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Footy mad boy from Sunderland needs your help
at 11:19 4 Sep 2016



As most of you know, I do quite a lot of inter-forum stuff, but I always try to be neutral when I'm not on for Reading FC matters. So ... the Sunderland admin lady on the Black Cat Chat forum has asked me if I could reproduce this on more forums ... so please do take a read and go to the link underneath. Any spare pennies would be really welcomed... but equally a message on any social network would be a good help too.

Here it is:

"Bradley Lowery is a Sunderland mad lad who loves his footy. Unfortunately, Bradley also suffers with a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma, which can only be treated in the USA. In order to get there, Bradley's family need to rase more than £700,000, and we intend to help him get there and to help him continue to roar the Lads on for many more years to come! If ever there was a young lad deserving of your help and ours, then Bradley is that young lad. We aim to do our bit to help get this young boy the treatment he so richly deserves. Please, help us to help Bradley. Any and all donations are welcome."

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/NECharityFootball



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Footy mad boy from Sunderland needs your help
at 10:57 4 Sep 2016

As most of you know, I do quite a lot of inter-forum stuff, I always try to be neutral when I'm not on for Reading FC matters. So ... the Sunderland admin lady on the Black Cat Chat forum has asked me if I could reproduce this on more forums ... so please do take a read and go to the link underneath. Any spare pennies would be really welcomed... but equally a message on any social network would be a good help too.

Here it is:

"Bradley Lowery is a Sunderland mad lad who loves his footy. Unfortunately, Bradley also suffers with a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma, which can only be treated in the USA. In order to get there, Bradley's family need to rase more than £700,000, and we intend to help him get there and to help him continue to roar the Lads on for many more years to come! If ever there was a young lad deserving of your help and ours, then Bradley is that young lad. We aim to do our bit to help get this young boy the treatment he so richly deserves. Please, help us to help Bradley. Any and all donations are welcome."

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/NECharityFootball

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Footy mad boy from Sunderland needs your help
at 10:54 4 Sep 2016

As most of you know, I do quite a lot of inter-forum stuff, I always try to be neutral when I'm not on for Reading FC matters. So ... the Sunderland admin lady on the Black Cat Chat forum has asked me if I could reproduce this on more forums ... so please do take a read and go to the link underneath. Any spare pennies would be really welcomed... but equally a message on any social network would be a good help too.

Here it is:

"Bradley Lowery is a Sunderland mad lad who loves his footy. Unfortunately, Bradley also suffers with a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma, which can only be treated in the USA. In order to get there, Bradley's family need to rase more than £700,000, and we intend to help him get there and to help him continue to roar the Lads on for many more years to come! If ever there was a young lad deserving of your help and ours, then Bradley is that young lad. We aim to do our bit to help get this young boy the treatment he so richly deserves. Please, help us to help Bradley. Any and all donations are welcome."

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/NECharityFootball

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Reading Fan Chat – Reading v QPR
at 14:20 30 Nov 2015

As always, friendly greetings from daib0, some of you know me a fair bit by now from Inter-Forum games! Onto our game together on Thursday - and I wondered if I could get a bit of chat going once again to report back to the guys and gals on my forum. Respect always given as our previous collaborations have always proven, so here goes, a few pointers here but any comments (that are reproducible!) always welcome!:




A] How was the summer period? Any useful new incoming talented players this season? Could you mention a few of your hot talents to inform the RR members?



B] Hardly anything between us so far, both clubs aspire to do bigger things but at the moment just sitting off the pace. Has the season gone to expectations so far? Where do you see yourselves finishing – both head and heart?!



C] We Royals are blowing a bit hot and cold but we fans certainly have been a bit wounded by Steve Clarke nearly doing a ‘runner’ to your Fulham neighbours. Confidence in our man has undeniably plummeted. So from a neutral, any thoughts of the Royals of recent times, where are we right now?



D] Looking ahead to the game – even if you’re leaving a prediction elsewhere, could you give me just a quick indication of how you see the game going? I would have thought that it might go any way … perhaps I myself would go for a very narrow 1-0 Royals win being at home, shoot me down if you wish!




As always, I promise that any snippets used will be credited by reference to your forum, and the individual member in question (chance of Thames Valley fame!). And I can say that as a mod myself on RR, it’s always promised no ‘wind ups’ on our forum. Our match presentation here proves that:
http://royalsrendezvous.co.uk/topic/10388837/1
In fact, any questions for us in return, just get back and I’ll do my best lads …




Cheers,


daib0, and the team on ‘Royals Rendezvous’


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Calling all Swansea/Premier League Fans
at 17:53 16 Feb 2015

Hi everyone,

My friend Clyde (admin on “Royals Rendezvous”) is petitioning the FA and Premier League to require Premier League club to offer fans free away travel to matches - before hopefully expanding to the Football League and cup competitions. The main aim is that the increased TV money isn't spent on player's wages.
[url= http://www.change.org/p/football-association-give-free-travel-for-away-fans]See here[/url]

Recently, the Premier League announced a new television deal showing an increase of 71% on the previous deal. With this massive increase in revenue for the clubs - they should be able to offer away fans free travel to away matches without increasing ticket prices.

Ticket prices are already too high and put people off travelling to the games. Including the travel with the match ticket would enable more people to be able to travel to matches - especially younger people, who may not be able to travel to matches otherwise.

In Germany, away travel is included as part of the match ticket - and is subsidised by the clubs.

Some Premier League clubs, such as Stoke City, have already implemented a free away travel scheme for their supporters. Stoke started the scheme for the 2013-14 season and saw a 26% increase on away attendances for like-for-like matches when compared to the previous season. This shows how well this can work. Additionally, the increased away ticket money would offset the cost of the transport to the games.

The Premier League should force clubs to offer free away travel - as part of the rules of the league. This could, later, be expanded for Premier League sides playing in the FA and League Cups, as well as Championship sides.


Please take a second out and give a hand …

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Calling all Saints/Premier League Fans
at 17:47 16 Feb 2015


Hi everyone,

My friend Clyde (admin on “Royals Rendezvous”) is petitioning the FA and Premier League to require Premier League club to offer fans free away travel to matches - before hopefully expanding to the Football League and cup competitions. The main aim is that the increased TV money isn't spent on player's wages.
http://www.change.org/p/football-association-give-free-travel-for-away-fans

Recently, the Premier League announced a new television deal showing an increase of 71% on the previous deal. With this massive increase in revenue for the clubs - they should be able to offer away fans free travel to away matches without increasing ticket prices.

Ticket prices are already too high and put people off travelling to the games. Including the travel with the match ticket would enable more people to be able to travel to matches - especially younger people, who may not be able to travel to matches otherwise.

In Germany, away travel is included as part of the match ticket - and is subsidised by the clubs.

Some Premier League clubs, such as Stoke City, have already implemented a free away travel scheme for their supporters. Stoke started the scheme for the 2013-14 season and saw a 26% increase on away attendances for like-for-like matches when compared to the previous season. This shows how well this can work. Additionally, the increased away ticket money would offset the cost of the transport to the games.

The Premier League should force clubs to offer free away travel - as part of the rules of the league. This could, later, be expanded for Premier League sides playing in the FA and League Cups, as well as Championship sides.


Please take a second out and give a hand …
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Calling all QPR/Premier League Fans
at 17:46 16 Feb 2015

Hi everyone,

My friend Clyde (admin on “Royals Rendezvous”) is petitioning the FA and Premier League to require Premier League club to offer fans free away travel to matches - before hopefully expanding to the Football League and cup competitions. The main aim is that the increased TV money isn't spent on player's wages.
http://www.change.org/p/football-association-give-free-travel-for-away-fans

Recently, the Premier League announced a new television deal showing an increase of 71% on the previous deal. With this massive increase in revenue for the clubs - they should be able to offer away fans free travel to away matches without increasing ticket prices.

Ticket prices are already too high and put people off travelling to the games. Including the travel with the match ticket would enable more people to be able to travel to matches - especially younger people, who may not be able to travel to matches otherwise.

In Germany, away travel is included as part of the match ticket - and is subsidised by the clubs.

Some Premier League clubs, such as Stoke City, have already implemented a free away travel scheme for their supporters. Stoke started the scheme for the 2013-14 season and saw a 26% increase on away attendances for like-for-like matches when compared to the previous season. This shows how well this can work. Additionally, the increased away ticket money would offset the cost of the transport to the games.

The Premier League should force clubs to offer free away travel - as part of the rules of the league. This could, later, be expanded for Premier League sides playing in the FA and League Cups, as well as Championship sides.


Please take a second out and give a hand …

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Karl Oyston Step Down – HELP the Petition
at 13:41 29 Dec 2014


I’m happy to forward this to you all – I believe fans should help each other for the benefit of all. I’m a Reading fan, as many of you know, but I write regularly on many different forums, and feel that I know the ins-and-outs of many. I also help to organize inter-forum games and competitions.

Right now the overwhelming majority of Blackpool fans need YOU to sign their big petition - please help! The following should help to explain everything. If you still feel you need more info as good as any: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Oyston



from Blackpool Supporters Trust


Hi All,

Any assistance that you can give in supporting our petition would be greatly appreciated. You may already have heard, but our club chairman Karl Oyston has been in the press this week for insulting a fan by text. The press has focused on the use of language which could be considered offensive including use of the term "Retard" and the comment "Enjoy your special needs day out", which have been widely condemned, due to the offence it may cause to the disabled, their families and indeed decent society. Football is supposed to be inclusive and clearly the use of such language cannot be tolerated.

However Oyston has not only insulted those with disabilities, he also appears to believe that normal everyday working people are also somehow beneath him and in doing so has widely insulted football fans across the country.

Here is one example of a text sent to a Blackpool fan by Karl Oyston...

"So let me get this straight, you think that despite knowing and being friendly with other chairman in the FL and PL, venture capitalists, bankers, entrepeneurs, very successful businessmen, government ministers, MP's and a whole host of notable worthies, that I should single out a fat flaccid painter and decorator/consultant whose crowning achievment is taking his poor family on holiday to Orlando for three torturous weeks a year? really? I suggest you slip discreetly back into whatever foul pond you emerged from. Crack on as I am enjoying myself. you are on toast and are too simple to realise it. In fact you have cheered me up no end and made me realise I am right to completely ignore the influential fans so cheers." Karl Oyston.

Karl Oyston is, as you may be aware, also on the Football League Board and therefore has an influential role in the decisions that may affect your football club. We firmly believe there is no place in football for anyone with such a dismissive attitude towards us, the fans.
Blackpool Fans also believe that Oyston should be removed from his position on the Football League board.


...................................................................................................................................................................................


Club President Valeri Belokon has called upon all Blackpool fans to support a petition for Club Chairman Karl Oyston to step down from his position with immediate effect.

Blackpool Supporters Trust would ask that our members , Blackpool fans and indeed all in the football community support Mr Belokons request and sign the attached petition that requests that Mr Karl Oyston step down from any position of influence in Blackpool FC immediately. This petition will be submitted to the FA and Football League as well as to Blackpool Football Club owner Mr Owen Oyston.

As many fans will be aware, Karl Oyston has recently been in the national and local media, having engaged in a series of abusive text exchanges with Blackpool supporters, which has further sullied the good name of Blackpool FC through association.

The attitude displayed by Mr Oyston, not only in regard to the unacceptable references to disabilities and ' special needs ' but in his general attitude towards hard working Blackpool fans in general makes him in our view unsuitable to hold a position of influence within our famous community football club.

For some time the relationship between Club and its fans has been strained and it is our firm belief that many of these issues are a direct result of Karl Oyston and his confrontational approach to the fan base. This latest outburst from Mr Oyston is simply a very public demonstration of an attitude that as has no place on football and decent society and which in addition has had a negative impact on relations between Karl Oyston and numerous managers , board members , members of the Press , players , fans and of course, Mr Belokon himself. When one individual manages to sour relations with so many other people, then the source of the problem becomes patently obvious. Karl Oyston seems incapable of managing everyday relationships without conflict and that cannot be good for Blackpool Football Club.

The time has come for Blackpool Football Club to move on into a new era of cooperation between Club and its fans and the wider community and for us to build upon the success that Valeri Belokon's substantial investment had brought about. Blackpool Supporters Trust call upon Mr Owen Oyston to remove Karl Oyston from any position of influence with immediate effect and re-establish a working relationship with Valeri Belokon, with a view to making positive progress, placing football first, investing properly for the success of the team and to start treating the fans and community of Blackpool with the respect that they deserve from the ambassador of our historic club.

Please sign the online petition detailing your full name & email address, together with any comments that you feel are relevant.



https://www.change.org/p/karl-oyston-resign-as-chairman-of-blackpool-football-cl





Thanks!!!






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Karl Oyston Step Down – HELP the Petition
at 13:36 29 Dec 2014

I’m happy to forward this to you all – I believe fans should help each other for the benefit of all. I’m a Reading fan, as many of you know, but I write regularly on many different forums, and feel that I know the ins-and-outs of many. I also help to organize inter-forum games and competitions.

Right now the overwhelming majority of Blackpool fans need YOU to sign their big petition - please help! The following should help to explain everything. If you still feel you need more info as good as any: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Oyston



from Blackpool Supporters Trust


Hi All,

Any assistance that you can give in supporting our petition would be greatly appreciated. You may already have heard, but our club chairman Karl Oyston has been in the press this week for insulting a fan by text. The press has focused on the use of language which could be considered offensive including use of the term "Retard" and the comment "Enjoy your special needs day out", which have been widely condemned, due to the offence it may cause to the disabled, their families and indeed decent society. Football is supposed to be inclusive and clearly the use of such language cannot be tolerated.

However Oyston has not only insulted those with disabilities, he also appears to believe that normal everyday working people are also somehow beneath him and in doing so has widely insulted football fans across the country.

Here is one example of a text sent to a Blackpool fan by Karl Oyston...

"So let me get this straight, you think that despite knowing and being friendly with other chairman in the FL and PL, venture capitalists, bankers, entrepeneurs, very successful businessmen, government ministers, MP's and a whole host of notable worthies, that I should single out a fat flaccid painter and decorator/consultant whose crowning achievment is taking his poor family on holiday to Orlando for three torturous weeks a year? really? I suggest you slip discreetly back into whatever foul pond you emerged from. Crack on as I am enjoying myself. you are on toast and are too simple to realise it. In fact you have cheered me up no end and made me realise I am right to completely ignore the influential fans so cheers." Karl Oyston.

Karl Oyston is, as you may be aware, also on the Football League Board and therefore has an influential role in the decisions that may affect your football club. We firmly believe there is no place in football for anyone with such a dismissive attitude towards us, the fans.
Blackpool Fans also believe that Oyston should be removed from his position on the Football League board.


...................................................................................................................................................................................


Club President Valeri Belokon has called upon all Blackpool fans to support a petition for Club Chairman Karl Oyston to step down from his position with immediate effect.

Blackpool Supporters Trust would ask that our members , Blackpool fans and indeed all in the football community support Mr Belokons request and sign the attached petition that requests that Mr Karl Oyston step down from any position of influence in Blackpool FC immediately. This petition will be submitted to the FA and Football League as well as to Blackpool Football Club owner Mr Owen Oyston.

As many fans will be aware, Karl Oyston has recently been in the national and local media, having engaged in a series of abusive text exchanges with Blackpool supporters, which has further sullied the good name of Blackpool FC through association.

The attitude displayed by Mr Oyston, not only in regard to the unacceptable references to disabilities and ' special needs ' but in his general attitude towards hard working Blackpool fans in general makes him in our view unsuitable to hold a position of influence within our famous community football club.

For some time the relationship between Club and its fans has been strained and it is our firm belief that many of these issues are a direct result of Karl Oyston and his confrontational approach to the fan base. This latest outburst from Mr Oyston is simply a very public demonstration of an attitude that as has no place on football and decent society and which in addition has had a negative impact on relations between Karl Oyston and numerous managers , board members , members of the Press , players , fans and of course, Mr Belokon himself. When one individual manages to sour relations with so many other people, then the source of the problem becomes patently obvious. Karl Oyston seems incapable of managing everyday relationships without conflict and that cannot be good for Blackpool Football Club.

The time has come for Blackpool Football Club to move on into a new era of cooperation between Club and its fans and the wider community and for us to build upon the success that Valeri Belokon's substantial investment had brought about. Blackpool Supporters Trust call upon Mr Owen Oyston to remove Karl Oyston from any position of influence with immediate effect and re-establish a working relationship with Valeri Belokon, with a view to making positive progress, placing football first, investing properly for the success of the team and to start treating the fans and community of Blackpool with the respect that they deserve from the ambassador of our historic club.

Please sign the online petition detailing your full name & email address, together with any comments that you feel are relevant.



[url= https://www.change.org/p/karl-oyston-resign-as-chairman-of-blackpool-football-cl Petition HERE[/url]





Thanks!!!




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Half-Season Survey
at 13:06 29 Dec 2013


Hi everyone, it’s daib0 here again!!

I'm wondering if you are able to answer a few questions about your season so far, we are doing a similar thing on many championship forums to get a general inter-forum idea of the nearly half-way mark:

*What was your best game of the season so far?
*Who has been your best player?
*Who has been your underperformer?
*Who has been your best signing?
*Do you believe you are underperforming, overachieving or are performing how you expected at the start of the season?

The questions are always the same for each club so it’s never personal! I'll get a general vibe from the members or I'll do an average.

It'll just help with a write up we’re doing for the Tilehurst End site and the Royals Rendezvous forum - where we’ll mention of course which forums were asked for the various categories.


Cheers guys,


daib0


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Inter-Forum PREMIER Positions Game 2013-14
at 12:03 4 Aug 2013

This fun game has got lost from view with the reform of the structuring of this site, but don't worry, I think all entries are correctly saved ...

Just a reminder, the game is already well established, several seasons running now. And dead easy! You simply guess ONCE (now!) what you think will be the final league positions for the Premier League 2013-14 (that’s all teams, in order 1st to 20th), leave them on this thread, and then sit back and enjoy!

This game will initially take you a couple of minutes, and then enjoy without having to make updates at all, all season. Here right below are the current 20 Premier teams in alphabetical order – simply COPY these onto your PC and re-arrange them in YOUR finishing order come the end of the 2013-14 season:

Arsenal
Aston Villa
Cardiff City
Chelsea
Crystal Palace
Everton
Fulham
Hull City
Liverpool
Manchester City
Manchester United
Newcastle United
Norwich City
Southampton
Stoke City
Sunderland
Swansea City
Tottenham Hotspur
West Bromwich Albion
West Ham United


(USE THESE SPELLINGS please if at all possible, it's automated, if not the Sunderland computer goes bananas if Aston Villa isn't A for Aston, Tottenham starts not with T but with S for Spurs etc. ...)



The SWANSEA ENTRIES SO FAR ...

SWANSEA CITY – Planet Swans Forum
1* Athletico Abertawe – Swansea – Planet Swans
2* Eddie70 – Swansea – Planet Swans
3* johnw 102 – Swansea – Planet Swans
4* junior_jack – Swansea – Planet Swans
5* HughJackBastard – Swansea – Planet Swans
6* rhodri123 – Swansea – Planet Swans
7* Jon Allon’s Dentist – Swansea – Planet Swans
8* SilverSurfer – Swansea – Planet Swans
9* swancity – Swansea – Planet Swans
10* Daggyjack – Swansea – Planet Swans
11* Double Decker – Swansea – Planet Swans
12* Jack_Bustard – Swansea – Planet Swans
13* skippyjack – Swansea – Planet Swans
14* jackanory55 – Swansea – Planet Swans
15* RatBoy – Swansea – Planet Swans
16* dameedna – Swansea – Planet Swans
17*morriston-jack-rhys // – Swansea – Planet Swans
18* Jack of all Trades – Swansea – Planet Swans
19* DeviantJack – Swansea – Planet Swans
20* shandyjack – Swansea – Planet Swans
21* abberjabber – Swansea – Planet Swans
22* currywurst_jack – Swansea – Planet Swans
23* swanseajackfenaz – Swansea – Planet Swans
24* slackjack – Swansea – Planet Swans
25* joshthejack – Swansea – Planet Swans
26* MichiganSwan – Swansea – Planet Swans
27* JACKARSE – Swansea – Planet Swans
28* jjjack – Swansea – Planet Swans
29* PJ_footballer – Swansea – Planet Swans
30* SkipTheJack – Swansea – Planet Swans
31* Coden – Swansea – Planet Swans
32* Joe_Bradshaw – Swansea – Planet Swans
33* pencoedjack – Swansea – Planet Swans
34* Danelocruz – Swansea – Planet Swans



Latest GENERAL Update!

482 guesses / from 36 forums (with 31 of these included in the forum average game too, having got the 5 minimum necessary) coming from:

HULL CITY – Not 606 Hull board 40 (42, but includes 2 incorrect at present = 40)
SWANSEA – Planet Swans 34
LEICESTER – Foxes Talk 26
WATFORD – WFC Forums 25
CARDIFF – Cardiff City Forum 24
NORWICH CITY – Not 606 Norwich Board 24
CRYSTAL PALACE – Holmesdale Forum 19
DERBY – DCFC Fans Forum 18
DONCASTER – Viking Chat Forum 17
LEEDS – Dirty Leeds forum 17
NEWCASTLE - The Toon Forum 17
FULHAM – Friends of Fulham 16
LEEDS – LUFC Talk 15
QPR – Not 606 QPR Board 15
BARNSLEY – Talk of the Tarn Forum 13
READING – Royals Rendezvous 13
BRIGHTON – North Stand Chat 12
LIVERPOOL – Liverpool FC Forum 12
BLACKPOOL – Back Henry Street Forum 11
NEWCASTLE UNITED – Vital Football Newcastle 11
WBA – BaggiesZone 10
CHELSEA – Chelsea FC Forums 9
EVERTON – ToffeeTalk Forum 8
PETERBOROUGH – The Official Posh Forum 8
TOTTENHAM – Tottenham Hotspur Unofficial Supporters Site 8
Talk Of The Terrace (National Forum) 7
BLACKBURN – Roverstalk 6
MANCHESTER CITY – MUFC Forum 6
WBA – WBAZone 6
Individual Non-affiliated Entries 6
BURNLEY – The Longside 5
WIGAN – This Northern Soul 5
-------------- not yet forum entry (minimum 5) below:
CRAWLEY TOWN – CTFC Net 4
WEST HAM – Cockney Boys Forum 4
NOTTINGHAM FOREST – The A Block 3
SUNDERLAND – Black Cat Chat Forum 3
Media & Communication 3
MANCHESTER UNITED – United Lounge Forum 2


Next weekend, last weekend before the Premier League kick-off I’ll have the national average selection and your forum average entry once more …
For now though, you might be interested to see the proposed table by Oddschecker, who have made averages from 24 different betting firms. From all of those, you’d get this average:

Manchester City
Chelsea
Manchester United
Arsenal
Liverpool
Tottenham Hotspur
Everton
Newcastle United
Southampton
Aston Villa
West Bromwich Albion
Swansea City
Fulham
Sunderland
West Ham United
Stoke city
Cardiff City
Norwich City
Hull City
Crystal Palace

--------------------------------

Generosity! Anyone can change their selection up to day before kick-off. If you wish to change opinion in the light of transfers etc, but can't remember your selection, write on this thread and I'll gladly remind anyone.

New entries still welcome!



daib0

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Premier League Teams Overall Ratings for 2012-13
at 14:43 6 Jun 2013


Hi guys,

We on Reading’s RR sort of ‘commissioned’ (but to an honorary cause!) our resident and excellent preview match man ‘Wolfy’, who’s actually a Liverpool supporter himself (but a fair-minded person!) to come up with end-of-season ratings for each premier league club, balancing between what might be expected and what happened. For an imaginary example, if Wigan had finished 8th that might well have been seen better than Everton finishing 5th ... so in other words, ratings will be based on the expectations of the club compared to their actual finish.

This is what he has come up with. I’d be very interested to get your own opinions, to relay back onto the initial thread topics he did for us. What mark/s would YOU have changed?
Here goes then:


“Arsenal: 8/10. I think the title might have been the goal of the supporters this season but I think the club know 4th place is a priority every season. Earlier on, they looked to have tightened that defence and they stayed unbeaten until the 29th of September, but including that game they lost 3 of the next 5. Just one win out of 5 in November, with a 2-0 home defeat to Swansea after looked to condemn them to a very poor season but Arsenal responded with 4 four straight wins. They only lost 3 games after this, against Chelsea, City and Tottenham. I think we seen the real Arsenal in the second half of the season, but they need a good start next year, with the second half of the season staying the same to get a 9 or 10.

Aston Villa: 5/10. Up until March, Villa were terrible. They'd only won 5 games and the manner in which they lost some games was worrying to say the least. They are lucky they hit some sort of form mixed with terrible seasons from QPR and Reading because they are lucky to still be in the league. The 3-0 loss at home to Wigan in December was a very low point for the club, they had just lost 4-0 to Spurs and 8-0 to Chelsea. Apart from the manner of the win against Sunderland (6-1) I haven't been impressed with Villa and if they lose Benteke, I think they will go down. They can take positives from the fact they won 5 of the last 10 games, but they need a far better season next year . They need some 3 or 4 additions this summer.

Chelsea: 8.5/10. A very busy and long season for Chelsea. They came flying out of the blocks with 7 wins and a draw then 4 league games without a win and a poor Champions League defence saw the end of Di Matteo. Benitez came in and started slowly but apart from the odd terrible game (QPR at home, Newcastle, Southampton) they were consistent and very much looked like a team capable of competing for honours. They won 11 out of 19 league games in 2013, which secured 3rd place. I can see Chelsea growing even more next season under the 'Special one'. Not a bad season for Chelsea and I think the decision to bring in Benitez was fruitful for Chelsea.

Everton: 7.5/10. Everton had some very good spells during the season and not too many bad but there was way too many draws, which ruined what might have been a season that ended with Champions League football. People say 6th was an achievement but I say it is in the back of the players' minds that they should have been in the Top 4. They had a spell October-November where they drew 7 out of 9 games, there was a shock defeat to Reading in there too. Away from home let them down badly, they only won 4 games. There are positives, like being difficult to beat and finishing in the top 6, but it was a season of what could have been for Everton and they might not get a chance like that next season.

Fulham: 6.5/10. Only 3 defeats up until the middle of November, Fulham looked strong for a mid-table season and were difficult to beat. Berbatov was looking a very good buy, he was scoring goals and the team was pulling together. A 3-1 home defeat to Sunderland started a run of just 3 wins in 19 games. All of a sudden, relegation looked a more likely outcome then a top half finish, but a 5 game unbeaten run, including a 1-0 win at White Hart Lane all but secured survival for Fulham and again they pushed up the table. But then 6 defeats and a draw against Villa showed how much Fulham need reinforcements this summer, even though a 3-0 away win at Swansea papered over a few cracks, with Fulham finishing 12th. Again, a lack of a relegation escape from Wigan made Fulham fans breath easier.

Liverpool: 7/10. It was a difficult season to watch as an LFC fan. A terrible start, albeit against top teams set the tone for the first half of the season. Suarez was saving us from dropping into the bottom half of the table or worse with Gerrard hitting bits of form too. A 3-1 home defeat against Villa ended any hopes of a top 4 finish in December and it seemed Rodgers learnt his lesson. He tied up deals for Coutinho and Sturridge from Inter and Chelsea respectively. In 2013, we lost just 3 times, two bad defeats at home to West Brom and away to Southampton plus a 2-1 defeat at the Champions. Sturridge, Coutinho and Suarez until he got banned hit form and we seen a different LFC which gives me hope for the new season. We need to keep hold of our stars and improve on a 7th place finish next season.

Man City: 8/10. Needless to say Man City were expected to defend their title this season. And people may forget, but they started well. They went 15 games unbeaten, winning 9. The loss in the Derby gave United a 6 point lead and United were on crushing form until the end of the season which made them deserved Champions, but City didn't give up. A 1-0 defeat to Sunderland was a low point in a run of 6 wins in 7 games. The title was all but over when just 2 of the next 6 games. A derby win against United wasn't enough as they won just 3 of the last 6. On the whole, City done well, they got some good results but just couldn't keep with United and probably needed an extra 10% from the players. There was no consistent goalscorer either, which was a major factor. I think they'll need season or two to be contenders again.

Man Utd: 9.5/10. Man Utd won 25 out of their first 30 games this season. That is incredible, considering they lost at Everton on the opening day. Draws didn't hold them back, they picked up wins 'The Ugly Way' and have to thank Van Persie for getting them out of some tricky situations at Southampton and Reading in Particular early on. They went on a two 4 game, two 5 game and a 7 game winning run this season. They done the double over Liverpool, won at Chelsea, won at the Etihad and scored an incredible 41 times away from home. The only reason they don't get a 10? They only won 3 of the last 8 games. And the 5-5 draw at West Brom on the final day will always be remembered as United picked up their most impressive league title yet in Fergie's final year.

Newcastle: 6/10. Newcastle only won 4 games until the turn of the year. They just couldn't find the fire-power required, then Demba Ba left for Chelsea leaving Newcastle with lots of problems. A run of 4 wins and a draw from 8 games papered over cracks at the Toon army. It all but secured survival but again, a bit like Fulham, they lost their way and were even beaten 6-0 at home by Liverpool in the most one sided games I've ever seen. A 1-0 win over Fulham, followed 5 games later by a win over relegated QPR secured Premier League status for Newcastle, who have lots of talent in the squad but really need to re-consider bringing in some local talent to help settle all the new French players.

Norwich: 6/10: Norwich are another team who started very slowly. They were smacked 5-2 by Liverpool and 4-1 to Chelsea which gave them a big kick to help them kick-on. From mid-October to mid-December Norwich won 5 home games in a row and went 10 games unbeaten home and away. But a tricky spell, which brought 5 defeats and 4 draws, dragged Norwich back into the relegation fight. A 2-1 win over Everton at the end of February gave the fans hope of a good run, but another 5 game win less streak made Norwich one of the main contenders to go down. Another home win, over Reading, clawed back even more hope, although the 2-1 home defeat to Villa was probably in the top 3 worst defeats for Norwich this season. But a hugely impressive 4-0 win over West Brom secured Premier League status, while they won 3-2 at the Etihad on the final day of the season to end a roller-coaster season. If they don't buy a striker or two, they could be in trouble next season.

QPR: 2/10. It must be said that this was one of QPR's worst seasons in history. To the shambles that was Mark Hughes to the small but brief revival under Harry, QPR never had it easy. Top players like Adel Taarabt under-performed to a point where they played better without him. Chris Samba, Jose Bosingwa, Ji-Sung Park, Granero, Wright-Phillips and Hoillet all under-performed where as there was lots of clubs after them before their moves to QPR. They had just 10 points up to the new year, then Harry won at Stamford Bridge before notching up 4 straight draws, giving fans hope. 2 defeats were followed by 2 wins and the belief was there until the 1st of April where Chris Samba unleashed his own April Fools by giving Fulham 2 sloppy goals in a 3-2 defeat. After that, I think the players gave up and so it showed. They lost 7 of the last 9 games, now Harry has a huge drop trying to get them back up.

Reading: 4/10. I don't know about the fans but I think most people could see by Christmas that Reading's squad was too weak and destined for the drop. Brian McDermott was so disappointing in the fact he kept using Pavel Pogrebynak up top on his own, doesn't matter if you like him or not, his 5 goals in 29 games is what he got in 5 games for Fulham. He's not all too blame, apart from a couple of early seasons assists, McAnuff didn't play well enough and the centre of midfield was over-ran too easily. The backs just weren't up to scratch. Alex McCarthy put in some fine displays in the last few games of the season and Robson-Kanu hit form towards the end too. They started the season able to get draws but not wins until a shock win over Everton, which was followed by 7 straight losses. Then all hopes were raised, Pogrebynak scored in 3 straight games, along with super-sub Le Fondre brought 7 points from 4 games before a couple of games of super-sub class from Le Fondre secured 4 more points, then a Jimmy Kebe inspired win over Sunderland brought all hope back. But then lost 12 of the last 15 games of the season, with the team looking slightly better under Nigel Adkins.

Southampton: 7.5/10. Staying up was the aim at the start of the season, Nigel Adkins' side starting poorly, they scored goals but were beat 4 times in 4 games. A 4-1 win over Villa finally got them off the board but another poor run brought Nigel Adkins' job into question. He responded, losing just 2 of the next 11, picking up 17 points but it wasn't enough as he was controversially axed. Pochettino was brought in with a mixed start, he picked up 5 points in his first 6 games and they headed towards the drop. Pochettino then got the very best out of Lambert, Lallana and particularly Jay Rodriguez to seal 3 straight wins over Liverpool, Chelsea and Reading. 4 draws in the last 6 games followed, but Southampton only managed 3 goals so there will be fresh doubt over them going into the new season, but they have some strong attacking players in Rodgriguez, 14 goal Rickie Lambert, Puncheon, Ramirez and Lallana. Overall, a 14th place finish is more than good enough for the newly-promoted side.

Stoke City: 6/10. Stoke's problem was a lack of a goalscorer, Crouch and Walters got 15 between them but Stoke's game was always based on physical play, resulting in low-scoring games. It's not pretty, but it's effective. They started the season tough to beat again, 1 win, 6 draws and 3 defeats. Fans called for more wins and Stoke delivered, picking up 4 wins in the next 5. They won 5 games in a 10 game unbeaten streak during that spell, soaring them into the top half. Just 5 points from the next 39 available so them fall rapidly and they became real relegation candidates. 2 wins against already relegated teams saw them stay up for another season and they collected 2 points from the last 3 games. Tony Pulis was fired and Mark Hughes brought in. I think that decision will back fire on 13th place Stoke who ensured safety yet again. But I'll say no more.

Sunderland: 4.5/10. Surely Sunderland were expecting a far better season than this, a top half finish at least. They started with 6 draws, a win and a a defeat. Only one win in 7 followed, with 5 defeats as the pressure grew on Martin O' Neill. Only Steven Fletcher up front and 'keeper Simon Mingolet were performing My biggest criticism is that he can motivate players anymore. Reports came out he was 'weird' and 'out of touch'. Sunderland responded with 5 wins from the next 9, but they did lose the other 4. A run of 2 draws in 8 games, with 6 defeats eventually brought an end to his reign and Paolo Di Canio was brought in. I instantly said he would keep them up and after a narrow defeat at Chelsea, he won the derby 3-0 away to Newcastle, before an impressive win at Wigan and a draw with Swansea. Old habits sneaked in after a 6-1 away loss to Villa, before survival was secured with two home draws. Tottenham beat them 1-0 on the final day. Eventful season for Sunderland, they'll be hoping for a quiet safe one next term, but with Di Canio in charge and overhauling the whole squad, when is it quiet?

Swansea : 8/10. The first thing I have to mention is a terrific cup run. Swansea won the League Cup, smashing Bradford 5-0 in the final. The form of 2 million, 19 goal Michu said it all for Swansea. Loanee De Guzman was terrific, so was Routledge on the wing. Williams was solid in the backs as Swansea started with 10 goals and 7 points from the first 3 games. A small run of just one win in 6 or 7 games followed but and stayed hard to beat while picking up wins up until their League Cup win. Just 2 wins followed that cup win and just 8 points but Swansea had their place in the top half all but secure, they'll just hope the slide doesn't continue next season. But 9th and a cup win is a successful season for the Swans.

Tottenham: 7.5/10. Tottenham or 'Bale FC' as they were named by the end of the season actually only got 4 Bale goals in the opening 12 matches but there goal of Champions League football was failing as meant a record of 5 wins, 2 draws and 5 defeats, including a 5-2 defeat to Arsenal. But Bale and Tottenham kicked on, between 25th of November 2012 up until the 10th of March 2013, Tottenham lost just one Premier League game and became almost certs for a Champions League place. But a 3-2 defeat at Anfield after being 2-1 up and then a 1-0 home defeat left Tottenham needing to win all their games to stop an in-form Arsenal securing 4th. A week before the Liverpool game, AVB had declared Arsenal's season 'over' after opening a big lead over them but Arsenal were back. A run of 3 draws and 3 wins coupled with Arsenal's winning run saw Spurs fall to 5th and even though 2 wins in the last 2 set Spurs with 72 points, a club record in the Premier League era and enough to qualify for the Champions League in 10 of the last 11 season, Spurs missed out yet again. I gave them a high mark because they did set a club record points and were so unlucky in not getting 4th. It's going to be even harder next year so they need to keep hold of Bale.

West Brom: 8/10. With two new entries, Manager Steve Clarke and loanee Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea, many predicted Clarke and Lukaku not experienced enough to keep West Brom up. But West Brom destroyed Liverpool 3-0 on the opening day and never looked back. They only lost one of their first 7 games, winning 4 as they became surprise contenders for a European place. 2 defeats followed but West Brom were in the top 4 following 4 straight wins. Albion slowed down with 3 defeats but once again surprised us with another 7 points from 3 games. The season literally couldn't get any better so it got far far worse. West Brom only managed 4 wins and 4 draws after the new year a they began to feel the effects of an explosive start. One win was a 2-0 win at Anfield however and they deserve huge plaudits for that. Romelu Lukaku meanwhile, shocked everyone with 17 league goals and became one of only a few players to score a hat trick against Man Utd on the final day in a thrilling 5-5 draw. He managed his hat-trick as a substitute and only needed 36 minutes between his first and last goal. He may be wanted at Chelsea but he's now a wanted man, can West Brom cope without him? I think so yes. They finished 8th in this season, a terrific season for a club tipped to go down.

West Ham: 9/10. West Ham started the season well enough for a side who came up via the play offs and were widely tipped to go back down. They won 5, drew 4 and lost 3. A run of just two wins followed until February but West Ham had already picked up enough points to secure safety. Then loanee Andy Carroll and midfielder Kevin Nolan really turned on the style, they lost just 3 of the last 11 games, laughing of their tag as relegation favourites at the beginning of the season. Nolan hit 4 goals in that run, Carroll hit 5 as West Ham ended the season with a top half finish. 10th place after coming up from the play-offs was hugely impressive for West Ham who were tipped for rock-bottom. I see they've made offers for Carroll and Negredo to join them so they are making all the right noises ahead of the new season.

Wigan: 6.5/10. This is a difficult one because Wigan were eventually relegated after 8 seasons of miraculous survivals but also won the first major trophy in the clubs history, shocking Man City 1-0 in the FA Cup final. They did have 5 wins going into the new year and 18 points. A 6 game win less run seemed to all but condemn them but with other sides around them performing badly and this being 'Wigan's time of year' they won 3 of the next 4 games, with a 4-0 defeat to in-from Liverpool the only setback. 5 points from the next 5 games left it all in the balance, but Wigan were beaten 3-2 by Swansea in a game they really should have won. Then they won the FA Cup but 3 days later, they had an impossible task of winning at the Emirates like they did last year to keep themselves afloat. Wigan failed to do so and then drew 2-2 n the final day of the season to end a season of mixed emotion. It looks like they have lost manager Roberto Martinez and will probably lose 3-4 key players but I really hope to see this fantastic club back in the big time sooner rather than later.”


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Saints v Liverpool preview by Liverpool fan
at 23:33 13 Mar 2013


Hey guys, you'll know I'm a Reading fan, but we've been linking up with Sunderland and Liverpool fans on Royals Rendezvous of late to do match previews and a league placings game too.

I thought you might be interested in a pre-match assessment by 'Wolfy', RR's own resident Liverpool fan ... any comments back (sociable please!) I'd happily hand back to him, if reproducible!

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Match: Southampton v Liverpool

Date: 16th March 2013

Time: 15:00

Competition: Premier League

Form: Southampton - DLLWD Liverpool - WWWLD

Last Meeting: Liverpool 1-0 Southampton


A few weeks ago, you would have thought LFC were out of the top 4 race and Southampton are safe from relegation but there has been enough signs to contradict that thought. The win over Tottenham in front of the Kop saw us just 7 points from the top 4 with Chelsea as well as Tottenham having Europa League to worry about, it still would be a big surprise if we finished 4th but the players have done enough to show it is still a possibility. The last 3 wins have seen the reds score a massive 12 goals and the last 7 wins before the Tottenham game brought a clean sheet. Some players have really hit form in the last couple of weeks but there has been one man who has been excellent throughout, Luis Suarez. He is still the biggest threat and is a great shout for the golden boot award. To show that we've made real progress, we need to win the next 2 away games including this game. Aston Villa are next up and if we even draw one of these games then top 4 might just be beyond our reach. The best way to beat Southampton in my mind is to attack down the middle at first but switch to the wings later on. The full backs like to get forward and the wingers, particularly Puncheon, are very talented but can sometimes be caught out by not tracking back. We'll need at least 2 players that dictate the game early on and then have Coutinho and Downing out wide for later on. Although I do believe that the form those players are in they can attack from anywhere and get a goal. It's still incredible to think Luis Suarez is on 22 league goals this season with Gerrard next up, on 9 and 3 from the spot. He's shown everyone he is as good, if not better than the likes of Rooney, Van Persie, Cavani, etc. He will again be the key to this game and his mazy runs will be very difficult for Southampton to deal with. They should at least employ a man marker on him.

Meanwhile, results are looking like they are on a downward spiral at Southampton. The new manager came in and picked up some decent results but 1 win in the last 6 that included Norwich and Wigan away and QPR home says a lot. The win came against the champions 3-1 at home. I think the team and particularly the forward line are too talented to go down, but this is football and you can never rest on your laurels. Lambert with 12 goals is the biggest goal threat and he has scored the first goal 10 times for Southampton. But scoring goals hasn't been a major problem, they have players more than capable of getting goals, home form has been a huge let down this season. With just 4 home wins in the league, they are lucky to be in 16th place. They've been difficult to beat at times but they really need to win more at home, against any side in the league. The 45-65/70th minute mark is key in this game because it's when both sides really kick into gear and score the majority of their goals, although Liverpool have been strong starters recently. The new manager has received a small bit of stick from outside fans but that's to be expected when you have taken over from someone so popular. I still think he has the qualities to get Southampton out of trouble.

I'm not going to make a prediction because my red-tainted glasses are always on but there is hope for Southampton fans, 4 of the last 6 meetings have seen the home side win with a clean sheet.

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Wolfy's QPR v Sunderland pre-match assessment & thoughts ...
at 18:25 6 Mar 2013

Hey guys, you'll know I'm a Reading fan, but we've been linking up with Sunderland and Liverpool fans of late to do match previews and a league placings game too.

I thought you might be interested in a pre-match assessment by 'Wolfy', RR's own resident Liverpool fan ... any comments back (sociable please!) I'd happily hand back to him, if reproducible!



So here goes:

Match: QPR v Sunderland

Date: 9th March 2013

Time: 15:00

Competition: Premier League

Form: QPR - WLLDD Sunderland - DLLLDD

Last Meeting: QPR 0-0 Sunderland

Despite me thinking Sunderland just need a few wins to safety, I think both these sides are in the relegation scrap. Sunderland have had so many decent fixtures to bring them up to mid-table but haven't won in the last 6 and sit just 6 points off the drop zones. If they lose this one, they are in trouble. I think at this stage of the season, they don't need to look ahead any further than the next 2 games, which are crucial. After this game, they play Norwich at home. If they take 2-3 points they should be happy but if they lose both or pick up just 1 point then they could be even further down the table. They do have a fair bit of quality in their side which could be the deciding factor in this game. The likes of Sessegnon, Flecther and Adam Johnson are very good players who can win a match on their day. Without any assists from penalties, they are the top 3 scorers in the league at Sunderland with only Gardner ( 5 goals, 3 penalties) breaking that trio. They have 19 goals and Sessegnon and Johnson have 7 assists between them. If they can keep hold of them is another matter but first, they need to secure safety first. In a game like this, the first goal is vital. Fletcher has scored the first goal 6 times while ALL of Gardner's strikes have been first goals. Sunderland are without star performer Danny Rose once again and his injury has been key to recent results while Lee Cattermole is still out. I expect QPR to try and exploit Sunderland while Rose is recovering from his injury and that's where Sunderland need to be careful. With just 3 away wins this season, this game will be very difficult for Sunderland to get 3 points.

I personally expected a bit more of a 'revival' by QPR under Harry Redknapp. But fairytale stuff aside, he has a big job on his hands keeping them in the Premier League. But despite just 3 wins this season, they are just 4 points from safety and a win here will go a long way. They are getting harder to beat, particularly at home with 0-0 home draws against Norwich, Tottenham and Man City. They needed wins though and last week's away win at Southampton was crucial because it has dragged Southampton down into the mix too. They have Aston Villa away next win so there is a good chance they could be out of the bottom 3 next week which would be quite amazing really. So, if you look at it in detail, Harry hasn't done a bad job. I don't think have any stand out players to be honest, with maybe Taarabt and maybe new signing Loic Remy the top 2. Taarabt's 4 goals have also all been goals (bar 1) which have been the first goal for his side in a match so he might be worth a shout for first scorer. Remy has 2 goals in 4 games and should profit more from being the main man up front. If he can stay fit and on form, then his goals will keep them up. QPR just need to keep their heads, because I think this is a game they should win. Their worst 5 disciplined players have a total of 28 yellow cards and 2 reds compared to just 21 yellows at Sunderland.

Both teams have not scored enough goals this season and I don't expect a thriller, but I think it'll be a home win. Close but still a home win. 2-1 to QPR.


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Inter-forum FA Cup Upsets Game (3rd Rd)
at 18:10 31 Dec 2012

Inter-forum FA Cup Upsets Game (3rd Rd)
One-off Weekend Game

Happy new year guys and lasses! Have fun on the FA Cup Upsets game - this is now becoming a well-loved feature! For the 2nd Round we had over 120 entries, and 21 forums finally took part – amazing, but let’s beat that this time! And it’s dead easy to play, and it’s open absolutely to all …


Have a look at the paired teams for the 3rd Round on the following post - there are Premier, championship, League 1, League 2, Conference (Blue Square) Premier and even lower included on the list below. I'd like to invite you to call for FIVE matches where you see a possible upset on the cards! By upset, it must obviously be a lower league side winning (or at least drawing) against a higher league side. You haven't got to give any score at all or call a draw or win, simply guess which will be the successful 'lower tier club' or ‘minnow’ teams on the day! If you get it wrong doesn’t matter at all, you simply don’t get awarded points for that game or games – and will surely apply to all of us in some of the games.


So … how do you get points?

If in your selected games a lower league side does indeed win you have 3 points. If the lower league side force a replay then it is 1 point (doesn’t matter if they later lose the replay, just the initial game is taken into account).
But ... bonus - if you choose a real ‘upset’ – a team from a league TWO tiers OR MORE lower than their opponents (according to the levels below) then those points are DOUBLED. This is the real betting man's stuff - the more you risk with tier difference the more points you get, but there again, an upset is much less likely!! So you need to weigh things up!!

To help you, see the leagues written in after each team (in next post) to make an easier selection:
PR = premier league
CH = championship
L1 = League Division 1
L2 = League Division 2
CPr = Conference Premier
C-Lwr = lower than Conference premier level
** as an extra help, two tier (or more) differences are shown with double asterisks.


THE GAMES TO CHOOSE FROM:

Sat 5 Jan 2013
Brighton (CH) V Newcastle (PR)
Aldershot (L2) V Rotherham (L2) (prediction not valid; two teams from same league!)
Aston Villa (PR) V Ipswich (CH)
Barnsley (CH) V Burnley (CH) (prediction not valid; two teams from same league!)
** Macclesfield (CPr) V Cardiff (CH)
Blackburn (CH) V Bristol City (CH) (prediction not valid; two teams from same league!)
Bolton (CH) V Sunderland (PR)
Charlton (CH) V Huddersfield (CH) (prediction not valid; two teams from same league!)
** Crawley (L1) V Reading (PR)
Crystal Palace (CH) V Stoke (PR)
Derby (CH) V Tranmere (L1)
Fulham (PR) V Blackpool (CH)
Hull (CH) V Leyton Orient (L1)
Leeds United (CH) V Birmingham (CH) (prediction not valid; two teams from same league!)
** Leicester (CH) V Burton Albion (L2)
** Luton (CPr) V Wolves (CH)
Man City (PR) V Watford (CH)
** Middlesbrough (CH) V Hastings Utd (C-Lwr)
Millwall (CH) V Preston (L1)
Nottm Forest (CH) V Oldham (L1)
Oxford Utd (L2) V Sheff Utd (L1)
Peterborough (CH) V Norwich (PR)
QPR (PR) V West Brom (PR) (prediction not valid; two teams from same league!)
Sheff Wed (CH) V MK Dons (L1)
Southampton (PR) V Chelsea (PR) (prediction not valid; two teams from same league!)
Southend (L2) V Brentford (L1)
** Tottenham (PR) V Coventry (L1)
** Wigan (PR) V Bournemouth (L1)
West Ham (PR) V Man Utd (PR) (prediction not valid; two teams from same league!)

Sunday 6th January 2013
Swansea (PR) V Arsenal (PR) (prediction not valid; two teams from same league!)
** Mansfield (CPr) V Liverpool (PR)

Monday 7th January 2013
** Cheltenham (L2) V Everton (PR)



Honorary prizes: gold medal/s, silver medal/s, bronze medal/s and diploma/s of honour, for all those on the highest points totals. You play at both an individual level – for personal glory! – and for your forum; forums will be also be classed according to the average mark of its posters (but a minimum of 5 entries is required of each forum to make this a fair average).


How did the 2nd Round go? – the overall winner was Disorganised1 of the Coventry – Sky Blue Talk (incredible, scooping maximum points available as well!), with the runners-ups Royal Crisp (Reading - Royals Rendezvous) and Rhys Lighting 63 (Fulham – Friends of Fulham) also doing excellently. There were quite a group in the bronze position …
Top team forum boards were the Hemel Hempstead – Tudor Talk, followed by runners-up Barnet – The Beehive, 3rd Manchester City – MCFC Forum, 4th Swansea – Planet Swans and then in 5th spot my own board Royals Rendezvous.


Have fun - answers on this thread please – remember to simply name FIVE games where an upset might occur in your opinion (and please you all five options up, it’s in your and your forum’s interest!). CAREFUL closing time: 11.59am SATURDAY mid-day - that's because the Brighton v Newcastle game kicks off at 12.30 pm, and I need over half-an-hour of checking grace. Points and placings for this one-off weekend game will be published within 48 hours of the last game of the round to be played (Wednesday latest). In case of postponement, sorry, bad luck, you lose that game – but in case of abandonment we take the score at stopping moment as valid …

A complete record of everyone entering from every forum will be found here, and later every score total and break-down too: http://royalsrendezvous.co.uk/topic/9794689/1

daib0


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Inter-forum FA Cup Upsets Game (3rd Rd)
at 18:05 31 Dec 2012

Inter-forum FA Cup Upsets Game (3rd Rd)
One-off Weekend Game

Happy new year guys and lasses! Have fun on the FA Cup Upsets game - this is now becoming a well-loved feature! For the 2nd Round we had over 120 entries, and 21 forums finally took part – amazing, but let’s beat that this time! And it’s dead easy to play, and it’s open absolutely to all …


Have a look at the paired teams for the 3rd Round on the following post - there are Premier, championship, League 1, League 2, Conference (Blue Square) Premier and even lower included on the list below. I'd like to invite you to call for FIVE matches where you see a possible upset on the cards! By upset, it must obviously be a lower league side winning (or at least drawing) against a higher league side. You haven't got to give any score at all or call a draw or win, simply guess which will be the successful 'lower tier club' or ‘minnow’ teams on the day! If you get it wrong doesn’t matter at all, you simply don’t get awarded points for that game or games – and will surely apply to all of us in some of the games.


So … how do you get points?

If in your selected games a lower league side does indeed win you have 3 points. If the lower league side force a replay then it is 1 point (doesn’t matter if they later lose the replay, just the initial game is taken into account).
But ... bonus - if you choose a real ‘upset’ – a team from a league TWO tiers OR MORE lower than their opponents (according to the levels below) then those points are DOUBLED. This is the real betting man's stuff - the more you risk with tier difference the more points you get, but there again, an upset is much less likely!! So you need to weigh things up!!

To help you, see the leagues written in after each team (in next post) to make an easier selection:
PR = premier league
CH = championship
L1 = League Division 1
L2 = League Division 2
CPr = Conference Premier
C-Lwr = lower than Conference premier level
** as an extra help, two tier (or more) differences are shown with double asterisks.


THE GAMES TO CHOOSE FROM:

Sat 5 Jan 2013
Brighton (CH) V Newcastle (PR)
Aldershot (L2) V Rotherham (L2) (prediction not valid; two teams from same league!)
Aston Villa (PR) V Ipswich (CH)
Barnsley (CH) V Burnley (CH) (prediction not valid; two teams from same league!)
** Macclesfield (CPr) V Cardiff (CH)
Blackburn (CH) V Bristol City (CH) (prediction not valid; two teams from same league!)
Bolton (CH) V Sunderland (PR)
Charlton (CH) V Huddersfield (CH) (prediction not valid; two teams from same league!)
** Crawley (L1) V Reading (PR)
Crystal Palace (CH) V Stoke (PR)
Derby (CH) V Tranmere (L1)
Fulham (PR) V Blackpool (CH)
Hull (CH) V Leyton Orient (L1)
Leeds United (CH) V Birmingham (CH) (prediction not valid; two teams from same league!)
** Leicester (CH) V Burton Albion (L2)
** Luton (CPr) V Wolves (CH)
Man City (PR) V Watford (CH)
** Middlesbrough (CH) V Hastings Utd (C-Lwr)
Millwall (CH) V Preston (L1)
Nottm Forest (CH) V Oldham (L1)
Oxford Utd (L2) V Sheff Utd (L1)
Peterborough (CH) V Norwich (PR)
QPR (PR) V West Brom (PR) (prediction not valid; two teams from same league!)
Sheff Wed (CH) V MK Dons (L1)
Southampton (PR) V Chelsea (PR) (prediction not valid; two teams from same league!)
Southend (L2) V Brentford (L1)
** Tottenham (PR) V Coventry (L1)
** Wigan (PR) V Bournemouth (L1)
West Ham (PR) V Man Utd (PR) (prediction not valid; two teams from same league!)

Sunday 6th January 2013
Swansea (PR) V Arsenal (PR) (prediction not valid; two teams from same league!)
** Mansfield (CPr) V Liverpool (PR)

Monday 7th January 2013
** Cheltenham (L2) V Everton (PR)



Honorary prizes: gold medal/s, silver medal/s, bronze medal/s and diploma/s of honour, for all those on the highest points totals. You play at both an individual level – for personal glory! – and for your forum; forums will be also be classed according to the average mark of its posters (but a minimum of 5 entries is required of each forum to make this a fair average).


How did the 2nd Round go? – the overall winner was Disorganised1 of the Coventry – Sky Blue Talk (incredible, scooping maximum points available as well!), with the runners-ups Royal Crisp (Reading - Royals Rendezvous) and Rhys Lighting 63 (Fulham – Friends of Fulham) also doing excellently. There were quite a group in the bronze position …
Top team forum boards were the Hemel Hempstead – Tudor Talk, followed by runners-up Barnet – The Beehive, 3rd Manchester City – MCFC Forum, 4th Swansea – Planet Swans and then in 5th spot my own board Royals Rendezvous.


Have fun - answers on this thread please – remember to simply name FIVE games where an upset might occur in your opinion (and please you all five options up, it’s in your and your forum’s interest!). CAREFUL closing time: 11.59am SATURDAY mid-day - that's because the Brighton v Newcastle game kicks off at 12.30 pm, and I need over half-an-hour of checking grace. Points and placings for this one-off weekend game will be published within 48 hours of the last game of the round to be played (Wednesday latest). In case of postponement, sorry, bad luck, you lose that game – but in case of abandonment we take the score at stopping moment as valid …

A complete record of everyone entering from every forum will be found here, and later every score total and break-down too: http://royalsrendezvous.co.uk/topic/9794689/1

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at 14:21 3 Dec 2012

A warm hello to all Saints fans once again from Royals Rendezvous … look, just to let you know we’ve prepared a very detailed match presentation on the Southampton v Reading game from our Reading forum, and the fullest respect shown to the Saints from our friendly site with full information produced equally for both sets of fans – but in all honesty far, FAR more on your team.

It's here: http://royalsrendezvous.co.uk/topic/9775276/1

And a recommendation is given of your forum as the unofficial site suggestion … trust me, our members love to hear what other fans have to say, there are no ‘Wums’ on RR. We even have a separate part of the forum 'Rivals, but Friends' and a specific thread dedicated to your views.

I know some people don’t particularly like other fans producing a shopping list of questions to answer, and I perfectly understand that, so I leave any comments freely and totally with you. But if you like, these simple following points might be used as a very basic guide in case you’d like to write to something slightly longer, but don’t feel at all pushed to go along this road if it doesn’t suit you:


A] What do you feel are currently the strongest areas of YOUR squad, and who should Reading individually look out for / fear most?
B] Any young stars coming through the academy that we should keep an eye on, now or in the future? Any thoughts on the new U21 league? – there are three mini-leagues of course, but you’re in a different group from us, we might just meet up later on in final stages ...
C] Well, it’s a re-run of last season at the top of the premier so far. The two Manchester clubs are really turning the heat on – but both Saints and Reading are struggling. Southampton have, in theory, considerable flair so where do you think you might finish if all more-or-less goes well? And your tip for champions?
D] How strong do you see the general level of the premier this season, and any general opinions of Reading FC and our current football - either for or against (you can be honest!). Do you frankly see us surviving? Our own fans are beginning to have serious doubts now, but obviously don’t want it to be just a one season learning curve ...


Many thanks, here’s to a good game! I’ll be looking in daily, so any questions back just pop them on this thread …


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