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I can’t see a regular football thread. Forgive me if there is one, but I love football and would love to have a good thread here where we can discuss it. 

I’m a West Ham fan. I’m a season ticket holder. I go to nearly every home game and watch the away game in the pub with my mates. 

I can’t believe the last two seasons. 6th last year and 7th at the moment with a chance for 5th/6th and the semi finals in the Europa League against Frankfurt, a side who I believe we should be beating after we knocked out the holders and record winners Sevilla, and then Lyon who knocked Man City out of the Champions League a couple of years ago. Obviously a tough game but I believe in the Moyesiah.

What has been done with a small squad is nothing short of a miracle. And what can I say about Declan Rice? Watching him week in week out, he is exceptional. I honestly believe that he is one of, if not the best box to box, ball winning midfielders of his type in world football right now. A future England captain. 

What’s your favourite team? Do you watch a team regularly?

Do you think Ten Haig will turn Man Utd’s fortunes around? (I don’t) and will he be sacked by Christmas?
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  • MagicPigDetectiveMagicPigDetective Frets: 2359
    edited April 21
    I'm a Liverpool fan, but slightly weary of saying, as previous football threads have shown some serious dislike of the club from some.... though this appears to have subsided recently, now that we are back to playing football bloody well. Let's leave out the hate and have a good natured discussion here. 

    I have a lot of friends and work colleagues who are Man Utd fans (in north Wales most my age and older are Liverpool or Man U fans), I could be reveling in their downfall but I can't be bothered with winding them up, I'd rather have proper discussions with them football and their concerns.. they're livid with the Glazers and how the club is run. Until that changes, I can't see them coming back as a force (getting rid of Hicks and Gillet was the start of things turning for the better for LFC).

    West Ham are having a hell of a season... we did very well to beat you at Anfield. You do wonder how Moyes would have done at Man U with more time...... he's gone from zero back to hero, quite a turnaround. 

    As for our season... we shall see... even if we don't win another trophy this season, we have an incredible squad now and Klopp is the best thing that could have happened to us, he's lifted the club, players and fans and his shoulders, united us all and made us believe. I bloody love him! The level that LFC and Man City are at now is insane. I think there's a good chance we'll meet them again in the CL final.   

    I haven't been to Anfield since 2017 unfortunately...I really need to go back. I watch every game on my ipad on a dodgy stream!

    I also follow Newtown in the Welsh Premier, the town I grew up in. We've had an incredible season, and will finish 3rd. 
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  • Devil#20Devil#20 Frets: 816
    I just hope United finish low enough down the table that doesn't involve European football next season (and certainly not Thursday night football). It's not a distraction we need right now. Massive clear out from top to bottom required. It'll take years. 

    Ian

    Lowering my expectations has succeeded beyond my wildest dreams.

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  • RobDaviesRobDavies Frets: 2595
    Brentford fan and season ticket holder for forty plus years…. So, I can’t currently believe my luck.  Never thought I’d see the day when we were in the top division AND beating big teams convincingly.  

    I’ve done every game home and away this season, apart from Arsenal at The Emirates - and that was only because the trains were screwed after the big storm.  
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  • WazmeisterWazmeister Frets: 7467
    Although I live in the Black Country, Ive been a Q.P.R. all my life.

    Top 6 all season, till the last few months when we have collapsed…
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  • kaypeejaykaypeejay Frets: 649
    I’ve been following Wrexham for 52 yrs, the last 30 or so as an exile in Yorkshire. After some dismal years in the doldrums, it seems we finally have something to smile about. 

    @MagicPigDetective it's great that you follow your local team, I wish more people would do that. 
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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 10238
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    I have a lot of friends and work colleagues who are Man Utd fans (in north Wales most my age and older are Liverpool or Man U fans), I could be reveling in their downfall but I can't be bothered with winding them up, I'd rather have proper discussions with them football and their concerns.. they're livid with the Glazers and how the club is run. Until that changes, I can't see them coming back as a force (getting rid of Hicks and Gillet was the start of things turning for the better for LFC).


    So true 

    I'm a Leeds fan and have been since the late 60's - Have seen some good days and bad days, but will never change my support - I manage to get there about 5-8 games a year and have done so be it PL, EFL and even when we were in League 1 for 2 years, a while ago - A Tues night playing Walsall, peeing down with rain, in the 3rd tier and losing, can test you desire 

    But I agree with you - So many morons can have a 'I hate XYZ' etc etc - Just ignore them - I love the game and prefer a good chat about genuine aspects of their team etc rather than this crap surrounding hate
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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 10238
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    Devil#20 said:
    I just hope United finish low enough down the table that doesn't involve European football next season (and certainly not Thursday night football). It's not a distraction we need right now. Massive clear out from top to bottom required. It'll take years. 
    That Thurs night fixture appears to be a killer - I remember the days when European fixtures were a Wed, across all 3 tournaments - Okay TV won't allow that - But the Fairs Cup/UEFA Cup was something worth entering with pride - Not it is seen by so many as a kiss of death, so maybe it should be looked at by UEFA - I don't get this 2nd tier UEFA competition at all 
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  • mudslide73mudslide73 Frets: 2570
    I'm a West Brom season ticket holder. This will be our lowest finish in 20 years and it's been a hard watch. Some great results against the top sides but mainly players not turning up for the rest.. we're like a junior United in the Championship with a massive clear out needed. 

    Massive props to Brentford and Palace as I thought they'd both really struggle. I'm very  pleased for you @RobDavies as I know how long you've waited for this. Treated to a season like that when you're going home and away.. :)
    "A city star won’t shine too far"


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  • scrumhalfscrumhalf Frets: 9159
    European football suffered from the dissolution of the USSR, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia. It increased the number of potential teams hugely.

    The UEFA cup used to be great, I can remember nany great nights at White Hart Lane under the floodlights when Spurs played some great sides.

    Many of the teams participating used to be on their way up, having finished well in their domestic leagues the season before and still improving whereas the European Cup often featured teams who had peaked when winning their league and were on their way down.

    The Cuo Winners Cup was just an oddity, anyone could be in it. 

    Personally I think that the Eurinal League could be promoted better and as for the Eurinal Compost League, it's just a joke (and not just because we couldn't find our arses with radar in it). 

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  • TeleMasterTeleMaster Frets: 6069
    edited April 22
    Devil#20 said:
    I just hope United finish low enough down the table that doesn't involve European football next season (and certainly not Thursday night football). It's not a distraction we need right now. Massive clear out from top to bottom required. It'll take years. 
    That Thurs night fixture appears to be a killer - I remember the days when European fixtures were a Wed, across all 3 tournaments - Okay TV won't allow that - But the Fairs Cup/UEFA Cup was something worth entering with pride - Not it is seen by so many as a kiss of death, so maybe it should be looked at by UEFA - I don't get this 2nd tier UEFA competition at all 
    We can do it and we have about 8 players. I don’t see how the bigger clubs with their huge squads claim they are struggling because of it. 

    Look at it sure, but it’s a seriously difficult competition and it brings a lot of money in for smaller clubs. It’s also a chance to have European football, versus prestigious clubs for smaller clubs who may struggle to get Champions League football, or any European football at all.

    You support Leeds. Wouldn’t you be absolutely ecstatic if you reached the semis of the Europa league considering the fact you haven’t been in Europe for decades? 

    If someone supports a club like Chelsea that regularly gets CL football, I can see how you’re spoilt and don’t hold it in high regard, but it is of course a competition worth fielding your best teams for especially if you don’t get Europe often. And the fans would deserve it. 

    If West Ham win the Europa league, it will be one of the greatest nights of my life.
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  • NeilNeil Frets: 3106
    West Ham fan here. What Moysie has done is nothing short of miraculous.

    We have excellent players in all positions apart from real cover for Antonio and I really think we can win the Europa.

    COYI!
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  • stufisherstufisher Frets: 135
    This is a shout out for lower league and junior league teams ... I'm a Queen Of The South fan and we're on the brink of relegation to SFL 3rd flight. It's gut-wrenching.

    I suspect it'll take 5+ years to get back into Championship division ... nae money, nae squad, nae fans, nae easy solution given society's bigger economic challenges right now.

    I stopped watching premiership and premier league football a long time ago because it's so far from reality most of the time ... grass-roots stuff always feels more 'honest' to me.

    So, I wonder who else has a similar outlook?
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  • rlwrlw Frets: 3397
    I live in York so no point in having any interest in football.

    Used to follow Leeds and Millwall - my local team - many years ago but don't really have any interest at all now.
    Save a cow.  Eat a vegetarian.
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  • TeleMasterTeleMaster Frets: 6069
    Neil said:
    West Ham fan here. What Moysie has done is nothing short of miraculous.

    We have excellent players in all positions apart from real cover for Antonio and I really think we can win the Europa.

    COYI!
    Me too. COYI!!!!
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  • tony99tony99 Frets: 5210
    Still gutted over the european super league not going through; that could well have been the first step for the english leagues going back to something watchable and less concerned with commercialism. As it stands the game's no longer what it was.
    Bollocks you don't know Bono !!
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  • TeleMasterTeleMaster Frets: 6069
    tony99 said:
    Still gutted over the european super league not going through; that could well have been the first step for the english leagues going back to something watchable and less concerned with commercialism. As it stands the game's no longer what it was.
    Oh it’s going ahead. 

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  • jellyrolljellyroll Frets: 2890
    Man City fan for 50 years. The first 40 weren't so great...

    Enjoying the ride of our lottery win.

    Yes, I have reservations about the money...but I've been supporting them a long time. And as I remind my family regularly, you can change your religion, you can change your gender, you can change your wife....but you can't change your football team.
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  • tony99tony99 Frets: 5210
    tony99 said:
    Still gutted over the european super league not going through; that could well have been the first step for the english leagues going back to something watchable and less concerned with commercialism. As it stands the game's no longer what it was.
    Oh it’s going ahead. 

    yeah in another form I suppose. Just another example of what I believe is wrong with the modern game, there are plenty more. But if people enjoy it as it is then good luck to them I say!
    Bollocks you don't know Bono !!
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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 22530

    I’m a West Ham fan. I’m a season ticket holder. I go to nearly every home game and watch the away game in the pub with my mates. 

    I can’t believe the last two seasons. 6th last year and 7th at the moment with a chance for 5th/6th and the semi finals in the Europa League 
    Spurs fan since the 60s .
    :(

    I think West Ham are now reaping the benefit of sticking with a decent manager and giving him time to build a team and get them used to playing together.  Lots of lessons to be learned there for most clubs (Spurs included!).    I've never really understood the Spurs/WestHam aggro - as far as I'm concerned, West Ham play decent football and have produced a lot of excellent players through the years.

    Devil#20 said:
    I just hope United finish low enough down the table that doesn't involve European football next season (and certainly not Thursday night football). It's not a distraction we need right now. Massive clear out from top to bottom required. It'll take years. 
    I couldn't agree with that enough.  Those Thursday games seem to kill any chance of competitiveness in the Premier League games.  I'd rather Spurs hadn't qualified for Europa/Conference league competitions, and just focused on getting the team together in domestic competitions.  

    Champions League - OK - that's a worthwhile competition in which you can compete against decent teams, and it's a definite "reward" for domestic success.  

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  • TeleMasterTeleMaster Frets: 6069
    edited April 22
    TTony said:

    Spurs fan since the 60s .


    I think West Ham are now reaping the benefit of sticking with a decent manager and giving him time to build a team and get them used to playing together.  Lots of lessons to be learned there for most clubs (Spurs included!).    I've never really understood the Spurs/WestHam aggro - as far as I'm concerned, West Ham play decent football and have produced a lot of excellent players through the years.

    Well, I don’t really go in for rivalries in a serious way at all but I do like a rivalry in the lightest terms.

    I will not abide with the racism and fighting that goes along with the West Ham/Spurs rivalry and for me it’s just about spicing up the match a bit more, and wanting to beat you just a little bit more for bragging rights and that’s it. 
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