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In Topic: where in the world is richey?

28 February 2009 - 06:34 AM

QUOTE (blueswannabe @ Feb 27 2009, 09:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
oh it is, but one's better.

I have one.

Alex plays Rainbow Six much more recklessly than he lives.

Still seems hell-bent on suicide half the time, though =P

In Topic: The Official Football Thread

04 February 2009 - 05:45 AM

Blackburn still have Villa, United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea on the run in... this could be interesting, as Middlesborough don't have a great end to the season fixtures-wise either.

Stoke have Arsenal on the last day of the season, but their run in isn't looking too bad at all, compared to what it could be:



In Topic: The Official Football Thread

03 February 2009 - 03:44 AM

QUOTE (nealmac @ Feb 3 2009, 11:30 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
"in-between" kinda describes me to. I'm certainly not gonna gloat, and I'm far from full of confidence, but I still think we have as good a chance as Utd.

Well, not really... you're already 2 points and a game behind, and United have a much better squad and manager, so the odds aren't really in your favour. If Gerrard and/or Torres get injured, you're not looking good. Kuyt and Ngog is not really a strike force, compared to Rooney, Berbatov, Ronaldo and Tevez, who are all on 10+ goals for the campaign.

We shall see, though.

In Topic: Cider appreciation thread

03 February 2009 - 02:09 AM


In Topic: The Official Football Thread

03 February 2009 - 02:08 AM

QUOTE (el_burton @ Feb 2 2009, 08:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It really has to be the worst bit of transfer business ever done, surely?

No amount of money can make it as bad or humorous as:

After a playing career at the lower levels in France and Germany, and having already had failed trials at Port Vale, Gillingham and Bournemouth, before playing at semi-pro club Blyth Spartans, Dia was signed by Southampton manager Graeme Souness in 1996, after Souness received a phone call purporting to be from Liberian international and former FIFA World Player of the Year George Weah. "Weah" told Souness that Dia was his cousin, had played for Paris Saint-Germain and had played 13 times for his country. Actually, none of this was true, and the phone call was from Dia's agent. Nonetheless, Souness was convinced, and signed Dia on a one-month contract.

Dia played just one game for Southampton, in the number 33 shirt, against Leeds United on November 23, 1996; he had originally been scheduled to play in a reserve friendly against Arsenal, but the match was cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch. In the match against Leeds, he came on as a substitute for Matthew Le Tissier after 32 minutes but his performance was spectacularly below Premier League quality. He was later substituted (for Ken Monkou) after playing until the 53rd minute; Leeds won the match 20.

Le Tissier himself recalled the story in a television interview, telling that Dia spent only a weekend at the club. He first came down to train with the team on Friday morning and what he did "didn't look very good" and Southampton players thought that they would "never see him again", but then on the next day Dia was surprisingly named to the subs bench. His performance on the field after he came on to replace Le Tissier "was unbelievable. He ran around the pitch like Bambi on ice, it was very very embarrassing to watch." Yet according to the team's physiotherapist on Sunday morning Dia "turned up for treatment of an injury" and "then he left, and we never saw him again ... nobody knows where he went."

Dia was released by Southampton two weeks into his contract. He briefly played for non-league Gateshead, before leaving in February 1997. He went on to study business at Northumbria University in Newcastle graduating in 2001.

=D =D =D

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