Town injury situation is 'emergency ward 10' - Cooper

Town boss Mark Cooper

Town boss Mark Cooper

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SWINDON Town manager Mark Cooper described his side’s injury situation as ‘emergency ward 10’ after the Robins reached the second round of the Capital One Cup with a 2-1 victory at Luton Town last night.

Two goals from Michael Smith turned a 1-0 deficit around for Swindon, who had fallen behind to Luke Rooney’s 54th-minute penalty. However, the win came at a price for the visiting Robins – already thin on the ground when it comes to squad numbers.

Brad Smith stretched a medial ligament, effectively ruling him out of the weekend trip to Crawley Town in League One, while Louis Thompson picked up a dead leg and is a doubt for the visit to the Broadfield Stadium.

Meanwhile, both Jordan Turnbull and Jack Barthram required stitches in head injuries, though the pair carried on to the game’s conclusion, while Anton Rodgers’s can has revealed knee damage that will take at least two weeks to heal.

It is hardly an ideal situation for Cooper, whose side have a 100 per cent record in 2014/15.

He summed up the match by saying: “We kept going and kept to our principles, even though we were a goal down, and stuck to our beliefs. We came through in the end.

“I thought we dominated possession. It’s like emergency ward 10 in our changing room, there’s blood everywhere but the boys kept going. They kept passing the ball, made Luton Town run and in the end we wore them out and that’s what got us our goals.

“I thought they were all really good. I thought it was an outstanding away performance.”

Town have rejected two approaches for Michael Smith in recent weeks, with chairman Lee Power suggesting Coventry City have enquired about the big striker.

With four goals in two matches this term, however, Power said ‘silly money’ would be required to prise the frontman from Swindon’s grasp.

Cooper said of Smith: “We love big Smudge to bits. He works his socks off, the boys love him because he never stops – he chases and harries and runs – and sometimes when you work that hard you get your reward and he’s getting them now.”

Meanwhile, the Robins have taken Australian striker Joel Chianase on trial. The five-foot, nine-inch striker has been on the books of Sydney United for the past two seasons and will train with Town for the first time on Thursday.

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5:30am Wed 13 Aug 14

california andy says...

A foretaste I fear of what many teams will try at this level. They will kick our guys to bits, secure in the knowledge that the useless refs we get won't stop it. That is the only worrying sign to date. The youngsters seem to have toughened up from last season, and won't be bullied, but injuries are another matter with a thin squad.
A foretaste I fear of what many teams will try at this level. They will kick our guys to bits, secure in the knowledge that the useless refs we get won't stop it. That is the only worrying sign to date. The youngsters seem to have toughened up from last season, and won't be bullied, but injuries are another matter with a thin squad. california andy
  • Score: 29

6:03am Wed 13 Aug 14

Synthesizer Jones says...

Small point of order, Chianese has been at Sydney FC since 2011 and only recently signed for Sydney United. There's quite a difference, Sydney FC play in the A-League (the country's top competition), whereas Sydney United play in the smaller, regional league.
Small point of order, Chianese has been at Sydney FC since 2011 and only recently signed for Sydney United. There's quite a difference, Sydney FC play in the A-League (the country's top competition), whereas Sydney United play in the smaller, regional league. Synthesizer Jones
  • Score: 7

6:54am Wed 13 Aug 14

Longtime Red says...

california andy wrote:
A foretaste I fear of what many teams will try at this level. They will kick our guys to bits, secure in the knowledge that the useless refs we get won't stop it. That is the only worrying sign to date. The youngsters seem to have toughened up from last season, and won't be bullied, but injuries are another matter with a thin squad.
I couldn't agree more. It is concerning, if other teams do try to bully us and we pick up injuries or suspensions to two or three key players do we have the back up? On another note, does anyone know what happened to the player we were told would be signed before Saturday's game?
[quote][p][bold]california andy[/bold] wrote: A foretaste I fear of what many teams will try at this level. They will kick our guys to bits, secure in the knowledge that the useless refs we get won't stop it. That is the only worrying sign to date. The youngsters seem to have toughened up from last season, and won't be bullied, but injuries are another matter with a thin squad.[/p][/quote]I couldn't agree more. It is concerning, if other teams do try to bully us and we pick up injuries or suspensions to two or three key players do we have the back up? On another note, does anyone know what happened to the player we were told would be signed before Saturday's game? Longtime Red
  • Score: 0

7:02am Wed 13 Aug 14

Chish and Fips says...

Good result last night - I winced when I saw the opening goal for Luton thinking here we go... but seems they pressed on and got equaliser then the winner, well done Town.
The injuries are a concern but perhaps with these younger players they will heal quicker or I hope so anyway.
Good result last night - I winced when I saw the opening goal for Luton thinking here we go... but seems they pressed on and got equaliser then the winner, well done Town. The injuries are a concern but perhaps with these younger players they will heal quicker or I hope so anyway. Chish and Fips
  • Score: 2

7:06am Wed 13 Aug 14

port de soller says...

Great effort from the "YOUNG SWINDON REDS,yes they have toughened up yet like many fans we worry that is this divisions it will be a case of a young team being bullied(ref¨s do not give much support Still injuries to a light weight squad are worrying. One thing there a fit young bunch.
So good luck to them and what a good result
new nickname (THE WOLVERINES) go young REDS
Great effort from the "YOUNG SWINDON REDS,yes they have toughened up yet like many fans we worry that is this divisions it will be a case of a young team being bullied(ref¨s do not give much support Still injuries to a light weight squad are worrying. One thing there a fit young bunch. So good luck to them and what a good result new nickname (THE WOLVERINES) go young REDS port de soller
  • Score: 0

7:07am Wed 13 Aug 14

smirg kcab says...

Longtime Red wrote:
california andy wrote:
A foretaste I fear of what many teams will try at this level. They will kick our guys to bits, secure in the knowledge that the useless refs we get won't stop it. That is the only worrying sign to date. The youngsters seem to have toughened up from last season, and won't be bullied, but injuries are another matter with a thin squad.
I couldn't agree more. It is concerning, if other teams do try to bully us and we pick up injuries or suspensions to two or three key players do we have the back up? On another note, does anyone know what happened to the player we were told would be signed before Saturday's game?
He arrived late as we could only afford easy jet, he had 105 changes to make on his flight.
They tried putting him in powers suitcase but customs got suspicious when he walked through with his hat full of corks covering his eyes.
[quote][p][bold]Longtime Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]california andy[/bold] wrote: A foretaste I fear of what many teams will try at this level. They will kick our guys to bits, secure in the knowledge that the useless refs we get won't stop it. That is the only worrying sign to date. The youngsters seem to have toughened up from last season, and won't be bullied, but injuries are another matter with a thin squad.[/p][/quote]I couldn't agree more. It is concerning, if other teams do try to bully us and we pick up injuries or suspensions to two or three key players do we have the back up? On another note, does anyone know what happened to the player we were told would be signed before Saturday's game?[/p][/quote]He arrived late as we could only afford easy jet, he had 105 changes to make on his flight. They tried putting him in powers suitcase but customs got suspicious when he walked through with his hat full of corks covering his eyes. smirg kcab
  • Score: -22

8:51am Wed 13 Aug 14

Davethered says...

Good job they don't work in industry , sorry Mr Honda/BMW I can't come into work for a week I've got a cut on my head or I can't stand up working for long I've got a strained knee . FFS man up wimps and get on with it . You're 20 not 70 , run it off.
Good job they don't work in industry , sorry Mr Honda/BMW I can't come into work for a week I've got a cut on my head or I can't stand up working for long I've got a strained knee . FFS man up wimps and get on with it . You're 20 not 70 , run it off. Davethered
  • Score: -40

9:13am Wed 13 Aug 14

Stilloyal says...

Well done on a great win and a big well done to Smiffy who took a lot of stick last season.
We were always going to get kicked around last night, I watched Luton a couple of times last season and their tactics were the same. They do have some good players though but an awful lot of muscle, they'll do well in L2.

As for our injuries I think anyone would find it painful and reckless to head a ball while your head is in stitches, very difficult to play with a dead leg as well. Anyone who has played football or any sport would realize this, criticism is unfair and unjustified, it's easy to work a machine in a factory with these type of injury. Obviously davethered's post is meant as a wind up.
Well done on a great win and a big well done to Smiffy who took a lot of stick last season. We were always going to get kicked around last night, I watched Luton a couple of times last season and their tactics were the same. They do have some good players though but an awful lot of muscle, they'll do well in L2. As for our injuries I think anyone would find it painful and reckless to head a ball while your head is in stitches, very difficult to play with a dead leg as well. Anyone who has played football or any sport would realize this, criticism is unfair and unjustified, it's easy to work a machine in a factory with these type of injury. Obviously davethered's post is meant as a wind up. Stilloyal
  • Score: 4

9:14am Wed 13 Aug 14

Psychedelic Syd says...

Davethered wrote:
Good job they don't work in industry , sorry Mr Honda/BMW I can't come into work for a week I've got a cut on my head or I can't stand up working for long I've got a strained knee . FFS man up wimps and get on with it . You're 20 not 70 , run it off.
Hmmmmm. I think there might be a slight difference in the impact on the work Dave!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Davethered[/bold] wrote: Good job they don't work in industry , sorry Mr Honda/BMW I can't come into work for a week I've got a cut on my head or I can't stand up working for long I've got a strained knee . FFS man up wimps and get on with it . You're 20 not 70 , run it off.[/p][/quote]Hmmmmm. I think there might be a slight difference in the impact on the work Dave!!!! Psychedelic Syd
  • Score: 6

9:16am Wed 13 Aug 14

Stilloyal says...

Good to see Power rejecting two bids from Coventry for Smiffy saying it'll take "silly money" to get him, just wondering how silly it might be ?
Good to see Power rejecting two bids from Coventry for Smiffy saying it'll take "silly money" to get him, just wondering how silly it might be ? Stilloyal
  • Score: 2

9:26am Wed 13 Aug 14

umpcah says...

Stilloyal wrote:
Good to see Power rejecting two bids from Coventry for Smiffy saying it'll take "silly money" to get him, just wondering how silly it might be ?
ALAN : I don't think Coventry are any more likely to offer " silly money " for anyone than Swindon Town is ! When is the Cup draw ? Not Oxford away please !
[quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: Good to see Power rejecting two bids from Coventry for Smiffy saying it'll take "silly money" to get him, just wondering how silly it might be ?[/p][/quote]ALAN : I don't think Coventry are any more likely to offer " silly money " for anyone than Swindon Town is ! When is the Cup draw ? Not Oxford away please ! umpcah
  • Score: 0

9:31am Wed 13 Aug 14

Stilloyal says...

umpcah wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
Good to see Power rejecting two bids from Coventry for Smiffy saying it'll take "silly money" to get him, just wondering how silly it might be ?
ALAN : I don't think Coventry are any more likely to offer " silly money " for anyone than Swindon Town is ! When is the Cup draw ? Not Oxford away please !
Draw is sometime tonight mate, probably after 9.30.
Agree about Coventry they are as skint as we are .
[quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: Good to see Power rejecting two bids from Coventry for Smiffy saying it'll take "silly money" to get him, just wondering how silly it might be ?[/p][/quote]ALAN : I don't think Coventry are any more likely to offer " silly money " for anyone than Swindon Town is ! When is the Cup draw ? Not Oxford away please ![/p][/quote]Draw is sometime tonight mate, probably after 9.30. Agree about Coventry they are as skint as we are . Stilloyal
  • Score: 0

10:10am Wed 13 Aug 14

LeGod says...

Another great performance from the team and well deserved win as we dominated possession and first half were well in control and if we had taken a couple of chances could have been ahead by a couple of goals.
A shocking ref yet again where do the league get them from. Going a goal down and coming back to win is also a great turnaround from our young players. Luton seemed to be intent on roughing us up a little to try and stifle our game and the ref let them get away with it and i feel that more teams may resort to this with our passing and possession game.
A well deserved victory and well done Town and Michael Smith again and keep on scoring like this and more teams will be looking at him and more bids will be coming in. The club need to be strong and hold on to the players we have got and hopefully if we can keep the form going get a few people back at the CG.
People have this thing in their head you have to have big name players to get anywhere in any league and it doesnt always work so i hope the stay aways and moaners can start to realise we have some very good young technical players in our team who are comfortable with the ball and its amazing you see the way our players can pass and move and keep possession yet the so called top players who put an England shirt on cant keep possession and look comfortable with a ball.
Great result Town and it would be great fro our club if we could get a big premier league club away from home to get some money in so lets hope the draw is good to us.
Another great performance from the team and well deserved win as we dominated possession and first half were well in control and if we had taken a couple of chances could have been ahead by a couple of goals. A shocking ref yet again where do the league get them from. Going a goal down and coming back to win is also a great turnaround from our young players. Luton seemed to be intent on roughing us up a little to try and stifle our game and the ref let them get away with it and i feel that more teams may resort to this with our passing and possession game. A well deserved victory and well done Town and Michael Smith again and keep on scoring like this and more teams will be looking at him and more bids will be coming in. The club need to be strong and hold on to the players we have got and hopefully if we can keep the form going get a few people back at the CG. People have this thing in their head you have to have big name players to get anywhere in any league and it doesnt always work so i hope the stay aways and moaners can start to realise we have some very good young technical players in our team who are comfortable with the ball and its amazing you see the way our players can pass and move and keep possession yet the so called top players who put an England shirt on cant keep possession and look comfortable with a ball. Great result Town and it would be great fro our club if we could get a big premier league club away from home to get some money in so lets hope the draw is good to us. LeGod
  • Score: 3

10:15am Wed 13 Aug 14

Wilesy says...

Stilloyal wrote:
umpcah wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
Good to see Power rejecting two bids from Coventry for Smiffy saying it'll take "silly money" to get him, just wondering how silly it might be ?
ALAN : I don't think Coventry are any more likely to offer " silly money " for anyone than Swindon Town is ! When is the Cup draw ? Not Oxford away please !
Draw is sometime tonight mate, probably after 9.30.
Agree about Coventry they are as skint as we are .
Not sure Coventry are skint didn't they sell Callum Wilson to Bournemouth for around £3 million. Same position as Posh with their £5.5 million for Assombolongo.

Presume Coventry would be looking to get Smith in for say £500k which would be good business for them. Unfortunately for them Smith's value is increasing game by game so I would assume silly money would currently stand at not less than £1.5million, bearing in mind they are 'cash-rich' at the moment.

If some of our players keep up the level of improvement shown this season then don't be surprised to see scouts galore at the CG and plenty of bids coming in. London Reds previously scoffed at valuations may be on the low side.

Other than Smith the player I am most impressed with so far is Nathan Byrne he has been outstanding in the 2 games, arguably better in the position than Ritchie. He's gained a yard of pace and skins the defender both sides. He won't be here long if he keeps playing like he is and hopefully would also command 'silly money'.
[quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: Good to see Power rejecting two bids from Coventry for Smiffy saying it'll take "silly money" to get him, just wondering how silly it might be ?[/p][/quote]ALAN : I don't think Coventry are any more likely to offer " silly money " for anyone than Swindon Town is ! When is the Cup draw ? Not Oxford away please ![/p][/quote]Draw is sometime tonight mate, probably after 9.30. Agree about Coventry they are as skint as we are .[/p][/quote]Not sure Coventry are skint didn't they sell Callum Wilson to Bournemouth for around £3 million. Same position as Posh with their £5.5 million for Assombolongo. Presume Coventry would be looking to get Smith in for say £500k which would be good business for them. Unfortunately for them Smith's value is increasing game by game so I would assume silly money would currently stand at not less than £1.5million, bearing in mind they are 'cash-rich' at the moment. If some of our players keep up the level of improvement shown this season then don't be surprised to see scouts galore at the CG and plenty of bids coming in. London Reds previously scoffed at valuations may be on the low side. Other than Smith the player I am most impressed with so far is Nathan Byrne he has been outstanding in the 2 games, arguably better in the position than Ritchie. He's gained a yard of pace and skins the defender both sides. He won't be here long if he keeps playing like he is and hopefully would also command 'silly money'. Wilesy
  • Score: 4

10:35am Wed 13 Aug 14

the don69 says...

Wilesy wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
umpcah wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
Good to see Power rejecting two bids from Coventry for Smiffy saying it'll take "silly money" to get him, just wondering how silly it might be ?
ALAN : I don't think Coventry are any more likely to offer " silly money " for anyone than Swindon Town is ! When is the Cup draw ? Not Oxford away please !
Draw is sometime tonight mate, probably after 9.30.
Agree about Coventry they are as skint as we are .
Not sure Coventry are skint didn't they sell Callum Wilson to Bournemouth for around £3 million. Same position as Posh with their £5.5 million for Assombolongo.

Presume Coventry would be looking to get Smith in for say £500k which would be good business for them. Unfortunately for them Smith's value is increasing game by game so I would assume silly money would currently stand at not less than £1.5million, bearing in mind they are 'cash-rich' at the moment.

If some of our players keep up the level of improvement shown this season then don't be surprised to see scouts galore at the CG and plenty of bids coming in. London Reds previously scoffed at valuations may be on the low side.

Other than Smith the player I am most impressed with so far is Nathan Byrne he has been outstanding in the 2 games, arguably better in the position than Ritchie. He's gained a yard of pace and skins the defender both sides. He won't be here long if he keeps playing like he is and hopefully would also command 'silly money'.
I like it Wilsey! yesterday your value for Smiffy was £1m, today £1.5m, two more goals against Crawley and it's Den's value of £2m? lol,anyway Coventry's manager said he ain't made any bid, cause they can't afford him, Posh are a different matter! they can, it's how much their prepared to pay and what is the Power's value of Smiffy????????? on our injuries patch them up and get them on that pitch! their young boys, great to see their giving blood for the Town, keep the good work up lads!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: Good to see Power rejecting two bids from Coventry for Smiffy saying it'll take "silly money" to get him, just wondering how silly it might be ?[/p][/quote]ALAN : I don't think Coventry are any more likely to offer " silly money " for anyone than Swindon Town is ! When is the Cup draw ? Not Oxford away please ![/p][/quote]Draw is sometime tonight mate, probably after 9.30. Agree about Coventry they are as skint as we are .[/p][/quote]Not sure Coventry are skint didn't they sell Callum Wilson to Bournemouth for around £3 million. Same position as Posh with their £5.5 million for Assombolongo. Presume Coventry would be looking to get Smith in for say £500k which would be good business for them. Unfortunately for them Smith's value is increasing game by game so I would assume silly money would currently stand at not less than £1.5million, bearing in mind they are 'cash-rich' at the moment. If some of our players keep up the level of improvement shown this season then don't be surprised to see scouts galore at the CG and plenty of bids coming in. London Reds previously scoffed at valuations may be on the low side. Other than Smith the player I am most impressed with so far is Nathan Byrne he has been outstanding in the 2 games, arguably better in the position than Ritchie. He's gained a yard of pace and skins the defender both sides. He won't be here long if he keeps playing like he is and hopefully would also command 'silly money'.[/p][/quote]I like it Wilsey! yesterday your value for Smiffy was £1m, today £1.5m, two more goals against Crawley and it's Den's value of £2m? lol,anyway Coventry's manager said he ain't made any bid, cause they can't afford him, Posh are a different matter! they can, it's how much their prepared to pay and what is the Power's value of Smiffy????????? on our injuries patch them up and get them on that pitch! their young boys, great to see their giving blood for the Town, keep the good work up lads!!!!!!!!! the don69
  • Score: 5

10:37am Wed 13 Aug 14

Stilloyal says...

Wilesy wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
umpcah wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
Good to see Power rejecting two bids from Coventry for Smiffy saying it'll take "silly money" to get him, just wondering how silly it might be ?
ALAN : I don't think Coventry are any more likely to offer " silly money " for anyone than Swindon Town is ! When is the Cup draw ? Not Oxford away please !
Draw is sometime tonight mate, probably after 9.30.
Agree about Coventry they are as skint as we are .
Not sure Coventry are skint didn't they sell Callum Wilson to Bournemouth for around £3 million. Same position as Posh with their £5.5 million for Assombolongo.

Presume Coventry would be looking to get Smith in for say £500k which would be good business for them. Unfortunately for them Smith's value is increasing game by game so I would assume silly money would currently stand at not less than £1.5million, bearing in mind they are 'cash-rich' at the moment.

If some of our players keep up the level of improvement shown this season then don't be surprised to see scouts galore at the CG and plenty of bids coming in. London Reds previously scoffed at valuations may be on the low side.

Other than Smith the player I am most impressed with so far is Nathan Byrne he has been outstanding in the 2 games, arguably better in the position than Ritchie. He's gained a yard of pace and skins the defender both sides. He won't be here long if he keeps playing like he is and hopefully would also command 'silly money'.
All very well getting big bucks for a player, but knock off some to clear debts, sell on clauses etc and the big bucks arn't that big.

I agree about Byrne being outstanding and better than Ritchie who in my book only had the one predictable trick , he would cut inside and shoot . With Byrne he has the ability to get to the by line and put in decent crosses, he's also two footed and can turn players both ways and very quick with it, I like him a lot.
[quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: Good to see Power rejecting two bids from Coventry for Smiffy saying it'll take "silly money" to get him, just wondering how silly it might be ?[/p][/quote]ALAN : I don't think Coventry are any more likely to offer " silly money " for anyone than Swindon Town is ! When is the Cup draw ? Not Oxford away please ![/p][/quote]Draw is sometime tonight mate, probably after 9.30. Agree about Coventry they are as skint as we are .[/p][/quote]Not sure Coventry are skint didn't they sell Callum Wilson to Bournemouth for around £3 million. Same position as Posh with their £5.5 million for Assombolongo. Presume Coventry would be looking to get Smith in for say £500k which would be good business for them. Unfortunately for them Smith's value is increasing game by game so I would assume silly money would currently stand at not less than £1.5million, bearing in mind they are 'cash-rich' at the moment. If some of our players keep up the level of improvement shown this season then don't be surprised to see scouts galore at the CG and plenty of bids coming in. London Reds previously scoffed at valuations may be on the low side. Other than Smith the player I am most impressed with so far is Nathan Byrne he has been outstanding in the 2 games, arguably better in the position than Ritchie. He's gained a yard of pace and skins the defender both sides. He won't be here long if he keeps playing like he is and hopefully would also command 'silly money'.[/p][/quote]All very well getting big bucks for a player, but knock off some to clear debts, sell on clauses etc and the big bucks arn't that big. I agree about Byrne being outstanding and better than Ritchie who in my book only had the one predictable trick , he would cut inside and shoot . With Byrne he has the ability to get to the by line and put in decent crosses, he's also two footed and can turn players both ways and very quick with it, I like him a lot. Stilloyal
  • Score: 7

10:38am Wed 13 Aug 14

LeGod says...

Great result and performance from the team and a well deserved win. We totally dominated the game they had a 10-15 minute spell but apart form that we were the far better side and our possession football wore them out and probably something they werent used to.
Well done Michael Smith on another two goals keep this up and bids will be coming in from all clubs.
Luton tried to be physical with us as we are a young side and i think players that were with us last season learnt from that and werent intimidated.
Another poor referee and i just dont know where these guys come from or what they see.
Well done Town and lets hope we can get a big premier league club away from home with a big crowd to boost the finances.

Great victory and performance which is a tough place to go to as they have a good home record.
Great result and performance from the team and a well deserved win. We totally dominated the game they had a 10-15 minute spell but apart form that we were the far better side and our possession football wore them out and probably something they werent used to. Well done Michael Smith on another two goals keep this up and bids will be coming in from all clubs. Luton tried to be physical with us as we are a young side and i think players that were with us last season learnt from that and werent intimidated. Another poor referee and i just dont know where these guys come from or what they see. Well done Town and lets hope we can get a big premier league club away from home with a big crowd to boost the finances. Great victory and performance which is a tough place to go to as they have a good home record. LeGod
  • Score: 3

10:48am Wed 13 Aug 14

Wilesy says...

the don69 wrote:
Wilesy wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
umpcah wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
Good to see Power rejecting two bids from Coventry for Smiffy saying it'll take "silly money" to get him, just wondering how silly it might be ?
ALAN : I don't think Coventry are any more likely to offer " silly money " for anyone than Swindon Town is ! When is the Cup draw ? Not Oxford away please !
Draw is sometime tonight mate, probably after 9.30.
Agree about Coventry they are as skint as we are .
Not sure Coventry are skint didn't they sell Callum Wilson to Bournemouth for around £3 million. Same position as Posh with their £5.5 million for Assombolongo.

Presume Coventry would be looking to get Smith in for say £500k which would be good business for them. Unfortunately for them Smith's value is increasing game by game so I would assume silly money would currently stand at not less than £1.5million, bearing in mind they are 'cash-rich' at the moment.

If some of our players keep up the level of improvement shown this season then don't be surprised to see scouts galore at the CG and plenty of bids coming in. London Reds previously scoffed at valuations may be on the low side.

Other than Smith the player I am most impressed with so far is Nathan Byrne he has been outstanding in the 2 games, arguably better in the position than Ritchie. He's gained a yard of pace and skins the defender both sides. He won't be here long if he keeps playing like he is and hopefully would also command 'silly money'.
I like it Wilsey! yesterday your value for Smiffy was £1m, today £1.5m, two more goals against Crawley and it's Den's value of £2m? lol,anyway Coventry's manager said he ain't made any bid, cause they can't afford him, Posh are a different matter! they can, it's how much their prepared to pay and what is the Power's value of Smiffy????????? on our injuries patch them up and get them on that pitch! their young boys, great to see their giving blood for the Town, keep the good work up lads!!!!!!!!!
No my valuation on Smith today is probably £500k what I said was if he maintains his excellent scoring record he could be worth £1m come Jan. I don't see £1m as silly money, If I was Power I would sit tight and see how he develops but a bid of £1.5million now might be tempting.
[quote][p][bold]the don69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: Good to see Power rejecting two bids from Coventry for Smiffy saying it'll take "silly money" to get him, just wondering how silly it might be ?[/p][/quote]ALAN : I don't think Coventry are any more likely to offer " silly money " for anyone than Swindon Town is ! When is the Cup draw ? Not Oxford away please ![/p][/quote]Draw is sometime tonight mate, probably after 9.30. Agree about Coventry they are as skint as we are .[/p][/quote]Not sure Coventry are skint didn't they sell Callum Wilson to Bournemouth for around £3 million. Same position as Posh with their £5.5 million for Assombolongo. Presume Coventry would be looking to get Smith in for say £500k which would be good business for them. Unfortunately for them Smith's value is increasing game by game so I would assume silly money would currently stand at not less than £1.5million, bearing in mind they are 'cash-rich' at the moment. If some of our players keep up the level of improvement shown this season then don't be surprised to see scouts galore at the CG and plenty of bids coming in. London Reds previously scoffed at valuations may be on the low side. Other than Smith the player I am most impressed with so far is Nathan Byrne he has been outstanding in the 2 games, arguably better in the position than Ritchie. He's gained a yard of pace and skins the defender both sides. He won't be here long if he keeps playing like he is and hopefully would also command 'silly money'.[/p][/quote]I like it Wilsey! yesterday your value for Smiffy was £1m, today £1.5m, two more goals against Crawley and it's Den's value of £2m? lol,anyway Coventry's manager said he ain't made any bid, cause they can't afford him, Posh are a different matter! they can, it's how much their prepared to pay and what is the Power's value of Smiffy????????? on our injuries patch them up and get them on that pitch! their young boys, great to see their giving blood for the Town, keep the good work up lads!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]No my valuation on Smith today is probably £500k what I said was if he maintains his excellent scoring record he could be worth £1m come Jan. I don't see £1m as silly money, If I was Power I would sit tight and see how he develops but a bid of £1.5million now might be tempting. Wilesy
  • Score: 2

10:52am Wed 13 Aug 14

Cleuso says...

Wilesy wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
umpcah wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
Good to see Power rejecting two bids from Coventry for Smiffy saying it'll take "silly money" to get him, just wondering how silly it might be ?
ALAN : I don't think Coventry are any more likely to offer " silly money " for anyone than Swindon Town is ! When is the Cup draw ? Not Oxford away please !
Draw is sometime tonight mate, probably after 9.30.
Agree about Coventry they are as skint as we are .
Not sure Coventry are skint didn't they sell Callum Wilson to Bournemouth for around £3 million. Same position as Posh with their £5.5 million for Assombolongo.

Presume Coventry would be looking to get Smith in for say £500k which would be good business for them. Unfortunately for them Smith's value is increasing game by game so I would assume silly money would currently stand at not less than £1.5million, bearing in mind they are 'cash-rich' at the moment.

If some of our players keep up the level of improvement shown this season then don't be surprised to see scouts galore at the CG and plenty of bids coming in. London Reds previously scoffed at valuations may be on the low side.

Other than Smith the player I am most impressed with so far is Nathan Byrne he has been outstanding in the 2 games, arguably better in the position than Ritchie. He's gained a yard of pace and skins the defender both sides. He won't be here long if he keeps playing like he is and hopefully would also command 'silly money'.
Half the money posh got for assambolongo went to watford...there was a 50% sell on clause...the rest probably cover their seasons debt with a bit left over to play with.... Coventry running loss last season was huge,more than the money they got so is probably supporting their cashflow for this season if they still get crowds of 2000 ..they might have a bit to spend but not that much.

Anyone fancy Benson ahead of Smith now ? I think not, we can finally put that one to bed.
[quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: Good to see Power rejecting two bids from Coventry for Smiffy saying it'll take "silly money" to get him, just wondering how silly it might be ?[/p][/quote]ALAN : I don't think Coventry are any more likely to offer " silly money " for anyone than Swindon Town is ! When is the Cup draw ? Not Oxford away please ![/p][/quote]Draw is sometime tonight mate, probably after 9.30. Agree about Coventry they are as skint as we are .[/p][/quote]Not sure Coventry are skint didn't they sell Callum Wilson to Bournemouth for around £3 million. Same position as Posh with their £5.5 million for Assombolongo. Presume Coventry would be looking to get Smith in for say £500k which would be good business for them. Unfortunately for them Smith's value is increasing game by game so I would assume silly money would currently stand at not less than £1.5million, bearing in mind they are 'cash-rich' at the moment. If some of our players keep up the level of improvement shown this season then don't be surprised to see scouts galore at the CG and plenty of bids coming in. London Reds previously scoffed at valuations may be on the low side. Other than Smith the player I am most impressed with so far is Nathan Byrne he has been outstanding in the 2 games, arguably better in the position than Ritchie. He's gained a yard of pace and skins the defender both sides. He won't be here long if he keeps playing like he is and hopefully would also command 'silly money'.[/p][/quote]Half the money posh got for assambolongo went to watford...there was a 50% sell on clause...the rest probably cover their seasons debt with a bit left over to play with.... Coventry running loss last season was huge,more than the money they got so is probably supporting their cashflow for this season if they still get crowds of 2000 ..they might have a bit to spend but not that much. Anyone fancy Benson ahead of Smith now ? I think not, we can finally put that one to bed. Cleuso
  • Score: 9

10:53am Wed 13 Aug 14

Stilloyal says...

the don69 wrote:
Wilesy wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
umpcah wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
Good to see Power rejecting two bids from Coventry for Smiffy saying it'll take "silly money" to get him, just wondering how silly it might be ?
ALAN : I don't think Coventry are any more likely to offer " silly money " for anyone than Swindon Town is ! When is the Cup draw ? Not Oxford away please !
Draw is sometime tonight mate, probably after 9.30.
Agree about Coventry they are as skint as we are .
Not sure Coventry are skint didn't they sell Callum Wilson to Bournemouth for around £3 million. Same position as Posh with their £5.5 million for Assombolongo.

Presume Coventry would be looking to get Smith in for say £500k which would be good business for them. Unfortunately for them Smith's value is increasing game by game so I would assume silly money would currently stand at not less than £1.5million, bearing in mind they are 'cash-rich' at the moment.

If some of our players keep up the level of improvement shown this season then don't be surprised to see scouts galore at the CG and plenty of bids coming in. London Reds previously scoffed at valuations may be on the low side.

Other than Smith the player I am most impressed with so far is Nathan Byrne he has been outstanding in the 2 games, arguably better in the position than Ritchie. He's gained a yard of pace and skins the defender both sides. He won't be here long if he keeps playing like he is and hopefully would also command 'silly money'.
I like it Wilsey! yesterday your value for Smiffy was £1m, today £1.5m, two more goals against Crawley and it's Den's value of £2m? lol,anyway Coventry's manager said he ain't made any bid, cause they can't afford him, Posh are a different matter! they can, it's how much their prepared to pay and what is the Power's value of Smiffy????????? on our injuries patch them up and get them on that pitch! their young boys, great to see their giving blood for the Town, keep the good work up lads!!!!!!!!!
Power said on the radio that Coventry have put in TWO bids for Smiffy. Sometimes a buying manager won't acknowledge a bid for a player for fear of upsetting his own players, of course it could work the other way by geeing up said players.
[quote][p][bold]the don69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: Good to see Power rejecting two bids from Coventry for Smiffy saying it'll take "silly money" to get him, just wondering how silly it might be ?[/p][/quote]ALAN : I don't think Coventry are any more likely to offer " silly money " for anyone than Swindon Town is ! When is the Cup draw ? Not Oxford away please ![/p][/quote]Draw is sometime tonight mate, probably after 9.30. Agree about Coventry they are as skint as we are .[/p][/quote]Not sure Coventry are skint didn't they sell Callum Wilson to Bournemouth for around £3 million. Same position as Posh with their £5.5 million for Assombolongo. Presume Coventry would be looking to get Smith in for say £500k which would be good business for them. Unfortunately for them Smith's value is increasing game by game so I would assume silly money would currently stand at not less than £1.5million, bearing in mind they are 'cash-rich' at the moment. If some of our players keep up the level of improvement shown this season then don't be surprised to see scouts galore at the CG and plenty of bids coming in. London Reds previously scoffed at valuations may be on the low side. Other than Smith the player I am most impressed with so far is Nathan Byrne he has been outstanding in the 2 games, arguably better in the position than Ritchie. He's gained a yard of pace and skins the defender both sides. He won't be here long if he keeps playing like he is and hopefully would also command 'silly money'.[/p][/quote]I like it Wilsey! yesterday your value for Smiffy was £1m, today £1.5m, two more goals against Crawley and it's Den's value of £2m? lol,anyway Coventry's manager said he ain't made any bid, cause they can't afford him, Posh are a different matter! they can, it's how much their prepared to pay and what is the Power's value of Smiffy????????? on our injuries patch them up and get them on that pitch! their young boys, great to see their giving blood for the Town, keep the good work up lads!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Power said on the radio that Coventry have put in TWO bids for Smiffy. Sometimes a buying manager won't acknowledge a bid for a player for fear of upsetting his own players, of course it could work the other way by geeing up said players. Stilloyal
  • Score: 0

11:07am Wed 13 Aug 14

umpcah says...

Wilesy wrote:
the don69 wrote:
Wilesy wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
umpcah wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
Good to see Power rejecting two bids from Coventry for Smiffy saying it'll take "silly money" to get him, just wondering how silly it might be ?
ALAN : I don't think Coventry are any more likely to offer " silly money " for anyone than Swindon Town is ! When is the Cup draw ? Not Oxford away please !
Draw is sometime tonight mate, probably after 9.30.
Agree about Coventry they are as skint as we are .
Not sure Coventry are skint didn't they sell Callum Wilson to Bournemouth for around £3 million. Same position as Posh with their £5.5 million for Assombolongo.

Presume Coventry would be looking to get Smith in for say £500k which would be good business for them. Unfortunately for them Smith's value is increasing game by game so I would assume silly money would currently stand at not less than £1.5million, bearing in mind they are 'cash-rich' at the moment.

If some of our players keep up the level of improvement shown this season then don't be surprised to see scouts galore at the CG and plenty of bids coming in. London Reds previously scoffed at valuations may be on the low side.

Other than Smith the player I am most impressed with so far is Nathan Byrne he has been outstanding in the 2 games, arguably better in the position than Ritchie. He's gained a yard of pace and skins the defender both sides. He won't be here long if he keeps playing like he is and hopefully would also command 'silly money'.
I like it Wilsey! yesterday your value for Smiffy was £1m, today £1.5m, two more goals against Crawley and it's Den's value of £2m? lol,anyway Coventry's manager said he ain't made any bid, cause they can't afford him, Posh are a different matter! they can, it's how much their prepared to pay and what is the Power's value of Smiffy????????? on our injuries patch them up and get them on that pitch! their young boys, great to see their giving blood for the Town, keep the good work up lads!!!!!!!!!
No my valuation on Smith today is probably £500k what I said was if he maintains his excellent scoring record he could be worth £1m come Jan. I don't see £1m as silly money, If I was Power I would sit tight and see how he develops but a bid of £1.5million now might be tempting.
Of course a bid of £1.5million now might be tempting. £1m would be but until a Prem or a prestigious Championship club urgently needs striking backup and has watched Smith for many more than two games Power surely knows that " silly money " need not be considered for at least the time being ?
[quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the don69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: Good to see Power rejecting two bids from Coventry for Smiffy saying it'll take "silly money" to get him, just wondering how silly it might be ?[/p][/quote]ALAN : I don't think Coventry are any more likely to offer " silly money " for anyone than Swindon Town is ! When is the Cup draw ? Not Oxford away please ![/p][/quote]Draw is sometime tonight mate, probably after 9.30. Agree about Coventry they are as skint as we are .[/p][/quote]Not sure Coventry are skint didn't they sell Callum Wilson to Bournemouth for around £3 million. Same position as Posh with their £5.5 million for Assombolongo. Presume Coventry would be looking to get Smith in for say £500k which would be good business for them. Unfortunately for them Smith's value is increasing game by game so I would assume silly money would currently stand at not less than £1.5million, bearing in mind they are 'cash-rich' at the moment. If some of our players keep up the level of improvement shown this season then don't be surprised to see scouts galore at the CG and plenty of bids coming in. London Reds previously scoffed at valuations may be on the low side. Other than Smith the player I am most impressed with so far is Nathan Byrne he has been outstanding in the 2 games, arguably better in the position than Ritchie. He's gained a yard of pace and skins the defender both sides. He won't be here long if he keeps playing like he is and hopefully would also command 'silly money'.[/p][/quote]I like it Wilsey! yesterday your value for Smiffy was £1m, today £1.5m, two more goals against Crawley and it's Den's value of £2m? lol,anyway Coventry's manager said he ain't made any bid, cause they can't afford him, Posh are a different matter! they can, it's how much their prepared to pay and what is the Power's value of Smiffy????????? on our injuries patch them up and get them on that pitch! their young boys, great to see their giving blood for the Town, keep the good work up lads!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]No my valuation on Smith today is probably £500k what I said was if he maintains his excellent scoring record he could be worth £1m come Jan. I don't see £1m as silly money, If I was Power I would sit tight and see how he develops but a bid of £1.5million now might be tempting.[/p][/quote]Of course a bid of £1.5million now might be tempting. £1m would be but until a Prem or a prestigious Championship club urgently needs striking backup and has watched Smith for many more than two games Power surely knows that " silly money " need not be considered for at least the time being ? umpcah
  • Score: 1

11:44am Wed 13 Aug 14

LeGod says...

Pople talking of bids for Smith is ridiculous if he went who is going to score the goals he has to stay. This is his first full season in L1 and if he proves himself this season he will be worth much more than figures being banded about on here today.
A number of our players will be looked at as the style of play we have set so far this season ok only two games but is attractive to watch and these players would only fit into any other team if they play our style of football which many dont.
We play a patient controlled game and pass the ball better than our so called best players that play for England who cant keep the ball for toffee and keep possession.
It is a tribute to MC and LP the way we play and both Scunthorpe and Luton fans have been impressed with our passing game.
Losing players now is a no no we want championship football as that has to be our aim. We all know money is tight but a good draw tonight away in the cup to a big premier club would make a massive difference to this club.
So let keep our key players which currently are all of them and add a bit more talent if our finances permit it.
We are a good side to watch and other fans will wish their sides played the way we do as our style is the correct way to play football and more clubs should adopt our style to make more entertaining football but im afraid alot of managers and clubs go in for the big physical players who win matches by their strength and physical presence rather thsn technical ability which has always been a weakness in the english game which is why MC and LP should be proud of the young lads they have put together who are all very technically gifted and comfortable with a football. Long may it continue as no doubt a large number of these players if we dont get championship football will make it with other teams at some time in the future.
Pople talking of bids for Smith is ridiculous if he went who is going to score the goals he has to stay. This is his first full season in L1 and if he proves himself this season he will be worth much more than figures being banded about on here today. A number of our players will be looked at as the style of play we have set so far this season ok only two games but is attractive to watch and these players would only fit into any other team if they play our style of football which many dont. We play a patient controlled game and pass the ball better than our so called best players that play for England who cant keep the ball for toffee and keep possession. It is a tribute to MC and LP the way we play and both Scunthorpe and Luton fans have been impressed with our passing game. Losing players now is a no no we want championship football as that has to be our aim. We all know money is tight but a good draw tonight away in the cup to a big premier club would make a massive difference to this club. So let keep our key players which currently are all of them and add a bit more talent if our finances permit it. We are a good side to watch and other fans will wish their sides played the way we do as our style is the correct way to play football and more clubs should adopt our style to make more entertaining football but im afraid alot of managers and clubs go in for the big physical players who win matches by their strength and physical presence rather thsn technical ability which has always been a weakness in the english game which is why MC and LP should be proud of the young lads they have put together who are all very technically gifted and comfortable with a football. Long may it continue as no doubt a large number of these players if we dont get championship football will make it with other teams at some time in the future. LeGod
  • Score: 7

11:48am Wed 13 Aug 14

dreamofacleansheet2 says...

Hopefully we keep hold of all of our players for the year then "silly" money can be accepted on promotion with clever loan deals and purchases pushing our journey in the Championship..... Gotta love early season optimism. Now hurry up Saints sign Florin Gardos and release Stephens on loan to us.

Still Loyal and others big praise of Bryne and he's clearly been a revelation on the right but calling Ritchie a one trick pony and saying he's better than Matt seems harsh on the former point and premature on the later. Ritchie was and is a class player. "Doing it" consistently at Championship level for Bournemouth and I'd take Bryne being as good as him on a regular basis right now. If somehow he can out-preform him then we obviously have one hell of a player.

Injuries are a worry but on the plus side gives the opportunity to blood the even younger kids. It's all about development of the players and the team and delighted to see Storey score and knock out the Posh last night.

Very very happy with the way things are looking. Early doors of course but hope springs eternal for the Town.
Hopefully we keep hold of all of our players for the year then "silly" money can be accepted on promotion with clever loan deals and purchases pushing our journey in the Championship..... Gotta love early season optimism. Now hurry up Saints sign Florin Gardos and release Stephens on loan to us. Still Loyal and others big praise of Bryne and he's clearly been a revelation on the right but calling Ritchie a one trick pony and saying he's better than Matt seems harsh on the former point and premature on the later. Ritchie was and is a class player. "Doing it" consistently at Championship level for Bournemouth and I'd take Bryne being as good as him on a regular basis right now. If somehow he can out-preform him then we obviously have one hell of a player. Injuries are a worry but on the plus side gives the opportunity to blood the even younger kids. It's all about development of the players and the team and delighted to see Storey score and knock out the Posh last night. Very very happy with the way things are looking. Early doors of course but hope springs eternal for the Town. dreamofacleansheet2
  • Score: 1

11:55am Wed 13 Aug 14

Paul12001 says...

Wasn't there last night but sounds like we did well.

Obviously it's still very early so I don't intend to get carried away, with young players there will be ups and downs, something we as fans have to accept and be patient with. What I would say though is we should try and get behind the club in terms of better attendances which equals more money and hopefully that can then be re-invested into the squad.

It's been a good start and looking forward to the Capital Cup draw tonight to see who we get. Also looking forward to the next few games with optimism.
Wasn't there last night but sounds like we did well. Obviously it's still very early so I don't intend to get carried away, with young players there will be ups and downs, something we as fans have to accept and be patient with. What I would say though is we should try and get behind the club in terms of better attendances which equals more money and hopefully that can then be re-invested into the squad. It's been a good start and looking forward to the Capital Cup draw tonight to see who we get. Also looking forward to the next few games with optimism. Paul12001
  • Score: 2

12:19pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Stfcgj says...

Don't worry if we get a big team at the CG in next round you can guarantee attendances will increase at least for that one game! ;)
Don't worry if we get a big team at the CG in next round you can guarantee attendances will increase at least for that one game! ;) Stfcgj
  • Score: 0

12:52pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Cleuso says...

Stfcgj wrote:
Don't worry if we get a big team at the CG in next round you can guarantee attendances will increase at least for that one game! ;)
True the "lapsed" season ticket holders may also be ruing their fate for not keeping the faith, if the restricted allocation for the tinpot ground in trafford park ends up as our ultimate "destination".... wait for the scramble if that one home or away does come out of the hat, the pot or whatever the draw is made from.
[quote][p][bold]Stfcgj[/bold] wrote: Don't worry if we get a big team at the CG in next round you can guarantee attendances will increase at least for that one game! ;)[/p][/quote]True the "lapsed" season ticket holders may also be ruing their fate for not keeping the faith, if the restricted allocation for the tinpot ground in trafford park ends up as our ultimate "destination".... wait for the scramble if that one home or away does come out of the hat, the pot or whatever the draw is made from. Cleuso
  • Score: 0

1:04pm Wed 13 Aug 14

London Red says...

Think Man U have about 8k away allocation - so anyone who wnats one can get one - as I doubr 8k will travel to Manchester on a Tuesday or Wednesday night
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I don't think home will be an issue either as Chelsea showed
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The only issue is game slike Oxford or AFC Wimbledon where the away allocation is tiny - if the draw is seeded as suggested then we can get a club like that so away will be 2k+ and no issue at all
Think Man U have about 8k away allocation - so anyone who wnats one can get one - as I doubr 8k will travel to Manchester on a Tuesday or Wednesday night . I don't think home will be an issue either as Chelsea showed . The only issue is game slike Oxford or AFC Wimbledon where the away allocation is tiny - if the draw is seeded as suggested then we can get a club like that so away will be 2k+ and no issue at all London Red
  • Score: 2

1:08pm Wed 13 Aug 14

London Red says...

Powers quote on BBC in the Smith Bid article
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As much as every football club needs money, we've got the balance sheet where we need to be and we won't be selling people short
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If people want to buy one of our players they have to pay the going rate. If not, they'll stay here. We're not in a rush to sell anyone and we're in the market ourselves.
Powers quote on BBC in the Smith Bid article . As much as every football club needs money, we've got the balance sheet where we need to be and we won't be selling people short . If people want to buy one of our players they have to pay the going rate. If not, they'll stay here. We're not in a rush to sell anyone and we're in the market ourselves. London Red
  • Score: 1

1:10pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Wilesy says...

See the Scunthorpe lad who went off injured early on Saturday is out for the season - knee ligament and hamstring.....
See the Scunthorpe lad who went off injured early on Saturday is out for the season - knee ligament and hamstring..... Wilesy
  • Score: 0

1:56pm Wed 13 Aug 14

LeGod says...

As a player Coventry is not an attraction to sign for in my book with there current situation playing in Northampton and fans refusing to travel there to watch home games plus their current financial situation.
We dont need to sell anyone as Power has stated so i believe him but as we all know all players have a price but we would also be stupid to sell him or any player at this moment in time as we would kill ourselves if we did that. The club want to progress and get fans back to the CG and selling would not attract fans back and would stop any current progress we are looking to make.
There is going to be alot of interest in a number of our players this season so be prepared everyone for the vultures to start swooping maybe in january to start with and then the end of the season.
I think this bunch of players can see we are putting something together and probably also fee lthey would like to progress as a unit this season as there is no one to be scared of in this league and with a couple of additions we could have a very strong outfit. The worry is injuries if we get a few as we have lack of depth but lets wait and see if we get some additions in the next couple of weeks be it loans or permanent signings.
As a player Coventry is not an attraction to sign for in my book with there current situation playing in Northampton and fans refusing to travel there to watch home games plus their current financial situation. We dont need to sell anyone as Power has stated so i believe him but as we all know all players have a price but we would also be stupid to sell him or any player at this moment in time as we would kill ourselves if we did that. The club want to progress and get fans back to the CG and selling would not attract fans back and would stop any current progress we are looking to make. There is going to be alot of interest in a number of our players this season so be prepared everyone for the vultures to start swooping maybe in january to start with and then the end of the season. I think this bunch of players can see we are putting something together and probably also fee lthey would like to progress as a unit this season as there is no one to be scared of in this league and with a couple of additions we could have a very strong outfit. The worry is injuries if we get a few as we have lack of depth but lets wait and see if we get some additions in the next couple of weeks be it loans or permanent signings. LeGod
  • Score: 3

2:05pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Swindon1984 says...

Cleuso wrote:
Stfcgj wrote: Don't worry if we get a big team at the CG in next round you can guarantee attendances will increase at least for that one game! ;)
True the "lapsed" season ticket holders may also be ruing their fate for not keeping the faith, if the restricted allocation for the tinpot ground in trafford park ends up as our ultimate "destination".... wait for the scramble if that one home or away does come out of the hat, the pot or whatever the draw is made from.
Rules state something like 15% allocation for away fans at cup games so as LR says there will be around 8000-9000 allocated to anyone who gets them. Remember Crawley selling out their allocation at Old Trafford a while back (laughable that at the time it was three to four times their average home attendance but there we go).

Smith with another couple of goals and clearly his stock is rising but let's not get carried away - not disputing his goal scoring record but would still like to see him hold the ball up better. Having said that the way we're playing at the moment it's not as essential to have that type of player, nice as it would be. Well done Smith, long may it continue.

Oxford home or away is one I'd look forward to but only if we win - I know that's stating the obvious but as I see it stepping over them to get into the third round would be fantastic, getting knocked out by them would be awful - all things being equal we'd be best avoiding them if at all possible. They came from behind to knock out brizzle as well so it wouldn't be an easy game by any means, especially given our recent track record against them.
[quote][p][bold]Cleuso[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stfcgj[/bold] wrote: Don't worry if we get a big team at the CG in next round you can guarantee attendances will increase at least for that one game! ;)[/p][/quote]True the "lapsed" season ticket holders may also be ruing their fate for not keeping the faith, if the restricted allocation for the tinpot ground in trafford park ends up as our ultimate "destination".... wait for the scramble if that one home or away does come out of the hat, the pot or whatever the draw is made from.[/p][/quote]Rules state something like 15% allocation for away fans at cup games so as LR says there will be around 8000-9000 allocated to anyone who gets them. Remember Crawley selling out their allocation at Old Trafford a while back (laughable that at the time it was three to four times their average home attendance but there we go). Smith with another couple of goals and clearly his stock is rising but let's not get carried away - not disputing his goal scoring record but would still like to see him hold the ball up better. Having said that the way we're playing at the moment it's not as essential to have that type of player, nice as it would be. Well done Smith, long may it continue. Oxford home or away is one I'd look forward to but only if we win - I know that's stating the obvious but as I see it stepping over them to get into the third round would be fantastic, getting knocked out by them would be awful - all things being equal we'd be best avoiding them if at all possible. They came from behind to knock out brizzle as well so it wouldn't be an easy game by any means, especially given our recent track record against them. Swindon1984
  • Score: 1

3:19pm Wed 13 Aug 14

London Red says...

We can't get any L1, L2 or bottom half Championship Team as the draw is seeded
We can't get any L1, L2 or bottom half Championship Team as the draw is seeded London Red
  • Score: 1

4:27pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Swindon1984 says...

London Red wrote:
We can't get any L1, L2 or bottom half Championship Team as the draw is seeded
Cheers - just saw this on another thread also. Some seem to be complaining that this favours the top teams but looking at it the other way it also means bigger draws early on for smaller clubs. Sure some of the smaller clubs would rather a chance of drawing a Wolves or Cardiff in the second round than another league 1 / 2 team. Will be watching the draw with interest anyway.
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: We can't get any L1, L2 or bottom half Championship Team as the draw is seeded[/p][/quote]Cheers - just saw this on another thread also. Some seem to be complaining that this favours the top teams but looking at it the other way it also means bigger draws early on for smaller clubs. Sure some of the smaller clubs would rather a chance of drawing a Wolves or Cardiff in the second round than another league 1 / 2 team. Will be watching the draw with interest anyway. Swindon1984
  • Score: 1

5:05pm Wed 13 Aug 14

London Red says...

Normally if you see Man U etc come out and you haven't - you wish for a real "easy" tie to get back in the hat
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This time that can't happen - so we could end up with a mid table Championship side away and go out without making much money - rather than another L2 side at home an go into R3 and another shot at a money spinner
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Guess Flip side is as you say gives more smaller clubs the chances of getting a Prme side as 13 will have to play a L2, L1 or bottom half of the Championship side
Normally if you see Man U etc come out and you haven't - you wish for a real "easy" tie to get back in the hat . This time that can't happen - so we could end up with a mid table Championship side away and go out without making much money - rather than another L2 side at home an go into R3 and another shot at a money spinner . Guess Flip side is as you say gives more smaller clubs the chances of getting a Prme side as 13 will have to play a L2, L1 or bottom half of the Championship side London Red
  • Score: 2

6:05pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Wilesy says...

umpcah wrote:
Wilesy wrote:
the don69 wrote:
Wilesy wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
umpcah wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
Good to see Power rejecting two bids from Coventry for Smiffy saying it'll take "silly money" to get him, just wondering how silly it might be ?
ALAN : I don't think Coventry are any more likely to offer " silly money " for anyone than Swindon Town is ! When is the Cup draw ? Not Oxford away please !
Draw is sometime tonight mate, probably after 9.30.
Agree about Coventry they are as skint as we are .
Not sure Coventry are skint didn't they sell Callum Wilson to Bournemouth for around £3 million. Same position as Posh with their £5.5 million for Assombolongo.

Presume Coventry would be looking to get Smith in for say £500k which would be good business for them. Unfortunately for them Smith's value is increasing game by game so I would assume silly money would currently stand at not less than £1.5million, bearing in mind they are 'cash-rich' at the moment.

If some of our players keep up the level of improvement shown this season then don't be surprised to see scouts galore at the CG and plenty of bids coming in. London Reds previously scoffed at valuations may be on the low side.

Other than Smith the player I am most impressed with so far is Nathan Byrne he has been outstanding in the 2 games, arguably better in the position than Ritchie. He's gained a yard of pace and skins the defender both sides. He won't be here long if he keeps playing like he is and hopefully would also command 'silly money'.
I like it Wilsey! yesterday your value for Smiffy was £1m, today £1.5m, two more goals against Crawley and it's Den's value of £2m? lol,anyway Coventry's manager said he ain't made any bid, cause they can't afford him, Posh are a different matter! they can, it's how much their prepared to pay and what is the Power's value of Smiffy????????? on our injuries patch them up and get them on that pitch! their young boys, great to see their giving blood for the Town, keep the good work up lads!!!!!!!!!
No my valuation on Smith today is probably £500k what I said was if he maintains his excellent scoring record he could be worth £1m come Jan. I don't see £1m as silly money, If I was Power I would sit tight and see how he develops but a bid of £1.5million now might be tempting.
Of course a bid of £1.5million now might be tempting. £1m would be but until a Prem or a prestigious Championship club urgently needs striking backup and has watched Smith for many more than two games Power surely knows that " silly money " need not be considered for at least the time being ?
Guess it depends on what value Power sees a player reaching at full potential and how close they are to achieving that. With most of them being young mostly having played barely a season or less you would think there is room for improvement for most so worth hanging on, unless really silly money plus a bit of "player power" comes into it such as a transfer request.
[quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the don69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: Good to see Power rejecting two bids from Coventry for Smiffy saying it'll take "silly money" to get him, just wondering how silly it might be ?[/p][/quote]ALAN : I don't think Coventry are any more likely to offer " silly money " for anyone than Swindon Town is ! When is the Cup draw ? Not Oxford away please ![/p][/quote]Draw is sometime tonight mate, probably after 9.30. Agree about Coventry they are as skint as we are .[/p][/quote]Not sure Coventry are skint didn't they sell Callum Wilson to Bournemouth for around £3 million. Same position as Posh with their £5.5 million for Assombolongo. Presume Coventry would be looking to get Smith in for say £500k which would be good business for them. Unfortunately for them Smith's value is increasing game by game so I would assume silly money would currently stand at not less than £1.5million, bearing in mind they are 'cash-rich' at the moment. If some of our players keep up the level of improvement shown this season then don't be surprised to see scouts galore at the CG and plenty of bids coming in. London Reds previously scoffed at valuations may be on the low side. Other than Smith the player I am most impressed with so far is Nathan Byrne he has been outstanding in the 2 games, arguably better in the position than Ritchie. He's gained a yard of pace and skins the defender both sides. He won't be here long if he keeps playing like he is and hopefully would also command 'silly money'.[/p][/quote]I like it Wilsey! yesterday your value for Smiffy was £1m, today £1.5m, two more goals against Crawley and it's Den's value of £2m? lol,anyway Coventry's manager said he ain't made any bid, cause they can't afford him, Posh are a different matter! they can, it's how much their prepared to pay and what is the Power's value of Smiffy????????? on our injuries patch them up and get them on that pitch! their young boys, great to see their giving blood for the Town, keep the good work up lads!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]No my valuation on Smith today is probably £500k what I said was if he maintains his excellent scoring record he could be worth £1m come Jan. I don't see £1m as silly money, If I was Power I would sit tight and see how he develops but a bid of £1.5million now might be tempting.[/p][/quote]Of course a bid of £1.5million now might be tempting. £1m would be but until a Prem or a prestigious Championship club urgently needs striking backup and has watched Smith for many more than two games Power surely knows that " silly money " need not be considered for at least the time being ?[/p][/quote]Guess it depends on what value Power sees a player reaching at full potential and how close they are to achieving that. With most of them being young mostly having played barely a season or less you would think there is room for improvement for most so worth hanging on, unless really silly money plus a bit of "player power" comes into it such as a transfer request. Wilesy
  • Score: 1

7:43pm Wed 13 Aug 14

TheDukeOfBanbury says...

Stilloyal wrote:
Wilesy wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
umpcah wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
Good to see Power rejecting two bids from Coventry for Smiffy saying it'll take "silly money" to get him, just wondering how silly it might be ?
ALAN : I don't think Coventry are any more likely to offer " silly money " for anyone than Swindon Town is ! When is the Cup draw ? Not Oxford away please !
Draw is sometime tonight mate, probably after 9.30.
Agree about Coventry they are as skint as we are .
Not sure Coventry are skint didn't they sell Callum Wilson to Bournemouth for around £3 million. Same position as Posh with their £5.5 million for Assombolongo.

Presume Coventry would be looking to get Smith in for say £500k which would be good business for them. Unfortunately for them Smith's value is increasing game by game so I would assume silly money would currently stand at not less than £1.5million, bearing in mind they are 'cash-rich' at the moment.

If some of our players keep up the level of improvement shown this season then don't be surprised to see scouts galore at the CG and plenty of bids coming in. London Reds previously scoffed at valuations may be on the low side.

Other than Smith the player I am most impressed with so far is Nathan Byrne he has been outstanding in the 2 games, arguably better in the position than Ritchie. He's gained a yard of pace and skins the defender both sides. He won't be here long if he keeps playing like he is and hopefully would also command 'silly money'.
All very well getting big bucks for a player, but knock off some to clear debts, sell on clauses etc and the big bucks arn't that big.

I agree about Byrne being outstanding and better than Ritchie who in my book only had the one predictable trick , he would cut inside and shoot . With Byrne he has the ability to get to the by line and put in decent crosses, he's also two footed and can turn players both ways and very quick with it, I like him a lot.
You think Byrne is a better player than Matt Ritchie !!!
Unbelievable. A player that won Div 2 and Div 1 player consecutive seasons and voted by players he came up against week on week.
Are you serious ?
[quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: Good to see Power rejecting two bids from Coventry for Smiffy saying it'll take "silly money" to get him, just wondering how silly it might be ?[/p][/quote]ALAN : I don't think Coventry are any more likely to offer " silly money " for anyone than Swindon Town is ! When is the Cup draw ? Not Oxford away please ![/p][/quote]Draw is sometime tonight mate, probably after 9.30. Agree about Coventry they are as skint as we are .[/p][/quote]Not sure Coventry are skint didn't they sell Callum Wilson to Bournemouth for around £3 million. Same position as Posh with their £5.5 million for Assombolongo. Presume Coventry would be looking to get Smith in for say £500k which would be good business for them. Unfortunately for them Smith's value is increasing game by game so I would assume silly money would currently stand at not less than £1.5million, bearing in mind they are 'cash-rich' at the moment. If some of our players keep up the level of improvement shown this season then don't be surprised to see scouts galore at the CG and plenty of bids coming in. London Reds previously scoffed at valuations may be on the low side. Other than Smith the player I am most impressed with so far is Nathan Byrne he has been outstanding in the 2 games, arguably better in the position than Ritchie. He's gained a yard of pace and skins the defender both sides. He won't be here long if he keeps playing like he is and hopefully would also command 'silly money'.[/p][/quote]All very well getting big bucks for a player, but knock off some to clear debts, sell on clauses etc and the big bucks arn't that big. I agree about Byrne being outstanding and better than Ritchie who in my book only had the one predictable trick , he would cut inside and shoot . With Byrne he has the ability to get to the by line and put in decent crosses, he's also two footed and can turn players both ways and very quick with it, I like him a lot.[/p][/quote]You think Byrne is a better player than Matt Ritchie !!! Unbelievable. A player that won Div 2 and Div 1 player consecutive seasons and voted by players he came up against week on week. Are you serious ? TheDukeOfBanbury
  • Score: 0

9:22pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Wilesy says...

TheDukeOfBanbury wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
Wilesy wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
umpcah wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
Good to see Power rejecting two bids from Coventry for Smiffy saying it'll take "silly money" to get him, just wondering how silly it might be ?
ALAN : I don't think Coventry are any more likely to offer " silly money " for anyone than Swindon Town is ! When is the Cup draw ? Not Oxford away please !
Draw is sometime tonight mate, probably after 9.30.
Agree about Coventry they are as skint as we are .
Not sure Coventry are skint didn't they sell Callum Wilson to Bournemouth for around £3 million. Same position as Posh with their £5.5 million for Assombolongo.

Presume Coventry would be looking to get Smith in for say £500k which would be good business for them. Unfortunately for them Smith's value is increasing game by game so I would assume silly money would currently stand at not less than £1.5million, bearing in mind they are 'cash-rich' at the moment.

If some of our players keep up the level of improvement shown this season then don't be surprised to see scouts galore at the CG and plenty of bids coming in. London Reds previously scoffed at valuations may be on the low side.

Other than Smith the player I am most impressed with so far is Nathan Byrne he has been outstanding in the 2 games, arguably better in the position than Ritchie. He's gained a yard of pace and skins the defender both sides. He won't be here long if he keeps playing like he is and hopefully would also command 'silly money'.
All very well getting big bucks for a player, but knock off some to clear debts, sell on clauses etc and the big bucks arn't that big.

I agree about Byrne being outstanding and better than Ritchie who in my book only had the one predictable trick , he would cut inside and shoot . With Byrne he has the ability to get to the by line and put in decent crosses, he's also two footed and can turn players both ways and very quick with it, I like him a lot.
You think Byrne is a better player than Matt Ritchie !!!
Unbelievable. A player that won Div 2 and Div 1 player consecutive seasons and voted by players he came up against week on week.
Are you serious ?
Serious? Yes. Have you watched the 2 games?

I've been a big critic of Byrne but these 2 games he has been outstanding. He has run both left backs ragged, inside and outside, and for the whole game. He has set up opportunities and also earned the penalty last night. Admittedly he hasn't pinged in a 30 yarder yet but very impresssive none the less.

It's almost been like the old Ritchie - Caddis - Ferry triangle era, with Byrne - Luongo - Kasim instead.
[quote][p][bold]TheDukeOfBanbury[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: Good to see Power rejecting two bids from Coventry for Smiffy saying it'll take "silly money" to get him, just wondering how silly it might be ?[/p][/quote]ALAN : I don't think Coventry are any more likely to offer " silly money " for anyone than Swindon Town is ! When is the Cup draw ? Not Oxford away please ![/p][/quote]Draw is sometime tonight mate, probably after 9.30. Agree about Coventry they are as skint as we are .[/p][/quote]Not sure Coventry are skint didn't they sell Callum Wilson to Bournemouth for around £3 million. Same position as Posh with their £5.5 million for Assombolongo. Presume Coventry would be looking to get Smith in for say £500k which would be good business for them. Unfortunately for them Smith's value is increasing game by game so I would assume silly money would currently stand at not less than £1.5million, bearing in mind they are 'cash-rich' at the moment. If some of our players keep up the level of improvement shown this season then don't be surprised to see scouts galore at the CG and plenty of bids coming in. London Reds previously scoffed at valuations may be on the low side. Other than Smith the player I am most impressed with so far is Nathan Byrne he has been outstanding in the 2 games, arguably better in the position than Ritchie. He's gained a yard of pace and skins the defender both sides. He won't be here long if he keeps playing like he is and hopefully would also command 'silly money'.[/p][/quote]All very well getting big bucks for a player, but knock off some to clear debts, sell on clauses etc and the big bucks arn't that big. I agree about Byrne being outstanding and better than Ritchie who in my book only had the one predictable trick , he would cut inside and shoot . With Byrne he has the ability to get to the by line and put in decent crosses, he's also two footed and can turn players both ways and very quick with it, I like him a lot.[/p][/quote]You think Byrne is a better player than Matt Ritchie !!! Unbelievable. A player that won Div 2 and Div 1 player consecutive seasons and voted by players he came up against week on week. Are you serious ?[/p][/quote]Serious? Yes. Have you watched the 2 games? I've been a big critic of Byrne but these 2 games he has been outstanding. He has run both left backs ragged, inside and outside, and for the whole game. He has set up opportunities and also earned the penalty last night. Admittedly he hasn't pinged in a 30 yarder yet but very impresssive none the less. It's almost been like the old Ritchie - Caddis - Ferry triangle era, with Byrne - Luongo - Kasim instead. Wilesy
  • Score: 2

9:48pm Wed 13 Aug 14

TheDukeOfBanbury says...

Wilesy wrote:
TheDukeOfBanbury wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
Wilesy wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
umpcah wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
Good to see Power rejecting two bids from Coventry for Smiffy saying it'll take "silly money" to get him, just wondering how silly it might be ?
ALAN : I don't think Coventry are any more likely to offer " silly money " for anyone than Swindon Town is ! When is the Cup draw ? Not Oxford away please !
Draw is sometime tonight mate, probably after 9.30.
Agree about Coventry they are as skint as we are .
Not sure Coventry are skint didn't they sell Callum Wilson to Bournemouth for around £3 million. Same position as Posh with their £5.5 million for Assombolongo.

Presume Coventry would be looking to get Smith in for say £500k which would be good business for them. Unfortunately for them Smith's value is increasing game by game so I would assume silly money would currently stand at not less than £1.5million, bearing in mind they are 'cash-rich' at the moment.

If some of our players keep up the level of improvement shown this season then don't be surprised to see scouts galore at the CG and plenty of bids coming in. London Reds previously scoffed at valuations may be on the low side.

Other than Smith the player I am most impressed with so far is Nathan Byrne he has been outstanding in the 2 games, arguably better in the position than Ritchie. He's gained a yard of pace and skins the defender both sides. He won't be here long if he keeps playing like he is and hopefully would also command 'silly money'.
All very well getting big bucks for a player, but knock off some to clear debts, sell on clauses etc and the big bucks arn't that big.

I agree about Byrne being outstanding and better than Ritchie who in my book only had the one predictable trick , he would cut inside and shoot . With Byrne he has the ability to get to the by line and put in decent crosses, he's also two footed and can turn players both ways and very quick with it, I like him a lot.
You think Byrne is a better player than Matt Ritchie !!!
Unbelievable. A player that won Div 2 and Div 1 player consecutive seasons and voted by players he came up against week on week.
Are you serious ?
Serious? Yes. Have you watched the 2 games?

I've been a big critic of Byrne but these 2 games he has been outstanding. He has run both left backs ragged, inside and outside, and for the whole game. He has set up opportunities and also earned the penalty last night. Admittedly he hasn't pinged in a 30 yarder yet but very impresssive none the less.

It's almost been like the old Ritchie - Caddis - Ferry triangle era, with Byrne - Luongo - Kasim instead.
Looks a yard quicker and had his best game in a Town shirt Saturday.
Not in the same class as Matt Ritchie.
Needs to be doing it week in and week out.

Not moaning if he keeps his form up then it will be great.

Matt Ritchie was one of the best players in Div 2 and Div 1 having watched most games home and away.
He is an established championship player and Byrne is nowhere near this yet.
[quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheDukeOfBanbury[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: Good to see Power rejecting two bids from Coventry for Smiffy saying it'll take "silly money" to get him, just wondering how silly it might be ?[/p][/quote]ALAN : I don't think Coventry are any more likely to offer " silly money " for anyone than Swindon Town is ! When is the Cup draw ? Not Oxford away please ![/p][/quote]Draw is sometime tonight mate, probably after 9.30. Agree about Coventry they are as skint as we are .[/p][/quote]Not sure Coventry are skint didn't they sell Callum Wilson to Bournemouth for around £3 million. Same position as Posh with their £5.5 million for Assombolongo. Presume Coventry would be looking to get Smith in for say £500k which would be good business for them. Unfortunately for them Smith's value is increasing game by game so I would assume silly money would currently stand at not less than £1.5million, bearing in mind they are 'cash-rich' at the moment. If some of our players keep up the level of improvement shown this season then don't be surprised to see scouts galore at the CG and plenty of bids coming in. London Reds previously scoffed at valuations may be on the low side. Other than Smith the player I am most impressed with so far is Nathan Byrne he has been outstanding in the 2 games, arguably better in the position than Ritchie. He's gained a yard of pace and skins the defender both sides. He won't be here long if he keeps playing like he is and hopefully would also command 'silly money'.[/p][/quote]All very well getting big bucks for a player, but knock off some to clear debts, sell on clauses etc and the big bucks arn't that big. I agree about Byrne being outstanding and better than Ritchie who in my book only had the one predictable trick , he would cut inside and shoot . With Byrne he has the ability to get to the by line and put in decent crosses, he's also two footed and can turn players both ways and very quick with it, I like him a lot.[/p][/quote]You think Byrne is a better player than Matt Ritchie !!! Unbelievable. A player that won Div 2 and Div 1 player consecutive seasons and voted by players he came up against week on week. Are you serious ?[/p][/quote]Serious? Yes. Have you watched the 2 games? I've been a big critic of Byrne but these 2 games he has been outstanding. He has run both left backs ragged, inside and outside, and for the whole game. He has set up opportunities and also earned the penalty last night. Admittedly he hasn't pinged in a 30 yarder yet but very impresssive none the less. It's almost been like the old Ritchie - Caddis - Ferry triangle era, with Byrne - Luongo - Kasim instead.[/p][/quote]Looks a yard quicker and had his best game in a Town shirt Saturday. Not in the same class as Matt Ritchie. Needs to be doing it week in and week out. Not moaning if he keeps his form up then it will be great. Matt Ritchie was one of the best players in Div 2 and Div 1 having watched most games home and away. He is an established championship player and Byrne is nowhere near this yet. TheDukeOfBanbury
  • Score: 0

10:10pm Wed 13 Aug 14

old town robin says...

Swindon1984 wrote:
Cleuso wrote:
Stfcgj wrote: Don't worry if we get a big team at the CG in next round you can guarantee attendances will increase at least for that one game! ;)
True the "lapsed" season ticket holders may also be ruing their fate for not keeping the faith, if the restricted allocation for the tinpot ground in trafford park ends up as our ultimate "destination".... wait for the scramble if that one home or away does come out of the hat, the pot or whatever the draw is made from.
Rules state something like 15% allocation for away fans at cup games so as LR says there will be around 8000-9000 allocated to anyone who gets them. Remember Crawley selling out their allocation at Old Trafford a while back (laughable that at the time it was three to four times their average home attendance but there we go).

Smith with another couple of goals and clearly his stock is rising but let's not get carried away - not disputing his goal scoring record but would still like to see him hold the ball up better. Having said that the way we're playing at the moment it's not as essential to have that type of player, nice as it would be. Well done Smith, long may it continue.

Oxford home or away is one I'd look forward to but only if we win - I know that's stating the obvious but as I see it stepping over them to get into the third round would be fantastic, getting knocked out by them would be awful - all things being equal we'd be best avoiding them if at all possible. They came from behind to knock out brizzle as well so it wouldn't be an easy game by any means, especially given our recent track record against them.
How about a seeded team Oxford and us are both unseeded, I'll settle for Brighton at home. lol
[quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cleuso[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stfcgj[/bold] wrote: Don't worry if we get a big team at the CG in next round you can guarantee attendances will increase at least for that one game! ;)[/p][/quote]True the "lapsed" season ticket holders may also be ruing their fate for not keeping the faith, if the restricted allocation for the tinpot ground in trafford park ends up as our ultimate "destination".... wait for the scramble if that one home or away does come out of the hat, the pot or whatever the draw is made from.[/p][/quote]Rules state something like 15% allocation for away fans at cup games so as LR says there will be around 8000-9000 allocated to anyone who gets them. Remember Crawley selling out their allocation at Old Trafford a while back (laughable that at the time it was three to four times their average home attendance but there we go). Smith with another couple of goals and clearly his stock is rising but let's not get carried away - not disputing his goal scoring record but would still like to see him hold the ball up better. Having said that the way we're playing at the moment it's not as essential to have that type of player, nice as it would be. Well done Smith, long may it continue. Oxford home or away is one I'd look forward to but only if we win - I know that's stating the obvious but as I see it stepping over them to get into the third round would be fantastic, getting knocked out by them would be awful - all things being equal we'd be best avoiding them if at all possible. They came from behind to knock out brizzle as well so it wouldn't be an easy game by any means, especially given our recent track record against them.[/p][/quote]How about a seeded team Oxford and us are both unseeded, I'll settle for Brighton at home. lol old town robin
  • Score: 0

11:41pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Oxon-Red says...

Read the first few posts on here tonight and there was much talk about bids for Smiffy and Lee turning them down.

Early days, but having been one who was prepared to give Jed a chance, I'll stick my neck out and say we now have a terrific football brain now in charge of our club. He will be looking for a return but he also appears to trust his judgement and won't sell for the sake of it.

Players that Town have paid money for in the last 12 months, Smith, Byrne and Luongo are all now worth far more than we paid. All under 21 so if they continue to improve their value is only likely to go one way.

I like the Lee Power way of thinking, the only "Silly money" approach because if these players continue to improve I would like to continue watching them every other week. If silly money does appear then fair play take it because I feel he will find another to replace him.

Also like the sustainability model he is putting in place. The main reason being he can reject the bids unless the silly money bid arrives. Early days but the invest in youth approach is looking like paying dividends. Well done to Lee, Mark and the coaching staff, I hope you become as well respected as Bert Head and the then Town Chairman. Desperate times in both cases with the first resulting in arguably the clubs finest days, will the second ??? I hope so :-)

COYMR
Read the first few posts on here tonight and there was much talk about bids for Smiffy and Lee turning them down. Early days, but having been one who was prepared to give Jed a chance, I'll stick my neck out and say we now have a terrific football brain now in charge of our club. He will be looking for a return but he also appears to trust his judgement and won't sell for the sake of it. Players that Town have paid money for in the last 12 months, Smith, Byrne and Luongo are all now worth far more than we paid. All under 21 so if they continue to improve their value is only likely to go one way. I like the Lee Power way of thinking, the only "Silly money" approach because if these players continue to improve I would like to continue watching them every other week. If silly money does appear then fair play take it because I feel he will find another to replace him. Also like the sustainability model he is putting in place. The main reason being he can reject the bids unless the silly money bid arrives. Early days but the invest in youth approach is looking like paying dividends. Well done to Lee, Mark and the coaching staff, I hope you become as well respected as Bert Head and the then Town Chairman. Desperate times in both cases with the first resulting in arguably the clubs finest days, will the second ??? I hope so :-) COYMR Oxon-Red
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