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  1. LaticsPete

    Behind closed doors

    FFS That’s For Flipping Sake ...
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    Behind closed doors

    How many players were in last Saturday’s starting line ups? None of ours were there? Don’t know about Rochdale.
  3. Tomorrow’s Lancs Senior Cup match v Rochdale One comment on Facebook is “Behind closed doors because their a ex premier league player on trial , it may not go well with few oldham fans.” mind you it is from Mohammed Ibrar. Is that the infamous Ibby!
  4. LaticsPete

    Transfer Rumours

    Well it used to be different...development of railways standardised time. Before then Oxford was 5 mins different to London https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Railway_time
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    Transfer Rumours

    Frome, pronounced Froom
  6. LaticsPete

    Book Reviews

    For Latics fans this has the additional interest of interviews with Tommy Wright, Alan Young, Andy Lochhead, Ian Marshall, Paul Dickov, Gerry Taggart, and Peter Taylor. Can’t Buy That Feeling Simon Kimber & Gary Silke Conker Editions, 2018 Softback, 206pp, £15.00 The Fox is a Leicester City fanzine that’s been published for around 30 years. Over that period, it has interviewed 130 players, managers, board members, famous fans and coaches from the club and has now brought lots of them together in a very nicely produced book. Lots of photos and clear design make this an attractive publication right from the start. The span of years makes narratives of three divisions with consequent ups and downs along the way, and a host of individuals who talk of their relationship with the club. As an outsider, Leicester have always seemed to me to be a club that has had some very good players, not always at the same time until recently, and the names are nearly all likely to generate a “oh yes, I bet he’s got something interesting to say” reaction. It’s a great book for dipping in and out of and, whilst self evidently having greatest appeal to Foxes supporters, can genuinely be regarded as being one for the wider football supporting community. The earliest interview goes back to 1989, with Ian Baraclough. Each is preceded by a paragraph reminding us of the person’s context in the club and at the time of the interview. Baraclough was a City youth player, a local lad, and dating the fanzine’s assistant editor’s sister. Most of the others took place after their playing days, and there’s a panoply of names at different points in their lives. Gary Lineker was interviewed in 2001, before his MOTD days, and talks about being a fan before a player, David Pleat another young fan and who returned to the club as manager. Jon Sammels is one of the few who had two interviews, once when a driving instructor in1992, and the other when retired in 2015, whilst Robbie Savage is another, who was apparently still keen to return to Leicester despite being roundly abused by fans after leaving previously. Each interviewee is united in a great affection for the club with good memories even if things didn’t work out. A look at just part of the roster of names demonstrates not only top-quality players but also those solid professionals who supporters of other clubs would have had in their sides. Brian Little, Alan Smith, Gary McAllister alongside Gerry Taggart, Gary Mills and Muzzy Izzet. And the managerial roll call of interviewees isn’t bad either: Gordon Milne, Martin O’Neill, Frank O’Farrell, and Sven Goran Eriksson. When Leicester won the Premier League in 2016, there was considerable pleasure amongst football supporters. Much to do with the fact that the “big boys” had been beaten, but surely also because it was Leicester City that had done so. A club that has consistently played a significant part in the game, never too flash, and which has been home to both stars and solid professionals. “Can’t Buy That Feeling” is an enjoyable chronicle of the last three decades at Filbert Street and since, and of football more widely.
  7. Has someone bought a season ticket for a specific stand , and is that the contractual arrangement, or is it for general admission to the ground ? Not as simple as “trading standards” whether it is good fan relations or not.
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    Jack Byrne ❤️

    Mmm. Really loved my time last season at @officialoafc thanks to John Sheridan and Richie wellens for giving me the opportunity to come to the club two really great people who helped me a lot… instagram.com/p/BnOrYwjhIZE/…
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    Best Youth Product?

    The change strip from our tangerine days. Blue candy stripes.
  10. The Drum and Monkey I think. It was bouncing in 1991...
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    Best Youth Product?

    D This is our Youth Team in 1967, possibly one of our best in terms of players coming through. All except one ,McCauley, went on to play in at least one first team match and Blair Robins, and Hoolickin (Steve) had pretty good careers with League clubs over a long period of time. Fitton played over 300 matches for Mossley too. The group was a mixture of local lads and several "raided" from Irish junior teams as part of the influx under Jimmy McIlroy. In a way not too dissimlar from the manner in which some clubs nowadays sign lots of youngsters from overseas or at least a good distance away. Back Row: B McCauley, G Schofield, J Fitton, I Robins, R Smith, S Hoolickin, B Aitken Front Row: R Blair,J Makin, A Doyle, N Quinn, M Nolan
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    Book Reviews

    Being Fulham Roland Jaquarello 2017, Softback 250pp, £8.99 Fulham are now back in the Premier League and tipped by many to establish themselves relatively comfortably this season. Promoted in May via the Play Offs, last season was one of continued progress and a resounding reinforcement of how they had developed in 2016-17 when they lost at the same stage. This book is a chronicle of that campaign, ultimately a losing one but, as it turns out, a solid stepping stone to the year that followed. The concept of writing a match by match diary of a season isn’t new and there’s always a danger of it being of little interest to anyone who isn’t a follower of that particular club. Whilst this book is obviously going to have most appeal to Cottagers, it’s still lively enough to be a good read for other fans. As a supporter of a club for whom the Championship was (and is) a place still to be revisited, this was an entertaining review of activities that took place elsewhere and which I didn’t really dwell on at the time. The author has been supporting Fulham for sixty years, so his credentials are on the table and, even if he didn’t go to every match, his reaction to each of them is like many of us in a similar position; valid and sometimes more intense by only being able to experience it through updates on tv or social media. There’s nothing like the score flash on Soccer Saturday to get you out of the chair, or make you sink deeper into it. However, his attendance at home and away games (an inveterate traveller on supporters’ coaches) his more than consistent enough to give a true sense of the atmosphere and experiences of the season. A couple of style points stand out. One is a seemingly reasonable attitude to opposition supporters. There’s an interesting passage about who Fulham’s real rivals are. Chelsea ? QPR? Brentford? Even in the case of the latter two, who Fulham played that season, there’s no real bitterness or venom neither when intuitively aggressive followings such as the 7000 from Leeds turn up at Craven Cottage. Each match review is well punctuated with descriptions of the chants and songs from each set of fans, but it’s done in a quite impartial manner. His personal encounters with them, especially at away games, seem to be ones of genuine pleasure too, recognising the shared elements of being football supporters rather than tribal differences. The other is that a book like this must tread the line between setting out the non-football life of the author and boring the reader with its minutiae. Jacquarello manages it well, giving enough to show a person that does have another set of interests and relationships whilst understanding that the raison d’etre of the book is football, not autobiography. It was a good season for Fulham even if not wholly successful. It’s well described in this book and a nice, entertaing read.
  13. Yes a great match when we went toe to toe with a very good Liverpool side , pretty much the one that did so well in Div 1 after it got promoted that year. At the time the Chronicle reported that Latics had sold 30,000 tickets themselves - long before online booking . In my time, and those of others on here (apologies for those who cannot bear talk of the past - but then why are you reading this thread?) , I've seen 20K plus crowds at BP against Peterboro in 60/61, Chestefield and Bristol Rovers in 61/2 ,(both FA Cup replays), Coventry in 63/4 (league), West Ham in 65/6 (FA Cup), Wolves 66/7 (FAC), Burnley 73/4, (FAC), Utd 74/5 (league), WBA 75/6 (league) After that the capacity was cut to less than 20,000.
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    Jack Byrne ❤️

    What is your cut off point? A week ago, a year, five years, ten years, the 50/60 years some of us have been supporters? Can we not be interested in and proud of our very early history...early success in being league runners up, attracting crowds of over 40000 in the 30s ? If you don’t know where you’ve come from it’s difficult to know where you are going to , and why.
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    Jack Byrne ❤️

    I think it’s a self portrait