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  • Birthday 07/05/1956


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    LFC fan since 1961- taken by my dad, used to live on the Wirral
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    North wales
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    Footy reffing, playing bowls!!
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    Maths teacher
  1. cracker

    The Andy Carroll at West Ham thread

    He is a goal scorer who cost 35m with a talent in the air (alledgedly) but consider this - he went the whole season last season and did not score a single headed hoime goal in the PL and in fact only managed one headed PL goal in the whole season (away at Blackburn).
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    Fergie in hot water from Sky

    Of all Fergusons 'crimes against football' saying an official had a bad game is imo by no means his worst. I may even admit that on this occasion he had a point as it did look a pen altho where he went too far was in suggesting that the liner was somehow biased against MUFC and had given them nothing which is plainly rubbish. It was also interesting to hear him talk about a so called mistake that that liner had made in a match seasons ago - so the man clearly bears grudges - but we know that anyway It got me thinking tho as to what Fergusons worst crimes were and I spent 10 minutes jotting down a list on paper. Here it is with brief details on each one (in no partic order) Saying LFC should sell LS Not speaking to the BBC for 7 years Refusing to consider selling Heinze to LFC. Injuring one of his star players by throwing a football boot at him Siding with Alladyce when Rafa made a gesture during a 4-0 LFC victory V a hapless BRFC team Recalling loan players from PNE when his son Darren was sacked. Influencing the appointment of refs to MUFC games. Saying Martin Atkinson was not fair Saying Alan Wiley was not fit. Walking out of a BBC interview when asked why MUFC were doing poorly in Europe. Banning journalists from OT - often for speaking the truth Gagging MUTV from broadcasting a Roy Keane interview which was critical of him. His role in the Evra/Suarez affair. Forcing top players out of MUFC as they dared to challenge him - Stam, RVN, Keane ..etc. Making young players have his son Jason for an agent even if they already had one. Calling NUFC a wee team in the north east. Shunning Jim Leighton after dropping him after a mistake in a cup final - as far as I know he has yet to speak to him since!! Accusing LS of 'diving all over the place' after the match V MUFC last season when he had not dived at all That was just a few off the top of my head - I am sure I will have missed some big ones out. If anyone wants to add to the list shout out - when I next argue with Mancs about him I want all the evidence I can muster. To say I cannot stand the man does not even get close to how strongly I feel. The thing is tho I have heard some LFC fans say he isn't that bad and sometimes some of our players to me speak far more postively about him than anyone from LFC should ever do. It is obvious the man has a major hatred for us and all we stand for, that feeling should be reciprocated - and is by many - but not by all
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    Thommo is boss

    I would say that Kenny Dalglish understands the club, the traditions and the expectations of LFC - wouldn't you?
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    Wanted: Suarez - video proof of diving

    Yeah you are right sometimes a player can catch a player in attempting to tackle and not commit a foul - it is a bit of a grey area. I know that sometimes when i ref I end up shouting to players when they appeal for a foul that yes there was contact but no it was not a foul - it is hard to define and maybe at times I could be wrong but it is gut feeling is all I can say to explain it. It is an interesting discussion point tho and like I say is a bit of a grey area but no way can I condemn LS as one of the games major divers as many seem to want to- altho yes I think we all agree that he can go down easily at times after contact is made with him - and i can agree that not all of those instances are fouls - but by the same token many are.
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    Wanted: Suarez - video proof of diving

    Don't often post on TLW - but read a lot and tbh some of the views on this thread make me want to post. What we have is the best LFC player at this time who has suffered horrendously with all sorts of injustice on and off the field since he came to this country being pulled apart by LFC fans - a strange phenomenon. I would have thought Luis Suarez needs all the backing he can get from us - some LFC fans seem to be swallowing the agenda about him from outside of our club. What i am absolutely clear on is that LS is nowhere near the worst player for so called diving. I would say that every time he has gone down he has been touched which cannot be said for several other players including even LFC players (remember Downing against Evra in 'that game' - now that was embarrassing as there was no touch at all and SD went over - in a way no wonder PE got in such a bad mood over that so that in the second half he ended up making up an evil lie I believe about what LS said to him). I am a qualifed ref and if a player does not touch the ball - and even if he does if the tackle is deemed to be reckless (as Rodwells was - so to me it as a foul but not a red obviously) - a foul can (and maybe should) be awarded if the player when trying to make contact with the ball makes contact with his opponent instead. LSs style of play is so based on skill that often a mere touch can impede him to the degree that a foul is deserved when he is touched. The truth too is that if a player does not go down then very rarely is a foul awarded so who can blame players for going down when they are touched as Luis does. Free kicks can be important in the game and if we can get them then great. Also LS is often absolutely clattered and incredibly nothing is given so that too will influence his mind set. I just think that some have LS down as some sort of morally depraved individual (cheat if you will) with their comments on this thread going along with the lies people outside of LFC put over which I think is just so wrong and unfair. Defend our own - that is the least we can do to our heroes lads!! I make no apology over defending LS - he is my favourite current player on the field and off it seems a great guy - lets stand up to the liars and bullies outside of our club who want to destroy his reputation - cos if we don't nobody will. Where I can admit he does need to tone down is his reactions as to me that is what gets peoples backs up - he appeals so much for things like hand ball and often when it is not justifed and that means that when it is justified then often refs do not give it - boy crying wolf and all that. I think BR must have spoken about that to him as at NCFC he was far better in that aspect.
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    A less agenda driven round up

    Before I start can I say that my basic position is pro BR and anti FSG and Ayre but some of the stuff on this thread beggars belief in its unjustifed positivity and spin on what for me is clearly a bad situation. Just to remind you of the results and performances so far this season in this brave new fantastic world of LFC after sacking Kenny Dalglish and operating under BR as a team who likes to pass the ball. (sorry for the cynical tone but I am one of the 'Kenny should have been given more time' brigade and resent the media agenda which says that now under BR we are going to become a passing team - er that is what we have always been!!). Anyway ... 1) In the EL we luckily won away at a club who were not even the Belarus champions altho we did outplay them at Anfield. Then we had two very evenly matched games agaisnt a Scottish club which is not at the top of their league winning ulitimately due to an own goal. 2) In the PL we have had 2 games - in the first we lost 3-0 at WBA a ground where we usually do well and then in the second - the first home game - yes we played well but the bottom line is that we did not win the game - thus far we have 1 point out of 6 with only 3 teams worse off prior to today. Now yeah the squad may be better - I have no idea as 3 of the 5 new signings have not been seen in a LFC shirt yet - I do not care what they look like on Youtube at their previous clubs, what matters to me is what they do in the PL in a LFC shirt Some posters seem anti paying out big money for players (I am not - we can only really compete if we do imo) and I'd also respectfully suggest that a prime requirement for winning games is scoring goals - with the squad as it is I do not think we are in a great postion to do that frankly - and God forbid if Luis gets injured or suspended any time soon. Yes of course we support the club, we cannot do otherwise but a lot of us diehard fans have legitimate concerns and imo we are right to do so - its no use burying your head in the sand.
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    the CHAD legacy

    The sad thing to me is we almost did not have to do it - after the first 6 months with Kenny in charge what was needed was tweaking not massive rebuilding. A quality striker above all - to play alongside Suarez and for that we should have been prepared to pay whatever it took. FSG tho maybe thought they needed to show how 'good' they were as owners and gave us lots of money to spend - or to rephrase that let us have the Torres cash and a bit more - and altho I know there will be smartarses who will tell you that they knew they'd all be failures at the time of their signings I do not think many of us expected them to be as bad as they have been. The season before Adam and Downing had been players of the season in the PL for their previous clubs and Henderson had won England caps at the age of 20. I think many of us baulked at the size of the Carroll fee but that was cos of the circumstances and he was after all a lad who seemed capable of scoring in the PL. Imo Torres has a lot to answer for cos if he had not done what he did in January 2011 a lot of what followed would not have happened. Also a problem is the way Kenny is as a person - intensely loyal who will always stand by people and those qualities caused him to play a lot of these players far more than he should have last season - Henderson imo particularly. You also cannot ignore the effect of the Evra affair on the club as up till then we were doing OK and the undeniable fact that we did not have a lot of luck in games - woodwork, penalties ...etc. Yes looking at it now it does look bad but you will get me knocking Kenny over it or thinking the worse of him cos of it, that is for the kneejerkers and people who follow the Sky agenda who seem to delight in knocking LFC and anything to do with it. Now we who love the club need to look forward not back and get behind all still at the club - as I am sure Kenny is doing cos he is one such himself.
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    Big brave racist lionheart John Terry

    Sick of talking about it? - not at all. Tbh I am still a bit obsessed by the whole Suarez/Evra thing and prob get sucked into talking about it too often - cos I basically think our player was treasted in a very unjust way and whats more the way seemingly most of the country believes that to be the case annoys me more than i can say. I got Daves book today and ended up turning to the chapter on Evra first - as it is something I feel so strongly about - as Dave does too from what I read - and well done Dave btw - a good resume of the reasons why the verdict is so rubbish Must admit tho when I do talk about it sentences with the word wall, head and bang come to mind and I wonder why I bother. The other week some muppet put something in the Daily Post after the monkey man verdict saying it was LFCs fault for the way it dealt with the case and I could not stop myself writing in - and fair play my letter got published (altho it was editted a bit). After that was half expecting there to be further letters attacking me and my 'pro racist' views - but so far there hasn't been so happy about that. But sick of talking about? - no way!!
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    Jordan Henderson - what are you?

    Agreed - altho I still believed in giving Kenny longer and perhaps even still do as i was in the give him another season camp but one of my main moans was his treatment of JH and the most concerning was the way it seemed like if he had stayed JH was likely to play just as often. JH simply is not fit to be a LFC player and if he is sold this summer I'll be delighted - or at least not played as much next season cos we have got better options in. All this JH skill set and stuff like saying the reason why he was so bad was due to playing him in the wrong position. Not even sure what his position is - RM? or CM? - cos whichever it was he played in both loads of times and was crap wherever he played. Please don't make excuses for him -I know it is not our way (or should not be) to have a go at a player so I do not like this ready salted stuff - and it is nothing personal, he seems a nice lad, he is just not good enough to play for LFC. Thats all. You may well be right and if so it disgusts me. I have spent countless hours reading and posting on the whole Evra incident - not on TLW admittedly - mainly elsewhere - and I still have no peace or closure on it even tho maybe as more facts came into the open my view evolved a bit - but the whole thing stinks of injustice. You'd like to think those on the LFC side feel that too but from the deafening silence we have heard from them since day 1 it seems as if they are more on the Ferguson, Evra, Sky Sports, Oliver Holt, Barclay, Powar ... side. Why don't they research it a bit more and thus come to understand it - maybe listen to John Barnes and the like who are one of the few voices talking anything like sense about it. What i can maybe agree is that the club could have handled it better but that does not mean Kenny or Luis that means others above them like Ayre and his ilk whose choice of defence tactics for instance was very flawed imo It's now at the point where we are not allowed to talk about it!! - :wallbutt:. Glen got stick for his common sense interview which included some Suarez support after handshakegate and Luis himself made a minor fairly neutralish comment on it a week or two ago and it was rumoured he'd be in trouble. Heck when Ferguson said we should sell Luis nobody from our club stood up in public to tell him to mind his own business and how out of order he was. What a farce - not only did MUFC (in the form of those 2 paragons of virtue Evra and Ferguson mainly) get our best player banned for 8 games and reviled throughout the country and totally disrupt our season, they also helped LFC sponsors to decide to rid LFC of the services of a club legend. Sickening does not even come close.
  10. The thing which worries me most about Martinez getting the job is some of the stuff I read on forums about the possibility including this one. I am in the camp which says that Kenny should have had a year more and am now very worried that in a years time we will be in a worse place than where we are now. Whereas if Kenny had stayed i am sure we would have improved a bit with better signings this summer and better performances from others next season. also we could not be so unlucky again.. Who to get in? - to me all those mentioned have issues and I personally like RM and think he will prob end up being a good manger. If its with us great!! I certainly don't see him as being in the RH level of unsuitablity for the LFC job. I accept tho that it would be a big risk as he has never been at a top club before with the expectation that will bring. The idea that the big team rookie RM is more suitable to be LFC manager next season than KD seems almost bizarre but that is where we are people and we have to react to where we are and not where we would like to be I just hope if he does get the job that the negativty that the fans are expressing now is put away and we give him a chance - cos who knows he may be good.
  11. Yeah clearly of all the players we need to consider getting rid of Suarez should be top of the list - un bel flippin ievable. And yet whether we like it or not there are others who see things similarly which shows the power of the media and MUFCs propaganda. Never mind that while at LFC (which is all we can and should judge him on) all his fellow LFC players seem to love him off the field his conduct has been exemplary he dives no more than most players and less than many he did not say what Evra said he said just saying the word for black in his native language with no racist motive at all the national media has never even tried to put his point of view and has repeatedly demonised him he has to put up with whole stadiums shouting cheat as he gets the ball since the ban his conduct has been absolutely fine (before it was too!!) at OT Evra did not offer his hand and so Luis moved on V WAFC he did not deliberately handle it and just attacked the ball - it may have accidentally hit his upper arm but imo the disalllowiing was harsh I know I am preaching to the converted here but getting this message re Luis across to 'those out there' is so hard and i guess there will always be the anti Luis muppets who believe anything Ferguson and Evra say and Barclay and Holt write. We can only hope that in time it changes
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    Kenny's future

    Spending the 50m on a replacement striker seemed like a must at the time i agree but 3 things 1) Why Carroll? - i did not rate him at NUFC and still do not now if I am honest 2) Why overpay by so much? 3) Carroll hardly contributed to our improvement from Jan onwards apart from the MCFC at home game as he was injured for most of the time. So what i am saying is that waitiing till the summer and getting someone for a better price who would suit our style of play more would have been much better rather than buying anyone we could get in a hurry which is what i believe Carroll was - altho that is all with the benefit of hindsight I grant you that.
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    Kenny's future

    Thats a fair analysis - unlike various stuff I am reading on this forum and elsewhere. I can understand and tbh expect it from non LFC fans but a lot of it is from our fans which saddens me. Yes I too am maybe more down about todays result than almost anything else this season as prior to today I (maybe stupidly) still had hopes for 4th as we have no 'top teams' to play away and can make up ground on CFC by beating them at home and AFC have a hard prog so will drop points. Also most games we have played well (like V AFC last week) but after losing today maybe it is too much to make up. Oh well - we press on. get as many points as we can and evaluate it at the end of the season but imo sacking Kenny or moving him upstairs are non starters - imo Carroll not cutting it as a free scoring natural striker has cost us dearly - and I don't just mean 35m. FTs bombshell on 31st Jan last year led to us panic buying AC and really he does not fit the way Kenny would want LFC to play (which would be built around Luis' strengths - with a more clinical pacy main scorer instead of AC to help Luis) so to me if he went I'd not be sorry. Also Adam has looked a shadow of the player he was for BFC and altho I like Hendo's attitude i am not sure he'll ever be that good so thats 2 more we could bin. Personally I cannot understand the underuse of Shelvey as I am sure he could do at least as well as Hendo. Also Enrique defensively has looked shaky - but yes we do have to persevere with him. In the summer i think we need smart business not mega bucks business and that will prob mean abroad - but KK knows who we are and what we want so we have to give him the chance to get it right. Maybe if it continued to go wrong in a year or 18 months time then serious questions would have to be asked - but I'd hate us to ever sack KK, I like to think he'd just walk away for the good of the club when the time comes as the guy has so much class but imo that time has nowhere near come yet.
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    Roy Hodgson, know your role and shut your mouth

    Whenever I hear Woy speak i think about Shanks and that avaricious V bloody greedy quote as he always seems to bring in a totally unnecessary long word - yesterday it was 'we were in the ascendency' rather than 'we were on top' which is what most normal people would say. Every time he speaks there is always at least one phrase like that i guarantee you - watch out for it!!