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General Football & Sports / Re: Seals watch - Anything Villa
« on: May 30, 2020, 11:32:38 AM »
RIP Dean Smiths Dad who had Coronavirus.

Rest in peace.
Believe he started suffering with Alzheimers or something similar before  his son got his dream job unfortunately.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Nathan Ferguson
« on: May 29, 2020, 06:11:58 PM »
He’s a Judas and I hope his career falls to pieces. A decade from now when he looks back on his career I hope he is filled with shame and regret. Good riddance to disloyal junk.

All I will say. If it wasn't for Judas, it may not have offered Jesus the chance to fulfill his destiny.

General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL CHAMPIONSHIP THREAD
« on: May 28, 2020, 12:53:20 PM »
No and we have asked fifa to intervene.
Yep. Although we probably are far back in the long queue looking for justified payments from FC Barcelona.

I agree with all of your comments about the financial implications for both the clubs & the broadcasters, but I get the impression, the desire to complete the football season is being driven by Boris Johnson.

Boris is of the opinion that televised games will boost the morale of the nation, couple of things that suggest that assumption is not shared by all:

A survey yesterday said that 73% of people would not have their morale boosted by a return of televised football.

Apart from getting the economy moving, a secondary benefit of relaxing the lock down was to get people exercising & into the fresh air.
I believe there are around 90 EPL games left to play, if they were all televised, that's 135 hours of footie on the tele - kind of defeats the object.

If the return of football can boost the morale of 27% of the population, with one simple avenue that is quite a sizable amount. Then work on getting other items such as soaps, Mrs Brown Boys, talent shows and the like going to further boost morale of many of these people and others.

This is because they are more likely to have poor metabolic health, not because of the colour of their skin. Footballers will be amongst the top 1% in terms of health in this country, their diet will be dictated to them by elite nutritionists. There is not a chance in the world these guys will be remotely effected by this virus. Only the unhealthy are at risk, check the statistics metabolic syndrome and obesity link to mortality from the virus.

These players are likely to be at a lower risk; particularly compared to the likes of NHS workers. I would agree with what the statistics suggest in that regard but it is wrong to suggest that football players are at no risk at all. Junior Sambia; who would have been deemed a healthy 23 year old with Montpellier in Ligue Un contracted the virus and had to be induced into a coma. 
Players; will also have concerns about contracting and  passing on the virus to family members as well as ancillary staff who may be required and may not be in the same category of age or level of health.

Raab on the BBC this morning when posed a question following the speech last night said that the general public can't play football in a park as it would be impossible to meet the 2 metre rule. Surely then Premier League and other football can't re-start.

It will be interesting to see how the Premier League meeting goes today and whether some exclusion excuse will be allowed.

Yep. Boris did state that people can play sport together in groups from the same household.
In relation to professional football; it is their work rather than being recreational so I would see it coming under the guidance that those who can't work from home; should go back to work where possible. My own feel; is that it will just be down to the football authorities to come to their own decision; like they did on March 13th.

General Football & Sports / Re: Steven Gerrard
« on: May 01, 2020, 05:34:12 PM »
Was definitely a top tier player in the Premier League.

The thing that stood out to me was listening to an interview ahead of a World Cup as England captain. He was on about young players coming into the squad and saying how he had to tell them how important it was; that they can't fail and lose and play badly. Basically seemed like he was having them focus on all the negative they shouldn't be doing; which wouldn't be my ideal method of leadership.

In fairness to the EFL and the Premier League, they were under no instructions by the Government to postpone their matches on the weekend of the 14th March, but decided to do so. I would hope that the Government may be happy to allow these events to recommence but let the organisations choose if and when to come back under those guidelines, rather than being mandated or dictated to.

Population density is higher in many areas of Britain than in Sweden; which would have been a further contributing factor to the initial spread taking hold.
Sweden is also running at a significantly higher rate to more comparable Nordic countries.

Of course the country hasn't been totally open despite not being on lockdown and the football season is now scheduled for a restart in mid-June; having been originally scheduled for early April.

Polish football to return end of this month behind closed doors

Sorry to be picky. But I believe that it is the end of next month - May.

Agree entirely Maresca. Furthermore end the season , either promote us or not, and start planning the next season to commence whenever it is safe for us all to go and watch again. If that happens to be a year from now then so be it. I sincerely hope that this is dawn of a new era in English football.

I would agree with the general sentiment. That we are unlikely to be able to get a complete season next year whenever we aim to start as well. Personally; would prefer to have one season spread across two years and get fully completed rather than having two heavily disrupted seasons. 

My main aim would be to get this season finished.

With the season so far progressed; there is a greater need for it to be completed. And also; I would think there is a reasonable probability that we won't be able to get a full season out of next year; so I would be happier to try to get one season complete rather than null and voiding two in a row.

Re: Players then and now. I do think if it was definitively the case; you would have a barrage of players suddenly dropping out. Bryan Robson would have played with us in that season and then was a key figure in a Manchester United team where he played alongside Ryan Giggs; who  just finished up a few years ago. Of course Bomber Brown could have been the link to players from the early/mid 60s as well.

General Football & Sports / Re: Seals watch - Anything Villa
« on: March 12, 2020, 09:34:39 AM »
Can’t see it
It’s got Terry till the end of the season all over it .

I presume Terry would be more responsible for defending at corners and set-pieces. Any time Leicester had one; even before the first goal; was absolute carnage. Could have easily scored twice before they did.

Has an air of inevitability about it now. Just hope they see sense and play the season out, whatever happens.
As much as I'd love to see Liverpool's bubble burst, to void the season now would be absolute madness and would have a knock on effect right down to non-league.
If we go behind closed doors Sky should transfer the games to Sky Sports Mix or even Sky 1 to open them up to a wider audience and restrict the temptation of public gatherings.

Also; if we go to games behind closed doors; will that lift the reason for the Saturday 3pm restriction and aim to get more games on TV/streaming. Or just get around it by moving a lot of matches at short notice outside of the 3pm slot as only those directly involved with the game could be impacted.

Yep; highlights can be deceptive; either by design or just by the nature of the general play. One thing that had me worried from early on was the number of occasions that our back-line seemed to stop expecting the ball to go out of play; with Newcastle's admittedly fast forwards managing to keep the ball in play; usually quite easily and given extra space to advance into. Happened at least 3 times in the first-half. 

Krov has improved a lot in the Championship lately. But he has been outstanding against the two Premier League teams.

Krovinovic doing more in a couple of minutes than an hour of Brunt and Barry combined.

At lease we won’t have a replay!

Won't be a replay even if we do get the three goals back.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Why must players spit?
« on: March 02, 2020, 09:37:33 AM »
You mean Goran Popov?

Yep that's right. Apologies; Bilic is getting me to Croatinise past East European players names.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Why must players spit?
« on: February 27, 2020, 02:30:36 PM »
Popovic could have done with a little less spitting when he was with us.

One of the most bemusing 606 phone-ins comments I heard was when a Liverpool fan suggested that Suarez biting was no where near as bad as Popovic spitting in the direction of a player.

General Football & Sports / Re: Ex Players Thread
« on: February 25, 2020, 10:19:05 PM »
Serge Gnabry gets a brace against Chelsea in the Champions League.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: February 20, 2020, 10:29:50 AM »
Even more frustrating when looking at the statistics over the game and when you see 1 shot on target and yet they score 2 goals! I remember a number of years ago when Blues visited us, played us off the park and Richard Sneekes scored with our only shot for a 1-0 victory. We sang "We only need one chance" for ages afterwards! Shows how important it is to take chances when you create. Hopefully we'll do that at Bristol.

In fairness; not that Forest created a glut of opportunities but the own goal was effectively a tap-in if Bartley didn't intervene and they had another great chance before that with Grabban totally mistiming his header that went tamely wide. So more like a conversion rate of 2 out of 3. 
Think sometimes shots on target can be overstated. Would feel better if my team had a lot of chances just narrowly going wide and clear of the keeper than several tame long range shots that a keeper dealt with comfortably.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Callum Robinson (on loan from Sheff. Utd.)
« on: February 20, 2020, 10:25:22 AM »
Of course with Diangana back; it could also offer us another dynamic bench option on the hour mark is Slaven plans to use him or reintroduce him in that manner.

General Football & Sports / Re: Boxing Thread
« on: February 20, 2020, 10:04:21 AM »
These two boxers are behaving like the wrestlers. A disgrace to their profession. What a "set-up" so staged,

Well there is plenty of precedent for this. Muhammad Ali's flamboyant self-promotion was heavily influenced by the wrestler Gorgeous George.

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