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Season 2015/16 => Banter => Topic started by: Vamps on June 25, 2015, 03:52:01 pm

Title: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on June 25, 2015, 03:52:01 pm
OK - shall we pick up where we left off? Continuing in the old tradition of the Banter thread (although I will be encouraging more individual topics this time around) I'm delighted to be the originator of Banter Thread No. 1 in the all new clean and sparkly Crossed Blades.

Beers are on me  :DG :DG :DG :DG :DG :DG :DA :DA :DA :DA :DA :DA :DA :DA
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on June 25, 2015, 04:06:13 pm
Some quality ales there Landlord, but don't forget the plastic jug of John Smiths at the end of the bar for Dane when he gets in  :ok:

Can we say Bollocks in this one?


 :cheer: Yaaaay!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on June 25, 2015, 04:08:42 pm
Good enough for the Arch Bishop of Banterbury..... ;D
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on June 25, 2015, 04:20:51 pm
It looks good. Can we have some hendo's crisps Landord
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on June 25, 2015, 08:26:02 pm
It looks good. Can we have some hendo's crisps Landord

 Are you allowed to eat sharp edged food at your age?  :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on June 26, 2015, 08:15:33 am
It looks good. Can we have some hendo's crisps Landord

 Are you allowed to eat sharp edged food at your age?  :whi

I have to take mi teeth out and suck them a bit to make them soft. I'm OK then
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on June 26, 2015, 08:28:55 am
It looks good. Can we have some hendo's crisps Landord

 Are you allowed to eat sharp edged food at your age?  :whi

I have to take mi teeth out and suck them a bit to make them soft. I'm OK then

Or get someone to suck them for you  :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on June 26, 2015, 10:45:27 am
are we still talking about crisps?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on June 26, 2015, 01:48:14 pm
are we still talking about crisps?

I thought you might offer to suck them for Bolts  :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: TXBlade on June 26, 2015, 02:24:26 pm
Did I stumble into the wrong bar by mistake ? :yikes:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on June 26, 2015, 04:09:51 pm
Did I stumble into the wrong bar by mistake ? :yikes:

Stay around Tex, it can get worse than this. The other 2 must be going through the change :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: TXBlade on June 26, 2015, 04:36:53 pm

Stay around Tex, it can get worse than this. The other 2 must be going through the change :DD

Going through? sounds like they went though a long time ago!!!

Anyway so Lee Turnbull head of Recruitment / Chief Scout ... rumour is he could also fill in as the No. 9  :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on June 26, 2015, 08:28:43 pm
never liked prunes
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on June 29, 2015, 08:42:45 am
never liked prunes

Soak them in water then..... ;D
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: TXBlade on June 29, 2015, 01:45:44 pm
Love this tweet today from the new gaffer, doesn't say much but speaks volumes about his attitude  :ok:

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Nigel Adkins ‏@TheNigelAdkins 
Good morning,  @SUFC_tweets looking forward to meeting the players today before they begin a fitness assessment @sheffhallamuni
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on June 29, 2015, 01:48:54 pm
Love this tweet today from the new gaffer, doesn't say much but speaks volumes about his attitude  :ok:

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Nigel Adkins ‏@TheNigelAdkins 
Good morning,  @SUFC_tweets looking forward to meeting the players today before they begin a fitness assessment @sheffhallamuni

We just need a signing IMO

Rumour has it Leeds want a swap deal involving Sharp and Murphy....would this be good business? i'd prefer to have both players at the lane.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: TXBlade on June 29, 2015, 02:01:42 pm
Stabo, reading articles in the "Star" NA is willing to fend off offers from Wigan for Done and/or Murphy if that is truly the case I think it won't take long for him to realize that going to Leeds would be a suicidal way to start his tenure at BDTBL. We know we need a striker but I doubt is going to sell a couple of best assets to obtain one  :^^ and especially not to the Scum!

IMHO  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on June 29, 2015, 03:10:59 pm
Stabo, reading articles in the "Star" NA is willing to fend off offers from Wigan for Done and/or Murphy if that is truly the case I think it won't take long for him to realize that going to Leeds would be a suicidal way to start his tenure at BDTBL. We know we need a striker but I doubt is going to sell a couple of best assets to obtain one  :^^ and especially not to the Scum!

IMHO  :ok:

I think it would be a bad move for Murphy too, he was inconsistent last season (along with everyone else) and for me needs a great season under his belt before stepping up to the championship. Also we'd need to replace him so we wouldn't be any better off.

With the squad we have we don't have a promotion side but we don't need major surgery either and with a few careful signings we should mould the team into that promotion winning team we deserve. A striker is a must and so is a CB but where else do we need to strengthen?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: TXBlade on June 29, 2015, 03:53:55 pm
You know ... I don't necessarily agree nor disagree with the "we don't have a promotion side" there was several things lacking last year...
 

They are a couple that spring to mind, we obtained a Playoff spot with a dejected team and negative tactics just think where we could be with belief and positive football... Somebody has to step up and get goals and Maybe that McNulty and / or Done  :^^ and if not we need a striker but I do think we are well equipped today to make a solid run at automatic.  :DB
(all thoughts and comment are made with the understanding I reserve the right to change my mind,  disagree with myself, contradict myself or even deny making them at ANY time  :roll: )
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on June 29, 2015, 05:08:14 pm
I agree with you on that Tex, that's why we don't need wholesale changes. Kennedy has bags of potential but is prone to injury, that's why i'd like another CB in but we're ok in the full back roles. I personally think that we are in desperate need for a top striker to go with McNulty, who would benefit from a goal scorer and even Higdon would be of use (If he's still around). The likes of Done and Che Adams can operate wide as well as up front and I still believe Coutts can be a damn good player for us in the centre with Basham and options with Reid. We do need a leader though, we've lacked that commanding player for a long time so if NA went and got in that kind of CMer then i wouldn't be complaining. I just want that first quality signing to get the imagination going.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: S36Reject on June 29, 2015, 07:27:10 pm
Greetings from sunny Plymouth.

Bloody hot down here and Boating is making it a burning experience 😀

What's latest on rumours/ signings? Obviously don't hear owt down here
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: TXBlade on June 29, 2015, 10:19:46 pm
Just saw this on Twitter
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Breaking News: Leeds United striker Billy Sharp has agreed to join Sheffield United on a three year deal. Medical tomorrow morning

https://twitter.com/LFTNsports/status/615597909959135232 (https://twitter.com/LFTNsports/status/615597909959135232)

ANYONE?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on June 29, 2015, 10:40:22 pm
Hearing same TX

Dane - nowt else happening yet mate  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on June 30, 2015, 10:16:31 am
I wouldn't be completely averse to signing Sharp although there are other priorities so I hope that sufficient funds are still available for those. Sharp hasn't been very prolific for 3 to 4 years and he is very similar to what we already have in Mcnulty. I know that Adkins has always got the best out of him but again, that's not very recent either. If we are going for a striker, we need a big strong and athletic one good with his head as well as feet and then maybe in the chat room acccu will be a thing of the past!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on June 30, 2015, 11:25:07 am
I wouldn't be completely averse to signing Sharp although there are other priorities so I hope that sufficient funds are still available for those. Sharp hasn't been very prolific for 3 to 4 years and he is very similar to what we already have in Mcnulty. I know that Adkins has always got the best out of him but again, that's not very recent either. If we are going for a striker, we need a big strong and athletic one good with his head as well as feet and then maybe in the chat room acccu will be a thing of the past!

http://www.soccerbase.com/players/player.sd?player_id=38747

He's still got a 1 goal in 3/4 games ratio and at a higher level too. I think he'd do better in lge 1.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on July 01, 2015, 06:55:17 am
I wouldn't be completely averse to signing Sharp although there are other priorities so I hope that sufficient funds are still available for those. Sharp hasn't been very prolific for 3 to 4 years and he is very similar to what we already have in Mcnulty. I know that Adkins has always got the best out of him but again, that's not very recent either. If we are going for a striker, we need a big strong and athletic one good with his head as well as feet and then maybe in the chat room acccu will be a thing of the past!

http://www.soccerbase.com/players/player.sd?player_id=38747

He's still got a 1 goal in 3/4 games ratio and at a higher level too. I think he'd do better in lge 1.

I really hope you are right Stabo....if it actually happens  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on July 01, 2015, 07:01:21 am
Wow.....I know there is no love lost between Blades and Piggy Pearson but WTF is going on at Leicester? He achieved the almost impossible keeping them up last season and they sack him! Goes to show that most rich foreign owners are in the game for image and ego, not football. Don't particularly like Leicester as a club but feel for their fans.

UTB  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on July 01, 2015, 08:45:14 am
I wouldn't be completely averse to signing Sharp although there are other priorities so I hope that sufficient funds are still available for those. Sharp hasn't been very prolific for 3 to 4 years and he is very similar to what we already have in Mcnulty. I know that Adkins has always got the best out of him but again, that's not very recent either. If we are going for a striker, we need a big strong and athletic one good with his head as well as feet and then maybe in the chat room acccu will be a thing of the past!


http://www.soccerbase.com/players/player.sd?player_id=38747

He's still got a 1 goal in 3/4 games ratio and at a higher level too. I think he'd do better in lge 1.

I really hope you are right Stabo....if it actually happens  :ok:

 Me too mate but that goes with any signing doesn't it. Last season we hoped Higdon would do us a job with his record. Sometimes it don't work, sometimes it does. Like you say whoever NA signs they'll need the supply to score and if Murphy was to go HE too would need replacing.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on July 07, 2015, 08:12:00 am
Does anyone know when the new away kit is going to be formally announced?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on July 07, 2015, 02:43:47 pm
Is this the one?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on July 07, 2015, 03:43:57 pm
Now you know what happened the last time you started that!!!

I'd take it though....................
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on July 14, 2015, 11:19:52 am
Jose Baxter given 5 month ban.

3 months are suspended

2 months already served

Essentially then he's clear to play in the first game at Gillingham.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on July 14, 2015, 11:59:41 am
Jose Baxter given 5 month ban.

3 months are suspended

2 months already served

Essentially then he's clear to play in the first game at Gillingham.

Lucky f***er........hopefully it's the kick up the arse he needs to show his class more consistently
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on July 14, 2015, 04:31:27 pm
Jose Baxter given 5 month ban.

3 months are suspended

2 months already served

Essentially then he's clear to play in the first game at Gillingham.

Lucky f***er........hopefully it's the kick up the arse he needs to show his class more consistently

A very lucky boy. Hope NA can get the best out of him now.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on July 14, 2015, 04:57:57 pm
Baxter needs to get his act together, i'm not sure he has a place in NA's team.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on July 14, 2015, 05:07:15 pm
Brayford fit and well......
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on July 14, 2015, 07:29:10 pm
https://audioboom.com/boos/3373067-interview-sheffield-united-manager-nigel-adkins-speaking-after-making-his-first-signing-for-the-blades-sufc

A bit of a slip by NA when asked about Billy Sharp or is he being playful?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: TXBlade on July 15, 2015, 09:20:41 pm
So the Scum first team played York tonight and the U21's played against Tadcaster - Rosler claim it was a Scum XI however it's U21 on the fixture list ... all that to say Sharp played for the U21 side (and scored) not in the First Team   :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on July 16, 2015, 08:39:16 am
Rosler says they have too many centre-forwards. Er...... Uwe mate we can sort that out!

They're also looking at wingers in Italy so maybe the pressure's off Blades to sell Murphy?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on July 16, 2015, 10:01:37 pm
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Evening with NA, Q - Do we have a team today capable of promotion?


 A - No, we need to improve the group we've got

Glad to hear NA realises the current squad isn't good enough for promotion.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: TXBlade on July 17, 2015, 07:14:31 pm


Glad to hear NA realises the current squad isn't good enough for promotion.

That was I think the "best" answer I heard !!!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on July 17, 2015, 07:50:29 pm


Glad to hear NA realises the current squad isn't good enough for promotion.

That was I think the "best" answer I heard !!!

 Ye it was heartening to hear a honest answer and hopefully he'll be able to bring in the players capable of turning us into a promotion team.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on July 21, 2015, 08:45:03 pm
Er.......so who's up for Morgs testimonial Sundi ?

Come on Blades there's pubs to be arranged FFS
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on July 21, 2015, 09:51:41 pm
Er.......so who's up for Morgs testimonial Sundi ?

Come on Blades there's pubs to be arranged FFS

Errrmm - Me, but I haven't bought a ticket yet!! - There is a thread I started and Ash responded to suggest Spoons......

http://www.thecrossedblades.com/forum/index.php?topic=26.0
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on July 21, 2015, 09:57:48 pm
Haven't got mine yet either but I'll be there.

responded on the thread mine host.

3-1 win tonight, Che, Jose and the potamus with the goals
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on July 22, 2015, 06:18:56 pm
Blades new signing, Billy Minion, just signed from Minionchester United
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on July 23, 2015, 10:05:06 pm
Exeter v Blades 1-2

Collins and Adams score for the Blades. :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on July 25, 2015, 03:56:14 pm
Blades new signing, Billy Minion, just signed from Minionchester United

Too many Mini 'uns already
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on July 26, 2015, 06:55:54 pm
Great day today

Full English with Ash an t'Landlord, several pints Acorn "Mosaic" and a really enjoyable match. Sure, it wasn't the full blood and thunder of a League match but it was still played in a very competitive spirit.

SUDDENLY we look bigger, taller faster, and someone's told them which way we're supposed to when we have the ball.

Che Adams - how good is he going to be?

2 excellent goals, could have been 3 but Morgs came on for the glory only to lash his free-kick into the wall!

Oh.............and another very nice pint with Ash on the way home  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on July 26, 2015, 07:04:13 pm
Great day today

Full English with Ash an t'Landlord, several pints Acorn "Mosaic" and a really enjoyable match. Sure, it wasn't the full blood and thunder of a League match but it was still played in a very competitive spirit.

SUDDENLY we look bigger, taller faster, and someone's told them which way we're supposed to when we have the ball.

Che Adams - how good is he going to be?

2 excellent goals, could have been 3 but Morgs came on for the glory only to lash his free-kick into the wall!

Oh.............and another very nice pint with Ash on the way home  :ok:

Was Billy introduced to the crowd?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on July 27, 2015, 08:34:37 am
Yes mate, he was
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on July 27, 2015, 09:19:50 am
Yes mate, he was

Good reception from the crowd?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on July 27, 2015, 03:40:46 pm
Well what a thoroughly enjoyable day...........

Breakfast and some excellent beer (at a great price as well it has to be said!) shared with some great company

For once, whilst watching the Blades, that wasn't the end of the good day. In fairness we went to the ground looking to just enjoy the day and not being massively bothered about the result - in fairness it was all about Morgs and 12,200 turned up to give him his send off, which he got in style.

Football wise - WE PLAYED 4-4-2!!!!! Woolford played down the right, with Murphy on the left and Che Adams up front. Nice to see some size added to the side in Woolford, but Murphy hasn't got anything to worry about losing his place on that performance. Adams looked well up front and we have to find a way of keeping him in the side. Wasn't overly impressed with McNulty(in fact hadn't realised he was on the pitch until 2/3rds of the way thru the 1st half!!), although he did take his goal well.

When Done came on we were reminded exactly why he was brought in. He never stops running and harried everyone who had the ball. I think attacking wise we really are sorted up front. Midfield wise you could see Baxter was a little worried about his place - he was sharper than we saw last season and putting in the extra effort (I'm still not convinced he's our best option in midfield to play alongside Basham though (who has to start there).

Defensively it was great to see Collins back - Freeman took his goal very well and McFadzean didn't do himself any harm at left back either - the one down side to the defence was between the sticks and Howard again shouldn't be too worried about his place - 2 shots, 2 goals!

Fantastic reception for Morgs as he came on for the last 5 mins and as Lings said, when it came to that free kick we all wanted it so much but it was a typical centre half free kick!

I know it was a testamonial game but still played at a good level and certainly left us with hope for the coming season. I guess the game against Hull will be more telling as to how we line up and the starting line up but all in all a good day. 

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on July 27, 2015, 04:44:02 pm
A question for those of you that were there.

What did you think of the new pitch??
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on July 27, 2015, 04:51:33 pm
A question for those of you that were there.

What did you think of the new pitch??

It's green................
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on July 27, 2015, 04:55:23 pm
A question for those of you that were there.

What did you think of the new pitch??

It's green................

How very observant of you landlord. Do you have more witty repostes??
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on July 27, 2015, 05:15:51 pm
A question for those of you that were there.

What did you think of the new pitch??

It's green................

How very observant of you landlord. Do you have more witty repostes??

No - but I had had plenty of ale..............

In fairness, we did observe that there were places it didn't look ready and worryingly there are a number of games etc still to be played on the surface before the season even kicks off.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on July 27, 2015, 08:22:06 pm
Yes mate, he was

Good reception from the crowd?

Dunno mate, he'd chuffed back off before we got out of the latrines
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on July 28, 2015, 10:03:53 am
So, with the squad shaping up, what starting team does everyone think we should go with.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on July 28, 2015, 12:25:47 pm
Howard

Harris - McEveley (or TBD) - Collins - Freeman

Adams - Basham - Reed/Scougall - Murphy

Sharp - Done/Sammon/McNulty

Brayford will take RB spot when fit again.

Interestingly Done is now down as a midfielder on the OWS (but then so is McNulty, and Baxter is down as a striker)..
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on July 28, 2015, 02:19:16 pm
Howard

Harris - McEveley (or TBD) - Collins - Freeman

Adams - Basham - Reed/Scougall - Murphy

Sharp - Done/Sammon/McNulty

Brayford will take RB spot when fit again.

Interestingly Done is now down as a midfielder on the OWS (but then so is McNulty, and Baxter is down as a striker)..

It's tricky given the size of the squad - for instance, James Wallace if fit should be a definate starter and after his showing on Sunday, Baxter looks he could be a stand out player this season. Then there is Coutts and some of the youngsters who are pushing for starts as well as JCR who could do a job from the bench. At the back, if Freeman carries on playing like he did Sunday, it will be very harsh to drop him for Brayford. There is no doubt the aquad needs trimming down.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on July 28, 2015, 03:20:42 pm
Howard

Harris - McEveley (or TBD) - Collins - Freeman

Adams - Basham - Reed/Scougall - Murphy

Sharp - Done/Sammon/McNulty

Brayford will take RB spot when fit again.

Interestingly Done is now down as a midfielder on the OWS (but then so is McNulty, and Baxter is down as a striker)..

Is it just me, or does anyone else see that as Harris at RB and Freeman at LB?

I'm not far away from that line up, but agree Wallace should be starting in place of Reed/Scougs. McNulty doesn't fit in there for me at the moment and have to say Adams looked well up front on Sunday creating the goal for McNulty with a great pass. I think it's harsh on Flynn at the moment.

Isn't it nice to be in a position to think ALL these players should be starting instead of nailed on - lets just hope NA does pick a side and keeps it for some consistency!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on July 28, 2015, 04:23:09 pm
Howard

Harris - McEveley (or TBD) - Collins - Freeman

Adams - Basham - Reed/Scougall - Murphy

Sharp - Done/Sammon/McNulty

Brayford will take RB spot when fit again.

Interestingly Done is now down as a midfielder on the OWS (but then so is McNulty, and Baxter is down as a striker)..

If Kennedy is fit then I would have him in alongside Collins. He will learn from him. Adams is more a let sided player, but I think he would fit in anywhere. Sharp & Done up front for me with Sammon in reserve if we need some height. McNulty & Higdon are surplus to requirements now.

The squad is beginning to take shape, just need to offload some of the ones on the fringes to save some wages.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on July 28, 2015, 08:21:02 pm
Done's been taken off injured tonight so i can't see him starting for us any time soon

CB - there'll be at least 1 and maybe 2 in soon.

CMF any 2 from Wallace, Basham and Reed

Upfront I think it'll be Sharp and Sammon, Murphy maybe right, Adams maybe left,
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on July 28, 2015, 11:39:21 pm
Rumour has it he's broken his collar bone so won't be starting this side of Xmas.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on July 29, 2015, 09:15:01 am
Rumour has it he's broken his collar bone so won't be starting this side of Xmas.

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Nigel Adkins ‏@TheNigelAdkins 9h9 hours ago

A real shame for Matt Done who will miss the season start after breaking his Collar bone in tonight's 4-1 win at Matlock Town. @SUFC_tweets
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on July 29, 2015, 09:55:34 pm
4-0 tonight at Macc

OG, 1 from Sharp, 2 from Adams

This from the Macclesfield OS match report: "a fantastic solo effort resulted in Adams slotting past Dale Eve to wrap up the 4-0 victory".
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on July 29, 2015, 11:10:10 pm
4-0 tonight at Macc

OG, 1 from Sharp, 2 from Adams

This from the Macclesfield OS match report: "a fantastic solo effort resulted in Adams slotting past Dale Eve to wrap up the 4-0 victory".

Sounds like another injury tonight with the reports from Youfy - JCR hamstring. Best player on the pitch at the time. Replaced by Adams and then sounds like he was the best!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on July 30, 2015, 08:19:01 am
4-0 tonight at Macc

OG, 1 from Sharp, 2 from Adams

This from the Macclesfield OS match report: "a fantastic solo effort resulted in Adams slotting past Dale Eve to wrap up the 4-0 victory".

Sounds like another injury tonight with the reports from Youfy - JCR hamstring. Best player on the pitch at the time. Replaced by Adams and then sounds like he was the best!

Adams seems to cementing his place in the team for Gillingham. Shame about JCR, but he is probably only a fringe player this season.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: YouFUMS on July 30, 2015, 09:51:30 am
Went for my 1st look at this seasons Blades last night at Macclesfield. Was going to give regular updates via whatsapp, but my bloody battery died at HT.
 Anyhow, briefly, a crowd announced as 999 with 578 Blades saw a controlled performance from our team, with Howard never called upon to make a save. Campbell-Ryce was our stand out player in the 1st half, putting in some decent crosses towards Sammon/sharp that caused the home team a few problems. His free kick from the left led to our opening goal, as the defender on the far stick got his body position all wrong and ended up heading into the top corner under pressure from sharp.
 The 2nd goal was nicely worked....Collins Freeman and Baxter interchanged some good passes in the right back area before releasing JCR down the wing. He beat his man then cut inside before slotting a great ball to sharp who blasted it in 1st time.
 JCR had to give way just before half time with what looked like a hamstring injury, with Che coming on.
As well as JCR, Baxter had played well in the middle, Collins was showing what we missed last season, and the 2 fullbacks had played well. The 2 new guys, woolford and Sammon, hadn't done enough in my opinion, especially woolford - although I know he hasn't had a full pre-season.
 2nd half saw higdon replace Sammon. He looks to have lost a stone in weight, and of the 2 'big' strikers used in this game, he was the more effective. Che Adams took the honour of best player in the 2nd half. He benefitted from Woolfords only contribution to the game by slotting home a left side cross to make it 3-0, then late in the game his speed and strength down the right flank allowed him to get onto a ball that he had no right to. He powered into the box, and drove ball into the far side of the net, 4-0

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Post by: Eeyore on July 30, 2015, 01:13:22 pm
Just seen last night's goals on Youtube (link on't other forum).

Yep, the future's bright!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on July 30, 2015, 01:46:12 pm
Just seen last night's goals on Youtube (link on't other forum).

Yep, the future's bright!


You mean this one?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H79sqbm6Ij4
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on July 31, 2015, 04:59:51 pm
Welcome again to the CB Predictions League.

Week 1 predictions posted. Please note there is a Friday night match.

If anyone needs a couple of weeks posted due to holidays, please let me know.

http://www.thecrossedblades.com/forum/index.php?topic=35.0
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on July 31, 2015, 05:40:25 pm
Nice one Bolts - ta  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 01, 2015, 03:31:37 pm
Off topic, lifted from elsewhere, but I just laughed way too loud at this while sitting in the mercure hotel this afternoon:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtS2Ikk7A9I

There's one bit where I think I may have broken the seal a bit.

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on August 01, 2015, 04:52:45 pm
Off topic, lifted from elsewhere, but I just laughed way too loud at this while sitting in the mercure hotel this afternoon:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtS2Ikk7A9I

There's one bit where I think I may have broken the seal a bit.

Feckin brilliant  :DD :DD :DD :DD :DD :DD :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: EMVBlade on August 01, 2015, 06:17:45 pm
Right my summer's been shit and I've been focused on other things. Someone catch me up where things stand.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 01, 2015, 08:44:16 pm
Thought that's be up your alley eeyore!


EMV - We're going up - end of pre-season report  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on August 02, 2015, 06:17:07 pm
If there is a better way to spend a Sunday I want to know about it.......within the law and if I can afford it of course!

Great day in the sunshine with great company and ale followed by a typical pre season friendly and another great ale afterwards.

As for the match, first half good and second half they had all of the ball but not much end product.....I missed our goal fiest half as busy sorting out the plumbing.

One thing I am fairly sure of though having seen us v Newcastle and Hull......the coming season is extremely bright......COYRAWW

 :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on August 02, 2015, 06:36:52 pm
And........can't wait for first home league match v Vegas.......COYRAWW
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: EMVBlade on August 03, 2015, 12:12:54 am

EMV - We're going up - end of pre-season report  :ok:

Ok then, that's all I needed to know.  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on August 03, 2015, 08:20:35 am
Well I've only seen 2 pre season games (Newcastle and Hull), both of which we drew, but I can't remember the last time I've been so optimistic about a season.
4-4-2, team looks solid, we're progressive and when we get the ball we look to move it forward. We are genuinely going to have a dillema about who we actually play in the team.

I suspect the starting line up on Saturday won't be far off the one we had yesterday;

Howard,
Freeman, Collins, McEveley, MacFadzean
Scougall, Basham, Baxter, Murphy
Sharp, Adams

I suspect the fullback places may be under pressure when Brayford and Harris are back fully fit and I hope we get someone to play down that righthand side. Scougs is only really likely to get in the side through injury to players in the middle or if he plays on the wing, but to be fair the guy looked lost yesterday. I know Flynn is back in training so hopefully he's not too far away and with a bit of luck JCR's injury may just need rest and not be a full on strain but that was the one point that looked weak (Still not impressed by Woolford). I've pretty much been consistent in my view that it should be Basham and Wallace in the middle together, but hats off to him, Baxter has been excellent in the two games I've seen him play and he's going to give NA some difficult choices.

Che is an absolute star in the making and we need to secure him on a long term contract, especially with the teams we've already seen circling.  Him and Sharp looked well together and I'd guess with some of their movement and looking for each other yesterday it's a partnership that's been worked on.

Great day in the sun yesterday with a couple of Jaipurs - like I said to those that made the trip - If Thornbridge Breweries did Sunday afternoons..........

Yep - I'm certainly buzzin for this season - just gutted I didn't have more on us to win the league now cos the 7-1 I got is looking like a steal at the moment!!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 03, 2015, 08:56:46 am
Cracking day yesterday - the love is back  :ok:

The only thing I could be critical of about yesterday was the numpties behind us on the kop complaining about the pitch! It was absolutely and totally 100% PERFECT!

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on August 03, 2015, 09:18:26 am
Cracking day yesterday - the love is back  :ok:

The only thing I could be critical of about yesterday was the numpties behind us on the kop complaining about the pitch! It was absolutely and totally 100% PERFECT!

Especially when you consider the tournament that's just been played on it over the last few days!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on August 03, 2015, 10:24:29 am
Jaipur.............never again!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on August 03, 2015, 10:59:40 am
Jaipur.............never again!

Not until next time anyway...........  :DA :DA
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on August 03, 2015, 11:35:16 am
Jaipur.............never again!

Not until next time anyway...........  :DA :DA

Don't get me wrong Vamps, I love it but I really felt like I'd done 10 pints yesterday rather than 6 (and only 2 of those were Jaipur!). Think I'd better stay on the Blouse beer from now on  :DB
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 03, 2015, 04:49:53 pm
Jaipur.............never again!

Not until next time anyway...........  :DA :DA

Don't get me wrong Vamps, I love it but I really felt like I'd done 10 pints yesterday rather than 6 (and only 2 of those were Jaipur!). Think I'd better stay on the Blouse beer from now on  :DB

Maybe stick to Shandy from now on :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: TXBlade on August 03, 2015, 05:33:57 pm
Very happy with pre-season I feel the team are settling down, the first couple of game are alway a little all over the lace and I'm sure Gillingham will be fired up for us however I think this a one we will win and 3-0 is what I'm thinking. I like that the team is somewhat the same (meaning settled) but the tweak have been positive ...  :^^
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: YouFUMS on August 03, 2015, 06:51:08 pm
 When we got promotion from the 3rd Division in season 1983/84, The opponents on the opening day was........Gillingham!  Blades 4 Gills 0
 Now, we just need someone to play the King Keith role and bang 4 in.

I've just stuck a fiver e/w on Che Adams to be the leagues top scorer.  40/1 ladbrooks
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: TXBlade on August 03, 2015, 07:44:05 pm
Damn, I remember that game ... I think KE hit a nice free kick over the wall !!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 04, 2015, 06:27:37 pm
Jaipur.............never again!

Not until next time anyway...........  :DA :DA

Don't get me wrong Vamps, I love it but I really felt like I'd done 10 pints yesterday rather than 6 (and only 2 of those were Jaipur!). Think I'd better stay on the Blouse beer from now on  :DB

I was fine until the bottle of wine later that evening. Woke up at 4am with Spongebob on the telly.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on August 04, 2015, 06:54:50 pm
Jaipur.............never again!

Not until next time anyway...........  :DA :DA

Don't get me wrong Vamps, I love it but I really felt like I'd done 10 pints yesterday rather than 6 (and only 2 of those were Jaipur!). Think I'd better stay on the Blouse beer from now on  :DB

I was fine until the bottle of wine later that evening. Woke up at 4am with Spongebob on the telly.

You really do drink far too much Lings  :whi :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on August 04, 2015, 08:31:31 pm
Bonsoir from sunny and yet rainy, hot and yet freezing Normandy...  Regarding the pitch, I was talking to a chap about this at an event a while back after we first announced we were getting an adesso pitch.  He said that the grass roots take about 4-6 months to get a proper grip on the plastic implants and until then the pitch can get a bit patchy, but it all comes right over time...

Can't wait for Saturday and the start of another footy season..
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: TXBlade on August 05, 2015, 01:55:10 pm

Can't wait for Saturday and the start of another footy season..

AMEN!!!!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on August 05, 2015, 03:20:35 pm

Can't wait for Saturday and the start of another footy season..

AMEN!!!!

Yep......and hopefully the new chat room will be working fine and there is some money in the leccy meter  :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: TXBlade on August 05, 2015, 03:36:50 pm

Yep......and hopefully the new chat room will be working fine and there is some money in the leccy meter  :whi

Yeah... that was my bad, I knocked a cable loose when showing a friend the equipment and unfortunately didn't catch it until till it was to late   :((    but we should be good  :^^
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on August 05, 2015, 04:06:25 pm

Yep......and hopefully the new chat room will be working fine and there is some money in the leccy meter  :whi

Yeah... that was my bad, I knocked a cable loose when showing a friend the equipment and unfortunately didn't catch it until till it was to late   :((    but we should be good  :^^

D'oh......every faith in you Tx  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 05, 2015, 06:29:44 pm
Get some more Mexicans on that hamster wheel  :((
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: TXBlade on August 05, 2015, 10:17:51 pm
Get some more Mexicans on that hamster wheel  :((

LOL - hope my Hispanic wife doesn't see this :)  :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: TXBlade on August 05, 2015, 10:26:08 pm

D'oh......every faith in you Tx  :ok:

Glad somebody does  )O(
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 06, 2015, 12:13:32 pm
Jaipur.............never again!

Not until next time anyway...........  :DA :DA

Don't get me wrong Vamps, I love it but I really felt like I'd done 10 pints yesterday rather than 6 (and only 2 of those were Jaipur!). Think I'd better stay on the Blouse beer from now on  :DB

I was fine until the bottle of wine later that evening. Woke up at 4am with Spongebob on the telly.

You really do drink far too much Lings  :whi :whi

So are you the pot or the kettle in this one?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on August 06, 2015, 01:44:13 pm
I'nt irony brilliant  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 06, 2015, 04:07:10 pm
cast irony in this case
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on August 06, 2015, 09:02:57 pm
Roll on Satdi......buzzing  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 07, 2015, 08:31:55 am
beer in fridge, radio checked and working  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 07, 2015, 10:06:01 am
beer in fridge, radio checked and working  :ok:

Beer ready, garage tidied, just hope BP might be able to be less than 50 secs behind the radio. )O(
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on August 07, 2015, 10:26:34 am
beer in fridge, radio checked and working  :ok:

Beer ready, garage tidied, just hope BP might be able to be less than 50 secs behind the radio. )O(

Reckon the fires of hell will freeze over before that happens!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on August 07, 2015, 12:07:06 pm
beer in fridge, radio checked and working  :ok:

Beer ready, garage tidied, just hope BP might be able to be less than 50 secs behind the radio. )O(

Reckon the fires of hell will freeze over before that happens!

Someone want to text me updates? Not that I can guarantee being able to actually read them!!!!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 07, 2015, 07:11:42 pm
anyone else find they can't log in to chat?

my login isn't working.

by the way.....anyone remember this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSPPGqF3LqM
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on August 07, 2015, 08:44:08 pm
Can't log in either  )O(
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 08, 2015, 07:58:01 am
Can't log in either  )O(

I can login, but I don't get any of the icons.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on August 08, 2015, 09:19:16 am
I can't log in either or change my details.  :-[
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 08, 2015, 09:21:39 am
Guys - Just change your username slightly and hit "login as guest" - I got in that way as "Lingsbord1889"
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on August 08, 2015, 10:24:04 am
That worked...but what an insult to have to log in as a guest  :yikes:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 08, 2015, 02:16:46 pm
George Long in goal  :yikes:

Gillingham's goal tally will be exactly equal to their shots on target.

I truly hope he has a blinder but it's more  :^^ than  :cheer:




The good thing is Adams starts with Sharp, so we'll probably win 6-5
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on August 08, 2015, 02:34:59 pm
Long, Freeman, Basham, Murphy, Sharp, Baxter, Collins, Woolford, McEveley, McFadzean, Adams.
Subs: Howard, J Wallace, Scougall, Sammon, Reed, Higdon, K Wallace

Not liking Long ahead of Howard......NA O-U-T  :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 08, 2015, 05:29:25 pm
What a catastrophic start to the season.

I wanted to single out the CBs and Keeper but you just can't when we had absolutely NOTHING out of that game. There were long periods when our players were barely mentioned, and Che Adams probably touched the ball 4 times all afternoon.

We were totally over-run in every department, second to everything. George Long will never be a goalkeeper, I'm sorry (at fault for 3 goals), but to be fair he had absolutely no help from Collins or the new "Captain" who sounds like Jamie Carragher after a session on the Jaipur.

Woolford - WTF?

The rest were passengers, no more. Gillingham wanted to put a performance on against a "big club" at home on the first day of the season. They did exactly that while we hid in every position. Very very poor.

I'm going to be completely honest - I'm getting tired of it. I'm getting tired of watching abject shyte served up by players who just don't care enough. Incompetence, stupidity and a general lack of quality are one thing - but if you are constantly beaten to the ball over 90 minutes then don't tell me you give a flying one because you don't.

In the past, we've had teams where if anyone said "who would you absolutely want to keep out of this team" you would have come up with 5 or 6 players. I couldn't care less about this shower of shyte and would happily replace any of them.

In the forward positions and MF I would still, for the moment, stick with Sharp and Adams and I would play with Murphy on the left and Flynn, when fit, or JCR in this division, down the right.

In CMF Basham and Wallace, with Reed as back-up.

At the back, Freeman and Harris, with 2 new CBs and a new 'keeper.

In the end though, this club's been too big a part of my life for the last 44 years and aside from rare moments of joy it's starting to become a bit of a grind. Oh I'll still go, the addiction isn't cured overnight, but I'm not getting anything out of following the Blades these days. I really approached this game with huge optimism, and of course one game doesn't make a season, but FFS what a catastrophic performance that was for the full 90 minutes.

We've become just another League 1 also-ran and that's hugely worrying. I can't see how this team can think it can win promotion when there's literally nothing at the back.

"One of the first things we must address is the conceding of goals from set-pieces, and improving our goals scored from set-pieces in our favour" - paraphrasing Nigel Adkins there. Almost every chance Gillingham had today came from a set-piece that neither the keeper nor the CBs attacked.

Sorry I'm rambling. In short, Nigel gets it sorted this season or I'm taking a break, but so far the early signs aren't good. It's as if proven managers come to BDTBL and completely lose the plot!

Onwards and sideways!

beer time
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 08, 2015, 06:22:02 pm
............and yes I reserve my right to over-react!  )O(
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 08, 2015, 06:31:27 pm
We almost signed a CB before today but they couldn't get the deal finalised. After today, there WILL be a new signing by Chezzie game.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Shadow49 on August 08, 2015, 07:43:47 pm
Well, I was going to have a rant, but Lings has said EVERYTHING I was going to. I can't fault any of what he says or even add to it..........
so I won't.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on August 08, 2015, 07:47:04 pm
Any idea who it might be?

On today, not going to panic because basically this team isn't good enough and It wasn't good enough last season and NA has inherited a bunch of players that have got an NC mentality. NA will need time to change it. He's bought 3 players so far into an average lge 1 team and that isn't going to be enough, especially as 2 of them are very average at best.

 I think NA needs a clear out of players like Baxter, Fadz, Long and McCleverly and we need 2 proper CBs to come in. I also think we need a decent CM player to go with Basham, a leader to guide the players and another keeper. and for me Adams is better deployed on the right, he'll get more of the ball from there and cause more trouble running in with his pace. Strength, pace and quality is what we need and It'll take time but i'm sure NA will get there.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 09, 2015, 09:05:53 am
I don't know who the CB is. The forums were awash with rumours about Harley Dean 2 weeks ago so maybe that's what they're still trying to get done. Maybe Harry Maguire  :whi

What worries me is that McEveley, having been made captain, is clearly expected to remain in position so we're going to replace Collins. I know Collins is no world beater but he's a specialist CB whereas Jay Mac is a left-back who lost his pace.

Still too many square pegs.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on August 09, 2015, 09:42:38 am
Difficult to draw any positives at all from that shambles yesterday other than it was the first game of the season and NA now knows the magnitude of his task moving forward. I must admit that I thought we would see a big improvement in Collins and Jay Mac this season after seeing that in the pre season games.....then again, I think that just reinforces how meaningless these games are. Gillingham yesterday came at us from the first whistle with huge intensity and power that the back 5 just couldn't deal with and last seasons problems in dealing with set pieces were horribly exposed again.

It was also worrying that our midfield and strikers were pretty much anonymous throughout the match and really provided very little in attack. Having said that, because we were constantly under pressure at the back, we couldn't get any foot hold in the match. If we had been able to soak up early pressure I'm sure we would have had more of a threat going forward.

George Long I'm afraid is simply not good enough and was probably at fault for 2 or 3 of the goals and just has zero presence or confidence. Other teams will have seen that performance yesterday and will know that all they have to do is lump balls into the box to score.

I still think we have a good midfield and strikers but without a solid back 5 we will struggle this season.

NA will not tolerate any more of what he saw yesterday so hopefully he will address these issues asap.

I still have faith for the season, but much more of that absolute pile of crap and we can yet again look forward to more disappointment!

UTB  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 09, 2015, 09:45:56 am
Can't add owt to what Lings as so eloquently put.

We were embarrassing, outplayed, out fought, out thought and well and truly shite. If that is a sign of what we can expect this season then it is going to be a long, hard struggle. From what I heard on BP I don't think we had a meaningful shot on target.

NA needs to sort this crap out quickly and pick players in the positions they should be, and offload the rubbish.

Predictions posted for next week.

http://www.thecrossedblades.com/forum/index.php?topic=39.0
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 09, 2015, 02:29:41 pm
Just watched the highlights on BP. That performance was truly awful. Not one worthwhile effort on goal. The defending was shambolic at best. I wish we could get corners into the box like Gillingham did.

NA's interview wasn't that much better, although he did imply that a CB was a priority.

I have no idea how the BBC gave us 52% of the possession.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 10, 2015, 08:21:17 am
So Nigel says the CBs weren't responsible for a couple of the goals because they weren't the ones marking the goalscorers.

I prefer him to take a wider view and ask himself if he genuinely thinks either CB attacked any of the crosses into the box, especially from corners, many of which led to direct goalscoring opportunities for the opposition.

The Star says David Edgar from Birmingham might be a CB target.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on August 10, 2015, 11:00:50 am
NA said some time ago that the team he inherited weren't good enough for promotion, why then did everyone think we were when he has only bought 3 players in? ye Billy will get us goals with good service but he's still only going to be fed the ball by the same players that failed last season. Woolford is a pile of crap and Sammon isn't going to be banging them in any time soon and at best is a support striker. When NA finally gets his own players in then we might start performing but that's going to take time and he'll need to clear players out.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on August 10, 2015, 12:43:58 pm
ye Billy will get us goals with good service but he's still only going to be fed the ball by the same players that failed last season.

Disagree with this point Stabo - the players providing the balls last season, from the wings especially, did so on numerous occasions, we just didn't convert them. Those same players will be able to provide the same service his year. Indirectly what you've just said is Murphy isn't good enough - IMHO he can go all the way to the Prem.

Where we really need to concentrate is the defence and goal keeper.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 10, 2015, 01:56:01 pm
Edgar signed from Brum on loan

Season-long loan with no recall option
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on August 10, 2015, 04:34:14 pm
Edgar signed from Brum on loan

Season-long loan with no recall option

I like the no recall option. Season long also means if we get to the lottery of play offs  :^^ Please no!! - then he's available - any idea if we have a purchase option if we go up? He's certainly someone that can play at that level.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 10, 2015, 04:48:16 pm
I think a year's loan with no recall basically means he's playing for a deal and he's no future at Birmingham Vamps

("Birmingham Vamps" - sounds like a Ladies Team!  :DD )
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on August 10, 2015, 05:38:57 pm
Hopefully a solid signing and a leader, which is what we need. Also, what has happened to Alcock? Surely he'd be better in the side than McFadzean if Freeman was put on the left whilst Harris is out, and how long is Harris out for?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 10, 2015, 05:48:07 pm
Hopefully a solid signing and a leader, which is what we need. Also, what has happened to Alcock? Surely he'd be better in the side than McFadzean if Freeman was put on the left whilst Harris is out, and how long is Harris out for?

Yep, he could be a good signing. My Burnley friend says he was decent, but was always a back up CB.
Presume the signing means Collins days are numbered as Mceverly is the captain and will surely play, unless we play Edgar in midfield. Agree, that Alcock is probably a better RB, and Freeman can fill in at LB until Harris returns.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 10, 2015, 07:28:21 pm
Jay Mac was always a left-back. Why not put him back out there and have Collins and Edgar in the middle? At least until Harris is fit
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: S36Reject on August 11, 2015, 09:19:22 am
Ok, I haven't really got to grips with the new season and I'm well behind on United news.

Welcome David Edgar to the Lane.

I've also heard Harlee Dean was the player close on Friday and is still wanting to come, if they can sort the deal out. I blame Brannigan for this. He's not the CEO I have confidence in signing anyone.

As for Sat.

I'm not going to over-react and I've said it for years. The first game of the season is littered with shock results throughout the fixture list. Norwich and Southampton both had mullerings on the first day and went up as Champions. 1 away game down, 22 to go. We've just got to average 2 points a game and we'll be fine.

I have little faith in McEverley as a CB. He's a Competent League 1 LB for me and that's all he is. Collins needs a younger CB to partner him so they can bail out his howlers, but he is a good leader at the back imo.
Midfield? We've far too many "Potential" Players like Baxter and Cuvelier who are just not meeting that potential and it's holding the rest of the side back. In fact in Midfield we have a huge amount of players either Injured, not meeting their potential or are just not good enough. This is also coupled with a large amount of youngsters. Looking at it. Reed, Adams, Dimaio, DCL, Scougs and McFadzean to some degree are all youngsters we, yes, should be blooding into the side but we should also be keeping them under wraps. Without a leader in the centre of the park, mistakes, and lots of them, will be made.
Forward line? I have no issue with. They need service, I don't think any of them are known to make their own chances so where is the Service going to come from? Murphy, Adams, Flynn, JCR? 2 out of them are injured, 1 is ridiculously out of form and has been since last March. Adams is a youngster still learning his trade.
As for Woolford, no idea why we signed him. He's no better than anyone we have on the books throughout the squad and for me he's just someone for back-up (which he was Saturday because both RM's are injured).

Keeper? Howard dropped out of form and was carrying an injury come the end of the season last season and he's struggled to get fit since. I've no idea why Willis isn't given a chance and for once I agree with Lings about George Long, although I'm only going to blame him for the 4th. Looking at the highlights, the first 3 was from set-pieces and players not tracking their runners. Defending set-pieces was the problem on Saturday and can't be solved over night. I think we've got far too many passengers in the squad but I have faith in Adkins to sort them and get rid of them.

Overall, I'm not going to get too hung up on what I see as the "Cup Weekend" of the season as it's the first game. Lets see where we are in 10 games.

UTB
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on August 11, 2015, 09:26:47 am
Hello S36 and welcome to the forum  :whi :whi :whi :roll: :roll: :roll: :whi :whi :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on August 11, 2015, 10:00:23 am
Not much wrong with what you said there Dane, hence why i said NA needs to clear some of these players out. 

 Another CB would help and create competition in that position, especially when Kennedy is fit. If we play Adams on the right, which for me is where we've seen him do his best in his short spell with us, then we have cover on the wings. Now, who is the best player to play with Bash in the middle? Wallace J is a walking sick note and we won't get a full season out of him. Coutts may be that player but he missed a lot of fitness time out before coming to us and was on catch up so we didn't see what he could do for us. The rest are bit players in my opinion and I think we should go sign a good strong, commanding CMer who can pass the ball about, which would hopefully get Murphy going. All forwards need good service and back up otherwise they all struggle but we do have the forwards to get the goals they just need plenty of good quality balls to them.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on August 11, 2015, 10:18:51 am
Where are chaps taking on board fluids for the battle on Saturday. I'm not supposed to be out pre match as we're preparing for a shindig for mini Vamps 16th birthday, but I'm not working on Friday so trying to wangle it so that I may get out for a quick one about 2ish!!

Well it'd be rude not to for the first home match of the season.

Yes it's only Tuesday and I'm planning it already, that doesn't make me an alcoholic, just excited about seeing the Blades in competitive action again  :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on August 11, 2015, 10:30:57 am
Where are chaps taking on board fluids for the battle on Saturday. I'm not supposed to be out pre match as we're preparing for a shindig for mini Vamps 16th birthday, but I'm not working on Friday so trying to wangle it so that I may get out for a quick one about 2ish!!

Well it'd be rude not to for the first home match of the season.

Yes it's only Tuesday and I'm planning it already, that doesn't make me an alcoholic, just excited about seeing the Blades in competitive action again  :whi

Ye it does!  ;D have this on me landlord  :DG
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: S36Reject on August 11, 2015, 11:38:22 am
We've been invited to the Standard so Ziah can pick up his Programs.

Feel free to join us matey  :DG
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on August 11, 2015, 11:55:43 am
Where are chaps taking on board fluids for the battle on Saturday. I'm not supposed to be out pre match as we're preparing for a shindig for mini Vamps 16th birthday, but I'm not working on Friday so trying to wangle it so that I may get out for a quick one about 2ish!!

Well it'd be rude not to for the first home match of the season.

Yes it's only Tuesday and I'm planning it already, that doesn't make me an alcoholic, just excited about seeing the Blades in competitive action again  :whi

Ye it does!  ;D have this on me landlord  :DG

I can't possibly be an alcoholic........................I don't go to meetings  :roll: :roll: :ok: :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 11, 2015, 04:33:47 pm
By 2pm, Dev Cat Vamps as per............followed by chips, curry and abuse before we piss all over the spireites  :ok:


Good to see you Dane - I think the problems with Long are that he just doesn't come and make crosses and set-pieces his own. Never came for anything on Satdi - clearly has zero confidence and I genuinely feel sorry for him because if he plays this weekend he'll get dog's abuse from the kop if we don't win. I don't dislike the kid and really wanted him to be the new Joe Hart but right now he's more like the new Tony Hart.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 11, 2015, 05:08:59 pm
Come on Vints, we know you're there, show yersen! Johnny Come-Lately with your fake i.d.  :ok:

Right - see the usuals in the chat for tonight's humiliation -  :DA
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on August 11, 2015, 06:22:11 pm
By 2pm, Dev Cat Vamps as per............followed by chips, curry and abuse before we piss all over the spireites  :ok:

So Beer House for a little taster first at 12.30pm? Oh, how I have missed our stop offs en route to BDTBL at the chippy  :ok: :yikes:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 11, 2015, 06:23:18 pm
Might be 12:45, but yes!  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on August 11, 2015, 07:24:46 pm
Might be 12:45, but yes!  :ok:

Just deliver the Feckin cakes earlier ffs  :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 11, 2015, 07:26:48 pm
Team for tonight

Blades: Howard, Freeman, J Wallace, Basham, McNulty, Scougall, Woolford, Sammon, McEveley, K Wallace, Edgar.
Subs: Sharp, Collins, Reed, Higdon, Long, McFadzean, Adams.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 11, 2015, 09:37:49 pm
Might be 12:45, but yes!  :ok:

Just deliver the Feckin cakes earlier ffs  :whi

Do me best  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 12, 2015, 08:28:03 am
Suppose a win is a win, but that was another poor performance.

Defence still seems a bit ropey, and Collins should be back there. Woolford seems to be a bad signing, but he might get better. Upfront we don't seem to get many, if any, shots on target.

Still early days, but NA needs to start earning his wages and get this squad to perform. Another performance like last night and Chesterfield could well turn us over, and then NA will then start to feel the full wrath of the fans.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on August 12, 2015, 09:03:36 am
https://audioboom.com/boos/3459183-sufc-defender-neill-collins-post-morecambe?utm_campaign=embed&utm_content=retweet&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

 Top man!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on August 12, 2015, 10:11:44 am
I try not to be one of the doomsayers but having only listened in on the Gillingham and Morecambe games it does seem the same issues that plagued our progress last season are still there... Dodgy defending, going sideways and backwards giving the opposition time to re-organise, not shooting when there's chance, players playing as individuals and not clicking as a team, missing chances when they come and playing players out of position (McEverley is not a centre back FFS - he's a left back - simple as!).

KE was saying the same things as he was saying last year.  I think maybe HRH needs to get his hand in his pocket and give NA the budget he needs for a proper clear out.

It's going to be one of those long, hard seasons fellas...  Reality dawns.

Oh well, tickets for Peterborough and Blackpool games have arrived. Let's see what it looks like in the flesh...
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on August 12, 2015, 10:33:30 am

Oh well, tickets for Peterborough and Blackpool games have arrived. Let's see what it looks like in the flesh...

Roma - I'm hoping to get to POSH. Let me know if you fancy meeting up.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on August 12, 2015, 03:53:06 pm
Roma, i think the NC way is so engrained in the players it's going to take a clear out or time to get them out of it and the team firing in the right direction. We know by the way NA teams have played in the past that it's not his way and he must be frustrated by it. He also must have been told that McEverley has played well at CB for us and it might take him time to realise that he needs to drop him for us to have a solid back line.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: S36Reject on August 13, 2015, 01:43:53 pm
It's not just McEverley who gets played out of position though.

Is Sharp being played as the Old Fashioned Bog Liner? Is Sammon being played as a Target man? Has Scougs/Baxter/McNulty ever been a Winger?

We've had season after season over the last 10 years with the same moans and arguments. Why aren't we playing square pegs in square holes instead of round pegs in square holes.

I don't want players who CAN play there, I want to players that naturally play there. The game becomes so much more complicated when a Player is asked to do what isn't natural to him. Would you have trusted Geary and Kozluk to play CB is a good example of what effect it's having on McEverley's performance whether he's played there before or not.
You can guarantee in every game McEverley plays at CB he makes a howler a game. That puts us 1 goal down straight away, before a ball is kicked if you like. Not exactly confidence filling is it!

More Questions. Is McNulty the same player as Sharp?, who offers more?
Sammon and Higdon? Or Sammon OR Higdon? seems a good question right now too.

Who do we play at ACM? or who would be a good partner for Basham/Reed. I'm not going to put either Wallace because J is a sick note and can't be trusted with his fitness and K is still a little Naive. Baxter is lazy and Scougs is light weight. so who do we play there?

Just my opinion but I think that NA has his hands tied behind his back like all the other managers have and we won't go anywhere until something or someone grows some balls at the top and allows the manager to do his job properly.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on August 13, 2015, 05:39:13 pm
http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/mixed-reaction-from-sheffield-united-fans-over-carlos-tevez-billboard-poster-1-7409063

 Why do Sky think he's even relevant? he doesn't even play in Britain anymore.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Sotonexiledblade on August 13, 2015, 05:42:26 pm
Ash, replied to your message re Saturday.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Sotonexiledblade on August 13, 2015, 05:43:29 pm
Anyone coming down for Swindon match?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 14, 2015, 08:38:16 am
Below is an article from Martin Samuel's column in this weeks Daily Mail. Whilst I don't particularly like him after his attack on us after the Tevez affair, and he is a West Ham supporter, he is a bloody good sports journalist.

I must admit I hate that new away kit, and I am a firm believer that we should play in proper stripes.

There is too much black and not enough yellow in Watford’s strip, Tottenham’s shirt looks like they’ve been run over, and the bloke who designed the kit at Norwich should be.

Some truly abysmal outfits have been premiered this season. Worst of the lot, though, are Sheffield United, who have followed Southampton and West Bromwich Albion down the pinstripe road to nowhere.

Instead of the famously bold red and white lines, worn since 1891, and the black shorts, worn every season bar five since 1904, Sheffield United have switched to what is basically a white shirt with the faintest, thinnest red detail, red shorts and red socks. They look like Poland.

This new strip is said to commemorate the butcher’s stripe design from 1891 and forms part of the club’s 125th anniversary celebrations. Nice try. The red lines back then were far more prominent, and the shorts and socks were blue.

Anyway, Sheffield United celebrated this historic moment by losing 4-0 at Gillingham dressed — unnecessarily, as there was no clash — in an away strip of garish green. This is a grand old club with a fine history. If they can’t play like Sheffield United, they should at least look like them.

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on August 14, 2015, 08:46:20 am
Anyone coming down for Swindon match?

Sorry - not me
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 14, 2015, 09:07:14 am
So it's Fulham away in the next round of the league cup. Another long trip the players could do without.

The draw is a shambles. 24 teams seeded, based on what I don't know, and they are drawn out to play an unseeded team who's number has been determined before the draw. Absolute shite.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on August 14, 2015, 12:32:06 pm
Oh deep joy"................

http://www.sufc.co.uk/news/article/sheffield-united-control-barriers-2618816.aspx

I await the chaos on the way to the ground with great anticipation!!!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: YouFUMS on August 14, 2015, 02:32:16 pm
 Vamps, those barriers are usually on Bramall lane, behind the away stand only, so those of us rolling out of boozers in the city should be unaffected. Talking of boozers, I'm meeting my brother and some mates in the Rocking Chair pre-match, so I'll catch up with the usual suspects some other time  :ok:

 As for my thoughts on our squad? Quite simply...it's too big! Adkins needs to decide on his core 18/20 players, plus 5 or 6 cover players, and the rest need to be offloaded. The youngsters - McGahey, Otis Khan, Conner Dimaio' Kieran Wallace - should be loaned out to league 2 or conference sides, and the ones that simply aren't good enough; long, Alcock, Scougall, Cuvelier, need transfer listing.
 We usually lose one of our star performers at some point in the close season or latter days of the transfer window. As we only have 1 saleable asset at the moment, then prepare yourselves to say goodbye to Jamie Murphy   :'(   I don't have inside information, it's just a gut feeling that a £2 million offer will see him leave, with the usual bollox from the board about 'not standing in the players way when a prem side come knocking'   Hope I'm wrong.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: YouFUMS on August 14, 2015, 03:00:08 pm
 :yikes:

Unbelievable!!
 Was on nights last night, and the 1st footie site I logged on was here. I wrote my thoughts on the possibility of Murphs leaving, and lo and behold it's all over the other sites that he's on his way to Brighton...feckin Brighton  :yikes: >:(   What's more, he doesn't even want to leave. Selling our best player on the eve of our 1st home game, and following an embarrasing opening day loss. It couldn't get any more 'Sheffield United'
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on August 14, 2015, 03:12:31 pm
http://footballleagueworld.co.uk/deal-close-sheffield-united-striker-edging-closer-to-championship-move/
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on August 14, 2015, 03:42:55 pm
2 weeks ago having seen us in the friendlies v Newcastle and Hull I had a real sense of optimism and excitement for the season ahead....ok, I should know better, but in the space of a week since the first game debacle and now the likelihood that Murph has gone, that's just all gone up in smoke  )O(

If there are any positives to grasp at if this deal does go ahead, at least we have a couple of weeks of the transfer window remaining to spend the £1.5 million on strengthening. Do we actually need to replace him with a like for like player or could Adams fill that role and then use the money to buy quality at the back, which let's face it is our real problem?

Could be a very interesting atmosphere at BDTBL tomorrow  :yikes:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on August 14, 2015, 03:47:33 pm
We have Woolford to replace him  :DD :DD :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on August 14, 2015, 06:05:03 pm
From what we have seen of Woolford so far, he is well on course to be the WORST signing in Blades history (obviously with the exception of Li Tie cos Woolford has actually played for us!)
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 14, 2015, 06:08:20 pm
oh dear oh dear. "It's OK we've got Woolford" - who has been dreadful since his arrival. Unless the gaffer has a replacement lined up I fear HMS promotion is heading out over the horizon, not to be seen for a long time

Nigel - I really hope you know what you're doing mate. I don't think Che is a winger, but if it gets him in the side regularly I'll take it. Who the f*** is going to play down the right?

OTIS KHAN please - he looks a real prospect, but of course he's "not ready"
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 14, 2015, 07:07:03 pm
confirmed he's gone on OS
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 14, 2015, 08:45:02 pm
vamps

not sure if you got this via pm so:

Starmore Boss on Sharrowvale Road have a wine called "Cabaletta"

It's a blend of 3 grapes, it's about £12 a bottle, but it's really beautifully balanced. From the North of Italy, so fruity without being too jammy, soft and medium bodied but a perfect evening glugger.

If you go there, try the Deen de Bortoli "Durif" as well - fabbo! (Deen de Bortoli, not "Bortoli Brothers")

Cheers!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on August 15, 2015, 02:28:42 pm
Today's team

Howard, Freeman, Edgar, Collins, McEveley, Scougall, Basham, Baxter, Adams, Sharp, Sammon.
Subs: J Wallace, McNulty, Woolford, JCR, Reed, Long, K Wallace.

Probably the best defense we can expect today.


Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 15, 2015, 05:52:49 pm
That was a bit better.

The defence was quite solid, with players in their right positions. Good early goal, but then we were put under some pressure, but we defended well. Another quick goal in the second half, but again, we failed to build on that. Strange substitution to take Adams off as he could well have got his hat trick, or more

Baxter is doing nothing so far, so bringing on Wallace was OK. Bringing Woolford on for Adams was strange. Reed for Scougs was probably correct as he was getting some stick from the Chesterfield players.

Overall 3 points is what we wanted and hopefully we can continue at Peterboro.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 15, 2015, 10:19:17 pm
Great day today - good laugh with the usual suspects followed by an excellent match.

Nigel Clough - see what happens when you play a left back at left back and 2 centre backs at centre back?

For those who couldn't make it today, I cannot tell you how solid we looked at the back and Edgar looks a real gem alongside Collins. Apparently we're after Michael Turner but to be honest with that defensive display today I wouldn't upset anything.

Up front, Adams is going to be a top player. Yes he's raw - but boy is he good with it. Totally fearless.

Sharp and Sammon both played really well together. Sharp was denied by a wonder save from their keeper, and wtf was that goal disallowed for? there was no foul on the keeper whatsoever.

Any road up, a lovely day. Two slight downsides were: The Chippy had neither curry sauce NOR bread !  :yikes: and in the ground they had sold out of every flavour of pie by half time!

Bring on Blackpool
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on August 16, 2015, 08:03:21 am
Really great day yesterday  :ok:

Not the perfect performance by any stretch as we allowed Chezzie too much of the ball in MF. However, the defensive performance was unrecognisable from last season and last weekend. As lings said, Edgar was excellent with Collins and JMac at LB looked much better. Adams.......get him signed up on a 5 year contract now please! He's going to bag a hatful this season. Impressed with Sammon and Billy too. Liked the "feed the fish and he will score" chant  :DD

Biggest shock yesterday was seeing lings leave the best part of 2 pints  :yikes:

The less said about the chippy the better  )O(

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 16, 2015, 08:35:23 am
Apart from that Gooseberry concoction last year I think yesterday was the only other time I've left beer because it tasted so bad, so to leave 2 in a row within 20 minutes was a bit of a shock to the system! Luckily the Moonshine saved the day  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 16, 2015, 08:53:05 am
Apart from that Gooseberry concoction last year I think yesterday was the only other time I've left beer because it tasted so bad, so to leave 2 in a row within 20 minutes was a bit of a shock to the system! Luckily the Moonshine saved the day  :ok:

You big girls blouse....why didn't you take them back. Must be your age catching up wi you :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on August 16, 2015, 08:58:50 am
I would have also taken Adams off. We have to remember he's only 19 and there are two more big games coming up. NA obviously has faith in Woolford's capabilities to step in (otherwise he wouldn't have signed him) so for me, at 2-0 up with 15 to go and Peterborough on Tuesday, it made sense.  NA may have considered Woolford to be more solid in his defensive duties perhaps.

Good result, even though it sounds like Chesterfield could have snatched at least one. Glad to hear KE talking about the defence being solid for a change. 

I'm definitely looking forward to Tuesday night at Peterborough now. Was wondering if I should bother making the trip after last week's performance - but in the usual United style it's all looking better again.



Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 16, 2015, 09:11:51 am
Predictions posted for next. I've decided to miss out any Friday matches just to give you older ones more time to remember to do your scores.

The link say Match 2 in stead of 3. Can one of the Admin please change it for me?

http://www.thecrossedblades.com/forum/index.php?topic=41.0
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on August 16, 2015, 01:18:48 pm
Cracking game yesterday. That was a solid attacking performance at home we've been asking for. It was great to see us actually attacking with speed and actually looking to move the ball forward instead of sideways!

Was really impressed with Edgar, but unlike some of the other comments I didn't like McEvely at LB - he was beaten far too many times for my liking and was the one avenue that Chezzy used time and again to push forward.

I've also said that I didn't see why we'd bought Sammon. Well time to eat my words, cos yesterday he was superb. The partnership between him and Billy (who is trying too hard to score - just play ur natural game mate and it will come) is going to scare defences to death in this league.

Adams once again showed what a star he's going to be although there were a few tackles he flew into with studs up that could backfire in a game before too long and he needs to watch them - still young and learning so time to solve that though. As Ash says, we need him on a long term contract.

Onwards and upwards!

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on August 17, 2015, 12:22:56 pm
I though the same about Che's studs up challenges after watching the highlights. Maybe this was another reason NA decided to take him off. Although none of them were two-footed, if he miss times one of them it would be regarded as stamping and a straight red.

One more comment on yesterday, from the commentary and then the highlights I couldn't believe how poor the ref was, for both teams. Well, actually I could believe it as that's par for the course in League One.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on August 17, 2015, 02:28:50 pm

One more comment on yesterday, from the commentary and then the highlights I couldn't believe how poor the ref was, for both teams. Well, actually I could believe it as that's par for the course in League One.

Interesting - I know he made a few strange decisions (which one doesn't) but overall he was almost un-noticed, which to me is the sign of a good ref. I even commented at one point about a great piece of refereeing when he let play run on, saw nothing was coming of it so pulled it back for a free kick to us.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 18, 2015, 11:49:34 am
I thought the ref was dreadful. The goal should have stood. If we'd drawn that game, his decision would have been the difference between 1 and 3 points. I also thought he was heavily biased towards giving Chezzy anything that looked possible to justify, when some blatant barges against our players were dismissed.

Funny how people sitting in the same place see the game from a different perspective  ;D
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on August 18, 2015, 12:18:07 pm
I thought the ref was dreadful. The goal should have stood. If we'd drawn that game, his decision would have been the difference between 1 and 3 points. I also thought he was heavily biased towards giving Chezzy anything that looked possible to justify, when some blatant barges against our players were dismissed.

Funny how people sitting in the same place see the game from a different perspective  ;D

At the time I thought the goal should have stood - in fact I was almost apoplectic with the decision - having watched the reply on the highlights it was absolutely the right decision - Billy jumped straight into the keeper with no intention of playing the ball - his eyes never looked at the ball and were straight on where the keeper was going.

I'm not saying all his decisions were right, but we've had far worse.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: TXBlade on August 18, 2015, 02:19:26 pm
Watched the highlights and I was extremely impressed  with the speed we moved from the defense to attack, still concerned that we seem very comfortable although complacent and self destructive are better descriptions of the way we play to ball around just in front of our own back 4. We seemed to get caught in possession easily and allowing Chezzy to turn the play in to an attack very quickly. We need someone to push the ball over the halfway line   rather than trying to control a game in our own third.

Sammon is solid  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 18, 2015, 04:31:58 pm
I thought the ref was dreadful. The goal should have stood. If we'd drawn that game, his decision would have been the difference between 1 and 3 points. I also thought he was heavily biased towards giving Chezzy anything that looked possible to justify, when some blatant barges against our players were dismissed.

Funny how people sitting in the same place see the game from a different perspective  ;D

Perhaps Vamps saw it different cos he was sober and you were...well being Lings :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 18, 2015, 05:07:24 pm
I obviously wasn't pissed enough after leaving 2 pints!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 18, 2015, 05:17:24 pm
I obviously wasn't pissed enough after leaving 2 pints!

Maybe the other 10 made the difference...
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 18, 2015, 06:05:05 pm
well it's a thought  :DB
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 18, 2015, 09:52:56 pm
Chuffed to bits with tonight's win - great performance. Hope Collo's OK though.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: S36Reject on August 19, 2015, 12:43:27 am
Agree with Lings having listened in tonight. Excellent 3 points against a side I expect to be at least in the top 8 this season. It's the comprehensive nature of our wins that's making things easy to take for me. With Clough, you was never easy with any win, there was always that doubt in the back of your mind, some niggling feeling that almost put you at edge regardless of how they won. I'm not saying it's easy, more the complete job was done.
A bit like Saturday. I felt a little injustice about Sammon's goal and the Ref was absolutely trying to let the the away team get something out the game but it was a complete job and it always felt like a complete job. I don't know if this is the Adkins effect but I like it.

I can't remember when we've had a more professional team to now. It's close knit, it reacts and interacts with the fans and they look bothered and that is all we ask for. The whole feeling is very positive throughout the club. Long may it live!


On a more semi-serious note. The Physio has called me today after an MRI scan I had last Sat(8th not 15th). Basically I've got a serious compression of the sciatick nerve on my right side, which has been causing me a lot of pain recently. Yes, I've aggravated it a few times, not intensionally but now they have to operate. As with most Ops, nothing is guaranteed and there is a degree of risk.
I've told Vamps a bit about it and he and Shadow have had much worse probs, as we all know. This is nothing compared to their ops in fairness. I just might have to give some grief to the lads following the home commentary on BP as I recover, bit of prior warning  :D
I will ask if anyone going would like to take Ziah with them and can use my ST as it's of no use to me while sat on my ass for a few weeks/months. Just putting that out there if anyone's interested.
I'll be going under in a few weeks rather than months apparently so will effect my attendance ( :-[ )

Anyone interested?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 19, 2015, 08:37:26 am
That was an excellent win last night.

Lets hope Collins injury isn't too bad as he and Edgar have strengthened the defence. We looked a little dodgy after McEverley had to go to CB. Nice to Sammon get off the mark and he and Sharpe are beginning to work well together. All we need is Billy to get off the mark on Saturday and I think he will then start to score regularly.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on August 19, 2015, 08:56:13 am
Thanks to the Highways Agency deciding to close the A14 for repairs at 10pm last night and believing that a detour practically via London was a good idea, it was a late one for us Suffolk based Blades.

Here's a quick summary whilst the game is still reasonably fresh in a very stale mind...

First observation is that the away kit looks great under floodlights.  It just baffles me how certain players (cough-McEveley-cough) seem to be unable to pick out players in fluorescent green instead of those in opposition blue sometimes  :whi

Anyway, that was one of my few grumbles about last night and may as well start with the negatives.  Our defending was a bit harum-scarum at times, and had Peterborough been able to shoot lower than 10m Howard might have had more to do.  In all though he only had a few saves to make (one of them a brilliant point blank stop) so that must be OK I guess.  To be fair, the defence didn't really settle after the early injury and McEverly especially was much more comfortable where he started at LB.  The only other negative is that they insisted on taking chances passing around the back four even though Robertson had realised this ploy and the Posh players were pushing right up against us.  Several heart in mouth moments.

A general observation, not a grumble by any means btw, is our acceptance of using the long ball when appropriate.  Those yet to see a game will know what I mean straight away.  There's nothing wrong with a long ball as long as it's not your only ploy and you have the players to receive them and in Sammon I think we finally do.

The fish (feed him and he WILL score) had another good game. He could be the CF we've been looking for. He's big enough to win challenges, not whippet quick but not lumbering either, and seems to have an eye for goal.  He and Sharp kept their defence on their toes all night, especially with Adams and JCR adding to the pressure constantly.

JCR put in a major shift when he came on. He was up and down that wing all night and was still taking them on at the very end.  His final ball sometimes left a bit to be desired, often too close to the keeper or too low, but all it takes is Sharp to get to one of those before a defender and it's in the onion bag.

Adams started a bit offish. He seemed determined to score, all by himself, and wasted a few early forays into the Posh box by trying to take players on by hitting it past them only to be blocked by an experienced CB. He will learn though, and his ability to drift in off the wing and run across the defence to get a shot away or make a pass caused them some real issues.

Sharp had a good game and did everything but score, despite carrying a knock for most of the second half.  Their defenders kicked, pushed, hit and barged him all night but he just kept battling away and was unlucky not to find the back of the net late on.

Edgar had another solid game and despite one flappy moment Howard was commanding at the back.

Baxter as usual disappeared for large parts of the game, but not necessarily his fault as we did sometimes miss out the centre of midfield, either attacking up the wings or with high balls. On the edge of their box he showed signs of his old self and deserved his goal.

I was worried about Scougs when he went off as he was distraught, so thought it was serious for him. But NA says it's a cut ankle so hopefully should be back soon.  On reflection, I'm more worried about Collins. He just seemed to go down, didn't see how it occurred, so I hope it wasn't metatarsal or something similar. He wasn't really limping coming off either so not sure.

Hope I haven't missed anyone.  Generally it was a good all round performance. Far from the finished article as there's some panic at the back still, some wasted balls when there's an easier pass on, and the occasional confusion between the front four at times. But this will improve with time as they gel.

Main observation on the night was that this was much more exciting than the crap the other Nigel used to dish up. A team that wants to win and doesn't really care too much if the opposition score in the process.

As for the fans. Another remarkable performance as usual...

In summary - it's looking good and on that performance alone I'm feeling confident. Teams with a bit more quality (e.g. Swindon) will cause us more problems, but the cracks are clear to see and relatively small enough to fill in.  If Collins' injury is serious, definitely need a new CB but I'd go for one anyway. With Harris at LB and Brayford RB when they finally return from injury, that'll be a very strong starting 11.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on August 19, 2015, 10:38:10 am
On a more semi-serious note. The Physio has called me today after an MRI scan I had last Sat(8th not 15th). Basically I've got a serious compression of the sciatick nerve on my right side, which has been causing me a lot of pain recently. Yes, I've aggravated it a few times, not intensionally but now they have to operate. As with most Ops, nothing is guaranteed and there is a degree of risk.
I've told Vamps a bit about it and he and Shadow have had much worse probs, as we all know. This is nothing compared to their ops in fairness. I just might have to give some grief to the lads following the home commentary on BP as I recover, bit of prior warning  :D
I will ask if anyone going would like to take Ziah with them and can use my ST as it's of no use to me while sat on my ass for a few weeks/months. Just putting that out there if anyone's interested.
I'll be going under in a few weeks rather than months apparently so will effect my attendance ( :-[ )

Anyone interested?

Hope all goes well mate. ST is no use to me but let me know dates and I'll see what I can arrange with Zach. Assume Emma will be dropping him off and picking him up. I'm at BDTBL for the Blackpool match but then missing a few games myself due to holidays.  Won't be back until the end of September.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 19, 2015, 11:09:41 am
Thanks for the report Roma and sorry to hear about the fun on the A14, a road I know only too well!

Just one question, since when did Posh Manager Dave Robertson's nickname become "Fergie" ??? 

 :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 19, 2015, 11:12:34 am
Dane I'm not here for Bury or for Southend, but happy to help out at other times.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on August 19, 2015, 12:10:35 pm
Dane, all the very best with the op mate  :ok:

Happy to help out with Ziah if I'm around and if he can be dropped off and collected  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on August 19, 2015, 05:51:18 pm
Good luck pal with the op, hope it all goes well.  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 20, 2015, 08:18:32 am
All the best with the Op and recovery Dane. :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Shadow49 on August 20, 2015, 09:58:18 am
Sounds painful does that Dane. Best of luck with the op and for a speedy recovery.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: TXBlade on August 20, 2015, 03:15:58 pm
Good luck Dane .. be thinking of you mate.. see you in the Chat  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 20, 2015, 03:16:29 pm
he was walking like he had a broken arse on Satdi

Hope it all goes well Dane and when it's sorted, join us for a proper beer  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: S36Reject on August 20, 2015, 10:14:34 pm
I'm still coming Sat fella's  :DA Not sure about the drink though
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 21, 2015, 06:32:55 pm
Last time we played Blackpool at home we beat them 3-0

A few weeks later Blackpool were promoted to the Premier League

Now here we are fully expecting to wazz all over them in League 1 !

Funny old game
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on August 21, 2015, 06:39:07 pm
Last time we played Blackpool at home we beat them 3-0

A few weeks later Blackpool were promoted to the Premier League

Now here we are fully expecting to wazz all over them in League 1 !

Funny old game

Ok real Eeyore comment.....

As we all know only too well, we are the world's best team at ripping up the form book and allowing struggling teams to find some form against us when we should win...... )O(

Last season this would have been the case but not now with NA in charge  :cheer:

COYRAWW  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on August 22, 2015, 09:40:17 pm
 What a flat game that was, Blackpool parked the bus and we struggled in what was a very muggy, humid day that also effected the 20,000 plus crowd, there was more atmosphere on the moon.

 No player played badly and for me JCR was man of the match and the one player trying to create something at every opportunity. Also, and I know he gets stick, but McEverley had a good game overall and didn't deserve some of the comments some of the fans around me were coming out with. What was driving me mad was this passing it from wing to wing all the time that we were doing last season, in the first half it got us nowhere and our forwards were basically spectators. Second half we did try to mix it up a bit by coming through the middle from time to time and we got a goal from it.

 High points were the goals and the first was a well worked one that gave Sharp his first for us. A great celebration from Sharp who kissed the badge in front of the kop. The second was a great set up from Sharp and sweet finish from McNulty.

 Clean sheet, 2 goals and 3 points = job done, enough said!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on August 23, 2015, 09:02:29 am
Pretty much agree with that Stabo, especially about McEverley who I thought had a very good game.

A few other observations:

Blackpool caused the flat first half with parking the bus and really closing us down quickly in midfield so we struggled to create anything. To me they currently look like a group of footballers who have yet to develop into a team. However, if they can gel fairly quickly I don't think they will be relegated as they looked a decent passing side but lacked anything in the final third.......sound familiar   :whi Oh, and they need another keeper cos he was shocking yesterday!

Baxter was playing way too deep yesterday and as a result didn't look effective....we basically had two defensive midfielders.

Delighted for Billy to get off the mark.....let the flood gates open now please!

Superb finish from Sparky.

Off day for Che, but he's still learning.

Where we sit in the Kop is Feckin horrendous when it's hot and sunny!!

Great pre match sherbets and delighted that curry sauce was available this week! Great company and banter with the usuals.

UTB
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 23, 2015, 09:28:55 am
Have to agree with Stabo about the game. Listening on BP it wasn't the most exiting game. I can't remember a real chance for us in the first half. At least NA made the changes early enough to give them some time to change the game, and thankfully they did. Proves I don't know much about football I said in the chat that they were bad substitutions. 

The highlight was 3 of us in the chat getting our tweets read out on RS. Yes, the match was that bad to listen to.

Still, another 3 points and sitting nicely in 4th place. Swindon will be a tough test on Saturday.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on August 23, 2015, 09:42:08 am
Have to agree with Stabo about the game. Listening on BP it wasn't the most exiting game. I can't remember a real chance for us in the first half. At least NA made the changes early enough to give them some time to change the game, and thankfully they did. Proves I don't know much about football I said in the chat that they were bad substitutions. 

The highlight was 3 of us in the chat getting our tweets read out on RS. Yes, the match was that bad to listen to.

Still, another 3 points and sitting nicely in 4th place. Swindon will be a tough test on Saturday.

Lol we were moaning at the substitutions as well Bolts.....what do we know eh?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 23, 2015, 10:02:36 am
Predictions posted for next week....

http://www.thecrossedblades.com/forum/index.php?topic=45.0
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on August 23, 2015, 11:13:18 am
 It was like watching two NC teams play each other with the exception that we actually scored a couple of goals. Got to say though that Billy is a different player these days, he works so hard, holds up play and tries to bring in other players and i think we've got a bargain. Che had a poor game, he was trying to get around the outside of his marker far too often, who had him in his pocket, instead of cutting in at times and running at his marker. I have to agree that Baxter is playing far too deep and as such he loses a lot of his game, i'd like to see us sign a quality CMer to go with Basham and of course another CB.

Blackpool's problems, like Ash said, is in the final third and they are going to have a tough season unless they get a striker in.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 24, 2015, 08:01:18 am
I quite enjoyed the game. I thought Blackpool were there just to frustrate us, which they did very well, but as you very often see in games like this, the team doing all the chasing about often can't keep it up for 90 minutes, and so it turned out. We were decent value for the win in the end, and I think we'll see a lot more games like this over the season.

A clean sheet and 3 points, 2 goals (should have been 3 but Sammon brilliantly missed the goal when everyone else thought he was destined to find the onion bag), we never looked in trouble, I reckon it was a decent afternoon's work. Maybe it looks better through beer goggles though.

BLACKPOOL - great turnout from their fans under the circumstances, especially when I heard they haven't won an away game since April of last year!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on August 24, 2015, 10:17:54 am
My view on the game was a dire first half - have to agree with Lings in that Blackpool were there to try and contain us which they did well. We didn't seem to have an answer - Not sure why Baxter was playing so deep, either he was told to play there so that him and Basham should cover for McEveley at CB (which incidentely wasn't needed - he had a great game) or he was pushed their by Blackpool's continual hassleing of our players when ever they had the ball.  Someone said JCR was MoM? I thought he was in the pocket of the left back for the whole of the first half.

Second half was like watching a different match and I think this is one of the big differences between NC & NA. Cloughie would be happy that we hadn't conceeded and were still in with a chance of nicking something (remember his quote "our first objective is to not lose!"). NA on the other hand has already said he wants to play attacking, winning football and he clearly saw what was happening, tried something from the kick off, didn't like what he saw and changed it. In fairness Che wasn't having a great game - he produced one moment of magic and was then almost immediately subbed which may have clouded some peoples judgement of him being taken off (yours truely included!), especially as it was Woolford who was being brought on to replace him! I was also a bit surprised at Sammon going off, despite missing the easiest tap in he'll probably ever have - in fact I think if he'd stood still and not moved, the ball would have bounced off him and gone in! It worked though - I don't know what happened to JCR but he then went on to beat his man every single time (which probably prompted the MoM theory), Baxter stepped up the pitch (although McNulty seemed to drop deeper than Sammon had been playing). It worked and hats off to NA, although I suspect if we hadn't won there'd be a whole raft of complaints about why did he make those subs (aren't football fans with hindisght great!)

Delighted for Billy and the pasion he showed after scoring was great to see - i really hope that gets the monkey of his back and we see a flood from him now and how well did McNulty take his goal!!

4 wins on the bounce now but Fulham tomorrow and Swindon next Saturday could prove some interesting competition and show us where we really are..........

Happy Blade here anyway.

Oh - one piece of news for those that don't know - Dane was admitted to hospital last night as an emergency case with his back after he took a turn for the worse. He's got his phone with him though so we may see an increase in his posts as he lays in his hospital bed bored stiff, although he's dosed up on Oramorph so his ramblings might make even less sense than usual!!   :roll: :roll: :whi :whi - get well soon mate if you read this.
 
 
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on August 24, 2015, 10:22:37 am
Was chatting to a Blackpool fan before the game and he was saying he was disappointed as the bookies wouldn't take a bet on Blackpool scoring -1 against us  :DD

As for the game, the first half was tedious to say the least. Blackpool were organised and were clearly in it for the 0-0.  Sammon should have netted just before half time but other than that we huffed and puffed but the midfield were too far away from the forward line.

I agree that Che had an off day. He couldn't get past his man and his first touch was missing.  Same for Sammon.  He worked hard, but just wasn't getting anywhere.  JCR did OK considering he had 3 on 1 whenever the ball came near him (this is where the midfield pushing forward would have helped as they should have been unmarked).  We did try to spread the play to split them apart, but it was too slow and obvious, giving them time to re-shape (yes - just like one of NC's teams as said below).

I said at half time we needed a bit of luck and this certainly didn't come when Sammon missed the sitter just after half time. I still can't see how he missed that after watching the replays.

To be fair to NA, he knew his approach wasn't working and changed it with almost immediate impact.  I was one of the ones grumbling why a CB was taking the corners when Billy Sharp latched onto it and netted (with the bit of luck we needed).  I thought at the time that Baxter had fouled the Blackpool player as the ball came across and watching it on C5 was convinced. However, after watching a video a fan took on Twitter, it was clearly shoulder to shoulder - so no foul.

The second was well taken by Sparky and I was a bit disappointed we didn't put Blackpool to the sword after that as they clearly didn't have a plan B.  Can't remember ever seeing a team play keep ball across the back and in midfield when 2-0 down with 5 minutes to go.

That said, it was bloody hot and muggy Saturday so not surprised there was little energy out there late on.

First half was similar to games under Clough, the exceptions being a) NA changed it when he realised it wasn't going to work b) we still created chances and c) we won...  Under NC we'd have lost that 0-1 in the 92nd minute.

This team can only get better and when playing badly we can still win fairly comfortably.  With Brayford and Harris to come back in, I think we're in for an exciting season...


Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on August 24, 2015, 10:26:12 am
Hope the back gets better quickly Dane mate...  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 24, 2015, 12:11:56 pm
Dane - bring some of that stuff you're on down to BDTBL - we could all use a bit of that from time to time.

Just to add my MOTM for Saturday, all things considered I'd give it to Kieron Wallace.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 24, 2015, 04:57:15 pm
Last 10 Cup Games against Fulham:

Won: 7

Drawn: 3

Lost: 0

er...........
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: TXBlade on August 24, 2015, 05:01:39 pm


Lol we were moaning at the substitutions as well Bolts.....what do we know eh?

Point of Order I Wasn't  :ok:

Got to agree with Bolts loved getting my name read out by Rob Staton ... We sounded in control for the duration of the game and even Blackpool will get some attacks, mega happy for Sharpy now let the games begin... I was sat here thinking about out score's for the year Adams 2, Sammon 2, Baxter 1, Sharp 1, McNulty 1, Collins 1 our striker are finding the net and we look capable of getting 3 or more a game ... what a turn around from last year COYRAWW
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 24, 2015, 05:34:40 pm
Just sent Dane a text and he has responded. It was quite readable for him, so he must be improving. :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 24, 2015, 07:07:02 pm
This weekend, going up to North Yorkshire, near Richmond, so might miss the Chat Room Shenanigans (working on it). The point is I just zoomed in on the place we're going, and it's right in the middle of 3 places:

1. Blades
2. Booze
3. Crackpot

FFS you couldn't make it up!  ;D  If the 3rd place had been called "Chips and Curry" I wouldn't come home!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: TXBlade on August 24, 2015, 08:17:03 pm
This weekend, going up to North Yorkshire, near Richmond, so might miss the Chat Room Shenanigans (working on it). The point is I just zoomed in on the place we're going, and it's right in the middle of 3 places:

1. Blades
2. Booze
3. Crackpot

FFS you couldn't make it up!  ;D  If the 3rd place had been called "Chips and Curry" I wouldn't come home!

And if memory serves me right Bolts' house is up there also ... Castle Bolton  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 25, 2015, 08:36:39 am
This weekend, going up to North Yorkshire, near Richmond, so might miss the Chat Room Shenanigans (working on it). The point is I just zoomed in on the place we're going, and it's right in the middle of 3 places:

1. Blades
2. Booze
3. Crackpot

FFS you couldn't make it up!  ;D  If the 3rd place had been called "Chips and Curry" I wouldn't come home!

And if memory serves me right Bolts' house is up there also ... Castle Bolton  :ok:

That's just a small summer house I have Tex......
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 25, 2015, 08:38:57 am
I thought he was the crackpot  :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 25, 2015, 10:41:26 am
Che signs new deal  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: S36Reject on August 25, 2015, 12:42:19 pm
Thanks for the best wishes everyone.
Meds have changed today compensated with Oramorph every 2 hours.
Started physio which lasted all of 5 mins with the fella calling time. It was just too much pain and I only walked outside the door into a Corridor using a zimmer frame  :yikes:

Anyway, sit rep is. If things don't change in next few days I'll be going under the knife.

Back to football.
Great news on Che. He's repaying us with loyalty after we started his pro-career, which is always nice.

Heard mutterings on someone called Solly March on loan from Brighton and that the Turner deal didn't happen due to his wages. Seems Pigs are in for Hooper as well.

I could only listen in on Sat but it didn't sound convincing, just what most have reported in it being a huff and puff display with patience and endevour finally rewarding us for remaining disciplined. It also says a lot about our fitness. In all honesty, as I've put elsewhere, if we play like we've given our all and win most games 1-0, we'd all take that. So onwards and upwards.

Tonight. It's a Cup so I'd rest the likes of Howard, Freeman, Adams, Sharp and Sammon and start with something like this to try and build confidence and give some game time to returning injury's and fringe players.
Going something like this:

Long/Willis(maybe Long on the bench and give NA chance to look at Willis)

RB Flynn CB Edgar CB Kennedy LB McFadzean
RM JCR CM Reed CM J.Wallace LM K.Wallace
Fwd McNulty Fwd DeGirolamo

Subs(in case it goes tits up)
GK, Collins/McEverley, Baxter, Sharp, Freeman, Basham, Higdon

Thoughts?

Just read through that and YEP, I'm bored  :-[ ;D ;D
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on August 25, 2015, 12:59:43 pm
With Flynn and Kennedy both playing at dirty Leeds last night I can't see them playing again today - in fairness I'd probably prefer them to have a gentle and convincing return anyway without risking further injury.

One thing about the huff and puff display on Saturday (first half anyway) struck me last night - I know how hot we were just sitting on the Kop watching a game of football - it was like being abroad and it was really muggy to boot - I wouldn't have wanted to be running around in that (I don't run anyway but you know what I mean - thought I'd better say it before someone else did!!) that can't have been a great atmosphere to play football in - was there a tactical decision to take it steady in the first half and make Blackpool run around and chase the ball? We were certainly the stronger team in the second half and only looked stronger as the game went on.

I wouldn't be surprised to see a close on full strength side tonight - one things NA is renowned for is keeping a settled side and we're at a part of the season where the team is also starting to gel so keep the core team together and maybe use the JPT game next week to try some fringe players.

Solly March rumours seem to be in rife, but mainly on the forums and twitter. Isn't he the player replaced by Murphy? If so is he really going to add that much? In reality do we need another winger?

All I've heard is there are 4 players we're interested in but don't expect to sign them all as they are 'options', to which I've assumed it's one or the other type of thing. In reality we have quite a strong squad now (and certainly a big one for League 1) so we could possibly do with clearing a few out first.

With the likes of;
Flynn
Kennedy
Brayford
Harris
Done
Collins
Scougall
all to come back you can see how strong the team looks.

I'd like more cover at CB because Kennedy does seem somewhat injury prone and I'd like someone to challenge Howard, but other than that I'm happy with the squad, at least until January.

I would like to see Alcock sold, but until he's fit I guess there's not much chance of that!!! 
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on August 25, 2015, 01:12:56 pm
And just to prove what I know - Adkins has given an interview to say he expects to make changes!  :roll: :roll:

Doh - think I'll stick to the beer..................barman!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on August 25, 2015, 01:30:36 pm
Vamps, Said as much to my mate on Saturday and there were a lot of 0-0 score lines at half time around the country so perhaps a lot of teams had the same problem with the weather.

Two names we've been linked with but dismissed by NA.....Andre Bikey and Bradley Dack
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 25, 2015, 02:58:21 pm
Bikey's too old/slow and Dack is too good to stay in this division
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 25, 2015, 05:31:56 pm
Che signs new deal  :ok:

Excellent news....
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on August 25, 2015, 07:35:19 pm
Team tonight

Long, J Wallace, McNulty, Woolford, Alcock, Reed, Higdon, De Girolamo, McFadzean, K Wallace, McGahey.

Subs: Howard, Freeman, Baxter, Sammon, Adams, Dimaio, Edgar
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on August 25, 2015, 07:38:40 pm
Team tonight

Long, J Wallace, McNulty, Woolford, Alcock, Reed, Higdon, De Girolamo, McFadzean, K Wallace, McGahey.

Subs: Howard, Freeman, Baxter, Sammon, Adams, Dimaio, Edgar

Piss poor defence, especially with Long in goal.......just as well promotion is priority!

But, you never know........... :whi

COYRAWW
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on August 25, 2015, 07:45:14 pm
Team tonight

Long, J Wallace, McNulty, Woolford, Alcock, Reed, Higdon, De Girolamo, McFadzean, K Wallace, McGahey.

Subs: Howard, Freeman, Baxter, Sammon, Adams, Dimaio, Edgar

Let's hope Alcock is there to put him in the shop window for a clear out before the transfer window closes!!!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 26, 2015, 08:36:38 am
So we're out of the League Cup - and I'm not bothered. 10 changes, giving players like Diego and Higdon etc the chance to make a case for being involved with the first team, and a couple of players playing their first games since coming back from injury and even when fully fit they're fringe players at best (Alcock, McGahey). The result was entirely predictable and yes it's a shame that we didn't play a strong side and try to win the game, especially for the fans who travelled down, but I can understand Adkins' idea that the first team could do with the rest with Swindon to come at the weekend.

Of course, the fly in the ointment is that settled side is going to have to be tinkered with now that Baxter is suspended for 3 games for a stupid red card challenge after the game had already been lost. As Youfy reminded us, he does have a knack for being a bit of a nob at times (Baxter, not Youfy  ;D )

I'll be in North Yorks on Satdi so I probably won't make the chat, but I'll be in there next week when the second string drop out of the JPT  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 26, 2015, 09:33:25 am
As the ones in the Chat Room will testify, I was not happy last night. I want us to win every game, although I know that this is impossible. If we lose, then the least I expect the team to do is try.

That was a shocking performance which shows how little quality we have in reserve. We were playing a team who are only 7 places above us in the Football League. It would have been nice to put out a strong team to see how good we really are. I also feel sorry for the fans who went to the match, and I hope that the club does the right thing and reimburse some of their costs. Somehow I doubt that will happen.

Of the squad last night I think that Alcock, McGahey, Woolford, Higdon, Baxter are surplus to requirements. Baxter is a stupid prat, again, for being sent off when the game was already over. K.Wallace and McFadzean are not really defenders. Still not convinced McNulty is good enough.

Last night some members said we need to concentrate on the league. I don't think we are good enough for automatic, I see a play off spot, again, at best.

Lings - he can't do the same next Tuesday as the competition rules don't allow it. He must pick 6 players who started the previous game or at least 6 players out of the 11 who have played most league & cup matches this season. Maybe these rules should be the same in both the League & FA Cup competitions.

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on August 26, 2015, 11:13:22 am
As the ones in the Chat Room will testify, I was not happy last night. I want us to win every game, although I know that this is impossible. If we lose, then the least I expect the team to do is try.

That was a shocking performance which shows how little quality we have in reserve. We were playing a team who are only 7 places above us in the Football League. It would have been nice to put out a strong team to see how good we really are. I also feel sorry for the fans who went to the match, and I hope that the club does the right thing and reimburse some of their costs. Somehow I doubt that will happen.

Of the squad last night I think that Alcock, McGahey, Woolford, Higdon, Baxter are surplus to requirements. Baxter is a stupid prat, again, for being sent off when the game was already over. K.Wallace and McFadzean are not really defenders. Still not convinced McNulty is good enough.

Last night some members said we need to concentrate on the league. I don't think we are good enough for automatic, I see a play off spot, again, at best.

Lings - he can't do the same next Tuesday as the competition rules don't allow it. He must pick 6 players who started the previous game or at least 6 players out of the 11 who have played most league & cup matches this season. Maybe these rules should be the same in both the League & FA Cup competitions.

I think you are being a little harsh there Bolts.

I agree that Alcock, McGahey and Higdon are probably surplus and should be moved out but Woolford is improving and could be useful to the squad. Yes, Baxter is a prat but he has shown improvement this season under NA and we should keep him IMO.

Also bear in mind that we have Flynn, Kennedy, Done, Brayford and Harris to come back into the 1st team squad and that will really strengthen it so I still think from what I have seen so far that automatic is realistic, although still very early days.

Also, I'm sure that the fans who travelled down last night knew full well that it would be a much changed side because NA had pretty much already said that.

It's disappointing to lose any game but after all the recent cup runs with no promotion at the end, I am happy to settle for the league being priority.

Keep the faith  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 26, 2015, 12:12:06 pm
Maybe I am being a little harsh Ash, but it's how I feel about last night. These players were being given a chance to impress, and for the majority they blew it. If we are not interested in the League Cup then perhaps we should do what Man U did for a numer of seasons - don't play in it. Unless of course we are committed to playing.

Baxter needs to be off-loaded. He is an expensive luxury we can do without.

Without doubt getting back to the Championship is the absolute priority, but I am still not convinced that we can do that without the lottery of the play offs. The defence, when back to full strength, will be fine as will the strike force. The midfield is the worry, and needs a good play maker, such as we had with McDonald, Brown or Tonge.

I will always be a Blade, but keeping faith in them is not always easy.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on August 26, 2015, 12:38:44 pm
Fair enough Bolts and when has it ever been easy being a Blade!

The Swindon match will give us a better idea of our progress or otherwise  :yikes:

UTB  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on August 26, 2015, 12:59:37 pm
I'm with Ash - and I'd throw Collins into the mix of players to come back as well.

Being out of the cup doesn't guranatee you promotion by any stretch of the imagination but being in it is definitely a risk to achieving it - look at the great cup runs we've had in recent years which have meant nothing in the league - If we can reduce that risk then great. I'm all for it. One thing Adkins does know, is how to get out of this league and he's certainly got my trust this year.

Also thinking about the new CB we've signed (Phillips) - OK he may be from Llandudno, but did we put Che down because he came from Ilkeston? OK he may be only 19, but did we say Kennedy wasn't good enough for the first team last year?............Maybe I've been a bit quick to judge - give him a chance and see what he produces - he might be the next John Stones!

I'll repeat what I said in the chat room last night - I think the squad we've got is capable of promotion in this league (including Baxter) and the one area I'd maybe look to strengthen is between the sticks. I actually think last years was good enough, just ultimately not managed in the right way.

Swindon is a much more important game and will also ultimately give us an idea of where we stand against the real opposition in this league. A draw away at Swindon is a good result for me because it's two points dropped at home by one of our main rivals for promotion.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on August 26, 2015, 03:19:16 pm
Phillips is being described as a LB......so we do need another CB, perhaps this is the fella....

http://www.getbucks.co.uk/sport/football/news/reading-wigan-sheffield-united-chase-9932131

A bit harsh Bolts, NA made 10 changes and all were fringe players. I've been saying for a while that we need to trim the squad, get rid of those who are either not good enough or who NA can't see progressing. I still believe we need another experienced CMer, one who can pass and control a game, Wallace isn't going to give us a full season and that can be disruptive to the flow of a team. Coutts may be that player and he was playing catch up last season with his fitness but should we wait and see? No! let's go get someone to really give us something in the middle and let's get that CB to give us options in the centre of defense. We're sorted elsewhere so major surgery isn't required, but we do need some quality of depth in places.

 Alcock for me is good cover for RB and Brayford when fit if you move Freeman over to LB to contest the place with Harris.

Baxter is wasted at CM and NA isn't playing 4-4-1-1 so i can't see what he really gives us, same goes for Scougs but would bean option from the bench to change to that formation if needed. Can we carry 2 players like that? for me no!



Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 26, 2015, 06:59:53 pm
So it's get at Bolts day  :DD

I don't mind as the responses have been constructive, and that is what this site was created for. Honest comments with no animosity.

Stabo, according to the Llandudno FC website he has played at RB for them, but it says he can play anywhere across the back line. He might become a useful squad player and time is on his side. As I said earlier midfield is the one area that wories me.

If we bring Harris back to LB and let him fight for the place with Freeman what happens to the Captain, McEverley? Does he play at CB and fight it out with Collins, Edgar and possibly Kennedy?

Time will tell when we get everybody back fit.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on August 26, 2015, 08:53:12 pm
So it's get at Bolts day  :DD

I don't mind as the responses have been constructive, and that is what this site was created for. Honest comments with no animosity.


It's national bash a pensioner day  :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on August 26, 2015, 09:14:59 pm
So it's get at Bolts day  :DD

I don't mind as the responses have been constructive, and that is what this site was created for. Honest comments with no animosity.


It's national bash a pensioner day  :DD

Ahhh bless, sorry Old Fella!

We all see things differently but at least on here we can discuss things maturely without wanting to beat the crap out of anyone who has a different opinion  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 27, 2015, 08:20:34 am
So it's get at Bolts day  :DD

I don't mind as the responses have been constructive, and that is what this site was created for. Honest comments with no animosity.


It's national bash a pensioner day  :DD

Cheeky git. You are not far behind me  :roll:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on August 27, 2015, 09:37:03 am
So it's get at Bolts day  :DD


It feels like something you'd find at a Scout Gala - Bash-a-Bolts!!  :DD :DD :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 27, 2015, 11:49:26 am
So it's get at Bolts day  :DD

I don't mind as the responses have been constructive, and that is what this site was created for. Honest comments with no animosity.


It's national bash a pensioner day  :DD

Cheeky git. You are not far behind me  :roll:

I wouldn't worry Bolts, you're always a minute behind everybody  :DB
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on August 28, 2015, 09:26:47 am
Sorry guys and gals - won't be in the chat room for the match this weekend - just been asked if I'll be the tactician on a yacht for a regatta this weekend.......

Clearly 2nd choice, but hey a weekend of racing and drinking I'm not going to turn down.........
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 28, 2015, 01:34:50 pm
I'm away for the weekend too, so won't make the chat until the Hartlepool debacle  :DB
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on August 28, 2015, 03:44:07 pm
Colchester game postponed due to call ups http://www.sufc.co.uk/news/article/sheffield-united-postponed-2653948.aspx

Works for me cos I couldn't make that one anyway...........now if we can just get them to postpone Bury as well.......... :whi  (sorry Ash  :ok:)
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 28, 2015, 04:50:25 pm
I'm away for the weekend too, so won't make the chat until the Hartlepool debacle  :DB

Feeble excuse. A true supporter would take their laptop with them :roll:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on August 28, 2015, 06:14:39 pm
I'm away for the weekend too, so won't make the chat until the Hartlepool debacle  :DB

Feeble excuse. A true supporter would take their laptop with them :roll:

Yes, what Bolts said
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on August 28, 2015, 08:23:14 pm
I'm away for the weekend too, so won't make the chat until the Hartlepool debacle  :DB

Feeble excuse. A true supporter would take their laptop with them :roll:

Yes, what Bolts said

Yeah - what they said - I can't get t'internet in the middle of the sea!!!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on August 29, 2015, 02:33:34 pm
 Howard, Freeman, Basham, Sharp, Collins, Sammon, McEveley, Campbell-Ryce, Reed, Adams, Edgar.
Subs: McNulty, Woolford, Alcock, Higdon, Long, McFadzean, McGahey.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on August 29, 2015, 06:53:32 pm
Well, got back into dock to find out not only had we won, and by all accounts comfortably (from someone who was there, but be interesting to hear what those listening to the commentary) but the piggies had lost also. Now just found that we got 1st place in todays racing (maybe I won't be 2nd choice in future!!).

I'm now off to buy a lottery ticket!!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on August 29, 2015, 07:22:23 pm
Well, got back into dock to find out not only had we won, and by all accounts comfortably (from someone who was there, but be interesting to hear what those listening to the commentary) but the piggies had lost also. Now just found that we got 1st place in todays racing (maybe I won't be 2nd choice in future!!).

I'm now off to buy a lottery ticket!!

If Carlsberg did Saturdays ..... Blades comfortably beat a promotion rival AWAY with a clean sheet and the MASSIVE 21000 home crowd at the swill witness a crushing defeat.....oh joy, pass me another drink  :DD :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 30, 2015, 09:08:49 am
That was an excellent result, which to be honest was an unexpected surprise. Swindon did put us under the cosh from time to time, but the defence did well. I do like having Collins back as he is an experience CB. Edgar seems to be an inspired signing. Reed had a good game and I do prefer him to Baxter.

It was hard to get a proper feel for the game on BP as it was 90 secs behind Stabo, so when the Ooooooooooo's appeared in the chat, Swindon were attacking on BP. I gave up in the end and just relied on the chat room comments.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 30, 2015, 02:34:43 pm
Predictions posted for next week. I know we aren't playing, but for continuity I have done them. As far as I can tell all the matches are still on.

http://www.thecrossedblades.com/forum/index.php?topic=47.0
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 30, 2015, 04:10:23 pm
Just watched the highlights on BP.

How was that not a red card for the Swindon goalie? If that was Howard it would have been a straight red.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 30, 2015, 09:29:24 pm
OK so I didn't take the laptop, but I did sit in the car listening to Talk Sport with 3 pints of Pale Ale sitting on the dashboard. There is NO mobile signal in Low Row or for a few miles in either direction, and my mobile wouldn't let me type into Chat (I was logged in as "Punch Bowl Inn"  ;D )

Even though I now don't have a match until Donny at home due to the International call-ups, (I'm on proper hols WITH laptop from 10th to 24th September) I'm please we've called the Colchester game off because I want to see Collins and Edgar as first choice CBs, and not some cobbled together "they can play there" solution.

GREAT result against Swindon. Keep it up Blades, let's crash out of the JPT tuesday  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on August 30, 2015, 09:30:27 pm
Bolts you've missed out your score prediction for the Dingles mate  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 31, 2015, 08:12:59 am
Bolts you've missed out your score prediction for the Dingles mate  :ok:

Thanks very much Lings :ok:

We did wonder who 'punch bowl inn' was in the chat. Very much the silent type. Stabo did comment after you left - who the f..k was that. Now we know. :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on August 31, 2015, 10:21:42 am
Bolts you've missed out your score prediction for the Dingles mate  :ok:

Thanks very much Lings :ok:

We did wonder who 'punch bowl inn' was in the chat. Very much the silent type. Stabo did comment after you left - who the f..k was that. Now we know. :DD

I did!  ::)
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: TXBlade on August 31, 2015, 10:19:47 pm
saw the highlights and I agree, how was that not a red .. KE on BP seemed to think that was never anything more than a yellow.. I disagree, really well taken goal by BILLY !!.  :DB

It was fun in the Chat and the thing about listening to the game it never felt like we would lose it, at 0-0 you never got the feeling this was a game we would drop and once Collin knocked in what could only be described as a goal of the season :whi  we didn't take our foot off the gas and sit back, pushing for another was exactly what we needed, keeping Swindon honest and not allowing them to throw 11 men forward.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on September 01, 2015, 09:48:17 am
JPT rules - will the Blades stick to them?..............

Certainly the International Call Ups make a mockery of it!

http://www.thestar.co.uk/sport/sheff-utd/sheff-utd-news/sheffield-united-blades-on-collision-course-with-jpt-chiefs-1-7436753

If we'd had sending offs and injuries to contend with as well how on earth would they deal with that?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on September 01, 2015, 12:11:16 pm
Byrne to Wolves is a good signing for us - weakens one of the stronger sides in the league.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on September 01, 2015, 12:49:00 pm
saw the highlights and I agree, how was that not a red .. KE on BP seemed to think that was never anything more than a yellow..

I agree Tex. If that had been a defender who took him out in that fashion, it would have been a straight red.  Yes, he was probably too wide to say it was a definite denial of a scoring opportunity, but what about dangerous play?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on September 01, 2015, 01:20:58 pm
Apparently the Blades are going Dutch................. http://www.thestar.co.uk/sport/sheff-utd/sheff-utd-news/sheffield-united-blades-go-dutch-in-player-search-1-7438104

Errmm - when it's owned 50:50 isn't that the idea anyway  :whi :whi :roll: :roll:

Taxi.....................
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on September 01, 2015, 04:25:36 pm
Just got back from golf and it's taken me 10 mins to read all the posts. Haven't you lot got any work to do? It's only for pensioners like me to have all day to sit and write posts.

Saying that, have we actually signed anyone, or dumped anyone??
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on September 01, 2015, 04:51:34 pm
With just over an hour to go it looks like we'll have to make do with what we've got till January  :(

Then again, who knows what's going on behind the scenes  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on September 01, 2015, 05:00:42 pm
Kinell.......according to SSN Jonathan Obika has signed on a free transfer  :ok:

Decent player but is he really what we need right now? Would have preferred a CB and MF but as they say, you can never have too many strikers!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on September 01, 2015, 05:33:59 pm
Feckin Colchester game re-arranged for a tuesday night, 15th September, while I'm on holiday!  :yikes: )O(
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on September 01, 2015, 05:40:45 pm
Feckin Colchester game re-arranged for a tuesday night, 15th September, while I'm on holiday!  :yikes: )O(

Take you laptop and join us in the chat room
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on September 01, 2015, 05:50:31 pm
I will mate - not QUITE the same though - plus I'll join you a lap behind the radio listening on BP!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on September 01, 2015, 05:55:12 pm
I will mate - not QUITE the same though - plus I'll join you a lap behind the radio listening on BP!

That's par for the course for us exiles who can't get RS. We get used to it, although Tex uses his Iphone app and seems to be almost in sync with RS
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on September 01, 2015, 06:12:40 pm
Long, Basham, Flynn, McNulty, Woolford, McEveley, Alcock, Higdon, Kennedy, K Wallace, McGahey

subs Howard, Sharp, Collins, Sammon, Campbell-Ryce
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on September 01, 2015, 06:55:37 pm
Long, Basham, Flynn, McNulty, Woolford, McEveley, Alcock, Higdon, Kennedy, K Wallace, McGahey

subs Howard, Sharp, Collins, Sammon, Campbell-Ryce

Not sure that complies with the rules, but time will tell
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on September 01, 2015, 07:32:44 pm
Feckin Colchester game re-arranged for a tuesday night, 15th September, while I'm on holiday!  :yikes: )O(

Result - my first day back!!!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on September 01, 2015, 09:02:15 pm
The Blades STORM through to the 2nd Round of the 3rd most important Cup Competition in English Football thanks to a heroic display from Ryan Flynn, George Long,...........




...........and NO FECKER ELSE!  )O(
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on September 01, 2015, 10:21:41 pm
The Blades STORM through to the 2nd Round of the 3rd most important Cup Competition in English Football thanks to a heroic display from Ryan Flynn, George Long,...........




...........and NO FECKER ELSE!  )O(

Mardy fecker.......a win's a win.......no pleasing some, especially those that didn't want us to win in the first place   :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on September 02, 2015, 08:13:46 am
The Blades STORM through to the 2nd Round of the 3rd most important Cup Competition in English Football thanks to a heroic display from Ryan Flynn, George Long,...........


...........and NO FECKER ELSE!  )O(

I'm happy we got through. However, it is worrying that NA is giving the fringe players a chance, but no one is taking that chance. It highlights that we need to offload a few of them.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on September 02, 2015, 09:43:55 am
Shurrup Donkey, at least i turned up for the moanfest - where were you?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on September 02, 2015, 09:50:52 am
Shurrup Donkey, at least i turned up for the moanfest - where were you?

Drinking Moonshine and eating Madras  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on September 06, 2015, 02:16:44 pm
Bit quiet in here.....

Predictions posted for next week.

http://www.thecrossedblades.com/forum/index.php?topic=50.0
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on September 07, 2015, 01:45:12 pm
Bit quiet in here.....

Predictions posted for next week.

http://www.thecrossedblades.com/forum/index.php?topic=50.0

Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on September 07, 2015, 04:39:00 pm
Bit quiet in here.....

Predictions posted for next week.

http://www.thecrossedblades.com/forum/index.php?topic=50.0

Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Ah yes....the babies are sleeping :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on September 07, 2015, 04:40:04 pm
Down to 4th after last night's result... NA out!!!!!  :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on September 07, 2015, 04:50:08 pm
Down to 4th after last night's result... NA out!!!!!  :whi

 :DD And if we win our game in hand we go top.....NA in  :cheer:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on September 08, 2015, 05:17:43 pm
Dick OFF!

Donny manager gone already FFS! To be honest they were robbed of 3 points on Satdi and that would probably have saved his job.

What a shame  :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Sotonexiledblade on September 09, 2015, 05:50:42 pm
Ash pm'd yer.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on September 12, 2015, 02:32:02 pm
Howard, Freeman, Basham, Sharp, Collins, Woolford, Sammon, McEveley, Campbell-Ryce, Reed, Edgar.
Subs: Flynn, McNulty, Scougall, Alcock, Higdon, Long, K Wallace.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on September 12, 2015, 02:46:03 pm
If anyone feels like sending me text updates  I won't be offended!!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on September 12, 2015, 05:15:20 pm
If anyone feels like sending me text updates  I won't be offended!!

You would at that result......

Bury! it was Bury ffs!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on September 12, 2015, 05:52:45 pm
Bury played well and fully deserved the win. They were first to every ball and took their chances very well. Look a decent side.

Overall we were not at the races. I thought we looked ok at the back and when we equalised I thought we would go on and get the win but we didn't take advantage of the momentum. Our penalty by the way was about a foot outside the area so very lucky to be given that. Very little creativity today and really missed Adams/Done. Sharp and Sammon worked hard but only got scraps.

Feel very disappointed but this early in the season it's not the end of the world.....if Bury were crap I would be more pissed off but they were decent and we had a bad day. We move on....UTB  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on September 12, 2015, 08:51:06 pm
If we want to be serious contenders for top two then we have to beat the likes of Bury AT HOME. Adkins said we should be beating Bury AT HOME and he's right.  We should be good enough to get decent balls into the front two ffs but like i've been saying we need a quality CMer to do that. I was surprised JCR was taken off and a strange thing to do when he was playing well, it would have been better to take Woolfucked off for Flynn and put JCR there. Any ways, onwards and upwards....
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on September 13, 2015, 08:34:33 am
Have to agree with Stabo says. It wasn't our best performance and probably ranks with the Gillingham debacle. Reed needs to be given shooting practice as he had 2 chances to score. Woolford doesn't much, apart from take shite corners. Both of us were amazed when he took JCR off instead of him. I hope NA begins to see that he isn't doing anything, and needs to be rested (dropped). McEverley cost us 2 goals today. maybe it was just a bad d ay for him.

I'm not overly worried yet, but we must stop losing games that we should win. Tuesday is now a must win game. My only slight concern is that both Woolford and McEverley (Captain) seem to be the first names on the team sheet.

I don't know if it was the commentary, but the crowd didn't seem that noisy yesterday.

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on September 13, 2015, 10:03:30 am
Regarding our corners, most were well taken and delivered into the right areas but just well defended - I think all of them beat the first defender  :whi

JCR was causing problems no doubt but his final ball was lacking and overall Reed had an ok game in the middle. Whether we agree with NA's substitutions or not I think you have to give him some credit for recognising that as things were it wasn't working and he made changes with plenty of time left in the match to make a difference - unfortunately it didn't work and personally I think McNulty should have come on earlier.

Their second goal was a superb strike and ok you could argue that he should have been closed down quicker but 9 times out of 10 that shot would have ended up in row Z. The timing of that goal late on meant we were chasing the game for an equaliser and we were caught out for their third, which again was very well taken.

Maybe having last weekend off backfired as Bury looked full of confidence after beating Walsall last weekend and we looked a bit slow and rusty?

We really missed Adams yesterday and also Baxter IMO.

Of course we expect to beat most teams at home but I also think that sometimes you have to give credit where it's due.....Bury are now unbeaten away in 15 so clearly no mugs. We had an off day and they did a job on us. We are still very well placed with some key players to return and let's not forget that we have already beaten Swindon and Peterborough away.

Need a good result and performance on Tuesday now.

UTB
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on September 13, 2015, 10:47:35 am
Ye, no panic over yesterdays result but promotion teams don't have many off days and we've had 2 from 6. Even the Blackpool game was poor and it seems our players now and then revert to the NC style performances that cost us so badly last season, and it'll cost us this if it's not sorted. NA has adopted this so no blame there and i'm sure he'll sort it when he get's more of his own players in.

 On Reed, he's a good player with bags of potential but we need a solid, experienced, quality CMer in NOW and having an "OK" game isn't good enough, he needs to learn off of a quality CMer and we don't have one. Maguire had Collins to learn off at the back, Jags had Morgan etc He also needs to start hitting the target, he's a pro footballer ffs and he shouldn't be missing it, make the keeper work.

 Teams will make it difficult for us, we're the favourites that command a 20,000+ crowd, but we must be able to break them down if we want to be top two. The crowd also has a part to play, if they are too quiet then it can give the away team an advantage. Let's hope yesterday is another kick up the arse to these players and i hope NA ripped into them afterwards and we can go on another 4 or 5 match winning run. :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on September 13, 2015, 02:51:35 pm
Just watched the highlights, and the corners weren't that bad. Just need someone on the end of them. We had enough chances, just didn't convert them.

Predictions posted for next week

http://www.thecrossedblades.com/forum/index.php?topic=52.0
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on September 14, 2015, 02:15:39 pm
Woolford isn't the first on the team sheet, Adams is,  for that position anyway.  Unfortunately Che was ill as per his Tweet Friday night. 

When Harris is back and fit, McEveley won't be the first on the team sheet either - unless NA likes to fill in positions 12-16 first on his team-sheets.  As it stands, I'm not sure there's another LB we could slot in there.

I don't think Flynn can play down the left, so putting him there instead of Woolford wouldn't have worked for me.

For such an "old" geezer, JCR always puts in a shift and I would never be surprised when he's subbed in the second half because he does tire, and a tired winger is no good as that badly exposes the full backs as they can't get back as easily to help out.

As for that creative midfielder, we just missed out on one.. Young Harry just signed terms with Ipswich Town over the weekend. He's now in their senior academy.  :ok: and  )O( at the same time...

Let's not panic just yet. It could be a lot worse. We could have a tuna magnate in charge, have spent a fortune and only be 2 points of the relegation zone...  :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on September 14, 2015, 03:07:53 pm
I think your right about Flynn but JCR was playing well at the time he got took off and perhaps JCR could have been used on the left or even Scougs. Hell i'd have replaced Woolfucked with Long and it would have been an improvement.

 We have to break these teams that park the bus down, NA has said the same, we will see a lot do that at the Lane but we don't have the CMers to do it, hard working yes but both lack that regular cutting pass or accuracy to do it. Also, are we getting at teams? we neatly pass it around without getting in where it hurts on a regular basis.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on September 14, 2015, 04:42:03 pm

As for that creative midfielder, we just missed out on one.. Young Harry just signed terms with Ipswich Town over the weekend. He's now in their senior academy.  :ok: and  )O( at the same time...


Congratulations to Harry. Free tickets then for when we play Ipswich in the Championship next season :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on September 15, 2015, 10:11:40 am
Cheers Bolts... And I'm now officially (on paper anyways) a "football agent"  :cheer:

He had a trial at Shirecliffe that I'd had set up for him but it was postponed due to high winds and between then and re-arranging it we sadly realised it wasn't practical for a 13 year old to live on his own up in Sheffield  )O(

And they don't get anything for free. In fact they have to work on every other match day (different age groups take it in turns doing back room jobs and then being ball boys).  He gets Friday afternoon off school for training, but then has to have a tutor to make up on a Sunday...

(on second thoughts, perhaps I'm just a shit agent)  :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on September 15, 2015, 04:37:25 pm
Cheers Bolts... And I'm now officially (on paper anyways) a "football agent"  :cheer:

He had a trial at Shirecliffe that I'd had set up for him but it was postponed due to high winds and between then and re-arranging it we sadly realised it wasn't practical for a 13 year old to live on his own up in Sheffield  )O(

And they don't get anything for free. In fact they have to work on every other match day (different age groups take it in turns doing back room jobs and then being ball boys).  He gets Friday afternoon off school for training, but then has to have a tutor to make up on a Sunday...

(on second thoughts, perhaps I'm just a shit agent)  :DD

He could move in with Lings. That would really further his education :whi

Or you could move back to Sheffield. That would benefit both of you.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on September 15, 2015, 07:38:03 pm
Howard, Freeman, Basham, Sharp, Baxter, Collins, Woolford, Sammon, McEveley, Campbell-Ryce, Edgar.
Subs: McNulty, Scougall, Alcock, Reed, Higdon, Long, K Wallace
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on September 15, 2015, 07:41:18 pm
Howard, Freeman, Basham, Sharp, Baxter, Collins, Woolford, Sammon, McEveley, Campbell-Ryce, Edgar.
Subs: McNulty, Scougall, Alcock, Reed, Higdon, Long, K Wallace

Not impressed with Woolford starting. Told you he is guaranteed a starting spot.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on September 16, 2015, 08:34:29 am
Well what can I say about last night? I arrived about 15 mins late due to a meeting and when I arrived we were already 1-0 down and everyone around me was doom and gloom and berating everything. I tried to view it objectively and what I was seeing in front of me (and sober!!). The thing that stood out for me (in the first half) was that actually there was very little between the two sides - both had poor passing, mis-timed tackles and a lack of quality. The biggest single difference was that when we had the ball Colchester closed us down and hassled us immediately - when they had it, we gave them space and time. The bile from the crowd towards the players (from the kop anyway) was quite astounding to me and it just shows how the first 10-15 minutes of the game can affect the way the fans see it (I guess the goal didn't help!). First half the only player for me that deserved any real credit was Freeman.

2nd half was completely different - no doubt some NA half time 'encouragement'!! We picked the pace of the game up, we closed them down immediately and we ran at them - the penalty was a tad on the soft side and you knew exactly what McEveley was going to do as soon as he got into the box - I need to see the replay, but my first reaction was no pen - simply 50:50 shoulder to shoulder and J Mc made the most of it (he played a completely different game in the second half - sat deep first and was making many overlapping runs 2nd). As for the re-take after the first one was saved, I thought the ref (or infact I think it was the linesman that gave it) got it spot on. The keeper was half way through the 6 yard box when Sharp took it! Took some balls from Sharp to re-take it so calmly after just having had one saved though.

When the second went in I thought there was only one team going to win it - McNulty coming on made a huge difference - he had a great run which desereved a goal, and in fact scoring was probably the easiest part of the whole run but he put it wide, and how Sharp missed his after rounding the keeper I'll never know - he could have passed it into the net, but instead went for glory and put it over!!

The 3rd for Colchester was poor defending and also somewhat against the run of play, but fair play took the goal well. When we got the pen just before the end (a nailed on pen and a deserved sending off IMHO) we all said he's gonna miss this, and so it proved unfortunately.

One thing that really stood out last night was Baxter - not for the game he played, but the fact he sat deep. Almost as soon as he played the ball he dropped back and it was Basham who went forward - I can only assume this is an instruction from NA because it's certainly not his normal game , nor Basham's for that matter - it must surely be better the other way around.

On Bolton's comment about Woolford, I disagree he's first name on the team sheet - the simple truth is who else could he have played there yesterday. Scougs certainly isn't the answer and both JCR and Flynn are far better down the right (Flynn not even on the bench - is he injured again?) but when fit Adams is surely picked over Woolford.

New manager, some new players, but this is starting to have a similar feel to it! Onwards and upwards. 
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on September 16, 2015, 09:05:59 am

On Bolton's comment about Woolford, I disagree he's first name on the team sheet - the simple truth is who else could he have played there yesterday. Scougs certainly isn't the answer and both JCR and Flynn are far better down the right (Flynn not even on the bench - is he injured again?) but when fit Adams is surely picked over Woolford.


Why not try McFadzean until Adams is fit? He can be now worse. Could Dimaio or Otis Khan fill that position in the short term? Where would Done fit in when he is fit again?

I had a chat recently with an old colleague of mine ( Season Ticket holder ), who I don't speak to regularly, and he said that Woolford is the worst player he has seen in the shirt for a long time. From listening on BP he does seem to be a liability.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on September 16, 2015, 09:30:17 am
Nail on head landlord....we are not a naturally aggressive side and we don't get stuck in and get at teams as much as we should, this is NCs doing and players will always revert to their natural game. The midfield is lacking when you look at it with Woolford being a poor winger, Baxter being in a position that doesn't suit him, and JCR being a poor crosser of a ball. Even when Adams is in he isn't consistent enough at the moment and Reed is a bit lightweight, both have huge potential but it's wrong to pin an entire season on these two young lads. The defense all of a sudden is having a mare of a time and conceding 6 in 2 home games (could have been more) isn't good enough against two very average/poor teams but NA has to wait until he has fully fit defensive options, yes he wants another CB but unless he decides to plug the LB position he has only has limited options. It'll take time for NA to sort it out and i'm not sure he'll do it this season but he needs to get a quality CMer in for a start, someone with natural aggression, someone who isn't going to back off an opponent but who can pass a ball properly and he needs to get a decent LMer in to replace Murphy because Woolford isn't it. Up front we're ok, Sharp has 4 in 7 so he's doing ok, Sammon has never been a prolific goal scorer and that isn't going to change and we'd get more goals from McNulty IMO so why not bench Sammon. Higdon isn't good enough but when Done is fit he'll fill that gap and if we got a decent LM Adams too would fill in.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on September 16, 2015, 12:10:50 pm
Nail on head landlord....we are not a naturally aggressive side and we don't get stuck in and get at teams as much as we should, this is NCs doing and players will always revert to their natural game. The midfield is lacking when you look at it with Woolford being a poor winger, Baxter being in a position that doesn't suit him, and JCR being a poor crosser of a ball. Even when Adams is in he isn't consistent enough at the moment and Reed is a bit lightweight, both have huge potential but it's wrong to pin an entire season on these two young lads. The defense all of a sudden is having a mare of a time and conceding 6 in 2 home games (could have been more) isn't good enough against two very average/poor teams but NA has to wait until he has fully fit defensive options, yes he wants another CB but unless he decides to plug the LB position he has only has limited options. It'll take time for NA to sort it out and i'm not sure he'll do it this season but he needs to get a quality CMer in for a start, someone with natural aggression, someone who isn't going to back off an opponent but who can pass a ball properly and he needs to get a decent LMer in to replace Murphy because Woolford isn't it. Up front we're ok, Sharp has 4 in 7 so he's doing ok, Sammon has never been a prolific goal scorer and that isn't going to change and we'd get more goals from McNulty IMO so why not bench Sammon. Higdon isn't good enough but when Done is fit he'll fill that gap and if we got a decent LM Adams too would fill in.

I actually think that's why he's playing Baxter deep - you could count on one hand how many of his passes didn't reach their man last night, where as the rest of the team, least said the better!!

I think in defence we're doubley hampered by both first choice full backs being out. Freeman can play in either full back position and I'm pretty sure that as soon as Brayford is back, Freeman will switch to the left. I can understand NA's reluctance to bring someone else in when he knows Brayford is on the way back and he actually has cover for both positions (all be it both of them are playing at the moment!) It's a delicate balancing act.

From what I've seen of McFadz I don't think he'll ever make it as a permanent feature in the first team (bench at best) - I've seen him have one decent game, which was one of the first this season at LB and other than that I've not been overly impressed. I hope he proves me wrong but I do get the same feeling watching him as I do George Long!! Khan and 

Done is a good shout Bolts and much to my surprise Higdon was useful when he came on last night - the obvious plan was to lump everything up to Higgy and he won pretty much every single header and created a couple of opportunities. I can't disagree about Woolford - I couldn't see why he'd been brought in when he first played - he started to show some signs of improvement but was awful again last night.

It does worry me as well that it won't be long before JCR is found out - in reality it only takes someone watching one video. We know what he's going to do before he does!! Pull it back, create some space in front of him to play the ball into - run past his man and cross with his right peg (not always particularly well). It's great to see him beat his man but how I wish the cross could match it!   
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on September 16, 2015, 02:24:39 pm
Vamps, Ye when Brayford is back Freeman will be cover for the beard or move over to the left as cover for Harris or with Harris as cover for him. Fadz isn't a full back he's a midfielder and bench player like you said. We have a weak midfield and for me is where all our troubles stem from, it's easy to blame a defender or goalie for mistakes that cost us but a poor pass or mistake from midfield puts the defense under more pressure than is necessary, especially when the team is on the front foot. I'd say with JCR that swapping him over to the other side during games would cause the opposition more problems than keeping him strictly on the right, i think he's the type of player that could operate from both sides now and then, same with Adams. CM needs improving, you have to have a strong CM, it's the engine room to the team and at the moment it's the weak link to promotion push.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on September 20, 2015, 02:20:59 pm
Predictions posted for next week

http://www.thecrossedblades.com/forum/index.php?topic=53.0
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on September 21, 2015, 09:28:46 am
Was on the water pretty much all day yesterday, competing in a charity event (Barts Bash - feel free to donate but please don't feel obligated - http://www.bartsbash.com/participant/chris-cooper I won the event at our club BTW!!  :cheer:) so only just got round to watching the highlights on Sky this morning http://www.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/football/competitions/league-one/9999047/bradford-2-2-sheff-utd

Can't really tell much from the highlights it has to be said but what a ball from Baxter for Sharps goal and then great to see him clearing the ball off the line at the death. What was he like for the rest of the game - was that his 1 good game in 6?

Interesting to see McEveley subbed at halftime for Alcock and Freeman switched to LB - the interview with Adkins on Bladesplayer claims it was tactical - is that code for he was crap?

In 2 minds about going to the JPT game next Tuesday.........it's a competition I'm really not bothered about, especially if it impacts on the league, but still want to go and watch the Blades and it's only a tenner..........anyone else going?
 
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on September 21, 2015, 09:52:16 am
To briefly sum up Vamps, first half a complete disaster and we were lucky not to be 4 down at half time. Every time they came forward I thought they would score. We couldn't cope and for our own game we had no movement or passing as usual and absolutely no pace whatsoever. Their first goal was farcical defending from Edgar, Howard and Basham and their second was really down to Edgar being torn a new one for pace by Cole.

Second half a different story and fair play to NA for bringing on Alcock at half time and then shortly afterwards Baxter and Sammon for Woolford and JCR, which completely changed the game in our favour - both Sammon and Baxter were excellent and they couldn't cope and I thought we might go on to steal all 3 points.

Taking off JMac at half time tells me that NA has run out of patience and it may be time to appoint a new captain, but who? There aren't many stand out candidates for me but I would give it to Basham, although he is not the player of last season at the moment. having said that, he had a slow start to last season and then found his form so let's hope he can do that again.

We HAVE to get rid of these inept 1st half performances!

On the positive side though, after 8 games we are only 5 points off Burton at the top and we haven't really played anything like our best yet, so hopefully NA can sort us out and get in the players needed to move forward.

Not bothering with the JPT Vamps. Congrats on your win  :ok:

UTB
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on September 21, 2015, 12:30:48 pm
I watched it on NOWTV and the first half was actually quite exciting in the most part, although the majority of that excitement was through high pulse rate every time they attacked.  Our defending was abysmal.  That said, they had very few actual attempts on target before the goal.  This was typical of the Blades in the last few games, gifting them a goal.  Second goal was much the same, defence switched off (or didn't even switch on) and Edgar too slow for the Bradford player.

One positive, after lots of seat of the pants episodes from their free kicks, we did manage to stop giving them away in the first place...

Second half was a whole different ball game.  NA had to take some credit for the subs, formation change and style of play change.  Baxter needs credit for controlling midfield, calming things down, keeping the ball and finding the right pass.

However, we shouldn't forget Bradford's contribution to our second half display. They were poor second half to be fair.  They looked tired.  Here lies the source of our problem.  Teams play against us in one of three ways.  1) park the bus and hope for 0-0 or to snatch one on the break, 2) play out of their skins like it's a FA Cup giant killing opportunity or 3) play their normal way.  1 is how Blackpool approached us.  3 is what Peterborough tried and 2 is what Bradford did. 

We have to learn to cope with all three approaches.  With Bradford's approach we've got to learn to kill their high tempo game and push up to a high line.  We have to learn to stifle the opposition because they can't keep up that level of activity for a whole 90 minutes.  Trick is to go in 0-0 at half-time and take advantage of a tired opposition second half.

Problem is, I don't think we have the defence to do this.  There's too much panic and dis-organisation back there.  And when the ball did come out, we lost possession and it came straight back, or we gave away a needless foul.

I felt much more comfortable with Adcock at right back by the way.  Can't wait for the Beard to be back in there.  We also have Harris coming back in.  Question is, is the Collins/Edgar combination solid enough?

Midfield. Baxter has some off days, but at least he knows how to hold up the ball.  I like Reed and he'll be a great player, but he's not ready for games like this one just yet.

McNulty might as well not been on the pitch. He needs some sessions on the weights in the gym as he's too easily knocked off the ball.

What I don't get is how a defence that only let 1 goal in in 4, also let in 12 in 4 (including the Gillingham game).

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on September 21, 2015, 04:23:48 pm
I watched the match on SKY, so it is the first time I have seen them live this season, so to speak.

The other posts pretty much sum up the match. Poor first half and then we came out and started to influence the game. After we equalised I thought we took our foot of the gas and Bradford came back into the game.

I think Mceverly was taken off has had been booked and was likely to get another one. He is now only 1 more booking away from suspension. I still don't think he is good enough for the team, and he is no captain.

Good substitutions by NA, and he did give them enough time to have an impact. I still don't rate Woolford. He didn't contribute greatly at all. JCR was not getting any joy on either flank and he was tightly marked everytime he got the ball. I thought Reed had a reasonable game, but he does need a mentor in midfield to help him develop.

The CB's had poor games and they couldn't handle the big Bradford strikers who were up for the fight.

Still, only 5 points behind the leaders so it is not yet time for despondancy. Couuts and Done are back in training, so heopefully they will be ready for action in a few weeks. Adams was missing again and I don't know what his illness is.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on September 21, 2015, 05:21:22 pm
Adams was missing again and I don't know what his illness is.

Looks like he's back in action today! http://www.sufc.co.uk/news/article/sheffield-united-u21s-2565588.aspx

Not bothering with the JPT Vamps. Congrats on your win  :ok:


Feeling the same way - might go to Burton instead.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on September 23, 2015, 02:16:43 pm
Burton tickets completely sold out with no further allocation.

Also, Higdon now on a 3 month loan to Oldham.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on September 23, 2015, 03:21:22 pm
The lucky mascot is back and looking forward to ensuring we get 3 points at the weekend  :ok:

Oh, and I'm back too.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on September 23, 2015, 04:10:28 pm
The lucky mascot is back and looking forward to ensuring we get 3 points at the weekend  :ok:

Oh, and I'm back too.

Oh great  :whi

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on September 23, 2015, 04:19:13 pm
shurrup and gerrem in  :DA
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on September 23, 2015, 04:24:49 pm
The lucky mascot is back and looking forward to ensuring we get 3 points at the weekend  :ok:

Oh, and I'm back too.

Welcome back....did u manage to keep the refugees out of your car??
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on September 23, 2015, 04:25:59 pm
Just watched the brief highlights from the U21's 4-0 win @ Cardiff.

Che took his goal well, and it was nice to see Kennedy score a good headed goal from a corner.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on September 23, 2015, 04:26:27 pm
No Bolts, just charged them £2k apiece and brought them through. They're sitting with Ash on Satdi at BDTBL - that should be enough to send 'em home!  :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on September 23, 2015, 04:40:00 pm
No Bolts, just charged them £2k apiece and brought them through. They're sitting with Ash on Satdi at BDTBL - that should be enough to send 'em home!  :DD

It will be when Ash doesn't buy them a beer or Curry & Chips :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on September 23, 2015, 06:09:53 pm
No Bolts, just charged them £2k apiece and brought them through. They're sitting with Ash on Satdi at BDTBL - that should be enough to send 'em home!  :DD

At 2k a refugee the beers and wilsons are on Satdi then! Hope you brought a few with you  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on September 23, 2015, 06:15:33 pm
Bolts I have to admit that Eeyore's ONE saving grace is he isn't scared to put his hoof in his pocket when it comes to getting a round in. Of course he's an absolute ass in every other respect  :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on September 23, 2015, 07:09:30 pm
Bolts I have to admit that Eeyore's ONE saving grace is he isn't scared to put his hoof in his pocket when it comes to getting a round in. Of course he's an absolute ass in every other respect  :whi

Errrrm, thanks.......I think!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on September 23, 2015, 07:16:44 pm
Hidden out on loan to Oldham.  I'm so upset....  :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on September 23, 2015, 07:38:18 pm
Hidden out on loan to Oldham.  I'm so upset....  :whi

yeah......"no, wait, come back...........  :whi "
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on September 23, 2015, 08:29:01 pm
Bolts I have to admit that Eeyore's ONE saving grace is he isn't scared to put his hoof in his pocket when it comes to getting a round in. Of course he's an absolute ass in every other respect  :whi

And on that note - what's the agenda for Sat'dy? Need to get them in before my month of abstaining.......
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on September 23, 2015, 09:06:48 pm
Bolts I have to admit that Eeyore's ONE saving grace is he isn't scared to put his hoof in his pocket when it comes to getting a round in. Of course he's an absolute ass in every other respect  :whi

And on that note - what's the agenda for Sat'dy? Need to get them in before my month of abstaining.......

Errrrrm let me think.........maybe Beer House for 12.30 followed by Cat, chips etc and match........just for a change, you undersand!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on September 23, 2015, 10:46:07 pm
you mad, impetuous, unpredictable fool!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on September 24, 2015, 08:10:30 am
Bolts I have to admit that Eeyore's ONE saving grace is he isn't scared to put his hoof in his pocket when it comes to getting a round in. Of course he's an absolute ass in every other respect  :whi

And on that note - what's the agenda for Sat'dy? Need to get them in before my month of abstaining.......

Errrrrm let me think.........maybe Beer House for 12.30 followed by Cat, chips etc and match........just for a change, you undersand!

You know full well I don't like change - you do this on purpose don't you - Oh OK, but just this once.........might call in at Roney's for a hot Pork Sarni first!!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on September 24, 2015, 08:30:06 am
Bolts I have to admit that Eeyore's ONE saving grace is he isn't scared to put his hoof in his pocket when it comes to getting a round in. Of course he's an absolute ass in every other respect  :whi

I know he does. You are all very kind to Hannah & I when we venture back home. :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on September 24, 2015, 08:41:58 am
Hidden out on loan to Oldham.  I'm so upset....  :whi

Just realised. That has to be the most appropriate iPhone autocorrect ever.. Higdon changes to Hidden  :DD :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on September 24, 2015, 08:43:24 am
Big day ahead today......should reach my century  :ok: :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on September 24, 2015, 08:46:31 am
Big day ahead today......should reach my century  :ok: :whi

Didn't realise that you were that old.  :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on September 24, 2015, 08:54:29 am
Big day ahead today......should reach my century  :ok: :whi

Happy to oblige. After all the hard work Lings has clearly put in to get you on the edge, the least I can do is take that honour away from him!!  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on September 24, 2015, 08:56:45 am
Big day ahead today......should reach my century  :ok: :whi

Happy to oblige  :ok:

Typical. I put the shift in, Landlord grabs the glory
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on September 24, 2015, 08:58:05 am
Big day ahead today......should reach my century  :ok: :whi

Happy to oblige  :ok:

Typical. I put the shift in, Landlord grabs the glory

At least we know who your next target is now!!!

Actually looking at everyone else's profile I wonder how many people know that little 'feature' is there.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on September 24, 2015, 09:12:01 am
Great feature - feels good to Smite Ash I must say  :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on September 24, 2015, 10:33:25 am
Great feature - feels good to Smite Ash I must say  :whi

 :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: I'm so proud of that achievement and thanks for all your help and support  :ok:

It's quite sad though if Lings is the only one who has been smiting me - bearing in mind that you can only smite once every hour you have to wonder what else he does with his life other than sit in front of a computer all day!!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on September 24, 2015, 11:00:50 am
Great feature - feels good to Smite Ash I must say  :whi

 :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: I'm so proud of that achievement and thanks for all your help and support  :ok:

It's quite sad though if Lings is the only one who has been smiting me - bearing in mind that you can only smite once every hour you have to wonder what else he does with his life other than sit in front of a computer all day!!

....says the man who has only "smited" me 28 times because he's too lazy  :roll:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on September 24, 2015, 11:51:42 am
Great feature - feels good to Smite Ash I must say  :whi

 :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: I'm so proud of that achievement and thanks for all your help and support  :ok:

It's quite sad though if Lings is the only one who has been smiting me - bearing in mind that you can only smite once every hour you have to wonder what else he does with his life other than sit in front of a computer all day!!

....says the man who has only "smited" me 28 times because he's too lazy  :roll:

Make that 29...
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on September 24, 2015, 12:06:07 pm
Great feature - feels good to Smite Ash I must say  :whi

 :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: I'm so proud of that achievement and thanks for all your help and support  :ok:

It's quite sad though if Lings is the only one who has been smiting me - bearing in mind that you can only smite once every hour you have to wonder what else he does with his life other than sit in front of a computer all day!!

....says the man who has only "smited" me 28 times because he's too lazy  :roll:

Make that 29...

Let me applaud that sir............ :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on September 24, 2015, 06:57:28 pm
Let me smite it
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on September 24, 2015, 08:38:37 pm
Let me smite it

What does another one matter.....smite away!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on September 25, 2015, 01:35:14 pm
WHAT A WAY TO MARK YOUR 2,000TH POST  :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on September 25, 2015, 01:50:15 pm
WHAT A WAY TO MARK YOUR 2,000TH POST  :DD

It's all about timing  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on September 25, 2015, 03:24:27 pm
Why it's not a good idea to piss around in my man cave come office come recording studio after several bottles of Jaipur...

Wanky Wednesday

https://soundcloud.com/simon-eyre-913099089/were-all-wy-arent-we-no
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on September 25, 2015, 04:38:02 pm
Well at least we now know why you work in IT! :o
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on September 25, 2015, 09:08:19 pm
http://www.skysports.com/watch/video/tv-shows/the-fantasy-football-club/10005887/dave-bassetts-one2eleven

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on September 25, 2015, 09:10:43 pm
Why it's not a good idea to piss around in my man cave come office come recording studio after several bottles of Jaipur...

Wanky Wednesday

https://soundcloud.com/simon-eyre-913099089/were-all-wy-arent-we-no

Brilliant - sounds like a New Order B-Side  :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on September 25, 2015, 09:34:21 pm
http://www.skysports.com/watch/video/tv-shows/the-fantasy-football-club/10005887/dave-bassetts-one2eleven

Oh to have some of those in the side now!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on September 26, 2015, 02:36:00 pm
Howard, Basham, Flynn, Coutts, Sharp, Baxter, Collins, Sammon, Alcock, K Wallace, Edgar.
Subs: Freeman, McNulty, Woolford, Reed, Long, Adams, McGahey.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on September 26, 2015, 06:57:34 pm
Very good performance from the Blades today.

No-one had a bad game, including the subs. Some great stuff played, some great goals scored. WTF have they been doing while I've been on hols?

MOTM.........I think Sammon, followed closely by Sharp, Basham, Baxter and Wallace.

Great to catch up with the usual beer monsters. Onwards, upwards, etc.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on September 26, 2015, 08:53:03 pm
Feckin Blades......shower of Shyte one week (or two) and then decide to play like we know they can....well deserved win today, even though you had that horrible thought at only 2-1 that we would fuck it up.

Le Poisson mom for me too  :ok: but as chief beer monster said, they all had a good game today.

Now let's go to Burton on Tues and crap on their strawberries  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on September 27, 2015, 12:52:51 pm
Three well taken goals yesterday, everyone was saying the red card for them was harsh BUT i have to defend the ref and say that initial reaction on seeing it was he got it right and he only has that reaction to work with. Ye it may have been an accident but his foot was high and Alcock got injured so no complaints as far as i'm concerned. Now lets go do Burton, the bloody upstarts.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on September 27, 2015, 02:37:21 pm
Very much needed 3 points yesterday. Just watched the highlights and although we scored 3, we should have had more. Maybe I am getting greedy in my old age.

McEverley or Woolford were not missed, and most of the players seemed to have a good game. Maybe Howard was at fault for their goal, but we do need to start keeping some clean sheets. Can't argue with the red, it was a dangerous high foot. Not sure if Che dived as the highlights didn't show a replay of the incident.

We do need a good performance on Tuesday, and a win will put us back well into contention.

Predictions posted for next week. There is match on Friday.

http://www.thecrossedblades.com/forum/index.php?topic=57.0
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on September 27, 2015, 05:45:26 pm
Can't really add much to what's already been posted about yesterdays game.

Thanks to e great idea by Southampton yesterday we've introduced a new feature. Despite us all being sat pretty much on the same place on the Kop we all had different views on MoM. so we've created a MoM feature - I'll tally the winners each week and we'll see who the Player of the season comes out as.

The rules are here http://www.thecrossedblades.com/forum/index.php?topic=58.0

The first thread for yesterdays game is here: http://www.thecrossedblades.com/forum/index.php?topic=59.0

Voting will be open for a week after each game.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on September 27, 2015, 06:35:04 pm
Been selling Maisie's vegan food (pasties, sausage rolls, pie and peas) on the vintage fair at abbeydale picture house, but to my dismay(!!!) there was a beer stall just to the right of me selling Buxton Brewery's "Axe Edge" ale. Well it would be rude not to try one of my favourite beers right? 4 pints later I noted it was 6.1% - It's taken me 15 minutes to type this post and correct the typos.

WAHEY! burp
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on September 27, 2015, 08:21:44 pm
Been selling Maisie's vegan food (pasties, sausage rolls, pie and peas) on the vintage fair at abbeydale picture house, but to my dismay(!!!) there was a beer stall just to the right of me selling Buxton Brewery's "Axe Edge" ale. Well it would be rude not to try one of my favourite beers right? 4 pints later I noted it was 6.1% - It's taken me 15 minutes to type this post and correct the typos.

WAHEY! burp

There you have it.....chief beer monster  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on September 28, 2015, 04:00:27 pm
I think the ref was right on both counts.  For the red card, if that had happened at the other end and was a defender with a high foot on a striker in the box, it would have definitely been red, so why not if it happens to the defender.

It was difficult to see if Che was caught from the long distance camera angle on the highlights, but I must say he seemed to go down rather heavily for a challenge that, if there was contact, would have been less of a fall. 
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on September 28, 2015, 05:35:55 pm
Knowing the way Adams plays and his desire for goals, it just seemed very strange for him to dive when he was clean through. It also affected him for the rest of the match as he clearly couldn't put it behind him. I believe he thought he was tripped.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on September 28, 2015, 05:50:36 pm
Knowing the way Adams plays and his desire for goals, it just seemed very strange for him to dive when he was clean through. It also affected him for the rest of the match as he clearly couldn't put it behind him. I believe he thought he was tripped.

Can we contest the booking if we felt it was unjust??
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on September 28, 2015, 06:20:15 pm
Knowing the way Adams plays and his desire for goals, it just seemed very strange for him to dive when he was clean through. It also affected him for the rest of the match as he clearly couldn't put it behind him. I believe he thought he was tripped.

Can we contest the booking if we felt it was unjust??

No Bolts, only reds can be appealed. It did look a pen to me, but then again I am biased!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on September 28, 2015, 06:22:44 pm
Knowing the way Adams plays and his desire for goals, it just seemed very strange for him to dive when he was clean through. It also affected him for the rest of the match as he clearly couldn't put it behind him. I believe he thought he was tripped.

Can we contest the booking if we felt it was unjust??

No Bolts, only reds can be appealed. It did look a pen to me, but then again I am biased!

As I said previously, the footage on BP was non-conclusive. I don't think Che is someone who dives. If he does, then NA needs to sort it out.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on September 28, 2015, 08:15:58 pm
No way did he dive. He had the ball at his feet and would have been clear thru 1 on 1 with the keeper.

The red card was one by the technicality of the rules but was a tad harsh. Donny player had his eyes nowhere else but on the ball and Alcock stooped to head it. Nothing malicious but easily deemed dangerous play.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on September 29, 2015, 07:15:08 pm
 Howard, Freeman, Basham, Flynn, Coutts, Sharp, Collins, Sammon, Reed, K Wallace, Edgar.
Subs: McNulty, Done, Scougall, Woolford, Long, Kennedy, Dimaio.

Great to see Done on the bench
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on September 29, 2015, 07:31:19 pm
Howard, Freeman, Basham, Flynn, Coutts, Sharp, Collins, Sammon, Reed, K Wallace, Edgar.
Subs: McNulty, Done, Scougall, Woolford, Long, Kennedy, Dimaio.

Great to see Done on the bench

Excellent news. nice to see kennedy and Dimaio on the bench as well. Strange no Adams and Baxter.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on September 30, 2015, 08:11:36 am
http://www.thestar.co.uk/sport/sheff-utd/sheff-utd-news/sheffield-united-che-adams-reprimanded-1-7487697

Adams has been a naughty boy so got left out last night.

 Nice to see that NA says it's all done and dusted now, NC would have made him disappear for good.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on September 30, 2015, 08:23:36 am
http://www.thestar.co.uk/sport/sheff-utd/sheff-utd-news/sheffield-united-che-adams-reprimanded-1-7487697

Adams has been a naughty boy so got left out last night.

 Nice to see that NA says it's all done and dusted now, NC would have made him disappear for good.

Lets hope he does learn from this, and it's not a case of I've been picked for England so I am better then the rest.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on September 30, 2015, 08:25:47 am
http://www.thestar.co.uk/sport/sheff-utd/sheff-utd-news/sheffield-united-che-adams-reprimanded-1-7487697

Adams has been a naughty boy so got left out last night.

 Nice to see that NA says it's all done and dusted now, NC would have made him disappear for good.

Lets hope he does learn from this, and it's not a case of I've been picked for England so I am better then the rest.

He probably went out on the piss when told not to.....
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on September 30, 2015, 08:55:55 am
Suppose the only good thing to come out of last nights match was the clean sheet.

It didn't sound the most enthralling match, and to be fair, neither side deserved all 3 points. I would have brought Done on instead of Woolford. Don't see the point of bringing Billy off with 2 minutes to go.

As usual the banter in the Chat Room was great apart from when Tex unplugged the server again...
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on September 30, 2015, 10:58:26 am
I don't think that a point away against the league leaders is too bad to be honest.

Burton are a form team and we are still very much work in progress. I have witnessed some glimpses of very good football from us this season and also some horror shows - when we are good we are more than capable of clinching an auto spot but when we are bad it's absolutely dire!

I am confident that NA will improve our consistency so we can cut out the horror performances and if we can do that I have every faith we will do well and go up. We haven't been anywhere near our best for the majority of the season yet are only 5 points from top spot with some important players returning to fitness.

The standard of League 1 this season doesn't look that strong so we really need to push on and take advantage of that.

COYRAWW!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on September 30, 2015, 12:50:40 pm
http://www.thestar.co.uk/sport/sheff-utd/sheff-utd-news/sheffield-united-che-adams-reprimanded-1-7487697

Adams has been a naughty boy so got left out last night.

 Nice to see that NA says it's all done and dusted now, NC would have made him disappear for good.

Lets hope he does learn from this, and it's not a case of I've been picked for England so I am better then the rest.

He probably went out on the piss when told not to.....

Out on the piss in Nottingham if the rumours are to be believed............

Plenty in the chat room last night said they'd take a draw before kick off (I can only recall Bolts saying we HAD to win and me saying I wanted to win it. Looking at realistically, before last night they'd played 4 at home and won 3 of them. From our away games this year we've only lost one - Gillingham and they've won every single one of their 5 home games this year. I don't think we're in a bad place!
 
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on September 30, 2015, 03:24:38 pm
On last night's game, seven of our competitors, the seven they've beaten so far, would have taken a point against Burton, especially away.

And another clean sheet, which is an improvement on previous games.

Reports from mates at the game suggest we were a bit disjointed and made too many school boy errors when we could have created chances to score.

On Che, I've heard he was on the piss Saturday night.  NA trains on Sunday's so this is what I suspect the issue is about.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on September 30, 2015, 06:55:08 pm
Sad to hear that marcus bent was tasered and arrested on charges of affray and possession of class A drugs.

I know it was a mistake the second time around at BDTBL but he gave us a lot of good days in his good times with us and I for one am sorry to see him getting involved in shit like that.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on September 30, 2015, 08:12:59 pm
Sad to hear that marcus bent was tasered and arrested on charges of affray and possession of class A drugs.

I know it was a mistake the second time around at BDTBL but he gave us a lot of good days in his good times with us and I for one am sorry to see him getting involved in shit like that.

Agree with those sentiments......

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/sportsnews/article-3254760/Former-Premier-League-striker-Marcus-Bent-tasered-police-appeared-threaten-officer-meat-cleaver.html

Sounds like he was on drugs at the time......no mention of the so called intruders just the police turning up to his phone call.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on October 01, 2015, 09:01:03 am
More £ than brain cells - a common problem with footballers
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on October 01, 2015, 12:09:24 pm
Chris Lucketti...........remember him?

Taken over from Alexander at Fleetwood
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 01, 2015, 05:06:51 pm
More £ than brain cells - a common problem with footballers

A very commom problem unfortunately, Nile Ranger is another prime example.

They get paid a great deal of money at a very early age and don't know what to do with it, apart from piss it up the wall and gamble. Surely the clubs must take a lot of the blame for this.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 01, 2015, 05:07:27 pm
Chris Lucketti...........remember him?

Taken over from Alexander at Fleetwood

Good luck to him, apart from when we play them.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on October 03, 2015, 02:30:07 pm
 Howard, Freeman, Basham, Flynn, Coutts, Sharp, Baxter, Collins, Sammon, K Wallace, Edgar.
Subs: Done, McEveley, Campbell-Ryce, Reed, Long, Kennedy, Adams.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 03, 2015, 02:53:01 pm
Howard, Freeman, Basham, Flynn, Coutts, Sharp, Baxter, Collins, Sammon, K Wallace, Edgar.
Subs: Done, McEveley, Campbell-Ryce, Reed, Long, Kennedy, Adams.

Nice to see Woolford not in the squad...
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on October 03, 2015, 06:01:12 pm
Howard, Freeman, Basham, Flynn, Coutts, Sharp, Baxter, Collins, Sammon, K Wallace, Edgar.
Subs: Done, McEveley, Campbell-Ryce, Reed, Long, Kennedy, Adams.

Nice to see Woolford not in the squad...

Maybe after today we'd have been better off with him  )O(
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on October 03, 2015, 06:13:30 pm
We have no midfielder capable of dominating the game when opposition teams seem to have them. For me the midfield isn't good enough and is too lightweight for a start, we need a CM pairing that can ride over teams and get good balls through to the forwards, we also need wingers that can destroy teams with pace and can actually cross a ball. There's no urgency, no aggression and no passion and it all stems from that midfield.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on October 03, 2015, 06:26:23 pm
Dreadful

Every other team seems to have a spark, some urgency, energy and some desire to get forward. We stroll about thinking all we have to do is turn up!

We'll be in this league forever.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on October 03, 2015, 06:33:48 pm
Dreadful

Every other team seems to have a spark, some urgency, energy and some desire to get forward. We stroll about thinking all we have to do is turn up!

We'll be in this league forever.

That's what some were saying that had been to the game.....A poor midfield won't create too much or create quality and it'll put too much pressure on the defense by being weak.....strolling around is disgraceful IMO
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on October 03, 2015, 09:51:48 pm
What a fucking shit day.

Blades shit again and to top it off, England's egg chasers out of their own fucking World Cup  )O( )O(
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 04, 2015, 09:00:55 am
Dreadful

Every other team seems to have a spark, some urgency, energy and some desire to get forward. We stroll about thinking all we have to do is turn up!

We'll be in this league forever.

Every other team see us as their big game(s) of the season. Hence they go all out to beat us, and if they are half decent then they will succeed. We don't have the players who will step up to the mark and battle.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on October 04, 2015, 12:11:10 pm
Dreadful

Every other team seems to have a spark, some urgency, energy and some desire to get forward. We stroll about thinking all we have to do is turn up!

We'll be in this league forever.

Every other team see us as their big game(s) of the season. Hence they go all out to beat us, and if they are half decent then they will succeed. We don't have the players who will step up to the mark and battle.

That's probably still true Bolts, even though this is our 5th season in this League. I would say it's more relevant for teams coming to BDTBL due to the stadium etc.

There is a real irony at the moment that we have always been traditionally known as being a big, physical and direct team although over the last couple of seasons this couldn't be further from the truth and we have become lightweight and easy to bully. What we need is skill and substance, the strength to get a foot hold in matches with the skill to go on and win.

I still believe that NA can prove a success with us but whether that will be this season or next is the question - if he doesn't achieve promotion this season, will he be given the time?

UTB  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on October 04, 2015, 01:50:36 pm
Dreadful

Every other team seems to have a spark, some urgency, energy and some desire to get forward. We stroll about thinking all we have to do is turn up!

We'll be in this league forever.

Every other team see us as their big game(s) of the season. Hence they go all out to beat us, and if they are half decent then they will succeed. We don't have the players who will step up to the mark and battle.

That's probably still true Bolts, even though this is our 5th season in this League. I would say it's more relevant for teams coming to BDTBL due to the stadium etc.

There is a real irony at the moment that we have always been traditionally known as being a big, physical and direct team although over the last couple of seasons this couldn't be further from the truth and we have become lightweight and easy to bully. What we need is skill and substance, the strength to get a foot hold in matches with the skill to go on and win.

I still believe that NA can prove a success with us but whether that will be this season or next is the question - if he doesn't achieve promotion this season, will he be given the time?

UTB  :ok:

The problem a manager has when he takes over from a failed season is players that are locked into a system from the previous manager. NC did bring in some good players BUT did he identify these players before hand as the kind that had a mentality of don't concede first and snatch a goal when you can? or did he put that mentality into them? None of NCs signings were by nature aggressive, powerful, hard tackling types, and none of them had/have any real height. Even our youngsters come into this latter type and you have to ask the question....is this deeper than the manager and what the top men at the club want? Most players were/are tappy tappy lightweights who get bullied easily and this is what NA won't be able to change right away.

The big problem as I see it is the players mentality in games and NA has inherited this mentality. Also, Weir had the same ethos to games, Clough played like it and we're seeing a NA team do it, does that suggest the powers that be WANT our team to play this way, which constantly doesn't work in this division.

 A clearout is another big headache because...

1. Our players would probably be paid better (over paid in most cases ) than any other club in the division.
2. Their saleability is limited because most are not Championship quality and what lower lge club would take them?.
3. Natural wastage takes time for contracts to expire.

We can't just keep bringing players in on high wages whilst we have our current squad because we have a wage cap to adhere to, I don't know what wiggle room we have with wages but we must be close to it. So this is going to take quite a bit of time for NA to sort out and I hope the fans give him some decent time to do so.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 04, 2015, 02:15:50 pm
Predictions posted for next week. I think all matches are being played despite the International break.

http://www.thecrossedblades.com/forum/index.php?topic=64.0
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 04, 2015, 02:23:03 pm
Stabo, I agree with what you say.

However, NA surely has had enough time now to have started to sort out the mentality of the players post NC. If not, then was he the correct choice? I still think he is, but how much longer before the crowd start to turn against him, and perhaps some of the players? Your final few words of your post 'I hope the fans give him some decent time to do so.' are the crux of the matter.

Maybe if Higdon continues to score goals at Oldham he may be worth giving another go. Scoring breeds confidence with strikers.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on October 04, 2015, 02:57:39 pm
Stabo, I agree with what you say.

However, NA surely has had enough time now to have started to sort out the mentality of the players post NC. If not, then was he the correct choice? I still think he is, but how much longer before the crowd start to turn against him, and perhaps some of the players? Your final few words of your post 'I hope the fans give him some decent time to do so.' are the crux of the matter.

Maybe if Higdon continues to score goals at Oldham he may be worth giving another go. Scoring breeds confidence with strikers.

 It's difficult to change a player from one type to another mate and you only have to look at what happened when Blackwell tried to change Sharp last time. Sharp was a box player and KB wanted him to play a different way, straight away, instead of gradually adding to his game. You can't turn a mild tappy tappy lightweight player into an aggressive battler, it just doesn't happen. NC identified the type of player he thought could play a PL style football and as we know it didn't work. This is what NA has inherited and is struggling with but i'm sure he knows this and in time we'll see ALL these players gone.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 04, 2015, 03:17:52 pm
Stabo, I agree with what you say.

However, NA surely has had enough time now to have started to sort out the mentality of the players post NC. If not, then was he the correct choice? I still think he is, but how much longer before the crowd start to turn against him, and perhaps some of the players? Your final few words of your post 'I hope the fans give him some decent time to do so.' are the crux of the matter.

Maybe if Higdon continues to score goals at Oldham he may be worth giving another go. Scoring breeds confidence with strikers.

 It's difficult to change a player from one type to another mate and you only have to look at what happened when Blackwell tried to change Sharp last time. Sharp was a box player and KB wanted him to play a different way, straight away, instead of gradually adding to his game. You can't turn a mild tappy tappy lightweight player into an aggressive battler, it just doesn't happen. NC identified the type of player he thought could play a PL style football and as we know it didn't work. This is what NA has inherited and is struggling with but i'm sure he knows this and in time we'll see ALL these players gone.

I sound like a stuck record, but I agree. However, surely, a professional footballer getting paid more money than you or I could dream about, should be able to adapt. For christs's sake they train daily, so any manager worth his salt should be able to change them. Sharp is a KE type of player who works best within the penalty area, and he is flourishing under NA.

Basham should be the driving force in CM, but he seems to have lost his way a little, and he gets too many stupid bookings. I don't know what the answer is, but as you said earlier, we are limited to the money we can pay due to FFP. The Hammond loan seems to have gone quiet. He could be the answer that we are searching for. We need 2 CM's who can win the ball and spread it out to the wings.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on October 04, 2015, 04:22:48 pm
Stabo, I agree with what you say.

However, NA surely has had enough time now to have started to sort out the mentality of the players post NC. If not, then was he the correct choice? I still think he is, but how much longer before the crowd start to turn against him, and perhaps some of the players? Your final few words of your post 'I hope the fans give him some decent time to do so.' are the crux of the matter.

Maybe if Higdon continues to score goals at Oldham he may be worth giving another go. Scoring breeds confidence with strikers.

 It's difficult to change a player from one type to another mate and you only have to look at what happened when Blackwell tried to change Sharp last time. Sharp was a box player and KB wanted him to play a different way, straight away, instead of gradually adding to his game. You can't turn a mild tappy tappy lightweight player into an aggressive battler, it just doesn't happen. NC identified the type of player he thought could play a PL style football and as we know it didn't work. This is what NA has inherited and is struggling with but i'm sure he knows this and in time we'll see ALL these players gone.

I sound like a stuck record, but I agree. However, surely, a professional footballer getting paid more money than you or I could dream about, should be able to adapt. For christs's sake they train daily, so any manager worth his salt should be able to change them. Sharp is a KE type of player who works best within the penalty area, and he is flourishing under NA.

Basham should be the driving force in CM, but he seems to have lost his way a little, and he gets too many stupid bookings. I don't know what the answer is, but as you said earlier, we are limited to the money we can pay due to FFP. The Hammond loan seems to have gone quiet. He could be the answer that we are searching for. We need 2 CM's who can win the ball and spread it out to the wings.

 I know what you're saying about how much they get paid mate but if it was that easy you'd be turning goalies into strikers etc  You look at Baxter, he's playing out of position, Coutts too. How do you change a CMer into a winger? Ye a few players can play more than one position and that helps when there are injuries but most play best in their "natural" positions. How do you make a mild soft tackler into an aggressive battler? add all that to the fact that they are lge 1 players and you can see why we are doing how we are doing. Cloughs side wasn't good enough last season and at the moment NA hasn't added enough of his own players to it to make a big difference. I still think a couple of decent signings in midfield are needed and they would make a huge difference to our season and then get another CB to add competition at the back, get the injured players back at the back and that'll improve us too.

 Sammon hasn't a prolific scoring record so I'd also try Done and Sharp up front, both natural goal scorers and now Sharp has added holding the ball up do we need a big lad up front?

Oh and as for agreeing with me, of course you do...i'm still riding the bacon butty....  ;D
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 05, 2015, 08:44:49 am
I was hoping you had choked on the bacon butty by now :DD

If we have too many players not in the natural positions then NA has got something wrong. I would have thought that when he joined he sat down individually with each player and asked them their preffered role. I agree Coutts isn't a winger, but would you put him in CM with Bash? That then, presumabely, puts Baxter out wide - out of position even more.

Not sure about having Done & Sharp up front. Yes, both are natural scorers, but if we resort to humping the ball up front then they will get nowt against big defenders.

Time will tell, but NA needs to start putting his mark on this team before we find ourselves in mid table, and having to fight again just to make the play offs.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on October 05, 2015, 09:16:36 am
I'm somewhere between both your arguments - one could argue that the holding midfield role isn't Baxter's natural position, however this season it has by far been his best in a Blades shirt, playing this role - I can't see any of the current squad doing a better job  :yikes:!!

I'm 100% with Bolton on the Sharp/Done combo - they are very similar players and for me it's one or the other. I agree Sammon isn't prolific, but he brings something else as the big sod up front - he's quite mobile for a player his size and he worries defenders - gives them something to think about and creates a lot of space for Sharp.

I think Lings hit the nail on the head about the passion - It always looks like we're second best to the balls - it's almost as though we think we have a right to win every game and it doesn't work like that in this league - I'm beginning to wonder if it's a case of we don't want skillfull players, but battlers. That's what it's going to need to get us out of this league, the problem being we'll then need those skillful players when we do eventually get up!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on October 05, 2015, 10:22:24 am
I'm somewhere between both your arguments - one could argue that the holding midfield role isn't Baxter's natural position, however this season it has by far been his best in a Blades shirt, playing this role - I can't see any of the current squad doing a better job  :yikes:!!

I'm 100% with Bolton on the Sharp/Done combo - they are very similar players and for me it's one or the other. I agree Sammon isn't prolific, but he brings something else as the big sod up front - he's quite mobile for a player his size and he worries defenders - gives them something to think about and creates a lot of space for Sharp.

I think Lings hit the nail on the head about the passion - It always looks like we're second best to the balls - it's almost as though we think we have a right to win every game and it doesn't work like that in this league - I'm beginning to wonder if it's a case of we don't want skillfull players, but battlers. That's what it's going to need to get us out of this league, the problem being we'll then need those skillful players when we do eventually get up!

We need a battler in midfield, i think the players are naturally lightweight and too quiet and ye perhaps they have that big club syndrome. You can also have a battler who's skillful and TBH how many are good enough for higher? you still need to get stuck in when in the championship and get forward quick.  Not having a go at Sammon but I think we could play Done and Sharp together especially as Sharp is holding the ball up more now than he did when younger and Done has natural pace,but ye you'd need a big lad coming in from midfield to do the Sammon job.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 05, 2015, 05:11:30 pm
Just watched the highlights on BP from Saturday, don't know why.

Shambolic defending for both goals. Baxter gave the ball away in mid-field for the first, and the defence had no idea what to do for the second. Nice to see Done sneak one in at the end.

We did have enough chances, but we never really looked like scoring any of them.

Very disappointing performance. I hope NA gives them a chance to sort it out tomorrow.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 05, 2015, 05:14:14 pm
Just been looking at the BBC, and on our page which lists the players, we have someone called Maw listed.

Anyone got any ideas who he is??
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on October 05, 2015, 05:27:30 pm
He did say he wanted to bring Maw players in to bolster the defence and midfield  8)
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 05, 2015, 05:59:08 pm
He did say he wanted to bring Maw players in to bolster the defence and midfield  8)

Thanks for the very informative response, as always )O(
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on October 05, 2015, 05:59:52 pm
He did say he wanted to bring Maw players in to bolster the defence and midfield  8)

Maw or less  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 05, 2015, 06:06:32 pm
He did say he wanted to bring Maw players in to bolster the defence and midfield  8)

Maw or less  :ok:

Go and have another bacon butty :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on October 05, 2015, 08:10:37 pm
He did say he wanted to bring Maw players in to bolster the defence and midfield  8)

Maw or less  :ok:

Go and have another bacon butty :DD

I did!  :cheer:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 06, 2015, 08:51:17 am
He did say he wanted to bring Maw players in to bolster the defence and midfield  8)

Maw or less  :ok:

Go and have another bacon butty :DD

I did!  :cheer:

Foxtrot Oscar )O(
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on October 06, 2015, 11:18:33 am
Anybody going tonight?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on October 06, 2015, 02:22:18 pm
Anybody going tonight?

NO! Frankly don't care about the result (sets Bolton up for his piece about every game......) and will probably just join in the chat room.

Any plans for Saturday yet? I'm in London on Friday night for the England game so not likely to make it for an early drink (plus I'm on coke and can only drink so much of the bloody stuff!) so if it's the usual route will probably meet you in the Cat around 1.15-1.30pm.

 
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on October 06, 2015, 03:41:42 pm
OK chat room it is then.

Will let you know about Satdi. I'm "Soberer For October" so I'm supping much less ale and will probably have a later start mesen.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 06, 2015, 04:17:14 pm
Anybody going tonight?

NO! Frankly don't care about the result (sets Bolton up for his piece about every game......) and will probably just join in the chat room.

Any plans for Saturday yet? I'm in London on Friday night for the England game so not likely to make it for an early drink (plus I'm on coke and can only drink so much of the bloody stuff!) so if it's the usual route will probably meet you in the Cat around 1.15-1.30pm.

True Vamps, and I do want them to win every game, or if not, at least go down fighting. It would be nice tonight to see a strong team out to get Saturdays result out of their system.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on October 06, 2015, 05:28:06 pm
Sod it - I'm going  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 06, 2015, 05:33:07 pm
Sod it - I'm going  :ok:

At least the chat room will be a little more refined.... :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on October 06, 2015, 05:35:51 pm
Sod it - I'm going  :ok:

Nearly convinced me for a second then but saw that he intends to play Long and McEveley - made me come to my senses!!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: S36Reject on October 06, 2015, 06:37:58 pm
Me and Ziah, currently sat in Shapla are going tonight.

Not expecting too much mind. Steroid injections wearing off now so in a bit of pain. But getting the games in while I can.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on October 06, 2015, 07:15:17 pm
Long, Freeman, McGahey, McEveley, Woolford, Campbell-Ryce, Baxter, Reed, Scougall, Done, Adams

Subs Howard, Coutts, Sharp, Sammon, K. Wallace

Only 3 defenders?

Is it Adams and Done up front?

although i'm not bothered about this cup, i don't like us losing at home and it gives NA a chance to look at different line ups and combos of players....
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 06, 2015, 07:17:59 pm
Long, Freeman, McGahey, McEveley, Woolford, Campbell-Ryce, Baxter, Reed, Scougall, Done, Adams

Subs Howard, Coutts, Sharp, Sammon, K. Wallace

Only 3 defenders?

Is it Adams and Done up front?

Looks like it. Maybe Woolford @ LB
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on October 06, 2015, 07:39:20 pm
Long, Freeman, McGahey, McEveley, Woolford, Campbell-Ryce, Baxter, Reed, Scougall, Done, Adams

Subs Howard, Coutts, Sharp, Sammon, K. Wallace

Only 3 defenders?

Is it Adams and Done up front?


Looks like it. Maybe Woolford @ LB

Ye looks like it......and he may go 3 in midfield with 3 up front
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on October 06, 2015, 10:54:12 pm
Well - to say I'm glad I went is a bit of an understatement!

We played some great stuff at times, Scougs had a very good game, McGahey was very composed, Baxter ran the show, Done is BACK!

JCR's showboating towards the end was absolutely brilliant to see - he absolutely roasted their left back and then when his mate came to help him out JCR flicked the ball between the two of them, spun around the other way and appeared on the other side with the ball at his feet from which he almost presented Adams and then Reed with an easy goal.

Of course we were playing a league 2 side but we looked very good for most of the game. It wasn't completely one-sided though. Early in the game they pressed high and fast, never giving us a minute until they just got tired of chasing shadows, such was the quality of our passing, and then again in the 2nd half that passing quality just disappeared for 10 minutes. It was a bizarre period in the game but we got back in control and just saw the game out.

Jon Stead - the guy is totally wasted in L2 and would be an asset to most L1 sides. Top quality.

The only drink I had tonight was Bovril with Hendo's in it. Watching United is a weird experience when sober  :DB

Thoroughly enjoyable night - good to catch up with Dane and that brings me to my last point. There was a series of wide open oceans of red and white plastic seats on the kop. Dane was on the end of the row in front of us with no-one else on the row. The 3 rows below, both side of the aisle, had no-one in them. Molly and me were the only people on our row and there were several clear rows behind. Trust some bumbling oaf to turn up with his son, tickets in hand, insisting on sitting in the seats denoted by their tickets, even though it meant Dane having to stand up, crutches an' all, so they could get past him, and even then they expected him to step outside the row so they could get in (he rightly stood his ground - he was clearly suffering). Honestly there are some feckin dildos about.

UTB!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: EMVBlade on October 07, 2015, 03:10:34 am
What the fuck all? Who took my key to the chat room?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 07, 2015, 08:03:59 am
What the fuck all? Who took my key to the chat room?

You left it on the bar the last time you came in.

Ask Tex nicely if he will cut you another one :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on October 07, 2015, 09:04:41 am
What the fuck all? Who took my key to the chat room?

You left it on the bar the last time you came in.

Ask Tex nicely if he will cut you another one :DD

You said you'd Bolted the door to stop him getting in  ;D
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on October 07, 2015, 03:56:42 pm
EMV you can sign in as a guest. Suggest "BigShoesYank"
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 07, 2015, 05:30:43 pm
Just watched the highlights, and as Lings said, we did play some very good football. All 3 pens were correctly given, and well taken. Both Done & Scouggs took their goals very well. The JCR cameo just before he was take off was magic.

Yes, it was against lower league opposition, but that is the type of performance we need for all the games. It must be a great confidence builder for Saturday.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 08, 2015, 06:08:00 pm
Another date change for you Bramall Lane regulars. Coventry match now live on SKY.

http://www.newsnow.co.uk/A/796364422?-295:800:0
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on October 08, 2015, 07:44:01 pm
Another date change for you Bramall Lane regulars. Coventry match now live on SKY.

http://www.newsnow.co.uk/A/796364422?-295:800:0

Looks like a breakfast meeting in Spoons then!!!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on October 08, 2015, 10:03:42 pm
Another date change for you Bramall Lane regulars. Coventry match now live on SKY.

http://www.newsnow.co.uk/A/796364422?-295:800:0

Looks like a breakfast meeting in Spoons then!!!

DAMN!!!!  8)
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on October 09, 2015, 11:24:17 am
http://www.sufc.co.uk/news/article/sheffield-united-bramall-lane-2735471.aspx

Frickin' idiots!  )O(
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on October 09, 2015, 11:36:11 am
http://www.sufc.co.uk/news/article/sheffield-united-bramall-lane-2735471.aspx

Frickin' idiots!  )O(

Yep, utter dickheads  )O(

So embarrassing, just like the idiots filmed after the Vale match........mainly men of an age that should know better just shouting and gesturing trying to look hard. Feckin grow up!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 09, 2015, 04:44:39 pm
http://www.sufc.co.uk/news/article/sheffield-united-bramall-lane-2735471.aspx

Frickin' idiots!  )O(

Yep, utter dickheads  )O(

So embarrassing, just like the idiots filmed after the Vale match........mainly men of an age that should know better just shouting and gesturing trying to look hard. Feckin grow up!

Agree entirely Ash. If it continues then we will be fined. Lets hope someone has the balls to grass them up.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on October 09, 2015, 05:24:24 pm
http://www.sufc.co.uk/news/article/sheffield-united-bramall-lane-2735471.aspx

Frickin' idiots!  )O(

Yep, utter dickheads  )O(

So embarrassing, just like the idiots filmed after the Vale match........mainly men of an age that should know better just shouting and gesturing trying to look hard. Feckin grow up!

Agree entirely Ash. If it continues then we will be fined. Lets hope someone has the balls to grass them up.

Some of those filmed at Vale were as old as you Bolts.....well almost  :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 09, 2015, 05:37:40 pm
http://www.sufc.co.uk/news/article/sheffield-united-bramall-lane-2735471.aspx

Frickin' idiots!  )O(

Yep, utter dickheads  )O(

So embarrassing, just like the idiots filmed after the Vale match........mainly men of an age that should know better just shouting and gesturing trying to look hard. Feckin grow up!

Agree entirely Ash. If it continues then we will be fined. Lets hope someone has the balls to grass them up.

Some of those filmed at Vale were as old as you Bolts.....well almost  :whi

You ain't no spring chicken Ash, only slightly younger than me. :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on October 09, 2015, 05:56:23 pm
http://www.sufc.co.uk/news/article/sheffield-united-bramall-lane-2735471.aspx

Frickin' idiots!  )O(

Yep, utter dickheads  )O(

So embarrassing, just like the idiots filmed after the Vale match........mainly men of an age that should know better just shouting and gesturing trying to look hard. Feckin grow up!

Agree entirely Ash. If it continues then we will be fined. Lets hope someone has the balls to grass them up.

Some of those filmed at Vale were as old as you Bolts.....well almost  :whi

You ain't no spring chicken Ash, only slightly younger than me. :DD

There's an image........old Blades in bath chairs and knee blankets looking hard    :DD :DD :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 09, 2015, 06:02:08 pm
http://www.sufc.co.uk/news/article/sheffield-united-bramall-lane-2735471.aspx

Frickin' idiots!  )O(

Yep, utter dickheads  )O(

So embarrassing, just like the idiots filmed after the Vale match........mainly men of an age that should know better just shouting and gesturing trying to look hard. Feckin grow up!

Agree entirely Ash. If it continues then we will be fined. Lets hope someone has the balls to grass them up.

Some of those filmed at Vale were as old as you Bolts.....well almost  :whi

You ain't no spring chicken Ash, only slightly younger than me. :DD

There's an image........old Blades in bath chairs and knee blankets looking hard    :DD :DD :DD

You would fit in nicely, with L plates back and front :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on October 09, 2015, 06:27:57 pm
http://www.sufc.co.uk/news/article/sheffield-united-bramall-lane-2735471.aspx

Frickin' idiots!  )O(

Yep, utter dickheads  )O(

So embarrassing, just like the idiots filmed after the Vale match........mainly men of an age that should know better just shouting and gesturing trying to look hard. Feckin grow up!

Agree entirely Ash. If it continues then we will be fined. Lets hope someone has the balls to grass them up.

Some of those filmed at Vale were as old as you Bolts.....well almost  :whi

You ain't no spring chicken Ash, only slightly younger than me. :DD

There's an image........old Blades in bath chairs and knee blankets looking hard    :DD :DD :DD

You would fit in nicely, with L plates back and front :ok:

I have L plates on already........and teach road rage..... ;D
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on October 10, 2015, 09:00:31 am
We're in for a treat today, as Sheffield Girl Band "Sparkle Sistaz" will be performing at BDTBL!

http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/the-sparkle-sistaz-debut-1-7504372




 :yikes:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on October 10, 2015, 10:02:19 am
We're in for a treat today, as Sheffield Girl Band "Sparkle Sistaz" will be performing at BDTBL!

http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/the-sparkle-sistaz-debut-1-7504372




 :yikes:

WTF   :yikes:

That really is a sorry looking bunch - hope they sound better than they look!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on October 10, 2015, 11:54:09 am
Is the tide turning - finally got to see a match at Wembley were the team I'm supporting won!!!!

75,000 there last night and it still felt empty.

Kamara added to his list of gaffs last night - on the pitch at half time for the Kamara challenge and he screams down the microphone - "what other country could you go to were 75,000 people turn up for a meaningless match!!!" - We all think it Chris, but you don't say it to the paying punters that have shelled out their hard earned - for some it could be the opportunity of a lifetime!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 10, 2015, 02:50:10 pm
We're in for a treat today, as Sheffield Girl Band "Sparkle Sistaz" will be performing at BDTBL!

http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/the-sparkle-sistaz-debut-1-7504372


 :yikes:

Even Stabo may be able to pull today :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 10, 2015, 05:11:08 pm
Great win.....

One mi own in the pub, apart from a brief appearance from Tex.

Helped miself to the bar, so the takings might be down.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on October 10, 2015, 07:14:22 pm
We're in for a treat today, as Sheffield Girl Band "Sparkle Sistaz" will be performing at BDTBL!

http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/the-sparkle-sistaz-debut-1-7504372




 :yikes:

WTF   :yikes:

That really is a sorry looking bunch - hope they sound better than they look!

They were feckin' terrible.......
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on October 10, 2015, 07:27:39 pm
Good to see another win today, Rochdale were there for the taking yet we made it difficult for ourselves by giving them their two goals.

 Got to say it again, the midfield needs some aggression in there because Rochdale were taking the ball from their own area and going straight through to our area without us getting a foot in.

First half was poor for the most part with the exception of the goals, which were both set up well and executed well. Passing was loose and frustrating from the midfield and Collins and Basham at centre back were very poor IMO and continually it was Baxter getting in and stopping an attack.

Second half we improved and Sharp and Done ran their socks off, Done was well marked and was unlucky not to get onto the score sheet but for some juicy challenges. Baxter was immense in midfield with some of his runs and defense splitting passes and for me was our best player. As the game wore on though we were getting deeper and deeper at the back and a better team would have punished us but overall we deserved the win and it should have been a bigger margin.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on October 10, 2015, 08:21:53 pm
We look lethargic a lot of the time. Teams come here and they're up for it from the off, winning the second ball at every attempt (when we're not just giving it straight to them to save them the trouble of winning it).

Their penalty looked very dodgy, and we should have had one second half when Done and then Basham both had defenders trying to rip their shirts off their backs. How their right back never got booked after constantly fouling Adams was another mystery.

Anyway, despite being crap for much of the game we did play some nice stuff at times. Baxter was excellent and I would have given him MOTM but after some more thought I'm giving it to Sharp.

5 Points off top and still favourites for the title with the bookies - COYRAWW!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on October 10, 2015, 08:34:28 pm
We look lethargic a lot of the time. Teams come here and they're up for it from the off, winning the second ball at every attempt (when we're not just giving it straight to them to save them the trouble of winning it).

Their penalty looked very dodgy, and we should have had one second half when Done and then Basham both had defenders trying to rip their shirts off their backs. How their right back never got booked after constantly fouling Adams was another mystery.

Anyway, despite being crap for much of the game we did play some nice stuff at times. Baxter was excellent and I would have given him MOTM but after some more thought I'm giving it to Sharp.

5 Points off top and still favourites for the title with the bookies - COYRAWW!

Ye the penalty did look dodgy......was it Done? can't remember, he was clearing a fifty fifty ball that he was entitled to go for, got the ball first and their player just got in the way and had his legs took from under him.....it wasn't a foul!

 I'm giving Baxter the MOTM because he was everywhere in midfield, put in a real shift and for 90+ mins too.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on October 10, 2015, 08:38:48 pm
Crap is a bit harsh for me.....

That's the first time the team have played 4-3-3 this season (I'm claiming the call on that as well from the pub!) For me it's the only way we can play with Done and Sharp in the side at the same time. I think we missed Sammons size and weight up front today but Che, Sharp and Done certainly gave them something to think about - as Lings said, not sure if he's worried it's not Xmas, but how that ref didn't give more cards out is a mystery!

On the pen - I'll be interested to see the replay - I thought it was nailed on straight away - for me Done played the ball, but AFTER he'd come from behind the Dale players legs taking them first.

The annoying thing today for me was we started in first gear, when we needed to stepped up to 2nd and then again to third when required. I can just about understand that mentality away, but at home we should be up through the gears and flying from the off. Great to see heads didn't drop and we went straight for the throat when their second went in though - under Clough last year that's exactly what would have happened.

Oh - and whilst K Wallace is fit, how the hell doe McEveley even get a start at LB - he's 3rd choice for me now I'm afraid.

I know Che scored twice today and had a great run at the end, where I really wanted him to score for his hat-trick (although a centre into the middle would have been an almost certain goal as we were 3 on 2), but other than that looked to have an off game - anyone else think he's bulked up a bit and lost a yard or two of pace??

For me there were 3 possibilities for MoM - Sharp, Done and Baxter - I gave it to Baxter in the end (thread is up and running), because ultimately he was the one that made things happened - not just had a good game. 
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Post by: Eeyore on October 10, 2015, 09:26:27 pm
I've bulked up a bit since last season and lost a bit of pace too......still quick enough though  :whi
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Post by: BoltonBlade on October 11, 2015, 09:01:32 am
I've bulked up a bit since last season and lost a bit of pace too......still quick enough though  :whi

I've been bulking up since I left school and found beer....Can still be quick when I have to, especially beating Mrs B to the wine fridge....
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Post by: BoltonBlade on October 11, 2015, 09:15:05 am
The previous posts sum up how the match sounded on BP. We seem to lose the ball to easily, and the ball control is not the best.

We need to sort out the defence as we are conceding far too many sloppy goals. I was surprised when I saw the team sheet and Bash was playing CB. What is wrong with Kennedy? If McGahey was on the bench he should have played, and if he was playing crap, then Bash could have dropped back to CB.

I do like having 3 up front, but maybe we do need Sammon in there to add a bit of height, and be a bit of muscle. Maybe we could do 4-2-4, with Done & Adams out wide, and Baxter & Bash in Midfield.

Still, another 3 points and we are not out of it yet.
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Post by: Staboblade on October 11, 2015, 11:46:14 am
They were rotating Done, Sharp and Adams throughout the game and we got 3 goals from it. I agree with Vamps on McEverley and Wallace, the later is a far better player. Baxter was awesome yesterday and i'm not a big fan of his, all i'd say is he is very lightweight and can't take a tackle and this for me is where we create our own problems, from midfield because Coutts and Basham are not aggressive either. On Adams, he had a better game than the last time I saw him, he has bulked up a bit, is stronger and can shake off a challenge now, he's also added the cut in to his game instead of trying to go around the outside of a player all the time.

Here's my take on the players.

Howard....didn't have a lot to do and did ok but wow his distribution is bloody woeful.
Freeman...Played well and got on with his job quietly.
Collins......Shaky game in the first half but took his goal well
Basham....Shaky at CB but looked better in CM
McEverley..Poor game, gave the ball away too much, we looked better when he went off.
Coutts......Poor game, no strength,poor passing
Baxter.......Immense game, broke up play in front of the defense and his passing was brilliant.
Scougall....Very busy but was off his game TBH
Adams......Strong, quick and scored two great goals
Sharp.......Immense game, worked and ran so hard in that second half and created a sublime cross for Adams to score.
Done.......Ran his socks off all game and was man marked by his former club, unlucky not to score.

Wallace...Settled us when he came on.
McGahey..Had a steady game when he came on, are we finally seeing some improvement?
Reed.......Busy and got involved.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 11, 2015, 02:22:37 pm
Predictions posted for next week.

The number of replies has dropped since the start of the season. Do we want to continue? I don't mind doing the scores if Youfy doesn't have the time.

http://www.thecrossedblades.com/forum/index.php?topic=67.0
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on October 11, 2015, 05:38:29 pm
Lings, the amount you spend on their beer u must have shares already haven't you?

https://www.brewdog.com/equityforpunks?utm_source=socialmedia&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=efppost19
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on October 11, 2015, 06:08:56 pm
 :DB

No mate - the shares are overpriced. I'd rather pick up a troubled/distressed brewing business with potential and help turn it around, although I fear a dip in profits if I get anywhere near the brewery  ;D
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Post by: Sotonexiledblade on October 11, 2015, 06:31:07 pm
Laugh of the day Saturday - Pete and George from Dewsbury leaving after Rochdales 2nd went in!!! ;D
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Post by: lingsbord on October 11, 2015, 06:38:27 pm
Laugh of the day Saturday - Pete and George from Dewsbury leaving after Rochdales 2nd went in!!! ;D

Brilliant wasn't it mate? George was trying to drag him back but Pete was having none of it. 20 mins left in the game and they were gone! - I reckon they got as far as the burger van at the end of John Street by the time Collins scored the winner  :DD
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Post by: Staboblade on October 11, 2015, 06:46:19 pm
http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/sport/sheffield-united/another-former-sheffield-united-star-to-captain-england-1-7508814

Well done Jags  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on October 12, 2015, 07:36:35 am
Anyone who went to the match on Satd'y want to add to the MoM thread/vote?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/ulk/itm/201442564547
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on October 12, 2015, 08:19:25 am
Anyone who went to the match on Satd'y want to add to the MoM thread/vote?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/ulk/itm/201442564547

As nice as it is.....I don't want to vote for the camper van  ;D
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 12, 2015, 09:00:51 am
Anyone who went to the match on Satd'y want to add to the MoM thread/vote?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/ulk/itm/201442564547

As nice as it is.....I don't want to vote for the camper van  ;D

He ought to buy it and then he can take all the regulars to the away matches.....
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Post by: lingsbord on October 12, 2015, 09:07:50 am
having sat with him in the pub on Satdi I don't trust his emissions
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on October 12, 2015, 11:41:49 am
Anyone who went to the match on Satd'y want to add to the MoM thread/vote?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/ulk/itm/201442564547

Doh!! - Something we're looking at for my daughter!!

Maybe this will work better! http://www.thecrossedblades.com/forum/index.php?topic=66.0
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on October 12, 2015, 12:04:02 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0jiRRLVKNg&feature=youtu.be

I have to defend the lino here, he has a job to do and didn't encroach onto the playing area. Also, should a player leave the field of play and go into the linos area to keep the ball?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on October 12, 2015, 12:10:32 pm
He could have got out of the way though mate - I know he has to watch for the ball going out right on the line but he was being a bit pedantic sticking to the line when a step back wouldn't have hurt, and he didn't need to deliberately shove his flag into Sharp's face either. Bit of a cock really.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on October 12, 2015, 01:14:24 pm
Is he allowed to "Step back" away from the line? I don't know the lino code. It was Sharp that left the field of play and by quite a lot as he was trying to run around the lino, so he's left the play as far as i'm concerned. Ok if Sharp had kept to the white line then ye fair enough but i don't think the lino did anything wrong, he didn't impede play on the field of play, he wasn't on the pitch. Perhaps our very own Ref, Dane, can clear it up for us.... :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on October 12, 2015, 02:26:49 pm
Not doubting the letter of the law mate, but he's still a cock because he blocked our Billy and stuck his flag in his kite.

I should have been a Judge  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on October 12, 2015, 02:36:09 pm
Not doubting the letter of the law mate, but he's still a cock because he blocked our Billy and stuck his flag in his kite.

I should have been a Judge  :ok:

TBH it looked like he was trying to run out of BSs way but in doing so got in his way. Glad it didn't effect the result though, i might have been going up the wall at him lol
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 12, 2015, 04:31:42 pm
Anyone who went to the match on Satd'y want to add to the MoM thread/vote?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/ulk/itm/201442564547

Doh!! - Something we're looking at for my daughter!!

Maybe this will work better! http://www.thecrossedblades.com/forum/index.php?topic=66.0

Wish I could swap my daughter for one of them...
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 12, 2015, 05:15:23 pm
Just watched the highlights.

Thought we played some nice football, and with a bit of luck, or better finishing, we could have had more. Che took his goals well after 2 great balls to him, and deserved a 3rd with that great run near the end. Can't argue about the pen as it looked a fair decision to me.

The Sharpe incident is a good talking point, but I don't blame the linesman. He didn't have a great deal of time to move out of the way.

Nice to see Collins score again, and from a corner. I really do think we missed him last season.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on October 12, 2015, 05:18:45 pm
http://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2015/10/12/why-tottenham-hotspur-should-make-a-move-for-sheffield-uniteds-c/page/1/

Keep ye dibs off....we're not your bloody feeder club.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on October 12, 2015, 06:53:24 pm
Anyone who went to the match on Satd'y want to add to the MoM thread/vote?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/ulk/itm/201442564547

Doh!! - Something we're looking at for my daughter!!

Maybe this will work better! http://www.thecrossedblades.com/forum/index.php?topic=66.0

Wish I could swap my daughter for one of them...

If she sees that post you might need one to scarper in!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on October 12, 2015, 06:55:01 pm
BTW - Loving the list of latest posts on the Home Page, Bolts talking to himself in the Chat - exactly what we said he'd be doing, and all the funnier for it - nice one Bolts  :ok:  :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on October 12, 2015, 07:12:50 pm
BTW - Loving the list of latest posts on the Home Page, Bolts talking to himself in the Chat - exactly what we said he'd be doing, and all the funnier for it - nice one Bolts  :ok:  :DD

Nowt unusual about that........it's well known that old folk talk to themselves 

Kin funny though  :DD :DD :DD  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on October 12, 2015, 10:48:12 pm
This'll cheer him up, Blades U-21 beat Bolton U-21 4-3 at their place tonight  :cheer:


Great to see Otis Khan scoring - thought he was a great player in the making but he seemed to disappear! - He's clearly back and firing. Potential Murphy replacement.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 13, 2015, 08:09:49 am
BTW - Loving the list of latest posts on the Home Page, Bolts talking to himself in the Chat - exactly what we said he'd be doing, and all the funnier for it - nice one Bolts  :ok:  :DD

It helped to keep me sane.  :ok: Tex was in for a short while, but only whilst he was out and about. He was going to a wedding, and then doing a 600 mile round trip on Sunday to watch Dallas v New England in the NFL
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 13, 2015, 08:12:11 am
BTW - Loving the list of latest posts on the Home Page, Bolts talking to himself in the Chat - exactly what we said he'd be doing, and all the funnier for it - nice one Bolts  :ok:  :DD

Nowt unusual about that........it's well known that old folk talk to themselves 

Kin funny though  :DD :DD :DD  :ok:

You would know perfectly well about that Ash, my old age friend....
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 13, 2015, 08:18:15 am
This'll cheer him up, Blades U-21 beat Bolton U-21 4-3 at their place tonight  :cheer:


Great to see Otis Khan scoring - thought he was a great player in the making but he seemed to disappear! - He's clearly back and firing. Potential Murphy replacement.

Excellent. I can mention it at the Golf Club today :DD They don't play matches, apart from the first team, at the Macron. They all play at the Lancashire FA ground in Chorley.

Will Khan get a chance though. We have a large squad, and it must be very hard for the likes of Khan to even get a place on the bench.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on October 13, 2015, 09:07:59 am
Having only seen him play once it's difficult to make a proper judgement, but to me Khan looks the real deal. Hope he can break through. After all, it'd be another £2m prospect for the sheikh and the tax dodger  ;D
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on October 13, 2015, 12:41:01 pm
Just looking at the fixtures coming up...

Oldham away: 10 without a win, 5 without a win at home
Fleetwood home: 8 without a win, lost last 5
Millwall home: 1 win in 4
Crewe away: won in last outing, but have only won 1 out of 11 before that, lost all home games bar 2
Fleetwood away: see above

15 points up for grabs and we should be targeting at least 11 of those if not more.

I'm going to go out on a limb and predict that by the end of the Fleetwood away game, we'll be 2nd and just one point behind whoever leads at that time...

But, knowing United, it won't pan out anything like that and records WILL be broken and upsets WILL be forthcoming... UTB!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on October 13, 2015, 01:14:45 pm
Just looking at the fixtures coming up...

Oldham away: 10 without a win, 5 without a win at home
Fleetwood home: 8 without a win, lost last 5
Millwall home: 1 win in 4
Crewe away: won in last outing, but have only won 1 out of 11 before that, lost all home games bar 2
Fleetwood away: see above


Oh - completely forgot about the Tuesday night game against Fleetwood...............bonus - and there was me thinking Millwall was the next home game.

Not sure I'll be making a curry though - curry AND football without beer is simply taking the piss!!

BTW - love the optimism Roma - how long have you been watching the Blades? 
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on October 13, 2015, 02:05:38 pm
I have a meeting in Crewe on Thursday at 1pm and I just discovered the Passage to India doesn't open lunchtimes  :yikes:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on October 13, 2015, 02:29:53 pm
I have a meeting in Crewe on Thursday at 1pm and I just discovered the Passage to India doesn't open lunchtimes  :yikes:

Just either go the night before and have a leisurely lie in till your meeting or make your meeting last 5 hours!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on October 13, 2015, 02:56:41 pm
No-one spotted my deliberate mistake... The 2nd Fleetwood game is the JPT, so guaranteed we won't be getting three points for that one..  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on October 13, 2015, 04:29:12 pm
Forest after Hammond now - another quality addition to slip through our fingers again?

What next? - Pigs after Dan Burn?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on October 13, 2015, 04:54:32 pm
Forest after Hammond now - another quality addition to slip through our fingers again?

What next? - Pigs after Dan Burn?

We fook about too much when it comes to targets....
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 13, 2015, 05:07:44 pm
Forest after Hammond now - another quality addition to slip through our fingers again?

What next? - Pigs after Dan Burn?

We fook about too much when it comes to targets....

Is it because we are a League 1 side? Are the financial rewards not good enough for the player? Does the player actually want to join us? Are we just crap at negotiating?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on October 13, 2015, 06:45:31 pm
Forest after Hammond now - another quality addition to slip through our fingers again?

What next? - Pigs after Dan Burn?

We fook about too much when it comes to targets....

Is it because we are a League 1 side? Are the financial rewards not good enough for the player? Does the player actually want to join us? Are we just crap at negotiating?

Let's be honest here, we are a League 1 club regardless of how big or whatever we think we are. If you are a Premiership or Championship squad player you will be very reluctant to go to a League 1 side, even if it is on loan. Your personal pride will say that you are still good enough to play at the level you are currently at.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on October 13, 2015, 07:32:33 pm
Forest after Hammond now - another quality addition to slip through our fingers again?

What next? - Pigs after Dan Burn?

We fook about too much when it comes to targets....

Is it because we are a League 1 side? Are the financial rewards not good enough for the player? Does the player actually want to join us? Are we just crap at negotiating?

Let's be honest here, we are a League 1 club regardless of how big or whatever we think we are. If you are a Premiership or Championship squad player you will be very reluctant to go to a League 1 side, even if it is on loan. Your personal pride will say that you are still good enough to play at the level you are currently at.

Hammond was (maybe still is) happy to come to the Blades - deal was agreed for a perm move but we needed to offload some players first (he doesn't come cheap wages wise). Unfortunately we didn't manage to get rid of our players and so the deal was never completed. I was led to believe it was all back on for a loan but I'm not sure why that hasn't been completed. NA ultimately only has a finite budget and maybe based on recent performances he sees defence as more of a priority and is looking in that area - I guess time will tell.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on October 14, 2015, 06:54:06 pm
Forest after Hammond now - another quality addition to slip through our fingers again?

What next? - Pigs after Dan Burn?

We fook about too much when it comes to targets....

Is it because we are a League 1 side? Are the financial rewards not good enough for the player? Does the player actually want to join us? Are we just crap at negotiating?

Let's be honest here, we are a League 1 club regardless of how big or whatever we think we are. If you are a Premiership or Championship squad player you will be very reluctant to go to a League 1 side, even if it is on loan. Your personal pride will say that you are still good enough to play at the level you are currently at.

Hammond was (maybe still is) happy to come to the Blades - deal was agreed for a perm move but we needed to offload some players first (he doesn't come cheap wages wise). Unfortunately we didn't manage to get rid of our players and so the deal was never completed. I was led to believe it was all back on for a loan but I'm not sure why that hasn't been completed. NA ultimately only has a finite budget and maybe based on recent performances he sees defence as more of a priority and is looking in that area - I guess time will tell.

Forest are signing Liam Trotter on loan from Bolton, he's a midfielder, does that suggest the Hammond rumour to NF was just that?  and wasn't Higdon going out on loan enough, do we need to loan more out before we can get Hammond?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 15, 2015, 08:32:29 am
In reply to Stabo's post.

According to the Bolton News, Trotter will not be going to Forest unless Lennon has got in an extra striker. They have rejected Shola Amiobi, and are still looking.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on October 15, 2015, 10:58:50 am
In reply to Stabo's post.

According to the Bolton News, Trotter will not be going to Forest unless Lennon has got in an extra striker. They have rejected Shola Amiobi, and are still looking.

http://www.nottinghampost.com/Nottingham-Forest-waiting-final-approval-Liam/story-27986234-detail/story.html

According to this all NF are waiting for is FL approval......AND if they do sign Trotter they will have reached their limit on players as they have an embargo against them, which would mean they wouldn't be able to sign Hammond.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on October 15, 2015, 11:26:43 am
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-79ccb1e7-d390-44c1-8857-cfcb0ade2595

Are these figures right? my ticket for last Saturday was £18 for the Kop....where did they get these figures?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on October 15, 2015, 12:27:10 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-79ccb1e7-d390-44c1-8857-cfcb0ade2595

Are these figures right? my ticket for last Saturday was £18 for the Kop....where did they get these figures?

Looks like they are based on match day prices (season tickets don't include early bird discounts etc). If you'd bought your ticket on match day it would have been £20. Most expensive match ticket is £27 in advance or £29 on match day.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on October 15, 2015, 05:29:08 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-79ccb1e7-d390-44c1-8857-cfcb0ade2595

Are these figures right? my ticket for last Saturday was £18 for the Kop....where did they get these figures?

Looks like they are based on match day prices (season tickets don't include early bird discounts etc). If you'd bought your ticket on match day it would have been £20. Most expensive match ticket is £27 in advance or £29 on match day.

Ah, that clears it up but a bit misleading when you can get a Kop ticket for £18 and they are stating "The Cheapest" etc same with season tickets, the discounts make a difference.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 15, 2015, 05:46:36 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-79ccb1e7-d390-44c1-8857-cfcb0ade2595

Are these figures right? my ticket for last Saturday was £18 for the Kop....where did they get these figures?

My tickets for the Kop when I come over is £12.   :roll:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on October 15, 2015, 05:56:34 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-79ccb1e7-d390-44c1-8857-cfcb0ade2595

Are these figures right? my ticket for last Saturday was £18 for the Kop....where did they get these figures?

My tickets for the Kop when I come over is £12.   :roll:

Yeah - well they have to look after the OAP's!!!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on October 15, 2015, 06:13:35 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-79ccb1e7-d390-44c1-8857-cfcb0ade2595

Are these figures right? my ticket for last Saturday was £18 for the Kop....where did they get these figures?

My tickets for the Kop when I come over is £12.   :roll:

Yeah - well they have to look after the OAP's!!!

Don't they get their own little area for the bath chairs? ;D
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 15, 2015, 06:14:49 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-79ccb1e7-d390-44c1-8857-cfcb0ade2595

Are these figures right? my ticket for last Saturday was £18 for the Kop....where did they get these figures?

My tickets for the Kop when I come over is £12.   :roll:

Yeah - well they have to look after the OAP's!!!

Age does have it's benefits at times....
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 15, 2015, 06:15:38 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-79ccb1e7-d390-44c1-8857-cfcb0ade2595

Are these figures right? my ticket for last Saturday was £18 for the Kop....where did they get these figures?

My tickets for the Kop when I come over is £12.   :roll:

Yeah - well they have to look after the OAP's!!!

Don't they get their own little area for the bath chairs? ;D

You will have to let me know where it is as you sat there last Saturday :roll:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on October 15, 2015, 06:24:00 pm
£12 and they even liquidise the pies for you before handing you a souvenir Blades straw. You cannot deny that's some top value right there.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 15, 2015, 06:28:45 pm
£12 and they even liquidise the pies for you before handing you a souvenir Blades straw. You cannot deny that's some top value right there.

Don't have any pies mate. Got to watch my figure :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on October 15, 2015, 06:33:05 pm
It won't all fit into the viewfinder  :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 15, 2015, 06:41:57 pm
It won't all fit into the viewfinder  :whi

I think you must be confusing me with another member of this forum. :^^
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on October 15, 2015, 07:42:40 pm
£12 and they even liquidise the pies for you before handing you a souvenir Blades straw. You cannot deny that's some top value right there.

 :DD :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on October 15, 2015, 07:43:25 pm
£12 and they even liquidise the pies for you before handing you a souvenir Blades straw. You cannot deny that's some top value right there.

Don't have any pies mate. Got to watch my figure :whi

You got one of them fairground mirrors then?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on October 15, 2015, 08:16:52 pm
It won't all fit into the viewfinder  :whi

I think you must be confusing me with another member of this forum. :^^

Eeyore - have you heard what he's saying about you..........
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on October 15, 2015, 08:29:01 pm
From the Bolts photo album, he's a dapper fellow in his top hat isn't he......
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Post by: lingsbord on October 15, 2015, 08:29:56 pm
somebody bail Vamps out here...........

 :DD
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Post by: BoltonBlade on October 16, 2015, 08:10:33 am
It won't all fit into the viewfinder  :whi

I think you must be confusing me with another member of this forum. :^^

Eeyore - have you heard what he's saying about you..........

Perhaps I should have said other members
of this forum
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Post by: BoltonBlade on October 16, 2015, 08:12:23 am
From the Bolts photo album, he's a dapper fellow in his top hat isn't he......

You look quite smart stood by the side of me.  :whi
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Post by: lingsbord on October 16, 2015, 10:54:38 am
From the Bolts photo album, he's a dapper fellow in his top hat isn't he......

You look quite smart stood by the side of me.  :whi

Mrs Bolts  :DD
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Post by: Staboblade on October 16, 2015, 03:59:58 pm
From the Bolts photo album, he's a dapper fellow in his top hat isn't he......

You look quite smart stood by the side of me.  :whi

Mrs Bolts  :DD

It's a bloke next to Bolts......oh ye see what you mean Lings....lol
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Post by: Staboblade on October 17, 2015, 12:15:22 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/34560155

R.I.P. Howard Kendell, "Once a Blade, Always a Blade"
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Post by: lingsbord on October 17, 2015, 01:54:19 pm
Sad news - had us playing some unbelievable football.

RIP Howard Kendall
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Post by: Staboblade on October 17, 2015, 02:37:41 pm
Howard, Freeman, Basham, Sharp, Baxter, Done, Collins, Scougall, Adams, K Wallace, McGahey.
Subs: Coutts, Woolford, Sammon, Campbell-Ryce, Reed, Long, Kennedy.
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Post by: BoltonBlade on October 17, 2015, 02:55:00 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/34560155

R.I.P. Howard Kendell, "Once a Blade, Always a Blade"

Agree with those sentiments Stabo....
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Post by: BoltonBlade on October 18, 2015, 09:47:57 am
Predictions posted for next week. There is a match on Friday

There have only been 5 predictions posted for the past 2 weeks. Do we continue, or call it a day?

http://www.thecrossedblades.com/forum/index.php?topic=68.0
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Post by: Eeyore on October 19, 2015, 10:01:33 am
Predictions posted for next week. There is a match on Friday

There have only been 5 predictions posted for the past 2 weeks. Do we continue, or call it a day?

http://www.thecrossedblades.com/forum/index.php?topic=68.0

Bolts - I'm happy to carry on with the predictions but will go with the majority.I reckon it should be your choice though mate as it's you doing all the work for it so if you feel it's no longer worthwhile that's fine with me  :ok:
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Post by: Eeyore on October 19, 2015, 10:07:46 am
WOW.....just seen the highlights v Oldham.

Can't believe Billy and Scoogs misses  :yikes: :yikes: )O(

Chances don't come much easier than those!

Now, bring on Fleetwood.........they've only gone and beaten the League leaders 4-0  :yikes:
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Post by: Staboblade on October 19, 2015, 03:37:06 pm
We're in the mix at the top and once we have Brayford, Harris and Edgar back to bolster the defense, and with an improving McGahey and Kennedy to cover at the back we'll be fine. Hopefully NA can get in a CMer to strengthen us there and we can push on. 
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Post by: Vamps on October 19, 2015, 04:19:01 pm
We're in the mix at the top and once we have Brayford, Harris and Edgar back to bolster the defense, and with an improving McGahey and Kennedy to cover at the back we'll be fine. Hopefully NA can get in a CMer to strengthen us there and we can push on.

Good meds Stabo???  ;D
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Post by: BoltonBlade on October 19, 2015, 04:42:08 pm
WOW.....just seen the highlights v Oldham.

Can't believe Billy and Scoogs misses  :yikes: :yikes: )O(

Chances don't come much easier than those!

Now, bring on Fleetwood.........they've only gone and beaten the League leaders 4-0  :yikes:

And they have a shite away record as well....won 1 and lost 5
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Post by: BoltonBlade on October 19, 2015, 04:45:25 pm
Predictions posted for next week. There is a match on Friday

There have only been 5 predictions posted for the past 2 weeks. Do we continue, or call it a day?

http://www.thecrossedblades.com/forum/index.php?topic=68.0

Bolts - I'm happy to carry on with the predictions but will go with the majority.I reckon it should be your choice though mate as it's you doing all the work for it so if you feel it's no longer worthwhile that's fine with me  :ok:

I'm more than happy to do the predictions. It's just that there have been no stats done since week 3. I am happy to do them as well if you want me to. I don't have much to do apart from Golf on a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
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Post by: BoltonBlade on October 19, 2015, 05:07:29 pm
Just watched the highlights.....

We need to be beating teams like this. Bad defending from the corner. From what I saw we flicked it on for Philliskirk to score. Good goal by Done, but what awful finishing by Sharp & Scouggs. It was easier to score than miss.

We do need to sort the defence out, but I don't know when Harris, Brayford & Harris will be back? We all agree that we need a dominant midfielder, but nothing seems to be happening. What is the lastes with Hammond?

Desperately need 3 points tomorrow against a side with a poor away record, but coming to the Lane after a superb home win against Burton they will be up for it.
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Post by: Staboblade on October 19, 2015, 06:16:04 pm
We're in the mix at the top and once we have Brayford, Harris and Edgar back to bolster the defense, and with an improving McGahey and Kennedy to cover at the back we'll be fine. Hopefully NA can get in a CMer to strengthen us there and we can push on.

Good meds Stabo???  ;D

 Don't get me wrong here, I don't think this side is capable of anymore than they are doing and 6thish is about right, and is in line with what they did last season. but I don't think the defense should shoulder all the blame and ye we could do with an additional CB but other than that we have quality to come back there. The problem is midfield, it's more or less the same midfield that cost us last season time and time again, it's crying out for strength in there, Basham, Coutts, Reed, Baxter, Scougall are all lightweights but it's where you win promotion from and these players without that strength are not good enough. NA i'm sure deep down knows this but has to either wait for contracts to come to an end or offload and the latter is not going to be easy. We are short of 2 or 3 players off of a promotion team that's all and when you consider who's above us and how poor the league is we should be able to attract decent midfielders. Or can we?
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Post by: Staboblade on October 19, 2015, 06:18:36 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/34574574

Wow! Just shows what can happen when you think you're better than you are....
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Post by: Eeyore on October 19, 2015, 06:30:19 pm
Evidently Dean Hammond was at training with the Blades today?????

Maybe it's back on........
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Post by: Staboblade on October 19, 2015, 07:00:09 pm
Evidently Dean Hammond was at training with the Blades today?????

Maybe it's back on........

 Who says?
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Post by: Eeyore on October 19, 2015, 07:53:11 pm
Evidently Dean Hammond was at training with the Blades today?????

Maybe it's back on........

 Who says?

Just the usual chat on other forums, including a Leicester one......doubt there's anything to get too excited about!
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Post by: Staboblade on October 19, 2015, 07:54:37 pm
Evidently Dean Hammond was at training with the Blades today?????

Maybe it's back on........

 Who says?

Just the usual chat on other forums, including a Leicester one......doubt there's anything to get too excited about!

Ye, no excitement brewing........... ;D
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Post by: Staboblade on October 19, 2015, 07:55:57 pm
http://www.sheffutd.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=418032

Why should we fear Fleetwood ffs......they're near the bottom, get at them and bloody well have them.
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Post by: Vamps on October 19, 2015, 08:43:54 pm
Chaps going to the match tomorrow - not sure what time I'll be back in Sheffield so don't know if I'll be able to join you pre match, but if I do make it what's the plan?

Curry or Cat (or curried cat :yikes:)?
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Post by: lingsbord on October 19, 2015, 09:44:42 pm
Cat mate as I'll be too late for a ruby myself. Looking like 6:30 landing in Sheff so straight to the Cat for me.
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Post by: lingsbord on October 20, 2015, 02:15:25 pm
Looks like the Hammond deal is definitely done.
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Post by: Eeyore on October 20, 2015, 02:57:48 pm
Looks like the Hammond deal is definitely done.

Yep, it's on the OS.

He is eligible to play tonight and if the rumours were true yesterday that he was training, he could go straight into the starting XI

 :ok: :ok: Well done Blades, let's hope he will be the addition to the squad that we all hope.
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Post by: Staboblade on October 20, 2015, 03:11:19 pm
http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/Leicester-City-s-Dean-Hammond-joins-Sheffield/story-28019476-detail/story.html

 :cheer: :cheer: :cheer:

http://www.sufc.co.uk/news/article/sheffield-united-dean-hammond-2753585.aspx

He CAN play tonight...

 :cheer: :cheer: :cheer:
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Post by: lingsbord on October 20, 2015, 03:54:40 pm
Great stuff - come on Blades let's show Burton how to beat Fleetwood!


Not a drop yet, not a drop  8)
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Post by: BoltonBlade on October 20, 2015, 04:32:02 pm
Looks like the Hammond deal is definitely done.

Yep, it's on the OS.

He is eligible to play tonight and if the rumours were true yesterday that he was training, he could go straight into the starting XI

 :ok: :ok: Well done Blades, let's hope he will be the addition to the squad that we all hope.

Agreed....lets keep our fingers crossed that he is what we have been lacking. So who will be the CM pair - Bash & Hammond or Baxter & Hammond??
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Post by: Staboblade on October 20, 2015, 05:48:07 pm
Looks like the Hammond deal is definitely done.

Yep, it's on the OS.

He is eligible to play tonight and if the rumours were true yesterday that he was training, he could go straight into the starting XI

 :ok: :ok: Well done Blades, let's hope he will be the addition to the squad that we all hope.

Agreed....lets keep our fingers crossed that he is what we have been lacking. So who will be the CM pair - Bash & Hammond or Baxter & Hammond??

 If Hammond starts then I can see Bash going back into the CB position so then it would be Hammond and Baxter in CM. I hope Hammond has a bit of steel about him as well as being able to pass well and read what's going on ahead of him.
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Post by: Staboblade on October 20, 2015, 07:19:51 pm
Howard, Freeman, Basham, Sharp, Done, Collins, Campbell-Ryce, Adams, K Wallace, McGahey, Hammond.
Subs: Coutts, Baxter, Woolford, Sammon, Reed, Long, Kennedy.

So it looks like Hammond and Basham in midfield and looks more like a 4-4-2 with JCR coming in.
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Post by: lingsbord on October 20, 2015, 10:34:42 pm
Easiest game we'll have all season. Fleetwood never had a look in.

We played a lot of keep-ball in our own half, and too often turned backwards when there was nothing on going forwards, but why on earth the crowd was booing when we were in total control and winning 1-0 I'll never know.

3 goals, 3 points, bring on Millwall (btw Hammond will need some time to get back to full meaningful match-fitness and the rigours of League 1, but the signs were there so let's see how he develops.)
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Post by: Staboblade on October 21, 2015, 08:30:19 am
Easiest game we'll have all season. Fleetwood never had a look in.

We played a lot of keep-ball in our own half, and too often turned backwards when there was nothing on going forwards, but why on earth the crowd was booing when we were in total control and winning 1-0 I'll never know.

3 goals, 3 points, bring on Millwall (btw Hammond will need some time to get back to full meaningful match-fitness and the rigours of League 1, but the signs were there so let's see how he develops.)

Paul Walker, who did the coms on BP/RS last night more or less said the same. He couldn't understand why we were playing so negative and that for a lot of the game we looked nervous. He said NA was constantly waving the team forward and looked furious at our negativity in the first half. That indicates that what NA does in training isn't being put into action on match days and like i've said before, these players are are that kind of player by nature and is why NC bought them.

 On the positive note we won a game easily that we SHOULD have won without conceding and if we can get to Jan hopefully NA can build a bit more of a team HE wants. It takes time to change things when you have to work with players that are not your own and NA inherited a failed team that was only good enough for a 6th spot.
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Post by: BoltonBlade on October 21, 2015, 08:58:23 am
Can't add much to what Stabo says.

Paul Walker was getting as frustrated as the fans with the negative keep ball tactics in our own half. I think the fans frustration was due to Fleetwood being a poor team and this was an opportunity to improve our GD, which we do need.

Hammond didn't seem to be that impressive, but I'll give him a month to get match fit and get to know how NA wants both him and the team to play.

I did get another mention on the Twitter feed thanks to our friend Mr Stabo. :ok: His message was to say hello to BoltonBlade listening to the match in his care home. Fortunately, Paul left the care home bit out. That was lucky for Mr Stabo as I would have been down to his care home and he would have been eating through a straw for a few weeks.... :DD
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Post by: Vamps on October 21, 2015, 09:23:40 am
My view on last nights game - I think Fleetwood aren't being given enough credit. They came last night to contain us and probably with the hope of catching us on the break and nicking a goal (and in reality they only had 3 half chances all game). First half in particular they closed everything down, gave us no space and whilst you could see us trying to form triangles they were cutting those avenues off - the benefit for us was they couldn't maintain that tempo for the full 90 minutes. What that did mean however was we needed to play the ball around at the back and quite often go backwards.

I'm not saying this was all down to Fleetwood - there was a lack of movement at times from us up front (Done in particular had a rant about it when he was forced to play it backwards once again), but we also very much coasted through the game, in fact at times it looked like it was a training match for us! We only really had one 15 minute spell in the game, just after Coutts came on where we upped the tempo, had quick passing forward play and broke at them. When we played like this Fleetwood had nothing and it ultimately resulted in the 2nd goal.

Hammond - looks short on match fitness but shows some promising signs - very good vision and his passing was great - can't see him lasting long though cos as soon as he gets the ball he looks forward instead of sideways!!

I'll post the man of the match thread later, I think it will be a hard one to pick, but this time not because there are so many contenders, but actually because there are so few!

At the end of the day we can't play avery game at full tempo throughout the whole season. We'll have a tougher test on Saturday and we came through last night;

No it wasn't particularly entertaining to watch, but we got the job done and move forward unscathed and hopefully not too battered for the challenge of an early Saturday kick off for Millwall. That in my book isn't necessarily a bad thing.

See the usuals for Breakfast in Spoons at 9.30 on Saturday so we can do it all again!!   

 

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Post by: Vamps on October 21, 2015, 09:31:53 am
MoM thread posted http://www.thecrossedblades.com/forum/index.php?topic=70.0
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Post by: Staboblade on October 21, 2015, 09:51:54 am

I did get another mention on the Twitter feed thanks to our friend Mr Stabo. :ok: His message was to say hello to BoltonBlade listening to the match in his care home. Fortunately, Paul left the care home bit out. That was lucky for Mr Stabo as I would have been down to his care home and he would have been eating through a straw for a few weeks.... :DD

 :DD :DD
 
 Roma saw it on twitter and accused Walker of bottling it......

 Probably a good summery from Vamps, Walker said that we kept giving it away cheaply a lot. Perhaps we should mix up our tappy tappy passing a bit but work needs doing on keeping possession that's for sure.
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Post by: lingsbord on October 21, 2015, 01:36:02 pm
Big shout for McGahey too - the lad is starting to fulfil the potential he undoubtedly had at Blackpool. He's bigger, stronger, faster and more confident than before and looks all the better for it.

Contrast that with Harry Maguire at Hull. Even when they had a CB sent off Bruce put his son on rather than give Harry a run out. FFS he looked miserable on the bench v the filth as well.
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Post by: Eeyore on October 21, 2015, 01:51:49 pm
With Hammond now on board, and assuming we can get him on a permanent deal in Jan, where does that leave the likes of Reed, Scougall and J Wallace (if ever fit)? Can't see them featuring much now competing with Hammond, Baxter, Bash and Coutts for MF places. I like Scoogs a lot in terms of his energy and effort but sadly he is lacking in passing and shooting, so for me he can be moved on. Wallace would be superb but he will never be fit enough. Reed I do rate highly but he is still learning and will fulfill his potential over the next couple of seasons.

UTB
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Post by: BoltonBlade on October 21, 2015, 05:11:57 pm
Just watched the highlights...

It looked a comfortable win as Fleetwood didn't do much as an attacking force. All 3 goals were nicely taken, and it was a good 3 points. Lets take that form into Saturday.

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Post by: Staboblade on October 22, 2015, 01:53:10 pm
Why is the Millwall game a 12:15 kick off on Saturday? i've obviously missed something!
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Post by: Eeyore on October 22, 2015, 02:03:30 pm
Why is the Millwall game a 12:15 kick off on Saturday? i've obviously missed something!

Agreed, there is no real rivalry between us although obviously Millwall's reputation means it could well kick off. On that basis, every one of their fixtures should KO early!

SYP no doubt are petrified and insisted on an early KO - also a good opportunity to swell their coffers with excessive police on duty and plenty of overtime.

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Post by: Vamps on October 23, 2015, 02:57:32 pm
Pre match brekkie - Sheaf Island 9.30am?
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Post by: Staboblade on October 23, 2015, 03:09:42 pm
http://www.thestar.co.uk/sport/sheff-utd/sheff-utd-news/blades-fans-column-not-a-great-deal-has-changed-at-sheffield-united-1-7532706

Got to agree with this, although we have added Hammond and NA has bought in Edgar even though he's injured. Problem is and always will be until NA has his own team is mentality and the type of player we have.
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Post by: Staboblade on October 23, 2015, 06:43:32 pm
http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/sport/sheffield-united/sun-jihai-a-household-soccer-name-or-a-political-gesture-1-7533390

Legend...... :DD :DD :DD
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Post by: lingsbord on October 23, 2015, 07:35:39 pm
Pre match brekkie - Sheaf Island 9.30am?

Probably 10:00 for me mate
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Post by: Eeyore on October 23, 2015, 10:23:30 pm
Pre match brekkie - Sheaf Island 9.30am?

Probably 10:00 for me mate

Got to get himself out from under that thumb first  :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on October 24, 2015, 05:43:59 pm
Another Shite result at home........don't care if they are supposed to have played well, it's results that get you promoted.  )O(
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Post by: BoltonBlade on October 25, 2015, 10:04:45 am
We are very inconsistent, and that is costing us a lot of points. 3 defeats at home in 8 games is not good enough.

I didn't listen to the match so I will wait for the regulars to comment.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 25, 2015, 03:06:49 pm
Predictions posted for next week....

http://www.thecrossedblades.com/forum/index.php?topic=71.0
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on October 25, 2015, 04:08:24 pm
It wasn't a good performance yesterday, far from it. Millwall came for a point and went home with all 3. We weren't clever enough to get around the bus they parked, and fair play to them they were excellent defensively - just pants going forward!

Their first goal - blatant foul on Collins in the box by the goalscorer. Ref had a poor game but that was a glaring miss by him as he was stood looking at it. However, we should be beating teams like this comfortably and the odd refereeing mistake shouldn't make the difference it did yesterday.

We're still getting our game together and we will improve I'm sure.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 25, 2015, 05:11:10 pm
It wasn't a good performance yesterday, far from it. Millwall came for a point and went home with all 3. We weren't clever enough to get around the bus they parked, and fair play to them they were excellent defensively - just pants going forward!

Their first goal - blatant foul on Collins in the box by the goalscorer. Ref had a poor game but that was a glaring miss by him as he was stood looking at it. However, we should be beating teams like this comfortably and the odd refereeing mistake shouldn't make the difference it did yesterday.

We're still getting our game together and we will improve I'm sure.

Agree Lings that teams come and park the bus against us, but we have the players to break them down. We should have beaten Bury & Colchester, but we didn't. NA needs to sort it out, and fast, or else we are looking at the play-offs, again. Crewe haven't won at home this season, perhaps they might on Saturday.

According to the BBC stats they had more shots at goal than we did, so maybe there weren't that pants going forward.

I will watch the highlights later and give my views on the first goal.
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Post by: Eeyore on October 25, 2015, 07:35:57 pm
I wrote a great long "War and Peace" report on yesterday earlier - unfortunately (or probably fortunately for whoever could have been arsed to read it) my iPad's signal was crap and it wouldn't send and I lost it  )O(

Anyway, condensed it basically said that Millwall did a job on us, we conceded shite goals, Done is not a winger, Baxter should start in an attacking MF role with Hammomd defensive, Bash to replace Mcgahey at CB, swap Adams and Done with Che wide, crowd up for it cos it was Millwall, embarrassing chants of kicking heads in, me and Lings passed a bunch of BBC walking back to our cars looking for a scrap, hope they got their heads kicked in and are banned from football for life, brekkie and beer with usuals excellent and as usual day ruined by 90 minutes of football, will we ever learn, doubt it.

Oh, and other results yesterday could have been much worse for us and whilst we are not good at the moment and not looking very likely for an auto spot, it's not too late to turn it round but we need players in the right positions and more consistency.

UTB
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on October 26, 2015, 03:20:14 pm
Just watched the goals again from Satdi, particularly theirs to see if Howard was really at fault for either of them. The first one no and whilst their second looked like a proper howler from Howard, having watched it a few times I think he was very unlucky.

Shite defending led up to the player being able to cross the ball into the box and the scorer was basically in line with the near post, which Howard was positioning himself across the goal line to make a save there as it was the obvious likely area. However, the striker played it across towards the far post and the ball hit Howard's feet and went in - at such close range I really don't think he could have done much more and 9 times out of 10 it would have hit his feet and gone to safety.

I know he's not great as our No 1 keeper but some of the hatred vented by some towards him is just ridiculous, not only at games but all over forums. Then again, Blades fans always have to have at least one scapegoat every season......
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on October 26, 2015, 04:18:12 pm
Bolts - Millwall were certainly pants mate - the fact that they had more shots on target than us highlights a bigger problem. We're not creating bagfulls of chances. Yes we beat Fleetwood 3-0 but I think the 3 goals were the only 3 attempts on target. Take the Oldham game - from our 4 best attempts on goal only 1 was on target and that was the goal. make no mistake - Millwall were shite. We just didn't have the quality to turn them over. When a team sets up like that, I'm sorry to offend the purists but you need a big lump in the middle and get the creative lads in and around him. Plan B if you like. Unfortunately Sammon's 4ft 6 when he jumps so he's not the man for that job.

Ash - Howard's OK. Not great, but good enough imho.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 26, 2015, 05:48:17 pm
Just watched the highlights.

We did play some nice football early on with JCR & Billy combining well down the right flank. I didn't see much wrong with their first goal, although there was no slow motion replay for the tug on Collins. I thought Howard could have saved it though.

Well taken goal by Baxter, but he did have a lot of time and space to score. Don't think Howard was too much to blame for the goal. It was fired across the box and he could do little to stop it.

I listened to NA's post match comment, and the umpteenth time he said it was an entertaing game. Maybe it was,  but we bloody lost again.

Is it the new kit that is unlucky? I still cannot get used to seeing the Blades not being in the normal red & white stripes. Was kicking away from the kop in the second half an unlucky omen?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on October 26, 2015, 06:13:30 pm
Hope for me and Vamps yet!

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/10/26/hair-loss-treatment-cure-baldness-mice_n_8388706.html

However, I'm not rubbing my own wee-wee on me head for 3 months like last time - that never worked  :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 26, 2015, 06:18:16 pm
Hope for me and Vamps yet!

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/10/26/hair-loss-treatment-cure-baldness-mice_n_8388706.html

However, I'm not rubbing my own wee-wee on me head for 3 months like last time - that never worked  :DD

Just let Ash piss on your head :DD :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on October 26, 2015, 06:24:22 pm
That's what caused it to fall out in the first place
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 26, 2015, 06:56:25 pm
That's what caused it to fall out in the first place

Perhaps u didn't rub it in enough :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on October 26, 2015, 09:20:23 pm
Hope for me and Vamps yet!

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/10/26/hair-loss-treatment-cure-baldness-mice_n_8388706.html

However, I'm not rubbing my own wee-wee on me head for 3 months like last time - that never worked  :DD

Have to say, if a cure was discovered I wouldn't be bothered about it anyway - bald head never looks messy!!!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on October 26, 2015, 09:29:24 pm
Agreed Vamps - if the brain grows so much that it forces the hair out, who are we to complain?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on October 27, 2015, 12:08:19 am
That's what caused it to fall out in the first place

Perhaps u didn't rub it in enough :ok:

That must be it, I thought alcohol was supposed to be good for your hair  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on October 27, 2015, 10:32:56 am
So, a home tie in R1 of the FA Cup v Worcester City.

I'd like to think that we should comfortably win that one  :whi :whi :^^
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 27, 2015, 05:22:51 pm
So, a home tie in R1 of the FA Cup v Worcester City.

I'd like to think that we should comfortably win that one  :whi :whi :^^

The battle of the sauces....Hendo's v Worcestershire sauce
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 27, 2015, 05:24:27 pm
Agreed Vamps - if the brain grows so much that it forces the hair out, who are we to complain?

I must admit you both look very extinguished, sorry distinguished, and when I am in your company I look years younger than both of you :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 27, 2015, 05:46:30 pm
An interesting article...

http://www.newsnow.co.uk/A/799239032?-295:800:0
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on October 28, 2015, 11:58:58 am
An interesting article...

http://www.newsnow.co.uk/A/799239032?-295:800:0

 Unfortunately when a manager comes in he inherits players that possibly doesn't want, the players don't go with the out going manager. NC had built up a big squad of light weights and NA or the club can't just release them so they have to try to sell them, if anyone wants them, or wait until their contracts run out. It will take time for NA to turn us into a team that's capable of promotion and i'm sure who he knows he doesn't want.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on October 28, 2015, 01:09:33 pm
So, a home tie in R1 of the FA Cup v Worcester City.

I'd like to think that we should comfortably win that one  :whi :whi :^^

The battle of the sauces....Hendo's v Worcestershire sauce

 :DD :DD :DD - I like that................not bad for an old timer!!!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on October 28, 2015, 01:11:10 pm
Agreed Vamps - if the brain grows so much that it forces the hair out, who are we to complain?

I must admit you both look very extinguished, sorry distinguished, and when I am in your company I look years younger than both of you :whi

No amount of hair (clearly graced by Grecian 2000!) can hide the wrinkles Bolton  ::)
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on October 28, 2015, 01:27:42 pm
So, a home tie in R1 of the FA Cup v Worcester City.

I'd like to think that we should comfortably win that one  :whi :whi :^^

The battle of the sauces....Hendo's v Worcestershire sauce

 :DD :DD :DD - I like that................not bad for an old timer!!!

I saw this somewhere - the Intercondimental cup  :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on October 28, 2015, 01:28:49 pm
Agreed Vamps - if the brain grows so much that it forces the hair out, who are we to complain?

I must admit you both look very extinguished, sorry distinguished, and when I am in your company I look years younger than both of you :whi

No amount of hair (clearly graced by Grecian 2000!) can hide the wrinkles Bolton  ::)

Wise words landlord, how true!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on October 28, 2015, 01:34:43 pm
An interesting article...

http://www.newsnow.co.uk/A/799239032?-295:800:0

I really like that article, although I'm convinced it was written by someone else and not JP (I can pretty much spot the instances where he has had a direct input as well!) - although he will certainly have had sign off on it. I understand completely what he's trying to say, however, I also suspect that those who have a negative view of the club/board at the moment will need more than just this to turn them. Many fans do not see the business side of football, many think the money grows on trees (although when I used that analogy with my daughter she did point out it's paper and where does that come from??!!) and we don't have to balance the books.

I accept I'm in the privileged position of running a business and do see these things from a slightly different perspective than those fans so find it easier to accept. Those fans that are negative however need to take a look at themselves as well - as JP pointed out we all have to do what we can - from a fans perspective, that includes getting behind the team when they're on the pitch - there is a very negative, almost hostile, feel from some areas of the ground at the moment. I don't care how much they are paid - that doesn't make Footballers any different to any other human being - they WILL be affected by that. It doesn't make them play better - it makes them more reserved and withdrawn. I've never boo'd a player whilst they are on the pitch, and I know there will come the argument about how else do we protest. Well we need to think of something new instead of taking that attitude - I quite liked the approach the Bayern fans recently took at Arsenal about ticket prices - lateral thinking (bloody clever krauts!).

     
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on October 28, 2015, 01:53:50 pm
Sorry - I know it's taken a while but MoM thread finally posted for the Millwall game.

http://www.thecrossedblades.com/forum/index.php?topic=74.0

As far as I know there's only me and Lings going to Crewe on Sat'dy so I'm not going to list one for that unless lots more come forward and say hi I'm going. 
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 28, 2015, 05:44:18 pm
Agreed Vamps - if the brain grows so much that it forces the hair out, who are we to complain?

I must admit you both look very extinguished, sorry distinguished, and when I am in your company I look years younger than both of you :whi

No amount of hair (clearly graced by Grecian 2000!) can hide the wrinkles Bolton  ::)

I have never used any colouring supplements. When it goes gray so be it. I don't have wrinkles, just happy lines.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 28, 2015, 05:51:20 pm
Agreed Vamps - if the brain grows so much that it forces the hair out, who are we to complain?

I must admit you both look very extinguished, sorry distinguished, and when I am in your company I look years younger than both of you :whi

No amount of hair (clearly graced by Grecian 2000!) can hide the wrinkles Bolton  ::)

Wise words landlord, how true!

You can sit on it and swivel as well Ash :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 28, 2015, 05:53:49 pm
An interesting article...

http://www.newsnow.co.uk/A/799239032?-295:800:0

I really like that article, although I'm convinced it was written by someone else and not JP (I can pretty much spot the instances where he has had a direct input as well!) - although he will certainly have had sign off on it. I understand completely what he's trying to say, however, I also suspect that those who have a negative view of the club/board at the moment will need more than just this to turn them. Many fans do not see the business side of football, many think the money grows on trees (although when I used that analogy with my daughter she did point out it's paper and where does that come from??!!) and we don't have to balance the books.

I accept I'm in the privileged position of running a business and do see these things from a slightly different perspective than those fans so find it easier to accept. Those fans that are negative however need to take a look at themselves as well - as JP pointed out we all have to do what we can - from a fans perspective, that includes getting behind the team when they're on the pitch - there is a very negative, almost hostile, feel from some areas of the ground at the moment. I don't care how much they are paid - that doesn't make Footballers any different to any other human being - they WILL be affected by that. It doesn't make them play better - it makes them more reserved and withdrawn. I've never boo'd a player whilst they are on the pitch, and I know there will come the argument about how else do we protest. Well we need to think of something new instead of taking that attitude - I quite liked the approach the Bayern fans recently took at Arsenal about ticket prices - lateral thinking (bloody clever krauts!).
     

So did I, and there were a couple of digs at the way NC operated.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on October 30, 2015, 04:06:25 pm
Just a quick word of warning to Vamps & Lings going to Crewe this weekend.........had a quick nosey on the Passage to India Tripadvisor site and there are quite a few very negative reviews recently, so you might well be disappointed!!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on October 30, 2015, 04:54:49 pm
Nice try Ash -  :DD


BTW - Thanks to SUFC for providing some real information to the fans for once. They've posted some "Key Dates" for games next season (season starts w/e of 6th August). The most important ones, which I can now put in my diary are as follows:

1. Apparently, next season the Boxing Day Fixture will be played on December 26th! Well OK Blades, your call, but I'm not sure it'll catch on!

2. Very helpfully they've given us plenty of notice so we can all make sure we have our plans in place because believe it or not, the New Year's Eve fixtures are actually going to be played on January 31st!

You see? You just wouldn't have got information like this under the previous set-up. Brilliant stuff, they've obviously really done their homework (I wonder how long it took them to find Boxing Day and New Year's Eve in their 2016 "Ideal Stocking Filler" Blades Diaries?)
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 30, 2015, 05:15:59 pm
Just a quick word of warning to Vamps & Lings going to Crewe this weekend.........had a quick nosey on the Passage to India Tripadvisor site and there are quite a few very negative reviews recently, so you might well be disappointed!!

He's not fibbing....3 out of the last six reviews this week are very poor.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on October 30, 2015, 06:29:55 pm
One of the best reviewed places for miles around here is Losehill Hall in the Hope Valley. My experience was that they were taking the piss and I felt utterly ripped off. £145 for 2 people, and we stopped for a curry on the way home it was that bad.

Two of the reviews of Passage to India both claimed "bland" food without being specific and they both complained about the Mango Lassi (coincidence or someone with an axe to grind getting a pal to repeat the review?). The third review was for a takeaway and I had to laugh at his complaint, being that neither dish was like the traditional UK Indian Curry !!!  :DD.

I don't go to restaurants for their yoghurt drinks. I FULLY expect to be delighted with my ruby tomorrow  :ok:

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on October 30, 2015, 06:34:19 pm
One of the best reviewed places for miles around here is Losehill Hall in the Hope Valley. My experience was that they were taking the piss and I felt utterly ripped off. £145 for 2 people, and we stopped for a curry on the way home it was that bad.

Two of the reviews of Passage to India both claimed "bland" food without being specific and they both complained about the Mango Lassi (coincidence or someone with an axe to grind getting a pal to repeat the review?). The third review was for a takeaway and I had to laugh at his complaint, being that neither dish was like the traditional UK Indian Curry !!!  :DD.

I don't go to restaurants for their yoghurt drinks. I FULLY expect to be delighted with my ruby tomorrow  :ok:

Since we're not having a MoM thread for tomorrows game should we have a 'Dish of the Curry House' thread instead!!??
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 30, 2015, 07:05:20 pm
One of the best reviewed places for miles around here is Losehill Hall in the Hope Valley. My experience was that they were taking the piss and I felt utterly ripped off. £145 for 2 people, and we stopped for a curry on the way home it was that bad.

Two of the reviews of Passage to India both claimed "bland" food without being specific and they both complained about the Mango Lassi (coincidence or someone with an axe to grind getting a pal to repeat the review?). The third review was for a takeaway and I had to laugh at his complaint, being that neither dish was like the traditional UK Indian Curry !!!  :DD.

I don't go to restaurants for their yoghurt drinks. I FULLY expect to be delighted with my ruby tomorrow  :ok:

Hope you both enjoy your meal. Perhaps you should both try the yoghurt drinks and rub them in your scalps. might be the answer you both need.. :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on October 30, 2015, 08:29:14 pm
I don't "need" hair Bolts - after all, knowing my luck it'd end up looking like yours.  :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on October 30, 2015, 08:55:09 pm
I don't "need" hair Bolts - after all, knowing my luck it'd end up looking like yours.  :whi

 :DD meeeeeeoooooowwwww
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 31, 2015, 09:19:53 am
I don't "need" hair Bolts - after all, knowing my luck it'd end up looking like yours.  :whi

Fair point, well presented.

It is time consuming in the morning having hair as beautiful as mine. 5 mins to wash it in shampoo, and then the same time with conditioner. Then 5 mins to blow dry, using a curling brush. Then a final comb and an slight application of hairspray.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on October 31, 2015, 03:27:03 pm
Howard, Harris, Basham, Flynn, Coutts, Sharp, Baxter, Done, Collins, Adams, Hammond.
Subs: Freeman, Scougall, Sammon, Campbell-Ryce, Long, K Wallace, McGahey.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 31, 2015, 03:52:08 pm
Howard, Harris, Basham, Flynn, Coutts, Sharp, Baxter, Done, Collins, Adams, Hammond.
Subs: Freeman, Scougall, Sammon, Campbell-Ryce, Long, K Wallace, McGahey.

Looks like Flynn & Bash in defence.....Freeman on the bench...
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on October 31, 2015, 06:43:11 pm
Another ABSOLUTE SHITE result...........

 The club can spin the season all it likes to sell season tickets and get bums on seats but it doesn't alter the fact that the team ISN'T GOOD ENOUGH!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on October 31, 2015, 10:08:06 pm
Right

First of all the curry was to bleeedin' DIE for! PROPER stunner, and TFFT!

The game:

We were fast out of the traps for the first 10-15 minutes but then we let Crewe into the game. They played with young, pacy, tall and strong lads and to my surprise they played something of a longer ball game but with some good support at the top of a diamond. Having said that their quality was woeful and we should have overwhelmed them.

4-3-3 doesn't work and it's being used to accommodate Adams when we know Sharp and Done need to be in the side. Adams isn't a winger. He was too deep most of the time and then when he did break forward he ran into brick walls, down blind alleys, or played the ball backwards into deep midfield. He was pushed for a penalty that the ref declared a dive. Of course you throw yourself to the floor when you're about to shoot 1 v 1 with the keeper.

The Crewe keeper looked dodgy but we never tested him properly or put him under pressure. Howard made one great save but it seemed to me he should have come and taken the ball when they scored.

When we played Sharp and Sammon earlier in the season we were playing 4-4-2 and looking like winning every game. The new formation isn't working.

I believe the players are there - we just need the formation. JCR didn't get on the pitch when he would have run them ragged. The subs in general all came on 10-15 mins too late. All in all a very disappointing game. However, to my mind it was just another disappointing match, a typical Blades performance of the last few seasons, but what I saw next shocked me if I'm honest. The likes of Ryan Flynn, who was MOTM by a country mile and ran his socks off displaying all the quality we know he can, Bob Harris, Collins, Basham, these guys ran themselves ragged for the cause and yes, despite that, we lost the game. Usually there are the usual numpties who will boo and shout the odd "useless wankers" or similar, but this was different......

As the players began to make their way towards the travelling fans to offer their applause for the support, huge numbers of away "fans" launched into an abusive tirade accompanied by the usual middle-finger and wanker-hand salutes. People who were old enough to know better, together with vile kids who can't hold their Carling, spat vicious bile at their own players and then broke out into a loud chorus of "what a load of rubbish".

I can cope with the criticism of a bad performance but this crossed a new line for me.

I've followed this club for 45 years and to be a Blade used to mean something. The perennial underdog, the "everybody hates us but we don't care" attitude, the unity between fans, club and players, the famous red and white. In recent years this has all changed, and my reaction to what I saw today was that these wankers were pissing on the graves of Derek Dooley, Alan Woodward and everyone else who made this club what it was, just for these knobheads to defile it in one pissed-up collective rant.

I'm sure the players will have been badly affected by what they witnessed today. It certainly isn't going to help confidence on the pitch. What concerns me is the players will feel they were abused by "the fans" when in reality it was a bunch of thick, uneducated, knuckle-dragging rat-arsed scumbags. I don't want my club to think I'm one of those "fans" - I don't want to be associated with such people. There was even one pillock who was swearing at those who were booing during the game, but then he was just as vociferous in joining in the abuse at the final whistle - bizarre.

The people I saw and heard today have absolutely nothing to do with me or my club or its history, but they ARE the new "Blades". It sickens me, especially as you don't hear it from other clubs, even those battling against relegation. I'll think long and hard before going away again, although while the Passage to India remains open, I'll be a regular at Gresty Road. Hypocritical yes, but bloody hell do they make a lovely ruby.

Shocking day though, and I'm not easily shocked.

"We're all Blades aren't we?" - Clearly not. Fairweather fuckwits more like.

MANY thanks to Vamps for the ride down, and to Chloe for saying that walking into the restaurant with us felt like walking in with her two gay dads!  :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on October 31, 2015, 11:27:42 pm
Can't add anything to what Lings has said. Sums up my own feelings exactly. Was ashamed to be amongst those visiting individuals (refuse to call them fans) today. Couldn't have hurled more hate at the players if they were Wendies.

The game wasn't actually that bad. Have seen worse teams this year and if Crewe play like that every game I've no idea why they are (we're) bottom of the league.

Onwards and upwards!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 01, 2015, 09:16:24 am
By the reports from Vamps & Lings it seems that it was as bad as it sounded on BP.

NA needs to get this team sorted out. Maybe it is still work in progress, but we have played a third of the fixtures and are quickly sliding down into mid-table obscurity. When is Edgar due to return? Lings mentions that he is playing 4-3-3 to accomodate Adams, then why did he buy Sharp if he didn't really need him? I do think we need a big forward, and maybe Sammon should start with either Sharpe/Adams/Done alongside him.

All in all, this is starting to be another frustrating season. I did post before the start of the season that the play offs were the best we could achieve, and I still think that that is achievable.

I am also alarmed at what has been said about the reception the players received at the end of the match. Yes, the fans would be upset at losing to the bottom team in the league. However, there is no need for all the vile abuse. The players don't go out to lose games, and they, like all of us, can have a bad day at the office.

Lets hope for a convincing win in the Cup on Saturday, although in the normal Blades way we might sneak a narrow victory.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 01, 2015, 12:45:07 pm
We have some decent players but it isn't complete by any means, we lack aggression and a leader in the centre of midfield. Just look at our most successful team in recent years, the one that got up to the PL and it had Michael Brown AND Stuart McCall in the centre. One aggressive and one a leader, ye those days are gone but we have no one of them types in the club. As pointed out by Lings, Adams isn't a winger AND he's playing on the wrong side, Baxter isn't a winger either so we have no wingers on the pitch so get wingers in or at least play the players where they are most comfortable. Also this team wasn't good enough last season and it isn't good enough this because when you look at it there were only 2 NA signings in the starting 11.

Questions for the lads who went yesterday

 What does Hammond give us that Basham, Baxter, Coutts or Scougs doesn't?

How did Harris do on his return?

How do we fix or improve the team?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 01, 2015, 06:29:09 pm
8 points behind Burton Feckin' Albion in 2nd promotion place

9 points outside the relegation zone.

At the moment we're unlikely to be involved in either scenario.

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on November 02, 2015, 12:15:29 pm

Questions for the lads who went yesterday

What does Hammond give us that Basham, Baxter, Coutts or Scougs doesn't?
This year Basham has been playing the attacking MF role and Baxter the holding role. Hammond fits into that holding role and does it better than either Baxter or Basham. On Saturday with Basham at CB and Baxter attacking midfield we looked much better balanced, but if we stick with that line up we need to give them a couple of games to settle into how each other plays. Baxter is a far better player attacking than holding - he was the ones with shots on Saturday and making the keeper work. I really like Scougs and his efforts but he's just too lightweight for this league. Coutts seems to play better wide than in the middle for me (although he's not a winger!). As for Hammond in particular - the big difference with him is he looks to play the ball forward instead of sideways! Didn't see what he gave us when he first came but seeing gradual improvements every game.   

How did Harris do on his return?
In a word - WELL. For a first game back he looked lively - made some great overlapping runs and did nothing to suggest Wallace should get the place back (bit harsh on Wallace cos he's not done a bad job at all) - Flynn and Harris were used as wing backs on Saturday cos we weren't really playing with any wingers.

How do we fix or improve the team?
Again 1 word - PACE. I actually disagree about needing more players - this squad, in this league can and more importantly SHOULD be doing better. There has been a fair bit of tinkering with the team this year as I think NA is trying to fit certain players in, but the one thing that's been consistant is the possession play - the problem with that is we don't attack with pace which allows the opposition to get 11 men behind the ball which then cuts off our avenues forward so the ball pings around at the back - this for me is where the fans are getting frustrated. 4-4-2, with Sammon and Sharp worked well at the start of the season - NA has to go back to that for me and make the difficult decision of playing Sharp OR Done, not both. 
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 02, 2015, 04:50:11 pm
Where would you play Adams, if at all, with Done or Sharp partnering Sammon up front??
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 02, 2015, 05:51:57 pm
Thanks Vamps for that, it's good to see proper answers to questions.

 I think we do need to add a couple of players but at the same time we will need to ship a couple on. It was suggested by NA that we have too many players and training sessions were difficult with accommodating around 27 pros. He also suggested that some were not good enough by saying that they were in this division for a reason and questioned why they hadn't played higher. I still want an aggressive CMer to be bought in and possibly a proper decent LWer.

 KE made the point that if we are going to play Adams on the wing surely he should be on the right as he's right footed and suggested that Done played on the left if we're not going to bring in a LWer. That would then allow Sammon to play up top with Sharp.

 I've seen us a few times now this season and the one thing that DOES stick out is that we are STILL passing it sideways far too much, just like last season, and like you said, it allows teams to get behind the ball. Why is this still happening? by all accounts NA is urging the team to get forward in games so why aren't the players doing what he wants? surely they must cover this in training?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 02, 2015, 06:21:42 pm
I agree with Vamps in that the squad is good enough as it is. More pace would be good, a top quality 'keeper would also be good, but otherwise the quality is there imho.

Trying to keep 4 strikers happy (5 including Mcnulty) isn't going to be easy, but the way to do it isn't to try to find a place for all of them on the pitch. I think Freeman and Brayford at RB means Flynn further down the right. Harris or Wallace at LB means Done or JCR down the left. Sammon and Sharp up front with Adams to come on as required. You can rotate this by starting Adams and having the gonads to bench Sharp. Round pegs for round holes is all I'm saying.

We really MUST get someone in that pocket between CMF and strikers down the middle though. There's no link play up the middle at all, which contributes to the constant spraying of the ball into wide positions.

SHOOT! - that's the other tactical change I'd make!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 02, 2015, 06:31:39 pm
The team wasn't good enough last season so why is it now? NA only started with 2 of his signings on Saturday hence why we still have the same problems as last season. The plain fact is it will take time for NA to get the team he wants and he's now indicated that he thinks some of them aren't good enough and needs to keep in touch with the top teams and get to Jan.

 Are we missing Doyle?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 02, 2015, 10:06:20 pm
The team was good enough last year - the tactical strategy wasn't.

The team this year includes Sharp, Sammon when played, Hammond, and a far bigger and stronger Adams. Done started brilliantly when he arrived but got injured. JCR was farmed out to Notts County. The players are there - give them a formation that works and let them off the leash to go and play football.

We have Harris back but excellent cover in Wallace. We'll soon have Brayford back with excellent cover in Freeman/Flynn.

This team is perfectly good enough - poncing about in their own half isn't going to achieve anything. No point constantly changing the personnel if the tactics aren't working. Look at Chelsea - on paper one of the best teams in Europe - playing a crap formation and struggling badly.

Look at when it went wrong for Bassett in the end. Kendall came in when we couldn't pass the ball to another man in red and white and immediately he had us pissing all over Arsenal - twice! the players were there, the tactics weren't. Same thing now - Nigel needs to find his formation and strategy and let the players get on with it. All that guff about studying the state of the areas around the corner flag? Bollocks - get a frikkin' shot off!

The problem Weir, Clough, and surprisingly Adkins have, is they think their intelligence, cleverness, football nous, will overcome all the agricultural sides in league 1. I have news for them. First, there are plenty of others playing the clever game. Second, just wanting it bad enough can make up for a lack of quality, and thirdly in this League you have to put the majority of your principles on the back burner and just smash goals in from all angles. Once you're out of this Division then yes a lot more quality is required (as Brizzle are finding now) but to get there in the first place you have to create chances and get shots on target. Deflections, goalkeeping errors, ricochets off the woodwork, whatever - if you don't buy a ticket you can't win the lottery, and you can't score a goal when you're constantly passing responsibility off to a man alongside or behind you.

Are we missing Doyle? No .... we're still missing Monty.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on November 03, 2015, 08:53:31 am
The team was good enough last year - the tactical strategy wasn't.

The team this year includes Sharp, Sammon when played, Hammond, and a far bigger and stronger Adams. Done started brilliantly when he arrived but got injured. JCR was farmed out to Notts County. The players are there - give them a formation that works and let them off the leash to go and play football.

We have Harris back but excellent cover in Wallace. We'll soon have Brayford back with excellent cover in Freeman/Flynn.

This team is perfectly good enough - poncing about in their own half isn't going to achieve anything. No point constantly changing the personnel if the tactics aren't working. Look at Chelsea - on paper one of the best teams in Europe - playing a crap formation and struggling badly.

Look at when it went wrong for Bassett in the end. Kendall came in when we couldn't pass the ball to another man in red and white and immediately he had us pissing all over Arsenal - twice! the players were there, the tactics weren't. Same thing now - Nigel needs to find his formation and strategy and let the players get on with it. All that guff about studying the state of the areas around the corner flag? Bollocks - get a frikkin' shot off!

The problem Weir, Clough, and surprisingly Adkins have, is they think their intelligence, cleverness, football nous, will overcome all the agricultural sides in league 1. I have news for them. First, there are plenty of others playing the clever game. Second, just wanting it bad enough can make up for a lack of quality, and thirdly in this League you have to put the majority of your principles on the back burner and just smash goals in from all angles. Once you're out of this Division then yes a lot more quality is required (as Brizzle are finding now) but to get there in the first place you have to create chances and get shots on target. Deflections, goalkeeping errors, ricochets off the woodwork, whatever - if you don't buy a ticket you can't win the lottery, and you can't score a goal when you're constantly passing responsibility off to a man alongside or behind you.

Are we missing Doyle? No .... we're still missing Monty.

Bang on the money!! Might even applauded that one!!!  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 03, 2015, 10:30:08 am
Don't agree Lings, you're only good enough when/if you do it. Yes we have some nice players and we are fairly close to it and don't need wholesale changes, but this team is not going to get us up as it stands, it needs strength. It lacks a solid spine, and a decent engine room with a bit of bite to be able to deal with these agricultural teams you mentioned. Yes, Brayford AND Edgar will add to the defense when they get back but we need strength in midfield otherwise the problems will continue. I do agree that tactics have played a big part in our problems and NC signed the type of player for his style and tactics but you have to fight for the right and teams know we have no battlers and set up accordingly. I agree we have missed Monty but I think we have missed Quinn and more recently McDonald too and we need a couple of players of these kind of players coming in.

 Question! We know Weir was signed to play a certain way by those higher up, was NC and NA signed and told " This is what we want, we will play like this " Have the last 3 managers had their strings pulled by those who think they know best?

 It just seems strange that there's not much difference in our approach to games by the last 3 managers.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 03, 2015, 12:29:10 pm
You're entitled to that opinion Stabo mate, but I see quality footballers getting frustrated all the time by being constrained by the tactics they're being told to play (I can't believe anyone's telling the managers they must play a certain way - Adkins has always played possession football to a point). There are Championship sides that would want Sharp, Sammon, Adams, Flynn, Edgar, Hammond, Harris, Freeman etc and the vast majority of managers in L1 would happily swap a lot of their squad for a lot of ours. My view is, it wouldn't matter which players you put in this team - if you continue to play this way you're going to struggle to make any real headway.

Don't tell me Burton, Gillingham, Walsall etc have better squads than us, because they don't. Could we use a big black dynamic "Ya-Ya-Alike" in the middle? 100% yes - I agree that we would benefit from the addition of such a player, but my point is that even without this addition the players should be stamping their authority on this Division. Wingers as fullbacks, midfielders as wingers, strikers as wingers - most of them out of their comfort zones.

vamps I bow to your applause  ;D
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on November 03, 2015, 02:04:52 pm
vamps I bow to your applause  ;D

I thought a smite was more fitting - not for the post obviously  :ok: ;D
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 03, 2015, 02:51:13 pm
Ye the clubs in the championship are all lining up to snap up these players, especially Flynn  :DD :DD

Seriously, I agree with you that we have some very decent players, i've never said we didn't and on their day every one of them can perform brilliantly but that's the problem they are all inconsistent and have been for a long time. We've got A TYPE of player i.e. small and lightweight and it doesn't work in this lge. If NA sticks with this squad then we'll be enjoying another season in lge 1. I'm not saying get rid of all of the players but we need some robustness in the team and some height, 2 or 3 good additions IMO would do it.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 03, 2015, 05:08:22 pm
Some great posts to catch up on.

Is it time to give Long another chance in goal, or do we try to sell him? I'm not convinced Howard is good enough.

I think the defence has struggled so far due to constant changes due to injuries. Brayford & Harris have been missed, and so laterly has Edgar. I like Kennedy, but he is too injury prone. McGahey is one for the future, so let him play more often. He won't progress unless he plays. It didn't do Maguire any harm. I don't like Basham at CB as he is not a defender and would be better in midfield. Where does McEverly fit in when he is fit again?

Midfield is a big worry. We don't have any dynamism in there. We want to keep the ball, which is fair enough, but we have no one to control things, or put in the telling final ball. My midfield would be JCR, Basham, Baxter and maybe Flynn or Scougs. Is Hammond someone who will become an infleuntial player? Neither Adams or Done are suited to the position. What has happened to Woolford? Is he injured or just not good enough? Does Reed have a future @ BL?

Sharp and Sammon should be the front 2. McNulty doesn't do anything for me, so we keep Adams and Done in reserve.

We do have too many players and a cull is required.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 03, 2015, 05:28:11 pm
Flynn was MILES ahead of anything else on the pitch on Saturday. When he's allowed to play, instead of being put in the winger slot on a teamsheet and then told to cover the full-back, he's a tremendous asset.

At the back, McGahey has been showing signs of real progress from the rabbit-in-the-headlights player we saw when he first arrived. With him, Collins and Edgar fighting for 2 places, and with Basham able to deputise, I think Mceverley's time is probably up at BDTBL and I also fear for Tel Kennedy.

If Brayford regains full fitness I can see HIM being sold if offers come in, or at least loaned out for the second half of the season so the wages can release a couple of incomings. Freeman is a perfectly good player in that position and once again Flynn can fill in. At LB we have Harris and Wallace - position nailed.

Midfield - look at the list: Basham, Coutts, Hammond, Baxter, Scougall, Reed, Wallace. On paper what an embarrassment of riches we have there BUT I see Scougs, Reed and Wallace (J) moving on I'm sorry to say. After all, with DiMaio and Calvert-Lewin to come in I think we can afford to free up some budget from those mentioned.

De Girolamo - why on earth did we offer him a deal?

Up front - I fear McNulty will be on his way because we do have plenty of quality up front if the service is there. Key point. I'd revert back to Sharp and Sammon with Adams either coming on as sub or starting out right.

Like I said before, a dominant "top of the diamond"-type CMF with box-to-box capability could transform us and get us moving forwards instead of sideways.

Right wing - Flynn alternating with Adams at times, and with JCR backing up.

Left wing - Done, with JCR able to cover

I go back to the same thing - you could have Messi and Ronaldo in advanced positions for us, but if the defence is playing with it in their own half the shots on goal ratio would not improve.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 03, 2015, 07:09:01 pm
OK - sell Jay-Mac, Reedy, Scougs, Sparky, Higdon, Diego, half the U-21s, and sign Peter Crouch! Imagine Sharp or Done playing off him!  :ok:  :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 03, 2015, 07:50:42 pm
Problem with Flynn and many others is they have 1 good game in 10, it's just not good enough.

I think, for this division the two keepers are good enough.

Fully fit we have good enough defenders and decent cover.

Midfield, to weak in the centre and not a decent winger in the club, it doesn't cover the defense and doesn't create enough of the right ball to the forwards and oh why oh why keep passing it sideways?

Forwards, good enough if given the service.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 03, 2015, 09:26:50 pm
I'll disagree on Flynn. When played correctly he's one of the most consistent performers in the side, regardless of what Keith Edwards thinks. Flynn's no world-beater, but when I sit down every home game and his name is read out, my concerns are for other positions, not the one he's playing in.

To be honest Stabo I think Flynn has 1 BAD game in 10. He's suffered with injury this season. Give the lad a chance in a side that contains some proper strikers to play up to - finally! His first full game after injury and he was MOTM - can't ask for more. Pity the other numpties couldn't match him, although Hammond tried in the second half and Bob Harris put some great balls in on HIS return from injury.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on November 04, 2015, 08:51:34 am
Problem with Flynn and many others is they have 1 good game in 10, it's just not good enough.

I think, for this division the two keepers are good enough.

Fully fit we have good enough defenders and decent cover.

Midfield, to weak in the centre and not a decent winger in the club, it doesn't cover the defense and doesn't create enough of the right ball to the forwards and oh why oh why keep passing it sideways?

Forwards, good enough if given the service.

Couple of seasons ago (and even right at the start of last season) I'd have agreed with you on Flynn. However, put a decent RB behind him i.e. Brayford and he's a different player and one of the reasons JCR ended up being loaned out. As Lings said he was MoM on Saturday and in my opinion not by a narrow margin either, more a country mile. I'm quite happy with him at RB or RW, although obviously prefer him as a winger. 

I disagree on the keepers - I think we can get by with Howard, but I'm petrified every time Long plays between the sticks - it's almost like being a goal down before you've kicked off.

Defence agreed - no worries there.

Midfield - yes a strong battling leader in midfield would be ideal - if I'm honest I just don't see us getting it in League 1. Those type of players are few and far between and easily pick up clubs in the Championship if they are any good. I'm actually going to be quite controversial here, but with the midfielders we've got at the club right now I would drop Basham, unless he's going to play at CB. Hammond as the holding player and Baxter as the attacking midfielder I see working very well, especially after Baxter's resurgance this year. I really wanted us to play 4-3-3 but having seen it a few times now it just doesn't work for us so we need a couple of wingers - Flynn fills one of those roles. We ARE missing Murphy down the left and a few have been tried there - Adams, Woolford and Coutts - I've actually liked Coutts more and nmore as I've seen him, but he's still no out and out winger. Neither is Done, but if he's got to fit in the team then I'd be tempted to give him a run there. In all honesty though I'd prefer to see him or Sharp as playing alongside a big lad up front, which has to Sammon - we looked a different proposition going forward when he came on on Saturday and we looked the same at the start of the season when we went on that run with him and Sharp playing together.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 04, 2015, 09:39:01 pm
Worcester have already sold nearly 2,000 tickets for Satdi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on November 05, 2015, 08:41:51 am
Worcester have already sold nearly 2,000 tickets for Satdi

Club are not doing enough to say that season tickets are valid for this game.  I fear our end will only have about 10,000 in it.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 05, 2015, 08:45:26 am
Agreed Roma - many people will avoid this game but they'd go if they knew it was free for them. It's only a tenner for everyone else too - so I'll be going
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on November 05, 2015, 08:56:24 am
According to my sources, NA has his hands tied on player sales.  The previous regime signed too many players on stupid contracts (JP was brand new to football and possibly had the wool pulled over whilst he learned the lay of the land).  Wages are so high than no one will take them on loan deals, and they're only good enough for League 1 clubs who could loan PL or Championship youngsters for much less.

There's a whole raft of contracts up in the period between January and end of the season, and I've been told it will be a mass exodus.

For me, I'd have a big clear-out.  Then If I were NA I'd buy a quality midfielder, centre back and keeper.  IF Brayford gets back to full fitness (and form) soon then we're sorted at FB. I really rate Harris as an attacking FB, but he needs two strong CBs to protect him when he's caught too far up field.  Something we don't currently have.  Is Che the right person to drop back to cover Harris' raids? Not so sure he can do that role, yet, when he's playing out wide.

Up top has to be Sammon and either Sharp or Done.  Sammon should start, and if the direct approach isn't working, then bring on the smaller lads to change the approach - or push Che behind the front two to cause havoc.

I'd get rid of the following, for different reasons:

Howard
J Wallace
McNulty (loan)
Collins
Scougall (controversial - but injury prone and hasn't really delivered)
Woolford
NcEverly
Reed (loan)
Di Girolamo
Alcock

My ideal starting 11+subs would be (4-3-3 or 4-3-1-2ish however you want to play it):

GK: new signing

RB: Brayford
LB: Harris
CB: Edgar
CB: new signing

CDM: Basham
CAM: Baxter/Hammond (too soon to tell re Hammond)
CAM-L: Che
CAM-R: JCR/Flynn

CF: Sammon
CF: Sharp/Done

Subs: Sharp/Done, JCR/Flynn, Baxter/Hammond, Freeman, Coutts, Wallace

Or something there or there abouts.

Now I've done that, I can't see where I'd put a new signing for the midfield, unless we decide JCR or Flynn aren't good enough and get a new RWer.

This manager lark is easy!



Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on November 05, 2015, 10:04:33 am
Agreed Roma - many people will avoid this game but they'd go if they knew it was free for them. It's only a tenner for everyone else too - so I'll be going

Are we being daring and meeting in the Dev Cat?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 05, 2015, 06:28:09 pm
Roma I'd keep Collins. Him and McGahey and Edgar are good enough with a good defensive mid.

Cuvelier will move on as well I should think.

Vamps - Dev Cat? You mad impetuous fool you! Oh go on then.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on November 06, 2015, 09:17:19 am
BTW - is that Danny Webber playing for Salford City in that Class of 92 programme, or just his doppelganger?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on November 06, 2015, 09:42:52 am
BTW - is that Danny Webber playing for Salford City in that Class of 92 programme, or just his doppelganger?

It's definitely Webber..........isn't he manager now? He was interviewed at the 1st round draw on TV.

Thought it was a really good documentary on Salford City  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 06, 2015, 10:11:00 am
BTW - is that Danny Webber playing for Salford City in that Class of 92 programme, or just his doppelganger?

It's definitely Webber..........isn't he manager now? He was interviewed at the 1st round draw on TV.

Thought it was a really good documentary on Salford City  :ok:

Danny Webber is a player for Salford City.

I only saw the second episode, but it was really good. Wish we had their 2 managers to give our lacklustre squad a right bolloking.

Be nice to see them live on BBC tonight in the FA Cup.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on November 06, 2015, 02:24:47 pm
Are we being daring and meeting in the Dev Cat?

Well now that Lings is on speaking terms with "she who must be gawped at", I would say defo Dev Cat  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 06, 2015, 03:40:14 pm
 :ok:

No doubt when she realises she remembers me from being there with you, the usual hostilities will resume  :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 06, 2015, 03:41:27 pm
McNulty to Pompey on loan

If they get promoted that might become a permanent deal.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 06, 2015, 04:36:47 pm
McNulty to Pompey on loan

If they get promoted that might become a permanent deal.

Good move for him. If he scores a few goals it will improve his confidence. Wonder if Doyle was instrumental in the move??
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 06, 2015, 04:59:24 pm
Just read that Paddy Kenny has signed for Bury....
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 06, 2015, 07:19:43 pm
George Long starting tomorrow and Tuesday
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 07, 2015, 08:46:54 am
Well done to Salford on a great win which was well deserved. Hope it is not an omen for this afternooon.

Nice goal by Danny Webber, and a fabulous second goal.

Don't want them away in the next round....
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 07, 2015, 09:38:26 am
2nd goal was unreal for a club so far down the Leagues. Pleased for Webber, although it's a pity his finishing wasn't so good in THAT game against Wigan  :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on November 07, 2015, 09:40:14 am
So - a change to the pre match song?
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qfAJtf3QuBY&feature=youtu.be (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qfAJtf3QuBY&feature=youtu.be)
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 07, 2015, 05:43:31 pm
3 goals, through to the next round, job done...nothing else to say.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 07, 2015, 07:17:59 pm
although we had a couple of minor squeaks in the anal area in the second half (nothing to do with the beer or the curry sauce) we played well within ourselves and created a number of openings throughout the match. the worcester keeper had a great game and was their M.O.M.

our M.O.M. was JCR - with Baxter pushing him close.

End result? Hendo's pisses on Worcestershire, but then we knew that already - right?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on November 08, 2015, 07:24:16 am
I guess the highlights say it all!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/34757365
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on November 08, 2015, 08:36:16 am
A very comfortable win in the end and most of the game played by us in 2nd gear. Worcester were not a bad side at all considering their league status although they created very little threat in truth. As has been said, their keeper made some great saves and kept them in the tie.

Agree with JCR as MOM.

Now, NOT Salford City away in the next round PLEASE  :^^
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 08, 2015, 09:08:10 am
Through to the next round which is all that matters.

Listening on BP it sounded as though we struggled, but the ones that went said we didn't really get out of 2nd gear. Again demonstrates the difference between being there and listening.

Bring on Salford in round 2.....
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on November 08, 2015, 04:30:36 pm
Through to the next round which is all that matters.

Listening on BP it sounded as though we struggled, but the ones that went said we didn't really get out of 2nd gear. Again demonstrates the difference between being there and listening.

Bring on Salford in round 2.....

I don't think it's as simple as that Bolton. If you read the reports from National press they give the impression of a comfortable win as well. I think it's the local media/press which are talking us down, especially when you take account of Roma's comments about the 5Live commentary yesterday.

The one thing we don't know of course is what would have happened if we'd needed to step up a gear.

Got some interesting news direct from NA's mouth today. Not posting it on a public forum but have put it out on the Whatsapp group and text a couple of people.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 08, 2015, 04:37:27 pm
Through to the next round which is all that matters.

Listening on BP it sounded as though we struggled, but the ones that went said we didn't really get out of 2nd gear. Again demonstrates the difference between being there and listening.

Bring on Salford in round 2.....

I don't think it's as simple as that Bolton. If you read the reports from National press they give the impression of a comfortable win as well. I think it's the local media/press which are talking us down, especially when you take account of Roma's comments about the 5Live commentary yesterday.

The one thing we don't know of course is what would have happened if we'd needed to step up a gear.

Got some interesting news direct from NA's mouth today. Not posting it on a public forum but have put it out on the Whatsapp group and text a couple of people.

Do tell!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on November 08, 2015, 07:35:51 pm
PM'd you Stabo - not for forum posting.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 08, 2015, 08:03:33 pm
PM'd you Stabo - not for forum posting.

Thanks and no worries nothing will be posted by me, and not surprising TBH but it will take time and we may suffer this season for it.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 09, 2015, 09:39:58 am
Next weeks predictions posted. Hopefully we might get more replies this week.

I will start to compile the results from week 4 during the week, weather permitting....

http://www.thecrossedblades.com/forum/index.php?topic=76.0
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 09, 2015, 10:38:45 am
19 year old defender in on loan?

http://www.themag.co.uk/2015/11/another-young-newcastle-player-goes-out-on-loan-jamie-cobain/

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on November 09, 2015, 11:30:31 am
19 year old defender in on loan?

http://www.themag.co.uk/2015/11/another-young-newcastle-player-goes-out-on-loan-jamie-cobain/

Yeah, strange one. He's supposed to be a RB, which we don't really need, even if Brayford is sold or struggling to get fit. Can't really comment as know nothing about him but would have thought we need experience in the squad and not youth??
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 09, 2015, 11:55:23 am
Agreed Ash. Maybe we've had an offer for Freeman.


To digress for a moment, despite ISIS bombs, global warming, everybody being skint and the Blades struggling again, it's refreshing to note that there's still a large proportion of British Society happily stuck in the 1950s and generally wobbling about with silly grins on their faces and floppy hats on their heads, and it's great to see they've all taken the time out to vote on a major issue affecting life in leafy Middle England.

10,000 people (TEN THOUSAND mark you!) have cast their votes in this year's Tree Of The Year contest  ??? Suddenly all is right with the world.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 09, 2015, 12:36:18 pm
Ye strange signing unless it's with regard to the future and we sign him on a permanent at some stage to cover Brayford with Freeman covering Harris. Or......is Brayford going to be seen by NA as a CB? I don't like that idea but who knows!

 Or is he just being signed so that Brayford won't be rushed back, NA has dropped Freeman, he's tried Flynn and who knows about Alcock. The lad himself has said on Twitter  “Starting my first ever loan today at Sheff United, looking forward to all the games!” so has he been told he'll be playing?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on November 09, 2015, 01:14:55 pm
Agreed Ash. Maybe we've had an offer for Freeman.


To digress for a moment, despite ISIS bombs, global warming, everybody being skint and the Blades struggling again, it's refreshing to note that there's still a large proportion of British Society happily stuck in the 1950s and generally wobbling about with silly grins on their faces and floppy hats on their heads, and it's great to see they've all taken the time out to vote on a major issue affecting life in leafy Middle England.

10,000 people (TEN THOUSAND mark you!) have cast their votes in this year's Tree Of The Year contest  ??? Suddenly all is right with the world.

Well I voted for the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest but sadly the Oak on the footy pitch in Estonia won it.........typical corruption going on here which perfectly mirrors the shenanigans going on at FIFA  :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on November 09, 2015, 02:10:08 pm
Also interesting that his tweet has been removed again!!!


Apparently we're ball number 22 in tonights draw for round 2 of the FA Cup.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 09, 2015, 02:10:39 pm
From Twitter.....

Rob Staton ‏@robstaton 18m18 minutes ago

Jamie Cobain won't be joining #SUFC on loan from Newcastle. It's merely a dev. squad trial. He'll be playing for the U21's this week.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 09, 2015, 03:02:49 pm
Blades No 22 in cup draw tonight.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 09, 2015, 03:03:25 pm
........which begs the question: What's he trialling for? You don't go on trial hoping to win a place on loan in another club's reserve team unless you're pitching for a permanent deal, even if that's to be initially as a development player.



So 2 little ducks in the bag tonight then...........who do we want?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on November 09, 2015, 03:16:11 pm
Any non league team AT HOME please
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on November 09, 2015, 03:37:20 pm
Says on the web that he's joining our development squad.  So he's been loaned from one academy to another!!??? The plot thickens.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 09, 2015, 04:46:50 pm
Thick Geordie Plot!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 09, 2015, 04:52:40 pm
From Twitter.....

Rob Staton ‏@robstaton 18m18 minutes ago

Jamie Cobain won't be joining #SUFC on loan from Newcastle. It's merely a dev. squad trial. He'll be playing for the U21's this week.

So what is the point unless it to see him play in a  non-pressure game? I presume Newcastle have an U21 squad?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 09, 2015, 05:02:40 pm
Any non league team AT HOME please

Any team @ home please.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 09, 2015, 06:32:04 pm
Any non league team AT HOME please

Any team @ home please.

Whitehawks........ :ok: great name!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 09, 2015, 07:22:05 pm
Blades v Mansfield/Oldham
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on November 09, 2015, 07:24:48 pm
Blades v Mansfield/Oldham

Crap draw but home at least  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 09, 2015, 08:52:29 pm
There aren't really any good draws until R3 so as you say Ash, we're at home so good enough.

Come on you Stags
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on November 09, 2015, 09:05:22 pm

Come on you Stags

??? - Is that just cos you want your birthday weekend match away in Blackpool?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 09, 2015, 11:30:00 pm
Blackpool in January? No mate, maybe Brighton in Round 3  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 10, 2015, 08:05:44 am
Blackpool in January? No mate, maybe Brighton in Round 3  :ok:

Me neither. How about Malaga away in R3.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 10, 2015, 10:17:17 am
Blackpool in January? No mate, maybe Brighton in Round 3  :ok:

Me neither. How about Malaga away in R3.

I'll be there in January as it happens, just not on R3 day!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on November 10, 2015, 11:35:50 am
I wonder if it's because there's compensation to be paid if you sign a player from another team's development centre (academy in old speak) whereas if NUFC released him, we'd get him on a free???

From Twitter.....

Rob Staton ‏@robstaton 18m18 minutes ago

Jamie Cobain won't be joining #SUFC on loan from Newcastle. It's merely a dev. squad trial. He'll be playing for the U21's this week.

So what is the point unless it to see him play in a  non-pressure game? I presume Newcastle have an U21 squad?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 10, 2015, 02:55:15 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/34776701

 Good move!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on November 10, 2015, 04:05:32 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/34776701

 Good move!

Yes, for everyone - sadly its only for 28 days but hopefully they can take him on a longer deal or perm in Jan. Nothing against him as I think he has always tried but he is surplus to our oversized squad.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 10, 2015, 04:21:15 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/34776701

 Good move!

Yep...he isn't going to play many games for us. Hopefully he will do well and they might sign him up permanently. Brings the wage bill down as well.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 10, 2015, 05:22:24 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/34776701

 Good move!

Yep...he isn't going to play many games for us. Hopefully he will do well and they might sign him up permanently. Brings the wage bill down as well.

 Ye, Ferguson had him at Peterborough so if he does well i can see him signing him.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 10, 2015, 05:31:52 pm
so he'll be back next month then
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 10, 2015, 06:34:55 pm
http://www.insidermedia.com/insider/yorkshire/blades-to-kickstart-bramall-lane-redevelopment

is nice, yes?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 10, 2015, 07:30:08 pm
http://www.insidermedia.com/insider/yorkshire/blades-to-kickstart-bramall-lane-redevelopment

is nice, yes?

Lets wait and see if it happens. I'm not holding my breath
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 10, 2015, 07:30:56 pm
http://www.insidermedia.com/insider/yorkshire/blades-to-kickstart-bramall-lane-redevelopment

is nice, yes?

Pigs will be crying into their trotters.....
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 10, 2015, 07:32:24 pm
Long, J Wallace, Done, Scougall, Woolford, Sammon, McEveley, Reed, Kennedy, K Wallace, McGahey.

Subs: Howard, Freeman, Sharp, Baxter, Hammond
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 10, 2015, 07:36:18 pm
Long, J Wallace, Done, Scougall, Woolford, Sammon, McEveley, Reed, Kennedy, K Wallace, McGahey.

Subs: Howard, Freeman, Sharp, Baxter, Hammond

Thats not a team to put any fear into Fleetwood. 
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on November 10, 2015, 07:39:11 pm
Maybe they can buy the old roof when we strip it off the current Kop... Better than what they currently have...

http://www.insidermedia.com/insider/yorkshire/blades-to-kickstart-bramall-lane-redevelopment

is nice, yes?

Pigs will be crying into their trotters.....
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on November 11, 2015, 05:34:46 am
Any beer monsters out on Satd'y?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on November 11, 2015, 09:28:41 am
Any beer monsters out on Satd'y?

Not 100% sure yet but probably  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on November 11, 2015, 09:33:11 am
http://www.insidermedia.com/insider/yorkshire/blades-to-kickstart-bramall-lane-redevelopment

is nice, yes?

Yes, it's nice but unless I've missed something about the finance side of this (ie whether it is anything to do with the overall budget available for players etc as well), surely we are better spending on getting rid of the dead wood and getting the right players to get us promoted. Why spend money on extending and improving the ground when it is currently around 2/3rds capacity?

So we are out of the JPT........not great and all the more worrying that side that started should have been good enough to win. Hey ho, onto the league now!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on November 11, 2015, 09:59:45 am
I think the finance is separated from the football activities, separate budgets - so our MASSIVE player transfer budget shouldn't be affected by this at all (not a hint of irony in that statement, honest).

An optimist might say that additional revenue from rents (and the odd occasion when we sell all the tickets for the new seats) gives us greater scope in terms of how much we can spend on players on the financial fair play rules.

A pessimist might want to know which company is set to benefit from any building works needed and whether that company has a postcode somewhere near a seaside town called Scarborough.

Back to the optimist side, JP once told me, right after he took over, that the revenue from on the pitch activities (i.e. ticket sales) is relatively fixed/capped.  Yes, there are one off bonuses to be had form good cup runs, but they're difficult to plan and budget with.  IF (HUGE IF) we got into the PL again, then right now we can probably add about 8,000 onto the gates (allowing for not selling all away fan tickets for every game).  That's only 5m in additional revenue for a season (at 35 quid per ticket, 18 home games).  So an extra 3,500 seats gives us another 2.2m in the board's eyes (yes, I know it's deluded based on what we know historically about the 'glass ceiling' on Blades' attendances, and we know it's a pipe dream talking of regular (or even one off) PL football).

Moreover, the offices and other facilities that come with the new facilities can generate a fixed, predictable, budgetable income.

On the other hand, a big capital project gives an opportunity to clean money from the middle east (allegedly).

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 11, 2015, 10:27:34 am
I've updated the predictions league, so below is the current state of play. The cream has already risen to the top :whi

Can someone please update the table on the website?

Bolts_____100
Eeyore___96
Stabo____91
Bognor___79
Malaysia__76
Shadow__53
Lings____41
Youfy____40
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on November 11, 2015, 12:11:40 pm
Any beer monsters out on Satd'y?

Not 100% sure yet but probably  :ok:

OK - well me and Chris certainly are - Dev Cat for 1pm? (may be slightly late cos test driving a new car for the Mrs in the morning but hope not - and that I don't need a stiff drink to calm the nerves!)
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on November 11, 2015, 12:21:43 pm
I think the finance is separated from the football activities, separate budgets - so our MASSIVE player transfer budget shouldn't be affected by this at all (not a hint of irony in that statement, honest).

An optimist might say that additional revenue from rents (and the odd occasion when we sell all the tickets for the new seats) gives us greater scope in terms of how much we can spend on players on the financial fair play rules.

A pessimist might want to know which company is set to benefit from any building works needed and whether that company has a postcode somewhere near a seaside town called Scarborough.

Back to the optimist side, JP once told me, right after he took over, that the revenue from on the pitch activities (i.e. ticket sales) is relatively fixed/capped.  Yes, there are one off bonuses to be had form good cup runs, but they're difficult to plan and budget with.  IF (HUGE IF) we got into the PL again, then right now we can probably add about 8,000 onto the gates (allowing for not selling all away fan tickets for every game).  That's only 5m in additional revenue for a season (at 35 quid per ticket, 18 home games).  So an extra 3,500 seats gives us another 2.2m in the board's eyes (yes, I know it's deluded based on what we know historically about the 'glass ceiling' on Blades' attendances, and we know it's a pipe dream talking of regular (or even one off) PL football).

Moreover, the offices and other facilities that come with the new facilities can generate a fixed, predictable, budgetable income.

On the other hand, a big capital project gives an opportunity to clean money from the middle east (allegedly).

Bang on the money although with a couple of tweeks

The ground development is pretty much about rental income revenue - the additional office space created etc. From my understanding this revenue goes to the PLC, not the club because the club effectively rent the ground from the plc (answers your question about the postcode!!).

The on pitch revenue IS the clubs and you're right about being relatively fixed - projections are made each year based on the expected average attendance - if those are met we do as expected, lower we tighten the belts and more we 'have the opportunity to' increase spending   :whi . The one bit that isn't 100% correct is the league we're in also has a bearing on the 'club' income so a straight forward linear calculation of bums on seats to income doesn't work. There is also a difference in income based on the teams final position in the league at the end of the season, although in Lge's 1& 2 that's minimal.

No comment on your final statement  ::) ::) :-X :-X
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on November 11, 2015, 03:44:01 pm
Here's what the new stand looks like from the inside.

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on November 11, 2015, 03:50:41 pm
Some more views...
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on November 11, 2015, 04:03:05 pm
These were the original plans mentioned in the article, which were our bid for being one of the stadia had England got the 2018 World Cup.  So not sure how much of these plans will go ahead under the re-invigorated scheme.  The Kop and business centre seem to be the same, plus the extra executive boxes in the current family corner.  South Stand (phase 2) looks a bit ambitious if you ask me - without regular PL football.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MC3Q77-7iAs
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 12, 2015, 12:54:27 pm
Marton Fulop, ex-Sunderland, Citeh and Ipswich 'keeper has died of cancer aged just 32.

Resonates with us Blades who saw Mel Rees play for us before he sadly died soon after the end of the 92/93 season.

RIP Marton


EDIT: - Just seen that QPR's ex-Youth-Team 'keeper has also died, aged 21!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on November 13, 2015, 01:19:57 pm
For those of you going to the game tomorrow and not lording it up in Switzerland - if you fancy a drink (or several) topped off with the best Chips, Curry and Abuse in Sheffield pre match, Southampton, myself and hopefully the Donkey will be in the Dev Cat from 1ish.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 14, 2015, 02:35:05 pm
 Long, Freeman, Harris, Basham, Coutts, Sharp, Baxter, Collins, Campbell-Ryce, Adams, Hammond.
Subs: Howard, J Wallace, Done, Scougall, Sammon, McEveley, McGahey.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 14, 2015, 05:58:41 pm
Another poor result but a good comeback and it sounded a better second half where we were perhaps unlucky not to win by hitting the post 3 times. Folk on RS keep saying NA doesn't know his best 11 WELL!!!!!

He has top defenders out for a start so he can't play his best defense.

He has midfield players of a similar type with no aggression so how DOES he change it?

He IS playing the Strikers who have scored the most so they are our best strikers , Done is coming back from injury still and Sammon isn't going to get us loads of goals.

Nothing will change with this team so:-

I will say one thing....he DOES know his best 11...he just hasn't signed them yet!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on November 14, 2015, 07:26:07 pm
Another poor result but a good comeback and it sounded a better second half where we were perhaps unlucky not to win by hitting the post 3 times. Folk on RS keep saying NA doesn't know his best 11 WELL!!!!!

He has top defenders out for a start so he can't play his best defense.

He has midfield players of a similar type with no aggression so how DOES he change it?

He IS playing the Strikers who have scored the most so they are our best strikers , Done is coming back from injury still and Sammon isn't going to get us loads of goals.

Nothing will change with this team so:-

I will say one thing....he DOES know his best 11...he just hasn't signed them yet!

Sounds like for once the radio may have reflected the game. Exactly how I saw it - poor first half, or probably more accurate 30 mins.

It was much better in the second half and although other end of the pitch so I can't be 100% certain their keeper appeared to pull off two worldy saves at full stretch. We only really looked troubled once in the second half. Again I want to see the replay but for me the first goal was yet another one to notch up to Long - easy catch but he opted to punch which immediately put us under pressure and ultimately conceed the goal. Their second was scored by the one player in their side that looked like he would score for them and was a well taken goal.

No complaints about Adams goal being ruled out and if truth be told I wouldn't have complained if our first one was as well. And then to top it off Collins scored WITH HIS FEET!!

Baxter once again MoM for me - that kid is a revelation this year.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on November 14, 2015, 07:35:32 pm
Going to keep this brief.

Their first goal was Long's fault.....if you can punch it out when the ball is chest high you can catch the fecker. Their second, well that happens.

Fair play for the come back and we started the second half much better. Kind of let them back into it though but unlucky with hitting the post.

What we did miss today was.......MURPHY, or at least someone who could cross or pass the ball from wide to one of ours. JCR was lively and created himself the chances to cross or pass into the box on numerous occasions but every time he failed to find that killer ball. Every time the ball was played left to him I just thought, oh well we won't get anything from here! I like JCR as he is lively and beats defenders all the time but I just wish he could be more incisive.

Overall a point a fair reflection on the game and fair play to the thousand plus Shrimpers fans who made the long journey and gave great support.

UTB
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 15, 2015, 09:34:09 am
Very disappointing with 2 more points dropped at home. We did well to bring it back to 2-2 before HT, but we were destined not to score after hitting the woodwork 3 times in the second half.

Why is Long playing? Is Howard injured or dropped? Why doesn’t he play McGahey or Kennedy at CB and leave Basham in midfield?

The midfield is a big worry. Coutts & Hammond haven’t impressed me. JCR has all the trickery, but can’t cross a ball. Someone said Baxter was MOM, but all Stabo and I posted in the chat room for most of the first half was ffs Baxter. Not having watched the match I am struggling to imagine what type of role Adams is playing, or supposed to be playing?

I’m not sure that NA knows if he wants to play a target man up front or rely on the smaller strikers. Sharp seems to be having a bad patch. Maybe try Sammon & Done / Adams up front. On a positive note Otis Khan scored twice for Barrow.

Overall, NA needs to get this shower sorted out. The January transfer window may come too late to save the season.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 15, 2015, 09:55:05 am
Predictions posted for next week.

http://www.thecrossedblades.com/forum/index.php?topic=78.0

Current table after yesterdays matches. Good week for Lings with 13 points.

Bolts   _____106
Eeyore____104
Stabo______91
Bognor_____87
Malaysia____76
Lings_______54
Shadow_____53
Youfy_______40

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 15, 2015, 10:40:01 am
3 wins in 12 lge games isn't good enough but hopefully we'll be stronger at the back once Brayford and Edgar are back and i think we had our best run of results when Edgar was in the side. The midfield needs a complete clear out none are good enough TBH, Baxter is a very good player but like most of our good players he's inconsistent and we need consistency as well as strength, power, aggression and control which we have none of there. Also release JCR in the summer, he may have pace and a trick BUT if he can't cross then he's no good to us and he isn't going to improve at his age. NA is astute enough to know where we are being let down and i'm sure he'll do something in Jan.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 15, 2015, 12:00:41 pm
Just watched the highlights and i have to agree that their first goals was Long's fault, why the hell didn't he catch it? Even the guys in the studio questioned it.

Their second was from really poor defending by Collins, why the hell didn't he get a block in on the shot? he hesitated and the lad got the shot off ffs.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 15, 2015, 02:14:34 pm
Just watched the highlights and i have to agree that their first goals was Long's fault, why the hell didn't he catch it? Even the guys in the studio questioned it.

Their second was from really poor defending by Collins, why the hell didn't he get a block in on the shot? he hesitated and the lad got the shot off ffs.

I thought that he could have caught it as well. It wasn't high enough to be able to get a good punch on it. I also thought that Baxter was lucky that the ref didn't disallow his goal as the goalie did seem to have his hands on the ball. Maybe the bit of luck we needed.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 15, 2015, 04:49:03 pm
If we get promoted this season in an automatic spot from here they should give Adkins Manager of the Season because on this form and with this style and with this squad we haven't a cat in hell's chance, and if we only win 3 of the NEXT 12 we can forget the playoffs an' all.

Anyway - I was basking in the sunshine having lunch by the lake in Zurich yesterday so I think I probably had the best weekend of all of us unless someone won that £91m Friday night?

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on November 15, 2015, 06:14:39 pm
Sounds great Lings  :ok:

It wasn't THAT bad just frustrating  )O(

I think the worst part of the day for me was opting to have my chips without curry sauce and just salt n vinegar.......big mistake. To justify that decision, I was getting fed up with cleaning curry sauce off my coat and sweater cos you cannot walk, eat and not drip the sauce over yourself! On reflection, the cleaning is well worth it  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 15, 2015, 07:47:51 pm
You mess with the omens Ash, they'll mess with you!

Oh, and I'm wondering if I MAY be getting too old for the Mosh Pit - that was feckin' BRUTAL last night! Brilliant fun though despite the bruises and falling on my arse twice. A truly great gig was made greater by the fact that the bars stayed open inside all the way through the event from doors opening until the last person had left, even in the standing area, although you could only buy 4 beers per person at one time.   :cheer:

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on November 15, 2015, 08:09:21 pm
You mess with the omens Ash, they'll mess with you!

Oh, and I'm wondering if I MAY be getting too old for the Mosh Pit - that was feckin' BRUTAL last night! Brilliant fun though despite the bruises and falling on my arse twice. A truly great gig was made greater by the fact that the bars stayed open inside all the way through the event from doors opening until the last person had left, even in the standing area, although you could only buy 4 beers per person at one time.   :cheer:

The oldest rocker/piss head in town!

You're right of course, you stopping the mint sauce has led to our decline since 2006 ffs  :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 15, 2015, 08:20:07 pm
fair point, well made. Resumption must occur.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 16, 2015, 09:28:32 am
Sounds great Lings  :ok:

It wasn't THAT bad just frustrating  )O(

I think the worst part of the day for me was opting to have my chips without curry sauce and just salt n vinegar.......big mistake. To justify that decision, I was getting fed up with cleaning curry sauce off my coat and sweater cos you cannot walk, eat and not drip the sauce over yourself! On reflection, the cleaning is well worth it  :ok:

Why don't you wear a bib :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on November 16, 2015, 10:25:28 am
Sounds great Lings  :ok:

It wasn't THAT bad just frustrating  )O(

I think the worst part of the day for me was opting to have my chips without curry sauce and just salt n vinegar.......big mistake. To justify that decision, I was getting fed up with cleaning curry sauce off my coat and sweater cos you cannot walk, eat and not drip the sauce over yourself! On reflection, the cleaning is well worth it  :ok:

Why don't you wear a bib :whi

Good thinking.........you're not only old but wise with it  :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on November 16, 2015, 11:29:24 am
Looking on the replays on Sky's web page (why am I paying for Blades Player when I can get the highlights for free on Sky, immediately after full time?) Baxter's goal was rightly given.  The keeper didn't quite have his hands on the ball when Baxter got a toe to it - and I think the keeper knew he was at fault.

On another day, those three shots that hit the woodwork would have gone in and we'd have won 5-3 (they had another good chance to score but hashed it).

But what I don't understand is why when we go behind we can generally turn up the heat and look like scoring (Swindon in the play offs and umpteen comebacks last season suggest it's not restricted to NA's approach).  Why can't we come out playing that way, get a 2 goal lead and then sit back and play the sideways and backwards balls to manage the game? 
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on November 16, 2015, 11:31:52 am
BTW - I've heard on the grape vine that a new CB will be signing on loan shortly.  If rumour has it, it could be someone we're quite familiar with...  :-X
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 16, 2015, 11:57:16 am
return of the Mag?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on November 16, 2015, 12:18:08 pm
return of the Mag?

I really bloody hope so.............
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on November 16, 2015, 12:47:25 pm
return of the Mag?

I really bloody hope so.............

Yep, that would be great  :ok:

Typical Blades luck that he will have lost all his form and be no better than what we already have............is there a donkey in the house?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 16, 2015, 12:59:21 pm
Eeyore'll ways takes the half empty view.

Actually H-Mag apparently played extremely well for Hull in the League Cup v Leicester t'other night so hopefully he's still got it and can finally be part of a Blades promotion-winning campaign after all  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on November 16, 2015, 01:12:55 pm
Eeyore'll ways takes the half empty view.

Actually H-Mag apparently played extremely well for Hull in the League Cup v Leicester t'other night so hopefully he's still got it and can finally be part of a Blades promotion-winning campaign after all  :ok:

I don't doubt that he's still got it! Here's another half empty view......he comes on loan for rest of season, plays great and secures our defensive frailties and we go on a 6 match winning streak and all is looking good for autos. Then Hull are struck by a load of injuries and he is recalled in Jan and we then revert to gash.  :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 16, 2015, 02:03:42 pm
Eeyore'll ways takes the half empty view.

Actually H-Mag apparently played extremely well for Hull in the League Cup v Leicester t'other night so hopefully he's still got it and can finally be part of a Blades promotion-winning campaign after all  :ok:

I don't doubt that he's still got it! Here's another half empty view......he comes on loan for rest of season, plays great and secures our defensive frailties and we go on a 6 match winning streak and all is looking good for autos. Then Hull are struck by a load of injuries and he is recalled in Jan and we then revert to gash.  :whi

that's a given!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 16, 2015, 02:05:45 pm
Sounds great Lings  :ok:

It wasn't THAT bad just frustrating  )O(

I think the worst part of the day for me was opting to have my chips without curry sauce and just salt n vinegar.......big mistake. To justify that decision, I was getting fed up with cleaning curry sauce off my coat and sweater cos you cannot walk, eat and not drip the sauce over yourself! On reflection, the cleaning is well worth it  :ok:

Why don't you wear a bib :whi

Good thinking.........you're not only old but wise with it  :whi

Bolts is the bib expert, they stop his liquidized food dribbling down to far..... :DD :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on November 16, 2015, 02:06:41 pm
Eeyore'll ways takes the half empty view.

Actually H-Mag apparently played extremely well for Hull in the League Cup v Leicester t'other night so hopefully he's still got it and can finally be part of a Blades promotion-winning campaign after all  :ok:

I don't doubt that he's still got it! Here's another half empty view......he comes on loan for rest of season, plays great and secures our defensive frailties and we go on a 6 match winning streak and all is looking good for autos. Then Hull are struck by a load of injuries and he is recalled in Jan and we then revert to gash.  :whi

Well I can quash that one for you - cos we can't take him on a season long loan now - 92 (or is it 93) days max..........................

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on November 16, 2015, 02:57:08 pm
Sorry chaps. By "shortly" I meant Jan...
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 16, 2015, 02:57:41 pm
whatever the length of loan, just don't agree to a recall clause
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 16, 2015, 04:16:30 pm
Sounds great Lings  :ok:

It wasn't THAT bad just frustrating  )O(

I think the worst part of the day for me was opting to have my chips without curry sauce and just salt n vinegar.......big mistake. To justify that decision, I was getting fed up with cleaning curry sauce off my coat and sweater cos you cannot walk, eat and not drip the sauce over yourself! On reflection, the cleaning is well worth it  :ok:

Why don't you wear a bib :whi

Good thinking.........you're not only old but wise with it  :whi

Bolts is the bib expert, they stop his liquidized food dribbling down to far..... :DD :DD

I am a bib expert.....Bolts is Beautiful, Bolts in Brainy, Bolts isa Blade
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 16, 2015, 04:18:04 pm
Sounds great Lings  :ok:

It wasn't THAT bad just frustrating  )O(

I think the worst part of the day for me was opting to have my chips without curry sauce and just salt n vinegar.......big mistake. To justify that decision, I was getting fed up with cleaning curry sauce off my coat and sweater cos you cannot walk, eat and not drip the sauce over yourself! On reflection, the cleaning is well worth it  :ok:

Why don't you wear a bib :whi

Good thinking.........you're not only old but wise with it  :whi

All part of the service. Any gratuity would be gratefully recieved. It's hard living on a pension you know :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 16, 2015, 04:19:21 pm
Eeyore'll ways takes the half empty view.

Actually H-Mag apparently played extremely well for Hull in the League Cup v Leicester t'other night so hopefully he's still got it and can finally be part of a Blades promotion-winning campaign after all  :ok:

I don't doubt that he's still got it! Here's another half empty view......he comes on loan for rest of season, plays great and secures our defensive frailties and we go on a 6 match winning streak and all is looking good for autos. Then Hull are struck by a load of injuries and he is recalled in Jan and we then revert to gash.  :whi

Well I can quash that one for you - cos we can't take him on a season long loan now - 92 (or is it 93) days max..........................

I thought we could only have emergency loans now, and they are for 28 days.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 16, 2015, 05:58:59 pm
....until January Bolts
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on November 17, 2015, 01:17:28 pm
Don't get me wrong, I'm pleased Brayford is on the come back, but I think the journalists and fans who are pinning the team's recovery hopes on this one player are setting themselves up for a fall.

Yes, he's possibly the best right back in League One.  But, right when we need to solidify the defence, he's an attacking full back who inevitably leaves holes behind him unless he has a hard-working right winger to cover back for him.  Flynn worked well with Brayford for large parts of last season.  Not sure JCR can perform the same role.

Also, Brayford has been out for a long time.  We've seen before that players coming back from long-term injury aren't the same player, and even if they do rekindle previous form it takes time...

I'm glad the beard is returning, but it only papers over the cracks...

http://www.thestar.co.uk/sport/sheff-utd/sheff-utd-news/sheffield-united-brayford-is-back-1-7574324
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 17, 2015, 03:45:29 pm
Agreed Roma, and if Brayford is the best in L1 I don't think Freeman or Flynn are far behind anyway so we're more than OK in that department
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 17, 2015, 04:42:10 pm
Agreed Roma but get Edgar back too and it looks a strong defense. Still want another CB to compete for places and because Kennedy is injury prone, but other than that the defense doesn't need additions. I want to see NA completely decimate the midfield and sign the kind of strength and quality we need.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 19, 2015, 04:59:04 pm
Terry Kennedy gone out on loan to Cambridge until January. Does that mean we will be getting a CB in very soon?

Paddy Kenny has cancelled his contract at Bury as he is injured and doesn't want to take money from the club although he would be entitled to. A nice gesture in these days of greed in football.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 19, 2015, 05:20:37 pm
Good to get Kennedy game time but i guess with Edgar coming back and Brayford coming back who could play an emergency CB it's not a bad move.....
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 19, 2015, 10:03:27 pm
With Kennedy's knees I would have thought "getting game time" is the last thing he needs. Never lets us down when he plays for us. I fear he's off to Cambridge to end his career by being over-used. Hope I'm wrong.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on November 20, 2015, 07:51:10 am
Watched Brayford play for the U21 last night. He got nearly 80 minutes in and had a reasonable game - he wasn't really tested that much but have to say didn't pull up many trees either (I guess he's taking it steady at the moment), although his confidence and clear knowledge of the game did shine thru.

Apart from that only really 2 players to call out.

Ben Whiteman: This boy has to be knocking on the door of the first team - he ran absolutely everything in midfield with some fantastic defence splitting passes. Always on the move and when he was on the ball was looking FORWARD, for that killer ball.

Jake Wright: Still a little way off but this boy could an excellent striker for us. Big, strong, aggressive (not sure how many of those he'd be against big pro players!) and quick. Only thing that let him down was his one on one with the Leeds keeper, which in fairness the keeper saved well (this was created by a great ball thru the middle by Whiteman), but in fairness he'd slipped between the 2 centre halves to create the chance and then had them bearing down from either side so had to take a snap shot.

Dimaio had a reasonable game but isn't going to be knocking on the first team door very soon with performances like that.

Incidentley Morgan has the U21's playing a very solid 4-4-2.   

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 20, 2015, 09:48:00 am
Whiteman and Wright definitely hugely promising players Vamps and as you suggest, we need a player like Whiteman in the first team asap. We need a bit more skill and vision and a bit less pragmatism in CMF. Reed's problem is despite his undoubted ability he plays it safe too much.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on November 20, 2015, 10:20:54 am
Do you think that's Reid's problem or NA's? Is he being told to play it safe?  I'd find that difficult to believe considering NA warned us to be ready for free-flowing, seat of your pants football when he first came on board...

So the question is, is NA being forced into "possession obsession" by the resources he has available, or is he the one forcing this approach? Discuss....
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on November 20, 2015, 10:22:29 am
That's what I've been unreliably told, though I was also told "2 or 3 out so we can bring 1 in"... This was after McNulty leaving but before Kennedy.

As previously posted, I was also given a big hint that it might be a familiar face...

Morgan comeback?????  :DD

Terry Kennedy gone out on loan to Cambridge until January. Does that mean we will be getting a CB in very soon?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 20, 2015, 12:15:51 pm
Do you think that's Reid's problem or NA's? Is he being told to play it safe?  I'd find that difficult to believe considering NA warned us to be ready for free-flowing, seat of your pants football when he first came on board...

So the question is, is NA being forced into "possession obsession" by the resources he has available, or is he the one forcing this approach? Discuss....

He (NA) was a bit possessive obsessive at Southampton to be fair, and Reed has only played under Weir and Clough before so no-one's told him where the bag is obviously.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 21, 2015, 02:15:25 pm
Unchanged......

Long, Freeman, Harris, Basham, Coutts, Sharp, Baxter, Collins, Campbell-Ryce, Adams, Hammond.
Subs: Howard, Done, Scougall, Sammon, McEveley, Reed, McGahey.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 21, 2015, 05:09:24 pm
It ain't working Nigel

Stop bringing your old pals in on top money, and bring in some genuine quality instead. Then, once you've brought in this quality, you need a re-think on the tactics FOR THIS DIVISION. Pissing about in your own half isn't "how the game should be played" it's just a bloody waste of time.

18 games played, 11th in the table, with ALL THREE teams promoted from League 2 last season currently above us.

Promotion favourites? Bollocks more like!

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 22, 2015, 09:42:34 am
Predictions posted for next week

http://www.thecrossedblades.com/forum/index.php?topic=80.0

Current standings after yesterdays matches. Stabo might have had 3 more points if he had put in a score for the last match. Must be a sign of old age mate :whi

Bolts   ____113
Eeyore___112
Stabo____100
Bognor____96
Malaysia___78
Lings_____54
Shadow___53
Youfy_____40
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 22, 2015, 10:30:26 am
Probably not Bolts  :D
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on November 22, 2015, 10:40:18 am
Didn't listen to the match yesterday as can't get digital radio, only FM and the main commentary featured Dirty Weeds v Millers......Feckin winds me up......its Radio SHEFFIELD ffs not radio Dingle, Pikey or some other small town in South Yorkshire!!!!  )O(

Anyway, it sounds like we were lucky not not go in at HT a few down and that overall it was a good comeback to get a point. Also, sounds like Long had a decent game and made some really good saves. We're we that bad again or were Walsall just a good side?

Oh, and the Dingles have now broken their losing streak, just in time for our visit next week......Feckin great!!

UTB  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 22, 2015, 11:13:40 am
It won't improve until NA gets rid of that midfield puts a strong good quality lad in there and gets fast wingers who can bloody cross a ball, buys a bad ass CB and gets a proper big target man up front. Teams should fear us but they don't, they rub their hands together knowing they've got points in the bag.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 22, 2015, 03:33:02 pm
Just watched the highlights and I thought we just about deserved a point. Long made some good saves, especially the triple one, but still doesn't look totally secure with his handling. It was a well taken goal from Jose, and we should have had a penalty when Che was brought down. The Walsall goal was due to bad defending.

We have a lot to do to get back into the play offs, and as others have said, we do need to sort out the midfield. Coutts and Hammond are not doing a great deal. Overall we don't get the ball forward quick enough, and this posession football doesn't suit us. I have watched a few goals from the weekend, and most of them have been due to a quick, incisive ball from midfield. We don't do that.

Maybe it is time for NA to play Sammon from the start with either Sharp / Done / Adams alongside him. It worked reasonably well to start with, but our lack of height up front doesn't work when we are putting crosses into the box.

Still, all is not over yet, but we desperately need 3 points on Tuesday, and a good performance at Barnsley.

The emergency loan window closes on Wednesday, so either NA has got something planned quickly, or we go the next 5 weeks with what we have.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: S36Reject on November 23, 2015, 12:23:12 am
Having just read most of the comments on here and other Forums it is a sad state of affairs when just 3 and half months ago we were excited at the prospect of Nigel Adkins being Manager, bringing his Stalwart Striker Sharp in with options of creativity from JCR, Flynn, Murphy, and Sammon, Baxter and Scougs. Back-up from DM from Basham or Coutts (Yes, Some people still rated him and said "This would be his season") and with the Rejuvenated Collins, Edgar( a highly rated season long loan) and Kennedy at Centre Half. With Brayford and Harris to return from injury while Freeman and Woolford would be used for the interim.

 1 Sale and a return to the boring passing sideways, no penetration, no creative breaks, No Pace, no real commitment football has left the vast majority of fans in a state of "WHY?" Why do we look for reason?, Why do we analyse every player and every performance? Is social media really the problem? At the end of the day, We are NOT a club going anywhere anytime soon.

 The performances of the TEAM are BAD! Individual players are having decent performances but as a team, we are not working, whether it be from the Board room down or the Fans upwards. Us Fans are more divided that ever, especially on match days Home and AWAY! Something I thought I'd never see happen. The Players on the field are playing like they are Strangers. Us Fans are seeing Game in and Game out that Potential is not being used in the squad and the purpose of the playing squad is not being utilised. In Conclusion. I fully believe that there is Full Board interference in the playing style and individual performances. There IS a reason that Che Adams is proving to be the best player in the squad, despite how inconsistent and poor he can be and how we are trying to stabilize the "Squad" by playing a Blades Fan in attack.

 I was 1 of the few that applauded Adkins decision to sub Sharp off for Sammon on Sat and it worked because all of a sudden the opposition defenses had something to think about. Reading the game of football is not difficult, it's basic geometry and logic with a bit of human error thrown in (Being a Ref with a hampering injury, I have to be on top of this). What is the solution though? Carry on regardless, because, as fans, that is we are supposed to do? or do we protest against the playing system and playing staff? or better still, Protest against everything backroom, especially aimed at the board? IMO none will do any good and could see the end of Sheffield United. but what we can do, that simply won't happen because we are at the stage of Defiance and we will not be beat, especially as the other half of the City are potentially on the brink of a top flight return if they continue their form.

 Yes, WE are Sheffield United. Chairmen come and go, Managers come and go, Board rooms come and go,even more so the players come and go but what will never happen is US, the Fans will never come and go! We're in it for the long haul and we deserve better than the shite we are served right now. The shite comes from the top and there is a lot of players that are good Championship level players, whether you love or loathe Clough, half his players are good enough to be up there.

IMO, What the Club needs is a leader at the moment. We don't have 1 in the Board room, we don't have 1 on the pitch but WE can be 1 in the stands! Lets be that leader and show these players, the Manager and powers that be that we are Sheffield United and WE WILL NOT BE MOVED!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 23, 2015, 08:36:56 am
Can't argue with most of that Dane, i asked the question on here if anyone thought the style of play was being controlled from higher up. Is it just coincidence that we've seen no real change in the style of play from the two last managers and the current one. Yes NC signed some good footballers and didn't Weir sign Baxter? all were bought to fit this pass it around, keep possession style but none are battlers none are natural grafters and THAT'S what's needed in this division and THAT'S the problem. If NA put in an aggressive, big and strong spine in the team and added proper good wingers we'd see a complete change in fortunes.

 But he has to get rid too, can we realistically keep Scougs AND Baxter? Basham, Coutts, Reed and Hammond? Flynn, JCR and Woolford aren't really good enough week in week out, Sammon adds a bit of something up front but can we afford the luxury of a striker with such a poor scoring record? Most of these players have come from a higher division and will be on higher division wages when we should be putting in bids that can't be refused for the best lge 1 players that can play higher on lower wages.

 We should give NA proper time to try to sort it and that mean being in lge 1 next season, because what's the alternative? another manager having to rebuild with the same players in the same style? give him this season AND next I say.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 23, 2015, 09:22:19 am
I don't believe for a second that the Board is influencing playing style. If they WANTED us to play boring sideways football and be ineffective going forward they would have stuck with Weir and certainly would have stuck with Clough, whose record is way better than Adkins (so far). No - something else is wrong because successive managers are finding it impossible to get us going in the right direction, and the problem for the Board is that fans will get fed up and the attendances will drop and the vicious cycle will resume.

We've made a series of errors of judgement on the managerial front, we all know that. Some were made despite the best of intentions, some based on incompetence and ludicrous decision-making. With hindsight, I believe the sacking of Danny Wilson was a huge mistake, and it showed up the naivety of KM because the only reason he did it when we were nailed on for the play-offs was because sacking the manager when in a promotion position worked for Wendy the year before. I think we should have stuck with Wilson. His first season we smashed goals in for fun but were a bit leaky at the back and the Ched situation derailed us. The second season was defensively "duck's arse" tight but we couldn't buy goals. Both seasons we easily made the playoffs and with Evans we would have been promoted. I believe Wilson had the ability to analyse a season and change things to improve his chances, and I think he may well have got the attack/defence balance right in his 3rd season. Certainly we wouldn't be in 11th place below all 3 promoted sides after 18 games.

I'm not saying Adkins is a managerial mistake, I believe in the guy and I think he can get it sorted. Clearly with FFP and the rest his hands are somewhat tied, especially by the high wages paid to Championship/ex-PL players who don't look good enough for L1, as well as a (rapidly easing) injury list, and I think January will give him an opportunity to change things and bring more of "his" players in. However, I honestly think it will be next summer before he gets the full side that he wants, and I fear that means yet another season in league 1.

Having said that, in my opinion any thoughts of protests are negative and counter-productive. What would we protest against anyway? The Board has brought in a Manager that was a universally applauded appointment, and they have supported him with money to bring players in. I'm not sure what else they can do. I'm quick to criticise the Board when it's justified, but this time my only complaints are the tactics and the lack of urgency in the way we play (and the price of Bovril).

If we were mid-table in the Championship we'd be moaning, but not talking about protests, which leaves the only reason why people are getting so worked up - they are simply embarrassed to be in league 1, in mid-table, and here for so long. Yes it's a pain in the rear, but other sides in this League simply want it more. I don't follow the "big club, should be in a higher division" bullshit - attendances, facilities and history don't get you promoted. You can't protest at the Board for lack of support for the manager because he's had that support (and will get more). Any thoughts of Boardroom interference in team tactics is (imho) way off the mark. Conspiracy theories are just more negative energy from people trying to find good reasons why we're performing so poorly. I understand that, but there's no evidence to support such a view.

No - it all boils down to what happens on the pitch. We have what appeared to be the ideal Manager and clearly NA has the players behind him so no issues there. Clearly we also have a very decent squad on a very high wage bill (I'll always disagree with Stabo about Flynn who I will be very disappointed to see leave if he moves on) so how it is that the likes of Burton, Gillingham etc sit above us in the table (Gillingham WAY above us) and why is it that Walsall consistently produce exciting football teams on such a tight budget? It's not just about the manager because it seems to me it wouldn't matter if we hired Guardiola - we'd still struggle.

In the end I haven't a clue why we're not dominating this League with the set-up we have. I'm HOPEFUL that we can grab a play-off spot and sneak up, but right now I'm not confident. Can we make up the points difference? yes - but so can a dozen others all wanting the same thing.

In the end, the football's pants, but it's just the football, ie on the pitch. I don't see the first possible benefit of staging protests based solely on the fact that we're embarrassed to still be in League 1. I can't believe I'm saying this, but for once the Board has done its job and done it well enough.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 23, 2015, 09:52:51 am
Jamie Vardy? Bollocks more like...............

"Jamie Vardy's goal against Newcastle meant he equalled Ruud van Nistelrooy's record of scoring in 10 consecutive Premier League games - his next target is the all-time top-flight record of 12 consecutive games by Sheffield United's Jimmy Dunne in the old First Division in 1931-32."
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 23, 2015, 01:33:57 pm
Can't argue too much with that Lings (Long post not Vardy comment) Same with Dane, arguments well put. We do have to give NA time to change it, hence why i said he will probably need next season too. We have to stick with him because we can't keep changing managers and then having to rebuild so he must be given free reign to bring his "own" players, then he can be judged. We also don't need wholesale changes, there are some good players at the club who would benefit from us adding some steel to the side i,e, Baxter. Like I said get some real strength down the centre of the team, let's get a beast of a CB in, let's get a hard tackling CMer in and a proper aggressive big lad up front to help Sharp play his natural game.Add a proper fast winger who can cross (ye ok we can probably get away with JCR and Flynn in this lge but i'd like better) and we'd be set IMO that's 4 or 5 players that's all. Get rid of a few, be brutal and bring the wage bill down so give us wiggle room in the market to attract some of these better lge 1 players that we could surely snatch off of the likes of Gillingham and Walsall etc
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 23, 2015, 04:39:08 pm
2 excellent, well thought out, posts by Dane & Lings - well done guys.

I can't add a great deal. In this instance the board have done well and supported the Managers with some cash. The current wage bill is a big problem, and we do need to reduce it. Any protest would be counter productive, and what the fans need to do is get behind the team, like we used to. When listening on BP the crowd does seem subdued.  Maybe this is the quality of BP, and those that regularly attend can tell me if I'm wrong. The criticism the players got at Port Vale was wrong and it most unlike the away support that I have seen. Those fans are the true supporters and they should know better.

The midfield has been weak for a couple of seasons. We have not really replaced Kevin McDonald. We need a good, hard defensive one to sit in front of the defence, a creative one, and 2 good wingers. From the current crop I would have Basham, Baxter, Flynn and Done / Reed.

We need a good target man, who can not only win balls in the air, but can score on a regular basis. Sammon isn't the man for that. Sharp / Done / Adams would be able to feed from a good striker and start to score goals more regularly.

Once all the defenders are fit then I think it is adequate to get us out of this division. I'm still not sure on either Long or Howard. They are good shot stoppers, but their handling and positional play is suspect.

My views are solely based on live games on SKY, match highlights and commentaries on BP. I will be making an appearance @ BL in the next few weeks, and I will be at the Bury game.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on November 24, 2015, 11:44:49 am
Our creativity problems in midfield are over  :ok:

Have a read of this ESPN interview with Xavi... He's obviously a Blade at heart (despite his Boro leaning) and once he's earned his pension and is fed up for the Qatari heat, he needs a lower league team to retire with...  :DG

http://www.espnfc.co.uk/blog/espn-fc-united-blog/68/post/2718752/xavi-discusses-qatar-barcelona-real-madrid-clasico-and-more

For those too lazy to read, here's the most interesting excerpt:

Quote
What about lower level English football?

I follow Middlesbrough because Aitor Karanka is there. Brighton are top of their league. I met a boy the other day. English. He was wearing a Barca shirt but I asked him who he supported. He said: 'Sheffield United'. I know them, they have 20,000 fans in the third division. That's incredible. ... ...  If that was in Catalonia, Olot vs. Reus, then there were would be a few people there and the families of the players.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 24, 2015, 12:32:01 pm
No Roma you heard wrong. We're signing "Shabby"
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on November 24, 2015, 03:38:23 pm
Nah. We already signed him and his 48 brothers.

No Roma you heard wrong. We're signing "Shabby"
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 24, 2015, 07:21:39 pm
Long, Freeman, Harris, Basham, Sharp, Baxter, Collins, Sammon, Reed, Adams, Hammond.
Subs: Howard, Coutts, Done, Woolford, McEveley, Campbell-Ryce, Edgar.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 24, 2015, 07:25:50 pm
Long, Freeman, Harris, Basham, Sharp, Baxter, Collins, Sammon, Reed, Adams, Hammond.
Subs: Howard, Coutts, Done, Woolford, McEveley, Campbell-Ryce, Edgar.

Why is Woolford even on the bench? if Edgar is fit enough for the bench, then play him from the start, and if he's tired put Basham back there. Bash should be in midfield instead of Hammond.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 24, 2015, 10:54:24 pm
First of all, apologies if the usual suspects were trying to get hold of me in the last 10 days. I got home from Zurich last Sunday night but my phone isn't expected to arrive home until Thursday!

So I was sitting on my own in the Dev Cat enjoying a tremendous pint or several of Wreckless IPA thinking everyone must have gone for a ruby until Youfy showed up and we got on the outside of a few more of the aforementioned. Turns out the donkey didn't show at all and the Landlord was in a "restaurant" in Nottingham.

All I'd say Vamps is if you were in Hooters there's no need to be smug about it because the rest of us ALSO spent the evening staring at 14 tits for an hour and a half.

Tonight we were facing lowly Shrewsbury who tore us a new arsehole. We started OK if not brilliantly, and went ahead with a really nice goal but that just upset the opposition who came roaring back against a completely invisible defence. The 3rd goal was hilarious - ball down the left, a hopeful low cross, they had one small fella against 4 of us and he was first to the ball and calmly stroked it home. Their 4th was just ridiculous. We had a free-kick that hit the wall. Before the ball bounced, half their wall had surged forward while we slept, so they were 4 against 2 and just ran up the other end and stuck the ball in the net. Simples!

Second half we changed 3 players but actually changed nothing at all for the first few minutes until Shrewsbury went 4-1 up, at which point we finally stopped arsing about with the sideways stuff and started going forward, but not in the way we wanted. For the last 40 minutes of the game we spent the whole time not passing AT ALL and instead simply launched the ball forwards in a cavalcade of buck-passing the like of which I haven't seen in many a season. Che Adams was anonymous and Billy Sharp was pushed to the right wing leaving Conor Sammon to win the headers. He won ONE and it went out for a throw-in. This man is 6ft 4 but when he jumps he's 3ft 10. Feckin useless as a target man. Shrewsbury must have wondered what was going on! Their number 4 mopped everything up all night, and the number of headers their diminutive full-back won in comparison with our "target-man" was laughable. During the late onslaught ( :DD) Sammon, clear in the box on his own shot so far wide it went for another throw-in, but that was about the closest we got to another shot on target aside from one that the keeper made a good save from (although THAT one was from our full-back FFS!)

In all honesty that display was an exhibition of truly awful football from first minute to last. Youfy said before the game he's already had enough of Adkins. I thought he was being a bit rash but after tonight maybe he has a point because if you really look at it we're actually getting steadily worse as we go! Goal difference is a great indicator of where you should be in a league. We have barely a + number and as a result we're bang in mid-table and regardless of the squad, the manager's pedigree and the financial support made available to build the side we will be lucky to remain in this division if we keep on getting stuffed at home by a side from the bottom 3. Very shortly we will BE in that bottom 3. As it stands we are 7 points outside the bottom 3 but ELEVEN points away from the top 2. After tonight's performance and after 3 league wins in the last 14 games(!!!) I would say we are very firmly in the shit lads. Remember the "too good to go down" rubbish? Well there's an echo in here and it's getting louder.

Inept, incompetent, inexcusable. "What a load of rubbish" and "You're not fit to wear the shirt" were the loudest chants of the night and it's impossible to criticise the crowd tonight, it really was utterly dreadful.

I mentioned yesterday that I feared we would have another season in league 1. After tonight I just hope we can stay up! (I'm really not joking).

Clough must be pissing his pants  :(
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on November 25, 2015, 07:54:30 am
Not even sure what to think or say this morning.  I remain convinced that, on paper, the squad we have is as good as any in this (relatively poor) division, if a little underwhelming. 

NA says there won't be any change in personnel until the current loan window closes (i.e. January) so it's going to be a rough Christmas and New Year boys and girls.

Anyone with an ounce of footballing knowledge can see the defence isn't up to the job.  We don't have a goalkeeper capable of a rounded performance, Clough was right about Collins (he's inadequate), the full backs don't know how to mark and even though Edgar is now back, I wasn't exactly impressed by him when he was fit.

Coupled with a midfield that seems to sit back and invite pressure, I can't see any real progress unless there are major changes, and with the exception of one or two tweaks, I know for a fact that isn't going to happen - not even in January.

The joy...
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 25, 2015, 08:41:13 am
Roma, the squad does look reasonable on paper, but on the pitch, where it matters, it doesn't.

There does not seem to be any committment, we are slow, we can't pass unless it is bacvkwards, and people go missing. The corners we had were absolutely hopeless. Stabo mentioned 6 names at HT whom had been  barely had a mention in the commentary, and 3 of those where hoofed off.

Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins warned there will be “consequences” for his team after branding last night’s 4-2 defeat by Shrewsbury Town as “unacceptable.”

And the former Southampton and Scunthorpe chief hinted he could wield the axe during January’s transfer window unless there is a marked improvement in results


What consequences? - he can't do anything with the squad until January. Until then, unless he brings in some of the youngsters, we look like we are going to struggle.

The crowds undoubted displeasure came across loud and clear on BP. It was the loudest the fans have been heard on BP this season.

It is going to be a long, hard winter I'm afraid unless NA can get this shower of shite to realise that their futures at our club are in grave doubt.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 25, 2015, 09:13:07 am
Adkins might wield the axe? Who the f%*& is going to buy these players? And the ones under contract are not going to give up their cushy number at BDTBL for lower wages. Like I said before the only clear-out we'll have will be in Summer when 14 players are out of contract. Then we might build a team and a tactical plan that can get us promoted. This lot, with this approach, cannot do it - it's that simple.

Oh, and McNulty scored a hat-trick yesterday.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 25, 2015, 09:23:48 am
Individually we have some decent players and some on here have said that other clubs would love some of these players. But as a team they don't cut it, they don't blend as a team because they are all of a type, from back to front. It's ok having players who can play the tappy tappy stuff but you need hard tackling grafters and we've had them in the past in some very decent teams. Bob Booker was this kind of player, he'd run through brick walls sweating blood for the cause yet he wasn't an accomplished footballer, Vinny Jones, Michael Brown (who was a very good footballer) Monty, Chris Morgan at the back etc even going back to the golden age of the 70s we had Trevor Hockey playing with cultured players.

 Adkins IMO should get into the loan market TODAY and try to get a couple of scrappers in if he can because i fear for his future and ours.  I'd also get Higdon back because now he's fit and he's scoring goals, he's a proper target man and would allow Sharp to play his natural game, take the pressure off of Done and Adams too.  Replacing NA isn't the answer IMO because the next one would have the same problems with the same players.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 25, 2015, 10:19:56 am

Oh, and McNulty scored a hat-trick yesterday.

Ben davies also score for Pompey, and Higdon got 2 for Oldham.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 25, 2015, 12:11:07 pm
http://www.sheffutd.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=423106

What others thought!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on November 25, 2015, 01:07:33 pm
My thoughts on last nights game...........I really shouldn't drink that much! God I feel rough today!!

Sounds like I picked a good one to miss..............not sure I'm looking forward to Saturday at Oakwell now - at least there'll be the beer and banter!!

9am Spoons Eccy Road I believe - let me know if it's any different.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on November 25, 2015, 02:25:31 pm
Let's look at McNulty.  To be honest he was shite for us, although he could argue he was never given a proper run in the team.  However, when he did play he was non-existent for most of the time, he looked lost, but then he'd step up with a cracking goal now and again.

Now, is that because he is generally shite or because there's something fundamentally wrong with the team and the tactics that he was being asked to play in. OK, it's only League Two, but he's scored a four in 112 minutes in his last two appearances for Pompey.  So he's probably not shite.

So, that leaves, as we'd expect, something fundamentally wrong with the team.  NA sounded very resigned in his post match interview on BP.  He has his hands tied to a degree. With hindsight, maybe he jumped the gun bringing in the likes of Sharp and Sammon as it was really the back four and midfield where we really needed to strengthen. 

Maybe NC was right about Collins. I like Harris, but he doesn't seem to have rekindled his pre-injury form yet, and in any case, he's more of an attacking full back than a defensive one and it's probably the latter we need most right now.

Bradford isn't going to be the miracle cure, and in any case I'd wager my house on him lining up at CB alongside Edgar on Saturday.  He's not a CB, he's a RB, another attacking full-back at that.

We're not seeing Sharp where he belongs, in the six yard box. He seems to be either out wide or too deep. Sharp and Sammon terrorised Peterborough, how do we get that form back? Saying that, that was probably our last decent performance!

NA has also brought in Edgar (jury is still out as he got injured before properly settling in), Woolford and Hammond.  Add Sharp and Sammon and that's practically half a team, so you can't really claim he's not been able to bring in players. Woodford and Hammond look like a waste of a signing to me and I'm still undecided on Sammon and Edgar.

Short of starting again, I'm not sure how we turn this around.  The type of player we need to achieve this is a Cowans or Speed in the middle holding it together and setting up the forward play.  But I can't see anyone like that around these days (the Xavi jokes excepted for what they are - jokes).

If I was NA and I had a reasonable freedom in the market, I'd get an experienced GK on loan to command the back four and add some confidence.  Assuming Brayford comes back on form and Harris rekindles his, I'd have Brayford - AN Other - Edgar - Harris along the back row.

I'd get Flynn back on the right, with JCR used as an impact sub.   Adams on the left. 

Sammon and Sharp the two up to, with Sharp in the box and if he leaves the box it's to avoid being offside or to go for his half time cuppa.  Done can relieve Sharp of his duties when he's knackered or getting no joy.  I'm assuming Sammon can be that target man, but others seem to think that's not going to happen - so maybe we need to replace him too.

Midfield is the problem area.  Perhaps Basham can be the holding CDM (unless he's deployed at CB along side Edgar) with a new signing from the PL squads in front of him forming a triangle with Adams and Flynn.

Anyway, that's what I'd do if I had the choice.  The rest of them can go and sit in the gym until their contracts expire...
 



Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 25, 2015, 04:01:03 pm
McNulty scored 10 in 36, not bad for a player who rarely figured and even then rarely played for 90 minutes.

CHE ADAMS - has put on too much timber too quickly. The pacy young forward has become a lumbering Ox of a player, regularly blowing out of his arse in games. He needs to lose a stone and rediscover some of that speed and mobility.

Agreed on Sharp - out on the right touchline tossing balls in for a player who can't win a header to save his life. Brilliant.

I think Adkins was found out a bit last night. In his full post-match interview he goes on about needing a goal so going a bit more direct. In actual fact it wasn't a tactical switch of any note it was all about simply firing the ball up in the air towards their box and hoping for the best. We have to be better than that against sides like Shrewsbury. Resorting to panic and desperation just exposed Adkins' limitations. I would have pushed Basham up front because he can win headers, but no we persevere with lobbing at Connor the Dwarf. Depressing to watch.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 25, 2015, 04:11:12 pm
http://www.sheffutd.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=423106

What others thought!

Can't disagree with it. His comments seem to mirror what I heard on BP. I am going to listen to NA's comments on BP now to see what he made of it.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 25, 2015, 05:05:50 pm
I have watched both NA's post match comments and the 10 minutes of highlights.

NA was honest, I suppose, but he did look a very worried man, and so he should. He kept saying he needs to analyse what went wrong and it's up to him to come up with the answers. Not sure he has many unless he can make this bunch perform to their ability. He said on a number of times that he had empathy with the supporters, but that is little comfort to the ones that were there and had to endure that pile of shite.

The highlights made grim watching, and we were truly awful. Maybe Long could have saved the second goal, but he had sod all cover from his defenders. Shrewsbury were very quick on the break and our defence had no idea what to do. They fully deserved their win.

What happens Saturday? It could be another long day. If the weather stays fine I will be golfing so won't have to endure another probable debacle.

I'm not in the NA camp out yet, but another 5 games without a win and I might be.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 25, 2015, 06:23:15 pm
Bolts, There isn't one aggressive player in the club we have too many tappy tappy players so he'd be changing like for like, hence why we have this problem inherited by NC. TBH there's not a lot he can do apart from recalling Higdon, McNulty, Alcock etc and trying a couple of the young lads, i'd fear for their confidence though with the atmosphere at the moment.

 So what team would you guys play.....
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on November 25, 2015, 07:39:01 pm

 So what team would you guys play.....

To be honest Stabo, feck knows!

There have been a number of really good posts today and I had intended to try to add one of my own but just not had the time today.

Briefly, we are clearly lacking in certain areas but on paper we should be doing so much better than we are. We do have good players in the squad but as a team they are not gelling. So, the question has to turn to NA?

NA was the one the majority of Blades wanted as gaffer and his track record is excellent. Even taking into account the areas we are weak in, ie defence and midfield, surely a manager of his calibre can get better performances out of the players?? We seem to have had no consistency in team selections throughout the season so far, which can't be helpful, and injuries etc aside, he still doesn't seem to know his best defence, midfield or strike partnerships and after so many games, that is a huge worry for me.

I'm starting to think that he really isn't up to the job as he still needs to analyse and find answers so far into the season. Having said that, we surely can't contemplate sacking him so early for two main reasons. First of all, his pay off would scupper our transfer budget and secondly he deserves the chance to build his own squad. However, if building his own squad involves signing the likes of Hammond and Woolford, no thanks!

I think we just have to resign ourselves to the reality that promotion this season looks way off and we will still be in this league next season. I refuse to believe at the moment that we will be relegated but clearly our form needs to change quickly!

Houston, we have a problem...........

Come on Blades, sort it out!

UTB
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: S36Reject on November 26, 2015, 12:05:37 am
Who Would I Play:

-----------Long/Willis------------

Brayford, Banton, Edgar, Harris

-------------Reed----------------

Freeman----------------------JCR

--------------DCL-----------------

-----Wright---------Sharp---------

Subs:
Long/Willis, Basham, McGahey, K.Wallace, Baxter(if fit), Adams, Sammon

I've had enough of watching the crap that doesn't give a toss about the club, play the kids on Sat!!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 26, 2015, 08:33:40 am
So what team would you guys play.....

One that tries would be a good start. I have no idea how good some of the U21's are.

I like Long, but as Dane says, why not try Willis.

Ideal back 4 would be Brayford, Kennedy, Edgar, Harris.

MF would be Reed sat infront of the back 4, JCR, Basham and Flynn

Strikers, that is a conundrum. Do we play Sharpe or Done / Adams. Or do we have a target man and Sharp. Ideally I would play Sammon & Sharp, unless Higdon and McNulty have improved dramatically on their loan spells.

Subs, Long / Howard, McGahey, K.Wallace, Baxter, Whiteman, Khan & Calvert-Lewin
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on November 26, 2015, 10:20:05 am
Assuming no new signings, then my team would be something like this:

Long
Brayford, Edgar, McGahey, Harris
Flynn, Basham, Baxter, Adams
Sharp, Done.

Done's job is to buzz around the edge of the box distracting the defenders and collecting the ball from Baxter and the wingers.  Sharp can then focus on being in the right place at the right time in and around the six yard box.

I was tempted to put Willis in for Long as I don't think Long is mature enough yet to play behind a defence that needs organising.

I've kept Adams in purely because the last time I saw him he was by far our best player. I'm alarmed at the news that he's now a fat twat.

I think Baxter's OK in there if he is only used to make the play and Basham steps up and is there to protect the back four and win the ball.

Not sure Reed could do that job, he's too lightweight.

Sam as Bolts, I'm not sure about the youngsters as I've not seen them play, so I've left them out for now.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on November 26, 2015, 10:54:34 am
Assuming no new signings, then my team would be something like this:

Long
Brayford, Edgar, McGahey, Harris
Flynn, Basham, Baxter, Adams
Sharp, Done.


I pretty much agree with that but would probably have JCR starting ahead of Flynn and if that doesn't work give Flynn a run for 30 mins or so. At the back, I'm not convinced about McGahey yet although when I have seen him he has improved from last season. I didn't see Tuesday's debacle and assume Collins had a mare but again from what I have seen so far this season, he generally has been ok so might stick with him instead of McGahey. Totally agree about Baxter - for me he is 1st name on the teamsheet and he needs to play the more forward role with Basham behind. Reed hasn't impressed me at all this season. Up front I agree with Roma but NA has to find a way to get Adams back to form - less time on the weights and pasties and more running/fitness!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 26, 2015, 12:02:38 pm
Yeah pretty much the same. McGahey has done nothing wrong this season and I think he'll develop into a very decent CB. I'd play him with Edgar and drag Kennedy back from his loan to deputise.

Full-backs Brayford/Freeman and Harris/Wallace we're covered there.

Right side I'd switch Ash's choices and actually start with Flynn, bringing JCR on as impact sub after an hour if it isn't working. I'd be tempted to give Diego another try down there as well because we're certainly not going to get anywhere pushing Sharp out wide.

CMF Baxter and Basham. I know NA likes to play 3 in there but it leaves us light up top so with Bash in front of back 4 and Baxter ahead of him, Flynn can tuck in when we haven't got the ball because he can defend when he needs to.

Left side I'd probably go with Done and play Sharp and Adams up front. That way we'd stick to our principles a bit more instead of that catastrophic desperate chucking of long balls forward that we tried and failed with on tuesday. Again Done can hassle and harry in the midfield too when we haven't got the ball.

Goalkeeper - for me it has to be Howard. Not the best, but the best we've got.

bench: Hammond, JCR, Kennedy/Collins, Calvert-Lewin (get him back), Sammon and the 2 back-up fullbacks.

However, and again we might be clutching at straws, I agree that some of the younger players should be brought in because they would undoubtedly give us the hunger and enthusiasm that's so sadly lacking in the current set-up.

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 26, 2015, 02:06:28 pm
McFadzean gone to Stevenage on loan.

With so many gone out lately, and as we're desperate for some fresh quality in the side, no doubt we've been clearing the decks to bring in a couple of star players before the loan window shuts today





 :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 26, 2015, 05:03:17 pm
McFadzean gone to Stevenage on loan.

With so many gone out lately, and as we're desperate for some fresh quality in the side, no doubt we've been clearing the decks to bring in a couple of star players before the loan window shuts today
 :DD

The only star players we will sign will be from the Sheffield Star Sunday League Team.

McFadzean must be worth a go. He is picked for the Scotland U21 team, so they must see something in him.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 26, 2015, 05:03:28 pm
 I'd probably recall Higdon and go with.....

Howard

Brayford - Collins - Edgar - Harris

JCR - Basham - Baxter - Done

Sharp - Higdon

Subs;- Long - McGahey - Freeman - Adams - Reed - K Wallace - Sammon

Higdon has got fit and he's scoring so for me he'd give us height and would allow Sharp to play his natural game.

 Failing that i'd probably have to go to a 4 - 3 - 1 - 2 and play FBs as wing backs

Howard

Brayford - Collins - Edgar - Harris

Reed- Basham - K Wallace

Baxter

Sharp - Higdon

Not easy though as we have no leaders or battlers.

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on November 27, 2015, 09:50:30 am
All those team selections are useless.

Here's what I'd go with in Dingleland if I was NA...

                Vamps

Stab  Eeyore  EMV  TX

YouFUMS Roma Bolts Lings

       S36Reject Bogs

Remarkable Jeff.
 

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on November 27, 2015, 10:30:00 am
All those team selections are useless.

Here's what I'd go with in Dingleland if I was NA...

                Vamps

Stab  Eeyore  EMV  TX

YouFUMS Roma Bolts Lings

       S36Reject Bogs

Remarkable Jeff.

 :DD :DD :DD :DD

That's a very imposing back 5, especially with Vamps filling the goal  :whi :whi - not much pace in that line up though!

Anyway, what about Malaysia?? Maybe she can take over from NA  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 27, 2015, 01:47:06 pm
With me at Left Wing Malaysia would need to come on for me after about 4 minutes!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 27, 2015, 04:01:14 pm
Another youngster, CJ Hamilton, out on loan - gone to Gateshead
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 27, 2015, 04:09:32 pm
All those team selections are useless.

Here's what I'd go with in Dingleland if I was NA...

                Vamps

Stab  Eeyore  EMV  TX

YouFUMS Roma Bolts Lings

       S36Reject Bogs

Remarkable Jeff.

I's pay good money to watch that team in action.  Stabo Badger galloping, well trundling, down the wing, Roma Currie in midfield, and Boggy Sharp up front.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on November 27, 2015, 04:15:52 pm
I don't reckon there would much galloping, or trundling for that matter, and there would be 11 knackered old farts stood about in our own penalty area wheezing and bent double in pain.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 27, 2015, 04:21:39 pm
I don't reckon there would much galloping, or trundling for that matter, and there would be 11 knackered old farts stood about in our own penalty area wheezing and bent double in pain.

And that is before the kick off...
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on November 27, 2015, 04:28:23 pm
I don't reckon there would much galloping, or trundling for that matter, and there would be 11 knackered old farts stood about in our own penalty area wheezing and bent double in pain.

And that is before the kick off...

 :DD absolutely, just after our 5 second warm up!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 27, 2015, 04:33:03 pm
I don't reckon there would much galloping, or trundling for that matter, and there would be 11 knackered old farts stood about in our own penalty area wheezing and bent double in pain.

And that is before the kick off...

 :DD absolutely, just after our 5 second warm up!

We wouldn't need a warm up. We would have only just come out of the bar, so we would still be warm.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 27, 2015, 04:53:28 pm
We still wouldn't have let 4 in against Shrewsbury though

For a start they would have shat their pants at the sight of us!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 27, 2015, 05:02:24 pm
We still wouldn't have let 4 in against Shrewsbury though

For a start they would have shat their pants at the sight of us!

No....they wouldn't be able to stop laughing at the sight of us, and then we would catch them on the break whilst they changed their pants.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 27, 2015, 06:02:09 pm
All those team selections are useless.

Here's what I'd go with in Dingleland if I was NA...

                Vamps

Stab  Eeyore  EMV  TX

YouFUMS Roma Bolts Lings

       S36Reject Bogs

Remarkable Jeff.

Typical Blades management playing players out of position......i'm frickin' left footed so get me in the LB position.  )O( )O(  :DD :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on November 27, 2015, 06:02:48 pm
I don't reckon there would much galloping, or trundling for that matter, and there would be 11 knackered old farts stood about in our own penalty area wheezing and bent double in pain.

And that is before the kick off...

 :DD absolutely, just after our 5 second warm up!

We wouldn't need a warm up. We would have only just come out of the bar, so we would still be warm.

Don't be ridiculous - we're still in the bar at kick off!!!

Not sure about that Bog liner up front though!!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Sotonexiledblade on November 27, 2015, 07:56:03 pm
All those team selections are useless.

Here's what I'd go with in Dingleland if I was NA...

                Vamps

Stab  Eeyore  EMV  TX

YouFUMS Roma Bolts Lings

       S36Reject Bogs

Remarkable Jeff.

Bring me on as sub - I'd clout a few!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on November 27, 2015, 08:24:34 pm
All those team selections are useless.

Here's what I'd go with in Dingleland if I was NA...

                Vamps

Stab  Eeyore  EMV  TX

YouFUMS Roma Bolts Lings

       S36Reject Bogs

Remarkable Jeff.

Bring me on as sub - I'd clout a few!

To be fair Chris you can take em on yer own, you're the only one with any kind of fitness!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 27, 2015, 09:05:06 pm
Sotonexile - the new Billy Whitehurst!  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 28, 2015, 07:58:29 am
All those team selections are useless.

Here's what I'd go with in Dingleland if I was NA...

                Vamps

Stab  Eeyore  EMV  TX

YouFUMS Roma Bolts Lings

       S36Reject Bogs

Remarkable Jeff.

Typical Blades management playing players out of position......i'm frickin' left footed so get me in the LB position.  )O( )O(  :DD :DD

Ideal position for you.....Left Back,in the dressing room. :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 28, 2015, 08:59:59 am
All those team selections are useless.

Here's what I'd go with in Dingleland if I was NA...

                Vamps

Stab  Eeyore  EMV  TX

YouFUMS Roma Bolts Lings

       S36Reject Bogs

Remarkable Jeff.

Typical Blades management playing players out of position......i'm frickin' left footed so get me in the LB position.  )O( )O(  :DD :DD

Ideal position for you.....Left Back,in the dressing room. :DD

Bloody right mate..... ;D
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on November 28, 2015, 10:13:57 am
Has anyone seen a missing Lingsbord?

Hasn't arrived at Spoons.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Shadow49 on November 28, 2015, 12:42:50 pm
Not been around for a while chaps, but I'm back and ready......if only I could get into the chat room.
I know it's been posted somewhere, but can someone please tell me how to get in?
I've tried to register again but I just keep getting the 'incorrect data message.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 28, 2015, 02:15:59 pm
Another relegation team we can't beat............can't score, won't score! lge 2 here we come!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on November 28, 2015, 03:35:47 pm
Another relegation team we can't beat............can't score, won't score! lge 2 here we come!

Fully undeserved comment. Yes have come away feeling like we've lost but we were by far the better team today. Different football to what we've seen served up for a few weeks. Passion, spirit and desire in the side. Could easily have been 3 or 4 up and no coincidence that their keeper was the man of the match.

Pleased I went today and saw that or I'd have been even more down.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 28, 2015, 04:44:31 pm
Another relegation team we can't beat............can't score, won't score! lge 2 here we come!

Fully undeserved comment. Yes have come away feeling like we've lost but we were by far the better team today. Different football to what we've seen served up for a few weeks. Passion, spirit and desire in the side. Could easily have been 3 or 4 up and no coincidence that their keeper was the man of the match.

Pleased I went today and saw that or I'd have been even more down.

Result makes you feel like that though doesn't it, it's good to hear we played the way we did and I hope NA sticks with it because once the players get the habit results hopefully will come. Get to Jan and get some strength and power in. Sounded like Brayford had a good game, glad to have him back.

NA Interview

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p039hw78

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on November 28, 2015, 09:04:08 pm
Overall I really enjoyed the day.

It has to be said that our performance was SO much better then in recent weeks and that we were unlucky not to have come away with 3 points. As Vamps says, their keeper being MoM tells a story. No doubt the Dingles will argue that they missed a pen (I said before they took it that Long would save it  :whi) and that they hit the woodwork twice........however, these incidents were at a time when we should have been out of sight.

Unlucky that JCR and Edgar were injured and subbed.

Impressive displays for me today were Long, Edgar, Sharp and most of all Brayford who was excellent going forward and did his defensive duties as well. Hammond also had a decent steady game.

Great away following, great brekkie and beers before the match and good to meet Dane's mate Trev, and great beers back in Blighty with the landlord, Dane and Zach.

Lings, where the fleck are you and hope all ok?

UTB
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on November 28, 2015, 10:12:25 pm
Dean Saunders sacked at Chessy!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 29, 2015, 09:58:13 am
Can't comment anything on yesterday as I was otherwise engaged getting pissed wet through smacking a stupid white round thing, which did not do as it was told, round a some muddy field.

Still a point is better than nowt I suppose.

Predictions posted for next week

http://www.thecrossedblades.com/forum/index.php?topic=81.0

Current totals below...

Bolts______119
Eeyore____119
Stabo_____108
Bognor____104
Malaysia____84
Lings______54
Shadow____53
Youfy______40
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on November 30, 2015, 03:01:12 pm
Yesterday sounded alright on BP, read alright on the CB WhatsApp chat and looked alright on the highlights, so I'm therefore going to go with the old adage and say it probably was alright.

Some of the chances we missed should have been buried yesterday, especially two of Sharp's efforts which, although the keeper did well to make himself big and block, Sharp with his old confidence should and would have buried.  There was another chance where Sharp missed, but Done was just waiting in space for a little sideways pass and a clear tap into the goal.

As some have said though, Barnsley aren't the most challenging team we'll come across and to be fair they hit the post and missed a penalty themselves...

So it's not the big turn in fortunes we're all waiting for, but at least it's a step, albeit a little step, in the right direction... Once again though, momentum is broken by the darned FA Cup...
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on November 30, 2015, 03:56:13 pm
Yes Roma, the finishing should have been better but on another day and against a keeper not as on his game, we would have scored more.

I've only seen the 2 minute highlights on Sheff Utd Tube and they don't show a great save from Done and also the chance created when Sharp didn't give up on winning an unlikely ball in the corner then cut inside and had his shot well saved again only for the ball to come out to Coutts on the edge of the area who blasted over and should have hit the target.

As said before, the overall performance was encouraging in terms of the effort, desire and apparent togetherness. However, we just sat back and invited pressure in the last 10 mins and their equaliser was sadly inevitable  )O(

Hopefully the cup match can produce the same kind of performance - I think it's obvious from Satdi that the squad have had a major rocket after the Shrews debacle so let's see if this continues  :ok:

Rumour has it that Baxter has had a huge ding dong with NA and he wasn't even in the squad Sat.......let's see how that one pans out!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 30, 2015, 04:40:19 pm
Just watched the highlights on BP.

They did look a better team today and from what I saw we should have won it. Great penalty save by Long, and Brayford looked good after such a long lay off. To be fair the Barnsley player took his goal well, but very disappointing to lose a goal so late in the game.

If we keep that form going then we should be able to get into Round 3 of the Cup.

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on November 30, 2015, 04:48:19 pm
Bolts - what the feck possessed you to play golf in that weather on Saturday!!

Utter madness
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 30, 2015, 05:04:00 pm
Bolts - what the feck possessed you to play golf in that weather on Saturday!!

Utter madness

When we started it wasn't raining, and it was only light rain until we got to the 8th which is the highest part of the course. After that it pissed down, and it got really cold. I gave up on the 14th when I couldn't hold the club. Unfortunately their isn't anywhere to come in from apart from the 15th which is near the Club house. We did.

Maybe 'Utter Madness' is correct. Howerer, getting pissed wet through is marginally better than sitting at home with Mrs B. :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on November 30, 2015, 06:10:07 pm
Bolts - what the feck possessed you to play golf in that weather on Saturday!!

Utter madness

When we started it wasn't raining, and it was only light rain until we got to the 8th which is the highest part of the course. After that it pissed down, and it got really cold. I gave up on the 14th when I couldn't hold the club. Unfortunately their isn't anywhere to come in from apart from the 15th which is near the Club house. We did.

Maybe 'Utter Madness' is correct. Howerer, getting pissed wet through is marginally better than sitting at home with Mrs B. :whi

Lol.....I take it Mrs B doesn't have access to this forum   :yikes: :yikes:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 30, 2015, 06:29:54 pm
Bolts - what the feck possessed you to play golf in that weather on Saturday!!

Utter madness

When we started it wasn't raining, and it was only light rain until we got to the 8th which is the highest part of the course. After that it pissed down, and it got really cold. I gave up on the 14th when I couldn't hold the club. Unfortunately their isn't anywhere to come in from apart from the 15th which is near the Club house. We did.

Maybe 'Utter Madness' is correct. Howerer, getting pissed wet through is marginally better than sitting at home with Mrs B. :whi

Lol.....I take it Mrs B doesn't have access to this forum   :yikes: :yikes:

Absolutely..... :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on November 30, 2015, 08:36:08 pm
Vamps - PM'ed you mate

Ash - back on track after a horrendous few days. Once more the Devil pisses in my Pale Ale but hey I supped the fecker anyway and on we go.

Through it all I did manage to catch the last 25 minutes of the game on t' wireless and we seemed to have plenty of chances but just couldn't score. The equaliser was as inevitable as Ash being the first one in the boozer on a Satdi and sure enough it came as absolutely no surprise. Hugely disappointing result but some positives to build on.

Can't make the Oldham game this weekend but I'll be back on the horse in time for the beer and breakfast v coventry.






Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on November 30, 2015, 11:02:02 pm
Vamps - PM'ed you mate

Ash - back on track after a horrendous few days. Once more the Devil pisses in my Pale Ale but hey I supped the fecker anyway and on we go.

Through it all I did manage to catch the last 25 minutes of the game on t' wireless and we seemed to have plenty of chances but just couldn't score. The equaliser was as inevitable as Ash being the first one in the boozer on a Satdi and sure enough it came as absolutely no surprise. Hugely disappointing result but some positives to build on.

Can't make the Oldham game this weekend but I'll be back on the horse in time for the beer and breakfast v coventry.

Errrm, Dane was first actually!

Good to hear from you mate - hope whatever it was is sorted  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 01, 2015, 12:47:41 am
Hmmmm - I forgot about John Smith the Salty Sea Dog!

Yeah mate, some very bad family news that landed on me to sort out in the absence of anybody else but it's sorted and done with - I am feckin WRECKED though having barely slept since Thursday night and having been out to Switzerland and back since.

catch you for a pint during the week Ash?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on December 01, 2015, 08:03:40 am
Good to see you've not forgotten us Lings  :ok: Dropped you a PM back.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 01, 2015, 10:11:56 am
Cheers Landlord  :DB
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 01, 2015, 09:32:10 pm
Ex-Blade Bardsley (OK only briefly I know) puts the Pigs to the sword!  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on December 02, 2015, 08:53:12 am
http://www.thestar.co.uk/sport/sheff-utd/sheff-utd-news/i-didn-t-fail-at-sheffield-united-says-ex-boss-nigel-clough-1-7601616

NC speaks!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 02, 2015, 10:23:19 am
http://www.thestar.co.uk/sport/sheff-utd/sheff-utd-news/i-didn-t-fail-at-sheffield-united-says-ex-boss-nigel-clough-1-7601616

NC speaks!

Well he can go back to Burton for another stint when JFH leaves for QPR.

To be fair, if you look at purely his stats at United, it doesn't look bad but that only tells half the story..............
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 02, 2015, 04:38:14 pm
Yup

We were boring to watch and we didn't get promoted. All other stats are irrelevant in that context. I wanted Clough to succeed but I also wanted to watch decent football. Right now I want Adkins to succeed and yes I'm still waiting to see some consistently good football. We should have gone for Jimmy Floyd in the summer  8)
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on December 02, 2015, 05:21:49 pm
Agreed Lings, i think we have to give NA the summer to sort his own team out and next season to see if we can be successful.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 02, 2015, 06:28:16 pm
Yes mate - and with 14 players out of contract next summer there can be no excuses next season
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on December 02, 2015, 07:28:24 pm
Lings, Wow, me and you agreeing.....there's a first  ;D
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 02, 2015, 08:43:15 pm
Lings, Wow, me and you agreeing.....there's a first  ;D

It was bound to happen eventually Stabo  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 02, 2015, 08:49:57 pm
Lings, Wow, me and you agreeing.....there's a first  ;D

It was bound to happen eventually Stabo  :ok:

Cough splutter.....I've spilled Me wine yer wankers....  :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 02, 2015, 08:58:34 pm
Lings, Wow, me and you agreeing.....there's a first  ;D

It was bound to happen eventually Stabo  :ok:

Cough splutter.....I've spilled Me wine yer wankers....  :whi

Ash, wine and spill ? Sorry mate I don't believe you spilled a drop  :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 02, 2015, 09:10:16 pm
Lings, Wow, me and you agreeing.....there's a first  ;D

It was bound to happen eventually Stabo  :ok:

Cough splutter.....I've spilled Me wine yer wankers....  :whi

Ash, wine and spill ? Sorry mate I don't believe you spilled a drop  :whi

Well I'm still sucking my sweater dry  :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on December 02, 2015, 09:16:03 pm
Lings, Wow, me and you agreeing.....there's a first  ;D

It was bound to happen eventually Stabo  :ok:

Don't let it happen again....... ;D
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on December 02, 2015, 09:18:54 pm
http://www.sufc.co.uk/news/article/sheffield-united-jose-baxter-2832412.aspx

What the feck has he been up too now?........
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 02, 2015, 10:06:23 pm
http://www.sufc.co.uk/news/article/sheffield-united-jose-baxter-2832412.aspx

What the feck has he been up too now?........

Evidently at HT v Shrews he ripped into the tram saying that they were all shit and not trying or bothered.......NA then came in! Took him into his office and told him to get changed and feck off. To be fair, he's been our best player this season and for me the fact that he showed some balls and fight means a lot but seems that NA thinks different...........tatty bye Jose


Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 02, 2015, 10:11:44 pm
All I've heard is a possible criminal matter which could be the glassing of an Accrington Stanley player in an argument over the weekend in Dublin where both sets of players had gone after their respective games (Blades for the Xmas do) but it's just rumour so far. Looks like Player of the Season will be someone else's come January or at season end.

Ash - the SUFC message says the club has become aware of an incident that took place over the weekend, so the Shrews HT stuff wasn't it ?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 02, 2015, 10:39:36 pm
Who knows but odd don't you think that he was subbed at HT v Shrews and not even in the squad on Sat?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 02, 2015, 10:49:24 pm
Heard he gashed the top of his foot during the first half mate - he was limping after a strong tackle he put in. We were all saying he could have been carded for it at the time. Again, could be bollocks but he did seem to be in some discomfort.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 02, 2015, 10:56:07 pm
Players out of contract in Summer

All 3 Keepers!

Alcock
Collins
Harris
Kennedy (1 yr option to extend)
McEveley
McGahey (1 yr option to extend)
Edgar - on loan
Baxter
Campbell-Ryce
Cuvelier
Dimaio
Flynn (1 yr extension option)
McFadzean
Higdon
Sammon - on loan
Hammond - on loan until at least January

With McNulty possibly on his way that's up to 20 players gone in Summer. Now all we need is some offers for the rest!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 03, 2015, 08:22:58 am
All I've heard is a possible criminal matter which could be the glassing of an Accrington Stanley player in an argument over the weekend in Dublin where both sets of players had gone after their respective games (Blades for the Xmas do) but it's just rumour so far. Looks like Player of the Season will be someone else's come January or at season end.

Ash - the SUFC message says the club has become aware of an incident that took place over the weekend, so the Shrews HT stuff wasn't it ?

If he has glassed som eone, then sack him straight away. Why can't bloody footballers behave themselves. Every year some clubs Xmas party turns into a riot....idiots.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 03, 2015, 08:32:18 am
Players out of contract in Summer

All 3 Keepers!

Alcock
Collins
Harris
Kennedy (1 yr option to extend)
McEveley
McGahey (1 yr option to extend)
Edgar - on loan
Baxter
Campbell-Ryce
Cuvelier
Dimaio
Flynn (1 yr extension option)
McFadzean
Higdon
Sammon - on loan
Hammond - on loan until at least January

With McNulty possibly on his way that's up to 20 players gone in Summer. Now all we need is some offers for the rest!

Maybe time to start trying some of the youngsters out then. Khan, DCL, Whiteman. If there are that many that could potentially go, then we do need to have something in reserve. Our track record of signing players isn't exactly great.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 03, 2015, 08:41:17 am
Lings, Wow, me and you agreeing.....there's a first  ;D

You are getting soft in your old age :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 03, 2015, 08:43:23 am
Lings, Wow, me and you agreeing.....there's a first  ;D

You are getting soft in your old age :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 03, 2015, 09:22:25 am
Lings, Wow, me and you agreeing.....there's a first  ;D

You are getting soft in your old age :whi

And you more senile in yours Bolts....did you forget you had already posted that??  :whi :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on December 03, 2015, 11:29:54 am
My View

All 3 Keepers! - GO

Alcock - GO
Collins - GO
Harris - KEEP (otherwise Chloe will fall out with me!)
Kennedy (1 yr option to extend) - GO - love to see him succeed but think he'll always be injury prone
McEveley - Where should I drop him off?
McGahey (1 yr option to extend) - Take up the option
Edgar - on loan - Jury's out
Baxter - KEEP
Campbell-Ryce - GO
Cuvelier - Would like to keep but think he's another sick note - therefore Go
Dimaio - KEEP
Flynn (1 yr extension option) - Take up option
McFadzean - Keep
Higdon - GO
Sammon - on loan - GO
Hammond - on loan until at least January - GO (in January!)

With McNulty possibly on his way that's up to 20 players gone in Summer.
Don't think McNulty has ever really been given a fair crack at the whip so bit harsh but if we're not going to use him then GO

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 03, 2015, 12:56:44 pm

Heres my view

All 3 Keepers! - keep Long as a back up but 1st choice has to be much better

Alcock - cheerio
Collins - cheerio
Harris - keep
Kennedy (1 yr option to extend) - KEEP if possible so assess at end of season to see if has regained and maintained any kind of acceptable fitness.
McEveley - utter garbage, cheerio
McGahey (1 yr option to extend) - KEEP
Edgar - on loan - needs more consistency but KEEP if possible
Baxter - KEEP but sort yer sen out Jose
Campbell-Ryce - KEEP - useful impact sub
Cuvelier - cheerio - can't waste any more time and money on him
Dimaio - no idea never seen him play
Flynn (1 yr extension option) - KEEP
McFadzean - KEEP
Higdon - cheerio
Sammon - on loan - cheerio
Hammond - on loan until at least January - cheerio

With McNulty possibly on his way that's up to 20 players gone in Summer. Now all we need is some offers for the rest! - McNulty is arguably our best goal scorer although he is so inconsistent - I'd stick with him so KEEP
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on December 03, 2015, 01:20:26 pm
Lings, Wow, me and you agreeing.....there's a first  ;D

You are getting soft in your old age :whi

Dementia setting in mate?  ;D
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on December 03, 2015, 01:22:24 pm
My View

All 3 Keepers! - GO

Alcock - GO
Collins - GO
Harris - KEEP (otherwise Chloe will fall out with me!)
Kennedy (1 yr option to extend) - GO - love to see him succeed but think he'll always be injury prone
McEveley - Where should I drop him off?
McGahey (1 yr option to extend) - Take up the option
Edgar - on loan - Jury's out
Baxter - KEEP
Campbell-Ryce - GO
Cuvelier - Would like to keep but think he's another sick note - therefore Go
Dimaio - KEEP
Flynn (1 yr extension option) - Take up option
McFadzean - Keep
Higdon - GO
Sammon - on loan - GO
Hammond - on loan until at least January - GO (in January!)

With McNulty possibly on his way that's up to 20 players gone in Summer.
Don't think McNulty has ever really been given a fair crack at the whip so bit harsh but if we're not going to use him then GO

Can't argue with that Vamps....what about J Wallace? he's another sick note that needs binning off.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on December 03, 2015, 01:54:43 pm
Providing there are replacements for key positions to come in, the only players on that list I'd want to keep is:

Harris
McGahey (potential)
Flynn (because I'm convinced a Brayford/Flynn combo is the best down the right)
McFazdean

On the "controversial" ones I wouldn't be too sad about losing:

Kennedy - lots of potential but I fear too injury prone
Edgar - injury prone and though seems OK, not worth the suspected wages
Baxter - two strikes and out if the latest allegations are true
Cuvelier - we're not a hospital I'm afraid
Dimaio - Never seen him play so can't comment

I'd also let McNulty go because, yes he scored a hat trick for Pompey, but their in League Two FFS...

The others can just crappitty sack off out of my beloved club.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 03, 2015, 03:58:39 pm
Lings, Wow, me and you agreeing.....there's a first  ;D

You are getting soft in your old age :whi

And you more senile in yours Bolts....did you forget you had already posted that??  :whi :whi

It did tell me I had already posted it, but being an ex IT Manager, I didn't believe it. :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 03, 2015, 04:11:17 pm
My View

All 3 Keepers! - I would KEEP Long. I still think he can come good. Not sure about Willis have he hasn't really played much. I would be tempted to keep him as his wages will be quite low.
Alcock - GO
Collins - KEEP
Harris - KEEP
Kennedy (1 yr option to extend) - KEEP, Maybe he is a bit injury prone, but he still quite young and my get better fitness levels as he develops.
McEveley - GO, and I will take him anywhere he wants to go.
McGahey (1 yr option to extend) - KEEP and take up the option
Edgar - on loan - GO
Baxter - not sure. Depends on the latest rumours. If they are true, then he must GO
Campbell-Ryce - KEEP for 1 more season.
Cuvelier - GO
Dimaio - KEEP
Flynn (1 yr extension option) - KEEP and take up option
McFadzean - KEEP
Higdon - GO
Sammon - on loan - GO
Hammond - on loan until at least January - GO (in January!)
McNulty - KEEP, but give him some more games. If not he might come back to haunt us in L1 with Pompey next season.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on December 04, 2015, 09:20:08 am
Anyone going tomorrow who fancies a tad light refreshment before kick off will find yours truely and Ash in The Cat from approx 1pm
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 04, 2015, 09:44:15 am
Anyone going tomorrow who fancies a tad light refreshment before kick off will find yours truely and Ash in The Cat from approx 1pm

No shit, quelle surprise  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on December 04, 2015, 12:21:23 pm
Anyone going tomorrow who fancies a tad light refreshment before kick off will find yours truely and Ash in The Cat from approx 1pm

No shit, quelle surprise  :ok:

Well with the view improving on each visit AND the addition of some Oakham ales why wouldn't you (Yes Lings -Astaroth on keg - missed a blinder last week!!)
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 04, 2015, 12:29:06 pm
Anyone going tomorrow who fancies a tad light refreshment before kick off will find yours truely and Ash in The Cat from approx 1pm

No shit, quelle surprise  :ok:

Well with the view improving on each visit AND the addition of some Oakham ales why wouldn't you (Yes Lings -Astaroth on keg - missed a blinder last week!!)

Well I beg to differ on the view - for me it's declined since a certain someone stopped wearing the mini, I mean micro skirt  )O(

Obviously cant fault the ale though  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on December 04, 2015, 12:43:47 pm
Anyone going tomorrow who fancies a tad light refreshment before kick off will find yours truely and Ash in The Cat from approx 1pm

No shit, quelle surprise  :ok:

Well with the view improving on each visit AND the addition of some Oakham ales why wouldn't you (Yes Lings -Astaroth on keg - missed a blinder last week!!)

Well I beg to differ on the view - for me it's declined since a certain someone stopped wearing the mini, I mean micro skirt  )O(

Obviously cant fault the ale though  :ok:

But there is definitely more scenery to look at........
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 04, 2015, 01:11:43 pm
Anyone going tomorrow who fancies a tad light refreshment before kick off will find yours truely and Ash in The Cat from approx 1pm

No shit, quelle surprise  :ok:

Well with the view improving on each visit AND the addition of some Oakham ales why wouldn't you (Yes Lings -Astaroth on keg - missed a blinder last week!!)

Well I beg to differ on the view - for me it's declined since a certain someone stopped wearing the mini, I mean micro skirt  )O(

Obviously cant fault the ale though  :ok:

But there is definitely more scenery to look at........

ok, but I remain in mourning  :(
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 04, 2015, 02:48:35 pm
Can't get there otherwise I'd make an early start for Oakham's finest!

Just opened my Sunday Times Wine Club delivery. The "Full Fifteen" is getting it off to a cracking start!  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 05, 2015, 11:15:53 am
Nigel Clough agrees deal in principle to return to manage Burton according to SSN.

No real surprise at all but you just know that he will get them promoted and stick two fingers up to us!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on December 05, 2015, 02:10:54 pm
Nigel Clough agrees deal in principle to return to manage Burton according to SSN.

No real surprise at all but you just know that he will get them promoted and stick two fingers up to us!

Hopefully we can offload some of our dead wood to Burton in Jan :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 05, 2015, 06:28:27 pm
Good call Stabo  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 06, 2015, 08:41:18 am
Nigel Clough agrees deal in principle to return to manage Burton according to SSN.

No real surprise at all but you just know that he will get them promoted and stick two fingers up to us!

Hopefully we can offload some of our dead wood to Burton in Jan :ok:

Just fill up the team bus and leave it in Burton.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 06, 2015, 06:14:25 pm
Wrap the bus in a big ribbon with a tag that says "Merry Christmas Nige from all at BTDBL XXX"
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on December 06, 2015, 07:31:56 pm
http://footballleagueworld.co.uk/sheffield-united-keeping-tabs-on-former-blackburn-rovers-boss/#evqysDQKPGTJ5TRY.97

I hope this is just paper talk because NA needs time to sort our club out, my worry is though that the board have form in rash decisions.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 06, 2015, 07:57:56 pm
http://footballleagueworld.co.uk/sheffield-united-keeping-tabs-on-former-blackburn-rovers-boss/#evqysDQKPGTJ5TRY.97

I hope this is just paper talk because NA needs time to sort our club out, my worry is though that the board have form in rash decisions.

There is no doubt that NA is under achieving but why?

First of all the squad is too big and full of NCs crap injury prone journeymen.

Second, injuries at the start of the season to important players such as Beard, Harris and Done.

Thirdly, food for thought - he isn't actually as good a manager that we all thought/hoped he would be. I've said this before but I firmly believe that any manager with the track record of NA should be getting more out of the squad he has......on paper we are more than good enough but it's like we have 11 individuals on the pitch and no team. For me that is solely down to the manager.

Now, to keep changing managers over the years has not worked and cannot continue and we need consistency and stability. So, we give NA the January window to do his dealings and get his own players in and get shot of the crap. On the flip side, is he really good enough even with his own players.....let's face it, his signings to date have hardly set the world alight have they?

To be honest, I'm split and can't decide whether it would be a good or bad thing to change managers now......whoever comes in will still have turds to polish but could he polish them better than NA?

All I know is that on paper we should be doing MUCH better and that's all we want.

UTB
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 06, 2015, 08:01:58 pm
Stabo that's all Utter Bollocks.

ASH mate I think we have to cut Adkins a bit of slack to a degree. Too many also-ran players taking up the salary limit. Come January he has the chance to bring a couple in to mount a challenge for the play-offs. Come Summer with so many players out of contract he has the chance to build HIS team and so we judge him on what he achieves over the next 18 months. I'm happy to give him that time.

COYRAWW
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on December 06, 2015, 08:35:09 pm
Stabo that's all Utter Bollocks.

ASH mate I think we have to cut Adkins a bit of slack to a degree. Too many also-ran players taking up the salary limit. Come January he has the chance to bring a couple in to mount a challenge for the play-offs. Come Summer with so many players out of contract he has the chance to build HIS team and so we judge him on what he achieves over the next 18 months. I'm happy to give him that time.

COYRAWW

I agree we have, the club have to cut NA some slack, how can anyone judge him on a team he inherited.

 Let's get one thing straight, this team IS NOT good enough! it wasn't last season so why would it be this? NA has had to assess these players and having such a big squad that's took time and probably longer than he expected.

 OK i'm not over impressed with who NA has bought in but he's gone with who he knows and what manager doesn't do that?

Sharp- he has the capability and he needs a big target man along side him instead of him being the target man he certainly isn't, he needs to get back to being the fox in the box.

Sammon- ok not the best jumper and not a prolific scorer, but to be fair he has probably scored more regularly than any other club he's played for.

Woolford- Bag of crap!

Edgar- Before he got injured we didn't lose many.

Hammond- Not impressed so far, does he need an aggressive battler next to him?

 We need to bite the bullet, accept we're going to be in this lge next season ( unless a miracle is performed in the new year with great players)  and give him the summer and next season. Changing managers every few months/ years isn't the answer.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on December 07, 2015, 08:48:19 am
Changing managers isn't necessarily a bad thing. If we hadn't changed managers at the time, we wouldn't have had Porterfield, Basset or Warnock...

Looking at this from the board's point of view, we're languishing in mid table in division three.  They've spent some money (probably not enough and not on the right acquisitions, but they've spent some). We cannot afford (and I mean fiscally afford) another season in League One.

It's a rock and a hard place.

That said, I'd give Adkins until the end of the season now, as changing manager rarely has instant results that would be required to salvage our season.  Far better to get rid of some of the dead wood, give NA a decent midfielder and CB in January and see what he can do.



Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on December 07, 2015, 08:53:44 am
Well 2 thoughts on Saturdays game:

Brayford's goal was clearly in, although at the tie it happened so bloody quickly I can understand how it was missed. That would have out us 2-0, from which point we'd clearly have lost the game cos it's such a dangerous score line  :roll: (You know who you are I'm talking about!!!)

Che sending off - both BBC and Blades player conveniently manage NOT to show why Che was really sent off. It was a bit of hand bags at dawn when he first went down it has to be said but Che was clearly fired up and still chasing the ball - the camera follows the ball at this stage and misses Che getting up and stepping over the Oldham player, who didn't like it so decided to try and pull Che back - the ref at this stage watching the ball - turns towards the commotion of Che and his rugby tackling friend just in time to see Che swing at the bloke who's on the floor between his legs!   

Onwards and upwards - let's hope for a nice away draw in the next round for Lings Birthday weekend!!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 07, 2015, 09:50:41 am
http://footballleagueworld.co.uk/sheffield-united-keeping-tabs-on-former-blackburn-rovers-boss/#evqysDQKPGTJ5TRY.97

I hope this is just paper talk because NA needs time to sort our club out, my worry is though that the board have form in rash decisions.

Whilst I am very disappointed about the season so far, I think we need to give NA a bit more time. He is still having to play a few of the old NC players, and he does need to get in players that he wants. However, how many of the players he has brought in have been a success? Sharp has done OK. Woolford is hopeless. Sammon is OK, but will never be a prolific scorer. Hammond, not really impressed. Edgar is OK, but obviously won't be available on International breaks. I don't think I have missed anyone.

On player recruitment, will NA have to make money in the transfer market or are funds available for him? The players out of contract obviously go for free, so at least the high earners are off the books. Do we look at promising players in the lower leagues? Done, Adams & K.Wallace have been reasonable buys. Harris, Scougs & Flynn came from the lower leagues in Scotland.

He does need to get a leader on the pitch. McEverley does not appear to be a vocal, forceful captain on the pitch. In my opinion the captain needs to be in midfield, and we don't have anyone currently who could do the job.

Like most of you, I cannot see us going up this year unless we can sneak into a play off position, and then actually win a play off. The trouble is, as Roma says, is that from a financial perspective we cannot really afford another season in L1. The club have been very lucky that we are still getting close to 20,000 fans turn up each week.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 07, 2015, 10:47:29 am
Well 2 thoughts on Saturdays game:

Brayford's goal was clearly in, although at the tie it happened so bloody quickly I can understand how it was missed. That would have out us 2-0, from which point we'd clearly have lost the game cos it's such a dangerous score line  :roll: (You know who you are I'm talking about!!!)

Che sending off - both BBC and Blades player conveniently manage NOT to show why Che was really sent off. It was a bit of hand bags at dawn when he first went down it has to be said but Che was clearly fired up and still chasing the ball - the camera follows the ball at this stage and misses Che getting up and stepping over the Oldham player, who didn't like it so decided to try and pull Che back - the ref at this stage watching the ball - turns towards the commotion of Che and his rugby tackling friend just in time to see Che swing at the bloke who's on the floor between his legs!   

Onwards and upwards - let's hope for a nice away draw in the next round for Lings Birthday weekend!!

I had already watched the highlights but didn't check on Brayford's shot as didn't think it crossed the line......just watched it again and managed to pause it at the right moment and the ball was clearly WELL OVER.....if technology is available, use it FFS.  )O(
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on December 07, 2015, 11:04:01 am
Harris was signed from Blackpool.....sorry Bolts for being pedantic  :ok:

TBH and I think most on here would agree in part, but we don't actually need wholesale changes so the club should be able to back NA in Jan. Get that bloody midfield sorted, get a big lad up top and I'm sure we'll start winning on a regular basis.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on December 07, 2015, 02:27:50 pm
So it's all Branigan's fault then...

http://www.sufc.co.uk/news/article/sheffield-united-martyn-green-david-green-2839510.aspx
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on December 07, 2015, 03:16:11 pm
Ball #61 in tonight's FA Cup draw..............
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on December 07, 2015, 03:42:14 pm
So it's all Branigan's fault then...

http://www.sufc.co.uk/news/article/sheffield-united-martyn-green-david-green-2839510.aspx

'Leaves with immediate effect' perhaps suggests something.....does anyone know what these two charlies are like?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 07, 2015, 04:10:23 pm
Harris was signed from Blackpool.....sorry Bolts for being pedantic  :ok:



OK Stabo. He played most of his career in the lower Scottish Leagues apart from 16 games before he joined us.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 07, 2015, 04:13:08 pm
So it's all Branigan's fault then...

http://www.sufc.co.uk/news/article/sheffield-united-martyn-green-david-green-2839510.aspx

'Leaves with immediate effect' perhaps suggests something.....does anyone know what these two charlies are like?

Brannigan has probably got a better job...

The other 2 seem to be already involved with the club, but have changed roles. Not sure what their football pedigree is though.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 07, 2015, 04:36:20 pm
I've posted the predictions for next week for those of you who are still participating.

http://www.thecrossedblades.com/forum/index.php?topic=83.0

Latest table is-

Bolts   _________129
Eeyore________129
Bognor________110
Stabo_________108
Malaysia________93
Lings___________54
Shadow_________53
Youfy___________40
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on December 07, 2015, 07:21:05 pm
Man Utd v Blades

What a mullering we will take  :DD :DD :DD :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 07, 2015, 07:29:19 pm
A battering......probably yes but who cares  :ok:

It will be a great day out for Lings' birthday........plenty of beers followed by a trip to Rusholme for a ruby, happy days  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 07, 2015, 07:54:13 pm
Holy Shit what a great draw!  :DB
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 07, 2015, 08:23:23 pm
Holy Shit what a great draw!  :DB

 :DD

If we can all get Wilsons, a great day out  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 07, 2015, 10:01:48 pm
Watch the Blades players suddenly give that extra 10% between now and Christmas to try to make sure they're in the side to face Man Utd.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 07, 2015, 10:35:19 pm
Watch the Blades players suddenly give that extra 10% between now and Christmas to try to make sure they're in the side to face Man Utd.

Good......... We sure need summat to get them motivated and fighting to win  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 08, 2015, 08:29:31 am
Watch the Blades players suddenly give that extra 10% between now and Christmas to try to make sure they're in the side to face Man Utd.

So we can expect them to give 20% effort in games.... :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 08, 2015, 08:32:29 am
Does anyone have any news on -

The injury to Bob Harris?
The latest on the Baxter incident?

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 08, 2015, 10:07:21 am
Does anyone have any news on -

The injury to Bob Harris?
The latest on the Baxter incident?

No idea Bolts - re Baxter I suppose it could depend on what the Old Bill want to do with him
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on December 08, 2015, 03:34:55 pm
Does anyone have any news on -

The injury to Bob Harris?
The latest on the Baxter incident?

Apparently Harris is being assessed by the clubs medical team, and as it's a head injury there are procedures they have to go through.

Also the club are not appealing CAs red card so he'll miss 3 games.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 08, 2015, 03:58:52 pm
Does anyone have any news on -

The injury to Bob Harris?
The latest on the Baxter incident?

Apparently Harris is being assessed by the clubs medical team, and as it's a head injury there are procedures they have to go through.

Also the club are not appealing CAs red card so he'll miss 3 games.

Che's been missing for half the season  :(
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 08, 2015, 05:00:39 pm
Does anyone have any news on -

The injury to Bob Harris?
The latest on the Baxter incident?

Apparently Harris is being assessed by the clubs medical team, and as it's a head injury there are procedures they have to go through.

Also the club are not appealing CAs red card so he'll miss 3 games.

Che's been missing for half the season  :(

So have most of the others...
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on December 08, 2015, 05:51:22 pm
http://www.sufc.co.uk/news/article/sheffield-united-bob-harris-2842156.aspx

Ready when you are Bob!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on December 08, 2015, 07:55:18 pm
http://www.sufc.co.uk/news/article/sheffield-united-alan-hodgkinson-2842234.aspx

R.I.P Alan.......Once a Blade Always a Blade...........A true Legend!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 08, 2015, 08:05:38 pm
Oh no. Woody and Hodgy in the same year? Kinell what a shame.

Kind of brings home the passage of time when your heroes start popping off like this.

Both of them would make my all-time SUFC team.

RIP Hodgy, RIP.  :'(
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 09, 2015, 08:20:12 am
The first, and best, goalie I saw at Bramall Lane. A truly great Blade legend.

RIP Hodgy, and thanks for the memories :'(

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on December 09, 2015, 03:53:54 pm
I can only just remember Hodgy as I was very little when he was playing, but still sad...

Martyn Harrison has also died today. He used to be part of the furniture at BDTBL and all the 50+ grounds I've ever been to.  His shiny head in front of a standing Kop is part of my memories of being a Blade. RIP fellas.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 09, 2015, 05:41:49 pm
Nice one.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 10, 2015, 08:24:34 pm
Met up with the Donkey for a jar or two this afternoon. Soon after, John Brayford walked in! Allez le Barbe!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 11, 2015, 08:14:52 am
Met up with the Donkey for a jar or two this afternoon. Soon after, John Brayford walked in! Allez le Barbe!

Hope you bought him a drink.....
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 11, 2015, 08:45:22 am
Met up with the Donkey for a jar or two this afternoon. Soon after, John Brayford walked in! Allez le Barbe!

Hope you bought him a drink.....

Nah - Lings was too star struck it was a bit embarrassing  ;D
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 11, 2015, 09:54:46 am
Met up with the Donkey for a jar or two this afternoon. Soon after, John Brayford walked in! Allez le Barbe!

Hope you bought him a drink.....

Nah - Lings was too star struck it was a bit embarrassing  ;D

Bet he was slobbering like a big, soft labrador....
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 11, 2015, 12:07:35 pm
Met up with the Donkey for a jar or two this afternoon. Soon after, John Brayford walked in! Allez le Barbe!

Hope you bought him a drink.....

Nah - Lings was too star struck it was a bit embarrassing  ;D

Bet he was slobbering like a big, soft labrador....

No more than usual, I think he'd had a few earlier  ;D
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 11, 2015, 12:15:19 pm
I can confirm all of the above
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on December 11, 2015, 01:13:26 pm
http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/dec/11/manchester-united-fa-cup-televised
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 11, 2015, 04:46:24 pm
I can confirm all of the above

Or all the below...
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on December 12, 2015, 12:36:13 pm
What time are you planning on getting to Spoons tomorrow morning? 9 to 9:30 for me I think.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 12, 2015, 12:39:48 pm
What time are you planning on getting to Spoons tomorrow morning? 9 to 9:30 for me I think.

Likewise......might be nearer 9  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on December 12, 2015, 12:44:54 pm
What time are you planning on getting to Spoons tomorrow morning? 9 to 9:30 for me I think.

Likewise......might be nearer 9  :ok:

Well that's my aim, but it's Sunday morning and you already know what my time keeping is like, plus I've got a teenage shadow to try and pull into line!!!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 12, 2015, 05:59:20 pm
What time are you planning on getting to Spoons tomorrow morning? 9 to 9:30 for me I think.

Likewise......might be nearer 9  :ok:

Well that's my aim, but it's Sunday morning and you already know what my time keeping is like, plus I've got a teenage shadow to try and pull into line!!!

What's the betting Chloe will be "feeling tired" tomorrow  :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 12, 2015, 06:17:02 pm
Gonna be 10:00 for me  :-[
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 12, 2015, 07:06:52 pm
Gonna be 10:00 for me  :-[

The thumb release switch doesn't work till 9.45  :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 12, 2015, 07:19:17 pm
Some of us aren't beer monsters Ash


 :-X
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on December 12, 2015, 07:52:27 pm
Anyone know if the match is on t'internet tomorrow anywhere? If not I'll buy a day pass on Now TV...  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 12, 2015, 08:08:49 pm
Some of us aren't beer monsters Ash


 :-X

 :DD :DD :DD :DD :DD :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on December 12, 2015, 08:22:42 pm
Some of us aren't beer monsters Ash

 
 :-X

Did he just say that with a straight face!!  :DD  :DD  :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 12, 2015, 08:45:54 pm
Some of us aren't beer monsters Ash

 
 :-X

Did he just say that with a straight face!!  :DD  :DD  :DD

No
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on December 13, 2015, 11:20:37 am
Long-Brayford-Collins-Edgar-McEverley-Coutts-Basham-Hammond-Woolford-Sammon-Done
Subs;- Howard-Flynn-Sharp-Scougs-Reed-K Wallace-McGahey
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 13, 2015, 11:30:36 am
Long-Brayford-Collins-Edgar-McEverley-Coutts-Basham-Hammond-Woolford-Sammon-Done
Subs;- Howard-Flynn-Sharp-Scougs-Reed-K Wallace-McGahey

WTF....why is Woolford in?

Should be Wallace @ LB, and Flynn for Woolford.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 13, 2015, 02:50:53 pm
What a welcome 3 points, but what a struggle it was. George made 2 great saves, and we got away with the one that was over / nearly over the line. It should have been a penalty for hand ball, but we got away with it.

Mceverley is a very lucky man not to be sent off. I have watched it a few times, and it was a red card. To be fair he did have a reasonable game, as did the rest of the defence. Woolford was absolute shite, Sammon can't win a ball in the air, and Coutts still doesn't impress me.

Overall, we were poor, but the win was what we needed.

Great send off for Hodgy & Baldy. I had tears in my eyes, and I'm not afraid to admit it.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on December 13, 2015, 03:16:27 pm
What a welcome 3 points, but what a struggle it was. George made 2 great saves, and we got away with the one that was over / nearly over the line. It should have been a penalty for hand ball, but we got away with it.

Mceverley is a very lucky man not to be sent off. I have watched it a few times, and it was a red card. To be fair he did have a reasonable game, as did the rest of the defence. Woolford was absolute shite, Sammon can't win a ball in the air, and Coutts still doesn't impress me.

Overall, we were poor, but the win was what we needed.

Great send off for Hodgy & Baldy. I had tears in my eyes, and I'm not afraid to admit it.

Can't add much apart from the fact that Cov weren't all that and the only difference between us and them were the two wide men and the young lad Armstrong. If Newcastle take him back in Jan then Cov will struggle IMO. I also thought Hammond had a good first half and worked hard for the team throughout but we need better TBH

And ye the tributes were a bit of a choker. :'(
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 13, 2015, 06:11:09 pm
Yeah I was filling up a bit at the Hodgy tribute and fair play to the Coventry fans for joining in the applause. Nice touch.

The game - we were dire and never looked remotely capable of troubling their keeper. We really mugged them and next week we really should turn out in red and white highwayman masks.

The Cov fans are up in arms about the officials but let me say that they were awful throughout for BOTH sides. Yes JayMac should have been sent off, but for long periods the ref gave them free kick after free kick leaving us totally baffled about some of them, where not a single player on either side knew what the decision had been given for! The goal-line incident looked over to me, but George's body blocked it from the view of the linesman. I look at it like this: We were denied one ourselves from Brayford a week or two back which was clearly WAY over, so we benefitted from a bit of karma with the one they didn't get.

Overall we mugged them for the points but the worrying thing is that we're getting worse, not better. We were poor in an offensive sense all game. We spent long periods defending and throwing ourselves in the way of shots and passes. We were all wanting Scougall, Sharp and Flynn on. Yes they all came on (Scougall got battered several times by the way and the ref gave him nothing) but way too late.

Great craic with the usual suspects at breakfast time!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 13, 2015, 08:35:47 pm
I've watched the game again and to be fair it was a very decent defensive performance from a team that really needs to re-invent itself. Starting from the back is the way to go and that's a good clean sheet against a free-scoring top few side.

Coutts and Woolford had poor games today, Hammond slightly better but we have a big hole in CMF where Jose should be. The game was calling out for Scougs in there, but he got pushed out wide so the hole remained.

The game was actually a bit more even that it looked. For an underperforming underachieving side I don't have too many complaints.

UTB.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 13, 2015, 08:54:47 pm
Just back having escaped from my kidnapper Soton Chris......where does he put his ale ffs?

Can't really disagree with any of the above but in my current state, I really can't have a credible opinion anyway.

Anyway, Allez les Sorcieres n all that  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 13, 2015, 10:00:21 pm
Sotonexiledblade has hollow legs. His body is a tardis. There's so much more beer room inside than appears from the outside. I'm surprised you can still see Ash - let alone type relatively coherent posts! Well done mate!

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 14, 2015, 08:17:05 am
For those still prediciting, fixtures for next week posted. I'll update the table after tonight's match.

http://www.thecrossedblades.com/forum/index.php?topic=85.0
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on December 14, 2015, 11:13:45 am
Several fans, NA and Jim Phipps seem to be suggesting that this win could the the turning point of our season.

No. The turning point of our season will be 3 or 4 quality players coming into the squad in January.

We had a lot of huff and puff yesterday and little else.   There is no creativity anywhere on the pitch and there is no midfield.

We were very lucky yesterday.  McEveley (who had a half decent game otherwise) should have gone early on.  Still not convinced the whole of the ball was over the line, but there was a blatant handball in there and it should've been a penalty to Cov at the very least.

Their player who was sent off was unlucky as his challenge was just clumsy, but warranted a second yellow.  The tackle just before that was worse and warranted a straight red as even though touched the ball it was two footed with studs showing.

Our goal was lucky too, but credit to Sharpie, if you're not where the ball drops, you can't score - he was in there and got the rub of the green. 

Our defence did OK and Long was there to save when we needed him to be (Coventry actually had very few chances themselves).  But when Coventry did have chances (including the one across the 6 yard box that eluded their striker in the second half) they tended to come from our defensive mistakes, or the midfield giving the ball away or Sammon giving a needless free kick away.

The midfield was non-existent for most of the game.  When I saw Coutts was on at the start of the 2nd half it took me a while of working out who'd gone off for him to come on as a sub before I realised he'd actually been on the pitch all of the time. He was non-existent first half!

Woolford can't even run and has no creativity to offer. 

Sammon was woeful and did nothing other than give free kicks away all the time, and Done ran around a lot but did nothing and was always out of position.  I thought he was playing right wing for most of the first half...

Sharp gave the Coventry defence something to think about when he came on and for me that substitution turned the game.  Before that it was a walk in the park for Coventry.

OK. Baxter and Che (if he can find his fitness and form again) offer some creativity, so can JCR (at least for half a game).

That said, if they're one of the best League One has to offer, it won't take much of a turnaround to get the promotion train back on track.  But for me, that turnaround has to start with some quality signings.  Pace, creativity and desire being the primary qualities we should be looking for.

My wish list in Jan would be a holding midfielder who can dictate play, a pacey right-winger to give us what we lost when Murphy was sold and a target man for Sharpie to feed off as Sammon is frankly not up to that job.





Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on December 14, 2015, 12:51:15 pm
Can't argue with that Roma and i've been saying for ages now that our problems stem from midfield and not defense. Brayford being back is a god send TBH, his vision is way above any one else in the team and with a prolonged run in the team with Edgar should see us stronger back there. What we need is a complete new midfield, pure and simple, one with strength, aggression, height, power, pace and vision because our strikers ARE good enough but need service. I'd bring McNulty back and i'd add Higdon into the mix and send Sammon back to Derby.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on December 14, 2015, 01:09:34 pm
By the way, Coventry have 6 loan players who's loan is up in Jan, including their leading scorer who Wolves are interested in taking on loan for the rest of the season...

I agree with what you say Stabo, apart from Higdon. He's hardly lighting up Oldham...  We need someone better IMHO, assuming we can attract that level of loan player anymore.

With regards attack minded midfielder lans - how about Dorrans from WBA? Would he drop to L1 - perhaps not...



Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 14, 2015, 04:15:40 pm
Didn't Dorrans sign a permanent deal with Norwich in Summer? He'd be very useful in cmf but we'll need to look elsewhere.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 14, 2015, 04:59:04 pm
Didn't Dorrans sign a permanent deal with Norwich in Summer? He'd be very useful in cmf but we'll need to look elsewhere.

According to Wiki, he signed for Norwich in May 2015.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 14, 2015, 10:03:24 pm
We really need to take a look at Ben Whiteman. I've only seen him twice, Vamps has seen him and raved about him, he scored an absolute screamer a couple of weeks back and tonight he hit the post from a long distance free-kick. Maybe he's the creative spark we're so sorely lacking right in the centre of the pitch where there was a gaping hole on Satdi.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 15, 2015, 08:14:33 am
We really need to take a look at Ben Whiteman. I've only seen him twice, Vamps has seen him and raved about him, he scored an absolute screamer a couple of weeks back and tonight he hit the post from a long distance free-kick. Maybe he's the creative spark we're so sorely lacking right in the centre of the pitch where there was a gaping hole on Satdi.

I agree entirely. I think it has been proven that the bigger clubs only let players go out on loan to a) get match time, and b) they are not good enough for their team. How many loan players have we had that have significantly improved the team?

Why not give some of the youngsters a try. I still like Reed, and he could do a good job for us, maybe as the defensive MF. Could save us some money in the long run.

Whatever we do, we need to sort out the Midfield. It was atrocious on Sunday.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 15, 2015, 10:52:21 am
Yes get the kids in now so they'll be ready when we play Chelsea next season  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 15, 2015, 11:53:19 am
Yes get the kids in now so they'll be ready when we play Chelsea next season  :ok:

 :DD WTF is going on at Chelsea??

They are all world class players and they haven't become dross over the space of a few months so you have to assume that there is huge discontent at the club and "The Special One" actually ain't that special. I think it's more a case of prima donna players who are used to winning and having things their own way and now can't or won't make the effort to work harder and get back to winning ways. I mean, take Hazard last night.......looked a pretty innocuous challenge on him but he decided he didn't fancy it and walked off "injured".

Abramovich must be seething at the moment.............anyway, feck em

UTB  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on December 15, 2015, 01:02:44 pm
Bolts has got me thinking about successful players we've had on loan...  Only ones I can think of in fairly recent times are Brayford, Coady, , Matt Hill (debatable), Halford, Harley, Bobby Davison.

Brayford, Harley and Davison went on to sign permanent deals.  I excluded Kyle Walker's loan back when he was first sold to Spurs.

Some bad loan signings of note (excluding the current batch):  Matt Hill (debatable), Nosworthy, Harper, Rankine, Bent (M), Hunt

There must be more in both categories... What about Kamara?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 15, 2015, 02:48:52 pm
Phil Starbuck - was brilliant on loan so we bought him and he was complete pants thereafter
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 15, 2015, 04:26:53 pm
Yes get the kids in now so they'll be ready when we play Chelsea next season  :ok:

 :DD WTF is going on at Chelsea??

They are all world class players and they haven't become dross over the space of a few months so you have to assume that there is huge discontent at the club and "The Special One" actually ain't that special. I think it's more a case of prima donna players who are used to winning and having things their own way and now can't or won't make the effort to work harder and get back to winning ways. I mean, take Hazard last night.......looked a pretty innocuous challenge on him but he decided he didn't fancy it and walked off "injured".

Abramovich must be seething at the moment.............anyway, feck em

UTB  :ok:

They seem to have gone downhill very quickly after they sacked that Physio. Maybe the players were all shagging her, and have now got pissed of with Mourinho
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on December 15, 2015, 06:12:43 pm
Bolts has got me thinking about successful players we've had on loan...  Only ones I can think of in fairly recent times are Brayford, Coady, , Matt Hill (debatable), Halford, Harley, Bobby Davison.

Brayford, Harley and Davison went on to sign permanent deals.  I excluded Kyle Walker's loan back when he was first sold to Spurs.

Some bad loan signings of note (excluding the current batch):  Matt Hill (debatable), Nosworthy, Harper, Rankine, Bent (M), Hunt

There must be more in both categories... What about Kamara?

Matthew Phillips 6 goals in 6 games.....not a bad loanee  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 15, 2015, 06:21:13 pm
Bolts has got me thinking about successful players we've had on loan...  Only ones I can think of in fairly recent times are Brayford, Coady, , Matt Hill (debatable), Halford, Harley, Bobby Davison.

Brayford, Harley and Davison went on to sign permanent deals.  I excluded Kyle Walker's loan back when he was first sold to Spurs.

Some bad loan signings of note (excluding the current batch):  Matt Hill (debatable), Nosworthy, Harper, Rankine, Bent (M), Hunt

There must be more in both categories... What about Kamara?

Matthew Phillips 6 goals in 6 games.....not a bad loanee  :ok:

Current occasional England captain.....Gary Cahill?? Ok he only played a handful of matches  :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on December 15, 2015, 06:34:18 pm
Bolts has got me thinking about successful players we've had on loan...  Only ones I can think of in fairly recent times are Brayford, Coady, , Matt Hill (debatable), Halford, Harley, Bobby Davison.

Brayford, Harley and Davison went on to sign permanent deals.  I excluded Kyle Walker's loan back when he was first sold to Spurs.

Some bad loan signings of note (excluding the current batch):  Matt Hill (debatable), Nosworthy, Harper, Rankine, Bent (M), Hunt

There must be more in both categories... What about Kamara?

Matthew Phillips 6 goals in 6 games.....not a bad loanee  :ok:

Current occasional England captain.....Gary Cahill?? Ok he only played a handful of matches  :whi

Bardsley?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 15, 2015, 09:47:07 pm
Over to the dark side, they had Cantona on trial and said they needed more time for a decision as they really weren't sure if he was good enough for them........the rest is history!  :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: S36Reject on December 15, 2015, 10:58:37 pm
Didn't we do the same with Maradonna
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 16, 2015, 07:49:05 am
Didn't we do the same with Maradonna

No mate, we knew he was good enough, we just didn't want to spend the money
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 16, 2015, 08:20:27 am
Didn't we do the same with Maradonna

No mate, we knew he was good enough, we just didn't want to spend the money

So we bought Sabella instead. He wasn't a bad but, but like TC, we eventually sold him to Leeds.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 16, 2015, 02:50:32 pm
Mick Jones, Brian Deane, we always sell our best to the scumbags up the road. I'm surprised they haven't pinched Woolford!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 16, 2015, 04:26:22 pm
Mick Jones, Brian Deane, we always sell our best to the scumbags up the road. I'm surprised they haven't pinched Woolford!

We would have to pay them to take him :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on December 16, 2015, 06:35:49 pm
Mick Jones, Brian Deane, we always sell our best to the scumbags up the road. I'm surprised they haven't pinched Woolford!

We would have to pay them to take him :DD

We'd have to disguise him as a footballer.....
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on December 17, 2015, 11:45:02 am
Woolford is an inspiration to young wanna-be footballers everywhere... After watching him play, any kid believes they're good enough to play professionally!!!!!!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on December 17, 2015, 05:27:27 pm
Woolford is an inspiration to young wanna-be footballers everywhere... After watching him play, any kid believes they're good enough to play professionally!!!!!!

After watching him I believe i'm good enough to play professionally, and i'm 52  :DD :DD :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 17, 2015, 08:24:57 pm
Woolford is an inspiration to young wanna-be footballers everywhere... After watching him play, any kid believes they're good enough to play professionally!!!!!!

After watching him I believe i'm good enough to play professionally, and i'm 52  :DD :DD :DD

Likening Woolford to a professional footballer is like Lings to being on the waggon ..... It's just wrong  :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 18, 2015, 08:10:03 am
Woolford is an inspiration to young wanna-be footballers everywhere... After watching him play, any kid believes they're good enough to play professionally!!!!!!

After watching him I believe i'm good enough to play professionally, and i'm 52  :DD :DD :DD

Is that your stage age :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on December 18, 2015, 10:45:55 am
Woolford is an inspiration to young wanna-be footballers everywhere... After watching him play, any kid believes they're good enough to play professionally!!!!!!

After watching him I believe i'm good enough to play professionally, and i'm 52  :DD :DD :DD

Is that your stage age :whi

Long long time ago for you mate  :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on December 19, 2015, 02:25:48 pm
Long, Brayford, Basham, Coutts, Sharp, Done, Collins, Woolford, McEveley, Edgar, Hammond.
Subs: Howard, Flynn, Scougall, Sammon, Campbell-Ryce, Reed, K Wallace.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 19, 2015, 02:37:10 pm
Woolford and Coutts played so well against Coventry they had to be the first names on the team sheet  :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 19, 2015, 02:46:53 pm
Long, Brayford, Basham, Coutts, Sharp, Done, Collins, Woolford, McEveley, Edgar, Hammond.
Subs: Howard, Flynn, Scougall, Sammon, Campbell-Ryce, Reed, K Wallace.

Can't say that I am impressed with this team. Maybe Woolford might want to play well, if that is possible, against his old team. Prefer Wallace @ LB. McEverley is a disaster waiting to happen.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 19, 2015, 05:05:15 pm
Tried to chuck it away at the end but really we were never in trouble.
Suddenly the table is looking better!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 19, 2015, 06:22:02 pm
Being only a handful of points off the play offs and not that far from the auto spots having been dire for the majority of the season really is a reflection on how shit this league is. If we had played to even 75% of our potential so far we would be at the top  )O(

The Blades way....brilliant innit  :whi  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 20, 2015, 09:16:10 am
A very good 3 points, and as Lings says, we did try to throw it away in the end.

Why the hell is Woolford on the pitch? From what I heard yesterday he didn't contribute at all. Same for McEverley. Surely Wallace is a better LB.

Be a tough game on Saturday and I will be happy with a point.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 20, 2015, 10:47:59 am
Predictions posted for Boxing Day...

http://www.thecrossedblades.com/forum/index.php?topic=86.0
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on December 20, 2015, 11:27:57 pm
Bugger me. Yet another goal from a corner!!! What's going on this season? Never will we be able to use acccu in the chat room again!!!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on December 21, 2015, 10:25:58 am
Bugger me. Yet another goal from a corner!!! What's going on this season? Never will we be able to use acccu in the chat room again!!!

Won't stop Bolts, he acccu all over the place  ;D
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 21, 2015, 07:50:56 pm
 :DD :DD :DD Sepp Blatter  :DD :DD )O(

So deluded he won't even recognise the powers of the ethics committee he set up!!

If he is not corrupt as he states then he is utterly useless to not know of all the corruption that has been going on under his nose for years and clearly not fit to be President of such an organisation......you are finished Sepp so just feck off now and stop making yourself look even more of a fool than you are. Looks like the gravy train at FIFA is over.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 22, 2015, 02:00:15 pm
Check out 2 brilliant goals from Flynn in the U-21s v Brum

http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/sport/sheffield-united/video-watch-ryan-flynn-score-two-crackers-for-sheffield-united-under-21s-1-7638451
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 22, 2015, 02:32:41 pm
Check out 2 brilliant goals from Flynn in the U-21s v Brum

http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/sport/sheffield-united/video-watch-ryan-flynn-score-two-crackers-for-sheffield-united-under-21s-1-7638451

Yep, brilliant  :ok:

His first was very Jagesque v Weeds although not quite as far out.  :cheer:

PS nice to see that someone has put a couple of dollars in the meter  :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 22, 2015, 04:40:38 pm
Check out 2 brilliant goals from Flynn in the U-21s v Brum

http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/sport/sheffield-united/video-watch-ryan-flynn-score-two-crackers-for-sheffield-united-under-21s-1-7638451

Yep, brilliant  :ok:

His first was very Jagesque v Weeds although not quite as far out.  :cheer:

PS nice to see that someone has put a couple of dollars in the meter  :whi

2 well taken goals. :ok:

Wouldn't put the first in the Jags league, but a nice strike all the same.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 22, 2015, 04:43:41 pm
:DD :DD :DD Sepp Blatter  :DD :DD )O(

So deluded he won't even recognise the powers of the ethics committee he set up!!

If he is not corrupt as he states then he is utterly useless to not know of all the corruption that has been going on under his nose for years and clearly not fit to be President of such an organisation......you are finished Sepp so just feck off now and stop making yourself look even more of a fool than you are. Looks like the gravy train at FIFA is over.

FIFA is totally corrupt, and all the top executives knew what was happening.

The IAAF is almost as corrupt. Seb Coe is not looking good at the moment. He could be the next to fall on his sword.

How many more of these world bodies are yet to be found out?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on December 22, 2015, 07:32:44 pm
:DD :DD :DD Sepp Blatter  :DD :DD )O(

So deluded he won't even recognise the powers of the ethics committee he set up!!

If he is not corrupt as he states then he is utterly useless to not know of all the corruption that has been going on under his nose for years and clearly not fit to be President of such an organisation......you are finished Sepp so just feck off now and stop making yourself look even more of a fool than you are. Looks like the gravy train at FIFA is over.

FIFA is totally corrupt, and all the top executives knew what was happening.

The IAAF is almost as corrupt. Seb Coe is not looking good at the moment. He could be the next to fall on his sword.

How many more of these world bodies are yet to be found out?

With power goes corruption......

When I was learning to drive in Loughborough an idiot ran out in front of me near the university. There am I having to do an emergency stop for real and this twat has his hands on the bonnet of the car. Staring back at me with a shocked ashen face was Seb Coe! yes Seb Coe, I nearly killed a future Olympic and world athletics star.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 22, 2015, 07:47:15 pm
Stabo I ran against Seb Coe in the Sheffield City Championships Cross Country event in the 70s. Naturally I crossed the line ahead of him by about 10m. The only problem with that is he'd done three laps by then to my two, and to put that in context I was in 8th place at the time so he was already frickin' MILES ahead of anyone else (although he was running with blue tights on under his shorts - most unlike the rest of us with our star jumpers and oxford bags on)  ;D.

Post-race I got his book "running for fitness" signed by him and his dad. Turns out he's actually a bit of a cock.

These days I'd need a bloody moped to get around that course!

Blatter? Total clown who should be banged up for being totally bent. No question. Full weight See You Enn Tee.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on December 22, 2015, 08:26:11 pm
Lol Lings, he was a dick head before he was well known, he was at Loughborough Uni when i was at the Tech collage and he strutted around town like he owned the place. Pig fan too I think!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 22, 2015, 09:48:29 pm
Yeah he has "pig" written all over him
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 23, 2015, 08:31:29 am
Yeah he has "pig" written all over him

In fact he is a long time Chelsea fan.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on December 23, 2015, 08:58:40 am
I can feel a "claim to fame" thread coming on. It's so bloody quiet here at the moment, it's that or wrapping the presents...  So here's mine, apologies if you've heard this one before...

In a hotel bar in Heathrow. I'm enjoying a pint trying to watch Man U v somebody in the champions league.  Some muppet comes in and starts talking to the table in front of me but remains standing so I can't see the screen.

After a couple of minutes my Britishness wears off and I have to ask him to sit down.  To be fair, he turns round, apologises and then sits down... It was Johan Cruyff!!!!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 23, 2015, 03:20:37 pm
  :DD :DD

Being reported on SSN that Carlos the Pig is possibly going to manage Swansea!!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 23, 2015, 04:56:12 pm
Yeah he has "pig" written all over him

In fact he is a long time Chelsea fan.

Correct Bolts, since he moved to London though. He professed to be unclean beforehand.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 23, 2015, 04:57:23 pm
I can feel a "claim to fame" thread coming on. It's so bloody quiet here at the moment, it's that or wrapping the presents...  So here's mine, apologies if you've heard this one before...

In a hotel bar in Heathrow. I'm enjoying a pint trying to watch Man U v somebody in the champions league.  Some muppet comes in and starts talking to the table in front of me but remains standing so I can't see the screen.

After a couple of minutes my Britishness wears off and I have to ask him to sit down.  To be fair, he turns round, apologises and then sits down... It was Johan Cruyff!!!!

Quality mate  :ok:

Gordon Jackson (the butler from Upstairs Downstairs) tripped over my suitcase on Newcastle Railway Station  :-\
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 23, 2015, 04:58:57 pm
  :DD :DD

Being reported on SSN that Carlos the Pig is possibly going to manage Swansea!!

Hahahahaha - "3 wheels on my wagon, and I'm still rolling along....." Hope he takes forestiere with him  ;D
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 23, 2015, 08:35:18 pm
  :DD :DD

Being reported on SSN that Carlos the Pig is possibly going to manage Swansea!!

Hahahahaha - "3 wheels on my wagon, and I'm still rolling along....." Hope he takes forestiere with him  ;D

It would be Feckin hillarious but sadly I think it's a load of balls and just very lazy journalism  :(
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 24, 2015, 08:42:46 am
Merry Christmas to one and all, catch you on the other side

 :DB
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 24, 2015, 08:48:38 am
  :DD :DD

Being reported on SSN that Carlos the Pig is possibly going to manage Swansea!!

Hahahahaha - "3 wheels on my wagon, and I'm still rolling along....." Hope he takes forestiere with him  ;D

It would be Feckin hillarious but sadly I think it's a load of balls and just very lazy journalism  :(

According to the sites I have looked at this morning he is only 5th favourite, and he has said he doesn't want to move.

The other bit on the pig sites was that they may make an audacious bid for Emmanuel Adebayor. Delusional muppets :DD :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 24, 2015, 09:48:34 am
  :DD :DD

Being reported on SSN that Carlos the Pig is possibly going to manage Swansea!!

Hahahahaha - "3 wheels on my wagon, and I'm still rolling along....." Hope he takes forestiere with him  ;D

It would be Feckin hillarious but sadly I think it's a load of balls and just very lazy journalism  :(

According to the sites I have looked at this morning he is only 5th favourite, and he has said he doesn't want to move.

The other bit on the pig sites was that they may make an audacious bid for Emmanuel Adebayor. Delusional muppets :DD :DD

To be fair Bolts, they have the backing now to get someone like Adebayor, who could be a brilliant signing at that level, if he's bothered.  )O(
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 24, 2015, 11:26:49 am
Oh, and a very Merry Crimbo to you all  :DB :DB

And Danny Wilson to Chez Vegas....
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on December 24, 2015, 12:50:58 pm
Merry Christmas to all you miserable buggers.......have a good one and safe journey to those going over to Wigan on Boxing Day....
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 24, 2015, 03:46:28 pm
Merry Christmas to all.

Hope you, and your families, have a very relaxing and safe holiday.

 :DG :DG :DG :DG :DG
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 26, 2015, 10:24:13 am
Today's match is OFF  )O(

I know the weather in the North West has been awful but I would have thought Wigan's ground would still be premiership standard with good drainage.

Oh well, at least we'll be fresher for Monday  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on December 26, 2015, 12:21:18 pm
The river at the back of the Wigan ground has spilled over and flooded the car parks......what twat thought it a good idea to build a ground near a river? ffs as bright as that one is!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 26, 2015, 02:48:33 pm
Today's match is OFF  )O(

I know the weather in the North West has been awful but I would have thought Wigan's ground would still be premiership standard with good drainage.

Oh well, at least we'll be fresher for Monday  :ok:

Ash, it has been torrential for the past 24 hrs. I honestly thought it would have been called off yesterday. Blackburn also have a premiership ground and their match is off as well.

As you say, at least no further injuries for Monday.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 26, 2015, 02:49:50 pm
The river at the back of the Wigan ground has spilled over and flooded the car parks......what twat thought it a good idea to build a ground near a river? ffs as bright as that one is!

The twats at Hillsborough obviously thought so.  :DD :DD :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on December 26, 2015, 02:56:15 pm
The river at the back of the Wigan ground has spilled over and flooded the car parks......what twat thought it a good idea to build a ground near a river? ffs as bright as that one is!

The twats at Hillsborough obviously thought so.  :DD :DD :DD

 :whi  :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 26, 2015, 10:17:21 pm
We didn't lose today  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on December 26, 2015, 10:42:40 pm
We didn't lose today  :ok:

Result  ;D
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 27, 2015, 08:57:20 am
We didn't lose today  :ok:

There is always Monday   :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 27, 2015, 10:58:58 am
So, tomorrow is beer, I mean match day  :ok:

Dev Cat for 1ish, or seeing as it's Xmas, shall we get an extra one in and make it 12.30?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 27, 2015, 11:31:54 am
12:45/13:00 for me mate.

Also don't forget Southampton Chris is likely to be there, so an early start might not be the best move  :DB
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 27, 2015, 12:19:25 pm
12:45/13:00 for me mate.

Also don't forget Southampton Chris is likely to be there, so an early start might not be the best move  :DB

What are you.....man or mouse...eek  :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 27, 2015, 01:35:25 pm
12:45/13:00 for me mate.

Also don't forget Southampton Chris is likely to be there, so an early start might not be the best move  :DB

What are you.....man or mouse...eek  :whi

Have you met Minnie?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 27, 2015, 02:25:07 pm
12:45/13:00 for me mate.

Also don't forget Southampton Chris is likely to be there, so an early start might not be the best move  :DB

Especially not for Ash :whi :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 27, 2015, 02:37:07 pm
Predictions posted for the first games of 2016.

http://www.thecrossedblades.com/forum/index.php?topic=88.0

I'll update the table tomorrow.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on December 27, 2015, 05:07:06 pm
I'm up for 12:30 start.

Lings did u get my text earlier?? Did you take your ticket back and need mini Vamps or can I use it for family?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 27, 2015, 06:02:36 pm
I'm up for 12:30 start.

Lings did u get my text earlier?? Did you take your ticket back and need mini Vamps or can I use it for family?

Great, see you there.......sadly Soton Chris is going straight to the ground and driving back after. That's a hell of a round trip to see us lose and play shit  )O(  :DD  :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 28, 2015, 08:18:43 am
I'm up for 12:30 start.

Lings did u get my text earlier?? Did you take your ticket back and need mini Vamps or can I use it for family?

Great, see you there.......sadly Soton Chris is going straight to the ground and driving back after. That's a hell of a round trip to see us lose and play shit  )O(  :DD  :whi

At least it saves you another hangover... :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 28, 2015, 08:22:49 am
Predictions posted for the first games of 2016.

http://www.thecrossedblades.com/forum/index.php?topic=88.0

I'll update the table tomorrow.

Bolts____________   160
Eeyore__________   143
Bognor__________   130
Stabo___________   124
Malaysia________   104
Lings___________   62
Shadow_________   53
Youfy___________   40
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: S36Reject on December 28, 2015, 10:43:06 am
My round in't Dev at 1ish.

43 and counting today  ???  :ok:  :DA :DA :DA :DA :DA
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 28, 2015, 10:53:29 am
Happy Birthday Dane  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on December 28, 2015, 02:37:07 pm
My round in't Dev at 1ish.

43 and counting today  ???  :ok:  :DA :DA :DA :DA :DA

 :DD :DD :DD :DD :DD ye right!

Happy birthday dude!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on December 28, 2015, 02:37:29 pm

Blades: Long, Brayford, Basham, Coutts, Sharp, Done, Collins, Woolford, McEveley, Edgar, Hammond.
Subs: Howard, Flynn, Baxter, Sammon, Campbell-Ryce, Reed, K Wallace.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 28, 2015, 02:50:49 pm
My round in't Dev at 1ish.

43 and counting today  ???  :ok:  :DA :DA :DA :DA :DA

Have a great birthday Dane... :DG :DG :DG :DG :DG :DG :DG
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Post by: lingsbord on December 28, 2015, 06:01:36 pm
Very sound, solid performance today.

Coutts had his best game for us by far. Hammond played well too, as did Basham and Long but for me, MOTM goes to Sharp. SO clever you have to watch the guy to see his qualities over a full game - brilliant the way he plays the percentages to gain advantage. Never stopped running, created several opportunities, and scored a brilliant goal. Take a bow son but Coutts oushed you close today.

COYRAWW!
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Post by: Eeyore on December 28, 2015, 06:23:09 pm
Not a great first half apart from Billy's goal, which was excellent  :ok:

Much better second half and a fully deserved win today. Every player had a good game, including Woolford and the lucky JMac, who could easily have seen red again in the first half. Stand out performers were Long, Beard, Coutts, Hammond, Basham and Billy.....as Lings said, Billy was superb today and MOM although for me, Bash was a very close second. Woolford should not be starting and when Flynn came on towards the end he looked soooooo much better......should be starting instead of Woolford, end of.

Great day and great win  :ok:

UTB
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Post by: lingsbord on December 28, 2015, 06:32:46 pm
Hopefully Flynnaldo will be back and starting asap. Hammond/Coutts/Basham are becoming a solid CMF but we do have to add creativity to the mix and Flynn delivers it along with the hard work and tracking back. He looked so composed when he came on today - give the lad a run.

It's not going to be easy, but if we can beat the teams above us as we play them we're in with a shout. We suddenly look like a team.
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Post by: lingsbord on December 28, 2015, 07:13:30 pm
Dane where's the photo from today in The Cat?
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Post by: Staboblade on December 29, 2015, 10:06:27 am
Sounded a good game yesterday and a well deserved 3pts but I don't want to rely on this team for the rest of the season, it's shown what it can do IF it raises it's game but it's keeping that level of effort that's going to be the problem. Let's get some good signings in to give us a good chance of top 6 and who knows after that. All in all though it's been a good December with 4 straight wins and only 1 goal conceded, keep it up team... :ok:
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Post by: BoltonBlade on December 29, 2015, 04:43:45 pm
Just watched the highlights and it did look like a good performance.

Billy's goal was an excellent finish. How the f..k did Sammon miss that chance. I think anyone in here could have scored that one. Still he carried on and took his goal well. I am not convinced however, that he is good enough. He is no better than either McNulty or Higdon. Nice to see Edgar get on the scoresheet as well.

The midfield is still not good enough. Yes, Coutts did appear to have a good game, and Hammond got some mentions on BP. Woolford is not good enough and maybe Che will come back in on Saturday.

McEverley is a liability at LB, so maybe time for Wallace to get a game.

Another 3 points on Saturday and we may just sneak into the play off spots. I think that has to be our aim as I don't think we can get into the top 2. Still, only halfway through the season, so there is still a chance if we can get some good signings in during January.
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Post by: BoltonBlade on December 29, 2015, 05:08:27 pm
Just another question.

How has Long been playing recently? Is he now the number 1 instead of Howard?
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Post by: Eeyore on December 29, 2015, 05:14:13 pm
Just watched the highlights and it did look like a good performance.

Billy's goal was an excellent finish. How the f..k did Sammon miss that chance. I think anyone in here could have scored that one. Still he carried on and took his goal well. I am not convinced however, that he is good enough. He is no better than either McNulty or Higdon. Nice to see Edgar get on the scoresheet as well.

The midfield is still not good enough. Yes, Coutts did appear to have a good game, and Hammond got some mentions on BP. Woolford is not good enough and maybe Che will come back in on Saturday.

McEverley is a liability at LB, so maybe time for Wallace to get a game.

Another 3 points on Saturday and we may just sneak into the play off spots. I think that has to be our aim as I don't think we can get into the top 2. Still, only halfway through the season, so there is still a chance if we can get some good signings in during January.

Bolts, if our MF carries on playing like they did yesterday it's plenty good enough although Woolford, decent game apart, should not be in the starting line up. Basham, Hammond and Coutts were all excellent  :ok:

As for Long, yes he is playing well and has made a number of excellent saves recently and is starting to look more confident........what is it now, 4 clean sheets in a row?
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Post by: Staboblade on December 29, 2015, 06:17:29 pm

Bolts, if our MF carries on playing like they did yesterday it's plenty good enough although Woolford, decent game apart, should not be in the starting line up. Basham, Hammond and Coutts were all excellent  :ok:

As for Long, yes he is playing well and has made a number of excellent saves recently and is starting to look more confident........what is it now, 4 clean sheets in a row?

No they scored yesterday! ;-)
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on December 29, 2015, 07:33:31 pm

Bolts, if our MF carries on playing like they did yesterday it's plenty good enough although Woolford, decent game apart, should not be in the starting line up. Basham, Hammond and Coutts were all excellent  :ok:

As for Long, yes he is playing well and has made a number of excellent saves recently and is starting to look more confident........what is it now, 4 clean sheets in a row?

No they scored yesterday! ;-)

Oh yeah the win was so comfortable I'd forgot  :whi

Wasn't it 3 or 4 clean sheets before yesterday though?
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Post by: Staboblade on December 29, 2015, 09:01:15 pm

Bolts, if our MF carries on playing like they did yesterday it's plenty good enough although Woolford, decent game apart, should not be in the starting line up. Basham, Hammond and Coutts were all excellent  :ok:

As for Long, yes he is playing well and has made a number of excellent saves recently and is starting to look more confident........what is it now, 4 clean sheets in a row?

No they scored yesterday! ;-)

Oh yeah the win was so comfortable I'd forgot  :whi

Wasn't it 3 or 4 clean sheets before yesterday though?

Lol...ye it was 3 mate
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 30, 2015, 09:33:22 am
Long suddenly looks like he can make it after all. A few more performances like his recent form and our desperate need for a keeper goes away.

I don't think Che automatically comes back in. I think Adkins will like this new, more solid approach and I think he's finding his settled first-team, although Flynn should certainly be playing down the right imho.

I'd be happy with 6th place  ;D
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 30, 2015, 04:09:34 pm
Long suddenly looks like he can make it after all. A few more performances like his recent form and our desperate need for a keeper goes away.

I don't think Che automatically comes back in. I think Adkins will like this new, more solid approach and I think he's finding his settled first-team, although Flynn should certainly be playing down the right imho.

I'd be happy with 6th place  ;D

If Che is fully fit then I think he give us extra bit if pace. Tell me if I'm wrong, but I don't think that Coutts, Hammond, Basham aren't that quick.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 30, 2015, 11:24:53 pm
They're not Bolts, but I think Adkins sees Che, Baxter, maybe Flynn to a degree, as being part of the problem, when Coutts, Basham and Hammond have since steadied the ship. I'd play Sharp and Adams upfront if Done doesn't recover, with Flynn down the right.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 31, 2015, 08:31:45 am
They're not Bolts, but I think Adkins sees Che, Baxter, maybe Flynn to a degree, as being part of the problem, when Coutts, Basham and Hammond have since steadied the ship. I'd play Sharp and Adams upfront if Done doesn't recover, with Flynn down the right.

So, if Hammond is recalled to Leicester at the end of Jan, unlikely I know, then Baxter will step in. Unless, of course, we can pull something out of the hat in the transfer market.

Do you see Coutts & Bash having the skill set to become the next Tonge & Brown duo?

No problem with Flynn down the right, but I would prefer a left sided winger as well. Most of us in here have been saying that for a while.
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Post by: lingsbord on December 31, 2015, 09:29:10 am
Yeah we need to free Che up from LW duties and get him playing up front. Bash and Coutts don't have the skillset of Brown and Tonge for sure, but we were better in those days all round and I think Coutts, Bash and Hammond are having to do a lot of donkey work in a defensive sense which Tonge certainly was pants at.

I can't see Leicester recalling Hammond to play at the top of the Premier League. They let him out on loan to League 1 and his contract expires in 5 months.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on December 31, 2015, 04:01:36 pm
Yeah we need to free Che up from LW duties and get him playing up front. Bash and Coutts don't have the skillset of Brown and Tonge for sure, but we were better in those days all round and I think Coutts, Bash and Hammond are having to do a lot of donkey work in a defensive sense which Tonge certainly was pants at.

I can't see Leicester recalling Hammond to play at the top of the Premier League. They let him out on loan to League 1 and his contract expires in 5 months.

Do you reckon we will sign Hammond at the end of the season??
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 31, 2015, 05:00:51 pm
I'd say it's pretty much guaranteed Bolts, and in fact I wouldn't be surprised if Leicester agreed to cancel the remainder of his contract so we could sign him permanently in January.
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Post by: BoltonBlade on December 31, 2015, 05:52:29 pm
I'd say it's pretty much guaranteed Bolts, and in fact I wouldn't be surprised if Leicester agreed to cancel the remainder of his contract so we could sign him permanently in January.

Is he that good that we would sign him? He is getting on a bit, and I would have thought he would want a fair wage. Yes, he has the experience, but shouldn't we be looking for younger players who can be with us for a few seasons?

I don't see us often enough to see how he plays, but there must be some better players out there. maybe time to take a punt on some aspiring players. Done, Wallace & Adams haven't been bad signings.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on December 31, 2015, 06:32:14 pm
We are absolutely definitely signing Hammond mate. No doubt. So far he's only impressed in (small) patches but the signs are there that he and Coutts can actually be good for us
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Post by: Vamps on January 02, 2016, 07:55:04 am
Soooo - match day. Could be a tricky one today. Can we get that 5th win in the trot. Asking a lot today I fear.

Either way I'll be in the Dev Cat about 1pm!!
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Post by: Staboblade on January 02, 2016, 02:19:14 pm
One change.....Sammon in for Done. Adams on the bench i think.
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Post by: Staboblade on January 02, 2016, 02:36:53 pm
 Long, Brayford, Basham, Coutts, Sharp, Collins, Woolford, Sammon, McEveley, Edgar, Hammond.
Subs: Howard, Flynn, Baxter, Campbell-Ryce, Reed, Adams, K Wallace.
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Post by: lingsbord on January 02, 2016, 06:14:28 pm
If we'd played like that all season we'd be way higher than we are now. We played some superb football today, especially first half, and we should have put the game to bed by half time. Sammon missed his customary wide open "your grandma could have scored" chance, we hit the woodwork twice, the keeper made some great saves. If Done had been playing we would have caused havoc because they are committed to playing the ball out from the keeper, and this created a few situations that Dome would have lapped up.

Anyway, Coutts and Hammond and Basham had a great first half and an only slightly less good second half. Posh's goals were the 3 best they'll score all season even though defensively the 1st and 3rd were poor from our point of view. Their number 10 absolutely ran the show with a masterclass in pace, vision, enthusiasm and passing ability. Look out for his goal too - what a belter. Apparently he's a bit of a journeyman having played previously at Charlton, but he looked like a Chelsea fringe player gaining first team experience!

Going forward we just need to keep playing like that BUT we need to add a top class striker to play with Sharp (Sammon isn't the man and Adams has put on too much bulk too soon to match the huge increase in attitude), and I'm sorry to say we still need a keeper because once again the opposition had a keeper I'd gladly swap for ours and I'm fed up of thinking that. Where's the new Hodgy/Tracey/Kelly/Rees ???

Lose 10 players off the staff and bring in a striker and keeper and we might just be in with a shout. Good stuff today, we really looked like a team too good for the division at times.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on January 02, 2016, 07:56:33 pm
Erhun Oztumer

49 goals in 78 games for Dulwich Hamlet before Posh took him on. He's only 24 - go and get him Nigel! Absolutely ran the show today.
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Post by: Eeyore on January 02, 2016, 08:27:16 pm
Erhun Oztumer

49 goals in 78 games for Dulwich Hamlet before Posh took him on. He's only 24 - go and get him Nigel! Absolutely ran the show today.

Kinell, Dulwich!!! Thought he would have been on loan from someone like Chelsea or Arsenal.......he was the absolute stand out player on the pitch and by far the best player I have seen at this level.

Can't add much to what Lings has said although watching live I didn't think that Long was to blame in any way for their goals as they all looked to be brilliant finishes.....for me the fault was with the defence who allowed them all to shoot. I'll watch the highlights and decide!

Rumour has it that the Gooners want Adams for £300,000 with add ons and we get 2 loanees as part of the deal.....BS for me, he may be shite right now but the potential is still there so that money is just wrong. Also, having 2 loans doesn't really help us as they will go back soon so the only winner of that deal will be Arsenal. Adams can go for me but only for much much more.

1st half today, best we've played all season, 2nd half still ok but they did a job on us and their finishing was class. Sammon cannot be allowed to waste chance after chance and that is a real concern.

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: S36Reject on January 03, 2016, 09:19:37 am
Have a slightly different view, Jekyll and Hyde performance imo.

First Half: battling, commanding, fluid, positive, Entertaining. Everything we need to be to move forward. Undone by a class finish but poor defending. Looks like George has confidence issues again, he really shouldn't have been beaten from his near post but then again the shot came from Brayford's side, all 3 did actually.
We really need to bring in some quality defence this Window, like Lings, I'm also sick of seeing better keepers than ours and it's about time that was sorted. I'd say our keepers are in the worst 5 in the division. We hit the post and bar, 2 penalty shouts 1 given but no 1 around us were confident Sharp was going to convert it. Ended the half on top as well.

Then the second half:
Missed their goal but was told they came out on top and deserved the lead, I can only take their word for it. But the second half was nothing like the first. The first touch from everyone without exception went way out of the way. If we can't keep posession after 1 touch we don't deserve anything.
The equaliser was somewhat fortunate with the ball trickling into the net with keeper stranded. The Kop's cheer sounded like it was more laughter than cheering being among it. And came against the run of play.

The difference for me was their entire midfield. Their no.10 and 7 ran the wings and middle of the park. Even when Sammon was replaced with Baxter there still wasn't much confidence coming from the stands, especially as we had dropped to a 4-5-1 when losing leaving Sharp to run about on his own. Sharp had to drop deep regular to force the ball wide as our middle of the park was pegged back in our half. So if Sharp is stuck in Midfield there's no one up front to convert what little chances we were creating then.
Their 3rd was a carbon copy of the first. The striker drifted around 5 challenges and slotted home. Poor defending again but was coming.

I have little confidence we'll sign what we need in January now that the Murphy money has disappeared into ghe abyss like the rest of the transfer funds. Adkins has said 3 must go out for any 1 to come in which suggests we are over budget on wages and there is no transfer pot which for me puts paid to our promotion hopes.
This squad can't even get us in the Play-off positions after 13 points in 5 games. What hopes do we have if this is what we have to offer. We have a poor defense with no depth, poor midfield without any attacking threat and more importantly, no goals in it. And 1 quality striker we can rely on. We have around 9 players constantly having a social in the treatment room and players out on loan that we can't recall on fire. Reports sugfest they've been told they can stay and leave if they want.
Other reports suggest that the only signings we will make are the 2 we have on loan in Hammond and Edgar which is not enough.

I'm still on a downer and probably wearing the black cloak of doom right now but as the post match reaction says from the posh fans:
"We were not the better team on the day, we are a better team in general!" And "Sheff United a club that will never get out of League 1".
They are right, we aren't a team at all, too few partners on the field.
Sheff Utd can't even get in the play-offs never mind our history involving them. 15 points off the top 2 is too much a gap to make up so only tells me we are here for a 6th consecutive season and yet again we've sold the family silver for nothing and to the detriment of the playing side. So for now..... onwards and hope for upwards at some point in the future. UTB
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Post by: BoltonBlade on January 03, 2016, 09:22:28 am
Another very disappointing home display.

Listening to the match I couldn't believe that we went in at half time only drawing. We did sound to be playing some excellent football, but couldn't get the vital touch to score. Committed the cardinal sin of allowing the opposition to score straight after the break. We then seemed to struggle for a while and eventually sneaked an equalizer. What do we do then? Let them go straight up the pitch to get the winner.

BL is not the fortress it once was, and that needs to be sorted. Do the fans get at the players too much, or is it just the pressure of needing to win at home?

Definitely need some action in the transfer window. Need a big striker as Sammon is not the answer. Do we bring McNulty or Higdon back as they are no worse?

Is the midfield strong enough, or do we need an attacking CM? Coutts sounded very good yesterday, but still not sure about Woolford or Hammond?

Not sure we need a keeper. I still think Long is good enough, and Howard and Willis are not that bad. I think the midfield allows teams to surge forward and get in shots from distance.

Interesting point made about the Peterboro player who they got from Dulwich. There are definitely players out there in the lower leagues. Vardy was missed by the pigs when at Stocksbridge PS. Adams & Wallace were good buys from Ilkeston. Stuart Pearce came from Wealdstone.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on January 03, 2016, 09:56:13 am
Predictions posted for next week. There are some interesting matches to have a go at.

http://www.thecrossedblades.com/forum/index.php?topic=92.0

Updated table below. Wonder why no one predicted Chesterfield's 7-1 win yesterday. Must be the Morgs effect.

Bolts____________   161
Eeyore__________   148
Bognor__________   133
Stabo___________   132
Malaysia________   110
Lings___________   71
Shadow_________   53
Youfy___________   40
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on January 03, 2016, 12:40:28 pm
We were the better team yesterday for long periods of the game. Posh had 3 outstanding INDIVIDUALS and scored with 2 speculative efforts and one defensive cock-up. Take the Turk out of their side and they were nothing yesterday. He was the difference and he isn't a team.

Our first defeat in 5 games and in the last 2 we've played some excellent stuff. Like it or not we are improving and we will finish top 6 comfortably. It's still hugely disappointing to be this far off the pace and still below all 3 promoted sides, but if we're 6th or better by May that'll do for me.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on January 03, 2016, 02:20:31 pm
Just watched the highlights. As Lings says we did play some good football. Billy worked his balls off to try to get things going.

Can't fault Long for the first. Superb strike. The second looked to get a deflection, and the third was poor defending to let him wriggle through our defence.

Nice, comical OG for us as well.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on January 04, 2016, 11:21:53 am
Saw this and made me chuckle!!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on January 04, 2016, 11:49:04 am
 :cheer:

quality that Vamps.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on January 04, 2016, 01:03:35 pm
This is a bummer from our perspective....
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/newcastle-extend-adam-armstrong-loan-10673470
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: S36Reject on January 04, 2016, 01:55:11 pm
Where's Stabo these days?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on January 04, 2016, 02:03:15 pm
Where's Stabo these days?

It's only 2 days since his last post!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on January 04, 2016, 02:46:37 pm
McNulty staying at Pompey until end of season. Not a surprise.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on January 04, 2016, 04:59:03 pm
Where's Stabo these days?

He's in the chat room every game, but he was very unhappy after Saturday's performance.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on January 04, 2016, 05:37:05 pm
The match at Bury is on the 30th January. Is anyone planning on coming over? if so, please, please, can someone get me 3 tickets?

Thanks,
Bolts.....
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on January 04, 2016, 06:52:17 pm
The match at Bury is on the 30th January. Is anyone planning on coming over? if so, please, please, can someone get me 3 tickets?

Thanks,
Bolts.....

Bolton - might be better to post a seperate thread for this so any answers don't get lost.

No plans from me at this stage to go, but who knows if this will change!!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on January 04, 2016, 06:53:36 pm
Where's Stabo these days?

He's in the chat room every game, but he was very unhappy after Saturday's performance.

Performance or result?? The performance was nothing to be disappointed about and IMHO we deserved to win it and at the very least get a draw. The result yes was disappointing!!!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on January 05, 2016, 11:28:45 am
Looks like Nick Blackman is going to the Pigs........his form has been patchy since he left us due to injuries and non selection but he's certainly on fire this season with 12 goals, so a decent signing for them I reckon.  )O(
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on January 05, 2016, 01:12:27 pm
 :DD :DD

Shirt Sponsor Adidas chairman expresses concern over Man Utd's playing style...........feckin dread to think what he thinks of ours   :DD :DD

Then again, I doubt that our sponsorship deal is worth £75 million..........
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on January 05, 2016, 04:30:17 pm
Where's Stabo these days?

He's in the chat room every game, but he was very unhappy after Saturday's performance.

Performance or result?? The performance was nothing to be disappointed about and IMHO we deserved to win it and at the very least get a draw. The result yes was disappointing!!!

I think it was the result. We both listened to the same commentary and it did sound as though we played well, especially first half.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on January 06, 2016, 08:21:45 am
http://www.sufc.co.uk/news/article/sheffield-united-nigel-adkins-2886450.aspx

Now there's a surprise - although I hope they mean will be announce of Friday 8th January!!!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on January 06, 2016, 12:45:48 pm
Nick Blackman signed for Derby. Reading had a bid from the Filth accepted, but Blackman turned them down  :DD Once a Blade...........
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on January 06, 2016, 01:12:55 pm
Nick Blackman signed for Derby. Reading had a bid from the Filth accepted, but Blackman turned them down  :DD Once a Blade...........

Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah........................


Now that's Karma  :whi :whi :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on January 06, 2016, 02:06:18 pm
You evil get!  :yikes:


 :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on January 06, 2016, 02:31:42 pm
You evil get!  :yikes:


 :DD

 :DD :DD :DD 'kin Mods/Admin
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on January 06, 2016, 03:29:07 pm
You evil get!  :yikes:


 :DD

 :DD :DD :DD 'kin Mods/Admin

 :whi :whi :whi :whi :whi

I have no idea what you mean

 :whi :whi :whi :whi :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on January 06, 2016, 04:15:50 pm
You evil get!  :yikes:


 :DD

 :DD :DD :DD 'kin Mods/Admin

 :whi :whi :whi :whi :whi

I have no idea what you mean

 :whi :whi :whi :whi :whi

Reckon that might put a stop to Lings's silly and immature antics now  :whi :whi :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on January 06, 2016, 07:05:03 pm
You evil get!  :yikes:


 :DD

 :DD :DD :DD 'kin Mods/Admin

 :whi :whi :whi :whi :whi

I have no idea what you mean

 :whi :whi :whi :whi :whi

Reckon that might put a stop to Lings's silly and immature antics now  :whi :whi :whi

Du Pain, Du Vin, Du Pot, Du Kettle, Du Boursin Monsieur le Eee-Aww
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on January 06, 2016, 07:13:20 pm
You evil get!  :yikes:


 :DD

 :DD :DD :DD 'kin Mods/Admin

 :whi :whi :whi :whi :whi

I have no idea what you mean

 :whi :whi :whi :whi :whi

Reckon that might put a stop to Lings's silly and immature antics now  :whi :whi :whi

Du Pain, Du Vin, Du Pot, Du Kettle, Du Boursin Monsieur le Eee-Aww

D'accord Monsieur  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on January 07, 2016, 09:17:12 am
If anyone hears of a spare ticket going for Satdi please let me know
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on January 07, 2016, 12:07:34 pm
Someone was selling two on Twitter. Think it was retweeted by S24SU if you want to check mate.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on January 07, 2016, 12:41:33 pm
Cheers Roma I'll try to take a look if I can overcome my technophobia
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on January 07, 2016, 03:08:55 pm
Jim Phipps is also running a survey on FB and Twitter with the prize being 2 tickets.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on January 07, 2016, 05:39:52 pm
someone else posted on s24su he had one available. I thought I'd be too late because there were a few PMs went his way, but for some bizarre reason it looks like he wants me to have it  :ok:

MAJOR brownie points  :cheer:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on January 07, 2016, 07:23:43 pm
ticket in hand - aren't Blades brilliant?  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on January 07, 2016, 07:38:37 pm
DUDES

For the Manc trip if there's Vamps, Soton Chris, Ash, Me, Dane, Zach and Molly should we split the cost of hiring a people carrier from Enterprise? Including fuel and parking £15 each round trip?

let me know asap so I can sort it
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on January 07, 2016, 10:13:26 pm
DUDES

For the Manc trip if there's Vamps, Soton Chris, Ash, Me, Dane, Zach and Molly should we split the cost of hiring a people carrier from Enterprise? Including fuel and parking £15 each round trip?

let me know asap so I can sort it

Nothing needed for me matey - Me and Mrs V going across early and staying overnight - Mrs V off shopping!!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on January 07, 2016, 10:28:18 pm
Of course - you're the beer-hound for the day.  :ok:

just the 6 of us in the pickup then  :DD

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on January 07, 2016, 11:17:12 pm
Of course - you're the beer-hound for the day.  :ok:

just the 6 of us in the pickup then  :DD

I'm sure you can fit Dane in the flatbed  :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: S36Reject on January 08, 2016, 09:19:10 pm
I'm back on meds so can't drink, so thinking of driving instead. If anyone wants to jump in, your more than welcome.

Other than that, where's the best place to park?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on January 08, 2016, 09:29:08 pm
I'm back on meds so can't drink, so thinking of driving instead. If anyone wants to jump in, your more than welcome.

Other than that, where's the best place to park?

Mainly on street parking but if you head for Salford Quays, which is about a 10 min walk away, parking is very reasonable and easy to get out of afterwards. Spend £5 in shops/bars/restaurants and it's free. Planning to get there around 3ish. Probably head for Lime or Dockside.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on January 08, 2016, 10:37:17 pm
Dane if you're driving over, make sure you hook up with us mate.

Vamps - find the boozer early doors and text us with the deets.

Ash and Soton Chris - meet at Broadfield pub at 1:30/1:45?

What a day this is going to be  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on January 08, 2016, 10:47:35 pm
Dane if you're driving over, make sure you hook up with us mate.

Vamps - find the boozer early doors and text us with the deets.

Ash and Soton Chris - meet at Broadfield pub at 1:30/1:45?

What a day this is going to be  :ok:

Lings - will be there 3ish and as I said will be Lime or Dockside in Salford Quays - lime sounds nice based on our away kit, but dockside bit more of an ale based boozer!!!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: S36Reject on January 08, 2016, 11:47:41 pm
I'll go for parking at Salford Quays then. Due to the problems commonly at Tintwhistle think I'll set off at about 12ish.  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on January 09, 2016, 04:38:01 pm
Long, Brayford, Basham, Coutts, Sharp, Collins, Woolford, Sammon, McEveley, Edgar, Hammond

Subs :- Howard, Flynn, Baxter, Done, Campbell-Ryce, Reed, Adams

I bet Manure are crapping themselves at the prospect of Woolfood Sammon and McEverley playing.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on January 09, 2016, 06:00:35 pm
From BBC radio 5-Live

This Sheffield United team are huge, especially Conor Sammon - he looks like a monster."
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Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Shadow49 on January 09, 2016, 09:22:03 pm
Well, just about calmed down enough to post......................You fucking cheating Manc Bastards!

Tell you what though, I've found a new way to watch footy. Watched via a link to Fox Sports US. Same English commentary but the half time/full time reviews were about the most honest I've ever heard. Totally unbiased and ripping Manure to shreds whilst praising Blades without being condescending.
Full time whistle blows and they go straight to the analysis team as LVG walked off with a face like a smacked arse and the 'fans' giving him the bird; one of the US commentators comes out with the best comment I've heard in ages..... "And neither he or the Manure fans should be celebrating such a hollow victory".
Not a truer word spoken all day.
Gutted.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on January 10, 2016, 08:48:09 am
Proud of the Blades yesterday, players and fans. Let's be honest we were never going to score the way we played but fully deserved to take that back to BDTBL where we would probably have had a better chance of beating them. We clearly went out with the intention of not losing and at half time the discussion was about whether we'd hold out until 65-70 mins and then have a go.

Sharp substitute seemed a strange one, but he was getting absolutely nothing. However Sammon was next to useless (can't describe him as useless because that would be too kind!!) despite him having what I think was our only shot on target in the first half.

For me this was a game set up for Flynn and JCR to have a go down the wings and stretch Manure and sure enough when Flynn came on he looked a real live wire.

The fans were immense. Never stopped singing the whole way through and it wasn't really until about the 80th minute that we heard anything from the Mancs - and that was in retaliation to our polite enquirY about the fire drill as they started deserting the stadium!!!

Loved the chant at Rooney "Your just a shit Billy Sharp"

The honesty of the Manure fans last night was great to see. Lots of "We didn't deserve to win that", "if you had a quick striker up front you'd have won that", "made us look very ordinary" etc etc. They really aren't happy with LVG.

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on January 10, 2016, 09:07:49 am
Predictions posted for next week.

I'll do this weeks results tomorrow after the remaining matches have been played.

http://www.thecrossedblades.com/forum/index.php?topic=95.0
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on January 10, 2016, 09:12:31 am
Under our bedroom door this morning

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=938219016254458&id=167370306672670&substory_index=0

Doesn't that just say it all about their fans!!!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on January 10, 2016, 09:16:31 am
Due to other committments I didn't watch the match and only listened to the first 20 mins.

As Vamps says the MUFC fans don't like LVG. The ones that texted me last night all said we were very unlucky and wanted us to win so that LVG might be sacked.

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on January 10, 2016, 09:26:24 am
Under our bedroom door this morning

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=938219016254458&id=167370306672670&substory_index=0

Doesn't that just say it all about their fans!!!

That's a bizarre time scale for Breakfast, 8:00 - 12:00. What happened to the normal 6:30 - 09:30?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on January 10, 2016, 10:19:19 am
Hugely disappointed with the result but proud of the superb defensive display and every player except Sammon, who was dire. Clearly we set up to draw and get a replay and that almost worked. However, it could be argued that we should have gone for it more with 15 mins or so to go and brought on JCR and Adams to really have a go. That might have worked but on reflection I believe that NA was probably right to go for the replay, which would have been our best chance of beating them. If we had attacked more towards the end we would have lost our defensive shape and been much more likely to concede.

My nephew (a Man U fan!) texted me to say how unlucky we were and that it wasn't a penalty as Memphis dived.....just seen the replay and have to disagree, it was a pen nailed on.

Fans were superb and never stopped singing throughout......it's amazing how so many fans can be so quiet! The first I heard of the home fans was the cheer when the pen was awarded.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on January 10, 2016, 11:45:38 am
Listening to the comms Vamps got it spot on, we went out not to lose and i think we had 1 chance on goal to their 2 chances, which is fair enough being an average lge 1 side playing at Old Trafford. Taking Billy off for Flynn did seem strange at the time because he is the kind of player that can do nothing all game and then pop up with a goal but I read that Billy had an injection in his foot before the game so perhaps that's why he got took off. In that case i'd like to have seen Adams come on for him but it seems NA is still punishing him for his red card etc.

 Let's hope we can strengthen very soon because if we're serious about top 6 we'll need to. A proper LWer, a tough CMer, and a tough big striker are needed IMO and possibly a CB to bring some competition there.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on January 10, 2016, 01:16:35 pm
What a great day  :ok:

75,000 attendance and there were pins dropping all over the Stretford End - brilliant.

It was definitely a pen. A shame really because Hammond just needed to block him off and Brayford would have come in to clear up. Sunday Times though wondered why the player had to indulge in a "silly and melodramatic dive to the ground" after such a mild knock to his padded shin.

Whatever - brilliant occasion and we came out with heads high. Great stuff and great to hook up with the usual suspects again - some great beer and some aquaplaning fun near edale on the way home  :yikes:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on January 10, 2016, 03:58:46 pm
Updated predictions...

Well done to Stabo with the best score this week (15)

Bolts____________   172
Eeyore__________   157
Stabo___________   147
Bognor__________   142
Malaysia________   110
Lings___________   81
Shadow_________   53
Youfy___________   40


Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on January 11, 2016, 01:41:20 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/35282080

 :DD :DD :DD :DD :DD :DD :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on January 11, 2016, 02:19:23 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/35282080

 :DD :DD :DD :DD :DD :DD :DD

No, it was a fire drill...........

Sadly the same applies to 25% of the crowd at BDTBL as well
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on January 11, 2016, 03:56:25 pm
LVG now saying people left early because of traffic  ???

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on January 11, 2016, 03:58:04 pm
Just seen this headline from Derby's OS:

"Sammon Stars as Blades Run Man Utd Close" - what ??? he was the worst player on the pitch by a country mile!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on January 11, 2016, 04:54:14 pm
Just seen this headline from Derby's OS:

"Sammon Stars as Blades Run Man Utd Close" - what ??? he was the worst player on the pitch by a country mile!

They always do like to take the piss.....
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on January 11, 2016, 05:04:18 pm
Just seen this headline from Derby's OS:

"Sammon Stars as Blades Run Man Utd Close" - what ??? he was the worst player on the pitch by a country mile!

 :DD :DD :DD

TBH he's probably scored more goals than we expected but we need a big target man who can feckin' jump more than 2" off the ground.... send him back and get some one in.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on January 11, 2016, 05:07:08 pm
Just seen this headline from Derby's OS:

"Sammon Stars as Blades Run Man Utd Close" - what ??? he was the worst player on the pitch by a country mile!

 :DD :DD :DD

TBH he's probably scored more goals than we expected but we need a big target man who can feckin' jump more than 2" off the ground.... send him back and get some one in.

Totally agree. He is no better than McNulty or Higdon.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on January 11, 2016, 07:21:54 pm
This is what we could have won:-

Derby C Away.....lol

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on January 11, 2016, 09:06:14 pm
Just seen this headline from Derby's OS:

"Sammon Stars as Blades Run Man Utd Close" - what ??? he was the worst player on the pitch by a country mile!

 :DD :DD :DD

TBH he's probably scored more goals than we expected but we need a big target man who can feckin' jump more than 2" off the ground.... send him back and get some one in.

Totally agree. He is no better than McNulty or Higdon.

McNulty's the 2nd best striker on our books.....and he doesn't play for us. Wonder why we're 9th?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on January 12, 2016, 09:35:28 am
I agree Sammon isn't the man for the job, but I also think neither are McNulty or Higdon.  They hardly set the place alight when they were here. McNulty's doing well (in the 4th division) and Higdons doing averagely in a shit team.

If McNulty is going to be a good Blades striker, it isn't this year.  If his development keeps going well at Pompey he'll get another chance.

My memories of McNulty are someone who can score a spectacular but largely did nothing else for the rest of the game.

Let's forget these two and get someone else in (alas I think we'll be stuck with Sammon though).
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on January 12, 2016, 05:03:39 pm
Just to let you all know, I've taken the liberty of creating a Crossed Blades user on the new MatchDayMe app.

If anyone has the app (in Beta test) or gets it when it goes live in the next week or so, you can use the following credentials to login as TheCrossedBlades to post on behalf of the boozer.

Username: TheCrossedBlades
Password: United1889
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on January 12, 2016, 06:18:00 pm
Looks like no Billy or JMac tonight, both injured.

Good chance for Done or Adams to impress up front.......is Harris fit or will Wallace play LB?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on January 12, 2016, 06:26:24 pm
anyone else think the halibut will play on his own up front with Done or Adams hugging the touchline?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on January 12, 2016, 06:37:28 pm
Dane was saying on What's App that DCL will play.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on January 12, 2016, 06:38:51 pm
So he'll play behind the sole striker? (see what I did there?)
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on January 12, 2016, 07:21:28 pm
So he'll play behind the sole striker? (see what I did there?)

Stop carping on......oh, and what's your Poisson tonight?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on January 12, 2016, 07:38:29 pm
Looks like no Billy or JMac tonight, both injured.

Good chance for Done or Adams to impress up front.......is Harris fit or will Wallace play LB?

Billy & JMac both playing
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on January 12, 2016, 07:38:54 pm
So he'll play behind the sole striker? (see what I did there?)

Stop carping on......oh, and what's your Poisson tonight?

There's some flippin bad jokes in here tonight with no porpoise.....
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on January 12, 2016, 07:39:28 pm
Dane was saying on What's App that DCL will play.

Not even on the bench
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on January 12, 2016, 07:41:19 pm
So he'll play behind the sole striker? (see what I did there?)

Stop carping on......oh, and what's your Poisson tonight?

There's some flippin bad jokes in here tonight with no porpoise.....

But they having a whale of a time
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on January 12, 2016, 07:47:59 pm
So he'll play behind the sole striker? (see what I did there?)

Stop carping on......oh, and what's your Poisson tonight?

Not the chocolate Trout

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on January 13, 2016, 08:51:31 am
In the end, a great point last night. Wigan could have been 5 up by the time we started scoring and we were poor for periods of the game (better in others, we did have our moments) and yes, when you score 3 goals away from home you're disappointed not to win it but that last 20 minutes showed that we do have some quality when we're properly at it. It just seemed that after the 3rd Wigan goal Billy Sharp just thought "hang on, bollocks to this" and started playing as we know he can. I also think Done's value to this side was clear last night. He's the only one that thinks "what if?" and follows everything in to try to pick up any scraps or put pressure on people. I really like the guy's energy and desire and wish a few more could learn from him.

Adkins claims we can still make top 2. I think he's talking bollocks because there are too many clubs too far away from us, but we're only 3 points outside the top 6 and we're there despite not playing any consistently good football, so if we get a decent run going we could cement a playoff place and that would do for me this season.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on January 13, 2016, 09:10:51 am
It was an excellent point last night considering we were out of it after 65 mins. I have watched the highlights on Sky, and it did look like a very open game, with poor defending and mistakes by both teams. Yes, the ref got in the way of a pass for their first goal, but it was far enough out for us to have defended it.

I do like Done, and he does have a poachers instinct. All he needs is a good, injury free, run. Maybe if the midfield starting to shoot more he may get more chances from rebounds.

Lets now hope there is some action in the transfer market to ensure that we do get in the play offs. Adkins must have been drinking something if he thinks we can get in the top 2. Not a prayer unless there is a monumental f**k up by the teams above us.

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on January 13, 2016, 09:51:28 am
Yep, great point considering  :ok:

Auto is pie in the sky really although I suppose until it's mathematically impossible NA will have to say it's achievable. We would need a near miracle and go on a huge winning streak to include wins against all the top 6, apart from Posh who we've already played twice.

No, play offs is the realistic aim and that is achievable if we get some consistency.

UTB  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on January 13, 2016, 10:19:51 am
Bollox Top 2......................we should be going for the title  :whi :whi :roll: :roll:

Get the beers in!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: S36Reject on January 13, 2016, 01:06:51 pm
Promotion.
3 points behind 6th :ok: doable
11 points behind 4th  :-\ consistent run, doable
13 points behind 2nd  :-[ 13 game winning run to me..... erm
14 points off Top  :DD :DD pipe dream.....

DCL.
Spoke to his Dad this Morning. DCL is not happy. He was told to travel as Sammon is tired and Sharp and Done are carrying knocks. To not even make the bench he is disappointed and wishes he hadn't come back from Northampton where he was getting consistent games and he was well thought of by fans and Management. Think we'll be seeing him back out on loan very soon.

Gunna have to dust off the lappy soon to join you's in the chat room. Off to Beckingham this weekend with no internet so any updates by text etc would be most welcome...... please

Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on January 13, 2016, 01:52:29 pm
I can understand DCL being disappointed not to have been included in the squad although to be fair he was recalled as cover in the event of Sammon, Sharp or Done not being fit. It turned out that they were all fit enough to be included in the squad so he shouldn't expect to jump ahead of them if that's the case. He's a very promising young player and his spell at Northampton will have done him the world of good in his development. If SUFC didn't rate him I'm sure they would be trying to offload him rather than bring him back. If he goes out on loan again for the rest of the season it's not a problem as he's one for the future. Stay patient lad, keep working and doing well and your chance will come soon  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on January 13, 2016, 02:34:43 pm
Just watched the highlights and on those alone it looked like a pretty good game and littered with mistakes on both sides.

If 11 points is do-able then 2 more points is also do-able surely?

Personally, I think making up 11 points on teams like Wigan is going to be challenging, as even if we go on a run we need some of the others to have a seam of poor form too. Without some good signings in Jan, I can't see us putting the type of run together needed to pull back 11 points - so let's see if the rhetoric this time comes to anything.

Regarding DCL, NA has already been on record saying that he expects him to go back out on loan as he's one for the future and wants him to get games. I'd be disappointed if he wasn't disappointed for not being picked to be honest.  As a pro footballer he's going to get a lot more, more serious knocks so if he can't take a set back he needs to work on his temperament as I have news for the young man. Life is crappity smacking full of hard knock.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on January 13, 2016, 03:33:00 pm
That's the point Roma, there are too many teams that need a major loss of points for our good form to make the difference. I just don't see all of the top four hitting such a bad run of form that we can overhaul them. Beating all of them in the return fixtures would help though!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on January 13, 2016, 04:43:33 pm
Good point last night in the end and i bet Wigan fans are slating their team. The problem we have is too many inconsistent players who are inconsistent within games, let alone through the season. That's why we'll struggle to make any headway up the table unless we get some real strength in the team.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on January 13, 2016, 06:49:22 pm
We have some very good players but I still think NA is playing the "not lose" game instead of the Burton/Walsall/Coventry/Gillingham/Wigan "score many goals" game.

A genuine 4-3-3 could rip this division a new 'un
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on January 13, 2016, 08:02:00 pm
I wasn't saying 11 points will be easy, but if we can make up 11 then we can make up 13...

That said, if we beat the teams above us in the return legs, that would effectively cut the deficit to 9 points instead of 11. That's only 3 wins more than the teams above us...  It's all still possible but ONLY if we make the right signings in Jan AND go on an almighty winning run...

It ain't over until the fat lady does one.

That's the point Roma, there are too many teams that need a major loss of points for our good form to make the difference. I just don't see all of the top four hitting such a bad run of form that we can overhaul them. Beating all of them in the return fixtures would help though!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on January 13, 2016, 08:46:53 pm
We have some very good players but I still think NA is playing the "not lose" game instead of the Burton/Walsall/Coventry/Gillingham/Wigan "score many goals" game.

A genuine 4-3-3 could rip this division a new 'un

NC played the "not lose" first, game, and so did DW.....that tells me higher up wants this style and it'll keep us in lge 1 for many moons to come. We have some talented players that are probably better suited to the Championship but we don't have the players that can naturally battle, we don't have a solid spine to the team to be able to "not lose" games first.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on January 13, 2016, 09:57:27 pm
looking at recent history, you don't get out of this league by starting a game with "not losing" as the target. pace, power, goals.........promotion
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on January 14, 2016, 08:13:29 am
looking at recent history, you don't get out of this league by starting a game with "not losing" as the target. pace, power, goals.........promotion

Ye we've lacked all of them in recent seasons so agree on all counts.... :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on January 15, 2016, 01:30:40 pm
I personally buy into the 'not losing' approach.  Only I'd have a slightly different strategy to achieve it...

I would aim to not lose by being 3-0 up by half time - Dave Basset style!!!  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on January 15, 2016, 02:12:25 pm
FFS:
http://www.sufc.co.uk/news/article/sheffield-united-colchester-united-nigel-adkins-2901980.aspx

Wouldn't it be good if for once NA said something like:

"Nothing is ever straightforward, but on paper we're 100 times better than Colchester and all being well we're going to go there with a view to giving them a right old battering. I'm sure they'll want to say something about that being at home and all, but frankly, they're relegation fodder and we're looking for promotion so we're going to attack them and see what happens."
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on January 15, 2016, 04:48:07 pm
It would be good for him to say that. Breath-holding remains optional in the meantime though
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on January 16, 2016, 02:14:01 pm
Long, Brayford, Basham, Coutts, Sharp, Done, Collins, Woolford, McEveley, Edgar, Hammond

Subs:- Howard, Flynn, Baxter, Sammon, Campbell-Ryce, Reed, Adams
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on January 16, 2016, 05:48:59 pm
Absolute bobbar

Terrible performance against a side who bossed us for large parts of the second half. 2 shots on target in the entire game against a side that's now rock bottom of the division. Yes we got 3 points but FFS we were shite overall.

btw SIGN Moncur! (but only if you're happy for him to go forwards!)

The points gap to the top 2 or 3 is mathematically achievable but how can you hope to claw it back playing like that? Piss poor today.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on January 17, 2016, 09:14:20 am
Predictions for next week posted.

http://www.thecrossedblades.com/forum/index.php?topic=96.0

Lates table...

Bolts____________   179
Eeyore__________   157
Bognor__________   150
Stabo___________   147
Malaysia________   121
Lings___________   91
Shadow_________   53
Youfy___________   40
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on January 17, 2016, 09:17:47 am
Absolute bobbar

Terrible performance against a side who bossed us for large parts of the second half. 2 shots on target in the entire game against a side that's now rock bottom of the division. Yes we got 3 points but FFS we were shite overall.

btw SIGN Moncur! (but only if you're happy for him to go forwards!)

The points gap to the top 2 or 3 is mathematically achievable but how can you hope to claw it back playing like that? Piss poor today.

Can't disagree with owt of the above. It was dire, and we were very very lucky to get the three points. Could that be a turning point for our season?

Just a correction Lings, we had 4 shots on target from 7 attempts. That is according to the 100% accurate BBC :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on January 17, 2016, 10:04:34 am
Here's my view, and some views from the two Tractor Boys who went with Harry and I to watch...

For me it was a game of two halves.

First half we were comfortable, without impressing.  A handful of panicky moments apart, the defence was solid and the midfield bossed the game - BUT they bossed it in the 2nd quarter, i.e. in the area between our own penalty box and the half way line.

On a few occasions it was clear the full backs had been told not to push on.  Bradford, for example, clearly wanted to go on an overlap to pick the ball up from Hammond or Basham, but hesitated his run and in the end we had to go backwards or sideways.

On several occasions we had men (2 or 3) over out wide, and we switched play ok, but was too slow in doing so and Colchester moved over to cover.  Then the ball went back the other way.  Great if you're looking not to lose, and maybe snatch a winner.

Too often, we'd pass it around comfortably, then Colchester would close the avenues forward and we'd resort to the long ball, which with two small strikers was never going to work (apart from the first goal - see below).

Collins, btw, had a great first half and won just about every header and every 50:50 challenge.

Sharp looked the difference between the two sides and his extra bit of quality was evident throughout the game.  Done was like a headless chicken and should have been subbed much sooner.

Sharp's goal was a contradiction to my point above about long balls not working. Colchester threw their big defenders forward for a corner or FK (can't remember which) and left their smallest fullback on Sharp. Big mistake. Fantastic long ball from Long (I think) and Sharp managed to win the header and get the ball down, before looking like he'd lost the ball in his feet, and then recovering to score.

After this I thought the gates would open, but no. We persevered with the containing game and to be honest, Colchester rarely looked like troubling us.

Just for balance, I think NA's approach was to prevent them hitting us on the break like they did at out place - fair enough.

Our problem is, when a space to move forward eventually does open up, we're too slow to react and no one has the pace to go past the midfielders to create those openings in the first place.

At half time I was saying to my Tractor Boy friend that Colchester would come at us all guns blazing for the first 10 mins of the 2nd half and we needed to ride it out and then the game would open up which would work for us.  I then expected us to go on and win 2-0, maybe 3-0 as Sharp was looking a real threat to them when he got the ball to feet.

However, in my view NA got it completely wrong second half. As I expected Colchester changed their approach and came at us guns blazing.  Panic soon set in and when their goal came you knew it was coming.

We just couldn't get the ball forward as there's a massive gap across our midfield.

On the odd occasion we were able to get the ball down and break (as Colchester were now playing a much higher line) we looked dangerous, but unless the ball ended up with Sharp it didn't look like coming to anything and would end up with a mistake or a poor cross.

Coutts was hopeless and never in the game - but why he was stuck out on the wing when we had Adams, Flynn and JCR not the bench I don't know. Woodford started to look a tiny bit dangerous late on but was invisible until then.

NA then reacted too late for me. I was surprised when, after finally bringing Baxter on, I realised there was only 15 minutes to go.

To be fair though, as soon as NA did make his move, the play broke up because of an altercation over a throw in, and it was a while before it settled down again and Baxter and Flynn were able to actually get anywhere near the ball to make a difference.

Last 5 or so minutes we started to get back into it, and had the final ball been better and quicker, we might have scored before we did.  Baxter missed a sitter when he air kicked with the keeper committed and the goal gaping, but it was on his weaker foot to be fair.  Any contact and that would have been 2-1.

Overall the team looked very tired second half, not surprising after 3 away games in 7 days.  But, with a strong bench, NA had the options to change it sooner.  The fans also took a while to get going and never reached their usual highs in terms of noisy support.  It was a weird atmosphere to be fair.

I don't think you can judge this performance due to the circumstances, and don't read too much into Colchester's position, they've had several good players come back in for this game after a long absence.  They're not a bottom three team.

That said, we made it harder for ourselves and, IMHO NA got his tactics completely wrong at the start of the second half.

As for the Tractor Boys - they thought the first half was dull but the second was good for a neutral to watch. They thought Colchester were too good to be bottom half and were impressed by Sharp and Long (who caught most things all day). They thought Colchester were unlucky, and said Sharp was the only difference between the two sides.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on January 17, 2016, 11:51:28 am
Very lucky 3pts yesterday against a team second from bottom of the lge. Ok some will say sometimes that happens and they are right but we make a habit of struggling against bottom teams, and top teams come to think of it, and this is what grates with most fans. Yes 3pts is all that matters at the end of the day and the record books are all that remain but we want solid performances if not dazzling ones.

I think our defense panics because it has to deal with too much coming through midfield. Our midfield is hopeless and has to be addressed come the summer, we need an aggressive defender to break up play and a creative midfielder to mop up and get the ball forward, Baxter does this but without  that scrapper in there becomes ineffective for long periods when he plays. We need to offload Coutts, Basham Hammond( and ye we'll bloody sign him in the summer ) We need two decent wingers, with pace, that can carve up a defense and can actually cross a ball so Flynn,JCR and Woolford need to go. Let's get in a big strong lad up front to help Sharp and get Higdon ( Who's back ) and McNulty off the books and lets get a big strong CB in, that then would give us the spine we so lack which means Kennedy and McGahey need to go along with McEverley because for me Freeman and Wallace are better cover for Harris (when fit) and Brayford. It can't be done over night because we have too much dead wood in the squad and I can't see us going up this season without at least a couple of these things happening now but NA should be given the summer and next season to try to sort it out.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Roma on January 18, 2016, 01:25:36 pm
On Saturday (in the 1st half anyway), the defensive panic was more due to trying to keep possession by passing backwards and forwards across the backline but then after a while the opposition get fed up and try to press.  At this point there's no forward outlet for the defender to pass to, so they try to turn to create further space for a sideways pass, and this is where the panic crept in.

That's still down to the midfield though, as they're the ones needing to make the runs to create space for a forward pass.

My mate put it well... It's like watching Barcelona play - in a glass corridor as wide as the pitch but only 10 yards deep..
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on January 18, 2016, 01:50:42 pm
Roma, and that's the problem, this obsession with possession that the club seem to have. NA is playing it and so did NC and Weir, even Speed played it and it doesn't work, why? it only works in the PL where they have the players to do it.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on January 18, 2016, 03:00:12 pm
When you're 3-0 up you can play silly games with the ball in your own half. To GET 3-0 up you can't eff about waiting for the opposition to regain their defensive shape before you have a go at them, which is what we do by constantly going sideways.

Trouble is we don't have the pace to play on the break either - we've become a workaday side of some competence but with almost no pace or technical ability.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on January 18, 2016, 10:50:59 pm
Still only 29? hahahaha - get him back for a laugh:

http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/635876/Former-Sheffield-Utd-Blackburn-striker-Colin-Kazim-Richards-banned-Feyenoord-News-Gossip
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on January 19, 2016, 08:35:50 am
Still only 29? hahahaha - get him back for a laugh:

http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/635876/Former-Sheffield-Utd-Blackburn-striker-Colin-Kazim-Richards-banned-Feyenoord-News-Gossip

Annoyingly enough he is no worse than what we have.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on January 20, 2016, 08:19:29 am
I spy a Crossed Blade!!

https://twitter.com/communitysufc/status/689036251840823296
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on January 20, 2016, 08:33:29 am
I spy a Crossed Blade!!

https://twitter.com/communitysufc/status/689036251840823296

That wouldn't be u playing Table Tennis would it? If so, you need to hold the bat in the other hand. It works much better that way... :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on January 20, 2016, 01:17:12 pm
Is it safe to assume that the plans for Saturday are the usual? Dev Cat around 1ish?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on January 20, 2016, 01:21:45 pm
Yes Vamps I reckon so
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on January 21, 2016, 06:50:01 pm
Is it safe to assume that the plans for Saturday are the usual? Dev Cat around 1ish?

Me and Soton Chris are meeting at 12.30 au Le Chat in case anyone else fancies an extra pint before the the match  :ok:

Get them tarts n cakes delivered early Lings! And Vamps, get Chloe out of bed earlier!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on January 21, 2016, 07:10:39 pm
Will do me best  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on January 21, 2016, 09:17:28 pm
Is it safe to assume that the plans for Saturday are the usual? Dev Cat around 1ish?

Me and Soton Chris are meeting at 12.30 au Le Chat in case anyone else fancies an extra pint before the the match  :ok:

Get them tarts n cakes delivered early Lings! And Vamps, get Chloe out of bed earlier!

Good chance she'll be meeting me at the ground on Satd'y so should be OK
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on January 22, 2016, 09:32:34 am
Is it safe to assume that the plans for Saturday are the usual? Dev Cat around 1ish?

Me and Soton Chris are meeting at 12.30 au Le Chat in case anyone else fancies an extra pint before the the match  :ok:



With the extra Shandy who is going to carry you down to the Lane? :DD :DD
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Eeyore on January 22, 2016, 09:58:42 am
Is it safe to assume that the plans for Saturday are the usual? Dev Cat around 1ish?

Me and Soton Chris are meeting at 12.30 au Le Chat in case anyone else fancies an extra pint before the the match  :ok:



With the extra Shandy who is going to carry you down to the Lane? :DD :DD

Well the usuals will just leave me........maybe I could borrow your old person's mobility scooter?  :whi
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on January 22, 2016, 10:00:02 am
Yeah, borrow his chariot - you can then go on ahead and get the chips and curry sorted  :ok:
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on January 22, 2016, 10:35:05 am
Is it safe to assume that the plans for Saturday are the usual? Dev Cat around 1ish?

Me and Soton Chris are meeting at 12.30 au Le Chat in case anyone else fancies an extra pint before the the match  :ok:



With the extra Shandy who is going to carry you down to the Lane? :DD :DD

Well the usuals will just leave me........maybe I could borrow your old person's mobility scooter?  :whi

My old person's mobility scooter is called a battery powered golf trolly. It's not being used currently as we have to carry in the winter.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on January 22, 2016, 11:21:32 am
Is it safe to assume that the plans for Saturday are the usual? Dev Cat around 1ish?

Me and Soton Chris are meeting at 12.30 au Le Chat in case anyone else fancies an extra pint before the the match  :ok:



With the extra Shandy who is going to carry you down to the Lane? :DD :DD

Well the usuals will just leave me........maybe I could borrow your old person's mobility scooter?  :whi

My old person's mobility scooter is called a battery powered golf trolly. It's not being used currently as we have to carry in the winter.

Don't they let you use hedgehogs?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on January 22, 2016, 12:07:40 pm
Is it safe to assume that the plans for Saturday are the usual? Dev Cat around 1ish?

Me and Soton Chris are meeting at 12.30 au Le Chat in case anyone else fancies an extra pint before the the match  :ok:



With the extra Shandy who is going to carry you down to the Lane? :DD :DD

Well the usuals will just leave me........maybe I could borrow your old person's mobility scooter?  :whi

And here's an idea for where you could use that new mobility chariot - on this new cycle lane through the centre of Benidorm!!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on January 22, 2016, 04:14:20 pm
Is that for Real or a piss take?

Wonder how many cyclists per day will be hit?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on January 22, 2016, 06:11:00 pm
Quality - I'll give it 2 days
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Staboblade on January 23, 2016, 02:32:58 pm
Long, Brayford, Basham, Coutts, Sharp, Done, Collins, Woolford, McEveley, Edgar, Hammond.
Subs: Howard, Flynn, Baxter, Sammon, Campbell-Ryce, Reed, Adams
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on January 23, 2016, 05:16:29 pm
Another poor performance. We start well, and then go back into defensive mode.

I still fail to why we persevere with Woolford, Coutts, Hammond and Basham in midfield. They are not good enough either as a group, or individual players.

Listening to the game it was surely a time for JCR to be given a go. With the other results this was another missed opportunity to climb the table.
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: lingsbord on January 23, 2016, 06:20:43 pm
Bolts I agree on Woolford but I can't agree on the other three players mentioned.

First, the team were set up 4-4-2 but only by sitting in our own half and trying to spring a break when we won possession. This is doomed to fail because we have no pace and Swindon have it in abundance. This persistence in sitting deep, at home, against a team in 14th place in the table, demonstrated everything you need to know about recent Blades managers and their desire to dominate the division. EVERY team is a team we must first try to avoid losing against and then hope we nick a winner. Depressing.

Second, Coutts and Basham were having excellent games and Hammond was breaking up a lot of play. OK Coutts was perhaps tiring and Bash is injured, but it should be borne in mind that after they came off Swindon had several more shots on target than ever before. We're looking at those midfielders as scapegoats for basic tactical ineptitude. We sacked one Nigel and replaced him with another Nigel but it's as if Clough is still here!

We are just a bang average League 1 side with a manager who, despite his post match BS, is far more scared of losing than he is determined to win. After the game today he was crowing about how the Swindon manager was saying "we just couldn't break you down" which suggests they had the vast bulk of the play but just couldn't get the goals they deserved. Adkins has got to stop treating us like morons and start telling it like it is. We sat back for almost all the game and had no desire, ambition or attacking prowess throughout.

It's tactics that are screwing us up along with the fact that all out creative players (and I do mean ALL) are starting the game on the bench. This tells you all you need to know. I want a manager who starts Flynn, JCR, Adams, Baxter etc and then brings on the competent holding players when we're a couple of goals to the good.

At the moment, Adkins doesn't look like anything close to being the answer. That was a hugely disappointing performance at a crucial point in the season and just as Posh and Wigan slipped up too.

It's funny - JCR doesn't get a game because of his final ball, but there wasn't a single decent ball played into the box by anyone else today, and late in the game when Swindon had a couple of free-kicks we didn't leave a single player upfield. Again don't tell me we're playing the pacy "hot them on the break" approach when every player is on the edge of his own box holding onto his gonads.

Problem is: I don't see an easy way out of the malaise we find ourselves in. Big strong athletic CMF and an equally big and strong pacy striker wouldn't go amiss, but Adkins wants to sign a CB instead. PFFFFFFFFFT !!!

"NEXT!"
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: Vamps on January 23, 2016, 09:05:53 pm
I refuse to talk about the match today. My mummy taught me if you can't say anything nice then don't say anything at all - that's tonight's position!!

On a different note - Otis Khan on #ukninjawarrior tonight. One of only 2 contestants to finish the course!
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on January 24, 2016, 08:53:32 am
Lings, thanks for the excellent post.

I still stand by my comments about the 4 in midfield, and you allude to this in your comment - I want a manager who starts Flynn, JCR, Adams, Baxter etc and then brings on the competent holding players when we're a couple of goals to the good.

They are all pretty much the same type of player and they tend to be too defensive minded as highlighted by your comment - Coutts and Basham were having excellent games and Hammond was breaking up a lot of play. OK Coutts was perhaps tiring and Bash is injured, but it should be borne in mind that after they came off Swindon had several more shots on target than ever before.

They either can't or won't break quickly. Everything is normally very slow with a lot of sideways passing. To be fair I think that Coutts did put through a good ball for Billy, but these are few and far between.

I have said for a long, long time that we need to play with wingers, and I still believe in this>

We desperately need to improve on Tuesday as Blackpool are not the whipping boys they were earlier in the season. Any bets on Philliskirk to score against us, again?
Title: Re: Banter thread - No.1
Post by: BoltonBlade on January 24, 2016, 09:08:55 am