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Stilloyal 9:20am Fri 15 Feb 13

If the takeover is completed / ratified today or Monday will there be loan players coming in ahead of the Tranny game ?

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super red 9:28am Fri 15 Feb 13

On one of the recent articles we had a photo of Jed and another at the Hartlepool game.

Is the other person:

A) a member of the consortium.
B) a member of the public watching Stfc.
C) Jeds....minder

Cheers

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SAPFanSTFC 9:29am Fri 15 Feb 13

Given that there is a non-disclosure agreement in place for the potential new board what have you managed to find out about their intentions and levels of funding available?
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I came home extremely down after the Hartlepool game as 3 of the names were identified but none of them would seem to have any financial liquidity of the ilk required to support a Championship team:
- Does the 4th name released this week make a difference? i.e. have any of them got significant funds available
- Is Black counted as the 5th member?
- Was the £3 million input of funding from the new board a rumour or a fact?

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TheDukeOfBanbury 9:29am Fri 15 Feb 13

What will the new Board bring to STFC ?

What are their plans and when are they likely to be shared with the Supporters ?

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Since 1950 9:32am Fri 15 Feb 13

But who will be available to take the questions? The club have said there can be no comment until Monday at the earliest. Even that will depend if theFL get off their backsides and rubber stamp the deal.
This will only fuel speculation and in my view ill timed question time.

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the don69 9:40am Fri 15 Feb 13

Poor ol Sam won't be able to answer the question's we have chaps!what we want is Jed and his gang up before the bench!ready for our interrogation!LOL!!!
!!

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Red Savage 9:42am Fri 15 Feb 13

Some questions for the new consortium once the deal is finalised:

What are the new plans for the club and what are the key points from the 3 year financial model? Are we still going to see some investment this season (i.e. loan signings), to continue our push to the Championship? If so, how to you plan to make this club sustainable in the Championship - will there be further investment if we go up?

Paolo has done amazing things with this club and I hope the new consortium appreciate that keeping him should be a major board priority for the club and the fans. He brings passion and desire to our football, something I've not seen at STFC for a long time. It appears that the 2 key things that are needed to keep him are: more transparency and communication with him from the board; and being able to provide some cash for more players. Would these items be part of your plans?

Why was Matt Richie sold far below his true value when we had an imminent deal to sell the club?

Are there new stadium plans?

Sorry - too many questions!

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the wizard 9:43am Fri 15 Feb 13

Sam, from your understanding of affairs, should the deal not be ratified for what ever reason, how close are we to either selling players or going into admin ?

Sorry to be down beat, but I'd like to be prepared for the worse should it happen.

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Another view 9:46am Fri 15 Feb 13

Welcome on board guys, though I say this with all fingers crossed!

It would be good to have a least a basic outline of how far the new board will fund the club on the playing side, and on the stadium development or move.

After all the false dawns I would think most of us would be content with the 3 loan targets coming in, and some improvement of the County Ground while they investigate the long term viability of a Reading type move just off the M4.

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Bryant25 9:48am Fri 15 Feb 13

Is Messi coming to Swindon? Loan maybe?

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Wonder Strike 9:55am Fri 15 Feb 13

If we are to be self sustaining do we know if the new consortium plan overhaul our youth system with an academy.

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UsernameSTFC 10:13am Fri 15 Feb 13

Why decide to come here?

My usual question... What's there favourite cheese?


Why did they fail taking over Luton?

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billbst 10:22am Fri 15 Feb 13

Will there be an immediate restructuring of the club to reduce the cost base? Who owns (is owed) the outstanding debt in the club? Will any of the directors be full time with the club and if so in what roles?

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STFC Higworth 10:22am Fri 15 Feb 13

I got a question.

What is the point of this question and answer session??

Adver instead of getting people to ask questions do your job and ask the people in the know the questions that need answering.

Tin Pot Paper!!!!

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who am i 10:22am Fri 15 Feb 13

What's pdc view on this consortium. Are they ones pdc was very excited about early on.

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RobinsTalk 10:27am Fri 15 Feb 13

Was another consortium made up of PDC's friends/contacts also in the running to take over the club?

Is there any indication yet as to whether Nick Watkins will be kept on as CE by the new owners?

In the likely event that you are not yet in a position to answer either of those, what do you prefer plain or milk chocolate? (it's not an offer, just a twist on the cheese question)

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umpcah 10:29am Fri 15 Feb 13

What a pity that this Q &A is not taking place next Friday after all the dust has settled !

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35 year fan 10:35am Fri 15 Feb 13

given that the club is thought to be losing around £50k per week, why do people seem to think that the first thing the new owners will do is add to that deficit by signing three new players?

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Steve. Brentford 10:36am Fri 15 Feb 13

the don69 wrote…


Poor ol Sam won't be able to answer the question's we have chaps!what we want is Jed and his gang up before the bench!ready for our interrogation!LOL!!!

!!

Haha, nice one Don but true all the same! I actually agree with 1950 that its probably not the right time for a question time, i'm sure Sam would like some of the answers to questions he is likely to get ask,however i'm also sure he will do his best to answer what he can,good luck Sam,i just cant see how you can answer some of these that`s all.

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mallorca 10:38am Fri 15 Feb 13

Is this takeover actually going to happen
Why no response from the FL???
What finacial input will tis new Board put into STFC
Is Pdc staying or going?
Is the club now debt fee???after SWP´s comment it appears not yet we were told the club woulld start with new Board and clean sheet-

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who am i 10:52am Fri 15 Feb 13

STFC Higworth wrote…


I got a question. What is the point of this question and answer session?? Adver instead of getting people to ask questions do your job and ask the people in the know the questions that need answering. Tin Pot Paper!!!!

If its such a Tin pot paper why keep coming on here? Tin pot poster if u ask me.

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tj@ramsbury 10:52am Fri 15 Feb 13

Is Paolo staying ?

Has Paolo had his Swindon Town tattoo done ?

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ShearerShearer 10:54am Fri 15 Feb 13

Jaffa Cakes - cake or biscuit?

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umpcah 10:57am Fri 15 Feb 13

Will there be an improvement in the quality of half-time cuppas ?

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Davethered 11:03am Fri 15 Feb 13

Is it true Thierry Henry is a member of the board , and will he be playing in a swindon shirt in the near future .

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chalkswindon 11:11am Fri 15 Feb 13

Have the old/new/inbetween board turned down a recent request from a Championship team to speak to PDC ?

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Exmouth_red69 11:14am Fri 15 Feb 13

STFC Higworth wrote…


I got a question.

What is the point of this question and answer session??

Adver instead of getting people to ask questions do your job and ask the people in the know the questions that need answering.

Tin Pot Paper!!!!

Don't read it and do one then. simples.

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Stratton Red 11:16am Fri 15 Feb 13

Do the burgers at STFC contain horse?

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Stratton Red 11:18am Fri 15 Feb 13

How much do you estimate the Championship being worth compared to L1?

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swindon69 11:20am Fri 15 Feb 13

Stratton Red wrote…


Do the burgers at STFC contain horse?

I expect the answer will be "Neigh!"

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swindon69 11:22am Fri 15 Feb 13

With reference to the Terry Brady fiasco, do the oncoming board know that the ground cannot be sold for redevelopment other than for a sporting facility?

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jevs 11:25am Fri 15 Feb 13

ShearerShearer wrote…


Jaffa Cakes - cake or biscuit?

They're cakes & it took a court case to decide it. Biscuits go soft when they're off & cakes go hard.

That I suspect will be one of few definitive answers to come out of this
mis-named Q&A session.

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Lambourn Red 11:27am Fri 15 Feb 13

35 year fan wrote…


given that the club is thought to be losing around £50k per week, why do people seem to think that the first thing the new owners will do is add to that deficit by signing three new players?

I would find it hard to believe that the club is losing that amount per week that would equate to a 2.5 million deficit per annum. The accounts show a loss of approx 1.2 million without any player sales. What you have to remember is that the squad has been trimmed right down now to the point where we are struggling to field a bench in recent games, so I would be surprised if our out goings are stripping are revenue by 50k per week.
There would have been a budget at the beginning of the season for the squad and the fact that the likes of Ritchie, Benson, Cox etc have left would have freed up enough to bring in new players.

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ShearerShearer 11:40am Fri 15 Feb 13

jevs wrote…


ShearerShearer wrote…

Jaffa Cakes - cake or biscuit?
They're cakes & it took a court case to decide it. Biscuits go soft when they're off & cakes go hard. That I suspect will be one of few definitive answers to come out of this mis-named Q&A session.

So why do some shops still stock them in the biscuit aisle ;-) ?

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billbst 11:58am Fri 15 Feb 13

Crumbs! someone had to but now I feel guilty.

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STFC MARLOW 11:59am Fri 15 Feb 13

I would like to know what type of investment can we expect with the new owners?

Will there be plays to redevelop the ground still?

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billbst 12:04pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Trying to restore some self respect now.
How much involvement has Phil Spencer had in bringing this consortium to the club?

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STFCBourne98 12:06pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Is there any news on the situation of ground redevelopment?

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umpcah 12:13pm Fri 15 Feb 13

jevs wrote…


ShearerShearer wrote…


Jaffa Cakes - cake or biscuit?
They're cakes & it took a court case to decide it. Biscuits go soft when they're off & cakes go hard.

That I suspect will be one of few definitive answers to come out of this
mis-named Q&A session.

Who cares ? It`s the tea that`s important !

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Wembley69 12:17pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Despite uncertainty we reached 3rd place, beating Tranmere away could get us into the automatic places depending on other results, so reasons to be cheerful? I wonder what the new owners would feel / do if we were promoted this time?

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ShearerShearer 12:18pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Just how much notice was given to STFC by AB of his desire to sell and be out of STFC by the end of Jan?
If this was known well in advance of the end of Jan (i.e. when SWP was appointed) why was it left until the last minute (i.e. with respect to the transfer window) get things moving? This has left STFC in a depeleted state player-wise with no options until the deal is done.

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pug ugly 12:21pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Being a cynical old git, I can't shake the feeling that the prospective owners are nothing but asset strippers.

Sure, they'll say the right things to placate fans but I can see our playing assets being sold one by one, replaced on the cheap, PdC being replaced by some non-entity of a manager and when the heat is really on they will disappear with pockets full of wonga, courtesy of STFC.

What's your take?

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The Jockster 12:22pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Stratton Red wrote…


How much do you estimate the Championship being worth compared to L1?

They are not known for containing any recognisable form of meat least of all beef!

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The Jockster 12:28pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Why did the FL reject McGrory's attempted takeover of Luton- are there any "warnings" the FL should need as a result in approving the same guy wanting to take over STFC?

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stfclondon 12:29pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Ther has been some interesting debate on here lately about how to ensure the long-term stability of the club. Some feel that a rich benefactor like Andrew Black is the only way forward. Others think that sustainability should be our aim, including the possibility of the supporters' Trust owning a share of the club, like the Swansea model.

Do you think Swindon can be successful while staying within the financial fair play rules, and is fan ownership a realistic prospect?

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Super Mario TV 12:33pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Good Afternoon Sam, I understand you have already said that the new board will put putting some money into the club this season and next, but my question are the incoming board cash rich in terms of having available millions available to invest in the club?

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stfclondon 12:34pm Fri 15 Feb 13

*There

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jimbog 12:36pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Hi Sam, just out of interest, what is/was the agenda for the players / Di Canio today, and of course tomorrow since there is no game? Training and/or charity work etc., time off? Cheers

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STFC Higworth 12:38pm Fri 15 Feb 13

who am i wrote…


STFC Higworth wrote…

I got a question. What is the point of this question and answer session?? Adver instead of getting people to ask questions do your job and ask the people in the know the questions that need answering. Tin Pot Paper!!!!
If its such a Tin pot paper why keep coming on here? Tin pot poster if u ask me.

Tell me where I can get any news on STFC and wiould happly not read this.

You may be happy with the second rate stories that are normally reported on BBC radio Wiltshire first but I am more than happy for this local rag to be missed out from my viewing.

Yet again someone does not agree with what they agree with now I am a second rate poster!!!! You are a second rate supporter if you do not agree with me. There Tit for tat!!!

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sadgit 12:40pm Fri 15 Feb 13

What is happening with the Luke Rooney situation?

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Red Rascal 12:41pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Sam, seems to me that any owner will be looking at the financial equivalent of a black hole with ownership of Swindon until the facilities can generate more money. Do you know anything of their plans on that side of ownership and anything about the Councils current attitute to that?

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Red Rascal 12:44pm Fri 15 Feb 13

pug ugly wrote…


Being a cynical old git, I can't shake the feeling that the prospective owners are nothing but asset strippers. Sure, they'll say the right things to placate fans but I can see our playing assets being sold one by one, replaced on the cheap, PdC being replaced by some non-entity of a manager and when the heat is really on they will disappear with pockets full of wonga, courtesy of STFC. What's your take?

I'm not sure anyone apart from Razor and maybe Diamond Mike has departed Swindon Town with pockets full of wonga

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grove red 1:01pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Do you think black wray fitton and other board members have had a fall out and that to has played a part in blacks sale??

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billbst 1:02pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Thanks Sam. First time I have been able to follow one of these. Enjoyable.

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Davidsyrett 1:13pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Always interesting these Q&A's.

What I take from this is:

A) Without the new board coming in and taking over quickly we would have been in serious trouble. So lets thank them and get behind the club.

B) The new board will invest money this season for loans.

C) Having spoken to them over a week ago PdC is still here, so we have to assume he will stay.

I think the train is back on the tracks!!

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Super Mario TV 1:19pm Fri 15 Feb 13

If the consortium had a money man/woman I think it’s fair to say their their name would of leaked out by now, and as the consortium don’t have the financial mussel to keep the club moving forward in it's present format and they plan massive cost cutting measures which will be a mean a huge step backwards in football terms, I believe the club would of been better to use the Richie money to survive until the end of the season, and then if no other buyer came forward go in to administration and let the administer takes their time and find a suitable buyer, this would of caused short term pain rather then being stuck with owners that over time will ship out the current players anyway, and will only have the option to slash rather then spend.

And after listening to Andrew Fitton a few weeks ago on the radio I am convinced he would of done a deal with the administer, as it would of been on his terms.

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Davidsyrett 1:20pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Super Mario TV wrote…


If the consortium had a money man/woman I think it’s fair to say their their name would of leaked out by now, and as the consortium don’t have the financial mussel to keep the club moving forward in it's present format and they plan massive cost cutting measures which will be a mean a huge step backwards in football terms, I believe the club would of been better to use the Richie money to survive until the end of the season, and then if no other buyer came forward go in to administration and let the administer takes their time and find a suitable buyer, this would of caused short term pain rather then being stuck with owners that over time will ship out the current players anyway, and will only have the option to slash rather then spend.

And after listening to Andrew Fitton a few weeks ago on the radio I am convinced he would of done a deal with the administer, as it would of been on his terms.

Total rubbish!

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ChrisWantageRed 1:27pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Davidsyrett wrote…


Always interesting these Q&A's. What I take from this is: A) Without the new board coming in and taking over quickly we would have been in serious trouble. So lets thank them and get behind the club. B) The new board will invest money this season for loans. C) Having spoken to them over a week ago PdC is still here, so we have to assume he will stay. I think the train is back on the tracks!!

It merely stopped at the station to take on new passengers!! :)

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Super Mario TV 1:28pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Davidsyrett wrote…


Super Mario TV wrote…


If the consortium had a money man/woman I think it’s fair to say their their name would of leaked out by now, and as the consortium don’t have the financial mussel to keep the club moving forward in it's present format and they plan massive cost cutting measures which will be a mean a huge step backwards in football terms, I believe the club would of been better to use the Richie money to survive until the end of the season, and then if no other buyer came forward go in to administration and let the administer takes their time and find a suitable buyer, this would of caused short term pain rather then being stuck with owners that over time will ship out the current players anyway, and will only have the option to slash rather then spend.

And after listening to Andrew Fitton a few weeks ago on the radio I am convinced he would of done a deal with the administer, as it would of been on his terms.
Total rubbish!

Not good enough to say "Total rubbish!" and a bit immature, explain why you disagree.

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umpcah 1:28pm Fri 15 Feb 13

ChrisWantageRed wrote…


Davidsyrett wrote…


Always interesting these Q&A's. What I take from this is: A) Without the new board coming in and taking over quickly we would have been in serious trouble. So lets thank them and get behind the club. B) The new board will invest money this season for loans. C) Having spoken to them over a week ago PdC is still here, so we have to assume he will stay. I think the train is back on the tracks!!
It merely stopped at the station to take on new passengers!! :)

To Oxford ?

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the don69 1:31pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Steve. Brentford wrote…


the don69 wrote…


Poor ol Sam won't be able to answer the question's we have chaps!what we want is Jed and his gang up before the bench!ready for our interrogation!LOL!!!


!!
Haha, nice one Don but true all the same! I actually agree with 1950 that its probably not the right time for a question time, i'm sure Sam would like some of the answers to questions he is likely to get ask,however i'm also sure he will do his best to answer what he can,good luck Sam,i just cant see how you can answer some of these that`s all.

Sam did his best Steve!but like I said the real fit and proper panel(us the fans)want to question Jed and his boys,to hear it from the horses mouth(no pun intended)but as David Syrett said above,we have to thank them for the speed of doing this deal,because without it,we were deep in the Brown stuff!!!!!!!!!!!

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stfclondon 1:46pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Super Mario TV wrote…


If the consortium had a money man/woman I think it’s fair to say their their name would of leaked out by now, and as the consortium don’t have the financial mussel to keep the club moving forward in it's present format and they plan massive cost cutting measures which will be a mean a huge step backwards in football terms, I believe the club would of been better to use the Richie money to survive until the end of the season, and then if no other buyer came forward go in to administration and let the administer takes their time and find a suitable buyer, this would of caused short term pain rather then being stuck with owners that over time will ship out the current players anyway, and will only have the option to slash rather then spend. And after listening to Andrew Fitton a few weeks ago on the radio I am convinced he would of done a deal with the administer, as it would of been on his terms.

1. Just because no name has leaked out doesn't mean there's not someone waiting in the wings. Sam has said the new board will be looking for additional investment, so they may already have someone in mind.
2. How do you know the new board doesn't have the financial muscle required? Is their personal wealth in the public domain?
3. Who said anything about massive cost cutting measures? You;re scaremongering.
4. How much of the Ritchie money was paid up front? Was it enough to fund the club until the end of the season?
5. Administration means player sales and job losses, not just "short term pain". What penalties would the Football Lague impose on us for entering administration a third time? It must be avoided if at all possible.
6. You have absolutely no way of knowing that the owners plan to ship players out and slash rather than spend. More scaremongering.

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RamsburyRed 1:51pm Fri 15 Feb 13

I would be interested to know how they presented their plans to the FL for two completely different scenarios next season: either Championship Football, or L1.
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That will surely have a big influence on income and expenditure, so there must be a plan A and B.
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Pleased to see Sam is realistic about possible increase in income if we make the Championship - £4m sounds about right - but what we don't know is what is built into players' contracts for promotion bonuses and wages in a higher league. The only way to avoid those cutting in will be to sell!

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Davidsyrett 1:55pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Super Mario TV wrote…


Davidsyrett wrote…


Super Mario TV wrote…


If the consortium had a money man/woman I think it’s fair to say their their name would of leaked out by now, and as the consortium don’t have the financial mussel to keep the club moving forward in it's present format and they plan massive cost cutting measures which will be a mean a huge step backwards in football terms, I believe the club would of been better to use the Richie money to survive until the end of the season, and then if no other buyer came forward go in to administration and let the administer takes their time and find a suitable buyer, this would of caused short term pain rather then being stuck with owners that over time will ship out the current players anyway, and will only have the option to slash rather then spend.

And after listening to Andrew Fitton a few weeks ago on the radio I am convinced he would of done a deal with the administer, as it would of been on his terms.
Total rubbish!
Not good enough to say "Total rubbish!" and a bit immature, explain why you disagree.

Ok.

Why would administration help us?

Having already been in it twice we could expect a 20 maybe 30 point deduction. We would have also of had to sell our best players at cut prices to raise quick money.

The money we got for Ritchie is less 20% Pompey sell on fee, therefore the money raised on that sale would have tied us over for about a month or so at the most.

We yet to know what money is going to be put into the club but, but it sounds as if loans players will be available.

AS for AF, I'm not sure he has any powers to talk to the administrators and do a deal.

I can assure you that we need administration as much as a hole in the head. This is a far better deal

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billbst 2:01pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Obviously Sam can only reflect what he knows and judges but I'm with Dave syrett. The 3 potential loanees are still in circulation so hopefully a Monday approval will see us straight on with the promotion chase with Paolo committed to getting us up. Many questions afterwards but hopeful.

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the wizard 2:06pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Quote,

I understand money is being put in to take the club through this season and into the next. I would imagine that the incoming owners will want to trim some of the wastage off the club, it remains to be seen how they do that exactly.

The debt within the club is the secured debt which is tied against the ground. It is our understanding that the debt in the holding company of around £9million, owed to Andrew Black, Sir Martyn Arbib, Andrew Fitton and Jeremy Wray, will be removed.

So money to "run the club" is here until say towards the end of the year, but in fairness not enough for a big team rebuild. My take on that is OK as the club is secure but I can see further investors now being seriously sought after.

With reference to the debt I thought the figures being banded about not so many weeks ago were much higher, so is there still a debt in some form or another ?

Despite the "knockers" I think Sam has made a pretty honest effort here, obviously he cannot say his feelings but has remained as factual as possible and I thank him for that. I still think tomorrow is a day wasted up to a point as the club could have done something to draw people in to the ground, perhaps a charity bash or what ever.
All we can do now is wish Jed good luck and stand behind those who are willing to throw money into this bottomless pit.

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Swindon1984 2:18pm Fri 15 Feb 13

STFC Higworth wrote…


I got a question. What is the point of this question and answer session?? Adver instead of getting people to ask questions do your job and ask the people in the know the questions that need answering. Tin Pot Paper!!!!

Would've thought it was obvious, it's an opportunity to engage with the fans directly and try to address any concerns they've got. Many come on here and read the articles, and come away with questions which is where all the speculation in the comments comes about. As Mr Morshead is a lot more informed than most of us as to what goes on at STFC (even though some on here reckon overheard conversations in the legends makes them THE authority on all things Swindon...) he can attempt to answer any queries we have. I feel it's a worthwhile exercise, if you don't you're free to not read and not comment.

You're also free not to buy the adver if you disapprove - if you don't buy it anyway, you really are getting all this for free and aren't in a position to criticise. Think some of these throwaway comments are pretty insulting, running down what someone does for a living and insulting the business they work for. If you spent a bit more time thinking before typing maybe your username would've read "Highworth" and not "Higworth"! Give the adver a break is all I'm saying.

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Super Mario TV 2:31pm Fri 15 Feb 13

stfclondon wrote…


Super Mario TV wrote…


If the consortium had a money man/woman I think it’s fair to say their their name would of leaked out by now, and as the consortium don’t have the financial mussel to keep the club moving forward in it's present format and they plan massive cost cutting measures which will be a mean a huge step backwards in football terms, I believe the club would of been better to use the Richie money to survive until the end of the season, and then if no other buyer came forward go in to administration and let the administer takes their time and find a suitable buyer, this would of caused short term pain rather then being stuck with owners that over time will ship out the current players anyway, and will only have the option to slash rather then spend. And after listening to Andrew Fitton a few weeks ago on the radio I am convinced he would of done a deal with the administer, as it would of been on his terms.
1. Just because no name has leaked out doesn't mean there's not someone waiting in the wings. Sam has said the new board will be looking for additional investment, so they may already have someone in mind.
2. How do you know the new board doesn't have the financial muscle required? Is their personal wealth in the public domain?
3. Who said anything about massive cost cutting measures? You;re scaremongering.
4. How much of the Ritchie money was paid up front? Was it enough to fund the club until the end of the season?
5. Administration means player sales and job losses, not just "short term pain". What penalties would the Football Lague impose on us for entering administration a third time? It must be avoided if at all possible.
6. You have absolutely no way of knowing that the owners plan to ship players out and slash rather than spend. More scaremongering.

I believe it's more a matter of fact that the incoming board don't have any real money and they plan to cut costs, it's even confirmed in a few of the answers given to the questions asked above.

I know Jed reads all these these forums so Jed please prove me wrong and tell us the name of your millionaire Black style investor and make me look a fool......

What is the point in a consortium buying or in this case being given a football club when they don't have the funds to invest and to move it forward, there plan is to save the club by cost cutting and undoing Wray’s and PDC'S progress, and that is one long slow road to nowhere, and in the long term we will a lot worse off then the 10 points we would lost in administration (It's only 10 points for a third administration, like Darlington got last year)

It's scaremongering to tell the tale that the club will die if this takeover does not go ahead, as I'm in no doubt better offers and options would become available down the line.

When PDC is gone this time next season and the club is in reserve gear, due to cost cutting and lack of funds, we will pull this thread back up, and I will ask you all if you wish you had asked a few more questions before hand clapping and nodding.

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billbst 3:01pm Fri 15 Feb 13

I admit to being anxious about the new owners but they have been able to act very quickly. I hope it shows that they have the desire and need to move the club forward. Again I hope they will be able to attract more investment money. Losing the great opportunity for promotion that we have this season would have come with administration. If Paolo stays to the end of the season the board will have done very well and there will be time to plan for his inevitable departure. At least it seems plausible now.

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umpcah 4:12pm Fri 15 Feb 13

billbst wrote…


Obviously Sam can only reflect what he knows and judges but I'm with Dave syrett. The 3 potential loanees are still in circulation so hopefully a Monday approval will see us straight on with the promotion chase with Paolo committed to getting us up. Many questions afterwards but hopeful.

According to Sam another Q & A session is expected next week. Hopefully a few current unanswered questions will be given answers. Come on you Reds !

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Wilesy 4:16pm Fri 15 Feb 13

If the new consortium put in money to tide us over to the end of the season with a few loans, then that is the short term sorted and good news.

Money being put into the club next season too also sounds OK, or is that just wages or wages + transfer fees?

So whilst people are criticising they are actually talking about investing £2-3m, over say 9 months or so with the Richie £0.5m in there too.

I don't think that is significantly more or less than Black was putting in?

Detail will come out next week, so I'm sure the short, medium and long term plans will be revealed. Is it a 'Save Swindon from Admin' purchase or are they in it for the long term. Either way we should be grateful.

Still fascinated why Black has dropped us like a stone writing off millions in the process, and why does he want to keep 15% is that what he would have probably got if we'd gone into admin?

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davel4848 4:31pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Super Mario TV. You have got to be the gloomiest, most negative, pessimistic poster this message board has ever seen. Please go away.

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NORTH STAND 4:40pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Good read this - man who has no idea what is happening answers questions from people who don't understand the subject... la plus ca change!

Anyway here's a quick summary:

1. A handful of poor little rich kids bought a football club for a gas
2. Used to getting their own way and convincingly advised by willing acolytes and 'expert' consultants they soon established that they could bully their way to planning permission for a property development that would make them even more money
3. The world moved on, the economy collapsed, they (slowly) realised that office, hotel and leisure space in central Swindon was not quite as attractive a proposition as the graphs had suggested
4. The poor little rich kids fell out ad one by one wandered off to play with their other toys
5. The biggest little rich kid of all had nobody left to play with so when they said nasty things he decided to teach them a lesson. To show them how he didn't care he took a big stick and spoiled everybody's favourite toy
6. The season ticket holders who had paid an extra hundred pounds a year on the back of the big boys promises were sha* on from a great height BUT HEY F*CK THEM
7. Luckily 95% of them were too thick to realise
8. The end

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davel4848 4:48pm Fri 15 Feb 13

NORTH STAND..............m
ost of the rubbish you are pontificating(look up the meaning in a dictionary) about above is factually inaccurate.
I hear Bournemouth or Oxford are beckoning, so you'd better set off now, before it gets too dark.

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Blazing Riff 4:49pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Super Mario TV wrote…


stfclondon wrote…


Super Mario TV wrote…


If the consortium had a money man/woman I think it’s fair to say their their name would of leaked out by now, and as the consortium don’t have the financial mussel to keep the club moving forward in it's present format and they plan massive cost cutting measures which will be a mean a huge step backwards in football terms, I believe the club would of been better to use the Richie money to survive until the end of the season, and then if no other buyer came forward go in to administration and let the administer takes their time and find a suitable buyer, this would of caused short term pain rather then being stuck with owners that over time will ship out the current players anyway, and will only have the option to slash rather then spend. And after listening to Andrew Fitton a few weeks ago on the radio I am convinced he would of done a deal with the administer, as it would of been on his terms.
1. Just because no name has leaked out doesn't mean there's not someone waiting in the wings. Sam has said the new board will be looking for additional investment, so they may already have someone in mind.
2. How do you know the new board doesn't have the financial muscle required? Is their personal wealth in the public domain?
3. Who said anything about massive cost cutting measures? You;re scaremongering.
4. How much of the Ritchie money was paid up front? Was it enough to fund the club until the end of the season?
5. Administration means player sales and job losses, not just "short term pain". What penalties would the Football Lague impose on us for entering administration a third time? It must be avoided if at all possible.
6. You have absolutely no way of knowing that the owners plan to ship players out and slash rather than spend. More scaremongering.
I believe it's more a matter of fact that the incoming board don't have any real money and they plan to cut costs, it's even confirmed in a few of the answers given to the questions asked above.

I know Jed reads all these these forums so Jed please prove me wrong and tell us the name of your millionaire Black style investor and make me look a fool......

What is the point in a consortium buying or in this case being given a football club when they don't have the funds to invest and to move it forward, there plan is to save the club by cost cutting and undoing Wray’s and PDC'S progress, and that is one long slow road to nowhere, and in the long term we will a lot worse off then the 10 points we would lost in administration (It's only 10 points for a third administration, like Darlington got last year)

It's scaremongering to tell the tale that the club will die if this takeover does not go ahead, as I'm in no doubt better offers and options would become available down the line.

When PDC is gone this time next season and the club is in reserve gear, due to cost cutting and lack of funds, we will pull this thread back up, and I will ask you all if you wish you had asked a few more questions before hand clapping and nodding.

You can ask as many questions as you like but it won't make any difference to the outcome. The 'football league' have been asking questions and hopefully getting the right answers. We have no option other than to put our trust in them no matter what you might think of them! I believe this new board was the best option available even if it doesn't suit your ideal. There's been too much scaremongering by too many posters with little or no knowledge on this site for the last two weeks. Calm down and be thankful we still have a club, in a good position in the league, with a reasonable chance of getting promoted. It could be so much worse!

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forzaswindon12 5:44pm Fri 15 Feb 13

the questions I wanted to ask were, 1.who were the other two or three foreign consortiums and which countries/areas were they from.

2.why cant luke rooney be made available for selection until we can get some loans in. we're down to the bare bones and he could still be effective for as a sub.
3.when is miles storey & bostock back from injury?

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forzaswindon12 5:51pm Fri 15 Feb 13

also as we loaned a top striker in paul benson to cheltenham how about they allow us marlon pack on loan for the rest of the season as part of that deal.
if pack sods off to bournemouth after the ritchie sale that will be the final indignity.

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tally38 5:59pm Fri 15 Feb 13

forzaswindon12 wrote…


the questions I wanted to ask were, 1.who were the other two or three foreign consortiums and which countries/areas were they from.

2.why cant luke rooney be made available for selection until we can get some loans in. we're down to the bare bones and he could still be effective for as a sub.
3.when is miles storey & bostock back from injury?

ARE YOU A SWINDON SUPPORTER?
WHY ARE YOU ASKING STUPID QUESTIONS, MILES STOREY CAME ON AS SUB LAST WEEK AND BOSTOCK LEFT THE CLUB 2 MONTHS AGO

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mancrobin 6:02pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Stratton Red wrote…


Do the burgers at STFC contain horse?

Excellent question Stratton. I could see it made him jump.

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35 year fan 6:04pm Fri 15 Feb 13

NORTH STAND wrote…


Good read this - man who has no idea what is happening answers questions from people who don't understand the subject... la plus ca change!

Anyway here's a quick summary:

1. A handful of poor little rich kids bought a football club for a gas
2. Used to getting their own way and convincingly advised by willing acolytes and 'expert' consultants they soon established that they could bully their way to planning permission for a property development that would make them even more money
3. The world moved on, the economy collapsed, they (slowly) realised that office, hotel and leisure space in central Swindon was not quite as attractive a proposition as the graphs had suggested
4. The poor little rich kids fell out ad one by one wandered off to play with their other toys
5. The biggest little rich kid of all had nobody left to play with so when they said nasty things he decided to teach them a lesson. To show them how he didn't care he took a big stick and spoiled everybody's favourite toy
6. The season ticket holders who had paid an extra hundred pounds a year on the back of the big boys promises were sha* on from a great height BUT HEY F*CK THEM
7. Luckily 95% of them were too thick to realise
8. The end

but its not quite the end is it?

now a bunch of luton people arrive on the scene who were refused permission to buy their own club. who knows what angles they see for their own pockets here? they dont seem like the kind of guys to be putting in more than they plan to take out.

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dreamofacleansheet2 6:15pm Fri 15 Feb 13

We're still 3 points off the top with a game in hand. Keep the faith punters....

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NORTH STAND 6:20pm Fri 15 Feb 13

davel4848 wrote…


NORTH STAND..............m

ost of the rubbish you are pontificating(look up the meaning in a dictionary) about above is factually inaccurate.
I hear Bournemouth or Oxford are beckoning, so you'd better set off now, before it gets too dark.

I refer the honorable gentleman to the answer at 7 above

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supersaver 6:23pm Fri 15 Feb 13

been away for 18 months due to depression brought on by Wilson/Hart, cut of from all media etc.

I come back and find The Mighty Reds are in 4th place, 3pts behind the leaders with a game in hand.

Im mad, mad, help me im going mad, no i am mad help me.

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NORTH STAND 6:29pm Fri 15 Feb 13

35 year old fan I hope you're right and its not the end... the new board might prove more honourable but they sure don't have the sort of financial clout most supporters hoped the previous lot would be pouring in.,,, Footballing success can and will continue to be bought and I still remember Fulham, Reading and Wigan as Div 4 awaydays - spot the common theme in their turnaround to sustainable Premiership set ups! Most of those crying out for sustainability don't seem to accept that for sides where we are it it comes with mediocrity. The time to stabilise is not when you are in the middle or at the bottom. I do fear (though hope not) that we are heading for future local derbies with Rovers and Scum rather than City and Reading...either way I'll be there!

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tifosi 6:43pm Fri 15 Feb 13

mancrobin wrote…


Stratton Red wrote…


Do the burgers at STFC contain horse?
Excellent question Stratton. I could see it made him jump.

Sadly the burgers are being made available to players only - the squad is a bit depleted so we have to play hoofball.

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davel4848 7:06pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Success......we have 2 non-Swindon fans talking to each other on our message board. Let's hope they bore each other stupid very soon.

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Di kanny oh 7:11pm Fri 15 Feb 13

I suppose at least we have quite a few weeks to decide on getting another season ticket. At the moment that is looking rather slim and the new board have some major work to do to convince me to invest. Selling Ritchie was bad although it was done to supply much needed funds and avoid admin as if the players did not get paid we would have gone straight into administration. The Football League have had a look at the financial model put forward by the new consortium and now its the turn of us fans and we need to see your plans and financial support. It does seem they are able to finance for the short term and will be relying on championship payouts to help further down the road. But what happens with no championship football I wonder ??

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ciclosporindorset 7:22pm Fri 15 Feb 13

supersaver wrote…


been away for 18 months due to depression brought on by Wilson/Hart, cut of from all media etc.

I come back and find The Mighty Reds are in 4th place, 3pts behind the leaders with a game in hand.

Im mad, mad, help me im going mad, no i am mad help me.

Further quote from "Ciclos Encyclopaedia of STFC Related Medical Conditions"

Madness: Condition brought about by relentless unobtainable expectations. Particularly associated with peer group expectations of one day finding the rainbow ends with a pot of money - only to find its a pot of ****!

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Di kanny oh 7:34pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Tranmere on the box tonight against Shrewsbury bet Paolo will be watching. Good insight into Tuesday nights game.

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Di kanny oh 7:46pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Di kanny oh wrote…


Tranmere on the box tonight against Shrewsbury bet Paolo will be watching. Good insight into Tuesday nights game.

Even better for Town Akpro is suspended and misses tonight and Tuesday's games. Come on Shrews do a number on them please.

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Di kanny oh 7:52pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Di kanny oh wrote…


Di kanny oh wrote…


Tranmere on the box tonight against Shrewsbury bet Paolo will be watching. Good insight into Tuesday nights game.
Even better for Town Akpro is suspended and misses tonight and Tuesday's games. Come on Shrews do a number on them please.

Palmer for Tranmere just been sent off yesssssssss.

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Chish and Fips 7:52pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Tranmere just had a player sent off (6 mins)- straight red ....

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Chish and Fips 7:54pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Ronnie Moore spitting feathers right now on touch line ...

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Di kanny oh 7:58pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Chish and Fips wrote…


Ronnie Moore spitting feathers right now on touch line ...

Tranmere 1-0 down it gets better their Keeper has made a howler.

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Chish and Fips 8:08pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Pitch doesn't look too bad ....

That early sending off and goal seem to have totally unsettled them . Its all kick and rush at moment..

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Haydonender 8:23pm Fri 15 Feb 13

No news then.........while I appreciate Sam's interaction with the fans (most of the scraps of news recently have come through him) I do question the sense in holding a Q & A session when the answers to all the questions are 'I don't know' or 'they can't say'

Anyway.......come on Shrewsbury!

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Di kanny oh 9:12pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Yessss 2-0 to shrews

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sp1dersw3b 9:13pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Haydonender wrote…


No news then.........while I appreciate Sam's interaction with the fans (most of the scraps of news recently have come through him) I do question the sense in holding a Q & A session when the answers to all the questions are 'I don't know' or 'they can't say'

Anyway.......come on Shrewsbury!

Fair point but at least Sam offers some salient and calm replies and not just bluster and ill informed rumours/fears.

0-2!! come on the other STFC

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Di kanny oh 9:40pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Yes Tranny lost 0-2 tonight good result for Town and Palmer and top scorer Akpro will be missing suspended for recent red cards.

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southside7 9:41pm Fri 15 Feb 13

NORTH STAND wrote…


35 year old fan I hope you're right and its not the end... the new board might prove more honourable but they sure don't have the sort of financial clout most supporters hoped the previous lot would be pouring in.,,, Footballing success can and will continue to be bought and I still remember Fulham, Reading and Wigan as Div 4 awaydays - spot the common theme in their turnaround to sustainable Premiership set ups! Most of those crying out for sustainability don't seem to accept that for sides where we are it it comes with mediocrity. The time to stabilise is not when you are in the middle or at the bottom. I do fear (though hope not) that we are heading for future local derbies with Rovers and Scum rather than City and Reading...either way I'll be there!

Doesn't buying success like Reading have make the whole thing a sham? I can't give it up because it's in my blood, but sometimes I wish I could, just due to the farce of the 'buy to win' success that top flight football has become.

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sp1dersw3b 9:51pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Seeing Boremuff have signed Marcus Painter from Brighton until the end of the season perhaps they don't think much of their new left back?

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red white 10:03pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Muff and Donny to come unstuck tomorrow and Monday,we win Tuesday and we'll be top.

Easy.

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super reds 10:11pm Fri 15 Feb 13

sp1dersw3b wrote…


Seeing Boremuff have signed Marcus Painter from Brighton until the end of the season perhaps they don't think much of their new left back?

They have a left back crisis which is why Ritchie is playing there I believe, wouldn't swear to it though

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sp1dersw3b 10:21pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Wow!!!!!!

I hope the following is absorbed by those Paolo non-lovers that believe certain issues should remain in-house about training sessions: -

"I've finished training absolutely disgusted. I can't just sit and take that, the fans need to know," he said.

"They pay his wages and what he dished up is the worst effort I've seen in 25 years of professional football."

"Is it because he hasn't been starting? Is that what you do? Down tools and stop trying? The football club deserves more; the fans deserve more."

'Quote about Nikola Zigic - Lee Clark' - Birmingham City FC .

PC has learnt then! - lol

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Blazing Riff 10:21pm Fri 15 Feb 13

super reds wrote…


sp1dersw3b wrote…


Seeing Boremuff have signed Marcus Painter from Brighton until the end of the season perhaps they don't think much of their new left back?
They have a left back crisis which is why Ritchie is playing there I believe, wouldn't swear to it though

I think you're right.

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forzaswindon12 10:28pm Fri 15 Feb 13

tally38 wrote…


forzaswindon12 wrote…


the questions I wanted to ask were, 1.who were the other two or three foreign consortiums and which countries/areas were they from.

2.why cant luke rooney be made available for selection until we can get some loans in. we're down to the bare bones and he could still be effective for as a sub.
3.when is miles storey & bostock back from injury?
ARE YOU A SWINDON SUPPORTER?
WHY ARE YOU ASKING STUPID QUESTIONS, MILES STOREY CAME ON AS SUB LAST WEEK AND BOSTOCK LEFT THE CLUB 2 MONTHS AGO

FCUK YOU!!
of course im a swindon fan

Im entitled to ask questions and theres no need to be rude you stupid w@nker

I thought both storey and bostock were injured. thanks clearing that one up

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sp1dersw3b 10:50pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Blazing Riff wrote…


super reds wrote…


sp1dersw3b wrote…


Seeing Boremuff have signed Marcus Painter from Brighton until the end of the season perhaps they don't think much of their new left back?
They have a left back crisis which is why Ritchie is playing there I believe, wouldn't swear to it though
I think you're right.

Apologies as the lowest form of wit is sarcasm - I believe you are both correct in your replies.

Just miss the Ritchie effect for STFC

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red white 12:49am Sat 16 Feb 13

Super Mario TV wrote…


stfclondon wrote…


Super Mario TV wrote…


If the consortium had a money man/woman I think it’s fair to say their their name would of leaked out by now, and as the consortium don’t have the financial mussel to keep the club moving forward in it's present format and they plan massive cost cutting measures which will be a mean a huge step backwards in football terms, I believe the club would of been better to use the Richie money to survive until the end of the season, and then if no other buyer came forward go in to administration and let the administer takes their time and find a suitable buyer, this would of caused short term pain rather then being stuck with owners that over time will ship out the current players anyway, and will only have the option to slash rather then spend. And after listening to Andrew Fitton a few weeks ago on the radio I am convinced he would of done a deal with the administer, as it would of been on his terms.
1. Just because no name has leaked out doesn't mean there's not someone waiting in the wings. Sam has said the new board will be looking for additional investment, so they may already have someone in mind.
2. How do you know the new board doesn't have the financial muscle required? Is their personal wealth in the public domain?
3. Who said anything about massive cost cutting measures? You;re scaremongering.
4. How much of the Ritchie money was paid up front? Was it enough to fund the club until the end of the season?
5. Administration means player sales and job losses, not just "short term pain". What penalties would the Football Lague impose on us for entering administration a third time? It must be avoided if at all possible.
6. You have absolutely no way of knowing that the owners plan to ship players out and slash rather than spend. More scaremongering.
I believe it's more a matter of fact that the incoming board don't have any real money and they plan to cut costs, it's even confirmed in a few of the answers given to the questions asked above.

I know Jed reads all these these forums so Jed please prove me wrong and tell us the name of your millionaire Black style investor and make me look a fool......

What is the point in a consortium buying or in this case being given a football club when they don't have the funds to invest and to move it forward, there plan is to save the club by cost cutting and undoing Wray’s and PDC'S progress, and that is one long slow road to nowhere, and in the long term we will a lot worse off then the 10 points we would lost in administration (It's only 10 points for a third administration, like Darlington got last year)

It's scaremongering to tell the tale that the club will die if this takeover does not go ahead, as I'm in no doubt better offers and options would become available down the line.

When PDC is gone this time next season and the club is in reserve gear, due to cost cutting and lack of funds, we will pull this thread back up, and I will ask you all if you wish you had asked a few more questions before hand clapping and nodding.

Shut up !

Paolo won't leave us.

Well he might hope you go away.

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Super Mario TV 7:24am Sat 16 Feb 13

Your right, the thought has never even crossed even crossed his mind....

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red white 8:33am Sat 16 Feb 13

He loves us,we love him.

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