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  1. Absolutely amazing - well actually it isn't - that Rovers fans when faced with two totally contradictory interviews in the space of a week decide that the negative one must be the real one. Why don't we just club together and buy him a ticket to go to whichever club is going to sign-him. As I've said time and time again, don't forget Tugay's not even played for Rovers for the last 5 years. He's been at Newcastle ever since he gave that infamous interview were he had the audacity to say the barcodes were a great club and he wouldn't have a problem palying for them. The press will spin whatever they want. Players say things in all innocence. Rovers fans believe the worst.
  2. How old was Larsson (36ish) and he'd never scored in the Premiership but was signed for MU. Still, don't think Benny will be anywhere other than Ewood next year.
  3. I don't like Phil Thompson but I think he summed it up on Gilette Soccer Saturday. He said "Neill claimed it wasn't about money it was about playing regularly. If that's the case, why didn't he stay at Blackburn?" Yes, Neill said he wanted a new challenge, but then says all he wants is to play regular football. He signs a deal that gets him out of a club if it's relegated. So what he really meant was he wanted twice as much money as he was on, he didn't care who paid it, doesn't fancy the challenge of earning a place in a start up line (even for the team he 'supported') and is happy to bugger off from his new paymasters if things get really tough. Still, don't really care. He's a Hammer now and hopefully will be a free agent at the end of the season as they get relegated. Will be funny if he tries to go to Liverpool ona free...
  4. At least Paul has a hero. Welcome back Dunny, you've been missed.
  5. Do we know he's not got a clause? Anyhow, just as Birmingham don't need to accept an offer, Dunn doesn't have to move to Bolton if he doesn't want to. He knows Rovers are after him, and he can quite simply say to Brum that he's not going anywhere other than Rovers and if they don't accept Rovers offer, he'll stay at St Andrews taking a wage and move on a free whenever his contract is up. Do Birmingham cut their losses and sell to Rovers at a lower price than they were hoping, or do they hope Dunn will decide he quite likes the Reebok afterall?
  6. At last! We have a solution to the mystery that's plagued us for the last few years! Lucas Neill is Vinjay!
  7. And isn't that exacly what we did with the Axe? Dunn might not feature in every match, but to be honest, for one reason or another of all the midfielders we have (when fit) I think the same goes for Toogs, Axe, Reid, or Bentley. Only two who are seemingly untouchable are MGP and Savage.
  8. And where, oh fountain of insider knowledge, did you get this "fact" from? I wager it's the same location you got the 'Ole Gunnar Solskjaer coming to Rovers it's definitely happening this week' or the rest of the nonsense you periodically post.
  9. If I use public transport from where Ilive it's 2 buses and a train each way and costs around £15. (That's Huddersfield). For Martin it's three trains from Scunthorpe and over £30. We're season ticket holders. Would we get the travel free in which case my s/t is halved in price; and Martin would be paid to attend! Alternatively do you discriminate against those who travel?
  10. Me neither, unless Waikiki United somehow slip into the draw.
  11. Well no, actually. By the time the first football winner was named - Bobby Moore in 1966 - there'd already been 4 atheltics winners, 2 swimmers and a show jumper! Other football winners: Gazza in 1990, Michael Owen in 1998, and then finally Beckham in 2001. Two out of 36 pre-Sky, and two out of 16 post-Sky. Cricket winners: 1956 (Jim Laker), 1975 (David Steele), 1981 (Ian Botham) and 2005 (Freddie Flintoff). Not exactly dominating the event even when the BBC had the rights.
  12. Interesting breakdown of sports of winners: Athletics 17 Motor Racing 6 Cricket 4 Football 4 Boxing 4 Tennis 3 Ice skating 3 Equestrianism 3 Golf 2 Swimming 1 Cycling 1 Snooker 1 Rowing 1 Rugby Union 1
  13. It's terrible for anyone who lives outside of the immediate area. For example, I live approx 50 miles away and here is a typical 1715 ko: Can't do anything in the morning in case it overruns and creates problems travelling to Chorley/Ewood. Afternoon wasted as travel time +/or waiting to go to the match. Evenings a wash out due to not getting home until well past 2100, and still have to eat.
  14. Unless I'm mistaken, we stay in 16th due to both teams having the same goal difference, but Rovers having scored more?
  15. Enjoyed the trip, here's some pluses and minuses - Pluses : Amsterdam - a wonderful city and I don't mean for the laddish elements Torture museum - a fascinating experience Public transport - amazing trains and so plush I had to check I was in 2nd class The Dutch -very friendly & helpful people Food - the Mexican meal on Wednesday evening was excellent The drink - decent prices and good bars The company - travelling with Glenn & smurf into Amsterdam, with Martin throughout and meeting friends in Rotterdam The result - more than I could hope for and qualification for the next round! Minuses : Stadium facilities - I'd be ashamed to offer that level of facility on a park on a sunday morning. Absolutely apppalling. Loutish Rovers fans - people can enjoy themselves however they like but when stoned out pillocks start sticking spliffs into the face of 70 year old ladies and not give a fig about it, or stand on seats in front of kids when there's noone in their line of sight for three rows then somethings wrong. Stewarding prt 1- and people moan about English stewards? Jeez, these guys wouldn't know how to herd cattle let alone manage people. How can any sensible organisation not let you go into a top tier as it's 'full' but don't bother opening the bottom area? Stewarding prt 2 - and they wonder why people get frustrated if they are kept in metal pens with no communication. Stewarding prt 3 - recovering a ball which Toogs kicked into the crowd, clearly to keep themselves, from Martin on way out of ground.
  16. I'm so looking forward to getting in and out of the stadium. Maybe recommending that we all wear suits of armour and have an SAS (and I don't mean *our* SAS) guard with us should be included in the advice?
  17. And me and Martin EDIT - Lesson 1... read down the thread before replying. Lesson 2 - I got back from Spain this afternoon with a stinking cold. Unless it clears by Wednesday, and knowing ventilation systems on planes, I'm going to be very popular with Rovers fans.
  18. That is very true, although the map on Lee's link makes it impossible not too. I've had an email back confirming 4 tickets allocated and they should be with me any day now. Unfortunately, I've got to stay the night of the match in Rotterdam due to a hastily arranged business meeting ("Modi - you're off to watch Rovers vs Feyernoord. Go and see a supplier in Rotterdam when you're there.") but heh-ho, the will's been updated just in case.
  19. Does the map of Amsterdam provided in the Rough Guide highlight the red light district so it is easier to avoid or easier to find?
  20. It's a fact that the earth has been 'cold' rather than 'warm' for most of it's existence. It's a fact that most lifeforms can adapt upto a mean temperature of around +/- 5 degrees of the norms over an extended timescale. It's a fact that where changes in temperatures of more than +/- 5 degrees has happened 'rapidly' (ie decades or even centuries, not millenia) then mass extinctions take place. It's a fact that the planet is currently experiencing 'fairly rapid' warming. It's a fact a similar fairly rapid, but slightly slower and less sustained, warming happened about 500 years ago and that didn't lead to mass extinctions as the warming slowed and then reversed. What is questionable is if the current fairly rapid warming will be continued (or accelerated) or will be reversed. If it continues, then there is trouble ahead. If it is reversed, it's basically just another Tudor warming period but slightly quicker. I think what the current debate is really meaning to look at is if humanity's actions are contributing to the acceleration or stopping the natural reversal from happening. That's what the whole world needs to consider. Unfortunately, even if the UK is wonderfully well behaved, we won't have a British Isles shaped exclusion zone from the effects global warming.
  21. I'm interested to know how they will process an application for four tickets, two of which were from people who went to both matches, and two of which were for people who bought for only one. Will they do the processing bang on midnight between the two days?
  22. Way back in 1991, I was covering at the Sunderland office and found myself processing a mortgage application for someone who worked at Newcastle FC. There was no mention of who to contact in the personnel department to check the employment records. I mentioned this and someone said just ring the club the club and ask for Ozzy. Totally didn't twig and duly rang the club... only to find the mortgage supervisor dive across the desk and snatch the phone off me as I started to speak. Could have been very funny or very embarrassing.
  23. I've had a nice weekend visiting a friend in London. Yesterday, met total strangers in Yates on Leicester Square who were Rovers fans, closely followed by another group in Garfunkles (hello to all of you if you're reading). Went to Spamalot in the evening. And then went to watch the match today - oh dear. Not bad, just bland. Just hope that things get better on Thursday. We're also starting to look like a squad that is paper thin.
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