27th July 2020 at 4:24 pm #135106Hightown hopeParticipant228 pts
Not been on for a few days so only just seen this thread, so here are my contributions for what they are worth…
Manager of the Year – Hassenhutl – after the 9-0 home defeat to Leicester in Nov(?), everyone had Southampton to go down and Hassenhutl to lose his job. The club was a basket case. Instead he turned them round and they survived comfortably. Honorable mentions to Wilder, Klopp and Dyche
Goal of the season – got to agree with Chucky – loved Son’s goal, but it was run close by Jimenez’x fantastic volley against Burnley the other day. Superb technique
Inevitability of the Year – VAR would end up causing more problems and arguments than it solved, as I predicted last summer. What is the f*****g point? Armpits, toenails are offside, but WWE wrestling is allowed to continue in penalty areas. It’s a farce – just dump it! Honourable mention to Adlab for his ‘world is against us’ posts!!
Disappointment of the Year – goal line technology which we all agree is a good thing fails on a crucial occasion and gets Bournemouth relegated. If that goal had been allowed Villa would have had one less point and an extra goal worse goal difference, saving Bournemouth.
Under achievers of the Year – our neighbours, Everton. They get in an A list manager in Ancelotti, and yet continue to deteriorate at an alarming rate. Knocked out of the FA Cup by a bunch of kids when they played their first team, a goalkeeper who appears to have believed the post World Cup hype about himself, summed up by their lack of fight and desire against Bournemouth yesterday. I’d be very worried if I were an Everton fan
Disgrace of the season – as ever dodgy owners leading to the demise of Bury, and the farce at Wigan. Two North western towns with clubs that have been quite possibly criminally mismanaged in to oblivion
Poster of the season – have to give this to Sean. It’s been a pleasure to witness the huge leap from eternal pessimism to joyous optimism. It’s much more fun being optimistic, eh, Sean? Honourable to my friend, gjblues, proving that club rivalries need not be an obstacle to friendship. But you still owe me a pint or two for our win, Gary!!
Disappointment of Year (part2) – after waiting 30 years to win the league, not being able to witness it first hand. It’s better than not winning the league, but even so, is this God’s idea of a joke?
Reformed character of the Year – to Nil. Mate, it’s good to see you back, and touch wood, no rants, no foul language – just good, sensible, even insightful posts. welcome back and keep it up!
Hero of the Year – the Ed for maintaining the website, and keeping us all in order. I wouldn’t even know how to do what you do, so never think you aren’t appreciated!!
Anyway, gone on long enough – it’s as long as one of mak’s posts this. Very enjoyable season for us Liverpool fans. Good luck to City, at least against Madrid in the Champions League, and to all those on here whose teams are still involved in the Europa League and the FA Cup Final!27th July 2020 at 4:51 pm #135119MikusParticipant234 pts27th July 2020 at 6:07 pm #135156
Excellent post Hightown. I wondered too about the Sheffield United non goal and went back to look at the impact of that decision too a bit before your post.
I might well have got this wrong but had that goal stood Villa would as you say have had one point less and the points would have been the same between Villa and Bournemouth as well as the goal difference but Villa had the better goals scored record by one goal and would have stayed up on that badis.
But as I say it’s quite possible I’ve got this wrong. Have another look at it if you get the time like you I would hate to think Bournemouth to be relegated on that basis but then again being relegated by one goal on the basis of goals scored would be just as bad. Cheers 9’s27th July 2020 at 6:28 pm #135166
Team of the Season: Liverpool
Manager of the Year: I would go for Chris Wilder too with Frank Lamoard not too far behind.
Player of the Year: Kevin De Bruyne.
Goal of the Season: oops forgot this one it has to be Son.
Disappointment of the year: Goal line technology failing Sheffield United v Villa. Lets hope it never happens again.
Poster of the Year: Jointly Hightown Hope and Brian Blue both always a quality read.
Most Improved Poster: Nil. Pleased to see Nil living up to his original name of Sensible 7 and making such a positive contribution to the site. Keep it up buddie and keep the Strongbow locked in the fridge.😀
Greatest Contribution to the site: The Editor what a job he’s done and without his hard work magnificent contribution we wouldn’t have this site.
Saddest loss : David Silva he’s graced the City team and the PL for 10 season now and will be a big miss both to City and the PL.
27th July 2020 at 7:07 pm #135186
- This reply was modified 1 week, 6 days ago by nine nine nine.
Great posts hightown and nine
Hightown that was top quality post mate. You said years ago they I never enjoyed the moment and you were so spot on. I took they on board and I just loved watching us evolve
It really has been a special time and I’ve absolutely loved it
Thanks for guiding me through the last few years27th July 2020 at 7:32 pm #13519827th July 2020 at 7:33 pm #135199
Mak-Mate,waspy is by far the worst poster on this site,his posts are almost impossible to read,lol.
27th July 2020 at 7:37 pm #135204Hightown hopeParticipant228 pts
- This reply was modified 2 weeks, 1 day ago by maverick1973.
999…I think Villa finished with a goal difference one worse than Bournemouth anyway so would have been 2 worse and a point worse had that goal stood. Very tough on Bournemouth!
Thanks for enjoying my posts as well. I do try to see other people’s points of view as well but I know I sometimes get a little exasperated at the way people put their differing views across. There is no right or wrong, for example in the Hendo POTY debate. I have always said De Bruyne is the one player I would love to see in red and is almost certainly the most technically proficient player in the Premises, but I still believed Hendo deserved the award and listed my valid reasons.
And Sean, what can I say, mate? My work with you is done!!😂😂😂27th July 2020 at 7:51 pm #135210
HH, I had another look and yes you’re right. I know it’s more than one game but shocking to get relegated given the circumstances.
27th July 2020 at 8:03 pm #135217We’reTheParkLaneParticipant52 pts
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I posted this on the wrong thread so I’ll try again.
It’s an understatement to say this season was a bit strange, very long and desperately sad, congratulations to Liverpool, City, Utd and Chelsea. Got to feel for the injuries Leicester picked up and for Wolves who dropped out of a Europa place on the last day. I wouldn’t begrudge them our spot if they won the Europa this season but that’s a long shot with a lot of very good teams still in it.
The PL has lost 2 of it’s greats in Silva and Vertonghen and won’t be the same next season without them.
The same 4 teams will fight for the title next season with the others priced out of any challenge, Spurs will be about as exciting as watching wood warp , Arsenal will do better if they can tighten up their defence ……a lot, sorry Steve.Leicester , Wolves , Arsenal and Newcastle if the takeover gets the nod will be in the mix for the Europa spots along with Spurs boring teams to death.27th July 2020 at 10:07 pm #135275
Shiney , For years, Vertonghen was the best left centre back in the league. A snip @9 million. He reminded me of Daniel agger. Lovely left foot and tenacious in the tackle. Great player. Must have been at spurs 9/10 years?28th July 2020 at 1:45 pm #135665We’reTheParkLaneParticipant52 pts28th July 2020 at 10:12 pm #135885EditorKeymaster533 pts
Only just reading this thread. Thanks for the kind words Hightown and Nine. I believe Hightown, in particular, was one of the first to sign up here so many thanks for sticking around! Huge thanks to Nine also for moderating when I’m not around and for so often being the voice of reason.
Will get my votes in tomorrow29th July 2020 at 9:11 am #136187threepsParticipant193 pts
Team of the season: Liverpool
Manager of the season: Chris Wilder, great job on their return. Kudos to Klopp and Lampard too. And to Ole who I think everyone had written off and yet Utd will now play in the CL next season. Not sure he knew much on how they did it mind…
Goal of the season. Son’s was a great individual goal no doubt but I will go against the common vote and say Salah vs City. Fantastic crossfield pass (with his weaker boot) from TAA to Robertson, one touch then a whipped ball that takes a bounce that Salah cushions into the net. The cross was perfect and so was Salah’s run, any quicker he might of just been offside!
Disappointment of the season. City’s title defence excuses. 9 defeats and 18 points behind is pretty rubbish yet I heard so many times it’s because of VAR, or the league wants one of the “Cartel” to win, or it’s an anti-Arab thing. Leicester second half of the season also worthy of a mention after they were in such a good position for CL.
Signing of the season: Has to be Fernandes right? Since he joined Utd they look a different team.
Flop of the season. That big guy West Ham got from Germany, Haller I think? After 4 goals in the first 4 matches he was poor for the rest of the season ending on 7 goals. I thought he would be my surprise hit in the fantasy football league.
Disappointment of the season. All those people, be it people like Karen Brady or just the common fan, that used Coronavirus as a means to their teams benefit or (even worse) to the detriment of another. Yes I am talking about the null and void brigade. Bet a lot of them that still have a team in the CL will not be thinking null and void anymore!29th July 2020 at 9:45 am #136202EditorKeymaster533 pts
Team of the season
Liverpool. No contest. Special mention for Sheff Utd though.
Manager of the season
Going to say Klopp here. If he doesn’t get it this season, what would he have to do to get it?!
Goal of the season
Son’s solo effort
Disappointment of the season
Leicester’s collapse. Sorry Pool fans but it’s not the first time a Rodgers side has buckled is it? Would have serious doubts about Rodgers taking over my club
Signing of the season
Can’t see past Fernandes. Don’t think any signing has had the impact he has this season.
Flop of the season.
Moise Kean and Ancelotti. Expected big things of these 2 at Everton. Neither have delivered.29th July 2020 at 3:15 pm #13634129th July 2020 at 3:38 pm #136352
Sean, “the null and void brigade, hoping a pandemic would stop liveroool from winning the league”.
That might be the way some fans saw it but that certainly wasn’t all fans and I’m not sure it was the majority Sean and there was with many fans genuine concerns about project restart and whether it was the right thing to do in the difficult circumstances the country found itself in.
Personally I’m on record on here as being against the restart and for calling the PL as it stood despite all the potential problems of doing that imo it looked less problematical at the time than cramming so many games into such a limited period with all the unknowns.
I’m also on record on here as saying if the PL was called then Liverpool should be declared Champions.
In hindsight we can now say despite the empty grounds and all of the concerns the PL did incredibly well to finish the season so well done to them and everyone involved including all the Clubs,players and management.
Ultimately it proved to be the right decision but it could have all ended very differently thankfully it didn’t.
29th July 2020 at 3:45 pm #136356
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Agree with you on Rodgers Sean.
Funnily enough I put this post up yesterday elsewhere.
“Despite the injuries Leicester should of had enough in terms of points and the squad to get over the line and they’ve struggled for wins against all the top Clubs in the PL.
Rodgers talks the talk but he doesn’t always walk the walk and this is the second time in his PL managerial career that his team’s have folded when in a great position to achieve something and him trying to put a gloss on it by saying it was Leicester’s second best finish in the PL although it might be true doesn’t compensate.
Anyone who hangs a giant portrait of themselves in their home is questionable imo.😀”29th July 2020 at 3:52 pm #13636129th July 2020 at 4:05 pm #136370threepsParticipant193 pts
Not all null and void references should be taken to heart guys, im sure most of you lot had genuinely concerned reasons. But there were a lot of spiteful people out there too, or others that did would use the virus to save their own situation. That was very disappointing.
You just have to visit a certain Man City forum to see for yourself. They have all shut up now the title has been won but they still have a chance of the CL. Funny that the virus is no longer an issue for them.
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