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  1. There has already been a thread on this which has been locked due to the Police activity about the attacks here. Please use the search facility before starting new threads, and above all, be safe. Closing.
  2. If you can help the OP, then please use the Private Messaging facility.
  3. The quote from the judge which I've read is "You are clearly trading insolvently, and very probably with HMRC's money." - from Matt Slater's BBC blog.
  4. Now I'm certainly not going to defend anything that has happened over on that side of the city, but you appear to miss the point. The club is the focal point for the community of fans. As fans, and as bodies of fans, we are our own communities. Yes, it's incontravertible that clubs are businesses, and more so than ever before, but clubs breed a community, and by dint of that are part and the very embodiment of those communities.
  5. Which would be a gravy, as opposed to an instant one, I agree. The other reason is that pork is extremely lean, and so gives off little fat. Chicken tends to give off little but water too. It's the fat which gives the sauce/jus/gravy, along with the bits of meat left behind. A vegetable 'stock' with good condiments will always make a good vegetarian gravy though if you've no other juices to use, when reduced. Henderson's is an obligatory ingredient.
  6. My ticket was got for me the other week ..... apparently .....
  7. As someone who has worked in this world for many years, would anyone tell me what the difference is from the New Deal, unless unemployment now = a crime? Yours, HH.
  8. If anyone can help, then please use the PM facility. Closing.
  9. Brian the Blade is about the only reason to listen to "Football Lunatics". He's as mad as a pint of chips, but at least provides some entertainment.
  10. Given that there are a multitude of reasons why the Police may be about in any guise, in any area, varying from minor to highly serious, it would be confusing and unhelpful to have such a thread. Thanks, and closing.
  11. Do you mean Armistice Day or Remembrance Sunday? I'm not aware of "Poppy Day", so as such I'm not sure how such a day could upset our Teutonic friends.
  12. Once again, someone disagrees with our resident insult hurler, and so he resorts to ignoring the case in point. Pathetic. Jon Snow is right to wear a poppy when he chooses within the time it is accepted to do so. I give to the Legion, but I see no reason why I should have to wear a poppy to show my thanks. More to the point, it's absolutely nobody else's business as to whether I have or not donated. It's as simple as that.
  13. Er, yeah! Hallam are more favoured by Wednesday, but Club are more favoured by United .... sorry if I didn't make that clearer If you mean the Coach and Horses, that's outside Sheffield FC in Dronfield!
  14. Not in the slightest. I can still be a Beatles fan, despite the band not existing. Wednesday fans can continue to be Wednesday fans, even if the club were not be extant. It really isn't difficult.
  15. Nope. They would be fans of a defunct club. The club wouldn't exist, but they still would. I'm a Beatles fan, but the band hasn't existed since before I was born.
  16. Indeed, and traditionally Hallam is the "Wednesday" team, and Club the "United" team. In fact, I remember the Hallam FC site having "Hi Ho Silver Lining" as its theme tune on the front page.
  17. Pretty much, but the Government at the time set the boundaries. CAMRA was never going to even have the faintest opportunity in keeping many regional breweries alive. Let's face it, CAMRA is a pressure group, not a political party, but in retrospect I really do think we/they managed to do a lot of damage. Whilst a change in thought happened at a national level, it just meant that the people who had the whip hand (the breweries/pub owners) changed tack. At the same time, people started to be able to do the 'booze cruises', and even later didn't need to as booze became cheaper in the supermarkets. As far as the ownership of the pubs is concerned, the breweries owned them. So they sold off the breweries, and then became pub owning companies, with either the portfolio for the beer, or the lease on the land and/or buildings.
  18. One of the biggest reps used to be a member of the Anti-Social club of which I'm a member, and was a Ward's outlet. The point was that the brewery meant nowt, but the tied estate did. The same with Stones and Whitbread and their breweries.
  19. I've said before extensively. We used to have six major brewers who had major tied estates. The problem was that smaller breweries found it difficult to buy pubs, or sell their beer in the free trade. CAMRA rightly objected to this, in my opinion. When the big 'brewers' were told that they couldn't brew and have a load of pubs, "The MMC Report", they got rid of the breweries and concentrated on being pub owning operations. Hence ended locally brewed beer on a regional basis. This was all on the back of A CAMRA campaign to have guest beers. Yes, guest beers were allowed, but it was effectively a cartel in the early 90's and a few years beforehand. 'Portfolios' were created to allow for a real ale (it had to be a real ale as a guest) between the big breweries, and then the breweries went as they weren't needed. Whitbread went as far as to create the embryonic "Hogshead" chain, having shut the Exchange Brewery despite an extensive refurbishment anyway. "JD Wetherspoons" also jumped on the "buy beer" bandwagon. Manufacturing plants of nitrokeg beers became the norm, and realistically are still as such. For the 'major' breweries, real ale is a side issue. As such, we've actually gone back 25 years. We're exactly where we were before. Stones in taste and even strength is the same as Watney's Red Barrel was in the 70's.
  20. Money talks, so I gathered .... Not really. That said, Evie was the best Jolly Buffer/CRB supper of the lot .... in her 80s, and she'd still turn up no matter what band was on for her couple of glasses of sherry and and a half of Guinness!
  21. The brewery wasn't bought and closed by big business in the slightest at that time! Ward's was bought by Vaux in the early 70s, nearly 30 years before its untimely demise. The pub itself was always something of a hole, but when the brewery was stil about, it had a certain allure. It never even had all of the beers brewed over the road. Equally, when we had our one season back in the sun, it was extensively promoted as an 'away' pub.
  22. I doubt that's the case. What really happened was he appointed one monstrosity of a manager as the main man at the helm. We've been picking up the pieces on the pitch ever since Barny Sornob arrived. That said, wasn't he co-chief exec at the same time as Mike McDonald? Just after we lost to Palace at Wembley? Whilst having to add Heath (who had rescued the ex-Owl Waddle at Burnley as a manager and nearly gaining them promotion, before a shocking tenure in Sheffield) to the list, this would have to mean that his appointments include our most successful manager of the last 20 years. I hope you still have your "Premiership Return" season ticket under your pillow as a keepsake.
  23. Stelling is fantastic. Kamara is value too.
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