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Anyone applying for tickets to euro 2020? The games in Dublin should be good craic if we're involved or if there are half decent teams

How do you apply?

Registration is pretty quick

Thanks for that, just applied for Dublin group games and the Final in London

Applied for Dublin group games too. As far as I know, if Ireland qualify they will only have 2 games in Dublin, as will play Spain in Bilbao. Could end up getting tickets for 1 of the 3 games and it be the one not involving Ireland.

General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: June 06, 2019, 02:10:40 PM »
Fergie got rid of McGrath and Whiteside due to the drinking, but not Robson.

McGrath proved him wrong though, going on to play fantastic stuff for the guts of a decade afterwards. Even with the dodgy knees.

Fergie was told that McGrath was on the verge of forced retirement when he took over but won league player of the year the following year. Reading McGraths book Graham Taylor saved his career, gave us the Italia 90 McGrath. His career dipped after that because Taylor took the England job. We only remember the good points at the world cups etc. Fantastic footballer, cleaning out Baggio in USA 94 is highlight for me, one of the best players Ireland have produced.

Fergie offered McGrath a lump sum to retire. McGrath wanted to play on despite his knees. He won POTY in 1993. That was long after Taylor left. He was still playing well up until he left Villa, in 1997 I think.

I honestly think Fergie didn’t want McGrath to go to another club. He wanted him retired. He knew he was a fine player and it would’ve been a dent to Fergie’s ego if he left and played really well for another club, which McGrath did. And by proving Fergie wrong (which McGrath said he wanted to do), it made Fergie’s decision to let him go, a bad one.

I had it in my head he won POTY in 89 for some reason. Must read his book again. When you think about it Robbo was finished by 92 realistically and McGrath was still going well after it. I'm not saying Fergie was right btw. The same man thought he could have kept Gazza right but let McGrath go.

Villa only survived relegation by 1 point in '89. They came 2nd in 1990, and David Platt won POTY, so maybe that's where you're mixing up. McGrath was immense in 1992-93 season, but Villa blew up in the last month.

General discussion / Re: Stag do
« on: May 31, 2019, 04:06:17 PM »
Heading to Galway on a stag here this afternoon. What's the story with getting into the bars? There's 15 or so, better splitting up? Where's good?

Point to note about Galway is that the bouncers of quite a few establishments are in contact throughout the night. Any group causing hassle in one spot could find themselves shut out of everywhere.
15 should be fine. Go up in 3/4 groups. I was on a stag there a few years ago with 40. We got in to the first pub (Taaffes) as a group, in dribs and drabs. That was the last time we were all together.

General discussion / Re: The Official EFL Championship
« on: May 28, 2019, 07:52:45 AM »
Will villa spend the money to stay up. Who is the chairman now?

Nassef Sawiris, an Egyptian worth $7bn, and Wes Edens who also owns the Milwaukee Bucks. They’ll have money to spend for sure. Doesn’t guarantee anything though as Fulham proved.

GAA Discussion / Re: Maigh Eo v Ros Comáin 25-5-19
« on: May 26, 2019, 02:31:23 AM »
One thing I'll say about Anthony Cunningham is his teams always have a hard edge to them and are usually very tough to beat. He was pretty unlucky not to win a hurling All Ireland with Galway. Twice they had Kilkenny on the ropes in the final but maybe they were just not quite mature enough to finish the job during his time with them. He knows how to prepare a team.

And unlucky not to win a club all-Ireland with Garrycastle. The first day.

Hurling Discussion / Re: Hurling Championship 2019
« on: May 19, 2019, 01:39:51 PM »
The amount of comments I’ve seen online saying Offaly have hit a new low. Westmeath beat them by 14 points in championship in 2016. Mind you, comments weren’t from Offaly people.

General discussion / Re: The Official EFL Championship
« on: May 15, 2019, 09:42:20 PM »
Richard Keogh was outstanding. Thoroughly entertaining game.

General discussion / Re: The Official EFL Championship
« on: May 15, 2019, 03:14:47 PM »
Villa were poor over both games, when compared to their March and April form. However, a lot of that was due to West Brom's setup, which was perfect from a defensive perspective.
Decisions for Smith ahead of the final. Hourihane or Whelan? Adomah, Green or Kodjia? The second decision doesn't seem to have any good option right now.

General discussion / Re: The official Premier League 2018/19 Thread
« on: May 12, 2019, 09:31:35 PM »

Chelsea signings?

Do you think a transfer ban will stay in place when Abramovich flashes his cash?

They will be signing Pulisic. Abramovich is done with Chelsea - looking for a buyer.

General discussion / Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« on: May 01, 2019, 09:41:52 AM »
Bristol City are still in the frame, at least until tonight. Derby have two tough games, and Boro are brutal.

Sorry, you're right, although even with last night's win I think they would be regarded as a wee bit of a long shot. If I'd my pick, I think I'd choose Derby, but all three of them would be capable of giving us our fill of it!

Surprises me that you'd prefer Derby. They are inconsistent, but are in pretty good form now and have class players in Mount and Wilson who could do something special in a one off game. Boro were better this time last year, when they barely created 1 chance over two legs against Villa. I would definitely prefer to play them if I were a Leeds fan.
Either way, I think Leeds will make the play-off final. Villa v WBA is as close to a 50/50 as you'll get.

General discussion / Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« on: May 01, 2019, 08:55:32 AM »
The Villa red card has been overturned and Bamford has been charged and is almost certainly looking at a two match ban, which is fair enough, given the evidence. However Hourihane has escaped sanction which is a bit of a puzzler, given his complete loss of discipline and what appears to be a moment where he strikes Klich.

Hopefully Roofe will be fit and available and can get back to the form he was in prior to Christmas. Ipswich away on Sunday and a match where we need to get something to ensure third place. That would mean a more favourable play-off draw against Middlesbrough or Derby County, which in turn would mean the heavyweights of WBA and Villa could go at each other over two legs. 

It's been a depressing couple of weeks, but now that everything has (hopefully) settled down, there will be a realization amongst the players that there is still an opportunity to reach the promised land of the Premiership!

Bristol City are still in the frame, at least until tonight. Derby have two tough games, and Boro are brutal.

General discussion / Re: Las Vegas
« on: April 30, 2019, 07:47:14 PM »
I signed up to N26 (similar to Revolut) recently for a trip to Australia. Perfect. Didn't handle cash once for the whole trip. You get 5 free cash withdrawals per month if you must.
Any reason for not using Revolut?

There was, but I can't remember what it was and it wasn't major. I didn't know about the stuff Shark refers to. I just remember that, when comparing the two, N26 had something slightly preferable, but I could easily have gone for either.

They are much of a muchness. Getting the spot rate on FX is great.

General discussion / Re: Las Vegas
« on: April 30, 2019, 06:00:50 PM »
I signed up to N26 (similar to Revolut) recently for a trip to Australia. Perfect. Didn't handle cash once for the whole trip. You get 5 free cash withdrawals per month if you must.
Any reason for not using Revolut?

General discussion / Re: The Official EFL Championship
« on: April 29, 2019, 10:52:36 AM »
I disagree with players kicking the ball out of play when a player is injured. The referee is well placed to see if an injury is so serious as to need immediate attention. In both cases on Sunday the injured player (Forshaw and Kodjia) was genuine in hitting the deck. They both hurt themselves in 50/50 tussles. But neither was fouled, nor claimed to be fouled.
The problem originated by Villa kicking the ball out when Forshaw went down. They were in an attacking position, albeit on the wing with loads of Leeds players goalside. The expectation is then there that Leeds would reciprocate. That expectation should not be there. However Roberts did make it look like he was about to tap the ball out, right up until the second he played the through ball for Klich. That was the problem.
El Ghazi should have his red card rescinded. However (and I’m not sure of the exact laws pertaining to a brawl) Hourihane can count himself lucky not to have seen red as he instigated it. Although I can understand why.
A messy situation in a messy game, that actually had very little riding on it.

Derby should take the 6th place now. The 4 teams are of a much higher standard than last season. Both Derby and Villa are better than they were last year. Fulham were obviously strong, but Middlesbrough were hopeless. Any of the 4 could go up.

GAA Discussion / Re: 'Bad Birthday' in GAA Underage
« on: April 26, 2019, 10:25:19 AM »
In the North most but not all soccer leagues went on jan - dec years. Used to annoy me as it meant separating school friends. When I tried to change it for the league I ran I was told I couldn’t do it because of UEFA rules.

There’s remarkable statistics though on this. In 2011 more than 65% of premier league players were born in the first 4 months of their school year. For some Olympic sports it’s nearer 80%. There’s lots of studies on birth bias.

Thanks for the info David.

Any reasons why?

The studies suggest that when it came to training the slightly older kids tended to be be bigger stronger etc and therefore performed better. Consequently those kids were selected to compete more often and receive more training etc.

It's called relative age effect.

Explained pretty well here

In a nutshell, kids born earlier the year (Jan-Mar) will mature physically than those born (Oct-Dec) they will be quicker, stronger and have more endurance as they are just developing quick than their younger team mates. Coaches, and we all have egos, will pick the bigger and quicker players and then focus more of the coaching on these players. So now you have a situation where the older set are not old bigger and quicker or have more endurance but are also getting better coaching. Another off-set is that there is then a higher drop-off rate for those kids born in Q4 than Q1.

It really ties in with From the Bunkers Too Many for One Team thread

There tends to be a physical levelling out at u16 onwards so imho that's when serious competitive sport should start, kids will always be competitive but we don't need to impose winning values on young kids.

Interestingly enough Leinster Rugby changed from u18 rugby born after 1st Jan to u18.5 born after 1st July and this has seen a massive increase in retention at that age group with more clubs fielding than ever before. They replicated this at u20s being u20.5 as well, which has seen an 30% increase in clubs fielding at 20s level. It's just tapping into those kids physically not able for adult rugby but can still develop at their own pace and stay playing the game playing with their mates.

The book "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell goes in to detail on this. From football to Ice Hockey - the evidence is consistent.

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