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  1. Thanks Stuart - just to reiterate - hours of work behind the scenes here from Stuart & Andy to keep this train on the tracks. A round of virtual applause ??????
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  2. Hey everyone, I'm one of the boot room staff here at BRFCS, I look after the servers and make sure they don't fall over ... or rather, get them running again when they do, I'm BRFCS' Mike Pettigrew if you will. With that in mind that I've been doing some work with the admins and mods to try and make the site a bit more resilient, it's no Vince Grella for staying on it's feet as it is, but it's no Derek Fazackerley either, it could be better. Over this coming weekend there will have to be some downtime (not during the game, I'll be watching that) as I start the work, then again in a few weeks there will be a bit more while I do some more work. I'll try and do it during quiet times, but inevitably there will be some who cannot access the site when they would like ... sorry about that.
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  3. Also the radiators on full blast in the away changing room and salt in the tea. He also had luminous signs in the four corners at Cambridge so his defenders could aim for them. I was refereeing Preston Reserves when he was there and at every kick from the opposition keepers hands the Preston centre half would shout either jacks, queens, kings or aces. On one occasion Chris Sully didn't go with the command and played them onside which nearly resulted in a goal. Gary Peters (Becks number 2) went apoplectic at Sully who, in his defence said he was confused between kings and queens. It transpired that each shout was a code to do something in unison. On another occasion I was refereeing at Lincoln when he was there and at 2.55 the police entered the home dressing room and arrested him in front of the team. He was charged with some tax evasion thing, from memory based on the cigarette and booze run from France. Quite a character.
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  4. 4 weeks of lockdown straight into harsher restrictions than we went in with. Glad that approach worked...
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  5. I think Lewis Holtby ought to be at the top of any list regarding new contracts as a matter of urgency. In my view, he's instrumental in everything when we're on song and badly missed when unavailable. I believe his current one expires next summer and he needs to be offered a new deal before the January window kicks in. Hopefully it's sufficiently attractive for him to want to stay. In fact imperative I'd say.
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  6. I've been checking some of the London Boroughs that are in tier 2, just as a matter of interest and, while some are below the national average of 169 per 100k , many are above it. Here in the Ribble Valley our rates have fallen considerably and are now below 200 per 100k yet we are lumped into tier 3 with the rest of Lancashire. I dont want to go mad. I dont want to mix with loads of other people. I just want to call in at my local coffee place and sit down with my cup of coffee whilst out for a walk. I dont sit there for long, and if its crowded I dont go in, just as I wouldn't in normal times as I hate being crowded. Id just like the choice. I'm capable, of sound mind and responsible. I know some arent, but I'm weary of having my choices taken away. And I'm especially weary of a government that thinks its fine for me to spend Christmas with others in much closer proximity than I would if visiting a restaurant, but won't let me choose next week to enjoy a socially distanced meal in a restaurant. Its mad, ill thought out and creates a feeling of unfairness that many will share. If the virus is a threat, then we needed a proper lockdown until it cleared, national measures to deal with it all. Not this piecemeal, please nobody rubbish that creates a feeling of them and us. What got most of us through the first time was the feeling of doing something as a nation to deal with the problem.
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  7. Some fans have questioned Scott Wharton's distribution but I thought it was very good against Preston and on a few occasions, he was given the ball in tight spaces and dealt with it really well and made good decisions, like the one in the first half, where he was about a yard from the line with a Preston player coming to him and he just booted it into the stands and ran back into position rather than risk something silly.
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  8. If we can't capitalise,if we can't rise to the occasion then we are going nowhere soon. We need a run of wins and we need it now.
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  9. Delighted he’s starting to come good and his improvement is obvious, long May it continue. Not going to rewrite history some of his previous performances were laughably bad, it seemed every game he’d shank one out for a throw or trip himself up, the glimpses of promise were few and far between. The lack of fans and thus pressure has been a huge boost for him even though the fans were very patient in the grounds, when we can return you feel he’ll benefit from getting up and going in the quieter times. Is it a bargain? Not yet, could it turn out to be? Yes! And I didn’t think I’d say that 6 months or so ago
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  10. It's all political. Liverpool in Tier 2 because they sucked it up, Manchester in Tier 3 because Burnham spoke out.
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  11. As expected lockdown 2.0 was a waste of time. What really strikes me is the amount of people calling for further restrictions over Christmas! I am sorry, have you lost your humanity in all of this? It was a disgusting decision to lockdown Muslim areas the night before Eid. It would be just as disgusting if they tried to tell us we couldn't celebrate Christmas. All of the people clamouring for a second lockdown must now appreciate the thoughts of those that opposed it. The restrictions are lifted by headline only. Tier 2 upwards is still effectively a death sentence for hospitality, which is practically all of England. Excluded UKs director was in tears this morning about how 6 of their members have taken their own lives since lockdown in March. There were a lot of people calling those stories unsubstantiated but quite frankly the proof is there for all to see. I personally know more people on a personal capacity that have taken their own lives than have died from Covid since March. It may not ring true for everybody but to deny the problem exists contributes to that problem. Lockdown is draconian and not even a suitable system to quell the pandemic. It is media driven hysteria that resulted in a nationwide lockdown when parts of Cornwall had a r rate substantially below zero. In the past few weeks we have seen academic research squashed by the govt, potential fraud by AstraZeneca and 72 year old ladies man handled into a police van by 5 coppers with attitude problems. This country is going to the pits. Sense and normality has gone. The ability of the human brain to measure and balance risk has left us. Perfectly healthy people and businesses are dying as a result of hysteria.
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  12. Barnsley fans say their team looked "leggy" against Brentford so I would expect them to ask us to try and break them down. So for me, our pace won`t be the major factor in beating them. We need the likes of Elliot, Dolan, Holtby and Rothwell on the ball to do something out of the ordinary so we can get chances in the box. Hurling it into to a packed penalty area for Gally or Ben to try and get on the end and knock it in or down for Arma won`t do it for me. We need players who can do the unexpected in their box or on the edge of the box. This is why I think we have struggled in the past when teams park the bus. Now in those four players, I think we have the skill to open up teams with a cute pass or dribble. If I am wrong and they come and have a go, then that is their problem. Quotes from Barnsley fans; "It was tactical to sit back and make our half congested to stop Brentford playing...." " Blackburn are a better team than others think and are top scorers, I think. It will be difficult to get a win."
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  13. Been here many times under Mowbray. 02/02/19 - 2 points off the play offs after 4 wins in a row, we go 2-0 up at Brentford only to lose 5-2, then go on to lose 9 of our next 11 games 23/12/19 - 5 wins from our previous 6 and only 1 point off the play offs, up against second bottom Wigan at Ewood, we draw 0-0 and go 6 without a win. 27/06/20 - After beating one of our nearest rivals we again find ourselves in 7th place, and again 1 point off the play offs with a better goal difference than anyone around us. We then lose our next 3 in a row, two to relegation threatened sides in Wigan and Barnsley and don't threaten again. History tells us we'll get probably get one or two points from these next two home games, lets see if anything is actually different this time.
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  14. Holtby has the credentials and quality to leave another beloved and indelible mark on the history of our club...a few years back some people were unimpressed by the signing of an ageing Turkish midfielder whose name escapes me (not!). That turned into an enduring love affair that still runs deep in the hearts of many a misty-eyed Rovers fan, didn't it? Just saying like, let's be thankful for what we've got and hope it goes even half as well here for Holtby as it did for the legendary Mr Terimoglou..
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  15. I've been doing the same Gumboots. Specifically looking at South Ribble where we are - 223 per 100K and falling against Newham, where my son and daughter-in-law live - 233 and rising. They are in Tier 2 and we're in Tier 3. It's fairly clear that at least some of these decisions are political. i heard Matt Hancock specifically thank some regional mayors - Joe Anderson in Liverpool and Dan Jarvis in South Yorkshire, Labour but didn't argue and the Teesside and Birmingham mayors for being Conservative. It was obvious when he left Andy Burnham out, and Lancashire for that matter. I have plenty of time for the London Mayor Sadiq Khan but his comment today that putting London in Tier 2 being a reward for what all Londoners have had to go through for the last few weeks was outrageous.
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  16. But the crowd never got on his arse.
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  17. Very true. However, I also think there is something seriously wrong that despite having the best GD in the league, and the leagues top goalscorer, we still sit in 12th!
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  18. Apart from anything it doesnt actually make christmas any simpler. I dont even have a big family and its complicated. Then we've got to pick between my parents or the inlaws. The inlaws are even smaller family and that's looking complicated. In all honesty, theyve struck the sweet spot of delivering a shit christmas whilst not bringing the rate of infection down. They seem to consistently try to appease both those in favour of a hard lockdown and those against a hardlock down and repeatedly give us the worst of both worlds.
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  19. Yep, Hancock arranged a Covid amnesty with the virus on a Zoom call. Let's party!
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  20. Mowbray, who signed him and was instrumental in his making the decision in coming here, according to Holtby himself. Do any of the armchair pundits who are wondering why he didn't play centrally last season consider that he wasn't match sharp or fit enough to do so then? He had no pre-season and had ongoing injury issues. Isn't it great though that now our dilemmas are Trybull or Johnson, Gallagher or Elliott, as opposed to Guthrie or Lowe, or Liam Feeney or Simeon Jackson. Mowbray has built quite the squad.
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  21. It was Rothwell who played in Brereton for his goal
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  23. So as others have said above, London, where all these tossers are based who are telling us what we can or rather cannot do with our normal every day lives is placed in tier 2 allowing them to have a relatively normal Christmas. The rest of us have to endure yet more pointless suffering. There's a surprise. Who ever would have thought it?
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  24. Blackburn’s rate goes down by quite a bit , London’s escalates for anyone who think this virus is anything other than political they are mad no danger
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  25. Has anyone else noticed that Tier 3s restrictions on hospitality is now Tier 2? So yeah, you might now be in Tier 2, but that is the old tier 3. How political. That drunk oaf Johnson spouting about how the restrictions have worked because of the amount of regions entering back into Tier 2. Nonsense talk. This entire response to the virus has been shameful and the whole government should be sacked, as should SAGE. They clearly are not fit to govern. Whitty telling us not to hug our elderly relatives. To him I say get fucked. I’ve lost two grandparents either side of the initial lockdown, I said goodbye to my nan in a back door job at the church simply because the father knew she could not have a service. I snuck into my own nans funeral. Imagine that. If you think I’m not giving the old man a bloody good hug when I finally get to see him then you’re sorely mistaken. This is a scam. I am sure of it. They are making millions out of this with dodgy contracts and volatile markets. Every move they make sends it one way or the next, and you can guarantee they have invested. Whitty is set to land 600k isn’t he? Some sum of money for a bloke that has overseen the most disastrous response in Europe. Billions out to friends, hundreds of lives taken out of desperation, millions excluded from financial help, millions of businesses closed and absolutely nothing to show for it except “do not hug your relatives”. I’m done.
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  26. Chorley is another one. If down south we would be in tier 2. Not right this.
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  27. Sly And The Family Stone - Dance To The Music
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  28. I'm not really a big fan of this modern wing back shite. There aren't many full backs who can defend and attack equally well to a good standard, certainly not at our level. You don't seem to get the Graham LeSaux's and Alan Wright's these days. You end up with guys who are deeply average at both elements of the game and who have real problems when they're up against a pacey winger.
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  29. We're winning nowt in 2020 Len, 2021's the year! We live in hope!
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  30. To be fair they were part of several imaginary post-match quotes from the Preston manager that the nobbers were posting - it was gallows humour rather than an epic fail.
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  31. Yet time and time again he is mopping up at the back. A couple of tackles our defenders would be proud of AND then bring the ball out at his feet not just punt it long.
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  32. That's what they are going to do. My point really was in response to Dreams saying basically that it was inhumane to call for more restrictions around Christmas. Also, people may make the wrong decision. But that's the whole point, the Govt don't want to be accountable either way. In a health crisis they should govern, not just say 'do what you want', which is what they are saying effectively. Boris just doesn't want to be unpopular. Unfortunately, that's the problem with having an insecure manchild running the country.
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  33. You confuse me Mercer you constantly tell us how the club is rotten from the top all the way down and how we are going nowhere and with this management we will never get promotion or come anywhere near it. Then every match preview we are going to roll clubs over and a win is a licence to print money
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  34. Between 23 and 27 December, the three households in a "Christmas bubble" can mix indoors and stay overnight - This is madness, baseless and will only serve to keep places in the highest tiers for longer...... https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55086621 Around 21 local authority areas will be in the highest level of restrictions - tier three - including Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Tees Valley Combined Authority and North East Combined Authority. Lancashire, Leicester, Lincolnshire, Slough, Bristol, Kent and Medway will also be in tier three. Differences between the new tiers include restrictions on where households can meet up: tier one: the rule of six applies everywhere, indoors and out tier two: the rule of six applies outdoors but there is no household mixing anywhere indoors tier three: can only meet other households in outdoor public spaces like parks, where the rule of six applies
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  35. Manchester in tier 3, London in tier 2, now that's a surprise.
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  36. The Hollies - He Ain't Heavy (He's My Brother)
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  37. Wharton and Lenihan are great. Just 2 no nonsense , no frills DEFENDERS.
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  38. Brand New Heavies - Midnight At The Oasis
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  39. There's a Nigerian prince I sent my life savings to who has promised a 10 fold return on my investment. It's a license to print money. I haven't heard from him for a while but I think he's just been busy. Can I send him your details, you're exactly the the type of shrewd investor he is looking for? ?
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  40. Looks a difficult game on paper. Since getting a new manager in October Barnsley have W4 D1 L2 with 4 clean sheets. One of those wins was 1-0 v Watford. Not a 'gimme' by any stretch of the imagination.
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  41. Our goal difference is worth a point.
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  42. They hate the fact that Astra Zeneca has philanthropic foundations and the pricing is about 25% of that from the American vaccines.
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  43. Confidence is high, and we are getting healthier ever so slightly. The Holtby and Rothwell at the 8’s is just quality. Barnsley battered us at Oakwell last year, so expect a decent, if not a bit stodgy side to show up. If we score early, we could run it up on them though as everyone is wanting a piece of the action. Bench with 5 subs really suits us. Leave Trybull in, he is much more comfortable with Holtby in there with him. Much better 6 than an 8.
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  44. Personally, I think he takes too many shots that have next to no chance of going in - and none of his long-rangers have gone in this season. Shearer, Newell, Speedie etc all knew when to shoot and when to pass.
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  45. I would think quite a few of us view the forum at the same time as watching the game on ifollow. If things aren't going to plan the match day thread tends to make depressing reading so I'm glad that those 2 commentators try to keep positive. I don't understand why they get so much stick tbh.
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  46. Good lad Lewis ...?
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  47. Lol, think a couple of the players live around there too. After bad home defeats there will always a big backlash. But I would argue that social media and forums aren't always representative of the majority view. A lot of fans would still argue that Alex has done a very good job for 3.5 years now with one hand tied behind his back, allowing us to compete in the top half of the Championship whilst our best players are all sold and replaced on the cheap. He has also had players foisted onto him like Nugent, and we are now in a scenario where our 5 best players - Pearson, Browne, Johnson, Davies, Fisher - are all available on free transfers next summer because the club have failed to offer them the market rate for proven Championship players. He has also continually argued for an U23 squad which has not been allowed to happen due to finance, which leads to lads like Dolan leaving the club. Basically recruitment, contracts, the entire footballing side of the club has been mismanaged for a number of years now, so with that and the lack of any reasonable backing on transfers it's very hard for Alex to continue to place us in the play-off hunt every year. We are now dropping back to where we probably belong - lower mid-table. The problem is that the ownership is not going to change, so even if we did change managers, the next manager would face all of the same problems. Was impressed with Blackburn tonight despite our ineptitude. Unlike us you have been shrewd in the loan market and actively added pace along with Championship experience to the squad. The squad looks much improved and Armstrong looks like a Premier League player at the moment. Throw Dack back into the mix, if he can hit the ground running, and you could be in for a good season.
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  48. Another thing which struck me as strange was the actual ruling which was given a bit more depth on the news last night - those figures of 4000 and 2000 are actually 4000/2000 or 50%, which ever is the lower number. So, for example, Bournemouth could have 4000 fans in a stadium with a 11,329 capacity - 35% full. However, tier permitting obviously, the same number inside Old Trafford with a 76000 capacity - 5% full! In what world does this make any sense!?
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