THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

Closing the Etihad

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10 Dec 2012 11:47 #740062 by The Awesome Berbaslug!!!
Caution: Genius at work
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10 Dec 2012 12:02 #740066 by Satchmo Distel

The Awesome Berbaslug!!! wrote: aww hof, just as I was about to bring up your calling a broader point a straw man. ferdinand seems to have been celebrating near man city fans, which is unescapable if you're playing away from home. It's just not on to be screaming 15 different kinds of abuse at a player and then taking offence when they give some of it back.

unless of course they're craig bellamy and then they should be dropped in molten metal like the terminator.


I feel that Rio played into their hands by taking the bait, but I also think the coin would still have been thrown even if he had done an impression of Denis Law from 1974.
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10 Dec 2012 12:03 #740067 by Tony C
Your gloating ended in tears last season, Berbaslug.
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10 Dec 2012 12:09 #740068 by The Awesome Berbaslug!!!
when was I gloating? when It looked like man utd were going to win the league, I was just feeling relief that man city weren't going to buy the league. It's a shame that we didn't manage to put it off for a year, because it's pretty clear that they're a busted flush.
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10 Dec 2012 12:14 - 10 Dec 2012 12:19 #740071 by Rogin the Armchair fan
Man U go further into debt to buy one of their main rival's best players (again) and it's City who get the "bought the title" jibes, I see ...

Still, Man City now out to 2-1 to afford to buy it again, at Willy Hills. I might have a bit of that. There's a way to go this season yet. Maybe they'll buy Stevie G in the transfer window and he'll finally get a Premier winners' medal. Stranger things have happened.
Last Edit: 10 Dec 2012 12:19 by Rogin the Armchair fan.
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10 Dec 2012 12:17 #740073 by Hofzinser
As I said a couple of times above, it's absolutely fair enough to argue that I misinterpreted Ferdinand's gesture, and it's entirely possible that you'd be right to do so.
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10 Dec 2012 12:23 #740076 by EIM

Rogin the Kitten Minder wrote: Man U go further into debt to buy one of their main rival's best players (again) and it's City who get the "bought the title" jibes, I see ...


Manchester United haven't gone further in to debt.
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10 Dec 2012 12:29 #740079 by Diable Rouge

Rogin the Kitten Minder wrote: Man U go further into debt to buy one of their main rival's best players (again) and it's City who get the "bought the title" jibes, I see ...

Still, Man City now out to 2-1 to afford to buy it again, at Willy Hills. I might have a bit of that. There's a way to go this season yet. Maybe they'll buy Stevie G in the transfer window and he'll finally get a Premier winners' medal. Stranger things have happened.


Arsenal could hardly have been considered "title rivals", and most of the United fans on here argued it was a £24m waste of money, when other areas of the squad more urgently required strengthening. The more pertinent question is why City have failed to build a Chelsea-level legacy, abjectly failing in Europe, and underachieving domestically.
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10 Dec 2012 12:33 #740083 by The Awesome Berbaslug!!!
I've made my misgivings about the signing of van persie clear, primarily because I don't remember man utd buying one of their main rivals best players before. If you think you're a rival of man utd, and they buy one of your players, you're probably heading for the championship.
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10 Dec 2012 12:39 - 10 Dec 2012 12:42 #740087 by Rogin the Armchair fan
Dwight Yorke? Andy Cole? David May? Eric Whatshisface?
Last Edit: 10 Dec 2012 12:42 by Rogin the Armchair fan.
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10 Dec 2012 13:03 #740099 by RobM
Obviously those ones slipped under the Berbaslug radar.
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10 Dec 2012 13:09 #740103 by The Awesome Berbaslug!!!
Villa? Really? and Newcastle had started the 1994-5 season like a train, but they had fallen well off the pace by the time they sold andy cole. They also were enthusiastic sellers and used that money to rebuild their team.

David May, and Eric Cantona were surplus to requirements at their clubs when they were sold, and describing united and leeds as title rivals in late 1992 was a bit fanciful. Mid table rivals might have been closer.
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10 Dec 2012 13:16 #740107 by EIM
David May? Hahahaha.

Man, Rogin is on glue today.
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10 Dec 2012 13:17 #740108 by EIM
"and most of the United fans on here argued it was a £24m waste of money"

I didn't. And I was right. You daft fucking 'nanas.
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10 Dec 2012 13:25 - 10 Dec 2012 13:26 #740113 by Rogin the Armchair fan
I'd misremembered when you bought Yorke, I'd thought it was closer to when they were pushing you for the title in '93 and then beat you at Wembley in '94.

And David May, EIM, well you did spend over a million to buy him (when £1m was a lot of money) from the team that had just finished second to you in the league; if that's not under the definition of what I referred to I'm not sure what is!
Last Edit: 10 Dec 2012 13:26 by Rogin the Armchair fan.
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10 Dec 2012 13:29 - 10 Dec 2012 13:31 #740115 by Borracho

meregreen wrote:

Erics Inner Monologue wrote:
It hit him on the side of the head. He was facing the away support, and the throw came from the home section.


Amid claims of Ferdinand goading home supporters, I think this is worth repeating.


The photographs of the incident clearly show where Ferdinand is standing, i.e. well over on the far side of the pitch, bang in front of the away section.

Last Edit: 10 Dec 2012 13:31 by Borracho.
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10 Dec 2012 13:32 #740118 by Borracho

Rogin the Kitten Minder wrote: Man U go further into debt to buy one of their main rival's best players (again) and it's City who get the "bought the title" jibes, I see ...


Could have been worse, Ferguson could have spent a slightly bigger amount on Joe Allen and Fabio Borini.
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10 Dec 2012 13:32 #740119 by EIM
Rogin, David May was never one of Blackburn's best players.
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10 Dec 2012 13:36 #740123 by caja-dglh
Fan behavior in that corner (wankers corner) has always been a disgrace. Probably similar in other grounds - these fol get seats there so they can have a go at the opposing fans.

The way this should get fixed is by consistent policing - not just at the derby - trying to filter the idiots out. I am sure that plenty of games go by where the idiots make themselves known but no action is taken. Then the derby comes up and they raise their game at being an idiot.

The starting tone of this thread, as those Ferdinand was the first player to be hit by something thrown by a fan was way off track, but it was started somewhat in the heat of the moment.

The solution isn't going to be closing the ground (which would likely achieve little) or putting fences up (ice hockey style this time, maybe?) - just constantly filtering out the folks who do stuff like this.
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10 Dec 2012 13:40 #740125 by G-Man

Hofzinser wrote:


Rather than suggesting, in that passive aggressive style of yours, [...] Anyway, bored now, and I have work to do. The last word is yours, should you wish it.


Just listen to yourself.

And my apologies for being "meticulously polite". I thought you didn't like me swearing. Now I'm too polite for you. Are you always so pompously indecisive?

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