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  1. At this time of a late Saturday afternoon there's nothing quite like some chamber music by Robert Simpson. I'm listening to his 12th String Quartet. Grainy.
  2. Can there be anything anything more stupid, childish and calculated to divert attention from the very very very very very slight lack of utter utter 100% perfection nearer to home than these threads entitled "Let's all laugh at... (whoever)"? Lets all laugh at SHA. If all we can do is all laugh at some pathetic irrelevance such as the self-styled "Birmingham City" then God help us all. Yes they're shit. We've all noticed.
  3. Best part of a fair few. I do remember one bloke outside Deurne Airport trying to get on a bus to the city centre and being shouted at by the driver. So he got off. Some other blokes asked him what that had all been about. "Dunno," he said. "He didn't seem like to like the colour of my money." So one of them had a look at what he'd proffered. "But those are FRENCH francs!" "So?" "Well this is Belgium. They use BELGIAN francs in Belgium. Why were you trying to pay the driver with French francs?" "Well that's what they gave me at the bank ain't it. I said to them, 'ere our kid, gimme some of that foreign money, I'm going over to see the match next week. And this is what they gave me." Oh right. No doubt Graydon's goal was firmly struck. All I can remember is Flemming Lund (a Dane) running rings round poor old Charlie Aitken.
  4. Interesting. I'm especially intrigued by Brian Little's goals in the European Cup and the Super Cup inasmuch as that he'd retired before we ever played in them! (BOF : Why whatever do you mean ) Oh and I was there in Royal Antwerp's stadium but don't remember Graydon's goal and if you look at the result of the match you'll see why it's something I've blanked. :eek: In 1975 we simply weren't ready for Europe.
  5. I've seen some stupid moustaches but that one...
  6. In the light of some of the bile being directed at Barry in certain quarters, a cautionary tale. Over 30 years ago I was living in London and went to a midweek match between Millwall and Sheffield United. United's captain was Eddie Colquhoun. Their star player was Tony Currie, an England international. Another notable player was their right winger Alan Woodward. Woodward was at that time on the transfer list at his own request. This was obviously the reason why Colquhoun and one or two of his lackeys kept up a stream of invective against their teammate Woodward, "Come on Woodward, run you bastard" etc. From the first minute too. Whereas when dear Tony Currie fluffed an easy chance it was all "bad luck Tony!" It takes something to produce comments of sympathy about visiting players from Millwall fans such as "Dis is emBArrassing innit" and "Dey don't like him do dey, poor **n*." Then with the score still at 0-0 Sheffield United got a free kick out on the right and Colquhoun bellowed "Do something for once Woodward will you?" Woodward put the ball down, wheeled round, lazily swung a boot at it and produced the perfect cross, which Currie nodded in for the only goal of the match. When they'd all finished congratulating Currie, Colquhoun (quickly followed by the captain's pets) clapped his hands and shouted, "Great ball Woody." Woodward just had a quiet spit and carried on running back to his own half for the restart. Tony Currie (at United 1968-76), Alan Woodward (at United 1964-78 ). Yes, not long after that Currie moved to Leeds, who were then a far bigger club than Sheffield United. Woodward meanwhile came off the transfer list and never did leave Sheffield until he was finally shipped off to US football. Possibly by the time you read this Gareth Barry will have signed for Liverpool. If not will he really have lost your respect for ever and ever... or failing that for ever such a long time? No doubt all those years ago Sheffield United fans gave Woodward far more stick than his captain did. No doubt when Currie finally left for Leeds they were all a little upset, but got behind Woodward (long since forgiven) and the rest of the lads. Time can be a great healer. And no doubt Barry will have gone and the author of the original article, one who normally preaches patience and tranquility, will have been justified by entitling it "The Career of Gareth Barry (1998-2008) RIP".
  7. I go back to Jimmy Dugdale then John Sleeuwenhoek, two fine central defenders. Chris Nicholl was bloody good too when he wasn't standing on his own keeper's toes. McNaught, apart from his first month or so, and his partner at the back the wonderful Allan Evans. Laursen, bloody magnificent especially with his head. And you could throw in Leighton Phillips, Teale and even Alpay as well. Olly, unforgettable, consistent over a long period, great clubman. Blimey, not from B6 not from the West Midlands not even British. But a real Villa man. And that business at West Ham with the shirts 10/10 if not more. But Paul McGrath leaves them all in the shade. EDIT: Whoops, forgot another superb CB - Southgate.
  8. Mind you, wouldn't say no to a bit of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell*. Not to mention The Uglys. * Like "You're all I need to get by." Christ what a song. Or how about "You made me so very happy" by Blood Sweat and Tears? No? Well...
  9. A couple of sonatas for violin & piano by Peter Racine Fricker.
  10. No Dave, Hickox on Chandos.What else is there?
  11. Rubbra's 1st Symphony. Not a song but...
  12. No it's a don't know. You can have him for your next year's team if you want. EDIT: But he's awesome.
  13. The threads I like are the ones that simply go: ......................................Foster Nelson..................Laursen.................Davies................Bouma Bentley.................Petrov..................Humperdink etc No explanation necessary. Just a line-up. They're GREAT!

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