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  1. Claytons Left Boot

    Rovers v Barnsley. Sat 28 Nov 3pm

    Mid table teams usually win one, draw one and lose one. Then repeat. Then repeat. We’re now five games unbeaten. Maybe, just maybe, we’re moving up to that next level.
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    Rugby League

    The Grand Final, last night, was one of the best Rugby League games I have ever seen. An absolute arm wrestle of a match. Saints won 8-4 with a freakish try right on 80 minutes. They had enjoyed the better of the possession and territory but Wigan’s defence was immense. When Wigan edged ahead 4-2 with 10 mins left, that could have been it but more drama was to come. St Helens levelled it to 4-4 with a harsh penalty for an alleged high tackle and then Wigan were awarded a penalty of their own with 2 mins remaining. They opted to try for the two points on offer instead of going for field position and going for the drop goal, which would have undoubtedly won the game. Zak missed, Saints came upfield, went for their own drop goal. They also missed but the ball bounced back off one of the posts, down into the field of play then spun wildly, taking it into the in goal area, where one of theirs touched the ball down to win the game. You couldn’t have written it. The tackling during the game was brutal and both teams must take credit for their defence and stamina. It’s not very often that low scoring games have you on the edge of your seat. To put (association) footballers to shame with their play acting and cheating feigning injury, Wigan’s centre Oliver Gildart tweeted a photo of himself with Joe Burgess, saying between them they had a broken finger and a broken jaw. Wigan’s Jackson Hastings took studs in the face, leaving him cuts to his forehead, eyebrow and cheek, two of which looked like they could have done with stitches. St Helens’ James Graham took a tackle early on that could have damaged one or more ribs (when that lad stays down, you know he’s hurt) and their Walmsley somehow managed to finish the game, despite being severely injured. All the aforementioned carried on playing, without even the hint of a whinge towards either the ref or their own bench. Most of these lads are on about £75k per YEAR or less. A big shout out to two legends of the game who retired after the match, Warriors’ Sean O’Loughlin and Saints’ James Graham. It’s been a pleasure to watch you both. What an advert for the game. If no one can get interested in Rugby League after that, then there’s no chance. I am deeply disappointed but there’s always next season. We go again.
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    What's the highest level of football you have played?

    Played for our Darwen junior school with Arbitro and Exiled in Toronto. Played for the first year at SMC going on to beat Witton Park in the Blackburn Schools final on Ewood. Was a left winger but didn’t really have any pace to talk about. I was always keen on Cross Country whilst at school and, later on, fell running. I could never really decide on either running or football and despite a few seasons in the Darwen League, my football finished when I dislocated and broke my right ankle. Thereafter it was fell running, cycling and swimming.
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    Nobbers v Rovers, Tues 24 Nov 7.45pm

    Not far out. Haven’t read the last ten pages yet but will enjoy doing so. Looked at the stats and it seems like we murdered them. Come on Rovers and TM. Let’s take the game to the opposition every time. This squad could just have what it takes.
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    Nobbers v Rovers, Tues 24 Nov 7.45pm

    I had the misfortune to work in Preston thirty years ago. Never met a true Preston fan, the odd one or two you could find were part timers who never went much and also had a ‘backup’ team like Liverpool. We used to go in the Blue Bell on Church Street where the landlord was a Rovers fan and the pub was adorned with Rovers pictures. Used to drive in through Higher Walton and remember seeing kids walking in to school wearing Rovers scarves. If ever there was an area with a disproportionate amount of fans of another club, it’s the Preston area and Rovers fans. Must be the main reason they have this feigned dislike of us. One of the best days out following Rovers was in September 1974, a nil nil draw, but we absolutely took over the place. Beat them 3-0 at Ewood over Christmas in front of over 24k. Fancy us tonight 2-0.
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    I reckon Whitty and Vallance are going to t*/t him and it’ll be like a Punch & Judy show. Here’s hoping.
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    Quite right, makes no sense at all. With the R rate under reasonable control, cases started to rise very quickly once schools and universities restarted. Unlike at the first lockdown, we now know several cases that are purely linked to schools. Two of our five grandkids have had to isolate due to another child in their classes being confirmed positive. If there is a lockdown coming, most parents would be at home anyway, so home schooling and on line learning etc is the way to do it. Rocket science it isn’t but the bumbling blonde oaf simply cannot see it.
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    Olivia Meets her Match

    I like that last sentence. I’m going to use it whenever I can.
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    New country created in north west Europe. Thankfully, here in Northwich, we’ve just scraped in.
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    Premier League Stuff

    Yep, I agree entirely although I think Van Gaal was in the twilight of his management days whilst at Old Trafford. The demeanour of Mourinho whilst there spoke a thousand words about the problems you highlight behind the scenes.
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    Premier League Stuff

    The main objective for a team wanting to be in with a chance of winning the Premier League these days is the manager, or in modern day parlance, the head coach. Solskjær is not that man, likeable as he is. A failure at Cardiff, I couldn’t believe he was appointed. The head coach should act as a catalyst to attract the best players around and should be a proven winner. Everything else follows from there. United are a shambles at present. Generally a good team (although not on today’s showing) but nothing more. Their player recruitment has been poor, in relation to City and Liverpool in particular and they need a big rebuilding job. Can’t take the grin off my face.
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    20/21 kit

    We lived in Zürich for six months back in 2009-10. I had a choice of watching either FC Zürich or Grasshoppers but, because of the kit, it was a no brainier. They were formed in 1886 by an English student called Tom Griffith and we were the inspiration for their blue and white halved kit.
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    20/21 kit

    The more I look at the home kit, the more I like it. It helps once you get used to seeing the players in it but I would say it’s the best homer in years. Love the traditional Royal Blue, as well. 👍
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    Bournemouth away

    Probably a Keeley/Faz and a Mick Rathbone but you get the gist.
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    Bournemouth away

    If only BRFCS could manage the lads. That’s not sarcasm, by the way. We have all known that our defence is the key failing in the team, has not been addressed and will cost us points. A Keeley and Faz in that team and we win 2-0.

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