Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Scouse Proud


There’s seems to be whole lot of huffing and puffing of chests going on down Anfield way. Suddenly the Mickey Mouse Cup has been rebranded as if it’s up there with winning a flaming Oscar.

(Not that I watch the Oscars. I spent some ten or fifteen years staying up and waiting for one of them dirgy speeches spat out by some mademoiselle with tears pissing out her eyeballs to be interrupted by a shout of ‘It’s not a proper fucking job, you c**t!’ It’s never happened, sadly.)

Still Dirk Kuyt was keen to point out what a brilliant trophy the Carling Cup is. And of course Kenny was weeping like he’d just received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Which in a funny way might’ve been true.

The champagne had barely dried on the dressing room walls before the folk with Liverpool cut into the fabric of their beings started trotting out the careworn clichés about this being a start. A new dawn, Something to build on.

Well now, how sturdy are them foundations? The facts are that Liverpool should’ve lost. Kenny Miller’s chance three minutes from time wasn’t so much gilt-edged as a gentle-rolling 24-carat Faberge egg. Cardiff lumbered back into the game in extra time despite the fact that only 3 players were actually able to stand. The Bluebirds penalty kicks hit posts but pinged away. Liverpool fell over the line like a bunch of pissed pensioners falling through an open door.

Not that this wasn’t thrilling stuff. The plucky underdogs did their bit and earned every one of the inevitably patronising pats on the bonce from the pundits, although similar gestures from the likes of Carragher and Bellamy after Gerrard Mark II had written his name momentarily above his cuz in Liverpool folklore were admirable.

Yep it was a cracking final.

I’m just gobsmacked that Scousers seem to see it as some sort of rebirth. I mean when Boro lifted this pot in 2004 I was similarly elated but no one thought that Lionel Messi was about to pick up the phone. Apparently there’s not a blade of grass in Europe that hasn’t been trampled upon by a Scouse in waiting. Napoli’s entire frontline are huge Beatles fans, and I hear that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a huge fan of Roger McGough.

But let’s look at the facts. The Champs League is a big big ask for Dalglish’s men. For all the attempts to bring a little more vim to the frontline, Liverpool have served up the sort of gruel even Oliver Twist might’ve not gone back for.

Dalglish has got one thing horribly wring this season and that’s his support of the twonk of a Number 7. You just hope that if the goofy Uruguayan fooks up another time then King Ken’ll be ensuring he’s Bugsy Alone.



But the biggest question marks for Kenny have to be with his signings. Jordan Henderson never looked like much more than a comedy potato in a stripy top at Sunderland. The orgasmic ripples that greeted his every mishit pass mystified me then. But now...? Well it’s right up there with riddles such as ‘What’s the point of sprouts?’ and ‘Why do some women sneeze like timid squirrels?’

Then there’s Andy Carroll, a pony-tailed pisshead with potential. Do they feed that potential? I don’t mean in beer and kebabs, I mean in terms of getting to the byline and sticking one on his forehead, cos the lad’s got the makings of the best header of a ball that England have. He gets off the ground, too, and powers it in – he’s not a lanky flicker like your Crouches or your Niall Quinns.

Although even without that service there were times on Sunday when just your run-of-the-mill plod to the near post would’ve brought him a sniff, but Carroll was back on his heels more often than a donkey in stilettos. (No, that’s not a personal thing, I just liked the image.)

Unsurprisingly he hasn’t made it into the England squad. Although given the parlous state of England’s options upfront, he might as well be. Darren Bent’s nasty injury has robbed England of a goalscorer – although not a natural one by my reckoning. I doubt Bent’s ever netted with his eyes open.

Stuart Pearce has got one thing right, mind. Giving people a telephone call to tell them they’re not wanted. Capello didn’t even bother to text. It’s hard not to think of Michael Corleone turning to Rob Green and whispering ‘You are nothing to me now.’

"What is this telephone of which you speak, Stuart?"

I see no harm in Pearce starting with Sturridge and Welbeck tomorrow night. It’s better than Kevin Bleeding Davies. Or that bloke from the Championship – Jay Bothroyd - who got a cap recently for, I dunno, being alive. I mean the lad’s so poor even Craig Levein hadn’t checked out his parentage.

Still I’m upbeat about Euro 2012. Capello’s jumped ship, England have to travel vast distances to play their group games cos they’re based in Poland and playing in Ukraine and clearly no one at the FA realised how blinking huge these countries are. Rooney’s out for two games. We haven’t got any other strikers.

What could go wrong? Well, everything! Not even the Archbishop of Canterbury thinks we’ve got a prayer. And that’s a good thing. It’s worked wonders with the rugby team. All right Wales beat ‘em but they were plucky the fellows in white, what what? I mean they’re going to be shit for a bit so let’s get behind them, eh?

It’s all about keeping expectations low, Koppites. One Carling Cup and the world’s your oyster? It’s not even your winkle, lads.


178 comments:

  1. Carroll could be a decent player,but it seems Liverpool insist in relying on a striker(Suarez/Torres before him) and Gerrard.Still,a trophy and 7th place will be an improvement for them.

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  2. I wish Carrol made it the team,though..he might fit well. The Liverpool setup just doesn't fit him.

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  3. Robbo,

    you should have settled the captaincy non-issue as well, while you were at it.

    The only player performing consistently, shows pride in playing for england, sure to start every game fitness allowing, hasnt made a fool out of himself yet... Hart is the only sensible choice.

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  4. Oh yeah,

    thought I did it but I hadn't so well done Liverpool.

    A title is a title, however small it is. made hard work of it but that's besides the point, innit?

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  5. I agree 5pit2,can string a coherent sentence together and can call heads or tails.

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  6. I woujld have liked to see Parker captain. He's a bit headstrong but he's got a bit of fire about him and he pays the ideal position for skipper.

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  7. Oh and cheers for slating Arsenal right before the NLD. Could not have come at a better time.

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  8. Iker Calsias did alright as captain, didnt he?

    it doesnt matter who the on field captain is to how they play. Guess some one has to organise the back 4, someone to call for cover in the midfield if there is pressure... like the game today, its a collective responsibility to attack and defend as a unit.

    Hart will hopefully be in the team for the next 10 or so years, just get rid of the golden shower generation. they have had enough of the chances and have come out short every single time.

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  9. Anyone else find Psycho's Hitler hair suspicious? Just the dodgy tache missing to complete the picture.


    Is it because he's up against Holland?
    In which case, its genius.

    Should be a walk over then.

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  10. L'pool did make hard work of it and maybe didn't deserve it, but they won, they lifted the trophy and the record books will only record that they were victorious.

    I wouldn't play down the importance of winning that trophey too much, maybe it didn't do too much for the 'boro, but they were always shit and never really going anywhere (except to the Championship) anyway.

    It was the first trophy that George Graham's Arsenal won and was a spring board to bigger things for them. Just look at the impact the loss to B'ham had on Arsenal's season last time around to show how important that Mickey Mouse cup has become. Liverpool beat some pretty good teams to get to the final too, so well done to them.

    I do agree however that Kenny is not all that he is cracked up to be and he's spent way too much dosh, forking out Harrods prices for Poundshop goods. Unfortunatly, for him, the only half decent player he's brought in is an utter toerag. Maybe the fact that he's the only transfer that has made any kind of impact is the reason that he defends him to the hilt.

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  11. Still gutted about the NLD. Now have to prove it's a blip and finish top London club. Starting next Sunday against Manyoo (and about time we beat them).

    I agree with H2 about the Carling Cup. I think winning it in 2007 helped Spurs get some self belief. A troffy (as Rafa would say) is a troffy.

    Kenny has spent a lot of money (although getting £60m for Torres and Babel was genius to be fair) on some pretty poor signings, although this may be Comolli at work. Wouldn't be surprised to see Kenny walk away from Anfield again; he looked like he was cracking earlier in the season.


    Jedi

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  12. Well, a blog slating Liverpool. Nice. Might give us some hope against Arsenal now.

    Come now Robbo, surely you haven't missed the point. Its not about winning the carling cup. Its about our performances compared to the last couple of years. Last year we were in the drop zone for a while. This year we have beaten near full strength chelsea and city teams (citeh at the etihad no less) on our way to the cup. And are a Stoke away from a second wembley visit in the same season. Thats what we're bleating about. Cup finals are always like this, no matter who you play. Yet we were able to come back from a goal down and 2 penalty misses.

    As for KD's signings, yes JH is an idiot, but unless you've missed the last couple games, you'd see both carroll and downing are playing better each game. adam has been decent with his deliveries (the penalty to mars not included) and bellamy, suarez and enrique have been excellent signings. Surely, everyone is allowed a djemba-djemba. As someone once said, FACT!

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  13. So Parker it is (good shout Bo)

    Not a bad idea.Hope he keeps it.Although Hart would be my first choice,I think Parker is the best of the outfield players to choose from as he's least likely to be arrested.

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  14. Parker is the perfect choice, because as in all things England, it's dumb.

    Don't get me wrong, he's a good player, but has very little experience on the International scene and with his age won't be around for long.

    The call for Hart to be captain certainly has it's merits, although, I believe, todays rules state that only the captain can approach and adress the referee to question decisions. Not much use if the problem occurs deep in the oppositions half.

    Good call on Casillias Spit. I remember Dino Zoff (Italy) not being too bad either.

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  15. Parker, top choice, top defensive midfielder....

    hang on, wasnt he run round in circles by the slow Spanish midfielder who could never get into the spanish squad?

    thats Euro 2012 in the bag...

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  16. Good stuff Robbo, you obviously heard the call for more pictures of tits.

    Liverpool done good AH, don't you worry, the only way is up!

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  17. he he Trotts. (he said tits)

    I see the boy wonder Rio is been chosen Bolton's player of the month...

    probably tells more about the rest of the team...

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  18. Ryo? Player of the month? What an honor eh. Hopefully he appreciates the recognition but it's tough at the top Ryo, don't let it go to yer head!

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  19. Bit dumbfounded as to why Parker's been picked. Btw Spits I said Hart a while back as he is the only one who's definitely going to be there, unless there's a swastika tattooed on his arse.

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  20. All right AH, it's just that there's this over-inflation of expectation. I just don't reckon on them getting back into Champs League for another couple of seasons unless the demises at Chelsea and Arsenal (tbc) continue apace. And without that there's little hope of Mr Henry's wonga luring in the best unless the amount he puts in Abu-Dhabi-olical. Me, I'd like 'em back in the mix cos there's nowt duller than 2-horse races. And Downing was top-notch on Sunday - but some'll say that's Teesside partisanship coming out.

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  21. @The Tees Mouth (AKA Robbo):

    Did you check your copy before posting, or did you really mean to say this:

    "Dalglish has got one thing horribly wring this season" -- wring? Whose neck? Dalglish is the foul fowl in all this.
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  22. @TrotterUSA: "Good stuff Robbo, you obviously heard the call for more pictures of tits."

    Or maybe... pictures of boobs?
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  23. @ Ian Aiamp

    @The Tees Mouth (AKA Robbo):

    Dod you chick you copy bfore potting, or dad you reelly men to say tis:

    "Daglish has got one thing horribly wring this season" -- wring? Whose neck? Dalglish is the foul fowl in all this.
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    Jeez. Mr Pottle. meet Mr Ket.

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  24. Robbo, re the caption compettion for jordan hendersons scott parker would-be mug shot ... nah he has the same effect on me ..

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  25. this is why they replaced meireles with jordan henderson. squeaky clean as an oily rag that giggs...

    http://ssportnews.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/giggs_meireles_craic.jpg

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  26. One hell of of a picture bloggy.Just around lunchtime too. Should work wonders for my digestion. Note to self - ignore blog's links till after lunch.

    Agreed Robbo. We wont be seeing CL for at least a couple seasons for sure, but as long as its steady onward and upward performances, I am fine waiting (unless as you say, arsenal and chelsea fuck up big time, but any day you're depending on other teams to fail in order to succeed, you're better off waiting to do it on your own steam).

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  27. looks like Giggsy had the armband that day. Fergie must have told him to take one for the team.

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  28. Liverpool winning the Carling Cup, first trophy after six years... a bit like being single for six years then bringing home Susan Boyle.
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  29. @blogdignag

    @ Ian Aiamp

    @The Tees Mouth (AKA Robbo):

    Dod you chick you copy bfore potting, or dad you reelly men to say tis:

    "Daglish has got one thing horribly wring this season" -- wring? Whose neck? Dalglish is the foul fowl in all this.
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    Jeez. Mr Pottle. meet Mr Ket.

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  30. Ok here we go lads. The big one. I am curious Orange about who we play up front against the pannenkoken munching clog monsters

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  31. Wellbeck ahead of sturridge? Not on my book

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  32. Is there a cat asleep on Kuyts head?

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  33. My predo...0-1 Holland to win. Kuyt to score.

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  34. 3-! England! The next Champions of Europe!

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  35. Dutch national anthem is On the 12 dat of Xmas my true live sent to me.... three spliffs a smoking two cheeses rolling and a pancake in a clog tree

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  36. how he expect Gareth Barry to play without a zimmer frame is beyond me.

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  37. Agree Liverpool have been poor this season. Reason is too many English players.
    Mind you they have beaten Arse, Chelski and both Mancs.
    God bless Harry Venables. We cant fail.

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  38. Not capt gerrard not interested

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  39. you mean he doesn't want a Dutch cap?

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  40. Don Revie would think Mark von Bommel is too dirty for Leeds of 70s.

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  41. Another pointless yawnfest international damp squid.

    It's like watching a train crash (in super slo mo) you know you really should turn away, but the morbid curiosity in you compells you to see it out to its bittter conclusion.

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  42. England now getting spanked.

    Huntelaar scores and in typical Dutch fashion gets somee grass straight in his gob and gets groggy,

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  43. I'm enjoying it H. Or I was until the goals. Naive defending

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  44. In other news, Germany losing 2:0 at home to france.

    And the americans havent even arrived yet.

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  45. Imagine how good Holland would be if they werent playing in clogs...

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  46. AVB to play cahill and Luiz up front to solve the striker problem...

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  47. Told you the second half would be better.

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  48. Tomorrow's headlines: we were Robbened

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  49. that's it, the Dutch lads are on a quick flight home for a piss up at the Wagon Wheel!

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      Beer on tap. Check.

      Slappers on speed dial. Check.

      O.K. I'm ready.

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  50. Why Arjen Robben? I bloody hate that diving git. Bloody good player though.

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  51. How much better were we without gerrard and that fucking carthorse Barry

    Promising. Chuck rooney and ashley Cole in there thats a good team

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  52. Stuart pearce comported himself well.

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  53. yeah, very smart was SP, nice suit and tie, not like those scruffy Dutch buggers.

    They kicked the shit out of Scotty Parker all game and he stood up to it very well.

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  54. All in all England weren't too bad.

    At least some of the up and commers got a chance. The big question is will they be given time to gel or will we revert back to the same ol', same ol', come Euro time.

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  55. Psycho for manager anyone?

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  56. You'd have to be psycho to want the job.

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  57. I only caught the last 15-20 minutes of the game but I thought England came back well from two goals down... could have been better had Sturrige not fucked up royally from a yard out.

    Much depends on who gets the manager's job H2. I think if it goes to 'arry, then my money is on the same ol'. I don't see Redknapp as being too adventurous so he will stick with the tried and failed brigade. Which would be a shame because what I saw of tonight's game, apart from two or three changes (Downing, Milner and I am still not convinced that Jones is an International player) I would like to see this squad perservered with. Peirce made the right choices for mine

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  58. I think he'd do as well as anyone. He's worked with the young uns for years and knows what each of them needs to hear, what motivates them, how they best fit in and how well they respond to an ass kicking. We know he's not short of passion and pride too, not to mention experience, so I'd rather him get the job than most of the others that get a mention.

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  59. Maybe he is indeed the way to go.

    Let's not forget that this was a friendly though, there's no guarentee that he won't revert to type and pick on reputation instead of form come the Euros.

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  60. I hope Stuart Pearce gets the job and sticks with the basic squad he picked for tonight. Rooney will be back, but Ferdinand is past it. As for John Terry well, he's just a moron.

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  61. I'd be happy if he brought back Scholes until Wilshere is fit.

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  62. Scholes has been pretty good since coming out of retirement. Misplacing more passes than he used to, but he still has excellent vision. His tackling hasn't improved though.

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  63. Good game. Liked the look of the squad and the way they performed for most part. I think SP has done the best he could with the opportunity given to him. It may just have been enough to give him the job till the euros.

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  64. In an interview on dutch tv he basicaly said he wasn't ready to take on the job full time, but would step up if no one else does it,

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  65. Yes give it to Psycho. Hell be cheap and what the fuck difference will it make anyways. Were always looking for some elusive alchemy that can turn chuck rooney into scouse lee.

    It's delusional. I mean what the hell do we expect? Football stars in their eyes, with the Susan Boyle England team announcing "Tonight Matthew I'm going to be ....hot snakehipped Brazilian songstress.... Shakira!"

    Mind you, it could happen. Brian clough ....

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  66. Shakira is Colombian! :)
    But I get the point. You can't turn toad in the hole in to steak and chips.

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  67. scholes in the hole ain't foie gras neither!

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  68. I weren't too disappointed neither, gents. Were it not for that skippy little bastard Robben the result might've been better but I say let this squad trot off to Polkraine, make a few mistakes, come back stronger, and build for the future - which isn't bright and might not be orange. Rather that than Gerrard, Lampard, Rio, JT and Cashley stepping out to a sea of indifference.

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  69. Didn't see the game last night,as we went to see Spamalot at The Regent Theatre in S-O-T.

    More important than that though is this.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17213691

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  70. Celtic defender Kelvin Wilson has admitted he is baffled that team-mate Gary Hooper did not win a call up to the England squad after scoring 20 goals for the SPL leaders.
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    Twenty goals in the SPL... the equivalent of scoring three in the PL... we already have enough of that class of striker in the squad.

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  71. LIverpool, just cant get enough of it, can ya...

    http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/news-and-comment/liverpool-try-to-steer-clear-of-reinas-racist-tv-advert-7466740.html

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  72. You'd think that Reina would have used better judgement.

    I lived in Spain for a few years in the 80's. They didn't give a shit about being PC then either.

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  73. yeah H.

    off all the places in Western europe, spain is still the one where being openly insulting to people of african/indian origins is no biggie.

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  74. Let's not forget our Italian cousins who wouldn't bat an eyelid at exreame racism, but top of the western pile has to be (drum role please..................)

    Portugal.

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  75. I wonder what percentage of Pepe Reina's income from PR stunts goes to Liverpool?

    Liverpool can't just distance itself from Reina and the commercial if it gets even a 0.00001% cut of the fees -- shouldn't the club's PR department have some say, after all, the player's image/attitude reflects that of the club.
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  76. There was a picture in the indy a few weeks ago of Italians bathing unconcerned near the body of a migrant. Nice.

    Going bakc to the game, I thought it was a decent performance. A naive and inexperienced defence were caught by a world class forward line (are there any better than RvP, Sneijder, Robben and Huntelaar?). Looking forward to the Euros, the new manager has a choice:

    1. Play this team with a few tweaks (bring back Rooney when available), risk failing (going out at group stage) or getting to the QF's, look for good performances, give the team some experience and build to 2014; or
    2. Go back to the Golden Shower generation, watch turgid non performances, go out in the QF's and learn nothing for 2014.


    Jedi

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  77. I have gone from thinking SPs a complete arsehole, to believing he is now the best bet we have for manager for the euros (not that the two should be mutually exclusive). How fickle us footy fans are.

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  78. "In the future, computers will probably not weigh more than 1.5 ton." - Popular Mechanics, 1949

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  79. Dumb statements in history: "I guess we'll get through with them in a day." - General George Custer at Little Big Horn, 1876

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  80. The USA isn't a democracy, it is a Republic. The men that framed the constitution disagreed on many things but on one point they stood united - that a democracy was the worse possible form of government.

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  81. A law in Fruithill, Kentucky, demands that a man must remove his hat when coming face-to-face with a cow on any public road.

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  82. In 1938, Time magazine named as it's Man of the Tear - AAdolf Hitler

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  83. Bo, those little snippets are brilliant conversation pieces, keep 'em coming please. I'll be using the one about the 1.5 ton computer in the coffee shop tomorrow when I see that cute little red-head with the knockers hanging over her delicate lap-top. She'll probably ask me if I subscribed to Popular Mechanics back in '49.

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  84. Argentina's port town of Ushuaia is a popular stop for cruise ships but two British liners have been banned from docking there. It's the latest twist in the wrangle between Argentina and the UK over the Falkland Islands, known in Argentina as the Malvinas. The two countries fought a war over the territory in 1982. Nestor Aguilar, an Argentine veteran of that war, says he's all in favour of a ban on British cruise ships until the dispute is settled.

    In retaliation, Britain is to ban 2 Argentinian footballers from plying their trade in the UK. No word yet as to who will be sent packing.

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  85. No matter how cynical you get its never enough to keep up.

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  86. FIFA is at it again:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17220640
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  87. I have just watched The Iron Maiden. It's amazing what they do with film. Maggie is almost shown to be human.

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  88. In Massachusettes it is illegal for a goat to wear trousers.

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  89. Just for you Trot.... Bill Gates' house was designed using a Macintosh computer.... hope that little known fact brings a better response from the redhead

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  90. That's nothing Bo.

    I heard a guy called Bill House built his gate with a different computer.

    How do you like them Apples?

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  91. I can put all of Bo's 'facts' to shame by one simply statement.

    Abu Diaby is fit.

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  92. Not as fit as Trot's redhead though, Spit.


    Jedi

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      And I dont ever want to.

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    2. I've seen Alex Ferguson's red nose.


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  93. Vale news.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17230886

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  95. she threw scalding coffee my way and although not entirely sure what she said, it sounded something like "fuck off"

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  96. (I could tell she was interested though).

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  97. Arsenal could sign Lukas Podolski from Koln for £15m, plus any add-ons for trophies he wins at the club, bringing the deal to around £15m.

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  98. So can look forward to Podo shouting to Chesney

    Do obrony obciążenie wankers

    Could be a good signing, tho can seeing him and RvP taking turns at being injured

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  99. Oh fuck we're fucked.


    Again.


    You can't kill Port Vale. Were immortal and shall rise from the ashes crapper than ever then WE SHALL FIGHT AND WE SHALL CONQUER AND THE WORLD SHALL QUAKE WHEN THEY HEAR OUR NAME AND WE SHALL BUILD TOWERS! TOWERS! No less. Sorry got carried away. Towers.

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  100. Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet. - Bob Dylan

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  101. Latest footies news... Arsene manager of time of the month; makems vs toon and giggsy reaches two new milestones ... the 900 th time he's cheated on his wife and the 21st anniversary of the first time he fucked his brothers partner on the sly.

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  102. Towers? Reminds me of that paradise/parking lot song!








    ... (towers)

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  103. Redknapp could tempt Scholes back for England

    As much as I admire Scoles as a player, bringing him back into the England team would be a pathetic move... reminiscent of Cowdry being dragged out of retirement to face Lillee and Thompson. At a time when the England team should be looking towards rebuilding, recalling Scholes would be taking a backward step.
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    On average, a footballer was transferred every 45 minutes in 2011 according to new Fifa stats

    Whoever he is must be fucking fed up with moving.

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  104. In 1984, a Texas District Court judge sentanced a 31 year old man to 35 years in prison - for stealing a 12 oz, $2 can of Spam.

    Now I'm not ususally one to speculate but I'll take a bit of a stab in the dark on this one, that the so called perpetrator was not a white man

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  105. It wasn't until the early 1990's that women were allowed to wear pants on the US senate floor.

    They stood knickerless before that.

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  106. Cats are forbidden to ride on public busses in Seatle if there is a dog already on board. Also, any dog weighing more than 25 pounds must pay the full adult fare.

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  107. In the UK, dogs are expressly forbidden to ride skateboards except in the presence of ITV news camera crews

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  108. In Feminisialand, fish are allowed to ride bicycles as long as they don't leave a funny smell on the saddle.

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  109. In Stoke-on-Trent a local bye-law prohibits the citys pro football clubs from exhibiting anything remotely resembling success.

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  110. Redknapps the wrong man, for me.

    There seems to be a new gerontophile orthodoxy that its a job for men at the end of glorious careers. Well Redknapps riding a wave just now but it won't last, and anyways his career hasn't been glorious. that spurs team will break up if they don't get champions league. Or even if they do.

    Until now he was considered a solid mis-table manager, and his defence in the recent trial amounted to "im not clever enough to have thought of that". Inspiring qualities.

    We need someone younger, who has something to lose, who doesn't, on the training pitch, look like Hugh hefner in pyjamas glazed and impotent amongst his playboy bunnies.

    We need someone like, well, me. And if I don't get the job ill take a playboy bunny as consolation prize, please (well they're no fucking use to Hugh hefner are they now).

    It's weird that the job is no longer considered to be for managers in their prime. We've lurched from old fart to young prat (wally, brolly) to old fart(wallet, belly) , to young prat, to old fart again. This has created a problem of authority with no happy medium, recently between wally, brolly over familiarity be my friend just qualified supply teacher ineffectuality and remote, chilling Capellos desire for kadavergehorsam (what eichmann in his trial called obedience sufficient to make a corpse spring up and salute). How he treated Mich Richards was disgusting - our best right back, three years in the wilderness without a word of explanation or encouragement.

    £6 million a year? We could get a mourinho for that.

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  111. Mickey Adams for England then? Hopefully he remains in employment in the Black Country. Port Vale have too good a name to be consigned to football's history books.

    I'm not sure which is a worse job - England manager or Chelsea manager. They're both becoming managerial graveyards. I'd stay well clear of them both personally. If I was a manager, like.

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  112. "God for Harry, England, and Saint George!' and Bill was supposed to write a rew good things

    Me, I am not sure, he cant do any worse tho. Dont think Woy would be good choice despite his international exp.

    Who else British, MoN?, Big Sam? Gareth, no

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  113. England manager?

    I've always been of the opinion that it should be an English man, but that leaves us with the so called experienced, 'Arry - one FA cup and one season in the CL. Hodgson, a bit of a fuddy duddy with wins in foriegn leagues, Darth Pullis - the ability to lead Orks, Fat Sam -fuck all or Alan Pardew - has he even been considered?

    Could/Would we settle for a Brit?

    In which case the best manager by a long shot is SAF, but ofcourse he would never take the job, so here goes nothing..............

    Hows about someone like Paul Lambert?

    Young, hungry and has done wonders at all his clubs.

    Food for thought.

    Or we can just take the easy way out and give it to Physco on the basist of a plucky loss to a lathargic Dutch side who weren't even really trying.

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  114. *basist?

    Sorry, I meant lead guitar. ;)

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  115. Psycho is more suited to rythem guitar H2lead would be far too complicated for him.

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  116. Maybe we could use this guy to beat some sense into the primadonnas.

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  117. Don't know why Gary Megson isn't being considered....

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  118. Good news for Arsenal fans - Jamie Carragher starts today.

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  119. Bad news for Arsenal fans, Gerrard is out.

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  120. The two most inconsistant teams of the season up against each other.

    At least Arsenal have the same team out that mashed the Spuds.

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  121. To throw my England manager consideration in,I'd go for Woy.Bit of a step down from WBA but he's helped crap teams qualify for tournaments before.

    As for Liverpool v Arsenal I'd like a draw.Newcastle for 4th.

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  122. Qualifying for tournos is not really the problem.

    Sucking in the finals is what has to change.

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  123. Hello H.

    The way to deal with that is a root and branch reform of football in this country.Sadly that's never going to happen.

    How's the new pub going?

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  124. Halsey and our defence need fucking with a wire brush.

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  125. We can count ourselves lucky to be 1-1 at half time.

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  126. Not too bad thanks Jacks.

    Building up from scratch after the last proprioters fucked it up a bit. It's hard work and long days, but with a bit of luck we should be able to make something worthwhile.

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  127. Good news for L'pool. Diaby coming on...

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  128. Diaby off. That's an Oscar performance for 'blink and a miss' role.

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  129. Which ones you, H?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBhJKgf0HJA

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    1. The fat one.

      Nah, that was before my time here mate. Nice big hall though, eh?

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  130. How did we get three points there?... I'll take them but there is no way we deserved them.

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  131. Gawd Daymmmnn Van Persie, you be the man :))
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  132. Yeah Bo, can't believe we won that, not that Im complaining
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  133. Songy, you beauty. Captain 'van'tastic !!!
    3 cool points!!!

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  134. Cant decide if my heart was shutting down a couple of valves or having one massive orgasm after that RvP second goal.

    Liverpool played better (apart from the suarez blatant dive & the penalty conversion bit) but Arsenal did what others have been doing to us.

    Get a chance, score.

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  135. Feels great to pick up a scrappy three points, even if we didn't really deserve them.

    Take that Suarez you buck toothed, chipmunk looking, cheating bunghole.

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  136. 3 points clear of chavs.... wohoo!!!

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  137. fuckin' disgraceful, clueless heap of fuckin' garbage.

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  138. but apart from that BLOGs team won, mine could only draw

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  139. Could have been worse trott, if balotelli hadn't been in a,strip club until 3 this morning

    Hard fought point for the vale which we'll need to defray the 10 were about to be docked

    H that big beautiful space is crying out for live bands or a futsal tournament or Anything but line dancing.

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  140. Spit
    and VfB spanked a shite-at-home HSV 4-0. should be fun on the Kiez with the Stuttgart fans

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  141. Sorry about that Blog, didnt see the late score on FS, but Pringle scored for the millers with a crisp shot

    now where is my coat?

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  142. I tried not to notice it myself, tone


    I see Brazil are starting to rebel against FIFA, banning Valcke and may not pass the required FIFA "we take over your country" legislation.

    Valcke seems like yet another arrogant unaccountable fifa dickhead.

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  143. Now then. Nothing new to worry about then. 10 chances take one. Opposition 2 chances, took both. There's only 2 things wrong with liverpool. we lose to teams who play better than us, and we lose to teams when we play better than them. Apart from that, we're perfectly fine. When I saw the team sheet and realized we have a midfield of spearing, adam, henderson and downing, I thought it was too l8-2 to do anything about it and it would be a repeat of the 5pur2 game, but at halftime it looked like we would clearly win. The Kelly chance was something that even torres might have bundled into the net. Also found it unbelievable that henderson started after his last performance. KD obsessed with proving the lad's a good signing. Ho Hum....

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  144. AH, why don't your lot nip in and grab Robbie Fowler before Blackpool sign him?

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  145. The sooner Suarez heads off to Spain (or anywhere really) the better off the Pl will be. The man is a fucking arsehole. And his dive last night was one of the most blatant I have seen; I would rate it up there with Greg Louganis' best . You have to question why Halsey gave the penalty when, judging by the replays, his view of the incident appeared to be impeded by at least three players. At least justice was done when Szczesny pulled off a brilliant second effort save.

    The gunners were indebted to Szczesny for going in at half time all even. We have the spearhead and guardian, all we need are nine players to fill the void between them.

    AH, you didn't actually take one chance, Arsenal scored all three goals last night.

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  146. Tone,

    that was a highly unlikely result. Stuttgart have been shite away from home this season.

    Not as shite as Hamburg at home, it seems.

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  147. Suarez doesn't adorn the English game.

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  148. Watching the German version of the MOTD (miles better than than the MOTD in terms of quality & originality)

    Jürgen Klopp to the so called experts, "You guys are lucky you only have to talk about it even though you have no idea how to manage a team"

    If Wenger ever leaves, Klopp is the one I want to manage Arsenal.

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  149. Spit, I think Klopp will follow Loew, his man-management is excellent.He was by far the best talk expert during the 2006WC, knocking spots off Kaiser and Netzer, but if the above doesnt happen, yes a good choice

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  150. Spit, it wasnt the WC, it was 2008 Euros

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  151. So AVB is gone then.

    Rafa Benitez the favourite to replace him.

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  152. So Roman does it again, bye AVB

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  153. Who's going to sack Roman???

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