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  1. Warnock is very good at trying to make sure that he is 'not the problem'. I still chuckle when I remember Dean Saunders pompously spouting all his grand plans for the following season after his team had been relegated . He got the bullet the following day.
  2. I wouldn't totally dismiss the idea, crazy as it may sound. I suspect you could get great price for the treble at any bookies...and that is why you rarely see a bookie going bankrupt!
  3. Does my memory serve me correctly that in 66/67 we were in the bottom 3 after about 9 or 10 games and with a late surge ended up 2nd?
  4. I agree that the standard of refereeing in cricket (umpires that is) is much better. And there is one very important word involved...respect. And one reason for that respect is that most umpires have played the game at a high or even county level. Very few ex professional footballers turn to refereeing, and who can blame them?! Even journeyman footballers are paid eye-watering wages. And 'money' is paramount in the mindset of players. Basically 'I get loads more money than you, ref, so don't tell me what to do!'
  5. I certainly do remember the Blackburn incident. I was trying to make the point that over a season the ifs and buts should even themselves out. Others have made that point. And another aspect that has been alluded to is that if the disallowed goal had stood, the game has a different restart and will be completely different. I hate when pundits say someone who has hit the bar 3 times in a game ' could have had a hat -trick'. The 2nd and 3rd attempts wouldn't have happened if the first had gone in! (But after all that, it was a bloody perfectly legitimate goal!!!!)
  6. Sadly Boro are not just relying on Barnsley losing more games than them, Bournemouth and Cardiff have to as well. Full marks to die-hard fans for optimism but it looks like 8th at best. And for all Warnock's complaints, it is 46 games that will give us our final position. I can still remember his rant about Tevez and Mascerano's suspicious appearance for West Ham which sent Sheff Utd down. Seemingly nothing to do with Sheff Utd were there because they had been crap all season.
  7. Think 'short term' is a more realistic discussion. Last time I looked at football odds, Newcastle 7/4 to go down, Sunderland 9/5 to come up and Boro 33/1 to go up. So 6 games for tv maybe.
  8. I haven't read all the posts and I couldn't listen to/watch the match. But I have lived among the Elland Road faithful for decades here in Castleford and whenever they lost, their standard comment was 'Two Sh*T Teams'. They never give any acknowledgement that the opposition may just have been worthy of a win. I had hoped it was just them. Please let me go on thinking that!
  9. Glad I am not totally ga-ga! Somewhat of a deviation from the original post but brought back some memories. I can't remember his ever breaking the half-way line with a kick (but not many could back then).
  10. Apologies to Willie Whigham about a post I made, saying he had let in a goal by Graham Rix. It can't have been, as GR wasn't playing for Arsenal until well after WW had left Boro.
  11. I have a memory of standing in the Holgate End watching Willie at the opposite end lining up a defensive wall against Arsenal. He stood behind it as Graham Rix sidefooted the ball into the net. Maybe my memory is playing up.
  12. You are obviously not old enough to remember Willie Whigham! (Sorry Willie!)
  13. Pulis's only claim to fame is never having been relegated. So his cv can proudly still contain that clause! Back on the Managers Merry-go-round again, no doubt with a sizeable payoff? And soon to be joined by another regular rider, Steve Bruce?
  14. And SG won't be the first person to be numero uno at a club he is a fan of...and have his initial investment count for nothing. Elton John lived the dream at Watford but eventually realised he couldn't keep doing it. Peter Ridsdale did it at Leeds. Put all his trust in David O'Leary regarding players and ended up shouldering all the fans' anger.
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