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    Yeah, he's the highest I'm aware of. Kelechi Iheanacho, who appeared a bit more often, wore 72 but thankfully took 8 at Leicester.

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      Arsenal bring on no. 87 (Saka) in the league, which tells you all you need about Fulham's stature.

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        You're not necessarily wrong but Saka is a victim of Arsenal's numbering system for their academy players.

        After about #35 or so, they are grouped first by age blocks then alphabetical order. Saka is a lot closer to the first team picture than most squad members numbered in the 40s and 50s (he's already played a few times in the Europa League) but he's only 17 I think and of course S is quite a way towards the end of the A-Z.

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            It doesn’t really count as it’s the EFL Trophy but Man City’s Ogbeta wore a 91 shirt last night while they had an unused sub McDonald with a number 97.
            Last edited by Ray de Galles; 09-01-2019, 09:44.

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              I know UA always warns about Mexico's transgression but a keeper wearing 4, christ!
              Last edited by Ray de Galles; 26-11-2019, 14:23.

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                But it is ok for Italians?

                (Bucci also wore 7 at Parma)

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                  I genuinely shuddered when I saw that.

                  I was recently asked to sponsor the shirt of a Welsh u18 international at Wimbledon who has just broken in to the first team squad. I had to tell them that I would have been perfectly happy to had he not already been given the number 31 - the absolute worst possible number aesthetically for an outfield player.
                  Last edited by Ray de Galles; 26-11-2019, 15:04.

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                    https://twitter.com/futbolbible/status/1203763907116097536?s=21
                    Last edited by Ray de Galles; 23-07-2020, 20:57.

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                      Liverpool

                      62 Kelleher
                      51 Hoever
                      72 van den Berg
                      77 Boyes
                      54 Gallacher
                      57 Christie-Davies
                      68 Chirivella
                      55 Kane
                      67 Elliott
                      75 Longstaff
                      99 Hill

                      Substitutes

                      63 Winterbottom
                      65 Clayton
                      69 Dixon-Bonner
                      81 Bearne
                      84 Clarkson
                      93 Norris
                      97 Stewart
                      Last edited by Ray de Galles; 17-12-2019, 19:22.

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                        Wait, what?!

                        https://twitter.com/bcfc_news/status/1286294064036483072?s=21

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                          I'm embarrassed for everyone concerned with Birmingham City over that, including myself as a childhood bluenose.

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                            Ridiculous and yes, embarrassing. His dad was a prolific goalscorer in non-league about a decade ago. I saw him play for both Stourbridge and Leamington.

                            https://www.thenonleaguefootballpape...-hot-shot-dad/

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                              I wasn't expecting the NLP to use the word peripatetic.

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                                I dislike the idea of retiring shirt numbers in the first place, it seems unspeakably American (cue pedant saying how it was a tradition of Lithuania for centuries) but the Bellingham affair is just laughable.

                                Mind you, I am fundamentalist about it, I believe that the team should line up 1-11, it's one thing that rugby has retained even in the face of professionalism, even if they did away with letters and other endearing eccentricities such as the full back being no 1 instead of 15, or not having a 13, or South African flankers wearing the opposite numbers to the rest of the world (actually, that's still going).

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                                  Been meaning to mention this, but so far this season our back seven have pleasingly lined up as follows...

                                  GK: 1 Bursik

                                  RB: 2 Halliday
                                  CB: 4 Anderson
                                  CB: 5 Wright
                                  LB: 3 James

                                  CM: 6 Gomes
                                  CM 8: Whiteman

                                  On top of this, twice this season we've also started with 7 and 11 in wide midfield; albeit on the wrong wings, with 11 Tulloch on the right, and 7 Taylor on the left,

                                  Mentioning this now before Matt Smith replaces Madger Gomes in midfield and ruins everything.

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                                    I hate 4 in central defense and 6 in midfield, would genuinely rather have a number in the seventies in both positions.

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                                      In the good old days of 1-11 Villa generally had number 4 in central defence- Ian Ross, Leighton Phillips, Allan Evans- and 6 in midfield (Dennis Mortimer, Steve McMahon). Can't see a problem with that. Now Liverpool on the other hand had 4 and 6 in defence (Smith / Thompson, Hughes / Hansen) and 5 in midfield (Cormack, Kennedy, Whelan) which is just deranged.

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                                        Originally posted by Ray de Galles View Post
                                        I hate 4 in central defense and 6 in midfield, would genuinely rather have a number in the seventies in both positions.
                                        Excuse my ignorance but where exactly are 4 and 6 supposed to go if not CD and DM ?

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                                          The other way round, 6 in central defence and 4 in midfield.

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                                            Unless it's three at the back. Unfortunately then your wide players are 2 and 3 and 7 and 11 end up in centre midfield or up front.

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                                              I was just wondering how this schema deals with three at the back.

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                                                2,3 and 5. This frees up both 4 and 6 to play midfielder and 7 and 11 can play on the flanks.

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                                                  In a 1 to 11, I would have three centre halves wear 3, 4 and 6.

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                                                    I'd just move the 4 in between the 5 and 6. Then your wing backs can wear 2 and 3.

                                                    Let's face it, our traditional numbers are inextricably tied to 4-4-2. The fact that almost no high level team uses that formation anymore means there have to be sacrifices, squad numbers or not.

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