Cooper not fretting over Town stars' futures

Michael Smith and Louis Thompson are among those to have caught the eye at the start of the season for Town

Michael Smith and Louis Thompson are among those to have caught the eye at the start of the season for Town

First published in Sport by

WITH a little more than a fortnight of the summer transfer window remaining, manager Mark Cooper has insisted that he is not worrying about losing any of his Swindon Town stars.

Wes Foderingham, Nathan and Louis Thompson, Yaser Kasim, Massimo Luongo and Michael Smith have all put themselves in the shop window with terrific performances in Town’s first two games of the season, while the club have already fended off approaches from Peterborough United for Nathan Thompson, Rotherham United for Luongo and Coventry City for Smith.

In all likelihood, those six players are going to continue to gather interest over the course of the next two weeks but Cooper is adamant he will not be distracted from the task at hand - namely making sure his teams keep producing results on matchdays.

When asked by the Advertiser if he would be getting nervous in the final days of the window, the Robins boss said: “I can’t control that so I don’t tend to worry too much about it. I can’t worry myself about ‘am I going to lose this player or that player’ because I can’t control it. I can have an input about it but I can’t control it.

“I completely understand if the right offer comes in they have to go, that’s law of the land. I’ll just concentrate on the next game and worry about it when it comes to it. But if they keep playing like they’re playing...

“If I was a manager of another team I’d want to buy them all. Of course we know but I think the chairman’s gone on record and said that, unless we get silly money, they’re not going anywhere.

“I think he’s watched the games and seen the progress, and he wants to keep it going.

“I’ve stopped worrying about things like that. If I start worrying about that it takes away my energy from thinking about the players are still here. Until I get that phone call, I won’t worry about it.

“We have to keep the production line going. You saw the other night we gave another kid a go. We have to keep giving them a taste because they might have to play, but that doesn’t worry us.

“I think it’s fantastic for the club. We wouldn’t put them on the bench if we didn’t think they were good enough. We wouldn’t put them on the bench just to say ‘we’ve got some scholars on the bench’.

“We’d put them on the bench because we think they’re good enough. Will (Randall) has made his debut, Marshy’s (Lee Marshall) come on, and they’re are a couple more knocking on the door as well.”

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7:07am Sat 16 Aug 14

port de soller says...

yes not a lot he can do about it.If decent offers come in for playersand I think money is needed for the survival of STFC(like manyother clubs) sold they must be.What i cannot quite understand is is one breadth they say 2/3 loan players set to come in yet we hear the normal "SOUND OF SILECE) not a pun against Simon and garfunkel.Why can they not just say there luck was out they aint coming to the CG.OK not good mews but the "TRUTH"
So as for today"YOUNG SWINDON REDS" or my little Wolverine just give your best as I feel 100%of Fans are with you all the way
yes not a lot he can do about it.If decent offers come in for playersand I think money is needed for the survival of STFC(like manyother clubs) sold they must be.What i cannot quite understand is is one breadth they say 2/3 loan players set to come in yet we hear the normal "SOUND OF SILECE) not a pun against Simon and garfunkel.Why can they not just say there luck was out they aint coming to the CG.OK not good mews but the "TRUTH" So as for today"YOUNG SWINDON REDS" or my little Wolverine just give your best as I feel 100%of Fans are with you all the way port de soller
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8:01am Sat 16 Aug 14

old town robin says...

Barring injury these small group of players are almost guaranteed to be involved every game, would they get the same at a bigger club? I somehow doubt it. When the Adver says Mark is not worried about losing any of them, daft question, what would be the point of him worrying about something that may never happen, If it did, he would be more worried as to how he would replace them, especially as at the moment we seem to be struggling to get the additional two or three on board, getting suitable replacements in at short notice would be very difficult.

We've been very unfortunate to lose newcomers Brad and Anton through injury so soon to the start of the season and Josh is due to return to Derby after the Crewe game, (although I expect his loan to be extended). Not sure why Sam didn't ask the more obvious question would he be worried if we failed to get any of his targets in before the window expires.
Barring injury these small group of players are almost guaranteed to be involved every game, would they get the same at a bigger club? I somehow doubt it. When the Adver says Mark is not worried about losing any of them, daft question, what would be the point of him worrying about something that may never happen, If it did, he would be more worried as to how he would replace them, especially as at the moment we seem to be struggling to get the additional two or three on board, getting suitable replacements in at short notice would be very difficult. We've been very unfortunate to lose newcomers Brad and Anton through injury so soon to the start of the season and Josh is due to return to Derby after the Crewe game, (although I expect his loan to be extended). Not sure why Sam didn't ask the more obvious question would he be worried if we failed to get any of his targets in before the window expires. old town robin
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8:12am Sat 16 Aug 14

South Stand says...

port de soller wrote:
yes not a lot he can do about it.If decent offers come in for playersand I think money is needed for the survival of STFC(like manyother clubs) sold they must be.What i cannot quite understand is is one breadth they say 2/3 loan players set to come in yet we hear the normal "SOUND OF SILECE) not a pun against Simon and garfunkel.Why can they not just say there luck was out they aint coming to the CG.OK not good mews but the "TRUTH"
So as for today"YOUNG SWINDON REDS" or my little Wolverine just give your best as I feel 100%of Fans are with you all the way
Did you have too much beer last night?
[quote][p][bold]port de soller[/bold] wrote: yes not a lot he can do about it.If decent offers come in for playersand I think money is needed for the survival of STFC(like manyother clubs) sold they must be.What i cannot quite understand is is one breadth they say 2/3 loan players set to come in yet we hear the normal "SOUND OF SILECE) not a pun against Simon and garfunkel.Why can they not just say there luck was out they aint coming to the CG.OK not good mews but the "TRUTH" So as for today"YOUNG SWINDON REDS" or my little Wolverine just give your best as I feel 100%of Fans are with you all the way[/p][/quote]Did you have too much beer last night? South Stand
  • Score: 10

9:24am Sat 16 Aug 14

Dorothy J. Carpenter says...

my Aunty Amelia got white Kia Cadenza Sedan by working part time online... learn the facts
http://x.co/5GNwD
my Aunty Amelia got white Kia Cadenza Sedan by working part time online... learn the facts http://x.co/5GNwD Dorothy J. Carpenter
  • Score: -14

9:55am Sat 16 Aug 14

super reds says...

old town robin wrote:
Barring injury these small group of players are almost guaranteed to be involved every game, would they get the same at a bigger club? I somehow doubt it. When the Adver says Mark is not worried about losing any of them, daft question, what would be the point of him worrying about something that may never happen, If it did, he would be more worried as to how he would replace them, especially as at the moment we seem to be struggling to get the additional two or three on board, getting suitable replacements in at short notice would be very difficult.

We've been very unfortunate to lose newcomers Brad and Anton through injury so soon to the start of the season and Josh is due to return to Derby after the Crewe game, (although I expect his loan to be extended). Not sure why Sam didn't ask the more obvious question would he be worried if we failed to get any of his targets in before the window expires.
OTR, unfortunately money talks, it's well documented that we've cut our wage bill & that's possibly why we're struggling to get players in, & I get what you're saying about playing week in week out but if some were offered a substantial pay increase, well we all know how heads can be turned. I think we'll do well to maintain our league 1 status on a yearly basis TBH
[quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: Barring injury these small group of players are almost guaranteed to be involved every game, would they get the same at a bigger club? I somehow doubt it. When the Adver says Mark is not worried about losing any of them, daft question, what would be the point of him worrying about something that may never happen, If it did, he would be more worried as to how he would replace them, especially as at the moment we seem to be struggling to get the additional two or three on board, getting suitable replacements in at short notice would be very difficult. We've been very unfortunate to lose newcomers Brad and Anton through injury so soon to the start of the season and Josh is due to return to Derby after the Crewe game, (although I expect his loan to be extended). Not sure why Sam didn't ask the more obvious question would he be worried if we failed to get any of his targets in before the window expires.[/p][/quote]OTR, unfortunately money talks, it's well documented that we've cut our wage bill & that's possibly why we're struggling to get players in, & I get what you're saying about playing week in week out but if some were offered a substantial pay increase, well we all know how heads can be turned. I think we'll do well to maintain our league 1 status on a yearly basis TBH super reds
  • Score: 2

10:04am Sat 16 Aug 14

the don69 says...

Dorothy J. Carpenter wrote:
my Aunty Amelia got white Kia Cadenza Sedan by working part time online... learn the facts
http://x.co/5GNwD
No you learn the facts Dorothy! this site is for Swindon FC fans, so toddle off and don't come back with your adverts please!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Dorothy J. Carpenter[/bold] wrote: my Aunty Amelia got white Kia Cadenza Sedan by working part time online... learn the facts http://x.co/5GNwD[/p][/quote]No you learn the facts Dorothy! this site is for Swindon FC fans, so toddle off and don't come back with your adverts please!!!!!! the don69
  • Score: 11

10:10am Sat 16 Aug 14

Oi Den! says...

A week ago all the talk was about not reading too much into early season results. Now suddenly we're talking about stars. A number of our players started well last season. With the possible exceptions of Fodders and Ranger we didn't have one star over the season.

Great start. Here's hoping for 3 more points today.

Just heard a blast from the past - Our Man Patey on the news, followed by somebody saying the football season starts today. I suppose it does in the world of people who think there's no football outside the Premier League.
A week ago all the talk was about not reading too much into early season results. Now suddenly we're talking about stars. A number of our players started well last season. With the possible exceptions of Fodders and Ranger we didn't have one star over the season. Great start. Here's hoping for 3 more points today. Just heard a blast from the past - Our Man Patey on the news, followed by somebody saying the football season starts today. I suppose it does in the world of people who think there's no football outside the Premier League. Oi Den!
  • Score: 3

10:18am Sat 16 Aug 14

Stilloyal says...

Oi Den! wrote:
A week ago all the talk was about not reading too much into early season results. Now suddenly we're talking about stars. A number of our players started well last season. With the possible exceptions of Fodders and Ranger we didn't have one star over the season.

Great start. Here's hoping for 3 more points today.

Just heard a blast from the past - Our Man Patey on the news, followed by somebody saying the football season starts today. I suppose it does in the world of people who think there's no football outside the Premier League.
The proper football season started last week. This week it's the turn of the overpaid millionaire luvvies of the Premiership if they can drag their wallet heavy ar5es out of the nightclubs
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: A week ago all the talk was about not reading too much into early season results. Now suddenly we're talking about stars. A number of our players started well last season. With the possible exceptions of Fodders and Ranger we didn't have one star over the season. Great start. Here's hoping for 3 more points today. Just heard a blast from the past - Our Man Patey on the news, followed by somebody saying the football season starts today. I suppose it does in the world of people who think there's no football outside the Premier League.[/p][/quote]The proper football season started last week. This week it's the turn of the overpaid millionaire luvvies of the Premiership if they can drag their wallet heavy ar5es out of the nightclubs Stilloyal
  • Score: 12

10:26am Sat 16 Aug 14

Stilloyal says...

I've reported this woman who is advertising on this site , can other posters do the same please, it's a n STFC discussion site not a bl00dy advertising board.
I've reported this woman who is advertising on this site , can other posters do the same please, it's a n STFC discussion site not a bl00dy advertising board. Stilloyal
  • Score: 5

10:50am Sat 16 Aug 14

Oi Den! says...

Stilloyal wrote:
I've reported this woman who is advertising on this site , can other posters do the same please, it's a n STFC discussion site not a bl00dy advertising board.
I'd guess it's actually some clever bit of software that trawls the internet dropping messages onto various forums. Doubt if "Dorothy J Carpenter" exists.
[quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: I've reported this woman who is advertising on this site , can other posters do the same please, it's a n STFC discussion site not a bl00dy advertising board.[/p][/quote]I'd guess it's actually some clever bit of software that trawls the internet dropping messages onto various forums. Doubt if "Dorothy J Carpenter" exists. Oi Den!
  • Score: 3

10:57am Sat 16 Aug 14

Stilloyal says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
I've reported this woman who is advertising on this site , can other posters do the same please, it's a n STFC discussion site not a bl00dy advertising board.
I'd guess it's actually some clever bit of software that trawls the internet dropping messages onto various forums. Doubt if "Dorothy J Carpenter" exists.
Yep, I see it's still there ! :-(
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: I've reported this woman who is advertising on this site , can other posters do the same please, it's a n STFC discussion site not a bl00dy advertising board.[/p][/quote]I'd guess it's actually some clever bit of software that trawls the internet dropping messages onto various forums. Doubt if "Dorothy J Carpenter" exists.[/p][/quote]Yep, I see it's still there ! :-( Stilloyal
  • Score: 0

11:47am Sat 16 Aug 14

Rgbargee says...

Stilloyal wrote:
I've reported this woman who is advertising on this site , can other posters do the same please, it's a n STFC discussion site not a bl00dy advertising board.
Have already done so.
[quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: I've reported this woman who is advertising on this site , can other posters do the same please, it's a n STFC discussion site not a bl00dy advertising board.[/p][/quote]Have already done so. Rgbargee
  • Score: 0

11:54am Sat 16 Aug 14

Digby22 says...

Stilloyal wrote:
I've reported this woman who is advertising on this site , can other posters do the same please, it's a n STFC discussion site not a bl00dy advertising board.
I did too !
[quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: I've reported this woman who is advertising on this site , can other posters do the same please, it's a n STFC discussion site not a bl00dy advertising board.[/p][/quote]I did too ! Digby22
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12:00pm Sat 16 Aug 14

tifosi says...

Stilloyal wrote:
I've reported this woman who is advertising on this site , can other posters do the same please, it's a n STFC discussion site not a bl00dy advertising board.
The same is true of this adver site in general. Pop up adverts double or treble the time it takes to be able to read the article. The same happens with other news sites. A sad reflection of our times.
[quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: I've reported this woman who is advertising on this site , can other posters do the same please, it's a n STFC discussion site not a bl00dy advertising board.[/p][/quote]The same is true of this adver site in general. Pop up adverts double or treble the time it takes to be able to read the article. The same happens with other news sites. A sad reflection of our times. tifosi
  • Score: 0

12:45pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Garpazo says...

Stilloyal wrote:
I've reported this woman who is advertising on this site , can other posters do the same please, it's a n STFC discussion site not a bl00dy advertising board.
I already did
[quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: I've reported this woman who is advertising on this site , can other posters do the same please, it's a n STFC discussion site not a bl00dy advertising board.[/p][/quote]I already did Garpazo
  • Score: 0

1:00pm Sat 16 Aug 14

South Stand says...

tifosi wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
I've reported this woman who is advertising on this site , can other posters do the same please, it's a n STFC discussion site not a bl00dy advertising board.
The same is true of this adver site in general. Pop up adverts double or treble the time it takes to be able to read the article. The same happens with other news sites. A sad reflection of our times.
Yes it can be very annoying. I've switched to 'Firefox' and use their adblocker. Gets rid of 99% of adverts on all sites.
[quote][p][bold]tifosi[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: I've reported this woman who is advertising on this site , can other posters do the same please, it's a n STFC discussion site not a bl00dy advertising board.[/p][/quote]The same is true of this adver site in general. Pop up adverts double or treble the time it takes to be able to read the article. The same happens with other news sites. A sad reflection of our times.[/p][/quote]Yes it can be very annoying. I've switched to 'Firefox' and use their adblocker. Gets rid of 99% of adverts on all sites. South Stand
  • Score: 2

1:22pm Sat 16 Aug 14

london paolo says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
I've reported this woman who is advertising on this site , can other posters do the same please, it's a n STFC discussion site not a bl00dy advertising board.
I'd guess it's actually some clever bit of software that trawls the internet dropping messages onto various forums. Doubt if "Dorothy J Carpenter" exists.
Correct. It's Forum Spam that is posted onto weakly protected message boards and forums by automated spambots.

While it made me smile reading supporters replying directly to 'Dorothy', I know it can be frustrating. But the ball lies firmly in the court of the forum owner, i.e. the Adver, to take measures to block it, so a good idea to pester the Adver by reporting it.

They can do this by downloading and installing, at the root of the website, software and tools known as spam bot security scripts.

Alternatively, they can take the measure of asking a forum user to read and then type a slightly garbled sequence of numbers and letters, each time they post. That can be a real pain in the arse for forum users.

From what I have seen of the Adver, they do very little to manage their website and forum in terms of content, let alone site security. For example, just look at the Poll, where we are still asked if we think Swindon will beat Chelsea in tonight's Carling Cup clash. If you venture to click on 'Contact us', the sports team is years out of date.

Until the Adver does something about it, the site will always be vulnerable to Forum Spam.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: I've reported this woman who is advertising on this site , can other posters do the same please, it's a n STFC discussion site not a bl00dy advertising board.[/p][/quote]I'd guess it's actually some clever bit of software that trawls the internet dropping messages onto various forums. Doubt if "Dorothy J Carpenter" exists.[/p][/quote]Correct. It's Forum Spam that is posted onto weakly protected message boards and forums by automated spambots. While it made me smile reading supporters replying directly to 'Dorothy', I know it can be frustrating. But the ball lies firmly in the court of the forum owner, i.e. the Adver, to take measures to block it, so a good idea to pester the Adver by reporting it. They can do this by downloading and installing, at the root of the website, software and tools known as spam bot security scripts. Alternatively, they can take the measure of asking a forum user to read and then type a slightly garbled sequence of numbers and letters, each time they post. That can be a real pain in the arse for forum users. From what I have seen of the Adver, they do very little to manage their website and forum in terms of content, let alone site security. For example, just look at the Poll, where we are still asked if we think Swindon will beat Chelsea in tonight's Carling Cup clash. If you venture to click on 'Contact us', the sports team is years out of date. Until the Adver does something about it, the site will always be vulnerable to Forum Spam. london paolo
  • Score: 0

1:41pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Oi Den! says...

Interesting stuff LP. Thanks.
Interesting stuff LP. Thanks. Oi Den!
  • Score: 0

6:32pm Sun 17 Aug 14

oo-r-ya? says...

Dorothy J. Carpenter wrote:
my Aunty Amelia got white Kia Cadenza Sedan by working part time online... learn the facts
http://x.co/5GNwD
TBH old Dot's news is more interesting than some of the regular posters on here!
[quote][p][bold]Dorothy J. Carpenter[/bold] wrote: my Aunty Amelia got white Kia Cadenza Sedan by working part time online... learn the facts http://x.co/5GNwD[/p][/quote]TBH old Dot's news is more interesting than some of the regular posters on here! oo-r-ya?
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