Clarke set for rapid return

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Matt Clarke is set to resume his promising partnership at the back with Graeme Lee Matt Clarke is set to resume his promising partnership at the back with Graeme Lee

Matt Clarke returns to the heart of the defence tomorrow as City aim to return to winning ways at Lee Sinnott’s Port Vale.

The big defender limped off at Aldershot with a calf injury last week and missed the derby loss to Leeds.

But the problem was diagnosed as severe cramp rather than a tear and he was able to step back into full training yesterday, clearing the way for him to renew his solid partnership with Graeme Lee at Vale Park.

Clarke said: “The calf just tightened up totally last week and was giving me quite a bit of pain.

“Sometimes you can carry on and limp around but I felt like I was playing on one foot for ten minutes.

“There was no point in trying to be proud and stay on the pitch when I might end up handicapping the team. It might have made things worse.

It’s typical that I missed the Leeds game. Coming from there, I was really looking forward to playing at Elland Road

Matt Clarke

“It’s typical that I missed the Leeds game. Coming from there, I was really looking forward to playing at Elland Road.

“But it wasn’t meant to be and I didn’t want to rush it. I couldn’t force myself through that game because everyone knows the league is the main thing for us.”

Clarke is likely to get the nod over Mark Bower at a ground where City are unbeaten in their last eight visits. Stuart McCall is also expected to bring back those he spared Johnstone’s Paint Trophy duty.

He will also go back to the usual 4-4-2 after switching formations in midweek to play a lone striker.

McCall said: “If we’d gone with our normal system at Leeds, with two in midfield against their three, we could have been ripped apart. So I always intended to play 4-3-3 with Daley and Colbeck pushing on.

“We’ve got the people to play that way if needed but I stress we will do it very rarely. It was just the right way to go that night with the way Leeds lined up.

“I was so pleased with the performance on Tuesday and I wasn’t too disappointed with the way we played at Aldershot. But I know there’s more to come from us.”

City have won 1-0 three times in a row at Vale Park. Only two starters from either side, Joe Colbeck and Vale keeper Joe Anyon, remain from the last clash there 20 months ago but McCall hopes the positive vibes in the recent past will have an effect.

He added: “For some players, that can count psychologically. Like when we played Notts County on the first day, it was fresh in our minds that we’d put in two really good performances against them last season and Peter Thorne had scored four against them.

“I remember as a player going to Portsmouth and often winning. It was the longest trek ever from Bradford but I scored the winner down there when I was 18 and always had a good record.

“Some people have lucky clubs and grounds but I just recall Port Vale for having a big pitch - I was shattered after 20 minutes!”

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8:16am Fri 5 Sep 08

Woodface says...

i am not saying that i'm an oil painting but Clarke has got a face for radio..

these security words we need to type in are hillarious.. the last post i did said "harm-self" ?
i am not saying that i'm an oil painting but Clarke has got a face for radio.. these security words we need to type in are hillarious.. the last post i did said "harm-self" ? Woodface
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9:47am Fri 5 Sep 08

audal says...

i hope clarke proves me wrong,i've never questioned his desire nor ability to city only his general level of fitness. go get 'em matt.
i hope clarke proves me wrong,i've never questioned his desire nor ability to city only his general level of fitness. go get 'em matt. audal
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10:06am Fri 5 Sep 08

gspot says...

yeah it will be good to see him back so quick with people doubting his fitness....he's a superb player and i think his partnership with lee could become as good as the one we had years ago of Richards and Marco Sas...Marco Sas was quality!!! Anyone remember him??

Wonder whether Brandon will be on bench tomorrow seeing that he came through the practice match on weds.
yeah it will be good to see him back so quick with people doubting his fitness....he's a superb player and i think his partnership with lee could become as good as the one we had years ago of Richards and Marco Sas...Marco Sas was quality!!! Anyone remember him?? Wonder whether Brandon will be on bench tomorrow seeing that he came through the practice match on weds. gspot
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12:36pm Fri 5 Sep 08

Edinburgh -bantam says...

Some Port Vale fans are suggesting tomorrow's match may be postponed due to heavy rain-pitch is saturated.
Some Port Vale fans are suggesting tomorrow's match may be postponed due to heavy rain-pitch is saturated. Edinburgh -bantam
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12:45pm Fri 5 Sep 08

CTID says...

Marco Sas.. legend!

That was around the time of my first season ticket - ah memories..

I'm glad Clarke isn't out for a month like first feared - he's a machine at the back!

I am a little worried at the apparent lack of communication between him and Lee at the back.. there's been quite a few times in the games I've watched they go for the same ball or both hesitate waiting for the other one to react, a good striker will have a field day against that - good job we've got the two best in the division!

Luckily, the two players have enough individual quality to overcome any (maybe imagined!) communication problems and it's something I think will get better as they get used to the way each other play anyway

C'mon City!!
Marco Sas.. legend! That was around the time of my first season ticket - ah memories.. I'm glad Clarke isn't out for a month like first feared - he's a machine at the back! I am a little worried at the apparent lack of communication between him and Lee at the back.. there's been quite a few times in the games I've watched they go for the same ball or both hesitate waiting for the other one to react, a good striker will have a field day against that - good job we've got the two best in the division! Luckily, the two players have enough individual quality to overcome any (maybe imagined!) communication problems and it's something I think will get better as they get used to the way each other play anyway C'mon City!! CTID
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1:36pm Fri 5 Sep 08

ricky says...

marco sas erik regtop ole gunner sungot and rob steiner who all did reasonable well in the 1996 1997 season just after our play off winning season sas could spray a ball to someone weather it was 5 or 70 yards
marco sas erik regtop ole gunner sungot and rob steiner who all did reasonable well in the 1996 1997 season just after our play off winning season sas could spray a ball to someone weather it was 5 or 70 yards ricky
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1:51pm Fri 5 Sep 08

CTID says...

Ole Bjorn Sundgot
Ole Bjorn Sundgot CTID
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2:04pm Fri 5 Sep 08

CTID says...

I had Erik Regtop's signature from when City played a charity cricket match at Undercliffe cricket club - shame he turned out to be rubbish :(
I had Erik Regtop's signature from when City played a charity cricket match at Undercliffe cricket club - shame he turned out to be rubbish :( CTID
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2:36pm Fri 5 Sep 08

boydungud says...

gspot wrote:
yeah it will be good to see him back so quick with people doubting his fitness....he's a superb player and i think his partnership with lee could become as good as the one we had years ago of Richards and Marco Sas...Marco Sas was quality!!! Anyone remember him??Wonder whether Brandon will be on bench tomorrow seeing that he came through the practice match on weds.
Do you mean Dean Richards? He and Sas never played together I don't think - Richards had left the club a year or two beforehand.

Anyway, I think people might be remembering Sas with rose tinted hindsight glasses (if those exist!). From what I remember he started strongly for us and was even linked with a move to another couple of clubs, but we let him go on a free before he'd even played a full season.
[quote][bold]gspot[/bold] wrote: yeah it will be good to see him back so quick with people doubting his fitness....he's a superb player and i think his partnership with lee could become as good as the one we had years ago of Richards and Marco Sas...Marco Sas was quality!!! Anyone remember him??Wonder whether Brandon will be on bench tomorrow seeing that he came through the practice match on weds.[/quote]Do you mean Dean Richards? He and Sas never played together I don't think - Richards had left the club a year or two beforehand. Anyway, I think people might be remembering Sas with rose tinted hindsight glasses (if those exist!). From what I remember he started strongly for us and was even linked with a move to another couple of clubs, but we let him go on a free before he'd even played a full season. boydungud
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2:41pm Fri 5 Sep 08

CTID says...

I thought he went to QPR? I might have made that up.

I definately remember him being good at the time - wasn't the problem that he was always injured?
I thought he went to QPR? I might have made that up. I definately remember him being good at the time - wasn't the problem that he was always injured? CTID
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2:54pm Fri 5 Sep 08

gspot says...

SAS was quality and i think he did go to QPR i may be wrong abotu him playing with Deano but not far between.......people have metioned sundgot, steiner etc but how about this for another legend...EDHINHO....
edhinho-o-o-o-o!!

Quality.....any more????
SAS was quality and i think he did go to QPR i may be wrong abotu him playing with Deano but not far between.......people have metioned sundgot, steiner etc but how about this for another legend...EDHINHO.... edhinho-o-o-o-o!! Quality.....any more???? gspot
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3:09pm Fri 5 Sep 08

CTID says...

Two words... Nigel. Pepper.
Two words... Nigel. Pepper. CTID
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3:46pm Fri 5 Sep 08

bratfudlad says...

Edhinho the man with the golden boots star player.
Remember him getting sent off at VP in front of the Sunwin stand by another daft ref.
You never knew who the next player to come in would be under Kamara what a great manager.CTID
Edhinho the man with the golden boots star player. Remember him getting sent off at VP in front of the Sunwin stand by another daft ref. You never knew who the next player to come in would be under Kamara what a great manager.CTID bratfudlad
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3:53pm Fri 5 Sep 08

gspot says...

Nigel Pepper i'm ashamed of myself for forgetting him....remember when he used to be in the bookies on Manningham Road at 2pm and the rush to the ground. One night when we played wimbledon and he clattered Vinnie into the advertisement boards with a few minutes of the kick-off....he was hard!!! Also banged a few free kicks in if i remember rightly.
Nigel Pepper i'm ashamed of myself for forgetting him....remember when he used to be in the bookies on Manningham Road at 2pm and the rush to the ground. One night when we played wimbledon and he clattered Vinnie into the advertisement boards with a few minutes of the kick-off....he was hard!!! Also banged a few free kicks in if i remember rightly. gspot
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4:10pm Fri 5 Sep 08

boydungud says...

Sas didn't go to QPR I don't think - he may have returned to Holland.

We did have two players who signed for the Hoops within five or six months of each other though - George Kulcsar (remember him?! Solid midfielder who got one of the fastest bookings I've ever seen in a City match, I can't remember who it was against though) and Robert Steiner, who was forced to retire at quite a young age. You might be getting him mixed up with one of those two.
Sas didn't go to QPR I don't think - he may have returned to Holland. We did have two players who signed for the Hoops within five or six months of each other though - George Kulcsar (remember him?! Solid midfielder who got one of the fastest bookings I've ever seen in a City match, I can't remember who it was against though) and Robert Steiner, who was forced to retire at quite a young age. You might be getting him mixed up with one of those two. boydungud
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4:19pm Fri 5 Sep 08

CTID says...

It's Kulcsar I'm getting mixed up with going to QPR.. thought he was a good player too - no Marco Sas though! haha

Yeah, Pepper used to rocket em in - hit me in the face once in warm-up, luckily he'd sliced it - he'd have taken my tiny head clean off!
It's Kulcsar I'm getting mixed up with going to QPR.. thought he was a good player too - no Marco Sas though! haha Yeah, Pepper used to rocket em in - hit me in the face once in warm-up, luckily he'd sliced it - he'd have taken my tiny head clean off! CTID
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4:48pm Fri 5 Sep 08

gspot says...

It may have been Kulscar to QPR then remember the name but thats about it.

I know we got SAS from holland..Herenveen if i remember rightly (probably not though on my above thoughts). He was quality...he still gets a mention on a sunday morning if one of our defenders sprays a long ball out from the back...lol
It may have been Kulscar to QPR then remember the name but thats about it. I know we got SAS from holland..Herenveen if i remember rightly (probably not though on my above thoughts). He was quality...he still gets a mention on a sunday morning if one of our defenders sprays a long ball out from the back...lol gspot
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4:58pm Fri 5 Sep 08

djmoulson says...

Sas...great passer of a ball, although his defensive skills weren't AS good, I just wish Bower wouldn't keep trying to be him and attempting to hit a 10 bob piece 80 yards away, the simple 5-10 yard pass would have given us much more possesion on Tuesday,as in all games he plays.

Just think of what Lee Power might have turned out like if it wasn't for illness, the first two games he was MINT....and Graeme Tomlinson who was severely ill informed to go to Man U when he was still a kid by...I believe his family, he was a great player first time round. CTID
Sas...great passer of a ball, although his defensive skills weren't AS good, I just wish Bower wouldn't keep trying to be him and attempting to hit a 10 bob piece 80 yards away, the simple 5-10 yard pass would have given us much more possesion on Tuesday,as in all games he plays. Just think of what Lee Power might have turned out like if it wasn't for illness, the first two games he was MINT....and Graeme Tomlinson who was severely ill informed to go to Man U when he was still a kid by...I believe his family, he was a great player first time round. CTID djmoulson
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5:01pm Fri 5 Sep 08

boydungud says...

djmoulson wrote:
Sas...great passer of a ball, although his defensive skills weren't AS good, I just wish Bower wouldn't keep trying to be him and attempting to hit a 10 bob piece 80 yards away, the simple 5-10 yard pass would have given us much more possesion on Tuesday,as in all games he plays.Just think of what Lee Power might have turned out like if it wasn't for illness, the first two games he was MINT....and Graeme Tomlinson who was severely ill informed to go to Man U when he was still a kid by...I believe his family, he was a great player first time round. CTID
I often wonder whether Des Hamilton might have turned out a much better player if he'd stayted at City another season or two. He was a flop at Newcastle and ended up doing pretty much nowt in football.

Mind you, we did get a lot of cash for him.
[quote][bold]djmoulson[/bold] wrote: Sas...great passer of a ball, although his defensive skills weren't AS good, I just wish Bower wouldn't keep trying to be him and attempting to hit a 10 bob piece 80 yards away, the simple 5-10 yard pass would have given us much more possesion on Tuesday,as in all games he plays.Just think of what Lee Power might have turned out like if it wasn't for illness, the first two games he was MINT....and Graeme Tomlinson who was severely ill informed to go to Man U when he was still a kid by...I believe his family, he was a great player first time round. CTID[/quote]I often wonder whether Des Hamilton might have turned out a much better player if he'd stayted at City another season or two. He was a flop at Newcastle and ended up doing pretty much nowt in football. Mind you, we did get a lot of cash for him. boydungud
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5:11pm Fri 5 Sep 08

djmoulson says...

Yeah Des Hamilton....I don't think we got the rough end of the stick there to be honest with the £££ we got, plus a pre season friendly I think?

If we're talking midfielders, we can't forget Eddie Youds either, he did VERY well for us. CTID
Yeah Des Hamilton....I don't think we got the rough end of the stick there to be honest with the £££ we got, plus a pre season friendly I think? If we're talking midfielders, we can't forget Eddie Youds either, he did VERY well for us. CTID djmoulson
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7:10pm Fri 5 Sep 08

soulman says...

Marco Sas was at VP during the 96-97 season. Went to Basel in Switzerland. Dean Richards left Bradford in 1995. Sorry G-Spot you are wrong. Erik (the red top)Regtop played for us on 7 occassions and an extra 3 off the bench, he scored 1 goal. If your into obscure players Jari Vanhala made 1 substitute appearance for us in 1996.
Marco Sas was at VP during the 96-97 season. Went to Basel in Switzerland. Dean Richards left Bradford in 1995. Sorry G-Spot you are wrong. Erik (the red top)Regtop played for us on 7 occassions and an extra 3 off the bench, he scored 1 goal. If your into obscure players Jari Vanhala made 1 substitute appearance for us in 1996. soulman
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7:15pm Fri 5 Sep 08

soulman says...

Last I heard Pepper was a P.E. teacher in York.

Best English names? Charlie Rackstraw. Believe he was a milkman in Bingley after he hung up his boots.
Last I heard Pepper was a P.E. teacher in York. Best English names? Charlie Rackstraw. Believe he was a milkman in Bingley after he hung up his boots. soulman
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7:51pm Fri 5 Sep 08

LeftWanting says...

Are gspot and soulman civil partners
Are gspot and soulman civil partners LeftWanting
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10:49pm Fri 5 Sep 08

Senseless says...

Why Leftwan*ing? You envious?

Anyone remember the class keeper that was Robert Zabica? He played one midweek game against fulham (i think?) in the 1996/7 season. He fumbled all three goals that game. He was bab! When we got done by Accrington last season it reminded me of the 'zabica' night!

I think after him we managed to turn up Mark Swartzer. Wonder what happened to him? Heh heh
Why Leftwan*ing? You envious? Anyone remember the class keeper that was Robert Zabica? He played one midweek game against fulham (i think?) in the 1996/7 season. He fumbled all three goals that game. He was bab! When we got done by Accrington last season it reminded me of the 'zabica' night! I think after him we managed to turn up Mark Swartzer. Wonder what happened to him? Heh heh Senseless
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11:04pm Fri 5 Sep 08

soulman says...

Kulscar was the guy who went to QPR!
Leftwan*ing G-Spot is genderless while I am a MAN!! Left wan*ing I am Baildon whilst G-Spot is halifax.............
Kulscar was the guy who went to QPR! Leftwan*ing G-Spot is genderless while I am a MAN!! Left wan*ing I am Baildon whilst G-Spot is halifax............. soulman
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11:13pm Fri 5 Sep 08

djmoulson says...

Zabica was bad, also remember the chocolate fireguard we got from Burnley: Chris Pearce, I think his tash stopped more goals than his hands, yet he was a legend for The Clarets!!! I always thought Gavin Ward was a good 'keeper. CTID
Zabica was bad, also remember the chocolate fireguard we got from Burnley: Chris Pearce, I think his tash stopped more goals than his hands, yet he was a legend for The Clarets!!! I always thought Gavin Ward was a good 'keeper. CTID djmoulson
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12:43am Sat 6 Sep 08

Reckless says...

Benito anyone?
Great to watch but not to pay for.... but regardless of that what about the euphoria over that goal scored by (can't believe I've forgot his name - black chap) after a cross from Benny he started teasing the Leeds fans behind goal.... ace.
Benito anyone? Great to watch but not to pay for.... but regardless of that what about the euphoria over that goal scored by (can't believe I've forgot his name - black chap) after a cross from Benny he started teasing the Leeds fans behind goal.... ace. Reckless
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12:49am Sat 6 Sep 08

soulman says...

Collymore?
Collymore? soulman
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8:06am Sat 6 Sep 08

LeftWanting says...

soulman wrote:
Kulscar was the guy who went to QPR!Leftwan*ing G-Spot is genderless while I am a MAN!! Left wan*ing I am Baildon whilst G-Spot is halifax.............
Is that a YES or a NO. Didn't know that people in Baildon were not able to mix with people from Halifax. His your PARTNER aware.
[quote][bold]soulman[/bold] wrote: Kulscar was the guy who went to QPR!Leftwan*ing G-Spot is genderless while I am a MAN!! Left wan*ing I am Baildon whilst G-Spot is halifax............. [/quote]Is that a YES or a NO. Didn't know that people in Baildon were not able to mix with people from Halifax. His your PARTNER aware. LeftWanting
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11:41am Sat 6 Sep 08

tyker says...

STEINER went to QPR but got a bad injury to his knee.

who could ever forget Collymore's goal against Leeds--one of the best I ever saw even eclipsing some of those from BRONCO LAYNE!

Sorry that whigeing Pom could forget the name of Collymore-- car numbered SVC1. STANLEY VICTOR COLLYMORE 1 as seen in certain videos in certain dark woodland areas where people watched people exercising their dog!!allegedly.
STEINER went to QPR but got a bad injury to his knee. who could ever forget Collymore's goal against Leeds--one of the best I ever saw even eclipsing some of those from BRONCO LAYNE! Sorry that whigeing Pom could forget the name of Collymore-- car numbered SVC1. STANLEY VICTOR COLLYMORE 1 as seen in certain videos in certain dark woodland areas where people watched people exercising their dog!!allegedly. tyker
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1:54pm Sat 6 Sep 08

soulman says...

Leftwan*ing my misus is well and truly happy with me! By the way it is Is rather than His ( your spelling seems to be on a par with OdShApEd BaLlS are you friends?).
Leftwan*ing my misus is well and truly happy with me! By the way it is Is rather than His ( your spelling seems to be on a par with OdShApEd BaLlS are you friends?). soulman
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5:38pm Sat 6 Sep 08

Waynus says...

soulman wrote:
Leftwan*ing my misus is well and truly happy with me! By the way it is Is rather than His ( your spelling seems to be on a par with OdShApEd BaLlS are you friends?).
No, they aren't friends Soulman. I believe they are "Partners"!
[quote][bold]soulman[/bold] wrote: Leftwan*ing my misus is well and truly happy with me! By the way it is Is rather than His ( your spelling seems to be on a par with OdShApEd BaLlS are you friends?).[/quote]No, they aren't friends Soulman. I believe they are "Partners"! Waynus
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2:33pm Mon 8 Sep 08

Scargutt says...

tyker wrote:
STEINER went to QPR but got a bad injury to his knee.who could ever forget Collymore's goal against Leeds--one of the best I ever saw even eclipsing some of those from BRONCO LAYNE!Sorry that whigeing Pom could forget the name of Collymore-- car numbered SVC1. STANLEY VICTOR COLLYMORE 1 as seen in certain videos in certain dark woodland areas where people watched people exercising their dog!!allegedly.
Tyker, I was once driving in Knightsbridge in about 2001, so not long after Stan was at VP, when SVC1 on an Aston Martin DB7 stopped at a junction in front of me for ages. Stan eventually got out and came and asked me for directions to Oriel (poncy bar, Sloane Square). I am ashamed to admit that to get him out of my way, I gave him completely wrong directions and drove off. He'll have found it eventually, but I bet he wouldn't have expected it to be a city fan he was asking!

The messgae board is back to its best, keep it up!
[quote][bold]tyker[/bold] wrote: STEINER went to QPR but got a bad injury to his knee.who could ever forget Collymore's goal against Leeds--one of the best I ever saw even eclipsing some of those from BRONCO LAYNE!Sorry that whigeing Pom could forget the name of Collymore-- car numbered SVC1. STANLEY VICTOR COLLYMORE 1 as seen in certain videos in certain dark woodland areas where people watched people exercising their dog!!allegedly.[/quote]Tyker, I was once driving in Knightsbridge in about 2001, so not long after Stan was at VP, when SVC1 on an Aston Martin DB7 stopped at a junction in front of me for ages. Stan eventually got out and came and asked me for directions to Oriel (poncy bar, Sloane Square). I am ashamed to admit that to get him out of my way, I gave him completely wrong directions and drove off. He'll have found it eventually, but I bet he wouldn't have expected it to be a city fan he was asking! The messgae board is back to its best, keep it up! Scargutt
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