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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.

General discussion / Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« on: July 31, 2019, 11:09:39 PM »
Bailey Peacock-Farrell away to Burnley for £3.5 million. Cannot see his prospects of first team football being better there than at Leeds. A replacement is expected before the transfer window closes.

General discussion / Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« on: July 30, 2019, 09:23:26 AM »
To answer my own question, I note we are being linked with a move for Italian centre-forward Andrea Petagna from Serie A side SPAL. Leeds have reportedly offered £13.8 million but are being told he will cost closer to £23 million, which I'd guess is likely to put him outside our shopping range. At least it suggests that we are still active in the transfer market and that the need for goals is a concern.

GAA Discussion / Re: All-Ireland Gold question
« on: July 29, 2019, 01:34:56 PM »

He'll be forever revered in Kildare after that decision. There is a statue of him in Naas with veni, vidi, vici written on its plinth.  :D


General discussion / Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« on: July 29, 2019, 12:19:18 AM »
Things quite quiet around here. The big kick-off is only days away now and I'd be worried about the relative lack of transfer activity - in particular problems at each end of the pitch (centre-forward and goalkeeper) have not been addressed and potentially a new issue at centre-half has arisen with the selling of Jansson, with the hope now that Ben White will be able to fill the void - however that still leaves a relaince on Berardi and Cooper.

Costa looks to be a big addition and retaining Clarke for another season seems like good business but I'd love to see a few more additions, or otherwise we are going to be relying on Bielsa to work his magic again with very limited resoources. 

GAA Discussion / Re: All-Ireland Gold question
« on: July 28, 2019, 01:05:52 AM »
Taking All Ireland Gold as a guide then football in the 2040's will make todays football look rubbish. With this knowledge, is there any point in playing now?
Yes, I long for the day that I can yap that football was much better in 2019. Regale the younger generation of how Tiernan McCann and the likes were real men unlike these pansies nowadays. I deserve a day like that.


Agree with the sentiments about 'Football Gold'. Recall watching the 1977 Final and Dublin were absolutely rubbish...and they hammered us by 12 points, so you can guess what Armagh were like!!   :'(  It was reinforced to me recently when I watched ten or so minutes of our opening round defeat to Cavan in 1978. I was at that game but that was the first time since that day that I had seen any of the match. It was absolutely dreadful.

By the way, with reference to referees, check out the free that Seamus Aldridge awarded against Paddy Cullen in the '78 Final and from which Mike Sheehy chipped Kerry's second goal. The decision beggars belief.

General discussion / Re: The Cricket thread
« on: July 26, 2019, 09:48:31 AM »
It will be one of the great shocks in all sports should Ireland win tomorrow. A team playing in their 3rd test match beating a team that's been playing for 150 odd years.


I'm open to correction on the facts but I recall hearing that New Zealand were playing something like 28 years as a Test side before they achieved their first win.

GAA Discussion / Re: Ros away to Dublin 20th July 2019
« on: July 21, 2019, 10:16:53 AM »
Disappointing for the Rossies, I've been in Croker for hammerings like that and it's not nice

Me too. Sympathies for the Rossies in attendance last night. Dublin put 4-24 past Armagh in a league game seven or eight years ago in Croker, with the writing on the wall after five minutes of the match. It was painful staying to the end. 

General discussion / Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« on: July 08, 2019, 10:31:36 PM »
Shocked by the Jansson sale.

There's been a lot of talk about him being a disruptive influence in the Club and it seems Bielsa wanted rid. In such circumstances, there is only one winner.

Brentford have got themselves a bargain (£5.5 million). He is by far the most dependable of the three centre backs at the Club. With Halme also getting sold, the hope would be that we'll be in the market for a new centre half. Adequately replacing Jansson will be a challenge though, given the current financial constraints.

GAA Discussion / Re: Mayo v Armagh- Round 3 Qualifier
« on: July 07, 2019, 11:14:22 PM »
So Tyrone demolish a Cavan team that ran Armagh out the door.  If Armagh did manage to fluke their way into super 8s this year they would've ended up on -20 or more v a big team. Mayo result was a blessing in disguise.
Tis a funny old game. Sure we left it behind us in Castlebar and Mayo made fools of Galway this week. Cavan just didnít turn up against Tyrone, although in fairness Armagh still another year away from being super 8 standard.

Don't encourage the WUM.

100% this. You're dealing with a particularly determined WUM who posts in various guises. Definitely one to ignore.

General discussion / Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« on: July 02, 2019, 10:27:46 AM »
Agree with Billy - very important player and not one we would like to let go. The money received (heard £14 million mentioned) would not likely be enough to find a replacement of his calibre.

GAA Discussion / Re: Mayo v Armagh- Round 3 Qualifier
« on: July 02, 2019, 08:16:08 AM »
I hope we don't end up doing to Blaine Hughes, what was done to McEvoy. 

Funny, with all this talk about Blaine Hughes, Philly McEvoy's name came into my own mind as well. I'd share your concern. There was a lot of talk about Geezer asking Jack Grugan to consider goals and Jack was having none of it and walked. However having watched Beggan and the Cavan keeper (name escapes me) this year, I do wonder if trying to include a top class long range free taker - probably as a goalkeeper - is the way to go.

GAA Discussion / Re: Mayo v Armagh- Round 3 Qualifier
« on: June 30, 2019, 10:45:09 PM »
Just wondering what the Armagh lads who travelled to castlebar thought of machale park and the stand?

Thoroughly enjoyed my visit, the result notwithstanding. The stand is much bigger in reality and than it appears on the TV and when it was full, as it was last night, it really adds to the atmosphere. The Mayo supporters were magnificent last night and are one of the reasons why I'd love to see them win an All Ireland.

For ourselves, one that got away. I've said it before that we have no killer instinct and we repeated what we did all year by spurning wonderful goal chances. You simply cannot do that at this level. I thought Mayo were a wee bit more cute than our lads - good at winning frees and running down the clock. I hasten to add that is an observation and not a complaint. I wish our lads could do that.

Although the result represented a crushing disappointment, it has been a very enjoyable year and there are reasons to look forward to 2020 with optimism, provided we can keep everyone on board.

General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: June 27, 2019, 11:16:50 AM »
Ivan Cooper ex civil rights activist and SDLP politician.

Very sorry to hear this. A name synonymous with the Civil Rights movement. The fact that he was from a working class Protestant background significantly increased the personal risk of violence that he was open to. He therefore was willing to put his head above the parapet for others.

Rest In Peace. 

GAA Discussion / Re: Football qualifier route 2019
« on: June 24, 2019, 12:32:50 PM »
Tough draw for us, Armagh are improving while we look to be waning. They'll fancy their chances of taking down a "big" team here I'd say.

Have we ever played in championship before?

1950 semi final.

We all know what happened after that.

It's ON!!!
its a sifn its a sign .
though im nearly sure we played in a 1/4 final or some thing since then . I rember armagh giving mayo a good beating on ther day . it was in croker maybe a league Semi?

League semi final 2004 I think.

Yeah, Paul McGrane kicked Ronan McGarrity in the head as he was lying on the ground

No he didn't.

Hard to believe we were arguing about it back then all those years ago, but yes, he did.

No, he really didn't and I believe I can prove it.

If you could thatíd be great, genuinely. I only have a memory in my minds eye, and Iíd love to put it to bed after 15 years. More than happy to stand corrected

We didn't qualify for the 2004 League semi-final!

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