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Archie Hunter

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  1. Yes, and in Villa's case, not before time. Can't say for Hull.
  2. I wouldn't feel too sorry for Steve Bruce, who leaves Newcastle with (reportedly) a £7m payoff. Worth remembering also that when it suited him to do so during his managerial career, Bruce has walked out of jobs at Sheffield United, Huddersfield, Wigan, Crystal Palace, Birmingham and finally (in order to take up the job at Newcastle), Sheffield Wednesday.
  3. Hearts came agonisingly close to winning the Scottish League one season in the 1980s (1985/86), but imploded on the final day at Dundee, and were pipped by Celtic, on goal difference.
  4. Watching Newcastle v Leeds on Sky tonight, I can't believe it was almost five minutes into the game before the commentator was able to find a reason to mention Christiano Ronaldo. Must do better.
  5. That's quite funny Eileen, to express reservations about the mental strength of Raducanu at the same as telling us that you yourself turned to another tv channel the moment you thought her opponent was on a roll.
  6. Well that truly was the most outstanding sporting performance by Emma Raducanu. Magnificent throughout, that final winning serve - and the incredible leap in the air that enabled her to accomplish it - was something to behold.
  7. I'd feel more badly for him if he had been a fan of theirs since before their glory days. Edit: Arsenal did win the League Championship 5 times in the 1930s, so if these were the glory days you were referring to in your email, then fair play to your good friend, and please forgive the tone of sarcasm in my initial post (above).
  8. In Till Death Us Do Part she played a role that must have been so difficult, but played it superbly, gawd bless her.
  9. Plus, the venue has the distinct benefit of being bang in the centre of a pretty decent city.
  10. I can't see me venting on page four. Page six perhaps.
  11. What really grinds my gears about your original post is the sheer arrogance behind the tone of 'we don't really need this player, but we can get him, and we so we have.' Of course City's owners will never be insolvent. Who might imagine such a scenario, their power, financial, political etc, is beyond anyone's reach. In a sense, my beef is personal to the Villa, since this is the fourth time since coming into their oil riches that Manchester City have been able to take unto themselves our best player and captain (Jack Grealish following in the footsteps of Fabian Delph, James Milner and Gareth Barry). Your original post might suggest that Grealish may spend as much time warming the bench as did the other three, which remains to be seen. Be that as it may, my concern is not in the main about the Villa, since the signings we have already made these last few weeks (Buendia, Bailey and Ings) means we have a far stronger and more balanced squad of players than we have had for some time; and so I don't worry about Grealish leaving, from a purely parochial perspective. The future of English football generally is perhaps more of a concern, when a club like Manchester City is free to act in the way it does on the back of its foreign oil revenues (Harry Kane of course being the next man in line), and to the delight it would seem of its new found fan base.
  12. And in that single post you have pretty much said all that needs to be said about the values of Manchester City FC; enabled by the power of its filthy oil money, characterised by its part in the setting up of the monopolistic European Super League, and effectively unhindered by any principles behind the so-called Financial Fair Play regime.
  13. That's nice. I understand that the delay in the formal confirmation of the transfer was that Grealish had forgotten to bring his crayons, with which to sign the contract.
  14. Well done Marc, not the most celebrated footballer, but a true professional and a real team player, who deserves to have the Premier League and FA Cup winners medals that have come his way at Leicester.
  15. So Everton have signed Begovic and Andros Townsend today. Two really poor players, imo, and both now a very long way past being Premier League quality. Everton are on a bit of a downward spiral, I'd say.
  16. I thought that England played defensively pretty much through the whole tournament. Not for the first time yesterday, England went into the game with 5 defenders and two holding midfield players, and with Mason Mount pretty much neither fish nor fowl. The fact is, Southgate wasted (or to be kind did not make the most of) the array of exciting attacking players available to him, to the point where, in the final against Italy, our centre forward (supposedly one of the finest strikers in world football) touched the ball just one solitary time in the opposition's 18 yard box in the entire game - and that was when he stepped forward to take one of the 5 penalties.
  17. It may be too early for this, but Southgate was found wanting there, in his line-up, his substitutions, and his choice of penalty takers. Putting on Sancho and Rashford solely to take penalties in the penalty shoot out was inexcusable. Where was big bollocks 'I'm taking the penalty' Henderson? Ah, subbed on and subbed off.
  18. He has been terrific. I've always like him as a player, I didn't think he would ever properly recover from the awful broken leg (or ankle?) injury he sustained some years ago, testament to him that he has. Obviously Manchester United, but what huge credit also to Southampton FC, how many fine footballers they have produced over the years.
  19. Possibly you have in mind David Villa, of Spain.
  20. The next World Cup in 2022 is to be played in the month of December, spanning a shorter time duration than normal. It somehow won't feel the same watching such a tournament in the middle of our winter rather than on summer days and evenings.
  21. There also is not a VAR on the planet that would have overturned a decision to not award a penalty, had the referee made such a decision.
  22. Just one more observation, which is to wonder if the brave English who were spitting on the Danish fans last night will be brave enough to spit on the Russian boys, the next time these two countries might come together at an international footballing tournament. Somehow, I think maybe not.
  23. How strange. Being spat on by opposing 'fans' is all just part of 'fandom'.
  24. Ironically, the only reason that Schmeichel was unable to parry the the ball away to safety rather than divert it back from whence it had come is that Kane's penalty was so shit that the ball ended up too close to his body. The laser being beamed into the goalie's face (presumably by one of England's finest) may or may not have had an impact.
  25. I'm assuming that's meant to be ironic.
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