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    Brexit Thread

    By as soon as the end of today there could well be enough letters filed by Tory MP's to trigger a no confidence vote in Theresa May. An utter utter shambles. I'd like someone to tell me which side will come off as winners out of all this. My answer is neither.
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    Money spinning cynicism aside I'm not that bothered. He'll play for 15/20 minutes, maybe even 10 (his number) then be off. It's a friendly. Germany did it with Podolski, and he played England off the park. Hopefully Rooney can have a lasting impression on some of the younger players - don't do what I did as I won nothing with England.
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    Tony Mowbray Appointed Head Coach

    I like a good stat too. His season by season comparison is almost identical. Tony Mowbray's Rovers in the Championship 2016-2017; P-15 W-5 D-7 L-3 Pts-22. League Win Percentage - 33.33% League Points per game - 1.47 2018-2019; P-16 W-6 D-7 L-3 Pts-25. League Win Percentage - 37.5% League Points per game - 1.56 Extrapolating this out over a season puts Rovers ending on around 70 points. Looking at history this probably isn't enough for a play off spot. Mowbray needs a Souness like bump to achieve that. Here are the points totals for 6th spot since the year before Rovers dropped out of the Premier League up until last season; 2017-2018; 75 2016-2017; 80 2015-2016; 74 2014-2015; 78 2013-2014; 72 2012-2013; 68 2011-2012; 70 2 things strike me from this. Coyle was an abysmal manager. There must not have been many draws in the season Rovers were relegated to League 1. 80 points for 6th. Rovers relegated on 51.
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    Burnley pub renamed after Sean Dyche

    But apart from that it's great. I am a fan of football. I enjoy the premier league. I don't get wrapped up what happens off the pitch.
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    Brexit Thread

    I spend a week or 2 ignoring anything Brexit, then do a catch up. My overarching feelings each time I do this is what a complete mess Britain is in. At minimum a second referendum is needed. It was ill thought out, and the current state of play offers no light at the end of the tunnel. Truly shocking.
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    I read about this on Monday. 4 were charged, now just one. An odd and sad situation.
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    Football rule changes - what would you do?

    Some good points raised. I think a majority would enable more action and less stopping. What about sin bins? Don't send them off but give them a few minutes away from the pitch a la ice hockey. One team plays with 10 for a short period of time. In junior football where I live they've banned heading until u13 due to safety concerns. However, they haven't banned keepers from booting the ball out of their hands which causes no end of problems.
  8. I don't know if this has been done on here before but I'll give it a whirl. If you could add, change, or remove a rule in football to make the game better what would it be? Mine would be to treat injuries like they do in rugby. Instead of players lying prostrate followed by a few seconds of benign passing before someone puts it out of play so that a physio can come on, I'd have play continue as normal. The ref waves on the physio who tends to the injured player whilst the game goes on around them. The ref still has discretion to halt proceedings if they deem that it's warranted. To me this would not only cut down on time wasting, but it would ensure that those who aren't really injured would think twice before asking for the magic sponge.
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    What a good result and performance. Kane, Rashford, and Sterling were very good. Can they do that against teams that sit back? I hope so. Spain were always going to dominate possession so counterattacking played into England's hands. I've always been far too positive regarding England but I do think that there is some hope for a decent side over the next couple of tournaments. Pickford is young and will improve. There are good options all across the back (Trippier or Walker at right back for one). Plenty of young attacking talent available. Ideally we find a midfielder who can knit play together, and a central striker who can deputise and eventually take over from Kane.
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    Nicky Marker and Ben Thornley

    To the point I highlighted; probably not. It happened in the second half. It's fair to say that Marker's challenge was a poor one. Nobody knows what his intent was though, but very doubtful that it was to end a career. There's no video as far as I know, I've not been able to find out If he was sent off or not, and as the civil suit was settled out of court there is little to go on their either. Has Marker ever commented on it? Other players? Tony Parkes (reserve team manger at the time)? I'll suspect not. Those details may be in the book, but I'll not be buying it. I'll save the argument on which team should be more hated; Ferguson's Utd or Russian Chelsea or post Emerati City for a later date.
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    Fútbol, Le Foot, Voetbal, ποδόσφαιρο

    Holland beat Germany 3-0 yesterday. Jogi Low must be on borrowed time. Holland had Ryan Babel playing. I thought he'd given up years ago.
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    Nicky Marker and Ben Thornley

    I'll say again that I seriously doubt that Marker's intent was to end Thornley's career, I'll also say that I'm not trying to pass it off as an "innocuous 50/50". He may have gone over the ball. If you can find a video of the tackle please post it. At this point it's all conjecture. As a side, my footballing days were ended by a double compound fracture of my leg. There was no malice at all in the tackle that did it, just 2 people going for a ball. Also, a mate of mine now walks with a permanent limp having had his ACL and MCL done and peroneal nerve snapped with one of the most tame tackles I've ever seen. It can happen.
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    Dier hit the post. Kane hit the bar. Rashford missed 2 absolute sitters, yet your main observation is to lambast England's central midfield. It certainly wasn't a classic but I've not seen Modric or Ratikic that quiet for a long time. England were by far the better team, and what is most promising is that there were no over 30's out there. I do think though that Dier should re purpose himself as a centre half. He doesn't have the speed to play in midfield, but he is an accomplished footballer.
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    Nicky Marker and Ben Thornley

    It happens in football. It's a risk every player takes. Is there video? Did Marker get sent off because of it? I've no idea. I feel for Ben Thornley but I doubt Marker's motivation was to end his career.
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    Fútbol, Le Foot, Voetbal, ποδόσφαιρο

    Usain Bolt scored 2 for the Central Coast Mariners in a pre season game; Bolt scores 2 Is it a marketing stunt or a genuine opportunity? It is interesting. He is football mad, but spent the last 15 years running. Imagine having to mark him though? 6'5" and the quickest ever. Who was the British sprinter who was on trial at Wigan (I think) years ago?

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