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  1. 56 points
    I don't know yet but I'm made up: just discharged from hospital after 3 months of chemo and feeling a bit sickly; but relieved another cycle of treatment wasn't booked in, as it could have run up to the game. Three weeks now to get fighting fit to get to a pub and be able to enjoy it. Allez Allez Allez!
  2. 31 points
    Delighted for you. I was diagnosed in November with a tumour in my tongue. Had surgery to take the bastard out within 18 days. Started radiotherapy and chemotherapy in March. The fucking pain in my mouth has been horrific. On morphine for last 6 months but trying to wean off now as the pain decreases but that is causing me to be so fucked tired. More than half my tongue is from a skin graft of my thigh - 29 stitches and is still a fair bit swollen resulting in it chafing against my teeth while asleep. Its improving all the time but it is fucking slow. Meeting my surgeon on 31st May. I'm hoping he gives me good news and I can have a double celebration on the 1st June. By the way, the season Liverpool have had has made a sick, tired and sore man very happy this past 6 months and I can't believe fans of any other club can laugh at us at the moment. We are the lucky ones. That being said, I'd be gutted if we don't win in Madrid.
  3. 30 points
    Text my mate, who’s a massive blue and a season ticket holder, to tell him our local is charging just £2.50 a pint for all draught beers tonight, so he’s on his way over for a night on the ale. Didn’t mention that they’re showing the Istanbul CL final from 2005 in it’s entirety. He’s gonna go ape shit when he finds out.
  4. 22 points
    Just done me and the mrs a cooked breakfast for tea, been on the allotment all day and was starving. Mrs asked why I was taking a photo, told her it was so I could be abused by strange men off the internet. No conker & car keys though and mug of tea and HP sauce already on the table. Here you go...
  5. 17 points
    Lot’s of baldy shouts on here, I think I speak for other folically challenged posters here, why the baldy? Is it the only thing you can call the little prick? When is attacking a person for being bald going to be a hate crime? #metoupe
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  7. 15 points
    It's going to be a Sunday 7am kick off for me here in Aotearoa. I'll be watching it on the Sky Fan Pass App on my iPhone. I don't have Sky Sport, as I can't afford it, so I went all out on a $15 monthly subscription to Fan Pass for one device. I may be able to get to my Mum, but the iPhone is too small for her to see. She's 92 and partially blind. We've both been lucky enough in our lives to have been at Anfield for big games, and like me, she's just about a life long supporter. We'll be together, but I doubt she'll see much. However, the sense of the occasion won't be lost on her. She's up with the play and her memories of Shanks, Thompson, Hunt, St John, Smith, Lawrence etc are as vivid now as they were standing on the Anfield Road End through the sixties. Christ Almighty I'm crying right now, as I type this. Come on you Men in Red. Let's show the world who the greatest team was, is, and always will be.
  8. 14 points
    I've been thinking about our younger players currently out loan, and what perhaps awaits them in the summer. Marko Grujic Been a good season for Marko over in Berlin, minus a couple of spells on the sideline with injury. I expect him to return and play a part in pre-season before a decision is made on his future. A return to the Bundesliga would appear the likeliest option. The question is, will it be a loan move or a permanent one? Harry Wilson Harry's had a terrific season at Derby. Currently their top goalscorer this season with 18 in 48 all told, and still 1 game to go. Again, I can see him returning to play a part in pre-season before a decision is made on his future too. I'd hope that we look to loan him out to a Premier League side and see how he copes before making our final decision on the lad. He's a talent and needs to play regularly, so it makes no sense to me to keep him here in a backup role with us next season, however, I'd be loathed to sell him without seeing how he'd fare in the top division. Ryan Kent Another wide player who has had a fantastic season. Winner of the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year, Ryan has stepped up at a big club this season, following a couple of disappointing loans the previous season. I've always liked Ryan, and still rate him as a better player than Harry when he's on his game, but until now, that's the one thing Ryan lacked, consistency. Already talk of another season long loan at Rangers next season, but I suspect that this would only be delaying a permanent move for Ryan. If there's an offer of around £15 million, then I reckon we'll accept and Ryan will move on. Taiwo Awoniyi A mixed season for Taiwo. His first loan spell this season started off well enough, but after that initial period, the lad was dropped down the pecking order at Gent. He then returned to Mouscron for the second half of the season and picked up where he left off during his previous spell at Mouscron the season before. Not likely to be granted a work permit, so a permanent move awaits the young Nigerian in the summer. The reported £10 million fee is probably a little more than I would have anticipated us receiving, so it's sensible for us to move him on while his value is inflated a touch. Herbie Kane He's had a cracking season at Doncaster, so it's a pity that they'll not be promoted this season, as letting Herbie stay at a place where he is already comfortable would be ideal. However, as they won't be going up, I'd be looking to loan Herbie to a side in the Championship, a side like Preston perhaps, or Charlton if they go up, or even a return to Bristol City. I'm a big fan of Herbie and do think he can become a first teamer for us in the future. Sheyi Ojo Sheyi is a strange one for me. All the physical attributes to be a really good player, yet he can't get it in his head to put everything together. Another youngster that will unfortunately never fulfil his potential. For me, it was a strange decision to move to Reims on loan, and the move hasn't really gone as I expect Sheyi and the club would have hoped. In and out of the Reims side all season, picking up a number of niggling injuries along the way. I suspect we may see Sheyi depart on a permanent deal in the summer, likely to a mid table side in the Championship. Ovie Ejaria Ovie has gained invaluable experience during his loan spells at Rangers and Reading this season past. It was a real pity the way we he left Rangers, their fans really should be ashamed of the way some of them treated Ovie toward the end of the loan. Uncalled for. Another lad with a bundle of potential, but another who won't make the step up with us. I reckon a permanent move to a Championship side awaits. Pedro Chirivella Pedro's time at the club will come to an end this summer. I expected him to leave last summer, but the proposed move to FC Copenhagen fell through. His loan move to Extremadura in the January window has been nothing short of farcical, as the lad hasn't been able to play competitive football due to the English FA not providing necessary documentation to the Spanish FA until the morning after the transfer window closed. I expect Pedro to return to Spain on a permanent deal this summer. Kamil Grabara A talented young goalkeeper with massive self belief in his ability. I like Kamil and think he can become a very good goalkeeper in the future. I'd be looking to send him out on loan again in the summer. Allan Another who is not likely to ever receive a work permit to allow him to play for us, or another side in the UK. Currently on loan back in his native Brazil, where the Serie A season has not long started. I'd extend his loan until the end of the calendar year if no one comes in with a permanent offer during the summer. I reckon we'd get a fee of up to £5 million for the lad. Liam Millar Liam moved to Kilmarnock for the second half of the season and has had some first team exposure, though not as much as both parties might have anticipated. Another loan move beckons in the summer. Anderson Arroyo Been on loan all season with Gent over in Belgium but hasn't got near their first team. The loan move was inevitably work permit related, and I expect a similar loan move again this summer. Hopefully the lad will get some first team experience this time round.
  9. 14 points
    Ken Early: City’s domination has been bought – and they’re paying the price It’s time to accept that oil-funded success and mass popularity will never go well together Pep Guardiola at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. Pep looked less like a happy football coach watching his side make history and more like an anguished scientist whose prototype civil defence robot has just run amok at a trade show. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA Ken Early about 3 hours ago The strangest moment of Saturday’s FA Cup final came in the seconds after Manchester City’s sixth goal, when the camera cut from the mob of celebrating City players to Pep Guardiola, who was slumped on the bench with his head in his hands. Pep looked less like a happy football coach watching his side make history and more like an anguished scientist whose prototype civil defence robot has just run amok at a trade show, slaughtering several bystanders. It looked as though he understood that the very scale of the victory had begun to devalue it, that City were now in the territory of negative marginal returns, that the reaction to this turkey shoot would go beyond appreciation and congratulation, towards accusation and perhaps even condemnation. And so it proved. The Cup-winning manager’s post-match press conference is usually laudatory, but Pep’s ended with a journalist asking whether he, like his predecessor Roberto Mancini, had ever received any extra payments from City’s ownership group on top of his regular salary. Angry Guardiola looked about as angry as anyone has seen him since he arrived in England. “Do you know the question you’re asking me?” he hissed. “If I ever received money for another situation, right now, today? Honestly, do you think I deserve to have this type of question happen – what happened with Roberto I don’t know, the day we won the treble – if I received money from other situations? Oh my God. Are you accusing me of receiving money?” You could say he did not dignify the question with a denial. This was not supposed to be happening. For Pep, the whole point of moving to City was to prove that he could succeed at a club that seemed to lack the advantages of the established giants. “For a man who has spent his life in clubs steeped in history, Manchester City might indeed seem an unusual choice,” writes Martí Perarnau in The Evolution, his fly-on-the-wall account of Pep’s latter period at Bayern. “Perhaps the question answers itself . . . [Pep] feels attracted by a club less bound by tradition and custom . . . he knew that he would be able to work without feeling that he was shattering long-established customs and practices.” Club legends At Barcelona, he was carrying on a tradition of excellence inherited from Johan Cruyff; at Bayern he had to contend with club legends peering over his shoulder, commenting and criticising. At City, the history was waiting to be made and the only club legend he’d have to contend with was Noel Gallagher. “City was a blank canvas and he would be free to create as he saw fit . . . By creating a new brand of City football and the language that goes with it, he could begin to build his own unique legacy.” It must therefore be frustrating to see that this new “legacy” has not won universal acclaim. Related Ken Early: Guardiola’s joy will be tempered by Champions League regret Ken Early: Klopp must find way of improving his finished product Ken Early: Football’s new age neutralises philosophies of the past Lately Pep has taken to complaining that the media in England are biased against City in favour of the traditional big clubs, Liverpool and Manchester United. When he noted in his pre-Cup final press conference that the Daily Mail website’s top story last Monday had been about Paul Pogba rowing with Manchester United fans rather than City winning the league, he was making, in more polite terms, the exact same point that an angry Man City fan shouted into the Wembley press box on Saturday: “We’ve done the domestic f**king treble, no one’s ever done it before, but you’ll all have Mo Salah on the back of the f**king papers tomorrow!” On one level it’s obvious why media outlets might cover Manchester United and Liverpool more than City: these clubs have much larger fanbases and far more people are interested in what they’re doing. But it also needs to be acknowledged that, unlike the confrontation between Pogba and that enraged United fan, City’s story lacks the essential elements of drama. Whether they like it or not, most people see their treble as more transaction than triumph. At Wembley, City brought on three substitutes – Kevin de Bruyne, Leroy Sané and John Stones – each of whom would have been the best player in Watford’s team. There’s no magic or mystery about why their squad is so strong. They have a net transfer spend of more than £1.2 billion over the 11 seasons since the 2008 takeover. That’s almost 50 per cent more than their closest rival over that period – the Qatar-funded PSG – and half a billion pounds more than the team in third place, Manchester United. Closest comparison Football has not seen anything like this before. The closest comparison is with Chelsea after the 2003 Abramovich takeover, but their spending was nowhere near as sustained or comprehensive. Yes, in the 11 seasons from 2003-4 to 2014-15 Chelsea were football’s biggest spenders, but their net outlay of £751 million was only 10 per cent more than City’s in the same period, even though City spent very little between 2003 and 2007. Chelsea’s net spend in those 11 seasons was 64 per cent of the total combined net outlay of Real Madrid and Barcelona, whereas City’s since 2008 is more than Real Madrid’s and Barcelona’s put together. Guardiola might see the apparent obsession with City’s spending as yet more evidence of the pervasive bias against his club. After all, Manchester United under Alex Ferguson enjoyed a near-hegemonic position in English football, yet their financial power was not held against them as City’s has been. The crucial difference was this: everyone knew that United’s power and success had grown out of years of intelligent decisions. They had the best manager. They were the first club to understand the commercial potential of their brand. They invested in expanding Old Trafford at a time when that was the best economic move a club could make. They turned youth team players into sporting and commercial stars. Even those who resented United’s domination understood that it had been earned. Alleged rule breaches City’s domination has been bought, and that would feel unfair even if they were not currently being investigated for alleged rule breaches by Fifa, Uefa, the Premier League and the FA. On social media their fans often respond to criticism with variations on the theme “We won the lottery, you’re just bitter”. But bitterness is a natural reaction in the circumstances. To neutrals, City’s success is not an inspirational sports story. It’s just another depressing example of the Matthew principle we see at work in almost every economic arena, with the rich leveraging their wealth and power to get richer, and the rest left further and further behind. Free markets might sound good in economic models, but in real life they always seem to end up getting cornered, and City have had this one where they want it for a few years now. City victories are now the default outcome in this rigged game and there is not much left to say about them, so it’s not really surprising that the focus has increasingly turned to issues surrounding their funding and ownership. It’s enough to make you question the whole concept of sportswashing. Abu Dhabi might have got involved with City as a way to project and improve its global standing, but is that how things have played out? If you had polled football fans in 2007 about what they associated with Abu Dhabi, you’d probably have received a lot of blank looks. Now they’ll mention Yemen, slaves, the abuse of human rights and so on. Was it really worth it? City do at least have an army of sky-blue advocates fighting their cause on social media. When the New York Times reported last week that Uefa’s investigatory chamber was set to recommend a one-year Champions League ban for City, the response from many fans was to lash out: Uefa were corrupt, Financial Fair Play was an establishment stitch-up, the NYT journalists were Liverpool fans, and this disgraceful hit-piece on City had only been published because the NYT owned shares in Liverpool (the NYT did at one point own shares in Liverpool’s ownership group, but sold them in 2012). Clearly, many fans would rather latch on to any conspiracy theory than wait to see if the stories had substance. You shudder to imagine what might happen if Saudi Arabia ever does buy Manchester United, and that enormous worldwide fanbase becomes weaponised along similar lines. It’s been the most successful week in City’s history, and the pity is that their manager, fans and PR department have seldom sounded more angry. It’s time to accept that oil-funded success and mass popularity are never going to go together. It’s as though City are perched on the back of a dragon, peering down at a sullen populace, wondering incredulously why they are not loved. Shouldn’t it be obvious?
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  12. 13 points
    It's my dads on Thursday. It's a catholic service but not a full mass. Dreading it but I know he'll get a good turnout. It's my birthday tomorrow fair to say I've had better ones
  13. 13 points
    Long time lurker as i am a major introvert but inspired to post on the back of this and several Punk IPA's. Hair standing up on the back of my neck. Wow!
  14. 13 points
    Yes, he also changed name and nationality.
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    Got it finished. Had an absolute blast making this with her.
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  19. 11 points
    About five or six years ago, I went for a shit at about 9am, promptly deposited a sizeable log into the pan, then sat there, reading a book, browsing the internet and watching a film on my tablet, until about 7 or 8pm, before wiping my arse.
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  21. 11 points
    Their place in the firmament is established by the fact that European competitions started in 1955 and in the subsequent 64 years Everton have never actually played Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus, Ajax or PSG never mind beaten any of them. Their top European scorer is Fred Pickering with 6.
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  23. 11 points
    Fuck me that was funny. I've developed a belting poker face over the last few years and I deployed it in full tonight. I want to walk round the bar licking the tears off their sad little faces. Mmmmmmmm Leeds fan tears. Mmmmmmmmm delicious.
  24. 11 points
    Agreed. As for Saint Pep, champion of Catalan rights: no issue with his employer when it comes to the rights of mere Arabs, it appears...
  25. 11 points
    Sorry, TK, but you can fuck off giving them the benefit of the doubt. They absolutely do know what the victims in the song means.