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Princess Anne
at 11:58 1 Aug 2020

The irony being that if she did look like a fox her hunting pals would probably chase her relentlessly across the countryside before letting their dogs rip her to pieces.
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Nick - Do you remember much about being in this?
at 19:59 27 Jul 2020

I said 'relatively'. That's not setting the bar very high.
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Nick - Do you remember much about being in this?
at 18:42 27 Jul 2020

I'm baffled why they all get so excited about the David Norris goal. That point helped us get promoted and they still went down. I had a chat with a relatively well educated Pompey fan recently and even he was going on about how it stopped us winning the Championship. They're so stupid they would quite happily be in Division Three or Four as long as we're not winning anything. Bunch of freaks.
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No quarter given
at 20:24 26 Jul 2020

Our defence has been no better or worse than most in the league. Unfortunately some people have become obsessed with it, dissecting every single goal we concede and never ever mentioning the goals they save or the positive aspects they bring to the team. I wish the new lad from Valladolid the best of luck, but if things don't go well for him in the first few matches I hope he doesn't get slagged off in the same monotonous manner that Bednarek and Stephens have been all season.
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Vestergaard
at 21:02 20 Jul 2020

Reading one or two comments about our defenders you'd been forgiven for thinking we never conceded any goals before Stephens and Bednarek came along. I'm old enough to remember us having internationals like Dave Watson, Chris Nichol and Mark Wright and still getting battered, especially away from home (and let's face it, you need a bloody good defence if you're going to win lots of away games in the top division). I even recall us conceding six at home with a certain VVD in defence.
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Nathan Redmond
at 13:38 20 Jul 2020

I think he's an important part of the team and he's exciting to watch when he's running with the ball, but I've given up expecting him to do anything other than turn around and pass to someone else or welly it 30 foot over the bar. Anyway, using Nick's usual method of defining how good a player is by the number of big clubs queuing up for their signature, he must be crap.
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Bt match coverage
at 18:40 19 Jul 2020

I genuinely once thought Howe might make a decent England manager. If he got the job now he'd presumably call up that bloke from Tranmere with the huge throw-in and bring John Beck in as his technical director.
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Nick's take on some of the best goals in football history.... (n/t)
at 21:49 15 Jul 2020

There's Danso. And presumably Hoedt. And Ralph's had three transfer windows to bring in new central defenders but hasn't.
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Nick's take on some of the best goals in football history.... (n/t)
at 20:49 15 Jul 2020

Ask yourself this question Nick, why does Ralph continue to select Stephens and Bednarek every week? After all, in your opinion every single goal we concede is 'soft', there's no leadership or organisation, and as you've pointed out, no-one wants to buy the pair of them so they must be useless. Yet Ralph still picks them week-in, week-out. So who's wrong - you or Ralph?
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Nick's take on some of the best goals in football history.... (n/t)
at 13:38 11 Jul 2020

Geoff Hurst v West Germany, 1966
Hurst left totally unmarked. The German defenders all over the place. Easiest hat trick in a World Cup final he'll ever get. This simply wouldn't have happened with Van Dijk and Fonte at the back. West Germany had three and a half years to sort out their defence but it's the same old story.

Diego Maradona v England, 1986
Dreadful defending. No organisation whatsoever at the back. Allowed the little Argentinian chap to simply stroll through to the goal unchallenged. England had three and a half years to sort out the central defence. No way this would have happened if Van Dijk and Fonte had been playing.

Marco Van Basten v USSR, 1988
Once again a forward left totally unmarked. No communication, no leadership. Wouldn't have happened with Van Dijk and Fonte at the back. The USSR had three and a half years to sort out their defence but it's the same old story.

Mick Channon v Liverpool, 1982
Sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and admit that there is absolutely no blame whatsoever attached to the Liverpool central defenders. However, take a closer look at the goal. Seven Southampton players involved in the move, but there are two notable absentees from that list. Yes, you've guessed... the two centre backs! Ball watching, yet again. I'm sorry, but this just wouldn't have happened with Van Dijk and Fonte at the back. We had three and a half years to sort out the centre of defence, yet it's the same old story again and again and again and again.....
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Oxford through
at 23:29 6 Jul 2020

Personally I think it's a shame they didn't make the play off final. I would have enjoyed seeing Westwood and co. balanced on top of 500 pallets outside Wembley Stadium.
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Defence
at 13:15 6 Jul 2020

I think when it comes to watching your own team on TV it doesn't matter if there's 50 people in the ground or 50,000 as we all get so engrossed in the game we tend not to think about the crowd (and we probably all added our own crowd noises at home yesterday!). But watching other team's matches has been quite tedious at times. Listening on the radio is particularly tough as the crowd noise normally gives an indication of the flow of the game as much as the commentary. In fact, in a few matches it was hard to tell if a goal had been scored cos the commentator was so matter-of-fact about it. At least Adam Blackmore puts some passion into it.
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Defence
at 10:42 6 Jul 2020

Great game yesterday but no-one will ever convince me that the lack of fans doesn't influence results overall, especially for the teams at the bottom. We had enough great escapes of our own over the years at The Dell to know how influential the crowd can be.
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Defence
at 21:58 5 Jul 2020

I must have watched a different second half to you. I can recall Stephens slicing one clearance straight to the city player but I can't remember any other glaring errors. I think some folk, Nick especially, are so obsessed by our defence that they now look at ever single piece of defending in minute detail.
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Whitening Toothpaste
at 11:19 29 Jun 2020

One or two of my teeth are yellow and some of the old fillings are black, so are my teeth racist or non-racist? I just don't know where I stand on the old racist teeth issue.
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Games without crowds
at 09:02 29 Jun 2020

Reminds me of the old days when I used to watch the reserves at The Dell and you could hear all the players shouts (and swearing) and the 'thud' of the ball as it's passed around.
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A bit close to home...
at 10:59 21 Jun 2020

Or what about the IRA bomb that wrecked the shop in East Street opposite Debenhams? Going shopping in town in the late 1970s was a scary business. I think the bombmaker was discovered in Albion Towers and went to prison for a long time. I've also read that a bomb was planted under an oil tanker at Redbridge but either failed to go off or was defused (or maybe it did go off and nobody noticed). There was a thread about it on the Southampton Memories Facebook site a few years ago. The IRA bombing campaign did have one good side effect for kids at my school though. Every so often the school would receive a phone call saying a bomb had been left somewhere in one of the classrooms, so we all had to traipse out on to the playing field for half an hour or so while the school was searched, thereby missing some dreary lesson or other. I can't remember if the hoaxer was ever discovered but I think the school just got fed up in the end and ignored them. I bet those bloody lazy teachers like Virginia-Dentista would use it as an excuse to close down the school for a couple of months nowadays.
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Calling all statue lovers...
at 17:48 15 Jun 2020

I love the statue of the old lady pulling the book out of the wall outside Bitterne library. I don't think the BLM protesters could find any offence in that, which is good because I doubt if the football lads would be able to locate a library.

The Tom Finney statue at Deepdale is really good with the sprays of water, just like the famous photo.

The old commies knew how to build a big statue. The Motherland memorial in Volgograd always looks impressive on TV.
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London
at 16:57 14 Jun 2020

Who's 'Arthur'?
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London
at 14:49 14 Jun 2020

And what would those consequences be? Deface a statue and we'll kick the sh*t out of a policeman?
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