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1  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: The 100 on: July 28, 2021, 12:11:26 pm
The Hundred has now been weakened by a whole host of England players leaving the tournament to prepare for the test match against India starting next week.

Johnny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, (all captains), Joe Root, Ollie Pope (not played a game), Jofra Archer (not played a game), Sam Curran, Rory Burns (not played a game ), Zak Crawley , Dom Sibley (not played a game), are all down as England contracted, except Johnny Bairstow who has definitely gone. I assume they will play no further part in the tournament, although may be returned at some point I guess. Mark Wood is also down to play for London Spirit but hasn't been seen yet, so he may be injured. I cannot believe they have arranged a test series against India at the same time that they are trying to sell a new tournament to the public, especially as most of the original overseas stars (Warner, Smith, Stoinis, Pollard, Gayle and others) are not in attendance. Nasser Hussain has been saying the T20 blast has too many teams and the squads are a bit thin on star quality - well this tournament is going the same way.

On a local level it was good to see Josh Cobb get a game for Welsh Fire last night but why they bothered I don't know - their batting is so strong he was down at No 8 and didn't get a bat and neither did Bairstow bowl him. Furthermore the commentators didn't even mention his name despite the fact he took two catches. The crowd at Cardiff was poor also and made very little noise, even though they probably have the best side, on paper anyway.
2  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: Olympics on: July 28, 2021, 11:55:43 am
I have never been a fan of the Olympics, and with this years having no fans in attendance I shall not be watching any of it. Good luck to Team GB though.
3  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: The 100 on: July 25, 2021, 17:47:11 pm
I agree with the comments on here, and would add the atmosphere is flat. They are trying to attract a 'family audience' by not selling alcohol and banning records like Sweet Caroline, Hi Ho Silver Lining and songs like that because they don't want 'the boozy crowd' singing along and presumably ruining it for the kids. Frankly the crowd dressing up in costume and singing familiar songs at the top of their voices adds so much to the cricket. They even played rap today - who the hell wants to listen to rap at a cricket match ? well not me anyway.

I did actually watch the women's match from Manchester as the men's match at Lords was rained off and boy was it boring. Birmingham got 113 in their innings and Manchester could only muster up 90 in response. Hopefully the men's game will be better but I am not expecting much - the standard of cricket has been poor so far, but I guess it might improve when they get used to it. The competition hasn't been helped by so many players pulling out due to Covid reasons so a lot of players are involved that I have never heard of, although the young lad Brook did well yesterday.

Unless you support Lancashire, Yorkshire. Notts, Birmingham, Hampshire/Sussex, Surrey,  or Middlesex it's difficult to feel involved. There are two county players in the squads, Josh Cobb and Adam Rossington but neither have played and probably won't.

Whether I shall see it to the end is another thing. It might help if they get rid of that irritating **** Kevin Peterson.

Oh - and there is a test match that will take players away too - not an ideal way to sell a new tournament.
4  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Sweet Caroline on: July 24, 2021, 12:16:11 pm
I'm sick to the back teeth of Three Lions, the song is a jinx and whilst Sweet Caroline is, in itself, a fine tune, I just don't get the football connection and besides, darts fans hijacked it quite some time ago....

I'm not a devotee of walk on music but if I had to Id go with something more rousing, like Right Here, Right Now..... But sure someone else has used that too

Sweet Caroline has been sung at T20 cricket matches for some years now, along with Hi ho silver lining and Hey Jude amongst others. I think it adds greatly to the atmosphere. They say they won't play it at the Hundred though as they say it encourages a 'boozy crowd' and they want to attract a family audience. Surely that's why people go to limited overs cricket matches to see 4's and 6's , have a pint and singalong to songs they know?  They have lined up a number of live acts to sing during the break and frankly I have never heard of any of them - mind you I am 74 and have no interest in today's music. I have watched the first two matches in the Hundred and they are as dull as ditchwater without the music.

Sorry if I have gone 'off topic'.
5  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2021 Transfer Window on: July 21, 2021, 14:16:20 pm
Is this still the transfer thread or has it morphed into 'an audience with Neverbrite'?

Every thread goes off topic in the end. Why can't someone open a 'bitching' thread in general chat so the rest of us can read the other threads in peace.
6  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Sweet Caroline on: July 19, 2021, 07:42:02 am
Sweet Caroline will do for me. I have loved that song since Neil Diamond recorded it back in 1969. Most of the songs mentioned on here by various folk, I have never heard of - sign of age I suppose.
7  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Pre-Season Friendlies on: July 13, 2021, 12:21:39 pm
Has anyone tried to pay 5 to watch the game on the website tonight. I usually view NTFC on Internet Explorer but when I try to purchase the game on there it does not bring the option to buy box up. I have used IE all my life and want to continue using it but more and more websites are making it difficult to do so. I did set the website up on Google Chrome as well and although it brings up the 'buy' box when you hit buy it wants you to sign into Google and I don't have an account with them.

What is that all about? Am I paying 5.00 to The Cobblers or Google? Frankly I am beginning to think it may be too much hassle - which is the reason I didn't take up the free ticket offer for season ticket holders. I don't know 5 other Cobblers season ticket holders to form a group with.
8  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Cobblers players taking the knee on: July 13, 2021, 09:10:24 am
I hate this taking the knee crap and if they do it while I am in the stadium I will simply close my eyes until it's over. I am 100% behind the fight against racism, what happened yesterday was vile and I hope the perpetrators are found and punished.

I will never however support BLM.
9  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Pre-Season Friendlies on: July 10, 2021, 19:00:33 pm
Apparently Chuk has a minor knock and Dyche is isolating.

Flores has a minor knock as well.
10  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2021 Transfer Window on: July 01, 2021, 13:54:22 pm
Maybe we can swap him for BAS.
11  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2021 Transfer Window on: June 30, 2021, 12:57:04 pm
Thanks GPC, so that means we could sign another 5 players over 20, should the club want to. My shopping list would include a CB, LB, RB, and a striker. We do look as if we may have a few goals from midfield and defence this year though so maybe JB won't sign a striker unless someone leaves. I guess he will want to keep a place open for a loanee to be signed nearer the end of the window when we have had a few games to assess the squad.  I guess we can sign as many under 20 as we can afford/want ?

Just noticed Caleb is not on the list, but he's 19 anyway.
12  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2021 Transfer Window on: June 30, 2021, 11:57:36 am
Does anyone know how may senior players we have signed up for the new season and how many more we are allowed to sign over the age limit, whatever that is this year?
13  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2021 Transfer Window on: June 28, 2021, 12:09:20 pm
Don't they share their ground with egg chasers?

Brentford, Swansea, Hull, Reading, Bristol, Coventry, Huddersfield etc.  All council initiated stadiums with added private finance to provide a suitable home for the their sporting clubs.

Its our council that's Jewson south west league.

They share their ground with The Ospreys Rugby Union Club.
14  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: Euro 2020 on: June 22, 2021, 22:14:57 pm
We played ok 1st half, Saka was excellent and Grealish also played well, but that second half was dire. We will need to up our game massively against France, Germany or Portugal.
15  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: Euro 2020 on: June 20, 2021, 09:09:45 am
Just dull. Ive never been less interested in not only international but top end Premiership football, do you get extra points now for completed passes in your own half? Give me league two any day!

Looking forward to Hartlepool v Torquay tomorrow. Proper football.

I agree about the Hartlepool v Torquay game, I love watching the National League games on BT. The only downside is that they always have Adam Virgo commentating and I can't stand him, he is just so boring.
16  General Category / General Chat / Re: Taking the knee on: June 20, 2021, 09:06:03 am
I am against 'taking the knee' and think it's well past it's sell by date and needs to stop. Once the fans are back in the grounds in large numbers the booing will only increase. If Gareth Southgate thinks it's not a political gesture the mans deluded.

I noticed last season sometimes the Cobblers did it and sometimes not, anyone know why?
17  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: Euro 2020 on: June 18, 2021, 23:53:23 pm
Scotland should have won, they were the better ream. Why he took Foden off when clearly it should have been Mount only Southgate knows. Grealish needs to start the next game.
18  General Category / Information/Suggestions Board/Feedback / Re: Chelsea on our forum. on: June 18, 2021, 23:49:35 pm
I'm not a Chelsea fan or any other PL club, but isn't that what the 'other football and sport' forum is for?
19  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Season ticket holders on: June 18, 2021, 13:08:46 pm
Didn't see a game! You was lucky. I sW one,lincoln

I saw it on ifollow, it was a bit grim !
20  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Season ticket holders on: June 18, 2021, 12:43:06 pm
I have just renewed my season ticket for next season. Like most people I didn't see a single game last year but at the Senior price of 280.00 in the West Stand and last years free access to ifollow for home games it was a net loss of 2.17 per game for me which I will happily risk again next season if we get shut out again.
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