Arsenal’s Nightmare Schedule.

Well here we go our first schedule pile up of the season, over a 23 day period we have 7 very important games which is a game every 3.29 days.

Here is the schedule –

Nightmare Schedule

Now I recognize that we have a big squad but is it realistic to expect our team to play a game every 3 days?

Let’s take a closer look at the individual games. The game against Stoke at home in the Premier league comes after a 14 day international break, which in itself sounds good but the majority of our players will be away on international duty which means they will have no rest and there is always the risk of them returning injured.

Now we face the unenviable task of playing 4 consecutive away games. 4 days after the game against Stoke we play our first Champions League group game away against Dinamo Zagreb in Crotia, these games are never easy and the travel time there and back is very tiring.

I’m unaware of our travel arrangements back from Croatia but with only 2 days in between the games we then have to play Chelsea away in the Premier League. Chelsea meantime play Maccabi Tel Aviv at home on the 16th – so they have the benefit of not having to travel – that may appear to be a petty statement but these type of games are won and lost on small details.

Next up with only 3 days between the games we have Tottenham away in the Tea Cup, now personally I hate losing to them at anytime but this will not be a good time to put too many of our 1st team squad on display and I could easily forget their euphoria if we lose and protect our squad for bigger and better things. I would really enjoy it if we beat them with our kids as that will give us endless bragging rights.

The nightmare continues as with only 2 days between games we have to travel to Leicester in another PL game and they are proving to be a very difficult side to play against.

At least the next two games are at home – after only another 2 days between we play Olympiacos in the CL, our home record against them is good as on the two occasions we have played them we have won 2-1 and 3-1 – strangely enough they have won both away game by the same scores.

Lastly after playing 6 games in 18 days we play Manchester United at home, I wonder just what shape both physically and mentally our squad will be in after all of this?

Arsene puffing cheeks

Your guess is as good as mine but frankly after our first 4 games it’s hard to be positive about our nightmare of a schedule.

GunnerN5

 

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237 Responses to Arsenal’s Nightmare Schedule.

  1. Red Arnie says:

    Thanks, GN5, good stuff. 🙂 worrying, very worrying indeed. We do not have such a big squad. Particularly DM and striker. If only Theo would have clicked against Newcastle! 😦

    Thankfully, we can play 4 different alternative MF combinations. Not all the same quality, but ….

  2. Rasp says:

    Very worrying stuff GN5 😦

    We usually only get this sort of fixture congestion towards the end of the season. There must be a case for letting the CL and Europa league sides join the C1C later you’d think?

    I hear Jeff is in our CL squad and league squad so maybe we’ll get an early look at him and one or two other rising stars.

  3. chas says:

    Cheers, GN5.

    One game at a time. 🙂

  4. Big Raddy says:

    GN5. Nasty!!

    This type of scheduling is just bad luck and I am confident we will win all 7 fixtures 😉

  5. Big Raddy says:

    chas. 9.59. I just wrote that very sentence and re-considered deciding it was too hackneyed 🙂

  6. RA says:

    Nice update for us football starved fans, GN5. 🙂

    You are naturally taking a holistic view of our hoped for success this season by your concern for the arduous schedule faced by our team in the near future, a view shared by many.

    But …….. and yes, it is the famous but ……. for me, the more Arsenal footie I can see the better, and it is such a relief not to worry about a crammed schedule ahead of the current utterly boring Interdull.

  7. Red Arnie says:

    great me think alike? 🙂

  8. RA says:

    Raddy berating the erudite Chas for being hackneyed – well I never! 😀

  9. Red Arnie says:

    Redders. 🙂

  10. RA says:

    Hi Arnie, 🙂

    I see you are trying to confuse me, again, — “great me think alike?” — are you telling us you agree with yourself, or are you asking us?

    If it is the latter – I definitely think you never agree with yourself! 😀

  11. RA says:

    If Kelsey is reading this, it might make him smile.

    I have been in and out of hospital a lot over the last few years and mostly it requires patience in waiting, worrying about what you are being told, and all the rest – most of you will know what that is like.

    I was watching an episode of Parks and Recreations (an unlikely name for a superb comedy) and something was said that had me in fits of laughter.

    If Chas can get a vid of the show it will be better than my explanation, but the guy in it who looks like Exile, was putting up a sign, and managed to let it fall on his head and he had to go to hospital – where everything that could go wrong did.

    At the end of the show, he and his mad girlfriend were sitting with the other show characters and he was telling them some of the things that had happened to him – ‘I did not know what was going on – and some guy came up and started to handle my weiner (American for penis) and it felt kinda weird” In response his girlfriend said “and he wasn’t even a doctor!’

    Having had most of my bits and pieces ‘handled’ in hospital recently that punch line got to me 30 seconds later and I just could not stop laughing.

    I am sure Kelsey might too, because when there is a ‘team’ of medical staff doing this and that, it is difficult to know who they are and why they are doing it.

    You must try and see that show – the UK are about 3 years behind in the series – it is finished now in the US – but it is terrific.

    The next time I go to the hospital next week, I will ask for a non-male doctor to do those bits!! 😀

  12. Red Arnie says:

    Redders. Thanks for noticing the typo. 🙂

    me=men, ie, Chas and Raddy. 😛

  13. mickydidit89 says:

    GN5

    I’ll be back later, as I want to “deal” with you.
    Your comments yesterday about how we score enough goals were very clearly an assault on me. Words will be had and they will be firm 🙂

    As for today’s post. Thank you comes first, closely followed by the word “easy”.

    We are excellent away from home, so four on the trot is good news. Also, we get to do Chelsea while they’re utter pants 🙂

  14. mickydidit89 says:

    Sorry, but another thing. Tiring going to Croatia? Really

    Piccadilly line to Heathrow? Doubt it.
    Ollie heaving a huge back packed with flippers, snorkels and thongs? No, just the little man bag.
    Does Theo have to queue up for his Hertz Rental car? Nope. Would he then have some drug riddled layabout from the 60’s barking driving instructions at him as he sets off on the wrong side of the road?

    Pampered there, pampered back 🙂

  15. RA says:

    Arnie,

    i did know it was a typo — but so much more fun to tease you!! 😀

  16. GunnerN5 says:

    Hi everybody,

    Now I could never be called a pessimist but playing 7 games in 23 days is a very worrying proposition. I haven’t checked the schedules for Chelsea, Man U and Man C but maybe they have the same pile up which could even things out.

    Damn I wish I hadn’t thought about that – now i will have to go and check…see you later.

  17. GoonerB says:

    Thanks GN5. Been too busy to look at the schedule and have been focusing on one game at a time, which is perhaps what Arsene and the team should do also.

    It does on paper look a horrendous run of games and I think we can aim a criticism at the PL with this. They want a stellar PL that sits above all other leagues. For that they need their top teams to be the best supported worldwide. For that these teams need to competing at the top end in Europe. They knew in advance that ECL fixtures would fall on those dates in September so they give us an away game at the champions and at Leicester (potential banana skin).

    They also knew the C.C would fall on that date. Surely by now they should have a contingency plan to ease the burden on the top EPL teams that are representing the EPL in Europe to ensure we can still give our best out there. Still hey ho.

    I can be critical like the best of them at times with Arsenal and AW, and have been recently, but more so on tactics and set-up (where I feel our main issues lie) rather than recruitment. I still harbor feelings that we may need a couple more players to complete this team but I am with AW that these players really need to be exceptional, and there is no point in us buying just for the sake of it. We really are in a position where it is not numbers we need (cover for Le Coq aside maybe, but even then I feel we have good squad options) but upgrades in quality.

    The most obvious position is that of striker for me. We don’t have what I would class as a proven world class striker, but we do have 3 very good international forwards in Giroud, Welbeck and Walcott. All these Kokkorin and Zaza reports…..mmm….are they better than what we have. If not why do we need to add a 4th option just for the sake of it?

    In the absence of a new striker arriving I am actually a bit excited to see if one of these 3 can now really step up a level. They have a big opportunity now. If not then hopefully we are still in contention in January and then we can look and see if that right striker is available.

    Don’t forget we have been the best EPL side in either the 1st half or the 2nd half of the season in the last 2 years, and that is while coping with many injuries and integrating new world class players. Ozil is now starting to look like that true world class player IMO. AOC has moved up a level for me. We seem to be less injury jinxed. And now we have Cech as well. Can we now put 2 great halves together?

    Once we got Cech our squad then was arguably the strongest in depth in the EPL (before the others bought). Have many of the TW critics actually looked at what we really have. Maybe the reason that other clubs have gone so mental is because their need was far greater than ours. Chelsea have an ageing defence. Man Citeh looked short in certain areas last season. Man Utd still looked like many areas needed addressing in both numbers and quality.

    Some will say we don’t have the squad to cope with this season and these difficult run of fixtures, and that the TW has exacerbated this and it is all AW’s fault. I couldn’t disagree more. I really think some of these people haven’t actually stepped back and looked at what we have.

    My favourite comment in the last 48 hours was on the Newcastle post match report ( written by some genius post writer 🙂 ) by Chas on 1st September at 8.06pm. I don’t know how to bring this forward but worth a look. Or the modest and humble Chas could put it up again? This truly highlights our strength in depth and why numbers wise we are fine. It also shows how we are pretty much fine quality wise in most areas with only a question mark over 1-2 positions.

    Just look at the names and the international pedigree in that comment from Chas and then tell me again why so many of you are panicking.

    My second favourite bit was from Shard at the end of one of his comments on GIE’s post, as follows :

    “The transfer window has been made into its own competition, and winners and losers are decided by the media labels of world class and price tags, rather than by actual quality and needs. I was happy with our squad before, I’m happy with it now. New signing or not, we have to step up our game anyway. I believe this will happen”.

    I think that those that are critical of our TW activity should read and digest that comment and reflect upon it, in conjunction with looking at Chas’ comment. Those who are highly critical may still feel we could do with a couple of improvements but it may put it more in perspective and then hopefully realise that we can’t now just buy anybody, but that it has to be the right one, the ones that don’t grow on trees, and we are better to wait a bit longer for that one and push forward currently with what we have.

    I re-iterate; I still feel that our early form has been to do with incorrect team set-ups and imbalance than any failure to recruit player x or player z.

  18. G’day all, your post has tempted me out of my self imposed purdah, thank you GN5.

    Well that’s certainly a pretty congested couple of weeks, but then that’s the price we have to pay if we want to take part in so many competitions.

    The travelling is a problem, no doubt it’s tiring, but footballers aren’t subject to the trials of us mere mortals.

    They are sped through airports to their private jet, not for them the queuing to check in, the seemingly endless wait and palaver of “security” and then the schlep through shopping arcades and tunnels to the departure lounge that the rest of us go through. I’m also pretty sure they have no need to join the scrum at the baggage carousel either. No doubt they also get wafted through Immigration and Border Control.

    Footballers are mostly young, fit, healthy athletes so I’m sure they’ll be able to cope. They’re certainly paid enough to do so.

    Seven fixtures, win them all and we’ll be sitting pretty, bring ’em on I say.

  19. GoonerB says:

    Which one tempted you out Norfolk GN5’s post or mine above? 🙂

  20. stevepalmer1 says:

    Nice one N5,

    We have an international break and many sat they are not interested in internationals and would prefer premier league football to continue. I personally like to watch England play, but i do like football where i have an interest. Arsenals fixtures of a game every 3 or 4 days is blinding to look forward to in my opinion, hopefully the games are on the channels i am subscribed to, or i will have to stream them in, so hopefully i wont miss anything.

    Do i care if footballers who are taking home 100 grand a week has to turn out a couple of games a week, not at all . I am sure these highly trained atheletes can manage that quite easily its only 90 minutes a game and most of them wont play anything like that much.

    A 25 man squad could quite easily put that down to one and a half games a week thats why we have 25 man squads. Certainly many of our athletes will claim exhaustion,, but thats only for depositing their massive cheques into the bank.

    What is more important, is can the supporters afford to go to so many games where ever they are played, after all Arsenal need their money, as some one has to pay their wages

  21. GunnerN5 says:

    GB, Super comment or should I say commentary – you are certainly never short of words. I visualize you sitting down in front of your keyboard taking a deep breath and then pounding the keys until you have finished the comment.

  22. GunnerN5 says:

    OK Norfolk – you’ve got me very confused?? All along I’ve thought of you as being a man – just go to show you never really know who you are talking to on a blog.

    ………………………………………………………………………………..

    noun: purdah

    The practice among women in certain Muslim and Hindu societies of living in a separate room or behind a curtain, or of dressing in all-enveloping clothes, in order to stay out of the sight of men or strangers.

  23. Hey Micky

    Just remember that this is the culture that Arnie comes from…. don’t leave him alone with your missus again. ha ha

  24. GunnerN5 says:

    Well I checked out the schedules of Man C, Man U and Chelsea and they all have the same type of scheduling.

    Chelsea have 4 away, 3 consecutively, and 3 home in only 22 days.

    Man C have 4 away. 3 consecutively, and 3 home in 23 days.

    Man U have 5 home, 4 consecutively and 2 away in 22 days.

    I will never understand how it is that Man U always get the breaks, it happens so often that one really has to wonder why?

  25. GunnerN5 says:

    Norfolk if Terry had written that comment there would have been absolutely no confusion!

  26. Swings and rounderbouts GN5… except for Man U… must be something funny going on.

  27. GunnerN5 says:

    The September schedules of Arsenal, Chelsea, Man U and Man C certainly do the English teams no favours in Europe and proves out GB’s point in the 2nd paragraph of his comment @12:52.

  28. GunnerN5 says:

    Yea really fishy smell NB they even drew the weakest opposition in the CL draw, as usual.

    I’m not into conspiracy theories but bloody hell what gives…………

  29. yeah they did draw the easy group in the CL as well…. I’m a conspiracy maniac so there is definately some dodgy stuff going on. Terence is from Mars and is here to convert the whole human race to gay sex and Cockie is some strange alien from Cornwall who thinks that pies and lovely beach scenes will conquer the Arsenal world and we’ll all want to move to the west country where sheep are the only decent things to buy Viagra for…..

  30. GunnerN5 says:

    Steve, I’m overjoyed to get to see us play so frequently and I’m fortunate enough to be able to watch every game played. You are also correct in saying that for professional athletes it should be a doddle.

    When I was in my teens I played every Saturday afternoon then Sunday morning and 5 a side every Wednesday evening – plus training every Tuesday and Thursday evenings – and to prove it I’m scheduled for 2 knee replacements.

  31. stevepalmer1 says:

    Afternoon N5, That last sentence killed me, I played the same as you and we also played for an hour every dinner break as well, I have to say i was never too tired for a game of football. Thankfully no replacements lined up but boy do i ache at times Ha Ha

  32. GunnerN5 says:

    Hi Steve,

    Along with the football I also found time for cross country, cricket (spin bowing) and darts. When my knees gave out I played semi pro darts and coached youth darts and football.

    Now I’m just a pain in peoples arse,

  33. GunnerN5 says:

    Here’s more fodder for the nay asyers………………..

    ………………………………………………………………………..

    Danny Welbeck undergoes knee surgery

    Danny Welbeck has undergone surgery on his left knee after being unable to sufficiently step up his rehabilitation work.

    The striker has been working throughout the summer to recover from the injury sustained at the end of April.

    It had been hoped he would avoid surgery but after increasing his training workload, the injury to his cartilage did not respond as well as hoped and the decision was taken last week for him to undergo surgery by a leading specialist in the field.

    Danny is now expected to be out for a period of months and everyone at Arsenal wishes him well.

    Copyright 2015 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to http://www.arsenal.com as the source

  34. GN5

    We should have got Charlie Austin for £15m. Surely Wenger must have known before the end of the TW that Welbz needed surgery?????

  35. GN5, rather than the dictionary meaning of our purdah I was using it more in the way of hiding in a darkened room to avoid the endless moaning about the transfer window. 😀

    However, the wearing of women’s clothing might appeal to Terry and a burkha would hide his rather tatty old syrup.

  36. Oh no! We’re back to the dreaded TW. I’m off.

  37. bye bye Norfolk 🙂

  38. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Nice one GN5. Cant see us having a problem, we should beat all of those, though I would take a draw at Chelsea

    When we beat Totnumb we effectively end there season. And put DVD salesman out of business for a year.

    Interesting discussion your having with Steve. I always resented my football career. Always the last one to be picked. Even strange Mario, who later went on to star in a Broadway production of Sleeping Beauty playing the Princess got picked in front of me.

    What I resented the most was one of the only times I did play, I ended up breaking my leg like Aaron Ramsey. All the other players gathered around as I lay prostrate, except Mario, who skipped my body chanting “I wont kiss the frog”.

    I now have arthritis and walk with a limp. Were as Mario has now got the part of the good looking bird in the ballet production of the nutcracker.

    Ime really tempted to get a ticket, jump on stage and expose him as a fraud by kicking him in the nutcrackers. But I wont. Hes probably always stiff so I would end up with another broken leg, having to lie there as the crappy show sees out its remaining five hours

  39. GunnerN5 says:

    NB. I agree that AW must have known, so it makes it a far bigger issue than we realized. Obviously AW could not say anything publicly as that would have made any potential transfer even costlier. It also points out what a stressful job he has knowing about Welbeck and not being able to fill the void plus realizing the media/fan reaction when the news broke.

    We will never know but it’s also possible that he turned down potential strikers as he deemed them to be the wrong fit………..

  40. Which goes to my comment about Charlie Austin…. he was available, nobody was looking to sign him (that may be an issue)… and at about the same price as Welbz cost us…. maybe a stop gap, but a stop gap none the less… and he had some credentials from last season with QPR. Only a thought… when you know your £15m striker is due to have an operation and afterwards will be out for 6 plus months!

    One £15m player in the sick room so get another £15m player to replace him.

  41. GunnerN5 says:

    Terry,

    You always brighten up the day.

    Here in Canada we are suffering a period of high temperatures and high humidity – so the AC is whirring for most of the day – to the delight of the hydro provider.

  42. GunnerN5 says:

    NB,

    I’ve only seen Austin play – once against us and a few highlight reels and he looked impressive – but what do us Cally boys know?

  43. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Austins another Poldoski. Good player but cant move. Not good enough for us.

    The Welbeck injury is a bad blow though.

  44. GoonerB says:

    Mmmm, having backed AW and Arsenal in my earlier epic comment the Welbeck news now doesn’t sit quite so easily. That does smack of incompetence somewhere in the chain. It may be that the relevant medical people let AW down though with decision making, and as Arsene (as oppose to Maureen) will not openly finger point we will never know.

  45. Rasp says:

    Hmmmm ……. would Welbeck’s operation have ever taken place before the TW closed? …. I think not 👿

  46. the Welbeck injury explains why Wenger decided not to sell Campbell then.

    not happy with that news. was looking forward to him coming back into the side.

  47. fatgingergooner says:

    i understand the frustration but Welbecks injury doesnt change the fact there were no decent strikers worth signing.

    Are we now saying that we shouldve got a lesser player in to cover for a few months whilst Welbz gets fit? that wouldnt make sense to me.

  48. fatgingergooner says:

    its not numbers we lack upfront, its that world class player we dont have. We still have Giroud, Walcott, Campbell and even Sanchez who can play the CF position if needs be.

  49. Rasp says:

    So why did we send Chuba out on loan to Hull? I think he is at least as good as Campbell and is currently scoring goals in competitive games.

  50. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    All true Ginge. But it also reduces squad balance. Welbeck, admittedly not Pele, is the one forward we have with both pace and power.

  51. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Is that why Geoff got the champions league squad number?

    This could turn out to be a blessing in disguise, a bit like when Jimmy Greaves had that three week hang over allowing Geoff looks like a scaffolder Hurst to play for England

    Our very own Geoff could burst on the scene and take it by storm?

  52. fatgingergooner says:

    Akpom was loaned out 1 month ago so who knows what has changed in the meantime, but i would rather he get a year on loan than keep him with us just in case 3 strikers get injured! He will never develop if we do that.

    TMHT,

    I agree, and was only recently bigging him up as a key player in the balance of our team. Shame, but we have other strikers who will need to find their form.

  53. stevepalmer1 says:

    Welbeck news is a bit of a blow, but in my mind, no more than Theo missing best part of last season. Lets face it we have not seen him for an age, much like our other forward Campbell.But while Oly and Theo are not really showing much form, perhaps Campbell will get a showing.

    I know many are upset that a new striker has not been brought in, but lets face it, it can’t be that bad as when did we last see these two players who are taking wages for doing bugger all.

    When they do get the call, i would say don’t get too excited as look at what happened to poor old Chambers, out for a long time then asked to come in and play like he has played every week.

    Danny will be out for months, and when he is fit to start will be rusty for another couple so we can count him out for best part of this season, Surely Theo Oly and Camps will have found a bit of form by then, Alex is nearly fit and has started to show a bit of form, he’s enthusiasm should kick start our season

  54. Rasp says:

    FGG, would Welby have been in the squad just in case anyone got injured?. Having Akpom on the bench just gives you other striking options.

  55. GunnerN5 says:

    Peaches/Rasp,

    I’ve emailed another post.

  56. RA says:

    Chas,

    I have just got back and seen you were good enough to find that Parks & Recreations vid for me – how do you do it? 🙂

    I am sorry no one else has bothered to comment – par for the course it seems – but I appreciated it.

    Other than that nice Arnie no one has spoken to me today on here, or even said hello – so they can all go kiss my ass.

  57. GunnerN5 says:

    Hello RA how is your un-kissed arse?

  58. fatgingergooner says:

    I see Merse has been talking b*ll*cks as usual. Apparently as an Arsenal fan i should feel cheated because we havent spent £100m on players (regardless of who they are, it would seem!) and he even went on to belittle winning the FA Cup!!!

    It was only the other day he was giving Arsenal a B rating for their transfer business this summer.

    Him and Piers Morgan need to have a look at themselves and realise they are the ones that help stir up the negativity within this club. Wont be long before the fans are at each others throats again.

  59. GunnerN5 says:

    RA, Chas is a really good guy and he’s also selfless and is in no need of continuous praise as he already knows how much we appreciate his work on behalf of the blog.

  60. GunnerN5 says:

    FGG-
    Most of the time it’s the media that creates a fan frenzy and frankly a lot of mindless people jump on the band wagon – oops I guess that will not be very well received.

  61. GunnerN5 says:

    Off out for a while.

    Bye RA.

  62. LB says:

    Excellent post GN5

    I am glad someone is keeping me up to speed with what is going on with all things Arsenal.

  63. LB says:

    “What happened last night with Monaco, who sold Martial to Manchester United for 80 million euros – Martial scored 11 goals in the French championship – that sums it up well.
    “That means it’s not the money that’s missing at the moment, it’s not the desire of investment that is missing, it’s the number of players available who can strengthen the big clubs.” (Arsene Wenger)

    And we are back to the all too familiar divide in our Arsenal ranks.

    Having read the above do you think it is a reason or an excuse…………

  64. stevepalmer1 says:

    Evening LB , it seems we are in no particular rush for players, The pundits and experts must be wrong, after all Arsene doesn’t seem put out at all, and he’s the one who is judged at the end.

  65. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    A reason for sure LB. Arsene doesn’t lie, justs economical with the truth.

    I have never wanted to win the league more. To shut up all the moaning plonkers after a summer of buying no outfield players of note means nothing to me, I dont care what other people think. But to do it the right way, and not buying for buyings sake reinforces that, would be marvelous splendidity.

    We all have to be econimical with the truth. At a christening last year I was asked by the beaming parents Robert and Margaret what I thought little Percy looked like. I spoke my mind “Think hes going to be a murderer, maybe even a serial killer, I can see it in his eyes” then looked at Margaret and said “You might be lucky though, like Robert he may be able to control the urges”

  66. GunnerN5 says:

    Terry, Terry. Terry (lol)

  67. stevepalmer1 says:

    3 years ago, i applied for a season ticket, paid my 15 quid and felt that i had been ignored other than being informed that i was number 30 thousand and some thing,

    Would you believe i had a mail today telling me i am nearing the top of the list, and should be offered a ticket within the next 4 seasons.

    This information i share as if you have children who are thinking of having a family get your 15 quid in early, or your grandchild he or she may be to old by the time they are offered, unless by that time we have added other tiers.

  68. Red Arnie says:

    Nice touristy day in Cornwall. Successfully avoided getting fleeced by any nasty local trying to (s)ell porkies to unsuspecting foreigners. 🙂

    Horsebridge c1437

  69. Red Arnie says:

    Only downside was the brass monkey weather. How does Micky et al. get into the water? Hats off! 🙂

  70. Gööner In Exile says:

    I think Friday night football can’t come soon enough in weeks before CL games, it’s ridiculous to expect English teams to compete well in Europe given the Saturday to Tuesday, Sunday to Wednesday scheduling.

    But why would we expect better from those that schedule Fixtures? These are the types of idiots who schedule Plymouth vs Carlisle on a midweek.

  71. chas says:

    So Adebayor not included in the spud squad.
    Apparently all he did was insist the spuds paid him a couple of million to leave. Oh, and refused to go to any team who wouldn’t pay him at least 100k a week.

    Perhaps if we could give him a brain transplant, he’d be a viable solution for missing out on Charlie Austin?
    Fav for Yes, retweet for No.

  72. mickydidit89 says:

    Chas
    Fabulous Cartier slideshow

    Arnie
    That was not the weather in Cornwall yesterday surely, and blimey, if you think it’s cold now!!!

  73. Eddie says:

    Arnie – you Should have come to Hel with me and the she eevil https://twitter.com/IwonaN14/status/639696901051387904?s=09

  74. mickydidit89 says:

    The slideshow app is superb Chas
    We could do it all day

    And let’s face it, on the back of the cataclysmic transfer debacle, we can hardly talk new formations

    Scarf on, Wenger out, where’s Crystals 🙂

  75. chas says:

    That seat looks amazing, Eddie.

  76. chas says:

    I did try ‘fluffy pussy’ in the slideshow, but the results put me off my breakfast.
    Don’t do it.

  77. mickydidit89 says:

    Was just going to comment on seat deal as well. Are they for real Eddie, like now?

  78. GoonerB says:

    Morning all. There is never a time when we cannot talk formations Micky apart from during “fluffy Kitten morning”.

  79. mickydidit89 says:

    The seats appear to have a pivot on the side.

    Clearly a First Class beach, which is refreshing to see, you know, no oiks in football shirts and that sort of unpleasantness 🙂 🙂

  80. mickydidit89 says:

    GB
    At least Arsene bought Jeff, but injury to Danny has scuppered all my hopes and dreams.

    But wait, what’s this?

    Jeff Sanchez Ox
    Mesut
    Rambo Coq

    🙂 Phew, all is well with the world

  81. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    The heavens have opened here – I think an ark may be appropriate.

    So, I have decided to take advantage of the interlull and head down South for a weeks R&R

    BTW should it be a week’s R&R or a weeks’ or a weeks?

    Whatever the correct use of the apostrophe I will still be travelling, as such, I may or may not write the Stoke PM.

  82. mickydidit89 says:

    Erik
    Will you at least be arsed to let us know? 🙂

  83. Big Raddy says:

    What’s wrong with a towel? Typical bourgeois luxury to put such a double seat monstrosity on a beach.

    Who carries it there? Who puts it away? Who cleans it? We all know the answer – it is some poor down-trodden lackey.

    Oh for the good old days of Commie rule 🙂

  84. Big Raddy says:

    Didit. If you ask nicely

  85. Big Raddy says:

    Loved this from Terry….

    “Always the last one to be picked. Even strange Mario, who later went on to star in a Broadway production of Sleeping Beauty playing the Princess got picked in front of me.”

  86. chas says:

    Stoke pre-match…..

    We’re f*cked after the worst day in Arsenal history buying no outfield players apart from Jeff Adelaide, Queen of the Desert.
    On the plus side, Charlie ‘grab em by the throat’ Adam is suspended.
    We need the Arsenal fans to lift the team and break the emerging Home hoodoo.
    Fat chance of that.
    We’re f*cked.

  87. mickydidit89 says:

    Much truth Chas 🙂 and 😦

  88. Big Raddy says:

    Hopefully more 🙂 than 😦

  89. Red Arnie says:

    🙂 🙂 🙂

    Micky, very cold wind, dont know how cold the water was though. Of course, these were photos unashemedly pilfered from the web. As they should be! That is the reason they were put on the web in the first place. 🙂

  90. Red Arnie says:

    Bring on Stoke. 🙂

    where is the Friday rant! 😛

  91. Rasp says:

    The slideshow is fantastic chas … thanks.

    I’m not well traveled at all, but this is one of my favourite places in the UK

    http://theslideshow.net/#simple/the%20kyles%20of%20lochalsh

  92. Rasp says:

    and this ….. except for the creepy twins ….

    http://theslideshow.net/#simple/durness

  93. Red Arnie says:

    Rasp. agreed. 🙂

  94. Big Raddy says:

    chas. Wish you hadn’t put up that link, I have wasted (?) a couple of hours already.

    It is amazing. I even found pics of myself!

  95. Oh dear Chas…. you were right about the fluffy pussy slideshow… when anyone says ‘don’t do it’, I just have to ha ha. But it spoilt my breakfast too. 🙂

  96. ha ha ha Big Raddy must have seen himself in one of those photos of Fluffy Pussy… they were tastefully Danish Raddy 🙂

  97. Big Raddy says:

    NB. I made the mistake of clicking on chas’s last fluffy pussy vid and was treated to a few minutes of execrable pub punk.

    Once bitten twice shy.

  98. The Welbeck injury I strangely timely. Not likely to return until Christmas but more likely in the new year. So he will be just like a new signing.

    Phew Stan, we saved a few there!

  99. Red Arnie says:

    I followed Raddy’s cue, put in my name, and saw many people who do not resemble me in the slightest. 🙂 or at least, that is what I thought! 😛

  100. Red Arnie says:

    Welbz was bought in to cover for Giro. Now Giro uis fit to cover for Welbz. Between the two of them, we have one fit player. Part of the plan? 😛

  101. Big Raddy says:

    Arnie. The pics were not under my name which made the occurrence even weirder

  102. weirder…. great word Raddy 🙂

  103. Red Arnie says:

    bestest word, Raddy. 🙂

  104. I’m the worsedest speller in the world so not one to judge 🙂

  105. Red Arnie says:

    NB. worsedest speller is OK, so long as you are innovativest. 😛

  106. RA says:

    Afternoon, Fluffers, 🙂

    [That is the noun for a bunch of fluffy cat lovers, isn’t it?]

  107. RA says:

    Raddish,

    Getting R&R for a week – could be stated as ‘a week’s R&R’ — if it was for two weeks, it would be ‘two weeks’ R&R’.

    But best to check with Chas. 🙂

  108. RA says:

    NB,

    The wusdst splerz is dose dat cn type txt gd.

  109. surely Redders, it would be a ‘two week’ R&R?

  110. Do the semantics really matter? Radish is going off to Italy for two weeks’, Raddy, the weather is still really good here in the south at the moment… make the most of it 🙂

  111. RA says:

    It seemed to matter to Raddy, NB, see his question at 8:41 a.m. – you can stick the apostrophe where you like.

  112. I’m sure I can Redders 🙂

  113. Eddie says:

    Bourgeois Eddie for Raddy 🙂

  114. Big Raddy says:

    Eddie. Summertime and the living is easy

    Where is the dashing young servant bringing you an iced fruit juice:-)

  115. Gööner In Exile says:

    It’s that time of year……

  116. GunnerN5 says:

    Here is the PL squad announced by Arsenal —

    Gabriel Paulista, Mikel Arteta, Joel Campbell, Santi Cazorla, Petr Cech, Francis Coquelin, Mathieu Debuchy, Mathieu Flamini, Kieran Gibbs, Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker, Nacho Monreal, David Ospina, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Tomas Rosicky, Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott, Daniel Welbeck, Jack Wilshere.

  117. RA says:

    Norfolk,

    All players under 21 [there are qualifying dates etc, blah de blah] can play during the Premier League season as they do not need to be registered for the Squad.

  118. fatgingergooner says:

    The last place I would’ve expected to read this article, but it’s a positive view of the TW and one that mirrors my own thoughts. Not sure I agree with the title though.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3222231/Arsenal-right-hide-Danny-Welbeck-injury-better-window-Premier-League-club.html

  119. GunnerN5 says:

    FGG,

    What a great article, I’ve pasted these two paragraphs from the article – but I guess us AW supporters are brainwashed.

    WOB’s = Wenger out brigade.

    Neither should they aspire to be like Manchester United, handing out money to European clubs like there was no tomorrow, only to smash the ball long to Marouane Fellaini in the final 10 minutes of any game.

    It is only two years since Sir Alex Ferguson left a stable, successful club, the envy of Europe. In that time United have spent over £300m and are playing terrible football with limited success. WOBs, take note. This is what happens when the greatest manager in your club’s history leaves.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3222231/Arsenal-right-hide-Danny-Welbeck-injury

  120. Big Raddy says:

    6 hours from now I will be drinking a cold Red Erik up in the Italian mountains.

    Happy Days and we shall meet in the ether some time soon

    Sayonara

  121. GunnerN5 says:

    Have a quiet rest and many cold beers Raddy, don’t be gone for too long – as you have caused us all to have an acute dependency of your pre-match posts.

  122. Eddie says:

    Happy birthday Harry!!!
    What do you feed him GiE? He is as big as george!

    Good article in the Daily Mail, well good for any Gunner ‘ s morale

  123. Thank you Redders, does that include the Champions League?

  124. Gööner In Exile says:

    By my reckoning that’s 22 players….space for 3 more.

    From the looks though only 6 home grown (Ox, Theo, Jack, Rambo, Gibbo, Welbz) that means we can only add one more non homegrown presently (unless Coq is home grown?)

    Champions League same rules Norfolk, except I think 4 have to be club homegrown (Gibbs, Theo, Ox, Rambo, Jack and Coq if he is homegrown will all count as club homegrown as they were at the clubs for three years before turning 21.

  125. Red Arnie says:

    Evonne. 🙂 missed the pics in the morning. 🙂

    ‘appy b’day ‘arry!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  126. Red Arnie says:

    lovely DailyMail article. 🙂

  127. Red Arnie says:

    First stop on the way back

  128. Red Arnie says:

    Chas. any clips of Ozil tonite? Pls. 🙂

  129. mickydidit89 says:

    Anyway, as I was saying, on the back of our catastrophic and frankly pathetic transfer window debacle, and in the name of all dedicated and loyal armchairers……… 🙂 🙂

  130. mickydidit89 says:

    Hey Chas

    Just wondering. You are the sort who spends lots of money to go and watch very dull 0-0 draws, sitting in a stand surrounded by “knobheads” (your words), are you ever tempted to show any level of displeasure?

    Crinkle the empty crisps packets extra hard during the quiet moments, that sort of thing?

  131. mickydidit89 says:

    CRYSTALS…I NEED HELP HERE. THHE TRUTH MUST BE TOLD

  132. RA says:

    Hi Norfolk,

    I was went when you did a follow up question on the CL squad – but that man Exile told you true! 🙂

    [Exile – please say a belated ‘Happy Birthday’ to Gorgeous George for me.] 😀

  133. Good morning Redders, there’s no doubt about it, Exile is fount of useful information but that won’t make me abandon you as a source of inteligence in the future. I always check whatever you tell me with Wicki anyway. 😀

    It’s very quiet on here today, perhaps the chilly weather has driven the regulars into an early hibernation. I think that’s the correct form of words “an early” rather than “a early”?

    Right, I’m off to invent an rumour that will wake everybody up.

  134. chas says:

    Wow, I just watched “Harry, the boy who turned One” and it’s the best thing I’ve seen for ages.

    What did you use to make it – very professional.

  135. chas says:

    Micky
    I used to be really obnoxious at games berating the players for the slightest mistake. Then I matured at 45 and stopped being a pain in the arse to anyone within earshot (well, most of the time anyway; I did get told off for calling Lampard a Chelsea front-bottom fairly recently but that was thoroughly deserved). 🙂

    Or did you mean voicing my displeasure with the knobheads sat near me?

  136. chas says:

    Arnie
    Mesut comp vs Poland

  137. chas says:

  138. Red Arnie says:

    Chas. 🙂

  139. chas says:

  140. RA says:

    Ooops, Sorry, Exile, 😳

    I am glad if you wished Gorgeous George a Happy Birthday on my behalf, however strange it may have been to him, but the penny has just dropped that it is the first anniversary of Young Harry – so an even more belated Happy Birthday to him – as well. 😀

    Can I get away with saying that it was ‘auto-miscorrect’?

  141. RA says:

    Norfolk,

    It never hurts to check everything I say, or the next thing will be that you will find yourself at the centre of a singularity with a quantum eternity beckoning you within the discontinuities of your own event horizon – that is if you do not cast a careful eye on my understanding of quantum mechanics.

    Having spent some time studying the theory of quantum mechanics I can honestly say that any scientist or mathematician who tells you he understands how and why it works is telling porkies – including me!! 🙂

    Some time ago, Exile myself and a great blogger called 26M, who has vanished, used to explain and discuss the various edicts of FIFA and UEFA, as well as analysing the accounts and balance sheet of AFC.

    It all became deadly boring to the non-accountants of the blog, who comprise 99.9999% of the AA population – so we stopped! 😀

  142. chas says:

    GIE
    Coq is homegrown according to this.
    Can’t vouch for its veracity, mind.
    (only u21s likely to play much are included on the graphic)

  143. I like a bit of homegrown meself…. but homegrown Coq is more in keeping with the Transplant man. 🙂

  144. The Cockie Monster says:

    How things are meant to be in life !.

    https://vine.co/tags/FootballTonight

  145. mickydidit89 says:

    Ox Fans presents and correct

  146. mickydidit89 says:

    I guess San Marinians are The Welsh of Italy

  147. mickydidit89 says:

    San Marino

    Capital: San Marino
    Area: 61.2 km²
    Population: 31,448 (2013) World Bank
    Currency: Euro
    Official language: Italian

    Frankly, pathetic 🙂

  148. mickydidit89 says:

    You all made the right decision
    Its awful
    I’ll go look at…anything

  149. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    Why are England playing Uncle Shelvy Festa? The man could cure incontinence.

    Population of 31,448 micky? Theres more people in this country with the rare but potentialy debilitating Pyrones disease To give the Marinions a chance we should really have played 11 men with the condition. Only able to run in a curvature and eyeing up every women in the crowd with the resignation of a Paul Daniels Rabbit should even the score

  150. Assist by The Ox. 3 – 0

  151. Theo on for The Ox and scores with his first touch. 4 – 0

  152. Another one for Theo, 6 – 0.

  153. Gööner In Exile says:

    Ok so watched the footy…..two goals for Theonomenon coming from the right.

    So front three for Arsenal:

    Alexis …….. Ollie ……….Ox

    Alexis …….. Ollie ………..Theo

    Alexis ………. Theo ……..Rambo

    Alexis ……….Ollie ………Rambo

    Alexis ………Theo……….Ox

    Surely it’s a no brainer?

    Chas I used iMovie (Mac OSX included for free app) and I am a big cheat as I use pre loaded Trailers, it gives you a list of “shots” to put in like 1.6s Landscape, 0.7s close up, 1.2s wide etc etc and has various themes funnily enough the one for Harry’s was “Spy” and then you can tweak the titles to your movie to make it fit the story you want to tell.

    I think Adobe Premiere Elements has similar feature which will actually pick best bits of all movies you give to it but obviously that’s a paid for app, although coupled with Photoshop Elements at around £7 per month with updates etc is not the end of the world, better still you can add special effects on Premiere Elements which is the reserved for the top end movie app on Mac (Final Cut) but that’s £250+.

    RA thank you George says 7 months late is better than never 😀

    Mrs Exile decided a hen weekend was more important than H’s birthday so we had his party last Saturday while Newcastle game was on, I have been in sole charge of the boys since Friday around 4pm. So far we are all still alive and I haven’t resorted to McDs or Pizza Hut or a soft play centre. This parenting lark is easy 🙂

    Today we did the boys day out thing of a trip on the narrow gauge railway from Wroxham to Aylsham. Good fun.

  154. Exile, I walked along a section of the railway between Buxton and Brampton this afternoon. Small world.

  155. GoonerB says:

    GIE, We have so many good options at AFC at pesent and I agree with all the combinations you mentioned, except the ones with Rambo from the right. I really rate him as a player centrally but I don’t feel his skills are as adaptable ( as oppose to say AOC) as other players so he needs to be played in his best position. When he is not I feel we not only expose him but also weaken our team fluidity.

  156. Gööner In Exile says:

    For me GoonerB its Alexis…..Ollie……Theo

    Just not sure why he is seemingly holding out for a role up top on his own, the combination given by all three is good, they give our midfield lots of options, which in turn gives the defence lots of questions.

    NG indeed it is, especially in a county the size of Norfolk with a population so small. There’s a couple of decent pubs in Buxton from memory?

  157. The Black Lion is the only one know Exile, The Crown closed about two years ago. The building is up for sale with change of use to private dwelling approval.

    But there is a very good fish and chip shop in the village.

  158. Red Arnie says:

    Alexis…..Ollie……Theo for me as well. 🙂

  159. Red Arnie says:

    Today’s trip

  160. chas says:

    Happy as a pig in ………

  161. chas says:

    Huddart; Osei-Tutu, Da Graca, T. Bola, Chatzitheodoridis; Agyei-Tabi, Mourgos; Eyoma, Da Silva, Nelson; Nketiah.

  162. mickydidit89 says:

    Anyway, as I was saying, on the back of our catastrophic and frankly pathetic transfer window debacle………

    ITS SUNNY TODAY, maybe no waves, but a bbq is on 🙂

  163. mickydidit89 says:

    Exile

    I have the same problem with my children. Both hate MacDonalds.

    Nightmare, you have to sneak one in when no-one’s around. Have you tried the new Smokehouse Burger. Dear God, its fabulous 🙂

  164. RA says:

    Exile @ 9:22 😀

    Agree with your suggested line-up – altho Theo is an excellent ‘impact’ player as he showed again in the England match.

    Your parenting skills seem absolutely ace and the boys will want you staying home all the time looking after them.

    Better get Mrs Exile trained up as one of those ‘orrible accountants and get out charming the clients! 🙂

    Glad George is a forgiving lad – but it was 5 months early! – (sounds better than 7 months late). 🙂

  165. mickydidit89 says:

    RA
    Its 9am for all that technical stuff, so back to MacD’s
    Byron Burgers are good 🙂

  166. Gööner In Exile says:

    Dinner yesterday was Fish Fingers Chips and Peas, both had two fish fingers, I had several more some of which were between 2 slices of bread. I love fine dining but sometimes old fashioned good food hits the spot. In fact I ordered a fish finger sandwich at a deli recently….it was awful as they tried to ponce it up with proper bits of fish.

    As for burgers we went here on H’s birthday it’s a very good well made burger Americana style restaurant http://www.zaks.uk.com , he and G had meatballs but I’ll put a pic up in a minute of him with the burger he pilfered of Mrs Exiles plate, the boy has a good reach.

  167. Gööner In Exile says:

  168. Good morning Gays 🙂

    Not much to talk about after a rather flat TW… only a week to go for PL to return. I have something up this morning… a very rare occurance 😀

    http://wp.me/p4FeF9-rL

  169. mickydidit89 says:

    Exile

    Totally agree about simple fayre
    Absolutely love fish fingers chips and peas

    One problem we have, is that when they were around 7, we took them on a narrow boat in The Brecons (superb), where I spent a good part of the week explaining all I know about beef (and I really could write a book).

    Net result, they ask for Welsh Black in poncey restaurants, where even the poncey waiter thinks they are poncey and our beef is very expensive 🙂

  170. mickydidit89 says:

    “rather flat”
    Sarky 🙂

  171. RA says:

    H & G having a good reach, Exile, maybe a Goalkeeping career beckons for one or both of them. 🙂

    I love fish and chips and often the late DanDan and I used to brag outrageously about the best Chip Shop food. – I am very fussy about the quality.

    With beef I am somewhat schizophrenic.
    As a kid I used to help out on an uncle’s dairy farm, and my role was to act as a human sheepdog (maybe a beef dog) and round them up for milking. I loved doing it – and I loved these massive creatures happily allowing a human sprog to shoo them into the milk parlour – wonderful.

    I also loved Sunday lunch with a nice roast beef meal, or chargrilled steak, or (surprise, surprise) beef burgers.

    Then as I grew older the penny dropped that this wonderful food was the result of ‘bumping off’ moo-cows – OK, technically not dairy cows but I was not interested in technicalities. I did not eat beef for a year.

    Then growing rapidly, I found I needed ‘fuel’ and I have since enjoyed beef again, but I try not to think about it.

    Micky probably has half a dozen in his back yard and goes around squeezing their rumps to see who goes first. 🙂

  172. Red Arnie says:

    motning all.

    IMO, the bestest fish ‘n chips in the world is here:

  173. The best fish and chips are at the ‘Codfather’… in the Hanover area of Brighton… although my brother took me to an excellent Fish and Chip shop in Luton when I was there in April.

  174. I wasn’t able to get Rock and chips in England the last time I was there… why is this? Rock from what I remember is catfish… is that right?

  175. GoonerB says:

    Sorry, just before I go off for the day, some footy chat on non-footy chat a.m (you did all break the rules last Tuesday a.m so I guess the rules don’t stand anymore.

    From yesterday I agree with Arnie and GIE that we should be going Alexis Ollie Theo as our preferred front 3. AOC could play either side also.

    My controversial considerations would be Jack on the attacking right and I have always harboured a feeling that AOC could play up top. Would love to hear your take on that one.

  176. Well GB… you’ve now gone off for the day… must be a bit smellie 🙂

    So no point in discussing… but if you’re still there, Ox up front could be an exciting prospect, he has the build, he has the pace, he can take a pop from 30 yards… yeah… could be worth a punt 🙂

  177. Red Arnie says:

    So, for a change the international break fills me up with optimism. Ozil found his silky touch (to Evonne’s horror) and Theo his shooting boots. 🙂

    Bodes well for us. How about Ozil in the hole, with Alexis and Theo running up the channels and Ollie central.

    The Ox on the right, GoonerB, is also an option. About The Ox as striker, definitely worth a try!

    Jack: NO!

    20 goals form Ollie and 15 each from Alexis and Theo will do us fine. COYG. 🙂

  178. ‘Morning all.

    Yes you’re right GB. That’s the football stuff done, back to food.

    There are two fish and chip shops next door to each other in Wells-Next-the-Sea, they are both excellent but the one on the right as you face them is my favourite by a mile

  179. Gööner In Exile says:

    Ox up front does seem a good option, although I’m thinking I’d need to see him playing back to goal, that is the biggest difference for me between a striker and an attacking midfield.

  180. RA says:

    Oddly enough, Norfolk, I have been to them. Some years ago I rented a place there for a short break.

    They may have changed hands in the interim, but they were very good, and certainly worth visiting – but the one I go to in London is without doubt the fish’s bollix. Next time I am back in Londinium I will let you know and if you are free – I will take you there to get your opinion. 🙂

  181. hey Redders… share the fish’s bollix in London… where?

  182. Hi Redders, I’d gladly take you up on your offer but I’m not sure if my pony and trap would make it to the Great Metropolis, it barely gets me home from my local these days. 😀

    By the way, do fish have bollix?

    Soixante-Neuf, If they do they would probably be situated around about the anal vent, you could start looking there, no need to go all the way to London. 😀

  183. GunnerN5 says:

    Sadly the Fish and Chip shops in Canada are really crappy. But catching and cooking your own fish fresh is a pure delight, Walleye and Trout being my personal favourites – pan fried in butter – wonderful.

    It’s my son’s 40th today so I’m cooking his birthday dinner, the menu consists of –

    I” thick New York steak – pan fried in butter and oven baked for about 3 minutes.

    Twice baked potato mixed with butter and bacon bits then topped with sour creme.

    Asparagus spears.

    Sauteed melody of mushrooms and sweet red peppers.

    Accompanied by several bottles of red wine mostly Australian Shiraz.

    Finished off with a few glasses of cognac and a black coffee.

    Followed by several hours of sound sleep……………………

  184. Rasp says:

    That sounds superb GN5 😀 I’m drooling as I read ….

    I’ve prepped your post and plan top publish tomorrow if OK ith you?

  185. GunnerN5 says:

    That’s fine Rasp

  186. mickydidit89 says:

    “melody of mushrooms and”
    That’s the last time I refer to myself as a ponce 🙂
    Not here, just doing a very optimistic surf check

  187. GunnerN5 says:

    Sounds like I cook singing mushrooms – it should have read “medley of mushrooms”

  188. RA says:

    Norfolk @ 12:19

    I can definitely say with great certainty that my local Chinese sell fish balls with sweet and sour sauce – ipso facto. 🙂

  189. In that case there can be no doubt. It’s official fish have balls. Or at least, in the case of the ones at Redders local Chinese, they had balls. 😀

  190. TERRY MANCINI HAIR TRANSPLANT says:

    When I buy cod and chips I always insist the geezer cuts through the batter so i can investigate the colour. If white? great. If grey?, then I refuse to pay.

    Cutting the batter should be mandatory. But a lot of these fish & chip owners are really up themselves, believing they are saving humanity with the production of saveloy and curing schizophrenia with the eating of steak & kidney pie.

    They get the hump when you demand to see the colour. Accusing you of racism “You know liker the grey? You bloody fascista bastard. In the namer of grey fish and Roy Hodgson, I thrower you out”

    And when you refuse to pay they end up showing there true colour, and its not grey. “I will bleedings batter you, you biger nose bastard” This really is taking the piss “Go on then, you fat git. It will probably be a better batter than the crap your trying to sell me”

    Just a small tip. If you are ever in the process of getting battered by a fish & chip man, tell them your not sure if you want a fanta or a coke. This confuses them long enough to make your escape.

  191. GoonerB says:

    Marvelous Terry 🙂 I will put your tip to the test.

    I think the best fish and chips I had was in a fleeting visit to the borders of Loch Fyne where it headed out towards the sea. I believe it was in Tarbert. The place (as in the location not the fish type) was very unremarkable but the fish was to die for and was so obviously from that day’s catch.

  192. Terry, surely you’re not comparing Roy Hodgson to a grey fish?

    Although come to think of it he does have that look about him.

    I sometimes think that a grey Haddock would make a better England manger, but he’s doing alright at the moment. We’ll have to wait and see how he fairs when the Euros start for real, If we get battered like we did in Brazil then he will have had his chips for sure. 😀

  193. Gööner In Exile says:

    Some say theMagpie Cafe in Whitby is the best fish and chip shop, I believe it even featured in the Good Food Guide or some similar publication. Evidence is apparently the queues going up the street of people trying to get a table.

    I on the other hand thought it was over priced and the queues more to do with the general lack of places to eat in Whitby, could swear some people would just join a queue for the sake of it there’s so little to do there.

  194. Red Arnie says:

    motning all. yesterday’s visits.

  195. Red Arnie says:

    Hereford Cathedral

  196. Red Arnie says:

    Unfortunately, the Mappa Mundi and Magna Carta are restricted from public views on Sundays. We did not know. 😦

  197. Red Arnie says:

    and finally, Brum!

  198. chas says:

  199. Eddie says:

    Chas – i had to check why the photo of the Dutch front bottom. Joy 🙂 🙂 🙂

  200. Eddie says:

    Micky – someone here told me a story about Germans planning an invasion of Cornwall and their spies being caught red handed because of their pure English accents. Is it true?

  201. chas says:

    Ey up, Edris.

  202. German Spy says:

    Yez vee speeks der English gut .

  203. Stahlhelm says:

    Ya, grockles, ya.

  204. German Spy says:

    Undt der fishy chipss are wunderbar in cornwall, ya.

    Zee king of cornwall vanted to puts opp der border to keeping der grocklers out

  205. Eddie says:

    Oh dear, did I really expect a sensible response 🙂

  206. RC78 says:

    In Brussels, there are two quite decent fish and chips places:
    – 1 next to Grand Place called Bia Mara; and
    – 1 next to Place Flagey called Black Sheep.

    Now back to footie – Wellbeck being out for longer than expected, will Campbell finally show his true worth or will Ox flourish as a forward?

  207. RC78 says:

    GN5 – are you suffering from a hangover? I certainly hope so and hope your son’s celebrations went well! Any cognac fan here? If so, which one(s) do you drink? I am a fan of the Camus VSOP…

  208. mickydidit89 says:

    RC
    Camus VSOP?
    Existential nonsense, although I think he was a fine goal keeper 🙂

    Morning all

  209. RC78 says:

    MDD – I like the humor 🙂 which cognac do you drink? Please don’t tell me Hennesy XO

  210. Rasp says:

    Morning all,

    ……. New post ……

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