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General discussion / Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« on: April 25, 2019, 12:43:36 AM »
Bielsa is a coaching genius who has improved almost every player at  Leeds beyond recognition.

Of that there is no doubt. However Bielsa now has a much tougher job on his hands as the Club looks forward to their most important fixtures in the best part of a decade. That is of course man management - how does he reinvigorate / motivate players whose confidence seems to be very low. I was working on Good Friday, so did not see the Wigan disaster. I followed it though on the BBC live updates and they referred to the confidence falling out of the Leeds' players after the opening Wigan goal. There was plenty of evidence of something similar early on against Brentford.

It was a disastrous weekend and such a promising season now looks as if it could end in dust. How did it come to this? In terms of football played, little over a match and a half ago, everything seemed on course for the ultimate success - leading 1-0 against 10 man Wigan, at home, and having 70%+ of the play. I'd have to say that my sense is that there have been questions asked of the players' character and they have responded miserably. As the English like to say, they've bottled it and big time.

There is absolutely nothing to suggest room for optimism. Villa have gone on a winning streak that breaks a record that has stood for 109 years, whereas our players look bereft of confidence and self-belief. The immediate priority is to get the three points needed to ensure third place and an 'easier draw' and then hope that we can get through two legs and face the Villa juggernaut in a one off match where hopefully anything can happen.

Not good.

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General discussion / Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« on: April 15, 2019, 03:46:56 PM »
A massive win for Leeds today means that ten points from the last four games will take us up.

Given all that has happened, I'm delighted to be in this position, but I genuinely think we would struggle to get ten points from those fixtures. As you mentioned, the likelihood is that we will be depending on the Blades to drop a few points to secure automatic promotion.

One game at a time therefore - Sheffield United play earlier, which will allow Leeds to know where they stand for the later kick-off against Wigan.

I've actually got butterflies typing this!   :o

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General discussion / Re: Assange & wikileaks
« on: April 11, 2019, 11:17:25 PM »
Can't believe James Horan was part of the arrest. Those Mayo lads are everywhere.

 ;D

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General discussion / Re: Cookstown Incident
« on: March 22, 2019, 08:08:18 AM »
It's a discussion board lads. Discussion and debate is literally the entire point of things. Nobody is speaking ill of the dead, nobody is belittling the tragedy, nobody is trying to make light of anyone's suffering.

If this had happened in London, Berlin, Hong Kong, Sydney, New York etc nobody would be up in arms about anyone having such debate. The fact that it's so raw and close to home means we should be prepared to confront things even more, not less.

I accept what you are saying is true. For me personally, what I find distasteful is the caustic nature of some of the debate here. You've mentioned tragedy, which is exactly what it is. The personal nature of some of the exchanges suggest to me that the tragic circumstances are not foremost in the minds of those debating.

As stated, a personal opinion only. 

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General discussion / Re: Cookstown Incident
« on: March 18, 2019, 08:49:02 AM »
This hits home a bit

As it does for me Benny. I've made many a trip up there over the years.

As someone else has said, your very worst nightmare as a parent. Poor kids - May They Rest In Peace. Thoughts and prayers with the families and friends involved.


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General discussion / Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« on: March 11, 2019, 02:14:53 PM »
Two of the three big games now gone and six points accumulated. It couldn't have gone any better than that.  :)

 Leeds though are nothing if not consistent in their inconsistency and so the fixture away to Reading tomorrow night carries huge importance as well. It is vital to not take the eye off that fixture and thinking ahead to Saturday. A win there would be a great way to go into the Sheffield United game which is as big a fixture as Leeds have had since relegation from the Premier League fifteen years ago. If we could then beat Sheffield United, we would have a minimum of five points to spare over the Blades as we enter a two week rest period, before the final eight matches come up across April. One thing is for sure - the run in is not going to be easy on the emotions!!   :-\


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General discussion / Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« on: March 04, 2019, 02:03:54 PM »
St Andrew's awaits  ;)

As does Ashton Gate and Deepdale - there are dangers everywhere!!

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General discussion / Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« on: March 04, 2019, 09:18:37 AM »
Big result for Leeds tonight after the QPR setback - the BBC R5 profile last night confirmed what an amazing coach Bielsa is.

Typical Leeds. I went into that WBA match fearing the worst, particularly in light of our recent run of form, and was knocked over by a performance that was as good as I can remember since the halcyon days of the League Title in 1991/92 - it was that good.

The important thing now is to try and build on that. If it can instill confidence and self-belief into the players, and put a bit of energy into the weary limbs, then automatic promotion might yet be achievable. The Sheffield United match coming up is already looking huge! 

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General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: February 26, 2019, 08:47:41 AM »
Mark Hollis - singer/songwriter and Talk Talk frontman aged 64.

Ah no! I am genuinely annoyed to hear this. Talk Talk were a great band - hugely underrated and gave me many hours of listening pleasure. A great talent gone too early.

Rest In Peace. 

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 2 2019
« on: February 25, 2019, 08:01:04 AM »
Was disappointed in Tipperary today. Most of their scores were frees and Armagh were in control for most of game. The sending of didn't help. To be fair to Jamie Clarke he made nothing of the punch in the ribs - the crowd reacted and it was right in front of linesman.

We were a wee bit nonplussed by the sending off and thought it had something to do with the tackle on Aidan Forker, just prior to the red card being shown. Agree with your point about Tipp - they cannot have scored too many from play, although their free taking was excellent. It's rare I say this, but Armagh never looked remotely like losing that game, once the Tipp lad was sent off and that led to a very lethargic performance for the rest of the match where a lot of Armagh's play was ponderous in the extreme, with slow build up, misplaced passes and awful shot selection. The final whistle was met with relief. 

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GAA Discussion / Re: John Morrison RIP
« on: February 12, 2019, 02:51:10 PM »
As I mentioned on another thread, John's sudden passing has come as a shock. A larger than life character and a giant of our Club over the last fifty years, having been Chairman in the late seventies and early eighties when we acquired and redeveloped our ground at Abbey Park. He was deservedly inducted into our Hall of Fame in recent years.

The end of John's long Championship career with Armagh Harps coincided with my own Championship debut, when he played full back in front of me, marking Peter Rafferty of the Grange - May 1988 in Ballymacnab - fond memories indeed.

Beefer was one of the few players at our Club who made the ball 'whistle' during shooting practice, such was the force he used to generate with that left peg of his! Not an enjoyable experience trying to stop them. His loss will be felt not just in the Morrison household, but in our Club and in Armagh City generally. 

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. 

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General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: February 12, 2019, 02:40:39 PM »
John's sudden passing has come as a shock. A larger than life character and a giant of our Club over the last fifty years, having been Chairman in the late seventies and early eighties when we acquired and redeveloped our ground at Abbey Park. He was deservedly inducted into our Hall of Fame in recent years.

The end of John's long Championship career with Armagh Harps coincided with my own Championship debut, when he played full back in front of me, marking Peter Rafferty of the Grange - May 1988 in Ballymacnab - fond memories.

Beefer was one of the few players at our Club who made the ball 'whistle' during shooting practice, such was the force he used to generate with that left peg of his! Not an enjoyable experience trying to stop them. His loss will be felt not just in the Morrison household, but in our Club and in Armagh City generally. 

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. 

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General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: February 12, 2019, 11:53:12 AM »
Gordon Banks R.I.P.

Very sorry to hear this news. One of the all time greats.

The save from Pele was probably my all time favourite non GAA sporting moment.

May He Rest In Peace. 

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GAA Discussion / Re: Attendances
« on: January 31, 2019, 03:44:16 PM »
Check attendance figures for the Kerry golden years.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1982_All-Ireland_Senior_Football_Championship

According to wiki the attendance at the Kerry Armagh All Ireland semi-final in 1982 was 17,523

I was at that game, I have no particular memory of the size of the crowd but these brief highlights seem to show plenty of space in the crowd. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJuT3L_LzHc

I was at that game too and from memory it had been flagged up in advance that it all pointed towards a record low crowd. The 17,523 must have been 90% Armagh fans, as evidenced when Big Joe scored our goal into the Canal End that day. Unfortunately 5-in-a-row chasing Kerry gave three goals back, along with fifteen or sixteen points, to a very muted response from the crowd.

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General discussion / Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« on: January 17, 2019, 08:01:40 AM »
Didn't seem possible, but he's gone up even further in the estimation of the fan base.

I note an interesting quote from Frank Lampard,

"Yeah [everyone does research] it's really simple. It's probably a nice eye-opener for the fan to see it because most of this stuff happens behind closed doors. But they are done everywhere, there's no amazement from anyone who works in football."

which would be the equivalent of me saying that I too play snooker when asked to comment on a Ronnie O'Sullivan 147! 

However it does beg the question as to why he got his knickers in such a twist last week when the issue first come out.

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