SWINDON TOWN: Gladwin keen on more minutes

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Ben Gladwin Ben Gladwin

BEN Gladwin says that he would like to be getting more gametime now he’s settled into life a professional footballer.

The 21-year-old midfielder signed for Swindon Town from Southern League Division One Central side Marlow earlier in the season and has made six appearances from the bench and just two starts for Town.

Having played in non-league as recently as November, Gladwin admits that he’s still not up to the fitness levels of the more experienced professional players around him but has no doubts that he deserves to playing at League One level.

“I’m pleased I’ve started two games but as footballer you want to start as many games as you can. It’s not the easiest coming off the bench to impress but at the moment if that’s my role then that’s what I need to do and try and impress as much as I can,” said Gladwin.

“The first couple of months (after signing) my head was still spinning a bit; now I’ve really settled into it and I do feel like I deserve to be here now and I just want to kick on and play a few more games, and obviously get as much success for the team as we can.”

Gladwin revealed he recently spoke with Town boss Mark Cooper with regards to his development. The midfielder is expecting to improve next season as he will have done a full pre-season as a professional, something he’s never experienced before.

“His (Cooper’s) plans for me next are season are to kick on and get a really good pre-season under my belt,” he said. “Obviously I’ve never had a professional one before so that’s going to be massive for me to really get up to the right fitness levels and as sharp as everyone else.

“I don’t feel like I’m really unfit but I spoke to Mike (Peacock), the guy who does the fitness the other day, and he said my recovery time is just a little bit longer than the other boys at the moment and that won’t change until I’ve had a pre-season.”

Asked on the difference between being a professional and a part-timer Gladwin said: “Obviously it’s a way of life. With non-league you’ve got your day job and then you’re coming in and playing your football in the evening, as much as the boys are passionate about winning this is a different life completely.

“This is your job and you need to get out there and give everything on the pitch and in training every day. You need to go in and try to get yourself in the team and give it everything you’ve got.”

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7:26am Wed 19 Mar 14

stokes_stfc says...

He was a strange signing in my opinion... We already had an overcrowded central midfield when we signed him so I never really thought he was going to add anything. Having seen him play a few times, he is clearly a skilful player,, but for me there is no end product. Whenever he is in a good position to cross / shoot / play a through ball he seems to try to beat another man, and give the ball away... Maybe this will change with a good pre season, but I'm not convinced he's good enough for league 1
He was a strange signing in my opinion... We already had an overcrowded central midfield when we signed him so I never really thought he was going to add anything. Having seen him play a few times, he is clearly a skilful player,, but for me there is no end product. Whenever he is in a good position to cross / shoot / play a through ball he seems to try to beat another man, and give the ball away... Maybe this will change with a good pre season, but I'm not convinced he's good enough for league 1 stokes_stfc
  • Score: 10

7:28am Wed 19 Mar 14

whitety says...

If only the rest of the squad felt this way the lads may last 90 minutes, rather than 75 minutes we just run out of puff most games, players do not look fit enough i know they are young but they need to play the full 95 minutes.
If only the rest of the squad felt this way the lads may last 90 minutes, rather than 75 minutes we just run out of puff most games, players do not look fit enough i know they are young but they need to play the full 95 minutes. whitety
  • Score: 10

7:40am Wed 19 Mar 14

Billy hunt 65 says...

He reminds me of a young Glenn Hoddle....
He reminds me of a young Glenn Hoddle.... Billy hunt 65
  • Score: -17

7:53am Wed 19 Mar 14

mancrobin says...

He certainly adds some size to what is a fairly small team. Given extra sharpness and some coaching direction on how to read the game, you never know. If he's got the raw talent, he's worth the investment.

We may have a crowded midfield but not sure we've yet found the real engine forward. I somehow always return to Ray McHale as my benchmark and I suppose Jon Moncur was a classier version.
He certainly adds some size to what is a fairly small team. Given extra sharpness and some coaching direction on how to read the game, you never know. If he's got the raw talent, he's worth the investment. We may have a crowded midfield but not sure we've yet found the real engine forward. I somehow always return to Ray McHale as my benchmark and I suppose Jon Moncur was a classier version. mancrobin
  • Score: 12

8:12am Wed 19 Mar 14

Chish and Fips says...

From what I've seen of Ben it seemed more a lack of experience, as when he got into a good crossing position in the penalty area he didn't appear to look up, the ball seemed to became a 'hot potato' and he just wanted to get rid of it.
On that, probably another one for the future and I think he has it, so good luck to him.
From what I've seen of Ben it seemed more a lack of experience, as when he got into a good crossing position in the penalty area he didn't appear to look up, the ball seemed to became a 'hot potato' and he just wanted to get rid of it. On that, probably another one for the future and I think he has it, so good luck to him. Chish and Fips
  • Score: 4

8:33am Wed 19 Mar 14

the wizard says...

His experience will come with games, but fitness for me is an issue through out the side. The whole squad seem to be fitness shy especially compared with what we have seen can be achieved. If our fitness level was higher and our on field discipline improved we would be a far better side with a more positive mental attitude, and than rubs off onto newer players coming in.
That attainment and attitude has to come from the top with positive encouragement and the will to lead players, and I think a stronger sense of leadership is needed to inspire these young players.
His experience will come with games, but fitness for me is an issue through out the side. The whole squad seem to be fitness shy especially compared with what we have seen can be achieved. If our fitness level was higher and our on field discipline improved we would be a far better side with a more positive mental attitude, and than rubs off onto newer players coming in. That attainment and attitude has to come from the top with positive encouragement and the will to lead players, and I think a stronger sense of leadership is needed to inspire these young players. the wizard
  • Score: 12

9:03am Wed 19 Mar 14

bradley red 1 says...

the wizard wrote:
His experience will come with games, but fitness for me is an issue through out the side. The whole squad seem to be fitness shy especially compared with what we have seen can be achieved. If our fitness level was higher and our on field discipline improved we would be a far better side with a more positive mental attitude, and than rubs off onto newer players coming in.
That attainment and attitude has to come from the top with positive encouragement and the will to lead players, and I think a stronger sense of leadership is needed to inspire these young players.
So you agree that a change is needed in the summer??
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: His experience will come with games, but fitness for me is an issue through out the side. The whole squad seem to be fitness shy especially compared with what we have seen can be achieved. If our fitness level was higher and our on field discipline improved we would be a far better side with a more positive mental attitude, and than rubs off onto newer players coming in. That attainment and attitude has to come from the top with positive encouragement and the will to lead players, and I think a stronger sense of leadership is needed to inspire these young players.[/p][/quote]So you agree that a change is needed in the summer?? bradley red 1
  • Score: 2

9:34am Wed 19 Mar 14

Cleuso says...

whitety wrote:
If only the rest of the squad felt this way the lads may last 90 minutes, rather than 75 minutes we just run out of puff most games, players do not look fit enough i know they are young but they need to play the full 95 minutes.
This old chestnut... few bad results and the all the old cliches come out. Teams make subsitutions every week to "rest" players etc...

If you took each half as a separate game you would find that the records for each half are virtually similiar. If the game ended at half time we would have lost 14 games, if you took the second half as a stand alone game we would only have lost 11. The stats do not support your assumption.The points distribution would be 45 points from first half and 48 from second.
[quote][p][bold]whitety[/bold] wrote: If only the rest of the squad felt this way the lads may last 90 minutes, rather than 75 minutes we just run out of puff most games, players do not look fit enough i know they are young but they need to play the full 95 minutes.[/p][/quote]This old chestnut... few bad results and the all the old cliches come out. Teams make subsitutions every week to "rest" players etc... If you took each half as a separate game you would find that the records for each half are virtually similiar. If the game ended at half time we would have lost 14 games, if you took the second half as a stand alone game we would only have lost 11. The stats do not support your assumption.The points distribution would be 45 points from first half and 48 from second. Cleuso
  • Score: 1

9:55am Wed 19 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

And it's possible that the reason we didn't "lose" some of those second halves was that the opposition had already established a lead and took their foot off the pedal. You can do anything with statistics - but they are no substitute for what you see.

Many teams have found it easy to let us play in front of them. Of Saturday's game, the Bristol Evening Post said we were "neat and tidy in midfield but lacking the physical presence to trouble the City back four". It was a summary of one game but it could have been a description of an entire season.
And it's possible that the reason we didn't "lose" some of those second halves was that the opposition had already established a lead and took their foot off the pedal. You can do anything with statistics - but they are no substitute for what you see. Many teams have found it easy to let us play in front of them. Of Saturday's game, the Bristol Evening Post said we were "neat and tidy in midfield but lacking the physical presence to trouble the City back four". It was a summary of one game but it could have been a description of an entire season. Oi Den!
  • Score: 8

11:35am Wed 19 Mar 14

Cleuso says...

Oi Den! wrote:
And it's possible that the reason we didn't "lose" some of those second halves was that the opposition had already established a lead and took their foot off the pedal. You can do anything with statistics - but they are no substitute for what you see.

Many teams have found it easy to let us play in front of them. Of Saturday's game, the Bristol Evening Post said we were "neat and tidy in midfield but lacking the physical presence to trouble the City back four". It was a summary of one game but it could have been a description of an entire season.
That wasn't a true reflection of the game up to the sending off .....did they also say Bristol City' attack was powder puff, lacked no quality and had little real control over the game.... I doubt it,,,,
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: And it's possible that the reason we didn't "lose" some of those second halves was that the opposition had already established a lead and took their foot off the pedal. You can do anything with statistics - but they are no substitute for what you see. Many teams have found it easy to let us play in front of them. Of Saturday's game, the Bristol Evening Post said we were "neat and tidy in midfield but lacking the physical presence to trouble the City back four". It was a summary of one game but it could have been a description of an entire season.[/p][/quote]That wasn't a true reflection of the game up to the sending off .....did they also say Bristol City' attack was powder puff, lacked no quality and had little real control over the game.... I doubt it,,,, Cleuso
  • Score: 7

11:38am Wed 19 Mar 14

GiulianoGrazioli says...

he's got an assist.... Shaun Brisley's own goal in the JPT at Peterboro!
The guy needs more time to settle - He hasn't done too badly in all honesty and does add height to the midfield as some have already mentioned.

I wish to see him not be played upfront again like we did - and give the kid a chance in a position he is more familiar with. He's got the remaining games and next season to prove his worth....good luck to him, it's a great opportunity.
he's got an assist.... Shaun Brisley's own goal in the JPT at Peterboro! The guy needs more time to settle - He hasn't done too badly in all honesty and does add height to the midfield as some have already mentioned. I wish to see him not be played upfront again like we did - and give the kid a chance in a position he is more familiar with. He's got the remaining games and next season to prove his worth....good luck to him, it's a great opportunity. GiulianoGrazioli
  • Score: 3

12:45pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Stilloyal says...

Power just said on the radio that compered with the similar period last year S/T sales are up, we've sold 3000 so far.
Power just said on the radio that compered with the similar period last year S/T sales are up, we've sold 3000 so far. Stilloyal
  • Score: 4

1:13pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

Cleuso wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
And it's possible that the reason we didn't "lose" some of those second halves was that the opposition had already established a lead and took their foot off the pedal. You can do anything with statistics - but they are no substitute for what you see.

Many teams have found it easy to let us play in front of them. Of Saturday's game, the Bristol Evening Post said we were "neat and tidy in midfield but lacking the physical presence to trouble the City back four". It was a summary of one game but it could have been a description of an entire season.
That wasn't a true reflection of the game up to the sending off .....did they also say Bristol City' attack was powder puff, lacked no quality and had little real control over the game.... I doubt it,,,,
Dear me Cleuso, I used that quote as I thought it could have been a fair comment on our whole season. Maybe the report did say those things about Bristol City. I can't remember - not interested in them.
[quote][p][bold]Cleuso[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: And it's possible that the reason we didn't "lose" some of those second halves was that the opposition had already established a lead and took their foot off the pedal. You can do anything with statistics - but they are no substitute for what you see. Many teams have found it easy to let us play in front of them. Of Saturday's game, the Bristol Evening Post said we were "neat and tidy in midfield but lacking the physical presence to trouble the City back four". It was a summary of one game but it could have been a description of an entire season.[/p][/quote]That wasn't a true reflection of the game up to the sending off .....did they also say Bristol City' attack was powder puff, lacked no quality and had little real control over the game.... I doubt it,,,,[/p][/quote]Dear me Cleuso, I used that quote as I thought it could have been a fair comment on our whole season. Maybe the report did say those things about Bristol City. I can't remember - not interested in them. Oi Den!
  • Score: 0

1:44pm Wed 19 Mar 14

stfc2012 says...

Squad definitely look less fit and the injury record is not good compared to previous years. The young, cheap option of this fitness coach (cast off from spurs yet again) may be contributing to this, and also cuts to the physio budgets (scans can cost 300 pounds a time). Combine that with an unproven manager taking orders from a chairman doing things on the cheap and its no wonder we are where we are. Staying in this league is good. But let's not pretend we are a good side or squad even. Gladwin was bought to make an impact this season and now we are backtracking saying he's not fit enough. If that was it he'd play 75 minutes. He's not good enough. Be prepared for more of the same next season unless we have a new manager and Power realises he needs to spend a little bit.
Squad definitely look less fit and the injury record is not good compared to previous years. The young, cheap option of this fitness coach (cast off from spurs yet again) may be contributing to this, and also cuts to the physio budgets (scans can cost 300 pounds a time). Combine that with an unproven manager taking orders from a chairman doing things on the cheap and its no wonder we are where we are. Staying in this league is good. But let's not pretend we are a good side or squad even. Gladwin was bought to make an impact this season and now we are backtracking saying he's not fit enough. If that was it he'd play 75 minutes. He's not good enough. Be prepared for more of the same next season unless we have a new manager and Power realises he needs to spend a little bit. stfc2012
  • Score: 12

1:49pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Is that you Lovesey says...

Stilloyal wrote:
Power just said on the radio that compered with the similar period last year S/T sales are up, we've sold 3000 so far.
Thats only because of the fools like me who couldn't resist the 10%, I was going to take a MC year off and snooze at home instead of the Town end.
[quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: Power just said on the radio that compered with the similar period last year S/T sales are up, we've sold 3000 so far.[/p][/quote]Thats only because of the fools like me who couldn't resist the 10%, I was going to take a MC year off and snooze at home instead of the Town end. Is that you Lovesey
  • Score: 2

2:06pm Wed 19 Mar 14

mike1990 says...

stfc2012 wrote:
Squad definitely look less fit and the injury record is not good compared to previous years. The young, cheap option of this fitness coach (cast off from spurs yet again) may be contributing to this, and also cuts to the physio budgets (scans can cost 300 pounds a time). Combine that with an unproven manager taking orders from a chairman doing things on the cheap and its no wonder we are where we are. Staying in this league is good. But let's not pretend we are a good side or squad even. Gladwin was bought to make an impact this season and now we are backtracking saying he's not fit enough. If that was it he'd play 75 minutes. He's not good enough. Be prepared for more of the same next season unless we have a new manager and Power realises he needs to spend a little bit.
I agree its all about doing it on the cheap so I'm not renewing my season ticket until Ranger has signed and we can see who's coming and going,i might just pick my games next season cause I got very little confidence in Power&Cooper.
[quote][p][bold]stfc2012[/bold] wrote: Squad definitely look less fit and the injury record is not good compared to previous years. The young, cheap option of this fitness coach (cast off from spurs yet again) may be contributing to this, and also cuts to the physio budgets (scans can cost 300 pounds a time). Combine that with an unproven manager taking orders from a chairman doing things on the cheap and its no wonder we are where we are. Staying in this league is good. But let's not pretend we are a good side or squad even. Gladwin was bought to make an impact this season and now we are backtracking saying he's not fit enough. If that was it he'd play 75 minutes. He's not good enough. Be prepared for more of the same next season unless we have a new manager and Power realises he needs to spend a little bit.[/p][/quote]I agree its all about doing it on the cheap so I'm not renewing my season ticket until Ranger has signed and we can see who's coming and going,i might just pick my games next season cause I got very little confidence in Power&Cooper. mike1990
  • Score: 1

2:14pm Wed 19 Mar 14

lifelong red says...

I think that once we've reached the safety target of points , it would give the chance for players like gladwin and barker to be given a run in the team , to enable them to gain valuable experience - but it must also be remembered that young players , trying to make their way in the pro game like them , must be given all the encouragement we the fans can muster , because young players thrive on confidence . So no barracking if it appears they are struggling please. We can also play our part in their development.
I think that once we've reached the safety target of points , it would give the chance for players like gladwin and barker to be given a run in the team , to enable them to gain valuable experience - but it must also be remembered that young players , trying to make their way in the pro game like them , must be given all the encouragement we the fans can muster , because young players thrive on confidence . So no barracking if it appears they are struggling please. We can also play our part in their development. lifelong red
  • Score: 3

3:27pm Wed 19 Mar 14

lifelong red says...

mike1990 wrote:
stfc2012 wrote:
Squad definitely look less fit and the injury record is not good compared to previous years. The young, cheap option of this fitness coach (cast off from spurs yet again) may be contributing to this, and also cuts to the physio budgets (scans can cost 300 pounds a time). Combine that with an unproven manager taking orders from a chairman doing things on the cheap and its no wonder we are where we are. Staying in this league is good. But let's not pretend we are a good side or squad even. Gladwin was bought to make an impact this season and now we are backtracking saying he's not fit enough. If that was it he'd play 75 minutes. He's not good enough. Be prepared for more of the same next season unless we have a new manager and Power realises he needs to spend a little bit.
I agree its all about doing it on the cheap so I'm not renewing my season ticket until Ranger has signed and we can see who's coming and going,i might just pick my games next season cause I got very little confidence in Power&Cooper.
Gladwin did not come here as a impact player , he was brought here as a promising young player at non - league level , and given a chance by us to prove himself at league level . I really don't know how you can say he's not good enough , when he's hardly had a chance to yet prove himself. On the question of his lack of fitness- maybe that's down to the lack of game time.
[quote][p][bold]mike1990[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stfc2012[/bold] wrote: Squad definitely look less fit and the injury record is not good compared to previous years. The young, cheap option of this fitness coach (cast off from spurs yet again) may be contributing to this, and also cuts to the physio budgets (scans can cost 300 pounds a time). Combine that with an unproven manager taking orders from a chairman doing things on the cheap and its no wonder we are where we are. Staying in this league is good. But let's not pretend we are a good side or squad even. Gladwin was bought to make an impact this season and now we are backtracking saying he's not fit enough. If that was it he'd play 75 minutes. He's not good enough. Be prepared for more of the same next season unless we have a new manager and Power realises he needs to spend a little bit.[/p][/quote]I agree its all about doing it on the cheap so I'm not renewing my season ticket until Ranger has signed and we can see who's coming and going,i might just pick my games next season cause I got very little confidence in Power&Cooper.[/p][/quote]Gladwin did not come here as a impact player , he was brought here as a promising young player at non - league level , and given a chance by us to prove himself at league level . I really don't know how you can say he's not good enough , when he's hardly had a chance to yet prove himself. On the question of his lack of fitness- maybe that's down to the lack of game time. lifelong red
  • Score: 4

4:01pm Wed 19 Mar 14

ellory says...

mike1990 wrote:
stfc2012 wrote:
Squad definitely look less fit and the injury record is not good compared to previous years. The young, cheap option of this fitness coach (cast off from spurs yet again) may be contributing to this, and also cuts to the physio budgets (scans can cost 300 pounds a time). Combine that with an unproven manager taking orders from a chairman doing things on the cheap and its no wonder we are where we are. Staying in this league is good. But let's not pretend we are a good side or squad even. Gladwin was bought to make an impact this season and now we are backtracking saying he's not fit enough. If that was it he'd play 75 minutes. He's not good enough. Be prepared for more of the same next season unless we have a new manager and Power realises he needs to spend a little bit.
I agree its all about doing it on the cheap so I'm not renewing my season ticket until Ranger has signed and we can see who's coming and going,i might just pick my games next season cause I got very little confidence in Power&Cooper.
"It's all about doing it on the cheap so I'm not buying a season ticket"?! You think that if people avoid spending money on Town then we'll have more money to spend? Great logic.
[quote][p][bold]mike1990[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stfc2012[/bold] wrote: Squad definitely look less fit and the injury record is not good compared to previous years. The young, cheap option of this fitness coach (cast off from spurs yet again) may be contributing to this, and also cuts to the physio budgets (scans can cost 300 pounds a time). Combine that with an unproven manager taking orders from a chairman doing things on the cheap and its no wonder we are where we are. Staying in this league is good. But let's not pretend we are a good side or squad even. Gladwin was bought to make an impact this season and now we are backtracking saying he's not fit enough. If that was it he'd play 75 minutes. He's not good enough. Be prepared for more of the same next season unless we have a new manager and Power realises he needs to spend a little bit.[/p][/quote]I agree its all about doing it on the cheap so I'm not renewing my season ticket until Ranger has signed and we can see who's coming and going,i might just pick my games next season cause I got very little confidence in Power&Cooper.[/p][/quote]"It's all about doing it on the cheap so I'm not buying a season ticket"?! You think that if people avoid spending money on Town then we'll have more money to spend? Great logic. ellory
  • Score: -3

4:12pm Wed 19 Mar 14

castle9 says...

stfc2012 wrote:
Squad definitely look less fit and the injury record is not good compared to previous years. The young, cheap option of this fitness coach (cast off from spurs yet again) may be contributing to this, and also cuts to the physio budgets (scans can cost 300 pounds a time). Combine that with an unproven manager taking orders from a chairman doing things on the cheap and its no wonder we are where we are. Staying in this league is good. But let's not pretend we are a good side or squad even. Gladwin was bought to make an impact this season and now we are backtracking saying he's not fit enough. If that was it he'd play 75 minutes. He's not good enough. Be prepared for more of the same next season unless we have a new manager and Power realises he needs to spend a little bit.
Have you done your little bit by buying a season ticket then?
[quote][p][bold]stfc2012[/bold] wrote: Squad definitely look less fit and the injury record is not good compared to previous years. The young, cheap option of this fitness coach (cast off from spurs yet again) may be contributing to this, and also cuts to the physio budgets (scans can cost 300 pounds a time). Combine that with an unproven manager taking orders from a chairman doing things on the cheap and its no wonder we are where we are. Staying in this league is good. But let's not pretend we are a good side or squad even. Gladwin was bought to make an impact this season and now we are backtracking saying he's not fit enough. If that was it he'd play 75 minutes. He's not good enough. Be prepared for more of the same next season unless we have a new manager and Power realises he needs to spend a little bit.[/p][/quote]Have you done your little bit by buying a season ticket then? castle9
  • Score: -7

4:21pm Wed 19 Mar 14

castle9 says...

mike1990 wrote:
stfc2012 wrote:
Squad definitely look less fit and the injury record is not good compared to previous years. The young, cheap option of this fitness coach (cast off from spurs yet again) may be contributing to this, and also cuts to the physio budgets (scans can cost 300 pounds a time). Combine that with an unproven manager taking orders from a chairman doing things on the cheap and its no wonder we are where we are. Staying in this league is good. But let's not pretend we are a good side or squad even. Gladwin was bought to make an impact this season and now we are backtracking saying he's not fit enough. If that was it he'd play 75 minutes. He's not good enough. Be prepared for more of the same next season unless we have a new manager and Power realises he needs to spend a little bit.
I agree its all about doing it on the cheap so I'm not renewing my season ticket until Ranger has signed and we can see who's coming and going,i might just pick my games next season cause I got very little confidence in Power&Cooper.
Do you not see the hypocrisy in your statement?? Who is doing it 'on the cheap' now??!!

You expect Power to spend thousands of his own personal money but you are not prepared to stump up the cash yourself. Unbelievable, but entirely understandable from the majority that spend their sad lonely lives posting drivel on this site. As I said yesterday I hope the Players and the Management do not read these comments.
[quote][p][bold]mike1990[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stfc2012[/bold] wrote: Squad definitely look less fit and the injury record is not good compared to previous years. The young, cheap option of this fitness coach (cast off from spurs yet again) may be contributing to this, and also cuts to the physio budgets (scans can cost 300 pounds a time). Combine that with an unproven manager taking orders from a chairman doing things on the cheap and its no wonder we are where we are. Staying in this league is good. But let's not pretend we are a good side or squad even. Gladwin was bought to make an impact this season and now we are backtracking saying he's not fit enough. If that was it he'd play 75 minutes. He's not good enough. Be prepared for more of the same next season unless we have a new manager and Power realises he needs to spend a little bit.[/p][/quote]I agree its all about doing it on the cheap so I'm not renewing my season ticket until Ranger has signed and we can see who's coming and going,i might just pick my games next season cause I got very little confidence in Power&Cooper.[/p][/quote]Do you not see the hypocrisy in your statement?? Who is doing it 'on the cheap' now??!! You expect Power to spend thousands of his own personal money but you are not prepared to stump up the cash yourself. Unbelievable, but entirely understandable from the majority that spend their sad lonely lives posting drivel on this site. As I said yesterday I hope the Players and the Management do not read these comments. castle9
  • Score: -15

4:27pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Fernham Red says...

mike1990 wrote:
stfc2012 wrote:
Squad definitely look less fit and the injury record is not good compared to previous years. The young, cheap option of this fitness coach (cast off from spurs yet again) may be contributing to this, and also cuts to the physio budgets (scans can cost 300 pounds a time). Combine that with an unproven manager taking orders from a chairman doing things on the cheap and its no wonder we are where we are. Staying in this league is good. But let's not pretend we are a good side or squad even. Gladwin was bought to make an impact this season and now we are backtracking saying he's not fit enough. If that was it he'd play 75 minutes. He's not good enough. Be prepared for more of the same next season unless we have a new manager and Power realises he needs to spend a little bit.
I agree its all about doing it on the cheap so I'm not renewing my season ticket until Ranger has signed and we can see who's coming and going,i might just pick my games next season cause I got very little confidence in Power&Cooper.
If we take up the one year extension on Ranger It'll only be so we can sell him on for a decent fee. I'd love to think he'll sign a long-term deal but just can't imagine we've got a pot big enough for him to relieve himself in. I wouldn't let that decide your season ticket renewal. Getting Wes, Nathan & Louis to extend their contracts or signing Mason might be a better bet,
[quote][p][bold]mike1990[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stfc2012[/bold] wrote: Squad definitely look less fit and the injury record is not good compared to previous years. The young, cheap option of this fitness coach (cast off from spurs yet again) may be contributing to this, and also cuts to the physio budgets (scans can cost 300 pounds a time). Combine that with an unproven manager taking orders from a chairman doing things on the cheap and its no wonder we are where we are. Staying in this league is good. But let's not pretend we are a good side or squad even. Gladwin was bought to make an impact this season and now we are backtracking saying he's not fit enough. If that was it he'd play 75 minutes. He's not good enough. Be prepared for more of the same next season unless we have a new manager and Power realises he needs to spend a little bit.[/p][/quote]I agree its all about doing it on the cheap so I'm not renewing my season ticket until Ranger has signed and we can see who's coming and going,i might just pick my games next season cause I got very little confidence in Power&Cooper.[/p][/quote]If we take up the one year extension on Ranger It'll only be so we can sell him on for a decent fee. I'd love to think he'll sign a long-term deal but just can't imagine we've got a pot big enough for him to relieve himself in. I wouldn't let that decide your season ticket renewal. Getting Wes, Nathan & Louis to extend their contracts or signing Mason might be a better bet, Fernham Red
  • Score: -11

4:40pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Cleuso says...

stfc2012 wrote:
Squad definitely look less fit and the injury record is not good compared to previous years. The young, cheap option of this fitness coach (cast off from spurs yet again) may be contributing to this, and also cuts to the physio budgets (scans can cost 300 pounds a time). Combine that with an unproven manager taking orders from a chairman doing things on the cheap and its no wonder we are where we are. Staying in this league is good. But let's not pretend we are a good side or squad even. Gladwin was bought to make an impact this season and now we are backtracking saying he's not fit enough. If that was it he'd play 75 minutes. He's not good enough. Be prepared for more of the same next season unless we have a new manager and Power realises he needs to spend a little bit.
Wouldn't it be better for fans to buy season tickets rather than rely on an individual to subsidise the team ????? You really need to get into that mindset if you want football at the County Ground to be self sustainable

and Gladwin recognised when he was signed it would take him a while to get used to being full time..see quote from the BBC - "It's going to take a little while for the body to get used to training every day .... so I read that as it was not really one for this season. rather than a player to make an impact this season.

As to season tickets if the quote from stillloyal above was correct and true, then that's great news...no doubt the doomsters will be thinking up their next reason to criticise.

Is it sunny today ? In their world it will be raining.
[quote][p][bold]stfc2012[/bold] wrote: Squad definitely look less fit and the injury record is not good compared to previous years. The young, cheap option of this fitness coach (cast off from spurs yet again) may be contributing to this, and also cuts to the physio budgets (scans can cost 300 pounds a time). Combine that with an unproven manager taking orders from a chairman doing things on the cheap and its no wonder we are where we are. Staying in this league is good. But let's not pretend we are a good side or squad even. Gladwin was bought to make an impact this season and now we are backtracking saying he's not fit enough. If that was it he'd play 75 minutes. He's not good enough. Be prepared for more of the same next season unless we have a new manager and Power realises he needs to spend a little bit.[/p][/quote]Wouldn't it be better for fans to buy season tickets rather than rely on an individual to subsidise the team ????? You really need to get into that mindset if you want football at the County Ground to be self sustainable and Gladwin recognised when he was signed it would take him a while to get used to being full time..see quote from the BBC - "It's going to take a little while for the body to get used to training every day .... so I read that as it was not really one for this season. rather than a player to make an impact this season. As to season tickets if the quote from stillloyal above was correct and true, then that's great news...no doubt the doomsters will be thinking up their next reason to criticise. Is it sunny today ? In their world it will be raining. Cleuso
  • Score: -8

4:43pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Cleuso says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Cleuso wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
And it's possible that the reason we didn't "lose" some of those second halves was that the opposition had already established a lead and took their foot off the pedal. You can do anything with statistics - but they are no substitute for what you see.

Many teams have found it easy to let us play in front of them. Of Saturday's game, the Bristol Evening Post said we were "neat and tidy in midfield but lacking the physical presence to trouble the City back four". It was a summary of one game but it could have been a description of an entire season.
That wasn't a true reflection of the game up to the sending off .....did they also say Bristol City' attack was powder puff, lacked no quality and had little real control over the game.... I doubt it,,,,
Dear me Cleuso, I used that quote as I thought it could have been a fair comment on our whole season. Maybe the report did say those things about Bristol City. I can't remember - not interested in them.
Context - Any little quote needs context or it can be read many ways or as the reader chooses to interpret the substance.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cleuso[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: And it's possible that the reason we didn't "lose" some of those second halves was that the opposition had already established a lead and took their foot off the pedal. You can do anything with statistics - but they are no substitute for what you see. Many teams have found it easy to let us play in front of them. Of Saturday's game, the Bristol Evening Post said we were "neat and tidy in midfield but lacking the physical presence to trouble the City back four". It was a summary of one game but it could have been a description of an entire season.[/p][/quote]That wasn't a true reflection of the game up to the sending off .....did they also say Bristol City' attack was powder puff, lacked no quality and had little real control over the game.... I doubt it,,,,[/p][/quote]Dear me Cleuso, I used that quote as I thought it could have been a fair comment on our whole season. Maybe the report did say those things about Bristol City. I can't remember - not interested in them.[/p][/quote]Context - Any little quote needs context or it can be read many ways or as the reader chooses to interpret the substance. Cleuso
  • Score: 0

4:56pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Chish and Fips says...

Cleuso wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
Cleuso wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
And it's possible that the reason we didn't "lose" some of those second halves was that the opposition had already established a lead and took their foot off the pedal. You can do anything with statistics - but they are no substitute for what you see.

Many teams have found it easy to let us play in front of them. Of Saturday's game, the Bristol Evening Post said we were "neat and tidy in midfield but lacking the physical presence to trouble the City back four". It was a summary of one game but it could have been a description of an entire season.
That wasn't a true reflection of the game up to the sending off .....did they also say Bristol City' attack was powder puff, lacked no quality and had little real control over the game.... I doubt it,,,,
Dear me Cleuso, I used that quote as I thought it could have been a fair comment on our whole season. Maybe the report did say those things about Bristol City. I can't remember - not interested in them.
Context - Any little quote needs context or it can be read many ways or as the reader chooses to interpret the substance.
Do I sense some mild irritation here ?? :o)
[quote][p][bold]Cleuso[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cleuso[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: And it's possible that the reason we didn't "lose" some of those second halves was that the opposition had already established a lead and took their foot off the pedal. You can do anything with statistics - but they are no substitute for what you see. Many teams have found it easy to let us play in front of them. Of Saturday's game, the Bristol Evening Post said we were "neat and tidy in midfield but lacking the physical presence to trouble the City back four". It was a summary of one game but it could have been a description of an entire season.[/p][/quote]That wasn't a true reflection of the game up to the sending off .....did they also say Bristol City' attack was powder puff, lacked no quality and had little real control over the game.... I doubt it,,,,[/p][/quote]Dear me Cleuso, I used that quote as I thought it could have been a fair comment on our whole season. Maybe the report did say those things about Bristol City. I can't remember - not interested in them.[/p][/quote]Context - Any little quote needs context or it can be read many ways or as the reader chooses to interpret the substance.[/p][/quote]Do I sense some mild irritation here ?? :o) Chish and Fips
  • Score: 0

5:18pm Wed 19 Mar 14

picolo.pete says...

Ben is young Gifted & full of Potential given the chance I reckon he can add some real steel into our midfield, being a Season tkt holder I see Ben whenever he gets the chance at home & up to now I have seen enough to believe he could make an impact defo one for next season.
Ben is young Gifted & full of Potential given the chance I reckon he can add some real steel into our midfield, being a Season tkt holder I see Ben whenever he gets the chance at home & up to now I have seen enough to believe he could make an impact defo one for next season. picolo.pete
  • Score: 6

5:20pm Wed 19 Mar 14

ScottLeitch says...

I'd like to see him play a few games in his proper position.
I'd like to see him play a few games in his proper position. ScottLeitch
  • Score: 7

5:57pm Wed 19 Mar 14

MARK TITCOMBE says...

the wizard wrote:
His experience will come with games, but fitness for me is an issue through out the side. The whole squad seem to be fitness shy especially compared with what we have seen can be achieved. If our fitness level was higher and our on field discipline improved we would be a far better side with a more positive mental attitude, and than rubs off onto newer players coming in.
That attainment and attitude has to come from the top with positive encouragement and the will to lead players, and I think a stronger sense of leadership is needed to inspire these young players.
Brilliantly put mate!
Why don't they just listen to us? It's so frustrating.
Oh Well, they are a work in progress I reckon.
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: His experience will come with games, but fitness for me is an issue through out the side. The whole squad seem to be fitness shy especially compared with what we have seen can be achieved. If our fitness level was higher and our on field discipline improved we would be a far better side with a more positive mental attitude, and than rubs off onto newer players coming in. That attainment and attitude has to come from the top with positive encouragement and the will to lead players, and I think a stronger sense of leadership is needed to inspire these young players.[/p][/quote]Brilliantly put mate! Why don't they just listen to us? It's so frustrating. Oh Well, they are a work in progress I reckon. MARK TITCOMBE
  • Score: -1

5:58pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

Cleuso wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
Cleuso wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
And it's possible that the reason we didn't "lose" some of those second halves was that the opposition had already established a lead and took their foot off the pedal. You can do anything with statistics - but they are no substitute for what you see.

Many teams have found it easy to let us play in front of them. Of Saturday's game, the Bristol Evening Post said we were "neat and tidy in midfield but lacking the physical presence to trouble the City back four". It was a summary of one game but it could have been a description of an entire season.
That wasn't a true reflection of the game up to the sending off .....did they also say Bristol City' attack was powder puff, lacked no quality and had little real control over the game.... I doubt it,,,,
Dear me Cleuso, I used that quote as I thought it could have been a fair comment on our whole season. Maybe the report did say those things about Bristol City. I can't remember - not interested in them.
Context - Any little quote needs context or it can be read many ways or as the reader chooses to interpret the substance.
The context is the whole season, not Saturday's game. My point was that it doesn't come as any surprise that we were tidy in midfield but ineffective in producing an end product. If the Bristol reporter got it wrong - I wasn't there so I don't know - maybe he just guessed that's how we usually play.
[quote][p][bold]Cleuso[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cleuso[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: And it's possible that the reason we didn't "lose" some of those second halves was that the opposition had already established a lead and took their foot off the pedal. You can do anything with statistics - but they are no substitute for what you see. Many teams have found it easy to let us play in front of them. Of Saturday's game, the Bristol Evening Post said we were "neat and tidy in midfield but lacking the physical presence to trouble the City back four". It was a summary of one game but it could have been a description of an entire season.[/p][/quote]That wasn't a true reflection of the game up to the sending off .....did they also say Bristol City' attack was powder puff, lacked no quality and had little real control over the game.... I doubt it,,,,[/p][/quote]Dear me Cleuso, I used that quote as I thought it could have been a fair comment on our whole season. Maybe the report did say those things about Bristol City. I can't remember - not interested in them.[/p][/quote]Context - Any little quote needs context or it can be read many ways or as the reader chooses to interpret the substance.[/p][/quote]The context is the whole season, not Saturday's game. My point was that it doesn't come as any surprise that we were tidy in midfield but ineffective in producing an end product. If the Bristol reporter got it wrong - I wasn't there so I don't know - maybe he just guessed that's how we usually play. Oi Den!
  • Score: 1

6:01pm Wed 19 Mar 14

MARK TITCOMBE says...

Say YES to this quote if you want Cooper Sacked?
Say YES to this quote if you want Cooper Sacked? MARK TITCOMBE
  • Score: 4

6:36pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you don't believe in giving the manager credit for getting an inadequate squad to such a decent League position. Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you believe in judging a manager by the players and playing style dumped on him by someone else.
Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you don't believe in giving the manager credit for getting an inadequate squad to such a decent League position. Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you believe in judging a manager by the players and playing style dumped on him by someone else. Oi Den!
  • Score: 1

6:52pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Is that you Lovesey says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you don't believe in giving the manager credit for getting an inadequate squad to such a decent League position. Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you believe in judging a manager by the players and playing style dumped on him by someone else.
Come on Den, I know we dissagree but Cooper has stated over and over that this is his vision of the way to play, he has also stated over and over that Power gets him the players that he has agreed on and discussed, he has also said that he picks the teams and formation, so stop deflecting any responsibility of this one Cooper.

He has to take some of this on the chin.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you don't believe in giving the manager credit for getting an inadequate squad to such a decent League position. Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you believe in judging a manager by the players and playing style dumped on him by someone else.[/p][/quote]Come on Den, I know we dissagree but Cooper has stated over and over that this is his vision of the way to play, he has also stated over and over that Power gets him the players that he has agreed on and discussed, he has also said that he picks the teams and formation, so stop deflecting any responsibility of this one Cooper. He has to take some of this on the chin. Is that you Lovesey
  • Score: 4

7:03pm Wed 19 Mar 14

mike1990 says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you don't believe in giving the manager credit for getting an inadequate squad to such a decent League position. Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you believe in judging a manager by the players and playing style dumped on him by someone else.
Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you believe Power is a cheap-skate owner and COOPER is his lap-dog YES MAN so called manager, he can always walk Oi Den? and go back to the non-league.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you don't believe in giving the manager credit for getting an inadequate squad to such a decent League position. Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you believe in judging a manager by the players and playing style dumped on him by someone else.[/p][/quote]Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you believe Power is a cheap-skate owner and COOPER is his lap-dog YES MAN so called manager, he can always walk Oi Den? and go back to the non-league. mike1990
  • Score: -6

7:20pm Wed 19 Mar 14

MARK TITCOMBE says...

mike1990 wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you don't believe in giving the manager credit for getting an inadequate squad to such a decent League position. Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you believe in judging a manager by the players and playing style dumped on him by someone else.
Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you believe Power is a cheap-skate owner and COOPER is his lap-dog YES MAN so called manager, he can always walk Oi Den? and go back to the non-league.
Lap Dog? I like it Mike.
I wish we didn't have to feel that way though. Why should we constantly shell out £25 for such a badly put together product? If you went to a shop then Oi Den, would you pay good money to a half rate useless shopkeeper for anything he had to offer? If desperate maybe, but some of us want things to be put right which will make the whole experience enjoyable and worth the money. Cooper is pathetic!
[quote][p][bold]mike1990[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you don't believe in giving the manager credit for getting an inadequate squad to such a decent League position. Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you believe in judging a manager by the players and playing style dumped on him by someone else.[/p][/quote]Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you believe Power is a cheap-skate owner and COOPER is his lap-dog YES MAN so called manager, he can always walk Oi Den? and go back to the non-league.[/p][/quote]Lap Dog? I like it Mike. I wish we didn't have to feel that way though. Why should we constantly shell out £25 for such a badly put together product? If you went to a shop then Oi Den, would you pay good money to a half rate useless shopkeeper for anything he had to offer? If desperate maybe, but some of us want things to be put right which will make the whole experience enjoyable and worth the money. Cooper is pathetic! MARK TITCOMBE
  • Score: -4

7:24pm Wed 19 Mar 14

MARK TITCOMBE says...

Come on fellow loyal fans, lets petition him out!
Say COOPER OUT!!! to this quote.

Stand strong, stand up to these people. It's our team just as much as theirs.

You Reds!!
Come on fellow loyal fans, lets petition him out! Say COOPER OUT!!! to this quote. Stand strong, stand up to these people. It's our team just as much as theirs. You Reds!! MARK TITCOMBE
  • Score: -12

7:25pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

mike1990 wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you don't believe in giving the manager credit for getting an inadequate squad to such a decent League position. Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you believe in judging a manager by the players and playing style dumped on him by someone else.
Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you believe Power is a cheap-skate owner and COOPER is his lap-dog YES MAN so called manager, he can always walk Oi Den? and go back to the non-league.
Yes, Mike - he could walk but isn't the next man going to be in exactly the same position? What happens then? That "better" manager gets fed up with the constraints of the job and he decides to walk too?
[quote][p][bold]mike1990[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you don't believe in giving the manager credit for getting an inadequate squad to such a decent League position. Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you believe in judging a manager by the players and playing style dumped on him by someone else.[/p][/quote]Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you believe Power is a cheap-skate owner and COOPER is his lap-dog YES MAN so called manager, he can always walk Oi Den? and go back to the non-league.[/p][/quote]Yes, Mike - he could walk but isn't the next man going to be in exactly the same position? What happens then? That "better" manager gets fed up with the constraints of the job and he decides to walk too? Oi Den!
  • Score: 5

7:28pm Wed 19 Mar 14

MARK TITCOMBE says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you don't believe in giving the manager credit for getting an inadequate squad to such a decent League position. Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you believe in judging a manager by the players and playing style dumped on him by someone else.
They are only inadequate because of what they are being told to do on the pitch, lack of fitness, no passion and a strong will leading them etc etc...
They are actually extremely talented but lost due to the lack of leadership.
Can't you see that?
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you don't believe in giving the manager credit for getting an inadequate squad to such a decent League position. Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you believe in judging a manager by the players and playing style dumped on him by someone else.[/p][/quote]They are only inadequate because of what they are being told to do on the pitch, lack of fitness, no passion and a strong will leading them etc etc... They are actually extremely talented but lost due to the lack of leadership. Can't you see that? MARK TITCOMBE
  • Score: -5

7:32pm Wed 19 Mar 14

MARK TITCOMBE says...

Oi Den! wrote:
mike1990 wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you don't believe in giving the manager credit for getting an inadequate squad to such a decent League position. Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you believe in judging a manager by the players and playing style dumped on him by someone else.
Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you believe Power is a cheap-skate owner and COOPER is his lap-dog YES MAN so called manager, he can always walk Oi Den? and go back to the non-league.
Yes, Mike - he could walk but isn't the next man going to be in exactly the same position? What happens then? That "better" manager gets fed up with the constraints of the job and he decides to walk too?
I would bet that a half decent manager could get consistency from these very good players. Just a few simple changes.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mike1990[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you don't believe in giving the manager credit for getting an inadequate squad to such a decent League position. Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you believe in judging a manager by the players and playing style dumped on him by someone else.[/p][/quote]Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you believe Power is a cheap-skate owner and COOPER is his lap-dog YES MAN so called manager, he can always walk Oi Den? and go back to the non-league.[/p][/quote]Yes, Mike - he could walk but isn't the next man going to be in exactly the same position? What happens then? That "better" manager gets fed up with the constraints of the job and he decides to walk too?[/p][/quote]I would bet that a half decent manager could get consistency from these very good players. Just a few simple changes. MARK TITCOMBE
  • Score: -6

7:33pm Wed 19 Mar 14

MARK TITCOMBE says...

Say NO to Oi Den if you disagree with him?
Say NO to Oi Den if you disagree with him? MARK TITCOMBE
  • Score: -9

8:25pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Cookie43 says...

MARK TITCOMBE wrote:
Come on fellow loyal fans, lets petition him out!
Say COOPER OUT!!! to this quote.

Stand strong, stand up to these people. It's our team just as much as theirs.

You Reds!!
You really are a complete Tw.at
[quote][p][bold]MARK TITCOMBE[/bold] wrote: Come on fellow loyal fans, lets petition him out! Say COOPER OUT!!! to this quote. Stand strong, stand up to these people. It's our team just as much as theirs. You Reds!![/p][/quote]You really are a complete Tw.at Cookie43
  • Score: 9

8:31pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

MARK TITCOMBE wrote:
Say NO to Oi Den if you disagree with him?
Fair enough. It's disagreement that keeps this thing lively.
[quote][p][bold]MARK TITCOMBE[/bold] wrote: Say NO to Oi Den if you disagree with him?[/p][/quote]Fair enough. It's disagreement that keeps this thing lively. Oi Den!
  • Score: 3

8:57pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

MARK TITCOMBE wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you don't believe in giving the manager credit for getting an inadequate squad to such a decent League position. Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you believe in judging a manager by the players and playing style dumped on him by someone else.
They are only inadequate because of what they are being told to do on the pitch, lack of fitness, no passion and a strong will leading them etc etc...
They are actually extremely talented but lost due to the lack of leadership.
Can't you see that?
What I see is a group of technically capable footballers who (mostly) just don't have the physical presence to compete properly. They also lack a captain who can lead by both example and instruction. Nathan Thompson might be the answer to that one eventually but his own discipline has been poor for ages now so it will probably be a while before he can be regarded as a natural captain.

How can Cooper be to blame for a lack of strength and lack of a captain when the squad is not his? He needs to add two or three good players. "Good" doesn't mean Premier League wannabes or rejects. It means solid lower division pros. Fancy footwork and neat passing have their place but there's got to be a balance between players who do that and those who can do the hard graft.

It will be interesting to see how much of a free rein Cooper gets in the summer.

Lovesey, Cooper may sing Power's tune but I don't think he's ever said it's his own football philosophy we're playing to. If it is, it's a big coincidence that he's had a conversion since taking over at STFC.
[quote][p][bold]MARK TITCOMBE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you don't believe in giving the manager credit for getting an inadequate squad to such a decent League position. Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you believe in judging a manager by the players and playing style dumped on him by someone else.[/p][/quote]They are only inadequate because of what they are being told to do on the pitch, lack of fitness, no passion and a strong will leading them etc etc... They are actually extremely talented but lost due to the lack of leadership. Can't you see that?[/p][/quote]What I see is a group of technically capable footballers who (mostly) just don't have the physical presence to compete properly. They also lack a captain who can lead by both example and instruction. Nathan Thompson might be the answer to that one eventually but his own discipline has been poor for ages now so it will probably be a while before he can be regarded as a natural captain. How can Cooper be to blame for a lack of strength and lack of a captain when the squad is not his? He needs to add two or three good players. "Good" doesn't mean Premier League wannabes or rejects. It means solid lower division pros. Fancy footwork and neat passing have their place but there's got to be a balance between players who do that and those who can do the hard graft. It will be interesting to see how much of a free rein Cooper gets in the summer. Lovesey, Cooper may sing Power's tune but I don't think he's ever said it's his own football philosophy we're playing to. If it is, it's a big coincidence that he's had a conversion since taking over at STFC. Oi Den!
  • Score: 5

10:23pm Wed 19 Mar 14

bearwoodred says...

MARK TITCOMBE wrote:
Come on fellow loyal fans, lets petition him out!
Say COOPER OUT!!! to this quote.

Stand strong, stand up to these people. It's our team just as much as theirs.

You Reds!!
Can I just ask I am not considered loyal if I don't want to sign the petition?

Give me a viable, available, affordable alternative to Cooper and I will sign it!

Bigger picture mate for me and you are also coming across like a bit of a teenager who has angst issues. Are you sure you are not an Oxford fan who is just a bit confused?
[quote][p][bold]MARK TITCOMBE[/bold] wrote: Come on fellow loyal fans, lets petition him out! Say COOPER OUT!!! to this quote. Stand strong, stand up to these people. It's our team just as much as theirs. You Reds!![/p][/quote]Can I just ask I am not considered loyal if I don't want to sign the petition? Give me a viable, available, affordable alternative to Cooper and I will sign it! Bigger picture mate for me and you are also coming across like a bit of a teenager who has angst issues. Are you sure you are not an Oxford fan who is just a bit confused? bearwoodred
  • Score: 6

12:30am Thu 20 Mar 14

Oxon-Red says...

I am a LOYAL SUPPORTER Mr TITcombe and I do not stand up with you. I have invested money in the club by buying season tickets, shirts, prgrammes etc and I have bought pints down my local but it does not give me the right to kick the landlord out. You can protest that you don't believe the manager is the right man but do you really think the chairmen of football clubs, especially those that have been involved in football are stupid.

Lee Power has far more knowledge of football than you or I and I therefore trust him far more than knee jerk reactionary fans.

Read the other thread about Mark Cooper's comments and found it ironic that the same people that complained that we were conceding too many goals are now complaining that we no longer play as much attacking football. People say Mark Cooper is arrogant but to me he sounds like any other football manager.

Posting less these days and reading the forum less coz its boring now and I guess the minority are winning, good luck. If you are picking and choosing next season I hope it costs you more than a season ticket will have done but then the LOYAL SUPPORTERS can choose their games and sing STID.
I am a LOYAL SUPPORTER Mr TITcombe and I do not stand up with you. I have invested money in the club by buying season tickets, shirts, prgrammes etc and I have bought pints down my local but it does not give me the right to kick the landlord out. You can protest that you don't believe the manager is the right man but do you really think the chairmen of football clubs, especially those that have been involved in football are stupid. Lee Power has far more knowledge of football than you or I and I therefore trust him far more than knee jerk reactionary fans. Read the other thread about Mark Cooper's comments and found it ironic that the same people that complained that we were conceding too many goals are now complaining that we no longer play as much attacking football. People say Mark Cooper is arrogant but to me he sounds like any other football manager. Posting less these days and reading the forum less coz its boring now and I guess the minority are winning, good luck. If you are picking and choosing next season I hope it costs you more than a season ticket will have done but then the LOYAL SUPPORTERS can choose their games and sing STID. Oxon-Red
  • Score: 11

8:35am Thu 20 Mar 14

Oi Den! says...

Oxon-Red wrote:
I am a LOYAL SUPPORTER Mr TITcombe and I do not stand up with you. I have invested money in the club by buying season tickets, shirts, prgrammes etc and I have bought pints down my local but it does not give me the right to kick the landlord out. You can protest that you don't believe the manager is the right man but do you really think the chairmen of football clubs, especially those that have been involved in football are stupid.

Lee Power has far more knowledge of football than you or I and I therefore trust him far more than knee jerk reactionary fans.

Read the other thread about Mark Cooper's comments and found it ironic that the same people that complained that we were conceding too many goals are now complaining that we no longer play as much attacking football. People say Mark Cooper is arrogant but to me he sounds like any other football manager.

Posting less these days and reading the forum less coz its boring now and I guess the minority are winning, good luck. If you are picking and choosing next season I hope it costs you more than a season ticket will have done but then the LOYAL SUPPORTERS can choose their games and sing STID.
Good post Oxon. We have a slight disagreement over Power though. I don't think he understood the mix of players needed to do a good job in this division. That's why I think Cooper deserves a lot of credit. He's been told he must play a passing game. These players would get overrun if they did that in an open fashion, hence packing the midfield and not overcommitting players. We would never have beaten Peterborough and Coventry, for instance, playing any other way. Unfortunately it is largely boring stuff. That's why many people are now staying away. However, until we get a bit of dynamism in the team, I don't see that Cooper has much choice - unless he wants to play attacking football and lose every week.

Oh, just a bit of nitpicking - Mr Titcombe is not reactionary. A reactionary is resistant to change. Perhaps revolutionary would be a better word. I think we had more than our fill of revolution last year. I say give Cooper a fair crack of the whip. Judge him halfway through next season if he has been able to build his own team by then.
[quote][p][bold]Oxon-Red[/bold] wrote: I am a LOYAL SUPPORTER Mr TITcombe and I do not stand up with you. I have invested money in the club by buying season tickets, shirts, prgrammes etc and I have bought pints down my local but it does not give me the right to kick the landlord out. You can protest that you don't believe the manager is the right man but do you really think the chairmen of football clubs, especially those that have been involved in football are stupid. Lee Power has far more knowledge of football than you or I and I therefore trust him far more than knee jerk reactionary fans. Read the other thread about Mark Cooper's comments and found it ironic that the same people that complained that we were conceding too many goals are now complaining that we no longer play as much attacking football. People say Mark Cooper is arrogant but to me he sounds like any other football manager. Posting less these days and reading the forum less coz its boring now and I guess the minority are winning, good luck. If you are picking and choosing next season I hope it costs you more than a season ticket will have done but then the LOYAL SUPPORTERS can choose their games and sing STID.[/p][/quote]Good post Oxon. We have a slight disagreement over Power though. I don't think he understood the mix of players needed to do a good job in this division. That's why I think Cooper deserves a lot of credit. He's been told he must play a passing game. These players would get overrun if they did that in an open fashion, hence packing the midfield and not overcommitting players. We would never have beaten Peterborough and Coventry, for instance, playing any other way. Unfortunately it is largely boring stuff. That's why many people are now staying away. However, until we get a bit of dynamism in the team, I don't see that Cooper has much choice - unless he wants to play attacking football and lose every week. Oh, just a bit of nitpicking - Mr Titcombe is not reactionary. A reactionary is resistant to change. Perhaps revolutionary would be a better word. I think we had more than our fill of revolution last year. I say give Cooper a fair crack of the whip. Judge him halfway through next season if he has been able to build his own team by then. Oi Den!
  • Score: 0

12:41pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Swindon1984 says...

Bit of a contradiction in some of these posts - that Cooper's wrecking the club, but simultaneously is powerless to do anything cause he's a puppet. In which case, what would kicking him out achieve? Reminds me of when people complain about immigrants taking their jobs, whilst at the same time calling them all lazy and not wanting to work. Which is it?!

As far as I'm concerned, if Cooper really has no say in the way the team plays, if he had an ounce of self respect he'd walk. If not then he has to take the criticism along with the praise, end of.

In my opinion, Cooper's not a puppet, just one half of a collaboration with Power, and though we look to be finishing the season very poorly, if you take finishing mid table as an overview of the whole season, he's probably done what was expected of him, and it would therefore be unfair to get rid of him. Power owns the club, he sets what the expectations of the manager are, and decides if the manager stays or leaves.

All we can do is turn up, watch, and try and enjoy the football. Hasn't been easy in the past couple of months but that's life unfortunately. Give Cooper till Christmas, if things are going seriously wrong, maybe then he'll be replaced, but getting rid now will achieve nothing.
Bit of a contradiction in some of these posts - that Cooper's wrecking the club, but simultaneously is powerless to do anything cause he's a puppet. In which case, what would kicking him out achieve? Reminds me of when people complain about immigrants taking their jobs, whilst at the same time calling them all lazy and not wanting to work. Which is it?! As far as I'm concerned, if Cooper really has no say in the way the team plays, if he had an ounce of self respect he'd walk. If not then he has to take the criticism along with the praise, end of. In my opinion, Cooper's not a puppet, just one half of a collaboration with Power, and though we look to be finishing the season very poorly, if you take finishing mid table as an overview of the whole season, he's probably done what was expected of him, and it would therefore be unfair to get rid of him. Power owns the club, he sets what the expectations of the manager are, and decides if the manager stays or leaves. All we can do is turn up, watch, and try and enjoy the football. Hasn't been easy in the past couple of months but that's life unfortunately. Give Cooper till Christmas, if things are going seriously wrong, maybe then he'll be replaced, but getting rid now will achieve nothing. Swindon1984
  • Score: 0

3:39pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Oxon-Red says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Oxon-Red wrote: I am a LOYAL SUPPORTER Mr TITcombe and I do not stand up with you. I have invested money in the club by buying season tickets, shirts, prgrammes etc and I have bought pints down my local but it does not give me the right to kick the landlord out. You can protest that you don't believe the manager is the right man but do you really think the chairmen of football clubs, especially those that have been involved in football are stupid. Lee Power has far more knowledge of football than you or I and I therefore trust him far more than knee jerk reactionary fans. Read the other thread about Mark Cooper's comments and found it ironic that the same people that complained that we were conceding too many goals are now complaining that we no longer play as much attacking football. People say Mark Cooper is arrogant but to me he sounds like any other football manager. Posting less these days and reading the forum less coz its boring now and I guess the minority are winning, good luck. If you are picking and choosing next season I hope it costs you more than a season ticket will have done but then the LOYAL SUPPORTERS can choose their games and sing STID.
Good post Oxon. We have a slight disagreement over Power though. I don't think he understood the mix of players needed to do a good job in this division. That's why I think Cooper deserves a lot of credit. He's been told he must play a passing game. These players would get overrun if they did that in an open fashion, hence packing the midfield and not overcommitting players. We would never have beaten Peterborough and Coventry, for instance, playing any other way. Unfortunately it is largely boring stuff. That's why many people are now staying away. However, until we get a bit of dynamism in the team, I don't see that Cooper has much choice - unless he wants to play attacking football and lose every week. Oh, just a bit of nitpicking - Mr Titcombe is not reactionary. A reactionary is resistant to change. Perhaps revolutionary would be a better word. I think we had more than our fill of revolution last year. I say give Cooper a fair crack of the whip. Judge him halfway through next season if he has been able to build his own team by then.
Hi Den,

I think you are probably right about the mix of players and maybe a couple of hardened pros would have improved our position but they would need to fit into the style of play and cost may have been a factor. A fit Navarro may have been ideal but an injured Navarro is unfortunately draining limited resources.

I dislike the Puppet references (not you Den) and IMO they are totally unfounded for one simple reason. I believe Lee Power is not in the country for the majority of matches so how he is controlling matchday decisions etc is beyond me. Perhaps my idea of puppet is different to others but Lee has identified the style of play he wants to see played so if that makes Mark a puppet then...

COYMR
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oxon-Red[/bold] wrote: I am a LOYAL SUPPORTER Mr TITcombe and I do not stand up with you. I have invested money in the club by buying season tickets, shirts, prgrammes etc and I have bought pints down my local but it does not give me the right to kick the landlord out. You can protest that you don't believe the manager is the right man but do you really think the chairmen of football clubs, especially those that have been involved in football are stupid. Lee Power has far more knowledge of football than you or I and I therefore trust him far more than knee jerk reactionary fans. Read the other thread about Mark Cooper's comments and found it ironic that the same people that complained that we were conceding too many goals are now complaining that we no longer play as much attacking football. People say Mark Cooper is arrogant but to me he sounds like any other football manager. Posting less these days and reading the forum less coz its boring now and I guess the minority are winning, good luck. If you are picking and choosing next season I hope it costs you more than a season ticket will have done but then the LOYAL SUPPORTERS can choose their games and sing STID.[/p][/quote]Good post Oxon. We have a slight disagreement over Power though. I don't think he understood the mix of players needed to do a good job in this division. That's why I think Cooper deserves a lot of credit. He's been told he must play a passing game. These players would get overrun if they did that in an open fashion, hence packing the midfield and not overcommitting players. We would never have beaten Peterborough and Coventry, for instance, playing any other way. Unfortunately it is largely boring stuff. That's why many people are now staying away. However, until we get a bit of dynamism in the team, I don't see that Cooper has much choice - unless he wants to play attacking football and lose every week. Oh, just a bit of nitpicking - Mr Titcombe is not reactionary. A reactionary is resistant to change. Perhaps revolutionary would be a better word. I think we had more than our fill of revolution last year. I say give Cooper a fair crack of the whip. Judge him halfway through next season if he has been able to build his own team by then.[/p][/quote]Hi Den, I think you are probably right about the mix of players and maybe a couple of hardened pros would have improved our position but they would need to fit into the style of play and cost may have been a factor. A fit Navarro may have been ideal but an injured Navarro is unfortunately draining limited resources. I dislike the Puppet references (not you Den) and IMO they are totally unfounded for one simple reason. I believe Lee Power is not in the country for the majority of matches so how he is controlling matchday decisions etc is beyond me. Perhaps my idea of puppet is different to others but Lee has identified the style of play he wants to see played so if that makes Mark a puppet then... COYMR Oxon-Red
  • Score: 0

12:29am Fri 21 Mar 14

Cleuso says...

MARK TITCOMBE wrote:
mike1990 wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you don't believe in giving the manager credit for getting an inadequate squad to such a decent League position. Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you believe in judging a manager by the players and playing style dumped on him by someone else.
Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you believe Power is a cheap-skate owner and COOPER is his lap-dog YES MAN so called manager, he can always walk Oi Den? and go back to the non-league.
Lap Dog? I like it Mike.
I wish we didn't have to feel that way though. Why should we constantly shell out £25 for such a badly put together product? If you went to a shop then Oi Den, would you pay good money to a half rate useless shopkeeper for anything he had to offer? If desperate maybe, but some of us want things to be put right which will make the whole experience enjoyable and worth the money. Cooper is pathetic!
Easy answer to your £25 issue buy a season ticket.
[quote][p][bold]MARK TITCOMBE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mike1990[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you don't believe in giving the manager credit for getting an inadequate squad to such a decent League position. Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you believe in judging a manager by the players and playing style dumped on him by someone else.[/p][/quote]Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you believe Power is a cheap-skate owner and COOPER is his lap-dog YES MAN so called manager, he can always walk Oi Den? and go back to the non-league.[/p][/quote]Lap Dog? I like it Mike. I wish we didn't have to feel that way though. Why should we constantly shell out £25 for such a badly put together product? If you went to a shop then Oi Den, would you pay good money to a half rate useless shopkeeper for anything he had to offer? If desperate maybe, but some of us want things to be put right which will make the whole experience enjoyable and worth the money. Cooper is pathetic![/p][/quote]Easy answer to your £25 issue buy a season ticket. Cleuso
  • Score: 0

7:24am Sun 23 Mar 14

MARK TITCOMBE says...

Oi Den! wrote:
MARK TITCOMBE wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you don't believe in giving the manager credit for getting an inadequate squad to such a decent League position. Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you believe in judging a manager by the players and playing style dumped on him by someone else.
They are only inadequate because of what they are being told to do on the pitch, lack of fitness, no passion and a strong will leading them etc etc...
They are actually extremely talented but lost due to the lack of leadership.
Can't you see that?
What I see is a group of technically capable footballers who (mostly) just don't have the physical presence to compete properly. They also lack a captain who can lead by both example and instruction. Nathan Thompson might be the answer to that one eventually but his own discipline has been poor for ages now so it will probably be a while before he can be regarded as a natural captain.

How can Cooper be to blame for a lack of strength and lack of a captain when the squad is not his? He needs to add two or three good players. "Good" doesn't mean Premier League wannabes or rejects. It means solid lower division pros. Fancy footwork and neat passing have their place but there's got to be a balance between players who do that and those who can do the hard graft.

It will be interesting to see how much of a free rein Cooper gets in the summer.

Lovesey, Cooper may sing Power's tune but I don't think he's ever said it's his own football philosophy we're playing to. If it is, it's a big coincidence that he's had a conversion since taking over at STFC.
Bloody Hell I actually agree with you this time lol.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MARK TITCOMBE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you don't believe in giving the manager credit for getting an inadequate squad to such a decent League position. Say YES to MARK TITCOMBE'S post if you believe in judging a manager by the players and playing style dumped on him by someone else.[/p][/quote]They are only inadequate because of what they are being told to do on the pitch, lack of fitness, no passion and a strong will leading them etc etc... They are actually extremely talented but lost due to the lack of leadership. Can't you see that?[/p][/quote]What I see is a group of technically capable footballers who (mostly) just don't have the physical presence to compete properly. They also lack a captain who can lead by both example and instruction. Nathan Thompson might be the answer to that one eventually but his own discipline has been poor for ages now so it will probably be a while before he can be regarded as a natural captain. How can Cooper be to blame for a lack of strength and lack of a captain when the squad is not his? He needs to add two or three good players. "Good" doesn't mean Premier League wannabes or rejects. It means solid lower division pros. Fancy footwork and neat passing have their place but there's got to be a balance between players who do that and those who can do the hard graft. It will be interesting to see how much of a free rein Cooper gets in the summer. Lovesey, Cooper may sing Power's tune but I don't think he's ever said it's his own football philosophy we're playing to. If it is, it's a big coincidence that he's had a conversion since taking over at STFC.[/p][/quote]Bloody Hell I actually agree with you this time lol. MARK TITCOMBE
  • Score: 0

7:26am Sun 23 Mar 14

MARK TITCOMBE says...

bearwoodred wrote:
MARK TITCOMBE wrote:
Come on fellow loyal fans, lets petition him out!
Say COOPER OUT!!! to this quote.

Stand strong, stand up to these people. It's our team just as much as theirs.

You Reds!!
Can I just ask I am not considered loyal if I don't want to sign the petition?

Give me a viable, available, affordable alternative to Cooper and I will sign it!

Bigger picture mate for me and you are also coming across like a bit of a teenager who has angst issues. Are you sure you are not an Oxford fan who is just a bit confused?
Really?? Get a life young man!
[quote][p][bold]bearwoodred[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MARK TITCOMBE[/bold] wrote: Come on fellow loyal fans, lets petition him out! Say COOPER OUT!!! to this quote. Stand strong, stand up to these people. It's our team just as much as theirs. You Reds!![/p][/quote]Can I just ask I am not considered loyal if I don't want to sign the petition? Give me a viable, available, affordable alternative to Cooper and I will sign it! Bigger picture mate for me and you are also coming across like a bit of a teenager who has angst issues. Are you sure you are not an Oxford fan who is just a bit confused?[/p][/quote]Really?? Get a life young man! MARK TITCOMBE
  • Score: 0

7:27am Sun 23 Mar 14

MARK TITCOMBE says...

MARK TITCOMBE wrote:
bearwoodred wrote:
MARK TITCOMBE wrote:
Come on fellow loyal fans, lets petition him out!
Say COOPER OUT!!! to this quote.

Stand strong, stand up to these people. It's our team just as much as theirs.

You Reds!!
Can I just ask I am not considered loyal if I don't want to sign the petition?

Give me a viable, available, affordable alternative to Cooper and I will sign it!

Bigger picture mate for me and you are also coming across like a bit of a teenager who has angst issues. Are you sure you are not an Oxford fan who is just a bit confused?
Really?? Get a life young man!
That's coming from someone who calls himself bearwoodred???? Come on!!
[quote][p][bold]MARK TITCOMBE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bearwoodred[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MARK TITCOMBE[/bold] wrote: Come on fellow loyal fans, lets petition him out! Say COOPER OUT!!! to this quote. Stand strong, stand up to these people. It's our team just as much as theirs. You Reds!![/p][/quote]Can I just ask I am not considered loyal if I don't want to sign the petition? Give me a viable, available, affordable alternative to Cooper and I will sign it! Bigger picture mate for me and you are also coming across like a bit of a teenager who has angst issues. Are you sure you are not an Oxford fan who is just a bit confused?[/p][/quote]Really?? Get a life young man![/p][/quote]That's coming from someone who calls himself bearwoodred???? Come on!! MARK TITCOMBE
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