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General discussion / Re: Messi or Ronaldo - Who's best
« on: April 03, 2019, 12:44:44 PM »
These debates usually turn into who's a Utd supporter and who isnt.

Exactly,
I have yet to meet a non united /real supporter who has Ronaldo above Messi.
Ronaldo probably the greatest ever goalscorer, but the greatest ever player is Messi by a distance(IMHO)

Messi is a better goalscorer too though.

Messi overtook Ronaldo last night for goals scored.

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General discussion / Re: Lesser Supported Sports
« on: April 03, 2019, 08:57:23 AM »
Athletics. (While people watch the olympics it isn't followed that much). e.g. what about the hill in the world XC and how old did those junior ethiopians look would mean nothing to people.

Also the pretty radical shake up of olympic qualifying times and the reduction this will have on Irish olympians is a big topic too.

Even darts is bigger!
It used to get a lot more terrestrial tv coverage which hasn't helped combined with the fact that most people are wiser now to the fact that it's a juice-fest.

The fact that it is a juice fest is the huge issue. I used to love watching the Golden leagues etc when the likes of El Guerrouj, Morceli and Gabriel Selassie and before them the Brits. I always loved the middle distance runners....serious competition. It’s a shame really as the whole idea of one man racing not only the opposition but also himself was fascinating

I still watch athletics whenever I can; the euros indoors recently wasn't bad.

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: March 15, 2019, 09:17:22 AM »
Give him a ball and a yard of grass, about Forests John Robertson I think?

Nigel Clough, no?

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: March 14, 2019, 04:38:56 PM »
Very nice.  I remember them being worn by The Sultans of Ping F.C., if anyone can remember those loons. 

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: March 14, 2019, 03:33:02 PM »
I think you're right. Or else we're just old farts. I could even remember Goss' goal. I was on work placement down in Killorglin and remember sitting in the living room watching it.

Do you remember Dave Barry scoring when Cork City beat Bayern at the Mardyke (I think)??

Was that when Cork wore the white jerseys with the green and red stripes like Germany in Italia 90? That was a class kit :)

Apologies, it was a draw (1-1), and Cork lost the second leg to late goals in Munich.  It was the very nice kit, AZ, as seen below.  A very nice finish too.  Musgrave Park, not the Mardyke. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CUVBzMhm_w

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: March 14, 2019, 01:12:31 PM »
I think you're right. Or else we're just old farts. I could even remember Goss' goal. I was on work placement down in Killorglin and remember sitting in the living room watching it.

Do you remember Dave Barry scoring when Cork City beat Bayern at the Mardyke (I think)??

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General discussion / Re: The Official EFL Championship
« on: March 12, 2019, 11:58:58 AM »
What is the 'problem' with Grealish in Birmingham?

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General discussion / Re: The Official EFL Championship
« on: March 11, 2019, 02:08:38 PM »
Ah the good Old Crown of The Wolfe Tones fame? It would’ve been lively in there yesterday?
I hope you weren't drinking any of that Amstel beer they serve in there, tastes like it was brewed in 1368. :)
In fairness you were in as good a spot as any to appreciate the (very) wide range of cultures in Birmingham.
Did you go anywhere else?

Ah yeah, got a brilliant curry in Manzil's, ate out in the Digbeth Dining Club, and had a few pints in one of the pubs on the canal behind the conference centre.  Watched 'Green Book' in a very old style cinema (The Electric), and wandered around generally.  I liked The Old Crown - good atmosphere in it, and a decent range of beers. 

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General discussion / Re: The Official EFL Championship
« on: March 11, 2019, 01:25:44 PM »
I was upstairs in The Old Crown in Digbeth, ziggy. 

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General discussion / Re: The Official EFL Championship
« on: March 11, 2019, 12:30:25 PM »
In my over fifty years of watching Birmingham I can't ever remember a player being attacked on the pitch, (I do remember a referee getting a belt however) where else has this happened?
Disgusting, cowardly act.

d**kheads follow every club. I can't understand the applause though.
To be fair Birmingham have more than their fair share of d##kheads.

My daughter was telling me that there was chaos in Birmingham city centre yesterday - perhaps it was to coincide with the match, but there was a far-right 'protest' about something around mid-day, as well as a counter-protest by someone else.  She reckons that the two protests 'met' close to the grounds.  Anyhoo, there were cops in abundance around until round 6 o'clock last night.
I haven't heard anything about that Boots but staying that I went to a local pub after the game where there was probably a 50/50 mix of fans of both clubs and except for the usual "slagging" there wasn't even a hint of trouble.
Birmingham is a very "moody" place to live right now (according to some people who'd know better than me what's going on around the city centre), there's a very toxic mix of disadvantaged Black, White and Asian youths who just have no respect for anyone or anything.
It's definitely not the same place I was brought up in.

I spent a weekend in Birmingham recently, and while I acknowledge that it's hardly enough time to form a rounded opinion, I found it to be extremely hospitable/friendly.  I was very impressed, to be honest, not having visited in nearly 20 years.  A much more pleasant place to visit than London, Manchester or Liverpool, in my view. 

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General discussion / Re: The Official EFL Championship
« on: March 11, 2019, 09:19:27 AM »
In my over fifty years of watching Birmingham I can't ever remember a player being attacked on the pitch, (I do remember a referee getting a belt however) where else has this happened?
Disgusting, cowardly act.

d**kheads follow every club. I can't understand the applause though.
To be fair Birmingham have more than their fair share of d##kheads.

My daughter was telling me that there was chaos in Birmingham city centre yesterday - perhaps it was to coincide with the match, but there was a far-right 'protest' about something around mid-day, as well as a counter-protest by someone else.  She reckons that the two protests 'met' close to the grounds.  Anyhoo, there were cops in abundance around until round 6 o'clock last night. 

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General discussion / Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« on: March 04, 2019, 04:03:38 PM »
Very, very few gimmes in the Championship.

Two local derbies left.  Lots of fixtures left that could lose Leeds points. 

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General discussion / Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« on: March 04, 2019, 11:01:51 AM »
It's hard to understand how they can have two such contrasting performances within 3 days of each other.  This is going to be typically nail-biting stuff.  Again. 

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General discussion / Re: Death Notices
« on: February 26, 2019, 09:23:04 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.

Have all their albums.  RIP.

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General discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: February 25, 2019, 04:17:03 PM »
Menorca always great for small kids, but not brilliant for older kids.  They turn the streetlights off at 10pm.  You have to travel to the towns for a pint after that.

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