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  1. Steve Sands's Avatar
    [QUOTE=Normski;bt419]Not sure about additions to the European football's hypothetical Ryder Cup team but how about one for an American team. Remember the ex-QPR player Roy Wegerle. Well I believe he became a professional golfer once he retired from football. That's one for the USA team. Any other suggestions?[/QUOTE]

    Have to admit, Roy is a name from the past that I'd almost forgotten about. But doing a search of the internet for him I came across a fantastic individual goal he scored for QPR.
    Updated 28th September 2014 at 07:15 PM by Veritas
  2. Steve Sands's Avatar
    [QUOTE=Statisticus;bt422]Chris Eagles?[/QUOTE]

    Like your style. If we are punning it up - I'll throw three more names into the melting pot.

    Jonathan Parr the Norwegian at Ipswich Town.
    Rob Green - the QPR keeper and
    Ex Newcastle player Ian Bogie !!!
  3. Statisticus's Avatar
    Chris Eagles?
  4. Steve Sands's Avatar
    I can’t think that extending the Tournament to 24 teams does anything but reward mediocrity.

    The plan also ruins the sense of occasion for football fans from around Europe of joining in one country to celebrate and enjoy a unique football occasion together.

    The whole concept is a watering down of one of the World’s major football events.
  5. Normski's Avatar
    Not sure about additions to the European football's hypothetical Ryder Cup team but how about one for an American team. Remember the ex-QPR player Roy Wegerle. Well I believe he became a professional golfer once he retired from football. That's one for the USA team. Any other suggestions?
  6. Steve Sands's Avatar
    [QUOTE=Unregistered;bt407]Introduce the rule in use in hockey whereby a player can play the ball at a free kick to themselves - instantly reducing dissent or rolling about feigning injury etc as a chopped down forward can get straight back up and dribble on[/QUOTE]

    I have an irrational but instant dislike to anything being introduced from American sport - maybe its the music after goals, singing national anthems instead of just playing the tune.

    BUT quite like this idea would certainly speed the game up and stop time wasting. There must be a down side that someone will suggest - some obvious reason why it wouldn't work but not coming to me at the moment. Thanks for your suggestion.
  7. Steve Sands's Avatar
    [QUOTE=Unregistered;bt403]I would also like to consider myself a traditionalist therfore for me Video technology is a big no!!! I understand it has worked effectively in cricket ans rugby however there are lots of natural stoppages in them games and to challenge decisions in football would consequently slow the game down. I feel goal line technology is great however and saves a lot hassle for the officials also this is a technique that has been developed to work instantly without stoppages to the game. Allowing play to continue if its not a goal or to restart if a goal has been allowed. Also decisions in games are what makes the match - penalty, red card, freekick. I feel strongly on the fact that anybody displaying un sportsmanship behaviour (diving, fighting, arguing with officials) should be shown a straight red card, they dont deserve to be on the pitch showing such behaviour that can easily be avoided.[/QUOTE]

    I think I'm in your camp on video technology but think it is almost inevitable and can see some merits if it doesn't stop the flow of the game for example when a penalty is given. I wouldn't challenge the opinion of the referee but maybe the line call - to make sure it wasn't outside the area.

    There seems to be a strong feeling for red cards for cheating and abusing referees - and can't disagree - players would hopefully soon get the message.
  8. Steve Sands's Avatar
    [QUOTE=Stuart Duncan;bt400]Not too fussed about the keepers but would go with the rest. How about straight red for foul &abusive to thr ref or assistant refs. Definately for diving.[/QUOTE]

    Can't fault those two ideas. Would mean we played 8 aside games for a while until the players cottoned on but sure they would get the message quite quickly - you would hope.
  9. Steve Sands's Avatar
    [QUOTE=Unregistered;bt399]I too am quite traditional when it comes to television replays in a live game, before you know it the replays will be sponsored then there will be time for a quick advert and games will last a full day like Baseball and will kill the fast free flowing game we have in this country. However I would like to know what the 4th official does and what powers he or she have? Apart from getting Spurs players booked for dissent and waving the electronic board about? Could they not be given more power or encouraged to speak up when he or she sees something the other officials has missed.[/QUOTE]

    I think you should join the fourth official's official fan club. Think their main function is to draw the anger of the managers on the touchline to save them from abusing the poor referee and those running the line. You have to admit they are GOOD at holding the electronic boards up. Still prefer the old fashioned manual boards though - sure it was quicker for substitutions than the new fangled high tech boards.
  10. Steve Sands's Avatar
    [QUOTE=Brian Drever;bt398]Like you Steve I am a traditionalist but I err on the yes side for television replays but I think it would have to be selective eg goals allowed/disallowed for offside/not offside etc. The one thing I would add to that is that a television screen be visible to all in the ground to watch the replay and help the fans make up their own mind. It seems to work in cricket and rugby union so why not football.

    As for goalkeepers and time wasting. It must be one of the worst decisions made in the rule book. It is the done thing now to walk to the other side of the goal to take the kick and so frustrating to watch.

    The injured player situation, I think your suggestion that the hatchet person accompany the injured player off the field has merit. At least both sides would be down to ten men for the same period of time.[/QUOTE]

    Hard to disagree with any of your comments. Not 100% convinced by extending the use of TV replays but in a few years it would probably seem quite normal. And as you say it adds to the drama in other sports.
  11. Steve Sands's Avatar
    [QUOTE=Normski;bt397]I'd give a real yellow card immediately to any player brandishing an imaginary one at the referee.[/QUOTE]

    One of my pet hates as well so 100% agree.
  12. Steve Sands's Avatar
    [QUOTE=Jon Spencer;bt396]I know this is a contentious issue and open to the opinion of the officials but I would show a straight red card to anybody who tries to deliberately gain an unfair advantage by diving or cheating.[/QUOTE]

    Can't say that I can find an argument against this as it is a definite blight on our game that has got worse but isn't new - Franny Lee (allegedly in case his Lawyers are reading this!). He was a player though.
  13. Steve Sands's Avatar
    [QUOTE=Stuart Duncan;bt402]A tricky one this, as you say without knowing the context of who or what the booing is for hard to say whether justified or not.

    However, considering the often ridiculous ticket prices these days the poor abused fans need some way of expressing their discontent and surely booing is preferable to other more direct, often violent, forms of protest.

    The players should not be so precious and accept that sometimes they have not performed and take their punishment.[/QUOTE]

    Given that the tickets for my clubs next home game are priced at £50 I will be very tempted to boo if we are poor - even though I don't agree with it - just to get my monies worth!!!!
  14. Steve Sands's Avatar
    [QUOTE=Nicola;bt406]Impressed with your findings Mr Sands! Keep up the good work!![/QUOTE]
    You are too kind by far. But thank you anyway.
  15. Unregistered's Avatar
    Introduce the rule in use in hockey whereby a player can play the ball at a free kick to themselves - instantly reducing dissent or rolling about feigning injury etc as a chopped down forward can get straight back up and dribble on
  16. Nicola's Avatar
    Impressed with your findings Mr Sands! Keep up the good work!!
  17. Unregistered's Avatar
    I would also like to consider myself a traditionalist therfore for me Video technology is a big no!!! I understand it has worked effectively in cricket ans rugby however there are lots of natural stoppages in them games and to challenge decisions in football would consequently slow the game down. I feel goal line technology is great however and saves a lot hassle for the officials also this is a technique that has been developed to work instantly without stoppages to the game. Allowing play to continue if its not a goal or to restart if a goal has been allowed. Also decisions in games are what makes the match - penalty, red card, freekick. I feel strongly on the fact that anybody displaying un sportsmanship behaviour (diving, fighting, arguing with officials) should be shown a straight red card, they dont deserve to be on the pitch showing such behaviour that can easily be avoided.
  18. Stuart Duncan's Avatar
    A tricky one this, as you say without knowing the context of who or what the booing is for hard to say whether justified or not.

    However, considering the often ridiculous ticket prices these days the poor abused fans need some way of expressing their discontent and surely booing is preferable to other more direct, often violent, forms of protest.

    The players should not be so precious and accept that sometimes they have not performed and take their punishment.
  19. Stuart Duncan's Avatar
    Not too fussed about the keepers but would go with the rest. How about straight red for foul &abusive to thr ref or assistant refs. Definately for diving.
  20. Unregistered's Avatar
    I too am quite traditional when it comes to television replays in a live game, before you know it the replays will be sponsored then there will be time for a quick advert and games will last a full day like Baseball and will kill the fast free flowing game we have in this country. However I would like to know what the 4th official does and what powers he or she have? Apart from getting Spurs players booked for dissent and waving the electronic board about? Could they not be given more power or encouraged to speak up when he or she sees something the other officials has missed.
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