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Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 11 Apr 2008 at 13:33

Ok, ok, ok… so you all want to talk about football, soccer, round-ball, yob-ball, whatever you want to call it. Do it here, then let’s not ever do it again ;)

Let’s start by posting which English Premiership side you support.



60 Comments

  • Does it have to be premiership? :roll:

    Then I may have to abstain from posting on this thread. :sad:

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.04.08 13:38:06 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • liverpool

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.04.08 13:40:45 by barend Reply
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  • My team….is obvious….comes from my nickname. Attend home and away games on a regular basis and even get in the VIP area at Villa Park!! :razz:

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.04.08 13:41:07 by Villie Reply
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  • The Leopards also have a tough away assignment, travelling to Pietermaritzburg to face the Wildebeest on Friday.

    Both sides have other contenders breathing down their necks and the side that loses this one could be out of the competition.

    The Leopards have the same number of points as the Valke, who face the Mighty Elephants in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

    On current form, the Valke will start as favourites to gain the log points to put them through should the Leopards go down.

    If the Wildebeest slip up and fail to score a bonus point, the Eagles could sneak in if they are able to get five points from their clash with the Pumas in George on Saturday.

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.04.08 13:41:17 by barend Reply

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  • Barend has just hijacked a football thread with a rugby comment. :lol:

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.04.08 13:42:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Kaiser Chiefs!

    hehehe

    THE MIGHTY REDS of course!!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.04.08 13:43:46 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • Man United!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.04.08 13:44:18 by Reds Reply

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  • While we are busy hi jacking the football site .
    SA all out for 265. :mad: :mad:

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.04.08 13:47:14 by Reds Reply

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  • Glory glory Man united,
    Glory glory Man united,
    Glory glory Man united,
    As the reds go marching up up up!

    Just like the busby days and days gone by,
    We’ll keep the red flags flying high,
    Your gonna see us all from far and wide,
    Your gonna hear the Mans that sing with pride.

    United, Man united,
    We’re the boys in red and we’re on our way to Wemberly!

    Wemberly, Wemberly,
    We’re the famous Man united and we’re going to Wemberly,
    Wemberly, Wemberly,
    We’re the famous Man united and we’re going to Wemberly

    In ’77 in the stockham team,
    Back in December ’83,
    And everyone will no just who we are,
    They’ll be singing que sera sera

    United, Man united,
    We’re the boys in red and we’re on our way to Wemberly!

    Wemberly, Wemberly,
    We’re the famous Man united and we’re going to Wemberly,
    Wemberly, Wemberly,
    We’re the famous Man united and we’re going to Wemberly

    Glory glory Man united,
    Glory glory Man united,
    Glory glory Man united,
    As the reds go marching up up up!

    Glory glory Man united,
    Glory glory Man united,
    Glory glory Man united,
    As the reds go marching up up up!

    Glory glory Man united,
    Glory glory Man united,
    Glory glory Man united,
    As the reds go marching up up up!

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.04.08 13:49:27 by ManUnitedJoulekkading Reply
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  • League Champions a record 18 times (Man Utd 16)

    European Champions 5 times (only AC Milan and Real Madrid have more)

    FA CUP winners 7 times

    League Cup winners 7 times

    Division Two Winners 4 times

    Charity Cup Winners 15 times

    EUFA Cup Winners 3 times

    European Super Cup Winners 3 times

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.04.08 13:50:29 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • When last you win that league Wes?

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.04.08 13:51:19 by ManUnitedJoulekkading Reply
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  • When last did you beat Manchester United Wes?

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.04.08 13:52:00 by ManUnitedJoulekkading Reply
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  • soccer is for moffies…..sorry ghost i know you really love it and you love the game

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.04.08 13:53:30 by djgap Reply

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  • I’d like to send a shout out to the folks at Ajax CT and Santos!

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.04.08 13:54:47 by ManUnitedJoulekkading Reply
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  • to win the league is like winning the CC ask the Vrystaat supporters WE at Liverpool enjoy the EUFA Cup more its like winning the S14

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.04.08 13:57:35 by barend Reply

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  • Skielike barend

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.04.08 13:58:47 by ManUnitedJoulekkading Reply
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  • YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE

    When you walk through a storm,

    Hold your head up high,

    And don’t be afraid of the dark.

    At the end of a storm,

    There’s a golden sky,

    And the sweet silver song of a lark.

    Walk on through the wind,

    Walk on through the rain,

    Though your dreams be tossed and blown,

    Walk on, walk on,

    With hope in your heart,

    And you’ll never walk alone,

    You’ll never walk alone…

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.04.08 13:58:56 by barend Reply

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  • be back in a minute,its feeding time at the zoo

  • Comment 18, posted at 11.04.08 13:59:30 by ManUnitedJoulekkading Reply
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  • Barend,

    Liverpool fans always say that because its been 18 long years since they last one the league.

    The league is a TRUE test of a teams ability as it takes place over 9 months. The Champions league is a knockout competition and is therefore easier to win.

    This year maybe Chelsea will be awarded a goal that didn’t cross of the line or a dubious penalty! :lol:
    Can’t always happen only in front of the Kop!!

  • Comment 19, posted at 11.04.08 14:12:40 by Villie Reply
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  • The Champions League is not a knockout Villie…that’s why it’s called The Champions League…

    It’s a gruelling tournament involving the best of the best in Europe…

  • Comment 20, posted at 11.04.08 14:20:57 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply

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  • Villie

    If the Champions League is so ‘easy to win’ why have UTD only ever won it twice?

    Pathetic if you ask me. :grin:

  • Comment 21, posted at 11.04.08 14:25:32 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • Fun how people always accuse us Liverpool fans of sticking to the past…United fans can’t finish a sentence without mentioning 1999…sorry but is there a specified deadline for acknowledging the past???

    We fought hard for all those trophies…they are our legacy…we can’t forget about them to make you feel better…

  • Comment 22, posted at 11.04.08 14:26:35 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply

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  • what the hell are happening here? who are liverspool?

  • Comment 23, posted at 11.04.08 14:28:19 by cab Reply

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  • To the tune of Sloop John B (I Want To Go Home) by the Beach Boys…

    We won it at Wem-ber-ly
    We’ won it in Gay Paris
    In 77 and ’84 it was Rome

    We’ve won it five times
    We’ve won it five ti-i-imes
    In Istanbul, we won it five times

    When Emlyn lifted it high
    He lit up the Roman sky
    Thommo in Paris and Souness did it as well

    At Wembley we won it at home
    Took 26,000 to Rome
    20,000 to Paris when we won it again

    Stevie G’s eyes lit up
    As he lifted the European Cup
    21 years and now its coming back home

    We’ve won it five times
    We’ve won it five ti-i-imes
    In Istanbul, we won it five times

    IN MOSCOW we’ll win it 6 times!!!

  • Comment 24, posted at 11.04.08 14:30:53 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply

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  • I’m not a Man Utd supporter….just a neutral who can see that Liverpool supporters have a way overinflated opinion of their team!

    And BS…of course it’s a knockout. You have the group stages and then it’s knockout, home and away.
    And it shouldnt even be called Champions League anymore coz it includes teams who finish 4th in their domestic league….like LIVERPOOL!! :lol:

  • Comment 25, posted at 11.04.08 14:39:24 by Villie Reply
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  • You mean you guys watch that game about grown men rolling around like little girls after a little tap to the ankle? The one where the best opportunity to score comes from falling over the ball as you enter the box and howling in ‘pain’ hoping to snare a penalty?

    :razz:

  • Comment 26, posted at 11.04.08 14:41:50 by Waz Reply

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  • It’s a LEAGUE then KNOCKOUT…against the “CHAMPIONS” of Europe…way better than playing teams like Derby and Aston Villa mate…if you can’t understand the difference I’ll understand why you ended up supporting Villa.

    As a matter of fact…this is the first and last football thread here…shouldn’t you be talking more about Villa and less about Liverpool?

  • Comment 27, posted at 11.04.08 14:45:14 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply

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  • If it has to be premiership….Arsenal, locally – Ajax. Although i have been known to confuse a lot of people by wearing a chiefs hat and sundowns shirt….

  • Comment 28, posted at 11.04.08 14:48:27 by Sauce Reply
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  • #26 -

    Nobody enjoys that…but yes it does happen in football games…but there’s more to it than that…just like there’s more to rugby than stiff arms …spear-tackles and all the other things that make uninformed people this it’s a crazy sport.

  • Comment 29, posted at 11.04.08 14:49:22 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply

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  • Crap – it’s raining, so I can’t go for my run.

    Stupid Mud Island ;)

  • Comment 30, posted at 11.04.08 14:49:51 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • You take this running thing seriuosly huh rob?

  • Comment 31, posted at 11.04.08 14:54:07 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply

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  • Off-course if Liverpool is not playing I make time for

    Pirates
    Barcelona
    Inter
    Bayern

  • Comment 32, posted at 11.04.08 14:56:58 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply

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  • I’m off in a couple of minutes, but I had to make 1 quick post on this thread… sorry, i know it’s long, but well worth the read…

    Old Geezers Love Liverpool In Europe

    Does an English club succeeding in Europe mean anything to you at all if you’re not a fan of any of the clubs involved?

    Would you rather see them beaten so that you can gloat, laugh, slag off and mock them? You hate Ronaldo so you want Man Utd to be beaten by Roma. Avram Grant is a miserable potato-man so you want Chelsea to lose; Arsene Wenger is a constipated, myopic whiner, so you want Arsenal to fail, Benitez is a boiled egg with a felt-tipped beard so you want them to fall flat on their arses. It’s all about having a pop. It’s all about making yourself feel good on the back of someone else’s discomfort. Schadenfreude is King in 2008.

    But it wasn’t always so and if that’s how you feel, you are starving yourself of the joy of big European nights. And no-one does big European nights like Liverpool Football Club.

    You have to be of a certain age – which is just a euphemism for saying old – to remember when Liverpool were the dominant club, not just in England but in the world. During the ’70s and ’80s they were utterly imperious and in an era when you were more likely to see men walking on the moon than see overseas football, Liverpool were a global club attracting fans in the Far East and Scandinavia in large numbers like no other club. They cruised to eight league titles in 11 seasons and if they didn’t win it, they almost always came second. At a time when the league was much tighter, sides more evenly matched and money mattered less than talent, they were almost unbeatable.

    Their European nights are an important part of the history and culture of English football. On the pitch they were a ruthless football machine; aggressive, physical, cutting and always prepared to close a game down once they were a goal up. In the 1978/79 season they let in just 16 goals in 42 games in the league.

    On the European stage they swept all before them in a flurry of fluffy perms, facial hair and fabulous football, winning four European Cups in seven seasons.

    In those days, by and large, we all saw an English club’s success in Europe as a success for the country as well. If Liverpool were playing Borussia Monchengladbach it was also England v West Germany, so their success was by extension a success for the country, even though the Liverpool side was often comprised of a lot of Scots, Irish and complimented by the occasional Welshy.

    Liverpool’s massive success on a European stage made us feel good about English football. Add to that the fact that when they didn’t win a European Cup of some sort, Forest, Villa, Ipswich, Chelsea, City or Spurs did and you can see why England ruled European football for years. From the 1967/68 season when Manchester United beat Benfica at Wembley, with Best in all his hairiest rock ‘n’ roll glory, until Heysel 17 seasons later, there was only a couple of years when an English club didn’t make the final of at least one of the European trophies. And more often than not once in the final, they won it. It was bloody great. It made us feel proud as a nation, though incidentally a by-product of this was to delude England fans that the international side should also sweep all before them – which it’s taken decades of crapulous England performances to dislodge.

    It may be annoying if you’re 18 to see all the old ex-players and managers and commentators all stroking their chins and purring with excitement about ‘big European nights at Anfield’ but back when football was truly raw and exciting and not an exercise in large-scale corporate whoring, back when the club wasn’t the plaything of capitalist attack dogs; back when 27,000 people stood on the Kop and ebbed and flowed like the sea up and down New Brighton beach; back when the flame-haired David Fairclough would come off the bench, tear down the right wing and put a game to bed, Liverpool defined what a big European night meant, the excitement, the romance, the tension and ultimately the success.

    That all lives on in football’s collective folk memory and it’s why if you’re of a certain age, even if you’re not a Liverpool fan the rest of the season, there’s a good chance you still feel well disposed towards them on such nights as we’re about to witness on Tuesday.

    Liverpool winning a big European game with the crowd singing at 130 decibels and the yellow glow of the floodlights illuminating an ink-black, rain-strewn, north-western sky, means all’s right with the world, somehow. It’s comforting to us old geezers. Everything is in its natural order. So big and profound were those nights in the 70s and 80s that everyone who witnessed them either in person or on TV, aches for football to be like that again. It went soul deep; wild and intense with the stink of life in our nostrils – even watching it on a Draylon settee in the front room of a cramped house in the chemical paradise of Stockton-on-Tees I could smell it and feel it in my bones.

    Without doubt today’s football fans are far less likely to support a club in Europe just because they’re English. Indeed, sadly, it seems the vast majority want the English clubs to lose, just so they can rub their fans’ noses in it. There is no altruism any more. Today, the dominant emotion is an urge to humiliate, mock and jeer other clubs’ fans and players on whatever stage they play. Maybe emotions are confused by clubs being staffed with people from beyond these shores. Maybe the patriotism that English clubs’ success engendered in that era is now too closely associated with the negative side of nationalism, or maybe fans don’t any longer see clubs as having any local or indeed English flavour. Perhaps in this era of faux celebrity and uber materialism, such a nebulous notion as pride in the success of English clubs on a European stage is just out-moded and irrelevant. If so, that seems a shame. It was a great feeling.

    I still want a British team to win in Europe no matter what I would usually feel about them in the league. It was hugely entertaining to see Colin Kazim-Richards beating Chelsea but that doesn’t mean that I want Chelsea to lose the return game. United’s calm dominance in Rome put me in mind of many of Liverpool’s away games in Europe in their heyday when they walked out knowing how good they were and exactly how to win across two legs. If Arsenal were not playing an English side I would want them to win just as I did back in 1971/72 when the double-winning side were beaten 2-1 and 1-0 over two legs in the quarter-finals of the European Cup by the brilliant eventual winners Ajax, who had the genius Johann Cruyff playing for them.

    But as good as the atmosphere might be at Old Trafford this week as they take on Roma, it will still be Anfield that the neutrals will look to for the essence of a big European night’s football and I won’t be alone in wanting Liverpool to win. A big Liverpool win in Europe is like spinning a golden oldie for my generation; like putting Radar Love by Golden Earring on a jukebox, it makes you feel good all over again, and it still rocks. As a child of the 60s, who grew up in the 70s and early 80s, Liverpool in Europe is synonymous with feeling good and the feel-good 1970s still reverberate around the terraces of Anfield deeply and profoundly in a way which their shambling, almost childish owners could never understand, and even though I’m in Amsterdam this week, I shall still feel it all over again. Liverpool’s Big European Nights – and the capital letters are deliberate there – are part of the very DNA of English football.

    Let’s all enjoy these moments – enjoy which ever English clubs progress. Celebrate it. Don’t let inter-club rivalries, bitterness and downright bigotry get in the way of a good time this week. There are enough weeks in the year to indulge in all that. This is European football, it’s different, so embrace it, enjoy it. Come on baby, let the good times roll.

  • Comment 33, posted at 11.04.08 14:58:49 by Ghost10 (YNWA) Reply

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  • Villie

    All teams have their arrogant supporters.

  • Comment 34, posted at 11.04.08 15:00:26 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • Poefball on a sharks rugby blog… :roll:

    What next… :cool:

  • Comment 35, posted at 11.04.08 15:02:53 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Long but nice article there Ghost10…

    I’m not that old :razz: but nothing beats Champions league night in my books…not even the good old World Cup…there I said it. :cool:

  • Comment 36, posted at 11.04.08 15:04:18 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply

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  • blackshark – I am a very new runner, which is why I am so keen on it ;)

  • Comment 37, posted at 11.04.08 15:04:31 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • I always liked Borussia Dortmund cos they had them lumo yellow shirts.

  • Comment 38, posted at 11.04.08 15:05:14 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • This thread will soon be deleted Vin… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 39, posted at 11.04.08 15:06:20 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply

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  • Borussia also used those striped socks which made them look like a rugby team…

  • Comment 40, posted at 11.04.08 15:07:18 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply

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  • I had very little to no exposure to soccer as a child. I can’t stand the sport and fail to see how one can support a club from place you probably have never been to and have now connection or affiliation to. But that’s just me. Each to his own.

  • Comment 41, posted at 11.04.08 15:10:08 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • I’m done with discussing soccer…for today…

    Have a good one people…i’m out…

  • Comment 42, posted at 11.04.08 15:11:20 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply

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  • YNWA blackshark! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 43, posted at 11.04.08 15:13:55 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • Comment 37 of 43, posted at 11.04.08 15:04:31 by robd’ylan

    How much kays a week you clocking Robbo?

  • Comment 44, posted at 11.04.08 15:27:03 by ManUnitedJoulekkading Reply
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  • Man U and The Bulls have something in common.

    The One has just found out there is no life after Heyneke Meyer.
    The other will soon find out there is no life after Alex Ferguson

  • Comment 45, posted at 11.04.08 16:26:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • SOCCER!!! :evil:

    Rob??? :shock:

    Most of my sporting activity as a youngster was in soccer – my dad was a provinvial player too.

    Thing is, you are lucky to see 3 flippen goals in an entire match.

    Plus the ponies all play possum if they are even brushed – extremely annoying.

    I only support SA on principle, France cos I just like France, and Chelsea cos I like to be an outsider.

    In my opinion, its a sport better played than watched.

  • Comment 46, posted at 11.04.08 17:05:22 by Big Fish Reply
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  • MUJLD – I try to run every second day, but I really am just starting. I have managed to get up to doing 5km at a time, so I guess that’s an average of 17.5 a week. Very early days, like I said.

  • Comment 47, posted at 11.04.08 17:15:26 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • very very sad day for a rugby website this is…..

  • Comment 48, posted at 03.12.08 15:06:56 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 48) : Aaaag man its that time of the year.

  • Comment 49, posted at 03.12.08 15:13:28 by PJLD Reply
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  • @PJLD (Comment 49) :

    In the silly season real rugby supporters will go as far as admitting having watching a soapie, admit singing Bing Crosby in shower and even admit being envious of Pierre Spies muscles but admit supporting a soccer team!!!??….that’s just too much, I mean really.

  • Comment 50, posted at 03.12.08 15:23:05 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • Glory glory Man United :cool:

    Soapies? NEVER!

  • Comment 51, posted at 03.12.08 15:27:14 by PJLD Reply
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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 50) :

    You can’t tell me you don’t enjoy it when the players surround the ref when they think he’s made the wrong decision???

    Gripping stuff boytjie!!! Real sporting behaviour in my book… :oops:

  • Comment 52, posted at 03.12.08 15:29:45 by wpw Reply
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  • @PJLD (Comment 51) :

    You Caren’t tell me you don’t enjoy the Bold and the Beautiful… :shock:

  • Comment 53, posted at 03.12.08 15:31:06 by wpw Reply
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  • I mean Rob takes pride in not pandering to sensationalism to attract hits and then panders to the soccer yobbos, don’t which is worse ;)

  • Comment 54, posted at 03.12.08 15:38:08 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 53) : All i know is Brooke pomps everybody

  • Comment 55, posted at 03.12.08 15:38:56 by PJLD Reply
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  • @PJLD (Comment 55) : :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 56, posted at 03.12.08 15:44:17 by wpw Reply
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  • @PJLD (Comment 55) : Who’s Brooke & what’s her number?

  • Comment 57, posted at 03.12.08 15:44:42 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 57) : hehehe

  • Comment 58, posted at 03.12.08 15:45:39 by wpw Reply
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  • LIVERPOOOOOOOOOOOLLLL :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 59, posted at 03.12.08 16:17:51 by Charlie Reply

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  • I support any team that’s losing fans to rugby :twisted:

  • Comment 60, posted at 03.12.08 16:33:30 by Ollie Reply

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