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  1. [quote user="Johnny Stump"]Has any one who works been given a bottle of drink at Christmas by a supplier, been taken out to lunch, treated to tickets for a show or a sporting event? Is there really much difference?[/quote] If those are linked to you then giving that company preference or them getting influence over your decisions that could then come under the Bribery Act 2010. Davo
  2. [quote user="pete"]Followed by wins against Wolves and Ipswich away and make Carrow Rd a fortress. [/quote]   This is the crux of the matter. The vast majority of fans will be happy as long as we''re back winning games. We could sell Fer, Pilkington, Ruddy, Olsson et al. and as long as we replaced them and won games the crowd would be happy.   Davo
  3. It''s been a few years but I can''t really remember any pubs that I would recommend to any one. If I remember rightly we just got some beers in the ground. If it is possible I would suggest dropping the car off in Central Birmingham and having a beer there and getting the metro into Wolverhampton. Davo
  4. Porto have had great success at doing this but Benfica do it too to a certain extent. Lazar Markovic, Nemanja Matic, Angel DiMaria and Axel Witsel have all been sold of big profits. Given Sporting Lisbon''sreported financial problems I am not surprised they haven''t followed this model but then they do have a very good youth academy.   I think the one thing that makes Port unique in their success is the sheer quantity of players but I supposewhen you can get into the Champoins League ever year and nearly always get out of the group you are going to attract top South American players who will be willing to use your club as a stepping stone to a bigger move.   Davo
  5. [quote user="canarywales"]If he is any good why did we let him go before[/quote] Maybe just maybe for the same reason we let Dion Dublin go? Or maybe it was the same reason we let Cureton go? The point being just because we let him go does not mean he will be good enough and it doesn''t mean he wont. Davo
  6. In the 2006/7 season AFC Wimbledon fielded new signing Jermaine Darlington previsouly of Cardiff City in three games. Jermaine was ineligible to play because AFC Wimbledon (then of the Isthmian league) didn''t realise that despite Cardiff playing in the English leagues their player registrations were in fact held with the Welsh FA and not the English FA. The outcome is they were deducted 3 points and fined £4,000. Is Sunderland''s error any different? I believe the player in question had previously been on loan to a German side and hadn''t been registered properly when he came back. Davo
  7. I am surprised this is the first mention of Mata. He is an awesome player but I guess as he''s not playing for Chelsea this season he''s being forgotten.Suarez is great and all but I wouldn''t want that kind of player at this club.Davo
  8. [quote user="nutty nigel"] I''d like to see another Tettey. The back four always take the flack but often they are exposed and have too much to do. [/quote]   Agreed Iwould like to see someone come in who has the ability to read the game, can tackle and can pass more than 5 yards. I don''t thik it''s a conincidence that we don''t look as solid this season compared to last season where we were playing both Johnson and Tetty in front of teh back 4. Howson and Fer are playign well but they don''t offer as much protection to the defence.   Davo
  9. [quote user="Buh"]Do all other clubs have to compare new players with players of the past? I think they do to be fair. I just find it unfair in a way. I just want the new players to carve a new legacy if you know what I mean.[/quote]   It''s they way things are. A player becomes a star or a legend and the next generation are compared to them. That player then hopefully becomes  a star or legend in their own right and the next generation are compared to him.   Hopefully one day we will have a youngstr or two who will be the next Redmond or Murphy.   Davo
  10. [quote user="The Frisbee Hyena"]I''m pretty sure in every American team sport draws count for nothing. And there''s quite a lot of them.[/quote]In the big four sports in the US there are no "Draws". All four sports play overtime (extra innings in the case of baseball)  if the scores are tied at the end of the match. Overtime is normally sudden death with the first scorer taking the win, except in baseball where it carries on forever and ever and ever until one team falls asleep and the other team has had more fat blokes run in a square after hitting a ball than the other team.Even in the NHL when the game goes is drawn at the full time they get a point for a "draw" and the eventual winner gets 2. Funny that there seems to be a growing movement for a scoring system much like we have in football.Davo
  11. Excellent news. At least now I won''t have to listen to that Irish tw@t during England games.Davo
  12. All the best Herman and all you PUPs. This week I too am going for FC Twente V NEC home win.Davo
  13. Sorry I am so late I have been away a lot with work, which on the plus side did include 1 night in Nelson''s County.Yeovil V Forest - Away winDavo
  14. [quote user="PurpleCanary"] As for saying that £2.1m figure in the quote from Bowkett for internal debt is right, no it isn''t. The correct figure, as I said, is £3.1m.. I suspect either Bowkett misspoke, as American politicians say, or it is a misprint. In a separate sidebar piece the EDP itself gives £3.1m as the right amount.[/quote] Is it not possible that Bowkett got it right? If as he says we are budgeting to pay this debt off this year couldn''t they have already paid some of it off? Three and a half months have elapsed between the fate of the accounts and Bowkett''s interview. Whilst I would like to think that this kind of debt would only be paid off at the end of the season rather than during it could happen. Davo
  15. Apologies for missing last week I was away with work.This week I would like to go for Portugal V Israel - Home winDavo
  16. [quote user="PurpleCanary"][quote user="ricardo"][quote user="PurpleCanary"][quote user="ricardo"]CH did say that he thought Elmander could also play that nine and a half roll.[/quote]   I don''t mind Hughton saying that. I would only be worried if he believed it. [/quote]He also believes Hooper can play it which is more to the point. I have my doubts but then what do I know?I''d prefer a proper No 10 than a couple of 9 and a halfers.[/quote]   I think Hooper might be a bit better at it than Elmander but a proper No.10 would indeed be vastly better than either. Which is why I take with a pinch of whatsit McNally''s downplaying of the January transfer window. If Hughton wants (as seems the case) to go on playing that system then I foresee a serious (potentially expensive) move for a round peg to fill that round hole. [/quote]It''s a fee that could well break our record again. Top quality number 10''s are expensive. There are perhaps some cheaper bargins to be had in South America but that brings a whole load of other issues.Thanks for the report Ricardo. There''s some interesting stuff and some things that seem quite mundane. The bit about Carlton Morris is good news. On the very few occasions I saw him he looked good but the question I always had in the back of my mind was, is he really good or is he just bigger. He seems like a young man that has developed physically quicker than others. Now he''s playing against under 21''s he is more likely to come up against people his own size and we will all see how good he is.Davo
  17. Manuel Francisco dos Santos aka Garrincha would be my choice. He would provide the ammo for RVW to score.Davo
  18. [quote user="Reggie Strayshun"]The vast majority of what I''ve seen of R Benno has been top drawer. OK, he made the odd gaffe at first, but I doubt if there''s a more improved player on City''s books than him. If he keeps this up he''s going to be one hell of a defender, and we''re going to have great trouble holding onto him.[/quote]Russell Martin, Russ have done everything asked of him, from joining the club as a "Peterborough Utd reject" when we were in league one to playing both right back and centre back whenever needed in the Premiership. For me Martin has improved and adapted far more then Bennett.Davo
  19. [quote user="York Canary"]Can''t believe he turned down a new contract with Juve to go to Sunderland![/quote]From what I have heard the left Juventus because he wants to play regular football. Conte couldn''t guarantee that as basically he''s not good enough as anything more than a utility player for a team like Juve. The fact that Sunderland got him so cheap played a part in us not being able to get Quag''s because Conte wasn''t happy he was sold so cheap and wanted to make sure anyone else who left got sold for full value.Davo
  20. Good luck all. This week can I go for a home win for Dortmund over Freiberg please.Davo
  21. For me this week it''s over to Italy where Sassuolo are playing at home to Inter Milan.Sassuolo V Inter Milan - Away winDavo
  22. [quote user="Gingerpele"]Hodgson isn''t the right man for the job at the moment, he''s a good manager, he''s done some very impressive things throughout his career, but he won''t do anything impressive with England.[/quote]I agree with the rest you have posted but I am not sure about this bit. Who is there that is better? Harry "cheque book" Redknapp? I don''t see how he would be any better. We have a poor squad that is getting too over reliant on people over the age of 30 and very little in the way of youngsters coming through.Davo
  23. Good luck all.I to am going to Madrid for an Atletico win over Almeria.Davo
  24. [quote user="Houston Canary"]Davo, soccer is about the cheapest team sport there is. Cleats, shin guards, a ball and pair of keeper mitts is about it. It''s played here by people from all walks of life with all sorts of backgrounds. One look at our national team and the various U-age teams shows that. Jurgen Klinsmann has said he will make tapping into the immigrant community a focus, but the truth is we''ve had plenty of first and second gen. immigrants at the highest level for years. Several are eligible to play for other countries (Mexico, Germany, Iceland to name a few) and some do play elsewhere after growing up here (Italy, Mexico). Your opinion seems to be based on cartoonish negative stereotypes. They''re easy enough to believe so I can''t blame anyone for thinking they are true. The truth is what you say it should be.[/quote]My opinion is formed by listening to an American commentator who guest appears on a radio show over here and the callers from your country who take part in it. I never said football wasn''t a cheap sport to play I said you have a system where people are paying to have their sons coached at so called "soccer schools". Al you need to play football is a ball, nothing else is needed unless you are on your own in which case a wall is handy.As for Klinsmann he is working with what he has available to him but is the scouting network of the MLS clubs and perhaps more importantly the US colleges finding the young talented players in the first place? In a country as massive as the US it''s a very hard job but if it can be done there is no reason why the US shouldn''t be a future World Cup winner.Davo
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