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I'm not going to stop banging on about it but Gareth Barry just oozed class when he came on. I would really like him to play in place of Brunt. Would be the perfect player to play away at Middlesborough.

He did to be fair. The QPR goal aside, the only blemish on an otherwise fantastic day was the fact that some of our 'fans' booed him when he came on.

General Football & Sports / Re: Dingle watch - Anything Wolves
« on: Yesterday at 06:02:00 PM »
Many congratulations to Wolves for obtaining a result we've never managed to achieve away at Leicester in the Premier League or indeed ever at the King Power Stadium. They truly are leaving us hopelessly in their wake  ;)

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Nacer Chadli
« on: August 17, 2018, 04:48:11 PM »
Is that the grease spoon round the corner from the ground? They do a nice spam, egg and chips there ;D

Not sure when it relocated from the Topkapı palace  ;) I'm sure they do good egg and chips but I doubt they serve spam, not officially at any rate.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Nacer Chadli
« on: August 17, 2018, 03:07:40 PM »
Does anyone know if there is any prospect of him being released from the kafes sometime this century?

Wolves please. Failing that Walsall.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: August 13, 2018, 12:27:29 PM »
I've probably missed about a dozen home games in all competitions since 1994 and travel away regularly. For the last couple of years the wife's had a home season ticket too and has also attended most of the Cup games. She was away at the weekend so I may give this one a swerve and ask her if she fancies going for a meal. My face will be an absolute picture if she says no and says she wants to go to the Albion on her own instead  :o ;D .

Does she know we're playing? If not, don't tell her. Just take her out. Then when she sees the next day that we played you'll get extra brownie points. In my experience telling her (no matter how unostentatiously) that you have missed the match to take her out is a major no-no. Perceived fishing for brownie points / brownie blackmail inevitably leads to a net loss of brownie points, no matter how swanky the meal.

You must remember a different Defreitas to me!

He wasnt great in the championship and I don't think ever graced the premier league.

For Bolton maybe? When he wasn't eating himself to death or inhabiting a fantasy realm in which the normal rules of time did not apply, he did actually show the odd flash of genius. There was a sort of grace in his corpulent meanderings around the pitch.

General Football & Sports / Re: Dingle watch - Anything Wolves
« on: August 13, 2018, 09:43:05 AM »
What was the crowd at the custard bowl last saturday

31,231. Their biggest since 1981. Bigger than anything we've had since 1982. Not something either club should be all that proud of.

General Football & Sports / Re: Dingle watch - Anything Wolves
« on: August 11, 2018, 09:04:35 PM »
I see they managed to match our result at home against Everton last season, albeit with 50 minutes against 10 men.  ;)

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: August 11, 2018, 10:21:25 AM »
Expect us to play a 4-2-3-1:


Marshall  Klose  Hanley  Stiepermann

Tettey   Trybull

Hernandez   Pukki   Mclean


We play a heavy-possession style, short passing game, based on tiring out the opposition to win the game in the later stages. At this stage the team is still settling in with most Norwich fans cautiously optimistic that a play-off race is achievable.


Hernandez - Could be a real player for us this year. Fast, skillful, and can finish with an Earnshaw-esque celebration to boot.

Rhodes - Looks a lot slimmer and fitter and exactly what you need as a lone-front man. Wins and directs his headers to link up play, runs all day, and a true poacher in the box.

Mclean - Capable of leading the one-two passes that had us dominate Birmingham in the last 20 minutes of the game, similar in fashion to what Forest did to you in the first half last night.


Left-back - An absolute glaring weakness that is asking to be exploited. Our first-choice LB is an academy player who may/may not be back in time and if so we'll either have Husband or Stiepermann playing, both are woeful. Barnes or Phillips would have a field day if aware.

Playing out from the back - Our center defenders have clearly been instructed to play out from the back rather than play hoof-ball. Nice in theory, but this often leads to Grant Hanley giving the ball away in dangerous positions, especially with Gayle around. Press us high, and this will lead to opportunities.

Thanks for the info. I've had some good away days at Norwich but in my dotage have become too much of a Victor Meldrew to fork out £35 for a ticket. All the best for the rest of the season (Baggies games aside).

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Centre midfield
« on: August 07, 2018, 10:36:31 PM »
Livermore is decent as box to box, we need another one alongside him though. Brunt is way too deep. Ryan woods would be perfect as he is a good passer but gets up and down. If not then maybe someone like John swift at reading? Really liked him a couple of seasons ago

Granted, he is box to box in the sense that he occasionally deigns to waft from one to the other like some surreptitious fart. Dynamic he ain't.

In all seriousness, our central midfield pairing just is far too pedestrian for the rough and tumble of the Championship. Unless we bring someone in within the next couple of days (seems unlikely) we've got little chance of a promotion push.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Dwight Gayle joins Albion
« on: August 07, 2018, 10:24:13 PM »
Finally someone with a bit of movement and intelligent positioning. However, why was he sporting a cornish pasty on his head? Individualism is one thing but nonetheless...

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: August 04, 2018, 02:52:53 AM »
Anyone else suffering from Albion induced insomnia?

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Ticket Info & Requests
« on: August 03, 2018, 07:11:03 PM »
Anyone know if we'll be getting any more tickets for this?

General Football & Sports / Re: Anything England Football
« on: June 24, 2018, 11:27:23 PM »
I think it made sense 5 nil up at half time,in 30 degrees heat ,they won't lose the game so make some changes and see the game out,well played I say.
I thought Columbia were how Brazil are expected to play,very good,glad Poland are out,clueless.

As you say, Poland were absolutely abysmal over the two games. On that showing it looks like it will be Colombia and Japan going through.

General Football & Sports / Re: Anything England Football
« on: June 24, 2018, 08:35:42 PM »
Only england fans could look for negatives after a 6-1 win  ???  ???

Buzzing to get over there now on Wednesday

The negativity never ceases to amaze me.

Have a great time in Kaliningrad (or Königsberg if you're a traditionalist)! I've only been there the once (briefly) and it was quite a long time ago (just after it was opened up), so I would be intrigued to hear what it is like now. It has a fascinating past and played an important role in European history thanks to Kant (you can visit his grave). Sadly, it was completely flattened in the war but it is still an interesting place with friendly locals. The amber museum is well worth a visit if you get the chance. Look out as well for the architectural monstrosity that is the 'Palace of the Soviets', built on the site of what was a magnificent castle (reduced to a husk by the RAF, it survived the devastating Red Army siege only to be criminally blown up on Brezhnev's orders). It is rather amusingly known as 'месть пруссаков' ('Revenge of the Prussians') and is impressively hideous even by Soviet standards.

General Football & Sports / Re: Religion in football
« on: June 24, 2018, 06:36:54 PM »
Really can't get exercised about it if I'm honest. Seems completely harmless - they're not forcing their beliefs on anyone else.

General Football & Sports / Re: World Cup 2018
« on: June 17, 2018, 08:35:12 AM »
No, we don't play until Monday. ;)

Are you Flemish or Walloon?  ;)

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Carabao Cup Ro 1 - Luton Town (H)
« on: June 16, 2018, 03:22:20 PM »
It’s weird how some clubs jog the memory. The first thing that came to mind was one of the my early visits to the Hawthorns. It was the last game of the season, Luton had been promoted, but my endearing memory was a hell of fight outside the the Halfords. It was a nasty situation. Can anyone else remember this?

Vaguely remember the game (draw, think our goal was a penalty?) but don't remember the fight. It was a bitterly disappointing season overall, though we did manage a memorable double over Witton.

General Football & Sports / Re: World Cup 2018
« on: June 16, 2018, 12:20:43 PM »
Umtiti obviously felt sorry for Australia.

That would seem the only explanation  :o

General Football & Sports / Re: World Cup 2018
« on: June 16, 2018, 12:19:57 PM »
Went to it such a long time after the incident too. Ridiculous.

Think it was the wrong decision too. Very harsh. At least justice of sorts has now been served. 1-1.

General Football & Sports / Re: World Cup 2018
« on: June 16, 2018, 12:14:18 PM »
God I hate VAR.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Carabao Cup Ro 1 - Luton Town (H)
« on: June 15, 2018, 12:06:38 PM »
That'll do. Expect they'll bring a decent following.

Скатертью дорога! Fine player on his day but one who let himself down very badly last season. For what? A move to the footballing behemoth that is Leicester City. Good to get him off the wage bill. Off you slither now Jonny.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Pre Season
« on: May 30, 2018, 09:40:30 AM »
Was it Rangers or Celtic who sort of destroyed Birmingham city centre many years ago before a friendly at I think seal park?

As others have said it was Rangers. A couple of my cousins came down from Glasgow and we went together. I remember being hit by the stench of alcohol from well outside the ground. The match had to be abandoned a few minutes into the second half. Mayhem.

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