Norwich City draw another blank – this time at Hull

David Cuffley
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
11:40 PM

Hull City 0 Norwich City 0

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It may be one of the wettests summer on record, but Norwich City’s pre-season preparations have begun to take on the look of a drought – goal drought, that is – after another blank evening for their strikers and their hardy travelling fans.

The Canaries’ penultimate warm-up match, against Championship side Hull City at the KC Stadium, ended goalless, as did their trip to Milton Keynes four days earlier.

While there has been a reassuringly solid look about the defence in City’s domestic friendlies, with just one goal conceded in five matches, they have not found the net since Anthony Pilkington’s seventh-minute free-kick against Ajax at Carrow Road, a total of 263 minutes without scoring.

Five different strikers took the field for the Canaries against the Tigers, but four of them played only the final 20 minutes as part of the mass substitutions so frequent in pre-season friendlies.

Skipper Grant Holt had a couple of half-chances in the opening period, but there were few openings for either side and both goalkeepers could have taken a good book with them for the quieter moments, of which there were many.

Manager Chris Hughton made nine changes from the team that started the goalless draw at MK Dons.

Only new signings Michael Turner and Robert Snodgrass survived from the eleven who began Friday night’s game, centre-back Turner getting a warm reaction from a sparse crowd on his return to one of his former clubs.

The two notable absentees were Wes Hoolahan, who had a full game against the Dons but was not among the 20 players on duty, and Elliott Ward, whose last outing came against Ajax seven days earlier.

City totally dominated the opening period, but were unable to provide a finishing touch and, with Steve Bruce’s team lacking a decent final ball, there was a very subdued atmosphere in the ground.

Snodgrass, given a more central role in front of the midfield four and in support of Holt, supplied the first chance of the night on two minutes with a cross that Holt, at the near post, headed over the top.

Snodgrass, booed because of his Leeds connections, had a better opening in the seventh minute from Russell Martin’s centre, but delayed a fraction and was blocked off as he turned to shoot.

The Scotland international winger was involved again when he played a one-two with former Leeds team-mate Jonny Howson but curled his shot wide.

Snodgrass and Russell Martin combined to provide Holt with another opening after 32 minutes but the striker chose to attempt a backheel flick rather than a full-blooded shot and Abdoulaye Faye was back to block.

With one minute of the half left, home ’keeper Ben Amos had to be alert to palm a cross from Russell Martin away from under the bar after it took an awkward deflection off defender Joe Dudgeon. It was as close as either side came to finding the net before the break.

Hull were more to the fore after the interval and substitute Paul McShane almost picked out Nick Proschwitz with a delicate through-ball, before Aaron McLean’s ambitious effort flew high and wide.

Bradley Johnson’s powerful drive flew wide off Paul McKenna as City hit back, and with an hour gone, Turner made way for Leon Barnett in defence as Hughton made his first change.

Then, with just over 20 minutes left, it was all change as seven Norwich substitutes entered the fray, with only goalkeeper John Ruddy, defender Ryan Bennett and midfielder Johnson getting the full 90 minutes.

Johnson brought the under-employed Amos into action with a downward header from an Andrew Surman corner with eight minutes remaining, but it lacked the power to trouble the ’keeper.

Hull City – Amos; Rosenior (McShane, 45 min), Chester, Faye (East, 70 min), Dudgeon; Koren, McKenna (Devitt, 89 min), Cairney, Aluko (Stewart, 70 min); McLean (Fryatt, 65 min), Proschwitz (Simpson, 85 min). Subs (not used): Jakupovic, Townsend.

Norwich City – Ruddy; Russell Martin (Francomb, 71 min), Ryan Bennett, Turner (Barnett, 61 min), Tierney (Lappin, 71 min); Elliott Bennett (Jackson, 71 min), Howson (Surman, 71 min), Johnson, Pilkington (Chris Martin, 71 min); Snodgrass (Vaughan, 71 min); Holt (Morison, 71 min). Sub (not used): Rudd.

Referee – Mark Brown (East Yorkshire).

74 comments

  • Ah-hah! Scun thorpe.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • A posting referring to the wartime medal awarded to pidgeons also had that man's name and yes that was also ethered!

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Where`s Putney?? A bridge too far? I bet `e`s got a nice bowt race.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • bd2, I wonder why Ar-chant don`t like references to Charles Dickens?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • I really enjoy listening to the doomsayers. They must have loved the one season we were in League 1 because for a few weeks they were able to say they were right. Sadly then we started winning... I am thinking of starting an optimistic Norwich supporter group. I shall set a member limit of 27,000. Now THAT'S optimism. I used to live near the Woolpack, isn't that the pub on the roundabout? I lived on Bluebell road for a while...

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    Scrimmage Canary

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Charles Dickens

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Slight correction, CanaryCitizen; The Woolpack IS the "ECN Building". Ar-chant Tower is just the locker room. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • IS Grant Holt "Skipper"? Not just on the night, but for season?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Another "Rejection-Duplicate". So where IS the identical twin? Beginning to feel sympathy with The Man in the Iron Mask. Or Dum & Dumas.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Red Stooge - you turncoat. For most of last season, you referred to our manager as 'Shambert' claiming he was no good and we would be relegated - now you are lauding him!! Just to put the record straight - we didn't 'get rid of him', he chose to leave for 'greener pastures'. Incidentally, I have every faith that CH will be able to change the tactics come the start of the season on 18th August.

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    Mr Ed

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Just getting the 'drought' out of the way preseason, so we can score 3 every game all year. woot. COYY

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    Scrimmage Canary

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • GREAT RESULTS. If we'd won both matches 10 - 0 we might think we're good, as it is they'll up the tempo during training. I predict Fulham 1 - 2 Norwich OTBC

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    Lobbo

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • The same people who were criticising Norwich City for the lack of clean sheets last season are now criticising them for having too many.A clean sheet against Fulham will do very nicely.

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    Peter Watson

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • ???Testing 12

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    cutty

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • As the season gets nearer I'm becoming more worried worried by what lays aheadI Under Worthington, Roeder & Gunn (all defensive players) we played defensive football - what happened relegation or scrapping for survival. We hire Lambert and play attacking football that bought us 3 great years. I feel Houghton will bringhas bought in defensive footy again and we will struggle! We are crying out for a second striker, there hasn't even been a mention of attempting to sign someone. I really hope I'm wrong but...

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    Bucky

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • Don't know about not scoring I can't get anything onto this notice board

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    cutty

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Goals would be good

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • scunthorpe

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    PutneyCanary

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • We need Jordan Rhodes. Archant, Please do something about these Trolls, Steroo, and olympic bookie. Why should they have the right to spoil things for others???

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    Speedy

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Good morning Brew, Thanks for your thoughts of flushing me out again

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Scrimmage, there's 2 woolpacks in Norwich, the Woolpack being referred to is next to the ECN building, not far from John Lewis. Where do I sign up for this Optimistic city supporters club, Im on board!

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    CanaryCitizen

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Peter Watson, it`s funny isn`t it? Last season`s mantra of "Clean sheets" has been morphed by the hacks into "Drawing blanks". Dissembling devils.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Well, I`ve not yet joined blackdog2 in exile but after the gratuitous sweet-oiling I`ve suffered today, I might. Not even allowed to mention the author of Great Expectations on one board! I was rather hoping to tempt bd2 OUT of "exile" but maybe he`s right. Not seen any contributions from Timbo lately, either. Plenty from the 1p5wich & Leeds trolls, though. :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Some of my earlier stuff has now belatedly appeared. I think it`s time to take a vacation. Keep the faith. OTBC

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Fifth try to reply to Brew.

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • With all them subs Declan must have felt left out. Good call Swiss, methinks red stooge speak with very forked tongue

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • All summer I've been waiting for Norwich to sign at least one new striker. We got the centrebacks we needed, but it was becoming equally clear towards the end of last year that Holt needed more support up front. Surely the goal drought in the pre-season friendlies will persuade Hughton to go out and get his man!

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    canary tifoso

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Hello Brew, You may have noticed that I no longer come on here now but I just thought for old times sake I would have a peep and surprise surprise, the same idiotic trolls are around and the same thering is still happening!

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    blackdog2

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • So maybe it`s NOT because he was a proper journalist? He`s merely an unacceptable letter-string? Change his name to Chuck Richardens.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Noone is panicking whats the point? We can do nothing any way, Just keep paying to watch and hopefully we will see some good games of football when the season starts. We have had 3 brilliant seasons and nothing lasts forever. Will reserve judgement until we see what actually happens.

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    goldie

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Good research, Swiss! I read something in the Daily Mail yesterday about Villas-Boas unloading a few players including Grasshopper, so I rather hoped that one might still be alive. Hi, blackdog2; it`s a disgrace when a genuine contributor like you is hounded out by the noises coming from Stereo Dog and its like. I think the scribblers go home straight from the Woolpack now. No point in going back to the Tower in that condition.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • If any of the hirelings at Archant read these comments about the stupidity and lack of evenness in their ethering I would have though by now someone would have the decency to contribute a comment on it!

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • One up front (the money grabbing mercenary), 10 men behind the ball, packing the midfield. Get ready for a season of dull negative football friends. It's going to be a long road to the inevitable and its not going to be very entertaining either. It's such a shame that our new "manager" is going to undo all the work that Lord Lambert put in. We should never have got rid off him. Villa are very, very lucky. Ged - Your friend and your fan leader.

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    Ged Steroo

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • Is it true that" Wrath of the Barclay" is much easier to post on and is much less tolerant of trolls?

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    DocOhNo

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Three attempts to reply to Brew's post and not managed it! What the dickens is going on?

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Dickens of a job to get a posting on here!

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    muckeymickey

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Why is it that Archant are unable to listen to the requests from posters and try to sort the obvious failings in the systems? Come on lads this afternoon after returning from "The Woolpack" why not get real and do something to improve what humble mortals clearly enjoy?

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    blackdog2

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • I`m joining blackdog2 in exile.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Spot on, Speedy! Is it a coincidence that this deterioration in message board receptivity is accompanied by the renewed yapping of Stereo Dog? A plant??

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Well it proves this Mickey Mouse site does work!

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • hey, what is this Gay Rooster ? Last season it was Shambert Out (he was a joker), and now, all of a sudden, after we got rid of him he is Lord Lambert. How much do Archant pay you for these journalistic masterpieces. Anyone else for a pint of two's at the Woolpack ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • More revisionism here than in the average political maifesto.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • The Dickens medal was awarded to pidgeons.

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Ged, why not check out the 1p5wich website, you were showing a good centre forward on there earlier! Its only pre-season and CH obviously wants to sort out the back 4 first, personally I think Vaughan could be our main man this coming season, if he can gets games and keep fit that is!

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    CanaryCitizen

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Putney has resurfaced. I need to find a new Mortlake on this.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Pity my original, more positive and constructive items were not acceptable to die Grosskontrolleren. Lobbo`s optimism is welcome, but some recent events do not instill confidence, specially Ayala. In the bigger picture, Berra, Curtis Davis, Rhodes and "Grasshopper" Naughton could still be up for grabs. Vaughan MUST stay (and stay fit!). IHWMT.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • What the dickens is happening on here?

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • How I got two entries I do not know and I have missed the "e" off of ethering, sorry!

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    blackdog2

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Alarm bells ringing already, I feel that there will be a lot more of this over the coming months. Regards, Whiley. OTBC NMTD!

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    Whiley Boy

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Two attempts to post that man's name, neither have appeared.

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Sorry but £7+ million and inflated wages for Jordan Rhodes, no thanks, rather we stuck with what we have to at least January. Hopefully a fully fit JV will be able to do the business alongside Holt in the season, our players from last season just haven't become poor overnight!

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    NorthCity

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • I wrote and posted his name only, it was ethered. Theory proven, don't even try and write the name of the team known as "The Iron".

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Hi, blackdog2. For some reason today`s "in" Verboten is any reference to Charles Dickens. I wonder if it`s `cos he was a proper journalist? Therefore an unsuitable role model.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Even using the Scrim Technique I am not afforded the same level of access to these boards as Stereo Dog has. 3 consecutive sweetoilings with perfectly polite on-topic contributions. It`s got worse since the Ar-chant plant re-emerged from its primordial swamp down the Orwell Festuary. Sheer Badness. :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Attempt#2. Hi blackdog2. Test a theory for me. Try making a reference by name to the author of Nicholas Nickleby.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Some rumours doing the rounds. One is a loan of Romelu Lukaku (Drogba lookalike) striker from Chelsea, he is 19 and would take a loan to guarantee a starting place in the Premier League. Similar rumours regarding John Guidetti from Man City. Another story is that there is a lot of work behind the scenes on Jordan Rhodes and more that we are about to sign Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for 5.7 M. Finally, several strong assertions that we are signing CB Scott Dann (25) from Blackburn by the end of the week. I can see nothing about Kyle Naughton other than Lambo and Reading were after him a month ago.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • A posting referring to the wartime medal awarded to pidgeons also had that man's name and yes that was also ethered!

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Enjoy Craven Cottage, Putney! Happy memories from 40-odd years ago for me, when I worked at Watney`s, Mortlake. 49 points and 10th this season!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • You did well to get away with that one Putney, perhaps case still open? Good Lord, the disappeared Victorain novelst just came back as well. Maybe something has changed?

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • ...actually some of them just got a bit richer :-)

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Good ol` Lobbo, just when I was getting a bit depressed, a massive injection of optimism! Not relaxed with some recent developments, specially Ayala. We`re going to need Francomb up to speed unless we take advantage of Villas-Boas`s reported "release" of Kyle Naughton. Curtis Davis wants Prem football. Berra goes on Caledonian cholesterol binges in Naaaridge with Calderwood. All Rhodes do not lead to Venky`s Chicken Shack for Jordan. Hoots has connections @ Brum & WHL. Rhodes` old pal Pilks plies his trade @ The Carra. Let`s be `avin` some reconstruction, not deconstruction!! IHWT. Hopefully.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Ah ok, thanks. 2 woolpacks? There'll be no bagds full left soon... 26,999 spaces left. Book now to avoid disappointment...

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    Scrimmage Canary

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • There must be some severely dysfunctional dopes at The Woolpack, sorry, Ar-chant Tower. Products of the prosaic ****s that have infested this County for far too long and probably always will- while the Lodge is alive.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Good morning Brew, Thanks for your thoughts of flushing me out again but I am puzzled why you cannot say Dickens, if that is the case then what the dickens is going on here? If any of the hirelings at Archant read these comments about the stupidity and lack of evenness in their ethering I would have though by now someone would have the decency to contribute a comment on it!

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Speedy - no, we DON'T need Jordan Rhodes!! We can't afford the £7M or so that Huddersfield want for him, nor could we afford his wage demands. Have faith in our current strikers, as they will deliver and don't forget that more than half of our incredible goals total last season came from 'non-strikers'!!

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    Mr Ed

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • What the Di ckens has Charles done to incur the displeasure of die Grosskontrolleren?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Another clean sheet, we were all worried about the defence and to give CH credit he seems to have sorted that problem. I still have faith in Holty and hopefully Vaughan will come good, plus we have some scoring midfielders, don't panic.

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    cutty

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Thanks to Simon Lapin for the ball Rosie is fine.

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    tunsteadtiger

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • That`s enough for now! Au revoir.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Positive thing is we are keeping clean sheets. But it is only pre season, you can't really read too much into it.

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    ImDrunky

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Bucky, what you say ref defensive players as managers is fair enough. But remember, Worthy DID get us into the Prem but didn`t know how to keep us there. Ruder DID dig us out of a relegation hole before he seemed to become grumpy and irrational. Gunn simply didn`t have a clue.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Mmmmmmm, difficult one this, no goals scored, what should we do? I know, let one of the strikers go out on loan!!

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    kevin

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Hello Brew, You may have noticed that I no longer come on here now but I just thought for old times sake I would have a peep and surprise surprise, the same idiotic trolls are around and the same thering is still happening!

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    blackdog2

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • CanaryCitizen - I know the one in Colegate changed it's name to 'the Woolie' to prevent confusion, but have no idea what it's present name is.

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    Mr Ed

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

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