Chris Baird

Northern Ireland

The Baird dilemma: Should referees any time a booking is in order? [VIDEO]

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I must admit, I had never pondered this dilemma until Chris Baird was sent off for two fouls in one sequence in Monday's crucial Euro qualifier in Belfast.

With eight minutes left, with Northern Ireland down 1-0 to Hungary following an unfortunate yet dreadful goalkeeping error by Michael McGovern, Michael O'Neill's men pushed forward in hopes of an equalizer.

The Baird dilemma: Should referees any time a booking is in order? [VIDEO]

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I must admit, I had never pondered this dilemma until Chris Baird was sent off for two fouls in one sequence in Monday's crucial Euro qualifier in Belfast.

With eight minutes left, with Northern Ireland down 1-0 to Hungary following an unfortunate yet dreadful goalkeeping error by Michael McGovern, Michael O'Neill's men pushed forward in hopes of an equalizer.

Juventus

Utility outrage

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Football fans generally get outraged far too much and I am not really outraged at this. BUT it was really disappointing to read the excellent WSC magazine this month doing a feature on utility men... there, at the top, was a picture of Chris Baird!

Hurray, I thought, a bit of credit for the man who beat Juventus from the middle of the pitch, who held Spurs scoreless at WHL at centre back, and who was generally about as good a utility man as you might find.

Utility outrage

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Football fans generally get outraged far too much and I am not really outraged at this. BUT it was really disappointing to read the excellent WSC magazine this month doing a feature on utility men... there, at the top, was a picture of Chris Baird!

Hurray, I thought, a bit of credit for the man who beat Juventus from the middle of the pitch, who held Spurs scoreless at WHL at centre back, and who was generally about as good a utility man as you might find.

Fulham

Keeper Mark Schwarzer heads Fulham clear-out

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Veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer is the most profile exit following an end-of-season clear-out at Fulham. The 40-year-old Australian joins Chris Baird, Simon Davies, Chris Baird, Giorgos Karagounis, Mladen Petric and Csaba Somogyi on a list of out-of-contract players leaving Craven Cottage. Schwarzer had been offered a new contract, but opted against staying with Martin Jol's [.

Arsenal vs. Fulham: 4 Key Battles Ahead of This Weekend’s Clash at the Emirates Stadium

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In the Premier League's only all-London tie of the weekend, Arsenal host city neighbours Fulham on match-day 11 of what has already been an exciting campaign. It would be fair to say that both sides have experienced somewhat unexpected fortunes so far this term. The Gunners' start to the seasons represents their worst under manager Arsene Wenger, while the Cottagers are flying high with their most productive opening ten-game spell since the 2003-4 campaign.

GIF It: Fulham’s Chris Baird still getting used to this goal celebration lark

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Fulham superstar Chris Baird is discovering that his new role as goalscoring hero brings with it some new pressures. The defender-turned-midfielder has scored two goals in his last two Premier League games, but is still getting used to the baggage that brings. For instance, there's the goal celebration to think about.

Reading 3-3 Fulham

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Helter skelter nonsense in which Fulham played very well for the most part but failed to take all the points because they conceded three times to a more than ordinary Reading team.

Happily a dowdy deficit was overturned by our own cause celebre Bryan Ruiz, who transformed the game as soon as he got on the pitch.

Reading 3-3 Fulham

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Helter skelter nonsense in which Fulham played very well for the most part but failed to take all the points because they conceded three times to a more than ordinary Reading team.

Happily a dowdy deficit was overturned by our own cause celebre Bryan Ruiz, who transformed the game as soon as he got on the pitch.

Fulham 1-0 Aston Villa – Baird Fires Whites To Victory In Scrappy Clash At The Cottage (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Fulham 1-0 Aston Villa Premier League 20th October 2012

Making his 150th appearance for Fulham, defender Chris Baird capped his milestone appearance with the only goal of the game at Cravan Cottage on Saturday, netting from a corner on 84 minutes.

Fulham 1-0 Aston Villa Highlights

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A neat Chris Baird goal from a Jan Arne Risse corner was enough to keep Fulham's recent run of form going as they bet Aston Villa 1-0 at Craven Cottage.

Fulham 1 Manchester City 2

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A gallant effort but one ultimately doomed to failure. Fulham did their best to resist the attacking fluency of City and for 80 minutes seemed to have succeeded until late changes to both sides saw the current league champions finally find a way past our defence.

I'd love to be able to give you some flowing prose about the opening exchanges in which the Whites were perhaps the stronger side.

Fulham 1 Manchester City 2

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A gallant effort but one ultimately doomed to failure. Fulham did their best to resist the attacking fluency of City and for 80 minutes seemed to have succeeded until late changes to both sides saw the current league champions finally find a way past our defence.

I'd love to be able to give you some flowing prose about the opening exchanges in which the Whites were perhaps the stronger side.

Football Results for Fulham ( 3 – 0 ) West Brom at Craven Cottage on September 15, 2012, 3:00 pm

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Football Match just over at Craven Cottage English Premier League Home Team Fulham Goals & Scorers 89′: Steve Sidwell;45′: penalty Dimitar Berbatov;32′: Dimitar Berbatov; Keeper Mark Schwarzer Midfield Damien Duff; Steve Sidwell; Chris Baird; Alex Kacaniklic; Forwards Hugo Rodallega; Dimitar Berbatov; Defense Sascha Riether; Aaron Hughes; Brede [.

How much difference does one player make anyway?

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Interested in your views on how replaceable players are. I remember a few years ago, getting to White Hart Lane and finding that Hangeland was out and the much maligned Chris Baird was playing instead. The result: comfortable enough 0-0 draw.

If Hangeland were to break his leg tomorrow I would be reasonably happy that a combination of Hughes, Baird and Senderos would be more than adequate to keep us broadly where we'd have been with Hangeland.

How much difference does one player make anyway?

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Interested in your views on how replaceable players are. I remember a few years ago, getting to White Hart Lane and finding that Hangeland was out and the much maligned Chris Baird was playing instead. The result: comfortable enough 0-0 draw.

If Hangeland were to break his leg tomorrow I would be reasonably happy that a combination of Hughes, Baird and Senderos would be more than adequate to keep us broadly where we'd have been with Hangeland.

EURO Crush: Mathieu Debuchy

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The right back position is one Fulham haven't really had figured out since the 2008-09 season. Last season Stephen Kelly led the team with 21 starts at the position. Chris Baird led 2010-11 with just 16 starts. John Paintsil, making 37 starts in 2008-09, had just 21 in 2009-10.

In fact, since 2001, only 4 players have made 30 or more appearances (which equates to a little over 75% of the season) at right back: Finnan 01/02; Volz 03/04, 04/05; Rosenior 06/07, Paintsil 08/09.

EURO Crush: Mathieu Debuchy

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The right back position is one Fulham haven't really had figured out since the 2008-09 season. Last season Stephen Kelly led the team with 21 starts at the position. Chris Baird led 2010-11 with just 16 starts. John Paintsil, making 37 starts in 2008-09, had just 21 in 2009-10.

In fact, since 2001, only 4 players have made 30 or more appearances (which equates to a little over 75% of the season) at right back: Finnan 01/02; Volz 03/04, 04/05; Rosenior 06/07, Paintsil 08/09.

Open training

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Me and Stan went to the club's open training session this morning.

Nice it was, too. The sun shone, the players put on a good show, and everyone seemed happy. Lots of kids there leaning over the hoardings to get closer to the action, must've been great for them to see their heroes up close.

Open training

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Me and Stan went to the club's open training session this morning.

Nice it was, too. The sun shone, the players put on a good show, and everyone seemed happy. Lots of kids there leaning over the hoardings to get closer to the action, must've been great for them to see their heroes up close.

Man City And Arsenal Both Pick Up Impressive Wins

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Manchester City moved three points clear at the top of the Premier League thanks to a convincing 3-0 win at home over Fulham.

Heading into the Fulham match a lot of questions were being asked about a City side that had lost four of their eight matches in 2012, exiting the FA and League Cups and seeing Manchester United draw level with them on points at the top of the Premier League.

Man City Go Three Points Clear At Top

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Manchester City moved three points clear at the top of the Premier League thanks to a convincing 3-0 win at home over Fulham.

Heading into the Fulham match a lot of questions were being asked about a City side that had lost four of their eight matches in 2012, exiting the FA and League Cups and seeing Manchester United draw level with them on points at the top of the Premier League.

Man City 3-0 Fulham: Snow Problem For Citizens As Fulham Freeze At The Etihad (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Manchester City 3-0 Fulham Premier League 4th February 2012


Manchester City put the disappointment of that midweek defeat against Everton behind them at a snowy Etiahd Stadium on Saturday, coasting to victory against a Fulham side who rarely threatened Jose Hart's goal.

Clint Dempsey's hat trick as Fulham spank Newcastle, 5-2

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szólj hozzá: Fulham v Newcastle 5:2 GOALS

Clint Dempsey's 50th, 51st, and 52nd goal for Fulham lifted the Cottagers over Newcastle.

The first half was all Newcastle and just before halftime they went ahead through Danny Guthrie's superlative left footed strike. Martin Jol must have mixed chili powder in his half time pep talk as he effected two very important changes, taking Bryan Ruiz from central midfield, bringing on Chris Baird, and introducing Andy Johnson as Fulham turned the game a 180 degrees in the second half

The former Crystal Palace man made an immediate impact troubling the Newcastle defense with his zip.

Fulham v Arsenal Preview : Gunners Visits A Bronze Michael

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Will need to step up tonight

What a wonderful night of football yesterday was, if only for the one game which mattered. Nicklas Bendtner did us no favour as he squandered an early chance to put his team ahead but Sunderland won it right at the death to beat Roberto Mancini's Manchester City.

Quick Cards

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Don't look now, but Fulham are tied with Wolves for the most yellow cards in the league (37). We had 52 yellow cards all of last season, 46 in 2009-10, and 40 in 2008-09.

Brede Hangeland, Chris Baird, Danny Murphy, Moussa Dembele, and Steve Sidwell all have 4 yellow cards. Mark Schwarzer has one.

Liverpool’s Luis Suárez makes ‘offensive gesture’ at Fulham fans

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Liverpool's Luis Suárez makes 'offensive gesture' at Fulham fans

• Striker may face FA charge over incident after 1-0 defeat • Dalglish criticises Fulham fans for calling Suárez a 'cheat' The Liverpool striker Luis Suárez could face a misconduct charge after appearing to make an offensive gesture towards Fulham fans at the end of his team's 1-0 defeat here on Monday night.

Arsenal 1-1 Fulham: Devermination

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Video highlights and reaction match report By the numbers

I guess in the context of recent results and the form we've been in yesterday was something of a disappointment. Dropping two points at home can always be criticised but post-Champions League games against well organised, tough opponents are never easy.

Arsenal 1 Fulham 1 : Only One Goalscorer

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This one's at the right end

The winning run came to an end. It was two points dropped on a day where Manchester United drew with Newcastle, where a win would allowed us to close the gap to these two team at the least. Sluggish is perhaps the best term to describe our performance last night.

Match Reports

Fulham 3-0 WBA

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All the misery seems misplaced now. Central midfield problem? Not when the back-up back-up plan can run a game against decent opposition. Chris Baird and his messier partner, Steve Sidwell, proved once again that at a stable club no single player is indispensible, no five players even. We can lament the mislaying of Dempsey, Dembele, Murphy, Etuhu and all the other stalwarts of days of yore, but there is much to be excited about, too.

Fulham 3-0 WBA

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All the misery seems misplaced now. Central midfield problem? Not when the back-up back-up plan can run a game against decent opposition. Chris Baird and his messier partner, Steve Sidwell, proved once again that at a stable club no single player is indispensible, no five players even. We can lament the mislaying of Dempsey, Dembele, Murphy, Etuhu and all the other stalwarts of days of yore, but there is much to be excited about, too.

City 3-0 Fulham

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I imagine there will be people angry about this but City have won every single home game this year, right? So quite what we were supposed to do about that I'm not sure. People talk about our record at Eastlands but that was before City became CITY and, well, honestly...

The shame was that the game was over before it had begun, Adam Johnson managing to fall over Chris Baird in the area to win a dodgy penalty to make it 1-0, then Baird put through his own goal to make it two before we'd even started to play.

Fulham 5-2 Newcastle

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Have you ever seen anything like it?

One of the worst first half performances in memory. Newcastle were very impressive, well drilled, pressurising perfectly, timing their confrontations and ganging up on our players relentlessly. We couldn't keep the ball. They could, spraying it around and running us ragged.

Analysis

On Senderos, Hughes (and Baird!)

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One of the more annoying message board debates has been around Philippe Senderos' impact on Brede Hangeland. I remember when Aaron Hughes was regularly criticised by fans, one respected poster frequently bemoaning how Hughes 'forced' Hangeland to play in the left centre-back slot which limited him as a player.

On Senderos, Hughes (and Baird!)

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One of the more annoying message board debates has been around Philippe Senderos' impact on Brede Hangeland. I remember when Aaron Hughes was regularly criticised by fans, one respected poster frequently bemoaning how Hughes 'forced' Hangeland to play in the left centre-back slot which limited him as a player.

Past 5 Matches

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With the exception of a forced change here or there, it would not be a stretch to say Martin Jol has settled on HIS lineup as of late.

And, its interesting to note the name and age of the lineup. Especially when looking at the players who are not playing.

Below are all the players and their ages that saw at list 1 minute of playing time in the last five matches:

David Stockdale 26 Brede Hangeland 30 Philippe Senderos 26 John Arne Riise 30 Stephen Kelly 27 Danny Murphy 34 Steve Sidwell 28 Damien Duff 32 Simon Davies 31 Clint Dempsey 28 Bryan Ruiz 25 Mark Schwarzer 38 Chris Baird 29 Stephen Kelly 27 Dickson Etuhu 29 Moussa Dembele 24 Marcel Gecov 23 Aaron Hughes 31 Pavel Pogrebnyak 28 Andy Johnson 31 Mahamadou Diarra 30 Kerim Frei 18

When crunching the numbers, our squad age in this span comes out to be:

Average: 28.

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Some follow-up observations:

The team was hell-bent on keeping shape, which gave us some perhaps surprising (but perhaps not) tackling information. Etuhu and Murphy, and the entire back four, really didn't go for many tackles. Instead Dempsey, Dembele, and to a lesser extent, Ruiz, were doing a lot of the actual harrying.

Grygera

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From the offal:

The Club can confirm that Zdenek Grygera suffered an ACL rupture during the match against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday 6 November.

It is estimated that the recovery period for an injury of this nature is approximately 6 months.

The Club will update further on Zdenek's progress during the course of his rehabilitation.

The Rest

Top 10 conclusions Premier League weekend 27-28 October

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1. Team in red takes the lead thanks to an own goal and adds a second courtesy of poor marking by the opposition. Blue team suddenly kicks into life and fights back to 2-2. It's impossible to know how this one will end. 2. Or perhaps not. Everton vs Liverpool and Chelsea vs Manchester United [...]


Good Ol’ Fashioned Rant: On Diving And Why ‘Contact’ Is A Word I’ve Come To Despise

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By Chris Wright

"There's contact...juuuuust...hold on...wait a second...there."

Ne'er does a week go by without some dime-a-dozen pundit rolling it out. That sodding word. 'Contact'. A word which is quickly becoming the bane of my very existence.