Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Fergie's Having It Both Ways

So Sir Alex Ferguson is complaining about the overweaning power of Television on the Beautiful Game. That, much like the game itself, is a bit rich.

'I tell yer, television is God and it's crucifying me'

The only reason that the top footballers wade into work through a sea of bank notes these days is television. I’m sure Ferguson himself is that little bit wealthier since the advent of Sky Sports.

Those that run the Premier League will point to its enormous operating profits and pronounce it a success. It’s not so much television that rules the roost, it’s money. And television, in the form of walnut-faced mogul Murdoch and his butter-wouldn’t-melt boy James – the result of what would have happened if Steptoe and Son had made it big – pays better than owt else.

But then cos telly gets your ‘brand’ seen across five continents it doesn’t half help your merchandising n all. In fact, the Box is so instrumental in keeping your club afloat that you’d think that Ferguson might be a less grumpy about the whole thing, even if he doesn’t have to resort to the average chief executive’s role of bending over forwards while the EPL stuff in as many fivers as his arse can carry.

Ferguson says ‘Television is God’ (and you were beginning to think it was you, eh, Alex?) If he’s right, then presumably he thinks football is the Virgin Mary, but the only people getting truly fucked by the situation at the moment are those clubs without the emissaries necessary to hook a billionaire with too much time on his hands.

I just picture Bill Kenwright slapping on the lippy, hitching up the stockings and walking the wealthier thoroughfares of major financial centres waiting for someone to wind-down the dark-glassed window of his Rolls-Royce and buy some business.

When Man City played Everton this weekend, you had the two extremes in opposition and you couldn’t help rooting for the poverty-stricken honest Johns against the moneybagses. Unsurprisingly, the Toffees, outmuscled by sheer wealth, opted for the Alamo approach and held out for as long as possible while Mancini chopped and changed his state-of-the-art armouries until a fluky deflection saw the royal blue walls crumble.

'I have this many millionaires on my bench!'

This is the reality of modern-day football. Money will win out. And money comes from two directions – telly and the deep, deep pockets of rich men with nowt much to do.

And there’s no doubt that football’s thirst for cash shows no signs of fading. The whole idea of the Europa League, a great sprawling fat beggar on European football’s landscape, is designed to accrue more bits of change for the football hierarchy.

Ferguson complains about fixture lists being twisted to accommodate the whims of the television companies; surely it’s the whims of the greedy graspers running football that conceived of the Europa League, a competition that distorts your regular Saturday afternoon domestic footy programme more than any other.

Of course Fergie has only just patched things up with the Beeb after some 2004 programme implicated his boy in some sort of brown envelope conspiracy. It took Mark Thompson to go bowing and scraping at his door to get His Puceness back on side. Perhaps the Beeb’s not part of the television godhead. Perhaps Fergie’s an atheist. Or perhaps Fergie’s idea of a divine creator is one that comes and begs you to help Him out.

Add to this the fact that you can go a week without the latest endeavours of Manchester United being emblazoned across our screens, and you have to think SAF is guilty of biting the admittedly unpleasant hand that feeds him. I mean I can’t see that United have suffered in any way, shape or form from its relationship with telly.

All right, sometimes (very rarely) clubs have to play Wednesday night and Saturday lunchtime. But what with all that cash the telly’s bringing in, a club like United can afford to have two pretty decent teams in its squad, with a third one just for show for the Carling Cup. I’m still not sure where you’re losing out.

To his credit, Fergie’s push for football clubs to get more revenue from any renegotiation of the League’s international TV rights deal isn’t wholly self-interested. That money gets split 20 ways equally, so United benefit and so does everyone else. The old leftie in him sees that as ‘fair’. So do I.

Meanwhile, Michael Owen continues to bewilder the average football fan with his career choices. Apparently he’s rather play once every three months with top players than every week with cack ones. I think maybe he’s rather turn up in the League Cup where, given the poorer quality of opposition available, he’ll get more opportunities to tuck away the odd brace.

Certainly the old predatory skills have not deserted him, and he can still scuff one in off a left foot that, after 14 years at the top level, still can’t kick straight.

Owen gets a lot more joy out of his horses, as those who saw his celebrations after his nag Brown Panther won the King George V Stakes at Ascot can testify. You do wonder quite what he’s doing warming benches for a day-job.

Of course he’ll have to make sure his jockeys keep their whips trousered from now on. There are strict rules for whip usage coming up. No more than eight lashes allowed in the final furlong for National Hunt jockeys. Which is a tad muddled. If hitting them is bad, why tell the riders to do it less often? It’s like telling a thief he can only turn over three security vans a month. After that, we get serious.

You should've seen the mess it made of Max Mosley's behind. Allegedly.

Of course if horses enjoy a good thrashing then who’s to tell the likes of Dettori and McGuire what to do in the privacy of their own horse-race. I dunno but me, I suspect the gee-gees might rather watch telly with Sir Alex Ferguson than have an anorexic midget smack em about for a mile and a half. But what do I know?

166 comments:

  1. second, (Personal best)
    --BeeZee

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  2. I didnt see the interview - I'm boycotting fergies media appearances both on a matter of principle and because I want to kick the tv in everytime I see the talking raspberry spout manipulative self serving shite - but I suspect that what he really meant was "bollox barca and real got better tv deals than me"

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  3. Jack can't believe you're not taking Bo to see a vale match. Would you go to Paris and not see the mona Lisa? Would you go to Cairo and not see the pyramids? Madness. I thought you were pals? No wrights pies I bet, either?

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  4. as for Owen making bench munching a vocation, who knows what goes on behind fergies closed office door.... bare-back re- enactments of the Derby I bet with Ferguson as Galloping Raspberry and Owen his little naked jockey with a whip and a strap-on

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  5. I can't take Bo to see a Vale match.He'd think I was punishing him

    Wrights Pies will,however,make an appearance.

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  6. I know what you mean jack I took my boys to watch col u and they said "dad what have we done wrong?"

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  7. Boro still in second place Robbo! No comment?

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  8. Wonder whether Owen's preference for bench warming at Manyoo has anything to do with how much he gets paid for it (and how much less he'd get playing for a "lesser" club)?

    Jedi

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  9. But the mona Lisa isn't in giza, roger, so you'd be disappointed ...

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  10. blog....Heheh...

    On another topic there's what could be an interesting debate on Fergie's TV money rant and the way TV money is killing the game over on David Bond's BBC blog. It's a shame it's being ruined by some noobs responding to ridiculously childish arguments by a twonk calling himself david-villa-soul-patch on whether or not R Madrid are the second best team in Europe. Jeez, if it carries on like that I may as well get back to work...

    Finally, a poor joke:
    Barman "We don't serve faster than light neutrinos in here"
    A faster than light neutrino walks into a bar

    ...coat's already on...

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  11. haha roger..took me a minute to get that joke.(funnily enough, it'd only been 59 seconds since I read it though).

    And advice from someone who has been there and done that - never get back to work, mate. It just sets all kinds of incorrect expectations.

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  12. Blog...the question has to be...has Giza ever been in Mona Lisa?

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  13. Probably not, but I'll bet Gazza has been in a few going by that name.

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  14. Unbearable

    Adam top in both HtoH

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  15. Re Boro: have given up following them for a bit - we've gone on a break, so to speak.

    Robbo

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  16. tone1947 said...
    Unbearable

    Adam top in both HtoH
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    I would just like to point out that in the Robbo H2H he is joint top and should in fact be second on alphabetical order. And we've got a top of the table clash next weekend.

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  17. Colch
    Apols, you're right, you should be on top, obviously tables updated in last 3 hrs since 1 looked, and he is only 2nd in Jacks lge

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  18. Wow..just goal difference separating the top 6. Personal best for me today at 4th spot..never been in the CL range before.

    Held to a draw at 50 pts apiece in jacks h2h (damn ruddy for getting that yellow card).

    Funny matchup against the 'average league score' next gameweek..don't remember this happening last season, possibly owing to the number of teams in the mix, my mathematically challenged brain suggests to me.

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  19. also, dont you work for a bank and or IT or summat?

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  20. Hush Spits, walls have ears you know. Now you know why the worlds in a financial crisis.

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  21. Anyone watching Man Utd v Basel? I'm waiting for SAF's head to go even redder and then explode.

    Colch

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  22. Walls do have ears AH and that's why I never eat their pork pies

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  23. All bankers are closet scousers, they've just graduated from hub caps to pension schemes

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  24. So Man Utd get another late goal to save them and it seems there's "trouble at mill" on the other side of Manchester with Tevez refusing to warm up to go on and Dzeko not happy about being taken off.

    Colch

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  25. Did anyone see the link to the players sent off over underpants row. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/15073916.stm

    Btw. Some bloke called amateur in the last blog thought the gunners would struggle against Bolton. Shows how much he knows about the game :-)

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  26. That's why he's just an amateur. If he was any good or knew anything he'd be a professional.

    But as a colchester fan what do I know about football?

    Colch

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  27. Lol. Mnd you I did go to see a Col U game in my time living there. Bet on a no scoring game and won. Only went back once or twice after, seemed to spend more time getting over chicago's

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  28. hey, good stuff Robbo, Tevez to Bolton on loan for 3 years. The Gooners did struggle against Bolton, for about 8 minutes it was a tough game.

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  29. I like the wishful thinking there. You must know he onlylays one year though before he needs a new pram for his toys.

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  30. Tevez a right twat if there ever was one.

    280k a week and cant be bothered for half an hour shift.

    hope the sheikhs take him and his agents to court and make an example out of him for all the other money bags.

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  31. Fine Tevez 2 weeks wages (is that still the maximum fine?) and put him in the reserves. If he refuses to play for the reserves fine him another 2 weeks wages and get him training with the youth team. If any club can afford to have Tevez sittting at home not playing then it's Man City. He's got 3 years left on his contract and Man City should refuse to sell him and insist he stays for the full contract. Every time he refuses to play or train you get out of paying him 2 weeks wages by fining him.
    Dear God, please let Man City make an example of one of these overpaid twats. Surely they've got a case for breach of contract as he refused to do what he's paid for and the club should sue him for everything he's got.

    Colch

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  32. It would be great to see them make a stand on this one. What I do not get is the fact that when he went to City he said it was to be part of something being built I seem to remember but now they have other star players he refuses to be part of it. He is too self-orientated to be a great playe in a great team. Shame as when he tries he an be amazing to watch.

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  33. Come now Robbo, if this doesn't warrant an unscheduled blog, then I dont know what would ?

    Citeh had this coming, in my opinion. Hope they understand what money can and can't buy.

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  34. Morning all.

    Hahaha, got to laff at Citeh. To make matters worse lets hope Tevez stays and Mancini gets a sack.

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  35. couldn´t agree more colch tho i believe you can apply to fine more than 2 weeks wages for exceptional circumstances (surely this qualifies)

    nearly as funny as wally with brolly´s half time strop and the 2 kettering strikers getting sent off

    bisq

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  36. So Tevez eh?

    I think what he really needs is a pay rise.

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  37. I think he's misunderstood Spit. He's a bit like Manuel from Fawlty Towers. I've got visions of him standing on the training pitch looking confused and saying "I'm from Buenos Aires"

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  38. He disn't refuse to play. Apparently it was all a misunderstanding and he is ready to "fulfill his obligations". Anyone else think his advisers have been on the phone to tell him the shit he'd be in if he had refused to play so they've come up with the "misunderstanding" excuse.

    Colch

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  39. Dont think the misunderstanding thing will fly with Mancini.

    Italians und spanish speakers can understand each other fairly well.

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  40. BBC suggesting the next england manager should not be Redknapp but, erm, Wenger.

    I agree wholeheartedly but dont think he'll be ready to leave Arsenal if he is fired from Arsenal there are atleast 6 clubs that will be ready to give him a call with a coffer full of cash.

    But the comments section is where the true feelings of the ingerlish are coming out against the foreigner that he is.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/stevewilson/2011/09/fa_headhunters_should_look_bey.html

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  41. Good blog Robbo.. but don't try to make me feel sorry for Everton, they had one of the loudest voices in favour of creating the PL, if they can't keep up with the big lads tough shit.

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  42. Don't have the time nor the inclination to you about e shit day we had yesterday, suffice to say it was a shit day.

    Anyway today has started much better and we are now firmly ensconced in a chateau just north of the small village of Blanzac-Porcheresse.

    Blog, thanks for thinking of me but I would have to turn down any offer to watch Port Vale unless, of course they were playing the mighty O's and that is most unlikely seeing as we are in League One.

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  43. SS, I am going to be managing from a distance in the future, the team play much better without my influence.

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  44. Its a lovely part of france Bo.

    Hope you drove there, the views are great.

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  45. Stoke City manager Tony Pulis on Carlos Tevez situation: "Absolutely nothing to do with me, let them get on with it. Not interested."
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    Is it wrong that I'm beginning to like Darth Pulis?

    Colch

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  46. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/15079022.stm

    So it seems that sleeping with the boss is the best way to get a job.

    Colch

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  47. http://theballisround.co.uk/2011/09/28/west-ham-are-the-best-team-in-england-for-85-minutes/

    ha ha

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  48. nice read that Jacks.

    One thing good about going to Upton Park is the choice of food available to you after the game.

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  49. I went out with an Irish girl for a while she was beautiful but I just never got anywhere, which goes to show you can take the girl out of Cork...

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  50. She wanted it bad but I could only give it to her good

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  51. Bo, if you want to know what stoke was like in the 70s, go there now.

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  52. specially old white grandmothers shouting shit at anyone with a darker skin...

    stoke of the 70s is still with us...

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  53. Its gone tits up for titus...i see the drug squad caught up with him.

    He sounds like a yokel not a coke head don't he. "Titus Brambles' Olde Farm House Recipe Tradional English country Cyder, ideal thirst quencher after a day harvesting the ripe corn, quaff some around a log fire with jovial country friends a pipe of baccy and a line of coke."

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  54. As for tevez what a total cunt that ugly little shithead is, but just goes to show if you pay him £200,000 p.a. you own the player, if you pay them that much a week, they own you.

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  55. If I were in charge of the Tevez situation at City, I'd start with fining him.

    I understand clubs arent allowed to fine more than 2 week's wages at a time so I shall split it for 2 weeks for not warming up, 2 weeks for not being ready as expected and a further 2 weeks for not coming on field as asked.

    That leaves me with 6 weeks to find further ways to punish him

    Send him to train with the reserves, make him do all the social stuff that players have to do, like going out to fans gatherings and appearances in the city. This way mancunians may spit or throw rotten eggs and tomatoes at him as they please.

    Every time he is late for training fine him again.

    take away the two minders/ assistants/error boys the city have for each of their foreign prima donnas to help them settle and run errands for them. That would either teach him some english or make him pay for help out of his own pocket.

    he is not to be sold, no way. Make him serve out the rest of his contract. god knows if there's one bunch punitive to the brink of vengeful, its the Arabs. Even dangerous, arabs that can afford it.

    as I said, I'd issue new orders within 6 weeks.

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  56. blog, they are paying him upwards of 250,000 a week

    place extra off time to go see his family...

    unfuckingbelievable.

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  57. I make him do something really humiliating like ...er... play tennis.... in a skirt.... he looks a bit like navratilova don't he

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  58. This is your roving reporter typing to you from the wine districts of France. Just about to sit down to chilli con carne and a nice cabernet. I wanted something familiar after trying l'escargot for the first time last night. A bit like eating oysters but a lot cheaper. Not a fan of oysters nor of snails, so I won't be eating them again... just have to try frog's legs now when I find a restuarant that sells them.

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  59. The weather down here has been beautiful. Around 30 degrees and blue skies.

    Spit, I have hired a car... was a bit strange driving on the wrong side of the road to begin with but it is fine now. Taking a while to get used to teh narrow roads and streets in the town.

    It's very peaceful here. No car noise, animal noise, human noise. I imagine anyone used to big cities wouold find it a bit disquitening. The insects are very friendly though as are some of the wildlife, I captured the smallest frog I have ever seen under my bed today, smaller than the top pad on my little finger... you'd need a lot of them to make a good feed I tell ya.

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  60. the small ones are to be sprinkled on your croissant Bo.

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  61. Ah.. thanks for that Spit, I would never had known.

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  62. while you are there bo, try a smoked horse meat sandwich... not as repelling as frog legs.

    My wife tried it for dinner once, couldnt sleep.

    I usually try 'specialities' in foreign for lunch.

    this way, there is plenty of time to get it out of the system if am unable to digest them either physiologically or psychologically

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  63. Bloody hell Spit... horsemeat?... think I may prefer to chance the frogs

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  64. Its rather good Bo. Do give it a try. Dont think the aussie customs would appreciate much if you had a horse meat salami stuck under your arm when you return but deffo give it a try mate.

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  65. they seem to have forgotten to tell Wenger this aint a Carling Cup game.

    The line up certainly looks like he thinks it one.

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  66. i'm needing a decent streaming site again.

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  67. footballstreaming.info

    mine one has dutch commentary on it but I can make out most of it so it aint that bad.

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  68. Brilliant goal that by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hereby stated as AOC.

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  69. Proof that some people are just fucking idiots..........

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-15097734

    Colch

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  70. thanks Spit. I have that site on my home computer but not on this one.

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  71. only way to go by it is to score more goals.

    lets face it, this bunch couldnt defend if their lives depended on it.

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  72. I have missed the goals up to now. Olympiakos are looking more threatening to me even though we are a goal up.

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  73. I see Stuart pearce has ruled himself out as the next England manager. I've got as much chance as him but sorry, England, I'm a bit busy at present so i'm ruling myself out too.

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  74. have arsenal thrown it away yet?

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  75. I ate a horse meat sandwich. It gave me the trotts

    I had a pie at a bolton match once it also gave me the ...nah never mind

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  76. I had a pony meat sandwich once it was foal

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  77. haha, there'll be pies to spare if this carries on, however, I've just managed to connect a wireless printer to the computers of everybody in the neighborhood except mine and then done it again until only mine works. The sense of accomplishment is akin to running a 3 minute mile. So Tevez gets a 2 week holiday back home, not bad eh.

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  78. Carlos Tevez -- Fergie was right to let him go.
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    I am not Anonymous, I am Profile

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  79. shame about holden Trott,

    out for 6 months.

    Guess the team miss him a lot

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  80. Morning all.

    Great result last night especially with newcomers Ox and Santos scoring both the goals.

    Tevez gets a suspension, thats the least that could have happened to him. I think this episode will get dragged till the transfer window and beyond. I think Tevez might as well say good bye to professional club football.

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  81. Tevez got suspended for 2 weeks but WITH full pay.

    I'm tempted to try the shit at work.

    Refuse to go in for work and see if I get paid time off.

    genius.

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  82. Spitfire said...
    while you are there bo, try a smoked horse meat sandwich...
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    It improves a person's horsepower and gives better mileage after that.

    ** I will get me coat **

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  83. It's a glorious morning here in the south of France. The sun is coming up over the horizon, the birds had been twittering but for some reason have stopped now that the sun has made its appearance. I am just heading downstairs to pollute the atmosphere with my first smoke of the morning.

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  84. Didnt think of it, FIFA could slap the ugly bitch Tevez with a ban from all activities football.

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  85. I'll be happy to let Spurs rent our Emirates while their own stadium is built. Its a win win really.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-15095674

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  86. http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/opinion/columnists/sir-alex-ferguson%2527s-desert-island-discs-201109294367/

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  87. Where's our man in the Nederlands ?

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  88. Well I'll given it a quick look around and he's not here.

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  89. G'day Jack... yes mate, I have been smoking them since the first day in Paris. Have about 5 left in the pack then it's quit time... again.

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  90. mornin Lads, yes Spit, we miss Holden a lot but no excuses, we miss Nat Lofthouse too!

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  91. yes Bo,

    I too find it difficult to smoke when I dont have any cigerettes left.

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  92. Spit, I can't quit if I have any cigarettes left in the morning.

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  93. One of my customers has informed me that he's off to watch his beloved Rotherham away at the Burslem Mecca this weekend.

    Well it was either that or a £60 fine and 3 points on his licence.

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  94. Is this a cut price austerity hajj or would it be for the bingo, jacks?

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  95. Thanx for noticing Blogs, here I am, been busy with, well, errr, stuff.

    You know, stuff.

    Glad you're enjoying your european adventure Bo.

    Spits, dutch and german are indeed similar as is Italian and Spanish.

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  96. Half way through a bottle of chardonnay H2, so if it was possible to improve it has done so.

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  97. I'm off to Chateauneuf tomorrow, there kis a restraunt there that does fish and chips once a month and apparently locals both near and far flock there. Luckily an English guy that is doing some work at the chateau I am staying at knows the owner of said restuarant and he is going to make a booking for me for lunch tomorrow, so I am looking forward to that.

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  98. Well, the chickens have come home to roost at Middle eastlands, to tell the truth I'm surprised it didn't happen sooner.

    Filling your squad with over rated, over payed prima donnas, was always going to be a recipie for disaster. The club and manager, who in my opinion made some shocking tacitical decisions in the Bayern game (but that's another story) have now been shit on by an Argie Orc.

    So what do these pillars of financial fair play, more money then brains having, ruiners of our game do?

    They suspend him with pay for two weeks!!!!????!!
    The official statement says;

    "The player will not be considered for selection or take part in training."

    Well, fuck me, that'll teach him, let's punish him for refusing to warm up and play by not letting him train (which is basically warming up for matchday) and not selecting him to do what he didn't want to do, play. Briliant.

    Even, the recently relieved Gerry Cook couldn't of ballsed this one up more.

    Even worse, we get a piece on the beeb with footage from ól' Twitchy and the dancing fool saying what a dick he is.

    Really BBC?

    Brown envelope 'Arry and that cuntbox Savage are now the knights of morality, per-lease.

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  99. Bo, enter the reastaurant and ask for directions to a local chippy called Castle 9.

    I'm sure they'll be trez amused.

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  100. I might pass on that H2, I'm trying to keep in with the locals... not easy to do in provincial F rance.

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  101. Don't bathe for a week, eat too much garlic and smoke like a chimney and you should fit in fine.

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  102. Now you tell me, just as I have smoked my last cigarette

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  103. BojanglesOfOz said...
    I'm off to Chateauneuf tomorrow
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    Don't drink the wine while you're there Bo. If you translate Chateauneuf it means CatWaterNine. So basically it's Cat's Piss No.9. Don't risk it.

    Colch

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  104. Jacks

    Next time I have a free weekend at home the wife has planned a girlie shopping day in York so I shall speed down A1/M1 to the DVS Roth v Crawley

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  105. A good heavy Cahors is what I like

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  106. Just a brief question for Bo.I've got plenty of wine in,but would you like some VB in the fridge?I refuse to buy you Fosters or Castlemaine XXXX as they are both recycled cat piss (not the fine wine from the region you're off to)

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  107. Jack, if you want to get a can or two of ale in make it something English... I like to try out local cuisinne and hootch.

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  108. A change of plans for today.. the worker here was unable to secure me a table at the restuarant in Chateauneuf so we are off to Bordeaux instead.

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  109. No worries Bo.I'll get some Buxton ales in for you.

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  110. NO Koscheilney for th eSpurs trip means Song will play in defence leaving the mid open.

    we might as well not bother.

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  111. http://www.goal.com/en/news/9/england/2011/09/30/2690028/manchester-united-goalkeeper-david-de-gea-quizzed-over

    --BeeZee

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  112. Heh BeeZee.

    The Kripy Kreme Keeper Konvict.

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  113. No worries Spit.

    Frimpong or Coq' to comec in and do a job.

    Must admit, it's been a long time since I can remember us going into a NLD as such underdogs, and I don't mind one little bit.

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  114. Most kind of you Jack.

    I don't think Koscheilney is such a huge loss Spit, if Song plays back then as H2 suggests, Frimpong can play defensive midfield. It's not as if we have been keeping clean sheets week-in, week-out anyway... we just need to make sure we score more than Spurs is all.

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  115. Finally. Wouldn't let me post past couple days.damn blogspot.

    Atkinson doing his bit to ruin an exciting game by red carding Rodwell for absolutely no reason whatsoever.

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  116. Blog,
    I'm saying nothing but praying for a Sunderland type comeback
    4 goals in 25 mins 2-2

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  117. Congrats BLOG, we're sliding badly

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  118. The mighty O's posted their first win of the season against second placed (now third placed) Preston. Our season begins now.

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  119. Unlucky, tone, still level on points tho. marc Richards is by far our best player.2 goals give that man a pie.

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  120. Just checked my nostradamus and the four horsemen of the apocalypse will be driving "ye grittinge machines" which wait on standby in "30 degrees of October hotnesse"

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  121. Now then. Big day in Narf London.

    a very nervous Arsenal Fan.

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  122. Bolton getting slaughtered.4-0.

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  123. Yeah not looking good for Trotts. Should rather re-sign ElMandy in Jan window...he was inspirational last season.

    And Fat Frank Lampard is fuckin best England midfielder.

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  124. Damn right Bo.

    A yellow for intentional handball and/or one for celebrating with the spectators should have done for Mr. VdV.

    Poor refereeing.

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  125. A bit disappointed going in the goal down... I thought we played well enough to have gone in at least on level terms, if the ref was doing gis job correctly that is how we would have finished the first half.

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  126. That would have made it a red and a half Spit, he had already been booked.

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  127. Fuck these spuds...always score from long range.

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  128. Rose, Kaboul and now Walker....

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  129. OK, so we didn't get the points . I thought we were the better team and I thought we had played better as a losing team than in many games we had won last season, so there are good signs there..

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  130. Agreed. Good performance, just unlucky to lose. Defending is still nervous. Home games are going to be most imp this season.

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  131. Forget the defence, our midfield was found lacking today. hardly any service to RvP.

    song coming out to create the goal just shows much we need him in the midfield rather than in the centre of defence.

    Our keeper is quality, played a blinder and should have saved the 2nd goal but what can you do..

    fanny fart should have been sent off and the 1st goal should never have counted but as they say, you make your own luck and Spurs were eventually good at flooding the midfield after heir second.

    I am fine with the performance over all, we'll be just fine come the end of the season.

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  132. we're still bottom then? We're about to turn the corner, I can feel it in me water! Hard luck Gooners, well done Spuds.

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  133. You've played all the top teams now trott so you could be right.

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  134. But bolton were shocking v chelski so you could be wrong

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  135. Great to see swansea beat stoke. Enjoyed that one. Swansea, the new arsenal .

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  136. Just looking at the England squad .... bent, Carroll zamora in ahead of the omitted sturridge? Bollocks.

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  137. Looking forward to today,got Aussie visitors with us.

    Another Ipswich win,Chopra again scoring.

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  138. Genius..........

    http://www.metro.co.uk/sport/oddballs/877287-valencias-sergio-canales-taken-out-by-referees-slide-tackle#ixzz1ZeGSPti4

    Would love to see Phil Dowd do that to Wayne Rooney.

    Colch

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  139. Agree with you all, performance was much better, we really looked like the team of old, lots of chances, smooth play, trying to pass it in the net... I would take the defeat over each wins we have had this season, coz we never looked good until this match,

    finished the match filled with optimism about our chances for the top four, ...

    and then the news of Sagna's long term injury came, I for one was gutted to see Eboue leave, a very decent replacement for Sagna in my opinion, just unlucky at times, Jenkinson looks committed but out of his depth at this level

    --BeeZee

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  140. So, apparently not only is sagna (our most consistent performer of last 2 seasons out for 3 months) today, Scezney has been ruled out of internationals due to a back injury.

    I want my refund on this bloody season of footy.

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  141. This week I will be mostly listening to ......the Fall

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  143. Over the long weekend I have been mostly scratching my... Balls.

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  144. Just spent my first evening with Jack and his family and I can tell you that after a day back in England and bloody annoying (I'm being kind) people, Jack's was a haven of bonhomie and good cheer. We finished off a bottle of Jack Daniels between us and went to bed feeling in great spiritsy, if somewhat late. Expecting to see Jack bleary eyed and hungover this morning (like myself) I was surprised to be greeted a cheerful, wide awake Jack... signs of an habitual drunk... although he tells me that last night was a one off.

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  145. It was a one off,habitual drunk indeed.I nearly spat my beer all over the screen when I read that.

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  146. Bravo!!

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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15162241

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  148. Off to Edinburgh this morning. It will be sad leaving Jack, Mrs Jack and the little Jacks but it is only for two days at least at which point we shall return to take advantage of their hospitality for three more days... to which I am looking forward to immensly.

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