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(no subject) [Aug. 4th, 2006|10:56 am]
Christ, it's 2006/07 tomorrow! The return of football, or for a skint sofa-bound Jon, the return of Jeff Stelling and his merry band of ex-footballers! Okay, most leagues aren't starting until next week or even the week after, and it's already started in Scotland, but never mind. Anyway, I have tried my hand at predicting how things are going to end up.

1) Birmingham
2) West Brom
3) Leeds
4) Derby
5) Southampton
6) Norwich
22) Barnsley
23) Colchester
24) QPR

I know the play-off places look a bit random there, but a lot of the strong teams from last season like Crystal Palace have had big changes this summer, so I reckon some of last season's underachievers will make it instead. I think Southampton could get there under George Burley, and that Derby could have a decent season under Billy Davies, but it's really hard to call as there are a load of teams that could get there.

League One
1) Swansea
2) Millwall
3) Nottingham Forest
4) Bristol City
5) Doncaster
6) Crewe

Pretty much anyone could get in the top six of League One this season, it's that wide open. Lots of teams have been spending money, with Millwall going a bit nuts and signing something like 15 players, while Brighton and Crewe have kept much the same squad they had in the Championship last season and should come up with some sort of challenge. Pretty much anyone could get relegated, so I haven't even bothered trying to predict the relegation spots.

League Two
1) Hartlepool
2) Swindon
3) Peterborough
4) Darlington
5) MK Dons
6) Walsall
7) Stockport
23) Accrington
24) Bury

Hartlepool have much the same squad that they were relegated with last season, but they're stable and a lot of those players got them into the League One playoffs in 2005, so they could well win this. Swindon have a good squad and a big lift in Dennis Wise taking over, while Peterborough might do well under Keith Alexander. For some reason I just feel that Accrington Stanley are going to come straight back down and the Conference playoff winners Hereford will do alright - it seems to be the pattern, too. Bury don't have much money and a young squad, and look ready for relegation to me.
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WHEN FOOTBALLERS ATTACK [Jul. 26th, 2006|02:58 pm]
Wonderful news just in from Farnboroughland. See, last season we generally didn't pay our players on time, if at all. But looks like Ashley Sestanovich and Carl Gibbs were left a bit too skint, seeing as they've been done for 'conspiracy to rob'.


I know this thing of having two 'we' teams is going to confuse a lot of people, but never mind, you'll all soon catch up. Basically, I'm a lifelong Farnborough Town fan (no, I don't know why either) who has moved away and isn't really able to get down there on a regular basis anymore. I missed the feeling of really being involved in a club and being there every week, and so I'm heading off to Daggersland this season instead. It makes sense, trust me.
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(no subject) [Jul. 26th, 2006|10:26 am]
I have the pre-season blues. After kidding myself all week that I can actually afford to go to see the mighty Daggers take on the even mightier Leyton Orient tonight, I've just had a look at my bank balance and it's really not looking pretty. Arse. The trouble is not so much the ticket prices, more my scary replica shirt addiction. There's this new one that I want, and I know that I won't be able to actually go near the shop without going inside and splurging £40 on the thing.

This is annoying me a bit, because it means I've started a football blog and yet am not going to get to a game until August 15th (my pay day, luckily, so replica shirt splurging might have to happen then). Arse. Thing is, friendlies are nearly always a waste of money anyway. You end up seeing games full of trialists, and the one you really rate doesn't get signed up anyway. Half of them seem to be total non-entities anyway, like players that completely failed at a lower level a few years ago but are being given another chance just for the sake of it.

Obviously you get the occasional total gem though, and my favourite one was Tonton Zola Moukoko. If you've ever played one of the early '00s Championship Manager games you might be familiar with the guy - he was an absolute legend on it. I never actually saw him play his one game for Farnborough, but I really wanted us to sign him, just so I could tell people we'd signed Tonton Zola Moukoko and watch their jaws drop. I mean, he was probably total crap, but in CM-land he was Pele. Cherno Samba was the other total legend on that game - last I saw he was trialing at Bristol City. I bet Gary Johnson only signed him because he won the Premiership with him on his PC a few years ago.
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(no subject) [Jul. 25th, 2006|09:26 am]
[music |easy star all-stars - radiodread]

It's a joke that's already been made a million times by a million people, but - you know how Alan Shearer got his own commemorative bottle of Newcastle Brown? Well, if Damien Duff sticks around long enough, will he get commemorative Duff Beer?

I've been keeping an eye on the transfers all summer, just so I can present one poor player with a BIGGEST WASTE OF MONEY AWARD! So far it's got to be Emile Heskey. He wasn't worth £5.5m when he was still scoring goals, let alone after last season, but Wigan seem to have decided that it's a really good idea to pay that amount for him. Maybe he'll prove everyone wrong and go on to slay the entire Premiership, but I can't quite see it.

You may be wondering if you're the only person reading this, but you might not be alone, for I have plans! I'm going to put the URL in my sig on all football forums I post on, that's going to be a start. I don't want to be one of those fucks who goes around spamming club forums constantly though, because that just gets people's backs up. The only thing that's annoying me so far is all the ads that appear on this, they're breaking up the lovely red background.
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D&R 2 - 0 Millwall XI, and other shit [Jul. 23rd, 2006|04:05 pm]
There was a game on yesterday, so I should write about that really. Problem is, I wasn't actually there, so it's going to be a bit of a crap match report. More of a result report. Still, I'm sure it was good. Millwall brought a team of U19s and reserves, including new signing Gavin Grant, while D&R had the whole first team plus a few ex-reserves and trialists. Some guy called Danny Morgan, who was released by Oxford recently, apparently showed up really well, and an ex-West Ham player called Liam White also played.

I'm not sure what do with line-ups and stats when it comes to friendlies - I don't think I'll bother, it would be really fiddly and take ages to type up.

There was meant to be a Farnborough friendly, at home to Barnet, but on arriving they decided the pitch wasn't good enough for their pampered professionals and went home instead.

I was watching the Celtic v Everton game earlier and got really confused whenever the commentator mentioned Aiden McGeady. I kept on mishearing it as (bus driving Balamory MILF) Edie McCredie...
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(no subject) [Jul. 23rd, 2006|12:10 am]
First entry! This could be the start of something beautiful.

This is a little LiveJournal blog thing all about the following:

- Dagenham & Redbridge FC (I hate using the initials FC after a football club, looks so fucking tinpot)
- football in general
- Farnborough Town FC
- all other sports really
- anything vaguely related to football or sport in any way

Hope you like it.
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