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  1. Italy

    I noticed the other day that 4 times winners of the world cup, have failed to qualify' This is the first time since 1958 that Italy and their free flowing lovely football will not be seen gracing our TV sets.The 1958 FIFA World Cup, the sixth staging of the World Cup, was hosted by Sweden from 8 to 29 June TV sets - well in 1958 hardly anyone had one . There were two basics channels , BBC and ITV which was in its in fantasy, Very few people had ITV. To convert your receiver to what was know at the time as band wave 3, you had to buy what was called a Cydron unit. It entailed drilling a hole in the side of your TV set ftiiin box with a knob on you pulled to change from band one to band 3, you then had to turn the knob to tune into ITV . There were two wires attached to the box that you plugged into sockets you had previously removed the valves. You can see that watching the world cup on the telly was hopeless. There was a program on Wednesday evenings called sports view. This had films of some of the matches usually a week old In 1958 all 4 of the home nations qualified for the world cup. England and Scotland were if my memory serves me right were iliminated after the first round . Wales and Northern Ireland went through to the second round, The Wales tem with the great John Charles ( In my view the best player to lace his boots ) played France in the 2nd round. No match on TV but worse still not on the Radio, we called the wireless, Broadcasting live from Stockholm was difficult even for Radio. I dib manage as a 14 year old to get my Dads short wave radio to work and I picked up the broadcast in French . Can you imagine today not being able to get France v Wales in the world cup on the Radio. John Charles I mentioned was known as the Gentle Giant, he was amazingly skilfully, I saw him play live a couple of times for Leeds United, a very great player. He was transferred to Torino where he became a legend. I am told that a statue of John Charles stands outside the ground in Turin to this day. When as an old man he visited the ground and the fans cheered and cheered him. Now I Italy has no place in the World cup. yet lots of small nations will be there, because of the regional qualifying system, I don't agree with.
  2. Italy

    Just an opinion you know As far as I am concerned and I don't care if I am in a minority of one Having a world cup without Italy is like having Christmas with no tree
  3. Italy

    I suppose I can only put forward my point of view, which I am sure very few will agree with But I can think of at least 14 of the qualifiers I would not be interested in one iota - If I switched on my TV and saw the likes of Egypt or Costa Rica playing , Quite frankly I would prefer to see Italy of the Netherlands locking horns If you take out the European teams and the top 3 or 4 South American outfits. The world cup is full of teams I would not watch if there was cricket or snooker on another channel I mean Saudi Arabia , I ask you List Egypt Morocco Nigeria Senegal Tunisia Qualified teams Australia Iran Japan Korea Republic Saudi Arabia Qualified teams Belgium Croatia Denmark England France Germany Iceland Poland Portugal Russia Serbia Spain Sweden Switzerland Qualified teams Costa Rica Mexico Panama Qualified teams Argentina Brazil Colombia Peru Uruguay Matches
  4. Inverness CT -V- Falkirk

    The man who launched 10s of thousands of textile mills Not so sure about the birthplace of Inventors , but didn't the esteemed Inventor Richard Arkwright hail from your adopted homeland of Chorley. I could be wrong on that ? Also the Invention of the great delicacy to be enjoyed Chorley cake cannot be ignored, Issues to be debated in the favourite watering hole of mine the Leyland Tiger, a venue I am sure you are familiar with.
  5. The Rangers

    I suspect that the old firm fans ( Not all in fairness ) don't really care about the football . Their motivation seems to be to bring chaos if they can't win or even if they do win. Glasgow is a City not much different to Liverpool, the people of both Cities are similar, but in Liverpool the two teams get on well as can be expected of rivals. I am perfectly in tune with Kingsmills in this and agree with his thoughts. You would have thought that wandering around the small towns in Scotland playing the likes of Peterhead and Montrose would have taught them a lesson, but it appears not. I do feel for the genuine Rangers fans and their children , My suggestion to them is to go round to Partick or St. Mirren and take their kids there. I refer the readers to my piece on Maidstone a lesson of true support. Something of a sermon this I must apologise if I am boring you. If anyone has answer other than another draconian punishment , they are wiser than me, which s isn't hard to be these days.
  6. Maidstone United F.C.

    The great result for Maidstone in the F A cup 1st round brought back a memory I should like to share. When my son a goalkeeper left Tonbridge Angels owing to a serious injury, he was asked when regaining some sort of fitness to play for a Kent first division Sunday league side. On coming home one day he said " Dad a strange thing occurred at todays match. One of the teams playing on an adjacent pitch seemed to have supporters . They wore replica shirts, carried flasks of coffees, had team scarves. Just like a senior club crowd.", I looked into this and found the team playing adjacent was non other than Maidstone United who a few years earlier had left the football league for whatever reason due to financial problems. They had reformed and started again in the 4th Division of the Kent football league. Now they are knocking out the likes of Cheltenham Town out of the cup. I realise it is nothing new to be a giant killing team , ( Look at Lincoln last season ) , that is not why I am writing, but in my little way to play tribute to those fans who supported their team through thick and thin through the years to get back their league status, which cannot be far off. I would like to think I would if called upon would do the same. Would you ?
  7. Livingston -V- Inverness CT

    Commiserations on the result on Sunday, you must have been gutted with the late Fleetwood goal.'
  8. Livingston -V- Inverness CT

    I wasn't at the game, I was on holiday - I submit to your reprimand in its entirety
  9. Livingston -V- Inverness CT

    Looking at the table - Livingston have 21 points , scored 20 goals. Sitting second in the table. I think the team did well to hold them to a draw . a good result Just noticed the table on this web site has not been updated Below is the table on the BBC web site 1 St Mirren 12 7 2 3 24 17 7 23 2 Dundee Utd 12 7 2 3 14 12 2 23 3 Livingston 12 6 4 2 20 15 5 22 4 Dunfermline 12 6 3 3 26 12 14 21 5 Queen of Sth 12 6 3 3 21 14 7 21 6 Morton 12 4 4 4 16 14 2 16 7 Inverness CT 12 3 4 5 13 16 -3 13 8 Dumbarton 12 3 4 5 9 16 -7 13 9 Falkirk 12 1 6 5 9 19 -10 9 10 Brechin 12 0 2 10 8 25 -17 2 View full Scottish Championship table
  10. Inverness CT -V- Dunfermline

    I am on an extended holiday in Little Hampton near Brighton I said we had to win before bonfire night and we have twice I am not jumping on the play off band wagon yet on even the safe bandwagon , but I am greatly relieved with the teams progress Cheers cheers and more cheers
  11. According to all the Scottish news bulletins and interviews with the players, the wheels were due to come off the chariot. We ere told that the record would be a problem and the English players would get a bout of nerves, and the Scottish team was on a superb high. Could they not have been more wrong? and what ? The Calcutta cup stays in the south The unbeaten record goes on Quote "Six Nations 2017: Winning run could 'paralyse' England - Scotland's Nathan Hines " - from BBC sport England 61 Scotland 21 Mind you the men did better than the women England 64 Scotland Women 0 Sunday 26th February 2017
  12. Abusive Posts

    I think we can all agree that this is a top site and we are lucky to have it. Since the advent of Facebook many clubs have closed down their fora for this very reason I hope it continues and subscribers treat others as they themselves would like to be treated. Sometimes a thick skin is useful.
  13. Abusive Posts

    No one should abuse any other poster , But to ban discussion is to be not the right policy although I can why it is considered so To put my serious head on, which I do infrequently because it reminds me of my former life, when I had to be ultra serious and not to make mistakes because it could have serious consequences, Thirty years and one day I was a firefighter in Lancashire, I went through the ranks to a moderately high level when I had to be in charge of many men ( no women in those days ), I have seen sights in fires and road accidents, I don't care to remember and in writing this I will not sleep tonight. ( Because it is all coming back) I have seen families distraught in losing their loved ones , husbands , babies, - Putting on a brave face when I had to interview them, to get the facts of the case, usually for me to give evidence at the inquest into the death . So I get a little frustrated or more than that when I see subscribers on this forum, who have never had to meet serious danger head on , decrying service personal that have put their lives on the line in foreign places when told to do by their superiors officers. How can a person who has never had more danger than sucking the lead in their pencils know what it is like to face an enemy determined to kill you, or in my case burn me to a cinder. So when the ICT club or anyone else wishes to pay tribute to those of us that protect our life style , we should be there with them one hundred percent. These people may not show it but fear is the is there every minute of the day , not just fear for themselves but fear they may put their colleagues in danger. On a personal note a close relation of mine went in on D day two hours before the main landings as part of the South Wales borderers as a CSM with the Canadians , Many of whom their main language was French, You can imagine how they felt landing to free the country that was part of their heritage,. Those Canadians landed with 5000 men and lost 5000 men in two days of fighting. The 5000 were replaced as they moved down through Normandy. A little boy saw the troops and ran into his farmhouse " mummy French soldiers outside ", "They are speaking French mummy". No amount of gibes can diminish the efforts of these soldiers , of what ever nationality, and I include German soldiers in that they had little choice in many instances., There is a high price to maintain the peace in the world. Good night and sleep tight, you owe your nights rest to the emergency services, and to the military, never forget it
  14. Word Association

    why hi man
  15. Fans Boycott

    Where have all the home fans gone, long time passing? Where have all the home fans gone, long time ago? Where have all the home fans gone? completely demoralised everyone. Oh, when will they ever learn? Oh, when will they ever learn? Where have all the managers gone, long time passing? Where have all the managers gone, long time ago? Where have all the managers gone? gone to oblivion everyone. Oh, when will they ever learn? Oh, when will they ever learn? Where have all the players gone, long time passing? Where have all the players gone, long time ago? Where have all the player gone? gone to Aberdeen and Dingwall everyone. Oh, when will they ever learn? Oh, when will they ever learn?
  16. Falkirk -V- Inverness CT

    Kingsmills you yourself are pure entertainment, you do make me laugh. Is the bar not open in the interval at Eden court ? Surely a gin and tonic is better than any pie, bloody or otherwise. On the subject of pies, Caley should follow Delia Smith's ( Norwich City ) , and have the pies flown in from Hollands pies in Accrington. Mind you can get them frozen from Tesco
  17. World Cup Qualifiers

    Somehow one feels as Hamlet did, it may be better to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune or take arms against it - But does a noble mind exist at Scottish FA towers - I think not. ? I do feel Strachan was the sufferer of the most outrageous fortune especially the England game he nearly won.
  18. Falkirk -V- Inverness CT

    Hi all I did not get to the game However I am happy to note Inverness avoided defeat , We now have twice the points away than at home . lol Hope full ICT will get a win before Bonfire night.
  19. Polworth v Kellacher

    My opinion and I have been involved with football for nearly 70 years , was he was not interested. He did score a goal which took a deflection or so it seemed from where I was sitting. The second goal again from my vantage point was at leas a yard offside.
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  21. Can we have less hype in future

    In Rugby terms the wheels are due to come off the chariot The problem with the England team is they only have a couple of world class players, by world class I mean somebody who has the potential to play for Barcelona or Real Madrid or PSG - That is Kane and Ali possibly Walker - Thinking of Stirling or Henderson they may get in the B side at Barcelona. The centre backs are average Smalling and Jones , Stones is moderate , The goalkeeper Hart is Terrible and is not as good as our Wales man Fon Williams. Maybe Butland is sound , but I prefer the ex Celtic man Forster . I can't see for the life in me how they can compete with , ( the usual suspects ) Spain , or Germany, from Europe, or Argentina. from South America - No unless it snows in Russia it will be a very poor campaign for Perfidious Albion. When I think back to the team, that won it, Gordon Banks, the two Charlton's, Bobby Moore , Peters, Hurst , Hunt , Ball, I could go on. This England side is terrible and hasn't a cat in hells chance. I rather think Southgate will be following Strachan to the Dole queue Having said all that they may totally confound me and lose to Germany on penalties in the Semis.
  22. Polworth v Kellacher

    We are talking about our number 7 or is there some other guy with the same name. Come on Polworth played like he was totally disinterested. If that is trying his best I would like to see him on a bad day.
  23. Fans Boycott

    I cant believe I have just spent half an hour reading these posts when I should have been working. Dear me I will never learn
  24. Can we have less hype in future

    You are right Kingsmills . - Off we go again, As Nelson said " England Expects ", Tough ask, because , Since 1966 and all that, England just can't take the pressure. I get so embarrassed , the news papers are mainly to blame. The other home countries including the republic seem to have passion , no passion in a white shirt I'am very concerned. I think Southgate is a good coach,