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Post by Davie on Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:29 pm

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Post by Mary_S on Fri Aug 15, 2014 8:12 am

Sounds like the sensible option Blue - enjoy!  sunny 
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Post by BlueCoverman on Fri Aug 15, 2014 10:16 pm

Thanks Mary, haven't been to the Bahamas before so looking forward to it.
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Post by Mary_S on Thu Aug 21, 2014 9:28 am

It seems as though Vincent Tan isn't quite as mad as we thought! I didn't see this one coming.  affraid 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/article-2730307/Malky-Mackay-Iain-Moody-investigated-FA-sexist-racist-homophobic-text-messages-time-Cardiff.html
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Post by BlueCoverman on Thu Aug 28, 2014 1:53 am

Groan! With 1 point in 12 in the league it looks like we are doing our best to live up to the predictions that we are favourites for relegation. Still on the bright side we got the same score in the league cup as Man U!
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Post by Mary_S on Sat Aug 30, 2014 8:23 am

Dipping a toe into the bubbling cauldron that is non-league football this weekend. Going to watch Rovers against the unbeaten league leaders - the mighty Halifax. Time to face reality! Innocent
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Post by BlueCoverman on Sat Aug 30, 2014 9:49 am

Good luck Mary, enjoy the match. Darren Ferguson's Peterborough for us tomorrow, I'm anticipating an anxious 90 minutes in the stands...
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Post by BlueCoverman on Mon Sep 01, 2014 11:35 pm

Well I guess that a 3-1 defeat was pretty predictable.

Manager Joe Dunne pays the price and gets the sack this morning after one draw and four defeats in our first five league matches of the season. It's the usual old 'leaving by mutual consent' story, but the new man in the hot seat will have to be competent at performing miracles with little or no budget at his disposal.
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Post by Mary_S on Tue Sep 02, 2014 2:04 am

Blue - I see that Alan Devonshire is the favourite to take over at Colchester. Co-incidentally, he is currently managing Braintree, who are our opponents on Saturday.

I witnessed a 2-1 win for Rovers. Encouraging to see some of the football played on the ground, although both teams resorted to hoof ball at times!
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Post by BlueCoverman on Tue Sep 02, 2014 2:30 am

Maybe Mary, although the Braintree Chairman has said that there has been no approach from Colchester. Mark Venus is the name currently being spoke about the most this afternoon. Anyway press conference later at 5.30pm so perhaps the new man has been appointed already.

I saw that you had a nice little win on Saturday. And with 5500 there to witness it that was about 1500 more than we had for a derby against Peterborough!!
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Post by Mary_S on Tue Sep 02, 2014 3:38 am

Tony Humes is the chosen one - any thoughts on that Blue?
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Post by BlueCoverman on Tue Sep 02, 2014 7:46 am

An awful, awful decision by Robbie Cowling even by his recent standards. I cannot think of a more unimpressive or uninspiring choice than to promote your academy boss who has absolutely no managerial experience whatsoever. The reason must be purely financial, this will be the cheapest option by some margin and a decision made by a Chairman who quite clearly has fallen completely out of love with the idea of owning a football club.

I would be delighted to be proved wrong but I will be absolutely amazed if we are not playing league 2 football next season.
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Post by BlueCoverman on Tue Sep 02, 2014 7:51 am

Still that's cheered me up...I've just seen that Arsenal have wasted 16 million quid on Danny Welbeck!
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Post by 1GrumpyGolfer on Fri Nov 28, 2014 3:56 am

Looks like John-Joe is coming back to his Essex roots by signing on loan for Southend.

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Post by BlueCoverman on Fri Nov 28, 2014 8:34 am

That's him crossed off my Christmas card list then...
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Post by Mary_S on Mon Dec 01, 2014 1:23 am

1GrumpyGolfer wrote:Looks like John-Joe is coming back to his Essex roots by signing on loan for Southend.

Rather unusual that Northampton allowed him to play against them, as he's only just gone on loan. They lost 2-0 so maybe JJ briefed Sarfend on the tactics they'd been working on before he departed.
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Post by 1GrumpyGolfer on Mon Dec 01, 2014 2:54 am

Apparently that was part of the deal and it wouldn't have happened without him being able to play against Northampton.

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Post by Mary_S on Mon Dec 01, 2014 10:56 am

1GrumpyGolfer wrote:Apparently that was part of the deal and it wouldn't have happened without him being able to play against Northampton.

Thanks GG, I didn't know that. I don't think he's featured much for Northampton, so I guess they were happy to offload him for a while.
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Post by BlueCoverman on Tue Dec 02, 2014 1:15 am

Strange really how he went so off the boil at Northampton after having such a successful season personally at the Rovers last year.

Bet your fans are loving seeing City at the top of Division 1 Mary, especially with you in the Conference! Innocent

Mind you I shouldn't say too much. I think that's where we could be heading after four consecutive league defeats and a 6-0 thrashing at MK Dons on Saturday!
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Post by 1GrumpyGolfer on Mon Dec 08, 2014 5:46 am

BBC News reporting a mugging in North Essex early this evening.  I hope you didn't leave early and that you're okay Wink

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Post by BlueCoverman on Mon Dec 08, 2014 6:58 am

Would you believe it. 0-0 with 2 minutes to go and we concede a penalty. We win 1-0. Amazing, don't you just love football sometimes
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Post by 1GrumpyGolfer on Tue Dec 09, 2014 6:59 am

That's not much of a draw for you Blue; must be one of the longest trips of the third round.

This is the second time that I know Arsenal have been drawn against their Cup Final opponents. Last time we got revenge against Liverpool, I think it was the one where Carragher had his meltdown, hopefully Hull won't do the same.

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Post by Davie on Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:15 am

Shame that The Gooners get another Prem team in the third round - but Hull at home shouldn't be too much of a problem ... could be Stoke away Sad
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Post by 1GrumpyGolfer on Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:29 am

We beat mostly premiership teams last time around so why not do it again this time? They gave us a bloody good scare last time at home so hopefully we learn the lesson, again...

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Post by BlueCoverman on Tue Dec 09, 2014 10:34 pm

You're right Grumps, don't think I will be making the trek to Wales for that one.

What a coincidence that last years finalists were the first two balls drawn this year. And that after being drawn together in the rehearsal as well! Which one of the statisticians amongst us is going to tell me the odds of that happening?

Any of you Arsenal fans seen the youtube video of Arsene Wenger being booed and abused by Arsenal fans at the station as he and the team were boarding the train back to London after the Stoke game? What do you make of that?
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Post by Davie on Wed Dec 10, 2014 1:13 am

I haven't seen it but I read about it .. seems pretty disgraceful to me!
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Post by 1GrumpyGolfer on Wed Dec 10, 2014 2:46 am

Same here, I've only seen Lineker's comments about it on the BBC website.  I agree with Davie.  

I get that people are entitled to their opinion but there are other ways of making it heard.  Whilst watching recent games I've seen the banners calling for Wenger out and I don't think that is fair.  That said I don't think he should be entirely free of criticism either; it has been obvious for some time that we needed strengthening at the back and for defensive midfield cover and that hasn't happened.  

I think a lot of the criticism has come since we moved to the Emirates.  That opened up seats for another 20,000 "fans" who were perhaps used to the recent successes that others are now enjoying.  Even at Highbury there were pockets of disgruntled fans who would get on players' backs for not much and I also think based on the attractive football we used to play, there was an element of sitting back and waiting for the team to entertain us.

There are more questions that need to be answered about replacing Wenger.  Who out there is better and, crucially, available?  You only have to look at Man Utd's transition from Ferguson to Moyes and now van Gaal to see the pitfalls.  I think that to make it as pain free as possible it needs to be a promotion from within, similar to the boot room production line that Liverpool had.  Whether that will happen is another thing.

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Post by Mary_S on Sat Dec 13, 2014 5:30 am

I've seen the video, and it was a disgraceful way to behave. Apparently Arsenal fans were also fighting amongst themselves after the match, a shame that the club seems to be so divided on this issue.

A new low for Rovers this weekend - our first appearance in the FA Trophy. We are home to Bath City, who were our landlords when we were without a ground, so it is a game with a lot of good feeling between the fans.
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Post by 1GrumpyGolfer on Mon Dec 15, 2014 1:02 am

Last week they wanted Wenger out and now they're singing his name. How fickle are our fans, think we're turning into Geordies.

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Post by Mary_S on Mon Dec 15, 2014 1:18 am

1GrumpyGolfer wrote:Last week they wanted Wenger out and now they're singing his name. How fickle are our fans, think we're turning into Geordies.

Let's hope that they don't start punching horses as well Rolling Eyes

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Post by 1GrumpyGolfer on Sat Jan 17, 2015 2:27 am

Selling Freddie Sears, Blue. I hope the club thinks the money they're getting now is worth more than the goals he's been scoring for you. Thoughts on this transfer?

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Post by BlueCoverman on Sat Jan 17, 2015 3:04 am

Not totally surprised Grumps in all honesty. His contract runs out at the end of the summer and I thought that Robbie Cowling would cash in now that Freddie has scored a few goals this season. He might do okay at Championship level but I can't see him cutting it in the Premiership and that looks like where Ipswich might be heading. That's not just sour grapes on my part and I hope he does better than Anthony Wordsworth who Ipswich also bought from us and has been loaned out to Crawley this week!
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Post by 1GrumpyGolfer on Sat Jan 17, 2015 3:48 am

Yeah, I saw in the report that his contract was ending this year. As you say it would make sense to cash in especially as you're at the wrong end of the table. Hopefully you'll be able to find someone else to knock in the goals otherwise you could be in a lot of trouble.

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Post by BlueCoverman on Sat Jan 17, 2015 5:41 am

Does it make sense though except to the Chaiman's pockets? It just pisses off the fans even more and if we drop to league 2 because of it, how much in lost income is that going to cost us in the long run?

I suppose we could still go down if he had stayed and then he would walk on a free transfer, it does bloody hack me off though. Might just have to get my boots on... Innocent
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Post by 1GrumpyGolfer on Fri Feb 13, 2015 1:23 pm

One for Mary and Blue. Saturday is John-Joe O'Toole day at Northampton. 1,000 odd fans will be wearing wigs and headbandsin celebration.

http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/31439814

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Post by Mary_S on Fri Feb 13, 2015 8:49 pm

1GrumpyGolfer wrote:One for Mary and Blue. Saturday is John-Joe O'Toole day at Northampton. 1,000 odd fans will be wearing wigs and headbandsin celebration.

http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/31439814


Ha ha - love it.

John-Joe seems to be a very complex character, and it's a shame that his time at Rovers didn't end well as far as a lot of the fans were concerned. I really hope that he fulfils his potential before long.
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Post by Mary_S on Sun Feb 15, 2015 5:47 am

Oh dear, John-Joe O'Toole day didn't go very well as he got sent off for fighting in the first half. Apparently a Mansfield player pulled JJ's headband off, so he turned around and punched him. afro
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Post by 1GrumpyGolfer on Sun Feb 15, 2015 11:00 pm

So it turned into John-Joe is a Tool day Innocent

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Post by Mary_S on Mon Feb 16, 2015 12:30 am

1GrumpyGolfer wrote:So it turned into John-Joe is a Tool day Innocent

Ha ha - unfortunately, he does seem to have shot himself in the foot. Mansfield probably knew that if they messed with his barnet he'd see red! Innocent
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