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About Boyne

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    Talisker Whisky Distillery
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    Whisky (have about fifty bottles at home), beer, reading, history, blues music and family history (have traced one branch of the family back to the 17th century).

    A couple of good websites. A fine cause.

    http://www.erskine.org.uk/

    http://rsea.org.uk/

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  1. One evening Pochettino's phone rings. It's the fire brigade telling him that the new stadium is on fire. Poch shouts, 'The cups, the cups! Save the cups.' Fireman says, 'Don't worry sir, the fire hasn't reached the canteen yet.'
  2. Looking good so far for the 'Gers at Hearts. A win today at least delays the lot from the dark side winning the title. One of my cousins is at the game. Just seen this on Facebook. Good old Curly's Bar in Larkhall. A place I know very well.
  3. Last night I watched a very interesting programme about the life and songs of Woody Guthrie. He wrote hundreds of songs and recorded only about 10% of them. He wrote at the time of the Great Depression and Dustbowl in States such as Oklahoma. Many people left that state and its neighbouring states and headed towards California but were not welcomed there as they were accused of being unemployable and sponging off the state. Guthrie worked for a while at a radio station in Los Angeles but was sacked due his songs being too political. His most famous song is This Land is Your Land. What I didn't realise until I watched the programme is that he borrowed the tune from a song performed by the Carter Family. He moved to New York and lived in an apartment owned by Fred Trump who didn't want black Americans living in the apartment block. Guthrie wrote a disparaging song about Trump. If Guthrie was still alive I suspect he would be very scathing about Fred Trump's son, Donald. This Land is Your Land was performed by Bruce Springsteen, Pete Seeger and others at Obama's inauguration in 2009. Guthrie's impact on other song-writers is immense. For examples Bob Dylan's song Ballad of Hollis Brown is very similar to Guthrie's song. Guthrie died in 1967 at the age of 55 and had suffered from Huntington's disease since the early fifties. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m00048qp/woody-guthrie-three-chords-and-the-truth @moi I think you'll be interested in the programme if you have a chance to watch it.
  4. After the old Shed closed in 1994 I moved to the West Stand and had a ST there for three years before moving to the MHU. I remember after the last home game in 96/97 a few people were trying to removed the seats but with out much success. In the close season the club put them up for sale. I went to the shop in the close season and there was a pile of the seats near the West Stand. I should have pinched one.
  5. https://www.chelseafc.com/en/news/2019/04/19/bobby-tambling-s-shed-wall-plaque-unveiled-?cardIndex=0-3 Bobby Tambling was at Stamford Bridge yesterday for the unveiling of his new plaque as our former striker joined a host of other Chelsea greats to be celebrated on the Shed Wall. Earlier this week Tambling won a poll of Chelsea supporters to choose a former player to be added to the wall. You can read an extensive interview with our former star scorer, including his memories of the Shed, here. Before we took on Slavia Prague yesterday a crowd gathered towards the west end of the wall for the unveiling. The host was Chris Hollins, son of Bobby's former team-mate John, and there were also words from chairman Bruce Buck and Tambling himself. He met supporters young and old, signing autographs and posing for photos. The plaque bears his preferred no.8 shirt and words on his glittering Chelsea career. And how fitting that within 26 minutes of last night's match the Shed End net had rippled four times with Chelsea goals!
  6. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/47987277 Dutch football chiefs have cancelled a full round of Eredivisie fixtures before Ajax meet Tottenham in the Champions League semi-finals. Ajax were set to play De Graafschap on Sunday, 28 April, then travel to Spurs for the first leg on Tuesday, 30 April. The Dutch FA, the KNVB, said the decision to cancel top-flight fixtures was taken to give Ajax "at least two full days of rest between games". "Not only Ajax, but all Dutch football benefits from this," it said. All games have been cancelled to avoid Ajax and De Graafschap playing at the end of the season once other games have taken place, potentially compromising the competition. The round of fixtures will instead be played on Wednesday, 15 May - subject to local authorities and police agreeing to the date changes. 'A selling club, but in a better financial position' - do Ajax have formula to succeed again? 'It's not normal' - De Ligt on Champions League run The KNVB said the change was needed because Ajax were in the Champions League semi-finals, the Dutch Cup final and challenging for the Eredivisie title - but stressed it was about player welfare and not a decision designed to give the team an advantage over the Premier League side. It added clubs agreed when the fixture list was compiled at the start of the season that changes may need to be made in "the very small chance that one of the clubs would go that far in the Champions League". The KNVB met clubs on Thursday to discuss the plans - and it admitted many were not happy about the change. Professional football director Eric Gudde said: "We are aware that it is impossible to satisfy everyone, but a knot must be made. "There can be no question of full satisfaction because this is ultimately not pleasant for any of the people involved. What is really nice is the reason why this was necessary: the semi-final place of Ajax in the Champions League." He also explained why all fixtures had to be cancelled, not just De Graafschap v Ajax. "That would mean that only this match was played after 12 May," he said. "Clubs and fans deserve a fair and as exciting as possible end to the competition, hence the starting point of playing simultaneously on the last two match days. "Ajax plays for the championship and De Graafschap is in the danger zone for relegation. Not only would the denouement remain in one game that is played later, this also gives De Graafschap more time to prepare for this perhaps decisive game than the other relegation candidates." Gudde said moving the Ajax game back to 26 or 27 April was not possible because it would clash with King's Day celebrations in Amsterdam, one of the city's largest festivals, and cause "insurmountable problems". Spurs play West Ham United at 12:30 BST on Saturday, 27 April. However, their league fixture against Bournemouth at 20:00 on Monday, 6 May - two days before the second leg of their semi-final - is expected to be moved by the Premier League.
  7. Welcome. There are a few people, including me, who follow Rangers. Two of my cousins are ST holders at Ibrox and I've been there a few times over the years including the two recent friendlies between Rangers and Chelsea. The atmosphere at those two games was brilliant. I was at Anfield in November, 1985 when Chelsea drew 1-1 with Liverpool. At the game were a few hundred 'Gers fans. It was a few months after Chelsea played Rangers at Stamford Bridge to raise money for victims of the Bradford FC fire disaster.
  8. I suspect that in the next few days the media in England - and possibly in other countries - will be pleading fans of English clubs beside Liverpool and Spurs to get behind those two teams for an all-English final. No way. To quote Jack Nicholson's character in Terms of Endearment: "I'd rather stick needles in my eyes."
  9. DAVE KING LETTER I begin by again offering my most sincere thanks to each and every Rangers supporter for the continued commitment and understanding that you have shown throughout the recent rebuilding of our Club. It was never going to be easy and it is extremely gratifying to have witnessed the progress that has been made over the last year. We are now within tangible reach of Rangers becoming the dominant force in Scottish football again. Much of the progress on the pitch can be attributed to Mark Allen, Steven Gerrard and their respective management teams. Turning to a young manager was a risk but it was one that Mark and the Board felt we should take because of Steven Gerrard’s football pedigree. Steven’s passion, professionalism and winning mentality has been inculcated throughout the football activities at all levels and we have seen strong benefits from this. Of significance was our first, strong European campaign for many years. The team was heroic at times in battling through four very tough qualifiers and went on to narrowly miss making the knock-out stages. However, the inconsistency that inevitably comes with another new management team and a new group of players was also evident. We saw periods where we were rightly regarded as title contenders, followed by periods of varying quality. However, despite these periods of inconsistency it is clear that the playing squad is significantly stronger than in recent seasons and, importantly for future transfer activity, the overall value of the squad has greatly increased. This is a tribute to the work that Mark, Steven and their management teams have done to improve the process behind player recruitment and their overhaul of the training methods and the general wellbeing of the football squad at all levels and age groups. The team requires a further upgrade and the Board will continue to back Mark and Steven, who fully understand that Rangers must win titles and cups and plans are already in place for recruitment in the summer window. Rangers has always been a leader on and off the pitch. Apart from the aim of amassing titles and trophies, being part of Rangers as a fan, player, manager or director means we conduct ourselves in a specific manner. Our Club often comes under unfair attack and we are relentless in working hard behind the scenes, and up front when necessary, to make sure we are given the respect our Club and our massive support deserves. But we will not engage in unseemly debates through the media. Conducting ourselves with dignity is a part of who we are and it is up to us to set standards. However, in doing this, we will not allow ourselves to be treated differently or held to a different set of rules. The institution that is Rangers Football Club is special and has a unique place in football history as having won – by quite some distance – more trophies than any other club in the world. We must now start adding to this record but can only achieve this by remaining together and being stronger in our unity than other clubs. This season, a record number of season tickets were sold and it would be remarkable if we could again hit that number as we lay the foundations for what we hope will be the season which sees Rangers triumphant again. Your Board is committed to providing further funding and we are also asking for supporters’ help through renewing season tickets, which will increase in cost by only 5%. We feel this is not an excessive increase and every fan should know that the season-ticket revenue will solely go towards the first-team squad. We have also witnessed a significant advancement at the Academy under the guidance of Craig Mulholland and his team. This was evidenced by our under-17s who went to Qatar and won the prestigious Alkass Cup. This triumph – and the fact that more than 20 of our players across all age groups were called up for international duty recently – are clear signs that the Academy is doing a terrific job. Rangers is a massive club and our importance demands that we contribute to the broader community as a whole. No club in the country does more to help those less fortunate than we do. The Rangers Charity Foundation’s work goes mostly unheralded but through its various education, health and well-being, employability, diversity and inclusion programmes (as well as many others) it continues to be a force for good and has eased the lives of hundreds of thousands of people who need help in so many ways. In order to further boost our charitable activities we are proud, for the first time, to have included a £2 donation for the Rangers Charity Foundation as part of the Season Ticket payment. I know that all fans will support this initiative to help others. I sincerely hope that you will renew your season ticket for 2019/20 and thank you in advance for your continued support. Dave King Chairman Rangers Football Club
  10. I'm not a fan of half and half scarves - and in my view they should be banned - but hopefully this will be the scarf being sold for the CL final.
  11. I'm not a fan of half and half scarves - and in my view they should be banned - but hopefully this will be the scarf being sold for the CL final.

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