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Re: Football/Sports related chat
« Reply #135 on: December 05, 2021, 03:39:17 AM »
Well done you 'ammers: thanks from City!

Incredible what West Ham can do when they go on the front foot!

That's the second time Manchester has had call to thank me. TNG's arrival was the first.
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« Reply #136 on: March 02, 2022, 02:23:40 PM »
Effing scummers.

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« Reply #137 on: March 04, 2022, 02:18:04 PM »
Absolutely bless'ed gutted to hear of Shane Warne's passing. WTF happened there?!
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« Reply #138 on: March 05, 2022, 12:20:37 AM »
A tad surreal as he only just posted about his mate passing away and then he passed  :'( :'(
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« Reply #139 on: April 15, 2022, 03:45:13 PM »
TNG arrived home yesterday for a week as he's on a mid-term break. What fun it was watching West Ham do a real number on Lyon - especially after the appalling red card decision last week that saw Cresswell getting red carded.

Less said about Dembele's wink once he'd bought the foul ... He ain't winking now, that's for sure!
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« Reply #140 on: July 26, 2022, 02:56:41 PM »
Come on England!
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« Reply #141 on: July 27, 2022, 02:45:17 AM »
Which England team?

The one that is good at the football thingy.
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« Reply #142 on: July 27, 2022, 10:18:12 AM »
Have we got one of those? Well, good for them.

That reminds me - I was minded to have a look at the ladies' football team on TV recently. I had to turn it off after five minutes, it was like watching a school match. Alright if you are a parent, but not really football.

I can honestly say that ever member of the England women's squad would play me off the pitch. Even the physio'.
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« Reply #143 on: July 27, 2022, 01:56:58 PM »
Me too. But the same is true of my grandson's junior school team.

All very laudable, and I am pleased for the ladies, but I can't be watching them. Equality is a wonderful thing and I am all for it - as long as I don't have to watch inferior sport and pretend that it is better than it is. Or that I am enjoying it.

I feel that way about European football. If you got points for doing the rolly polly while clutching a leg routine (any leg, doesn't even have to ones own), then I'd highly rate them. In fact, I'd say the same for most of the players in the premiership - other than those who play for West Ham. They are the only honest team out there.

But as you enjoy the rolly pollying dramas and I value your opinion, maybe I'll give it a little more licence and give it another watch.
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« Reply #144 on: July 28, 2022, 08:22:36 AM »
Fair do's - the ladies really don't spend any of their time indulging in gamesmanship (gameswomanship?), and that is highly laudable: I really wish that the boys (and the governance of the boys' game) would learn from this.

... but again, doesn't really improve the standard of the football.

I feel the same about the cricket: laudable of course, and equality is great, but it isn't something I would pay to watch.

I personally find women's football more entertaining than the mens. Admittedly, this is due the the reality of what you allude to which is they aren't quite as clinical as the top male players, but for me, that adds a massive element of unpredictability that really makes it a good watch. And to be fair to the women, the level of skill is now ridiculous all over the park. Some of the England goals would put Ronaldo to shame and our keeper has only let a single goal in over the whole competition. The keeper on your grandson's team would be hard pushed to follow that, I'm sure.

Mind you, this is coming from a man that would happily pay to watch cricket that's been rained off.
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Re: Football/Sports related chat
« Reply #145 on: July 31, 2022, 02:59:04 PM »
Thanks England women for finally getting that monkey off our back. 
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Re: Football/Sports related chat
« Reply #146 on: August 01, 2022, 12:01:11 AM »
Good win and well done

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« Reply #147 on: August 01, 2022, 02:46:20 PM »
Really? I don't think so. The monkey is still there as far as I can see. Similarly the monkey would still be there if the under-16 boys were to win something - the monkey is a men's thing (... or possibly an "open to all-comers" thing, but we haven't got there yet).

The ladies are of course in danger of making another monkey for themselves: when the rest of the world starts taking lady football seriously and stop losing 8-or-more to nil to the big girls then England will be competing on a more level playing field (which will likely be as much of an issue for them as it is for the boys). There are currently only about four nations funded well enough to compete in the ladies at the moment, so the situation is sort of like England men in the 1896 Euros. But I take nothing away from them: well done to the ladies for making hay while the sun shines.

Nope, the monkey has left the building. At least, this is how the mens team have to see it so they can finally play freely without the enormous expectation of "bringing it home". The public (in the main) are already on board so let's now just crack on and stop thinking that a trophy trumps the second coming of the lord (or 3rd, as the case may be).
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« Reply #148 on: August 02, 2022, 11:36:02 PM »
I hope you are right. I really do.

... but I don't for one minute think so. I can't imagine that it hasn't now got worse for the poor sods: "come on guys, if the women can do it ..."
;D I'm sure Lineker will use that line

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« Reply #149 on: August 03, 2022, 10:05:24 AM »
;D I'm sure Lineker will use that line

He'll probably claim he was a woman in his youth ...
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