SWINDON TOWN: Two new signings expected before League One opener

Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper is confident two new faces will arrive at the County Ground in time for Saturday's clash with Scunthorpe United

Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper is confident two new faces will arrive at the County Ground in time for Saturday's clash with Scunthorpe United

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SWINDON Town manager Mark Cooper expects two new faces to join the Robins’ ranks before this weekend’s League One opener.

Cooper has so far added just midfielder Anton Rodgers and defender Josh Lelan to the Swindon squad this summer, but he and owner Lee Power have continued to chase their main targets - namely the Southampton pair of Jack Stephens and Jordan Turnbull, Liverpool left-back Brad Smith and an unnamed striker.

After a summer of frustration, there could be late relief for the management and fans alike, however, with Cooper telling the media this morning that he is anticipating at least two additions ahead of the visit of Scunthorpe United this weekend.

What’s more, those players could sign on by the end of today, while a third arrival is possible before kick-off at the County Ground on Saturday.

“I think two will definitely be done before Saturday and hopefully one more," said Cooper, who remained coy when asked about the identities of the pair - though it is expected that Turnbull and Smith are the players in question.

“We’ve not had as many players as we would like in but I would hope, even before Saturday, that we would get one or two in.

“I think we’re close on one or two and all being well it could be done by close of play today.”

On the long wait for new signings, Cooper said: “It’s frustrating but it’s just the way it is. It can’t be helped. You can see the kind of players we’ve been going for and they’re very well thought of by their clubs. We’re at the beck and call of their managers because if they don’t want to let them out at a certain time we can’t do anything about it.

“We have to be patient because they’re the ones we want. We’re not going to cry about it and if we have to wait to get the ones that we want, we have to wait.”

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11:36am Thu 7 Aug 14

redbythesea says...

That won't please some people on here. Showing patience to make sure we get the RIGHT players in. What a nonsense. Should have just signed any old tat just to keep the adver forum happy.
That won't please some people on here. Showing patience to make sure we get the RIGHT players in. What a nonsense. Should have just signed any old tat just to keep the adver forum happy. redbythesea
  • Score: 72

11:37am Thu 7 Aug 14

andy5364 says...

Hopefully get them over the line today . I for one am looking forward to the youngsters playing . Just happy at the moment we have a club to support . Coyr
Hopefully get them over the line today . I for one am looking forward to the youngsters playing . Just happy at the moment we have a club to support . Coyr andy5364
  • Score: 45

11:42am Thu 7 Aug 14

STFC Boyo says...

Well I can't wait 4 the start of the season.I think a lot of u r going 2 b shocked about how good we r as a team & more player coming in can only make it better.
Well I can't wait 4 the start of the season.I think a lot of u r going 2 b shocked about how good we r as a team & more player coming in can only make it better. STFC Boyo
  • Score: 37

12:08pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Wilesy says...

redbythesea wrote:
That won't please some people on here. Showing patience to make sure we get the RIGHT players in. What a nonsense. Should have just signed any old tat just to keep the adver forum happy.
Very harsh dig at genuinely concerned supporters imo. Also you mention getting the right players in....surely we haven't as we still have no experienced bruiser of a centre back to replace Troy, no creative player to replace Pritchard, and no target man to replace Ranger.
[quote][p][bold]redbythesea[/bold] wrote: That won't please some people on here. Showing patience to make sure we get the RIGHT players in. What a nonsense. Should have just signed any old tat just to keep the adver forum happy.[/p][/quote]Very harsh dig at genuinely concerned supporters imo. Also you mention getting the right players in....surely we haven't as we still have no experienced bruiser of a centre back to replace Troy, no creative player to replace Pritchard, and no target man to replace Ranger. Wilesy
  • Score: -35

12:14pm Thu 7 Aug 14

redbythesea says...

Wilesy wrote:
redbythesea wrote:
That won't please some people on here. Showing patience to make sure we get the RIGHT players in. What a nonsense. Should have just signed any old tat just to keep the adver forum happy.
Very harsh dig at genuinely concerned supporters imo. Also you mention getting the right players in....surely we haven't as we still have no experienced bruiser of a centre back to replace Troy, no creative player to replace Pritchard, and no target man to replace Ranger.
Hardly harsh, when you view the posts from the likes of Bradley Red, Robinonfire and a few others. The mention of "right" was a paraphrasing of Cooper saying "they are the ones that we want". At the moment, I am happy to trust his opinion, as he did a **** fine job last season under extremely difficult circumstances, and works with the players day in and day out, whereas most of the part time pundits on here, to the best of my knowledge, do not!
[quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]redbythesea[/bold] wrote: That won't please some people on here. Showing patience to make sure we get the RIGHT players in. What a nonsense. Should have just signed any old tat just to keep the adver forum happy.[/p][/quote]Very harsh dig at genuinely concerned supporters imo. Also you mention getting the right players in....surely we haven't as we still have no experienced bruiser of a centre back to replace Troy, no creative player to replace Pritchard, and no target man to replace Ranger.[/p][/quote]Hardly harsh, when you view the posts from the likes of Bradley Red, Robinonfire and a few others. The mention of "right" was a paraphrasing of Cooper saying "they are the ones that we want". At the moment, I am happy to trust his opinion, as he did a **** fine job last season under extremely difficult circumstances, and works with the players day in and day out, whereas most of the part time pundits on here, to the best of my knowledge, do not! redbythesea
  • Score: 37

12:42pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Archive Robin says...

Hi All

Off topic but can anyone tell me whether you can go through Watchfield/Highworth to get round the A420 problem rather than take the 3 million mile round trip through the diversion that was in place when I came down for the Leeds game. It's never normally an issue without the roadworks but I've not missed an opening home game for literally years and I want to get full use out of my season ticket. Any help would be appreciated - I am based in Northampton incidently. Thanks in advance.
Hi All Off topic but can anyone tell me whether you can go through Watchfield/Highworth to get round the A420 problem rather than take the 3 million mile round trip through the diversion that was in place when I came down for the Leeds game. It's never normally an issue without the roadworks but I've not missed an opening home game for literally years and I want to get full use out of my season ticket. Any help would be appreciated - I am based in Northampton incidently. Thanks in advance. Archive Robin
  • Score: 0

12:44pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Fernham Red says...

I'm glad we have targets and a long term strategy - MC and LP are doing a **** fine job! It's refreshing to have such level headed management and I'm no fan on knee-jerk reactions and panic buying!
I'm glad we have targets and a long term strategy - MC and LP are doing a **** fine job! It's refreshing to have such level headed management and I'm no fan on knee-jerk reactions and panic buying! Fernham Red
  • Score: 10

1:08pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Another view says...

Archive Robin says...

Hi All

Off topic but can anyone tell me whether you can go through Watchfield/Highworth to get round the A420 problem rather than take the 3 million mile round trip through the diversion that was in place when I came down for the Leeds game. It's never normally an issue without the roadworks but I've not missed an opening home game for literally years and I want to get full use out of my season ticket. Any help would be appreciated - I am based in Northampton incidently. Thanks in advance.

- Not sure about Watchfield, but I drove from Highworth and through Faringdon to Oxford last week with no problems.
Archive Robin says... Hi All Off topic but can anyone tell me whether you can go through Watchfield/Highworth to get round the A420 problem rather than take the 3 million mile round trip through the diversion that was in place when I came down for the Leeds game. It's never normally an issue without the roadworks but I've not missed an opening home game for literally years and I want to get full use out of my season ticket. Any help would be appreciated - I am based in Northampton incidently. Thanks in advance. - Not sure about Watchfield, but I drove from Highworth and through Faringdon to Oxford last week with no problems. Another view
  • Score: 1

1:10pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Davidsyrett says...

Archive Robin wrote:
Hi All

Off topic but can anyone tell me whether you can go through Watchfield/Highworth to get round the A420 problem rather than take the 3 million mile round trip through the diversion that was in place when I came down for the Leeds game. It's never normally an issue without the roadworks but I've not missed an opening home game for literally years and I want to get full use out of my season ticket. Any help would be appreciated - I am based in Northampton incidently. Thanks in advance.
Best would be to get off at Faringdon, and go through Highworth that way. All open at the moment.
[quote][p][bold]Archive Robin[/bold] wrote: Hi All Off topic but can anyone tell me whether you can go through Watchfield/Highworth to get round the A420 problem rather than take the 3 million mile round trip through the diversion that was in place when I came down for the Leeds game. It's never normally an issue without the roadworks but I've not missed an opening home game for literally years and I want to get full use out of my season ticket. Any help would be appreciated - I am based in Northampton incidently. Thanks in advance.[/p][/quote]Best would be to get off at Faringdon, and go through Highworth that way. All open at the moment. Davidsyrett
  • Score: 1

1:13pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Davidsyrett says...

Reported on Twitter that Brad Smith has agreed terms. Hope it's right.
Reported on Twitter that Brad Smith has agreed terms. Hope it's right. Davidsyrett
  • Score: 6

1:22pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Davidsyrett says...

Archive Robin wrote:
Hi All

Off topic but can anyone tell me whether you can go through Watchfield/Highworth to get round the A420 problem rather than take the 3 million mile round trip through the diversion that was in place when I came down for the Leeds game. It's never normally an issue without the roadworks but I've not missed an opening home game for literally years and I want to get full use out of my season ticket. Any help would be appreciated - I am based in Northampton incidently. Thanks in advance.
Best would be to get off at Faringdon, and go through Highworth that way. All open at the moment.
[quote][p][bold]Archive Robin[/bold] wrote: Hi All Off topic but can anyone tell me whether you can go through Watchfield/Highworth to get round the A420 problem rather than take the 3 million mile round trip through the diversion that was in place when I came down for the Leeds game. It's never normally an issue without the roadworks but I've not missed an opening home game for literally years and I want to get full use out of my season ticket. Any help would be appreciated - I am based in Northampton incidently. Thanks in advance.[/p][/quote]Best would be to get off at Faringdon, and go through Highworth that way. All open at the moment. Davidsyrett
  • Score: 1

1:23pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Archive Robin says...

Hi To Another view & Davidsyrett - thanks for the help on that one I try the Farringdon way on Saturday to see how it goes - like all of us I just want to get there and see the game - whatever happens during it the season with STFC it will always be interesting if not slightly bad for your health! Thanks again guys.

Regards

Archive
Hi To Another view & Davidsyrett - thanks for the help on that one I try the Farringdon way on Saturday to see how it goes - like all of us I just want to get there and see the game - whatever happens during it the season with STFC it will always be interesting if not slightly bad for your health! Thanks again guys. Regards Archive Archive Robin
  • Score: 0

1:35pm Thu 7 Aug 14

bluesharpbob says...

Wilesy wrote:
redbythesea wrote:
That won't please some people on here. Showing patience to make sure we get the RIGHT players in. What a nonsense. Should have just signed any old tat just to keep the adver forum happy.
Very harsh dig at genuinely concerned supporters imo. Also you mention getting the right players in....surely we haven't as we still have no experienced bruiser of a centre back to replace Troy, no creative player to replace Pritchard, and no target man to replace Ranger.
Lets get real about this. The above-mentioned players would be almost impossible to replace. We're very limited in what we can bring to the club as permanent players, but, there are good possibilities for young skilled, but, inexperienced players to come here.

We did that last season and it seems like we'll get the two Soton youngsters, who sound like a good addition to the club. Yes, they will not be permanent players, but what does anyone expect.

If we get these promising young players in, just enjoy their skills in the coming season and realise our club Swindon is developing a good reputation as a nurturing club. After all thats all the club can do, at present. But thats quite a lot in my opinion.
[quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]redbythesea[/bold] wrote: That won't please some people on here. Showing patience to make sure we get the RIGHT players in. What a nonsense. Should have just signed any old tat just to keep the adver forum happy.[/p][/quote]Very harsh dig at genuinely concerned supporters imo. Also you mention getting the right players in....surely we haven't as we still have no experienced bruiser of a centre back to replace Troy, no creative player to replace Pritchard, and no target man to replace Ranger.[/p][/quote]Lets get real about this. The above-mentioned players would be almost impossible to replace. We're very limited in what we can bring to the club as permanent players, but, there are good possibilities for young skilled, but, inexperienced players to come here. We did that last season and it seems like we'll get the two Soton youngsters, who sound like a good addition to the club. Yes, they will not be permanent players, but what does anyone expect. If we get these promising young players in, just enjoy their skills in the coming season and realise our club Swindon is developing a good reputation as a nurturing club. After all thats all the club can do, at present. But thats quite a lot in my opinion. bluesharpbob
  • Score: 8

1:42pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Wilesy says...

redbythesea wrote:
Wilesy wrote:
redbythesea wrote:
That won't please some people on here. Showing patience to make sure we get the RIGHT players in. What a nonsense. Should have just signed any old tat just to keep the adver forum happy.
Very harsh dig at genuinely concerned supporters imo. Also you mention getting the right players in....surely we haven't as we still have no experienced bruiser of a centre back to replace Troy, no creative player to replace Pritchard, and no target man to replace Ranger.
Hardly harsh, when you view the posts from the likes of Bradley Red, Robinonfire and a few others. The mention of "right" was a paraphrasing of Cooper saying "they are the ones that we want". At the moment, I am happy to trust his opinion, as he did a **** fine job last season under extremely difficult circumstances, and works with the players day in and day out, whereas most of the part time pundits on here, to the best of my knowledge, do not!
Once Ranger got injured Cooper was complaining at the end of each match that he had no one that could hold the ball up, so surprised if he's happy that hasn't been addressed.

Point accepted on the part time punditry, but I hope your faith in Cooper is justified!
[quote][p][bold]redbythesea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]redbythesea[/bold] wrote: That won't please some people on here. Showing patience to make sure we get the RIGHT players in. What a nonsense. Should have just signed any old tat just to keep the adver forum happy.[/p][/quote]Very harsh dig at genuinely concerned supporters imo. Also you mention getting the right players in....surely we haven't as we still have no experienced bruiser of a centre back to replace Troy, no creative player to replace Pritchard, and no target man to replace Ranger.[/p][/quote]Hardly harsh, when you view the posts from the likes of Bradley Red, Robinonfire and a few others. The mention of "right" was a paraphrasing of Cooper saying "they are the ones that we want". At the moment, I am happy to trust his opinion, as he did a **** fine job last season under extremely difficult circumstances, and works with the players day in and day out, whereas most of the part time pundits on here, to the best of my knowledge, do not![/p][/quote]Once Ranger got injured Cooper was complaining at the end of each match that he had no one that could hold the ball up, so surprised if he's happy that hasn't been addressed. Point accepted on the part time punditry, but I hope your faith in Cooper is justified! Wilesy
  • Score: 2

1:42pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Wilesy says...

redbythesea wrote:
Wilesy wrote:
redbythesea wrote:
That won't please some people on here. Showing patience to make sure we get the RIGHT players in. What a nonsense. Should have just signed any old tat just to keep the adver forum happy.
Very harsh dig at genuinely concerned supporters imo. Also you mention getting the right players in....surely we haven't as we still have no experienced bruiser of a centre back to replace Troy, no creative player to replace Pritchard, and no target man to replace Ranger.
Hardly harsh, when you view the posts from the likes of Bradley Red, Robinonfire and a few others. The mention of "right" was a paraphrasing of Cooper saying "they are the ones that we want". At the moment, I am happy to trust his opinion, as he did a **** fine job last season under extremely difficult circumstances, and works with the players day in and day out, whereas most of the part time pundits on here, to the best of my knowledge, do not!
Once Ranger got injured Cooper was complaining at the end of each match that he had no one that could hold the ball up, so surprised if he's happy that hasn't been addressed.

Point accepted on the part time punditry, but I hope your faith in Cooper is justified!
[quote][p][bold]redbythesea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]redbythesea[/bold] wrote: That won't please some people on here. Showing patience to make sure we get the RIGHT players in. What a nonsense. Should have just signed any old tat just to keep the adver forum happy.[/p][/quote]Very harsh dig at genuinely concerned supporters imo. Also you mention getting the right players in....surely we haven't as we still have no experienced bruiser of a centre back to replace Troy, no creative player to replace Pritchard, and no target man to replace Ranger.[/p][/quote]Hardly harsh, when you view the posts from the likes of Bradley Red, Robinonfire and a few others. The mention of "right" was a paraphrasing of Cooper saying "they are the ones that we want". At the moment, I am happy to trust his opinion, as he did a **** fine job last season under extremely difficult circumstances, and works with the players day in and day out, whereas most of the part time pundits on here, to the best of my knowledge, do not![/p][/quote]Once Ranger got injured Cooper was complaining at the end of each match that he had no one that could hold the ball up, so surprised if he's happy that hasn't been addressed. Point accepted on the part time punditry, but I hope your faith in Cooper is justified! Wilesy
  • Score: 0

2:01pm Thu 7 Aug 14

liden623 says...

Archive Robin wrote:
Hi All

Off topic but can anyone tell me whether you can go through Watchfield/Highworth to get round the A420 problem rather than take the 3 million mile round trip through the diversion that was in place when I came down for the Leeds game. It's never normally an issue without the roadworks but I've not missed an opening home game for literally years and I want to get full use out of my season ticket. Any help would be appreciated - I am based in Northampton incidently. Thanks in advance.
I travel from Swindon to work in Watchfield.
I still use the same route going, at 8.30am weekdays, being diverted through Shrivenham. It is slower but the traffic keeps moving & takes me less than 5 minutes longer.
Returning from Watchfield the problem at 5.00pm is the give way arrows just past the Shrivenham Golf Course, traffic has right of way in the opposite direction. However at the College Roundabout if you take the Longcot turning & then follow directions to Shrivenham it brings you into Shrivenham at the end of the High street the other side of the give way arrows. Once through Shrivenham it is much easier than it was before the diversion. I honestly think this would be much quicker than going through Faringdon & Highworth.

Good luck & lets hope for a win with Smith & Turnbull in the team.
[quote][p][bold]Archive Robin[/bold] wrote: Hi All Off topic but can anyone tell me whether you can go through Watchfield/Highworth to get round the A420 problem rather than take the 3 million mile round trip through the diversion that was in place when I came down for the Leeds game. It's never normally an issue without the roadworks but I've not missed an opening home game for literally years and I want to get full use out of my season ticket. Any help would be appreciated - I am based in Northampton incidently. Thanks in advance.[/p][/quote]I travel from Swindon to work in Watchfield. I still use the same route going, at 8.30am weekdays, being diverted through Shrivenham. It is slower but the traffic keeps moving & takes me less than 5 minutes longer. Returning from Watchfield the problem at 5.00pm is the give way arrows just past the Shrivenham Golf Course, traffic has right of way in the opposite direction. However at the College Roundabout if you take the Longcot turning & then follow directions to Shrivenham it brings you into Shrivenham at the end of the High street the other side of the give way arrows. Once through Shrivenham it is much easier than it was before the diversion. I honestly think this would be much quicker than going through Faringdon & Highworth. Good luck & lets hope for a win with Smith & Turnbull in the team. liden623
  • Score: 0

2:08pm Thu 7 Aug 14

redbythesea says...

Wilesy wrote:
redbythesea wrote:
Wilesy wrote:
redbythesea wrote:
That won't please some people on here. Showing patience to make sure we get the RIGHT players in. What a nonsense. Should have just signed any old tat just to keep the adver forum happy.
Very harsh dig at genuinely concerned supporters imo. Also you mention getting the right players in....surely we haven't as we still have no experienced bruiser of a centre back to replace Troy, no creative player to replace Pritchard, and no target man to replace Ranger.
Hardly harsh, when you view the posts from the likes of Bradley Red, Robinonfire and a few others. The mention of "right" was a paraphrasing of Cooper saying "they are the ones that we want". At the moment, I am happy to trust his opinion, as he did a **** fine job last season under extremely difficult circumstances, and works with the players day in and day out, whereas most of the part time pundits on here, to the best of my knowledge, do not!
Once Ranger got injured Cooper was complaining at the end of each match that he had no one that could hold the ball up, so surprised if he's happy that hasn't been addressed.

Point accepted on the part time punditry, but I hope your faith in Cooper is justified!
Not sure you can say that the striker issue hasn't been addressed, when it has been public knowledge for some time that one of the four loan players we want to bring in is a striker. I also hope my faith in Cooper is justiifed, as he is the only Manager we've got !! I also have a sense of realism, and fully accept that anything above the relegation zone will be a good result, and anything in the top half will be exceptional. That is the level we are at right now, and will remain under the current ownership who are trying to run the club within their means. The biggest limitation to us achieving higher things is not the management or owners, but the petty so called fans, who have decided to stay away and not put money into the coffers, which may have enabled us to bring in a higher quality of player.
[quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]redbythesea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]redbythesea[/bold] wrote: That won't please some people on here. Showing patience to make sure we get the RIGHT players in. What a nonsense. Should have just signed any old tat just to keep the adver forum happy.[/p][/quote]Very harsh dig at genuinely concerned supporters imo. Also you mention getting the right players in....surely we haven't as we still have no experienced bruiser of a centre back to replace Troy, no creative player to replace Pritchard, and no target man to replace Ranger.[/p][/quote]Hardly harsh, when you view the posts from the likes of Bradley Red, Robinonfire and a few others. The mention of "right" was a paraphrasing of Cooper saying "they are the ones that we want". At the moment, I am happy to trust his opinion, as he did a **** fine job last season under extremely difficult circumstances, and works with the players day in and day out, whereas most of the part time pundits on here, to the best of my knowledge, do not![/p][/quote]Once Ranger got injured Cooper was complaining at the end of each match that he had no one that could hold the ball up, so surprised if he's happy that hasn't been addressed. Point accepted on the part time punditry, but I hope your faith in Cooper is justified![/p][/quote]Not sure you can say that the striker issue hasn't been addressed, when it has been public knowledge for some time that one of the four loan players we want to bring in is a striker. I also hope my faith in Cooper is justiifed, as he is the only Manager we've got !! I also have a sense of realism, and fully accept that anything above the relegation zone will be a good result, and anything in the top half will be exceptional. That is the level we are at right now, and will remain under the current ownership who are trying to run the club within their means. The biggest limitation to us achieving higher things is not the management or owners, but the petty so called fans, who have decided to stay away and not put money into the coffers, which may have enabled us to bring in a higher quality of player. redbythesea
  • Score: 4

2:18pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Archive Robin says...

liden623 wrote:
Archive Robin wrote:
Hi All

Off topic but can anyone tell me whether you can go through Watchfield/Highworth to get round the A420 problem rather than take the 3 million mile round trip through the diversion that was in place when I came down for the Leeds game. It's never normally an issue without the roadworks but I've not missed an opening home game for literally years and I want to get full use out of my season ticket. Any help would be appreciated - I am based in Northampton incidently. Thanks in advance.
I travel from Swindon to work in Watchfield.
I still use the same route going, at 8.30am weekdays, being diverted through Shrivenham. It is slower but the traffic keeps moving & takes me less than 5 minutes longer.
Returning from Watchfield the problem at 5.00pm is the give way arrows just past the Shrivenham Golf Course, traffic has right of way in the opposite direction. However at the College Roundabout if you take the Longcot turning & then follow directions to Shrivenham it brings you into Shrivenham at the end of the High street the other side of the give way arrows. Once through Shrivenham it is much easier than it was before the diversion. I honestly think this would be much quicker than going through Faringdon & Highworth.

Good luck & lets hope for a win with Smith & Turnbull in the team.
Hi liden623

Thanks for that advice on the route - looking at the maps it may easier going that way but if a problem occurs I have several options thanks to you and a couple of others guys that have offered route advice. I will leave earlier than normal then I've got time to choose. If I get along any of the roads and they are blocked then I will walk - they will not stop me seeing the Town play! Thanks again - Archive
[quote][p][bold]liden623[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Archive Robin[/bold] wrote: Hi All Off topic but can anyone tell me whether you can go through Watchfield/Highworth to get round the A420 problem rather than take the 3 million mile round trip through the diversion that was in place when I came down for the Leeds game. It's never normally an issue without the roadworks but I've not missed an opening home game for literally years and I want to get full use out of my season ticket. Any help would be appreciated - I am based in Northampton incidently. Thanks in advance.[/p][/quote]I travel from Swindon to work in Watchfield. I still use the same route going, at 8.30am weekdays, being diverted through Shrivenham. It is slower but the traffic keeps moving & takes me less than 5 minutes longer. Returning from Watchfield the problem at 5.00pm is the give way arrows just past the Shrivenham Golf Course, traffic has right of way in the opposite direction. However at the College Roundabout if you take the Longcot turning & then follow directions to Shrivenham it brings you into Shrivenham at the end of the High street the other side of the give way arrows. Once through Shrivenham it is much easier than it was before the diversion. I honestly think this would be much quicker than going through Faringdon & Highworth. Good luck & lets hope for a win with Smith & Turnbull in the team.[/p][/quote]Hi liden623 Thanks for that advice on the route - looking at the maps it may easier going that way but if a problem occurs I have several options thanks to you and a couple of others guys that have offered route advice. I will leave earlier than normal then I've got time to choose. If I get along any of the roads and they are blocked then I will walk - they will not stop me seeing the Town play! Thanks again - Archive Archive Robin
  • Score: 3

2:19pm Thu 7 Aug 14

cornishcrooky says...

Give youth a chance! No one should/would have an issue with that. I bet no-one thought Pritch would be such an amazing player for us last season when he turned up.
However, I would love to see an experienced CB and CF signed. I'd even accept a journeyman on his last legs join us for the season.
Not only can they do a job for us on the pitch, but the training and experience they offer the youth in the side is invaluable.
Working with and learning from an old head always benefits the youngsters, whether first teamers or not.
Please LP and MC (like they read this!) get some experience! Whats Billy Paynter doing these days? Fjortoft could help surely? Duncan Shearer? Chalky White? Let them all have 10 minutes on Saturday!
COYR!!
Give youth a chance! No one should/would have an issue with that. I bet no-one thought Pritch would be such an amazing player for us last season when he turned up. However, I would love to see an experienced CB and CF signed. I'd even accept a journeyman on his last legs join us for the season. Not only can they do a job for us on the pitch, but the training and experience they offer the youth in the side is invaluable. Working with and learning from an old head always benefits the youngsters, whether first teamers or not. Please LP and MC (like they read this!) get some experience! Whats Billy Paynter doing these days? Fjortoft could help surely? Duncan Shearer? Chalky White? Let them all have 10 minutes on Saturday! COYR!! cornishcrooky
  • Score: 3

2:49pm Thu 7 Aug 14

liden623 says...

Archive Robin wrote:
liden623 wrote:
Archive Robin wrote:
Hi All

Off topic but can anyone tell me whether you can go through Watchfield/Highworth to get round the A420 problem rather than take the 3 million mile round trip through the diversion that was in place when I came down for the Leeds game. It's never normally an issue without the roadworks but I've not missed an opening home game for literally years and I want to get full use out of my season ticket. Any help would be appreciated - I am based in Northampton incidently. Thanks in advance.
I travel from Swindon to work in Watchfield.
I still use the same route going, at 8.30am weekdays, being diverted through Shrivenham. It is slower but the traffic keeps moving & takes me less than 5 minutes longer.
Returning from Watchfield the problem at 5.00pm is the give way arrows just past the Shrivenham Golf Course, traffic has right of way in the opposite direction. However at the College Roundabout if you take the Longcot turning & then follow directions to Shrivenham it brings you into Shrivenham at the end of the High street the other side of the give way arrows. Once through Shrivenham it is much easier than it was before the diversion. I honestly think this would be much quicker than going through Faringdon & Highworth.

Good luck & lets hope for a win with Smith & Turnbull in the team.
Hi liden623

Thanks for that advice on the route - looking at the maps it may easier going that way but if a problem occurs I have several options thanks to you and a couple of others guys that have offered route advice. I will leave earlier than normal then I've got time to choose. If I get along any of the roads and they are blocked then I will walk - they will not stop me seeing the Town play! Thanks again - Archive
You are a true supporter, i wish every bit of luck going.
What a lovely change from many of the posts on here.
[quote][p][bold]Archive Robin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]liden623[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Archive Robin[/bold] wrote: Hi All Off topic but can anyone tell me whether you can go through Watchfield/Highworth to get round the A420 problem rather than take the 3 million mile round trip through the diversion that was in place when I came down for the Leeds game. It's never normally an issue without the roadworks but I've not missed an opening home game for literally years and I want to get full use out of my season ticket. Any help would be appreciated - I am based in Northampton incidently. Thanks in advance.[/p][/quote]I travel from Swindon to work in Watchfield. I still use the same route going, at 8.30am weekdays, being diverted through Shrivenham. It is slower but the traffic keeps moving & takes me less than 5 minutes longer. Returning from Watchfield the problem at 5.00pm is the give way arrows just past the Shrivenham Golf Course, traffic has right of way in the opposite direction. However at the College Roundabout if you take the Longcot turning & then follow directions to Shrivenham it brings you into Shrivenham at the end of the High street the other side of the give way arrows. Once through Shrivenham it is much easier than it was before the diversion. I honestly think this would be much quicker than going through Faringdon & Highworth. Good luck & lets hope for a win with Smith & Turnbull in the team.[/p][/quote]Hi liden623 Thanks for that advice on the route - looking at the maps it may easier going that way but if a problem occurs I have several options thanks to you and a couple of others guys that have offered route advice. I will leave earlier than normal then I've got time to choose. If I get along any of the roads and they are blocked then I will walk - they will not stop me seeing the Town play! Thanks again - Archive[/p][/quote]You are a true supporter, i wish every bit of luck going. What a lovely change from many of the posts on here. liden623
  • Score: 5

2:53pm Thu 7 Aug 14

The Nomis says...

Adver headline tomorrow........Coop
er disappointed and frustrated at not being able to add any fresh faces to squad lol........Wouldn't surprise me!!
Adver headline tomorrow........Coop er disappointed and frustrated at not being able to add any fresh faces to squad lol........Wouldn't surprise me!! The Nomis
  • Score: -10

4:36pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Oi Den! says...

bluesharpbob wrote:
Wilesy wrote:
redbythesea wrote:
That won't please some people on here. Showing patience to make sure we get the RIGHT players in. What a nonsense. Should have just signed any old tat just to keep the adver forum happy.
Very harsh dig at genuinely concerned supporters imo. Also you mention getting the right players in....surely we haven't as we still have no experienced bruiser of a centre back to replace Troy, no creative player to replace Pritchard, and no target man to replace Ranger.
Lets get real about this. The above-mentioned players would be almost impossible to replace. We're very limited in what we can bring to the club as permanent players, but, there are good possibilities for young skilled, but, inexperienced players to come here.

We did that last season and it seems like we'll get the two Soton youngsters, who sound like a good addition to the club. Yes, they will not be permanent players, but what does anyone expect.

If we get these promising young players in, just enjoy their skills in the coming season and realise our club Swindon is developing a good reputation as a nurturing club. After all thats all the club can do, at present. But thats quite a lot in my opinion.
Can we really not compete with smaller third division clubs for the services of decent third division footballers? We want players who can get us out of this division (upwards), not players who will spend a short time with us and then sail off into the sunset saying how wonderful our nurturing is, without providing any financial benefit to us. All they will leave behind is the gaps they filled in the first place.

I remember Lou Macari saying that we added a little more quality when we were promoted from the 4th division to the 3rd. After we won the 3rd division play-off final at Palace, he said we would add a bit more - and we did. Macari's method of achieving that may have left something to be desired but it is how a football club progresses on the pitch. You get players to do the job in hand, keep the best of them together as you move up the League, add that bit more quality when you can and let the rest find their own level if they aren't good enough to progress at the same rate of the club. This obsession with Premier League wannabes and cast-offs is ridiculous.
[quote][p][bold]bluesharpbob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]redbythesea[/bold] wrote: That won't please some people on here. Showing patience to make sure we get the RIGHT players in. What a nonsense. Should have just signed any old tat just to keep the adver forum happy.[/p][/quote]Very harsh dig at genuinely concerned supporters imo. Also you mention getting the right players in....surely we haven't as we still have no experienced bruiser of a centre back to replace Troy, no creative player to replace Pritchard, and no target man to replace Ranger.[/p][/quote]Lets get real about this. The above-mentioned players would be almost impossible to replace. We're very limited in what we can bring to the club as permanent players, but, there are good possibilities for young skilled, but, inexperienced players to come here. We did that last season and it seems like we'll get the two Soton youngsters, who sound like a good addition to the club. Yes, they will not be permanent players, but what does anyone expect. If we get these promising young players in, just enjoy their skills in the coming season and realise our club Swindon is developing a good reputation as a nurturing club. After all thats all the club can do, at present. But thats quite a lot in my opinion.[/p][/quote]Can we really not compete with smaller third division clubs for the services of decent third division footballers? We want players who can get us out of this division (upwards), not players who will spend a short time with us and then sail off into the sunset saying how wonderful our nurturing is, without providing any financial benefit to us. All they will leave behind is the gaps they filled in the first place. I remember Lou Macari saying that we added a little more quality when we were promoted from the 4th division to the 3rd. After we won the 3rd division play-off final at Palace, he said we would add a bit more - and we did. Macari's method of achieving that may have left something to be desired but it is how a football club progresses on the pitch. You get players to do the job in hand, keep the best of them together as you move up the League, add that bit more quality when you can and let the rest find their own level if they aren't good enough to progress at the same rate of the club. This obsession with Premier League wannabes and cast-offs is ridiculous. Oi Den!
  • Score: 1

4:50pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Chish and Fips says...

The Nomis wrote:
Adver headline tomorrow........Coop

er disappointed and frustrated at not being able to add any fresh faces to squad lol........Wouldn't surprise me!!
Why do I get the feeling even if they brought in Messi and Ronaldo you would find some reason to moan - lighten up Simon you do appear to be a right misery guts.
[quote][p][bold]The Nomis[/bold] wrote: Adver headline tomorrow........Coop er disappointed and frustrated at not being able to add any fresh faces to squad lol........Wouldn't surprise me!![/p][/quote]Why do I get the feeling even if they brought in Messi and Ronaldo you would find some reason to moan - lighten up Simon you do appear to be a right misery guts. Chish and Fips
  • Score: 4

6:03pm Thu 7 Aug 14

welsh red says...

We do need an experienced player or two. Mourinho has brought back Drogba for that very reason: to give the younger players his experience. We need someone who knows how to deal with the odd elbow in the face and knee in the back when the ref.is not looking. Someone who can keep going on wet winter evenings when the pitch is sodden. Unfortunately these sort of players expect high wages. Anyone heard of players in lower divisions ?
Thinking back (a long way) anyone remember Pat Terry ? He was a 'journeyman' . Looked like he should have been a boxer from what I remember.
We do need an experienced player or two. Mourinho has brought back Drogba for that very reason: to give the younger players his experience. We need someone who knows how to deal with the odd elbow in the face and knee in the back when the ref.is not looking. Someone who can keep going on wet winter evenings when the pitch is sodden. Unfortunately these sort of players expect high wages. Anyone heard of players in lower divisions ? Thinking back (a long way) anyone remember Pat Terry ? He was a 'journeyman' . Looked like he should have been a boxer from what I remember. welsh red
  • Score: 1

6:09pm Thu 7 Aug 14

LeGod says...

cornishcrooky - Paynter signed for Carlisle - Ranger is still a free agent sign him on a match by match basis and if he is a naughty boy sack him until he can prove he is a changed character. Ideal for us in this league and he needs to prove himself to all of football as well.
cornishcrooky - Paynter signed for Carlisle - Ranger is still a free agent sign him on a match by match basis and if he is a naughty boy sack him until he can prove he is a changed character. Ideal for us in this league and he needs to prove himself to all of football as well. LeGod
  • Score: 4

10:14pm Thu 7 Aug 14

old town robin says...

Archive Robin wrote:
Hi All

Off topic but can anyone tell me whether you can go through Watchfield/Highworth to get round the A420 problem rather than take the 3 million mile round trip through the diversion that was in place when I came down for the Leeds game. It's never normally an issue without the roadworks but I've not missed an opening home game for literally years and I want to get full use out of my season ticket. Any help would be appreciated - I am based in Northampton incidently. Thanks in advance.
My bruv lives close to kempston, Just south of bedford), He and his family always take the M40 north and then before the banbury junction take the A40 towards Cheltenham and then get on the A361 Banbury Burford / Lechlade road, from Northampton it might be worth a look
[quote][p][bold]Archive Robin[/bold] wrote: Hi All Off topic but can anyone tell me whether you can go through Watchfield/Highworth to get round the A420 problem rather than take the 3 million mile round trip through the diversion that was in place when I came down for the Leeds game. It's never normally an issue without the roadworks but I've not missed an opening home game for literally years and I want to get full use out of my season ticket. Any help would be appreciated - I am based in Northampton incidently. Thanks in advance.[/p][/quote]My bruv lives close to kempston, Just south of bedford), He and his family always take the M40 north and then before the banbury junction take the A40 towards Cheltenham and then get on the A361 Banbury Burford / Lechlade road, from Northampton it might be worth a look old town robin
  • Score: 0

10:21pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Psychedelic Syd says...

Archive Robin wrote:
Hi All

Off topic but can anyone tell me whether you can go through Watchfield/Highworth to get round the A420 problem rather than take the 3 million mile round trip through the diversion that was in place when I came down for the Leeds game. It's never normally an issue without the roadworks but I've not missed an opening home game for literally years and I want to get full use out of my season ticket. Any help would be appreciated - I am based in Northampton incidently. Thanks in advance.
I went into Faringdon from A420 then took road through to Highworth and then onto Swindon from there for the Leeds game, only took about 5 mins more.
[quote][p][bold]Archive Robin[/bold] wrote: Hi All Off topic but can anyone tell me whether you can go through Watchfield/Highworth to get round the A420 problem rather than take the 3 million mile round trip through the diversion that was in place when I came down for the Leeds game. It's never normally an issue without the roadworks but I've not missed an opening home game for literally years and I want to get full use out of my season ticket. Any help would be appreciated - I am based in Northampton incidently. Thanks in advance.[/p][/quote]I went into Faringdon from A420 then took road through to Highworth and then onto Swindon from there for the Leeds game, only took about 5 mins more. Psychedelic Syd
  • Score: 0

8:35am Fri 8 Aug 14

Since 1950 says...

redbythesea wrote:
That won't please some people on here. Showing patience to make sure we get the RIGHT players in. What a nonsense. Should have just signed any old tat just to keep the adver forum happy.
Me thinks someone has found a little dodge how to vote for themselves with a mobile phone! 72, Nan, doesn't happen.
[quote][p][bold]redbythesea[/bold] wrote: That won't please some people on here. Showing patience to make sure we get the RIGHT players in. What a nonsense. Should have just signed any old tat just to keep the adver forum happy.[/p][/quote]Me thinks someone has found a little dodge how to vote for themselves with a mobile phone! 72, Nan, doesn't happen. Since 1950
  • Score: 0

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