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Carlos the Hackle

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Robbo Robson | 06:30 UK time, Saturday, 23 January 2010

Topo Gigio may sound like a headline from a Spanish newspaper on the winner of BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2009, but it's actually a puppet mouse from Argentine kids' TV.

I've had a look at it and the character looks like some half-wit Mickey Mouse, but nevertheless he is a character very dear to little Carlos Tevez's heart. That's why, when scoring a vital goal against United on Tuesday, he chose to remember the bumpkin rodent by cupping his hands behind his ears. It is the Mickey Mouse Cup after all.

Of course only those with an intellect as dim as a TV screen in a third umpire's referral box could think that the gesture was actually a reminder to the United board members that he didn't get listened to while he was there.

What you may not know is that the thumb and forefinger shaped into a yapping dog's mouth was by no means a pointed memo to the watching Times of Malta journalist and erstwhile footballer Gary Neville.
Carlos TevezCarlos Tevez reacts after scoring against Manchester United
No! It was a celebration of Yappi-Woof-Woof, an hilarious street-mongrel from Buenos Aires who had his own daytime kids' talk show in the 90s. I lie. What it apparently meant was 'Shut it, sock-sucker!' (I typed that right carefully I can tell you.)

On the other hand, Gary's non-verbal response was to indicate exactly how many times his brother Phil should've played for England (all right he added a one to that tally) which is clearly why the FA (ah the sweet FA) are taking no action on the matter.

Tevez did the game a right favour. For the neutral - and I was entirely indifferent to the result - the Vengeful Gaucho storyline was a total winner.

Never mind that Rafael's challenge couldn't have knocked pollen out of a catkin... Carlos's spot-kick was rasped in with all the venom of Van Helsing at the end of a wooden stake.

Never mind that the second goal was a result of that most enjoyable of present United failings, the clump-of-eight-year-olds-on-a-windy-Saturday-morning style defending, it meant that a true story emerged from what was a poor game.

I've got sympathy for Carlos. I wasn't quite sure why he was chosen as the City poster-boy - except as an explicit bit of wind-uppery. He's got 13 goals in 11 games but for all that I've never been sure if he's that good. Course, he's one of them players that we fans love 'cos he chases every lost cause - a kind of snarling Dirk Kuyt. I felt a bit sorry for Benjani when he replaced the main man and got the bird for not closing down the keeper like some sort of attack whippet.

Nevertheless he's a good lad to have around is Tev, and on current form he's proved us doubters wrong. And given that he was dropped last season, often as not for that Bulgarian begonia Berbatov, you can kind of see why there might just be a large side-orders of fries on each shoulder.

And while he was undoubtedly making his point, at least he didn't run from one end of the pitch to the other to invoke a Gary Nevillian response from the fans. Good to hear Adebayor might be back by the way - a packed house of Mancs will be nothing compared to what he's been through.

In the meantime Villa Park played host to a festival of goals that no one could've predicted.

Big Sam had a justifiable moan about the push by Agbonlahor for the first Villa goal. The more I watch young Gaby the more I reckon his namesake Mrs Logan could do a better job. He's got all the attributes, not least the relentlessness of one of them Tevez terriers, but when in on goal he's like my grandson with a plate of greens - I just never expect him to finish it off.

Still Sam failed to mention that the lad Samba from the Congo was the main architect of Blackburn's downfall, lopping down Gabriel and getting himself a well-earned red card.

It all added up to a good bit of Carling Cup fare. I still fancy United to turn City over in the return, but I hope Villa win the final any road.

In the meantime we've had a right old bit of EastEnders malarkey going on dahn the old Boleyn Grahnd, ain't we, Mary Poppins. Every time that E20 night-club gets taken over there's usually someone turns up looking like David Sullivan and David Gold. My, how they were togged up for their press conference!
David SullivanDavid Sullivan and his coat

Sullivan's claret jacket was an absolute master-stroke. He looked for all the world like a former Showaddywaddy singer who now worked the door at a special interest cinema. Not that that would be at all appropriate.

And does Gold always have initials on his belt like his Mum has put a well-blinged name-tag on it on his first day at infants?

They're claiming they bought the club 'cos they're fans - never the greatest recommendation, but at least they didn't buy it to load it with debt from other businesses.

They also want the Olympic stadium after the 2010 shebang. Only they don't want the 25,000 capacity that's been planned or the running track around the pitch. Answer: bring your own chair and put it on the running track. Winkles stall. Jellied Eels. 'Alf-time knees-up. Kegs of ale. Ruud van 'cor blimey guv' Nistelrooy. Wallop! Job done!

At least they've kept Zola. For now. Which is good, 'cos I like the man.
And I'm sure we could all sympathise with the World's Greatest Golfer and the apparent imposition of 18 weeks of celibacy. He should think himself lucky. I may be on the same sentence - I just wish the wife'd tell me.

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  • 1. At 5:25pm on 22 Jan 2010, GINOLLLLA wrote:

    Great blog again Robbo, was great to watch the Manc Semi final unfold

    Like the West Ham references too... Not so sure it's Joes cuppa tea as per usual but you can't win em all!

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  • 2. At 5:27pm on 22 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    damn i wouldnt have read it if id realised it had only just gone up, i would have gloated at my new found fame.

    bit thick, int he, tevez, even for a footballer

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  • 3. At 5:27pm on 22 Jan 2010, GINOLLLLA wrote:

    where is everyone? I didn't expect to be first, but I'm not going to celebrate it...

    Here's to another cup upset weekend (apart from Leeds, of course)

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  • 4. At 5:27pm on 22 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    do you like the music of showaddywaddy??

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  • 5. At 5:34pm on 22 Jan 2010, YeboahYeboah wrote:

    #3

    Not worried are you, GIN????

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  • 6. At 5:37pm on 22 Jan 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Post categories: Football

    Robbo Robson | 06:30 UK time, Saturday, 22 January 2310

    ----
    Confused in NJ.

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  • 7. At 5:38pm on 22 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    little scamp tevez saying he was topo gigio. if hed said mutley i would have believed him.

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  • 8. At 5:40pm on 22 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    Muttley! Doooooo sooomethiiiiiinnnggg!

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  • 9. At 5:41pm on 22 Jan 2010, eezy_squeezy wrote:

    I'm a United fan. However, I cannot see the upside in Gary Neville coming out and saying what he did BEFORE the match. Sure, if Tevez has a stinker of a game, by all means come out and lambast the fella. But labelling him as 'not worth the money' before the match was even played only served to provide even more motivation to a player who was never short of it in the first place.

    Just stupid, Nev. Try thinking before opeing your trap in future.

    PS - Maybe he should give Berbatov both barrels. Now there's someone who really needs the proverbial kick up the backside.

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  • 10. At 5:44pm on 22 Jan 2010, boomshakalak wrote:

    Robbo - at the top of your blog it says it was posted at 06:30 UK time, Saturday, 23 January 2010 ...

    this means that i have, unbeknown to me, seem to have travelled back in time! wicked....

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  • 11. At 5:51pm on 22 Jan 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    ahh, that's better, at least the year of posting has been fixed.

    I like Tevez as a player except for his goal celebrations and the peripheral nonsense, the BS surrounding who owned him, who owns just a piece of him and all the loans to this one, that one. He must be a paperwork nightmare.

    A medal for you Robbo, blogging from your sick bed and ahead of deadline.

    The 18 weeks of celibacy is a bit of a stiff order I reckon but it'll give you and Tiger both a chance to work on your stroke (putting I mean).

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  • 12. At 5:54pm on 22 Jan 2010, redforever wrote:

    Is that a big car, or is David Gold kneeling down?

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  • 13. At 6:07pm on 22 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    I wasn´t expecting this one until tomorow, but here it is, unless like some of the above posters I too have travelled in time, there it was or here it shall be?

    Seeing some of the pictues of West Hams new owner and reading this blog has left me wondering if Dolce & Gabbana also wear David Gold belts?? You never know, I heard somewhere that Micky Mouse alegedlly has a Carlos Tevez watch.

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  • 14. At 6:09pm on 22 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Re 13.

    I wasn´t expecting this one until tomorow, but here it is, unless like some of the above posters I too have travelled in time, in which case, there it was or here it shall be?

    Seeing some of the pictues of West Hams new owner and reading this blog has left me wondering if Dolce & Gabbana also wear David Gold belts?? You never know, I heard somewhere that Micky Mouse alegedlly has a Carlos Tevez watch.

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  • 15. At 6:09pm on 22 Jan 2010, CockneyCov wrote:

    Where did he get that jacket ? - and do they do them in my size.

    Seeing as though its Friday night thought I should share a little joy - go into google and type qprrant......it does sum up my thoughts on the beautiful game sometimes (especially after 7 minutes of added time at Portman Road.....)

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  • 16. At 6:10pm on 22 Jan 2010, YeboahYeboah wrote:

    Robbo, surely every 'neutral' would want City to win? And if not why not?

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  • 17. At 6:13pm on 22 Jan 2010, YeboahYeboah wrote:

    And what's QPRrantmans problem with Leeds? can't understand it meself.

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  • 18. At 6:13pm on 22 Jan 2010, eezy_squeezy wrote:

    Man, that QPR rant is awesome!

    "I hate Garth Crooks"


    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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  • 19. At 6:18pm on 22 Jan 2010, eezy_squeezy wrote:

    17.YeboahYeboah wrote:

    And what's QPRrantmans problem with Leeds? can't understand it meself.
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    The fans?

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  • 20. At 6:23pm on 22 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    16 YeboahYeboah.

    I´ll answer that if I may.

    This neutral would prefer Utd to win.

    It´s all about the money situation. I know that Man Utd have always had a larger budget, but that was earned due to their success.

    Even Chelsea, before Abromovich, were already on the way to being a succesful club, finishing in the upper regions of the league and making appearances in domestic and european finals. But City were NOTHING before the cash injection, so everything they achieve (i.m.o)over the next few years will be falsely bought.

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  • 21. At 6:30pm on 22 Jan 2010, Ketakev wrote:

    20... agree totally... although at the time I was watching it with Man U fans.. so I felt I had to be the guy to rub bad situations in their faces.
    but anyway ... I'm really supporting Villa.

    Robbo... worth the wait.. large order of fries on each shoulder... hahaha

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  • 22. At 6:39pm on 22 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    20 cont´d.

    Before I get slated about being jelous about the money that City have fallen into, I´d just like to say that this is not the case.

    With that kind of unreal investment there comes unreal expectations, Maybe I would have more time for City if they hadn't dumped Hughes so unceremoniously. Now I´m no Hughes fan, but as far as I could tell he was within reaching the goal he was set at the begining of the season.] (a top 6 finish) Having Mancini watching the game in which Hughes was sacked afterwards was the pinnacle of bad taste.

    I also wish no disrespect to the real City fans that have followed their team through thin and thin over the years, I´d like to see you taste success, it´s just a shame it has to be "bought"

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  • 23. At 6:41pm on 22 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Cripes ... I go away to work for three hours and I've seemingly have rent a hole in time and space ... This Blog is appareltly to be published tomorrow if you look at the date mark at the top ;)

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  • 24. At 6:44pm on 22 Jan 2010, TNeile wrote:

    Great one, Robbo. Had me guffawing. I'm a MANC from the US who hated to see Tevez go. If you could clone Carlos four times and create a team with the five of them, they'd be unstoppable. If you did the same with Berbatov, well, five times zero is still zero, right? I'm glad Carlos proved his point. It had to feel very good to be him that day. Oh, and Topo Gigio, for people my age from the US, was known here in the States back in the 60s. He was a little Italian mouse marionette who appeared regularly on the Ed Sullivan Show (the national show that gave the Beatles and Elvis their first US exposure and sent them into the stratosphere). In fact, there was a fantastic Italian restaurant (now gone) in Chicago called Topo Gigio, in honor of the little guy. He's STILL popular in Argentina? Amazing. I guess they appreciate the classics.

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  • 25. At 6:47pm on 22 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    23 Star,

    An hour or so ago, it wasn´t to be published for 300 years, so 1 day out´s not too bad.

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  • 26. At 6:49pm on 22 Jan 2010, YeboahYeboah wrote:

    I get your point about the arab millions, but as my old man supported city and I'm a Leeds fan, I have no choice!

    Whats wrong with the fans?

    This is the other side of the coin....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7guAX9xMbxs

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  • 27. At 6:49pm on 22 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    "Bulgarian begonia Berbatov" is a wonderfully evocative piece of alliterative prose, Dr Robbo. He needs pruning, with special attention to those greasy petals held in place by that effete trellis.

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  • 28. At 6:50pm on 22 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    24. At 6:44pm on 22 Jan 2010, TNeile wrote

    He's STILL popular in Argentina? Amazing. I guess they appreciate the classics.
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    For them it´s probably "new"

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  • 29. At 6:51pm on 22 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    For the record, I hope Villa win that trip to Disneyland

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  • 30. At 6:51pm on 22 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Well it seems Alex can go on a little spending spree of his own if he wants now, given the the Leprechaun and his kiddies have just managed to put off the majority of their debt until 2017.

    Mind you, at a whopping £45m interest per year on those bonds, and the unsecured debt estimated to rise to nearly £600m by that time, AND with the half-billion in bonds needing to be repaid, I can't see the average Utd fan being exactly cock-a-hoop, especially with the bond prospectus covering such alarming topics as selling off Carrington and, indeed, the Theatre of Bootlicking Morons itself...

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  • 31. At 6:54pm on 22 Jan 2010, Ketakev wrote:

    About City and hughes... once the club was bought I, as did quite a few friends thought that he wasn't going be there .. on merit or otherwise.
    They had planned this from the start and were looking for a high profile manager to take over to give it the feel they wanted... given their extrapolation of points and their final target.. (which was statistics at its most best... assume a pattern in data and make it fit your needs).

    And as we all know.. when you assume.. you make an ASS of U & ME
    but in this case.. more them.

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  • 32. At 6:55pm on 22 Jan 2010, YeboahYeboah wrote:

    'Theatre of Bootlicking Morons'


    Classic

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  • 33. At 6:57pm on 22 Jan 2010, Ketakev wrote:

    30.... and the fact that the bonds let them cash out a ridiculous amount of money from the club itself and any profits they make including player transfers.. and I think they can touch the Ronalo money too.... fergie better spend all money just as it comes in so there's no profit.. o it'll only go in the yankers' pockets..

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  • 34. At 6:58pm on 22 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    25. At 6:47pm on 22 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

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

    Curse work for making me miss such a doozy :(

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  • 35. At 6:58pm on 22 Jan 2010, NCFC champions 09-10 wrote:

    #16, This neutral wants a Utd win.
    Its all about the Hughes situation. I see City being knocked out of the League Cup by Utd, knocked out of the FA Cup by Scunthorpe and finish outside the top 6 in the Premier League. Sheikh Mansour will then sack Mancini and put Hughes back in charge.

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  • 36. At 6:59pm on 22 Jan 2010, Bertie Button wrote:

    Come on Holloway2Holland,

    How can teams compete without investment?

    Up to this year the so-called Big 4 are always the big 4. It takes investment to break up this monopoly. CITY received the investment (thank God) and the result is a more interesting Premiership, Carling Cup.

    The Hughes firing. Most CITY fans believe the hireachy at CITY believed Hughes would not meet the targets set by the club when the season concluded, consequently he was let go. In essence I like Mancini, he does not spout his mouth off at other managers or referees and takes defat graciously.

    Yes, CITY fans all over the world have suffered our suffering has been bloody depressing, derbies against Macclesfield, Stockport and Bury. Now we take on our arch rivals with the chance of a wembley final. The journey has been long the road bumpy but what an opportunity "free at last, free at last"

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  • 37. At 6:59pm on 22 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Just read about that BTP, and then realised I had no idea if it was a good thing they've done or bad.

    Enlighten me at your own disgression peeps.

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  • 38. At 6:59pm on 22 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    33,

    Considering they had to use the Ronaldo money to make a £40m loss look, on paper, like a £40m profit then I'm not entirely sure how that would work.

    Still funny, though.

    :)

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  • 39. At 7:02pm on 22 Jan 2010, eezy_squeezy wrote:

    26: YeboahYeboah

    Whats wrong with the fans?
    ___________________________________________________

    They're just an especially nasty bunch of fans imho.

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  • 40. At 7:05pm on 22 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Starburst,

    In a nutshell, they've flogged off half a bill of bonds at around 8.5% interest over 7 years, which means they have to pay £45m interest until 2017 and then pay back the £500m they've borrowed (it's essentially a fixed interest loan).

    The other quarter-bill or so is in hideously expensive (about 17% and variable - in other words, highly liable to rise in the current situation) PIK notes which, if they do nothing about them, could rise to about £550-600m by the time they have to pay back the bond money.

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  • 41. At 7:06pm on 22 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    20 H2,

    surely it is irrelevant if you spend 250 million in one year or over 5 years to 'buy' success?

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  • 42. At 7:08pm on 22 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    So they can pretend for the time being that they're only about £250m in debt, say that it's perfectly manageable, circumvent any impending UEFA financial regulations and spend, spend, spend!

    Until they have to pay back that £1bn+ in 2017, obviously - but hey, that's then, isn't it.

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  • 43. At 7:09pm on 22 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    re 40:

    So what you are saying means, if they dont sell Ronaldo every year from now till 2017, they will owe £1 to £1.1 Billion ín 2017.

    Man! them folks at Real Madrid must be pinkled.

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  • 44. At 7:11pm on 22 Jan 2010, Ketakev wrote:

    41... Irrelevant I don't think is the right word... especially with £250m mentioned... but there is a large income gap between top four finishers and the others ...
    there's just a sense of injustice when another team buys success when you've seen clubs, including your own, build up the team at a more "normal" pace..

    would definitely make foot manager a lot easier...

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  • 45. At 7:11pm on 22 Jan 2010, joao_danado wrote:

    Err, actually Topo gigio was an italian little puppet mouse.

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  • 46. At 7:12pm on 22 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    43,

    Unless, as is down in black and white in the 300-odd page bond prospectus they've been parading around the world, they sell off Carrington and Old Toilet and lease it back!

    Genius.

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  • 47. At 7:12pm on 22 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    BTP - "Theatre of Bootlicking Morons" trumps anything I've read today. And I've been reading Kipling. You do write exceedingly withering put-downs.

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  • 48. At 7:14pm on 22 Jan 2010, Ketakev wrote:

    btw robbo... saw why your post was late/ astoundingly early / early... alcohol solves most problems when you take enough... I'm now on my way to take similar medication...

    For the Mods:
    Everyone Remember Please Drink Responsibly.

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  • 49. At 7:14pm on 22 Jan 2010, eezy_squeezy wrote:

    41. At 7:06pm on 22 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    20 H2,

    surely it is irrelevant if you spend 250 million in one year or over 5 years to 'buy' success?
    ____________________________________________________


    Sorry, but you seem to have missed the point (I believe) he/she was making.

    United, Liverpool & Arsenal's financial power in years gone by has derived from on-field success. Ie success in winning trophies, thus increasing attendances and revenues etc etc. City's case is slightly different as they were, to a large degree, a bit pants before the Arabs arrived with their fat wallets.

    Or, to look at it this way; Fergie and Wenger built their own castles from the ground up, whilst City have simply moved into a ready made one. It's all about effort, struggle and attainment.

    Do you see?

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  • 50. At 7:15pm on 22 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    47.

    Cheers!

    Now, for a VERY welcome change, I'm off out on a Friday night - making up for the fortnight over Xmas and New Year spent shivering and losing a stone and a half in bed.

    And no, I wasn't a Man Utd fan who'd just received a copy of the prospectus.

    Night all!

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  • 51. At 7:15pm on 22 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    The Whinger - why don't MACCLESFIELD or STOCKPORT get capitals? It purely reserved for suffixes?

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  • 52. At 7:19pm on 22 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    36 The Whinger.

    The original question was why wouldn´t the neutrals want City to win.

    That is what I answered.

    With the money that has been invested in your club giving you what many will see as an "unfair advantage" (I´m not saying this is right or wrong) I think you´d better get used to not being a neutrals favourite any more.

    A couple of years ago you would have had almost everybody bar Man Utd fans in your corner, times change my friend, you may also want to brace yourself for the bandwagon full of plastics and Johnny come lately glory hunters that are enevitably heading your way. Your playing in a "different league" now.

    ps Arsenal, Man Utd and L´pool are where they are today due to past success and not due to "new money" investment.

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  • 53. At 7:21pm on 22 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    Evenin' H2. I see your logic, and have in the past applied it myself, to Chelski a few years back. However, this is Manchester. All bets are off.

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

    So the short end of things then BTP is they're as screwed now as they were before.

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  • 55. At 7:23pm on 22 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    Hard and dry, Star, hard and dry.

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  • 56. At 7:24pm on 22 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    49 eezy_squeezy.

    I´m a he.

    If I know my mate Spit´s, then I think he was being sarcastic.
    But thanks for agreeing Sir/Madam.

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  • 57. At 7:28pm on 22 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Tommy.

    Evening mate.

    It does indeed stick in my craw that I´m actually rooting for Utd, which I feel for the first time ever is the lesser of two evils.
    Whatever the outcome shall be, I know I´ll be an honourary Villian come the day of the final.

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  • 58. At 7:32pm on 22 Jan 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    If City win the Carling Cup will it put them right up there with, er, The Boro?

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  • 59. At 7:33pm on 22 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    Trott - if they lose in the final they'll finally achieve parity with Tranmere.

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  • 60. At 7:34pm on 22 Jan 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    there's a lot at stake then Tommy?

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  • 61. At 7:37pm on 22 Jan 2010, YeboahYeboah wrote:

    #52. Goddam you, H2H, you're probably right, but i'm still an ABU or should that be ABS, the 'S' being close to slum :o

    #39 imho Leeds fans are no worse than any other clubs, just their misdemeanors getting more headlines because of the 60s/70s 'Dirty Leeds' smear campaign, wich was totally unjustified imho

    yours, tongue firmly in cheek, Yeb.

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  • 62. At 7:38pm on 22 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    And the City back four also get to play against and foul Emile Heskey, as the Rovers did way back when. The similarities are eerie.

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  • 63. At 7:41pm on 22 Jan 2010, joao_danado wrote:

    Well, I know this is difficult, but frankly, I didn't see much wrong into Neville's saying. It was naive at most, because it helped to spur a good player on, but it wasn't malicious at all.
    He has this weird column for Times of Malta and there was a fan's question at the end: what did you make of the tevez dela, do you miss him?
    And, as candid as he is, Neville simply said 'no, I trust my manager and dont really think he's worth 25m'.
    What's wrong with that? Tevez isn't worth 25m. If City pays 32m for Robinho or 25 million for Adebayor, it is their problem, it shouldn't dictate the market.
    I, for once, stick for G Neville on this one. Perhaps he might have spurred a utterly thick footballer on (look at Carlitos comments...surely he didn't understand anything from Neville's piece and someone, probably Bellamy, told him Neville called him a piece of cr*p), but he was just being honest and giving his opinion.
    Plus, nothing wrong with giving him the finger either, Tevez spurred him back! Only human...

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  • 64. At 7:43pm on 22 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    joao donado - get out of here with your balanced, well-reasoned arguments!

    There's only one way to settle this....

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  • 65. At 7:46pm on 22 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    60 It´s massive Trott.

    And rightly so, I can´t understand the people degrading the CC.

    I remember coming back from Spain to watch the final at Wembley in '97.
    Was the Littlewoods cup then.

    We were playing L´pool, and we hadn´t won anything for quite a while.

    Ian Rush opened the scoring for L´pool and that usually meant game over. But Charlie Nicholas got a brace and the rest is history.

    I partied hearty that night, I can tell ya.

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  • 66. At 7:51pm on 22 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    63 joao_danado,

    Some good points, although I can't imagine anyone asking reading tips from Bellamy.

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  • 67. At 7:52pm on 22 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    I remember that, H2. Poor season for us, that was. 2nd in the league (behind Everton) and lost to you lot in the League Cup final. Wasn't that Charlie's last season for the Gooners? If I remember rightly Stevie Nicol got revenge with a header from about 20 yards at Highbury at the beginning of the next campaign, then went on to score a hat trick against the Toon a few games later, a game in which Mirandinha (remember him?) did a splendid job of hiding behind a blade of grass for 90 mins.

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  • 68. At 7:52pm on 22 Jan 2010, YeboahYeboah wrote:

    #63

    GNev is human???????????

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  • 69. At 7:53pm on 22 Jan 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    It used to be the Worthington cup too, which led some of us loyal Trotters (at least 2 that I know of, including me) to rename it the Frank Cup!

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  • 70. At 7:53pm on 22 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    68 - "Look, Capello, I'm a real live boy!"

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  • 71. At 7:57pm on 22 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Trott.

    It was also the Milk Cup.

    Tommy.

    After that game I headed off back to Ibiza, the next few years are still a bit of a blank, so I´ll take your word for it.

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  • 72. At 8:00pm on 22 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Tommy.

    Funny enough the next time I was back in Blighty was in London and L´pool in 1989.

    But I won´t drag those memories up for ya.

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  • 73. At 8:02pm on 22 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Tommy, It was some team we had in 97/98.

    H2, what would you give to have the likes of Wright and Bergkamp upfront for the next 3 weeks or so?

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  • 74. At 8:04pm on 22 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    H2H, did you just pull a Robbo on us and came to L'pool in 89 after you had ben to Wembley in 97?

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  • 75. At 8:07pm on 22 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Re 65 & 73.

    Spit, that was a typo, I meant`'87

    But yes indeed Bergkamp and Ian Wright Wright Wrright would be great.

    To tell the truth I´d settle for Alan Sunderland and Frank Stapleton at the mo' ;p

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  • 76. At 8:10pm on 22 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    A typo...............

    Or was it.............


    We,re all stuck in a paradox since you went back in time to post that you were from the future. (Hilarious BTW)

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  • 77. At 8:13pm on 22 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    Oops - just posted this on Charlsie's blog by accident:

    H2 - nooooooooo! "And Arsenal come streaming forward now in surely what will be their last attack. Good ball by Dixon, finds Smith. Thomas, charging through the midfield. Thomas, it's up for grabs noooowwwwwwwww! Thomas, right at the end!"

    It is indelibly etched into memory like an eternal nightmare. Garrrr!

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  • 78. At 8:20pm on 22 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Tommy.

    At least you didn´t post it on your mum's holiday snaps. Your dad would have cried.

    Yeah, I was cross blogging too.

    Sorry to dredge up traumatic memories, but that was an amasing moment.

    The party later that week outside Islington Town Hall will live long in the memory.

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  • 79. At 8:21pm on 22 Jan 2010, DenistheGenius wrote:

    cheers Robbo - may your socks always stay dry!

    anyway, THIS "neutral" couldn't care less who wins the tie - like Robbinho pointed out so cheekily, it is the Mickey Mouse Cup!
    although, it should also be pointed out that if ManU go onto win it, they'll claim it's bigger than the CL trophy; while if they go out they'll claim it was papas pequenas.

    what i'd enjoy most in the return is for Adebayor & Wazza to collide in the box, fall on top of each other, realize and embrace their special love, and retire immediately to go on and be the new co-hosts of Antique Roadshow.

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  • 80. At 8:23pm on 22 Jan 2010, MUFCTrini wrote:

    Evening mates.
    Tevez aint worth 25 mil. I am sorry, way too much money. Probably 15mil, not 25. He is scoring goals but only because no one else wants to do it at Man City. Nev had a right to take a pop at him. Damn lil mercenary looking for money....

    Robbo, you gave me a laugh with your celibacy part...I think I would need a new missus if that was true lol

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  • 81. At 8:23pm on 22 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Tommy, bless your heart.

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  • 82. At 8:27pm on 22 Jan 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Does David Sullivan use a booster seat when he drives that Roller?

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  • 83. At 8:28pm on 22 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    Spit, may major concern was impeccable punctuation. It helps to concentrate on the minutiae.

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  • 84. At 8:41pm on 22 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    So the punctuation is crucial, spelling not so?

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  • 85. At 8:44pm on 22 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    82 Trott

    Not in this one;

    http://www.arteauto.com/ProductImages/models_toys/models/1929rollsroycep1towncarLG.jpg

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  • 86. At 8:47pm on 22 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    Spit - spelnig is overayted, ewe kok

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  • 87. At 8:50pm on 22 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    80.

    Nice to see you back Trini.

    Sorry mate but I have to do this, I promissed I would in hand after we played our game in hand.

    Who's on top of the PL at this moment.

    (I know it can all change this weekend)

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  • 88. At 8:54pm on 22 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    It's official - 87.5% of Grauniad readers agree with Carlos the Jackass! GNev is indeed a BLM

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  • 89. At 8:56pm on 22 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    The people have spoken.

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  • 90. At 8:59pm on 22 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    With 7/8ths of a voice. Who nicked a henry? H2?

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  • 91. At 9:07pm on 22 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Not me.

    But I can see why I would get the blame.

    If I did do it though, I'm sure you wouldn't grass on me, eh Tommy?

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  • 92. At 9:08pm on 22 Jan 2010, MUFCTrini wrote:

    H2H
    Arsenal are on top now. Manchester United is 3rd. I got bashed when I went to play football 10pm last night from an Arsenal pal. To add humiliation to it all, I could not score one goal at all WHOLE night while wearing my Berbatov Kit(coming from someone that scored a double beavertrick 2 weeks ago with the same outfit).
    Now before you lot start pounding me, his last game Fergie let him feel the hairdryer and he played much better :)

    Back to the original point, by this same time tomorrow, we should get back to the summit :p

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  • 93. At 9:11pm on 22 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    If I'm to be questioned, H2, I promise not to make a hash of it, at least with nothing that would resinate

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  • 94. At 9:15pm on 22 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Trini.

    I'd be surprised if you weren't.

    But then again I didn't expect Hull to get anything at WHL either. If Myhill plays like he did last week then there could be a shock.

    Anyway no matter what happens next Sunday is the big one for both of us.

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  • 95. At 9:17pm on 22 Jan 2010, MUFCTrini wrote:

    H2H,
    2-1 to Man U. Got a fiver on it lol. Actually make that 3-1, Owen hasnt scored in a while lol

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  • 96. At 9:18pm on 22 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Tommy, I know you'll do the right thing. You've proved your no weed. I'm expecting the whole situation to blow over anyway.

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  • 97. At 9:22pm on 22 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    As long as no one pipes up. Just chillum out. Any ideas?

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  • 98. At 9:23pm on 22 Jan 2010, jaderbarbalho wrote:

    Hi, Robbo! Have you seen this incredible goal scored in Brazil?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gjoa8reHeD4

    A bicycle kick pass followed by a bicycle kick goal. Pure genius!

    Brazilian soccer has no limits! :)

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  • 99. At 9:27pm on 22 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    It's all gone hazey. Don't think I can stick with this much longer. Time to leave this joint.

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  • 100. At 9:28pm on 22 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    re 86 Tommy,

    there was this text doing the rounds some time back. I thought I should share it one last time. Sums up the whole 'how overrated spelling really is' debate along with what is superior in German vs. English (languages)
    My apologies for the sheer size of it.

    So here goes,

    The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.

    As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5- year phase-in plan that would become known as “Euro-English”.

    In the first year, “s” will replace the soft “c”. Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy.

    The hard “c” will be dropped in favour of “k”. This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter.

    There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome “ph” will be replaced with “f”. This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter.

    In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible.

    Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling.

    Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent “e” in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away.

    By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing “th” with “z” and “w” with “v”.

    During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary “o” kan be dropd from vords kontaining “ou” and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensi bl riten styl.

    Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru.

    Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas.

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  • 101. At 9:31pm on 22 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    98 "Brazilian soccer has no limits! :)"

    Don't have much of a stadium either.

    Have you ever heard of Lucas or the Da silva twins?
    Limits galore there.

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  • 102. At 9:35pm on 22 Jan 2010, MUFCTrini wrote:

    H2H,
    You may have to eat those comments abt the Da Silva twins after Sundays game ok.
    But Lucas most definately sucks

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  • 103. At 9:40pm on 22 Jan 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    98. At 9:23pm on 22 Jan 2010, jaderbarbalho wrote:
    Hi, Robbo! Have you seen this incredible goal scored in Brazil?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gjoa8reHeD4

    A bicycle kick pass followed by a bicycle kick goal. Pure genius!

    Brazilian soccer has no limits! :)

    _________________________________________________________________________

    Does that make it a tandem?

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  • 104. At 9:40pm on 22 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    I paid particular attention to Lucas from the Kop on Wednesday, and you know what? He's everywhere. He was quailty last time I saw him live against Brum as well. He's improved a lot. Just his goddarned passing could do with a boost. As for the da Silva twins... well, they are better than the Djemba twins at least.

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  • 105. At 9:46pm on 22 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    O C'mon. we at Grove have our very own Brazilian too. He just seems to not realise it most of the time.

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  • 106. At 9:47pm on 22 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    None of them are as good as Mirandinha

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  • 107. At 9:48pm on 22 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Robbo, glad to see that there's nothing wrong with your funny bone. Tandem is class.

    Tommy/Trinni

    A double bite.

    I expected you to throw back Denhilson in my face, whom I would have defended vigourosly. (which we be great if he too would do.)

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  • 108. At 9:49pm on 22 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    "which we be great if he too would do"

    dkfhl ell; lskdlskdls kjnlkas lucas

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  • 109. At 9:50pm on 22 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    (which we be great if he too would do.)= (which would be great if he would too)

    Computers on the frits, or maybe it's the missing eigth

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  • 110. At 9:52pm on 22 Jan 2010, MUFCTrini wrote:

    H2H,
    I wasnt thinking about him being Brazilian; he kicks like he has two left feet :)

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  • 111. At 10:02pm on 22 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    inkeeping with cochese content of this blo

    i wi u al a god eveng and up the Arsenal of corse.

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  • 112. At 10:07pm on 22 Jan 2010, DenistheGenius wrote:

    guys - the term is "sock sucker" and it is glorious... why do we need to Anglicize it with "boot licker?"
    how passé!

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  • 113. At 10:19pm on 22 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Denis you´re corect the quote was indeed "sock sucker", on the last blog it got serial modded, but as it was used in the original post maybe this time "sock sucker" will be allowed.

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  • 114. At 10:28pm on 22 Jan 2010, codzie85 wrote:

    Evenin all. So Neville shows that he's six years old mentally, again, and Carlos 'no speakie ingles' starts quacking. The only thing wrong with this behaviour is it's televised. See what they should really do at the F.A. is have a 3 strikes rule. If you break it, you have Celebrity Deathmatch against your rival. Simple huh?

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  • 115. At 10:29pm on 22 Jan 2010, codzie85 wrote:

    Oh and if Robinho's worth 32m, Tevez is worth twice that and I'm worth it too because L'Oreal said so.

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  • 116. At 10:32pm on 22 Jan 2010, DenistheGenius wrote:

    i think it got serial modded because i kept teasing adampb/G.Nev with it, and he finally broke down and tattled... those lovebirds bring out the 10 year-old in me!

    don't know about you, but i wouldn't mind if Stoke took this CC distraction away from us... afraid our under-13s might just nick it, though :(

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  • 117. At 10:36pm on 22 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Denis, mate, the CC distraction was taken away from us by the Citeh.

    Its the FA distraction this time and the Potters may still do us over.

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  • 118. At 10:40pm on 22 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Hey Codzie.

    Tez could use some of that L'Oreal with the state of his Barnet.

    Denis

    I think the team that Wenger will put out Sunday will be so young that the final whistle will go way after their bed time. Luckily they´ll have the grandparents Sol and Sil to look after them.

    With Pulis having his full squad to choose from it would be a major result if we came away with anything.

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  • 119. At 10:50pm on 22 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    sorry to be so direct but stoke are a disgrace to anything remotely connected with football.

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  • 120. At 11:02pm on 22 Jan 2010, codzie85 wrote:

    Have I been asleep? What have Stoke done?

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  • 121. At 11:04pm on 22 Jan 2010, DenistheGenius wrote:

    FA - right... i'm just not sure risking some of our key players is worth the potential damage to our more important campaigns.
    The FA Cup is a great event - but at this point, its nothing for a team like Arsenal to hang their hat on... but Wenger will likely go with the kids all the way to Wembley, in which case, no worries!

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  • 122. At 11:16pm on 22 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    good question codzie85

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  • 123. At 11:30pm on 22 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    which one dg3?

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  • 124. At 11:38pm on 22 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    about stoke Spitfire he asked what have they done.

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  • 125. At 11:40pm on 22 Jan 2010, codzie85 wrote:

    Don't dangle the carrots now Dave, you said they were a disgrace...care to elaborate?

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  • 126. At 11:56pm on 22 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    In all fairness, DG3, he asked two questions.
    The other one was if he had been asleep. The answer to which no one here is in a position to know accept of course the Lord.

    The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.

    Unless of course its Chuck Norris and instead of vanity its the fear of a Chuck Norris Roundhouse kick.

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  • 127. At 00:02am on 23 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    codzie85

    hi mate.

    apologies, perhaps the word disgrace is misplaced, but i am afraid after watching that performance against liverpool i was far from impressed it was more like a basketball game. I am not sure if you follow stoke, if so then no probs but in all truth i do not think that
    such a style of football nor the tactics is entertainment value at all.

    i appreciate that they cant match Arsenal or any other team when it comes to football but thats no excuse for that shambolic game.

    and as for them long throws as i say its not bloody basketball its football.

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  • 128. At 00:41am on 23 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    103. At 9:40pm on 22 Jan 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:
    98. At 9:23pm on 22 Jan 2010, jaderbarbalho wrote:
    Hi, Robbo! Have you seen this incredible goal scored in Brazil?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gjoa8reHeD4

    A bicycle kick pass followed by a bicycle kick goal. Pure genius!

    Brazilian soccer has no limits! :)

    _________________________________________________________________________

    Does that make it a tandem?

    Or a Croggy?

    Robbo as the guru of all things Boro. Is it Boro as in Buro or as in Borrow (silent w)? Im trying to teach me 8 yr old daughter and her mam (Thornaby lass) is winding me up. I say Boro as in Buro she says it as in Borrow.

    p.s. Any cures for insomnia gratefully received. Aha just thought of one - I will read Robbo's blog.

    5 wins on the bounce for the Mighty Reds coming up (tumbleweed) just me then???

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  • 129. At 00:43am on 23 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    105. At 9:46pm on 22 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:
    O C'mon. we at Grove have our very own Brazilian too. He just seems to not realise it most of the time.

    Best Brazillian to grace the Prem - Juninho - and me ex - but she was rubbish at footy

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  • 130. At 01:01am on 23 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    And if you dont beleive me

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHQd3OSsSyg

    Emerson wasnt bad either :)

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  • 131. At 01:13am on 23 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Gud Evenning fbh.

    Emerson wasnt bad but the sheer an´mount of clubs ´he turned out for ?

    Guess everyone deserves a real life hero. Someone had to be for Anelka.

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  • 132. At 01:19am on 23 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Hi Spit - there was a short period (4 or 5 games only) when Emerson was top man.

    Not sure if seeong the goals from the little fella has made me happy in nostalgia or sad in the future.

    I'll take happy. :)

    Not many league games tomorrow. All the big boys in some cup thingy.

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  • 133. At 01:25am on 23 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Spit my dad's hero was of course Wilf Mannion. I have his biog (signed) and I even met him a few times (he was tiny). When I went to see Boro play at Highbury I took the book as it had a pic of him in it of him training on the conder path around Highbury when he was with the England squad. For a bit of a read and a bit of a good luck charm. Ive not finished the book and we got beat - 7 0.

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  • 134. At 01:26am on 23 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Your peskey disease - Cinder path - still I suppose its better than thinking a fart was just a fart in error.

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  • 135. At 01:27am on 23 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    I do know, and be thankful, that being a fan of Arsenal means you have never experienced relegation. Makes me all the more filled with rage when some moaning sock suckers throw abuse the way of the manager for "not buy some one Kuwalatae" or having won nawt.


    The big gamez start when we face Villa.
    Think I'll try to trick the work people to take some time off for the impeding "stress" I will be suffering over the next 2 odd weeks.

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  • 136. At 01:28am on 23 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    This isnt helping me sleep - Robbo's blog made me LOL too many times - so back to me book - nigth Spit and football fans the world over.

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  • 137. At 06:45am on 23 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Oh what a shame, looks like we're not getting Van Nistelroy now ... (/sarcasm mode)

    Glad to see Levy turn round and tell him what to go do with his £100,000 a week wage demands. He's not worth it and his knee's as dodgy as King's.

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  • 138. At 07:41am on 23 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    119. At 10:50pm on 22 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    sorry to be so direct but stoke are a disgrace to anything remotely connected with football.

    -------------------------------
    Family loyalty makes me come out here,DG3.Stoke may be a disgrace toi blogidy,but I have a sneaking regard for the Potters.They work ay what they do well,and make themselves difficult to beat.As H2 has mentioned,I quite like the Gunners,but it's Stoke all the way this weekend.
    Pleased you've made it Robbo,I've been hunting high and low for my black tie,and I don't think FBH has the room for us all to kip over at his...
    Away at Southampton today,don't feel overly confident.We are playing better now,but even so I won't be shocked to get turned over.
    I'm with Denis re "sock sucker",such a beautiful phrase.And so applicable to GNev.

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  • 139. At 08:43am on 23 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    G'day Jack... looks like you are the only other one here this evening/morning. Have to go against you tomorrow I'm afraid, I have nothing against Stoke but it goes without saying my reasons why... Orient don't play until Monday when they go to Charlton... don't fancy their chances there. Although I don't like Hull, I'll be cheering for 'em tonight.

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  • 140. At 09:02am on 23 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    G'day Bo.I trust all is well in Rockingham.I'm sure we can deal with this week end in a sensible,mature way....
    Charlton seem to be struggling at the moment,you never know.As for Hull,well I'd be delighted if they took something off Un**ed.But I doubt it.Is the Arsenal game being shown on Fox?

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  • 141. At 09:11am on 23 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Seen on the gossip page:

    "Michael Owen has asked Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney for advice on how to get back into Fabio Capello's England squad."

    Michael, you first have to get in the Un**ed team, then you have to score goals regularly... wonder if Wayne the Brain can work it out too.

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  • 142. At 09:12am on 23 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    All is well mate... no we only get the FA Cup Final here... Do Sky have the rights there for the FA Cup games?

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  • 143. At 09:12am on 23 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    I think Wayne is still trying to work out what comes between "A" and "C" at the moment Bo.

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  • 144. At 09:13am on 23 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    ITV have the coverage Bo.Try ITV.com

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  • 145. At 09:15am on 23 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    What scares me Jack is all these guys are breeding like rabbits... it has to weaken the gene pool.

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  • 146. At 09:28am on 23 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Some of the pools are a bit more like puddles,Bo.this helps thin things out a bit...

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  • 147. At 09:41am on 23 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    gd morning all.

    Not much going on is see.

    No worrys.

    I would just like to apologise for useing the word disgrace when
    refering to stoke city. I should know better.

    They work within their means and resources that they have and try
    and compete with the big guns, not every side can be as attractive
    to watch as eg: Arsenal.

    so apologies to all the stoke surporters for my childish remarks.

    Hope its a good clean game today and whatever the outcome life will
    continue for both sides.

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  • 148. At 09:45am on 23 Jan 2010, A wet windy night in Stoke wrote:

    Surely Gary Neville should be working hard to get into the first team instead of trying to wind up the best player in the PL! Maybe Gary is doing his bit - these days his duties could have been diminished to winding opponents up. His footballing days could be truly over.
    Anyway, he just gone himself a new nickname. At 34 you don't want to get a nickname that some fans might find difficult to resist shouting when you are brought on as a 92nd minute sub.. Especially a name associated with a diet consisting of socks.

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  • 149. At 09:46am on 23 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    No worries DG3.And pay no attention to those peoples having a pop at the meerkats....

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  • 150. At 09:47am on 23 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    FRR,I think most folk would love to see GNev back in the first team at Un**ed.Not enough pantomime villains knocking around...

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  • 151. At 10:11am on 23 Jan 2010, Brian Renshaw wrote:

    The Theatre of Bootlicking Morons seems appropriate and accurate but here in Manchester it is known as "Loutland" as Strangeways release United's ex cons, Asbo Holding fans out each Wednesday and Saturday on compasionate leave.

    Recent successes for Loutland's bunch of louts have been

    Terrorising the staff at Barnsley FC and holding them hostage
    Biting off the ear of a Barcelona supporter
    Bringing a collection of Golf Balls into the match at City on Tuesday
    Bringing 29 darts into the game
    Ripping up seats at the COM stadium
    Bringing a flare into the ground
    1,000 United Louts standing outside the ground without a ticket beating up anybody who came near them (Just passing by eh!)
    Hurling missiles at Tevez but hitting Garrido in the first Derby match.
    A United Lout running on to the field to attack Bellamy after he scored a goal.

    They will of course be singing their anthem next week "Build a Bonfire",
    written by a Moron on behalf of morons and sung by 75,000 morons each week.

    Loutland somehow seems an understated word

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  • 152. At 10:14am on 23 Jan 2010, HAHA wrote:

    "They also want the Olympic stadium after the 2010 shebang."


    Surely the Olympics are in 2012 or have I missed a major development in how the competition runs?

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  • 153. At 10:30am on 23 Jan 2010, Tori_torres8 wrote:

    Late to read but its a classic.

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  • 154. At 10:33am on 23 Jan 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    Yeah, all right mate we all make silly mistakes... 2012. Although I understand that Team GB's sprint relay team will be carrying the torch to the stadium so maybe they better start in 2010 just to make sure they get it round.

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  • 155. At 10:37am on 23 Jan 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    133. At 01:25am on 23 Jan 2010, followingborohurts wrote:
    Spit my dad's hero was of course Wilf Mannion. I have his biog (signed) and I even met him a few times (he was tiny). When I went to see Boro play at Highbury I took the book as it had a pic of him in it of him training on the conder path around Highbury when he was with the England squad. For a bit of a read and a bit of a good luck charm. Ive not finished the book and we got beat - 7 0.

    _________________________________________________________________________

    It was with great pride that I learnt that my lad called his son - my grandson - Wilf after the great man. Me, I had two cats called Mannion and Hardwick - they were incredible with a ball of wool, I tell you.

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  • 156. At 10:42am on 23 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    I like the theme tune to the London Marathon its far better than Oliver Reeds singing version.

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  • 157. At 10:54am on 23 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Morning all.

    Bit rough this morning but worth it.

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  • 158. At 10:54am on 23 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    I hate Olympic stadiums pretending they are suited to football.

    Where is the fun in footie if a drunken sod cant shout abuse right into your face?

    Bring back the terraces while we are at it..

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  • 159. At 10:55am on 23 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    for those that are not aware stoke vs Arsenal is on ITV kick off 1.30

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  • 160. At 10:55am on 23 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    157. At 10:54am on 23 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:
    Morning all.
    Bit rough this morning but worth it.
    ___________
    Rough is ok. Dry not so much.

    A good morning to you too.

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  • 161. At 10:59am on 23 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Definitely dry.

    Although I do have a terrible recurring flashback to tonsil-tickling some less-than-svelte birthday 'girl'.

    You can be confident that I won't be mentioning that on Facebook.

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  • 162. At 11:00am on 23 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    159. At 10:55am on 23 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:
    for those that are not aware stoke vs Arsenal is on ITV kick off 1.30
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    Don't forget to mention that it is on Sunday, Dave.


    G'day cobbers.

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  • 163. At 11:06am on 23 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    as H2H has mentioned its on Sunday folks not in HD.

    morning to SP and BTP

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  • 164. At 11:07am on 23 Jan 2010, Didier Drogba- just another Cameron Jerome wannabe wrote:

    the carling cup imo is the most important cup there is, but that just moight be because its all weve won, back in '63

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  • 165. At 11:09am on 23 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    I just have to remember to go looking for a live stream tomorrow night at 9.30.... if it's not on TV i"m likely to forget... ah it's great getting old... a bit like Charlie Gordon I guess.

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  • 166. At 11:13am on 23 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    bluecity91

    hi.

    thats a bit of a bold statement from your EC Cook about global domination?

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  • 167. At 11:24am on 23 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Loutland doesn't have the same ring as the Theatre of Bootlicking Morons... I would prefer to forgo the translation and call it the Theatre of Sock Sucking Morons personally.

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  • 168. At 11:33am on 23 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    "New West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady has suggested the team could be renamed "West Ham Olympic" if they move into the London 2012 stadium.
    Full story: The Sun"

    Does this mean that they would only have to play once every four years?

    Would anyone notice the difference?

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  • 169. At 11:35am on 23 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    168... That's hurtful H2... although I don't think there are any west ham supporters that grace this blog.

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  • 170. At 11:35am on 23 Jan 2010, Didier Drogba- just another Cameron Jerome wannabe wrote:

    and hi to you DG3
    there appears to have been a mix up as to which team i support. it is in fact Birmingham City. but i agree, definitely a bold statement from Cook.
    in other news, i am supporting anyone but villa for the cc, as my dad is in fact a villa fan, and i'd never he the end of it if they won.

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  • 171. At 11:45am on 23 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    bluecity91

    ooppps sorry how easy it is to make assumptions based on a username




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  • 172. At 11:46am on 23 Jan 2010, neil wrote:

    Robbo, topo gigio was on Italian TV, not Argentinian.

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  • 173. At 11:46am on 23 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    money talks dg3

    ask tevez

    he scored the only goal v utd that kept west ham up

    wears his scars proudly

    reminsd me of your mate Maurice Keane, Jacks - seems to succeed by will power alone

    over.

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  • 174. At 11:51am on 23 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    171. At 11:45am on 23 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:
    bluecity91

    ooppps sorry how easy it is to make assumptions based on a username
    ---------

    confusing colour, blue - robinho thought hed signed for chelsea!!!

    the strange case of the Missing Shade of Blue

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  • 175. At 11:51am on 23 Jan 2010, lounge_lizard wrote:

    Great to see the League Cup back on the map.

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  • 176. At 11:52am on 23 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    over and out

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  • 177. At 11:52am on 23 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    and look where the " olympic " is now i suggest they think again. not a very good omen for the hammers.

    I happen to like the hammers afterall they did us a masive favour in
    beating spurs so we got that forth spot. well they had a hand in it anyways.
    if i recall, they also fielded a full strength outfit even though I again think, they had a more important game comming up.

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  • 178. At 11:54am on 23 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    172. neil.

    Topo Gigio was an Italian TV programme that was translated and broadcasted worldwide.

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  • 179. At 11:54am on 23 Jan 2010, Robbo Robson wrote:

    172. At 11:46am on 23 Jan 2010, neil wrote:
    Robbo, topo gigio was on Italian TV, not Argentinian.

    _________________________________________________________________________

    Carlos says he saw it on telly and got the idea from his mate Riquelme, the overrated stroller and Veron-impersonator (that last bit's my description, not his)

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  • 180. At 11:59am on 23 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Bootlicking sock suckers have got me thinking what other 'insults' are funny yet acceptable for this Blog?

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  • 181. At 12:02pm on 23 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Beckham was once sent off for calling a linesman "Hijo de puta." in Spain. I am surprised he was understood.

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  • 182. At 12:05pm on 23 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    I like the hammers too DG3... good honest, entertaining team.

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  • 183. At 12:06pm on 23 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    fun little football insult quiz here, spit http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/quiz/2010/jan/21/football-quiz-famous-insults

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  • 184. At 12:06pm on 23 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    181 Spit.

    That's what I thought it looked like Rooney shouted at Tev before he took the penalty. (the last word definetly)

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  • 185. At 12:08pm on 23 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    spit just looked up yhr beckham jibe - this was his excuse : "I didn't realise what I had said was that bad. I had heard a few of my team-mates say the same before me."

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  • 186. At 12:13pm on 23 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    183.
    Nice quiz Blogidy, and one I was finally good at.
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    You scored 7 out of a possible 10

    You could get an international call-up if you maintain this kind of form
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    This was my score, how did you all do?

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  • 187. At 12:15pm on 23 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    defo agree BO:

    I hope they sort themselves out and remain in the PL as you say good,
    honest outfit.

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  • 188. At 12:16pm on 23 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    i was told i should be playing for accrington stanley, H

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  • 189. At 12:21pm on 23 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    I got 7 as well.

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  • 190. At 12:22pm on 23 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    honest outfit, dg? they've just been bought by a porno baron. there'll be naked girls running aroiund the running track, benny hill style, at every game. it will shatter all attendance records, olypmics and otherwise.

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  • 191. At 12:22pm on 23 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    I got 4... knew 2 and fluked 2.

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  • 192. At 12:25pm on 23 Jan 2010, richmay1 wrote:

    "Bulgarian begonia Berbatov"
    Sounds a bit harsh to me,considering the fact that he has scored 7 goals in the PL this season.He only needs to score 8 more goals to become joint top scorer with Rooney.

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  • 193. At 12:26pm on 23 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    190... and your argument is... ?

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  • 194. At 12:30pm on 23 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    as for the quiz score I got the following message:

    3 out of a possible 10

    You're not fit to polish Danny Cadamarteri's boots ...

    oh well moving swiftly on as you do.

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  • 195. At 12:31pm on 23 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    i noticed D beckhams name was mentioned quite a few times so i just kept picking him.

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  • 196. At 12:33pm on 23 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    I'm just slightly better at guessing than you dg3

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  • 197. At 12:40pm on 23 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    " there'll be naked girls running aroiund the running track, benny hill style, at every game. "

    i wont complain about that in fact I might get a season ticket

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  • 198. At 12:43pm on 23 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    hey Prokiev at the preston! well done.

    I suggest we have Gustav Holst's Mars belting out at the Emirates what an atmosphere. thunderous tune.

    come on Preston.

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  • 199. At 12:50pm on 23 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Looks like Senderos is off to Everton.
    Good on them.

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  • 200. At 1:03pm on 23 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Robbie Fowler spat the dummy and has refused to play after being told he would be starting the weekend's game on the bench... he maybe looking for a lower division english club next year... Orient, here's your chance.

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  • 201. At 1:05pm on 23 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    jacks - has frank wong soo's birthplace got a blue plaque in buxton? should have, first ethnic minority england player.

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  • 202. At 1:14pm on 23 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Blog, Jack must be inundated with customers... he hasn't been here since around 10am.

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  • 203. At 1:25pm on 23 Jan 2010, Johnap wrote:

    Gary Neville - he has the sort of face you could never get sick of slapping. Arrogant

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  • 204. At 1:25pm on 23 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    what a dire game this is.

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  • 205. At 1:56pm on 23 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    think youre right, Bo. come on jacks get your priorities right. the blog or your life, whats more important?

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  • 206. At 2:00pm on 23 Jan 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Afternoon all!

    I've just got home after a rough staff night out! My head hurts!

    Anyone find out the results from the poll on the previous blog?

    God i feel rough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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  • 207. At 2:02pm on 23 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Ngog..

    88. At 8:54pm on 22 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:
    It's official - 87.5% of Grauniad readers agree with Carlos the Jackass! GNev is indeed a BLM

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  • 208. At 2:07pm on 23 Jan 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Thanks H2H!

    The 12.5% must be Man Utd fans who can't see it!
    50% are prob liverpool fans and the rest will be Man Utd fans like me that cant find any accuse to back him up!

    Do people still ride their bikes in the bitter winter weather over there mate?

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  • 209. At 2:09pm on 23 Jan 2010, john wrote:

    its iteresting to hear the red supporters going on about man city
    buying their way to sucess whilst saying Ferguson has built united
    from the ground up! I challange all you reds to post a list of players brought in by fergie and what they cost over the last 5 years! the likes of ferdinand,berbatov,vidic,Van nistrolroy,rooney,Ronaldo,Etc,Ect not enough room here to list them all!! so there you go the ball is back in your court com,n you reds lets here your response

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  • 210. At 2:14pm on 23 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    208 This is a country of cyclists mate.

    It was quite funny watching some trying to bike it through the ice and snow over the last few weeks. But all credit it to them, they don't give up easily.
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    188. At 12:16pm on 23 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:
    i was told i should be playing for accrington stanley, H
    ----
    Well at least you got a chance to get paid.
    It could of been a lot worse, you could of went to Pompey.

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  • 211. At 2:21pm on 23 Jan 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Van Der Sar £2m
    Kuszczak £1m
    Park £5m
    Owen £0m
    Evra £5.5m
    Vidic £7m
    Tevez (loan)
    Da Silva twins £1.5m each
    Heinze £5m

    Not too expensive really (list off top of my head).

    Add to that players (that are free) brought through the ranks such as:
    Neville, Brown, O'Shea, Scholes, Fletcher, Evans and Giggs (again off the top of my head).

    That's 17 players costing £28.5m, which is less than Robinho!

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  • 212. At 2:23pm on 23 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    201. At 1:05pm on 23 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    jacks - has frank wong soo's birthplace got a blue plaque in buxton? should have, first ethnic minority england player.

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    He hasn't blogidy.I'll move to Tunbridge Wells and send in a letter...
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    202. At 1:14pm on 23 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Blog, Jack must be inundated with customers... he hasn't been here since around 10am.

    ----------------------------
    Very busy,old friend.Just grabbing a quick bite of lunch.

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  • 213. At 2:24pm on 23 Jan 2010, UtdWood_ExiledDevil wrote:

    209. John, To back up WDTTN, as has been said many times before its not the money being spent, its where the money comes from. The money we have been able to spend has come as a result of success and being a big club generating large amounts of cash. Accusations of 'buying' trophies will come when the money comes from nowhere and with no links to the club's history.

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  • 214. At 2:25pm on 23 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    205. At 1:56pm on 23 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    think youre right, Bo. come on jacks get your priorities right. the blog or your life, whats more important?

    ---------------------------
    Whatever Mrs. Jack tells me is important blogidy...

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  • 215. At 2:28pm on 23 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    John.

    I'm far from being a Utd supporter, but the players that they have bought over the last few years were payed for with their success's and not from an outside invester coming in and dropping a ton of cash in.

    Surely you can see the difference?

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  • 216. At 2:33pm on 23 Jan 2010, socrates wrote:

    I don't get Tevez's reaction.

    He scored just 15 goals last season. Six of those were in the league cup and just five in the league. He was a hard worker but little more than an 'impact sub'. The fans loved him because he was so whole-hearted but he did nothing to justify the price tag that he and his agent demanded.

    Ferguson wanted to sign him but didn't want to pay silly money (something of course that doesn't put city off).

    So when Tevez plays the victim and does his moody celebrations, just remember that he was the architecture of his move away from Old Trafford, purely down to his own greed. He has proven himself to be just another city mercenary I'm afraid.

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  • 217. At 3:02pm on 23 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    H2H - didnt SAF kick off this whole sorry slow demise saga when he argued with the previous owner, irish racehorse owner or summat who then left, letting in teh satanic klan?

    re; portsmouth/manutd - man u won next to nothing for 26 years, won everything and now will struggle for the next decade but theyll be back the brand is too strong;but portsmouth have had their moment in the sun - with a 20,000 capacity theres only one direction theyre going in.

    id saying winning the fa cup is worth a few thousnad years of bankruptcy to get the square corner flags would be worth it in my opinion. when we won the Autoglass trophy we didnt even get free autoglass.

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  • 218. At 3:06pm on 23 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    socrates - i dont really agree; hes a star. he was voted the best player in the brazilian league, he saved west ham single handedly, hes scored heaps of goals at manc and in big games. his desire is tangible, he influences others. look what a sorry figure benjani cut when he came on in his place - it was like a demon had been withdrawn from the game (which is why i guess mancini did it) and replaced by his shadow.

    and he wears his scars proudly.

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  • 219. At 3:10pm on 23 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    I don't get Un**ed fans reaction.

    He scored just 15 goals last season. Six of those were in the league cup and just five in the league. He was a hard worker but little more than an 'impact sub'. The fans loved him because he was so whole-hearted but Un**ed have nothing in the bank to justify the price tag that he and his agent demanded.

    Ferguson wanted to sign him but couldn't afford to pay any money (something of course that doesn't put city off).

    So when Tevez plays the victim and does his moody celebrations, just remember that the Glazers are the architecture of his move away from Old Trafford, purely down to their own greed. They have proven themselves to be the reason why Un**ed are going to struggle I'm afraid.

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  • 220. At 3:16pm on 23 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    spot on jacks - the silly money was on the scarlet begonia - "all scarlet begonias and a touch of the blues"

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  • 221. At 3:55pm on 23 Jan 2010, Eddy Cordoza wrote:

    Gabby Logan has used the word 'romance' 14 times so far on Final Score and it's not even half time!

    My particular highlight was when she said "goal to tell you about, is their romance at Accrington?" and the rather glum reporter replied "No Gabby, it's not the goal we wanted."

    Cringeworthy stuff.

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  • 222. At 4:01pm on 23 Jan 2010, Eddy Cordoza wrote:

    216. Socrates
    Spot on. Ferguson wanted to keep him, Tevez wanted more money than his performances warranted (did he really just score five premier league goals? the much maligned diego forlan would have doubled that!).

    Money is what mattered most to him, so he needs to take a long hard look at himself rather than directing his anger at Ferguson.

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  • 223. At 5:07pm on 23 Jan 2010, Rob wrote:


    Gary Neville will be remembered by his piers and fans as a "chupamedia". In Spanish "chupar": lick "media": sock.
    Some of the achievements of the Argentinean "topo gigio" :Louie mouse
    Copa Libertadores: Most valuable player: 2003
    Argentinean Footballer of the year: 2003-2004
    Olympic Golden Boot: 2004
    Brazil Best Player: 2005
    Placar Bola de Ouro: 2005
    South American Footballer of the Year: 2003,2004,2005
    Hammer of the year: 2007
    FA Premier League Player of the Month: December 2009








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  • 224. At 5:21pm on 23 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Blog/Jacks.

    I'm no fan of Tev (in case you hadn't realised) I think he is the poster child child for all the games mercanaries, "Welcome To Morecashter"

    To quote as an achievement "Hammer of the Year" (Rob) in WHU worst full season in recent years is like sayong someone is smart because he beat a chicken four times out of six in a game of chess.

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  • 225. At 6:07pm on 23 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Evening chaps.

    Busy not knowing whether to laugh or cry here, what with Ugly Wayne netting me 40 fantasy league points.

    Anyway, there's no argument, is there; that the likes of Liverpool and Manc Untidy are blowing in the wind thanks to idiot Yank asset-strippers despite having been built up to where they are on the back of hard work and sustained success, these charlatan clubs are making a mockery of all that blood, sweat and support.

    It's a crying bloody shame.

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  • 226. At 6:28pm on 23 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Just can't stop that Beckford.
    Why no PL clubs have took the risk is beyond me.

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  • 227. At 7:10pm on 23 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    2-2, what a game.

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  • 228. At 7:14pm on 23 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    They deserved that. The replay could be a doozy. They seem to be able to compete with top Prem clubs quite easily, Leeds. Get your money on them to win the 2nd division next year.

    Oh, and Carlisle couldn't score against Stockport? Only one to let me down on the acca. Norwich did it with 10 men. Stockport???

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  • 229. At 7:21pm on 23 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Hmm, Elland Road it is then ... still I'll take that given their last oppo didn't have a second chance.

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  • 230. At 7:24pm on 23 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    That Beckford fella aint half bad. When he is bothered.

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  • 231. At 7:26pm on 23 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    And for Boro, there is some wind in the Willo

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  • 232. At 7:27pm on 23 Jan 2010, I dont want a display name wrote:

    Not wildly accurate were you?
    Your own link shows that Topo Gigio is Italian (not disputing that it was on Argentinian TV).
    Your own link also shows the Olympics haven't been brought forward (perhaps because the stadia aren't built yet).
    Better open the wine AFTER you write the blog.

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  • 233. At 7:27pm on 23 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Congratulations to Leeds and Reading who proved that they're 3rd round victories weren't just flukes.

    Shame that Crystal Palace and Notts County couldn't hold onto their leads, but I'm sure they won't mind the extra cash the replays will bring.

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  • 234. At 7:33pm on 23 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Another thing.

    MAN IOU are now top of the league.

    ITs now theirs title to lose.

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  • 235. At 7:35pm on 23 Jan 2010, RyDo wrote:

    Im not a manchester united fan but I feel you've jumped on the continuing band wagon which has harrassed this team for years Robbo. I appreciate your column is tongue in cheek but Carlos Tevez has as much right to feel aggrieved as Micheal Madoff (wonder if you know who he is). Tevez is an impact player no doubt but would you pay £25m for a player who just about manages doubles figures in a season and more importantly, needs more chances than Andy Cole to score goals?? I think not. Then again, apparently Emile Heskey warrants a place ahead of Jermaine Defoe so common sense is out of the window. Carlos Tevez needs to stop with this nonsense and shut up. Much, much respect to Gary Neville. Say what you want about his actions being non professional, he gave as good he got!

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  • 236. At 7:43pm on 23 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Spit.

    The mancs better pray that nothing happens to Rooney, or they'll be in Barney.

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  • 237. At 7:43pm on 23 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Ooh! Juve v Roma free on ESPN on Freeview!

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  • 238. At 7:45pm on 23 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    That ginger kid on the 'Kill Your Speed' advert - you have to admit he makes a smashing draught excluder.

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  • 239. At 7:46pm on 23 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    "RyDo wrote:

    Im not a manchester united fan..."

    Right.

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  • 240. At 7:46pm on 23 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    ITs now theirs title to lose.
    ========================

    As long as Rooney stays fit.

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  • 241. At 7:47pm on 23 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    RyDo - pay no attention to the nasty man. Everyone is always so mean about Man Utd, and it's just not fair. It's so unfair my toys aren't just out of the pram, but in the gutter, being ground into the dirt by the Scouse/North London/Middle East (delete as appropriate) dominated press. Why oh why people can't see the radiant, quasi-holy, fair-minded purity of Sir Alex and his brave lieutenant GNev eludes me, as a ship in the night. I think you should write to your MP. Who is the MP for Royal Tunbridge Wells these days?

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  • 242. At 7:53pm on 23 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    well that was not a bad saterday.

    the wine has flowed nicely.

    well done to Leeds however Beckford for Arsenal is to say the least wishfull thinking on his part. leeds will do them in the replay.

    the chavs provided the usual bore fest

    any updates on the assault by ferdinand? i understand he elbowed a guy in the chops.



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  • 243. At 7:57pm on 23 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    237. At 7:43pm on 23 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:
    Ooh! Juve v Roma free on ESPN on Freeview!

    Hi BTP yeah Im watching it. Which reminds me ... wathcing the full bakc - hang on his name --- ah thats it Rise.

    Tommy - Rise was an outstanding full back imo - how come your lot sold him?

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  • 244. At 8:00pm on 23 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    230. At 7:24pm on 23 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:
    That Beckford fella aint half bad. When he is bothered.

    Spit - havnt seen much of him but he played best I have seen of him, Has a rare nack of making sumat owt of nowt.

    231. At 7:26pm on 23 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:
    And for Boro, there is some wind in the Willo

    Im not even going there. Best we can hope for is a bit of fun next year. I think ... but Swnasea are a good team in this league and next 5 are agasint lesser lights (with all due respek to Jacks)

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  • 245. At 8:01pm on 23 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    232. At 7:27pm on 23 Jan 2010, trevor4491 wrote:

    Better open the wine AFTER you write the blog.

    Hello Mr Happy.

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  • 246. At 8:03pm on 23 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Dunno if Tommy will agree, but IMO he was moved on because he simply got a bit stale at LFC.

    He was though, I agree, a great servant for us, and a fine team member up until his last season.

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  • 247. At 8:03pm on 23 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    238. At 7:45pm on 23 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:
    That ginger kid on the 'Kill Your Speed' advert - you have to admit he makes a smashing draught excluder.

    BTP - greaty to see you havent raised your standards.

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  • 248. At 8:07pm on 23 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Who is the MP for Royal Tunbridge Wells these days?
    Greg Clark - and he is from Teesside!!! And went to Uni.

    p.s. Only know this as I work for a charity and he was the minister for charities - Im not a stato - mind you wiki helped

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  • 249. At 8:07pm on 23 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    I am now watching Arsenals opponents in the CL Final this term and whilst I am slightly impressed they remind me of chelsea only a lot quicker and skillfull than chelsea will ever be. but still to slow for Arsenal.

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  • 250. At 8:09pm on 23 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    fbh,

    It's no more offensive than the ad itself.

    In these times when the country doesn't have a pot to p*** in (except, of course, to pay bankers' bonuses out of our tax as well as for illegal wars), I find it appalling that the Government is wasting money on ridiculous adverts which don't work - and speed DOESN'T kill - it's the inability of idiot kids to drive at speed which tends to kill.

    And they're not going to take any notice of the ads anyway.

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  • 251. At 8:10pm on 23 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    DG3rd - you wathing sky - Im watching Juve v Roma on Council Sky (aka espn) the sooner Juve knock that ground down and build somewhere with atmosphere the better - its draining the oxygen out of me living room

    Right Im caught up - seems quiet tonight..... :)

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  • 252. At 8:13pm on 23 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    fbh,

    I think the lack of atmosphere is down to half the ground being shut to Juve fans because of racist chanting in an earlier game.

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  • 253. At 8:15pm on 23 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    BTP/fbh, re Riise. The fact that he was going stale was the rationale for trying to sell Alonso in summer 08. Shows how one dodgy season can muddy perspective. What I'd give for both of them now!

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  • 254. At 8:17pm on 23 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    FBH : yes i decided to watch Barca before the miss's wakes up and takes full control of the remote .

    I hope you had some success with your accumilators today? if not why not.

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  • 255. At 8:17pm on 23 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    I was actually surprised that L'pool got rid oy Rilse, but then adain I was also surprised they let Hypia move on too.

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  • 256. At 8:17pm on 23 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Tommy,

    I'd probably agree - and so, I guess, would Rafa at this moment in time.

    On the flip side though, Alonso's last season was more the exception than the norm.

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  • 257. At 8:20pm on 23 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    H2H,

    It's not like we didn't offer Sami a contract, he just preferred the two-year deal and regular football than one year and a squad role.

    It's unfortunate that his leaving has coincided with a horrendous run of defensive injuries (same with JAR) but hindsight is a wonderful thing.

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  • 258. At 8:22pm on 23 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    DG3rd
    Didnt put a bet on today - after losing £4 on two bets the other day Ive learned my lesson. But I did go for two lucky dips instead. Swings and roundabouts mate???

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  • 259. At 8:22pm on 23 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Such a forward thinking organisation is the FA. Building a centre like the Coverciano just 50 years after the Italians demonstrates this... better later than never. It is certainly the first step towards improving the standard of young footballers playing in England as long as this centre is open to all coaches and not just those associated with league or non league clubs.

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  • 260. At 8:26pm on 23 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    I notice Momo Sissoko still can't pass for toffee.

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  • 261. At 8:32pm on 23 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    How old is Totti? Didnt he play with David Platt??? That reminds me he doesnt seem to have done much since his looks went?

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  • 262. At 8:33pm on 23 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    " Who is the MP for Royal Tunbridge Wells these days? "

    some sweaty sock with a southern accent no doubt.

    as for the " speed kills " advert

    the probem i have with this shock television is that it never tells the truth and nothing but the truth.

    1stly was he looking before he crossed the road
    2nd what was he doing riding a bike with no lights on in the dark
    3rd did he know that at a pelican crossing you are supposed to look
    left and right before stepping onto it
    4th why was he undertaking a 44 ton truck turning right or left
    5th was he told playing football in the road is not on
    6th what were his parents doing allowing such a young lil chav out
    on his own without correct supervision

    there should be two sides to a coin however if you are a motorist these days thats not the case. shame on the dvla and various pigs on the wing
    from various forces up and down the land.
    they are double headed.

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  • 263. At 8:36pm on 23 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    259 Bo, The sad thing is that they've had the ground for the last ten years, but have only now decided to do something with it.

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  • 264. At 8:40pm on 23 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Bo - 50 years???? For the English establishment that is lightning speed. We still have a monarchy you know!!!

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  • 265. At 8:44pm on 23 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Just seen snippets from the Beckham interview they're showing on ESPN tomorrow, says he's made fesh tortellini, etc.

    Perhaps he should try feeding some to his wife.

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  • 266. At 8:44pm on 23 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    257 BTP,
    I didn't realise that he was offered a contract.
    Shame he decided to move on.

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  • 267. At 8:46pm on 23 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    FBH: good luck with the lucky dips! the return is better however i think we have as much chance of comming up trumps as pigs flying . to this day i fail to comprehend how it is that some 20million
    peeps play the lotto and out of that lot only one or two manage to pick the winning line/s.

    oh well fingers crossed.

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  • 268. At 8:46pm on 23 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    That ginger kid, I've just noticed, only has one shoe on.

    Well that's going to hamper his attempt to get out of the way of the car for starters.

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  • 269. At 8:48pm on 23 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    H2H,

    One year playing contract and a place on the coaching staff.

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  • 270. At 8:52pm on 23 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    BTP - not sure I agree about Xabi. His last season was definitely his best, and the one before without doubt his worst, partly due to injuries. However, I think in his first two seasons he was fantastic, maybe not as complete as player as last year, but still so precise and elegant. The addition of Masch may have helped him to realise his full potential to some extent, as it allowed him the freedom to play his natural game in the same way Didi had complemented him in his first season.

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  • 271. At 8:52pm on 23 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Not a bad deal.

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  • 272. At 8:53pm on 23 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    GR3rd - cheers mate - Im not holding me breath -Im that much of a rebel Im not even gunna check me numbers til tomorrow - radical hey

    BTP - ivejust seen your fave ad - and the ad break was made up of funeral services, fast food, settees and ktichens -Im depressed now - I am in the marketing gurus "middle class, boring with money to spend and that could die soon" brackey - cheers mate

    And as for italian footy - they arent as good at it as they are at ... erm .... wait .... hang on .... what are they ... thats it ... locking up pretty yanks???? They should really punish her and make her come and live with me. Now that is BTP - a bad influence??? :)

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  • 273. At 8:54pm on 23 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    263, 264... It's a sad thing that the country that gave the world such a wonderful game are so far behind the rest of the world in just about every aspect of it. Even the African and asian nations will surpass us in the not so distant future if something isn't done to change the establiskment's approach to the game.

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  • 274. At 8:55pm on 23 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Tommy - Mascherano - hes a ligth weight - he cant even stand up to Aliadire - literally - and we went on to lose the game - and no I wont let it lie...
    p.s. Hows Mojo?

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  • 275. At 8:56pm on 23 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    Bo, calm down. We're gonna win the World Cup. Have you not read the tabs?

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  • 276. At 8:57pm on 23 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    No but ive smoked a few

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  • 277. At 8:59pm on 23 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    fbh,

    You're only in that bracket because you choose to be.

    Give your cash to Haiti then go and do a skydive or a bungee jump - you'll feel better for it. But whatever you do, don't take a blind bit of notice of what you're told by The Man, because The Man only wants you to conform.

    **** The Man.

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  • 278. At 9:00pm on 23 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Re Alonso;

    I thought he was a great player, was surprised that Rafa so openly flirted with Barry as his "replacement" while he was still at L'pool. I remember that Wenger wanted to bring him to Arsenal, ang I was slightly gutted that a deal failed to materialise.

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  • 279. At 9:00pm on 23 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Cracking goal by the 108 year old Del Piero, btw.

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  • 280. At 9:00pm on 23 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    fbh - Mojo's good. Still looks like Barry White. Still drinks girls' drinks (cider and black - in the Sandon - Christ, I'll never live it down). Most importantly though he has never seen us lose a game whilst at the stadium, something that I have not been able to boast since my very first visit (only home league game we lost that season). I feel relaxed and at ease when I go to the match with him, like a crooning, alcopop-swilling, sausage-fingered lucky charm.

    And what was the final score in that match again? Didn't Carragher score? No wonder you went down if you're letting him bag a fluke!

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  • 281. At 9:00pm on 23 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Hang on Tommy
    Have you not read the tabs?
    Isnt that a double negative. And as you live Up North ( the Land of the double negative ) you are the king of The North!!!
    Arise Sir Tommy

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

    Tommy I like to rant every now and then... it makes me feel like i am contributing.

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  • 283. At 9:02pm on 23 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    All very well, fbh, but I'm a republican (not the Yankee gun-toting kind), so will have to immediately abolish myself. Which sounds rude. Back in a minute.

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  • 284. At 9:04pm on 23 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Cider and Black!>?!?! OMG (Mojo - I love ya mate)
    When I started boozing I kicked off on Cider and went on to Lager and Lime as it was cheaper - but as it was like drinking Lilt it was counter productive so moved onto the dark brown stuff with the big long handle - but for some reason I now drink stuff from down under ( peer pressure I suspect)

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  • 285. At 9:06pm on 23 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    "I now drink stuff from down under ( peer pressure I suspect)"

    That would lose you the respect of the cosa nostra. But the admiration of the fairer sex worldwide. It's a delicate balancing act.

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  • 286. At 9:07pm on 23 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    I thought Republican's were Southern inbred, redneck gun-toter's not Yankee's.

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  • 287. At 9:08pm on 23 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    fbh, Beer from down under is like making love in a canoe........
    F'in' close to water.

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  • 288. At 9:08pm on 23 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    I do have to (grudgingly) admit that I will never understand Rafa's interest in Barry, although I try to convince myself that it was based on his England performances alongside Gerrard.

    The £30m for Xabi sweetened things at the time, but then Waldorf and Stadtler pinched the cash, which made it all rather pointless.

    Still think Xabi wasn't all that for 3 1/2 seasons out of 5.

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  • 289. At 9:09pm on 23 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    "I now drink stuff from down under ( peer pressure I suspect)"

    That would lose you the respect of the cosa nostra. But the admiration of the fairer sex worldwide. It's a delicate balancing act.
    ======================================

    Only true of the fairer sex worldwide other than those down under.

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  • 290. At 9:10pm on 23 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Tommy - swings and roundabouts mate - mind just thinking (H2H) - years ago my daughters mam was at Uni in Amsterdam and she was learning Dutch - and whislt she was in a lesson I waited in a pub/bar watching footy on telly and drinking lager - now that stuff over there is so pure and clean a fresh and crispy and ... you get the message .... anyway at least thats what she said she was doing?????

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  • 291. At 9:11pm on 23 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    Good point, Bo! Well made. I typed in haste. Though the northern rural states do have their share of the Yankee equivalent if I'm allowed to be a pedant. What's that you say? The pedants are revolting? That's a little rash. No, not that little rash, the statement itself. I'm seeing someone about the other thing. Diligence and accuracy. That's what we need a bit more of round here. Not very good for a BBC-supported site.

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  • 292. At 9:11pm on 23 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    fbh, Beer from down under is like making love in a canoe........
    F'in' close to water.
    ====================================

    H2 you have obviously sampled the South Australian variety, that is only drunk when there is a water shortage.

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  • 293. At 9:13pm on 23 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    fbh - you may have missed my point. I was making an attempt at blue humour. Like Everton's push for Europe.

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  • 294. At 9:15pm on 23 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    BTP - that was never a pen - and if it was it was what shall now be called an Henry (not a handball - just someone cheating) - at least its come alive!!!

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  • 295. At 9:15pm on 23 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Diligence and accuracy would never do on a BBC supported site Tommy, nor for that matter on any media related site.

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  • 296. At 9:16pm on 23 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Tommy - I never ever like to stereotype and will defend all minorites ... but you liverpool supporters and humour ?????

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

    Lads - Im just about to have a ciggie (Bo you are a genius - giving up is actually very easy - the easy part) so popping into the snug for a ciggie
    aka "lifes not fair" (wonder if anyone on the nightshift will understand)

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  • 298. At 9:20pm on 23 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    E R kidder! Don't be slaggen scousers lid. I'll get me ma on yis. She has worked in the Bombay slums so shouldn't be afraid of a trip to the Boro to sort you out.

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  • 299. At 9:24pm on 23 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    fbh,

    Phil Dowd would have had no compunction against giving that against us, hence I agree entirely.

    The short, crap bastard.

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  • 300. At 9:25pm on 23 Jan 2010, redpreacherman wrote:

    Evening all, just done the quizz, got 8 but 3 were pure guess work.

    Watched Spurs v Leeds with my stepson, a Leeds supporter,and thought Wiley was very brave to give the penalty so close to the final whistle.

    A draw was about a fair result and I quite fancy Leeds to finish the job at Elland Road.

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  • 301. At 9:28pm on 23 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    G'day preach a good result for Leeds.

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  • 302. At 9:29pm on 23 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    " Evening all, just done the quizz, got 8 "

    clever cloggs.

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  • 303. At 9:30pm on 23 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    BTP, you'll wake the mods up.

    Bo. Belgium and NL has good some wickedly strong beers that would put lots of others to shame. I've got a Grolsh Kanon keeping me company at the mo and I sometimes have the feeling that I have to chew it rather than swig it.

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  • 304. At 9:30pm on 23 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Hey Preach - I got 8 and I guessed 9 of them - I only new the One about Ascar Wilde - what does that say about me??? :)

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  • 305. At 9:32pm on 23 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    H2H,

    What, on a Saturday?

    And drag them away from their gentleman's clubs in Soho?

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  • 306. At 9:33pm on 23 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Anway - nigth chaps - had a bad night with me insogminaia stuff last nigth - didnt get off til 5am and was up at 9am - hence me stopping in tonight - be good - and if you cant be good be a Boro fan
    Tommy - Bombay slums - you've obviously never been to east mbro - night mate

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  • 307. At 9:37pm on 23 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    BTP.

    If it was up to me I wouldn't allow the words gentleman and Soho to be in the same sentence, unless preceeded by the words - there are no.

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  • 308. At 9:38pm on 23 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    RIISE! What a boy.

    Sign him back! Sign him back! Rafa! Rafa! Sign him back!

    :)

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  • 309. At 9:39pm on 23 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    I like dutch beer (the little I have tried anyway) H2... the problem with Aussie beer is if you remove the chemicals you are left pretty much with water but it can be potent... seeing as I have not sampled those you refer to (the one you are currently supping on in particular) I'll bow to your experience mate

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  • 310. At 9:47pm on 23 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Trouble over here is we get Fosters, which give totally the wrong impression of Aussie lager (sod this 'beer' lark - they'd shit themselves if they had to drink Scruttocks Old Testicular, for example).

    A good show to watch is Dom Jolly's Happy Hour when he drinks his way around the colony - he gets his eyes opened.

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  • 311. At 9:49pm on 23 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    A good show to watch is Dom Jolly's Happy Hour when he drinks his way around the colony - he gets his eyes opened.
    ===============================

    and other parts of his anatomy no doubt.

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  • 312. At 9:52pm on 23 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Here's a snippet:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsjlE-fC-gU

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  • 313. At 9:53pm on 23 Jan 2010, redpreacherman wrote:

    FBH, it could be said, albeit on flimsy evidence that you read well, and are an intelligent guesser with a penchant for getting more right than wrong. On the other hand........

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  • 314. At 9:53pm on 23 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    i like grolsch, guiness and wine although not in the sames galss and in modseration

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  • 315. At 9:55pm on 23 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Fosters, I fear, has become a cliche for Aussie beer in England apparently... it doesn't really do Aussie beer any favours ... there are far better lagers over here to be had... having said that my comment about Oz beer earlier still stands, it is pretty much all chemicals.

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  • 316. At 9:58pm on 23 Jan 2010, redpreacherman wrote:

    Guinness is my favourite long drink. I do like wine with red just about edging the vote.

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  • 317. At 10:01pm on 23 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Will Self really should be on telly more.

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  • 318. At 10:01pm on 23 Jan 2010, redpreacherman wrote:

    301: Yes Bo, but only if it doesn't damage their push for promotion

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  • 319. At 10:02pm on 23 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    BTP... can't say I have ever been there but it would make for a great night out. I remember when I was first introduced to the Darwin subbie... I can assure you I am not one of the 42 that have downedit in one.

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  • 320. At 10:02pm on 23 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    You may have guessed from my career on here that I will drink most anything.

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  • 321. At 10:03pm on 23 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Anyway, the sun is up... time for my walk along the beach... being Sunday morning I'll have to dodge the yobbo's pouring out the the nightclubs looking for a bit of sport... all goes to make ya feel alive I guess... see you all soon, I hope.

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  • 322. At 10:03pm on 23 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    More4 right now, Thrilla In Manila doc - if you haven't seen it it's a must see.

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  • 323. At 10:04pm on 23 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Enjoy, Bo.

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  • 324. At 10:11pm on 23 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    lol BO enjoy.

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  • 325. At 10:18pm on 23 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Bo, Sun up and a walk on the beach?

    That's the life mate, it's snowing again here.

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  • 326. At 11:17pm on 23 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    That was invigorating... not sure what happened to the yobs though... wasn't a one to be seen this morning.. if you don't count the american sailor giving some bimbo one in the sand dunes

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  • 327. At 11:19pm on 23 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    I don't know why I am looking forward to a trip to the old country... all I hear about in here is snow and ice.

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  • 328. At 11:24pm on 23 Jan 2010, Nicholas wrote:

    Re 24
    "on the Ed Sullivan Show (the national show that gave the Beatles and Elvis their first US exposure and sent them into the stratosphere)."
    Yanks! Give yourself the plaudits for Elvis if you must, but attributing Beatle success to Ed Sullivan as the way into America is typically smug and risible and American. For your education: The Beatles would have cracked America anyway, and who cares? You guys ignored Abba fgs: that didn't do them much harm. For your information: America is not the centre of the universe and most of us don't care except when you assume that it is and that we agree with you!

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  • 329. At 11:26pm on 23 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    If I hadn't promised the granddaughter I'd take her to see England, I may have considered India... I recall someone just coming back from there... would be a great experience methinks.

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  • 330. At 11:29pm on 23 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Nicholas if you can lay claim to being a non Man Un**ed supporter then you have my support in all you say.

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  • 331. At 00:25am on 24 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    with man u top, Gotterdammerung will experience a short delay

    normal service will be resumed as soon as possible

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  • 332. At 00:26am on 24 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    The quicker the better... even if chelski go back on top, anything but the current situation.

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  • 333. At 00:42am on 24 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    If the rumours are to be believed Victor Moses and Chris Smalling will soon be strutting their stuff at the Emirates.

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  • 334. At 01:15am on 24 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    cheap cover, bo? are they midgets?
    i saw gallas is being exempted from te no 30+ gunners player rule.

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  • 335. At 01:26am on 24 Jan 2010, RyDo wrote:

    Tommy B

    Firstly I believe im dealing with an individual who thought this year was gonna be their year again. In any case all you need to do is read your comment which serves to prove my point. Thank you very much :-)

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  • 336. At 01:50am on 24 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    what do you mean rydo?

    other news - pie sales at a record high
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/food/article-1245293/Pie-sales-hit-30-year-high-Britain-shuns-pizza-burgers-favour-traditional-comfort-food.html

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  • 337. At 08:52am on 24 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Pies have never gone out of favour here, especially with football supporters... pie and sauce is an Aussie footy food. You are introduced to it the first time you attend a game and it becomes part of the tradition of going to a footy match.

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  • 338. At 10:15am on 24 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    RyDo - ah yes but in essence when taking all things into account and proper consideration, negating the auxiliaries and not forgetting to, as it were, dot the i's and cross the t's, or vice versa in extreme circumstances, then hopefully a conclusive, full and final hypothesis can be reached relating to, but not solely concerning, any things said or indeed pointedly not said regarding the subject or any other matters up for discussion or in some cases those which, when discussed, have or have not caused people to put due consideration aside and lay down their lives for their country, or indeed someone else's, or no one's. Do you see?

    FIGHT!

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  • 339. At 10:30am on 24 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Morning Tommy.

    I see Hicks is selling his baseball team for £300m+.

    It'll be interesting to see what he does with the cash,

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  • 340. At 11:04am on 24 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Just read RvN has signed for Hamburg. One reason I can think of choosing Hamburg is that the old horse face is home sick.
    http://charlesschlong.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/reeperbahn.jpg

    Morning All.

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  • 341. At 11:21am on 24 Jan 2010, davidgilmourthe3rd wrote:

    moring all.

    I am sort of seething here

    I would like to thank Leeds for such a cracking game yesterday but I understand man u's rio fresh back from injury appears to have got away
    scott free with smacking a hull player in the mouth.

    i did not see the incident so is it true or just a storm in a tea cup.

    it would seem very odd if he was to escape punishment for assault on a player would it not.

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  • 342. At 12:21pm on 24 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Afternoon all.

    Once again outside looke like a cheesy Xmas card, did it snow where you are?

    Luckily I got muy beer suplies in yesterday so bring on the footy,I hope our under 5's and over 50's are rearing to go.

    Re RvN.

    I think that Spurs and wet Spam have dodged a major bullet in not signing him. A fully fit RvN is a worldclass striker, but the one who signed for Hamberg is not that guy.

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  • 343. At 12:45pm on 24 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

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

  • 344. At 12:55pm on 24 Jan 2010, BeyondThePale wrote:

    Hang on, why has that been modded?

    Covering up for your Man Utd chums - shocking.

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  • 345. At 1:05pm on 24 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    D'day H2,

    HSV gambled here. He may well end up getting them to Champions league if he does well in his drive to go to South Africa.

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  • 346. At 1:10pm on 24 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Looking at Arsenal team sheet for the game today.
    Campbell and Silvestre are like a pair of private guards sent out to be on the look.
    Just making sure none of the kids get into mischief.

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  • 347. At 1:20pm on 24 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Have to say, though, I wouldnt risk Cesc for the Ultimate fighter challenge

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  • 348. At 1:23pm on 24 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Hi Spit,

    Cesc in the starting XI with Ramsey on the bench seems like a big risk to me.
    Looking forward to see what JET can do though.

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  • 349. At 1:29pm on 24 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    JET is a fine prospect. Been with us since he was 7.
    Just needs to be patient for his turn, it wont be long.

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  • 350. At 1:34pm on 24 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    What the bloody hell was the goalkeeper doing there.

    1-0 stoke

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  • 351. At 2:21pm on 24 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    This playing surface must be the worst for the top two leagues.
    I have played football on better surfaces. I have also played on worse but then, none of them were in premier league.

    What do they do on it? herd cows?

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  • 352. At 2:32pm on 24 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Well, pretty much what I expected.

    We started badly, Stoke got an early goal using their "surprise long throw" tactic. They started well and we couldn't string two passes together. The young lads look nervous, Sil is loooking lile Sil and TW and Vela look rustier than a coffin nail.

    The ref is weak, and Stoke should of had a penalty.

    On the bright side Campbell looks Solid, and Stoke really are not that good. I see this game looking like our game against Bolton, we didn´t start playing untill after 38 minutes and still manage to go in at HT with a decent chance. If wwe play the 2nd as we ended the 1st we may be OK.

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  • 353. At 3:19pm on 24 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Hi Chaps
    Wow, you gooners are having a strange week me thinks. Highs and Lows. Going top. Then not. Then out of the cup.
    Cant see Scunny pulling off a shock v Citeh. But if they do ... the effect would erm .... make the Chavs clear faves. Grrrr.

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  • 354. At 3:23pm on 24 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Hi FBH (frivolous body harm ?),

    Its a cunning ploy by Arsenal and United to leave Chelsea with extra fixtures where they must exert themselves while we take a break.

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  • 355. At 3:28pm on 24 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    After seeing another of the big four bite the dust it'll make me even more peeved if we don't win at Elland road in our replay.

    Watch the winner get drawn against the Chavs for the next round now I've said that.

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  • 356. At 3:48pm on 24 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Not really surprised that we lost considering the team we put out, the back 4 had never played together beforeand probably never will again.

    I think the final scoreline flattered Stoke a bit, who I thought were poor. If this is the best they can do against a make shift team then I hope for their sakes that they don´t have to play anyone decent in the next round.

    What was going on with the towel before all the throw ins? Delap must of spent about a minute cleaning the ball before every throw in. Makes the extra time look a little on the short side. (not that I wanted to watch that dross any longer)

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  • 357. At 3:49pm on 24 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Star - watching the Spurs game last night I noticed one of the advert boards with the expression "To Dare is To Do" - didnt realise Dell Boy was a Lillywhite ....

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  • 358. At 3:58pm on 24 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    lol FBH ... That's the English translation for that latin scrawl they have on their emblem ;)

    Shame they don't 'Do' more often :s

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  • 359. At 4:04pm on 24 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    They dont dare much either

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  • 360. At 4:27pm on 24 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Just been reading the "live" section and came across this;

    davidmcbride09 on Twitter: "Stoke have played like a top four club today.

    and this;

    Budmeister91 on Twitter: "Feeling proud to be a Potter, fantastic result and brilliant gameplay all round by the Stoke lads."
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    These guys certainly put the twit in Twitter.

    Played kike a top 4 team? In which league?

    Briliant gameplay? I´ll admit that Stoke deserved their win, and their second goal was a well executed break, but for the rest of the game they were as dire as us. (well almost)

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  • 361. At 4:57pm on 24 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Ah well.
    At least Stoke is in the same 'League'

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  • 362. At 5:01pm on 24 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Nice to see Scunny giving MoreCashter City a run for their money. Would be a major shock if they got anything out of this game though.

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  • 363. At 5:12pm on 24 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    I've had a wierd thought. Am I the only regualr on here who's team is still in the cup? (albeit Spurs' place is far from certain.)

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  • 364. At 5:19pm on 24 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Mr Blueburns, (Chelsea) Jacks can claim his daughters team (Stoke) Whitleys guys are still in the Vase. But apart from that I think you may be right Star.

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  • 365. At 5:29pm on 24 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    So I'm not alone then .... Mind I daren't say anything cocky or we will end up losing at Elland Road.

    Come on 6pm, I want to see what the draw throws up ...

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  • 366. At 5:33pm on 24 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Scnny are certainly giving this game a go tonight ...

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  • 367. At 6:00pm on 24 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Crap ... the sheiks won it :(

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  • 368. At 6:00pm on 24 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    There has been some good games on telly lately - havent a nad mathc in a while (except italian on espn)
    Well here comes the draw!!

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  • 369. At 6:01pm on 24 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Bad match

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  • 370. At 6:06pm on 24 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Hmm, away to Bolton if we beat Leeds

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  • 371. At 6:07pm on 24 Jan 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Some more prem clubs going to go out!!

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  • 372. At 6:07pm on 24 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    That reminds me Star,

    Any minute now, Trotter will be zeroing in on you for assuming you are the only one still in the cup.

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  • 373. At 6:08pm on 24 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Hoooo hohohoh .. Southampton vs Pompey (asuming they're in business still) that'll be tasty

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  • 374. At 6:09pm on 24 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    372. At 6:07pm on 24 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    That reminds me Star,

    Any minute now, Trotter will be zeroing in on you for assuming you are the only one still in the cup.

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

    Haha things I wish I didn't say .... *facepalms*

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  • 375. At 6:12pm on 24 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Well there'll be one Championship team guaranteed in the quarter finals question is will it be Reading or WBA?

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  • 376. At 6:24pm on 24 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    OooooooHHHH Shame on us Star.

    And my most sincere apologies to Trotter.

    How could we forget about the mighty Bolton.
    --------------------------

    How easy a path to Wembley can Chelsea get?

    And to be honest, I'm glad we don't have to play Merc City away again in a cup this season.

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  • 377. At 6:33pm on 24 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    So Chelsea v /Reading/WBA/Soton/Notts County/palace in the quarter final then the way the draw's gone for them.

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  • 378. At 8:50pm on 24 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    H2 - I know Stoke aren't pretty to watch, but to get a result against the Gooners with the form you've been in, and to make you look pretty ordinary doing so, is an achievement in itself. Fair play to them. Makes our "disastrous" draw there last week look like a fairly decent result on reflection.

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  • 379. At 8:55pm on 24 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    For God's sake, everyone. Belt up, would you! Can't hear myself think round here.

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  • 380. At 9:01pm on 24 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Tommy, if it was against our full team then I would whole heartedly agree, but this was a team with debutants and mis-fits and not our "PL team".

    Anyway, fair play to stoke they one fair and square, good luck against the money bags.
    I'm gonna check out the Del Boy programme on the beeb. Lovely Jublee.

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  • 381. At 9:45pm on 24 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    And Captain Fantastic had a reserve game too, as is everyone entitled to once in a while.

    Lets hope its out of the way and Cesc 'The Spitfire' Fabregas is on his very best for the rest of the season.

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  • 382. At 9:51pm on 24 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    And before RBA asks, inevitably, I am NOT Fabregas. Or Wenger. Or Kenn Dodd

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  • 383. At 10:14pm on 24 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    And in other news, Manchester United's most important signing for 54 MILLION. But I think its worth it as it guarantees to help them survive in the top league football

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  • 384. At 10:14pm on 24 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    I am going to give up making predictions... Ivory Coast just got knocked out by Algeria (one of the teams england play in WC) after I said they would go all the way in the Africa Cup of Nations.

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  • 385. At 10:14pm on 24 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    re 383,

    http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/banking_and_finance/article6999775.ece

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  • 386. At 10:40pm on 24 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    As much as I dislike Man Utd, I can sympathise with their fans on this one. Partly because a similar thing seems to be happening at Anfield. Maybe the sale of the Texas Rangers will help to pay for our new stadium, but I suspect it will all go on a nice new ranch or property portfolio for the Hicks family. The Glazers, Hicks and Gillett are parasitic corporate psychopaths without doubt (you know the sort... dead-eyed, droning automatons, devotees of Dan Quayle and beloved of Rush Limbaugh), but how can they be stopped? We know how bolshy the north west is. I'm not sure they've grasped it yet, and they are playing with fire. Here's hoping that they end up in the burns unit. (That's metaphorically speaking, mods. Partly.)

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  • 387. At 10:56pm on 24 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    tommy i agree with you but its not really a case of what people in the north west think of the kapitalist vultures but whether theyre in a position to do anything about it. you think yes, i think no.
    the weird one for me is how portsmout ended up with the worlds only penniless sheik. he's not that guy who works for the news of the world is he?? the fake sheik - "i decided to find out how easy it was to buy a football club, promise the world and end up trashing it. my readers will see how just ow easy it proved to be..."

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  • 388. At 11:03pm on 24 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:


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    * 382. At 9:51pm on 24 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    And before RBA asks, inevitably, I am NOT Fabregas. Or Wenger. Or Kenn Dodd
    ------------
    by a logical process of elimination, spit, the net is closing on your true identity.
    but what i want to know is - is rba j johan jameson?

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  • 389. At 11:05pm on 24 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    i am a bit inebriated and nearly accidentally copied and re-posted every single post plus robbos blog again which would have been quite funny in a nevr show your face around here kind of way, i suppose.

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  • 390. At 11:15pm on 24 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    H2H - just read your comments, mate. im not a stoke fan in act i hate them and it wasnt the full arsenal first team but to be fair you were fielding plenty enough big names today to win against a team youre pretty dismissive of,if you were good enough and you werent.
    the old accusation is that arsenal are a bit lightweight and i thought,sol campbell aside (he did ok i thought) that was very true today. walcott and co were swept aside and stoke could easily have had 5. thats not premiership winning form and i think the titles chelseas for the taking personally.

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  • 391. At 11:15pm on 24 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    where's tiffany when you need her?

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  • 392. At 11:23pm on 24 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Evenin Blog,

    re 390 if I may,

    Only 2 started from the team that beat Bolton midweek so I dont think it was that bad. And 1 out of the 2, Fabregas, had a poor show. Sol was ok and silvestre convinced everyone why Sol should sit on the bench in his place. Flappianski was his usual catself in the, "Oh Oh I see a ball kind of way."

    I think even Wenger was slightly relieved that its over.

    I know there are about 6billion -11 people that know more football than myself but we need a striker and a kuwalaty keeper. Coz no great team was ever assembled without one.

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  • 393. At 11:26pm on 24 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    re 388,

    only if Robbo is indeed, Peter Parker

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  • 394. At 11:28pm on 24 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

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

  • 395. At 11:36pm on 24 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    hello spit.

    am i really really even more pished than i thort or is that one upside down. i just dropped my laptop so it could be that or my eyes. or my brain. i suspect the guiness tho

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  • 396. At 11:37pm on 24 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    Spit, stop speaking in tongues!

    Blog - scallies of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but your gold chains

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  • 397. At 11:39pm on 24 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Is it still a swear word if its upside down?

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  • 398. At 11:39pm on 24 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    are you Deren Browm, spit.?

    you have suggested to my brain that the words are crawling spider like over the ceiling like RBA, the aldershot spiderman

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  • 399. At 11:41pm on 24 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    re 387,

    I am with Blog on this very serious issue. Pro clubs are businesses.
    Unless you are a shareholder, you have almost zero impact on the decision making.

    All united season ticket holders may choose to stay away and they would still pull in enough revenue from TV and shirt sales to China alone to not give a rat's

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  • 400. At 11:43pm on 24 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    390 Blogidy, I agree that the title is Chelsea's to lose, have been saying so for ages.
    The Stoke game was the worst I've seen for a while, but I still think we could of won it. Ironically I think we lost it when AW brought on the "first team" players as substitutes, it knocked what little balance that team had out.

    394 Powerfull magic that Spit, keep the secret to yourself though, otherwise we'll have a rash of upsidedown posts.

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  • 401. At 11:45pm on 24 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    397 = spit if youre using a calucalator its ONLY a swaer word if its uspode down - although youcan also do philosophers 73634 or 538804

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  • 402. At 11:47pm on 24 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    I wont say a word H2. That wont keep the hardcore here from reverting to it

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  • 403. At 11:48pm on 24 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    H2 - i enjoyed the gam, delicate aesthetes vs big ugly thugs, pirates vs ninjas, kapitalists vs scousers anything like that is good to watch

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  • 404. At 11:55pm on 24 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    My verdict on the players today

    did OK.

    Vella
    Eastmond.
    Denilson
    Campbell.

    Did not do OK.

    Fabregas.
    Flappianski
    Traore
    Walcott

    Did nawt.

    All the rest

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  • 405. At 11:57pm on 24 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    So thats sorted 394.

    Its so easy to replicate, I modded it my self

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  • 406. At 00:00am on 25 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    403 Blogs. The stadium (behalve from the away end) had loads of empty seats. Even the Stoke supporters can´t stand their football. ;p

    404 Spit, I thought Vela was poor too. The rest I agree with.

    Booooiiinnng

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  • 407. At 00:02am on 25 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    H2, Vela may have been poor as a winger but he was actually doing ok as a defender covering Toure's ass

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  • 408. At 00:03am on 25 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    its not that, H, stoke is a ruined post-industrial wasteland and they cant afford the ticket prices.£30 buys a lot of pies.

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  • 409. At 00:12am on 25 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    Mossad is coming

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  • 410. At 00:13am on 25 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    Damn it, that just seems sinister. I was trying to go right to left. Gar

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  • 411. At 00:13am on 25 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:


    Backwards?

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  • 412. At 00:14am on 25 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    Nope

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  • 413. At 00:18am on 25 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    ON

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  • 414. At 00:19am on 25 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    413 is of course reply to 411, backwards/upside down

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  • 415. At 00:22am on 25 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    ʇsɐǝl ʇɐ ʎsɐǝ sı uʍop ǝpısdn

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  • 416. At 01:37am on 25 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    aw jeez now two weeks of reading posts upside down

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  • 417. At 01:55am on 25 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    stoke v mancity in 5th round - if that dont scare off robinho nothing will

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  • 418. At 04:06am on 25 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    this insomnia is becoming chronic - i cant even sleep at work any more

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  • 419. At 07:30am on 25 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    364. At 5:19pm on 24 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Mr Blueburns, (Chelsea) Jacks can claim his daughters team (Stoke) Whitleys guys are still in the Vase. But apart from that I think you may be right Star.

    ---------------------------------------
    Absolutely.Thank goodness for The Potters.Almost had the 3 card trick at Chez Jacques.My mob going out at Southampton,Mrs. Jack's team losing at West Brom(boing),but good old Kathryn's mob...
    What was quite funny yesterday was driving past The Britannia yesterday at about 12ish with loads of Arsenal fans walking on the verge to go for a pre match pint,I was tempted to stop and ask if they knew any of the following...H2H,Spitfire,DG3......

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  • 420. At 08:16am on 25 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    G'day Jack... good win for your daughter's team... just as well by the sounds of it.

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  • 421. At 08:25am on 25 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    G'day Jack

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  • 422. At 08:30am on 25 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    I

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  • 423. At 08:31am on 25 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    G'day Bo.Pleased for Kathryn.I'm just a little puzzled by Arsene's selection policy.Both Un**ed and Liverpool out of the cup,no trophy for 5 seasons.Surely the cup offered a good chance.I know he's got bigger fish to fry,but still think a trophy is a trophy.Or has the FA Cup become under valued?
    How's Rockingham this afternoon?

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  • 424. At 08:32am on 25 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Is your keyboard malfunctioning Bo?Or are you having a senior moment....

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  • 425. At 08:34am on 25 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Morning all.

    Ah so much fun in the gossip colum today and so many peeved off fans ... Man U accrued 50 odd mill's worth of costs with their refinancing wheeze and Pompey are only naming 3 subs for their match with West Ham naffinf off their fans for a start.

    It's also the last week of the transfer window and next to sod all's happened thus far.

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  • 426. At 08:35am on 25 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    I have no complaints... I just think Wenger is underestimating some of the teams in the PL... but I have no complaints and neither would Wenger I should think considering the team selected... was selected with the next few games in mind... even so I am sure there were other slightly more experienced players in the youth team that could have played.

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  • 427. At 08:36am on 25 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Morning Star,is 'arry looking for anyone this week?Any thoughts on the Leeds game...

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  • 428. At 08:37am on 25 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    I have so many senior moments Jack, I no longer know when I am having them, they all blur in with the fewer and fewer normal moments mate.

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  • 429. At 08:39am on 25 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    I thought Fabianski looked very unsure of himself.I know Stoke can be a keepers nightmare,but he didn't dominate the area at all.Big set of fixtures this next couple of weeks,I assume that was Arsene's thinking.
    Still,Kathryn was chuffed...

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  • 430. At 08:40am on 25 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Fewer and fewer normal moments on here,cobber.Still,we'll have a gloating Adam to look forward to when he gets to work...

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  • 431. At 08:44am on 25 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    427. At 08:36am on 25 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

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

    Rumours of huim pursuing varios strikers/defenders but nothing so far, apart from telling Nistelrooy to sod off with his wage demands.

    Oh and rumours about Pava leaving to go back to Russia.

    As for Leeds? Should have killed it off tbh. I'm not looking forward to a trip to Elland Road. He'll have to play our best XI there, especially now Arsenal are out of the running.

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  • 432. At 08:44am on 25 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    G'day Star... It concerns me that Wenger hasn't brought in a striker. I know there are rumours of him going after some young striker... we have enough young strikers... even if van Persie was fit, we would still need an established striker imo.... I know my Arsenal buddies rave about him (van Persie) and I think he is pretty good myself but he sure isn't a Drogba, Rooney or a Torres, not yet anyway... with a few years experience he may get there.

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  • 433. At 08:47am on 25 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Pava won't be a loss,Star.If it's strikers both you and Bo are after,are there many to find out there?

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  • 434. At 08:48am on 25 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Jack, I thought Fabiaski was at fault for Stokes first goal but he is a young keeper, he should get better over time... Can't tell you anything about the second half mate, I went to bed at half time.

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  • 435. At 08:57am on 25 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    You didn't miss much Bo.It wasn't the most aesthetic game I've ever seen.But then you can't blame Stoke for that,you don't try to out pass Arsenal.Keepers tend to mature much later than outfield players,but he looked a little shell shocked after the Fuller goal.

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  • 436. At 09:02am on 25 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    We have two goalkeepers that don't control the box... maybe someone needs to ask questions of the GK coach.

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  • 437. At 09:07am on 25 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Here's something to look forward to Jack... GNev's autobiography.

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  • 438. At 09:09am on 25 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Nevs Autobiography ... several hundred pages of bum kissing ... firstly towards the gaffer, and later on when most people figure out it's only useful as an Andrex subsitute ...

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  • 439. At 09:11am on 25 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Andrex... must be a european brand name for something found in the toilet I assume.

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  • 440. At 09:13am on 25 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Yup, though other loo roll brands are available ;)

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  • 441. At 09:21am on 25 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Poor old Mrs Adam.Not only does she have a house full of Pet Shop Boys Xmas singles,now her shelves will be filled by GNev nonsense.Do we really think trees deserve such a fate?

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  • 442. At 09:26am on 25 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Possible titles for GNevs book..."Sock it to 'em"..."A Close Shave"..."A view from the dark side"...."Defending The Boss"..."I'm a Muppet"?

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  • 443. At 09:27am on 25 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Wonder who he'll use to "ghost write" it for him.Jordan?Hans Christian Anderson?Stephen King?

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  • 444. At 09:28am on 25 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    I fear all of my sugestions would fall foul of the Obscene Publications Act, never mind the Mods on here :P

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  • 445. At 09:35am on 25 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Star,to be honest I'm surprised GNev himself doesn't fall foul of several laws

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  • 446. At 09:44am on 25 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    I have always wondered why cant the cops nick him for outraging public decency for every time he shows his face in public while in possession of that tache

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  • 447. At 10:27am on 25 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Just arrest him.No jury in the land would find him innocent.

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  • 448. At 10:58am on 25 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Sentence the guilty party to a life of sock munching and boot licking.

    Signed. Judge Tevez ;)

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  • 449. At 11:14am on 25 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    quiet here innit?

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  • 450. At 11:19am on 25 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    448 Star

    I thought he was already serving that sentence.

    Morning all.

    Jacks, congratulate Kathryn on her win and send her my commiserations that she is subjected to that kind of "football" week in, week out. She must be a die hard fan. ;p

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  • 451. At 11:22am on 25 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Morning H2,
    should we call the CPS on Jacks for allowing sustained psychological tortour on a minor, through repeated viewing of football played by Stoke City?

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  • 452. At 11:33am on 25 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    451.

    Don't think we would have a case Spit.

    They could of forced her to support Newcastle or Ipswich
    So considering those options no court in the world would deem Stoke the creulest option.

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  • 453. At 11:50am on 25 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Good morning H2 and good morning Spits.
    Do I detect a little whiff of cordite in the air?

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  • 454. At 11:58am on 25 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Of course,if the CPS do get sent round,make sure they avoid the day of the 5th round.Many thanks.
    My,my,myyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy Delilah(ba,ba,ba,da,ba,da,baa)

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  • 455. At 12:07pm on 25 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    re 453,
    Jacks, how did you know I was black?

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  • 456. At 12:08pm on 25 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Anybody seen RBA around?
    Wanna know if any of his Y sprinters were better than his Xs

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  • 457. At 12:09pm on 25 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    No hard feelings or anomosity here Jacks, Stoke won, we lost, end of....
    Good luck to them in the next round.

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  • 458. At 12:10pm on 25 Jan 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Morning all, well what a weekend of footy results...

    Chelsea the only big one left in the Cup, and as i belive Mr Robson once said, they have comfier draws than MArks and Spencers... still cardiff could go and err, oh they wont will they!! Grrrr...

    Roooney, well if anyone had any doubt before, thier is certainly none now... We are going to win the world cup!

    Arsenal, I'll not mock as i dont hate them as much as Manc-unt'd or Liverpool... but its was good to see Big Sol picking up his Arsenal career just where he left it...

    Now for the BIG story, Aldershot at home to Bournmouth, a team who are one of the Dominating forces in the league, a team many have pipped to win the league and rightly so, they are a collossus this term... Well, we only went and did them! Were now comfortably in the play-offs with alot of games in hand still... Very nice indeed, brilliant match brilliant day...

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  • 459. At 12:11pm on 25 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    He's probably still celebrating the Shots victory.

    They're in the play off places with a few games in hand on some rivals. Not too shaby.

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  • 460. At 12:13pm on 25 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    456/457/458.

    Now that's just spooky.

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  • 461. At 12:14pm on 25 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    Swap 456 for 459.
    Makes more sense.

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  • 462. At 12:14pm on 25 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    H2, you have just gone top and bottom on RBA

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  • 463. At 12:16pm on 25 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    462. At 12:14pm on 25 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    H2, you have just gone top and bottom on RBA

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

    No doubt the Modly Ones will frown upon that sort of conduct here.

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  • 464. At 12:17pm on 25 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    463 Star,

    au contraire, they are into such stuff. Keeps em stuck in

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  • 465. At 12:19pm on 25 Jan 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    463, they probably will the little nartzees...

    Oh and Spits, not sure who was quicker out of X and Y... but its a BOY!

    Get in thier....

    (of course its all healthy which is the important thing, but i have 2 daughters already, so i needed to complete the set!)

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  • 466. At 12:22pm on 25 Jan 2010, Spitfire wrote:

    Congratulations RBA. Its great that its a BOY and even more important that its healthy.

    As it stands, its 3:2 in favour of the girlpower.
    Balance must be restored.

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  • 467. At 12:29pm on 25 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Congrats RBA ... I know and sympathise with you on the "we're hidiously outnumbered by the girls front"

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  • 468. At 12:30pm on 25 Jan 2010, RedBlueArmy92 wrote:

    Cheers mate, i'm made up about it...

    But it'll be a while yet before any more come along... haha...

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  • 469. At 12:33pm on 25 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Congrats RBA.I hope all are well after the weekend.Well done to you all.
    Are we all ok to stay at yours for the head wetting?
    In our house even the pets are female,bar the dog and he's been "done".Mrs Jack wanted to know if the vet would do 2 for 1...
    H2,re Stoke.My proxy gloating on behalf of Kathryn is done now.Back to cheering you on in my role as closet gunner.

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  • 470. At 12:44pm on 25 Jan 2010, U14312934 wrote:

    Big Sam had a justifiable moan about the push by Agbonlahor for the first Villa goal. The more I watch young Gaby the more I reckon his namesake Mrs Logan could do a better job. He's got all the attributes, not least the relentlessness of one of them Tevez terriers, but when in on goal he's like my grandson with a plate of greens - I just never expect him to finish it off.

    FIFA should ban Gaby, you reckon Robbo? If not, how would you justify the attitude difference you showed towards him and Henry? They both cheated to score a goal.

    Can't help feeling like bashing Gary Neville is pouring water in the sea, but less original.

    Why do people dislike Tevez?

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  • 471. At 12:46pm on 25 Jan 2010, U14312934 wrote:

    Oh, i used to be a Captain, by the way, but can't travel under that name anymore.

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  • 472. At 12:47pm on 25 Jan 2010, U14312934 wrote:

    And congrats, RBA, on your future Aldershot captain.

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  • 473. At 12:51pm on 25 Jan 2010, U14312934 wrote:

    I've had a look at it and the character looks like some half-wit Mickey Mouse, but nevertheless he is a character very dear to little Carlos Tevez's heart.

    no, he hates gNev

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  • 474. At 12:53pm on 25 Jan 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Lanark,

    You don't happen to know where Tim went do you?

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  • 475. At 12:55pm on 25 Jan 2010, U14312934 wrote:

    fell fatally foul of some mods, i heard

    brighton beach

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  • 476. At 12:55pm on 25 Jan 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Fergie is such a nice guy.

    He is helping his son out in his hour of need.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/p/preston/8478532.stm

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  • 477. At 12:55pm on 25 Jan 2010, redwillhunted7 wrote:

    G'day Gents,

    Well Mr wenger cost me a fortune this weekend -let down a 7 leg multi that was looking rather good, argh!!

    I still don't really understand why he fielded such a weak team against Stoke in the FA cup (it's not the other cup after all), where you know you're going to have to battle, put your best men out there and hope lady luck is on your shoulder to get through the tie.

    When I saw 'Coquelin' (prob spelt this wrong) on the pitch I didn't know whether to watch him or cover him in white wine sauce and eat him.

    Chelsea must be pleased that Ivory Coast are out and they get their main man back much earlier than expected.

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  • 478. At 1:01pm on 25 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    RBA. With 2 girls and a boy you're well on the way to a decent size pop group. Your surname wouldn't be Patridge by any chance.
    Seriously though, congratulations mate.

    ps, Couldn't resist nicking your fingermouse joke and posting on the ROTW, although I did give you full copywrite credit.

    469 Jacks. Welcome back.

    Lanark.... Tim???

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  • 479. At 1:07pm on 25 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    477 Will,

    Sorry our boys let you down, if you'd of been here the day or so before the game you would of known that not one of the regular Gunners on here expected to get anything from that game.

    With the busy schedual and literaly a whole team starting XI out injured or unavailable, AW was always going to field a pretty weak team.

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  • 480. At 1:14pm on 25 Jan 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    H2H,

    Do you reckon Wenger would've picked the same team if the FA Cup tie was against someone like Man Utd or Chelsea?

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  • 481. At 1:21pm on 25 Jan 2010, Ketakev wrote:

    480.. I don't think so.. but the outcome of that kind of game is a lot different than against stoke... if it was against a team that was expected to win it, it'd be worth taking the hit there to drastically improve the chances of winning the cup, whereas against stoke you can field a similar side, increase the cnhance drastically of making the next round, but not really of the tournament as a wole.
    And then you have the run of games coming up, which are prioritised higher than the FA cup, being the main reason to exist for the club where you have now damaged their chances of performing strongly there in order to get through the next round in the FA...

    was disappointed we lost... but the defence was a shambles.

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  • 482. At 1:22pm on 25 Jan 2010, TrotterUSA wrote:

    Congratulations RBA!

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  • 483. At 1:24pm on 25 Jan 2010, redwillhunted7 wrote:

    Hi H2H - aye just been catching up on your comments. Looks like the gunners on here were at best cautiously optimistic pre-game.

    I'll learn my lesson next time!

    Was bad as in 1 of the ties I had Inter coming thru in the milan derby, as you'd know, one you should always stay well clear of - odds were just too good to ignore though :-)

    Re: Man u game, Rooney's rightly getting the headlines but Scholes had an absolute blinder albeit long overdue). More amazingly, Nani contributed with some positive team play instead of the normal form.

    Was your goalie injured too or rested vs Stoke?

    I got 5 in that Guardian quiz and was rightly abused as I guessed 2 (1 being the george best comment).

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  • 484. At 1:25pm on 25 Jan 2010, Ketakev wrote:

    ah.. congrats RBA.. was talking with my mates the other day that a son is ideal for living your life's failings through ... train him well.. though what would you train him as ?? striker, defender ... or go for the cake with a star england goalkeeper ??

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  • 485. At 1:26pm on 25 Jan 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Interesting, Silvestre left Man Utd to play more first team football and he has played less! Just think how many games he could've played this season with the entire defence out!

    Usually Wenger knows when to sell players but i think he made a mistake getting Silvestre as he was past his best - which wasn't great to start with!

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  • 486. At 1:27pm on 25 Jan 2010, Starburst_995 wrote:

    Does being born in Aldershot qualify for being eligable for the England squad? :P

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  • 487. At 1:27pm on 25 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    480 Ngog.

    I'm afraid he would have. Actually that team would of probably faired better against a "footballing" team like Utd.

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  • 488. At 1:27pm on 25 Jan 2010, U14312934 wrote:

    H2. Aye. Think it may have been for repetition.

    So what is offensive about Tevez? Not includinng his face.

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  • 489. At 1:30pm on 25 Jan 2010, U14312934 wrote:

    Milan game was amusing, ESPN kindly free this weekemd. Follow by UFC. Wow.

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  • 490. At 1:31pm on 25 Jan 2010, redwillhunted7 wrote:

    Congrats RBA! Only 8 off your own first team now!

    WDTTN - Very nice of SAF to loan out Wellbeck - I actually rate him as a highly talented young lad.

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  • 491. At 1:33pm on 25 Jan 2010, TommyB wrote:

    6 on the quiz.

    Congrats RBA!

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  • 492. At 1:34pm on 25 Jan 2010, Holloway2Holland wrote:

    485 Ngog

    You and every Arsenal supporter worldwide are still trying to figure out why AW brought Sil to London.

    Funny enough he was far from our worse player on the pitch Sunday, which is not so much a complament to him, more of a damnation of the others.

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  • 493. At 1:36pm on 25 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Wahey,just done the insults quiz and got 8.But that may have been because I got lucky with a few guesses...

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  • 494. At 1:36pm on 25 Jan 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    490 red,

    yeah i agree think he is a good prospect!

    In other news,fantasy football, Rooney got me 64 points as he was my captain. I moved up 3 places to 5th! Watch out 4th place!!

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  • 495. At 1:38pm on 25 Jan 2010, Hey Mods Ngog Away wrote:

    Jacks,

    pass the link to this quiz my way matey!

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  • 496. At 1:40pm on 25 Jan 2010, Ketakev wrote:

    H2H... what's your take on Sol ?? he was so off his man for the 2nd goal.. I find it easy to criticise him immediately, but considering Coq au vin looked to be AWOL a lot of the time .. is it too early ???
    I have enough faith in Wenger's ability to give sol the benefit of a debut return game...

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  • 497. At 1:41pm on 25 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    183. At 12:06pm on 23 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    fun little football insult quiz here, spit http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/quiz/2010/jan/21/football-quiz-famous-insults

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  • 498. At 1:43pm on 25 Jan 2010, JacksinBuxton wrote:

    Keta,in fairness to Sol it wasn't the easiest game to come back in when not fully match fit.He did ok,just ran out of puff in the 2nd half.

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  • 499. At 1:47pm on 25 Jan 2010, BojanglesOfOz wrote:

    Congrats RBA... I stopped at two daughters... always wondered if we had tried again if a son would have come along... knowing the family history (13 girls and 1 boy) chances were not good.

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  • 500. At 1:47pm on 25 Jan 2010, blogdignag wrote:

    great news, rba- really pleased for you both.

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