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Archie Hunter

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  1. I love the story being presented on Sky Sports, that Wayne Rooney would find it difficult to turn down the manager's job at Manchester United.  Should it help the club at this difficult time, I feel duty bound to state that so would I.

  2. I've really enjoyed watching Scotland as they have progressed in their group.  In Robertson, Tierney and McGinn they have three absolutely outstanding players, but every player in the team seems to grow in a Scotland shirt, making it all work.

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  3. 18 hours ago, Jimmy James said:

    Premier league to start 8 days (Boxing Day) after World Cup final 2022. Seems a bit unfair for clubs with the majority of their players plays for their country. 


    Alternatively, one might consider it more unfair that the clubs with the wealthiest owners are able to populate their squads with nothing other than the top international players from the best of the national teams.  I also wouldn't mind betting that the EPL arranges the late December/early January fixtures so as to ensure that none of the 'Big 6' (or is it now 7?) are scheduled to play each other too soon after the world cup has finished.

  4. 2 hours ago, Patched Tube said:

    I'm glad for his sake this happened sooner rather than later.  

    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.

  5. 34 minutes ago, Eileen said:

    It was advantage to the other lass and she was on a roll so I turned over to another channel for a short while - turned back and she'd just won ... I missed it! :D

    It was a great achievement, well done!

    I wonder what would have happened if she'd lost the second set and Fernandez got the upper hand?  Sorry ... still got reservations regarding Emma's mental strength.

    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.

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  7. 2 hours ago, Jimmy James said:

    You know a good friend of mind is an Arsenal fan. I feel badly for him as he's been a fan since their glory days. 

    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).

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  8. 17 hours ago, Rizla said:

    It wasn't a surprise to me, because Cardiff was an arena show, and consequently had the intimacy factor.
    The fact that only part of the stadium was being used, and with the roof closed, seemed to go right under most people's radar, especially when the Leeds Arena show was announced.  Cardiff was forgotten about in the hysteria over Leeds, and it didn't even sell out. 

    Bruce really ought to do Cardiff again with the same arrangement.

    Plus, the venue has the distinct benefit of being bang in the centre of a pretty decent city.

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  9. 8 minutes ago, Jimmy James said:

    What the fuck are you bitchin about seems as your club is beefing up a lot on this sale! 

    You better go look up the definition of FFP, from what I've read about the FFP is that it was put in place, so club's/teams couldn't over pay and never recoup that investment, putting that said club in danger of being insolvent. Do you really believe City's owners will ever be insolvent? 

    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.    

  10. 29 minutes ago, Jimmy James said:

    Still don't know how I feel about this. But hey we at least have a back up for KDB! 


    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.   

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  11. 3 hours ago, DarknessandHope said:


    Jack Grealish has completed a medical at Manchester City ahead of his proposed £100m transfer from Aston Villa.

    City submitted their offer on Friday and it activated a £100m release clause in Grealish's Villa contract.

    The move would represent the biggest transfer in English football history, breaking the previous record held by Paul Pogba who rejoined Manchester United for £93.25m from Juventus in 2016.

    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.

  12. 2 hours ago, DarknessandHope said:

    Marc Albrighton has signed a new three year contract with Leicester City that will keep him at King Power stadium until 2024.

    The winger, who scored once in 17 Premier League starts last season, previously had just one year remaining on his previous deal.

    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.    

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  13. 36 minutes ago, DarknessandHope said:

    Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has joined Everton on an initial 12-month contract with an option for a further year.

    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.

  14. 6 minutes ago, Frank said:

    England played indeed a remarkable tournament. It’s a pity they trew it all away by playing so defenisively in the final act. I understand it is not easy to be offensive when you in find yourself in the lead a minute after kick-off in a final, but the truth is England played football for no more than 30 minutes yesterday. They virtually let a mediocre Italian squad the ball possession for the rest of the match. That’s where they truely lost the game, IMHO.

    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.

  15. 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.

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  16. 42 minutes ago, doesthisbusstop said:

    Delighted for Luke. He’s been the best player in the tournament. 

    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.

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  17. 1 hour ago, bdw said:

    @balboa08's post reminded my of Toto Scillacci (sp.?) from a few years later. There's a guy who knew how to celebrate a goal, a football fan playing for his national team.

    Who's the Italian player from 15 or so years ago who's a dead ringer for Bruce?

    Possibly you have in mind David Villa, of Spain.


  18. 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.

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  19. 32 minutes ago, thomam said:

    I spent 15 years refereeing up to the level of semi-Professional football. I'm able to separate my support from England from my understanding of the laws of the game and how they're interpreted. There isn't a VAR on the planet who, looking at the clips, would overturn that decision. Knee to knee contact from first defender, body to body contact from Jansen. 

    They impeded an opponent and involved contact. The sanction is a direct free kick. Law 12.

    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.

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