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Robbo Robson | 14:20 UK time, Thursday, 28 January 2010

OK, Mancs - and you citizens of Cornwall and Kuala Lumpur - I concede. It was the best game of the season. And the 4-3 wasn't bad either, to be fair.

I don't know whether to be hacked off that United have reached another final, or quietly pleased that the newly-minted Man City have been denied.

Mancini has been a civilised sort since arriving. I'm mildly diverted by his appearance. How long does it take him to look like that?

The hair is an identikit from a photo in a crusty old barber's shop window. The eyebrows look a little tidy too. Me, I've got stragglers weaving their way like vermicelli in all directions and he's probably about my age, so has he been on the tweezers?
Roberto ManciniThe dapper Roberto Mancini
The scarf has been a master-stroke. How long before Liam's clobber label start flogging something similar? And his team have shown a bit of devil about them too.

Kompany - and surely he should be wearing the number two shirt - was excellent throughout. They don't seem to be missing the headless chicken that can be Kolo Toure, or indeed Lescott.

And of course young Carlos had to bag a goal - though who would have thought he would've flicked one in with what looked like a Paul Scholes-style tackle?

The TevNev fracas seemed to have calmed down, but then young Gary has been concentrating on getting his plans for a flower-shaped eco-house passed. You do sometimes wonder whether Nev might reduce a fair bit of global warming just by keeping his trap shut, bless him.

There's more to come from City. If they've missed anyone it's a fit-and-firing Stephen Ireland. They lack a player who's going to get beyond the front men from midfield. A Lampard if you will. All right, if you're going to get beyond Bellamy, a Lampard with winged heels.

But United looked way better on Wednesday night... I think my prediction that they'll win nowt this season has really spurred them on, dammit.

Rooney's form is pretty magnificent at the moment. He can even cartwheel and run backwards like a bearded Beth Tweddle, and he's got Alan Hansen purring away with yards of alliteration (touch, technique, talent; power, pace, penetration... you've got to love Al).

Then there's the 'White Pele' banner. Now Wayne's good but his only qualification for that moniker is the 'white' bit. (And even then I'd go for Pasty Pele). And I doubt Pele's grasp of Anglo-Saxon is quite as relentless and repetitive.

Nani, of course, has a similar nickname with one letter difference in the word 'white'.
It all adds up to one thing - Rooney's metatarsals are looking about as flimsy as toothpicks - at least in my imagination. (I'm sure the correct term for them is Wazza's mezzas). As far as the World Cup's concerned there's nowt much else in the locker if he doesn't make it and Fergie's hardly letting him put his feet up. What's that phrase? It's always Wayne in Manchester?

Trouble is there's not a lot of spare on United's bench either. Owen is like a fleeting shadow of that boy who terrorized Argentina. Berbatov is a flat soufflé most of the time, and Kiki Macheda (wasn't Kiki the frog in Hector's House?) hasn't had his pineapple mop on the pitch for long enough to make any impact.

So it looks like England fans will have to just grin and bear it.

At least Rio's back. He makes Evans look a better player, Ferdinand, although I think if there's anyone I'd least like to watch celebrating a goal, it's him. He's like a 12-year-old trying to pogo after too many sugary drinks. Every time I see it I imagine him flicking the Vs at you out of the back of the school bus.

So a Villa-United final... Me, I'll go for Villa on the basis that I've said the Reds will win nothing. Plus it'll be nice to see O'Neill springing about like a little Ulster lamb. I'm not applying any logic here, mind. If I was , I'd pick United.
Andy MurrayAndy Murray has plenty to shout about

Just as I'd pick Federer to win the Aussie Open. But then I had a sly bet with Tony Thompson in the Bell after his first round wobble that Rog'd never win another major. Then he goes and mullers everyone in sight. Robson! Gob! Shut!

Still Murray has been entertaining, not to mention that rare quality amongst British tennis players, clinical. Plus he celebrates like some sort of anti-Henman. The open-throated holler, where his mouth started to morph like that bloke's in American Werewolf in London, was particularly special.

In the meantime we can all spare a thought for Crystal Palace fans. I've always had a soft-spot for Palace since the days of the Team of the Eighties - so long ago now they're probably the Team In Their Eighties.

The chairman must take a lot of the blame and given the man looks like third prize winner in a Duran Duran looky-likey competition it's always been hard to take Simon Jordan seriously. The rather orange complexion - as regular readers will know - always fills me with suspicion. Plus, as a football fan I like the day's highlights to be on the pitch, not in the chairman's barnet.

It's not surprising that Warnock is exasperated. Twenty first place and losing the lad Moses is hardly what he or his players deserve. It's just a shame they've been hit with this mid-season, rather than at the beginning of next, say.

The only upside is that it means Boro continue to climb the table. Which I couldn't resist, but to be honest it's not that funny.

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  • 1. At 3:10pm on 28 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    Villa for Disneyland!

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  • 2. At 3:13pm on 28 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    "Kompany - and surely he should be wearing...."
    I was getting worried up to this point, robbo, i thought youd metamorphosised into gok wan

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  • 3. At 3:14pm on 28 Jan 2010, stiffpilchard wrote:

    Love the Simon Jordan comment. Excellent!!

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  • 4. At 3:16pm on 28 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    I might survive after all after the morning rampage ...

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  • 5. At 3:17pm on 28 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    murrays more of a were-ostrich

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  • 6. At 3:17pm on 28 Jan 2010, LABSAB9 wrote:

    Still Murray has been entertaining, not to mention that rare quality amongst British tennis players, clinical. Plus he celebrates like some sort of anti-Henman. The open-throated holler, where his mouth started to morph like that bloke's in American Werewolf in London

    American Werewolf in London - Classic film.

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  • 7. At 3:17pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Robbo,

    whatever happened to your plan of getting Rooney slightly injured, just to get him fully fit right before April so he was in South Africa firing on all cylinders?

    We could use that plan at the moment.

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  • 8. At 3:21pm on 28 Jan 2010, ronaldo_rocket wrote:

    More poor, needless drivel on the Mancini style-factor. Why?
    Not you're best, has to be said. Then again, little else to be expected following UTD's success last night.

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  • 9. At 3:22pm on 28 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    robbo - you only need another 10 clubs to go bust and boro will be vying for promotion

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  • 10. At 3:23pm on 28 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

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  • 11. At 3:24pm on 28 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    no ive a better idea, pay them more to kidnap kaka, fabragas, ronaldo and chain them to a radiatory for 10 months

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  • 12. At 3:26pm on 28 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    For the first time ever, (well since the first leg) I saw Utd as the lesser of two evils, so they had my support, which is usually enough to doom any team, but they amazingly won and although it was in extra team it wasn't in Fergy time.

    I'm sorry you were glad to see Rio back, because it looks like he won't be around for a while again. It seems the FA have given him the elbow. Or did he do that to someone else?

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  • 13. At 3:28pm on 28 Jan 2010, Tom Halstead wrote:

    "If they've missed anyone it's a fit-and-firing Stephen Ireland. They lack a player who's going to get beyond the front men from midfield. A Lampard if you will."
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    When Ireland has been fit he has rarely played, and certainly has not had the central, attacking role he had last year. Why? You cannot have a Lampard-style midfielder when you play so many other attacking players - with Tevez, Bellamy, Adebayor, W-Phillips often playing at the same time, or at least three of them (and this is not to mention the flopsters Robinho and Santa Cruz), it is impossible for Ireland to play this attacking role. Look at the difference in Lampard's game when Anelka and Drogba are both playing.

    So, who should be sacrificed to allow Ireland to play this central, attacking role? I personally think that Ireland's career will suffer as a result of City trying to fit in all of their attacking options, and he will soon be on his way to the likes of Everton or Villa. Am I right? What do you all think?

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  • 14. At 3:36pm on 28 Jan 2010, Cyril wrote:

    Robbo, what do you make of the Ferdinand 4 match ban? I understand that this ban is to punish the player for his actions. This however does not help Hull City in anyway if anything it's a disadvantage to us, as Ferdinand misses the game against our relegation rivals Portsmouth.

    When really if the referee had made the right decision at the time, or even just consulted his linesman Ferdinand would have been sent off, we'd have had a penalty and had we scored it would have been 1-1 and Man Utd down to 10 men. It just doesn't seem fair that we get nothing out of it.

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  • 15. At 3:39pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    13 Tom Halstead,

    new here mate?
    This is neither the place nor time to discuss football tactics.

    Think about it, its a Robbo Robson blog and at half 3, not enough beer to start discussing team formations.

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  • 16. At 3:41pm on 28 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Tom.

    I think that City are in danger of becoming a team in the mould of Real Madrid. Their owners are going to want and expect almost immeadiate succes, if the manager doesn't bring this he will be moved on and replaced by someone else.

    The new boss will have an almost unlimited cash suply to bring in who they want or think can do a job, this inevitably means that many of the players of the previous manager will be frozen out and find themselves surplus to requirements. Many players will be unfortunatly left in the cold.

    This is what I think MAY happen.

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  • 17. At 3:44pm on 28 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    15 RE 16,

    Sorry Spit, I started early today, but in my defence it's almost 5 o clock over here.

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  • 18. At 3:44pm on 28 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Why not look to someone closer to home with that comparison(for us anyway) H2H.

    Namely QPR.

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  • 19. At 3:46pm on 28 Jan 2010, Tom Halstead wrote:

    Spitfire - what would you prefer? More repetitive banter between Man U and Liverpool fans? Or more comments like blogdignag's desire for kidnapping? Silly me for talking about football on a football blog.

    Lets have a beer and a decent blog conversation!!

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  • 20. At 3:47pm on 28 Jan 2010, Tom Halstead wrote:

    H2H - well said mate!

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  • 21. At 3:48pm on 28 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Hmm, sounds like we're getting Kaboul and Bergovic fom Pompey now ... is this some cunning plan of theirs to escape their debts by gradually transferring everyone to Spurs and then some day revealing they've changed the name of the club and stadium a la the Springfield Isotopes in that Simpsons episode where they mayor of Alberquerque are after them?

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  • 22. At 3:50pm on 28 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    delia could rustle up a feast fit for a cannibal king with for starters a flat berbatov souffle and, to follow, Robbo Vermicelli with a choice of headless Chicken Toure and O'neill Ulster lamb all served up with a nice Rio sugary drink and topped off with a orangeeboom jordan/ pineapple macheda fruit pie with a lovely light flakey pastry pele.

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  • 23. At 3:51pm on 28 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

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  • 24. At 3:52pm on 28 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Star,

    Does 'Arry actually know that he's allowed to bring in players that haven't been at his previous clubs?

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  • 25. At 3:54pm on 28 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    Hello All.

    Mancini looks more like buisness exec than he does a manager following the tradition of that other poser Mourinho.

    as for the game, due to City employing an Italian they got what they
    deserved due to the negative approach often seen from these Italians
    look out england! you have a like minded dressage Horse in charge of you
    lot. I have to say had M Hughes been there it would have been a dif story
    not that I liked him either.

    I am not really one for giving AF any praise at all, however I do admire
    the guys conviction and sending out a full strength outfit.

    Rio was back and now he's gone. Rooney, workmanlike performance, man u have been very very very lucky indeed he has remained injury free.

    as for my Arsenal ermmmmmm it was 0-0 and hey presto another player possibly sidelined for the season. Wenger looks perplexed, not a good sign. oh well up the Gunners.


    nice lil read as ever Robbo

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  • 26. At 3:55pm on 28 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    Tom/H2, Ireland gives them the extra option so that they can change their style as suits when playing in tricky away games where they may come under the cosh. Whether he himself would accept being the major part of Plan B is another matter. I can see him ending up with 'Arry or the Sticky Toffee Puddings. He's quality, no doubt.

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  • 27. At 3:55pm on 28 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    i know where im not wanted (slopes off into the setting sun)

    BOING!

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  • 28. At 3:55pm on 28 Jan 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    I can't believe me or star weren't moded off the last blog!

    I also can't believe it's not butter!!!!!

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  • 29. At 3:56pm on 28 Jan 2010, collie21 wrote:

    Ferdinand is a utter wally on a big salary who can stop a ball. Fletcher is brilliance, Rooney is great, Nani is improving, United look like they might win something,it's beginning to come together for them. Ferdinand isn't actually back given his 4 game ban...

    Nice to see the Carling cup finally produce some passion and talent.

    Boro scored some goals this week.

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  • 30. At 3:59pm on 28 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    28. At 3:55pm on 28 Jan 2010, Where Did The Title Ngog??!! wrote:

    I can't believe me or star weren't moded off the last blog!

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    I'm still pinching myself to make sure I'm not dreaming that ...besides, I really didn't fancy eating those shoes.

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  • 31. At 4:00pm on 28 Jan 2010, giggsgiggsgiggs wrote:

    that match had everything - a carrick goal, a shot from micah richards that the likes of messi, ronaldo et al would have been proud of...and then him and fletch square up. fletch looks more and more like a skeleton every game but i'd still be petrified of an adrenalin filled nutty scotsman who looked like he was an extra from trainspotting...unless, perhaps, i was a 6ft england RB

    but most of all, i loved the way that we powered ahead, then rooney missed the chance that could have cost us the game, before burying his last minute header. meaning that all of tevez's goals, antics and celebrations were worth...absolutely nothing

    priceless

    just wish nev had been there to do a little celebratory dance around him after the final whistle

    ahh, those nights make all the doom-mongers dribble about united being about to fold so worthwhile

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  • 32. At 4:01pm on 28 Jan 2010, collie21 wrote:

    I don't see Campbell coping with Rooney on Sunday

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  • 33. At 4:01pm on 28 Jan 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    Have to agree with H2H... Too many egos in one team will not go. Fair point re Ireland, except that if they play de Jong and Barry there's a lot of holding midfield work going on, and given that he is particularly good, if not particularly pricy by City standards, I reckon he should be in there. But there'll be a good queue for his services if he leaves.

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  • 34. At 4:03pm on 28 Jan 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    I agree star, i didnt fancy two helpings of hat!

    AKA DoubleHatGate.

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  • 35. At 4:03pm on 28 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    I think Ireland's good too, bit of a plank though, I wouldn't want to be one of his grand parents.
    Would however always try to find a place for him (when fit) in my team

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  • 36. At 4:05pm on 28 Jan 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Is Ireland still retired from Ireland??

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  • 37. At 4:05pm on 28 Jan 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    29. At 3:56pm on 28 Jan 2010, collie21 wrote:
    Ferdinand is a utter wally on a big salary who can stop a ball. Fletcher is brilliance, Rooney is great, Nani is improving, United look like they might win something,it's beginning to come together for them. Ferdinand isn't actually back given his 4 game ban...

    Nice to see the Carling cup finally produce some passion and talent.

    Boro scored some goals this week.

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    As you say in fluent football-speak 'To be fair to myself' Rio's ban hadn't been announced til after the blog went up. More chance of my United win nowt prediction coming true though!

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  • 38. At 4:08pm on 28 Jan 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    Think so Ngog. Although Mike England played for Wales. And Jason Scotland plays for Trinidad and Tobago. If only thee was a player called Wales this could be going somewhere...

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  • 39. At 4:09pm on 28 Jan 2010, MUFCTrini wrote:

    Decent enough blog. Even though I fail to see why you dislike United so much. It was nice to see Tevez take an elbow in his face. Oh well, 3 trophies are in order this season....

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  • 40. At 4:10pm on 28 Jan 2010, collie21 wrote:

    Nice one Robbo, Stephan Ireland and Rio Ferdinand and Paul Gas going, or however his named is spelled all share the same brain. I reckon Mancini just doesn't Understand Ireland who has never retired from international football, he just can't be bothered because the lads teased him about his bald head. Try telling Rooney that.

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  • 41. At 4:10pm on 28 Jan 2010, Rod-the-Fierce wrote:

    14. At 3:36pm on 28 Jan 2010, Cyril wrote:

    "...we'd have had a penalty and had we scored it would have been 1-1 and Man Utd down to 10 men. It just doesn't seem fair that we get nothing out of it."

    Dry your eyes pet. Although I think Ferdinand is stupid as hell for what he did I'm sure Fagan was bein a bit unsavoury in the lead up to it. Just like Craig Bellamy over the 2 legs of the Carling Cup - Ive never seen a player tell someone to f off as much as he did and most of the time the ref was right beside him. Although its absolutely wrong that it happened, I loved Bellamy gettin showered with coins. It was like a good old fashioned stoning when you know for a fact that the person being stoned is an overworked prostitute!! But of course its a terrible thing that should never happen....unless its Craig Bellamy ha ha!!!

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  • 42. At 4:10pm on 28 Jan 2010, oncearedalways54 wrote:

    Robbo- your comments were perhaps premature
    "The scarf has been a master-stroke" -what scarf?
    When he appeared in a post match interview last night Manchini's scarf had mysteriously disappeared - could it have had something to do with the result at OT? ......No, it couldn't have????

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  • 43. At 4:11pm on 28 Jan 2010, collie21 wrote:

    Oh and Tevez wasn't smacked in the face. He was faking it.Right bell ringing I am off. Here's to a cracking match Sunday.

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  • 44. At 4:12pm on 28 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Robinho's gone to Santos for six months ... good riddance if you ask me.

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  • 45. At 4:12pm on 28 Jan 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Alan Brazil - big lad.
    Dawn French - big lass.
    Jason Scotland - big lad.
    Stephen Ireland - big bald head.

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  • 46. At 4:13pm on 28 Jan 2010, bobbieflowers wrote:

    didn't see the match last night so not got much to contribute...however i have got a question for any man u fans (probably needs to be those who actually attends matches) who might know how the chant for rooney (the white pele) goes...

    I heard it on local radio (i live in leicester!), the lad who does the show is a man u season ticket holder (i still listen)...it's quite good, but i can't remember all the words. anyone?

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  • 47. At 4:14pm on 28 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    27 Bloggy, come back.

    I'm haqving some footballers over for dinner and I need to know what spices to use.

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  • 48. At 4:15pm on 28 Jan 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Right, im off fellas!

    Cy'all later.

    I'veGotPlacesToNgogGate.

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  • 49. At 4:15pm on 28 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    I also want to comment on H Webbs performance:

    very poor and bottled quite a few decisions he was obviously greatly intimidated by the atmosphere will he show the same blatent leniency in his next matches I doubt it.

    right who else can i have a pop at.

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  • 50. At 4:17pm on 28 Jan 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    DG3 - Have a pop at Bellendamy for getting in the way of some bottles and coins! What a silly place to stand!

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  • 51. At 4:19pm on 28 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    To be fair on Webb can you imagine the hate mail and threats he would have got if he'd given either team apeno or sent anyone off?

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  • 52. At 4:19pm on 28 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Any more news on Vermelen by the way?

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  • 53. At 4:22pm on 28 Jan 2010, Macca wrote:

    Surely Rio shouldn't have played last night? Seems odd that simply because you appeal against a obvious crime you are allowed to play in a cup semi final.

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  • 54. At 4:22pm on 28 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    To Man U fans.

    If you're honest, then you'd have to admit that your team haven't really looked "up for it" this season, except Rooney who I think has been phenominal. So Robbo's "Utd will win nowt" prediction did have some merit.

    Unfortunatly (for the rest of us) CTev's antics have seemed to have woke your team up. For the first time in a while last night I saw the Man Utd that we all love to hate. They were fighting for each other and were passionate, must admit that the atmosphere in Old Toilet sounded great too.

    I just hope that they've got that desire out of their system and the disintrested team turn up to play Wenger's Walking Wounded Sunday.

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  • 55. At 4:24pm on 28 Jan 2010, bobbieflowers wrote:

    49. At 4:15pm on 28 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:
    I also want to comment on H Webbs performance:

    very poor and bottled quite a few decisions he was obviously greatly intimidated by the atmosphere will he show the same blatent leniency in his next matches I doubt it.

    right who else can i have a pop at.

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    snap and crackle?



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  • 56. At 4:25pm on 28 Jan 2010, MUFCTrini wrote:

    Tough break with Vermaelen. Well at least it kind of evens things up with no Ferdinand for us on Sunday.
    DG3 I think he had a decent game, he didnt miss blatent calls and he let a lot of things run

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  • 57. At 4:27pm on 28 Jan 2010, MUFCTrini wrote:

    H2H, Have to agree with you on that one. Hopefully we can get back Vidic and you guys will have a game on your hands

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  • 58. At 4:29pm on 28 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    Star: yes agree there it was non the less a spineless effort

    no updates on Vermelen as yet its still all speculation etc but
    I dont understand how you can break a leg by merely stepping of
    the team bus, villa were anything but dirty though i only saw the
    highlights.

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  • 59. At 4:34pm on 28 Jan 2010, Rod-the-Fierce wrote:

    Anyone think Micah Richards looks like a dodgy transvestite with those plucked eyebrows?

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  • 60. At 4:34pm on 28 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    DG3.

    I think that he should of shown a few cards too.
    You always hear the commentators saying rubbish like "this game is going to be rougher because it's a derby".
    A foul is a foul and if it's a bad one it should be a bookable offence if it is in a derby or not. The Micah Richards and Darren Fletcher handbags incident surely merited at least a yellow.

    I know referee's do not have an easy job, but at the very least they should at least try to be consistant.

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  • 61. At 4:36pm on 28 Jan 2010, Chelseadub wrote:

    Stephen Ireland gave an interview to The Irish Times recently - he says "I never enjoyed my time playing for Ireland" - see link http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/sport/2009/1114/1224258814824.html

    (Sorry - don't know how to make it a hyperlink on the Blogs)

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  • 62. At 4:36pm on 28 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    60. At 4:34pm on 28 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    I know referee's do not have an easy job, but at the very least they should at least try to be consistant.

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    Important to have the right consistency as well,H2.Firm on the top and still have a slight "wobble" when you cut yourself a nice slice.Best served with creme freiche and forest fruits.....

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  • 63. At 4:36pm on 28 Jan 2010, Chelseadub wrote:

    Oh right it does it automatically!! Doh!!

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  • 64. At 4:38pm on 28 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    It's been confirmed that Robinho is off to Santos.Bet they're gutted in Gorton...

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  • 65. At 4:38pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    CRACKING NEWS

    Vermaelen hasnt got a fracture and may even be fit to fleece United on Sunday.

    Get IN.

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  • 66. At 4:41pm on 28 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Chelseadub, we live and learn mate.

    Don't be too hard on yourself, I didn't have a clue how that worked until recently either.

    Jacks. Preach is a "forest nut" are you suggesting we serve him up?

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  • 67. At 4:41pm on 28 Jan 2010, Chelseadub wrote:

    I thought Webb had a decent game myself...he let a lot go but it also meant the game wasn't stop/start and that he was making himself the star of the show...not like the ref in the Milan derby on Sunday...anyone see that??

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  • 68. At 4:42pm on 28 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    65. Where did you hear that Spit?

    Got a link?

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  • 69. At 4:43pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Song is back from Africa and fit for Sunday.

    The mood has improved.

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  • 70. At 4:44pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    re H2,

    http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/no-break-for-vermaelen-but-he-may-miss-sunday

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  • 71. At 4:45pm on 28 Jan 2010, Storm of Swords wrote:

    Yawn, yawn same old Robbo thinking hes soooooooo funny, same anti-Utd rants, same silly northernisms that no one thinks is remotely funny, same petty insults at players to make him feel better about himself. Change the record, you're boring.

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  • 72. At 4:46pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    No you're Boring

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  • 73. At 4:46pm on 28 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    It was said that the Police themselves had a great say in how the match should be handled. I can only assume this is why webb was very reluctant to control the game in a proper manner. and did anyone else notice during the build up to the game we were treated to old footage of what was entitled " passion " which featured all the over the top tackles etc that go into a manc vs manchester previous derby's.

    oh well thats Webb dealt with whos next.

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  • 74. At 4:46pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    No Robbo's boring

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  • 75. At 4:47pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    No You're boring

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  • 76. At 4:49pm on 28 Jan 2010, Chelseadub wrote:

    #71..PulpGrape if you don't like it don't read it...simple as!

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  • 77. At 4:52pm on 28 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Good news indeed Spit, my "drowning my sorrows drink" has magically transformed into a "small celebrationary tipple".

    'Fore anyone gets too excited about my increadable Paul Danielesque magic skills, it's still the same lager in the glass.

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  • 78. At 4:52pm on 28 Jan 2010, Salford Red from the Height wrote:

    FAO No. 46 - bobbieflowers

    This chant has been around for a number of years ...

    Saw my mate the other day
    Said to me "I've seen the white Pele"
    So I asked, "who is he"
    "He goes by the name of Wayne Rooney".

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  • 79. At 4:53pm on 28 Jan 2010, Tatloaf wrote:

    Did the Outlaw Josey Wales play for England?

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  • 80. At 4:53pm on 28 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    very much agree H2H

    MUFCTrini : it does indeed even up things.

    bobbieflowers; as you can tell I have lost my humour somewhere i will find it soon i promise i prefer shredded wheat though.

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  • 81. At 4:54pm on 28 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Does this mean that Shrek is the "Green Rooney"?

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  • 82. At 4:55pm on 28 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    DG3,have the Gabon Vipers nicked it?

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  • 83. At 4:56pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    77 H2,

    or in the words of Reverend Atkinson, "How the hell did you do that?" and "Do it again."
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt4MSQQ8LPo

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  • 84. At 4:56pm on 28 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    79 Tatloaf.

    Don't think so, but did you know that Clint Eastwood is an anagram of Old West Action?

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  • 85. At 4:57pm on 28 Jan 2010, Salford Red from the Height wrote:

    Am I the only one who wasn't surpised that Vermaelen hasn't broken his leg?

    Whenever an Arsenal player gets an injury it's reported as 'life threatening' then a day or too later it turns out to be split ends.



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  • 86. At 4:59pm on 28 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    83 Spit.

    Ironically that was what I was thinking about when I typed the Paul D bit, first I wanted to put JC but didn't want to offend anyone.

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  • 87. At 5:00pm on 28 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Didn't watch it (well, I did watch the Bellers coin/bottle/lighter barrage - no doubt the usual finger-wag and £2.50 fine which we've become accustomed to whenever the Utd thugs enjoy their away-day to the Theatre of Bootlicking Morons), so can't really comment on the footy, although it is amusing to see them all soooo excited about the Disney Trophy.

    I'm more peeved with forgetting to do my fantasy team - forgot to take out Diaby and lost a shedload of points as I was going to put the Fat Man in.

    I know it's easy to say after the event, but I really was.

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  • 88. At 5:03pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    86 H2,

    I did not know Johan Cruyff could turn water into wine but the y guy is LEGENDARY so I guess it might be true.

    And why would the dutch take offence for that? After all, its them who like to get high and stick stuff up their bottoms

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  • 89. At 5:05pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    87 BTP,

    I am with you, the united players get out scott free for doing stuff St. Gernard can only dream of getting away with out in public.

    A shame really.

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  • 90. At 5:05pm on 28 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Salford Red from the Height,

    I wish our injuries were only "split ends" mate. At the mo the treatment table is buckling under the weight of the wounded.

    I would of been surprised if TV's fiblia was broken too, he stayed on the pitch a good ten minutes after the knock occured and contrary to some of the reports I didn't see him "badly linp off". I remember thinking last night, how hard must the guy be to keep on going with a broken leg thingy.

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  • 91. At 5:06pm on 28 Jan 2010, Gregster1 wrote:

    I normally love the blogs written by the majority of the 'bloggers' at the bbc. But this was absolute rubbish. the writing and attempted humour was shameful, and the whole article lacked any sort of substance.

    Gutted, I guess il go back to the Sky sports pages

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  • 92. At 5:09pm on 28 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    91. At 5:06pm on 28 Jan 2010, Gregster1 wrote:

    I normally love the blogs written by the majority of the 'bloggers' at the bbc. But this was absolute rubbish. the writing and attempted humour was shameful, and the whole article lacked any sort of substance.
    ===================
    So one of Robbo's better efforts,then.

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  • 93. At 5:10pm on 28 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Spit
    I was about to post that I was refering to a different JC until my sarcasm detector meter kicked in again.

    I agree about the high bit, but with the bottom bit I think you're confusing them with ze germans.

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  • 94. At 5:11pm on 28 Jan 2010, Salford Red from the Height wrote:

    To be honest I have no idea how it did it, if he came off, etc as I was at OT last night enjoying putting our near neighbours in their place !

    But genuinely, when I read he may have broke his leg this morning for some reason I instantly thought 'no he's not'. Just seems they tend to over-egg injuries...

    ... although I don't doubt you've had your fair share this season ... as have we.

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  • 95. At 5:13pm on 28 Jan 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Great Blog Robbo, Rooney is so clearly the main man in our world cup bid that it's tragic he's alone in that position. A runny nose, a kick from his budgie, a trip over Kai's rattle and our WC Dreams are over.

    McNugget suggests that City can take heart from last night's result, why don't they just buy one?

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  • 96. At 5:15pm on 28 Jan 2010, Rod-the-Fierce wrote:

    91. At 5:06pm on 28 Jan 2010, Gregster1 wrote:

    I normally love the blogs written by the majority of the 'bloggers' at the bbc. But this was absolute rubbish. the writing and attempted humour was shameful, and the whole article lacked any sort of substance.

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

    I liked mine about comparing Craig Bellamy to a prostitute being stoned in the bible!

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  • 97. At 5:16pm on 28 Jan 2010, MUFCTrini wrote:

    Damn Gregster you need to stay off this blog then, go drink a couple beers then come back. I am a MUFC fan and still appreciate this blog

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  • 98. At 5:18pm on 28 Jan 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    91. At 5:06pm on 28 Jan 2010, Gregster1 wrote:
    I normally love the blogs written by the majority of the 'bloggers' at the bbc. But this was absolute rubbish. the writing and attempted humour was shameful, and the whole article lacked any sort of substance.
    -------------------
    I normally enjoy the cpomplaints written by the posters about the bloggers at the bbc. But the above complaint was absolute rubbish, the worst complaint I've ever read on here, disgusted in NJ.

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  • 99. At 5:20pm on 28 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    94 SRftH.

    It may of been announced as another really bad injury last night so that when it was today announced that it's not too bad all us Arsenal fans would finally have something to be pleased about and basically forget that we have too many injuries and a squad that is spread too thin and are in need of replacements. A sort of cunning plan to make us feel happy with what we got.

    Then again, it might of just looked worse yesterday.

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  • 100. At 5:21pm on 28 Jan 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    59. At 4:34pm on 28 Jan 2010, Rod-the-Fierce wrote:
    Anyone think Micah Richards looks like a dodgy transvestite with those plucked eyebrows?

    _________________________________________________________________________

    Shall you tell him or shall I?

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  • 101. At 5:21pm on 28 Jan 2010, Gregster1 wrote:

    I am a MUFC fan also. I am also just about to go for a couple of beers. Perhaps its just the quality of the other blogs by other writers that has left me feeling let down by this pish.

    Il have a beer or two come back and give this tripe another read.

    all better now?

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  • 102. At 5:21pm on 28 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    89,

    come on Spit, the Huygh Lord of Huyton can walk on water, everyone knows that.

    Why else would even the thought of selling a 30 year old player who's become bigger than the club yet plainly isn't interested anymore for £30-40m be treated as though you've just suggested sending their mam to Helmand Province to sell bacon butties to the locals?

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  • 103. At 5:22pm on 28 Jan 2010, MUFCTrini wrote:

    Trotter classic!!!'BTW, hows the snow on your side?? Man I hate it in NY Here and tomorrow is supposed to be freezing!!

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  • 104. At 5:26pm on 28 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Jacks. Preach is a "forest nut" are you suggesting we serve him up?

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    H2,Best thing to do is get Preach to do the catering,if his ticker can take it,he makes a mean pie...

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  • 105. At 5:27pm on 28 Jan 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Trini, I ventured out at 6:55 and there were fender benders all over the shop. They weren't expecting this 'til later in the day. I declared a snow day and went back to bed!

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  • 106. At 5:28pm on 28 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    101. At 5:21pm on 28 Jan 2010, Gregster1 wrote:

    I am a MUFC fan also. I am also just about to go for a couple of beers. Perhaps its just the quality of the other blogs by other writers that has left me feeling let down by this pish.

    Il have a beer or two come back and give this tripe another read.

    all better now?

    ---------------------------
    OK,I'll bite....who are the other quality blog writers?I'll give you Chris Charles,....anyone else?

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  • 107. At 5:30pm on 28 Jan 2010, Eddy Cordoza wrote:

    87. BeyondThePale wrote:
    "whenever the Utd thugs enjoy their away-day to the Theatre of Bootlicking Morons"

    Oh dear. So because a few idiots throw objects then you think that all United fans are thugs?! I don't think all fans of your beloved Liverpool are thugs just because some of them attacked the ambulance that was carrying Alan Smith when he broke his leg at Anfield a few years back. But then again, I'm dead clever, like.

    Haha - you had a bad fantasy football week! I bet that made you even more purple with rage :)

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  • 108. At 5:32pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    102 BTP,

    I have suggested time and again that L'pool should offload SG to the highest bidder. He is lately a negative influence on the team and I have seen them play better when he isnt on the pitch.

    There are plenty of mad clubs that will pay upwards of 40 million for him. Enough to buy a decent striker and a winger. Aqufini and that other guy are slowly getting in. Pool should be fine.

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  • 109. At 5:33pm on 28 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    Why are all these people saying that Rooney is amazing and our World Cup hopes rest on whether he's fit. They're wrong for two reasons.

    1. Rooney is vastly over rated. He's an average player who runs around a lot and will get found out by decent international defenders.

    and

    2. Our World Cup hopes rest on Spain, Brazil, Holland, Germany, Italy, France and many other nations getting lost on route to South Africa. Anyone who thinks we have a chance of winning the world cup this summer needs to be taken away and given strong sedatives until they are safe to be released intot he community.

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  • 110. At 5:35pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    93. At 5:10pm on 28 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    I agree about the high bit, but with the bottom bit I think you're confusing them with ze germans.
    _______________________________________________________________________

    H2, mate,

    having lived amongst Ze Germans, I assure that I am not confusing them for Zi Dutch.

    Ducth put stuff up their bottoms. Germans let you put stuff up their bottoms.

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  • 111. At 5:36pm on 28 Jan 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Colch, it is written...

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/09/why_england_will_win_the_world.html#more

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  • 112. At 5:36pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    110 contd.

    Although, you should be an authority on the Dutch by now.

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  • 113. At 5:37pm on 28 Jan 2010, CousinKev wrote:

    I generally quite like your blogs Robbo but the only way that could be best game of the season would be if it were the first and only. Most of it was dire hoof-ball, with the occasional silly tackle and some coin-throwing. Even most of the goals were flukey.

    Rooney to break leg last game of season, British press instantly right off England's chances, England play far better without him, don't win World Cup (never going to anyway) and press blames lack of Rooney.

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  • 114. At 5:38pm on 28 Jan 2010, CousinKev wrote:

    damn, should say write-off, not right off.

    Right, I'm off.

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  • 115. At 5:39pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    That reminds me, Robbo.

    This wasnt the best game this season.

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  • 116. At 5:39pm on 28 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

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

  • 117. At 5:43pm on 28 Jan 2010, Rod-the-Fierce wrote:

    109. At 5:33pm on 28 Jan 2010, ColchesterFC wrote:

    1. Rooney is vastly over rated. He's an average player who runs around a lot and will get found out by decent international defenders.

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

    Why is ColchesterFC retarded?

    1. Because he supports Colchester FC and calls the RoonDog average
    2. Because he thinks teams like France or Italy are better than England.

    I'm Irish and I know from watching both play Ireland they're not that hot. In fact I would say they're overrated! Idiot.

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  • 118. At 5:45pm on 28 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    I'm an authority on the Dutch, but I can't account for what they put in the nether regions.

    Do you think that's maybe why the country is called Hol-land aka the Nether-lands.

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  • 119. At 5:45pm on 28 Jan 2010, MUFCTrini wrote:

    I see they dont call you Rod the Fierce for nothing!!!

    Seriously CFC you walked into that. On form, not sure if anyone will agree with you and say Rooney's average.

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  • 120. At 5:48pm on 28 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    That's a bit harsh Rod. I support Colchester because I was born there and have a great loathing for glory hunting fans who live (and have always lived) in Surrey or Ireland yet somehow support Man Utd.
    And it's only my opinion that Rooney is average. I may be wrong (I have been before) but I am entitled to my opinion. I also think that teams such as Portugal, Argentina and USA are better than the vastly over rated shower of excrement that England puts out on the pitch.

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  • 121. At 5:48pm on 28 Jan 2010, BCAMRoyal wrote:

    "Kompany - and surely he should be wearing the number two shirt -"

    Best joke I've heard in a long time.

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  • 122. At 5:57pm on 28 Jan 2010, Rod-the-Fierce wrote:

    Auch I'm sorry ColchesterFC I didn't realise your feelings were as fragile as your opinions. Saying Rooney is average is so wide of the mark it can only be uttered by someone who doesn't watch football ever, a complete idiot or someone who just hates Man Utd.

    Its probably the third reason which leads me to ask why hate a team that out of the top four is the only one that tries to play football in the British style, not the continental one-touch crap.

    ps I support Utd because my local team Derry FC (which i do support)is in the 2nd tier of Irish football which is Sunday League standard.

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  • 123. At 5:59pm on 28 Jan 2010, Rod-the-Fierce wrote:

    Oh by the way, the whole thing about all Utd fans coming from outside Manchester is a myth. Most indeed do support Man City but a sizable amount support Utd also.

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  • 124. At 6:03pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    196. At 3:13pm on 12 Jan 2010, Rod-the-Fierce wrote:
    WhitleyBayWonTheVase I'm sorry but you either fancy Rooney or you're a bit frustrated in some way. I agree in part with what the man Dan is saying (he never said Rooney was a crap player, just that his form isn't a good as people make it out to be). Im a United fan and watch all their matches live (I do hope you don't base your opinions 100% on what you see and hear on Match of the Day? You do know how a highlights program works yes?), and Rooney's link up play has been a bit off, hes in just too much of a rush most of the time. A good example would be the Aston Villa game recently. Villa played well and won but Utd couldve won easily if Rooneys through balls were of a decent standard, Villa's defence really messed up 3 or 4 times but Utd couldn't capitalise.
    ______________________________________________________

    I took the liberty of taking a peek at what you wrote, what must be along wond time for an Irish man, er 2 weeks ago.

    So when did you convert?

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  • 125. At 6:06pm on 28 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    There's always someone who comes on here and has to take things waaay too seriously ...

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  • 126. At 6:10pm on 28 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    So you don't think Nani played well last night Robbo? Started off well but tailed off into a kind of meaningless rant if you don't mind me saying so Robbo.

    Keep it fresh - going back to the Rooney, White Pele hype that was a headline years ago is a bit tired mate. And while Nani has been caca playing on the left he's been Kaka playing on the right as the last two matches have shown being close to man of the match. See how easy it is? Its great slating teams you don't like but you need to mix it up a little. Also I thought there was more mileage in Mancini's appearance but you have time to work on that one - I mean the last foreign manager as attached to a scarf as City's messiah was Houllier...

    Get past the ABU mist fella. Embrace the team on its downward slide and a great manager about to end a glorious career - the Glazers will end it all soon enough. Now's the time to wax lyrical;)

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  • 127. At 6:12pm on 28 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    122. At 5:57pm on 28 Jan 2010, Rod-the-Fierce wrote:
    Auch I'm sorry ColchesterFC I didn't realise your feelings were as fragile as your opinions. Saying Rooney is average is so wide of the mark it can only be uttered by someone who doesn't watch football ever, a complete idiot or someone who just hates Man Utd.

    ps I support Utd because my local team Derry FC (which i do support)is in the 2nd tier of Irish football which is Sunday League standard.
    ---------------------------------------------------

    Well I watch a lot of football and I don't hate Man U so that means I must be a complete idiot which is entirely possible. It's not just an anti-Rooney feeling. I also think Gerrard, Lampard, Terry and several other so called world class England players are over rated. Which is why we get found out against the big teams. We're not as good as the media or players make us out to be.
    And on your other point, you have admitted to being a loathed glory hunter just because your local team is poor. That's why I'll always respect the opinions of Whitley and FBH and proper supporters of the big 4 teams more than the opinions of trophy hunting glory fans like yourself.

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  • 128. At 6:12pm on 28 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    And I just wish it was as easy to get a bite when I go fishing as it is on here.

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  • 129. At 6:17pm on 28 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    "100. At 5:21pm on 28 Jan 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:
    59. At 4:34pm on 28 Jan 2010, Rod-the-Fierce wrote:
    Anyone think Micah Richards looks like a dodgy transvestite with those plucked eyebrows?

    _________________________________________________________________________

    Shall you tell him or shall I?
    "

    Fletcher will! In fact I think he did.

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  • 130. At 6:19pm on 28 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    If bloggy or RBA were hear they'd be telling you to ....

    FIGHT.

    But I'm not going to do that.

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  • 131. At 6:23pm on 28 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    UD, It's easy to be "close to man of the match" if you're on the same pitch.

    Unless of course you are the keeper and the MOTM is the opposing keeper, in that case you're quite far apart.

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  • 132. At 6:25pm on 28 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    Hey Colch - thats an anti hype reaction. Sometimes there is truth in what the media say;) Although its the level of relentless hype that can make it hard to appreciate English players in this country. I think Rooney is well thought of by the top European sides where his relentless hard work, enthusiasm, strength and solid technique are seen as strong attributes. He sometimes links up poorly because our midfield has been a little prone to sitting too deep so link up play is difficult especially when he is playing on his own up front. But if you asked any United supporter whether they would rather have Tevez (a similar player) or Rooney playing for them, few would choose the Argentinian even in Spain.

    Of the other players you mentioned I do think Terry is overhyped as he is technically suspect but he has good leadership qualities which are always a bonus.

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  • 133. At 6:25pm on 28 Jan 2010, MUFCTrini wrote:

    lmao @ Dreamer.

    CFC, I dont fully agree with your statement. I dont like Chelsea but to say JT is not a top performer and overrated is absolute rubbish. From my understanding, the top players in the world are usually from the top four clubs from the top four leagues. You may consider England players overrated but the fact is they are good enough for the best teams in English so that they can go in anyother league in Europe.

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  • 134. At 6:27pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Bad news for Boro,

    Adam Johnson talking to Citeh

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  • 135. At 6:27pm on 28 Jan 2010, Rod-the-Fierce wrote:

    I'm impressed Spitfire, or am I a little scared!!

    I haven't converted to anything, in fact it further confirms what I was saying about Rooney, I think hes so good, that even when hes scoring the most goals in his career I still think he can play better.

    As for the very righteous Mr ColchesterFC, I've supported Utd for nearly 30 years as I have supported Derry City for nearly 30 years. Why did I start supporting Utd? Because when you're a kid you support teams who have certain players and I liked Bryan Robson and Mark Hughes. Theres also the long line of Irish players playing for them. The success of the early 90's onwards is very nice but had nothing to do with why I started supporting Utd.

    ps I may have risen to your 'bait' but I don't believe what you're saying - You hate united. Just admit it ha ha!!

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  • 136. At 6:28pm on 28 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    #131 Badum tish - true H2H lol. Joking aside Nani has been really good for us playing as a right footed winger on the right wing (who'd a thunk it) and apparently has been superb for Portugal while Ronaldo was injured.

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  • 137. At 6:29pm on 28 Jan 2010, Big Match Centre wrote:

    Another hilarious blog, Robbo - possibly you're best yet! The game was much better in the second half, especially when United started asking some serious questions of City. That is the difference between the two sides: experience, professionalism and a winning mentality. All the money in the world can't buy that winning mentality.

    http://bigmatchcentre.blogspot.com

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  • 138. At 6:32pm on 28 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    Anyway all this crap is far too on-topic. Someone passed me this link on youtube - its hilarious. Hopefully not too IT crowd!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQnT0zp8Ya4

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  • 139. At 6:32pm on 28 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    More good news for Star...http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/b/birmingham_city/8485947.stm

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  • 140. At 6:33pm on 28 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    You couldn't be more wrong Rod. I hate Chelsea and dislike Liverpool but admire the football that both Arsenal and Man Utd play.

    And Trini, just because Terry's the best we've got doesn't mean he's world class. Same with Gerrard and Lampard and Rooney.

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  • 141. At 6:36pm on 28 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    How many English players do you think would get into a team consisting of the best players in the world? I'd guess there would be none in the starting 11 and only one or two in a 22 man squad.

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  • 142. At 6:38pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    138 UD,
    its hilarious. Even more so if you understand German.

    I'll no doubt be spreading it around.

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  • 143. At 6:41pm on 28 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    139. At 6:32pm on 28 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    More good news for Star...http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/b/birmingham_city/8485947.stm

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

    I hope this works out Jack ... we've had a few teams interested but sweet frag all happen in the past. He'll be behind Gudjohnsen in the pecking order now anyway so it'll be good for him to move on.

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  • 144. At 6:41pm on 28 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    ColchFC - Scholes, Rooney, Ferdinand, Brown, Gazza, Carrick! Don't think I'm being biased - I'm just balancing out Robbo. Honestly though I think Rooney would get in. He's outscoring Drogba and Torres this season both rated as a couple of the best in the world - at some point you've got to realise a talent when you see one.

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  • 145. At 6:41pm on 28 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Would now be a bad time to scream out 'Villa for the Cup!' at a very loud volume?

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  • 146. At 6:42pm on 28 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    I think he'd do OK at Birmingham.Plenty of games,lead the attack.Help him get back into the Russian side.

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  • 147. At 6:43pm on 28 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    145. At 6:41pm on 28 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Would now be a bad time to scream out 'Villa for the Cup!' at a very loud volume?

    -------------------------------
    VILLA FOR THE CUP

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  • 148. At 6:43pm on 28 Jan 2010, Rod-the-Fierce wrote:

    Your opinions are all a bit wishy washy ColchesterFC so I'm gonna make this my last rant towards you.

    I understand the media can hype up players abilities(just look at Tevez, he scores a penalty and scores from 2 yards out, which coincidently is what he did 90% of the time for utd, and hes a world class player who is a snip at 50 odd million quid)but players like Gerrard and Lampard (Ive already talked about Rooney)are so obviously technically top-bracket that it beggars belief what you're saying. I'll put it this way, you can pull up a lot more examples of these players being excellent top class players than you can pull up examples of them being bad. I'll eat my own head if you can prove otherwise.

    ps Gerrard in my opinion is the best player in the premiership on the grounds that hes the complete player and thats tough coming from a Utd supporter.

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  • 149. At 6:44pm on 28 Jan 2010, Macca wrote:

    I guess it's a good job it's a world cup year, won't take long to find out which of Englands finest are truly world class and which are not.

    Saw the coverage of the Utd v City game on the local news (Czech Rep)and rather than leading with the match being a cracker they led the story with the hooligans pelting Bellamy and the shame of the English game...nice advert for English football fans in a world cup year. I really hope that all clubs kick out these neanderthals.

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  • 150. At 6:44pm on 28 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    141. At 6:36pm on 28 Jan 2010, ColchesterFC wrote:

    How many English players do you think would get into a team consisting of the best players in the world? I'd guess there would be none in the starting 11 and only one or two in a 22 man squad.

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    144. At 6:41pm on 28 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    ColchFC - Scholes, Rooney, Ferdinand, Brown, Gazza, Carrick! Don't think I'm being biased - I'm just balancing out Robbo. Honestly though I think Rooney would get in. He's outscoring Drogba and Torres this season both rated as a couple of the best in the world - at some point you've got to realise a talent when you see one.

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    Rooney in the squad.Joe Cole at a push,nobody else.We have a reasonable side,organised very well by a shrewd manager,but World Cup winners we are not.

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  • 151. At 6:47pm on 28 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    144. At 6:41pm on 28 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:
    ColchFC - Scholes, Rooney, Ferdinand, Brown, Gazza, Carrick! Don't think I'm being biased - I'm just balancing out Robbo. Honestly though I think Rooney would get in. He's outscoring Drogba and Torres this season both rated as a couple of the best in the world - at some point you've got to realise a talent when you see one.
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    And who says Man Utd fans don't have a sense of humour. Paul Scholes and Wes Brown in a team of the bet players in the world? My sides hurt from laughing so much. Haven't you heard of Messi, Xavi, Kaka, Iniesta, Ronaldo? As much as I hate to admit it because I really dislike the guy but I think Ashley Cole would scrape in at left back. Rooney in the squad but not starting.

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  • 152. At 6:47pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    148. At 6:43pm on 28 Jan 2010, Rod-the-Fierce wrote:

    ps Gerrard in my opinion is the best player in the premiership on the grounds that hes the complete player and thats tough coming from a Utd supporter.
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    All I can say is, easy on the Guinness mate. Or is it Whiskey?

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  • 153. At 6:49pm on 28 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    148. At 6:43pm on 28 Jan 2010, Rod-the-Fierce wrote:
    Your opinions are all a bit wishy washy ColchesterFC
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    Wasn't Wishy Washy the genie in Aladdin?

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  • 154. At 6:54pm on 28 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    Colch if you read my post you'll understand I'm only touting Rooney although Scholes in his prime probably would I believe have got in. He is probably England's most technically gifted midfielder in the last ten years and is frequently touted as such including by Henry when he was asked. Unfortunately the likes of Keegan and were a little too technically challenged to appreciate his skils. And Cole is not as good as Evra although I agree he is very talented.

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  • 155. At 6:55pm on 28 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    It's good stuff UD, still think Gaz's version is the best I've seen with that clip.

    Spit, it's from the film Der Untergang (the downfall, for those who are not versed in the Germanian languages) isn't it?

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  • 156. At 6:55pm on 28 Jan 2010, Rod-the-Fierce wrote:

    Ok SpitFire, if you were given the chance to be any type of footballer with any ability would you not choose to be a player who is big and strong, can mark, tackle, pass and shoot exceptionally well? I still thought this last year when Ronaldo was playing just purely on the basis that he was all physique and flair (with an end product granted). My favourite type of players fall in the Bryan Robson and Roy Keane mould so I am being biased.

    ps Jesus wept ColchesterFC read UnitedDreamers full comment would you?

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  • 157. At 6:56pm on 28 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    Actually Cole/Evra is nip and tuck - I saw that goal he scored the other day and it was indeed an outstanding finish.

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  • 158. At 6:56pm on 28 Jan 2010, MUFCTrini wrote:

    In a team of the world on current form, Rooney and Ashley Cole definately. Ferdinand will be the only other person with a fight to get in when fully fit.

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  • 159. At 6:57pm on 28 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    It's like a Blackadder sketch with all these Man Utd fans. "When all else fails a blind refusal to face the truth will see us through"

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  • 160. At 6:57pm on 28 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    H2h - I'll have to search for that one. You know what the topic was?

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  • 161. At 7:00pm on 28 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    Colch "the truth" FC - lol. Easy fella - had a long day?

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  • 162. At 7:00pm on 28 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    There's only one thing for it Colch: We'll have to stick two pencils up our noses, underpants on our heads and say 'Wibble' a lot.

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  • 163. At 7:00pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    155 H2,
    yes indeed. The Downfall (Der untergang) is certainly my favourite german film. While I dont enjoy any dubbed over TV/Films because half the stuff is lost in translation, I also saw it with the English subtitles and think its a must watch. Especially for the young.

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  • 164. At 7:01pm on 28 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    @161 It could've been worse. At least I didn't say it was a FACT

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  • 165. At 7:01pm on 28 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    UD All I remember is it was a couple of mounths ago, the topic of the vid was JDR and the Robbo 6.

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  • 166. At 7:08pm on 28 Jan 2010, Floydp4pno1 wrote:

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  • 167. At 7:10pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    156 RTF,

    I am 6'2" and I was a promising attacking midfielder when I was a wee lad. That is however a Keane like hack broke my shooting ankle with a lunge from behind (hence my hatred for such thugs). I never regained the pace and thus ended my career in football before it even started. I played other sports like cricket and basketball but .. . . . .

    Football is not a contact sport. There is rugby.

    Now coming back to your outrageous claim that St. Gernanrd (it will catch on damn it) is currently the best attacking midfield footballer in the world?

    Not by miles.

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  • 168. At 7:10pm on 28 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    #164 - Using Fact is always a good one to get a bite with. It backfired on Rafa mind.

    #165 - Damn it sounds like a good one just from that. It looks like a good movie Spit even without knowing much German.

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  • 169. At 7:12pm on 28 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Erm, yeah.

    Did you not think to check your spelling and grammar before spouting off mate?

    I don't know why but tonight I'm rapidly becoming an ABU.

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  • 170. At 7:14pm on 28 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    p4npo1 - I think its clear he didn't mores the pity as there was so much material there. With Fletcher's face off with Micah, Bellamys coin collection activity and the Roonsters back flip (ok he got that so he must have seen the news at least) there would have been plenty of material.

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  • 171. At 7:15pm on 28 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Re World class players.

    We've done this before......

    Gerard, Lampard, Terry and Rio have over the years all been placed in the "world class" bracket, they've also been included in the uefa team of the year a number of times. Campbell was also considered World class and was in the last WC team of the tournament.

    Rooney, I feel has "world class" potential, that may finally come to fruition this season. Far too long was he in the shadow of Ronaldo (a World class player)but now he's free he may fulfil his promiss.

    I agree with Trini that Cole is a great player.

    I also agree with Colch that the British media chuck around the phrase world class a little too easily.

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  • 172. At 7:16pm on 28 Jan 2010, Rod-the-Fierce wrote:

    I'd actually say Ronaldo is better than Messi because hes a more rounded player. Coles goal was all about the pass from (an average overrated legend)John Terry and control from Cole. His finish was good at best. Why do people get all excited when they see someone push a ball with the outside of their foot? And, just remembered, Rooneys turn and pass that led to utds 1st goal yesterday was world class.

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  • 173. At 7:17pm on 28 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    #171 H2H - you've been in Holland too long with all that agreeing and reasonable thinking malarkey.

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  • 174. At 7:19pm on 28 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    Rod what I really liked about that goal is that he turned the incoming defender just as he was shaping to shoot before finishing. I've always wondered why players do not do that more often. I prefer Evra but Cole is a quality left back even if he does act like a demented teenager at times - at least he did last season.

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  • 175. At 7:20pm on 28 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    102 BTP 108 Spit - nah. You'll do your ligaments no good with those jerky knees.

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  • 176. At 7:21pm on 28 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    UD, It's probably due to all that second hand smoke wafting around over here.

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  • 177. At 7:21pm on 28 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    #174 Correction - stepped inside actually is a more apt description than turned.

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  • 178. At 7:21pm on 28 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    #176 Second hand? Yeah right...

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  • 179. At 7:22pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    172 RTF,

    I wasnt surprised with Coles goal at all. After all he did start out as a striker at Arsenal's academy.

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  • 180. At 7:22pm on 28 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Spit, H2H:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/a/arsenal/8484274.stm

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  • 181. At 7:23pm on 28 Jan 2010, Rod-the-Fierce wrote:

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  • 182. At 7:27pm on 28 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

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  • 183. At 7:28pm on 28 Jan 2010, Rod-the-Fierce wrote:

    UnitedDreamer is it Scholes goal you're talking about? I thought he just snatched at a loose ball and the ball deflected in no? Its a shame Giggs couldn't control and finish it cuz it would've been in the top 10 of the season, even better than Cashleys!

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  • 184. At 7:28pm on 28 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Funny, all the refs up and down the country seem to think it's a non contact sport

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  • 185. At 7:28pm on 28 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    We'd seen that Star, but cheers anyway.

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  • 186. At 7:29pm on 28 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Ah well, that'll teach me to take two hours out for work H2H

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  • 187. At 7:29pm on 28 Jan 2010, Rod-the-Fierce wrote:

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  • 188. At 7:29pm on 28 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    Keane's tackle on Haaland great player though he was for us, was completely mental but at least prevented Haaland from embarrassing himself further on the football pitch;) I defended him at the time as you do (well not on that tackle) but looking back he was a nutter unnecessarily on occasion. Still we forget the mental challenges (heh read mental as in Keane in the tackle lol) that used to go on all the time pre the multi camera angles of Sky.

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  • 189. At 7:30pm on 28 Jan 2010, MUFCTrini wrote:

    Spits,
    Just read your piece about your ankle and sorry to hear. You did say u went on to play basketball. How is that possible?? And football is a contact sport, maybe not as wild as rugby but very physical, regardless of skill

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  • 190. At 7:30pm on 28 Jan 2010, tone1947 wrote:

    Would have to say from my Liverpool colleagues that most they think Gerrard has lost his heart for the club and will go

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  • 191. At 7:31pm on 28 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    #183 Rod - Cashley's goal

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  • 192. At 7:31pm on 28 Jan 2010, Didier Drogba- just another Cameron Jerome wannabe wrote:

    139. dissapointed with Mccleish, agree with what he was saying earlier this year about not wanting to do a united and buy a load of players with money we havent got, but surely he can do better than this. some midfielder that plays for the spanish equivalent of burnley, one of the reserves from down the road at villa, and now spurs 4th choice striker!

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  • 193. At 7:31pm on 28 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Flaming hell, come back JDR, all is forgiven.

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  • 194. At 7:31pm on 28 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

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  • 195. At 7:32pm on 28 Jan 2010, Eddy Cordoza wrote:

    116. BeyondThePale

    Hahaha, "it wasn't us", where have I heard that before?

    You've somehow managed to outdo yourself in the inadvertent humour stakes!

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  • 196. At 7:33pm on 28 Jan 2010, Rod-the-Fierce wrote:

    I smell the distinct smell of porkie pies Spits! Haalands tackle was probably the worst tackle i have ever seen and I didn't support keane in any way at the time, all i'm countering is the claim that Keane ended his career. What I liked about Keane was he was 100% non bullshit guaranteed!

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  • 197. At 7:34pm on 28 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    Rod, you can't defend Keane's tackle on Haaland. You just can't. It was thuggery of the worst kind. You won't catch me sticking up for Myra, Fred the Shred or Glitter, no, siree, not me.

    Spit, St Bernard or whatever you're calling him ain't far off. Best is a silly word ("job" is a positively filthy word) and he's a bit of a to$$er I'll admit that. I wouldn't want him meeting my granny (or is that Rooney?), but this season aside you cannot fault him.

    tone1947. You are also wrong.

    Christ, this is easy.

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  • 198. At 7:36pm on 28 Jan 2010, Rod-the-Fierce wrote:

    Don't get shirty with me ColchesterFC, I'm just keepin it real unlike you in your 'every excellent player in the Premier League is average' world of indistinct guttless rubbish! Grrrrrrrrrrrr

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  • 199. At 7:37pm on 28 Jan 2010, Rod-the-Fierce wrote:

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  • 200. At 7:37pm on 28 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    Its would be hard to visualise St Gernard leaving Liverpool - it would somehow represent the complete extraction of the club's soul since the yank toe jams took over. Still many United fans realise Liverpool were soulless as far back as the 70s;)

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  • 201. At 7:38pm on 28 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    Hang on a minute, Rod. You can't contradict and undermine yourself so quickly. It's like saying, "Well, those old people would have died at some point. I'm not defending Shipman, but he was just a catalyst for the inevitable." Terrible business.

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  • 202. At 7:38pm on 28 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Rod, it was all chill here until you came along and rubbed everyone up the wrong way. And as I remember you're the one who started this all by singling out a fairly innocuous comment of his.

    Don't play with fire and then whine about getting burnt.

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  • 203. At 7:38pm on 28 Jan 2010, MUFCTrini wrote:

    CFC and RTF, easy guys. Its just a blog!!

    Tone, I agree with you. He probably realizes that the quality of the squad is very low and he probably is fed up of Rafa and wants to go. Now who would you rather, St Steve or Rafa the great.
    As a United fan, I prefer Rafa :)

    And where is JDR btw??

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  • 204. At 7:39pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    189 MUFCTrini,

    I never said I couldnt play football, I still do. I just wasnt the same player anymore. Now, I am not saying I was some Wunderkind, I was just good, better than the kids around me at the time

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  • 205. At 7:39pm on 28 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    My ma's easy? Or I'm mas (Spanish for "more") easy. Get your punctuation sorted and we'll talk. Would you like a garibaldi?

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  • 206. At 7:40pm on 28 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    Ez Trini lol - and thats a Facht!

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  • 207. At 7:41pm on 28 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Boyhasthisturnedintoanabsoltewumgate.

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  • 208. At 7:41pm on 28 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    TommyB - careful mate. Your sounding more and more like the Royle family!

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  • 209. At 7:42pm on 28 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    Starburst do you mean Boyhasthisturnedintoanabsolutewumgate?

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  • 210. At 7:42pm on 28 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    203. At 7:38pm on 28 Jan 2010, MUFCTrini wrote:

    And where is JDR btw??

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    That's something I've been asking. At least he disagrees with just about everyone on here and debates things sensibly.

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  • 211. At 7:43pm on 28 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    209. At 7:42pm on 28 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    Starburst do you mean Boyhasthisturnedintoanabsolutewumgate?

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    Yeah, but I've been doing these all day so I was bound to slip up sooner or later. ;)

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  • 212. At 7:45pm on 28 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

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  • 213. At 7:45pm on 28 Jan 2010, YeboahYeboah wrote:

    Rod-the-Fierce? more like Rod-the-Insultanyonewhodoesntagreewithmeandmyversionofevents.

    manu and Villa in the Mickey Mouse cup final, Whoohoo.

    As an eternal pessimist, I have to agree that Engerland have no chance of winning the World cup, however, how many times have the Germs been written off but still managed to be there or thereabouts come final day?
    How many World class players did Greece have when they did OK in the Euros?

    If Capello can get them organised and find himself a four leafed clover, who knows what might happen?

    Up the Villans (my second team)

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  • 214. At 7:46pm on 28 Jan 2010, Rod-the-Fierce wrote:

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  • 215. At 7:47pm on 28 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    Rod - glad we've cleared that up. When your ma goes camping, the bears hide their food! Am I getting the hang of this? Bit lowbrow for me.

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  • 216. At 7:47pm on 28 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Yeah, smooth Roy.

    Mixed messages much?

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  • 217. At 7:48pm on 28 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    So that's me, Spit and Tommy. Who's next on Rod's list of people to abuse tonight?

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  • 218. At 7:50pm on 28 Jan 2010, tone1947 wrote:

    Who is the best belgian player 2's company or the toffee mop?

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  • 219. At 7:50pm on 28 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    Rod, I think we should see other people.

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  • 220. At 7:50pm on 28 Jan 2010, Rod-the-Fierce wrote:

    Happy days! I love a good oul slaggin match. I do come from the north of ireland so I may be a bit more experienced than anyone else here. Nah, but honestly can't we all just draw a line under everything and start afresh?

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  • 221. At 7:51pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    re 215 TommyB,

    didnt Oscar Wilde say about her “I wouldn't touch her even if she had the cure for homosexuality?”

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  • 222. At 7:51pm on 28 Jan 2010, Rod-the-Fierce wrote:

    Except you ColchesterFC, i really hate you!

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  • 223. At 7:52pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Oh God,
    there is trouble in the province again.

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  • 224. At 7:53pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    re 215,
    Little did she know, this was one accidental pregnancy that could not be solved with a simple abortion

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  • 225. At 7:53pm on 28 Jan 2010, NEARPOSTHEADER wrote:

    "Kiki the Frog in Hector's House" that did make me chuckle. Of all the 5-minute, pre-news, kiddy progs of that era, HH had to be the worst - so bad it was good maybe.
    By the way, Stephen Ireland's back tattoo(s). I only got a fleeting glimpse but it looked like he had wings inked into his skin. Anyone confirm this? Or has he been overdoing the Red Bull?

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  • 226. At 7:54pm on 28 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    tone1947 - I remember when Enzo Scifo single-handedly got Belgium to several world cups. Now he was quality. Modern era I'd go for the Toffee hairdo myself. Saw him playing for Liege at Anfield last season and he was everywhere. He's got a fantastic engine. Gutted the Bluenoses signed him really.

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  • 227. At 7:55pm on 28 Jan 2010, Rod-the-Fierce wrote:

    Here guys I know you don't want to hear this but...

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  • 228. At 7:55pm on 28 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

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  • 229. At 7:56pm on 28 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    Someone call Stormont, one of their dishonourable members has escaped the holding cells. Clap him in leg irons, m'lud

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  • 230. At 7:57pm on 28 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Tommy,

    Not knee-jerking at all mate.

    If our 'custodians' weren't starving the club of funds - and as you know only too well, £16.5m per season nett is our manager's spend since he took over - then I'd be happy as a pig in doodah for him to stay and see out his career at LFC, even with the whinging and moaning and dodgy acquitals.

    The simple fact is he's 30 in May, we could get £30-40m and we really need the money.

    And he has become a total BBB, you have to admit.

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  • 231. At 7:57pm on 28 Jan 2010, tone1947 wrote:

    I'd agree, his drawback piroette round Bellamy was class, even Bellamy applauded him(see he has his good side). Didnt really rate Company at HSV, but seems to getting better

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  • 232. At 7:57pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    TommyB,

    when I hence forth say 'she', I'll mean the female parent of rod-the-fickle.

    I will replace she with the phrase 'your mom' jibes that I have'nt used since I was 7.

    Shall we?

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  • 233. At 8:00pm on 28 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    222. At 7:51pm on 28 Jan 2010, Rod-the-Fierce wrote:
    Except you ColchesterFC, i really hate you!
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    Ahhhhh, I think he likes me.

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  • 234. At 8:01pm on 28 Jan 2010, Rod-the-Fierce wrote:

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  • 235. At 8:01pm on 28 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Ironically Spit, his name comes out as Defector Hire in that anagram thing that got posted the other week.

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  • 236. At 8:02pm on 28 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    BTP - the age thing is understandable. However, don't understand "BBB". My acronym range is a little rusty. All I got was this and it doesn't see to fit with what you were saying. Well, probably not anyway.

    I'm more of a sentimentalist, I'll admit, but he will definitely come good again once fully fit. I think what he can add over the next 5 years in terms of drive, game-changing ability and influence outweights even £40m. What do you reckon Statler and Waldorf would do with the cash anyway? Yeah, me too!

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  • 237. At 8:02pm on 28 Jan 2010, BROWNARMY wrote:

    Do you ever write a good article??

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  • 238. At 8:03pm on 28 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Good riddance RtF ... don't let the door hit yer arse on the way out.

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  • 239. At 8:04pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    CFC, such a shame the lad has turned out such way even though his mom likes EVERYBODY

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  • 240. At 8:05pm on 28 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

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  • 241. At 8:05pm on 28 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    Ah Spits you got there in the end. The horse has bolted though.

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  • 242. At 8:06pm on 28 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Evening
    Pen Tegypt

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  • 243. At 8:07pm on 28 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    TommyB, mods, mods, TommyB. I'm guessing - I don't get involved.

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  • 244. At 8:07pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Poor lad, probably does not realise that not only does her mom not like EVERYBODY, she is so fat that hundreds of horrible jokes have been made at her expense. And yet, she is so ugly that hundreds of other horrible jokes have been made at her expense.

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  • 245. At 8:07pm on 28 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

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  • 246. At 8:08pm on 28 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Red Card
    By the way - is Nile Quinn Egyptian?
    This must be a good blog by the time it took me to scroll down - then again at least part of the time I was scolling up for sum reason - I cant drive!!!

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  • 247. At 8:09pm on 28 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    Spit thats just plain lazy!

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  • 248. At 8:09pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    O Darn.

    I am next in the line of fire.

    Dear mods, I am so sorry. you know its unlike me.
    He brought back a part of me that I thought I had grown out i.e. angry childhood.

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  • 249. At 8:10pm on 28 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    UD - I don't get modded often so have some credits. I wonder if they can distinguish between acerbic irony and downright offensive twaddle. To be fair with some of the stuff Star's written today I'd be a little disappointed if they took exception to my sarcasm.

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  • 250. At 8:10pm on 28 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    FBH, I'll save you some aggro: most of the last 100 comments was some WUM who had issues with some of the regulars and most of us carving him up.

    Football was at best, applied as a thin veneer throughout.

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  • 251. At 8:11pm on 28 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    #248 Was it your shorts?

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  • 252. At 8:11pm on 28 Jan 2010, Rod-the-Fierce wrote:

    Hey!! Guess whos back!

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  • 253. At 8:11pm on 28 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Toomy, if you and Spit get modded for that I really do think I'll be logging on with a new name come the morning after today's madness.

    Still beats having to eat hats/old shoes.

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  • 254. At 8:12pm on 28 Jan 2010, MUFCTrini wrote:

    Spits,

    I guess these kids that you were better than, did they turn out to be referees lol. I hope that these werent the same ones that never get picked to play on the playground. You being good compared to them does not mean that you were really good :)

    I see all the bloggers are piling up on RTF.....I fear an explosion pretty soon!!!

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  • 255. At 8:13pm on 28 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    "249. At 8:10pm on 28 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:
    UD - I don't get modded often so have some credits. I wonder if they can distinguish between acerbic irony and downright offensive twaddle.
    "

    If Robbo can't what chance you?

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  • 256. At 8:13pm on 28 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Whats up with RtF - I stopped reading when he mentioned well wont say. Anyway Tommy you are great fun - Oh hang on, that game at Anfield

    Kicking off in Africa - that pen was illegal wasnt it???? And so was the headbut at teh ref?

    Right Im going to post one and work me way through - see ya in an hour

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  • 257. At 8:14pm on 28 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    After the indignity of getting Modded for being "off-topic" a couple of blogs ago I personally feel that the Mods have lost all control and have indeed taken a long holiday. That's why Star's still with us.

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  • 258. At 8:14pm on 28 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Funny, I thought he'd all but decreed he had better things to do. himself possibly

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  • 259. At 8:14pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    252 RTF,

    if your here to pick her up, she already left with that ugly bloke.

    Yes. He was THAT ugly.

    Or is it because you were kidding when you said you were going to your life.
    That one always gets me in the knotts.

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  • 260. At 8:14pm on 28 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    "I see all the bloggers are piling up on RTF.....I fear an explosion pretty soon!!!"

    Nah I get the feeling he's a prod;)

    And there it goes...

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  • 261. At 8:15pm on 28 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    It's that or they're on strike Colch. I'm just making hay now while the sun's still shining here.

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  • 262. At 8:17pm on 28 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    Rod, you don't know a bloke called Irn Bru do you?

    UD - oooohhh! Bit of rabid sectarianism, that's what this blog's been missing!

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  • 263. At 8:17pm on 28 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Cheers Star - did I see a post from you taht Adam Johnson is at Citeh???

    Its very difficult decision. We are at best going for the play offs which are themselves a bit of a lottery. If a good offer come in now we could invest but then again our track record of buying is not good. And if we keep him we wont get as much in the summer and may be still in Chumpionship - so on balance for £10million cash in £5million debatable.

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  • 264. At 8:18pm on 28 Jan 2010, tone1947 wrote:

    Only one way to sort it out


    FIGHT!!!

    aargh, thats unfair RtF against everybody

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  • 265. At 8:19pm on 28 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Nope, wasn't me that mentioned him FBH.

    Oh crud ... the mods are working their way through the comments up the top.

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  • 266. At 8:19pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    263 FBH,

    that snippet was from me.
    Will post a link as soon as the source goes official.

    How much is he worth?

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  • 267. At 8:19pm on 28 Jan 2010, Rod-the-Fierce wrote:

    While I wit for my taxi, i decided I may chat to my newest chums, yes even you ColchesterFC! Its just TommyB that I feel is a bit of a git but SpitFire is getting close as he pathetically gets to grips with gormless humour. Hows the bad ankle that "ruined" your career as a top class midfield dynamo?

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  • 268. At 8:20pm on 28 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Are TEgypt playing the Pyramif formation (and isnt that just a PC name for the XMas Tree formation?)

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  • 269. At 8:20pm on 28 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    "UD - oooohhh! Bit of rabid sectarianism, that's what this blog's been missing!"

    Rabid? Gentle sectarianism, please. Unless he's a taeg;) Its a product of Glaswegian parenting I'm afraid TommyB - I think its genetic!

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  • 270. At 8:21pm on 28 Jan 2010, Rod-the-Fierce wrote:

    See you chumps later! Taxis here!!

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  • 271. At 8:21pm on 28 Jan 2010, MUFCTrini wrote:

    Stupid internet made me miss the slagging match and say bye to RTF. OH well, time to leave the office early, gots to get to my bartending gig now and get into a screaming match with an idiot who thinks the Superbowl is the biggest one day sporting event in the world and the world cup final is only watched by 2 pubs of drunks lol

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  • 272. At 8:21pm on 28 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    tone - his mum might join in at this rate. Watch where she puts her fingers though. She knows what she's doing.

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  • 273. At 8:22pm on 28 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

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

  • 274. At 8:22pm on 28 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    TommyB - shes busy right now mate. Wait... that makes me look bad.

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  • 275. At 8:23pm on 28 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Hope it crashes ... the driver would be doing the world a favour.

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  • 276. At 8:23pm on 28 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    LOL Trini - you just need another job and you can call yourself Jamaican;)

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  • 277. At 8:24pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    267 RTF,

    since you ask, mate, its quite bad my anckle. It smells like shiet but thats because I just took it out your behind.


    And apparently, she, has slept with everyone you have ever argued with. She says it turn her on.

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  • 278. At 8:24pm on 28 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    Taxi for RTF! Damn too late.

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  • 279. At 8:26pm on 28 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Holy frag ... how are my comments still up while so many others have been pulled tonight? Are the mods sorting out all the minor stuff before ganging up and B slapping be back to 1810 or something?

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  • 280. At 8:27pm on 28 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    Seems I'm no.1 git while he gets his taxi to his combined HND in ballet and recidivism.

    Git list:

    1. Me
    2. Spit
    3. Colch

    That was fun. Should we buy him a lolly?

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  • 281. At 8:27pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Star, I suspect someone might have been doing some complaining.

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  • 282. At 8:28pm on 28 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    We think the manchester derby was spicy, get a load of Egypt/Algeria right now ... flipping Egyptian goalie's all but headbutted the ref and is somehow still on the pitch.

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  • 283. At 8:29pm on 28 Jan 2010, Tenisson wrote:

    CFC,

    I can see where you are coming from RE the performances we have seen from these "star" England players from time to time over the past couple of years. Yes it is frustrating that they havent been able to do it on the biggest stage - although lets remember there have been several penalty shoot out knockouts. I think that seems to be changing now under Capello anyway.

    But to say that these guys are over rated is just insanity.
    JT would walk into barca's defence, madrid's, ac's, inter's etc...As would Rio. Rooney, lampard and Gerrard would get into all those teams also, except perhapss for Barcelona who, in Iniesta Xavi and Messi have the three best players in the world, as well as Henry and Ibra.

    Champions league showcase the best football and all these english players have been some of the most influential players in the Champs. league, they are up there with the best, only someone with an agenda or as you admitted, someone just looking to spark a reaction, would suggest otherwise.

    They just have to turn it on for England!

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  • 284. At 8:29pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    280. At 8:27pm on 28 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:
    Seems I'm no.1 git while he gets his taxi to his combined HND in ballet and recidivism.

    Git list:

    1. Me
    2. Spit
    3. Colch

    That was fun. Should we buy him a lolly?
    _______________________________________________
    No TommyB, SHE has plenty of Lollies as it is.

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  • 285. At 8:29pm on 28 Jan 2010, MUFCTrini wrote:

    Dreamer, been called that more than once. Unfortunately these days, I have been called Drogba quite a lot on the field which I consider more an insult than a compliment.
    Just found a league in Manhattan to play in from next week and I can wear my Rooney shirt proudly :)

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  • 286. At 8:32pm on 28 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    240's gone. Bah!

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  • 287. At 8:33pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Anyway,

    what were we talking about?
    Oh yes. The manchester derby that Robbo thought was the best match of the season.

    It so clearly was not.

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  • 288. At 8:36pm on 28 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Shame Bo isn't up and about yet. He could tell us all about how tame that match was compared to the events in Bathurst that go on every year.

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  • 289. At 8:37pm on 28 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Taxi to bedtime for RtF.

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  • 290. At 8:37pm on 28 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Hang on a mo ... what if Irn Bru got banned and this is his new guise?

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  • 291. At 8:43pm on 28 Jan 2010, Tom Halstead wrote:

    Spit

    I've just come back to the computer - been away since our exchange over the validity of writing a blog on stephen ireland and football tactics. I've just spent the last hour going through what I missed (usually you and the regulars, H2H, DG3 etc. come up with pretty interesting and/or funny comments) - can I please have that hour back! It consisited of some numpty with a chip on his shoulder talk absolute rubbish and the banter actually descended to mum jokes! Come on lads - I expect better! (Although the prat clearly deserved it!!)

    So, Spit, how about a pint and a chat about football tactics? lol

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  • 292. At 8:44pm on 28 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    Hi All ( again )

    I had the hump so went to bed, i went to bed and awoke with the hump
    however I am not going to let this hump get the better of me.

    Having caught up on the blog I am defo with ColchFC and his opnions
    in respect of the media hype surrounding the " class " of several
    english players. These " class " players have for some time been
    trotting out onto the field in major tournaments and have come up well
    short when push came to shove. It is all a lot of Bunny and england have
    not a hope in hells chance of winning the WC with or without the likes
    of Rooney and Co. Good Players? yes Class Players? no

    rant over:





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  • 293. At 8:44pm on 28 Jan 2010, Tom Halstead wrote:

    P.S. How can noone have ripped this idiot for calling himself "Rod-the-Fierce" - I mean really?! What would possess you?!

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  • 294. At 8:46pm on 28 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    Now I'm concerned with whether I was right or not. DG3 has agreed with me and that's always dangerous

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  • 295. At 8:46pm on 28 Jan 2010, superhoffy wrote:

    Cyril, dumb comment. First it was an off the ball incident and therefore not a penalty. The FA have punished the player involved. The ref got it wrong in not sending him off and that's why the FA have moved in. Why should Hull benefit? What about the clear panalty on Nani? What if united lose the league on goal difference? What if we let Ireland through in place of France in the World Cup? What if we contract the FBI/CIA to look into the contraversial goal scored by D.Maradona against England in 1986? Oxford University to look at the phantom goal at Wembley 1966? What if, what if, what if?

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  • 296. At 8:49pm on 28 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

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

  • 297. At 8:51pm on 28 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    How will we know it's you Star? Open your first post in your new guise with Stargotbarredfrombloggate and we'll know it's you

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  • 298. At 8:51pm on 28 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Star,

    Maybe Rod is coming round to your house in his taxi to get you?

    Be afraid - you could end up like ginger kid, littering parks and offices with your blank expression and one shoe.

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  • 299. At 8:52pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    291 TH,

    You are more than welcome mate.

    The thing about Citeh is that they are built all wrong as a team.

    A natural progression of team building takes about 3~4 years. You get in some players, try some tactics, work on formations and when you spot weakness/potential you replace players.

    The thing with very very very rich owners is, they havent got the patience. If Mancini is given a deadline of winning the league in 2013 and promised funds, I will bet my house that he (or any half decent) manager will deliver it. However, randomly buying half decent players or money grabbing cast outs will not coupled with short fuses dont normally work.

    Just ask Real Madrid. and they are a big club unlike Citeh.





    And just so you dont forget, dont, what ever you do take anything written on here seriously. I can speak for most of the regulars when I say we are here for a laugh. Some times we also talk footie.

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  • 300. At 8:54pm on 28 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    And sometimes I get well pissed and go off with a bang.

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  • 301. At 8:54pm on 28 Jan 2010, Tom Halstead wrote:

    On the England players being world class chat - I totally agree with CFC. Gerrard looks amazing because the whole Liverpool team is built around him - why do you think he can never produce the same form for England? Rooney is exactly the same - noone (even ManU fans) would seriously have claimed him to be world class until very recently where, due to ManU's lack of quality elsewhere, has been given a central and free role. How did Rooney compare to Ronlado last year - he didnt and he played second fiddle at best. The only ones that have a chance of world class status are Terry and Cole and still they are bettered by the likes of Evra and Vidic.

    Having said that, English players, and Rooney and Gerrard in particular, have a drive and will to win that I rarely see in foreign players so I think we will actually give it a decent go this summer. Come on England!

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  • 302. At 8:59pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Not very brilliant from Belhadj three was it?

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  • 303. At 9:00pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    three should be there

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  • 304. At 9:01pm on 28 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    Is anyone watching the ACoN semi-final. Egypt 2-0 up and Algeria down to 9 men. Now that's a proper football match

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  • 305. At 9:03pm on 28 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Mock The Week really has gone downhill.

    Not nearly as funny without Frankie Boyle, the little baldy one has turned into a right smartarse and they seem to have decided to have an unfunny woman on every week now.

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  • 306. At 9:03pm on 28 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    And I've won my bet on more than 6.5 cards in the game. That's 7 already and there's still 15 minutes to go.

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  • 307. At 9:05pm on 28 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    welcome back Tom.

    as for this eygpt game well well it is very spicy and heads flying all
    the shop. I have not been that impressed with this tournament though.

    and if i have put the kiss of death on Colch for agreeing with his
    assessment I can only apologise.

    your doomed Colch doomed. of to the urals with you

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  • 308. At 9:06pm on 28 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    See?

    Unfunny.

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  • 309. At 9:09pm on 28 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    From this point on I will not be saying anything vaguely sensible. I do not want to run the risk of anyone (least of all DG3) agreeing with me.

    I think that they should bring back hanging for England footballers who miss penalties. And public stonings for anyone who gets booked. And Colchester will win the Premier League within 3 years.

    Right I'm off back to licking the windows of the sunshine bus.

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  • 310. At 9:12pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    309. At 9:09pm on 28 Jan 2010, ColchesterFC wrote:
    I think that they should bring back hanging for England footballers who miss penalties. And public stonings for anyone who gets booked. And Colchester will win the Premier League within 3 years.
    _________________________________

    Did I sleep through the glorious period in our history when we used to hang the likes of Beckham?

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  • 311. At 9:14pm on 28 Jan 2010, BROWNARMY wrote:

    301. i think most players in the world would play second fiddle to ronaldo apart fom messi.but im fully with you on everything else come on England lets bring it home, speaking of bringing the world cup home here's a link for facebook so England can finally get the world cup.
    http://www.facebook.com/#/group.php?gid=259079398359&ref=ts

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  • 312. At 9:16pm on 28 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    Now Algeria are down to 8. What a cracking match

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  • 313. At 9:16pm on 28 Jan 2010, CousinKev wrote:

    Spitfire wrote:
    291 TH,

    You are more than welcome mate.

    The thing about Citeh is that they are built all wrong as a team.

    A natural progression of team building takes about 3~4 years. You get in some players, try some tactics, work on formations and when you spot weakness/potential you replace players.


    This is true from the footballing side of the equation. You have to remeber the business side as well. Getting in big name players will be key for City to increase their brand awareness and attract new supporters (Rod the Fister showed how players can create a supporter). Never underestimate the pulling power of top names. Some years ago ManU had the highest revenues of all football clubs. One year after selling David Beckham to Madrid, guess who became the new number one.

    The key (and tricky part) for City will be in balancing these two interests.

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  • 314. At 9:17pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Now the Algerian keeper is off.

    I wish we had such scenes last night.

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  • 315. At 9:18pm on 28 Jan 2010, Phemmy1 (the Roonmeistre the great) wrote:

    Well said. Again....

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  • 316. At 9:22pm on 28 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    4-0 and 3 sent off. Apart from a fight this game has had everything.

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  • 317. At 9:34pm on 28 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    The trouble with Citeh is that they're a lot like Paul McCartney.

    They get far too excited over one leg.

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  • 318. At 9:37pm on 28 Jan 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    United Dreamer wrote:

    Keep it fresh - going back to the Rooney, White Pele hype that was a headline years ago is a bit tired mate.

    _________________________________________________________________________If it's so old hat why was there a banner proclaiming that very fact at the game last night? You better your fellow fans that it's a bit tired, not me.

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  • 319. At 9:38pm on 28 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    I've always had a soft-spot for Palace since the days of the Team of the Eighties
    ===============================

    I have a soft spot for Roy Keane too... a bog in Ireland.

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  • 320. At 9:38pm on 28 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Gan on Robbo, knack 'im.

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  • 321. At 9:38pm on 28 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Hector's House
    Those words took me back a long long time - sat on the settee in the living room (of our council house in Grove Hill Robbo) with me younger brother (one of them anyway - RBA I am a middle child and no you are not my proper father and you never really loved me) both of us with measels watching daytime telly before the days of Chav television in the form of Jeremy Kyle, Loose Women and Dogging for Beginners. Andy Pandy, Fingerbobs (I also remember a cartoon about some mice living in a Tower Block - anyone else?) and the picture of that girl, some chalk and a very strange looking clown-like dolly soley responsible for the growth of Coulrophobia (I didnt even know that word til this blog) and then being sent the shops to buy me mam 10 fags .... them were the days???

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  • 322. At 9:41pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    321. At 9:38pm on 28 Jan 2010, followingborohurts wrote:
    Hector's House
    Those words took me back a long long time - sat on the settee in the living room (of our council house in Grove Hill Robbo) with me younger brother (one of them anyway - RBA I am a middle child and no you are not my proper father and you never really loved me) both of us with measels watching daytime telly before the days of Chav television in the form of Jeremy Kyle, Loose Women and Dogging for Beginners. Andy Pandy, Fingerbobs (I also remember a cartoon about some mice living in a Tower Block - anyone else?) and the picture of that girl, some chalk and a very strange looking clown-like dolly soley responsible for the growth of Coulrophobia (I didnt even know that word til this blog) and then being sent the shops to buy me mam 10 fags .... them were the days???
    _______________________________________________________________________

    Do you have more than one fathers?
    A proper and one(or more) RBA like?

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  • 323. At 9:42pm on 28 Jan 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    154. At 6:54pm on 28 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:
    Colch if you read my post you'll understand I'm only touting Rooney although Scholes in his prime probably would I believe have got in. He is probably England's most technically gifted midfielder in the last ten years and is frequently touted as such including by Henry when he was asked. Unfortunately the likes of Keegan and were a little too technically challenged to appreciate his skils. And Cole is not as good as Evra although I agree he is very talented.

    ________________________________________________________________________

    Now you've got me agreeing with you... you've magicked away my ABU mist.

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  • 324. At 9:43pm on 28 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/p/portsmouth/8486073.stm

    "Former defender Sol Campbell is suing the club for £1.7 for unpaid image rights while staff at the club have also been warned that their January wages might be late."

    The poor bugger - is it really worth it?

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  • 325. At 9:44pm on 28 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    Robbo, what is ABU? And also what is WUM? Both keep coming up and I can't work it out.

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  • 326. At 9:44pm on 28 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    (On the plus side, surely this seals my first ever entry into Quotes Of The Week?)

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  • 327. At 9:50pm on 28 Jan 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    Colch... ABU I believe is Anyone But United. WUM = wind-up merchant. Of course neither apply to myself.

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  • 328. At 9:53pm on 28 Jan 2010, karl white wrote:

    Sorry felt the need to comment on the Rooney saga, RE every one getting on his back, firstly last season rooney was pushed out wide left to accomadate ronaldo that's why we did not get the best from him, as for this season playing through the middle, i have lost count how many times he has grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and completely change it.
    As regards to hime having average players around him we have had 7 defenders out for weeks and still if Chelsea win their game in hand only 7 points off the top, not bad for an average team.
    Can i also point out the fact that the reason the likes of Arsenal don't win the league is because you need good old english backbone fighting spirit to win leagues (Rooney, Ferdinand, Terry, Lampard) players experienced in the english game. Arsenal's foreigners do not like the cold weather. As to Colchesters comment on rooney being average, if he gets injured and does not make the world cup, England are screwed simply because Rooney does terrorise defenders, because he plays with english pride and passion.

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  • 329. At 9:54pm on 28 Jan 2010, karl white wrote:

    Sorry 4 off the top !!!!

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  • 330. At 9:54pm on 28 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    Thanks Robbo. While innocently surfing the web for porn earlier i came across some rather disturbing website addresses.

    Need a therapist? Try - www.therapistfinder.com

    Need a pen? Try - www.penisland.net

    Mole station nursery? Try - www.molestationnursery.com

    An Italian energy supplier? Try - www.powergenitalia.com

    An entertainment agent? Try - www.whorepresents.com

    Disturbingly these are all real. I hope the marketing departments got fired.

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  • 331. At 9:57pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Sure Karl White,

    now lead us to the stash of silver the good old english passion has won us over the years. I just wanna have a look. Promise I wont touch.

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  • 332. At 10:02pm on 28 Jan 2010, karl white wrote:

    Sorry spitfire you a chelsea fan??? If you are then i am sure you agree that without hte english backbone of terry and lampard you would not have won your titles??? And yes it was a certain portuguese fella that carried united alot last season, BUT uniteds defensive record spoke volumes when Ferdinand (english) and Vidic where solid.
    Not forgetting carrick who of course is also English.

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  • 333. At 10:02pm on 28 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    328. At 9:53pm on 28 Jan 2010, karl white wrote:
    Can i also point out the fact that the reason the likes of Arsenal don't win the league is because you need good old english backbone fighting spirit to win leagues
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    Would that be like the "good old english backbone" Arsenal had in 2003/2004 when they won the league and went unbeaten for the whole season?

    Jens Lehmann, Gael Clichy, Lauren, Pascal Cygan, Philippe Senderos,
    Robert Pires, Gilberto Silva, Edu, Vieira, Toure, Ljungberg, Thierry Henry, Sylvain Wiltord, Nwankwo Kanu, Jeremie Aliadiere, Dennis Bergkamp

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  • 334. At 10:03pm on 28 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    I know. I deliberately left out Campbell, Keown and Parlour just to make my point seem more valid

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  • 335. At 10:05pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    What is with cranked up MANU supporters today?

    Or are we not used to them anymore? Where were they hiding when united had a little fumble in the league and FA cup early on?

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  • 336. At 10:05pm on 28 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Has the plank gone?

    328. England has a very english backbone, (frontbone to probably) yet they've have failed to win anything since 1966.
    Care to explain?

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  • 337. At 10:05pm on 28 Jan 2010, karl white wrote:

    Sorry you was referring to ENGLAND, I think the reason Engalnd have not won anything is because of either, having key players missing through injuries or poor managerial decisions, like carry an injured Rooney through a tournament or taking an untested Wallcot, or constantly playing Lampard and Gerrard together when on evidence they don't play well together, but then that's a whole different argument.

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  • 338. At 10:07pm on 28 Jan 2010, emsti wrote:

    Hey Robbo,
    I am not a citizen of Kuala Lampur, rather a citizen of India and former denizen of Africa and now the US. I confirm your point.

    I should add - very proud supporter of Manchester United for the last 16 years. And yes I was a glory seeker - thank you!

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  • 339. At 10:08pm on 28 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    Are you sure it's not because Gerrard and Lampard are over rated Karl? Xavi and Iniesta don't seem to have any problems playing together. And from what I've seen of Fabregas, the other two must be reasonable to keep him out of the Spain team.

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  • 340. At 10:09pm on 28 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

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

  • 341. At 10:10pm on 28 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Is Rod The Fierce, Gaz in disguise?... still working my way through the comments

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  • 342. At 10:11pm on 28 Jan 2010, karl white wrote:

    And i have not been hiding, its just I usually just read the blogs and comments and don't feel the need to post. But just thought I would stick up for rooney as I feel he would walk into any top european side, because quite simply the English league is the best League in Europe, and to already have 21 goals half way through can't be half bad, and just to point out I don't care if we don't win the Disney cup as someone called it , I just wanted us to shut CITY'S mouths up, I hope he goes back to playing the reserves for the final, although that would probably be a lack of respect to Villa.

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  • 343. At 10:11pm on 28 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    A bit of an insult to Gaz there Bo.

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  • 344. At 10:13pm on 28 Jan 2010, redpreacherman wrote:

    Evening all, or could it be that Gerrard and Lampard are so full of their own self-importance they fail to put the England team first?

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  • 345. At 10:15pm on 28 Jan 2010, karl white wrote:

    Colchester , I should think that xavi and iniesta do play well together as they play together for the whole season for Barca, and to say Gerrard is overated is wrong, if you took Gerrard and Torres out the Liverpool team they would be at best a middle table side, due too poor squad depth. And as for Lampard look at his scoring record for Chelsea, pretty good for a midfielder.

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  • 346. At 10:16pm on 28 Jan 2010, redpreacherman wrote:

    With reference to earlier posts, baking tomorrow.

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  • 347. At 10:16pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Evening Preach,

    Please disregard all stupid comments, including and specially mine, made up to a point an hour or so ago.

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  • 348. At 10:18pm on 28 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    157. At 6:56pm on 28 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    Actually Cole/Evra is nip and tuck
    ==================================

    There is no player around allowed to be better than a Un**ed player is there.

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  • 349. At 10:20pm on 28 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    304. At 9:01pm on 28 Jan 2010, ColchesterFC wrote:
    Is anyone watching the ACoN semi-final.

    Hi Colch - yeah I was - the Algerian keeper had the interpersonal skills as RtF.

    Did you bet on the no of red cards .... spolit the game tho in honesty.

    Spit Johnson - Anyting over £7million would be a good price but dont tell citeh in whic case ive missed a "1" £17million. He scored a great goal the other night and is still only a prospect to come good. I think we may as well cash in.

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  • 350. At 10:22pm on 28 Jan 2010, karl white wrote:

    As a United fan I think both Cole and Evra have too many flaws, excellent going forward on support play, but not the greatest going back towards their own goal. As for decent left backs I think Cliche could be there one day. But I still think you would have to go some way to match Dennis Irwin, superb in his day.

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  • 351. At 10:22pm on 28 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    305. At 9:03pm on 28 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:
    Mock The Week really has gone downhill.

    Not nearly as funny without Frankie Boyle, the little baldy one has turned into a right smartarse and they seem to have decided to have an unfunny woman on every week now.

    Lucy Porter, Josie Long both tickle me

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  • 352. At 10:23pm on 28 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    306. At 9:03pm on 28 Jan 2010, ColchesterFC wrote:
    And I've won my bet on more than 6.5 cards in the game. That's 7 already and there's still 15 minutes to go.

    I promise to read all the posts before I post previously answered questions!!!

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  • 353. At 10:25pm on 28 Jan 2010, redpreacherman wrote:

    Hi Spit, I've had a good laugh. My only comment is that if you are daft enough to stick your head over the parapet, then you've got to expect someone to shoot it off. I thought the attack was skilfully conducted.

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  • 354. At 10:26pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    FBH Wrote,

    Spit Johnson - Anyting over £7million would be a good price but dont tell citeh in whic case ive missed a "1" £17million. He scored a great goal the other night and is still only a prospect to come good. I think we may as well cash in.
    ______________________________________________________

    Sounds like aný Arsenal player to me.

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  • 355. At 10:27pm on 28 Jan 2010, redpreacherman wrote:

    You = rtf.

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  • 356. At 10:28pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    355. At 10:27pm on 28 Jan 2010, redpreacherman wrote:
    You = rtf.
    ___________________

    Glad you cleared that up Preach.

    I was just about to hang my head in shame on being daft.

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  • 357. At 10:28pm on 28 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    fbh, you've promised that before mate. ;p

    Karl. Have to disagree about Cole, IMO one of the best LB's in the world at the mo. As`an Arsenal fan I can now feel a burning pain, damn, it hurt to type that.

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  • 358. At 10:31pm on 28 Jan 2010, karl white wrote:

    I just don't think his tackling is as good as his support play, I would say he is more of an attacking wing back than a out and out defender.

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  • 359. At 10:34pm on 28 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Only two thirds throuh and I have to leave for a while... finish reading if I have time later.

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  • 360. At 10:35pm on 28 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Colch - re 330 - class ... :)
    H2H - re 357 - well spotted ... :)

    Rooney - is having his best season ever and is getting better ... World Class - not quite

    Citeh - I have a soft spot (no not the Keane way) as I tend to see clubs fans before a clubs Board - that why I hate Chelsea (there are exceptions - one of them on here today was very pleasent) and have an empathey with Citeh's fans .... and perhaps why I want Villa to beat Man IOU - and spurs or cited to finish in top 4

    Share the love.

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  • 361. At 10:36pm on 28 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Karl. The role of the "full backs" has been redifened over the last few years, I'd agree and say most are more like what you have described as attacking wing backs.

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  • 362. At 10:37pm on 28 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    359. At 10:34pm on 28 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:
    Only two thirds throuh and I have to leave for a while... finish reading if I have time later.

    Bo dont do it - shes not worth it

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  • 363. At 10:38pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    362 FBH,

    He is only away for a while. But most importantly, how do you know?

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  • 364. At 10:52pm on 28 Jan 2010, redpreacherman wrote:

    Hi there H2H, I think we can blame that on Sir Alf Ramsay and his wingless wonders who won in 66. From that point on the roles of the full back and the winger have gradually intertwined until today we expect one man to fulfil two roles.
    With that in mind I think you have to define very clearly what you expect of the role and then choose the player who best performs the role.
    Cole and Evra are both very good but I don't think either of them are world class. Before you ask I'm not sure who is.

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  • 365. At 10:54pm on 28 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    Come on Preach we need to know. Who apart from Cole or Evra would be in the world team of the year at left back?

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  • 366. At 10:55pm on 28 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Spit - I was gunna say "its not worth it" (in view of that odious charater) but didnt wanna show disrespec to my hommies???? (Is that right for street talk lingo stuff aaaiiiyyyye)

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  • 367. At 10:58pm on 28 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    I think you mean "Homies" FBH. "Hommies" is an entirely different thing.

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  • 368. At 11:01pm on 28 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Thanks Colch - sometimes I think Im just too English???

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  • 369. At 11:02pm on 28 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Preach, I'm with Colch on this one, I wouldn't know who else would be better.

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  • 370. At 11:04pm on 28 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    Surely that's the whole point H2H. If there's no-one better then they are the best in the world so therefore it's either Evra or Cashley.

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  • 371. At 11:06pm on 28 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Yes indeed Colch, I was just hoping maybe someone would weigh in with a suggestion

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  • 372. At 11:07pm on 28 Jan 2010, WhitleyBayWonTheVase wrote:

    Well it's over now.

    We lost 3-2 away to Dunston UTS tonight whilst Spennymoor won 0-1 away from home.

    Nine points adrift with a game in hand, so lets take an optimistic view and that's 6 points to claw back with Spennymoor to come to Hillheads.

    I'm a realist. Not a Premier League dreamer. We're not going to win it.

    That said, if we retain the Vase (the FA Vase in case you wondered, we won it last year) and I get another trip to Wembley - it'll do.

    Now back to my non-league life of misery. I hate football.

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  • 373. At 11:08pm on 28 Jan 2010, WhitleyBayWonTheVase wrote:

    And why did I say 'tonight'?

    Football is messing with my mind. It was Tuesday. I've lost the plot.

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  • 374. At 11:10pm on 28 Jan 2010, WhitleyBayWonTheVase wrote:

    Tell you what though....

    How many premier league clubs would get away with their official website match report saying this:

    "Unfortunately the referee’s performance failed to match that of the players as he seemed determined to steal the show with what was one of the most abject and inconsistent displays for years by an official at a Whitley game."

    Classic and it does brighten up non league a little. He was right too.

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  • 375. At 11:13pm on 28 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Football can suck no matter what league you find yourself in Whitley. Surely 6 points is not an insurmountable margin to claw back?
    If you've had a rough patch, so can they.
    Living in hope is the one thing that unites all footy fans.

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  • 376. At 11:14pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    374. At 11:10pm on 28 Jan 2010, WhitleyBayWonTheVase wrote:
    Tell you what though....

    How many premier league clubs would get away with their official website match report saying this:

    "Unfortunately the referee’s performance failed to match that of the players as he seemed determined to steal the show with what was one of the most abject and inconsistent displays for years by an official at a Whitley game."

    Classic and it does brighten up non league a little. He was right too.
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    Well Whitley,

    if the Ref was right, I see no point in slating him.

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  • 377. At 11:15pm on 28 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    374, SAF or Fergy would be crucified if they said anything like that.

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  • 378. At 11:16pm on 28 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Whitley - nooooo
    If YOU can't beleive ....

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  • 379. At 11:17pm on 28 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    I'd like to put forward........

    1. Casillas
    2. Dani Alves
    4. Vidic
    6. Puyol
    3. Cashley
    5. Xavi
    7. Ronaldo
    8. Iniesta
    9. Torres
    10. Kaka
    11. Messi

    And apart from Cashley not a Brit to be seen. I'll admit to struggling with the centre backs but will fight anyone who doesn't agree with my other choices. Unless of course I've forgotten someone in which case I will admit I'm wrong and bow to your superior knowledge.

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  • 380. At 11:19pm on 28 Jan 2010, redpreacherman wrote:

    I can't think of a left back who I consider truly world class. If you ask me who could best fill that role in a World eleven then I would have to say Cole because I believe he has marginally more to offer in all aspects of the role than Evra.

    I hope you will forgive me but I've differentiated between filling a World team and world class players, or at least I've tried to do that.

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  • 381. At 11:26pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Anyone else remember this ad?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjI-qh37xf0

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  • 382. At 11:27pm on 28 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    football related just.

    Sky are going 3D and Arsenal v man u is to be shown in 3D in pubs now that has to be funny. can you imagine all them posh talking surrey lot strutting about in funny specs.

    also those with HD ready TV's will now have to replace them with 3D/HD
    tellys those japs are pretty clever when it comes to economics the whole
    world will now join the crazy que to get the new tellys.

    it wouldnt be so bad if they were actually made in britain but alas just like the best full backs, wingers and stikers they are all made abroad.
    the manufacturing base completly wiped out by that tyrant thatcher and co and subsequently reduced even further by new labour, and soon to be screwed to hell by cameron and his cronies.

    am i to old to emigrate or should i ask myself do i have the will to.

    it is very difficult to have any pride in what goes on here.

    That Genisis Album " selling england by the pound " was quite visionary
    but those with perception saw this ages ago, those that didnt are about to have a rude awakening.

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  • 383. At 11:28pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    380 Preach,

    That is some deep stuff you dropped on us there preach.
    Bet all are scraching their heads on what to say next.

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  • 384. At 11:30pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    382 Dg3,

    If you are too old to emigrate now, then you would be too old in 10 years time and wont be able to afford any care.

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  • 385. At 11:31pm on 28 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Colch, decent team, although not nearly enough Man U influence in there. How very dare you.

    Spit, funny.
    I had never seen it.

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  • 386. At 11:36pm on 28 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    Sorry H2H, how about..........

    1. Van Der Sar
    2. Brown
    4. Vidic
    6. Ferdinand
    3. Evra
    5. Fletcher
    7. Carrick
    8. Scholes
    9. Rooney
    10. Berbatov
    11. Giggs

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  • 387. At 11:43pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Cant figure if there is dutch national on Arsenals books who fits this profile

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsizQdNKhGg

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  • 388. At 11:44pm on 28 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Now that's how you make friends here Colch.

    But I can't believe you left out Owen. ;p

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  • 389. At 11:46pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    388 H2

    Its because Owen has to spend some time out to absolve himself for ever turning out for the Liverpulians

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  • 390. At 11:46pm on 28 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    384. At 11:30pm on 28 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:
    382 Dg3,

    If you are too old to emigrate now, then you would be too old in 10 years time and wont be able to afford any care.

    Spit - how very practical of you. How very dare you.

    DG3rd - the song I was on about wsa by Richie Haves I think but cant even find it listed in the Woodstock set list - it was a sort of anthem to the fact that the US of A is actually Inidian (not even sure we can say red indian any more)

    And your song reference remoinded me of Old England Is Dying by the Waterboys ... and your reference to Cameron and Thatcher - well quite right but Im depressed now

    Anyway chaps sleep well and My Old Man Said be a Boro Fan!!!

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  • 391. At 11:47pm on 28 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    Spitfire: very true i had the opportunity a while ago and fool me
    decided to stay put.

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  • 392. At 11:51pm on 28 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    Quality ad that, Spit, remember it well.

    World XI. Colch, you have no one who can tackle, but I'd agree, with a couple of changes. Your selections in brackets:
    1. Casillas
    2. Dani Alves
    4. Cannavaro (Vidic - no good against pace)
    5. Marquez (Puyol - Marquez quicker, but not much in this one)
    3. Cashley
    7. Ronaldo
    6. Xavi
    8. Essien (Iniesta - had to leave someone out for Essien)
    11. Messi
    10. Villa (Kaka - not up to his usual standard at the moment)
    9. Torres

    Subs:
    Given, Terry, Puyol, Iniesta, Gerrard, Kaka, Arshavin, Drogba

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  • 393. At 11:51pm on 28 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    388. At 11:44pm on 28 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:
    Now that's how you make friends here Colch.

    But I can't believe you left out Owen. ;p
    --------------------------------------------------

    He's on the bench. Along with Rafael, Rafael's brother, GNev, O'Shea, Anderson and Macheda

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  • 394. At 11:53pm on 28 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Was that ad the one from Guy Ritchie?

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  • 395. At 11:58pm on 28 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    Not a bad team Tommy. I couldn't bring myself to leave out Kaka but did have problems with the defence. Even considered Pique. I bet SAF is regretting letting him leave.

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  • 396. At 00:02am on 29 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    dam I put the mockers on Colch and now i've depressed RBA

    not doing to well am i

    i will catch up with you all another time.

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  • 397. At 00:05am on 29 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    394 H2,Yes. Was it that easy to spot the Cockney?

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  • 398. At 00:11am on 29 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    I'd heard of it, but never saw it before.

    We get different ads over here, (mostly carp)

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  • 399. At 00:31am on 29 Jan 2010, redpreacherman wrote:

    Spit, on the last blog we were talking about great cricketers whom we had seen which is why of course I didn't mention Sir Garfield Sobers who I think can lay claim to being the greatest of all time.
    However, based on what I have read about him Wilfred Rhodes of Yorks and England might give him a run for his money. I quote:
    "For Yorkshire he scored more than 30,000 runs, averaging 30 an innings; for Yorkshire he took 3,608 wickets at 16 runs each. When he was not playing for Yorkshire, in his spare time, so to say, he played for England and amassed 2,000 runs, average 30, and took 127 wickets, at the cost of 26.96 apiece. In his first Test match he was last in the batting order, and at Sydney in the 1903-04 rubber he took part in the most persistent and prolific Test match last-wicket partnership to this day; he helped RE Foster to add 130 for the tenth wicket, his share 40 not out. Eight years afterwards he went in first for England at Melbourne, and against Australia he was the partner of Hobbs in the record first-wicket stand of 323."
    Worth thinking about, now I must leave you, I need to do at least half an hour on Hebrew verbs.
    Goodnight all and God bless you.

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  • 400. At 06:26am on 29 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Well peeps, I'm still alive. Amazingly the only thing I've had removed was that last comment about being done in by the mods.

    Think I'll behave meself today, or try to anyway.

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  • 401. At 07:08am on 29 Jan 2010, Rod-the-Fierce wrote:

    392. At 11:51pm on 28 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    Quality ad that, Spit, remember it well.

    World XI. Colch, you have no one who can tackle, but I'd agree, with a couple of changes. Your selections in brackets:
    1. Casillas
    2. Dani Alves
    4. Cannavaro (Vidic - no good against pace)***

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    ***Cannavaro good against pace...... Phew, for a minute there i almost thought i was too harsh on your earlier comments but man. Thats so unbelievably incorrect I'm gonna lose sleep over it. I'm guessin hes good on fifa 10 or somethin so you think hes fast, but hey maybe I'm wrong. Maybe you're just unaware that hes pretty ancient.

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  • 402. At 07:29am on 29 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    A bit of an insult to Gaz there Bo.
    ==============================

    I posted that early in my reading H2... If I had waited a few posts I would have seen there was no comparison... Gaz would never stoop as low as that guy... still catching up by the way.

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  • 403. At 07:41am on 29 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    On the subject of left back,I would suggest Phillipp Lahm as far better than Cole or Evra.
    Preach,look forward to the baking.I can add to Wilfred Rhodes,when he started out his career he batted at 11,playing more as a left arm spinner before moving up the order to eventually open the batting.Sir Geoffrey speaks in the highest terms possible about him.
    Bo,re a soft spot for Roy Keane,it may shock you to say I disagree.We've done enough damage to the planet as it is...

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  • 404. At 07:42am on 29 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    G'day Bo.Bit fiery on here last night.

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  • 405. At 07:59am on 29 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Bad news for Star...http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/jan/29/roman-pavlyuchenko-birmingham-tottenham
    and...http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/jan/28/aaron-lennon-tottenham-hotspur-injury

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  • 406. At 08:00am on 29 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    I don't know what was more fiery Jack, this place of the Egypt/Algeria match.

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  • 407. At 08:02am on 29 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    I've just read about that Jack ... glad we've Gudjohnsen in to give us some other options while lennon's away though.

    And I really can't see anyone stumping up 13 mill for Pava, not after not really playing this season ... not even Liverpool if by virtue of them not having that kind of money to spend in the first place.

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  • 408. At 08:03am on 29 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Here's something scary ... lawro got 7 out of his 8 predictions right this week ...wtf?

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  • 409. At 08:06am on 29 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Mind it looks like he's been at the Ether again ...he reckons Spurs will win away at brum.

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  • 410. At 08:07am on 29 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Some serious rivalry between Egypt and Algeria.Being quite dull,I listen to the World Service and they've been hyping the game for a day or two.Apparently the Angolan police were on stand by for any shenannigans.
    Re Lawro.I suppose the law of averages means he'll get some right occasionally.I still find him tremendously annoying though....

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  • 411. At 08:08am on 29 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    409. At 08:06am on 29 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Mind it looks like he's been at the Ether again ...he reckons Spurs will win away at brum.

    -------------------------
    Oh well,lets hope his roll continues.....

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  • 412. At 08:09am on 29 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Who decided to put "BBC Football Expert" as his title?his mom?

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  • 413. At 08:10am on 29 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    I would say I'd eat my hat if Spurs go and win 2-0, but after yesterday the cupboard's looking a little bare ...

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  • 414. At 08:11am on 29 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    You'd think McNulty would take issue with that accolade going to him.

    Only one way to decide though...

    FIGHT!

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  • 415. At 08:14am on 29 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    That would be the dullest fight ever.It would make Ali v Bugner look like "The Thriller in Manilla"....
    Any indigestion this morning?

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  • 416. At 08:19am on 29 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    Mornin' all.

    Rod, re: Cannavaro. You don't have to be quick to be effective, but you wouldn't know about that, eh? Vidic is far from slow but cannot deal with raw pace, e.g. Torres last term. Cannavaro has timing that Vidic can only dream of. At least that's what Fifa told me. Anyway, mustn't keep you. Don't you need to be getting read for school?

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  • 417. At 08:19am on 29 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Star,re Gudjohnsen.Quiz question...how did he make international football history v Estonia in 1996?

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  • 418. At 08:21am on 29 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Morning Tommy.Re centre half and pace.As a former centre half,it's all about reading the game and keeping the ball in front of you.Bobby Moore didn't have any pace.

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  • 419. At 08:21am on 29 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    For those that missed it...http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/africa/8486465.stm

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  • 420. At 08:21am on 29 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    His father was subbed for him Jack.

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  • 421. At 08:22am on 29 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Well spotted,give that man a banana.Smart a**e!

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  • 422. At 08:23am on 29 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Must be all the fibre in those shoes firing the synapses in you r brain,Star...

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  • 423. At 08:25am on 29 Jan 2010, Andrew wrote:

    I thought exactly the same thing about Murray when I saw the picture of him with his mouth wide open, however I can't help it'll be once in a blue moon he'll beat Federer in a final of a grand slam, never mind a full moon.

    Classic film American Werewolf in London

    Brian Glover "Nowt for you in 'ere lads"

    Would you really choose to drink in a pub called the Slaughtered Lamb anyway?

    That nurse was rather fit though. PLus the copper in Trafalgar square was top cop from the Bill in the 90's.

    I'll get me coat.

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  • 424. At 08:29am on 29 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    A fact that wierd is worth remembering Jack ... it'll do well in the old pub quizzes. ;)

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  • 425. At 08:29am on 29 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    G'day all... re this morning/last night Jack... I was always way behind in what was happening... I only finished reading this blog's comments about an hour ago mate.

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  • 426. At 08:39am on 29 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    Jacks, thanks for the Algeria-Egypt link. Highly entertaining stuff, unless you're Algerian, I suppose!

    As for the CB stuff... well, young Rod was educated several times yesterday evening after insulting pretty much everyone. He's like a monkey with a scattergun. He's the new Irn_Bru, if you remember him and his charming ways?

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  • 427. At 08:44am on 29 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    whilst on world team selection... for mine Ricardo Carvahlo is the best centre half playing today and would put him in my side ahead of Vidic and Cannavaro.

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  • 428. At 08:45am on 29 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    I still reckon they're one and the same Tommy.

    Rod the fraggle can go fornicate with a fruit loop for all I care.

    As for the ref in that game ... I do hope he never officiates anything over here. He was useless.

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  • 429. At 08:49am on 29 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    Bo, funny you should say that. I considered both Carvalho and Terry before plumping for Cannavaro, purely on experience and guile. He'd definitely be in the running once Cannavaro retires. He can call me after the World Cup and I'll see what I can do!

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  • 430. At 08:49am on 29 Jan 2010, Wash wrote:

    That nurse was rather fit though

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    Damn right! If memory serves, the nurse was Jenny Agutter who played the eldest girl in the Railway Children- she also appeared naked in an Aussie film called Walkabout at the age of 16, which was- how can I put this- "much studied" during my transition from boy to man...

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  • 431. At 08:56am on 29 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    Star, the ref did look a bit like a man not quite sure what he was doing there, plucked unsuspectingly from the crowd almost.

    Rod's just gutted that Jane and Freddy finally got it together and left him holding the rainbow-strapped acoustic.

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  • 432. At 08:56am on 29 Jan 2010, Andrew wrote:

    she also appeared naked in an Aussie film called Walkabout

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

    I'll be Googleing that my friend.

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  • 433. At 08:57am on 29 Jan 2010, collie21 wrote:

    Can anyone explain to me the sudden collapse of Sunderland and Fulham? I was banking on them to keep Liverpool in 8th or 9th. Now they have fallen apart totally, Rafa will think he has what it takes and with Villa and Spurs having dodgy mentality, will probably actually get Liverpool to be 4th and be immensly smug about it come seasons end.

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  • 434. At 09:04am on 29 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Fulham have been knocked of stride with injuries, though their generally poor away record is also hindering them, even if it is an improvement on past regeimes.

    Sunderland? Well they really lost it when they had a couple of injuries and players suspended and now they can't seem to defend for toffee anymore.

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  • 435. At 09:04am on 29 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Re Jenny Agutter,try googling a film/programme in which she doesn't get her kit off.

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  • 436. At 09:05am on 29 Jan 2010, collie21 wrote:

    Just thought we might get back to footie and avoid the film studies, Walkabout was part of my thesis!

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  • 437. At 09:06am on 29 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Looks like Storrie's not long for Pompey ... they really will have had it if he goes because he seems to be about the only one there with any clue omn what's going on these days.

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  • 438. At 09:47am on 29 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Let me guess ...it's work or tennis keeping things quiet here now ...

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  • 439. At 09:53am on 29 Jan 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Morning all!

    How are we today?

    I haven't read all the comment since i left yesterday so anyone wanna give me the low down in just a few sentences!

    I cant decide whether or not to take vermaelen out of my fantasy footy team - any advice?

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  • 440. At 09:55am on 29 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Star, someone should stop that match. Its cruel what Fed is doing to Tsonga.
    Or more precisely, what Tsonga is having him do

    Its a mismatch.

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  • 441. At 10:00am on 29 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Ngog, half of what was said was modded anyway so I wouldn't worry too much. basically it was the baord vs the Irish plank.

    And yup I'm still very much alive and kicking still.

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  • 442. At 10:01am on 29 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Just watching Federer demolish T'Songa,he's not even moved out of 2nd gear...

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  • 443. At 10:01am on 29 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    So Murrya's going to have to beat the best to win the final then...

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  • 444. At 10:02am on 29 Jan 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Morning Star,

    Has the taste of shoe gone yet?

    Spit, i agree Fed is killing Tsonga out there! Incredible!

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  • 445. At 10:05am on 29 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    I may be alone in this,but I'd love Federer to win all 4 slams this year,he's the greatest bar none...

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  • 446. At 10:05am on 29 Jan 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Let's hope Murray aint watching this match cos if he is then i bet his pants are a bit smelly!

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  • 447. At 10:05am on 29 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Think Federer's wife could give him a tougher match. And she is nursing a baby.

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  • 448. At 10:06am on 29 Jan 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    I agree Jacks - that would be great to see!

    I'm thinking of getting tickets for wimbledon this year.

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  • 449. At 10:08am on 29 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    There are some players that stick out for you Tommy... not much between a lot of them... there are some players you always happen to catch on a good day... it's a bit like that for me with Carvahlo... I have never caught him on a bad day.

    On the other side, I had only ever seen David Gower (mixing my sports here, sorry about that) play one good innings so I find it difficult to put him among the best players I have seen.

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  • 450. At 10:08am on 29 Jan 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    6-2, 6-3, 6-2 hammering!!

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  • 451. At 10:12am on 29 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Tennis!!!... YAWN

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  • 452. At 10:13am on 29 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    G'day Bo.I think the Gower thing was the elegance of his batting.Now I'd much rather Border or Tugga Waugh strolled to the crease if we were in trouble,but an hour of Gower was gorgeous.

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  • 453. At 10:18am on 29 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Federer on facing Andy Murray:

    "I know he'd like to win the first for British tennis in... what is it? Like 150,000 years? The poor guy has to go through those moments over and over again. He's done tremendously.

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  • 454. At 10:18am on 29 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    A good Phall means I'll probably never taste anything again Ngog, thankfully. Shoes taste flipping awful.

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  • 455. At 10:19am on 29 Jan 2010, Andrew wrote:

    but an hour of Gower was gorgeous.

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    Half an hour of Gower on They Think it's all over was half an hour too much.

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  • 456. At 10:21am on 29 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    "318. At 9:37pm on 28 Jan 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:
    United Dreamer wrote:

    Keep it fresh - going back to the Rooney, White Pele hype that was a headline years ago is a bit tired mate.

    _________________________________________________________________________If it's so old hat why was there a banner proclaiming that very fact at the game last night? You better your fellow fans that it's a bit tired, not me. "

    We've also got a banner reminding our neighbours the length of time since their trophy cabinet was last opened. That doesn't make it fresh.

    Come on now - your fellow blogger Chris Charles is starting to pull away from you.

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  • 457. At 10:21am on 29 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Andrew,fair point.But I don't think Nick Hancock would last too long against Malcolm Marshall...

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  • 458. At 10:25am on 29 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    Damn just catching up and saw your next response Robbo - keep up the good work;) We'll be playing you in League 1 soon.

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  • 459. At 10:40am on 29 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    Bo, based on the theory that players are only as good as when you yourself see them, I'm pretty certain that Raul has never been any good. Nor has del Piero.

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  • 460. At 10:46am on 29 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    "348. At 10:18pm on 28 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:
    157. At 6:56pm on 28 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    Actually Cole/Evra is nip and tuck
    ==================================

    There is no player around allowed to be better than a Un**ed player is there.
    "

    Your getting there.

    I'm still catching up...

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  • 461. At 10:51am on 29 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    "382. At 11:27pm on 28 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:
    football related just.

    Sky are going 3D and Arsenal v man u is to be shown in 3D in pubs now that has to be funny. can you imagine all them posh talking surrey lot strutting about in funny specs!"

    I thought Arsenal fans were from North London. No?

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  • 462. At 10:52am on 29 Jan 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    So Star your stuck with PhallJapaneseFlagArseGate

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  • 463. At 10:52am on 29 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    "386. At 11:36pm on 28 Jan 2010, ColchesterFC wrote:
    Sorry H2H, how about..........

    1. Van Der Sar
    2. Brown
    4. Vidic
    6. Ferdinand
    3. Evra
    5. Fletcher
    7. Carrick
    8. Scholes
    9. Rooney
    10. Berbatov
    11. Giggs

    "

    At last - a balanced view.

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  • 464. At 10:56am on 29 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    "415. At 08:14am on 29 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:
    That would be the dullest fight ever.It would make Ali v Bugner look like "The Thriller in Manilla"....
    Any indigestion this morning?

    "

    True. All punches on McNulty would have to be pre-moderated for a start. It would take longer than a super bowl to watch.

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  • 465. At 10:59am on 29 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    All done - off to put a tenner on the Muzza - should be good (?) odds after the Fed demolition of Tsonga.

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  • 466. At 11:05am on 29 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Oddly enough, I don't suffer from that Ngog.

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  • 467. At 11:12am on 29 Jan 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    How'do...

    Cor a right old barny on here last night... more of the same please.

    You all good then?

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  • 468. At 11:15am on 29 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    G'day RBA,

    you were missed last night.

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  • 469. At 11:19am on 29 Jan 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Easy Spits... Its ashame half of its been modded, like trying to watch boxing on a dodgy internet download stream...

    I'm amazed that anyone can have beef with you guys... I mean You, Tommy and Colch... I think you'd have to go out of your way to start a ruckus with you lads... In which case fair play to old Rodders!

    I hope he becomes a regular, since JDR lost his gumption we've been lacking a good antaganist...

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  • 470. At 11:20am on 29 Jan 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Your all c0cks!

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  • 471. At 11:21am on 29 Jan 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    I'm trying to do my bit, but i'm a sunshine person, you cant take me seriously... Just look at the above... Not me is it...

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  • 472. At 11:22am on 29 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    #471 Morning RBA - to be fair to the fierce one he did put a bit more effort into it than that.

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  • 473. At 11:23am on 29 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    Morning all. Good to see that Star is still with us and hasn't been Modded into oblivion. I can't believe that my description of Man Utd fans as "Glory Hunting Trophy ******" (insert word that describes a lady who takes money for her services) has been modded aftersome of what was allowed through. And I also got modded for calling myself a retard. Did H2H accidentally send the special cigarettes to the mods instead of Rod-the-Pussycat?

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  • 474. At 11:24am on 29 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Well RBA, I'd say we have a few more tools at our disposal given all my nonsense from yesterday's apparently ok.

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  • 475. At 11:25am on 29 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    Just been watching Newswipe on iplayer. Good show, shame it's on Beeb 4. Anyway, there was a section where a scientist was on talking about how butter should be banned as it's super bad for us. After he made his case, Sian turned to the scientist, and said, "Ok, so just to clarify...", and no one except me noticed.

    RBA - I dearly hope Rod tries to kick off again today. Been off work sick so entertainment is of premium value.

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  • 476. At 11:27am on 29 Jan 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    From what i can see, Rodders was resorting to "yo mama" insults last night, the last port of call for a desperate man... But still highly amusing none the less...

    But half a row getting modded is no fun for anyone... Rodders lad, try and keep this in mind next time, as i can only see the odd bit here and there from you, any rapier like with you displayed has been forever lost int he moderate ether(net)...


    Hey i made 2 internet jokes today, which is good for me... as i know little about the thing... Cool!

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  • 477. At 11:27am on 29 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

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

  • 478. At 11:28am on 29 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    So much for good behaviour ...

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  • 479. At 11:29am on 29 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    470 RBA,

    Thats what I like about you.
    Ever so humble.
    Ever one of us.
    Even more so.

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  • 480. At 11:31am on 29 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    RBA, long story short, he called CFC intellgence into question for daring to question Rooney's ability.

    He slagged Spit off because he thinks kerane's an idiot for his tacke on Alf Enge becuase of what happened to him and his ankle in a football game

    And TommyB for reasons I still haven't worked out, all I know is it was him who started the yo mama jokes by using them against Tommy.

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  • 481. At 11:32am on 29 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    My favourite bits are.....
    "Cole, who was not in court, was warned he faces prison if caught driving while banned."

    Dear God please let him get caught driving while banned

    Income 'reflected'

    A £15 victim surcharge and £300 costs were added by the panel to "reflect his income".

    So this means if I get stopped they'll add about 25p to reflect my income

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  • 482. At 11:32am on 29 Jan 2010, Tony wrote:

    254. At 8:12pm on 28 Jan 2010, MUFCTrini wrote:
    .....
    I see all the bloggers are piling up on RTF.....I fear an explosion pretty soon!!!
    --------------------
    Yes, it's called Peer Group Pressure

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  • 483. At 11:32am on 29 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    And after that I think I should call my aility to master a keyboard into question.

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  • 484. At 11:34am on 29 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    I wish this was Switzeland CFC they fine millionaire speedsters several hundred thousand pounds: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8446545.stm

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  • 485. At 11:34am on 29 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    And your "ability" Star?

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  • 486. At 11:35am on 29 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    #473 - yeah that post was a bit weak for modding. Its almost a daily greeting for us from the bitters.

    #475 - not bad.

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  • 487. At 11:35am on 29 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    I said Keane was a git and that Rod saying his tackle didn't end Haaland's career, on the basis that he's been struggling with other niggles, was tantamount to defending Shipman because those old folk were going to die anyway. That really got him going and he got on the yo mama kick.

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  • 488. At 11:36am on 29 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    483. At 11:32am on 29 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    And after that I think I should call my aility to master a keyboard into question.

    ------------------------------
    Hang on,you changed your name to avoid confusion with Spits,and FBH has already christened keyboard malfunction Spits Disease.Calling it Stars disease is just going to cause even more confusion...

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  • 489. At 11:37am on 29 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    #480 - come on staarburst - TommyB's a Liverpool fan. How can that not be just cause for starting on someone?

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  • 490. At 11:37am on 29 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    485. At 11:34am on 29 Jan 2010, ColchesterFC wrote:

    And your "ability" Star?

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

    Yeah, that. :P

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  • 491. At 11:38am on 29 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    Is aility like a sickness?

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  • 492. At 11:38am on 29 Jan 2010, Andrew wrote:

    So Arsenal vs Man Utd is going to be in 3D is it?

    Wenger still won't see it.

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  • 493. At 11:38am on 29 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    489. At 11:37am on 29 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    #480 - come on staarburst - TommyB's a Liverpool fan. How can that not be just cause for starting on someone?

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

    Nah, too obvious and too easy for a supposed paragon of intelligence like Rod claimed to be :P

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  • 494. At 11:39am on 29 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    UD - that won't work with me. I fell into magic potion as a child so am immune to the usual East Lancs Rd pie-slinging contest... unless I'm just having a bit of fun.

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  • 495. At 11:40am on 29 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    "492. At 11:38am on 29 Jan 2010, Andrew wrote:
    So Arsenal vs Man Utd is going to be in 3D is it?

    Wenger still won't see it.

    "

    Even if the ball hits him in his silly French face (sorry).

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  • 496. At 11:41am on 29 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Morning chaps. What the word on the street? A bit quieter than yesterday???? Is Star still with us?

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  • 497. At 11:41am on 29 Jan 2010, Colchester_FC wrote:

    492. At 11:38am on 29 Jan 2010, Andrew wrote:
    So Arsenal vs Man Utd is going to be in 3D is it?

    Wenger still won't see it.
    -----------------------------------------------

    He'll probably forget his 3D glasses.

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  • 498. At 11:41am on 29 Jan 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Spits, whats going on their lad...

    Is it a palendromic haiko or summat? I only get Acronyms, and that just says TEEE?

    I like the sound of this Rod guy, he strikes me as cross between Robbie Rotten from Lazy town and Father Dick Byrne from Father Ted...

    Evil and funny but with questionable motives...

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  • 499. At 11:41am on 29 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Bonjour mon amis.

    Colch, the "gas" stays here.

    RBA, You missed nothing mate, it was not banter or wit, it was just a plank that got lost on the way to the 606 pages on the special-ed' bus, a not so hot Rod.

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  • 500. At 11:42am on 29 Jan 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    TommyB - magic potion? Thats what they called it? We are all immune here - although in some cases the immunity has transformed into dependency. When we get people being nice to us we know we are in trouble.

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