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  Darko sacked
Posted by: Lord Snooty - 25-10-2014, 19:31 - Forum: Leeds United - Replies (2)

He's done it again.

Cellino has sacked another one. Lol.

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  Will The Dingles get into the BIG League?
Posted by: BaggieMan - 24-10-2014, 19:01 - Forum: Wolverhampton Wanderers - Replies (1)

The Dingles seem to be experiencing a stuttering season - win a few, lose a few which see's them hovering in the play-off places.

In reality, the Championship is about the correct level for The Dingles given their recent history. The question is, should they fluke promotion, will they do a Derby and go straight back down with even less than the 11 points Derby achieved.

Big, big difference between the Premiership and the second level of English football, BUT, Uncle Herbert, Perton, Half-Man, Pundit & Co may say otherwise but they probably wouldn't risk saying so on Sports Babble and being clearly out bantered !

Big Grin

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  Victor Valdes
Posted by: turkeydinner - 23-10-2014, 21:34 - Forum: Manchester United - Replies (8)

Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes will train with Manchester United as part of his rehabilitation from a knee injury.


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  Fleetwood Town @ Deepdale 25/10/2014
Posted by: themaclad - 23-10-2014, 19:11 - Forum: Preston North End - Replies (5)

Little did I realise in 1997 when watching a North West Counties Division Two match between Fleetwood and Blackpool Mechanics that 17 years later they would be arriving at Deepdale for a league game. Astonishing progress by the Cod although being bankrolled through the league is not my preferred way of going through the ranks.
Don't mind the Cod or their fans having watched them on and off over the last 15 years or so, they are a decent club with a very small fan base which begs the question how are they getting round the financial fair play rules?
Lots of connection between the two clubs, management duo Alexander and Lucketti are ex PNE as are goalkeeping coach Lucas and also Youl Mawene who works for them as well. Add that two ex Whites play for them McLaughlan and Procter will be a strange game for whites fans.
Having comeback with the three points North End I assume will make changes, hopefully Clarke will have recovered from his illness which will let King move possibly to right back to cover for the injured Wiseman.

The last eight times I have seen the Cod they have drawn, Saturday will be different a win is required for North End otherwise those of us who live in the Blackpool area will get some stick.

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  Where will they end up next?
Posted by: turkeydinner - 23-10-2014, 17:49 - Forum: Premier League Discussion - Replies (1)

The following are awaiting new management jobs, where do you reckon they`ll end up?

Tony Pullis
Steve Clarke
David Moyes
Chris Hughton
Dave Hockaday Big Grin

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  Paul Murray
Posted by: turkeydinner - 23-10-2014, 17:40 - Forum: Hartlepool United - No Replies

Hartlepool United have named former midfielder Paul Murray as first-team manager, following the departure of Colin Cooper earlier this month.


Waste of a talented player in his day,blew it

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  Dumbarton 0 Rangers 3, Sat 25th Oct
Posted by: Trusevich - 23-10-2014, 16:37 - Forum: Rangers - Replies (21)

OK, away from the off-field bollocks, there's another three points to be won here against a team struggling for form (or possibly struggling to understand the concept of defending in numbers against Hearts  Rolleyes ). With the Edinburgh Derby taking place on Sunday, could there be an opportunity to close the gap a wee bit?

Team Selection:
Mohsni will be serving the last of his three-match suspension, so I'd expect McCulloch/MacGregor to continue in defence, with the rest of the team reverting to the normal format - Miller, Boyd - Black, Law, MacLeod, Aird etc.

Team Tactics:
As mentioned, we'll no doubt be up against a packed defence again, so it'll be vital to get the ball on the deck and try to play to Miller and Boyd's feet rather than hoofing long balls from the back. It'll also be nice to play on a proper grass surface away from home for a change. That should enable us (or Ian Black, more to the point) to control our sometimes wayward passing to a degree.

One for the Conspiracy Theorists:
As Dumbarton's manager is former 'Ger and Hibee Ian Murray, I fully expect Rangers to win comfortably.  Wink

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  Oscar Gobern
Posted by: spireitematt - 23-10-2014, 14:09 - Forum: Chesterfield - Replies (10)

We've signed a player called Oscar Gobern from Huddersfield on loan. He's a midfielder. I think he's replacing Johnson because he"s going back to Villa after the Yeovil match.

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  Bournemouth vs WBA - League Cup Fourth Round Match Thread
Posted by: Ska'dForLife-WBA - 23-10-2014, 01:15 - Forum: West Bromwich Albion - Replies (99)

Just realised this cup tie comes hot on the heels of the Palace match, and I'm unlikely to have time to produce a thread over the weekend, so without further ado...

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All-out aggro expected as the Bournemouth ultras once again turn out in force.

So, for the first time in four years we reach the dizzying heights of the League Cup's fourth round, and manage to avoid Premier League opposition in the process.  Of course, that's no guarantee of success; Bournemouth proved a real dark horse in the Championship last season and were unlucky not to reach the playoffs, and despite losing hotshot Lewis Grabban to Norwich in the summer, replacing him with the young Coventry striker Callum Wilson has proved a masterstroke thus far.  They're once again the Championship's form team, knocking on the door of the playoffs with Wilson one of the division's best goalscorers.  It can't be said enough: you underestimate a confident young team like Bournemouth at your peril.

Of course, on our side is the likelihood that the plucky underdogs will be up against a wealth of internationally-capped (and some World Cup) stars potentially including Ideye, Varela, Blanco, Samaras, Mulumbu, Yacob and Gamboa.  The south coast sea breeze on a Tuesday night in autumn may not be what these guys are used to, but this is professional football: put in a dedicated performance and we can score goals with these boys in the team.  My concern is that we'll also probably see the return of the Olsson/McAuley central defensive partnership, which - to put it politely - did not scale its former impenetrable heights against Hull in the last round, as well as the slightly awkward acclimatisation of Jason Davidson at left-back.  You get the feeling that if a player like Wilson goes at our second-string defence with pace, Bournemouth's own contribution to the scoresheet could be sizeable.

So, a good old-fashioned cup tie with end-to-end action and plenty of goals from both sides?  I do hope so.  Get out there, cheer the boys on, and may the best team on the night earn their quarter-final berth.

Classic Matches

West Bromwich Albion vs Bournemouth


Bournemouth's been a rare treat of a fixture for us through the years, so here's a few from the archives!

9th December 1989: Goodman and Bartlett on target for Albion, before Luther Blissett spoils the fun.

14th August 2007: Craig Beattie does something worthwhile (no, really).

23rd August 2011: Albion go goal-mad during our last visit to the Goldsands.

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  Champions League
Posted by: St Charles Owl - 23-10-2014, 00:00 - Forum: Sheffield Wednesday - Replies (10)

It has long been suggested that the Premier league is the best league in the world, and I certainly think from top to bottom and from the number of teams who could actually win it, then it probably still is the most entertaining. But after this weeks Champions League results it would appear that the top English teams - maybe not Chelsea - have fallen behind other European powerhouse teams.

Real Madrid's easy demolition of Liverpool showed a huge gulf in class between the two teams, but is that a reflection of how mediocre Liverpool actually are without Suarez and Sturridge, rather than RM being superb? I think its a combination of both. RM, Bayern, Barca, Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea are probably the cream of the crop this season, with the first two I think still a decent way above the rest on their day. Man City and Arsenal are probably in the next group down and Liverpool below that.

I watch a lot of Premier League football, mainly because I can get nearly all the games for free on TV over here, and I still think its the most exciting league in football. The fact that there are 5-7 teams who could potentially win and certainly challenge for the title makes it far better than La Liga (3 teams could win, but most of the time its just 2), the Bundesligia (2 teams max at moment and probably realistically only 1!!) and Serie A (Juve have dominated recently but maybe another 2-3 could challenge) and certainly towards the end of the season the top and bottom of the league produces some great entertainment.

What are your thoughts?

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