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    Swindon Town have signed Jonathan Obika from Tottenham for a fee believed to be in the region of £200,000
  • Louis Thompson signs for Norwich but remains at the County Ground until the end of the season on a loan-back deal
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the wizard 4:59pm Mon 1 Sep 14

MidlandRobin wrote…


LeGod wrote…


Andy Johnson - dont make me laugh he's knackered and on mega money some of you live in cuckoo land. Johnson is old and should hang his boots up.
Wizard - i hope Obika shoves the humble pie right down your throat and yes if im wrong i will eat it but i know he will be different this time. Hart couldnt give anyone anyone a lift the guy is as boring as they come.
I don't see you making any suggestions, Johnson's a proven goalscorer, free agent, desperate for a club. I'd rather have him leading the line with Smith for the next two years, teaching Smith everything he knows, rather than Obika, who has 20 odd goals across a whole 7/8 year career, who can't sustain himself with a club.

Everybody seems to think I have under rated and ill judged Obika. I agree with your point, and lets see if others are correct. If he is to be the answer to our prayers I think somewhere between15-20 goals this season should be a fair seasons tally. That gives him around 40 games to make an impact. If he achieves that which I think is a fair tally then humble pie it is.

As goes Johnson, I'd love him here because, as you say he is a good, PROVEN player for any others incoming and those already here to learn from.

I completely accept that Power and Cooper have been good judges up till now, from here on the names on the score sheet will have the final say, as will the end of season tally.

Score: 3
eyesrightskinbacktight 11:29am Mon 1 Sep 14

I see on Sky Harry is trying to buy QPR's premier league survival!!!

Score: 1
the wizard 2:56pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Andy Johnson's a much safer bet for me.

Would probably be outside our budget but worth every penny.

He'd be scoring for fun with us.

Score: 1
Stilloyal 2:31pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Stilloyal wrote…


Wayne Allison Bromham wrote…


I heard Wes to Man City and we get Joe Hart on loan
HA HA HA

Not sure about the minus score but there is not a chance in hell off this deal, it's just another off the rumour sites.
Hart wouldn't come here as it'll mean the end of his England career and Fodders wouldt go to **** to be a bench warmer, he came to Swindon to escape that .
However I can see the funny side HAHAHAHA

Score: -1
mancrobin 12:31am Tue 2 Sep 14

Happy with today's business.

Obika will give us more options up front, Stephens will add class at the back and we keep Louis to enable transition in an already strong midfield. No loss of Mass, Yasser, Wes, Michael Smith or Nathan T.

Lee Power clearly does know what he is doing and it's not often you could say that about those who have been Chairman at this club. Well done Lee, I for one appreciate you efforts.

I will go as far to say that with this squad we can now press for a play off place, playing attractive football. That's some achievement in view of where we've come from since the Black fire sale and Di Canio fiasco not that long ago.

COYR'ssssss!

Score: 8
We are PANTS 1:15pm Mon 1 Sep 14

you gots ta be kidding me wrote…


We are PANTS wrote…


Psychedelic Syd wrote…

Don't want to lose any of our team just when they seem to be gelling and playing so well. The creativity of Mass would be a huge loss as would the tenacity of Louis, whatever money we got for them. Players as good as Mass/Louis/Yaser/Wes don't come along very often, especially at the same time. Wish we could get someone with money in alongside Lee Power. Maybe everyone on this forum should do a Euromillions syndicate.
Or maybe we could wish for everyone on this forum to start going to games!! That's a more realistic fix...
STF is a product people should stop moaning about the stay away fans, if the fans no longer see a decent product worth the money then why would they come to watch it.

I have two season tickets but if they hadn't offered the last minute discount I wouldn't have renewed, because I find the style of football boring, I go to watch the town home and away because its enjoyable for me, I have stopped going away and now watching them knock the ball around in defence bores me, I support them, I never Boo and I sing my head off in the TE, but I am bored watching most games.....

I suppose there is no right or wrong in this debate... Choice at the end of the day!! Would be interesting to see what the crowds were if we got into the top three and stayed there.... Would those fans stay away because of the boring football or would they come back??? I think we all know the answer... Funny old game!!!

Score: 3
LeGod 1:22pm Mon 1 Sep 14

How can people on here judge Obika he was playing under mr personality Paul Hart who had the charisma of a Rat. He is 23 now at at the time was only 20 so has developed alot and has played at Brighton and Charlton in the championship. So dont judge the guy before he has kicked a ball for us. we are playing better football now than when mr personality Hart was here. Give the guy a chance for all you so called know it alls that think you know everything in fact know nothing otherwise you would be at a professional football club.

Score: 21
street2000 10:32am Mon 1 Sep 14

Mchalethegreat wrote…


I had a feeling signing the Brentford guy would result in someone else leaving but thats life as a pretty skint League 1 club and a result of falling attendances. Regards Louis, I would agree that it is good business on the face of it but wonder if it might unsettle Nathan as he was probably the more likely to go a few months back. Re Saturday I dont agree with Cooper and Pressley saying the match was an absolute top quality representation of League One. The first half was like watching paint dry with virtually no shots on target until the error by Lelan. Whilst Waldon held the ball up well I think Coventry were happy to let him do that 30 yards away from their goal. I thought he posed no real goal scoring threat at all and do feel he is too lightweight. What really surpsises me is that Brad Smith is on Liverpool books and an international player. His delivery is generally atrocious especially when Luongo ran the length of the pitch set him up and he balooned it into the back of the town end. After the exertions of the Brighton game I do however think it was a hard earned point and I think the two week break is great news in allowing us to repair the injuries and build the squad up again.

Nice sensible post. 10/10

Score: 8
6degreessouth 10:18am Mon 1 Sep 14

We are PANTS wrote…


Selling Louis will claw back the revenue lost from the 1000 season tickets that were not renewed and pay for Obika...

Let's not get on the strikers back before he has even played for us as Cooper and Power do seem to know how to get the best out of players...

Louis is out of contract so getting 600k rising to 1.3m is a brilliant bit of business especially as we get to keep him for the season...

Well done Power...

Spot on pants, 600k Is a great deal.

Score: 6
MITTED 10:09am Mon 1 Sep 14

I hope LP tells the slug where to go.
COYR

Score: 4
sadgit 10:11am Mon 1 Sep 14

Reeves to replace Luongo then.

Score: -1
We are PANTS 10:13am Mon 1 Sep 14

Selling Louis will claw back the revenue lost from the 1000 season tickets that were not renewed and pay for Obika...

Let's not get on the strikers back before he has even played for us as Cooper and Power do seem to know how to get the best out of players...

Louis is out of contract so getting 600k rising to 1.3m is a brilliant bit of business especially as we get to keep him for the season...

Well done Power...

Score: 22
6degreessouth 10:15am Mon 1 Sep 14

Not a bad deal for Town if LT goes for 600k and we keep him for this season.

Let's all sing along

We're skint and we know we are

Score: -9
the wizard 10:18am Mon 1 Sep 14

Not happy about Losing Louis but if its £1M then its a fair deal.

Score: 9
We are PANTS 10:18am Mon 1 Sep 14

6degreessouth wrote…


Not a bad deal for Town if LT goes for 600k and we keep him for this season.

Let's all sing along

We're skint and we know we are

Blame it on the stay away fans...... No excuses..

Score: 18
Mchalethegreat 10:20am Mon 1 Sep 14

I had a feeling signing the Brentford guy would result in someone else leaving but thats life as a pretty skint League 1 club and a result of falling attendances. Regards Louis, I would agree that it is good business on the face of it but wonder if it might unsettle Nathan as he was probably the more likely to go a few months back. Re Saturday I dont agree with Cooper and Pressley saying the match was an absolute top quality representation of League One. The first half was like watching paint dry with virtually no shots on target until the error by Lelan. Whilst Waldon held the ball up well I think Coventry were happy to let him do that 30 yards away from their goal. I thought he posed no real goal scoring threat at all and do feel he is too lightweight. What really surpsises me is that Brad Smith is on Liverpool books and an international player. His delivery is generally atrocious especially when Luongo ran the length of the pitch set him up and he balooned it into the back of the town end. After the exertions of the Brighton game I do however think it was a hard earned point and I think the two week break is great news in allowing us to repair the injuries and build the squad up again.

Score: 2
6degreessouth 10:21am Mon 1 Sep 14

Evans has got to offer close to 1 million for Mass, IMO

Score: 0
Lazaat 10:22am Mon 1 Sep 14

Luongo must be crazy to even think about going to Rotherham!

Score: 8
the don69 10:40am Mon 1 Sep 14

Wow here's a loan we missed out on chaps Falcao to Man U! Come on Power you missed him LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Score: 2
6degreessouth 10:26am Mon 1 Sep 14

Lazaat wrote…


Luongo must be crazy to even think about going to Rotherham!

Will he have a say in any move?

Score: 1
dreamofacleansheet2 10:27am Mon 1 Sep 14

Would much rather we sold Massimo or even Sir Wes than Louis. I'd build the team around Louis and Nathan T. Makes sense financially but disaster for me. To think they got £8m for Fer, Louis does not look expensive even with one year on his contract!

Let's hope he helps us get out of this league.....

Score: -3
andy5364 10:33am Mon 1 Sep 14

Looks like we are getting stephens then . That will make a few on here look a bit stupid after wot some have written in last couple of weeks . Think its going to be busy day .. because we have not much money we have to juggle well and beginning to like the way power operates . Coyr

Score: 32
the don69 10:33am Mon 1 Sep 14

Told we're getting Stephens, when Saints have sealed their new signing! hope Obika's attitude is better than last time he was here, very poor last time!!!!!!!!

Score: 10
dreamofacleansheet2 10:37am Mon 1 Sep 14

I've been saying for ages we'll get Stephens. I may join the doom sayers with Loius T going but everyone should acknowledge Power is trying his damnedest for this club. Come on the fans, just think what he could do if you all started to returning to Mecca!

Score: 24
eyesrightskinbacktight 10:59am Mon 1 Sep 14

6degreessouth wrote…


Lazaat wrote…

Luongo must be crazy to even think about going to Rotherham!
Will he have a say in any move?

He would have a say whether that be for or against the move.
For instance if he wanted Championship football he could force the clubs hand by putting a request in if we declined the slugs approach. However on the flip if he wished to stay but the club looked at the value of the transfer and accepted he would simply reject the terms on offer. This i agree probably wouldnt happen as they would just offer more dollar to him and convince him financially to accept.
What we need to remember is what is the sell on to Spurs for Mass, therefore we need to be sensible in what to accept.
I see Derby are looking at Ritchie, I do prey we slapped a decent sell on into his sale as they got him for peanuts.

Score: 4
oz ashes 10:37am Mon 1 Sep 14

if maas does leave today for rotherham does that mean the chesterfield game is back on lol

Score: 20
We are PANTS 10:42am Mon 1 Sep 14

oz ashes wrote…


if maas does leave today for rotherham does that mean the chesterfield game is back on lol

I think it is too late now as the police need 7 days notice for every match..

Score: 5
eyesrightskinbacktight 3:59pm Mon 1 Sep 14

3:50pm

Now I guess the big wait is on to see if Town can bring in Stephens or if they will have to wait until the loan window opens next week.

Id say leave it till next week it saves 1 weeks worth of wages unless of course he is being touted elsewhere.

Score: 1
peatmoorred 10:52am Mon 1 Sep 14

Will proberly get slated but it doesn't bother me who goes, let's face it were a selling club I'm more intrested in us getting the best possible deal!! We spent money on mass and m smith the rest are freebies or loans, if we sold mass for a million that's 600k profit louis t is pure profit so we could have potentionly 1.2m sat in the bank more than enough to replace those 2 and still have louis t

with the way lp and mc find players either cheap or free I'd like to see what they can do to replace those with a few hundred k.

A few players being sold for around 500k-1m profit every season and suitible replacements found cheap will see the club making profit and encourage talented youngsters to come to town to further there carear and see us being a none selling club over time

Score: 28
port de soller 10:53am Mon 1 Sep 14

love all these if¨s and buts.
Yes looks as if 3 players will go.However with LP they will go at a Price,wish them all well.Yes Spurs player was here played 5 games then recalled.then went to Yeovil scored 27 goals so "IF" he comes to us he has to be given a chance.
If the 3 sales go through can se Ward and harley being paid off.Plus 3 new faces so here we go just wait and see.One question where are all the guys with inside info/Fredi an Coy mind you he was not that far off the mark(not a punt)

Score: -2
andy5364 11:01pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Welcome back jack . Great work lee . Now whos for humble pie lol

Score: 9
OOO-RU 11:02am Mon 1 Sep 14

dreamofacleansheet2 wrote…


Would much rather we sold Massimo or even Sir Wes than Louis. I'd build the team around Louis and Nathan T. Makes sense financially but disaster for me. To think they got £8m for Fer, Louis does not look expensive even with one year on his contract!

Let's hope he helps us get out of this league.....

Disagree. Louis has great potential but Mass and Wes are there now. We need both of them just to stay where we are.

Score: 6
sadgit 11:03am Mon 1 Sep 14

Hope Obika shows more interest this time around.

Score: 8
OOO-RU 11:06am Mon 1 Sep 14

the don69 wrote…


Told we're getting Stephens, when Saints have sealed their new signing! hope Obika's attitude is better than last time he was here, very poor last time!!!!!!!!

Agree. Obika had lazy attitude and did not score goals. Hope he has developed since then!

Score: 4
Psychedelic Syd 11:12am Mon 1 Sep 14

Don't want to lose any of our team just when they seem to be gelling and playing so well. The creativity of Mass would be a huge loss as would the tenacity of Louis, whatever money we got for them. Players as good as Mass/Louis/Yaser/Wes don't come along very often, especially at the same time. Wish we could get someone with money in alongside Lee Power. Maybe everyone on this forum should do a Euromillions syndicate.

Score: 6
eyesrightskinbacktight 11:17am Mon 1 Sep 14

port de soller wrote…


love all these if¨s and buts. Yes looks as if 3 players will go.However with LP they will go at a Price,wish them all well.Yes Spurs player was here played 5 games then recalled.then went to Yeovil scored 27 goals so "IF" he comes to us he has to be given a chance. If the 3 sales go through can se Ward and harley being paid off.Plus 3 new faces so here we go just wait and see.One question where are all the guys with inside info/Fredi an Coy mind you he was not that far off the mark(not a punt)

Who are the 3?
Louis, Mass is in the open, who's number 3 and what have i missed?

Score: 1
The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier 11:31am Mon 1 Sep 14

Like others I'll be hoping to see far more from Obika than when he was here on loan. We rarely seem to make a bad transfer deal these days though. He will have matured. If Lee and Mark have seen enough to splash cash, I for one trust them with their decision making.

Score: 9
We are PANTS 11:43am Mon 1 Sep 14

Psychedelic Syd wrote…


Don't want to lose any of our team just when they seem to be gelling and playing so well. The creativity of Mass would be a huge loss as would the tenacity of Louis, whatever money we got for them. Players as good as Mass/Louis/Yaser/Wes don't come along very often, especially at the same time. Wish we could get someone with money in alongside Lee Power. Maybe everyone on this forum should do a Euromillions syndicate.

Or maybe we could wish for everyone on this forum to start going to games!! That's a more realistic fix...

Score: 11
badger58 11:39am Mon 1 Sep 14

Derby has put a bid in for Matt Ritchie does anyone know if we have a sell on clause ?

Score: 0
port de soller 11:42am Mon 1 Sep 14

Wes is the third player possibly to go and will do so for big$$$$$(hope not) Rumours say Cardiff

Score: -3
london paolo 11:53am Mon 1 Sep 14

Obika (a striker who doesn't score goals) and £400k. Or Louis Thompson?

Does that question really need an answer?

Score: 2
OOO-RU 11:45am Mon 1 Sep 14

eyesrightskinbacktig
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wrote…


port de soller wrote…


love all these if¨s and buts. Yes looks as if 3 players will go.However with LP they will go at a Price,wish them all well.Yes Spurs player was here played 5 games then recalled.then went to Yeovil scored 27 goals so "IF" he comes to us he has to be given a chance. If the 3 sales go through can se Ward and harley being paid off.Plus 3 new faces so here we go just wait and see.One question where are all the guys with inside info/Fredi an Coy mind you he was not that far off the mark(not a punt)
Who are the 3?
Louis, Mass is in the open, who's number 3 and what have i missed?

Obika didn't score 27 goals for Yeovil - he played 27 games and scored 4 goals - obviously not a goalscorer, just a physical presence I guess!

Score: 2
the wizard 11:48am Mon 1 Sep 14

As supporters quite often you don't want to se anyone go, but we have to accept the inevitable. That said I would rather lose Nathan as opposed to Louis, as I believe Louis will go on to be a much better all round player. I feel Nathan did not improve last season over the previous season and his discipline lets him down. Good luck to Louis who will improve and become the better player, and that is shown by the deal that has just gone through, Norwich think that as well.

Slug tablets to Rotherham, who have a generous chairman and a new ground. Does Evans still wear eye liner ?

Score: -4
LeGod 11:49am Mon 1 Sep 14

I heard Wes could be going to Cardiff and we get a keeper on loan from Villa

Score: -2
london paolo 11:50am Mon 1 Sep 14

Difficult times to continue at the club. Started with Jedda's arrival and the non-stop lies but even with loss of players we still scraped into the play-offs and crowds still averaged 8,500.

Last season Cooper/Williams did remarkably well to steer the club to 8th, but supporters were drowning in negativity off the pitch and the average dropped to just over 8,000.

That's continued into the current season, with Power pretty anonymous behind the scenes and not really trusted, court cases, more rumours on unpaid bills. No sense of anything happening at Swindon. Cooper again doing a great job coaching, and while I appreciate his frankness, his PR skills don't inspire the stayaways ('we develop players and sell them on' comment).

Whether we like it or not, Paolo was pure box office. Fitton and Wray were engaging chairman (albeit flawed in other areas). Cult hero strikers like Parkin, Cox and Austin got the crowd going. Wingers like Ritchie, Holmes, Ward, Pritchard (most of them goalscoring) were exciting to watch. Neat possession football in midfield is great for the purist, but is hardly rock and roll.

I don't know what the club is doing in earnest to get more locals in, I don't live in Wiltshire so don't hear of any initiatives. I've made several suggestions to the club before on marketing - never even got a response. I may have missed a lot, but what I see this season is a non-communicative owner/chairman, and higher ticket prices. I wouldn't have either of those in a marketing plan blueprint.

I would like to know what Swindon is doing to scout and find young starlets and undiscovered talent. Do we actually have a scouting system or network in place? Or is it all down to Power and his football contacts?

Peterborough (who got lower gates in the Championship than we did in League 1) have made an astonishing £20 million profit in recent years, panning for gold in non-League football (Mackail Smith, Assombolongo, Gayle etc.). Our shortfall in income versus costs in recent years was £1.2-2.4m a year, depending on which figure you want to believe. Shows the importance of scouting and developing players. But Power's business model was to develop a farm club for a clutch of loan players from a single PL club. Although someone did very well to spot Kasim, Luongo was good business, and we have developed the Thompson brothers.

It's just hard to see where the spark is going to come from to get more people into the County Ground. I suspect there's also a general fatigue in football anyway. Foreign owned, foreign managed, foreign players in all the top PL clubs. Money grabbing, overpaid egos and mercenaries cheating and diving their way to penalties and goals. The national team as dire as I can remember. Hype and greed. Ordinary fans being priced out of the game. None of this helps.

Score: 37
old town robin 11:58am Mon 1 Sep 14

the don69 wrote…


Told we're getting Stephens, when Saints have sealed their new signing! hope Obika's attitude is better than last time he was here, very poor last time!!!!!!!!

Many of probably forgotten he was here a few years ago, remember he didn't like to do much running off the ball. Did well at Yeovil though and scored a few goals. let's hope he's matured and has got a bit stronger and fitter since his last time with us and hope the fans give him a fair crack of the whip. A bit of risk but no reason Cooper and Williams can't make him a better player.

With regards Louis good we got him for the rest of the season and as others have said it's not surprising we have to sell our assets when stay away fans can't be bothered to turn up and support their team. At least we still have him until the end of this season which is good.

Score: 5
Wayne Allison Bromham 12:00pm Mon 1 Sep 14

I heard Wes to Man City and we get Joe Hart on loan

Score: -7
eyesrightskinbacktight 12:07pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Wayne Allison Bromham wrote…


I heard Wes to Man City and we get Joe Hart on loan

No ta, Joe Hart couldnt save a pound a week!!!!

Score: 0
lifelong red 6:02pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Welcome aboard young man.

Score: -8
the don69 12:16pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Wayne Allison Bromham wrote…


I heard Wes to Man City and we get Joe Hart on loan

No it's Wes to Chelsea and we'll have Peter Cech and you can pay his wages lol!!!!!!!!

Score: 5
Stilloyal 12:16pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Wayne Allison Bromham wrote…


I heard Wes to Man City and we get Joe Hart on loan

HA HA HA

Score: -4
the wizard 12:18pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Now the stay away fans have reaped their reward, but we are only allowed so many loans, just where is London Red ?

Score: -6
JimboSTFC 12:37pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Can't see Mass going tbh. He's joined up with the socceroos for the belgium friendly.

Like to see stephens signed back three of turnbull, stephens, and thompson. With the midfield we have could prove a real handful for teams this year.

I would still like to see us use the experience of Ward though. Seems crazy not to have him coach/sat on the bench. Especially whilst were paying his wages.

Score: -1
We are PANTS 12:49pm Mon 1 Sep 14

JimboSTFC wrote…


Can't see Mass going tbh. He's joined up with the socceroos for the belgium friendly.

Like to see stephens signed back three of turnbull, stephens, and thompson. With the midfield we have could prove a real handful for teams this year.

I would still like to see us use the experience of Ward though. Seems crazy not to have him coach/sat on the bench. Especially whilst were paying his wages.

Ward and Harley could well have a clause in their contracts that states that if they don't play for X amount of games whilst fit the contract becomes void? Just a thought??

Score: 2
Davidsyrett 12:54pm Mon 1 Sep 14

the wizard wrote…


Now the stay away fans have reaped their reward, but we are only allowed so many loans, just where is London Red ?

One of the stay away Fans!!

Score: -2
STFCBucks 1:25pm Mon 1 Sep 14

I think we should have bought a Matt Tubbs type of player. At Wimbledon, but knocking them in. Obika's strike rate is shocking.

Score: 9
you gots ta be kidding me 12:57pm Mon 1 Sep 14

We are PANTS wrote…


Psychedelic Syd wrote…

Don't want to lose any of our team just when they seem to be gelling and playing so well. The creativity of Mass would be a huge loss as would the tenacity of Louis, whatever money we got for them. Players as good as Mass/Louis/Yaser/Wes don't come along very often, especially at the same time. Wish we could get someone with money in alongside Lee Power. Maybe everyone on this forum should do a Euromillions syndicate.
Or maybe we could wish for everyone on this forum to start going to games!! That's a more realistic fix...

STF is a product people should stop moaning about the stay away fans, if the fans no longer see a decent product worth the money then why would they come to watch it.

I have two season tickets but if they hadn't offered the last minute discount I wouldn't have renewed, because I find the style of football boring, I go to watch the town home and away because its enjoyable for me, I have stopped going away and now watching them knock the ball around in defence bores me, I support them, I never Boo and I sing my head off in the TE, but I am bored watching most games.....

Score: 1
Archive Robin 2:57pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Just a thought but if Mass is sold today (hopefully he won't be!) would that mean that the Chesterfield game would go ahead as we would only have two players and thus no longer meeting the criteria for having the game postponed due to international call ups.

Score: -1
dreamofacleansheet2 2:20pm Mon 1 Sep 14

The whole point of Power is that he buys players he thinks he can improve. Anyone heard of Massimo before he came here. Byrne anyone? Yasir? Oh yes when they all signed they were really "blow your socks of transfers" but guess what they are good and have got better under Cooper and Williams' tutelage.

I for one am more than happy to trust Power with his player selection. Frankly doing a brilliant job. Give Obika a chance for flippin hecks sake.

I still wouldn't sell Louis T but there you have it. When Stephens comes in either tonight or in the emergency youth loan we'll have a hell of chance this year.

Score: 17
london paolo 3:09pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Archive Robin wrote…


Correction to previous post missed out "two players on international duty" (should have followed "two players" part).

Sorry Senility kicked in there!

You'll end up working for the Adver with writing and grammar like that!

Score: 7
smirg kcab 1:19pm Mon 1 Sep 14

This is why fans stay away or don't pay
No ambition simples!!

Score: -3
Stilloyal 1:20pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Obika deal completed

Score: -12
the wizard 1:22pm Mon 1 Sep 14

12:48pm

Obika has now left the County Ground, a press conference, likely to be held tomorrow, will have produce more details.


From that comment I suspect more comings and maybe goings before then otherwise the press conference would have happened probably today.
Its quite plain to see that these moves were already in place as they have happened in such a slick manner. Fatty Evans said a few weeks ago as we rejected his offer for Mas that he wouldn't be back and I believe he got in another player instead. Hopes that holds firm. If Stevens comes in late today then it would have been a fruitful day, but I do believe we need another upfront Obika isn't the answer.

Score: 4
LeGod 1:25pm Mon 1 Sep 14

smirg kcab - P**S O**

Score: -10
smirg kcab 1:27pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Powers asking fans to turn up with candles so he can sell players upto the deadline.

Score: 10
smirg kcab 1:31pm Mon 1 Sep 14

LeGod wrote…


How can people on here judge Obika he was playing under mr personality Paul Hart who had the charisma of a Rat. He is 23 now at at the time was only 20 so has developed alot and has played at Brighton and Charlton in the championship. So dont judge the guy before he has kicked a ball for us. we are playing better football now than when mr personality Hart was here. Give the guy a chance for all you so called know it alls that think you know everything in fact know nothing otherwise you would be at a professional football club.

Afternoon sexxyyy
We judged him on what we have seen, a useless arrogant gittt

Score: 1
london paolo 1:36pm Mon 1 Sep 14

LeGod wrote…


How can people on here judge Obika he was playing under mr personality Paul Hart who had the charisma of a Rat. He is 23 now at at the time was only 20 so has developed alot and has played at Brighton and Charlton in the championship. So dont judge the guy before he has kicked a ball for us. we are playing better football now than when mr personality Hart was here. Give the guy a chance for all you so called know it alls that think you know everything in fact know nothing otherwise you would be at a professional football club.

11 goals in 78 games in seven loan spells since 2010/11 season.

Cannot help if you're playing for so many different clubs and styles, and some of these games will be as sub.

I would rather us look for the next Charlie Austin - non-League I know, but a goal every game or 2 in 3 stats suggests strikers who know how to put the ball in the back of the net whatever the level.

Of course supporters will give him a chance, but the 'inspirational signing' box remains untucked.

Score: 2
london paolo 1:38pm Mon 1 Sep 14

'unticked' even

Score: 0
the wizard 1:38pm Mon 1 Sep 14

LeGod wrote…


How can people on here judge Obika he was playing under mr personality Paul Hart who had the charisma of a Rat. He is 23 now at at the time was only 20 so has developed alot and has played at Brighton and Charlton in the championship. So dont judge the guy before he has kicked a ball for us. we are playing better football now than when mr personality Hart was here. Give the guy a chance for all you so called know it alls that think you know everything in fact know nothing otherwise you would be at a professional football club.

Since leaving us he hasn't set the the headlines anywhere with his strike rate, so I'm judging him not on the time he was here but on his entire career, and we cannot afford the luxury of a striker who doesn't score, we have had too many of those in past years which is why we are where we are. Dosevi, Pericard and many more came here and failed. Beaky is another in that vain. He is too much Heskey and we cannot afford that luxury. Not impressed.

Score: 5
LeGod 1:40pm Mon 1 Sep 14

a bit like yourself then smirg kcab useless arrogant and a k**b

Score: -8
We are PANTS 1:45pm Mon 1 Sep 14

LeGod wrote…


a bit like yourself then smirg kcab useless arrogant and a k**b

You forgot the Vile bit....

Score: -18
MidlandRobin 2:02pm Mon 1 Sep 14

About time Cooper's signing some players, but I don't think Obika is the answer for the striker problem. I remember him from last time, and he was very lazy and uninterested, 200k sounds VERY extortionate for a player of his calibre.

I would much rather spend the Luongo/Thompson money on someone like ANDY JOHNSON, currently a free agent still. Experienced, knows how to hit the back on the net, may be expensive/injury prone I admit, but could be the answer upfront IMO.

Looks like Reeves is the replacement for Luongo? Brentford will probably want a return on their sale. Although 1m for Luongo is a handsome valuation. It leaves plenty of money for more signings that need to be addressed and made before the window ends at 11 tonight.

Hope Jack Stephens signs, we'll see if it happens or not. But it will definitely be a massive boost for the defence.

Good result at the weekend IMO, unbeaten in 3 in the league... Onwards and Upwards.

Score: 7
Wilesy 2:08pm Mon 1 Sep 14

How can anyone judge a 5 game loan spell when we were playing rubbish -how many minutes did he even play. I thought up to the final game when he didn't chase a 20/80 lost cause he looked promising.

Plus at 24 doesn't that make him our second oldest player behind Willo? He will know what he's doing up front and our coaching team can improve him I'm sure. Also our ex Spurs players have played with him before so that will help.

Lots of clubs after him by all accounts so good for Power if he's sealed the deal.

Score: 8
LeGod 2:22pm Mon 1 Sep 14

how many times does is has to be said we want yuong players to develop with the rest of our squad all you knockers of Obika really need to get a grip as i have already stated he played under that useless Hart we had as manager and if he was anything like he was on the radio trying to motivate players in the changing room before a game then i can understand why he played the way he did for us. This is a new era and a better team playing good football and he has dropped down a level so maybe this is his level to thrive at. He is still only 23/24 so still young and only 20 when he was with us last time so more experienced.
You useless lot of moaners do my head in and these players and manager deserve better fans than you lot that keep moaning.

Score: 16
avo 2:29pm Mon 1 Sep 14

If we do get Stephens more than a few on here will look a bit silly given their previous comments.

Score: 4
the wizard 2:32pm Mon 1 Sep 14

LeGod wrote…


how many times does is has to be said we want yuong players to develop with the rest of our squad all you knockers of Obika really need to get a grip as i have already stated he played under that useless Hart we had as manager and if he was anything like he was on the radio trying to motivate players in the changing room before a game then i can understand why he played the way he did for us. This is a new era and a better team playing good football and he has dropped down a level so maybe this is his level to thrive at. He is still only 23/24 so still young and only 20 when he was with us last time so more experienced.
You useless lot of moaners do my head in and these players and manager deserve better fans than you lot that keep moaning.

And besides Hart he has played for a raft of other clubs, all of whom said, thanks but no thanks.

I'll be happy to eat the humble if he turns his act around, but will you ?

Score: 2
MidlandRobin 2:47pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Wilesy wrote…


How can anyone judge a 5 game loan spell when we were playing rubbish -how many minutes did he even play. I thought up to the final game when he didn't chase a 20/80 lost cause he looked promising.

Plus at 24 doesn't that make him our second oldest player behind Willo? He will know what he's doing up front and our coaching team can improve him I'm sure. Also our ex Spurs players have played with him before so that will help.

Lots of clubs after him by all accounts so good for Power if he's sealed the deal.

His goal record speaks for itself, and the fact that he's been to 7 different clubs in 6-7 years, with no chance of ever breaking into the Spurs 1st team. He was poor when he was here last, I'm not very optimistic on this one. I hope he proves me wrong, but I have a feeling he won't.

Andy Johnson's a much safer bet for me.

Score: 4
the wizard 3:00pm Mon 1 Sep 14

LeGod wrote…


Andy Johnson - dont make me laugh he's knackered and on mega money some of you live in cuckoo land. Johnson is old and should hang his boots up.
Wizard - i hope Obika shoves the humble pie right down your throat and yes if im wrong i will eat it but i know he will be different this time. Hart couldnt give anyone anyone a lift the guy is as boring as they come.

You could also end up choking on your words, have you considered that.

His record stands as having played for a raft of clubs and he failed at every one of them, he doesn't inspire confidence. I DO hope he does well here, but I'm not holding my breath and neither are many others.

How do you eat your humble, graciously ?

Score: 7
LeGod 2:56pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Andy Johnson - dont make me laugh he's knackered and on mega money some of you live in cuckoo land. Johnson is old and should hang his boots up.
Wizard - i hope Obika shoves the humble pie right down your throat and yes if im wrong i will eat it but i know he will be different this time. Hart couldnt give anyone anyone a lift the guy is as boring as they come.

Score: -8
Archive Robin 2:59pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Correction to previous post missed out "two players on international duty" (should have followed "two players" part).

Sorry Senility kicked in there!

Score: 0
smirg kcab 3:11pm Mon 1 Sep 14

avo wrote…


If we do get Stephens more than a few on here will look a bit silly given their previous comments.

And more will if we don't

Score: -6
ciclosporindorset 3:14pm Mon 1 Sep 14

the wizard wrote…


LeGod wrote…


How can people on here judge Obika he was playing under mr personality Paul Hart who had the charisma of a Rat. He is 23 now at at the time was only 20 so has developed alot and has played at Brighton and Charlton in the championship. So dont judge the guy before he has kicked a ball for us. we are playing better football now than when mr personality Hart was here. Give the guy a chance for all you so called know it alls that think you know everything in fact know nothing otherwise you would be at a professional football club.
Since leaving us he hasn't set the the headlines anywhere with his strike rate, so I'm judging him not on the time he was here but on his entire career, and we cannot afford the luxury of a striker who doesn't score, we have had too many of those in past years which is why we are where we are. Dosevi, Pericard and many more came here and failed. Beaky is another in that vain. He is too much Heskey and we cannot afford that luxury. Not impressed.

I am going to ask you just to judge him on now. Why the need to pre judge a 23 year old when Power has already decided you are wrong.

Score: 0
ciclosporindorset 3:14pm Mon 1 Sep 14

the wizard wrote…


LeGod wrote…


How can people on here judge Obika he was playing under mr personality Paul Hart who had the charisma of a Rat. He is 23 now at at the time was only 20 so has developed alot and has played at Brighton and Charlton in the championship. So dont judge the guy before he has kicked a ball for us. we are playing better football now than when mr personality Hart was here. Give the guy a chance for all you so called know it alls that think you know everything in fact know nothing otherwise you would be at a professional football club.
Since leaving us he hasn't set the the headlines anywhere with his strike rate, so I'm judging him not on the time he was here but on his entire career, and we cannot afford the luxury of a striker who doesn't score, we have had too many of those in past years which is why we are where we are. Dosevi, Pericard and many more came here and failed. Beaky is another in that vain. He is too much Heskey and we cannot afford that luxury. Not impressed.

I am going to ask you just to judge him on now. Why the need to pre judge a 23 year old when Power has already decided you are wrong.

Score: 2
smirg kcab 3:17pm Mon 1 Sep 14

the wizard wrote…


Andy Johnson's a much safer bet for me.

Would probably be outside our budget but worth every penny.

He'd be scoring for fun with us.

More chance of sue Johnson.
Thought it was you who was telling us we are skint?
Don't think we would have £75k a week for his wages do you.
No one goes and no one pays
Onwards and upwards
09.16 here just going to the beach
The futures cooper time to blow the candles out mr power

Score: -7
mowey33 3:18pm Mon 1 Sep 14

what a waste. Obika gave us nothing the last time he was here i hope he now has a total different attitude. We needed a striker the last time Obika was here he had 5 games with such an attitude problem he gave us nothing on the pitch and couldn't hit a barn door.
I hope things have changed and he will put in full effort and has a good attitude.
Jonathan Obika welcome to swindon town its now time to prove yourself to us after last time

Score: 10
london paolo 3:20pm Mon 1 Sep 14

ciclosporindorset wrote…


the wizard wrote…


LeGod wrote…


How can people on here judge Obika he was playing under mr personality Paul Hart who had the charisma of a Rat. He is 23 now at at the time was only 20 so has developed alot and has played at Brighton and Charlton in the championship. So dont judge the guy before he has kicked a ball for us. we are playing better football now than when mr personality Hart was here. Give the guy a chance for all you so called know it alls that think you know everything in fact know nothing otherwise you would be at a professional football club.
Since leaving us he hasn't set the the headlines anywhere with his strike rate, so I'm judging him not on the time he was here but on his entire career, and we cannot afford the luxury of a striker who doesn't score, we have had too many of those in past years which is why we are where we are. Dosevi, Pericard and many more came here and failed. Beaky is another in that vain. He is too much Heskey and we cannot afford that luxury. Not impressed.
I am going to ask you just to judge him on now. Why the need to pre judge a 23 year old when Power has already decided you are wrong.

Football is all about opinions, and you can only judge on the past (and give someone a chance for the future). But from what he showed when he was with us before, his career stats, and the fact that every other club has said 'thanks but no thanks' means a lot of people are underwhelmed. It's the fact that we've used one-third of the Louis Thompson fee that feels the worst part. £200,000k??!! :-(

Score: 2
hertz 3:22pm Mon 1 Sep 14

I am in the give Obika a chance camp , the chances going begging with our style of play could be the making of the fella , it may just be the opportunity he needs .

Score: 10
avo 4:19pm Mon 1 Sep 14

oops......

Score: 0
candlestrobe 3:55pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Give the bloke a chance I say, and stop being all-round negative tiiits. Football is a confidence game and you're trying to knock that before he's even started. Some might even think some undercover journos have been distpatched to stir things up here as this is surely the most visited area of the site. No wonder the club doesn't have any time for the Adver.

Score: 4
swwindon61uk 3:57pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Got to give obika another chance,very different situation the last time he was here and I am very certain power would not be spending this type of money just to get a face in. Let's not forget many were writing off Smith and Williams at the start of this season and also kasim before he kicked a ball here.

Score: 8
eareds 4:00pm Mon 1 Sep 14

The problem with loan players, they are only interested in their parent club, (and wages) very few show the commitment of a signed player, we can only hope being settled for a couple of years bring the best out in him

Score: -1
eyesrightskinbacktight 4:06pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Stephens did show the commitment of a signed player, yes you're right some dont give a hoot but others see it as a potential way back into a parent club or putting themselves in the shop window and try harder. More so than some who have signed and just receive the dollar for being signed. We all know we had our fair share of those over the last few seasons.

Score: 5
avo 4:16pm Mon 1 Sep 14

smirg kcab wrote…


avo wrote…


If we do get Stephens more than a few on here will look a bit silly given their previous comments.
And more will if we don't

Ha ha ha are you one of them then? I honestly couldn't say.
.
Would be proper ace if we did get him last minute though.

Score: 4
avo 4:16pm Mon 1 Sep 14

smirg kcab wrote…


avo wrote…


If we do get Stephens more than a few on here will look a bit silly given their previous comments.
And more will if we don't

Ha ha ha are you one of them then? I honestly couldn't say.
.
Would be proper ace if we did get him last minute though.

Score: 2
Cleuso 4:16pm Mon 1 Sep 14

smirg kcab wrote…


the wizard wrote…


Andy Johnson's a much safer bet for me.

Would probably be outside our budget but worth every penny.

He'd be scoring for fun with us.
More chance of sue Johnson.
Thought it was you who was telling us we are skint?
Don't think we would have £75k a week for his wages do you.
No one goes and no one pays
Onwards and upwards
09.16 here just going to the beach
The futures cooper time to blow the candles out mr power

So that's where you are when I was trying to get hold of that ticket offer you made last week.... no one knew about it when I went around to collect it ! Not very good PR on your part.

Enjoy your dip... and don't fry too much. Lol !

Score: 3
ciclosporindorset 4:18pm Mon 1 Sep 14

london paolo wrote…


ciclosporindorset wrote…


the wizard wrote…


LeGod wrote…


How can people on here judge Obika he was playing under mr personality Paul Hart who had the charisma of a Rat. He is 23 now at at the time was only 20 so has developed alot and has played at Brighton and Charlton in the championship. So dont judge the guy before he has kicked a ball for us. we are playing better football now than when mr personality Hart was here. Give the guy a chance for all you so called know it alls that think you know everything in fact know nothing otherwise you would be at a professional football club.
Since leaving us he hasn't set the the headlines anywhere with his strike rate, so I'm judging him not on the time he was here but on his entire career, and we cannot afford the luxury of a striker who doesn't score, we have had too many of those in past years which is why we are where we are. Dosevi, Pericard and many more came here and failed. Beaky is another in that vain. He is too much Heskey and we cannot afford that luxury. Not impressed.
I am going to ask you just to judge him on now. Why the need to pre judge a 23 year old when Power has already decided you are wrong.
Football is all about opinions, and you can only judge on the past (and give someone a chance for the future). But from what he showed when he was with us before, his career stats, and the fact that every other club has said 'thanks but no thanks' means a lot of people are underwhelmed. It's the fact that we've used one-third of the Louis Thompson fee that feels the worst part. £200,000k??!! :-(

Obika did very well at Yeovil and was a regular if not frequent goals scorer. He was clearly not ready to play Championship level in past couple of years but nevertheless featured in around 40 games. I trust Powers judgement enough to say judge Power before you judge the player. Yeovil thought he was a good player and wanted him back and have a similar reputation for bringing the best from players. I say give the lad a chance.

Score: 10
Cleuso 4:20pm Mon 1 Sep 14

the wizard wrote…


LeGod wrote…


how many times does is has to be said we want yuong players to develop with the rest of our squad all you knockers of Obika really need to get a grip as i have already stated he played under that useless Hart we had as manager and if he was anything like he was on the radio trying to motivate players in the changing room before a game then i can understand why he played the way he did for us. This is a new era and a better team playing good football and he has dropped down a level so maybe this is his level to thrive at. He is still only 23/24 so still young and only 20 when he was with us last time so more experienced.
You useless lot of moaners do my head in and these players and manager deserve better fans than you lot that keep moaning.
And besides Hart he has played for a raft of other clubs, all of whom said, thanks but no thanks.

I'll be happy to eat the humble if he turns his act around, but will you ?

Far better if you kept quiet until he has at least played few games rather than post yet another worthless comment..it's too late if you have to eat humble pie, the damage will already be done in the eyes of the stayaways

Score: 9
MidlandRobin 4:21pm Mon 1 Sep 14

LeGod wrote…


Andy Johnson - dont make me laugh he's knackered and on mega money some of you live in cuckoo land. Johnson is old and should hang his boots up.
Wizard - i hope Obika shoves the humble pie right down your throat and yes if im wrong i will eat it but i know he will be different this time. Hart couldnt give anyone anyone a lift the guy is as boring as they come.

I don't see you making any suggestions, Johnson's a proven goalscorer, free agent, desperate for a club. I'd rather have him leading the line with Smith for the next two years, teaching Smith everything he knows, rather than Obika, who has 20 odd goals across a whole 7/8 year career, who can't sustain himself with a club.

Score: 12
MidlandRobin 11:09pm Mon 1 Sep 14

old town robin wrote…


South Stand wrote…


old town robin wrote…


MidlandRobin wrote…


About time Cooper's signing some players, but I don't think Obika is the answer for the striker problem. I remember him from last time, and he was very lazy and uninterested, 200k sounds VERY extortionate for a player of his calibre.

I would much rather spend the Luongo/Thompson money on someone like ANDY JOHNSON, currently a free agent still. Experienced, knows how to hit the back on the net, may be expensive/injury prone I admit, but could be the answer upfront IMO.

Looks like Reeves is the replacement for Luongo? Brentford will probably want a return on their sale. Although 1m for Luongo is a handsome valuation. It leaves plenty of money for more signings that need to be addressed and made before the window ends at 11 tonight.

Hope Jack Stephens signs, we'll see if it happens or not. But it will definitely be a massive boost for the defence.

Good result at the weekend IMO, unbeaten in 3 in the league... Onwards and Upwards.
2 points from 9, where did you get the unbeaten in 3 from?

Reeves had his contract cancelled by Brentford what do you mean a return on their sale?
The Crewe game doesn't count then????????????????
The Crewe game doesn't count then????????????????



No, it doesn't count ???????????????

Our last 3 games were 0-1 Crawley, 1-1 Gills and 1-1 Coventry, so hardly unbeaten in 3 is it !!!!!!!!!!!!

Cov 1-1 Draw
Crewe 2-0 Win
Gills 2-2 Draw

last three league games, last time I checked...

Score: 0
The Jockster 4:53pm Mon 1 Sep 14

the wizard wrote…


Now the stay away fans have reaped their reward, but we are only allowed so many loans, just where is London Red ?

More nonsense Stevie boy! Are you seriously expecting us to believe that the reason LT has been sold is due to the slight decrease in gates since the season kicked off? If that is the case how do you justify splashing out £200k on Obika. On that subject I see that you are not impressed with him signing, I'd agree based on his track record but surely you're guilty of treason against your lord and master LP. You've been ramming it down everyone's throat to get behind him and yet you criticise his attempt to solve our striking issues, double standards methinks Steve.
The LT deal makes more sense but gives more argument to those, me included who think that for the foreseeable future we'll just be a satellite club grooming(not Rolf grooming) players for the Prem. Deals like this just mean that building our own team around a nucleus of home developed players remains a pipe dream. You question why gates are down aside of the previous well documented and valid reasons, cost, health!!, style of play, lack of ambition etc. well I suggest you add the "use loan players ad infinitum" to the list.
Oh and you can tell the kids haven't quite gone back to school because they're still squabbling on here.
All this biting of nails and wringing of hands as to who is sold is just laughable because whether anyone likes it or not it'll be "que sera sera"

Score: 9
mollypolly 4:30pm Mon 1 Sep 14

At first I was underwhelmed by the signing of Obika but to be fair to Mark Cooper and Lee Power their transfer record at Swindon has been very good. They have been on a very tight budget since being in charge of the club and I don't think they would fork out £200,000 on a player unless they were very confident he would come here and do well.

Lee Power clearly has an eye for a player so we have to trust his judgement on this one - I suppose we don't have much choice on that one. He has been responsible for bringing in the likes ok Jack Stephens, Alex Pritchard, Josh Turnbull, Yaser Kasim, Rossi Branco and Michael Smith. They have all been excellent signings for Swindon (past and present) so we have to believe Obika will do well for us.

I remember his loan spell here three years ago when he was pretty poor and didn't look interested. He came to the club at a difficult time so I am prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt. We keep hearing from players interviews about the strong togetherness within the squad so we've got to hope Obika comes in and embraces what the club is trying to do with our young squad. He has played for some pretty decent teams and moved around a lot. The two year deal might just give him the certainty he needs to commit fully to Swindon and what we're trying to do here.

Score: 10
lifelong red 4:46pm Mon 1 Sep 14

I really don't understand all the negativity regarding Obika , he was only here 5 minutes before and under far different circumstances , yes maybe his goal ratio is not great , but lets not forget the number of teams he"s been loaned out to - new team- mates hence trying to adjust to their playing styles - different managers hence different approaches to the game etc etc . I really hope he never gets around to reading these forums -I'm sure it will give him confidence in abundance . I think that signing perm for us will give him a feeling of belonging and therefore will improve him as a player.

Score: 1
South Stand 5:26pm Mon 1 Sep 14

eareds wrote…


The problem with loan players, they are only interested in their parent club, (and wages) very few show the commitment of a signed player, we can only hope being settled for a couple of years bring the best out in him

You've hit the nail on the head there. Pritchard, Stephens and Turnbull for example didn't and haven't shown any commitment at all when playing!!!!!!

Score: 4
old town robin 5:00pm Mon 1 Sep 14

hertz wrote…


I am in the give Obika a chance camp , the chances going begging with our style of play could be the making of the fella , it may just be the opportunity he needs .

I agree, as another poster reminded us earlier, last time he was here he did not have a good experience, he was young, in a scheite team under a p1ss poor manager. If he was judged only on what he did at Yeovil, then one can see the potential to play at this level. He's played with Williams I would have thought and he's well acquainted with the ex-spurs boys so should settle in quickly. If he wants to keep on the right side of the fans he will need to show the same commitment as Michael Smith and never give up on a 50/50 ball, the fans love a trier and forgive mistakes that are soon forgotten if they give it their all.

Score: 2
Mchalethegreat 5:10pm Mon 1 Sep 14

MidlandRobin wrote…


LeGod wrote…

Andy Johnson - dont make me laugh he's knackered and on mega money some of you live in cuckoo land. Johnson is old and should hang his boots up. Wizard - i hope Obika shoves the humble pie right down your throat and yes if im wrong i will eat it but i know he will be different this time. Hart couldnt give anyone anyone a lift the guy is as boring as they come.
I don't see you making any suggestions, Johnson's a proven goalscorer, free agent, desperate for a club. I'd rather have him leading the line with Smith for the next two years, teaching Smith everything he knows, rather than Obika, who has 20 odd goals across a whole 7/8 year career, who can't sustain himself with a club.

Andrew Johnson also has a terrible injury record and the last thing we can afford is to sign a player on relatively high wages who then ends up not playing any games. I have read lots of good things in terms of his professionalism and character but if you cant get him on the pitch its pointless.....I am willing to give Obika a chance for sure even if he takes a while to settle. We have gone down the "golden oldies" route before and its generally been a bit of a disaster....

Score: 1
We are PANTS 5:11pm Mon 1 Sep 14

The Jockster wrote…


the wizard wrote…


Now the stay away fans have reaped their reward, but we are only allowed so many loans, just where is London Red ?
More nonsense Stevie boy! Are you seriously expecting us to believe that the reason LT has been sold is due to the slight decrease in gates since the season kicked off? If that is the case how do you justify splashing out £200k on Obika. On that subject I see that you are not impressed with him signing, I'd agree based on his track record but surely you're guilty of treason against your lord and master LP. You've been ramming it down everyone's throat to get behind him and yet you criticise his attempt to solve our striking issues, double standards methinks Steve.
The LT deal makes more sense but gives more argument to those, me included who think that for the foreseeable future we'll just be a satellite club grooming(not Rolf grooming) players for the Prem. Deals like this just mean that building our own team around a nucleus of home developed players remains a pipe dream. You question why gates are down aside of the previous well documented and valid reasons, cost, health!!, style of play, lack of ambition etc. well I suggest you add the "use loan players ad infinitum" to the list.
Oh and you can tell the kids haven't quite gone back to school because they're still squabbling on here.
All this biting of nails and wringing of hands as to who is sold is just laughable because whether anyone likes it or not it'll be "que sera sera"

Good post Jock apart from you saying that crowds are slightly down... By my reckoning they are down at least 15% on last year...

Score: -1
swwindon61uk 5:17pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Well sky reckon Southampton will sign a defender within the next two hours.

Score: 0
the wizard 5:24pm Mon 1 Sep 14

We are PANTS wrote…


The Jockster wrote…


the wizard wrote…


Now the stay away fans have reaped their reward, but we are only allowed so many loans, just where is London Red ?
More nonsense Stevie boy! Are you seriously expecting us to believe that the reason LT has been sold is due to the slight decrease in gates since the season kicked off? If that is the case how do you justify splashing out £200k on Obika. On that subject I see that you are not impressed with him signing, I'd agree based on his track record but surely you're guilty of treason against your lord and master LP. You've been ramming it down everyone's throat to get behind him and yet you criticise his attempt to solve our striking issues, double standards methinks Steve.
The LT deal makes more sense but gives more argument to those, me included who think that for the foreseeable future we'll just be a satellite club grooming(not Rolf grooming) players for the Prem. Deals like this just mean that building our own team around a nucleus of home developed players remains a pipe dream. You question why gates are down aside of the previous well documented and valid reasons, cost, health!!, style of play, lack of ambition etc. well I suggest you add the "use loan players ad infinitum" to the list.
Oh and you can tell the kids haven't quite gone back to school because they're still squabbling on here.
All this biting of nails and wringing of hands as to who is sold is just laughable because whether anyone likes it or not it'll be "que sera sera"
Good post Jock apart from you saying that crowds are slightly down... By my reckoning they are down at least 15% on last year...

Jock, LT's sale is to fund wages of loans and to help with overall costs no doubt, and it was good business as his contract is soon to expire.

Treason, no, but every chairman makes a signing now and then that doesn't work out. Spurs could see the limit to his ability which is why they sold him, dunno what took them so long. His tally as you agree isn't inspiring but I have said 15-20 goals this season is a fair tally, anything less will not be surprising, but maybe, just maybe his lay offs and assists will present him in a good light but if you hire a striker you expect goals.

Development club for others, well yes, Power has said as much until he can develop the club further, but so far he has done well in the transfer market bar one deal, but then again if others are not available he can't sign them, we haven't got the money to make silly offers, the Italian used it all, lol.

Score: -2
california andy 5:36pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Southampton Evening Echo is reporting that Toby Alderweireld is at preset in Southampton undergoing a medical exam. That'd be a hard name to fit on a shirt. Fingers crossed that means Stephens is on his way, which will really shore up the back. Very sorry to hear about Louis T - great player in the making - but at least we will have him for this year. I hope that is the one and only exit, but fear it may not be.

Score: 5
california andy 5:43pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Sorry, DAILY Echo.

Score: 0
Scouse Red 11:14pm Mon 1 Sep 14

william pitt wrote…


california andy wrote…


Horray! Southampton Daily Echo reports Jack Stephens has been given a season-long loan to Swindon Town!!! Great news.
On loan till jan.

Jim just confirmed it live on the telly - good news

Score: 5
swwindon61uk 5:47pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Just to add I think the Thompson deal is a cracking one,it is one we would not have turned down even if season tickets and crowds were nit down however it does cover the ticket losses and will enable us to keep Luongo if we so wish.

Score: 0
Clunky 5:51pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Norwich don't seem to think they are signing LT......

Score: 5
lifelong red 5:54pm Mon 1 Sep 14

On Obika..... lets not jeer him if he misses an easy chance - give him a generous round of applause for a decent effort on goal - and cheer the roof off the stand if he scores - it means so much to a player , believe me .

Score: 8
Haydonender 8:49pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Can't believe the number of people judging and moaning about Obika before he's even played yet,for goodness sake give him a chance. The team he played in first time round was one of the worst and least committed I have ever seen in my time as an STFC supporter. Not to mention the waste of space manager. We have a completely different style of play now and he has already said he knows quite a few of the lads so should be able to settle in a lot better. I will judge him later on in the season.

Louis T deal looks like a good bit of business considering his contract situation. Power showing once again that he knows what he's doing in the transfer market

Score: 7
bearwoodred 6:19pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Sign Stephens, Obika proves us wrong with a hatfful, Louis, Mass and Sir Wes all stay. Promotion beckons.

But I always was the proverbial happy clapper - and proud of it!!!!!

Score: 6
port de soller 6:20pm Mon 1 Sep 14

wow all these posts, no matter who goes and who stays as a Fan I wish them all well.
Plus at the end of the day STFC make some money out of the transferes

Score: 2
you gots ta be kidding me 6:23pm Mon 1 Sep 14

South Stand wrote…


eareds wrote…

The problem with loan players, they are only interested in their parent club, (and wages) very few show the commitment of a signed player, we can only hope being settled for a couple of years bring the best out in him
You've hit the nail on the head there. Pritchard, Stephens and Turnbull for example didn't and haven't shown any commitment at all when playing!!!!!!

You can Add Cox, Ward, Greer and Hollands to them useless no committment loan players

Score: 2
South Stand 6:29pm Mon 1 Sep 14

you gots ta be kidding me wrote…


South Stand wrote…


eareds wrote…

The problem with loan players, they are only interested in their parent club, (and wages) very few show the commitment of a signed player, we can only hope being settled for a couple of years bring the best out in him
You've hit the nail on the head there. Pritchard, Stephens and Turnbull for example didn't and haven't shown any commitment at all when playing!!!!!!
You can Add Cox, Ward, Greer and Hollands to them useless no committment loan players

Totally useless all of them. I'm glad that some understand my irony/sarcasm. I was getting minuses from people who must have thought I was being serious.

Score: 3
london paolo 6:54pm Mon 1 Sep 14

california andy wrote…


Southampton Evening Echo is reporting that Toby Alderweireld is at preset in Southampton undergoing a medical exam. That'd be a hard name to fit on a shirt. Fingers crossed that means Stephens is on his way, which will really shore up the back. Very sorry to hear about Louis T - great player in the making - but at least we will have him for this year. I hope that is the one and only exit, but fear it may not be.

They's probably shorten his name to 'Aldi' for the shirt… should be cheaper in every sense

Score: 1
jayden 6:56pm Mon 1 Sep 14

May be some of the STAY AWAY fans have had enough of some of the FANS that go each week and moan and groan at the players every time they pass back. Just a thought!

Score: -5
bearwoodred 6:57pm Mon 1 Sep 14

hope Smith stays, I like him a lot and the competition with Obika will be good for the club.

Score: 5
igiwigi 7:05pm Mon 1 Sep 14

leeds united are after Mark Cooper

Score: 12
Scouse Red 7:39pm Mon 1 Sep 14

london paolo wrote…


california andy wrote…


Southampton Evening Echo is reporting that Toby Alderweireld is at preset in Southampton undergoing a medical exam. That'd be a hard name to fit on a shirt. Fingers crossed that means Stephens is on his way, which will really shore up the back. Very sorry to hear about Louis T - great player in the making - but at least we will have him for this year. I hope that is the one and only exit, but fear it may not be.
They's probably shorten his name to 'Aldi' for the shirt… should be cheaper in every sense

Liverpool looked at Toby (quicker to type that!) a few seasons back but it fell through due to Hicks & Gillett being Cowboys (it's not just Swindon that had shysters running their club!). Hopefully if he moves to the Saints it will free Jack up to take the number 5 shirt that was held back for him!

pity we couldn't put a punt in for Matt Ritchie - he can't get in the Bournemouth team and tipped to leave to go to Derby!

Score: 0
Scouse Red 7:40pm Mon 1 Sep 14

igiwigi wrote…


leeds united are after Mark Cooper

wow thats about 10 hours late!

Score: -5
Scouse Red 7:43pm Mon 1 Sep 14

lifelong red wrote…


On Obika..... lets not jeer him if he misses an easy chance - give him a generous round of applause for a decent effort on goal - and cheer the roof off the stand if he scores - it means so much to a player , believe me .

agreed - i did tell some clown off behind me on Saturday for popping at young Josh Lelan in the first half - talk about getting behind your younger players when they need our support.

When he then popped at Conor Waldon after about 25 mins for not being strong enough i think i politely told him to shut it - well it was in the Family Stand and my lad was next to me! How he was to beat their massive centre half to any header was beyond me

Score: 8
Wembley69 8:13pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Apparently The Rose and Crown have come in for Williams? Mines a pint then.

Score: -2
TJG2907 8:06pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Why exactly would obikas arrival put smiths future in doubt, a man who's scored 4 goals this season so far, surely obika is just another option as our squad is a bit thin on the ground.

Score: 2
lifelong red 8:13pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Scouse Red wrote…


lifelong red wrote…


On Obika..... lets not jeer him if he misses an easy chance - give him a generous round of applause for a decent effort on goal - and cheer the roof off the stand if he scores - it means so much to a player , believe me .
agreed - i did tell some clown off behind me on Saturday for popping at young Josh Lelan in the first half - talk about getting behind your younger players when they need our support.

When he then popped at Conor Waldon after about 25 mins for not being strong enough i think i politely told him to shut it - well it was in the Family Stand and my lad was next to me! How he was to beat their massive centre half to any header was beyond me

Yes- Always best to get behind the boys when out on the pitch - believe me they do feel it when they know the crowd are getting on their backs - it can effect their performance and confidence no end .

Score: 7
Oxon-Red 8:26pm Mon 1 Sep 14

the wizard wrote…


We are PANTS wrote…


The Jockster wrote…


the wizard wrote…


Now the stay away fans have reaped their reward, but we are only allowed so many loans, just where is London Red ?
More nonsense Stevie boy! Are you seriously expecting us to believe that the reason LT has been sold is due to the slight decrease in gates since the season kicked off? If that is the case how do you justify splashing out £200k on Obika. On that subject I see that you are not impressed with him signing, I'd agree based on his track record but surely you're guilty of treason against your lord and master LP. You've been ramming it down everyone's throat to get behind him and yet you criticise his attempt to solve our striking issues, double standards methinks Steve.
The LT deal makes more sense but gives more argument to those, me included who think that for the foreseeable future we'll just be a satellite club grooming(not Rolf grooming) players for the Prem. Deals like this just mean that building our own team around a nucleus of home developed players remains a pipe dream. You question why gates are down aside of the previous well documented and valid reasons, cost, health!!, style of play, lack of ambition etc. well I suggest you add the "use loan players ad infinitum" to the list.
Oh and you can tell the kids haven't quite gone back to school because they're still squabbling on here.
All this biting of nails and wringing of hands as to who is sold is just laughable because whether anyone likes it or not it'll be "que sera sera"
Good post Jock apart from you saying that crowds are slightly down... By my reckoning they are down at least 15% on last year...
Jock, LT's sale is to fund wages of loans and to help with overall costs no doubt, and it was good business as his contract is soon to expire.

Treason, no, but every chairman makes a signing now and then that doesn't work out. Spurs could see the limit to his ability which is why they sold him, dunno what took them so long. His tally as you agree isn't inspiring but I have said 15-20 goals this season is a fair tally, anything less will not be surprising, but maybe, just maybe his lay offs and assists will present him in a good light but if you hire a striker you expect goals.

Development club for others, well yes, Power has said as much until he can develop the club further, but so far he has done well in the transfer market bar one deal, but then again if others are not available he can't sign them, we haven't got the money to make silly offers, the Italian used it all, lol.

Wizard,

I think too much might be being put on the contract expiring being a good reason to sell. Somebody please correct me if I am wrong but as Louis is under 23 if we offer him a better contract next June/July he will demand a transfer fee should he turn the contract offer down.

Obika ! Could be a shrewd bit of business if he clicks in the same way Michael Smith has. It will be very interesting what the Coventry bid is, £200,000 to what in under 6 months.

Intersting thought (or not) but a few rejected London Red's valuations a while back. The £650,000 for Louis shows he may have actually under-valued some !

COYMR

Score: 2
TheDukeOfBanbury 9:04pm Mon 1 Sep 14

We have to face reality.
Football cares nothing about the lower leagues with sky calling the shots.
Far too much football on TV.

Every player has a price and clubs are forced to sell rather than allowing players to leave on a free before contracts expire.

Power is doing a fine job, no sugar Daddy but keeping the club going.
Time for our fan base to back the current crop of players and for all to unite as STFC.

Score: 20
Oxon-Red 8:34pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Anyone know where the Australia squad are training ?

As the Fat Bobby Davro rumour has gone quiet hopefully he doesn't know either :-)

COYMR

Score: 0
RedintheFace 8:54pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Proud we're a selling club if it means making a modest profit each year on player deals. More feasible than returning to the way we used to be run. Or hoping for sponsorship from Chevrolet.

Score: 6
old town robin 9:02pm Mon 1 Sep 14

MidlandRobin wrote…


About time Cooper's signing some players, but I don't think Obika is the answer for the striker problem. I remember him from last time, and he was very lazy and uninterested, 200k sounds VERY extortionate for a player of his calibre.

I would much rather spend the Luongo/Thompson money on someone like ANDY JOHNSON, currently a free agent still. Experienced, knows how to hit the back on the net, may be expensive/injury prone I admit, but could be the answer upfront IMO.

Looks like Reeves is the replacement for Luongo? Brentford will probably want a return on their sale. Although 1m for Luongo is a handsome valuation. It leaves plenty of money for more signings that need to be addressed and made before the window ends at 11 tonight.

Hope Jack Stephens signs, we'll see if it happens or not. But it will definitely be a massive boost for the defence.

Good result at the weekend IMO, unbeaten in 3 in the league... Onwards and Upwards.

2 points from 9, where did you get the unbeaten in 3 from?

Reeves had his contract cancelled by Brentford what do you mean a return on their sale?

Score: 2
South Stand 9:14pm Mon 1 Sep 14

old town robin wrote…


MidlandRobin wrote…


About time Cooper's signing some players, but I don't think Obika is the answer for the striker problem. I remember him from last time, and he was very lazy and uninterested, 200k sounds VERY extortionate for a player of his calibre.

I would much rather spend the Luongo/Thompson money on someone like ANDY JOHNSON, currently a free agent still. Experienced, knows how to hit the back on the net, may be expensive/injury prone I admit, but could be the answer upfront IMO.

Looks like Reeves is the replacement for Luongo? Brentford will probably want a return on their sale. Although 1m for Luongo is a handsome valuation. It leaves plenty of money for more signings that need to be addressed and made before the window ends at 11 tonight.

Hope Jack Stephens signs, we'll see if it happens or not. But it will definitely be a massive boost for the defence.

Good result at the weekend IMO, unbeaten in 3 in the league... Onwards and Upwards.
2 points from 9, where did you get the unbeaten in 3 from?

Reeves had his contract cancelled by Brentford what do you mean a return on their sale?

The Crewe game doesn't count then????????????????

Score: 3
MidlandRobin 11:02pm Mon 1 Sep 14

THE LONG WAIT IS OVER, WELCOME HOME JACK

Score: 6
Scouse Red 10:32pm Mon 1 Sep 14

mowey33 wrote…


alderweireld still not signed looks like southampton dragging it out so we dont get stephens

According to my sources (The Liverpool Echo!) he has signed for Saints on a year long loan

Score: 1
smirg kcab 10:28pm Mon 1 Sep 14

avo wrote…


smirg kcab wrote…


avo wrote…


If we do get Stephens more than a few on here will look a bit silly given their previous comments.
And more will if we don't
Ha ha ha are you one of them then? I honestly couldn't say.
.
Would be proper ace if we did get him last minute though.

Avo would love him here, a great player who we need, hope your right but this saga has gone on far too long
16.26 here have we signed anyone?
I here obika or boils (pre text) hope it's boils

Score: 0
Scouse Red 10:22pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Alderweireld has just joined Southampton on loan - does that free up Jack to join us today or will we wait for the 'emergency' loan window to open?

Score: 1
old town robin 10:23pm Mon 1 Sep 14

South Stand wrote…


old town robin wrote…


MidlandRobin wrote…


About time Cooper's signing some players, but I don't think Obika is the answer for the striker problem. I remember him from last time, and he was very lazy and uninterested, 200k sounds VERY extortionate for a player of his calibre.

I would much rather spend the Luongo/Thompson money on someone like ANDY JOHNSON, currently a free agent still. Experienced, knows how to hit the back on the net, may be expensive/injury prone I admit, but could be the answer upfront IMO.

Looks like Reeves is the replacement for Luongo? Brentford will probably want a return on their sale. Although 1m for Luongo is a handsome valuation. It leaves plenty of money for more signings that need to be addressed and made before the window ends at 11 tonight.

Hope Jack Stephens signs, we'll see if it happens or not. But it will definitely be a massive boost for the defence.

Good result at the weekend IMO, unbeaten in 3 in the league... Onwards and Upwards.
2 points from 9, where did you get the unbeaten in 3 from?

Reeves had his contract cancelled by Brentford what do you mean a return on their sale?
The Crewe game doesn't count then????????????????

The Crewe game doesn't count then????????????????


No, it doesn't count ???????????????

Our last 3 games were 0-1 Crawley, 1-1 Gills and 1-1 Coventry, so hardly unbeaten in 3 is it !!!!!!!!!!!!

Score: -4
akershaker 11:28pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Good day. A lots can have changed for Obika in the 4 years since he was here - he was playing Championship football for Brighton and Charlton (ahead of Smith?) last season and I trust Coops and Williams to get the best out of him. Look where Yasser was before he came here? Look how the "fans opinion" of McEverley changed last season?
Stephens is great news and the Louis deal is a shame but good business and at least we have him for this season - to be honest by this time next year his contract would be up and he'd be off for free anyway.
Good day, and if our best players stay fit we should be competing for a playoff spot.

Score: 6
mowey33 10:27pm Mon 1 Sep 14

alderweireld still not signed looks like southampton dragging it out so we dont get stephens

Score: -2
london paolo 10:39pm Mon 1 Sep 14

mowey33 wrote…


alderweireld still not signed looks like southampton dragging it out so we dont get stephens

Football League clubs can loan in players any time from 8 September to 25 November, so the transfer window deadline is pretty much irrelevant to any prospective loans Swindon might bring in. Southampton will see what business has been done, take a look at their new players, and then decide. We could still get Stephens within those dates I mentioned.

Score: 3
dreamofacleansheet2 10:41pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Stephens WILL sign in the emergency window. Hold on to your hats troops it's going yo be one hell of a tide this season.

Ps do we think our fans will appreciate how good Louis T is?!

COYR

Score: 3
lifelong red 11:07pm Mon 1 Sep 14

old town robin wrote…


South Stand wrote…


old town robin wrote…


MidlandRobin wrote…


About time Cooper's signing some players, but I don't think Obika is the answer for the striker problem. I remember him from last time, and he was very lazy and uninterested, 200k sounds VERY extortionate for a player of his calibre.

I would much rather spend the Luongo/Thompson money on someone like ANDY JOHNSON, currently a free agent still. Experienced, knows how to hit the back on the net, may be expensive/injury prone I admit, but could be the answer upfront IMO.

Looks like Reeves is the replacement for Luongo? Brentford will probably want a return on their sale. Although 1m for Luongo is a handsome valuation. It leaves plenty of money for more signings that need to be addressed and made before the window ends at 11 tonight.

Hope Jack Stephens signs, we'll see if it happens or not. But it will definitely be a massive boost for the defence.

Good result at the weekend IMO, unbeaten in 3 in the league... Onwards and Upwards.
2 points from 9, where did you get the unbeaten in 3 from?

Reeves had his contract cancelled by Brentford what do you mean a return on their sale?
The Crewe game doesn't count then????????????????
The Crewe game doesn't count then????????????????



No, it doesn't count ???????????????

Our last 3 games were 0-1 Crawley, 1-1 Gills and 1-1 Coventry, so hardly unbeaten in 3 is it !!!!!!!!!!!!

Crawley 0-1 Gills 2-2 Crewe 2-0 Coventry 1-1 - unbeaten in 3.

Score: 0
Scouse Red 10:46pm Mon 1 Sep 14

In breaking news I see Navarro has officially announced his retirement! Just think, two years go we had him nd Tommy Miller playing crab football in centre mid - now we have Mass, Yaser and Louis Canary Thompson playing some great stuff.

Shows how far we've come (come not fallen!).

Get Stephens in and let's push for top 6 minimum and get behind the team

Score: 3
smirg kcab 10:48pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Still time to get Kevin Phillips out of retirement

Score: -2
Cleuso 10:53pm Mon 1 Sep 14

The Jockster wrote…


the wizard wrote…


Now the stay away fans have reaped their reward, but we are only allowed so many loans, just where is London Red ?
More nonsense Stevie boy! Are you seriously expecting us to believe that the reason LT has been sold is due to the slight decrease in gates since the season kicked off? If that is the case how do you justify splashing out £200k on Obika. On that subject I see that you are not impressed with him signing, I'd agree based on his track record but surely you're guilty of treason against your lord and master LP. You've been ramming it down everyone's throat to get behind him and yet you criticise his attempt to solve our striking issues, double standards methinks Steve.
The LT deal makes more sense but gives more argument to those, me included who think that for the foreseeable future we'll just be a satellite club grooming(not Rolf grooming) players for the Prem. Deals like this just mean that building our own team around a nucleus of home developed players remains a pipe dream. You question why gates are down aside of the previous well documented and valid reasons, cost, health!!, style of play, lack of ambition etc. well I suggest you add the "use loan players ad infinitum" to the list.
Oh and you can tell the kids haven't quite gone back to school because they're still squabbling on here.
All this biting of nails and wringing of hands as to who is sold is just laughable because whether anyone likes it or not it'll be "que sera sera"

The way the game is being administered both in this country and worldwide is determining the way forward.

We may not be behind those moves to change the "traditional" game, but don't blame your local club for moving with those times.

Until each of the following are remodelled there will be no return to the styles you desire or the make up of clubs that dictates the approach they are now having to take.

1. The money rich premier league
2. Repeal of the Bosman decision
3. Rewind interpretation of the laws of the game to what they used to be.

Until those 3 things change you will have to carry on bleating, but don't take it out on the club you say you allegedly support for following the new model designed by others.

Do I think those 3 things will change for the better. Not a chance. We are therefore left with the situation we have today and have to get on with it and support our club, it's all that we have.

I wish all those who continually gripe would become less insular and realise the stakes have changed, not just for us, but for every club. The major winners and losers to some extent, are the so called premiership elite who are spending vast fortunes in trying to keep their act together.

Score: 3
london paolo 10:54pm Mon 1 Sep 14

As I suspected, Hooiveld on way from Soton to Norwich on loan, so no net change in number of centre backs Soton have.

Score: 0
petercoyne 10:56pm Mon 1 Sep 14

old town robin wrote…


South Stand wrote…


old town robin wrote…


MidlandRobin wrote…


About time Cooper's signing some players, but I don't think Obika is the answer for the striker problem. I remember him from last time, and he was very lazy and uninterested, 200k sounds VERY extortionate for a player of his calibre.

I would much rather spend the Luongo/Thompson money on someone like ANDY JOHNSON, currently a free agent still. Experienced, knows how to hit the back on the net, may be expensive/injury prone I admit, but could be the answer upfront IMO.

Looks like Reeves is the replacement for Luongo? Brentford will probably want a return on their sale. Although 1m for Luongo is a handsome valuation. It leaves plenty of money for more signings that need to be addressed and made before the window ends at 11 tonight.

Hope Jack Stephens signs, we'll see if it happens or not. But it will definitely be a massive boost for the defence.

Good result at the weekend IMO, unbeaten in 3 in the league... Onwards and Upwards.
2 points from 9, where did you get the unbeaten in 3 from?

Reeves had his contract cancelled by Brentford what do you mean a return on their sale?
The Crewe game doesn't count then????????????????
The Crewe game doesn't count then????????????????



No, it doesn't count ???????????????

Our last 3 games were 0-1 Crawley, 1-1 Gills and 1-1 Coventry, so hardly unbeaten in 3 is it !!!!!!!!!!!!

Our last 3 games were Gillingham 2-2 (not 1-1), Crewe 2-0 and Coventry 1-1.

Crawley was the game before that so we are unbeaten in 3 games, do you go to any of them?

Score: 3
california andy 10:57pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Horray! Southampton Daily Echo reports Jack Stephens has been given a season-long loan to Swindon Town!!! Great news.

Score: 3
california andy 10:58pm Mon 1 Sep 14

My bad. It is indeed till the end of January - but still a great move.

Score: 1
william pitt 10:59pm Mon 1 Sep 14

california andy wrote…


Horray! Southampton Daily Echo reports Jack Stephens has been given a season-long loan to Swindon Town!!! Great news.

On loan till jan.

Score: 2
Wilesy 11:00pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Yep official tweet from STFC on Stephens great news!

Score: 3
Cleuso 11:02pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Oxon-Red wrote…


the wizard wrote…


We are PANTS wrote…


The Jockster wrote…


the wizard wrote…


Now the stay away fans have reaped their reward, but we are only allowed so many loans, just where is London Red ?
More nonsense Stevie boy! Are you seriously expecting us to believe that the reason LT has been sold is due to the slight decrease in gates since the season kicked off? If that is the case how do you justify splashing out £200k on Obika. On that subject I see that you are not impressed with him signing, I'd agree based on his track record but surely you're guilty of treason against your lord and master LP. You've been ramming it down everyone's throat to get behind him and yet you criticise his attempt to solve our striking issues, double standards methinks Steve.
The LT deal makes more sense but gives more argument to those, me included who think that for the foreseeable future we'll just be a satellite club grooming(not Rolf grooming) players for the Prem. Deals like this just mean that building our own team around a nucleus of home developed players remains a pipe dream. You question why gates are down aside of the previous well documented and valid reasons, cost, health!!, style of play, lack of ambition etc. well I suggest you add the "use loan players ad infinitum" to the list.
Oh and you can tell the kids haven't quite gone back to school because they're still squabbling on here.
All this biting of nails and wringing of hands as to who is sold is just laughable because whether anyone likes it or not it'll be "que sera sera"
Good post Jock apart from you saying that crowds are slightly down... By my reckoning they are down at least 15% on last year...
Jock, LT's sale is to fund wages of loans and to help with overall costs no doubt, and it was good business as his contract is soon to expire.

Treason, no, but every chairman makes a signing now and then that doesn't work out. Spurs could see the limit to his ability which is why they sold him, dunno what took them so long. His tally as you agree isn't inspiring but I have said 15-20 goals this season is a fair tally, anything less will not be surprising, but maybe, just maybe his lay offs and assists will present him in a good light but if you hire a striker you expect goals.

Development club for others, well yes, Power has said as much until he can develop the club further, but so far he has done well in the transfer market bar one deal, but then again if others are not available he can't sign them, we haven't got the money to make silly offers, the Italian used it all, lol.
Wizard,

I think too much might be being put on the contract expiring being a good reason to sell. Somebody please correct me if I am wrong but as Louis is under 23 if we offer him a better contract next June/July he will demand a transfer fee should he turn the contract offer down.

Obika ! Could be a shrewd bit of business if he clicks in the same way Michael Smith has. It will be very interesting what the Coventry bid is, £200,000 to what in under 6 months.

Intersting thought (or not) but a few rejected London Red's valuations a while back. The £650,000 for Louis shows he may have actually under-valued some !

COYMR

Yes but you rely on a tribunual to set the fee ifclubs can't agree. We have had many poor outcomes when we have gone down that route.

Score: 0
old town robin 11:07pm Mon 1 Sep 14

petercoyne wrote…


old town robin wrote…


South Stand wrote…


old town robin wrote…


MidlandRobin wrote…


About time Cooper's signing some players, but I don't think Obika is the answer for the striker problem. I remember him from last time, and he was very lazy and uninterested, 200k sounds VERY extortionate for a player of his calibre.

I would much rather spend the Luongo/Thompson money on someone like ANDY JOHNSON, currently a free agent still. Experienced, knows how to hit the back on the net, may be expensive/injury prone I admit, but could be the answer upfront IMO.

Looks like Reeves is the replacement for Luongo? Brentford will probably want a return on their sale. Although 1m for Luongo is a handsome valuation. It leaves plenty of money for more signings that need to be addressed and made before the window ends at 11 tonight.

Hope Jack Stephens signs, we'll see if it happens or not. But it will definitely be a massive boost for the defence.

Good result at the weekend IMO, unbeaten in 3 in the league... Onwards and Upwards.
2 points from 9, where did you get the unbeaten in 3 from?

Reeves had his contract cancelled by Brentford what do you mean a return on their sale?
The Crewe game doesn't count then????????????????
The Crewe game doesn't count then????????????????




No, it doesn't count ???????????????

Our last 3 games were 0-1 Crawley, 1-1 Gills and 1-1 Coventry, so hardly unbeaten in 3 is it !!!!!!!!!!!!
Our last 3 games were Gillingham 2-2 (not 1-1), Crewe 2-0 and Coventry 1-1.

Crawley was the game before that so we are unbeaten in 3 games, do you go to any of them?

I stand corrected and apologise for getting it weong and didn't take the Crewe game into account and yes I was at that game.

Score: 1
bearwoodred 11:10pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Over the moon about Stephens, that will make a big difference. Hope we can push it through to May! Mass and Sir Wes staying, good deal for Louis, not bad at all!

Score: 5
old town robin 11:14pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Great news that we have Jack joining us, hopefully it will be extended beyond January.

Looking forward to seeing Jack and Jordan playing along side each other and with Jon added to our strike force I'm going to stick my neck out and say if we can get some decent away form, we have a very good chance to make the play-offs.

Score: 4
london paolo 11:20pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Confirmed on Norwich twitter, they have signed Louis Thompson. Great shame for us, good opportunity for him

TRANSFER | #NCFC sign @Official_STFC midfielder Louis Thompson who rejoins them on loan. More: http://norw.ch/Louis

Score: 3
old town robin 11:20pm Mon 1 Sep 14

MidlandRobin wrote…


old town robin wrote…


South Stand wrote…


old town robin wrote…


MidlandRobin wrote…


About time Cooper's signing some players, but I don't think Obika is the answer for the striker problem. I remember him from last time, and he was very lazy and uninterested, 200k sounds VERY extortionate for a player of his calibre.

I would much rather spend the Luongo/Thompson money on someone like ANDY JOHNSON, currently a free agent still. Experienced, knows how to hit the back on the net, may be expensive/injury prone I admit, but could be the answer upfront IMO.

Looks like Reeves is the replacement for Luongo? Brentford will probably want a return on their sale. Although 1m for Luongo is a handsome valuation. It leaves plenty of money for more signings that need to be addressed and made before the window ends at 11 tonight.

Hope Jack Stephens signs, we'll see if it happens or not. But it will definitely be a massive boost for the defence.

Good result at the weekend IMO, unbeaten in 3 in the league... Onwards and Upwards.
2 points from 9, where did you get the unbeaten in 3 from?

Reeves had his contract cancelled by Brentford what do you mean a return on their sale?
The Crewe game doesn't count then????????????????
The Crewe game doesn't count then????????????????




No, it doesn't count ???????????????

Our last 3 games were 0-1 Crawley, 1-1 Gills and 1-1 Coventry, so hardly unbeaten in 3 is it !!!!!!!!!!!!
Cov 1-1 Draw
Crewe 2-0 Win
Gills 2-2 Draw

last three league games, last time I checked...

I was wrong Midland red, please accept my apology.

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swindonsupporter5 11:22pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Louis T deal confirmed.Congratula
tions Louis.

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Scouse Red 11:30pm Mon 1 Sep 14

old town robin wrote…


Great news that we have Jack joining us, hopefully it will be extended beyond January.

Looking forward to seeing Jack and Jordan playing along side each other and with Jon added to our strike force I'm going to stick my neck out and say if we can get some decent away form, we have a very good chance to make the play-offs.

With Jack, Branco and Jordan in a back 3 and Nathan Byrne being excellent as right wing-back - where does Nathan play?

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london paolo 11:31pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Norwich put up a photo of Nathan Byrne, not Louis Thompson, on their Twitter announcement!!! (since taken down).

We've lost one of our three best young players. That's life as a skint lower League club.

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london paolo 11:33pm Mon 1 Sep 14

akershaker wrote…


Good day. A lots can have changed for Obika in the 4 years since he was here - he was playing Championship football for Brighton and Charlton (ahead of Smith?) last season and I trust Coops and Williams to get the best out of him. Look where Yasser was before he came here? Look how the "fans opinion" of McEverley changed last season?
Stephens is great news and the Louis deal is a shame but good business and at least we have him for this season - to be honest by this time next year his contract would be up and he'd be off for free anyway.
Good day, and if our best players stay fit we should be competing for a playoff spot.

He wouldn't have gone on a free. As he's under 24 a fee would have been set by tribunal if he failed to agree another contract

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the wizard 11:34pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Great news about JS, Very, very pleased he is back, superb news. Can we please keep him now.

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MidlandRobin 11:35pm Mon 1 Sep 14

old town robin wrote…


MidlandRobin wrote…


old town robin wrote…


South Stand wrote…


old town robin wrote…


MidlandRobin wrote…


About time Cooper's signing some players, but I don't think Obika is the answer for the striker problem. I remember him from last time, and he was very lazy and uninterested, 200k sounds VERY extortionate for a player of his calibre.

I would much rather spend the Luongo/Thompson money on someone like ANDY JOHNSON, currently a free agent still. Experienced, knows how to hit the back on the net, may be expensive/injury prone I admit, but could be the answer upfront IMO.

Looks like Reeves is the replacement for Luongo? Brentford will probably want a return on their sale. Although 1m for Luongo is a handsome valuation. It leaves plenty of money for more signings that need to be addressed and made before the window ends at 11 tonight.

Hope Jack Stephens signs, we'll see if it happens or not. But it will definitely be a massive boost for the defence.

Good result at the weekend IMO, unbeaten in 3 in the league... Onwards and Upwards.
2 points from 9, where did you get the unbeaten in 3 from?

Reeves had his contract cancelled by Brentford what do you mean a return on their sale?
The Crewe game doesn't count then????????????????
The Crewe game doesn't count then????????????????





No, it doesn't count ???????????????

Our last 3 games were 0-1 Crawley, 1-1 Gills and 1-1 Coventry, so hardly unbeaten in 3 is it !!!!!!!!!!!!
Cov 1-1 Draw
Crewe 2-0 Win
Gills 2-2 Draw

last three league games, last time I checked...
I was wrong Midland red, please accept my apology.

Apology accepted :)

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Oxon-Red 11:36pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Cleuso wrote…


Oxon-Red wrote…


the wizard wrote…


We are PANTS wrote…


The Jockster wrote…


the wizard wrote…


Now the stay away fans have reaped their reward, but we are only allowed so many loans, just where is London Red ?
More nonsense Stevie boy! Are you seriously expecting us to believe that the reason LT has been sold is due to the slight decrease in gates since the season kicked off? If that is the case how do you justify splashing out £200k on Obika. On that subject I see that you are not impressed with him signing, I'd agree based on his track record but surely you're guilty of treason against your lord and master LP. You've been ramming it down everyone's throat to get behind him and yet you criticise his attempt to solve our striking issues, double standards methinks Steve.
The LT deal makes more sense but gives more argument to those, me included who think that for the foreseeable future we'll just be a satellite club grooming(not Rolf grooming) players for the Prem. Deals like this just mean that building our own team around a nucleus of home developed players remains a pipe dream. You question why gates are down aside of the previous well documented and valid reasons, cost, health!!, style of play, lack of ambition etc. well I suggest you add the "use loan players ad infinitum" to the list.
Oh and you can tell the kids haven't quite gone back to school because they're still squabbling on here.
All this biting of nails and wringing of hands as to who is sold is just laughable because whether anyone likes it or not it'll be "que sera sera"
Good post Jock apart from you saying that crowds are slightly down... By my reckoning they are down at least 15% on last year...
Jock, LT's sale is to fund wages of loans and to help with overall costs no doubt, and it was good business as his contract is soon to expire.

Treason, no, but every chairman makes a signing now and then that doesn't work out. Spurs could see the limit to his ability which is why they sold him, dunno what took them so long. His tally as you agree isn't inspiring but I have said 15-20 goals this season is a fair tally, anything less will not be surprising, but maybe, just maybe his lay offs and assists will present him in a good light but if you hire a striker you expect goals.

Development club for others, well yes, Power has said as much until he can develop the club further, but so far he has done well in the transfer market bar one deal, but then again if others are not available he can't sign them, we haven't got the money to make silly offers, the Italian used it all, lol.
Wizard,

I think too much might be being put on the contract expiring being a good reason to sell. Somebody please correct me if I am wrong but as Louis is under 23 if we offer him a better contract next June/July he will demand a transfer fee should he turn the contract offer down.

Obika ! Could be a shrewd bit of business if he clicks in the same way Michael Smith has. It will be very interesting what the Coventry bid is, £200,000 to what in under 6 months.

Intersting thought (or not) but a few rejected London Red's valuations a while back. The £650,000 for Louis shows he may have actually under-valued some !

COYMR
Yes but you rely on a tribunual to set the fee ifclubs can't agree. We have had many poor outcomes when we have gone down that route.

Don't disagree Clueso more identifying that he would not go on a free if we didn't sell now (provided we offered a new deal)

COYMR

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billbst 11:43pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Very good business today. Must have been very tight with Stevens but a key signing. (not so much time as closing the door on other potential destinations.) We will have to hope that the new signings at the Saints stay fit and do very well. It is difficult to see Louis go but the loan back is smart. It is healthy to demonstrate that we are developing good players and that the Canaries are confident his development will continue with us. It also shows how the Power business model can work. Confidence levels going up but will remain tight with small squad.

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akershaker 11:54pm Mon 1 Sep 14

london paolo wrote…


akershaker wrote…


Good day. A lots can have changed for Obika in the 4 years since he was here - he was playing Championship football for Brighton and Charlton (ahead of Smith?) last season and I trust Coops and Williams to get the best out of him. Look where Yasser was before he came here? Look how the "fans opinion" of McEverley changed last season?
Stephens is great news and the Louis deal is a shame but good business and at least we have him for this season - to be honest by this time next year his contract would be up and he'd be off for free anyway.
Good day, and if our best players stay fit we should be competing for a playoff spot.
He wouldn't have gone on a free. As he's under 24 a fee would have been set by tribunal if he failed to agree another contract

Good point, I stand corrected.

But tribunal would not give us the amount rumoured.

It's worth pointing out that good players move up the leagues whatever the financial state of the club. The key is to get good money and reinvest wisely!

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Oxon-Red 12:00am Tue 2 Sep 14

london paolo wrote…


Norwich put up a photo of Nathan Byrne, not Louis Thompson, on their Twitter announcement!!! (since taken down).

We've lost one of our three best young players. That's life as a skint lower League club.

LP,

Agree we have lost a very good young player and remember seeing his debut at the Leicester FA cup match aged 16 (?). Although bad for STFC I am pleased for him. He has gone to a decent club and he will hopefully have a real chance to progress his career.

Hope it is not a case of being skint and would like to think it is more a case of not standing in the way of a player progressing in his development.

I think as fans we should look at today and say nobody out "this season" but two decent signings.

COYMR

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london paolo 12:10am Tue 2 Sep 14

akershaker wrote…


london paolo wrote…


akershaker wrote…


Good day. A lots can have changed for Obika in the 4 years since he was here - he was playing Championship football for Brighton and Charlton (ahead of Smith?) last season and I trust Coops and Williams to get the best out of him. Look where Yasser was before he came here? Look how the "fans opinion" of McEverley changed last season?
Stephens is great news and the Louis deal is a shame but good business and at least we have him for this season - to be honest by this time next year his contract would be up and he'd be off for free anyway.
Good day, and if our best players stay fit we should be competing for a playoff spot.
He wouldn't have gone on a free. As he's under 24 a fee would have been set by tribunal if he failed to agree another contract
Good point, I stand corrected.

But tribunal would not give us the amount rumoured.

It's worth pointing out that good players move up the leagues whatever the financial state of the club. The key is to get good money and reinvest wisely!

The real key is for the club to move up the Leagues (one division anyway)

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old town robin 7:58am Tue 2 Sep 14

Scouse Red wrote…


old town robin wrote…


Great news that we have Jack joining us, hopefully it will be extended beyond January.

Looking forward to seeing Jack and Jordan playing along side each other and with Jon added to our strike force I'm going to stick my neck out and say if we can get some decent away form, we have a very good chance to make the play-offs.
With Jack, Branco and Jordan in a back 3 and Nathan Byrne being excellent as right wing-back - where does Nathan play?

Good point, but for now I think he will be preferred to Branco, But he'll have to be on top of his game because Branco is improving and will be challenging for one of those back 3 positions.

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Psychedelic Syd 7:19am Tue 2 Sep 14

Overall a good days work from Lee Power, we have got a few more options and Jack's return is great news for our defence. Our team has not been hit by departures so hopefully we will go from strength to strength. COYMR

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lifelong red 9:40am Tue 2 Sep 14

Yes good news on Jack Stephens - should certainly strengthen our back 3- perhaps Fods hair wont turn white after all .

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