THE RUN IS FINALLY OVER!
According to Andrew Lodge in the Barnsley Independent, Hassell hits right back at his critics.
Apparently, a small section of Barnsley FC supporters have got under his skin - after receiving some criticism for his performances as a defensive midfielder.
"I ended up having an argument in the street with one fan who was having a go"
Most regulars at Oakwell know Bobby better. His performances, in numerous areas of the set up, have been outstanding at times.
Like most, I look forward to De Silva's return in to this position. Even the unknown Colace might be a novelty in the meantime (pending resolution). But when this does happen, Bobby Hassell deserves his place. Right Back!
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May I take this opportunity to praise, Ching-He Huang, for her fantastic BBC series, "Chinese Food: Made Easy".
I have been glued to the set on a weekly basis, in order to catch her regular guide to making these tasty treats. She has such a "sunny" personality and should be commended for her efforts to involve all areas of the community in her programmes.
She is an example to us all.
In this spirit, I recently contacted one of our local restaurants, to share some of Ching-He's tips. And I can tell you this: I will not bother again!
Not only did they decline my generous offer, but the lady who answered the phone, sounded very aggressive and pretended not to understand me.
To add further insult to injury; they recently posted "their" menu through my letterbox. In it, they claim that they "specialise" in cooking these types of dishes. Even though - they are identical to the recipes - I recommended to them.
Their so-called "Take Away" concept has really taken off, franchising similar services in every high street across the UK. Many of my friends & neighbours tell me that they regularly enjoy meals cooked by these charlatans.
I am inconsolable. I have been left feeling hurt and abused by these people. I'm sure Miss Huang would not approve!
The former Argentina Under-21 captain, who is yet to feature for the Tykes, signed a two-year deal from the Rosario club in June.
If Newell's Old Boys do not comply, the matter will go to a tribunal.
Barnsley club secretary Don Rowing told the Yorkshire Post: "This has been frustrating for everyone at the club, especially Hugo.
"He is working hard and raring to go. We have had a letter from FIFA which says his old club now have until Thursday to submit the papers, otherwise it goes to a hearing."
I recently called a helpline, advertised in my local newspaper, claiming to assist people with "Erection Problems".
Imagine my surprise, when the operator asked me a variety of questions regarding my penis and my general "Bedroom Olympics" activities.
Alas, my new garden shed arrived last Tuesday, and I'm still struggling to get the bugger up!
Whatever it's name, Barnsley - at this stage, are still in the hat.
Only 450 minutes away from Wembley !
Blog Updated on 13 August:
"Taxi for Mr Davey!"
I would force all the squad into wearing one!
If players had to ask the fans personally to "tip-up" at full time, then surely we would see more guts and effort put in over the whole of the 90 minutes.
I wonder sometimes, just how much "brass" would the fans be prepared to put in it?
It would have to be before the start of the second half, once The Reds have emerged from the tunnel, well in advance of their opponents.
The club would then have the perfect opportunity to herald the away team's arrival.
How about the theme tune from "Steptoe & Son" anyone?
Let’s suppose that the demise of England, at international level, is due to the high influx of foreign talent. If this is the case, why isn’t the FA looking outside of the top tier and at the player development occurring elsewhere?
The first official England B team match took place 1949. This was proposed to be the method of bringing through new talent to the National side. The Under 21 system came to fruition much later in the 1970’s.
Commercially, the FA has had little incentive to consider the alternatives. The record home attendance for any B international was back in 1950, when just over 43,500 fans descended on St James Park to see England B play the Netherlands.
Whilst the Premier League is justifiably the best league in the World, why can’t the FA break-out of its myopic view that English football and its mainstream support does not exist outside of that sphere.
Last season, of the 30 most supported clubs, entries appeared from both the Championship and League One. Clubs from the Premiership, including Portsmouth, Bolton Wanderers, Reading, Fulham, Blackburn and Birmingham City, could not muster more support than Leeds United of League One.
Perhaps it’s time for a different England B experiment. Staged exclusively at Football League grounds, with players selected from Football League Clubs. Surely this was the purpose it was designed for.
Is this owed in part to the parachute payments; which are paid to those clubs relegated from the Premiership? These sums have recently risen from £6.5m, paid over two seasons, to their current level of around £11.2m for those clubs that were relegated in 2007 – 2008. The average Football League Championship club only receives around £1m.
Does a manager’s pedigree matter?
At this level, Paul Jewell has previously won promotions for Bradford City & Wigan. He also retained their Premiership status once this had been achieved.
Right from his early managerial career at Motherwell and Hibernian, Alex McLeish has always shown himself to be a shrewd operator. His record at Rangers is impressive too, winning five trophies in five years for the Scottish giants.
Steve Coppell has gained promotions before from the Championship. With Crystal Palace, he has gained two promotions in 1989 and 1997. At Reading he has a formidable track record. Gaining promotion in 2006, he achieved a top eight finish in the first year in the Premiership.
Why should any player bother lacing-up their boots at all?
Of the 22 inaugural members of the Premier League, only ten still remain there. Of the rest, there have been consistent meanderings season upon season. Clubs including Oldham Athletic and Leeds United do not even feature in the Championship this season and Wimbledon are now defunct.
Ian Dowie coined the word “bouncebackability”. In the past five seasons, the only teams that have demonstrated this, at the first time of asking, have been Sunderland and Birmingham in the 2006 – 2007 season. Even after one season in the Championship, only West Brom, West Ham and Sunderland have achieved promotion within the life of the parachute payments.
Last year’s Championship proved to be unpredictable.
This year, everyone will be chasing the Premier League scalps and this year’s pretenders to the “Big League” crown, Queens Park Rangers.
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