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  So the Terriers are the first.
Posted by: silverbaggie - Yesterday, 09:40 - Forum: West Bromwich Albion - Replies (11)

So Huddersfield Town are the first Club to sack their Manager.

Hardly surprising as they only won one game under his tenure. Tongue Doh
Makes SuperPulis look like a world beater.

Can't understand how a former Manager of Borussia Dortmund can be so inept in our Premiership.

What went wrong Amelia and Snooty? Sad

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  Confirmed by Shelley Kerr - a "bust up" after the Argentina match!
Posted by: 0762 - 16-08-2019, 13:48 - Forum: Women's Football - No Replies

I must say I'm not totally surprised by this revelation and the nature of the meeting between all team members and coaching staff to assess how on earth a Scotland team could lose such a World Cup tie v Argentina when three goals ahead and with about 15 mins remaining. Of course the proceedings could become heated!!! The team was given additional financial support to prepare properly in France for a decent period and in recognition of their achievement to qualify for a World Cup tourney! What a screw up! What a "dampener" to end the tournament in such a way and certain Scotland players were deserving of the criticism albeit in private. I also find this media/press report of Kerr's preceding evening meal "with a few drinks" as the usual mischief that is typical of press behaviour these days!! Trying to "stir it up" when, in fact, a few harsh words would likely be uttered following an unacceptable "screw up" by a Scotland team that should've been in total control of their own destiny when leading by three goals to nil and on course to attain a wee bit of success after a difficult and relatively unlucky World Cup campaign in France. Was Shelley Kerr disappointed? I'll bet she was! Could she have done more during the course of that Argentina match? I think she could have "changed it" esp towards the end of that match, which was far too "open" from her point of view. But that is down to coaching/tactical "nous" and having suitable players on the subs' bench to influence the course of a footie match. IMO she never had a plan B mentality about her and just looked powerless/"frozen" on the touch line as this match unfolded and became one of the most remembered World Cup Scotland matches but for all the wrong reasons!!

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  SNODIN HITS THE NAIL ON THE HEAD
Posted by: Devongone - 16-08-2019, 13:39 - Forum: Chesterfield - Replies (3)

"Snodin added that John Sheridan is still looking for loan players to add to his squad, commenting: “He’s been trying. From when we came in for pre-season, he’s been trying.

“There are players he’s asked if they want to come and they just didn’t want to come to the league. At the end of the day, they didn’t want to come into the National League, they want to stay in their leagues.”


And that encapsulates our problem. We (Sheri) are looking in all the wrong places for players.

If they are EFL players we need young unknowns who want the competitive games they are being denied in order to make a name.

If they are at our own level we need players who are dissatisfied and who are desperate for a new start - a Fondop-Talom.

If they are from a lower level we want players hungry and eager to step to full-time like Buxton of Buxton.

We don't need failing EFL players with no option but to swallow their pride and step unwillingly down to our pathetic level ....... because they are quickly going to find far better players than them in every opposition team.

And anyway shouldn't Charlie Williamson be looking ..... like on his every working day?

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  Fondop-Talom
Posted by: Devongone - 16-08-2019, 00:47 - Forum: Chesterfield - Replies (9)

Now there's a player we could get for nothing, who a year ago was a good player. Looked like ripping it up at Wrexham then he got injured and the magic died.

Wrexham are as notorious as us for getting things wrong.

Fondop-Talom is a big strong and intelligent centre forward. He ought to be able to pair up with Boden. And he's afree agent. Trouble is Sheri and co won't have heard of him. Specially as he's not your typical footballer. Despite his degree his ambition was apparently to make it as a pro' footballer.

He's definitely better than McKay.

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  Now Aberdeen FC KO'd from the Europa League qualis!!
Posted by: 0762 - 15-08-2019, 23:19 - Forum: Aberdeen - No Replies

So it comes to pass that the Dons were "humbled" by a competent Croatian footie team named Rijeka: beaten 0-2 tonight and dispatched on a losing aggregate score line of 0-4 - another Scottish footie Euro quali failure and another "blot" on the Scottish Euro coefficient! It must be said that the Dons have actually been "flat" for weeks, not the only Scottish footie club that has "slumped" so early in the season, and really need to recover some kinda dynamism about their play

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  Chesterfield Predication League 2019/2020 Matchday 5
Posted by: spireitematt - 15-08-2019, 22:15 - Forum: Chesterfield - Replies (7)

If you do your predictions after these specified times, they will not be accepted.

Weekend games 12 pm
Midweek games 7:30 pm

Just a reminder that you can use your Laugh on any fixture, but its not compulsory!! Get it right and you will score double points but getting it wrong will result in -2 points, so the reward and risk are there for all!!

AFC Fylde 3-1 Woking
Aldershot Town 0-2 FC Halifax Town
Barnet 3-1 Chesterfield Laugh
Boreham Wood 0-1 Sutton United
Dagenham & Redbridge 0-2 Harrogate Town
Dover Athletic 2-2 Torquay United
Hartlepool United 1-0 Bromley
Maidenhead United 5-0 Chorley
Solihull Moors 3-0 Ebbsfleet United
Stockport County 2-0 Eastleigh
Barrow 3-1 Yeovil Town
Notts County 1-3 Wrexham (Sunday 15:00 KO)

League Table after Matchday 4
St Charles = 58
Theo = 56
Amelia = 50
Lord Snoots = 50
Devon = 46
Dancing = 40
SaltergateBorn = 38
Spireitematt = 26

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  WBA vs Luton & Reading
Posted by: Ska'dForLife-WBA - 15-08-2019, 18:00 - Forum: West Bromwich Albion - Replies (16)

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Albion being Albion, we've somehow managed in the space of three games to go from dead certs for top spot to dead certs for bottom, with barely a pause in the middle to suggest that we might simply be one of the many middling teams in the division with our share of strengths and weaknesses. Certainly, being put out of the League Cup by Millwall at the first hurdle was hardly a moment of distinction for Slaven Bilic, but given our usual relationship with the competition, nor was it especially a surprise.

As one of those who firmly believes that there's no point in assessing a new season and new manager until at least September, Bilic has four games remaining in the month to bounce back from the Millwall setbacks and get Albion on course again, the first two of which fall in the coming week. On Saturday, Albion visit Kenilworth Road for the first time since September 2006, for a fixture that's really more reminiscent of the Eighties and Nineties. No astroturf these days, but Luton have fought their way back into the upper reaches of the football pyramid after a lengthy tour of the lower leagues, and after a fighting start to their campaign against Boro and Cardiff, they'll look to record their first win back in the Championship on home soil. Albion are then back at home for the opening midweek clash of the season against Reading on Wednesday, who've had a very poor start. Four points from these games would probably be a decent return, though anything less than three would be very concerning.

It's up to Bilic to find his best team from the options available, having now seen what most of the squad have to offer. These two matches are a good opportunity to do so, and realistically, in a week's time we should have a concrete idea of who'll we be seeing week in, week out from here.

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  Swansea City v Preston North End Liberty Stadium 17/9/19
Posted by: themaclad - 15-08-2019, 15:21 - Forum: Preston North End - Replies (3)

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LAST SEASON

Swansea City 1 Preston North End 0
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LAST TIME OUT
SWANSEA CITY 3 NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1
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BRADFORD CITY 0 PRESTON NORTH END 4
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As with last season will miss the epic trip to South Wales perhaps as well as we tend to get little or nothing when we visit this area of the country.
The Swans under new management Steve Cooper have had a decent start to the season considering the off field problems and the sales of McBurnie and James. Only oone player brought in for cash that is Peterson from the Dutch League, have got Sturridge and Freddie Woodman on loan whilst the likes of Baston, Ayew and Montero have returned from loans.
Tough one to call suspect we may come second.

MACS MEMORIES

This one goes back to April 1993, rapidly closing in on 100 consectutive games, drove to this one in my old Rover Metro J894NFV five of us, got stuck in traffic 15 minutes from the start on the main road into the City, we were going to the Vetch in those days.
The weather was abysmal, it was the day Esha Ness won the Grand National or didn't due to the false start error.
Heard these words on the radio, the weather here at Wembley is not great but better than that in the South West and Wales were the games at Torquay and Swansea have been postponed never did make the 100 games on the trot

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  Sheridan Speaks
Posted by: Dancingwilldoit - 14-08-2019, 23:46 - Forum: Chesterfield - Replies (2)

It seems last night was just not good enough and some of the older players just aren't performing. Things need changing. No shit Sherlock? You noticed it as well?
John, take it from me - you picked the team, you signed or resigned most of the players, you have dropped one almighty bollock of epic proportions. I never wanted you back. I think you are a waste of space and a bit of an arrogant bastard but hey, thats just my opinion.
The buck stops with you not your senior players. You and you alone are to blame for the current state of affairs. I applaud you for not yet uttering the words "they are not listening" but there's plenty of time yet eh.
Somewhere else on another board, some people are questioning why our head of recruitment was sat on the bench last night. With a full set of National League fixtures taking place are you so arrogant that you either dont need our next opponents watching or that your recruitment has been so good to date we dont need to watch any prospective future signings? Was that your decision as well or did his car have a puncture so he couldnt travel?
Whilst we are on the subject, why have you set up a development squad that doesnt play competetive games and now obviously doesnt need to have somebody scout any prospective future talent?
I could go on but whats the point.

Here's a challenge for you. Prove me wrong and make me eat my own words,if you do, I will have your name tattooed across my arris. I can eat humble pie but can you hold your hands up and say sorry guys I blew it but I promise I will turn it around, then actually do it? Go on, prove me wrong.

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  Town v Fulham - on t' telly again!
Posted by: Lord Snooty - 14-08-2019, 21:01 - Forum: Huddersfield Town - Replies (27)

Huddersfield Town v Fulham
The Sky Bet Championship
Friday 16th August - 19:45 ko
at the John Smith's Stadium

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Huddersfield Town welcome Fulham to the Meltdown Festival at the John Smith's Stadium on Friday night for yet another match to be broadcast live on Sky Sports. We come in to this match on the back of a disappointing defeat at home to Lincoln City. Fulham didn't play midweek, they had a bye for the first round of the Carabooboo.

If he's still in charge, expect head coach Jan Siewert to make a boat load of changes to the XI that started in midweek. The one shining light from Tuesday night was goalkeeper Ryan Schofield, but I suspect he will be back on the bench for this one with Kamil Grabara coming back in. Another one who showed promise was left back Jaden Brown, who could possibly play there, thus allowing Terence Kongolo to go to centre back to partner Christopher Schindler.
New signing Trevoh Chalobah looked confident and assured in his debut and could come straight into the Championship first XI, possibly for Juninho Bacuna who was the one player from the draw at QPR to retain his place for the Lincoln match, but is definitely lacking the confidence he had last season. And then there's homecoming boy Fraizer Campbell. Will he get a run out? Also Steve Mounié, will he start?
The one name who should be in the starting line up, but will probably not be even on the bench is Rajiv van La Parra. Whatever the problem with him and the manager is, get it sorted. He's our most skilful and creative player, yes a bit of a dope at times, but none of the lads who have supposedly been brought in to replace him are nowhere near his level.


A brief history of Fulham FC: Formed in 1879, they didn't become members of the Football League until 1907, by which time they had already moved into their current home ground, Craven Cottage. The stadium, situated next to the River Thames, became their home in 1896 and the actual Craven Cottage has a history going back over 300 years when it used to be a royal hunting lodge.
Those early FL days were spent mainly in the 2nd division, but they became original members of Division 3 South when the FL was expanded in 1928. They won their first title in 1932, winning Div 3S, with the momentum of a winning team almost taking them straight up again, only to finish 3rd in the days when only two teams were promoted.
They had to wait until 1949 for their First Division debut after winning the Division 2 title. And it wasn't a long stay, only three seasons before relegation. Back up again in 1959, staying a bit longer before being demoted again in 1968. Then they became a yoyo team between the bottom three divisions, although in the 1970s they did become something of a glamour club, attracting star names to the Cottage such as George Best, Rodney Marsh, Bobby Moore and Alan Mullery. With Moore and Mullery, they reached the FA Cup Final of 1975, where they lost 2-0 to West Ham.
In the 90s, Fulham dropped to their lowest position at the foot of the 4th tier. This was when the club was bought out by businessman Mohamed Al-Fayed. He put Ray Wilkins in charge of team affairs, with Kevin Keegan alongside him. Wilkins left soon after, leaving Keegan in charge and he led the team to promotion, before being tempted away to manage England. Paul Bracewell and then Jean Tigana took over and in the blink of an eye, Fulham had been promoted from the depths of the 4th division to the Premier League, finishing the 2001-02 season in 13th position.
They became an established Premier League team until they were relegated in 2014, by which time al-Fayed had left the club and in 2010 they had had a dabble with Europe, reaching the final of the Europa League, losing to Atletico Madrid 2-1 after extra time.
In 2017/18, after being out of the picture for most of the season, they qualified for the Play Offs and won promotion back to the Premier League. They beat Derby County 2-1 on aggregate in the semis, after a 0-1 defeat at Pride Park they won 2-0 at the Cottage with goals from Ryan Sessegnon and Denis Odoi. Then at Wembley they beat Aston Villa 1-0 with a first half goal from Tom Cairney. But of course, they came straight back down again.


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Head to Head

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The overall head to head is dead level with 26 wins each and 16 draws.

The first meeting of the two clubs was back in our first Football League season when we lost at their place on Boxing Day 1910.

We beat Fulham 3-0 at Leeds Road in the FA Cup en route to what to still our last venture as far as the quarter finals. Goals that day were from Les Chapman and a couple from Jimmy Lawson.

We did famously get pumped by them twice in our promotion to the Premier season. Walloped 0-5 down at the Cottage, we also got beat 1-4 back at ours. We had however already qualified for the Play Offs at that stage and were really just easing off the gas, so to speak.

Last season, we registered our first league win of the campaign against the Cottagers. It was a 1-0 win when Christopher Schindler scored a header, only for it to eventually being given as a Timothy Fosu-Mensah own goal. The match down at Craven Cottage took place over the Christmas/New Year period, now known as Twixmas, and was a disaster for the Terriers. It was part of our terrible December run of defeats, with the winner coming in the 90th minute from Aleksandar Mitrovic. And what was more galling was that it was on the breakaway after we looked like scoring up the other end. And all this came after Aboubakar Kamara had had his penalty saved by Jonas Lossl.

But let's not dwell on that, just concentrate on the fact that we beat them at home. That was the first win in 12 matches against this bogey team, going all the way back to 1992/93 when a Iwan Roberts goal gave us a 1-0 win at Craven Cottage.


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So what's happening down at the Cottage? Managed nowadays by Scott Parker, the former child actor famous for playing keepie-uppie in a McDonald's advert. He played the majority of his career in the Premier League for Charlton, Chelsea, Newcastle, West Ham, Spurs and finally Fulham.
He was player/coach when he signed for the then manager Slaviša Jokanović and then Claudio Ranieri, but took over as caretaker when Ranieri got the sack. And despite taking them to relegation, he was given the job full time at the end of the season.


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So who have they got in their squad? Well they still have that Aleksandar Mitrovic who scored against us last year. They also have another lad who's been a pain in our backside on many occasions, on loan from Brighton, Anthony Knockaert. Another loanee is Bobby Reid, who's on loan from Cardiff. And another one is Ivan Cavaleiro, on loan from Wolves. They've also got Harry Arter on loan from Bournemouth. Do they have any of their own players?
Yes, the captain, Scotsman Tom Cairney, who has played 150 times for the club and scored the goal to promote them at Wembley. Another captain in the team is the Norway international side 's skipper, Stefan Johansen. The goalie is Marcus Betinelli, son of the goalkeeping coach.
Another international in the team is Tim Ream, a centre back who has 35 caps for the USA. His centre back partner is Alfie Mawson, ex Swansea and Barnsley.



Club Connections:

Malcolm McDonald: was born in Fulham in 1950 and after a career as a superstar centre forward for Newcastle, Arsenal and England returned to his birthplace to manage the local football team in 1980. He won promotion to the 2nd division with them and almost took them up to the first division. After being seen as certainties to go up for most of the season, a slump at the end saw them fall at the final hurdle, controversially losing at Derby when the match was cut short following a pitch invasion. McDonald tried in vain to get the match replayed and he was replaced by Ray Harford as manager during the following season.
His time at Town was one of the worst periods in the club's history. He was here for less than a season, but in that time we lost 10-1 at Man City and were relegated having conceded 100 league goals in the season and finished 19 points adrift of safety. It was later revealed that he was an alcoholic, which was brought on by the pain suffered by the knee injury which had earlier caused him to cut short his playing career. He is widely regarded as the worst Town manager of all time.

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Dale Tempest: played for Fulham during the McDonald era of the early 80s scoring 6 goals in 34 matches. He was signed for Town by Mick Buxton in 1984 and went on to score 27 goals in 65 matches for us, being the leading scorer in 84/85.
After us, he went to Gillingham and Colchester before disappearing out to the far east. He moved to Hong Kong in 1989 and became something of a superstar out there, playing for South China and becoming the leading league scorer for 5 seasons in a row. He was granted Hong Kong citizenship and even represented the country at international level.
Nowadays he is back in England and works for Sky Bet and also has a regular column in the Unexamined.

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Lee Clark: in contrast to McDonald, he was the best Town manager of all time. Well, in his own mind anyway.
Appointed in 2008 as the first manager appointed by new chairman Dean Hoyle following the sacking of Stan Ternent, he got us to a reasonable 9th. His first full season saw him win three Manager of the Month awards and the team reached the Play Offs, eventually losing to Millwall.
It was Play Offs again the season after, with a memorable semi final victory over Bournemouth, followed by a less than memorable defeat at Old Trafford against Peterborough.
That defeat didn't count as a regular league match though and in the next season our run of unbeaten league matches was extended to an amazing 43, a Football League record, which some fans think was irrelevant due to the Peterborough defeat and the fact that it didn't actually lead to promotion. But nonetheless it's still an FL record whether the cynics like it or not. One of those cynics would appear to have been Mr Hoyle though and Clark was sacked and replaced by Simon Grayson not long after.
In his playing career he was one of the few players to have played for both Newcastle and Sunderland. His Sunderland career came to an abrupt end though. While on a night out with friends in London, he stopped to pose for photos with a group of Newcastle supporters, who put a t-shirt on him bearing the phrase "Mackem Bastards". He claimed he knew nothing about what was on the shirt, but it ended up with him being transferred to Fulham.
Unfortunately for us, his time at the Cottage coincided with the meltdown of the Steve Bruce era at Town and his man of the match performance in our end of season 0-3 defeat down there in May 2000 saw us miss out on the Play Offs after being in the top 6 since October. The following season, Town got relegated and Clark played a major role in Fulham's promotion to the Premier League.

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Scott Malone: always played well against us, particularly in those two matches in our promotion season. He scored the equalising goal for them when they beat us 4-1 at the JSS. So he was the obvious choice to go for when David Wagner decided he needed another left back in the squad. Unfortunately his 22 appearances for us in the Premier League were, let's say, unspectacular, and he was shipped back to the Championship with Derby County in the summer of 2018, where, to be fair, he's doing alright again, being part of the stop crying Frank Lampard match at Bellend Road in the Play Offs, unfortunately getting sent off and missing the final.
Before Fulham, he had been at Cardiff and before that in the lower leagues with Millwall, Southend, Burton and Bournemouth, where again, he scored against us.

All together now....He's magic you kno-o-ow. You'll never get past Scott Malone!  Big Grin

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Recent form: Town are 19th in the Championship with 1 point and Fulham are 11th with 3 points.

Results so far this season:

Town 1-2 Derby
QPR 1-1 Town
Town 0-1 Lincoln (Carabooboo Cup)

Barnsley 1-0 Fulham
Fulham 2-0 Blackburn



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