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3 Point Lane? Southampton, possibly the only points left on offer for March! Unless of course we do a Benfica on Liverpool!

So, as the sun sets on yet another season full of promise, and Tim (nice, but getting dimmer) shakes hands with his successor on Sunday, Southampton`s Mauricio Pochettino, we once again look at what might have been our season.

We have reached a glass ceiling called 5th place. 1 or 2 World Class Players got us into the CL but without the cash for a Bale or a Suarez or an Aguero we are not going to break through that glass ceiling.

Since Abramovich arrived at the Bridge in July 2003 he has spent £700m on players and it has won him; 1 Premiership title; 2 League cups, 4 FA Cups, 1 Champions League and 1 Europa League. Manchester City spent £930.4m turning themselves from mid table mediocrity into Premier League title winners and title contenders. We spend £108m to turn us from being the bridesmaid to being the wedding jokes!

We Spurs fans can now only sit and watch from the sidelines as Liverpool, Chelsea, Man City and Gooners slug it out for the Premiership Title whilst we face the prospect of another season in the Europa League. Even with the squad that we have, we struggle to get a side out toward the end of the season for both Europa and the Premiership. In fact, we have struggled to even know who our first team is, such has been the under performance of our new summer intake. It says it all when a Spurs youth player keeps out a £9m international signing out of the team.

We will probably play better for the rest of the season now that the pressure is off the players. We have no more Top 4 teams to meet after the Bin Dippers on the 31st March and we have little or no chance of closing the gap between us and the Gooners after they beat us at the Lane. Last Sunday was our last realistic chance to get within touching distance of a top 4. Let`s face it ....even if we did qualify for the CL how far would we get when we can`t even beat the CL rejects in the Europa?

You have to ask therefore, where are we going as a club? What can we realistically hope to achieve when our Chairman will not spend the kind of cash City and Chavs spend and we just keep selling our world class players. If Manure had not imploded the way they have done under Moyes we would probably be sitting well behind in 6th place by now.

And so Sunday brings us Southampton, a team that we can probably take on with some level of confidence, you never know we might actually win it. After our Benfica invitation friendly, that suddenly became a contest, we welcome back; Emmanuel Adebayor, Mousa Dembele, Younes Kaboul and Jan Vertonghen. First names on the team sheet will probably be: Bentaleb; Chadli and Sandro and as Kyle Walker is still out with his hip I expect Kyle Naughton will take the right hand side whilst Rose takes the left.

To paraphrase the great Bard; Tim Sherwood is; "Full of sound and fury....signifying nothing" so now all he can fight for is our pride, and even that is belittled all over North London toilet walls right now! I assume Sherwood`s merry men will put Eriksen out left and Townsend or Lennon on the right. But at least we might not look so knackered this Sunday, as in past post Europa League games, as we may have some fresh legs to play on.

So what is our player`s motivation now? What is our ambition for the rest of the season? Even if the Gooners lose to the Chavs and to Citeh I cannot see us catching them, even if we do end the season the way we started it, by knocking off the lower clubs.

I shall take my seat on Sunday at the Lane to watch a game of footy and that will be all it is now and hopefully enjoy watching the players playing with some degree of freedom.
Ah well there is always next season! We`ve tasted the Portugese Plonker, let`s hope it`s not going to be a Spanish "Vino Collapso"

COYS!

Written by OyVeh Maria



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Writer:OyVeh Maria
Date:Saturday March 22 2014
Time: 11:17AM

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Good Morning all on vital, tricky game tomorrow, but one i expect to just edge!
spurfect one
22/03/2014 11:26:00
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Start Chadli more centrally, start Naughton at RB, start Kane if Ade is not fit. Even though i am a fan of Bobby, his lack of service and inability to make things happen on his own is becoming a hindrance.
spurfect one
22/03/2014 11:29:00
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Liverpool have not spent anywhere near Chelsea and City's outlay and are doing very well thanks to a good manager and good buys. Anyone can manage the pick of world footballers to the top of the PL but a good coach and scouting network can also succeed. Problem is Levy doesn't have a clue who to appoint. If Tim is still manager next season, he will have a proper chance to prove himself. It's not just about money.
Harry-Kari
22/03/2014 11:39:00
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I expect a close, well contested match and Spurs to win it.
MAN ON!
22/03/2014 11:45:00
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Good morning... sincerely hoping the Sunday after Thursday routine won't hit WHL. Still full of hope to see the Spurs win handsomely but 1-0 will do!

Looking forward to Freyers continuing his time on the pitch - he did well on Thursday and the last few times... would like to see Eriksen return but think it might be the same as Thursday in MF...EA injured ? Let's try Kane and Soldado? We did OK with two up front@SMS - one of the better games attended this year.

Rumours of new signings starring to surface... a Belgian forward (albeit a gooner) not Benteke ? and Lescott or Richards....

COYS!!!
Highgatespur
22/03/2014 11:50:00
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"What can we realistically hope to achieve when our Chairman will not spend the kind of cash City and Chavs spend", ok so where exactly is that money going to come from ? this piece might be a bit more credible if you'd explained that. Chelsea and City spend money, all we did was reinvest what we got and replaced the players we'd lost, there's also the question of the wage bill, what they spend is vastly more than we could afford. But why let facts get in the way of a good sound bite. Pochettino our next manager, what the hell has he done ? you need more than a foreign name.
jod
22/03/2014 11:54:00
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Jod, several good points there.

On your point, "Pochettino our next manager, what the hell has he done ? you need more than a foreign name."
The same goes for a British name aye? It doesn't matter what name - we need someone to stand up to Levy with experience and success behind him! That's my opinion.
Highgatespur
22/03/2014 12:06:00
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Yes Highgate, Freyers looked good against Benfica, I also thought Sandro was good at back, top player imo. would start Chadli on sun, ericksen needs to start as well, Soldado looks very unhappy and short on confidence.
Thats Entertainment
22/03/2014 12:09:00
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if dim sum leaves our christian on the bench again or puts him out wide when he should be building a team around him it just confirms what ive been boring you all that he is completely pathetic and useless as a manager and please dont come back and talk about lack of experience ect we could all do a better job than he has done, i just despair guys coys
tottspur
22/03/2014 12:21:00
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Off topic. I see AVB is fourth highest payed manager in the world at zenit, on 7.1m sterling per year! Wow!
Dublin Hotspur
22/03/2014 12:24:00
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TE, IMO we need Sandro in CM... the decision makers need to decide whether to ditch Soldado completely or to back him completely by giving him another prolonged opportunity... seemingly it is not doing good for anyone by tantalising an opportunity now and then.... Kane did look good in holding the ball up.... glad for him after all those loans!!!
Highgatespur
22/03/2014 12:25:00
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Well Dublin, he doesn't seem to negotiating skills does he?!!! Good luck to him!
Highgatespur
22/03/2014 12:26:00
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So this is it then ''Pieces of Eight'' (which was a spanish coin) eight more games to go, I was thinking back to our past fixtures and trying hard to think of one game I enjoyed so far this season and I could only think of Man Utd away, as for the rest just a blur, I would have enjoyed the other night had we got one more goal and won in extra time, to put one over on that smug jesus george or what ever his name is. Eight more games will be like a death of a thousand cuts, you just want it to end, well I do. I have never in my life as a spurs fan known a season like this one, have you? So much has already been said on here all good, all different opinions, now it looks as if Tim (in the stands) Sherwood will continue this on sunday, has Levy had a word in his shell like. Please god let it all end soon.
spu 4 life
22/03/2014 12:29:00
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tottspur, IMO Lloris, Vertonghen, Sandro, Eriksen should be the first four names on the team sheet.
Highgatespur
22/03/2014 12:29:00
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Sorry Dublin, he doesn't seem to *be lacking* negotiating skills does he?!!
(apologies - my eyes probably popped out on hearing that!!!)
Highgatespur
22/03/2014 12:31:00
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OVM.... interesting analogy. We cannot honestly compete with the financial clout of the four teams above us or Man Utd so we are doing well to stay in the hunt as long as we did. Especially considering all the changes and injuries (yet again) we've had this year. Not sure I'd want Pochettino as our next manager. He's only been here for the one season which started well but has dropped away. Anyway for tomorrow I think if all are fit the team should be Lloris, Naughton, Kaboul, Verts, Fryers, Sandro and Bentaleb, Lennon, Chadli and Eriksen with Ade up front. COYS
longtimespur
22/03/2014 12:31:00
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Chelsea to win, we can still catch scum, I BELEIVE!!!!
Thats Entertainment
22/03/2014 12:34:00
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TE after the cardiff match winning goal Soldado was the most confident I've seen him. He simply had to start the next match, but it was Chelsea, far enough be tactical and play one up front. Confidence still high so got to start against Benfica, no Harry Kane has been turning up on time to training all season deserves a start, Soldad thinks wtf can I do, confidence shot not just short.

That and bringing Siggy on and taking Sandro off last week has made my mind up on Tim, no man manager, no tactical genius, no way he should be spurs manager next season.

I'm looking forward to watching tomorrows game but it means nothing..
T.H.F.Chris
22/03/2014 12:35:00
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Spu 4 life - I fully understand your point but unfortunately I do remember worse seasons; 1974-77 seasons, 1999 -2004 seasons come readily to mind....

the games I enjoyed this year: Soton (away) Swansea(away) Manure (both) Aston Villa (cc + away) Cardiff (away) Fulham (away last 15mins) - you're not that many!!!
Highgatespur
22/03/2014 12:39:00
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jod & Highgatespur interesting views on ext manager, if we are going to have one, I would keep well clear of the Soton manager Pocahontas is it, he might get one over us tomorrow, then Levy will be creaming himself, like he does with every player who scores or plays well against us, No thanks. If we are going to progress and we require a stern manager, with experience at the highest level, then for me it has to be LVG.
spu 4 life
22/03/2014 12:40:00
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Derby 1-0 v Forest... come on Chavs!!!
Highgatespur
22/03/2014 12:42:00
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Didn't realise tomorrow's game on SKY - why?
Highgatespur
22/03/2014 12:44:00
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T.H.F. Always look on the bright side of life, you never know we might start to improve under TS.
Thats Entertainment
22/03/2014 12:45:00
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Our season is not, as some suggest, over. We are playing for 5th place with an outside chance of 4th! Personally, I think Arsenal and Pool are the two we want to see drop points, complimented by a winning run of games from us. There’s still lots of interest ... including how the players and team perform and how TS manages the team selection and bench. The biggest interest for me on match days has become the team selection. I still have absolutely no idea of our best 11 so don’t even bother speculating now. But I do find predicting the score is fairly easy (I said easy, not successful!)... so I’m going for a 3-0 home win! COYS
Geofspurs
22/03/2014 12:46:00
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THFC - it's hard to stop the habit but watching Spurs does mean something to me - I want the Spurs to win every ******* game!!! I'm still that little kid when it comes to wanting the mighty Spurs to succeed EVERY time....
Highgatespur
22/03/2014 12:50:00
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Highgate they were all good and enjoyable games, except the Man U at home IMHO, we should have won it and gave away silly/lucky goals twice. Thing is though none of those games are worth remembing next year, Utd was the only big scalp but west brom, Newcastle and about a million others have won there this year... Liverpool is our last chance at winning a game that means anything.

By comparison last season Scum at home, Utd away, Liverpool at home are the three I still remember without having it think about it, City at home also comes to mind.
T.H.F.Chris
22/03/2014 12:51:00
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2-0 already to Chelsea!
MAN ON!
22/03/2014 12:54:00
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TE haha life of brain is quite an apt quote for Sherwood, and I think the improvement will come after TS, that's the brightside mate.
T.H.F.Chris
22/03/2014 12:56:00
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Happy 1000th Wenger!
MAN ON!
22/03/2014 12:56:00
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Brilliant Man On. Before the game I wanted a draw, now just want to see Chelsea absolutely ****** them.
T.H.F.Chris
22/03/2014 12:57:00
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...So do I T.H.F.Chris.
MAN ON!
22/03/2014 13:00:00
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Highgatespur - So what success and experience does Pochettino have exactly ?
jod
22/03/2014 13:02:00
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THFChris - the atmosphere at those games were good as well - Like you, with my fast receding memory in tow, I doubt if I will remember many games from this year...
It was especially sweet at manure as it was NYD and they had won some 5 games before us - so we started their slide as it were!!!
Highgatespur
22/03/2014 13:03:00
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Brilliant first 20 minutes by Arsenal. Hope they can keep it up!
Geofspurs
22/03/2014 13:06:00
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4-0 to Spurs! COYS!
James1
22/03/2014 13:08:00
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So Gibbs is sent off when it should have been Ox, now clearly Gibbs card will be rescinded but what is Ox's punishment?
Lee Treend
22/03/2014 13:08:00
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EYE EYE !!! Game Changers are at it again ''The Rime of the Ancient Mariner'' haha sent off the wrong player what a plonker rodney, Arse can get gibbs red card over turned, Mariner was looking to sent Gnarby off but his not playing, you would not want to be innocent in a line up, with him doing the ID.
spu 4 life
22/03/2014 13:08:00
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Jod from, "Pochettino our next manager, what the hell has he done ? you need more than a foreign name." The same goes for a British name aye? It doesn't matter what name - we need someone to stand up to Levy with experience and success behind him! That's my opinion.

What you think I am advocating Pochettino from what I said???!!!

Highgatespur
22/03/2014 13:09:00
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3-0 Derby
Highgatespur
22/03/2014 13:10:00
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Lee Treend his still on the pitch, his wearing a blonde wig now
spu 4 life
22/03/2014 13:12:00
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Highgate. agree I can see the Man U good going into the list, couple of good performances from Eriksen and Ade especially.. Also if you went - think Man On was there - it'd certainly be one to remember.

Best thing about today's game is Jose hates Wenger, no way he'll let Chelsea give any mercy....come on 8-0!!
T.H.F.Chris
22/03/2014 13:13:00
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Howard Webb is the best ref, why did he not get this game?
spu 4 life
22/03/2014 13:15:00
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Let's not be carried away by Thursday's performance. Chadli coming good does not solve all our other problem We cannot rely on the rookies to see us through. We still need a manager who can get the best out of the quality players on our books. Slagging them off publicly as Sherwood did and then suggesting the Benfica result was down to the team playing for him does not help in this respect
standstoreason
22/03/2014 13:16:00
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Lol but what I mean is neither Gibbs or Ox will miss any games so where is the punishment for the club for having a man sent off
Lee Treend
22/03/2014 13:16:00
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spu 4 life are you an Iron Maiden fan ;) COYS!
James1
22/03/2014 13:18:00
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THF, Nice to see you've cheered up, at the expense of our manager, mate.
Thats Entertainment
22/03/2014 13:19:00
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I think O-C will be banned when the red is overturned... it was done in a similar case earlier this year or last...
Highgatespur
22/03/2014 13:22:00
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Credit to Chelsea they have pressed high up the pitch all through this first half, not given the arse midfield or defence time to settle.
spu 4 life
22/03/2014 13:23:00
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James1, who was in that film?
spu 4 life
22/03/2014 13:24:00
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OSCAR 4-0
spu 4 life
22/03/2014 13:26:00
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Playing against 10 men and TORRES is 66/1 to score the next goal.
spu 4 life
22/03/2014 13:29:00
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Soldado is only 25/1 and his not playing
spu 4 life
22/03/2014 13:31:00
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That's good odds! COYS!
James1
22/03/2014 13:32:00
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4-0 Derby!!!
Highgatespur
22/03/2014 13:34:00
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Victor Meldrew has gone in to speak his players at HT, he turned to Gibbs and said ''I don't believe it, I don't believe it and you know I believe'' Steve Bould ''Boss that's Oxlade your speaking to, easy mistake''
spu 4 life
22/03/2014 13:38:00
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Chelski 0-0 Spurs @ 45mins

Chelski 4-0 L'Arse@45 mins

Can anyone explain the week in between please ?
Frustrating or what????!!!
Highgatespur
22/03/2014 13:38:00
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spu, That's a hoot!!! and possibly Gibbs turns and mutters "Oooooh Renee..."
Highgatespur
22/03/2014 13:40:00
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My Team :
.........................Loris....................
Naughton....Kaboul....Verts......Rose..
.........Sandro............Paulinho/Nabil.....
Townsend..........chadli..............Eriskon...
................Ade/Kane.......................
Rapm
22/03/2014 13:43:00
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Oh dear, looks like Mr Magic is gonna be all over Mr GG... Not sure why but so far, I'm feeling very happy today!
MAN ON!
22/03/2014 13:43:00
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What a fitting way for wenger to celebrate his 100th game in charge.
spurfect one
22/03/2014 13:44:00
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Tragic will make an appearance soon I'm sure.. COYS!
James1
22/03/2014 13:45:00
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L'arse proving they take half the time to what we take to do ....
Highgatespur
22/03/2014 13:46:00
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Should read 1000th :)
spurfect one
22/03/2014 13:46:00
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Pochettino Is he better than Tim Sherwood? Pluses --Has previous manager experience in Spain and here with Southampton. ---Rated a success. -- Played at a high level. Speaks Spanish and French and English ?-- Has Premier league coaching qualification. Minuses:- May be the next Arsenal manager? - Foreign Sherwood pluses:- Has a temper - Knows the club - English, Minuses:- Still to pass Premier League coaching badges, No experience except U21 Manager - English
camper
22/03/2014 13:47:00
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Think the commentator said that there might be a party on tonight....
Highgatespur
22/03/2014 13:47:00
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So far AW has just 4 Roman candles on his anniversary cake. There should a lot more. (Fork 'andles)!?
MAN ON!
22/03/2014 13:49:00
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One wonders why players wear numbers and names on the back of their shirts, perhaps somebody should ask Andre Marriner. In a season of a catalogue of poor refereeing decisions, this one must take the biscuit. Firstly he wasn't giving the "stuck on penalty", then somebody tells him to on the headset, so he gives it, and then sends off the wrong player, despite Oxade- Chamberlain clearly telling him "it was me ref", scandalous. Whoever appointed the officials for this game should have anticipated problems, with Antony Taylor, comfortably the worst referee in the PL, standing as 4th official, and Adre Marriner another on the list of poor referees standing together, a nightmare scenario. Having said that, I bet Marriner and Taylor both have games next week, they should both be suspended by rights.
Frank
22/03/2014 13:52:00
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*should be*
MAN ON!
22/03/2014 13:53:00
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Hear hear Frank - expect to see mariner at Anfield ...
Highgatespur
22/03/2014 13:53:00
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Mariner: "Gibbs, you're off!" The Ox: "Ref, it was me!" Mariner: "Shut up Walcott, or you'll be off too"
ledleygomez
22/03/2014 13:57:00
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Ledleygomes - could be much closer to the truth than we think!!!
Highgatespur
22/03/2014 14:00:00
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5-0 Derby!
Highgatespur
22/03/2014 14:02:00
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Nice little holiday in store for Mariner and his missus, on the Abramovich yacht.
MAN ON!
22/03/2014 14:03:00
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I wonder if Galway Gooner will make an appearance this weekend, to remind us how **** we "Spuds" are...
Guyver
22/03/2014 14:05:00
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Highgatespur... Are you supporting Derby today because of Harry's QPR?
MAN ON!
22/03/2014 14:05:00
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