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BroadstairsR last won the day on June 21 2019

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  1. BroadstairsR

    The Brexit Thread

    Presumably none of the nearly 800, 000 who currently qualify for a pension from the EU will do. Which in "20 to 30" years time will likely double and more. That's just not MEP's, but the army of office staff, administrators and even taxi drivers who shuffle the whole lot between Brussels and Strasbourg at regular intervals. Less government, not more.
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    Norwich vs Preston Match Thread

    Nothing new. treacle attacking play. Lemon curd defending.
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    Norwich v Palace predictions

    Is there a Nellie Dean today ... my usual seem a bit fcuked? Edit\: Oh 5.30 ko forget my usual stupidity
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    The Brexit Thread

    The brothels of Brussels are having to tighten their belts at the prospect of not getting all that British taxpayer's income that's for sure. Rue de Brabant will become a ghost town. Good Guinness in champagne glasses though. Nod, nod, wink, wink.
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    Wasted money

    Name me a club in the entire league that gets everything in the transfer market totally right. It's a difficult thing to perfect. Easier said than done from your backside though.
  6. This is not about whether we should or should not splash millions in the transfer market. We cannot do this and most, if not all, supporters appear to appreciate this. Most of us would be very weary of this approach especially if it relied upon the whims, fancies and fortunes of some super rich investor. That bubble could burst just as easily for NCFC as it has for other clubs. Our collective complaint seems to be that the reserves, both present and future were dealt with that little bit too frugally and that glaring weakness in the team's defensive side of the game were ill-addressed by a reluctance to go that extra mile. Spending money will always be fraught with dangers in this game ... and the contributions of Roberts and Drmic thus far this season suggest money badly invested, but you cannot win them all and neither signings recall disasters of the past. It now looks like there will be expenditure this January that, in hindsight, should have been made in the Summer. Probably too late, but we have been there before, and before. This is not criticism of the approach as such but more of that expression of the overmuch caution, and it's consequences, that rode on the back of the elated hysteria of what last season treated us to. Smith and Co., Webber and Co., and Farke and Co., believed their own publicity to a point of slight negligence in the small scheme of things. Time will tell.
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    Frustrating, but so proud of the way we are playing.

    We are a class side who can clearly hold their own against most. Results suggest that something is lacking which cannot just be put down to injuries. Our route to goal, although scintillating at times, is somewhat one dimensional. In this respect I feel that one of the biggest disappointments of he season thus far has been the virtual non appearance of Drmic. He never seems to be available to add that slice of variety up front. That height and that muscle to give defenders something else to concern themselves with. Perhaps Jordan Rhodes wouldn't have been such a bad idea after all.
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    Cheer up - we could be the scum

    They won the old, old First Division in the days of black and white television. The FA Cup forty odd years ago ... other winners since then being Coventry, Wimbledon and Wigan. The UEFA Cup which made them the "Champions of Europe," because they insist that the actual European Cup, the real competition, never existed. As you said: "You what?"
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    Seasons Greetings

    Bah! Humbug!
  10. We could afford it because Premier League money was in the pipeline, player assets were high as were the certainties of full houses and lucrative sponsorship deals. Against this the club had some liabilities, that daft bond issue (ok it was necessary at the time to get that instant money but boy if we hadn't have got promotion even those reduced pay outs would have been a massive sheet anchor,) and certain player pay offs that were necessary and also player bonuses that nobody would have grumbled about after last season's joy ride. We also had the 'no borrowing at any cost' ethos firmly established. We just chose not to be too expansive with money and the losses that that year's accounts indicated why this approach was deemed necessary. They did not take in to account this current year's income as a reason not to splash out. It was a quite sensible approach in most supporters view. Who could have foretold the way that injuries have wrecked our season, plus, in truth the fact that quite a few of our squad are actually 'nearly men' when it comes to Premier League quality standard ie. they can hold their own and have their good moments but, by not being quite up to it for the full ninety, mean we end up losing from positions of strength. These facts have meant that we should, after all, have gone that extra mile in the transfer market. Hindsight. Also Farke is still on that same learning curve re: the demands of PL football as he was when he first entered the English game over two seasons ago. I confidently predict that if we do succumb to the seemingly obvious this season then we will have the set up, finances and squad to be a major force next season once again. Who can grumble at that?
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    Cheer up - we could be the scum

    The stick Lambert is getting on TWTD is unbelievable. It's relenting as if the penny has finally, finally dropped that the man is a bit of a damp squib in management terms nowadays and relies mostly upon bull shine. It took time though. I seem to remember that when he was first appointed his main remit from the fans was to steady the ship until he was able to get his own players in in his first (winter) window. This came and went and made no difference and their willingness to swallow the PR totally continued as they were relegated without so much as a whimper. Will he be sacked if the Xmas period is a flop? I've lost count of the number of mangers that I hope Evans doesn't sack as the bad job they continued to do gave me please. Ditto Lambert now, but I have a feeling he will be hard to dislodge, nay even a tardigrade, as Evans seems to have pushed more money in his direction than he intended to and is probably now at the eyes closed, fingers crossed stage. A greater possibility is that PL will walk as he doesn't seem to like a hot kitchen nowadays and has pocketed his wedge. An excellent distraction from our own slightly self imposed failings. Edited just now by BroadstairsR
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    Don't get disheartened.

    We have a enough to do it and if we go down we will be among the better sides to fail at the first hurdle, or even the second or third. Yo-yo as is, yo-yo as does.
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    Don't get disheartened.

    What sort of geek even bothers to scroll back through other's posts in the first place? Who gives a fcuk? I'd rather have LDC's optimism as a Sunday morning read than that rubbish from the little queue of suspect binners, or whatever they are, who only ever turn up on here when we lose a game. I note that they're out in force again. Btw. I still think that we can dig ourselves out of this hole. During the match yesterday the thought hit me that I have never, in my years , witnessed a city team play such brilliant football. By the end of the game my thoughts were that I've never witnessed a City team concede so predictably. My additional thought was that the defensive side of our game needs more than one new face in January because a bit of an overhaul of it will be necessary in order to survive . I was happy to see Webber make that point in his post match interview.
  14. Whilst I don't think that DF uses the substitute bench very well it does seem to me that this (the OP's) is a criticism levelled against all managers by all supporters all of the time. I often wonder why the man in the hot seat is consistently more reluctant to makes changes than the man in the stands. The only "recent" City manager who didn't really come under the cosh for his timing of subs was Lambert, and look where he is now.
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    Martin Peters RIP

    Even towards the end of his career his class shone out like a beacon. I remember being at St. Andrews in an FA Cup game. We were 1st.division and Birmingham City were, I believe lower. Peters was a substitute by then. When he was brought on in a stalemate I remember a young Brummie fan behind me saying, "Fancy being able to bring on Martin Peters as a substitute." MP responded with either a goal (?) or at least a vital assist. He then went on to play over thirty times for the Blades at a lower level. Having achieved everything in the game he must have just enjoyed playing whatever the level.