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  1. 55 minutes ago, Tonge moor green jacket said:

    Aye, thought Lee had a good one.

    Iirc, away wins after going behind were a rare event then.

    Bit of a stretch to remember but I don't recall any that season. We did come back to draw 2-2 at PNE after being 2-0 down until late in the game. Same at Chester and at WBA the season after in what's now the Championship. We were down to 10 men in that last one too.

  2. 7 hours ago, Duck Egg said:

    December in that first season.

    4-0 v Rochdale in the cup. McAteer debut goal

    4-0 v Burnley. They missed a pen? Played them off the park and Walker & Brown linked up for a great final goal.

    5-0 v Bradford. Sent the delusional tw*ts back over the pennines with their arses handed to em. David Lee dragging ex rag Mike Duxbury over by the neck.

    We won 1-4 away at Fulham at the start of that lot too if I remember right.

  3. 15 minutes ago, Lostock Whites said:

    For reference, our 2016/17 season in League 1 where we finished 2nd, we averaged 15,000, and we were miles behind Sheff United who averaged 21,000.

    This season we have averaged the same as them which is massively impressive considering our location as a north west town and a real testament to all the hard work done behind the scenes.

    Next season it's looking like 22,000+ in League 1 and possibly 24,000+ in the Championship.

    Unreal support.

    It is unreal. It's also very out of keeping with BWFC support trends. We'd always been capable of pulling in very big gates but there was a fickleness over a season. That tendency seems to have evaporated. 

    Also, the overall support base seems to be gently growing all the time, regardless of the frustrations that crop up during a season.

    No precedent for any of this in my time supporting the club really, certainly not outside the top flight. You have to go back to the mid 70s for anything remotely close.

    It all bodes well for when we finally get out of League 1, whether that's this year or another.

  4. 1 hour ago, Winchester White said:

    That's probably the only thing I would agree with Trump on, all NATO countries should be meeting their obligations of membership.

    I heard a German bloke on the radio this week, he said he wanted an EU Armed Forces with nuclear weapons. He said it was unfair that the US, France and GB had to pay for them for all their protection under NATO.

    I would say that's the wrong way of going about it. We've had nations joining NATO recently and NATO is the way to go. But nations need to be paying their way more as part of that structure. 


  5. Generations of world leaders have had a go at resolving the multiple layers of issues and enmities in this part of the world. The word "intractable" was invented for the gordian knot that it is. 

    At the moment I don't think the world has the statesmen to skillfully de-escalate this. For instance I can think of many US President/Secretary of State combinations I'd rather have had to tackle it all.

    When you look at Russia/Ukraine, the shrewd/subtle/incremental growing of China's threat to the west and this, I think we're living in a world that is less stable than for many years. 

    We can reflect on how the west has handled all of these issues since the end of the Cold War and pick fault - there'll have been undergraduate essays written about that by the bucket load. Whatever the problem, there ain't no obvious solution other than raising our awareness and preparedness. 

    I hate to say Donald Trump is right that the nations of NATO need to up their defence spending. I hate to say Keir Starmer is right that we need to spend 2.5% on defence. God alone knows where the money comes from given the levels of debt in the western world. But the only way ultimately that you can even big to put a lid on all these conflagrations and flashpoints is by making it known that you are prepared. It's a dreadful situation to be in.

  6. 28 minutes ago, dusan nikolic said:

    Collins is starting to look the part and is hitting the goals just at the right time , I'd have definitely have kept him on today though Paul especially with 1 goal potentially changing everything .

    I don't get the way he does subs. It often seems done to a script regardless of what's actually happening on the pitch. Imagine Bruce taking Andy Walker off in a big game after 75 mins....

  7. In all likelihood we will finish this season in the late 80s points wise and in many other years that would have been good enough for top two. 

    I can't see Derby drawing or losing at Cambridge but I couldn't have seen the drawing at Wycombe and losing at Northampton either. Those two results give us a little bit of optimism. 

    If we end up in the play offs then Aaron Collins is the type of player who'll thrive in that environment. Increasingly impressed with him. 

  8. Today has the potential to be one of those memorable "stepping stone" days to a successful season. Like beating Bournemouth and Hull away late in 92/3, Ipswich at home in 01/2 (Bobic) and West Ham at home 1-0 with Jay Jay's screamer. I also remember a 1-2 win at Stoke that was a massive step to surviving a Prem season. More recently that late 0-1 win at Southend when Beevers scored in the last minute.

    I just hope we've got it in us. They're obviously going to need the work-rate and passion but also high levels of concentration - and we don't always do that! 

    Any prospect of Orient nicking something at Derby? Unlikely but there are easier fixtures Derby could have today. We've seen for ourselves that Orient don't entirely meet the description of a flat-track for teams at the top.

  9. 1 minute ago, Hoppy said:

    It will be a 92nd dodgy pen for Derby knowing our luck!

    You said what I was thinking. 

    Hopefully this goes the way of their Northampton game and not that way!! 

  10. Obviously fingers crossed for Pompey tonight but I learned a little bit of info re another part of Derby's run in today. 

    I work with a Wycombe fan who earnestly told me of the bitter history they have with Derby. All to do with when Wycombe got relegated because Derby's points deductions didn't kick in until the following season. Derby pursued legal action (this is going back to early 2022). No love lost between the fans. Wycombe will be a bit more pumped up for this than you might have thought.

  11. 4 minutes ago, onefinfrandsen said:

    The concern might be that Derby probably feel they have to win, Pompey would be happy with a point

    I think Pompey will just want mathematical certainty. They're at home and their fans will be demanding. 


  12. The only thing we can do now is find ways to win, one game at a time. Next up, Bristol Rovers  - and it's our away form that's been the problem. 

    If Derby don't win tomorrow and we win at Bristol, I know exactly how they'll start to feel. We've got to keep that feeling in Derby bellies for as long as possible. They slipped up at Northampton and Wycombe/Cambridge away are a similar type of fixture. If we do our bit then Derby may well drop points in those away games. 

    Parallels from history? Hoping for 92/3 when we caught Vale late, not 90/1. 

  13. 3 minutes ago, Leyther_Matt said:

    Make no mistake Paul that they will be absolutely shitting themselves. Ram shagger ways will be in meltdown about how our 1-1 with Northampton will take us up 

    Yeah no doubt. I'm sure a few of theirs got mega confident last Saturday.... and have had to have a nervy little glance over the shoulder for the first time in a week today. 

  14. Just now, tomski said:

    I think they are entitled to be pissed off. If we did it I wouldn’t bother going.

    I actually think they need a bigger away end on a permanent basis. They're never going to fill three sides of that stadium with home fans and in most divisions they'll play in there are local derbies in which  the opposition will bring more than 4000. This was always the problem at Springfield Park - and why in less ticket controlled days BWFC were regularly in the home ends mingled with theirs.

  15. I would put both us and Burnley ahead of Blackburn. I think the capacity of Turf Moor disguises just how big Burnley's support actually is. Would still put ourselves a bit ahead of Burnley though.

  16. On 14/03/2024 at 19:58, JOGLER said:

    Hitchin is good for pubs.


    Hitchin is a fabulous little town, I lived there for a spell. Can't speak highly enough. The railway station is a good mile or more of walking from the rail station though. 

  17. Just now, Hoppy said:

    It's other games we have dropped points in not this one over the season you end up more or less where you results have taken you

    Exactly this. There's always a chance of a narrow loss in an away fixture of this variety. What's cost us is Orient (a), Northampton (a), Charlton (h), Wigan (a), Blackpool (a), Exeter (a). 

  18. 53 minutes ago, BeeversLeftPeg said:

    Some are confident


    There's a difference between confidence about tomorrow and overall arrogance. That's somewhat lacking in respect for the size of club Bolton is. 

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