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  2. JacknOry

    (Too early?) January transfer window 2020

    Where this differs a little is that Chapman is his own signing. Generally, player he has signed are exempt from criticism as that can be reflected back on him. Easier to criticism the young lads coming through the ranks than players he used the clubs cash to purchase. All I can assume is Chapman was not a player he really wanted and was used to appease fans as he know they loved him.
  3. JacknOry

    (Too early?) January transfer window 2020

    No wonder Travis rarely makes those forward passes and driving runs forward anymore.
  4. I would love us to go back to basics. Dack playing off Graham. Rothwell on one wing, Chapman on the other. Give them license to bomb forward. Put Downing at left-back for his crossing ability. We all know it will be same shit, slightly shuffled faces (sans Bennett).
  5. “Harrison needs to learn a bit of discipline about central midfield in my opinion. Normally I play Smallwood and Evans in the middle of the pitch because they stop the counter-attacks and play their position."
  6. I don’t remember Forbes TBH. I bought my school uniform from Grays (next to Reidy’s ?) & spent a lot of time in Gibson’s - both Accrington & Blackburn incarnations. Those were indeed the days...
  7. I don't know if you are old enough to remember Johnny Forbes' shop in Blackburn. They had stock in dark brown wooden drawers all neatly labelled. I remember my parents buying my first Rovers out for me from there. Being in the shop and getting that kit was something that has stuck with me. There was a similar shop in Darwen called County Sports which sold pretty much anything from fishing tackle to Airfix models. Mick Heaton was a partner in a sports shop in Darwen too. It traded under the name of John Harrison Sports but Mick was a sleeping partner.
  8. JHRover

    (Too early?) January transfer window 2020

    Let's be honest even if we'd have signed him he'd have spent months sat on the bench with odd 20 minute appearances when losing or played in a position that he isnt used to doing. Peterborough have that knack of developing quality players particularly attackers and selling them on for big money. Apparently what we try to do here but with successful results.
  9. Indeed...I posted something on Twitter to that effect - as this is for the Accy Observer I focused on Accy sports shops but I spent a fair amount of pocket money at Pratt’s in the 70’s. @arbitro I was involved in a lovely thread on Twitter a few years back reminiscing about traditional sports shop & they joined in, I think they major on cricket kit these days unless locals know better ? When I lived in Birmingham there was a fabulous shop run by a Harry Parkes at the top end of Corporation St, I didn’t realise for years that he was a former Villa player. When he died the shop disappeared and a part of me died as well. https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/aston-villa-legend-harry-parkes-86711
  10. only2garners

    Brexit

    I think you're being a bit premature there Paul. Yes, there is a distinct possibility of a Tory majority but it's far from a given yet, still 4 weeks away from the election. Were this to have been a "normal" election the vagaries of our electoral system would mean that the Tories would need a significant lead in the polls in order to gain an overall majority, maybe even up to 10%. Of course, this won't be an ordinary election and is thus extremely difficult to predict. No one yet knows how much tactical voting will happen on the Remain side or how fragile Labour leave votes are. It looks very likely that the Tories are going to lose seats in Scotland and in and around London. Given that they start some way short of a majority they are going to have to pick up a lot of seats in the rest of England to bridge that gap to a majority. Clearly Corbyn is an electoral liability for Labour and Johnson still has this bizarre jolly chap image which hasn't budged much despite him appearing not very popular when he hits Northern streets. The Brexit party is a busted flush now but it might have a marginal affect in some tight Conservative/Labour marginal seats - I suspect just a handful. What I think can be confidently predicted is that stuff will happen to one party or another or maybe all of them and how those events affect voters will in the end be key. I also suspect that the fact that we are still in grave danger of a No Deal Brexit might concentrate a few voters' minds.
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  12. booth

    Tony Mowbray Discussion

    It must be a really difficult job when you consider the scrutiny you're under as a football manager, having to please the players, the media, find players, try to convince players to join you, trying to keep them happy individually whilst trying to get them working as a group. I've probably only mentioned half of the job there. So why make it even more bloody difficult for yourself like Mowbray continually does? It's borderline masochistic.
  13. darrenrover

    Music Association Game

    Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode
  14. chaddyrovers

    Brexit

    You are right about it costing Lib Dems points in the polls. Corbyn is a massive problem for Labour and non supporting Labour supporters. Thornberry, McDonnell and Abbott are similar problem to him IMO. if Starmer was leader then it could be different question. But I think Watson resigning is causing issues for Labour party. Jess Philips is fantastic and I love her passion and listening to her
  15. Hanks

    Music Association Game

    Johnny Cash - I Walk The Line
  16. philipl

    Brexit

    I am going to end up sounding like Chaddy quoting polls but here goes... All three parties internal polling show that AS OF TODAY Corbyn is a massive negative drag on Labour and anything that touches him. I desperately wish it was Brexit which had the death touch but it is not- it is Corbyn. I am not going into the rights or wrongs or how it happened, the reality is that Corbyn, his handlers and those who wish him ill have generated the biggest domestic ogre in the history of British politics. It is so bad that the mere suggestion that the Lib Dems might do a deal with Corbyn has cost the Lib Dems perhaps 5 points in the polls (Corbyn not Labour- there is a perceptual difference as people mostly like the other Labour politicians like Starmer, Thornberry, Benn, Cooper, even McDonnell and absolutely love Jess Phillips; her partly formerly LD constituency is absolutely lost for the LDs). What this means in Brexit terms is that the vast swathe of seats in the South West Lib Dems lost to the Tories in 2015 are still Tory- we are close but not close enough. BUT The shape of the Lib Dem vote has shifted since 2015 dramatically. Everything is pointing to the votes won in the 2019 local and Euro elections are largely sticking with the Lib Dems. This means Lib Dem gains from Tories and Labour in London and the slightly less affluent areas of the Home Counties near London. SO For Lib Dem party purposes, not doing a deal with Corbyn sadly makes sense. This also means that in terms of maximising the number of anti- Tory MPs, there are more LD/Tory marginals in play where snubbing Corbyn is essential than seats where we could stand down for Corbyn and make a realistic difference. ESPECIALLY because we have tried to include Labour in Unite to Remain and Corbyn told LD, Green and PC TO GET LOST. All right Labour, don't touch Lib Dems and other political parties but why can't Labour show Remain goodwill by standing down in Beaconsfield?? IT IS NOT THE LIB DEMS who are being dog in the manger- we are standing down in over 20 seats. And one final point. The Conservatives have approached us with a deal of sorts for Islington where Emily Thornberry and Jeremy Corbyn are vulnerable to the Remain surge in the Capital. We are not interested but the Tories wanted to send such a frightener neither Corbyn nor Thornberry would have campaigned outside their constituencies. Ask Emily Thornberry if she is worried she might not get re-elected. Ask her why she is defying Corbyn and saying she is voting Remain in a second referendum irrespective of any new deal negotiated by Labour.
  17. Tyrone Shoelaces

    Brexit

    It's simple Jim. They'd rather have Johnson than Corbyn just like they preferred Cameron to Gordon Brown. A leopard doesn't change it's spots. It's only Brexit that's ruffled their feathers. Normally they be right behind the Tories.
  18. Tyrone Shoelaces

    Brexit

    They're not actually a real party, that's why. They're just Farage's stooges.
  19. Exiled in Toronto

    Lancashire Telegraph

    Excellent post Sir, which totally reflects my views. Over the years this site has gone from a home of enlightened, often witty debate where all views were tolerated, to one of “Fuck off Mowbray” and personal attacks. That Simon came on here to engage in debate should have been respected but, as you say, the site lived down to its external image as a home of all too often distasteful intolerance. I for one hope that posters who were disrespectful to him take a long break from the site as they shame us all. As Revidge and LDRover know only too well, as do I from doing the same thing in another field, writing a regular PoV column to a fixed word count to a regular timetable when there are editors, lawyers etc involved is a very taxing process that requires a lot of dedicated effort. Writing any bollocks that comes into your head under a pseudonym on here is pretty much the polar opposite. I’d like to see some of the frequent posters on here throw their hats into the ring and give it a go.
  20. Thanks for the report Ian. It's pretty much his I saw it. Pretty much the last bastion of authentic sports shops I remember was David Pratt in Mill Hill. If he didn't have what you wanted he would go his best to get it for you.
  21. DE.

    Lancashire Telegraph

    Despite what he says I'd argue his views are more in line with the majority. The views I see on here are not echoed by many on facebook or twitter, or by the sounds of it in the ground either.
  22. darrenrover

    Music Association Game

    Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons - Walk Like A Man
  23. Amo

    Tony Mowbray Discussion

    It's weird with Chapman. Not saying he would be the answer to our prayers, because he would just receive the same treatment as Rothwell, although the former is suited more as an impact sub. However, it's not as if we are excelling at one end of the pitch or the other, otherwise I could better understand his exclusion.
  24. Paul

    Brexit

    Yep. 67m of us. I'm afraid this is probably lost already. Much as I want to see any combination of results that will Johnson and the Tories out of power I can't see anything but a Tory victory. I don't buy all this "difficult to call" business, as things stands we will have a Conservative government and be out of the EU by the end of January.
  25. Gary C

    Music Association Game

    Frank Sinatra- That's Life
  26. Wegerleswiggle

    Tony Mowbray Discussion

    Tony needs to firmly decide on a formation or two that he wants to play. Then go into the transfer market and get the best players he can, to go along with the best of what we have already, to play in that/those 2 formations. What it appears happens is that he looks at what he can get in the market and then use those plus his favourites and play them somewhere in his team. It really isn't rocket science. If I was in charge I would make sure I had 2 decent quality players in each position, so if there's an injury to one then the alternative is a decent replacement, playing in their natural position. For instance if we are playing 4-2-3-1 then.... 2 X GK 2 X RB 2 X LB 4 X CB 4 X CM 2 X AM 2 X RW 2 X LW 3 X CF Let's not piss about with average squad players ie Smallwood Samuel Evans Bell Bennett etc.. God I'd love a go at Mowbray's job, as I suspect we all would.
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