Leading on from the Odysseus Alfa to the Balearics thread I was running my eye down the transfer window and noticed on loan from Hamilton Academicals to Cheltenham Town a one Rakish Bingham. Or to give him his full name Rakish Phillip Bingham. What a name! Lower league football's answer to Wild Billy Childish.
I've always wanted to start an Uzbek match thread so here we go. If the white wolves of Uzbekistan, 33-1 outsiders for the tournament, can get a result against those other 'Asian' giants, and current holders, Australia this afternoon in the Asian Cup hopefully this would give Massimo Luongo enough time to drag his jet-lagged ass back from Dubai and rest up ready for Saturday to plug that huge hole we currently have in central midfield. See you in Pompey Massimo. Forza Uzbeki!
Match preview: Eldor Shomurodov the man in form for the U's. Scored in all the groups game, one against Japan, one against Oman, and two against Turkmenistan in the Stan derby.
Whaddyamean a week is too early to start a match thread? This is my first one. I'm excited ain't I. And Saturday will be my first visit to the City Ground. And we're gonna win. Hahahahahahahahaha-hahabahahahahahahabahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah-ahahahAhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahwha-hahahahahahahaHahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Ha. My only out of towner last season was a random off-the-cuff visit to Villa Park (get-in!) The omens are good. And on top of that there was a bloke in the blue and white bar Saturday the spit of Clarence the Angel from Its a Wonderful Life.
Sounds like a helluva top of the table clash. HT 0-0. Then on 50 minutes a McFlurry of goals. 0-1 Goss / 0-2 Oteh / 1-2 Kakay (og) / 1-3 Smyth/ 2-3 Tractor Jnr. 15 minutes remain. Can the Rs hold on and go top of league? Oh sheep! As I type Tractor Jnr gets an equaliser on 77 now 3-3!
FT: 3-3 Ipswich stay top. Rs 2 points behind. For 20+ minutes QPR were top of the league. A lovely thing to see.
1968: Rs first win in the top flight at the 13th attempt. Div 1 Ipswich (H) 2-1 Bridges Morgan R / Keetch (o.g) Att: 17994
Manuel Göttsching E2-E4: Hour long track from 1981. Grandaddy of all house and electro. Sleeve apparently based on a pun involving a chess move and a guitar tuning. Yeah right! This has got QPR/ Ron Phillips all over it. Enjoy ...
Passing through Cork earlier this week and remembered a Mr. McCarthy thread extolling the virtues of the Mutton Lane Inn. Popped in for what turned out a couple of hours. Fantastic pub. Very welcoming, great vibe, and the Beamish tastes like nectar. A great shout. Sláinte!
Hair Island flopping furiously. "I want that one!"
Mehmet Topal aspire to QPR
Fenerbahçe's seasoned star, Mehmet Topal'a Championship team. Perennial case of basket Queens Park Rangers.
Explaining how he had wanted to play in England several times before. Shirt of pink dubious even, like curious gonad needing ointment. Topal was offered an old Premier League team QPR. It was reported that the London team had requested a meeting with F. Kahce for Topal.
Swap to Turkish
The final decision regarding the experienced name will be given by the coach Coach and reported to the governing body Governing Body. (Fotomaç)
Every hammering has its own context. I'm trying to recall a few and how those on the receiving end reacted, regrouped, and if and how long it took them to recover.
Palace 1989. Lost 9-0 at Anfield one evening early in the season. A squad full of later day gaffers and pundits; Alan Pardew, Thingy Coleman, Mark Bright, Dale Winton, Richard and Judy Finnegan, and Ian Wright. They finished the season playing in the FA Cup Final after beating the same Liverpool team 4-3 in the semi.
Arsenal Mid 00s. Lost 8-something) at Old Trafford. Their immediate reaction was to sell full back Almond Furore to QPR. They then proceeded to bimble along for the next 10 years under Arsene Wenger qualifying for Europe but never needing to open the trophy cabinet (Maybe they won a Cup Final, and a Community Thing).
Birmingham a few years back lost 8-0 at home to Bournemouth. That's bad! A result that left them so shellshocked they would later resort to employing Harold Redknapp OBE (Order of the Brown Envelope) who would once again clearly demonstrate his complete aversion to both wheeling and dealing.
West Ham got mullered by Man U late 90s. Newcastle, and Luton must have taken big hits along the way. Wasn't there a Spurs 9-0 Wigan. Also Man U 9-0 Ipswich. Oh they're al coming back now. Spurs 9-0 Bristol Rovers in the 70s. I'm sure all those teams got relegated.
Just about anyone Man City have played since Pep took over has taken a beating but that doesn't count. Did Wigan win the FA Cup the season they lost 9-0? That's it! Palace, Arsenal, Wigan all took beatings and all got to Cup Finals. We're going to Wembley!
Soccer ball friendly in Dublinside. Unusual thing happened. Ireland came from one behind with goals from Burke of Shamrock Rovers and a last minute winner from Judge of Brentford. I can't remember the last time a League of Ireland player scored for the national team. Also I can't remember a Brentford player scoring for Ireland. Both things may have happened last week for all I know but I don't recollect.
AND I don't understand why our Ryan isn't in the Irish squad.
Cmon Shrewsbury. As well as being a team I have a soft spot for I fancy that awayday next season. Went to the Old Gay Meadow (not to be confused when the Old Grey Whistle Test) but remember little about it as I was a keen underage drinker at the time. I grew out of that though. Now I'm just a drinker.