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Arsenal v the Smoggies – it is early yet

Dear Positivitas, please find below the wise and no doubt the carefully considered words of a Smoggie, Mr Stroller by name who has been a supporter of Boro since Jack Charlton was a small boy.

Bill offers a spot of history, a spot of technical football analysis and – well, yes, on Valentine’s Day – lust.

Enjoy !

BORO v ARSENAL…..

OMG….. I can see David Mills even now…. the late 70’s…blonde afro hairstyle flying in the breeze as he sliced through the Arsenal defence YET AGAIN….as Arsenals defence collapsed like a House of Cards before him….and the 5th Boro goal nestled in the back of the net……….

Terry Neill suggested afterwards that the Arse defence had practised their passing game against 10 dustbins in training the day before…AND THE DUSTBINS WON !!

I recall coming down to the Gunners FAB HIGHBURY Stadium the year Jack Charlton’s Boro got promoted in 1975. I had to see KEN FRIAR, your long serving Club Secretary to conclude a little business BEFORE the game. He invited my colleague and I to have lunch in one of the club restaurants and we were taken to a beautiful dining room and sat on the next table to Joan Collins and her dad.                  My pal said – can you smell Sunday Dinner….and I said.. “ I can SMELL MONEY”   Hell, we were used to having a BOVRIL & a MARS Bar “OooP NORTH “. This was a different world and your famous MARBLED HALLS were amazing. What a classy place it was…and so was JOAN. The woman was very sexy to us 2 young fellas sat next to her. She teased us and tickled our fancies and was quite preposterous with some of her suggestions. She and her dad asked if we want to have a go on their “forwards sweep draw”….so we said go on then. Trouble was we had to decline as they were chucking in a TENNER a go…we used to put 50 pence in OOP at AYRESOME PARK.

Highbury was always one of my fave grounds…and over the last 30 years or so – ARSE have been my 4th FAVE TEAM in RED…after Boro , BORO reserves…and my BILLINGHAM STROLLERS VETERANS team…who appeared at WEMBLEY STADIUM in August 1993 at the CHARITY SHIELD. We shared the pitch with ARSENAL that day as they followed our game against NOTTINGHAM VETS by playing ( and losing) to Man Utd.,

As for SUNDAY’s game…… well…. BORO are no longer the surprise package in the FA CUP…and you guys MAY have a bit of a battle on your hands.

Personally, I think YOUR GAME will suit our style far more than MAN CITY did. YOU LOT have CLASS all over the pitch and we have PASSION and COMMITTMENT and PACE…..and a fair amount of CLASS. AITOR KARANKA will make sure we’re NOT overawed and NOT over confident after our good form throughout the season.

DANGER MEN you need to watch out for……. TBH….ALL OF US……… Our keeper is TERRIFIC. He’s 36 and been on the scrapheap more times than enough yet he’s got more clean sheets than the SAVOY HOTEL.

The back four is full of class, height, pace, heading ability and great savvy. VERY disciplined indeed.

Mid-field dynamos are Leadbitter and Clayton – the BEST 2 guys in the Championship. Work well off and with each other and are supported by 4 good forwards who don’t know the meaning of “an off-day”.         They all have lots of individual and different talents and yet they work brilliantly as a team. Our bench has 7 others on there as good as the first choice XI.

You will have a hard task tomorrow. Don’t expect to WIN without a BATTLE on your hands and blood on your boots . ……..

…and yet…as MUCH as I want us to win….and every BORO fan of the 5,500 LUCKY ones there tomorrow and the thousands at home……. will be cheering us on to win. OUR SUPPORT over the last couple of seasons has been fantastic.   We’re all going to enjoy the day BUT IF we don’t manage to defeat a great team at home…then we are all hoping that we’ll be back to see you again NEXT SEASON.

Is Joan COLLINS still a season ticket holder.. ??

How old is she now… ??

Anyone got her number… ??

Hope it’s a great game …….

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  1. Stroller, although most gooners would describe that win as comfortable, everyone I have spoke to said you definitely showed enough to prove you won’t struggle next season.
    Boro already look like a side that can go anywhere and give a good account and not just a cup match here and there but every week.

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  2. Stroller? If memory serves me well, that was GG’s nickname as a player, wasn’t it?
    Must be a closet Arsenal fan.

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  3. I wrote before the game that I felt there isn’t a huge gulf between teams at the top of the championship or those at towards the bottom of the PL and I saw nothing to change that impression. You could swap teams around, say QPR or Leicester with Boro or any others near the top and I think it would show the high standards these squads have when compared with yesteryear.

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  4. top secret :

    wenger to giroud post m’boro :

    We’ve come a long long way together,
    Through the hard times and the good,
    I have to celebrate you baby,
    I have to praise you like I should

    I have to praise you
    I have to praise you
    I have to praise you
    I have to praise you like I should

    my sources in spain…

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  5. in fact the emirates …all 60,000 should be singing that …. not just for olivier..but the club

    ill go talk to bully….sort it out…

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  6. heh bulleh …bulleh bulleh…bulleh bulleh bulleh ..watch it now ….

    aaaright ‘ere maet rihn akwhats up assgrf shame? all kowri ney ?

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  7. dja no watameen ?

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  8. my sources in spain…said that the water in majorca don’t taste like what it ought ta

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  9. France Football cover describes Jose Mourinho today as “The Shit Stirrer”

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  10. FA Cup Quarter Finals

    Liverpool v Blackburn Rovers

    Bradford City v Reading

    Preston North End or Man Utd v Arsenal

    Aston Villa V West Brom

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  11. I am looking for a performance from Phil Dowd tonight – get them tiger

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  12. If PNE had a bit of finesse in the final 3rd, they’d be ripping Manu apart by now.

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  13. That was one of the most dire half’s of football I can remember. PNE have no plan to attack and United don’t know what to do about it except sling long balls up to Fellaini and Falcao.

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  14. Ho ho ho – what ‘ave we ‘ere?

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  15. http://www.itv.com/goodmorningbritain/news/archie-gets-a-special-visitor-from-arsenal

    The commentary between 1.35 and 1.50 is very funny.

    How about that, one nil to Preston. Fourty odd minutes to go.

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  16. eduardo
    February 16, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    heh di you read his quote on varane zouma..and how france should thank him ..lol…pisshead… it was very difficult for zidanne to get access to varane at lens obviously ..who is zouma though?

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  17. Better side are deservedly in front

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  18. thank you fins i knew i could have faith in you…sounds like mom wilshere has had enough of seeing her boy in discotheques surrounded by groupies ..thereis hope..never underestimate the power of mom.

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  19. is man united losing? im not watching..if i do theyll equalise…is it at old tralold

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  20. Manure winning 1:2

    Crap decision by Dowd i allowing the first Yanited goal when Rooney was clearly interfering with play and blocking/obstructing the GK’s view.

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  21. Looks like Fergie didn’t take all the luck with him!

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  22. And now a classic Rooney dive. LvG’s ploy of having two divers on the pitch paid off.

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  23. Lucky lucky bastards – one day they will get severely found out

    I hope it is us who have that pleasure

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  24. The slow-mo of that Rooney dive should be compulsory viewing for all referees.

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  25. But on the other hand, Preston are pretty crap.

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  26. Roy is a knob.

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  27. May I quote you on that, d-c?
    I assume you mean Woy, son of Hodge.

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  28. So – a trip to Old Toilet. Better get Wojciech looking at those Rooney videos – don’t get fooled again.

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  29. MUFC away is not a favourable draw.

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  30. Would be nice though George to go there and beat the feckers

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  31. i understand your caution george but to be honest im fed up with it…they need to come out and beat them. no excuses. not because i want the cup…but because we need to start psychologically owning these players so they know that from now on and years to come they will be jack’s and aarons and mesut’s and theo’s and alexis’ bitches. same goes for city and chelsea….thats why im a bit disappointed with this year. we have allowed that cunt mou and those chavs to gain psychological edge over us…why? i note we can deal with city ..but we can not deal with united or chelsea…..this needs to change. fast.

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  32. for chelsea i would play kons gabriel fast agile ninjas get to ball first and have good jumping heading ability and good on the tackle as well as recovery monreal bellerin to guard willian and hazard respectively….hazard will have tough time against fast and technical bellerin. , flamini coqlin wilshere snachez welbeck theo … strong fast and dirty

    flami coq and jack to beat up cesc matic ramirez etc im talking serious tackles and pain….theo to rip azpilicuate a new one…sanchez the same to ivanovic and welbeck with his power/speed to be a nigthmare for that white trash duet they got at the back

    to beat those chavs you need pace on the wings and brutality in midfield.

    no cazorla no ozil no rosicky no ramsey no giroud…….unless we are 3-0 ahead and want to toy with them. im no manager ..thats just my thoughts

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  33. for united though…… pace and trickery from the off and expose those jokers evans joness and whatever other stupid defenders they got there…. here we need amadeus to penetrate through van gaal strange line ups and our best finishers to kill degea quickly. special man to man mission on rooney with emphasis on stepping on his achilees early on and hopefully cause a tear…

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  34. right fellas..this will be a loooooooooooooooooooong week then…..
    ZZZzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZ

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  35. It may not be a favourable draw George but if we turn up as we did at Oil-lands, then we will turn them over big time. No more of this lackadaisical Stoke and SHL nonsense please guys. No taking anyone for granted. 100% in every game from now on.

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  36. Hunter @ 9.00pm

    There is always hope

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  37. And we are due to give ManU a towsing. Especially after the daylight robbery they got away with at the Emirates.

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  38. Abou Diaby Is Alive!!
    pic.twitter.com/UmRRfuekPh

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