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Happy World Goth Day
by Fruitbat at 09:44 22 May 2017

Although 'happy' probably isn't the right word!

Tune in
Turn on
Burn out
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Support your local team
by gerry_us at 10:28 21 May 2017

Mine (Cleethorpes) yeah, Cleethorpes are at Wembley today in Vase final.
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Same again
by bwildered at 18:35 19 May 2017

Season ticket prices to remain the same for next season 2017-8 . A good move on the club / chairman .
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Retrospective bans for diving
by Leadbelly at 23:38 18 May 2017

I confess I was somewhat ambivalent when I first heard about this but Sam Allardyce has called the proposals "utter rubbish" and put forward a very limp case for why it shouldn't happen. Thanks Sam...I'm now all for it!
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Just a few more
by bwildered at 17:11 18 May 2017

JM states U's would have made the play- off's with a few more games !! Well perhaps if did not play way or go on a winless run or play any of the top three !
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Olly Murs at WHCS
by noah4x4 at 19:12 16 May 2017

Parking £15 per car at Stadium
£10 at Colchester (near WHCS) Park & Ride
£10 at Ardleigh

I am not going, and as a local resident now fear nuisance street parking.

These prices are just exploitive (notably Park & Ride; which is normally £3). Bet these won't pay for a new striker. Wonder what cut the borough council will get?
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Another new ground next season
by durham_exile at 16:44 14 May 2017

Forest Green currently 3-1 up at Wembley against Tranmere.

85 mins played

Up the U's
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Chuckaturd Trophy
by Daniel at 13:56 13 May 2017

The competition is going to continue with under 21 sides for at least another two years.

http://www.efl.com/news/article/2016/checkatrade-trophy-backed-by-league-one-and
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Political comment of the highest order?
by Leadbelly at 17:51 11 May 2017

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-39873120
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Eurovision type table
by Itsnotunusal at 09:56 11 May 2017

Interesting table created by fans with a Eurovision format.....

http://www.thesackrace.com/news/10th-may-2017/eurovision-league-two-manager-of-t
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U'sual Champions League - final
by wessex_exile at 23:01 10 May 2017

Without further ado, the semi-finals have finished as follows:

Burnsieespana......8-v-2......Colukev
Despite a spirited rearguard action from Kev with outcomes for both Juve's home and away wins, Burnsie has battered his way into the U'sual Champions League final with 8pts, courtesy of Real's home win outcome and Ronaldo's hat-trick in the first leg, Mbappe's goal last night, and in excellent form Atletico Madrid's 2-1 win spot-on tonight.

Gate16......5-v-8......MFB
Similarly, MFB's blistering form in all competitions continues, also with Real's first leg home win outcome and Ronaldo's hat-trick, backed up by Juve's first leg away win outcome plus two goals for Higuain, and Juve's home win outcome last night, for an equally impressive 8pts. Particular commiserations for Gate though, as his spot-on for Juve's 2-0 away win in the first leg, their home win outcome for the 2nd leg match yesterday, and Griezmann's goal tonight, kept matters very close right to the end with 5pts.

So, the U'sual Champions League final is between:
Burnsieespana......v......MFB

And the 3rd place match is between:
Gate16......v......Colukev


The final is Juventus v Real Madrid on Saturday 3rd June 2017 (kick-off 1945).

As usual, there are nine categories to predict, so please PM me your predictions for the following: 
(A) Result - 3pts spot-on, 1pt for the outcome; 
(B) Goal scorer - pick one, get 1pt for each goal they score (including own goals); 
(C) Attempts on target - 2pts for spot-on, 1pt if within one; 
(D) Attempts off target - ditto; 
(E) Corners - ditto; 
(F) Fouls - ditto; 
(G) Yellow cards - ditto (a straight red is not two yellows); and 
(H) Red cards - ditto (two yellows will count as two yellows and one red). 
(TB) The tie-break is the minute for the first substitution, closest (either side) wins. In the unlikely event that there are no substitutions, this will be 0 (zero) minutes.

Note that for the final alone, a spot-on result will not count towards the tie-break.

As usual, all predictions will be for the normal time match stats as provided by BBC Sport online, extra-time or penalties will not count. The only questions you can't match exactly on are (A) and (TB), so whilst there is no other advantage to predicting first, predicting last may mean having to change one or both of those predictions. Assuming I have time, I will warn anyone of this situation, but if you send your predictions too close to kick-off, I really can't guarantee I will be able to respond in time.


...and finally, as a tie-break wasn't required, I can now share your predictions for the U's v Yeovil attendance, as follows:
Actual attendance = 6,565
Burnsieespana = 7,084 (519 off)
Colukev = 5,997 (568 off)
Gate16 = 6,781 (216 - well done sir!)
MFB = 6,245 (320)
You are all to be collectively praised for this, because your average of 6,527 was just 38 off the actual attendance!
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Non league gems?
by Leadbelly at 21:08 8 May 2017

Do they still exist? If so, are Col U still trying to unearth a few? Or do the resources ploughed into the academy mean that is now the only route for a young player to make it into the first XI?
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Time to take the positives
by RSCOSWORTH at 13:40 8 May 2017

In what overall has been a good season for the U's I think now would be a good time to reflect on the last nine months and highlight anything positive relating to the club on or off the field.

Rules are only one positive per post and no consectutive posts. So control yourself Durham!
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HL 2016/17 Charity Shield & Division One Play-off Finals - Deadline Sat. 15.00
by mfb_cufc at 21:19 7 May 2017

Semi-final Results

BOURNEMOUTH 2 STOKE 2
BURNLEY 2 WEST BROM 2
HULL 0 SUNDERLAND 2
LEICESTER 3 WATFORD 0
SWANSEA 1 EVERTON 0
EXETER 2 CARLISLE 3
HARTLEPOOL 2 DONCASTER 1
NEWPORT 2 NOTTS COUNTY 1
STEVENAGE 0 ACCRINGTON 3
WYCOMBE 1 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 0


CHARITY SHIELD SEMI-FINALS

mfb_cufc 5 (0) ethicsgirl 4 (0)
A repeat of this seasons Happy Cup Final, and it is mfb_cufc who came out on top again, in a game that could have gone either way.

burnsieespana 8 (1) sevebalo 2
By being the only one this week to predict a win for Hartlepool, this brave decision got burnsieespana a vital 3 pointer. Though his five other outcomes were more than enough to get him a comfortable win.

DIVISION ONE PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINALS

basher2010 3 (0) durham_exile 4 (0)
With the 3 pointers being difficult to find, this was another game that was decided by other outcomes, and it is durham_exile claiming the Final spot.

mrhappy 0 gsy163 3 (0)
This game turned out to be an administrators nightmare, well it was for me anyway. With mrhappy posting too late for the 15.00 kick-offs, his blind 1-0's for the other six games got him a very good 8 points. That was obviously enough to win the game, but unfortunately those predictions were posted at 17.31, one minute after kick-off time. The rule that I have consistently applied, is that any predictions posted after the kick-off deadline, have to be made void. So sorry mrhappy, in the order of fairness, I have to abide by the rules.

CHARITY SHIELD FINAL

mfb_cufc v burnsieespana

DIVISION ONE PLAY-OFF FINAL

gsy163 v durham_exile


These are one off games, no replays. The usual tie-breaker rules apply, most 3 pointers, and then more importantly the first to post. Finally no more than four scores the same as your opponent, please.

The Fixtures To keep the suspense going there are five games on Saturday, and we finish with five games on Sunday. All 10 fixtures to be predicted by the 15.00 Saturday deadline please.

BOURNEMOUTH v BURNLEY
MIDDLESBROUGH v SOUTHAMPTON
SUNDERLAND v SWANSEA
STOKE v ARSENAL (17.30)
FULHAM v READING (Championship Play-off 17.30)
CRYSTAL PALACE v HULL (Sun 12.00)
HUDDERSFIELD v READING (Championship Play-off Sun 12.00)
TOTTENHAM v MANCHESTER UNITED (Sun 16.30)
BLACKPOOL v LUTON (League 2 Play-off Sun 18.30)
CARLISLE v EXETER (League 2 Play-off Sun 18.30)

Good luck everybody.

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Contracts
by Fruitbat at 09:58 7 May 2017

A lot of players out of contract.

Those with first team appearances to their names:

Akinwande
Briggs
Brill
Brindley
Doyley
Eastman
Edge
Elokobi
Kinsella
Porter
Vincent-Young
Wright

Who stays?
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Research on our everyday use of electronic devices
by theacademic at 06:19 7 May 2017

Thanks to those who took part in an earlier version of some university research I am involved in that is looking at how we conduct our everyday relationships through smartphones, computers, tablets and other electronic devices. I have now moved on to a second phase of questions and I hope you can spare a few minutes to share your important views.

https://teesside.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/screen-society-2

Thanks in advance.
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Play-off contenders
by wessex_exile at 22:56 6 May 2017

So, now all is said and done, who do we want to say cheerio to in the play-offs? With apologies to our Northern Branch, Carlisle are front and centre as my preferred team to be victorious in the play-offs...
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