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RaveDave

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    Estonia Squad

    I think he is injured at the moment, he hasn't played for Cagliari in months. I'm quite pleased he is missing as he is a decent defender with alot of experience at a high level.
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    Squad formation v Estonia

    I think you are right, he might also be trying to help put him in the shop window as well, as i doubt Sheff Utd will give him a new contract at the end of the season.
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    Squad formation v Estonia

    The lineup i would like to see BPF Dallas Evans Cathcart Lewis Thompson Davis Saville Smyth Grigg Jones The lineup we are more likely to see BPF McNair Evans Cathcart Lewis Evans Davis Saville Dallas Boyce Jones
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    Squad for Belarus and Estonia at home

    The big difference this time is if Sheff Utd go up, Norwood is a key player for them and will get his chance in the PL, he has never been this kind of key player at Fulham or Brighton, a regular yes but a key player no. I personally believe that Ollie thinks this is his maybe one big chance to become a PL player and wants to be able to give everything for the cause and feels having a 2 week break will be beneficial to him, or maybe there is more to it with somehing in his personal life but Michael's comments don't really back that up. Whilst its disappointing i wouldn't hold it against him as he has been a brilliant servant to us for many years, if he choses however to swerve the June games when his club season is finished, i don't think i will be as forgiving.
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    Squad for Belarus and Estonia at home

    Other than Ballard getting the call-up the squad probably picks itself, although i have a feeling it will look a bit different come Monday as one or two of those named are currently injured. The selection of the likes of Aaron Hughes has surprised me as he hasn't played in months. Its disappointing to see no new players, if there is no new faces in the u21 squad, i think we can confidently say the players Michael was talking to have rejected playing for us.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    Money being wasted on stupid things yet again and at the same time we can only afford to have one part time scout/recruitment manager in England and without government help aren't able to fund the Primary School coaches programme.
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    Squad v Estonia 21.3.19

    I think the squad anouncement will be the following week, the clubs are due to be informed tomorrow i believe. I'm would be surprised if Sykes will be involved, he has played i think 3 games at League 1 level, if we need to go to League 1 for midfielders, McGeehan and Thompson would probably be ahead of him. Like yourself i hope to see Paul Smyth and Tom Flanagan involved, Flanagan is now our 3rd choice CB unless Michael fancies playing McNair in that position. Again i agree with you about Hughes and McAuley neither are playing atm so shouldn't be in the squad although Michael might want McAuley there for his experience. I really hope to see a couple of quality new players named and am going to be a bit disappointed if there aren't any, although that article posted on here from the Irish News in January were Michael spoke about speaking to eligible players who didn't want to play for us doesn't inspire confidence. With looking through whats available, i am finding it hard to find enough defenders for the squad with Smith, McLaughlin, Hodson all injured and Aaron Hughes & even Bobby Burns not playing. My Squad - I have only named 23 as i really can't find defensive options to make it up to the usual 25-26 man squad. BPF, McGovern, Hazard Evans, Cathcart, Lewis, Flanagan, McAuley Davis, McGinn, Evans, Ferguson, Norwood, Saville, McNair, Jones, Whyte, Dallas Lafferty, Magennis, Boyce, Grigg, Smyth
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    Campaign Cards

    I have two gold general admission campaign cards on my account which came to a total of £490 + the £10 booking charge = £500. The first payment taken was £173.32 (made up of 1/3 of the £490 + the £10 booking charge for the two cards), which left a balance of £326.68, which was then meant to be split over two more payments, approx £163.34 for each payment, the second payment the IFA took last week was for £103.32 (which is the £163.34 less the £60 refund i was due) which leaves my final payment as £163.36 which is correct. My account shows that i have paid so far £336.64, so they have adjusted my account to make it appear that i have paid £173.32 & £163.32, when in fact i have paid £173.32 & £103.32. I hope i have explained this well enough to help.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    Friendlies have to be played on free dates, i'm not sure whether we are limited to UEFA members or not.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    If they want to arrange a friendly fine, but they should offer a refund for those that don't want to attend.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    We are ranked 24th out of 24 in the combined League A & League B rankings, 8 teams are needed to make up the League A & B playoffs, so if 16 teams automatically qualify that leaves only 8 teams left which will all be in the play-offs. As another poster pointed out we can also make them by 8 teams out of League B automatically qualifying.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    It really isn't that complicated at all. We need 16 or more teams out of League A & B to make the finals automatically, if that happens we are in the play-offs.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    Out of Pot 1 - Poland or Switzerland Out of Pot 2 - Iceland, Bosnia, Ukraine or Austria Out of Pot 4 - Cypus, Lithuania or Estonia Out of Pot 5 - Moldova, Luxembourg, Gibraltar or Faroe Islands Out of Pot 6 - anyone but Latvia
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    I could be wrong but i don't think Gibraltar is allowed to use the Victoria stadium for the Euros, they were given special dispensation for the Nations League due to the small attendances expected. They are due to start the renovation process early in 2019 to turn it into an 8,000 seater stadium.
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    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    A nice wee rendition tonight from their fans of "Grace" and they think that an all island team is somehow viable.
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    Line up/Match Thread

    The only thing that frustrated me with Jones was his refusal to shoot, my seat is low down in the Kop and on 2-3 occasions in the 2nd half you could see him opening up a half yard of space to get a shot off but not wanting to take it.
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    Line up/Match Thread

    Our formation is a 4-3-3 so there is no point playing 2 up front, Michael maybe having a look at different personel but he knows what formation he is wants to play, he has tried a 3-5-2 before but ended up abandoning it and a 4-4-2 is dead in top level football nowadays, everyone wants to have the 3 in the middle of the park, switching to a 2 in there would mean losing the middle of the park. The problem isn't playing Boyce as the focal point of the attack, the problem is the wide forwards are not coming into central areas at times and linking with him they are playing more as conventional wingers than wide forwards.
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    Scotland

    I wouldn't want them to win a raffle, their media is worse than the English, they have a hugely inflated sense of their importance to the football world.
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    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    He was at Shamrock Park for the u19 game on Wednesday night, so he is maybe over here this week taking in all the NI games.
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    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    There are some decent fans on there but sadly there are some real bigots to, there attempts to try and justify the bigotry amuse me, what does surprise me is how much their moderators let go, there is no way the majority of that stuff would be allowed on here.
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    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    Make your own mind up if this was a Munster Crest.......
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    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    Had a look through those training pictures, the only player i don't see is Jamal Lewis. That might explain why Bobby Burns has been called up.
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    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    I think he has named 28 players (originally 29 as Liam Donnelly was also called up) because he is expecting a few to pull out through injuries.
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    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    244 minutes of playing time, so not even 3 full matches
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    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    Its alright in saying that, but if you've watched some of our players in the last two games who aren't playing for their clubs you can see the sharpness just isn't there. There are quite a few who seem to have taken a dislike to Vassell and he is being judged on a whole 32 minutes of action in his two sub appearances. Today Michael has named 5 strikers in his squad, Lafferty has played 19 minutes from the last international break, Magennis 209 minutes; Paul Smyth 0 minutes; Liam Boyce 460 minutes; Kyle Vassell 268 minutes; so two out of the five strikers have barely kicked a ball in the last month, it doesn't make much sense to replace one of those who have been playing with Conor Washington has had 16 minutes of action in this last month. If all of them were playing regularly then based on what Washington has done in the past he would IMO be in easily ahead of both of them but that is not the situation at the moment. Having said all that i believe that If Grigg had've been fit i doubt Vassell would have been in the squad.
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