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Tim Allman

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  1. Just seen via twitter that Andy MacDonald, Director of HR & Compliance has also left NCFC
  2. Had a bit of a problem at Millwall a few years ago, we'd drawn 1-1 in an evening game with David Fox scoring our goal. https://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/crime/young-city-fan-hit-by-coin-after-match-1-727432
  3. Ref is James Linington, he did our1-0 win vs Boro. This is his record this season https://www.soccerbase.com/referees/referee.sd?referee_id=1054
  4. Went right off Pilkington when he tried to push his brother's pyramid selling scheme on twitter and then got peed off when he got called out over it. Not a bad footballer back in the day, but that day is now well behind him.
  5. Remember seeing a few of those names when my Dad used to take me to Saturday afternoon reserve matches when we were visiting grandparents in Norwich. Also Steve Grapes scoring a hattrick and Malcolm Darling scoring when we saw City play QPR which was my first ever first team game at Carrow Road in Easter 1971. And the No2 for Arsenal was presumably Brendan Batson who went on to play for WBA.
  6. It was a terrible challenge, flew in two footed. Straight red. But we somehow won the game thanks to a twice taken penalty and a last minute goal from Fr Mulryne
  7. Lazarus? He played for QPR and scored a goal for them in the 67 League Cup Final. Met him a couple of years ago when his son was playing in a golf event in the same group as my daughter Gemma. Saw a fair amount of the first half of the match in the pub yesterday evening. 1p5wich will do very well to avoid the drop.
  8. Guy work is s/t holder at 1p5wich, good football fan, can always have decent chat with him about the teams we support. He appreciates what MM has done for them keeping the mid-table but says the football is rigor-mortis inducing and overall not unhappy a change has been made. My view: - Danny Cowley and brother would be an interesting appointment for 1p5wich, might re-vitalise (if that’s even possible!) them. So let’s hope it’s not him.
  9. For those with twitter and like a read https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/ has done some brilliant investigations on Trump and his associates, which the main newspapers are picking up on. His best twitter threads have been rolled up in his likes (at time of writing) there are 23. A bit about him https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/934157648513118208 and a few of his thoughts about his twitter feed https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/938175694407860225 Apols if links are not clickable and only copy/paste
  10. Enjoyable thread, thanks to all contributors. One thing not mentioned so far with Hughton is that in his first season he was restricted by the second tranche of the debt repayments agreed when City were in League 1. From memory our promotion “cost” City £20+ million in repayments, around 50% of which would have been reflected in the playing budget in season 12/13. Attackers generally cost more ££ so getting defenders in would have been sensible give the Lambert squad he inherited. Overall in season 12/13 I don’t Hughton didn’t do a bad job at all given the restrictions in the budget
  11. Thanks for posting the link to the article There’s a whole chapter about Steve Morison in a book I’ve read called Family, Life Death and Football by Michael Calvin’s on Millwall’s 09/10 season. They won the play-off in the year City were promoted from League 1. It’s one of the best non-NCFC books I’ve read. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Family-Death-Football-Frontline-Proper/dp/1906850267 (apols if link is not clickable) The chapter is called Scapegoat to Saviour was about November in 09/10 season Below are quotes some paraphrased on Morison: 1 From the author: “Morison his pet project needed a reality check, was losing respect within the dressing room” 2 Kenny Jackett “He’s built like a brick shithouse, quick, strong fit but in too many games he doesn’t play his weight. He needs to use his physical attributes” 3 Kenny Jackett comparing him to Neil Harris, “It was an attitude of mind. If he throws his weight around fans will give him more of a chance” 4 Morison, “Even though I’m big, I don’t feel big but I’m starting to feel I’m a presence. On the pitch you have to be someone you’re not” 5 From the author: “He was growing into himself and was beginning to make those to judged him early change their minds” My impression of Morison from the chapter; he was a quieter character maybe slow to adjust to higher club, probably had the same sort of issues at City about moving on up in standard. I thought we saw all of 2-5 at Norwich in the time he was here. (No idea about 1, obvs)
  12. Was reported Maddison re-joined City for training 3rd Jan, unsure if that was when loan expired or by agreement. FA Rules on registrations below, rules 15 on FA Site. I’m not 100% sure if the “previous” Friday means the Friday before (1 day) the Saturday when most of the ties are played of 8 days if previous Friday. (i) (i) A “registered player” is one who is either, in the case of a player under written contract, registered with The Association or, in the case of a player without a written contract, registered with a League in which his Club competes in the current season. Any such registration must have been received and accepted by The Association or League by 12 noon on the Friday previous to the date fixed for playing the Round, and the registration must be continuous through to the date of the match. . (ii) In order to be eligible to play in the Final, the players must have been correctly registered and eligible for the Semi Final Round of the Competition. (iii) An International Transfer Certificate for Players coming from overseas associations (including Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland) takes precedence over a Player’s registration. Therefore, this is also required by 12 noon on the Friday previous to the date fixed for playing the Round for the Player’s registration to be valid.
  13. Quite a few years ago I had a conversation with Stephan Phillips at a function at Carrow Road, at the time he was still an Archant MD. He told me he was responsible for the operational side and had no influence over editorial items.
  14. 33 points from the first half of the league season means City will need just under 2 points per game from the second half of the season to reach 75+ points which is normally what is require for playoffs. Not looking remotely likely at the moment.
  15. @yorkshirecanary Richard Balls "Last Orders for Worthy" in November 2005 was a really critical one. We''d lost 0-1 at Millwall in midweek, and the article appeared in the EDP Saturday morning. It was Millwall''s first home win all season. I still have a copy of the article at home.
  16. Reminded me of an old Capital Canaries article in which Arturo Lupoli featured but did not even play in the game. Some old favourites feature. From 11th Dec 2008 Did Lee Clark make all the Subs? Every time I go to Watford I seem to get depressed or angry about the game. There’s always something that goes wrong, upsets me or winds me up. It’s getting so bad I’m sure the local cat population look up the fixture months in advance and hide for an hour or so after the game to avoid being kicked as I walk back home from Kenton station. There was the gutless 4-1 defeat a few years ago, and the 2-1 loss where I had tickets, but didn’t go having been ill on the day. I saw Kevin Lisbie score his only goal for us, and last year we had to endure the hoofball-fest from Watford, but City somehow managed a draw. So this year could it get any worse? Oh yes it could. This year we had the “No-Subs” game, the first I can ever recall where we were losing and didn’t make a change, although it was crying out for one. Even more depressing was that Watford were comfortably the worst side we have played this season. In the first fifteen minutes they looked like a Conference team, but we didn’t score. Had City found the net first I am sure we would have won easily. Norwich, not wishing to be outdone in the “Conference Football Stakes”, conceded the lead via a poor clearance and some half-asleep defending which gave the scoreline some depressing familiarity. Despite playing well, the 4-4-1-1 formation was missing the spark that we’ve had in recent games, due to Hoolahan’s absence. His replacement Daryl Russell, despite all his effort, looked like a fish out of water. He wasn’t sure where he was playing. Was he a midfielder, an attacker or an “in the hole” man? Who knows? Russell didn’t, and poor old Leroy Lita who worked hard, ran the channels well, needed more support up there with him. If someone told me that Crofty would score with his left foot I would have been amazed. If I had heard that he scored from twenty-five yards I would retreated to my darkened padded cell. But now I’ve seen him score with his head, so I know I wasn’t dreaming about the other two goals. He’s been our most improved player this season and fully deserving of a new contract. Let’s hope it’s with Norwich. Some more calamitous defending gave Watford the lead again, and despite Norwich’s decent play, pretty build up and huff and puff, their keeper didn’t have to make that many saves of any difficulty. Time for a sub we all thought. Get Lupoli on for either Russell, Pattison or Bell. As the game passed seventy-five minutes, there were more and more shouts from the away fans for a change, for Lupoli, who by now had created a furrow up the sideline as a result of the number of times he had run up to the away fans and back. No subs were made. My general feeling and those around me was that the more we yelled at Roeder the less likely he was to do anything. The whole substation farce was turning into a bizarre game of bluff and double bluff between Glenn “I have the only opinion that counts” Roeder and the 1000+ away fans who could all see we were playing well, but it needed a change. Even Kennedy up front for the last five minutes. But as Roeder knows best, no subs came on. Despite losing 1-2 we played well, but lost again, with a major contributing factor, the catastrophic error of judgement by Roeder by not making any substitutions. If Lee Clark was at his side would the same mistakes have been made? An interesting question.
  17. [quote user="ZLF"]another example of how things have changed since mcnally left.[/quote] To be fair I think things were changing before DMc left, although I''d guess that his departure did accelerate this
  18. Thought it was an excellent and fair article, didn’t pull any punches. A few years ago suspect whoever the writer was might well have had an enforced spell away from FCR reporting on Ryman League North matches. Good to see that appears to have changed now.
  19. Hi ICF, highlights are now on you-tube. Not included my report is that that I missed the first few minutes of the 2nd half as I was finishing my pint of cider; it was Strongbow but they also had Strongbow dark fruit on tap. You don’t get that level of in-depth analysis in the EDP every day. Your story of a young Craig Bellamy reminds me of when I saw him play for the reserves at Harrow Borough vs QPR, might have been some time around late 1997. He looked very lively that evening, scored a very decent winner in a 1-0 win. Gunny was in goal and he sighed a book for me at half time wearing his goal keeping gloves so the signature was a bit strange.
  20. Due to kids sports on the weekends it’s difficult get to many games at the mo so this was my first appearance of the season. I arrived at 7pm watched a bit of the warm up for a few minutes then retired to the bar with a few of the Capital Canaries. Decent new stadium with excellent facilities, just a shame as to how Barnet came about the ground. But that’s whole different story. Our team was a strong one and although Barnet tried hard early and created a few openings mainly on their left side we didn’t look like conceding and worked our way into the game. Thompson was booked for a nothing tackle and when their No5 went through Josh the ref couldn’t wait to get the red card out. It wasn’t a good tackle but was not a dreadful one. Not a red for me. Good to score just before h/t and it was over in contest 2nd half when City scored a second having cleared a ball off our line only a minute earlier, it was then just a matter of time as regards how many we scored. As regards some of observations about the team, Ray Grant looked very tidy, Ben Godfrey going to be some player in my not so learned opinion. And Barnet had a player who was smaller than Pritchard. Norwich were represented pre-match by 101 year old Maurice Sills who was a guest of Barnet FC, it was good to see him again and looking well. When I looked after the Capital Canaries home Maurice was a regular on the trip to Norwich up to the age of 97!
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