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Mark 9 posts  |  Last Activity: Jun 19, 2007 02:07 Member since: Dec 28, 2006
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  • It was a crazy ride; the usual crazy ride, and I had the usual season ticket so I had all the usual highs/lows to look forward to. They duly arrived. Trish and I booked a holiday to Tunisia for the end of May. I didn't think about the possibility of a play-off final because I thought we'd go up automatically. Then, of course, ka-boom...

    So I'm in a muslim country where you can't get a beer for love nor money, been there a day, trying to find a bar with (a) beer and (b) Sky Sports, on the day of the play-off final. We met up with another couple - Derby fans - who were equally trying to find a bar to watch the game. Everybody kept telling us to find the 'Irish Bar', the only one in the (small-ish) resort but when we did we found out it didn't open until half-time on The Day. Cue about a dozen English footie fans waiting on the pavement for the bar staff to arrive for work...

    Anyway, the rest, as they say, is history, and Trish had just agreed to marry me so in the aftermath of the game I was elated and heartbroken in equal measures: that was nice but weird, because I'm used to feeling one or the other, but both at the same time...wow...

    So upward and onward. We're getting married in October. Before then I'd like to see Ellington on his way, Gera likewise, and Hartson losing a good few pounds and rediscovering his zest for a game he professes to love. Robinson will be a sad loss, but in common with several other people on these boards I reckon Davies is a tad overrated. I'd take the money there, for sure...

    Mowbray is experienced and wise enough to know that you can't get out of the Chapionship playing the kind of football we played last season. We need at least half-a-dozen new faces in all areas of the park. He's shown he can bring in good talent, though: both Koren and Kiely were inspired signings and made a huge difference during the run-in. Now we need a good few more. It may not be pretty or attractive at the Hawthorns next season but I'll have all that at home. On the field, we'll need to keep the leads we take and not lose concentration like we did too often in the last campaign. With a bit of luck and a fair wind we'll be there or thereabouts at the end of next season. I won't be booking up any trips for next May, though. Just in case...

  • Reply to

    Typical Albion

    by A Yahoo! User Jan 31, 2007 19:06

    I've already said on another thread - I forget which - that I regret defending Ellington, given his pathetic attitude to the club during the transfer window.

    No apologies are owed to anybody who boos their own subs when they come on, though...

    But hey ho, what the hell...boo if you want if you think it helps. Me, I've been cheerin' - we're on a run, we stuffed the dingles, we're about to overtake the Blues, and we're going up champions, I reckon...

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    Doomed!

    by A Yahoo! User Jan 27, 2007 08:00

    Zuberbuhler unsettles the back four - jittery enough on our travels, as it is - when he's between the sticks. This is a serious problem and Mowbray doesn't have long to sort it. Wasn't he after Brad Jones at some point? Whatever Hoult did, it must have been serious for Melton to drop him two days before the Wolves game...

  • Paul Robinson wants the yellow and green away kit 'burned', arguing that for some of the superstitious players it's becoming a reason for not playing better on our travels. When we won at Leeds it was in the black kit, etc...

    It only sounds barmy until you realise how superstitious a lot of - great - players have been. It would cost nothing, surely, to wear the black away kit all the time on the road. If anything helps, why not do it? If I was Mowbray, I'd listen to Robinson and do what he says. Can't do any harm, can it?

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    koumas.. best player outside the prem??

    by A Yahoo! User Jan 25, 2007 04:32

    Koumas is pure class - when things are going well - and now that he's started to score goals freely he's our best player by a long way...

    It's interesting how there haven't been too many rumours swirling around him during the transfer window. He has a reputation of being an 'awkward' player. He wouldn't do what Robson wanted - e.g track back when needed - and I guess his unwillingness to stick to the game plan led to the friction between him and the ex-gaffer.

    I always thought it was madness to sell him to Cardiff. We'd be mid-table now if it wasn't for his goals, his touches and his vision. My only reservation is that he sometimes tends to go a.w.o.l when we're losing. When we're on top he often looks invincible. When we're behind he's sometimes invisible.

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    Ellington - stress

    by A Yahoo! User Jan 23, 2007 17:49

    It is totally disgraceful that a professional footballer earning God-knows-how-much per week should cite such a pathetic excuse for not playing for his team. Stress?! He doesn't know he's born! People with far more stressful lives and jobs turn up to work day in day out and turn out jobs well done.

    Never trust a player who won't play in winter without his gloves on...

    I've defended Ellington in public before and I regret it now. Let Wigan have him for 3 million I say. Any player who cites stress as an excuse for not playing just because of one transfer request and a piddling bit of speculation is not fit to wear a West Brom shirt.

  • When you get to the January transfer window you know it's time to get up from off your squeaky bum and be counted...but can we count on Mowbray?

    It's looking OK on paper: 4th, as I write, after that thrilling finale to the Luton game. But does Mowbray have what it takes? This is what worries me. Players grumbling about his half-time team talks, Quashie gone, Gera going, Kamara incompetent against Luton, Davies giving a slack vote of confidence for the boss with his 'won't sulk' promises...it's hardly inspiring, is it?!

    So now I'm wondering: is Mowbray really the man for the job? And isn't it becoming clearer and clearer that Robson was sacked way too quickly? At least he managed to keep a relegated side together. That's more than the current 'Mr Motivator' seems to be doing.

    We all know you can't send a boy to do a man's job. Is it me or is 'Melton' way out of his depth already? Bring back Robbo anyone?! Or will Mowbray make me eat my words yet? I'm hoping...

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    Nathan Ellington's Brace Against Preston

    by Mark Dec 28, 2006 03:53

    I was there. Dunno where you were sitting, but it wasn't 'Duke' I heard...

  • Anybody who booed and jeered when he came on as a sub against Preston care to apologise now after he won the game for us with his two goals? Home fans jeering when a home sub comes on...what a #$%$ disgrace. Hopefully his two goals that won us that crucial game will shut you all up. And you know who you are.