Terrier’s Return.

It was a surprise when Huddersfield forced their way in to the PL and it was an achievement of almost Leicester standards for them to stay up last season. Town have spent hardly anything, have a small ground and … how can I put this? … just think cobbled streets, Hovis and Lowry’s stickmen.

Manager Dick Wagner (  😀 ) has done a fantastic job.


Dick Wagner

In terms of economy, history, players there is no comparison with Arsenal but Town will give us a hard game this afternoon, just as they did at Wenger’s farewell at the John Smith’s in May.

We hammered the Terriers 5-0 last time but the score flattered us, with 3 goals in 4 second half minutes.

With two Danes, it would be 3 but for the suspension for Billing, there is much Huddersfield interest in Denmark.  TBH I know nothing about their other players,  the Dutch CB, Kongolo, appears to be their stand out man.

Thinking of CB’s, it is horrible news about Holding who is developing into a solid performer. We must hope he can make a full recovery ready for our title winning season in 2020.

We have injuries, some long-term, the loss of Welbz and Holding will probably result in January TW activity.

My Team:


Catwalk    Mustafi   Greek Bloke    Kolasinac

Terrier    Xhaka

Ozil    Iwobi

PEA    Lacazette

I pick a very attacking team. Why not – it’s Xmas.

Will Ozil’s “back spasm” continue? I have had back problems and can assure anyone who hasn’t that it is very debilitating requiring rest and time to improve. I prefer not to believe that there are tensions between Ozil and the club.

We have been on an wonderful and much unexcited run, a win today is important.

Let it be So.




65 Responses to Terrier’s Return.

  1. chas says:

    Thanks, BR.
    Tricky game today.
    Let’s hope the Terrier can dominate the Terriers.
    See you on the train.

  2. chas says:

    That Dick Wagner is a great manager on unlimited resources!

  3. VP of Oz says:

    The Wagner references are brilliant
    a truly great coach and a shame we didnt sign him


  4. Ants says:

    Thanks BR.
    I’ve got an awful lot of toasting to non attending bloggers to do so can’t hang around.
    Train train train and beer and Jameson’s ..hoorah!

  5. Red Arnie says:

    Nice one, Raddy. 🙂

    Tough game but we will come out with an upper edge, I think. The trip to Old Toilet was very costly in terms of injuries.

    Apparently, Ozil too is not fully fit yet.


  6. Red Arnie says:

    On other maters, always nice to find Oz receiving a mauling at home (in cricket). 🙂

  7. Ants says:

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  9. Red Arnie says:

    ha ha, brilliant Ant 🙂

  10. VP of Oz says:

    Red, oz cricket decline all started during the Clarke captaincy of which there is an ongoing feud with respected journalist Whateley who highlighted issues with Clarkes captainacy to which Katich has reignited their old feud –

    Katich probably the greatest Croatian cricketer since Len Pascoe

    Katich is of Croatian descent. His father’s parents were born in Croatia and emigrated to Australia in the 1920s, eventually settling in Perth.His father, Vince, was a police detective who helped play a part in the capture of serial killers David and Catherine Birnie.


    Leonard Stephen Durtanovich. It was a different Australia during his growing up years with racism still prevalent. He got teased for his big nose and ears but he dubs them as “just kids being kids”. Len was an ambitious young boy and got his surname change to Pascoe in order to be more successful. Changing the surname was his father’s decision. He was 15 then and Pascoe is his grandfather’s name.

    and finally, Steve Waugh was my all-time favourite captain, the end of an era.

  11. VP of Oz says:

    nice tag to the right of Ants “first class”

  12. VP of Oz says:

    does nitrous oxide cause back spasms?

  13. Ants says:

    I know that beer causes a lot of laughing

  14. Ants says:

    What’s cheers in Scottish Arnie?

  15. Red Arnie says:

    wow, great insights VP. yes, Steve Waugh. Well, for me, Alan Border as well

    I have to say in my cricket playing days. I used to hate Ozzies standing in slips while I batted. Their constant sledging and spitting gum in the batsman’s direction can be a bit unsettling. 🙂

    now, on the connection of NO2 and back spasms, thats a thought! 🙂

  16. Red Arnie says:

    ha ha, Ant. 🙂 Slàinte. But you knew that for sure! 🙂

  17. Red Arnie says:

    Does NO2 make you grow long flowing hair? or a star on your skull? 🙂

  18. Ants says:

    Slante is irish

  19. Red Arnie says:

    Ant. Sláinte in Irish Gaelic, and slàinte in Scottish Gaelic. Note the dramatic difference in accent! 🙂

  20. VP of Oz says:

    The 25 Best Ashes Sledges

    25. Ian Chappell to Derek Underwood
    England slow left-arm bowler Derek Underwood was hit on the hand while batting. Ian Chappell surprised Underwood with his concern.

    Chappell: “How’s the hand, which one was it?”
    Underwood: “It was my right.”
    Chappell: “That’s a shame. We were aiming for the left.”

    24. Ian Botham to Rodney Hogg
    As Rodney Hogg bowled to Ian Botham he lost his balance and fell at the England player’s feet.

    Botham: “I know you think I’m great Hoggy, but no need to get down on your knees.”

    23. Glenn McGrath to Michael Atherton
    Australia’s Glenn McGrath tried out an old Australian classic on England captain Michael Atherton, who fell for it hook, line and sinker

    McGrath: “Athers, it would help if you got rid of the shit at the end of your bat.”
    Atherton looks at the bottom of his bat.
    McGrath: “No, No, the other end.”

    22. Craig McDermott to Phil Tufnell
    Phil Tufnell had just bowled out Craig McDermott and was looking pleased with himself. McDermott did not let the feeling last long.

    McDermott: “You’ve got to bat on this in a minute, Tuffers. Hospital food suit you?”

    21. Michael Vaughan to Ricky Ponting
    The England captain Michael Vaughan arrived at the wicket to a volley of abuse from his Aussie counterpart Ricky Ponting, who he quickly put in his place.

    Vaughan: “Get back to the slips, Ponting. Who do you think you are, Steve Waugh?”

    20. Ian Healey to Nasser Hussain
    England skipper Nasser Hussain was at the crease. Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting and Ian Healy discussed fielding tactics.

    Waugh (to Ponting): “Field at silly point. I want you right under his nose.
    Healy: “That could be anywhere inside a three-mile radius.”

    19. Nasser Hussain to Justin Langer
    Hussain didn’t mind being sledged by the legendary figures of Australian cricket, but he wasn’t going to take abuse from the likes of Justin Langer.

    Hussain: “I don’t mind this lot chirping at me but you’re just the bus driver.”

    18. Australian fan to Phil Tufnell
    It’s not just the Australian players that love abusing English cricketers. Even the Aussie fans like to get in on the gag.

    Aussie fan: “Oi Tuffers, lend us your brain, I’m trying to build an idiot.”

    17. English fan to Matthew Hayden
    English cricket fans aren’t above this sort of thing either, as one proved when abusing Matthew Hayden over his cricket skills shortly after the Aussie opener had released a cook book.

    English fan: “You’re shit Hayden, and so is your chicken casserole.”

    16. Merv Hughes to Graham Gooch
    Hughes had sent several fast deliveries whistling past Graham Gooch, before dispatching the following verbal knockout punch.

    Hughes: “I’ll get you a fucking piano you Pommie poofta. Let’s see if you can play that.”

    15. Robin Smith to Merv Hughes
    England’s Robin Smith demonstrates to Merv Hughes the dangers of sledging just before you’re about to bowl to someone.

    Hughes: “You can’t fucking bat.”
    Smith hits Hughes for four.
    Smith: “Hey Merv, we make a fine pair. I can’t fucking bat and you can’t fucking bowl.”

    14. Dennis Lillee to Mike Gatting
    There’s no easier target for a joke than a fat man, as Dennis Lillee proved with the former England captain Mike Gatting.

    Lillee: “Hell, Gatt, move out of the way, I can’t see the stumps.”

    13. Derek Randall to Dennis Lillee
    Derek Randall proves that the English are the kings of self-effacement, having been hit on the head with a bouncer, bowled by Dennis Lillee.

    Randall: “No good hitting me there, mate, nothing to damage.”

    12. Australian fan to Bob Willis
    Former England bowler Bob Willis is 6ft 5” tall, which explains the following remark to him from an Australian spectator.

    Aussie fan: “Oi, Willis, I didn’t know they could stack shit that high.”

    11. David Steele to Rodney Marsh
    David Steele made a successful prediction to Rodney Marsh in what was to prove a glorious series for the new England batsman.

    Steele: “Take a good look at this arse of mine, you’ll see plenty of it this summer.”

    10. Bill Woodfull to Douglas Jardine
    In the infamous ‘Bodyline’ series, prim and proper England captain Douglas Jardine complained to Australian captain Bill Woodfull, having just been sworn at.

    Jardine: “Your slip just swore at me.”
    Woodfull: “All right, which one of you bastards called this bastard a bastard?”

    9. Phil Tufnell to The Umpire
    An angry Phil Tufnell took his frustration out on the umpire after his appeal against Dean Jones was turned down.

    Tufnell: “Are you bloody blind?”
    Umpire: “I beg your pardon?”
    Tufnell: “Are you fucking deaf as well?”

    8. Tim Zoehrer to Phil Edmonds
    Australia’s Tim Zoehrer lost his patience at the constant abuse coming his way from Phil Edmonds – husband to a famous author.

    Zoehrer: “At least I have an identity. You’re just Frances Edmonds’ husband.”

    7. Robin Smith to Merv Hughes II
    Smith got the better of his nemesis Merv Hughes once again.

    Hughes: “It’s four years since I bowled to you and you haven’t improved”
    Smith hits Hughes for four.
    Smith: “Neither have you.”

    6. Merv Hughes to Graeme Hick
    England batsman Graeme Hick never fulfilled his talent at international level and Hughes was quick to put the boot in during one innings.

    Hughes: “Mate, if you just turn the bat over you’ll find the instructions on the other side.”

    5. Michael Atherton to Ian Healey
    Michael Atherton had the perfect reply for Ian Healy when accused of cheating.

    Healey: “You’re a fucking cheat.”
    Atherton: “When in Rome dear boy…”

    4. David Hookes to Tony Greig
    Tony Greig was a South African playing for England, which meant that he was always on shaky ground when sledging others, as the Australia youngster David Hookes proved.

    Greig: “When are your balls going to drop sonny?”
    Hookes: “I don’t know, but at least I’m playing cricket for my own country.”

    3. Shane Warne to Paul Collingwood
    It wasn’t particularly witty but this rant from Shane Warne to Paul Collingwood does quite brutally expose the truth of England’s overreaction at winning the 2005 Ashes.

    Warne: “You’ve got an MBE, right? For scoring seven at The Oval? You’re an embarrassment.”

    2. Ian Botham to Rodney Marsh
    As Ian Botham prepared to bat, Aussie wicket keeper Rodney Marsh decided to put him off and was metaphorically smashed out of the ground.

    Marsh: “So how’s your wife and my kids?”
    Botham: “The wife’s fine – the kids are retarded.”

    1. James Ormond to Mark Waugh
    The little known England bowler James Ormond was preparing to bowl to Mark Waugh – one of the legendary Waugh brothers.

    Waugh: “Fuck me, look who it is. Mate, what are you doing out here? There’s no way you’re good enough to play for England.”
    Ormond: “Maybe not, but at least I’m the best player in my family”.

  21. Ants says:

    Afrikaans: Gesondheid
    Pronounced: Ge-sund-hate
    Meaning: Health
    Chinese (Mandarin):干杯 / gān bēi
    Pronounced: Gan bay
    Meaning: Cheers
    Czech: Na zdravi
    Pronounced: Naz-drah vi
    Meaning: Cheers
    Dutch: Proost
    Pronounced: Prohst
    Meaning: Cheers
    French: Santé! / À votre santé!
    Pronounced: Sahn-tay / Ah la vo-tre sahn-tay
    Meaning: To your health
    German: Prost / Zum wohl
    Pronounced: Prohst / Tsum vohl
    Meaning: Cheers/ to your health
    Greek: ΥΓΕΙΑ
    Pronounced: Yamas
    Meaning: Health
    Irish Gaelic: Sláinte
    Pronounced: Slawn-cha
    Meaning: Health
    Italian: Salute / Cin cin
    Pronounced: Saw-lutay / Chin chin
    Meaning: Health/ cheers
    Japanese: 乾杯/ Kanpai
    Pronounced: Kan-pie
    Meaning: Cheers/ Empty the glass
    READ MORE: 5 Language Learning Tools You’ll Love
    Korean: 건배
    Pronounced: Gun bae
    Meaning: Cheers/ toast
    Lithuanian: į sveikatą
    Pronounced: Ee sweh-kata
    Meaning: To your health
    Moldovan: Noroc
    Pronounced: No-rock
    Meaning: Luck
    Polish: Na zdrowie
    Pronounced: Naz-droh-vee-ay
    Meaning: To your health
    Portugese: Saúde
    Pronounced: Saw-OO-de
    Meaning: Health
    Russian: Будем здоровы/ На здоровье
    Pronounced: Budem zdorovi/ Na zdorovie
    Meaning: To your health (It is interesting to note that most Russians rarely use this expression, and the above is used more by foreigners. Russians will change their wishes based on the person and celebration.)
    Spanish: Salud
    Pronounced: Sah-lud
    Meaning: Health
    Swedish: Skål
    Pronounced: Skawl
    Meaning: Cheers (and don’t forget to look everyone in the eye!)
    Welsh: Iechyd da
    Pronounced: Yeh-chid dah
    Meaning: Good health
    Yiddish: Sei gesund
    Pronounced: Say geh-sund
    Meaning: Be healthy

  22. VP of Oz says:

    with all the current controversey over this I find out that it happened prior the start of the season and most likely during a team bonding night

  23. Red Arnie says:

    ha ha. great stuff, VP. 🙂

  24. VP of Oz says:

    gotta go, my wife wants to watch the Netflix movie Dumpling

  25. Ants says:

    I shouldn’t bother VP.. here’s the plot
    The infamous Aunt Mei (Bai Ling), a former gynecologist who performed abortions, makes dumplings with miraculous youth-restoring abilities. Mrs. Li (Miriam Yeung), a former actress desperate to make her womanizing husband (Tony Leung Ka Fai) pay attention to her again, initially refuses to eat them. However, after discovering their potency, she offers to pay Mei any price for more. Things are complicated when Mei is forced to flee the country and the dumplings’ power begins to fade.
    Sounds like a chick flick

  26. GunnerN5 says:

    Another fine PM – thank you Raddy.

    My only fear today is that the team get a bit cocky about their unbeaten streak and take this game for granted.

    That’s a truly horrid injury for Holding – way back 61 years ago the same injury ended my footballing days – I turned to coaching but still could not resist joining in the scrimmages and managed to twist the other knee. All these years later I’ve still not had any surgery but they should both be replaced – but at my ripe old age I wonder if I should bother.

    The game is at 10:00am here but I will pour a glass of wine at halftime and toast the Vine brothers for their contributions to AA and to our football experience – thank lads.

  27. Red Arnie says:

    Sounds like Ant has spent an evening watching this. 🙂

  28. LB says:

    That really is a fine array of beers and salty snacks.

    Thanks as always BR.

    I shall be attending the game today, hoorah but it is so cold here.

  29. GunnerN5 says:

    It’s -7c here LB and snowing – to add to the accumulation already on the ground.

    Enjoy the game.

  30. Big Raddy says:

    “Marsh: “So how’s your wife and my kids?”
    Botham: “The wife’s fine – the kids are retarded.””

    Wish I had said that 😀

    Ant on fire and fully stocked for the journey.

    Love the AA sign from LBG. Thank you, and mine is a pint of creme de menthe

  31. Big Raddy says:

    Still no Mesut 😦

    No Wobbly this afternoon, And, we are playing with a Back 3 again.


  32. Big Raddy says:

    Huddersfield fouling every 3 minutes, rotationally.

    come on ref, they are doing this to stop us getting any momentum

  33. Big Raddy says:

    And Xhaka gets the first card for our first foul!!

  34. Rasp says:

    Crap ref … again!!

  35. fred1266 says:

    We playing 343 or 3412

  36. Big Raddy says:

    Wow, Town are playing a dirty game

  37. Rasp says:

    Red card coming up!!!

  38. Big Raddy says:

    Terrible refereeing. How can Laca be offside from a back pass? Total nonsense.

  39. fred1266 says:

    Think that Sokratis 5 yellow so he suspended next game jah

  40. Rasp says:

    This ref is a grade A, gold plated c*^t

  41. Aaron says:

    So, just as I thought-both CB’s suspended for next game.sssshhh.
    Ref allowed them to foul, keeper to hold ball forever, and then cards Xhaka for clear foul. Hilarious if it was really a professional futbol match.
    Should be 3-1, but hey let the Arsenal do it the Arsenal way.
    Second half changes, I do not know who is left, and grind them down for a goal for ugly win..

  42. Big Raddy says:

    If a player is having a dreadful performance they can be subbed, so why not officials?

    These blokes are having a ‘mare. How can it be that AFC are being kicked off the pitch yet have more yellow cards?

    And we scored a legitimate goal which was wrongly denied.

  43. Rasp says:

    I’m tempted to ask if there are some big bets on this game … I don’t know how the ref can have got so many decisions wrong ….

  44. fred1266 says:

    3 games in a row awful officiating

  45. fred1266 says:

    Hmm mkhitaryan

  46. Rasp says:

    Support Fred!!!!!

  47. fred1266 says:

    Sorry I can’t since I like lacazette a lot

  48. Big Raddy says:

    FFS Now Mustafi buggered. We won’t have a team come Xmas.

    Come on Auba bury one of these chances

  49. Big Raddy says:

    It has to be said that we are playing poorly

  50. Big Raddy says:

    Superb play from all 3 involved, Curly, PEA and Terrier.

    Now please just play Keepball and slow everything down

  51. Big Raddy says:

    I like this Kongolo – we should sign him in January

  52. fred1266 says:

  53. Rasp says:

    Good battling 3 points ….. the ref almost ruined the game … and another injured defender. It will be mostly kids against carrier bag.

  54. fred1266 says:

    Nice to see monreal back hopefully Koscielny next week

  55. fred1266 says:

    Leno clean sheet 👍👍👍👍

  56. Red Arnie says:

    onwards ,,,,

  57. Big Raddy says:

    Fred. You are right and we do not get many clean sheets.

    That game was almost ruined by awful officials and it is no surprise that there were no PL refs or linesmen at the World Cup.

    The sooner we get VAR the better, but, would Sokratis have been penalised for an incredibly stupid push in our penalty area in extra time?

  58. LB says:

    Can someone tell me where we are with the yellow cards, who misses the next game?

  59. Big Raddy says:

    Both CB’s are out with 5 cards against S’ton

    Would be good if Chavs hold on. Would be horrible if MC became Invincibles

  60. LBG says:

    Not even going to bother with the usual
    Shit ref. Terriers not interested in playing football. More injuries.
    Only one question tactically. Given Dick( sorry, Jo) played our Terrier forward and on the right, would he have been on the end of the ball to score, if LBG had had his way and played him centrally and behind Xhaka and Ouzi?
    Two invincible down, one to go!

  61. VP of Oz says:

    What a great goal from Torreira, my mouth just dropped wide open in awe, fast becoming a legend

    And for the 1 billion dollar team to lose whilst all the shite pundits talk the talk “can they ever be beaten” hahaha

    It will be a tough game away to South especially with our player availability issues but hopefully Kos comes back and plays well and Ozil is fit again and in form

  62. chas says:

  63. fred1266 says:

    We should be to do ok without a any CB at Southampton out offence just have to keep the pressure on,

    Any word on ramsey

  64. chas says:


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