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  1. Pants McSkill

    Football Thread 2018/19

    Or, conversely, they are a fanbase who have suffered some really tough times, who have lived in the shadow of the massive corporate Man U machine gobbling up title after title, and have always been laughed as the runt of the litter. There's fans in those Etihad stands that were not long ago turning up to support third division football. And there's been times where not only have they been behind United in the Greater Manchester pecking order, they've been behind Bolton, Oldham or Wigan too. Judging a club by some nebulous ranking of the morality of their owners - fine, whatever. But those fans who've had to suffer in the shadow of United their entire lives and now, finally, get a chance to taste the glory? Nah, I reckon they paid their dues.
  2. Pants McSkill

    Football Thread 2018/19

    English Domestic treble. First time in (men's football) history. Amazing achievement. That puts them up there with the Invincibles and United '99.
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    Football Thread 2018/19

    Oi! That gave the world Dennis Wise kicking the fuck out of Ronaldo.
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    EFL Championship 2018/19 - All aboard the rollercoaster

    This game is mental.
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    Football Thread 2018/19

  6. Pants McSkill

    Football Thread 2018/19

    Joe Lolley has won Nottingham Forest's player of the season award.
  7. Pants McSkill

    Football Thread 2018/19

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSS!!! We are staying up say we are staying up etc... (With apologies to Rotherham.)
  8. Pants McSkill

    Football Thread 2018/19

    Votes please on who should have got the nod instead of Pogba. Eriksen Neves David Silva Maddison Ndidi Felipe Anderson (Controversial: He switched between Left mid and striker) Also shouts for any midfielders I have forgotten
  9. Pants McSkill

    EFL Championship 2018/19 - All aboard the rollercoaster

    Yeah, we were pretty poor today, but it was also one of those games where the gulf in class was very apparent. Millwall get a few of those each season. BUT! Despite our 1-0 loss, Rotherham went down 3-1 to Birmingham. They're still 3 points behind us with two games to play - while we have 3 games remaining and a vastly superior goal difference, so they're going to need to pick up 4 points against West Brom and Middlesbrough. Ouch. You have to think one more point for Millwall and we're definitely safe.
  10. Pants McSkill

    Football Thread 2018/19

    Yeah, that's the bit I also have a problem with. In theory, it should stop away teams from sitting back and simply defending, but any of us who've watched plenty of European football (or Atletico away, ever) knows that's just not true.
  11. Pants McSkill

    Football Thread 2018/19

    I've read (I think in a book, as that would explain why I can't find it now) that someone took a vast number of professional matches across multiple leagues and years, and discovered that 50% of games resulted in a home win, 25% in a draw and 25% in an away win. What I can find is this which has some stats about the 2016/17 premier league season, where the numbers are practically the same as above. https://help.smarkets.com/hc/en-gb/articles/115000647291-Why-you-should-consider-home-advantage-for-football-trading There's also this article from Sky Sports a couple of years back that shows the percentage of home wins slowly declining over the last century, but still recording the home team winning between 40-50% of matches. https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11096/10955089/sky-sports-bust-common-football-myths-home-advantage Basically the stats say there's an advantage to playing at home. Whether that's due to unfamiliarity (Lee Dixon told a story a couple of weeks back where he said he found it easier at home because he knew exactly where he was on the pitch by being level with certain advertising hoardings), or due to atmosphere and crowd (God knows I've seen excellent opposition players have utter stinkers in front of a hostile and vocal Millwall crowd), it's impossible to say. So because of this, I'm happy to have away goals as a decider in the event of a draw. It's more exciting than the dross extra time usually serves up.
  12. Pants McSkill

    Football Thread 2018/19

    I fucking love football.
  13. Pants McSkill

    What’s the worst film you have ever seen?

    Mate. It's got the greatest dance off scene in the history of cinema. How dare you rubbish such Shakespeare-esque screenwriting as: 'Look how funky he is' CUT TO: Three white guys who move like they've shit themselves.
  14. Pants McSkill

    Football Thread 2018/19

    I was under the impression they have invested significantly though. I don't have numbers to hand, but (and 'Pool fans, please correct me if I'm wrong) didn't they rebuild/modernise the main stand to the tune of £100m+? Along with significant investments in training facilities? My impression is the FSG are often talked about with an air of fondness by fans (again, please correct me if I'm wrong) because they don't take large amounts of money from the club, such as the Glazers do with Man U - which could also account for a portion of the income disparity vs player purchases mentioned by @Gotters. So their investments are about improving the club, be it through facilities or player purchases/wages. I'm just curious as to why that would be more acceptable than Blackburn. It wasn't the abuse side of things that had me wondering. Let me put it another way. Talking of Blackburn buying the title is often used as a shorthand, with an air that it somehow is less worthy than a Chelsea or a Man City title win, that somehow, because Rovers 'simply bought it', we shouldn't give it the same credence. And while some of that may be explained by both the Oil clubs having multiple title wins, there's definitely more to it. It's like this known football wisdom, Blackburn's title win doesn't really count. And I can't really see why that's the case, especially with the two teams above.
  15. Pants McSkill

    Football Thread 2018/19

    "Blackburn bought the league..." I've heard this phrase a lot over the years, to the point where their Premiership win is largely forgotten about or dismissed when talking about the Premier League era. A genuine question: How is what they did different to Chelsea or Man City? Or perhaps I should ask, why is it considered different? If Liverpool were to win the title, how would that be different?
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