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The old man
at 23:39 17 Jun 2021

This is so true. My father died in March 2014, but for most of the previous year he didn't know anyone. He was confused and afraid and it was difficult to watch. I sat with him for several hours a day, usually listening to is nonsensical giving out about imaginary things that were annoying him.
He was a huge Manchester United fan having lived ( and help rebuild) Manchester post WW11. He was either in OT (or Maine Road after OT was damaged) fort-nightly for the next decade or so. I grew up in an isolated farmhouse in the west of Ireland, in the sixties and Law, Charlton, Best et al were discussed around the table just as much as my family members and neighbours.
Anyway, as I say, little or not recognition or acknowledgement of my presence (or anyone else's) at his bedside throughout 2013. I mentioned in July that Jack Crompton had passed away. My father stopped complaining immediately, a look of lucidity came into his eyes for the first time in months . He made a clawing motion with his hands, 'like a cat', he said, 'like a cat'. He then lay back and fell asleep, with a slight smile on his face. The next day, it was back to the same old rants, but for those few beautiful moments, I had my dad back. So Brian is dead right, every bit of chat is precious.
It sounds like you have had a long and wonderful relationship with your father. This will of course, make the end even harder as we mourn most deeply the ones we love the most, and age is irrelevant. But when all this has passed and you have time to take stock, all these years together will be what will keep you going. I hope you treasure every moment left and then when the time comes your dad slips away peacefully and painlessly.
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Summer transfer rumours thread
at 10:00 16 Jun 2021

ooooh you hurt my feelings and you are always soooo supportive of EVERY player
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Cristiano Ronaldo snub wipes billions off Coca-Cola’s market value
at 09:59 16 Jun 2021

I'd be more concerned about the millions of people living in drought conditions and can't even access water, than millionaire individuals or multinational companies
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Summer transfer rumours thread
at 09:53 16 Jun 2021

The remarkable thing was that were leagues below him to drop down to
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Dozzell announcement imminent?
at 11:39 15 Jun 2021

While I agree that he seems to be a replacement for Carroll (although we have been linked with him for several months now), I am not sure it means Johansen is still coming. We are still pretty heavily stocked in the central mid-field area from the defensive to the attacking (Ball, Field, Chair, Amos,Willock, Thomas, Adomah + kids and now Dozzell). If we go with our 3-5-1-1 formation, then the max you can play is four of these (lets just say Amos, Field and Dozzell, behind Chair for example) with either Dykes or Chaz up top. That still leaves Willock, Adomah, Thomas and Ball + kids not starting. If we go two up top then obviously that is another midfield spot gone. While there is no denying that Johansen was a class act last season, and is a quality player at this level, we will not exactly be bereft of talent in that area if he doesn't sign. Long term, I think Field and Dozzell could be more significant signings. Chaz was important for the talismanic 'feel good' factor, Jorgi is a punt, which if works, will hopefully allow Masterson out on loan to develop and if not, is no great financial hit I suspect. I still think that until the Todd Kane issue is resolved one way or another, that right wing back is the area that needs to be addressed most urgently
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Corny Joke Warning
at 10:08 14 Jun 2021

The future of aviation is up in the air
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players
at 09:51 14 Jun 2021

I think, when everyone stops taking the pee, that the point being made is a good one. So much histrionics on the pitch; a player gets a slight nudge and throws himself on the ground clutching his face. Twenty years ago diving was ... diving , cheating basically and the player was much maligned for it. It was deemed a 'foreign' thing (can't say that any more of course -it's racist) . Then it was downgraded to 'simulation' and now it is pretty much normalised. Instead of being slaughtered for going to ground at the slightest touch, a player is praised for their 'honesty' if they stay on their feet and a debate arises over 'whether they would have been better off going down?' I suggest some of these molly-coddled highly paid professionals watch a gaelic football or hurling match and then they will know what it is like to be tackled.
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England Tonight
at 22:34 10 Jun 2021

It will be interesting to see what dominates the conversation throughout the tournament; politics... or actual football
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Joey Barton assault trial halted due to translation problem
at 09:44 9 Jun 2021

Credit where it's due though, I must say they dealt with the Sean Cox case very expeditiously. Especialy considering there were extraditions that were fought against by the assailants and obviously interpreters needed also.
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Carroll
at 09:24 9 Jun 2021

Not sure how it was 'sour'. He was offered a contract, which he opted not to accept. No mention of any recriminations or bitterness from either party. It;s just business. Personally sorry to see him go, but with our very tight budgetary restrictions and given his age it's understandable. If he was to accept a one year deal now, then this time next year, he would find it even harder to get a longer deal anywhere having just turned thirty. He has another 4-5 years ahead of him and I'm sure he's looking for a bit more security than one year at a time.
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Promotion Ambition
at 09:44 4 Jun 2021

Wow what a weird, negative, insulting post. Just shooting the hypothetical breeze on what our options would be should we make it up. Remarkable that we support the same club when we have such completely different mindsets
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Ben Wilmott
at 23:34 3 Jun 2021

Maybe, although I would argue we need one more CB. Cameron is gone, Masterson needs a season on loan and we don't really know how often Jorgi will be available. Plus, it would be highly improbable for Barbet to be ever - present again next season. I know Field or Ball can fill in there, but I believe we could do with another recognised CB.
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Dieng
at 23:28 3 Jun 2021

Excellent keeper but 'living memory' might be pushing it a bit unless you are very young! Only a decade since Kenny was considerably reducing our laundry bill.
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Promotion Ambition
at 18:13 3 Jun 2021

Fair enough I take your point your making. But let's say, for the sake of argument, we finished sixth with our current squad (including Jojo) and then made it up via play-offs. We can exclude Wallace, Barbet, Jorgi, Kakay, Carroll Ball, Jojo, Chaz,Dykes, Adomah and So Dieng, Dickie and Chair. Possibly Willock and Field (based on development potential ) and sin e, I think
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Promotion Ambition
at 16:50 3 Jun 2021

Who else Brian? - Willock has the potential to be as good as his bro possibly. Jo jo, much lauded on here has been rejected (twice) by Fulham as a prem player. Chaz obviously can't cut it at that level anymore.
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Promotion Ambition
at 15:54 3 Jun 2021

While we are all getting excited about next season and feel we have a genuine shout at the play-offs at least, what happens if we actually get promoted? We realistically have three players who may survive in the prem - Dieng, Dickie and Chair - so basically we are left with two options: Either we abandon all we have achieved and throw silly money at established premier league players who have no interest in anything except the money (sound familiar)? Or, we can do a Norwich and endure a miserable season in the top flight, in the hopes that we will bounce straight back up again the following season? Neither is a particularly pleasant scenario - is there an in between somewhere, where getting back to the prem may actually be enjoyable>?
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QPR B team
at 15:38 3 Jun 2021

I remember back in the seventies/early eighties when Liverpool were dominant, every time they bought a new player, they automatically spent a year playing for the reserves to get up to speed before getting into the first team. This happened even with players they brought from fellow Division One teams. I can clearly remember Alan Kennedy and Terry McDermott joining from Newcastle and not getting a game for ages, ditto with Ray Kennedy. But back then, there were only twelve players involved in the match day squad, so they had to be kept sharp somehow. Nowadays, with a match day squad of eighteen, with up to sixteen getting some game time, I would imagine it will be much harder to field 'strong' B teams, especially for smaller clubs like us. That said, I still like the concept of a B team.
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England Squad for Euros
at 10:26 3 Jun 2021

Fo me,the first priority of a goalkeeper has to be to prevent goals. I know Pope is injured just now but he is far, far better keeper than Pickford in that regard. Pickford, does not command his box and -much like Stones - there is at least one mistake per game in him. I understand modern keepers ae supposed to ping 80 yard diags to your overlapping wing-backs, but I would choose a fit Pope over Pickford every time.
This England squad is set up to concede and score plenty of goals. Keeganesque, Southgate is hoping to out-score the opposition,which should make them very entertaining to watch. But a team with a weak spine- Pickford, Stones, Henderson - always has the potential to be turned over
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Austin official
at 10:05 3 Jun 2021

I have given my views on Austin ad nauseum elsewhere so no need to revisit them . For now, suffice to say he is a good signing and a good signal that me intend to have a real go next season.I trust Hoos and Co not to destroy two years of progress off the pitch and have found ways to keep Austin within our current structure.
Difficult to see how we will include Austin, Dykes, Chair and Willock on the pitch at the same time using a back five formation. It leaves us lighti in central midfield numerically despite having plenty of personnel (Field, Ball, Amos, Carroll Thomas) to fill that berth. More likely, either Austin or Willock will be used as a impact substitute, with any two of the above five in mid-field.
While, Johansen was superb for us, I am not sure we need to resign him now, as we have a glut of midfielders ( I haven't even mentioned some of the kids) and limited spaces available. Sadly, this looks like Adomah will also become even more periferal, not sure he will be happy to accept even less game time.
On current squad members, the team starting next season would look something like this.
Dieng
Dickie Jorgi Barbet
Kakay Amos Field Wallace
Chair/Willock
Austin/Dykes
By this I mean either both Chair and Willock OR both Austin and Dykes

For me, the priority now has to be right wing back. My preferred option would be to retain Kane and see if he can wrestle the shirt back off Kakay when he has served his suspension. However, if he moves on, than a quality right wing back, with some Championship experience ,is top of my wish list. Oh and sort out our No 2 keeper.
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CA
at 14:33 2 Jun 2021

Fantastic movie - class actor
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