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  1. I think there has almost been another instance too.
  2. No tax on gambling winning - and yeah, for every £40 on you get £1 back. The return is better than bank interest, especially on a short term "investment"
  3. Bugger... GG is correct.
  4. Bookies have paid out early before and if I remember correctly, it almost came back to bite them on the ar**. Based on their trophy hauls over the years, their fan bases (not just here but worldwide), their commercial worth, I would find it hard to argue against these two clubs being Britain's biggest.
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    Raise funds for a football tennis table

    I have a feeling that a casual comment as part of a conversation has been repeated with an arm suddenly growing, followed by a freshly grown leg. £800 doesnt sound like much, but if this is how skint the club are, perhaps it will hit home why the club may be unwilling to fund a managerial change? Or perhaps why the signings we are making arent of the standards some expect?
  6. Boxing is very different, in my view, as the aim is to punch predominently to the head with as much force as possible. That would be a completely different discussion, without a doubt. I have no scientific credentials, and Ive conducted no studies. But I do have an ability to read and draw my own conclusions (which are not always correct), and I do question the validity of "facts" in an age where so much "news" and "information" can be misleading. I've re-read the BBC's report, the second paragraph states "It comes amid growing fears that regular heading of a ball increases the risk of footballers developing dementia, and dying from the disease." Growing fears is not hard evidence. The BBC report continues, "A single header is unlikely to cause any significant damage, but over an extended period the combined effect might lead to problems." Now, the word "might" is massively ambiguous, thats not evidence, and Ive already stated that I think that for the research to be compelling, the research needs to start with kids at Academies of professional clubs, who should be brain scanned every six months. I think that this should continue throughout a playing career. I dont think it should only be that ex players are monitored once they stop playing. Lets be clear, I dont dismiss the findings completely, but I do have questions about how they reached these conclusions... How many folk were studied, and for how long? How many were men? How many women? What age were the subjects of the study? What age group are these folk? What was their background? Do they drink, or smoke? In terms of football, sports science has improved dramatically over the past 25 years or so. The balls no longer retain water as they used to, they are no longer as heavy in wetter conditions. There is quicker treatment of head knocks, players are offered greater protection by lawmakers, the style of playing football has evolved. How many of these folk that were studied were professional footballers? What position did they play in? What era did they play in? A centre half will likely have headed a ball more than a right winger, for example, and back in the day, aerial challenges were rougher and more physical than these days. These days, Opta (and the like) can track stats on all aspects of player performance, and such data should be used to track risk factors. As I said, I dont dismiss the conclusions of the study completely, but these studies have come about relatively recently, I believe they need to run for a longer term, and use of ambiguous words in their conclusions does not suggest clear evidence. Absolutely agree GG, but the research should start with kids, and track their health, rather than starting with ex-pros after they retire. Edit: Id also like to add that from my observations watching my lad play football from Mini-Kickers through to under 15s, Mini Kickers concentrates on basic pass, control, and shoot skills, where the ball is on the ground, while few kids are able to generate enough height in their passes or crosses until they are around 9 or 10, so heading the ball isnt likely to be a big issue.
  7. Im not saying I know better. I didnt say that their research was completely nonsense. Im saying I dont wholly agree with conclusions. There is a difference. I think that for the research to be compelling, the research needs to start with kids at Academies of professional clubs, who should be brain scanned every six months. I think that this should continue throughout a playing career. I dont think it should only be that ex players are monitored once they stop playing. There is enough money in football to provide a duty of care to ex-professionals.
  8. Its "back of a fag packet". No Im not. Get off your high horse and re-read what I said. Im going to request youre banned from this until you go back to school and learn to read.
  9. Elaborate? I think Ive been very clear how I have come to my conclusions. Explain why that view is so wrong?
  10. The studies refer to prolonged exposure to heading footballs. The amount of kids that have a prolonged career in football beyond their teenage years is minimal. Those that play football for fun at Sunday League level or whatever are not heading footballs day in day out, and I wouldnt call that prolonged exposure. So if you want perspective, I think that covers it? Potentially, the plus side is that kids are encouraged to play the ball on the ground, so their control skills and passing skills may improve, which in turn may help their football development on the whole. However, unless heading the ball is outlawed, its a core skill and it should be taught. Incidently, Im also going to add that these studies are still relatively new. Guys like Alan Shearer are now allowing themselves to be tested on a regular basis, so that any early indicators might be picked up sooner - I hope that researchers are also testing non-footballers of a similar age to Shearer in order that true comparisons can be made - the BBC report was unclear on that. Im not going to say that heading a football does not cause damage, but at the same time, Im not sure the "evidence" completely supports their claims. The fact is, Dementia is a horrible disease and can affect absolutely anyone of an older age, not just ex-footballers.
  11. I feel its wrong. I think that you need to teach kids to head the ball correctly from an early age, rather than teaching them to be scared of it.
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    So where do we go from here?

    Unless we are in serious danger of relegation, I reckon Crawford will see the season out. Ok, we are only three points from the relegation play off, but we are the best placed of a bunch at the moment, a couple of decent results pulls us right out of that mess. I also think that he may be given the close season and transfer window, perhaps even until the first round of matches next year.
  13. Friday 24th Jan Dunfermline v Dundee (Crowd) 1-2 (5125) Sat 25th Jan Arbroath v Partick 1-0 Ayr v ICT 2-1 Dundee Utd v Morton 3-0 QoS v Alloa 1-1
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    So where do we go from here?

    Neither do I... reading those .nuts post almost made my eyes bleed
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    Morton v Pars

    Losing five on the spin is a confidence issue. Youthful players tend to be inconsistent. There is a big expectation from the stands too. Combine all three and results are likely to be hit or miss. Cliched as it may be, but each game played is a learning experience. We have an okay squad. We wont get relegated, I dont think we'll get a play off place. There is a decent core which hopefully can be added to at the end of the season for a play off charge next season.
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    Morton v Pars

    At no point did I allocate blame on Nisbet. In any case, its a valid reason for why we are where we are.
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    So where do we go from here?

    I dont think its that good a squad. Its strong enough to keep us in this league, itll not get us a play off place. There is a decent core there which can be added to in the summer. The Championship is the toughest league to get out of. There are some big teams in this league - United, Dundee, ICT. Big teams will be stuck here here with us. We are where we are because of mismanagement in the past. The club is being cautious not to fall into that trap again. That should be applauded.
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    So where do we go from here?

    Not always. And perhaps thats part of our problem? Perhaps we will struggle to bring in experienced guys if we cant afford to bring in new players of their choosing?
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    So where do we go from here?

    Getting rid of SC is not the only issue. You also have to find funds for the players a new manager will want to bring in to fit his ideas. Its not as simple as changing manager and the world being all good again.
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    Morton v Pars

    Nisbet is only 22. Hes still young and still learning. Or is 22 old these days? Although, or re-reading the starting line up, I will accept that todays line up was slightly older than of late
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    So where do we go from here?

    As I see it, the board and Crawford have set out a plan. Theyve invested in a number of younger players from smaller clubs, signing many on two-year deals. Youngsters will be inconsistent, but they should learn from this season to hit the ground running next season, and hopefully be play-off/promotion contenders. I dont see the board ripping up the plan just yet.
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    Morton v Pars

    You said top to bottom. Top is the Board? No? Point still remains, we dont have the funds to get rid of a management team, hire a new one, and then bring in their player choices to fit their ideas.
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    So where do we go from here?

    We dont have money to constantly chop and change managers, who will want to chop and change the playing staff. That is the bottom line. You arent just getting rid off a manager, you need a whole new coaching team, and they will want their own squad of players. How do folk propose to pay for it? Perhaps folk justify getting into debt again?
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