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  1. The game should not be about the referees but about the players. But there would be a massive outrage if the performances of the players was scrutinised as deeply as the performance of the officials.
  2. Looking at it another way it will probably mean he is destined to stay Championship and below for quite a while, whilst the Premiership has the stars, like Simon Hooper!
  3. Fully agree, thought he was a breath of fresh air. No cards shown and players were allowed to tackle. It's amazing how quickly players realise this and when they lay on the ground looking for a foul get up quickly when they realise they are not getting one.
  4. There's the difference, Dowell has never really looked at all impressive or played that well when coming on as sub. Hence, he is still on the bench. Mind you, that still leaves us needing a No. 10.
  5. or we could simply: LAW 5: THE REFEREE IFAB Laws of the Game 2020-21 The authority of the referee Each match is controlled by a referee who has full authority to enforce the Laws of the Game in connection with the match. Decisions of the referee Decisions will be made to the best of the referee`s ability according to the Laws of the Game and the spirit of the game and will be based on the opinion of the referee who has the discretion to take appropriate action within the framework of the Laws of the Game. The decisions of the referee regarding facts connected with play, including whether or not a goal is scored and the result of the match, are final. The decisions of the referee, and all other match officials, must always be respected. And scrap VAR and do what we always did, namely, accept the referee's decision. Yes, some referees make mistakes, but players make even more. As long as they are honest it should not be a problem.
  6. Pleased to see Vrancic start. Stoke are almost as drab as Hughton's Nottingham Forest and could be difficult to break down. It will need plenty of creativity.
  7. I was at Wembley in 1977 when Scotland beat England 2-1 and then took most of the pitch home with them. There was one small pocket of England fans behind one goal but the rest of the ground belonged to Scotland. I took three young lads with me to the match and we were surrounded by very vocal Scotsmen, many in kilts, who were so passionate, noisy and made sure everybody knew they owned Wembley that day. It was a worrying day to be in charge of other people's kids. The after match pitch invasion, the breaking of the goals, the ripping up of the turf and the emotion shown by the Scots was something never to be forgotten.
  8. In every other sport past, experienced players have an input into the rules of the game because they have played it a high level. Have any of the top referees ever played the game? The vast majority of higher officials have never been anything other than referees. Referees seem to understand the laws of the game, it's a shame so many of them don't understand playing the game.
  9. The same as anything in life, the more you enjoy it the better you will do it.
  10. We have been, and it seems are now, very fortunate to have so many talented keepers. Unfortunately the one thing we do not have, at the moment, is experience in that position, and that I feel could be a great mistake. If we had more certainty about Timm's illness (and even his injury) it would not be quite so bad.
  11. I'm old enough to remember a 19 year old Andy Marshall having to take over from an injured Bryan Gunn. That all went very well to start with but the lack of an experienced goalkeeper was one of the reasons that season did not end well. Too much pressure on Daniel at the moment could be detrimental to his progress and to only have a teenage backup for him would be great folly. It is imperative we get another experienced keeper in. We must remember Daniel Barden was back up to McGovern, not Timm Krul.
  12. 16 - managed to get no 5 wrong. Thanks for the quiz.
  13. How far down the football pyramid does 'taking the knee' go? Does it extend to ~Youth football? Who decides?
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