Chris Hughton confirmed after tonight’s goalless friendly at MK Dons he is mulling over a loan switch to Nottingham Forest for central defender Dani Ayala.

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The Spanish youth international is wanted by the Championship club on a season-long deal, but Hughton revealed he has yet to make a final decision whether to sanction a move to the City Ground.

“At the moment nothing is confirmed,” he said. “There has been that interest and we’ll just see where that goes but nothing has yet been confirmed. It is an enquiry – that is all I would say.

“We’ll certainly know more over the next day or two and then we have got a decision to make at the club on what we do on that one. I have to make that decision but I have five centre halves at the moment.

“He is a good young talent, he is young and he an injury last year that restricted his games. I think from memory he only played six or seven times in the first team and he is one that we would like to see how he develops but that is for the next day or two.”

Hughton was prepared to offload midfielder Andrew Crofts to Brighton earlier this week with the Welsh international re-joining his old club on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Hughton admitted he was unable to guarantee Crofts regular football after the midfielder had slipped down the pecking order during City’s successful Premier League campaign.

“I think it is a good move perhaps for both the player and the club,” he said. “He was very restricted in the number of games he played last season. He is the type of player who wants to be playing week in, week out.

“Although it wasn’t in my period of time here I think we would like to thank him for the service he gave this club over the last couple of seasons.

“He served us very well, in both promotion seasons, but that is one that has moved on now and we wish him all the best but we have to concentrate very much on what we are trying to do now in the future.”

Hughton was satisfied with another useful fitness work out at the League One promotion hopefuls.

“These are a good side,” he said. “They play a very good brand of football and they do it very, very well. I think we got an awful lot out of tonight’s fixture. We perhaps nullified each other.”

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  • Can't see any logic in letting Ayala go out on loan, unless we have options to call back. I can't see Ward achieving the required consistency at this level, but I'm happy to be proved otherwise. Personally, I'd like us to add some further strike options. OTBC.

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    BureValleyPaddy

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • Creepy MBA Marine & Zebbee, I was just having a discussion with a friend at work regarding Owen and how I think a move for him to Carra Rud would be fantastically beneficial for both player & club. After talking it through, the largest problem seemed to be whether Owen would stomach the wage drop for a decent footballing prospect over a salary he'd be more used to elsewhere.

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    Scrimmage Canary

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

  • The Xanadu thing was only a joke, continuing the Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch theme started by Wiv. The Legend of Xanadu was a `60s hit by that aforementioned pop act. Captaincozmik spotted the Coleridge connection! Also known as "Shang-tu", it is indeed a place; an ancient city in South-East Mongolia. Another song, just plain "Xanadu", was a later collaboration between Electric Light Orchestra and that doyenne of lady Norfolk referesses, Olivia Newton-Flotman. Wiv, that whole Fingringhoe thing is a follow up to your Sydney Adelaide jape. You have to connect it with that ancienr earthwork near Malting Green. All will become clear. Maybe some "pretty flowers" will help? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

  • I have some sympathy with MBA Marine's point of view here, you need a mix of experience and enthusiasm, which I think that we are getting now. Already we seem to be a little more soild when on the back-foot but we still neded the sparkle at the front.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • It's the wacky baccy, it sometimes brings on delusions of grandeur. Have some sympathy though, there's not much to smile about between Bates and Colin apart from that we gifted them Adam Drury.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • No apology needed Scrim ;-) I`ve been planting some silly jokes about place names lately which are much sillier than your rose reference (which I was V slow picking up on). Once, a simple typo in the EDP, "puck" instead of "pluck", led to a full-blown International forum on "A Midsummer Night`s Dream". There`re some weird people get on these boards! I`d rather we kept Pibull Vaughan, too, for similar reasons to yours. As Swiss has said, it`s getting to the time the squad needs to be settled a bit. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • Hi Dubai. Sorry - road trip yesterday. Just got back, as they say in Ipswich. Yep, Accra-based. Let me know when you get your trip here confirmed.

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    Ghanawintheleague

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

  • I understand CDU and Andy's points. But I dont look at Owen as a superstar name on big bucks, he is passed that. I see him as a fantastic member of a squad someone everybit if not more valuable to the training pitch than the match pitch, a super sub for match days. What lambo's ethos misses is that youth and willing can be headless chickens without wise heads. when the game is in our grasp NCFC are great but when we're over run we can loose shape and take up the hack it away method. Youth are the future but without the previous youth who are now the present and waining into past they will never make it, and if we only aim for youth then we will never have a comlete squad.

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    MBA Marine

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • An American troll? how droll.

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    cutty

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • Must have ruffled ur pretty feathers! Do u guys have a football club in Norwitch, or is it just an oversized bird house?

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    WackyJacky USA

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

  • If NCFC want to build for the future, Owen is not the man we want. Perhaps we should just leave it all to CH and be patient and do a Cpl Jones - 'don't panic' in the meantime.

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    andy

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • It may be that we have to lose a CB because of the squad restrictions but I agree with all the posters that Dani is not the one. The midfield & winger department seems well supplied now. As Brewer subtly points out, we seem one FB short of a set. Up front, Holt, Vaughan and Jackson are OK for me, Chris Martin and van Morison seem to be just short of the level but top strikers tend to be few and far between and expensive. I don't quite get the Jordan Rhoades saga, were we ever really interested? No goals at MK Dons, that's not a good recommendation.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • What I mean is Scrim, your repeat method works, but they still block the message. Double marking!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • Ayala has given away some penalties but I think that was more from reckless touching than pulling down. He just needs to work out how close you can go before the automatic-dive-sensors flip in. I think that Ward is over hesitant about triggering a dive and so tends to hold back and get beaten. It is about getting the timing spot on. Zak was good at that as are Russ Martin and Ryan Bennett. Isn't Xanadu a place rather than a person?

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • Your method seems to be doing the biz, Scrim but they`ve started "double-marking" me now. Had 7 rejections from Weekend. Nonsense!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • OMG blocked. Should`ve tried the `ctrl a` stuff! No apols needed Scrim. Agree with you ref Pitbull Vaughan. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • DocOhNo

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • Huddersfield and Birmingham are squabbling over Vaughan (£1m tabled acc. to The Sun). If this is true, looks like Davies or Rhodes might be coming our way. Nothing from Ar-can't, of course. OTBC

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    el dingo

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • Not sure I understand the point he's trying to make, is it the accent?

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    DocOhNo

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • Please don't tell me that is an anagram, Scrimmage!

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

  • w00t Owen for Norwich!

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    Scrimmage Canary

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • I agree Andy. We shouldn't abandon Lambo's policy of recruiting hungry players that are on the way up, rather than 'big names' on the way down. Players like Peters, Channon and maybe Royle served us well in past, but others like Osgood and Cottee were a disaster.

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    canarydownunder

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • I appreciate your technical nous, Scrim but on other issues I have many T - shirts. In other words..... ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Ok Brew , i'm good with the flower thing, just watching them while sitting in the rain , time to move on.After xanadu cometh zabadac

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • I found all the talk about Owen interesting. I think he would do well for us and his experience of the PL would benefit us loads. I also thought that it would be good to see Bellamy in a Norwich shirt again although his wages would definitely be a problem.

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    CovCanary

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • I welcome the Tolls, just think 4 years ago everyone had forgotten little Norwich had ever existied. our flirt with europe a distant memory. Now we are back, we have taken on the best and our pretty feathers are not just intact but they are bright enough to attract other teams respected players. Thank you Trolls for your comments as you now know who the bright team in yellow and green are. Im also rooting for Ipiyswitch next season, i hope they get promoted as i want our derby back.

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    MBA Marine

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

  • Seems foolish to loan out Ayala, and utter madness to let another club benefit from Vaughan's apparent return to fitness. Hopefully Hoots will come to his senses unless, as others suggest, there are new signings to make room for.

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    troublesome1

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • The ersatz yanker is but a poser. It is probably billy TB, thinly disguised. And why does the saddo need to launch his verbal flatulence on another supporter group`s forum anyway?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

  • well Brew , Fingringhoe has a mention in Lemon Jelly's rambling man, but its a very small place on the west bank

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • Ghana, are you based out in Ghana ? I might be visiting Accra soon, let me know. DC.

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • Should have looked it up, I was thinking of Waterloo

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    cutty

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • "Titch " hmmmm, so who can be dozy, beaky and mick. dont need no DD

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • They tell me the Leeds away strip is yellow and green.

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    cutty

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

  • Hmmmm. Vaughan to Huddersfield? I could cope with that if a certain Huddersfield striker replaces him, otherwise not. Is Michael Owen a real prospect? apart from anything else, his injury record legislates against it. As Swiss has said, it`s fair enough we haven`t finished making the sausage yet, but we`re still shopping for the ingredients. I just hope there IS an ingredients listing to shop from. BTW, Scrim, it was Swiss, not me who asked if your wacky flower reference was an anagram. I`ve been trying to work out what you were referring to! Leeds fans see their team thro` (white) rose-tinted glasses? Brain on a go-slow.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • I have always said we sould try and get Owen, i think he is just what Cinimmon need to progress

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    MBA Marine

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

  • wiseman3 , Why do we need another CB we have 4 even if Ayala does go. andCanarydownunder i do believe Ward is playing his best football at the moment and as for barny he ain't doing so bad either, he has promise.

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    CanarySid

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • Certainly Barney. not so sure about a fully fit "Titch". Did Crofts really feature in 2 promotion seasons? I thought he joined us when we were already in the Championship after Darel Russell had departed, or is my memory completely shot?? FULL BACKS!

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • the legend of xanadu, at least Pilks can 'bend it'

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • You're right Brewer. Crofts joined in May 2010 once we were promoted to the Championship. Scored on his debut against Watford.

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    Ghanawintheleague

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • My bad, apologies Brew & Swiss. It wasn't an anagram, pun or even slightly intelligent quip. Purely idiotic remark in reference to aforementioned rose. I generally tend to give back what I receive. I think Owen is extremely unlikely, I just happened to be discussing the prospect of him coming to Norwich at work and then noticed someone mention the same thing on here. I think it would be awesome, but, I'd gladly eat my hat if it happened. Also I'd rather Vaughan stayed and we assessed what he was capable of before we do any switch or transfer with any another player. We couldn't guarantee they'd perform or stay injury free any better...

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    Scrimmage Canary

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • No to loaning out either Ayala or Vaughan. Ward can go anywhere, any time, permanently or on loan, as far as I'm concerned.

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    canary tifoso

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • Nice one, Swiss. She was an awesome sight when refereeing, in those skin-tight leather dungarees.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

  • Did you look up the ancient earthwork near Malting Green, Wiv? In its context with Fingringhoe, Essex.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • Xanadu? Was that ABBA, Brew?

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    cutty

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • The odds on Skybet for Owen joining us are continuing to shorten. Was 10s yesterday morning, 6s yesterday afternoon, and 2's at the moment. Must be something to this rumour as dont really think it was my fiver which brought the odds down! As to concerns over him being injury prone, perhaps a deal could be done on bonuses for actually playing....?

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    zebbee

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • Wrt to transfer rumours, I tried to post this this morning but my internet connection went down. At that point, on SkyBet we were 10 to 1 to sign Michael Owen with Villa 7s and Stoke odds on favourites at 8 to 11. Well, I've got my internet connection back. Villa and Stoke odds are unchanged but now we've come in to 6s. Very interesting.

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    zebbee

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

  • Agree with you downunder. Ayala would have been in my first eleven.

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    cutty

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • I welcome the Tolls, just think 4 years ago everyone had forgotten little Norwich had ever existied. our flirt with europe a distant memory. Now we are back, we have taken on the best and our pretty feathers are not just intact but they are bright enough to attract other teams respected players. Thank you Trolls for your comments as you now know who the bright team in yellow and green are. Im also rooting for Ipiyswitch next season, i hope they get promoted as i want our derby back.

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    MBA Marine

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

  • If it doesn't go through, edit it the second time round Brew! :) I don't view Owen as a 'big name on the way down', more as a very talented player who could be very useful in certain situations. I'm not suggesting we build our squad around him for the next 10 years, but, someone of his calibre could snatch us some very important goals this season which may make the difference between staying up or going down. I still don't think we'll sign him, but, I would be far from unhappy if we did!

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    Scrimmage Canary

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • LOL, Olivia Newton-Flotman. She of the famous carnal appetitte. Apparently, when in Norfolk, she was always Pickenham, Bedingham and Ditchingham.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

  • So, do we nurse the likes of Vaughan and Ayala thro` lengthy injury spells only to loan them out for somebody else`s benefit? There seems to be a bit of madness creeping in. I should know...... Any mileage in the Berra rumour? (on another board). Ref. strikers, I cannot believe Rhodes would want to go to Blackburn. Or have Venky`s stopped paying chicken-feed and cracked open their nest-egg?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • I'd be shipping out Ward or Barny ahead of Ayala.

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    canarydownunder

    Friday, August 3, 2012

  • Scrimmage Canary

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Hot off the press. City have bid for the Mongolian Legend, Xanadu.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • Thanks, Ghana! I was at that match. We lost 3-2. Glad my memory`s not completely shot!! FULL BACKS!!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • Sent to your email address? I don't know what you mean by double marking... Checking twice?

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    Scrimmage Canary

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • If it doesn't go through, edit it the second time round Brew! :) I don't view Owen as a 'big name on the way down', more as a very talented player who could be very useful in certain situations. I'm not suggesting we build our squad around him for the next 10 years, but, someone of his calibre could nick us some very important goals this season which may make the difference between staying up or going down. I still don't think we'll sign him, but, I would be far from unhappy if we did!

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    Scrimmage Canary

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • Huddersfield and Birmingham are squabbling over Vaughan (£1m tabled acc. to The Sun). If this is true, looks like Davies or Rhodes might be coming our way. Nothing from Ar-can't, of course. OTBC

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    el dingo

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • If my memory serves me right, in the few games Ayala played he gave away 2 penalties. so if he is going to give a penalty away every 2.5 games a loan spell is probably what he needs. Apart from reckless pulling down opponants in the penalty box he is a stylish and solid defender.

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    goldie

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • Owen - maybe , though I'm far from convinced. Bellamy, never, if it's my choice, the last thing we want is big time charlies and disharmony in the dressing room so unless he's changed his ways, no thanks!

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    SussexYellow

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • At the spearhead of our midfield? At LEAST seven! I would bet on a lot more... :D I would love to see this fantasy become reality. I won't be holding my breath though!

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    Scrimmage Canary

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

  • And if I remember correctly, Hughton stood by Owen when they were at Newcastle together. I wonder....

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    zebbee

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

  • He's a free transfer, isn't he? Sorry Brewer, it wasn't a pun or a witty reference, just pure low to commercial grade childish insults. Just the club badge, lol. Also, a certain amount of people are fatally allergic to the specific foliage I selected for the purpose. Fingers crossed.

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    Scrimmage Canary

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

  • OMG, yet again! Is this personal? Tried to say it seems crazy to nurse Vaughan & Ayala thro` long injury spells only for other clubs to benefit. The time has come to settle the squad down. Over to you, Hoots..........

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • BTW, ref r*****d, my maths teacher nicknamed me 13-squared.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Coleridge is suspended, Captaincozmik; he failed a drugs test.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • U birds need help & u cant get it from LUFC (LEEDS) wev'e miffled u guys enough, nowere gonna watch u mix with the CHAMPIONSHIP, then Div "1", Bye suckers.

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    WackyJacky USA

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • For example Brew, the comment I just posted was vitrioled, so, I repeated it, re-read it, then changed the word "sn*tch" for "nick" and it went through. This has happened a few times. I had a similar experience the other day and had to think of another word for r***rd...

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    Scrimmage Canary

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • I`m getting used to this now. Aether that or resigned to it.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • thats thrown me as well. Dani Ayala would have been ,if not a starter, definately on the bench for me, dont think we have 4 centre backs significantly better than him.Unless there be dark things going on that we dont know about.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • Yes by all means... as long as we sign another CB to coincide with it...

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    wisemanthree

    Friday, August 3, 2012

  • In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure dome decree. Where Alph the sacred river ran down to a sunless sea. Who does Coleridge play for?

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    captaincozmik

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • To be fair, it's an interesting challenge trying to decipher his messages into understandable English. Maybe it's really Colin.

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    DocOhNo

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

  • **gives wacky a pretty flower**

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    Scrimmage Canary

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

  • owen has always taken a pay cut to keep playin in top flight and that what he wants. so there really is no better place to finish yr career and possibly stay on as a coach, he's been there and done it plus i bet he would still net 7 times over the season.

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    MBA Marine

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

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