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As Saturday afternoons go that was a rather good one. Chelsea, Manchester City, Southampton, and the shadow-dwellers all knocked out at home. Enjoyable as those results were they will mean nothing if we don’t grab our opportunity at Brighton to advance into the last sixteen of the FA Cup. Some degree of rotation from the […]

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Well that wasn’t quite what we had hoped for from our Saturday, was it. Wins for Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham, and Liverpool. As I type only Southampton above us might drop points. By the time I finish this blog they may have added to our woes. Not just our woes though. Tomorrow’s opponents will also […]

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The weekend, a welcome distraction in this of all weeks. Though hardly a lip smacking prospect we have the visit of Stoke City to look forward to. They have had a special dislike of us since we denied them successive FA Cup Final appearances in 1971 and 1972. It has been returned in full since […]

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FA Cup third round Saturday passes without a televised fixture. This after Cardiff and Colchester played in a near-deserted stadium on Friday night. On Sunday our match kicks off at 5.30pm, which is really a kick in the teeth for the traveling Hull fans. Liverpool supporters have to journey to London on Monday night for […]

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New Year’s Day football, a much-needed distraction these days. This time around there is the added hope of a climb into the top four if we can secure the points at Southampton, who currently occupy that (for them) lofty berth. I don’t think we will be too sorry to see the back of 2014, although […]

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Boxing Day football used to mean working out if British Rail could get you to wherever the game was being played and back, and then going regardless. We had cheap travel, cheap tickets, and it could be a way to work off the Christmas turkey. Fast forward two or three decades and the trains won’t […]

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So the human alarm clocks, aka the grand’holics, started sounding off at around seven o’clock, which was a veritable lie-in for a Christmas morning. Should we survive the day of over-indulgence (the first four bottles of champers are already history) then tomorrow it will be a case of finding a stream that doesn’t buffer like crazy in […]

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“Every defeat is a scar on your heart. They started off the blocks well and we were too late to get into the game.” Last season’s 5-1 drubbing at Anfield remains strong in the memory. That we recovered to beat the same opponents in the FA Cup a week later hasn’t completely eased the pain of […]

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It’s an interesting match-up at the Grove for Saturday’s teatime fixture. Newcastle, manager under fire in the early stages of the season, are the visitors as we look to build on the win in Istanbul on Tuesday. Arsenal being Arsenal there was of course fresh injury news, Aaron Ramsey the latest to be gone in […]

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So the draw for the third round of the FA Cup has thrown up a repeat of May’s Final with Arsenal the first ball out of the draw machine, closely followed by Steve Bruce’s ball in Alan Shearer’s sweaty palm. I’m sure the game itself will be a tense affair but personally I prefer us […]

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