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  1. Can we buy Peterboroughs scouting team instead?
    14 points
  2. Thanks so much for all your kind messages and your donations to the hospice where Sue and I spent our last 3 weeks together. As you can imagine, I’m absolutely devastated that Sue lost her brave, 2 year battle with cancer. It’s an awful and indiscriminate disease and it took her away at the age of 47. Life is incredibly difficult at the moment, but your kind comments have been cathartic. I’m sure I’ll be back to moan about VAR or Warnock’s tactics at some point, but for now I’ll leave you to argue amongst yourselves.
    13 points
  3. As a club we tend to be disappointed by the major strikers we sign, with a few exceptions, whilst the relatively unheralded guys like B. J. Slaven, Big John, Uwe, Ricard and Branca become almost cult figures.. maybe the names we are being connected with don't have instant appeal, but the thing with football is you never know when someone just clicks and starts producing.. if they improve us as a team by being involved regularly in scoring opportunities then to me, that is what matters, so I will judge them on what they do. It is always better when your expectations are exceeded than when the
    10 points
  4. I prefer to deal in facts. And the fact is we are somewhere in the region of 100 times greater in debt than when we went bust back in the 80’s. The value of our entire playing staff is not enough to match this debt. There is no chance of us being attractive to any prospective buyer - even if the club was given away and the buyer inherited the debt. So whilst it is true fans of mature years enjoyed the best of times - with players we could only dream of seeing playing for MFC- this has come at a mighty cost. Namely the debt. We have nearly turned a full circle now with us ha
    9 points
  5. Personally I can’t stand the Gibson bashing. Have you heard of financial fair play. There’s only so much he can do and put into the club. Even if he had multi billions spare lying around he couldn’t say here you go here’s a transfer budget. Even with a takeover they would have the same spend limit so would be no difference.
    9 points
  6. So apparently, the sporting director job role has been massively kept quiet so at this stage unsure if it's true or not, but in regards to Keiran Scott, it's believed he is taking over from Stuart Webber next summer so it would be a massive surprise if he left. Hoillet deal is unfortunately happening, but it's delayed because he's on international duty apparently but he will sign. Like I said previously, Bolasie deal is still way way off and unless his agent demands come down significantly then he won't be signing. Wyke has informed the club that he wants to join the club and th
    9 points
  7. When you see something like that it makes you think about stuff and I think its an appropriate time to also say how positive this forum is for myself and my mental health and mood. It’s a great place to spend some time and share views/opinions with decent people. Thanks to all.
    9 points
  8. We should just go back to this, but change the year to 1876
    9 points
  9. Just caught up on the thread. Well that was a long walk down a windy beach to a café that was closed...
    9 points
  10. @Borodane understand your reservations but firstly 26 is not that old and secondly there are many strikers who blossom late. He could be one of them. 31 goals in 33 appearances i think and now available on a free. I think when us fans ask boro to take a gamble on lower league players its these type of players we mean. If it does not work out then no big deal as we not wasted millions and if it does work then great. Its almost a no lose situation given he available on a free.
    9 points
  11. bolasie deal done. Joins 1st july 2 year deal
    9 points
  12. Him denying the story earlier in the week.
    9 points
  13. 9 points
  14. and you just know that somewhere in Dubai, a man dressed as a flowerpot is mumbling "I'll be back" 🙂
    8 points
  15. What?!?!?! You're telling me the rumour you copied directly from Twitter but claimed was 100% accurate, in fact wasn't? Say it ain't so
    8 points
  16. So got some snippets today, Fry talk is just speculation and unless a bid of over £20million comes then it won't be entertained, however there is a key player that we have said can move on if we get a respectable offer ( sorry unable to game the name of the player). Mendes gomes interest has cooled along with quite a few championship clubs as Morecambe want close £2million. They wanted £1.5 in January but have since exercised their 1year option in his contract. Bolasie deal way way way off. Talks have begun and he's open to coming back but his agent is touting him round everywh
    8 points
  17. we can call it the spirit of 86
    8 points
  18. This isn't how I sound when I'm complaining about Warnock is it?
    8 points
  19. Oh yeah, looks like he's off imminently... Let's not lose our heads over source-less rumours lads.
    8 points
  20. The problem with the gesture itself (in my opinion) is that there are no concrete goals. 'End racism' is a noble idea, but how do we know when that's been achieved? Can it be achieved? I wonder if the movement would be better supported if it had some concrete goals such as "We're taking the knee before every game until steps to protect players from racist abuse are implemented by the social media companies. Or until UEFA/FIFA take a harsher (or at the very least consistent) stance on racist abuse from fans within stadiums." I just think people would find that far easier to back. And
    8 points
  21. I’ve never been particularly impressed with o’nien when I’ve seen him play. Feels like we’re shopping around in TK Maxx looking for a Burbury trench coat and we’re coming out with a discounted Umbro puffer jacket...
    8 points
  22. A public apology to @TeaCider24 A little while ago, during the Rotherham match, I made a comment essentially in reply to TeaCider24. The comment, full of sarcasm as so many of my posts are, implied something that was out of line - namely that he couldn’t tell two black people apart because he didn’t think they were important enough to be able to do so. I don’t know the lad (or lass) at all, and it was unfair to insinuate something like that and I am sorry. As the comments were public I felt that the apology should be as well. I’m not interested in debating with anyone over this and I’
    8 points
  23. I'm not putting too much stock in Sunderland fan forum opinions. They were pretty negative on Watmore before he signed for us and he turned out alright!
    8 points
  24. I’m not fully convinced on the idea we will only sign plodders that no other manager can use. Bolasie, Kebano and Watmore don’t scream that. NML was worth a gamble and has previously shown he’s a good winger at this level. Morsy, Hall and Fischer are solid if unspectacular. Akpom and Bett were duds - but Bett had a good reputation before coming here and people were universally happy with the signing.
    8 points
  25. https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/15322827/middlesbrough-norwich-kieran-scott-teemu-pukki-emi-buendia/
    7 points
  26. Truro, Dorchester, Yeovil, Viking, Forest Green Rovers, Torquay, Ipswich, Rotherham, Barnsley, Wigan is equally unimpressive than Smith's history yet Kieffer Moore has just had a great season and is doing alright at the moment in the Euros. He has scored 107 goals in 314 games to date, 1:3, managing 10 in 36 games for Wigan when they went down. Granted Smiths ratio to date is more like 1:4 but Warnock wanted Moore last season and I don't think any of us were particularly excited by the thought of a big lump from a relegated side, albeit they had points deducted, but Wigan wasn't exactly t
    7 points
  27. Here's a list of 6 candidates I'd like ruled out from when the current manager's contract ends. - Neil Warnock - Anyone like Neil Warnock - Kevin Blackwell - Anyone like Kevin Blackwell - Ronnie Jepson - Anyone like Ronnie Jepson
    7 points
  28. So does he get removed now? Bets a bet
    7 points
  29. To be fair, the transfer thread on here is usually full of people talking about ex players, so it seems harsh to criticise the Gazette for doing the same.
    7 points
  30. I'll take brown to signify I'm full of ***.
    7 points
  31. He’s off to Turkey...
    7 points
  32. Kike is a free agent we should try get him back
    7 points
  33. He was hanging around in a Boro facebook group chat thing the other day, so he is actively still keeping in touch with Boro fans. Doesn't mean much in the grand scheme but shows he at least felt the love.
    7 points
  34. If anything most were right backs in the England squad
    7 points
  35. I've never really got the hype with Johnson. for every good cross he whipped in there were 8,768,257 attempts which either hit the first man or sailed out for a goal kick.
    7 points
  36. That many spot kicks reminded me of that really wild shoot out v Liverpool ... Like, if you remember 💪👍
    7 points
  37. I'm pretty sure Marvin Johnson would give that a good go 😂
    7 points
  38. Every England fan last night (Caution industrial language) IMG_1425.MP4
    6 points
  39. Funny response this from gibbo, but more just wanted to point out all the incredibly positive things the Norwich fans have to say about him under the replies. Absolutely delighted that he's found a home where he's as loved as he was (and still is) here
    6 points
  40. He is right though. Brexit is and will have an impact on us. That isn't political, it's fact. We are having to look at cheap lower league options rather than cheap foreign options. Brentford have got promoted at just the right time. Their model wouldn't work in the UK now. Watford's might. They can use their overseas clubs to bed players in. So other than our own youth players we are looking at premier loans, out of contract UK based players or the likes of Dijksteel, Brown and Bola. One problem is our fans would have binned those 3 off after 6 games. Thankfully we couldn't or chose
    6 points
  41. Do you know how he voted? There's no need for comments like this, even if "you" is referring to the country rather than DurhamRed. It's something I've seen you do repeatedly, it's unpleasant.
    6 points
  42. The strength of character from the Danish players is outstanding. Near instantly forming a protective screen (using themselves) whilst behind them their team mate/friend is literally in a fight that is life and death.
    6 points
  43. The thing is I'm not bothered about it. I don't believe that the person who said it really meant it, and I doubt he was looking to really offend me with it, so I wouldn't report it or him. A bit like me using that word last night, which clearly wasn't meant to insult or offend anyone at all. The intention of the use of a word matters or at least it should matter. But I will not use it again either way, just trying to make a point 👍
    6 points
  44. Good stuff, this.
    6 points
  45. That's good news. A fit and motivated Bolasie is an asset at this level.
    6 points
  46. Just heard there were boos over taking the knee at the Riverside last night. Argue all you want about its effectiveness but what are people booing now? At this point, it's people actively taking a stance against whatever extremist minority 'took a hold' of the BLM movement that are perpetuating that idea as an active force in the battle against racism. People say taking the knee was 'hijacked' or whatever, sod off, you can't move on and recognise football will continue to do this to promote a purely anti-racism message. It's on you if you view that in any other way, at this point. Shame o
    6 points
  47. C.A. - Chuba Akpom we are nailing this scouting lark
    6 points
  48. Cardiff’s team v Reading for the last match of the 2017/2018 that gained promotion with 90 points. How many of these players would people be moaning about if they started for us next season? The top scorer in the League was Patterson with 10. It’s not the individual that gets promoted (e.g. Britt, Fletch etc). It’s getting a team to gel together and win games.
    6 points

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