The Boys are Back in Town

Is a very enjoyable victory over an un-inspired, un-motivated and injury ravaged team languishing just 2 points off the bottom of the Bundesliga the fillip our team need to start a good run in the PL? We shall see today.

Let’s be clear, Weds night’s win was a joyous event; we played well in all departments and saw some fine individual performances plus the return to form of some of our most important players but it was not a performance the Dortmund players will be happy about. Where was the pressing? Where was the pace and defensive cohesion? Let’s hope WBA play as badly today.


West Bromwich are an odd club. One of the original founding clubs of the Football League, they won the title in 1920 and last won the FA Cup in ’68 with a goal from the mighty Jeff Astle (whom I will never forgive for missing a sitter for England in the ’70 World Cup vs Brazil). Yet they have never reached the heights of their Midland neighbours. That said, WBA have a strong fan base with an average gate of  25+k which means they sell out the Hawthorns almost every match.

If we are to judge the result of a game on finances we should steamroller them. Their biggest signing is Sessegnon at £6m  less than some of our reserves. The player who is attracting all the headlines is Berahino – a product of the WBA youth system and the type of player to cause BFG nightmares, a small, pacy, cool finisher and a player I could easily see at Arsenal.

Both teams have porous defences but ours could be improved by the return of Koscielny – we have really missed him though Monreal is growing into the CB role.

Once again the fates have been less than kind to Mr Wenger’s plans, another game another long term injury, this time to the crucial Arteta. I had not realised how influential the steel coiffured Spaniard is – without him we are not as good and the idea of playing the journeyman Flamini for any length of time is worrying. Perhaps with the return of Koscielny and Debuchy we will see whether Chambers can be our much hoped for DM. Who knows?

Could be another big day for young Damian Martinez though there is a chance TPIG will be fit. He did well last week so his confidence must be high – let’s hope it remains so tomorrow.

The return of OG is well-timed as it allows Welbeck a little more time to recover from injury. Scoring on his return to the PL he will want to assert himself as Arsenal’s Number One striker. I see a future in which Welbz plays left, OG central and Theo on the right with Alexis in the DB10 role, though just where Ozil plays is open to discussion.

Enough of football. West Bromwich foodstuffs: They like a beer up in the Midlands, there are 116 breweries within 50 miles of West Bromwich!! Even Ant & Duck will struggle to try them all. Probably the most famous beer is Ansell’s but a pint of Banks Bitter is a thing of beauty. As to foods, curries and pies are the order of the day,

It is a few years since I highlighted famous musicians born close to football grounds but I cannot leave the Hawthorns without mentioning two of my heroes – Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin and  Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy were born in West Bromwich (he left for Ireland at the age of 4). Metal rules in the Midlands!

Lunch time kick off despite our playing on Weds evening seems a bit harsh but the FA don’t do AFC favours, do they? Add in the huge and worrying injury list and there must be cause for concern today; yet we start as favourites. We have two players in exceptional form in Ox and Alexis, some others are returning to their expected consistency and WBA have their own problems.

Should be an exciting game


written by Big Raddy


207 Responses to The Boys are Back in Town

  1. You took your bloody time Raddy 🙂

    Football eh…….. how boring.

    Nice to have the first game of the day but as you say, after playing on Wednesday, it may have come too soon and the FA always want to FA us.

    With Welbeck still possibly injured it would be good to see Ollie back. But I think if Welbz passes his fitness test he’ll start and Giroud will be on the bench.

  2. fatgingergooner says:

    Before I start, can somebody please explain this article to me!?

    Absolute bunch of jokers at the Daily Mail! WTF has Arsene got to do with Everton beating Wolfsburg?

  3. fatgingergooner says:

    Anyway, as for the game, I do worry about the time of kickoff in relation to our CL game. Injuries may be a blessing in this respect though as Koz, Flamini and Giroud/Welbeck will ensure fresh legs down the middle of the side.

    I watched West Brom at home to Newcastle and they were pretty awful.

    Therefore I’m going for a 3-1 win.

  4. “But where Arsene Wenger is rightly criticised for never changing the way Arsenal try and play the game, Roberto Martinez deserves praise for adjusting his tactics for the trip to Germany and helping his side secure top spot in Group H with a game to spare. ”


    Just looks like a throw away comment to criticise Wenger. Ban journalism mate, just an arsehole

  5. but I suppose ban wasn’t a bad typo 🙂

  6. Big Raddy says:

    This is one of the worst posts I have read. The writer always works to the same format. Just tries to entertain. He has outlived his usefulness and is incapable of change.

    He is autocratic and doesn’t listen to advice from others, he is too old to appreciate new ideas and methods – he doesn’t even Twatter or Instabore!!

    Get rid.

  7. Right, I’m buggering off, posting all those Racks took it’s toll, it’s lunchtime at the bar. The AA blog is now Northbank free. laters 🙂

  8. BR,

    If you took into account the feelings of others then you might get a better response! 🙂

    Raddy Out

  9. ‘morning all,

    Have I missed something? Why is my favourite pre-match writer getting stick?

    Raddy In.

    Thanks again Raddy (just ignore those who would criticise, Wenger does).

    I’m hoping for some more of the defensive cohesion we saw in mid-week, although I’m afraid that Flamini’s likely inclusion will upset the applecart, he doesn’t have the tactical discpline of Arteta.

    Koscielny’s return would be a bonus, despite Raddy’s assertion that Monreal is growing into the job, there’s still a lot of growing to do.

    I’d like to see a bit more from Ramsey, but as he will have to partner Flamini, I doubt he will have as big an influence in the attack as otherwise.

    If Giroud is fully fit, I’d prefer him to a half fit Welbeck.

    I’m optimistic, 0 – 2.

  10. It’s as quiet here as a Thursday night Spur’s crowd.

    Back in a while.

  11. chas says:

    Top stuff as ever, BR.
    Don’t listen to that Big Raddy chap. He talks bollix.

  12. chas says:

  13. chas says:

    Micky won’t be happy that the Ox is on the bench but perhaps both him and Gibbo are due a rest.

  14. GunnerN5 says:

    Arsenal subs: Macey, Gibbs, Bellerin, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Campbell, Podolski

    Arsenal team to play West Brom: Martinez, Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Ramsey, Cazorla, Welbeck, Alexis, Giroud

  15. RockyLives says:

    I feel sorry for WBA – they’re going to get battered today.

    Morning all – thanks for the pre-match BR – good stuff as ever.

    I saw Phil Lynott in a pub in Dublin once. I was too shy to say hello.

  16. arnie says:

    ha ha ha ha ha. Match day. 🙂

    Lovely stuff, Raddy. 🙂

    “I see a future in which Welbz plays left, OG central and Theo on the right with Alexis in the DB10 role, though just where Ozil plays is open to discussion.” Yes, that makes sense to me.

    Otherwise, short gap between games, injuries, biased and incompetent refs, bad luck, incompetent and arrogant manager. Well lined up all the usual excuses? well done then.

    The minimum expected is a victory. Dont care how. EPL does not matter for me this year. Except the points. 0-2 will do fine. Dont care how?

    COYG. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  17. arnie says:

    Saturday early games are a bum. Invariable end up late on Friday, too drunk, hangover, late start, and a mad rush. What disaster! OK, running now, back for the game.

    BT Sport is it? what a disaster! 😦

  18. Big Raddy says:

    The site is quieter than a night out in Hendon.

    Still game on ….

    Come on you Gunners

  19. Big Raddy says:

    Not happy Ox is on the bench but we finally have some height in the team

  20. RockyLives says:

    Not to worry BR – it’s cosy with just we few, we happy few…

  21. RockyLives says:

    Ah, we’re playing rope-a-dope. Good.

  22. arnie says:

    lovely motning batner. or was it almost a solo show from NorthBank? missed it all. 😦

  23. arnie says:

    Justice for Jeff. Nice. 🙂

  24. RockyLives says:

    The ground doesn’t look sold out today BR. If they can’t fill it for the Mighty Arse, who can they fill it for?

  25. chas mobile says:

    How does that work – give Gibbs a rest, but Nacho gets an immediate knack. If we had any luck we’d be dangerous.

  26. RockyLives says:

    We’re averaging two bad knacks per game lately Chas.

  27. RockyLives says:

    Great ball by Sanchez

  28. arnie says:

    yes, and poor first touch Welbz.

    Come on the good guys! COYG. 🙂

  29. arnie says:

    hmmm. Monreal off, Gibbs on.

  30. arnie says:

    good shot, Welbz.

  31. RockyLives says:

    Brilliant work by Ollie to hassle the keeper into a mistake

  32. arnie says:

    brilliant, Giro. 🙂

  33. RockyLives says:

    Santi should have done better with that shot – still hasn’t quite got his shooting boots on. Playing well though.

  34. Big Raddy says:

    If Santi could finish we would be 3 up.

    Still going well and OG looks dangerous

  35. arnie says:

    come on, some better shooting please. 🙂

  36. Gööner In Exile says:

    I am half watching the match and half juggling nappies, bottles and duplo.

    I foolishly allowed Mrs Exile to have a day off to go get her hair done.

    George prematcg conveying typical Gooner emotions

  37. RockyLives says:

    Is it me, or does Ollie look a little bit faster since his injury?

  38. RockyLives says:

    Lovely GiE 🙂

  39. arnie says:

    GiE and George. lovely. 🙂

    Rocky. that is what competition does to you! 😛

  40. RockyLives says:

    Oooh! So clase Aaron. Unlucky

  41. Gööner In Exile says:

    One benefit I got to watch prematcg build up, and an interview with young Callum who clearly hasn’t read AFC code of non committal answering.

    Stubbs : How do you feel you’ll perform against West Brom

    Chambers : they’re a good side we’ve been working on playing against them the last few days

    I was quite shocked because we never prepare…..

    Seems a counter attacking shape will be Arsenes preference when we have all forwards available.

  42. arnie says:

    good attempt. unlucky, Rambo. 🙂

  43. Big Raddy says:

    Rocky. Strange the ground isn’t full. Must be Black Saturday.

  44. arnie says:

    snap. it seems I am a few minutes behind you, Rocky. 🙂

  45. RockyLives says:

    By the way BR, I appreciated the headline – it’s been a while since we’ve had a music track title on a BR pre-match 🙂

  46. Big Raddy says:

    RL. If we win today I shall continue

  47. RockyLives says:

    You’ll be continuing then BR 🙂

  48. Big Raddy says:

    Ref blows when Alexis was through. What a fool

  49. arnie says:

    Raddy, the music tracks together with the food theme will be lovely. 🙂

  50. Rasp says:

    Carrying on from Dortmund, this is much more like it. The 12th man in the technical area really involved in the game – very good to see. And good to hear we’ve prepared for the opposition in both games. Martinez has hardly put a foot wrong, Arsenal’s number 2?

  51. Big Raddy says:

    GIE. I am looking after my grand daughter and empathise with the difficulties of following the game 😦

    Strange half. We started slowly on the counter attack one then took over possession.

    We have nothing coming down the right and I would like to see more crosses given the strength of of forwards.

    Alexis a bit quiet but will explode 2nd half.

    Defensively we can already see the improvement once Kos is in the team.

    Negatives: Another injury 😦

  52. RockyLives says:

    Martinez does look solid Rasp. Even more, he looks confident, which is something you never felt from Don Vito or from Fab2.

  53. RockyLives says:

    Ramsey took a knock towards the end of the first half too. I hope it’s just a clatter and not a proper knack.

  54. Rasp says:

    Yes I agree Rocky, Martinez will make a mistake sooner or later, all keepers do, ilhopefully he’ll show strength of character. I like him a lot.

  55. arnie says:

    Rasp. Re Martinez, academy as well. 🙂

  56. arnie says:

    I am cautiously optimistic Martinez will be strong, but will we fans be dignified when the first mistake comes? 😦

  57. stevepalmer1 says:

    Nice one Raddy,
    Good half, our shooting is on target, a goal will come. Impressed with Martinez early doors i know but looks confident safe hands and distributes the ball well, kicks a mean ball, as i say so far.

    Welbs is getting about well, Giroud looks like he’s up for it, even Santi is playing a bit, Glad to see Kosi he looks like he has had a good rest, Gibbo on for Monreal, didn’t get the rest he deserves but he will overcome it.

    Ball coming out of defence quicker having kosi back has speeded our back line. West Brom are doing ok they could cause an upset if we slack off but so far they are frightened of us

    would like to see a bit more of Sanchez but his moment will come, apart from that we look pretty solid..

  58. arnie says:

    Welby’s first touch is poor That is his only problem IMO. Maybe I am being too picky?

  59. arnie says:

    very lucky there. Kos was on the wrong line.

  60. RockyLives says:

    Great play, then Gibbs’s little chipped cross floats too…. the most midget midget on the pitch – Santi. Anyone else would have had a simple headed tap-in.

  61. RockyLives says:

    OK, that’s enough piddling around. Time to turn up the heat Arsene.

  62. RockyLives says:

    THAT’LL DO!!!

  63. RockyLives says:

    Superb from Santi and Welbz

  64. arnie says:

    yo ho ho ho. Welbz!!!! 🙂

  65. arnie says:

    Santi assist. tra la la la la. 🙂 🙂 🙂 steady on now.

  66. RockyLives says:

    Now, can we remember that we’re winning and that we don’t need to use the cavalry charge approach every time we get possession?

  67. Rasp says:

    Hear hear Rocky

  68. RockyLives says:

    Actually a very “un-Arsenal” goal, but one I’d like to see a lot more of: classic attacking football – get out wide, get to the by-line and whip in a dangerous cross…

  69. Rasp says:

    Double hear hear 🙂

  70. Big Raddy says:

    Great play from Santi. As you say Rocky a non-Arsenal goal

  71. Rasp says:

    We just scored the sort of goal we have often conceded in the past when hit on the break

  72. RockyLives says:

    With DW and OG we now have a couple of players who can score from headers in the box.

  73. Rasp says:

    Cazorla is on fire

  74. RockyLives says:

    Nice to see Santi come back to form – and a vindication of AW’s decision to keep playing him when many were calling for him to be dropped.

  75. Rasp says:

    It definitely looks like Welby and Giroud can play in the same side, Welbeck is unselfish, where would Ozil fit into this side?

  76. RockyLives says:

    Surely we’re not going to lose two left backs in one game?

  77. arnie says:

    oh dear! Gibbs? 😦

  78. RockyLives says:

    In place of Ramsey at the mo, Rasp

  79. Rasp says:

    True Rocky but with Arteta missing we really need someone who can defend when needed

  80. Rasp says:

    Also we have the ox

  81. Rasp says:

    They’ve now got 3 strikers on the pitch, we need to put our foot on the ball in midfield and control the game

  82. RockyLives says:

    My turn to say Hear Hear Rasp.

  83. RockyLives says:

    We’re defending too deep.

  84. RockyLives says:

    That’s better.

  85. RockyLives says:

    Martinez has a better kick than Szcz

  86. RockyLives says:


    Solid win.

  87. RockyLives says:

    We had a discussion about luck the other day and today we had a bit of the rub of the green (couple of offsides, Berahino hitting crossbar).

  88. RockyLives says:

    OK, that’s the end of my monologue – see you later!

  89. Rasp says:

    Great job, that’s just what we needed, excellent by all, manager included

  90. Big Raddy says:

    Phew. I thought we made hard work of that especially the last 10 mins.

    Still an away win against a top 10 side makes this a happy weekend

  91. chas mobile says:

    Great time to hold up that flag.
    Effin wankers.

  92. Rasp says:

    Absolutely chas, what a stupid thing to do, let’s hope it just galvanises the team

  93. I agree chas, shocking behaviour

  94. Rasp says:

    And of course it had to be captured by the cameras to give the media something to focus on

  95. Poor Rocky no mates 😉

  96. arnie says:

    feck the plastic pseudo fans. tra la la la. 🙂

  97. arnie says:

    Gandi Baat

    With subtitles

  98. It said

    Thanks for the memories Arsene
    Now it’s time to say goodbye

  99. We value the way the away supporters carry the team so for that banner to come out from them is pretty disgraceful

  100. arnie says:

    Chas was saying the other day how away fans sell their tickets away. I suspect these were not really away fans

  101. RockyLives says:

    They’ll probably be fighting among themselves again 😦

  102. Rasp says:

    If we play well against Southampton I confidently predict the supporters will sing Arsene’s name

  103. chas says:

  104. chas says:

  105. chas says:

  106. chas says:

  107. arnie says:

    Lungi dance

    with subtitles

    Lungi is an Indian kilt.

    The song is a tribute to superstar and cult figure Rajinikanth

  108. arnie says:

    feck the plastics. 🙂 🙂 very very happy. 1-0 to The Arsenal. 🙂 Let us not forget we had a bit of the rub of the green. so no whinging now. 😛

  109. wally says:

    I like that line-up. Plenty of offence that doesn’t require getting everyone forward. How often did we stheee Flamini getting on the ball in their half to control or influence play?
    Good team defence as well. Not much chasing the ball or getting hit on the break.
    I like the bfg but he’s just not mobile enough to play that high line. If we could ever add a second Kos and a big-time hm….

  110. chas says:

  111. chas says:

  112. Big Raddy says:

    If it all stays as is we are 5th after our worst start for 25+ years!

  113. arnie says:

    what a week. if such a week does not make someone happy, feck, this person is not an Arsenal fan. period!!!!!!! 🙂

  114. arnie says:

    Raddy. it may yet be better. surely, ManUre will drop some points tonight. 😛

  115. chas says:

  116. Big Raddy says:

    arnie. WHU will win and MU are all over Hull

    Off to give a Xmas Copenhagen tour. Lots of interesting stuff about Xmas traditions … & I get paid!!


  117. arnie says:

    Chas. Love the hashtag #AirWelbeck. 🙂

  118. arnie says:

    Raddy. let us see. always expect a ROLF. 😛 nice tour! 🙂

  119. stevepalmer1 says:

    I Give West Brom credit, they pressurised and kept on till the last seconds, And i thank them for that, as it cemented our defence and a clean sheet to make it even better.

    At last Arsenal are seeing that it is not all about the attack, Czezesney will have to earn his place back, As far as i am concerned, i wouldn’t mind seeing a lot more of young Martinez.


    Fuck the idiots with the banner. But I did see on the telly that Welbz was looking at it, wonder what went through his mind?

    Good result, clean sheet, great goal and a superb assist from Santi.

    Makes me want to post some more smut ha ha 🙂

  121. poigmothoin says:

    Just for the record I won’t be posting any smut nor links to it. 🙂
    A good result today, long may it continue.

  122. GunnerN5 says:

    One – Nil to the Arsenal – GG would be proud!

  123. poig

    That’s only because you don’t know how to do links… you creep 🙂

  124. poigmothoin says:

    I’m looking to get into Peaches good books haha. 🙂
    And yes I’m awaiting educational reinforcements.

  125. You want to get into Peaches what? is that a typo 🙂

  126. poigmothoin says:

    After this morning she has probably crossed you off her christmas card list, trying to blame BR for your excessive smut. 🙂

  127. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh, give me strength, NB’s here just when I stroll in 🙂

    Anyway, happy days, read through comments as soon as I got out of the sea. Sounded solid and professional with Santi back on form.

    Raddy back on form with local grub, booze and bands.

    Top day.

  128. fatgingergooner says:

    Great result. Not seen any of it but sounded like Cazorla had a blinder.

    Koscielny back = clean sheet!

    Shame about Monreal. Crazy injuries this year.

    Banner is a shocker. Would be great to see loads of pro-Wenger flags go up at the Ems. I understand people are unhappy with Arsene, but I hate the lack of respect he’s shown. The words on the banner are irrelevant, the banner itself is disrespectful in my eyes.

  129. MickyDidIt89 says:


  130. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh dear. The full banner is shown during the interview

  131. MickyDidIt89 says:


    It’s worse. The wording on the Chas Twitter banner has been photoshopped . Wankers.

    Anyway, no surprise, we know they’re out there.

  132. chas says:

    I wasn’t intending to mislead anyone, so apologies if I did..
    Peaches had already said what the wording on the banner was.

    Wenger’s reaction in the press conference is to deny that he had even been informed about the banner even though the clip above obviously proves otherwise.

    I realise that the players can’t really get involved in this sort of stuff but I would have liked to see some sort of reaction from the players to the banner being held up while they were meant to be congratulating the fans for their support as their fans congratulated the team on 3 valuable points.

    Also, if you were in that stand stood anywhere near that banner or even worse behind it, wouldn’t you have reacted to its presence.
    I’m amazed there wasn’t a full scale fecking riot in there.
    Mind you from my own experience, it is possible to be surrounded by really negative people (even amongst the away fans) so maybe the banner was welcomed in that area of the away section.

  133. arnie says:

    Well, at least the interviewer was not disrespectful.

  134. chas says:

  135. The Cockie Monster says:

    My favourite talkSPORT show is Johnny Vaughan`s Saturday warm-up and he uses this song in part of the programme to judge what was very good and what was very bad in the week !.
    Our last two game shave been Very good very good and the previous two very bad very bad !.
    Arnie will probably be break dancing with this one !. hahaha
    I`m putting forward Arnie to do a match review and put it into what was very good very good and what was very bad very bad about todays game !

  136. chas says:

  137. chas says:

    Famous for being stupid – what on earth is it all coming to.

  138. arnie says:

    Cockie. did not know about that programme, should check it out! 🙂 if you say it is your favourite, must be “very good” then. 😛

    over on NorthBank’s space, I have ventured into a long soliloquy on Bollywood and music. 😛

  139. chas says:

  140. chas says:

    Chav game is getting feisty.
    Can you imagine an Arse player getting away with that?
    Haha, the whole world’s against us.

  141. arnie says:

    shameful. disgraceful. shocking. and very sad. and it is not even an isolated incident. happens every day. 😦

  142. Eddie says:

    arnie – and now he slaps Wes Brown on the face and still only 1 yellow

  143. LB says:

    If I were Wenger traveling from West Brom back to London in the team bus with three incredibly important points, I would care as much about that banner as I would about a fly hitting the windscreen.

  144. arnie says:

    yes, Evonne. sad. 😦

  145. LB says:

    I really liked the bold team selection today. Being picky I still think it could have been even more attacking.

    Keep the Ox out on the right, he has been playing so well and replace Sanchez for Ramsey — one is on form; no, make that one is on fire and the other is still struggling.

    We may not have got a shed load of goals today but things were different. Wenger is still trying to find that elusive combination, the one we all know exists within such a talented group of players, the one that is close to exploding into life.

    It’s coming.

  146. arnie says:

    fair enough, LB. For someone to stay on as long as Arsene has, he must have very thick skin. Right as well.

  147. Eddie says:

    good prematch, thank you Raddy. Beer and curries – brrrrrr… I have to make sure I won’t go to West Bromwich.

    My brother in law wend to school with Phil Lynott in Dublin. When the teacher asked kids what they were going to be little Phil insisted that he was going to be a rock star, bless him

  148. arnie says:

    LB @ 6:51. excellent comment. 🙂 a variation on that would make a fine review for tomorrow. 🙂

    BTW, where is Kelsey? hope all is fine.

  149. Eddie says:

    what I loved most about today was the way Sanchez was hassling the opposition in the dying minutes of the game. He just would not let them play.

  150. The Cockie Monster says:

    For a Chav, I find Vaughanny very funny and he`s not even classed a comedian !.
    Talking of the Bollywood stuff, for years when I was a youngster, I worked in the East End rag trade ( Tailoring ) for Asians and was brainwashed into Bollywood music and would sleep at night with the beat still in my head !.
    Some of it was very good very good and some of it was very bad very bad !…….or I could say…… some of it was Bollywood and some of it was Bolloxwood !. hahaha

  151. The Cockie Monster says:

    Thin Lizzy !……………………this is still one of my favourite songs after all these years !.

  152. arnie says:

    Cockie. Yes, the Bollywood versus the Bolloxwood indeed. 🙂

    Chavs drop 2 points. 🙂

  153. Eddie says:

    2 points and face. Disgraceful mob including the Dead with fake teeth

  154. chas says:

    The banner has been around since Jan 2013, by the way.

  155. arnie says:

    Some fusion music composed by a British composer/musician that some of you may know about! 🙂 Long but you can of course pick and choose.

  156. arnie says:

    And a tribute to George Harrison

  157. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Morning Chas

    Sham always had a heavy skinhead following. Still?

  158. chas says:

  159. chas says:

    Not so much but skins in their 50s are all bald and cuddly rather than lean and aggressive anyway. 🙂

  160. MickyDidIt89 says:

    By the way Chas, I have not and will not push the button on the Harrison tribute vid 🙂

  161. chas says:

    Me neither

  162. chas says:

    Can’t stand the effin Beakles. 🙂

  163. chas says:

    Mmmmmmm – yoga

  164. chas says:

  165. MickyDidIt89 says:

    A Cuddly Fascist. Yeah, that’s ok 🙂

    Saw your pic from the Bude Dude. That beach is 30 mins west, whereas we headed 30 mins yesterday and the sea mist didn’t lift until we left at 4’ish. Scroll down this page to see how perfect it was in Bude yesterday. That cannot be beaten.

  166. chas says:


  167. chas says:

    Must go

  168. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    I went to see Sham play in Cheltenham back in the day. One of the most frightening experiences of my life.

    Must have been infuriating for Pursey as Sham had potential to be a decent band.

    Bude looks lovely. Hope it is warmer than here where there is a Siberian wind.

  169. Morning all

    Chas and Micky, bald men have no choice but to be skinheads, and as you say, they are all cuddly like me 🙂 unless they are into comb overs and syrups like Cockie and Transplant ha ha

    By the way, on GunnersoreArse at 9am today there is a funny guest post about Silent Stan by the Cockie Monster… a must read.

  170. Forgot to mention, as the post is by Cockie man, parental guidence and extreme care is needed 🙂

  171. Eddie says:

    it is official -van Persie played the worst game of his career against Arsenal last week (only 13 touches in total). Could it be that that traitor is feeling uncomfortable at the Emirates? I hope so.
    We not taking into account 8 years spent in bed.

    His goal yesterday was a peach though 😦

    QPR v Leister was a brilliant game yesterday, real thriller

  172. Eddie

    Danny boys goal was a peach as well… did you see how high he got. He must have been at least a meter of the ground. 🙂

  173. Eddie says:

    nb – yeah, danny’s goal was great and I want him to score great goals. And as for van Persie – not only I don’t want him to score great goals, I don’t want him to breathe

  174. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Morning other Morningers

    Raddy. We, Atlantic side surfers love a Siberian. Easterlies are what we pray for 🙂

    Slightly obsessed with Brave are we?

  175. With regards to Van Traitor, I’ve always had the feeling that his team mates don’t like him. Even in the Dutch team they seem to have something against him. And I think that was the same at Arsenal and now at Manure. That’s why his only footballing friend is Cesc………. similar mentality perhaps. Just lok at Cesc and Van Traitor, their eyes are too close together:

  176. Eddie says:

    micky – yep! I don’t do things by half 🙂

    have Rasp and Shard really retired or are they waiting for our defeat to rekindle their friendship?

  177. Eddie says:

    nb – go on, make my day – photo of Nasri please, the infamous trio

  178. ha ha Rasp and Shard, a couple of handbag chuckers 🙂

  179. Just for you Eddie, and I wouldn’t do this for just anybody:

  180. Eddie says:

    nb – unbelievable, init?
    you constantly insult me with sexist indecent images, I called you all names under the earth (perv, fibber, ex con, psycho) and we remain mates 🙂

  181. I have a French mate here in Avignon who grew up on the same estate as Nasri and he tells me he was a wanker when he was young as well 🙂

  182. Eddie,

    That’s just normal abuse I get from women, I’ve learned to live with it 🙂

  183. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Oh Eddie
    And you and Peaches don’t come over all sexist and giggly when someone pops up a pic of Terry Henry, Sol or the gorgeous Pants Down Girooo 🙂

  184. Eddie says:

    and like it 🙂
    see you later, 2 good games today – both visiting teams to win!

  185. bloody blimey

    and Didit comes to my rescue…. and yesterday he didn’t want to be on the same blog as me 🙂

  186. MickyDidIt89 says:

    If we stick up “one for the ladies”, can we have just one more yoga pic as a kind of swapsie?

  187. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I was quietly and happily “watching” your morning contribution from a safe distance 🙂

  188. Eddie says:

    of course we do! but if those pictures were with their dicks hanging out I for one would be embarrassed. Not sure about Peaches though 🙂

    Mind you, that TV’s photo in the changing rooms was cute

    Anyway, men look most sexy when they are fully dressed in red and white kits, fact.

  189. Is it time for some Rack of the Day… or is Peahes lurking in the background somewhere, waiting to pounce?

  190. Yoga pants for men

  191. Yoga pants for women, now you know why they are called ‘deaf and dumb’ pants….

  192. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Bloody blimey as you’d say NB, that pic is worth about six gentleman’s snaps

  193. oh dear Morning Peaches 😦

  194. I’m off to post my blog…………. running quickly across the blogoshere to a safe haven 🙂

  195. For those brave enough to venture into a Cockie Monster wonderland… a new post is up on GunnersoreArse, have a laugh before Kelsey or Big Raddish manage to write the match review.

    Certificate PG…

  196. kelsey says:

    A bit rushed not proofed but here is a NEW POST 🙂

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