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  Reading v Huddersfield Town
Posted by: Lord Snooty - 05-05-2021, 20:28 - Forum: Huddersfield Town - Replies (23)

Reading v Huddersfield Town
The Sky Bet Championship
Saturday May 8th - 12:30 ko
at the Madejski Stadium

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Huddersfield Town travel to Berkshire to play Reading at the Madejski stadium on Saturday afternoon for the last game of a very, very disappointing season. So disappointing that Amelia can't even be arsed to do the match thread and has asked me to step in. Well I can't be bothered either, so I'm just going to recycle stuff from earlier in the season. Maybe not even all that, let's just see how we get on before I stop and lose interest like the players have been doing since the start of 2021.

A brief history of Reading: formed in blah blah blah...... follow the link if you can be bothered. https://www.sportsbabble.co.uk/showthread.php?tid=9955

Head to Head

Reading lead the head to head with 26 wins to Town's 15, with 13 draws.


Last week's line up at Norwich:

33 Cabral Barbosa
17 Yiadom
29 Holmes
15 Gibson
3 Richards
34 Tetek
28 Laurent
7 Olise
10 Swift
14 Ejaria
18 Lucas João

2 Pontes Esteves
9 Baldock
11 Meite
22 Southwood
24 Aluko
30 Semedo
47 Puscas
48 Dorsett
50 Camara

Club connections:  

Reading in popular culture: https://www.sportsbabble.co.uk/showthread.php?tid=9955

Other Championship matches this weekend:

Well there are only two meaningful games in this lot. Two of the three must drop to League One with Wycombe (who need to beat Boro 12-0 to stand a chance). Which of Rotterdam, Wendy or Wayne County would you like to see go down. And why?

Barnsley v Norwich City
Blackburn Rovers v Birmingham City
AFC Bournemouth v Stoke City
Bristol City v Brentford
Cardiff City v Rotherham United
Coventry City v Millwall
Derby County v Sheffield Wednesday
Middlesbrough v Wycombe Wanderers
Nottingham Forest v Preston North End
Queens Park Rangers v Luton Town
Watford v Swansea City

Great punk song from Wayne County from 1977.  Warning! Contains swearing. Big Grin

Recent form - last 6 matches:

Town 1-1 Coventry
Blackburn 5-2 Town
Town 0-1 Barnsley
Forest 0-2 Town
Town 1-2 Bournemouth
Town 0-0 Rotherham

Norwich 4-1 Reading
Reading 2-2 Swansea
Luton 0-0 Reading
Reading 1-1 Cardiff
Watford 2-0 Reading
Reading 3-1 Derby

Town are 20th with 48 points, Reading are in 7th with 69.

Leading scorers:
Frazier Campbell (7)
Josh Koroma (7)
Isaac Mbenza (5)
Juninho Bacuna (5)
Naby Sarr (4)
Own Goals (4)  Rolleyes

Lucas João (22)
Yakou Meite (11)
Michael Olise (6)
Michael Morrison (4)
George Puscas (4)

May the 8th down the ages: How did we get on in previous matches played on this date?

1926: Leeds United (n) West Riding Cup, lost 1-4 (?????)
1943: Sunderland (h) Wartime League North, WON 4-1 (Willie Watson 3, Rickett)
1945: Barnsley (a) Wartime League North, WON 4-2 (Arnold Rodgers, Mosby, Eddie Boot)
1982: Brentford (h) Div 3, drew 1-1 (Peter Valentine)
1993: Stockport County (h) Div Two (3rd tier), WON 2-1 (Mark Cooper, Gary Barnett)
2004: Cheltenham Town (a) Div Three (4th tier), drew 1-1 (Andy Booth)
2010: Exeter City (a) League One (3rd tier), lost 1-2 (Gary Roberts)

Only seven games played on this date and we didn't get a league game until 1982. We've won more than we've lost though. Thumb up

The 1926 defeat against Leeds in the West Riding Cup came just a week after we had completed our third season as League Champions. The game was played at Bradford's Park Avenue stadium and was played during the General Strike. Newspapers were on strike and so nobody made a note of the scorer. Getting beaten by the bums from Beeston, I think the Town team must've been on strike too. Rolleyes

The game in 2004 is quite a famous one. Boothy scored his 100th goal for the club as we looked to be heading for automatic promotion. But then Pawel Abbott, who's goals had got us into a promotion spot in the first place, went on a mazy dribble down the wing in the wrong direction, ran out of places to go and sent a woefully short back pass to the keeper.  Doh

Quiz time:

The start of next season, we will have a starting XI of players who have returned to the club, having had glittering careers elsewhere. We already have three names in this season's squad, who no doubt will still be here (maybe not Keogh). So fill in the blanks of who you'd like to come back, realistic or fantasy, whichever you fancy. Or don't bother if you can't be arsed.

1. …...
2. …...
3. …...
4. …...
5. Richard Keogh
6. …...
7. …...
8. Duane Holmes
9. …...
10. …...
11. Danny Ward

2017 Play Offs anagrams: All these are to do with the Play Offs of 2017.

  1. Oh Brillo Gush  
  2. VAR Japan Arrival  
  3. Trev Nestle Chef  
  4. Perth Childish Corners  
  5. Jam Pasta  
  6. Wrinklier Scab  
  7. Rosanne Refortified  
  8. Ravaged Wind  
  9. Whelk Snail  
  10. Moo Mailer  
  11. Randy Dawn  

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  Morons unlimited
Posted by: theo_luddite - 05-05-2021, 19:15 - Forum: Other...... - Replies (2)

Possibly on another thread but struggling where else to put it.....

Is there really any need for this - it doesn't happen on this site that I recall but really - don't other forums and platforms need to get their acts in order?


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Posted by: bomberbrown1968 - 04-05-2021, 23:21 - Forum: West Bromwich Albion - Replies (20)

Sat 8th May

Leeds v Spurs
Sheff Utd v Palace
Man City v Chelsea
Cardiff v Rotherham
Derby v Sheff Wed  Doh
QPR v Luton
Reading v Huddersfield

Sun 9th May

Wolves v Brighton
Villa v Man Utd
West Ham v Everton

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  Going To Get Slated For This
Posted by: Arcane Astral Aeons - 04-05-2021, 22:06 - Forum: West Bromwich Albion - Replies (2)

hated sam to start with
but now the players are getting used to his system(too late in my opinion)
we aint conceding a shed load of goals
some of his team selections are..yes baffling
he is starting to convince me he should actually stay
maybe..and it is a bloody big maybe...he could actually persuade players to stay for a stint in the championship?

and on last nights game:
spent more time having my fingers bitten by my 5 month old grand daughter
even she was bored watching it
not that you could really see much in the last 10/15 minutes due to the shocking weather

but(and here is where i get slated) both sides deserve credit for trying to playing in such atrocious conditions

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  Scot Cup semi-final: Dundee United v Hibs, Sat 8 May, KO 4.00pm
Posted by: 0762 - 04-05-2021, 13:20 - Forum: Hibernian - Replies (8)

So another cup semi-final beckons and this is a "big match" which Jack Ross and Hibs will try to win and progress to another Scot Cup final. Ross needs to try to rid himself of this perceived bogey of not winning crucial matches like play-off finals or huge "winner takes all" cup matches like this one. I think we've conceded that he is unfortunately a "plan A manager" unlike Neil Lennon who, during his best period at ER Stadium, would adjust his Hibs teams to any challenging situation on the pitch. So JR will hopefully deploy what he thinks is his best strategy to beat United just like he has done previously. However, Hibs must keep a close eye on the threat of Marc McNulty and Lawrence Shankland. Hibs have consistently beaten United since 2016 and the players know what is required to do it again. C'mon Hibs! No f###### about and scorning lotsa scoring opps - TIME TO GRASP A HUGE OPPORTUNITY TO WIN THE SCOT CUP AGAIN AND JUST "GET ON WITH IT"!!


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  Jonjo Kenny definitely a failure but not the only one!
Posted by: 0762 - 03-05-2021, 18:44 - Forum: Celtic - No Replies


Calum McGregor has certainly been a "car crash" of a midfield player on so many different occasions incl that recent game v Rangers where he has had another "accident" that messed up team chances of winning a match. But it is good to see through Kenny's awful performance as well even though he is not the only failure. For Everton to apparently demand £10M for this poor standard of player is really "having a laugh" and Celtic should return him after a trial period that he has clearly failed - seek and find a better performer than that for less money! And do the same for the "main spine" of the team - a vg goalie required, a solid CB, a proper centre forward after Edouard "moved on", a respected and effective captain and a top midfield player who can dominate a match. However, before all that happens, perhaps the Celtic board should start communicating properly with their own fans re the acquisition of a new manager, a new recruitment official and a new sporting director - lots to do in the coming weeks to get lotsa disenfranchised Celtic fans "back onside"!! Celtic FC definitely has the financial muscle to do this compared with any other footie club in Scotland and I think they can turn it around a lot quicker than many media critics seem to think but they need the right people in place to do it.

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  HTAFC Prediction League 2020/21 Matchday 36 - FINAL WEEK
Posted by: Lord Snooty - 03-05-2021, 12:14 - Forum: Huddersfield Town - Replies (20)

points for a correct result
4 points for a correct score
2 points for each correct scorer
Correct joker doubles your score   Laugh    
Wrong joker result gives you minus 2
Correct Random Badger gives you 2 points Badger

The random badger Badger is used for any random prediction used once in each matchday sequence. For instance, a scorer at a particular match, the number of red cards in the matches or yellow cards or own goals or owt you want really within reason, I do need to be able to check whether it's correct or not. Please don't put stuff like....."Commentator says...."  Rolleyes
The joker  Laugh is played for one match in each sequence and if correct you get double points. So if you've predicted 1-0 and it finishes 2-0, you get 4 pts, but if you've predicted 2-0, that's 8 pts. But if you get it wrong, it's minus 2.
Jokers and badgers are optional. You don't have to play one if you don't want.

Cup games:
In the event of a draw, it's half the points if you've predicted a draw when it gets to 90 mins and the full points if it's still a draw after extra time. Half the points will be awarded for correctly predicting the winner of the match if it goes to penalties.

Random score generator: I will be using the random score generator again for those who miss predicting, so we shouldn't get some people too far behind that after missing a couple of weeks they lose all interest, because I know it's not easy getting on here every week.
To be fair to everybody, this is going to be like, say if three people in one week miss their predictions, the first one in the table will be given all 0-0, the second one down the line will get 1-0 and the third will get 0-1 and so on, like if there's four missing the 4th will get 1-1, then 5th 2-1, 6th 1-2. and if there are so many missing, might as well pack in. Wink
And if you miss two weeks on the trot, I'll stop until you come back on again. Not doing it for half a season like I did t'other year.  Rolleyes

Saturday 8th May: (all 12:30 ko)
Reading v Town
Town scorers:
Reading scorers:

Barnsley v Norwich City
Blackburn Rovers v Birmingham City
AFC Bournemouth v Stoke City
Bristol City v Brentford
Cardiff City v Rotherham United
Coventry City v Millwall
Derby County v Sheffield Wednesday
Middlesbrough v Wycombe Wanderers
Nottingham Forest v Preston North End
Queens Park Rangers v Luton Town
Watford v Swansea City

Bonus match:
Premier League:

Leeds United v Tottenham Hotspur

Table after Matchday 35:

  1. Baggiebob(BBB) = 910 pts
  2. jjamez = 875 pts
  3. St Charles Owl = 848 pts
  4. theo_luddite = 846 pts
  5. themaclad = 837 pts
  6. Lord Snooty = 824 pts
  7. SHEP_HTAFC = 786 pts
  8. ritchiebaby = 774 pts
  9. neonfoxinthebox = 767 pts
  10. Amelia Chaffinch = 670 pts
  11. Beefy 1965 = 356 pts

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  Prediction League ?????? This afto? No 50?
Posted by: Devongone - 03-05-2021, 12:09 - Forum: Chesterfield - Replies (13)

Boreham Wood 5-1 King's Lynn
Bromley 1-0 Hartlepool
Chesterfield 0-0 Torquay
Dagenham and Red' 2-1 Woking
Maidenhead 2-0 Wrexham
Solihull Moors 4-0 Altrincham
Stockport 7-2 Wealdstone
Weymouth 3-1 Barnet
Yeovil 2-0 Halifax Town

Do it if you want.

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  Football Managers ARE Strange
Posted by: Devongone - 02-05-2021, 13:03 - Forum: Chesterfield - No Replies

I didn't see that coming. What, losing? Naah, pairing Nathan Tyson and Danny Rowe up front in an important game. Together they are older than me. Kairo Mitchell, who I thought would start with Rowe, waited until the game was effectively over to get on.

James Rowe has managed us brilliantly. He's made decisions I'd never have made and signings I wouldn't have considered yet made us a much better team ............ but Alex Ferguson wasn't beyond a strange selection or three, so why should James Rowe be any different?

Just for me James, against Torquay, play Mitchell and Rowe and bring Tyson on when the opposition are tiring. Please start Whelan. He scores goals, but you kept his bottom on the bench all day yesterday and to win we have to score more than the other side apparently.

I read today our real deadline day target wasn't Danny Rowe, but Joel Nouble from Aldershot. Must say he was the kind of signing I was expecting.

And if managers is strange reportage is stranger still. The crap BBC website National League coverage which shows players in fairly random positions, listed Denton as playing, but mentioned Rowe in its cursory report. Stranger still the Non-league paper also lists Denton in the team in the Results section, but has Rowe in the report. Apparently we're bringing Mbappe on second half against Torquay.

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  So near and yet so far
Posted by: silverbaggie - 02-05-2021, 09:39 - Forum: Cheltenham - No Replies

Newport County 1 Cheltenham Town 0

Manager Mike Duff caused a surprise by changing his tried and trusted formation to 3-4-3 with May, Smith and Lloyd playing up front.
None of these players are anywhere near six foot tall and to be frank the system was not likely to work against a strong and rugged Newport team.

A very early goal by Newport skipper Josh Labadie settled this tie as early as the fourth minute when he hit a 25 yard screamer past Griffiths.

To be fair, the Robins could not adapt to the pitch which was bone hard, dry and gave the home team a complete advantage.
For the best part of half an hour Cheltenham were under the cosh and could have been 3-0 down but for incredible saves by on loan goalkeeper Josh Griffiths. Cheltenham gradually came into it but, their normal efficient passing game was nigh impossible on this scrapheap of a pitch.

There was some controversy soon after going behind, when the Robins justified appeal for a penalty was turned down. Indeed the referee was poor throughout and allowed several agricultural challenges, mainly by Newport, to go unpunished.

The second half saw Duff make several changes to give the Robins more control in midfield. The Newport players, hoping to gain 3 points to possibly gain a play off place began to sit deeper and deeper to protect their lead. By the end of the game, such was the defensive tactics employed by Newport that Cheltenham, over the 90 minutes, had 58% possession.

But the story nevertheless still has a very strange ending as both of the Robins main rivals, also lost. Bolton conceded an injury time goal to lose 1-2 to Exeter and the Robins next opponents, Harrogate had won a crazy nine goal thriller against Cambridge the night before.

So all three main contenders blew up on the finishing line but, now only Cambridge can stop the Robins claiming the League 2 title!!

Smile  Smile  Smile

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