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  1. Bobzilla

    Joe Hart

    Please God, no. He is no better than Krul, and he was the weak link in the Man City side for years, sheltered by a strong back 4. His England performances proved as much. Please, no, not worth the money. And it would be substantial.
  2. Next season will be more difficult. I don't know whether there will be a market for 'staying up' or whether it is just relegation, meaning that if I want to back Norwich to stay up, I have to 'lay' them to go down. In other words, I will become the bookie rather than the punter. So I could be risking rather a lot of money to make it worthwhile. Which isn't really in my playbook. Or, more accurately, isn't really in my wife's playbook, so doing that would result in my **** being removed and used as a skippy purse. Which isn't really in my playbook.
  3. It basically is. It's why I don't usually bet on individual games as I usually don't have the time (or inclination) to keep an eye on what the market is doing over a 2 hour period - the long game is much easier. Although to be fair I was keeping an eye on movements on Easter Monday to work out what I wanted to do in respect of my Sheffield United title bet. But I'm not going to make any more trades this season. I'm happy with my positions. And there you go, more hedge fund management talk.
  4. Think you're right on that. The Norwich standalone odds suggest that it is a promotion bet, not an outright winner bet.
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    Pitch invasion Sat

    Good call. We can't afford the negative press of a pitch invasion, or some of the worse consequences. https://sports.vice.com/en_uk/article/pgndqm/pitch-invasions-footballs-forbidden-fruit "It isn't just individuals who are at risk of punishment. Every time a fan makes their way on to the pitch, the referee has to include it in his report. This goes to the FA, who'll get straight on the phone and ask said club to explain themselves. If too many of those calls are made, the FA can basically punish the club in whatever way they like. A fine is most likely, but in particularly egregious cases a points deduction is possible. They really, really do not want you running on their precious grass." Imagine if we lost promotion because of a points deduction for an organised pitch invasion. However unlikely, it is still possible. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3185291/Blackpool-deducted-three-points-pitch-invasion-forced-clash-Huddersfield-abandoned-season.html
  6. I've had various bets on Betfair for a while now, but been trading out of my positions as I have gone along - guarantee the profit. I had us winning at 120:1 but sold out at the end of September for 44/46:1. Before the Wednesday game I bought into Leeds for a fiver (4.3:1) and Sheff United for £3 (25:1). I've sold out Sheff U a bit to guarantee a profit if we win (£6 profit on initial stake of £4), but stand to make £31 if the blades get it. To be fair, I don't want the Blades to get it, but I can see us having to get something out of Villa on the final day if we want the title. Which I am not hopeful of. Put £6 on us for top 6 at 5.3 mid august, and sold out at 1.26 at the beginning of December, taking home £17 in the process. Backed Pukki for top scorer, £5 at 16.5:1 at the end of September, and have progressively sold out of that to pick up £5 profit. Backed us for promotion, £5 at 7.8 at 30 September, and sold out at 2.18 at the beginning of December. to guarantee £12.5 profit. I fully expected the post Christmas slump but I sold out too quickly on us winning. If I'd have waited for the beginning of December, I would have got odds of 5:1 to sell out, and made £100 easily. My problem is that I've been a Norwich fan for too long. I've seen far too many strong starts and far too many post Christmas collapses. I bet to sell out of them when I've made enough profit to make it worthwhile, not to win the bet. Sadly, I sold out of the draw against Wednesday - £5@4.6:1, sold out @2.9:1, and placed at 8:1 for a Norwich win. Would have made £24 if we had won, or £18 if I'd have held to for the draw, so ended up basically flat on that bet. But never mind. No money lost. And no, I'm not a binner. I'm just not a gambler. I'm a trader. I pick bets that I think are more likely than the market believes, and trade out when the market catches up. Hence doing Betfair Exchange rather than a traditional bookies. It helps that my day job requires me to understand derivatives trading (which is essentially what Betfair Exchange is).
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    Brentford v Leeds

    Final Whistle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you Brentford.
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    Brentford v Leeds

    As it goes, if things stay like this, we have to lose both our remaining games, Leeds have to win both, there has to be more than a 10 goal difference swing to Leeds, or, if they can only manage 10, they have to score 19 more goals than us in those 2 games. 1 minute to go...
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    Brentford v Leeds

    They really aren't playing as a team. They're being pretty selfish in the box.
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    Brentford v Leeds

    5 injury time. Squeaky bum time...
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    Brentford v Leeds

    And are we sure that Jack Clarke is 18? I know I'm no spring chicken, but he doesn't even look old enough to grow a beard...
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    Brentford v Leeds

    Massively selfish play from Canos there - should have been 3 but he wanted the glory. But they are utterly ripping Leeds apart. The last couple of weeks have been somewhat less than glorious for us, but it has never been embarrassing. I would be truly embarrassed to be a Leeds fan watching this. Especially having lost to 10 man Wigan on Friday. To quote the Wigan fans from last week, Premier League, you're having a laugh...
  13. I live in the north west, so I have a load of away clubs nearby, and good links into London,bbut getting to carrow road is a right ****. Do we do an away season ticket? I think we used to but can't see it on the website. Thanks
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    the Murphy twins contacts

    Why is everyone looking at average wages for ''normal'' people and then comparing that to the very top end for football? The wages you are talking about are for the very best 500-odd footballers in the country for the PL, and then a further 650 for the champs. If you want a proper comparison, look at the average salaries of the top 1000 earners outside of the sporting/entertainment fields. You cannot compare the wages earned by people with very specific skills in very short supply with the wages earned by everyone else with no specialist skills, or skills with a decent supply in the market.

    So, the correct comparison is the career total earnings for a top footballer compared to the career total earnings for a top lawyer or accountant or equity analyst in a bank. You have to be VERY high up the foodchain in football to do better than these top guys who have four times the average career length.

    The average championship wage of £325k, for instance, is towards the bottom of what you can expect to earn as a partner in a big London professional practice (accountants, lawyers etc) and there are probably in excess of 6,000 of them. Do you get the picture?
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    Nicklas Bendtner

    I hear George Weah''s cousin might be available...
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    Potential Striker?

    Never. Never. Never. Never. (ad infinitum). He''s a liability on the pitch and a troublemaker off it. Best way to destabilise a squad IMHO. There''s a reason he''s been bounced around from club to club.
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    OT - EU straw poll...

    [quote user="paul moy"]Mark my words. We will thrive outside of the EU just as we have thrived outside of the Euro, and more so because we do not need to be in a sclerotic superstate to trade. Only 15% of our GDP is exports which means that 85% of our trade is within our own borders.

    To say otherwise is pure and simply scaremongering.[/quote]

    No, it means that 85% of our GDP is passing money around our own system. That money has to come from somewhere
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    OT - EU straw poll...

    [quote user="paul moy"][quote user="Bobzilla"][quote user="Hairy Canary"]Why does access to the single market require us to "pay for it" with free movement of workers Bobzilla? [/quote]

    Perhaps I should be clearer. No-one else has access to the single market without accepting free movement of workers. So if we got it, we would be unique.

    The best analogy for us at the minute is a wife contemplating a divorce in acrimonious circumstances, where we are demanding the house, the car, a generous spousal maintenance allowance and child support allowance whilst asking our husband to keep the kids. But we can have access to them whenever we want. Basically, the leave campaign is acting like spoilt brats, and the French and Germans are not going to have it. We may get some sort of settlement, but it will be nowhere near as generous as we think we''re enitlted to.[/quote]

    Untrue. Switzerland, USA, Canada have access to the single market without freedom of movement.[/quote]

    The European Economic Area (EEA) was formed in 1994 in order to extend the European Union’s provisions on its internal market to countries in the European Free Trade Area (EFTA). EU legislation relating to the internal market becomes part of the legislation of the EEA countries once they have agreed to incorporate it. Implementation and enforcement are then monitored by specific EFTA bodies and a Joint Parliamentary Committee.

    The EU and two of its EEA partners — Norway and Iceland — are also linked by various ‘northern policies’ and forums which focus on the rapidly evolving northern reaches of Europe and the Arctic region as a whole.

    While Switzerland is not part of the EEA, it remains a member of EFTA. More than 120 sectoral bilateral treaties linking the country with the EU incorporate largely the same provisions as those adopted by the other EEA countries in the fields of the free movement of people, goods, services and capital. However, bilateral relations have been severely strained since the February 2014 anti-immigration initiative, the outcome of which called into question the principles of free movement and the single market that underpin those relations.

    And Canada and the US do not have access to the single market. They have trade agreements with the single market whereby import taxes can be levied and VAT is charged at the buyer''s rate and not the seller''s rate. If you buy something from Europe, that''s it, no charges to come into the UK. If you buy from the US, you get at least 20% added to the total bill.

    Try again.
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    OT - EU straw poll...

    [quote user="Hairy Canary"]I understand that the French and Germans "won''t have it" Bobzilla but quite simply a single market does not require free movement of workers.

    Free movement of workers is part of a totally separate agenda - that of European Union. Linking the two is causing this huge unnecessary conflict of ideas (economic benefit v uncontrolled immigration).

    People across Europe are being taken down the path of political union (which they may or may not want) and being deprived of access to the free market is being used to force them into deeper union.[/quote]

    They may be separate issued, but the two are linked. Its like Ryanair saying that its booking fees are separate issues to its flight charges. Without one you don''t get the other.
  20. Bobzilla

    OT - EU straw poll...

    [quote user="Hairy Canary"]Why does access to the single market require us to "pay for it" with free movement of workers Bobzilla? [/quote]

    Perhaps I should be clearer. No-one else has access to the single market without accepting free movement of workers. So if we got it, we would be unique.

    The best analogy for us at the minute is a wife contemplating a divorce in acrimonious circumstances, where we are demanding the house, the car, a generous spousal maintenance allowance and child support allowance whilst asking our husband to keep the kids. But we can have access to them whenever we want. Basically, the leave campaign is acting like spoilt brats, and the French and Germans are not going to have it. We may get some sort of settlement, but it will be nowhere near as generous as we think we''re enitlted to.
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    OT - EU straw poll...

    In.

    If we were not in, and this was the deal on the table, I might be voting to stay out. But we''re already in. I can''t see anything positive from out. It might be the apocolypse, it might not be, but it''s not going to achieve anything positive. The dream of freedom to do whatever we want, no free movement but full access to the single market and jam for everyone is a pipe dream. Its not going to be like that, we will have pretty much the same ability to do what we want, and if we want single market access we are going to have to pay for it and allow free movement of workers. And there are threats that we won''t be given single market access pour encourager les autres. And that is a real possibility.

    If we don''t get single market access, you will see big companies pulling out, or at least making investment decisions to invest elsewhere, like Spain.

    It would be great if the free movement rule was that ''workers'' meant just that. If you work you can move. If you don''t you can''t. But the reality is that the real issue (in the main) is not people coming here and not working, its people who are already here and native British citizens not bothering to work. If you have a choice between a motivated EU worker and a lazy brit, you would choose the EU worker every time. And sadly our benefits system facilitates that. And the laziness of massive amounts of the British ''workforce'' will not be changed by being out. So this land of milk and honey that the Brexiteers are selling? Not going to happen. Sorry folks. Yarmouth will still be the same old sh1t h0le.
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    50% of replica kits

    £48 for a full price replica shirt? I know its been a while since I was in the club shop, but WTF?????????????!

    In other news, I''m larger than the average bear - take a 48 ish jacket size. Assuming I''m not the lycra type, what size shirt should I go for?
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    50% of replica kits

    Where are they 50% off? On the club shop website they are still £24. Is that half price?
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    Curse of TV?

    I can''t help but notice our record on live telly over the past 5 years (think I''ve seen us not lose less than a handful of times) and wonder whether 3 televised games from our last 7 didn''t help us? Just a thought.

    And yes, I know that there were loads more reasons we went down, including:

    Being goal shy

    Critical errors by Bassong

    Luck of the draw (Chelsea game, penalties against us that shouldn''t have been, and clear penalties for us that weren''t given)

    Us just not turning up for huge chunks of the season

    Putting 4 in and not winning against Liverpool
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    Outdated Ownership Model

    So, lets break this down. You want a Mr megabucks to own the club, and you want multi multi millionaires on the board. We had millionaires on the board (remember the Turners, anyone?) and what happened? Recession hit, and they were in trouble. We had Peter Cullum come in for the club, and where is he now? I can tell you that Towergate is not the company it used to be.

    A lot of people on here seem to confuse ''wealth'' with ''cash reserves''. They are very much NOT the same thing.
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