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  1. I''m going on Saturday but not sure where I''ll be drinking beforehand - I might go with the Vine.

    [Below has been taken from footballgroundsguide.com]

    There are no pubs for away fans that are particularly close to the ground. Huw Morris, a West Brom fan, recommends ''The Vine'' which is about a 15-20 minute walk from the ground. From Junction 1 of the M5 turn left towards West Bromwich town centre (opposite direction to the ground). Take the first left into Roebuck Street. The Vine is down on the left. You can also street park in this area and walk to the ground. This pub also does Indian food and has an indoor tandoori barbeque (from 1pm on Saturdays), plus has a beer garden with children''s play area. Barbara Osborne a visiting Newcastle United fan adds; ''The Vine from the outside looked like any small corner boozer, but inside it was quite large and it was fairly easy to get served. It had a good mix of home and away fans.''

    Dave Wilson recommends; ''The Park Hotel which is just off junction one of the M5 and a 10 minute walk to the ground. You can park on their car park for £5 and away fans are always welcome. There are plenty of families who meet in here before games and it is a very safe environment. There is also plenty of street parking in and around the area of the hotel if you don''t want to pay the £5.''

    Sean Mowat a visiting Sheffield United supporter adds; ''As you pass the ground on the right on the main Birmingham Road. Carry on about another half a mile and there is a pub on the right set back off the road called the Royal Oak. We''ve been in the last two times we''ve visited WBA. The beer is okay and they also serve Asian food (try the chicken kebabs!). It had a friendly atmosphere''.

    If travelling by Metro or train from Birmingham Snow Hill and you like your real ale, then it may be a good idea to stop off on the way to the Hawthorns at the Jewellery Quarter station. Within a 10 minute walk of the station are at least four pubs serving decent real ale. These are the Rose Villa Tavern, Brown Lion, Red Lion and Lord Clifden. The Red Lion and Lord Clifden are both listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, whilst the Brown Lion has recently opened and is effectively the brewery tap for the local Two Towers Brewery. See the Google map below for their locations (this will require you to use the arrows to move the map down and then to the to show the Jewellery Quarter and pubs).

    Alcohol is also available within the ground, albeit in plastic/cans, in the form of Carlsberg, Tetleys and Strongbow (all at £3.60), plus red and white wine, Smirnoff Ice, and various spirit minatures (all at £3.80).

  2. We''ve had good news today - Shanahan is to coach the talent packed South in the senior bowl. Couldn''t have happened to us in a better year as we''ll need a good knowledge of the later round picks if we have to trade our early round to move up for RG3/Luck.

    Disappointed for the 49ers to get the Saints but then again, I guess if you want a shot at the SB you''ll have to beat the best sides.

  3. Much as you think it''s cool to be the most pathetic poster on here JG who tries and consistently fails to say something witty, but just proves the menopause is still going strong in Norfolk....

    Unfortunately we see crap like this from you with every post you make.

  4. LOL Trent, Manning deserves MVP seeing as he got you the number one spot and either Andrew Luck or a shedload of picks!!

    I hope you''ll trade it away so we have less QB needy team fighting for a trade with the rams for Robert Griffin III (RG3). I desperately want him as the Redskins QB next season.

    Even Rex Grossman got a few TDs on the board against the giants!

    We need a total rebuild on the O side now, we have a decent defence - starting with RG3 (or Luck if RG3 goes #1).

    Im jealous of the Colts though, there is no way they are remotely as bad as this season has looked. Any coincidence they started winning once they were locked in for a top 2 pick? ;)

  5. Wild card weekend is here!

    Who do you want in the playoffs?

    Personally out of the 3 you could end up with I''d take the Giants every day of the week. Even the Skins managed to beat them twice this year!! I definitely wouldn''t wanna face NO and Brees, and ATL are a decent team too.

    I''m an honourary 49ers fan for the playoffs btw.

  6. They are decimated by injury too. (Copy/paste from WBA official website - dated yesterday)


    Youssouf Mulumbu will miss his third successive game against Cardiff due to a groin strain. A scan has shown no serious damage but Roy Hodgson is refusing to put a timeframe on his return.

    Paul Scharner will miss tomorrow''s FA Cup clash with Cardiff due to an Achilles problem.

    Shane Long needed an injection in his back to get through the Everton game and will miss his second successive match against Cardiff due to the same injury.

    Chris Brunt has been ruled out for between eight and ten weeks after fracturing his right ankle when landing awkwardly in stoppage time of the Everton game at The Hawthorns.

    Jonas Olsson will miss his third successive game against Cardiff due to a calf strain.

    Jerome Thomas limped out of the Spurs game in the 27th minute due to a groin strain and will miss the Cardiff game.

    Steven Reid has been sidelined for around a month after twisting his ankle in the 3-2 win at Newcastle and undergoing a successful minor operation on his left knee.

    Zoltan Gera will miss the rest of the season after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the 3-1 defeat by Tottenham on November 26.

    I thought they were bloody crap against us at FCR - very negative and played constant longball. We never deserved to lose that game. They''ve only managed 7 goals at home all season - as many as Grant Holt has managed on his own (home and away).

    They are there for the taking, and although they are tight defensively I think we have enough to get a goal or two. I don''t expect us to win, but I think we have a decent enough chance.

    P.S I hope Tamas gets his legs snapped for what he did to Vaughany. To$$er. I want to see some crunching challenges go in on him.

  7. Fair play MEBO, that''s how you react when you''ve obviously gone about things the wrong way on here - kudos for having the balls to admit you were wrong in your phrasing etc.

    In response to your points, I don''t think Ruddy is the real problem - I can think of maybe 3 goals I would put solely on him all season, our defence is the issue and makes Ruddy look worse than he is as he is constantly under pressure (which in turn, blame can be passed to midfield from defence etc).

    I agree, he is not the greatest in gathering crosses, but Greeno had a habit of flapping at crosses too and I didn''t hear anyone saying he was a bad keeper!

    The shot-stopping of Ruddy is top notch in my book, no complaints there.

    His distribution is generally ok too.

    I think he''s a solid Prem goalie. Nothing spectacular, but certainly worthy of his place in the Prem.

    I totally agree about Rudd needing a loan before he stagnates though.

  8. Yes Moro did well and scored today, I for one couldn''t be happier about that.

    I criticised him vs Wolves, Spurs and Fulham, Doesn''t mean that I want him to fail.

    He is not above criticism, and there''s no reason he should be.

    He has put in some very lacklustre performances recently, and just because he did well today doesnt mean that he didn''t have a poor game in the previous few.

    Some people on here have very little grasp of reality and don''t seem to understand the concept that just because Moro is a decent player and has put in some great shifts for us, doesn''t mean he shouldnt be criticised when he doesn''t perform to his own standards.
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