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    stevieb reacted to RAPPO in Congratulations to Gerald!   
    Gerald was always my mums favourite referee!! Brilliant ref, had a laugh with the players, always made common sense decisions, good player in his day as well by all accounts! Sorry Ger just slightly too young to remember that mate!!! But most of all as the lads have already said, an absolute gentleman and brilliant company to be around. Well done Ger, fit as a fiddle for 80 mate!!! 👍⚽️👌
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    stevieb reacted to justsomerandom in LWC Drinks Cornwall Combination League Results and Table - Saturday 17th February 2018   
    I am still laughing at wolfie! 😂 that nickname has got to stick!! All joking aside i guess Paul Wolstencroft knows what it is like to have a bad injury so would have been the right man to offer support. Well done wolsty
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    stevieb reacted to zebedee in Congratulations to Gerald!   
    I echo Kevin's comments .....have always enjoyed our refereeing trips and social meetings with Gerald ,plus his dry sense of humour !!! 
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    stevieb reacted to B_D in Congratulations to Gerald!   
    An absolute gentleman.
    Happy Birthday Gerald
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    stevieb got a reaction from TheolderIgetthebetterIwas in reasons for decline in lower level football   
    You are a card older 
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    stevieb reacted to Mangle in Tottenham Hotspur   
    Got to say that on current form, Spurs are cutting it with the best of them. I have said many times, Kane, Eriksen, Lloris, Deli Ali, Son, these are top quality players. Top quality. I still think their defenders are a weak link, Sanchez and Aurier are just “getting away with it”. A bit like Jones and Smalling at Man Utd. I don’t rate them. But as an overall team, confidence is high, and they are playing well. I think they deserved to beat Juve, and my money is on a comfortable win back at Wembley. They still have to win a trophy though, and that is basically how they will finally be judged. Nothing for 10 years, a team that is “capable”, but they have to deliver something. I am not convinced they can. Long way to go, and twists and turns all the way.
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    stevieb reacted to TheolderIgetthebetterIwas in reasons for decline in lower level football   
    To much organised youth football, they've been playing 10 years before they get to that age, and with dads telling them to drop off, go wide and all the rest of what I've heard at these games ....no wonder they're fed up with it.
    W used to put a couple of jumpers down and away we went for 6 odd hours a day ....dreaming of the day when we could play in an organised league.
    Then Saturday was match of the day ...nothing else, today you can watch every game played in the world, the mystery is gone with that scenario.
    A serious number of teams / clubs to fold yet I fear.
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    stevieb reacted to Harry Gords in reasons for decline in lower level football   
    Is there a chance School/College work is becoming harder and parents pressuring that instead?
    CTB has hit the nail on the head I think. Referring to the getting hurt part, maybe families cant afford to be off work if risking a serious injury on a Saturday/sunday?
    The age of playing mens football should go back to 14. That's when I started playing and kept interest from kids football right the way through, will never happen though. Rarely see youngsters play the game now. Real shame.
    Gordsy.
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    stevieb reacted to TheolderIgetthebetterIwas in Sportsmanship   
    Stop the dissent/abuse in the premiership is the starting place.
    How you bring respect back into todays world - now that's a whole different ball game !!!!!
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    stevieb reacted to herbie777 in Sportsmanship   
    Try playing local rugby not a lot of sportsmanship in that i am afraid plenty of punch ups though
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    stevieb got a reaction from TheolderIgetthebetterIwas in will arsene spend [the so called transfer pot]   
    Top four guarantees big money 💰💰💰💰 , perhaps in hindsight Arsene was right about being in forth spot is worth a trophy , well it is to the owners of any club , cash is king . 
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    stevieb reacted to TheolderIgetthebetterIwas in reasons for decline in lower level football   
    To much youth footy, to much tv football, and other things to do, football locally will continue to decline until a sustainable level is found.
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    stevieb reacted to fenman in reasons for decline in lower level football   
    Can anyone give a reason why football at lower levels has declined so dramatically in the last 5 years or so ? . I know many will say that young people are more interested in x box and other modern marvels than playing the game and I know that work patterns have changed  with many young men working in the retail industry ( used to be called shops when I was young ! ). But there must be other reasons  . Is it playing youth football from the age of 6 diluting the desire to carry on and represent your town or village when you are older ? . Is the all weekend coverage of Premiership and Championship games taking the magic out of playing the game by it's saturation effect ?. The standard s and abilities of players have dropped as well , here in East Anglia     the semi pro teams are having to sign players  from the North Essex and London area  because of the lack of players with the ability to play at their level . The financial result of this is crippling  some of these clubs . At the lower levels here   in Norfolk teams are folding  at the rate of one a fortnight  and sadly some clubs have indicated that  they will fold at the end of this season due to lack of players . In the equivalent of  your  Duchy or Trelawney leagues  divisions 2 down to 6  some teams are losing by almost cricket scores  for example . one division 2 team has conceded  146 goals in 19 games , another in division 4  , 146 in 17  . games are  called of every week through shortage of players . Things are so bad that most leagues now award the points to the other team rather than try to re arrange games in an already crowded schedule . In my own league  one team has conceded 250 goal in 14 games , you have to admire them for carrying on , but its not good .
    The FA  recently  carried out a grassroots survey nationally to determine why clubs are folding , its easy to be critical  , but they asked the wrong questions , for example has having a prayer room at the ground really got relevance to the decline ? it might be for a few in inner cities I suppose .For a few seasons now all registered players are registered on the FA database , why can't they contact a few of those that are on there but no longer play , why they no longer play ? . Why have the standards and skills of players dropped so alarmingly ? We a re led to believe that modern coaching of youth players leads to better players in adulthood . I've yet to see it in the many grassroots games that I watch  . Players can no longer dribble past opponents , pass a ball with any accuracy or header a ball ( moot point at the moment ) and their communication skills on the pitch is almost non existent , except when abusing officials . Many ex professionals  such as Chris Waddle and Chris Sutton  think that modern coaching  has prevented young players from the freedom of expression with the ball . They  haven't spent the hours of playing  with friends on waste ground  for hours on end  or playing  with just 2 or 3  doing keepy ups and that sort of thing . In short that don't   develop ball skills . I think this is reflected in British  professional players . How many  have the ability to dribble past defenders and put accurate crosses in ? The seem to start with great promise and stagnate   . There are many examples of this Walcott being one , great promise to start with but has never progressed to being a great player . There are many others .
    Hopefully a few young players will respond to my question as to why their friends either no longer play football or don't play at all .
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    stevieb got a reaction from TheolderIgetthebetterIwas in will arsene spend [the so called transfer pot]   
    Sorry had to respond to the old boy , seen first half pretty even , didn't see the second doing my small bit on the line for my home team , accord!ing to reports spurs deserved it , and the keeper made some telling stops , was told Lacasette missed two good chances but draw would have been a. injustice , all banter aside spurs are a very good side and with a good manager , bragging rights at present from the white half of North London , and it pains me to say it at this time deserved .
     
     
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    stevieb reacted to Keith B in will arsene spend [the so called transfer pot]   
    Should have scored an equaliser just minutes before the end stevie. Best team won on the day though.
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    stevieb reacted to RAPPO in LWC Drinks Cornwall Combination League Results - Saturday 10th February   
    Well done Steve, great effort, Greg’s is a miracle worker!! Celtic v Partick Thistle still on. Cheers gents ✋
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    stevieb reacted to TheolderIgetthebetterIwas in This is the moment for the Stadium4Cornwall   
    Close the toilets and libraries, collect waste fortnightly - open a stadium........DOH!!!!!!!!
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    stevieb reacted to GEACH1 in Avoiding Backlog   
    Cricket is not a real sport anyway 
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    stevieb got a reaction from TheolderIgetthebetterIwas in An idea for The Combo?   
    Thanks older for bursting my bubble 😭
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    stevieb got a reaction from Ron Manager in An idea for The Combo?   
    Perhaps size of leagues will change it / when the combo trelawney league merges , my take combo with trelawney premiership becomes one and two with sixteen in each division , combo cup open to both divisions  with the losers taking part in the supplementary cup .  Promotion two up two down .
     
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    stevieb got a reaction from Ron Manager in An idea for The Combo?   
    Perhaps size of leagues will change it / when the combo trelawney league merges , my take combo with trelawney premiership becomes one and two with sixteen in each division , combo cup open to both divisions  with the losers taking part in the supplementary cup .  Promotion two up two down .
     
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    stevieb reacted to TheolderIgetthebetterIwas in An idea for The Combo?   
    Brexit needs to be kicked out ..!!!!!!
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    stevieb reacted to GEACH1 in An idea for The Combo?   
    its only going to get worse once brexit kicks in
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    stevieb reacted to baldy in Offside Law   
    That's why the "played-on" rule was abolished many years ago, wasn't it? It was "unfair". Should be offside every time IMO.
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    stevieb reacted to kevin richards in LWC Drinks Cornwall Combination League Results - Saturday 3rd February   
    The Independent along with Radio Rugby, are not intrested in grass roots local football. Some of the things I read & hear from our , Supposedly, up to date local reports is nothing short of embarrassing. I’ve been where you are Mark, going out to local games & doing match reports, trying to help get some coverage for our local leagues, but at the end of the day, all our radio stations, Sunday independent & West Briton are intrested in, is the Cornish Pirates & Truro City.
    Thank goodness for the Cornish Soccer Forum.
     
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