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  1. Tammy abuse

    Here's the report on Poll saying he wanted to 'Teach us a lesson'. Our players were obviously seething at the way he reffed us that day. I think it was the fallout over this that led to Poll retiring, as he felt the FA didn't support him.
  2. Tammy abuse

    Yes, I remember that game, which (like the QPR game I mentioned) also sparked false allegations of JT racially abusing an opponent, that time Lesley King. I have a vague memory of Poll saying our players needed to be taught a lesson , as he felt we were getting too big for our boots - I'll try and find it. Here he is admitting being biased towards teams and players who were nice to him
  3. Tammy abuse

    You''ll have to jog my memory about the Poll game. Was it at WHL? Chris Foy's reffing at QPR (when the JT-Ferdinand incident took place) was another shocker, but sadly didn't see him retire straight afterwards.
  4. Liverpool 2 Chelsea FC 2 (Liverpool wins 5-4 Pens)

    The guidelines on ordering a retake if it's 'blatant' are a farce. It literally gives officials free rein to determine what constitutes a breach of the rule, and thereby control the outcome of a penalty shootout. In cricket, overstepping the line when bowling is black and white - there's no leeway to enforce the no-ball rule only when it is 'blatant'. An inch beyond the line is penalised the same as a foot beyond it. Wednesday's decision not to order a retake does of course bring back memories of how the old rule about moving before the ball was kicked was implemented. That was enforced about once a decade - Cudicini at Anfield springs to mind. And then there's the encroachment rule, which was also enforced about once a decade - like when Mike Dean decided to enforce it twice over at Upton Park.
  5. Media / Press

    It was the lead news story on 5live at 2pm. And the lead topic for discussion straight after (on now).
  6. Borussia Mönchengladbach 2 Chelsea FC 2

    Not the most mobile, but he was a true leader on the filed, and he turned in some incredible performances for us. A better player than he was given credit for.
  7. CHO

    Interesting how open their Sporting Director Hasan Salihamidzic was there (""Wir wollen den Spieler verpflichten" = We want to sign the player). Just today Bayern's chairman Karl-Heinz Rumenigge has slapped down their coach Kovac for saying they were 'optimistic' about signing Sane. He said: "We have a very good relationship with Man City. We have to respect players who are under contract with other clubs. It's also a FIFA regulation". (In German) Which translates as: "We despise Chelsea and will do all we can to unsettle their players to try and tempt them to sign for us. We can safely ignore any FIFA regulations."
  8. Chelsea Finances Thread

    Just came across this table on Swiss Ramble's twitter. I know we have a small stadium and we have frozen ticket prices for years, but how come our matchday income has not grown since 2007, while Liverpool's has doubled? I know they've rebuilt their main stand, but they have only added about 12000 to the capacity.
  9. No new members for over a year

    This is the only surviving fanzine I know of, run by Dave Johnstone, who has authored books with Mark Worrall ( That link says it will still be published next season.
  10. Transfer Talk Topic

    I enjoyed the article, which was very well researched. Bracketing Crespo with Sheva as a signing who 'failed to impress' jars with me, but it was mostly well-written. It was interesting to see the profits made from the loan army totted up (£112m or so), but this doesn't factor in sell-on fees and loan fees, and nor does it take account of the vast sums spent on loan players' wages over the past 16 years, which will only partially have been covered by the clubs who took the players on loan (Musonda quoted as being an exception, where Celtic paid all his wages - and by all accounts didn't get a lot in return). The Telegraph says we got £10m of the £56m City paid for de Bruyne, but just £2.7m of the £39 m Liverpool paid for Salah. And The Sunday Times claims there was no sell-on clause for Lukaku, so we didn't get a cut of the huge fee United paid for him: but other sources claim there was. I would guess there's a sell-on clause with Ake.
  11. Media / Press

    This was the story Sterling highlighted: I hadn't put 2 + 2 together about the press fawning over Sterling this season until now. Him speaking out certainly did change the way they cover him. A bit like the press's kid gloves treatment of all things Liverpool for the last 30 years since the Sun's report on Hillsborough.
  12. Official: Eden Hazard Joins Real Madrid

    Sob. An absolute star.
  13. Media / Press

    I watched that documentary this week. It was a real shock for a network that normally pays so little attention to Liverpool FC to decide to do a big feature on a decade when they were so successful ;-). My reaction to the programme was exactly the same as yours, Ham. Heysel was put into the context of Milllwall and Chelsea fans running riot, while stressing the poor state of Heysel's terracing. Plus the LFC fan made it clear he felt Juve fans started the trouble. So all in all Liverpool fans were pretty blameless and a bit unlucky. And like you, I was struck by the same fan glorying in the fans' ingenuity at getting into games without tickets. And yet it is the most disgraceful slur to suggest any of them did so at Hillsborough. Still, it was a watchable programme that linked Merseyside's football dominance to the political, economic and social turmoil the city went through back then.
  14. Media / Press

    The Guardian report today on a West Ham fan being convicted of racially abusing Son. They include the following: They obviously didn't have the space to write that lip reading experts told the police and the CPS "they believed Mr Wing had shouted "Manc c***" not "black c***"."