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  1. [quote user="nutty nigel"]

    Fans are taken in by all sorts of things when the team are winning. Everything about the club is good and they gag to be ripped off in the ground and in the shops. Not sure what they''d have made of McNally''s policies if they''d been implemented by Doncaster. But my advice is to enjoy it while it lasts because as McNally says "football is a cyclical business".




    They wouldn''t have been implemented by Doncaster though nutty.  The two of them are like chalk and cheese  Doncaster''s stock in trade was "We can''t compete" whereas McNally is the sort of guy who''d rather stick his head down a blocked lavatory than utter any such phrase.


    I totally agree though, enjoy it while it lasts.  As Paul Lambert said when we were chanting his name on Tuesday evening "I hope you''ll still be doing that next season when we''ve lost 10 games in a row".


    With my Liberal Democrat hat on, it reminds me so much of this time last year when "little old us" ousted Charles Clarke, the Labour Party''s big beast, in Norwich South.  It was a miracle, and so is this.  Now we''re fighting for survival in the political Premier League. 


    Enjoy this while it lasts folks, and when we''re up against it next season as we surely will be, come out fighting.  Never throw in the towel even if the cause seems lost. 



  2. [quote user="First Wizard"]

    I bet Delia had a right giggle over it.



    I bet she did too.  That "slip of the tongue" was no accident, Delia knew exactly what she was doing.  It was a deliberate publicity-seeking ploy that''s worked like a charm as per usual.  She didn''t get where she is today by being naive about the media.  Result: everyone''s talking about Delia instead of Lambert and the boys.  Thankfully, now that her wings have been clipped and NCFC is a proper football club again instead of a celebrity vehicle, it really doesn''t matter very much.  If it gives her pleasure, what the hell. 


    Standing at the top of the market steps on Tuesday evening, when I heard the "friggin'' playoffs" comment it was deja vu all over again.  Drunk or sober that''s Delia - she can''t resist the attention-seeking gesture, and if you looked her in the eye and told her so she''d probably say "I couldn''t possibly comment" and then give you a wink. 


    I''m not at all surprised that the media have picked up on it, but I find it sad and a bit frustrating that so many fans are taken in and seem to think it was spontaneous. 






  3. "Back to the USSR" for me this week with a visit to Ukraine


    Shakhtar Donetsk  v  Metalurg Donetsk  (home win)


    Good luck everyone and a big thank you to nutty for making the free bet such a success, a ''worthy'' tribute to Arrdee [*]  


  4. [quote user="Delias Devonshire Dirtbox"]And who went and got him? bout time Delia got some of this praise, we''ve had 2 promotions under her and the downs but its been a great ride, she loves the club as much as us![/quote]


    I agree DDD.  She (and Michael) ARE due a share of the praise, not only for their role in David McNally''s appointment but for persuading Mr Bowkett to take over as chairman, and then taking a back seat and letting them get on with it.  Bowkett''s role in managing the financial situation has been absolutely vital, and he deserves great credit.


    The end result is that we''ve become a proper football club again, and I couldn''t be more pleased.  It''s amazing what can happen when you put football first. [Y]




  5. canary cherub

    Here's a remarkable stat . . .



    Today''s result makes it six promotions and five relegations to/from the top flight in our history.  In all that time we''ve NEVER clinched it at a home game.


    It''s happened twice without kicking a ball (one promotion, one relegation), the other nine have all been at away games.



  6. It''s France for me this week


    Lille  v  Arles  (home win)


    Best of luck everyone [*]



  7. I''ve just been watching a session of the Football Governance Committee on Parliament (channel 81 freeview) [8-|]


    Steve Coppell and Martin O''Neill were giving evidence and topics included coaching qualifications for managers, foreign ownership and various financial issues.  I found it quite illuminating. 


    It''s on right now until about 12.25 and again tomorrow 12.05 to 2.30pm if anyone''s interested.



  8. canary cherub


    [quote user="Harry"]The best thing would have been leaving it at 3pm on the Saturday as was the original date.


    Totally agree.  Won''t happen though will it?


  9. canary cherub


    Could I suggest that you tread carefully, or the law of unintended consequences could kick in.

    The police (together with ITFC) originally scheduled this game for Friday afternoon - bank holiday, lots of lovely overtime etc.  Having an evening kickoff was a bit of an experiment, and if we moan too much they could use it as an excuse to revert to Sunday lunchtime, is that really what we want? 

    As is the way with experiments, there are lessons to be learned.  It might be best to approach it in that light, instead of just whingeing about how useless the police were.  For instance, would an 8.00 kickoff time have been better, giving people more time to get there after work?

    Just a thought, and I wish you a successful outcome.

  10. My first visit to Bundesliga 2


    Fortina Dusseldorf  v  Arminia Bielefeld  (home win)


    After 30 games Dusseldorf are 8th with 45 points and a strong home record.  Poor old Bielefeld are rock bottom on 13, they''re 12 points adrift of the rest and GD is -35.


    Best of luck one and all [Y] [B][B][B]



  11. Austria Vienna  v  SV Mattersburg  (home win)


    Vienna are top of a 10-team league with 50 points from 28 games, while Mattersburg are one from bottom on 22


    Very best of luck one and all [*]





  12. This week I shall ''boldly go'' to Argentina


    Velez Sarsfield  v  Newell''s Old Boys  (home win)


    Their league is in its early stages, but Sarsfield have 14 points from 7 games while Newell''s have 5 points from 8.


    Best of luck one and all [Y]





  13. It''s the Switzerland Super League for me this week


    Basel  v  Neuchatel Xamax  (home win)


    Basel are top of the table with 53 points while Neuchatel are one from bottom on 22


    Best of luck everyone [Y]



  14. Malta  v  Greece  (away win)


    Best of luck everyone [*]


  15. Rapid Vienna  v  LASK Linz  (home win)


    Vienna are 4th on 40 points while Linz on 11 are propping up the table


    Very best of luck one and all [Y]


  16. AC Milan  v  Bari  (home win)


    Milan''s Champions League involvement has shortened the odds to 1/5 which represents decent value for a top-v-bottom encounter like this.  I can''t see them slipping up at the weekend no matter what happens tonight.


    Best of luck everyone [Y]


  17. After last week''s success, my trip round the Balkans continues with a visit to Serbia


    Crvena Zvezda  v  Smederevo  (home win)


    Crvena are 2nd on 35 points while Smederevo are 8th with 20

    The bookies seem to think it''s a dead cert at 2/9 or 1/5


    Best of luck everyone [Y]


  18. canary cherub

    Blood donor session at NCFC Monday 28th Feb

    I used to be phobic about needles but really wanted to give blood, so I plucked up courage and it got me over the fear.  I figured that if I fainted it wouldn''t matter if I was lying down already (I didn''t btw).  This was back in the 60s and you could have a bottle of beer afterwards not just a cup of tea!  Can''t do it any more unfortunately as I''m on medication.


  19. canary cherub

    Well done Peter Grant

    Agree 100%.  I didn''t even realise he was at Birmingham until I saw him on the touchline.


    He wasn''t cut out for management but he''s a bloody good coach and I couldn''t be more pleased.


  20. A new destination for me this week, Bosnia-Herzegovina


    Zeljeznicar  v  Olimpik Sarajevo  (home win)


    Zeljeznicar are 2nd while Olimpik are mid table and on the slide


    Happy birthday Nana, now I''m sure you won''t have tried alcohol before so be careful [:D]


    Best of luck one and all [Y]


    Can''t seem to get my posts onto the board so here''s a second try - apologies if it appears twice!


  21. Germany is my destination this week


    Borussia Dortmund  v  St Pauli  (home win)


    Dortmund are 10 points clear of the rest on 52 while St Pauli are mid table on 25 points


    Very best of luck CA and all you PUPs [*]


  22. I''m  heading off to Switzerland this week for a top-v-bottom encounter


    Basel  v  St Gallen  (home win)


    Best of luck one and all [Y]



  23. A trip to France for me this week


    Marseille  v  Arles  (home win)


    Marseille are 5th while Arles are well adrift at the bottom and haven''t won away all season


    Very best of luck Norfolk and all you PUPs  [Y]


  24. [quote user="PurpleCanary"]

    WITS, you''ll find the names are more interesting abroad! English club names (Aston Villa  and Crystal Palace apart) are SO boring. There is a whole world of oddball identities to savour out there. The Black Roses of American Samoa, The Green Buffaloes of Zambia. The intriguing Ganja. Not a Jamaican team, as it happens, but from Azerbaijan. Miscellaneous of Botswana. Churchill Brothers of India...


    For colourful names the Japanese second division is hard to beat, with Fukuoka, Jef United and my alltime favourite Mito Hollyhock I kid you not.  If only their matches weren''t done and dusted before nutty has a chance to get our picks to Billy on a Saturday morning, they''d be my nap every week! [:D]


  25. I''m off to the Dutch league too, my nap is short and sweet

    AZ  v  VVV  (home win)

    Best of luck CTID and all you PUPs [*]