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Smallthorne Dog

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  1. Hi Stu, I wasn't trying to suggest that you guys were not laying into the Cambridge performance because you'd had Carol on as a guest. More that the fans in general are giving Askey a bit more slack than they normally would because they don't want to be seen to be overly critical due to the massive effort Carol and her team have put in. Given that huge effort from the owners I think we all deserve a bit better from the team than we are currently getting. It's not a disaster by any stretch of the imagination, but it's definitely below expectations.
  2. I'm not one for over reaction and cant be doing with hysteria, but feel you are being overly kind in your assessments lads. I think it might be down to the Carol factor, and that nobody wants to be critical when we had such a feel good factor around the club in pre season. But for me serious questions are going to have to be asked if things don't improve quickly. Yes we have got injuries, but a lot of has been made of our squad depth, and as such we should be in a position to cover those injuries, so its not really an excuse this season. too many players are under performing, and fo
  3. Just managed to catch up with the Carlisle review. Thought you were pretty much spot on with your assessments. I was more inclined to agree with Stu's assessment of the first half than Johnny and Bezza's to be honest, but it should have been obvious that the midfield was testing overrun, and things should have changed at half time. Having said that, as poor as we were, we should have been 2-0 up before they scored, and had we have taken those chances we would have won the game inspire of the poor managerial decisions. Thought you were generous to both Legge and Pope. Two senior pros who.were a
  4. Presumably with the references to "dogs" abuse and getting the "woof" end of the stick, it might be a Keith Lard situation [emoji6]
  5. Thought the Sproson criticism was a bit OTT fellas. We don't know what's gone on there, but I would be laying the blame at Forest's door. There would have been plenty of interest in Taylor in the summer, not least from us, but Forest pissed about with him. Clubs looked elsewhere and with the salary cap now in place, most will have used their allocated budget by this point. I suspect there were very few options left for him at this stage of the season, and Sproson has had to get him in where he can.
  6. Interesting debate regarding Amoo if he's fit. You couldn't seem to squeeze him onto the bench. My question would be will he get in when he is fit? And if not is he surplus to requirements? I've never really seen the attraction myself. He wouldn't get in ahead of either Worrall or Rodney that's for sure, and McKirdy is the other option and he gives you a goal threat that Amoo doesn't.
  7. Just listening to the pod fellas. Couple of points to make. With regard to fans being allowed in the ground, agree 100% with everything you said about Boris' ridiculous rules... But...the Hashtag United video shows exactly why the ban remains in place. While the vast majority of responsible fans will adhere to social distancing, there will always be <ovf censored> who behave like that and ruin it for everyone else. It might be 30 or 40 of them watching a tinpot team, but in league football you could have groups of 4 or 5 hundred doing the same thing. Ifollow is a farce, I had problems w
  8. "Cabinet members at the city council receive a £12,000 special responsibility allowance (SRA), on top of their £12,000-a-year basic allowance." Looks like she doubled her money. So the integrity of the electoral system is with less than 12K
  9. Not true. Well the bit about hating the Tory party is [emoji1], but I believe if you are elected representing a particular party and it's values and ideology, you shouldn't simply be able to switch sides. It's undemocratic. Any defection to another party should automatically trigger a bi-election. I'd be saying that even if it was the other way round. I'm more incredulous about her having been quite vocal on social media regarding inequalities created by the Tories, and her historic links to the miners strike for her to then go and join the very party responsible for all her previous angst.
  10. Most people who care about the democratic process?
  11. I believe she was offered a cabinet position. Which means more money, more power, more limelight
  12. In footballing terms it's the equivalent of being elected Chair of the Vale Supporters Club, only to take up a role with Stoke City while purporting to still represent the interests of Vale fans.
  13. Why not a subject for discussion here? It's in the off topic forum. It may be a free country but she was elected as a Labour Party candidate supporting their policies and manifesto. Her constituents didn't vote Tory. If she had any decency about her, she would step down as a councillor and trigger a bi-election.
  14. If true she has lost all respect from me, and I'm sure plenty of others. For someone who was the daughter of a striking miner that is some serious treachery.
  15. Forgot to add my reasoning... Southall -was just head and shoulders above any keeper we'll ever see at Vale in my lifetime. Full backs - both were basically defensive wingers. Hughes had blistering pace, both could cross a ball accurately and Simon Simon was a cult hero with the best chant for any player while I've been a supporter. Centre Halves - Aspo was hard as nails and would run through a brick wall for the team (even played on after that horror tackle from Steve Foley in 92). Deano was so cultured and comfortable on the ball, never seemed in any difficulty in any situation. Midfield
  16. Personally, I think Maynard's best days are well behind him. I don't think we'd be getting value for the wages he would demand. If we are going to go for a big name at this level and pay big wages for an experienced striker. Brett Pittman would be my first choice.
  17. An best Vale XI from my time as a fan is such a hard thing to do. I could change it 100 times and still not be happy with it. I've gone for... GK Neville Southall RB Simon Mills LB Darren Hughes CB Dean Glover CB Neil Aspin CM Andy Porter CM Robbie Earle LW Steve Guppy RW Mark Chamberlain ST Andy Jones ST Tony Naylor Subs GK Mark Goodlad CB Phil Sproson CM Robin Van Der Laan CM Ray Walker ST Martin Foyle. So many Vale legends and personal favourites I could have made a whole new team with the players I've had to leave out.
  18. Klitschko was 1/4, Fury was 3/1. In boxing terms that's not a huge underdog.
  19. Fury beating Klitschko? Hardly a major upset that! Douglas beating Tyson was the biggest up set in boxing history. Douglas was a 40/1 outsider in a three horse race. Corrie Sanders beating Klitschko was a huge upset. As were both of Lennox Lewis' defeats to Hasim Rahman and Oliver McCall
  20. When you say "the law needs to be more flexible" I'm presuming you mean changing the burden of proof? From beyond reasonable doubt to on the balance of probability? Then we can expect a lot more miscarriages of justice. Personally I would rather someone who probably committed a murder getting put away for manslaughter than an innocent person getting banged up for 20 years on the basis that limited evidence suggested they were more likely than not to have done it.
  21. I'm not disagreeing with you that the charge of manslaughter was lenient. However the Crown Prosecution Service,with all the evidence at hand must have believed a conviction for murder would be difficult to achieve. Nobody knows if the defendants were lying (their demeanor would suggest so) but for a murder charge to stick the prosecution would have to prove BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT that those men knew the policeman was attached to the car, they intended to drag him along and they intended to kill him. Without any material witnesses and with only the evidence of the body and the state it was i
  22. Why shouldn't those individuals be treated equally under the law? You can't make exceptions dependant on the perceived severity or morality of the crime. Or because of the lack of remorse or respect shown by the perpetrators. Otherwise it's a make it up as you go along legal system. Those individuals were charged with a crime and tried for it. We might not agree that the sentence was correct, but we didn't hear the case, or were party to the full facts. That doesn't mean that we should have trial by newspaper because of it.
  23. Presumably that will be Frank Sinclair's role.
  24. By that reckoning, we should just ask the families of all murder victims what the punishment should be and have that as our justice system. Vigilante rule.
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