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  1. StaffordRover

    Pre Season Matches

    Second that about Evans and Smallwood, who I noticed were doing their bit for the cause in defence, blocking shots, chasing down etc.
  2. StaffordRover

    Pre Season Matches

    The manner in which he mugged off Jagielka for the 3rd was sublime! Certainly doesn't look out of place at this level and this was a very competitive friendly.
  3. StaffordRover

    Thursday deadline.

    Potentially to put him in the shop window or an opportunity to see the goods before committing to a sale? He may/may not be in TM's thinking, but if other options are no longer viable, he is probably available, within our budget and already has a good affinity with the squad.
  4. StaffordRover

    Pre Season Matches

    I guess that explains why he was roundly booed by some when his name was announced at kick off. Thought it strange at the time.
  5. StaffordRover

    Pre Season Matches

    Didn't see it that way myself, but he did work hard and I agree that he tried to make things happen. Don't see him as a starter just yet, but I admit I have seen very little of him. I liked what I saw today, so he should be there or thereabouts for the match day squad against Ipswich, so wouldn't expect him to be loaned out. I didn't see any stand out players, but I also thought Davenport looked quite lively operating in a deep role in front of the back 4.
  6. StaffordRover

    Pre Season Matches

    Second that. Was at the game and Bell looked handy going forward. Davenport and Rothwell showed occasional nice touches, but Rothwell missed a sitter in front of goal when the initial shot was not deemed to have crossed the line and came out to him from about 5 yards out and he blasted over. Is quite apparant that we were lacking any real cutting edge up front, with Samuel in the first and Nuttall in the second putting in a lot of graft, but with little reward. A useful work out and I think Travis was the only starter to play the whole game. Was busy throughout and caught the eye for that reason.
  7. StaffordRover

    Players who never quite made it

    Completely off topic but I was there at the Oval and he was absolutely unplayable. Took 9 wickets if I remember correctly in their second innings. Devon never had a problem with pace, but his radar often played up, resulting in him not being as affective as he otherwise could have been. I think you're correct referencing the bouncers he received as he was hit a couple of times when batting. Unfortunately for the South Africans, that, together with some unpleasant sledging really wound him up, but rather than put him off his game, he came out and bowled like his life depended on it. They couldn't handle his raw pace and accuracy on the day. Truly memorable stuff!
  8. StaffordRover

    Thursday deadline.

    So essentially any new centre back would have to be willing to be third choice (minimum), albeit with a very realistic chance of getting a run, based on Lenihan's and Mulgrew's injury records and potential drop in form. Any thoughts on what older prem pro would want that gig, especially on a vastly reduced salary (which would otherwise 'compensate' for their lack of game time). We've been stung too many times in recent years, so whilst I certainly like the idea of the older pro in defence, finding the right one will be a challenge.
  9. StaffordRover

    Thursday deadline.

    I tend to agree with you too, but he is a talisman and I can't see him playing anywhere but at the back from now on. Do you think that would help or hinder his, the new old pro or DL's roles in the team? DL is certainly versatile, but does he see his future at centre half and not midfield?
  10. StaffordRover

    Thursday deadline.

    In both promotion seasons to the premiership we had experience at the back in the form of Kevin Moran (34-ish) and Henning Berg, Craig Short (similar) respectively. Wouldn't be opposed to seeing someone of that ilk in the first team - prepared to run through a brick wall for the cause, but I would expect this to be Charlie's role.
  11. StaffordRover

    Walsall v Rovers

    A common Black Country greeting is "Ow bin ya", which translates as "How have you been?" I was once told or read somewhere that it is similar to how Anglo-Saxon English would have sounded. It is also quite different to the Brummie accent. My mother is from Wolverhampton and dad was from Dudley so family visits have always been interesting!
  12. StaffordRover

    Walsall v Rovers

    The King George V on Wallows Lane has been suggested to me as accepting away fans. It's about a 10 minute walk to the ground. The Saddlers Club is opposite the ground and will allow you in for a small fee.
  13. StaffordRover

    Walsall v Rovers

    Okay AJW so there is free parking at Morrison's supermarket near the ground, which you will see if you exit off the M6 and head towards the ground. The King George is opposite Morrison's and usually accommodates away fans. There is also the Fullbrook, but my source suggests that's worth giving a miss. There is also the Saddlers Club close to the ground which accepts away fans but there is a small charge to enter. Good luck with your journey.
  14. StaffordRover

    Walsall v Rovers

    Good stop off for what darrenrover? I live down the road from Cannock and it would not be my choice for a drink/meal, although the local scenery is fantastic. If you are driving, I can suggest you get off at M6 junctions 14 or 13 as there are pubs just off (Shire Horse and the Redhill at 14 and Catch Corner at 13). They all serve standard pub food although the Shire Horse is better quality imo but pricier. There is also a Chinese buffet opposite which is good. Stafford is a nice town to visit, is pedestrianised and we have decent pubs if you're not in a hurry. Walsall is a further 17 miles down the motorway. I will be going by train from Rugeley as it's on the direct line to the Bescot. I know that service starts in Crewe which may interest anyone wanting to avoid having to change at Birmingham. I have also been given the name of a pub that welcomes away fans near the ground and will post it tomorrow when I find the note I wrote it on! Happy to assist with any other travel questions as I'm pretty much a local.
  15. StaffordRover

    Walsall v Rovers

    Have also booked 3 tickets for the St Francis Stand. Have a Walsall season ticket holder work colleague, a pukka football fan, who has emailed me with some info around free parking around Bescot and suggested pubs which I will post if people would find it helpful. He was surprised we weren't given the whole stand as well as the away from the off, given our name. Suffice to say he's not optimistic of them getting anything out of the game, but is looking forward to our visit.

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