Swindon Town boss relishing chance to prove the doubters wrong

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Swindon Town boss Mark Cooper Swindon Town boss Mark Cooper

MARK Cooper is relishing the chance to prove wrong the fans and pundits who wrote off his Swindon Town team earlier this season, as the League One campaign reaches its final straight.

Town, who a month ago seemed destined for a midtable finish, currently sit seventh in the table, four points behind Peterborough United, who occupy the final play-off place.

Cooper still ranks Swindon as “rank outsiders” for a top-six spot, with Peterborough fully in control of their own destiny, but given the criticism he faced four weeks ago - with his team winless in eight games - his team is certainly providing the positive end to the term he wanted.

“We know we’re the rank outsiders so we have to win an amount of games. I always thought, all along, that we had to win a certain amount to have any chance - a points total - and that hasn’t changed,” Cooper told the Advertiser.

“It’s nice to be written off because that gives you a chance to prove people wrong and we keep doing that.

“I’ve said before that I want to finish the season as strong as we can. I said it when we lost to Milton Keynes and the play-offs had gone, I just said we wanted a strong finish to give people optimism for next year.”
Six wins from their six remaining matches, starting at Carlisle United this weekend, would take Town to a total of 75 points - the average needed to secure sixth spot over the past 10 League One seasons.

And Cooper is keen to focus on what his team can achieve, rather than ponder over whether or not others will self-destruct along the way.
“We know we’ve got to keep winning games,” he said.

“There’s no order that we have to win them in but I think there’s a certain amount of games we have to win to have any realistic chance of getting in the play-offs.

“If you start worrying about other teams it can then become a little bit of a muddle and what we’ve certainly not done over the last four games is worry about anybody else.
We’ve just concentrated on ourselves.

“I’m not looking around. It’s simple for us - we have to win as many games as we can.
“We can’t look at anybody else because we can’t affect their results.
“We just have to win as many as we can and if we do that then we’ll see what happens.”

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7:50am Fri 4 Apr 14

Robinonfire says...

Don't change a winning team and keep Spurs players on the bench.


You redssss
Don't change a winning team and keep Spurs players on the bench. You redssss Robinonfire
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10:02am Fri 4 Apr 14

itslove says...

Dont change a winning team . Play a more mixed game not just a passing game. Admit your judgement of many players has been wrong. Lets see where we get . But Coops you messed up , this now is what should have been happening were you not so blinkered and in love with a white board and stats .
Dont change a winning team . Play a more mixed game not just a passing game. Admit your judgement of many players has been wrong. Lets see where we get . But Coops you messed up , this now is what should have been happening were you not so blinkered and in love with a white board and stats . itslove
  • Score: -21

10:37am Fri 4 Apr 14

Townend80 says...

Don't change a winning team - What about Pritchard ?
Don't change a winning team - What about Pritchard ? Townend80
  • Score: 6

10:38am Fri 4 Apr 14

harley red says...

Cooper it took you an long time to change the style of play it's to late I fear for the playoffs . Send the ego headed spurs players back .we don't need them . Blood our own players hall is very poor Pritchard is a liability and mason is a sick note get rid so they can join sherwoods crap .. Do your best to keep Stephens as he and troy are a great pair and I don't see another pair this good in our league
Cooper it took you an long time to change the style of play it's to late I fear for the playoffs . Send the ego headed spurs players back .we don't need them . Blood our own players hall is very poor Pritchard is a liability and mason is a sick note get rid so they can join sherwoods crap .. Do your best to keep Stephens as he and troy are a great pair and I don't see another pair this good in our league harley red
  • Score: -7

11:31am Fri 4 Apr 14

stfcflag says...

I have no doubt in the man being a good guy with his heart in the right place and to be fair he's got results on a limited budget so I don't see he has much to prove there it's just his style of play is dog awful. All he has to prove is that his team can entertain and never repeat Sheffield United away

In terms of proving doubters wrong it would be to give Storey some credit ever, play with some width, overlapping runners, balls in from the wings, and playing 2 up front
I have no doubt in the man being a good guy with his heart in the right place and to be fair he's got results on a limited budget so I don't see he has much to prove there it's just his style of play is dog awful. All he has to prove is that his team can entertain and never repeat Sheffield United away In terms of proving doubters wrong it would be to give Storey some credit ever, play with some width, overlapping runners, balls in from the wings, and playing 2 up front stfcflag
  • Score: 5

12:01pm Fri 4 Apr 14

the wizard says...

The only way you can win games is by scoring well and and not conceding the silly, stupid senseless give aways that we became known for up to 4 games ago. Keep the same starting eleven, and if anyone wants to break into the team they can do it from the bench. Compare the goals conceded of late to the eight games beforehand and you have your answer.

If it aint broke then don't try to fix it. Play the men that will be here next season, and if the loans want to cry about it, then let them, as its our own players who want to be here next season are the guys that count.
The only way you can win games is by scoring well and and not conceding the silly, stupid senseless give aways that we became known for up to 4 games ago. Keep the same starting eleven, and if anyone wants to break into the team they can do it from the bench. Compare the goals conceded of late to the eight games beforehand and you have your answer. If it aint broke then don't try to fix it. Play the men that will be here next season, and if the loans want to cry about it, then let them, as its our own players who want to be here next season are the guys that count. the wizard
  • Score: 14

12:21pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Brainy_G93 says...

harley red wrote:
Cooper it took you an long time to change the style of play it's to late I fear for the playoffs . Send the ego headed spurs players back .we don't need them . Blood our own players hall is very poor Pritchard is a liability and mason is a sick note get rid so they can join sherwoods crap .. Do your best to keep Stephens as he and troy are a great pair and I don't see another pair this good in our league
Pritchard a liability? He's one of the best players outside of the Championship and you wouldn't have him in the team? He'd be one of the first on my team sheet. Ranger is more of a liability that Pritchard, should we get rid of him too? I know I wouldn't.
[quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: Cooper it took you an long time to change the style of play it's to late I fear for the playoffs . Send the ego headed spurs players back .we don't need them . Blood our own players hall is very poor Pritchard is a liability and mason is a sick note get rid so they can join sherwoods crap .. Do your best to keep Stephens as he and troy are a great pair and I don't see another pair this good in our league[/p][/quote]Pritchard a liability? He's one of the best players outside of the Championship and you wouldn't have him in the team? He'd be one of the first on my team sheet. Ranger is more of a liability that Pritchard, should we get rid of him too? I know I wouldn't. Brainy_G93
  • Score: 6

12:29pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Since 1950 says...

Brainy_G93 wrote:
harley red wrote:
Cooper it took you an long time to change the style of play it's to late I fear for the playoffs . Send the ego headed spurs players back .we don't need them . Blood our own players hall is very poor Pritchard is a liability and mason is a sick note get rid so they can join sherwoods crap .. Do your best to keep Stephens as he and troy are a great pair and I don't see another pair this good in our league
Pritchard a liability? He's one of the best players outside of the Championship and you wouldn't have him in the team? He'd be one of the first on my team sheet. Ranger is more of a liability that Pritchard, should we get rid of him too? I know I wouldn't.
The difference between Pritchard and Ranger is that Ranger is a liability off the park and Pritchard is a liability on it!
[quote][p][bold]Brainy_G93[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: Cooper it took you an long time to change the style of play it's to late I fear for the playoffs . Send the ego headed spurs players back .we don't need them . Blood our own players hall is very poor Pritchard is a liability and mason is a sick note get rid so they can join sherwoods crap .. Do your best to keep Stephens as he and troy are a great pair and I don't see another pair this good in our league[/p][/quote]Pritchard a liability? He's one of the best players outside of the Championship and you wouldn't have him in the team? He'd be one of the first on my team sheet. Ranger is more of a liability that Pritchard, should we get rid of him too? I know I wouldn't.[/p][/quote]The difference between Pritchard and Ranger is that Ranger is a liability off the park and Pritchard is a liability on it! Since 1950
  • Score: 9

12:35pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Old-Stager, Hilperton says...

Since 1950 wrote:
Brainy_G93 wrote:
harley red wrote:
Cooper it took you an long time to change the style of play it's to late I fear for the playoffs . Send the ego headed spurs players back .we don't need them . Blood our own players hall is very poor Pritchard is a liability and mason is a sick note get rid so they can join sherwoods crap .. Do your best to keep Stephens as he and troy are a great pair and I don't see another pair this good in our league
Pritchard a liability? He's one of the best players outside of the Championship and you wouldn't have him in the team? He'd be one of the first on my team sheet. Ranger is more of a liability that Pritchard, should we get rid of him too? I know I wouldn't.
The difference between Pritchard and Ranger is that Ranger is a liability off the park and Pritchard is a liability on it!
Harsh, but true Since 1950 !
[quote][p][bold]Since 1950[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brainy_G93[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: Cooper it took you an long time to change the style of play it's to late I fear for the playoffs . Send the ego headed spurs players back .we don't need them . Blood our own players hall is very poor Pritchard is a liability and mason is a sick note get rid so they can join sherwoods crap .. Do your best to keep Stephens as he and troy are a great pair and I don't see another pair this good in our league[/p][/quote]Pritchard a liability? He's one of the best players outside of the Championship and you wouldn't have him in the team? He'd be one of the first on my team sheet. Ranger is more of a liability that Pritchard, should we get rid of him too? I know I wouldn't.[/p][/quote]The difference between Pritchard and Ranger is that Ranger is a liability off the park and Pritchard is a liability on it![/p][/quote]Harsh, but true Since 1950 ! Old-Stager, Hilperton
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1:27pm Fri 4 Apr 14

umpcah says...

Byrne declares that the team spirit is wonderful. However I wonder how Ranger fits into that. He sets a poor example to the youngsters off the park and that`s for sure.
Byrne declares that the team spirit is wonderful. However I wonder how Ranger fits into that. He sets a poor example to the youngsters off the park and that`s for sure. umpcah
  • Score: 1

1:42pm Fri 4 Apr 14

harley red says...

Brainy_G93 wrote:
harley red wrote:
Cooper it took you an long time to change the style of play it's to late I fear for the playoffs . Send the ego headed spurs players back .we don't need them . Blood our own players hall is very poor Pritchard is a liability and mason is a sick note get rid so they can join sherwoods crap .. Do your best to keep Stephens as he and troy are a great pair and I don't see another pair this good in our league
Pritchard a liability? He's one of the best players outside of the Championship and you wouldn't have him in the team? He'd be one of the first on my team sheet. Ranger is more of a liability that Pritchard, should we get rid of him too? I know I wouldn't.
Pritchard is a jumped up little man with a huge ego his attitude has got him booked more times than I care to remember and at Bristol he cost us any chance that we had of winning the game as we were on top for the most part . I can't even remember if ranger has any bookings he gets knocked about and just gets up and carries on
[quote][p][bold]Brainy_G93[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: Cooper it took you an long time to change the style of play it's to late I fear for the playoffs . Send the ego headed spurs players back .we don't need them . Blood our own players hall is very poor Pritchard is a liability and mason is a sick note get rid so they can join sherwoods crap .. Do your best to keep Stephens as he and troy are a great pair and I don't see another pair this good in our league[/p][/quote]Pritchard a liability? He's one of the best players outside of the Championship and you wouldn't have him in the team? He'd be one of the first on my team sheet. Ranger is more of a liability that Pritchard, should we get rid of him too? I know I wouldn't.[/p][/quote]Pritchard is a jumped up little man with a huge ego his attitude has got him booked more times than I care to remember and at Bristol he cost us any chance that we had of winning the game as we were on top for the most part . I can't even remember if ranger has any bookings he gets knocked about and just gets up and carries on harley red
  • Score: 0

3:09pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Oi Den! says...

Since 1950 wrote:
Brainy_G93 wrote:
harley red wrote:
Cooper it took you an long time to change the style of play it's to late I fear for the playoffs . Send the ego headed spurs players back .we don't need them . Blood our own players hall is very poor Pritchard is a liability and mason is a sick note get rid so they can join sherwoods crap .. Do your best to keep Stephens as he and troy are a great pair and I don't see another pair this good in our league
Pritchard a liability? He's one of the best players outside of the Championship and you wouldn't have him in the team? He'd be one of the first on my team sheet. Ranger is more of a liability that Pritchard, should we get rid of him too? I know I wouldn't.
The difference between Pritchard and Ranger is that Ranger is a liability off the park and Pritchard is a liability on it!
... and the Post of the Week prize goes to... Since 1950.

Funny and true - and in just a few words. Brilliant.
[quote][p][bold]Since 1950[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brainy_G93[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: Cooper it took you an long time to change the style of play it's to late I fear for the playoffs . Send the ego headed spurs players back .we don't need them . Blood our own players hall is very poor Pritchard is a liability and mason is a sick note get rid so they can join sherwoods crap .. Do your best to keep Stephens as he and troy are a great pair and I don't see another pair this good in our league[/p][/quote]Pritchard a liability? He's one of the best players outside of the Championship and you wouldn't have him in the team? He'd be one of the first on my team sheet. Ranger is more of a liability that Pritchard, should we get rid of him too? I know I wouldn't.[/p][/quote]The difference between Pritchard and Ranger is that Ranger is a liability off the park and Pritchard is a liability on it![/p][/quote]... and the Post of the Week prize goes to... Since 1950. Funny and true - and in just a few words. Brilliant. Oi Den!
  • Score: 0

3:19pm Fri 4 Apr 14

jfmorty says...

Ranger has not been booked this season (by a referee). Pritchard has missed 6 games (including the last three) by suspension.

:D
Ranger has not been booked this season (by a referee). Pritchard has missed 6 games (including the last three) by suspension. :D jfmorty
  • Score: 5

3:46pm Fri 4 Apr 14

LeGod says...

Changing subject - i see about five Preston players have been named for spot fixing- Why is it some of these idiots have to do this they earn more then the average bloke in the street yet they still want more.
I hope they get the book thrown at them and what will the sanctions be for these players ? and what about the club will they get points deducted seems there are a numbe of players from one club.

Absolute total idiots.
Changing subject - i see about five Preston players have been named for spot fixing- Why is it some of these idiots have to do this they earn more then the average bloke in the street yet they still want more. I hope they get the book thrown at them and what will the sanctions be for these players ? and what about the club will they get points deducted seems there are a numbe of players from one club. Absolute total idiots. LeGod
  • Score: 0

4:18pm Fri 4 Apr 14

ellory says...

LeGod wrote:
Changing subject - i see about five Preston players have been named for spot fixing- Why is it some of these idiots have to do this they earn more then the average bloke in the street yet they still want more.
I hope they get the book thrown at them and what will the sanctions be for these players ? and what about the club will they get points deducted seems there are a numbe of players from one club.

Absolute total idiots.
It's actually only the 6! It really does make you wonder. That video of Montano (remember him?) openly talking about trying to get booked really hit the point home that for some people "more" is the most important word they know.
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However it is worth noting those Preston players haven't actually been charged yet, so we will have to wait and see with regards to the outcome before condemning them completely!
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: Changing subject - i see about five Preston players have been named for spot fixing- Why is it some of these idiots have to do this they earn more then the average bloke in the street yet they still want more. I hope they get the book thrown at them and what will the sanctions be for these players ? and what about the club will they get points deducted seems there are a numbe of players from one club. Absolute total idiots.[/p][/quote]It's actually only the 6! It really does make you wonder. That video of Montano (remember him?) openly talking about trying to get booked really hit the point home that for some people "more" is the most important word they know. . However it is worth noting those Preston players haven't actually been charged yet, so we will have to wait and see with regards to the outcome before condemning them completely! ellory
  • Score: 3

4:32pm Fri 4 Apr 14

ellory says...

harley red wrote:
Cooper it took you an long time to change the style of play it's to late I fear for the playoffs . Send the ego headed spurs players back .we don't need them . Blood our own players hall is very poor Pritchard is a liability and mason is a sick note get rid so they can join sherwoods crap .. Do your best to keep Stephens as he and troy are a great pair and I don't see another pair this good in our league
Pritchard might have a problem with backchat (he's not the only one in the team!) but he is a very skilled footballer at this level and has won us games - I'm not sure what recommendation could be better than that!
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The problem you've identified with Mason is that he's injured. Would us "blooding our own players" really prevent hamstring tears? I'm pretty sure his injuries aren't because he's on loan from Spurs!
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As for keeping Stephens and Troy, I'm sure we'd all like that but Stephens seems destined to go back to his parent club and signing Troy on high wages with his injury problems simply wouldn't be cost effective.
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And on that note, how much criticism has been levelled at Ward recently (by yourself and others)? He is "one of our own" after all. Over-simplifying matters to satisfy your negative instincts is not the way to get behind the team. If we beat Carlisle tomorrow I for one won't be moaning.
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COYR!
[quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: Cooper it took you an long time to change the style of play it's to late I fear for the playoffs . Send the ego headed spurs players back .we don't need them . Blood our own players hall is very poor Pritchard is a liability and mason is a sick note get rid so they can join sherwoods crap .. Do your best to keep Stephens as he and troy are a great pair and I don't see another pair this good in our league[/p][/quote]Pritchard might have a problem with backchat (he's not the only one in the team!) but he is a very skilled footballer at this level and has won us games - I'm not sure what recommendation could be better than that! . The problem you've identified with Mason is that he's injured. Would us "blooding our own players" really prevent hamstring tears? I'm pretty sure his injuries aren't because he's on loan from Spurs! . As for keeping Stephens and Troy, I'm sure we'd all like that but Stephens seems destined to go back to his parent club and signing Troy on high wages with his injury problems simply wouldn't be cost effective. . And on that note, how much criticism has been levelled at Ward recently (by yourself and others)? He is "one of our own" after all. Over-simplifying matters to satisfy your negative instincts is not the way to get behind the team. If we beat Carlisle tomorrow I for one won't be moaning. . COYR! ellory
  • Score: 4

4:34pm Fri 4 Apr 14

LeGod says...

Hi ellory - Because they have been named they have probably a strong case against them otherwise i think they would have kept the names anonymous.
I understand three are playing tomorrow for Preston at the inbreds (Bristol) tomorrow so that will be interesting if any of them get booked or sent off etc.
Maybe the football league will deduct 20 points we could sneak in the play offs then and even more interesting if there was going to be punishment for the club maybe they will drop put of the play offs (just wishfu lthinking on my part) if im right i think normally its only the players get punished and not the club but with 6 from the same team who knows what could happen in this case.
Hi ellory - Because they have been named they have probably a strong case against them otherwise i think they would have kept the names anonymous. I understand three are playing tomorrow for Preston at the inbreds (Bristol) tomorrow so that will be interesting if any of them get booked or sent off etc. Maybe the football league will deduct 20 points we could sneak in the play offs then and even more interesting if there was going to be punishment for the club maybe they will drop put of the play offs (just wishfu lthinking on my part) if im right i think normally its only the players get punished and not the club but with 6 from the same team who knows what could happen in this case. LeGod
  • Score: 0

5:22pm Fri 4 Apr 14

melnursesear. says...

The PNE players have said they are Innocent..more information will be issued after the 2-1 defeat Tomorrow..
The PNE players have said they are Innocent..more information will be issued after the 2-1 defeat Tomorrow.. melnursesear.
  • Score: 12

6:44pm Fri 4 Apr 14

ellory says...

LeGod wrote:
Hi ellory - Because they have been named they have probably a strong case against them otherwise i think they would have kept the names anonymous.
I understand three are playing tomorrow for Preston at the inbreds (Bristol) tomorrow so that will be interesting if any of them get booked or sent off etc.
Maybe the football league will deduct 20 points we could sneak in the play offs then and even more interesting if there was going to be punishment for the club maybe they will drop put of the play offs (just wishfu lthinking on my part) if im right i think normally its only the players get punished and not the club but with 6 from the same team who knows what could happen in this case.
You're absolutely right and our chances of the playoffs look impossible without at least a little bit of wishful thinking! :-)
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It seems impossible to predict any sort of punishment in this game. Just look at Sunderland in trouble with the PL for fielding an in illegible player - four times (and once in the league cup to boot). They received an undisclosed fine. That's all. I think even handed justice is in that category of wishful thinking too!
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: Hi ellory - Because they have been named they have probably a strong case against them otherwise i think they would have kept the names anonymous. I understand three are playing tomorrow for Preston at the inbreds (Bristol) tomorrow so that will be interesting if any of them get booked or sent off etc. Maybe the football league will deduct 20 points we could sneak in the play offs then and even more interesting if there was going to be punishment for the club maybe they will drop put of the play offs (just wishfu lthinking on my part) if im right i think normally its only the players get punished and not the club but with 6 from the same team who knows what could happen in this case.[/p][/quote]You're absolutely right and our chances of the playoffs look impossible without at least a little bit of wishful thinking! :-) . It seems impossible to predict any sort of punishment in this game. Just look at Sunderland in trouble with the PL for fielding an in illegible player - four times (and once in the league cup to boot). They received an undisclosed fine. That's all. I think even handed justice is in that category of wishful thinking too! ellory
  • Score: 0

8:39pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Fernham Red says...

LeGod wrote:
Changing subject - i see about five Preston players have been named for spot fixing- Why is it some of these idiots have to do this they earn more then the average bloke in the street yet they still want more.
I hope they get the book thrown at them and what will the sanctions be for these players ? and what about the club will they get points deducted seems there are a numbe of players from one club.

Absolute total idiots.
Points deduction for Preston - now there's an interesting ingredient in an otherwise very predictable 6 game run-in to the play-offs. Is a 20 point deduction unheard of, I wonder?
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: Changing subject - i see about five Preston players have been named for spot fixing- Why is it some of these idiots have to do this they earn more then the average bloke in the street yet they still want more. I hope they get the book thrown at them and what will the sanctions be for these players ? and what about the club will they get points deducted seems there are a numbe of players from one club. Absolute total idiots.[/p][/quote]Points deduction for Preston - now there's an interesting ingredient in an otherwise very predictable 6 game run-in to the play-offs. Is a 20 point deduction unheard of, I wonder? Fernham Red
  • Score: 0

8:39pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Fernham Red says...

melnursesear. wrote:
The PNE players have said they are Innocent..more information will be issued after the 2-1 defeat Tomorrow..
Nice one
[quote][p][bold]melnursesear.[/bold] wrote: The PNE players have said they are Innocent..more information will be issued after the 2-1 defeat Tomorrow..[/p][/quote]Nice one Fernham Red
  • Score: 0

9:03pm Fri 4 Apr 14

dazzastfc says...

The only reason we have won 3 on the trot is because he finally dropped Ward..After he signed Stephens..
Such a shame he never replaces him in the summer
Miles came back and he FINALLY changed his rubbish tactics from the boring tippy tappy suicide football....
The only reason we have won 3 on the trot is because he finally dropped Ward..After he signed Stephens.. Such a shame he never replaces him in the summer Miles came back and he FINALLY changed his rubbish tactics from the boring tippy tappy suicide football.... dazzastfc
  • Score: -5

10:27pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Oi Den! says...

LeGod wrote:
Hi ellory - Because they have been named they have probably a strong case against them otherwise i think they would have kept the names anonymous.
I understand three are playing tomorrow for Preston at the inbreds (Bristol) tomorrow so that will be interesting if any of them get booked or sent off etc.
Maybe the football league will deduct 20 points we could sneak in the play offs then and even more interesting if there was going to be punishment for the club maybe they will drop put of the play offs (just wishfu lthinking on my part) if im right i think normally its only the players get punished and not the club but with 6 from the same team who knows what could happen in this case.
Ranger was named but he was found not guilty.

On the matter of a points deduction - which seems wrong in principle anyway - is it really likely the matter will be resolved within the next few months?
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: Hi ellory - Because they have been named they have probably a strong case against them otherwise i think they would have kept the names anonymous. I understand three are playing tomorrow for Preston at the inbreds (Bristol) tomorrow so that will be interesting if any of them get booked or sent off etc. Maybe the football league will deduct 20 points we could sneak in the play offs then and even more interesting if there was going to be punishment for the club maybe they will drop put of the play offs (just wishfu lthinking on my part) if im right i think normally its only the players get punished and not the club but with 6 from the same team who knows what could happen in this case.[/p][/quote]Ranger was named but he was found not guilty. On the matter of a points deduction - which seems wrong in principle anyway - is it really likely the matter will be resolved within the next few months? Oi Den!
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10:34pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Oi Den! says...

ellory wrote:
LeGod wrote:
Hi ellory - Because they have been named they have probably a strong case against them otherwise i think they would have kept the names anonymous.
I understand three are playing tomorrow for Preston at the inbreds (Bristol) tomorrow so that will be interesting if any of them get booked or sent off etc.
Maybe the football league will deduct 20 points we could sneak in the play offs then and even more interesting if there was going to be punishment for the club maybe they will drop put of the play offs (just wishfu lthinking on my part) if im right i think normally its only the players get punished and not the club but with 6 from the same team who knows what could happen in this case.
You're absolutely right and our chances of the playoffs look impossible without at least a little bit of wishful thinking! :-)
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It seems impossible to predict any sort of punishment in this game. Just look at Sunderland in trouble with the PL for fielding an in illegible player - four times (and once in the league cup to boot). They received an undisclosed fine. That's all. I think even handed justice is in that category of wishful thinking too!
Fielding an illegible player 5 times? They really must improve the quality of those numbers on shirts! Good job we don't have to use our handwriting on here. Illegibility would be rife I'm sure, and I'd be among the worst culprits.
[quote][p][bold]ellory[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: Hi ellory - Because they have been named they have probably a strong case against them otherwise i think they would have kept the names anonymous. I understand three are playing tomorrow for Preston at the inbreds (Bristol) tomorrow so that will be interesting if any of them get booked or sent off etc. Maybe the football league will deduct 20 points we could sneak in the play offs then and even more interesting if there was going to be punishment for the club maybe they will drop put of the play offs (just wishfu lthinking on my part) if im right i think normally its only the players get punished and not the club but with 6 from the same team who knows what could happen in this case.[/p][/quote]You're absolutely right and our chances of the playoffs look impossible without at least a little bit of wishful thinking! :-) . It seems impossible to predict any sort of punishment in this game. Just look at Sunderland in trouble with the PL for fielding an in illegible player - four times (and once in the league cup to boot). They received an undisclosed fine. That's all. I think even handed justice is in that category of wishful thinking too![/p][/quote]Fielding an illegible player 5 times? They really must improve the quality of those numbers on shirts! Good job we don't have to use our handwriting on here. Illegibility would be rife I'm sure, and I'd be among the worst culprits. Oi Den!
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