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Banter / Re: Input Wanted: Sheffield Guide for Southerners
« on: December 29, 2017, 01:58:44 pm »
Thanks Bolts but I don't want to put them off  :whi
It's close to Lancashire. :DD :DD

For any golfers, Sicklehome GC is reasonably close (Bamford)

Banter / Input Wanted: Sheffield Guide for Southerners
« on: December 28, 2017, 03:56:55 pm »
Right guys.  As some of you know, after about 15 years of umming and arghing I've finally got around to buying a bolthole up North (on the edge of the Peak District at Ladybower).

I've started pulling together a guide for guests staying there and as we're only initially renting it out to friends and family most of these will be soft southerners.

I'm writing the guide in my spare time when I'm on the train etc and plan to dedicate a whole section to Sheffield. 

So, I'm looking for your help.  Recommended restaurants, pubs, etc for Sheffield (or even the Hope Valley area). Any suggestions muchly received as I am, I confess, a little out of touch with my home city these days (though I hope to recover the situation now I have a base nearby).

PS: I have mentioned that there are some great football teams in Sheffield such as United, FC and Hallam ;-)

Banter / Re: 2017/2018 Transfer window thread
« on: December 28, 2017, 02:01:30 pm »
Who do we think he's referring to? Suggestions so far include Sam Baldock and Shane Long...

Warning: Source unknown.

Another game we've dominated and for most of the game you could see the difference between the two sides - it was a team pushing for promotion against one looking to stave off relegation.

We'll miss Coutts but Lundstrum looked like he could grow into that role for most of the game the other night.  I'm more concerend that we're lacking down the right - so Lings said - we need Baldock back in there as soon as he's fit. 

Everything seemed to be down our left on Saturday and Birmingham just over loaded that part of the pitch.  If we have a similar threat down both flanks then they become stretched and that also then leaves gaps down the middle for us to exploit.

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  :^^


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(

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.

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.


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:

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.

Banter / Re: 2017/2018 Transfer window thread
« on: November 07, 2017, 04:00:54 pm »
I think Brooks is a more direct cover for Duffy, although I also like to see Brooks deployed as a false 10 (damn I used the term) when he comes on for Sharp.

Carruthers for me sits somewhere between Fleck and Duffy in terms of his ability and approach.

I can see Lundstrum as a (albeit not quite so effective) cover for Coutts.

But I can't see a direct cover for Fleck, which to be honest isn't surprising as he's one of those fairly unique players.  We could always put a cheeky bid in for Barry fucking Bannan as cover for Fleck. He'd do alright in our U23s until needed  :roll:

One player we haven't seen much of yet is Thomas.  He looks really promising and would love to see him develop into a first teamer, although I can't see where he would play as he's an out and out winger.  Maybe he can learn to adapt and play more central as cover for Duffy?

I'd also be looking at more cover for wing back.  We've seen how important this position is to our style of play and how vunerable we are to injuries in that position.  With the amount of work the WBs have to put in it's inevitible they're going to get knocks and strains.  So maybe a WB who can play left or right as cover (if such a thing exists - I played that role as a young man and it's true, I was equally shite left and right).

We also now need cover for Clarke... How about that fella playing in France - Neymar isn't it? He could learn alot as Leon's deputy  :ok:

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...

Banter / Re: 2017/2018 Transfer window thread
« on: November 02, 2017, 03:33:20 pm »
There has been a debate on Twitter between Kevin Gage and a guy called @wit-xx about HRH's funds.

@witt-xx claims that there is no money for January and that HRH is struggling for cash now that he's sold his shares in Saudi Paper Company.

Now, at first I dismissed this guy's input as heresay.  Sure, HRH has sold his shares in the paper company as he had to to take up the government role, same as he had to resign as chairman of the mighty.  But, he must have made a fortune on the shares he sold and I'm sure he won't sit it in the bank gathering dust - he'll be reinvesting it (hopefully some of it in the aforementioned mighty).

Anyway, what now worries me is that there was a post by the Sheffield Star with a photo of CW and "his close friend" Wit-xx enjoying a champagne reception at the house of lords the day after the QPR game. This has got me thinking the worse case scenarios.  Is @witt-xx actually well connected and in the know? Has CW moaned to him about not having any money to spend?

Tell me I'm just being ultra-paranoid!!!!  :roll: :^^

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!

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