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  1. It's very standard. Many 'keepers do the same. It's part of the match preparation to know the penalty takers and their preferred side - although a play-off with a potential penalty shoot out does mean more homework for the goalkeeping coaches.
  2. There is simply no place in football for this kind of behaviour. No place in the world for it. I hope this total jebend gets a very long custodial sentence, so that he can reflect on his stupidity. I also hope that Billy Sharp is okay. He got hit hard and I bet he feels like he's been in a car crash this morning. All he was doing was his job. Does that seriously warrant an unprovoked attack?
  3. Good find on the Star article. I'd actually not seen that, but knew about the deal with the bank many months before this article went to press. I couldn't think of the banks name - Macquarie - but I had "kangeroo" in my head, so I knew they were an Australian outfit. If my sources are correct, I think they are paying 5.3% interest, which as the Star article suggests, isn't obscene. However, it's their wage bill, and the unpaid balance on transfers that will hit them hard next season. If they don't get promotion next season (22/23) they could well be faced with having to reset their squad if they don't get any backing in. And that will mean big losses, but then that's hardly new in football these days. It guess this begs the question of what our own Chairman would have done in a similar situation. He spunked all his money trying to get in to the PL, so God only knows what stupid tricks he'd have pulled to stay there. Maybe in some respects, we've got off lightly, although it doesn't necessarily feel that way. In some ways, at least United know what they are dealing with, regarding their finances. They can plan ahead. What they should be more concerned about is what McCabe is up to, as that could get very messy for the business.
  4. Yes, but it's a guaranteed income that they've blown before they got it, whilst retaining the very same players, on very high wages, that they bought with it and, paying a high interest rate on the loan on top. Berge, Brewster and McBurnie would go for a fraction of what they cost although I personally don't rate any of them. It's crunch time for them.
  5. They are in a mess off the field. Hedged their parachute payments against a high-interest loan whilst still in the PL, and are facing a very big financial dilema. The moneyless Prince is also still in battle with McCabe, who owns land around the Stain. For spiteful reasons McCabe has applied for, and been granted, planning permission which could see access to their kop blocked, and mean a reduction in that stand of 4,000 due to safety concerns. In the grand scheme of things, the reduction will probably not make much difference, as the fans will simply sit elsewhere. Like many clubs, they need investment, but if the interested American party get wind of the problems with McCabe, it could easily put them off.
  6. A beautiful picture, full of wonderful memories for you. Absolutely priceless.
  7. From the OS "Supporters can purchase tickets for the 1:30pm kick-off online HERE, or pay on the day in S6. Tickets are priced £6 for adults and £3 concessions." I don't know if pay on the day means pay at the gate, or at the ticket office, but I don't think you will struggle to get tickets.
  8. I thought this was going to be about when Lady Astor asked him for a light for her cigarette LA "Have you got a light c0çk?" WC "Dunno, but it floats in the bath"
  9. I don't normally like slating our own fans, but you did foolishly stick your head way above a non-existant parapet when it came to inflatable bananas, so you probably deserve this one. The area of Rotherham where the New York stadium is situated has been known as New York for a very long time. I don't know how long, but I would guess at least 150 years. There is a huge association with this area of Rotherham and the city of New York, as Guest and Chrimes, a foundry that for around 150 years was based at the site of the New York stadium, actually made fire hydrants for New York city. I don't know if the name for this area, or the fire hydrants, came first, but naming the stadium New York is a well thought out thing, steaped in history.
  10. I stoppped reading at "universally disliked (at least locally)". I mean which is it? Does God, the entire universe and all forms of life as yet unfound hate us, or just sad Toytown fans, who want to be us?
  11. All I know is this. If we lose to Sunderland, I really want them to go up. A big historic club, with real fans who like us, deserve better.
  12. I showed this to my two-point-five year old son the other day. He loves owls as he has one on his alphabet chart in his bedroom, and we have two door stoppers: one's an owl, and the other is a pussycat. His reaction to watching this video? He raised his arms above his head and stood, in silence, whilst he watched it. I've no idea why, because I do not think he has seen me watch this video, nevermind raise my arms above my head whilst watching it. I'll be honest, I did have tears in my eyes. After the video I grabbed him, gave him a kiss and told him that you don't choose Wednesday; Wednesday chooses you. He knows. He already knows.
  13. I totally agree. It felt very much that way.
  14. Morning @Mackem1 What are you thoughts on the game last night? What are your thoughts on the return on Monday? Here's mine. I thought we got our tactics and starting 11 completely wrong. It was one of the worst performances I've seen as a team for quite some time. We we're disjointed, off the pace both with regards to coverage on the pitch and in our thinking both on and off the ball. Bannan was anonymous, Byers and Luongo not much better. We had almost zero wide threat, which is highly unusual for us, and I think that was down to our tactics and/or mindset. We created next to nothing, and I think that is more down to our own failings, than anything else. I'm not saying that because I am annoyed at the performance and don't want to concede any points to Alex Neill and your players, more the fact that I've seen us play on many occasions this season and we are more capable of beating ourselves, than any team beating us like that. From a positve perspective, we are only one down at "half-time". It could have been worse. We cannot repeat that kind of performance on Monday and if we play to the levels we are easily capable of doing, we can sweep any team in this league aside. It remains to be seen if we raise our game. I'm not sure what to make of your lot. Am I being overly critical in saying that if that's your best, then I'm surprised? I expected something different to be honest and I came away from the match thinking we can't get any worse, but can you play better? One thing I wasn't surprised about was your fans. Friendly before the game, and after. We couldn't get in to the Wheatsheaf as it was home fans only, so we ended up at the Colliery Tavern. We chatted all things football with a loads of Mackems, with plenty of handshakes and "good luck/safe journey home" from others. I honestly expected nothing less.
  15. I've fixed the table for you as there was a spelling mistake.
  16. So you're telling me we're going to embarrass you in two sports in your own back-yard? Mate, that's gonna hurt some peoples pride
  17. Yeah, we have plenty in our fan base too. Probably starting with me Cheers for the heads-up on the pubs. Mentioned it to my mates and it looks like we'll be getting the urine extracted by the comedian in the Wheatsheaf.
  18. You know what makes me laugh more than anything, that perpetual-WUM Callum Paterson messing up Byers hair. You can see the devil in his eye when he walks up to him. He must be a bloody nightmare at training
  19. The reality is the madness of this being the only industry in the world where company owners cannot invest their own capital in to their company, to help achieve growth and expansion, whilst attempting to compete against an unjust system of paying clubs failure payments when relegated from the cash cow that is the EPL.
  20. 75,000! It's crazy mate. I do often wonder what foreign football fans must think when they see our third tier stadia, and the size of our crowds? Like many have said, it's just a shame we couldn't meet at Wembley, as that would have been an incredible advertisement for League 1 football. It's just a shame that clubs like ours having fallen so far, but what a rush when we climb back up hey. I've not been to the Stadium of Light before (I was away in December and bloody glad I was!) so I'm really looking forward to coming up. Of course I'll be gutted if we don't get a decent result at your place, but I can't control that. But yeah, you're right - I'm expecting two epic games. Cheers for the info on the pubs. We're travelling up by car and we're always up for a good bit of banter, so maybe I'll suggest the Wheatscheaf to the lads. We like football, having a beer, talking football, having more beers and then mostly talking rounduns. I think we'll be okay
  21. Heyup @Mackem1 I'm going to sound like a stuck record but, it's too close to call and if you beat us, I hope you win at Wembley. I already thought that before I read the other posts on here. My understanding of the allocation (set by the EFL) is that it's 2000 or 10%, whichever is higher. I'm not sure either club is at fault, but I could be wrong. I only recently learned of the origins of the word Mackem, and never knew those north of the Tyne where once called Tackem. I'm sure you know this, but for those who don't it comes from the ship building industry of region, where the ships where built in around Sunderland (Make 'em) and sailed from the north side of the Tyne (Take 'em). Summat like that anyway. Got any suggestions for pubs for Friday?
  22. Funnily enough, this is exactly what MK Franchise have done. The Wycombe fans are split in to two section at the north end of the ground. 1261 in the north east corner and 767 in the north west. That's Paterson levels of sh!thousery from MK.
  23. We've got to beat Sunderland first so for me, it doesn't matter who we get. We have to beat who is in front of us. It's 11 vs 11, no matter what the kit colour of the opposition. They'll have strengths we need to be aware of, and weaknesses we can exploit. It about winning your personal battles yet achieving victory as a team. I do believe as a squad, we have the most experienced players of any team in this league. I'm not particularly scared of any team we play, just aware that we need to be on our game from the first minute, to the last.
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