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  1. 22/04/2019 Player of The Year Awards

    Different, more impersonal and expedient times. I think fewer and fewer people ‘feel part’ of anything any more, including jobbing footballers whose club-attachment seems essentially contract-driven and short-term. More broadly, the apparent deference evident in such popular affectations as badge-kissing and invocation of the heavens upon scoring a goal generally point up the absence of any actual deference to a club and the people who constitute it. Not that I can remember the last time I saw a Town player do that.
  2. Random image of the day

    Did we lose that 3-0? If so, I was there.
  3. Leeds

    Leeds have fallen apart again.
  4. pre season friendlies

    This is borne out by the loan in Aspin’s last year of David Brooks, CJ Hamilton and Julian Banton, who I thought looked the best of the trio at the time. Whatever happened to him? Hamilton now at Mansfield, Brooks a Wales international and a £10 million (?) signing by Bournemouth, of course.
  5. pre season friendlies

    There was also Gary ‘knife through butter’ Teale (will tear you apart) slicing through our defence at will.

    And 15,000 from Lowestoft!
  7. Random image of the day

    I made my father ring Walsall at half and full-time to see what the score was; there was no reporting of the game and you were lucky if you got the result on the Radio 2 sports bulleting at 9.55. In those days, there was also someone there to answer the phone at those times.
  8. Random image of the day

    We only got there after half-time after a marathon rail trip up the east coast from London, though we did share part of the journey with Malcolm Allison (I think it was that trip). On a side note, I wish we still had goals like that with proper stanchions, etc.
  9. Random image of the day

    Neil Trotman, for me. Though that was the old club. D’oh!
  10. Salford City

    It wouldn’t surprise me if Orient had a little look at Dave.
  11. Playoffs

    Chorley and Woking up.
  12. Thinking Back - Thanks

    Do you watch Lowestoft, Mitch? Jake Reed is a very good striker at that level.
  13. Leeds United

    I think the guidelines changed a couple of years back for that very reason. However, despite this, players knocking the ball into touch whenever someone goes down clutching a part of their anatomy or slapping the ground frantically has crept back into the game. There is so much currency in emotion in the modern era - not just in sport - that it's hard for players not to buckle under the weight and pressure of expectation whenever the situation seems to demand they 'do the right thing'. Additionally, it's likely that the feigning is so rife amongst footballers, and implicitly condoned by the those that administer the game, that few players are prepared or 'brave' enough to stand out and call it out by playing on.
  14. Bolton

    It might or might not be so, but I don’t know that it’s well-known.
  15. 19/20 player rumours

    Wigan’s development side has hoovered up trophies this season. They had two youngsters in the England U17 starting line-up this weekend, and three that made their first-team debuts in the last fortnight. Technically very good players who need loan moves next season. And, if anyone is worried about the callowness of their youth, 19-year-old Reece James - on loan from Chelsea - ran away with Wigan’s end-of-season awards, including Goal of the Season. Will likely start for Chelsea next season.