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Statistical analysis of corners in EPL (general analysis, by parts of the season, by ratios of indicators, by match intervals)

2020.09.14 08:39 Corner-stats Statistical analysis of corners in EPL (general analysis, by parts of the season, by ratios of indicators, by match intervals)

Statistical analysis of corners in EPL (general analysis, by parts of the season, by ratios of indicators, by match intervals)
The team of football statistics service welcomes all football fans in anticipation of the start of English Premier League, Spanish LaLiga and other championships.
The purpose of this preview is to analyze the statistics of corners in the Premier League of England in the season 2019/20, and we will do this using a variety of tools for statistics analysis of the service
General analysis
First, let's take a look at the summary table of corners stats for the 2019/20 season ( Among the leaders on corners we see teams such as Manchester City, Chelsea, Leicester and Liverpool, which attack a lot and sharply, as well as Wolverhampton, which does not take too many corners, but also does not allow opponents to take corners.
In terms of analysis of corners at home and away, we would like to highlight the teams Aston Villa and Sheffield United, which are much better at serving corners at home than at away, but Southampton, surprisingly, has much better results on corners at away.
Users of the service have the opportunity to compare the statistics of teams within a tournament separately by halves, 15-minutes intervals, or form any interval (from a minute to a minute of a match). We think it will not be difficult for you to understand these tools and determine right statistical trends.
Relations of indicators
So, we have identified the leaders on corners in the Premier League in the previous season, and there is nothing strange that among them there are mainly teams that have a lot of ball possession, attack and shoot on goal. However, we can neutralize these factors using the website's tool Relations of indicators. If we compare the teams in terms of the team percentage of ball possession / team corners, then among the leaders we will see Sheffield United (7.7% of possession for 1 corner) and Aston Villa (8.32% for 1 corner), while Manchester City is only in 3rd place, and Liverpool generally in the middle of the table. In terms of team shots / team corners, Sheffield United is also in the 1st place (the team needs 1.66 shots on average for 1 corner), while Manchester United has the worst rate (2.67 shots for 1 corner).
Total corners
Let's compare teams in terms of total corners in a match. The leader on this indicator is Arsenal (12.11 on avg.), but note that Arsenal had a lot of corners only under coach Unai Emery in the first half of the season (13.42), and after the appointment as head coach of Arteta, Arsenal's total corners decreased to the league average (10.86). We wrote more about this in our preview: The smallest total corners in Wolverhampton (8.97), which, as we noted above, delivers little corners and allows little to deliver opponents.
In addition, we want to note that in the first matches after the quarantine, the Premier League teams were delivering more corners (11.42 on average), we wrote about this in detail in our preview: As a reminder, using the "Date from - Date to" filter, you can study the statistics of a tournament for various periods (the beginning of the season, the end of the season, matches in winter, matches after the quarantine, etc.).
Match intervals analysis
And finally, let's analyze how the teams were delivering corners in different situations in a match, namely, when the team was leading, playing in a draw or was losing. To do this, use the Match Intervals filter: So, we have 3 clear leaders on corners on intervals when there was a draw in a match - Manchester City (+5.45), Liverpool (+2.72), Chelsea (+4.55). There is a very noticeable difference in corners of Manchester City when the team was winning (7.28 total corners and +2.43 handicap on corners), and when it was losing during a match (16.43 total and +12.4 handicap). But Newcastle is consistently losing on corners regardless of the score in a match (-2.09 at winning intervals, -3.09 at draw intervals, -2.03 at losing intervals).
We also draw your attention to the fact that none of the Premier League teams changed their coach before the start of the 2020/21 season, which is a positive factor in favor of maintaining the statistical trends of the teams of the last season.
Once again, congratulations to everyone on the start of the new football season, and we hope that our Premier League corners stats preview will help you to dig deeper into the team statistics and make money on it. Have a nice football!
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2020.08.06 17:18 ARichTeaBiscuit #GEXIV [National] ARichTeaBiscuit travles to Wolverhampton

ARichTeaBiscuit travelled to the city of Wolverhampton, with the Labour politician seen conversing with members of the local branch of the Labour Party and assisting their efforts to hand out campaign literature before moving on to address a small crowd.
"Hello there,
I remember a few years ago I was speaking to my father about my extended family in the country, as the conversation had erupted after someone had purchased an ancestry DNA kit as a surprise birthday present.
It was in these conversations that I became aware that my Great Grandfather had a rather close connection to Wolverhampton, not just through their steadfast and loyal support to Wolves football club but also due to the friendship they forged through the business that they operated in the region.
I shortly found myself looking through a series of letters dated from the period of the First World War that had been signed by members of the community here in Wolverhampton stating categorically that my Great Grandfather worked in a protected industry, and that his quality of service and customer service was admirable so that he should be allowed to be exempt from service.
It is these heartwarming and touching letters from the local community that resulted in my Great Grandfather only being drafted to serve near the end of the First World War and such an action most likely led to his life being saved
I believe that these messages underscore the compassion and kindness that is within each and every one of us, as, despite the pressure that was being placed on people to send as many people to the front, a community preserved and worked together to protect figures such as my Great Grandfather.
It is a lesson that I think should be applied to the modern political sphere, and I understand that the modern community centre and the various community-led initiatives contained within have provided an incredibly valuable tool to stitch towns and villages across the country, however, as I have learned during the course of this parliamentary campaign running a community club is an expensive endeavour and over the years some good clubs have unfortunately collapsed.
It is why I am quite befuddled when I see those in the Libertarian Party brag that they are going to cut DCMS, as such a department not only coordinates support that is given to extremely important institutions such as the Imperial War Museum but it also coordinates financial support that can be given to community-led initiatives that provide a real benefit to the people, and it is quite a shameful indictment of Libertarian policy that they'd rather save a few pounds then see our communities uplifted.
Just a short while ago I visited a town located on the historic Chesterfield Canal, now such a site allows pleasure cruisers to engage in quite an enjoyable and relaxing activity during the weekends and it also allows people to connect with the industrial past of our country, however, these benefits are only possible due to funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund which is overseen by DCMS.
It is this same spirit of empathy and compassion that has led us to the understanding that people shouldn't be overworked and should be able to relax with friends and loved ones, and through the working time directive we've been working to create a healthier work-life balance.
In my mothers' homeland, Japan we have a term that is called Karōshi which I understand is literally translated to overwork death which can happen when an individual spends so much time working that they forget to look after themselves and become at greater risk of heart attacks, strokes and over health concerns.
I don't believe that someone should undergo extensive periods of working 60 hours a week, especially the hardworking members of our National Health Service who often have to experience stressful and emotionally draining incidents throughout their normal workweek.
Yet if the Libertarian Party got into power then they'll get rid of the working time directive, and we will see the rather incredible situation of people on the frontline of our healthcare service or in our manufacturing sector working 50 to 60 hours per week, and well you have to ask the question do you want the stress of all these extra hours or would you rather be with your family on a relaxing day in the park?
I wish to see community-led initiatives such as the Chesterfield Canal supported in the future, and I want to live in a country where people don't feel forced to go to work, however, you cannot get that vision if you go out and vote for the Libertarian Party.
If you wish to see the development of a healthy work-life balance, and a society where our communities are filled with kindness, compassion and empathy through community-led initiatives then the best way of ensuring that is to go out and vote Labour, and together we can build a better Britain, thank you."
ARichTeaBiscuit remained behind a few moments to respond to the concerns of residents and pose for a few photographs before being called off to rejoin the campaign trail.
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2020.02.21 17:53 Max0699 [Pre Match Thread] Leicester City vs Manchester City Premier League

Date: 22 February 2020
Venue: King Power Stadium
Referee: Paul Tierney
Kickoff: 17:30 GMT
Potential Starting 11s
Leicester City:
Ricardo, Soyuncu, Evans, Chilwell
Tielemans, Praet, Maddison
Perez, Vardy, Barnes
Manchester City:
Cancelo, Stones, Fernandinho, Zinchenko
De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan
Mahrez, Aguero, Bernardo
Match Preview:
At one stage, it did appear that Leicester were in a Premier League title race, but Liverpool's stunning form this season has seen the Reds leave the rest of the competition behind.
The Foxes have enjoyed a very impressive campaign to date, though, and are in a strong position when it comes to securing Champions League football for the 2020-21 campaign. Indeed, they are comfortably third at the moment, nine points clear of fourth-placed Chelsea, who are struggling for form.
Brendan Rodgers's team sit 10 points clear of Tottenham Hotspur in fifth, meanwhile, demonstrating their strength when it comes to the Champions League spots.
It is almost one month since Leicester last won a game, though, which came away to Brentford in the FA Cup. Since then, they have lost to Aston Villa in the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final, in addition to drawing back-to-back Premier League matches with Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The Foxes have not actually won in the league since beating West Ham United 4-1 on January 22, while they have been victorious in just one of their last eight games with Man City, suffering seven defeats in the process.
Indeed, Pep Guardiola's team recorded a 3-1 victory in the reverse game at the Etihad Stadium back in December, but Leicester ran out 2-1 winners when they last locked horns at the King Power Stadium in December 2018.
Leicester will follow this game with a trip to the league's basement side Norwich City on February 28 before welcoming Birmingham City in the FA Cup on March 4. Rodgers's team are certainly capable of winning England's biggest cup competition this season, and it will be fascinating to see how they perform in the latter stages of the tournament.
Pipping Man City to second spot would represent a wonderful campaign for Leicester, and they will certainly be the fresher of the two teams considering that the reigning champions played on Wednesday night.
Indeed, having seen their clash with West Ham earlier this month postponed due to bad weather, the fixture was rescheduled for Wednesday. It was the first time that the Citizens had taken to the field since news of their two-year Champions League suspension had been revealed.
The Hammers never threatened to make it an uncomfortable night for Guardiola's team, though, with Rodri and Kevin De Bruyne finding the back of the net in a 2-0 win.
The victory was important for Man City considering that they had entered the Premier League winter break off the back of a 2-0 defeat to Jose Mourinho's Tottenham in the English capital.
It remains to be seen what happens with the club's European suspension and subsequent appeal, but the players must remain focused as they will follow this weekend's clash with a European tie against Real Madrid.
Indeed, the English champions will travel to the Bernabeu on Wednesday night for the first leg of their last-16 clash in the Champions League. When the draw was made, Man City would have fancied their chances, but Madrid are currently top of La Liga and have Eden Hazard back from injury.
The Citizens will then open March with the EFL Cup final against Aston Villa before visiting Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup three days later. It is a very, very busy period of the season for the Manchester giants, who could still enjoy a brilliant campaign on the field despite concerns behind the scenes.
There is no getting away from the fact that the team have been short in the Premier League, though, having dropped points in nine of their 26 matches to sit 22 points behind leaders Liverpool in the table.
It is only a matter of time before Jurgen Klopp's team are crowned champions, but the race for second is very much open, and a poor result for the visitors this weekend would open the door for Leicester to pounce.
Leicester Premier League form: WLLWDD Leicester form (all competitions): LWWLDD
Man City Premier League form: WWDWLW Man City form (all competitions): DWWLLW
Team News:
Leicester will be without the services of Hamza Choudhury following the midfielder's red card against Wolves, while Nampalys Mendy and Daniel Amartey are still on the treatment table.
Key midfielder Wilfred Ndidi will also again miss out with the knee issue that has ruled him out of Leicester's last two Premier League matches with Chelsea and Wolves.
Dennis Praet could therefore come into the team in central midfield, but it is otherwise expected to be the same XI that started last time out with James Maddison, Harvey Barnes and Jamie Vardy all in the side.
As for Man City, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and David Silva are all unavailable, but Oleksandr Zinchenko could return having served a one-game domestic suspension.
The fact that the English champions will take on Madrid next week means that Guardiola is expected to shuffle his pack for this match, with Joao Cancelo and Riyad Mahrez both expected to feature.
Fernandinho could also return in central defence with Aymeric Laporte, who has only just returned from a long-term knee injury, likely to be rested ahead of the trip to the Bernabeu.
Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero should both keep their spots in the final third, while Guardiola is also expected to resist the temptation to rest De Bruyne.
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2020.01.23 10:03 russ_789 My Therapy

At my most recent Problem Gambling Support Group meeting via Skype (the same one posted on here weekly) it was my turn to do a therapy session. This is my journey from starting gambling until now. I thought it would be worth sharing here as someone may get something from it. It is a bit of a long read.
My name is Mark and i’m a compulsive gambler. My last bet was April 2nd 2019. The day of April 2nd was a massive turning point in my life, it was the day I finally admitted to my long term partner, who is the mother of my two children, and to my parents that I was a compulsive gambler and needed help. The weekend prior was when I finally said to myself I’ve had enough, I had been betting for 14 years and it had beaten me so badly that I was a mess mentally and financially. Although no one knew that because I was an expert at hiding it.
I started gambling like almost anyone in the UK or Ireland, The Grand National. The one day of the year where it seems like every man, woman and child has a bet on. The biggest horse race in the world. That and those glorious holidays spent in Portrush playing the 2p machines (penny fall machines). I don’t for one second blame those experiences for my gambling problem, they are just my first memories of gambling. One really vivid memory I have of gambling was when I was begging my dad for the latest Official Playstation Magazine, the one with the demo disc, and he was just sitting down to watch England play against someone and said to me “if Paul Scholes scores the first goal I will get you the magazine.” Now, I know for a fact win or lose my Dad would have gotten me the magazine, he just said that so I would give him peace to watch the match. Well I remember watching the game with him hoping with all my might Paul Scholes would score 1st and he did. That adrenaline rush, even at a young age (I was 13 years old at most I would say) was unbelievable. Now, again, I am not blaming that for my gambling addiction at all, it is just one of my first vivid memories but that mentality of gambling to get something I want for free would be a regular pattern throughout my gambling career.
Once I turned 18 I opened my first betting account with Blue Sq and that started my online sports gambling journey. Friday nights were spent betting on Wolverhampton all weather horse racing and the Dutch and French 2nd Divisions. All harmless fun, controlled gambling, small stakes. I was still working part time at this stage, left school that summer and gambling was not in the way. Once I got my full time job though that all changed.
The first time I could put my finger on when my gambling changed was the first day of the 2008/2009 football season. I’d been working full time for about 3 years and my gambling was still under control, well, at least I thought it was. My stakes were still low and I was doing football bets at the weekend for a bit of fun. I gambled, but it wasn’t causing me any issues. That Friday I walked into a Paddy Power and decided instead of placing a load of stupid football bets for £1 or £2 I’d pick three teams for the season and do a £20 treble each week. Sheffield United, Leicester City and Leeds United were the picks. Of course, the first weekend it landed (the only time it landed all season I think) and my betting changed from that moment. I genuinely can’t remember the odds but I must have lifted over £100 from that £20 stake and after that staking £1 or £2 just wasn’t appealing. What was the point in that when I could stake £20 and win more. From that moment my gambling started to get out of control over time. Then came the loans, the credit cards and the payday loans.
At some point around this time I had opened a spread betting account due to a sign up offer. Now I did not have the first clue about spread betting but the offer was they gave you a free £100 or something to sign up so I did. I was still living at home at the time and we had one computer which everyone used. Well my Dad stumbled upon this website and was able to access the account (he’s not technically minded so I imagine I left it logged in) and he seen the betting history and he went mental at me. Now, I did explain that it was just bonus funds and I hadn’t actually deposited any of my own money but still the lecture came. It felt like a lecture at the time to me but he was just warning me of the dangers of gambling. Giving me examples of people he knew who had a problem and how easy it is for a gambling problem to begin. So I can never turn around and say that I wasn’t aware of the dangers, I was, my ego was just too big to listen. I paid lip service to the lecture and said I wouldn’t do it again and my Dad took me at my word and trusted me.
So, I knew early on I had a problem. I self excluded from places over the years but never really wanted to quit. I was getting in debt but was able to continue with my lifestyle as I was living at home. I remember one day going to a cheque cashing place where I could write a cheque for £100, dated on my next payday, and they’d give me £90 there and then. I did two cheques for going out that weekend (and a couple of bets on the Aintree Festival) walked straight to the bookies and had the £180 on Denman to win the Aintree Bowl at even money. Denman was a monster of a horse, a machine. He could not lose...then he suffered the first fall of his career. Back I went to the cheque cashing place for another £90 so I could still go out that weekend.
I wasn’t learning from my betting mistakes either as I was just borrowing more money to cover the cracks. I got a few debt consolidating loans over the early years to try and get a handle on my debt but it just gave me an excuse to take out more credit. The payday loans which I used to either gamble or cover my expenses for going out because I used all my money gambling. I would borrow money off my Dad and give him the puppy dog eyes when I paid it back and normally he’d only take half of what I owed him. He thought he was doing the right thing and he wanted me to have money to be able to go out with friends, I was just manipulating the situation.
I moved out and into my friends house for a year and the gambling continued, although I had less money to gamble with. My credit rating was taking a battering but I was young and didn’t really care. Then I met my current girlfriend in February 2010 and we moved in together that September. The gambling continued and was getting worse. I made the smart move to get a second job to supplement my gambling… a greyhound track. I’d be earning about £20 a night but gambling £60 or £80. Insanity. We had our first child in April 2012 and not long after she found out I’d be gambling some of the money we’d saved. It wasn’t a lot of money, but she was pissed (rightfully so). I managed to talk my way out of it and that was when I became really good at hiding things. She took control of the rent money and any money for our son so that was never in danger thankfully. We had our daughter in 2016 but the gambling still continued.
It may seem like I have glossed over an important period of time there but the truth is I can’t really remember any of the details. The only details I am able to recall with any great clarity are coming up but I just want to touch on a couple of things from this period. This was a time when I had the biggest wins of my gambling career, two separate occasions. One was an insane run of luck where I couldn’t lose all weekend and ended up with enough money for me, my partner and our Son to have our first and only foreign holiday. Another time I had a £5 free bet and landed a treble at Sandown, all Gary Moore horses and won £3.5k. That money went towards decorating the nursery for my soon to be born Daughter, my partner got money, my Mum and Dad and her Mum and Dad. I bought a PS4 and gambled the rest from memory. The two reasons these moments stick in my head isn’t just the amounts, it’s the only time I walked away in profit, at least for the sessions in question and the reason is that I told my partner I had won the money. That was the only way I knew I wouldn’t gamble it all away because she would ask questions if the money I promised didn’t materialise.
Another part of this time period I want to explore is how I was emotionally. I was 25 when we had our Son and he wasn’t planned. It was a shock to say the least and my life, as I knew it anyways, changed. No longer was I able to do what I wanted socially, I had a Son to provide for. I was working two jobs, money was tight, was I still gambling? Of course I was but slowly I started to strip everything else out of my life. We had our daughter when I was 29 and to be honest here, as much as it sadeness me I thought this way I resented having kids, especially at that age. I felt trapped at times, people I knew were able to do what they want but yet I had all this responsibility. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my kids during this time as well and they meant the world to me, but I do feel that I got into the thought process that I was trapped because of them and my only escape was into the world of online gambling.
I would go through phases where I’d stop altogether for months on end, a year at one point which I imagine was around the time my partner found out about me using the savings for gambling, but I’d always go back to it thinking I was in control but I never was. When gambling I’d deposit £10, lose it, deposit another £10, lose it, rinse and repeat until all my money was gone. If I won it just meant I could gamble longer. It was never about the money. I thought it was, but really the money was the fuel that could keep me gambling longer. Most months I was skint a few days after payday and couldn’t gamble until the next payday. It may not sound like a lot of money but it was a relentless cycle month after month after month.
At the end of 2016 I got an overdraft of £2k and gambled it all on soccer all around the world. Woke up and started gambling in Asia, moved across the globe into the Middle East, Africa, Europe and then fell asleep betting on South American football. It was out of control. Betting on Egyptian football on Xmas Day a particular lowlight. This was what my gambling looked like when I had money. All these bets were in-play as that’s how I gambled, watching a little graphic on Bet365 and thinking I could predict what was going to happen. I also gambled heavily on tennis as well, picking a player to win a set 6-0 was one of my favourites. Generally I would start with £10 as I mentioned and if the bet won I would keep “investing” all the money until it got to a certain amount, normally a couple of hundred quid. Once I got to that point I would raise my stakes significantly because I would tell myself it wasn’t my money. It wasn’t if I didn’t count all the loses it took to get to this point over the previous few days. I would then gamble that until it’s gone cursing myself for not taking the money when I had the chance. Placing the last of my money praying to a god I don’t believe in that if he could just make this bet land then I wouldn’t bet again. Once the money was done I would just sit there, looking at my bank balance, the lack of money, the direct debits due to come out in a few days, trying to figure out how I would survive the next 3-4 weeks until payday. Then I would dust myself off and start working on some budgets. What direct debits I could bounce, who I could ask to borrow money from or maybe what I could sell to fund another round of gambling to try and win my money back.
Coming into 2018 I was in a “good place” with gambling, or so I thought. I was Matched Betting which was a way of making money via bookmakers offers. It worked well for a few months but it all went to shit in the Summer of 2018. Matched Betting introduced me to the casino side of things and I lost £3.5k on roulette. I’ll not go into the ins and outs of how I had that sort of money, lets just say I didn’t and I found a way to deposit via direct debit on PayPal and of course those all bounced. Luckily Paddy Power rewarded me by making me a VIP customer after that, every cloud and all that. So I was chasing big style and getting free £50 bonuses each week from them but I could never get enough money to stop, because no amount was ever going to be enough. Their offers of Money Back if Horse X wins are normally £10 max refund, I was getting £100 max refund. Eventually I was running out of ways to get money and when I started to bet less with Paddy Power they removed my VIP status. I did win £1000 on an NFL bet and lost the lot on roulette the next week. Another lowlight.
The win on the NFL followed by the lose on roulette sticks in my mind because visually it summed up how miserable I was. I had promised my partner back at the start of the year that we would get the living room redecorated and I would pay with it from my Matched Betting and she was happy with that. Of course I explained it was risk free and nothing could go wrong and it wasn’t even gambling. Anyways, come November we are due to have our living room redecorated and of course I do not have the money for it so I have to go to my Mum and Dad. I give them some sob story about how when I was Matched Betting I made a mistake, layed off the wrong horse and lost my money so could then lend me it and don’t tell my partner. It was a complete lie and to be honest at the time I didn’t think they had bought it but they lent me the money. Turns out when I told them about my gambling problem back in April they had smelt bull shit but my Granda (on my Dad’s side) was ill in the hospital and he was stressed about that so he just let it slide. So the redecoration was on and it was going to take a couple of days. One Monday night I had a bet on the NFL and it landed, £10 at 100/1. Happy days, I can give my Mum and Dad back their money, it’s nearly Xmas, this is amazing luck. So on Tuesday night I sat in my half decorated living room and thought if I could just win a little bit more then things would be even better so loaded up the roulette. I lost it all sitting in the living room and during it I could literally see what the money would be paying for but it didn’t stop me, nothing would stop me.
2019 I could feel myself struggling. My life was consumed with gambling or working out how to get money to gamble and then how I was going to pay people back what I owed them. I was in a bad place, I was a bad person, lying, angry but still no one knew the truth. January had always been a tough month as I run several NFL Fantasy Football leagues for money and I am in charge of the money. Of course, that was always gambled away by me and January was the month people expected pay outs because the season was over. Usually I would have won enough money in my leagues to cover it or convince people to pay for next year with their winnings that I could cover it. This year I could not and I had the added pressure of owing people money. A lot of these people were friends of mine I knew personally, others were people I had gotten to know over a few years and only talked online. Either way I had stolen their money and gambled it away. I managed to use my Granda’s death in January as an excuse for why I had not paid people yet, I was in a bad way with the funeral etc, all the excuses, the truth is I was just trying to buy more time.
Then came the weekend prior to April 2nd. I had just been paid and deposited some money into my Bet365 account and managed to get my balance up to £910 on Friday 29th March. I should say by this stage I was fully gambling on tennis. Not match winner, that took too long, generally set winner or next game winner as that was quicker. Now this £910 would have cleared some of my urgent debts to allow me to continue on gambling. All I had to do was withdraw, and I was going to…...once I got it up to a nice round £1000. As you can guess I lost the lot. £300-£400 on Benoit Paire was one of the worst hits but I was gambling like a mad man. That was how I bet when I had winnings, the stakes got out of control. By the time I was leaving work at 6pm on the Friday the whole £910 was gone. I was betting on ATP, Challenger, ITF, any tennis that was on I was betting on it. Back in the day I remember betting on a tennis match where they had one ball. Still a story that brings a smile to my face if I’m honest. A smile that consists of a mixture of shame and cringe. That Friday night I deposited whatever I had left in and managed to win back a good chunk of the money, but it still wasn’t enough. It still wasn’t what I had before. So the whole weekend went like that, up and down, up and down. I went to a family dinner and sat betting on my phone the whole night. That’s how my life has been the last number of years, i’m present at gatherings, or nights out but my mind is deep in my phone gambling away not giving a shit about anyone.
Eventually the money ran out that weekend. I was a mess. I could have actually made it work financially and gotten through the month but mentally I was gone. I could tell my brain had put me into a nosedive and the only way this was all ending was in disaster. Maybe not this month, or this year but I was being flown towards rock bottom.
I sat down on the Monday and wrote out everything that I owed, who I owed it to, a budget going forward. It was grim enough reading, £18k in the hole. The money wasn’t the issue, it was how it was making me feel, the time I’ve been wasting. The fact that I finally couldn’t take anymore, that I was ready to wave the white flag and say gambling has won, it defeated me. I found out when and where the nearest GA Meeting was to me and wrote that down too. So I found a set of balls and on the Tuesday I told my girlfriend. My attitude was that life can’t be any worse for me than it currently is. I was a mess, I cried, I honestly expected her to tell me to get out and I wouldn’t have blamed her, but she was amazing. She was angry obviously, but she was so supportive. Then I called my parents round and told them. They were disappointed, confused but also really supportive. Then the next day I told my closest friends who were again all really supportive. I owe them some money too and they’ve been great about setting up a payment plan to pay that back. I can imagine some people saying that I didn’t hit rock bottom in comparison to others, I felt that way myself to be honest. I felt like I had gotten off lightly but looking back the cycle I was in was soul destroying and although I didn’t cause the devastation others have caused I knew I needed to reach out for help as I couldn’t do it on my own.
I registered for GAMStop and self excluded online for 5 years which has taken the avenue of online gambling away from me. A vital step if online is your vice. I also handed over control of my finances to my partner which again removed another temptation. I’ve since learned in recovery that gamblers need 3 things, time, opportunity and money, take away one of those and you won’t be able to gamble. I took away two with these simple steps.
I then went to my first GA Meeting on Wednesday 3rd April. The time doesn’t suit me for that, Monday at 9pm is my meeting but I felt I needed to get to one ASAP. I don’t know what I expected GA to be, some sort of church run cult filled with a bunch of old men desperate for a bet but it’s one of the most amazing groups I’ve ever found. It’s a dumping ground for all my shit and it’s a place where I can listen to other people’s stories. Without sounding sexist, it’s something a lot of men could do with outside of addiction, a place to talk about life and how they are feeling. I take a 50 mile round trip every Monday to get there. When I was gambling if I had to travel 50 miles to get internet to gamble you can guarantee I’d have travelled every day. When I leave a meeting I am buzzing, for all the right reasons. I’m a lifer when it comes to GA now and I am fine with that.
I am also a member of the Problem Gambling Support Group and we run three meetings a week via Skype. This group has been so influential to my recovery and I have met so many good people I now consider friends through it. The topic meeting style is completely different to what happens at my own GA so it fits into my recovery perfectly and gives me a different perspective.
I have a sponsor, who has had a massive impact on my recovery. He has helped me work the Steps and is always there if I need him. At times it’s hard to tell who is sponsoring who but that sort of dynamic works well for me as I see him as a friend first and sponsosponsee second.
I have also found a passion for writing about my journey and post my stuff on my blog, on GamCare and on the Reddit Problem Gambling Sub. I have been told my stuff is very good and people seem to get a lot from it. As I explained at a recent meeting I am still learning how to deal with praise, it makes me feel awkward. I’m not sure if it’s from years of not wanting to be the focus of people's attention because of the fear they might ask questions and my addiction would be exposed. Whatever the reason I am working on being able to accept praise and enjoy it and as I was told at the last meeting...a simple thank you is usually enough.
I’ve been clean for over 9 months now, and I have not struggled with urges to gamble. My life is amazing, it always was but I was too wrapped up in my addiction to notice. I literally had everything I could ever want. I have an amazing partner and two amazing children along with my parents who are absolutely fantastic. I have my health, a job and my friends are another support network I couldn’t do without now. They stood by me when I admitted my problem and they gave me the belief that I could do this.
Recovery is now my focus along with my family. The debt can be managed, stopping gambling is one day at a time, but the main focus of my recovery will be fixing my character defects, helping others, being open and honest to people and not being a selfish asshole. I would like to think those that know me now can at least drop the selfish part when describing me.
I have put plenty of work into my recovery and I feel like I am getting the benefits out of it. I have a routine when it comes to meetings and they don’t impact on my family life. Is every day amazing? No it’s not. Some days are rather boring and some days are tough, but that’s life. Some days you have to make chicken salad out of chicken shit. I have accepted what I am, I am a compulsive gambler and I need to be the one who changes. No one else around me needs to change, I am the common denominator. I have noticed a change in myself and those closest to me. They all seem happier, more content, happy to have this me in their life and not the old me. I wasn’t a nice partner, father, son or friend when I was in active addiction. I don’t want to be the person I was before I started gambling either because I am pretty convinced he was an asshole as well. I am using this recovery to become the man I want to be, the man I can look in the mirror and be proud to be.
As I said, I have accepted that I am a compulsive gambler and I cannot have a single bet because it will lead me back to active addiction. I have no issues with the gambling industry or people who gamble, I just know that I am unable to gamble as it ends in disaster. I feel there should be more discussion around problem gambling and the industry should be putting more money into helping problem gamblers and to help identify problem gamblers. It’s a fine line though, as I know if a bookie told me they felt I had a problem and wouldn’t accept a bet I’d have been angry and just went somewhere else. You need to be ready for recovery to fully embrace it. I never was until April 2nd. For the people in recovery we need to be ready to help those that get to the stage where they are ready for recovery. We are the ones who these people will come to rely on as we’ve been through it, you can tell when talking to someone who hasn’t had a gambling addiction they just don’t understand. Over the coming years I think there will be a significant rise in people looking for help with problem gambling. I don’t feel like my story is close to the worst out there and I have read and heard some people who have the opinion that you need to cause devastation before recovery will work. That’s bollocks and that sort of attitude is why GA is filled with old men and young people are reluctant to stay. I have come to believe it doesn’t matter how much you have lost, how many relationships you have destroyed or what age you are, all you need is a desire to stop gambling and that is the qualification for entering recovery.
For now though, for me, my next bet won’t be about the money I lose, I’ll lose my partner and my children as well and that’s not a bet that I am not willing to make.
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2020.01.17 17:30 Max0699 [Pre Match Thread] Manchester City vs Crystal Palace Premier League

Date: 18 January 2020
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Referee: Graham Scott
Kickoff: 15:00 GMT
Potential Starting 11s
Manchester City:
Walker, Fernandinho, Stones, Mendy
De Bruyne, Rodri, D. Silva
Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling
Crystal Palace:
Kelly, Tomkins, Cahill, Riedewald
McArthur, Kouyate, McCarthy
Ayew, Tosun, Zaha
Match Preview:
Manchester City will be looking to make it six straight victories in all competitions when they welcome Crystal Palace to the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
Pep Guardiola's side moved above Leicester City into second spot in the table last weekend, but they are still 14 points off leaders Liverpool, while Palace occupy ninth following a solid campaign to date.
There is no getting away from the fact that City have not been at their best this season, and it seems incredible to think that a team with their talent has suffered five Premier League defeats already this term.
Guardiola's side were at their best last weekend, though, as they recorded a 6-1 victory over Aston Villa at Villa Park. Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick for the reigning champions, while Riyad Mahrez continued his fine form with a brace as Dean Smith's team were blown away in front of their own supporters.
The win, coupled with Leicester's shock home loss to Southampton, saw City return to second spot in the table, now two points clear of the Foxes on the same number of matches.
The Citizens could win each of their remaining 16 matches of the 2019-20 campaign and are still unlikely to get anywhere near Liverpool, though, as Jurgen Klopp's side have a 14-point advantage with a game in hand.
It will certainly be interesting to see whether Guardiola prioritises other competitions as the season progresses as it could still be a brilliant campaign for the club. Indeed, they are on course to make yet another EFL Cup final having recorded a 3-1 victory over Manchester United in the first leg of their semi-final.
City are also through to the fourth round of the FA Cup having overcome Port Vale, while they have the small matter of a last-16 Champions League clash with Real Madrid to come. The first leg of their European tie will be at the Bernabeu on February 26 before the reverse at the Etihad Stadium on March 17.
Guardiola's team have lost to both Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United on home soil in the Premier League this season, while Palace have already triumphed at Old Trafford during the 2019-20 campaign.
All City can do in the league is keep winning and see where that takes them, and they will be looking for a double over the Eagles having recorded a 2-0 victory in the reverse match at Selhurst Park in October.
Palace might have lost their last two Premier League games against the Citizens, but they recorded a 3-2 victory at the Etihad Stadium in the corresponding clash last season.
The Eagles are certainly a team capable of picking up big results, although much of their success this season has been built on a strong defence, with only three teams conceding fewer goals in the top flight.
Incredibly, no side in the Premier League has scored fewer goals than Palace during the 2019-20 campaign, with Roy Hodgson's team finding the back of the net on just 20 occasions in their 22 matches.
Cenk Tosun has arrived on loan from Everton in the hope of boosting their output in the final third, while it would also be fair to say that the fans will be looking for more from Wilfried Zaha over the next few months.
Indeed, as talented as the Ivorian is, he has only contributed three goals and three assists in the Premier League this season, which is simply not enough for a player with his skill set.
Palace, who were dumped out of the FA Cup by Derby County earlier this month, will enter Saturday's clash off the back of a 1-1 draw against Arsenal in the Premier League last weekend.
The capital outfit have actually only won one of their last eight in the league, which came at home to West Ham United on Boxing Day. They have been the draw specialists in many ways having shared the points in five of their last eight fixtures in England's top flight.
There is no question that Hodgson would take a point at the Etihad Stadium, and a positive result this weekend would lead them nicely into back-to-back home fixtures with Southampton and Sheffield United.
Palace will again travel without a number of key players, though, and it is difficult to imagine City not putting another win on the board due to their excellent form in recent weeks.
Man City Premier League form: WWLWWW Man City form (all competitions): LWWWWW
Crystal Palace Premier League form: DLWDDD Crystal Palace form (all competitions): LWDDLD
Team News:
City will again be without the services of Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane through injury, but Guardiola otherwise has a full selection to choose from.
Raheem Sterling is likely to return to the starting XI having been given a rest against Villa, although Bernardo Silva might have to accept a spot on the bench once again due to Mahrez's form.
Indeed, the Algeria international has managed two goals and three assists in his last three league outings, in addition to a goal against Manchester United in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final.
John Stones could again keep his spot at the heart of the defence, while David Silva is expected to get the nod over Ilkay Gundogan in central midfield with the home side expected to dominate the ball.
Palace, meanwhile, could hand a full debut to Tosun following his arrival on loan from Everton.
The Eagles still have a whole host of players on the treatment table, though, with Andros Townsend, Jeffrey Schlupp, Joel Ward, Christian Benteke, Patrick van Aanholt, Mamadou Sakho and Max Meyer all out.
Key midfielder Luka Milivojevic is suspended, meanwhile, meaning that James McCarthy, James McArthur and Cheikhou Kouyate are likely to continue as the midfield three.
Further forward, Jordan Ayew could shift into a wide position to allow for Tosun to lead the attack.
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2020.01.01 12:27 Max0699 [Pre Match Thread] Manchester City vs Everton Premier League

Date: 01 January 2020
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Referee: André Marriner
Kickoff: 17:30 GMT
Potential Starting 11s
Manchester City:
Walker, Garcia, Fernandinho, Mendy
De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan
Bernardo, Aguero, Sterling
Sidibe, Mina, Holgate, Digne
Delph, Davies
Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Iwobi
Match Preview
City were outstanding last term as they held off the threat of Liverpool to win the Premier League title in spectacular fashion. However, unless something quite staggering happens over the next few months, Pep Guardiola's team will not be ending the 2019-20 campaign with the English title.
The Citizens have lost five of their 20 league matches this season, recording just 13 wins to sit third in the table with 41 points. They are only a point off second-placed Leicester but sit 14 points off the leaders Liverpool, who have a game in hand following their exertions at the Club World Cup.
Liverpool's form this term has been just staggering, winning 18 of their 19 league matches to top the table. Even if City had been at their best in recent months then it is difficult to imagine that they would have been even close to Jurgen Klopp's team, who appear destined to win the Premier League.
City suffered a 3-2 loss away to Wolverhampton Wanderers on December 27, with the latter coming from behind to triumph in front of their home supporters. Guardiola's team had beaten Leicester on December 21 to keep their slight title hopes alive, but the defeat at Molineux would have hurt the team badly.
The Citizens did return to winning ways against Sheffield United on Sunday, though, meaning that they have been victorious in five of their last six matches in all competitions.
City have also lost just three of their last 32 home games in the Premier League, recording 27 wins in the process. What's more, under Guardiola, they have won 52 of their 67 home games in England's top flight.
The Manchester giants have also been victorious in each of their last four Premier League matches with Everton, including a 3-1 success in the reverse game at Goodison Park back in September.
The Toffees have only actually won one of the last nine matches between the two teams in all competitions, while they have not overcome City on their travels since December 2010, which is an indication of the size of the task facing Ancelotti's side in their first match of 2020.
Everton, though, will enter the match full of confidence following successive Premier League wins over Burnley and Newcastle in the two matches since Ancelotti replaced interim boss Duncan Ferguson as head coach.
Ancelotti was in the stands for the goalless draw against Arsenal on December 21, which followed a 1-1 draw away to Manchester United in the middle of the month.
For all of the criticism that has come the team's way in recent weeks, they are unbeaten in their last five Premier League matches, picking up three wins in the process to move up the table.
As it stands, the Merseyside giants are 10th in the table with 25 points having won seven, drawn four and lost nine of their 20 matches during the 2019-20 campaign. They are now seven points above the relegation zone and sit just six points off fifth position, which is an indication of the type of season it has been in England's top flight.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored three times in his last two appearances for the Toffees, which led to the 22-year-old receiving high praise from Ancelotti. The Englishman is likely to keep his spot in attack for this match, and he certainly has the tools to cause City's defence all sorts of problems.
Luring Ancelotti to Goodison Park was huge for Everton, and a positive result on Wednesday would lead the team nicely into a run of winnable games; their next five after this one are against Brighton & Hove Albion, West Ham United, Newcastle United, Watford and Crystal Palace.
Richarlison's form under Ancelotti has also been impressive, and the Brazil international has now scored eight times in 24 appearances for the Toffees this season. Manchester United are thought to be interested in his services, but the new Everton manager will reportedly block any bid that might arrive.
City are arguably as weak as they have been for a couple of years, and there is no doubt that the Merseyside giants will be confident of picking up a result under their new superstar manager.
Manchester City Premier League form: WLWWLW Manchester City form (all competitions): WWWWLW
Everton Premier League form: LWDDWW Everton form (all competitions): WDLDWW
Team News
City will again be without the services of Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte through injury, while neither David Silva nor John Stones is expected to recover in time for the clash on New Year's Day.
Ederson is available after serving a one-game ban against Sheffield United, though, and Sergio Aguero is in line to start having come through the clash with the Blades with no adverse effects.
Eric Garcia should continue in central defence having impressed last time out, while Ilkay Gundogan and Joao Cancelo could come into the side with Guardiola expected to shuffle his pack.
As for Everton, Alex Iwobi, Andre Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin remain on the sidelines, while a calf problem is expected to keep Morgan Schneiderlin out of the contest.
Ancelotti opted for a back five against Burnley and that might again be the case here with Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison operating as the front two for the visitors.
Lucas Digne, Fabian Delph, Seamus Coleman and Yerry Mina were all left out of the starting XI against Newcastle but all four are in line to return to the side on Wednesday.
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2019.11.14 20:42 --Kaiser-- Barça Legends Thread: Sándor Kocsis & Zoltán Czibor

Born 90 years ago in the wake of the most brutal war in history, two Hungarian boys survived the horrors and helped form the greatest team the world had ever seen. Faced with war yet again, they decided to run for their very lives and found a new home in Barcelona.
Being overshadowed by Puskás in the national team and Kubala at Barça, unfortunately the names Zoltán Czibor and Sándor Kocsis are rarely spoken these days, but during their careers they were widely recognized as one of the greatest players of all time. Forming the legendary attack that hypnotized fans in the newly built Camp Nou, they helped establish Barça as a true powerhouse of European football.

Early life and football during the war

Zoltán Suhai Czibor was born on August 23rd 1929 in Kaposvár, Hungary. Some time after his birth, his family moved to Komárom. He started playing football with his two older brothers and soon they joined the local club as amateur players. He debuted as a 12 year old. It was the middle of World War II , so living off football alone was impossible. To survive as a teenager Czibor was forced to do hard labor in factories and worked as a train engine driver..
Sándor Péter Kocsis was born on September 21st 1929 in Budapest. Living in the capital may have saved him from famine and hard labor, but it brought him closer to war as 38 000 citizens died during the liberation of Budapest and the city was destroyed by allied bombings. He only started playing football at a club after the war when he signed for Kőbányai TC.

Ferencváros and forming the Honvéd team

After just a year at Kőbányai, Kocsis was noticed by Ferencváros, the biggest club in Hungary. He signed for them in 1946 at the age of just 16. During his first season he met a fellow young player from Budapest - Kubala. Even though Kubala left for Czechoslovakia after just one season, the Ferencváros squad was improving every year. Kocsis was very young and didn’t get too many chances in his first few seasons, but he grew as a player while training with Ferenc Deák, who was one of the best players in the world at the time and is to this day the eight greatest goalscorer in history. Czibor finally moved to Budapest in 1948 and the great team was formed. Ferencváros won the league with mind blowing 140 goals scored in just 30 matches. However, the squad that looked ready to dominate for years was about to be destroyed.
In 1949 Hungary officially became a communist country which forced many players like Kubala to leave. It also meant that the club system was about to be changed. Hungarian party leaders made a genius, but vicious plan that would potentially ruin club football in order to create a great national team. And it worked.
The plan was devised by Gusztáv Sebes who became the national team coach in 1949. As a player during the 30s, he admired the great national sides of Austria and Italy who based their strength on having almost the entire squad from one or two clubs. Austrians formed their team around Vienna clubs Austria and Rapid, while the Italians used a Juventus based squad. He also adopted the idea of total football from Jimmy Hogan, an Englishman who coached MTK Budapest and Austria Wien during the 20s. The rise of communism gave Sebes, who ran the workers union, the power he needed to turn his vision into reality, as he was named deputy minister of sport. Initially two clubs were chosen for his project. Honvéd was given to the army, while MTK was given to the ministry of internal affairs. MTK was later discarded as they were known to be a right wing club, but they got to keep and develop their squad. That left Honvéd as the only appropriate club to be the base for a great national team.
The plan was simple, but very effective. As the army club, Honvéd had rights to any player that served the military at that time. The club already had quite a foundation with Ferenc Puskás and József Bozsik and were previously coached by Béla Guttman who fled the country in 1949. Now able to basically take any player they liked for free, Honvéd was becoming a team to be feared. Kocsis and Budai joined from Ferencváros, Lóránt joined from Vasas and Grosics was recruited after he was caught trying to defect. Czibor was one of the players who tried to avoid serving the military. He faked being a student at the university and cleverly signed for Csepel which was a workers club and as such didn’t get harassed by the army. After years of waiting, Sebes insisted and finally in 1953 Czibor was conscripted into the army and thus Honvéd.
Naturally the squad made from the best players Hungary could offer dominated the league winning 5 titles in 6 years. Sebes and the MTK coach Márton Bukovi developed and perfected the new revolutionary 4-2-4 formation, that would help the team attack and defend as a cohesive unit, rather than the rigid old 2-3-5 formation also known as WM formation. This formation utilized the fact that Hungarians had great strikers who could be more than the traditional striker whose only duty was to score the goal from close range. Both Kocsis and Puskás were great with the ball at their feet and could pass quickly and accurately which allowed them to surprise and outplay the opposition who didn’t know how to deal with them. With Czibor on the left and Budai on the right, both being able and often playing on the opposite side, the attack was deadly. Traditional fifth attacker was now moved to the midfield to function as a box to box player that initiated and usually finished the attack. That position was played by Péter Palotás or Nándor Hidegkuti. Even Grosics as the goalkeeper had more freedom in his play and inspired keepers like Yashin who later revolutionized the role.
With the fast paced attacking football which further evolved the idea that is known today as total football, the Honvéd side was basically used as a training ground for the national team. It allowed Kocsis and Czibor to flourish because it fully utilized all their qualities. Kocsis scored 153 goals in 145 games for Honvéd, while Czibor managed 58 goals in 80 games.
Honvéd became popular around Europe thanks to the Hungarian national side. Every big club wanted to play friendlies with a team from behind the iron curtain. That showed that football could connect people regardless of politics and lead to the creation of European club competitions. The basis for this was a friendly match between Honvéd and Wolverhampton, the reigning English champions, after the tragic World Cup of 1954. The game was played on December 13th in England. Early goal from Kocsis wasn’t enough as Wolves came back from 0:2 to win 3:2 just like the Germans did a few months earlier. Wolves manager Stan Cullis proclaimed his team “the best in Europe” as they had defeated “the greatest team in history”. Journalists across Europe disagreed, claiming that Real Madrid, Barcelona, Stade Reims or AC Milan are superior to the English side and attributing their victory to extremely poor pitch conditions which made it hard for the Hungarians to play their quick passing football. They were asking for a competition to see which club truly is the best. Next season the first European Cup was played.

The Mighty Magyars

It’s ridiculous to talk about any Hungarian player from the 50s without talking about their national team.

Creating a phenomenon

With all the success Honvéd had, in the end they were basically a glorified training facility since 1949. The communist party didn’t decide to focus on football as the main national sport randomly however. Hungary were already an extremely strong team ever since the 30s and played the World Cup final in 1938, losing 4:2 to Italy. Many people today think that if not for World War II, they would’ve won the 1942 World Cup.
Strangely Hungary refused to compete in the 1950 World Cup which was held in Brazil. Their first big competition came in 1952 with the Olympics in Helsinki. Back then the Olympics were almost as prestigious as the World Cup so the teams competing were the best in the world. Hungary absolutely stomped the competition with a goal difference of 20-2. The final against Yugoslavia was won in last minutes with goals from Puskás and Czibor. Kocsis finished the competition as the second best scorer with 6 goals, behind Yugoslavia’s Branko Zebec. One of the FIFA officials at the competition was Stanley Rose of the English Football Association. The English thought themselves to be the best team in the world at that time so he invited Hungary to play a friendly game against England.
In 1953 they won the Central European International Cup which was the predecessor to the European Championship that we have today. The friendly against England was finally arranged, the date was November 25th 1953. England who had a habit of picking the best player in each position to form the national team were shown what it truly meant to have team chemistry. Hungarians blitzed the English side, leading 4:2 at half time while still missing a ton of chances. The game ended in a 6:3 victory and a hat trick from Hidegkuti. This game broke the delusion the English media had and showed them how modern national sides should play. It was dubbed “Match of the century”. Some of the English were not convinced however, stating that it was just a bad day for their team. The rematch that was played in Budapest just one month before the 1954 World Cup was sure to change the minds of even the most stubborn England supporters as the Magyars massacred them 7:1 with braces from Kocsis and Puskás. Alf Ramsey who played for the losing English side later adopted Sebes’s philosophy and formed his World Cup winning team around West Ham United players.

The 1954 World Cup

Hungary arrived as clear favorites, having been undefeated for four years and having the strongest team and individual players. They were drawn into group B with West Germany, South Korea and Turkey. The system was a bit different than it is today, after two games the best two teams from each group would advance, if there needed to be a tie breaker it was played afterwards. Hungary smashed South Korea 9:0 with a hat trick from Kocsis and a goal from Czibor, while Germany smashed Turkey. Turkey then beat South Korea. Knowing that his team will easily beat Turkey in the tie breaker, German coach Sepp Herberger cleverly decided to rotate his squad against the Hungarians and instructed his players to play rough with dirty tackles on their key players knowing that even with suspensions those were his bench players. The plan worked and Puskás suffered a fractured ankle, while other players suffered minor injuries. The cost was the biggest humiliation in German football history as they lost 8:3 with four goals from Kocsis.
Bad luck continued as Hungary were drawn against Brazil in the quarter finals, Brazil being considered the only team good enough to challenge them. Everyone expected this to be the best game in history of football, but it ended up being one of the dirtiest and was later named “Battle of the Bern”. Hungary was left without its captain and best player, but the game started well for them as they were leading 2:0 after just 7 minutes with a goal and assist from Kocsis. Two penalties were awarded, one for each team. After the penalty for Hungary, Brazilian fans invaded the pitch and attacked the referees, so police had to intervene. The game was played under heavy rain and the two teams were fouling each other constantly. Bozsik and Nilton Santos got into a fight so they were both sent off. Brazil scored, but their hopes were killed again by Kocsis who set the final score 4:2 with an absolute banger from outside the box. After the game ended fans got into a massive fight and Brazilian players later invaded Hungary’s dressing room to continue the fist fight. Players were bruised and Sebes got hit in the head with a bottle. The game ended with 42 fouls, 4 cautions and 3 dismissals. Referee Arthur Ellis noted: “I was so happy when I got that game, I thought it will be the greatest football spectacle of all time, the greatest moment of my career. But they behaved like animals, it was a disgrace for the sport. With today’s rules the game would’ve been stopped because every player would’ve been sent off”.
With even more injuries and exhausted, the Hungarian team was struck with poor luck yet again as their semi final opponents were the reigning world champions Uruguay. The game, as every other in the competition, started really well for them. Czibor opened up the score with a weak but very precise volley into corner of the net. Hidegkuti added a header to make it 2:0. Fatigue was showing as the game was nearing its end and Uruguay came back in last few minutes with two counter attacks. Believing that they truly cannot be beaten at a World Cup, the Uruguayans rushed to attack as the extra time started. Kocsis was quick to kill their enthusiasm with two of his trademark headers to win the game. They won but at a high cost since they were exhausted from fighting the tough South American teams. Some said that Kocsis had to be carried out of the stadium since he was so tired he couldn’t walk. The big final was just three days away.
Everyone was prepared for the final game. Named “The miracle of Bern” by the Germans, it was the disaster of Bern for the Hungarians. Problems were already present before the game started. The tired team had trouble getting sleep due to a village fair in front of their hotel. The weather was terrible with heavy rain slowing down and ruining Hungary’s quick passing game, especially since they didn’t have modern boots for different weather like Germans had with Adidas. Puskás started, but was barely ready to play football which was risky considering that substitutions weren’t a thing yet. Problems weren’t noticeable when Hungary took the quick 2:0 lead with goals from Puskás who slotted in a deflected Kocsis long shot and Czibor who used his blistering speed to cut the backpass to the German keeper and slotted the ball in the empty net. But the German spirit that we know today was born on that very day, just 10 minutes later the score was leveled. Second half was nearing its end when Helmut Rahn scored the winner in the 84. minute. Hungary dominated most of the game and had numerous chances, they hit the woodwork 3 times and had 2 shots cleared off the goal line. They had 16 shots on goal in total, but all in vain. They didn’t lose fairly though as the final was one of the most controversial games in football history. There were three major refereeing mistakes. The second German goal was scored after a clear foul on Grosics who dropped the ball after a corner kick, which Rahn slotted into the empty net. At the very end of the second half Kocsis got hacked from behind in the box, but the ref said no penalty. Puskás scored a legitimate goal in the last second of the game, but the offside was called. Referee was from England, who Hungarians humiliated just a month earlier. Lastly, perhaps the biggest controversy came after the game as there were reports that the German team was given nazi performance-enhancing drugs which they were told were vitamin C injections. Studies done 50 years later confirmed the story was likely true based on the symptoms that German players had in months after the game.
In the end that game marked the start of the great German national side that is to this day the most consistent in the world, while Hungary never again came even close to achieving glory.

Post World Cup period and “starting” the revolution

Hungarian loss wasn’t received well by the public nor the communist party. The people who were oppressed for years finally snapped after the tragic loss and came out in thousands to protest against the communist party. Party needed to blame someone, as losing to West Germany who were enemies of the highest order was seen as a disgrace. But the team never gave them a chance to punish them. They continued to win games over the next two years. Their last big game came when the hostility between USSR and Hungary was at its peak and exactly those two teams met in Moscow in September of 1956. USSR had never lost a game on home soil before, but they have also never met the team this strong. It was a tough match dominated by Hungary, but the score in the end was just 1:0, courtesy of Czibor’s shot with the outside of his foot which blasted past Lev Yashin. There are stories that Czibor shouted: “We can defeat communism!” after his goal. The game itself, combined with the waterpolo game between the two sides at the 1956 Olympics, did little good to calm down the anti-Soviet riots in Budapest that were going on. One month after the game all hell broke loose.

Legacy and world records

In the end the Magyars lost only one game in 7 years, unfortunately for them the most important one. But not winning the World Cup never truly tarnished their legacy. They are regarded to this day as one of the best teams of all time and they indeed are the best ranked team in history by today’s FIFA elo ranking. They hold an incredible amount of records, both individual and team, that remain to this day.
They are the first team to beat England, Scotland and USSR on their home soil. They are the first team in history to defeat Uruguay at a World Cup. They gave the hardest ever defeats to Germany, England, Romania, South Korea and numerous other teams. They have ridiculous stat of 42 victories, 7 draws and 1 defeat in 50 games, with Sebes having the greatest win ratio out of any national team coach in history. Also they scored in 73 consecutive games and were undefeated for 4 years. They hold the record for most goals scored by a single team in a world cup with 27 goals in just 5 games.
But more important than all the records is the way they changed football. They broke the WM formation that was used for 60 odd years. Their approach to tactics, physical preparation and team selection was later used by every single national team and club. The idea of total football that somewhat began with English coaches in the early 20s and the Austrian wunderteam was finally presented to the world in its full glory and was later adopted by Rinus Michels who himself said that he was greatly influenced by the “best team ever”. Michels and Cruijff went on to implement total football into clubs and build the entire club philosophy around it, forever changing Ajax, Barça and others as the style evolved to what we can still see today.

European Cup that changed everything

With them greatly influencing the creation of the first European Cup in 1955, Honvéd refused to participate as the Hungarian champions, deeming the competition unimportant. Indeed at the time nobody could have known that the European Cup would evolve and become the Champions League that we have today, but even after the first season it was evident that international club competitions had quite an audience. Honvéd won the Hungarian league again and this time they decided to participate. In the round of 16 they were drawn against Spanish champions Athletic Bilbao. It was late 1956 when the team traveled across the continent to play their first ever European Cup game. It ended in a 3:2 loss. As they were preparing to return to Budapest, they got the news that an all out war erupted back home. Known as the Hungarian revolution of 1956, the Soviet army invaded Hungary and thousands of people died. Honvéd players were left shocked, but were thankfully already out of the country. They arranged for the away leg to be played in Brussels, but it ended very poorly for them as the Honvéd keeper got injured during the opening minutes and Czibor had to step in as a keeper. They managed a 3:3 draw which saw them eliminated from the competition.
As the revolution was over, Honvéd players had the option to come back home, but the majority of them refused to, fearing for their and their families’ future, as well as their footballing careers. They started a world tour to collect money so that they could survive. That didn’t go well with the Hungarian Football Association who filed a report to FIFA and asked for them to get banned, which FIFA shockingly accepted. Banned from playing professional football, the players started an illegal tour around South Europe and later South America. Many of them tried playing for different minor clubs to support themselves.
Legendary Hungarian player, now coach, György Sárosi was managing Roma at the time and he needed a winger so he invited Czibor to join the Italian side. Just as he received the money from his contract the Italian federation banned further signings of foreign players, which meant that Czibor had to pay back all the money. He was now in debt, without a club and desperate. Next season he joined Kocsis at a minor Swiss team Young Fellows from Zürich where they spent one season. The two players were likely close friends as they were seen next to each other in most team pictures even before and especially after they defected.

Finding a new home in Barcelona

Fate finally lead the two Hungarian stars to Barcelona in 1958. The club was looking for reinforcements to challenge the now dominating Real Madrid team that had already won 3 European Cups in a row, as well as other strong Spanish teams. The 50s saw Barça grow as a club to the point where they almost doubled their fanbase, thanks mainly to the huge success in early 50s. The “Barça of the five cups” squad lead by Kubala brought the club to new heights. Now the Les Corts was too small even with its 60 000 seats. Camp Nou was opened in 1957 and the incomes kept rising, but the club went into debt to pay for the construction of the largest stadium in Europe. Barça was hungry for European glory and the sporting directochief scout Josep Samitier was looking to sign world class players for as little money as possible. Samitier often abused his good relationship with Franco and his government to arrange transfers of foreign players which were very hard and tedious procedures at the time, only reserved for Franco’s favorites like Real or Atletico.
Kubala who himself never found glory in Hungarian national team, wanted to help his struggling brothers, but also knew that they possess the quality that could help Barça reach the top. Puskás was snatched by Real Madrid, but Kubala managed to convince Kocsis and Czibor whose debts he paid. They cost 100 000 dollars each and in 1958 the Camp Nou crowd had the pleasure of watching not one, but three Hungarian magicians on the pitch, as Kocsis and Czibor signed 3 year contracts with the club.
Even though they never really played outside of Hungary, the two newcomers adapted immediately, as was expected from such household names at the time. Luis Suárez said half a century later: “Most of us were usually weary of foreign players, especially from Eastern Europe, but they were really nice people, very calm and shy. Wonderful friends and teammates, not to mention their quality as players. Today they talk about Kubala or me, but back then they were the football stars, we were just Barça stars.”
Both Kocsis and Czibor scored on their debuts for Barça, Kocsis in a 4:1 victory against Betis and Czibor in a 6:0 trashing of Valencia. In 1958 Barça’s attacking five was widely regarded as the greatest in the world, even ahead of Real Madrid’s. Kubala, Kocsis and Czibor, together with Suárez were regulars, while the final position was challenged for by Villaverde, Eulogio Martínez and Evaristo. Czibor added the long needed width to the attack, while Kocsis was another source of consistent goals since Kubala was getting older. A major part of the success was Helenio Herrera who also came in 1958. Although he is regarded today as the inventor of catenaccio, the most utterly defensive style of football, Herrera’s Barça played relatively attacking football, relying on their front 5 to generate goals and entertain the fans, while the popular “HH” tried to fix Barça’s leaky defense.

Slaying the monster and the curse of Bern

Barça dominated the league in 1958/59 season with convincing beautiful football. They destroyed Valencia on the first matchday. Real Madrid was beaten 4:0 at the Camp Nou with a hat trick from Evaristo and a red card for Czibor who got into a fight with Madrid’s José Santamaría, whom he already fought with in World Cup semifinal. Barça also won Copa del Generalísimo that season to seal the double. The final was played against Granada side coached by ex-Honvéd coach Jenő Kalmár. Barça won 4:1 with two headers from Kocsis.
At the time the European Cup had some prestige, but so did the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. The competition was originally based around players from different cities combining themselves into a team. The reality was, however, that most cities just used the strongest club to represent them, regardless of where the players were from. Soon it turned into a club competition. Competitions were played over the periods of two years and Barça won the first two editions in 1958 and 1960. The final of 1960 was played against Birmingham City. First leg in England ended in a 0:0 draw on a muddy pitch under heavy rain. Barça players were also tired, having played Sevilla just three days earlier. Kocsis and Eulogio spearheaded the attack as Suárez, Kubala and Czibor were left out. Return leg was played a couple months later. Barça team was now in shambles and without a manager after their European exit so Birmingham hoped to surprise them. Barça won that game 4:1, with a brace from Czibor who was now well rested. He scored Barça’s second and third goal in his usual manner with a nice shot from the left wing.
Apart from the Fairs Cup, Barça as the champions of Spain participated in the 1959/60 European Cup and were considered one of the favorites. They started strong absolutely smashing CSKA Sofia 8:4, Milan 7:1 and Wolverhampton 9:2 with Kubala scoring hattricks against CSKA and Milan and Kocsis adding one against Wolves. The opponent in the semi final was very well known and very scary indeed. The very first European clasico was about to take place. Unfortunately for Barça, Kubala had a major falling out with Herrera some time between the two Wolves games and was permanently benched by the Argentinian. Fans were mad and blamed it on Suárez who started underperforming. Additionally Kocsis and Czibor struggled as a result since they both worked best with service from more creative players. The team that looked unstoppable got absolutely run over by Real Madrid, losing 3:1 both times. Puskás scored three while Kocsis managed one goal. Herrera was sacked the day after.
Despite being without a coach, Barça had enough of a lead in La Liga to win it again. The club surprisingly hired a Serbian coach Ljubiša Broćić in the summer, despite him not working in Spain before. He struggled in La Liga, mostly in away games. When Barça drew Real Madrid in the round of 16, most culés were praying to at least lose with some dignity this time. But, as they say, you never know in football. Broćić’s team became the first in history to knock Real Madrid out of a European competition as they won 4:3 on aggregate with Luis Suárez being the absolute man of the match which later that year earned him the Ballon d’Or ahead of Puskás.
Broćić was sacked in January however as Barça kept falling down the table in La Liga. Interim coach Enrique Orizaola took over. Barça easily passed the Czech champions Spartak Hradec Králové, but struggled in the semi final against Hamburg. After winning 1:0 at the Camp Nou, Barça found themselves 2:0 down against Uwe Seeler lead Hamburg squad. But in the last attack of the game Kocsis scored yet another legendary header to force a play-off game which Barça won 1:0 and reached their first ever European Cup final.
The location of the final game was sure to send chills down the spine of any Hungarian, as it was being played in Bern. Problems begun even before the game as Luis Suárez announced that he was leaving for Inter, probably due to his year long fight with the fans. The opponents Benfica were hardly the favorites, especially since their best ever player Eusebio only came to the club a few months later. Their biggest strength was their genius coach Béla Guttman, another Hungarian. The game started well for Barça as Kocsis scored a header from a Suárez cross. History seemed to repeat itself unfortunately. Benfica scored a goal 10 minutes later and immediately a second one after Ramallets dropped the ball on the goal line. The goal was given. After a Benfica cross in the second half the ball was cleared directly to their striker Coluna who was waiting outside the box because his nose was broken. He smashed a volley past Ramallets and sealed the game. Barça dominated most of the time, they hit the woodwork five times including a shot from Kubala which hit the left and then the right post, but the referee said no goal, even though in a similar situation earlier he gave Benfica the goal. Another Kocsis strike was cleared off the line. Czibor managed to score an absolute banger with 15 minutes to go, but Barça were unable to make a comeback.
For Hungarians the Wankdorf stadium seemed cursed, especially since the three German goals were very similar to Benfica’s goals. For Barça this season seemed like a start of a good period on paper, but in reality it was the last chance of an aging generation. Barça would have to wait 14 years before they even participated in another European Cup, 25 years before they played another final and 31 year until they actually won it.

Inevitable retirement and later years

After the final things were looking grim. The team had no coach, lost the Ballon d’Or winner and best player, changed the president after 8 years and lost their most influential figure in Josep Samitier. On top of that Kubala and Czibor left the club, heartbroken after their defeat. They both joined Español. Czibor left Español after one year and had short stints with Basel, Austria Wien and Primo Hamilton in Canada.
Meanwhile Kocsis decided to stick around as he loved the club and the city. With nearly all of his teammates gone, he had to carry Barça forward. Since there was little quality compared to previous seasons, Kocsis ironically played more than ever at the age of 33. Naturally the following few seasons were the most prolific for him as a goalscorer, but the club failed to win anything other than a Copa title. In 1962 Barça played in Fairs Cup final against Valencia, but got smashed 7:3 on aggregate with Kocsis scoring all three goals for Barça. In the Copa final against César’s Zaragoza in 1963 he scored a goal to help Barça win 3:1. Next year Barça played in Cup Winners’ Cup for the first time. Opponents were again Hamburg and after two games the score was even, again. Kocsis was left heartbroken in Switzerland for the last time in his career, as his two goals were not enough and Barça lost 3:2 in the play-off game in Lausanne. His contract ended in 1965 and he retired from football.
After his retirement Czibor moved back to Barcelona where he opened a restaurant called Blue Danube (Kék Duna). After the fall of USSR, he finally returned to Hungary in 1990. He moved back to his hometown Komárom with his wife, son and daughter. The local club made him their honorary president and founded a tournament that carries his name. He died from lung cancer on September 1st 1997.
Kocsis also opened a restaurant in Barcelona after he retired, called Golden Head (Tete d’Or). He began coaching at Barça as an assistant coach. From 1972 to 1974 he coached Hércules. Unfortunately his coaching career was cut short. In 1975 he got diagnosed with leukemia and was hospitalized, after which his leg was amputated. Few years later he was diagnosed with stomach cancer. He went to Budapest one last time in 1978. Exhausted from the illness and knowing that he has no chance to survive, he threw himself out the window of his room in Quirón hospital in Barcelona on July 22nd 1979. He was just 49 years old. In 2012 his family moved his remains from Barcelona and placed them in the Basilica of Budapest on his 83rd birthday. The ceremony was attended by his surviving teammates from Barça and Hungary as well as Sandro Rosell and Leo Messi.


Sándor Kocsis was second only to Puskás when it came to strikers of his generation. Strong, quick, smart, with soft touch, good dribble and a very precise shot Kocsis’s biggest strength however were undoubtedly his headers. Probably the greatest header of the ball in history of football, the Golden head as he was called, could and did score headers from any position. His unusually strong neck meant that he could provide such power that it often times surprised the opposing keeper. Combined with good and smart positioning, as well as a decent jump, it made him a force in the air. Even though he was a complete player, Kocsis usually played to his advantage which is why a large portion of his goals, more than 400, were headers. He formed great partnerships with Budai in the national team and Luis Suárez at Barça as they provided him with plenty of assists.
Another part of his game that was extraordinary was his clinical finishing. Kocsis was never as good of a player as Puskás or Kubala, but he was the most clinical striker in the world. To this day he holds the highest goal per game ratio in a World Cup with 2.2 goals per game and second highest for a national side with 1.1 goals per game. He was the first player to score two hattricks in a single World Cup. He scored 111 goals in 184 games for Barça, winning 2 La Ligas, 2 Copa del Generalísimos and 1 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. He was the top scorer in Hungary three times, in 1951, 1952 and 1954, two of those times he was also the top scorer in Europe, but the Golden Boot was not introduced yet. Off the pitch he was a quiet, shy man and an introvert, who always worked on himself and tried to improve constantly. He was soft spoken and well mannered, a true gentleman.
Zoltán Czibor was widely regarded as one of the greatest wingers to play the game at the time. What he lacked in height (being just 1.69m tall) , he made up for in sheer power with his blistering speed and cannon of a left foot. He could have played any position on the pitch, but he was mostly used as a left winger and more rarely a right winger. He wasn’t a fancy dribbler like most other wingers at that time, but his very high football IQ made up for it. His through balls and especially his runs behind the opposing defense caused havoc, but the most feared part was by far his shot, as most of his goals were scored from outside the box, whether with his preferred left foot or his right foot. He rarely settled down for just strong low shots, with most of his shots smashing right under the crossbar which made them near unsaveable. Another one of Czibor’s great attributes was his calmness under pressure. Czibor was the definition of a big game player, having scored in every final he ever played. He wore the blaugrana colors 84 times and scored 36 goals, while winning 2 La Ligas, 1 Copa del Generalísimo and 1 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. He was the top scorer in Hungary in 1955. As a person he was a humble family man, calm and very witty, but a vocal leader on the pitch.

Pictures, videos and squads

Ferencváros team in 1948 and the Honvéd team in 1953 with Kocsis as their top goalscorer
Golden Team before the England game , their legendary starting XI and their lineup before the 1954 World Cup final
Kocsis and Czibor in their traditional Hungarian jersey
Czibor kicks the Brazilian keeper during the “Battle of the Bern”
Kocsis about shoots the ball against Uruguay
Czibor moments before he scored in 1954 World Cup final
Czibor passes the ball to Kocsis as Lev Yashin rushes out to intercept
Kocsis dribbling the Soviets in 1956
Kocsis’s heading abilities were unmatched since his earlier days all the way up to his time at Barça
Kocsis and Czibor after signing for Barça in 1958
Helenio Herrera’s Barça team
Kubala, Czibor and Kocsis were inseparable 1 2 3 4
Barça’s front five was world class and stacked at the time: Villaverde, Kubala, Czibor, Kocsis and Suárez , Villaverde, Kubala, Eulogio, Suárez, Czibor , Evaristo, Kocsis, Tejada, Kubala Czibor
Barça squad before the 1961 European Cup final against Benfica, Hungarian lads aren’t too happy to be back at this stadium
Barça squad before the 1963 Copa final against Zaragoza
Kocsis at his tribute game against Hamburg, 1968 and the poster for the game
Kubala, Ramallets, Gensana, Rodri, Segarra and Gràcia carry Kocsis's coffin to his grave at Montjuïc cemetery in Barcelona
Czibor returns to Hungary after 34 years of exile
Ramon Alfonseda , the president of Barça Players Association, is awarded with the Hungarian golden cross for honoring and preserving the memory of Hungarian Barça stars Kubala, Kocsis and Czibor. The event happened this June and was attended by families of all three players , the son of each player was presented with a special Barça jersey carrying his father’s name and they recreated the legendary picture
Final against Yugoslavia in Helsinki, 1952, highlights
All the goals from the 1954 World Cup
(un)Friendly game against USSR in 1956 that “started the revolution”
Amazing documentary on the Hungarian Golden Team
Winning the 1959 Copa del Generalísimo with a brace from Kocsis
First and Second leg of the final against Birmingham in which Czibor scored twice
Semi final against Hamburg in 1961 highlights
European Cup final against Benfica, 1961, highlights
European Cup final against Benfica, 1961, full game
1963 Copa del Generalísimo final highlights, Kocsis scored the second goal
The Golden Team squad in 1954
Barcelona squad under Herrera
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2019.10.12 12:22 WolvoNeil Wolves / General Premier League Content Creators

Hi Wolves fans
Since its the international break, and we have no football to look forward to (aside from dismal England performances..) I thought i'd list out some of my favourite content creators who cover Wolves, along with some who cover the Premier League more generally. This might be helpful for international fans or maybe some other fans who aren't so active on social media to help you get your Wolves fix!
I'll break them down into the categories of - podcasts, youtubers, twitter and then traditional media, but of course many of these content creators are active on multiple platforms, so if you like a particular youtuber it might be worth following them on twitter and visa-versa.
Wolves Podcasts:
Wolves Youtubers:
General Premier League Youtubers:
Wolves Twitter Creators:
I'll keep this list simple, but basically the below list includes most of the twitter accounts i follow to get a good range of fan opinion, live score updates, breaking news, rumours and other traditional media:
Traditional Media:
If you have any others Wolves content you'd suggest who i might not be aware of let me know.
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2019.05.20 21:09 _Revelator_ Clarkson's Columns: The Volvo XC40 Review & the Jeremy Kyle Affair

A safe space to melt a snowflake's heart: The Volvo XC40
(Sunday Times, May 19)
A couple of weekends ago I took part in a tennis tournament. I turned up with a sore head from the night before but, despite this, couldn't help noticing that in the car park was a new Volvo XC40 with its engine running.
No one was in it and no one was about, so when I got to the court I asked whose it was. "Mine," said a friend. "I picked it up yesterday." I explained that its engine was still running. "I know," she said. "I can't work out how to turn it off."
Further probing revealed that she had picked it up from the dealership, driven it home but not worked out that you had to put the gearlever in Park before the engine would shut down. So she'd left it running, gone into her house, had supper, gone to bed and the next morning driven to the tennis tournament. In her head, the engine was designed to stay on for ever.
Which raises a question.What is the bloody point of reviewing cars for people who think that an engine simply stays on for the life of the car? More than that, in a world where infant Swedish girls can dictate government policy on nuclear power, industry and farming, what's the point of reviewing cars at all? I look every week at dear old Autocar magazine, still churning out 3,000-word road tests on the latest Renault Dingleberry, and I find myself thinking: why? It talks about tread shuffle and lift-off oversteer and how the steering has a dead point around the straight-ahead, even though the modern customer doesn't even know how to stop the engine.
In the olden days, when cars were all propelled into existence by the adventurous mind of a madman, and there really was such a thing as the "open road", road testing made sense because a Humber and a Rover were completely different. Companies were experimenting with new types of axle and new clutches and new braking systems. It was all vivid and exciting, and there were no speed-camera vans.
Not any more. Under the skin, your car is almost certainly identical to your neighbour's car. They've all been squeezed and squashed and hammered into uniformity by safety regulations and rules on what can come out of the exhaust pipe.
And young people, whether they are gen Z or snowflake or millennial, don't really want to drive any of them because they cost too much to run and park and service and buy, and it's easier to use a train that comes with wi-fi.
But still Autocar magazine drifts round the bends of Wales thinking that everyone wants a 240Z.
How the Volvo XC40 handles when you lift off at Millbrook proving ground's alpine course is less relevant than how the woman in the car factory's canteen ties her apron strings. Because it's being bought by people who — let me say this again — cannot turn the engine off.
If I were going to buy a mid-sized soft-roader like the Volvo, I'd have a Range Rover Evoque. I recently tried the new model, briefly, and, trying to be understandable to an audience that is more interested in kale and ear buds, I must say I liked it, especially the seats, which were covered in cloth.
I don't know why leather seats are perceived to be upmarket, because that makes no sense. The Queen doesn't sit on leather furniture, because it's too hot on a hot day and too cold when it's cold. Yes, leather is easier to wipe down, but when did you last have a trouser accident when driving? The other reason I liked the Evoque is that I like Range Rovers. They are stylish and, behind the glass screens and the South Audley Street kudos, they really do work when they are up to their door handles in sludge. No shoe can pull off such a convincing double act.
But I'm aware that many people don't like Range Rovers. They tell jokes about hedgehogs and say they are drug dealers' cars. If the company is bought by the French, a possibility as I write, it will provide another reason for mirth. Round where I live, many locals are up in arms about Soho Farmhouse, simply because the people who go there do so in Range Rovers. I'm not sure why, but no car brings out the inner communist in people quite so violently. You could drive a Range Rover through Guildford on election day and Corbyn would take the town in a landslide.
Until recently, however, there was no alternative if you wanted a mid-sized SUV. No, let me rephrase that: there were hundreds of alternatives and they were all crap. Unadventurous, dowdy, overly large, unnecessarily expensive, useless off the road and soggy on it.
In recent years, however, they've started to look quite cool.
There's a Hyundai of some sort that wouldn't have looked out of place on Space 1999, and a Kia too. Ford's new Kuga has a chunkiness that's appealing, but standing head and shoulders above these also-rans is the Volvo XC40.
It's a very good-looking car. It's comfortable and well equipped with a cool screen and optional Apple CarPlay and Harman Kardon sounds. Then there's that Volvo-sponsors-Sky-Atlantic chunky-jumper sensibleness, even though it's built by a Chinese company, in Belgium.
Not that long ago, Volvo announced that all its cars would have diesel engines, but then came the eco U-turn that meant diesel cars are no longer remotely interesting to anyone. So now Volvo is hedging its bets. As a result, the XC40 is available with a choice of power plant: diesel or petrol, with electric and hybrid versions at a later date.
You can also have manual or automatic transmission, and two or four-wheel drive. Stick with two, because if you want all the wheels to be driven, you'll be needing an Evoque.
Unless you are interested in being alive. I'm not saying the Range Rover is unsafe. I'm sure it isn't. But the Volvo seems to be in a different league. I mean, look at it this way: in 15 years, the number of people killed in the big-selling XC90 model is … zero.
Its newer little brother is crammed with so many safety features, I think you'd be in more peril at a game of bowls. It scans the road ahead for obstacles, and if you don't act after being warned, it will jam on the brakes for you. The steering system will override your commands if it thinks you're going to run off the road, and if you do, for whatever reason, the seatbelts tighten and the seat frame collapses to make it softer should you hit a tree. And this is just the tip of Volvo's mission statement, which is that by next year no one in the world will be killed or seriously injured while in a Volvo. That is one ballsy claim.
Handling? Speed? Fuel economy? Yes, it has all of those to some degree, but in the world of SUV road testing, they don't matter. What matters is the sheer level of safety for people who can't turn the engine off. And what matters even more than that is that I won the last set in the tennis tournament 6-0.
Hook up the lie detector, then tell me the Jeremy Kyle affair isn't about punishing poor Brexiteers
(Sunday Times, May 19)
If you host a weekly radio show for 10 years, you will have broadcast millions of words into the homes of listeners. All of them can have been well chosen, thought-provoking and beautifully pronounced, but if the next four you select are, "He f***** your granddaughter", you're in trouble.
Inside a courtroom, previous good behaviour is taken into account. But on the outside it's a different story.
Danny Baker entertained millions for many years, but then one day, and for reasons that are unfathomable, he decided to post a picture on social media of some posh people posing with a well-dressed ape. He argued that this was not in any way racially motivated, and I'd like to believe him, but it was no good. No second chances.
He was out.
You sometimes get the impression that if a modern-day television or radio executive found that the handle of a drawer in his kitchen had come loose, he'd knock his whole house down.
In recent times we've waved goodbye to Jonathan Ross, Bargain Hunt's Tim Wonnacott, Mark Lawson ... I'm sure there are more but none springs to mind at the moment. And all undoubtedly feel like the hero of that old joke. "I built a bridge with my own bare hands, but do they call me John the Bridge Builder? No. I make love to one goat ..." Everyone you know in film, television, politics and business is only one flippant remark or one cross word away from being John the Goat Shagger.
Last week it was the turn of Jeremy Kyle, whose confrontational morning show on ITV was axed following the death of a guest.
As I write, the hyenas and vultures are picking over its carcass, saying that such lowbrow nonsense should never have been broadcast. And that its like should never be seen again.
I see. So what sort of show should be beamed into the plasma-filled homes of the fat and the unintelligent? Repeats of the Richard Dimbleby lectures? I have not seen the Jeremy Kyle Show, but I have been in the Salford studios when it was being recorded, so I've seen the audience, none of whom has read Architectural Digest. It's obvious from their leggings that what they want from a TV show is two overweight people slagging each other off until one is escorted from the studio by a security man the size of a Buick. This causes them to moo and low like farmyard animals, both in the studio and in council houses all the way from Wolverhampton to Carlisle. It's modern-day Saturday afternoon wrestling.
And you'd imagine that the soft-left intelligentsia on Twitter would be happy to let the farmyard animals in the north of England have this kind of thing to distract them from mending the latch on their outside lavatory doors or warming up after a chilly dip in the tin bath.
I mean, these good northern people are proper, honest socialists. Except that, now, they're not. They're Brexiteers. Which means they must have their playthings taken away.
Look at the state of the country's pubs. They're closing at the rate of 18 a week. Bitter sales, meanwhile, remain moribund while craft beers gain in popularity. No. 6 cigarettes have been replaced with the vape. And this is all fine if you have a disposable income, but what if you don't? What if you are more worried about finding some money for the kiddies' tea than you are about global warming? Let's not forget: to be green, you first of all have to be in the black.
The bright and the sassy may moan about the dumbing-down of television, but they can go out for craft beer and a crafty vape at a whole-food restaurant tonight. Plus, they have all sort of things on BBC4 to stimulate their neurological route map. And access to Netflix and Amazon and BT Sport and Sky.
It's the same on the radio. The BBC runs two full-time stations for a tiny number of remainers, and absolutely none at all for people who voted Brexit.
Last week a crowd of people in Pontefract cheered and shouted support for Nigel Farage and Ann Widdecombe, who'd dropped in to say a few words. And they were treated by commentators as if they might have some kind of warty plague. I'm surprised there haven't been calls to take their liquorice cakes away from them.
I voted remain. And I still lie in bed at night hoping that some way can be found to turn back time. But I don't hate Brexiteers. I don't want to punish them. Yes, many wanted out because they want less immigration, but that doesn't make them Hitler. And, yes, some are far to the right of the political centre line. But few, I suspect, are as far to the right as Corbyn is to the left.
All of which brings me back to the Jeremy Kyle Show and the ridiculously gleeful reaction to its demise. Sure, a guest went home having failed a lie detector test and, it seems, took his own life. That is extremely sad and it's probably right the show is canned. But it should be replaced with something similar. Something with its eyebrows in its hairline.
Think back. When Michael Lush plummeted to his death while rehearsing a stunt for the Late, Late Breakfast Show in the 1980s, someone realised that Noel Edmonds, the presenter, couldn't very well announce Lush's demise and follow that with a cheery: "But coming up later, a skateboarding duck, and we pour goo all over Olivia Newton- John." So they axed the show immediately. But they didn't give up on light entertainment, or Edmonds for that matter.
Let me finish with a question. If Cliff Richard had decided to kill himself after footage of the police raid on his home was broadcast, would the BBC have decided to cancel the news? No, I don't think so either.
And the Sun column: "Not just the rich will quit Jeremy Corbyn’s Britain — it will be anyone with belongings"
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2019.02.20 19:54 Dutchlawyer Rhyl - I hardly knew you

I inadvertently spent a night and a day in Rhyl last year, as Llandudno was full at the time. I found the place interesting, to say the least. But not as interesting as what Tom Moore wrote about it in his excellent book 'You Are Awful (But I Like You) - Travels Through Unloved Britain':
From residents to erstwhile holidaymakers, it’s hard to find anyone with a good word to say about Rhyl. ‘My aunt is the Mayor of Rhyl,’ began my favourite onslaught, ‘but family loyalty aside, it’s the most awful place I know.’ The town was ‘an absolute scum-hole’, a place where ‘seagulls fly upside-down because there’s nothing worth shitting on’. The Times called it ‘Britain’s first shanty town’, and the Consumer Association took a break from testing dishwashers to slag off Rhyl as ‘depressing and down at heel’. The last time the place made the news was when John Prescott punched a man in the face there, and with the waning of Carol Vorderman’s celebrity the mantle of Rhyl’s most famous daughter has passed back to Ruth Ellis, the last British woman to be hanged. Then there’s the issue of nomenclature. Rhyl: it’s another of those stark and plug-ugly town-names, hanging over the place like an albatross, with a beakful of your chips.
The dunes disappeared behind a flank of bare concrete desultorily topped with brown-leaved yucca plants, and the mothballed building site gave way to Homebase-sized amusement sheds – bleeping and open, as such places always seem to be whenever there are helpless fruit-machine addicts to amuse. Then it was into a long, ramshackle parade of towering Victorian boarding houses, some boarded up, some knocked down, and most of the rest – according to locals and the press – divided into bedsitting accommodation for the benefit of unemployed Liverpudlian opiate enthusiasts.
I pulled up in a pay-and-display bay and set off up the promenade with a whistle, the sound a budget-conscious motorist makes when it’s Sunday. But jaunty tootling quickly proved ill-suited to my environment. A local website had informed me that ‘Rhyl basks in a micro-climate said to match the temperatures in Torbay’. Said by who? The bitter Irish Sea wind forcing itself up my sleeves and trouser legs had the answer: said by liars. I think you’ll find that at least 98 per cent of all ‘micro-climates’ are complete fabrications, made up by tourist boards or friends who have moved somewhere horrid but still want you to visit them.
The seafront parade, in sympathy with the conditions, proved comfortably more dreadful than any I had yet experienced. Some of it was shut down for the season, but most of it was shut down for ever. Rhyl had even managed to kill off its retailers of last resort, those elsewhere indestructible commercial cockroaches who moved in when all else failed: CHEAP STORE – MANY ITEMS £1 – EVERYTHING NOW 50P – WE HAVE CLOSED DOWN. Every frontage was peeling and scabbed. A lot of upper floors had been completely painted over with thick magnolia emulsion, windows and all. Day-glo starbursts blared shabby inducements like FREE LAGER WITH ROAST MEAL! and CHEAPEST CHIPS IN RHYL. An invisible asterisk had hovered above most of the previous scenes of decay and decline I’d passed through, reminding me that whatever was no longer being done there, it probably hadn’t been much fun to do in the first place, like mining coal or making sulphuric acid. But there was no asterisk here: just the betrayed and haunting air of a place that had been purpose-built for having a good time, and now wasn’t.
In desperation I struck off down a side street. A mistake: it was worse. The pavement looked like it had been cluster bombed, and half the boarding-house hulks that lined it were shedding roof tiles and had their doors and windows sealed up behind drilled-metal shutters. Looping back round I passed an estate agent’s window, and saw houses priced in four figures. I plunged my hands deep into my coat pockets, bowed my head to the incoming bluster and hurried back to the seafront. The first bathing machines were wheeled out onto the Rhyl sands in the early years of Victoria’s reign, but in accordance with the usual pattern, the place took off as a seaside destination when the railway came to town in 1848. At a stroke this opened up the resort to millions of city dwellers – most of them in the deeply land-locked West Midlands, who found that despite being 100 miles from Birmingham, Rhyl was nonetheless their nearest beach. For over a hundred years the Brummies came in happy droves. Rhyl was soon home to the largest fairground in Wales, a half-mile pier, and the splendidly ornate five-domed Pavilion Theatre, whose massive, illuminated central hemisphere was visible from way out to sea. A mechanical elephant carried children along the prom. So too did the oldest miniature railway in Britain.
Unusually for those in charge of a post-war British seaside town, Rhyl’s elders saw the cheap-flight package-holiday crisis coming and took action – but because they did so in the early 1970s, all of it was horribly wrongheaded. The pier was pulled down in 1972, and the wondrous Pavilion Theatre a year later – reborn soon after as a corrugated oatmeal hangar with all the ritzy good-time appeal of a supermarket distribution centre. A number of shopping arcades were built in homage to the most dispiriting trends in period retail architecture, and the mechanical elephant was tarred and feathered and pushed down a well. In a few short years, every trace of the character that had made Rhyl seem glamorous and exuberant was brutally stripped away. People go on holiday to find something different, even if that difference is only the weather. But by the end of the 1970s, Rhyl was beginning to look and feel like every other slightly downbeat, grey-skied town in Britain – a process completed once the funfair went and the beach was shielded from sight by that big concrete wall. Holidaymakers from Wolverhampton got off the train or out of their cars and found themselves in Wolverhampton-by-Sea – in fact, Wolverhampton-by-Wall. Llandudno, just up the coast from Rhyl and for a century its poor and backward relation, was run by clueless Luddites who wouldn’t knock down their pier and other outdated embarrassments. As a result, the town has cleaned up from the current boom in genteel and nostalgic mini-breaks, and now counts itself the largest seaside resort in Wales.
Rhyl’s fall from grace was swift and dramatic. Between 1979 and 1988, the number of visitor nights fell by over a quarter, and then by another third in the seven years that followed. Of the eighteen separate seafront properties that offered tourist accommodation in the 1977 season, just three were still doing so by 2000. And so Rhyl skulked away into the shadowy overlap that exists between the melancholy of a faded seaside resort and the heavier shit of hardcore urban degeneration. Attracted by the ample availability of cheap accommodation, jobless drifters gravitated towards the town. By the mid 1980s, the tabloids had dubbed it the ‘Costa del Dole’, and today a quarter of Rhyl’s 26,000 population lives in long-term b. & b. accommodation. The West End ward – which takes in the seafront – rates as the most deprived area in Wales, and the town as a whole is burdened with the highest unemployment rate in Britain: 48.9 per cent of the adult population is classified as economically inactive. A third of all Denbighshire crimes are committed in Rhyl. The Scousers-and-smack reputation seems to date back to 1996, when local police discovered that most of Rhyl’s heroin addicts were being supplied by a fourteen-year-old boy from Liverpool. (He kept his stash in those plastic capsules out of Kinder Eggs, and was driven around in a big car by two heavies: the whole operation seems like some Young Apprentice for class-A drug dealers.)
Back on West Parade even the seagulls sounded mournful. Rhyl’s Victorian visitors had gazed up at the town’s snowed-on Snowdonian backdrop with hearty relish, but today the mountains looked less of an inspiration than a reproach, there to emphasise the frail impermanence of the dying town laid out at their feet, in fact the futility of all human endeavour. Everything kept going wrong for Rhyl, yet still they kept trying to put it right. To atone for the misguided demolition of their pier and that splendid theatre, Rhyl’s authorities had erected some faux Victorian booths with roof finials and Gothic arches, housing the tourist office and the snack bars and coin-slot attractions of a ‘children’s village’. But it all looked so half-baked and shoddy: sagging fibreglass, stained concrete and business-park brickwork, a bad copy of a fake, like Main Street USA in Disneyland recommissioned by Leonid Brezhnev. His input would certainly explain the starkly incompatible 250-foot glory-to-the-people observation tower that speared into the cold, dead sky.
Further up, the seafront pleasure gardens that had been one of Rhyl’s many pride and joys were now a skatepark, an abstract landscape of ramps and half-pipes. While appreciating the value of such a facility in a town where needle-sharing is only a bored afternoon away, I couldn’t understand why it had to be put here. Rhyl is hardly short of vacant land, yet the town had opted to hand over its showpiece public space – the promenade’s focal point, backdrop to a million sepia postcards – to hooded teenage miserablists.
I peered over the sea wall and beheld Rhyl’s fabled miles of golden sand, shrunk by high tide to a muddy ribbon of shingle. By this stage it hardly seemed to matter: I fancied that even in high season, the British bucket-and-spade holiday demanded a degree of goose-pimpled hardiness that today’s centrally heated, double-glazed native namby-pambies no longer possessed. Lay out a towel on just one Mediterranean beach, and there’s no going back to windbreaks.
Hence the Sun Centre, Rhyl’s attempt to ‘bring the seaside inside’, opened to great hurrahs in 1980. Permanent summer! Tropical storm effects! Europe’s first indoor surfing pool! But even from the outside I could sense the excitement hadn’t been sustained. A massive plastic barn, weathered and anonymous, the Sun Centre looked less like a climate-controlled aquatic paradise than the sort of place where you might find yourself losing an argument with customer services about a faulty leaf blower.
I knew it wouldn’t be open again for two months, but I was keen to see what had inspired contributors at reviewcentre. com to rate the place as the worst tourist attraction in all of Wales. Happily, it shared a lobby with the New Pavilion Theatre, which was preparing for a matinée performance of Noddy in Toyland (forthcoming highlights: Roger Dee Sings the Johnny Cash Story and Go West – the 25th Anniversary Tour). I walked in and pressed my face up to the Sun Centre’s locked glass doors, catching a thin waft of chlorine, mouldy towels and last season’s chip fat. Drained and stained, the irregular-shaped pools seemed sad and creepy; the primary-hued plastic employed for everything from water slides to snack huts had dulled and roughened like an old toothbrush. The whole Chernobyl fairground look. Poor Rhyl. They’d drained the civic coffers building this place, only to see its attractions swiftly matched, then trumped, by every other suburban leisure centre in Britain. Beyond the odd mouthful of Elastoplast, most of the online gripes focused on the Sun Centre’s failure to improve or update, to offer jaded regulars something more, something different for their £7.95. Today, Europe’s first indoor surfing pool isn’t even the best in Wales.
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2019.01.18 19:01 icoinformation2021 What is Mocrow (MCW)?

Cynotrust Intelligent Systems A blockchain company revolutionizing technology and innovation in Africa.
About Us Cynotrust Intelligent Systems Limited (“Cynotrust") is a Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology Company leading the innovation in the African technology revolution. We are registered in Nigeria, the United Kingdom and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, with plans to expand operations in strategic hubs across the globe.
With extensive expertise in the Energy Sector, Information Technology and Financial Service sector, the team at Cynotrust initiated the development of our proprietary blockchain application product – Mocrow Ecosystem; a platform specifically designed to integrate Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) onto Energy Sector marketplace (energy [kWh] audit and sales) with the aim of eliminating the sector's devastating inefficiencies and high losses – particularly in Africa and developing regions of the world.”
Project Team
ABUBAKAR UMAR BSc (Hons), CobiT, ITIL – MD-CEO/CO-FOUNDER Linkedin: An enthusiastic, award winning Computer Science Graduate with excellent proven experience of the Power & Energy sector, Retail Industry, Financial Markets, Software Development and Implementation, and working experience within the Aviation Industry.
Involved with Strategic & Tactical level business development in Information Technology Services, Aviation, Oil & Gas, Energy and Facilities Management Services.
Involved with development of modern Agile software applications deployed using Microsoft Azure Cloud Technology. Virtualization: Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks, Platform as a Service (PaaS) implementation for leading Companies, including using PowerShell for automation and management, using Active Directory, migrating from on-premises to cloud infrastructure. A pioneer blockchain enthusiast developing real life PoC for adoption and implementation in many African economic sectors.
DR. MOHAN GUNARATNAM B.Eng. (Hons), MSc, PhD, MBA, CEng, MIChemE – Chief Operations Officer (COO) Linkedin: Dr Mohan is a business head with a proven ability to develop and implement strategies that deliver financial goals. His recognized ability to lead key business initiatives to generate income and enhance service value is second to none. An industry expert with recognized proficiency to commercialize solutions and services as well as develop and execute astute business operations strategies. Ability to build teams focused on achieving revenue goals.
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An alumnus of the University of Wolverhampton, David has been involved with new startups as well as managing his own established business interests.
'' DR. PETER OWOTOKI BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, MBA – Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Linkedin: A significant independent consulting expertise across different functions for two of the global top five Pharma and a leading German Dax Pharma company, Dr. Peter is an accomplished technologist of the highest standards. A graduate of Computer Science from St. Petersburg, Russia, Dr. Peter has an MSc in Information and Communications System, as well as a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the Technische Universitaet (TU) Hamburg, Germany. He has an MBA from the Northern Institute of Technology (NIT) Hamburg, Germany and a Post Doctorate Research Fellowship – Harvard, USA.
Dr. Peter has several years technology consulting experience with McKinsey in the Middle East, Africa and Brazil. He also has more than 5yrs independent technology consulting experience in Germany and Switzerland. He holds the professional position as Director, KBR Finance Frankfurt, as well as various researcher positions (Harvard University, TU Hamburg, Airbus, Panasonic, DaimlerChrysler).
ANATOLY SOKOLNIKOV Blockchain Architect/Developer Linkedin: Anatoly has more than 6 years’ experience developing scalable blockchain solutions and is a highly qualified developer with hands-on experience within the banking & finance sector. Apart from software development, Anatoly has worked on systems improvement and architecture design for top tier banking IT systems
A blockchain enthusiast, Anatoly has been worked on some exciting blockchain projects over the last 3 years. He started from development of simple smart contracts, but very fast was able to work with, develop and even design complex smart contracts which further solidified his blockchain development experience. He has worked with some blockchain projects for existing blockchains improvements, developed blockchains from scratch, as well as developing both private and extremely secured blockchains.
Anatoly is considered as a blockchain expert that can take a blockchain project of any complexity and bring it to life.
MAXIM PRISHCHEPO Blockchain Software Engineer Linkedin: Starting from the middle of 2016, Maxim has been proactively working on Ethereum related projects as a Blockchain software engineer.
He has over 15 years background experience in Fintech and security of financial information systems spheres, which is very helpful in blockchain projects.
Moreover, Maxim has contributed significantly to the progressive evolution of decentralized applications development from Feb 2017 to date, the results of which has undoubtedly initiated a new era of Internet - Web 3.0 evolution.
REON PARK Legal Linkedin: Reon is a senior corporate affairs and commercial lawyer with extensive experience in business facilitation and commercial contracts negotiation. She also holds a senior position as the company director for a blockchain consultancy.
Reon studied Politics and East Asian Studies at Newcastle University, and as well as her legal qualifications, she also earned a diploma at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and School of Oriental and African studies. Prior to law, Reon was the director of a Japanese theatre production company based in London. She is fluent in both English and Japanese, and has working proficiency in Korean.
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NANCY MEYERSON-HESS QA/COMPLIANCE/REGULATORY Linkedin: Nancy has over 30 years’ experience in leading global quality assurance, compliance and regulatory practices. She has focused over the past recent years on providing best practices and regulatory compliance frameworks for organizations in emerging regions.
Nancy is also an Associate Partner at Admedicum Business, where she also consults for organizations on research, and also outsourcing through quality and process improvements.
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2018.10.08 11:07 garethom I wrote a new, updated, more comprehensive and neutral wiki for the sub, but I guess the mods didn't want it. Here's u/garethom's guide to Birmingham.

I sent this is in a message to the mods a little while back after seeing that the existing wiki was a little out of date, really centric to certain areas and tbh, not very neutral when it came to other areas. It's my no means the end of any recommendations, but considering we have a lot of questions about what to do/see/eat/drink and where to stay or live, I thought it might be helpful.
Anyway, I haven't got a response, and I'm not even sure if any of them are even still active here, so I thought I'd just drop it here and maybe somebody can get some use out of it anyway.
I'll clarify that outside of playing for one of the American football teams currently, and having previously played for another, I'm not affiliated with any organisation mentioned herein.

About Birmingham

Birmingham is the second city (don't listen to anything Manchester says!) of the United Kingdom. It is the largest and most populous city in the United Kingdom, as well as the centre of the second largest urban area after London, with a population somewhere between 1 and 1.3 million people.
Birmingham boomed from a non-descript market town to a juggernaut of a city during the Industrial Revolution in the late 1700s/early 1800s, and is called "the first manufacturing town in the world". Although the steam engine is Birmingham's most famous invention, did you know, that amongst hundreds of other things, we're also responsible for the birth of the modern chemical industry, cotton spinning, the Baskerville typeface, building societies, powdered custard, the modern postal system, medical plaster, lawn tennis, plastic, medical use of x-rays, The Lord of the Rings, and the Football League? Well now you do!
Today, we don't manufacture so much, but we're still an important city on the global stage. We're now a centre for both the public and private service industry, and one of the most important centres of finance in the country.
We form the centre of a metropolitan area, spanning from Solihull in the south east, to Wolverhampton and the Black Country in the north west, and we make up an interesting group of people. We're a city of younger than average people, and are the UK's most ethnically diverse city, with large numbers of immigrants from Ireland, South Asia, the Caribbean and China. This make up has majorly shaped the city we live in today.
Whether you're visiting for a day or two, or you're a born and bred Brummie, Birmingham is still a city that can amaze you.
And yes... it's true. We do have more canals than Venice.

Big Name Attractions

  • BBC Birmingham: Visitors can book tours of their working building that take you behind the scenes of their television and radio productions. There is also a visitor centre that doesn't require booking.
  • Botanical Gardens: A 15 acre selection of gardens and greenhouses containing some of the world's rarest (and in some cases, entirely unique) plants. There are also a number of exotic birds.
  • Cadbury World: The world famous chocolate manufacturer was founded in Bournville. There are exhibits on the history of chocolate, the making of chocolate, the story of the Cadbury family, and if you hadn't guessed by now, a massive Cadbury shop.
  • LegoLand Discovery Centre: A newly-opened, kid centric day out based entirely on the world famous, colourful bricks.
  • Library of Birmingham: This striking building opened in 2013 is the largest public library in the United Kingdom, and the largest "public cultural space" in Europe and hosts a number of nationally and internationally significant collections.
  • National Sea Life Centre: Even with our extensive canal network, perhaps not the most appropriate location, but still... A giant aquarium with a range of sea and river life, from sharks, to penguins, to otters.
  • Sarehole Mill: A working water mill that has played a significant park in the history of both the industry and literature of Birmingham. Matthew Boulton, one of the fathers of the industrial revolution performed experiments there, and Lord of the Rings author, J. R. R. Tolkien lived just a stones throw from the mill. It is located in the Shire Country Park, named for its influence on the location of that name in the aforementioned books.
  • Thinktank: A family-oriented science experience with a focus on Birmingham's manufacturing and industrial history. You can see real WWII era aircraft, steam trains, and the world's oldest working steam engine. There's also a planetarium.

Smaller Attractions

  • Aston Hall: The "leading example of the Jacobean prodigy house" has a storied local history, from the Civil War-era onwards.
  • Back to Backs: The "city's last surviving court of back-to-back houses". Get a feel for life amongst the common folk of the city during the population boom of the Industrial Revolution.
  • Blakesley Hall: One of the oldest buildings in the city, and an archetypal example of Tudor architecture, originally owned by the famed Smalbroke family.
  • Coffin Works: A restored factory that historically manufactured brass fittings, and, you guessed it, coffins, including those of famed statesmen and members of the royal family.
  • Museum of the Jewellery Quarter: Step inside a "'time capsule' of a jewellery workshop" and learn about the 200+ year history of the Jewellery Quarter.
  • Pen Museum: The only museum dedicated to the pen trade in the UK, learn how Birmingham became the heart of the world pen industry.
  • Selly Manor: Originally the manor house of Bournbrook, it was acquired by the Cadbury family in the early 1900s and moved to be the heart of their model village, Bournville.
  • Soho House: A large house containing primarily a celebration of the life of famed industrialist Matthew Boulton and his peers in the Lunar Society.
  • Winterbourne House & Garden: A seven acre botanic garden of the University of Birmingham.

Food & Drink

Birmingham is a city quickly gaining a world-class reputation for food, with an exploding independent scene backed up by an enviable selection of fine dining options.
Fine Dining You may have heard that Birmingham has more Michelin-starred restaurants than any UK city outside of London, and that's (sort of, if you're including Solihull) true!
With five (strictly four) restaurants boasting a star, Birmingham has plenty for those desiring a fine dining experience.
Purnell's, ran by regular TV face Glyn Purnell, and Adam's are both located in the city centre. Simpsons is just a mile-and-a-bit outside the centre in leafy Edgbaston, and Carters of Moseley is just a little further out, in, well, Moseley. The most recently awarded star goes to Peel's, located in the Hampton Manor hotel in Hampton in Arden, a quick drive from Birmingham Airport.
But it's not all about those famous stars. There's also several restaurants that make the Michelin Guide. Asha's (Indian), Opus (European), The Wilderness (British/European), Lasan (Indian), Waters (European), The Boot Inn (European/Fusion), Opheem (Indian), Folium (British/European), and Harborne Kitchen (British/European) are all places you're almost guaranteed some good eating!
Street Food & Independents While the Michelin-club get all the plaudits, many prefer Birmingham's proud independent food scene for a cheaper, more relaxed meal.
The jewel in the crown is Digbeth Dining Club. The now three-day-a-week event sees an area in Digbeth in the centre of Birmingham closed off and populated by some of the countries finest streetfood vendors for a festival of food, drink and music. Many of the regulars have been crowned winners of something in the various country-wide streetfood competitions in recent years, and you'll get anything from Indian snacks, decadent waffles, slow cooked BBQ, and mouth-watering cheesecakes to award winning burgers. Additionally, in a very similar vein, is the much more recent Hawker Yard.
Looking for a burger? You're in luck. There's Original Patty Men (who are so renowned, Drake opted to miss out on the Brit Awards to eat their burgers) and The Meat Shack both located in the city centre that make some of the best burgers you'll ever taste, and have a great selection of beers to go with them.
Thanks to the city's impressive Chinatown, you're guaranteed some good authentic Chinese food. Our recommendation? Head to Peach Garden or Look In and order a selection of roasted meats (just look for the hanging ducks in the window, you won't miss them!)
Perhaps Birmingham's most world famous offering to the culinary world is the Balti. Named for the thin-pressed steel dish it's served in more than any particular method of cooking, the Balti is a garlic and onion heavy curry that is cooked over high heat, rather than simmering all day. If that sounds enticing to you, then I've got good news.
Birmingham is famed for the Balti Triangle, an area around Sparkbook, Sparkhill and Moseley that has an eye-wateringly high concentration of restaurants serving Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi food, almost all of which serving many variations of the eponymous dish. While the Balti may have spread across the entirety of the UK, it's well known that Birmingham still has the best. Looking for a recommendation? Check out Adil's, the place that lays perhaps the strongest claim to creating the dish in the first place or Al Frash. We're also locked into an ongoing battle with Glasgow as to which city created the creamy, mild curry, the Chicken Tikka Masala. Added bonus? Many of the city's balti houses are BYOB.
Outside of those mentioned, there really is something for those that want something a little different. The Karczma serves authentic Polish food in amazing decor. Bonehead is the place to go for fried chicken. If you're not feeling a full three course balti, Zindiya offers amazing Indian street food. Loaf is a co-operatively ran bakery and cookery school that offer literally the best sausage rolls in the world. Whatever cuisine takes your fancy, you will find a restaurant in Birmingham cooking it to the highest quality.
If there's anything that will force you to make plans to visit Birmingham again, it's the food.
Drinking And what d'you know, it's not just great food here, but great drink too!
In the city centre, you're spoiled for choice. There's a Brewdog bar, serving a range of beers from the eponymous brewery alongside a smorgasbord of guest brewers. Just opposite is Cherry Reds (they also have a location in Kings Heath), serving craft beers in a cafe atmosphere. Located in a former, guess what, the Post Office Vaults invites you to take a look through their "Beer Bible" and select from hundreds of beers from around the world. Purecraft serves beers from the renowned Purity Brewing Company, and the food is amazing too.
Around what was formerly a financial district, you'll find a lot of popular bars in attractive buildings, such as The Old Joint Stock, The Lost and Found and The Cosy Club. In the Jewellery Quarter, you'll find the reasonably priced 1000 Trades (usually with a pop-up dishing out great food) and further afield, the Plough in Harborne.
Cocktails more your thing? You won't miss out. The Alchemist, Fumo, Ginger's and Gas Street Social all serve proper cocktails in trendy atmospheres.
On the same street in Stirchley and Cotteridge, you will find two of the countries highest-rated off-licences. Cotteridge Wines has been voted The Best Bottle Shop in England for five years running, and Stirchley Wines, just a few minutes walk away, is held in similarly high regard. Both have been listed in RateBeer's top four locations in the country.


Birmingham is famous as a sporting city. The Football League, the world's first league football competition, was founded in 1888 by Birmingham resident, and Aston Villa director William McGregor.
Along with the aforementioned Aston Villa, Birmingham is also home to another of the oldest football teams in the country, Birmingham City. Birmingham City's Ladies play at the top level of Women's football. The football season runs between August and May.
Edgbaston Cricket Ground is home to Warwickshire County Cricket Club, but is also more prominently used for Test matches, One Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals. The County Cricket season runs between April and September. The Twenty20 season runs between July and September.
Birmingham and the nearby areas are home to two PGA standard golf courses; The Belfry, which has hosted the Ryder Cup more than any other venue, and the Forest of Arden, a regular host of tournaments on the PGA European Tour.
Arena Birmingham, formerly known as the National Indoor Arena, has hosted a number of World and European indoor athletics championships, and the Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr is the headquarters of UK Athletics, and the home of the Birchfield Harriers, which counts a number of elite international athletes amongst its members.
The first ever game of lawn tennis was played in Birmingham in 1859 and the Birmingham Classic, played annually at the Edgbaston Priory Club is one of only three UK tennis tournaments on the WTA Tour.
There are two professional Rugby Union teams in Birmingham and the surrounding areas. Moseley Rugby Football Club play in the National League 1, and Birmingham & Solihull Pertemps Bees play in the Midlands Premier division. The Rugby Union season typically runs between September and April.
Birmingham is also home to the oldest British American football team, the Birmingham Bulls and the most successful team in University American football, the Birmingham Lions at the University of Birmingham. The Tamworth Phoenix, the current BAFA National League champions, are located in nearby Coleshill, and the Sandwell Steelers are located in the Black Country. The BAFA National Leagues season typically runs between April and August and the University season typically runs between October and January.
The Birmingham Bandits play in the National Baseball League, the top level of competition in the country. The season typically runs between April and August.
Birmingham will host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.


Film For those that want to catch a movie, there is, as you might expect, a range of chain cinemas in dozens of locations across the city in which you can catch the latest release.
But if you're looking for something really special? Why not check out The Electric, the UK's oldest working cinema?
Of course, they show the latest blockbusters, but they also show classic movies and special events throughout the year.
Music Whatever your preference, there's a good bet that Birmingham has had an impact.
We have the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra playing at the Symphony Hall for those with a more refined ear.
There are regular jazz festivals across the city and surroundings through the year.
Perhaps you've heard of the small time bands Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin and Napalm Death? Birmingham is the home to metal, and it's an influence that is still obvious today. You'll find local bands playing the full spectrum of metal at music pubs across the city.
If you want to check out a band on tour, we've got arenas that range in size from the huge (Arena Birmingham, Genting Arena) to the more modest (Hare & Hounds, HMV Institute) and those in-between (O2 Academy).
Theatre The Repertory Theatre is the UK's longest-established "producing theatre" and the Alexandra and Hippodrome are the go-to places to see shows on tour.
Those looking for a particularly classy night out can choose from the Birmingham Royal Ballet, resident at the Hippodrome, or the Birmingham Opera Company, known for their avant garde performances in non-typical spaces.
Museums & Galleries Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is the big one. A notable collection of Pre-Raphaelite work and the Staffordshire Hoard are probably the stand outs that it's known for, but there's a temporary exhibition space that hosts events like student exhibitions from local universities.
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts is located on the campus of the University of Birmingham, and was one of only five galleries outside London to receive five stars for having "Outstanding collections of international significance", and this relatively modest sized gallery hosts works by the likes of Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Auguste Rodin and J. M. W. Turner and has one of the world's largest coin collections.
If contemporary art is more your thing, then the Ikon Gallery in Brindley Place is for you, hosting rotating exhibitions throughout the year.
The mac, located in Cannon Hill Park is an art gallery with rotating exhibitions that also hosts plays, concerts and film showings.
For further Museums & Galleries see the "Attractions" section.
Nightlife As a young city, there's plenty of places in the city to while the night away.
Broad Street is Birmingham's most well known area. It's a long street with very popular, relatively "bog-standard" bars and clubs, with large dancefloors and loud, popular music. PRYZM is the largest nightclub in the city, and Grosvenor Casino, open 24 hours, is nearby.
You'll most likely find single 18-25 year olds along this busy street just a few minutes walk from the very centre of the city.
Birmingham's Gay Village is also well established, with Nightingales being arguably the biggest name. Nearby, the Arcadian hosts a number of smaller bars and clubs.
The Jewellery Quarter offers more intimate nightlife options, and you're more likely to find a slightly older clientele sipping cocktails and listening to live bands than on their feet on a dancefloor.
Digbeth is where the cool people go in search of more underground fare. DJs and producers playing House, Techno (including the world famous "Birmingham Sound"), Dubstep, Garage and Drum & Bass congregate in the clubs in this area, catering to those that are happy to go all night. If you want to go even further off the beaten track, check out PST where you're likely to find Listening Sessions, showcasing a range of music from local producers.
Shopping The Bullring is the major shopping centre in Birmingham. It is one of Europe's largest and houses just one of four Selfridges department stores, housed in an iconic building. There are a number of stores selling fashion, cosmetics, toys and gifts and food.
The Bull Ring markets see 140 stallholders offering fresh fruit and vegetables, meats and fish, and basically every non-food item you can think of.
The Jewellery Quarter is Europe's largest concentration of businesses involved in the jewellery trade, which produces 40% of all the jewellery made in the UK.
The Great Western Arcade is a Grade II listed row of shops that cater almost entirely to independent retailers where you're almost guaranteed to find something unique.


We're a relatively temperate city, in that it rarely gets super cold, and rarely gets super hot. In the summer months, you can expect a twenty four hour swing from around 11°C(52°F) to 23°C(73°F), and in the winter months, anywhere between 0°C(32°F) and 7°C(45°F).
We get roughly 10-13 rainy days per month throughout the year.
Compared to other UK cities, we are relatively snowy, due to our inland position and high elevation, however, it rarely snows to a degree that it causes problems.


Birmingham is, perhaps surprisingly given its unfair reputation, an outstandingly green city. We have a stunning 571 parks in the city, more than any other European city.
Sutton Park is the biggest park in the city, and is Europe's largest urban park outside of a capital city. Around a quarter of the former Royal Forest is covered by ancient woodlands, and there are a number of large ponds and pools. It is relatively common to see deer and exmoor ponies in the less busy parts of the park. There are several sporting events held in the park throughout the year.
The Lickey Hills are home to a Green Flag awarded country park that offer picturesque views of the city of Birmingham, and are home to several species of deer, badgers and around ninety bird species, and some believe this favoured haunt of J. R. R. Tolkien formed the inspiration for the Shire in his famed The Lord Of The Rings series.
Cannon Hill Park is a 250 acre area consisting of woodland, grassland and several large ponds. There are areas for soccer, boating, fishing, tennis and mini-golf.


Due to its centralised location, Birmingham is well placed for transport. It is served by the M5, M6 (famed for the Gravelly Hill Interchange, more commonly known as Spaghetti Junction), M40 and M42 motorways.
Birmingham Airport (actually located in Solihull), is an international airport, with flights to and from to many destinations in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
Birmingham New Street is the largest railway station outside of London and serves locations across the country. Snow Hill and Moor Street act as the northern termini for trains coming from London Marylebone.
Buses are mainly administered by National Express, and the West Midlands bus route 11, also known as the Birmingham Outer Circle, is the longest urban bus route in Europe at 27 miles, taking around three hours to complete.
Uber operates within Birmingham.

Living In Birmingham

Many times we're asked here on brum "where should I live", "is area X ok to live in", etc. Much like everything else in Birmingham, there is a lot of variety. Houses can range from cheap as chips to pretty expensive, and each area of the city has its own up and downsides. It's not so easy to divide Birmingham by distinct areas of desirability, and some of the most expensive and sought after suburbs border those that aren't as popular.

Central Birmingham

Living in central Birmingham will be similar to living in the centre of any other big city, if you've ever done that. There will always be something to do on right on your doorstep, the social opportunities are immense, and your commute can be but a short walk to the office. Of course, this is often at the expense of a smaller, more expensive property, greater noise and everywhere is pretty busy 24/7. There are a number of distinct "regions" in the city centre.
Brindley Place & Surrounding Areas Likely the priciest part of the city centre to live in, but there are often more than small flats available. Penthouses, townhouses and large apartments are more common in this area.
Average property price: Anywhere from ~£150,000 to £1m+ Brindley Place on Streetcheck
Digbeth An area still undergoing gentrification, but also a focal point for up and coming independents in business, food, arts and culture. Most, if not all, properties in Digbeth will be flats. Most of Digbeth is a five minute walk to the centre of the city.
Average property price: £158,024 Digbeth on Streetcheck
Jewellery Quarter Great for food and drink, the Jewellery Quarter, while still a stronghold in the UK jewellery industry, is fast becoming one of the "cooler" areas to live in the city. Most, if not all, properties in the Jewellery Quarter will be flats.
Average property price: ~£200,000-250,000 Jewellery Quarter on Streetcheck

North Birmingham

North Birmingham has a large swing in terms of lifestyle. Some areas closer to the city centre are more economically deprived, whereas further away, the likes of Sutton Coldfield can boast some of the most expensive and most desirable locations in the Midlands. The transport links are, to some, an attraction to living in North Birmingham, usually being just minutes from several junctions on the M6 and M5.
Aston Aston as a settlement is very old, and has a real mix of history, ranging from the medieval to Jacobean to early 1900s. Most properties in Aston are terraced houses.
Average property price: £107,137 Aston on Streetcheck
Erdington Lying between the city centre and it's more expensive neighbour, Erdington is fast becoming a desirable location for those priced out of Sutton Coldfield. There is a range of properties from detached housing to flats.
Average property price: £163,075 Erdington on Streetcheck
Handsworth An "on the rise" area that can boast perhaps the longest list of famous residents in the whole city. There are a wide range of properties from detached housing to terraced houses.
Average property price: £144,484 Handsworth on Streetcheck
Sutton Coldfield A "Royal Town" and the fourth-least deprived area in the country, Sutton Coldfield is renowned as a very affluent area with many attractions. There are a range of properties from terraced houses to very large detached houses.
Average property price: £314,808 although houses can and do regularly top £3m+ Sutton Coldfield on Streetcheck

East Birmingham

East Birmingham is home to a diverse population, and a relatively green area stretching from the city centre to neighbouring Solihull, and is quickly finding itself a niche as younger folk priced out of Solihull move to a desirable location between the leafy town and Birmingham's centre.
Bordesley Green Traditionally an area popular with immigrants, and mostly consists of terraced houses.
Average property price: £122,712 Bordesley Green on Streetcheck
Stechford Mostly terraced housing with a tonne of local ameneties and is cut almost in two by the River Cole and has a large nature reserve running through it.
Average property price: £150,085 Stechford on Streetcheck
Yardley & Sheldon An historically old suburb of Birmingham, with a dedicated conservation area and many local ameneties. There are a range of properties from detached houses to a small number of flats and apartments.
Average property price: £162,601 Yardley & Sheldon on Streetcheck

South Birmingham

The south of Birmingham is home to some of the "coolest" suburbs that are quickly gaining popularity, seated between the city centre and what you might call "countryside" towards Warwickshire.
Hall Green Encompassing much of the Tolkien trail, this suburb borders Shirley in Solihull.
Average property price: £209,923 Hall Green on Streetcheck
Kings Heath, Stirchley and Cotteridge These three closely related suburbs are quickly becoming seen as an affordable alternative to Moseley.
Average property price: £211,276 Kings Heath on Streetcheck
Moseley With a real "village" feel, there are many renowned drinking holes and eateries, with a large range of property types.
Average property price: £276,533 Moseley on Streetcheck
Sparkhill Home to a large population of immigrants, it's not surprising that Sparkhill is home to much of the famed "Balti Triangle". Most of the properties are terraced houses.
Average property price: £142,394 Sparkhill on Streetcheck

West Birmingham

As you move away from the city centre towards the Black Country, you'll come across some of the city's most sought-after locations for both young and old alike.
Edgbaston A very affluent suburb that is also home to much of the University of Birmingham campus. There are a number of very large houses, but also a large number of flats and terraced houses. Houses can and do regularly go for £1m+
Average property price: £301,851 Edgbaston on Streetcheck
Harborne A Victorian-era suburb with a large amount of terraced and semi-detached housing, located between Edgbaston and Quinton.
Average property price: £278,266 Harbone on Streetcheck
Selly Oak The majority of residents in this suburb are students at Birmingham's universities. As such, it has many transport links to the city centre. Most of the properties are terraced houses.
Average property price: £221,046 Selly Oak on Streetcheck
Quinton This green suburb basically forms the very western border of the city before you enter Sandwell and Dudley. Most properties are semi-detached.
Average property price: £258,077 Quinton on Streetcheck

Outside the city

Birmingham is part of the greater West Midlands conurbation, so it can be used as a hub for exploring the region easily.
Solihull is situated on the south-eastern edge of Birmingham. Solihull is an affluent town with a mid-sized town centre, and a number of smaller villages located more rurally.
Coventry can be reached via the M6 or A45, and is roughly a half an hour to fourty minute drive from the city centre.
Stratford-Upon-Avon, famed for being the home of William Shakespeare, is located roughly an hour away from the city centre.
Warwick, the home of Warwick Castle, is located near Royal Leamington Spa, and is about an hour by car from the city centre.
The Cotswolds, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, can be quickly reached, anywhere from one to two hours away from the city centre.
Worcester and the Malvern Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, can be reached via the M5, around an hour and a half from the city centre.
On the western edge of the city, the Black Country, consisting of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton can be found.
Further out west, the Shropshire Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty can be found.
To the north of the city, Cannock Chase, a large, heavily wooded Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is located.
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2018.08.01 22:38 s0ngsforthedeaf /r/Championship's Championship club by club season preview - part 1!

Part 2 here - Part 3 here - Part 4 here

On Friday at 8pm UK time, Reading and Derby County will kick off the 127th season of the English second division - also known as the Championship! 24 clubs will compete for 3 promotion spots to the Premier league (2 via automatic promotion and 1 via playoffs) and to avoid the 3 relegation spots to the third tier a.k.a League One.

Its looking like a really tight and competitive season. The league is absolutely full of ambitious player and managerial talent - the more time goes by the more it looks like a Premier League 2. If you want a competitive league with proper English football, that also has the spice of skilful players and forward thinking managers, it really is the place to go.

This is guide written by the fans who have come together on /Championship - an absolutely huge thanks to them. Do check out the sub, we try to keep it a good place to discuss the EFL, away from the rancid gloryhunting shithole that is /soccer (just kidding - I like this place). Lots going on, including a score predictor thread which is running all season.

This guide is in table order with the PL demoted sides first. Only 5 clubs today (because the Swansea one is a fucking novel and I can't fit any more in), the rest will be submitted tomorrow and Friday. Do bare in mind that not all the transfer news will be up to date as these guides were largely written a week ago. Point out to me if there are any clear errors with formatting or spelling.

Championship info, links and media

/Championship's 17/18 player of the season review

Season previews: The Guardian Sky Sports The Mirror
EFL focused podcasts: Not the Top 20 The Totally Football League Show
The 17/18 table - Wolves, Cardiff and Fulham went up. Barnsley, Burton and Sunderland went down. This season West Brom, Swansea and Stoke join from the PL and Wigan, Blackburn and Rotherham join from League 1.
These are the bookies' favourites for promotion (via Oddschecker):
Club Odds
Stoke 2.75
Middlesbrough 4
West Brom 4
Nottingham Forest 4.5
Leeds 4.75
Swansea 5
And relegation:
Club Odds
Rotherham 2.2
Bolton 2.25
Ipswich 4.5
Reading 5
Hull 6
How to watch in the UK: Live rights are owned by Sky Sports. They are upping the number of televised matches this season. Reading v Derby on Friday is televised. The weekly highlights show previously on Channel 5 is moving to Quest TV, which apparently is on Freeview.
How to watch abroad: Depends, but in most territories, the iFollow Service is available, which is £110 to watch all a single club's matches. Bargain. I think the clubs that aren't on iFollow have their own similar streaming services.
Check out club Youtube channels - quite a few of them post extended highlights now with their own commentary, including Derby, Norwich, Sheffield Wednesday, Brentford and more. (You may need VPN to watch if you're abroad.)

Swansea City by RafiakaMacakaDirk and my_knob_is_gr8

Location: Swansea, Wales
Nickname: Swans, The Jacks
Major honours: Football League Cup (2013), Championship Play-off Winner (2011), League One Winners (1925, 1949, 2008)
17/18 finishing postion: 18th (Premier League)
Transfermarkt squad value: €115.5 mil NOTE: This number is as of July 22nd, when we still have Mawson (€15 mil), A. Ayew (€15 mil), Bony (€10 mil), Clucas (€8 mil) and Fernandez (€8 mil), who are all pretty much expected to be sold, or loaned out, before the season starts. Without all of these players except Bony (who's injured for a while so it makes it unlikely he'll be sold soon), the squad value would be around €70 mil.
Manager: Graham Potter joined the Swans on 11th June 2018. In 2010, he became head coach of Östersund, who were in the fourth tier of Swedish football. 5 years later, he got the club promoted into the Swedish top flight and in 2017, they won Svenska Cupen which qualified them for the Europa League where they managed to get through the group stage. He’s been applauded for what he did at Östersund and the way he managed to build the club up from nothing. The year after his success in the Europa league he signed a 3 year contract with Swansea.
Potter is well respected by The Swans and after a few years of poor managerial and financial decisions his appointment is seen as a step in the right direction to bringing us back to our old ways of being a well-run club. Potter has been recognised for his "progressive" and "unconventional" coaching methods. At Östersund, he encouraged his players and staff to engage in community activities, such as performing in theatre and music productions which was designed to take them out of their comfort zone. Potter describes his style of football on the pitch as "tactically flexible, attacking, and possession-based". At Östersund, he deployed a flexible 3–5–2 formation centred on ball possession.
Best player(s)/ talisman:With many of our best players being rumoured with a move away what good players that remain at the start of the season is yet to be seen.
Alfie Mawson is probably our standout player. He’s been amazing for us since we got him and was a bargain at about £3m. He’s great in the air and is just an all round tank. Keeping him will be a huge boost for us and should be solid in the championship.
Federico "El Pajaro" Fernandez has also been strong at the back with Alfie. The pair played with each other for the majority of last season and together became a solid unit. We will most likely sell him to reduce wages though.
Jordan Ayew put in a great shift last season and was our top goal scorer. His work rate was immense and was able to drop back and defend when needed. He’s fast, able to beat a man and a decent finisher. Sadly all these players are transfer targets for other clubs and might not even be here at the start of the season. If we can keep a lot of our players we should have a decent season but who knows who'll be left by the end of the window…
Rising star: Swansea’s U23 had a great season last year and with Potter wanting a young and fresh squad, a handful have moved up into the first team.
Our standout youngster, Oliver McBurnie, joined Barnsley on loan in January last season where he went on to win a Championship player of the month award after 6 goals in 8 games and went on to win Barnsley’s Player of the year award. While only 22, he’s struggled to break into our first team but will most likely be our main striker for the coming season. Be on the lookout for his long legs, miniature shinpads and ridiculous sock length! LEGS LEGS LEGS!!!
Connor Roberts performed well at RB last season and adapted quickly to the premier league where he battled Kyle Naughton to be in the starting line up and did great when given the chance. Decent at going forward and professional at the back. Hopefully potter puts him ahead of Naughton.
What happened last season?: What Happened last season?: After our great escape the season before and with Paul Clement at the helm there was optimism that the 17/18 season could be our turning point where we start rebuilding 'The Swansea Way". How wrong we were.
After a disastrous transfer window where we sold Sigurdsson and never replaced him and started panic buying the week before the transfer window closed we were left an obvious hole in our team. We had no creativity in midfield and no one could kick the ball into the box to save their life. And just to rub it in further Renato Sanches turned out to be more disappointing than Bob Bradley. With the team sitting bottom of the table Clement was sacked in late December.
Then along came the wise talking Carlos Carvalhal who managed to rebuild the confidence the team had lost. Our results took a turn for the good, beating Liverpool, Arsenal, Burnley and West Ham consecutively at home. He pulled us out of the relegation zone and things were looking good. However, the good times were quickly followed by the bad times. Our form turned and we didn’t win a single one of our last 9 matches. We were quickly relegated after pitifully losing to both Southampton and Stoke in our last 2 games of the season.
Highlights (Or lowlights):
The pass by Renato Sanches that summed up his and our season
Swansea City 3-1 Arsenal
Summer transfer business (so far): At the end of last season, it was clear we needed several transfers, both in and out. However, this would all depend on the manager we got.
Yan Dhanda (Free, Liverpool): A 19 year-old Midfielder, Yan Dhanda left Liverpool this summer and joined the Swans in a free, before we even hired Graham Potter. At one time one of the most promosing youngsters in Liverpool's Academy, injuries slowed down his progress, and ultimately made him fall behind other players. Citing lack of first-team playing time, Dhanda decided to join us this summer in hopes of getting regular playing time in the senior squad. Through 3 pre-season games, Dhanda has been one of the brighest and most impressive players in the squad, even scoring a game-winning goal and smashing a penalty in a shootout against Genoa. With our current injuries and shenanigans involved in our midfield, Dhanda has a good chance of becoming a starter and hopefully guide our midfield during the season.
Jordi Govea (Free, Real Madrid): Another 19 year-old from Ecuador, Jordi was the first signing under Potter. Not much can be said about the lad, but this is what Real Madrid had as his bio:
Jordi is an Ecuadorian defender who possess three key qualities for a player in his position: he's skilful, is able to go past a player and has a good shot on him. He's left footed and is able to send in good crosses on the run.
With Martin Olsson currently as our starting LB, and Kyle Naughton as the backup, the hope is that Jordi can develop on our U-23 squad and hopefully move up to the senior squad in coming years. Also the only man I've seen do a medical while wearing jeans (
Joel Asoro (€2 mil., Sunderland): Yet another 19 year-old, a Swedish winger who has represented his country in the younger levels, he was Potter's first senior signing. With world-class speed, and some impressive skills, Asoro was able to score 3 goals and get 2 assists last season in 26 apperances for Sunderland. While these numbers may seem a bit disappointing, many of these games were sub appearances on a very dysfunctional team. Along with Dhanda, Asoro has been one of the most impressive players during preseason, constantly beating his man with either speed or skills, and whipping in good balls to Legs. At the current rate, Asoro appears to have a good chance of starting on the right wing spot, with Nathan Dyer and Luciano Narsingh backing him up.
Predicted starting XI: NOTE: This is gonna be assuming Mawson, A. Ayew, Clucas, and Fernandez are all sold by the start of the season. If by some reason they end up staying, they are pretty much guaranteed to start. Based on the pre-season games so far, a lineup looking like this would be plausible, with Rodon most likely to be replaced by a CB (possibly Scott McKenna) when we buy one. Our second unit is looking something like this.
Best case scenario: Graham Potter is able to motivate and make sure our senior players (Fer, Carroll, etc.) stay fit, along with our youngsters being able to make an impact as expected, and also we retain Mawson, Fernandez, and Clucas, we can finish in the top 2 and get promoted automatically.
Worst case scenario: Our worst case scenario, and something many of us fear of happening, consists of primarily 3 things. 1. Graham Potter isn't given enough time to build an identity with our squad and is sacked by the midway point of the season by the greedy, dumb American owners. . 2. We end up not replacing the players we sold properly like last summer, therefore having a squad with holes everywhere and no chemistry. 3. Our youngsters such as Asoro, McBurnie, Dhanda and company don't pan out and progress at all, thefore becoming mediocre players. This would all culminate in us looking like Sunderland, and making relegation a probability.
Prediction: Realistically I see us selling Mawson and company in the last days before the season starts and not replacing them properly until later on. Because of this, as well as our current injuries with Fer and Clucas, I can see us initially struggling to build an identity but over time, we will start playing like Potter wants us and finishing the season strongly.
8th place, missing the play-offs by 4 points
What will happen to your closest rivals?: The scum that is known as Cardiff City will break the record for lowest points ever accumulated in a Premier League season, getting 5 points all from draws, and will therefore get relegated with 17 games to spare.

West Bromwich Albion by Joelwba

Location: The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, West Midlands
Nickname: The Baggies, The Throstles
Major honours: 1x League title, 1x League Cup, 5x FA Cup
17/18 finishing postion: 20th in Premier League (relegated)
Transfermarkt squad value: £101.16m
Manager: Darren Moore or Big Dave as he's known to Albion fans. A club icon as a player in the early 2000s, he returned to look after our U23 squad before being promoted to assistant manager by Alan Pardew in January. Following the end of Pardew's horrific reign, Moore took temporary charge with Albion facing inevitable relegation. He led us to wins over Newcastle, Spurs, Man Utd and a draw with Liverpool, somehow taking our futile battle for survival to the final week of the season. Following this he earned the head coach role permanently. Moore is loved among the Albion faithful, largely due to his reputation as a player here. He heavily favours a 4-4-2 formation and at the back end of last season, tended to soak up pressure and play on the counter attack. It will be interesting to see how his approach differs in a league where we are one of the favourites, not fighting to survive (hopefully)
Best player(s)/ talisman: It's an interesting situation for Albion currently. There are plenty of Premier League quality players still in the squad. A lot depends on if they are picked off before the deadline shuts. Chris Brunt is a club stalwart and likely to be reappointed as captain. He is adored by the fans and in my opinion will be an incredible asset in the championship. His set pieces alone will bring 10+ goals to the side. Kieran Gibbs is a high quality player who appears to be set to stay and should make a big difference. Jay Rodriguez, Craig Dawson, Salomon Rondon and Nacer Chadli should all make a big difference in this division IF they stay. In all honesty I expect to lose a few of the above. Sam Johnstone appears to be an astute signing to replace the outgoing Ben Foster.
Rising star: Sam Field he's one of our own! He looked completely at home against some of the top Premier League sides last campaign. A box-to-box midfielder, he's full of energy and looks so comfortable on the ball. I expect him to be a major part of our side this season, having just signed a new long-term deal.
Kyle Edwards is an exciting attacking midfielder who has been impressing in pre-season. He may have a part to play following a loan spell at Exeter last campaign.
Jonathon Leko looked like a potential world-beater when he first came through a couple of years back. A lightning quick winger full of tricks. A loan spell at Bristol City and limited appearances later he seems to be losing his way. Will be an interesting one to watch.
Finally, the enigma that is Olly Burke. After signing with us last summer for £15m, he failed to impress any of the four managers we had over the season. He looks exciting when he comes on, without any end product so far, and was unfairly blamed for a loss at West Ham by Alan 'Coward' Pardew. We all know the talent he's got. Hopefully we can see it this season.
What happened last season?: Let's not talk about it... We finally escaped the stranglehold of Tony Pulis, only to opt for the human joke that is Alan Pardew and duly hurtled towards relegation. Four of our players stole a taxi and then played (and lost) the following weekend.
Pardew was sacked about 3 months too late, and Moore took over, restoring pride with some notable wins over Man Utd and Spurs.
This season we also lost the great Cyrille Regis, and the outpouring of emotion and the coming together of the club during the weeks after his passing was something special.
Summer transfer business (so far): We started by releasing Claudio Yacob, Boaz Myhill and Gareth McAuley. Yacob and McAuley will be greatly missed but it is perhaps the right time for them to go.
Jonny Evans departed for Leicester for a cut-price £3m, Ben Foster left for Watford and James McClean has departed for Stoke City.
Sam Johnstone has been bought in to replace Foster, with Jonathon Bond arriving as backup. Kyle Bartley has joined from Swansea City and it appears that Harvey Barnes will soon be arriving on loan from Leicester.
Finally, James Morrison is currently out of contract but still with the club. His future is uncertain.
I am very happy with Johnstone and Bartley. It has been a quiet window for Albion so far but that is largely a good thing. The squad is packed with Premier League talent and the window is more about keeping hold of them.
There is major interest in Dawson and Rondon, along with interest in Rodriguez, Hegazi and Chadli. If any of the above go, then we would need to replace. Otherwise I would be happy with another striker and another CB.
It is also worth mentioning that every player in the Albion side suffered a 50% wage cut upon relegation which means that we are financially sound despite relegation, but may lead to more big names leaving.
Predicted starting XI: This is my best attempt. It will undoubtedly be 4-4-2. We may see Nyom in at right back and perhaps Barry in for Field.
Obviously about half of this side could leave, so we shall see.
Best case scenario: The bulk of the side remains and the quality in the side shines through as we breeze to automatic promotion.
Worst case scenario: The better players leave or do not put the effort in. Moore cannot transfer his great start into his first full season in management. We become embroiled in a relegation battle
Prediction: It will be somewhere in the middle. I'd like to think we'll go up automatically but I think play-offs are more likely. 6th
What will happen to your closest rivals?: Villa won't go down but will settle into mid-table, despite the recent takeover.
I think Wolves will do well in the PL, although I don't know how long Nuno will last before a big club comes in.

Stoke City by mrmariomaster

Location: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Nickname: The Potters
Stadium: bet365 Stadium, 30,089 seats
Major honours: 1972 League Cup
17/18 finishing position: 19th, Premier League
Squad value: £127.8 million
Manager: Gary Rowett signed from Derby in May. His honest attitude has brought lots of optimism to fans, who are looking forward to an overhaul of the Club. His style of play seems to change based on the squad he has available.
Best Player: Joe Allen was vital to the Club last season, giving us hope that we would avoid relegation. His massive new contract signed this summer shows how loyal and committed to the Club he is, and will be a vital player this season.
Rising star: Tom Edwards is a local lad who has won the Under 18 Player of the Year award twice in the Club. In the latter parts of last season he played some good first team football.
What happened last season: A pathetic attempt at a season that had been coming for a while under Mark Hughes. Paul Lambert was appointed in January, but a win rate of just 2 in 15 matches wasn’t enough for him to keep his job and miss out on the million pound bonus offered to him.
Transfer business so far: So far this has been a decent transfer window. Peter Etebo had an amazing World Cup for Nigeria and Benik Afobe looks really promising. Adam Federici has also been appointed to replace Lee Grant. Xherdan Shaqiri has left along with a few players like Stephen Ireland and Glen Johnson who will not be missed. Badou Ndiaye also looks to be on his way out, but it looks like Jack Butland will stay with us, which is massive. Perhaps most surprising are the new contracts signed by our 2 best players last season, Joe Allen and Moritz Bauer.
Predicted Line up: Here is our predicted squad. I’m not sure what formation we will have. EDIT: This is a new version, complete with our rumoured new signings and in the right formation.
Best case scenario: Stoke will finish top with an all-time Championship points record.
Worst case scenario: A mediocre start to the season will see Rowett sacked and Stoke with a disappointing mid-table finish.
Prediction: I think with our squad and our new manager, we will finish 1st.
What will happen to our closest rivals? Port Vale will be relegated to the Vanarama National League.

Aston Villa by trueschoolalumni

Location: Villa Park, Trinity Rd, Birmingham B6 6HE
Nickname: The Villans, The Villa, Prince William's Club, David "Twat" Cameron's Second Club.
Major honours: 7 First Division wins, 7 FA Cups, 5 League Cups, 1 European Cup, 1 European Super Cup, 1 Intertoto Cup
17/18 finishing postion: 4th
Transfermarkt squad value: £67.77m and dropping fast
Manager: Steve Bruce (for now). Former Man Utd playing legend who's been a fixture of English football for decades. He joined Villa in 2016 after successful runs at Hull, Sunderland (yes they were good once) and Birmingham City. A bit of a promotion specialist, he's taken Championship clubs up to the Premier League 4 times in the past and just missed out last season, losing 1-0 to Fulham in the Playoff Final. Tactically, he's fairly old school who prefers 4-4-2 or a 4-1-4-1, usually involving a big man up top. Fun fact: while managing Huddersfield in 1999 he wrote three novels, "Striker!", "Sweeper!" and "Defender!", which focus on main character Steve Barnes, a football manager. Barnes solves crime and takes on terrorists, and the books have become prized rarities. The Guardian's Football Weekly podcast managed to get a copy and read out some of the copy - suitably awful.
Best player(s)/ talisman: There's only one Jack Grealish. A Villa boy through and through, he's been with the club since 2001 (aged 6), and made his way into the first team in the 2013-14 season. He's been the centre of controversy a few times, most notably getting on the beers and passing out on a Tenerife street. Playing as a number 10, his quick feet and dribbling skills provide a number of goals and assists, as well as fouls. He probably went down a bit too easily when first in the Premier League, but time in the gym has noticeably toughened him up and he's a much more solid player as a result. One of the better players in the Championship, and due to Villa's abject finances, a transfer target for the likes of Leicester.
Rising star: Keinan Davis could possibly be it, potentially Andre Green and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy as well.
What happened last season?: Have you ever walked into a casino, spotted the roulette table and popped £10,000 on red? It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off. You've doubled your money if you win, but look like a right git if you lose. Villa figured this was a good way to approach 2017-18: spend millions on players, get in lots of loans, gamble everything on achieving promotion. After a so-so start, Bruce got the team playing well, stringing together a number of wins and moving through the playoff spots. Unfortunately they ran into a few teams playing out of their skin - champions Wolves ran away with the league and boasted a squad that included several Champions League players. Neil Warnock's Cardiff couldn't stop winning and grabbed the second automatic promotion. In the playoff final Villa came up against a Ryan Sessegnon-led Fulham and were just pipped at the post 1-0.
Summer transfer business (so far): It's one-way traffic, due to absolutely abysmal finances. Loan spells for Lewis Grabban, Robert Snodgrass, Josh Onomah and Sam Johnstone have all ended, which is almost the spine of the team (Johnstone in particular - he was arguably the best keeper in the Championship and personally bagged a number of wins). Plus clubs are circling to pick off whatever assets we have left (eg. Jack Grealish, James Chester). With no prospect of anyone new coming in, it looks like the youth academy will be getting a lot more game time.
Predicted starting XI: Possibly this, but half these players could be gone before the first match.
Best case scenario: Mid-table anonymity would have to be best case - Villa are a mess and could go down this time around.
Worst case scenario: Our finances are the real issue - they are dire. Villa need to find £9 million this month to avoid going into administration. Owner "Dr." Tony Xia is a billionaire, apparently, but tax bills went unpaid and the question remains if he's able to support the club as generously as he has in the past. Administration, points deductions and potentially relegation to League One are all real possibilities right now. It's not looking good.
Prediction: Due to financial irregularities in the 23 clubs above us, Villa will get into the Champions League and take out the likes of Atletico, Bayern and Real Madrid on the way to our second European Cup. "Taylor, Green, prepared to venture down the left. There's a good ball played in for Jack Grealish. Oh, it must be and it is! It's Keinan Davis!"
What will happen to your closest rivals?: Unfortunately the Scum managed to avoid League One in the final rounds of the season. Here's hoping they go one better. Agbonlahor to re-sign for one game: the Derby. And score the winner, again.

Middlesbrough by OneSmallHuman

Location: The Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Founded: 1876
Nickname: The Boro (Or just Boro)
Major honours: The League cup 2003-2004 season
17/18 finishing position: 5th
Transfermarkt squad value: 79.34m
Manager: Tony Pulis became manager of us in late December 2017, replacing the sacked Garry Monk after a pretty lacklustre few months of the campaign (despite where our league position was). Pulis is known in England for being the man that is never relegated when in charge of someone in the top flight. We are all aware of Tony Pulis' style of football. You start by having a strong and massive defence and maximise your use of set pieces to gain an advantage. Pulis is a lover of all set piece plays, whether that is crossing the ball in from a corner or free kick, or launching a ball into the box from a throw in, they're all in his arsenal of weapons. 'Pulisball' as it is pretty much known. Pulis has achieved promotion from the championship once before with Stoke, and I hope he achieves it again with us this season
Best player(s)/ rising star: I mean, where else do I begin. Adama Traore. Arguably the best player in the championship on his day and is one of the most frightening dribblers in English football, maybe even world football. The winger is known for his speed and dribbling ability although is usually criticised for his lack of end product. Before last season I would've agreed, however 5 goals and 10 assists, with all but 2 assists coming before Pulis' arrival show the progression of the Spanish winger.
As for other members of the squad, Ben Gibson, the prodigal son. Boro through and through he's progressed into a commanding centre half with the ability to play out from the back thanks to Karanka. He gained attention and emerged as one of the few given credit after our disappointing premier league campaign but was only the subject of one bid upon our relegation, from now manager Tony Pulis. It remains to be seen whether he'll be here come the first game of the season, but I hope he will be.
As for future stars, Dael Fry, already has played 2 championship campaigns for us and looks as assured as a veteran of the game. Another centre half produced by our academy and he is being played in cdm this pre-season by Pulis, to add to his versatility. Hopefully a standout season for him, especially if Gibson does end up leaving. Finally, yes, he does always look as confused as images of him show.
What happened last season?: Well, the first half of the season was tragic under Monk. We played really poor football at times and looked like we hadn't defended a day in our lives. There was also no consistency in the team, we'd win one game then lose the next. A key theme under both managers however, was our inability to beat those around us in the table. After Pulis' appointment the results picked up and it ended with us finishing 5th in the table. We ultimately lost in the playoff semi finals to Aston Villa but honestly, we didn't think we'd even be in the top half around Christmas.
Summer transfer business (so far): Just the three deals to talk about so far. We've acquired Paddy McNair from Sunderland who looks like a decent player. He's been utilised in right back and midfield during pre-season so it looks like they'll be his positions for the season. I imagine he'll play alongside Clayts and Howson in a midfield three.
Aden Flint was signed from Bristol City and I think I'm in the minority when I say I don't like how much we paid for him. Obviously the man is a Pulis player but I'm a bit unsure about his defensive ability. That being said he's looked strong during pre-season and I'm sure Pulis will get the best out of him. Fabio departed our club for Nantes so we'll need more full back cover.
As for the rest of the window, I expect Gibson to leave but will be delighted if he doesn't. One of our strikers will also leave and Braithwaite should follow after his decent World Cup performances. We'll probably bring in a striker and a winger and hopefully hold onto Adama. That'd be a successful window in my eyes.
Predicted starting XI: My best guess The only other guess I could make is that Gibson might leave and then Ayala would start, but he's injured at this point in time. Britt might play over Gestede too if Pulis is feeling fancy.
Best case scenario: It has to be top of the pile right? It's not out of the question to imagine us up there and if everything clicks then we've got a chance. A defence that scores more than some teams' strikers, Adama channelling his inner Messi and finding consistency, Rudy/Britt/Bamford scoring for fun. It could be carnage.
Worst case scenario: I can't see us finishing outside the playoffs, if we did then that would be gut-wrenching. But if we did then that would most certainly be the worst. Realistically, it'd be losing in the playoffs... again, and if it were in the final again then god help me. Although saying this, now losing Bamford and maybe Traore will be a worst case scenario in itself, definitely if they're not replaced.
Prediction: Have to be confident, although it always kills me. 1st or 2nd. Tony Pulis and his nice white trainers carry us to the promise land. That being said, we never do it the easy way.
Best Match of Last Season Sorry Leeds fans, but it had to be. "Hattrick Bamford" as our Twitter account tweeted, 3-0 against Leeds with Adama running the show. Leeds clearly found some positive from the game as they're set to sign him off us. This was the sign of what we should've done more last season. Showed what Paddy could've been too if given an even more extended period in Striker by himself. Oh well.
What will happen to your closest rivals?: Who even are our closest rivals in this league? We're in geographical purgatory. Can't say Sunderland anymore so what? Leeds? Bielsa either turns them into the well oiled machine they hope for or he succumbs to the old Leeds ways and is sacked by December. As for the Mackems, probably promoted from League 1.
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2017.10.06 20:17 Trivvy He hated motorways

About seven years ago I received this email off my best friend, who I'll call "John", before he disappeared off the face of the earth. It's been long enough now that I think I'm safe to post this, and to give myself some deniability, I'm posting it here to /nosleep. This is the last communication we've had since then. I have changed names, details, and locations to protect his identity, and the identities of those involved. I have also corrected his spelling/grammar mistakes to make it more readable, he was clearly in a rush when typing it, I apologize if I've missed any.
We were about 16 at the time.
Depending on what decision I make we may not see each other again, so I'm writing you this in order to explain myself to you, as you're probably the only person I have that I would consider family now. This is for your eyes only, do not share this, even if you don't believe a word I've typed here. If you're reading this and I've "disappeared", then, well, you know why. I'll let my story explain itself.
I hate the motorway. Nothing to look at, nothing to do. Claustrophobia, sweltering heat. One of my main sources of travel-related stress, but every year, my Mum, Dad, sister and I go to visit my uncle in Wolverhampton. Which means travelling for 3 or more hours from Norwich. “Why don’t you read your book John?” Mum called from the front seat. “You know I’ll feel sick if I do that!” I whined for the fifth time that trip. Mum sighed and turned back to her seat as we drove past a sign reading:

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“Nearly there!” Dad called cheerfully from the front seat. I decided to try and get some sleep before I had to endure the snores of uncle Pete for 2 weeks. But before I could barely close my eyes I heard my Dad say. “Eh?” In a confused manner. I shuffled to look out the driver’s window. There it was again.

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My sister spoke up for the first time in 2 hours and 45 minutes. “All these signs look the same Dad.”
But it wasn't a similar sign.
It was the exact same sign.
“Yeah…” Dad said, reassuring himself.
But before he could bring his eyes back to the road, a deafening scrunch of metal and a choked scream. I blacked out.
Endless falling… Falling, back to reality… I thought. So nauseating I thought I was going to be sick.
Finishing off my stifled gasp I opened my eyes. For a second I forgot who I was and what I was doing in the back of a car in the middle of a motorway. The first thing that hit me was the unbearable heat, baking the occupants of the car… Occupants?
As my vision cleared I managed to make out the unconscious faces of my parents and sister. I dropped out of the car onto the tarmac only to leap back again as I heard the whooshing of a vehicle whistle past my ears. However I didn’t feel any impact. For the road was empty… The motorway was completely deserted, apart from the noise of disturbed air. I stepped back out into the road again and listened. Just listened. There it was, the faint yet constant rumbling of the wind being cut by fast moving objects. Before I could ponder on this further I heard the car move behind me.
“Is everyone alright?” my Dad called whilst stepping out from the driver’s seat.
“Yeah we’ll be fine.” Mum replied whilst clambering out the car along with my sister. I gave myself a once over, I was bleeding with cuts and gashes over my body, but there was nothing serious from what I could see.
“What the hell happened?” I asked. Dad simply shrugged and motioned to the car.
“I dunno brains, but it would appear we had a crash.” He answered flippantly with a smirk. I was slightly perturbed at how unserious he was taking the situation, but he always had that kind of humour.
“Why don’t I take a look at those wounds?” Mum said whilst moving towards me.
“No, no I’m fine really it can wait.” I retorted. As I stepped back I saw it out of the corner of my vision.

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“Flippin’ ‘eck.” Dad said as he looks to see what caught my attention.
“Something is certainly not right here…” I murmured.
“There has to be some sort of logical explanation for this, see if your mobile has any signal Kevin.” My sister said. She’d never called Dad by his name before, but this didn't seem to bother anyone else but me. I sat on the barrier as I found the heat wearing me out.
“No signal.” Dad announced before sitting on the bonnet of the car… The seemingly undamaged car.
“I thought you said we had a crash?” I asked.
Everyone looked at each other.
“Oh it’s all internal, totally busted.” Dad replied. Then where did my injuries come from?
“It looks fine to me.” I retorted.
“Just… Trust me ok? I know about these things!” Dad snapped back at me.
I was taken aback by his sudden outburst. I guess it was just the heat, so I shut up about it.
“Look, how about I take a run up the road and see if there’s a service station or phone box nearby where we can get help?” I suggested, getting up from the barrier.
“I don’t think that’s a very good idea, let’s just wait here for someone to come along.” My sister replied.
“I won’t be long, what’s the harm-?” I was suddenly cut off.
“Just listen to Susan ok?” Mum cut in.
… Susan? This was getting weird.
I started jogging down the road towards the sign. “I’ll be back soon!” I was out of earshot before they could argue. I passed some wooden boards and a few barrels propped up against each other amongst other assorted junk. “Bloody fly-tippers” I thought to myself. As I neared the sign I felt heat radiating off of it, causing my clothes to stick to me instantly. I dared not go anywhere near it from the fear of melting. The road seemed endless, yet I pushed onwards with the sun on my back. After about 5 minutes jogging I began to see something on the horizon. Civilization? I pushed on harder. I saw silhouettes of people and began waving my arms. “Hey! Hey over here! I….” I stopped and stood horrified with what I saw.
I was right back where I started.
“Back so soon kiddo?” Dad called.
“How…?” I stammered.
“I told you not to bother.” My sister yawned.
“But that’s imposs-“ I put a hand to my forehead, I felt something wet and sticky.
“Maybe I should take a look at that cut dear?” Mum reached out and touched my arm.
Giving a pained cry I staggered backwards and clutched my chest.
Did my heart just stop?
A cold sweat ran down the side of my head as I felt my heart beating a little slower than usual, looking at my arm I noticed one of the cuts had vanished. It’s then that I noticed that none of them had any injuries; it was as if nothing happened.
“What did you do?” I gasped.
“It’s just the heat dear, here let me help.” She reached out again and I leapt backwards so that she couldn't touch me.
“What’s the matter John? I just want to help you…” Everybody stepped towards me.
“Stay away I don’t need any help!” I backed into the barrier.
They all looked at each other again with a sort of knowing glance.
“Listen to Rose, Jonathan, we only want to help.” Dad said.
“Why don’t you sit down, the heat is making you delirious, dear.” They all took a step forward again, their hands slightly raised in a way you would when approaching a frightened cat you’re trying to grab. I took a glance up at the sign in the distance.

W O L V E R H A M P T O N 10 m i l e s


I made a break for it and barged through them towards the car, the door was still open so I dove inside and slammed it shut, locking them as I did so.
You’re making a mistake John, it's all in your head.” Mum pressed up against the window.
I reached for the keys that were still in the engine and turned them, only half expecting the engine to come to life.
The engine revved into life. “There is nowhere to go.” Dad called from the back window.
I put the car into gear.
The window to my left smashed open as my sister broke in with her bare fist and grabbed my arm.
“AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH!” I thumped my foot down on the pedal and knocked my sister off. The car began moving forward, gaining speed towards the sign. My sister was still hanging on to the steadily speeding car, trying to grab for my arm again. I changed gear as the dial moved up on the dashboard. 30 mph. I aimed the car towards the propped up boards and took a look in the rear view mirror to watch my parents run after me. They had no chance of catching me now. 50 mph. But before I could bring my eyes back to the road I hit the ramp, one of the boards gave way, causing the car to spin into the air, careening towards the sign. “NO!” my sister screamed as she made another desperate grab for me.
The pain was unbearable, I felt myself drifting away. The last thing I saw were the letters of the sign filling the view of the window.
As the car slammed into the sign I felt an explosion of heat and then…
“I think he’s coming round! Somebody get Dr. Scholey now!”
How is he?
“His heart rate is returning to normal, I thought we were going to lose him after that seizure.”
I opened my eyes a little to be greeted by a blinding white light.
“M... Mum..?” I whispered.
Hang on there kiddo you just rest for now.
I closed my eyes again and lay back, I felt exhausted.
Later on, I don’t know how long, I found myself sitting up in a bed with someone shining a light into my eyes.
“His pupils are dilated but otherwise he’s fine. They should return to normal in a few hours.” Dr. Scholey said. “You’re lucky to be alive, multiple heart attacks and a seizure. We had to revive you 5 times.”
I took a deep breath on my oxygen mask and asked the question that had been on my mind since I woke up.
“What about my parents and sister?”
Dr. Scholey stopped to turn and look at the nurse, and then the door as a man dressed in a greyish blue suit and purple tie walked into the room.
“… Perhaps I’m not the one to say.” Dr. Scholey muttered, getting up and leaving the room.
The man in the suit spoke to Dr. Scholey before walking over to my bed and sitting down on the seat nearby.
“Hello, my name is Mr. Banks, I’m from-” He spoke as if he wasn't comfortable in speaking English, or, well, speaking at all really, however he didn't have a foreign accent I could discern.
“Where are my parents?” I cut in.
Mr. Banks sighed and eventually said, “That’s why I’m here John… Your parents and your sister didn’t survive the accident…”
I collapsed back into my pillow, tears welling up in my eyes.
“I best leave you for a while.” Mr. Banks got up and left the room.
I stared at the wall ahead of me, not looking, not seeing anything. I eventually had to blink, causing tears to flow down my cheeks. I remembered everything. I don’t understand what happened on that motorway. Did any of it really happen? Should I still be alive?
In the middle of my thoughts Mr. Banks walked in again, closing the doors behind him before standing next to my bed. He adjusts his tie before stating abruptly,
“I know what really happened John, if you want to know everything you’re going to have to trust me…”
So now I'm left with a choice, I either let this "Mr. Banks" tell me, or perhaps show me, the truth, or I turn him away. I have a feeling that chances of a normal life may be impossible should I want to know more, I have family like Pete still, but I don't think I'll be able to live with myself if I turn down the chance of being given an explanation.
Hopefully I'll see you on the flip side, if not, stay safe.
And that's it. I probably have as many questions as you guys do, and I've had years to think about it. Is it all a load of bullshit? If it is, where's he gone? All the records say he died in the crash, but the email was dated after it occurred. My rational side says that some sicko got hold of his email account and sent that email, but how did they know so much about his life? If it is real, then who's Mr. Banks? Some secret government agency guy? What about John's whole experience on that motorway "loop"? As many questions as I have, I don't want to dig too deep, as I said, it's been years now, and I'm hoping that releasing this here won't bring attention on me, whilst also getting it off my chest.
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2017.08.08 14:42 Blastercast Marilyn Manson in Utrecht - My thoughts

Hey guys,
I'm the weird one who's doing 5 Manson dates this year (hoping for 6 if I can get Newport tickets), the first of the 5 was on Saturday. I thought I'd put up a sort of review for the show here :) We flew out to Eindhoven on Friday and got a train up to Utrecht, we stayed with an old friend of mine for the two nights. It's a lovely place, really pretty area with a great local market and lots of delicious food :) So the traveller in me was very happy
On the Saturday we got to the venue around 6am to queue, we really wanted barrier as every time I have queued 9 hours and something meant we didn't get it, so I thought 12/13 hours, it's definite we could get barrier. Anyway, to cut to the chase, it wasn't nearly definite and the dutch are terrifying. The venue had awful security and a terrible layout, they let all 300+ plus people charge into the building at once, like some horrific running of the goths situation. I was at the front, it was pretty terrifying as there was a massive staircase and people behind me were getting trampled and falling over. Then this repeated on the way into the actual venue, they just let hordes of people run forwards, by this point most the group who'd queued all day were somewhere in the middle, just me, my girlfriend and a friend we made there were still at the front. On the way into the actual auditorium a large man tried to slam me into the floor as we all ran for barrier, so I ended up thrown forwards winded, but ultimately, made barrier in front of Tyler! Holding the spot for my girlfriend was terrible though as she got lost in the horde of people and people kept pulling my arm off barrier and elbowing it and shoving me.
Anyway, after we finally calmed down and realised security didn't care about our wellbeing one bit, they even told us that anyone who falls or gets hurt will be kicked out and told to call emergency services themselves, we got excited. The support band, The Charm the Fury were right up our street, hella heavy, really good riffs and whatnot, but the crowd just didn't seem to care, which was a shame! But we enjoyed their set, it really warmed us up for what was coming up next
Anyway, so as for Manson, he was fucking great. I've only see him be actually bad once, which was Download festival 2015, I enjoyed it at the time, but in hindsight, he really wasn't all that brilliant, I was just happy to be seeing him. This performance however, he seemed to be having a lot of fun, the crowd were very loud and although they didn't move much, the reaching out to him whenever he got close seemed to make him happy. The new songs sounded so bloody good, revelation #12 is a great opener, with a really atmospheric intro and a slow beginning leading into Manson screaming his head off later on. His voice sounded especially strong on Deep Six, Sweet Dreams, We Know Where You Fucking Live and Great Big White World. Although I can't say it particularly lacked at any point during the show.
The stage was fun, the throne looked absolutely incredible when the curtain fell! Really nice to see him bringing in some more fun theatrics into it, even if it's still toned down like the HNH tour. The setlist was pretty great too, I last saw him in Manchester & Wolverhampton 2015, the playlist was different enough to make me glad I flew out to see him on this tour. The addition of Great Big White World was worth it alone for me, I love that song so much and it really hit me why when I saw it live, I've seen him enough to not get emotional anymore, but that song did make me crack a little bit. This was only added to by the fact that Tyler crouched down and placed his pick in my hand and sort of shook it reassuringly... which absolutely killed me off. It was the pick he'd used since the start of the show as well so it's a little beaten, which just adds to how amazing it is :D
One massive surprise was the ending of the show, I am fairly used to Coma White always being the last song. So when an acoustic rendition of the reflecting god started I was ecstatic, he started acoustic, then segued into a sort of improvised segment and ended with the album version in full force, which was just awesome! Then in true Manson fashion he dropped the mic and walked off stage, with "God's gonna cut you down" playing over the speakers, which was a great end to the show.
The setlist for the show is here - Irresponsible hate anthem was meant to be the last encore, but due to coming on stage late (support band started 20 mins late), Manson was already over curfew and had to cut it short.
I have a load of my images I took from the show here if you'd like to see them -
Anyway, thank you for reading! I'll probably post about some of the December shows as they happen, especially our VIP meet and greet :)
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2017.05.28 06:40 JasonBourne008 2017 Off-season Mega Thread

Come on you Yellows! This is shaping up to be a busy off-season for our Canaries; I'll try and keep this as up to date as possible in the coming months!

Countdown till Transfer Window closes

Last Update: Sep 7

Transfers IN (~10.5m)

Date Player Club Age Pos Fee Source
Aug 31 Pierre Fonkeu Newcastle 20 S -- Official
Aug 30 Grant Hanley Newcastle 25 CB ~4m Official
Aug 16 Sean Raggett Lincoln City 23 CB ~350k Official
Aug 6 Marco Stiepermann VfL Bochum 26 CM ~1m Official
Aug 4 Tom Trybull ADO Den Haag 24 CDM Free Official
July 31 Tristan Abrahams Leyton Orient 18 S ~250k Official
July 28 Adam Phillips Liverpool 19 CM Free Official
July 14 Marcel Franke Greuther Fürth 24 CB ~3m Official
July 11 James Husband Middlesbrough 23 LB ~1m Official
July 1 Marley Watkins Barnsley 26 RW Free Official
July 1 Christoph Zimmermann Borussia Dortmund II 24 CB Free Official
June 8 Mario Vrančić SV Darmstadt 98 28 CM 700k Official

Transfers OUT (~20m)

Date Player Club Age Pos Fee Source
July 19 Jacob Murphy Newcastle 22 RW ~12m Official
July 7 Jonny Howson Middlesbrough 29 CM ~6m Official
July 6 Graham Dorrans Rangers 30 CM ~800k Official
July 1 Declan Rudd Preston North End 26 GK ~1m Official


  • GK - Angus Gunn from Manchester City - season long
  • CM - Harrison Reed from Southampton - season long
  • DEF - Michee Efete to Breiðablik UBK (Iceland) - till June 30, 2017
  • CB - Joe Crowe to Limerick - till November 5, 2017
  • CM - Ebou Adams to Shrewsbury Town - till December 31, 2017
  • CB - Sean Raggett to Lincoln - till December 31, 2017
  • LB - Harry Toffolo to Doncaster Rovers - till January 3, 2017
  • S - Carlton Morris to Shrewsbury Town - till June 30, 2018
  • RB - Louis Ramsay to Woking - till June 30, 2018
  • S - Diallang Jaiyesimi to Grimsby - till June 30, 2018
  • LB - Mitchell Dijks - Returned to Ajax

Rumour Mill

Date Player Club Age Pos Fee Source
Aug 29 Aden Flint Bristol 28 CB 5m+ Daily Mail
Aug 15 Nathaël Julan Le Havre 21 S ~360k EDP
July 23 Jake Clarke-Salter Chelsea 19 CB Loan Mirror
July 17 Hanno Behrens FC Nürnberg 27 DM -- Pinkun
July 10 Toni Leistner Union Berlin 26 CB -- Read Norwich
July 6 Daryl Murphy Newcastle 34 S -- EDP
June 29 Jamie Barjonas Rangers (U-20) 18 CM -- HITC
June 25 Michael Hefele Huddersfield 26 CB -- Mirror
June 23 Krystian Bielik Arsenal 19 CB Loan Tomasz Cwiakala
June 22 Dylan Saint-Louis Saint-Étienne 22 S ~525k Get West London
June 19 Enzo Crivelli Bordeaux 22 S 4m+ L'Equipe
June 14 Ben Heneghan Motherwell 23 CB -- The Sun
June 6 Mamadou Thiam Dijon 22 S ~800k Get West London
June 2 Amari'i Bell Fleetwood 23 LB 1m Hitc
Date Player Club Age Pos Fee Source
Aug 31 Nélson Oliveira Swansea 30 S 12m BBC Sport
Aug 27 Alexander Tettey Brighton H&A 31 CDM 1m the 72
July 24 Cameron Jerome Fulham 30 S 3m EDP
May 21 Michael McGovern Rotherham 33 GK Loan EDP
Consolidated News Feed


  • LB - Harry Toffolo (through 2018)
  • CB - Russell Martin (through 2019)
  • CAM - James Maddison (through 2021)
  • LB - Jamal Lewis (through 2021)
  • CDM - Ben Godfrey (through 2021)
  • GK - John Ruddy (Wolverhampton)
  • CB - Ryan Bennett (Wolverhampton)
  • CB - Sebastien Bassong
  • S - Kyle Lafferty (Hearts)
  • RB - Steven Whittaker (Hibernian)
  • CB - Michael Turner (Southend United)
  • CDM - Youssouf Mulumbu
  • RW - Jamie Eaton-Collins
  • LB/RB - Toby Syme
  • CDM - Ray Grant
  • CM - Conor McGrandles (Milton Keynes Dons)
  • GK - Ben Killip (Grimsby Town)
  • CM - Tony Andreu (Coventry City)

International Duty

  • GK - Michael McGovern - Northern Ireland
  • CB - Russell Martin - Scotland
  • CB - Timm Klose - Switzerland
  • CAM - Steven Naismith - Scotland
  • CAM - Wes Hoolahan - Ireland
  • RW - Marley Watkins - Wales
  • RW - Jacob Murphy - England (Under 21s)
  • GK - Angus Gunn - England (Under 21s)
  • LB - Jamal Lewis - Northern Ireland (Under 21s)
  • CB - Joe Crowe - Northern Ireland (Under 21s)
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2015.06.09 02:36 geckoswan [Month of Legends] Jack Rowley

"The forgotten goal scorer."
John Frederick "Jack" Rowley was born 7 October 1920 in Wolverhampton to a footballing family. His dad played keeper for Walsall and his younger brother Arthur also played striker. Arthur never made it to division one, but he holds the English football league record for goals scored with 434.
At the age of 15 Jack joined his hometown team Wolverhampton Wanderers. Never cracking the first team he spent two years on loan with Cradley Heath before joining Division Three side Bournmouth & Boscombe Athletic. Finally playing first team football Jack wasted no time showing everyone how good he really was. He scored 10 goals in 11 games and caught the eye of James W. Gibson the owner of Manchester United. United signed Jack for £3,000. Manchester United were in the process of rebuilding and were looking for youth. Jack made his debut on 23 October 1937 against Sheffield Wednesday. He was dropped the next week and made his second appearance on 4 December at home to Swansea City. He scored an impressive 4 goals and ended the season with 9 total. United were promoted to Division One. The following season he scored 10 in 39 games and United avoided relegation. He was only 18. Just as his career was beginning war broke out in Europe.
Rowley served in the South Staffordshire regiment, participating in the D-Day landings at Normandy in 1945. He also made appearances for Wolves, Aldershot, Belfast Distillery, Folkestone, Shrewsbury Town and Tottenham Hotspur. Rowley also toured Europe during the war with Wolverhamptions touring team. All in the name of troop morale.
Busby Era
Nicknamed "the gunner" because of his thunderous left foot and service in the war. Rowley thrived under Busby. His first full season of football he scored 28 goals in 39 appearances. United finished second, one point behind Liverpool. The next season he scored another 28 with two of them coming in the FA Cup final.
1948 FA cup
United were playing Blackpool who were led by England International’s Stanley Mathews and Stan Mortensen. Busby told his players to focus play on the right to keep the ball away from Mathews. Busby also asked left-winger Charlie Mitten to drop back on defense when Mathews had possession.
After an early penalty, Blackpool took the lead, but Rowley equalized with nice bit of skill. 10 minute before halftime, Blackpool took the lead. The score remained 2-1 for much of the second half, but United were able to make it level after a free kick. Rowley times his run perfectly and scored a quick header to make it 2-2. Two more goals from United gave Rowley his first trophy.
In 1952 at the age of 30, still scoring goals. 30 to be exact. Rowley and United managed to win the league. Their first division title since 1911. In 1955 he left United to playecoach Plymouth Argyle. Just as Busby was rebuilding United with youth again with the likes of Duncan Edwards, Dennis Viollet, and Bill Foulkes.
Rowley ended up with 424 appearances for United with 211 goals, which puts him 4th. Currently behind Wayne Rooney, Denis Law and Sir Bobby Charlton. He is one of 4 players to score 200+ goals for United. He only has 6 caps for England scoring 6 goals, including 4 against Northern Ireland. He ended his career with 510 appearances and 238
After leaving Manchester United. Rowley played/manages Plymouth Argyle from 1955-1960. After that he spent 3 years at Oldham before moving on to manage Dutch giant Ajax for one year. Coming back to England he has spells at Wrexham, and Bradford before coming back to manage Oldham. Rowley retired from football in 1969.
Jack Rowley died 28 June 1998 at the age of 77.
Fact file
1936-1937: Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 22 Appearances (12 goals)
1937-1955: Manchester United 424 Appearances (211 goals)
1955-1957: Plymouth Argyle 58 Appearances (15 goals)
1948-1952: England 6 Appearances (6 goals)
Career total: 510 Appearances (244 goals)
1955–1960: Plymouth Argyle 1960–1963: Oldham Athletic 1963–1964: Ajax 1966–1967: Wrexham 1967–1968: Bradford Park Avenue 1968–1969: Oldham Athletic
Club Honors
1948 FA Cup 1951-52 Division One title
I could only find one good video of Jack Rowley, because he played so long ago. It’s from the 1948 FA Cup final and both his goals are there. Enjoy.
1948 FA Cup Final
Further Reading:
Man United Bio
The forgotten goalscorer
Date Author Player
June 1st Pedantic_Pat Sir Bobby Charlton
June 2nd DictatorshipWorks Paul Scholes
June 3rd D1794 Cristiano Ronaldo
June 4th OldManTrafford Nobby Stiles
June 5th OhHayJohndrivinganindievan Roy Keane
June 6th kagamata Peter Schmeichel
June 7th redchilliprod George Best
June 8th hermionieweasley Denis Law
June 9th geckoswan Jack Rowley
June 10th dleazz Joe Spence
June 11th Nema_K Ryan Giggs
June 12th iamafitrunner Nicky Butt
June 13th KingCantona07 Denis Irwin
June 14th giblets24 Eric Cantona
June 15th liquidsteve_ Nemanja Vidic
June 16th ilovelabradors Gary Neville
June 17th DyslexicGenius Norman Whiteside
June 18th Greenears13 Rio Ferdinand
June 19th cousinrayray Dwight Yorke & Andrew Cole
June 20th doesnt_like_pants Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
June 21st aahanscool Edwin Van Der Sar
June 22nd drivinganindievan & soundthealarm21 John O'Shea & Park Ji-Sung
June 23rd hoooops David Beckham
June 24th Pimp-My-Alpaca Gary Pallister
June 25th glorious__bastard Bryan Robson
June 26th macAaronE Duncan Edwards
June 27th Prof_Dumbbelldore Mark Hughes
June 28th PM_Me_Your_StarBurns Ruud Van Nistelrooy
June 29th HorseLove Bill Foulkes
June 30th DatGuyRich & j3zuz911 Sir Alex Ferguson & Sir Matt Busby
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