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Q: 2023/24 Hopes & aspirations for this season
a. As Champions of Europe there's no reason we shouldn't be pushing for a top 7 spot & a run in the Cups
b. Last season was a trophy winning one and there's only one way to go after that, I expect a dull mid table bore fest of a season
c. Buy some f***ing players or we're in a battle to stay up & that's as good as it gets
d. Moyes out
e. New season you say, woohoo time to get the new kit and wear it it to the pub for all the big games, the wags down there call me Mr West Ham

Coffee 8:55 Sat Oct 16
Saturday football
With another international break happily done and dusted, it’s back to the hurly-burly of the Premier League. This weekend brings several intriguing sub-plots, at least one of which is likely to become the main plot.

The Tinkerman makes a welcome return to English football and he’ll need more than the promise of pizzas all round if he’s to get anything from his first game. Liverpool should be too strong for the Hornets, but this could be a banana skin for the Reds. Away win.

Or roit? Form doesn’t always count in local derbies, but even then there’s little to choose between these two. Home advantage is likely to play a greater role. Home win.

Leicester, you’d think, have to avoid defeat, while Man U have to win. Those are the expectations. The Foxes have achieved little so far this season, but it would be folly to write them off just yet. But Ronaldo for the visitors could prove to be what separates these two this afternoon. Away win.

A game of principal interest to the two protagonists and those affected by the result. Burnley will try to spoil – they’re good at that – but City will be way too strong for such shenanigans. Home win.

The Canaries are no longer pointless, but that will be cold comfort to the team at the bottom of the division. In contrast, the Seagulls are two points from the summit. In-form plays perennially out of form. There’s only one possible outcome. Away win.

A battle of teams that are better than their respective league positions suggest. If the Man City game doesn’t appeal, this one may. Draw.

No air miles on offer today as the year’s surprise team hosts the league leaders. This should be a battle worth watching. Away win.


Moyes returns to the place where he made his name, while Niko Vlasic returns to the place that didn’t want him. Both have a point to prove. The entire team also has a point to prove after faltering against mighty Brentford last time out. With the rare, if always pleasing, exception, Goodison has long been a bogey venue for us. Rafa Benitez has done well so far and we can expect a hard game against disciplined, talented opponents. For his part, Rafa can also expect a tough encounter against a motivated, well-oiled side that’s far from the rollover of yesteryear. Draw.

St James’ Park will be rocking this afternoon. What effect will the take-over have on the Barcodes’ current players? If nothing else, it should give them a boost. Will that boost be enough to get one over today’s visitors? Draw.


The pre-match headlines are all about the managers. Which is fair enough, because there’s not much else to whet the anticipatory juices. After dodgy starts, both sides have started to show some grit and this will offer a measure of how well-equipped they are for the rigours of a full season. There are worse fixtures to fill a Monday evening. Draw.

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zebthecat 12:02 Thu Oct 21
Re: Saturday football
Solskjear IN

Sven Roeder 11:35 Wed Oct 20
Re: Saturday football
Typical Man U under OGS .... down then up then down then up.
But never winning anything
This could go on forever

Mike Oxsaw 11:30 Wed Oct 20
Re: Wednesday football
Rashford scores and cheers echo around the Food Bank.

Fortunes Hiding 11:23 Wed Oct 20
Re: Wednesday football
Coffee needs to do a midweek European thread.
I for one look forward to his opening post on a Saturday morning.

Lily Hammer 10:43 Wed Oct 20
Re: Wednesday football
We dealt with Atalanta without breaking sweat.

Champions League?

I shit ‘em.

Sven Roeder 10:39 Wed Oct 20
Re: Wednesday football
Worrying times at Old Trafford
Man Utd 2-0 down in half an hour against Atalanta & being outplayed
Currently bottom of their group so wouldnt even drop into the Europa League

They may even wake up and sack the useless Solsjkaer which would be a terrible shame

TonkaToy 10:06 Tue Oct 19
Re: Saturday football
Texes, And, was never going to get one when they had Xavi and Iniesta to call on... ..and Fabrigass, Buskets etc..

Texas Iron 3:01 Tue Oct 19
Re: Saturday football
But not very good...never got a Spain cap
And yes a very poor MAN'S FLJ.

Alfs 2:52 Tue Oct 19
Re: Saturday football
Perfect result for us.

pdcwhu 1:26 Tue Oct 19
Re: Saturday football
Sorry mate..
Arteta was a Serious footballer

Huggie 1:07 Tue Oct 19
Re: Saturday football
onsideman 12:39 Tue Oct 19

Obviously. But he is clearly surplus to requirements at Chelsea and WB were never keeping him once they were relegated. Buy or loan we should have been in for him.

Texas Iron 1:03 Tue Oct 19
Re: Saturday football
Poor man's Lampard...
...as a Manager...

Very Poor man's Lampard as
a Midfielder...

Sven Roeder 12:46 Tue Oct 19
Re: Saturday football
Have said before if it becomes obvious that RICE is going to Chelsea next summer I'd want GALLAGHER & GILMOUR plus an awful lot of money.

onsideman 12:39 Tue Oct 19
Re: Saturday football
Gallagher is a Chelsea player. West Brom's relegation was irrelevant and he was never available

Huggie 12:21 Tue Oct 19
Re: Saturday football
At the price, Edouard was a no brainer and I said we should buy Gallagher as soon as West Brom were down. Fabulous talent.

Sven Roeder 12:09 Tue Oct 19
Re: Saturday football
Never keen on putting on extra defenders when you are holding a lead.
Usually means you drop back and they get in each others way.
If you want to take a striker off at least put on a midfielder to hold the ball

Sven Roeder 12:06 Tue Oct 19
Re: Saturday football
The occasional point that keeps the likes of Arteta & Solsjkaer in a job is ok.

Sir Alf 12:04 Tue Oct 19
Re: Saturday football
Vierra does a BFS and sits 11 behind the ball and pays the price.

Palace lack quality in some positions but are a decent team who hold onto the ball well. They looked better than Arsenal for 80 mins. Got their summer recruitment right. We were told by some that Eduardo was not that good but he looked pretty decent on the ball to me and got some power in his shot to get his goal.

Lucky Arsenal are back!

zebthecat 11:59 Mon Oct 18
Re: Saturday football
Jammy fuckers.
Still think that Arteta is catching Steve Bruce in the sack race.

twoleftfeet 11:57 Mon Oct 18
Re: Saturday football
I never get over excited about bottom half of the table matches.

Sven Roeder 11:54 Mon Oct 18
Re: Saturday football
Half the Arsenal fans already on the tube home

Missed the equaliser

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