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  1. Was at the Highland League game a couple of years ago when Fort William ended their 2 to 3 year winless run against, I think, Nairn from the East coast. Got talking to the manager after the game who I'm sure said he got promoted to manager that week on the basis that nobody else applied for the managerial job and he was most qualified as he'd put the nets up for a couple of seasons and knew where the corners flags were stored. Also went to see East Stirlingshire who, at the the time, were the worst team in the Scottish Professional football. They'd repeatedly finished bottom of the 2nd Division but were on their longest running winless streak. Arrived just before half time and let into the ground by a supporter who was joyous at the 0-0 score. In the 2nd half East Stirling went 2-0 up and the emotion and banter was fantastic. 15 minutes to go and still 2-0 up I went to the 'toilet', by the time I'd found it and got back to my place it was 2-2. The words I recall to this day are 'If ye merve fray tha spot ageen we'll tan yer erse'. Match ended 2-3, I hadn't moved from my spot so was confident that my bladder had no influence on the overall result.
  2. Inflatables on the pitch on 60min. Beach balls, rings, lie lows, paddling pools, alligators, dinghy's, light aircraft. Pitch needs to look like it's been carpet bombed by Toys'r'us …….. may not achieve anything but would be quite amusing and get lots of TV replay. Small items easy to smuggle in, may need a ninja squad to throw larger items over the wall from outside. Diversion tactics required to keep security occupied. Shhhhh, keep it to yourselves, and what ever you do don't put on social media, I tried once and made a total arse of myself. Most important don't tell my wife, she's shit at secets.
  3. 'The fantasists hit reality when they won the referendum and the government was unwilling to tell the public that the option they voted for to have our cake and eat it was never on the table”.Hilary Benn on Sophy Ridge.This sums up the whole debacle, we were conned by people who never thought they would win but were scoring party political, and or internal points.Straight taking now needed.Not convoluted strategies, triangulation and political point scoring.
  4. We require at least one Non Exec Board member with the necessary contacts in China and Japan. There are people in these countries who seek prestige rather than profit. To be owner of an English football club still appeals to many, it's all about having the contacts.
  5. Artificial Intelligence may be considered an appropriate epithet by many on here
  6. In my first 24 years supporting Latics we had 2 Managers, neither set the football world on fire at the outset as both were novices in management. Second 24 years have seen us go through 20+ (can't be arsed counting). Were we simply lucky back then and unlucky now, or are we ignoring that stability breeds success but doesn't come imnediately. Personally I believe the modern game set-up and players themselves are more often the problem than the manager. Everyone's now too scared to play risky foitball as it reduces their accuracy percentage come the Monday morning statistical analysis. It appears players can now make a good living playing percentage football and they judge themselves on high pass and tackle completion rates. There won't be a column for working your arse off and making yourself available for your teammates, but I wouldn't be surprised if you get a gold star if your kit doesn't need washing at the end of the game because it saves on the cost of a scoop of Daz. Stability, patience, hardwork and honesty please from top to bottom. Get stuck in today lads, play for Oldham because we always dreamed of doing what you do.
  7. Entertain a clown and you become part of the circus. Next please. Roll up, roll up,, try your luck.
  8. Both parties are fundamentally split,. She could probably come up with an offer which would get a decent amount of Labour support while maintaining the support of the centre of her party and be acceptible to the EU. I doubt there's anything she could offer the ERG and DUP that she could agree with the EU. Ultimately if she wants to get a deal through it's going to need substantial support from Labour which means it's going to need mirror the Labour position far more than it currently does i.e lose the pretense of not quite a customs union.Ultimately this is a failure of the British political system which has been creaking badly since the financial crisis. The world is increasingly polarised, FPTP forces these massive parties to exist and then fosters purely oppositional politics. In most other countries at this point you'd see a far more cross party position based not on party politics but on the best intrest ot the country. An absolute shambles.
  9. ........ and will Brexit address this - The UK government has inflicted “great misery” on its people with “punitive, mean-spirited, and often callous” austerity policies driven by a political desire to undertake social re-engineering rather than economic necessity, the United Nations poverty envoy has found.Philip Alston, the UN’s rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, ended a two-week fact-finding mission to the UK with a stinging declaration that despite being the world’s fifth largest economy, levels of child poverty are “not just a disgrace, but a social calamity and an economic disaster”.About 14 million people, a fifth of the population, live in poverty, and 1.5 million are destitute, unable to afford basic essentials, he said, citing figures from the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. He highlighted predictions that child poverty could rise by 7% between 2015 and 2022, possibly up to a rate of 40%.“It is patently unjust and contrary to British values that so many people are living in poverty,” he said, adding that compassion had been abandoned during almost a decade of austerity policies that had been so profound that key elements of the post-war social contract, devised by William Beveridge more than 70 years ago, had been swept away.It took a UN envoy to hear how austerity is destroying lives In a coruscating 24-page report, which will be presented to the UN human rights council in Geneva next year, the eminent human rights lawyer said that in the UK “poverty is a political choice”.He told a press conference in London: Austerity Britain was in breach of four UN human rights agreements relating to women, children, disabled people and economic and social rights. “If you got a group of misogynists in a room and said how can we make this system work for men and not for women they would not have come up with too many ideas that are not already in place,” he said. The limit on benefits payments to only the first two children in a family was “in the same ball park” as China’s one-child policy because it punished people who had a third child. Cuts of 50% to council budgets were slashing at Britain’s “culture of local concern” and “damaging the fabric” of society. The middle classes would “find themselves living in an increasingly hostile and unwelcoming society because community roots are being broken”. The government said it “completely disagreed” with Alston’s analysis.A spokeperson said household incomes were at a record high, income inequality had fallen and that universal credit, which Alston attacked as “Orwellian” and “fast falling into universal discredit”, was supporting people into work faster.“We are absolutely committed to helping people improve their lives while providing the right support for those who need it,” the spokesperson said.Alston’s report follows similar audits of extreme poverty in China, Saudi Arabia, Ghana, Mauritania and the US, the last of which sparked a furious response from the Trump White House after it accused the US of pursuing policies that deliberately forced millions of Americans into financial ruin while lavishing vast riches on the super-wealthy.Charities working to alleviate poverty said the report was a “wake up call for government”.It is likely to crystallise growing public unease over the impact of nearly a decade of cuts to the welfare state and public services, which studies have shown have had a disproportionate effect on the poor, the disabled and women. Soaring use of food banks, increasingly visible homelessness and cuts to school budgets have widened concerns about the Conservative party’s fiscal strategy. After visiting towns and cities including London, Oxford, Cardiff, Newcastle, Glasgow and Belfast, Alston said that “obvious to anyone who opens their eyes to see the immense growth in food banks and the queues waiting outside them, the people sleeping rough in the streets, the growth of homelessness, the sense of deep despair that leads even the government to appoint a minister for suicide prevention and civil society to report in depth on unheard-of levels of loneliness and isolation.”He called for the elimination of the five-week delay in receiving benefits under the universal credit system, which has plunged many into destitution.Flaws in its design and implementation harmed claimants’ mental health, finances and work prospects, and benefits sanctions were “harsh and arbitrary”. Vulnerable claimants “struggled to survive”, he said.The ministers he met – including Esther McVey, who was the work and pensions secretary until Thursday, when she resigned over the Brexit deal – were almost entirely dismissive of criticisms of welfare changes and universal credit, he said. Instead they described critics as political saboteurs, or said they failed to understand how it worked.He highlighted the chancellor’s decision in this month’s budget to give a tax cut to the rich rather than using that money to alleviate poverty for millions, adding: “Austerity could easily have spared the poor, if the political will had existed to do so.”Alston said the government was in a state of denial and there was a “striking disconnect” between what ministers said and the testimonies he heard from ordinary people. “Even while devolved authorities in Scotland and Northern Ireland are frantically trying to devise ways to ‘mitigate’, or in other words counteract, at least the worst features of the government’s benefits policy, ministers insisted to me that all is well and running according to plan.”He said he had met people who didn’t have a safe place for their children to sleep, who had sold sex for money or shelter, young people who felt gangs were the only way out of destitution, and people with disabilities who were being told they needed to go back to work or lose support, against their doctors’ orders. He described how town hall budgets had been “gutted” in England resulting in a record sell-off of libraries and parks, and closures of youth centres.“I have also seen tremendous resilience, strength and generosity, with neighbours supporting one another, councils seeking creative solutions, and charities stepping in to fill holes in government services,” he said.On food banks, he said: “I was struck by how much their mobilisation resembled the sort of activity you might expect for a natural disaster or health epidemic.”A common theme of the testimonies he heard was the impact on people’s mental health and feelings of loneliness and fear.“I was surprised by the talk of suicide, by the people I met who said they had considered suicide … There are some pretty serious mental health dimensions.” In his conclusion, Alston called for “the legislative recognition of social rights” in the UK, a move that has long been resisted by UK governments but which is the status quo in countries such as Sweden and Germany. ............. this country needs to open it's eyes. It's not the fault of the EU neither is it the fault of immigrants. We are where we are because of Tory Government choices. Demand change
  10. Apologies for not being Oldham related but was sad to hear that Kevin Beattie died this week aged 64 - He had been working as a radio pundit on Saturday for Radio Suffolk and died in the early hours of Sunday morning.For those of a certain vintage he really was a superb player for the best Ipswich team ever produced which was managed by Bobby Robson who had guys like Mick Mills, Wark,Muhren,Thijssen,Mariner,Brazil and Gates and the Ipswich Fans regard him as their Greatest Ever Player. I enjoyed watching him play and although he was mainly a CB he could play anywhere - Bobby Robson said he was the best player alongside Duncan Edwards England had ever produced. I met him on two occasions and he was a sound down to earth guy - No heirs or graces just a working class guy who was a cracking footballer - He was so important to Ipswich he was playing nearly every week with cortisone injections and that did for him as sadly through injuries he was finished and had to retire at 27 - He tried to come back at Middlesborough and in Norway but he was done to all intents and purposes.His life after football followed a familiar path for top level players forced to finish early and he bought a pub which led to his downfall on the booze - He lost the lot but eventually got his act together for the sake of his wife,kids and grandchildren - His wife suffers from MS and he had been her full time carer for the last ten years with his Ipswich radio work being his time away from the caring when his kids watched his wife Maggie.Rest in Peace Kevin - You really were some football player.
  11. I see Jack Byrne is now at Kilmarnock, anyone got any opinions about his time at BP. .. ... please don't, only jesting.
  12. If we're at the point where posts are being grammatically reviewed after an away victory, it may be worth considering an alternative pastime. Some people are far too happy to be blue.
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