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shabbyhouse

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  1. A bit of history that sheds some light... The very brave lads in question were from 3rd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of Wellington's), which had, (prior to 2006) been a separate regiment, the Duke of Wellington's, and which typically recruited from West and South Yorkshire. 2nd Battalion (Green Howards), also once separate, recruited from North Yorkshire and Teesside, whilst 1st Bn (Prince of Wales Own) were based in East Yorks. 3rd Bn are based in Halifax (I think), so it's not surprising that they were HTFC fans. However, I take serious issue with SWFC over this, as 3rd Bn. now recruits from the Sheffield area: after the demise of the York & Lancs many years ago, 3rd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment is as near to a local regiment as Sheffield gets. All South & West Yorkshire clubs, if not every Yorkshire club should, IMO, observe the minute's silence/applause as suggested. Afghanistan has been a difficult and in many ways regrettable war fought by very brave people indeed, and as they're from Yorkshire, they deserve our consummate respect. I'll be at the game tonight, and I'll make my own minute's silence in private, if the club won't. Adrian Stabler Volunteer Guide Green Howards Regimental Museum Richmond North Yorkshire
  2. Perhaps his idea of of a "tweak" involves a wrecking ball... Come August we may need to re-define the word.
  3. He's a Peter Crouch in the making. You just wait.... Remember when Paul Warhurst suddenly became a striker? DJ knows, you know.
  4. I was bored to tears watching Barcelona last night. Footballing temazepam. Tap tap tap tap goal Tap tap tap tap goal Tap tap tap tap goal etc., etc., ad nauseam Where's the excitement and the romance in that? I'd rather watch hoofball at Hillsborough on a Tuesday night in winter. Messi or Waddle? Waddle. Messi or Di Canio? Di Canio. Messi or JJ? You guessed it.
  5. It's a cloudy forecast tonight, so we should get at least half a point.
  6. I wonder if anyone's ever done the same calculation for playing in cold weather. I've often thought we never do well other than when it's warm. So night games in cold weather we might as well concede and not risk player injuries. And as for tonight, sunset is 5.55pm, and the temperature is set to be 7C, so I confidently forecast a classic 0-0.
  7. You might also want to question your own part in the relationship breakdown.
  8. I posted this in the "Last 2 Weeks at Hillsborough" thread, but it's relevant here too: "Binary thinking" doesn't help us. It's about shades of grey (blue?), and it wasn't necessarily what happened regarding GM, but how. Which brings me to think about the unstated disagreement between MM and many fans regarding a definition of "success". Sure we all want success, but what's success to MM may clearly not be what success constitutes to us. After years of trouble, many fans would have defined a successful post-Allen era as steady, relatively peaceful, and OK on the pitch. Realistically, promotion this season might have been expected, but many would have settled for play-offs, and no great ructions off the pitch. GM's arrival fitted that bill perfectly, and he was doing OK enough, in my opinion. Not brilliant by any means, but I'd have settled for relative mediocrity this season, if it included a degree of stability and contentment. Well, we're not going to get that, and we've been shoved back onto the roller-coaster of uncertainty; something we've had too much of in recent times. I don't back DJ to get us into an automatic promotion place, or to do anything much more than GM would likely have achieved. So back to "success" and "what's best for the club": I'd be interested to discuss the definitions of these two with MM, because right now, we're not seeing eye to eye. Some call it "the dialogue of the deaf", and it's an affliction not restricted to this club alone. Time to ask the fans what we might want too, Milan. That way we might all end up singing the same song. WTID, whoever's in charge.
  9. Agreed; 'binary thinking' doesn't help us. It's about shades of grey (blue?), and it wasn't necessarily what happened regarding GM, but how. Which brings me to think about the unstated disagreement between MM and many fans regarding a definition of "success". Sure we all want success, but what's success to MM may clearly not be what success constitutes to us. After years of trouble, many fans would have defined a successful post-Allen era as steady, relatively peaceful, and OK on the pitch. Realistically, promotion this season might have been expected, but many would have settled for play-offs, and no great ructions off the pitch. GM's arrival fitted that bill perfectly, and he was doing OK enough, in my opinion. Not brilliant by any means, but I'd have settled for relative mediocrity this season, if it included a degree of stability and contentment. Well, we're not going to get that, and we've been shoved back onto the roller-coaster of uncertainty; something we've had too much of in recent times. I don't back DJ to get us into an automatic promotion place, or to do anything much more than GM would likely have achieved. So back to "success" and "what's best for the club": I'd be interested to discuss the definitions of these two with MM, because right now, we're not seeing eye to eye. Some call it "the dialogue of the deaf", and it's an affliction not restricted to this club alone. Time to ask the fans what we might want too, Milan. That way we might all end up singing the same song. WTID, whoever's in charge.
  10. Didn't know they were Welsh, Fernando... Aberdare - a reyt little spot, deep in the valleys.
  11. I have choice of rods, and a special one for Sundays...
  12. Gotta say nugent, that's been my thinking too. I remember the game where we did for their play-off chances (Darren Purse was playing for Cardiff in that game and I also recall thinking he was gash). I really like DJ though, quiet and introverted - genuinely I bet he was really good as a social care worker. So a complete contrast to GM. Who knows? Maybe he'll prosper here, and I wish him all the very best. A different type to many managers, and a man of some depth and texture, given all he's had to endure. None of that makes him the right man for the job, but I'll support him. Just think, what if it had been Karl Robinson....
  13. Husband of Mrs. O, perhaps? Can he do a job for us? Come to think of it, can she?
  14. I was in the Kop at the derby and there was a family sat two rows behind. Just before half time, the young lad said to his dad, "watch your blood pressure, dad!" after he was getting well het up about Mark Halsey and Utd players falling over everywhere. I though he was having a bit of a laugh, but he entire family didn't return to their seats after half time. I hope he's OK. It's not for the faint of heart, a Wembley final; my Liverpool-supporting bro-in-law was at Wembley the same day as the derby. I asked him how it had been, and he just said, "Awful!" And that after a cup win. But I reckon we can out-play a team that's showing classic signs of choking, and I know we can out-support them. Pack your beta-blockers and bring it on!
  15. I agree with every last word. Gary's Dad was playing the first time I ever went to Hillsborough, ever watched Wednesday; the day I got Wednesday for life, incurable. I can't begin to think how much Wednesday means and has meant to Gary, but to turn the air blue with Mandaric, a here-today-gone-tomorrow football speculator, gives me just an inkling. I'd like to think I'd have had balls as big. If I'm that bloody furious, I dread to think how he feels. I remember my first game, back in 1968: Sheffield Wednesday 2 - 2 Chelsea. I still have the programme with Don Megson's name in it. Magical. I'd also like to think Gary'll be back, long after Mandaric has gone, to finish the job. Never should have gone: between peace and so-called progress I choose peace. Megson's a Wednesdayite, and he talks a Wednesday language. But in the meantime Gary, no-one can sack you from being a Wednesdyite. One of us. Up The Owls.
  16. I've thought this all season. IT IS WRITTEN! Book your B&Bs now!
  17. It's not ipsative. All is relative. The future's bright!
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