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General Football & Sports / Re: World Cup 2018
« on: July 11, 2018, 10:00:21 AM »
The game tonight is too close to call for me, of course England are capable of winning but any side with the midfield Croatia have have to favourites going into it. Whoever wins will be clear underdogs going into the final though.

« on: May 26, 2018, 08:57:31 AM »
Amazed they have announced they won't be having any overseas friendly games.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: James McClean
« on: May 23, 2018, 10:05:55 AM »
Its never been a secret that he would love to play for Celtic at some point in his career and when he wasn't getting regular game time he wanted to leave the club and had a couple of opportunities to that didn't happen. I'm struggling to see any real issue with what he's said to be fair.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: May 05, 2018, 08:53:03 PM »
Days like today are the reason we love this game. Pure emotion from everyone when that goal went in, it may well turn out to be futile but today will live long in my memory.

General Football & Sports / Re: Alex Ferguson
« on: May 05, 2018, 08:49:37 PM »
I wish him well and hope he makes a full recovery. No doubt one of the best of all time.

General Football & Sports / Re: Anything England Football
« on: March 30, 2018, 04:01:47 PM »
I see we don't have any referee representatives at the world cup.
Obviously the panel must have been watching these muppets at our games.

I was listening to someone on TalkSport last night, may have been John Cross from the Mirror. He stated that the process to appoint officials started when the qualifying process began and that ours was Mark Clattenberg and obviously he's done one and gone abroad. Didn't catch it all but the process sounded a little strange.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: February 26, 2018, 09:08:46 AM »
Looking likely Pardew will still be in charge so it will be the same piss poor tactics with the same old players who have failed us all season so it will be an easy victory for Watford.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Chris Brunt
« on: February 26, 2018, 09:03:48 AM »
It tells you everything you need to know about how poor recruitment has been over the years when at 33 he's still arguably our best footballer. I hope its true that he laid into everyone after the game its something that needed to be done.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Official: Jonny Evans joins Leicester
« on: February 22, 2018, 09:47:20 AM »
Sorry if this has already been said.

When Leicester sold Kante to Chelsea his release clause was £20 million the contract was structured so they could accept bids over that amount which is why Chelsea paid £30 mil. Ibthink there will be more than 1 club interested in Evans and the fee will be more than £3 million.

The way that clause was structured it stated they only had to accept the highest bid over the clause amount. A Chinese club bid nearly £30m so Chelsea had to either match it or offer more. I have absolutely no idea if the Evans clause is the same and even if it was we would need a mini bidding war to develop and I have my doubts that it would.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: I ain't giving up!
« on: February 22, 2018, 09:43:32 AM »
We simply have to do our bit from the stands and just pray that it helps the players on the pitch as quite frankly that is all we have left. At the very least we if we do that then we can all say at least we did our bit.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Alan Pardew
« on: February 22, 2018, 09:41:14 AM »
I personally hope that he can perform some kind of miracle and somehow keep us in the Premier League but then we part ways in the summer regardless and start a full rebuild. If it is true about Evans being reinstated as captain this week then that just proves how weak a manager he is and that can't be accepted by the club. With that said it is extremely unlikely that anyone else can come in at this stage and make a significant difference so unless they want to wave the white flag in a couple of games time and get someone in purely with Championship football in mind then I don't really see the point in making the change right now.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Gareth Barry
« on: February 19, 2018, 01:17:39 PM »
I read, over the weekend, that details of the incident had been passed to a Spanish Judge to decide. I assume it's a similar process to our crown prosecution service.

They have said there isn't enough evidence. I assume its simply a case of the driver not wanting to press charges after being given a few quid for his inconvenience. If it was Barry driving he's a very lucky boy.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: James McClean
« on: February 19, 2018, 01:16:02 PM »
If only our more talented players had the same desire he does then we wouldn't be in such a perilous position.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Survival or FA Cup
« on: February 05, 2018, 06:04:32 PM »
In years gone by I wouldn't have hesitated to say an FA Cup win every day of the week. However as things stand I truly fear for the future of the club should we be relegated anytime soon, I don't think we would see top level football for a very long time if we got relegated now with the obscene money involved.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: FA CUP Round 5 - Southampton (H)
« on: January 29, 2018, 07:31:24 PM »
Shame the big 4 have been kept apart but Southampton at home is a very good opportunity to progress so we can't have many complaints.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Jay Rodriguez
« on: January 15, 2018, 12:45:54 PM »
On the day of Cyrille's passing, it's a very sad indictment of modern football, that a racism accusation to try and get someone sent off would be unpunished if no evidence is found.  Compare that to what the 3 degrees went through!
If Jay Rodriguez is found guilty of actually saying what he accused of saying, he should be banned and his contract terminated. However, all of the available footage shows nothing of that, only the "breath stinks" and gesture, in which case the Brighton player should be sanctioned accordingly.  Trying to get someone sent off by this method, is no different to diving for a penalty.

Bong also runs the risk, as mentioned by others, of stopping those who are being abused from coming forward.

I couldn't agree more. I personally hope it was just something completely lost in translation and that Bong was simply mistaken. The way he has gone on about it on twitter and now on a tv interview he could potentially be leaving himself open to legal action from Rodriguez for defamation of character.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Rest in Peace Cyrille Regis.
« on: January 15, 2018, 12:42:22 PM »
Waking up to this news hit me a little harder than I could have ever expected I must admit.

I never had the pleasure of seeing him play live but just hearing the stories, seeing the clips and the documentaries about him and his major influence on football you knew he was a truly great player breaking down so many barriers not just for himself but for so many others. I did have the pleasure of meeting him a couple of times a few years ago and as others have said he was an absolute gentleman who had time for anyone.

What I would give to see a man like him in our side now.

RIP Cyrille.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: The Plot thickens
« on: January 06, 2018, 01:22:42 PM »
Maybe he's like many in an industry like football and simply couldn't resist the itch to get back into it.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Return of Sir Gary
« on: November 23, 2017, 12:48:14 PM »
In fairness none of us know the full situation regarding Garner but Megson is currently in charge so what he says goes. Hopefully it'll only be one or two games before they get someone else in.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: November 23, 2017, 11:27:45 AM »
I could name a dozen blokes who stopped going because of Pulis, so yes, to some extent he was.

Are they all going to suddenly reappear now he's gone though? I definitely feel some used Pulis as a convenient excuse to stop going.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Return of Sir Gary
« on: November 23, 2017, 11:20:03 AM »
Good to see nothing has changed with him over the years.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Atmosphere
« on: November 11, 2017, 10:10:52 AM »
If people want to hold a real protest then stay back after the game and make your feelings clear but try and get behind the team during the game. I don't believe anyone truly wants us to do poorly in the hope that he'll lose his job because of it. Realistically I expect the atmosphere to be pretty normal but would change immediately were we to go behind.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: October 24, 2017, 10:04:34 AM »
Agree entirely. I've not been to an away game since Pulis took charge, but I certainly wouldn't be going to them at the minute because you know exactly how it is going to play out, it is not like the 'football' over recent months hasn't been the same every week.

I will be going to the game on Saturday in hope that we somehow manage to sneak a result, but largely to watch Man City play as they are a joy to watch, whereas we are an utter embarrassment to watch currently.

I only go to home games at the moment as I've already paid for a ticket and the people around me who I only see at the games try to have a laugh regardless of the crap on the pitch. My days of spending thousands every year to follow us away are well and truly over but come the end of the season it may well be my last year as a season ticket holder too.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: October 24, 2017, 09:55:56 AM »
People can complain about the money it cost them to go and watch the match but they can't expect a refund when they knew exactly what kind of performance they were going to see, its not like it was a one off. People have the choice whether they want to spend money to watch that crap.

General Football & Sports / Re: Tony Pulis
« on: October 23, 2017, 10:10:56 AM »
We had what most would agree was a friendly fixture list for the start of the season, we simply haven't taken enough points from those games so it is going to be a real struggle this season now. This is the first time I can actually see the board start to get twitchy as our form is absolutely pathetic and if that continues the club is only going to go down and we all know we can't afford that.

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