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fenman last won the day on January 18 2019

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  1. Looks good , I watched the Greavesy documentary last week , your pitch looks a lot better than some of the pitches from the 60's .remember in the 70 's on our pitch right next to the North Sea , with all of the team out in the morning first thing armed with forks trying to help it drain , and the chairman ringing bags of sawdust for the goal mouth . Madness but happy memories , just to get a game on a Saturday . How things change , many players can't be bothered to turn up to play let alone fork a pith over at 8.o'clock in the morning .
  2. Don't totaly rely on this BUT , I'm making the pilgrimage down to Mawgan Porth on Friday so I should bring drier weather with me for 10 days at least .
  3. Bill Nicholson the manager of the great Spurs double tem of the 60's summed it up . Bobby Smith the Spurs centre forward was sounding off about a referee after a game . Bill Nicholson said " how did you manage to miss the open goal Bob "? "I made a mistake boss " said Smith " what like the ref did "? said Nicholson said . I think if everyone , particularly pundit ex players , accepted that all humans ( except me ) make mistakes then then life wouldn't have all the controversy . Sadly , some people take the football situation to extremes by saying that referees and the VAR team conspire to help the top teams .
  4. I often refer to the Marx Brothers in my posts , people regarded their films as absolute anarchy and madness But their films were just an extension of life , the PETA incident would have been the sort of thing they would have dreamt up . Similar to the woman who said that we shouldn't call cats and dogs pets because it demeans them . Why worry about global warming when we have people like that amongst us . I just hope Older hasn't offended any worms while he's been boring holes .
  5. I think the FA are partly responsible for the confusion with this . Many people , for various reasons ( dislike of the affected team etc. ) view it in black and white , his heel was offside end of story .A couple of seasons ago I vaguely remember an incident where Manchester United ( remember them ? ) scored a goal when a player was standing in an offside position in the 6 yard box . The goal was allowed as it was deemed that he wasn't interfering with play . Following that logic how can a player near the touchline facing away from the goal with his heel in an offside position be interfering with play ?
  6. You're wrong Older , VAR has reviewed it , it's 2,310, 500 holes .
  7. I've just read on the Wolves website that VAR is to be used in their Europa cup game on Thursday . The Europa Cup official . said that he was pleased to see it introduced but it would only be used to clarify clear and obvious errors and encourages referees to use the monitor if they are unsure . In the wolves , Leicester game would the referee have allowed the goal without interference from VAR operators ? He seemed to me that he was happy that it was a goal until they intervened . I think most peoples view is that the referees should be the arbitrators and use the screen if they are unsure . In most of the controversial incidents ie. Villa , Tottenham the referee has made his decision only to be overruled by some who has gone through the action with a fine tooth comb for a reason to overrule him .Football like all sports is all about skills and errors not robotics .
  8. Being a Wolves fan I'm also a bit bewildered by the decision although I wouldn't say that it cost Wolves the game because one can't say what would have happened later in the game . However , even the referee was unsure who was offside and I felt a bit sorry for him being in that position , its bad enough for the 3 officials as it is if they make a mistake but to have someone 200 miles away make a strange decision having seen repeated showings of the incident followed by a lesson in trigonometry make your decision for you must be galling . Another thing regarding this particular goal , did the players heel being an inch offside when he was back to the goal and out near the touchline , have any influence in the goal being scored ? As I've said on many occasions it's easy to be critical of organisations and their rule making , but sometimes the ideas dreamed up by football rule makers and the interpretation of them baffle me . The new handball rule is a prime example , an accidental handball by a defending player in the their penalty area is not a penalty , BUT , an accidental handball that eventually leads to a goal in the attacking end is not allowed . Co-incidently Wolves have also suffered from this bizarre rule early this season ( no I'm not into conspiracy theories ) . One of the sad things about most of the VAR incidents is the amount of warped individuals who post on the BBC football forum saying that this is all a plot to let Liverpool win the league . Don't ask me why they say this BUT !!!!!!!!! Bright sunny , windy day here Older so I've no excuse to be on the forum , looking forward to 2 Plymouth home games in a fortnights time though .
  9. VAR rears its head again . Wolves v Leicester Willy Boly's goal disallowed because a players heel is a fraction offside when he's facing away from goal near the corner flag . Even the referee was uncertain what the situation was . Although I'm a Wolves fan I wouldn't be so childish to say it cost them the game because you can't say what would have happened afterwards if the goal had counted ( Leicester are a very good team and could have scored themselves ) . According to the referee in BT studio even though you cannot be offside from a corner the fact that the players heel was offside when another player received the ball he was offside .Do we really want this type of forensic analysis in the game ? . . The rest of the EFL have said that they don't want VAR , if the FA decide that VAR will continue in it's present form we will end up with a different set of rules for the Premiership than the rest of football . I understand that the rest of Europe have a different way of interpretation of VAR .
  10. Yes Keith I did , it's just that I've got a different sense of humour than most people , all inspired by the Marx Brothers , W.C. Fields and Tommy Cooper . Looking back I had an incredibly interesting life , doing things and meeting people who I never would have dreamt about before I joined . One of the things that I still ponder is the options I had in my life where opportunities arose and I gambled and made the right choice . I suppose most of us look back and say " why did that opportunity come when it did ?"
  11. Fortunately with 3 grandchildren and a son in law on my team we outnumber her .
  12. It's a pity Parkway didn't draw Wroxham at home , as I'm down again for that week and Wroxham is the neighbouring village to me here in Norfolk . However the mem sahib might no be too impressed with me spending Saturday with the grandchildren watching that game plus Plymouth Argyle play Grimsby on Tuesday followed by Macclesfield on Saturday .
  13. Nationwide problem sadly in all sports , my main sport motorcycle racing , ( although motorsport in general ) is in danger of losing circuit safety marshals in the next few years as the present ones grow too old . There are very few young people of either taking the job on . It's easy to be critical of young people , but there seems to be an obsession with celebrities , most of whom I regard as pointless egotistical people , and a lack of interest in real life and it's pleasures and memories it gives you in later life ( which comes to you rather suddenly . I very rarely , if ever see teenagers watching village football , when we are working on my sons racing motorcycles , all gleaming and exuding power ( just my opinion ) outside our house , young lads never show the slightest interest in them , whereas 30 plus years ago we would have fought them off with a stick . ( for the benefit of those with a sensitive nature I'm speaking metaphorically ) Can you put up some sort of screen Older, to keep the wind speed down before it gets here from the South West .?
  14. A boring fenman story but there is a point to it regarding betting , I think . In the late 90's just before I retired from the Police and had to get a proper job , a new radio system was introduced . Keith B you may remember it . This system was really advanced technology at the time . The control room had the facility to make the radio live even though it was turned off , they could also locate the radio and user to the nearest yard . Mobile phones were relatively new but some of us were issued with pagers , which seemed incredible devices at the time . I spent a time working on the South Coast attached to what my mother in law always called Customers and Exercise , the technical equipment they had was incredibly advanced . Working with us was what we in Norfolk would call " a clever bugger with electrics " but the rest of the world would call a boffin . He was responsible for the Customs devices . During conversations to relieve the boredom he said that one day in the near future the use of satellites and advanced microprocessors would mean that people could programme their vehicle to direct them to where they were going . They would be able through a much , much smaller mobile device send photo's . access all sorts of information and so on . They could sit in their lounge and order all of their shopping via this device and he said , sort of tongue in cheek ,the lazy ones will be able to order their beer and fags and put bets on with their bookie without moving from the settee . At the time , and bear in mind this was only 25 years ago a relatively miniscule time in the life of mankind , this seemed a bit far fetched .But he was right , it's all happened sat nav , on line shopping and so on The betting companies have latched onto this and I know of people who go to Norwich City games and put bets on the first booking or the first corner . Within a group fuelled with a couple of pints , a loss on the first booking leads to one more bet on the next goal scorer and so on .One of the problems is that the person putting the bet on loses track of how much he's spent during the game . Some of them much have a horrible cold feeling when they sober up a bit and see their card accounts In the Far East this is almost an epidemic
  15. Thanks Older , we've just got it . If football turns to a minority sport perhaps the BBC and Daily Mail might report on motorcycle racing a bit more . Wishful thinking
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