TONIGHT'S GUEST THEBROAD
nani17: Hello Mr Broad how are you today? Can i have your full name age and location.TheBroad: Afternoon Peter, i'm grand - a term I have now adopted from you Irish lads! How're you?
My full name be Thomas David Broad, I'm 19 and I live in Seaford, the south east coast of England for you unaware!
nani17: Good to see you've adopted it. Broad any ideas where the name came from? TheBroad: I have no idea where my surname is from, but, my forename - I was going to be named Curtly, after the West Indian fast bowler, Curtly Ambrose.
nani17: Really and why did they not name you Curtly, are you a cricket fan?TheBroad: I will have to ask my Mother why I wasn't named Curtly, but on reflection, i'm happy with Thomas!
I am a cricket fan, i'll await the banter / abuse from Danny for being so!
I used to play cricket, but haven't for quite a while - I support Surrey CCC, but I won't dwell on it, we aren't the club we once were.
I'm much more of a football fan mind...
nani17: Would you still watch the cricket and have a spot of tea?TheBroad: I would, I do in fact - a few months back, my Father & I went down to Hove to watch Sussex vs Surrey - it was freezing cold, there was a gale blowing, but I did have a sufficient amount of marmite sandwiches and lemonade at my disposal.
Talking of tea, *shouts* Panda, go make me a cup of tea!
nani17: So a good day out with dad nice to hear. Do you have any brothers or Sisters?TheBroad: I do, I have three brothers - they are triplets, all born on the 8th June 1993, not identical mind.
nani17: Really how come you never mentioned that before TheBroad: I've never mentioned it?! - but yes, Daniel, Matthew & Lewis, all born on the 8th June 1993, so with my birthday on the 10th June - a rather expensive time of year for my parents!
nani17: No tom you never mentioned it. Anyway what's there to do in Seaford on the weekends? TheBroad: What ISN'T there to do! - Seaford is very limited in the way of things to do, it's population is only just over 20,000 people, there is no shopping centre, no cinema, no retail outlets, only a small high street with small shops.
Seaford is in between two large towns, Brighton & Eastbourne - which are thirty minutes away via train, so if I were to go out on the weekend I would go to one of them.
If I were to stay within the confides of Seaford, well, the main thing being by the coast is that it is very picturesque, so it is very easy to capture the world via my digital camera, it also lends itself to walking which I love doing.
As everybody knows in GD, I love to workout, so I spend a lot of my free time working out!
Normally my Saturday's are spent watching Crystal Palace.
nani17: Yes you seem to love your workouts maybe to too much i don't know lol. I meant to ask you on the forums did you go protesting with the fans the other day and how has life been since your beloved Palace got in a bit of trouble.TheBroad: I didn't protest unfortunately, the day of the protest coincided with the release of big PES 2011 news, with that and monetary issues, I watched from afar.
It has been a ride, that's for sure - Crystal Palace Football Club is a huge part of my life, this season will be my twelfth as a season ticket holder and the thought of them not existing was one that was o'so real, but one that I didn't want to even contemplate.
Now everything has worked out, CPFC 2010, the consortium that now own us are in my mind, already Palace legends.
We are know out of administration and are free to sign players for fees now!
Throughout the past season, we have had multiple transfer embargoes, deducted points, goals that hit the back of the net disallowed, players leaving, our manager leaving & a final day relegation showdown against Sheffield Wednesday, in which we prevailed.
In my twelve years of supporting Crystal Palace, i've witnessed us being in administration twice, not a feat i'm proud of, but let's hope it doesn't happen for a third time in my lifetime.
So to answer your question, it was a struggle, but now we're looking forward and the future of Crystal Palace Football Club is bright once more!
nani17: I can't imagine how that would feel even though it did happen to Cork City FC but the Irish League is terribly managed so who cares. Do you feel Crystal Palace have the ability to get to the top half of the table this season?TheBroad: Aye, it isn't something I would wish upon any club.
I do, we have one of the best academies in the world and with this is our key to success, we are building a squad under George Burley, with the older, experienced players - we have some great young talent, two players who are on my 'one to watch' list are Kieran Cadogan & Wilfred Zaha, both very quick, both have a great goal scoring record at youth/reserve level and i'm confident they will step up this year.
You just have to look at Blackpool, they were tipped for relegation last season and they are now planning trips to Old Trafford, The Emirates etc...
Never say never.
nani17: That's very true tom, i wouldn't mind seeing a fairytale story for Palace I'm sure you feel the same. Since we are on the subject of football how do you feel about goal-line technology? Thebroad: Goal line technology, well -
Bristol City vs Crystal Palace, it was 0-0 at the time - I remember this so clearly, a long kick forward by Julian Speroni, Flicked on by Allasayne N'Diaye, Freddy Sears pokes the ball into the net, it hits the back of the net and comes back out and the referee and linesman give a goal kick - not only did it cross the line, it hit the back of the net.
We went onto lose the game 1-0.
So yes, goal line technology is something we need in the game, this is 2010, other sports have it and it works, so Sepp, if you're reading this...
nani17: Oh he reads this all the time lol. What other stuff would you like to see changed in modern football?TheBroad:I would like to see their be a ban on clubs buying players who are under a certain age.
Once again, I use Crystal Palace as an example, John Bostock made his Crystal Palace debut at the age of 15, teams like Barcelona & Real Madrid were interested in him.
He said he'd sign for Palace, then overnight - he changed his mind and went to Tottenham Hotspur for a measly 700k, when he was regarded as one of the best young players in the world.
Gari, Aron, you're know not alone with the only guys who have a hatred towards Spurs!
He hasn't started a game for them, bar a few in cup competitions and was shipped out on loan.
Harry Redknapp said that Bostock should have stayed at Crystal Palace for longer, Harry could have thought of that before he brought him.
Other things like, Salary caps, home grown players would be good additions, with the latter being introduced now, or soon.
nani17: I see your point. On to gaming and PES 2011, what do you think of the news so far tom and how long have you been playing PesTheBroad: I didn't realise there was a new PES game...
The news so far has been mind blowing, Konami are a new team this year, this Blue Sky team are as of now, unsung heroes - they were working on PES 2011 while PES 2010 was being ousted from our consoles.
PES 2011 is the follow up to the PS2 days, it should have happened a long time ago, but it's better late than never!
It is shaping up to be one hell of a game and with every passing day, I want to play this game more & more - release day couldn't come sooner.
My first real PES was PES 3 and from then on, i've been hooked to the series - don't get me wrong, i've played FIFA beside PES for many years, but for me, PES encapsulates everything that is right with the world of gaming.
The community spirit is something that will always make PES stand over it's competitors, however weak the game is.
Then there is WENB...
nani17: Yes I must say I haven't been this excited for a long time. Whats your favourite thing about the game? TheBroad: I'll answer this in two parts, my favourite thing about the series as a whole, has to be the individuality, when you receive the ball as Messi, Ronaldo, Pirlo - you feel like you are playing as them, this is what has kept a sinking ship afloat in recent years.
The thing i'm looking forward to in PES 2011, has to be the 360 degree passing & the power gauge, the series has been crying out for it for years and I have great confidence that it's addition can only enhance the game.
nani17: What other games do you enjoy playing?TheBroad: What other games do I enjoy playing -
Uncharted 2 gave me great enjoyment, playing with Danny & Gav - we had some great laughs, *stands up on chair* 'We were the PLUNDER KINGS' *sits back down*
Right now, UFC 2010 has my attention, this is a great game and Mixed Martial Arts is something I enjoy.
As a gamer i'm very varied to what I play, be it racing games, action games, sport games etc...
I can't miss out Football Manager *sniff*
nani17: What games besides PES or Fifa are you looking forword to? TheBroad: Yeah it's looking pretty good i might buy it but to be honest the last F1 game i owned was the ps1 version.
nani17: Bit personal Tom but is there any women in your life?TheBroad: Not to worry, to answer your question, there is - her name be Rosa Maria Narvaez Ferre, cliche, but she's the most beautiful girl in the world *sniff snifff*
nani17: lol one day she'll be yours tom just keep dreaming. Onto WENB, how did you find the site and what made you stay?TheBroad: I'm not sure how I stumbled upon WENB, but to why it made me stay, that is down to the community, there is a real sense of camaraderie, brotherhood about WENB.
From just visiting the site, to becoming part of GD, becoming a prominent poster, making friends, becoming a moderator to writing the feedback report - it has been a journey that I don't want to end!
nani17:Brotherhood i like it. What's the one thing you love about WENB? TheBroad: For me, it has to be what I was talking about, the community - i've never seen / been part of a forum which has been so tight knit.
Also, with GD it makes WENB a great place to visit, both if you're a prominent, or a new poster.
nani:17 Well said tom. Before i forget i meant to ask you what do you do for a living?TheBroad: Well, I don't have a job, so I have quite a bit of free, so apart from moderating and visiting WENB, I tend to write short stories, poetry, working out - a real mixed bag.
Well i believe that's it Tom thanks for accepting my invite you did well I must say.
Thebroad: Thanks for having me Peter, it was a pleasure.
nani17: No problem tom any ghetto shout outs to anyone?TheBroad; *stands up on a cardboard box*
Huge shout out to the GD lads, Danny, Gav, Peter, Sean, Gari, Kyle, Mark, Aron, Marty, João, Michael, Dan, Ali *20 minutes later* - then there is Adam, Alan, Roi and the rest of the moderating team and all the great lads who have made my stay welcome.
nani17: No gangs signs. Anyway that's it