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General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: December 05, 2019, 08:54:27 AM »
Robert George Dylan Willis.

Genuinely very sorry to hear of his passing and to be honest it came as a bit of a shock to me, as I hadn’t been aware he was ill.

Was a leading figure in the 1981 Ashes Test Series - one of the great Test Series of all time - but his contribution tends to be overshadowed by Botham's herculean efforts.  His 8-43 at Headingly in Australia's second innings ensured an English victory in what was a pivotal test.

My recollection is that the crowd had started to shout “Come on Bob” as he ran in, during that series, to the extent that it would reach a crescendo of noise! Great memories of a great series.

In latter years he was an unforgiving critic of the England cricket team when things were going badly and I used to enjoy watching him on Sky, giving his thoughts.

May He Rest In Peace.

General discussion / Re: Point of order
« on: November 13, 2019, 09:09:51 AM »
There are a lot of regular posters here who come across as petty and immature and their number seems to have increased in recent years.

For the most part these days I prefer to browse rather than get involved in any discussions.   

Reward - Teardrop Explodes

Marvellous. Still have the version of Kilimanjaro with Reward on it, on vinyl. Great album.

GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Club SFC 2019
« on: November 03, 2019, 11:06:40 PM »
It was a few years back (I think 2014 or 2015?), but I recall UUJ progressing in a knockout game after winning a penalty shoot-out, it wasn't Sigerson though.

I'd be guessing the O'Fiaich Cup match was around 1999 / 2000, as I recall Mark Campbell from Silverbridge doing nets for Armagh and that was his era. I'm sure we were playing Derry and got beaten! 

GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Club SFC 2019
« on: November 03, 2019, 10:52:15 PM »
Many years ago, when we in Armagh Harps run our annual tournament, draws at the end of normal time were settled by each team taking five 50s, in alternate order. Goals did not count and neither did points where the ball bounced on the ground before going over. Where sides were level after five 50s each, sudden death was employed.

That said, I recall an O'Fiaich Cup game being decided by penalties at the end of normal time. Paddy McEneaney was the ref and it looked an 'off the cuff' decision to use penalties. Many present were taken with the novelty of it, but there were a few walked out shouting 'disgrace' in the direction of Paddy.

Except for all the Humans that don't even have the right to a life..... A very sad day



General discussion / Re: Favourite 80s song your're afraid to admit to
« on: October 09, 2019, 07:58:14 AM »
That Was Yesterday, by Foreigner.   :-[

General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: September 18, 2019, 11:49:16 AM »
Fernando Ricksen. Taken away at a very young age, but I'd imagine his passing is a release for the fella, given the nature of his illness.

Rest In Peace.

GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin v Kerry All Ireland Final 2019
« on: September 15, 2019, 09:08:55 AM »
Without doubts the greatest team to ever play the game.I don't care how much money they have that is the best team I have ever had the pleasure to watch hats off up the DUBS.

Agreed - wonderful team and wonderful achievement.

GAA Discussion / Re: A question for the over 50s
« on: September 09, 2019, 09:44:39 AM »
When they changed from the old north/south split in the National League to a single divison one in 1980, Armagh got to play Kerry in Lurgan and hammered them. It did feel good to beat the All Ireland champions even if it felt that the result would be different in the championship.

Yes, finished something like 1-17 to 2-5. I think that match might have been all ticket - 17,000 if my memory serves me well - as that was the first time Kerry had crossed the border.

We beat them again in Davitt Park and I recall we scored six goals, with Johnny Corvan and Mickey McDonald to the fore.

Championship though was a different matter! 

General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: September 07, 2019, 12:00:30 PM »
Abdul Qadir, the great Pakistani leg spinner from the eighties. A brilliant bowler with a fiery temperament, as umpire David Constant found out on one occasion, when denying him an lbw decision. He was a leading figure in a brilliant three match test series against England in the Summer of 1982.


GAA Discussion / Re: A question for the over 50s
« on: September 07, 2019, 09:56:44 AM »
I’m a little too young to remember Kerry’s dominance. Was it like this in the early 80s too? Although that Kerry team have subsequently (and rightly) been immortalised in popular culture, match day attendances would suggest that football was at a low ebb in terms of popularity. Also has anyone the clarity of mind to remember if the press and pundits spent their days complaining about unfair advantages. Or were we not as cynical then?

My recollection was that there was an apathy generated by the Kerry dominance. As an example, our All Ireland semi-final with Kerry in 1982 was one of the lowest attendances ever for such a game. The official attendance was just over 17,000 and I recall that that was made up of almost exclusively Armagh fans, with Kerry supporters and neutrals giving it a miss.

There was no talk about unfair advantages, save for the fact that Munster was deemed to be an easy route to an All Ireland semi-final, with 1980 (where Kerry were placed in a Munster Final) seen as an example of that.

Kerry were simply deemed to have a great set of players and a great manager. Kerry had players who were reckoned would walk on to any team in Ireland but rarely saw Championship action with Kerry. Vincent O'Connor was one such player and I remember a lad called John L. McElligott (sp?) running riot against us in the '82 league semi-final, yet he never seemed to feature in the Championship.

When Kerry would be beaten in the league, the common interpretation was that they were not doing anything of serious note until the Championship and that they were not taking the league seriously.

When they were beaten in '82 and '83, there was also a sense that they were unlucky to a degree, conceding very late goals, and the subsequent three-in-a-row seemed to bear that out. I remember the '83 semi-finals between Cork and Dublin had a real sense of something new and refreshing.

However when Cork beat Kerry in a replay in Killarney in '87 there was a definite sense of the end of an era. 

General discussion / Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« on: August 23, 2019, 01:49:26 PM »
Top of the league after four games, unbeaten so far, and three consecutive clean sheets in all competitions represents an excellent start. We were in similar form at this stage last season, but Costa and Nketiah look to have strenthened the squad considerably. Tonight was an ordinary enough performance, but grinding out results with late goals is usually a good sign. While something mad is seldom far away, the indications are encouraging so far.

Agree with a lot of this.

Poor enough performance in terms of chances created, despite dominating. Paddy really should have made one of two free headers count in the first half. Costa and Nketiah do look as if they will add something going forward, as evidenced by the goal. White has looked quite assured this season at centre half although I thought Pontus had a good game on Wednesday which underlined to me the folly of letting him go.

I thought we probably deserved a draw the other night, which for me cancels out the two points dropped at home to Forest. 

I recall congratulating a friend who was a Chairman of a club in West Tyrone, a matter of weeks after the 2008 triumph. I was full of praise for the role (I felt) that Harte had played as a tactician, notwithstanding Cavanagh's tour-de-force in that game. His response was something like, "Well, I'm not sure. He's a lucky manager!" I remember saying something to the effect that if you don't want him, we'll take him!!

My friend was a professional person and successful businessman by the way - I add that to basically say that he had a brain between his ears and was not someone to let raw emotion get the better of his judgement. However it underlined to me that Harte was - even in his pomp - a divisive figure.

General discussion / Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« on: August 05, 2019, 08:54:32 AM »
Thoroughly enjoyable match and performance yesterday and for me immediately rekindled memories of much of our play last year. However, underlining that was evidence of much of the issues that fatally undermined our promotion bid last year, i.e. dominating the opposition and not making that dominance be accurately reflected in terms of the score-line. That match could and should have been won 5-0 yesterday but we wasted a lorry load of chances, then got careless and ended up having a few uncomfortable moments late on. I think we managed 4 shots on target from 18 during the game. Such stats will be our undoing again.

That said, there was constant reference throughout the coverage yesterday to Leeds getting a striker and a goalkeeper in before the end of the transfer deadline and I still feel we need a centre half, despite the excellence of White on debut. Bamford was also excellent. Lovely, sharp finish but also held the ball up well, laid it off and put himself about a lot. However I can't see him getting the goals we need.

Mention also of Kiko who really makes me feel nervous. As Paul Robinson said yesterday, we need another goalkeeper who is on a par with Kiko and can step up to first team football and be comfortable in that role.

Pablo and Philips also excellent and I thought Harrison's performance suggested that he will be a better player for us this year than last year.

Great to be back playing and great to get a win.

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