Media Thread 2020/21

johnevans

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Regale is too strong a word but l give credit when it was due.
More importantly though, l was not being paid to give what should be a fair and impartial opinion on games, players and managers.
Like you, Mike, I'd hope that I would be impartial in assessing any team/individual performance were I ever to be put in the privileged position of being asked for my opinion on a professional basis.

The kids among my family and friends in our Family Stand group often roll their eyes when I bang on about some team/player from yesteryear, just like my Old Man did when I was a kid describing Peter Doherty to me. It's one of the things I've missed about going to the match this past year, the glazed look that comes over the kids' eyes as I ask 'Have I ever told you about so-and-so who played for us? and so-and-so who played for.. (insert team here and any one from the likes of Alex Young/John White/Jim Baxter.. and so on and so on..!)

And yes, the great Liverpool sides of the 60s/70s/80s feature.. I remember once when we beat them 1-0 on Boxing Day (Clive Wilson scored) the Dalglish side absolutely thrashed us but somehow couldn't score. One of the guys in front of us on the Kippax turned to say after half an hour or so of them pummelling us 'It's a privilege to watch this team beat us, isn't it?'

And yes (2), don't get me on about how thrilling it was as a kid to see Peter Thompson and Ian Callaghan raiding down both both flanks for Shankly's Liverpool team.. oh, there goes that glazed look from you Mike.. I'll sign off!
 

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just had talkshite on i know i was in car both presenters on afternoon show hoping PSG go all the way and win it, there must be any english clubs still in with a shout
 

Mike Cledford

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Like you, Mike, I'd hope that I would be impartial in assessing any team/individual performance were I ever to be put in the privileged position of being asked for my opinion on a professional basis.

The kids among my family and friends in our Family Stand group often roll their eyes when I bang on about some team/player from yesteryear, just like my Old Man did when I was a kid describing Peter Doherty to me. It's one of the things I've missed about going to the match this past year, the glazed look that comes over the kids' eyes as I ask 'Have I ever told you about so-and-so who played for us? and so-and-so who played for.. (insert team here and any one from the likes of Alex Young/John White/Jim Baxter.. and so on and so on..!)

And yes, the great Liverpool sides of the 60s/70s/80s feature.. I remember once when we beat them 1-0 on Boxing Day (Clive Wilson scored) the Dalglish side absolutely thrashed us but somehow couldn't score. One of the guys in front of us on the Kippax turned to say after half an hour or so of them pummelling us 'It's a privilege to watch this team beat us, isn't it?'

And yes (2), don't get me on about how thrilling it was as a kid to see Peter Thompson and Ian Callaghan raiding down both both flanks for Shankly's Liverpool team.. oh, there goes that glazed look from you Mike.. I'll sign off!
Now you've taught me, l will suck some eggs.;)
Can l throw in Arsenal and being 4-0 down after less than 20 minutes? That sticks in my mind not just for their dominating us but also for the cheerful gallows humour, throughout most of the march.
Another one to mention Gullit for Chelsea one match when he made the side of the pitch next to the Main Stand his own personal fiefdom.
 

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Yeah, but the spin has started - all about his 400K a week in tomorrow’s papers - timed perfectly with our operating loss news ...
Agreed mate. They won’t stop because they can’t. They are trapped by their own fixed mindset now. Whether they’re a paid shill, an it’s not fair rival fan, desperately clinging to celebrity, frantically seeking relevance, all of them; whatever the reasons they are swirling in a stinking, fetid, pool of denial. We are into the second decade, KDB signing up for the long ride is not a fucking project anymore.

They probably won’t stop because most are a special kind of stupid who can’t see the reality. We are witnessing a systemic leap in the way football is played, irrespective of what is won. It will be talked and written about when most of us are dead and gone.
What was so delicious was the timing of those two media clips appearing within hours of each other. You couldn’t get a more sublime example of the two worlds speeding apart.
 

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just had talkshite on i know i was in car both presenters on afternoon show hoping PSG go all the way and win it, there must be any english clubs still in with a shout
probably the same people that used to patronise the rest of us in pubs across the country when the rags used to be in the CL with "surely you want an english club to do well ?"
 

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Now you've taught me, l will suck some eggs.;)
Can l throw in Arsenal and being 4-0 down after less than 20 minutes? That sticks in my mind not just for their dominating us but also for the cheerful gallows humour, throughout most of the march.
Another one to mention Gullit for Chelsea one match when he made the side of the pitch next to the Main Stand his own personal fiefdom.
I remember this game. We started singing 'can we play you every week' IIRC. Later on that same season, I think, Pompey got a right thumping off Arsenal too. Their fans reacted in the same way. Press at the time were all over it and praised them for their sporting behaviour. It really pissed me off because we hadn't got a mention when we had reacted in the same manner. Perhaps we were being ignored even then.
 

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I remember this game. We started singing 'can we play you every week' IIRC. Later on that same season, I think, Pompey got a right thumping off Arsenal too. Their fans reacted in the same way. Press at the time were all over it and praised them for their sporting behaviour. It really pissed me off because we hadn't got a mention when we had reacted in the same manner. Perhaps we were being ignored even then.
Didn't know that about Pompey but they were popular with the media because of that posh bloke who dressed like Screaming Lord Sutch and the one with that big bass drum.
Another thing the media missed was the great spontaneous applause we got from the Sunderland fans.after we won the LC.
 

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Bang on mate, I find it really poor and disappointing that the vast majority of the British media want us to go out of the champs league, no matter who it's against just knock City out. It wouldn't happen for any other British side and that's a fact. It really would be a breath of fresh air if just a couple of the twats could admire our football and give Pep a bit of credit he deserves, instead of this constant sneering and bitterness
Anyone heard of Flo Lloyd Hughes?
Just heard Florence say we are unlikable enough without the two incidents against Dortmund making us even more unlikable. Perhaps Pep should visit the red top clubs to learn the secrets of fair play, but she is a Guardian freelance, so I suspect I shouldn't expect anything else.
 

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