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  1. Whether Parliament agrees or doesn’t agree the current deal, my understanding is, if the EU refuse an extension, the UK has no choice but to leave at 23:00 GMT on 31st October. Faced with leaving without a deal, it would force Parliament to pass the withdrawal agreement; although I’d prefer if someone could tell me why I’m wrong.
  2. Is it feasible that the EU will not grant any extension to force Parliament to agree the deal, for fear of a no deal? Is this why the government seem confident?
  3. This year, Sainsbury have become the first major supermarket to not sell fireworks. The ‘news’ was on BBC radio today, without a statement from Sainsbury’s but with a reference to last year’s petition urging a public sale ban which apparently gained 300k signatures.
  4. brommy

    Tyrone Mings

    You needed to be more thorough before calling my post ‘fake news’. As others have written, there were definitely complaints about the fee including the “pants pulled down” statement, all in the week before he signed (i.e. before page 145). I don’t know why some fans are so quick to express knee-jerk reactions over supposed transfer fees. I’ve commented previously that it’s impossible to judge a whether a fee is a ‘rip-off’or a ‘bargain’ until a decent proportion of a players contract has been completed. It appears some just love to be first out of the gate, even if they have ran off in the wrong direction!
  5. brommy

    Tyrone Mings

    Genuine questions to those doubters from the summer - do any of you still believe we overpaid and, as was written on more than one occasion, “had our pants pulled down” over Mings’ fee? There’s still a while before enough games have been played to be conclusive, but do you agree the ‘overpaying’ slur is looking less accurate?
  6. brommy

    Tyrone Mings

    No. Left CB of a back 4.
  7. brommy

    Tyrone Mings

    Mings played left CB. Maguire right CB.
  8. One of the reasons I don’t listen to TalkSport. The same as I think the quality of newspaper journalism is shocking so the best thing I can do about it is not buy a newspaper. I know TalkSport and newspapers are still out there but they get to annoy me so much less by ignoring them.
  9. The current balance in Parliament means a deal will likely require the support of the DUP block vote. A deal agreed with the EU that is passed by Parliament effectively means the Irish Government agreeing with the DUP. That doesn’t seem likely.
  10. brommy


    I’ve never seen Jota as a winger but as a player who can unlock defences with a clever pass - a position we have struggled with previously every time Grealish is injured. He’s obviously not as good as Grealish but is a decent alternative to what we had in the squad, he was available relatively cheap and I’m sure Smith knew he wouldn’t sulk if not involved in the first 11. Smith might have been hoping he would step up and prove to be a ‘selection headache’ as Hourihane has, for example, but nevertheless he at least provides cover for creativity until we are a more established PL side.
  11. The GBP has gained approximately 2% value against other major currencies this evening. If that’s solely on the “ Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar 'can see pathway to a deal' “ headline, it seems an easy way for the headline makers to make money. I also wonder if business associates of the chief person in power across the Atlantic are able to make a fast buck by shorting/buying just prior to each tighting/loosening of trade between the U.S. and China is announced. Perhaps I’m too cynical.
  12. I don’t know if the policing of away fans has improved in the past 20 years but, when I attended dozens of away matches from the mid 80’s to early 90’s, the policing was mostly between poor and atrocious/criminal.
  13. Can I do that for all the times I have been filmed by the police, just for attending Villa away matches? Is there a time limit for me to complain about being held by police in a fenced pen near Nottingham train station during a game with Forest? I’m still waiting for an apology from the policeman who pushed me over under a walking police horse outside Fratton Park. Apparently that wasn’t caught on camera. It’s more than 30 years ago so I really should stop expecting a letter each time the postman delivers.
  14. We’ll be right at some point. There”s only so many refurbs the North Stand can take before it crumbles. I think I will see a new North Stand and I’ve only got around 30 years left. On a serious note, it will be built when the economics make sense. Perhaps a little earlier if our new owners want to leave a stamp on the club.
  15. This would be a stronger argument for me if I were more sure that Luiz would really add more than Hourihane in a game we aren’t dominating. Perhaps a comparison of their scoring/assisting/set piece ability, even when we aren’t dominating a game, is as important.
  16. brommy

    Dean Smith

    Our survival this season depends on players like Hourihane and El Ghazi producing more 7 or 8 out of 10 performances instead of slipping to 5 or 6 out of 10 like they can. Adding so many quality players in the summer, hopefully capable of performing at least ‘okay’ in at least or half of the games, was absolutely essential (despite the mass media criticism ), and will push the first 11 to be better. Our strength in squad depth has improved massively since May. Without the new players, complacencies and injuries would eventually ruin us.
  17. I agree with @sidcow. The refurb is no more than that. It’s a quick and relatively cheap fix to bring poor corporate facilities in the North Stand to a reasonable standard until a complete rebuild of the stand. Assuming we look secure in the PL after two or three seasons I assume the rebuild will get the go ahead for completion within 5 years from now.
  18. I’m convinced many player scores are not based on watching the match, but just a quick scan of the very basic stats. Something like - start with a score of 5; -1 for an own goal or bad pass assisting a goal against; +1 for being on the winning side; +1 for one assist or a goal, +2 for two assists or goals; +3 for three assists or goals. Not watching the game and not considering the more detailed statistics such as tackles won, transitional plays and key passes are the only explanations for some player scores.
  19. brommy

    Tyrone Mings

    Better to make the unfocused error when the result is unaffected. Hopefully it will be a reminder to Mings to stay strong for the 90.
  20. At least talk of it’s pedestrianisation keeps the wolf from the door.
  21. Got up at 6:30 this to drop my son and his mate to a Villa Lions coach whilst it was still dark this morning. Hope his long day sees the right result!
  22. Well that’s just ridiculously wrong! I hope you correct them. Are you sure they didn’t say “less than one quarter of” before the words “a marathon”? It has just occurred to me that 10km is much closer to the length of a Snickers bar than it is to a marathon.
  23. Not wishing to spend the final 5 or 10 years of their lives, arguing and falling out with my parents and in laws, I steer away from any talk of brexit and politics. If they start to rant about their strong belief that the UK will continue to decline unless it leaves the EU, I just listen and suggest another cuppa. I think I have improved my tolerance of others'beliefs over the past 10 years or so, although it did take me 40 years! Most things are not worth falling out over.
  24. The boggies website states the match is ‘postponed’.
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