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  1. I thought you were able to watch these games from outside the UK (and in the UK with a VPN) but no video link is appearing for me.
  2. Why aren't you all watching it on here?
  3. Nice to hear the late Peter Brackley on that. Proper commentator.
  4. If you subscribe to Sky Sports and you're on holiday somewhere in the EU, you could have watched it at no extra cost on a tablet or smartphone using the Sky Sports App. If you're not a Sky Sports subscriber or aren't on holiday in the EU (although there are still ways using a VPN) ignore this post.
  5. Yes. Matt Penney to FC St Pauli on a season long loan.
  6. I like The Guardian. The preview guides they do for the Euros and World Cups are always an excellent read but this is a huge pile of nonsense.
  7. You can see most of Steve Bruce’s scars, the broken nose, the gash above his eye, but it is the ones buried deep inside that make their way to the surface as he reflects ahead of his first Steel City derby as Sheffield Wednesday manager. This is Bruce raw and uncut – on the trauma of losing both his parents and his job as Aston Villa manager last year, and of being diagnosed with cancer. He talks of the “guilt” he feels about “not spending more time with my parents because I was consumed by my job”, how he still “reaches for his phone every day to call my dad... the grief that consumes me every time”. He speaks about his wife, Jan, and the “heroic” role she played in looking after his mother, following a severe stroke. But also how, without her, he would have walked away from football years ago. “When I heard the word ‘cancer’, I was in bits,” he admits. “I panicked, I think everyone does, it was very scary, horrible. Thankfully, the melanoma does not appear to have spread. They’ll continue to monitor me, I’ve got scars on my face, on my back. Good thing I was never worried about my good looks...” Bruce describes the past 12 months as “the worst year of my life”. But the meeting on Sunday night with Sheffield United, the club where he embarked on life as a manager 21 years ago, sparks other memories. “I began my managerial career in Sheffield and it might come to an end in this city too,” Bruce said, at his desk, where a laminated match file, emblazoned with the opponents’ club crest, takes pride of place. “If I’m here in four years, things will have gone well. That might be it. In four years, I’ll be 62. I played almost 1,000 games as a player and I’m approaching 1,000 as a manager. That’s pretty impressive. “Every time I took another job, my dad would ask, ‘Why are you putting yourself through it again, haven’t you got enough money?’ “I wish I’d spent more time with them, I think anyone who loses their parents will understand that, but I also know what he would have said. ‘You crack on Steve, get on with it, son’. “Geordies get up every day, they go to work, they put a shift in. That’s what my dad taught me, but I still have that guilt... I miss them both terribly.” Bruce, though, has a derby to prepare for. United are third in the table, pushing for automatic promotion, but Wednesday are unbeaten in six games since Bruce took control and could still make the play-offs. “I was player-manager at Sheffield United,” Bruce said. “I played my last ever game for them. It was terrible. We lost 4-1, I think to Sunderland. Fancy that, a Geordie, being forced to retire because of a defeat to Sunderland. “I got a bit of stick off Dean Saunders. I tried to have a go at them after the game and he said, ‘You weren’t any better’. “You can’t manage the team, give out a bollocking. I can remember them looking at me in the dressing room and I could tell they were thinking, ‘You were f---ing awful, Steve’. That was it in a nutshell. “I’ll be forever grateful to Sheffield United. It was my first manager’s job and it was a steep learning curve. I only lasted 12 months, it was a quick and brutal introduction. “I can remember, we were playing Bristol City and I could hear Dean Saunders whistling coming down the stairs carrying his bag. I said, ‘Dean, where are you going?’ “He said, ‘Has nobody told you? I signed for Benfica an hour ago. I’m on the 3.30 from Heathrow’. That was three hours before kick-off. What it taught me was, what I’d done as a player, it meant nothing. I was Steve Bruce, Manchester United captain, but nobody gave a s---.” Then, in 1999, came an offer from Huddersfield, an initially positive experience that eventually led Bruce down a dark path into depression. “I got the sack after 18 months. That was the moment where everything came crashing down. We sold our centre-forward, Marcus Stewart, with 12 games to go. We were second in the table. In Huddersfield, they still think it was me, but why would I sell my centre-forward? It was the owner – we didn’t even make the play-offs. “We’d had a positive 10 months, but it drifted away. We lost to Grimsby and I got the sack. It was then that everything hurt. Management back then was just a substitute for playing. I just wanted to stay in the game. I thought I had something to offer. But after Huddersfield, it hit me hard. I became a recluse; miserable, bitter. Thankfully, I was having a bit of work done on my house, so I put my boots on and I got stuck into labouring. It kept me sane. “I disappeared. I didn’t even watch much football. Jan, my wife, forced me out of the house on my 40th birthday to go to a game. When I got back, the kids were all dressed up, she was all dressed up. She’d organised a surprise party, but I didn’t want to go. I was that bad. That was the low point... “I’ve seen that happen to so many players. You’re institutionalised and you come to the end and it’s brutal. I’ve had a conversation with Alan Shearer about it. He had the same. Niall Quinn was another one. That six months after losing my job at Huddersfield, I was in a downward spiral. Jan was brilliant, a rock.” Had it not been for a surprise short-term offer from Wigan in 2001, Bruce admits he may not have returned and gone on to have success at Birmingham City, Wigan, Sunderland and Hull City. “Working for Dave Whelan at Wigan, he was so positive, so helpful,” Bruce said. “It ignited something over those seven games. I’m not ashamed to admit it, but I almost gave up. To have had the career I’ve had since, well, I’m proud of that for more reasons than I’ve admitted before. So, when I took my break after my operations, I knew I’d come back. I just didn’t think it would be this quickly. “I want to get Wednesday back into the Premier League. I’ve taken this job because I believe I can get them back there. It excites me. I like the owner. It felt right and I know exactly what my dad would have said if I told him that.”
  8. That makes way more sense. But I thought the regular pre-match press conferences were streamed in full. Isn't the first bit all for Radio Sheffield's interview, with Dom Howson and a few others then asking questions after?
  9. To be fair, I'm pretty sure there's more to come but why they couldn't keep the stream running for the radio and TV bits, I don't know.
  10. Can't believe I'd never seen it until yesterday. I've now watched it at least 50 times. That last line gets me every time. How and why did this happen?
  11. My fear is that he won't realise just how good Kieran Lee is and we'll have a situation like we have with Westwood. His logic for not playing him is that he goes on what he's seen in his time here and his assessment is that Dawson and Wildsmith are more than capable. Pelupessey is apparently undroppable and he's not going to leave Bannan out, so where does he fit in?
  12. Yeah. Link won't appear until just before kick off but I watched bits of several of the games last night on there.
  13. Not on Sky Go. But if you're a Sky subscriber, you can watch it on the Sky Sports app if you sign in with your Sky ID.
  14. So, to sum up, the ways to legally stream games this season are as follows... If you're a Sky subscriber at home: The red button gives a match choice for midweek fixtures, in addition to the one being televised on Sky Sports Football/Main Event. All matches are in HD if you have Sky Q. SD for the others if not. If you're a Sky subscriber away from home: Download and sign into the Sky Sports app to watch all midweek games on mobile or tablet. Unfortunately this can't be cast to a TV or Chromecast device. The Sky Go app will only give you the match being shown on Sky Sports Football. If you're not a Sky susbcriber and live overseas: You can stream the midweek (and weekend) matches that aren't being televised via iFollow for £5 a match, or £110 for the season. If you're not a Sky subscriber and are in the UK: You can stream the midweek matches that aren't being televised via iFollow for £10 a match Alternatively, you could always go to the match, like we used to do in the old days.
  15. Yep, you can only stream the games if you're a subscriber, (or, like me, you have the log in details for someone else's account!) Yeah, sadly no Chromecast support, as it's a Sky app. Stream quality looks good on the phone screen. Will try with tablet now...
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