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1  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh R.I.P. on: June 12, 2021, 18:26:33 pm
I am currently watching the Queens birthday on the beeb. Very impressive. Marching, bands, absolute precision, full uniform, just two things, how the fukc can you  see anything under a bearskin when it covers your face, and I hate bagpipes. Strangled cats.
I once dated a 21 year old who played the bagpipes. She was an extraordinarily talented young lady.
The memory still brings a smile to my face.
2  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2021 Transfer Window on: June 12, 2021, 18:13:47 pm
Absolutely! I imagine their is a data source out there somewhere. But I have neither the time nor do I care enough to do so haha.
Marouane Felaine was quite good in the air, wonder what his stats looked like?
Any chance our guy is our league two equivalent?!
3  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2021 Transfer Window on: June 12, 2021, 14:06:15 pm
I think you would be surprised at how dominant the CB's are in comparison (especially in L2), plenty in the 60+/70+. Think of the other CM's we have has in the past, a number are quite small in stature and dont really attempt to win the ball, just try and jump and use their body to put off the opponent.. If they managed to win 50% in the air I would be delighted, they cant bail out of it because they are unlikely to win it. But as the numbers go up you are involved in its obviously more impressive to maintain a better win rate.

Understand it does not seem like a positive at all though, context is always important which I did not really add. Just checked Daniel Powell also, challenged for just over 2 a game and barely won 20%, guess that's why he's a winger and not a forward!

Its also true though that data can be construed in a number of ways, he could turn out to be awful haha. As I say I am not expecting world beater, but solid squad option who can get us the odd goal, yes. But the proof will be in the pudding, no better way to find out than watching him in the flesh!
So I suppose in the case of central midfielders, if you could isolate those duels contested only against another CM, you should arrive at a more convincing stat for how effective they actually are in comparison to each other.
Might provide someone with a job?
4  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2021 Transfer Window on: June 11, 2021, 21:30:58 pm
I get the mean median mode bit, and the categorizing of players into midfielders, defenders, strikers etc, but he still wins less than half of his contested headers (if the data is correct). For every central defender he challenges he might also challenge a pip squeak fullback or a Daniel Powell?
And if he wins less than he loses then should he be challenging for it in the first place?
If I was winning less than i was losing when there's only two outcomes (against players in the same league), I wouldnt want any bragging about how good I was no matter who I was contesting it with.
But I get the theory, thanks.
5  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2021 Transfer Window on: June 11, 2021, 20:04:22 pm
Of those the ones where Lewis features very highly is Aerial duels he featured in the 4th most of those players at 8.95 a game (average of 4.3).His win percentage was 47.08% which is about 3% better than average.
Someone explain please... If he only won 47.08% of his aerial contests thats less than half, so how can that be good, and how can that be 3% percent better than average?
Is there more than just 'won' and 'lost' when it comes to aerial challenges?
6  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2021 Transfer Window on: June 11, 2021, 11:30:05 am
I'm in the 'it's a lottery' camp.
Sure you can assess their physical characteristics and fitness history, but in terms of playing ability they will all be much of a muchness at this level...players that aspired to higher levels and for whatever reason have found themselves at league 2 level. Good management, tactics (being played in their best position) will be as big a factor as anything.
Then you have the youngsters like Benny Seal with no history who you have to take a total punt on.
7  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2021 Transfer Window on: June 09, 2021, 20:15:41 pm
8 goals and 6 assists last season, you could say he was our best player?
I didn't say how soon.
8  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2021 Transfer Window on: June 09, 2021, 18:29:19 pm
Need more rumours!  Grin
Super Sam for player assistant manager and sponge man.
9  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: New Assistant Manager on: June 09, 2021, 18:21:18 pm
So if Brady fails, CC is a shoo-in for the rest of season.
10  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2021 Transfer Window on: June 01, 2021, 20:28:52 pm
Itís not that Smart chap
Is it Billy Thick or Billy Sharp then? Are we signing the Baldes captain?
11  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2021 Transfer Window on: June 01, 2021, 19:19:29 pm
Is Billy Smart or one of the Chipperfield's signing?
12  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2021 Transfer Window on: June 01, 2021, 19:15:59 pm
Roll up, roll upÖ
We off to the circus? The big top?
13  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: League Two play off final on: May 30, 2021, 23:53:04 pm
All the best for tomorrow.
14  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: All rise for CHELSEA FC. Officially the best team in the world on: May 30, 2021, 15:19:01 pm
Second best team in Europe after the Cobblers you mean?  Grin
15  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2021 Transfer Window on: May 30, 2021, 15:13:59 pm
Why all this downer on Goode did ok for us all the way to the bank? Has he had a decent chance at Championship level? Let alone at Premier level!
I havent got a downer on Charlie.
Quite the opposite, I thought we did good business selling him for a million, although I doubt much of that will have gone back into the playing budget.
I said at the time he wasnt good enough for the Championship if you care to look, and nothing since has changed my mind.
16  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2021 Transfer Window on: May 30, 2021, 13:06:46 pm
If we are due any money from Brentford's promotion we can consider ourselves lucky as he has hardly made a contribution to their success.
Harry Kane will probably move abroad now to avoid the possibility of being marked by Charlie.
Yes, he must be petrified at the thought of being marked by Goode.
17  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: North, East or West? on: May 30, 2021, 09:34:29 am
Probably wise  Grin

I remember more now you mention their mum being a steward, she stood next to them in the exit and was in charge of obtaining food by menace. I was refused entry once and had to handover a sausage roll.

Being close to the away fans their stature was often pointed out, though I'm not sure how they knew about their parentage?
Larger of the two never seemed to have a shirt that completely covered his stomach. This worked to his advantage though on the occasions he needed to display the full extent of his belly to the public when singled out at away games. He would just raise it up to his neck without removing it and would wear it like a scarf. I still remember the rapturous applause he got at one particular away game (though sadly now not which one) when he revealed all to home and away fans while stood on the concourse in front of stand in the pouring rain.
Tremendous stuff.
18  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: North, East or West? on: May 29, 2021, 18:37:16 pm
Yeah. you got em. And had three seats between the two of them. And their mum used to work as a steward. And she was hefty as well.
I could name them, but im not going to.
One of them came to work in a frozen food warehouse at Dirft a few years later if I have the right pair.He lost a load of weight and went from proper fat to just well fat.
19  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: North, East or West? on: May 29, 2021, 11:01:06 am
He's 15 and is a Cobblers supporter, but plays Saturday football and his girlfriend plays Sunday football and visits family afterwards. So Saturday afternoons are his time to see her at the weekend.  Roll Eyes

I'm tempted just to buy him a ticket anyway and then he can just turn up to what games he feels like.

Like you, I do think a bit more of the atmosphere might get him more excited but who knows.
Girlfriend plays sunday football...
What's happening, the world has passed me by. Too late to persuade your son to persuade his girlfriend to simply watch him Saturday mornings? Yeah, I suppose so.
20  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Pre-Season Friendlies on: May 29, 2021, 10:55:39 am
Thereís whispers in high places of another lockdown in September, apparently the data modelling is predicting it.
Hope it doesnít happen but Iím just repeating what Iíve been told!
Always on the  cards unfortunately, the initial increase in numbers has just been a little slower than expected.
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