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  Livingston 0 Celtic 0 - the Hoops back on top of the Scot Premiership!
Posted by: 0762 - 11-11-2018, 16:51 - Forum: Celtic - Replies (5)

When one observes that the MOTM in this match was the Livy goalie, Kelly, it becomes more apparent that Celtic should've won this match reasonably comfortably albeit on an artificial pitch that IMO should be banned by our esteemed football authority. It is a "leveller", can damage players and should not be allowed in any pro footie set up. However, the Hoops adapted well to this change and did enough to dominate the game and win it. No matter! It's another pt gained and now "topping" the Scot Premiership again esp after a gruelling Euro League game v RB Leipzig on Thursday night.

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  Should have, would have, could have
Posted by: Dancingwilldoit - 11-11-2018, 13:36 - Forum: Chesterfield - Replies (4)

We really should have won yesterday, we would have broken our run of draws and could have been in the draw for the next round.
We were by far the better team and played some good flowing football.
Deserved a lot better but the ref was having none of it.
Levi looked hungry when he came on. He really has it all, just hope they don't waste him and destroy his talent.

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  He's found ......
Posted by: 4evaabaggie - 10-11-2018, 17:47 - Forum: West Bromwich Albion - No Replies

his scoring boots ......

Rondon United 2 Bournemouth 0

Well done do Ron Ron ......

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  England v All Blacks . . .
Posted by: Charlie Farley - 10-11-2018, 12:11 - Forum: Rugby Union - No Replies

Lets hope its a good game and not a damage limitations matchup .

This rughy section could do with a good dusting and the curtains being opened up . . .  Whistle

Dark innit . . . Sick

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  House of cards wobbling ~ Part II
Posted by: Charlie Farley - 09-11-2018, 13:58 - Forum: Abstract Chat - Replies (1)

No ' spoiler~alert ' but new HoC series seriously dissapointing . Mrs Underwood appears to have neglected her job and appears intent on settling old scores and making new enemies . Frank is getting very bad press from all quarters but hardly in a position to defend himself . Saw it out to the end but would be surprised if there was a follow up series . Shame .  Thumb down

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Posted by: SHEP_HTAFC - 09-11-2018, 11:54 - Forum: Huddersfield Town - Replies (22)


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Monday's home result v Fulham could not have come soon enough for Town. A 1-0 win gave us our first win of the season at the 11th attempt.
The result lifted us off the bottom of the table, to be replaced by Fulham. We are only in the bottom 3 due to a worse goal difference than Newcastle, and only 2 points from 14th. It was important at this stage of the season not to be too far adrift of safety.
Town in the game v Fulham have done what we have done for most of this season...played better in the 1st half. I can only think of Burnley away where we seemed to play better in the 2nd half. Town fully deserved the win though.
And yet again, in the media, the talk is not of how well Town did, but how badly Fulham are doing after spending over £100M in pre season (and to be fair, they are rubbish).

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So of the last 6 games, Town have won 1 and drawn 1. The 4 losses sound bad....however with the exception of that dreadful away pasting at Watford, we have lost to Spurs (good performance), Liverpool (we were the better team) and Leicester (just bad defending).
The only draw in that time was away to Burnley, where we were by far the better team.


West Ham currently sit in 13th place, 5 points above Town. After a dreadful start to the season where they lost their first 4 games to sit bottom of the league, they got their first win away v Everton.
The last 6 games have shown they are consistent at being inconsistent...winning 2, drawing 2, and losing 2.

West Ham last 6 games
Burnley(H)  W 4-2
Leicester(A)  D 1-1
Tottenham(H) L 0-1
Brighton(A)  L  1-0
Man Utd(H)  W 3-1
Chelsea(H)  D 0-0

West Ham's last game was a 4-2 home victory v Burnley. Their line-up that day was:-

Fabianski  -  ex Arsenal. Relegated last season with Swansea

Zabaleta  -  ex Man City legend. Capped 58 times by Argentina
Diop        -       signed for £22M. Played at every international level for France except full.
Cresswell  -  Played 3 times for England !!!
Rice       -           Played 3 times for Rep of Ire, but can still play for England. Reportedly wants to switch.

Snodgrass  -  ex Dirty L666s. 26 Scotland caps

Felipe Anderson
- record signing for £36M. 1 Brazil cap.
Arnautovic   -  ex Stoke. Austria international with 75 caps. Main goal threat.


We have played West Ham on 34 previous occasions in the league.
Huddersfield have the advantage winning 18 times to West Ham's 9 times....with 7 draws.

West Ham were one of only 5 clubs to do the double over us last season (others were Spurs, Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton).
Our first loss of last season was away to West Ham (2-0...Obiang, Ayew), and our home match was a bit of a mullering (1-4....Lolley - Noble, Arnautovic, Lanzini, Cresswell).


The club was founded in 1895 as Thames Ironworks and reformed in 1900 as West Ham United. They moved to the Boleyn Ground in 1904, which remained their home ground for more than a century. The team initially competed in the Southern League and Western League before joining the Football League in 1919. They were promoted to the top flight in 1923, when they were also losing finalists in the first FA Cup Final held at Wembley.

West Ham have been winners of the FA Cup three times, in 1964, 1975, and 1980, and have also been runners-up twice, in 1923, and 2006. The club have reached two major European finals, winning the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1965 and finishing runners-up in the same competition in 1976. West Ham also won the Intertoto Cup in 1999.

They are one of only eight clubs who have played in the top flight and who have never fallen below the second tier of English football, spending 61 of 93 league seasons in the top flight.
The other seven? Arsenal...Everton...Man Utd...Liverpool...Spurs...Chelsea...Newcastle.

The club's highest league position to date came in 1985–86, when they achieved third place in the then First Division.
They've never won the top division....best place 3rd in 1985-86.

The club re-located from the Boleyn Ground to the London Stadium in 2016.
It was a very controversial decision given that the closest league team to the ground is Leyton Orient.
Add to the fact that their rent of £2.5M per year doesn't even cover the cost of staging matches.
And the taxpayer is paying £4M per year to move seats when there is a change of use for the stadium.

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Not too many that I can think of....

Lou Macari....managed both clubs.
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Sam Allardyce....played for Town and managed West Ham.
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Robert Green
Diego Poyet
(son of Gus)......played 3 times for them, twice for us.
David Unsworth
Simon Webster


Danny Williams is still out with his knee injury. Hopefully he will be back after the international break.
Eric Durm should be back after his slight groin strain.
As opposed to what was shown on Sky, Big Phil Billings was not booked v Fulham and is not banned for this game.

West Ham have long term injuries to Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlos Sanchez, Manuel Lanzini, and Winston Reid.
This game comes just too soon for Jack Wilshere and Andy Carroll. They should both be back in contention after the international break.

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  WBA vs Leeds - Match Thread
Posted by: Ska'dForLife-WBA - 09-11-2018, 05:35 - Forum: West Bromwich Albion - Replies (81)

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From going into the last international break on the crest of a wave, Albion stand on the verge of entering the next one with only a point to show for the last month's exertions. Our last chance to get things back on track before winter descends is against high flyers Leeds on Saturday evening - the first opportunity their fans have had to wreck our stadium for many a year - and with our management team apparently set to continue with the system that's been our undoing time and again, it could well be a long night.

If we go three at the back and Kemar Roofe is in the mood to show us what we missed out on, then we can only pray we've got enough firepower up front to even things out. Of course, it might be that our defence and midfield suddenly adapt to a formation and style that have looked beyond them all season, but somehow it seems a bit early for Christmas miracles...

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  Sam Martinez
Posted by: ritchiebaby - 09-11-2018, 01:03 - Forum: Hibernian - Replies (1)

I watched a programme on BBC1 this morning about "Home Front Heroes". It features Blue Peter's young presenter, Radzi Chinyanganya, tracing stories of Commonwealth citizens who came to Britain during the Second World War. From approx 25 minutes in, it tells the story of Sam Martinez from British Honduras, who became one of Hibs' longest serving supporters and this forms part of the programme, which is Episode 4. The whole programme is excellent, but this approx 5 minute section might be of particular interest on here. It is available on BBC iPlayer for 29 days.

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  Bristol City v Preston North End Ashton Gate 10/11/18
Posted by: themaclad - 08-11-2018, 16:27 - Forum: Preston North End - Replies (2)

Motorway time again and this time we are off to Bristol City

Here's the Wiki bit
Bristol City Football Club is a professional football club in Bristol, England, who currently play in the Championship, the second tier of English football. Founded in 1894, they have played their home games at Ashton Gate since 1904.

Initially contesting games in the Southern League, the club has spent most of its history in the second and third tiers of English football. They have spent eight seasons in the top flight, finishing second in the First Division in 1906-07, their highest finish to date. Bristol City have won the Football League Second Division once, the Football League Third Division once, the Football League Third Division South once, the Anglo-Scottish Cup once, and a record three Football League Trophys. They were FA Cup runners-up once and, despite being an English team, have also won the Welsh Cup.

The club's home colours are red and white, and their nickname is The Robins - a robin featured on the club's badge from 1976 to 1994. The team's main rivals are Bristol Rovers, with whom they contest the Bristol derby, and Cardiff City, with whom they contest the Severnside derby.

Bristol City's current manager is Lee Johnson.(Pictured with his father Gary below)
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City have spent a lot of money in recent years on the Stadium a now highly impressive ground and have paid out a lot of transfer fees in the hope of eventually ending up in the top division. They recently announced losses of about 24 million.
Last season they were the new love child of Sky TV never off the box mainly due to their league cup run in which they reached the semi final before coming second to Manchester City.
Over the summer they sold Flint, Bryan and Reid racking in well over 20 million [Image: Aerial-view-of-ashton-gate_zpsspimdutw.png]

As usual they have been inconsistent and have lost the last two, they have some decent players and no doubt no matter what happens on Saturday mini me will say we are a new group who arev still learning, style of play hasn't changed except they don't have a giant in the back four any longer.

North End teams news you won't hear on the official site both Browne and Robinson are carrying injuries and are playing through the pain barrier. Six games unbeaten for us can't say we are playing really well though!!!!

Team News: Bristol City

Manager Alex Neil must make at least one change to the side that drew with Ipswich Town to extend their unbeaten run to six games last weekend.
Goalkeeper Chris Maxwell is suspended for one game after his sending-off at Portman Road, meaning Declan Rudd should return between the sticks, whilst Michael Crowe could be included in the matchday squad for the first time since his summer move from last weekend’s opponents.

Andrew Hughes missed the game against the Tractor Boys through injury and he will be assessed before the squad is named for the trip to face Lee Johnson’s men.

There are no other concerns after last weekend, with just the long-term casualties of Billy Bodin and Josh Harrop unavailable through injury, but the likes of Paul Gallagher, Lukas Nmecha and Darnell Fisher will all be pushing for a start.

Last weekend, City boss Johnson gave Liam Walsh his second start of the season, his first in the league, as he made three changes to his starting XI. Jay Dasilva and Matty Taylor joined Walsh in the team, ahead of Lloyd Kelly, Callum O’Dowda and Jamie Paterson, respectively.

Max O’Leary retained his spot in the City goal, despite Niki Mäenpää making his return from injury, being named on the bench. Nathan Baker also returned to the matchday squad, on the bench and could push for a start against the Lilywhites.
Mo Eisa and Hakeeb Adelakun are close to being involved, having had more minutes behind the scenes after injury, but former North End favourite Bailey Wright is a little way off a return to action just yet.
The Robins captain has returned to training after an extended period out of action following an operation in the summer, but is not expected to make the matchday squad until after the international break.

Speaking at his midweek press conference Johnson updated on all the injuries in his squad, saying: “Jack Hunt got injured in training last Wednesday session [last week]. I think he’s pulled the muscle away from the bone on his seventh rib. What happened on Saturday was that he was alright, but then made a slide tackle against Reading and felt it. We were going for the game so we didn’t need to risk it. We dosed him up with inflammatories and he trained [Wednesday] no problem.

“Callum O’Dowda is ill today [Wednesday] so we’ll have to text him and see how he is. Hakeeb Adelakun is a possibility for Saturday as an impact player; Bailey Wright is ‘no’ and still hasn’t trained with the squad and Frank Fielding is very slowly recovering.”

Ref Watch: Bristol City

For the second time this season we have experienced match official Geoff Eltringham taking charge of one of our away games when the Lilywhites travel to Ashton Gate on Saturday.

The referee was in charge of North End’s trip to Elland Road back in September, having officiated five games for Alex Neil’s side in the 2017/18 season.

Last year, having taken charge our early season game at Derby County, Geoff also took charge of the Boxing Day trip to Barnsley, our January win at Nottingham Forest, March’s victory over Bristol City at Deepdale – our last clash with the Robins - and finally our goalless draw with Norwich City in mid-April.

He also refereed one North End game in 2016/17, the home clash with our Barnsley, having also done one the previous season, the 1-0 home win over Reading.
The year prior to that he took charge of three PNE games, including the 2-0 home win over Peterborough United in March. Back in the 2013/14 campaign he also took charge of North End twice, both of those at Deepdale - the 1-1 draw with Tranmere Rovers back in November 2013 and then the goalless draw with Sheffield United in March.
The County Durham official is an experienced referee who had taken charge of North End a number of other times in the past including the very first game after the departure of Graham Westley, when John Dreyer took the team against an in-form Bournemouth side and ran out 2-0 winners.

He also looked after a thriller back in 2010, when North End overcame Crystal Palace 4-3 at Deepdale.
For the game, the referee will be assisted by Mark Pottage and Matt Foley, whilst Tim Robinson will act as the fourth official.

He has so far taken charge of 15 games this season, with 49 cautions and three red cards issued, his last game being Portsmouth’s 1-0 win over Bradford City at the weekend.

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  Stevo extends his contract for another 3 years!
Posted by: 0762 - 08-11-2018, 16:15 - Forum: Hibernian - Replies (1)

The only Hibs player to hold League Cup and Scottish Cup winners medals with Hibs FC and IMO thoroughly deserved. He has consistently held Hibs' LB position when many of us occasionally dismissed him as "not good enough" and "ripe for replacement". And what a role model for any aspiring Hibs kid - a record 424 1st team matches and counting. Of course, one huge factor is the fact he has hardly ever been sidelined by injuries down the years since he progressed from being a 13 year old rookie and now the longest serving Hibs player. Well done!

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