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Football / The Warriors Biggest Hurdle
« on: March 16, 2017, 02:14:56 PM »
Why the TTFA’s self-serving, classless behaviour remains the Warriors’ biggest hurdle.
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868).

One of the most memorable incidents of Dennis Lawrence’s debut as a head coach for the Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team came before kick off against Barbados at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on Friday 10 March 2017.

As Lawrence prepared to make his international bow at the helm, the 22 players and match officials were greeted by the SPORTT Company duo of CEO Adam Montserin and facilities manager Anthony Blake and Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) vice-president Ewing Davis for the customary pre-match handshakes.

And then, in an extraordinary show of disrespect and unprofessionalism, Davis, who is also the Soca Warriors’ head of delegation, took his mobile phone from his pocket and began to carry on a conversation. In so doing, the football official—who wore a blue Nike tee-shirt while his country plays in red Joma kit—walked past half of the Barbados contingent and the Trinidad and Tobago players without so much as a nod.

In many ways, Davis’ action encapsulated the behaviour of the local football body under current president David John-Williams: self-absorbed, classless and disrespectful.

Just ask the National Futsal Team players who were asked to leave their hotel in Costa Rica last year—with no alternative arrangement in place—because the TTFA booked their stay for a day short. And this was after the players were offered a per diem of US$20 with no match fee for representing their country, which was deemed so derisory that two players refused to touch it.

Ask former National Under-17 coach Ken Elie, whose emailed requests for information—not money, just information—regarding a promised stipend from the football body were met with silence by John-Williams. And once Elie was sufficiently frustrated so as to skip work altogether, the TTFA then used his absence as an excuse to hire Russell Latapy on a substantial salary.

Former Soca Warriors coach Stephen Hart can tell a story or two as well about a football body that refused to give him the equipment or staff members he needed, virtually damaged his working environment through its interaction with his players and then effectively sacked him at Ruby Tuesdays.

Quite a reward for the only coach to take Trinidad and Tobago to two Gold Cup quarterfinals, the first to lead the Warriors to the Hex in seven years and a man who was twice on CONCACAF’s Coach of the Year shortlist in the last four years.

Then there is gifted France-based midfielder John Bostock, who turned up to represent the “Red, Black and White” against St Vincent and the Grenadines in March 2016, only to discover that the TTFA did not sort out his paperwork.

Despite invitations from Hart, Tom Saintfiet and Lawrence, Bostock has not returned to Trinidad since.

From broadcaster Selwyn Melville—who is negotiating for the use of the Soca Warriors trademark—to Futsal coach and ex-Strike Squad captain Clayton “JB” Morris, there are similar tales of discourtesy from the current local football president.

Former technical director Kendall Walkes, who was hired by former TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee, described John-Williams’ interaction with him as bordering on abusive.

“I would talk to my wife after [our] meetings and she is aware of the ridicule and cynicism I have had to deal with, as he tries to feed his narcissistic needs and ego,” Walkes told Wired868. “He even ridiculed my decision to come here. He has brought the entire situation into something personal.

“I can’t tell you how vindictive his actions were in a lot of instances.”

Belgian coach Tom Saintfiet, who was bizarrely threatened with dismissal at his public unveiling, said his biggest regret was that he did not leave Trinidad there and then.

“From the first day of my unveiling, I did not get the support of the TTFA and its President,” stated Saintfiet, in his resignation letter, “support which is needed to be able to do my job in a professional and successful way. I never got the chance to work with the players nor staff requested.

“Perhaps I should have taken this decision right from day one of my appointment, after the President openly second guessed his own choice of employing me. But I gave him at the TTFA the benefit of the doubt.”

After a year and a half at the helm, does John-Williams still deserve the benefit of the doubt?

The Warriors’ World Cup campaign could be effectively over by month-end and yet the TTFA president has not landed a major sponsor for the senior squad. While his efforts to squeeze more money from an existing television rights deal for Trinidad and Tobago’s home matches is now before the courts.

John-Williams is more of a hindrance than an asset to the burgeoning Trinidad and Tobago Super League thus far, his football body is being sued by the National Futsal Team and his use of TTFA money for the unofficial launch—or at least precursor to the launch—of his unsuccessful Caribbean Football Union (CFU) presidential bid remains a scandal and shocking example of his mishandling of the association’s finances.

Other than the competition and tournaments committee, it is uncertain how many other bodies are operational at present and the technical committee—which is responsible for recommending the hiring and dismissal of coaches—still has not been mended after half its membership, including chairman Dexter Skeene and vice-chairman Alvin Henderson, quit last month.

The TTFA’s failure to ensure the successful running of all its standing bodies is another broken campaign promise by John-Williams.

On the debit side, John-Williams landed a TT$8 million NLCB contract for an ambitious elite youth development programme. Early reports from the ground suggested a series of administrative issues, though, and there is still much distance to cover before it delivers as promised to the football community and the sponsors.

As for the publishing of the TTFA’s finances for 2015, one can only hope that John-Williams is as transparent with money spent during his term.

The women’s programme, where the football president secured the services of respected Italian coach Carolina Morace, looks to be the feather in John-Williams’ cap—although his early explanations regarding the financing of that project do not add up.

If John-Williams can give Morace what she needs and keep his bumbling crew out of her way, maybe better days are ahead for the Women Soca Warriors.

And the TTFA president sure knows how to pick a hapless employee.

For the National Beach Soccer Team’s pre-tournament camp in Tobago, television presenter Gordon Pierre was sent to act as press officer. And, on his first TTFA gig, Pierre showed up with a female friend in tow who, on occasion, even accompanied him to the breakfast table with the squad.

Just imagine a staff member trying to take his girlfriend along on international duty under former Real Madrid coach Leo Beenhakker. It beggars belief.

On the eve of the Beach Soccer Team’s departure for CONCACAF competition, it turned out that Pierre did not have a valid passport and could not travel with the squad to Bahamas.

It is a scene that is repeated far too often these days. Last December, Davis, as efficient as always, learnt that his travel documents were not in order at the check-in desk, as the Warriors boarded a flight to Nicaragua.

Current team manager Richard Piper was unsure of Davis’ duties as head of delegation and promised to get back to Wired868 with that information. But a former technical staff member gave his own verdict of what John-Williams’ vice president contributes on his overseas tours with the team, which so far included China, Peru, Uruguay, Honduras and the United States.

“He does absolutely nothing as far as I know,” said the official, who spoke with Wired868 on condition of anonymity. “He may meet with persons from that FA and represent the TTFA in that way. On game day, he would sit in the box with the president of the FA we are visiting. And that’s about it.

“He does nothing on the ground. Nothing really.”

For that, Davis pockets a per diem that is believed to dwarf what is offered to the players. Not that paying the players anything at all is ever a priority.

To date, roughly 22 players are still owed money after putting their bodies on the line—Carlyle Mitchell and Cornell Glen both suffered lengthy injuries while Maurice Ford, Carlos Edwards and Hashim Arcia also picked up knocks—during four international games under Saintfiet.

You would think that Davis and, by extension, the TTFA would at least show a modicum of respect for the players and technical staff for their efforts. That maybe Davis would at least dress appropriately and keep his phone in his pocket during his far from taxing duties, as he would be expected to if he was watching “Lego Batman” at Movie Towne.

But you would be wrong. Davis cannot even get a pre-game handshake right, which is surely a landmark low for even the TTFA.

At W Connection, players must wear shirts and ties off the field and give 100 percent effort on it. But then, according to present and former employees, club administrators routinely pay them late while the case of Dwight Quintero suggested a reckless approach to the health of their players.

It appears to be a philosophy that John-Williams has taken with him to the TTFA job.

And that, rather than the identity of Lawrence’s starting centre forward or team formation, remains the biggest obstacle to the progress of the local game.

What about Track & Field / T&T awarded Gold for Beijing Olympics 4x100
« on: January 25, 2017, 09:00:53 AM »
Usain Bolt loses one Olympic gold medal as Nesta Carter tests positive

Trinidad & Tobago have now been awarded the 2008 relay gold, with Japan upgraded to silver and Brazil given bronze.

Usain Bolt will have to hand back one of his nine Olympic gold medals after Jamaican team-mate Nesta Carter tested positive for a banned substance.

Carter was part of the Jamaican quartet that won the 4x100m in Beijing in 2008.

His was one of 454 selected doping samples retested by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) last year, and has been found to contain the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.

Bolt, 30, completed an unprecedented 'triple triple' in Rio last summer.

He won gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay to add to his successes in the same events in 2008 and 2012.

Carter, 31, was also part of the squad that won the event in London five years ago and helped Jamaica to win the World Championship in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

Trinidad & Tobago have now been awarded the 2008 relay gold, with Japan upgraded to silver and Brazil given bronze.

Football / Saintfiet names 20 man Gold Cup Squad
« on: January 01, 2017, 06:06:08 PM »
Saintfiet names 20-man squad for Gold Cup playoffs
TTFA Media Release

Trinidad and Tobago head coach Tom Saintfiet announced his 20-man squad this evening for the two upcoming CFU Gold Cup playoff matches against Suriname and Haiti.

The only addition to the list that was in the squad for the recent Nicaragua matches is English-based midfielder Andre Boucaud.

Saintfiet revealed that he took a decision to omit Daneil Cyrus and Jomal Williams from the 20-man squad due to both players arriving to a residential camp at Cara Suites Hotel more than an hour after the scheduled time. US-based player Joevin Jones was also in the initial 20-man squad but was also released after the player failed to report to camp. The players recalled are Trevin Caesar, Curtis Gonzales and Akeem Roach.

Saintfiet spoke more about his decision moments before a training session at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Sunday evening.

T&T 20-man Squad


Adrian Foncette (Police FC), Glenroy Samuel (Ma Pau Stars).


Carlos Edwards (Ma Paul Stars), Curtis Gonzales (Defence Force), Carlyle Mitchell (Seoul E-Land—Korea Republic), Radanfah Abu Bakr (Sillamae Kallen—Estonia), Maurice Ford (W Connection), Aubrey David (Deportivo Saprissa—Costa Rica).


Kevan George (Jacksonville Armada—USA), Andre Boucaud (Dagenham & Redbridge—England), Alvin Jones, Hughtun Hector (both W Connection), Aikim Andrews (W Connection), Trevin Caesar (Orange County Blues—USA), Hashim Arcia (Defence Force), Nathan Lewis, Tyrone Charles (both San Juan Jabloteh).


Akeem Roach (Club Sando), Shahdon Winchester (Murcielagos FC—Mexico), Cornell Glen (Ozone FC Bengalaru—India).

Technical Staff:

Tom Saintfiet (head coach), Russell Latapy (assistant coach), Jamaal Shabazz (assistant coach), Lukas Wojciak (goalkeeper coach), Riedoh Berdien (trainer), Dr Terence Babwah (doctor), Dave Isaac (paramedic), Michael Williams (equipment manager), Shaun Fuentes (press officer), Azaad Khan (interim manager).

Video - Saintfiet on 20-man Squad selection for CFU Gold Cup playoffs


Saintfiet sends home Cyrus, Jomal.
T&T Newsday Reports.

National coach Tom Saintfiet yesterday sent home Daneil Cyrus and Jomal Williams after the pair allegedly arrived late to camp at Cara Suites Hotel.

Saintifiet later omitted them from his 20-man squad for the Gold Cup qualifiers vs Suriname and Haiti this week. Saintfiet, speaking at yesterday’s training session at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, was quoted by CNMG news as saying: “Two players came one and a half hours too late in camp and had still a decent smell of alcohol around them.

That was Daneil Cyrus and Jomal Williams. Both were immediately sent home back to party.” Meanwhile, Saintfiet has also left out Seattle Sounders’ Joevin Jones from his squad after the player failed to report to camp.

The T&T coach explained that the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) had an agreement with Joevin that he would skip the Nicaragua friendlies but report for duty on New Year’s Day.

Trinidad and Tobago were back on the training pitch yesterday, less than 24 hours after arriving home from their two match training camp in Managua, Nicaragua.

Saintfiet and his squad returned home on Saturday afternoon before assembling for a residential camp ahead of their training session at the Hasely Crawford Stadium yesterday. T&T face Suriname at 7pm on Wednesday at the Ato Boldon Stadium and then square off with Haiti on Sunday at 5pm at the Couva venue in Gold Cup qualifiers.

T&T are coming off a 3-1 victory over Nicaragua on Friday night and team captain Carlos Edwards said he felt the result was a timely confidence booster for the T&T squad.

“It felt good to get the win. At the same time we were under a little bit of pressure after the first game, we needed to get a victory and put in a good performance.

The guys came out and rolled their sleeves up and took the game to Nicaragua and we came away with the 3-1 victory,” Edwards told TTFA Media.

“We worked on a few things and we really got into the game.

We got a sucker punch with the Nicaragua first game but the guys stuck to it, we had a game plan and we had to improvise also and I think by getting the equaliser it built our rhythm and we took the game to them,” he added.

“It was nice for the coach to call this camp at an early stage and we also have a few guys joining the squad for the two games against Suriname and Haiti. It’s a good bond and hopefully with the boys coming in we can complete the jigsaw puzzle,” the former Wrexham player added.

W Connection’s Aikim Andrews who put T&T 3-1 ahead with a brilliant second half goal, said he had it in his mind that something remarkable would have to be on the cards after he missed the original flight with the team to Managua due to a passport issue.

Football / Tito Vilanova dies of cancer age 45
« on: April 25, 2014, 11:10:16 AM »
Tito Vilanova dies of cancer age 45
ESPN Soccernet

April 25, 2014

Former Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova died Friday at age 45 after a long battle with cancer.

Vilanova had undergone emergency surgery on Thursday at Clinica Quiron in Barcelona as gastric complications arose, multiple news outlets in Spain reported. The Catalan coach had dealt with cancer in his parotid gland for more than two years.

Vilanova, 45, had been in hospital since last Friday, according to Marca.

As word of Vilanova's worsening health spread on Thursday, a call for courage of "Anims Tito" went out across social media.

Weeks before the start of this season, Vilanova told players he would not be able to continue at the helm of the team.

"The doctors recommend that, with the treatments that I must follow from now on, I cannot devote 100 percent to the tasks of head coach as required by FC Barcelona. But I will continue to work closely for the club that I love on other sporting tasks," he said at the time through a statement.

Vilanova was Pep Guardiola's assistant before being promoted to the top job in 2012. In his one season in charge, Vilanova led Barca to their fourth La Liga title in five years, becoming only the second team after Real Madrid to reach the 100-point mark.

He had a tumour removed from his throat in late 2011, but suffered a relapse a year later and took multiple trips to New York for treatment.

Football / European Nations League from 2018
« on: March 27, 2014, 08:28:12 AM »
FA welcomes new Nations League to replace most international friendlies
UK Guardian

• Tournament to have promotion and relegation
• Uefa calls it 'a big step for national teams in Europe'

Alex Horne, the general secretary of the Football Association, has welcomed the announcement of a new Nations League tournament which will replace most international friendlies from 2018.

Uefa has approved the tournament, revealed by The Guardian in October, which will feature promotion and relegation and will allow an extra chance to qualify for the European Championship, after unanimous support from the European governing body's 54 member associations.

Horne described it as "a really exciting prospect" that added a "nice rhythm to the international calendar". He dismissed fears that there would be opposition to the plan in England, telling Sky Sports News that: "For managers like Roy Hodgson you want to be playing these big games."

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The Nations League explained

• There will be four divisions, each containing 12-14 teams based on Uefa's coefficients. England and other top European sides will be in Division A

• Each division will have four mini-leagues, so England would play three or four other Division A teams on a home-and-away basis between September and November 2018

• The winners of each mini-league go into their division's semi-finals and then final at a neutral venue in June 2019. Each division winner will qualify for Euro 2020 meaning one of the smaller nations in Division D will be guaranteed a place at the Euros

• The remaining 20 qualification places for Euro 2020 will be decided via the usual qualifying groups in matches played from 2019, possibly going on as late as March 2020

• Four of Europe's 13 qualifying places for the 2022 World Cup may also be decided via the top two divisions of the Nations League

• TV income is likely to organised in a similar way to the Champions League, with each country being awarded half the value of its Nations League TV rights deal and the rest shared out across the 54 nations via participation money and match bonuses

Man sneak on the pitch and clear two ball off de line... after dat he get out of it with de next team in hot pursuit...  :rotfl:

de next kicksy ting is dat de result stand as 2-2 and de man team went through on Away goals.  :rotfl:

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Football / Forum Rules and Guidelines comments.
« on: August 08, 2013, 12:04:22 PM »
What is the length of the ban? and what was the basis?

Are we going to see moderators enforcing bans and the forum rules now? All of a sudden.

What about retroactive bans? Is there a statute of limitations on unwanted posts and behaviour? It have plenty worse posts still on this site available for anyone to see.

I find this arbitrary.

Football / RIP Rudy Roberts
« on: August 01, 2013, 07:30:52 AM »
I cyant believe nobody ent post this article. I now stumble upon it.

Rudy was a man in the Savannah every weekend for years. A real real grassroots football man. He "discovered" me and drafted me into the North Zone U-14 team back in 1993. Rest in Peace Rudy.

Rudy Roberts passes on

Story Created: Jul 30, 2013 at 8:33 PM ECT

Story Updated: Jul 30, 2013 at 8:33 PM ECT

Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) North Zone stalwart, Rudolph “Rudy” Roberts passed away on Saturday morning.

Roberts, 76, was a fixture in the Queen’s Park Savannah for many years, collecting results to dispatch to the media. He had been ailing, mainly with heart complications, which resulted in his death. The funeral service for Roberts takes place from 9 a.m. today, at St Mary’s Church, St James. His burial is scheduled for 11 a.m., at West End Cemetery, St James.

“He (Rudy) was a good soldier in football,” said former T&T and Defence Force youth manager, Oswald “Danny” Davis. “Rudy was a good football administrator. Both of us worked alongside Albert Goddard in the North Zone. The three of us finished our time in the Savannah three years ago because of health reasons.”

Roberts, who managed various T&T youth teams, was also a former Joe Public coaching school manager. He grew up in St James, and played for Spartak and Malvern.

The TT Pro League has sent its condolences to the family and friends of Roberts.

Football / How I almost did not make it to Atlanta
« on: July 22, 2013, 09:00:44 AM »
How I almost did not make it to Atlanta, Post game and Fete match Report

All photos

Well folks, as of Friday afternoon 3pm, I was not going anywhere this weekend. However my thirsty meter was rising off the charts and when my sister sent me a message that a VIP ticket would be awaiting me in Atlanta, my reaction was this:

So I sprang into action and purchased a flight using my reward miles arriving at 3pm in Atlanta on Saturday. I was looking rosy. (FYI I could have gotten the 9am flight if I had sprang into action earlier eh)

Saturday morning and I head out to the airport feeling like supertrini, kit out in red, with red zip-up for on the plane. Heavy soca pumping on my headphones! Now bam I reach Newark and first ting I see... flight delayed one hour! Well meh belly start to twist, bogle, Iwer, shadow, butterfly and wave. I take a walk to breeze off, I say no scene. I go miss the first half of the first game. I ent bound for dat. So eventually we board and flight going smooth. I start to bep. Boodoom Boodoom. A piece of turbulence wake me up only for me to hear the pilot say bad weather over the airport, so there will be a slight delay. No worries folks, we'll be on the ground in no time.

Some time later... Pilot: The storm has not dissipated, we're in a circular holding pattern above Atlanta, but no worries folks, we'll be on the ground in no time.

Plenty much more time later... Well folks we almost out of gas, so we will be going to Huntsville Alabama to refuel and come back. It's only 20 mins away. No worries folks, we'll be on the ground in no time. FACK you mr pilot!

This is where we going.

My belly start to hear the quietly rising melody of iwer, butterfly, shadow, wave and start to do so :wavetowel: while I doing so  :frustrated:  But you know what, i try to look on the bright side. IF we turn it around fast and IF the weather clear up, all I have to do is jump on the MARTA at the airport and it taking me straight down by the Georgia Dome in 15 to 20 mins. Tight like a fish bottom but doable.

Now allyuh this is where things start to go wrong.  :rotfl:  We land in Hunstville and mr. pilot announce oh shimps, we on the job since 3am and FAA regulations say we have to clock off. Sorry about that. Also by the way no pilots available in Huntsville to fly de plan, so flight cancel. Good luck, bye now. crick crack wire bend story end.  Now this would have been fine if it was announced immediately, but mr pilot had we on that runway for almost an hour. It is now 5:30 EST and the game begins in one hour.

To be continued

Football / Premier league talking point #10 Dwight Yorke
« on: April 01, 2013, 07:27:29 AM »

10) The fashion police

Do not adjust your set. Photograph: Screengrab

Dwight Yorke got dressed in the dark again. And remember people, this is a man that was once voted Britain's 'Best Dressed Man' in 1999 ...

Football / You won't see many better goals than this :o
« on: March 05, 2013, 01:42:27 PM »
Video game quality

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Fantasy League / Stoke City Team Fantasy League
« on: January 09, 2013, 10:33:08 AM »
Stoke City have they own league...

Crouch leading, with Kenwyne 5th.

Interesting to note that Kenywne Jones had picked Peter Crouch in his team, but brought himself in to replace Crouch in Gameweek 15 on November 30th. Them fellas insider trading...

Where would you guys be in this league... i would be in 12th place.  :-\

EDIT: Jermaine Pennant team name was "loves c*&% united" but he change it and they change the link  :rotfl:

Football / AC Milan players walk off pitch after racist chanting
« on: January 03, 2013, 09:23:31 AM »
Milan friendly abandoned after players protest against racist chants

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A friendly match between Milan and lower league side Pro Patria has been abandoned after players walked off in protest at racist chanting from fans.

The game was called off after 26 minutes after a section of Pro Patria fans targeted Milan's Kevin-Prince Boateng, who reacted to the abuse by picking the ball up and kicking it at the crowd (video).

When Boateng was asked to leave the pitch by the referee, Milan's captain Massimo Ambrosini withdrew his team from the field. Urby Emanuelson, Sulley Muntari and M'Baye Niang were also reportedly targeted.

The Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri told La Gazetta dello Sport: "I'm disappointed and saddened but I think it was the right decision not to return to the field out of respect for our players and all other black players. And I'm sorry for the families and children who had come here to enjoy a beautiful day."

Ambrosini told the paper: "We were annoyed from the beginning. We wanted to give a strong signal… we could not continue the game in an atmosphere like this."


Former U.S. Olympic runner Suzy Favor Hamilton has been working for the last year as a high-priced escort, charging clients up to $600 an hour.

The story was first reported by A reporter for the website approached Hamilton in the lobby of a Las Vegas hotel. At first she denied it, before finally admitting she was an escort.

On her Twitter account Thursday, Hamilton took full responsibility for her actions:

"I cannot emphasize enough how sorry I am to anyone I have hurt as a result of my actions and greatly appreciate the support from family and those closest to me.

"I fully intend to make amends and get back to being a good mother, wife, daughter, and friend."

She also talked about her reasons for becoming an escort:

"I was drawn to escorting in large part because it provided many coping mechanisms for me when I was going through a very challenging ... Time with my marriage and my life. It provided an escape from a life that I was struggling in. It was a double life."

And she said she was seeking help:

"I do not expect people to understand, but the reasons for doing this made sense to me at the time and were very much related to depression.

"I have been seeking the help of a psychologist for the past few weeks and will continue to do so after I have put things together."

Hamilton is married and has a 7-year-old daughter. Her escort life was uncovered when she was outed by a client, but she told The Smoking Gun that she won't be vindictive by telling who it was.

“He totally broke all the rules by outing me. I don’t want to be like him. Because he is scum. And I will not become scum to make myself feel good,” Favor Hamilton said. “I will not do it. I would suffer rather than go that route of being vindictive.”
Hamilton ran in the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympics, failing to medal each time. She is a winner of nine NCAA running titles, specializing in the 800- and 1,500-meter events while at the University of Wisconsin.

Football / English Premiership 20 years old (Flashback)
« on: February 02, 2012, 05:42:39 PM »
The preview for the inaugural 1992 season of the Premiership.
Some familiar names... Yorke at Villa... Ian Porterfield managing Chelsea... Cantona at Leeds

Football / Seasons Greetings and Happy New Year! Gallerying Year in Reveiw
« on: December 27, 2011, 10:45:42 AM »
Soccer AM Showboat Best of 2011

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General Discussion / Pastafarians Unite
« on: July 13, 2011, 02:49:03 PM »

Austrian driver's religious headgear strains credulity

Driving licence of Niko Alm

Having received his driving licence, Niko Alm now wants to get pastafarianism officially recognised.

An Austrian atheist has won the right to be shown on his driving-licence photo wearing a pasta strainer as "religious headgear".

Niko Alm first applied for the licence three years ago after reading that headgear was allowed in official pictures only for confessional reasons.

Mr Alm said the sieve was a requirement of his religion, pastafarianism.

The Austrian authorities required him to obtain a doctor's certificate that he was "psychologically fit" to drive.

The idea came into Mr Alm's noodle three years ago as a way of making a serious, if ironic, point.

A self-confessed atheist, Mr Alm says he belongs to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a light-hearted faith whose members call themselves pastafarians.

Passport photos of Niko Alm with a colander on his head A medical interview established the self-styled 'pastafarian' was mentally fit to drive

The group's website states that "the only dogma allowed in the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is the rejection of dogma".

In response to pressure for American schools to teach the Christian theory known as intelligent design, as an alternative to natural selection, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster wrote to the Kansas School Board asking for the pastafarian version of intelligent design to be taught to schoolchildren, as an alternative to the Christian theory.
Straining credulity

In the same spirit, Mr Alm's pastafarian-style application for a driving licence was a response to the Austrian recognition of confessional headgear in official photographs.

The licence took three years to come through and, according to Mr Alm, he was asked to submit to a medical interview to check on his mental fitness to drive but - straining credulity - his efforts have finally paid off.

It is the police who issue driving licences in Austria, and they have duly issued a laminated card showing Mr Alm in his unorthodox item of religious headgear.

The next step, Mr Alm told the Austrian news agency APA, is to apply to the Austrian authorities for pastafarianism to become an officially recognised faith.

Talk bout excitement.. ah think de commentator dead after dis  :rotfl:

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Entertainment & Culture Discussion / 30 Rock
« on: February 17, 2011, 09:08:56 PM »
Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock have a Trini nanny tonight.... but she talking with a fake jamaican accent  :rotfl:

she does spend whole day watching trinidadian soap operas...

No boundaries? Calabash Alley?  ;D

General Discussion / North American scouting... new star born
« on: January 13, 2011, 05:28:29 PM »

Fellas join me in congratulating 100% Barataria!

Little 1% Barataria was born at 5:42 pm today at North Shore University Hospital in Long Island.

Healthy baby boy and future Soca Warrior star.

Football / Worst Goalkeeper blunder ever!!!
« on: December 07, 2010, 02:47:35 PM »
following on from the worst throw way in history thread... my first nominee for worst goalkeeper blunder ever

Hot off the press!! Just now happen in the Twente vs Tottenham game.

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General Discussion / Leslie Nielsen dead!! :'(
« on: November 28, 2010, 08:28:38 PM »
Oh god allyuh... Leslie Nielsen come and dead this evening  :'(  :'(

R.I.P. Frank Drebin

"Like a midget at a urinal, I would have to stay on my toes"

"Like a blind man in an orgy, i was going to have to feel my way out."

"Wilma, I promise you; whatever scum did this, not one man on this force will rest one minute until he's behind bars. Now, let's grab a bite to eat.


Football / Vote for FIFA Best goal of 2010
« on: November 16, 2010, 09:49:22 AM »
2010 FIFA Puskás Award

Top Ten here:

Kumi Yokoyama goal in T&T for the Womens U-17 make the list

Football / How much times allyuh ever see this ever work?
« on: October 12, 2010, 09:16:52 AM »
Straight from a kick off. This one is from Scotland U-21's vs Iceland yesterday.

I see real man try it and most times just embarrass they self... who ever see it work and care to share your story?

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Football / Football player feels up female referee...
« on: October 06, 2010, 09:26:00 AM »

and she like it!!  :-*  ;D

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General Discussion / Segway Boss rides Segway off cliff to death!!!
« on: September 27, 2010, 10:21:08 AM »
i thought this story was an onion article yes... i feeling bad but this is tragic-comedy

The millionaire boss of the U.K.-owned company Segway died when he rode one of the firm's two-wheeled scooters over a cliff near his home in northern England, police confirmed Monday.

James William Heselden, 62, from Thrope Arch, died about 11:40am local time Sunday when he rode one of the Segway scooters off a cliff and into the River Wharfe in West Yorkshire, northern England.

He was pronounced dead at the scene after his body was pulled from the water.

The Sun reported that Heselden was riding a rugged country version of his famous two-wheeled Segway scooter near his home when the accident occurred.

The Segway firm's operation was recently acquired by a U.K.-based company backed by Heselden, the newspaper reported.

Heselden left school at 15 and worked as a coal miner.

He made his fortune with the defense equipment firm Hesco Bastion, which manufactures wire cage walls for protection on army bases.

His friend, Leon Parish, told The Sun: "It [the accident] happened while he was going around his property -- it's devastating."

Heselden donated an estimated £23 million ($36.4 million) to charity in recent years.

West Yorkshire Police are not treating the incident as suspicious.

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Football / Condolences to forumite Bally.
« on: September 09, 2010, 07:39:51 AM »
Allyuh Bally father Garvin Gomez pass away yesterday.

Some of the forumites might know him as he used to play with Woodbrook Playboyz and travel around with the national team.

I believe Tallman meet him in Bahrain.

Rest in Peace brother... Stay strong Bally

Football / Soca Warriors and the Art of Pointing
« on: August 20, 2010, 02:52:46 PM »
So check this article about the Art of Pointing on the football field  ;D

Imagine the current Soca Warriors and alot of trinis is masters at pointing on the football field... when this is a skill usually developed by old timers  ;D as described below:

Pointing is a subtle art that over the years has been brilliantly demonstrated by some of the world's greatest exponents of his-legs-have-gone-but-he's-still-got-that-something-about-him football.

How old we current team is now? and all dey does do is jockey and point? Well anyway on to our story...

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