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  1. The Premier League Circus certainly is, but there’s still some decent stuff to watch in the lower leagues if you get the chance.
  2. Gotta admit, that reply (I’m sure it was helpful to some) just confused me even more! It’s definitely a generation thing![emoji23]
  3. I’m puzzled[mention=48662]scottsdad[/mention]. How is this guy a ‘big name’ Prof if he’s joined you on a Teaching Contract, unless it’s something very specialist? It doesn’t sound like that’s the case, in that you have ‘allocated’ the new boy his teaching hours. I’m assuming a ‘Red Brick’ Russell Group institution given the description of the Management structure? If the chap is a renowned academic, surely it’s also down to his research pedigree, which you would also expect would bring more value to the University in the novation of existing grants (the transfer of his PhD students perhaps) and securing new funding. If he has joined you with continuing commitments from another University, wouldn’t this already impact on his R&D and Supervision time? You mentioned that you were short staffed at the moment, but it seems unusual that a six figure salary, highly regarded Professor would be brought in as scheduled cover for teaching hours no? He sounds like a pain, but has he joined you on a genuine misunderstanding given his level or has he become so research- inactive that teaching is his only option at present? [emoji848]
  4. Not one for the purists perhaps tonight in the main, but a draw probably just about a fair result over all. Composed finish from Larne sub Navid Nasseri, but great work from McDaid to set him up. Great response from wee Jordan Stewart though, to ensure an exciting finish. Blues still unbeaten, but this title race is wide open this term.
  5. Good to see that the Larne Vs Linfield game in the Danske Bank Premiership, has a Monday night slot on Sky Sports 1 this evening, KO @19:45. Just hope it’s a decent game in front of a bigger TV audience than usual, tucked away on the iPlayer.
  6. The Civil Service (NI) Cricket Ground on the Upper Newtownards Road at Stormont is a smashing setting. Carrickfergus Cricket Club is also a really nice set up, to while away a few hours in the summer with a cold beer whilst watching a game.
  7. Many thanks, think I’ll stick with it. Cheers
  8. Just started Mayflies by Andrew O’Hagan set in Ayrshire in 1986. A couple of chapters in, but finding it a little slow and waiting for it to ignite. Any other P&B’ ers read it, is it worth persevering with?
  9. Tasty game coming up, in the early Kick Off next Saturday at Craven Cottage. 2nd place Fulham take on West Bromwich Albion sitting in 3rd.
  10. It’s not as though he’s just having a poor run of games either. As a defender his sense of positioning and awareness (of what’s happening around him) is just so hopelessly lacking for the level he’s playing at. Man United fans leaving in droves at Half Time, without their comeback in the CL midweek, OGS would be toast this evening.
  11. In the Championship, leaders Ards went down at Lakeview Park to an Andrew Hoey goal, and down to ten men after Jamie McGovern’s late dismissal, their win sees Loughgall move up to 5th. 2nd placed Newry surprisingly beaten at home on Friday night by Dergview. Summer signing Benny Igiehon and Cathal Farren on the scoresheet for Tommy Cannon’s visitors. Improving Ballyclare missed the opportunity to go joint top after a goalless draw at home to Institute, the away side missing a 2nd half penalty. The Comrades also reduced to ten men after former Crus’ and Coleraine defender Howard Beverland received his marching orders. Game of the day at Breda Park, Knock and near neighbours Dundela in a 3-3 rollercoaster. The visitors coming from two down to lead 3-2 before conceding a late Andrew Long equaliser. Jason McCartney’s strike just after the break enough to seal the points for Ballinamallard at home to Annagh United. At the foot of the table Queens Uni remain rooted at the bottom but perhaps unfortunate not to take something from the game hosting Welders, Michael McLellan netting a last gasp winner to take all three points back to East Belfast, running out 2-1 winners. The top two meet in the Friday night game at Clandeboye this coming week. Ballyclare vs Loughgall at Dixon Park, looks to be the pick of Saturday’s fixtures.
  12. [email protected] but that’s a cracking win for the Sky Blues[emoji6] It’s still early days, but Monday nights game could be a real chance to show who’s boss eh? In the Championship a couple of surprise results. Loughgall beating Ards, and Dergview winning at Newry.
  13. Mickleover Sports 1 Stalybridge Celtic 3 (@ the Don Amott Arena - Derby) Crowd 422
  14. Decent scrap, but disappointing given the amount of possession away from home, just didn’t create anything of note 2nd half. Swift’s 2nd all too predictable, Carrick trying to push for the equaliser. No complaints though. Shields will be delighted with that, King knows that’s a missed opportunity to get back on track, that might not present itself again over the next few weeks.[emoji853]
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