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Chair rated
at 02:45 19 Aug 2019

From When Saturday Comes club-by-club season review/preview. Jake Farrell identifies the best and worst moments for Stevenage last season:

Best Moment:
The moment Ilias Chairs's loan from QPR was finalised. Scored or was involved in about 80 per cent of our goals after he came in, including several worldies.

Worst Moment:
The moment Ilias Chair's loan from QPR ended. Slightly scared about where all of those goals and assists are going to come from. Remember the name — he'll be in the Premier League wirthin three years.

Nothing we hadn't heard before but nice to see it emphasised.
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Hämäläinen
at 18:15 18 Apr 2019

Watched LAFC, who were yet to drop a point, lose to the previously winless Whitecaps last night. Niko played sixty minutes for LA and acquitted himself well enough. He played left wing-back in a very high-press 3–5–2 set-up. Made no major errors, his passing and positioning were good, his crosses — though he only made a couple — a bit wild. He was pulled, I think, as LA were chasing the game and needed someone who was more confident taking players on.
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A faint voice in praise of Hemed
at 18:31 16 Mar 2019

I haven't checked but I wouldn't be surprised if Hemed's "goals per minutes played" is better than most of us realise. He looks deeply unimpressive: can't run, doesn't tackle, limited ball skills but he's occasionally in the right place for the garbage goals. Like today. I suspect most players would never have expected Scowen to turn that waist high pass back in front of goal, but Hemed was there waiting for it. He's maybe a bit like Sylla, a pure goal hanger who's useless at everything except scoring goals?
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Verbal abuse of women at LR
at 19:09 18 Jan 2019

Apologies if this a Spackman but couldn't see a reference anywhere else. I'm linking without comment, but obviously no one likes to read this about any club , let alone our own.

http://turnstileblues.co.uk/blog.aspx?nid=1118
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For Canadian Rs fans
at 00:04 6 Jan 2019

Sportsnet is carrying the Leeds match tomorrow. It's on SNWLHD2.
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RIP June Whitfield
at 00:21 30 Dec 2018

June Whitfield is gone at 93. A wonderful comedy actor, with immaculate timing and delivery. My first memory of her is as Ethel Glum ("Eth") with Jimmy Edwards. I hope she left with a smile. Ta ta love, and thanks for making the world a happier place.
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No match thread
at 16:25 15 Dec 2018

But, we're 2–1 up. Lynch off after HT with what appears to be a hammy. Goals by Pav and Wells, both well taken.
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2026 World Cup, North American cities not impressed
at 00:49 16 Mar 2018

Chicago, Minneapolis and (likely) Vancouver are rejecting FIFA's requirements for the 2026 World Cup.

http://thebreaker.news/news/exclusive-fifa-demands/

They probably won't be the only potential venues to withdraw. So Morocco it is probably (Gawd knows how.) But protecting labour rights, taxation powers, international reputation and future negotiating potential with other global event organizers is more than enough reason to stand up to a uncompromising bully. FIFA really are an utterly shameless organization.
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Pic of our red & white halves away shirt needed
at 19:25 8 Mar 2018

'When Saturday Comes' is after a colour picture of our Feyenoord-style red and white halved away shirt from the mid to late 70s (for a regular feature on notable shirts). The only one they can find online isn’t good enough quality to use and none of the regular agencies they use has one in colour (only black and white) . A scan from a programme would probably be OK.

Can anyone help? If so PM me and I'll tell you who to contact.
[Post edited 8 Mar 2018 19:27]
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Opinions sought
at 20:24 7 Feb 2018

It looks as if Vancouver Whitecaps are about to sign Jordon Mutch from Palace. Remember him? Neither do I, or not very mutch anyway, and what I do remember isn't particularly good.

However, having already relayed these thoughts to Caps supporters — who are hoping for a #10, or box-to-box midfielder — I was wondering if their was anything positive anyone could say about him?
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No official stream for Bristol
at 21:41 25 Jan 2018

A heads up, as several of us didn't know last time our match had been chosen for "selected international viewing."
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Bees the next Morning
at 18:55 28 Nov 2017

I was chatting to a couple of Brentford mates on-line about the match:

Here are a some of their comments:

"I think I’m going to have to accept that a side that can’t defend a two goal lead for two minutes is not going to make the play-offs. That makes 18 points lost from winning positions this season - enough to put us in second place. In this instance, we’d weathered the 20 minute storm after Smith came on and were looking the more likely to score. So what or who was to blame? The attacking substitutions? Watkins losing the ball taking on a man when he could have passed? Bentley’s increasingly erratic keeping? Woods giving the ball back after the first kick off? Sawyers’ feeble attempt at a tackle? You can tell I didn’t sleep very well, can’t you?

All I know is that this happens too often to be bad luck or coincidence. Until we get smarter and tougher, all the beautiful football will count for very little.

I have to say that Rangers battled well and certainly seem to be behind Holloway. It’s probably just as well for us that Matt Smith didn’t start."

"I'm another who didn't go, but the ending did manage to strip me of all my vocabulary except two words, as I was only able to shout "F***ING REALLY???" at the screen for about five minutes. And I also found out that my friends are exactly as comforting to me as I am to them when tragedy happens to their teams."

"Someone has just tweeted and said that was the most Brentfordy thing Brentford have done since the Doncaster game in 2013."

I guess the point is — and it's been made many times — there's a bunch of clubs clustered in the middle of this division, who have decent things about them, but also have flaws. We're one of them, so are Brentford. They see us battling to the end in spite of losing 0–2 and many of the home fans leaving, as something their players don't do, because they're too fragile. We, OTOH, envy their skills, tactics and organizational ability. There's two points between us. It's how division two football is.
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Substitutes
at 17:51 18 Nov 2017

Why are almost all managers so predictable when it comes to substitutions?

Unless there's a serious injury they almost all make two subs for tactical reasons between 60' & 70', and save one for late on to waste time (if leading) or out of desperation (if losing.)

Today Olly had clearly decided he'd sub Luongo for Manning at HT, as the former would be jet lagged and needed on Tuesday. Fair enough. But why wait until the 63' when we'd conceded the second goal, to take off Cousins? He'd played well enough until he got a knock midway through the first half, after that he ceased to be a factor which gave Villa's speedy forwards the run of our right side. Why hang him, and Baptiste who was vainly trying to cover for him, out to dry when there were three possible subs for his position on the bench?

I'm not digging out Holloway here, as I say it seems to be hard-wired lack of managerial creativity throughout the game. Or perhaps I'm missing something...?
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Very sad news
at 20:01 13 Sep 2017

Patrick Cryne, Barnsley's Chairman has terminal cancer.

http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/41249300

Done wonders for the club. Has lost money year-after-year keeping them afloat, now has them punching well above their weight.

Apparently he put the club up for sale when he found out about his cancer, but says he will only sell to someone who has the best interests for the club at heart. Very sad.
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