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  1. Essjayess

    Wuhan coronavirus

    Seems like the virus genie is well and truly out of the bottle now, Spain and Switzerland now having their first confirmed cases. What makes this virus so hard to avoid, is not just the 14 day incubation period, or that its easy to catch it from other humans, but that any object can be contaminated with the virus to. How on earth do any of us know if any object is contaminated?..its no longer just about items or goods arriving from China either of course, the outbreak in Northern Italy looks to be the catalyst for a Europe wide outbreak...just my opinion but seems to me that Covid-19 will race thru all nations and populations...Africa to will not escape. Looks like humans wearing face masks will become the norm in the next few months...and face mask manufacturers being one of the few making a nice fat profit from Coronavirus.
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    Wolves Match Thread.

    Daniel said long ago that his main priority was to make City a regular and consistent top 26 club and right now that is what we are, but truth is we are a consistent top 18-26 club. With so many clubs these days having mega rich or even standard rich owners splashing tens of mill on players it is now plainly obvious and clear that for City to become a top 17 club...even for one season, never mind consistently, is just incredibly difficult with the way our football club is run. I dont say that in a negatve way either, i to am one of those who would rather have our set up than any of those with mega rich owners from all over the globe. We will go down, but another season will dawn, this time with us financially in a much better place than the last time. This does mean that DF and SW will not have the huge massive overhaul situation on and off the pitch that faced them when they first arrived, but of course it to means new challenges, seeing what they can do with a much less needed case for overhaul but still a necessary need to run the club and players the NCFC way. Im looking forward to to their new challenges, have the faith in the guys to keep delivering the goods and keep the club on this present upward path...and it is upward, despite a relegation imminent.
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    If we go down -

    Putting aside if and when we go down or actually whatever division we are in next year, purely from a financial point, and comparing it the last time we were relegated, the club, this time, is hugely in better shape. What Webber and DF have done, already did do last season by getting us promoted, is put us in great shape for next season and the one after that. Firstly Webber, by wholesaling the entire club set up from top to bottom changes, backed by the board, then DF, by sticking to his beloved belief in his style and his lads delivering the miracle. We know the path these two guys set for the club, relegation, though not ideal, is actually a small thing compared to the comparitive health of the club, who, because of the way its run, need to care for every penny and pound that comes its way. Hope both guys stay for many seasons to come, City are far better with them both here.
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    Wuhan coronavirus

    The Chinese authorities, surely who had the power to, did not close down the animal food markets where SARS originated, back in 2003. Instead they let them exist, for the whims of the Chinese people who have a fondness it seems to eat all manner of creatures, live and dead, in an environment that seemingly is beyond the imagination of us Europeans. You reap what you sow and now this new virus, which has similarities to the Sars virus reportedly, but with a new and evolving chemistry, has brought the world and in particular the Chinese, a new virus named Coronavirus. Its still early days but this virus, unlike Sars, has all the hallmarks to indeed be a global pandemic. But the big unknown is still yet to be seen, how many, or what percentage of victims lose their lives to this virus, outside of China itself. So far there has only been two reported deaths outside of China but its the coming weeks and months that will ensue to give us all a better answer to that.
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    Kirk Douglas R.I.P

    Aged 103. The legendary Mr. Spartacus, what more can one say. Probably the last of the great male stars of the golden age of cinema. Possibly only Olivia De Haviland remains now on the female side and she was a star by the mid 1930s. Sad but time flies and we all age with our heroes.
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    The Brexit Thread

    The veto...yep...another thing the EU will wither away and eventually get rid off, especially once Von Der Leyen gets settled in. Many things are not so far away from changing in the EU..such as all the EU regulated on Central European time. Leaving the EU is not so much what has gone on in the past, when this nation could have its say, but what will happen in the EU in the future. But whatever happens, we will always be close to Europe, hence the EU to. But Macron saying the UK cannot be in and out of the EU at the same time washes against the true nature of this nation and its people...we have always been in it and out of it at the same time..thats the irony of it.
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    The Brexit Thread

    I was wrong about England being the most densely populated..it is indeed the Netherlands still. But Belgium is a good way behind England, with 377 per square km compared to 430 for England. I declined to include Malta due to its small size, but if small size matters then also include Vatican City and Monaco. Monaco would then be the most densely populated at 18,000 per sq. km.
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    The Brexit Thread

    You hit the nail on the head there RTB, i bought my house back in 1978 and within a year or two as we entered the 80s i can recall having to endure interest rates at a staggering 15% for quite sometime...it increased my monthly mortgage repayments hugely. The younger ones trying to get on the property ladder these days may be tied down in other areas but theyve not had to experience interest rates anywhere near that kind of level. Its really swings and roundabouts for every generation. Another cause nowadays is simply the population explosion, mostly having come from immigration these past years. England is already the most crowded nation in Europe and everyone ants a place to live, naturally. But nearly everything associated with extra population, be it more homes, more hospitals, more utility servicing, has not been able to keep pace. Just take locally, at central Norwich, for decades in the 20th century it had remained constant at around 120.000. The 2011 census had it at 132.000 and the 2021 census is expected to push it well beyond 140,000 and this picture is painted all over the country. Be it governments, politicians, authorities, but mainly society as a whole, it has been allowed to happen and as it continues with no real grasping of the nettle to deal with it, things will only become harder to deal with.
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    Terry Jones

    Palin, Cleese, Idle, Gilliam, Chapman and Jones..how ever this extraordinary collective of talent managed to get on the BBC screen in the late 60s with their chaotic and crazy Goon-esque inspired visual style i will never know, but it brought years of comedy the like of which has never and likely never will be equalled. RIP Terry...as John Cleese has said, 2 down 4 to go.
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    Going Down

    The most sensible post in this topic. Our history of the past couple decades is one of doing the yo yo between Prem and Champs and my goodness we should be used to this by now. The way the top two divisions are run these days, nearly all the clubs running with super rich owners pumping tens of millions into the clubs like confetti its a wonder any rare club such as City with a self funding model can even get close, let alone actually compete, in such a situation. Yet we do and, we are playing some great football to boot. So enjoy the ride, be it in the Prem or Champs, there are a ton of clubs in L1 and 2 who would love to be in our position.
  11. And another City legend dies, aged 76. Such a badyear for our former heroes to see passing away like this.
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    The Brexit Thread

    I have come late into this thread, thought i would read the posts, or most of them, since Thursday's election. Seems to be a fair number of posts raising the question of PR again, just because only 45% of voters voted for the Tories. Yet also a fair few seem to think Scotland are definitely on the way out of the UK....despite, albeit a significant landslide that parallels the Tory victory, the SNP gained 8 fewer seats than in 2015 and also 45% of Scottish voters voted for the SNP. So how would the map read if Scotland had PR based on voter percentage?
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    Ricardo's report AGM 2019

    I would agree with the odd poster or two in this topic that in all likelihood an increase in the range of 3 to 5k would be the result of any new ground expansion, bringing it to around the 30-32k mark. Thoughts of perhaps a 35-40k stadium means an increase of between 8-13k...unrealistic in my opinion and if it even happened could make the the ground look unbalanced and unseemly. So in my view a ground with a capacity of 32k or a bit less would be right and suitable for the club....and look good to.
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    It seems fitting in a way that Tettey is the last senior survivor from the Russ and Wes era, he has bridged the gap from those times to where we are now. In his 7 odd years here he has seen so many ups and downs, players coming and going, but still gives his all and still showing, as yesterday, that we are the stronger for having him around.
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    Webber’s new contract official

    Yes tremendous news, if it indeed turns out that we had 5 years of a SW / DF combo then we could look back and think what a golden era it was, considering where it started out at, the club in a pretty dire way. Webber is certainly ambitious and maybe thats why hes signed for 3 more years, you cannnot get more ambitious than being at a self funding club which was on its knees, turn them around, manage to get promoted to the land of milk and money and then to survive there to. That is the next task of course, can we survive and become even established in the Prem?..with our self funding model?..maybe only Norwich City could do that. SW thrives on a challenge, he knows the jobs only half done. Clearly a guy that is not out for a relaxed easy life in a cushy job, his drive to be challenged will be constantly answered here.
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    Now do you understand??

    Ive always been in the positive camp about the direction City are headed ever since Webber and DF arrived at the club, never once doubted, not even in the lowest of times and for sure Lakey has always been this way to. Must admit though, i would not have dared to suggest what he suggested, mainly because i to mostly thought Saturday was just about an impossible task, because of the injuries we had, not any lack of belief that the squad in general, when most are fully fit, could get something from the game. So fair dues Lakey. Huge 3 points, but it still concerns me that right now our squad is wafer thin on fully fit players, so the next few weeks and months are going to be a massive test for our club. Trying to look on the positive side as Lakey does, this time of year we do have precious breaks due to the international scene, have less games than when we were in the Champs, also no League Cup games to care about. Of course to, as shown on Saturday, every last City player left standing has the ability to give of his best, the togetherness, never say die attitude and belief this squad have formed since DF's arrival is second to none, all added to the technical quality that has oozed from practically nowhere to being so self evident in the space of 12 months and its these qualities that could get us through. Winning the Championship after where we stood a year ago was like climbing to the top of Ben Nevis, surviving in the Prem, with this amount of injuries, is akin to climbing to the top of Everest, but thou negativity has its place on forums, maybe we should all cut us a slice of Lakey's positivity, i think our squad and club have earned that from us.
  17. Opinions will differ as to where of course, except one and that its got to be up there amongst the best...both result and performance but more than that...and this part will likely be forgotten over time...on the back of a huge injury list, one look at the subs bench tells all we we truly were down to the bare bones. Make no mistake, this season will still be a massive test but today proved to all that we are deserving of being Premier...it was a Premier performance.
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    There but for the the grace of God...

    No surprise to see the state of the two clubs in L1, we all know such situations have been coming for a couple of decades or so now, such is the enormous financial chasm between those with seemingly endless money pits and those that do not. Yes, its heartbreaking for fans of long held and traditional league members to see their club in such a state of affairs, but for every Bury and Bolton there is a Fleetwood or Forest Green waiting to try their hand. How would i feel if it was us?...we have sailed close to the wind a couple times recently, most noticeably a decade ago of course. In some ways, to keep City on a stable financial position has been even harder than for a club such as Bury, because probably the most difficult thing for a Board and its financial division to get to grips with is a promotion and / or a relegation between the Prem and the Championship, such is the massive increase / decrease in finances associated with such a move in either direction. For any self sustaining modelled club to go thru it once is taxing, but Norwich have done it many times over the last two decades. That is why ive always said our club is unique in that regard, no other club of the 92 come close to what we have been thru, in Delia and Michael we have the best...believe me...the best. Not necessary to express how i would feel if we were in Bury or Boltons position, i already used a word above, heartbreaking. That lot down the road?...well just think, even in their pitiful, ramshackle state theyre in right now, where they would be without their Mr. Evans annual 5 or 6 million input?....exactly.
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    A couple of transfer rumours...

    Its enough for me to read Michael Bailey's comments this afternoon to know we should just all cool down on this ACM saga. Undoubtedly an exciting looking footballer, at least on YouTube, my opinion is im happy enough right now with what guys can drive us forward in the attacking department. We already got today what was far more important, a good looking guy to help us in the DM role, Trybull and Tettey did need another force in there. Come 5pm tomorrow we can look back and think yep, City have done as good as they could with the new guys coming in.
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    Amadou Confirmed

    Seems a very good signing, feels like all areas that needed strengthening are now done and dusted. Well done to SW and all the City staff who work tirelessly in getting the ins and outs sorted, dont think to many City fans can have much to moan about this window, now lets get the transfer window shut and the new season started. Welcome Ibrahim!
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    A couple of transfer rumours...

    If City go on a long bad run this coming season maybe this should be sung by the fans. Should have been one of the great football anthems in general. From the awesome and evergreen Todd Rundgren's Just One Victory. Somehow, someday, we need just one victory and we're on our way, Prayin for it all day and fighting for it all night, give us just one victory, it will be all right.
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    A couple of transfer rumours...

    Totally agree with Lakey's thoughts, it really does not matter to me if we are in the PL or Champs, the most over riding and important thing for this club was to find a way to survive and if possible thrive to, on a set up that is mainly built on a self sustaining model. To do this is an era of English professional football where so many clubs are awash with rich owners who splash cash like its going out of fashion was and is, a massive undertaking and hugely ambitious. To do that and still retain the clubs unique position it holds regarding its image of being what it is, and in such a quick timeframe has been incredible. City now have a set thats built mainly on bringing the young ones thru and playing attracting football and of course those young ones will move on for, hopefully, the finance to keep the club in good health. Of course we all wish and dream of doing well in the top league, holding our own against the big boys and the first game of the new season shows how far weve come in such a short time. Does not scare me if we get tonked, its just glorious to think of our team being able to take to the field against the high and mighty. Bring it on. OTBC.
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    Josip Drmic signs

    We all know about Pukki now, it excites me to see what Drmic can bring to the club. One things for sure, both have scored goals for their European national sides, so to sign both guys in the space of 12 months on free transfers in this age of mega money transfers is almost unheard of. Very astute signing and more proof at how fast the whole SW / DF set up has shot the whole club to move forward in such a small time period. Welcome Josip!
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    A couple of transfer rumours...

    If BD were willing to sell him for a mill then he could be a good punt. We need cover for Aarons, Passlack knows the club and the set up now and i for one dont hold his lack of height against him. Could do a lot worse imo.
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    Dwight Gayle

    The big issue with both Rhodes and Gayle...even more so with Gayle..is the presumed huge cost of the transfer fee..so could it not be a possibility that we could get either guy as a loan?..both are used to being loaned out, we could likely pay wages and for this moment in time the one importance maybe is trying to stay up in the first season back in the Prem.