bolt once again taking Gold in the 100m final! After tripping at the start it seemed dead and gone but Bolt redeemed himself and took Gold in a world record time of 7.77 seconds! Team GB end with just a cycling bronze...hoorah!

    2013- Burnley win the treble! Winning the premierleague with a record 114 points, beating QPR 9-3 in the Championsleague final and stuffing Notts county 8-0 in the FA cup final! Blackburn are relegated out of the football league along with Liverpool some how! 'Que Sera, Sera. Whatever will be will be, We're going to Forest Green' sung the 256 Blackburn supporters (The other 25,000 controversially came to watch Burnley be crowned champions at Turf Moor) as they were relegated at Ewood Park by Champions Accrington Stanley by 4 goals to 1! Liverpool had an average gate of 43,745 for the season!

    2014- Euro 2012 champions San Marino beat hosts Brazil 5-0 and Steve McLarens England 7-0 in the group stage of the 2014 world cup! The final was contested between France and Republic of Ireland! A 1-1 draw went to extra time and with 6 minutes of extra time remaining Shay Givens long punt was handled in by Accrington Stanley's new signing Martin Paterson! Henry leads the complaints and Headbutts Richard Dunne in the chest. Henry is sent off by referee Graham Poll (Could have swore he had already booked Henry twice?)

    2015- The Rugby world cup is won by reigning champions Fiji, defeating Canada 5-3 in the final! Legendary England world cup winning Captain Martin Johnson describes the game as the most boring in the history of the sport!

    2016- Euro 2016 is won by Gary Megsons Scotland! Defeating Shay Givens Republic of Ireland 2-1 in an intense final which saw 4 red cards for each team!

    2017- Nothing much. The premierleague is split into 2 leagues of 18! Leeds United win the northern section and Plymouth win the southern. The playoff leads to victory for Plymouth by a single Alan Smith own goal!

    2018- World cup gets underway in England! The final group game at Home Park (Plymouth) between Sweden and Fiji is called off after 58 minutes despite Fiji leading 4-1 at this stage due to a waterlogged pitch! The re-arranged fixture was won 2-1 by Sweden in Bristol after home park was 50 foot under water! Sweden narrowly went through on head to head record and won the final 3-2 against Germany! Phil Taylor picks up his 22nd world darts championship beating current world champion Adrain Lewis 7-6 in the final then declares his retirement!

    2019- The end of the decade saw all sports eliminated off the face of the Earth except Football! Stan Collymore becomes FIFA president and decides to name a 25 team premierleague with 25 attractive playing teams! Among these were Burnley, Accrington, Rochdale, Bury and suprisingly Bolton with new manager Fabio Capello! The beautiful game is extended from 45 minutes a half to an hour a half! The hoofballers were sent to the bottem of the pyramid as teams like Blackburn and Stoke spent the remainder of the season in the 82nd tier of English football! After appeals, Collymore is sacked as president and Stoke are reinstated in the top flight of English football as Blackburn are reinstated in the 81st tier of English football! Burnley meet Blackburn in the final of the FA cup beating them by a record 43 goals to nothing! Accrington lift the premierleague and championsleague in the same year! At the half way stage of the 2019/20 season, Fergie comes out of retirement to become assistant manager of Manchester United! Since his retirement 3 weeks earlier, new United manager Darren Ferguson went on a 6 game losing spree! The father son partner ship redeemed pace and the year would end with United 17th in the 2nd best league in the world! (The best now being the MLS where all the young superstars have gone and Arsene Wenger being the new manager of LA Galaxy!)

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  • 134. At 00:06am on 02 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    Now that has got to be the maddest post Ive ever read, Wade Elliott's right sock, and thats saying something. Did the left sock flounce out citing creative differences?

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  • 135. At 00:08am on 02 Jan 2010, Max Pears wrote:

    JDR - Do you consider Jan Moir to be a better journalist?

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  • 136. At 00:29am on 02 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    Max - I think you'll find JDR uses interactive communication technology to pontificate only. His is a lonely, non-interactive crusade to get Robbo to write his blogs in dactylic hexameter (i think) Or perhaps just to heroically express a melancholy sense of disdain for falling standards in public life generally.

    I fear his endeavours may be futile. He's wasting that fine incisive mind (2:2 in Maths from Plymouth University) on a largely unreceptive audience.

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  • 137. At 00:52am on 02 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    133 W.E.Sock.

    Nice effort, I pretty much believed it until you said that Fergie would return in an assistant manager capacity, there's only room for one hairdryer in his dressing room. (and of course a tache comb for GNev)

    135 Max,

    I wasn't sure who that was, so I did a wiki search, someone has been at her page me thinks.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Moir

    !36 Bloggidy.

    I wish I was as eloquent as you mate.

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  • 138. At 01:45am on 02 Jan 2010, Max Pears wrote:

    Holloway2Holland, I don't understand mate?

    All I'm saying is JDR is getting rather personal about someone who is just having a bit of a joke. Horrifying article JDR? Hardly. Now stop writing such drivel and lighten up.

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  • 139. At 01:57am on 02 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Max, check the second paragraph.
    It may be true, but I don't think it's supposed to be there.

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  • 140. At 04:34am on 02 Jan 2010, Robert wrote:

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

  • 141. At 08:01am on 02 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    So that's how Tottenham's five year reign as Premiership champions ends ... flipping Martians.

    Happy new year all :P

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  • 142. At 08:07am on 02 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    Star... they were green with envy

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  • 143. At 08:09am on 02 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Morning all.Boring bit first.If a mens tennis singles/doubles goes into the 5th set it can't go to a tie break at Wimbledon(ladies is 3rd set)Hence the 21-19(or whatever it was)for Federer v Roddick last year.
    3rd round of the FA Cup today.Is it just me,or has it lost it's sparkle?
    Anyway,here's hoping for a cup run at Ipswich.We haven't had one for years.The only downside to that would be keeping our manager in a job.

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  • 144. At 11:22am on 02 Jan 2010, beneficiary wrote:

    #143: Didnt you notice that this blog was meant to discuss JDR and Prague only. How the hell you thought about something else.

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  • 145. At 12:03pm on 02 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Re 144,my mistake,beneficiary.I'll try not to make the same mistake again.Apologies.

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  • 146. At 12:53pm on 02 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    G'day Jack... you upsetting the natives again.

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  • 147. At 12:54pm on 02 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Jack... whenever tennis or golf are mentioned it becomes boring.

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  • 148. At 1:00pm on 02 Jan 2010, beneficiary wrote:

    147. At 12:54pm on 02 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Jack... whenever tennis or golf are mentioned it becomes boring.

    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    Are you sure??? Tiger did his best to make it exciting!!!

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  • 149. At 1:04pm on 02 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    147... but only for himself

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  • 150. At 1:43pm on 02 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    TOPIC 1 : JDR. (with apologies to beneficiary)
    Why does the Anti-Robbo, of all the killjoy whingers who come on here attract attention?

    EITHER He's a man out of place=comedy. If he looks for jokey sporting opinions in the poetry of ee cummings he'll be equally comical.

    OR he's a sinister expression of the right-wing anti-BBC brigade who wish to slash budgets/abolish public spces like this one.

    OR He expresses this universal tendency (beware!): http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/6897023.stm

    Tell us Joe, let's debate the issues. What criteria/assumptions are you deploying? Why assume we're all bored office workers for instance -Im not, but so what? Is that just the veil slipping from your contempt for the rest of us?

    TOPIC 2 : Prague
    Never been there, I must czech it out one day. The women have a good rep and I know you can buy a nice one over the interweb.

    TOPIC 1 again. Nuts! I just found this sporting ee cummings poem. Now I feel stoopid.

    Mark Hughes'
    defunct
    who used to
    ride a watersmooth-silver
    Subaru
    and break onetwothreefourfive legsjustlikethat
    George Best
    he was a handsome man
    and what i want to know is
    how do you like your blueeyed boy
    Mister Death

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  • 151. At 2:03pm on 02 Jan 2010, Zootmac wrote:

    I always eat in a Chinese restaurant when I'm in Prague. The Prague Spring rolls are great.

    Right. Off out now, wearing my new trainers, fitted with Smart-Chav. The Ross Kemp voiceover takes you right to where the action is, before the game.

    That's the "sensible" new year resolution gone to sh*t.

    Anyone for tennis?

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  • 152. At 2:42pm on 02 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

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

  • 153. At 2:49pm on 02 Jan 2010, GazUtd wrote:

    44. At 4:05pm on 01 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:
    Nice to see JDR back. All i can hope for is this will force Gaz out of his hiding as well.


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    For some reason I felt a calling today that I must look at Robbo's blog since I haven't been there in a long time.

    Spitfire must be in my head! And I thought that 7 years of therapy and countless medication had finally gotten rid of the voices in my head.

    Anyway as I started to read the comments I found myself wondering if JDR was still about and lo and behold there he is, floundering in a sea of melancholy. New Year, New decade, same old Joe. Maybe a new video is called for?

    I was going to go on about The Ashes, just to show how sad Robbo's life is that he thought that was the highlight of the decade! When there's a 2 horse race and one of the horses only wins once or twice every 20 years then I think it might be because the other horse isn't really trying. Understand? Probably not, nevermind, support a proper team and then the Ashes won't be the highlight of anything :)

    But there is bigger news than cricket (when isn't there) or the new decade or Joe's life devotion to moaning... Could it be that Zoot actually got something wrong?

    I only read the first few comments but it seems Zoot thinks that the 3rd set cannot be won on a tie break. Others have been disagreeing (I would fall in that camp) but as far as I got reading there didn't seem to be a definite answer.

    Is Zoot wrong? Say it isn't so!!

    (PS - Nice to see BTP still unhappy because Santa didn't bring him Fergies head on a plate again)

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  • 154. At 3:00pm on 02 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    Gaz! welcome back! You've been missed.

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  • 155. At 3:10pm on 02 Jan 2010, beneficiary wrote:

    The definite answer is "the 3rd set can be won on a tie break."

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  • 156. At 3:12pm on 02 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    (sound of zip being undone)

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  • 157. At 3:13pm on 02 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Don'y forget to brush your teeth and gargle afterwards, blog.

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  • 158. At 3:23pm on 02 Jan 2010, GazUtd wrote:


    So Zoot was wrong? I don't know what to say. Perhaps we should be worrying about this instead of global warming/climate change/whatever they're calling it this week.

    And wrong as in factually wrong. Not wrong like BTP, who is just 'wrong'.

    But forgetting about the end of the world for a minute, I have came to a startling conclusion. Well it made me jump.

    JDR is actually one Monsieur Arsene Wenger from North London.

    Think about it. Constant whinging. Always wanting his own way. Never seeing the error of his or his compatriots ways.

    How could we have missed it?

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  • 159. At 3:46pm on 02 Jan 2010, beneficiary wrote:

    158. At 3:23pm on 02 Jan 2010, GazUtd wrote:
    DR is actually one Monsieur Arsene Wenger from North London.

    Think about it. Constant whinging. Always wanting his own way. Never seeing the error of his or his compatriots ways.
    ----------------------------------------------------
    Spot on. Just wanted to correct one thing, the person is more commonly known as SAF in our part of the world, although AW does not lag far behind - may be in 8 years time he will become as much annoying.

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  • 160. At 4:20pm on 02 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    157. At 3:13pm on 02 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Don'y forget to brush your teeth and gargle afterwards, blog.
    --------------------------
    What a piece of work you are.
    Back under the stone, with you,now.

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  • 161. At 4:26pm on 02 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    Preston 6 up against Col U! I'm stunned. Can concentrate on the league now but if this is the difference between Championship and Div 1 they'd struggle.

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  • 162. At 4:27pm on 02 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    You could have at least corrected my spelly, lazy get.

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  • 163. At 4:30pm on 02 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    BeneathThe Contempt, ive told you, this isnt care in the community for internet sickos, be off with you, youtube exists for deviants like you.
    Live alone do you you twisted little racist pervert?

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  • 164. At 4:56pm on 02 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:


    7-0 to Preston! I blame Neil Kelly's commentary.

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  • 165. At 5:04pm on 02 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    Hull Lost!!

    wooopeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

    sorry about that over celebration guys.

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  • 166. At 5:32pm on 02 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Blog - a desmond - drining mans degree I think!!!

    Jack - well I see you've got your cup run sorted???

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  • 167. At 5:34pm on 02 Jan 2010, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    66. At 4:35pm on 01 Jan 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:
    58. At 4:23pm on 01 Jan 2010, JoeDavisRoach wrote:
    Why is it people continually tell me to stop expecting Robbo to win journalistic awards?

    Im assuming you are replying to my comments so I dont understand why people continually neglect to read what Ive said. Ive said countless times that I understand Robbos blog entertains people and that I dont condsider him an actual journalist and have therefore set my standards extremelly low in relation to his blog. Its when I feel that even these lowest of standards are not met that I am unhappy. Its that simple. It has nothing to do with expecting top class jornalism from him.

    _________________________________________________________________________

    Happy New Year, JDR. Thought we'd seen the last of your rays of sunshine but you return, swathed in post-Christmas pessimism, 'horrified' by this blog. As a regular poster/slagger-offer you probably know that I always do a light-hearted little crystal ball thing around the turn of the year. So it didn't brighten your New Year's Day. I'm gutted. Really I am.
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    I can assure you that there is no pessimism in my approach. My comments in regards to the falling standards and shoddy journalism were primarily directed at the actual journalists that use blogs to essentially avoid having to do some real journalism and just offer a pretty uninformed opinion and let the "comments" section do the rest.

    However I cant deny I could find very little substance in this latest effort and very little debate worthy points. Its just a series of rather predictable Robboisms. I accept the point that its all meant in lighthearted terms - but you continually use this as a means of defending poor output from my criticims. Just because something is lighthearted doesnt mean it has to be of low standard or cant contain something worthy of debate. No doubt you will say that there are people more than happy to discuss hypothetical martian takeover bids and Phil Browns shade of orangeness but surely one cant be criticised for expecting just a little bit more?

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  • 168. At 5:40pm on 02 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    JDR - the licence fee is the best value spend I make every year. Jsut over £100 quid for Robbo's blog alone - well worth it!!! That works out at about a pound a blogg. And if we add in Radio 4 and a bit of Radio 2 well what more can I say???? Im sure you will say sumat?

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  • 169. At 5:42pm on 02 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    And dont forget Strictly Come Danicng - then again you may have a point!!!???

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  • 170. At 5:43pm on 02 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Blog - here is the missing "k" - k?

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  • 171. At 6:00pm on 02 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Well, 4 to the good and a fifth clean sheet to boot today.

    Watch us get drawn against Man U next round. Again!

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  • 172. At 6:03pm on 02 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    While I'm here and H2H will know what I'm on about with this but I have to ask this: Are JDR and AccurateChronometer vying for the title of world's most boring poster?

    If those two can bottle it they'd make a killing selling a cure for insomnia.

    In fact I'd put a fair chunk of change buying that for my sleep deprived mind.

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  • 173. At 6:08pm on 02 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    Star, AccurateChronometer is female. Wedding bells, perhaps?

    Blog, loved the EE Cummings stuff. Raising the bar a bit there, old horse.

    BTP, calm down, lad, it's only a game.

    Gaz, welcome back, mate. Finally completed Modern Duty or whatever it's called?

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  • 174. At 6:09pm on 02 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    JDR, re: your misanthropic ponderings; it's like writing to Vic and Bob to complain about Paxman's output. Bananas.

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  • 175. At 6:11pm on 02 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Hi Star.

    Just popped in and say your post (172)

    AccurateChronometer wins hands down.

    I don't mind JDR, don't really understand the Robbo bashing, but when he does join in the "debates", he always makes good arguements.

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  • 176. At 6:15pm on 02 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    @ 173. Hi Tommy,

    You are correctamundo, AccurateChronometer has indeed posted that he is a she.

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  • 177. At 6:19pm on 02 Jan 2010, Andreisgiant wrote:

    Happy New Year Gary.

    As you are back, I am too

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  • 178. At 6:19pm on 02 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    2nd half... jitters. Nice step-over from Dirky. Reading looked good first half hour though. Good to see Stevie in centre mid though, it's where he belongs.

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  • 179. At 6:21pm on 02 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    And so it begins. Nice Christmas, Andre? All we need is Irn_Bru and PaulMcshane and we can have a party.

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  • 180. At 6:23pm on 02 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    We need Tommy O back too, haven't read anything from hin for a while either.

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  • 181. At 6:24pm on 02 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Can you just feel the love in the room??




    p.s. Looking forward to see who Boro get in the next round!!!

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  • 182. At 6:25pm on 02 Jan 2010, GazUtd wrote:


    My goodness, it's like someone has been waiting for months for me to post. Surely no one could be that sad?

    TommyB I've finished most of Call Of Duty, but it's extremely disappointing. Full of errors and didn't live up to expectations. Actually now that I think about it I may go to a Call Of Duty messageboard and complain about it.

    Anyone here who could give me a few pointers about complaining?

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  • 183. At 6:25pm on 02 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    Tommy - I missed your modded sporting moments of the year, mate - are you reposting them?

    FBH - Ah the missing K - cheers, that makes sense of a traumatic incident when the kk* took my baby away and i didnt know who they were

    JDR - Do you read anyone elses; posts. Thought not. See post 150 for my thoughts. Yawn. i suspect the answer is http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/6897023.stm

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  • 184. At 6:31pm on 02 Jan 2010, Andreisgiant wrote:

    Niall, Happy New Year to you too. When I left your blogs were becoming steadily better, but this one is utter rubbish. What happened?

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  • 185. At 6:34pm on 02 Jan 2010, Andreisgiant wrote:

    Gary, will you please keep your pathetic life stories to yourself...or at least one of those dedicated self-help forums.

    This is a sports blog. No one cares about your opinion on some stupid Xbox game

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  • 186. At 6:35pm on 02 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    Decade, Blog, decade! I can't until I get them either rejected or reinstated. I'm in blimbo.

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  • 187. At 6:36pm on 02 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    I dont know who AccurateChronometer is but does anyone else around here think that the BBC is cheating us out of a year of our lives by pretending that the decade is over a year early?




    (just kidding)

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  • 188. At 6:37pm on 02 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Andreis - I played it on PS2!?!?

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  • 189. At 6:38pm on 02 Jan 2010, you wrote:

    You are all Diseased!

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  • 190. At 6:38pm on 02 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    I daren't say this with Gaz around, but we're playing like complete and utter Everton. Improvement, please... now.

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  • 191. At 6:40pm on 02 Jan 2010, you wrote:

    189: is a title of Carlin's HBO special. Thought I should throw it in the mix of things.

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  • 192. At 6:41pm on 02 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Was that you who posted 189 and 191?

    Tommy - dont worry they will snatch an underserved winner mate

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  • 193. At 6:42pm on 02 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    187, You had me worried there for a moment blogs.

    Although it is debatable how long a moment actually lasts.

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  • 194. At 6:45pm on 02 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    "an underserved winner " - back to Tennis hey?

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  • 195. At 6:45pm on 02 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Let the pointless cat fighting begin ....

    On a serious note, I see Aquilani's been thrown on ... must be getting desperate.

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  • 196. At 6:46pm on 02 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:


    All these ghosts from he past.....

    Is it halloween already?

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  • 197. At 6:48pm on 02 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    fbh - still bitter about last season at Anfield, mate? Divvn't fret, man. This is guff. Aquilani looks poor again. ok, improvement........... now!

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  • 198. At 6:49pm on 02 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    195. At 6:45pm on 02 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:
    Let the pointless cat fighting begin ....

    196. At 6:46pm on 02 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:
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    All these ghosts from he past.....

    Is it halloween already?
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    We're just warming up for the big showdown in 2012.

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  • 199. At 6:51pm on 02 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Tommy too right - I was even thinking about that about 1 hour ago - oh the joys of being a boro fan.
    Im also bitter as Im off out tonight and the pints are full price - £2.85 - grrrrr - but as a Parmo on the way home will be £4.50 swings and roundabouts
    p.s. nowt wrong with that goal disallowed Tommy - maybe some one breathed in the direction of the keeper :-)

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  • 200. At 6:52pm on 02 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    big showdown in 2012

    Glad Im not paying for it!!!

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  • 201. At 6:59pm on 02 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    We'll all pay when the time comes, fbh, according to some sources.

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  • 202. At 7:04pm on 02 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Unless you illeagally download that movie Tommy. ;p

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  • 203. At 7:10pm on 02 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Tommy - I did of course mean at Anfield

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  • 204. At 7:11pm on 02 Jan 2010, JoeDavisRoach wrote:

    183. At 6:25pm on 02 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Im not intrested into getting into a pointless exchange of petty insults. You obviously disagree with my opinion of this blog which is fine. I can assure you that I have no agenda other than offering my opinion much as everyone else here does.

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  • 205. At 7:12pm on 02 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    Karacan and McAnuff looked quality for them. Reading were real battlers without really creating anything. Aquilani thought he had an aeons to muck about in the middle when he came on but needs time, but not too much of it, to get used to the pace of the English game. Skrtel has turned into Boumsong. Insua is defensively inept. If Aurelio's a winger then I'm a Frenchman. Lucas is great at hassling but has the distribution of Rwandan food stamps. We'll beat them at Anfield but it's a bit of fixture congestion when you consider we've got Champ... oh

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  • 206. At 7:14pm on 02 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    PS... I was a little bit sick in my mouth when Tyldsley said something like, "It's been a day of few upsets in the FA Cup sponsored by e-on", without missing a beat.

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  • 207. At 7:15pm on 02 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Could be worse Tommy ... at least your team didn't have a bunch of supporters yelling 'Sack the Board' post match like Pompey did.

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  • 208. At 7:17pm on 02 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    We'll get to that later, Star. Though sacking's too good for our owners, I'd say. Invading Texas may be the only answer.

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  • 209. At 7:20pm on 02 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    "Lucas is great at hassling but has the distribution of Rwandan food stamps."

    Now that's funny.

    Reading more than deserved the draw, but as you said Tommy you'll probably whack 'em at Anfield.

    All in all a pretty tame 3rd round today, nothing really out of the ordainary. Shame.

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  • 210. At 7:35pm on 02 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    the draw was a fair result for both sides. Torres played well, maybe he fancys a move to Arsenal next season.

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  • 211. At 7:36pm on 02 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    Oh go on Joe, just a short pointless exchange of petty insults, it will be fun!

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  • 212. At 7:36pm on 02 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Yup, tame indeed, especially as Gills match vs Accrington was frozen off today. Oh well, hopefully they'll take inspiration form Burnley and finally win away this season when they do play.

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  • 213. At 7:48pm on 02 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    You'll be one disappuinted blog.

    JDR dont do no short

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  • 214. At 7:57pm on 02 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    Liverpool hd no chance of defeating the magical halflings of Middle Earth: Glyfi, Karacan, Hammer, Tabb and Legolas.

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  • 215. At 8:14pm on 02 Jan 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Hello lads, Happy New Year!

    Heskey scoring after 42 penalties, I haven't laughed that much all year. A bloody cracker that Robbo!

    Then I read Bloga's 3rd resolution at #19 and nearly choked.

    It'll be a good year, the signs are there... when the year starts with an opposition own goal things must be going your way!

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  • 216. At 9:02pm on 02 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    The definite answer is "the 3rd set can be won on a tie break."

    ============================

    The definite answer is who gives a s***.

    G'day guys.
    Still catching up.

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  • 217. At 9:04pm on 02 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    JDR is actually one Monsieur Arsene Wenger from North London.

    ==================================

    Welcome back Gaz... now bugger off again.

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  • 218. At 9:15pm on 02 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    Tommy - If Liverpool dont beat the royals aka biscuit men, the supporters will find it hard to digestive and rafa wont be hobnobbing it in the BPL no more.
    It all went wrong for him when he grew the box beard which makes him look like a Snapping Turk from Yellow Submarine:

    He looks wrong.
    He's so ugly.
    Really ugly!
    Somebody push a button.
    There's a Cyclops. - Can't be. He's got two eyes.
    Then it must be a bi-Cyclops.

    And so on as Liverpool FC navigate the Sea of Holes:

    We'll be sucked into oblivion. - Or even further.
    Put her in reverse.
    By all the sea nymphets, we're losing power.
    We're being swallowed. What shall we do?
    Serve tea. - Lovely.

    This would be SAF i spose http://archive.sensesofcinema.com/images/26/cteq/yellow_submarine.jpg
    JDR? http://crystalconundrum.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/nowhere_man.png?w=300&h=200

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  • 219. At 9:23pm on 02 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Tommy - If Liverpool dont beat the royals aka biscuit men, the supporters will find it hard to digestive and rafa wont be hobnobbing it in the BPL no more.
    ==========================

    Probably send a Ripple through the crowd down Kingston way blog.

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  • 220. At 9:34pm on 02 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    Just one, Bo?
    Funny how things go round like a party ring; it was in this very blog that I learnt the official legal difference between a biscuit and a cake. ive learnt about all sorts of sh - stuff in fact, and discovered funny people Id never heard of (im reading rodney dangerfields autobiography thanks to RBA) and although im not a better person for it, im no worse than i would have been so thanks to all my fellow bloggers for not disimproving my life except :
    JDR
    BeneathTheContempt and
    Fat Tim

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  • 221. At 9:47pm on 02 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    (im reading rodney dangerfields autobiography thanks to RBA
    ===============================

    What has he got to do with being funny blog? JDR has more humour in his latest whinge than that man has in a whole career of non funny movies and monologues.... you may have picked up that i am not a Dangerfield fan.

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  • 222. At 10:02pm on 02 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    "Real Madrid are preparing a £60m move for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, who is their top summer transfer target, and will pursue him in the same way they chased Cristiano Ronaldo last season."

    If that rumour proves to be true and Rooney decides to go... Un**ed can kiss goodbye to any chance of winning anything this season.

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  • 223. At 10:10pm on 02 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Living in a different hemisphere to you guys throws me out... when there is talk about summer transfers, I am thinking of Oz summer rather than european... so obviously my last post is wrong... If Rooney does leave Un**ed then it will be at the end of this season not in the January transfer window.

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  • 224. At 10:14pm on 02 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    His autobiog is funny, though, Bo. You wouldnt recommend CaddyShack, then? Cos i just bought it.
    The Rooney thing; the galactico global brand logic seems to be taking hold. The oil billionaires who know less about football than my granny bought robinho as a statement of intent rather than as an on-the-field proposition, to establish the brand (also the Kaka debakakale). Man City will strip Liverpool of any stars degenerate enough to follow the filthy lucre.
    Who can steal whose star players is the game, and the pound is weak against the euro, so Real might do it. Don't think Colleen would let him go tho.

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  • 225. At 10:22pm on 02 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Blog, Dangerfield has a lot of fans so I guess he must have something... he just doesn't appeal to me.

    Real Madrid have the brand name blog... I think Rooney is lacking in enough intelligence to follow his brilliantined mate... Man City have a long way to go... I see more players taking the kaka stance than following Robinho's lead.... they'll be able to entice British players with the lure of money but I don't see any big name overseas players being attracted.

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  • 226. At 11:52pm on 02 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    220. At 9:34pm on 02 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:
    Just one, Bo?
    Funny how things go round like a party ring; it was in this very blog that I learnt the official legal difference between a biscuit and a cake.

    Blog blog blog - apart from not knowing the difference between a fishy and a lishy or a jeordie and a smoggie you obviously didnt study law ... up the boro and all similar products!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 227. At 00:00am on 03 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    it was in this very blog that I learnt the official legal difference between a biscuit and a cake. ive learnt about all sorts of sh - stuff in fact,

    Blog - the fact is this blog is v v v dangerous - I hadnt had a pie in years til some numpty mentioned it on here - I am now 16 stone and keep saying "pakker" ... im not happy ... grrr

    p.s. chicken or egg
    H2H - a moment is
    1. A brief, indefinite interval of time.
    2. A specific point in time, especially the present time: He is not here at the moment.
    3. A particular period of importance, influence, or significance in a series of events or developments: a great moment in history; waiting for her big moment.
    4. Outstanding significance or value; importance: a discovery of great moment.
    5. A brief period of time that is characterized by a quality, such as excellence, suitability, or distinction: a lackluster performance that nevertheless had its moments.
    6. Philosophy
    a. An essential or constituent element, as of a complex idea.
    b. A phase or an aspect of a logically developing process.

    UNLESSS you are torking ( thats talking to most of us) physics in which case its the product of a quantity and its perpendicular distance from a reference point.

    Simples

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  • 228. At 00:01am on 03 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Even bo is in bed - bo lacks

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  • 229. At 00:05am on 03 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Still here FBH... just trying to come to terms with your moment... think I'll stick with no.1... the physics is too much for me torking it or otherwise.

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  • 230. At 00:09am on 03 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    You say you are 16 stone now FBH... what was you before you came to this blog... if you have gained in wisdom then maybe a few added pounds is worth it.

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  • 231. At 00:21am on 03 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    FBH lacks staying power methinks.

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  • 232. At 01:02am on 03 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Bo .. sorry m8 ... me thinks u may hava pint ... hic ... point ... one of me mates is an aussie ... so i spent most of the night watching a scarecrow pay darts .... he got to the final tho so just like rape and pillage .... darts is a sport?????????

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  • 233. At 01:03am on 03 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    p.s. 12 stone!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 234. At 11:34am on 03 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    My Predicton for 2010

    Is that we will all know soon just who was the PL Boss caught on an industrial estate. I have a feeling it could have something to do with a team in the north of england who have pots of money to spend and recently took on an italian wonder coach.

    targets must be met guys.

    compare the meercat dot com " simples " best advert of the year thus far.

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  • 235. At 1:23pm on 03 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Dg3rd - beats me??

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  • 236. At 1:50pm on 03 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    G'day all.In terms of best advert,DG3,I have to go with the new moneysupermarket.com ad with Omid Djalili.
    Just watching Leeds at Man Utd. at the moment.Who do you cheer for in that game?the ref?Certainly not Clve Tyldsley.At least he's got to half time without mentioning Barcelona 1999.
    My brave lads carry on our revival.A cup run would be lovely.I'm fed up with going out in the 3rd/4th round of the F.A cup.
    According to the newspaper that my father in law takes,Alan Curbishley...
    DG3,it's meerkat time...sorry,Alan Curbishley is in talks with Phil Gartside for the Bolton gig.Trotts,if you read this,I think that's a winner for you.

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  • 237. At 1:53pm on 03 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Afternoon chaps,

    Is there a cupset in the air??

    Nice goal by Beckford, Brown doing his best to get sent off, Berbatov well, being Berbatov.

    Hair dryer being well and truly revved up at this moment me thinks.

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  • 238. At 1:56pm on 03 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Afternoon H2.It's hard to see a formerly great club,now burdened with financial trouble and uncertainty about the owners losing 1-0 at home to Leeds....

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  • 239. At 1:59pm on 03 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Southgate is on telly - I miss that chap.

    (Reminds me of the Pauline Calf joke - whilst having fun with Kojak - "hey look I'm on telly!!")

    Hibs v Hearts to come plus the big one ...

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  • 240. At 2:01pm on 03 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    jacks yes its heart-rending to see the state man utd and liverpool have been reduced to(ahem) but even worse to see AW getting smugger with every new fnancial report.

    fbh - darts like rape and pillage?? think i see wot you mean - andy fordham/viking.... pricks in the board...bike nicked whilst playin darts....no; dont get it. think you might have been drinking last night?

    pricks in the bawd : i thought the smog had lifted on that one, av room? granted. dont really care tho.

    meanwhile in sarf efrica: swannee, how i love ya, how i love ya. england just about on top, kp due a few runs. kallis should have gone by now

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  • 241. At 2:01pm on 03 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Best advert = its just been on telly - all I will say is "Green Army"

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  • 242. At 2:04pm on 03 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Ha Ha Jacks.

    Good away win yor your lot yesterday, although it would of been bad if you´d lost against 9 men.

    I´m with you on Curbishly, and I see that hy Joe Hart for England campaign has got a new member. (Title of PMcN´s blog, haven´t read it yet though)

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  • 243. At 2:05pm on 03 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    "all that money Oy've spent on petrol,we coulda bought Ridback van nostrilboy"

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  • 244. At 2:06pm on 03 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    (Title of PMcN´s blog, haven´t read it yet though)
    Never judge a book by its cover - to be fair I ahve read it yet either....

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  • 245. At 2:09pm on 03 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    H2, Joe Hart has been superb for B'ham this season.One of my customers is a season ticket holder at St. Andrews and is desparate for them to sign him up. I'd like to see Capello give him a go.Another name to throw in the mix is Joe Lewis at The Posh.
    As for darts,I don't wish to show off,but I did pick a Taylor v Whitlock final.I've also predicted a trophy for the Emirates,however,to keep my word with Spits I'd like to get this in early..."I'm forever blowing bubbles....."

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  • 246. At 2:10pm on 03 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Grreen Ormy
    Ridback van Nostrilboy !!!
    H2H - I meant havent!!!

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  • 247. At 2:12pm on 03 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Pleased with yesterday's win,H2.Even the mad man himself(Holloway...no sleight on you H2)got himself sent to the stands.On this current showing,I hope we can avoid Leeds in the 4th round.
    FBH,did you know that in the last 5 seasons,the team that beats Boro in the cup ends up losing in the final...

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  • 248. At 2:20pm on 03 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    I´ve been saying it for a while, from what I´ve seen this season Hart is the ONLY choice for England, the rest just aren´t up to it.
    James was past it before the last WC, Robinson and Green are too inconsistant and Foster can´t even make it on the bench at Utd.

    Keep singing that song Jacks, we´re gonna need all the luck we can get today, WHU are definetly our bogey team.

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  • 249. At 2:21pm on 03 Jan 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Jacks @ 236.

    Of course Jacks, I read every word you write! I'd be fine with Curbishley, just didn't think he'd fancy relocating all the way up there. I especially like him for the long term. Don't know why he's been out of the game so long.

    My 80+ year old Mother (and one time season ticket holder at Burnden Park) sent me an email two days ago telling me that Mark Hughes had got the job. Since my old man turned his toes up she takes her responsibility for passing on all UK sports news very seriously. Having been away for New Year I had to do some research to discover that this report was nonsense and was just another case of my brothers feeding her mis-information to confuse the American branch. She probably told all the girls at bingo too!

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  • 250. At 2:22pm on 03 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Hi Jack - yeah I was aware - the sad fact that the Cardiff defeat in 1/4rs few years ago knocked the club back - and I noticed the Tractor Boys got a good away win in the Amsterdam Arena - sorry team colours confusing me - Blackpool Man u look very poor today (so far) - bit like Lpool yday???

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  • 251. At 2:22pm on 03 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    p.s. this is Beckfords last game for Leeds - before joins Toon Army

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  • 252. At 2:29pm on 03 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    FBH, Liverpool were very poor yesterday.I don't know where they are going at the moment.Poor throughout the team.Man Utd. just can't get into gear today.I don't want to jinx this,but I still think if they get one they'll get a couple more.
    Have the boo boys started for Strachan yet?
    Trotts,if you read everything I write,you need to get out more!!!:-)

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  • 253. At 2:33pm on 03 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Jack - I also read everything you write - snowballs time!!! (We have another downfall up here last night)
    As for strachan - oh yes the boo boys are out now - not as bad as for GS1 but they are even tunring their attention to Steve Gibson. Some even suggested we should go for the hatrick of "GSs" by getting Graeme Souness in - you know just forthe fun of it. As a boro fan we have had a relativley great time since Robson arrived but now we are back to the old days and for a while yet. Just have to get used to it I suppose.

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  • 254. At 2:34pm on 03 Jan 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    haha

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  • 255. At 2:49pm on 03 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    5 minutes added time ... and fergie still moans!!!

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  • 256. At 2:56pm on 03 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    CUPSETTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Leeds 1 United 0

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  • 257. At 2:56pm on 03 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Breaks your heart doesn't it.Watch tomorrow as all the Man Utd. fans come on here and come up with every excuse they can think of.Well,tough.

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  • 258. At 2:57pm on 03 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Sir Alex Ferguson has never lost in the FA Cup third round as Man Utd manager, and he's never lost to a lower division team in the Cup.

    All good things ... as they say ;)

    Also means Spurs aren't getting drawn against them now.

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  • 259. At 2:57pm on 03 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    There'll be a three-hour meeting at the BBC now, to discuss whether they should even mention the Manc Untidy result.

    Beaten by a third division team.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAH!

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  • 260. At 2:58pm on 03 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Now that´s what I call, "the magic of the cup".

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  • 261. At 2:58pm on 03 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    "FBH, Liverpool were very poor yesterday.I don't know where they are going at the momen"

    The draw for the fourth round of the cup.

    LOL

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  • 262. At 2:58pm on 03 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Well if their supporters start moaning, remind them they had a million shots on goal AND they ought to have Brown sent off.

    The FA cup's back to it's magical best.

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  • 263. At 2:59pm on 03 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Star,was Fergie in charge when they lost to Bournemouth?

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  • 264. At 3:00pm on 03 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    257. At 2:56pm on 03 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:
    Breaks your heart doesn't it.Watch tomorrow as all the Man Utd. fans come on here and come up with every excuse they can think of.Well,tough.

    No way Jacks, It will probably be a real no mancs land around here for a while.

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  • 265. At 3:00pm on 03 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    I'll have to repharase something #to said to TommyB yesterday. And so I shall.

    It could be worse Tommy, at least you weren't knocked out by Leeds.

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  • 266. At 3:02pm on 03 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    No idea Jack, I just nicked that stat from the live text.

    Now Watford, can you do the same against Chelsea?

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  • 267. At 3:03pm on 03 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Bournmouth beat the scum in 84, two years before Sir Alky.

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  • 268. At 3:05pm on 03 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    267. At 3:03pm on 03 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:
    Bournmouth beat the scum in 84, two years before Sir Alky.

    BTP - interesting that you also chose to have a go at Robbo's journalitc abilities?????

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  • 269. At 3:07pm on 03 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Bugger. Watford a goal down already :(

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  • 270. At 3:14pm on 03 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Hasn't come out for an interview, either.

    Toilet locks bust again?

    Have to say, the referee bent over backwards to keep Brown on the pitch, too.

    Pretty shocking, as well as the 5 minutes.

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  • 271. At 3:20pm on 03 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Can you imagine the vitriol from the press if Rafa (whose side beat Leeds) had spat the dummy out and refused to come out for an interview?


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  • 272. At 3:23pm on 03 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Chelsea are gonna batter Watford, can´t watch it though, doesn´t seem to be any streams available.

    Not really that bothered though, gives me an hour to waste giggling about Utd´s loss to a League One team (at home, lest we forget) before a nervy 90 mins against Wet Spam.

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  • 273. At 3:24pm on 03 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    H2H,

    Let's not waste our time with this 'League One' nonsense, when Division Three sounds soooooo much better.

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  • 274. At 3:31pm on 03 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    3 to Chelsea already ... game over and it's only 30 minutes gone.

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  • 275. At 3:33pm on 03 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    This is a real straw clutcher,but.....Leeds captain Richard "Beast" Naylor served at Portman Road for many years.I'm claiming that to wind up Adam tomorrow.If he (or any of them)show up.

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  • 276. At 3:34pm on 03 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    BTP Div 3 does indeed bring it home a lot better.

    It´s just that it took me so long to finally get used to the Championship, League 1,2 etc, I have to use it or lose it.

    But especially for you;


    .....gives me an hour to waste giggling about Utd´s loss to a 3rd Division team (at home, lest we forget) before a nervy 90 mins against Wet Spam.

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  • 277. At 3:36pm on 03 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    *****

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  • 278. At 3:41pm on 03 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    H2,BTP. Should we add to the list "Division 3 team,taken to a replay and extra time by non-league Kettering"?
    Just a thought...

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  • 279. At 3:41pm on 03 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Bring back leagues 1, 2 3 and 4!!!!

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  • 280. At 3:42pm on 03 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Abolish the off-side rule!!!

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  • 281. At 3:42pm on 03 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    275 Jacks.

    I can go one better than that;

    The guy who cleared the ball off the line from the Rooney shot in the first half, Jason Crowe, was a former Arsenal lad. His claim to fame is that he made one of the shortest debuts ever, getting sent off after 33 seconds.

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  • 282. At 3:43pm on 03 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    ANd make it compulsory for a clubs players to be born within 50 miles of the stadium!!!

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  • 283. At 3:45pm on 03 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    I can here the Gooners' vote ebbing away???? :)

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  • 284. At 3:46pm on 03 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    33 seconds? Pah, an eternity compared to Vinnie Jones' best effort.

    3 seconds apparently or so he claimed on Top Gear some years ago.

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  • 285. At 3:46pm on 03 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    FBH,to give my brave lads a chance,can they all be related as well?

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  • 286. At 3:48pm on 03 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    283 FBH, Our next generation is filleed with English players, we´d be all right.

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  • 287. At 3:48pm on 03 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/news-and-comment/player-sets-record-for-fastest-ever-sending-off-1215773.html
    Before you look,try and guess how long it took him.
    Vinnie got booked after 4 seconds...

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  • 288. At 3:49pm on 03 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    284, Not on his debut though Star.

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  • 289. At 3:49pm on 03 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Jack - and have an unhealthy interest in Sheep Breeding

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  • 290. At 3:51pm on 03 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Also in 2000 an English amateur player, Lee Todd, was sent off after two seconds when he responded to the referee's whistle to start the game by saying "xxxx me, that was loud" and was dismissed for foul and abusive language.

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  • 291. At 3:52pm on 03 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    FBH,what are ewe trying to say?Don't go trying to pull the wool over my eyes or I'll drive up the A19 and ram you.Baa..d form,FBH.

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  • 292. At 3:54pm on 03 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Jack - drive up the A19 - have you looked out the window - v white out there p.s. gr8 link - refs are gr8 arent they ?????

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  • 293. At 3:56pm on 03 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Free The A19!!!!

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  • 294. At 3:56pm on 03 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    290. At 3:51pm on 03 Jan 2010, followingborohurts wrote:

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

    Nice one, though I cold probably beat that by questioning the ref's parentage as he puts his whistle to his lips and get sent off quicker ... if I played for a team that is.

    Mind I got sent off most games at school at some point or other for foul language that may or may not have been directed at the ref.

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  • 295. At 3:57pm on 03 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    FBH,yesterday to come home from work,I drove over the highest A road in the country(A53,Axe Edge.Leek to Buxton road) so smog land doesn't worry me.I could always send my wife's mad relatives down from Shiney Row...no,on second thoughts I wouldn't wish that on anyone.

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  • 296. At 4:00pm on 03 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    293. At 3:56pm on 03 Jan 2010, followingborohurts wrote:
    Free The A19!!!!

    ---------
    And get some geordie builders to take it to a native american tribe....

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  • 297. At 4:00pm on 03 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Anyone know what Fergie had to say about the game as I'm hearing he's disappeared up his own backside rather than face the ingnomony of the press?

    I'm dying to hear about what time bending phenomenon warped the pitch and the ref's mind to conspire to give Leeds the win.

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  • 298. At 4:02pm on 03 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    http://img188.yfrog.com/img188/7558/gocomp.jpg

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  • 299. At 4:10pm on 03 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson:

    "I must admit, I didn't expect that performance. If you don't start and the other team does, you're always up against it. Leeds had a far bigger appetite than us for the game. You need a a bit of luck and they got it, but they deserved it because they played really well. The referee gave five minutes of injury time and that's an insult to the game, to the players out there."

    Someone help me here, Fergie's bemoaning the huge amount of extra time given. What the heck's up with that?

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  • 300. At 4:12pm on 03 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    "The referee gave five minutes of injury time and that's an insult to the game, to the players out there."

    To quote Bart Simpson, the ironing is delicious.

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  • 301. At 4:14pm on 03 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    297 Star, I haven´t seen it, but on an Arsenal website people are saying that he was complaining that there was not enough extra time added on. (I´m not joking)

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  • 302. At 4:14pm on 03 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    It's the old Fergie trick.Say something to deflect attention away from the result.

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  • 303. At 4:14pm on 03 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Hey Jack I did a google maps satellite view of Buxton the other day (for some reason I was thinkng Burton) - nice place Buxton - loooks what I think a posh place looks like but as I come from Middlesbro Im only imagining (mind you I live in Yarm now - near Steve "How u shay unzerdog" McClaren)

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  • 304. At 4:16pm on 03 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Maybe we can all club together and give the refs an Accurate Chronometer. That'll solve everyone's problem then ;)

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  • 305. At 4:21pm on 03 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    SAF is becoming an embarrassment - but then again as FIFA is led by Joseph Blatter the game has bigger thing sto deal with - and as for Southgate being a pundit ... its a funny old game (actually he is a decent fella - southgate not fergie ... he's a delusional fool)

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  • 306. At 4:23pm on 03 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    My Xmas hols have been pretty much ruined having been in bed with flu since Thursday, but it's amazing how much a Manc skudding by a 3rd Division team helps pick you up.

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  • 307. At 4:28pm on 03 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    5-0 Chelsea ... I think they've won this now ...

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  • 308. At 4:28pm on 03 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    BTP - which is yr team :0)

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  • 309. At 4:29pm on 03 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Liverpool, for my sins :)

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  • 310. At 4:30pm on 03 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Star - and thats with Turnbull in goal - one of the most surprising transfers in football histroy

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  • 311. At 4:31pm on 03 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    What happened to Hilario FBH? The beeb's listed him as being in goal, unless he was subbed.

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  • 312. At 4:36pm on 03 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    FBH,Buxton is nice enough.I wouldn't call it posh though.
    I bought my latest car from a dealership on Yarm Road.

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  • 313. At 4:37pm on 03 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Not sure star - just chekced the chav website ( i now feel v v dirty) and Hilario is in goal AND on the bench!!!! 5 live told me (and otehrs Im sure) that tunrbull was in goal
    BTP - wordt ever Lpool team??? It all started going wrong when you had that lucky win v boro at Anfield last year (Tommy - no I wont let it lie :))

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  • 314. At 4:39pm on 03 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Jack - there are several in that area - been looking at the Mini garage up there - red and white with soft-top - but question mark over work and future put that on hold - and if you are in the area again ....

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  • 315. At 4:42pm on 03 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    FBH, Wentane Motors

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  • 316. At 4:42pm on 03 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    FBH,

    Nah, nowhere near the worst - just been battered by defensive injuries this season which has pretty much crippled us for consistency at the back.

    Alonso leaving hasn't helped although he only really had one spectacular season out of five.

    General crap form hasn't helped, either.

    We'll be better second half of the season (I hope!)

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  • 317. At 4:44pm on 03 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Hard to beleive it but are Lpool on verge of doing a Leeds???? ANd no I dont mean beating Man You at OT .... I dont think so but ....

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  • 318. At 4:49pm on 03 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Wouldn't have thought so.

    Leeds went because their spending was massively out of control compared with their incomings.

    Not something that's going to happen under our 'custodians', trust me.

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  • 319. At 5:02pm on 03 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    And now it's the Gooners' turn to sweat!

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  • 320. At 5:04pm on 03 Jan 2010, codzie85 wrote:

    Gooooooooal! Hammers 1 up

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  • 321. At 5:11pm on 03 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Damn it,

    1-0 to the Spam at H-T, can´t really complain about that, we were poor to say the least, I don´t like when we play in the Spurs kit.


    Looking on the bright side, if there´s one thing that Wet Spam are good at, it is throwing away a lead.

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  • 322. At 5:13pm on 03 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    At least Arsenal have the excuse of missing their best players.

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  • 323. At 5:19pm on 03 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    H2H - cant get used to arsenal in white shirts balck shorts.

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  • 324. At 5:20pm on 03 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    It's like watching Spurs.

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  • 325. At 5:22pm on 03 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Or Liverpool away kit???

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  • 326. At 5:25pm on 03 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    324. At 5:20pm on 03 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    It's like watching Spurs.

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

    So why aren't Arsenal 2-0 up yet then? :P

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  • 327. At 5:26pm on 03 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    LMAO

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  • 328. At 5:26pm on 03 Jan 2010, codzie85 wrote:

    Yeah except the team in white are losing....lol H2H
    How's things today gents?

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  • 329. At 5:27pm on 03 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Cos they'll be saving that for us.

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  • 330. At 5:27pm on 03 Jan 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    It's rather like watching Bolton v West Ham, big difference is we beat 'em ; )

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  • 331. At 5:28pm on 03 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Re 326´

    Spurs away 2-0 up Star?????

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  • 332. At 5:29pm on 03 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    331. At 5:28pm on 03 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Re 326´

    Spurs away 2-0 up Star?????

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

    No, but we beat Ham 2-0 at home recetly

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  • 333. At 5:30pm on 03 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Look on the bright side, it'll not be long until 'Arry's spent the Spuds into Portsmouth territory.

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  • 334. At 5:43pm on 03 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Not likely BTP, not with Levy holding the purse strings and vetoing stupidly expensive purchases and ENIC belonging to an English Billionaire.

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  • 335. At 5:53pm on 03 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Well that was coming.

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  • 336. At 5:58pm on 03 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Much more like it.

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  • 337. At 5:58pm on 03 Jan 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    even more like Bolton!

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  • 338. At 6:02pm on 03 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Cack.

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  • 339. At 6:12pm on 03 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Arsenal win ... so Spurs are either going to get them or Chelsea next round.

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  • 340. At 6:15pm on 03 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    tight,Arsenal gents.Very tight.Draw time.Teams to avoid Chelsea,Arsenal and Leeds(ha,ha,ha)

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  • 341. At 6:19pm on 03 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Man Utd have drawn

















































    a blank.

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  • 342. At 6:20pm on 03 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    GLOAT

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  • 343. At 6:20pm on 03 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Good tie for us if we beat Reading.

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  • 344. At 6:20pm on 03 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Away at Southampton.Hmm,not so sure.

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  • 345. At 6:22pm on 03 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Banana skin for Citeh

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  • 346. At 6:22pm on 03 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    H2H.I'm sorry.Family comes first.
    "My,my,myyyyyyyyyyy Delilah"(ba da badadadada)

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  • 347. At 6:22pm on 03 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    hooray, we ain't got Arsenal ...Stoke have :P

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  • 348. At 6:23pm on 03 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Away again.

    Against Darth Pulis´ lot.

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  • 349. At 6:25pm on 03 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Gills at home to Fulham provided they can get past Accrington first. Big pot o money for them if that happens.

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  • 350. At 6:25pm on 03 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Keep singing Jacks me old mate.

    You are now officially our lucky charm.

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  • 351. At 6:25pm on 03 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    And Preston have Chelsea .... uh oh ...will Spurs have to play the almighty Leeds united?

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  • 352. At 6:26pm on 03 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Shame that Leeds couldn't get a big club to play...

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  • 353. At 6:26pm on 03 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Kin 'ell we are as well, at White Hart Lane

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  • 354. At 6:28pm on 03 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    350. At 6:25pm on 03 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:
    Keep singing Jacks me old mate.

    You are now officially our lucky charm.

    --------------------------------
    Not sure what to do now.I can't cheer against my eldest daughter's team.Can I?

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  • 355. At 6:28pm on 03 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    If Spurs screw this up I'll have to face my uncle and my brother in law ... and I've kinda been gloating the past 5 years about their downfall after they used to gloat about playing Champs league football to wind me up.

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  • 356. At 6:28pm on 03 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Star

    Your prediction that you would draw Utd was spot on.

    Who knew it would be Leeds though.

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  • 357. At 6:34pm on 03 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Re 354

    No Jacks, you have to cheer for Stoke just to keep Spit and I happy.

    But how could you let your daughter be seduced by Pulis´ dark side?

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  • 358. At 6:35pm on 03 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    356. At 6:28pm on 03 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Star

    Your prediction that you would draw Utd was spot on.

    Who knew it would be Leeds though.

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

    A hairs breadth away from another showdown with Man U.

    Fr!gging scary really. Mind the way Leeds are playing to say I'm wary of them is an understatement.

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  • 359. At 6:39pm on 03 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Evening Leeds,

    what did I miss?

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  • 360. At 6:39pm on 03 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    357. At 6:34pm on 03 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:
    Re 354

    No Jacks, you have to cheer for Stoke just to keep Spit and I happy.

    But how could you let your daughter be seduced by Pulis´ dark side?

    ----------------------------------
    I know that you will understand this H2,but the Utd. fans will have no idea...We live 15 miles from Stoke and they come to her school to do football and P.E lessons.I'm happy for stoke to be her team.She wouldn't do too well following either mine or Mrs Jack's teams.(N.U.F.C)

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  • 361. At 6:40pm on 03 Jan 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    does Stanley Bowles still play for QPR?

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  • 362. At 6:41pm on 03 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    The stoke bit is tricky.

    The game today got me all worried how well we dont cope in absence of Cesc.





    That and realising that I was watching the game in East London.

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  • 363. At 6:41pm on 03 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    I think they´ve had their day in the sun Star, would be extreamly surprised if they could do that again. ´Arry will put out a full stregnth team for that one.

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  • 364. At 6:42pm on 03 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Wasn't he the bloke in "To The Manor Born",Trotts?

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  • 365. At 6:49pm on 03 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    360 Jacks, if it her local team, then I am in full agreement mate.

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  • 366. At 6:51pm on 03 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Nice draw for your guys Trott, do you want to borrow our kit for that one?

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  • 367. At 6:51pm on 03 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    I knew you'd understand,H2.Manchester is 60 miles north of us,which means that if my calculations are correct,if Kathryn or Elizabeth had chosen Man Utd. as their teams,they would have been in the closest 5% of fans to the ground...

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  • 368. At 6:58pm on 03 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    362 Spit

    The boys did what they had to do.

    Without being too good, (we never are in that white kit) we kept pressuring them and wore them down. AW made the substitutions at the right time and that gave us the extra energy to win the game.

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  • 369. At 7:03pm on 03 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    H2H,

    I can better than complain on a day ManU get beaten at home by Leeds United, who by the way are some 4 leagues below.

    I can do better. I can gloat. We all can.

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  • 370. At 7:03pm on 03 Jan 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    nah, that was Stanley Matthews

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  • 371. At 7:07pm on 03 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Trotts,are you sure you're not thinking of Stanley Baxter?

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  • 372. At 7:08pm on 03 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    No, that was Fletcher off of Porridge.

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  • 373. At 7:12pm on 03 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Not only is Fletcher the greatest comic creation of all,I'm sure he'd also do a better job in the Man Utd midfield as well...

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  • 374. At 7:14pm on 03 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    370 Wasn´t Stanley Matthews the Turkey guy? Bootifull.

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  • 375. At 7:17pm on 03 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    no,that's Bernard Manning

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  • 376. At 7:20pm on 03 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    373 Jacks.
    Yeah, they won´t admit it, but they really do miss that One Ronnie don´t they

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  • 377. At 7:20pm on 03 Jan 2010, redpreacherman wrote:

    Must haff been Stanley Unwin then

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  • 378. At 7:39pm on 03 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    377, You making up your own language there Preach.

    Stanley Unwin could be the new manager of Man Utd. (100% losing record this decade)

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  • 379. At 7:45pm on 03 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    H2H the spin doctor - Manu U have lost every gamne they have played this year - including the ones at OT!!!

    Boro have got a weekend off soon :(

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  • 380. At 7:46pm on 03 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Strange season in 2010 - not a sinlge prem side has won a point this year!!!

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  • 381. At 7:59pm on 03 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    FBH, Stoke v Fulham is the first PL game this year, (Tuesday) I can´t see either of them winning that. ;p

    And on Wednesday we take on Trotter´s mighty team. Unbelievably if we win we´ll be up to second, less then six weeks ago we were completly written off and being told that we would be lucky to stay in the top 4.....
    Got to love the "pro`experts"

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  • 382. At 8:02pm on 03 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    This season has a looooooooooooooong way to go yet.

    Exciting.

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  • 383. At 8:33pm on 03 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Loads more to come BTP.

    It is good to see that it´s still up for grabs this year, and not just for the teams that are in the top 3/4 positions at the moment. Who´s to say that L´pool won´t come good, or that Spurs, Villa, City or even B´ham or another team can´t finish in the top 4 or better.

    Let the games begin.

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  • 384. At 8:38pm on 03 Jan 2010, redpreacherman wrote:

    Isn't that what Caligula said when he loosed the lions?

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  • 385. At 8:39pm on 03 Jan 2010, redpreacherman wrote:

    Or was it when he took his to bed?

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  • 386. At 8:39pm on 03 Jan 2010, redpreacherman wrote:

    The missing word is horse

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  • 387. At 8:50pm on 03 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Just like to add my commiserations to poor 'ol Un**ed. How come England's saviour didn't get to play? In fact how many games has the hat-trick hero played since... well his hat-trick.

    The gunners managed to overcome the hammers... it's never easy to play at upton park..... We only get the FA Cup final in Oz so I never got to see either game.

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  • 388. At 8:50pm on 03 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    385: Think, dont know for sure, Caliguly also gave exclusive imperial powers to his horse while he was having the world's first colonoscopy, most of which he much enjoyed

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  • 389. At 8:57pm on 03 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    This season has a looooooooooooooong way to go yet.
    ===================================

    I'm prepared to say here and now that the winner will come from the current top three... the only spot up for grabs is 4th

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  • 390. At 9:20pm on 03 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Evening Bo.

    I´m not writing off anybody yet, this season´s just too unpredictable.

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  • 391. At 9:20pm on 03 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    H2, whilst I agree with you that Joe Hart should be given an opportunity in goal for England, I don't know if I want him no. 1 in South Africa... he is lacking in experience and in pressure games that lack of experience may well tell against the team. But take him in the three for sure, probably along with James and Green.

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  • 392. At 9:22pm on 03 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    G'day H2... the gunners managed to scrape through to the next round... did you see the game?... from the BBC report they were outplayed for 70 minutes, does this fit in with your view?

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  • 393. At 9:41pm on 03 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Yes I did Bo.
    I wouldn´t say outplayed, WHU scored in extra time and went in 1-0 up at H-T.
    Not sure if they really deserved to be in front, but we definetly didn´t.

    It wasn´t what you would call a vintage Arsenal performance, but in the second half the lads kept plugging away and I always had the feeling that we would win although it was hard to see who would make the breakthrough.

    With about 20mins to go AW made an excellent double subsitution taking off the largely ineffective Merida and Ramsey for Nasri and Diaby. This was the spark we needed and from that moment there was only going to be one winner.

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  • 394. At 9:59pm on 03 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    393... so you could put it down in part to an AW victory then H2... He did a similar thing bringing on Fabregas the other day... it was a risk (as it proved to be) but it got the desired result.

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  • 395. At 10:19pm on 03 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Ferguson is really ruling out Owen's chances of going to SA. He wont select Owen over Rooney, who would.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/eng_prem/8438450.stm

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  • 396. At 10:21pm on 03 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    394, Yes I do Bo, definetly.

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  • 397. At 10:26pm on 03 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    On the road again... see you guys later

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  • 398. At 11:33pm on 03 Jan 2010, Zebedee wrote:

    Happy new year and good night all.

    Great to see the blog is back to it's very best. Will this continue for the foreseeable future or is this just a chrimbo special intended to keep us salivating for a new series later in the year?

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  • 399. At 01:38am on 04 Jan 2010, Zebedee wrote:

    With apologies to you know who....

    JDR: I would like to take this opportunity of complaining about these blogs that continually allow journalists to make total generalisations without first obtaining a full factual history.

    Robbo: Mind you, that is just a total generalisation made without first obtaining a full factual history

    GazUtd: I feel the time has come to complain about people who make rash complaints without first making sure that those complaints are justified.

    JDR: Are you referring to me?

    GazUtd: Not necessarily, however, I would like to point out that the Robbo is wearing British Psychiatric Association Dinner Dance Club cuff-links.

    JDR: Oh yes, I noticed that too.

    Robbo: These are not British Psychiatric Association Dinner Dance Club cuff-links.

    GazUtd: Sorry.

    Robbo: They are in fact British Broadcasting Corporation Gilbert-and-Sullivan Society cuff-links. It is in fact a sort of in-joke with us lads here at the BBC. I think the last speaker should have checked his facts before making his own rash complaint.

    JDR: Yes, that'll teach him.

    Robbo: However, I would just like to add a complaint about blogs that have too many complaints in them as they get very tedious for the average blogger.

    H2H: I'd like to complain about people who hold things up by complaining about people complaining. It's about time something was done about it. (a size 16 ton weight falls on H2H's head).

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  • 400. At 07:44am on 04 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    399. At 01:38am on 04 Jan 2010, Zebedee wrote:
    (a size 16 ton weight falls on H2H's head).
    --------------------------Ah,the marvelous Monty Python sketch about how to defend yourself against a man armed with fresh fruit...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfIkMXw_YM4

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  • 401. At 08:15am on 04 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    But what about point-ed sticks???

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  • 402. At 08:18am on 04 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    pointed sticks?pointed sticks?don't talk to me about pointed sticks...

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  • 403. At 08:40am on 04 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    Speaking of pointed sticks, South Africa have just lost their last 4 wickets for 11 runs in 17 balls at he beginning of the second day. One for Onions (Kallis) and the rest for Jimmy to get his 5-for. Unbelievable start to my day off. Glad I didn't sleep in!

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  • 404. At 08:42am on 04 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Geoffrey has had kittens this morning,Tommy.Let's hope someone can score runs for us.

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  • 405. At 09:09am on 04 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    I wonder how many Man Utd. fans will show up today....

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  • 406. At 09:36am on 04 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    not many,then.Is everybody snowed in?or is it the lure of the cricket...

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  • 407. At 09:49am on 04 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Still got the flu.

    Torturing Mancs is making me feel a little better.

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  • 408. At 10:04am on 04 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    If they turn up BTP....

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  • 409. At 10:07am on 04 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Why does my head hurt???

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  • 410. At 10:08am on 04 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Jacks,

    They seem to be on the new Leeds-related blog on the front page.

    Warming up nicely :)

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  • 411. At 10:15am on 04 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Just had a quick scan through,BTP.Makes you smile...
    Morning H2

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  • 412. At 10:25am on 04 Jan 2010, redwillhunted7 wrote:

    G'day Fellas, Happy NEW year!

    Hey Jack, H2H, BTP, hope u had a cracking NY. H2H = sounds like u certainly did, and still are by all accounts!

    Read Robbos blog yesterday, started reading the comments then stopped, due to the Tennis vs JDR sparring. Wouldn't be Ronbbo's blog without JDR however. Would be nice to have Gaz post soon, even if just a quick 'hiya' all. No chance of that after Leeds eh?

    Q is not how many utd fans will turn up but more how many Arse/Scousers will be appear to continue the longest day!

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  • 413. At 10:29am on 04 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Morning all.

    Gaz`made an appearance Will, read the comments, there was a few surprises.

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  • 414. At 10:30am on 04 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Cheers redwill,

    Great hols up until getting the flu - at least I get extra time off (although the way work's going it could be a permanent hol before too long!)

    We've probably all had to do our fair share of hiding away from these boards - I know I have.

    Payback, as they say, is a biatch.

    :)

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  • 415. At 10:33am on 04 Jan 2010, redwillhunted7 wrote:

    H2H - Geez, okay I'll backtrack.

    Lots of wickets falling this morning in SA. Pitch, bad batting or just good bowling? Collie's in to hopefully steady the ship after lunch. Famous last words.

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  • 416. At 10:39am on 04 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    G'day redwill.Not sure what's going on in Cape Town.Collie and Cook need to bat all day.

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  • 417. At 10:47am on 04 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    I read the other day on some Utd board that there would be more chance of hell freezing over than of Leeds beatin Man Utd.

    I'm not sure about hell, but there was tempretures of minus 15 last night in parts of the NL, it's now snowing extreamly hard and it's like one big ice rink outside.

    Did they curse your area too?

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  • 418. At 10:52am on 04 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Was in the Dam about this time a couple of years ago - it was that cold the canals were frozen over.

    Got fed up of having to put my coat on just to go from Cafe 420 to the cake shop.

    Not that much, though.

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  • 419. At 11:03am on 04 Jan 2010, collie21 wrote:

    I am Man United Fan, Happy new year!

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  • 420. At 11:06am on 04 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    419: like we had any doubts.

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  • 421. At 11:07am on 04 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Morning all,

    hope you made through the celebrations and the families in one piece.

    Is it a good season of footie or what.

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  • 422. At 11:16am on 04 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    BTP's enjoying himself on Chris Bevan's blog...

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  • 423. At 11:21am on 04 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Hi collie.

    Your post makes this board look like an AA meeting...

    Hello..

    My name is Collie, and I am a Man Utd supporter.... (soft applause in the background).


    Only joking mate, Happy New Year. :)

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  • 424. At 11:23am on 04 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Ollie Williams' blog is quite a hoot, too.

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  • 425. At 11:23am on 04 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    H2H: have they hit rock bottom already?

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  • 426. At 11:33am on 04 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    No Spit, But they are a few steps away from recovery.

    They just have to submit to a higher power, (Fergie) and acknowledge their mistakes. (Time for a shave Gnev.)

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  • 427. At 11:36am on 04 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    On a serious Man Utd. related note.When Fergie goes (maybe even before)the financial pressure they are under will have them struggling like Liverpool(pace BTP).Only able to buy when they sell first(where's the Ronaldo money gone?)Apart from the Beckham,Scholes etc brigade they have no youth players coming through.Is this the beginning of the end?

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  • 428. At 11:38am on 04 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    426. At 11:33am on 04 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:
    Time for a shave Gnev.
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    I'm sure there are plenty of volunteers to use the cut throat...

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  • 429. At 11:43am on 04 Jan 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    I haven't posted on here in so long i have forgotten how to type!

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  • 430. At 11:44am on 04 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Well, the first step is acceptance.





    And that might be the hardest

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  • 431. At 11:47am on 04 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    C'mon RBA.

    how hard can it be to revert to type?

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  • 432. At 11:49am on 04 Jan 2010, redwillhunted7 wrote:

    $263 Jacks, no Fergie started in '86. '84 was Big Ron, can-you-please light-me-a-big-fat-Cigar Atkinson.

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  • 433. At 11:51am on 04 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    427 Jack.

    Begining of the end is probably a bit OTT.

    As long as the Glaziers have their alleged money troubles they may have to operate on a slightly lower level in the transfer market.

    As much as I like to gloat and laugh at the moment, it is only one game they have lost, it´s not a crisis and they will bounce back and history tells us that it is a fools errand to write them off.

    However replaces SAF is going to have a mountain to climb no matter what the circumstances are at that moment. I´m not familiar with the Youth players at the club, but I´m sure they´ve probably got a few hopefuls on the books at a club the size of Utd.

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  • 434. At 11:57am on 04 Jan 2010, redwillhunted7 wrote:

    Cook and Bell left again from the top order, talk about deja vu...

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  • 435. At 12:00pm on 04 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    H2,I'm not suggesting that M.U. will do a Leeds,but I can't see them continuing as they have for the last 15 years.Money will be the problem because of the debt they have.
    Welcome back RBA.Enjoy the darts?

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  • 436. At 12:03pm on 04 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    H2,I would also suggest history shows that any era has to end.When you did L'pool back in may 89,who would think that L'pool would go on such a decline?

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  • 437. At 12:07pm on 04 Jan 2010, redwillhunted7 wrote:

    #433, I agree, a blip rather than a worrying trend, hate that other word that begins with a 'T'...

    I think Utd's exit from the cup (that they've won 11 times) is clearly bad news for Utd but worse news for Chelsea in the PL, esp with African Nations and now probable renewed focus from Utd to contend with.

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  • 438. At 12:10pm on 04 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    The one truism in life is that everything fails eventually.

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  • 439. At 12:11pm on 04 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    436 Spot on Jacks.

    I just don´t wanna get carried away on the back of one freak result. (No matter how much fun it is)

    Welcome back RBA, HNY.

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  • 440. At 12:11pm on 04 Jan 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Easy Jacks, Darts were alright, Wadey didn't do as well as i would've liked but hats off to Whitlock... But my days, Phil Taylor! Setting up his BBC SPOTY nicely... i mean come on 15 world titles! Even people who wrongly thing the darts aint a sport have to give the lad some credit, name anyone who has been at the top of his game long enough to hold 15 world titles...

    But James done fair enough and beat some good people, my Unlce Molly blames himself as everytime he watches Wadey on the box he loses... I'm poking his eyes out for next year!

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  • 441. At 12:15pm on 04 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    If darts is a sport then I should have been SPOTY in 1992 for being UK Kick Off 2 champion.

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  • 442. At 12:18pm on 04 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    441, I was a bit SPOTY in the early 80´s but a dose of clearisil soon cleared it up.

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  • 443. At 12:19pm on 04 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    RBA,I wasn't trying to wind you up.I thought Whitlock would be the dark horse for the tournament.He certainly gave Taylor his toughest match dor a long time.Wade's qf against Whitlock was superb.

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  • 444. At 12:20pm on 04 Jan 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    If thats true BTP, yes... you most certainly should have been!

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  • 445. At 12:21pm on 04 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Speedball 2 champ too - should've had the double off.

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  • 446. At 12:24pm on 04 Jan 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    HNY-2-U-2-H2H!... (sorry mate would have posted before, but BTPs mention of Kick-off 2 side tracked me...)

    Jacks, no worries mate, whitlock was class and beat James fair and square, and your right it was, magic-darts...

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  • 447. At 12:42pm on 04 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Anybody else notice this story?

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8435317.stm

    I thought I'd seen the lad somewhere before....

    http://img704.yfrog.com/img704/711/dirk.jpg

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  • 448. At 12:42pm on 04 Jan 2010, redwillhunted7 wrote:

    BTW, how are the Aussies now able to compete as part of darts' elite? I'm dumb-funded.

    Save Steady Eddy Charlton, I thought darts and snooker were refreshingly aussie-free!

    I remeber the older darts characters like 'wee' Jockley Wilson (jockey on the Ockey, pocket-rocket), the crafty cockney, Big Cliff Lazarenko and steely-eyed John Lowe. Now those were real blokes....Smoking, drinking and ploughing their trade, without a nutritionist in sight!

    Happy Days...

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  • 449. At 12:46pm on 04 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    One for Trotts...
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/b/bolton_wanderers/8439458.stm

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  • 450. At 12:49pm on 04 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Afternoon Lads (and any lasses)
    435. At 12:00pm on 04 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:
    H2,I'm not suggesting that M.U. will do a Leeds

    Jack - what about Liverpool ???

    BTP (p.s. I saw ya on the other blog comparing Brrow to Boro - that I dont mind but playing away!!??)
    438. At 12:10pm on 04 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:
    The one truism in life is that everything fails eventually.

    EVERYTHING???? (Looks down towards nether regions with a wistful sadness)

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  • 451. At 12:54pm on 04 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    450. At 12:49pm on 04 Jan 2010, followingborohurts wrote:


    Jack - what about Liverpool ???
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    As long as they are debt ridden by the 2 muppets,nothing will change.I know I get accused of being pro Arsenal,but they seem to be doing things the right way.Chelsea have Abramovich and his cash,but how much longer will he spend?

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  • 452. At 12:54pm on 04 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    439. At 12:11pm on 04 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    I just don´t wanna get carried away on the back of one freak result. (No matter how much fun it is)

    H2H - you are by far and away the most reasonable poster on here - even when you are hungover - you must have AW's share of the "reasonable" gene

    BTP - 447 - I see what you did there!! :)

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  • 453. At 12:57pm on 04 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Where's Colch????

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  • 454. At 12:59pm on 04 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    449, That stoty sure does have legs Jacks.

    I can´t see the logic in turning down Celtic in the summer so that you can continue your "project" only to leave in January. Not only leave, but leave your project/team in the lurch to join a local rival.

    I like OC and respect what he has done at Burnley, I hope he doesn´t leave and tarnish his reputation.

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  • 455. At 1:06pm on 04 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    re 454: even if he does join Bolton, lets hope its after we play them twice in the next days.

    With Arshavin and Cesc out injured, the last thing we need is fighting trotters

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  • 456. At 1:09pm on 04 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Hi fbh,

    Contary to popular belief I don´t actually have a hangover (which surprised me more than anyone.

    This;
    409. At 10:07am on 04 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:
    Why does my head hurt???
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    Was in responce to this;
    399. At 01:38am on 04 Jan 2010, Zebedee wrote:
    H2H: I'd like to complain about people who hold things up by complaining about people complaining. It's about time something was done about it. (a size 16 ton weight falls on H2H's head).
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    But just like alcoholic beverages, I´ll take all the compliments I can get, so cheers mate.

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  • 457. At 1:16pm on 04 Jan 2010, collie21 wrote:

    423. At 11:21am on 04 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:
    Hi collie.

    Your post makes this board look like an AA meeting...

    Hello..

    My name is Collie, and I am a Man Utd supporter.... (soft applause in the background).


    Only joking mate, Happy New Year. :)

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    Well you know what it's like, after yesterdays performance I was in fear of needing an intervention like Liverpool or even Newcastle fans.....
    Quite happy to stand up and be counted :-)

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  • 458. At 1:18pm on 04 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    H2H - thanks for that - I need to look for the context more - I still maanged to get a giggle out of it though!!! And well done Zebedee - boing!!!

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  • 459. At 1:22pm on 04 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    455 Spit,

    I think we´ll have more than enough to get a result against them at home Wednesday, to move us up to second above Utd (HOORAY) no matter who´s in charge, I believe we have enough to cover for AA and Cesc. (I thought AA was just being rested??). We will miss Song though.

    The real test will come at the Reebok, but hopefully we´ll have Cesc back by then.

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  • 460. At 1:25pm on 04 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    I knew I'd seen that Obertan somewhere.

    http://img683.yfrog.com/img683/1710/59205893.jpg

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  • 461. At 1:27pm on 04 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    re 457.

    Good man Collie!!

    A real fan takes the good with the bad, respect.

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  • 462. At 1:30pm on 04 Jan 2010, collie21 wrote:

    What's all the talk about United's Money troubles, the only team not to have money troubles is Arsenal, they just don't have any at all. I think it's a load of tosh as a argument. There are a stack of youth guys coming through at United, just ask Eccles she is always on about it.
    I think the change that is coming Man Uniteds way, is one coming the way of everyone else, it's that the other teams have finally caught up in training, strategy, and experience.
    I am a little anxious about players, like Nani, Foster, Anderson, not really making the grade, but I can't see United getting into a crisis just yet.
    It's not a wind up, but genuinely are Liverpool fans at all worried? I think the happiest fans this season are City, Birmingham Chelski and Villa.

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  • 463. At 1:31pm on 04 Jan 2010, Zootmac wrote:

    153 GazUtd

    As a great man once said, "I tried, and I failed. The lesson is: don't try."

    Happy New Year, and may I make my belated award of Robbo Posting of the Year to you for "The JDR Gang". Brilliant.

    My award for sustained comedy goes to BTP for that Friday evening in late summer when, with the moderators snoozing, he took over the blogs of Robbo and ROTW with hours of booze-induced anarchic wit. Outrageous.

    I'll leave the next bit to you, BTP: is it zip up or zip down? Or would you prefer consuming a Bounty Bar to felatio? It is a dilemma. As Clive James famously observed, one activity is reasonably harmless, whilst the other is decidedly bad for your teeth.

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  • 464. At 1:44pm on 04 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Zoots.

    You gave us the scare of the year when you went missing for a while. RBA, Trotter and I were talking about an International Rescue search party.

    Thunderbirds were almost go.

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  • 465. At 1:51pm on 04 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    New blogs up!!!

    Why didn´t you tell me??

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  • 466. At 1:54pm on 04 Jan 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    new blogs up H2



    last

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  • 467. At 3:01pm on 04 Jan 2010, collie21 wrote:

    never say last till you are

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  • 468. At 5:38pm on 04 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    I agree

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  • 469. At 7:49pm on 04 Jan 2010, DennyCraneWHU wrote:

    I know tis post is unlikely to be seen, but Robbo, this is one of your best. Thx for an amusing year.

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  • 470. At 07:52am on 05 Jan 2010, abccba wrote:

    more information about live score and live tv

    http://ofcn.cn/r3e4

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  • 471. At 3:35pm on 11 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    testing

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  • 472. At 12:43pm on 18 May 2010, U14310449 wrote:

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

  • 473. At 1:59pm on 18 May 2010, adampsb wrote:

    Is anyone here

    LAST

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