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Old 03-31-2015, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Scotland
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Why do they not play Cahill and Terry?
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Old 04-01-2015, 06:00 AM
 
Location: SE UK
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Why do they not play Cahill and Terry?
Terry refuses to play for the national team, although the official reason is 'he wants to concentrate on his domestic career' the real reason is because of what the FA did to him over the Ferdinand affair.
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Old 04-01-2015, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Terry refuses to play for the national team, although the official reason is 'he wants to concentrate on his domestic career' the real reason is because of what the FA did to him over the Ferdinand affair.
Or the fact that he slept with the girlfriend of one of his England teammates??
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Old 04-01-2015, 09:26 AM
 
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Or the fact that he slept with the girlfriend of one of his England teammates??
Nope he slept with one of his club teammates EX girlfriends, besides he played on for quite a while after that, because he plays for Chelsea he is being sniped at by the press constantly, I think he just had enough. He was accused by Ferdinand of making a racist comment, it went to court, he was CLEARED in a court of law but even so the FA decided to fine him anyway. At that point I believe he said f*ck you to them and simply announced his 'retirement' from the international game. Personally like most footballers I don't have huge amounts of respect for him but to be honest with you in this instance I don't blame him. At the end of the day the English team would be better defensively with Terry partnering Cahill at the back but hey why should he care? The only damage in the whole debacle has been done to the national team. From my own personal point of view I am glad he quit the national team as it seems to have prolonged his club career at Stamford Bridge.
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Old 04-01-2015, 09:52 AM
 
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Who cares. As long as he isn't charged by police he is still the best man for the job.
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Old 04-02-2015, 09:56 AM
 
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Who cares. As long as he isn't charged by police he is still the best man for the job.
I agree but unfortunately it ain't going to happen, and like I said I for one don't blame him. We all know that the English national team has not been great in recent years but any kind of revival or a sniff of a kid coming through with any talent needs to be prepared for the press in this country to come at them all guns blazing trying to lower their self esteem, lower their confidence undermime, deflate them and generally cause as many problems as they can for them just in a hope to sell their papers. Just look at some of the awful disgraceful ways the press has treated the English national team managers in the past, including Bobby Robson, I mean Bobby Robson! The guy was an absolute gentleman (and still the best England manager since Alf Ramsey).
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Old 04-12-2015, 07:36 AM
 
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Well while Northern Ireland contrive to punch well above their weight and position themselves on the verge of qualifying for the Euros for the first time ever, the gods of fate do their damndest to scupper the whole shebang.

A mixture of incompetence, misfortune along with, perversely, amazing good luck, miscommunication. and downright stupidity entirely fitting from this home of Game of Thrones are ensuring that the wee Norn Irons hopeful participation in the tournament is now apparently slowly receding.

A trio of misfits known as the IFA, Belfast City Council and the appointed contractors - think Laurel and Hardy and then throw Mr Bean in for good measure - are, after years of political and financial wrangling, eventually redeveloping the increasingly dilapidated Windsor Park.
This entails two new stands at the Railway End and South side of the ground and a new swimming pool and leisure centre complex immediately behind the Kop end of the ground.

The land that Windsor Park was originally built on way back in the late 19th century was reclaimed bogland. Indeed there are still larges stretches of bogland within a few hundred yards of the ground today. So as the redevelopment commenced and seemed to be going reasonably well on the Railway and south sides contractors started the foundations and pool for the new swimming and leisure complex only feet behind the Kop end.



Here is where anyone reading this will immediately have thought, "Wait a minute? Its boggy land, its right behind a large grandstand built to hold over 4000 people. Is it safe to dig an effing big hole in swampy land with 2 or 3 feet of it?"

Well you would think that all the above parties would have asked that very question. And possibly addressed it too. And okay, it might be fine as long as the work was carried out quickly and properly and with the nearby stand being put under any undue structural stress as the work was taking place.

Here is where foresight became obscured by the blindfold of stupidity.
Northern Ireland are still using Windsor Park for their Euro qualifiers.
Even the co- owner of the ground, Linfield FC are using it on a bi-weekly basis, though their crowds are barely 2000 in the whole ground during games. But when Norn Iron play the Kop end is filled with supporters who traditionally support and celebrate by doing this.




https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=...&v=247Pq7j8AJ0

Well at the end of last month NI had an important home tie against Finland. Their amazing run of victories had stalled in the last tie away to Romania and a decent result was vital.
Most of us would have been relieved with a draw, if just to steady the boat.
But the match - the first ever international to be played here on a Sunday, which led to a small and peaceful demonstration outside the ground by fundamentalist Christians promising God's ire at this desecration of the Sabbath and subsequent events mean that they are more warily respected than before - was an impressive if nervy 2-1 triumph with Michael O'Neill's team of limited ability being very well organised and playing very un Norn Iron style, tight passing football. The above video shows the actual celebrations at that game.

Within hours of the final whistle, large cracks were noticed at the rear of the Kop end.







Imagine the appalling carnage if the structure started to disintegrate during the game?!
That is the only piece of luck (that i mentioned earlier) to emerge from the whole sorry fiasco.
As the weeks since have dragged on the stand is sinking further into its foundations and has been quickly condemned.
Windsor Park has been shut for the foreseeable future throwing not only the remnants of our domestic football season , including the upcoming Irish Cup final between the mighty Glentoran and Portadown, into a certain amount of chaos but also has the IFA scrabbling around looking for a suitable and local venue to stage the absolutely vital home match against Romania.A victory at that game would virtually ensure our qualification for the Euros.
So far Ulster Rugby's Ravenhil Stadium looks as if it might host the game. Though absolutely nothing has been confirmed and no one here underestimates the IFA's notorious abilty to not just snatch defeat from the jaws of victory but to actually reach down the gullet of victory and tickle its throat so that it pukes a half digested defeat all over our new shoes.
So as Romania qite rightly from their standpoint , badger UEFA to have the tie played at a neutral ground in Scotland or England which would suit their chances, wherever it takes place NI have lost the small advantage of a hostile atmosphere. The crowd at Windsor truly confirms that old cliche of a good crowd being a 12th man. Even after the famous victory over England a decade ago, the English players commrnted about how much effect the crowd had on thier performance.
When the plans for Windsor's redevelopment were finally announced one of the few things that everyone was actully happy about with the plans was the needless and expensive filling in the corners purely in an attempt to preserve as much of the old atmosphere as possible. Something all the new soulless bowl type stadia fail to do at present.

So now we are reduced to waiting to see where the Romania game will be and enduring the frantic finger pointing and blame shifting currently frantically haping now as insurance agents from all parties fly in like flies attracted to elephant dung.


Sorry for the long post but i thought it might be of some interest to some of you in an under publicised story.

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Old 06-06-2015, 11:36 PM
 
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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Nice! Iceland second in A.

Btw, am I the only one who wants to see Andorra, San Marino & Gibraltar all in the same group one year?? Those 3 have managed to put up a combined -61 goal differential at the halfway point.
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Old 06-07-2015, 12:35 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Nice! Iceland second in A.

Btw, am I the only one who wants to see Andorra, San Marino & Gibraltar all in the same group one year?? Those 3 have managed to put up a combined -61 goal differential at the halfway point.
I don't believe this would be possible with the pot groupings.
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Old 10-10-2015, 03:42 PM
 
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Lol San Marino has scored more own goals (2) than actual normal goals (1). Maybe they can petition to make own goals count as regular ones. They probably still wouldn't win the group
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