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  1. jimmycase

    New Bradford Fire Review?

    Bradford City fire: Government to consider Hillsborough-style review 30 years after 56 died at Valley Parade Theresa May ready to consider Hillsborough-style independent review into tragedy in which 56 people were killed at Bradford City's Valley Parade The Bradford City fire killed 56 people in May 1985 Photo: REX FEATURES By Sam Wallace, Chief Football Writer 7:17PM GMT 06 Nov 2015 The Home Secretary, Theresa May, has agreed to look into a request for a Hillsborough-style independent review into the investigation of the 1985 Bradford City fire that killed 56 people, and the serious questions subsequently posed about the club’s then-chairman Stafford Heginbotham. • Pain of Bradford fire is still raw for all affected In response to a letter sent by survivor Martin Fletcher, who has spent 16 years investigating the fire, the West Yorkshire police force, who conducted the original investigation, have voluntarily referred themselves to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. • Bradford fire 'may not have been accident' Fletcher asked May to consider setting up an independent review similar to the Hillsborough Independent Panel, the findings of which prompted David Cameron to issue an apology in Parliament to the families of those killed and led to the new inquest currently being held into the deaths of 96 people at an FA Cup semi-final in 1989. May replied last Monday to say that she would consult with other government departments over Fletcher’s request. Fletcher, 42, was 12 at the time of the fire at Valley Parade, which claimed the lives of his brother Andrew, 11; father, John, 34; uncle, Peter, 32 and grandfather, Eddie, 63. He later discovered that in the 18 years before the disaster, there had been nine fires at businesses owned by or associated to Heginbotham, who died in 1995. Flowers are placed outside Valley Parade after the fire that claimed 56 lives in 1985 Photo: REX In a letter to May sent last month, Fletcher asked for acknowledgement that the assumptions made in the original inquiry into the fire by Sir Oliver Popplewell could no longer be considered safe, given he was unaware of Heginbotham’s history with fires, or his precarious business affairs at the time. Fletcher has requested an apology over the police investigation. He also asked that oversight of any new investigation be handed to an independent police force. Since meeting West Yorkshire police this month, Fletcher is concerned that there is nothing in the force’s files about the history of fires at Heginbotham’s businesses. Fletcher has never made any direct allegations about the former Bradford chairman but in a recent book on his investigation Fifty-Six: The Story of the Bradford Fire, Fletcher has simply posed the question “How could one man be so unlucky?” Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Fletcher praised the decision of the current West Yorkshire force to refer themselves to the IPCC but said he was concerned that any independent review be given access to the history of fires not made available to the original inquiry. He said: “If what I am being told that these other fires – which were front page news in Bradford before 1985 – are not in the police files the next point is to say we need another investigation.” I find it alarming that West Yorkshire police did not know of the other fires. We clearly need an investigation that looks at Stafford Heginbotham’s role Martin Fletcher, Bradford fire survivor He says he does not blame Popplewell for coming to the conclusions he did on the basis of the evidence offered to him. The retired High Court judge, now 88, has stood by his findings, but Fletcher says that it was impossible for the inquiry to reach an accurate conclusion on the evidence presented to them by the West Yorkshire police. He said: “I find it alarming that West Yorkshire police did not know of them [the fires]. We clearly need an investigation that looks at Stafford Heginbotham’s role within the wider issues that weren’t considered. Given the fact these previous fires weren’t in the files we need to look at the possibility of concealing evidence in relation to perverting the course of justice.” Bradford fire of 1985 shocked the nation Fletcher has pursued the case on behalf of the families of those who died, but also, he said, the police officers serving at Valley Parade who did their best to rescue fans. He himself was taken to hospital on that day, May 11, 1985, in an ambulance along with injured officers, many of whose West Yorkshire colleagues never worked again through injury or trauma. Of the 154 civil claims against the club and local council subsequently, both of whom were found responsible, 44 were police officers. Fletcher said: “Many officers who wore the uniform with pride did not return to work after that day.” The Home Office was contacted but did not respond.
  2. jimmycase

    Le Tour 2017

    Started yesterday with what I view as a boring time trial. Cant abide watching TT's and they do absolutely nothing for me although I understand the effort required. Hopefully today's 200km ride should whet my appetite. Programme due to start on EuroSport at 11, hope they dont fucking talk for an hour before the stage gets underway. Some favourites and outsiders to win the Tour? Froome, Porte, Quintana, Aru, Bardet, Fuglsang?
  3. Welcome home, Stevie. Steven Gerrard's career has come full-circle after he agreed to return to Liverpool on a full-time basis as a coach at the club's Academy. Since Gerrard brought the curtain down on his playing career last November following a spell with LA Galaxy, it had been widely anticipated that the 36-year-old would go back to where it all began but he was determined to take time to consider his options. Some clubs wanted him to carry on as a player, while MK Dons made him an offer to become their manager but that opportunity came along at the wrong time in his career. He wanted to enjoy Christmas with his family before coming to a definitive decision about what to do next. +15 Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has rejoined the club on a full-time basis as a coach +15 Gerrard has been doing his Uefa A licence under the guidance of Liverpool staff this term +15 Gerrard has previously spoken of his desire to cut his teeth in coaching at his boyhood club +15 The former England captain snubbed a role with MK Dons after being approached last year +15 Gerrard showed his passion for the club by travelling to the Plymouth game on Wednesday The lure of going back to the club who launched him on the path to greatness was impossible to resist. Gerrard will be based at the Academy in Kirkby and he will work with all age-groups while he continues studying to obtain his full coaching badges. Gerrard stopped playing for Liverpool in May 2015, having made 710 appearances, but he continued to visit Kirkby when the chance allowed and he will work closely with Academy Director Alex Inglethorpe. He is relishing the opportunity to get started next month. Share this articleShare 'It feels like completing the circle – returning to the place where professionally it all began,' said Gerrard in a statement. 'However, this isn't a decision based on emotion – it's about what I can offer and contribute to Liverpool. 'I don't think I need to explain to people what this football club means to me, but when I knew coming back was a serious option I wanted to make sure it was a substantive role and a role in which I could really help the organisation. +15 He has been fulfilling media commitments with BT Sport in between visits to his former club +15 Gerrard lifting the Champions League with Liverpool after a famous night in Istanbul +15 Gerrard officially announced his retirement from professional football in November +15 Academy Director Alex Inglethorpe will work closely with Gerrard at the club's Kirkby base GERRARD'S CAREER RECORD LIVERPOOL (1998-2015) Premier League: 504 appearances, 120 goals FA Cup: 42, 15 League Cup: 30, 9 Champions League: 87, 30 UEFA Cup/Europa League: 42, 11 Other: 7, 1 Total: 710 appearances, 186 goals LA GALAXY (2015-2016) MLS appearances (including post-season): 36, 5 goals ENGLAND (2000-2014) Caps: 114, 21 goals 'Meeting with Alex Inglethorpe, seeing the work they are currently doing and want to do in the future at Kirkby, it just felt right. The right option at the right time, for all parties involved. 'This gives me a great opportunity to learn and develop as a coach, while at the same time offering my knowledge, ideas and experience to the young players at an important period of their development.' This is exciting time for Liverpool's Academy, with young players such as Ben Woodburn, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster emerging, and Ingelthorpe believes Gerrard's presence will prove inspirational for those who want to follow in his footsteps. 'If I was to pick one individual who embodies the characteristics and values we are looking to instil into our organisation at Kirkby it would be Steven Gerrard,' said Ingelthorpe. 'For him to have been so enthusiastic about being part of what we are looking to do is simply great news for everyone connected to the club. +15 Scoring against West Ham in 2006 during an FA Cup final often known as the 'Gerrard Final' +15 Gerrard celebrates a double against Manchester United by kissing a television camera +15 The 36-year-old has frequently been seen taking his seat in the Main Stand this season GERRARD IN NUMBERS 860 - Combined appearances for Liverpool, the Los Angeles Galaxy and England. 212 - Total number of goals for clubs and country. 9 - Trophies won (all at Liverpool). 8 - Times selected in Premier League team of the season. 8 - Number of times Gerrard was sent off (seven for Liverpool, once for England). 2 - Man of the match awards in major finals (Champions League 2005, FA Cup 2006). 'I don't think it would surprise anyone to know that Steven has had a host of great options, in terms of what to do next in his career, including playing, management and coaching. But it's been evident from the first meeting with him that his heart and head belongs here. 'He has shown great humility in making it clear from the outset he wants a role where he can contribute to Liverpool; it's typical of him that his priority has been defining the role so it helps the Club, ahead of himself. 'He has expressed a desire to learn from us and manage a young team. The benefits to us will be immense. This is a substantial role and one which makes the Academy and the club in general stronger and better.' Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-4140982/Steven-Gerrard-returns-Liverpool-FC-Academy-coach.html#ixzz4WKJh2YYG Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  4. jimmycase

    January 2018 Transfer Thread

    Well the proof of the pudding is in the eating and Im even less sure why the NFL franchise system is used as a comparision to football clubs and, their relegation \ promotion that can impact a club's 'price.' But the fact remains and is supported in that position, that mega rich owners tend to buy run down or smaller clubs. The major exception to that is, as Ive said numerous times previously, when the glazers 'bought' united. They were already top of the pile and worth more than any other club in England by some considerable amount.
  5. jimmycase

    January 2018 Transfer Thread

    Depends if you see getting an owner with 'deep pockets' as the panacea to the perceived problems with the club. Then, there's the issue would such an owner treat the club as his \ her personal play thing like mansour at city never mind would they spend their personal wealth to the level of some fan's expectations. Of all the clubs that have been sold, only one to my knowledge has been sold for mega money, manchester united. So, I think on the balance of probability any new mega rich person or conglomerate will buy a smaller club and spend money building that up. Im aware of many mega rich people in the world, same as you. I dont know anyone personally and I dont see any of them rushing to buy football club's right now, you? But that's not the point. Abramovich bought chelsea for about £80m, shinawatra bought city for about £150m and mansour bought the club off him for around £200m (I think). Im not sure how much the qatarii's bought psg for. How much has moshiri paid for his near 50% stake in the shite?
  6. jimmycase

    January 2018 Transfer Thread

    Ah, that old chestnut. We've just added 8 thousand seats and the stadium is effectively sold out for all PL and the CL games it's hosted to date.
  7. jimmycase

    January 2018 Transfer Thread

    Well, I was open to moving to a new build stadium that matched our ambitions and status back in the late 80's but Al Edge and a few others mounted an Anfield4Eva campaign with website. They managed to sway many fans with their 'souless bowl' argument and even had meetings with david moores. I think that option is not so much dead but extinct now!
  8. jimmycase

    January 2018 Transfer Thread

    It's the old answer, worth as much as someone would pay to buy. I'll be majorly surprised if anyone is willing to pay a billion for virtually any club, mega rich people prefer to build something virtually from scratch rather than a turn key purchase. Different financiers such as Deloitte, KPMG and Forbes etc use different formulas to value clubs and businesses but it wouldnt surprise me if the paper value of the club is near £800m - £1bn.
  9. jimmycase

    January 2018 Transfer Thread

    KD stand yes. You've got Skerries Road full of occupied houses right behind it. Im no engineer but it may be possible to jack the entire roof up and stick another 10 rows on it. I just cannot see massive redevelopment of a relatively new stand myself. ARE there's outline planning permission to extend. This is likely the only via extension of Anfield left due to the large empty space behind the current stand.
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    Emre Can

    I watch a lot of Serie A, apart from Juve and Napoli on current form the top 5 wouldnt batter us. But Can would be suited to the pace of football there.
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    FSG are not shit

    Sunday manc wank story alert.
  12. Harry fucking macguire is a fucking yard dog. How anyone can think he'd be even level with matip and lovren is beyond me. It doesnt matter who we have at the back, even jamie carragher who you think would know a thing or two about defending has said as much. We ask our defenders to play a high back line and appear to ask them all to push forward.You're always going to be susceptible to getting caught out. Even macguire got caught out on a leicester attack when we played them in the league. Neither do I think we need a whole new back 5 etc, etc. Unless we adopt a more defensive strategy to games, we'll continue to conceed goals whether we have a new keeper, back 4 and defensive MF.
  13. jimmycase

    Other football - 2017/18 edition.

    Looked like he was attempting to block a ball at the near post come shot and got the last touch. All the media always say its a Skrtel og in such situations. Fuck me, even the Havant & Waterloo lad scores but Skrtel get's the last touch again and it's his og. If it had been against united or someone else it wouldnt have been credited as an og.
  14. jimmycase

    January 2018 Transfer Thread

    His favourite team as a boy might have been Liverpool but I bet he wants to go somewhere else when push comes to shove.
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    Georginio Wijnaldum

    Gini like a few others, needs to find his mojo pretty fucking quick, in my opinion, of course.
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    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

    Take away the non English players in the PL and you likely have the shit that is left. Didnt harry wank \ winks or whatever get a call up? How many times has he played in the PL?
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    Mohamed Salah

    How anyone can say Salah is massively wasteful in front of goal, is without parody.
  18. jimmycase

    Klopp's Tactics

    Bayern set to announce 72 year old Jupp Heynckes as manager according to Bild. Looks like an interim appointment to the end of the season reading between the lines as you wouldnt really expect a 72 year old to want to return to front line management for the next 2 or 3 years.
  19. jimmycase

    January 2018 Transfer Thread

    Well, you seem to make your mind up before a player has even appeared for Liverpool so, what's your point?
  20. jimmycase

    January 2018 Transfer Thread

    Serie A is a 'slower,' less physical game than the PL. Luis Alberto looked out of his depth in the PL. Aspas was pretty woeful for us as well but is flourishing back in La Liga.
  21. jimmycase

    Other football - 2017/18 edition.

    Inter didnt rate Coutinho. It happens, some players are shit at one club and come good at another.
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    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

    Yeah I can understand that. I frequently used to go "why has benitez signed him?" The way I look at it is this: We had played 3 PL games before we signed him. We've now played 7. That means we've played PL 4 games and he's made a couple of cameo appearances in some of them. I just think it's too early to be saying why isnt he in the team but that's just my point of view.
  23. jimmycase

    January 2018 Transfer Thread

    Totally agree. I can remember when a £60,000 transfer fee was considered massive. Now even squad players in the PL can earn that and more in a week!