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  2. Austrian National Team

    Austria beat 3-0, Nadal won the tennis and Scotland won ODI. You’re up to date....
  3. Austrian National Team

    think i'll watch neither Jim, Scotland have set England 372 to win the ODI
  4. Austrian National Team

    They play Brazil at 3:00pm today. I'll probably watch it rather than the tennis.
  5. Central America tour

    that sounds amazing, what an experience... Love hearing about trips like that rather than just beer guzzling. Costa Ricans must've been v.surprised to see so many NI fans there....hats off to all those GAWA who made the long journey
  6. Central America tour

    Aye, some trip that, what an experience. Spent an evening and night in Leiden on the way out, nice place, better option than going into Amsterdam. Panama City was nice, interesting sights, Casco Viejo, Panama Viejo, Miraflores Locks, the Causeway. Doubt I've sweated so much at a football match in my life though and that includes all the ones I played in. That was some pre game show by the Panamanians too. Stayed in La Fortuna in Costa Rica for three nights. Could see a volcano from my hotel room door, swam in waterfalls, kayaked past crocodiles, hiked volcano trails, walked hanging bridges over a forest canopy, watched a family of monkeys swing through the trees, saw sloths, odd red and blue frogs, snakes, iguanas, etc. Brilliant area to stay in, so much to do, and going by other people's photos and stories it's not the only area in the country like that. Would definitely like to go back and do a bit more of Costa Rica some time. Locals (and Venezuelans, who seemed to make it up most of the bar staff in Panama) were superb, so friendly and helpful. One example, we got a taxi from La Fortuna to La Fortuna waterfall a few miles outside of the town. When we got there the taxi driver wouldn't take any money but gave us his phone number, said to give him a call when we were ready to go back, he'd come pick us up and we could pay him then. Had some lovely craft beer which was unexpected. San Jose was a bit of a kip as hughes18 says, (ATMs shut down at 10pm to try to cut down on robberies) but by that point I'd already done more than expected on the trip so it didn't really matter. Couple of brilliant days' and nights' crack on the piss in San Jose around the Costa Rica game. Decent performance vs Panama, lacked any quality in the final third. Costa Rica were better than Panama, NI played very poorly, odd kick off time and the conditions were not a good combination for the the second game. Hard to see what MON learned from the two games but that's probably not the point. 26 hours door to door to get home.
  7. Campaign Cards

    We gave in and paid for our grandstand tickets this week after a bit of consideration. As you said £46 to watch a game is expensive in NI. At the moment as the team are on a roll we didnt want to take a chance and miss a game after all these years however it will be interesting to see if there will be many empty seats in the grandstand blocks as I can't see too many queuing up to buy them-hope I'm wrong.
  8. Central America tour

    Only went to Costa Rica but may as well... BEST Costa Rica is class once you get out of San Jose. Wildlife in Tortuguero, waterfalls and the volcano in La Fortuna, zip-lining and the cloud forest in Monteverde. The Tarzan Swing there was without doubt the most terrifying thing I've ever done. Not your average away trip activities. People were dead friendly, gave us directions and tolerated our terrible Spanish everywhere. They seem genuinely excited for the WC, AliExpress-esque fake tops in every shop! Ozzy's sports bar in SJ was some steam the night before the game. Shots and bottles of vodka aplenty. About 20 of us walked in (wearing green) and the staff put some fiddle-de-dee music on - Moby had changed it to SLF within about 30 seconds. Got engaged (not at the game or anything daft like that). Pleasantly surprised the ring remained intact after 12 days in a rucksack. WORST San Jose is pretty uninspiring. Stadium was nice but it's basically just a crumbling car park. Every other business is a mechanics/garage. 11am kick-off and the subsequent performance. No time for a football match, for hungover fans or energy-sapped players. 28 hours door-to-door to get home.
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    I'm classed as grandstand in block j in north stand upper tier. Basically my seat is in line with the halfway line and I think it's just our block and the two either side
  11. Campaign Cards

    Remind me, what is classed as "The Grandstand"? The entire North Stand or just certain sections? Grandstand prices are around 80 quid more expensive than general admission if going for Gold membership... 60 quid or so for Silver. £326 for gold membership in Grandstand, 7 games, £46.50 per game on average.
  12. Israel (H) friendly - Sept 11

    That would be a difficult situation for the forum’s terrorist sympathising anti-semites.
  13. Israel (H) friendly - Sept 11

    The yellow feckers won't be near the place. They think the national stadium is in Dublin sure.....
  14. Israel (H) friendly - Sept 11

    On a serious note , I would guess there is no chance of sinn fein or anyone else protesting the game. Would turn nasty I'd imagine
  15. Israel (H) friendly - Sept 11

    Apart from goin to the match cause im a NI fan, i want to go even more now if it irks sin fein barstewards on any way.
  16. Israel (H) friendly - Sept 11

    Given that Gary McAllister performs the fairly thankless task of being the voice of our fans (and I'm sure gets pelters from some of them when they disagree with him) there's really no excuse for giving a self-appointed mouthpiece, in both senses of the word, like Bryson air time. Just lays bare the desire among the broadcasters to stir up controversy and drive traffic/revenues. Which is understandable, if distasteful, among commercial media, but utterly inexcusable at the poll tax funded Beeb. Might the Amalgamation consider a policy of non co-operation with any outlets that use Bryson to comment as a somehow representative NI fan?
  17. Israel (H) friendly - Sept 11

    If the press are going to ask Jamie Bryson to speak on our behalf I'd rather the match was postponed so they have nothing to ask him about. He really is a hateful c*nt
  18. Israel (H) friendly - Sept 11

    All part of the general erasing/re-writing of the past, of which SF/IRA are the undisputed masters.
  19. Israel (H) friendly - Sept 11

    Good man EG!
  20. Israel (H) friendly - Sept 11

    What is often overlooked is that the catalyst for the suspension of home games in NI after 1971 was not The Troubles generally, but specifically an IRA threat to Scotland/Scottish FA if they came to Belfast for our sole home game of the British Championship of 1971/72. Meanwhile, 1971 was also the year that the IRA issued a death threat to George Best: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2018/02/10/day-ira-threatened-shoot-george-best/ And it wasn't just football which suffered from the IRA's threat of violence. The following year (1972) Mary Peters received a death threat purporting to come from the IRA, stating that as a "Protestant who competed for Britain" at the Olympics, she would be shot if she came back to Belfast: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/othersports/article-2891795/Hail-Dame-Mary-Peters-Queen-Belfast-defied-bombers-picks-prestigious-New-Year-s-honour.html Meanwhile, Rugby got the same treatment from the Provos as well that year, with both Scotland and Wales intimidated from playing in Dublin: http://en.espn.co.uk/england/rugby/story/159995.html And, of course, a decade later the threats against Barry "The Brit" McGuigan were so bad that the police issued him with a gun and also allocated him an armed bodyguard for his personal protection for a period: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/barry-mcguigan-the-police-gave-me-a-gun-131630 None of which is ever mentioned when we get our periodic abuse for some toerag having threatened Neil Lennon etc, often from the self-same SF/IRA thugs who were threatening those sports stars previously.
  21. Israel (H) friendly - Sept 11

    Mazel Tov everyone Predictable Shinner stunt of course, and probably it keeps Bwyson busy as Fatso's go-to NI fan. Realistically the Argentina FA or Messi's PR advisers aren't that bothered about how democratically elected the Knesset is. They're just taking the path of least resistance and probably have insurance against a no-show. Similarly Bibi and co can't lose with their domestic audience- they get either a glamor if one -paced friendly or the chance for plenty of exaggerated outrage. Whether the game was to be played in Jerusalem or elsewhere* As EG says the Argies were lucky in 1978 in a way that we weren't from 1971 to 1975, when there were no home games. It shows relative influence within FIFA and to be fair I doubt our opponents back then were protesting about Brian Faulkner or Jimmy Chi-chi. The picture below shows the British Consulate to Palestine. The building next door on the left was were Ulster Jim and I (then aged 5 and 3) were sent immediately after the 6 Day War to soothe the natives. Only took one molotov while we were there, although the bang when our boiler packed in was even louder. But if May and Johnson follow Trump's lead and make it the Embassy to Israel instead I imagine there'll be a repeat. * Maybe the Israelis will offer us a return friendly. Possibly in one of the smaller towns near Tel Aviv? Rishon Te'Zion? Steady on, they haven't even suggested a date yet
  22. Israel (H) friendly - Sept 11

    So Argentina have decided not to play Israel because they don't like the (elected) government in power over there? Hmmmm. They're lucky other countries didn't take that stand in 1978, when the World Cup was held in their country, what with the place being ruled by a military dictatorship which had seized power from the elected government two years earlier, and proceeded to prosecute the "Dirty War" against its own people, during which an estimated 30,000 people disappeared.
  23. Israel (H) friendly - Sept 11

    Heard that, he didn't take it too well, he only got caught with bombs on 2 separate occasions & sentenced to a total of 40 years in jail, so I can sort of see where he's coming from...
  24. Israel (H) friendly - Sept 11

    Nolan got a nice wee dig in at him about violence for political ends.
  25. Israel (H) friendly - Sept 11

    Discussed on the Nolan Show on Radio Ulster right now. Sinner Pat Sheehan wants it called off due to violence against Palestinians. The BBC should have called off its interview with Pat Sheehan due to the fact he attempted to unify Ireland by bombing a cash & carry.
  26. Israel (H) friendly - Sept 11

    Argentina have caved into pressure demanding that they cancel their forthcoming friendly in Israel: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-44378669 Pretty shameful, really (though the Israeli FA didn't help them - or themselves - by switching it from Haifa to Jerusalem, allegedly after being paid to do so by the Israeli Government)
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