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at 18:04 4 Sep 2017

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-41122975

"Mrs Cowell said she was "petrified" and put weights on the toilet lid for several days after the experience."

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Sanches news article from last year
at 16:47 31 Aug 2017

From the Guardian last year:

"Sanches is two years younger than Dele Alli (Tottenham). Increasingly he looks not just like a cautionary tale for any grand talent in football’s bay of sharks; but a convincing candidate for the title of most startlingly strange, meteoric, 24-month first-team career ever, even in a notably odd modern game.

His rise at Benfica was thrillingly swift. A first-team debut in October 2015 was followed within a year by a league and league cup double, a Euro 2016 winners medal with Portugal and a mega-money move to Bayern.

Sanches looked like something genuinely precious at the Euros, a tyro general with the skill to hold the ball, the boldness and strength to stride through the midfield and the brain to pick a pass. This was a player who just needed to be left to grow and learn and keep on pushing the limits of his own talent.

This was never really an option. Sanches was already signed to Bayern, his agent Jorge Mendes too expert at making money, the deal for Benfica too good to resist. Sanches will bring in another £5m more for every 25 appearances over the next five seasons. If he wins the Ballon d’Or, Benfica get £20m on the spot, albeit Bayern are probably safe on that score for now.

To date Sanches is still to score a goal for them. He is still to provide an assist in his club football career in Germany and Portugal. It’s not getting much better. The German Newspaper TZ described Sanches’s most recent start, during which “Bavaria’s rasta rocket” repeatedly gave the ball away, as “really scary”. Those brief but compelling performances at the Euro still represent 10% of all the football Sanches has played in his entire professional career. For all the hype, the riches, this is a footballer who is still barely there.

The idea is he will play next season when Xabi Alonso has gone, although Josh Kimmich and Sebastian Rudy, also in the store cupboard, may have something to say about that. Whatever happens a year has been lost, opportunities not seized, knowledge not accumulated, techniques and methods not grooved."

Based on that, it makes a lot of sense for him to come to a club that is out of the limelight (i.e. us) and not one of Bayern's Champions League rivals, and work with Clement. And I doubt if Benfica will be getting that £20m any time soon.
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Mayweather v McGregor
at 05:33 27 Aug 2017

You have got to be kidding. After 5 rounds McGregor is ahead on polnts?
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Hurricane Harvey - how is Tummer from Texas?
at 07:14 26 Aug 2017

How's Tummer and his family now that Hurricane H is now in Texas? I imagine he'll be too busy to read about football this weekend.
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The "Swansea Trickle Down Effect"?
at 23:36 9 Aug 2017

https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/aug/09/huddersfield-town-premier-

"Yorkshire town [Huddersfield] hopes team’s promotion to the big time energises the area in a repeat of the Swansea trickle-down effect."

Er, what trickle-down effect?
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Stay or go? Have you changed your mind on this?
at 18:17 8 Aug 2017

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Daily Telegraph's prediction
at 20:59 7 Aug 2017

Well, their reporter Sam Wallace's prediction anyway.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2017/08/07/premier-league-club-by-club-verdi
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7 priests walk into a pub in Cardiff...
at 17:46 1 Aug 2017

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/aug/01/student-priests-in-bar-told-sorr

Made me smile anyway. "What's your name?" "Reverend James" "You're barred!" Or something like that anyway.
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What the heck is a "ferdy"?
at 17:31 26 Jul 2017

Yes, I think I know what it "means" - I'd just like to know where the word comes from, and how long people have been using it. Why a "ferdy"?
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Welsh words and phrases
at 19:27 12 Jul 2017

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/shortcuts/2017/jul/12/hwre-the-welshest-word

I always thought that Shumeye butty was slang - I never thought it was your actual Welsh!
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Premier League Transfers - club by club
at 14:50 5 Jul 2017

Nothing new about Swansea but interesting anyway. Go to the bottom of the page for fans' comments. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/05/premier-league-transfers-club-b
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Leon Britton is now on Radio 5
at 20:04 23 Jun 2017

Leon Britton is currently on the Jason Mohammad show on Radio 5. I guess it will be on the BBC catch up facility.

Click here to listen to it: http://www.bbc.co.uk/5live
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Football League players who should be on Premier League radars
at 16:55 22 Jun 2017

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jun/22/football-league-players-premier

Out of that list of players, Joe Worrall (Notts Forest) looks interesting - a central defender who is good enough to captain an England side.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page for fans' comments.
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Premier league scouting set-ups
at 10:51 18 Jun 2017

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jun/17/transfers-premier-league-scouti

Just basic information about each club's scouting team. Here's the paragraph about Swansea:

"David Leadbeater is the head of recruitment and chief scout. Having arrived in 2010, he oversees a department that has enjoyed considerable success, although some of the club’s transfer dealings came under scrutiny in more recent times, before Swansea regained their touch in the January window, when Martin Olsson, Tom Carroll and Jordan Ayew made a positive impact. Leadbeater, who is credited with spotting Alfie Mawson playing for Barnsley, works closely with Tim Henderson, who looks after recruitment analysis. Swansea have five part-time scouts who cover Europe as well as the UK, with Brian Flynn, the former Wales international, the most senior. They also employ two part-time non-league scouts, one in the north and one in the south. "
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Election result: Stats, Maps and Charts
at 16:01 9 Jun 2017

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/ng-interactive/2017/jun/09/theresa-may-elec

I think these are interesting, and shouldn't be overlooked in the General Election thread.
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US Media attacked for 'insulting' London bombing coverage
at 17:21 5 Jun 2017

http://www.thedailybeast.com/john-oliver-goes-off-on-the-media-for-insulting-lon

The bit that really annoyed me was a CNN reporter giving a broadcast saying how "quiet" London was because the people were intimidated by the bombing - she was reporting from the City of London business district on a Sunday morning - it's always like that there on a Sunday f*ing morning especially as all the pubs in that part of town are closed!
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Table: Our FA Cup form in the Premier League
at 17:49 2 Jun 2017

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByCs_3fm_cGsbk1ZRGNjY1g4T0E/view?usp=sharing

I hope that this works (2 pages). This compares our FA Cup form while we've been in the Premier League with all of the other clubs who have been in the Premier League during that period plus Brighton and Huddersfield.

For a full list of results, go to www.thefa.com/competitions/thefacup/more/pastresults
http://tinyurl.com/y9kzcj2f

Any thoughts?
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BBC Breakfast is from Wales this morning
at 07:43 30 May 2017

There are various Wales-related stories on BBC1 Breakfast this morning.

These include at 8:20 a report from Gower on the election there.

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This summer's transfer strategy
at 14:42 18 May 2017

See Paul Clement's comments:

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/paul-clement-says-no-s

Therefore it appears that, although it may not work, they are attempting to:

(1) Keep Gylfi and Llorente

(2) Bring back Bartley and Gomis to see if they can work with the squad and can step up to the Premier League with better training and tactics

(3) Work with the youngsters (including Mawson) and bring more of them into the team - Clement is experienced at coaching younger players

(4) Make no more than 2 or 3 big signings, if that.

All of which means that the owners wouldn't have to splash out a big amount of cash.

Speaking personally, I'd be OK with this. We do have a capable squad of players that have been mismanaged terribly but may still finish only 1 point below last season. If this means that we're aiming to be a safe mid-table team that could put together a decent run in one of the Cups, then that sounds OK to me.
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Team spirit
at 12:35 15 May 2017

From today's Guardian. Did anyone know this?

Significantly, all senior players either injured or not included in the squad who won at Sunderland travelled to Wearside independently, booked their own hotel and surprised Clement by arriving at the Stadium of Light to cheer on Swansea.
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