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PostPosted: 08-01-2014 16:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw this yesterday on the BBC website. Kind of funny, nearly fortean.

Hibs fan disappears :


http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/scotland/25617469
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PostPosted: 08-01-2014 16:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

chris138 wrote:
I saw this yesterday on the BBC website. Kind of funny, nearly fortean.

Hibs fan disappears :


http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/scotland/25617469


If you look carefully he is standing in front of a railing and he jumps down in front of it.
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PostPosted: 08-01-2014 16:56    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I know. Just thought it was funny. The first time I watched it I did think he had been gobbled up in a, what are those things called - sinkholes?
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PostPosted: 10-01-2014 10:05    Post subject: Reply with quote

Theo Walcott rejects 'quick-fix' option and will miss World Cup
Injured Arsenal striker rules out on chance of reaching World Cup in Brazil by opting for safer operation with longer recovery period
By Matt Law
10:30PM GMT 09 Jan 2014

Theo Walcott has rejected a flood of offers from specialists and surgeons who believe they can get him fit for the World Cup.
Less than 24 hours after news broke that Walcott would miss the World Cup after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury, the forward was approached by surgeons from all over the world.
But Walcott has decided against any quick-fix operations in a desperate attempt to go to Brazil with England and will instead undergo a procedure that guarantees him the best and safest long-term results.

Walcott met his London-based surgeon, who went through in detail all the options available to the 24-year-old ahead of his operation. He was informed there are methods of surgery that could potentially mean he can play again in three to four months, but that he would have to go elsewhere for that treatment.
The surgeon operating on Walcott said he was only happy to use the procedure that meant the Arsenal star has no chance of playing in the World Cup.

Walcott will undergo surgery that uses a patella tendon graft and is thought to offer the best long-term guarantees after a gruelling period of rehabilitation. He does not want to gamble with his long-term fitness and future career, and still believes he has enough time to play in a World Cup. He will be 29 when Russia 2018 kicks off.

Using a synthetic tendon could have got Walcott back in time for this summer’s World Cup, but there are significant risks if the body does not take to it. There would be similar issues with a procedure that requires taking a tendon from a dead body. nooo

Walcott could also have chosen to allow doctors to use a slither of his hamstring to fix the problem. His game, however, is heavily reliant on pace for which his hamstrings are crucial.

Arsenal recommended the London surgeon to Walcott, but left him to make the final decision on what course of action to take. Arsène Wenger, the Arsenal manager, will no doubt be happy to hear his player is not taking any risks.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/arsenal/10562219/Theo-Walcott-rejects-quick-fix-option-and-will-miss-World-Cup.html


"There would be similar issues with a procedure that requires taking a tendon from a dead body."
We have a thread, Do Organs Remember?

http://www.forteantimes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1735

- what if he got a tendon from a Spurs fan?! Shocked
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PostPosted: 13-01-2014 19:10    Post subject: Reply with quote

Arsenal didn't play at the w/e, as they play Aston Villa tonight, 2000. But things are so tight in the PL that Arsenal dropped from first to third, as Man City and Chelsea both won their w/e games.

So Arsenal need a win tonight to reclaim top spot.

A draw would put them equal on points and GD with Chelsea, so second place would go on total goals scored. (Not sure how that stands, atm.)

Arsenal have the better record versus AV, but Mark Lawrenson predicts a draw! Confused
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PostPosted: 13-01-2014 20:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was hoping now that the Olympics are over and the much-hailed legacy has failed to materialise (unless you count Gaby Logan doing Splash) we could sort of do without sport this year.
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PostPosted: 17-01-2014 09:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

jimv1 wrote:
I was hoping now that the Olympics are over and the much-hailed legacy has failed to materialise (unless you count Gaby Logan doing Splash) we could sort of do without sport this year.

Do without it? Unthinkable! Shocked

But I'll compromise - instead of discussing the prospects of the leaders in the Premiership, here's a tale from the nether regions of the football world:


Essex club Brightlingsea Regent buy stand off eBay

Non-league Brightlingsea Regent have bought a 107-seat stand for £5,500 from online auction website eBay.
The Essex club hope to erect the stand in time for their FA Vase fourth-round tie against Bodmin on Saturday.
"We actually spotted the stand on eBay two years ago and we've been tracking it ever since," club chairman Terry Doherty told BBC Essex.
"Luckily it was still there and we're hoping to pick it up from the Isle of Wight."

The stand has been taken apart and will be brought on a truck to the town, 10 miles south of Colchester, and put up on Friday in time for the weekend's game, which is being billed as the biggest in the club's history. Cool

Brightlingsea, who attract more than 100 spectators a game, were promoted to the Eastern Counties League Premier Division, the ninth tier, last season.
Their North Road ground has a 50-seat stand, but the club need to increase that to 100 by the end of March to meet league requirements.
The new stand takes their seating capacity to 157, which will also satisfy the standards of the league above, should the R's, who are currently sixth in the table, win promotion again.

"After getting promoted, we realised we had to do something," said Doherty, who said the stand had only been used once - and that was at a tennis tournament.
"Thanks to the Vase run and sponsorship and some fundraising, we've managed to find the money to pay for it.
"We will easily fill it. It's more comfort for the fans and you want to make it a good day out for them."

Victory over Bodmin would put Brightlingsea into the last 16 of the FA Vase - a competition for amateur teams from the ninth tier of English football and below - and three games away from a Wembley final. Very Happy
"It is arguably the biggest game in our history," said Doherty. "We're really excited and would love to get through to the last 16."

Doherty also hopes to purchase turnstiles from the old Walthamstow greyhound track, which closed in 2008.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/25758243

Can't help thinking there's the makings of a sitcom here, about a club that buys its gear from Ebay!

I once lived in Brightlingsea, but now I live in Cornwall - who should I support in Saturday's game, B'sea or Bodmin..?
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PostPosted: 19-01-2014 09:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I'm sure you're all gagging to hear the result!

Brightlingsea Regent move into last 16 of FA Vase after Bodmin victory.
Regent manager James Webster praises star defender Kevin Hughes and the super Regent fans
Mike Bacon
Saturday, January 18, 2014
7:12 PM

Brightlingsea Regent boss James Webster paid tribute to last season’s supporters’ player of the year, Kevin Hughes, after Saturday’s last 32 FA Vase triumph over Bodmin Town on Saturday.

The experienced Hughes was a doubt before kick-off, but passed a late fitness test and then the former Stanway Rovers favourite, put in a man-of-the-match performance in the 3-1 FA Vase victory.

“I was so glad he was able to play today,” said Webster.

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And Webster heaped praise on the 567 fans at North Road on Saturday – Brightlingsea’s average attendance so far this season – has been 96!

“Our crowd, the whole club have been superb today,” he said.
“Everyone has pulled together, we were even putting up the extra stand at midnight on Friday night – so many people have put so much hard work in today. What a great attendance.”

The draw for the last 16 takes place on Monday.

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http://www.greenun24.co.uk/non-league/brightlingsea_regent_move_into_last_16_of_fa_vase_after_bodmin_victory_regent_manager_james_webster_praises_star_defender_kevin_hughes_and_the_super_regent_fans_1_3218522


And if anyone is interested in Premier League trivia, Arsenal are still top! Wink
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PostPosted: 19-01-2014 12:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

PNE - 1 Coventry - 1, Coventry equalised in the 97th minute, and cannot, to most PNE fans satisfaction, justify finding 8 minutes of extra time. As well as not sending off their keeper for leaving the field of play, when already on a second yellow card. The same keeper who mouthed at the town end Eff Off and gesturing for them to have a go. Very brave when you have 20 stewards protecting you on the pitch. Overall, a frustrating draw.
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PostPosted: 19-01-2014 13:08    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aussie just won the one day series 3-0 in a walk.

Yes, I should have just gone to bed after the game. Embarassed


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PostPosted: 19-01-2014 19:05    Post subject: Reply with quote

skinny wrote:
Aussie just won the one day series 3-0 in a walk.

Yes, one of the greatest Fortean mysteries of the century - how could the best England team for decades suddenly turn into complete no hopers? Evil or Very Mad

The answer is black magic, organised by an Asian gambling ring - they sprinkled evil devil-dust over the team's prawns at the barbie. Twisted Evil

But the criminals made little profit from it, because they went too far - real sport is rarely that one-sided, and the punters increasingly held back.


David Moyes is probably wondering who sprinkled evil devil-dust over his team's food. Today, for the first time in decades, I wanted Man U to win. If they beat Chelsea, it would open up more clear blue water between Arsenal and the chasing pack in the PL race. But Chelsea won, 3-1.

Never mind, I picked up a job-lot of evil devil dust going cheap on eBay, for use in emergencies! Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: 19-01-2014 20:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forgotten 1970s spoof show End of Part One and their impression of World of Sport:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8yiGFjx6p8&feature=player_detailpage#t=608

Which is pretty much how I felt about it at the time. JimV may concur.
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PostPosted: 20-01-2014 21:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

Orange cards proposed by Fifa candidate Jerome Champagne

Fifa presidential candidate Jerome Champagne has suggested introducing orange cards that would allow referees to send players to a sin-bin.
The Frenchman, 55, launched his bid to succeed Sepp Blatter as the world governing body's president on Monday.

He also wants to punish teams when players question officials and hopes football will consider using more technology for key decisions.
Fifa's presidential election will be held in Zurich in June 2015.

His other proposals include:

•Quotas for foreign players
•Implementing rugby's rule where only the captain can talk to the referee with a free-kick advanced 10 yards for any dissent
•Abolishing the 'triple punishment' rule where a player who prevents a goalscoring opportunity in the penalty areas concedes a spot-kick, is sent off and also suspended
•All Fifa presidential candidates taking part in live debates on television and in front of the six continental confederations
•Making public the salary of the Fifa president and leading officials

Former referees have mixed views on the proposals with George Courtney saying the introduction of sin-bins would work but Roger Milford insisting it would make football "too dictatorial".

Champagne, who has been backed by Pele, announced his intentions to become football's most powerful man at a news conference in London.
"We need a different Fifa," he said. "More democratic, more respected, which behaves better and which does more."

However, he admits he will struggle to win the election if Blatter, who will be 78 in March, decides to stand for a fifth term in office.
Asked if he could beat Blatter, Champagne, a former diplomat, said: "I don't think so, he's someone of relevance."

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/25811977

Sounds good to me...
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PostPosted: 21-01-2014 09:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

You pays yer money an' takes yer pick...

Why Arsenal will win the league
Chelsea and Manchester City are more fancied to win the title than Arsenal, but the former England striker thinks they have what it takes
By Alan Smith
10:00PM GMT 20 Jan 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/arsenal/10585188/Why-Arsenal-will-win-the-league.html


Manchester City can be the irresistible force that overcomes immovable object Chelsea in Premier League
There is enough magic in the attacking play of Manchester City to edge ahead of Jose Mourinho's brutal points-accumulating machine
By Paul Hayward
8:00PM GMT 20 Jan 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/manchester-city/10585087/Manchester-City-can-be-the-irresistible-force-that-overcomes-immovable-object-Chelsea-in-Premier-League.html


Chelsea under Jose Mourinho can win this season's Premier League ahead of Arsenal and Manchester City
Chelsea can regain the Premier League title they last won in 2010 following the second coming of Jose Mourinho
By Matt Law
6:00PM GMT 20 Jan 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/chelsea/10584728/Chelsea-under-Jose-Mourinho-can-win-this-seasons-Premier-League-ahead-of-Arsenal-and-Manchester-City.html


BTW, does anyone else think Jose Mourinho is looking more and more like Jack Dee? Could they be related? Wink
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PostPosted: 21-01-2014 10:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

David Moyes has promised fans of Manchester United that they will be in a major European competition next year...even if he has to write the song himself.
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