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by Snuff
Wed Jun 30, 2010 7:25 am
Forum: International
Topic: Supporting England
Replies: 49
Views: 33975

supporting England

I have a very unscientific method of ranking the teams in any World Cup. At the end of each stage I rank the losing sides in order of how close they came to progressing. Positions after Group Stage 2010: 1. Argentina 3 3 0 0 7 1 9 2. Netherlands 3 3 0 0 5 1 9 3. Uruguay 3 2 1 0 4 0 7 4. Brazil 3 2 ...
by Snuff
Mon Jun 28, 2010 9:05 am
Forum: International
Topic: Can Spain & Portugal save Europe?
Replies: 60
Views: 33233

Can Spain and Portugal?

Maybe the World Cup has simply got too big. I refuse to accept that some of the 2010 qualifiers are better than Scotland - Honduras, North Korea, South Africa, New Zealand etc. Maybe we should find a way of limiting the actual finals to 16 countries only - then we wouldn't have tedious group games ...
by Snuff
Fri Jun 25, 2010 8:17 am
Forum: International
Topic: Can Spain & Portugal save Europe?
Replies: 60
Views: 33233

Can Portugal and Spain save Europe

Thanks David - my double is therefore: England to score first and Germany to win on penalties.

Liked the crack in today's Herald Diary: It's like the war again, France and Italy have surrendeered, America came through at the last minute and England has been left to take on the Germans.
by Snuff
Fri Jun 25, 2010 8:15 am
Forum: International
Topic: Scotland Under-23 Match
Replies: 12
Views: 9425

Scotland Under-23 games

Some interesting names in the line-ups in the various Under-23 matches flagged-up in this thread. Four future internationalists in the Rangers XI for instance and what exactly Matt Watson and Frank Beattie did to never win a full cap has long been a mystery to those of us who follow Killie. I know ...
by Snuff
Wed Jun 23, 2010 8:48 pm
Forum: International
Topic: Supporting England
Replies: 49
Views: 33975

As I said before: I didn't think the Slovenians believed they could beat England. That's the impression I got throughout. Technically, Slovenia's players were better, but it was as if they never thought they could win. Just watched a good German team beat a Ghanaian team which was better than anyth...
by Snuff
Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:03 am
Forum: International
Topic: Supporting England
Replies: 49
Views: 33975

Supporting England

Friends in low places - nice one David.

But any more like that and I'll send some of the Cumnock Academy kids, including Number One Grandson, who are on holiday in Barcelona this week round to see you.
by Snuff
Wed Jun 23, 2010 7:04 am
Forum: SFAQS
Topic: Rab Douglas, goal machine
Replies: 8
Views: 5586

Rab Douglas goalscorer

Was calling Bertie Auld a goal keeper not a reaction to that outsize bunnet he used to wear? It was like something out of Andy Capp or a picture of a 1920s or 1930s keeper. I am at a loss to explain Hibs' recent goalkeeping problems. After all, since WWII: George Farm, Willie Miller, Tommy Younger,...
by Snuff
Wed Jun 23, 2010 6:49 am
Forum: International
Topic: Supporting England
Replies: 49
Views: 33975

Supporting England

About Garth Crooks: some years ago, after work, we were discussing Garth Crooks in the pub and one of the guys - he was from Johnstone so we had to make allowances - said: "Garth Crooks, what does a country singer know about football?" That said, Garth Brooks would probably be a more coherent comme...
by Snuff
Tue Jun 22, 2010 9:26 pm
Forum: International
Topic: Supporting England
Replies: 49
Views: 33975

Supporting England

Anent Souness's theory. In middle distance athletics (1500 - 10000 metres), the top runners tend to be Africans who live at altitude: Kenyans, Ethiopians etc. Top sea level athletes such as Paula Radcliffe therefore live and at altitude for most of the year to try to nullify this natural advantage ...
by Snuff
Sun Jun 20, 2010 11:16 am
Forum: International
Topic: Supporting England
Replies: 49
Views: 33975

Supporting England

David: like you I would not be in the least surprised to see England come out on Wednesday and beat Slovenia - whereupon, according to their media, they would immediately be back on-track for World Cup glory. I suspect the Slovenians, in their heart of hearts, do not believe they can beat England a...
by Snuff
Sat Jun 19, 2010 8:55 pm
Forum: International
Topic: Supporting England
Replies: 49
Views: 33975

Supporting England

Leatherstocking asked: Was that Scotland in disguise last night vs. Algeria? I don't know about that, but I certainly feel Friday night in Cape Town was maybe England's Iran. I certainly know England don't have an Archie Gemmill, but, just in case, let's hope Slovenia have a Johnny Rep in their lin...
by Snuff
Mon Jun 14, 2010 10:32 am
Forum: Scottish Football
Topic: ENGLISH GOALIES
Replies: 4
Views: 2606

English goalies

English goalkeepers, like English international players in any position are by-and-large over-rated by their myopic media. If the 20 first-choice goalkeepers in the EPL were to be rated by some independent body - there would be few if any English keepers in the top ten (perhaps only Joe Hart on his...
by Snuff
Mon Jun 14, 2010 10:10 am
Forum: International
Topic: Supporting England
Replies: 49
Views: 33975

Supporting England

I take the well-made points about our Scottish commentators and media not exactly being down-the-middle-neutral when it comes to covering Scotland games. What gets me though is: yes Arthur, Erchie and Co could be myopic, but they were myopic in broadcasts intended soley for Scottish ears - the Engl...
by Snuff
Fri Jun 11, 2010 11:00 pm
Forum: International
Topic: Supporting England
Replies: 49
Views: 33975

Supporting England

[quote][/quote]Scottish wrote: Having just had the misfortune to glimpse them on TV I can't believe you have missed Baddiel & Skinner. Actually, I don't mind Baddeil and Skinner; Frank Skinner always comes across as a genuine West Brom and England fan, who will say so when his side is: poor or jammy...
by Snuff
Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:11 am
Forum: International
Topic: Supporting England
Replies: 49
Views: 33975

Supporting England

ENGLAND'S 2010 World Cup campaign gets underway in South Africa today. This leaves we Scots, for the third World Cup in a row, outside looking in, with a conundrum – do we support our neighbours, or do we sign-up for the ABE (Anyone But England) campaign? So, if you're still swithering, here are som...