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    Motherwell stand in the way of Celtic making Scottish football history - no team has ever done the treble two seasons running.
    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

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    I suspect that no team in history has ever faced quite such a great disparity in wealth and quality between them and their rivals (I don't just mean Motherwell, but the whole of Scottish professional football).

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    That's true - Rangers have some catching up to do both on the pitch and especially in the piggy bank.

    I can think of only two other major footballing nations where only two clubs traditionally dominated throughout their history of league football - Uruguay with Peñarol/Nacional and Portugal with Benfica/Sporting Club, although Porto have been the big boys in Portugal over the last thirty years.
    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

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    Elgar's Ghost - really sorry to see WBA finally go down. Gave a damned good fight to stay, though, should make them feel confident of an immediate return....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Pickett View Post
    Elgar's Ghost - really sorry to see WBA finally go down. Gave a damned good fight to stay, though, should make them feel confident of an immediate return....
    Thank you, Robert - it just goes to show what might have been had they shown similar spirit earlier in the season. The appointment of Alan Pardew to replace Tony Pulis was a knee-jerk reaction which turned into a disaster, but, if I'm honest, the rot set in the season before - after a fine start Albion started to lose momentum somewhere between Christmas and Easter, ending up in 10th instead of finishing just out of the European places in 7th or 8th which was a real possibility if their early form was anything to go by.

    As regards going straight back up, I don't know - West Brom might have to take the Wolves and Villa route where things get worse before they can get better. Releasing Darren Fletcher to Stoke City was a mistake - he might be knocking on but his experience offered the team real stability, and that stability will be further undermined if they lose players like Johnny Evans and Craig Dawson in the close-season. Whatever happens, we need a good manager who can separate the wheat from the chaff before next season starts (and I only hope that Mick McCarthy's present availability is no indicator that he will be in the frame).
    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

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    Accommodation is scarce during the World Cup, but here´s an initiative:

    rent a wooden shed, 2x4 m, on top of a garage, for 267 Euros per night.

    https://twitter.com/kscheib/status/1006073024691388416
    Last edited by joen_cph; Jun-11-2018 at 10:55.

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    Football is all I care about when not listening to lovely nice music

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    Are there any Operas about football?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norman Gunston View Post
    Are there any Operas about football?
    https://www.highburyoperatheatre.com...tch-the-opera/

    Arsène Wenger... prat...
    Last edited by Cosmic Cowboy; Jun-13-2018 at 04:20.

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    Ball sports and Tuna go well together what an Opera that would make.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norman Gunston View Post
    Are there any Operas about football?
    Can't think of any operas about football, but the Shostakovich ballet The Age of Gold is.

    Football was Dmitri's other big passion, he was a fully qualified referee, and an avid supporter of both the major Leningrad teams, more so, I believe the nowadays lesser team, Dynamo. Zenit have been far more successful in recent years, especially since the fall (sic) of communism.

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