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  1. As updates go, this really isn't one. Nothing has happened in the last week (apart from at BP, of course) funding-wise, so the total stays as it was, unless outstanding sponsorship forms are ready for coming back. What has happened, however, is that MS and its cohorts are still hitting @BristolaticMrs with a vengeance. To combat the Trigeminal Neuralgia that has been plaguing her for the last umpteen weeks, there has been a sea change in medication; instantly ceasing 3 meds after several years, being replaced by just one that has some horrible side effects. Drastic action, but necessary. There is a cure for this very painful affliction; surgery, which uses a gamma knife to basically cut the nerve. No nerve, no pain. As long as the new meds do their stuff over the six weeks it takes to get to full strength, the surgeon won't have his day. At least the whiskers (mine, that is) have grown another couple of millimetres and are being eyed enviously by the hairdresser. Er, no, she doesn't want a beard of her own, just thinking up dastardly deeds to inflict on me before and during the colouring process near the end of the year. Edit: Another £10 arrived on Virgin Money Giving in the last couple of minutes. The total is now £637.50, which grows to £728.75 with Gift Aid. 2nd Edit: A further £20 was donated last night from a member of this board. The new total is £657.50 (£733.75 with Gift Aid). Thank you.
  2. I would love it if that was flying round on live TV. Just love it! No apologies for pinching that from Keegan (Kevin, that is)
  3. Has anyone come up with an idea how to get the message across before out next match? I can't see the Tranmere game being shoehorned in on 26th March as the internationals will still interfere so, as far as I can see, it will have to be either 2nd or 16th April. The latter would mean we play Saturday, Tuesday, Friday, Monday, Saturday. That all points to our next game really being 30th March, which gives AL far too much time to rest on his laurels. Is it possibly to flood the club with emails expressing exactly our individual plans for the rest of this season and next? A protest march is still not a bad idea, even to an uninhabited BP to leave scarves, banners, flags or whatever provided the press and papers are alerted first, of course. Just ideas, but would they work?
  4. That single statement destroys the first line and contradicts what you are trying to say about Scholes.
  5. So, why are a fair number of them saying that they won't come back as long as AL is still here? Some have said that they have better things to do. Others are coming up with protest ideas. Nothing apathetic there or suggesting giving in. I have yet to read a post in any thread that even hints at accepting what's happened (although some are not too surprised), not have I read anywhere in any thread that there is an acceptance that everything is normal Are you saying that our fans only turn up because it's "something to do"? And those same fans don't care whether we win, lose or draw? What a bizarre opinion. In my opinion. I think you've looked at the odd thread, selectively picked out one or two comments and put some spin on that a politician would be proud of. Have another read of the threads that cover the Scholes/Lemsagam issue and you will find that we have a hard core of very pissed off fans who are: not going to BP again whilst AL is there refusing to renew season tickets thinking of ways of getting AL out of the club coming up with ideas for protests against AL & ML continuing to attend games because they still want to support their team Now, if that shows apathy, acceptance, a care less attitude about results or anything other caring deeply about the club they have supported for however many years, I just can't get my head round to your interpretation. We're all entitled to our opinions and decisions. And we're all entitled to have those opinions and decisions respected. Discuss them by all means, but don't try to twist them to suit a specific agenda.
  6. This may not be the case, others may be able to confirm our not, but I think Scholes had more than one face to face with Abdallah and arguments ensued. Perhaps that started the problems.
  7. Lee Power did that at Swindon. It wasn't a clever move.
  8. If there was the third option of buying the ground AND getting rid of AL, it would be a no contest. For me, get rid of AL first, then think about buying the ground later.
  9. You may not have noticed that Bury and Accrington were off as well. Looks like maybe the North West was hit with some of that wet stuff. The Newport game is because 4 first team players are away on internationals. Maybe you would have preferred us to play with an intentionally weakened team. I give up.
  10. I'm saying it's less likely. It didn't take Scholes long to bring Hunt (irrespective of his ability) out of the wilderness and drop Branger to the bench. I couldn't see AL doing that, but I'm sure there was still interference in some way, even if not directly with team selection. FWIW, I don't believe all that is in AL's statement either.
  11. Would that surprise you? I don't blame him. We know what has happened to others who have gone against him. I don't blame him for that either. As a young family man, he'll need stability in his working life. I'm not sure anyone gets that under AL.
  12. Not sure about Vera, but I'll be amazed if Nepomuceno isn't at LB behind Branger. Yes, I think AL is that bloody pig headed and egotistical. I expect Sylla to start as well in place of Baxter. I hope I'm wrong.
  13. Ok, what to believe? Scholes' parting statement? Abdallah's response? Without saying it in so many words, PS has reiterated what many have long held as gospel; that AL/ML continued to interfere in team/player affairs. It's pretty nailed on that he did it to Bunn and Wild. If that's the case, it's no surprise that Scholes walked. If Abdallah's response is true, then Scholes has been a very naughty boy. Somehow, I don't think it is true though. If AL had this history of meddling, why or how did he suddenly become the leopard that changed its spots? Keegan's article in the <cough> Mail and this latest one from the BBC both suggest that AL was still up to his old tricks. Factor in the non payment of various bills (as in Keegan's piece), but AL would be letting PS build his own squad (on shirt buttons, perhaps?) just doesn't add up up for me. Presumably, Mick Priest will be in charge tomorrow and, if the likes of Branger, Sylla, Vera are in the starting XI, I reckon it's a pretty safe bet that AL is dabbling in team affairs again. Although I do wonder who plays in place of Baxter. Also, if AL's statement is what he believes to be true, he'd better make bloody sure those parameters he says were offered to Scholes, apply to which ever mug is daft enough to take it on. If we end up with Evans, Hill, Coyle or someone of that ilk, I believe that they would walk as well if they don't get proper control. Basically, it boils down to whether or not AL will ever learn. It makes you wonder what the player's morale is like at the moment. I'm sure it is demoralising for them to see a high profile figure up sticks and bugger off so quickly. Peter Clarke's interview is a very good rallying call, so the best thing they can do is get out there and give Tranmere a tough game, pick up 3 points and improve the atmosphere and everyone's mood.
  14. I wasn't sure which thread to put this in, but here goes. Below is a statement from AL, published by BBC news this morning. To me, it sounds like an arse covering exercise as I really can't imagine Scholes suddenly deciding that was that in such a fashion. AL may have been away, but has ML been interfering? There's no smoke without fire and I think it's reasonable for PS to publicly expand (slightly, if needs be) on his statement. I wish all of you well with whatever protest you go for, but I would exercise a little caution. Encroaching on the pitch or any activity which can be deemed illegal will only damage the club further. I fully support everyone who continues to attend or stays away. Personal choice and no one should be decried for it. Here's AL's statement: "I have been in Dubai over the last couple of weeks and was at ease knowing that he was in charge," he said. "I was very surprised as he simply resigned by text on Wednesday afternoon and has refused to discuss matters that influenced him to make his decision. "Paul and I both agreed that there is potential but I reassured him that he had my full backing to rebuild the team of his choice next season. "He did not raise any concerns at all about the team or any other matters informally or formally, prior to his resignation. He gave no opportunity or indications that he needed to address any issues at all."
  15. When Scholes took the job, he said in his first interview that had the last word on players coming in and going out. Everyone started with a clean slate. He appeared to have no qualms about dropping Branger to the bench and seemed to be selecting his own team. Although it wasn't perfect, at least it looked as though it was his own ideas. Has that now caused a verbal punch up with Abdallah? Has Abdallah started to tell Scholes who to pick and who to play? If so, it's no surprise that he's walked. If AL asks PW to take over to the end of the season, he'd be mad to take it, but I guess he could be facing the sack if he refuses. Where does this leave Mick Priest? Does he walk as well? If not, would he stand up to AL? I imagine our next manager will be either someone who is desperate for a job and will work under any circumstances, or some unknown French bloke from the 6th division. I'll still continue to support the club. It's in my blood, but there's a sour taste right now.
  16. Not calling you out on this, but is that official?
  17. Why? It could also see us at the other end battling to go up. Who knows? Simple answer - none of us. Let's wait and see what transpires between now and then. Or, at least until next season starts and we can see what sort of squad we have.
  18. Funny, isn't it? That one winds me up too, and I know it shouldn't. The incorrect use of there and their gets up my nose a bit too, but you just have to ignore it and move on. However, I like this that @Diego_Sideburns has posted once or twice (apologies for nicking it) I have a spelling checker, It came with my PC. It plane lee marks four my revue Miss steaks aye can knot sea. Eye ran this poem threw it, Your sure reel glad two no. Its vary polished in it's weigh. My checker tolled me sew. A checker is a bless sing, It freeze yew lodes of thyme. It helps me right awl stiles two reed, And aides me when eye rime. Each frays come posed up on my screen Eye trussed too bee a joule. The checker pours o'er every word To cheque sum spelling rule. Bee fore a veiling checker's Hour spelling mite decline, And if we're lacks oar have a laps, We wood bee maid too wine. Butt now bee cause my spelling Is checked with such grate flare, Their are know fault's with in my cite, Of nun eye am a wear. Now spelling does knot phase me, It does knot bring a tier. My pay purrs awl due glad den With wrapped word's fare as hear. To rite with care is quite a feet Of witch won should bee proud, And wee mussed dew the best wee can, Sew flaw's are knot aloud. Sow ewe can sea why aye dew prays Such soft wear four pea seas, And why eye brake in two averse Buy righting want too pleas.
  19. Oh, trust me, it was. Applying for re-election to the old 3rd North/4th Division, staying in the Football League by the skin of our teeth. And not just once, either. The old Broadway stand condemned, the terraces crumbling under your feet. Yes, what we're dealing with today is nowhere near as bad as it was then. Having said that, not once in the nigh on 69 years that I've supported my home town team has it ever crossed my mind to stop supporting them. My only regret is that for the last 30 years, mostly due to work and relocations, I haven't been able to get to as many games as I would like. I still miss being at Boundary Park every fortnight. Maybe I'm just a bit mad.
  20. Christ, my first game was in 1950. If you think it's bad now, you should have been watching us 60 years ago. Now that was crap with a capital C.
  21. I also wonder who signed Iacovitti. I didn't know we had Lacovitti as well. Sorry, couldn't resist.
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