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by Hoop Blah
18 Jul 2019 10:54
Forum: General Football
Topic: The Non - League thread
Replies: 7038
Views: 415078

Re: The Non - League thread

Perhaps even worse is Newbury, where they don't have a senior side at all. I think they may have started one Yeah, they played park football in the Reading league (sorry, Thames Valley Premier League) last season, winning the second tier quite convincingly, but it's not senior football, and they wo...
by Hoop Blah
17 Jul 2019 11:08
Forum: General Football
Topic: The Non - League thread
Replies: 7038
Views: 415078

Re: The Non - League thread

Example of some of Basingstoke Town's fixtures. How embarrassing is that! No disrespect to the clubs in this division but the Town the size of Basingstoke should not be facing opposition like Slimbridge, Moneyfields, Sholing etc. Agreed, and the same goes for Bracknell really, although at least the...
by Hoop Blah
08 Jul 2019 14:40
Forum: The Team
Topic: Nick Shorey joins Accademy as Scout
Replies: 79
Views: 3302

Re: Nick Shorey joins Accademy as Scout

I just think the vast majority of the players who have played LB at one point in the championship (or second division) in those 70+ years you mention were good for their time, not for our time. Not many of them would hold a candle to Shorey. I get that there are probably lots of players I have forg...
by Hoop Blah
08 Jul 2019 14:20
Forum: The Team
Topic: Nick Shorey joins Accademy as Scout
Replies: 79
Views: 3302

Re: Nick Shorey joins Accademy as Scout

Its like Lev Yashin. Revolutionised the way GKS are seen and probably was a phenomenal, natural athlete but if you "magically transported" him to the modern game would he stack up against the best in the world? Probably not. That's not based on ability then is it, it's based on performanc...
by Hoop Blah
08 Jul 2019 13:29
Forum: The Team
Topic: Nick Shorey joins Accademy as Scout
Replies: 79
Views: 3302

Re: Nick Shorey joins Accademy as Scout

Its like Lev Yashin. Revolutionised the way GKS are seen and probably was a phenomenal, natural athlete but if you "magically transported" him to the modern game would he stack up against the best in the world? Probably not. That's not based on ability then is it, it's based on performanc...
by Hoop Blah
08 Jul 2019 13:27
Forum: The Team
Topic: Nick Shorey joins Accademy as Scout
Replies: 79
Views: 3302

Re: Nick Shorey joins Accademy as Scout

Wait. Do people think Shorey wasnt one of the best LBs the championship has seen? I get the argument of "players who have played at least once in the championship but are or were better than Shorey in their prime" might merit inclusion (like Cole who was clearly the best LB any league in ...
by Hoop Blah
07 Jul 2019 21:57
Forum: The Team
Topic: Nick Shorey joins Accademy as Scout
Replies: 79
Views: 3302

Re: Nick Shorey joins Accademy as Scout

Seem to recall McClaren being (at least) at one of those championship games tbf....then of course, then came Capello The mind gets jaded....14/15 years ago now :shock: Sven was England manager when we were in the Championship. McLaren was his assistant though, and was the manager who called Shorey ...
by Hoop Blah
07 Jul 2019 20:27
Forum: The Team
Topic: Nick Shorey joins Accademy as Scout
Replies: 79
Views: 3302

Re: Nick Shorey joins Accademy as Scout

Shorey was most definitely up there, hence our promotion and hence his two England caps (which imho, weren’t totally based on his Premier appearances) Don't get me wrong I think Shorey was outstanding for us for about 3 seasons, but I don't think his performances in the Championship really contribu...
by Hoop Blah
07 Jul 2019 19:31
Forum: The Team
Topic: Nick Shorey joins Accademy as Scout
Replies: 79
Views: 3302

Re: Nick Shorey joins Accademy as Scout

The Carrico argument is definitely relevant since he is arguably one of the most successful players who has played for us in terms of what else he has achieved. Ian said that Ashley Cole is one of the best 5 left backs in the Championship based on everything he achieved before his 4 month stint thi...
by Hoop Blah
07 Jul 2019 17:59
Forum: The Team
Topic: Nick Shorey joins Accademy as Scout
Replies: 79
Views: 3302

Re: Nick Shorey joins Accademy as Scout

My statement = Shorey has been one of the top 5 left backs in the Championship. ERGO Of all the players who played left back in the championship and based on their form IN SAID league, and not based on how they played after or before their time in that the CHAMPIONSHIP, Shorey is one of the top 5 i...
by Hoop Blah
07 Jul 2019 11:53
Forum: The Team
Topic: Nick Shorey joins Accademy as Scout
Replies: 79
Views: 3302

Re: Nick Shorey joins Accademy as Scout

The Enfield Royal71 Yes.

Name 5 better ones


I can't, I'm under a water tight NDA.
by Hoop Blah
07 Jul 2019 11:32
Forum: The Team
Topic: Nick Shorey joins Accademy as Scout
Replies: 79
Views: 3302

Re: Nick Shorey joins Accademy as Scout

The Enfield Royal71 ....our greatest ever left back and one of the best the league has ever seen.


One of the best the league has ever seen? Really? :lol:
by Hoop Blah
07 Jul 2019 11:26
Forum: General Football
Topic: VAR
Replies: 436
Views: 12802

Re: VAR

On the giving any tiny thing referred I meant the more subjective stuff like White's handball. Arm is in a natural position, arguably it can't go anywhere else. Ball bounces off her chest awkwardly, maybe hits the defender before her arm. Contact is tiny. I don't see how that can possibly be a clea...
by Hoop Blah
07 Jul 2019 08:28
Forum: General Football
Topic: VAR
Replies: 436
Views: 12802

Re: VAR

One of the reasons it seems so negative as its most common use seems to be to disallow goals, or maybe to see saved penalties retaken. It's cancelling out moments of excitement. It's not really giving much. Goal-line technology is completely different. It's instant, and seems to resulting in goals ...
by Hoop Blah
05 Jul 2019 15:01
Forum: General Football
Topic: The generic transfer thread
Replies: 7426
Views: 354174

Re: The generic transfer thread

If you are a processional footballer at the top level, especially a centre back which is the easiest position to play in the world, and you cannot adapt to doing your job which is the same thing, you shouldn't be a footballer. I'd put you straight on that ridiculous statement but I'm under NDA so c...
by Hoop Blah
05 Jul 2019 12:12
Forum: General Football
Topic: The generic transfer thread
Replies: 7426
Views: 354174

Re: The generic transfer thread

release clauses are a legal requirement in Spanish contracts so you find many of the top players just have them set at a silly number so as to remove them from the conversation. The figure inserted in isn't the fee that the club wants, it just puts the power in the selling clubs hands to demand wha...
by Hoop Blah
05 Jul 2019 11:32
Forum: General Football
Topic: The generic transfer thread
Replies: 7426
Views: 354174

Re: The generic transfer thread

In this day and age I don't see that as too bad a figure to be honest. He's been largely excellent and is probably just the type of player United need. His performance against City towards the end of last season was so good and he's at a great age to step up a level too. Is he as good as VvD? Nope,...
by Hoop Blah
05 Jul 2019 10:43
Forum: General Football
Topic: VAR
Replies: 436
Views: 12802

Re: VAR

Wasn't quite my point re protocols, so I'll repeat what I've written in earlier posts - DD actually makes a good point for one, if a referee can't make their mind up after a minute or so, then a 'clear and obvious error' has not occurred. As I said months, or maybe years, ago, clear and obvious is ...
by Hoop Blah
05 Jul 2019 10:22
Forum: General Football
Topic: VAR
Replies: 436
Views: 12802

Re: VAR

Still think the interpretation of 'clear and obvious error' is the fundamental flaw in VAR. IMO, the VAR official should only contact the referee if either of these clearly definable issues has arised: – goal should be overruled if an offside offence has occurred – player sending off or booking sho...
by Hoop Blah
05 Jul 2019 10:19
Forum: General Football
Topic: VAR
Replies: 436
Views: 12802

Re: VAR

Wasn't quite my point re protocols, so I'll repeat what I've written in earlier posts - DD actually makes a good point for one, if a referee can't make their mind up after a minute or so, then a 'clear and obvious error' has not occurred. As I said months, or maybe years, ago, clear and obvious is ...
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