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  1. I've been to games in various countries, Germany, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Czech Republic, Japan, Turkey and every time I go I'm so envious of what they have. It frustrates me so much that football is supposed to be about entertainment and enjoyment but those running it seem determined to prevent it. Leicester seem to be one of the biggest culprits in this regard. Ever since the stadium move, the various owners and authorities between them appear to have deliberately suppressed any attempt to get any proper atmosphere. Unfortunately, whereas many clubs have taken proactive steps to improve matters e.g. Derby, Wolves, Huddersfield, Middlesbrough, Leicester seem to be the opposite. As far as I know they are the only club to have refused to hold a safe standing roadshow (apparently, based on what I've read on here in the past), and Susan Whelen's comments in the fans committee meeting last year shows both a complete lack of understanding about it as well as demonstrating no interest whatsoever it seriously considering it. Whilst the current owners have been brilliant for this football club, they (or those tasked with running the club) do appear to be lacking an understanding of football culture. This is demonstrated with the ufs section last week, when not only did the club fail to inform supporters (a single sentence on the ticket info page would have been enough, so that interested people could join in, and those not interested could avoid it), but they then opened the block up to general sale, causing issues with people then unwittingly being right in the middle of that section. There's a clear move to bring back standing areas. Nearly all supporters group surveys are strongly in favour, all political parties bar the conservatives had said they will allow it, and the tories themselves are supposedly reviewing it. Even those that prefer to sit can surely see the benefit of having an area where those that stand up and block their view can relocate to. Most all-seater grounds in the country now have large sections of people standing, and most away ends are almost completely stood up. The regulations have changed to now allow rails to be installed for safety which essentially give the all clear for unofficial standing. Clubs are preparing for it, wolves now have about 8,000 standing in rail seats behind the goal, spurs new ground has about 15,000 rail seats. Everton's new ground will have about 15,000 standing behind one goal. Others grounds will follow without doubt. If the club do not prepare and get ready for it then they will be left behind. They should be looking long term to make one end all standing (probably about 8,000 spaces which assuming an extension goes ahead will only be about 20% of the stadium), plan in advance and start to work out a phased plan that will allow people to relocate to where they'd prefer. Good luck you ufs guys, keep up the good work, but unless there's a u-turn from within the club then I can't see much changing soon...
  2. Just saw Liverpool's 2nd goal on MOTD. For a player to be onside, there needs to be 2 opponents between him and the goal (one of which is usually the goalkeeper). For that goal, Foster had come forward to deal with the anticipated shot from Origi, so at the time Origi hit the ball forward, a Watford defender was marginally behind (i.e. nearer the goal), Foster, with Salah in between them. However the VAR line was drawn from the defender furthest back, not the 2nd furthest back defender (Foster). Surely that's wrong isn't it? If the line was drawn from the 2nd furthest defender from goal, Salah is offside.
  3. Bottom tier sold out. About 250 tickets left in the 2 main Upper tier blocks. Small upper tier corner block yet to go on sale, as far as I know. At the rate they're selling, may only be a handful left tomorrow. For some reason they've decided to be quite liberal with the priority bands for this game, meaning they're selling rapidly.
  4. Unreserved seating, first time time in years as far as I can remember (apart from Copenhagen and Porto).
  5. A friend of mine (who's a season ticket holder) hasn't got one. He said he's checked his junk mail, but never received it. His LCFC account has his correct email address, and he gets other emails from them.
  6. The main problem is the 50 points per year for season ticket holders, which is skewing it unfairly. Those that go to the most away games should earn the higher priority. Somebody who's had a season ticket for years that hardly bothers with away games, maybe does one once every 2 years, will have a higher priority than someone who got a season ticket 2 years ago and has managed to get tickets for half the away games since. The second person will take years for them to catch up.
  7. Hopefully it'll be like at Fulham last year when they tried to give us all an inflatable clap stick thing and nobody used it. I won't be wearing my hat, but I'll probably keep it and give it to my wife.
  8. That was one of the most bizarre penalties I've ever seen. Strachan walked up, bent down and pretended to re-spot the ball, then with his fingers about an inch from the ball jabbed out a leg and toe-poked it into the corner of the net. Can't believe it's 30 years ago.
  9. That's the game that springs to mind for me, when Mark Venus won it with that last minute screamer from about 30 yards out. 2-0 down after 82 mins and won it 3-2.
  10. A got a copy of Shinji's book about our title win. I can't read it but I got someone Japanese to read it for me and then tell me about it. https://www.amazon.co.jp/未到-奇跡の一年-ベスト新書-岡崎-慎司/dp/4584125244/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1465590034&sr=8-1&keywords=未到 The main message that comes across was his frustration with having to play the in the deep-lying position, but that he was willing to sacrifice his personal preferences for the benefit of the team. It's also clear that Gokhan Inler was important for Shinji, helping him to settle, and was his best friend in the squad. Good luck to Shinji. One of my favourite players ever and, whilst not technically one of the best players in out 2015-16 team, was the one that seemed most to encapsulate the spirit of it.
  11. It wasn't announced at half time, and any announcement in the stadium pre-match must have been at least 20 mins before kick off because otherwise I would have heard it. Apparently it was announced in the days before on the clubs social media (which I don't use), and on the website which I hadn't had reason to use prior to that game, so as far as I was concerned I was completly unaware. Several people who I asked were also unaware. It was ridiculous of the club to move it from the traditional last game of the season and not announce it within the stadium just prior to kick off, or during half time, or towards the end of the game, or just after the final whistle.
  12. I've always thought it would be a good idea. Replace the League Cup with an Anglo Scottish Cup, regionalise it in the early stages into 4 groups (South, Midlands, North and Scotland), and then mix it up in the last 16 or last 32.
  13. I'd imagine against the better teams we'll go 433 with him in an advanced midfield position, in front of Ndidi and Mendy. Against the weaker teams that sit deep he'll replace Mendy (probably) in a 4231.
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