VIC MORGAN COLUMN: We only want someone who wants the best for our club

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WE arrive at the penultimate weekend of the season in an unlikely position. Despite what appeared to be a difficult campaign, we still retain an outside chance of the play-offs.

How many Town fans would have thought that was possible back in August?

The recent run of form has been nothing short of terrific.

The only blot came in unexplained fashion at far off Carlisle.

But for that slip up, the pressure would have been fairly and squarely on Peterborough.

Posh are the favourites to take that last place in the end of season jamboree, but in football you just never know.

On the field, then, things have been more than decent. Yes, we may have grumbled at times about the sometimes pedestrian appearance of the playing style.

However, seventh place is a terrific achievement. Unless, of course, you belong to the ‘win every game 5-0’ brigade from the north west.

What worries me is the current off-the-field situation at the County Ground. I’m as confused as anyone about who owns or doesn’t own our club.

Just when you think things have stabilised, the choppy waters return.

What on earth is going on? Can someone please tell me in simple terms, words of one syllable if necessary, who has what bit of a major part of our lives?

All we want is people who are genuinely interested in running Swindon Town in a fit and proper manner. We’ve seen genuine progress this season.

Just think back three years and where we were then. We have young players gaining in maturity by the game and producing results.

If owners or potential owners want to nurture our football club in a right and realistic way, that’s fine.

If not then let us develop as we are. What matters above all else is Swindon Town Football Club.

Too many of us have poured much of our lives into supporting it. If you want what’s best for it, great. If not leave it to those who do.

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6:04am Sat 26 Apr 14

port de soller says...

alas Vic spot on Confused yes 100% of us are simply just that.Question is why have Seebeck reared there heads ,I don´t think any of us honesty Know Why.
Yet looking at Jed /Murral and his cronies I shudder to think if they were to get seats on the Board and are able to gain control of STFC.Lee Power on the surface appears to have tried to bring stability I think
I fear if this Court case goes wrong I think most of the hard core Fans may just say enough is enough why put there hard earned money into a bunch of lets just say people (company) who they are not sure are in the best interest of STFC.and who knows what wil happen.
What makes me wonder is Cheltenham/Hereford politely declined offers from Jed and his crew.
For once just as we all feel things are running OK this happens.
If by some silly desicion the Court rules in Favour of Seebeck I just hope the FL realy does a thorough check on these proposed Board people
alas Vic spot on Confused yes 100% of us are simply just that.Question is why have Seebeck reared there heads ,I don´t think any of us honesty Know Why. Yet looking at Jed /Murral and his cronies I shudder to think if they were to get seats on the Board and are able to gain control of STFC.Lee Power on the surface appears to have tried to bring stability I think I fear if this Court case goes wrong I think most of the hard core Fans may just say enough is enough why put there hard earned money into a bunch of lets just say people (company) who they are not sure are in the best interest of STFC.and who knows what wil happen. What makes me wonder is Cheltenham/Hereford politely declined offers from Jed and his crew. For once just as we all feel things are running OK this happens. If by some silly desicion the Court rules in Favour of Seebeck I just hope the FL realy does a thorough check on these proposed Board people port de soller
  • Score: 6

9:57am Sat 26 Apr 14

Cleuso says...

Play offs ?? .. yes a slight chance ..can just imagine the site here going into a meltdown of nervous worry if it was Town that were 4 points clear going into the last two games thinking it would be odds on we would fail to capitalise on it and throw it away.... hope Peterborough feel that vibe of negativity.

What ever happens today or next week, it has been a good season with lots of hope and plenty of talking points.

Quite right on the ownership situation, don't want anything to disturb the progress seen in the last few months whatever the promises. Like "Port" do think that a change now will see a number desserting and condemning the club to a few more seasons of struggle with little hope of real progress as the fan base dwindles in the light of uncertainty over the intentions of an owner and after all, who would pick the team if Power wasn't here. Lol !
Play offs ?? .. yes a slight chance ..can just imagine the site here going into a meltdown of nervous worry if it was Town that were 4 points clear going into the last two games thinking it would be odds on we would fail to capitalise on it and throw it away.... hope Peterborough feel that vibe of negativity. What ever happens today or next week, it has been a good season with lots of hope and plenty of talking points. Quite right on the ownership situation, don't want anything to disturb the progress seen in the last few months whatever the promises. Like "Port" do think that a change now will see a number desserting and condemning the club to a few more seasons of struggle with little hope of real progress as the fan base dwindles in the light of uncertainty over the intentions of an owner and after all, who would pick the team if Power wasn't here. Lol ! Cleuso
  • Score: 1

10:45am Sat 26 Apr 14

NORTH STAND says...

Don't buy the genuine progress thing I'm afraid.... we have had a cracking end to the season and still a little bit of hope as we head up the M42 but realistically that's all down to an odd set of injuries and circumstances that have caused us to throw away the business model and play proper footballers on running down contracts for a few games.... it's no surprise to any regular watcher that getting the children and pensioners out of defence and playing a couple less ballet dancers in midfield has suddenly made us competitive.... sadly though this approach costs money and whether it's tweedle dee or tweedle dum holding the purse strings come July it's safe to assume that we will be 'giving exciting youngsters a chance' and 'building a sustainable model' which in reality translates as a sub bench on £300 a week first year pro deals and our competent footballers heading out this summer to bigger clubs like Chesterfield and Yeovil....... Still plenty on here will be clapping along citing undying loyalty, and the fans money will continue to drip away to meet er newly discovered liabilities from the nineteen fifties or the legacies of them bad italians.... Roll on August and let the relegation battles commence......
Don't buy the genuine progress thing I'm afraid.... we have had a cracking end to the season and still a little bit of hope as we head up the M42 but realistically that's all down to an odd set of injuries and circumstances that have caused us to throw away the business model and play proper footballers on running down contracts for a few games.... it's no surprise to any regular watcher that getting the children and pensioners out of defence and playing a couple less ballet dancers in midfield has suddenly made us competitive.... sadly though this approach costs money and whether it's tweedle dee or tweedle dum holding the purse strings come July it's safe to assume that we will be 'giving exciting youngsters a chance' and 'building a sustainable model' which in reality translates as a sub bench on £300 a week first year pro deals and our competent footballers heading out this summer to bigger clubs like Chesterfield and Yeovil....... Still plenty on here will be clapping along citing undying loyalty, and the fans money will continue to drip away to meet er newly discovered liabilities from the nineteen fifties or the legacies of them bad italians.... Roll on August and let the relegation battles commence...... NORTH STAND
  • Score: -10

11:13am Sat 26 Apr 14

House with no name says...

I got as far as reading that we have an outside chance of reaching the play offs - Get real there is absolutely no chance so why pretend otherwise.

Another unsuccessful season on and off the pitch no wonder season ticket sales started so early.
I got as far as reading that we have an outside chance of reaching the play offs - Get real there is absolutely no chance so why pretend otherwise. Another unsuccessful season on and off the pitch no wonder season ticket sales started so early. House with no name
  • Score: -10

11:32am Sat 26 Apr 14

sadgit says...

If we don't make the playoffs I would firmly blame Cooper for not taking his head out of his aris sooner and not shoring up the defence where it was obvious to all that Ward was a liability.
I also find it difficult to believe that Power was dictating the style of play to such a negative system.
Who knows what team we will have for next season, if any!
Come on Town, sort it out.
If we don't make the playoffs I would firmly blame Cooper for not taking his head out of his aris sooner and not shoring up the defence where it was obvious to all that Ward was a liability. I also find it difficult to believe that Power was dictating the style of play to such a negative system. Who knows what team we will have for next season, if any! Come on Town, sort it out. sadgit
  • Score: -7

11:35am Sat 26 Apr 14

Old-Stager, Hilperton says...

House with no name wrote:
I got as far as reading that we have an outside chance of reaching the play offs - Get real there is absolutely no chance so why pretend otherwise.

Another unsuccessful season on and off the pitch no wonder season ticket sales started so early.
Fairly unlikely I agree, but nowhere near absolutely no chance.
At the moment William Hill Bookmakers are quoting 40-1 against Swindon Town actually winning the play-offs, let alone getting into the play-offs.
In the unlikely event that Peterborough lost today at Shrewsbury and Swindon Town win at Notts County, then we are only one point behind.
This would mean that on the final day the Posh would need to win to be sure of promotion, because if they only managed a draw and we beat Rotherrham then we would be in the play-offs.
[quote][p][bold]House with no name[/bold] wrote: I got as far as reading that we have an outside chance of reaching the play offs - Get real there is absolutely no chance so why pretend otherwise. Another unsuccessful season on and off the pitch no wonder season ticket sales started so early.[/p][/quote]Fairly unlikely I agree, but nowhere near absolutely no chance. At the moment William Hill Bookmakers are quoting 40-1 against Swindon Town actually winning the play-offs, let alone getting into the play-offs. In the unlikely event that Peterborough lost today at Shrewsbury and Swindon Town win at Notts County, then we are only one point behind. This would mean that on the final day the Posh would need to win to be sure of promotion, because if they only managed a draw and we beat Rotherrham then we would be in the play-offs. Old-Stager, Hilperton
  • Score: 0

11:50am Sat 26 Apr 14

stfc4ever!! says...

Old-Stager, Hilperton wrote:
House with no name wrote:
I got as far as reading that we have an outside chance of reaching the play offs - Get real there is absolutely no chance so why pretend otherwise.

Another unsuccessful season on and off the pitch no wonder season ticket sales started so early.
Fairly unlikely I agree, but nowhere near absolutely no chance.
At the moment William Hill Bookmakers are quoting 40-1 against Swindon Town actually winning the play-offs, let alone getting into the play-offs.
In the unlikely event that Peterborough lost today at Shrewsbury and Swindon Town win at Notts County, then we are only one point behind.
This would mean that on the final day the Posh would need to win to be sure of promotion, because if they only managed a draw and we beat Rotherrham then we would be in the play-offs.
Whilst it's mathematically possible there's a chance by way of its actual definition! It's highly unlikely as said above but why not have some optimism?! Guess that's stretching it a bit for some on here.

So by your accounts a successful season has to be promotion I take it? Actually asking here
[quote][p][bold]Old-Stager, Hilperton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]House with no name[/bold] wrote: I got as far as reading that we have an outside chance of reaching the play offs - Get real there is absolutely no chance so why pretend otherwise. Another unsuccessful season on and off the pitch no wonder season ticket sales started so early.[/p][/quote]Fairly unlikely I agree, but nowhere near absolutely no chance. At the moment William Hill Bookmakers are quoting 40-1 against Swindon Town actually winning the play-offs, let alone getting into the play-offs. In the unlikely event that Peterborough lost today at Shrewsbury and Swindon Town win at Notts County, then we are only one point behind. This would mean that on the final day the Posh would need to win to be sure of promotion, because if they only managed a draw and we beat Rotherrham then we would be in the play-offs.[/p][/quote]Whilst it's mathematically possible there's a chance by way of its actual definition! It's highly unlikely as said above but why not have some optimism?! Guess that's stretching it a bit for some on here. So by your accounts a successful season has to be promotion I take it? Actually asking here stfc4ever!!
  • Score: 3

11:52am Sat 26 Apr 14

Oi Den! says...

NORTH STAND wrote:
Don't buy the genuine progress thing I'm afraid.... we have had a cracking end to the season and still a little bit of hope as we head up the M42 but realistically that's all down to an odd set of injuries and circumstances that have caused us to throw away the business model and play proper footballers on running down contracts for a few games.... it's no surprise to any regular watcher that getting the children and pensioners out of defence and playing a couple less ballet dancers in midfield has suddenly made us competitive.... sadly though this approach costs money and whether it's tweedle dee or tweedle dum holding the purse strings come July it's safe to assume that we will be 'giving exciting youngsters a chance' and 'building a sustainable model' which in reality translates as a sub bench on £300 a week first year pro deals and our competent footballers heading out this summer to bigger clubs like Chesterfield and Yeovil....... Still plenty on here will be clapping along citing undying loyalty, and the fans money will continue to drip away to meet er newly discovered liabilities from the nineteen fifties or the legacies of them bad italians.... Roll on August and let the relegation battles commence......
A tad jaundiced, NS. A thumbs up from me though, as I think there's a lot of good food for thought there.
[quote][p][bold]NORTH STAND[/bold] wrote: Don't buy the genuine progress thing I'm afraid.... we have had a cracking end to the season and still a little bit of hope as we head up the M42 but realistically that's all down to an odd set of injuries and circumstances that have caused us to throw away the business model and play proper footballers on running down contracts for a few games.... it's no surprise to any regular watcher that getting the children and pensioners out of defence and playing a couple less ballet dancers in midfield has suddenly made us competitive.... sadly though this approach costs money and whether it's tweedle dee or tweedle dum holding the purse strings come July it's safe to assume that we will be 'giving exciting youngsters a chance' and 'building a sustainable model' which in reality translates as a sub bench on £300 a week first year pro deals and our competent footballers heading out this summer to bigger clubs like Chesterfield and Yeovil....... Still plenty on here will be clapping along citing undying loyalty, and the fans money will continue to drip away to meet er newly discovered liabilities from the nineteen fifties or the legacies of them bad italians.... Roll on August and let the relegation battles commence......[/p][/quote]A tad jaundiced, NS. A thumbs up from me though, as I think there's a lot of good food for thought there. Oi Den!
  • Score: 0

12:16pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Oi Den! says...

sadgit wrote:
If we don't make the playoffs I would firmly blame Cooper for not taking his head out of his aris sooner and not shoring up the defence where it was obvious to all that Ward was a liability.
I also find it difficult to believe that Power was dictating the style of play to such a negative system.
Who knows what team we will have for next season, if any!
Come on Town, sort it out.
M, how do you know Cooper wasn't badgering Power all season to allow him to change the defence? As for the style of play, it's been said many times by the club that Cooper's brief was to play a passing game. I'd agree with you that the cautious formations are down to Cooper. But, given that passing the ball to death was an instruction from above, what choice did he have? Our lightweight team would have been cut to pieces if we played an open attacking game. I can't see how we'd have got anywhere near the top 6 by playing that way. In my view, NS has got it right - partly at least. Our recent good run has been due to enforced changes, the recruitment of Stephens, firmer and drier pitches and - in no small measure - Cooper getting it right tactically against stronger sides than ours. Much of the season has been dull. No two ways about that. But 7th place in all the circumstances is no mean feat.
[quote][p][bold]sadgit[/bold] wrote: If we don't make the playoffs I would firmly blame Cooper for not taking his head out of his aris sooner and not shoring up the defence where it was obvious to all that Ward was a liability. I also find it difficult to believe that Power was dictating the style of play to such a negative system. Who knows what team we will have for next season, if any! Come on Town, sort it out.[/p][/quote]M, how do you know Cooper wasn't badgering Power all season to allow him to change the defence? As for the style of play, it's been said many times by the club that Cooper's brief was to play a passing game. I'd agree with you that the cautious formations are down to Cooper. But, given that passing the ball to death was an instruction from above, what choice did he have? Our lightweight team would have been cut to pieces if we played an open attacking game. I can't see how we'd have got anywhere near the top 6 by playing that way. In my view, NS has got it right - partly at least. Our recent good run has been due to enforced changes, the recruitment of Stephens, firmer and drier pitches and - in no small measure - Cooper getting it right tactically against stronger sides than ours. Much of the season has been dull. No two ways about that. But 7th place in all the circumstances is no mean feat. Oi Den!
  • Score: 1

12:26pm Sat 26 Apr 14

stfc4ever!! says...

Oi Den! wrote:
sadgit wrote:
If we don't make the playoffs I would firmly blame Cooper for not taking his head out of his aris sooner and not shoring up the defence where it was obvious to all that Ward was a liability.
I also find it difficult to believe that Power was dictating the style of play to such a negative system.
Who knows what team we will have for next season, if any!
Come on Town, sort it out.
M, how do you know Cooper wasn't badgering Power all season to allow him to change the defence? As for the style of play, it's been said many times by the club that Cooper's brief was to play a passing game. I'd agree with you that the cautious formations are down to Cooper. But, given that passing the ball to death was an instruction from above, what choice did he have? Our lightweight team would have been cut to pieces if we played an open attacking game. I can't see how we'd have got anywhere near the top 6 by playing that way. In my view, NS has got it right - partly at least. Our recent good run has been due to enforced changes, the recruitment of Stephens, firmer and drier pitches and - in no small measure - Cooper getting it right tactically against stronger sides than ours. Much of the season has been dull. No two ways about that. But 7th place in all the circumstances is no mean feat.
Spot on Den my thoughts exactly. As I've said before, 7th is a fantastic achievement considering where we were pre season. Most of us on here were praying that avoided relegation and now here we are hoping for a play off spot. Be grateful and happy were we are and lose that glory supporting mentality
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sadgit[/bold] wrote: If we don't make the playoffs I would firmly blame Cooper for not taking his head out of his aris sooner and not shoring up the defence where it was obvious to all that Ward was a liability. I also find it difficult to believe that Power was dictating the style of play to such a negative system. Who knows what team we will have for next season, if any! Come on Town, sort it out.[/p][/quote]M, how do you know Cooper wasn't badgering Power all season to allow him to change the defence? As for the style of play, it's been said many times by the club that Cooper's brief was to play a passing game. I'd agree with you that the cautious formations are down to Cooper. But, given that passing the ball to death was an instruction from above, what choice did he have? Our lightweight team would have been cut to pieces if we played an open attacking game. I can't see how we'd have got anywhere near the top 6 by playing that way. In my view, NS has got it right - partly at least. Our recent good run has been due to enforced changes, the recruitment of Stephens, firmer and drier pitches and - in no small measure - Cooper getting it right tactically against stronger sides than ours. Much of the season has been dull. No two ways about that. But 7th place in all the circumstances is no mean feat.[/p][/quote]Spot on Den my thoughts exactly. As I've said before, 7th is a fantastic achievement considering where we were pre season. Most of us on here were praying that avoided relegation and now here we are hoping for a play off spot. Be grateful and happy were we are and lose that glory supporting mentality stfc4ever!!
  • Score: 3

4:48pm Sat 26 Apr 14

House with no name says...

Told you all so - now start preparing for a relegation battle to division two in 4 months time.

Some of you just have absolutely no idea what's going on around you - no ambition and poor management equals a Conference team.
Told you all so - now start preparing for a relegation battle to division two in 4 months time. Some of you just have absolutely no idea what's going on around you - no ambition and poor management equals a Conference team. House with no name
  • Score: -4

9:23pm Sat 26 Apr 14

stfc4ever!! says...

House with no name wrote:
Told you all so - now start preparing for a relegation battle to division two in 4 months time.

Some of you just have absolutely no idea what's going on around you - no ambition and poor management equals a Conference team.
Rubbish today no doubt still should not take gloss of a successful season. Looking forward to building on this next season. Can't wait!
[quote][p][bold]House with no name[/bold] wrote: Told you all so - now start preparing for a relegation battle to division two in 4 months time. Some of you just have absolutely no idea what's going on around you - no ambition and poor management equals a Conference team.[/p][/quote]Rubbish today no doubt still should not take gloss of a successful season. Looking forward to building on this next season. Can't wait! stfc4ever!!
  • Score: 1

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