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  As expected, Ireland are 'grand slammers' as well!
Posted by: 0762 - 18-03-2018, 00:43 - Forum: Rugby Union - No Replies

Already winners of the 6 Nations Trophy, Ireland finish off England at Twickenham with an efficient 15-24 victory and an historic 'grand slam, one to be savoured on St Patrick's Day. Well done!

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Exclamation Appy ??
Posted by: Beefy 1965 - 17-03-2018, 13:04 - Forum: West Bromwich Albion - Replies (19)

Trusted source(John Percy) says Appy is next in line for managers job ....
Mmmm not sure thoughts ?

Michael Appleton emerges as serious contender to take over at West Brom in the summer #wba #lcfc https://t.co/LDnSaAwrUg via @telefootball

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  UEFA Champions League QF draw 2018
Posted by: 0762 - 16-03-2018, 13:47 - Forum: Champions League - No Replies

Some 'tasty confrontations' drawn this morning and it looks like Barca and Bayern will be very happy with their draws:-

Liverpool v Man City
Bayern Munich v Sevilla
Barca v Roma
Real Madrid v Juventus

It confirms there will be one English Premiership side in the semi-finals and it is likely that Barca and Real Madrid will be in the semi-final draw again although I'm sure Juve will 'make a game of it'.

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  Terriers v Eagles 17th March 2018
Posted by: theo_luddite - 15-03-2018, 23:19 - Forum: Huddersfield Town - Replies (41)

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Saturday 7th March
Kick-off 15:00 or so.
Underneath the Arches
Where we dream our dreams of home
Just off Leeds Road
HD1 something or other.
Can't miss it, big blue stands, big white arches and fancy Premier League Floodlights.

The Intro
So, in a week when English clubs fell out of The Chumpions League like domino's and the owner of all of Liverpool's remaining Treacle and Jam Butty Mines popped his diddy clogs, the lads from Croydon and its neighbourhoods are in Town this Saturday. Oh, it takes me back, all the way back to the first game of the season.

Didn't we have a lovely time the day we went to Croydon?
A beautiful day, we had beers on the way and all for under a grand you know,
But on the way back we couldn't find jack so we opened a bottle of bitter,
Singin' a few of our favourite songs as t'Town fans went wild.

I, mi'sen and me, drank our liquid tea, and said goodbye to ol' Larndan,
Then on the train back, I said for the craic, ain't it a shame to go home an' all?
Wouldn't it be grand to have cash on demand and to win like this for ever?
Oh, it makes me feel ill, when I think of Anfield and the lack of nouse.

Didn't we have a lovely time the day we went to Croydon?
A beautiful day, we had beers on the way and all for under a grand you know,
But on the way back we couldn't find jack so we opened a bottle of bitter,
Singin' a few of our favourite songs as t'Town fans went wild.

(Apologies to Debbie Cook and Fiddlers Dram, add your own verse and chorus).

After spending all last Saturday, Knock, Knock, Knocking on Swansea's Door, and the misearable gets never invited us in once, I expect to see Palace in our half far more often this Saturday than Swansea ventured over their 18 yard line last week. That should at least give as a chance of getting in via the front door, back door or the windows at the side.

Woy got'em Wockin in the Aisles again.

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Separated at birth?
Palace Mascot Kayla and Palace Manager Wockin' Woy

The atmosphere at Palace was somewhat subdued last August, at least on 3½ sides of the ground, as Frank de Boer tried to get Palace to play possession football and rein in their up and at'em style. 7 goaless and pointless games later (think he only lasted 5 of them, but may be wrong), with P45 in hand, not even Sarfampton gave him a sideways glance as they appointed Smoke City's most recent failure Saprky Hughes as their new manager this week.

In came local lad made good, Wockin' Woy Hodgson, with a pedigree that has only been blemished by failing to learn Scouse quick enough so the foreign players could understand him at Anfield and failing to get an England side to play any kind of recognisable football in two sets of finals, despite qualifying unbeaten for both of them. (Or there about's).

It took a little while, but once they got their first win under their belt, a 2:1 win at home to Chelski of all teams, they only lost 4 of their next 19 games and the Palace fans were back making a racket and Er, Feeling, Glad All Over again. Then the wheels fell off  again. Injuries, suspension, reversion to type, Christain Benteke's inability to hit barn doors, cows arses, hold a banjo has made the guy an expensive luxury, call it how you like. Apparently they are willing to pay a Chinese club £20 million to take him off their hands this Summer if I read that right.

So right now, having hit the dizzy heights of 12th at one point, and being above Town as went on our own abysmal run of six defeats on the trot, they have fallen back into the bottom 3, 3 places and 4 points behind Town.

The Roller Coaster Rides
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The League Table
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Ony two draws in the last 7 games, including Chelski getting their own back and former Town loanee Martin Kelly scoring one for them into the bargain hasn't helped.

The Form Table
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Last Time Out
Despite Transfermarkt having him down as injured, Wilfred Zaha actually made an apearance last week, and Woy is hoping to have a number of other long term casualties back ready for duty this weekend. Just our luck that.

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With Danny Williams having broken his leg stump in training, he'll be out for the rest of the season (as reported elsewhere on the Mork and Mindy thread) so there'll be at least one change on the bench.
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Snoots and AmChaff on a day off, a couple of season's back.

Wouldn't be surprised if Wagbo goes with the same starting 11 as last week, I also wouldn't be surprised either if he changes the whole bloody lot of them.

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Who's banging 'em in?
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A defensive midfielder as top scorer only means one thing - free kicks and corners. Our achilles heel.

In case you need reminding, the lads with banjo syndrome in our side.

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And finally - They can't both win

Well this weekend, most of them can't actually play. Something to do with the BBC organising the FA Cup 6th Round. The things they'll do these days to show some football on the nations favourite sports free channel. Doh

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So with only 3 other games, and only one involving two trap door rivals, it's a chance to put more points on the board, more space above the trap door and leave those with what will be games in hand to worry about fixture congestion.

The Outro
Now, it was ar'kid that pointed out we do a lot better against Larndan sides from the suburbs than we do against those that live a bit closer to the river. So with that in mind, this weeks ear worm was very nearly The Pet Shop Boys and Suburbia (you're all humming it now ain'tcha?), but I decided I'd go for this one instead.

Points please Wagbo - Wise Words if he, or Woy, say any will be added later. Have fun this weekend. Thumb up

Added stuff

Alan, Alan Lee talks to Radio Leeds

Our pitch apparently is heavily infested - "Wagner says the pitch is fine and has been heavily infested in" Doh
oh, and Lossl signed on full time too Thumb up  

Wagbo's Wise Words
If you've 40 minutes of your life to waste -

If you've only 3 or 4 -



Woy speaks to the Cwoydon Advertiser
(Same standard of journo's as the Unexamined - be warned)

Woy if you like like watching adverts and have 20 odd minutes to waste.

Link only, I get busted again for too many video's Sad Angry

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  Liverpoor called up to England squad.
Posted by: Dingle-Dingle - 15-03-2018, 21:07 - Forum: West Bromwich Albion - Replies (9)

How has he managed that?
What has he got on Southgate?
Oh wait...... Perhaps they need a designated taxi driver.....

DD Huh Huh

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  England 27 man squad
Posted by: spireitematt - 15-03-2018, 18:36 - Forum: International Matches - Replies (4)

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (West Ham), Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley)

Defenders: Kyle Walker, John Stones (Manchester City), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Kieran Trippier, Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), James Tarkowski (Burnley), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Ashley Young (Manchester United), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Alfie Mawson (Swansea)

Midfielders: Eric Dier, Dele Alli (both Tottenham Hotspur), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Lewis Cook (Bournemouth), Adam Lallana, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (all Liverpool), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Jake Livermore (West Brom)

Forwards: Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)

Don't understand why Hart is there his form has been so poor for West Ham this season. Welbeck has scored 3 in 20 so far for Arsenal this season. Also why bother taking Jake Livermore and Alfie Mawson and leaving out Shelvey and Lascelles. We need to hope that Harry Kane is back before June otherwise we are going to struggle.

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  Danny The Willy Williams
Posted by: Amelia Chaffinch - 15-03-2018, 17:34 - Forum: Huddersfield Town - Replies (2)

Has fractured his fibula in training, needs operation and will be out for the rest of the season.

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  Sparky plugs in
Posted by: themaclad - 15-03-2018, 17:04 - Forum: Southampton - Replies (1)

Mark Hughes gets the Southampton job may the lord have mercy on their souls

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  Sunderland v PNE Stadium of Light 17/3/2018
Posted by: themaclad - 15-03-2018, 16:54 - Forum: Preston North End - Replies (6)

Sunderland Association Football Club (/ˈsʌndərlənd/ (About this sound listen), locally /ˈsʊndlən/) is an English professional football club based in the city of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear. Sunderland currently plays in the EFL Championship, the second tier of English football. Since its formation in 1879,[2] the club has won six top-flight (First Division, now the Premier League) titles (1892, 1893, 1895, 1902, 1913 and 1936), a total only bettered by five other clubs, and has finished runners-up five times. The club has also won the FA Cup twice (1937 and 1973) and been runners-up twice (1913 and 1992), as well as winning the FA Community Shield in 1936 and being finalists the following year. Sunderland have also been Football League Cup finalists in 1985 and 2014.

Sunderland won their first FA Cup in 1937 with a 3–1 victory over Preston North End, and remained in the top league for 68 successive seasons until they were relegated for the first time in 1958. Sunderland's most notable trophy after the Second World War was their second FA Cup in 1973, when the club secured a 1–0 victory over Leeds United. The team has won the second tier title five times in that period and the third tier title once.

Sunderland play their home games at the 49,000-capacity all-seater Stadium of Light having moved from Roker Park in 1997. The original ground capacity was 42,000 which was increased to 49,000 following expansion in 2000. Sunderland have a long-standing rivalry with their neighbouring club Newcastle United, with whom they have contested the Tyne–Wear derby since 1898.

They last won a home game in 2010

New ground for yours truly and a ground the club have not played at for 12 years, the last visit saw us win 1-0 and if memory serves me right, we went top of the Championship however that all went tits up under bad apples Simpson.
A must win game for both sides probably more for the home side whose season can be best described as dreadful although they still have a chance of avoiding a second relegation on the bounce. They are onto their second manager of the season Chris Coleman replacing our ex Simon, personal view should not have sacked Grayson but they did. Off the field millions in debt and lots of dissatisfaction around the Stadium of Light which may explain their awful home record over the last few seasons (Cue home win Saturday)
Odd thing about Sunderland thought they looked decent when we played them at our place ended 2 all cracking game.
They have ;lots of experience but whether it is a united dressing room is open to debate.
One thing we must not do is spend the afternoon slagging McGeady off because he will only go on a 90 yard celebration if he bags one against us.
Coleman has thrown some youngsters into the mix, no easy game as I said both sides need to win so looks odds on a draw.
North End Cunningham hamstring a doubt personal view Earl at left back rather than Woods, Moult returns from illness. Match blog Saturday night.

Stat Attack: Sunderland

Sunderland AFC are one of a select group of clubs whom we have met on over 100 occasions in the Football League, this being our 54th visit to Wearside.
However, our record is far from being as good as we would hope, with only five victories and 16 draws in the credit column.

The more numerate North End fans will have worked out that means 32 defeats, with a 2:1 ratio in goals with 50 for North End offset by 101 for our hosts.

From our first visit to Roker Park in 1891, we lost our first six games and only took four points from the first 29 matches. During this time we lost 6-3 in 1894 and conceded four goals on four other occasions before turning previous form on its head from 1938 onwards.

We won all four fixtures either side of the Second World War and drew eight of the next nine games, but 19 games passed before our next and most recent victory.
This came in 2006 on what proved to be our last game in Sunderland before this weekend, as we recorded a single goal win thanks to David Nugent’s first half strike on the last matchday of 2006.

A week later, we repeated the score-line at Deepdale as we progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup, completing a full house of victories over the Mackems that season. Apart from that 6-3 defeat, we have only scored three goals in a match on two other occasions and we failed to win either of these, losing 4-3 in 1971 and drawing 3-3 in 2004 on our first visit to the Stadium of Light.

Ross Wallace, Brian Mooney and of course Aidan McGeady are all ball-playing crowd pleasers to have played for both clubs, whilst at the other end of the pitch, Sam Allardyce, Jim McNab, Neill Collins, Billy Jones and Joe Hinnigan have featured in defence for each.

On This Date
We managed a 2-2 draw at Roker Park on this date in 1923, only our fourth point on Wearside. Tommy Roberts and Roland Woodhouse were our scorers, with the legendary Charlie Buchan scoring both Sunderland’s goals.

Kelham O’Hanlon made his debut as caretaker manager in a 2-1 defeat at Turf Moor on this date in 2002. Kel was in charge for the final nine games of the season after David Moyes left for Everton, overseeing five wins and a draw before handing over the Craig Brown in the summer.

Thorsten Stuckmann is 37 today, having returned to Germany last summer after leaving Chesterfield. Stucki gained a reputation for saving penalties after marking his debut at Rochdale by seeing us into the next round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy with his ability against opponents from 12 yards. He spent four seasons at Deepdale before joining Doncaster and spending time with Partick Thistle. Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, Stucki!

Last Five Games At Sunderland
Sunderland 0 Preston North End 1 (Nugent), 30th December 2006
Sunderland 3 (Elliott, 2; Carter) Preston North End 1 (Alexander (pen)), 18th September 2004
Sunderland 3 (Mears (og), Thornton, Stewart (pen)) Preston North End 3 (Healy, Mears, Lewis), 10th March 2004
Sunderland 3 (Howey, 2; Kidd (og)) Preston North End 2 (Bryson, Cartwright), 23rd August 1995
Sunderland 1 (MacPhail (pen)) Preston North End (Jones), 28th December 1987

Ref Watch: Sunderland

Lancashire referee Darren Bond takes charge of his third North End game of the season when the Lilywhites travel to the Stadium on Light on Saturday afternoon.

Darren was the match official in the club’s home draw against Millwall in September and our 2-1 win at Bristol City back in November, two of his 34 games so far this season, where he has issued 116 cautions and five red cards.

This will be his fifth Sunderland game of the season, having taken charge of wins over Carlisle United and Nottingham Forest and defeats to Bristol City and Birmingham City.

Although he had done numerous friendlies and other games involving Preston North End, last season was the first time the experienced official took charge of competitive fixtures involving the club, as he refereed the two home 1-1 draws with Burton Albion and Nottingham Forest.
The referee will be assisted by Andrew Fox and Mark Jones, with Matthew Dicicco as the fourth official.

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  Bournemouth vs WBA - Match Thread
Posted by: Ska'dForLife-WBA - 15-03-2018, 14:26 - Forum: West Bromwich Albion - Replies (43)

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The relegation circus rolls on this weekend with a visit to the south coast, and against all odds, Alan Pardew will still be the ringmaster. Having a manager that wants to leave but won't resign and a board that wants him out but won't sack him is, to be honest, a farce that would put 1990s Albion to shame; but then, what would football be without a bit of nostalgia every now and then?

It'd be nice to think that before he takes his inevitable leave, Alan would rally the troops enough to put a few more points on the board and beat our previous lowest tally, but neither he nor the players have shown any threat or inclination to do so in recent weeks. In which case, Bournemouth, it's over to you. Show us a bit of charity, eh? God knows we've done it for enough teams through the years...

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