Substitute Me for Him, Substitute my Coke for Gin

By Rasputin

To quote Roger Daltrey further … “the simple things you see are all complicated” … or are they?

One of the ‘tactical Wengerisms’ that has always puzzled me is the timing and on occasion, the choice of substitutes.

The timing of subs is invariably around the 70-75 minute mark, and the players who are introduced often don’t seem to have time to get into the game. Sometimes players are replaced to conserve their strength for future games and sometimes, (particularly last season) it is in an attempt to win a game or hold on to a lead.

Mourinho would sometimes make substitutions at half time if things weren’t working – was he worried about undermining the confidence of his players or just focusing on getting the right result?

Defensive substitutions worry me and send out the wrong message to the opposition. Our style of play relies on the other side always being wary of our ability to score rapidly on the counter-attack. Swapping a striker for a midfielder is one thing, but bringing on a defender and asking him to play in midfield doesn’t work for Arsenal. We should concentrate on ball retention when we want to preserve a lead – just review the 4:4 against S**s this season for a classic example of giving the ball away unnecessarily.

I think AW is conservative in the timing of his subs. He has often said that he doesn’t want to undermine the confidence of his players and he may consider an early substitution as just that.

After the controversial subbing of Eboue he said: “He is a sensitive boy who wants to do well and cares about the club. He was tired because he didn’t play for a month and on top of that it is difficult when you have the crowd on your back.”

No doubt most readers will recall occasions when they were perplexed by our substitutions, like the times when Theo was taken off but looked our most dangerous player – was he getting tired or being preserved – who knows? Should Arshavin have been brought on at half time in the FA cup semi? – Yes its ‘Championship Manager’ stuff, but debate is healthy.

Arsene’s way is Arsene’s way! He’s not going to change, we all know that. He places huge importance on ‘team spirit’, ‘mental strength’ and ‘belief’, and when things are going well, those qualities prevail. When things are not going so well, should the emphasis be redirected to a more ‘results orientated’ view of team selection?

I only ask the question … I don’t know the answer… I am really looking forward to next season with Arsene at the helm and hope his ‘human’ approach to man management proves to be as successful as the last time he ‘re-built the team’.

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285 Responses to Substitute Me for Him, Substitute my Coke for Gin

  1. peachesgooner says:

    Good post rasp – there’ll be lots of memories of poor subs flooding in…… 😛

    17 – 21 minutes to go is the favoured sub time I think 😀

  2. avenell says:

    Haha.. did you watch the Who documentry last night?

    Sir Arsene just sends his teams out to play with a quiet word before the game and at HT.. You don’t see him making changes as the game goes on either.. He just observes… Confidence or arrogance?

  3. Rasputin says:

    No I missed that ave – they’re one of my favourite bands of yesteryear… It helps that Dalltrey is a gooner, I could never have quoted from an Oasis song 👿

  4. avenell says:

    It’s repeated at 3.00 this afternoon, followed by Pete Townsend and John Entwhistle docs.. on the Bio channel if you can get it recorded..

  5. Big Raddy says:

    Can you give details of the Who show. It could be a repeat of the BBC one earlier this year, or from their latest CD/DVD. Not that I am a fan 😉

    AW’s subs when we are holding a one goal lead have caused more abuse to be generated in Big Raddy’s household than anything else!

    One goal up, the opposition have to attack, so put on another attacker FFS. We are at our best counter-attacking. It isn’t rocket science!!
    Bringing on another defender invites the opposition to attack in numbers. Put on Theo/NB/Ade and they are forced to keep a holding player back.

    But what do I know???

  6. Rasputin says:

    I take it that’s agreement with the post then Raddy 😆

  7. avenell says:

    It’s an hour biography Raddy.. I saw it from about 1967 onwards.. just before Townsend lost it and wrote Tommy then Quadrophenia.. I didn’t see the BBC in the credits..
    It’s on Bio (biography channel) 156 in UK on sky..

    Then an hour of Townsend.. then an hour of Entwhistle..

  8. Big Raddy says:

    Sometimes I really miss the Homeland TV. We have repeats of Hyacinth and Morse !!

    Oh and on BBC World we have My Superhero !! Crap.

    All that Who stuff, and the great music history programmes – you lucky lucky chaps

  9. Rasputin says:

    Why can’t we take to the field to the opening chords of Baba O’Reilly or WGFA or even Pinball Wizard if we want to honour AW 🙂

  10. rico01 says:

    Hi everyone – have you seen that the gutter press report that if Cesc had a call from ‘Pep’, things could change ……

    Raddy, I looked on the Bio channel to see if you could watch the programme online, sadly it seems a 😦

  11. kelsey says:

    Rasputin,
    did you realise your post has opened up a whole list of WHO songs appropriate to the Arsenal.

    Happy Jack(wilshere)

    Tommy Can you hear Me (Wenger to Rosicky)

    I Can’t Explain (Ade to Wenger)

    See me,feel Me, I’m a Boy, A quick One While He’s Away, Anyway,Anyhow, Anywhere,(Sol Campbell to whoever)

    I’m Free (Flamini)

    Squeeze Box, Slip Kid (to all cricket lovers)

    Substitute(Nicci Bedntner)

    Eminence Front (Freddie Lundberg)

    Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting (Martin Keown at OT)

    I Can’t Reach You, (RVP to Ade)

    It;s Not Enough (RVP to Wenger re wages)

    The Kids are Alright (Arsene Wenger)

    Magic Bus (away team’s defence)

    A Legal Matter (Phil Brown re fabregas)

    La-La-La-Lies (Phil Brown)

  12. avenell says:

    Rico… I looked on the Bio channel too.. cough.. and you can watch it if you download this..
    http://skyplayer.sky.com/vod/page/default/home.do

    It also allows a load of sky stuff if it is of any help Raddy..

  13. Rasputin says:

    Thanks kelsey – that’s brilliant 😛 ….

    Well I’ve proved one thing – music is far more interesting than football at the moment … or maybe it was just a rubbish post 😦

  14. rico01 says:

    Get you smart-arse 😉 Good to know for the future, thanks ave

    I didnt see that, but then i am pants with pincuters…

    You get your email ok ???

  15. kelsey says:

    It wasn’t a rubbish post, but i just caught the connection and did some research.My era and all that. 😉

  16. kelsey says:

    afternoon rico,didn’t see you there.

  17. avenell says:

    Rico.. I got your email.. but you need to phone BT as your line must be down.. 😎

  18. peachesgooner says:

    kelsey – thats brilliant 🙂

    rasp – luckily we love music almost as much as we love your post aaahhhhh 🙂

  19. Rasputin says:

    What a nothing tournament the Confederations Cup is – Spain winning 5 nil against NZ at a canter. Cesc scored one and made one.

  20. Evo in Oz says:

    gday all, great post, i loved it!

    i agree on the subs, its perplexing at times – Arshavin in the cup was the most astounding! He should have started for sure, but i dont dwell on the past, i really enjoyed this season!

    I prefer a horses-for-courses team selection and subs – if we know its going to be a certain type of pitch or oppositions with talls and smalls, play players according to that, not necessarily who should keep their place in the team because of past performances!

    Im hoping for Bendtner to stand up taller this season, i really like him and i hope he starts banging in the headed goals left, right and center! Theo needs a big season too, he should be forced to play on the left a bit more to enable him to back himself and use his left foot and pace down that side! Or perhaps he should play as a true striker up in the box if he puts on a few more kgs in the gym like last off season!

    I like box strikers a lot, ones who can pounce on the ball in the box and bang them in – Dudu!

  21. Evo in Oz says:

    hey Rasp – yeah the spain highlights were gold! Cesc looked good, but Torres is the man! Why didnt be buy him for 20mil, that was the best money ever spent!

  22. Evo in Oz says:

    glad Australia arent playing spain in that form!

  23. Rasputin says:

    Hi Evo,

    Yes Torres is different class – did you see that SAF is winding up pool already saying he wants to buy him….

    I think Bendtner’s a bit of a ‘Peter Crouch’ – big guy but not the best header of the ball, I’ve seen him in training and he doesn’t generate a lot of power. I do like Nik though, he’s a good footballer and certainly has the desire, he just needs to be more composed when in front of goal – hopefully that is coming with experience,

  24. Evo in Oz says:

    yeah composure is the key for him, he is a good player with the skills, just needs to slot the goals! Needs more headers like the one against the spuds!

  25. peachesgooner says:

    Morning Roadies

    I had a really busy day and evening yesterday and didn’t get to post but……..

    After reading rasps post I did chuckle to myself at the collective groaning when Cygan used to come on to defend a 1 goal lead with 7 minutes to go and we would always concede !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. Rasputin says:

    Strangely Eduardo’s probably the best header in the side, not bad for 5’9″, I first took notice of him when he scored that header against England and of course his first goal back from injury was also a poachers header.

  27. Evo in Oz says:

    yeah he is a great finisher with head and foot! we need more of that!

  28. kelsey says:

    Kelsey said,

    Strangely Eduardo’s probably the best header in the side, not bad for 5′9″, I first took notice of him when he scored that header against England and of course his first goal back from injury was also a poachers header.

  29. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Hi Evo

    Thanks for the info Avenell. Handy link that, shame it isn’t free !!

    Loved the cricket last night. Managed to get a perfect stream. Shame we won’t get a chance to beat the Aussies 😉

    Strange to say NB is not very strong in the air. He scored a cracker v Sp*rs, and beat Terry all ends up v Chavs. But I agree, Eduardo is excellent.

  30. Rasputin says:

    Morning kelsey – sorry have I missed something?

  31. Rasputin says:

    By poacher’s header – I meant that he didn’t soar above the defenders to power it into the back of the net but timed his run and got in front of the defender.

  32. peachesgooner says:

    Morning Raddy and kelsey

    We have football and cricket tonight…….what to choose, what to choose…..

    Are they both on at the same time? Footies at 5.15 I think

  33. rico01 says:

    Morning All

    What an evening, under 21’s or the cricket 😦

    I cant choose 😉

  34. rico01 says:

    Spooky peaches 😉

  35. rico01 says:

    Manure are to offer 45M to steal David Villa 😦

  36. Big Raddy says:

    Morning Peaches/Rico.

    Is Theo playing tonight – in fact, are England playing tonight?

  37. peachesgooner says:

    Yes England are playing tonight in the opening game.

    Line-up looks fanatstic – 3 up front Theo, Gabby Agbonlahor and Adam Johnson.

    We are favourites for this competition and I’m so pleased that Theo insisted on playing. I think he probably shouldn’t have had to play for the Full Squad and saved himself for this one.

    How exciting if they go right to the end and come away with a winners medal. I’ll be so thrilled for Theo 😀

  38. rico01 says:

    Hi Raddy, under 21’s at 5.15 in the Euro Comp, first game – Theo is definately in the squad 😛

  39. Rasputin says:

    Morning rico, Raddy,

    Yes England are playing tonight – they are tournament favourites 🙂

    Rico – fantastic game last night against India. I think the Indian players and fans were still confident of winning with 2 overs to go, but luckily Stuart Broad gopt over his 6 x 6’s experience and bowled a vert tight line. I reckon the game tonighrt against the Windies is 50/50 – letys hope Gayle doesn’t cut loose.

  40. Rasputin says:

    3 answers to one question Raddy – we spoil you 😉

  41. peachesgooner says:

    rasp – how fast are you typing 😛

  42. peachesgooner says:

    Hi rico

    Just noticed that Gibbs might start at LB – our gooner cups will be running over 🙂

  43. peachesgooner says:

    rico – I’ll have to choose footie and keep flicking 😉

  44. Rasputin says:

    Haven’t you heard of the colloquial terms ‘gopt’ and ‘vert’ peaches – part of a rare Indian dialect 😳

  45. rico01 says:

    Hi Rasp – I watched it too, what a match, and to think that the England team were booed onto the field by the Indian supporters – most of whom live here in the UK ! That is just sad and very wrong in my eyes..

    Hi peaches, I heard that too about Gibbs – Its great for us, the club and the future 🙂

  46. rico01 says:

    Rasp 😛 😛 That is so funny

  47. Big Raddy says:

    I don’t understand the cricket format. Are we through having beaten India, or do we have to beat another team?

    Brilliant game last night wasn’t it. Broad’s ball after the 6, was superb.

  48. Rasputin says:

    Raddy – the top two teams from each group fromthe ‘super eights’ go through to the semi’s and obviously the winners meet in the final. If we beat the Windies, we are in the semi..

  49. Big Raddy says:

    Thanks Ras

  50. rico01 says:

    Rasp – the Windies have had their ‘game’ on the tournament when they won the other night, against India I think it was, when Bravo (i think) got 66 runs and 6 wickets – they will be back to the misfielding and dropped catches tonight 😉

  51. Rasputin says:

    Rico – I hate it when England fans boo the opposition’s national anthem, its pathetic, but for the Indian supporters to boo England was disgraceful. Imagine the outcry if it had been the other way round? – they got what they deserved…….

  52. peachesgooner says:

    Vert funnt 😆 😆 😆

    kelsey – where did you go…….

  53. Raif (in turkey) says:

    Hey boys and girls. Hope ur all good.

    I noticed we still haven’t signed anyone yet.”boooo”
    But Madrid seem to be buying every player in world football.

    Turkeys nice and hot 😛

    Oh and I liked todays post as I
    Get so i’rate at wengers tactical subs.

  54. kelsey says:

    Rasputin,

    sorry about that. I must take some lessons in copying and pasting.I wanted to write something I found in the Express, and your comment came out.I had also copy and pasted your comment for another reason.

    Man U are proported to be making a bid for RVP ????

  55. kelsey says:

    I have a very interesting insight about the forthcoming World Cup in South Africa, which isn’t Arsenal related but i thought extremely interesting considering the poverty in the black community.maybe a post on it,if you want.

  56. peachesgooner says:

    Ooooooh kelsey, that sounds interesting. I know that there is concern about whether the building projects will be ready and overall safety of players and supporters……..go for it……

  57. Irishgunner says:

    Morning all,

    Villa to Man U 😆

    That man wants to stay in Spain and has the two top clubs – Madrid and Barca – fighting over him, why would he move to a waning force?

    Okay I added in the last bit but still…..

  58. peachesgooner says:

    Hi raif (in Turkey) – hope you’re all having a lovely time……is your little one crawling yet cos beaches are a nightmare once they are……sand everywhere 🙂

  59. peachesgooner says:

    ….waning force…..like it 😛

    Morning Irish……are you good……

  60. rico01 says:

    Hi raif – hope all is good with you 🙂

    Morning Irish, those moggies still spitting and hissing at you ? 😉

  61. peachesgooner says:

    Talking of building projects – which we weren’t but…..

    On my drive to Greenwich I passed some of the sites that will be used for the Olympics………piles of rubble…..and more piles of rubble……lots of cranes……..and more piles of rubble

  62. Irishgunner says:

    I might be getting a bit carried away but Ronaldo leaving may just hurt United a lot.

    -They lose his goals, skills etc but they have to replace him (and probably not with Ribery)but Valencia.

    -probably buy another striker as they lose his goals and Berbatov is a waste of space.

    -Have to replace Hargreaves, Anderson isn’t up to it.

    – Ferguson has to be worried about Evra. As much as everyone goes on about how great he is (himself included), Ferguson always seemed to protect that wing more asking Rooney etc to be more defensive.

  63. Rasputin says:

    Morning Irish and raif – welcome to the ‘global AR community’ 😆

    Villa to manu is an outside posibility, RVP – never gonna happen

  64. Rasputin says:

    Peaches – have you read what your mate Martin Samuels has said about Ronaldo? – there’s a link on NN

  65. Irishgunner says:

    Morning Peaches and Rico,

    Yep – trying my hardest to befriend the kittens and they are having none of it. They are in an old car down the back of the garden and they sit in the front seat and hiss at me, naughty naughty!

  66. Irishgunner says:

    Morning Rasputin

  67. Rasputin says:

    Top o’ the morning Irish 🙂

    Peaches – good ‘ol fab, winding up the mancs..

    Here’s the link to MS’s article which I hope will wind them up even more…

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/article-1193010/MARTIN-SAMUEL-Ronaldos-better-Madrid-We-didnt-deserve-him.html?ITO=1490

  68. Evo in Oz says:

    gday all,

    how are you all? im looking forward to the signings to flow in and the new season to approach!

  69. peachesgooner says:

    Hi Evo – signings don’t seem to be flowing in at the moment 😦 but I did hear an interview with Jerome Anderson – major agent – last week and he expected things to start moving this week. Of course he wasn’t specifically talking Arsenal………

  70. peachesgooner says:

    Loads of places have picked up that cesc story…..makes a change from him moving to Barca every day……whoever calls him ……

  71. Evo in Oz says:

    hey peaches, yeah nothing massive, but to be expected hey?!

    Is the Vermealen thing a certainty amongst the chat on here, ive been out of the loop a bit?

  72. peachesgooner says:

    We still don’t know if its a done deal…it might be a slow burner like Nasri last season……

    Did you notice that Theo and Gibbs might be in action tonight for the England under 21’s against Finland……probably not on at a goodtime for you….its 5.15 GMT

  73. peachesgooner says:

    Evo – you won’t want to know how well England did in the cricket last night will you……..

    Gnarley was asking for some support from you the other day when inexplicably the aussies went out of the 20:20 tournament……..giving your guys more time to practice 😳

  74. Evo in Oz says:

    yeah i did note that, its around 5 hours from now which is 2am, so i thought i might get back up for it just to get my football fix!

  75. rico01 says:

    peaches – what’s this, I didn’t know you knew all this stuff about cricket 😉 Must be Rasputin Boycott rubbing off you 😉 😛

  76. Irishgunner says:

    The deals will probably start getting done in the next two weeks when the Confederations Cup is over and players are back from holidays.

    Papers is Ireland reckon Robbie Keane is off again to Sunderland this time.

  77. rico01 says:

    😳 I have just read what I have written, its sounds very rude 😳

    It wasn’t meant to be 😦

  78. Evo in Oz says:

    hahaha….keane is a git, see ya later!

    would be good to get the Vermaelen deal done quickly, which would get some of the fans off the back of everyone! i love the Arsenal, i thoroughly enjoyed the season and yes i was down after losing to the scum in the champions league, but hey, they didnt win it either, so fuck em! wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwooooooooooooooooooooooo!

  79. rico01 says:

    Some team in the EPL has had an offer for ‘The Hulk’ turned down – I sure hope it’s not from us, he would be another ‘The Beast’ 😦

  80. rico01 says:

    See you later Evo, enjoy your footie fix 🙂

  81. Evo in Oz says:

    see ya Rico!

    who is the hulk by the way?

  82. Rasputin says:

    Is that ‘rubbing off’ in the same way as ‘putting a shine on the ball’ rico? .. 😳

  83. Irishgunner says:

    Doubt it was us – Doubt a forward with a cartoon character’s name is top of AW’s list.

  84. rico01 says:

    I hope not Rasp, otherwise poor peaches 😉 😳

  85. rico01 says:

    Evo, he is at Porto, meant to be the mutts nutts, but I have never seen him play well 😉

  86. rico01 says:

    According to Sky, we have shown an interest Irish

  87. Rasputin says:

    The ‘Hulk’ came on as a late sub at the Emirates in the CL, he didn’t impress particularly – half the crowd shouted “don’t make him angry” 🙂

  88. Irishgunner says:

    Sky just report whatever the papers say

  89. peachesgooner says:

    I’m sure some of those comments should be ‘X’ rated……I only went to hang the washing out….. 😉

    rico – I bow to your much greater knowledge of all things cricket…….you and rasp are the real deal as far as cricket goes so I’m very careful about what I say…… 🙂

  90. Evo in Oz says:

    Senderos should be the Hulk!

  91. Irishgunner says:

    Ha ha its okay 😀

    He probably won’t be a Spud for much longer.

    Irish media reckon both him and Richard Dunne will be joining Sunderland shortly and they were the first to call his move back from Liverpool.

    He has made an enormous amount of money from transfers so it must be one huge caravan he owns 😉

  92. Evo in Oz says:

    lol….Caravan!

  93. peachesgooner says:

    Actually I know that Robbie Keane has a very nice house in Hadley Wood 🙂

  94. peachesgooner says:

    Hadley Wood is one of those leafy suburbs that rasp was refering to the other day when he left me out of the equation 😦

  95. Irishgunner says:

    Now it seems like I’m calling Keane a pikey 😆

  96. Rasputin says:

    The spuds are gonna need 2 new strikers if Bent is on his way too – where do they think they will find 2 players with such low aspirations? 😉 It’s said they’re interested in Van Horseface – good, he’s over the hill and far away….

  97. Irishgunner says:

    So you live in a leafy suburb?

    I just live in leafy area haha our house is surrounded by trees which is okay till the fecken birds decide its okay to start singing at 5 in the morning during the summer

  98. kelsey says:

    just did a bit of research re who is financing real madrid with these transfers. It is a savings bank called la Caixa, the largest in Spain.with nearly 5000 branches,and rely heavily on mortgages,and with a collapsed housing market,Saving Banks are not regarded as safe as traditional banks, and the interesting thing is that they are currently offering depositors a fixed 5% interest for one year, which is more than double the going savings rate worldwide, which usually means they need to recoup money.

    Furthermore Spain has nearly 4 million unemployed,the largest in Europe pro rata to population,yet RM appear to keep on spending.

    None of it adds up.

  99. peachesgooner says:

    Irish 😆

  100. Irishgunner says:

    Kelsey – Madrid are a law onto themselves, always have been.

  101. Rasputin says:

    Do you ever go for a dip in the Shannon Irish? I bet the fishing is good around there…

  102. Rasputin says:

    kelsey – they should be renamed ‘Unreal Madrid’

  103. Evo in Oz says:

    Brad pitt does a good job in Snatch!

  104. Irishgunner says:

    I haven’t Rasputin – not too sure what it is like for fishing either to be honest.

  105. peachesgooner says:

    I live in a leafy suburb – gloriously leafy and terribly suburban 😉

  106. Irishgunner says:

    I’m 14 miles from Limerick City does that count as suburban?? 😆

    Agh I’m a clutchie 😀

  107. Irishgunner says:

    *cultchie even or however on spells it

  108. Rasputin says:

    Justified homage to Le Boss……… nice to see something positive on NN…

    http://www.givemefootball.com/manager-spotlight/great-managers-arsene-wenger—a-football-genius

  109. Irishgunner says:

    *one spells it

    Darn I can’t type today

  110. Rasputin says:

    I had to google it …. 😳

    “In Hiberno-English, culchie is a term sometimes used to describe a person from rural Ireland. It usually has the pejorative sense of “country bumpkin”, but is also reclaimed by some proud of their rural origin, and may be used by either side in banter between town and country people.”

  111. peachesgooner says:

    Cultchie – what a great word….had to google it……you might not be the only one on this site 😉

  112. Rasputin says:

    No ‘t’ in culchie peaches – pay attention…. 😛

  113. peachesgooner says:

    I wasn’t embarrassed 😆

  114. Irishgunner says:

    Culchie – That’s how you spell it. My brain isn’t working today 😳

    Culchie and proud 😀

  115. Rasputin says:

    Do you have grockles in Ireland too? Ave has loads of grockles in the summer and we get a few around my leafy lanes…..

  116. peachesgooner says:

    How do you do a blog rasperry rasputin, just close your eyes and use your imagination cos theres one coming your way 😉

    Does it only apply in Ireland – cos I’m sure I have culTchie aspirations ….. 😆

  117. Rasputin says:

    I think you’ll find I’m right peaches … do you want to arm wrestle or have a wet sponge fight…

    http://www.reference.com/search?q=Culchie

  118. peachesgooner says:

    I’m not sure why you’re right and I’m wrong …..

    Arm wrestling just wouldn’t be fair though – I’ll go for the wet sponge fight…….

  119. Rasputin says:

    The best way to send a raspberry (check the spelling peaches 😉 ), is to tell the recipient to put their mobile on vibrate and place it in a bowl of cold custard – then you just give them a ring……

  120. peachesgooner says:

    Irish – you be the judge……. 🙂

  121. Evo in Oz says:

    wet sponge fight!

  122. London says:

    Kelsey

    That was an interesting titbit of Spanish information. I would like to add a bit more to it that I found humorous.
    La Caxia, as you say, means savings bank but it is not a Spanish word it’s Catalan. What’s more it is one of the principal businesses of Catalunya so bearing in mind that 90% of people in Catalunya support Barcelona then it becomes quite funny when you think that it is principally Barcelona supporters who are funding Real Madrid’s spending spree.

    The other thing is that if you still have yesterday’s Sunday Times, look at page 2, bottom left and you will see that The Alliance and Leicester are offering 6% interest fixed for one year. Keeping with the Spanish theme, they are now owned by Banco Santander.

  123. Irishgunner says:

    Woohoo what am I judging?

    I think its an Irish thing Peaches and if you live anywhere that is rather built up you are a “townie”

    Rasp – what are grockles?

  124. Rasputin says:

    I wondered whether it was aterm used in Ireland…. grockles are annoying tourists/holidaymakers that just get in the way of and p*** off the locals Irish.

  125. Rasputin says:

    From Sky Sports ……

    “Gael Clichy has rejected the speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid by telling skysports.com of his commitment to Arsenal.

    Real president Florentino Perez has already landed Kaka from AC Milan and had an £80million bid accepted by Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo.

    A number of further stars have been linked with a switch to Santiago Bernabeu, and Clichy has been mooted as one of those targets.

    France international Clichy’s reputation has grown since he signed for the Gunners from Cannes in 2003, and the 23-year-old intends to at least see out the long-term deal he penned at Emirates Stadium last year.”

  126. Irishgunner says:

    Nah we love tourists here, they are great craic, especially the Americans – some of them still think we live in thatched houses.

    It might be different in Dublin but in the rural areas its not annoying.

  127. peachesgooner says:

    Clichy loves Arsenal – he told them all to b****r off last season……..whats the matter with them all….

  128. Rasputin says:

    Are you sure that’s not Clitchy 😆

  129. rico01 says:

    Afternoon all, have I missed much…. 😉

    peaches, re your earlier, honestly, I dont know much about cricket 😦 I think Rasp is the man for that subject 😛

    London – re your bit about Catalunya, that is the sole reason I never believe that Cesc would leave us for Real Madrid. Barca is the only club I think he would leave us for. I hope they soon sack Josep, as he is Cesc’s hero 😉

  130. kelsey says:

    London hello

    Yes it’s all a bit bizarre with the finances at Real Madrid.

    I got quite excited when I checked the Allianca and leicester 6% rate,until I read the small print. It is in fact fixed for i year on current accounts with a maximum of £2500.00 in the account.

  131. rico01 says:

    I am getting bored with F5 ‘ing News Now and finding no news for us all to chew over..

    Why can’t Real or Barca say they want Eboue, Ade, Diaby or Denilson 😉

    Or all four of them 😛

  132. Irishgunner says:

    Rico – there is confederations cup on

    Brazil 3-1 Egypt

  133. rico01 says:

    Thanks Irish, I was watching the cricket, Ireland v’s Pakistan – I might now have to flick between the two 😛

  134. rico01 says:

    What channel please Irish, I can’t find it 😦

  135. Irishgunner says:

    I thought Ireland were out of the cricket thingy, the twenty20?

  136. rico01 says:

    I dont think they can go through to the semi finals, but they still have to play today 🙂

  137. Irishgunner says:

    I’m watching it on an Irish channel.

    I think they are showing it for BBCiplayer for free on their website.

  138. Rasputin says:

    Ireland can go home from the cricket with their heads held high – they are doing really well against Pakistan although I think the required run rate is already over 10 an over….

    Hi rico, are you a fan of the Dog Whisperer?

  139. rico01 says:

    think i’ll stick to the bat and ball then 😉

    Meeelan are close to signing Carvellio (spelling) and Decko from the Russian Boot Camp 😛

  140. Rasputin says:

    Ave, if your around, there are some tame words (parts of words) that keep sending us into moderation – I can’t even mention one of the great cricketing nations! I know they don’t have much of a football team.

  141. rico01 says:

    I dont go into moderation Rasp when I write the word ‘England’ 😉

  142. Rasputin says:

    You got me there rico 😆

  143. rico01 says:

    Tee Hee 😆

  144. rico01 says:

    Do I have a glass of white or rose later with dinner, a nice cold beer or a glass of fizzy pink lemonade made with cranberries (well that’s what it says on the bottle!)

    I can’t decide 😦

  145. Irishgunner says:

    3-2 nice goal by Egypt, they are decent.

    I’m having some cold cider and ice later watching the Italians and the US of A play later

    3-3 as I type excellent goal

  146. Rasputin says:

    Irish – surely you’ll be watching Theo and Gibbs playing for the under 21’s later 😦

  147. rico01 says:

    Which will you watch Rasp – cricket or footie?

    I can handle cider Irish, it goes to my feet too quickly 😉

  148. Irishgunner says:

    Is it only on Sky or are they showing it on BBC/UTV?

  149. rico01 says:

    Can you believe, I have to go out at 5.30, will only see the second half of either viewing 😦 😦 😦

  150. kelsey says:

    Hi rico,
    how are you ?

    Is there a cricket team named I STAN 😉

    The dog Whisperer is the first thing on sky plus in my house.

  151. Rasputin says:

    I shall have the footie on in one room and the cricket in the other rico. My son is at the game today so he’ll give me a live perspective on the game.

    I’m not sure which channel the footie is on Irish, hopefully someone will enlighten us?

  152. Irishgunner says:

    I think its Sky Rasp 😦

    I could find a stream but they always stop/start on me so Italy and USA it is.

    The Egypt vs Brazil one on now is good.

  153. Rasputin says:

    Hi kelsey … Cesar Milan – what a guy, he’s a cut above Barbara Woodhouse. Have you heard him refer to how he snuck across the boarder, he’s a ‘wetback’ who’s living the American dream…..

  154. Rasputin says:

    All going wrong for Ireland in the cricket now sadly – impossible run rate methinks 😦

  155. rico01 says:

    SS1 is the cricket
    SS2 is the footie

    You son is lucky Rasp, just hope the rain stays away, ave said that the weather is really bad in his neck of the woods, hope it stays there until both events are over..

    Hi kelsey, not so bad thanks, you ?

  156. Irishgunner says:

    Do you have to pre-qualify for the twenty20 Rasp?

  157. rico01 says:

    Me too Rasp, its a great shame for them as they looked really good up until the super 8’s, but I think they are going to become a good side over the next five years – as long as their best players don’t leave them to play for England…

  158. rico01 says:

    The wind is getting up at The Oval, hats are flying, and what a vast amount of bugs and midges flying around too 😦

  159. rico01 says:

    Did you guys read a piece on Thomas, he said he could have played last season….. 😦

  160. rico01 says:

    Both Gibbs and Theo start, SSN’s

  161. Rasputin says:

    Irish, Ireland had to qualify….

    “All Test-playing nations achieve automatic qualification to the tournament, with the remaining places filled by ICC associate member nations through a qualification tournament”

  162. Irishgunner says:

    Hopefully Gibbs and Theo can have a good game

  163. Irishgunner says:

    Well done to Ireland for qualifying 😀

    Cricket is really a minority sport here, really small.

  164. rico01 says:

    Irish, I dont think I am being cruel by saying this but on paper, Ireland should never even made it to the super 8’s – but they did through guts and good cricket. They should be proud and I dont think they have been embarrassed once.

    Unlike a country I can name who couldnt beat the men in orange 😉

  165. Irishgunner says:

    4-3 Brazil

  166. Irishgunner says:

    I’ve tried to understand cricket but I can’t so I did the decent thing and gave up 😀

  167. rico01 says:

    Did Howard Webb Gaffe again Irish, or was the penalty a true one

  168. kelsey says:

    rico,

    I read that piece on Thomas and it doesn’t make sense to me, unless it is taken out of context.

  169. Irishgunner says:

    Definitely a penalty, clear hand ball on the line.

    Thing is he pointed for a corner first so it seems someone in his ear told him to award a penalty.

  170. rico01 says:

    I don’t get it either kelsey, my guess is that he was somewhere very close to being fit but it would have been to risky – at least now he has the whole of the summer to work on his level of fitness, i did read he wasnt have too long a holiday, and will be at AFC going through a tough fitness programme.

    Shows how thing’s get twisted, Cesc says he would love to return to Barca ‘oneday’ – but right now he loves being where he is…

    Sky Sports Cesc – ‘I would move to Barca if Pep called me, he was my idol’ – What idiots!!

  171. rico01 says:

    Makes a change for him then 😉 Thanks Irish

    Got to go out now 😦 Lets hope that both results go our way tonight and both are great matches..

    And I hope Rasp’s son see’s a fab game of cricket

    Catch you later

  172. kelsey says:

    risky for rosicky 🙂

  173. peachesgooner says:

    Hello – I’m back………………

    Who got sent off – I’ve been multi-tasking and missed it…….

  174. avenell says:

    Theo must have been sent off.. I haven’t seen him do anything contructive yet.. 😉 £60,000 a week lol..
    cannot even cut it against Finlands boys..

    Hi all.. 🙂

  175. rico01 says:

    Wow what an entrance avenell – from what I can gather, not that I have been watching, the whole team are a pile of poop 😉

  176. rico01 says:

    And the bloody rain has hit The Oval – all favours the Windy Bums now 😦

  177. avenell says:

    I watched the first half.. Theo was utter..****
    Gibbs has looked okay though..

    When our players move away from teams that can play wengerball they look average..

  178. JonJon says:

    hi guys…

    just a quick hello…had a few things to sort and im only half way through but id thought id say hi to me pals… 😉

    is theo even playing???

    gibbs has stood out again…

  179. avenell says:

    Your too harsh on Theo.. he played well against liverpool at anfield in the CL two seasons ago..

  180. rico01 says:

    ave 😉 😆

  181. rico01 says:

    Hi JonJon – don’t work too hard 😉

  182. JonJon says:

    hi rico 😉

    yes ave, that run theo did 2 years ago had ppl comparing henry to him.. 😳

  183. avenell says:

    If theo does another run like that in the next 2 years .. I will be happy.. thats £7 million a run..

  184. Rasputin says:

    What are you guys moaning about – at least we won the footie…. bloody Duckworth Lewis cost us the cricket 😦

  185. Rasputin says:

    Hey ave – how are you doing? ….. what’s with the sarcasm, I didn’t think that was your style? 😦

  186. peachesgooner says:

    Hi all

    There I was so excited to watch some footie…. 😦

    Ave – I suspect you think that Theo may have peaked too early…….

  187. Rasputin says:

    Hi peaches – not much in the way of friendly banter going on so I’ll wish you goodnight 😉

  188. peachesgooner says:

    Rasputin – we’ll have to continue our friendly banter tomorrow then – nite nite 😉

  189. avenell says:

    Rasp.. It may be sarcastic.. but i’m not sure Theo will make it!
    He should have been running that show today..

  190. rico01 says:

    Morning all

    I am absolutely gutted about the cricket 😦

  191. London says:

    Morning all

    Rasputin, I know this is a bit late but I just wanted to acknowledge the thought provoking subject matter of your post, I particularly liked the format. The principal reason for my tardiness is that I have had difficulty formulating a clear view.

    I am not as outraged as some seem to be, maybe that’s because most of the time I view the changes as being logical even if the out come is not always what we the fans want.

    There are of course a couple of decisions that have made us all scratch our heads, most notably the omission of Arshavin in the semi. But, even that I don’t find outrageous enough to want to call for his head. I accept Wenger’s excuse that he wanted to give belief to the players that they could win without Arshavin and by doing so they would go into the CL semi with greater belief. This clearly indicates that he is prioritising the CL over the FA cup, a decision that I am very happy about.

    It is not always easy to work out what is going through Wenger’s head but there is one thing we can be certain of and that is, for better or for worse, he is not going to change his substitution policy.

  192. London says:

    I think we should send the boys round to sort out this Duckworth-Lewis bloke.

  193. rico01 says:

    Rasp – one for you, if you were captain of your cricket team and you were involved in a match where it was clear to see that rain was going to play a part in the result and you won the toss –

    Would you bat first???

    I really don’t understand why Colly didn’t field first! I know batting under lights is not the best option, but they should all be used to it by now..

    Arrgggggg 😦

  194. rico01 says:

    So our first game next season is West Ham away, I thinks its a while since we opened our season with an away game –

  195. rico01 says:

    Bentley looks like he is on the move again, this time its Aston Villa – that boy gets about a bit 😉

    Mind you sewerage does 😉

  196. Rasputin says:

    Morning London and rico

    London, thankyou for your polite and measured response to my post. I agree with what you say. With Arsene, we are never going to understand all the things he does, but we can accept that he is an exceptional manager who will sometimes mystify and frustrate us. I’d like to know if his ‘policy’ of late substitutions is borne of conservatism, concern for the morale of a player, just his view of tactics or perhaps a lack of willingness to be bold – but I guess I never will 😦

    rico – you’re spot on. I like Collingwood as a man and a player but he got it wrong last night when he elected to bat and some of his bowling changes were far too risky I thought.

  197. Rasputin says:

    Ave – I’m not sure Theo is the type of player who will ever ‘run the show’. Ramsey on the other hand has on occassion been the playmaker for Wales and certainly has that ability.

    Because Theo doesn’t have any ‘tricks’ he needs to be deployed where his talents are most effective, and that doesn’t mean receiving the ball when static with defenders bearing down on him. Pass the ball to him early and at pace so that he can turn a defender or go on a jinking run.

  198. rico01 says:

    Morning London, i didnt see you sneak in there, sorry 😦

    Good morning to you too Rasp – spot on, Jimmy is not an ‘end’ bowler, too much pace, a nick and its four runs. Big mistake leaving out Masceranus (spelling 😉 )

  199. rico01 says:

    CF Rasp, that’s his best position me thinks 😉

  200. Rasputin says:

    Rico, I have a saying about management – a person’s strengths are also his/her weaknesses. Theo has pace, balance and an eye for goal, but those assets are negated when the play is static.

  201. rico01 says:

    Couldn’t agree more Rasp – if Theo played in the invincible season, because of the speed in which we would attack then, he would have filled his boots 😉

  202. Rasputin says:

    Rico, do you think Theo would make a better CF than Dudu?

    Not that it is at all helpful, but Hleb and Theo are two complete opposites. Both are gifted players but their attributes are entirely different. If you could produce a hybrid of the two, you would have an exceptional player.

  203. rico01 says:

    Thats a difficult one Rasp, they are so different, but Theo and Dudu up top together may just be a pretty good option, I think they could complement eachother –

    Likewise maybe with Vela and Nikki B 😛

  204. peachesgooner says:

    Morning all – back in a bit, have to move the working daughters car……….

    rico – Vela and Nikki B 😛 😛 😛

  205. London says:

    Walcott

    Passing the ball early is of course the best way to play Walcott but most teams worth their salt know this and close the space. With his advantage of pace neutralised and an inability to compensate with good ball control Theo is left looking very ordinary.

    I haven’t given up on him; he still has plenty of time and I naturally hope he makes it.

    Oh and the hybrid would be Messi

    Morning Rico

  206. Rasputin says:

    Messi – that’s brilliant London 🙂

  207. rico01 says:

    Messi – fab, just fab London 😉

  208. Rasputin says:

    Wow rico – that is totally out of the blue.

    I personally think that EE is as good a RB as Sagna judged on last season’s performance – we can’t let them both go. Why can’t players have something written into their contracts that means that they at least have to ask the club’s permission before giving interviews to te press?

  209. peachesgooner says:

    That Cesc he sure knows how to cover his tracks – he must be as fed of this as we supporters are

    http://www.setanta.com//uk/Articles/Football/2009/06/15/Premier-League-Fabregas-on-future/gnid-57101/

  210. rico01 says:

    Definately can’t sell them both, and I am stunned by Sagna’s comments, just hope its yet another twisted report..

    I hate the transfer season – many of our players seem to get touted and no reports of any coming in 😦

  211. rico01 says:

    Morning peaches 🙂

  212. London says:

    Where do we rate this Sagna story on the bullshitmeter?

  213. rico01 says:

    I am not sure London, Setanta are a little better than Sky with their reports I think, and there are a few ‘quotes’ – Maybe later today Sagna will deny what has been written – Who is RB for Madrid, anyone know ?

  214. peachesgooner says:

    Liverpool have had a bid of £18.5m accepted for Glen Johnson!!!!!!

    They couldn’t raise the funds in the January window when he was for sale for £8.5m – what kind of bad business is that!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  215. rico01 says:

    Thomas Hitzlsperger is being linked to us, 5M from Stuttgart, he used to be at Villa !!

  216. peachesgooner says:

    Morning rico, London

    Maybe Sagna reckons hes worth a lot more……

  217. Rasputin says:

    I’d give it a 7/10. He definitely gave the interview, but who knows about the accuracy of the translation?

  218. London says:

    Morning Peaches

    If you think how difficult it must for Fabregas while playing here there and everywhere to keep abreast of all the fabricated stories put out about him then it seems to make sense to believe that he must have an extremely good PR team working for him.
    His manager, as we know, is David Dein’s son so it is understandable that with the knowledge and empathy that that family have with us the fans perhaps it is little surprise Fabregas seems to always be able to quash rumours so quickly by saying exactly the right thing.

    Adebayor: you would be wise to phone Cesc and get the name and number of the PR company he uses. Or perhaps he already has because he doesn’t seem to be putting his foot in his mouth as much as he was doing this time last year.

  219. peachesgooner says:

    London – loved the Theo+Hleb=Messi 🙂

    I’m sure if Theo spent a couple of weeks with Thierry he would add some panache to his play…….just imagine them making choreographed runs and turns up and down the pitch………

    I really miss watching Thierry play for us 😦

  220. rico01 says:

    That is crazy money peaches, and the amount is just because he is English – what a farce, hope he flops…. Not that I am bitter or anything 😉

  221. peachesgooner says:

    Quite right London – its all gone very quiet on the Adebayor front hasn’t it………

    It seems that Senderos may get a new home as my paper says that Villareal, Roma and Fiorentina are all interested in him.

  222. rico01 says:

    The Times reports this morning that several clubs are after Senderos, Spainish and Italian.. V’rreal being one…

  223. London says:

    There is one thing worth noticing about Florentino Perez and that is he does not sign black players: they don’t sell shirts in Asia.

    Perez was in charge when Real Madrid let Makaleli slip through their fingers; he was on an insult of a wage compared to the rest and Perez refused to increase it.

    Makaleli was their defence and when he left the whole thing practically collapsed; they didn’t win another trophy for five years……but they did sell a lot of shirts lol

  224. peachesgooner says:

    ……it wasn’t just Thierrys goals, it was the way he would glide across the turf – his running was mesmeric (spelling rasp), I just loved watching him……ho hum

    Seems setanta are in a huge amount of poo – shall I cancel my subscription now? They may have more attractive offers in a couple of months 😉

  225. rico01 says:

    Ade is in Doo Doo with Togo, he has quit again I think 😉

  226. peachesgooner says:

    rico – telepathy working well this morning 😀

  227. rico01 says:

    Maybe Ade said he was too good for them and wanted to go and play for Italy 😉

  228. rico01 says:

    😉 peaches..

    Setanta are in talks with a rich man to take over, they are not taking any new customers peaches so i would hang on for a while – especially as they seem to show all the CL qualifying rounds which sadly we have to play – still, at least we got there, eh..

  229. peachesgooner says:

    London – thats really interesting about Real Madrid under Perez. He has said that hes going to go about building his new team differently this time though………saying that, Spain are still quite intollerant aren’t they……..

  230. rico01 says:

    Sagna is staying with us then London 😉

  231. peachesgooner says:

    The Times reports that Setanta started taking on new customers yesterday in a bid to raise funds to pay its TV rights bill – which includes the FA cup….

    If they couldn’t raise enough during last season they’re always going to be chasing themselves…..

  232. peachesgooner says:

    Don’t all players fantasise about clubs like Barcalona and Real Madrid coming to knock on their door …… every summer ……

  233. rico01 says:

    oops, sorry peaches, 5live reported different, but that was the day before 😦 I need to keep up…

    I think they are going under…

  234. London says:

    I regard myself as a spanglaphile, I speak the language, I love their culture and I go there as often as I can but when it comes to football I regard them as a bunch of racists. I’m sure Perez would argue that he is acting as a good business man rather than a racist but that does not alter my view on my sweeping statement.

  235. London says:

    Just don’t mention Barcelona or my argument crashes and burns.

  236. rico01 says:

    London – which part is your favourite? I have been many many times and loved the way of life – I used to stay in a village called Viladecans with a Spanish family. I could never master the language sadly, but to this day I would love to.

    I loved all the ‘spit and sawdust’ restaurants where you really get to taste the Spanish food, and the gentle hustle and bustle of village life

    It was great because I got taken to Camp Nou to watch a game, and all the crowds were shouting – I said to my friend, ‘What are they so hostile about, what are they all shouting’

    She said ‘ Oh, its the same as you English shout – the ref is a w***er’ 😉

  237. Evo in Oz says:

    awright….

  238. Evo in Oz says:

    how are you all on this raining drab day?

  239. Rasputin says:

    Greetings Evo…..

    Flashfloods in North London last night and it’s raining negativity on the blogosphere regarding the exodus to Spain. Surely its not raining in Oz?

  240. Evo in Oz says:

    you would be surprised, in Sydney it rained 10.6mm today, i suppose thats not much, but enough to know it was a shite overcast and crap and cold day! Top of 16 degrees.

    what else is news Rasp?

  241. Rasputin says:

    Not much news Evo…… just media tittle tattle..

    Eboue ….. to Spain – could happen
    Sagna ….. to Spain – sincerely hope not
    Senderos…. to Villa £4m – they can have Sylvestre for free too as long as we get someone else in.
    Vermaelen … all gone quiet?

  242. rico01 says:

    Hi Evo, rain eh 😉

    Villa want Senderos……

  243. peachesgooner says:

    Hi Evo – sorry to hear about your bad weather 😉

    I’ve been doing some checking on Perez after London comments – Vieira didn’t move to Real Madrid because Perez wouldn’t meet his wage demands……..so says Wiki……

  244. peachesgooner says:

    I thought it was Villareal………

  245. Evo in Oz says:

    Senderos to Martin Oniell hey, he loves our coat tails as does everyone else….i think we need a good amount of coin for him otherwise bring him back into the squad. He’s a full international for the swiss!

  246. rico01 says:

    Its both peaches, and a couple more abroad

  247. peachesgooner says:

    That’ll make him feel wanted won’t it 🙂

  248. Evo in Oz says:

    hey rico, peaches and Rasp and all.

    sorry, villarreal was it, i might have had a couple of beers followed by a few wines….

  249. Rasputin says:

    Who’s gonna hide inside Gunnersaurus when he’s gone? 😦

  250. peachesgooner says:

    rasp 😛 😛

  251. Rasputin says:

    Ade’s not exactly helping to improve his image for the transfer market….

    “Trouble making mercernary Emmanuel Adebayor has now upset his International side with more crazy antics, and the Togonianian Manager Jean Amber Thissen has had just about as much as he can take. He was asked to leave the preparations for the Africans match with Morocco this weekend as Adebayor once again ‘challenged his authority’…

  252. rico01 says:

    http://www.newsnow.co.uk/A/352608063?-19387

    Huh, Almunia cancelled his honeymoon to sign, this guy can’t even cancel his holiday 😉

  253. Evo in Oz says:

    did he, i didnt know that…

  254. rico01 says:

    He sure did Evo, or delayed it.. something along those lines anyway. How many players would do that eh 🙂

  255. Evo in Oz says:

    yeah true. i love that bloke, superb keeper! he was a great personality in that cross-bar challenge for nike before last season!

  256. Rasputin says:

    A clip of ‘Beachbum’ being a great guy ……

  257. London says:

    To my absolute embarrassment after all this time the penny has only just dropped as to why you call each other Roadsters. dohhhhh

  258. Rasputin says:

    Haha London – catch up 😆

    Ave and I had a debate and decided that roadies had the wrong connotation and as he’s a bit of a petrol head and the MG Roadster was a car we admired it seemed the appropriate collective noun for us.

  259. rico01 says:

    Nice clip Rasp 😛

    Hi Irish 😆

    why these players get themselves in such a position I will never know

  260. Irishgunner says:

    Hi Rico

    From reports it seems Theo was a non-entity last evening?

  261. rico01 says:

    Poop Irish – He was POOP 😉

  262. Irishgunner says:

    Darn it – he needs some good games under his belt.

    The Italy – USA game was good enough. Rossi scored two good goals, Old Red Nose shouldn’t have left him go tsk tsk tsk

  263. Rasputin says:

    Hi ladies …… Theo’s still only 20 … 😉

  264. Irishgunner says:

    Its for him Rasp – the English meeja are putting him under massive pressure.

    I watched the game against Andorra on ITV and everytime Theo did something it was “bad cross” or “he should have cut inside” or he did this wrong and this wrong, yet A.Young came on and did no better and not a word about him.

  265. rico01 says:

    Rasp – I love him, honest… I am glad he is with us, he will be the new TH14 one day soon, don’t listen to ave 😉

  266. Rasputin says:

    OK ladies – I’m convinced – I never listen to ave 🙂

    That tool David Pleat was the aerosol who was dissing Theo continually…..

  267. Irishgunner says:

    Has David Pleat no more kerbs to crawl?

  268. rico01 says:

    I have to go guys and gals – have a fab evening

    Stay safe

  269. rico01 says:

    Morning Roadsters, last out and first in, yo ho 🙂

  270. London says:

    Morning Rico

    I wanted to wait until this time in the morning when we have the blog to ourselves before I spoke about something non football.
    I have travelled all over Spain including the major cities. The problem I have is that I haven’t found one particular place that I like more than the others. I prefer the people of Madrid but Barcelona being next to the sea makes it more attractive. I probably prefer the geography of Catalunya to all other regions but after learning the language I would like the opportunity to use it and what with the Catalan’s dislike of all things Castilian they would rather speak English than Spanish. So I go around in this circle trying to find my ideal place in Spain. It’s been quite enjoyable trying though, I must admit.

  271. Rasputin says:

    Morning Roadsters and Roosters 😉

    Today’s story is through the boarded up window 😦 – No news even worthy of mention on the transfer front.

  272. peachesgooner says:

    Morning all

    Rasp is right, theres nothing about 😦

    I have a lovely day ahead – visiting a couple of Nurseries near Richmond so I won’t be back ’till later.

    Have fun, maybe something will happen while I’m out – fixtures announced today at 10 😛

  273. rico01 says:

    Guys and Gals – We have got a great second half of the season – Top or nearby in Jan, this could just \’be up for grabs now\’ 😛

    August
    15 Everton (A)
    18 Bolton (H)
    22 Portsmouth (H)
    29 Man Utd (A)

    September
    12 Man City (A)
    19 Wigan (H)
    26 Fulham (A)

    October
    3 Blackburn (H)
    17 Birmingham (H)
    24 West Ham (A)
    31 Tottenham (H)

    November
    7 Wolverhampton (A)
    21 Sunderland (A)
    28 Chelsea (H)

    December
    5 Stoke (H)
    12 Liverpool (A)
    15 Burnley (A)
    19 Hull (H)
    26 Aston Villa (H)
    28 Portsmouth (A)

    January
    9 Everton (H)
    16 Bolton (A)
    27 Aston Villa (A)
    30 Man Utd (H)

    February
    6 Chelsea (A)
    9 Liverpool (H)
    20 Sunderland (H)
    27 Stoke (A)

    March
    6 Burnley (H)
    13 Hull (A)
    20 West Ham (H)
    27 Birmingham (A)

    April
    3 Wolverhampton (H)
    10 Tottenham (A)
    17 Wigan (A)
    24 Man City (H)

    May
    1 Blackburn (A)
    9 Fulham (H)

  274. Rasputin says:

    Fixture list for next season……

    August
    15 Everton (A)
    18 Bolton (H)
    22 Portsmouth (H)
    29 Man Utd (A)
    September
    12 Man City (A)
    19 Wigan (H)
    26 Fulham (A)
    October
    3 Blackburn (H)
    17 Birmingham (H)
    24 West Ham (A)
    31 Tottenham (H)
    November
    7 Wolverhampton (A)
    21 Sunderland (A)
    28 Chelsea (H)
    December
    5 Stoke (H)
    12 Liverpool (A)
    15 Burnley (A)
    19 Hull (H)
    26 Aston Villa (H)
    28 Portsmouth (A)
    January
    9 Everton (H)
    16 Bolton (A)
    27 Aston Villa (A)
    30 Man Utd (H)
    February
    6 Chelsea (A)
    9 Liverpool (H)
    20 Sunderland (H)
    27 Stoke (A)
    March
    6 Burnley (H)
    13 Hull (A)
    20 West Ham (H)
    27 Birmingham (A)

  275. Rasputin says:

    Hey rico – you got there before me …. 😛

  276. rico01 says:

    Morning Rasp, only just 😉

    They are pretty good for us, dont you think ?

  277. Rasputin says:

    Not too bad, the tricky matches are quite evenly spread out until you get to manu, chavs and pool all in a row in Jan/Feb. Still the first half of the season looks good – we could be top at Christmas…… where have I heard that before? 😉

  278. Rasputin says:

    I\’m just off for a bit – catch up later.

  279. rico01 says:

    New Post Roadsters, yes I have cheated 🙂

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