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#1 Mark Schofield


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Posted 09 August 2011 - 02:42 PM

Here are your matches. All times EST. First block is Saturday, second is Sunday (EDIT - Third is Monday).
Blackburn v Wolves 10:00
Fulham v Aston Villa 10:00
Liverpool v Sunderland 10:00
QPR v Bolton 10:00
Tottenham v Everton 10:00
Wigan Athletic v Norwich City 10:00
Newcastle v Arsenal 12:30
Stoke City v Chelsea 8:30
West Brom v Man U. 1:00
Man City v Swansea 3:00


Giddy up. Hopefully the riots in England stop so all the matches kick-off as planned. Good luck everyone...

EDIT: Converted the times to EST.

EDIT 2: Added the Man City/Swansea match, which is Monday night. Kudos for cjdmadcow for pointing that out.

Edited by mascho, 09 August 2011 - 03:15 PM.


#2 cjdmadcow

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 03:12 PM

You've missed the Monday night game of Man City v Swansea, kick-off 8pm UK / 3pm EST

Due to the ongoing idiocy taking place here in various cities there are discussions due to take place tomorrow, at which point certain games may be postponed. The ones most likely affected would be at Fulham, QPR & Spurs. My guess at this point is that these games wont take place as police resources are stretched as it is and things will need to calm down considerably to be able to justify policing a sporting event.

Further discussion on this should be elsewhere but I'm depressed / saddened / embarrassed / angry / all of the above.

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Posted 09 August 2011 - 05:27 PM

Was going to ask, are any of these games in areas where the violence is the worst? Will we see the return of the Hooligan this weekend?

#4 DennyDoyle'sBoil


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Posted 09 August 2011 - 06:10 PM

Maybe footie will stop the violence instead of the other way around for a change.

#5 cjdmadcow

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 06:07 AM

As suspected, Spurs v Everton has been postponed. The police haven't finished their investigations on the High Road so a safety certificate can't be issued in time for the game.

There still has to be some doubt surrounding the other 2 London games, as mentioned above, but it seems as if final decisions will be made before 6pm UK time today.

#6 Kevin Jewkilis

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Posted 12 August 2011 - 03:29 PM

Fulham-Aston Villa (Sat. 9:30) and Man City-Swansea (Mon 2:55) will be on ESPN2 and streaming through ESPN.com.

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 09:07 AM

Suarez was taken down in the box 5' and just missed the penalty by about 32yds.

Kieran Richardson did the naughty.

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 09:07 AM

Karma gets to Suarez as he misses the penalty after a dive.

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 09:09 AM

Dalglish's mullet looks like it has a nice sheen today. It's the color of Bruce's face.

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 09:12 AM

He didn't miss that one.

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 09:13 AM

Suarez from Adam off a free kick.

John Henry and Tom Warner are there. Henry still looks like a spectre, even in celebration.

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 09:13 AM

Kieron Dyer is off...after 5 minutes for QPR.

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 09:16 AM

Kieron Dyer is off...after 5 minutes for QPR.


What happened, Corsi?

#14 Zomp


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Posted 13 August 2011 - 09:19 AM

I dunno, he pulled up lame and came off.

I'm trying to switch between 3 games, its tough :(

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 09:23 AM

I'm watching Liverpool simply because I got tired of Ian Darke saying how MLS was an up-and-coming league and how the US is a wealth of young talent for the Premiership.

Americans are better value than spending more money on Brazilians or Argentines.

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 09:27 AM

Blackburn just equilized vs. Wolves, and SJH's Norwich is down a goal vs. Wigan, if you're scoring at home.

Or even if you're alone.

Lee Cattermole is someone I think I would absolutely hate if he played for Spurs.

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 09:34 AM

Downing with a great run from halfway, good shot, but off the crossbar.

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 10:01 AM

Karma gets to Suarez as he misses the penalty after a dive.

How's life on that island with Phil?

Is he a gentle lover?

#19 ElUno20

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 10:13 AM

Gyan and Sessegnon have shown some real quality on the ball.

larsson...whoa.

Edited by ElUno20, 13 August 2011 - 10:14 AM.


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Posted 13 August 2011 - 10:16 AM

That's what happens when you let a team hang around. Liverpool should have put this game away by now.

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 10:17 AM

Gyan and Sessegnon have shown some real quality on the ball.



Was just coming in to type that. Very exciting partnership.

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 10:29 AM

Card-happy Dowd is out early this year. 7th yellow of the game issued to Kuyt.

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 10:34 AM

Wes Brown: still a cunt.

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 10:36 AM

Booking #8...Larsson tripped over the ball and it hit his hand as he was bracing himself.

The second have actually has negative flow right now.

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 10:57 AM

Will Liverpool's strategy at the end of games be to just lob it up to Carrol?

I must admit, after the first half I was trying to figure out how Gerrard, Aquilani, and Kuyt will all fit in...but during the second half it was clear they needed the X factor that one of those men can bring.

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 11:24 AM

IS EVERYBODY READY FOR THE ARSENAL FANS TO ENTER THE THREAD?!

#27 sachmoney


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Posted 13 August 2011 - 12:23 PM

Well...at least Gervinho looks good?

#28 Zomp


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Posted 13 August 2011 - 12:36 PM

Gabriel Obertan is going to fuck your shit up.

#29 ElUno20

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 01:08 PM

Barton is a POS. First class. And the ref is an idiot

#30 sachmoney


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Posted 13 August 2011 - 01:08 PM

Joey Barton is the worst thing in football.

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 01:09 PM

Wow. Nothing for Barton? Nvm, there's the yellow.

Edited by Terras, 13 August 2011 - 01:09 PM.


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Posted 13 August 2011 - 01:10 PM

Song should have been sent off for the stomp on Barton. I'd say a red for an Arsenal player and a yellow for Barton is the most fair thing.

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 01:11 PM

How the fuck did Gervinho come away with the red there? Embarrassing.

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 01:14 PM

Song should have been sent off for the stomp on Barton. I'd say a red for an Arsenal player and a yellow for Barton is the most fair thing.

He was very lucky. I could see him getting suspended still.

There's no love lost between these two teams, and it all starts with Barton. He's a lightning rod. He seems to always start something in these games.



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Posted 13 August 2011 - 01:17 PM

I mean, yeah, Barton probably should have seen red. Arsenal being a man down from Newcastle is how it should be though. Gervinho is a red as well because he struck an opponent, thats the letter of the law.

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 01:27 PM

So Arsenal's and Liverpool's seasons are over after the first game.

#37 ElUno20

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 01:28 PM

What a blah way to open the season

#38 Mark Schofield


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Posted 13 August 2011 - 01:30 PM

@Joey7Barton

Might be worth following him on Twitter over the next 24 hours.

I'm stunned Barton didn't get sent off, and I say that as a Newcastle fan. The type of player you love if he's on your club, you hate if he's not.

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 01:32 PM

I mean, yeah, Barton probably should have seen red. Arsenal being a man down from Newcastle is how it should be though. Gervinho is a red as well because he struck an opponent, thats the letter of the law.

I didn't have a problem with the Gervinho red. You can't do that. You can't really be mad at the ref for the dumb decision of your own player. You get mad at your own player. I do think Barton should have been sent off. I always feel uneasy when Barton's on the pitch because he's so volatile. He's got talent, but he's so fucking volatile. He could score a goal, he could seriously injure your player, or he could draw a red on your player with his antics.

A draw is about what I expected given the circumstances. Missing your best midfielder (Wilshere) with two of your stars out the door. The midweek match against Udinese is going to be interesting. Wenger needs to spend. I don't know what it's going to take.

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 02:09 PM

So Arsenal's and Liverpool's seasons are over after the first game.

I try to be an optimistic fan, but I think Arsenal's season was over before it began. Unless they round into form very quickly without Cesc and Nasri they're going to be way behind in a league that his very little margin for error.

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 02:31 PM

So Arsenal's and Liverpool's seasons are over after the first game.

Agreed. Completely sickening display by the first team.

Flanagan is a disgrace to the shirt. Indeed, he is a disgrace to English football and the human race.

This team is utterly lacking in heart or resilience.

Wake me when the season is over.

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Posted 14 August 2011 - 08:46 AM

LOL @ Chelsea.

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Posted 14 August 2011 - 09:03 AM

Here comes Drogba to save your asses.

#44 CJChap

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Posted 14 August 2011 - 09:19 AM

Begovic proving to be a great fantasy pick for me all the way down in the 18th round...

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Posted 14 August 2011 - 09:19 AM

Norwich got an away point at Wigan. I'm happy.

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Posted 14 August 2011 - 09:44 AM

MUFC Starting XI: De Gea, Fabio, Ferdinand, Vidic, Smalling, Young, Anderson, Cleverley, Nani, Welbeck, Rooney

MUFC Subs: Carrick, Giggs, Berbatov, Evans, Park, Lindegaard, Jones

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Posted 14 August 2011 - 09:56 AM

Plenty of youth in that team. Average age is 23.9.

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Posted 14 August 2011 - 10:16 AM

1-0. Rooney backheels to Young, who cuts it back to Rooney for a cool finish.

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Posted 14 August 2011 - 10:23 AM

1-0. Rooney backheels to Young, who cuts it back to Rooney for a cool finish.

Did you think the back heel to Young was offsides?

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Posted 14 August 2011 - 10:37 AM

Uhh WBA just scored the goal of the 1st round.