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England International Football / England Boss
« on: August 22, 2010, 02:45:37 AM »
Seem's to be a few snipers on here keen on seeing Hope Powell reign as England boss come to an end, lets NOT get into a slagging debate over Hope....just name your choice for NEW England Boss and why.... ;)

Players or Teams Wanted / New NW Team
« on: May 29, 2010, 01:54:42 AM »

A professional thinking amateur side with ambition, are holding trials for their newly formed Ladies Football Team based in Cheadle Heath Stockport.

Being held on the week-end of June 19-20th, please email your playing experience, age and previous clubs, for Janettes attention to ; 

Men's Football / The "SPECIAL ONE"
« on: May 23, 2010, 02:13:41 AM »
Jose Muriniho has shown europe why he is the "Special One!" after tonight's ChaMpions League Final !! Brilliant...well done...long wait 45yrs!!

Men's Football / Arsenal no GAS!!
« on: May 19, 2010, 01:39:06 AM »

Off Topic / England win 20/20 World Cup!!!
« on: May 16, 2010, 10:14:16 PM »
England won by a convincing 7wkts to beat Australia to the title of Cricket World Champions 2010 20/20....can their football countrymen mirror their success???  ::)

Men's Football / Best Title race for years !!
« on: April 25, 2010, 12:47:35 AM »
Is this not the best title race we've seen for years???
All the top 3 teams have been front runners and switched places more than once, never had any doubt United would win today against Spurs, if anything just because of their experience, we've been there before!!!

Cant see Stoke beating The Russians, it's gonna go down to the wire!! But would like to see Spurs finish 4th......The mercenaries are having a squeaky bum time ha ha  ;) ;D

Men's Football / Barca v Arsenal
« on: April 01, 2010, 01:31:42 AM »
Wow what a brilliant game!! :o
Superb football by Barca, great character and resilience from Arsenal. Hope Arsenal do it away, cos if we're lucky enough to get to the final and Barca play like that...I'll be crying in my Paella AGAIN!!! ;D :'(

But I wouldn't complain getting beat to that style of football, was like watching the Brazillians of old !! :)

Women's Football / Disgrace !!
« on: March 06, 2010, 04:25:42 AM »
Looks like Man Utd are up to their old tricks, confirmation has it that the U18's manager has left due to the club moving the goalpost and him having to take the fall for others incompetence, it would seem that the U18's were set up just as a "cosmetic side" for a pathway for their Centre of Excellence..9 to 16yr olds

Apparently the team was set-up without the "FULL" consent of major bigwigs and the "you know what" has hit the fan!!

And to cover himself from losing his job, as the U18's were bringing attention to the club albeit in a positive sense due to their successful start, the Foundation boss John Sheilds has refused to make a judgment call reference the U18’s manager, despite the support from ALL the players and parents wanting the U18’s manager to continue, the club are making it the excuse to let him go… in order to pull the U18’s back and slow down their progression.

2010 and the biggest club in the world STILL refuses to acknowledge the Womens game

Having known the U18’s manager for a number of years, his commitment to the development of the Womens game against the sexiest regime at United, could not be questioned, drive, passion and a fantastic technical coach, he was integral in starting the girls scheme back in 2002 and his U14 / 15 / 16’s sides won numerous trophies.
With outstanding knowledge of the beautiful game, good man-management skills drove this U18’s side to believe that one day, they could be a up there with the great sides like Arsenal, Everton, Doncaster etc  it is a disgrace the way they have treated him but if your not a “YES” at man..ure   WATCH OUT!! They’ll find a way to get rid of you….Especially if you support Womens football!!

The reason I’ve not named him is despite his outgoing personality he dislikes attention drawn to him!! His rhetoric was about the girls not about him, Vic Ackers was his inspiration for what he’d achieved at Arsenal and consistently wished that one day United would be able to play against them in the top flight…I will miss our chats after his games and monitoring his team’s progression, I hope it’s not too long till he’s back, the Womens game needs protagonist like him!! 

Men's Football / Tragedy
« on: March 03, 2010, 05:41:39 PM »
Macclesfield Town manager Keith Alexander dies
March 03, 2010

Macclesfield Town manager Keith Alexander has died at the age of 53.

Alexander, who recently took time off due to illness, passed away after arriving home on Tuesday night from Macclesfield's League Two match away at Notts County.

Alexander, a former St Lucia international, spent time out of the game in 2003 after suffering a brain aneurysm while manager at Lincoln, but returned after he was given the all clear by doctors.

Last month, he missed Macclesfield's game against Accrington after suffering from severe hiccups but returned for the next game.

He began to feel unwell as he drove to his home in Lincoln after the game in Notts County and was taken to Lincoln Hospital, where he later died.

It is understood he had suffered a brain haemorrhage.

Alexander, a father-of-two who was born in Nottingham, played for 20 clubs during his playing career, including Stockport County. He also won three international caps for St Lucia in 1990.

He turned to management when his career ended in 1995 and was manager at Lincoln and later director of football at Bury.

Andy Scott, vice chairman of Macclesfield Town, said: "We are all devastated, I was with him after the Notts County game and had a drink and I commented how he had a spring in his step.

"I know it can be said a lot but Keith was an absolute gentleman. He was courteous and friendly and giving and just a wonderful man.

"He had his critics but we really thought we had a manager who could lead us up the league  and be successful . He was always positive,  full of beans, he was generous and giving and was one of the kindest men I have ever known."

Alexander missed the Accrington game in Febuary 13, after being advised to by a doctor following an allergic reaction to tablets prescribed for hiccups.

"This was perhaps a warning," said Scott. " He was told by the doctor on the Friday to take it easy and he did for the next 48 hours but typical Keith was back behind his desk on Monday.

A statement from Macclesfield Town said: “It is our sad duty to report that Keith Alexander passed away today after arriving home from Macclesfield Town's game at Notts County last night.

“Keith was a splendid man. He will be sorely missed at the Moss Rose and by everyone involved in football.

“Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family at this very difficult time.”

Tributes were pouring in from the world of football today.

Macclesfield Town chairman Mike Rance said: "This has come as a great shock to us. We are still coming to terms with the news.

"Keith's death is a loss, not only to Macclesfield Town but to the game as a whole."

Macclesfield legend John Askey said: "I am just in shock. He was such a lovely man and everyone connected with the club will find the next few week's very difficult. The players won't know what to do with themselves.

"Keith was so well liked, he was a complete gentleman and everybody would say the same.

"Every football club he has been at, he has done a good job. Lincoln he led them to three successive play-offs but it all seems so insignificant when something like this happens. Football goes out the window and I feel for his family."

Macclesfield striker Matthew Tipton said: "I can't praise Keith enough. I have worked with a lot of managers in my career but I held him in the highest esteem.

"He was a great guy. All the lads are going to have to get together and have a talk as football is the last thing on our minds. What a great fella and what a loss to football."

Team-mate Ben Wright,said: "We've had a day off today and some of the lads were sat round and it just came up on the television.

"We all knew Keith hadn't been quite so well but he had looked fine in training and at the game last night. It's come as a massive shock and we can't really believe it. We're all in shock.

"It think whether we play or not on Saturday will be down to Keith's family. I spoke to the chairman briefly and he's going to talk to the players but I think what happens on Saturday be down to Keith's family."

Bury football club said in a statement: "Keith Alexander was one of the most genuine people you could work with, to know and to have the pleasure to meet.

"There are a lot of heavy hearts around Gigg Lane and as a club, we wish to pass our condolences to Keith's immediate family, his friends and all supporters, players and officials at Macclesfield Town."

Stockport County manager Gary Ablett, who took his coaching qualifications with Keith Alexander, said: "He was a lovely man. He was a very humble and warm person. He was just a really nice man and it's an absolute tragedy.

"His record at Lincoln City was outstanding and he was doing a very good job at Macclesfield."

Men's Football / Who'd have thought??? !!!!
« on: February 22, 2010, 07:30:46 PM »
United and Liverpool to join forces in US protest

Source; Manchester Evening News
Exclusive by Mike Keegan

February 22, 2010

Manchester United and Liverpool fans plan to stun the football world by launching an 'unholy alliance' at Old Trafford next month.

In a move that until recently would have been unthinkable, United supporters and their Anfield rivals are set to put aside years of bitter hostility to launch a joint protest against their respective American owners.

M.E.N. Sport can reveal that talks between key fan groups from each side of the great divide have already taken place.

Plans to stage a joint show of strength at the March 21 game have been discussed but are still being finalised.

Any joint demonstration is expected take place in the ground with protest marches ruled out amid fears fans, unable to ignore the two club's historic differences, would clash.

Supporters of both clubs may be encouraged to join in chants and display banners sympathising with each's cause.

One source described the plans as "ground breaking."

He said: "There have been talks and certain groups from both sides are up for it.

"It just shows what state football in this country is in when two of its biggest rivals are talking about joining together."

How the proposals will be greeted by the majority of fans from both ends of the East Lancs Road is yet to be seen.

United's Green and Gold protest against the Glazer family has won grudging support among Liverpool followers upset with their own US owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.

Whether or not the majority of both sets of supporters could stomach a coalition - even if it is only for one game - is unclear.

The source added: "It's a massively sensitive issue and whether it will happen at this match, I don't know."

What do you think of the plan? Have your say.

Off Topic / Great Films
« on: February 09, 2010, 04:00:43 PM »
Planet of the Apes original series!!

Men's Football / John Terry
« on: February 06, 2010, 08:49:08 PM »
Ok, looks like we were all waiting to hear what decision was gonna be made reference JT....So??...What's your opinion??

I say, that what he does in his private life, he does  ;), I want to read about his footballing exploits NOT his sexual ones....

if he can't wear the captains band, why is he still wearing the shirt? ???

Off Topic / Things that make you go OOOOH!!
« on: February 04, 2010, 02:52:46 PM »
OOOOH! in any context of the exclamation, sharp intake of breath  :o or raised eyebrow  :-\
ANYTHING you want !! ;) ;D

Women's Football / Hope Powell
« on: February 03, 2010, 03:41:59 AM »
Just had the pleasure of watching Hope Powell put on a masterclass consisting of a Practical and Q/A session at The Manchester FA HQ. Open to all coaches from grass-roots, Centre of Excellences and other levels. Equally professionally assisted by Rachel Pavlou The National Womens Football Development officer, who highlighted the FA's plans and strategies and the Superleague, also attended by the England Womens Goalkeeping coach.

Hope was very knowledgeable, down to earth, approachable to all the coaches and complimentary to the girls who put on the practical session, a day their'll never forget I'm sure.

I think she has to be applauded for taking time out to visit and putting on a great evening, listening to some of the comments of those who were present, people couldn't believe someone of her status, would take time out to share her knowledge and how encouraging she was and that they'd attend another session should she return.
She's certainly not lost her roots.
Well done Hope, Manchester applaudes you, keep up the good work !!

Men's Football / United v Gooners!!
« on: February 01, 2010, 01:22:20 AM »
By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer at the Emirates 

Manchester United outclassed Arsenal at the Emirates to maintain the pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea - and brutally expose Arsene Wenger's title ambitions.

Sir Alex Ferguson's champions unleashed a devastating display of sweeping, counter-attacking football inspired by the brilliance of Wayne Rooney and Nani.

Wenger had outlined the importance of the meeting with United in the context of the battle to win the Premier League, and by the final whistle saw his hopes placed in painful perspective by a masterful United.

United now stand only one point behind Chelsea having played a game more, but the manner of this victory will send out the message that no-one will find it easy to wrest the title away from Ferguson's side.

Nani, so long a figure of frustration at Old Trafford, has rarely performed with more threat and finesse than he did in the first 45 minutes here as he ran Gael Clichy ragged and ensured United had established a two-goal lead by the interval.

He baffled Arsenal with a stunning piece of trickery that forced uncertain Arsenal keeper Manuel Almunia to turn his cross into his own net after 33 minutes and then set up Rooney's 100th Premier League goal four minutes later.

Best performance of the season - Rooney
United caught Arsenal cold as they turned defence into attack, Rooney sprinting from just outside his own area to take a return pass from Park and finish in style.

Ji-Sung Park graphically illustrated the gulf between Arsenal and United just after half-time when he took advantage of a path lack of resistance to run unchallenged from inside his own half to beat Almunia.

Thomas Vermaelen's deflected shot late on set up an Arsenal rally of sorts, but the scoreline barely reflects United's superiority as they gave the Gunners a painful lesson in ruthless, cutting edge football.

United boss Ferguson opted for Nani ahead of £15m summer signing Antonio Valencia - and the success of the decision was probably beyond all his expectations as the Portuguese winger tortured Arsenal.

Andrey Arshavin offered early optimism for Arsenal's fans with a couple of trademark twisting runs and shots off target - but they turned out to be a false dawn as United soon moved into a different class to Arsenal.

The belief is there - Phelan
William Gallas needed to make timely interventions as United's crisp passing threatened to carve United open, with Nani the primary source of danger as he proved simply too fast and too clever for Clichy.

And when Nani helped fashion United's opener after 33 minutes, it was the signal for a blistering passage of play that saw Arsenal's hopes of getting anything from such a crucial game disintegrate.

Nani tricked his way past Cesc Fabregas into the area with sleight of foot worthy of his celebrated former United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, although Almunia should have done a lot better than palm the ball in with a feeble attempt at clearance.

United topped that for quality four minutes later with a goal that, for Arsenal, bore the grim hallmarks of Ronaldo's third goal in the Champions League semi-final second leg at The Emirates last season.

Rooney, not far from the edge of his own penalty area, released the rampaging Nani down the right-flank, and arrived at the other end of the pitch on cue to drill a low finish past Almunia and send Ferguson out of his technical area and along the touchline in sheer delight.

Arsenal were not in the game - Wenger
Nani should have made it three when Rooney found him unmarked at the far post, but his goalbound shot took a crucial touch of Vermaelen that went undetected by referee Chris Foy and flew wide.

If Arsenal had any hope of mounting a fightback they were emphatically snuffed out seven minutes after the interval in a manner that would have been as embarrassing for Wenger as it was satisfying for Ferguson.

Park ran from just inside his own half, free from any Arsenal challenge, and accepted what was almost an open invitation to slip the simplest of finishes past the exposed Almunia.

Vermaelen gave the discontented Arsenal fans a moment of cheer after 80 minutes when his shot was deflected out of the reach of Edwin van der Sar by Jonny Evans - and there were even further opportunities to set up the unlikely prospect of a thrilling finale.

Gallas headed wide of an open goal and Vermaelen saw a shot blocked by Patrice Evra, but Rooney displayed a rare moment of fallibility by wasting the opportunity to give the score a more realistic appearance, shooting wide in stoppage time.

Men's Football / Some fans do the daftest things!!!
« on: January 30, 2010, 02:38:45 AM »
Robinho leaves tattooed City fan blue
Pete Bainbridge, Manchester Evening News.

January 29, 2010

DIE-HARD City fan Chris Atkinson is feeling more blue than most City fans at the departure of Robinho - he’s got the Brazilian’s name tattooed on his chest.

The barman and part-time actor already has an artistic tribute to another Brazilian ace, Kaka, who didn't even pull on the famous sky blue shirt.

Chris got that one done when Kaka was rumoured to be signing for City – only for him to go to Real Madrid instead.

Chris, 26, said: “After I got Kaka done, my mate bet me I wouldn't get Robinho done, but I ended up getting that as well.

“Now Robinho's moved on as well as Kaka. I'm gutted.”

Chris was pilloried by his friends after the getting the Kaka tattoo done as soon as he heard the mega-buck Blues had lodged a £100m bid.

He admitted he had got ‘carried away' at the thought of his club signing the former world player of the year.

But that didn't stop Chris, from Broadheath, Altrincham, paying £60 for a Robinho tattoo when he signed for a British record £32.5million in September 2008.

Now the winger is set to fly the City nest after agreeing a loan deal with Brazilian club Santos.

But Chris – who has a total of 18 tattoos, including the City badge and England's three lions on his leg – has no plans to get the Brazilian body-art removed.

Instead, he's come up with a quite different solution.

“I'm just going to wait until I'm older and have two kids and I'll call them Kaka and Robinho,” he said.

Men's Football / The Bitter BILLY HUNT's miss out on a Final place!!
« on: January 28, 2010, 03:50:44 AM »
True legends Giggs and Scholes turn back the years and demolish the Mercenaries, the bitter Billy Hunts!!!
Despite the tick-tock of their advancing football years, both were instrumental in showing the "work in progress from Swinelands" just what it takes when it comes to BIG games!!!

The movement and passing was superb despite SAF adopting a 4-5-1 system, which baffled the pundits and fans surrounding me as everyone was expecting united's 4-4-2 attack option. United should've been arrested for the amount of possesion they had in the first half....but possesion is irrelevant if you dont have an end product, which was gladly forthcoming in the second half with Giggs and Scholes leading from the front with their superb experience, brilliant range of passing and interlinking play it was only a matter of time before the mercenaries got dissected not only by the footy on the pitch but the banter and singing off it too!!

The atmosphere was fantastic akin to a european night and we didn't hear the bitters sing until City's Richards nearly scored a goal and that was the usual pathetic reference to the Munich disaster.... there was more noise coming out of Bellamys reminstrations but by then it was too late, Rooneys 30yard pass, Giggsy superb first touch and Scholes to score unlatched the door for United to enter and open the game up, Carrick added another with Tevez as usual tireless rewarded by scoring AGAIN against his old teammates, until the Stretford end, trying to suck the ball in the net as the clock ticked away was rewarded with ROONEY's thunderous header from Giggs's cross to end the tie 3-1 and the cry of "It'll all end in tears" and "A billion in the bank but your teams still *ank!" rang around the Theatre of Dreams......Tevez, Bellamy, Given and Bayata the Mercenaries best players the others... ??? :'(

Lets hope the richest club in the world do better in the FA Cup ;)...NOT!!

Men's Football / Tevez n Neville
« on: January 22, 2010, 09:15:49 PM »
Jusr watched the replay on TV of the City v United game and there's a close up section of Giggsy n Tevez in deep conversation whilst a player gets treatment...the two players are chatting intensively then break into laughter...I wondered, did Giggsy tell Tevez he'd spelt "Botty Licker" wrong?!?!  ;D ;D


Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has reignited his feud with former Manchester United team-mate Gary Neville, describing him as a "boot-licker" and an "idiot" on Argentinian radio.

Tevez and Neville exchanged gestures during the clubs' Carling Cup semi-final clash at Eastlands on Tuesday night after Neville claimed in an interview at the weekend that United boss Sir Alex Ferguson had done the right thing in letting Tevez leave in the summer.

The Argentina forward told ESPN Radio: "In all the press here, Gary Neville came out and stood by Ferguson's comments, saying that I wasn't worth £25million.

"I thought he was in the wrong because we were team-mates and I never disrespected him, I always respected him.

"I feel he was a boot-licker when he stood by Ferguson's comments that I wasn't worth that money.

"From a former team-mate it hurts, from a coach it doesn't surprise me."

After Tevez converted his penalty, he ran to celebrate with the City fans, in front of whom Neville was warming up.

Tevez gestured to Neville to keep his mouth shut. Neville immediately retorted with a one-fingered gesture in Tevez's direction.

Tevez explained: "I would never do that gesture towards the fans, I would never show a lack of respect towards people. It was directed at Gary Neville.

"Just as I was running off to celebrate the penalty I had scored, I came across Gary and I said to myself, 'shut your trap, keep quiet'.

"I didn't go overboard in my celebration and it was directed at Gary, not at Ferguson and not at the fans. I didn't even look at Ferguson.

"You have to do your talking on the pitch. I know that Ferguson loves me, that's why he always talks about me."

Tevez was upset when he first heard of Neville's newspaper comments.

"I was the first to sit down to have lunch in the team hotel and all the papers were laid out," he said.

"I looked at them as, although I couldn't read them, there were (photos) of Gary Neville and they were talking about me.

"Then I asked my team-mates what it said.

"I thought to myself, 'what's this idiot talking about me for when I never said anything about him, when there was never any [problems] with us?'

"It was a lack of respect for a (former) team-mate, aside from the fact that we had won a lot of things together."

Tevez went on to say he may not stay in England for much longer.

"Things are going well for me; the goals are coming. I'm in good shape, I have avoided ­injuries," he said.

"As a kid I would never have imagined I would live in ­England for four years. I am very happy and contented that my daughter is growing up in a country as developed as this one.

"But the truth is that it's very, very hard for me to live here, so far away from my loved ones.

"I'm not exactly an example of how to learn English; I just can't get it into my head. I'm learning hardly ­anything, truth be told. I don't go out much, I spend most of my time at home.

"My daughter just brought me a Boca Juniors shirt and she wants me to join Boca. I am a Boca fan and I know I'll go back one day but I don't know when."

The two teams face off again in the second leg at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Off Topic / Chat Room
« on: January 15, 2010, 03:29:27 AM »
Some good banter on here as well as serious stuff, I know it's difficult but couldn't we arrange a regular time once a week, where we can all meet for a chat??? People wont be able to make it every week but at least your'll know somebody's gonna be online, when you do??

What say you???

Men's Football / Liverpool director in shock quit!!!
« on: January 11, 2010, 04:57:02 PM »
Posted 11/01/10

Barclays Prem 2009/10 Win Outright: Liverpool 50/1
Liverpool director Tom Hicks Jr has resigned from his position with the club and their parent company Kop Holdings in the wake of his foul-mouthed e-mail rant at a fan.

The American, son of co-owner Tom Hicks, became embroiled in controversy on Sunday when it emerged he had responded abusively when one supporter contacted him directly about the state of the club and their finances.

Having initially called the fan an "idiot", Hicks Jr reportedly then sent a second e-mail saying: "Blow me f*** face. Go to Hell. I'm sick of you."

Hicks Jr subsequently apologised but he has now quit the club.

The Spirit of Shankly fans' group, who are committed to the removal of American co-owners Hicks Sr and George Gillett, had called for Hicks Jr to resign.

However, with his father as co-owner it appeared there would be little pressure from the top to do so.

Hicks Jr was seen as a key player on Anfield's finely-balanced board - comprised of Hicks and his father, Gillett and his son Foster and managing director Christian Purslow.

However, at the same time Liverpool announced his departure they revealed a re-structuring of the boardroom of both the club and Kop Holdings.

Casey Coffman, executive vice-president of Hicks Holdings, replaces Hicks Jr while Liverpool's chief financial officer Philip Nash and the club's commercial director Ian Ayre are have also both been elected to both companies.

Purslow, Nash and Ayre have played increasingly important roles in the last few months as they work towards putting the club on a healthier financial footing.

That has already led to the signing of a new shirt sponsorship deal with Standard Chartered Bank worth around £80million.

One of Purslow's priorities since taking over from Rick Parry in June last year has been to find new investment in the club as they seek to get the funding in place to build a new stadium.

Hicks Jr had no real input into decision-making at the club on a daily basis and so his departure will not affect on-going plans.

Source; F365

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