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2 Senior Tickets available for Man City game
at 19:39 4 Dec 2017

The above is a Wednesday 13th December 7:45 kickoff, and since I live in London, I am unable to make it. I have 2 seats together available in the East Lower (sitting guaranteed!) - face value, £45 the pair. These are senior citizen tickets that can be upgraded to full adult, if required, at the ticket office. Please PM me if interested.
Feel free to call or text on 07787-571478.

The tickets are in Swansea and can be paid for at, and picked up from my pal's house
regards

Jackrabbit

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The trouble with Harry......and Delli, and Marcus .....and Wayne
at 22:02 8 Sep 2017

"it is late in the evening. You’re in a bar. You’ve had quite a bit to drink but you are conversing with the fragrant young lady you found hanging around in there. You find her quite attractive and are possibly keen for things to proceed. What should you say to her, to speed things along? Wayne Rooney’s contribution is unbeat-able: ‘Are those tits real?’ That’s certainly the gambit I would go with if I ever find myself in a similar situation with, say, Princess Michael of Kent or Shami Chakrabarti. Wayne said it to ‘party girl’ Laura Simpson shortly before he got charged with drink-driving. Now he’s in trouble with the police and his wife, Coleen. I don’t think Coleen is too bothered about the driving charge."

That's Rod Liddle in the Spectator, writing about the problem with English footballers. He makes the point that there was NOT ONE BID for any English player in the recent window - not 'Arry Kane, not Delli Alli, not Marcus Rashford - from any of the European powerhouses: PSG, Barca, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus, the 2 Milan clubs. The Premier League is a rigged market inflating the values of very ordinary players. Here's the full article:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/09/why-english-footballers-are-so-useless/
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We're too nice..
at 21:57 9 Apr 2017

Here's the Sunday Telegraph's take on yesterday's match....

"PREMIER LEAGUE
Relief for Bilic as West Ham find Swansea a soft touch
By Jonathan Liew 
at the London Stadium
West Ham United
(Kouyate 44.) 1
Swansea City 0
Att: 56,973
If Swansea City have a defining quality, it is probably niceness. Just look at their team. Jack Cork. Tom Carroll. Kyle Naughton. Alfie Mawson. All of them: just really lovely guys. Leroy Fer once bought a horse for his girlfriend. Who doesn’t love horses? This is Swansea: nice lads, nice club, nice to watch. And even nicer to play against.
West Ham discovered that here. In glorious east-London sunshine, they drifted to a win that lifts them eight points clear of the relegation zone, a win that may well have saved Slaven Bilic’s job, a win that was less stressful than they had dared to hope. Cheik Kouyaté’s emphatic low shot proved good enough, and even if West Ham were never quite able to relax, the second half simply leaked away, as sunny afternoons tend to do.
This is now five games without a win for Swansea. They dither on the ball just long enough for you to get back into position. They delay the tackle just that extra moment. They let you play.
“I can’t sit here and make excuses, it wasn’t good enough,” manager Paul Clement said afterwards. “When you’re in a battle for survival, you’d expect the basics to be done a lot better than that. They’re clearly anxious.”
Had Lukasz Fabianski not been at his very best, the scoreline might have been embarrassing. Swansea passes went astray, set-pieces went straight out of play. Most gravely of all, shortly before half-time, when the wily Kouyaté bore down on goal after receiving the ball from Robert Snodgrass, no Swansea player ventured near him."

There's more. But I think that says it all.

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Great insight from a former great player
at 22:32 23 Feb 2017

Pinched this unashamedly from SCFC2 - thanks to J4CKA.

http://www.swanseacity.net/news/article/2016-17/swansea-city-assistant-coach-cla
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As you were
at 18:08 5 Feb 2017

Gut-wrenching disappointment is hard to take, but there's nothing that can be done to change the situation so it's just a case of adopting the glass-half-full mentality. When all is said and done, the weekend has not been too bad for Swans. We're exactly where we were before the weekend started. Yes things have closed up somewhat - 2 points between position 15 and position 20, but if we're honest, I think we expected to be back under the drop line, in the bottom 3 after this weekend. We're not and as a bonus the team's just above us haven't moved either, so we're still a point away from 14th. Of the bottom 6, only Sunderland and Hull won. Not ideal but not the worse that could have happened. Draw breath and move on. Swans are staying up!
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While we're debating who should be manager...
at 20:29 29 Dec 2016

...why don't we give some thought to who should be playing for us? I must admit the Redknapp 'I'll ask Terry to join me' proposition has sold me. The prospect of a dominant force like John Terry in the centre of our defence, backed up by 'Arry pulling strings for additional players and calling in favours at other clubs is a very attractive one that has me drooling uncontrollably!

I watched Spurs demolish Saints last night and was open-mouthed in admiration for Danny Rose. What a full back - fast, incisive, excellent ball control and the eye for a defence-splitting pass. Eh? No of course he wouldn't join us, ....but the man he is keeping out of the side might. A player by the name of Ben Davies. Ben must know that while Rose is fit, he's not going to play. IMHO Pochettino wouldn't sell him, but he may well agree to loan him out to keep him match fit. And where better than Swansea, who would welcome him back like a long lost hero. 'Arry might still be on good terms with the Spurs hierarchy and could make it happen. Oh I know it's all pie in the sky conjecture but what the hell are we supposed to do? We're up shit creek in a barbed wire canoe and no paddle.
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Allardyce - would he have come to Swansea?
at 21:58 23 Dec 2016

I think the Allardyce appointment at Palace has brought into focus that it might prove more difficult than we think to replace our current manager, should it come to that. It appears we are not a particularly attractive proposition in our current state - quelle surprise! Take this from the Telegraph today:

"...Allardyce, then, is ultimately interested in what works and will surely be sufficiently astute to recognise the opportunity at Palace.

It is certainly much better than vacancies that might soon emerge at Hull City or Swansea City. Palace have a decent squad and Allardyce will back himself to inspire the likes of Christian Benteke, Andros Townsend, Wilfried Zaha, Yohan Cabaye and Loic Rémy."

Oh Sam, you don't know what you missed!
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Women eh?
at 21:45 25 Jun 2016

I came back from the pub a bit pissed today after Wales v Norn Iron, to find a note from my wife stuck on the fridge. It read, "It's not working. I've gone to my mother's"
I opened the fridge door - the light came on and the beer was nice and cold.
What the hell is she talking about?
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Gareth Bale, the new.....
at 20:00 15 Jun 2016

....Muhammad Ali! Last week we buried the world's greatest and most entertaining bullshitter - unsurpassed in winding up 'the opposition'. Bale has spotted the vacancy and stepped right into it.

His comments 'no England player would get into our team' were delivered with a broad grin on his face - do you think he really believes we wouldn't find room for Harry Kane? Or Kyle Walker at right back, for starters? However the slavering Press desperate for a grudge angle,pounced on it and reported it with due gravity all over the back pages today. Anybody with half a brain can sense a wind-up when they see it, but not the po-faced journos.

It made me laugh anyway.
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Euro 2016 Final tickets
at 14:10 14 Jun 2016

This should probably be on the Tickets board but here goes:


My mate has two tickets for the final of Euro 2016 but he is getting married on that day and cannot attend.

If anyone wants to go instead of him, it's at St Andrews Church in Brighton and the bride’s name is Sarah.
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Venezuela - a reality checks
at 23:13 21 May 2016

I don't know if you've been keeping an eye on Venezuela? It is a socialist regime much lauded by Mr Corbyn as an example of what we should aspire to. Well yes, if you fancy hyperinflation, a worthless currency and empty shelves in shops and supermarkets - how do fancy queuing for hours to buy toilet rolls? In short, this socialist paradise is a modern day catastrophe.

Venezuela is yet another example of the folly that is socialism. The thing is, it's nothing new. We were used to hearing these stories in the latter half of last century, when half of Europe was living the 'Socialist Dream' under the Soviet boot heel. The only thing that changes is that yet another starry-eyed generation of young people have to see for themselves and suffer the disillusion that comes from experience. TheVenezuelan experience will never be repeated in Britain because for all its faults the British electorate will never vote into power a pair of Trotskyite zealots like Corbyn and McDonnell. Here's a flavour:

"Many Venezuelans have already left the country, including Francisco Flores.....
The NHS therapist, who now lives in London, says the regime is based on a principle of keeping everyone “equal but poor”.

This way, the state becomes a nanny and everyone loses the power to do anything because they are so dependent on it.

Venezuela is now suffering from the effects of a deep recession and hyperinflation as the government prints money to try to plug a gap between revenues and spending that is on course to hit 25pc of gross domestic product (GDP) next year."

Pure Corbynism.
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Cameron's 'Remain' propoganda leaflet arrived today..
at 19:42 11 Apr 2016

..and will soon be on it's way back to him. Meanwhile here's a more realistic view of the pig trough that is the EU, from one of the more reluctant pigs with his snout in the trough:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3530980/Please-sack-Euro-MP-DANIEL-HANNA

VOTE 'LEAVE' ffs
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Thank you Mo Barrow.....
at 15:48 12 Mar 2016

.....for being one of the few Swansea players who realise that the point of the game is to score goals and not just to pass the ball backwards 10 yards.

Great goal. Well done.
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In a nutshell - this lament says it all
at 21:06 28 Feb 2016

"We are a premier league team. A premier league team that couldn't put two passes together second half. Spurs are maybe a very good side, thats why they are second in the league, but to play the way we did second half is inexcusable.
Why are we playing without width? This would have been our best form of defence. It seems to me the players are no longer able to express themselves. I thought i was watching sunday league football at one point. An international captain hoofing the ball down field anywhere. Have we fallen so far behind that we are unable to defend the lead. Nine men parked in the box? What did we have to lose today by not playing with width?
We are Swansea City. We were the team that could pass the ball. We had wide men."

- From SCFC2
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We are Premier League!
at 18:45 24 Jan 2016

What a great win that was and also as important, what a great performance, especially in the first half. Swans looked every inch a Premier League side. I'm more optimistic tonight than I have been for weeks. Why ? Well yesterday as I posted earlier, I went to watch Fulham v Hull. Very ordinary standard of football - quite poor to be honest, and Hull are top of the table! As I said, Swans would have beaten either side with ease. I also mentioned that years of struggle and defeats seemed to have sucked the spirit out of Fulham's fans, and concluded that I hope it never gets like that at the Liberty.

It won't. Swans today showed they are a top class outfit. Today's result will have injected a massive dose of confidence. I hope I never see any more negative comments about Taylor, Ki, Routledge and especially Ayew on this board. Taylor was quite magnificent, Ki is one of our most creative players - always in space and finding players in space- who do you think started of the move for Ayew's winning goal?, Routledge is industrious and energetic -,always trying to create something, and Ayew..... Well, he is one of the classiest players ever to wear the Swans shirt. He puts a shift in as well. Excellent win boys.

Stick it to Sky Sports, Lawro,, and all the other negative snobs who would like to see Swans 'back where they belong'. Who are we?!!!
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The Championship
at 00:04 24 Jan 2016

Was invited to attend Fulham v Hull today at the Cottage, and as I hadn't seen a live Championship game since Swans v Reading in May, 2011, I thought it would be interesting to compare it with the Premier League experience. To be fair to Fulham their gates have held up pretty well. Despite Fulham's indifferent form, the ground was more than 3/4 full, so it was quite a lively atmosphere in the ground. The game was poor. Lots of good football played in innocuous areas of the pitch but very little in the 'final third' where it matters. Nobody seemed prepared to have a shot on goal.......that sounds a bit familiar? In the end Hull won with a penalty given away by a foul right on the bye line, and went top of the Championship. Swans would have beaten either side with ease IMHO.

Our old boy Jazz Richards had a solid if unspectacular game at right back, and I was impressed with Fulhams's gangly centre back, Byrne, and their no.9 Matt Smith who was imperious in the air and deserved better than the rather lazy Moussa Dembele (Mark 2) to latch on to the layoffs he made for him. Other than that I found it very underwhelming and made me wish more than ever for our survival this season. I'm not ready to get used to this standard of football again. Hull the best team in the Championship?

One thing was very evident. The Fulham crowd did not expect any thing other than a defeat. They were totally subdued and resigned to defeat at the end - not even a murmur of discontent as we filed out of the ground. The air would have been blue at the Liberty if we'd lost like that. Years of struggle and defeats seemed to have sucked the spirit out of their fans. I hope it never gets like that at the Liberty. C'mon you Swans tomorrow!
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Gomis and the new man
at 15:08 20 Jan 2016

Depending on how many Swans games Signor Guidolin has seen this season and how much of Bafe he has seen, I think we might not have seen the last of Gomis in a Swans shirt. If all he had seen of Bafe was Monday's game, then he might be contemplating why we are not using him earlier in the game. Yes he was caught offside twice before he had even touched the ball, but his footwork, balance and power for his near-goal attempt was first class. He can be mystifyingly bad but also startlingly excellent at times.

I'm not Bafe's biggest fan, but I have always looked at him, and thought 'somewhere inside there is an excellent striker trying to get out!' I would think that Guidolin might have had similar thoughts.
Perhaps with his experience of developing players, he can get Gomis to realise his undoubted potential. One thing I would be fairly certain of is that he would not sanction Gomis leaving the club before he, Guodilin, has had some time to evaluate him more closely.
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Never the subject. Always the object.
at 22:57 21 Dec 2015

If Swans did go down, I'm convinced we'd be forgotten in a trice. After 4 and a half seasons at the top level we still don't command enough recognition to be treated as the 'subject' rather than the object. What am I wittering on about? Well here's an example. MoTD2 has just kicked off and was introduced so:

"...Arsenal v Manchester City, Watford v Liverpool and West Ham at Swansea". Notice, not "Swansea vWest Ham". It happens all the time unless we're playing, say, Bournemouth when we might have a chance of being the subject - Swansea v Bournemouth, not Bournemouth at Swansea. But generally speaking whenever Swans are mentioned in conjunction with another club, we are nearly always the supporting act. I'm not neurotic - it's just what I've noticed.
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The Montero Enigma
at 20:41 14 Dec 2015


Early in the season when we never for a moment envisaged our present predicament, I corrected somebody who called Montero 'world class'. Typical messageboard overstatement. 'No', I said, 'Suarez is world class. Montero is just a very good player'.

Well what has happened to our very good player? I sit in the lower east very near the touchline at the south end so I see Montero close up in the second half. I just don't understand his play. He stands rooted to the touchline just onside with a defender or defenders parked close to him, giving Taylor or whoever very few options for a pass. He inevitably receives the ball and is immediately closed down. The times he does give himself some room by actually moving, he accelerates and usually clips over a delicious cross. But it doesn't happen enough..

A good winger should keep his defender guessing. 'Is he going to stay on the touchline or is he going to dart behind me to run onto a ball slid through inside me?' Montero never tries the latter. I've heard the crowd get on Taylor's back for a poor attempted pass to Montero when really it was Montero's fault for not giving him any options. It is a very frustrating thing to watch week after week and is the reason Montero is not a starter. IMHO he is the most under-achieving player in the squad. Fantastically talented, tremendous acceleration and a glorious left foot but not playing anywhere near where he should be. On his day he has destroyed some of the best fullbacks in the league - ask Arsenal or Chelsea- so he definitely can look 'world class'. Perhaps Curt can sort him out.
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Andre Neil on 'This Week' last night
at 12:35 20 Nov 2015


Magnificent! This is a football board and we are used to hearing of footballers displaying 'passion' - usually when they've done something stupid to get sent off!

Well if you want to see and hear real 'passion' watch the opening few minutes of last night's program. Neil's rant compared the cultural history and continued contribution of French culture to the civilised world, to the vacuity, poverty and human deficiency of the 'Islamist Scumbags' as Neil so succinctly termed them. It made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up and almost moved me to tears.

If you didn't catch it, get it on Iplayer- fantastic TV. Bravo Andrew Neil!
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