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New fixtures out today so we can start nattering about the new season.

Premier League opening weekend matches:

Arsenal v Crystal Palace

Burnley v Chelsea

Leicester City v Everton

Liverpool v Southampton

Manchester United v Swansea City

Newcastle United v Manchester City

Queens Park Rangers v Hull City

Stoke City v Aston Villa

West Bromwich Albion v Sunderland

West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur

Championship:

Blackburn v Cardiff

Brentford v Charlton

Brighton v Sheff Wed

Derby v Rotherham

Huddersfield v Bournemouth

Ipswich v Fulham

Middlesbrough v Birmingham

Millwall v Leeds

Nottm Forest v Blackpool

Watford v Bolton

Wigan v Reading

Wolves v Norwich

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Spurs first game. We need to win that one so we can put out another pathetic T-shirt, with what will be our only highlight, at the end of the season.

Tough start for Burnley!

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Looks like the fixture computer decided to give Liverpool the tough start this season. Meanwhile, we appear to have been given a relatively kind start to the season hosting Swansea at home.

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We seem to get the fixtures in streaks. Chelsea / Man Utd first two home games, post Christmas is QPR, Palace, Sunderland, WBA.

Screw it, they are all terrifying. Get above 20 points and I'll be ecstatic!

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Already looking forward to Mr Do giving it large when Utd are top after 6 games, despite only having played relegation fodder.

We're a mid table club! If we can't get excited about being the surprise team at the top after the first month what can we get excited about?

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WBA have been handed a nightmare run in (as Norwich were last season)



home to Liverpool


away to Utd


away to Newcastle


home to Chelsea


ending with away to Arsenal



with the three before that potentially being relegation 6 pointers



home to QPR


home to Leicester


away to Palace


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Already looking forward to Mr Do giving it large when Utd are top after 6 games, despite only having played relegation fodder.

have you seen his "rival watch" list in the utd thread?

lol-some...

man u have teh easiest start ever!

Man Utd V Swansea

Sunderland V Man Utd

Burnley V Man Utd

Man Utd V QPR

Leicester V Man Utd

Man Utd V West Ham

Man Utd V Everton

4th october before they meet a "decent" side in everton and it's at home... So, is the EPL going easy on them, letting them get a run of "easy" games, or do they not get glamour ties at the start of the season, mixing it up with the big boys of "the top four" because they're no longer part of that set.

or just coincidence?

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have you seen his "rival watch" list in the utd thread?

lol-some...

man u have teh easiest start ever!

Man Utd V Swansea

Sunderland V Man Utd

Burnley V Man Utd

Man Utd V QPR

Leicester V Man Utd

Man Utd V West Ham

Man Utd V Everton

4th october before they meet a "decent" side in everton and it's at home... So, is the EPL going easy on them, letting them get a run of "easy" games, or do they not get glamour ties at the start of the season, mixing it up with the big boys of "the top four" because they're no longer part of that set.

or just coincidence?

Haha, one year with a fluke trophy and you're the football kings!

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Being given an 'easy' start can also add pressure though as Utd aren't gonna be expected to drop many points prior to the more difficult games starting in October.

A couple of slip ups in the easy games before the more difficult games start then the pressure's on.

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Koeman and our regenerated squad are gonna fuck you up!

I hope we spunk all of our Shaw/Lallana filthy lucre on flash in the pan World Cup stars. That Mexican keeper for a start!

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We're gonna turn Turf Moor into a fortress!

By which, I mean, the place will be cold, wet and miserable with the local residents scrabbling around in mud and shit trying to scrape a living while very rich people come and abuse our hospitality.

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Man Utd V SwanseaSunderland V Man UtdBurnley V Man UtdMan Utd V QPRLeicester V Man UtdMan Utd V West Ham

haha, you'd think the Chief Executive of the Premier League said Man Utd doing badly damages the Premier League or something
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New Hull City badge with no Hull City on it. Following a broken promise made about fan consultation over any change to the badge. No name on season passes, club correspondence or shirts.

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I don't know the ins-and-outs, but has that been done as some kind of compromise? That design will make it easier to sell the 'brand' abroad than if it said 'Hull City' - but stopping short of the badge stating the following 'Hull Tigers', which would have been the worst outcome? Not saying it's good for the fans, but it is perhaps a more delicate middle-ground?

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Not really, no. The name change in the first place came about due to a spat with the council for not letting Allam buy the KC Stadium. The lack of name is Allam basically saying to the FA that if they're not going to let him do what he wants then he won't use the name the FA want him to use. He just doesn't want Hull City, so he'd rather have nothing.

There's no plan behind any of this other than a guy being petty for not getting what he wants.

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He is a curious fella is Allam, he acts like a complete cock when it comes to the football club, but he has been great to the city and especially the university. He has donated millions to the latter and only recently he has given funding for the medical school to build a new research centre. Personally I blame the council for not selling him the stadium, it must be losing the council shit loads of money and in this current economical climate, Hull Council really could have done with the money.

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I must admit that the only knowledge I really have of this subject is an interview Steve Bruce gave after a Hull match late last year where he was asked about Allam and he said that whilst he didn't agree with the stuff about changing the name, the guy had put about £70m into the club and was doing a lot for the community, so some of the stick was unfair.

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He is a curious fella is Allam, he acts like a complete cock when it comes to the football club, but he has been great to the city and especially the university. He has donated millions to the latter and only recently he has given funding for the medical school to build a new research centre. Personally I blame the council for not selling him the stadium, it must be losing the council shit loads of money and in this current economical climate, Hull Council really could have done with the money.

If it was losing a shit load of money, why was Allam willing to walk away if he couldn't get it?

Owning the stadium is precisely where the money is, these days. Especially when you didn't put a penny into building the thing in the first place. Why do you think Gold and Sullivan left Birmingham for West Ham?

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If it was losing a shit load of money, why was Allam willing to walk away if he couldn't get it?

Owning the stadium is precisely where the money is, these days. Especially when you didn't put a penny into building the thing in the first place. Why do you think Gold and Sullivan left Birmingham for West Ham?

To rent a stadium?

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In February 2014 West Ham announced the sale of the ground to the development company, the Galliard Group once the move to the Olympic Stadium has been completed. The developer has plans for new homes, retail outlets and leisure facilities on the site which would be available by 2018. The possibility of a statue of Bobby Moore and a landscaped garden named after him were also unveiled.[24]

Nice little earner I expect.

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