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  1. 44 points
    We were not a house hold name then. He mentions he wanted to play in the top tier of French football which is fair enough. No need to get the hump over this. Plenty of players will have signed for us with their hearts not in it at day one.
  2. 37 points
    We live in the United States. Earlier today my wife was watching the NBC Morning Show. They were doing a live interview with Matthew McConaughey, asking how he and his family were dealing with Covid 19 quarantine. They showed Mcconaughey's son and guess what shirt the boy is wearing?!
  3. 33 points
    He lost a bet, it's a bit of a joke. If anyone's actually triggered by this shit I despair.
  4. 31 points
    I was really drunk the night I got with my (now) wife after the work Xmas party. We were talking on a sofa at an afterparty, I was wearing shit brogues from Office and for some reason (probably because I'm actually really pathetic) I told her they were my late Grandfather's shoes and that I had gotten them resoled and wear them once a year. I was probably trying to appear endearing in my drunkeness. Anyway for the next 5 years I forgot about the lie. Then leading up to our wedding day I mention I need to get shoes and she asks why I dont wear my grandfather's shoes, FFS they even say Office on the soles. I lied and said they hurt too much. To this day she still believes they're his shoes, I've hidden them in the attic like a dead body, incase she one day looks and sees the office logo. God knows how she's never brought them up with my mother. Sorry Grandad, love you!
  5. 30 points
    Best player in a Derby shirt for years
  6. 29 points
    He'd have probably come on at arsenal when Simpson was sent off instead of Wasyl, which would have completely changed some of my memories of that season. We played arsenal on the 14th Feb, and my overly romantic (Polish) missus was angry I was watching football on valentines day. She was even more angry when the halfwits on social media were sending Wasyl abuse ('death threats' as my missus put it) for conceding that last minute free kick. He was one of the only reasons she ever really paid any attention to the football. So she kept bringing this up during dinner, saying how fans were overreacting, to the point I snapped and said he deserved some stick as he might have cost us the only title I'd ever see (I was proper nervous all season and only really started to believe we'd win it when spurs drew with West brom much later on). Then, of course, I was overreacting too.. As is her way, she decided to try and prove me wrong. She opened a betting account and put a tenner on us winning a league. She got us at 80-1, which would have been a nice additional bonus to us winning the prem. But you maybe wondering why I just 'a league'. She dropped the news that she'd made this bet after the trophy lift, but said she couldn't work out how to collect her winnings. On logging on to her account, I found she'd actually bet on us winning the champions league the following season..
  7. 29 points
    Couldn't find the specific City v Southampton game you were after but did find this City v Southampton footage if that helps?
  8. 28 points
    Unless there's a player I've missed, BC is statistically the second best LB in the league after Andy Robertson. Even then, for his perceived lack of ability in the air, he has won twice as many aerial duals as AR (50 to 25) and made 3 more headed clearances. No doubt someone will find a excuse to somehow use that against Chilly. He's not perfect but he's a bloody great young player and I don't see many better LBs and I watch a lot of football. Can't understand this obsession some have with letting him leave. I'm sure JJ will become a great player but right now we have both and I'd prefer to keep it that way. Never been understand the stick that certain players get for no obvious reason.
  9. 26 points
    It's more of a misleading headline. He's says you can't make a player a slave and clubs in England respect that. Garbage click bait headline.
  10. 26 points
    Imagine being paid more than most earn in a year every week, being paid in full with no issues, asked to carry on doing your job in the most secure conditions of almost any workforce in the country, have access to testing and private doctors at any point and then claiming you are victimised in this process. When my fiance gets off the ward tonight I'll tell at least she's not a footballer. Derangement, complete derangement.
  11. 25 points
    would like to once again ask why you are defending him? no other tory has yet to come up with a reason other than because he's a tory. you don't actually have to defend him, you know? you can take a step back and look at the developments of the last 48 hours and like 99% of the rest of the country, you can think what an absolute bellend. what would it take him and the rest of his pals to do for you to not defend him? like fair play, boris johnson is going to defend him because he owes him this chapter of his career. you owe him absolutely fu ck all? he is actively taking the piss out of you and you are defending him?
  12. 24 points
  13. 24 points
    Everyone in my nans care home has now been tested after the 2 suspected cases, they've been given the all clear.
  14. 24 points
    Our club's greatest day. Happy Anniversary everyone.
  15. 21 points
    If anyone’s thinking of splitting up with their misses make sure you pack her bags and book the taxi for 8 o’clock on a Thursday night then it looks like the whole street is glad to see the back of her
  16. 20 points
    so you have stuck to the rules that he didn't, and that your lord and saviour boris johnson has just said you didn't need to stick to at all? do you not see how much they are taking the piss out of us all, especially you for (presumably) voting for, supporting and now defending him? this isn't "faux outrage". i'm not sure why that phrase keeps coming up. nobody is pretending to be outraged by this, people genuinely are outraged by just how fu cking ridiculous and arrogant these absolute cu nts are. there's nothing "faux" about it. like i said, i've got no real issue or surprise in boris johnson backing cummings. like dushane said "you always back your boy". but why on earth are every day folk like you, who you've just said have made quite remarkable sacrifices that have been "fu cking hard", but the decision you felt like you had to make based on the instruction from cummings and johnson, not angry at this? what would he have had to do for you to be angry? be a labour politician?
  17. 20 points
    Honestly, without hyperbole, this is ridiculous enough to actually start making me question my relationship with the sport. The UAE's investment in Man City is ugly enough but Saudi is another level again. And we're not talking about "a Saudi businessman" here, we're talking about the actual state. I don't care who you are or what your politics in the context of the UK, Saudi is ****ing awful. I know we have some disagreements on here over left and right but I'd like to think most of us could unite in saying they're a government we don't want involved anywhere near our league.
  18. 20 points
    And this is exactly my problem. Given hysteria and press coverage, the end of days scenario (which this is not) is allowed to play out, and the destructive fear that results wreaks it's havoc. Unnecessarily. My mother, for instance, wants to know the death figure the moment it's out. It's understandable given the hype and some may argue validity based on a pandemic's potential to grow exponentially. However we know now that that's not going to be the case. She wasn't arsed about flu numbers, cancer numbers, heart disease numbers before this, and why would she be? But she and millions others cannot place a number like 36,000 and truly understand the significance (or insignificance) of that number. It's like me telling the Mrs. I hit my first golf drive over 300 yards with excitement. The response I'd get is "Is that a lot?" Because there is no grounding or understanding of the number. However rather than asking "is that a lot", the average person in the street reacts with shock, with hysteria, disgust even. For some, perhaps because they think it's the kindest, most human response. For others purely an instinctive reaction to something potentially shocking. Alas I have not yet hit a drive over 300 yards, and people still tweet/speak before asking themselves a question or performing research. You can't expect people to hear about 'thousands of deaths' and for them to contextualise that, unfortunately. People like me who shrug and say 'it's actually not that many' are called cold. I can understand how I may sound like a monster talking about lost lives so nonchalantly, and you'd never catch a politician talking in this vein because they know it triggers people and causes problems. But they do think it. These are just the facts of the matter. As you say, a similar scale thing happened a couple of years ago and nobody blinked an eye. Maybe I'm cynical but I'd wager the lockdown path winning out was more about PR than it was saving lives. I believe our government had the same beliefs as Sweden. Trouble is Brits are more, how can I say, 'Liverpool'. We love to feel outrage. It's a bit of a default setting for us. So really Boris and co didn't have a choice. I'm no Tory but I sympathise. Of course it 'may' have been 'somewhat' worse without a lockdown 'in the short term', and it's worth saving lives etc etc, but I'm growing tired of how the outcome is being painted as a disaster of our time and how we should forever live in fear. The only thing I'm worried about is that at age 28 my generation grew up through a recession. As I (and others my age) now make decent strides in careers, we're about to be slapped back a notch or 5. It's pretty intangible and difficult to measure but I already get the feeling that 'prosperous' isn't a word I'm going to be associating with life for some time. Fear doesn't mix with growth.
  19. 20 points
    The phrase 'unmet experience, need and opportunities' made my toes curl up. This is part of the problem; it's not an experience for most fans attending the game. It's something they've been doing for years, usually with their family, and forms more of a hobby. It's not a track day driving a Ferarri or whatever and personally I resent the whole concept of having to force 'experience' into it at all. The light shows and fan cam can get right in the bin. It's football that we go to watch. So yea, get rid of the whole attitude towards it being a ****ing experience and that would improve football no end.
  20. 20 points
    don't understand why people are still hung up about this. So he used us as a stepping stone to further his career? Lots of people do this, not just footballers. Leicester and Mahrez had a mutually beneficial working relationship for a few years and then parted ways and moved on. What a joy he was to watch whilst he was here.
  21. 20 points
    Thought this was fairly common knowledge to be honest, I've definitely read the rugby quote before. Some people are very precious.
  22. 20 points
    There's a sizeable amount of the clappers who think they're performing some sort of duty now. The NHS isn't powered by claps and it's become a game of one upmanship, ironically, to show who is the most respectful.
  23. 20 points
    Someone sent me this earlier ... disgraceful stuff ... can’t believe the levels some people will drop to for a quick laugh ...
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  25. 19 points
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  27. 18 points
    If the guy had addressed the nation yesterday and said "Yes, I did this. I put my family first and it was an error of judgement in light of what we'd asked others to do. I apologise but will do what I can to put things right." - It could have been a 10 minute prezzer and far, far fewer calls for his resignation. I for one, would have respected that. It's the lack of any humility, total arrogance and sheer disregard for the public's collective intelligence that enrages me. The whole 30 minute driving eye test story is just Trump-levels of absurdity. Just ****ing apologise. I swear, for such highly intelligent human beings, precious few politicians seem to have ever realised the hugely powerful effect that showing a bit of humility can have. If you offer an unreserved apology you almost instantly disarm many of your critics. It would have prevented this from spiralling out of all proportion for a start, I'm sure of it.
  28. 18 points
    These last 48 hours have just shown what a sorry state British politics has become. At the centre of it all a man who has generally shown contempt for the intellect of the British public. Sling a few slogans around, tug a few heart strings re. the NHS, play on people’s fears about immigration and you really can “get Brexit done”. A man who’s genius is to spoon-fed political issues to the masses and revel in it when they gulp it down (“take back control” and a deal being “oven ready”). It’s no surprise that a man who you hold up as some kind of heroic figure - and vindicate by being influenceable enough to prove right in the referendum and the election - then feels he is somehow different to you, to us and to the rules that he has no doubt influenced for the rest of the country to follow. That he would, when bang to rights, feel completely untouchable that he feels no need to even come close to an apology. The most depressing thing is seeing the dark arts kick back into play. Everyone talks about Dominic Cummings on Twitter when the story first breaks yet no ‘Dominic Cummings’ trending on Twitter? An absent Prime Minister shunting out his transport secretary to front the music. MPs simultaneously executing a PR campaign with those same tones (“this is about a 4 year old child” and “what would any reasonable parent do?”) - you only have to read this thread to see that same old Brexit target audience taking these lines, gulping them down and going on to do his bidding by making the discussion about them. Ever feel like you’re being played? It’s now in vogue for a media - whose job it is to scrutinise, to find out about these types of misdemeanours and shine a light on them - to either be called out for doing their job and their profession, which is essential to a functioning democracy, questioned. On the other side of the coin you have the BBC’s Political Editor essentially doing the government’s dirty work for them. When you throw out the term ‘fake news’, do you ever think about the man (Trump) who originally popularised that term? And why it might be advantageous for an inept or unscrupulous government to have you spouting it on their behalf? It’s all just a sorry mess right now. The ineffective leadership, the dirty campaigns of lies and deceit, the divisions in our society by those who fell neatly into line in making the whole Brexit discussion so toxic. In an era of nationalistic tone and British exceptionalism, is there really anything to be proud about in British politics right now?
  29. 18 points
    but that is literally the whole point. this virus isn’t sympathetic and it doesn’t have understanding or compassion. thousands of people have been through terrifying ordeals since lockdown began. deaths, near deaths, funerals, hospitals, all the works. but THEY WERE NOT ALLOWED TO SEE THEIR FAMILIES. under NO circumstances. people have died alone. people have grieved alone. people are still being treated alone. but dominic cummings needed to travel 250 miles to surround himself with family and we’re meant to be sympathetic? fu ck him.
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  31. 17 points
    https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11095/11991509/loans-manager-role-explained-dean-hammond-on-why-it-is-so-important Former Leicester loans manager explains the significance of the role Last Updated: 24/05/20 9:05am Harvey Barnes is an example of the success of Leicester's loan system With more and more players going out on loan, Premier League clubs now appoint a loans manager to handle the progress of their young talent when they are playing elsewhere. In conversation with Adam Bate, Leicester City's former loans manager Dean Hammond explains the varied aspects of the role and why it is so important to player development… There is a bit of everything to the role of a loans manager. At Leicester, I used to be at the training ground two or three days a week watching the U23 team, while the rest of my time was spent out at games and going to see players. You are around the coaching staff on a regular basis and you are in the meetings discussing plans for the future. These can be difficult decisions because it is a balancing act and there are so many parts of the football club to keep happy. The U23 manager wants the strongest squad that he can possibly have. He wants to keep his best players, work with them and improve them. Others at the football club might want the same player to go out on loan so they can develop in order to make the first team or be sold on elsewhere. Everyone has their own opinion so it can be difficult, but the role of a loans manager in that can be beneficial. Solving a problem When I was young and I went out on loan from Brighton to Aldershot and Leyton Orient I had very little contact from my parent club. You were basically left to your own devices. Managers are busy and their main focus is the first team and it is the same for the coaching staff. As a result, some players who go out on loan can end up feeling lonely and isolated. They can become a little bit lost. Are the club sending me out because they want me to be a part of the future or are the club sending me out because I am not part of the future? To have a loans manager watching their games and watching their training, speaking to the manager where they are on loan, speaking to the manager of the club they are on loan from, I think it is really, really important. It is that middle man for the players. About Dean Hammond Hammond started his career at Brighton before enjoying promotion with Southampton and going on to be part of the team that took Leicester up to the Premier League. After a spell at Sheffield United, he returned to Leicester in a coaching capacity and worked as a loans manager within the academy setup. He recently vacated the role for personal reasons. “My wife had a back operation and we have three children so I had to leave because of that and become a stay-at-home dad for four or five months. I really enjoy the role and I think it suited me. I love working with players individually because I think you can give them more information. If the opportunity came again, I would like to do it.” Choosing the right club When a player goes out on loan these days it is not just a case of a club wanting your player and you sending them out. It is about doing that work behind the scenes before allowing the player to go out on loan. There are very good reasons why a club is chosen. My job was to watch our players out on loan but it was also about watching a club where we did not have a player out on loan yet but we knew they were interested in our players. We would analyse their playing style and what the manager's personality was like because some players might not fit with certain managers. I would speak to anyone I knew at that club to find out what the culture was like. What's the atmosphere? What are the players like? It all helps you work out whether a player will settle. There was a lot of analysis. Dean Hammond was a player at Leicester before becoming their loans manager Sometimes it is not so easy to understand why it does not work out for a player at a football club. It might just be that the manager and the player clash. There might be the wrong sorts of players in the dressing room who can influence the player. But you to try to avoid that. Ultimately, it comes down to those above to make the decision but the idea is to put some options to the club and the player so that they can work together to find out what's best. Once the player has made the move, clubs are pretty open. I had access to the managers. I could find out what the players were doing well, if there was an issue in terms of how they were settling in socially and on the pitch. People are happy to help. The parent club wants the player to do well and the clubs where they have gone want them to do well too. Support for the player As well as thinking like a coach, you also need to look at things from the player's point of view. Young players need mentors within football clubs and you are a kind of mentor. For a young player, having someone around you just to give some advice, just to be present when you need them, is really important. As a player of any age, you need to be able to reflect. So that support network is vital if you want that player to do well. If the player is relaxed off the pitch and feels good then he can perform on the pitch. If they are travelling long distances for the loan are they staying in a hotel or are they being put up in an apartment? That is important. Are they seeing family enough? Are they on their own or do they have a partner? Do they have a wife and children? These are simple things that we can help them with off the pitch so they concentrate on what to do on the pitch. The job of a loans manager involves watching their games. I would then watch the games back and clip them up, sending those clips to the player and speaking with them on the phone giving them my advice. I would write a report for him that he and the club could see. The information was there for everyone. I would spend time at the training ground. I would never advise a player against what the manager wanted him to do because that does not work. If a player was playing in a certain formation and that manager wanted him to play a certain way, I would speak to the player and the manager and ask that question. How is the manager wanting you to play? What are the demands of this particular role? For instance, we had Callum Elder at Wigan. He was a left-back and Paul Cook was the manager. They played out from the back and wanted the full-backs to push on. That is what Callum was good at. So we found out what they wanted from him and worked from there. 7 Callum Elder during his loan spell at Wigan Athletic from Leicester City Loans are not for everyone Academy football has its benefits but it has its drawbacks as well and going out on loan can be daunting. It makes you grow up pretty quickly. You are going into a dressing room full of professionals who are relying on this for their livelihoods so that is a change of atmosphere straightaway. As a younger player, you have to understand that pretty quickly. They are still young and they are still learning so it might take one, two or three loans before they can settle at a new club or come back to their parent club and be a success there. Sometimes there are good reasons why a player might not go out on loan. The first-team manager might want them around the group so that he can keep an eye on them every day. It is always good to have a nucleus of U23 players who you can bring up and train with the first team. It keeps first-team players on their toes if they are up against young players in training every day. They know they still need to perform. Some individuals may not feel ready to go out on loan just yet because of their age or because they do not want to be away from their family. The positive example Barnes during his loan stay at Barnsley that helped prepare him for the top Harvey Barnes is a great example of how the loan system can work for club and player. Each club improved his development because the standard increased gradually. He started in League One with MK Dons, then he went to a lower-tier Championship club in Barnsley and then he went to West Brom at the top of the Championship.
  32. 17 points
    The ‘Let’s move on’ brigade are irritating me a little. At what point does anyone become accountable for their actions ? When there is an inquest into the government’s handling of this whole pandemic and things start to get a little tough, are we all just going to be saying yeah tens of thousands dead, second highest number of deaths on the planet ( I know some countries figures are disputable!) but we’re all a little bored of it now, let’s move on.
  33. 17 points
    Match Result In Spoiler MATCH HIGHLIGHTS @Swan Lesta @Wymsey
  34. 17 points
    Yeah, you really ought to... Casting off some of Starmer's points on the practicalities of the new advice as "hypotheticals" (when real people are actually having to make decisions based on it within the next 36 hours - if not already) and asserting his full faith in "Great British common sense" is not going to fill many people with confidence that this was a well thought through move. Why can't he just drop the bluster and rhetoric for once in his life and give people the serious, pragmatic answers they need? That's been the most disappointing aspect of his leadership through this for me. The vast majority of people are perfectly willing to accept the difficulty of the challenge he's faced - and all bar the most hardcore of his detractors will have sympathised with him on that to some degree - but there just seems to be little recognition on his part that a departure from his usual style may be needed from time to time.
  35. 17 points
    This talk of “taking relegation off the table” is bizarre. To talk about trying to preserve the integrity of the competition whilst considering allowing the remaining games to potentially involve demotivated teams is just nonsense. What if Man U need to beat a struggling side to steal a CL place and that team now have nothing to play for as they cannot be relegated? No thanks. They have to try and keep as many variables the same as humanly possible. It’s not just a procession for Liverpool’s sake.
  36. 16 points
    Absolute bollocks. People of all political persuasions are raging, and rightly so. It's not about him or what he's done. It's that there's no apology - quite the opposite - and that we have a government willing to rewrite the rules retrospectively to suit one of their own. It's disgusting.
  37. 16 points
    ‘Faux outrage’ - as I’ve said elsewhere I’ve had to leave my recently widowed Dad off on his own for numerous weeks. Hearing a bloke of 60 get mentally shot every few days has been probably in my lowest moments of my life. Couldn’t see him, fifty miles away. There are countless examples of families missing funerals etc. Faux outrage this isn’t.
  38. 16 points
    Congrats to Wilf and wife
  39. 16 points
    It's 4G because 5G causes Coronavirus.
  40. 16 points
    Just say you'll be following Bayern because they'll win the thing instead of a convoluted story about Nazis ffs.
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  43. 16 points
    what a fabulous little speech that was. not really sure he could've told us any less with any more words. sounded like me in my french oral exam just saying the same thing but with different adjectives over and over cos that's all i could remember.
  44. 16 points
    What's the alternative? We spend within our means but if we were operating cash surplus's year on year and finishing mid table then there'd be a real question of ambition. One thing we cannot really question is our owners ambition or handling of the club, it has been exceptional and I've ever faith of them navigating their way through this.
  45. 16 points
    It’s just really tiresome. We’re in an unprecedented pandemic and thousands of people are dying. Can we not just put aside the political face-saving and be honest? Just a bit of honesty. No fudging the numbers or getting creative. You had a target, you missed it. Just be honest. Tell us what you’re going to do - that you’ve posted out a load of tests and over time will get to the 100,000. If political leaders can’t be honest at a time like this, when will they be? So disillusioning.
  46. 15 points
    No faux outrage from me, I'm genuinely angry about it. He and his wife had the virus for starters. He put hundreds if not thousands of people at risk by carry it almost the length of the country. Millions of people have barely left the house in two month, they not seen loved ones before they died, they missed funerals. They struggled through looking after their child whilst they had the virus. I'm angry with him as much as I am with Ferguson and Calderwood, and I'm angry at the government for brushing this under the carpet and basically rewriting history to make the guidelines fit in with his actions.
  47. 15 points
    Full Everton match + Bocelli performance. Premiering live on the the LCFC YouTube channel NOW.
  48. 15 points
    Who’s your Barca buddy? Sean from Lloret De Mar
  49. 15 points
    I was pulling my boxers off in bed last night, when the wife said to me, “You don't half spoil those dogs.”
  50. 15 points
    Let's be honest this Government could cure Covid and Cancer and people would still moan. The same people who are now saying we should have locked down earlier were probably the same people writing about our rights and freedoms a few weeks ago. Nothing is ever good enough. They make mistakes, they're human. We won't know if they could have done things better until this is all over, crticism at the moment may well end up being unjust.
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