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We’ve had a culture of “physicality” in the game in this country that frequently throws up incidents that in any other walk of life would cause legal consequences for the instigators.  It often spoils the spectacle by removing through injury the most talented players, the ones the public paid to see in action.  I sincerely hope the player in question in this incident soon finds resolution to his advantage.

General Discussion / Re: Fans Ban-Final Warnings
« on: November 17, 2019, 11:14:19 AM »
Tragically, the racism issue is a nationwide problem.  It is a stain on our outlook on life, but it certainly isn’t experienced solely in the football world.  Indeed, “the game” is mostly powerless to prevent the appalling incidents we often witness, and any blame attached to it is often delivered to deflect attention away from the National problem.  Of course clubs must do their best to deal with individual incidents, but the cure, in the end, can only come through sanctions and education outside the game.

General Discussion / Re: Top of the league
« on: November 17, 2019, 11:04:42 AM »
Superb effort by all....Chairman, Manager, squad, and all volunteers, committee members etc...  Now it’s up to the people of this town.  We can only keep this up, even satisfy SC’s stated ambition when he joined the club, if those in the town AND SURROUNDING AREA who enjoy this great sport really want it, and are willing to come to games to support this club.  To them, as all regulars would agree, you’re not being asked to make a sacrifice, you are being invited to witness probably the highest sporting entertainment yet seen in this town......

General Discussion / Re: Southport
« on: November 16, 2019, 03:01:40 PM »
We won’t have to alter the style much without MG.  True we would reduce the aerial attack to some degree but we have others who can do that job at set-pieces.  We are at our best on the ground anyway, and that includes Michael.  Good selection, but would have liked to see Carey in there.  No matter, the squad is there if necessary, and we can be tighter without the ball by 9 or 10 behind the ball.  A win today would be a big one.  Also, we must all spread the word about this team, aiming to double the home crowd, to relieve the Chairman of some of the burden... he deserves it....

General Discussion / Re: Southport
« on: November 15, 2019, 10:01:53 AM »
The team won’t be weakened by ANY player’s absence.  A fluent team is available, as indeed it also is when MG is playing.

General Discussion / Re: Tonight’s Match
« on: November 15, 2019, 09:57:27 AM »
Appreciation of your generous offer, Les Smith.  Someone would be pleased as punch.

General Discussion / Re: Bradford PA
« on: November 14, 2019, 12:29:55 PM »
Unfortunately racism and xenophobia are our national problem, not specifically football’s.  And football, which is merely a recipient of the disease, can only tweak it at the edges.  But, of course, clubs will always pay a price, mainly because, in those instances when they do occur, the political class try to hide behind football’s “guilt”, rather than admit their own responsibilities that depend on a proper system of sanctions and education.

General Discussion / Re: Tonight’s Match
« on: November 13, 2019, 11:30:00 PM »
Very worrying news that SC feels as he does.  He came into the club with a level of ambition sadly previously lacking.  I agree with him that despite the vast improvement in the attendances, the level of achievement and standard of play deserve twice the crowd size being reached.  The Chairman has been superb for this club and it is difficult to imagine why any supporter would think otherwise.  The real necessity, IMHO, is much better organisation, OUTSIDE the stadium, plus increased personnel involved.  Obviously sponsorship and competition sales should be prioritised.  Radical suggestion - could there be a sympathetic person or organisation willing and able to supply a currently unused building in the town centre free of charge for, perhaps, an out of ground extension to the club shop, selling the same merchandise, and doubling as an area for sales in respect of (say) a new competition.  Maybe a cafe area, with club pictures/memorabilia on the walls.  Anything to interest and attract people who don’t follow the club at present.... but could become attracted to the club in the future, via the suggested outlet......?

General Discussion / Re: Leamington at home Tuesday.
« on: November 13, 2019, 09:58:18 AM »
With Kelly and Carey now at last beginning to be a appreciated, we may have escaped the clutches of going for “tough” players or “holding” players in midfield.  Mobility is everything, going forwards or backwards throughout the game.  We have a very exciting attacking choice available at all times.  The defending will improve, IMHO, when we pick 2 CHs only, and get a real “forest of legs” behind the ball when we haven’t got it.

General Discussion / Re: Leamington at home Tuesday.
« on: November 12, 2019, 09:19:08 PM »
Sorry Hawks - forgotyou we’re back....  How could I ......  Hawks also on the bench.

General Discussion / Re: Leamington at home Tuesday.
« on: November 12, 2019, 07:35:03 PM »
WASH MY MOUTH OUT !    Street; Jones, Barrows, McAuley, Fox;  Clunan, Richards, Kelly, Henderson;  Marriott, Carey.   Subs: Gash, Payne, Bastock, Ward, Stewart.... 

General Discussion / Re: Sam Kelly
« on: November 11, 2019, 11:12:17 PM »
I’ve been pushing for Kelly and Carey as first names on the team sheet all season.  Definite talents, and would force all opponents in this league to spend most of the game keeping us out rather than coming at us quite so often.  Good football nearly always beats tough football.  Of course, it also requires 8 or 9 men back behind the ball and covering, tackling and blocking ball movement whenever required.  Playing pretty and ugly home and away.  Tell all friends and relations that watching this team is the best we’ve seen, and now is the time to come to the games.....

General Discussion / Re: Who was/is the better striker: Defty or Marriot ?
« on: November 09, 2019, 10:29:53 PM »
1. Marriott.  2 Defty.  3 Gash.  BUT....  We saw Adam and Jack in their prime, but Michael, maybe not.  They also played at different levels - but they’re certainly the best 3 since Malcolm Lindsay....

General Discussion / Re: Bradford PA
« on: November 09, 2019, 06:06:32 PM »
Always a pity to lose players through suspension, but I don’t believe that ANY altered selection would weaken the side, because there are NO bench-warmers in this squad.

General Discussion / Re: Tom Ward
« on: November 09, 2019, 03:45:12 PM »
I liked Ward before, but I’m disappointed to see Barrows on the bench.  I agree with TonyM that Kelly, Carey, Barrows are every bit as good as those getting selected at present, and with Smith, Fryatt, Smith, McCauley and Ward we’re a bit top heavy now for CHs.  IC May have a job to keep them all happy considering the journeys like today’s, and the probability they could all get in most teams at this level.  Can’t agree that IC can necessarily spot a player better than those using their eyes on the sidelines, because most punters could have told Mourinho that Salah and De Bruyne were players way above his own assessment.  I’d like to think Stan is right about IC’s powers of perception, but we’ll see - he’s certainly doing us proud so far !

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