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On 5/8/2021 at 7:32 AM, faraway saint said:

Saturday's offering from the top league, won't see any of the first two games, be traveling to/from Paisley.

Should get home for the BIG game at 5:30.

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City v Chelsea was a great watch.

Unfortunate Aguero, a legend, missed his penalty to make it 2-0.  :zipit

Chelsea continue to impress me with their fast attacking style.

They now sit 3rd in the top league. 

Today's games, with a free to watch game on BBC.

If West Ham win Leicester's position starts to looks more and more precarious. 

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Two games tonight, with the United v Leicester game looking like it could be a cracker but with the FA deciding that United have to play Liverpool on Thursday night United will, almost certainly, be playing a changed side. 

Thursday will see United playing 3 games in 4/5 days, depending how you measure it, quite unbelievable. 

Could make a wee punt on Leicester worthwhile? 

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12 hours ago, faraway saint said:

Two games tonight, with the United v Leicester game looking like it could be a cracker but with the FA deciding that United have to play Liverpool on Thursday night United will, almost certainly, be playing a changed side. 

Thursday will see United playing 3 games in 4/5 days, depending how you measure it, quite unbelievable. 

Could make a wee punt on Leicester worthwhile? 

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Jeezo, what a line up for United.................currently United 1-2 Leicester, 75 mins. 

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29 minutes ago, faraway saint said:

Jeezo, what a line up for United.................currently United 1-2 Leicester, 75 mins. 

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Leicester win and pretty much secure Champions League football next season.

Well deserved, a very good manager and more than decent football players. 

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10 hours ago, faraway saint said:

Leicester win and pretty much secure Champions League football next season.

Well deserved, a very good manager and more than decent football players. 

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Oh, forgot to mention, with United reserves losing Man City win the league. :happyclapper

Well deserved, pity it was under these circumstances.

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Last night I decided NOT to watch Newcastle v Man City..................

Only a SEVEN goal thriller.

I'm having a nightmare. 

Newcastle 3-4 Man City. 

3 league games today in the top league, and also the FA Cup final.

Whatever game I watch will end in a 0-0 :lol:

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37 minutes ago, faraway saint said:

Last night I decided NOT to watch Newcastle v Man City..................

Only a SEVEN goal thriller.

I'm having a nightmare. 

Newcastle 3-4 Man City. 

3 league games today in the top league, and also the FA Cup final.

Whatever game I watch will end in a 0-0 :lol:

If it’s any consolation I’ve missed that game and the United-Liverpool game this week too.  I will need to catch up on the highlights on MOTD which I record on cooncil tv. 

I’m hopeful that the FA Cup final will be a cracker as it could be a very open game. I’d like to see Leicester win as I like the way Rodgers has had them playing. Plus for some reason my youngest daughter's English team is Chelsea and she knows all the words to their anthem “Blue is the colour”. 

I’ve never liked Chelsea. When I was working down south, one of my mates was a Millwall fan. He took me along to the old Stamford Bridge on 4th November 1989. This was a time when there used to be a large advertising hoarding behind the away end. It was also post Hillsborough so all the exit gates in the fences were now open. Chelsea cruised to a 4-0 victory thanks to a Kerry Dixon hat trick. https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/chelsea-fc_millwall-fc/index/spielbericht/2553013

Before, during and after the game it was fcuking pandemonium with violence on a scale I have never witnessed before or since and never want to see again. When the third Chelsea goal went in suddenly all hell broke loose. There were pockets of Millwall fans in The Shed and the Main Stand. Then all the away fans launched an attack via the open exit gates in the fences at the bottom of the terracing.

After the game the Millwall fans then set alight the advertising hoarding which meant the police had to open the exit gates onto the road and then a further riot ensued outside the ground.

I’m fcuking glad we don’t live in the 80s any more. 

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1 minute ago, Slash said:

If it’s any consolation I’ve missed that game and the United-Liverpool game this week too.  I will need to catch up on the highlights on MOTD which I record on cooncil tv. 

I’m hopeful that the FA Cup final will be a cracker as it could be a very open game. I’d like to see Leicester win as I like the way Rodgers has had them playing. Plus for some reason my youngest daughter's English team is Chelsea and she knows all the words to their anthem “Blue is the colour”. 

I’ve never liked Chelsea. When I was working down south, one of my mates was a Millwall fan. He took me along to the old Stamford Bridge on 4th November 1989. This was a time when there used to be a large advertising hoarding behind the away end. It was also post Hillsborough so all the exit gates in the fences were now open. Chelsea cruised to a 4-0 victory thanks to a Kerry Dixon hat trick. https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/chelsea-fc_millwall-fc/index/spielbericht/2553013

Before, during and after the game it was fcuking pandemonium with violence on a scale I have never witnessed before or since and never want to see again. When the third Chelsea goal went in suddenly all hell broke loose. Their were pockets of Millwall fans in The Shed and the Main Stand. Then all the away fans launched an attack via the open exit gates in the fences at the bottom of the terracing.

After the game the Millwall fans then set alight the advertising hoarding which meant the police had to open the exit gates onto the road and then a further riot ensued outside the ground.

I’m fcuking glad we don’t live in the 80s any more. 

It isn't. :P

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The FA Cup final will be watched by over 1 BILLION people on the telly.

There will also be 20,000 fans allowed into Wembley.

How many will be allowed into Hampden for the Scottish Cup final.......................NANE. :thumbsdown

The original amount of 600, aye, 600, (big fecking deal) has now been changed to ZERO.

Well done. 

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1 hour ago, faraway saint said:

The FA Cup final will be watched by over 1 BILLION people on the telly.

There will also be 20,000 fans allowed into Wembley.

How many will be allowed into Hampden for the Scottish Cup final.......................NANE. :thumbsdown

The original amount of 600, aye, 600, (big fecking deal) has now been changed to ZERO.

Well done. 

Where are you reading/hearing that it has been reduced to zero?

It’s feckin madness. 

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2 hours ago, Slash said:

Where are you reading/hearing that it has been reduced to zero?

It’s feckin madness. 

Madness right enough, but it's ok, better to be safe.................................... no doubt some eejit will defend the decision. 

Even 600 is a fecking joke TBH. 

Scottish Cup final: No crowd for St Johnstone v Hibs after Glasgow spike in cases

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/57123009

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Sunday see's the final games in the top league.

The battle for the Champions League places is the real focus of attention.

Three teams battle for two places.

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Aston Villa v Chelsea, anything but an easy last game for Chelsea with Villa a very capable/dangerous side.

Leicester v Spurs, the home side have stuttered lately, losing 2 and drawing on from their last 5. They blew it last season, they could do the same this season, although they should beat a Spurs side who are poor it's out of their hands if the the other two teams win. (A silly amount of goals aside)

Liverpool v Crystal Palace, Liverpool have picked up just at the right time, winning 4 and drawing 1 of their last 5. A 4 goal advantage over Leicester sees them just needing the win although Palace could be dangerous with their manager announcing he's quitting after this game.

Super Sunday right enough, can't wait. :thumbs2

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16 hours ago, faraway saint said:

Sunday see's the final games in the top league.

The battle for the Champions League places is the real focus of attention.

Three teams battle for two places.

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Aston Villa v Chelsea, anything but an easy last game for Chelsea with Villa a very capable/dangerous side.

Leicester v Spurs, the home side have stuttered lately, losing 2 and drawing on from their last 5. They blew it last season, they could do the same this season, although they should beat a Spurs side who are poor it's out of their hands if the the other two teams win. (A silly amount of goals aside)

Liverpool v Crystal Palace, Liverpool have picked up just at the right time, winning 4 and drawing 1 of their last 5. A 4 goal advantage over Leicester sees them just needing the win although Palace could be dangerous with their manager announcing he's quitting after this game.

Super Sunday right enough, can't wait. :thumbs2

Villa are a completely different side with Jack Grealish playing. He is one of those old fashioned players that gets you off your seat every time he is on the ball. I just hope he picks up an injury in training before Scotland play the auld enemy. D

I really can’t see Liverpool slipping up. After all slippy G is now at The Rangers. Palace have nothing in the locker. Guaranteed home win.

I can see Chelsea struggling to beat Villa. Leicester have run out of steam and will likely draw against Spurs.

But who knows? I’ll certainly be tuning in. Just wish there was a relegation battle this season to add to the excitement.

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14 minutes ago, Yflab said:

Villa are a completely different side with Jack Grealish playing. He is one of those old fashioned players that gets you off your seat every time he is on the ball. I just hope he picks up an injury in training before Scotland play the auld enemy. D

I really can’t see Liverpool slipping up. After all slippy G is now at The Rangers. Palace have nothing in the locker. Guaranteed home win.

I can see Chelsea struggling to beat Villa. Leicester have run out of steam and will likely draw against Spurs.

But who knows? I’ll certainly be tuning in. Just wish there was a relegation battle this season to add to the excitement.

Agree with you about villa with grealish in the team although ollie watkins is a big danger man for them, remember him a few years back destroying carlisle in play offs when he was at Exeter. Another one that could do without facing Scotland in euros.

 

I think the top four at moment will stay the same at final whistle tho.

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27 minutes ago, faraway saint said:

Just caught an item on BBC news that an astounding 1% of players from all these expensive football academy's "make it" to the top level. (I'm assuming this is in England)

That's a very expensive investment with a very poor return.

 

I agree.

To be fair if they didn’t have the Academies they’d have to spend big bucks buying the players. They would obviously like that return to be higher, but it’s better than the alternative.

You look closer to home. Look at the money that Rangers have invested down the years  in their academy with little return. Our club benefitted big time when Rangers discarded Kenny McLean and Lewis Morgan. Both ended up playing in our first team, got sold on for transfer fees, and both have been capped at full international level.

The actual odds on a child born in the UK becoming a player in the EPL are far less than 1%

I do feel that the Academy system is flawed in many ways.

It gives hope to kids and parents that they are on the path to wealth and happiness. Sadly as you can see the odds are stacked against them. All those hours spent training and keeping food diaries throughout you childhood only to be discarded. Often depression kicks in as they feel failure and rejection. In some cases this leads to self harm and suicidal behaviour.

I’d like to see academies adopt football scholarships or apprentice schemes where kids and young adults have something to fall back on. Sadly there is too much greed in the game for that to happen.

 

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Agree with the above, I work with a lad who was at Newcastle through his teens and even came to us for a trial but just couldn't cope with the restrictions on his life at the academy, fell out of love with the game and plays the odd 5 a side work game now, it's a hard situation but it demonstrates the will and dedication required to succeed above the raw talent.

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