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  • Football – 2023/24 Season
  • sc-xc
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    Couldn’t find a thread for the new season, but starting to get excited for this afternoon’s matches. I didn’t catch yesterday’s Sheffield Wednesday Southampton game but soinds like Southampton made a good start to life in the Championship.

    I’m a West Bromwich Albion supporter, we’re away today at Blackburn, hopefully the couple of new signings we’ve made will make a bit of difference but I suspect we’ll struggle this year…ongoing issues with the owner, no Prem money for the first time in 20 years or so and a worrying financial outlook with the loan we took out against the stadium. Will be interesting to see the atmosphere up there next Saturday.

    A week before the big league starts…so looking forward to watching games again.

    sandboy
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    Wolves fan here. Feeling a bit disappointed with how the club has fell foul of FFP but if there’s no money then so be it, nothing the fans can do. I just hope the rumours of our coach leaving are just that! If Julen stays then I think we might just be ok.
    I really hope the Baggies find a solution to their financial problems, the fans deserve much better. Best of luck for the season ahead, it would be great if you could get back up as we all miss the BCD.

    sc-xc
    Full Member

    Living where I live pretty much all of my mates are Wolves, it does sound worrying…but they are mostly confident. It’s shit how we can both be in this kind of situation.

    Caher
    Full Member

    Reading fan here, gone from one of the best run clubs to a basket case due to poor, corrupt ownership. Being fined by the same organisation that should have vetted our owners is galling.

    sc-xc
    Full Member

    That rings a bell Caher, Albion were always known as a.prudent club, then Lai came in and rinsed it. Always had a soft spot for the Royals, hopefully you’ll smash Posh today…

    MoreCashThanDash
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    Ipswich starting away at Sunderland tomorrow, which is my dad’s team. Might ring him before the game, not an easy first game back in the Championship.

    rockbus
    Full Member

    Norwich fan here, strangely delighted that the football season is starting again.

    Not sure what sort of season we can expect but strangely looking forward to one where my expectations of success are pretty low.

    MSP
    Full Member

    The championship starting before the charity shield isn’t something I recall noting before, is this normal or still a hangover from covid and mid season world cup?

    MoreCashThanDash
    Full Member

    Norwich fan here, strangely delighted that the football season is starting again.

    Looking forward to the Old Farm derby

    rockbus
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    Looking forward to the Old Farm derby

    bit worried about it! You’re on the up and we’re on a downward spiral!

    As I’m not local I think it’s good to have it back…. But obviously hope it follows the results over last few years! 🙄

    scuttler
    Full Member

    Huddersfield here. The long trip to Plymouth today but not for me. Warnock will get a great reception.

    binners
    Full Member

    Any predictions for the Championship then chaps? It’s surely the most unpredictable league in the world? Whoever is normally tipped to go up rarely does and there’s always a few shockers in the mix for the play offs at the end

    muggomagic
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    I’m a West Bromwich Albion supporter, we’re away today at Blackburn, hopefully the couple of new signings we’ve made will make a bit of difference

    When Sarmiento is fit, you should have one hell of a player there. I was a bit disappointed that he’s gone out on loan but think it makes sense as with Adingra and Pedro coming in he has fallen down the pecking order a bit.

    theotherjonv
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    Reading fan here, gone from one of the best run clubs to a basket case due to poor, corrupt ownership. Being fined by the same organisation that should have vetted our owners is galling.

    Yep. We’re going to be hugely reliant on a few old pros and kids, which makes me strangely excited. Andy Carroll might be interesting at this level, he’s a better player than he gets credit for.

    Caher
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    No denying Carroll’s quality, he’s just weapons grade injury prone.

    On another note I just think the season is too early – not had summer yet.

    dannybgoode
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    Wednesday fan. But disappointed with last night but have been like rabbits in the headlight in the first half but looked more solid in the second.

    Be interesting to see how the new signings fit in over the coming games. Certainly no need to panic after one game…

    swdan
    Free Member

    Any predictions for the Championship then chaps?

    I was reading BBC Sport yesterday and they were commentating about how stacked the league looked. Some decent teams relegated from the prem, some “big” teams promoted from League 1. I think it’s going to be a tough and pretty entertaining season

    As a Tractor Boy I’m clearly hoping for back to back promotions, was going to stick a tenner on it but seems the bookies think might be possible too. Also hoping not to be disappointed at old farm derby time.

    dannybgoode
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    some “big” teams

    And one massive one 😀

    trailmonkey
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    Villa fan here. Actually looking forward to a season for the first time since the  MoN era.

    binners
    Full Member

    No denying Carroll’s quality, he’s just weapons grade injury prone.

    Watching him against us last season, when he was responsible for that horrendous challenge on Erickson, he looked like a red card waiting to happen from the second he stepped on the pitch, and it didn’t take him long

    johndoh
    Free Member

    And one massive one

    MOT

    MoreCashThanDash
    Full Member

    As a Tractor Boy I’m clearly hoping for back to back promotions

    If we get a decent start this season, the premiership clubs will come knocking for McKenna when they panic and sack their managers

    swdan
    Free Member

    There were rumours he was being hunted end of last season. I’m glad he stayed and he seems a decent chap but I’d be really surprised if he’s still with us next season unfortunately

    bikerevivesheffield
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    @dannybgoode fellow owl 🦉 too😄

    First half was a don Goodman induced sky wankathon about James ward prowse, for all their possession they only had that shot of note in the first half.

    Second half we were a lot better I thought, plenty to build on, especially with the new lads coming in.

    Good goal to equalise and then a sleepy defence for the saints winner 😭

    Referee was card crazy!! But also very inconsistent I thought

    shinton
    Free Member

    Reading fan here, gone from one of the best run clubs to a basket case due to poor, corrupt ownership.

    Criminal how these things are allowed to happen. Wrexham fan here so the complete opposite story to you. Got a dose of reality after today’s result though.

    johndrummer
    Free Member

    Our 3 first choice strikers are injured but we do have fifteen wingers, so I think we’ll be alright if 49ers can find a striker not made of biscuit.

    promotion? Unlikely. Relegation ? Possible if we don’t get some decent reinforcements in

    MOT ALAW

    Philby
    Full Member

    Leeds fan here. Lots of players left after relegation and uncertainty about whether there will be more departures of some of last season’s first team squad. Pleased we got Farke and hope he will steer us back to the Premier League, but reckon we might struggle due to loss of players, lack of new signings and injuries – 3 strikers already injured before a ball has been kicked in anger, including Bamford (just for a change!)

    #MOT #ALAW

    johncoventry
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    Leeds fan too.
    I was feeling quite confident for a change until the latest round of injuries.

    Also will be following Birmingham as my 10 yr old is a keeper in their academy. We can get tickets but are on holiday when Leeds are playing Birmingham. 🙁

    Caher
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    That is some midfield Arsenal has now.

    binners
    Full Member

    It’s going to be interesting to see how they measure up against Citeh here

    Caher
    Full Member

    Big money signings taken off and then the game has to go on until Arsenal score.

    binners
    Full Member

    They got there in the end, bless ‘em

    I’d had a bet on a draw (4/1)  too 😃

    dander
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    Arsenal have just won the World Cup! At least that’s how they celebrated – when did the Community/Charity shield become more than a pre season kick about?

    binners
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    when did the Community/Charity shield become more than a pre season kick about

    It didn’t. It’s a meaningless friendly. City will turn Arsenal over twice this season, as they do every season

    Havertz was as reassuringly shite as he was at Chelsea. I just can’t fathom why they bought him, especially for the ludicrous sun of 65 million. That’s getting into Harry Maguire territory 😳

    Caher
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    Billy Bremner and Kevin Keegan might disagree.

    martinhutch
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    Arsenal have just won the World Cup! At least that’s how they celebrated – when did the Community/Charity shield become more than a pre season kick about?

    Let them have their moment, this is their favourite trophy.

    MoreCashThanDash
    Full Member

    Meanwhile, a nice result for the Tractor Boys away at Sunderland. I may mention it to my Sunderland supporting father tomorrow…..

    binners
    Full Member

    I was going to ask how the hell you end up supporting Ipswich when you’re dad supports Sunderland, but my dads a lifelong bloody Liverpool fan. 😂

    Caher
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    but my dads a lifelong bloody Liverpool fan

    I bet Sunday dinner was somewhat frosty when Manu overtook Liverpool in titles?

    MoreCashThanDash
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    I was going to ask how the hell you end up supporting Ipswich when you’re dad supports Sunderland, but my dads a lifelong bloody Liverpool fan.

    He was brought up in South Shields. I was brought up in East Anglia.*

    Even better, he married my mum who was born in Leeds. My earliest memory is watching “that” FA cup funal at my aunts!

    *my lad is a Derby fan, having been born and brought up here

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