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The Official Swansea City vs Luton Town FC Match Thread
at 19:49 27 Jun 2020

Yes QPR has a certain bitter resonance. It was in late August last year that my son and I took the tube from Ruislip to White City on a sunny Tuesday evening to see the Swans away at Loftus Rd. That night against a lively and threatening QPR, we were superb, running out deserved 3-1 winners.

My son, born and bred in London is not the most fervent Swans supporter but he was thrilled and impressed by that performance as was I. I really thought, we are going to have a good season. So disappointing to be having to accept a ‘top half finish’ as the maximum achievement for this season after such a promising start. I can’t see us doing much more this season and I now really fear for us next season unless there are changes and improvements throughout the club. I suppose we should thank God for last August when we were cruising to victory after victory. Without that start we’d be in deep doo-doo now.
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Black Lives Matter on football shirts
at 20:52 26 Jun 2020

Mine was, pass the sick bucket. Genuflecting to a terrorist organisation? Ffs.
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Black Lives Matter on football shirts
at 20:50 26 Jun 2020

Agreed
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Liverpool PL Champions
at 20:46 26 Jun 2020

Hear! Hear! A genuine gentleman - a rare occurrence in football.
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Such lovely people
at 15:19 22 Jun 2020

Of course I copied and pasted it - that’s why I put it in quotes. Does that invalidate it?

Oh and I slept well - thanks for your concern. 😴
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Such lovely people
at 23:15 21 Jun 2020

I’m learning all the time matey. How about you? These protests are about making us feel guilty for our history of slavery. - a couple of centuries ago. Different times, different values, but Great Britain was a major force in the abolition of slavery. Here’s a bit of history which I’ve learned. You may want to learn it yourself:

“The Royal Navy established the West Africa Squadron in 1808 after Parliament passed an Act for the abolition of the slave trade in 1807. The squadron’s task was to suppress the Atlantic slave trade by patrolling the coast of West Africa. At the height of its operations, it employed a sixth of the Royal Navy fleet.

Known as the Preventative Squadron, it remained in existence until 1867. It captured 1,600 slave ships and freed 150,000 slaves.

Many Royal Navy sailors and Marines lost their lives in this cause.”

Maybe it’s time a monument stood to commemorate their sacrifice.

I don’t know anybody who owns slaves do you? No, of course not, so we have f*** all to feel guilty about. It’s all a front to their real cause anyway - usual semi-literate anti-capitalists.
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Such lovely people
at 22:41 21 Jun 2020

They should act and behave like it then. A little education might help. History for starters.
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Dominic Raab
at 23:23 20 Jun 2020

Good for him. Great to see a politician refusing to bow to the wokery of the mob. Wtf has this gesture got to do with us? The incident happened in the US. It’s sod-all to do with us. It’s just an excuse for rent-a-rabble to draw attention to themselves. Well said Mr Raab. The only people who deserve this gesture are your intended wife, and Her Maj.
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The Official Middlesbrough FC v Swansea City Match Thread
at 22:52 20 Jun 2020

Interesting to see that of 11 Championship games today, only one was a home win. Even more noticeable and remarkable is that there were no less than 6 away wins, with 4 draws.

Seems to prove that lack of spectators, especially home fans, has nullified home advantage.

Swans need to bear that in mind when they face bottom-of-the-table, desperate-for-points Luton Town next Saturday at the Liberty. I’m sure they will.
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BLM Protest
at 21:57 20 Jun 2020

This is one of the best countries in the world to live in if you’re black. I'm bloody proud to be British and not ashamed to admit it, I cannot stand this attempt to tell us that what we have, and what we have is what generations of Britons have helped us to achieve, isn't worth a damn. This is one of the most accepting, free and fair nations on earth.

I assume seeing we’re such a racist nation the scores of illegal immigrants attempting to reach the UK daily will seek refuge in a more tolerant and welcoming country 🥱
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Black Lives Matter on football shirts
at 15:13 20 Jun 2020

All the anarchists & leftie loving Marxist / Communists have jumped on the BLM bandwagon & hi jacked it. This is what they do. Luckily there are many millions of us who recognise this
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Black Lives Matter on football shirts
at 22:50 19 Jun 2020

Easy:

Black Lives Matter UK fundraiser states that they seek to:

"Dismantle imperialism, capitalism, white supremacy, patriarchy and the state" and then "strategies for the abolition of police."

IMHO some of this is so extreme and dangerous. I'd never donate a penny to this fund.

You may disagree. That’s up to you.
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Championship back June 20th?
at 20:34 24 May 2020

You should go back to bed and pull the covers over your head. The world is much too dangerous for you.
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The return of football
at 13:00 24 May 2020

You've got to laugh. This was Michael Deacon in yesterday's Telegraph:
"Until the discovery of a vaccine, attempts to return to normal life will remain deeply challenging. Businesses, sporting authorities and organisers of cultural events will continue to face profound difficulties and restrictions.
Thankfully, the guidance below – announced exclusively in today’s column – should help the country take its first steps on the road to economic recovery, and gradually end the lockdown.

Football
At corners and free kicks, each defender must maintain a distance of at least two metres from the nearest attacking player. Premier League authorities have urged players at all clubs to follow the example set by Aston Villa, whose defenders have been demonstrating this approach all season."
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Result - BEST SWANS MANAGER IN HISTORY
at 22:22 8 May 2020

Without Martinez none of what followed would have happened.
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Replacement for our weekly football fix?
at 13:00 24 Mar 2020

Excellent! Many thanks
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Replacement for our weekly football fix?
at 22:24 23 Mar 2020

I alluded to this in a thread above regarding the BBC’s totally inadequate replacement of MOTD. For my troubles I suffered the usual predictable abuse from the usual ill-mannered suspects. My point, not particularly well made, was that there is a huge feast of wonderful football memories that could be called on, and which would be ten times more entertaining than 3 has-beens chewing the rag. Let me provide an example:

I am 75 years old. In 1966 I was a young Maths teacher in St Joseph’s Comprehensive School in Port Talbot. It was a rugby school but I saw that a lot of boys in the school were not suited to, or interested in rugby, and would love the opportunity to play soccer, so I started a school football team and we played in the Port Talbot and District league. To further promote interest in the team from the wider school, I decided to show one lunchtime, a newsreel recording of one of the greatest matches ever played - Real Madrid vs Eintracht Frankfurt in the 1960 European Cup Final at Hampden Park before a world-record crowd of 138,000 spectators.
I remember it arrived in the post as a reel of cine-film – the cassette tape, cartridge, compact disk and dvd were still to be invented.

The response was overwhelming. Kids who had never heard of the great Ferenc Puskas, Alfredo di Stefano and Francisco Gento were mesmerised by the skills and speed at which the game was played. Eintracht were no slouches – they had put 12 goals past Glasgow Rangers in the semis – but they succumbed 7-3 to the brilliance of Madrid. It was Real’s 5th successive European Cup title – still unsurpassed. I looked up the Daily Telegraph’s “20 greatest games ever played” and this match was number 3.

So, if the BBC are short of ideas – to the extent that they thought it appropriate to screen the execrable “Mrs Brown’s Boys” in place of Match of the Day the previous weekend - then help is at hand. There have been lots of wonderful games like the one mentioned here. What a great time to dig them out of the archives and show them to a football-starved nation.

Amazingly, the Telegraph ranked 2 other matches better than this one. What a prospect!
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BBC Sport
at 22:55 21 Mar 2020

I’ve just sent this to the BBC:

“ Just watching the replacement program for Match of the Day. Excruciating.
Can we have ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ back?

Is this the best you can do? Really?”

They really are a shambles.
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Sky Sports
at 22:28 18 Mar 2020

At least they show sport, not like our national public service provider who thought it appropriate to replace MoTD with Mrs Browns Boys.
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All EFL fixtures suspended
at 12:19 13 Mar 2020

I would. And if you had paid hundreds of pounds on tickets, hotels and travel, I think you probably would too. It’s easy to claim otherwise when you’re not actually committed financially.
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