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Monday, November 6

Stephen Colbert says..

You're on notice Premiership!!


  • Cannot believe those last two Arsenal results. Also can't believe Sheff United, Watford and and Charlton all winning this weekend.
    United are doing well right now but of course we all know that a few injuries to the likes of Scholes, Ronaldo, Rooney or Saha and we could be in trouble. I suppose you could say that about most squads except Chelsea though.
    I've been busy the last weeks and haven't been able to watch much but will be getting the ITVN box in a couple of weeks once our season ends. I have heard Carrick looked really good again on Saturday. He certainly was good in the Bolton match. Will be interesting to see if we go for Hargreaves in January.

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 4:46 PM  

  • I am now a Southend fan third, after MCFC and Celtic.

    By Blogger George Cuddy, at 8:06 PM  

  • Ha. Ya, nice one. The romantic in me was not exactly devastated. It kinda proves what I was sating earlier about us being bery reliant on a few players - we have moved slightly from our first X1 twice in the last couple of weeks and were beaten both times (Copenhagen and Southend)

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 9:08 AM  

  • in truth i would be thrilled John - its a nonsense cup that gets in the way of stuff that matters. I wouldnt mind seeing Arsenal beaten today so we can get to the real cups. They should merge the cups or rather just off this cup altogether.

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 9:50 AM  

  • Ha, I was afraid of the abuse I would take if I said that when I didn't come out and say it when we won it last year :-)

    You are being a little offensive to Liverpool fans there Simon - it was part of their "treble" after all.

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 11:47 AM  

  • Didnt they also win the UEFA Cup and Zenith Data Systems trophy in that treble?

    As for this 'cup' the best play to play it is what you and Arsenal have done - use it to plahy youngsters and those returning from injury - you got caught out yesterday by playing too many A stars when you should have stuck with more fringe players a la the previous round. At least that way when you get knocked out you can say no Rooney/Ronaldo etc... then if you get to the semis take it seriously for the money.
    Personally I think there is no need for 2 Cups other than to feed the coffers of small teams and thats fine but i dont see why the media need to jump all over the top clubs when thehy get beaten without playing the likes of Henry/Gerrard/Giggs etc.

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 12:03 PM  

  • I agree...too many matches do not a World Cup triumph make. Evidence this past summer. Tired, tired, tired. The reserves/youths should play these cups; leave the league season, FA Cup and Europe to the first teamers.

    As for Becks in MLS - wasn't that type of business decision the eventual undoing of the NASL???

    By Blogger George Cuddy, at 4:32 PM  

  • Retro Ads:

    Nothing to do with football but something for Iano, Simon and Rich at least to waste away a Thursday.

    Am still bitter about that Subbuteo ad - was crap in real life and we never had a big enough table to play it on (insert violin tune ghere) so we had to play on carpet which was like playing on Lansdowne Road every game.

    Check out all the ads from this adarchive geezer:

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 1:37 AM  

  • Oh jesus, i wont do any work all week now - and can i just say that Subbuteo was utter crap. I hated that game, it may be because i was easily the best player on the block at real football so couldnt be bothered with shi* finger flicky footy which always resulted in looking for the ball after it flew off the table.

    Christ, an ad for Cindy... you know what I want... the Sean Bean Sky Premiership commercial from mid 90's , all the lads used love that while the birds moaned. Best advert ever.

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 10:22 AM  

  • You had a table? Rich bastard.

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 12:59 PM  

  • Ha! Hardly. Always a mates house, i was just a pauper..

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 2:54 PM  

  • Subbuteo was legendary... I remember pestering my old man to let me play it on the dining table, so he brought this massive bit of plywood and slapped the pitch on there-sheer quality, it was like the old Kenilworth Road...
    Did any of you boys have those extra dudes that could buy to take throw ins. They were kind of springy and you could launch attacks from throw ins near your own corner flag-quality.

    By Blogger Stand up if you hate Man u, at 9:33 PM  

  • We also made a pitch by gluing the felt onto plywood and resting in on saw horses in the garage. I also drew advertising hoardings on cardboard so the ball wouldn't roll off and go bouncing wildly out the garage.

    I think I still have about 8 or 9 of the Zaire 74 set somewhere. Minus the keeper that always broke off that bloody stick. And that Airfix glue that worked on model planes would alway melt the players legs so you ended up with players of very divergent height.

    I also remember when they introduced a Telstar ball to replace the one that looked like the old orangey-yellowy leather English match balls.

    By Blogger gooner71, at 10:28 PM  

  • No, never had the throw-in guys. Jesus, life before the PS2 really wasn't worth living was it? :-)

    I thought Subbuteo was so crap that I presumed I just wasn't playing it correctly but it turns out I was.

    Did any of you have that little motorised football game where the players would move up and down in straight lines which you controlled with 4 or 5 buttons and you could shoot by twisting the buttons? The gall would disappear down a hole for throws and corners and then pop up.

    Did any of you play Sensible Soccer on the old Ataris? Now that was quality. Then all the soccer player's careers were cut short as they were drafted into the armed forces for the great Cannon Fodder wars.

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 10:20 AM  

  • Johno:

    By Blogger Rich Hughes, at 10:24 AM  

  • Class - I am tempted to actually get one, used to love that game.

    I remember the up and down game John but never played it, i wanted it for Xmas one year.

    Subbuteo however... crap , i hated it then and to this day i have nothing but contempt for it.

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 11:24 AM  

  • Wow - this thing looks sweet Rich. And it comes with Cannon Fodder!

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 3:01 PM  

  • Aye - I think Burkie is getting one too. Anything I can do to make your lives better!

    By Blogger Rich Hughes, at 3:03 PM  

  • That game with the players moving up and down was legendary as well. You could unleash some wicked drives from way out with that ball that was ridiculously small! Sensible soccer was well smart as well - those were the days....

    By Blogger Stand up if you hate Man u, at 8:46 PM  

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