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Thursday, February 20th, 2020:
"Pride and Prejudice", February 19 - March 8This isn’t your grandmother’s Austen! Bold, surprising, boisterous, and timely, this Pride and Prejudice for a new era explores the absurdities and thrills of finding your perfect (or imperfect) match in life. The outspoken Lizzy Bennet is determined to never marry, despite mounting pressure from society. But can she resist love, especially when that vaguely handsome, mildly amusing, and impossibly aggravating Mr. Darcy keeps popping up at every turn? Literature’s greatest tale of latent love has never felt so theatrical, or so full of life than it does in this effervescent adaptation. Thu. 7:30 p.m., Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. $17.50-$40. Playhouse on Park, 244 Park Rd. West Hartford, CT
39th Annual Connecticut Flower & Garden Show, February 20 - 23The colorful, fragrant show covers almost three acres with the 2020 theme, "Connecticut Springs into Earth Day, " with creative and practical ideas for house, apartment and condo dwellers alike. Highlights include: Over an acre of gardens in full bloom, created by professional landscape designers and nonprofit organizations, and include naturalistic, low maintenance, native, organic, herb and pollinator gardens. The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut's 2020 Advance Standard Flower Show: more than 12,000 square feet of a design, horticulture and photography competition with more than 500 judged entries, all with the "Spring into Connecticut" theme. Over 300 booths of displays, activities, and shopping. More than 80 hours of seminars. Thu. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults $18, seniors (Thu. and Fri. only) $16, children (5-12) $5, under 5 free. Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Blvd. Hartford, CT
Friday, February 21st, 2020:
39th Annual Southeastern Connecticut Home Show February 21 - 23Offers a diverse array of home products and services by local, state, and national vendors, presenting innovative and imaginative displays. Local crafts on display as well in a Home Show that combines high tech with hometown flair. Fri. 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.. Adults $10, seniors $8, children (12 and under) free. Earth Expo & Convention Center, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT
"Looped" February 21 - March 21Looped by Matthew Lombardo depicts an actual 1965 recording session in which an intoxicated Tallulah Bankhead, played by Kelly Boucher, required eight hours to dub a single line from her final movie Die! Die! My Darling! While antagonizing the film editor, Danny Miller, assigned to the job. Fri. & Sat. 8 p.m. $37, Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, 31 Webster Square Rd. Berlin, CT
"Daisies on Harlem's Doorstep", February 21 - 23The lights and glitter of the Harlem Renaissance attract an innocent young woman searching for her sister. Daisy finds herself with the help of four very different women. An award-winning play by Sharece M. Sellem. Fri.-Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. Adults $20; seniors, military, students $18; member $17. Donald L. Oat Theater at Norwich Arts Center, 62 Broadway, Norwich, CT
Atlantic Broadband Garde Cinema Series: "Us"Director: Jordan Peele Writer: Jordan Peele Stars: Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss Studio: Universal Nominations: Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by Female Actor; Four Critics Choice Award nominations Awards: Critics Choice Award: Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie; New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Best Actress A mother and father take their kids for an idyllic summer getaway. Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family. After spending a tense beach day with their friends, Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home. When darkness falls, the Wilsons discover the silhouette of four figures holding hands as they stand in the driveway. Us pits an endearing American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves. Rated R. Presented in association with the Black Engineering Council of Electric Boat. The 2020 Atlantic Broadband Garde Winter Cinema Series Pass brings you – for one package price – twenty or more critically acclaimed and Oscar and Golden Globe nominated films with state-of-the-art 4K digital projection and full surround sound. Passes can be used by other than the purchaser. Limited availability so buy today! 7:30 p.m $12; series pass $62. Garde Arts Center, 325 State St. New London, CT
Ice Cube, February 21Widely regarded as one of the most important figures in Rap history, Ice Cube began his career two decades ago with N.W.A — aka the World’s Most Dangerous Group. After penning some of the most memorable lyrics on N.W.A’s groundbreaking tracks “Straight Outta Compton” and “Fuck Tha Police,” Ice Cube broke away at the height of the group’s success. As he moved on to launch his solo career, his debut studio album AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted (Priority, 1990) sold more than a million copies. A concept album about the fall and rise of the black man, Ice Cube’s solo sophomore effort Death Certificate (Priority, 1991) debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, eventually selling over two million copies. His impressive musical career also includes the multi-platinum success of his two-part album War & Peace, as well as the hit albums Lethal Injection, Bootlegs & B-Sides, The Predator, the gold-certified and independently released Laugh Now, Cry Later, Raw Footage, and I Am The West (a 2010 release that debuted at #22 on the Billboard 200 and proved to be one of the most successful independent releases in Hip Hop that year). 7:30 p.m. $29-$39, Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT
"Sex N' the City - A Musical Parody"This “Super” Unauthorized Musical Parody follows your favorite single gals looking for love in the big city. The show tackles serious questions like "will I ever find the one," "can you ever really be over your ex," and "for the third time, it’s a neck massager!" Come join Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha on a hilarious trip through New York in the 1990s. 8pm, $35-$40, Shubert Theatre, 247 College St. New Haven, CT
Fitz & the Tantrums, February 21There came a point, in the time following the release of HandClap, the biggest song of Fitz and the Tantrums’ career, when its ascent crossed the threshold of successful, zoomed past game-changer, to just plain, WTF?! The double-platinum, Top 5 smash, which racked up 1.5 billion streams in China alone, was synched on countless shows from American Idol to The Oscars. Fitz and the Tantrums were invited to perform for the masses on primetime television and such cultural institutions as Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and FOX’s Super Bowl preshow after “HandClap” become something of an unofficial theme song for the NFL. 8 p.m. $35-$55, Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd. Mashantucket, CT
"Constellations", February 21 - March 7How might the smallest change in our life dramatically alter its course? Playwright Nick Payne's brilliant love story explores Marianne and Roland relationship and all of its infinite possibilities. This exploration of love, science, heartbreak and hope raises the question, what is the difference between destiny and choice? Due to subject matter and language, this is not recommended for children. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. (March 1) 2 p.m, $20-$25, TheatreWorks New Milford, 5 Brookside Ave. New Milford, CT
Champions of Magic, February 21The five world-class illusionists that make up this mind-bending theatrical production are back on tour in 2020, following sell out shows across the globe, rave reviews and a run in London’s West End. Don’t miss this incredible show to entertain the entire family. With more than 30 million online views between them, this cast of top magicians includes international award-winners presenting incredible mind reading, stunning close-up magic and daring large-scale illusions. Their skills have been seen on screen around the world with appearances on The CW’s Penn & Teller: Fool Us, NBC’s Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon, The Today Show and Access Hollywood Live. Champions Of Magic has been seen by tens of thousands around the world, now’s your chance to see why fans return to see one of the world’s biggest touring illusion shows time and time again. 8 p.m., $41-$76, Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd. Mashantucket, CT
Saturday, February 22nd, 2020:
Special Olympics Winter Games, February 22 - 23Powder Ridge is proud to host Special Olympics Connecticut 2020 Winter Games. Over 900 athletes of all abilities from across the state are expected to participate. Events are free and open to the public. Spectators are encouraged to attend. Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing, Figure Skating and Speed Skating, Unified Floor Hockey and Skills, & Gymnastics. Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., FREE, Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort, 99 Powder Hill Rd. Middlefield, CT
From the Heart Racing, February 22Join us for a Prize-Drawing Giveaway, 50/50, and fundraiser. All proceeds will help support causes such as school sports programs and diabetes relief. 1 p.m.-6 p.m., FREE, Witchdoctor Brewing, 168 Center St. Southington, CT
A Tribute to Cher and Lady Gaga, February 22Lisa Carter and Nicole Fuller bring the voices of Cher and Lady Gaga for a fantastic cabaret style tribute performance. 6 p.m., $55 (plus tax and service charge). Waters Edge Resort and Spa, 1525 Boston Post Rd. Westbrook, CT
Disney's "Frozen Jr.", February 22 - 23The students of the Warner Theatre Center for Arts Education will present the enchanting musical on the Warner's Main Stage! Based on the 2018 Broadway musical, Disney's Frozen Jr. brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. The show features all the memorable songs from the animated film. A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen Jr. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and load with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen Jr. is sure to thaw event the coldest heart. Sat. 2 p.m. & 7 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m., $15, Warner Theatre, 68 Main Street, Torrington, CT
Sunday, February 23rd, 2020:
The Bolshoi Ballet in HD: "Swan Lake" February 23Prince Siegfried is summoned by his parents to choose a bride. However, he encounters a mysterious and magnetic swan-woman, Odette, by the lake and is captivated. His vow of eternal love to her will have irreversible consequences. Tchaikovsky’s essential masterpiece returns for a live broadcast of the most-beloved ballet in the classical canon. Technically challenging and filled with vibrant emotion, with a stunning and world-famous corps de ballet in perfect unison, the legendary love story between Prince Siegfried and the dual personalities Odette/Odile, born at the Bolshoi Theatre, is a must-see. 12:55 p.m., $15-$25., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. Ridgefield, CT
"Pete the Cat", February 23Everyone’s favorite rockin’ blue cat takes the stage in this musical performance. When the unsuspecting Biddle family takes in the fantastic feline, Pete the Cat rocks the family’s world with his strumming and strutting. Everybody loves Pete the Cat, well, everyone except Jimmy, the planet’s most organized second-grader. That all changes, of course, when Pete the Cat takes Jimmy on a once-in-a-lifetime road trip. Based on the New York Times #1 best-selling children’s books by authors Kimberly and James Dean, Pete the Cat is also a popular animated series on Amazon Prime Video. A Theaterworks USA production. Recommended for ages 5 and up. 2 p.m. $18-$22, Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, 2132 Hillside Rd. Storrs, CT
Atlantic Broadband Garde Cinema Series: "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood", February 23Director: Marielle Heller, Writers: Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster, Stars: Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Chris Cooper, Studio: Sony, Nominations: Oscar for Best Performance (Tom Hanks); One Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards; Two Critics Choice Awards, Lloyd Vogel is an investigative journalist who receives an assignment to profile Fred Rogers, aka Mr. Rogers. He approaches the interview with skepticism, as he finds it hard to believe that anyone can have such a good nature. But Roger’s empathy, kindness and decency soon chips away at Vogel’s jaded outlook on life, forcing the reporter to reconcile with his own painful past. Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America’s most beloved neighbor. Rated PG. 3pm, $12, Garde Arts Center, 325 State St. New London, CT
2019.10.07 15:14 SometimesY/r/CFB Reporting: The Ithaca Bombers Rout the St. Lawrence Saints 59-20
by Cameron Williams
Life and Football in the North Country
St. Lawrence University (abbreviated SLU and often pronounced as "sloo") is located in Canton, NY, in the so-called North Country in way upstate New York. The North Country is cradled between Lake Ontario on the west, the Adirondack Mountains on the south, Vermont on the east, and Canada and the St. Lawrence River on the north. The North Country has a mostly temperate summer punctuated on both sides by a brief spring and brief autumn. Wintry weather lasts from November through April, and for much of that time, it is completely overcast. It is common to go weeks without seeing much sunlight. The area features rolling hills and rivers and is dotted with quaint villages and hamlets. The villages and hamlets are populated with houses that are over 100 years old, many of which are nearing or have eclipsed the 200 year mark and many of which containing so-called doors to nowhere. Much of the North Country's economy is based on agriculture and local universities, including SUNY Canton, also in Canton, NY, and Clarkson University and SUNY Potsdam in the neighboring town of Potsdam. Historically, the area benefitted greatly from its proximity to the St. Lawrence River with its connections to Lake Ontario and the Gulf of St. Lawrence as it passes through the Thousand Islands region, Montreal, and Quebec City, and acts as a major trade route between the US and Canada. Like much of rural New York, the North Country is economically depressed. St. Lawrence County, home to the four aforementioned universities, has an estimated poverty rate of nearly 19%. During the regular academic year, Potsdam and Canton are busy and full of life as students roam the streets in search of food, alcohol, and fun, but during winter and summer breaks, the two towns are as easygoing as most any other in the North Country. Football in the North Country has a long, fractured history. St. Lawrence football has existed continually since the late 1800s, but football at the other three universities has not fared as well. Clarkson University previously had a football program that it discontinued ca. 1952 and now has a club football team that is currently in its fourth season. Clarkson athletics are perhaps best known for their women's hockey team that has boasted three Division I championships in the last five years despite only existing at the Division I level since 2003. SUNY Potsdam (then named Potsdam Normal School) had a football program that it discontinued ca. 1903. Today, Potsdam's sports are all Division III. Clarkson and St. Lawrence did indeed have regular football games before Clarkson shuttered its program. SUNY Canton briefly had an NAIA football team from 1995 through 2003 and was led by head coach Lou Saban most of that time before SUNY Canton shuttered the program as they moved their sports to Division III. Lou Saban was a distant cousin of one Nick Saban. His coaching history ranged from being a head coach of the Patriots to being one of UCF's first head coaches and his coaching tree includes such people as Marty Schottenheimer, Tony Dungy, Herm Edwards, Bill Cowher, Mike McCarthy, and more.
This weekend was the weekend opener for Division III Liberty League conference play. The Liberty League has seven members, all in New York: Buffalo State College (not to be confused for SUNY Buffalo which is a member of the MAC in the FBS - the two schools are only separated by nine miles), Hobart and William Smith, Ithaca College, University of Rochester, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, St. Lawrence University, and Union College (not to be confused for other Division III powerhouse Mount Union). The conference plays a full round robin once conference play begins in early October. This weekend, Buffalo State sat out while RPI hosted Rochester, Union hosted Hobart, and St. Lawrence hosted Ithaca. St. Lawrence and Ithaca have a long football history dating back to 1931 which spanned several conference realignments and shake-ups. Coming into Saturday's game, the Bombers led the series 31-6 with an active win streak of 24 games over the Saints. The last time the Saints beat the Bombers was in 1983. St. Lawrence entered Saturday's game at 2-2 with a dominating loss to Utica and a close, tough loss to Norwich to start the season but rebounded with a two-game winning streak over Morrisville State and Hartwick College. #11 ranked Ithaca entered Saturday's game at 3-0 with dominant wins over Saint Vincent and Alfred and a close victory over St. John Fisher. Prior to Saturday's game, St. Lawrence averaged 58 yards rushing per game and 330 yards passing per game, whereas Ithaca averaged 101 yards rushing per game and 320 yards passing per game. St. Lawrence's starting QB Tyler Grochot is a sophomore out of Ottawa, Ontario, and played in eight games as a freshman. His style is more of a pro style QB which is reflected in his rushing stats for the year (-41). The Saints' backup QB Aaron Ruthman is a junior and has had game experience in all three years. His style is best suited to an RPO offense as he is a true dual threat QB. Ithaca's starting QB Joe Germinerio is a transfer from SUNY Brockport. Germinerio had a 31-5 record at SUNY Brockport with back-to-back Empire 8 conference championships and helped lead the team to the Division III semifinals in 2017 before transferring. His passing motion is quite atypical as he often throws sidearm passes, and he is quite effective while passing on the run. The Bombers' backup QB Wahid Nabi was the presumptive starter having started the prior two seasons before Germinerio transferred and won the starting position in the off season.
Ithaca Bombers @ St. Lawrence Saints
It was a rare beautiful day in the North Country on Saturday with few clouds in the sky, little-to-no wind, and a beautiful 54°F at kickoff. The clear skies were a great backdrop for the entrance of Leckonby Stadium. Despite the clear and shiny weather, the game began on a somber note for the Saints family. A portrait had been unveiled for the family of the now-deceased Garrett Dunsmoor, former member of the Saints lacrosse and football teams. Garrett had tragically passed away on a European trip in 2018 when he fell from a bridge. Ithaca won the coin toss and chose to defer to the second half. The Saints started the game with a bit of a trick play on special teams with a handoff on the return, but the Bombers were not fooled, and the player was run out of bounds at the Saints' 20 yard line. On the first few plays of the game, the Saints looked confident, poised, and unwavering. The Saints came out slinging and their fans were hooked in. The Bombers looked slightly overwhelmed as the Saints got their first first down with ease, forcing the Bombers to take a timeout to regroup. Cowbells were clanging and the Saints were clicking. Saints QB Grochot was on the money their first drive and marched down the field with ease. A perfect pass by Grochot and perfect catch by WR Andrew Murphy kept the drive alive, and the Saints would cap the drive off with a successful touchdown. The point after attempt was no-good to make it 6-0—this was only the start of the woes for the Saints. The Bombers roared back with a well-placed jump ball from QB Germinerio that resulted in a Bombers touchdown. The Bombers had a delay of game penalty on their own point after attempt, but it would be good, bringing the score to 7-6. The Saints' offense stalled in their second drive after a deflected pass (overheard in the press box: "send that ball to the CTE protocol because it just got SMACKED"). Feeling confident, the Saints would attempt a fourth down conversion in Bombers territory but would be unsuccessful. The Bombers had a rare miscue on the next drive and coughed up the ball to the Saints, giving them a shot at redemption for the previous drive. Saints QB Grochot's mental mistakes would start to pile up on this drive. Instead of capitalizing on the Bombers' turnover, Grochot would throw an interception—the first of many on the day. At this point, the Bombers started to toy with the speed of their offense. The play after the interception, their offense was immediately lined up whereas the Saints were still getting set. Bombers QB Germinerio would attempt a fake handoff in the confusion and instead throw a deep ball to the left sideline for a completion. A crucial third down came up for the Saints defense and a low rumble turning into a loud blare emerged from the crowd below as they stomped their feet with a train horn over the PA. The Saints defense held the Bombers to a field goal, making it 10-6 in favor of the Bombers. The Saints would punt after two incompletions as the mental mistakes from QB Grochot would begin to pile up. The Bombers again snapped the ball before the Saints defense was set, demonstrating their offensive cohesion and speed. The Saints defense would nearly intercept a rare misplaced pass by QB Germinerio, but it would hit the ground. Germinerio would run it in on a QB keeper to put the Bombers up 17-6. The Bombers would not look back. Saints QB Grochot's would be unable to shake the mental mistakes the Saints' next drive as he would have a pass deflected and nearly intercepted and would false start when losing his balance after an extended hard count while attempting to draw the defense offsides. The Bombers would get their second interception of the day with a short field. A quick snap and QB keeper later and the Bombers would be in the redzone and come away with a touchdown, going up 24-6 partway through the second quarter. On the subsequent drive, the Saints would get a break on a defensive pass interference by the Bombers on a deep ball, but the drive would end with a third Bombers interception on the day. The Bombers would score quickly after the interception as their 6'3" WR Will Gladney would hurdle a Saints defender to run it in for a touchdown to extend the Bombers' lead to 30-6. Saints QB Grochot looked to regain some composure on the next drive but made a fatal mistake of throwing the pass well beyond the line of scrimmage on third down instead of tucking the ball and running resulting in a loss of down and forcing the Saints to punt it away. The Bombers would score again on their next drive to go up 38-6. On the next drive, the Saints would fumble and recover at their own 35 and the Bombers would come away with a pick six to go up 45-6 at the end of the half. In the first half alone, the Bombers ran over 55 plays. Ithaca received the ball to start the second half and kept QB Germinerio in for the first drive which would end in a touchdown as he marched the Bombers down the field with ease, extending their lead to 52-6. Germinerio would exit the game with 306 passing and 47 rushing yards on the day in only one half and a drive of play time. Saints QB Tyler Grochot would get another drive before being sat for the game as it ends without a score. He would finish the day with five four interceptions, all of which were either ill-advised throws into double coverage or the consequence of staring down a receiver. Grochot could often be found scanning the field before making his passes, but on the few passes where he stared down the receiver, the Bombers capitalized. In the second half, the Bombers would alternate backup QB Nabi with Wthird string QB Dominick Pfisterer to give both playing time. Nabi would show off his special teams skills with a quick kick on a fourth down play. After pulling starting QB Germinerio, the Bombers would pull back on the tempo and played out the clock. In stark contrast with the first half which saw over 55 offensive plays by the Bombers, the Bombers had about 10 plays in the third quarter. The Saints backup QB Ruthman would breathe new life into their offense as it was finally again able to move down the field with his evasiveness in the pocket and ability to throw on the run. Ruthman was able to throw into tight corners, but the Bombers defense denied a few big plays with their big-bodied secondary. Despite being able to move the ball again, the lead was insurmountable for the Saints offense, especially as the Bombers were content to run out the clock. The game had gotten into the players' heads at one point and a small skirmish had occurred, but tensions had eased shortly thereafter. The game was mostly injury-free, save for one Bomber player who was unfortunately injured in the final minutes of the game. The player was able to walk off on his own power. The game ended 59-20 in favor of the Bombers. Despite a lack of breaks in game play that are common in Division I football and effectively continuous gameplay (except at halftime), the game nearly reached the three hour mark as a direct result of the fast striking Bombers offense. St. Lawrence fans stayed through to the end and supported the players on the game as they left the stadium, some asking for photographs with the players, others simply talking to them. Ultimately, the Saints defense couldn't stop a Germinerio-led Bombers, but in light of their offensive woes, they performed as well as could have been asked. The Saints are now 2-3 and preparing for their match against a 4-0 Union. If starting QB Grochot can rebound from this last game, the Saints should be poised to have a solid season. If Grochot cannot rebound, backup QB Ruthman will have to take the mantle and salvage the Saints' season. The Bombers are now 4-0, ranked #10, and looking to keep their win streak alive against an 0-4 Buffalo State. The Bombers will be looking to secure one of the 32 spots in the Division III playoffs—playoffs that have been dominated by Mary Hardin-Baylor, Mount Union, Wisconsin-Whitewater, and St. Thomas (MN) in recent years. They last won in 1991 and have claim to three wins in program history on seven championship visits. Here's an album with some images taken from the game.
Welcome to the triumphant return of the Premier League Previews, a series where a fan gives an overview of his team for your perusal, and I get an excuse to take pot-shots at other clubs. This will run until the eve of the Premier League, taking a look at each club in turn. We're continuing our seaside theme today with AFC Bournemouth. About
After the first 12 games of last season and sitting pretty in 6th place, rumour has it that certain Cherries fans had started picking which destination they'd prefer for a Europa league 1st qualifying round away day. However after yet more long-term injuries and a resulting loss of form the season fizzled out to a safe 14th place. Don't let the 14th place finish fool you as in my opinion this was the season where the most progression was made since promotion to the Premier League, with the team pulling off some brilliant results (see Bournemouth 4 - 0 Chelsea) and a slight tweaking the style of play, producing scintillating football at times. The emergence of the deadly "front 4" providing goals and assists galore saw Callum Wilson finally get his deserved international call up and debut goal against the USA, resulting in him being linked to Chelsea for £40m+ in January. Ryan Fraser narrowly missed out on being the top assister in the Premier League to a certain £130m Galactico and has in result been linked with the likes of Everton and Arsenal for £30m (with a year left on his deal). David Brooks has emerged from young boy into a £50m player linked with Manchester United and Josh King continues to be one of the most criminally underrated strikers in the Premier League. With these 4 signed at a combined £13.4m, I'd say the efforts of Eddie's long term planning are coming to fruition. As has been the issue with every campaign since promotion however, the defence has been the issue. 70 goals were conceded last year, a figure beaten only by Fulham and Huddersfield, who will be playing for Championship glory next season. However a return of 56 goals scored, the most outside the top 6 make up for this. Don't ever say you don't get value for money at Dean Court. The final couple of games gave reason for optimism however. A brilliant debut against Spurs for young Irish keeper Mark Travers came as a pleasant surprise, as well as promising performances from young fringe players such as January signings Chris Mepham and Dominic Solanke as well as academy product Jack Simpson. Overall, another entertaining season of good football was left with the bitter-sweet taste of what could have been after that early season form. Injuries to Lewis Cook and record signing Jefferson Lerma were absolutely key, and came at the same time as the drop in form, which is no coincidence. It is hard to complain as a Bournemouth fan, but you get the feeling that fans are starting to get frustrated at a stale-ness within the club. No progress has been made on a new stadium and the cups still seem to be an opportunity to give fringe players some minutes. The new training ground is however under way, so the pavilion outside the ground can stop being used for training soon enough and hopefully can be used as a tool to attract better players to the South Coast. As if the beach and the prospect of a house on Sandbanks was enough!
After spending £31m (Transfermarkt) on Chris Mepham and Dominic Solanke in January of last season, I wasn't expecting too much from the business this summer. Eddie had been chasing Mepham for what seemed like an eternity, so I'm excited to see what he'll bring to the table this season and Dominic Solanke seems to be hugely rated in the England setup, however he has a job displacing King or Wilson up top. So far only 2 signings have come in, and they can now be described as very 'Bournemouth' signings. We seem to have found a niche in attracting some of the best young British talent in the Football League and offering them a chance at breaking into a team in the Premier League. Lloyd Kelly comes in for £13m as a highly rated left back who, again is highly rated in the England setup and performed well at Championship level last season for Bristol City. We've also signed right-back Jack Stacey from Luton Town who, I confess I don't know much about but he seems like a full back who loves to get forward and scored a few goals last season as well. We're rumoured to be looking for a Goalkeeper, Centre Midfielder and a StrikeWinger in the rest of the window. We've been strongly linked with Jack Butland, who could go down as one of the best signings in our history if completed as he was very close to Jordan Pickford in competing for England's #1 spot, but his stock has dropped after playing for an underperforming Stoke in the Championship. That superb shot-stopper is still in there however and could be a massive signing. We also seem to be heavily linked with Philip Billing from Huddersfield. From afar I've heard stories about him having a bad attitude when not picked which you never like to hear, but Eddie could go after Anna from Love Island for all I care, I'd still back him to make the right decision on signing a player. In terms of exits, we've managed to start being able to get good fees for our players. £20m rising to £26m for Tyrone Mings is a great deal for all parties. It's such a shame it hasn't worked out for Tyrone and I truly wish him all the best at Villa. Whoever managed to convince Sheffield United to not only target Lys Mousset, but fork out £10m for him deserves a heavy commission as a result of that sale. You can see he's got ability, but he's too friendly with Jordon Ibe and I don't think that's helped his attitude. It was a sad moment to see Marc Pugh finally leave, however it's absolutely the right time. As of the time of writing this, Harry Arter is still with us and I would love to see him charging around our midfield again. To use the old cliche however, the best business this summer has been to retain the aforementioned front 4. Wee man (Ryan Fraser) still hasn't signed a new deal as of yet. With 1 year remaining I'd be gutted to see him go on a free, but I heard someone saw he liked a tweet begging him to sign a deal. Looking forward to the official announcement in the coming days. I'd love to see us have a go in the cups, I've always said it would be a dream to see Bournemouth at Wembley and I feel we're established enough as a Premier League side to be able to afford the risk of a deep cup run. However as always, the priority has to be staying in the league. Transfers Highlights
All fees from Transfermarkt All incoming/outgoing transfersFull 2019-20 squad 3 players to watch out for David Brooks It's hard to put Brooksy in as a player to watch out for after a break-out season last year, but boy does he have talent. Dejavu occured when he got injured during the 4-0 battering of Chelsea which ruled him out for a while. I can see him progressing further this year and providing more game deciding contributions, could be one to watch out for in the Fantasy League too as he's got bags of goals and assists in him. Lewis Cook Had injuries not been a concept, Lewis would be a sure starter in England's midfield. Yet again his season was ended early with a ligament injury and he's only just come back into training. However given an extended run of games he can build a formidable partnership in midfield with yellow card machine Jefferson Lerma to put him right back in contention for another England call up. Chris Mepham As mentioned above, Eddie had chased Mepham for 18 months prior to him actually signing in January last year for £12m. Another one of those 'Bournemouth' signings who can come from the Football League and make an impact at Premier League club. Steve Cook and Nathan Ake have become the standout centre-back partnership for us over the last 2 years, however if last season's 70 goal concession is on it's way to being repeated, something will have to change and from the few performances (bar his debut away at Arsenal) he put in last season I can see him progressing to be a real leader in the team. I've seen him touted as a future Wales captain and I'd love to see him also develop the leadership qualities to be a key part of our team to come. What the fans think Thanks to /AFCBournemouthfor their help.
How do you think this season will go?
We should be capable of making the top half of the table. I wouldn't be surprised if we fall somewhat short of this ambition at the start of 2020 when we have a number of easier fixtures. With another possible league cup quarter final in the mix this would be very much on the cards in my mind. I'd hope for 52-54 points if we're playing as good as we can but 46-48 would be expected.
It's going to very much depend on us getting over our injury problems, because they seem to rear their ugly head every season, but I am quietly optimistic of challenging our high points total of 16-17. If we get the luck we can maybe do a Wolves. We have a nicely settled team and I think that will work in our favour over buying lots. I wouldn't mind two or three new ins to replace outgoings though.
We’ll finish on our highest points tally to date, but not highest table position. We’ll be plagued by injuries a couple of these will be out for long periods (Wilson, Fraser, Brooks, Lewis cook) that will result in some non-starters having to step up.
Which player is going to be your star of the season and why?
David Brooks or Lewis Cook would be the best bets. Brooks is extremely technically gifted and I fully expect him to be one of our highest contributers in combined goals and assists next season. With the Euros coming next summer he should be attracting all sorts of admirers so this might be his last season with us. Cook on the other hand is essential to how Eddie Howe wants us to play. His passing ability is unmatched in our squad and he sets the tempo of how we play. He's back from a lengthy injury so I'm hoping his presence could revitalise the squads performances. Might not contribute in goals and assists but will certainly play a decisive part in whether or not we have a successful season.
It could be any one of four or five. At Bournemouth we don't really seem to do star players, but put it down to a team effort. Saying that, Ryan Fraser is going to be a key player, simply down to the fact that we still don't know for sure that he is staying. If Fraser stays then his partnership with Callum Wilson is again going to be pivotal. I'm excited to see how our midfield shapes up this season too. Lewis Cook has the ability to really cement himself as a future England staple, and I really believe Jefferson Lerma can show how good he really is in his second season in England. Lerma is the tough man in midfield we have cried out for for years (ever since Marvin Bartley in L1 really - different standard, of course) and I can't wait to see Jeff terrorise his opponents again come August. At the back I expect Nathan Ake will be as dominant both positionally and in the air again. That man just has a sixth sense on where to be and when. On the right I hope that young David Brooks can continue to show the ability he served up in his first Premiership season last year.
Boruc, Kelly, Ake, S Cook, Smith, Lerma, L Cook, Fraser, Brooks, King, Wilson. Formation: same 4-5-1 horseshoe when off the ball and using King and Wilson's speed to counter while relying upon Brooks, Fraser and Cook to make the right decisions to keep up the counters momentum, 4-2-2-2 on the ball with Fraser and Brooks working the space on the wing while Cook controls the tempo until we facilitate an opening with Wilson and King plugging the space in front of the opposition back four.
by NickTM The Manager:Eddie Howe has been highly rated since before he even stepped foot in the Premier League, and since then his reputation has only grown. With a glowing track record of developing talent and what is clearly quite an effective recruitment team behind him, that Howe is entering his seventh full season as manager is something of an achievement for Bournemouth themselves, given the bigger clubs that were circling every time they dumped one of their managers. His commitment to decent football has won Bournemouth a fair amount of admirers in the media, and for good reason. The Team: Pace is all over this team, from the quick off the mark Nathan Aké at the back to Jefferson Lerma's charging around in midfield to the absolute array of quick forwards. Jordon Ibe, Dom Solanke, Callum Wilson, Junior Stanislas, Ryan Fraser and especially Josh King all have pace to burn, and the threat of it alone is enough to keep teams off-balance. It was nice to see Callum Wilson return with a good haul of goals last year after some particularly nasty injury travails, and Bournemouth fans will be hoping Lewis Cook pulls off something similar. It's also a very English team, which will probably keep them afloat when the Faragian blackshirts march on Westminster next year and burn anyone with a particularly foreign sounding name at the stake. Why to like them: Artur Boruc is always worth keeping an eye on in case he does something utterly insane. The aforementioned pace means some quite gorgeous raking through ball counterattacks can occasionally be seen, and when in more thorough possession of the ball Bournemouth's attractive style of play is pleasing on the eye. Why to dislike them: Despite their reputation for positive football, a constantly overlooked feature of Bournemouth teams over the last few years has been their cynical fouling and approach to play that gets constantly glossed over by pundits in favour of talking about how plucky and small they are. Personally I've always had a small, nagging vendetta against them ever since a Bournemouth fan a few years ago adamantly insisted Junior Stanislas was better than Wilf Zaha. Summary: Another season in the Prem for the smallest team in the league, and it's another season where they'll be hoping to stay up with authority. Enough time has passed now that lots of people are expecting them to push on a little this year, and if injuries don't rear their ugly head they could well be on their way to the top half.
Let me preface this post by saying everything below is possible with current licensing and the frostbite engine. There will be no ‘let us make our own kits’, ‘make player career mode like The Journey but in a GTA sandbox world’ or ‘let us make our own stadiums’ etc. Some of these changes would ruin the game for very casual players and ideally, they would be on a ‘manager mode difficulty’ scale that you could tailor to your style. Feel free to add your own stuff to my FIFA daydream in the comments. I know none of this will ever happen so I’ll start with the point that career mode should be a minimum of 25 years long. 5 minute read so click for TLDR: Player overalls need a major overhaul because they are too linear and make career mode stagnate Youth Academy Players should look young and age as they get older. I’m sick of Youth Products who already look 30 years old. It breaks any semblance of immersion and is an easy fix for a competent programmer who even cares about the game mode. Making players fill out slightly, deeper facial lines as they grow older, changing hair cuts over time etc. It’s hardly ground-breaking stuff but it would be amazing! Controversial, but it shouldn’t be that easy to find players who will grow to 90+ OVR especially with the OVR changes I’ve listed in another section. The Barcelona academy was arguably able to unearth 3 or 4 over the last 15 years. Ajax may have the next crop. Luton town aren’t going to get 8 of them in a decade. Other teams need to use Youth Academy! Regens and pregens are such lazy programming and a total cop out, get rid of them. South America is a hotbed of talent in the real world, their leagues are full of Young talent people might take a punt on. Similarly big teams on FIFA never buy from lower leagues like in real life as regens just sit in the same league. Lower leagues stagnate and the same old clubs yoyo up and down. The amount of faces and names are pitiful. Seeing the same names and faces repeatedly, seeing 90% black players in England, 90% white players in Africa, 90% white faces in Asia, Asian faces massively overrepresented throughout Europe and South America. Low work rates are overrepresented massively in Youth academy products compared to real players. If you’re a footballer and you have a Low work rate in one direction (apart from strikers and centre backs) you’d better be really good going the other direction with the stats to match. Mesut Ozil is a standout for low defensive work rate in the real game and he has only really been found out in the last season as his attacking productivity has dropped off. If you have low work rates you generally aren’t going to make it as a footballer. Composure needs to be fixed. Composure should grow in every player like in real life. It should start at an arbitrary amount and go from there until it reaches another arbitrary amount that was set when the player was created. Speed, acceleration and agility are almost innate abilities, they can of course grow and get better as a player hits the 19-22 range and peak, but a 16 year old who is going to have 95 sprint speed by 21 is going to have about 85 when they are 16. In real life what changes over that time is their ability to do something with it, to hold off defenders and their composure traveling at that speed. Quick players should start off quick. Kits/Stadiums Kits below the big 4 leagues are a joke. The attention to detail is almost zero once you get down to RTG type teams and it ruins it for a lot of people. Crap teams have third kits EA! Look at the details EA have left out of League 2 kits as an example Playing 20+ years with the same kits will get dull, and licensing means it’s not possible to make our own, so let us pick from classic kits again! It’s already been in the game! Let us change the shorts/socks. To get around license issues, make a simple(!) line of code that only allows the change when the home team has similar colours in their home kit to the colours of the away teams kits. This fix along with adding third kits for all teams in major countries as a minimum will end kit clashes forever. The generic stadiums have been the same for half a decade. They need to be doubled at least and there needs to be the option in game to add to them with preset additions that can be made as your club climbs in stature. Every stadium should have all weather types and weather should be more dynamic, the frostbite engine is an enormous playground for weather that any developer should be biting off your hand to play in, especially for cut scenes. Crowds have come a long way in the last 5 years but they still ruin the immersion. If they got the proper attention they deserve they wouldn’t need to be tweaked for years. Chemistry Your team should have chemistry, and not just the superficial garbage they get away with on ultimate team. Being on the same team before or being from the same country is standard and easy. Let’s include do they speak the same language? Youth products will obviously speak their home language and the language of where they have been scouted but what about the 85 rated Spanish centre back you just bought? Is he going to be able to communicate for the first 6 months? The local language should take a full season to become fluent. Cut scenes before the game, are your players greeting one player on the other team more than the rest? They like him, maybe he would fit in… Has a transfer target said nice things about the club or does he think you’re a bit light weight? Does your new signing like your style of play, does he like the position he’s playing, does he like that he’s being made to track back, is he happy? Career mode doesn’t need to just be plug in and play. Not every transfer should work out, it would make it so so much more interesting. Overalls Very controversial but overalls are stupid and we should get rid of them, they are for ultimate team, and ruin career mode by making things too clear cut and easy. A players overall should be similar to the predicted growth of a youth academy player currently. Not an exact number, an approximation of how good that player currently is. This approximation should depend on multiple things such as form, how well they are playing their position (goals/clean sheets etc), how happy they are, if they are playing in the right position, their chemistry with the team, injuries etc. These factors should be able to change the approximate overall by up to 5 points either way. When a player is bought by a club the purchase should have the ability to change their potential by up to 8 points either way. This is much more realistic and gives situations like a premier league club buying an in form championship player and him stepping up to the challenge or shrinking away and being sold 3 seasons later. Potentials/approximate overalls should change by up to 3 points between seasons. How many young players do we see come through in the real world looking amazing that look ok the next season, then the season after they are warming the bench at West Ham? Overalls have made this game and mode totally stagnant and unrealistic. This change would see overalls become much less linear and more unpredictable. A 90+ OVR player should be playing almost every game except for dead rubbers or they must kick off and be unhappy. So many people show off their teams with 86-90+ rated players on the bench. It simply doesn’t happen in real life. Those players would be gone. More realistic league standings AI teams rotate far too much and rarely get past 75 points for the season and the few close run ins that get posted to this sub are because the player lost 8 games. AI teams play in form players regardless of their overall and mid table teams buy world class players with ease. Each competition should have an importance multiplier. Each team should have a strength and prestige score. A premier league game Manchester City against newly promoted Norwich – Manchester City are going to play their current best team as the premier league is important. The same fixture in a league cup game they might play some fringe players or youth. A league cup game against a top 6 rival, they will play their best team as the other teams prestige will increase the importance. This system will allow RTG type careers to not go stale as your team prestige has grown through you being promoted. Now when you’re Sunderland you won’t be facing Arsenals B team in the league because you’ve been in the lower leagues. You’re a premier league team with the prestige to match. AI attacking AI attacks varying levels of difficulty are essentially boiled down to 2 things. How far out they can score from and how many times they turn 180 during a ‘dribble’ until your defender is far enough away for them to shoot. Once again it’s the laziest of programming and purely to get the game out of the door every September. Players like Messi and Hazard could not feel more ordinary. Players like Ronaldo and Mbappe only stand out for their shot speed and accuracy. I’ve never had a player in FIFA run at me, feint and take it past my defender. These players do it every game. Players never stop and put their foot on the ball deciding where to go next. Players almost never play 1 – 2s or pass it out to their full back to beat a high press. Wingers never make runs you see amateurs make every Sunday morning. AI attacking is woeful in this game and all EA do to make any team score is turn their sliders up so they pass through you at lightning pace and then take a first time shot. It’s really, really boring. Players There’s so many out of date player faces its beyond ridiculous for a title that releases every year that sells millions upon millions of copies. You know who’s coming up to the top leagues by the end of May and yet their faces aren’t in the game until nearly Christmas? Players should also age. You have the license for their likeness, not how they look on the exact day you scanned them. Phil Foden isn’t going to still look like an apprentice plumber who just left school when he’s 34 and about to retire. Body shapes. How are there 3 body shapes in game? 8 as an absolute minimum given the fact you can find players from almost any country would be scraping by but 3 is a joke. Player running styles are none existent outside of about 10 world class players. Everyone looks the same with the same body and the same running style. No immersion at all. Real and Generic player hair cuts need developing badly. They’ve been the same for years and half of them look like they are from the 1980s. This is what’s possible on the frostbite engine by the way… Transfers First thing to fix is clubs hoarding right backs, one of the oddest bugs that has been around for absolute years. World class players will not want to sit on the bench. If you’re getting to a point where you have 85 rated players sat along your entire bench like plenty of career mode teams I’ve seen on this sub, it should be time to decide if you like them more than what’s starting, or time to move them on. They should not be happy at all, they should be affecting your team chemistry. You should be getting offers for them weekly from other clubs. World class players will not transfer to low prestige clubs all the time. Anyone else sick of Everton becoming a powerhouse from buying 85+ rated players. Clubs will maintain a squad of around 35 including youth prospects. As one player comes in, another will go. Huge clubs won’t hang on to 70 rated youth products who never made it as they stockpile more and more right backs. Those players will cascade down the leagues to lower prestige clubs as players who aren’t good enough to get a transfer are released into free agency until they retire. Young, promising players should be overpriced to reflect their potential. No one is selling Felix, Foden or Sancho for 10 million in real life. If your scout has hyped someone, so has everyone elses scout and the price should reflect that.
2019.04.09 12:43 Dark-Angel-333April Fabb, 50 years and still unsolved
I has been 50 Years since the disappearance of 13 year old April Fabb. April left her home in Metton Norfolk on 8th April 1969 intending to cycle the 2 miles to her Sister's to deliver a birthday gift for her Brother-in-law, unfortunately she never arrived. After stopping to talk to friends who were petting a donkey in a farmers field April got back on her bike and continued down the road where she was passed by a Land Rover and then never seen again. A matter of minutes later her bicycle was spotted by an ordinance survey team dumped off the side of the road where she had been travelling but they never saw April. Police have carried out extensive searches and interviewed hundreds of people in the search for leads. At one point a blood stain handkerchief embroidered with an 'A' was found but ultimately turned out to be unrelated. Reports of a speeding van in the area a a teenager boarding a train in Norwich were followed as far as possible and searches of lakes and waterways were carried out. Tips and leads have continued to come in and be investigated over the years with 2010 seeing renewed interest when a well was excavated after a tip about a tarpaulin being seen at the bottom around the time of April's disappearance. With both Aprils parents now deceased her sisters continue to keep up to date with any new information and hope they will see a resolution to a case that has haunted many for half a century. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-47786398
2019.02.21 15:26 Doitlive_23Leeds write up August - December Season 1.
So this is my first time doing something like this, if you guys like it great if not no big deal. Started a CM with Leeds (not the most original but I've been following them in the championship for the last several seasons) Doing 7 min Halves Legendary, now Currently I am using a slightly adjusted setting Speed down a tick for CPU and also pass accuracy decreased by 2, and Goalies at 90, mainly due to me transitioning from world class to Legendary, the second half of this season ill be playing with default sliders to give the CPU more of a chance. So here we go with the season: Lets start with a back story on the manager, saw the idea on here recently. Leeds have appointed a new Manager from the USA with former ties to the club. Mike has been managing in the USA but previously managed the U23 team in Leeds as well as played for Leeds, Wolves, and Portsmouth in his career. Netting 50 goals in 200 league appearances, he was never the best on the team but always commanded the respect of teammates around him. Called a "coach on the field" he was forced into a early retirement due to a horrific Knee Injury in an F.A. Cup game at Sheffield United. After his recovery he got straight into coaching with Leeds U23 and has been with the Chicago Fire and L.A. Galaxy in different capacities gaining knowledge for a moment like this. Speculation is that he is on a short leash, and with Leeds desire to return to the Premier League ASAP he knows he wont have any sort of honeymoon that other choices may have received. Started out the season in August with Stoke City and Derby County, both away games. Stoke City, a relegation team from last season premier league were determined to start off on the right foot. It was a tight game, not much in terms of chances for either team, Stoke opened the scoring with a fantastic strike into the top right corner from the left side of the box by Diouf, that was answered moments later by a Pablo Hernandez Free Kick to tie at 1. Ultimately the good times didn't last and James Maclean scored the Game winning goal, Leeds condemned to 2-1 defeat in Mikes first game as boss. the next game was more of the same, facing Derby county away Klich scored a brace but it wasn't enough as Leeds lost 3-2. Talk around Leeds was that the board was considering a change already and impressed that onto Mike and his team. They got the message. The next set of games, 13 to be exact, were all wins for Leeds, This included 3 1-0 wins vs Norwich, Luton in the League Cup, and Boro. Also were a fair share of high scoring games with a 6-1 win at Millwall and 6-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday where Kemar Roofe scored 3 and 4 goals respectively. During this winning run they scored 40 goals to 8 for the opposition, This was a stark difference from the first two games and calmed the nerves of the fans and board. The push for not only promotion but success in the league cup was right in-front of them. Wins over Villa, Luton, and Swansea found Leeds up against Bournemouth in the League cup, a 3-1 win saw them get matched with Manchester United, finally a team that could send Leeds a shock of reality. The game was at Old Trafford, with a spot to the Semi Final on the line, Leeds came out of the gate like gangbusters. One after another they pummeled the Manchester United goal scoring 3 in the first half! the final ended 3-1 to Leeds, the away fans singing Leeds, Leeds, Leeds, as the home supporters go home disappointed and angry their premier league side couldn't defeat an old rival whose side was considerably weaker on paper. This sent Leeds to the Semi Final where they will face Huddersfield Town in January. Now back to the Championship. Leeds winning run ended with a 1-1 draw at Ewood Park. however their unbeaten run was extended all the way to 20 games and finally came to and end with a 3-2 loss against a good Reading side currently in one of the playoff spots. 17 wins and 3 Draws in the 20 games sent Leeds to the top of the table after a rough start with 0 points from the first two games. 60 goals for and 21 given up during that span showed Leeds had the offensive firepower to get past championship teams, but concerning is the 21 goals especially considering the last three games of this stretch Leeds allowed 3,3,2 goals respectively. Mike is already sending scouts around the country for any talent in lower leagues that deserve a raise in competition or upper leagues that aren't getting enough playing time and would be helpful next season if promotion is reached. After the Manchester United Quarter Final win Leeds closes out the month with games against QPR, Bolton, Villa, Rovers, and Hull. Wins over QPR and Bolton 3-1 and 7-2 sent Leeds back to their winning ways in the league. Extending their gap on first place to 7 points by Christmas. Another win over villa 4-1 brought them to 52 points on the season with two more games until the new year, and the opening of the transfer window. A record of 16-4-3 with 72 goals scored and 32 allowed this is surely to be a special season in Leeds. It hasn't been all roses for Leeds in the locker room, injuries have hit this team hard, the backup GK Peacock-Farrell got injured in training for 5 months right before the first game, this wasn't a huge setback as the club had gotten Casilla from Madrid in the summer (I know they got him in the winter, just adjusting the storyline a bit). A bigger loss was that of Jack Clarke a promising winger for Leeds. He was hurt with an ACL injury in October and scheduled to come back as early as April. Due to that injury Mike did go out and make a move already agreeing to a transfer for a RM Matias Zaracho from Racing Club in Argentina once the window opens. the 20 year old winger with big upside will fit in nicely to a young improving roster. Also some players have been disgruntled, Berardi has requested to be transferred due to lack of playing time. Mike is reluctant to give him up in a season where they may need every body they have but he has no choice if he wants to keep the locker room in a good place. He will be looking for a RB in this window through loan or buy. Got any tips for Mike to strengthen his squad? Keep in mind this transfer period is important not just for this season but for getting pieces to be useful next season in the Prem if we can hold on to a promotion spot (Currently 11 points above 3rd place). Here is how it currently stands: ST: Roofe, Roberts, Bamford (Plays CM on occasion), Edmundsson LM: Alioski, Dallas, Murphy (Youth Player) RM: Harrison, Clarke (Injured until April), Hernandez (plays CM), Gotts, Zaracho (Available when Window opens) CDM: Phillips, O'kane CM: Brown, Klich, Forshaw, Nicell LB: Douglas, Pearce, Davis RB: Ayling, Berardi, Shackleton ( Also plays CM on occasion) CB: Jansson, Cooper, Halme, Struijk GK: Casilla, Peacock-Farrell, Huffer I also have clips of some of my best goals to date I will eventually put together into a video perhaps or just release one by one, haven't quite figured that out yet.
2019.01.08 02:32 darknotion42Of Matters Concerning The Reliquary at Norwich Cathedral
The following events lie buried in my past like a pebble in the soil. I have swept gravel over them, but it will not take much winkling to pop them out into the sunlight once more. I am of a mind to lay out clearly, before memory’s keen edge grows dull, the circumstances surrounding a sequence of happenings upon which I have thus far forborne to write. Should the facts they pertain to one day become of import or significance, these pages may provide some useful background to the scholar. Invariably, youthful summers would for my sister and I consist of being whisked off by train to the easterly quadrant of the country, our parents being inveterate admirers of the sights and sounds of the city of Norwich. Hailing as we did from a thoroughly unremarkable hamlet in the midlands, and employed as they were in the demanding yet unglamorous world of haberdashery, this tradition was regarded as a revivicating respite from drudgery. The prospect certainly appeared to excite my younger sibling, who had visions of shopping at the ‘big shops’ and suchforth. I would as well have been left to my own devices, content in my room to absorb old periodicals, historical treatises and other miscellaneous tracts loaned from the local library. If you have never had occasion to stop at the city of Norwich, it is admittedly not free of charm. The attending visitor will find structures of medieval build to gaze upon, many now leaning at impressively declivitous angles. Along the irregularly cobbled streets are multitudinous stalls and lively markets that may be explored and remarked on at length. I took lasting pleasure in the splendid displays of taxidermy in the castle’s museum, gawking morbidly at the array of transfixed birds and other unfortunate creatures. But as has often been noted, familiarity breeds contempt, or in my case, boredom. Year on year we holidayed in the same locale, despite my entreaties to venture further afield- Blackpool, Brighton, even Bognor. By and by, when summer rolled around there remained only one facet of the whole tedious excursion which I held in anticipation. That singular highlight was to be found in the big cathedral at the city’s heart. Many were the afternoons whiled away in this grand house of worship; lifting the seats of ancient wooden pews to discover the whimsical misericords carved beneath, each unique! Walking the cloisters with eyes raised to admire the heraldic ceiling bosses in protuberance above the arches! Trailing one’s hand along the smooth stone walls, digging one’s nails deeply into the timeworn grooves of the memorial inscriptions, or circumnavigating the exterior to catalogue the rooftop menagerie of grotesquely whimsical gargoyles! There were innumerable hours of study and contemplation to be obtained here, and I could look forward on any given day to stumbling across some previously-uninvestigated nook or vestibule worthy of examination. But amidst this cornucopia of myth and antiquity there was one area which invariably drew me back with a heady allure. It is not obviously signposted and therefore overlooked by many patrons. Follow the richly patterned draperies along the eastern apse and you may note, partly effaced by hanging cloth, a stone stairwell which upon investigation leads up to a rough-hewn chamber. Extant here upon the walls are coloured daubs depicting biblical figures from the mediaeval era, miraculously bearing pigment despite being some eight hundred years dry. This secluded chapel is assigned, in the modern era, the reliquary of the cathedral, taking the form of a stone vault lined with polished mahogany display cabinets. Arrayed behind crystal glass panes lie cruciform coffers of pure gold and silver, worked with intricate adornments. Each of these exalted treasuries conceal a hinged compartment traditionally used for venerating the bones, raiments and other earthly relics of martyred saints. How my eager mind would rove, picturing what gory delights once- or still may!- reside under those jewelled lids and devotional miniatures, entranced by thoughts of fleshly fragments which had once drawn worshippers from around the country. My family found it unremarkable that I chose to pass the better part of my holiday at this venue, knowing my bookish propensity for places steeped in history. In truth, they were pleased to leave me in the neutral company of the priests as they bounded the streets and theatres of the city centre, enjoyment untrammeled by my jaded proclamations of boredom. I became a familiar sight around the ancient building in the summer months. The clergy began to address me by name and, noting my deep respect for the place, admitted me into sacrosanct corridors and antechambers usually proscribed from public view. Thusly indulged, I had access to many unseen items and rarities in the vast storage spaces of the cathedral, was even left to rifle unmonitored through the long shelves of liturgical miscellany and clerical rolls. Of the various preachers and lay people with whom I became acquainted, I remember almost exclusively one white-haired and wizened priest. Father Bernard was known to be an authority on the lore and legend of the cathedral, partly by virtue of having been appointed to the ministry for longer than he, or anyone else, could remember. This reputation beset him to such an extent that on several occasions I saw him quite immobilised by flocks of eager students from the local colleges. I rather think they idolised him. At that time, I probably did too. When pressed to share his knowledge regarding the items held in the reliquary, Father Bernard confirmed to me that no skull fragments or tibiae remained within the display, even going so far as to unlock the cabinets and carefully pry open a few of the precious containers to prove his word. This went some way toward assuaging my disappointment, as he graciously allowed me to handle the objects myself and sniff surreptitiously at their musty, odiferous interiors. (I admit I bore then, and still bear now, no religious leanings in the slightest, although I hold no ill-will towards members of those orders who possess such beliefs. Each unto their own, is precisely the limit of my own interpretation of spirituality! Nonetheless, religious narratives are not without appeal- the Christian martyrologies were in particular of great salacity to my young mind. The exceptionally spiteful execution methods that lay in store for these hapless folk tested the bounds of my fertile imagination.) As that summer drew to a close, I was lingering over the items in the reliquary when I took note- for the first time, I thought- of a framed painting in a niche near the stairwell. I was not unduly surprised this nondescript piece had escaped my scrutiny, which by necessity must have been consumed by the ornate treasures within the display cases and, to a lesser extent, the venerable wall friezes. On further inspection I discovered a yellowed placard below, reading: ‘Crucifixion scene, by unknown, early.’ This conspicuous lack of information aroused a restless curiosity. Examining the unobtrusive piece more closely, I found it did indeed depict a man on a cross, as viewed from a distance across a hilly, windswept landscape. In the main, the colour palette was dark, even monochromatic- in the subdued lighting of the reliquary, I couldn’t be certain. The surrounding frame was equally benighted, consisting of four withered, iron-hard planks with a curiously twisted and knotted grain, worn smooth so as to suggest great age. The most striking aspect of the piece was found in the techniques the artist had used. The entire scene was comprised of jagged cross-hatching and deep-gouged scratches, indecipherably dense and impressionistic when viewed at close quarters, but resolving into recognisable forms when at the appropriate remove. Some quality of the angles, the momentum of the strokes, made it clear that the image had been painted savagely and at reckless speed. Whilst the fundamental theme seemed standard fare for a devotional piece, there was an intensity here not often seen in such depictions. The central figure of the scene drew the eye irresistibly, despite being partially obscured in the gloomy middle distance. There was a harrowing geometry about the agonised, twisted spine of the condemned. Without delineating any explicit detail, the artist had successfully encapsulated an echo of teeth-grinding torment. After an unspecified time so engrossed, I discerned palpable twinges of discomfort in my breast, which I imagined to be pangs of empathy with the beleaguered subject of the bleak painting. It was as if those scratched, serrated lines were raking at the exposed surfaces of my soul, raising red-raw furrows which grew sorer with each scourge of the artist’s brittle brush. An unseasonable chill had entered the room, and I massaged my brow to clear the stygian thoughts which had begun to circulate. I was unused to such visceral reactions in response to an artwork. Presently I left the reliquary and sought out my family, for once glad to accompany them in purchasing pork buns and sweetmeats at the market, resolving to put drafty chambers and stuffy priests behind me for the remainder of the holiday. Despite these intentions, the following day I found myself standing in front of the painting, soaking in the detail of those frenzied streaks and barbed, nail-biting angles. Applying my undivided focus, I could sense the artist’s anger lashing out with an intensity that bordered on the physical. In spite of, or perhaps because of, the trepidatious atmosphere of the piece, I was frequently drawn back to it. I began to apply a systematic zeal, aiming to diagnose which specific element of the composition produced its disconcerting effect. I also attempted to marshal other resources to my cause. Striving for nonchalance with Father Bernard, I seeded our conversation with topical asides, reluctant to reveal my interests outright. But he forced me to state my purpose plainly. “Oh, the painting in the reliquary, you say? What attraction does that dusty old piece have for you? It has been in place since my commission, for sure… but, I’m afraid I am none the wiser as to why it’s kept there. It’s not especially inviting to behold, if my opinion be known. I have always found it to be somewhat... prickly.” I saw him suppress a shudder beneath his cassock. The wise old priest had never defaulted in his omniscience before. Nonetheless, here at least was confirmation that I was not the only one susceptible to the painting’s sinister ambience. Encouraged, I redoubled my efforts to uncover the process behind this reaction. It was at this next juncture that I experienced the first in a number of inexplicable proceedings that were to subsequently befall me in that place. You are at your liberty to receive my claim and scoff, or otherwise react with amused disbelief. I can only report to you what my innocent eyes perceived as best as memory serves. My diligence was justified, for I might not have been present to bear witness at that precise moment had I not been so stubborn in my confrontations. Or, perhaps my sustained proximity over the preceding days accrued some quickening effect. What I remain certain of is that as I peered deeply into that harrowing vista, I caught a tiny but unmistakable shudder of movement from the contorted figure on the cross. The results of this on me were received somewhat like an electric shock. In the next moment I found myself curled into a foetus-like pose on the floor against the opposite wall of the reliquary, shivering as if it were midwinter, with no notion of how I had arrived there. Regaining my feet and dusting myself off, I looked around in embarrassment to check no-one had observed my collapse. Rather than effecting a swift exit from the reliquary as certain amongst you, dear readership, may well be urging my younger self to do, curiosity won the day. You must understand, the analytical mind is not likely to allow superstition to enter into its everyday vocabulary. It was with this attitude I advanced again on that most mysterious artwork. There was to be some hitherto unexpected contrivance, some ingenious play of shadows with which the artist had caused the crucified figure to twitch. Disappointingly, I found all features of the painting to be as staunchly immobile as might ordinarily be expected. I could elicit no further minim of movement, even in light of the frame being rattled lightly in its fixture. Perhaps imagination, some glimmering at the edges of my overstrained vision was responsible for the trick. At length, I drew back in defeat. Then I saw the confirmation of what I had experienced. The casual viewer would struggle to discern the inconsistency, but I could not be in doubt. The crooked scribble of a man was now frozen in a fractionally different position of agony on his cross. This was proof, of something... but I wasn’t sure what. It had grown late in the day as I tarried. Rummaging about for my Box Brownie, I took a number of photographs before withdrawing from my quarry in a temporary truce. ~~~ Summer had breathed its last, and on the next day we packed up for home. To see Norwich receding into the distance was usually a matter for personal celebration, but on the train I sat despondent. I felt I had been on the verge of- something, some process of enlightenment, which would mark my rise to prominence amongst the scholastic world. And I had proof, photographic evidence! But my investigations were now stymied until next year. After an intolerable wait for the film to be developed, I discovered that the low light conditions of the reliquary had resulted in an imprecise rendering. To my dismay, whilst the frame and outer segments of the image were fairly well visible, the vital, central portion was hopelessly blurred. Consumed in a paroxysm of frustration, I chastened myself for entertaining farfetched fancies that could have no basis in the tangible world of dates, statistics and other immutabilities. Resolving to lay matters aside, the conundrum nevertheless remained on the periphery of my thoughts. It was with undimmed vigor that, next summer, I marched into the reliquary for long-overdue audience with the object of my obsession. But, despite my attempts to recreate the conditions that triggered the anomaly before, I could not persuade the figure to repeat its trick. After a fruitless week, I decided that I would need to track down a better resolution photograph if I was to prove my hypothesis to the world at large. Father Bernard seemed perplexed that, one whole year later, I still spoke of this unremarkable (albeit enigmatic) painting. My sheaf of blurred photos failed to excite him, but I pestered and nagged until he agreed to help me track down a ledger of artworks in the remit of the cathedral, stored somewhere along the endless shelves of the archives. This weighty tome, when finally unearthed, recorded the dates on which the various assets were invested at the cathedral, along with colour prints and other useful footnotes. Fortuitously there was an index in the back with which I was able to locate the section labelled ‘Passion’, and at the end of this I found the entry I sought. Father Bernard raised his eyebrows as I let slip the first syllable of a coarse oath. Although the scene was fully lit and well-composed, some fluke of exposure had caused the same obfuscating blur around the crucified figure as seen in my own amateur photographs. The page was devoid of any illuminating annotation, but in the margin someone had scratched a question mark in faded ink. So far I had unearthed nothing to support my conviction that some part of the painting had moved. I was not prepared to suffer the embarrassment of having my credibility with wise Father Bernard annulled, who would surely have dismissed the claim as a youthful vie for attention. However, my perseverance eventually seemed to pique his interest. Or, perhaps his professional pride had been nettled by an inability to provide definitive answers to relatively simple questions. “I’ve appraised a number of artworks over the years, religious and secular, but I confess I’ve never seen a canvas quite like this. There appear to be miniscule pinpricks all over the surface, analogous to leather. As to the medium in which the work was executed, whether we are looking at paint, or ink, or some other extract… I cannot say. It’s terribly black, though. Doesn’t appear to contain any tinge of blue or brown, as I would normally expect in a dark pigment. No matter how much light I get on it, it’s black all the way down… black as sin...” He lapsed into contemplative silence, and I had to clear my throat loudly to elicit any further commentary. In any case, he seemed disinclined to speak more. “Wouldn’t you like to spend the rest of the day outside, under the sun for a change? I do not consider it productive for one so young to become fixated on a mouldy old painting.” But from that time onwards, I could not fail to notice that Father Bernard became fixated too. Skulking in the priest’s corridors one afternoon, I heard raised voices emanating from behind a closed door. I gleaned from the muted argument that Father Bernard was for investigating the provenance of the crucifixion painting, by way of thorough structural analysis from a team consisting of himself and postdoctoral researchers from the college. He put forth the case that if no light could be shed on the object’s origins, its legitimacy to be displayed inside the cathedral must be considered. His opponent, probably the deacon, argued that if the item in question was half as venerable as Father Bernard purported, it was too important to be tampered with. Besides which, the deacon made it clear, an image of what was assumed to be the Saviour on the cross was concerned, therefore making it a doctrinal matter that was not to be reorganised without instructions from the archbishop’s office. At some point during my vigil in the reliquary, I became aware of an indefinable change in the vista in front of me. It seemed improbable that any iota of activity from the figure on the cross could have gone unnoticed- and sure enough, the alteration was not to be found in the scene itself. Instead, near the base of the blackened and knotted frame, a fresh, livid scratch was visible. I sought out Father Bernard who feigned puzzlement at the time, but later admitted, not without embarrassment, that he had removed a sliver from the frame earlier in the week. Upon deliberation it had been passed for analysis by some fellows at the science department of the college. “It required quite some effort to carve out that splinter too, even with a freshly-ground razor. Well, the college delivered their results to me this very morning. You’ll no doubt be interested to hear the results, although I can’t say what, if any, conclusions may be drawn from them.” “The wood has been identified as Lebanese cedar, even if it’s not recognisable as such, as it appears to have fossilised or cured by some other natural process. Evidently the brand-new radiocarbon method was used. The college believes the sample I provided may be thousands of years old.” “It is unclear if this is the original frame, or precisely when it was constructed for its current purpose. The methods of manufacture are… unfamiliar to me.” Father Bernard trailed off, distracted, having slurred his words uncharacteristically throughout his previous sentence. “Cedar,” I prompted, “Wasn't that supposed to be the wood they made crosses out of?” “You’ll find it also repels moths quite effectively. It seems there was other contamination in the sample I took.. Plant fragments, and… blood.” “Human blood..?” I whispered, intrigued. The old priest was about to answer, before he shut with mouth with a click, suddenly looking vexed that he had spoken freely on the topic. He swatted his hand as if trying to clear irksome insects. “I can’t derive any significance, though. Neither should you.” he concluded abruptly, and tottered off down a side corridor. The next day, Father Bernard was not to be found within the cathedral grounds. Upon enquiry I was advised by one of the younger priests that he was bedridden at a ward in the infirmary, having taken ill during the night. No-one was able to furnish me with further specifics. With my mentor indisposed, fewer people took heed of my coming and goings, and my meditations in the reliquary went uninterrupted. The data received from the college was sparse and fragmentary, but I incorporated every tidbit into my considerations. I also found an odd conjunction in the fact of Father Bernard’s hospitalisation a scant few days after his clandestine interference with the painting, or at least its framework. Inwardly, I still made assurances that I was enacting my research under strictest terms of logical observation. But in truth, I was clinging to the scrap of supernatural that I was convinced I had experienced, teetering on the brink of another world of possibilities, and the painting was the key. This portion of the holiday is remembered as one recalls a nightmare. My sense of time became perturbed, and I found myself entering feverish reveries of contemplation, from which I would emerge swaying on my feet. I’m uncertain how much agency I truly retained by this point. I fancy I suspected on some intuitive level that, one way or another, matters were due to come to a head. Late one evening I awoke from my trance, hands outstretched as if in supplication. The usual chill feelings of desolation in the room had become amplified, pouring over me in gelid waves. A current of air sighed against my cheeks, and my scalp prickled as if charged with static. In my peripheral vision there loomed a dark mass which appeared to have swum to the forefront of the painting. Somehow, I knew it was very important for me not to directly at it. In that moment, I quite lost my facade of empirical fascination.This was no longer an intellectual game, or an exercise of will over internal paranoia. This was... hunger, rage, frustration, condensed black hatred that fizzed and brewed as if it had been fermenting for millennia. And I was its prey. I developed a crick in my arms and neck from holding my posture rigid, a cramp which spread throughout rest of my body. I didn’t think I could move a muscle. How long had I been stood in front of the painting? Had anyone seen me go up into the reliquary? My apprehension mounted towards terror as I realised I was ensnared. My paralysis was broken only when I heard a 'snick' at the base of the frame and reflexively lunged to catch the object which fell from a concealed aperture. Folding my hands over the tiny, rough thing, I backed away with my head bowed, never lifting my gaze, turning to run only when I dared. Hammering down the uneven steps, I tore across the flagstones of the cathedral and flung myself through the huge doors, coming to a rough halt on hands and knees in the graveyard. Unlatching my fingers from around my prize, I beheld the calcified scrap therein. I cannot account for what I did, there on that revered soil. No frenzied curiosity or relic-hunter’s fetish could explain to me those odd, ritualistic actions. Unobserved amongst the mossy gravestones, I snapped the stubborn bone between my hands and poured out the fine, silty dust inside. Raised it to my lips and thrust my tongue into the pile. Tried to breathe it up through my nose. Rubbed it against my gums. Did other strange, deviant things which I don't care to recount here. When the dessicated marrow was completely consumed, I tossed the broken bone into some nearby shrubs and passed out neatly on the soil. I awoke of my own accord precisely twelve hours later, immediately lucid, the taste of dust thick in my throat. It transpired that I had fallen into such a deep coma that neither brandy nor smelling salts would arouse me. The doctors at the infirmary could find nothing physically wrong with me save for some purplish, yet painless indentations on each of my palms and feet, which faded within the hour. The priest who discovered me slumped in the graveyard was still hovering about after I regained consciousness. After his enquiries as to my wellbeing, I was privately amazed to hear how, whilst insensible, I had raved in an ancient Galilean dialect. When he began to ask tentative questions about my activities that day in the reliquary, I grew reticent. It has taken decades for this reticence to fade. At the time I asserted to have no memory of the preceding day, but I fancied I saw a gleam of nascent comprehension in his eye as he left. My parents concluded that I had become faint from too much time spent indoors, breathing the vapors and dank miasmas of the cathedral. I was mortified to learn they also had suspicions that the clerics there had been attempting to indoctrinate me into the priesthood, which I refuted vigorously. Needless to say, we did not return to Norwich for future holidays. On our arrival home, we began receiving letters from the priest who had interviewed me at the infirmary, who was now firmly convinced that he tugged at the strands of theological mysticism. These missives went unanswered and eventually grew infrequent, then ceased. In one such letter, received shortly after my recovery, he regretfully informed us that Father Bernard had passed away from an ‘unknown malady of old age’. Privately, I hypothesised a different cause of demise. And although I would have liked nothing more than to strike a bold line below these proceedings, one fact has prevented me from doing so. Beginning promptly on my departure from Norwich that fateful year, I experienced the onset of what can only be described as cravings. To this day, the urge is there, pulsing out like a beacon from the east, exhorting me silently but insistently. I have convinced myself it is honest scientific curiosity that calls me back, not some immense, ancient entity with its hooks in my soul. In defense of its lure, I have cultivated a deliberate aversion to churches and places of religious worship, which has blossomed almost into physical allergy. What would happen if I were to go willingly back to Norwich cathedral today, to stand in the reliquary once more? Who can say... these events are settled, and I have vowed to stay outside of it’s malign radius. And although my wife tells me I still on occasion mumble ancient words from other lands in my slumber, I am content to rake the earth back over these memories, and hope they remain undisturbed. ~~~
2019.01.08 02:18 DGenerationMCFB RFTG IC #1 CONTENDER: Rebook Pete Dunne's UK Title Run except on the WWE Main Roster
United Kingdom Championship Tournament Night Two: Pete Dunne def. Neville to become the inaugural WWE United Kingdom Champion Earlier in the night, Dunne won a battle royal to punch his ticket to compete against a WWE superstar. Smartly licking his wounds, Dunne capitalized off of Neville's missed Red Arrow with a quick roll-up, pulling off a huge upset. Post-match saw an interesting scene as William Regal tried to show his appreciation for Dunne, only to be brushed aside by the young man who bee-lined straight for a Triple H handshake. 2017 Royal Rumble Match Dunne would compete in the Rumble for awhile but experienced a humiliating elimination at the hands of Jack Gallagher, who used his umbrella. Fastlane 2017: Pete Dunne(c) def. Jack Gallagher to retain the United Kingdom Championship Embarrassed from what happened at the Rumble, The Bruiserweight targeted The Gentleman and offered to put his UK Title on the line, since Jack was from Manchester. Wanting to show his dominance over this embarrassment to the United Kingdom, Dunne took his time dissect Gallagher before putting him away with The Bitter End. WrestleMania 33: André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal In a more impressive performance compared to the Rumble, Dunne would make it to the final four before his fellow Brit Killian Dain betrayed him, allowing Pete to be Helluva Kicked out by runner-up Sami Zayn. Payback: MizTV with Finn Bálor Finn's return to PPV is interrupted by the UK Champion, who calls Bálor out for being weak and letting the union down by surrendering the Universal Title due to injury the previous summer. Miz, seeing how he can stir the pot, tries to start something between the two, but Finn catches on and lays Miz out. Dunne simply walks away and raises his title, challenging Bálor to come and get it. The following night on RAW, Finn defeats Sheamus to earn a UK Title Match at the upcoming UK Championship Special. United Kingdom Championship Special: Pete Dunne(c) def. Finn Bálor to retain the United Kingdom Championship The match itself is a classic encounter, Finn using his speed and experience to frustrate the younger and stronger Dunne. The intensity ramps up and Bálor gets the Norwich crowd to believe he will be the next man to represent the UK in WWE. And then, a Pete Dunne intended for Finn blasts the referee, knocking him out cold. This gives The Miz a chance to interfere and plant Finn with the Skull Crushing Finale. Dunne has a look of annoyance and shock, but nonetheless picks the first ever Universal Champion up and plants him with The Bitter End to retain his title. The special closes with William Regal emerging to reprimand Dunne on how he is letting down his people by winning like that. Dunne gives him a scowl and shoves him hard, putting the NXT General Manager on the ground. Regal gets up with a fiery look in his eyes but is held back by Tyler Bate and Trent Seven, who are acknowledged as men with a history with Dunne. Extreme Rules 2017: Neville def. Austin Aries(c) in a "I Quit" Match to win the Cruiserweight Championship In the most intense CW match to date, Neville and Aries tear each other apart. But the finish is mired with controversy as TJP and Brian Kendrick, two men upset Aries jumped the line to a WM title shot over them, attacked him. Shockingly, Pete Dunne ran out and took both out, apparently helping Aries. This distraction landed Aries in Neville's handcuff assisted Rings of Saturn. When Aries tried to get out, Dunne hit him with several sick forearms to the face, knocking Aries out and caused the referee to stop the match via TKO, awarding the title back to Neville. Dunne and Neville share a weird look before going their separate ways. Great Balls of Fire: Neville(c) def. Jack Gallagher to retain the Cruiserweight Championship In the buildup to the PPV, Gallagher was one of many cruisers who suggested Neville and Dunne were in cahoots. Neither man would answer, but Dunne would begin appearing on 205 Live to defend his title. After Neville defeating The Gentleman, Dunne comes out and teases a handshake, only to lay the champ out with The Bitter End. Pete raises both his UK Title and Neville's CW Title to hint at a champion vs. champion contest in the near future. Summerslam 2017: Pete Dunne(c) def. Neville(c) for both the Cruiserweight and United Kingdom Championships In front of a rabid Barclays Center, Dunne shuts down critics (including Neville) claiming he could not get a marquee victory without interference, cleanly pinning Neville. Battered and bruised, Neville extended his hand and Dunne surprisingly shook it without any sly trick. The men embraced as Neville endorsed Dunne as UK's best en route to moving up from 205 Live to RAW. No Mercy 2017: Pete Dunne(c) def. Apollo Crews in a Pre-Show Match to retain the United Kingdom Championship / Pete Dunne(c) def. Enzo Amore to retain the Cruiserweight Championship Dunne wrestles twice in one night, furthering his new leaf following Summerslam as he defended the UK Title against any challengers, including non-Brits he originally refused to do so. In the most intense pre-show match in recent memory, Dunne retained against the athletic Apollo, even showing some respect with a nod post-match. But, when it came to Enzo Amore, there was no respect. Seeing him as a joke not worthy, Pete openly mocked his challenger in the buildup, actually getting under The Certified G's skin. Dunne's fatigue from the Apollo match was visible but not too much to keep him from smashing Enzo, making it two for two in title defenses. TLC 2017: Enzo Amore def. Pete Dunne(c), Kalisto, Cedric Alexander, Rich Swann, The Brian Kendrick & Gentleman Jack Gallagher in a Ladder Match to win the Cruiserweight Championship/ Pete Dunne(c) def. Elias to retain the United Kingdom Championship Once again, defending both his titles, Dunne continued proving to be a fighting champion. But, TLC's opening match didn't work out in The Bruiserweight's favor as Enzo was able to weasle his way to the title as Dunne tried to fight off Kendrick and Gallagher below the ladder. Later in the night, Dunne sought to protect the UK's good name by shutting up Elias, who spent weeks bashing the union in his songs. Unlike Enzo at No Mercy, Elias had more luck in being a threat to Dunne's reign. But, some unexpected help came in the form of Jason Jordan, who had his own issue with Elias. Following the distraction, Dunne is able to nail The Bitter End to retain. Jordan tries to take credit and showcase himself as Mr. America but Pete isn't having it, so he's laid out too. The Bruiserweight doesn't want or need anyone's help. RAW 11/6: Tyler Bate def. Pete Dunne(c) to win the United Kingdom Championshp In a thunderous homecoming for champion and championship, Dunne comes to Manchester issuing an open challenger to anyone, Brit or not, to face him for the title. William Regal's music hits to send the crowd into a frenzy. But, Sir William isn't dressed to wrestle and has been noted to be retired since 2013. Regal gives props to Dunne for his fighting spirit as champion but reminds him of their tense history. Dunne insults Regal, calling him old man and demanding he come down to fight. Regal says he wishes he could but has a special NXT superstar who'd give Dunne the fight he wanted. Out comes Tyler Bate, Pete's former tag partner and long-time friend. The two go at it for early 20 minutes, giving the viewing public a match filled with violence and emotion. Nothing Dunne does can keep Bate down, so Tyler is able to pull off the Tyler Driver '97 to win the championship. Visibly upset with his 10 month reign ending at the hands of someone he always considered a lesser version of himself, Dunne nearly walks away in a huff only to turn around and embrace Bate like a brother as the UK crowd erupts with applause. Regal looks on from the stage like a proud pater. 205 Live 11/7: Pete Dunne def. Enzo Amore(c) to win the Cruiserweight Championship Another night in Manchester sees Enzo go into full heel mode, bashing British culture (mentions there never being a British WWE Champion) and downplaying the previous night's classic UK Title match on Raw. Amore's tirade draws out Pete Dunne, still banged up from Raw. A challenge is issued for the title and after some Dunne prodding and Enzo grandstanding, it is accepted. Amore's arrogance leads to him to believe Dunne's injuries are much graver than they appear to be. The champ is proven to be wrong and tries to get counted out. But, Dunne's British Strong Style mates Bate and Trent Seven block his path. Some of 205 Live's roster come out to confront the Brits, leaving a wry smirk on Enzo's face. The cruiserweights pick Enzo up, and to his surprise, toss him back into the ring. One Bitter End later and Dunne is now a 2-time Cruiserweight Champion. Unlike how Amore predicted, the 205 Live roster are accepting of BSS and look forward to testing themselves against all three, should they stick around. The final image of 205 Live is British Strong Style standing tall, Bate holding the UK Title, Dunne holding the CW Title and Seven in the middle tweaking his mustache. The world now knows what the Manchester sees and the United Kingdom knew all along. The British aren't just coming........................they are here.
2018.10.06 03:29 MosF94A Guide to Every <= £5.5m Midfielder & Forward
Carrying on from my thread on bargain-basement goalkeepers and defenders from the other day (https://www.reddit.com/FantasyPL/comments/9l3kgw/a_guide_to_every_44m_goalkeeper_defende), here I'll be looking at midfield/attacking enablers. I've gone for a slightly different format, ordered by team, because the number of cheap midfielders in the game is ridiculously high (Leicester alone have 12 midfielders priced <= £5.5m), and opted for £5.5m as the upper limit because it's just below the value of the popular (rightly so) cheap picks like Fraser, Gudmundsson, Ings and Jimenez. There are probably (definitely) even more non-options to sift through than last time, so particular players of interest (for whatever reasons) will be bolded, so if you're short on time, skip to those. And like last time, if I've got anything wrong, please let me know! ARSENAL In midfield: Xhaka (£5.3m) will grab a couple of bangers and assists from corners a season, but will blank much more frequently and get loads of yellows, so he's a poor option, as ever. Iwobi (£5.5m) has decent returns (1 goal, 2 assists) from his limited minutes so far, but barring injuries won't play enough to be worth serious consideration. Guendouzi (£4.5m) has lost his place to Torreira (£4.9m), who is too defensive to be enticing, though should strengthen Arsenal's defence through his presence. Maitland-Niles (£4.4m) was playing at left-back before he got injured, and is unlikely to play many minutes when everyone's fit. Elneny (£4.3m) is interesting insofar as he's one of only 3 midfielders currently priced at £4.3m, but hasn't played a single minute yet, so would only be worth considering if you're Wildcarding, have 5 playable defenders but need that extra £0.1m to get the squad you want... Up front: N/A BOURNEMOUTH In midfield: Brooks (£5.0m) is an intriguing option - I saw him play a lot for my team (Sheffield United) last year, and he's extremely talented: a great dribbler, great technique, good creativity: but he's still quite raw, has already missed a few big chances this season, and may be about to lose his place to the returning Stanislas, so I wouldn't recommend buying him at present, but he's one for the watchlist for sure. Lerma (£4.5m) looks to be nailed, but offers little going forward (the penalty assist last week was quite flukey) and is a yellow card magnet - 3 in 4 starts this season, 16(!) in 25 games for Levante last year. Surman (£4.8m) and Gosling (£4.9m) won't play enough to be worth their prices, while Lewis Cook (£4.8m) should be starting alongside Lerma, and is a talented deep-lying playmaker, but offers little from an FPL perspective. Pugh (£4.4m) has yet to feature, and probably won't play much throughout the season. Ibe (£5.1m) has barely played and appears to be out of favour. Up front: Mousset (£5.0m) features sporadically, and only plays a handful of minutes when he does BRIGHTON In midfield: Knockaert (£5.5m) is an exciting option who's been hyped a fair bit recently; he's already got 3 assists, compared to 1 last season, scored a lovely goal against Spurs, has spoken about his battle with depression last year and how much better he's feeling now, and he looks very lively - I do worry, when Jahanbakhsh, Izquierdo and Gross are fit/up to speed, to what extent they'll be splitting minutes, but for now he looks like a very good pick. March (£5.0m) has started every match so far, but offers fewer attacking returns and is likely to lose his spot sooner or later. Propper (£4.9m) has started every game so far, and chipped in with a few assists last year, but there are better options at his price. Bissouma (£4.8m) looks like quite a lively player, but lacking in end product and perhaps isn't attacking enough to be an FPL option. Stephens (£4.4m) is interesting, because he's one of (if not the) most nailed £4.4m options, can grab the occasional assist (3 last year) and is on the way (-85% and counting according to fplstatistics) to dropping to £4.3m. He's currently struggling with an injury, but when fit he's pretty much the perfect enabler. Kayal (£4.4m) is his back-up. Up front: Locadia (£5.4m) tends to come off the bench, and doesn't offer a great deal of goal-threat when he does. Andone (£5.0m), on the other hand, could become an exciting option - he's been injured and is only now returning, so hasn't played and PL football yet, but should provide tough competition for Glenn Murray. He scored 12 goals for Deportivo in his first season in La Liga (faring less well last year in a poor team), is a real handful for defenders, and should suit Brighton's style of play. Not someone to bring in until he gets regular starts, which could be a while with Murray having scored an impressive 5 goals in 8 games, but he's one of very few forwards at his price with the potential to score a decent number of goals this season - if he starts to start. BURNLEY In midfield: Lennon (£5.0m) has played every minute so far this season, and got a great double return in GW6, but I don't expect him to get many returns throughout the season; his FPL pedigree isn't great, Burnley's fixtures turn pretty grim pretty soon, and he may soon lose his place to Brady (£5.4m), who looked lively before injury curtailed his season last year, and may become a decent differential once he's back to full fitness, though he's more likely to provide assists than goals. Westwood (£4.5m) is one of the highest scoring £4.5ms, bagging 2 assists in his last 2 games, and could be a tempting option, but I suspect he'll lose his place in the coming weeks to the returning Defour (£5.4m), who is himself too defensive-minded to provide anything close to decent FPL value. Cork (£4.8m) was good value last year, but is too expensive for this year for his very limited attacking potential. Hendrick (£5.4m) will get the occasional attacking return, but not enough to justify his price. McNeil (£4.5m) probably won't get many minutes. Up front: Vokes (£5.3m) has started the last 3 games and grabbed a goal vs Cardiff, but with Wood, Barnes and Vydra also at the club there is no guarantee that this will continue, so he's probably too much of a gamble at his price CARDIFF In midfield: Camarasa (£4.5m) has started the last 6 matches, 3 in centre-mid and 3 on the wing, and has grabbed a goal against Arsenal; he isn't an overly attacking player, but is a bit more creative and playing in a more advanced role than most players at his price. Murphy (£4.8m) is a more natural winger and a more likely goal-threat (grabbing 7 goals for Norwich last season), and should see more starts after his goal vs Burnley - though I'd want to see him playing more consistent minutes before considering bringing him in. Ward (£4.5m), as an OOP striker, is a popular option, with a bigger upside than any other player in his price-bracket; however, there's also the risk in any given week of him only playing a handful of minutes. If you're looking for reliable 2-pointers, I'd avoid him. If you're willing to take the risk of fairly frequent 1-pointers and the occasional 0 for the chance of a 7-pointer 3 or 4 times a season, then he's your man. Ralls (£4.8m) looks a more reliable pick, scoring 7 goals with 4 assists last season, taking many of Cardiff's set-pieces and only missing 12 minutes to date, but has yet to record a single goal or assist this season. Hoilett (£5.2m) also performed impressively last season, with 9 goals and 11 assists, but has yet to demonstrate this quality in the PL. Arter (£4.9m) is too prone to yellow cards and not prone enough to attacking returns. Paterson (£5.2m) also scored plenty of goals (10) in the Championship, but he's another one who's yet to step up, and has struggled for consistent minutes. Mendez-Laing (£4.8m) is out for another month or so with an injury, while Damour (£4.4m) and Harris (£4.5m) have yet to feature. Neither has the injured Gunnarson (£4.4m), who is close to dropping to £4.3m, but has been a regular starter in the Championship when fit, with just a hint of goal-threat about him too; if he does drop, and if he does start when he's fit, he'll be the best £4.3m mid that we have. Up front: Zohore (£4.8m) has been criticised by Warnock, player far fewer minutes than were expected of him, and not looked up to the PL. Madine (£4.5m) has played even fewer minutes, though not as few as the £4.4m strikers, so that's a small plus. Reid (£5.3m) had a great season for Bristol City last year, grabbing 19 goals and 7 assists, and is probably the most likely of Cardiff's strikers to find his feet in the PL eventually, but he's yet to score and didn't feature at all against Burnley, so he's one to watch from a distance for now. CHELSEA In midfield: Jorginho (£5.1m) would be a great option if players scored a point for every 50 passes completed, but they don't, and he doesn't offer much goal-threat or assist-threat playing as deep as he does, so he's a poor pick. Kante (£5.0m) is more interesting; he hasn't got any attacking returns since GW1, and the box-to-box role Sarri has deployed him in doesn't suit him perfectly, but it looks like he'll continue to play in a slightly more advanced role than Jorg, and if he can adapt well to this more offensive role, he could be a decent option - I'm not saying he could do a Yaya Toure, but perhaps he could become a 4/5 goals and 4/5 assists a season player, which would provide pretty good value at his price - his quick free-kick through-ball to Hazard against Liverpool was a positive sign. Loftus-Cheek (£5.2m) isn't playing enough to be worth consideration, unfortunately, but could be an exciting option if another PL team loans him in January. Drinkwater (£4.8m) hasn't played yet and doesn't look likely to, and Ampadu (£4.4m) has not been trusted with PL football yet. The same applies to Hudson-Odoi (£4.3m), one of only 3 midfielders at his price, and the closest to dropping to £4.2m (though still a long way away) - if he does drop again, and he may do before Christmas, he'd be the stand-alone cheapest of all midfielders; if this was combined with a loan move to a lower-half side in January where he'd be getting regular minutes (and we all know Chelsea love a loan), he could become an excellent option. Up front: N/A CRYSTAL PALACE In midfield: McArthur (£4.8m) has scored 5 goals in each of his last 2 seasons, but seems to be playing fairly deep this season and may face competition for his place from Kouyate (£4.8m), who is himself too defensive a player to consider. Kaikai (£4.4m) has managed a grand total of 3 points over the last 3 seasons, one in each, which is kind of impressive in a way but definitely not somebody you want in your squad. Puncheon (£4.3m) may actually be a good option for his price; he hasn't played any PL football since he did his ACL in January, but he's been back in the squad for the last couple of weeks and played 90 minutes in the League Cup. I wouldn't expect him to be starting games, and ACLs are extremely tough injuries to recover from, but he's the club captain, still only 31, and may get a fair few minutes from the bench as the season wears on. Up front: Wickham (£4.9m) is long-term injured, and isn't prolific even when he's fit. Sorloth (£4.9m) was expected to feature more this season, but has yet to start a game, despite Benteke missing 3 games through injury, as Jordan Ayew has been preferred. EVERTON In midfield: Gueye (£4.9m) is a sure starter when fit, but his price is too steep for a defensive mid. Davies (£5.3m) is a more creative player, but not a huge attacking threat and unsure of starts. Schneiderlin (£4.4m) also isn't sure enough of starts to be a tempting option, especially with Andre Gomes (£5.4m) likely to start when he recovers from injury - he too doesn't offer enough of an attacking threat for his price (there seems to be a pattern emerging here...) McCarthy (£4.4m) is long-term injured, Baningime (£4.4m) won't play many minutes, and nor will Dowell (£4.5m). Lookman (£5.1m) did really well on loan at RB Leipzig last season, and I was hoping he'd get plenty of minutes this year and prove a bit of a bargain, but he's barely featured so far, and a lot would have to change for him to become an option. Up front: Niasse (£5.2m) only features sporadically, and always from the bench. Calvert-Lewin (£5.4m) has started the last 4 games, but isn't a great finisher and is unlikely to keep his spot in the mid-to-long-term. FULHAM In midfield: Seri (£5.5m) looks like a decent pick primarily because of he's a bit of a bonus-point magnet - his baseline BPS is really good even when he doesn't get an assist/goal (he got 2 bonus points in the 1-1 draw with Watford without contributing to a goal), and he's got 1 goal and 1 assist so far, which is fine but not great - but in his best season with Nice, he got 7 goals and 9 assists, which is very similar to Gross's numbers from last year, who is another player with that ability to get bonus points without goal contributions, and we know how highly he scored last year - so Seri too might score better in FPL than his returns would suggest. Cairney (£4.8m) is another exciting option, and perhaps will play in a slightly more attacking role than Seri, when he returns from injury shortly; 6 goals and 5 assists in the Championship last year, 13(!) goals and 10 assists the previous year - if he has a good season, 4/5 goals and 4/5 assists isn't out of the question, which would be very good value at his price. Zambo-Anguissa (£4.4m), Johansen (£5.2m) and McDonald (£4.4m) have been battling to lock-down a spot, and I expect Zambo to win out, long-term, as the 3rd man in Fulham's midfield - if he does, he'll be a solid if unspectacular option at his price. Ayite (£4.4m) is a very attacking player (unusual at this price bracket) but unlikely to get enough minutes to be reliable - Kebano (£4.4m) is injured, but will be even further down the pecking-order when fit. Cisse (£4.4m) has yet to feature, and I don't expect that to change in the near future. Up front: Kamara (£4.4m) hasn't played since GW2, and only has a place in any squad if you're playing 352/442 and have no interest in ever playing with 3 up-front (that's a big issue with 2-striker formations, that it's tough to find a reliable 3rd striker that costs <=£4.5m and can reliably score you 1/2 points if needed, whereas there are plenty of midfielders who can fulfil this role). Vietto (£5.5m) has started the last 5 games and raked up an impressive 3 assists, but the price still seems a bit steep for a reverse-OOP wingeinside-forward who has yet to score a goal. HUDDERSFIELD In midfield: Billing (£4.5m) has started every game and grabbed a goal, making him a popular, and pretty decent, option - however, he does like a yellow card, and it's unlikely (as a defensive mid) that he scores many more goals this season. Hogg (£4.4m) plays a similar role, but is less assured of starting, while Williams (£4.5m) and Bacuna (£4.4m), have yet to feature. Mooy (£5.3m) is a genuinely good, creative player, but he plays too deep to get many attacking returns. None of Pritchard (£4.8m), van la Parra (£4.8m), Sabiri (£4.5m), Sobhi (£4.8m), Diakhaby (£4.7m) have been able to nail down an AM/winger spot in the team, and until someone does, none of them are viable (even by Huddersfield standards). Up front: Quaner (£4.4m), perhaps the least technically proficient attacking player in the league, has yet to feature after last season's heroics, and like Kamara only has a place in any squad if you're playing 352/442 and have no interest in ever playing with 3 up-front. In his limited minutes, Kachunga (£4.9m) has played as a reverse-OOP winger. Depoitre (£5.2m) actually managed a relatively decent 6 goals last season, but Wagner's inability to decide whether he prefers him or Mounier makes him unreliable even as bench fodder. LEICESTER In midfield: Gray (£5.5m), currently injured until after the international break, usually starts when fit, and is a lively, direct player, but is lacking in end product and consistency - he's worth watching though, because if he can find those 2 things he could be a good differential. Mendy (£4.5m) has started the last 6 games and grabbed a flukey assist for a Maddison free-kick - he won't get many attacking returns, but his consistent minutes in a team with good fixtures that is improving defensively make him a solid option at his price. Old favourite Albrighton (£5.3m) has played fewer minutes this season, and is not at present a viable budget option. Ndidi (£4.9m) is too expensive for a primarily defensive player. Adrien Silva (£4.9m) has seen his minutes dwindle into nothing. Ghezzal (£5.3m) has yet to nail down a starting spot, and may take a while to settle. Amartey (£4.5m) has played a lot of minutes as a reverse-OOP right-back, but when Pereira has adjusted to the PL I expect him to shift back to right-back and Amartey to be dropped. Iborra (£4.8m) has played very few minutes, James (£4.4m) is long-term injured and Diabate (£4.7m) and Choudhury (£4.4m) have yet to feature. Up front: Okazaki (£5.3m) is aging, and has barely featured this season LIVERPOOL In midfield: Wijnaldum (£5.5m) has started every game so far, and grabbed a goal, but his role in Liverpool's team isn't particularly attacking - he scored 1 goal with 2 assists last year, which pales in comparison to his returns from previous seasons, and this season he's unlikely to score many more. Henderson (£5.3m) plays in an even more defence-focused role and hasn't been as consistent starter as you might expect so far this season. Up front: Solanke (£4.8m) hasn't played yet, is unlikely to play much, and hasn't impressed much when he has played. MAN CITY In midfield: Fernandinho (£5.4m) got decent returns last season (5 goals, 4 assists), but he looks to have started regressing slightly and his increased price makes him an unappealing option. Foden (£4.7m) is unlikely to feature enough to be worth considering (maybe next year), Diaz (£4.8m) will feature even less, and when Zinchenko (£4.8m) features it will probably be as a reverse-OOP left-back. Up-front: N/A MAN UNITED In midfield: Fellaini (£5.0m) - it feels ugly recommending Fellaini as a potentially decent FPL pick, though probably no more ugly than it feels for Utd fans to watch their team hoof it up to him as their only plan to get back into a game they're losing... But that's what could make him a decent pick; I'm unconvinced that he'll be a long-term starter (he has started the last 4, and played 90 in all of them), but if he is, the combination of regular minutes with his aerial goal-threat (4 goals last season in 611 minutes, 11 goals in his best season for Everton) could make him a viable option - unlikely, perhaps, but possible. Matic (£5.0m) should be a much more guaranteed starter, though lacks the goal-threat to be an interesting option, while Herrera (£5.0m) lacks both goal threat and likelihood of starting, as do Pereira (£4.7m) and McTominay (£4.4m), although the latter did start against West Ham. Up front: N/A NEWCASTLE In midfield: Diame (£5.0m) and Shelvey (£5.4m) are the first-choice centre-mid pairing, and neither offer the likelihood of very many attacking returns. Kenedy (£4.9m) was hotly tipped for a good season back in August, but has since floundered, putting in his best performance of the season as a reverse-OOP left-back against Leicester; still, there's a decent chance Kenedy returns to the wing, turns it around and starts to deliver once Newcastle's great run of fixtures starts in GW9, so keep an eye on him. Murphy (£4.9m) and Atsu (£5.2m) are rotation options at a push, as is Ki Sung-Yueng (£4.8m). Hayden (£4.4m) is a card-magnet and will only play against big teams to solidify the midfield, while Longstaff (£4.5m) is unlikely to play at all. Up front: Joselu (£5.0m) has played a lot of minutes so far, and has managed to score 2 goals with decent headed finishes. However, even if he's the cheapest starting striker in the league, the fact remains that he is not a good player, and Rondon will surely be taking his place one he overcomes his niggle. SOUTHAMPTON In midfield: Hojbjerg (£4.5m) is the standout midfielder in his price-bracket. He doesn't have a great history of goalscoring, so expecting him to repeat his exploits from a couple of weeks ago with any sort of frequency is probably unrealistic. However, he is getting in some good positions and showing more attacking intent than you might expect from a £4.5m player, and seems to have solidified himself as the partner of Lemina (£5.0m), who perhaps has less attacking threat at a higher price. Redmond (£5.3m) hasn't quite lived up to his New Henry moniker (understatement of the millennium...), has frustrated a lot of FPL players in the past, and has yet to record a goal or assist this year - however, he has looked lively, playing every minute of every game, and he's the kind of player that, once he gets one goal, could go on a bit of a hot-streak after a boost in confidence, so I wouldn't dismiss him outright. Romeu (£4.4m) is only likely to play against the big teams to solidify the midfield. Ward-Prowse (£5.2m) and Davis (£4.7m) have barely featured and appear to be out of favour. Armstrong (£5.2m) is still settling into the PL and has yet to find a role that suits him in the Saints' team. Up front: Long (£4.8m) has played plenty of minutes, but as per the last couple of seasons looks about as far from prolific as it's possible for a striker to be... SPURS In midfield: Dier (£4.8m) and Dembele (£4.9m) are the first choice pairing, but neither are too defensively-minded to be FPL options. Winks (£5.5m) is a more creative player, but is unlikely to play enough, or in an advanced enough role, to be worth his price. Sissoko (£4.9m) won't play much, and is rarely good when he does. Wanyama (£4.9m) has been injured a lot over the last season, hopefully for Spurs' sake he regains his place in their midfield soon, but he won't get many FPL returns even if he does, except for his annual banger or two. Amos (£4.4m) and Nkoudou (£4.9m) won't feature at all often Up front: N/A WATFORD In midfield: Hughes (£5.0m) is a very good option; 60+ minutes in every match so far, 1 goal, 1 assist, and he usually looks quite lively. The big question for Hughes is whether he keeps his spot, or is moved to the centre (which could benefit him, being his natural position), when Deulofeu (£5.4m) returns and (presumably) plays primarily on the right-wing. Deulofeu could himself be a good differential - he looked good on loan last season before he was stricken by injury, and bagged 2 goals & 9 assists in under 1400 minutes during his best season with Everton. Capoue (£5.0m) has played every minute so far, but his price is too steep for a holding midfielder, especially when he could lose his place to Chalobah (£4.5m) in the nearish future. Cleverley (£5.0m) is out for a while with an achilles injury, Sema (£4.8m) is an occasional sub and nothing more, at present, while Quina (£4.4m) is still young and unlikely to see much PL football this season. Up front: Okaka (£5.0m) has yet to feature this season. Success (£4.5m) has featured in every game this season, off the bench for between 1 and 20 minutes, making him the best out of a motley bunch of £4.5m forwards in this year's game. Despite scoring a couple of goals, Gray hasn't been overly impressive, so can Success steal his spot at some point this season? Maybe he can - and then he really would be good value WEST HAM In midfield: Noble (£4.9m) looks a surprisingly decent option - he's already got 2 assists, playing in a slightly more advanced role than in recent years, with 2 more defensive midfielders alongside him, and is probably on penalties. Though when Wilshere (£4.9m) returns, he may take up this more advanced role in the midfield 3; a lot has been made of how West Ham have improved since Wilshere's been out, which is true, but is more to do with Pellegrini switching to a more balanced formation with more midfield stability than anything Jack had been doing wrong - playing as the most advanced and creative of a midfield 3 may well be the position to finally see Wilshere thrive; if he can stay free from injury, of course. If Obiang (£4.4m) can keep his place in the midfield 3 he looks like a good option at his price - though, if I owned him, I would worry that he may be the one to make way when Wilshere returns (assuming Wilshere does eventually find his way back into the starting XI). Masuaku (£4.4m) is another good budget-enabler, despite playing as a reverse-OOP left-back - he seems to be strongly favoured over Cresswell by Pellegrini, though there may be some rotation throughout the season. Snodgrass (£5.4m) won't start frequently enough to be worth consideration, Carlos Sanchez (£4.5m) is probably out injured for the season, and youngster Diangana (£4.5m) is unlikely to feature much. Up-front: Big Andy Carroll (£5.4m) is still injured, and very likely to keep up his remarkable record of failing to play more than 1500 minutes since the 12/13 season. When he plays, he can be really dangerous, but he doesn't play nearly often enough to be a viable option. WOLVES In midfield: Moutinho (£5.5m) and Neves (£5.2m) is a great real-life centre-mid combo, but for FPL, they aren't great options at all. You'll get a couple of screamers from both of them across a season, a couple of assists each too, but not much more than that; their real strength lies in dictating and spreading the ball. Costa (£4.9m) has started every game, but is always subbed off early, and has yet to deliver an attacking return - it's a bit like the Pedro/Willian situation at Chelsea - whoever comes off the bench and is running at a tired defence seems to be the likelier to grab attacking returns - and the man who comes on for Costa is usually/always Traore (£5.5m) - not someone I'd recommend bringing in now, because he isn't playing enough minutes, and he's notoriously unpredictable/lacking in end product, but he's so dangerous, and his decision making improved a lot under Tony Pulis at Middlesborough last year. If he can work on the consistency of his delivery and his finishing, he could become an incredible option, but it's too early to be confident of this happening. Cavaleiro (£5.3m) played a similar "super-sub" role against Southampton last week, scoring with his first touch of the season, but I expect Traore to outperform him more often than not. Youngster Gibbs-White (£4.4m) will only appear sporadically off the bench, while Dendoncker (£4.4m) may eventually steal Bennett's spot as Wolves right-sided centre-back, but that's unlikely to happen while Wolves continue to be very defensively solid. Up front: it's been a long time since Bonatini (£4.9m) scored a league goal, and I wouldn't bet on him scoring anytime soon - I doubt Jimenez has any worries about keeping his starting spot. That's your lot, thanks for reading (if you read it all, I'll be impressed!), and I hope there's some helpful info in there among the copious dismissals of copious terrible options... TL/DR: there are barely any good striking options <= £5.5m, while in midfield, there may be quite a few decent options...
2018.08.23 21:40 Oblique9043The Economist: The World in 2015 Cover & Serco
Everyone needs to keep in mind at all times that the symbol of the Illuminati is the PHOENIX. It's colors are Purple, Red and Gold. It is associated with and the Sun. It represents immortality through death and rebirth. Dragons, Eagles and Falcons will sometimes be used as alternative symbols to represent the Phoenix to try and hide it.
January 8, 2015I wouldn’t normally dedicate an entire article analyzing the cover of a publication, but this isn’t any publication. It is The Economist and it is directly related to the world elite. It is partly owned by the Rothschild banking family of England and its editor-in-chief, John Micklethwait, attended several times to the Bilderberg Conference – the secretive meeting where the world’s most powerful figures from the world of politics, finance business, and media discuss global policies. The outcome of those meetings is totally secret. It is, therefore, safe to say that the people at The Economist know things that most people don’t. For this reason, its “2015 prediction” cover is rather puzzling.The bleak and sinister cover features political figures, fictional characters and pop culture icons that will surely make the news in 2015. However, most importantly, it also includes several drawings that are extremely symbolic and allude to important elements of the elite’s Agenda. Here’s the cover :At first glance, we see political figures like Obama and Putin, references to the Rugby cup and the new Spider-Man movie. But a closer look reveals a plethora of disturbing elements. Here are some of them.
One side of the globe gazes stoically towards the West while the other side appears irate. Does this represent a confrontation between the East and the West? The cover features a few other symbols referring to the “rise of the East”. What’s more unsettling is that immediately under that angry globe, are pictured a mushroom cloud (the kind that happens after a nuclear bomb goes off) and a spy satellite launching into space.
Among those in black in white are Putin, Merkel, Obama, Hilary Clinton and David Cameron. Among those in color are David Blaine, a young person holding a “Singapore” banner (Singapore is the host of the 2015 SEA games) and a random guy wearing virtual reality equipment. A quick compilation of this data reveals that those in black and white appear to be part of the elite (including the ISIS guy who probably works for them) and those in color are “outsiders”. Is this how the elite perceives the world?
The presence of the Pied Piper on this 2015-themed cover is downright unsettling. The Pied Piper of Hamelin is a German legend about a man who used his magical flute to lure away the children of the city of Hamelin, never to be seen again.
This folkloric figure dating from the Middle-Ages is said to represent either massive death by plague or catastrophe, or a movement of massive immigration. It also perfectly represents today’s youth being “lured” and mystified by the “music” of mass media. Conveniently enough, there’s a small boy right under Piper’s flute.
[Pied Piper is obviously Trump/Putin/Qanon. Leading people into their deaths as well as the child separation thing at the border]
Right under the Pied Piper, we see a young boy with a dumbfounded look on his face. He is watching a game called “Panic”. The words “Federal Reserve” and “Chi” (which probably stands for China) are on top while the words “Green light!” and “sis!” (which probably stands for “Isis!” or “Crisis!”) are at the bottom. The little boy watches as this twisted game of Plinko unfolds the same way the clueless masses watch powerlessly while various events unfold on mass media. As the name of the game states, the ultimate goal is to cause Panic around the world as crises are almost randomly generated by those who control the game. And that’s on a magazine cover owned by the Rothschilds.
[Trump is poised to try and take over the Federal Reserve and China could dump our bonds just like Russia is doing while his supporters look on like the "Clueless Boy"]
In front of Putin is a small aircraft on which is written Crop-O-Dust. This refers to the concept of crop dusting which is “the process of spraying crops with powdered insecticides or fungicides from an aircraft.” Right under the helicopter is a kid … eating something. Unsettling.
A panda bear wearing a China-flag Speedo while flexing its muscles is a rather clear way of portraying the fact that China is gaining power. Next to it is a sumo wrestler holding a big battery on which the polarities (+ and -) are clearly indicated. Are they alluding to a switch in polarity in world power from the West to the East?
Emerging from behind Obama’s leg is a ghost reading a magazine entitled “Holiday”. Why is this ghost, which represents a dead person, planning a vacation? Does it represent the fact that the masses will be so impoverished that the only time they’ll be on a holiday is when they’re dead? Does it relate to the countless people who died while traveling in the past months? Creepy.
Standing in front of everything else, gazing right into our souls is a turtle with emphasis lines around its shell. What does it represent? Will turtles make a huge comeback in 2015? Probably not. An angry tortoise is the symbol of the Fabian Society, an extremely powerful organization that has been working for over a century towards to formation of a single world government.
The philosophy behind Fabian socialism is basically the blueprint of what we call today the New World Order. The Fabian Society is a very old group originating in England in 1884, with the purpose of forming a single, global socialist state. They get their name from the Roman general Fabius, who used carefully planned strategies to slowly wear down his enemies over a long period of time to obtain victory. “Fabian Socialism” uses incremental change over a long period of time to slowly transform a state as opposed to using violent revolution for change. It is essentially socialism by stealth. Their original emblem was a shield with a wolf in sheep’s clothing holding a flag with the letters F.S. Today the international symbol of the Fabian Society is a turtle, with the motto below: “When I strike, I strike hard.” – The Fabian Society, The Weather Eye The Fabian Society used to openly advocate a scientifically planned society and supported eugenics by way of sterilization. Its original logo was a wolf in sheep’s clothing … But I guess that was not the best way to conceal the wolf from the masses.
Bringing forth a global system through small incremental changes is exactly what the world elite is currently doing. This is probably why there’s an angry tortoise on the cover of this Bilderberg-connected publication – standing in front of the chaos behind it.
The lower right side of the cover features some more cryptic symbols. There’s a pile of dirt on the ground and two arrows on which are inscribed 11.5 and 11.3. Are those dates to remember? Why are they next to a pile of dirt? If you look up these figures as coordinates, they point to somewhere in Nigeria. Displaying numbers that can only be truly understood by “those in the know” is one of the occult elite’s favorite hobbies. Standing in front of the dirt is Alice in Wonderland looking upwards towards the Cheshire Cat.
This iconic cat is known for disappearing entirely, leaving only visible its creepy grin. We, therefore, see another allusion to a world of fantasy, illusion, and deceit as perceived by Alice – a representative of the masses. Along with the somewhat unnecessary inclusion of David Blaine – a magician – the cover mixes real-world events with illusions.Other notable symbols on this cover include a piggy bank flying from James Cameron’s pockets; A model wearing an Alexander McQueen creation (the elite’s favorite designer who died in strange circumstances) and an Asian officer wearing a facemask to protect him from a deadly disease. 2015 seems great, doesn’t it? In Conclusion The Economist is not a random newspaper that publishes quirky 2015 predictions to sell a few additional copies. It is directly connected to those who shape global policies and who make sure that they are applied. The publication is partly owned by the Rothschild banking family of England and its editor regularly attends Bilderberg meetings. In other words, The Economist is connected to those who have the means and the power to make “predictions” a reality.The 2015-themed cover basically reflects the overall Agenda of the elite and is peppered with cryptic symbols that appear to be included for “those in the know”. And the masses, like Alice watching the Cheshire Cat disappear, will focus on illusions while the wolf in sheep’s clothing will strike … and strike hard.
“India’s youth can lead a revolutionary movement using AI and blockchain technologies with a value addition,” PM Narendra Modi said during a convocation ceremony held recently at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Jammu.
“With blockchain technology, this problem can also be controlled. Through a real-time monitoring of the supply chain, the technology can bring in transparency in the agricultural trade — starting from the production process to making it available for the farmers as products can be examined at every stage.” “This will have a complete network comprising farmers, processing units, regulatory authorities and consumers. Because one affiliated to this chain can keep an eye on this, therefore, the scope of corruption will also be reduced. Most importantly, this will check the mischievous acts of the middlemen and the harvest will not go wasted,” PM Modi said. G20 Countries Eye For Cryptocurrency AML Regulation Standards By October 2018 After the G20 watchdog the Financial Stability Board (FSB) recently submitted its report to the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors on the work of the FSB and standard-setting bodies on crypto-assets, the G20 nations now plan to bring in the cryptocurrency market under the purview
of international AML standards, said an official statement released during a meeting in Buenos Aires recently.The G20 forum, in which India is a prominent member, plans to apply the anti-money laundering (AML) regulatory standards for the cryptocurrency sector by October this year.For its part, the FSB has already developed a framework in collaboration with the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI), to monitor the financial stability implications of developments in crypto-asset markets. The report published recently sets out the metrics that the FSB will use to monitor crypto-asset markets as part of its ongoing assessment of vulnerabilities in the financial system.As per the statement, members agreed to the implementation of the FATF standards and have asked the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) – an international body of 37 nations – to clarify in October 2019 how its standards apply to crypto-assets.Iran Turns To Cryptocurrency Post The US SanctionsAs the US President Donald Trump recently took a U-turn from the multi-nation Iran-US-EU nuclear deal and announced fresh Iran-related sanctions which might curb Iran’s oil business, Iran is reportedly working on its cryptocurrency to bypass the new economic sanctions posed by the US.Iran government’s official news channel PressTV reported quoting the department’s deputy head in charge of investment affairs Alireza Daliri that a fiat cryptocurrency development project is ongoing in cooperation with the Central Bank of Iran.“We are trying to prepare the grounds to use a domestic digital currency in the country,” stated Daliri.
La belle ferronnière is a portrait of a lady, usually attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, in the Louvre. It is also known as Portrait of an Unknown Woman. The painting's title, applied as early as the seventeenth century, identifying the sitter as the wife or daughter of an ironmonger (a ferronnier), was said to be discreetly alluding to a reputed mistress of Francis I of France, married to a certain Le Ferron. The tale is a romantic legend of revenge in which the aggrieved husband intentionally infects himself with syphilis, which he passes to the king through infecting his wife.Leonardo's Lady with an Ermine, has also been known by this name. This was once believed to be a portrait of Cecilia Gallerani—one of the mistresses of Lodovico 'il Moro' Sforza, Duke of Milan. The narrative and the title were applied to Lady with an Ermine when it was in Princess Czartoryski's collection, and became confused with "La Belle Ferronniere" by the presence in this image also of a jewel worn on a delicate chain across the forehead, called a ferronnière.
Serco Group plc is a British provider of public services with headquarters based in Hook, Hampshire. Serco operates in six sectors of public service provision: Health, Transport, Justice, Immigration, Defence, and Citizens Services.It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index. The majority of Serco's turnover is generated from UK operations, but the company also operates in Continental Europe, the Middle East, the Asia Pacific region and North America. UK operations Border security Serco operates the National Border Targeting Centre for UK Visas and Immigration and provides the carrier gateway—the interface between carriers and the agency. Work and pensions Serco is contracted to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to provide telephone advice on behalf of DWP to recipients of Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI), which ends in April 2018. Transport Serco operates the Santander Cycles scheme (for Transport for London) and the NorthLink Ferries Northern Isles lifeline ferry service in Scotland. Serco also has a joint venture with Abellio, the international arm of Dutch national rail operator Nederlandse Spoorwegen, to operate passenger trains in the UK. Serco-Abellio has a 25-year concession for Merseyrail in Liverpool until 2028 and operated the Northern Rail franchise from December 2004 until March 2016. Serco's Home Affairs division, run by Tom Riall, also operates speed camera systems throughout the UK and, until November 2013, designed, wrote and tested the software that controls the matrix message signs, signals, emergency roadside telephones (SOS) and traffic monitoring on England's motorway network including, until 2011, the National Traffic Control Centre. It previously operated the Docklands Light Railway.On 31 March 2015, Serco commenced a 15-year contract to operate the Caledonian Sleeper between London and Scotland. Science Serco managed the UK's National Physical Laboratory until 2015 and also provides IT Services, Industrial Support and Cryogenic Operations Support and Maintenance at CERN. Serco also was part of a consortium running the National Nuclear Laboratory under contract, until October 2013. Prisons and justice In Britain Serco supplies electronic tagging devices for offenders and asylum seekers. Serco, as well as its rival G4S, was accused of overcharging the Ministry of Justice on its contract to tag offenders. The firm issued a profit warning for 2014 as a result of the costs of becoming embroiled in an electronic tagging scandal. Serco repaid £68.5 million to the government for its overcharging on the contract. In May 2014 a Survation poll for campaign group We Own It, found that 63% of respondents thought Serco should be banned from bidding for any new public contracts after the firm was investigated for overcharging on government contracts. It runs four prisons, a Young Offenders Institution and a Secure Training Centre. It has also operated two Immigration Removal Centres since 2007. Serco is also responsible for the contracted-out court escort services in the south-east area (formerly a role undertaken by HM Prison Service). In September 2013, Serco was accused of extensive sexual abuse coverups of immigrants at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre prison in Bedfordshire, England In August 2014, Serco was criticised for using immigrant detainees as cheap labour, with some being paid as little as £1 per hour. The decision to give the firm a new £70 million eight-year contract to run Yarl's Wood has been criticised. Natasha Walter, of Women for Refugee Women, said "Serco is clearly unfit to manage a centre where vulnerable women are held and it is unacceptable the government continues to entrust Serco with the safety of women who are survivors of sexual violence." Defence Serco held defence contracts in 2004, including the UK Government's contract for the maintenance of the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System at RAF Fylingdales; contracts are also held for the operation and maintenance of RAF Brize Norton, RAF Halton, RAF Northolt and RNAS Culdrose in the UK and RAF Ascension Island in the mid-Atlantic. Serco also provides support services to garrisons in Australia. Serco also manages many aspects of operations at the Defence College of Management and Technology in Shrivenham. Serco is one of three partners in the consortium which manages the Atomic Weapons Establishment. Serco also has a 15-year contract worth £400 million to provide facilities management services to the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). Serco Marine Services is responsible for fleet support at the three main UK naval bases, HMNB Portsmouth, HMNB Devonport and HMNB Clyde. Aviation Serco provides air traffic control services at international airports in the United Arab Emirates and at some smaller airports in the United States and Canada. Starting in 2004 Serco had a £5m a year contract from the US government to manage airports in Iraq for 18 months. Serco also operate Scatsta Airport on Shetland. In June 2010 Serco signed a £4 million contract to operate all air traffic control services for Coventry Airport. Health Serco provide facilities management services at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Wishaw General Hospital and at Plymouth's Derriford Hospital. The company had the contract for out-of-hours GP services in Cornwall from which it withdrew in December 2013 after the company left the county short of doctors. The company also said it would stop running Braintree hospital in Essex as it pulled out of managing GP services and large hospitals. In health services, Serco's difficulties include the poor handling of pathology labs and fatal errors in patient records. At St Thomas' Hospital, the increase in the number of clinical incidents arising from Serco non-clinical management has resulted in patients receiving incorrect and infected blood, as well as patients suffering kidney damage due to Serco providing incorrect data used for medical calculations. A Serco employee later revealed that the company had falsified 252 reports to the National Health Service regarding Serco health services in Cornwall. It emerged in November 2013, Serco, which won a contract for Suffolk Community Healthcare in 2012, had 72 vacancies after earlier cutting 137 posts. Problems identified by Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group include “staff capacity, skill mix, workload, succession planning and morale, training, communication, mobile working, care co-ordination centre processes, incidents and near miss incidents”. In April 2014 Serco revealed that it would lose almost £18 million on three of its NHS contracts. The firm has made provisions for losses in its Braintree and Cornwall contracts, which were cancelled early. It has also made provisions for losses in its contract for services in Suffolk. The company claims it will take longer to deliver the operational efficiencies it hoped for, despite saying in May 2013 that it expected to make a profit on the three-year, £140 million contract for community services. It said that staff had not recorded activity accurately on the Electronic health record and that activity had increased significantly during the course of the contract.In August 2014 it was reported that the company had decided to withdraw from the clinical health services market in the UK after a review of the cost of delivering “improved service levels” and meeting the performance requirements of several existing contracts. On 24 October 2017, it was reported that Serco was preparing to buy healthcare contracts from facilities management business Carillion. The deal included 15 contracts, with annual revenues of approximately £90m, for which Serco would pay £47.7m, with Carillion losing £1bn from the value of its order book. Education Serco held a ten-year contract with Bradford City Council between 2001 and 2011 to manage and operate the local education authority, providing education support services to the city's schools. This period was marked with "real problems" according to senior council officials and was taken back in house by the local authority after this period. Serco similarly manages and operates Walsall and Stoke-on-Trent local education authorities. Serco is one of Ofsted's three Regional Inspection Service Providers, responsible for school inspections in the English Midlands. Leisure Serco Leisure Operating Ltd. operates a number of leisure centres across the UK including Wet 'n' Wild in South Shields and the Manchester Aquatics Centre, the aquatic venue for the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. Information technology Serco administers the publicly funded UK Business Link website. It won a five-year tender in 2007 to run the IT Infrastructure for the London Borough of Southwark. Waste Serco operates waste collection services for local councils. Outside the UK Drivers' licensing Serco, through a purpose-made division Serco DES, holds a ten-year, $114 million contract with the Province of Ontario to operate the province's DriveTest driver examination centres. These tests include vision, road, and knowledge tests for all persons seeking to become a licensed automobile driver in the province. Parking meter servicing Serco has a contract with the City of Chicago, Illinois, to enforce parking meter regulations. Health in the United States In July 2013 Serco was awarded a $1.25 billion contract to manage the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Prisons and Justice Serco runs partly privatised Hünfeld Prison in Hesse, Germany. In Australia, Serco runs Acacia Prison in Western Australia and Borallon Correctional Facility in Queensland as well as the national contract for immigration detention centres, including Christmas Island and the Villawood detention centre in Sydney. The Union of Christmas Island Workers highlighted the systemic failure by Serco to manage the Christmas Island Immigration Reception and Processing Centre. The centre detains a large number of refugees including 1,000 children. Under Serco, there has been an increase of deaths in custody, self-harm, and of Serco staff beating prisoners. As well, there has been a deterioration of facilities leading to the decline of the physical and the mental health of detainees and of staff. Ombudsman Allan Asher said on the Australian radio show AM, "In the first week of June when I visited Christmas Island, more than 30 incidents of self-harm by detainees held there were reported". Serco, in a staged memo leaked to The Australian, blamed the detainees for "creating a culture of self-harm", in order to use it as a "bargaining tool". The former manager of the Serco run detention centre stated the centre was grossly understaffed whereby it was "typically 15 staff members short every day". In Auckland, New Zealand, Serco operated the Mount Eden remand prison and in March 2012 was awarded a contract to build and operate a 960-bed prison at Wiri. Serco was heavily criticized for the existence of 'fight clubs' within Mount Eden prison that were not investigated until after they became public knowledge on 16 July 2015 when footage emerged online and was reported by TVNZ. On 24 July 2015, Serco's contract to run the Mount Eden prison was revoked and operation was given back to the New Zealand Department of Corrections. Serco was ordered to pay $8 million to the New Zealand government as a result of problems at Mount Eden Prison while it was under Serco's management. The New Zealand government did not accept that this was a failure of governmental contracting and oversight. It brought in correctional officers from afar to provide adequate staffing at Mount Eden, and by December 2016 had spent NZ$2 million housing up to 40 of them in Auckland hotels. Transport From 1997, Serco ran Great Southern Rail in Australia. In March 2015, the business was sold to Allegro Funds. Serco operates the Dubai Metro and Dubai Tram in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. Serco formerly operated the Copenhagen Metro in Copenhagen, Denmark, with Ansaldo STS, until it sold its share with effect on 1 January 2008. In Sydney, Serco has operated the Transport Info service since 1 July 2010. It secured an eight-year contract in 2013 with its Swedish joint venture partner Strömma Tourism & Maritime (sv) to operate four Djurgården ferries on behalf of Stockholm County Council and public ferry company Waxholms Ångfartygs. Offshore holdings in Mauritius The 2017 Paradise Papers revealed that Appleby carried out a risk assessment of Serco and noted it had a "history of problems, failures, fatal errors and overcharging" and had faced allegations of fraud and cover-ups.
On Friday at 8pm UK time, Reading and Derby County will kick off the 127th season of the English second division - also known as the Championship! 24 clubs will compete for 3 promotion spots to the Premier league (2 via automatic promotion and 1 via playoffs) and to avoid the 3 relegation spots to the third tier a.k.a League One.
Its looking like a really tight and competitive season. The league is absolutely full of ambitious player and managerial talent - the more time goes by the more it looks like a Premier League 2. If you want a competitive league with proper English football, that also has the spice of skilful players and forward thinking managers, it really is the place to go.
This is guide written by the fans who have come together on /Championship - an absolutely huge thanks to them. Do check out the sub, we try to keep it a good place to discuss the EFL, away from the rancid gloryhunting shithole that is /soccer (just kidding - I like this place). Lots going on, including a score predictor thread which is running all season.
This guide is in table order with the PL demoted sides first. Only 5 clubs today (because the Swansea one is a fucking novel and I can't fit any more in), the rest will be submitted tomorrow and Friday. Do bare in mind that not all the transfer news will be up to date as these guides were largely written a week ago. Point out to me if there are any clear errors with formatting or spelling.
How to watch in the UK: Live rights are owned by Sky Sports. They are upping the number of televised matches this season. Reading v Derby on Friday is televised. The weekly highlights show previously on Channel 5 is moving to Quest TV, which apparently is on Freeview. How to watch abroad: Depends, but in most territories, the iFollow Service is available, which is £110 to watch all a single club's matches. Bargain. I think the clubs that aren't on iFollow have their own similar streaming services. Check out club Youtube channels - quite a few of them post extended highlights now with their own commentary, including Derby, Norwich, Sheffield Wednesday, Brentford and more. (You may need VPN to watch if you're abroad.)
Location: Swansea, Wales Nickname: Swans, The Jacks Major honours: Football League Cup (2013), Championship Play-off Winner (2011), League One Winners (1925, 1949, 2008) 17/18 finishing postion: 18th (Premier League) Transfermarkt squad value:€115.5 mil NOTE: This number is as of July 22nd, when we still have Mawson (€15 mil), A. Ayew (€15 mil), Bony (€10 mil), Clucas (€8 mil) and Fernandez (€8 mil), who are all pretty much expected to be sold, or loaned out, before the season starts. Without all of these players except Bony (who's injured for a while so it makes it unlikely he'll be sold soon), the squad value would be around €70 mil. Manager: Graham Potter joined the Swans on 11th June 2018. In 2010, he became head coach of Östersund, who were in the fourth tier of Swedish football. 5 years later, he got the club promoted into the Swedish top flight and in 2017, they won Svenska Cupen which qualified them for the Europa League where they managed to get through the group stage. He’s been applauded for what he did at Östersund and the way he managed to build the club up from nothing. The year after his success in the Europa league he signed a 3 year contract with Swansea. Potter is well respected by The Swans and after a few years of poor managerial and financial decisions his appointment is seen as a step in the right direction to bringing us back to our old ways of being a well-run club. Potter has been recognised for his "progressive" and "unconventional" coaching methods. At Östersund, he encouraged his players and staff to engage in community activities, such as performing in theatre and music productions which was designed to take them out of their comfort zone. Potter describes his style of football on the pitch as "tactically flexible, attacking, and possession-based". At Östersund, he deployed a flexible 3–5–2 formation centred on ball possession. Best player(s)/ talisman:With many of our best players being rumoured with a move away what good players that remain at the start of the season is yet to be seen. Alfie Mawson is probably our standout player. He’s been amazing for us since we got him and was a bargain at about £3m. He’s great in the air and is just an all round tank. Keeping him will be a huge boost for us and should be solid in the championship. Federico "El Pajaro" Fernandez has also been strong at the back with Alfie. The pair played with each other for the majority of last season and together became a solid unit. We will most likely sell him to reduce wages though. Jordan Ayew put in a great shift last season and was our top goal scorer. His work rate was immense and was able to drop back and defend when needed. He’s fast, able to beat a man and a decent finisher. Sadly all these players are transfer targets for other clubs and might not even be here at the start of the season. If we can keep a lot of our players we should have a decent season but who knows who'll be left by the end of the window… Rising star: Swansea’s U23 had a great season last year and with Potter wanting a young and fresh squad, a handful have moved up into the first team. Our standout youngster, Oliver McBurnie, joined Barnsley on loan in January last season where he went on to win a Championship player of the month award after 6 goals in 8 games and went on to win Barnsley’s Player of the year award. While only 22, he’s struggled to break into our first team but will most likely be our main striker for the coming season. Be on the lookout for his long legs, miniature shinpads and ridiculous sock length! LEGS LEGS LEGS!!! Connor Roberts performed well at RB last season and adapted quickly to the premier league where he battled Kyle Naughton to be in the starting line up and did great when given the chance. Decent at going forward and professional at the back. Hopefully potter puts him ahead of Naughton. What happened last season?: What Happened last season?: After our great escape the season before and with Paul Clement at the helm there was optimism that the 17/18 season could be our turning point where we start rebuilding 'The Swansea Way". How wrong we were. After a disastrous transfer window where we sold Sigurdsson and never replaced him and started panic buying the week before the transfer window closed we were left an obvious hole in our team. We had no creativity in midfield and no one could kick the ball into the box to save their life. And just to rub it in further Renato Sanches turned out to be more disappointing than Bob Bradley. With the team sitting bottom of the table Clement was sacked in late December. Then along came the wise talking Carlos Carvalhal who managed to rebuild the confidence the team had lost. Our results took a turn for the good, beating Liverpool, Arsenal, Burnley and West Ham consecutively at home. He pulled us out of the relegation zone and things were looking good. However, the good times were quickly followed by the bad times. Our form turned and we didn’t win a single one of our last 9 matches. We were quickly relegated after pitifully losing to both Southampton and Stoke in our last 2 games of the season. Highlights (Or lowlights): The pass by Renato Sanches that summed up his and our season Swansea City 3-1 Arsenal Summer transfer business (so far): At the end of last season, it was clear we needed several transfers, both in and out. However, this would all depend on the manager we got. Yan Dhanda (Free, Liverpool): A 19 year-old Midfielder, Yan Dhanda left Liverpool this summer and joined the Swans in a free, before we even hired Graham Potter. At one time one of the most promosing youngsters in Liverpool's Academy, injuries slowed down his progress, and ultimately made him fall behind other players. Citing lack of first-team playing time, Dhanda decided to join us this summer in hopes of getting regular playing time in the senior squad. Through 3 pre-season games, Dhanda has been one of the brighest and most impressive players in the squad, even scoring a game-winning goal and smashing a penalty in a shootout against Genoa. With our current injuries and shenanigans involved in our midfield, Dhanda has a good chance of becoming a starter and hopefully guide our midfield during the season. Jordi Govea (Free, Real Madrid): Another 19 year-old from Ecuador, Jordi was the first signing under Potter. Not much can be said about the lad, but this is what Real Madrid had as his bio:
Jordi is an Ecuadorian defender who possess three key qualities for a player in his position: he's skilful, is able to go past a player and has a good shot on him. He's left footed and is able to send in good crosses on the run.
With Martin Olsson currently as our starting LB, and Kyle Naughton as the backup, the hope is that Jordi can develop on our U-23 squad and hopefully move up to the senior squad in coming years. Also the only man I've seen do a medical while wearing jeans (https://twitter.com/SwansOfficial/status/1015251916132057089) Joel Asoro (€2 mil., Sunderland): Yet another 19 year-old, a Swedish winger who has represented his country in the younger levels, he was Potter's first senior signing. With world-class speed, and some impressive skills, Asoro was able to score 3 goals and get 2 assists last season in 26 apperances for Sunderland. While these numbers may seem a bit disappointing, many of these games were sub appearances on a very dysfunctional team. Along with Dhanda, Asoro has been one of the most impressive players during preseason, constantly beating his man with either speed or skills, and whipping in good balls to Legs. At the current rate, Asoro appears to have a good chance of starting on the right wing spot, with Nathan Dyer and Luciano Narsingh backing him up. Predicted starting XI: NOTE: This is gonna be assuming Mawson, A. Ayew, Clucas, and Fernandez are all sold by the start of the season. If by some reason they end up staying, they are pretty much guaranteed to start. Based on the pre-season games so far, a lineup looking like this would be plausible, with Rodon most likely to be replaced by a CB (possibly Scott McKenna) when we buy one. Our second unit is looking something like this. Best case scenario: Graham Potter is able to motivate and make sure our senior players (Fer, Carroll, etc.) stay fit, along with our youngsters being able to make an impact as expected, and also we retain Mawson, Fernandez, and Clucas, we can finish in the top 2 and get promoted automatically. Worst case scenario: Our worst case scenario, and something many of us fear of happening, consists of primarily 3 things. 1. Graham Potter isn't given enough time to build an identity with our squad and is sacked by the midway point of the season by the greedy, dumb American owners. . 2. We end up not replacing the players we sold properly like last summer, therefore having a squad with holes everywhere and no chemistry. 3. Our youngsters such as Asoro, McBurnie, Dhanda and company don't pan out and progress at all, thefore becoming mediocre players. This would all culminate in us looking like Sunderland, and making relegation a probability. Prediction: Realistically I see us selling Mawson and company in the last days before the season starts and not replacing them properly until later on. Because of this, as well as our current injuries with Fer and Clucas, I can see us initially struggling to build an identity but over time, we will start playing like Potter wants us and finishing the season strongly. 8th place, missing the play-offs by 4 points What will happen to your closest rivals?: The scum that is known as Cardiff City will break the record for lowest points ever accumulated in a Premier League season, getting 5 points all from draws, and will therefore get relegated with 17 games to spare.
Location:The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, West Midlands Nickname: The Baggies, The Throstles Major honours: 1x League title, 1x League Cup, 5x FA Cup 17/18 finishing postion: 20th in Premier League (relegated) Transfermarkt squad value: £101.16m Manager:Darren Moore or Big Dave as he's known to Albion fans. A club icon as a player in the early 2000s, he returned to look after our U23 squad before being promoted to assistant manager by Alan Pardew in January. Following the end of Pardew's horrific reign, Moore took temporary charge with Albion facing inevitable relegation. He led us to wins over Newcastle, Spurs, Man Utd and a draw with Liverpool, somehow taking our futile battle for survival to the final week of the season. Following this he earned the head coach role permanently. Moore is loved among the Albion faithful, largely due to his reputation as a player here. He heavily favours a 4-4-2 formation and at the back end of last season, tended to soak up pressure and play on the counter attack. It will be interesting to see how his approach differs in a league where we are one of the favourites, not fighting to survive (hopefully) Best player(s)/ talisman: It's an interesting situation for Albion currently. There are plenty of Premier League quality players still in the squad. A lot depends on if they are picked off before the deadline shuts. Chris Brunt is a club stalwart and likely to be reappointed as captain. He is adored by the fans and in my opinion will be an incredible asset in the championship. His set pieces alone will bring 10+ goals to the side. Kieran Gibbs is a high quality player who appears to be set to stay and should make a big difference. Jay Rodriguez, Craig Dawson, Salomon Rondon and Nacer Chadli should all make a big difference in this division IF they stay. In all honesty I expect to lose a few of the above. Sam Johnstone appears to be an astute signing to replace the outgoing Ben Foster. Rising star:Sam Field he's one of our own! He looked completely at home against some of the top Premier League sides last campaign. A box-to-box midfielder, he's full of energy and looks so comfortable on the ball. I expect him to be a major part of our side this season, having just signed a new long-term deal. Kyle Edwards is an exciting attacking midfielder who has been impressing in pre-season. He may have a part to play following a loan spell at Exeter last campaign. Jonathon Leko looked like a potential world-beater when he first came through a couple of years back. A lightning quick winger full of tricks. A loan spell at Bristol City and limited appearances later he seems to be losing his way. Will be an interesting one to watch. Finally, the enigma that is Olly Burke. After signing with us last summer for £15m, he failed to impress any of the four managers we had over the season. He looks exciting when he comes on, without any end product so far, and was unfairly blamed for a loss at West Ham by Alan 'Coward' Pardew. We all know the talent he's got. Hopefully we can see it this season. What happened last season?: Let's not talk about it... We finally escaped the stranglehold of Tony Pulis, only to opt for the human joke that is Alan Pardew and duly hurtled towards relegation. Four of our players stole a taxi and then played (and lost) the following weekend. Pardew was sacked about 3 months too late, and Moore took over, restoring pride with some notable wins over Man Utd and Spurs. This season we also lost the great Cyrille Regis, and the outpouring of emotion and the coming together of the club during the weeks after his passing was something special. Summer transfer business (so far): We started by releasing Claudio Yacob, Boaz Myhill and Gareth McAuley. Yacob and McAuley will be greatly missed but it is perhaps the right time for them to go. Jonny Evans departed for Leicester for a cut-price £3m, Ben Foster left for Watford and James McClean has departed for Stoke City. Sam Johnstone has been bought in to replace Foster, with Jonathon Bond arriving as backup. Kyle Bartley has joined from Swansea City and it appears that Harvey Barnes will soon be arriving on loan from Leicester. Finally, James Morrison is currently out of contract but still with the club. His future is uncertain. I am very happy with Johnstone and Bartley. It has been a quiet window for Albion so far but that is largely a good thing. The squad is packed with Premier League talent and the window is more about keeping hold of them. There is major interest in Dawson and Rondon, along with interest in Rodriguez, Hegazi and Chadli. If any of the above go, then we would need to replace. Otherwise I would be happy with another striker and another CB. It is also worth mentioning that every player in the Albion side suffered a 50% wage cut upon relegation which means that we are financially sound despite relegation, but may lead to more big names leaving. Predicted starting XI:This is my best attempt. It will undoubtedly be 4-4-2. We may see Nyom in at right back and perhaps Barry in for Field. Obviously about half of this side could leave, so we shall see. Best case scenario: The bulk of the side remains and the quality in the side shines through as we breeze to automatic promotion. Worst case scenario: The better players leave or do not put the effort in. Moore cannot transfer his great start into his first full season in management. We become embroiled in a relegation battle Prediction: It will be somewhere in the middle. I'd like to think we'll go up automatically but I think play-offs are more likely. 6th What will happen to your closest rivals?: Villa won't go down but will settle into mid-table, despite the recent takeover. I think Wolves will do well in the PL, although I don't know how long Nuno will last before a big club comes in.
Location: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire Nickname: The Potters Stadium:bet365 Stadium, 30,089 seats Major honours: 1972 League Cup 17/18 finishing position: 19th, Premier League Squad value: £127.8 million Manager:Gary Rowett signed from Derby in May. His honest attitude has brought lots of optimism to fans, who are looking forward to an overhaul of the Club. His style of play seems to change based on the squad he has available. Best Player:Joe Allen was vital to the Club last season, giving us hope that we would avoid relegation. His massive new contract signed this summer shows how loyal and committed to the Club he is, and will be a vital player this season. Rising star:Tom Edwards is a local lad who has won the Under 18 Player of the Year award twice in the Club. In the latter parts of last season he played some good first team football. What happened last season: A pathetic attempt at a season that had been coming for a while under Mark Hughes. Paul Lambert was appointed in January, but a win rate of just 2 in 15 matches wasn’t enough for him to keep his job and miss out on the million pound bonus offered to him. Transfer business so far: So far this has been a decent transfer window. Peter Etebo had an amazing World Cup for Nigeria and Benik Afobe looks really promising. Adam Federici has also been appointed to replace Lee Grant. Xherdan Shaqiri has left along with a few players like Stephen Ireland and Glen Johnson who will not be missed. Badou Ndiaye also looks to be on his way out, but it looks like Jack Butland will stay with us, which is massive. Perhaps most surprising are the new contracts signed by our 2 best players last season, Joe Allen and Moritz Bauer. Predicted Line up:Here is our predicted squad. I’m not sure what formation we will have. EDIT: This is a new version, complete with our rumoured new signings and in the right formation. Best case scenario: Stoke will finish top with an all-time Championship points record. Worst case scenario: A mediocre start to the season will see Rowett sacked and Stoke with a disappointing mid-table finish. Prediction: I think with our squad and our new manager, we will finish 1st. What will happen to our closest rivals? Port Vale will be relegated to the Vanarama National League.
Location:Villa Park, Trinity Rd, Birmingham B6 6HE Nickname: The Villans, The Villa, Prince William's Club, David "Twat" Cameron's Second Club. Major honours: 7 First Division wins, 7 FA Cups, 5 League Cups, 1 European Cup, 1 European Super Cup, 1 Intertoto Cup 17/18 finishing postion: 4th Transfermarkt squad value: £67.77m and dropping fast Manager:Steve Bruce (for now). Former Man Utd playing legend who's been a fixture of English football for decades. He joined Villa in 2016 after successful runs at Hull, Sunderland (yes they were good once) and Birmingham City. A bit of a promotion specialist, he's taken Championship clubs up to the Premier League 4 times in the past and just missed out last season, losing 1-0 to Fulham in the Playoff Final. Tactically, he's fairly old school who prefers 4-4-2 or a 4-1-4-1, usually involving a big man up top. Fun fact: while managing Huddersfield in 1999 he wrote three novels, "Striker!", "Sweeper!" and "Defender!", which focus on main character Steve Barnes, a football manager. Barnes solves crime and takes on terrorists, and the books have become prized rarities. The Guardian's Football Weekly podcast managed to get a copy and read out some of the copy - suitably awful. Best player(s)/ talisman: There's only one Jack Grealish. A Villa boy through and through, he's been with the club since 2001 (aged 6), and made his way into the first team in the 2013-14 season. He's been the centre of controversy a few times, most notably getting on the beers and passing out on a Tenerife street. Playing as a number 10, his quick feet and dribbling skills provide a number of goals and assists, as well as fouls. He probably went down a bit too easily when first in the Premier League, but time in the gym has noticeably toughened him up and he's a much more solid player as a result. One of the better players in the Championship, and due to Villa's abject finances, a transfer target for the likes of Leicester. Rising star: Keinan Davis could possibly be it, potentially Andre Green and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy as well. What happened last season?: Have you ever walked into a casino, spotted the roulette table and popped £10,000 on red? It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off. You've doubled your money if you win, but look like a right git if you lose. Villa figured this was a good way to approach 2017-18: spend millions on players, get in lots of loans, gamble everything on achieving promotion. After a so-so start, Bruce got the team playing well, stringing together a number of wins and moving through the playoff spots. Unfortunately they ran into a few teams playing out of their skin - champions Wolves ran away with the league and boasted a squad that included several Champions League players. Neil Warnock's Cardiff couldn't stop winning and grabbed the second automatic promotion. In the playoff final Villa came up against a Ryan Sessegnon-led Fulham and were just pipped at the post 1-0. Summer transfer business (so far): It's one-way traffic, due to absolutely abysmal finances. Loan spells for Lewis Grabban, Robert Snodgrass, Josh Onomah and Sam Johnstone have all ended, which is almost the spine of the team (Johnstone in particular - he was arguably the best keeper in the Championship and personally bagged a number of wins). Plus clubs are circling to pick off whatever assets we have left (eg. Jack Grealish, James Chester). With no prospect of anyone new coming in, it looks like the youth academy will be getting a lot more game time. Predicted starting XI:Possibly this, but half these players could be gone before the first match. Best case scenario: Mid-table anonymity would have to be best case - Villa are a mess and could go down this time around. Worst case scenario: Our finances are the real issue - they are dire. Villa need to find £9 million this month to avoid going into administration. Owner "Dr." Tony Xia is a billionaire, apparently, but tax bills went unpaid and the question remains if he's able to support the club as generously as he has in the past. Administration, points deductions and potentially relegation to League One are all real possibilities right now. It's not looking good. Prediction: Due to financial irregularities in the 23 clubs above us, Villa will get into the Champions League and take out the likes of Atletico, Bayern and Real Madrid on the way to our second European Cup. "Taylor, Green, prepared to venture down the left. There's a good ball played in for Jack Grealish. Oh, it must be and it is! It's Keinan Davis!" What will happen to your closest rivals?: Unfortunately the Scum managed to avoid League One in the final rounds of the season. Here's hoping they go one better. Agbonlahor to re-sign for one game: the Derby. And score the winner, again.
Location: The Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough Founded: 1876 Nickname: The Boro (Or just Boro) Major honours: The League cup 2003-2004 season 17/18 finishing position: 5th Transfermarkt squad value: 79.34m Manager: Tony Pulis became manager of us in late December 2017, replacing the sacked Garry Monk after a pretty lacklustre few months of the campaign (despite where our league position was). Pulis is known in England for being the man that is never relegated when in charge of someone in the top flight. We are all aware of Tony Pulis' style of football. You start by having a strong and massive defence and maximise your use of set pieces to gain an advantage. Pulis is a lover of all set piece plays, whether that is crossing the ball in from a corner or free kick, or launching a ball into the box from a throw in, they're all in his arsenal of weapons. 'Pulisball' as it is pretty much known. Pulis has achieved promotion from the championship once before with Stoke, and I hope he achieves it again with us this season Best player(s)/ rising star: I mean, where else do I begin. Adama Traore. Arguably the best player in the championship on his day and is one of the most frightening dribblers in English football, maybe even world football. The winger is known for his speed and dribbling ability although is usually criticised for his lack of end product. Before last season I would've agreed, however 5 goals and 10 assists, with all but 2 assists coming before Pulis' arrival show the progression of the Spanish winger. As for other members of the squad, Ben Gibson, the prodigal son. Boro through and through he's progressed into a commanding centre half with the ability to play out from the back thanks to Karanka. He gained attention and emerged as one of the few given credit after our disappointing premier league campaign but was only the subject of one bid upon our relegation, from now manager Tony Pulis. It remains to be seen whether he'll be here come the first game of the season, but I hope he will be. As for future stars, Dael Fry, already has played 2 championship campaigns for us and looks as assured as a veteran of the game. Another centre half produced by our academy and he is being played in cdm this pre-season by Pulis, to add to his versatility. Hopefully a standout season for him, especially if Gibson does end up leaving. Finally, yes, he does always look as confused as images of him show. What happened last season?: Well, the first half of the season was tragic under Monk. We played really poor football at times and looked like we hadn't defended a day in our lives. There was also no consistency in the team, we'd win one game then lose the next. A key theme under both managers however, was our inability to beat those around us in the table. After Pulis' appointment the results picked up and it ended with us finishing 5th in the table. We ultimately lost in the playoff semi finals to Aston Villa but honestly, we didn't think we'd even be in the top half around Christmas. Summer transfer business (so far): Just the three deals to talk about so far. We've acquired Paddy McNair from Sunderland who looks like a decent player. He's been utilised in right back and midfield during pre-season so it looks like they'll be his positions for the season. I imagine he'll play alongside Clayts and Howson in a midfield three. Aden Flint was signed from Bristol City and I think I'm in the minority when I say I don't like how much we paid for him. Obviously the man is a Pulis player but I'm a bit unsure about his defensive ability. That being said he's looked strong during pre-season and I'm sure Pulis will get the best out of him. Fabio departed our club for Nantes so we'll need more full back cover. As for the rest of the window, I expect Gibson to leave but will be delighted if he doesn't. One of our strikers will also leave and Braithwaite should follow after his decent World Cup performances. We'll probably bring in a striker and a winger and hopefully hold onto Adama. That'd be a successful window in my eyes. Predicted starting XI: My best guess The only other guess I could make is that Gibson might leave and then Ayala would start, but he's injured at this point in time. Britt might play over Gestede too if Pulis is feeling fancy. Best case scenario: It has to be top of the pile right? It's not out of the question to imagine us up there and if everything clicks then we've got a chance. A defence that scores more than some teams' strikers, Adama channelling his inner Messi and finding consistency, Rudy/Britt/Bamford scoring for fun. It could be carnage. Worst case scenario: I can't see us finishing outside the playoffs, if we did then that would be gut-wrenching. But if we did then that would most certainly be the worst. Realistically, it'd be losing in the playoffs... again, and if it were in the final again then god help me. Although saying this, now losing Bamford and maybe Traore will be a worst case scenario in itself, definitely if they're not replaced. Prediction: Have to be confident, although it always kills me. 1st or 2nd. Tony Pulis and his nice white trainers carry us to the promise land. That being said, we never do it the easy way. Best Match of Last Season Sorry Leeds fans, but it had to be. "Hattrick Bamford" as our Twitter account tweeted, 3-0 against Leeds with Adama running the show. Leeds clearly found some positive from the game as they're set to sign him off us. This was the sign of what we should've done more last season. Showed what Paddy could've been too if given an even more extended period in Striker by himself. Oh well. What will happen to your closest rivals?: Who even are our closest rivals in this league? We're in geographical purgatory. Can't say Sunderland anymore so what? Leeds? Bielsa either turns them into the well oiled machine they hope for or he succumbs to the old Leeds ways and is sacked by December. As for the Mackems, probably promoted from League 1.
2018.07.29 15:24 Oblique9043The Economist 2015 Cover Predictions and Serco
Everyone needs to keep in mind at all times that the symbol of the Illuminati is the PHOENIX. It's colors are Purple, Red and Gold. It is associated with and the Sun. It represents immortality through death and rebirth. Dragons, Eagles and Falcons will sometimes be used as alternative symbols to represent the Phoenix to try and hide it.
January 8, 2015 I wouldn’t normally dedicate an entire article analyzing the cover of a publication, but this isn’t any publication. It is The Economist and it is directly related to the world elite. It is partly owned by the Rothschild banking family of England and its editor-in-chief, John Micklethwait, attended several times to the Bilderberg Conference – the secretive meeting where the world’s most powerful figures from the world of politics, finance business, and media discuss global policies. The outcome of those meetings is totally secret. It is, therefore, safe to say that the people at The Economist know things that most people don’t. For this reason, its “2015 prediction” cover is rather puzzling. The bleak and sinister cover features political figures, fictional characters and pop culture icons that will surely make the news in 2015. However, most importantly, it also includes several drawings that are extremely symbolic and allude to important elements of the elite’s Agenda. Here’s the cover : At first glance, we see political figures like Obama and Putin, references to the Rugby cup and the new Spider-Man movie. But a closer look reveals a plethora of disturbing elements. Here are some of them. Two-Faced Globe https://vigilantcitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/world.jpg [Just like the Double Headed Phoenix of Russia, Trump's and the Scottish Rite Freemanon's Coat of Arms] One side of the globe gazes stoically towards the West while the other side appears irate. Does this represent a confrontation between the East and the West? The cover features a few other symbols referring to the “rise of the East”. What’s more unsettling is that immediately under that angry globe, are pictured a mushroom cloud (the kind that happens after a nuclear bomb goes off) and a spy satellite launching into space. https://vigilantcitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/mushroom.jpg [The NASA spy satellite could represent Trump's Space Force. We're going to drop a nuke on North Korea or Iran] The Color of the Faces Take a closer look at the faces of the personalities featured on the cover. Some of them are in full color while others are in black and white. Why is that? https://vigilantcitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/faces.jpg Among those in black in white are Putin, Merkel, Obama, Hilary Clinton and David Cameron. Among those in color are David Blaine, a young person holding a “Singapore” banner (Singapore is the host of the 2015 SEA games) and a random guy wearing virtual reality equipment. A quick compilation of this data reveals that those in black and white appear to be part of the elite (including the ISIS guy who probably works for them) and those in color are “outsiders”. Is this how the elite perceives the world? Pied Piper https://vigilantcitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/piper2.jpg The presence of the Pied Piper on this 2015-themed cover is downright unsettling. The Pied Piper of Hamelin is a German legend about a man who used his magical flute to lure away the children of the city of Hamelin, never to be seen again. http://vigilantcitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/800px-Pied_Piper2-e1420662741656.jpg The Pied Piper leads the children out of Hamelin. Illustration from Robert Browning’s “The Pied Piper of Hamelin” This folkloric figure dating from the Middle-Ages is said to represent either massive death by plague or catastrophe, or a movement of massive immigration. It also perfectly represents today’s youth being “lured” and mystified by the “music” of mass media. Conveniently enough, there’s a small boy right under Piper’s flute. [Pied Piper is obviously Trump/Putin. Leading people into their deaths as well as the child separation thing at the border] Clueless Boy https://vigilantcitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/boy.jpg Right under the Pied Piper, we see a young boy with a dumbfounded look on his face. He is watching a game called “Panic”. The words “Federal Reserve” and “Chi” (which probably stands for China) are on top while the words “Green light!” and “sis!” (which probably stands for “Isis!” or “Crisis!”) are at the bottom. The little boy watches as this twisted game of Plinko unfolds the same way the clueless masses watch powerlessly while various events unfold on mass media. As the name of the game states, the ultimate goal is to cause Panic around the world as crises are almost randomly generated by those who control the game. And that’s on a magazine cover owned by the Rothschilds. [Trump is poised to try and take over the Federal Reserve and China could dump our bonds just like Russia is doing while his supporters look on like the "Clueless Boy"] Crop-O-Dust https://vigilantcitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Untitled-1.jpg In front of Putin is a small aircraft on which is written Crop-O-Dust. This refers to the concept of crop dusting which is “the process of spraying crops with powdered insecticides or fungicides from an aircraft.” Right under the helicopter is a kid … eating something. Unsettling. https://vigilantcitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/kid.jpg Sitting right under the crop-o-dust, this kid is eating a heavily processed package of noodles. Is he ingesting the poison that was spread by the aircraft? China http://vigilantcitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/china-e1420664430567.jpg A panda bear wearing a China-flag Speedo while flexing its muscles is a rather clear way of portraying the fact that China is gaining power. Next to it is a sumo wrestler holding a big battery on which the polarities (+ and -) are clearly indicated. Are they alluding to a switch in polarity in world power from the West to the East? [This is definitely happening right now] Ghost https://vigilantcitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/ghost.jpg Emerging from behind Obama’s leg is a ghost reading a magazine entitled “Holiday”. Why is this ghost, which represents a dead person, planning a vacation? Does it represent the fact that the masses will be so impoverished that the only time they’ll be on a holiday is when they’re dead? Does it relate to the countless people who died while traveling in the past months? Creepy. Turtle https://vigilantcitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/turtle.jpg Standing in front of everything else, gazing right into our souls is a turtle with emphasis lines around its shell. What does it represent? Will turtles make a huge comeback in 2015? Probably not. An angry tortoise is the symbol of the Fabian Society, an extremely powerful organization that has been working for over a century towards to formation of a single world government. http://vigilantcitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/when-i-strike-i-strike-hard.jpg.bmp The motto of the Fabian Society is “When I strike, I strike hard”. The philosophy behind Fabian socialism is basically the blueprint of what we call today the New World Order. The Fabian Society is a very old group originating in England in 1884, with the purpose of forming a single, global socialist state. They get their name from the Roman general Fabius, who used carefully planned strategies to slowly wear down his enemies over a long period of time to obtain victory. “Fabian Socialism” uses incremental change over a long period of time to slowly transform a state as opposed to using violent revolution for change. It is essentially socialism by stealth. Their original emblem was a shield with a wolf in sheep’s clothing holding a flag with the letters F.S. Today the international symbol of the Fabian Society is a turtle, with the motto below: “When I strike, I strike hard.” – The Fabian Society, The Weather Eye The Fabian Society used to openly advocate a scientifically planned society and supported eugenics by way of sterilization. Its original logo was a wolf in sheep’s clothing … But I guess that was not the best way to conceal the wolf from the masses. https://vigilantcitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Fabian_Society_Logo.jpg The original logo of the Fabian Society was a wolf in sheep's clothing. Bringing forth a global system through small incremental changes is exactly what the world elite is currently doing. This is probably why there’s an angry tortoise on the cover of this Bilderberg-connected publication – standing in front of the chaos behind it. 11.3 and 11.5 https://vigilantcitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/dirt.jpg The lower right side of the cover features some more cryptic symbols. There’s a pile of dirt on the ground and two arrows on which are inscribed 11.5 and 11.3. Are those dates to remember? Why are they next to a pile of dirt? If you look up these figures as coordinates, they point to somewhere in Nigeria. Displaying numbers that can only be truly understood by “those in the know” is one of the occult elite’s favorite hobbies. Standing in front of the dirt is Alice in Wonderland looking upwards towards the Cheshire Cat. https://vigilantcitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/cat.jpg This iconic cat is known for disappearing entirely, leaving only visible its creepy grin. We, therefore, see another allusion to a world of fantasy, illusion, and deceit as perceived by Alice – a representative of the masses. Along with the somewhat unnecessary inclusion of David Blaine – a magician – the cover mixes real-world events with illusions. Other notable symbols on this cover include a piggy bank flying from James Cameron’s pockets; A model wearing an Alexander McQueen creation (the elite’s favorite designer who died in strange circumstances) and an Asian officer wearing a facemask to protect him from a deadly disease. 2015 seems great, doesn’t it? In Conclusion The Economist is not a random newspaper that publishes quirky 2015 predictions to sell a few additional copies. It is directly connected to those who shape global policies and who make sure that they are applied. The publication is partly owned by the Rothschild banking family of England and its editor regularly attends Bilderberg meetings. In other words, The Economist is connected to those who have the means and the power to make “predictions” a reality. The 2015-themed cover basically reflects the overall Agenda of the elite and is peppered with cryptic symbols that appear to be included for “those in the know”. And the masses, like Alice watching the Cheshire Cat disappear, will focus on illusions while the wolf in sheep’s clothing will strike … and strike hard.
“India’s youth can lead a revolutionary movement using AI and blockchain technologies with a value addition,” PM Narendra Modi said during a convocation ceremony held recently at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Jammu. “With blockchain technology, this problem can also be controlled. Through a real-time monitoring of the supply chain, the technology can bring in transparency in the agricultural trade — starting from the production process to making it available for the farmers as products can be examined at every stage.” “This will have a complete network comprising farmers, processing units, regulatory authorities and consumers. Because one affiliated to this chain can keep an eye on this, therefore, the scope of corruption will also be reduced. Most importantly, this will check the mischievous acts of the middlemen and the harvest will not go wasted,” PM Modi said. G20 Countries Eye For Cryptocurrency AML Regulation Standards By October 2018 After the G20 watchdog the Financial Stability Board (FSB) recently submitted its report to the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors on the work of the FSB and standard-setting bodies on crypto-assets, the G20 nations now plan to bring in the cryptocurrency market under the purview of international AML standards, said an official statement released during a meeting in Buenos Aires recently. The G20 forum, in which India is a prominent member, plans to apply the anti-money laundering (AML) regulatory standards for the cryptocurrency sector by October this year. For its part, the FSB has already developed a framework in collaboration with the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI), to monitor the financial stability implications of developments in crypto-asset markets. The report published recently sets out the metrics that the FSB will use to monitor crypto-asset markets as part of its ongoing assessment of vulnerabilities in the financial system. As per the statement, members agreed to the implementation of the FATF standards and have asked the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) – an international body of 37 nations – to clarify in October 2019 how its standards apply to crypto-assets. Iran Turns To Cryptocurrency Post The US Sanctions As the US President Donald Trump recently took a U-turn from the multi-nation Iran-US-EU nuclear deal and announced fresh Iran-related sanctions which might curb Iran’s oil business, Iran is reportedly working on its cryptocurrency to bypass the new economic sanctions posed by the US. Iran government’s official news channel PressTV reported quoting the department’s deputy head in charge of investment affairs Alireza Daliri that a fiat cryptocurrency development project is ongoing in cooperation with the Central Bank of Iran. “We are trying to prepare the grounds to use a domestic digital currency in the country,” stated Daliri.
Canada wants to help India lead 'blockchain revolution' Blockchain Technology used to record 50 Million DNA data in India Notice the woman with the Phoenix on her head? Gold wings with purple in them. A nest with eggs right in the center of her forehead. Putin has sunglasses on as a way to hide from something I think and he and Obama/Trump both have red ties on symbolizing unity I'm thinking. Does anyone know who the two guys looking over Obama's shoulders are? That seems significant but I don't know who they are. See the drawing of a Chinese man hiding behind the Singapore banner? The North Korea situation anyone? Especially with David Blaine right in front of it. It looks like Hillary and Putin are looking at each other and that's why Putin has sun glasses on. Putin has sort of a sly smirk on his face and Hillary's is pretty expressive. I think they all wanted Trump to get elected. Even in those DNC hacked emails they said their strategy was to make Trump the guy they ran against. Even referred to him as a "Pied Piper Candidate". Which is why Obama told everyone to stand down when they realized that Russia was hacking us. https://images.firstpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/pied-piper.jpg The Pied Piper is right next to Putin for a reason and the fish coming from behind his legs? Those are Christians. Jesus told his disciples to be fishers of men. The leader of China seems to be pretty aligned with Obama/Trump. Which makes sense because the infamous Steele Dossier says that Trump and his team didn't care much about the Russia stuff because then people won't be looking into his other business dealings like those with China. I'm really curious about the football shaped Earth that looks like its about to be punted away. Hope that doesn't mean what I think it means. Maybe its an egg in a nest just like the Phoenix lady with the nest in the middle of her forehead? The fact that the Cheshire cat and the Ghost looking at a vacation magazine are coming from behind Obama/Trump is really interesting and just shows that it's all just an illusion. Not sure what the ghost represents. Maybe the Holy Ghost? Then there's a big vehicle right behind India and China's legs (mostly India's). I wonder if that means they'll be taken out somehow. What looks like 2 Islamic terrorists, one in the back holding up an AK and one on the left looking through some binoculars to the west, seem to be reminding us that they're still here, watching us, waiting to strike. Are they waiting for the "green light" that is under the Planco Panic game? I wonder if the conspiracy theory about the White Helmets is true and the real reason they got evacuated so quickly from Syria by Israel and other allied nations was so they could be relocated to where they need to be when the power gets cut off. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/2b/La_belle_ferronni%C3%A8re%2CLeonardo_da_Vinci_-_Louvre.jpg/300px-La_belle_ferronni%C3%A8re%2CLeonardo_da_Vinci_-_Louvre.jpg This is the portrait on the bottom right corner of the cover. La belle ferronnière - Wikipedia
La belle ferronnière is a portrait of a lady, usually attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, in the Louvre. It is also known as Portrait of an Unknown Woman. The painting's title, applied as early as the seventeenth century, identifying the sitter as the wife or daughter of an ironmonger (a ferronnier), was said to be discreetly alluding to a reputed mistress of Francis I of France, married to a certain Le Ferron. The tale is a romantic legend of revenge in which the aggrieved husband intentionally infects himself with syphilis, which he passes to the king through infecting his wife. Leonardo's Lady with an Ermine, has also been known by this name. This was once believed to be a portrait of Cecilia Gallerani—one of the mistresses of Lodovico 'il Moro' Sforza, Duke of Milan. The narrative and the title were applied to Lady with an Ermine when it was in Princess Czartoryski's collection, and became confused with "La Belle Ferronniere" by the presence in this image also of a jewel worn on a delicate chain across the forehead, called a ferronnière.
Serco Group plc is a British provider of public services with headquarters based in Hook, Hampshire. Serco operates in six sectors of public service provision: Health, Transport, Justice, Immigration, Defence, and Citizens Services. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index. The majority of Serco's turnover is generated from UK operations, but the company also operates in Continental Europe, the Middle East, the Asia Pacific region and North America. UK operations Border security Serco operates the National Border Targeting Centre for UK Visas and Immigration and provides the carrier gateway—the interface between carriers and the agency. Work and pensions Serco is contracted to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to provide telephone advice on behalf of DWP to recipients of Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI), which ends in April 2018. Transport Serco operates the Santander Cycles scheme (for Transport for London) and the NorthLink Ferries Northern Isles lifeline ferry service in Scotland. Serco also has a joint venture with Abellio, the international arm of Dutch national rail operator Nederlandse Spoorwegen, to operate passenger trains in the UK. Serco-Abellio has a 25-year concession for Merseyrail in Liverpool until 2028 and operated the Northern Rail franchise from December 2004 until March 2016. Serco's Home Affairs division, run by Tom Riall, also operates speed camera systems throughout the UK and, until November 2013, designed, wrote and tested the software that controls the matrix message signs, signals, emergency roadside telephones (SOS) and traffic monitoring on England's motorway network including, until 2011, the National Traffic Control Centre. It previously operated the Docklands Light Railway. On 31 March 2015, Serco commenced a 15-year contract to operate the Caledonian Sleeper between London and Scotland. Science Serco managed the UK's National Physical Laboratory until 2015 and also provides IT Services, Industrial Support and Cryogenic Operations Support and Maintenance at CERN. Serco also was part of a consortium running the National Nuclear Laboratory under contract, until October 2013. Prisons and justice In Britain Serco supplies electronic tagging devices for offenders and asylum seekers. Serco, as well as its rival G4S, was accused of overcharging the Ministry of Justice on its contract to tag offenders. The firm issued a profit warning for 2014 as a result of the costs of becoming embroiled in an electronic tagging scandal. Serco repaid £68.5 million to the government for its overcharging on the contract. In May 2014 a Survation poll for campaign group We Own It, found that 63% of respondents thought Serco should be banned from bidding for any new public contracts after the firm was investigated for overcharging on government contracts. It runs four prisons, a Young Offenders Institution and a Secure Training Centre. It has also operated two Immigration Removal Centres since 2007. Serco is also responsible for the contracted-out court escort services in the south-east area (formerly a role undertaken by HM Prison Service). In September 2013, Serco was accused of extensive sexual abuse coverups of immigrants at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre prison in Bedfordshire, England In August 2014, Serco was criticised for using immigrant detainees as cheap labour, with some being paid as little as £1 per hour. The decision to give the firm a new £70 million eight-year contract to run Yarl's Wood has been criticised. Natasha Walter, of Women for Refugee Women, said "Serco is clearly unfit to manage a centre where vulnerable women are held and it is unacceptable the government continues to entrust Serco with the safety of women who are survivors of sexual violence." Defence Serco held defence contracts in 2004, including the UK Government's contract for the maintenance of the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System at RAF Fylingdales; contracts are also held for the operation and maintenance of RAF Brize Norton, RAF Halton, RAF Northolt and RNAS Culdrose in the UK and RAF Ascension Island in the mid-Atlantic. Serco also provides support services to garrisons in Australia. Serco also manages many aspects of operations at the Defence College of Management and Technology in Shrivenham. Serco is one of three partners in the consortium which manages the Atomic Weapons Establishment. Serco also has a 15-year contract worth £400 million to provide facilities management services to the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). Serco Marine Services is responsible for fleet support at the three main UK naval bases, HMNB Portsmouth, HMNB Devonport and HMNB Clyde. Aviation Serco provides air traffic control services at international airports in the United Arab Emirates and at some smaller airports in the United States and Canada. Starting in 2004 Serco had a £5m a year contract from the US government to manage airports in Iraq for 18 months. Serco also operate Scatsta Airport on Shetland. In June 2010 Serco signed a £4 million contract to operate all air traffic control services for Coventry Airport. Health Serco provide facilities management services at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Wishaw General Hospital and at Plymouth's Derriford Hospital. The company had the contract for out-of-hours GP services in Cornwall from which it withdrew in December 2013 after the company left the county short of doctors. The company also said it would stop running Braintree hospital in Essex as it pulled out of managing GP services and large hospitals. In health services, Serco's difficulties include the poor handling of pathology labs and fatal errors in patient records. At St Thomas' Hospital, the increase in the number of clinical incidents arising from Serco non-clinical management has resulted in patients receiving incorrect and infected blood, as well as patients suffering kidney damage due to Serco providing incorrect data used for medical calculations. A Serco employee later revealed that the company had falsified 252 reports to the National Health Service regarding Serco health services in Cornwall. It emerged in November 2013, Serco, which won a contract for Suffolk Community Healthcare in 2012, had 72 vacancies after earlier cutting 137 posts. Problems identified by Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group include “staff capacity, skill mix, workload, succession planning and morale, training, communication, mobile working, care co-ordination centre processes, incidents and near miss incidents”. In April 2014 Serco revealed that it would lose almost £18 million on three of its NHS contracts. The firm has made provisions for losses in its Braintree and Cornwall contracts, which were cancelled early. It has also made provisions for losses in its contract for services in Suffolk. The company claims it will take longer to deliver the operational efficiencies it hoped for, despite saying in May 2013 that it expected to make a profit on the three-year, £140 million contract for community services. It said that staff had not recorded activity accurately on the Electronic health record and that activity had increased significantly during the course of the contract. In August 2014 it was reported that the company had decided to withdraw from the clinical health services market in the UK after a review of the cost of delivering “improved service levels” and meeting the performance requirements of several existing contracts. On 24 October 2017, it was reported that Serco was preparing to buy healthcare contracts from facilities management business Carillion. The deal included 15 contracts, with annual revenues of approximately £90m, for which Serco would pay £47.7m, with Carillion losing £1bn from the value of its order book. Education Serco held a ten-year contract with Bradford City Council between 2001 and 2011 to manage and operate the local education authority, providing education support services to the city's schools. This period was marked with "real problems" according to senior council officials and was taken back in house by the local authority after this period. Serco similarly manages and operates Walsall and Stoke-on-Trent local education authorities. Serco is one of Ofsted's three Regional Inspection Service Providers, responsible for school inspections in the English Midlands. Leisure Serco Leisure Operating Ltd. operates a number of leisure centres across the UK including Wet 'n' Wild in South Shields and the Manchester Aquatics Centre, the aquatic venue for the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. Information technology Serco administers the publicly funded UK Business Link website. It won a five-year tender in 2007 to run the IT Infrastructure for the London Borough of Southwark. Waste Serco operates waste collection services for local councils. Outside the UK Drivers' licensing Serco, through a purpose-made division Serco DES, holds a ten-year, $114 million contract with the Province of Ontario to operate the province's DriveTest driver examination centres. These tests include vision, road, and knowledge tests for all persons seeking to become a licensed automobile driver in the province. Parking meter servicing Serco has a contract with the City of Chicago, Illinois, to enforce parking meter regulations. Health in the United States In July 2013 Serco was awarded a $1.25 billion contract to manage the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Prisons and Justice Serco runs partly privatised Hünfeld Prison in Hesse, Germany. In Australia, Serco runs Acacia Prison in Western Australia and Borallon Correctional Facility in Queensland as well as the national contract for immigration detention centres, including Christmas Island and the Villawood detention centre in Sydney. The Union of Christmas Island Workers highlighted the systemic failure by Serco to manage the Christmas Island Immigration Reception and Processing Centre. The centre detains a large number of refugees including 1,000 children. Under Serco, there has been an increase of deaths in custody, self-harm, and of Serco staff beating prisoners. As well, there has been a deterioration of facilities leading to the decline of the physical and the mental health of detainees and of staff. Ombudsman Allan Asher said on the Australian radio show AM, "In the first week of June when I visited Christmas Island, more than 30 incidents of self-harm by detainees held there were reported". Serco, in a staged memo leaked to The Australian, blamed the detainees for "creating a culture of self-harm", in order to use it as a "bargaining tool". The former manager of the Serco run detention centre stated the centre was grossly understaffed whereby it was "typically 15 staff members short every day". In Auckland, New Zealand, Serco operated the Mount Eden remand prison and in March 2012 was awarded a contract to build and operate a 960-bed prison at Wiri. Serco was heavily criticized for the existence of 'fight clubs' within Mount Eden prison that were not investigated until after they became public knowledge on 16 July 2015 when footage emerged online and was reported by TVNZ. On 24 July 2015, Serco's contract to run the Mount Eden prison was revoked and operation was given back to the New Zealand Department of Corrections. Serco was ordered to pay $8 million to the New Zealand government as a result of problems at Mount Eden Prison while it was under Serco's management. The New Zealand government did not accept that this was a failure of governmental contracting and oversight. It brought in correctional officers from afar to provide adequate staffing at Mount Eden, and by December 2016 had spent NZ$2 million housing up to 40 of them in Auckland hotels. Transport From 1997, Serco ran Great Southern Rail in Australia. In March 2015, the business was sold to Allegro Funds. Serco operates the Dubai Metro and Dubai Tram in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. Serco formerly operated the Copenhagen Metro in Copenhagen, Denmark, with Ansaldo STS, until it sold its share with effect on 1 January 2008. In Sydney, Serco has operated the Transport Info service since 1 July 2010. It secured an eight-year contract in 2013 with its Swedish joint venture partner Strömma Tourism & Maritime (sv) to operate four Djurgården ferries on behalf of Stockholm County Council and public ferry company Waxholms Ångfartygs. Offshore holdings in Mauritius The 2017 Paradise Papers revealed that Appleby carried out a risk assessment of Serco and noted it had a "history of problems, failures, fatal errors and overcharging" and had faced allegations of fraud and cover-ups.
2018.07.22 13:43 sarcastichorseThe Times 30 Best Comedians Working Today
The Article is here, but there's a paywall. I'm sure people will find some notable omissions, so it's probably worth reading the preface from the writer first. So then: who’s funniest? In compiling this list of the 30 best English-speaking comedians at work today, I gave myself some parameters. This would be an overview of who is at the top of their game now, on stage or screen or even podcast. It is not a guide to the most influential living comedians. It is not a handing out of long-service medals. So: no Pythons, no Mighty Booshes, no French and Saunders, nor even – though he came close – any Gervaises. It’s a snapshot of now. Am I objective, or am I just listing what has made me laugh most in the past year or so? As The Times’s comedy critic, I get to see loads of live comedy by comedians old and new, have the luxury of thinking about it and talking about it and writing about it. I am, I hope, an expert. I also know that in comedy more than any other art form, expertise means zilch if something doesn’t get you in the gut. Ever tried convincing someone that they have made a mistake in not finding something funny? It’s not a good conversation. So, yes, this is my list of the men and women who have cheered me, thrilled me, moved me, inspired me and, yes, of course, surprised me into laughter. The list is still more male than female, still largely white, but things are changing fast. It is a good time for comedy. And a show like Hannah Gadsby’s, though not the funniest in the world right now, may prove to be the most important in the world right now. It argues for a new language for the form, goes beyond comedy to do so, while expanding and excelling at the language we already have. Or, more succinctly: I loved it! It’s great! See it! 1 Stewart Lee, 50 I marvelled at the skill, I thrilled to the boldness, most importantly I laughed till it hurt when I saw Lee’s latest show, Content Provider, at the start of its tour 18 months ago. Do his teasing stand-up routines about everything from Trump and Brexit (correct, he’s a fan of neither) to Game of Thrones and mobile phones (ditto) hold up today on the performance recorded for television in May? Amazingly, they do: pretty much every moment has some sort of delicious surprise. And if a show addressing “the individual in a digitised free-market society” sounds highfalutin, Lee unspools these two hours with a sense of fun underlying every gear he goes through: abrasive, ironic, confessional, interactive, absurd, clownish, arrogant, but above all playful. See him: on BBC Two on July 28 at 10.45pm 2 Hannah Gadsby, 40 It’s possible you will see flat-out funnier shows than Gadsby’s breakthrough hour, Nanette. It’s unlikely you will see another one as mesmerising, intelligent, inspiring and well-timed; this Australian comic smilingly explores and explodes misogyny, the history of western art, homophobia and stand-up comedy itself. She proves herself one of comedy’s great modern masters even as she highlights its tricks, even as she questions whether it’s done her more harm than good. No wonder Nanette won live comedy’s two biggest prizes last year, the Barry award in Melbourne and the Edinburgh Comedy award (the latter jointly with John Robins). Since it went on Netflix in June, it’s gone viral; last week it was declared “a word-of-mouth phenomenon” in The New York Times. Even if you flinch from labels such as “identity politics”, this is that rarest of shows; one that makes you see the world anew. With, for its first half at least, plenty of laughs along the way. See her: Nanette is available on Netflix 3 Harry Hill, 53 How has Harry Hill managed to reinvent himself, six years after ending TV Burp, four years after his misfiring X-Factor musical, I Can’t Sing!? By finding a format that enables him to double down on what makes him great and by reincorporating so much of the vigorous absurdity we love from Burp and his stand-up work into Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule, a primetime ITV panel show in which he rode roughshod over the format and the gobsmacked but game celebrity panellists. On a good week — most weeks — he turned tack into pure joy. See him: Harry Hill’s Kidz Show: How to Be Funny, New Theatre, Oxford (0844 8713020), Oct 21, then touring to Nov 24 4 Dave Chappelle, 44 “And that’s why I make the big bucks!” says Chappelle, right after a routine in which he first announces what his wildly offensive punchline will be, then surprises and charms us all when he delivers it. Vaping away on stage in his latest Netflix stand-up special, he talks about parenthood and white privilege, responds to accusations of transphobia, and mixes thoughtfulness with the sort of braggadocio that might make him collide with a hornet’s nest or two, but somehow means he never gets stung for long. See him: Equanimity and The Bird Revelation are available on Netflix 5 Tim Key, 41 On screen, Key is a reliably loveable supporting turn: as Sidekick Simon to Alan Partridge; in Peep Show, Detectorists, Gap Year. On stage or radio, he’s a genre of his own. He won an Edinburgh Comedy award in 2009, but the debonairly dishevelled way that he combines performance poetry with arty films, outrageous narratives, deadpan absurdism, audience molestation and theatrical conceits has only got better since then. I laughed so much at his latest show, Megadate, that I shed a tear when it ended. See him: Megadate on tour, including Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh (0131 226 0000), Aug 16-26, and Old Vic, London SE1, Sept 28, or its filmed spin-off, Wonderdate, on BBC iPlayer 6 Steve Coogan, 52 We’re trying not to get our hopes up for the new Alan Partridge series coming to BBC One this year. And yet not only were Coogan and Rob Brydon on fine form in The Trip to Spain — lovely scenery, fine dining and smart subplots all clearing space for some really good impressions — but the books that he and co-writers Neil and Rob Gibbons have written recently as Partridge were laugh-out-loud delights. So sod it: Coogan is one of the world’s great character comics and Alan Partridge is the greatest comic character of the past 30 years. No offence, David Brent. Hear him: performing the audiobooks of I, Partridge and Alan Partridge: Nomad 7 Flight of the Conchords, 44 and 42 After two series of their American sitcom, Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie decided they had lost the fun in their deadpan double act and musical parodies, and headed home to New Zealand. Yet, as their recent reunion shows proved, this unlikely pair can make a private joke swell to fill a 20,000-seater stadium. They mock all sorts of musical genres and social situations. Crucially, though, they ply sweetness as well as sarcasm, and real musical skill. They’ve never been better. See them: their new special, recorded on their British tour, is on HBO this year 8 Michelle Wolf, 33 Her Edinburgh Fringe appearance in 2016 marked out this former Daily Show contributor as one of America’s brightest young talents. Then, hello, her fierce, funny, fearless speech at the White House correspondents’ dinner took her into another league. Not only did she take on Trump with naked but nifty hostility (hey, who doesn’t?), she also roasted the media outlets present for delighting too much in Trump’s awfulness. Where next for Wolf? Can’t wait to find out. See her: giving her White House correspondents’ dinner speech on YouTube 9 Peter Kay, 45 He pulled out of the biggest stand-up tour of the year for “unforeseen family circumstances”. We know no more than that. Yet what he did give us this year, the final episode of his and Sian Gibson’s sitcom Car Share, was full of all the acute lifelike observations the series has excelled in, plus an anything but lifelike sequence in which he replaced Gary Barlow in an old Take That video. A comedy star for two decades, yet still Kay is as good as it gets at having fun with the small concerns of everyday life. See him: Car Share is available to stream on iTunes, Amazon etc 10 Bridget Christie, 46 No comedian responded to Brexit better — or faster — than Christie, who rewrote an entire Edinburgh show from scratch in the aftermath of the EU referendum. Her latest live hour, What Now?, is just as good, organised around the neat conceit that in these deceptive times she is morally obliged to speak only the truth. Cue glorious routines about awful television executives, awful children, awful parents, the passive-aggressive admin sessions that make up a marriage (in her case, although she would never mention it on stage, to Stewart Lee). Nobody mixes the raging and the ridiculous with such fabulous focus. See her: Leicester Square Theatre, London WC2 (020 7734 2222), Sept 13-Nov 10, and touring to Dec 4, bridgetchristie.co.uk 11 Trevor Noah, 34 Born in apartheid-era South Africa, the son of a Xhosa mother and a Swiss-German father, Noah grew up speaking English as his first language, a master of both engaging with different cultures and seeing their kinks clearly. That skill enabled him to take over The Daily Show from Jon Stewart in 2015. Live, though, he has gone from being a skilled stand-up to a spectacular one: Noah now is a master of satire, impressions and throwaway funny stories, and is impassioned and inclusive. He is writing a second memoir; his first, Born a Crime, is being filmed with Lupito Nyong’o as his mother, Patricia. See him: his latest stand-up special, Afraid of the Dark, is on Netflix. 12 Daniel Kitson, 41 Two reasons why Kitson is the comedian’s comedian: 1) At his best, this Yorkshireman has a speed of thought that has no peer. 2) Ever since he won the Perrier award in 2002, age 25, he has worked entirely on his own terms. No television. No radio. A habit of staging plays at the National or the Old Vic one moment, returning to stand-up the next. Charging cinema prices as he does so. He can be sprawling, he can be arrogant, but his ambition and skill are second to none. See him: his new work-in-progress midnight show, Good for Glue, is at The Stand, Edinburgh (0131 226 0000), Aug 5-26, returns only 13 Bob Mortimer, 59 This renaissance-man absurdist is on the form of his life after recovering from a triple heart bypass. He still works with Vic Reeves — a new series of their Big Night Out is imminent — but also has a footballing podcast, Athletico Mince, and excelled alongside Paul Whitehouse in Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing. His comedy is as victimless as it is disarming. See him: Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing is on BBC iPlayer 14 Chris Rock, 53 When comedians ooze a confidence they don’t deserve, it’s infuriating. When comedians ooze a confidence their talent backs up, it’s exhilarating. That’s Rock, who uses his latest stand-up show to own up to the porn habit and cheating that broke his marriage, but also to speak up for a common-sensicality he fears is in peril from right and left alike. See him: his latest stand-up special, Tamborine, is on Netflix 15 The League of Gentlemen Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith and Jeremy Dyson have been so busy with other work (Sherlock, Inside No 9, Ghost Stories) that we may just have forgotten how fabulous they were together in their gleefully gnarly sketch troupe. Last Christmas’s television comeback changed that in a trice after 12 years away. Now, the big live tour. If it’s only a temporary reunion, let’s enjoy it while we can. See them: Queens Theatre, Barnstaple (01271 316063), Aug 6 & 7, then touring to Sept 29; leagueofgentlemen.live 16 Julia Davis, 51 Dear Joan and Jericha, the agony-aunt podcast that Julia Davis and Vicki Pepperdine surprised us with this year, is as quietly, brutally funny as you’d expect from the woman behind Nighty Night, Hunderby and Camping. And filthy enough to make you think of a female Derek and Clive. Coming soon: Davis’s new series for Sky, Sally4Ever, while the Girls creator Lena Dunham is making an American version of Camping. Hear her: on Dear Joan and Jericha 17 Tim Vine, 51 There are some fine one-liner merchants about: Jimmy Carr, Milton Jones, Stewart Francis, Gary Delaney. None of them sustain a live show as blissfully well as Jeremy Vine’s kid brother. He delivers his artful wordplay with a heroically uncool, end-of-the-pier enthusiasm, allied to silly props and silly songs. He makes the real world melt away. See him: performing his Sunset Milk Idiot show, City Varieties, Leeds (0113 243 0808), Oct 2 & 3, then touring to Oct 31; timvine.com 18 Sara Pascoe, 37 Once, Pascoe performed dense, fascinating, provocatively philosophical and personal live shows, pushing at the edges of what comedy could do. Then, somewhere between her becoming a panel-show stalwart and her latest live show, LadsLadsLads, she found a way of uniting her big ideas with something still personal, but lighter, more gag-filled. The results are still smart, but newly joyous. See her: Theatre Royal, Norwich (01603 630000), Sept 16, then touring to Nov 28; sarapascoe.com 19 Michael McIntyre, 42 There aren’t many comics who can make amusing 20,000 strangers in an atmosphere-free arena look like such a doddle. So don’t underestimate McIntyre, whose beaming smile conceals a planet-sized comic brain that can seize on pretty much any topic and make merry with it. See him: his Big World Tour resumes Sept 4-Nov 11; michaelmcintyre.co.uk. Michael Mcintyre’s Big Show returns to BBC One later this year 20 Romesh Ranganathan, 40 After starting out as a maths teacher in Crawley, West Sussex, the gorgeously grumpy Ranganathan has now become not only a formidably funny stand-up, but is also fronting travel documentaries, a forthcoming courtoom show (Judge Romesh) and has sitcoms on the way too. Talk about making up for lost time. See him: The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan is on BBC iPlayer 21 Lee Mack, 49 Is there any greater pleasure in comedy than Lee Mack going off on one on Would I Lie to You? His mind moving faster than a speeding train, he will pounce on and play with any passing absurdity. All credit to Rob Brydon and David Mitchell, who balance him perfectly, but it’s Mack who is the star soloist on one of the most dependably entertaining formats of the past decade. See him: Would I Lie to You? is on BBC iPlayer and repeated on Dave 22 Sarah Silverman, 47 She snarked for America in her early stand-up. Now, although her sarcasm is still to the fore, the comic and actress (that’s her behind a tennis-court-sized pair of shades in Battle of the Sexes) is adding personal stories and emotional awareness to comedy that snarls smartly. And her Twitter exchange with a troll to whom she extended support rather than spite showed the heart behind the snark. See her: on A Speck of Dust, her most recent stand-up special for Netflix (in which she speaks about her former boyfriend Michael Sheen) 23 Simon Amstell, 38 Television presenter, sitcom star, vegan activist: but best of all a confessional stand-up. In his fifth and finest live show, playing to acclaim in New York, Amstell takes us past his early worries about homosexuality and into a new kind of self-acceptance. Among British-based stand-ups, only Dylan Moran can rival him for mixing the accessible with the questingly intellectual. See him: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London NW1 (0844 8264242), Aug 19 24 Tina Fey, 48 Not content with turning her film Mean Girls into a Broadway musical this year, Fey has also kept her hand in as a performer on Saturday Night Live, and remains one of the great writer-performers in modern American comedy. OK, her sitcom Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt isn’t quite 30 Rock. What is, though? See her: hosting a celebrity-heavy Q&A session on the final episode of Saturday Night Live’s most recent season, on SNL’s YouTube channel 25 John Oliver, 41 This British satirist has been plying unabashedly intelligent, outspoken satire as the host of the crusading American talk show Last Week Tonight With John Oliver since 2014. Crucially, while he’s all about the issues, he doesn’t mistake himself for John Pilger. “It’s not journalism,” he once said. “It’s comedy first, and it’s comedy second.” See him: Last Week Tonight is on hbo.com, or watch clips on YouTube 26 Reginald D Hunter, 49 Before Reginald D Hunter’s previous tour, his agent begged him to do some “light, funny, bouncy” jokes — not just the sort of stuff about sex and race and politics and family that gets them both into trouble. Well, even at his lightest this American-comedian-in-Britain can’t do bouncy, but what he will do is toy with liberal and conservative preconceptions in a way that’s always entertaining and often masterly. See him: at Pleasance at EICC, Edinburgh (0131 226 0000), Aug 1-26. Reginald D Hunter’s Songs of the Border is on BBC Two on July 28 at 9pm 27 Sophie Willan, 30 Anyone for gnarly questions of how the world describes us and how we describe ourselves? Nobody? Ah, but the wonder of Willan’s latest show, Branded, is the way she reminds us how complex identity is, even as she investigates the implications of being a female, northern, working-class comic, the daughter of a heroin addict and more. All with the breeziness of a frothy club set. Remarkable. See her: rescheduled dates from the Branded tour are at Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan (01239 621200), Sept 21; Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells (01982 552555), Sept 22 28 Sacha Baron Cohen, 46 The jury is still out on Baron Cohen’s return to television, Who Is America? — a display of pointed pranking that is funny or resonant only when picking on someone his own size (the Republicans endorsing a crazy campaign to arm four-year-olds, say). His gumption and virtuosity is undeniable; we wait to see if bigger targets such as Roy Moore and Dick Cheney bring out the best from the London-born comic’s huge talent. See him: on Who Is America?, Channel 4, Mondays, 10pm 29 Mo Gilligan, 30 If you’ve not heard of him, despite his huge tour that visits the West End in October, that may be because he broke through on social media, is only now getting going on live and television work. Already, though, this south London actor turned comic has such skill, such charisma, such promise. When his writing gets as sharp as his performing, the arenas surely beckon. See him: as a sidekick on The Big Narstie Show on Channel 4; in the Coupla Cans tour at the Vaudeville, London WC2 (0330 3334814), Oct 22-Nov 10 30 Diane Morgan, 42 Best known as the spoof pundit Philomena Cunk. In BBC shows such as Cunk on Britain, she brings extraordinary comic presence and improvising skills to a character who is as fearless as she is clueless. She’s also the best thing in the parenting sitcom Motherland. See her: on YouTube, where clips and episodes are spottily available. Or in the DVD of Motherland
Not going to be much of an intro this week but do want to shout out Total Soccer Show Podcast, livesoccertv, and twitter as these are great resources in getting news on matches and players when google fails and I recommend everyone use at least the first two. England Huddersfield— CM Danny Williams (28)- A little surprisingly Williams came on in the 70’ against 10-men Swansea. Huddersfield was chasing a goal and Williams came on for the engine/creative force in the team Mooy. Williams didn’t really do much and really didn’t have much to do as Huddersfield came away with a goalless draw. Williams broke his fibula in training and will miss the rest of the season and the upcoming international friendlies. (Next Game Sat 3/17 V Crystal Palace NBCSN) Newcastle— RB DeAndre Yedlin (24)- Started and played the full game in 3-0 win against Southampton. Yedlin looked good going forward and you really see the recovery speed he’s got that helps him when he overcommits on defense. He had some good ideas in getting the counter going but just lacked the execution. ( Sat 3/31 V Huddersfield may play Tottenham before haven’t had an official announcement on make up date yet checking Tottenhams websites shows TBD in April while Newcastle shows it as still coming up today (Mike Ashley probably was too cheap to get someone to manage the website though)) Stoke—CB Geoff Cameron (32)- Started and played the full match in 0-2 loss to Man City. He was ok. A little lackadaisical at times tracking back but did a decent job at keeping shape and allowing Badou and Allen to be a little more adventurous. (Sat 3/17 V Everton NBCSports Gold) Chelsea- CM Kyle Scott (20)– Played 86’ in the 1-0 win against West Ham picking up the assist for the goal. (Next Match Sunday 3/17 V Arsenal U-23s) Bournemouth—CM Emerson Hyndman (21)- Not in squad for tottenham match. No new news besides rumors of return to Rangers and just getting out of Bournemouth (Sun 3/17 V West Brom NBCSports Gold) Man U (U-23) - RB Matthew Olosunde (19)- Was not involved in the U-23s comeback win against Liverpool U-23s. He picked up a knock that had him come out at half time of the last official game. There haven’t been any rumors that it was an ongoing issue. There’s been a recent rumor of him returning to MLS for a loan spell but I don’t know if there’s any truth to it. (Sun 3/18 V Swansea City U-23s MUTV.com) Tottenham (U-19) —GK Brandon Austin (19)- not involved in the 3-1 win against Arsenal u-23’s but has gotten major praise from pundits for his February performances. Started the 0-2 loss to Porto and from reports had an ok game where he made a few good saves but the second goal could have done better. And just received and accepted a call up to England U-19s. (Next Match Tue 4/7 V Derby County) Arsenal—CM Gedion Zelalem (21) - No new news this week. Still recovering Championship Fulham- CB Tim Ream (30)-. Started and played the full in game in a 2-1 win over Preston. Was again very solid and made a couple of last ditch tackles to ensure Fulham kept the lead. (SAT 3/17 V QPR WatchESPN) Fulham (U-23)- CM Luca de la Torre (19)- The Norwich game was made up midweek and de la Torre grabbed a goal and an assist in that game. However against Wolves it was quite the opposite as Fulham would fall 0-3. Luca did play the full game though. Rumors are coming that he may be loaned to the Revs in the MLS. (Next match Sat 4/13 V. Southampton U-23’s) Fulham (U-23) – RB Marlon Fossey (19)-Played the full game against Wolves in a 0-3 loss (Next match Sat 4/13 V. Southampton U-23’s) Nottingham Forest—RB Eric Lichaj (29) – Was not in the team for the 0-0 draw against Derby and will have a real fight to get back into the team as according to all reports Darikwa who has played really well. (Sat 3/17 V Sheffield Utd) Ipswich Town—CB Cameron Carter-Vickers (20) – Played the full match in a 0-0 draw with Sheffield Utd. He was again a standout in a solid defensive performance by Ipswich. Started in the 0-3 loss to Hull City but definitely wasn’t his best game though you could say that for the whole squad. (SAT 3/17 V Bristol City) Bolton--- LB Antonee Robinson (20)- sat the bench in a 1-1 draw against Sheffield Wednesday. That’s two games in a row with him not playing. He’s played a lot this year so hopefully it’s just a fatigue issue. (SAT 3/17 V Aston Villa Watch ESPN) Sunderland—AM Lyndon Gooch (22)- was back on the first team bench for the 0-1 loss to QPR but didn’t see any play time. (Sat 3/17 V Preston Fri 4/6 V Man Utd U-23s) QPR - LB Niko Hamalainen (21) - not in squad for the win against Sunderland or Aston Villa nor was he in the u-23 squad. The last news I could find was back in January where he had bronchitis but hopefully something comes up soon (SAT 3/17 V Fulham WatchESPN) Aston Villa (U-18) - MF Indiana Vassilev (17)- came on in the 86’ minute in a 2-1 win against Fulham U-18s. (Sat 3/17 V West Ham U-18) Wolves (U-18)- MF Owen Otawsowie (16) – Started and played the full 90’ in 1-2 loss to Liverpool U-18’s. Didn’t play against Everton U-18s. Started and played 72’ in 0-2 loss to Man U U-18s. (Sat 3/17 V Derby County U-18s)
About seven years ago I received this email off my best friend, who I'll call "John", before he disappeared off the face of the earth. It's been long enough now that I think I'm safe to post this, and to give myself some deniability, I'm posting it here to /nosleep. This is the last communication we've had since then. I have changed names, details, and locations to protect his identity, and the identities of those involved. I have also corrected his spelling/grammar mistakes to make it more readable, he was clearly in a rush when typing it, I apologize if I've missed any. We were about 16 at the time. Depending on what decision I make we may not see each other again, so I'm writing you this in order to explain myself to you, as you're probably the only person I have that I would consider family now. This is for your eyes only, do not share this, even if you don't believe a word I've typed here. If you're reading this and I've "disappeared", then, well, you know why. I'll let my story explain itself. I hate the motorway. Nothing to look at, nothing to do. Claustrophobia, sweltering heat. One of my main sources of travel-related stress, but every year, my Mum, Dad, sister and I go to visit my uncle in Wolverhampton. Which means travelling for 3 or more hours from Norwich. “Why don’t you read your book John?” Mum called from the front seat. “You know I’ll feel sick if I do that!” I whined for the fifth time that trip. Mum sighed and turned back to her seat as we drove past a sign reading:
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“Nearly there!” Dad called cheerfully from the front seat. I decided to try and get some sleep before I had to endure the snores of uncle Pete for 2 weeks. But before I could barely close my eyes I heard my Dad say. “Eh?” In a confused manner. I shuffled to look out the driver’s window. There it was again.
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My sister spoke up for the first time in 2 hours and 45 minutes. “All these signs look the same Dad.” But it wasn't a similar sign. It was the exact same sign. “Yeah…” Dad said, reassuring himself. But before he could bring his eyes back to the road, a deafening scrunch of metal and a choked scream. I blacked out. Endless falling… Falling, back to reality… I thought. So nauseating I thought I was going to be sick. Finishing off my stifled gasp I opened my eyes. For a second I forgot who I was and what I was doing in the back of a car in the middle of a motorway. The first thing that hit me was the unbearable heat, baking the occupants of the car… Occupants? As my vision cleared I managed to make out the unconscious faces of my parents and sister. I dropped out of the car onto the tarmac only to leap back again as I heard the whooshing of a vehicle whistle past my ears. However I didn’t feel any impact. For the road was empty… The motorway was completely deserted, apart from the noise of disturbed air. I stepped back out into the road again and listened. Just listened. There it was, the faint yet constant rumbling of the wind being cut by fast moving objects. Before I could ponder on this further I heard the car move behind me. “Is everyone alright?” my Dad called whilst stepping out from the driver’s seat. “Yeah we’ll be fine.” Mum replied whilst clambering out the car along with my sister. I gave myself a once over, I was bleeding with cuts and gashes over my body, but there was nothing serious from what I could see. “What the hell happened?” I asked. Dad simply shrugged and motioned to the car. “I dunno brains, but it would appear we had a crash.” He answered flippantly with a smirk. I was slightly perturbed at how unserious he was taking the situation, but he always had that kind of humour. “Why don’t I take a look at those wounds?” Mum said whilst moving towards me. “No, no I’m fine really it can wait.” I retorted. As I stepped back I saw it out of the corner of my vision.
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“Flippin’ ‘eck.” Dad said as he looks to see what caught my attention. “Something is certainly not right here…” I murmured. “There has to be some sort of logical explanation for this, see if your mobile has any signal Kevin.” My sister said. She’d never called Dad by his name before, but this didn't seem to bother anyone else but me. I sat on the barrier as I found the heat wearing me out. “No signal.” Dad announced before sitting on the bonnet of the car… The seemingly undamaged car. “I thought you said we had a crash?” I asked. Everyone looked at each other. “Oh it’s all internal, totally busted.” Dad replied. Then where did my injuries come from? “It looks fine to me.” I retorted. “Just… Trust me ok? I know about these things!” Dad snapped back at me. I was taken aback by his sudden outburst. I guess it was just the heat, so I shut up about it. “Look, how about I take a run up the road and see if there’s a service station or phone box nearby where we can get help?” I suggested, getting up from the barrier. “I don’t think that’s a very good idea, let’s just wait here for someone to come along.” My sister replied. “I won’t be long, what’s the harm-?” I was suddenly cut off. “Just listen to Susan ok?” Mum cut in. … Susan? This was getting weird. I started jogging down the road towards the sign. “I’ll be back soon!” I was out of earshot before they could argue. I passed some wooden boards and a few barrels propped up against each other amongst other assorted junk. “Bloody fly-tippers” I thought to myself. As I neared the sign I felt heat radiating off of it, causing my clothes to stick to me instantly. I dared not go anywhere near it from the fear of melting. The road seemed endless, yet I pushed onwards with the sun on my back. After about 5 minutes jogging I began to see something on the horizon. Civilization? I pushed on harder. I saw silhouettes of people and began waving my arms. “Hey! Hey over here! I….” I stopped and stood horrified with what I saw. I was right back where I started. “Back so soon kiddo?” Dad called. “How…?” I stammered. “I told you not to bother.” My sister yawned. “But that’s imposs-“ I put a hand to my forehead, I felt something wet and sticky. “Maybe I should take a look at that cut dear?” Mum reached out and touched my arm. THU-CLUMP Giving a pained cry I staggered backwards and clutched my chest. Did my heart just stop? A cold sweat ran down the side of my head as I felt my heart beating a little slower than usual, looking at my arm I noticed one of the cuts had vanished. It’s then that I noticed that none of them had any injuries; it was as if nothing happened. “What did you do?” I gasped. “It’s just the heat dear, here let me help.” She reached out again and I leapt backwards so that she couldn't touch me. “What’s the matter John? I just want to help you…” Everybody stepped towards me. “Stay away I don’t need any help!” I backed into the barrier. They all looked at each other again with a sort of knowing glance. “Listen to Rose, Jonathan, we only want to help.” Dad said. “Why don’t you sit down, the heat is making you delirious, dear.” They all took a step forward again, their hands slightly raised in a way you would when approaching a frightened cat you’re trying to grab. I took a glance up at the sign in the distance.
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I made a break for it and barged through them towards the car, the door was still open so I dove inside and slammed it shut, locking them as I did so. “You’re making a mistake John, it's all in your head.” Mum pressed up against the window. I reached for the keys that were still in the engine and turned them, only half expecting the engine to come to life. BRMMMM The engine revved into life. “There is nowhere to go.” Dad called from the back window. I put the car into gear. The window to my left smashed open as my sister broke in with her bare fist and grabbed my arm. THU-CLUMP “AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH!” I thumped my foot down on the pedal and knocked my sister off. The car began moving forward, gaining speed towards the sign. My sister was still hanging on to the steadily speeding car, trying to grab for my arm again. I changed gear as the dial moved up on the dashboard. 30 mph. I aimed the car towards the propped up boards and took a look in the rear view mirror to watch my parents run after me. They had no chance of catching me now. 50 mph. But before I could bring my eyes back to the road I hit the ramp, one of the boards gave way, causing the car to spin into the air, careening towards the sign. “NO!” my sister screamed as she made another desperate grab for me. THU-CLUMP The pain was unbearable, I felt myself drifting away. The last thing I saw were the letters of the sign filling the view of the window. As the car slammed into the sign I felt an explosion of heat and then… Darkness. “I think he’s coming round! Somebody get Dr. Scholey now!” “How is he?” “His heart rate is returning to normal, I thought we were going to lose him after that seizure.” I opened my eyes a little to be greeted by a blinding white light. “M... Mum..?” I whispered. “Hang on there kiddo you just rest for now.” I closed my eyes again and lay back, I felt exhausted. Later on, I don’t know how long, I found myself sitting up in a bed with someone shining a light into my eyes. “His pupils are dilated but otherwise he’s fine. They should return to normal in a few hours.” Dr. Scholey said. “You’re lucky to be alive, multiple heart attacks and a seizure. We had to revive you 5 times.” I took a deep breath on my oxygen mask and asked the question that had been on my mind since I woke up. “What about my parents and sister?” Dr. Scholey stopped to turn and look at the nurse, and then the door as a man dressed in a greyish blue suit and purple tie walked into the room. “… Perhaps I’m not the one to say.” Dr. Scholey muttered, getting up and leaving the room. The man in the suit spoke to Dr. Scholey before walking over to my bed and sitting down on the seat nearby. “Hello, my name is Mr. Banks, I’m from-” He spoke as if he wasn't comfortable in speaking English, or, well, speaking at all really, however he didn't have a foreign accent I could discern. “Where are my parents?” I cut in. Mr. Banks sighed and eventually said, “That’s why I’m here John… Your parents and your sister didn’t survive the accident…” I collapsed back into my pillow, tears welling up in my eyes. “I best leave you for a while.” Mr. Banks got up and left the room. I stared at the wall ahead of me, not looking, not seeing anything. I eventually had to blink, causing tears to flow down my cheeks. I remembered everything. I don’t understand what happened on that motorway. Did any of it really happen? Should I still be alive? In the middle of my thoughts Mr. Banks walked in again, closing the doors behind him before standing next to my bed. He adjusts his tie before stating abruptly, “I know what really happened John, if you want to know everything you’re going to have to trust me…” So now I'm left with a choice, I either let this "Mr. Banks" tell me, or perhaps show me, the truth, or I turn him away. I have a feeling that chances of a normal life may be impossible should I want to know more, I have family like Pete still, but I don't think I'll be able to live with myself if I turn down the chance of being given an explanation. Hopefully I'll see you on the flip side, if not, stay safe. And that's it. I probably have as many questions as you guys do, and I've had years to think about it. Is it all a load of bullshit? If it is, where's he gone? All the records say he died in the crash, but the email was dated after it occurred. My rational side says that some sicko got hold of his email account and sent that email, but how did they know so much about his life? If it is real, then who's Mr. Banks? Some secret government agency guy? What about John's whole experience on that motorway "loop"? As many questions as I have, I don't want to dig too deep, as I said, it's been years now, and I'm hoping that releasing this here won't bring attention on me, whilst also getting it off my chest.
2017.08.08 00:26 VampireChewyOutdated System - Upgrades For Gaming £800?
What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using. The computer will be mainly used for gaming, mainly csgo, Player Unknowns Battlegrounds, Overwatch, Grand Theft Auto V and other games that will be released in the future. As well as a little bit of editing and general use. I am looking to upgrade my current pc it is an HP Pavilion p6-2022 here are the specs: Processor AMD A10-5700 APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics Manufacturer AMD Speed 3.4 GHz Number of Cores 4 Video Card AMD Radeon HD 7500 Series Manufacturer ATI Chipset AMD Radeon HD 7500 Series Dedicated Memory 2.0 GB Total Memory 4.0 GB . Memory 8.1 GB Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (build 9600), 64-bit Service Pack 0 Size 64 Bit Edition Display Maximum Resolution 1280 x 1024 DVD hp DVD-RAM GH82N CD hp DVD-RAM GH82N Drive 1 Size 1.8 TB Free 780.5 GB Drive 2 Size 14.5 GB Free 1.8 GB What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes? £800 When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy. As soon as possible, most likely near the begging of September What, exactly, do you need to be included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc) Only parts for my current tower, possibly a new case if needed for the parts. Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in the US, do you have access to a Microcenter location? The United Kingdom, Norfolk, Norwich If reusing any parts (including a monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated. Logitech g300 gaming mouse, UtechSmart Saturn keyboard and a dell VGA monitor x 2 (unsure on model) Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU? *Overclocking is an option in the future most likely but I am open to all ideas Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc) Replace this text with an answer. Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/MicroATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colours, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular colour theme preference for the components? not particularly but I would prefer red led lighting with window - Not needed in current build they will be for future purchase Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference? *No Any ideas would be very useful thanks!
2017.06.16 15:38 shoecatSummer Transfer and Rumour Megathread 2017
I've hit the character limit here, this will now serve as a place for official actions by the club and an archive for the old rumours. You can check out the new rumour thread here.
Hey all, it’s that magical time of year again, and Shakespeare is on the hunt for some new foxes. I am making this thread to try to keep up with all the transfers and rumours, as well as give everyone a place to discuss transfer related topics. I’m going to be borrowing unabashedly plagiarizing from last year’s model a lot (a quick thank you to lgfualol and company). Also, as the lcfc beta website was just put up, there isn’t much news about anything as I’m writing this. At the moment I have a lot of free time at work as well as at home so hopefully I can keep up but I will also appreciate any help you provide staying up to date with the speculation and whatnot. So, firstly and very importantly, Craig Shakespeare was appointed manager on a 3-year deal on 15 June. Michael Appleton has been named the club's assistant coach.
Just when you thought you'd heard the end of it, Spurs are now trying to hijack Iheanacho in an attempt to speed up a deal for Kyle Walker, but despite this a couple betting sites have suspended bets on the Nigeria striker's move
What a ridiculously drawn out piece of business. On the bright side, a couple days ago Pep said it was to be completed soon, and now today Vice-Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha has said the deal is coming soon
Speaking of drawn out business, Mahrez is still in Leicester blue, but Roma are ready to launch a £30 million bid plus add ons for the winger, I'm hoping that these add ons are significant because 30 seems a little short for me
Roma have stepped up their bid to about 30 million, but Leicester won't budge for less than 50 million. Also, Liverpool have reportedly been keeping tabs on the winger (I don't believe this one so much)
French reports are saying that Leicester have signed the young PSG striker, but there is nothing to back it up on the club website. My best guess is this is set to happen, possibly in the next couple days
2017.03.10 23:20 PukellamaOleguer - Season 3 Episode 4 - January Transfer Window
S3 E4 So we're on the 4th Episode of this season and we're just coming into January. This season has been on of the most enjoyable that I have played. Really glad I've fiddled with the sliders. I've only started to play with these at the end of last year (due to comments on this sub). Difficulty - Legendary, half length - 7 mins, game speed - Normal
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Summary This update is going to take you in chronological order through my last two games and the January transfer window. 29th December 2018 A massive game against Brighton is coming up, they're sitting one place above me and 2 points ahead in the table. We beat them at their patch earlier in the season, but they absolutely dominated me that game. And I got a lucky goal towards the end of the game. Chris Hughton came out before the game and said they were after blood, they wouldn't be beaten again by a team they are clearly superior too. So, 3pm rolls around and the teams are set for kick off, things start off fairly quietly, but Chris' words before the game had clearly got into some of the Blackburn players heads, 16 mins in and Morrison (CB) is sent off. This is going to be long day for the Blackburn lot. 38 mins in and Blackburn get a surprise pen, Lowe (RB) put it in low and to the left. 1-0 Blackburn. Coming up to half time it looks like Blackburn might take an unlikely lead in, however, with the last kick of the half, R. Ince puts Brighton level. At the start of the second half that sucker punch before half time looks to have taken it out of Blackburn, 52 mins gone and Brighton pull ahead - 2-1. And that's the end of the game, they had twice the shots and shots on target (10 & 5) as me, 14% more possession and 4 corners to my 1. They beat me fair and square, and go out of reach in the table. I remain in 9th place with 32 points. 3 points ahead of me are Norwich in 6th and 5 points behind are Huddersfield with 27 points. They are 5 points clear of Notts County who are sitting 4 points (and 3 places) from the bottom in 21st. Hopefully they can stay up, but it doesn't look promising for them. 31st December I come up against Cardiff City at home. I beat them away earlier on in the season, but they have improved massively since then winning their last 5 games and also boast the best away record in the league. I've got to be on my game to stop back to back home defeats today. The game was a cagey affair, with only a save by each keeper making the highlights real. But taking a point into the January window will suit me. League Table Below is the league table after everyone has played 24 games.
Transfer Window Opens
Millwall bid £375k (£50k under value) for Feeney (RM, not played). Accepted.
Feeney agrees deal and transfers to Millwall
Game against Fulham - A massively frustrating game, we dominated them, and cut through them easily, but then tried to find the last pass rather than just going for goal. Should have won easily. They scored a blinder! 1-0 loss
Put in offers for my dream team strike force. Ollie Watkins for £2.5m + Rittenberg. Ikpeazu for £2m + Stokes
Game against Aston Villa. A great performance from my second string team winning 3-1 with 3 players scoring their first goals of the season.
Both offers for the strikers accepted. Bid for Shaughnessy in a straight swap for Morrison (who has the most red cards this season, and I could no longer trust in central defence).
FA cup game against Huddersfield ended in a 3-0 loss
Transfer offer comes in for Tomlinson (£190k - £40k below value) - accepted. Transfer for Shaughnessy accepted. Watkins and Ikpeazu accept contracts. Watkins joins, trying to find funds for Ikpeazu.
Accept loan deal for Hawkins, sign Ikpeazu as Cambridge also accepted offer from Stade de Reims (adjusted budget to find funds)
reject international management offer from hungry, sell hope Akpan to former club (Notts County) for £475k (£50k under price). Play Sheffield United in the championship. Changed formation to 4312 with my 3 new signings starting the game - 2-0 Win (against bottom of the league)
Accept bid for Elliot Ward from Oxford United (£200k, £10k below value). Looked to bring some transfers in on bosmans to strengthen my team for next year to push for promotion. Put bids in for Ryan Jack from Aberdeen, Seb Larsson from Sunderland, and Toornstra from Feyenoord.
accepted £35k bid for Echiéjilé (£50k value)
Larsson and Jack join for next season.
massively frustrating 0-0 Draw against Birmingham. Highlights included 1 save by my keeper and then 6 saves by theirs, 2 misses by my strikers and a crossbar being hit.
Danny Guthrie signs for Sheffield United on a bosman transfer
January Transfer Window Highlights
Grey the leagues top scorer for the league leaders, Burnley, moves to Norwich for £11m!
Aston Villa sign Charisis for £3.9m and Portu for £10.5m.
Wolves signed van der Werff on a bosman (a CB I had my eye on)
Fulham signed Toornstra on a bosman (a RW who rejected me because he loved his club)
Cardiff spent £4.3m on two players without letting anyone else go.
£2.5m + Rittenberg
Ollie Watkins has spent his entire career so far with Exeter City, mostly in League 2, and playing in League 1 this season. He has won the Football League young player of the month award (March 2016) and the League 2 player of the month award (January 2017). Now 24, I feel that he has shown enough promise to raise his game and produce in the Championship (and potentially the Premiership). His pace and dribbling skills should give us some much needed threat up front.
£2m + Stokes
Ikpeazu hasn't had as settled a career as the rest of the January signings, having played for 8 teams in 5 years (between 2011 and 2016). Since 2016 he has been at Cambridge United in league two and has progressed his career well forging his own path in the lower leagues. While never a goal machine, his physicality makes him a dangerous player to have, it is hoped that this can fit into the Blackburn team in a similar way to how I used Guiza and Juanma were used for Notts County.
£0 + Morrison
Shaughnessy (pronounced shock-en-see although I pronounce it Shag-Nessy) Started his career at Aberdeen, and was played at CB and RB. He played there 53 times between 2009 and 2015. He then found his 1st team opportunities were limited and in 2015 his contract ran out. As a free agent he went on to join St. Johnstone and played there until 2019 featuring regularly as their CB. He's been capped for the Ireland U21's however has so far failed to make to step up to the full team. He is hoping that given a good run of games, he could join team mate Byrne in becoming a full international. Shaughnessy appears to have all the attributes to become a regular CB for Blackburn in the seasons to come. I have high hopes for him and Mulgrew to form a strong Cardiff Bay partnership.
Ryan Jack has spent his entire career at Aberdeen playing there for close to a decade (2010 - 2019). An interesting fact is that he used to play RB for Aberdeen and it was Jacks position on the team that lead to Shaughnessy's moving on in 2015. Jack has played for Scotland at U16, U17, U19 and U21 level, and has joined the Scotland squad on international duty, but has never earned a full international cap. Jack is hoped to provide competition to Siopis for a first team place in the CM role for Blackburn. Judging by his stats, he could well fit the role better.
Sen Larsson has made a name for himself as a free kick and long ball specialist. His most notable club achievement was winning the league cup with Birmingham (2011). Although he has won (over including in game) 87 caps for Sweden he has only commanded a combined transfer fee of £1m during his career (£1m from Arsenal to Birmingham, Bosman to Sunderland and then another Bosman to Blackburn). It is hoped that Larsson will provide critical depth to the team, being able to be played in CM (including CAM) and RM. his passing ability should ensure that even though physical, he may not be able to play a whole game, he should give us some much needed composer towards the end of games to ensure that we can see out wins in our push for promotion next season (or in the Prem if we get lucky). Players Out Generally, the players out this season was clearing what I felt was the dead wood I had inherited when I took over Blackburn. This should allow me to add some better quality depth to the squad to help with turning this team from mid table into promotion challengers. Both new signings from the summer (Morrison from Birmingham and Bravo from Santos Laguna) were moved on in January.
2015.08.02 18:05 Lorf_YimzoTHE MILLENIAL SIM IS HERE. 1000 years of simming the English Football Pyramid
That's right. You're not seeing wrong. 1000 years of holidaying in FM15, in just England. I started this on March 4th and it took 58 days of simming to get to 1000 years. And now that it's all over and the data is all compiled, I thought I'd share it with this sub, because why not? So, let us begin. Now showing you the results of the PL, FA Cup and so on in ingame screenshots would take far too long, so I compiled a massive spreadsheet which showed how many times each club won, or placed second or third in, each of the major competitions in England, and also the EL and CL. I used a points system to determine which club was the best all time, using the system as follows. PL 1st Place-5 PL 2nd Place-3 PL 3rd Place-1 FA Cup Win-5 FA Cup Runner-Up-2 League Cup Win-4 League Cup Runner-Up-1 Champions League Win-6 Champions League Runner-Up-3 Europa League Win-4 Europa League Runner-Up-1.5 I also documented how many seasons a club played in the Premier Division, though this had no effect on points. Note that I didn't include results that happened before the start date. Since a screenshot history would be long and arduous, here is a brief rundown of the Premier League, 2014-3015. 2000s: The first surprise of the sim, was Derby winning the Premier League in 2021 with Southampton coming in 3rd. They fell pretty quickly, but then a surprisingly dominant Stoke took over, trading titles with Man U and occasionally Newcastle. Coventry also had a dominant spell, winning 6 titles in 7 years. Arsenal and Burnley entered the mix as contenders as well as Nottingham Forest and Blackburn. The century ended with a very dominant Man U. 2100s: This century started with a very powerful Stoke, as they won 7 titles in a row as well as 14 titles in 17 years. Later, Burnley became dominant as the PL turned into a power struggle between the 2 teams. Newcomers West Brom and Barnsley also stole some titles, especially Barnsley, who won quite a few in the last couple decades. 2200s: With Stoke on the decline, a newcomer fills their spot: Sheffield United. They traded titles mostly with Man U, though later with Barnsley and Southend United. This century had no real dominance, as teams struggled to string titles together. Though teams such as MK Dons, Hull, and Plymouth came and went, the five big players were Sheffield, Arsenal, Barnsley, Southend, and Burnley. 2300s: Southend replaced Sheffield's position of dominance, winning many titles early on. Cambridge, Chesterfield, and Hull were also contenders. 7 titles in a row marked an all-time high for Southend, as they hammered their opposition for the rest of the century, with occasional wins from Brighton, Barnsley, and Man City. 2400s: This century brought about Sunderland into relevance, who battled furiously with Southend, though small bouts of prowess from Sheffield, Man City, and Cambridge prodded them into relevance. Burnley also had a very good mid-century. Bristol Rovers, Reading, and Arsenal were also prominent late century. 2500s: This century started with battles between QPR, Burnley, and Southend for the title. Later, Plymouth, Tottenham, and Exeter were quite good, and even Barnsley was back. Sheffield tore up the PL mid-century including 8 titles in 9 seasons. A resurgent Arsenal ended the century. 2600s: This century followed similar to previous ones. Sheffield, Barnsley, Burnley, Southend, and Arsenal battled for the title, with occasional visits from other clubs into the top spot, including Sheffield Wednesday, Preston, Rotherham, and Plymouth. Later in the century, a dominant Crystal Palace won title after title, which amounted to 15 wins in 26 years. 2700s: Burnley started this century off with a bang, winning 7 in a row right off the bat. Burnley dominance continued with challenges from Plymouth, Liverpool, and Norwich. However Sheffield Utd. took their place with 10 titles in 11 seasons and ended the century in that way, along with wins from Brentford and Preston. 2800s: The 2800s, or the dark years as I call them, started with Sheffield Utd. and Rotherham being the only 2 title winners for 30 years straight. And who stopped them? Burnley, with 10 successive titles. Arsenal finally broke the bore spell, which brought in new face Bromley, as well as Maidstone and QPR. 2900s and 3000s: The last century starts with a feud between Bromley and Burnley, which is broken up by Rotherham. This battle continues through until a resurgent Hull gets in the way. This opens the door for Brentford, Ipswich, and Man City to become regular title contenders. The 3000s turn into a struggle between Brentford, Ipswich, and Nottingham Forest with the very last title ever going to Hull City. Of course I didn't just do England. I payed attention to the World Cup too, the spreadsheet of which can be found here. Two interesting things I noticed was how powerful Venezuela and Ecuador became. England is also far and away the best nation (most likely due to me only loading England), and also it took the Netherlands until 2586 to win their first World Cup. Various screenshots: PL Records FA Cup Records League Cup Records JPT Records CL Records EL Records Awards: Most Successful Club: Sheffield United (2752.5 pts) (Honorable Mention: Burnley - 2749.5pts) Most Consistent Club: Burnley (982 PL seasons) (Honorable Mention: Arsenal - 905 PL Seasons) Highest PTS/Seasons Ratio: Stoke City (3.407) (Honorable Mention: Sheffield United - 3.114) Worst FA Cup Final Record: Cardiff City (0-12) (Honorable Mention: Forest Green - 0-10) Best PL Season Sheffield United - 101 pts Well that's the post, if there's anything you'd like to see, post it in the comments, I'll be here for most of the day, and I'd be glad to answer any questions you might have. EDIT: Does anyone know of any good file uploading sites? The save is 1.05K MB BTW. Nevermind, I found one. However, my upload speed is terrible, so expect a wait for the save. Transfer Records Stadiums EDIT 2: Okay! I have the save here. I really hope this works because it took forever to upload. But be warned, navigating around the save takes a long time! EDIT 3: Lots of people are complaining about the site I used to upload the save, so I'm going to use MediaFire instead. The download link should be available soon. MediaFire Download Link. Hopefully that should speed up the download.
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