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Everything posted by peteram79

  1. 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?
  2. Central America tour

    If Sc**thorpe get into the play-off final, McGeehan will be playing (or at least on the bench) on the Sunday, and our first game is on the Tuesday, so the fact that he's prepared to accept a call-up seems promising
  3. South Korea

    Wash your mouth out EG!!!!!!!!!!!
  4. UEFA considering international leagues

    That's almost certainly where we're heading. Because, if what is currently advertised was the end-game, then the big boys wouldn't be in favour. What's in it for them? They can pick and choose their feriendlies already - England mainly play the Dutch/French etc and only play "weaker" teams when it suits them. This actually erodes their flexibility and ties them in to playing European opposition, rather than non-European teams which are attractive on lucre (say, Brazil), variety and/or also World Cup preparation. This is a stitch-up, of that there should be no doubt
  5. UEFA considering international leagues

    Which is kinda the point, I guess. UEFA sees a steady stream of all the big teams playing each other and the eyes spin like a slot machine to the pound signs Except it will get zero backing. The minnows will say no because they'll be constantly stuck playing each other even worse than now. The medium-ranking nations (I'm generously including us in that) exactly due to GPJim's point. And the big boys will say no for both commercial and practical reasons - commercial because it reduces their ability for money-spinning games against Brazil, Argentina, China, Japan etc., and practical in that if they are locked in to a virtually exclusive diet of European oppo, the chances to prepare for non-European challenges presented by a World Cup are significantly reduced. So it won't fly. Ironic that this is yet more monsense arising out of the most bone-headed, pig-ignorant decision a footballing body has ever made, the move to ruin the Euros by expanding it to 24 teams...