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Season 2017/2018 => Banter => Topic started by: Vamps on July 03, 2017, 08:24:34 am

Title: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on July 03, 2017, 08:24:34 am
Well we finally got out of that awful league and what a season it was - some quality football, excellent away days and some great memories.

2017/2018 sees us back in the Championship so it's time to start afresh. We'e created the new set of boards for the season and here they are.

Happy bantering Blades - here's to another fantastic season under Chrissy Wilders Red and White Army
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on July 03, 2017, 12:01:44 pm
Boro match at Riverside selected for Sky

Great test for us. They dropped from PL and are favourites to go back up, we're the new boys up from the lower league.

So, 2-0 Blades then  :ok:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on July 04, 2017, 08:17:23 am
Change number 4!

Game against the Dingles at Oakwell has been brought forward to a 12:15 kick off 'on police advice'
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on July 10, 2017, 06:50:51 am
9-0??!!  >:(

9 poxy nil - disgrace, sack him!!!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on July 10, 2017, 07:42:10 am
The funny thing was Wilder trying to claim they put up a stern test!  ;D
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on July 11, 2017, 09:09:24 am
In case you didn't see it on What's App, this is the current ST availability map.

Rumour has it that 20k have been sold so far.

It's going to be jumping at BDTBL next season...

Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on July 14, 2017, 12:11:17 pm
Am I having Deja Vu or didn't we already know the Dingles game had been brought forward to 12:15??

https://www.sufc.co.uk/news/2017/july/barnsley-fixture-change/
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on July 14, 2017, 12:12:23 pm
Am I having Deja Vu or didn't we already know the Dingles game had been brought forward to 12:15??

https://www.sufc.co.uk/news/2017/july/barnsley-fixture-change/

Well I've just checked my diary and already had it in there as a 12:15 kick off anyway!!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on July 14, 2017, 03:16:15 pm
1. Go and purchase a few San Miguel's and make sure they are chilled thoroughly in the freezer
2. Turn the central heating up so it's stupidly hot
3. Click this link and watch a stream of tonights match in Malaga http://www.malagacf.com/129171c5e4649e9dd05f2b6d3a332f77.html

It'll be just like being there, no doubt even the commentary will be in Spanish!!!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on July 14, 2017, 04:03:46 pm
....put your feet in a tray of gravel but do all of this is some no-mark town in the middle of nowhere for that genuine feeling of actually being there.

I used to sell advertising for a newspaper on the Costa Del Sol and several of our customers were up in Coin. I can only assume the houses are WAY cheaper than on the coast because it's a bit like Louth or Worksop.

The fully-shaved weird couple who would greet you in bathrobes, pay you the bill for the ad and then drop bollock naked into their pool, weighed down with half a ton of scrap metal inserted through various body parts were entertaining though (no I never did take up the constant invitation to join them - VERY Alan Partridge!)



EDIT: The pitch actually looks eminently playable, and the live stream is excellent quality!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on July 14, 2017, 07:58:04 pm
Cracking goal from Fleck, but in the 2nd half he makes a perfect tackle and not only does the ref give a foul, he gives Fleck a yellow! Every replay shows he timed his tackle perfectly.


Edit: Good workout overall, nice to see Evans back in the red and white, Brooks had a steady game apart from almost gifting a very late equaliser. Malaga technically very good but Moore hardly saw the ball. UTB!

Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on July 16, 2017, 10:49:33 am
If only this was a genuine Twitter account  :DD
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on July 17, 2017, 08:26:47 pm
Watch the video embedded in this blog then tell me if you still think we can keep hold of Brooks...

http://festival-foot-espoirs.com/news_detail_festival_foot.php?news_id=1906
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on July 17, 2017, 10:32:25 pm
I think he needs a season at chesterfield so he can improve a bit  :whi
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: BoltonBlade on July 18, 2017, 08:28:30 am
Too one-footed for me :whi :whi

However, that little video will have done his career no harm whatsoever. Yes, it was against kids of his own age and he probably wouldn't get away with it against hairy arsed defenders in the FL.

Still, it does show that he has some talent which would be nice to see at BL.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on July 19, 2017, 06:39:17 am
Evidently Brooks was superb last night v Chezzy when he came on for the last 20 mins or so and completely changed the game. Scored a superb solo goal as well for the winner  :ok:

Hopefully Wilder sees him as an important part of the 1st team squad and will resist the likely interest from PL clubs  :^^
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on July 19, 2017, 07:04:13 am
Evidently Brooks was superb last night v Chezzy when he came on for the last 20 mins or so and completely changed the game. Scored a superb solo goal as well for the winner  :ok:

Hopefully Wilder sees him as an important part of the 1st team squad and will resist the likely interest from PL clubs  :^^

Youfy was there so hopefully we'll get a review. I've seen the goal (can't believe a friendly highlights were shown on Sky!) and was a great solo effort.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on July 19, 2017, 09:03:08 am
I saw thew goal as well and my first thought was I hope Koeman isn't watching this  :yikes:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on July 19, 2017, 10:14:26 am
Now we can all watch it (bloody wish it wasn't there to be honest!)

http://www.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/football/10953580/brooks-wonder-goal

Fantastic composure from a young lad.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on July 19, 2017, 10:50:23 am
Not wanting to tempt fate, but I'm pretty sure that Wilder's working relationship with KM and the Prince would not be risked by an unwanted sale if Brooks was part of Wilder's plans.  :^^
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on July 19, 2017, 11:58:21 am
Game at the Sty on Sunday 24th Sept to be screened live on Sky.

Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on July 19, 2017, 01:08:27 pm
Now we can all watch it (bloody wish it wasn't there to be honest!)

http://www.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/football/10953580/brooks-wonder-goal

Fantastic composure from a young lad.

Anyone could have scored that goal tbh.  If it hadn't been a friendly, their number 5 would have taken him out before he had chance to shoot.  At least hopefully that's what the PL managers watching this will think  :^^

I think it will be impossible to hold onto a player like Brooks, unless we start pushing for promotion this season.  I can see a ten mil offer coming in if he carries on like that.  Although I hope McCabe et al see sense because if he does carry on developing like he is he could be worth 50m in not too distant future.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on July 19, 2017, 10:54:38 pm
Game at the Sty on Sunday 24th Sept to be screened live on Sky.

Surely you'll be doing the Sheffield 10k though mate on the same day?
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on July 20, 2017, 07:32:06 am
Game at the Sty on Sunday 24th Sept to be screened live on Sky.

Surely you'll be doing the Sheffield 10k though mate on the same day?

Sadly not.........I'll be in Cowes skippering a boat in the British Keel Boat finals!!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on July 20, 2017, 07:33:20 am
Jake Wright is a shit defender. 100% loss record in his last 1 games...  Needs replacing.

And that Chris Wilder.  Can't put out a decent reserve/youth team capable of winning against a non-league side, and half of them having played at Chessie the night before is no excuse. Sack him!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: BoltonBlade on July 20, 2017, 08:28:51 am
Jake Wright is a shit defender. 100% loss record in his last 1 games...  Needs replacing.

And that Chris Wilder.  Can't put out a decent reserve/youth team capable of winning against a non-league side, and half of them having played at Chessie the night before is no excuse. Sack him!

Come on now give them a break...Matlock must be the best non-league side in Europe.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on July 21, 2017, 09:45:55 am
Great marketing shot by the Blades - lets present a picture of the new purple away kit and make it look blue!!!

Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on July 21, 2017, 01:24:32 pm
Should we have been sponsored by Cadbury's instead???!!!

Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on July 21, 2017, 01:58:58 pm
I want to like it, but it looks a bit of an afterthought, as if Adidas had got a few purple samples in a bag and decided to stick Blades badges on them.

Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on July 21, 2017, 05:31:59 pm
I want to like it, but it looks a bit of an afterthought, as if Adidas had got a few purple samples in a bag and decided to stick Blades badges on them.

Oh, you mean a bit like this
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on July 21, 2017, 06:33:00 pm
I want to like it, but it looks a bit of an afterthought, as if Adidas had got a few purple samples in a bag and decided to stick Blades badges on them.

Oh, you mean a bit like this

Yeah the ones that didn't sell in the Chicago shop last season
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on July 23, 2017, 07:03:14 am
Due to the amount of spam posters I set the registration link to requiring admin approval.the intention being to weed out the crap and then slowly start going through the 1000+ members who are already registered and start to weed them out as well.

I check the members waiting for approval once a week. 196 requests this week and not 1 genuine! Keep up with those numbers and I won't be going through and checking existing ones either. Very high number of registrations coming from Russia at the moment.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on July 24, 2017, 03:31:01 pm
This just in:

Heineken in Blades deal

"The three-year pouring rights partnership will see Fosters, John Smiths and Strongbow available on draft and Bulmers and Heinken in bottles across the concourses at Bramall Lane".

Great, so we'll arrive about 2 minutes to 3 then after drinking proper beer elsewhere.

I was going to bemoan the lack of proper beer at BDTBL, but to be honest most of the crowd only wants nasty fizzy piss anyway so this will probably be great news for the typical kop-ite  ;D

Dane will think it's his birthday!  :DD
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Staboblade on July 24, 2017, 05:22:18 pm
This just in:

Heineken in Blades deal

"The three-year pouring rights partnership will see Fosters, John Smiths and Strongbow available on draft and Bulmers and Heinken in bottles across the concourses at Bramall Lane".

Great, so we'll arrive about 2 minutes to 3 then after drinking proper beer elsewhere.

I was going to bemoan the lack of proper beer at BDTBL, but to be honest most of the crowd only wants nasty fizzy piss anyway so this will probably be great news for the typical kop-ite  ;D

Dane will think it's his birthday!  :DD
Thought the same!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on July 24, 2017, 07:25:42 pm
This just in:

Heineken in Blades deal

"The three-year pouring rights partnership will see Fosters, John Smiths and Strongbow available on draft and Bulmers and Heinken in bottles across the concourses at Bramall Lane".

Great, so we'll arrive about 2 minutes to 3 then after drinking proper beer elsewhere.

I was going to bemoan the lack of proper beer at BDTBL, but to be honest most of the crowd only wants nasty fizzy piss anyway so this will probably be great news for the typical kop-ite  ;D

Dane will think it's his birthday!  :DD

But on a brighter note, look what's on in The Bath - oh match day in two weeks time could be truely excellent!!!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on July 25, 2017, 09:00:18 am
kinell could you imagine going to the match after 4 of those?  :yikes:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on July 25, 2017, 09:48:33 am
kinell could you imagine going to the match after 4 of those?  :yikes:

Bovril could be spilt...... :whi
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on July 25, 2017, 11:16:55 am
kinell could you imagine going to the match after 4 of those?  :yikes:

Bovril could be spilt...... :whi

Absolutely.......although after 4 pints of Jaipur Ten I probably wouldn't be able to say "Bovril"
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on July 25, 2017, 10:19:48 pm
Good competitive match today against a side littered with household names if you're a football fan. To be honest Stoke were very average and didn't really trouble us too much. I told Molly as they came out that they needed to keep the ball away from Shaqiri and sure enough he scored a very good goal, nicking the ball on the halfway line from a J O'C mistake, surging forward and playing a long one-two before firing past Eastwood.

It was nice to see Shaqiri get an ovation from the Blades fans as he went off later in the game, something which he acknowledged and appreciated. He was by far their best player on the night.

As for the Blades, we played a lot of very nice football with genuine attacking intent. Enda Stevens played very well, Carruthers too, and all the usual suspects had very solid games.

Eastwood looks a very capable young keeper btw. He made a couple of good stops and took some excellent catches from crosses. If it takes a couple of weeks to find cover/replacement, I wouldn't be worried about that.

David Brooks - this guy's going places. He can look a tad lightweight, and not all of his work comes off, but when it does he looks a player of immense quality and composure. He covers the ground really quickly and if he's this good at this age, God only knows how good he's going to get.

I'm going to wash my mouth out after saying this. He's like a young Chris Waddle but with pace! (Sorry).

In the end, hugely enjoyable at BDTBL tonight, and then new telly in the corner's nice :-)
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on July 27, 2017, 12:37:22 pm
I've likened him to a young Paul Gasgoine but without the beer belly or the emotional baggage.  :whi
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on July 27, 2017, 06:22:31 pm
Yeah Gascoigne. That's what I meant  :roll:



Is it too early to be discussing the hostelry of choice pre-match for the Brentford match?

Bath? Tap? Cat? Deer? Dog? Sentinel?
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Sotonexiledblade on July 27, 2017, 08:48:54 pm
It's never too early to discuss where pre match drinks should be! Looking forward to seeing Blades at Silverlake stadium tomorrow night, Eastleigh aren't a bad non league side and they've made some good signings. Local paper is making a big deal out of it as CW was an apprentice at Southampton and of course Billy was there. UTB
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on July 27, 2017, 09:35:09 pm
Enjoy the Eastleigh game mate - do you have a preferred pre-match vespers venue for next Satdi?
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on July 28, 2017, 12:00:02 pm
Enjoy the Eastleigh game mate - do you have a preferred pre-match vespers venue for next Satdi?

Providing the beer is good I'm flexible.
- Do we know if the Donkey is coming yet? If so what's his mode of transport and does that dictate matters?
- Do we go with the silly football traditions and stick with The Bath, given how good it was for us last season, plus you can get served very easily - Pork butties are OK, but think they got worse as the season went on so doesn't become a deciding factor for me).
- Dev Cat. Probably the last on the list for me, unless it's improved considerably - I haven't been in since the last match we were in there for.
- Tap, will never say no to this place!
- Sentinel, nice and convenient for the ground but I know others don't like the keg stuff as much (or is it the prices?)

On a slightly different note - Got a pic from Mrs Vamps yesterday whilst she was out shopping - "Just seen this, would you like me to buy it for you?"

I think she might be a keeper (and I don't mean one to replace Moore!)!!!

 
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on July 28, 2017, 02:20:19 pm
Donkey is not yet sure whether he will be there but if he can make it, he will not be drinking and will meet you in the ground (or at the chippy  :whi)  )O( )O( )O(
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on July 28, 2017, 07:17:45 pm
Vamps - I hope by "she's a keeper" you were referring to the keg?

Eeyore - Fuck Off. See you in the pub on pain of death.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on July 28, 2017, 09:44:18 pm
Brayford and Done played tonight  ???

No doubt the exile will update us later
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Sotonexiledblade on July 28, 2017, 10:38:14 pm
Interesting game tonight, CW fielded 2 completely different sides each half mixed 'em both up. 1st half Done came on in place of injured Duffy and stayed on 2nd half he looked lively and scored a decent tap in for our 3rd. Really like the look of Brooks who started 2nd half he's got a great 1st touch and not scared of taking players on. Some good pass and movement in midfield and towards opposition goal had some good chances but we didn't make the most of them. Difficult to tell how some will cope in Championship but most played ok. Not sure about Blackman he didn't have too much to do Lundstram didn't shine either, still early days. Eastleigh are no mugs and took their 2 chances well possibly given too much room for both, Makes a nice change to just have a 20 minute drive to a free car park followed by a 10 minute walk. Not a bad little ground and beer wasn't too bad either. Looking forward to Saturday coyraww!!!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on July 28, 2017, 10:54:41 pm
Cheers Chris, I have to say I am buzzing - cannot wait for next Satdi  :ok:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on July 29, 2017, 11:53:22 am
Vamps - I hope by "she's a keeper" you were referring to the keg?

Eeyore - Fuck Off. See you in the pub on pain of death.

 :o charming
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on July 29, 2017, 01:26:03 pm
Vamps - I hope by "she's a keeper" you were referring to the keg?

Eeyore - Fuck Off. See you in the pub on pain of death.

 :o charming

Sorry mate, but bad omens and all that  :ok:

Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on July 29, 2017, 01:44:11 pm
Vamps - I hope by "she's a keeper" you were referring to the keg?

Eeyore - Fuck Off. See you in the pub on pain of death.

 :o charming

Sorry mate, but bad omens and all that  :ok:

I know - and Mike's planning on coming to the pub as well - standing his mate up - tutt!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on July 29, 2017, 01:55:27 pm
Shocking. Since he got in with that taxi crowd he's just not the same donkey  >:(
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: BoltonBlade on July 29, 2017, 03:08:53 pm
Shocking. Since he got in with that taxi crowd he's just not the same donkey  >:(

Maybe cos he uses horse power now, and not Donkey power :whi
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on July 29, 2017, 04:46:32 pm
Shocking. Since he got in with that taxi crowd he's just not the same donkey  >:(

Maybe cos he uses horse power now, and not Donkey power :whi

There's yer coat mate
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: BoltonBlade on July 30, 2017, 08:24:35 am
Shocking. Since he got in with that taxi crowd he's just not the same donkey  >:(

Maybe cos he uses horse power now, and not Donkey power :whi

There's yer coat mate

I'd already taken it & gone...
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on July 31, 2017, 04:45:00 pm
I should think so an' all.



OK I was just thinking about where we might finish next season, and I turned my attention to who we might finish above. I reckon we'll be above:

Barnsley
Bolton
Preston
Ipswich
Millwall
Burton
Snortbeasts
Birmingham
Cardiff
Norwich
Forest
QPR
Bristol City


.............which puts us in the top half with a sniff of the dreaded playoffs.

Finish above:

Wolves
Villa
Derby
Brentford

....and we're in the playoffs

Above Leeds, 'Boro, Sunderland, Hull, Fulham, we're up!  ;D


I said at the start of last season that Millwall would be my wild card for promotion, Bolton would be difficult to stop, and the Blades would get up as well. Of course I put zero pounds on it.

My wild card for this season is Fulham. I'm going for Fulham and Leeds top 2, with the Blades up through the playoffs  :ok:

Yes, I have had the odd snifter
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on July 31, 2017, 05:59:04 pm
Where we meeting Satdi?
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 01, 2017, 08:41:29 am
Where we meeting Satdi?

My garage.....
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on August 01, 2017, 04:52:46 pm
Where we meeting Satdi?

The Bath
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on August 01, 2017, 07:04:09 pm
Yours or mine?
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Staboblade on August 01, 2017, 07:40:24 pm
Yours or mine?

You ditched Bolts then?...... :DD
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on August 01, 2017, 07:48:52 pm
Yours or mine?

You ditched Bolts then?...... :DD

Call me old fashioned but think I'd prefer to spend my Satdi afternoon at BDTBL over Bokts garage!!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on August 01, 2017, 07:55:34 pm
Yours or mine?

You ditched Bolts then?...... :DD

Call me old fashioned but think I'd prefer to spend my Satdi afternoon at BDTBL over Bokts garage!!

I'd rather spend the afternoon in your bath than in Bolts' garage  ;)

Stabo mate I was only keeping Bolts warm for you in your absence  :ok:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Staboblade on August 01, 2017, 08:13:57 pm
Yours or mine?

You ditched Bolts then?...... :DD

Call me old fashioned but think I'd prefer to spend my Satdi afternoon at BDTBL over Bokts garage!!

I'd rather spend the afternoon in your bath than in Bolts' garage  ;)

Stabo mate I was only keeping Bolts warm for you in your absence  :ok:

Well he was slumming it, quality always wins out in the end  :DD :DD
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on August 01, 2017, 08:18:48 pm
Bolts - get a train to BDTBL ffs rather than sit in yer garage!! It's hardly long distance.  :ok:

I'm still not sure whether or not I can make it Satdi but I have booked 14 days off from now till end of the season when I will be there, 12 of which are Leo Sayers and 2 where I will have to work after  :ok: :ok:

If I can't make this Sat I will be absolutely gutted  )O( )O(

COYRAWW  :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: :cheer:


Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 02, 2017, 08:47:56 am
Yours or mine?

You ditched Bolts then?...... :DD

Call me old fashioned but think I'd prefer to spend my Satdi afternoon at BDTBL over Bokts garage!!

My garage is far better than BDTBL. I have a beer fridge, smoking is allowed, an electric fire for winter, plenty of nibbles, the chat room, although Stabo does get a bit lippy at times, Blades Player, and it takes far less time to have a piss than being at BL.

Paints a good picture, but I would prefer to be at BDTBL.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 02, 2017, 08:50:45 am
Bolts - get a train to BDTBL ffs rather than sit in yer garage!! It's hardly long distance.  :ok:


I would like to, but Network Rail are closing the station again at weekends to continue upgrading the line. Also, the golf season is still in full swing.

I will make an appearance at some point...
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on August 02, 2017, 11:28:41 am
It's nearly KO time again fellas  :cheer: :cheer: :cheer:

Following on the theme below, I had a look at the table and agree with Lings in terms of I think we could finish top half.

Judging by last season and their pre-season so far, I think Ipswich will self destruct this year and will end up being the "big club" that goes down to League One.  Certainly the locals round here have no aspirations for them and a lot of fear.  Can't see Macarthy lasting until Christmas unless they become a surprise package.

Millwall will be out of their depth and I think Bolton will struggle.

I think the pigs are going to find it harder this year and will finish well outside the play offs - unless they surprise us and make some good last minute signings (as well as finding a kit from the lost property box).

I think Boro will walk the league and Cardiff, Fulham and maybe Derby will be the "surprise" teams pushing for a top two finish.

I think Burton will struggle.  The Dingles will collapse and Sunderland will be another that self implodes and ends up in a relegation battle. 

So I think we'll be in a mid-table battle with Leeds, Norwich, Hull, Birmingham, Brentford, Forest, QPR and Reading.

For me the key is our defence.  We kept the ball so much last season we were rarely given a stern test.  We certainly have the talent at the back, but our style of play - with the full backs pushing on, does allow for the opposition to get in behind the three CBs, if they're quick and skilful enough - which I'm assuming they will be in the Championship.

Whatever happens, I think we're going to surprise a few this season and I hope that includes giving the deluded massive from S6 a spanking, home and away.

For us, it will depend on
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on August 02, 2017, 11:47:05 am
 :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: See you Satdi lads  :ok: :ok: :ok: :ok:

But will have to miss out on the pre match beers  :( :( :( )O( )O(
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on August 02, 2017, 01:40:56 pm
:cheer: :cheer: :cheer: See you Satdi lads  :ok: :ok: :ok: :ok:

But will have to miss out on the pre match beers  :( :( :( )O( )O(

You can still pop in for one.......Mike will be there as well......anyone know a good taxi that could take us down to the ground afterwards  :whi :whi

And just to add to the positive news - my season ticket arrived in the post this morning!!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on August 02, 2017, 03:04:20 pm
:cheer: :cheer: :cheer: See you Satdi lads  :ok: :ok: :ok: :ok:

But will have to miss out on the pre match beers  :( :( :( )O( )O(

You can still pop in for one.......Mike will be there as well......anyone know a good taxi that could take us down to the ground afterwards  :whi :whi

And just to add to the positive news - my season ticket arrived in the post this morning!!

No time even for 1 - working till about 1.30 and heading into town. I do know a taxi but you want a good one, so can't help  :whi

I got my membership for this season earlier and bought the match ticket.......they said they would post it 1st class so I should have it for Satdi.............not convinced though  :^^
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on August 03, 2017, 12:27:31 pm
Makes for interesting reading - pre-match views from Brentford fans...

https://roysviewfrom.wordpress.com
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on August 03, 2017, 01:54:49 pm
Feckin' Taters they're full of it aren't they?

Get Brooks on to tear 'em a new arsehole (although they seem to have plenty already). They sound like Pigs FFS!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on August 04, 2017, 12:59:50 pm
So - Bath Hotel tomorrow - 1pm or are we looking to kick off little earlier? One thing I do know is we probably can't leave getting to the ground quite as late this season as we did last - it's already going to clearly be chaos after the ST debacle - so glad I'm not fetching a ticket from the ticket office today or tomorrow!!!  :o :o
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on August 04, 2017, 09:24:56 pm
Anyone else feeling giddy as fuck right now??

COYRAWW  :cheer: :cheer:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 05, 2017, 08:10:01 am
So - Bath Hotel tomorrow - 1pm or are we looking to kick off little earlier? One thing I do know is we probably can't leave getting to the ground quite as late this season as we did last - it's already going to clearly be chaos after the ST debacle - so glad I'm not fetching a ticket from the ticket office today or tomorrow!!!  :o :o

Have a great time today all.

Lets hope we can have the perfect start.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on August 05, 2017, 09:11:57 am
Anyone else feeling giddy as fuck right now??

COYRAWW  :cheer: :cheer:

Giddier than I have been for a good few seasons. Didn't sleep, dropped bum gravy this morning, had no brekkie, really looking forward to this season.

Vamps - agreed mate, will get there asap after 1pm and we should get to the ground eary for sure.

Enjoy the match Bolts mate, looks like your old sparring partner might be back in the chat. :ok:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on August 05, 2017, 09:18:17 am
Anyone else feeling giddy as fuck right now??

COYRAWW  :cheer: :cheer:

Giddier than I have been for a good few seasons. Didn't sleep, dropped bum gravy this morning, had no brekkie, really looking forward to this season.

 :yikes: :yikes: WAY too much info. Keep yer gravy to yer sen
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 05, 2017, 02:49:22 pm
Anyone else feeling giddy as fuck right now??

COYRAWW  :cheer: :cheer:

Enjoy the match Bolts mate, looks like your old sparring partner might be back in the chat. :ok:

Stabo is at BL today, lucky bast**d
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on August 05, 2017, 07:52:49 pm
How great was that?

Really nice beer, Steaming hot inside BDTBL, Blades win, what's not to like?

It was a great game today, way better than the shite I've just watched from Villa Park. Brentford play a lot of lovely stuff in and around that "Number 10" area but they just don't have a striker.

We played some great football for just over an hour (that 2nd "offside" goal I need to see again!) and then we put up a brilliant defensive display to hold out for the win. Yes, I'd have liked to have seen Brooks on for the out ball late on, where some of the clearances might have let him put the opposition under pressure, but the result is the result and I'm a very happy bunny.

Overall, we've arrived back in the Championship and we look like we belong.

MOTM Basham for me, with Stearman, O'Connell and Carruthers close behind
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on August 05, 2017, 08:04:09 pm
Vamps showed me an embarrassing image of banners going up at the Sty.

Now the Stir's Snortbeast Reporter has posted more pics of what he calls the "away end revamp" - hahahahahahahaha they've covered asbestos shit up with a plastic sheet and that's the full extent of the revamp. Maybe they can do the same for the 1989 safety certificate (oh wait, there wasn't really one at all was there?)
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Staboblade on August 06, 2017, 12:05:54 am
Good game today and it could have gone either way, Brentford are a neat unit that lacked a finish today. Blackman looks a very confidant keeper, his handling was solid and Moore is going to find it difficult to dislodge him from the No1 spot. MOTM for me was Clarke, he ran his socks off today and provided the cross for Sharpe to score. The defense were solid and looked good IMO but I thought we were a bit lightweight in midfield and there were big holes in there which allowed Brentford to pick up the ball, we were sloppy to at times in there especially in the first half, second half we tightened it up somewhat and looked more tighter and confident. Overall we worked bloody hard and that's always a good thing to see, "forged in Steel" yes!

What we need to do to improve, some pace, we didn't get behind their defense to often! we're also a bit of a one trick pony at the moment, it's passed wide a lot for someone to cross it in. We need a trickster up front or in midfield. It's early days I know so there's time to settle and improve and overall i'm a happy Blade tonight.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on August 07, 2017, 09:45:51 am
Watched most of the game on iFollow and must say it wasn't too bad (the stream, the football was excellent!).

The big debates are the disallowed goals for offside.  Sharp's yes, Clarke's I don't think so.  Considering we also hit the woodwork twice (to their once) that wasn't a bad performance.  Another big debate - did Clarke fluff it or was it a dummy? Either way, his cross was sublime when it came.  Their fans were being hard on their defence for not marking Sharp, but watch the goal cam footage on Your Tube and watch Sharp.  He's constantly looking around him whilst Clarke had the ball and found the space.  Give Sharp the credit - he's not easy to mark...

Brentford did look good, but I think we sometimes gave them too much respect, being prepared to battle it out instead of getting the ball, keeping it and taking it to them to relieve the pressure - especially in the last 20 mins.

I think we have the ability to keep possession and it'll come as we get a feel for this division.

Overall, a good result and a good performance.  I think we're going to be alright.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on August 08, 2017, 04:21:28 pm
So - just realised that the reason the cup game is mid week and not tonight (as per our tradition) - is because BDTBL is hosting the opening ceremony for the Special Olympics. I don't want to appear harsh, and it's great that Sheffield is involved in hosting these over the next few days - but that's hardly great preparation of the pitch for the football match being played on it tomorrow!

Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on August 09, 2017, 10:17:32 pm
We beat Walsall!!!

Monkey off our back after all. WTF was the pen for? The ball's whacked at Bash at 100mph and the ref gives a pen (well it was Kevin Friend ! )

Ched Evans looked sharp, a goal (OG or otherwise it was his shot) and an assist in a fairly brief cameo suggests he's not far off.

A quick word for Eastwood as well. Moore, Eastwood, Blackman, suddenly we have three very competent keepers.

last word: Attendance at 5000 was woeful. They should give priority at the head of the queue for later rounds to those who bothered their arses to turn up at games like tonight. You wait until we draw Liverpool in the quarter finals - there'll be more than 5000 then!!!

Good to see Vamps and the Donkey still haven't lost their appetite for beer  :whi
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on August 09, 2017, 11:42:51 pm
Good to see Vamps and the Donkey still haven't lost their appetite for beer  :whi

On that day I will either be 6ft under or the fires of hell will have frozen... :whi
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on August 10, 2017, 08:16:24 am

Good to see Vamps and the Donkey still haven't lost their appetite for beer  :whi

And we'd have had another if someone wasn't under the thumb......... :whi :whi

Anyway - onto the footballing side of things........what he said!!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on August 10, 2017, 09:07:55 am
Bloody iFollow...! Serves me right for trying to bend the rules.... 

Last night's game wasn't screened as someone else has the overseas rights for the Cowboy Cup.

And then they post on the OWS that 3 of the next 4 games won't be streamed as video either, as someone has the overseas rights for those also... WTF! So the cost per game suddenly doesn't look that cheap!

Anyway, watched the highlights ( )O( ) and Ched's goal was definitely an OG.  It was going in until the keeper saved it but the second ball was heading wide until it hit the defender (what the hell was that hairstyle based on btw?).

It does bode well though if Ched can find his fitness.  He obviously hasn't lost the desire or his touch.  With Sharp doing his bit inside the box and Ched doing his bit around the edge of the box, that could be a very potent strike partnership...  :ok:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on August 10, 2017, 11:09:10 am
Evans certainly changed the game when he came on. Great pullback for Thomas's goal, another player who had an encouraging performance.

One thing concerns me though. Lavery just isn't kicking on and showing anything like fulfilling his potential. Maybe a loan to get some guaranteed first team football would be good for him. After all, with Sharp, Evans and Clarke ahead of him and with another striker coming in a real possibility, he really needs to continue his development if he's going to have a chance of being a long-term part of things at BDTBL

As for Hanson........

Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on August 10, 2017, 12:22:40 pm
Lavery just isn't kicking on and showing anything like fulfilling his potential.

When he first joined he had a couple of cameos in games where he turned the game and looked class. I don't know whether it's the bad injury issues he had that play on his mind or what, but I agree he hasn't got anywhere near the potential he's shown in glimpses.  Good call re a loan out somewhere.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on August 10, 2017, 02:30:46 pm
Lavery just isn't kicking on and showing anything like fulfilling his potential.

When he first joined he had a couple of cameos in games where he turned the game and looked class. I don't know whether it's the bad injury issues he had that play on his mind or what, but I agree he hasn't got anywhere near the potential he's shown in glimpses.  Good call re a loan out somewhere.

I do think there's a player in there and he's still young enough, but I just think he needs to learn his trade with regular games elsewhere, get some confidence, score some goals and then come back with a point to prove, or move on permanently.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on August 10, 2017, 02:58:56 pm
For me last night the one thing that struck home was we don't have quality in depth. Of the players on the pitch last night, the only ones looking likely to be able to slot into the first team (excluding the subs who were in the first team on Saturday) with little notice in the difference in quality were:

- Eastwood - looked solid and composed - distribution was better than Blackman as well
- Wright - but we know about him anyway!
- Thomas - looked impressive
- Brooks - he's got the quality, but did seem to run down a few blind alleys as well - He's got some learning to do but needs game time to get that. He's definitely Wilders sort of player though.
- Duffy - looked like a man with a point to prove after being left out on Saturday - my MoM
- Evans - As Lings said, turned the game for us, although not 100% match fit, so certainly wouldn't be playing a full game yet.

Brayford was disappointingly poor and wants a slap just for wearing a bloody top knot (and no it's not jealousy!)

Oh - and Kevin Friend is still a prize twat!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on August 11, 2017, 12:16:19 pm
I said that last year too.  We were lucky not to have many major injuries to key first team players.

I guess the dilemma is, if you have too many players good enough to slot straight into the first team, then you're going to end up with disgruntled and unhappy reserves.  It's OK if you can afford to have quality right across the squad and rotate on a regular basis, but I think we're way off that.

When (WHEN) we get back into the PL, it's going to be even more of a challenge as rotation becomes the de facto then.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on August 11, 2017, 01:02:02 pm
Twitter going into meltdown after OWS tweet yesterday lunchtime saying there were 600 out of the allocated 2,657 tickets for Boro remaining.

Must admit, even though it's on Sky and it's a 5:30 kick off, and it's summer holiday season, I am a bit surprised we didn't sell this one out.  Also surprised the crowd Wednesday night was so low.

You can guarantee though, that when we play at Ipswich and Norwich, away tickets will be snapped up long before they reach my level of loyalty points  :roll:

Any thoughts...?
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on August 11, 2017, 01:28:36 pm
I'm on a roll today...

https://roysviewfrom.wordpress.com

Who would have put Boro fans down as being this reasoned and sensible?  Well, apart from the one behind that first comment who is clearly mental...

Is it true that the tickets for the Boro game only went on sale on Monday? WTF are we playing at if so...

Anyway, they also have a measured approach to the game, saying (rightly) that on paper they should win this but almost all admitting it won't be that easy at all... I'm a bit shocked to be honest...
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on August 11, 2017, 07:56:21 pm
I'm on a roll today...

https://roysviewfrom.wordpress.com

Who would have put Boro fans down as being this reasoned and sensible?  Well, apart from the one behind that first comment who is clearly mental...

Is it true that the tickets for the Boro game only went on sale on Monday? WTF are we playing at if so...

Anyway, they also have a measured approach to the game, saying (rightly) that on paper they should win this but almost all admitting it won't be that easy at all... I'm a bit shocked to be honest...

"...their crazy loyalty points scheme"

YUP!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on August 12, 2017, 06:11:50 am

Is it true that the tickets for the Boro game only went on sale on Monday? WTF are we playing at if so...


No - went on General Sale on Monday. Loyalty points before that.

I think it's a low turnout, but there's also a number of factors affecting the attendance, not least it's on Sky and it's holiday season. It's a ground I've not been to and ordinarily would have gone, but I've got an 18th birthday party to host (just to make me feel really old!) but I sure as hell will have it on - even contemplated rigging a telly up in the marquee!!!!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on August 12, 2017, 09:28:45 pm
OK, so we saw the Blades lose today at 'Boro. A reality check? A wake-up call?

Well I have a few points to make.

The goal was poor. Bash got a nudge so he could only nod up in the air, Blackman should have wiped everybody out or gone back to his line, but it was just one of those goals.

Outside of that, I'd say 'Boro showed why they are an ex-premier league side and how their £45m spend will help them up to the top of the table come May. Their passing was far more successful than ours. We have started this season playing an alarming amount of hoofball clearances when a more composed approach would serve us better. We have suddenly stopped playing "our" game.

On the positive side, for all their midfield dominance, quality and possession, aside from the goal what did our keeper have to do? They had 3 forwards out there but Blackman could have painted a watercolour of the events in front of him. Ched gave us a spark when he came on, Brooks was introduced too late but looked bright and combative.

The goal should have stood. That linesman gave offside a few minutes previously when it wasn't even close. I mean seriously our player was 6 feet behind their man but still he flagged. OK the goal decision was close, but he gleefully raised his flag when he couldn't possibly have seen if it was O'Connell or their defender who had got the touch. Was he onside? Yes IMHO. Was it an own goal? Maybe. If the lino thought he was offside and interfering then it doesn't matter who scored it.

In the end and on the balance of play I have no problem with the result. They will win the League and they won by the narrowest of margins, but my disappointment is not with the result or the linesman. I'm disappointed that we didn't get our own game going. OK maybe they didn't let us, but FFS how many times did we just launch it forwards Warnock-style? Just as we did in the last half hour against Brentford.

We need to get back to doing our own thing. Pass and move, pass and move.

Some causes for concern then, but overall we gave the probable champions plenty to think about today, and we're still above the pigs who have only played 2 of the sides predicted to be in the bottom 6 and only have 1 point.

Blades to finish 5th  :D :D :D


Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Staboblade on August 12, 2017, 11:18:08 pm
Basically what he said

We looked more like a weir side than a CW side, up until the last few minutes we were devoid of any fight today and It was the opposite to the Brentford game where we fought for every ball. We are one dimensional because we have no real pace in the team and we'll struggle until the club address it. The one thing i noticed above anything was that we had 5 in midfield yet there was a lot of space for Boro' to play in and for me is where we lack quality. On a positive note we reduced Boro' to a couple of efforts so the defensive side isn't doing too bad and with a bit of pace and creativity we'll be fine.

Blackman - inexperience showed for their goal
Basham - apart from their goal was solid enough
Stearman - very steady game
O'Connell - Steady game
Stevens - at the moment isn't good enough
Freeman - got battered but kept going
Fleck - did well in the first half, shows championship potential
Coutts - out of his depth today
Curruthers - Ran around a lot without doing much
Sharp - was he even on the pitch? TBF he had no service
Clarke - ran a lot but was out of his depth

Evens - again gave us a bit of a spark, must start soon
Duffy - Needs to play and settle into the division
Brookes - Give the lad a chance in the starting 11

I'm sure the team today won't be the one that we see in the second half of the season.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on August 13, 2017, 04:38:39 am
First 10 minutes we took the game to them and, with a bit more composure might have caused more problems.  Why Clarke didn't hit that chance on the pull back first time to make it 1-0 only he will know - again seemed to be a bit of hesitancy or indecision maybe down to confidence?

My initial thoughts on their goal (which until midway through the 2nd half by the way, was their only shot on target) was that Bash was pushed, but watching the replay I don't think there was enough contact to warrant a foul and he should have cleared it with the first header.  Agreed that Blackman should have come or gone back on his line.   

Stevens looked out of place all of the first half and most of the second half and I must confess to wondering why Lafferty wasn't starting in that position.  He didn't look like a championship player yesterday but give the lad a chance, he's just made a big step up and needs to adapt.

Carruthers was frustrating me.  He seemed to lose composure too often and would scuff a pass or try a shot, cross or clever ball when something easier was on.  He has the talent I only wish he'd use it at the right times.

First half in general we struggled to find space.   I think this was causing us to resort to hoof ball or to go sideways/backwards.  We seemed hesitant to play a quick ball to drag the Boro players around the pitch like we used to with teams last season.  The confidence to play our usual game doesn't seem there at the moment.  Players too often played their teammates into trouble when there were better options on.

When we did start to play a bit in the second half, we had a spell where we were on top.

Duffy seemed to change the game when he came on, and it was a shame he was pushed out wide in the 4-4-2 when Brooks came on. 

The "goal" should not have been given offside.  When the camera cut to the lino with his flag out, he could be clearly seen mouthing "number 5" into his mic.  O'Connell was onside when the ball was struck. He was in an offside by the time the ball struck his back and went in, but that shouldn't have mattered.

The new rules do mean that "clear daylight" is no more and, even if only the end of his nose in ahead of the defender then it's offside, but I've looked at the stills and the replay and even with the slightly skewed angle he looked on to me.

Oh well.  We've played probably the toughest game of the season and could have come away with a point and maybe, if we'd played with a bit more swagger and in our usual style, could have got more.

Gary Monk was singing our praises after the game saying we're a very good side and should do well this year...  :ok:

Shame about the nobheads after the game having a go at Boro fans including kids in the car park. Twats.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on August 13, 2017, 06:47:19 am
Well I'm not gonna repeat what everyone else has said - we're all pretty much saying the same thing anyway.

I guess the one other point I would make, is yes it's disappointing the goal was disallowed - no it's fuckin infuriating - but I take comfort in 2 points;
- I'm not actually convinced we deserved anything out of the game
&
- it was actually never a free kick in the first place, bllatent dve from J O'C when he knew he'd knocked it too far. I guess karma worked quickly!!

I'll end with a question for the day - Is it just me that has The Fresh Prince of Belair going round in my head whenever I see Blackman??

Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 13, 2017, 02:22:07 pm
Like Vamps, I have to agree with the other posts. A disappointing performance and we didn't deserve anything in all honesty.

With the new laws on diving, can Jack be be retrospectively booked for his dive for the free kick?

Blackman needs to improve his distribution. On a few occaisions he threw to ball to defenders who had Boro players quite close to them.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on August 14, 2017, 02:10:41 pm
Leicester cup game next week to be broadcast on Sky.

Good job really cos don't think I can make his one. £10 for ST holders as well.  :roll:

Do we have a watering hole venue for Saturday?
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on August 15, 2017, 09:49:43 pm
Vamps I'll check with Tap & Tankard tomorrow

I'll go to the Leicester game. perhaps we'll play like we should have done tonight.

My overall view of the 3 games so far in the Championship are that we are being over-run in midfield and we're not getting any service to the strikers. I think we should maybe have another look at 4-4-2 to add a body in MF and get some creative width in there.

Also - Evans and Brooks should be starting IMHO. Brooks caused them problems tonight when he came on and Evans has changed the energy and danger levels for the opposition when he's been introduced.

If your wingbacks can't get forward, go 4-4-2 and get wingers on Chris!

Let's paste the Dingles and get back on track
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on August 16, 2017, 08:37:39 am
I know what you're saying Lings, but I'm not sure its such a case of being overrun in midfield rather than our midfield being run through.  We've come up agains big, powerful, quick forwards and midfielders who are closing us down quicker than we were used to last season and then can get through or behind us in the blink of an eye.  We're playing our passing game too deep as we're being closed down, pushed back and are tentative about losing possession and being run through.

Generally, Cardiff had a passage of play with maybe 3 or 4 passes then a shot.  We'd have passages with 10, 15 maybe 20 passes and (apart from the last 25 mins) these eventually fizzled out without a shot at the end. 

I agree with the 4-4-2 sentiment as when we've adopted that it's looked much more effective.  For the last 20-25 mins last night, we dominated possession and with a higher line on the edge and around their box.  We created most of our chances in that spell.  Brooks and Evans made a big difference when they came on as they were both prepared to hustle and bustle and run at and through defenders.  Brooks looked the most confident player on that pitch last night, which says a lot.  Agree, got to start them both in the next game.

When we are passing it around, which is what we do well, we could do with speeding it up a bit and maybe being prepared to find a final deadly through ball. 

We've taken 3 points from 3 games against 3 teams touted for promotion, 2 of those being away from home.  I'd have taken a point from those three before the season started to be honest.  It'll be good to see how we fare against a side not touted for promotion, one that is more likely to be competing with us mid-table - bring on the Dingles...

Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on August 16, 2017, 07:18:34 pm
yes the point about the midfield being over-run is that Warnock knew our wingbacks are important to our style so he had them pinned back. Carruthers was supposedly playing the creative central role leaving Coutts and Fleck in the centre/deep making it too easy to get past them. I was really surprised that CW didn't chuck a CMF on to help out.

As you say, it's not the worst return so far, but we need a win against the 6-fingered ones.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 17, 2017, 08:19:05 am
What are peoples views on Stephens v Lafferty??

Is it time to give Lafferty a go??
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on August 17, 2017, 10:17:56 am
What are peoples views on Stephens v Lafferty??

Is it time to give Lafferty a go??

I haven't seen enough of Stevens to make an informed decision if I'm honest, but Lafferty was one of those players from the squad that I said last season wasn't good enough for the Championship, so I'm not convinced he's the answer.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on August 18, 2017, 11:08:06 am
What are peoples views on Stephens v Lafferty??

Is it time to give Lafferty a go??

As Vamps said, it's still early to judge Stevens, but of the three games I've watched on iFollow or Sky, he seems a little out of his depth at the moment.  I'm prepared to give him the benefit as it's a big step up from L2 to the Championship.  His touch has been a little poor and he seems a bit lightweight in that fullbacks are easily pushing him off the ball.

I'm happy to see how he gets on when he settles in a bit more, but I'd be happy if Lafferty had to come back in for a while too.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on August 18, 2017, 06:21:02 pm
Stevens has looked good v Brentford and v Stoke

My only criticism of Lafferty last season was, when he got into the positions he got into, his decisions from then on were found wanting, OR when he did make the right decision the delivery was often lacking.

For me, when we're away from home I like the idea of 2 wingbacks on each side covering the wide areas and overlapping. You need pace and ability coupled with defensive capabilities and I know that's a hard thing to achieve but away from home we would be solid and have the ability to spring the counter.

At home, the likes of Brooks and Thomas can shift the emphasis to the attacking third but this can't be achieved in a 3-5-2 because in the 5 you have 2 fullbacks meaning you can't have any wingers.

At home therefore, we should consider a system which still uses fullbacks getting forwards but also includes 2 wingers and 2 strikers, and that suggests a diamond with 2 up top, Carruthers in behind, Brooks and Thomas wide, Fleck at the base, and a back 4 but that leaves us exposed in CMF.

In the end I propose an innovative new system that I call 4-4-4

Freeman  Stearman  Wright   O'Connell

Basham  Fleck   Coutts  Stevens

Brooks  Evans   Sharp  Thomas

I think that would work?



 ;)
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on August 18, 2017, 06:48:25 pm

It's all a bit weird

Sotonexile can't make it - at a wedding FFS  ::)

Vamps can't make it, because of the "W" word (no, not that one, the other one)

Ash can't make it, because of the "W" word (no comment)

So............just me and the Jaipur then  :ok: :DB :DB :DB
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on August 18, 2017, 10:59:11 pm

It's all a bit weird

Sotonexile can't make it - at a wedding FFS  ::)

Vamps can't make it, because of the "W" word (no, not that one, the other one)

Ash can't make it, because of the "W" word (no comment)

So............just me and the Jaipur then  :ok: :DB :DB :DB

No mate, we are all meeting in the Spoons at Broomhill and sitting in the South Stand  :whi
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on August 19, 2017, 06:33:13 pm

It's all a bit weird

Sotonexile can't make it - at a wedding FFS  ::)

Vamps can't make it, because of the "W" word (no, not that one, the other one)

Ash can't make it, because of the "W" word (no comment)

So............just me and the Jaipur then  :ok: :DB :DB :DB

No mate, we are all meeting in the Spoons at Broomhill and sitting in the South Stand  :whi

Sweet! - Not having you and Vamps either side of me meant I could breathe this time!  ;D



Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on August 19, 2017, 06:49:55 pm
Ignoring the previous comments from the plastic part-time Blade who'd rather be Driving Miss Daisy around Derbyshire than supporting the Mighty Wizaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa,   :whi  :whi  :whi  :whi    (Tin hat's on now)

Today we were getting back to our best, playing our usual game against a Dingle side who suggest that if they can have the season they had last season by playing like that, we should be OK!

They were woeful for 75 minutes and only came into the game when we sat off and let them have a go. We had several great chances, Duffy should have had a penalty, Brooks should have scored twice, Coutts should have had one, and Fleck and O'Connell went close. Sharp just failed to connect with one at the back post and we were just so much better than them until that last 15 minutes when I was convinced they would equalise.

Couldn't really see the sending off. Looked like Clarke reacted after a headbutt. Same ref who sent a snortbeast off last season for being fouled by someone else.

So Brooks looked lively when he came on, although a tackler he is not, Fleck put a great shift in as did the back 3, Sharp caused them all sorts of problems and Clarke had a great game until the red card.

Ched? After two very encouraging cameo appearances recently he got a great reception when introduced, and he almost got clear with a couple of really nice touches early on, but quickly looked completely knackered and exactly like a player who hasn't played at this level in many years. I still think we need a striker.

MOTM - Duffy, by a country mile, getting back to his best.

Jaipur, Chips and Curry, and the Blades winning at home. Proper Job.  :ok:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on August 19, 2017, 08:06:06 pm
Ignoring the previous comments from the plastic part-time Blade who'd rather be Driving Miss Daisy around Derbyshire than supporting the Mighty Wizaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa,   :whi  :whi  :whi  :whi    (Tin hat's on now)

Today we were getting back to our best, playing our usual game against a Dingle side who suggest that if they can have the season they had last season by playing like that, we should be OK!

They were woeful for 75 minutes and only came into the game when we sat off and let them have a go. We had several great chances, Duffy should have had a penalty, Brooks should have scored twice, Coutts should have had one, and Fleck and O'Connell went close. Sharp just failed to connect with one at the back post and we were just so much better than them until that last 15 minutes when I was convinced they would equalise.

Couldn't really see the sending off. Looked like Clarke reacted after a headbutt. Same ref who sent a snortbeast off last season for being fouled by someone else.

So Brooks looked lively when he came on, although a tackler he is not, Fleck put a great shift in as did the back 3, Sharp caused them all sorts of problems and Clarke had a great game until the red card.

Ched? After two very encouraging cameo appearances recently he got a great reception when introduced, and he almost got clear with a couple of really nice touches early on, but quickly looked completely knackered and exactly like a player who hasn't played at this level in many years. I still think we need a striker.

MOTM - Duffy, by a country mile, getting back to his best.

Jaipur, Chips and Curry, and the Blades winning at home. Proper Job.  :ok:

Just watched the Sky highlights and have no idea (from those that I've seen) how we only scored 1!!!

http://www.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/football/10995880/sheffield-united-1-0-barnsley
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on August 19, 2017, 09:19:06 pm
Granted I wasn't there today, but some very interesting and contrasting views

https://roysviewfrom.wordpress.com/2017/08/19/view-from-barnsley-3/
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on August 20, 2017, 05:54:10 pm
Granted I wasn't there today, but some very interesting and contrasting views

https://roysviewfrom.wordpress.com/2017/08/19/view-from-barnsley-3/

Most of 'em called it right mate
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on August 20, 2017, 06:35:08 pm
Great to get another 3 points at BDTBL  :ok:

Not a criticism as such, but we really need to score more when so dominant and there are better teams to play who will punish us if we don't. From what I've seen so far, I think we will be strong at home but much weaker away, similar to our last Prem season although CW will not be as chicken shit as NW was and will at least try to compete away.

This league is tough and very hard to predict.......let's face it, Ipswich were tipped by most to struggle and they are unbeaten. Villa were going to walk it and they have only just had their first win. Brentford were going to be play offs at worst and they are struggling. In reality, it's far too early to call for anyone at the moment and lots can and will change throughout the coming months. However, I remain fairly sure that the Mighty RAWW will be comfortable and be a higher end mid table side this season.....if so, I can see us pushing for promotion next season under the Great Truth Distorting One  :ok:

Just wish Miss Daisy didn't want driving around most effin Satdis  )O(
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on August 20, 2017, 08:08:04 pm
The Ipshit situation is bizarre to be honest, even the tractor boys don't understand what's happening. They don't have a recognised defender at the moment and played their kids on Saturday, yet still seem to be keeping clean sheets.  Waghorn seems to be a revelation for them.  Anyway, the point is no-one in this neck of the woods thinks they'll maintain the form and will tail off, but it does show what's possible even in this, as the pigs call it, "superior" league.

Saturday sounded good on iFollow (Tex and I will mumble and swear accordingly as yet another game not available for video stream) and watching the highlights back, we should have scored more.  That said, their keeper had a worldy and Brooks was so unlucky with the one that hit the post.

On the sending off, watching the highlights, Clarke asks the ref why he's being sent off and the ref indicates with his hand that he grabbed the Dingles' throat.  Maybe the ref though it prudent that Clarke head to the dressing room and thoroughly showered himself having touched the Barnsley player without his usual gloves?  To be honest, the Barnsley player didn't really butt Clarke.  I think a couple of yellows would have been a more sensible decision... 

Anyway, distraction on Tuesday night then back to business. Derby will be another tough test and I think they'll put us under more pressure than Barnsley did.  Glad to see Duffy strutting his stuff at this level, and by all accounts Wright was a man-mountain without really getting much of the ball. 

I think Lings called it right and we need another forward, one with pace and strength. One of the Cardiff boys would do nicely.  In fact Bogle might have been perfect so strange we didn't go back in for him.

 :ok:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on August 20, 2017, 09:47:32 pm
Bogle would be ideal mate. I was disappointed that we didn't go in for him before, but I guess he wanted higher than L1 and we needed a "Hanson" to help us out of it.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on August 21, 2017, 10:03:34 am
Magic hat and Edna named in The Sun's team of the weekend  :ok: (yeah, I know, it's only the Sun!)
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on August 21, 2017, 01:20:13 pm
Yeah both were excellent. Can't imagine why Duff-Man didn't get in there
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on August 21, 2017, 08:39:00 pm
If ever you wanted evidence of just how bad Adkins was for us just take a look at Calvert-Lewin. Couldn't get in a league 1 side and yet here he is now playing alongside Rooney in the Premier League and looking class!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on August 21, 2017, 09:24:39 pm
Adkins was clearly the king of bellendery at BDTBL - WTF he was thinking of I don't know. Billy Sharp his only saving grace.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on August 21, 2017, 11:29:06 pm
Adkins was clearly the king of bellendery at BDTBL - WTF he was thinking of I don't know. Billy Sharp his only saving grace.

His levels of fuckwittery were pretty astounding as well
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on August 22, 2017, 09:10:55 am
Jack The Hat in the Official FL Team of the Week
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on August 22, 2017, 12:45:38 pm
One Chrissy Wilder.......

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/sheffield-united-the-club-with-no-need-for-foreign-players-wn88dkm8z?shareToken=e38f71809982849ac87f442f86d8b204

That's because they are his 'type' of players - none of this rolling round on the floor with a damaged eyelash - only rolling Chris' players do is rolling their sleeves up and getting on with it!!!

Forgot we're on the box tonight.......is that gonna result in a low crowd? 
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on August 22, 2017, 01:10:34 pm
That answered that question then..........

Although from what I'm hearing Leicester have sold their full allocation (bottom tier)
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on August 22, 2017, 01:53:11 pm
Blimey - looks like a low turnout on that basis mate. Still, we'll be there!  :ok:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on August 22, 2017, 11:10:10 pm
Tonight was disappointing. 4-1 wasn't a fair reflection of the balance of play. We had some good chances, 2 penalty shouts, and we were fully in the game until they scored in the second half, immediately after we'd narrowly missed at the other end. After a brief pause we got going again. The second goal and the third immediately after, when Carruthers was trying to showboat on the edge of his own box, really killed it. For a change, we were a bit of a shambles defensively in that second half after a great first, but in the end it was all about pace. They had lots of it in the final third, we had absolutely none.

We spend a lot of time working the ball wide, we rarely go through the middle, but when you go wide and toss it into the box, if you only have Lavery and then Sharp in the box against 4 guys with snow on their heads, you're not going to win any of those balls in.

MOTM? Brooks by a mile. Everything we did that was good came through him. He won't be here long.

Other than that, I didn't think there was anyone out there who was saying to CW "Now you must play me on Satdi" so Wilder's selection headaches have largely gone away.

We desperately need 1 or 2 strikers (as Eeyore said, Hanson would have been very useful tonight) but please get people in with pace who can really attack a defence. Ched is not the answer!

Nice ovations for Harry tonight, he really showed how far ahead he is compared to the club he left behind.

UTB!!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 23, 2017, 08:36:25 am
Pretty good summary there Lings. I watched it on SKY, and was in the chat room with Stabo, and we both said the same. Their pace did us in the end. I thought Baldock had a reasonable debut, but he didn't get back quick enough after attacking. May just be a fitness issue. Although conceding 4, Eastwood again looked composed, and made a fabulous save.

Nice to see Harry get a great reception. You can't blame him for going, and he does look to have progressed very well. Maybe an England call up soon.

I feel we may not have Brooks for much longer. It would be nice to start building a team around him, but we always want to cash in. It would be a shame, but unfortunately, the PL clubs have the majority of the money to spend, and they buy players just to stop the others buying them. Conte is moaning that he only has a squad of 68 contracted players.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on August 23, 2017, 12:52:57 pm
For me there weren't any of the fringe players knocking ion the door of CW last night saying look at men, with the exception of Brooks. That game was a perfect opportunity for either Evans or Lavery to say - you need someone for the next couple of games and here I am - That may be a little harsh as the service into them was poor - Lavery certainly covered a lot more ground than Evans and worked harder. Personally I still don't see Evans as being fit enough yet - certainly if he starts, there's a sub almost guarantee to be used up when he needs to come off but I'm not sure I see Sharp and Lavery working together and there is certainly a lack of height up front with them two playing together.

Lafferty showed exactly why Stevens is getting in the side in front of him.

What was glaringly obvious to anyone with an ounce of football knowledge last night was the lack of pace we have in the side - yes we've been saying it since day 1, but in reality that's what beat us last night. First 15 minutes I said to Ash that you could see a difference in the quality, but then as we came into the game and stripped being scared of them we pretty much held our own for the rest of the half and we even debated, you know what, could a win be on here.

2nd half Leicester came out, upped the tempo and we just couldn't deal with it. I think we may have given in to a sucker punch and pushed on too much cos Leicester went to hit us on the break, did so with pace and clinical precision. I wasn't overly impressed with Lundstram and think he left big holes in the middle (although Brooks free role doesn't help there either).

All in all though it was an evening of a few beers, laughs and watching the Blades - exactly what we said pre match was the aim of the night. I think very few expected us to win and it means we don't have to get up at 4qm to find out who we've got in the next round.

Roll on Satdi - see the usual suspects in The Bath!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on August 23, 2017, 03:29:03 pm
I'll bring the loofah
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 23, 2017, 04:20:54 pm
I'll bring the loofah

And your coat  :whi :whi
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on August 23, 2017, 06:04:40 pm
plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose me old Lanc mate
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Staboblade on August 23, 2017, 07:46:53 pm
Ye, I saw it like the rest of you...we put a lot of work in, especially in the first half and perhaps the result was a tad harsh but the reality is they were missing for fun at first. Of the reserves that played I wouldn't be worried to see Brooks, Eastwood and Baldock in the first team.

 On Ched, he missed a lot of pre season so is well behind the rest but CW has to keep giving him game time ( from the bench ) and reserve games to get his match fitness and conditioning up.

 I really hope CW gets a couple of pace players in we are woefully slow and perhaps the 3-5-2 isn't working as well, time will tell on that but i've always liked 4-4-2.

 I'm at the game on Saturday and if we get a draw i'll be happy, I spoke to a Derby fan today and he says that they're already being written off but I see them as one of the top six sides in this division.

 So what team would you play on Saturday?
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 24, 2017, 08:46:39 am
Ye, I saw it like the rest of you...we put a lot of work in, especially in the first half and perhaps the result was a tad harsh but the reality is they were missing for fun at first. Of the reserves that played I wouldn't be worried to see Brooks, Eastwood and Baldock in the first team.

 On Ched, he missed a lot of pre season so is well behind the rest but CW has to keep giving him game time ( from the bench ) and reserve games to get his match fitness and conditioning up.

 I really hope CW gets a couple of pace players in we are woefully slow and perhaps the 3-5-2 isn't working as well, time will tell on that but i've always liked 4-4-2.

 I'm at the game on Saturday and if we get a draw i'll be happy, I spoke to a Derby fan today and he says that they're already being written off but I see them as one of the top six sides in this division.

 So what team would you play on Saturday?

Hodgkinson,
Badger, Joe Shaw, Morgan, Hemsley
Woodward, Currie, Sabella, Salmons
Sharp, Jones,
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on August 24, 2017, 12:36:05 pm
I'd replace Sharp with Deane but otherwise that's not a bad side  :ok:

Looking at the striking options, with Clarke suspended, and the question of whether you go with Brooks or Duffy, I would like to see Brooks AND Duffy playing behind Sharp, still keeping the back 3, still with fullbacks getting forward, and with Fleck and Coutts central.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on August 24, 2017, 01:34:16 pm
Tyler Smith got 2 more for the U-23 last night v Cardiff. Maybe he's worth a punt?
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on August 24, 2017, 03:00:11 pm
Looking at the striking options, with Clarke suspended, and the question of whether you go with Brooks or Duffy, I would like to see Brooks AND Duffy playing behind Sharp, still keeping the back 3, still with fullbacks getting forward, and with Fleck and Coutts central.

^^^^^ This, and I think CW will do this on Satdi  :ok:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on August 24, 2017, 03:06:56 pm
Also, huge congrats to Harry "Leadboots" Maguire on his England call up........well deserved and inevitable after his recent performances. Good luck Harry  :ok: :ok: :ok:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 24, 2017, 04:29:52 pm
Tyler Smith got 2 more for the U-23 last night v Cardiff. Maybe he's worth a punt?

Maybe a bit early for him, but I would give him some exposure to the first team squad.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on August 24, 2017, 04:45:03 pm
Yeah congrats to Harry - he was immense on Tuesday night.

CW saying he's confident one new signing for tomorrow, MAYBE 2.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on August 24, 2017, 05:43:15 pm
Yeah congrats to Harry - he was immense on Tuesday night.

CW saying he's confident one new signing for tomorrow, MAYBE 2.

 :ok: :yikes: :^^ :cheer:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Staboblade on August 24, 2017, 06:54:50 pm
Yeah congrats to Harry - he was immense on Tuesday night.

CW saying he's confident one new signing for tomorrow, MAYBE 2.

hope one is a quick powerful striker....
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on August 24, 2017, 09:15:20 pm
Yeah congrats to Harry - he was immense on Tuesday night.

CW saying he's confident one new signing for tomorrow, MAYBE 2.

hope one is a quick powerful striker....

hope they both are!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 25, 2017, 08:33:33 am
Yeah congrats to Harry - he was immense on Tuesday night.

CW saying he's confident one new signing for tomorrow, MAYBE 2.

Is this one of them?

http://c.newsnow.co.uk/A/899356312?-295:800:0
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on August 25, 2017, 10:21:15 am
Yeah congrats to Harry - he was immense on Tuesday night.

CW saying he's confident one new signing for tomorrow, MAYBE 2.

Is this one of them?

http://c.newsnow.co.uk/A/899356312?-295:800:0

That one started yesterday on the back of an unofficial Spurs Twitter account. Not sure if it's true or not but he's a big unit.  He's either the next Ledley King or the next Nyron Nosworthy depending on which Spurs fan you listen to.

Personally I think this is more smoke and mirrors with Lenihan still being the main target!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on August 25, 2017, 11:40:08 am
I would be quite happy with Carter Vickers although the Spurs fans don't rate him very much. It seems he is brilliant in reserve games but when playing 1st team in front of a crowd he turns into  a bit of a bomb scare!

See the usuals in The Bath tomorrow.....about 12.20 for me. That southern poofta can't make it again!!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on August 25, 2017, 12:09:21 pm
So Brooks has now accepted a call up to play for Wales........at what point does he have to say, that's it - this is the country I'm playing for?
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on August 25, 2017, 04:18:24 pm
I would be quite happy with Carter Vickers although the Spurs fans don't rate him very much. It seems he is brilliant in reserve games but when playing 1st team in front of a crowd he turns into  a bit of a bomb scare!

See the usuals in The Bath tomorrow.....about 12.20 for me. That southern poofta can't make it again!!

12:20?  :yikes:  hahahahahaha - should be an emntertaining afternoon then. I'll be there about 13:00
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on August 25, 2017, 04:20:27 pm
So Brooks has now accepted a call up to play for Wales........at what point does he have to say, that's it - this is the country I'm playing for?

He can play U-21 but still switch. Once he's played a full International that's him stuck. The Welsh are calling him the new Bale, so his head will be turned in that direction for sure. Seems he can't make his mind up. I hope he doesn't have a grandmother from Easter Island.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 25, 2017, 04:45:17 pm
Yeah congrats to Harry - he was immense on Tuesday night.

CW saying he's confident one new signing for tomorrow, MAYBE 2.

Is this one of them?

http://c.newsnow.co.uk/A/899356312?-295:800:0

That one started yesterday on the back of an unofficial Spurs Twitter account. Not sure if it's true or not but he's a big unit.  He's either the next Ledley King or the next Nyron Nosworthy depending on which Spurs fan you listen to.

Personally I think this is more smoke and mirrors with Lenihan still being the main target!

He has signed on a season long loan.

http://c.newsnow.co.uk/A/899434509?-295:800:0
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Staboblade on August 25, 2017, 05:14:29 pm
Another possibility

http://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2017/08/25/report-sheffield-united-in-talks-to-loan-jerome-sinclair-from-wa/
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on August 25, 2017, 06:34:48 pm
I would be quite happy with Carter Vickers although the Spurs fans don't rate him very much. It seems he is brilliant in reserve games but when playing 1st team in front of a crowd he turns into  a bit of a bomb scare!

See the usuals in The Bath tomorrow.....about 12.20 for me. That southern poofta can't make it again!!

12:20?  :yikes:  hahahahahaha - should be an emntertaining afternoon then. I'll be there about 13:00

Just the usual stuff mate! Oh, and I have seat 170 again so if you want to apologise to Molly on my behalf now, feel free  :ok:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on August 25, 2017, 09:35:38 pm
I'll apologise to me on your behalf!

Altogether now................"He Fuckin' Loves It!!!"     :DD
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Sotonexiledblade on August 25, 2017, 09:46:35 pm

See the usuals in The Bath tomorrow.....about 12.20 for me. That southern poofta can't make it again!!




It's my last game without having a drink!!!! Then it'll be  :DB
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on August 25, 2017, 10:16:54 pm
I'll apologise to me on your behalf!

Altogether now................"He Fuckin' Loves It!!!"     :DD

Yep, fair enough........he really does fuckin love it though  :ok: ;D
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on August 25, 2017, 10:19:28 pm

See the usuals in The Bath tomorrow.....about 12.20 for me. That southern poofta can't make it again!!




It's my last game without having a drink!!!! Then it'll be  :DB

Forget this bike riding malarky mate.......can't watch The Blades sober  :ok:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on August 26, 2017, 06:34:26 am

See the usuals in The Bath tomorrow.....about 12.20 for me. That southern poofta can't make it again!!




It's my last game without having a drink!!!! Then it'll be  :DB

Forget this bike riding malarky mate.......can't watch The Blades sober  :ok:

I did suggest if he's desperate for a long bike ride, he should come up on the train and cycle back to Southampton on Sunday - that should put the bugger off bikes!!!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on August 26, 2017, 06:10:38 pm
Super result today

First half we totally bossed them, and if we can play like that against a side that's been in this division for this long, I think we've already justified our position in this league. They rarely got into our half.

First goal, thanks to their keeper for setting up Billy Sharp so well.

Second goal, thanks to Russell for a precision-placed own goal.

Third goal, thanks to their keeper for going on his holidays before the game was over.

Not sure I like this sitting back nonsense, and I think CW got it wrong with the substitutions as Brooks would have been the out-ball to keep the ball at their end of the pitch, but while the results keep coming, I'm not complaining.

Coutts MOTM followed by Fleck followed by Sharp and Duffy.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Staboblade on August 26, 2017, 06:55:46 pm
Ye, great first half by us, I think we shocked them with our high pressing game....and what a saving tackle from Fleck, very Jagielkaesque.

Second half they came out a bit more but our defense was so strong and what a turn by Sharp to beat, i think, Huddlestone for his second goal.

 I think what we had today that we lacked v Middlesboro was movement, our players ran into spaces and the passing was awesome.

MOTM Every player today

On Ched, I thought he played well when he came on, he lacks a bit of strength but his passing and control was really good.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: BoltonBlade on August 27, 2017, 09:19:09 am
A post match report from a deranged Ram supporter.

http://c.newsnow.co.uk/A/899609546?-295:800:0
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Staboblade on August 27, 2017, 12:54:48 pm
A post match report from a deranged Ram supporter.

http://c.newsnow.co.uk/A/899609546?-295:800:0

Deluded....to say we had no chances other than the goals...err they didn't have a shot on target in the first half and i don't recall a save from Blackman in the second either. Also What he fails to realise is that hard work, passion and heart are 90% of the game and they had none. He also fails to mention that we had more chances in the second half i.e. Fleck, Ched and Sharp had chances before our third. No mention of Flecks Jagielkaesque tackle either. We're not a poor side either, we are an average side with guts and CW.....get some pace into that team with that passion and we'll turn over a lot more teams who think they are better than they are.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on August 27, 2017, 10:36:04 pm
Well that was interesting. The brilliant football made it almost watchable on iFollow (my VPN only works in Standard Definition, HD annoyingly buffers all the time).  As someone already said, it reminded me of some of last season's performances where we moved the ball around quickly and there was always one or two players waiting to receive the ball.  The opponents were stretched and made to chase the game.  Yes our three goals were a bit lucky, but then we were also unlucky not to score another 3.  We played with a swagger that has been missing in the games so far this year.  We should play that way every week. Screw giving teams respect, humiliate them..

In that first half we were totally dominant.  My only minor criticism was that we sometimes made a chance to cross or shoot but turned back and started neat triangles again.  Sometimes I think we should take more of a chance and whip one in and see what happens.

Coutts had one of the best games I've seen him play for us, maybe as he had a point to prove having been rejected by Derby who ran out of patience with his long-term injury.  Saw a fact on Twitter:  Water covers 77.7% of the earth's surface.  John Fleck covers the rest every 90 minutes.

On that form, and with additions coming in soon and possibly again in January, the future is certainly bright.  Still think we'll end up mid-table but, for now, I'm going to enjoy being in the playoff positions... UTB
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Staboblade on August 27, 2017, 10:44:02 pm
Roma, Coutts was a regular and their captain until he suffered a bad injury that kept him out for a year. He then went down the pecking order, all the Derby fans I know said he was a good player at Derby.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on August 28, 2017, 12:30:35 pm
That Derby fan needs a check-up from the neck up.

"Sheffield United were really poor" despite having more possession and more attempts on target. Derby hardly got into our half during the first 45!

Gary Rowett and Andre Wisdom also saw the real facts. Out fought, out thought, and then yes, outplayed.

I'm all for the partisan view from the fans, but deluded doesn't even come close to describing his thoughts.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on August 29, 2017, 05:31:10 am
Some interesting views in here and nice to see us top of the Yorkshire clubs!!

https://www.fourfourtwo.com/features/ranked-matchday-experience-all-92-english-league-stadiums

Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on August 29, 2017, 03:38:26 pm
BDTBL number 2  :ok:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on August 29, 2017, 04:17:12 pm
I'm off to see the mighty play at Portman Road tonight... :ok:

Shame it's only the U23's but a Blades' game is a Blades' game...  :cheer:

If I get chance and some decent 4 or 3G I'll try to post some piccys on What's App or Twitter.

It's going to be interesting identifying many of the players to be honest  :DD
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on August 30, 2017, 11:01:18 am
Quick match report from last night's U23's fixture at Portman Road v Ipshit Towaaaarn,

Don't expect names as buggered if I know who most of them were and it wasn't helped by the Blades' team on the photocopies of the team sheets handed out didn't have numbers on them.  In fact it didn't help the player's not having names on their backs and some of them having the same number (we had 2 number 6's for example!).

Anyway, we started well enough but after about 10 mins looked a little lethargic, like we'd travelled 4.5 hours down the A1 and A14 just before the game  :whi

We were holding and playing the ball well in midfield but not really creating much and looked dodgy everytime Ipswich broke, which wasn't that often and was usually a long ball over the top.  The lino was terrible and missed several clear offsides (I'm talking yards not inches).

It was poor marking at a corner that got them their first goal, how a corner can land at someone's feet in the six yard box for him to jab home I'm not sure, especially as he was marked.  Keeper should have come for it and defender should have cleared it.

Hallam (I think) then went on a mazy run and curled a level shot in from the angle of the edge of the box but the Ipswich keeper made a stunning finger tip save to push it round the post. The ref gave a GK  )O(

We had a lot of possession in the middle of the pitch, they looked dangerous on the break but were made to pass the ball around the edge of their box for most of the half to be fair.

Their second came from another ball over the top (they'd claim it was a weighted lobbed through ball, but I'd claim it was hoofball again).  The keeper came out to the edge of his box despite the Ipswich player going wide and being tracked by our full back.  He dived, missed the ball completely but was given as second go and did the same again, then once more before they scored a second.  A farcical goal to give away but to be honest we were looking more weary as the half drew on and Ipshit looked like scoring on every break, so I was fearing for us before HT.

Second half we were a different team.  We were up and at them from the start and a goal was evidently coming.  We missed a couple of sitters, where great play down the right wing saw the ball whipped in low into the six yard box but no one was able to get on the end of it when a tap in would do.  Out strikers seemed to either want to hold back on the edge of their box, or were just too slow to get forward, although to be fair our wing backs and midfielders were lightening quick at going past their defenders.

Ipshit were even more limited to breaks now, but did look dangerous when they got out of their half, especially as we only had two players in our own half (3 with the keeper).

We dominated the 2nd period and should have scored at least 5 goals - I'm not talking half chances but sitters!  If you add in the half-chances we could have had double figures.  Our first came from a corner, the big black lad from the back soaring above their defence to head home. He'd done this a few times and missed an easy unmarked header earlier, but this time he hammered home and you could see it coming.  They then scored a third shortly after, against the run of play and, you guessed it, on the break with their 2nd attack of the 2nd half, but again the keeper could (bit harsh this time maybe) have saved it as the chasing full back put pressure on their forward.

Our second goal came after some brilliant play down the right, quick passing leaving Ipswich dizzy and chasing shadows for log periods of the game (think Swindon or Southend away for what it was like).  Then the right sided midfielder powered past three defenders into their box, the keeper saved well, they cleared the rebound effort off the line but we then slid it home from three yards.

There were two more occasions where this ping pong happened in their box but this time we couldn't score.  They broke again got a pen and skied it, then we had three more good chanced, a header just going over when it was was looking goal bound, great save from the keeper then another tap in going inches wide when it was easier to score, smacking the post from 25 yards with a low, rasping and curling shot and so on.

Plus points for me were the way we dominated second half, all over the pitch.  Our right winger was especially good as was the left wing-back...  Not sure about the defence and keeper who looked dodgy throughout, but give them credit we did play with 3 and then 2 only at the back.  Our strikers also didn't seem to get much of the ball and their positioning seemed too far back when if they'd been further forward there were simple tap ins to be had on more than one occasion.

Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on August 31, 2017, 08:19:08 am
Thank Christ it was only a quick one. Hate to see the long one!!! :DD
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Staboblade on August 31, 2017, 03:17:32 pm
 
Thank Christ it was only a quick one. Hate to see the long one!!! :DD
:DD :DD
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on September 01, 2017, 12:51:06 pm
Thank Christ it was only a quick one. Hate to see the long one!!! :DD
You should have seen my notes!!!!
On a serious note though, it's good to see the development squad playing football the right way. A passing, possession game but also a progressive game. The CW/Knill approach is permeating down the ranks and I think the future is looking bright.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on September 06, 2017, 01:39:08 pm
What's happened to CW? He seems to have decided he's going to ruffle feathers and say what he thinks about a variety of topics.  He's upset the agents and those in the FA (allegedly) creaming off the back handers, pissed off Sinclair and others for having no spine or ambition and now he's upset our rivals by predicting their financial implosions. 

It's like having our very own football equivalent of Victor Meldrew.

Love it! Keep it up CW.  :ok:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: BoltonBlade on September 06, 2017, 04:04:01 pm
What's happened to CW? He seems to have decided he's going to ruffle feathers and say what he thinks about a variety of topics.  He's upset the agents and those in the FA (allegedly) creaming off the back handers, pissed off Sinclair and others for having no spine or ambition and now he's upset our rivals by predicting their financial implosions. 

It's like having our very own football equivalent of Victor Meldrew.

Love it! Keep it up CW.  :ok:

They always say that the truth hurts.....
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Staboblade on September 09, 2017, 02:28:02 pm
Blackman, Stevens, Fleck, O'Connell, Basham, Sharp, Donaldson, Wright, Coutts, Freeman, Duffy.
Subs: Baldock, Lundstram, Carter-Vickers, Lafferty, Eastwood, Evans, Brooks.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on September 09, 2017, 06:33:31 pm
Super win, super performance, the striker we've been crying out for (I admit I was underwhelmed at the time) and if Sunderland had got anything from that game it would have been an absolute travesty.

Two GREAT goals by the way - shooting from outside the box? Whatever next?

Onwards and upwards! UTB!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on September 09, 2017, 08:23:39 pm
Yep, great stuff today and well deserved, albeit against a woefully out of sorts opposition. Need to beat Bolton on Tuesday and I really hope that Donaldo only had cramp today and not fecked his hamstring, like it looked.

Great to get our first away points of the season  :ok:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on September 09, 2017, 08:52:00 pm
Good thing today was that as was highlighted in commentary, Brooks and Ched looked good when Sharp and Donaldo went off.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on September 11, 2017, 12:29:25 pm
Brilliant performance.  There's a common thread evolving as every time we beat someone their fans turn on them saying that they're shit and not worthy of the shirt.  Brentford, Barnsley and Derby fans said that and look what happened to Derby in their next game.  Can't be that shit.

Is it therefore actually because we're so much better than other teams' fans imagine we make them look so shit...

Sunderland, one shot (well glancing header) on target all game and not many off target either.  We dominated throughout.  I just love watching us play now.  There's always a player finding space to receive the ball, which is why we keep it so much.  Player on the ball has another player who is the most likely advanced recipient.  If that player is marked then there's always someone else dropping in behind or to the side to receive a safe ball instead (this is actually the Barcelona way! Can't believe I am saying that!).

Once teams realise that they also need to mark Donaldson (and Ched or Brooks) then Sharp is going to start finding more space again.  And we all know what happens then...

Isn't it nice being a Blade at the moment  :ok:

P
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on September 12, 2017, 09:10:45 am
Just reading the latest "View From" article on the Bolton preview.
https://roysviewfrom.wordpress.com

The first quote from a Bolton fan caught my eye straight away: "How about 4-4-1-1 and hope we can take advantage of their relative weakness in both boxes?"

What weakness? 

As far as I'm concerned the only weakness we have is due to our style of play and is to pump balls behind our wing backs when they've pushed on.  Boro did that first half at the Riverside and so did Cardiff.  Problem is, for our opponents, is we have 3 CBs and the midfield to cover for them, so they need extreme pace to get in behind the wing backs and also take the risk of pushing their own wide midfielders forward and leaving their own flanks exposed to attacks from Freeman and Stevens.

I bloody love Sheffield United and Chrissy Wilder  :ok:

It gets better as you read on.  How about "This lot have only won one championship away game in their last 5 seasons.  We should be getting something."  :DD
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Staboblade on September 12, 2017, 03:19:09 pm

As far as I'm concerned the only weakness we have is due to our style of play and is to pump balls behind our wing backs when they've pushed on.  Boro did that first half at the Riverside and so did Cardiff.


I think the game against Leicester highlighted that weakness to ourselves because we seemed to have got stronger there and we've won both games since and let's hope for a third win tonight.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Staboblade on September 12, 2017, 07:13:04 pm
Blackman, Baldock, Fleck, O’Connell, Clarke, Sharp, Wright, Coutts, Carter-Vickers, Duffy, Lafferty.
Subs: Stevens, Basham, Lundstram, Freeman, Eastwood, Evans, Brooks.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: BoltonBlade on September 12, 2017, 07:38:27 pm
Blackman, Baldock, Fleck, O’Connell, Clarke, Sharp, Wright, Coutts, Carter-Vickers, Duffy, Lafferty.
Subs: Stevens, Basham, Lundstram, Freeman, Eastwood, Evans, Brooks.

Not sure why Freeman is dropped, unless for tactical reasons? Apparantly Bash has a slight injury, so why put him on the bench?
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on September 13, 2017, 06:30:47 am
I'm working in Widnes this week (lucky me) so thought, well it's only just round the corner, why wouldn't I go to the game, even if it is a shit ground. Any chance to see the Blades (and Widnes is a shithole!)

Have to say it wasnt our usual flowing football, but I think that was very much down to Bolton. It looked like a decent Championship side playing a bunch of league 1 thugs. We got well and truly bullied (and yet they went down like bsmbi being shot if we went anywhere near them. Disappointing that an experienced ref like Atwell kept buying it as well......have to say, if Bolton carry on playing like that all season they're in serious trouble. They haven't made the step up well at all.

On the changes, 2CV (thanks for that Roma) started off looking a little dodgy, but as the game went on he grew into it more.and more. Took his goal really well and should have had a second. In fact if he'd hit it anywhere else than straight at the keeper he would have done. By the end I was really liking him, the trouble we have is who does he replace? As a back 3 Stearman O'Connell and Bash have looked really good. Baldock scares me, did throughout. I think he was another that got better as the game went on, but far too many silly misplaced passes. He's got speed though - plenty of it! Clarke was always going to come in, and in fairness he held the ball up well, but he got found out last night, cos that's basically all he did. He and Sharp were like strangers, he held onto the ball fir far too long when a simple ball would have released another player, seemed frightened to have a shot, and when he had a glaring chance at the end missed it!!

Coutts once again was outstanding. What Tufty has done to him is incredible - MOTM yet again for me.

I was actually quite worried when Brooks came on - it was a very wet pitch and Bolton where really going in hard by this point - wasn't sure it was a game for him and also worried he could easily pick up an injury - he took a few knocks, but he stood up and showed he can take some of the rough stuff as well, but his skill on the ball shone through. he spent a good portion of the last few minutes just holding the ball up in the corners - using strength to hold players off, and his skill to keep them away from it - the double megs on Beevers drawing rapturous chants from the away faithful.

All in all, not a pretty game, but job done, another 3 points and we move onto Norwich - there aren't any easy games in this league are there!!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on September 13, 2017, 07:47:30 am
I enjoyed watching the game on iFollow last night and agree with Vamps' summation.

Bolton had one game plan and one only. To flood the midfield, close us down quickly, try to stop us passing and then pump balls to the lone forward in the hope we'd make a mistake at the back.  First half it didn't work for them.  Second half they upped the intensity of their chasing and harrying (and as Vamps said the violence of it) and their game plan did mostly work. But a team trailing 1-0 should have opened up the game and tried to get at us, so although their tactic may have worked second half, it was clearly the wrong tactic!

Parkinson realised the threat from our wingbacks and so there were usually three or four Bolton players closing down when the ball was out wide, and we actually did quite well passing our way out of some tight corners, but this could have been what exposes Baldock's rustiness or inexperience and why some of his passes went astray.   We were also made to resort to a longer ball down the channels at times, and as said, Clarke's touch wasn't there last night and so he failed to hold the ball up as required.

Once again though, when Brooks came on, he opened up the game.  He gets around so much and can run past two, three players, that the closing down suddenly becomes impossible - we don't need to pass it when he runs at them.  With the Don back in the side, we have two players (plus the wingbacks) that can run at defenders with pace.

Coutts was unlucky not to get on the score sheet last night and in all honesty, I think they had one header cleared of the line from a corner, but it was a very tame header and my 2 year old nephew could have headed it away.

And how good is it to change both your full backs and not really see too much effect on the overall team or result.  I was a bit surprised when CW doubled up on the wing-backs, but now I realise why - it's an intense position and he can rotate so they're always fresh. Genius.

Enjoying this now.  The comparison was there to be seen.  It's official - we are a Championship side and a half-decent one at that. 
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: BoltonBlade on September 13, 2017, 08:35:11 am
Interesting 2 reviews of the match. I sent a few texts put to Bolton supporters I know, and I got one back from a regular attendee at the Reebok. He is mid 50's, ex captain at the golf club. In fact he was with me at the Bath Hotel before the wanderers game last season. I will continue the conversation today.

I said 'Thanks for the 3 points. Sounded close, but we probably deserved it'

'You were absolutely brutal and deserved nothing, but we can't create anything up front. Mr. Atwell 1 Bolton 0.'

I replied 'Atwell hates us as well'

Not tonight, he's in the shower with your thugs. His arse will be the same colour as the card he was afraid to use on at least 2 occassions'
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: BoltonBlade on September 13, 2017, 08:58:59 am
Just picking out some of the comments in the Bolton News.

Lifelongwhite 12th September 10:13 pm
What an absolutely terrible excuse for a referee he was totally appalling from start to finish hope gets mugged on the way home. Another negative from tonight was the disgraceful tactics of the sheffield united players if you can only win games by playing dirty nasty cheating football then there is something wrong with you. On our teams performance i would say it was improved, we conceded the goal but didnt sit around sulking we pulled ourselves together showed some fight and spirit had some good passages of play and some chances we kept going right till the end and should have had at least a point.


One Andy Walker 12th September 10:03 pm
Well who'd a thowt it another defeat, feck off Parkinson you are so far out of your depth we'll need to send for oxygen, clueless doesn't come close to describe your abilities.

    REFEREE

    Stuart Attwell - 2

What a twat. No wonder he has this reputation as being a terrible referee.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on September 13, 2017, 09:22:12 am
I'm surprised at that from Bolton fans. The commentators last night were saying the exact opposite and confirmed Vamps' view that Bolton were the thugs but resorted to throwing themselves to the floor at every opportunity, just like last season, trying to win free-kicks so they could toss the ball in for the big lumps up from the back.

I'm not getting carried away, because although we've just secured 2 away wins they were both against really poor sides, but we're playing some good stuff and certainly don't look out of our depth at this level. Let's despatch Norwich and give the pigs a proper roasting.

UTB!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on September 13, 2017, 11:26:05 am
Don't get me wrong there were some particularly tastes tackles thrown in from Utd, but only really as last resorts. Lafferty's in particular and have to say Clarke owes him one for that cos he out us in a dangerous position to warrant it. Any of our play was really only in retaliation to what Bolton were throwing at us though and not seeing any action from the ref. One thing I do agree with the Bolton fans, for a Premiership referee Atwell did let the game get away from him - although the reds should have been shown to those players in white!

My guess is the Bolton fans have been watching that durge of an excuse for football for so long they've become conned by it as well. The difference in class was clear to see last night.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on September 13, 2017, 01:32:11 pm
Ha ha - some quality comments in here https://roysviewfrom.wordpress.com/

Deluded!!!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on September 13, 2017, 04:02:25 pm
Hilarious. Especially the guy who says they're way above us because they spent 12 consecutive years in the PL! Yes mate, and you ran up £160m of debt that you had no hope of servicing, and that's why you almost went out of business and why you're heading back to L1 where a small tinpot Lanc town club truly belongs! 14,000 crowds at Championship level? Really? See ya!

I love how they hate us. It gives me a warm glow inside because they're still punching above their weight but couldn't beat a side that's only spent £1m since promotion from L1!

Bunch of deluded arseholes with a bunch of cloggers for a team and a manager whose tactics are older than Bassett's. It's not our fault they're so shit but they would love it to be  ;D
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: BoltonBlade on September 13, 2017, 04:31:20 pm
Hilarious. Especially the guy who says they're way above us because they spent 12 consecutive years in the PL! Yes mate, and you ran up £160m of debt that you had no hope of servicing, and that's why you almost went out of business and why you're heading back to L1 where a small tinpot Lanc town club truly belongs! 14,000 crowds at Championship level? Really? See ya!

I love how they hate us. It gives me a warm glow inside because they're still punching above their weight but couldn't beat a side that's only spent £1m since promotion from L1!

Bunch of deluded arseholes with a bunch of cloggers for a team and a manager whose tactics are older than Bassett's. It's not our fault they're so shit but they would love it to be  ;D

Have to correct you my friend. Bolton is in Greater Manchester, and not Lancashire, unfortunately.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on September 13, 2017, 06:08:29 pm
Sorry Bolts, as far as I'm concerned even Manchester's a Lanc town. Otherwise, Lancashire Cricket needs a new home or they need to call themselves Greater Manchester County Cricket Club.

If it makes it more accurate for you though, let's call it "where a small tinpot Greater Manchester club really belongs" because "a small town near Manchester" is actually more insulting, so I like it.


Edit: Parkinson blaming bad luck and bad refereeing last night for the result and claims they only lost to a "scrambled corner". In the end Parky, you are BOTTOM of the League because you are fucking awful and managed only 1 or 2 attempts on target at home. You were outplayed and out-thought on the night by a team far above yours in quality and intelligence. You cannot keep on rolling out the poor referee and bad luck lines as the season gets away from you. You'll be gone by Christmas mate - start working on that CV you bloody mardy-arse.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on September 13, 2017, 09:44:15 pm
He'll be very lucky to last till Xmas if things carry on like they have.....end of Oct is my bet.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on September 14, 2017, 08:59:43 am
Bolton fans are even more deluded that the snort beasts from S6.

Atwell was shite, but we knew that would happen before the game and he was shite for both sides.  Madine for example was shown a yellow for an elbow.  An elbow is either deliberate or accidental. There aren't degrees of deliberate elbow. If it was a deliberate elbow (and he gave the FK so it must have been) then it was a red, every day of the week.

Personally, I thought Lafferty was going to walk and was surprised and pleased he didn't. 

Is anyone else noticing the pattern forming.  We beat teams and their fans jump on their backs claiming their players performed badly. At what point will teams realise its the quality of Sheffield United and Knill/Wilder's tactics that are making them look shite? UTB.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: BoltonBlade on September 14, 2017, 09:02:02 am
He'll be very lucky to last till Xmas if things carry on like they have.....end of Oct is my bet.

He will last longer than that.

They have no money to sack him and pay off his contract. Would any manager worth his salt move to a crap team with no money to spend on players, a transfer embargo in place, and a salary cap of £2,000 a week they can pay anyone coming in on loan.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: BoltonBlade on September 14, 2017, 09:11:30 am
Sorry Bolts, as far as I'm concerned even Manchester's a Lanc town. Otherwise, Lancashire Cricket needs a new home or they need to call themselves Greater Manchester County Cricket Club.

If it makes it more accurate for you though, let's call it "where a small tinpot Greater Manchester club really belongs" because "a small town near Manchester" is actually more insulting, so I like it.

Nobody likes Greater Manchester, and now we have the elected mayor the small towns are getting fcuk all from him. Funnily enough, a lot of people say when asked where they live - Bolton, which is just north of Manchester, as no bastard has ever heard of Bolton.

We will have to change the name of the mighty YCCC to South & West Yorkshire CCC. We will have to stop playing matches in Middlesborough as that is in Tees Side.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on September 14, 2017, 09:16:33 am
There are extended highlights of the game on the OWS (no need to be an iFollow member).

Just watched them back and I still can't see any clear cut chances that suggest Bolton deserved to score and therefore deserved a point.  :ok:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on September 14, 2017, 10:27:58 am

We will have to change the name of the mighty YCCC to South & West Yorkshire CCC. We will have to stop playing matches in Middlesborough as that is in Tees Side.

Oh I disagree my fine 'Greater Manchester' friend. Well known Quiz question and unless they've recently moved the boundaries, Middlesborough is very much in North Yorkshire.

There are extended highlights of the game on the OWS (no need to be an iFollow member).

Just watched them back and I still can't see any clear cut chances that suggest Bolton deserved to score and therefore deserved a point.  :ok:

As I remember it they had one shot which was cleared off the line by a header (as did we) - so both of those going in and it's still a Blades victory.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on September 14, 2017, 12:32:40 pm
Did my ears deceive me or was Coutts Captain on tuesday night even though Sharp was playing?
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on September 14, 2017, 01:23:16 pm
Did my ears deceive me or was Coutts Captain on tuesday night even though Sharp was playing?

Sharp Captain - baton handed to Coutts when Sharp went off.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on September 14, 2017, 01:38:33 pm
Cheers. Wine moment.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on September 14, 2017, 02:10:17 pm
Cheers. Wine moment.

Fancy that  :whi
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on September 14, 2017, 02:14:28 pm
Cheers. Wine moment.

Fancy that  :whi

Mr Kettle I do believe you are black  8)
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on September 16, 2017, 09:08:42 am
https://roysviewfrom.wordpress.com

I think this is the most negative set of "View From" fan previews so far.

For a change only one comment really makes me laugh and call out "deluded!" - the one where he thinks we will see Norwich City as a "big scalp", which eludes to the delusional belief that they somehow think they're a big club.

Anyways, they're all expecting the worse and hoping for the best - so looks like our winning run is coming to an end.   :roll:

Oh, one other comment caught my eye, the one about they hope we try to attack them and leave them spaces to "play their football in".  Well, we only know one way of playing and that's attacking, but if they think that's going to give them space to play in then good luck with that one  :DD
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on September 16, 2017, 06:31:26 pm
In the end Roma we didn't give them space to play in, we just gave them the ball too much and completely stood off while they scored their goal. Punt, head, pass, shot, simple as that.

I've never seen a team go 1-0 up at such a relatively early moment in the game and then start blatant timewasting. Their 23, giving it to the kop when they scored broke his spine, his neck, and his leg but still managed to avoid the stretcher and carry on playing. Their keeper was inciting the crowd all game and wasted as much time as possible, which could have been nipped in the bud with one warning and then a card, but the ref chose to warn him all 17 times instead. No doubt the Blades will be fined for the moron who threw his bottle of pop on the pitch but boy did that keeper wind the kop up.

On to us then. We played some nice football at times and worked the ball out wide nicely, but when you have 3 players on the wing playing triangles, there's no bugger in the box so why toss it in to a defence with 5 in a line clearing everything with no pressure at all?

Apparently Ched played "through the pain barrier to repay the fans" - well he might as well been in fucking Rhyl for all the good he did. He was only in the thick of things twice, both times he was out wide smashing balls across the box when there wasn't a Blades shirt within 25 yards.

What bothers me is Clarke's absence for "personal issues", Sharp's absence due to "injury" and the same with Donaldson. IMHO Wilder is so stoked up about the derbu he's deliberately rested Sharp and CD for that match. Now, if we don't get anything across town the gamble will have truly backfired because make no mistake if we'd put any strikers out today we would have won that game. Norwich were competent and tidy and defended very well, but only because they weren't put under any pressure. If Sharp and/or Donaldson were fit today they should have played. 3 points today and take the risk, not give away 3 points and hope for the best in what is, after all, an away match next time out.

I think he's dropped an almighty bollock today, and Sharp and Donaldson are the only 2 strikers we have who can cut it in this League.

MOTM? Basham for me, with Coutts close secondas he ran out of ideas and passing accuracy as the game went on.

Finally a mention for Nathan Thomas today, came on late in the game in difficult circumstances and had a real go.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Staboblade on September 16, 2017, 07:34:19 pm
Agree with most of what Lings said, I was really surprised not to see Sharp or Clarke. Ok if they were injured then fair enough but to put Ched up front on his own was a mistake, why not put Hanson in rather than risk Ched breaking down. On Ched, I thought he did ok but got no service into him and ye at times we had no one to pass to in the area because there were more players out wide ( very Adkins/Cloughesque )  The two crosses in from Ched that Lings is on about were created through good work from Ched but what else could he do with no one in there to pass to? in the end Ched got a full game, which is good and so did Brooks, who is a real talent. Can't fault the work rate and we did play well overall and keep playing that way we'll win more than we lose. 
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on September 16, 2017, 09:01:13 pm
At home against a struggling side who can't win away and how many shots on target? It was woeful in the final third.

Interesting that CW chose to use the post-match conference to complain about Norwich's team sheet being 45 minutes late. FFS Chris just have the balls to say that for whatever reason we had no idea how to break down a solid defence and in reality we never really "went for it" by taking any kind of risk at all.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on September 16, 2017, 11:40:01 pm
Just an aside, we're getting a very unwelcome reputation already for some proper knuckledragging, kicking off at 'Boro and today against Norridge fans. WTF is wrong with these sad fucks?
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on September 17, 2017, 08:54:40 am
Well, as said on WhatsApp during the match, I saw it differently to many. First half anyway. I thought Norwich always looked like the most likely to score. We could have played for 3 games and woukdnt have put it in the back of the net. I'm not going to blame Ched either! Out of 6 first team strikers only Ched was able to take the field, he only being 50% fit and needing an operation on his ankle (which I'm led to believe he cancelled to play, but could also be a bit of flowering). Throughout the game he had 2 sometimes 3 defenders on him. He regularly dragged those defenders out of position to create gaps for others, but there wasn't anyone there. He was unlucky in the box with the ball pinging off shin's knee's and bum's.

The whole team grafted their hearts out to a man to try and appease the fans and second half were much better. Yes there was a stupid amount of time wasting from Norwich, but to be fair no more than we did at Bolton on Tuesday night. As 'ineffective' as Ched was, Jerome was for them - Murphy looked dangerous all game though.

I think we deserved the draw, and every player deserves a pat on the back for the effort. MoM for me was Coutts, but I think had Duffy stayed on he'd have pushed him close - was a bit surprised when he got taken off. Nice debut for Thomas. He looked composed and like he could be useful at this level.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: BoltonBlade on September 17, 2017, 09:46:52 am
The views below mirror what it sounded like on iFollow, very frustrating. 17 shots, with 4 on target is piss poor. When I saw the team I was worried about the lack of strikers.

I haven't read anything about Clarke missing for personal reasons, only ones that said he was injured. Was the Billy injury known about?

As a thought, could Basham have been an option up front? How about Jordon Hallam, think that's the name, who is scoring goals for the reserves?

How did Brooks play? Kevin Gage was drooling about his performance on iFollow
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on September 17, 2017, 04:13:30 pm
I missed the first 25 minutes, including their goal, so can only comment on what I watched on iFollow and I saw a very competent Championship side trying to break down a poor League one side. And we were the former! Someone on Twitter pointed out that a little under 12 months ago we watched teams like Oldham do the same to us that Norwich did yesterday.

For me that speaks volumes.  We're no longer the newbies in this league, where opponents think they'll get an easy three points.  We've arrived on the Championship map.  Teams, who two years ago were in the Premier League, are so shit scared of us they come for the draw then put 11 men behind the ball and waste time when they manage to sneak a goal and go one up.

The reason we had so many shots (and possession) but so few on target was because we couldn't break them down.  We camped on the edge of their box and some of our passing was exquisite.  But we lacked that final ball.  Too often crosses hit the first defender or were too close to the keeper.  Several times we got to the byline then chose the wrong ball into the six yard box.  I think this was mostly down to a lack of targets in the box (as everyone else has already said). 

But, to be fair, when you're playing your 6th choice striker who is only 50% fit, can you really expect anymore? We're going to come up against tactics like this at BDTBL a lot more often now teams are aware of our quality.

I for one see this as a positive.  There's no way this team is going to be anywhere near trouble come next May.  So the only way is forward in my view.  As CW finds his feet, he and Knill will work out ways to counter such negative play. We'll still have games where we can't break down the opposition (FFS, let's not forget England vs Iceland!) but as long as these are few and far between we'll be alright.

Now next week will be a different proposition.  There's no way the grunters will play negatively in front of their own fans, even if they went one or two up.  It'll be a much more open, flowing game played at 100mph, which I think will definitely suit us.

Now if I was a Norwich fan, I'd be very pleased with those 3 points yesterday, because they're going to be rare for them this year.  I'd rather be us and have lost that yesterday, than be them and have a dismal season ahead.  UTB!

PS. agree with Lings. There is a growing minority of Blades' fans who are absolute dickheads.  I raised this fact last year after seeing us disrespect several away grounds and fans.  This year it seems to have taken on a more sinister, violent edge.  Find them, ban them, and move on. 

Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on September 17, 2017, 09:45:17 pm
I see things slightly different regards yesterday. Before they scored they looked like the only team that would (apart from one chance from Brooks) and our defence was all over the place. Norwich, even though they were Prem League recently, have had a shit start to the season with a couple of heavy losses although since the transfer window have seemingly sorted out their defensive woes. As such, their confidence is not very high and coming to a form team, especially at home, once they took the lead (deservedly) decided to hang on to that. Ok, timewasting was appalling but we would have done the same and you can't blame them. They would have realised after the first quarter of the game that we had no cutting edge and then decided on the defensive and timewasting tactics.....it worked, so fair play.

The fact that CW changed so much of the starting XI last Tues v Bolton, especially at the back concerned me yesterday because the defence in the first half looked like it had missed a match. You have to pick your best and strongest side for every league match - a settled side gets stronger every game.

It's ok having the lion's share of possession etc but you have to take advantage and whilst we may have been a little unlucky (and without any help whatsoever from the officials), we could still be playing now and won't have scored. Yes, I know that our main strikers were out but what again concerns me is that we picked Evans who is supposed to be 50% fit. So by that reckoning, Sharp and Donaldo must have been less than 50%. I just hope that Wilder isn't gambling too much on next Sunday........as Lings and I were saying, of course the derby is a huge game but so is every league match so you have to pick the best available team, with or without injuries.

If we start the games against the pigs or Wolves like we did Satdi we will get hammered.

We are 8 games in and looking like a settled Championship side but we are by no means comfortable yet at this stage of the season. Look back to last season when Birmingham were 7th but only on goal difference and they only just survived the drop. Yes, I know that there was an inexplicable change in management but it just shows how form can change. Much work to do yet.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on September 18, 2017, 09:13:57 pm
What speaks volumes is the number of articles on Newsnow about how Norwich are describing their win as a fantastic, season-defining, wonderful rearguard action in managing to get over the line and get the 3 points against the might Sheffield United. The fact that we've just come up from the League below renders a lot of their celebrations mildly embarrassing to be honest.

Norwich's attempts on target don't back up my learned colleagues' assertion that Norwich looked likeliest to score. For long periods they never got out of their own half. Our problem was that when Ched got free to cross the ball he forgot that he was the only one he could cross to. On the day he should have played within the width of the 18-yard box and let Brrooks and the rest work the wings.

Fingers crossed, Donaldson and Sharp start at the weekend with Ched and Clarke (and Brooks) on the bench. Brooks to come on for the last 20 mins. I think he'll go with the established defenders too, so 2CV probably won't get a look in (and how could you deny the existing defence the opportunity to play in that game?)

Bit of a moan, Sotonexile has a ticket for the game at the weekend and never told the rest of us he was going. Boo!  :whi
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on September 18, 2017, 09:38:07 pm

Bit of a moan, Sotonexile has a ticket for the game at the weekend and never told the rest of us he was going. Boo!  :whi

Actually he did, via WhatsApp to the non Luddites amongst us.... :whi :whi
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on September 19, 2017, 12:14:07 am
Don't get me started........

Chris didn't tell us, he "whatsapped".

Antisocial media is for trolling, insults and frivolity. Getting tickets for the derby is NOT frivolous! This shit is important! Would you prefer that your missus "whatsapped" you that she'd fecked off with the window cleaner? Sorry, bad analogy...............I mean to say that when it matters humanity should communicate properly. This bollocks is like shouting out of the window and whoever isn't in earshot doesn't get the message.

I reserve the right to say " no thanks I ain't giving the unclean £47 of my hard-earned"  :ok:

Ooops - hahahahaha I just got one of those texty things asking me if I was looking for a ticket. Hmmmmm............away at the Pigs is the best place to win at, but also the worst place to lose at. Can I decide at 2pm Sunday if I had wanted to go or not?

Donkey where you watching it?


Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on September 19, 2017, 07:17:52 am
Don't get me started........

Chris didn't tell us, he "whatsapped".

Antisocial media is for trolling, insults and frivolity. Getting tickets for the derby is NOT frivolous! This shit is important! Would you prefer that your missus "whatsapped" you that she'd fecked off with the window cleaner? Sorry, bad analogy...............I mean to say that when it matters humanity should communicate properly. This bollocks is like shouting out of the window and whoever isn't in earshot doesn't get the message.

I reserve the right to say " no thanks I ain't giving the unclean £47 of my hard-earned"  :ok:

Ooops - hahahahaha I just got one of those texty things asking me if I was looking for a ticket. Hmmmmm............away at the Pigs is the best place to win at, but also the worst place to lose at. Can I decide at 2pm Sunday if I had wanted to go or not?

Donkey where you watching it?

Sometimes it's better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool, than to open it and have it proved beyond all doubt.........

Errrrmmm.........is this forum social media? Would it make a difference if he announced it on here rather than via a Messaging service, which is actually even more private than this forum? As I remember he was somewhat of a giddy kipper, having bagged one of the last 70 available
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on September 19, 2017, 08:12:32 am
Of course it would make a difference - I use this  ;D

Sorry - just gutted that I had no chance of getting a ticket, and I won't be there when Donaldson smashes the winner in but Chris will - totally jealous!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on September 19, 2017, 08:51:58 am
Here's another hypothesis on what may have happened Saturday.

What if CW got a bit over confident. He saw Norwich were having a shit start and really wants to win the derby next week so he decided to rest Sharp, Donaldson and Clarke on the basis that our midfield and wing backs would exploit what his research indicated were Norwich's weaknesses.

On Saturday at 14:15 he handed in his team sheet but the Norwich coach wasn't there to hand his in.  So later, too late, CW sees the Norwich team sheet which is set up completely different to what they've been playing.  They've decided to go all defensive but it's too late to do anything about it.  Too late to bring Sharp back into the side for example...

That would explain why he was so pissed off about them being late to hand in their team sheet?

Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on September 19, 2017, 09:56:27 am
Probably mate, Norwich manager knew what he was doing and CW was upset 'cos the opposition got one over on him.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on September 19, 2017, 12:39:56 pm
Donkey where you watching it?

Dunno yet mate.......was going to watch it in The Little John but it is essentially a pig pub (even has the shit crest behind the bar). Why don't we find somewhere in town and we can meet up with Chris afterwards......assuming he is not heading straight back to train for another feckin bike ride  :whi
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on September 23, 2017, 09:24:02 am
Happy 50th Bidet CW  :DB


Good to see KM's onboard with the wave of enthusiasm, "we hope we might return to the Premier League within 5 years"  ???
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on September 24, 2017, 06:39:23 pm
Snortbeasts 2-4 Wizaaaaaaaards

 :DD :DD :DD :DD :DD :DD :DD :DD :DD :DD :DD :DD :DD :DD


Check this out:

https://roysviewfrom.wordpress.com/2017/09/24/view-from-wednesday/

Still deluded!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Staboblade on September 24, 2017, 07:35:02 pm
They under estimated us and they over rate themselves....so what if they spent load of dosh, you can't buy passion, you can't buy work rate, you can't buy ' A band of brothers '
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on September 25, 2017, 07:16:04 am
Think I may stay in bed this morning and watch a little footy match I recorded yesterday - better than a bit of blue for getting you excited on a Monday Morning  :ok:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on September 25, 2017, 09:54:03 am
I've been looking forward to Roy's View From post, thanks to 4G I'm able to read it from the train.

These remarks are quite typical of the fans' view of every team we've beaten so far.  They all say they played very badly and made us look better than we are.  Well, it's happening to regularly now to be such a fluke.  Soon they'll wake up and realise it's actually us making them look bad because we're so bloody good.

At times during that game yesterday I was watching us spray the ball about.  Everyone of our players has the confidence in their first touch to make themselves available to receive a pass, no matter how tightly marked they are.  That's the real difference because it means we can keep the ball and rarely need to panic.  And, if anyone does find themselves boxed in, Coutts is always there to receive the ball, or Brooks will nutmeg them and end their careers  :DD

The pigs actually looked quite good for the first 20 minutes of the second half and pushed us deeper than any team has so far, including Cardiff. But we're better and instead of letting them keep doing that, we changed things, pushed a higher line and look what happened...

UTB
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on September 25, 2017, 10:00:29 am
Oh, and let's not forget - our two first choice strikers weren't involved  :ok:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: BoltonBlade on September 25, 2017, 10:44:33 am


https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10155821878519791&set=gm.508310422855847&type=3&ifg=1
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on September 25, 2017, 11:19:21 am
Started a new thread for Derby Day chat so we can keep looking back on it with fond memories - great location for photos like that Boots!!!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on September 25, 2017, 04:16:46 pm
Hahahahaha - turns out I DO have a social media account (bookface) that I set up and did feck all with about 5 years ago. Here's the photo from the most recent post (scroll across for the full rogues gallery):

(http://i67.tinypic.com/fd82es.jpg)
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: BoltonBlade on September 25, 2017, 04:32:16 pm
Hahahahaha - turns out I DO have a social media account (bookface) that I set up and did feck all with about 5 years ago. Here's the photo from the most recent post (scroll across for the full rogues gallery):

(http://i67.tinypic.com/fd82es.jpg)

The biggest rogue is not on there.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on September 25, 2017, 04:36:26 pm
No, she took the picture  :ok:


By the way, a bad 24 hours for John Sheridan. Sat with Waddle all smiles before kick-off yesterday, wasn't smiling at the end, and today he was fired as Oldham manager.  :DD :DD :DD
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on September 25, 2017, 05:22:57 pm
Hahahahaha - turns out I DO have a social media account (bookface) that I set up and did feck all with about 5 years ago. Here's the photo from the most recent post (scroll across for the full rogues gallery):

(http://i67.tinypic.com/fd82es.jpg)

Great photo, but holy shit I've put some timber on in the last 5 years  :yikes: :yikes:

Oh well  :DG :DA :DB C'est la vie  :ok:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on September 25, 2017, 05:27:05 pm
Anyway, assume the usuals will be there midweek?

I'll be in The Tap from around 6.15 unless anyone has a better suggestion??

UTB  :ok:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on September 25, 2017, 06:08:42 pm
Anyway, assume the usuals will be there midweek?

I'll be in The Tap from around 6.15 unless anyone has a better suggestion??

UTB  :ok:

Don't mind mate - if train's best for you, the Tap's fine for me. And yes, I did spot the timber issue  :whi
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on September 25, 2017, 06:22:55 pm
Anyway, assume the usuals will be there midweek?

I'll be in The Tap from around 6.15 unless anyone has a better suggestion??

UTB  :ok:

Don't mind mate - if train's best for you, the Tap's fine for me. And yes, I did spot the timber issue  :whi

You've gone t'other way mate, although you've always been undeservedly thinner than your lifestyle should allow!!

Tap is fine mate - could always start there and jump in a cab to The Bath or wherever if need be  :ok: Is the landlord joining us?
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on September 25, 2017, 11:26:29 pm
Guess so mate, I'm sure he'll verify soon enough  :DG
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on September 26, 2017, 05:26:51 am
I'm in Liverpool again this week, so depends what time I get back as to whether I make it for a beer or meet you at the ground.

If you do move from The Tap let me know.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on September 26, 2017, 12:04:55 pm
Would anywhere else be easier Vamps? (The Globe in Glossop isn't an option btw!)
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on September 26, 2017, 01:22:41 pm
Would anywhere else be easier Vamps? (The Globe in Glossop isn't an option btw!)

All sorted - will be in The Tap will be aiming for around the same time as the equine one - he can't possibly be Eeyore after this weekends result!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on September 26, 2017, 01:44:16 pm
Would anywhere else be easier Vamps? (The Globe in Glossop isn't an option btw!)

All sorted - will be in The Tap will be aiming for around the same time as the equine one - he can't possibly be Eeyore after this weekends result!

Should be Champion The Wonder Horse at the moment!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on September 26, 2017, 01:57:15 pm
Would anywhere else be easier Vamps? (The Globe in Glossop isn't an option btw!)

All sorted - will be in The Tap will be aiming for around the same time as the equine one - he can't possibly be Eeyore after this weekends result!

Should be Champion The Wonder Horse at the moment!

Yeah, but it will probably be a case of "after the lord mayor's show" midweek  :whi
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on September 26, 2017, 05:06:21 pm
Would anywhere else be easier Vamps? (The Globe in Glossop isn't an option btw!)

All sorted - will be in The Tap will be aiming for around the same time as the equine one - he can't possibly be Eeyore after this weekends result!

Should be Champion The Wonder Horse at the moment!

Yeah, but it will probably be a case of "after the lord mayor's show" midweek  :whi


......aaaaaaaaand, he's back!       :ok:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on September 27, 2017, 03:06:30 pm
Sorry to say it, but I kinda agree with the burro!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on September 27, 2017, 03:12:53 pm
Bloody hell we're going to have to quarantine the donkey for a while. It's catching!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on September 27, 2017, 03:31:41 pm
Sorry to say it, but I kinda agree with the burro!

I didn't really mean it!!!

However, I think that Wolves may have too much quality and they are better away from home at the moment. If we do lose to them though, they will know they've been in a tough match and our effort levels will not have dropped after Bouncing Day.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on September 27, 2017, 04:21:25 pm
No disgrace to lose tonight, you can't win 'em all and Wolves have spent big and are flying just now. However, we certainly shouldn't be afraid of anyone and we do have the quality to win any game.

Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Staboblade on September 27, 2017, 07:42:10 pm
Go at them and what will be will be, i'll be happy with a point
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on September 27, 2017, 10:51:18 pm
WOW! - Wolves started brightly to be fair until  "once a Blade" Conor Coady got himself sent off, but the best sides can raise their game when down to 10 men and we spent most of the rest of the game showing how we are off to an excellent start in this division. In the second half it was clear that our job was to protect what we had, especially at 2-0, but apart from a few flurries (Blackman made 3 saves in the entire match) Wolves just weren't at the races tonight.

I fully expect then to be up there at the end of the season as they clearly have pace, ability and HEIGHT! but tonight we were brilliant, especially first half when Brooks tore their entire side a new arsehole (he was quieter second half).

Thanks to their £15m man for missing the penalty (the spanish Jordan Rhodes?) but overall we were full value for the win.

Hilarious that the Pigs lost to Brum, and they have Leeds at the weekend so either they lose, which would be even more hilarious, or they win, which helps us!!! Hahahahahaha

It's good to be a Blade
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on September 28, 2017, 08:41:43 am
Well - thoroughly enjoyed last night and once again we seem to have played a team who’ve had a nightmare - we must be so lucky to be playing all these teams just at the right time!!

Can’t add much more than Lings really - but oh my god Coutts is becoming a sensation!

In fairness to the Wolves fans though, some very magnanimous views posted post match, in complete contrast to many of our poor suffering downtrodden neighbours
https://roysviewfrom.wordpress.com/

I know Sharp is on a bit of a rehabilitation plan right now which has about a week to run, but when he’s fully match fit, does he really get back in the side. First half in particular, the link up play between Clarke and Brooks was excellent - look like a really good partnership. That starting spot is theirs to lose for me right now.

Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on September 28, 2017, 09:04:00 am
Not my work, but read this and thought it was funny so I’d share:

What a fairytale story at the moment..we met the little piggies and sent them bouncing home with their little tale between their legs..then the big bad wolves came and huffed and puffed but couldn't blow Bramall lane down..now it's time to meet little red riding hood down at the FOREST...what a story so far..to be continued..UTB.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on September 28, 2017, 09:28:26 am
Well, last night was shite...

My iFollow feed that is. Less than 2Mbs on the VPN meant the video stream was stop starting all night - as Bolts suggested it was "bouncing"... Thinking about it, it did stop bouncing around when Duffy came on 2nd half  :ok:

Anyway, from what I could work out we were awesome again.  Not the highs of Saturday obviously but we controlled the game and although they came back a bit 2nd half (until after the penalty miss) we were coasting to be fair.

I was impressed by Wolves to be honest because down to 10 and they kept chasing and harrying.  They could easily have given up.

But I'm more impressed by how we controlled the game and exploited their lack of numbers.

To be fair on Coady (some of the Wolves fan seem to be blaming him) he stopped a probable goal the form Clarke's in - so he took one for the team.

I agree with Vamps, Coutts looks like some kind of Real Madrid player at the moment the way he's strutting around, always making himself available and running at opponents.

If I had just one tiny criticism of last night it would be needing a quick, powerful striker who can suddenly run through or behind the defence.  Sometimes our passing game was allowing them to just throw men behind the ball so someone who could switch the approach would have been a bonus - and we have that man in the recovery suite - Donaldson.

The Wolves fans seem to have been one of the early ones to to wake up the the actual threat we are as a unit.  The others will start to catch up now, so we can expect tougher games coming up.  More of the Norwich approach - 10 men behind the ball, waste time, cheat etc etc.

I'm just going to enjoy it whilst we can...  :ok:

Nice story Vamps  :ok: :DD
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on September 28, 2017, 09:52:28 am
To be fair on Coady (some of the Wolves fan seem to be blaming him) he stopped a probable goal the form Clarke's in - so he took one for the team.

Think the Wolves fans blaming Coady have a point. The game was even after 15 mins so surely better to go a goal down than a man down so early on?
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on September 28, 2017, 10:19:30 am
Based on the final standings for the Championship in the 2015-16 season, 41 points was enough to avoid relegation.  So we only need 7 more wins (or 6 wins and 2 draws) from the remaining 36 fixtures  :ok:

Based on last season, we'd need 51 points to avoid the drop, 10 wins and a draw.

#pubteam
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on September 30, 2017, 05:48:29 am
Does he go straight back in, or Start from the bench?

Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on September 30, 2017, 09:24:39 am
He got off to an amazing start, and I can't wait to see him back, but would you really break things up after the last 2 games? Difficult one. I'd say Billy and CD should probably start from the bench
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on September 30, 2017, 09:38:26 am
Agree 100%

How can you drop Clarke or Brooks after the last 2 games?
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on September 30, 2017, 04:50:48 pm
Suffered today for what seems a strange line-up with one up front, and he a returning player from injury.

We should have let Brooks and Clarke get on with it.

Having said that, we had several chances to score early on and should have been out of sight, and again at the end we've had loads of opportunities but in general that last-third has let us down for once.

Still, we're playing well and we're in a great position, bring on Ipswich who lost at home to Brizzle today.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 01, 2017, 08:48:21 am
When I saw the team I was a little shocked to see Clarke & Brooks had been dropped. Clarke has been on fire, 4 goals in 2 games, so why drop him? Brooks has been getting rave reviews, so let him continue.

Donaldson didn't get a mention in the first 20 mins, and wasn't at all worth his place on the pitch.

Coutts need to stop getting silly bookings, he misses the Ipswich game, and Fleck is only 1 away from a ban.

I thought we had enough chances to win, but the finishing was not as clinical as it should be.

Still, 21 points from 11 games is a far better return than i thought we would have had.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on October 01, 2017, 03:30:59 pm
2 points per game and we're promoted. We're only 1 point off the required average total so far. A win v Ipswich and we're back ahead of target.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on October 02, 2017, 12:14:21 pm
Rumour on Twitter was that Clarke was carrying a slight strain that CW didn't want to risk.  Brooks needs to be rested occasionally.

Selecting Donaldson was a mistake though as he clearly wasn't on the pace - and at one point looked like even I could have beaten him when he was trying to chase down a ball. 

Forest fans were mainly gracious in their victory, praising us as a very good side, though one of them suggested we might struggle if we get a number of injuries - you mean like we've had for the last 4 games - doh!

What's wrong with Sharp btw? I haven't seen much mentioned about his injury and CW suggested on Friday that his injured players were all back in contention. 

I think 5-5 wouldn't have been an unfair result Saturday, but once again we turned up in an established Championship side's back yard with no fear and played some fantastic football at times.

The defending wasn't to our usual high standards (no Jake Wright at the start - coincidence?) and we're still wasting too many chances to put in a killer ball when we get down the flanks or, even worse, get right to the byline on the edge of the box. 

Duffy had a stormer I thought.  Perhaps if we had had Brooks and Clarke from the start we'd have won that one easily, but CW must have had his reasons.

What worries me is Baldock's injury, with Freeman still not ready and, even if he was, without match practice.  Ipswich will be a tough test as their forwards are on fire, and they love a long ball...

Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Staboblade on October 02, 2017, 05:00:22 pm
Sharp has a rib injury but should be fit for Ipshit....Clarke had only just come back from injury himself so not surprised if he got a strain. Donaldson isn't fully match fit but hopefully will be sharp enough come next game. Evens is having his op during this break so he'll be out for a bit. I would have played Brooks though, a lad on fire, why protect him? get games under his belt and raise his value and then tell Everton, Liverpool or whoever to feck off in Jan. We certainly need some luck with injuries, it seems every other game we get one and it's frustrating.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on October 02, 2017, 06:10:51 pm
Sharp has a rib injury but should be fit for Ipshit....Clarke had only just come back from injury himself so not surprised if he got a strain. Donaldson isn't fully match fit but hopefully will be sharp enough come next game. Evens is having his op during this break so he'll be out for a bit. I would have played Brooks though, a lad on fire, why protect him? get games under his belt and raise his value and then tell Everton, Liverpool or whoever to feck off in Jan. We certainly need some luck with injuries, it seems every other game we get one and it's frustrating.

I’m concerned that with the high tempo game we’re playing (and having to do much more work/running in this league) we’re going to be susceptible to injuries this season.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on October 03, 2017, 08:54:16 am
BTW - did anyone else notice the Reading manager having a go at Norwich for turning up late for their game on Saturday... Wankers.

On the Ipswich game, as you all know this is my local derby.  Ipshit is only 25 miles down the road from me and young Harry played at their academy until they decided they didn't need defenders any more (he now plays for Leiston FC in the Bostick league instead and ironically they train at Ipshit's Playford Road training ground as most of their u18's are ex Ipshit or Colchester academy boys).

Anyway, I'm worried about this game as, if there's one thing we don't do so well, it's defend teams who play it long and hit us on the break.  An early goal for us will settle it down and allow us to play our football.  If they score first, we're doomed - they'll be like Norwich on steroids when it comes to defending the lead only more dangerous on the break.

On a more positive note - I'm up for the Reading game (sat in the usual place in the Westfield corner). COYRAWW!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on October 06, 2017, 09:42:01 am
Anyone find watching England is like watching the Blades under Adkins?

Lethargic build up.  Sideways and backwards passes.  Crosses and set pieces never beat the first man. A team of individuals not a team...

I was a gibbering wreck by the end of the game...  )O(
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on October 06, 2017, 12:24:01 pm
I rarely watch them any more mate. With the players at our disposal we should be way better than we are. Southgate is like the personification of the FA. Safe suit who needs results, regardless of how they come. trouble is, when it matters we don't get the results. I'd rather watch exciting attacking football and take the results whatever somes, as the opposite approach has failed us for 50 years.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on October 06, 2017, 01:48:47 pm
England are 25/1 to win next years World Cup.

For those who don't understand betting, that means that if you put £10 on for England to win......

........you will lose £10  :whi :roll:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on October 06, 2017, 07:19:37 pm
England are 25/1 to win next years World Cup.

For those who don't understand betting, that means that if you put £10 on for England to win......

........you will lose £10  :whi :roll:

 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 07, 2017, 09:20:21 am
I don't watch England either. Most of the players don't even want to be there, they don't sing the national anthem, and don't care that the fans have paid a lot of money to watch them.

I watch SKY on the red button. I can then swap between matches depending on what is happening.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Staboblade on October 07, 2017, 02:41:27 pm
Anyone find watching England is like watching the Blades under Adkins?

Lethargic build up.  Sideways and backwards passes.  Crosses and set pieces never beat the first man. A team of individuals not a team...

I was a gibbering wreck by the end of the game...  )O(

Worse than that mate...but it shows there's a lot of interference by the F.A. because Roy Hodgon isn't a bad manager and they played exactly the same. It's all about franchises and not football with the F.A. I feel sorry for some of the players who have vast talent in that team i,e, Walker, Cahill, Kane etc they are being stifled by whoever is interfering.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on October 08, 2017, 03:38:47 pm
There is only one man who can make England great again.

Unfortunately he is busy making Sheffield United great again so they can fuck right off.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on October 09, 2017, 04:07:14 pm
There is only one man who can make England great again.

Can you imagine the first meeting with the FA. "So Mr Wilder, we hear you're partial to a bit of 3-5-2 and marauding wing-backs, 100% effort and passing the ball short and quick in neat little forward moving triangles"...  "Well, there'll be none of that here.  The wing-backs might get a bit tired and go back to their clubs with aches and pains.  We might upset Jose and we can't have that.  And keeping the ball close means the players might get tackled by the opposition.  A tackle requires a challenge and a challenge can lead to all kinds of knocks and bruises.  We can't have millionaires getting kicked, it might upset their agents.  And what's that? You want to pick players who want to play, who are playing on form for their club week in week out?  Oh dear Mr Wilder, you are funny.  Why would a Premier League player want to put effort in in a field in Estonia? And heaven forbid they break into a sweat in the World Cup knock out stages - their new tattoos might run... What? You'd rather pick Championship players that are getting game time than a super star who sits on the bench. Really? I think we've made a mistake. Someone call HR and get the lawyers in here quick!!!"
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 09, 2017, 04:12:47 pm
Nice one Roma :ok: :ok:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on October 09, 2017, 09:50:03 pm
Clough, denied because he would have told them like it was

Venables, removed because he just wasn't one of them, and he told them like it was

Wilder, see Roma's post, he'd last 5 minutes before he told the lot of them what he thought.

The national side is permanently fucked. Wilder's side is on the crest of a wave. Come on Blades, and though it saddens me to say, Fuck Off England. It's a corporate fashion show interrupted by the presence of a ball.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on October 09, 2017, 09:53:10 pm
Had great fun winding up Wales fans asking if, as Brooks didn't play in either of the last 2 games he was called up for, he might be available to go to Russia for the World Cup with a team that's actually qualified.

OOOH! They are such potty-mouths. They really didn't like the "new Bale sat on the bench" comments either!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on October 10, 2017, 07:42:59 am
Had great fun winding up Wales fans asking if, as Brooks didn't play in either of the last 2 games he was called up for, he might be available to go to Russia for the World Cup with a team that's actually qualified.

OOOH! They are such potty-mouths. They really didn't like the "new Bale sat on the bench" comments either!
Bastards ruined my 10/1 acca...  )O(
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on October 10, 2017, 07:44:31 am
This is the script for the proposed sequel to When Saturday Comes, as mentioned in the Stir.

I'm not entirely sure this isn't a wind up, judging by the quality (or lack of it) in the script...

http://www.simplyscripts.com/scripts/WhenSaturdayComesRedemption.pdf
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on October 10, 2017, 09:36:52 am
Complete wind-up mate.

It's absolutely terrible (OK I stopped at Page 6)
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on October 10, 2017, 12:03:32 pm
I've got a loose idea for a script - bit far-fetched but the best stories often are:

It's about a young lad with a sticky-up hair cut.  He realises his dream to be ball boy at his favourite football club.  He then goes for a trial with the same club and they like what they see.  He then works his way trough the school boy ranks, making his professional debut at age 20.  He then plays over 200 games for his beloved club.

Later, after he retired from football, he gets his coaching badge then lands a role as assistant manager of a club in a small, industrial, smokey town in Lancashire.  He forms a bond with his boss but when a job to be in charge of his own team, albeit a non-league side, comes up he has to take his chances.  After a while he realises he needs some help from one experienced head and his old boss has just been sacked, so he persuades him to become his assistant - the roles are reversed.

The partnership works and the two of them form a cohesive, effective unit. They guide their non-league side into the football league but then the fans get restless, wanting more of the same but quicker.  He ends up being replaced and moves on to another side in the same division.  They win the league in their first year despite financial problems and the club almost folding.

Then, the dream comes true.  His old boyhood club has fallen on hard times.  It's fans are revolting, the team is struggling in the old 3rd division.  He takes over his old club, and together with his loyal, quiet assistant they win the league with record points at the first attempt.

Then there's a sequel.  In the follow on film the young manager takes his beloved team up to the Premier League the following year, setting the Championship alight with his flowing football...

That's what I thought - too unrealistic - no one would ever buy the concept...
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on October 10, 2017, 03:38:53 pm
Some people have too vivid an imagination  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on October 11, 2017, 12:41:53 pm
Is it Saturday yet - god I need a Blades fix........aint it great to feel that and be looking forward to a game rather than thinking I wonder if we might turn up this week and make my weekend!!

Pre match plans anyone?
Is the Donkey joining us?
Is that nutter from the south coast avoiding a sore arse and actually going to attend a match (have to say the extra elbow room has been quite nice  :DD?)

Back to The Bath or frequenting somewhere else? 
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on October 11, 2017, 12:47:33 pm
Sadly I can't make the next 2 home games but I can make Dull on 4th Nov  :ok:

Landlord, may I please take you up on your offer?  :ok: :DB
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on October 11, 2017, 01:06:39 pm
Is it Saturday yet - god I need a Blades fix........aint it great to feel that and be looking forward to a game rather than thinking I wonder if we might turn up this week and make my weekend!!

Pre match plans anyone?
Is the Donkey joining us?
Is that nutter from the south coast avoiding a sore arse and actually going to attend a match (have to say the extra elbow room has been quite nice  :DD?)

Back to The Bath or frequenting somewhere else?

I don't mind where we go Vamps - I guess Bath or Tap but I'm happy to frequent an alternative hostelry too.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on October 12, 2017, 12:46:35 pm
Is it Saturday yet - god I need a Blades fix........aint it great to feel that and be looking forward to a game rather than thinking I wonder if we might turn up this week and make my weekend!!

Pre match plans anyone?
Is the Donkey joining us?
Is that nutter from the south coast avoiding a sore arse and actually going to attend a match (have to say the extra elbow room has been quite nice  :DD?)

Back to The Bath or frequenting somewhere else?


I don't mind where we go Vamps - I guess Bath or Tap but I'm happy to frequent an alternative hostelry too.

Let's go to the Bath then - at least we know it's a) a decent pint and b) we'll get served no problem.

Quote from: Eeyore
Sadly I can't make the next 2 home games but I can make Dull on 4th Nov  :ok:

Landlord, may I please take you up on your offer?  :ok: :DB

No problem. Rather than peeing about getting the card back and forth, do you wanna get a replacement paper one for the match if I send you my details?
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on October 12, 2017, 02:23:39 pm
Vamps

Actually it would be a big help if we could do the Tap after all. My daughter and grand-daughter are here from LA and they're off to London for a couple of nights before flying home. They're going down on the train on Saturday at 2:20 so that gives me a chance to nip out of the Tap, say goodbye and get back in just in time for the last 'un  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on October 12, 2017, 03:10:33 pm
Scotland have sacked Strachan apparently.  Serves him right for overlooking the two on fire midfielders he had at his disposal...  :DD
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on October 12, 2017, 10:14:22 pm
Vamps

Actually it would be a big help if we could do the Tap after all. My daughter and grand-daughter are here from LA and they're off to London for a couple of nights before flying home. They're going down on the train on Saturday at 2:20 so that gives me a chance to nip out of the Tap, say goodbye and get back in just in time for the last 'un  ;D ;D ;D

No worries - Tap it is. Soton joining us. We’re meeting at 12:30, but guess you’ll be after 1 so you can wash your hair!!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 13, 2017, 08:21:05 am
Vamps

Actually it would be a big help if we could do the Tap after all. My daughter and grand-daughter are here from LA and they're off to London for a couple of nights before flying home. They're going down on the train on Saturday at 2:20 so that gives me a chance to nip out of the Tap, say goodbye and get back in just in time for the last 'un  ;D ;D ;D

No worries - Tap it is. Seton joining us. We’re meeting at 12:30, but guess you’ll be after 1 so you can wash your hair!!

Each one individually :DD :DD
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on October 13, 2017, 09:05:40 am
Vamps

Actually it would be a big help if we could do the Tap after all. My daughter and grand-daughter are here from LA and they're off to London for a couple of nights before flying home. They're going down on the train on Saturday at 2:20 so that gives me a chance to nip out of the Tap, say goodbye and get back in just in time for the last 'un  ;D ;D ;D

No worries - Tap it is. Seton joining us. We’re meeting at 12:30, but guess you’ll be after 1 so you can wash your hair!!

....says the only man in the world with less hair than me  :ok:

I was trying to think of a witty response to Bolts, but the best I could come up with was "Fuck Off Bolts!"  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on October 13, 2017, 12:41:20 pm

No worries - Tap it is. Soton joining us. We’re meeting at 12:30, but guess you’ll be after 1 so you can wash your hair!!

....says the only man in the world with less hair than me  :ok:

  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

I'm not the one arriving late cos I can't handle a couple of extra beers  :whi :whi
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on October 13, 2017, 08:50:01 pm
yeah I'm not the one missing a match soon because he'll still be recovering from the "Session Pale" he'll be drinking  :ok:

right, fuck it I'll be there at 12:30
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on October 14, 2017, 08:20:04 pm
Great win today. First half we ran them ragged and go in some greast positions without scoring. We're still a bit shot-shy and I think we're a Brian Deane-type away from being a tremendous side. We played some truly great stuff today (again) and it's great to be a Blade  :ok:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on October 15, 2017, 08:41:53 am
I was driving back from Birmingham during the game so had to rely on Radio 5 updates but luckily we were one of their featured Championship games.

The local press and fans' comments on their website are saying things like "Ipshit come up just short against another leading light", "We need to get the result as well as putting in the performance against the better sides" and "Sheffield ( )O() will be top six so Macarthy saying we'll not be far behind them just isn't ambitious enough".

One supported says we completely outclassed them, another said we were shite but they were even more shite (this one muppet said we didn't have a single shot on target - makes Basham's goal a wonder goal then - scoring it without it being on target!).
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on October 15, 2017, 06:12:37 pm
Any Ipswich fan who thought we were shit is wearing the wrong blue and white shirt.

First half we were absolutely brilliant and no-one could say we didn't deserve to win that game.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on October 16, 2017, 09:24:12 am
You always get a few with sour grapes and to be fair in this instance, he was still saying we deserved to win the game, but begrudgingly refuses to acknowledge the real reason why...

Watching the playback on Fooball on 5 and looking at the various press websites this morning, it seems we're no longer relegation fodder, nor mid-table hopefuls and we're not even the surprise package any longer.  We're "Promotion Contenders" now!  And we've been having injury problems... Imagine what will happen when we're firing on all cylinders once more  :ok:

Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on October 16, 2017, 12:31:09 pm
Aint it great being a Blade at the moment!  :ok:

I actually don't think we played our best football on Saturday, but we certainly comfortably controlled the game and deserved all 3 points. I was a little concerned about how we'd cope without Coutts - I've yet to be convinced by Lundtsram but he didn't drop any clangers on Saturday and did what he needed to, so fair play. We probably had a few more balls going astray, being intercepted that when Coutts is in the side but we still bossed midfield. I know MotM went to Bash, but for me I'd have gone Duffy - he ran them ragged.

The injury to Freeman looked bad and reports since have suggested a dislocated knee, which leaves us with an interesting conundrum at RB now!

I also notice that its now our fault that our neighbours are so bad and the head pig keeper is under so much pressure. I actually want him to stay, cos I think they have the makings of a decent side and a new manager might just get them playing again! Long may the current status quo continue

Onwards and upwards (not too much further to go upwards in this league :whi ). Look forward to Reading now!!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Staboblade on October 17, 2017, 12:56:56 pm
Hop you like it
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on October 17, 2017, 01:22:00 pm
There's nothing like a full Bramall Lane  :ok:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on October 20, 2017, 05:07:25 pm
 :DD :DD :DD

Absolute genius.........

Wendy kit finally goes on sale on Monday. £49 if bought before the end of November, and then goes up to £59!!! Is that so they can sell them at £49 in the Xmas sales??!!

It’s the gift that keeps on giving!!

Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on October 23, 2017, 06:56:33 pm
Rio Ferdinand: "Dyche to Everton, then Wilder to Burnley"

Dean Saunders: "Leicester should appoint Wilder"

They can all fuck off. Blades will be above both in 12 months time  :ok:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on October 23, 2017, 07:47:02 pm
Have been walking up Jacob's Ladder to Kinder Scout and only just got home, so haven't commented on the game yet.  First half was outstanding.  We faced a team renown for keeping possession and they barely saw the ball first half.  We hunted in packs, kept the ball well, passed in little triangles, overloaded down the flanks and won the ball back when we did lose it.  That's almost line for line the Barcelona philosophy - who would have thought we'd be saying something like that about the Blades!?

Second half we started well enough but then tired massively.  Last 20-30 minutes we were mostly on the back foot and defending, leaving too big a gap in the middle for them to exploit.  That said, they didn't create much (apart from the goal) and Blackman didn't make a save all game.

2-1 flattered them to be fair, and 3-0 would have been a more realistic scoreline.  I'm just waiting for the bubble to burst and to wake up and find us languishing in the lower half of the table... It can't be another promotion push - can it!?

BTW - McGoldrick at Ipshit has 3 months left on his contract and it was in the East Anglian Daily Times today that he's torn and has a big decision to make come January.  Would be an excellent signing for us I think, assuming we have that kind of money available as I'd expect him to be about 3-4m.




Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on October 23, 2017, 08:57:43 pm
Well you would hope and expect a large amount of cash available to CW in Jan if we are still in the running  :ok: Even KM isn't that dumb
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on October 24, 2017, 01:00:28 pm
The porcine lot from South Barnsley really are pathetic.  I remember when we played Hull in the Semi Final at Wembley and they were tweeting to wish Hull good luck and one Hull fan completely burned them.

Now they're tweeting #efc and #everton to "advise" them to take a look at Wilder as their next manager.

What a bunch of lady bits they are...
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on October 24, 2017, 01:19:20 pm
47 years old but running around the garden outside the office like a child because Mark Duffy just commented on one of my Tweets  :ok: :DD
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on October 24, 2017, 01:52:05 pm
My view on Saturday (I haven't been running anywhere since I buggered my ACL) was first 10 mins or so its looked fairly even, although we were certainly creating the better chances - from then on though we completely dominated the football and fully deserved to be in front and probably by more goals.

As Roma said second half started OK, but then we just sat back and let them come at us - I wasn't surprised in the least when they scored, you could see it coming. Also coincided with Lundstrum coming on, further cementing my views on him!

Thought Baldock had an outstanding game and would have been any MotM - the through ball for Duffy to square for our first goal was superb - although I can't take anything away from Coutts either.

Good to see Billy back on the score sheet after his injury. Bit of a break for me now - next game will be Fulham, although thankfully now the Weeds game has been put back to Friday night, I'll get to watch that from the airport. 

Onwards and upwards Blades - see you in 3 weeks when hopefully we'll be top  :whi :whi
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on October 24, 2017, 07:04:53 pm
We'll be top before you take off mate  :ok:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on October 27, 2017, 11:07:02 pm
We'll be top before you take off mate  :ok:

Told ya!  :ok:

Funny thing is, I agree with CW that it was probably the worst we've played for a while. We gave the ball away an awful lot in that second half and looked a bit disjointed at times, yet all the press are hailing a "superb performance".

To be fair Leeds were in our faces much more than anyone else so far this season and that's going to knock us off our stride, but for the second game running we should have been at least 3 up by HT.

We were playing at about 70% tonight, yet we still beat Leeds away from home and they were our closest rivals. Wilder is rapidly becoming a legend in football, not just at BDTBL, but I honestly can't see him going anywhere while we're on this upward curve. Bottom half of PL? No chance. Top 6 PL? He doesn't have a foreign surname so there's no chance. The more I think about it the more I don't see an ideal fit for him anywhere.

No I think he's going to see the project through - he just needs support from the Board when he asks for it, and they would be dumb not to provide it. However, if he gets fed up and he feels unloved, I hate to say it but I think ........ no I won't say it, but a club I used to like a lot before we fell out with them causes me some concern.

I truly hope CW does a Surralex and stays here for 20 years.

UTFB!!!!!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: BoltonBlade on October 28, 2017, 08:26:41 am
Have to agree with Lings. I thought we going to lose it in the second half. Not the best performance, but another 3 points, happy days.

Nice to see Brooks score. Hope it is the catalyst for many more.

I don't think a lot of players in the PL, especially foreign ones, would welcome CW. He would make them train hard, play hard and fight. it's not in their make-up I'm afraid.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on October 28, 2017, 06:04:53 pm
average 2 points per game almost guarantees promotion. we're at 2.14  :ok:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on October 30, 2017, 11:10:47 am
I friggin love Wikipedia!!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on October 30, 2017, 05:08:33 pm
Quality that Vamps!

Gotts love this tweet from Billy Sharp.......

(http://i65.tinypic.com/2zxny2t.png)
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Sotonexiledblade on October 30, 2017, 07:02:18 pm
Well, managed to get tomorrow afternoon off so I can get to QPR should be interesting.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on October 30, 2017, 07:31:24 pm
Enjoy mate, you know what happened the last time we all went there, a repeat of that scoreline would be just fine  :ok:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on October 30, 2017, 08:25:33 pm
Enjoy mate, you know what happened the last time we all went there, a repeat of that scoreline would be just fine  :ok:

Twas a belter  :ok:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on October 30, 2017, 08:26:44 pm
Well, managed to get tomorrow afternoon off so I can get to QPR should be interesting.

Nice one!

You up Satdi? And up for some beers??
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Sotonexiledblade on October 31, 2017, 09:50:22 am
Nice one!

You up Satdi? And up for some beers??

Yep up Satdi - see you at whatever hostelry is decided on and whatever time!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on October 31, 2017, 11:33:02 am
Nice one!

You up Satdi? And up for some beers??

Yep up Satdi - see you at whatever hostelry is decided on and whatever time!

 :ok: Well it's only taken 3 months into the season to meet up for a jar or two!!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on October 31, 2017, 07:43:51 pm
Can't help feeling a bit...well Eeyore about toneet  :(

No Fleckenbauer so could struggle.....I would play Carruthers instead rather than Lundstram and still go for it.

I predict summat not happened since March..............a draw! I'll take that now though  :ok:

Come on you red n white wazzocks!!!!!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on October 31, 2017, 10:43:22 pm
Well that was pants


We wobbled when Leeds were in our faces

We lost tonight because they were in our faces

Our problem is we need time to play our game and the higher we get, the less time we'll have.

NO complaints, we get back on track by pissing on the Tigers

Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on October 31, 2017, 10:52:51 pm
No big deal really........sounded like we were not bad tonight and lost to a very unlucky goal.

Would anyone else have taken 3rd spot at this stage if asked in August.........??

yeah, so would I  :ok:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on October 31, 2017, 11:14:23 pm
Will you take 3rd in April?

See you at Holiday Inn Wembley Park in May
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on October 31, 2017, 11:40:59 pm
Guys

Today is a sad day indeed. I don't really know how to break the news in the right way, but here goes:

We can no longer buy Thornbridge Beers  :yikes:

YES - that includes Jaipur.

Thornbridge have released a bottled beer called "The Wednesday" which features the offensive logo on the front to ensure there is no ambiguity.

As of this moment, they have NOT released "The Blade"

The conclusion has to be that the brewery is operated by members of the unclean fraternity, and I have disposed of my Thornbridge loyalty card in protest, together with the flailing of arms and gnashing of teeth that goes with making such a statement.

Hugely disappointing day all round really!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 01, 2017, 08:46:46 am
I think we were stunned by the early, unfortunate goal. We had to chase the game, and we just couldn't create enough chances from our 61% possession (BBC).

I'm not too despondant about being third, although still being top would have been better. I think we all agree that we are in a better place than anyone had dreamt about.

Sorry about Thornbridge Lings. Carling is on offer in Morrisons :ok: :ok:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on November 01, 2017, 10:50:38 am
Having slept on it my conclusions are:

Had Blackman not hurt himself (hope he's OK) yesterday would have been a different result - even if we'd still gone on to play the disjointed way we did it would have been 0-0.  We'd looked dangerous in our first attack prior to the goal and seemed to be able to cut their defence apart - only happened a few times again after the injury.

The actual score could have been 3-3 - they missed a couple of easy chances, how O'Connell and Clarke didn't score first half I don't know...  Clarke could have had one second half and we wasted alot of opportunities to cross or pull the ball back from the touchline for a tap in. QPR missed one, posisbly two sitters too.

We gave the ball away too many times and players weren't on the same wavelength too often (even leaving the ball for each other on several occasions or passing to a player who hadn't run through on the overlap).  Even Coutts kept giving it away, maybe he was missing Fleck as his outlet.

Baldock going off is a bigger worry than Blackman's injury. He was beating the ground with his fists suggesting he was frustrated that an old injury has come back?  I love Bashambeaur but he's not a wing back...

QPR played like the away team.  They harried, closed us down and gave us no space.  When they got it it was always long and they won practically everything in the air all night.  We had such little space even we had to revert to hoof ball at times.

The ref was shite - for both sides.  That QPR player who faked an injury for a good 5 minutes deserves suspending when the FA fakery committee has a look at the footage (although Sharp could then be in trouble as he was clearly seen kicking him when he was down on deck - good lad  :ok: - I would have.).

Boro, Cardiff and QPR have now beaten us by scoring after a long ball over the top (Norwich did too didn't they?).  We need to have a plan for that.

We were very unlucky last night with the Blackman incident and I think that's the big positive to take from this. We can play our worse game of the season, away in London after a big Yorkshire derby at the weekend and be unlucky to lose against a team who were so afraid of us they played like it was a cup game. They had massive respect for us and their plan worked - but only just despite us having a major off night... The future is still bright....  :ok:

Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on November 01, 2017, 06:23:32 pm
I think we were stunned by the early, unfortunate goal. We had to chase the game, and we just couldn't create enough chances from our 61% possession (BBC).

I'm not too despondant about being third, although still being top would have been better. I think we all agree that we are in a better place than anyone had dreamt about.

Sorry about Thornbridge Lings. Carling is on offer in Morrisons :ok: :ok:


I kid you not Bolts, someone in The Tap yesterday asked the girl "which of these Pilsners tastes most like Stella?" What is the world coming to?
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 02, 2017, 08:52:35 am
I think we were stunned by the early, unfortunate goal. We had to chase the game, and we just couldn't create enough chances from our 61% possession (BBC).

I'm not too despondant about being third, although still being top would have been better. I think we all agree that we are in a better place than anyone had dreamt about.

Sorry about Thornbridge Lings. Carling is on offer in Morrisons :ok: :ok:


I kid you not Bolts, someone in The Tap yesterday asked the girl "which of these Pilsners tastes most like Stella?" What is the world coming to?

To be fair to them Lings, there is so much choice available these days, and these young snowflakes have no idea. When we were growing up there was very little choice. Probably 90% of people in the pub drank beer.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 201t
Post by: Vamps on November 02, 2017, 01:06:24 pm
I think we were stunned by the early, unfortunate goal. We had to chase the game, and we just couldn't create enough chances from our 61% possession (BBC).

I'm not too despondant about being third, although still being top would have been better. I think we all agree that we are in a better place than anyone had dreamt about.

Sorry about Thornbridge Lings. Carling is on offer in Morrisons :ok: :ok:


I kid you not Bolts, someone in The Tap yesterday asked the girl "which of these Pilsners tastes most like Stella?" What is the world coming to?

To be fair to them Lings, there is so much choice available these days, and these young snowflakes have no idea. When we were growing up there was very little choice. Probably 90% of people in the pub drank beer.

But isn’t that the beauty of it, you get to try them all and see which you like..........or is that just me???  :whi

Have been sampling some rather nice craft beers in Florida this week. Was gutted when I got to Epcot to discover they had a food and wine festival on - felt rather pished after my round the world pub crawl (Australua won btw with ‘Coopers  Pale Ale!’ although only really cos of the name!) Had a blinding Barolo in Italy and in France a rather tasty slush made with Grand Marnier, Champagne and Grey Goose Vodka - well it was hot and I needed something to cool down and get the taste of Escargot out of my mouth!!!

Sod it, going back to Epcot today!,,
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on November 02, 2017, 02:25:06 pm
Other less admirable forums make me laugh.  Someone has the audacity to suggest CW got his team selection wrong on Tuesday night and all the sad little keyboard warriors lay into him (wasn't me btw!).

Glad on here we can suggest that even CW can make mistakes and also suggest how we would have done it differently (though to be honest we don't have to follow our ideas through and if we did it'd end up being shit anyway).

CW is the best manager we've ever had, but to say he's infalible and beyond criticism whatever he does is simply silly... Oh well, thank god I've got this boozer to pop into for sanity's sake.

Sounds like you're having a rare old time Landlord!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Staboblade on November 02, 2017, 06:13:04 pm
Other less admirable forums make me laugh.  Someone has the audacity to suggest CW got his team selection wrong on Tuesday night and all the sad little keyboard warriors lay into him (wasn't me btw!).

Glad on here we can suggest that even CW can make mistakes and also suggest how we would have done it differently (though to be honest we don't have to follow our ideas through and if we did it'd end up being shit anyway).

CW is the best manager we've ever had, but to say he's infalible and beyond criticism whatever he does is simply silly... Oh well, thank god I've got this boozer to pop into for sanity's sake.

Sounds like you're having a rare old time Landlord!

All managers make mistakes, for me you don't take out players on form. Also CW has a long way to go before he's the best we've ever had, in my time it has to be Bassett who got us up two divisions and kept us in the top flight for four years. Porterfield took us up from 4 to 2 and Warnock up 1 to the top flight....if CW gets us to the top flight then he'll be second only to Bassett IMO
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on November 02, 2017, 11:50:33 pm
The Bassett years I'll never forget. I'm happy to accept they might not have actually been as good as I might remember with my selective memory, but bloody hell did we have some good times with Harry, and over many years too.

I love CW and what he's achieved so far. I believe he can usurp Bassett as the best we've had, but there's still some way to go yet before he takes the mantle. I truly hope Wilder becomes the legend he appears to be becoming. Bassett for me will always be the man who gave me the best years of my life as a Blade.............so far.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on November 03, 2017, 12:24:15 pm
Wendy fixture at the Lane moved to a Friday night for Sky - that’s not going to be carnage at all now is it??!!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on November 03, 2017, 01:58:56 pm
Holy Crap! They'll be bussing in rozzers from 7 counties!

(Happy Birthday Vamps ??? )
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 03, 2017, 05:15:00 pm
Match @ Villa also moved to 17:30 for SKY coverage.

Happy Birthday Vamps. :DB :DB
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Staboblade on November 03, 2017, 06:32:06 pm
The Bassett years I'll never forget. I'm happy to accept they might not have actually been as good as I might remember with my selective memory, but bloody hell did we have some good times with Harry, and over many years too.

I love CW and what he's achieved so far. I believe he can usurp Bassett as the best we've had, but there's still some way to go yet before he takes the mantle. I truly hope Wilder becomes the legend he appears to be becoming. Bassett for me will always be the man who gave me the best years of my life as a Blade.............so far.

We had some cracking players under Bassett like Agana, Deane, Hodges, Bradders, Whitehouse, Fjortoft, Saunders etc mixed in with grafters like Booker etc
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on November 03, 2017, 07:22:26 pm
Bassett was long gone when Fjortoft and Saunders arrived mate, Harry left in '95 and those two signed in '97
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 04, 2017, 08:44:20 am
Bassett was long gone when Fjortoft and Saunders arrived mate, Harry left in '95 and those two signed in '97

I'm hopeless when trying to remember when players / managers came and went. Suppose not going to BL regualarly after 1994 doesn't help.

Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on November 04, 2017, 09:22:08 am
Wolves back on track last night so we're 5 points off the top this morning. Hopefully CW has the Blades back to their best today and we can cut the gap back to 2.

COYRAWW !!!!!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Staboblade on November 04, 2017, 08:51:43 pm
I thought we were off of our usual game first half, we still deserved a couple of goals though. Their goal happened because of poor positioning from Moore but other than  that they were very poor. Second half though we were back to that high pressing, high intensity game and Hull couldn't live with us or Clarke and for me was MOTM by a country mile. I said to my mate before the game that Clarke needed a goal today but I didn't expect 4 from him, when was the last time one of our strikers got 4...I can only remember Edwards v Gillingham in 1983 was it? Can we keep this up? hell yes but we need some top transfer action in Jan to give us a bigger chance.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on November 05, 2017, 09:29:30 am
A great win against a pretty poor side, and it could have been an absolute embarrassment for them if their keeper hadn't made some fantastic saves (with Blackman only on loan maybe we should look for a top quality keeper like him).

Burton, Fulham, Birmingham to come next. Anywhere between 7 and 9 points from those three will do for me  ;D

Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on November 05, 2017, 09:27:40 pm
Just read a Hull fan's blog on the match.

1. They deserved to be in front
2. They should have had a penalty
3. The referee was biased in our favour
4. They never get anything from refs at Bramall Lane
5. Finally he admits they were awful second half but despite saying the Hull MF was in full flow in the first half he gives SUFC no credit for the turnaround
6. Even after his team shipped 4 goals in one half he still referred to us (3 times at least) as "The Blunts"

Some people just aren't ready for day-release
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on November 07, 2017, 08:34:16 am
How deluded?

1. They deserved to be in front
If the football gods wanted to punish us for not taking two (maybe three clear cut chances) then yes, they deserved to be in front (or we deserved to be behind).

2. They should have had a penalty
At first I thought they had a case.  On iFollow it looked a clear handball.  On the Sky highlights I still think it was handball, but it was just outside the area.

3. The referee was biased in our favour
Had he booked their player for the bad foul five minutes before he then did book him for a less bad foul they'd have been down to 10 men first half.

The only way that game could have been any better (other than taking more of our chances and making it 8 or 9) would have been if they'd done that cheesy "getting mauled by the tigers" chant when they were one up, to then get thoroughly humiliated Wendy bounce killer style...

Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on November 07, 2017, 09:05:49 pm
hahahaha - we had that conversation in the pub before the game about the "mauled by the tigers" chant - utterly embarrassing!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on November 08, 2017, 04:23:41 pm
Had to love this from an article on Newsnow:

So a guy puts 90 pence on an 11 match accumulator at the weekend

At one stage, he's offered £1750 as a cash out for his 90p and he lets it go because a couple more scores go his way. He's holding out for £250,000 and it all looks like he's going to spank the bookies for a quarter of a million BUT......

Leon Clarke scores 4, so the ONLY ONE match that lets him down is Blades v Hull and who does the guy support? YES! Hull City!  :DD :DD :DD :DD :DD

He made a great comment afterwards, saying if it had come in he could have bought his own house and a Range Rover but now he has to stay with his mum and drive a Corsa  :DD :DD
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Staboblade on November 14, 2017, 09:49:58 pm
I thought Brooksy played a blinder tonight for Wales and so did the comms who made him MOTM...
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: BoltonBlade on November 15, 2017, 08:13:55 am
I agree, but I would like to see him play out on the left. I am not convinced that the right wing is his best position.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on November 15, 2017, 10:02:31 am
He had a good game last night.  He kept switching from left to right and as Wales play quite a narrow midfield was able to cut inside often too. 

Everytime he gets the ball you expect him to do something special, which is a burden he needs to learn to live with as sometimes a simple pass would have done but he tried to meg the defenders instead.  To be fair, when the ball went to him he was closed down right away by 3 Panamanian defenders - they'd obviously realised his potential to rip them a second arsehole.

He could have scored with a sweet left footer after cutting into the area from the right, but a deflection off the defender took it over.

You could see the Welsh forwards (Vokes etc) thanking him for the crosses and balls he was putting in.  These same players are going to be returning to their clubs and telling their managers to go and look at that kid in Sheffield...

I hope the board were serious when they say they want to keep him.  If we do inevitably have to sell him, I seriously think he could be our first 50m player - if we hold onto him long enough for his value to mature.
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on November 15, 2017, 04:36:06 pm
What I like about Brooks is he seems to have been given permission to play wherever the game is being played, so he drifts around but is starting to build that disciplined approach to getting back and covering where needed. His progress is amazing and he's going to be a PL regular for sure. Bale's replacement at Real?  ;D

If the club seriously considers anything under £20m for him they want shafting up the wrong 'un with a big knobbly stick
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on November 15, 2017, 06:33:12 pm
Couple of things now I'm finally able to get into the bar...

Firstly, bit of fun in this article on the Championship's kits ranked.  For some reason, when I first looked at this this morning we were 5th, then we moved to 4th and now 2nd.  There is a fans' vote at the end but I don't think that counts otherwise Ipswich would be 1st.

http://www.eadt.co.uk/sport/championship-kits-ranked-from-worst-to-first-1-5280710

Second thing I wanted to chuck onto the bartop is a new song for Brooks that I've seen doing the Twitter rounds since his full debut for the Welsh dragons last night (you'll guess the tune from the first line)...

Brooks the magic dragon
Nutmegged Jack Hunt
Left him all tied up in knots
And looking like a cunt...  :ok:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Staboblade on November 15, 2017, 07:22:47 pm
youtube.com/watch?v=zuuObGsB0No (http://youtube.com/watch?v=zuuObGsB0No)

He's already got one Roma.....'Brooks will tear you apart again...'
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on November 17, 2017, 10:22:59 pm
That looks out for the season to me - huge loss

Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on November 19, 2017, 11:10:53 am
Gutted for Coutts  :(

Think the "team" is strong enough to carry on performing well though  :ok:

Anyways, roll on Tues and the Fulham match.........Tap at 6.10?? God I need a beer or two  :ok:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on November 19, 2017, 08:17:08 pm
... or 5
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on November 20, 2017, 10:08:05 am
Gutted for Coutts  :(

Think the "team" is strong enough to carry on performing well though  :ok:

Anyways, roll on Tues and the Fulham match.........Tap at 6.10?? God I need a beer or two  :ok:

See you there (maybe a little bit before - for that 5th Lings mentioned!!)
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on November 20, 2017, 10:51:46 am
Gutted for Coutts  :(

Think the "team" is strong enough to carry on performing well though  :ok:

Anyways, roll on Tues and the Fulham match.........Tap at 6.10?? God I need a beer or two  :ok:

See you there (maybe a little bit before - for that 5th Lings mentioned!!)

Well your match fitness is better than mine  :DB
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on November 21, 2017, 10:29:15 pm
Before the season started I had Fulham in my 3 tips for promotion. Tonight they finally showed that they have the quality to achieve it.

For them, Sessegnon and Ojo were excellent, but throughout the team they were faster, more determined, and showed better quality and intelligence on the ball throughout.

On a night when we were up against the best side I've seen this season, too many players had an off day. Carter-Vickers had a 'mare, giving away the first goal with that catastrophically lame back-pass and being nowhere at all when the ball went across for their 3rd. Down the right side of our defence was a huge gap that they just kept running into. It was easy.

Sharp had a very off night, so too Brooks when he came on. Unlike Vamps I thought Fleck had a decent game but Duffy just wasn't at the races. Lundstram was his usual steady self but no more.

We only looked a threat when Hanson came on for the hoof, and Carruthers had a very decent cameo.

I feel sorry for Leon Clarke - a hat-trick but on the losing side?

Ref was poor but not in a way that changed the game. We were beaten by the better side and I have no complaints. As Wilder says, so far this season every point we've won, we've deserved, and tonight was a continuation of that.

Sort that defence out Chris, it's only 1 game but there were some things to be concerned about.

We'll probably need 4 more goals on Saturday with Che Adams in town!
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on November 22, 2017, 09:57:17 am
I don't really know what to make of last night... One thing is certain, United know how to put us all through the mincer  :roll:

On Lundstrum... I didn't notice him last night, watching in iFollow.  And I think that's a good thing.  He's not Coutts, but we knew that and if he was as good as Coutts he'd probably be unhappy sitting on the bench until now.  He had a solid game without standing out (for right or wrong reasons).

However, on What's App someone asked "what has Lundstrum not done that Coutts would have done".  I don't want to be too harsh on Lundstrum because I think he did alright, but what Coutts does is protect Fleck.  Fleck's style of play means he takes risks and does give the ball away quite alot.  8 out of 10 times he pulls off that amazing through pass or turns the opponent to create space, but on the other occasions he loses the ball - but like the shopkeeper in Mr Ben Coutts pops out of nowhere to win the ball back.

Lundstrum isn't as good as Coutts at winning the ball back and being in the right place at the right time, but he's young and he'll learn.

I think this is also why Fleck maybe didn't have as good a game as we're used to as we don't normally see his mistakes because Coutts tidies them up, we only see his amazing passes and dribbles... Wouldn't change that for the world, and if that was a "bad" game by Fleck's standards then we're more than OK.

After we scored, Fulham had a period of domination and looked likely to score (I even had a quid on them to score next).  However, we started to dominate again and suddenly we looked the most likely to score again, then out of nowhere their equaliser was given away.

I missed their 2nd because I'd switched to the SkyBet app to spend some of my new winnings on us winning the game 2-1.  When I got there SkyBet said it was already 1-2, and I switched back to iFollow just in time to see them celebrating  )O(

Their 3rd, yes 2CV should have tracked their scorer, but I also thought Blackman's positioning should have been better and he could have cut out the cross.

Fulham were good last night, right from the start I could see that they were one of the better teams we've faced (they actually reminded me a bit of us).  They matched us in closing down which is not something they usually do according to a Fulham fan I know (lazy bastards was the term used) which is probably why several of their players were laid out at the end.

Teams are starting to realise we're not cloggers and are changing theor tactics accordingly.  We're going to have to learn to combat that going forward...

Towards the end, it was like Bassett was back in charge.  2 at the back no midfield and everyone else up front.  The right tactics to play when you're losing at home with time running out and it nearly paid off for us... CW certainly has balls.



Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on November 22, 2017, 12:50:58 pm
Thought we had a few players with off games last night (Lundstrum wasn't one of them!), but if you could be proud of the team losing, that was the game. You cannot fault the effort and fight in this team.

I likened it to a heavyweight boxing fight where both fighters just went at each other full on and sod the defence - I guess the 4-5 scoreline bears that out!! Must have been a great game for a neutral to watch.

The Fulham players at the end were completely done in and if you'd just walked into the ground at the final whistle you'd think we were the team that had won! Fulham certainly knew they'd been in a game last night. As Lings said, I'd say they were the best team I've seen us play this season - at one point in the first half it looked like a Premier League vs a League One side, which this fixture would have been last season. Also like Lings, they were in my aka as a promotion team this season and they showed last night that with effort and commitment they can deliver.

The biggest downer for me last night was The Tap - some truly awful beers last night - the last pint even being left with just a sip from it.....at least that wasn't the one the Icelandic sour IPA they charged £8.80 a pint for (obviously think they're still in Iceland at those prices!!)

Onwards and upwards - bring on Birmingham. 5.30 kick off so could be in an interesting tangle by the time kick off comes around!!!

Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on November 22, 2017, 05:25:22 pm
The biggest downer for me last night was The Tap - some truly awful beers last night - the last pint even being left with just a sip from it.....at least that wasn't the one the Icelandic sour IPA they charged £8.80 a pint for (obviously think they're still in Iceland at those prices!!)

Told you mate, the awful beers were to make the Fulham fans feel at home and the London prices too  :whi

Re the Brum game I'm still gutted as originally it fell nicely as I'm up to see the Killers at the Arena Saturday.  Thanks to Sky it's giving up my tickets for the Killers or the unusual feeling of being in Sheff and not at the match...  If the tickets weren't an Anniversary present I know what I'd be doing.  )O(
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on November 22, 2017, 08:09:41 pm
The biggest downer for me last night was The Tap - some truly awful beers last night - the last pint even being left with just a sip from it.....at least that wasn't the one the Icelandic sour IPA they charged £8.80 a pint for (obviously think they're still in Iceland at those prices!!)

Told you mate, the awful beers were to make the Fulham fans feel at home and the London prices too  :whi

Re the Brum game I'm still gutted as originally it fell nicely as I'm up to see the Killers at the Arena Saturday.  Thanks to Sky it's giving up my tickets for the Killers or the unusual feeling of being in Sheff and not at the match...  If the tickets weren't an Anniversary present I know what I'd be doing.  )O(

Na na na na he's a ....OH!  ::)
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on November 23, 2017, 01:11:10 pm
 )O(
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Roma on November 23, 2017, 01:16:27 pm
OK...
Been doing the math. KO 5:30, HT 6:17 (assume 2 mins added on). 2nd Half KO 6:32, final whistle 7:21 (4 mins added on). Get back to car 7:31.  Get back to pick missus up 8:01 (pushing it). Quick wash and change. Leave 8:20. Arena car park for 8:40. In seat for 8:50. Killers start 9:00 (miss support band but never heard of her to be honest). 

It's tight but not impossible.  I might even do it if I leave early (despite the wrath of my fellow Blades).

Now - all I need is to convince the missus it'll all work smoothly on the night  :^^
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on November 23, 2017, 08:31:25 pm
Good Luck with that!  :DD
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Vamps on November 23, 2017, 09:01:10 pm
OK...
Been doing the math. KO 5:30, HT 6:17 (assume 2 mins added on). 2nd Half KO 6:32, final whistle 7:21 (4 mins added on). Get back to car 7:31.  Get back to pick missus up 8:01 (pushing it). Quick wash and change. Leave 8:20. Arena car park for 8:40. In seat for 8:50. Killers start 9:00 (miss support band but never heard of her to be honest). 

It's tight but not impossible.  I might even do it if I leave early (despite the wrath of my fellow Blades).

Now - all I need is to convince the missus it'll all work smoothly on the night  :^^

Pop her in the Copthorne bar with a bottle of bubbles for the afternoon - solves two problems - 1) she's happy cos she's got bubbles on her anniversary and 2) you don't need to waste 30 mins going to pick her up, thereby building your contingency in for getting to the arena........good god I'm dealing with amateurs - good job it's a service I provide for free!!!


Now - for those who aren't lightweights and feel they can make it for a few extra beers on Saturday, that dude from Southampton and my good self will be meeting up in The Bath around 2pm for a few quality beers and maybe a hot roast pork sarni - the last one was particularly good......
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on November 23, 2017, 10:00:47 pm
2pm?  :yikes:

So only an hour later than normal for drinks before a match that kicks off 2 and a half hours later than normal?

Holy Shit 90 minutes more drinking time than usual?

I can't do 2pm. It'll be at least 10 past  :ok:
Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: lingsbord on November 23, 2017, 10:05:02 pm
By the way, Satdi this is what I'd do:

1. I think Baldock will be fit so he goes into RWB

2. Bashembauer anchors CMF

3. Carruthers starts alongside Duffy higher up

Then, either CCV is given a chance to redeem himself, or Heneghan gets his chance.

Of course the alternative sees Bashembauer taking CCV's place which allows Lundstram to anchor the CMF

OR we go full fat attack and have Brooks, Duffy AND Carruthers in MF  :ok:

Title: Re: New season, New League, New Banter thread - Championship Banter 2017
Post by: Eeyore on November 23, 2017, 10:44:42 pm
OK...
Been doing the math

Math?? WTF is math? Are you American?

It's maths ffs!!!  :whi