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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: April 21, 2019, 09:38:46 PM »
Indefensible isn’t it? Harder to let it in than save it. He was in line with the ball. Definitely needs to be dropped. We cannot have a paper bag in goal at this point of the season. For whatever reason he’s lost the plot and must be benched.

Second goal I agree he could have done better with.  The first goal was a screamer, which isn’t clear from the video.  No-one would have stopped it.

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Non Sports/ Non Politics Board / Re: Extinction Rebellion in London
« on: April 16, 2019, 01:14:05 PM »
Causing criminal damage then the authorities have to use chemicals to remove the graffiti, isn't that the very thing they are protesting about. :o

And blocking the roads will cause more emissions as cars move slower or not at all.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: April 15, 2019, 05:02:37 PM »
As I said at the time of DM's appointment, I think there was a degree of cynicism from the owners.  In appointing DM, if he succeeded, everyone was happy, if he didn't then the owners could blame him for the failure.  All the time not having to invest in a more experienced Manager.  As we head to the play-offs I cannot see any appetite to do more.  Meanwhile we understand from the E&S that Wolves are about to spend £40m on their next acquisition.  Even Villa have more ambition than we do.  We are in the play-offs for goodness sake, but we are still relying on our youth manager to run the first team.  This is madness.

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General Football & Sports / Re: FA Cup
« on: April 07, 2019, 05:32:25 PM »
Wolves are off to a proper Wembley final.  Villa are surging into a play off position.... we give away any vague hope of automatic promotion back to the Premiership with an abject performance to finish in the play offs.  Probably to be beaten by Villa on their way back to the Premiership... We have owners with no clear plan for the club, and no buy in to this values and its history and who do not wish to invest further. God this is depressing.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: April 04, 2019, 12:19:10 PM »
I couldn't pick a worse person to manage my club.

I would rather have Tony Pulis back here than have Neil Warnock in charge.

Imagine how hostile it would be with him in charge, I don't know one baggie who would welcome Neil Warnock.

it is a pity the timing is out.  Appointing Colin would have made a fantastic April fool.

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General Football & Sports / Re: Dingle watch - Anything Wolves
« on: April 02, 2019, 02:25:42 PM »
Am I right in thinking that at one stage Fosun did look at buying us, but we were considered too expensive?  I can only think of what might have been had that transaction occurred.  Over the years Wolves tended to have had higher lows than we have (and ours have been bad enough), but they also seem to have had higher highs.  Wish them well for the FA cup.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: March 20, 2019, 12:18:41 PM »
Not for the first time in recent history, I find myself stunned by our lack of planning.  When we sacked DM, I had though it was with a really clear plan of what we would do next, i.e. a clear candidate lined up and ready to go.  That would have been somewhat harsh but understandable given recent performances.  It is now clear we had no such clear plan.  So we have sacked our manager to effectively default to a first team coach when we are virtually certain of a place in the playoffs.  This is madness, and cannot be the outcome the owner intended surely? 

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Non Sports/ Non Politics Board / Re: Old soldiers to be prosecuted.
« on: March 15, 2019, 12:38:12 PM »
Most of us will have seen and perhaps contributed to the collection buckets at the Albion and other Midlands clubs for justice for the victims of the Birmingham pub bombings.  A new inquest has opened and the donated cash goes to support the legal fees of the families. 

Unlike the families involved in Bloody Sunday they were not granted legal support for the inquest/enquiry. Also unlike the Bloody Sunday enquiry an amnesty is likely to have been given to the prime suspects of the Birmingham bombings which is likely to mean they will never face trial in the UK, even if extradited from the Irish Republic. 

Even in uniform under difficult circumstances, you are accountable for your actions, but I fail to understand why victims in Derry will get justice, whilst victims in Birmingham may get none.


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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Chris Brunt
« on: March 14, 2019, 03:07:37 PM »
So for some time Brunt has been the enigma he was last night.  At his best he is brilliant- and he changes games in our favour.  Then he can have whole portions of games when he is quite mediocre.  On balance though the good outweighs the bad, though the bad can be exasperating.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Toxic Hawthorns
« on: March 10, 2019, 02:59:13 AM »
At all home games this season. Overall I think the crowd have been great. For most of today I thought we got behind the tam as well. In places Leko looked good and showed some good skills level. Understandably though there was frustration with lots of poorl passing, poor creativity and us making the rock bottom side look like Man City.  Some perspective please. The football is now entertaining, the gates are up, but we do need to get back on track on the pitch. Absolutely NOT the fans fault how we have played at home since January.

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General Football & Sports / Re: Saido Berahino
« on: March 06, 2019, 12:32:51 PM »
This area of London has wall to wall CCTV- if he was robbed it will be on record and he will rightly be acquitted.  If not, then he can expect a lengthy ban and the sack.  I am however curious as to why you would take your car out into the west end and not expect to drive it back?

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: March 05, 2019, 01:23:02 PM »
Ipswich are a woeful team at the moment, with morale going right through the floor.  I cannot see that we would have any trouble getting three points out of this, but it will tell us nothing around how we will do in the matches after this.  Our run in looks good though, but I still cannot see us doing better than the playoffs.


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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Fans at Home
« on: February 25, 2019, 12:37:28 PM »
From where I was siting on Saturday, the noise level and support was very good.  The crowd kept on supporting after the goal went in and did their best to rouse the team.  Having only missed one home game this season, support has been solid, and the noise level and general enthusiasm is miles better than it was under Pulis and Pardew.  Some fans do moan, it is part of the game and part of the excitement.  But it does not make them any less ardent supporters.

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Non Sports/ Non Politics Board / Re: How old?
« on: February 22, 2019, 06:55:23 PM »
Interesting question.  Sixteen is legally the age when you can do most adult things.  However, from 16 to roughly 22 I think you are still maturing and there is a lot of learning still to be done.  As I used to tell my kids there are not many advantages to being an adult.


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Non Sports/ Non Politics Board / Re: Shamima Begum
« on: February 21, 2019, 02:01:31 PM »
So just to be clear, parentage also influences nationality under UK law, and other most others.  If for example you were born overseas whilst mom or dad were working abroad, you will still be British.

Having considered this issue carefully, it would not be responsible for us to ask a country such as Bangladesh to deal with this girl.  We should allow (at her family's cost and arrangement), her return to the UK where we deal with her under UK law.  I do not want to hear that in ten years time she has pitched up Dhaka or Mombasa carrying out an atrocious attack on innocent people there.

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General Football & Sports / Re: Saido Berahino
« on: February 20, 2019, 10:19:22 AM »
Feel sad.  So much talent, so young and it is in danger of all going wrong.

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Non Sports/ Non Politics Board / Re: Shamima Begum
« on: February 18, 2019, 02:51:27 PM »
She shows no remorse and it is difficult to feel massive amounts of sympathy for her, even given she was 15 when she left the UK, and she has a small child.  I was involved in the 7 July bombings in London and I note that one of the spouses of those bombers (Samantha Lewthwaite), went on to kill many other innocent people despite initially claiming she had no knowledge of her husband's plans. If we must have her back (and I accept that the law is the law), we should be watching like a hawk.  And no I would not be risking foreign office staff on a flight to Syria to bring her a passport.  If she got out there under her own steam she can get back similarly. 

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 16, 2019, 06:33:13 PM »
Proud of the team tonight, and remember we are carrying a number of injuries and Gayle's suspension.  This is a really special win, but with difficult matches at QPR and at home to Sheffield to come.  Really looking forward to the next two.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Oliver Burke (on loan at Celtic)
« on: February 15, 2019, 10:33:29 AM »
good all around if Burke gets to stay at Celtic. However, the challenge we will have is recouping anything like what we spent.  I cannot see Celtic coming up with more than £5m for him given their current spending profile, which may be well short of our valuation.

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 07, 2019, 11:39:38 AM »
For what it is worth I thought we played well.  Harper, Tulloch, Field all with great performances, Bond again solid in goal.  Some strange substitutions I will grant you- Dawson (a sub already) for Hegazi?  However, I am pleased he used the youngsters, I enjoyed watching them, their effort was first class, and I think we would have one if it wasn't for a colossal cock up in defence to make it 1-1.  Sorry but given we still have hopes of automatic promotion, or approach to this match was spot on.  We may even have risked too much if Dawson is injured alongside HRK- who had a good game IMO.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Rekeem Harper
« on: January 24, 2019, 01:44:34 PM »
Great news if he signs.  Should get another game this weekend in the cup and start against Boro.  He should be that little bit of magic that takes us past the stubborn Pulis defence- Hopefully for his first hat trick.

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: January 23, 2019, 12:47:08 PM »
Going into this match I am feeling hopeful.  Harper and Field have something to prove and players such as Leko want a look in as well.  Sako  adds something when he plays, though looks slightly rusty.  So, on balance, I fancy our second stream against Brighton.  Nothing to loose as a team, and everything to gain.  Plus there are worse away trips than Brighton-lovely pubs.

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: January 21, 2019, 10:04:31 PM »
This one was a bit scrappy, and some of the passing was very poor.  However, we won comfortably and this is the type of game that feels hard on a Monday evening in Bolton.  We will need to step up if we are going to get through our tough January and take on Leeds and Norwich.

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Non Sports/ Non Politics Board / Re: Car crash
« on: January 21, 2019, 07:39:15 AM »
Shows a massive degree of arrogance. Lucky not to have killed the people in the oncoming vehicle, and back driving the day after... with no seatbelt! No consideration of the safety of others.  I thought you got points on your licence for no seatbelt?  Big fan of the royals generally, but everyone needs to obey the same rules. 

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Personally I’d rather not go through Wolves went through by getting themselves into loads of debt (they were incredibly fortunate that Morgan was prepared to sell them to Fosun for a nominal sum), nor would I want to go through what Villa have been through over the past year, with the threat of administration and there is still a strong risk of a points deduction ahead of them!

I am not suggesting we will go through the same pain that the Wolves and Villa have been through.  However, we now have an owner who has a low risk appetite and we can not expect the same level of investment as the other Midlands clubs.  That does mean if we do not gain promotion, the next few years will see a decline.

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