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The FA WSL / Millwall v Arsenal 8/4/10
« on: April 08, 2010, 11:02:21 PM »
Currently 2-1 with Kim Little getting 2 goals and Millwall getting a great free kick in between.

Now Kim hat-trick.

FT 3-1


Courtesy Sylvain.

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Men's Football / Team loyalty etc
« on: March 24, 2010, 11:07:34 PM »
I've been reading today that Arshavin has criticised Arsenal for not having a strong enough squad to win the league.

I'm not happy when I read about players doing this sort of thing - it undermines the team just at the wrong time.
I heard on a radio phone-in a fan who goes to every home game criticising him for not putting enough into his game.
In fact, I went to the Emirates last Saturday with a bloke who has rarely been able to go, and he kept saying that Arshavin looked as if he was injured, as he wasn't making runs or going to help the defence.
These are things that you don't notice on tv, but, he's starting to look lazy - another Adebayor.

Maybe we should sell him to Man City  :D

But, we know that some players have more experience and ability than others within a club, which is why some are on higher pay than others etc.

How do you feel about players who say things that may undermine their own team?

This could well apply in the women's section too, but it's Arshavin that prompted it, so I thought I'd post it here.



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Men's Football / Funny referees
« on: March 14, 2010, 04:46:29 AM »
While I was driving down to the Emirates last Tuesday, I was listening to Talksport (I must learn how to change the radio station in the car lol) and they had a phone-in about strange refereeing decisions, mainly in games that listeners had played in - here are a few:

1. Decent goal disallowed near the end of a game when a team were losing 2-1 in a cup game.
Ref heard later to say "I'd have allowed it, but I had a table booked in a restaurant and couldn't make it if I allowed extra time.

2. Ref disallowed a goal for no reason. He said it was because there was no other forward between the striker and the defenders!

3. A player was regulary threatened by an opponent, said he was going to take him home in a bucket, so tried to get him to say what he did near the ref.
He managed to get him to do it, but the ref said "He's saying it to you, not me".


I can't think of any others atm, but, I bet you all know some  :D

And, not just lower leagues or just men's leagues  ;)


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Women's Football / Arsenal Ladies v FCR 2001 Duisburg.
« on: February 21, 2010, 12:19:14 AM »
This game will now be played at Bishop's Stortford, at 1pm, 14th March.

http://www.arsenal.com/news/ladies-news/women-s-champions-league-q/f-confirmed

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Off Topic / Patriotism, nationalism, racism, etc
« on: February 18, 2010, 05:08:16 AM »
I don't really know how to start this, as I generally like people of all nationalities and races (although there are some individuals I don't like - even from my own country).

But, can someone tell me the differences between these principles - if you can call them that?

In the last couple of days, I found some pretty disgusting examples - but some nice ones too :)

I went to my local GP today, and no-one seemed to be bothered that some people in the waiting room were obviously moslems (by their dress), and others were Polish (I just guessed this from the names that were flashed up along with a room number, and the way they spoke).

Yesterday, I went to see my prospective MP (Plaid Cymru), and his wife, who is half English, half Greek, was telling me that when they had been canvassing outside our area, where a lot of English people have retired to North Wales, they were told that the country would be better if it got rid of the Welsh people!

I just find that unbelieveable!

If a lot of Welsh people moved to England (and a lot have), can anyone one imagine the outcry if they said the country would be better if the English moved out?

I'd just mention here, that although I support Plaid Cymru - The Party of Wales, (to give it its full title), many members and voters are from other countries - we're not all little Taffs!

The current mayor of the next town to where I live is a PC member, and he has the grand Welsh name of Abdul Khan. He is highly respected and is a hard working councillor. (I think he's still mayor anyway - he was not so long ago).

I just wonder what people think  ???


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Non WSL UK Women’s Football / Leeds on the way out?
« on: January 26, 2010, 03:10:01 AM »
Leeds Carnegie have stunned the women's football world by turning their back on the chance to join the Football Association's new Super League.

With seven players in the current England squad, Leeds were seen as one of the leading contenders for one of the eight places in the league.

But they have withdrawn their bid, a move that has left players distraught and that could possibly lead to the eventual folding of the club.

Leeds Metropolitan University, who took over the running of the club following its split from Leeds United two years ago, have cited financial reasons.

"The University cannot commit to the substantial increase in budgets proposed under plans for Super League," read its statement.

Original estimates of annual running costs for Super League clubs were around £140,000, with the FA supplying up to half the funding.

 We have another 15 clubs interested and the process goes on

FA spokesman Johann Alexander
But clubs have since been told that player salaries will be an additional costing and it is now though that annual budgets could run nearer to £250,000.

Leeds' decision has come as a blow to the FA though they are not short of bids for founder membership of the new league, which is set to start next year.

FA spokesman Johann Alexander said: "It's disappointing that Leeds have withdrawn their bid, but we have another 15 clubs interested and the process goes on."

While the bidding process goes on, Leeds Carnegie may not survive as a club beyond the current Premier League campaign.

Leeds Met spokesperson Helen Goodwin said: "A decision will be made in due course about the support of the club."

The players will meanwhile stay loyal, hopes manager Rick Passmoor, though it's likely that in the summer several will leave for clubs that join the Super League.

The withdrawal of the Super League bid has hit player morale at a crucial time, with Leeds set to meet Everton in the Premier League Cup final on 11 February.

But Passmoor said: "I've told the girls I want them to stick together for the rest of the season, win the League Cup and go out with a bang."

By Tony Leighton, BBC.co.uk

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Wales Women's Football / FAW Women's challenge cup semi-finals.
« on: January 19, 2010, 04:09:08 AM »
The four teams in the semis are Cardiff City Ladies FC, Swansea City Ladies FC, UWIC Ladies FC and Llandudno Junction Ladies FC  ;D

The draw will be made on Monday 25th January.

Unless they've changed things since last year, the first out of the hat will have the home draw (not 2 legs or anything).

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Women's Football / Vic Akers
« on: December 31, 2009, 02:21:38 AM »
For those that care, Vik Akers has got an OBE

I don't care about these things, but he obviously does as he's accepted it.
So, well done Vic ;)


I noticed he still was showing his knees at game at Pompey today :o

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Announcements / Merry Christmas
« on: December 24, 2009, 06:57:42 PM »
I'd just like to wish everyone a merry Christmas, and especially David, who has done such a good job of keeping this a decent site  ;)

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Men's Football / Orig Williams
« on: November 28, 2009, 11:36:23 PM »
I'm sad to read that Orig Williams has died, aged 78.

He was not really known outside Wales, where he was a wrestler and wrestling promoter as well as being a larger than life personality on Welsh tv (S4C).

He was also a footballer in his younger days, and after playing for a few relatively minor teams ended up as player / manager of Nantlle Vale.

He had said that where he was brought up near Betws y Coed that Welsh was the only language spoken, and during WW2 evacuees from Liverpool were sent there, and they could only speak English.
So, Orig and his friends did the only thing they could do with them - fight them!

His fighting tradition not only continued into wrestling, but also into football.
Nantlle were known as a "hard" team - so hard that an opposing goallie once left the field after 26 minutes as it was too dangerous  :D
Orig was reputed to have been sent off more times in a season then any other player (not sure which league that applied to), and once was sent off after 4 minutes!
I never met him, but I did vaguely know a player from Nantlle, and the last time I saw him, many years ago, he'd just been sent off for the the 3rd time in consecutive games.

I bet Liz Lambert wouldn't have liked to have played in that league :)

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Wales Women's Football / Aberystwyth Town v Llandudno Junction
« on: November 27, 2009, 12:38:37 AM »
On 22nd Nov, Aber took the lead, but Junction scored 3 to reach the semi-finals of the FAW cup :)

Fantastic news!

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The FA WSL / New keeper
« on: November 21, 2009, 12:54:33 AM »
Nicola Hobbs has signed fron Donnie as a replacement fot Brownie who has had a knee operation.

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Men's Football / World Cup qualifiers
« on: November 17, 2009, 10:40:26 PM »
Ok - we've nearly got the full line up of 32 for the WC sorted, althouth there seems to have been a bit of jiggery-pokery regarding the knock-out stage in Europe - to the best of my knowledge the games between the 10 teams playing in the knock-outs had not previously been decided on a "seeded basis".

But - I've heard a bit, well a lot, ermm too much really from Adrian Durham on Talksport recently moaning about:
1. New Zealand qualifying as they basically have no chance (should have more from Europe on his opinion).
2. The possibilty (although unlikey) that Irish Republic could qualify ahead of France if they'd beaten them in the knock-out.

He wants the best teams to play. Any comments how the final 32 should be decided?

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The FA WSL / Everton v Chelsea
« on: November 15, 2009, 11:42:29 PM »
There's not been much on here about Everton lately, so I thought I'd add the report from BBC.co.uk from today's game (sorry, I wasn't there to give you some luck :()

Everton 3-5 Chelsea

Everton were handicapped from the kick-off as midfielder Emily Westwood had to take over in goal from the injured Rachel Brown.

Chelsea took full advantage, going two goals up through Dunia Susi and Lianne Sanderson in the first 17 minutes.

The Toffees wasted one golden opportunity as Natasha Dowie missed a penalty, but from a second spot-kick Fara Williams reduced the arrears in the 27th minute.

Goals by Eartha Pond and Shelby Hills in the last 10 minutes of the first half put the visitors within sight of a famous victory.

And though Williams pulled another goal back, Susi's second strike 16 minutes from time made Dowie's 88th-minute goal academic.



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The FA WSL / Arsenal v Sunderland
« on: November 15, 2009, 02:12:38 PM »
Team:

Byrne, Fahey, Grant, Flaherty, Yorston, Chapman, Ludlow, Little, Davison, Fleeting, Yankey.

Courtesy shlj.

HT 2-1. Fleets 2 and Gutteridge.

FT 5-1.  Kim 2 and Yanks.

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Women's Football / Fair Game revamp
« on: November 11, 2009, 08:48:43 PM »
Fair Game mag is changing to be more web orientated and reduce publication of magazines.

Their new home will be www.shekicks.net from December, replacing fgmag.com.

Subscribers will be getting (if they've not already had) a letter explaining and offering a free t-shirt to current subscribers.
It probably says about it on their current site, but I've not yet looked - have just read the letter (and applied for the t-shirt :)).




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Wales Women's Football / Llandudno Junction v Meifod (FAW Challenge cup)
« on: October 18, 2009, 07:59:25 PM »
Managed to get to a local game at last, along with Ron, and most enjoyable it was.

Junction ended up 8-1 winners. Slightly scrappy start, but after the ref gave a pen after 12 minutes, commenting something like "That was a handball. You didn't manage to get any advantage so I'm bringing it back for a penalty." Rather strange :o

Claire Colville converted the penalty, and went on to score a second, with Orla Flood and Kaye Owen each getting a brace also. Michaela Stevenson and player of the match (in opinion of both Ron and myself) Stacey Tradewell also getting on the scoresheet.
Angela Jones scored from a penalty for Meifod, after a disputed call for a pull on a shirt pull on a shirt, but it was already 6-0, so was really all over by then.

Junction played some good football at times, too good for the visitors who deserved a bit more for their efforts, but one or two breakaways were foiled by Junction's keeper.
And Junction are the team in the next round of the competition.

The atmosphere was very pleasant and friendly; small attendance of around 25-30, but have been at Everton and seen only around 60, so can't grumble. Ron will be posting some pics in the next day or two - not sure if he'll include the one where the ball flew directly into the lens of his camera from the direction he was facing, knocking off his lens hood! The player apologised (although it was clearly an accident) - it was that sort of thing that made it a pleasant day (the apology I mean - not Ron's accident!) :)

Just one little addition; on a weekend where even supposed top referees were being castigated for not knowing the rules (eg those involving beach balls), neither the ref nor any players seemed to notice when a player casually passed the ball back to the keeper, who immediately picked it up, which should, of course, have meant the attacking side being awarded an indirect free kick within the penalty area  :D





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UEFA Champions League / Arsenal v PAOK
« on: September 30, 2009, 07:10:28 PM »
First (away) leg today:

POAK 0 Arsenal 9 (Yanks 7, 75, Kim 11, 32, 34, 93, Helz 44, 68, Jayne 88).

Nice to see Little Kim banging them in - that's 8 in her 3 games this season, and Helz on 3.

(Goals courtesy shlj)

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The FA WSL / Watford v Arsenal League Cup
« on: September 13, 2009, 03:53:17 PM »
Watford opened the scoring with a dodgy penalty decision, then Kim got a hat-trick.

So 3-1 with just a few mins left.

Helz got late goal, so 4-1.

FT


Courtesy Leanne  and shlj :)

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Off Topic / Antiques Roadshow
« on: September 03, 2009, 09:27:33 PM »
From the Sunday Times:

A collector proudly presented an old glass bottle at the Antiques Roadshow only to discover it came from a supermarket.
The BBC1 show's presenter, Fiona Bruce, revealed that the man had bought the bottle for more than £1,000 but was told by the resident glass expert: "It's an empty olive oil bottle, Tesco, circa 2008."
Bruce continued "It would have made great television but was just too cruel."   :D

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