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by CrosspoolClarets
Thu Feb 20, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: View from our Head of European & International recruitment
Replies: 139
Views: 6093

Re: View from our Head of European & International recruitment

Just seen this interview. The line that jumped out at me was: says Butterworth. “The owner could possibly loosen those purse strings but he doesn’t do it, so we have to find a solution around that” Right or wrong that sentence probably epitomises the main gripe the coaching staff and fans have. No d...
by CrosspoolClarets
Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:26 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Cabinet Carnage
Replies: 216
Views: 5989

Re: Cabinet Carnage

I shouldn’t really, but...... 1. Right wing - nope. Economically left, socially slightly right of middle (hence I am tolerant and compassionate, unlike the socially far-left hyper-liberals). 2. He didn’t say anything, he wrote it (hence we do not know the circumstances) and in any event I didn’t def...
by CrosspoolClarets
Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Cabinet Carnage
Replies: 216
Views: 5989

Re: Cabinet Carnage

He was 21 at the time, looks like a virgin dishing out relationship advice to married men. Stone him. Much of this stuff he wrote as a comment to a blog post by Cummings. He was young, and could easily have had a few sherries at the time. It was also a scientific observation, not “hate speech” etc....
by CrosspoolClarets
Mon Feb 17, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Cabinet Carnage
Replies: 216
Views: 5989

Re: Cabinet Carnage

The thing is though that Johnson isn't a politician who is new to the game, he has a track record you can look at. Whilst he was an MP he voted for things like austerity, was a barely competent foreign secretary and lied about things like his opposition to the third runway. Whilst he was mayor of L...
by CrosspoolClarets
Mon Feb 17, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Cabinet Carnage
Replies: 216
Views: 5989

Re: Cabinet Carnage

What's the difference between what Boris wants to do and the accusation that Labour were boom and bust? Sorry for delay. The difference is that one will be targeted at growth in the regions, the other was targeted at (to a degree) non-growth things like schools, hospitals and benefits. HS2, NPR, Te...
by CrosspoolClarets
Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Negative thread
Replies: 54
Views: 1820

Re: Negative thread

Like anything in life following a football club can range from refusal to condemn anything to insistence on condemning everything. Personally I find people on both those extremes to be pathetic and not really worth engaging with. Whereas a blend of loyalty, constructive criticism and support will wo...
by CrosspoolClarets
Sat Feb 15, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Cabinet Carnage
Replies: 216
Views: 5989

Re: Cabinet Carnage

For my sins I hold what people would perceive to be both left and right wing views. I don't see them as such it is just common sense to me. When I read something, certainly with regard to politics, I always seek out alternate opinions just for the sake of balance and accuracy. Sadly, it appears tha...
by CrosspoolClarets
Sat Feb 15, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Cabinet Carnage
Replies: 216
Views: 5989

Re: Cabinet Carnage

I don't disagree, but the acid test is what he delivers, and we don't know that yet. If Boris screws it up, we won't have to wait for an election to dump him, the Tories will do that for us. All I'm saying is instead of accusing Boris and Cummings of stitching up the country, wait until there is so...
by CrosspoolClarets
Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Man City banned from Europe
Replies: 115
Views: 3526

Re: Man City banned from Europe

They’ll win the appeal.

Sorry to be a bore.

But wouldn't it be justice if the Blades got Champions League for 5th after the Tevez affair and their (lengthy) relegation? That was so bent I half hope they manage it.
by CrosspoolClarets
Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: If we all bought more BRITISH designed/manufactured/assembled goods...
Replies: 100
Views: 2596

Re: If we all bought more BRITISH designed/manufactured/assembled goods...

No sorry. It's not that important to me bud. This is what I mean about many people ferreting through Google all the time and taking it all too damn seriously. I don't do Google 'proofs' and I don't normally click on 'links'. If people don't believe what I say then that's fine but what I do find is ...
by CrosspoolClarets
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Cabinet Carnage
Replies: 216
Views: 5989

Re: Cabinet Carnage

I guess with all these infrastructure projects you are not a big fan of protecting the environment. For example, building an airport in the Thames Estuary wasn't a bright idea for a Prime Minister who professes to care about those sort of things. :D As usual with your assumptions you could not be f...
by CrosspoolClarets
Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Cabinet Carnage
Replies: 216
Views: 5989

Re: Cabinet Carnage

I am starting to swoon at how much all of this is going to plan. Javid was known as CHINO (Chancellor in Name Only) and I saw a media wag today has said Sunak will now be BABYCHINO which was funny but a bit unfair. The guy is quiet but apparently a big hitter. He has come from a mix of privilege and...
by CrosspoolClarets
Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Gibson training at Middlesbrough
Replies: 385
Views: 16529

Re: Gibson training at Middlesbrough

Without doubt Gibson was a replacement or cover for Mee, both left footers, crucial in the modern game where the full back pushes up and the centre back has to move wide and pass the ball upfield to feet. I personally think Gibson is better but who knows, he has never had a chance to prove it and co...
by CrosspoolClarets
Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Gibson training at Middlesbrough
Replies: 385
Views: 16529

Re: Gibson training at Middlesbrough

I condemn Gibson acting like a knob if that is what he has done. “Posh kids” don’t do well at Burnley, Bamford being the other example. They don’t seem to have the grit for the “train as you play” environment. But..... I do have sympathy for Gibson too. His debut was alongside the far inferior Kevin...
by CrosspoolClarets
Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Electric Vehicle
Replies: 213
Views: 7964

Re: Electric Vehicle

All well and good if you have the cash up front to buy one Absolutely true of course. Like most things in life. Pay up front you can make a packet, which is why the rich get it so easy. Though through a business you get 27.5% off (reduced corporation tax and dividend tax) so it is £38k to find whic...
by CrosspoolClarets
Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Electric Vehicle
Replies: 213
Views: 7964

Re: Electric Vehicle

The Tesla 3 is a giant step forward. Very cheap for what you get. Depends what you use it for. Electric is just plugging in and charging at home, so about 12p per kw. The answer to the question how long do you wait to charge up, becomes no time at all, I am indoors sleeping etc. That is most users ...
by CrosspoolClarets
Mon Feb 10, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: financial table
Replies: 42
Views: 3057

Re: financial table

You can really see people flocking to Burnley with a shopping centre to rival the Westfield centre in Stratford, London, for example! ;) Well indeed, and whilst my Chinese example was only a bit of fun, what would be more advantageous than a shopping centre would be if the whole of North Lancashire...
by CrosspoolClarets
Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: The Irish Election
Replies: 42
Views: 2101

Re: The Irish Election

Sounds like SF will win the popular vote with about 24% but have fewer seats. They will have to somehow be invited to help form a government or they will become the official opposition and get the soapbox of that status for the next few years. The Irish very upset with housing rents in bubble Dublin...
by CrosspoolClarets
Sun Feb 09, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: financial table
Replies: 42
Views: 3057

Re: financial table

The relevant table would be one sorted by how much dosh each owner has put in. For example, the Glazers are worth a few bob, but apart from buying the club initially, are they putting in, or are they taking out? In other words, if Man Utd had been “gifted” to a fans consortium, would they be more co...
by CrosspoolClarets
Sun Feb 09, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Man City v West Ham
Replies: 29
Views: 2299

Re: Man City v West Ham

Just been past Bramall Lane and the conditions were atrocious (though then eased a bit). Ultimately it suits City for this to be off, 2 weeks before the Bernabeu, but didn’t suit the Blades, so I’m not surprised. Delighted the Blades got their win and kept AFCB deep in the mire, beat them at the Tur...
by CrosspoolClarets
Sun Feb 09, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Man City v West Ham
Replies: 29
Views: 2299

Re: Man City v West Ham

Massive boost for City, 3 weeks between games just in time to get a big rest before the European campaign recommences. Won’t have been lost on them.
by CrosspoolClarets
Tue Feb 04, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: 2019/20: Newcastle United v Burnley – Ticket Information
Replies: 93
Views: 5850

Re: 2019/20: Newcastle United v Burnley – Ticket Information

Over the years I'd be the first to agree that the club hasn't got ticketing right, but it beggars belief that people are criticising the club for this one. When fixtures are announced two standout away games would be boxing day and Man Utd and we sold out for neither. The latter will have cost the ...
by CrosspoolClarets
Tue Feb 04, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: 2019/20: Newcastle United v Burnley – Ticket Information
Replies: 93
Views: 5850

Re: 2019/20: Newcastle United v Burnley – Ticket Information

First time we’ve played Newcastle away on a Saturday for decades and they didn’t think it would be popular? Nearly 40 years I think. Amazing that it wasn’t felt we would sell out for this one, it may have deprived loads of fans of a long awaited trip to St. James’. Mine arrived in the post today bu...
by CrosspoolClarets
Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Jay Rod
Replies: 46
Views: 3389

Re: Jay Rod

I get why Dyche picks Barnes ahead of Jay, but I struggle to fathom why he picked an injured Barnes ahead of Jay.

We look miles better now.
by CrosspoolClarets
Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:16 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Jay Rod
Replies: 46
Views: 3389

Re: Jay Rod

I get why Dyche picks Barnes ahead of Jay, but I struggle to fathom why he picked an injured Barnes ahead of Jay.

We look miles better now.
by CrosspoolClarets
Sun Feb 02, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Woke
Replies: 59
Views: 3815

Re: Woke

I remember the term started to be used in the Black Lives Matter stuff that Colin Kaepernick got involved in that led to his spat with Trump. In that sense the original African American use of the term is indeed a noble one and one we can agree with, being alert to discrimination or any other kind o...
by CrosspoolClarets
Sun Feb 02, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Burnley v Arsenal - Player Ratings
Replies: 71
Views: 4757

Re: Burnley v Arsenal - Player Ratings

Pope 7 - kicking a bit patchy but some good tidying up Lowton 8 - handled the best player well but didn’t have a final ball Mee 8 - good at both ends Tarkowski 9 - a little bit better than Ben at both ends, wasted a good chance Taylor 8 - very good offensively, made one great defensive tackle but le...
by CrosspoolClarets
Sat Feb 01, 2020 11:37 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: “I’ve not had a budget”
Replies: 80
Views: 5494

Re: “I’ve not had a budget”

Your experience has got nothing to do with it - just like my years of being the Bank relationship manager for several football clubs a lot bigger than Burnley has got nothing to do with it. Forget what Dyche has got to say too - he’s had plenty of money to spend - and he deserved it too given he wa...
by CrosspoolClarets
Sat Feb 01, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: “I’ve not had a budget”
Replies: 80
Views: 5494

Re: “I’ve not had a budget”

Why are you critical ? We don’t know what budget was made available firstly. And what have you seen in our accounts which would suggest they are “scrooge like” ? The current position and constraints are simply a result of previous expensive player purchases that have not gone as planned combined wi...
by CrosspoolClarets
Sat Feb 01, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: “I’ve not had a budget”
Replies: 80
Views: 5494

Re: “I’ve not had a budget”

All it means when Dyche says he doesn’t have a budget is that he isn’t given a pot to spend as he chooses. Akin to having a Director of Football in a sense. That’s a good thing. Dyche isn’t trained in managing money, he is trained in football. He proposes actions on buying or selling players, one or...
by CrosspoolClarets
Fri Jan 31, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Brexit: Uniting the Country Since 31/01/2020
Replies: 22354
Views: 629444

Re: Brexit: Happy Brexit Day! Including Brexit Celebrations

Piece today by Mr T Blair. Apols if it has already been posted. https://institute.global/tony-blair/tony-blair-after-brexit?utm_source=share-twitter&utm_content=Tony%20Blair%3A%20After%20Brexit (shakes head) if only this level of statesmanship had been shown since June 2016. A Labour leader saying t...
by CrosspoolClarets
Thu Jan 30, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Brexit: Uniting the Country Since 31/01/2020
Replies: 22354
Views: 629444

Re: Brexit: The Naked Truth

Agreed, it’s difficult not to be cynical about these large infrastructure projects that seem to be Londoncentric. London gets crossrail and we get the Todmorden curve. Why not start the project up here and work gradually south? Thus giving the Northern Powerhouse an earlier boost and provide jobs w...
by CrosspoolClarets
Thu Jan 30, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Brexit: Uniting the Country Since 31/01/2020
Replies: 22354
Views: 629444

Re: Brexit: The Naked Truth

HS2 is expected to be in the news from today. I found a very interesting background to the new Old Oak Common hub near Shepherd’ Bush, the key point being is that the name HS2 is rubbish - the speed is probably the least of the benefits and that hasn’t been advertised enough. To me it seems crucial ...
by CrosspoolClarets
Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: 27 January 1945 - Liberation of Auschwitz
Replies: 40
Views: 1417

Re: 27 January 1945 - Liberation of Auschwitz

Horrific. Going to these places as a tourist creates a layer of sadness which never goes away, it is tempting not to go but as well as sadness, the experience also creates wisdom and compassion. I’m pleased I visited one of the death camps. I’m a better person for it. Just imagine in a parallel univ...
by CrosspoolClarets
Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Burnley’s imminent application for academy Cat. One status
Replies: 26
Views: 2174

Re: Burnley’s imminent application for academy Cat. One status

Great news if we get to Level 1. It is a vital part of long term success. I’m against entering the Checkatrade though - it is a important competition for lower league teams whose fans and players never get cup wins or trips to Wembley. It disrespects them to play kids against them (p.s. also a shame...
by CrosspoolClarets
Sat Jan 25, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: And that is why the crowd was 8k
Replies: 153
Views: 5878

Re: And that is why the crowd was 8k

Without doubt the worst thing about trying to have a debate on UTC is the abuse people get when they post anything critical, often wrongly implying nothing positive is ever said by that poster. With the odd exception that is totally wrong. There is plenty of it on this thread. In truth there is a ne...
by CrosspoolClarets
Sat Jan 25, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: And that is why the crowd was 8k
Replies: 153
Views: 5878

Re: And that is why the crowd was 8k

Treat the competition and the fans with contempt and they won’t show up. Nobody will convince me we will ever take any cup seriously under the current reigime. And regardless of what anyone says that’s how we treat Europe. The balance sheet looks good though. Utc Contempt is the correct word to use...
by CrosspoolClarets
Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:26 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Simply outstanding
Replies: 50
Views: 3015

Re: Simply outstanding

Personally thought we were very lucky against Leicester (though you earn your luck) but not tonight. Dyche has been lacking three things many times this season - creativity, tempo and error free performances. Two huge wins against the top five have changed it all around and it has been due to a bett...
by CrosspoolClarets
Wed Jan 22, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Brexit: Uniting the Country Since 31/01/2020
Replies: 22354
Views: 629444

Re: Brexit: The Naked Truth

Weird how experts have suddenly become more credible now. A decent article on the BBC about the "level playing field" and the implication for whatever deal we may get https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/51180282 I still suspect that we'll end up with a large degree of regulatory alignment but the interestin...
by CrosspoolClarets
Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Some big games today
Replies: 138
Views: 6150

Re: Some big games today

Interesting that form guide posted above, because we have only had two bad results in it despite being 18th. The others all went to, well, form. Still have to deliver of course, 40 points is always the target, even if most seasons it needs fewer. No point sweating on others, just need those 40 points.
by CrosspoolClarets
Sun Jan 19, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Burnley v Leicester - Player Ratings
Replies: 108
Views: 5421

Re: Burnley v Leicester - Player Ratings

Pope 9 Bardsley 7 Mee 7 Tarks 8 Taylor 7 McNeil 5 Cork 5 Westwood 7 Hendrick 6 Wood 7 J Rod 6 Crucial win but in truth it didn’t look like one for long periods. It was a weird one - they had hugely more possession and chances yet we looked like we were dominant for long spells, though with Leicester...
by CrosspoolClarets
Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Laurence Fox
Replies: 91
Views: 4853

Re: Laurence Fox

I see Fox was panned by actor’s union Equity for his Question Time stance although Equity seem to be trying to row back from that, blaming it on rogue committee members. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/laurence-fox-racism-row-question-time-equity-a4337836.html Personally I thought he spoke comple...
by CrosspoolClarets
Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: ARTICLE: Barnes to have hernia surgery
Replies: 141
Views: 5461

Re: ARTICLE: Barnes to have hernia surgery

Interesting little debate, and it would seem reasonable to expect the board to run the club carefully, as they have in the past. However it would also be reasonable to assume that fans want excitement to remove them from the routine of their normal lives, and that comes from four things - wins, grea...
by CrosspoolClarets
Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: ARTICLE: Barnes to have hernia surgery
Replies: 141
Views: 5461

Re: ARTICLE: Barnes to have hernia surgery

Seems sensible to try to get him throigh the busy Christmas period then operate when we have a week off and a cup game.

Nothing to see here. Just a chance for Jay and Vydra.
by CrosspoolClarets
Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Victor Wanyama
Replies: 19
Views: 2038

Re: Victor Wanyama

His style would make him a Cork upgrade, he passes and tackles well, and is good in the air, so the key would seem to be if he runs far enough for Dyche. Dyche would know that from their OPTA subscriptions. A good runner is crucial in a two. Potentially though this is the kind of signing we need, st...
by CrosspoolClarets
Sun Jan 12, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Today's footy
Replies: 69
Views: 2037

Re: Today's footy

The three sides currently in the bottom three ship goals for fun. We don’t apart from against the big six and the occasional mistake. That will probably again prove the difference in May.
by CrosspoolClarets
Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Time to get rid of the Royal family?
Replies: 117
Views: 3289

Re: Time to get rid of the Royal family?

That seems a very strange conclusion to draw. Are you assuming that all those "northern working class areas" - such as Burnley - that voted predominantly "leave" and have just swung away from Labour are "Royalist" strongholds? I doubt you'll find any evidence to support that. I’ll pick this one to ...
by CrosspoolClarets
Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Time to get rid of the Royal family?
Replies: 117
Views: 3289

Re: Time to get rid of the Royal family?

Classic issue for demonstrating the split down the country, with the hyper-liberals, as well as usually being Remainers, also want us to scrap the monarchy, whilst the socially conservative Brexiteers remain fans. No right or wrong, but continues to show the schism in the country. We could have sele...
by CrosspoolClarets
Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:27 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Next labour leader?
Replies: 579
Views: 19330

Re: Next labour leader?

I suspect this more be more that you've projected your ideals as the "blue collar labour" thing. It's very similar to the values you often refer to. Regardless of that I'm not sure whether Johnson really understands these things, particularly in comparison to someone like Starmer whose upbringing a...
by CrosspoolClarets
Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Things not well at the club?
Replies: 104
Views: 6413

Re: Things not well at the club?

Heaton and Vokes should have been sold, they had passed their peak usefulness to the club and better players were available in the squad (I noted with interest how we crowded Tom in the box last week and piled corners onto his head instead of our usual far post position - Pope is much better at that...