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  1. I hope you are sitting down when you read this...it is being reported he picked up a knock
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    Other Football - 2018/19 Season

    As long as he promises to boot three players into the air during stoppage time to continue his tradition.
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    *Shakes head* Everton again.

    BBC article showing that Everton is top. Swansea City charging mascots Premier League prices By Matt LloydBBC Wales 7 hours ago Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES Image captionSwansea City charge up to £478 for a match-day mascot experience Swansea City may play in football's second tier but they are charging parents Premier League prices for children to be mascots. It costs up to £478 for a match-day mascot "package" at the Championship club, research by BBC Wales found. Only three teams in the Premier League charge more, while the experience is free at most of the top clubs. Cardiff City charge £255. Swansea City said prices were reduced this year following relegation. Consumer groups have branded the higher prices as "outrageous". For many youngsters, the chance to walk out onto the pitch with their football heroes is a dream come true. Indeed many clubs tell parents the package is the "ultimate gift your child will never forget". Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES Image captionMany clubs sell the experience as "once in a lifetime" Yet while many of the biggest clubs in the country, including Premier League champions Manchester City, do not charge for the opportunity, others are cashing in more than £700 per child. Most packages include full kit, match tickets, photographs and autographs as well as walking onto the pitch before kick-off. But a £270 deal at Fulham does not include kit while a £185 package at Bournemouth does not come with a ticket to the game. Martyn James, of consumer website Resolver, said: "It's absolutely outrageous that some richer kids can effectively buy their way to the top of the mascot list. "When I was younger, being a mascot was a reward for super loyalty or for having been through a great deal. The Premier League's oldest mascots? Mascot to wear 'Swansea City legs' "Charging any money for these packages is unacceptable - and it's pretty unknown too. "It makes a mockery of all the things that our national game is supposed to represent." Supporters on fan forums have slammed the prices as "unfair" and "scandalous". Swansea City said the "truly once in a lifetime experience" includes four hospitality places, a meal and half-time penalty competition on the pitch. A spokesman added: "We've reduced prices this year following relegation, from £450 plus VAT to £399 plus VAT for weekend, and £349 plus VAT for weekday matches. "We also give one space free to charity every match and this was brought in this season." Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES Image captionSwansea City give one free mascot place to charities and good causes each game Mascots at the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United are picked at random from their junior fan club and are free. Cardiff City offer the chance for children aged between four and 10 to turn "dream into reality" for £255 and have sold out for many of their most popular home fixtures. Claire Blake, of Penarth, arranged for her eight-year-old son Cian to be a mascot before the Bluebirds' game against champions Manchester City as a birthday gift in September. "We were lucky to get such a big game but I'm not sure we would be happy paying the same amount for games against other teams," she said. "Cian got a kit, signed photos and met Neil Warnock and had a great time, but the seats were poor and it was a bit rushed meeting the players." Image copyrightFAMILY PHOTO Image captionCian Blake had "a great time" as a Cardiff City mascot this season Season-ticket holder Tracy Morgan paid for her eight-year-old son Leo to be a mascot. She said: "It was very expensive but it was worth every penny to see my son's face - and my husband's." Ryan Moore bought a mascot package as a Christmas gift for his six-year-old son Niall. He said: "It's free for some big clubs like Liverpool but a money-making scheme at others and there are so many mascots that it dilutes the experience. "But we were pretty happy with the whole day. Niall loved it - apart from the team being hammered 4-1." Premier League mascot prices Everton £718 West Ham United £700 Leicester City £600 Tottenham Hotspur £405 Wolves £395 Crystal Palace £375 Brighton £350 Burnley £300 Fulham £270 Cardiff City £255 Watford £250 Bournemouth £185 Free: Arsenal, Chelsea, Huddersfield, Liverpool, Man City, Man United, Newcastle United and Southampton. Clubs have been urged to find a "good deal" for fans. The Football Supporters' Federation said: "Clubs should speak to their supporters about what they think represents a good deal for parents and if fans have specific concerns, we'd be happy to look into it. "Our campaign focus will primarily remain on affordable ticket prices - particularly fair concessionary and fair young adult prices."
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    *Shakes head* Everton again.

    https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/everton-sponsor-sportpesa-anger-fans-15610398 Oh, Everton...
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    January 2019 Transfer Thread

    Really? That was dire.
  6. Sandman40

    The shitness of modern football

    I thought that they were resting him because of his “injury”...make Jürgen happy?
  7. Sandman40

    2018 Pre-Season Match Thread

    I don't know...they are no Rennes though...
  8. Sandman40

    2018 Pre-Season Match Thread

    Cheers! Missed that. I'm sure it has nothing to do with those mean Mancs...
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    2018 Pre-Season Match Thread

    Karrius not even on the bench?
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    *Shakes head* Everton again.

    http://www.espn.co.uk/video/latest-videos/600/video/3575970 I like when they ask McBride whom he would support when Everton played Fulham he didn't hesitate to say Fulham
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    *Shakes head* Everton again.

    Wow. You are amazing. First-year Liverpool player Fabinho has joked that he will "try slowly to convince" former Monaco teammate Kylian Mbappe to swap Paris for Merseyside. Fabinho, 24, and Mbappe both played for Monaco before the former signed for Liverpool and the latter moved to Paris Saint-Germain. And the Brazilian told reporters about the newly minted World Cup winner with France: "Kylian Mbappe sent me a text message congratulating me for coming to Liverpool. "Unfortunately I have not had a chance to congratulate him for what he did during this World Cup. "What France did was fantastic. What Mbappe did in two years of professional football is amazing. He is a phenomenon and needs to be congratulated, and as soon as I have the chance I will. "He has already said for this season he will remain at PSG, but I will try slowly to convince him to come over." Fabinho is joined at Anfield this season by fellow newcomers Naby Keita, Xherdan Shaqiri and goalkeeper Allison, who completed his move to Liverpool on Thursday in a record deal for a goalkeeper. Liverpool finished the previous campaign in fourth place, 25 points adrift of winner Manchester City, but Fabinho believes the new additions can help Jurgen Klopp's team push for the title in 2018-19. "I believe so," he said. "I believe we have a very good team and we will be able to fight for the title. "I understand we have excellent players. We have an excellent manager. I understand also that City are the champions and last season they produced excellent football. "We will do our best to get the title from them and make everyone happy here."
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    Summer 2018 Transfer Thread

    I'm sure this is what you all were secretly hoping for... https://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/first-team/307427-taiwo-awoniyi-new-contract-liverpool