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  1. Dairbee

    Your World Cup memories

    France 98 for me. The train journey from Aberdeen to Paris was brilliant, picking up fans all the way down to London. Got my allocated ticket for Brazil but didnt really enjoy the game. I thought the Brazilian fans were arrogant and unfriendly. Security was pretty tight in Paris the day before for the opening ceremony and we ended up in a bar accross the road from the Auld Alliance at night just after the Collymore incident. Spent a week in Arcachon near Bordeaux for the Norway game and had a blast. I guess my only gripe was constantly looking for tickets in Bordeaux and having to settle for watching it in the fan park. We didn't go to St Ettiene but had a horrendous 1 day train journey from Arcachon to Bordeaux to Paris to London to Edinburgh then a bus rail replacement to Aberdeen........ We'd looked at getting to Marseille if we beat Morocco, but wasnt to be. 10 days of sun / football / beers with your mates, whats not to like. Euro 16 in France would of been fantastic, especially since there wasn't so much pressure on securing tickets.
  2. The Bryson one is strange. Him and Martin have always been implicated as trouble makers behind the scenes, but there's never been any evidence. He is probobly one of the higher earners, so perhaps they wanted him off the wage bill. Anyway, he went to Cardiff on loan at the start of the season. Derbys been crying out for a midfielder like him all season. Martin is another high earner but Rowett didnt give him much time in the 1st team before shipping him out on loan in Jan to Reading. Rowett likes quick mobile strong workers up front, and thats not Martin. Russell decided to leave in Jan for Kansas City , stating he wanted a lifestyle change for his family. He tends to move around every 3 years or so, fair play to him. He's the one Derby have missed most. Forsyth is playing ok, he tends to let the crowd get to him at times and his coincidence visibly drains. Still, he is a good championship wing back. I hope Snoddy is settling in a bit better now. He was poor in the reverse fixture in Dec, but then again Villa were injury hit around then and he was almost trying too hard.
  3. How was the game? By all accounts it was another attempted smash and grab by Rowett that didnt work. Considering they are only 1 point away from securing the play offs, the football on show at Derby this season has been dire. Sit back, defend and hit the long ball. Its been boring as hell, and why Ive given up my season ticket for next season, irrespective if they fluke a promotion.
  4. First Aberdeen semi final ive missed in 30 years. Stupid ko time means Friday night in Glasgow and a risk of missing extra time before the last train to England on the Saturday.
  5. Dairbee

    Centre Backs.

    Fair comment, I didnt see the Costa Rica game just the Hungary one. I think having a mixture of Lindsay, McKenna, Hendry, Souter etc is too inexperienced at the moment. Mulgrew \ Hanley \ Berra can aid their development. Give it a season or so and we may have mid 20 year old seasoned campaigners who are playing as high a level as possible.
  6. Dairbee

    Centre Backs.

    I think Mulgrew has a part to play. He isnt a great defender, but I reckon he can talk 2 less experienced defenders through a game. There will be times when the young lads will have the ball at their feet and under pressure from opposition forwards. Id feel more comfortable if their "out ball" went to Mulgrew rather than someone less composed.
  7. Reading absolutely horsed Derby at Pride Park earlier this season and played really well. I thought it was a matter of time before they climbed the table. Clement........be prepared for boring pragmatic football. You wont let in many, but wont score many either.
  8. Dairbee

    U17s beat Spain and Poland

    The U17s were on the same flight as me today to Athens where they play Greece, Norway and someone else. I think its qualifying for the Euros. Fair play to them, all dressed up in the Scotland tracksuits and the coaches all decked out in shirts and ties. McLaughlin stood out, but I couldn't name any of the other staff. Steve Hamill perhaps? Anyway, they were a credit to the nation, all well behaved and respectful. One of the older coaches told me they were a good bunch of players, and the future looked good, however they were missing Dean Campbell from Aberdeen due to injury.
  9. We must follow the shame people on twitter, ive just read the article via Matt Slaters link. Very good reading, and I see theres a mention of Paula Radcliffe as well.
  10. Dairbee

    Cricket World Cup qualifiers

    There was a couple of Afghan players in the Big Bash this year. Rashid Khan is a brilliant bowler and Nabi can bat. The table looks good at the moment but there are decent cricketing countries yet to play.
  11. And I had a double on Forest and Dundee Utd to win on my coupon because Clough and McLean had never won the FA \ Scottish cup.......I thought the stars had aligned.
  12. Just bought his updated book. So far im upto the point where he is struggling in his pro cycling career. Ive a feeling the best is yet to come. I thought Seven deadly sins by David Walsh was a brilliant book and that he was a respected writer. You would of thought he would of smelt a rat in Sky. Mind you, I got speaking to an Irish cycling journalist in a Dublin bar prior to the 1 1 game a few years ago and as soon as I mentioned David Walsh his demeanour completely changed and called him all the names under the sun. He was visibly shaking and basically cut short the conversation. Ive often wondered who he was. I remember him saying that he lived in the French Pyrenees and covered cycling from there.
  13. Dairbee

    Sam Gallagher

    Hope so. Theres every chance he will get the opportunity in the championship next season as the fire sale at WBA starts. Its a league that should play to his strengths, so I guess it depends on who is in charge at the Hawthorns.
  14. Dairbee

    Sam Gallagher

    Must admit, all the Forest fans were puzzled, but delighted about the money they got for him. He was playing in a pretty poor side, and at that time was only standing out due to being able to run fast, sometimes with the ball. They were hoping, as we all are, that he would mature as a footballer. In my opinion we are still waiting. Actually, the price tag Leipzig paid might eventually be too much of a weight on his shoulders. I hope he doesnt fall into football obscurity.
  15. Dairbee

    Josh Taylor

    He was impressive, albeit against a stand in. He's got some body shots, and fast hands.