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Football Rules When We Were Kids
at 14:23 10 Jul 2024

- try to avoid sliding tackles where the dogshit was
- hardly ever pass it, just dribble it or thump it as hard as you can
- if you score, do the windmill arm Mick Channon celebration
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England V Netherlands Match Day Thread
at 13:02 10 Jul 2024

We know what to expect from England. The ball will be passed around like a bag of cement, Kane will move at a snail's pace and Saka will be the only one to run at the defence and cause problems. The Dutch can afford to pay him special attention because they know the rest of the side aren't offering anything. Maybe Shaw will finally allow us to create something on the left, but it seems a lot to ask from someone who isn't match fit.

Holland are more unpredictable, it depends which version shows up, but they've got plenty of weapons to hurt us with, not just speed. If Guehi plays we will be weak in the air at the back and Weghorst and Gakpo can take advantage. They're the first good side we've played and I make them favourites.
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Southgate
at 10:02 7 Jul 2024

England are like Saints at our worst. The ball moves so slowly and it's all backwards and sideways. But at least Saints get a few shots on target in 90 mins.

Saka was a class apart. We've created absolutely zero down the left side all tournament but Southgate never learns. A manager more stubborn than RM.

We've just been lucky so far.
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New Metal Fencing At St Mary’s
at 11:44 4 Jul 2024

There is going to be a poll of our fans asking if we're going to be relegated or not, so Saints needed something for everyone to sit on.
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Players released from premier clubs that I have pulled out of a huge list
at 09:53 3 Jul 2024

If Sessegnon is fit and we can do a deal financially then we would be mad not to go for him. He's a bloody good player and apart from anything else, he can operate on the left of any of the 3 lines in RM's preferred 4-3-3.
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English Stadiums visited
at 19:11 6 Jun 2024

Yes, that's it. They changed their name, but they're the same club, so they kept everything that went with that, including their league position. If MK Dons had been a new club they'd have to have started at the bottom like AFC Wimbledon did.
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English Stadiums visited (n/t)
at 22:16 5 Jun 2024

You're getting warm and have mentioned one of the grounds involved in the technically correct answer...

Btw, it turns out the League Cup game at Rotherham was 1983, not 1984, but good recollection all the same. Hope it wasn't too bad a journey home on that Tuesday night after watching a 2-1 defeat from the other side of a huge running track (that's true dedication in anyone's book). It's interesting, looking back, that we basically had our first team out that night. That would never happen these days.
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English Stadiums visited
at 20:54 5 Jun 2024

As you say, we never played B Rovers in Bath (I checked).

I didn't have Rotherham, so one (technically correct) answer left..
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English Stadiums visited
at 20:40 5 Jun 2024

Yes, Wembley was officially their home ground, so both answers are technically correct....
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English Stadiums visited
at 20:03 5 Jun 2024

Since 1980, apart from Brighton, I can only think of 2 other clubs that we've played at their current home ground plus 2 other old home grounds. Know which ones?

You might be able to think of more but I can only think of these 3.
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Man City Launch Legal Battle
at 10:23 5 Jun 2024

Exactly.

If City win this it is difficult to see where it stops e.g. Celtic and Rangers could claim that they are being discriminated against because they're Scottish.
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Best Saints team you've ever seen.
at 09:53 5 Jun 2024

One of the problems with this type of thing is you can't really compare players across time. Take Ivan Golac. He was a decent player, a fans favourite and did well for Saints. But, as a player he wasn't a patch on KWP or Clyne for that matter. If he was available today, he might be behind Bree in the pecking order.

Also, not a popular view, but I reckon that by the time he'd developed, Tim Flowers was doing a better job for Saints than Shilton did.
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Top 5 goals of the Season
at 11:39 3 Jun 2024

Fully agree with that. It was abysmal defending for the Wembley goal but I can't argue with anyone putting that goal first. It will always be iconic and was the most important goal of the season bar none. Tbf, it was also a great finish by AA.
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Top 5 goals of the Season
at 08:48 3 Jun 2024

I think my favourite was AA against Ipswich away. I prefer team goals to flashy finishes and this one was a good example of what we should have done more of - moving the ball from back to front quickly but with great skill. The best bit of a good move was a superb ball from Stuey that cut through the Ipswich defence.
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Goalkeeping Options
at 10:24 31 May 2024

........and begs the question: so why did we sign an unproven teenager to play in the PL as a goalkeeper, a position where experience is so vital and players don't reach their peak until their 30s?
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Danny Ings
at 19:01 29 May 2024

Well, it's a window of opportunity.
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Reality v Russell
at 16:41 29 May 2024

So, you look at the replay of the goal and see an RM masterplan. When I look at the replay I see that the main reason for that goal was the total mess in the Leeds defence. Saints did well for the goal and it was a great finish by AA, but if Leeds had got the basics right, either AA would have been well offside or he wouldn't have had that space to run in to. Look again and pause the video when WS is about to play the through ball to AA and look at the Leeds defence. That's not schoolboy defending, it's worse than that. It's criminal.

Even if it had been a great goal, you can't say because we score one goal that RM's way works. It worked (mostly) in the Championship but I can't see it working in the Prem against better quality teams.
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Transfer rumours
at 15:51 29 May 2024

Tchaouna about to sign for Lazio apparently.
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Oriol Romeu
at 13:20 29 May 2024

- "How does anyone know whether Adam Lallana is a good coach or not". My point exactly. So, why the hell are we signing him as a coach? If we want a coach, we can get a proven good one without paying much.

- Lallana is on £90k a week at Brighton. I very much doubt he will sign for £20k. Walcott was reportedly on about £75k per week, I imagine Lallana will be in the same ballpark.

- What's this got to do with Vincent Kompany? There are far more ex-players who don't make it as coaches than those who do. There have been hundreds of high profile Saints players over the years. Very few have made it as coaches.
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Oriol Romeu
at 11:50 29 May 2024

I agree we need experience, but this is not the way to get it. We will be paying him PL player type wages (i.e. £££) when we can get experienced coaches for far less. There are plenty of people out there with evidence to show that they are good coaches. What's more they would be committed to their careers whereas Lallana just wants to try it out and doesn't even know if he wants to do it yet.

We need to be careful with every penny we spend. Spending money on unproven coaches is the same mistake we've made, so many times, spending money on unproven players. We need proven ability at a decent price, not expensive gambles who are learning on the job.

Sadly, we're not getting 2 for the price of 1. It's more like: a third of a player plus schoolboy coaching skills for the price of a PL player. Not a good idea.
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