Could we handle Barcelona?

Last night saw a very, very good performance from the new bookies favorites to win the Champions League.  If Villareal can out Arsenal us what chance have we got against this mob?

Looking at it from a player on player basis. I will start with Clichy on Lionel Messi. Messi always seems to cut in from the right, therefore Clichy will be turned like a top trying to use his left foot. Perhaps this is one of the reasons that Mr Wenger OBE likes to play right footed players on the other side of the pitch. Pires and Nasri being examples, when they play against a right footed right back they sit him on his arse.

Sagna versus Henry on the left, nearly exactly the same thing only vice versa.  The only thing we can hope is that Henry freezes on the big stage .. Yea right  That was another myth, he will be firing,  he is bound to pass Bacary at least a few times and we will need cover..  Theo or Eboue?.. It would be fun to see Henry trying to outpace Walcott ..

Eto’o mmmm here lies a big problem now that Gallas is out for the season, if not forever for us. Gallas would have done a job on him I cannot see Djourou being as effective.

Song and Denilson will be up against  Xavi and Iniesta, as long as we sit back and not get caught too far up field, we should be okay if we close down quickly.

It could be Fabregas or Nasri coming up against Yaya, but as Arshavin is cup tied that will probably mean Nasri  on the left in our formation. The right back being Alves. There would be plenty of running and tracking back for Samir.

On our right Theo will be up against Puyol, can his experience make up for the sheer pace of Walcott?  In fact this could be the one game where he will shine, quick counter attacking football.

Up front I have a feeling that the secret weapon will be Diaby if fit . He will be in the gap between Yaya and the central defence made up of Marquez  and Pique. Ade will have to be up for this game and fully fit and better than his best to get the better of these two in a 4-5-1.

We are okay in the goalkeeping dept as I would expect Almunia to be fit for this one, even allowing for  AIT (Arsenal Injury Time) which is twice as long as a player should be out for..

We cannot do like we did at Villareal and just stroll out,  hopefully we have learned a lesson from that, It also gave us a clue to how strong the teams in la Liga are so the surprise factor should be gone too.

So to sum up .. can we beat Barcelona?   If Jonjon says we can, then we will..


343 Responses to Could we handle Barcelona?

  1. peachesgooner says:

    ave – how defeatist are you? Lighten up, if we get to the final against Barcelona it will be just that – a Cup Final – anything can happen……..

    I hope Thierry doesn’t read Avenell Road – he’ll be laughing 🙂

  2. rico01 says:

    Blimey Ave, you have all but written us off, and we are not even there yet !! 😉

    Thierry will be injured for the final 😉

  3. rico01 says:

    Oops – 😳 Hi peaches, have you sorted Zorba out yet 😉

  4. peachesgooner says:

    Hi rico – whats with ave? Hes been a bit moany this week – ave are you there?

    How are you rico – Mr Bar Steward paid up today so I’m feeling a lot better 🙂

  5. peachesgooner says:

    you must be reading my mind……

  6. rico01 says:

    Had a crabby day peaches 😦

    I agree, ave is a bit on the grumpy side the last few days, he even wants to sell Theo, must just be ‘that’ time 😉

    Good news about Zorba – i was going to suggest you threaten him with his crockery, that would just about ruin his weekend 😉

  7. kelsey says:

    it’s all that money JJ won,has upset ave 🙂
    Evening Ladies,how are we.The sun is shining and half of Madrid seem to be here for the easter break.

    We will beat villarreal 2-1 as already stated,then do away with Porto,and then on neutral ground in rome get completely outplayed by Barca and still beat them 😉

  8. peachesgooner says:

    oh kelsey thats a much better scenario 🙂

    Hows Ben doing?

  9. peachesgooner says:

    rico – sorry about your crabby day 😦 maybe tmoro will be much better 🙂

  10. kelsey says:

    hi peaches,
    i will let you know (laters)

  11. peachesgooner says:

    I’m going to watch the babies tnite hopefully spank the spuds. Will you be able to watch it?

  12. kelsey says:

    Is it on Arse TV, if so yes.

  13. peachesgooner says:

    Yes kelsey it is on Arse tv – ko 7pm our time

  14. Rasputin says:

    Hi ave – to really sum up your appraisal of Barca – they are stronger than us in pretty much every position…

    …(queue the dambusters music)…but we will be making history….we will fight them on the flanks……we will fight them in the midfield…..we will give no quarter……..we will fight till the last drop of blood is spilled……till the sun goes down over the Emirates……till every English man can stand proud and say…..THIS IS OUR DAY!!!!!

  15. peachesgooner says:

    rasp – you’re such a hero 😆

  16. rico01 says:

    thanks peaches, i have have a crabby 10 days to follow sadly, but hopefully all will be right in the end .. moving on swiftly 😉

    kelsey – how are you all, nice to hear positive thoughts 😉

    Oh Grumpy, where are you 😛

    Thanks for reminding me about the spuds game peaches, i will have to record it sadly 😦

  17. avenell says:

    Just done a few emails.. haha The post ended up as a bit of a documentry as I don’t really know that much about barca.. the jonjon bit at the end was the twist to say, jonjon has backed us and what with the way things are going with his luck, it means we definitely will win..

  18. rico01 says:

    Whey Hey Rasp – you are our hero 😛

  19. peachesgooner says:

    rasp – are you sure I can’t persuade you to join us in some spud mashing tnite?

  20. rico01 says:

    woops, sorry peaches, stole your line without knowing 😦

  21. avenell says:

    I’m gutted there is no Rosicky tonight.. 😦

  22. rico01 says:

    and head for a divorce 😉 I am in the kitchen and the better half is watching a documentary on Angelina Jolieeeeeeeeeee….

    Me, I would much rather mash spuds 😛

  23. rico01 says:

    Hello Grumpy 😛

  24. avenell says:

    You calling me a dwarf rico? 😦

  25. rico01 says:

    Thats better Dopey 😉

  26. avenell says:

    What do you think on Clichy v Messi then Rico?
    Clichy plays wingers better when they try to go outside him.

  27. rico01 says:

    Well, JD is so quick he will see when Messi cuts in and then crunch him like he did that V’rreal player the other night 😉

  28. avenell says:

    We need to bring back Phil Sendersaurus, he would do that job.. not..

  29. rico01 says:

    Blimey – Hutton, Gilberto and Rocha all in the spuds team tonight !!

  30. rico01 says:

    Senderhorse ave – i would sell him, yes he has good games, but against class forwards he has a bit of a confidence issue – and I had hoped going to milan would help him overcome that, but he has hardly played..

    I am not sure if Gallas will leave in the summer, the way he has played the last few months I hope not, but I have a feeling he may want to finish his career back in France – so we need two CH’s really, one experienced quality player and one to be an understudy.. Nordveit wont be ready for 2/3 seasons yet, he is so skinny 😉

    Blimey, what do I really know, we have so many players, and not many that will be good enough 😦

  31. JonJon says:

    hi ave mate…. where you been today????

    every team has an off day…. im hoping barca cruise into the final whilest we make a battle of every game and then play the perfect game in the final and hit them on an off day…..

    that was a good point at the end about villareals suprise factor…it was like the team wasnt expecting them to come at us like that and we spent the 1st 60mins in total shock…..

    but thats what you expect with such a young team…this season has been a learning curve and hopefully they’ll be ready for the home leg…

  32. rico01 says:

    Arsene – Summer 2009 is the time to become a ruthless manager 😛

  33. rico01 says:

    Hi JJ, you had better be right old chap 😛

  34. avenell says:

    Hi Jonjon.. 🙂 Don’t really know what I have done.. a bit of work I guess.

    Rico stop being so negative about our squad.. 😦

  35. rico01 says:

    Ave – how can you say that you grumpy old tinker 😉

    how can you be so naughty to me today 😉

  36. avenell says:

    Now you are calling me a Pikey.. Just coz I had a Lurcher.. are you reading Kelsey?.. Half Greyhound quarter Deerhound, quarter Beagle and completely nuts..

  37. kelsey says:

    The lurcher is not a dog breed, but rather a type of dog.So what are you getting at,to our esteemed author. 🙂

  38. rico01 says:

    Ave – I wouldn’t insult you 😦

  39. avenell says:

    It’s normally a Greyhound cross or a Whippet cross for a whippet Lurcher.. I was just saying I was a dog lover.. (rabbit hater) 😉

  40. kelsey says:

    anyhow, as it is Easter I would like to share a thought with you all…..and jesus said unto his 12 apostles as he was being nailed to the cross don’t touch my f…… easter eggs 🙂

  41. avenell says:

    Rico .. or was it the dealers, with the quarter tips.. 🙂

  42. avenell says:

    Hitler goes to heaven and knocks on the Purley gates, Jesus answers “yea what do you want?”
    “I am Hitler and I would like to enter heaven”

    Jesus says “you are having a laugh after everything you have done”

    “C’mon Mr Christ I will give you an Iron Cross”

    Jesus “okay I will go and ask my dad”

    “dad there a bloke outside called Hitler and he wants to enter heaven”

    God says “no chance”

    Jesus “but he promised me an Iron Cross”

    God “you had enough trouble with the bloody wooden ones”

  43. rico01 says:

    Ave – thats another one over my head 😦

  44. rico01 says:

    Ave – 😦 and at Easter…………

  45. rico01 says:

    Ave – You have a forward smash 😉

  46. avenell says:

    Two handed back hand return with spin.. 😎

  47. rico01 says:

    So much spin, its bounced back 🙄

  48. Rasputin says:

    Advantage rico 🙂

  49. rico01 says:

    Hey Raspy – Game over, two sets to one 😉

  50. Rasputin says:

    Don’t tell me – I’m only the ball boy………

    Anyone know how the reserves are getting on? Peaches is there…there you go, she’s just texted me….spuds put out a v strong team and our best players (merida, LJ) are on the bench? We’re losing 1 nil and Arsene is there looking ponderous and worried for a change I’d bet

  51. avenell says:

    Try 3-0 down.. 😦

  52. rico01 says:

    Is all that true Rasp ?? 😛

    Apart from peaches being there 😉

  53. rico01 says:

    Ave – No ?????

  54. avenell says:

    Oh dear oh dear.. 😦

  55. Rasputin says:

    2 free kicks and a gifted goal according to peaches – I hope to christ that Fabianski doesn’t get injured because vito does not impress me…..

  56. Rasputin says:

    What’s up ave (apart from the reserves score), you don’t seem your usual ebullient self today?

  57. rico01 says:

    Ave – Slam Dunk!!!

    Rasp – its his time of the month 😉

  58. Rasputin says:

    Have a look at this link ave – I nicked it from another site, should cheer you up 🙂

  59. Rasputin says:

    Actually – it’ll depress you….don’t look……

  60. Rasputin says:

    Citeh losing 3:1 to the Hamburgers – they won’t relish that….

  61. Rasputin says:

    If I carry on like this, I’ll get the 100,000th comment….dum di dum…………..

  62. avenell says:

    Who are those imposters in the no 13 and 16 shirts?

    Don’t reconize our no 7 either.. 😦

  63. Rasputin says:

    Match report courtesy of peaches…..Game over. Arsene and Pat left at half time. Merida and Coquelin disappointing. We lost 3 nil.

  64. avenell says:

    I bet she was sitting next to Arsene.. lol

  65. rico01 says:

    3-0 to the spuds !!! Oh No 😦

  66. Rasputin says:

    Probably bending his ear and recommending senderosaurus to him…….

  67. rico01 says:

    Off to bo bo’s for me guys – be safe and be back first thing – good friday, so got to be baking H+Buns 😉

    Nighty night all 😛

  68. Rasputin says:

    You’re a real earth mother rico what with your baking and animal husbandry. Sleep well and think of me toiling whilst you lot all enjoy a lazy relaxed easter 😉

  69. avenell says:

    Peaches is probably trying to get Arsene up to the orange tree for a shot of Vino..

    Your working then Rasp.. You kind of lose me, what do you actually do?

  70. peachesgooner says:

    Hello – I’m back. You do know don’t you ave that the Orange Tree is a couple of minutes from Arsenes house.

  71. peachesgooner says:

    I hope thats not the team thats going to play Man City in the FA Youth Cup final – they weren’t very good – what did you think ave?

    Is LJ injured – he wasn’t on the bench

  72. avenell says:

    Only from what has been said on here Peaches.. Bit near home for all that eh 😉

  73. peachesgooner says:

    ave – its like you have a magic pen that makes comments disappear 😆

  74. avenell says:

    It’s nice to be in control.. lol..

    It didn’t work when I needed it a day or so ago.. panic in the roads of Avenell. panic in the roads of Plimsoll.
    I could sell those lyrics.. 😉

  75. Rasputin says:

    Ta ave…..welcome home peaches

    I must admit that the Gallas injury has promoted a sense of forboding. It doesn’t have to be like last season and the reserves result has no bearing on the first team. Remember we got through to the CL final last time with Flamini as stand in left back.

  76. peachesgooner says:

    Someone told me that ‘arry is moving into a new house round the corner to me – but I can’t remember who told me so I can’t go back to check……

  77. Rasputin says:

    Lock up your belonging peaches, mind you doesn’t Robber Kean live nearby too – don’t let him tarmac your drive …….

  78. avenell says:

    “Were the barmy Plimsoll Army lalalala.”

    “Where were you in 71′ ?”

    “In the schoolboys, in the schoolboys, in the schoolboys over there”
    Those crazy North bank days.. lol Where’s Raddy?..

  79. Rasputin says:

    ‘Arry’s got a big house in Sandbanks paid for by all his dodgy transfer dealings.

  80. peachesgooner says:

    ……not only Flamini as stand in left back but King Senderos as stand-in centre back for the very handsome Sol Campbell if I remember correctly…..

    I hope you’re right rasp and that the stand-ins can be immense when needed

  81. avenell says:

    I was going to start a courier company called “Standon Deliver”.. You might get that one Rassy.. 😉

  82. Rasputin says:

    When you look at the number of squad members in the various positions available when fully fit, it does appear that we have wealth in midfielders and strikers, but paucity in the defence

  83. peachesgooner says:

    Whats funny is that about 6 years ago it was reported that Jamie Rednapp and Louise had a bought a house in this particular road and for many years there were sightings of both of them in shops around the area and it was assumed that they lived there.

    Three years ago I was invited to go to design the garden in this house where everyone assumed they lived. It wasn’t him that I met and when I asked him if he’d bought the house from Jamie Rednapp he said no he’d bought it from the developer!!!!!

  84. Rasputin says:

    I could do the dance. Adam bought a period property in Little Berkhamstead, but sold it before he moved to America and went mad.

  85. peachesgooner says:

    Even I get that one ave 😆

  86. peachesgooner says:

    Is that Adam Ant?

  87. Rasputin says:

    No, prince charming…

  88. peachesgooner says:

    ……ha ha ha 🙂

  89. avenell says:

    Adam lived in that windmill thing on the left as you approach berkhamptsted from Hertford .. 😉
    Do you know where the catweasel water tower is?

    Sorry Peaches I didn’t know if you have heard of Standon .. The widest High Street In herts .. Much Hadham has the longest..

  90. Rasputin says:

    The windmill thing is a victorian folley, he lived in the house next door I think.

    Can’t place the catweasel tower?

  91. avenell says:

    Adamant makes those urinal things I am sure I am adamant he does.. 😉

  92. peachesgooner says:

    As it happens the singing daughter performed at a festival in Standon last summer…….and I’ve been to a nursery in Much Hadham…..I’m quite well travelled you know for a city girl 🙂

  93. avenell says:

    The catweaslel tower is in Briggins House hotel/golf course.. between Stansted Abbotts and Hardlow.. on the 414.

  94. peachesgooner says:


  95. Rasputin says:

    OK – I know it now. The Beckhams were going to buy Briggins House at one point and turn it into a private home. The traffic noise is bad there so close to the A414. Tom Cruise was looking to buy Goldings in Waterford (ex Barnados) and do the same thing but its now a private estate with luxury apartments.

  96. avenell says:

    Yes Hardlow Town, near Lord Beckham of Pissyohbury Drive lol.. I can’t have a helcopter coz I would take out a Fed Ex plane coz I bought a house in Stansted Airports flightpath.. haha

  97. Rasputin says:

    Peaches – just because you come from Wenchmore Hill 🙂

  98. peachesgooner says:

    rasp – what was the name of that place you were telling me about earlier in Potters Bar?

  99. JonJon says:

    evening guys…

  100. avenell says:

    Goldings is the council offices isn’t it?

    Caprice lives opposite in the same road as swoon Sol Campbell used to.. and where Seaman and Chris Tarrant go fishing (and Gazza?)

  101. avenell says:

    Sorry JJ we are talking SG13.. lol

  102. peachesgooner says:

    rasp… you think thats why ‘arry’s looking round the corner for a house 😉

  103. JonJon says:

    catweasel tower??? pissyohbury drive???? wenchmore hill???

    are you guys making it up????

  104. JonJon says:

    dont apologise mate ive been sat reading for the last 10mins and ive been in stitches

    i dont have a clue what you lot are saying but its tickling me…..

  105. peachesgooner says:

    Hi JJ – do you have any famous people living near you?

  106. Rasputin says:

    Hi JonJon

    Leggatts Park peaches – set within approximately 45 acres of mature woodland and parkland, surrounded by beautiful undulating Hertfordshire countryside

  107. JonJon says:

    only charles bronson….

    oh and arron lennons dad… 😉

    i once fitted security cameras, gates, alarms etc on rio ferdinands house and robbie fowlers when they played for leeds but i never met them…

    i did a huge dump in rios toilet though and i never flushed it… i was young and thought i was funny

    i still do… 😉

  108. JonJon says:

    hi rasp…

  109. Rasputin says:

    Here’s the link peaches – apologies roadsters for using the site for personal stuff…

  110. peachesgooner says:

    I suspect the swoon moved to a fabulous pile in Hampshire…….

  111. Rasputin says:

    Which do you think is the more likely JonJon…..Mark Hughes being the manager of man city next season or us buying David Villa / Yaya Toure / Michael Essien ? 🙂

  112. avenell says:

    I have got Jamie Redknapps mobile no if anyone wants it..
    I know a few people who ring it for a laugh.. and he answers like he is their mate now.. he likes a joke..

  113. avenell says:

    Rasp why does it say Herefordshire on the link? lol..

  114. JonJon says:

    email me it ave i want to ring him… 😉

    rasp… mark hughes.. 😦

  115. peachesgooner says:

    Cos they is stupid ave – its def in herts

  116. Rasputin says:

    So it does ave. I hadn’t noticed. Obviously a faux pas. I went to an old fashioned grammar school with a great hall. At one end upstairs in the gallery there was a magnificent church organ with a plaque underneath that read ‘This organ was erected by the Governors’ – you’d think they’d have noticed that one…

  117. JonJon says:


  118. peachesgooner says:

    rasp – Valencia have to sell Villa don’t they so he’ll def move somewhere – I can’t see either of the others needing to move.

    Mark Hughes on the other hand is not high profile enough to attract players even if money is being thrown at them so I reckon he’ll be sacked.

    Who buys Villa – can we buy him, if we can buy him this year from the sale of Ade then we could have bought him last year from the sale of Ade. Simples

  119. Rasputin says:

    Hopefully, if results go the right way this weekend, Hull will be within ‘spitting distance’ of the relegation zone. I’d love it, really love it if they went down.

  120. Rasputin says:

    We won’t buy Villa peaches. I know you want to see a team populated with ‘eye candy’ but it aint gonna happen, trust me 🙂

  121. JonJon says:

    newcastle too rasp… boro to stay up.. 😉

  122. avenell says:

    I want to see the geordies go down.. lol A 50,000 stadium to fit all their ex managers in ..
    Sportsworld , Karrimor, Umbro, Donnay, all going skint haha..

  123. peachesgooner says:

    rasp – we have enough eye-candy now, Villa would be a strong addition to the squad 😆 😆 😆

  124. JonJon says:

    they are a joke club….they dont deserve PL status…

  125. peachesgooner says:

    ……but YaYa Toure would be a much better buy I reckon………

  126. avenell says:

    Was you a Richard Alien

  127. JonJon says:

    i dont think we should be buying any more africans….unless its essien their not worth it…..

    i dont think yayas that good….id prefer alonso or veloso…

  128. avenell says:

    I was going down the lack of need for KY jelly in the London area if David Villa joined .. as it was after 12.. xxx Hugh.. 😉

  129. peachesgooner says:

    Hugh – have you come out of retirement xxx

    I shan’t be needing any

  130. avenell says:

    A after midnight treat jonjon..

  131. avenell says:

    Respect Peaches.. lol

  132. peachesgooner says:

    But we have already got this yummy one

  133. peachesgooner says:

    And this very delicious one

  134. avenell says:

    You cannot live your Arsenal career on one moment.. and we lost..
    Sell him.. buy a footballer with a brain not a headless chicken..
    Sorry if that offended Mill Rico.. 😉

  135. peachesgooner says:

    Hmmmmnnnnn let me see…….Kylies gold kit versus Carlos in our kit………sorry JJ Carlos gets my vote

  136. JonJon says:

    just for peaches

  137. peachesgooner says:

    JJ – you like your ‘booty’ don’t you?

  138. avenell says:

    Don’t knock it until you have tried it Peaches.. 😉

  139. JonJon says:

    theres gotta be junk in the trunk peaches…….

    a nice bit of cushion for the pushin’ 😉

  140. Rasputin says:

    Its getting far too smutty for me on here now 😉 I’m off to bed. Nite nite Roadsters and Roosters

  141. JonJon says:

    i have my perfect 11 girls and ive put them all in a football team… its called jonjons sexyXI and beyonce is my goalie cos shes allowed to handle my balls 😳

  142. peachesgooner says:

    One for you and one for me

    nite nite xxxxxxxxxxx

  143. avenell says:

    Your a bad girl Peaches.. x

  144. kelsey says:

    Good Morning Friday,
    just when you guys go to bed,I get up.

  145. squallviii says:


  146. kelsey says:

    Having just looked at our fixture list from tomorrow until the possibility of a CL final at the end of May,we have a game approximately every 3.5 days if we remain in both cup competitions.A daunting task in itself,when you see who we have to play.There are many possible alternatives,but I firmly believe that we have to set a realistic goal on two fronts.

    One to ensure and secondly to reach the CL Final and hopefully win that competition that has been elusive to us.Hearing that Gallas is now out for the rest of the season,could be pivotal as to how we fare. I would say that his loss is of more importance than the 4 months we had without Fabregas,as though we drew far too many games,we were and still are undefeated domestically.Taking one game at a time,we start with Wigan away,and having lost Almunia,Clichy as well as Gallas,our options are limited.Fabianski and i presume Gibbs will come in,and Djorou would be my bet,though not my choice to partner lies the trouble,Djorou has been very poor in his last two domestic games,but we don’t have a better alternative.

    Wigan have only scored 6 league goals this year,yet they are still fighting for a European spot,but with the return of Arshavin,Cesc,and possibly Bedntner,RVP or even Eduardo, I am going for a 2-0 away victory.

    On another issue, i keep reading with a fully fit squad we would match any team on a one off game,and though I don’t disagree,i think some fans are blinded as to how good some of our players really are.Song and Denilson may have improved, but are they really the standard of a team challenging to win trophies.Eboue is Eboue,and said countless times,his only real value is as a sub for Sagna.Ramsey and Wilshere are ones for the future,but how long is a piece of string.on the other hand we have an abundance of attacking minded players,in fact when fully fit,too many.So if the balance of the team could be addressed we have every chance for next season to challenge for the title..Only one man can do that,and we all know that he does show a reluctance to make changes,and as in this season,a little possibly too late.

  147. JonJon says:

    hi kelsey

    good comments…..

    i think we’ll be ok at the back becuase you also orgot with have silvestre and song….neither are as good as gallas but silvestre has the experience and song hes played at CB in some games this season and looked better there than what he does in the midfield…

    im really looking forward to seeing fabianski and gibbs…

    lets face it…on current form there is no differance between clichy and gibbs and i also think fabianski is knocking on the door of the 1st team and has been all this season…

    your right…we still dont have enough strength…especially in central midfield….but im hoping we can still get something out of this season…

    we are almost there..granted we have scrapped through this season …..and if we can get porto in the semis it will make it easier….the final is anyones game….it depends whos up for it more…a one of game and if we turn up and play like we can we can win the thing….

    i hoping wenger will strengthen this time in the summer….speaking of which….chelsea are after villa for 40mil….

  148. London says:


    That was a good read….good enough to be a post. Can I ask, what do you write it on? I mean, do you simply write it in the box below and then press “Submit Comment” or do you write it in “Word” and then copy and paste it into the box below and press “Submit Comment”?

  149. JonJon says:

    haha london…

    morning fellas…

  150. JonJon says:

    speaking of injuries gerrard has been ruled out fo a month… 😉

    after the confidence draining defeat against chelsea and the loss of their main man lets see how the two man team can cope without 1 of them…. 😉

  151. London says:

    Morning Jonjon

    The answer to your question is that they won’t, as you said yesterday they have had their purple patch, they will now crash and burn.

  152. London says:

    I’m still reflecting on that Villareal game and that first half. Song and Denilson received the lion share of the criticism but on reflection I don’t think that that was where the problem was. For me the weak link was Fabregas and the fact that he was not match fit and therefore when he got the ball his reactions were slow and he either made a poor pass or he was tackled; the result being that we were put back under pressure. We should be clear that it was not either Denilson or Song who were loosing the ball, the fact is that Villareal’s passing was very, very good and I am not sure many teams would have fared much better. Under those circumstances I thought Song and Denilson did quite well, they did break up play and they did do what they were supposed to do which was to give it to Fabregas who as I said, was not at his sharpest. I do not accept that either Song or Denilson were to blame for the goal, it was simply a very good strike.

  153. rico01 says:

    Morning Campers – Hi-di-Hi (sorry Rasp 😉 )

  154. London says:

    If it was me I would play Gibbs at left back….comments like that high-light how shallow some peoples understanding of football is. Has anyone seen Gibbs play in a game where he has had to defend? There is only one answer, and that is “No” because, quite simply, he has never been selected for a game in which he has needed to. The idea that he is comparable to Clichy is laughable; he may be able to cross the ball better but when it comes to defending — purleese. Gibbs will do just fine against Wigan but against Villareal and Chelsea, there is only one chose.

  155. kelsey says:

    went back to bed for a while. I just write it as I think,and press the submit comment.Why do you ask,out of interest?.

  156. rico01 says:

    Morning London – which comment are you referring to about Gibbs/Clichy ?

  157. rico01 says:

    Morning kelsey

  158. kelsey says:

    more like afternoon rico 🙂

  159. rico01 says:

    kelsey – you cheeky tinker 😉 Like you, I was up early for the chickens, then had a cup of tea and a snooze, a rare luxury 😛

  160. peachesgooner says:

    Morning all

    I’ve been up for hours……… chickens but my kitchen was a disaster as I was enticed into blogging late last night 😳

  161. rico01 says:

    Morning peaches – i did see there was a lot of late night naughtiness 😉

  162. kelsey says:

    morning peaches,tell that ras fellow not to pinch my thoughts on gallas and post them on the other channel 🙂 🙂

  163. JonJon says:

    yes rico, we got carried away with ourselves last night…

    hi peaches

    london…i agree about gibbs not really being defensively upto scratch…but its fair to say that clichy has been defensively inept all season…

    at this moment in time…on current form the difference between them is not that much and although clichy offers more pace..gibbs has a better final ball so i dont think clichy will be missed..

    it also allows gibbs a decent run…then we see how good he really is…

  164. London says:

    Morning Rico

    A comment on the other channel; which, I wanted to scream at for showing such ignorance.


    This is what I do. Often, I start of writing what I expect to be a couple of sentences and before I know it the whole thing has turned into a rant, so I copy it and paste it into “Word” which shows up all the simple errors, I correct them and re-paste it back below before pressing “Submit Comment” this takes less than two minutes. I notice you like to write something substantial in the mornings, so before you post tomorrow give this a go and see what you think.

  165. rico01 says:

    Thanks London, I am with you now 😉

    Morning JJ, I read it this morning, it made me chuckle away to myself 😛

    I think Silvestre will be played at LB

  166. peachesgooner says:

    Gibbs could be part of the ‘we’re gonna score more goals than you’ revolution. He loves getting forward and has a good powerful shot. Bit scary up against Drogba though…….

  167. kelsey says:


    i have always been a morning person as opposed to a late night owl.I always have been more productive in everything i do in the morning,whilst others I know don’t literally wake up until after lunch.(By the way where is Avenell ?)Today for example I formulate what I want to say in my head,think about the order i wish to demonstrate various points,then just write it down.

  168. London says:


    My point is that we haven’t ever seen Gibbs defend because in all the games he has played; he hasn’t had to, well, apart from Burnley away when Eagles made him look silly. Gibbs has been protected, rightly so but he could easily find himself more out of his depth than Ramsey did at Cardiff, although, with far more serious consequences. Naturally, I hope I’m wrong but I don’t think I am.

  169. rico01 says:

    peaches – he has a much better cross than Clichy, it could be quite exciting if Gibbs plays 🙂

    Him and Arshavin down the left, it could be like Cole and Bobby (just for you ave 😉 )

  170. London says:


    Good comment but it’s the Drogba/Boswinga bit that tells me you understand.

  171. peachesgooner says:

    Logically if we’re playing the 4-5-1 combo with 2 DM’s sat infront of the centre-backs then Gibbs can go AWOL and link up with Arshavin and be a part of the creative set-up…… in the knowledge that one of them will mop up……if they remember….

  172. JonJon says:

    it always natural to be nervous over a player that has shown weak parts of his game in the handful of matches he’s played…

    but denilson, song and bentdner have played all season and theyve got major weaknesses too… song and denilson miss tackles and get regularly caught out of position and bendtner misses chances galore…yet they still play and get supported…

    giving gibbs a go wouldnt be a bad shout and after all the chances the other 3 have had i firmly believe he deserves it…..

    if he makes mistakes then he makes mistakes but what player hasnt this season and nobody moreso than clichy….

    hes in the team for me….

  173. peachesgooner says:

    London – are you patting me on the head for my tactical nouse?

  174. London says:


    Give my suggestion a try and see what you think, it will only take two minutes longer, you do understand what I mean about copying and pasting it into word don’t you?

  175. London says:


    I was trying to respectfully show that I agreed with you. I hope it came across that way, if not I apologise as that is what I meant.

  176. rico01 says:

    JJ, well said that man 😛

    peaches, thats funny 😉

  177. peachesgooner says:

    You’re forgiven London.

    I was so close to Arsene last night at the game that my tactical brain has gone into overload – if I’d had the pluck to speak to him he’d still be trying to get away………..:oops:

  178. peachesgooner says:

    oh no my oops didn’t work 😳

  179. kelsey says:

    i don’t understand what you mean exactly.If I copy and paste what difference would it make,or do you mean,check for spelling mistakes and be able to read the whole thing through,before submitting.When i did the NEW POST the other day,i did the same as today.

  180. London says:


    Just to clarify, Gibbs would be in your team on Saturday, yep no problem with that as I don’t expect him to have a lot of defending to do but Villareal and Chelsea? You are a betting man surely it would make sense to reduce the odds in your favour as much as possible so playing someone in such an important defensive role seems a tad more dangerous than is necessary. The compassion with Song is simply wrong; he is a tried and tested international who has played the game at a very high level and the last time Cameroon played Ghana Song made Essien look silly.

  181. rico01 says:

    JJ – I loved your story about Rio last night 🙂

  182. London says:


    Give it a try and I think you will see that your posts will read better giving more strength to the points that you are trying to make.

  183. London says:

    Christ, you went to the game last night Peaches? It’s not often that I feel like a fair weathered supporter.

  184. Rasputin says:

    Morning Roadsters and Roosters….Hi-de-Ho rico 😉

    Are we filled with Easter optimism today? If we are up against a top team, I’d play Sylvestre at left back instead of Gibbs, simply because of his experience and proven defensive ability. Otherwise its Gibbs every time for me when we want to maximise oour attacking prowess…..

  185. JonJon says:


    for me hes in the team until clichy gets fit and if he impresses clichy doesnt win his place back….

    silvestre is the better defensive option but hes been injured most of the season and the like of JD and Gibbs have been available all year and have done the job when relied upon…. silvestre should be the CB for the Villreal game…..and id drop JD

    saying gibbs will struggle against villareal is unfair because so did clichy and over half the team also…

    yes he will be tested against the likes of chelsea but my theory behind it is with AA in front of him chelsea should worry about us..

    and i dunno about song, london… yes he had a decent game against essien that one time and hes been improving all season but im still not confident when i see his name in the team sheet…just as i am with denilson…. they pose just the same problems as what having Gibbs in the team will at LB…

    so i would go for sagna kolo JD Gibbs against wigan and sagna kolo silvy and Gibbs against villareal…

    then we judge who plays against chelsea….

  186. JonJon says:

    rico i couldnt resist… id been out on the town the night before and had a curry before bedtime to soak it up…as you do…i had a major case of gut rot all morning and i wanted to leave my mark 😉

    even the flies wouldnt of gone near it 😉

  187. avenell says:

    Morning all!

    Jonjon, there was someone who got chucked out of Letchworth golf course, so he got up early and crapped down the first three holes..

  188. Rasputin says:

    That was you wasn’t it ave 😆

  189. JonJon says:

    easy avenell old boy… top of the morning to ya…

    ahhhh the good ol’ turd in th hole joke….one o the best 😉

  190. avenell says:

    Not the best intrduction to a good friday morning as I have only just returned from church..

  191. peachesgooner says:

    Ladies present…….yuk boys!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  192. rico01 says:

    Hi Rasp and Ave

    And I always thought it was a ‘toad’ 😉

  193. JonJon says:

    haha rasp i bet it was avenell.. good shout… haha

    get in ave

    its like when you hide a lump of dog crap under a piece of paper on someones doorstep and set fire to it knock on the door and run and hide…

    then you piss yourself when they stamp on the fire to put it out…..

    ah the good old days….

  194. peachesgooner says:

    Topically – I’m off outside to spread some muck…..catch up in a while 🙂

  195. JonJon says:

    sorry peaches….

    rico seems to be in on it though…

    still i will tone it down…but speaking of crap…id rather have gibbs over cashley.. 😉

  196. London says:


    Fair enough. I can’t, and wouldn’t want to, argue with that. I’m going to push Mrs London around the Serpentine (Hyde Park) in her wheel chair.

  197. JonJon says:

    london i aint arguing fella…i was enjoying the debate….

    i just think Gibbs deserves a go thats all…then we can judge him properly from a run of games…

  198. avenell says:

    This one is for you Peaches..

    Another bloke over that way got sacked from a factory and was doing community service.. The task was planting on a roundabout outside the place he got the rivet from.
    So he planted whatever and 2 months later when they grew the flowers said W****

  199. JonJon says:

    hahaha avenell…

  200. London says:


    I meant argue in the legal sense = debate 😉

  201. avenell says:

    London .. don’t turn in to Alf Garnett.. “West ‘am innit”

  202. rico01 says:

    Guys and Gals, got to go for a while, have my Mum coming for lunch so a a few bits and bobs to do – back later….

    Have a lovely Good Friday… 😛

    Ave – back from Church, my foot! 😉

  203. peachesgooner says:

    Love it ave – are you feeling cheerier today?

    When I planted my cousins gardens some years back – they are both spuds – they noticed an overwhelming abundance of red and white flowers.

    David Dein always has – maybe had now – red and white in his front garden. Tulips in the spring and Geraniums in the summer

  204. JonJon says:

    so now chelsea want pavlyachencko or whatever his name is…

    i thought they had no dosh???? hahaha….

    villa-pav, villa-pav… mmmm…let me see…

    saying that though, if they want guus to stay then maybe pavliovochenkiwenko isnt a bad shout…

    i hope they get him too….they’ll be well scarey next season with the oldest squad and a PL flop upfront… 😉

  205. JonJon says:

    london i like a good old mass debate… 😆

  206. London says:

    Morning Ave

    I don’t understand…Alf Garnet? I know who he is but the relevance?

  207. peachesgooner says:

    have a nice time rico

    i’m really off now so you can be as disgustingly male as you like xxxxxx

    ……but I will be back……..

  208. JonJon says:

    see ya girls…

  209. Rasputin says:

    ‘Kinder lingers’ doesn’t it JonJon…..ave to get that one 😉

  210. JonJon says:

    kinder lingers 😆

  211. avenell says:

    London he used to push his missus around in a wheelchair.. moaning!

  212. JonJon says:

    guys i gotta nip out for a bit i’ll be back in an hr…

  213. kelsey says:

    did you say push mrs.London into the Serpentine.

    I will take your advice and try to improve my posts,though i was born dyslexic.

  214. kelsey says:

    One day, a man came home and was greeted by his wife dressed in a very Sexy nightie.
    ‘Tie me up,’ she purred, ‘and you can do anything you want.’
    So he tied her up and went golfing.


    A woman came home, screeching her car into the driveway, and ran into the house.
    She slammed the door and shouted at the top of her lungs, ‘Honey, pack your bags. I won the lottery!’
    The husband said, ‘Oh my God! What should I pack, beach stuff or mountain stuff?’
    ‘Doesn’t matter,’ she said. ‘Just get out.’


    Marriage is a relationship in which one person is always right, and the other is a husband.


    A Polish immigrant went to the DMV to apply for a driver’s license.
    First, of course, he had to take an eye sight test.
    The optician showed him a card with the letters

    ‘C Z W I X N O S T A C Z.’
    ‘Can you read this?’ the optician asked.
    ‘Read it?’ the Polish guy replied, ‘I know the guy.’


    Mother Superior called all the nuns together and said to them, ‘I must tell you all something. We have a case of gonorrhea in the convent.’
    ‘Thank God,’ said an elderly nun at the back. ‘I’m so tired of chardonay.’


    A wife was making a breakfast of fried eggs for her husband.
    Suddenly, her husband burst into the kitchen.
    ‘Careful,’ he said, ‘CAREFUL! Put in some more butter! Oh my gosh! You’re cooking too many at once. TOO MANY! Turn them! TURN THEM NOW! We need more butter. Oh my gosh! WHERE are we going to get MORE BUTTER? They’re going to STICK! Careful. CAREFUL! I said be CAREFUL! You NEVER listen to me when you’re cooking! Never! Turn them! Hurry up! Are you CRAZY? Have you LOST your mind? Don’t forget to salt them. You know you always forget to salt them Use the! salt. USE THE SALT! THE SALT!’
    The wife stared at him.
    ‘What in the world is wrong with you? You think I don’t know how to fry a couple of eggs?’
    The husband calmly replied, ‘I just wanted to show you what it feels like when I’m driving.’

  215. kelsey says:

    Eight Words with two Meanings

    1. THINGY (thing-ee) n.
    Female…… Any part under a car’s hood.

    Male… The strap fastener on a woman’s bra.

    2. VULNERABLE (vul-ne-ra-bel) adj.
    Female…. Fully opening up one’s self emotionally to another.

    Male…. Playing football with only three defenders.

    3. COMMUNICATION (ko-myoo-ni-kay-shon) n.
    Female… The open sharing of thoughts and feelings with one’s partner.

    Male… Leaving a note before taking off on a fishing trip with the boys.

    4. COMMITMENT (ko-mit-ment) n.
    Female…. A desire to get married and raise a family.

    Male…… Trying not to hit on other women while out with this one.

    5. ENTERTAINMENT (en-ter-tayn-ment) n.
    Female…. A good movie, concert, play or book.

    Male…… Anything that can be done while drinking beer.

    6. FLATULENCE (flach-u-lens) n.
    Female…. An embarrassing byproduct of indigestion.

    Male…… A source of entertainment, self-expression, male bonding.

    7 MAKING LOVE (may-king luv) n.
    Female…… The greatest expression of intimacy a couple can achieve.

    Male.. Call it whatever you want, just as long as we do it.

    8. REMOTE CONTROL (ri-moht kon-trohl) n.
    Female…. A device for changing from one TV channel to another.

    Male… A device for scanning through all 375 channels every 5 minutes.

  216. kelsey says:

    Six retired Irishmen were playing poker in O’Leary’s apartment when Paddy Murphy loses $500 on a single hand, \clutches his chest, and drops dead at the table. Showing respect for their fallen brother, the other five continue playing standing up.

    Michael O’Connor looks around and asks, ‘Well, me boys, someone got’s to tell Paddy’s wife. Who will it be?’
    They draw straws. Paul Gallagher picks the short one. They tell him to be discreet, be gentle, don’t make a bad

    situation any worse.
    ‘Discreet??? I’m the most discreet Irishmen you’ll ever meet. Discretion is me middle name. Leave it to me.’
    Gallagher goes over to Murphy’s house and knocks on the door. Mrs. Murphy answers, and asks what he wants.
    Gallagher declares, ‘Your husband just lost $500, and is afraid to come home.’

    ‘Tell him to drop dead!’, says Murphy’s wife.

    ‘I’ll go tell him.’ says Gallagher.

    An Irishman who had a little too much to drink is driving home from the city one night and, of course,
    his car is weaving violently all over the road. A cop pulls him over.

    ‘So,’ says the cop to the driver, ‘where have ya been?’

    ‘Why, I’ve been to the pub of course,’ slurs the drunk.

    ‘Well,’ says the cop, ‘it looks like you’ve had quite a few to drink this evening.’

    ‘I did all right,’ the drunk says with a smile.
    ‘Did you know,’ says the cop, standing straight, and folding his arms across his chest, ‘

    that a few intersections back, your wife fell out of your car?’
    ‘Oh, thank heavens,’ sighs the drunk. ‘for a minute there, I thought I’d gone deaf.’


    Brenda O’Malley is home making dinner, as usual, when Tim Finnegan arrives at her door.
    ‘Brenda, may I come in?’ he asks. ‘I’ve somethin’ to tell ya’.

    ‘Of course you can come in, you’re always welcome, Tim.. But where’s my husband?’

    ‘That’s what I’m here to be telling ya, Brenda. There was an accident down at the Guinness brewery’

    ‘Oh, God no!’ cries Brenda. ‘Please don’t tell me.’

    ‘I must, Brenda. Your husband Shamus is dead and gone. I’m sorry.

    Finally, she looked up at Tim. ‘How did it happen, Tim?’

    ‘It was terrible, Brenda. He fell into a vat of Guinness Stout, and drowned.’

    ‘Oh my dear! But you must tell me true, Tim, did he at least go quickly?’
    ‘Well, Brenda, no. In fact, he got out three times to pee.’


    Mary Clancy goes up to Father O’Grady after his Sunday morning service, and she’s in tears.

    He says, ‘So what’s bothering you, Mary my dear?’

    She says, ‘Oh, Father, I’ve got terrible news. My husband passed away last night.’
    The priest says, ‘Oh, Mary, that’s terrible. Tell me, Mary, did he have any last requests?’

    She says, ‘That he did, Father.’

    The priest says, ‘What did he ask, Mary?’

    ‘She says, ‘He said, ‘Please Mary, put down that gun…’ ‘


    A drunk staggers into a Catholic Church, enters a confessional booth, sits down, but says nothing.
    The Priest coughs a few times to get his attention, but the drunk continues to sit there.
    Finally, the Priest pounds three times on the wall.
    The drunk mumbles, ‘Ain’t no use knockin, there’s no paper on this side either.’

  217. Rasputin says:

    Brilliant Kelsey 🙂 🙂 🙂 – although I have to say that in my house it is the women who monopolise the remote control?

  218. avenell says:

    Rasp.. I sent you an email last eve.. I used the address you gave to come on here.. is that correct?

  219. Rasputin says:

    Hi Avenell, sorry I’ve been so busy I hadn’t checked my emails. Got your message and thanks for the comments. I’ll reply soon – it will show yet another email address that goes to the same place.

  220. avenell says:

    Okay mate.. I am no good at all this techno stuff, just checking..

  221. London says:

    Rain stop play


    The point that I was trying to get across this morning is that the computer can improve your posts rather than my desire for you to improve your posts and if you are dyslexic then computer will be able to take even more of the strain. Before you post your morning constitutional tomorrow copy and paste it into “Word” and see what you think 😉

  222. avenell says:

    I forgot to say welcome aboard squallviii..

    it was a bit early for me to let you on at that time of the morning.. But you are free to comment now.

  223. London says:

    Hello squallviii

    Let us know where you stand on the Gibbs debate: do you think that we can rely on someone who lacks the experience of ever playing against a winger of any repute? If you have visited the site before I am sure you would have noticed that I am completely impartial and never try to influence anyone 😉

  224. avenell says:

    London.. where’s Chaf? Is he busy..

  225. London says:

    I’m not sure, he might be busy, he told me that when he makes a comment he likes to stick around for a while to make sure that he can answer any replys rather than just make a comment and leave which he feels could be construed as being rude. He is a very polite chap.

  226. avenell says:

    We all have to pop in and out.. It’s nice that someone can come back on and just pick up from a few hours previous..

  227. London says:

    I thought your Alf Garnett comment was funny; it was exactly what was happening this morning…everything was my fault, I resisted Kesley’s suggestion……although not a bad idea.

  228. Rasputin says:

    Its all over NN that Lassana Diarra claims that he learned nothing from AW – that’s because he thinks he already knows it all and overrates himself. Even if he had been immense, past experience has shown that a personality like that in the dressing room is not good for team spirit. At least WG has the humility to take a setback and be professional. Diarra has been disrespectful to every club he has left. Bischoff can go take a jump too as far as I’m concerned 😦

  229. JonJon says:

    hey guys im back….

    kelsey they were funny, yet so true.. 😉

    hi alf 😉

  230. London says:

    Perhaps now certain people will stop banging on about how Wenger screwed up by selling Diarra.


    Did Bischoff say that or did his agent raise his profile in the event that Arsenal don’t offer him a contract extention?

  231. JonJon says:

    diarras a 1st class turd in a hole……

  232. avenell says:

    London.. Tell her if she doesn’t behave you’ll bolt a pair of wing mirrors on her wheelchair.. 😉

  233. London says:

    Always was,

  234. avenell says:

    Not me London (Alf) I wanted Diarra gone.. I have had a few rows on that one lol..

  235. London says:

    Whenever I refer to certain people it is aimed at the Pot Bellied Dwarf and his gang.

  236. avenell says:

    They sound like a pop group.. lol..

  237. kelsey says:

    I am back.

    London,maybe i am thick,but how can the computer improve the presention of my post.

    Welcome squallviii

  238. kelsey says:

    presentation,see you make me all nervous now.

  239. JonJon says:

    i thought diarra was a good player but his attitude was all alex song….. if he didnt want to stay then we were right to let him go and now wengers been proved right….

    bentley had the same attitude…we dont need players like that…..their careers always fizzle out…

    diarra might be at real but they arent exactley better than us are they????

  240. avenell says:

    Kelsey.. what happens in Spain for Good friday.. or over Easter anything?

  241. Rasputin says:

    Kelsey…I think you should continue to express yourself in the same eccentric inimitable style that we know and love 😆

    Who’s this elusive squallviii everyone keeps greeting – I can’t find any posts under that name?

  242. London says:


    The only way to find out is to try. I know that you, the same as me, write our longer posts in the morning so before I post mine I always copy and paste it into Word which highlights any mistakes I hadn’t noticed; I fix them and then copy and paste it back here. This takes no more than two minutes. Give it a go and see what you think.

  243. kelsey says:

    Spain has yesterday and today as the Easter Holiday,then back to work on Monday,but all the Brits that work here take Monday off as well,as they are so patriotic 🙂

    All the Madrid folk swamp the place,as we speak,for those 4 days,in fact you get more Spanish here where i live at Easter than at any other time of the year.

  244. avenell says:

    Ras he came on at 5.47 and left us a smiley.. I think he was laughing at Peaches naughtyness.. 😉

    I was asleep when he posted, so he was in moderation.. for 5 hours.. 😦 So I thought I had better say hello..

  245. London says:


    Although I know what you are saying, I was trying to help Kelsey with his posts for the main page of the site, not the two sentence throw aways that we all make and using Word is a useful tool as I am sure you are well aware. By the way I’m still curious, what do you teach?

  246. London says:

    I wish I was in Spain right now.

  247. avenell says:

    Are you saying that Kelsey’s comments are 2 sentance throw aways? 😉

    Haha get out of that one london.. you diplomat.. 🙂

  248. avenell says:

    Kelsey.. London Is right about your first comment everyday. They are nearly a complete post on there own. With a few more words they would be perfect..

  249. Rasputin says:

    English Grammar 🙂 No, don’t worry London, I’m only joshing – its all part of the banter. I don’t like to reveal too much about myself (I quite like the Russia’s greatest love machine tag), but I wouldn’t be lying if I told you I teach esoteric chinese martial arts in my spare time and on days off.

  250. London says:

    Haaahhaaaahaaaaa that was funny. Look above 😆

  251. kelsey says:



  252. kelsey says:

    Is this a new game of poker or bluff 🙂

  253. London says:

    I actually checked that…dohh

  254. avenell says:

    London .. you lost me there .. I am not normally funny.. 😦

  255. kelsey says:

    I will tell you something i have noticed by reading various sites.

    Firstly many bloggers only post during working hours and never at the weekends,which means they aren’t putting their hours in for their respective bosses,or are unemployed.Obviously those with their own businesses are masters of their own fate,and can decide how much or how little they spend on the internet, and others are either schoolkids or retired.

    in other words it can become as addictive as one wants,or for some a release from the pressures and stress of the true world. Amen. 😉

  256. kelsey says:

    london was fooled when he read me say NEW POST

  257. London says:


    You asked how was I going to get out of that one, I said look above, I used the magic edit button, It made me laugh any way, one of those that was more funny at the time.

  258. avenell says:

    What I have noticed on that score Kelsey.. some bloggers say they care about the site they blog on.. but they only blog when they are getting paid for it..
    Bunch of bankers.. 😉

  259. London says:

    I fall into the addicted column

  260. London says:

    Ave that went over my head

  261. avenell says:

    Bloggers who blog at work get paid to blog.. but they don’t give 2 F***s at weekends or after 5 when they are in there own time..

  262. kelsey says:

    that was exactly what i meant.I have a few chores to do,speak later all.

  263. JonJon says:

    i dont have time to blog when im at work….i try keep up but if its busy i dont have a chance….

    i might get the odd sentance in every now and then or if work is slack i can get on but normally im an out of work hours blogger…

    im special.. 😉

  264. avenell says:

    Cheers Kelsey..

    Does anyone ever check there in box???

  265. kelsey says:

    Back for a moment.

    Ave,just realised who Bruce is 🙂

  266. avenell says:

    Manager of Wigan!!!..

    Did you not notice my G’Day Raddy the other day?.. lol

  267. Rasputin says:

    Oops – doesn’t sound like I qualify as a ‘good blogger’ 😦

  268. avenell says:

    Rasp.. You have a Hoe level in it like Peaches.. 😉

  269. kelsey says:


    this site should be called Crystal Maze.
    Taking about Raddy,I hope all is well in Italy,as that earthquake has left a split right across and right down the middle of the country.

  270. kelsey says:

    google Bruce Forsyth’s wife,and get the connection 🙂

    Rasp,if you need any help with your posts,I am your man,as long as they are not too long 😉

  271. avenell says:

    Yea I said that to rico.. it’s not near the coast so hopefully not near him..
    Was it the president or someone who told the victims/homeless to treat it like a camping holiday..

    Kelsey have an email in case you felt left out.. Bosch..

  272. Rasputin says:

    How are you at creosoting kelsey 😉

  273. kelsey says:

    wood or coal tar.Anyway the answer is useless.

  274. avenell says:

    Is it Bruce is a Spud?

    haha no I know where you are mate.. 🙂

  275. chaf says:

    Hello Roadies, just looking in to say good day, and yes I have been a bit busy Ave, but I am keeping adrift of your conversing. Have to cook dinner now.
    I think Gibbs is a great prospect but if he got turned over it might set him back a year. Like the jokes Kelsey, especially the first one. Quick one for the fellas (sorry ladies)
    How do you give a woman a good orgasm?

  276. chaf says:


    Who cares.

  277. rico01 says:

    Hi chaf – that’s one heck of an entry 😉

  278. avenell says:

    Your timing is superb

    Hi Chaf! 🙂

    What’s cooking Chef Chaf?

  279. avenell says:

    And the “1” has fell off your no plate..

  280. kelsey says:

    pardon………….rico 😉

  281. kelsey says:

    prdeictions for tomorrow everyone.I have already opted for us to win 2-0

  282. avenell says:

    I have just wrote that in tomorrows post as my prediction too, and it’s Raddy’s..

  283. chaf says:


    I am cooking veggie curry. I have it every day, albeit a different kind of curry. Plenty of fresh chillies, and the toilet roll goes in the fridge overnight.

    Yes where’s me ‘1’ gone?

    I think tomorrow will be 2-2. Of course I hope I’m not right…

  284. kelsey says:


    I love a good the time Pat Rice was playing Tony Curry was playing for sheffield united,I think originally from watford,great player,and it always made me laugh having curry and rice on the field together.

  285. chaf says:

    Hi Kelsey

    Whats the curry scene like down there on the costa del crime

  286. rico01 says:

    sorry guys, went again 😦

    chaf – are you a veggie ??

  287. London says:

    Yes, he bloody well is! It’s hell going to watch Arsenal in Europe with him.

  288. kelsey says:

    it’s hit and miss.plenty of restaurants but none are consistant.Usually make our own,as we have all the right spices,and garlic or chilli nan goes down well.

  289. rico01 says:

    Good for chaf London, veggie kebabs are not so bad 😉

  290. avenell says:

    What’s the scores on the doors Georgie Dawes?

    Rico? not that it’s much of a holiday for you.. 😉


  291. rico01 says:

    Its ok Ave 😉

  292. rico01 says:

    3-0 win for me tomorrow Ave please 😛

  293. avenell says:

    Score for tomorrow please!!!!!! Rico thank you x

    if Chaf wins at least your chickens are safe.. 😉

  294. avenell says:

    Oh I bloody h**e you sometimes.. you baited me up for that.. 😉

  295. rico01 says:

    Top comment Ave 😛

    Come On Chaf 🙂

  296. avenell says:

    That’s what I just changed mine to rico.. 😦 look in me widget..

  297. rico01 says:

    Ok, I will go for 4-0 then please Ave 😛

  298. avenell says:

    Your winding me up now I just put you down as 3-0.. my work is never done.. 😉

  299. rico01 says:

    Bloody heck ave, i thought you were saying i couldnt have the same as you, hence my change – 3-0 it is please – great minds 🙂

  300. avenell says:

    But I have just changed it to 4-0 now.. I’m charging you per hour.. 🙂
    So 3-0 no problem..

  301. rico01 says:

    Thanks Ave 😉

  302. Wrighty7 says:

    Evening all!

    Ave, put me down for 10-0 to Arsenal please mate.

  303. Wrighty7 says:


    Sorry for swearing on my blog yesterday! Please don’t be offended. I/m just a foul mouthed git sometimes!

  304. avenell says:

    10-0 Wrighty.. It doesn’t sound like you want the holiday..
    I see you have been getting abused

  305. Wrighty7 says:

    I know Ave!

    I love it mate! LOL

    That F**k Barca went to top of the Arsenal news/now charts. AND Barcelonas one too!

    Not been doing too bad recently. Most of my posts have been hitting the top ten marks on Newsnow!

  306. Wrighty7 says:

    Put me down for 3-1 Arsenal mate.

  307. rico01 says:

    Wrighty – i was teasing my friend, just wanted to say hello 😛

  308. avenell says:

    Now your making me jealous Mr Wright.. how did you get on newsnow?..
    And Arsenal News never reply?

  309. avenell says:

    Not our mate John from the other Arsenal news may I add he was top man!!

  310. rico01 says:


  311. Wrighty7 says:


    Believe me it is very difficult to get on News Now.

    I was doing my blog for about 6/7 months before I got on there.

    It takes time. I was lucky really.

    Mabbs has tried e-mailing Goonernews/SpursNews to get NLD on there but we haven’t heard anything yet.

  312. avenell says:

    Do you have to keep trying coz Newsnow say after a month you are either in or not they won’t tell you?

    Do you know what feed they want to search the site?
    I don’t even know if I got that right, Wright, right.. lol..

  313. Wrighty7 says:

    Its just a case of trying once a month mate.

    Its like you say, you are in or out.

    If you are in, you get an e-mail.

  314. avenell says:

    Cheers Wrighty.. what about the feed? Is it the RSS one at the bottom of the blog do you know?

  315. chaf says:

    Sorry was eating vegetarian food…. Yes your chickens are safe, but I have been known to kill some Quorn and cook it.

    And yes London, it is difficult to go to a restaurant abroad and not end up with ham in there somewhere, even water.

    Kelsey, I’m with you, I cook all my own food if I can. I suppose there are plenty of Chillies in Spain!

  316. Wrighty7 says:

    I’ll be honest mate I cant remember!

    1970’s Gooner from ArsenalAnalysis helped me out.

  317. kelsey says:

    Just popped in to say goodnight.I will be on early in the morning,with my thought for the day.

  318. avenell says:

    nighty night Kelsey have a lay in mate.. 😉

  319. rico01 says:

    chaf – what recipe do you use for your curry if you dont mind me asking?

  320. rico01 says:

    night kelsey, sleep well 😉

  321. avenell says:

    I knew we was on a recipe night

    We’ll have to do a Avenell Road cook book.. 😉
    The first Arsenal blog with a real menu..

  322. rico01 says:

    Now that is a good idea Ave, we can all come up with one recipe and put them together 😉

    Mine will be a Boiled Egg 😉

  323. rico01 says:

    Right Roadsters – its taht time for me – catch you all tomorrow, dont be too smutty later 😉

    Nighty Night

  324. avenell says:

    Night Rico.. 😎

  325. chaf says:


    I use different spices mixed with coriander, them bits of wood they use, all sorts of general Indian stuff, its a bit of a mixture, fresh chillies, anything thats available, I used to work at Spitalfields years ago, so have a mate who has a shop nearby, gets me the ‘queer gear’ as they call it. But if I do also use a paste sometimes (Pataks – Vindaloo or Extra hot) and the odd Tesco own brand curry sauces are the bollocks! (Of all the supermarkets I find the Tesco own brand sauces are the best) If you have a lot of mouths to feed!!

  326. kelsey says:


  327. kelsey says:

    Good morning to all the thousands of true Arsenal fans who support this site.I know some may not even have slept very well,tossing and turning in anticipation and waiting with baited breadth as to which immortal words i would offer today.To say that I am privileged to be asked not once but twice in the short space of a week to write yet another epic,is beyond my wildest dreams,and quite honestly I feel truly humble.

    51 years yes,not one of these new age glory seekers that latch on to the team of the moment,is a very long time to be an active gooner supporter.I can even remember(just) when Tottenham Hotspur were actually a good footballing side,not many can remember that far back,eh.
    So i decided it was best not to write a post today,as i have already given a detailed account yesterday morning as I see the week pan out.I must say though,that “Word” has given me a new meaning to life,and I am sure with practice,I will be become a master of blogging.

    As usual it is raining here yet again,I am wrapped up near the fire waiting for the hours to role by until the magic moment arrives,which in my case is 4.00p.m. when we are entertained by Wigan

    .Wigan an insignificant blot somewhere up north,who will be crushed today by our super hero,the modest Adebayor.Enjoy your day and the three points,as always,Kelsey.

  328. rico01 says:

    Morning all

    Thanks Chaf, I will try the Tesco ones, its good to know someone has tried them before, I always think it’s best to ‘test on humans’

    I found a little book years ago called ‘The Secret Curry Garden’ it seems as ‘near’ to proper Indian food at home as you can get. I tend to make the ‘basic’ sauce as its called in the book and freeze it in portions, it gets quite spicy while its frozen, and then add a few more spices before cooking etc – and like you, fresh red chillies……….. and Coriander Wonderful 🙂

  329. rico01 says:

    Morning kelsey – now i thought the sun always shone where you live – we have the rain too, its damp and horrid !!

  330. rico01 says:

    Nice little read, especially for Ave, who wants to sell Theo 😉

  331. chaf says:

    Good morning to you all.

    Kelsey did you start going in 1958? What made you support Arsenal. My Dad went as a young man, but never mentioned it to me really, by the time I was five or so he was taking me locally, to Barnet FC where my Uncle played. I started going to AFC in 1967 wih my mates from school. I don’t remember Surs ver winning the league. A couple of years ago I was going to buy a local pub, from a Spurs fan, we were going to put all his memorability stuff in a corner with a black and white TV set.

    Rico, those curry sauces are about 85p each, well worth adding to your own mixture!

  332. kelsey says:

    yes I did and i have mentioned it before when you were not on the sight,as a small kid my dad took me to see us play Man U at Highbury,which we lost 4-5.that was the last competitive game “the Busby babes”played in England,before the tragic Munich Air Crash.Don’t remember much,but i still have the programme somewhere.

  333. kelsey says:

    Why did i support Arsenal you ask ?.There were only two options in those days,us or Spurs living in NW london,and though my dad wasn’t really into football,i chose the underdogs at the time,and have never regretted it.

  334. rico01 says:

    I am off for the day, inlaws and that kind of thing – enjoy the game all, big game..

    Chaf – i will give them a try, thanks 😛

    Catch you all after a 3-0 win 😉

    Have a good day

  335. chaf says:

    Blimey. What an entrance. My first game was Sunderland 2-1, Radford and Graham scored. I remember they had Jim Montgomery and someone called Cecil in their team! My son’s first game was when Ian Wright broke the goalscoring record, When we scored, the roar scared him so much he sat with his hands over his head all match. Not much chance of that now!

  336. London says:

    Morning All

    Great post kelsey, top drawer, I know we use the expression laugh out loud a lot but, this morning, yours genuinly did.

  337. London says:

    OOooops Morning Chaf

    I’m going to try those sauces.

  338. avenell says:

    NEW POST.. Morning Roadsters..

  339. London says:

    I’m quite envious of you guys being able to remember your first game. You know in the begining of the book Fever Pitch when the mother and father split up and the Dad gets the boy and has to think of something to do on Saturday so he takes him to Arsenal. Well, a similar thing happened to me, although, in my case, my Dad and Grand Dad being originally from Islington and Arsenal supporters naturally took me to THOF. The problem is that, at the age of 5, I went every week and I can’t remember who we were playing but I can remember going with my Dad and Grand Dad which in some ways I value more.

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