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  1. Transfers Part 3

    I occasionally take my boy to see the Rangers and will ask about Jim Arnold as I believe he is still associated with the club.
  2. Transfers Part 3

    Not many of them. Can probably count them all on one hand. I once read that he and his brother Adam (who knew) were probably the most famous sporting brothers in Zimbabwe. Not sure who wrote the article, but probably a biased football journalist given they managed to overlook the respective achievements of the Flower and Black brothers.
  3. Transfers Part 3

    Probably so Gavlar. I remember his fellow countryman Jose Dominguez was a full international, but not sure he was when he played for Birmingham, when they were in the third tier in the mid 90's? I suppose if he is still in contact with TM and can be sold 'the dream', he may consider it. Of course, that's presuming TM would want and have a plan for him, given he wasn't his loan signing.
  4. Transfers Part 2

    Does make you wonder if there is a perception that we're a big fish in a little pond, with bags of Venky cash to throw at teams (maybe in the hope it intimidates them) or that TM has been given the green light to adopt a scatter gun approach, with low offers for potential targets in the hope that some bite.
  5. Transfers Part 2

    So have we allegedly bid for 2 or 3 Peterborough players and if so why them?
  6. Smallwood signs

    Hope this guy turns out to be our League 1 version of The Axe - limited ability but effective when used in the right formation and tactics. Not convinced he will prove to be a first team starter, but could be good impact sub, especially when looking to close out a game (assuming we have the lead!).
  7. I remember thinking at the time of TM's appointment that this was a no lose appointment for him and that he had his eyes wide open with no great expectations as to what he would find on his arrival. Came with the reputation of being a decent guy, with integrity and pedigree (albeit dated) His stock was actually low and he inherited a dire situation with a single objective - ensure survival, but he nearly pulled it off; possibly should have given the position we were in going into the final half dozen games, but l believe his reputation has improved significantly, despite relegation and he may now realise he will attract interest from others, so can be more circumspect about his future as our manager. If Venky's have any sense or cared (okay, they don't) they would realise that he achieved only 7 points less than his predecessor in half the games, with the same squad. Definitely a case of what might have been and maybe a final lesson for them that getting the right appointment as manager can make the difference between relegation or mid table mediocrity. They have failed to do this since they sacked Big Sam, so why should they change a habit of a lifetime other than hopefully realise that this guy can work with peanuts and is therefore worth keeping.
  8. Burton away - Friday 24 Feb - 6 pointer

    Haven't been to a Rovers game for some years now, but have decided to go on Friday. Will be taking my 7 year old lad to his first Rovers match and he is excited at the prospect of watching the club his dad grew up watching, but has only seen himself on tv. l know other Staffordshire based fans used to frequent the MB and am happy to take 2 others if can be in Stafford town for no later than 6.15 or feasibly pick up en route to Burton.
  9. Qpr Away

    Most likely has something to do with bonus payments based on what time in the game a player takes the field, how long they play etc. etc. Would account for why some players continue to be picked and others don't, or take their time returning to fitness from the treatment table.
  10. Transfers Part 2

    So we sign a LB/CB from Bristol City after they sign a CB from Lens; the same club we were looking to buy a different CB from, but we instead sign a CB from Watford on loan, who have recently released another CB who is now on trial at Bristol City. That's wonderfully coincidental.
  11. Transfers Part 2

    Wasn't suggesting for a second it was anything to get excited about. Just an observation that there appears to be a focus on Irish/Scots players. It was said tongue in cheek. We all remember the Portuguese influx and how effective that proved to be!
  12. Transfers Part 2

    Seems Williams was on the bench last Saturday v Newcastle and didn't get a run out but did start at CB on Tuesday in the EFL game against Scunny. Read one fan's comments suggesting he doesn't have the attributes to be either a standout LB (lack of pace) or CB (height) for first choice selection at this level. Given our obvious vulnerabilities on the flanks, not sure what he therefor brings in added value, but have never seen the lad play so would be unfair to say anymore.
  13. Transfers Part 2

    Both have represented Rep of Ireland at junior and under 21 level, so the Celtic connection continues to roll.
  14. Cardiff Away

    The Live ticker has just flashed on my phone that Duffy scored for us! Had my hopes up for a moment. Think it's the official app too!
  15. Transfers Part 2

    I would say it's a whole lot worse than that Tom. I likewise suggested Giles Barnes once I knew OC would be appointed, more out of jest than any knowledge he might be interested. The history and profile of the player kind of suggested he may pursue him, but not as first, second or even tenth choice! Not only does it therefore smack of a total lack of imagination if true, it infers to me that OC has also run out of ideas for now. It also definitely confirms he has no real cash to spend on a journeyman pro who showed a bit of promise in his teens but has been blighted with glass legs ever since. Just ponder that for a minute!