SWINDON TOWN: Ward picked Swindon for the "challenge"

Darren Ward

Darren Ward

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DARREN Ward turned down a number of other interested clubs to sign for Swindon Town, as he believed the Robins provided him with the best chance for a “new challenge”.

Ward agreed to join Town on loan until January on Thursday, a move first reported by the Advertiser last week, and the Millwall defender weighed up his options long and hard before committing to Paolo Di Canio and his Swindon team.

The 33-year-old revealed his decision to plump for the Wiltshire outfit revolved around the set-up on offer in SN1 and the fact that the club’s lofty ambitions match his own.

“I was contacted a little while ago to say that Swindon were interested,” he said.

“I’ve been looking to get away for quite some time and I felt as though I need a new challenge.

“I’ve said that for a long time, not just over the summer.

“I felt as though it was time to move on for certain reasons and it’s just taken a while.

“I wanted to make sure it was right for myself. There’s been a lot of interest from other clubs and it’s just about touching and feeling and finding out what’s going on out there.

“I’ve still got a lot of burning ambition inside me to go out and achieve targets which I’ve got. People see how fit I am. People look at my age but I think it’s quite funny to be honest.

“After coming down and meeting the manager and the staff I was very, very impressed with the vision and the players here - and that’s what I want to do.

“Just to do my homework was very important because I’m very methodical, I like to know what I’m stepping into - I’m under no illusions as to how tough it’s going to be training-wise.

“But I’m fine with that and I’m just happy to get over the line.”

Ward is determined to make an impact in Swindon and he does not want anyone thinking he has come to the County Ground to wind down a career which he hopes still has plenty of time to run.

“I’d like to think that I can add something to the team,” he said.

“I’ve got a lot of experience, I’ve played just under 500 games in my career but I hope to play many, many more.

“I’m not here just to cool down or take a step back, not at all. I’m here to improve, I’m here to give my best and help the club to achieve more.”

Finally, when questioned on a potential permanent switch to Town at the turn of the year, Ward remained coy.

“I think it’s between the two clubs, let’s see how it goes,” he said. “At the minute it’s about trying to blend in and get the balance as quick as I can and contribute to the team to hopefully get some wins.”

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7:40am Sat 1 Sep 12

CraftyPig says...

What a fantastic attitude, it sounds as if he will fit in perfectly!
What a fantastic attitude, it sounds as if he will fit in perfectly! CraftyPig
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7:46am Sat 1 Sep 12

louiscassius says...

Amazing signing !!!
Amazing signing !!! louiscassius
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8:08am Sat 1 Sep 12

London Red says...

Love the attitude - as I said the other day I can see him becoming captain
Love the attitude - as I said the other day I can see him becoming captain London Red
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8:42am Sat 1 Sep 12

gaz2612 says...

Very good signing with the right attitude, but disappointed to see Caddis leave. I feel that this disagreement should have been sorted out and he stayed with us. Hopefully this loan will be good for him and he will return and sign a new contract with STFC. We will wait and see.He will have championship experience, which is where we will be next season!
Good luck Paul. Also good luck to Oliver Risser. Although not my favourite player, he always gave 100%.
Very good signing with the right attitude, but disappointed to see Caddis leave. I feel that this disagreement should have been sorted out and he stayed with us. Hopefully this loan will be good for him and he will return and sign a new contract with STFC. We will wait and see.He will have championship experience, which is where we will be next season! Good luck Paul. Also good luck to Oliver Risser. Although not my favourite player, he always gave 100%. gaz2612
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8:49am Sat 1 Sep 12

smirg kcab says...

gaz2612 wrote:
Very good signing with the right attitude, but disappointed to see Caddis leave. I feel that this disagreement should have been sorted out and he stayed with us. Hopefully this loan will be good for him and he will return and sign a new contract with STFC. We will wait and see.He will have championship experience, which is where we will be next season!
Good luck Paul. Also good luck to Oliver Risser. Although not my favourite player, he always gave 100%.
Ward great attitude or caddis with a poor one?. No brainer really.
Onwards and upwards
[quote][p][bold]gaz2612[/bold] wrote: Very good signing with the right attitude, but disappointed to see Caddis leave. I feel that this disagreement should have been sorted out and he stayed with us. Hopefully this loan will be good for him and he will return and sign a new contract with STFC. We will wait and see.He will have championship experience, which is where we will be next season! Good luck Paul. Also good luck to Oliver Risser. Although not my favourite player, he always gave 100%.[/p][/quote]Ward great attitude or caddis with a poor one?. No brainer really. Onwards and upwards smirg kcab
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8:57am Sat 1 Sep 12

gaz2612 says...

The attitude is fantastic, but we all say the right things and what the employer wants to hear when trying to get a job!
Caddis had a fantastic attitude last season, hence the new contract.
The attitude is fantastic, but we all say the right things and what the employer wants to hear when trying to get a job! Caddis had a fantastic attitude last season, hence the new contract. gaz2612
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9:02am Sat 1 Sep 12

London Red says...

I like the fact lots don't consider the possibility Caddis didn't want to fix it!!!
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He was the one that changed and I am convinced he had his head turned and forced the move through knowing PdC would not stand for it
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Devera may not be as good attacking wise - but is stronger defensively and has a great attitude and that will do nicely for me
I like the fact lots don't consider the possibility Caddis didn't want to fix it!!! . He was the one that changed and I am convinced he had his head turned and forced the move through knowing PdC would not stand for it . Devera may not be as good attacking wise - but is stronger defensively and has a great attitude and that will do nicely for me London Red
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9:05am Sat 1 Sep 12

billbst says...

Have to agree a great attitude. Will be interesting to see if he can play alongside Flint and TAH to give another option to Macca. My guess is that he will be asked to play in a back 3 on occasion with Macca sitting infront. Only downside seems to be that he will be challenging Si ferry for the worst haircut in the team.
Have to agree a great attitude. Will be interesting to see if he can play alongside Flint and TAH to give another option to Macca. My guess is that he will be asked to play in a back 3 on occasion with Macca sitting infront. Only downside seems to be that he will be challenging Si ferry for the worst haircut in the team. billbst
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9:21am Sat 1 Sep 12

Oi Den! says...

gaz2612 wrote:
The attitude is fantastic, but we all say the right things and what the employer wants to hear when trying to get a job!
Caddis had a fantastic attitude last season, hence the new contract.
Spot on.
[quote][p][bold]gaz2612[/bold] wrote: The attitude is fantastic, but we all say the right things and what the employer wants to hear when trying to get a job! Caddis had a fantastic attitude last season, hence the new contract.[/p][/quote]Spot on. Oi Den!
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10:22am Sat 1 Sep 12

dreamofacleansheet2 says...

Gaz/Den totally agree about saying the right things when joining. Totally agree about Caddis's attitude last season.

The problem is is attitude this season. I loved him as a player and Captain (bar his over nagging of refs) but the attitude, application, desire and work-rate of this team waits for no one. That includes the Captain I'm afraid.

Who knows what the future holds but apart from the results I have been constantly delighted by our manager and the standards he sets on and off the pitch. Clark gate, drink gate, fitness gate he is establishing a culture at this club that will hopefully endure long after he's left. He makes tough decisions for the good of the team and the club. He will not take passengers.

If he goes them rope they'll run all over him. I've always been proud to be a Swindon fan and no more so than now. As you well know I think the boards backing of him, his standards and melds will result in success on the pitch. Rest assured though even if they don't I'm delighted we have a team setting a great example on and off the pitch.

Back to back promotions coming. Watching the birth of a managerial legend. Isn't he already?! Build a statue of him when he takes us into the Premiership.
Gaz/Den totally agree about saying the right things when joining. Totally agree about Caddis's attitude last season. The problem is is attitude this season. I loved him as a player and Captain (bar his over nagging of refs) but the attitude, application, desire and work-rate of this team waits for no one. That includes the Captain I'm afraid. Who knows what the future holds but apart from the results I have been constantly delighted by our manager and the standards he sets on and off the pitch. Clark gate, drink gate, fitness gate he is establishing a culture at this club that will hopefully endure long after he's left. He makes tough decisions for the good of the team and the club. He will not take passengers. If he goes them rope they'll run all over him. I've always been proud to be a Swindon fan and no more so than now. As you well know I think the boards backing of him, his standards and melds will result in success on the pitch. Rest assured though even if they don't I'm delighted we have a team setting a great example on and off the pitch. Back to back promotions coming. Watching the birth of a managerial legend. Isn't he already?! Build a statue of him when he takes us into the Premiership. dreamofacleansheet2
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10:30am Sat 1 Sep 12

madterrier says...

The guy's here on loan, right? I didn't think we needed another centre back as we have four and I want us to develop the potential of our own younger players rather than sign mid-thirty year olds.

I didn't like his comments the other day reminding us of the play-off final and how they knew they would beat us. He'd do well to keep his mouth shut about Millwall if he wants the fans to love him. I can't stand that club.

Still, if Paolo thinks we need cover in that position then fine, but we have such a good defensive record I wouldn't want to make too many changes at the back.

Is Bessone a right back or a left back? (or both?). And any news on McEveley's injury?
The guy's here on loan, right? I didn't think we needed another centre back as we have four and I want us to develop the potential of our own younger players rather than sign mid-thirty year olds. I didn't like his comments the other day reminding us of the play-off final and how they knew they would beat us. He'd do well to keep his mouth shut about Millwall if he wants the fans to love him. I can't stand that club. Still, if Paolo thinks we need cover in that position then fine, but we have such a good defensive record I wouldn't want to make too many changes at the back. Is Bessone a right back or a left back? (or both?). And any news on McEveley's injury? madterrier
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10:34am Sat 1 Sep 12

dreamofacleansheet2 says...

Terrier Bessone is a left back, not sure if he can play right as well.

Ps are we sure Ward will make the side?
Terrier Bessone is a left back, not sure if he can play right as well. Ps are we sure Ward will make the side? dreamofacleansheet2
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10:36am Sat 1 Sep 12

stfcknowitall says...

Sounds like a player with a great attitude, however lets see if he can walk the walk! As for Caddis, overated in my opinion and constantly left the right-back position open for attack by opposition. Cant see him holding down a regular starting place up at brummy, championship football is a step too far for him.
Sounds like a player with a great attitude, however lets see if he can walk the walk! As for Caddis, overated in my opinion and constantly left the right-back position open for attack by opposition. Cant see him holding down a regular starting place up at brummy, championship football is a step too far for him. stfcknowitall
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10:49am Sat 1 Sep 12

Bondy54 says...

Deadline day was amazing. Our squad is getting stronger & stronger. Well done to all concerned at the club. Just shows the ambitions of the Manager & Board. More exciting times ahead. COYR
Deadline day was amazing. Our squad is getting stronger & stronger. Well done to all concerned at the club. Just shows the ambitions of the Manager & Board. More exciting times ahead. COYR Bondy54
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10:51am Sat 1 Sep 12

London Red says...

Well I of one welcome him even if he was I that Millwall team
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To despise someone for that is pretty pathetic!
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So what if they though they would win - they were right!
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To be honest I thought they would win as I saw them turn us over good and proper only a few days earlier!
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He will play - he has not come here to be a reserve just like Miller didn't and he is 33 too
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He has quality, lots of it and experience and PdC will know that will aid our quest
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He will be a fans favourite through hard work - just like he has been everywhere else
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Wes
Devera Ward Macca McEveley
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That will be our starting back line
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Then we have Thompson Flint Troy an Bessone as back up
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That is pretty impressive!!!!
Well I of one welcome him even if he was I that Millwall team . To despise someone for that is pretty pathetic! . So what if they though they would win - they were right! . To be honest I thought they would win as I saw them turn us over good and proper only a few days earlier! . He will play - he has not come here to be a reserve just like Miller didn't and he is 33 too . He has quality, lots of it and experience and PdC will know that will aid our quest . He will be a fans favourite through hard work - just like he has been everywhere else . Wes Devera Ward Macca McEveley . That will be our starting back line . Then we have Thompson Flint Troy an Bessone as back up . That is pretty impressive!!!! London Red
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11:21am Sat 1 Sep 12

London Red says...

Just seen the 10 min interview with him and he was not disrespectful at all
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He was asked directly his experienced against us and as he said obviously the last one was at Wembley - not his fault is it!
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I thought he spoke very well and I'm even more glad he is here after hearing that than I was before
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As I have said before you heard it here first that once he signs on perm he will become captain!
Just seen the 10 min interview with him and he was not disrespectful at all . He was asked directly his experienced against us and as he said obviously the last one was at Wembley - not his fault is it! . I thought he spoke very well and I'm even more glad he is here after hearing that than I was before . As I have said before you heard it here first that once he signs on perm he will become captain! London Red
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12:25pm Sat 1 Sep 12

Oi Den! says...

dreamofacleansheet2 wrote:
Gaz/Den totally agree about saying the right things when joining. Totally agree about Caddis's attitude last season.

The problem is is attitude this season. I loved him as a player and Captain (bar his over nagging of refs) but the attitude, application, desire and work-rate of this team waits for no one. That includes the Captain I'm afraid.

Who knows what the future holds but apart from the results I have been constantly delighted by our manager and the standards he sets on and off the pitch. Clark gate, drink gate, fitness gate he is establishing a culture at this club that will hopefully endure long after he's left. He makes tough decisions for the good of the team and the club. He will not take passengers.

If he goes them rope they'll run all over him. I've always been proud to be a Swindon fan and no more so than now. As you well know I think the boards backing of him, his standards and melds will result in success on the pitch. Rest assured though even if they don't I'm delighted we have a team setting a great example on and off the pitch.

Back to back promotions coming. Watching the birth of a managerial legend. Isn't he already?! Build a statue of him when he takes us into the Premiership.
Agree with all that. I have no strong feelings about the Caddis situation. Although he's a good player, I didn't ever think he would be missed as much as some thought and I could never understand why so many people rated him highly as a captain. We now have a proper captain in McCormack, although I think his indiscipline could turn out to be expensive. Having cover is all very well, but cover is no substitute for continuity.
[quote][p][bold]dreamofacleansheet2[/bold] wrote: Gaz/Den totally agree about saying the right things when joining. Totally agree about Caddis's attitude last season. The problem is is attitude this season. I loved him as a player and Captain (bar his over nagging of refs) but the attitude, application, desire and work-rate of this team waits for no one. That includes the Captain I'm afraid. Who knows what the future holds but apart from the results I have been constantly delighted by our manager and the standards he sets on and off the pitch. Clark gate, drink gate, fitness gate he is establishing a culture at this club that will hopefully endure long after he's left. He makes tough decisions for the good of the team and the club. He will not take passengers. If he goes them rope they'll run all over him. I've always been proud to be a Swindon fan and no more so than now. As you well know I think the boards backing of him, his standards and melds will result in success on the pitch. Rest assured though even if they don't I'm delighted we have a team setting a great example on and off the pitch. Back to back promotions coming. Watching the birth of a managerial legend. Isn't he already?! Build a statue of him when he takes us into the Premiership.[/p][/quote]Agree with all that. I have no strong feelings about the Caddis situation. Although he's a good player, I didn't ever think he would be missed as much as some thought and I could never understand why so many people rated him highly as a captain. We now have a proper captain in McCormack, although I think his indiscipline could turn out to be expensive. Having cover is all very well, but cover is no substitute for continuity. Oi Den!
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12:42pm Sat 1 Sep 12

Oi Den! says...

London Red wrote:
Just seen the 10 min interview with him and he was not disrespectful at all
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He was asked directly his experienced against us and as he said obviously the last one was at Wembley - not his fault is it!
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I thought he spoke very well and I'm even more glad he is here after hearing that than I was before
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As I have said before you heard it here first that once he signs on perm he will become captain!
Not heard it, but I tend to agree LR. They did know they would beat us and I don't blame him for being honest about that. I think that day at Wembley showed just how important team spirit is. Our team was probably at least as talented as theirs, but they had team spirit in spades and we had none. The seeds ouf our later relegation had already been sown by the time we walked out at Wembley. How right Grim was about the manager.
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PDC has rejuvenated the club in some style, injecting real passion, belief and team spirit. It has to be all for one and one for all. And the investors are pulling out all the stops. It's about time the stayaway football fans of Swindon and surrounding areas woke up to what is going on at the County Ground. Apart from personal circumstances, there are no longer any excuses, like "the board won't spend any money", "the manager can't motivate the players", "the football is dire". There is every chance that this time next year we'll have won another promotion, the ground redevelopment will have begun, and we will still be moving forward. If that prospect isn't enough for these people, then surely they can't be football fans at all?
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: Just seen the 10 min interview with him and he was not disrespectful at all . He was asked directly his experienced against us and as he said obviously the last one was at Wembley - not his fault is it! . I thought he spoke very well and I'm even more glad he is here after hearing that than I was before . As I have said before you heard it here first that once he signs on perm he will become captain![/p][/quote]Not heard it, but I tend to agree LR. They did know they would beat us and I don't blame him for being honest about that. I think that day at Wembley showed just how important team spirit is. Our team was probably at least as talented as theirs, but they had team spirit in spades and we had none. The seeds ouf our later relegation had already been sown by the time we walked out at Wembley. How right Grim was about the manager. . PDC has rejuvenated the club in some style, injecting real passion, belief and team spirit. It has to be all for one and one for all. And the investors are pulling out all the stops. It's about time the stayaway football fans of Swindon and surrounding areas woke up to what is going on at the County Ground. Apart from personal circumstances, there are no longer any excuses, like "the board won't spend any money", "the manager can't motivate the players", "the football is dire". There is every chance that this time next year we'll have won another promotion, the ground redevelopment will have begun, and we will still be moving forward. If that prospect isn't enough for these people, then surely they can't be football fans at all? Oi Den!
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12:55pm Sat 1 Sep 12

Another view says...

Not for the first time I agree with everything Den says. Although I can't afford to go to every home game, I will certainly take every chance I get to attend.

In 35 years in this area I've never known such professionalism both on the pitch and behind the scenes.

Even when we reached the premier league it was all pretty chaotic, with a revolving door of 35 year olds in the hope that they could somehow create cohesion out of it all.
Not for the first time I agree with everything Den says. Although I can't afford to go to every home game, I will certainly take every chance I get to attend. In 35 years in this area I've never known such professionalism both on the pitch and behind the scenes. Even when we reached the premier league it was all pretty chaotic, with a revolving door of 35 year olds in the hope that they could somehow create cohesion out of it all. Another view
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1:09pm Sat 1 Sep 12

Stilloyal says...

Seems like a great signing to me and he'll be stand in captain when Macca gets suspended.
Not sure if he'd be captain if he signs on a perm, I don't think Di Canio will strip Macca of the job unless there is good reason.

Good luck to Cadds at Brum and also to my neighbour Oli . Thank you both for last season .
Seems like a great signing to me and he'll be stand in captain when Macca gets suspended. Not sure if he'd be captain if he signs on a perm, I don't think Di Canio will strip Macca of the job unless there is good reason. Good luck to Cadds at Brum and also to my neighbour Oli . Thank you both for last season . Stilloyal
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1:33pm Sat 1 Sep 12

Wilesy says...

Agree he will become captain in January. Great signing. Shame for Flint however.
Agree he will become captain in January. Great signing. Shame for Flint however. Wilesy
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2:15pm Sat 1 Sep 12

Oi Den! says...

Another view wrote:
Not for the first time I agree with everything Den says. Although I can't afford to go to every home game, I will certainly take every chance I get to attend.

In 35 years in this area I've never known such professionalism both on the pitch and behind the scenes.

Even when we reached the premier league it was all pretty chaotic, with a revolving door of 35 year olds in the hope that they could somehow create cohesion out of it all.
Yes AV, we hit the Premier League on a wing and a prayer. The side that won promotion then was good to watch but was as fragile as a house made of matchsticks and, as you say, we became the last stop before the knackers yard for too many people. We were doomed to failure, especially as we were still picking up the pieces after the illegal payments scandal. Now we are doing things properly. It was always going to be a long road back but Fitton, Wray, PDC and those in the background have got this club back on track and going ahead at full throttle. Huge credit to them all, and long may it continue.
[quote][p][bold]Another view[/bold] wrote: Not for the first time I agree with everything Den says. Although I can't afford to go to every home game, I will certainly take every chance I get to attend. In 35 years in this area I've never known such professionalism both on the pitch and behind the scenes. Even when we reached the premier league it was all pretty chaotic, with a revolving door of 35 year olds in the hope that they could somehow create cohesion out of it all.[/p][/quote]Yes AV, we hit the Premier League on a wing and a prayer. The side that won promotion then was good to watch but was as fragile as a house made of matchsticks and, as you say, we became the last stop before the knackers yard for too many people. We were doomed to failure, especially as we were still picking up the pieces after the illegal payments scandal. Now we are doing things properly. It was always going to be a long road back but Fitton, Wray, PDC and those in the background have got this club back on track and going ahead at full throttle. Huge credit to them all, and long may it continue. Oi Den!
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2:17pm Sat 1 Sep 12

Oi Den! says...

Wilesy wrote:
Agree he will become captain in January. Great signing. Shame for Flint however.
Wilesy, I wouldn't be too downbeat about Flint's prospects. If he keeps showing the form of recent games, PDC would be bonkers to drop him.
[quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: Agree he will become captain in January. Great signing. Shame for Flint however.[/p][/quote]Wilesy, I wouldn't be too downbeat about Flint's prospects. If he keeps showing the form of recent games, PDC would be bonkers to drop him. Oi Den!
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3:25pm Sat 1 Sep 12

London Red says...

Don't think only going to X games a year qualifies you as a stay away - I only make 15 (mix of home away cup and league) but don't count myself in that bracket
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I would love to see 30+ or better still all games but can't for a variety of reasons - but do go as often as I can
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Stay aways are the ones which only roll up for Pox, Wigan, Barnet Semi, Wembley et al and then not return until the next big game
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As said once we go up the number of big games jumps so more will be interested so gates should naturally swell
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As for Flint he is only 22 so has years on him - even if Ward played until 36 Flint would still only be 25 and not yet hit his prime!
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It's up to him really - best to learn from Ward - make himself better and fitter and he will be picked!
Don't think only going to X games a year qualifies you as a stay away - I only make 15 (mix of home away cup and league) but don't count myself in that bracket . I would love to see 30+ or better still all games but can't for a variety of reasons - but do go as often as I can . Stay aways are the ones which only roll up for Pox, Wigan, Barnet Semi, Wembley et al and then not return until the next big game . As said once we go up the number of big games jumps so more will be interested so gates should naturally swell . As for Flint he is only 22 so has years on him - even if Ward played until 36 Flint would still only be 25 and not yet hit his prime! . It's up to him really - best to learn from Ward - make himself better and fitter and he will be picked! London Red
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3:41pm Sat 1 Sep 12

Bootlegger says...

gaz2612 wrote:
Very good signing with the right attitude, but disappointed to see Caddis leave. I feel that this disagreement should have been sorted out and he stayed with us. Hopefully this loan will be good for him and he will return and sign a new contract with STFC. We will wait and see.He will have championship experience, which is where we will be next season!
Good luck Paul. Also good luck to Oliver Risser. Although not my favourite player, he always gave 100%.
Nathan Thompson showed at Stoke that he is ready. We have two right backs, we don't need three. The Caddis swap was a good bit of business, even if the circumstances were unfortunate. Strikers get injured a lot, and are needed as subs, so an extra striker is a huge asset.
[quote][p][bold]gaz2612[/bold] wrote: Very good signing with the right attitude, but disappointed to see Caddis leave. I feel that this disagreement should have been sorted out and he stayed with us. Hopefully this loan will be good for him and he will return and sign a new contract with STFC. We will wait and see.He will have championship experience, which is where we will be next season! Good luck Paul. Also good luck to Oliver Risser. Although not my favourite player, he always gave 100%.[/p][/quote]Nathan Thompson showed at Stoke that he is ready. We have two right backs, we don't need three. The Caddis swap was a good bit of business, even if the circumstances were unfortunate. Strikers get injured a lot, and are needed as subs, so an extra striker is a huge asset. Bootlegger
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3:50pm Sat 1 Sep 12

London Red says...

It's a shame Thompson was injured last season - he would have got a good run then to show all what he can do
It's a shame Thompson was injured last season - he would have got a good run then to show all what he can do London Red
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7:42pm Sat 1 Sep 12

Malkym says...

Another view wrote:
Not for the first time I agree with everything Den says. Although I can't afford to go to every home game, I will certainly take every chance I get to attend. In 35 years in this area I've never known such professionalism both on the pitch and behind the scenes. Even when we reached the premier league it was all pretty chaotic, with a revolving door of 35 year olds in the hope that they could somehow create cohesion out of it all.
Like others who can't afford the expense of attending every home game your suppport and theirs is no less than those who go every week. Under the Wilson/Hart regimes I didn't go towards the end because the footie on offer was dire and I said I'd get a S/T when we got to the championship. Effectively, due mainly to PdC's infectious enthusiasm and the team's performances, I'm doing that a season early although paying on a match by match basis as the S/T old git deal wasn't that great.

So Another view -enjoy when you can and continue to express your often very good thoughts on here.
[quote][p][bold]Another view[/bold] wrote: Not for the first time I agree with everything Den says. Although I can't afford to go to every home game, I will certainly take every chance I get to attend. In 35 years in this area I've never known such professionalism both on the pitch and behind the scenes. Even when we reached the premier league it was all pretty chaotic, with a revolving door of 35 year olds in the hope that they could somehow create cohesion out of it all.[/p][/quote]Like others who can't afford the expense of attending every home game your suppport and theirs is no less than those who go every week. Under the Wilson/Hart regimes I didn't go towards the end because the footie on offer was dire and I said I'd get a S/T when we got to the championship. Effectively, due mainly to PdC's infectious enthusiasm and the team's performances, I'm doing that a season early although paying on a match by match basis as the S/T old git deal wasn't that great. So Another view -enjoy when you can and continue to express your often very good thoughts on here. Malkym
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7:44pm Sat 1 Sep 12

Malkym says...

Wilesy wrote:
Agree he will become captain in January. Great signing. Shame for Flint however.
Wilesy -Flinty has been/is awesome at the moment - can't see him losing out to anybody while in that sort of form.
[quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: Agree he will become captain in January. Great signing. Shame for Flint however.[/p][/quote]Wilesy -Flinty has been/is awesome at the moment - can't see him losing out to anybody while in that sort of form. Malkym
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9:29pm Sat 1 Sep 12

Oxon-Red says...

Malkym wrote:
Wilesy wrote: Agree he will become captain in January. Great signing. Shame for Flint however.
Wilesy -Flinty has been/is awesome at the moment - can't see him losing out to anybody while in that sort of form.
Malkym,

Spot on RE Flint, we have real competition for places in this squad and it shows. The players from last season Flint, Devera, Benson, Ritchie, Ferry, Troy, De Vita as well as Ritchie and McCormack now have real competition for their places. No surprise that some are performing so well, long may it continue.

I also like to see youth progress so to hear the glowing reports on Nathan T is encouraging, Louis seems to be bubbling under the surface along with Miles and Paolo seems to have faith in Leigh Bedwell as Wes's understudy. All bodes well for the future.

Tricky match tomorrow so hopefully no hangover following Tuesday's epic. Would be happy with a draw but want a win !!!

COYMR
[quote][p][bold]Malkym[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: Agree he will become captain in January. Great signing. Shame for Flint however.[/p][/quote]Wilesy -Flinty has been/is awesome at the moment - can't see him losing out to anybody while in that sort of form.[/p][/quote]Malkym, Spot on RE Flint, we have real competition for places in this squad and it shows. The players from last season Flint, Devera, Benson, Ritchie, Ferry, Troy, De Vita as well as Ritchie and McCormack now have real competition for their places. No surprise that some are performing so well, long may it continue. I also like to see youth progress so to hear the glowing reports on Nathan T is encouraging, Louis seems to be bubbling under the surface along with Miles and Paolo seems to have faith in Leigh Bedwell as Wes's understudy. All bodes well for the future. Tricky match tomorrow so hopefully no hangover following Tuesday's epic. Would be happy with a draw but want a win !!! COYMR Oxon-Red
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10:01pm Sat 1 Sep 12

Oxon-Red says...

Oi Den! wrote:
London Red wrote: Just seen the 10 min interview with him and he was not disrespectful at all . He was asked directly his experienced against us and as he said obviously the last one was at Wembley - not his fault is it! . I thought he spoke very well and I'm even more glad he is here after hearing that than I was before . As I have said before you heard it here first that once he signs on perm he will become captain!
Not heard it, but I tend to agree LR. They did know they would beat us and I don't blame him for being honest about that. I think that day at Wembley showed just how important team spirit is. Our team was probably at least as talented as theirs, but they had team spirit in spades and we had none. The seeds ouf our later relegation had already been sown by the time we walked out at Wembley. How right Grim was about the manager. . PDC has rejuvenated the club in some style, injecting real passion, belief and team spirit. It has to be all for one and one for all. And the investors are pulling out all the stops. It's about time the stayaway football fans of Swindon and surrounding areas woke up to what is going on at the County Ground. Apart from personal circumstances, there are no longer any excuses, like "the board won't spend any money", "the manager can't motivate the players", "the football is dire". There is every chance that this time next year we'll have won another promotion, the ground redevelopment will have begun, and we will still be moving forward. If that prospect isn't enough for these people, then surely they can't be football fans at all?
Spot on Den,

This club has been grabbed in a painful place and turned into a very professional outfit. The football I have seen so far this season (3 home games) has been possibly the best I have seen, I did see the Ardilles seasons but missed the Hoddle years due to kids and lack of funds.

I won't have a go at stayaway fans who can only afford a few games a season because I have been there and done it but I would say if you can afford it, make the effort.

On stayaway fans, I do get the impression that it is not the surrounding areas that are not supporting the team. Maybe wrong but many of the posters on here don't appear to live in the Town but make the effort to attend and the A420 is pretty busy immediately after matches.

COYMR
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: Just seen the 10 min interview with him and he was not disrespectful at all . He was asked directly his experienced against us and as he said obviously the last one was at Wembley - not his fault is it! . I thought he spoke very well and I'm even more glad he is here after hearing that than I was before . As I have said before you heard it here first that once he signs on perm he will become captain![/p][/quote]Not heard it, but I tend to agree LR. They did know they would beat us and I don't blame him for being honest about that. I think that day at Wembley showed just how important team spirit is. Our team was probably at least as talented as theirs, but they had team spirit in spades and we had none. The seeds ouf our later relegation had already been sown by the time we walked out at Wembley. How right Grim was about the manager. . PDC has rejuvenated the club in some style, injecting real passion, belief and team spirit. It has to be all for one and one for all. And the investors are pulling out all the stops. It's about time the stayaway football fans of Swindon and surrounding areas woke up to what is going on at the County Ground. Apart from personal circumstances, there are no longer any excuses, like "the board won't spend any money", "the manager can't motivate the players", "the football is dire". There is every chance that this time next year we'll have won another promotion, the ground redevelopment will have begun, and we will still be moving forward. If that prospect isn't enough for these people, then surely they can't be football fans at all?[/p][/quote]Spot on Den, This club has been grabbed in a painful place and turned into a very professional outfit. The football I have seen so far this season (3 home games) has been possibly the best I have seen, I did see the Ardilles seasons but missed the Hoddle years due to kids and lack of funds. I won't have a go at stayaway fans who can only afford a few games a season because I have been there and done it but I would say if you can afford it, make the effort. On stayaway fans, I do get the impression that it is not the surrounding areas that are not supporting the team. Maybe wrong but many of the posters on here don't appear to live in the Town but make the effort to attend and the A420 is pretty busy immediately after matches. COYMR Oxon-Red
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10:22pm Sat 1 Sep 12

Oi Den! says...

Haha! I assume you don't mean a sea of red and white making its way back into Oxford after our home games - but that's quite a pleasant little thought!
Haha! I assume you don't mean a sea of red and white making its way back into Oxford after our home games - but that's quite a pleasant little thought! Oi Den!
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10:32pm Sat 1 Sep 12

Oxon-Red says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Haha! I assume you don't mean a sea of red and white making its way back into Oxford after our home games - but that's quite a pleasant little thought!
Not into Oxford but Towns in Oxfordshire.

Maybe, in a couple of years (when Dreams' prediction comes true) with Town in the Prem and Oxford who knows where they may see sense and come to see a decent team :-)

COYMR
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Haha! I assume you don't mean a sea of red and white making its way back into Oxford after our home games - but that's quite a pleasant little thought![/p][/quote]Not into Oxford but Towns in Oxfordshire. Maybe, in a couple of years (when Dreams' prediction comes true) with Town in the Prem and Oxford who knows where they may see sense and come to see a decent team :-) COYMR Oxon-Red
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8:47am Sun 2 Sep 12

Wilesy says...

Malkym wrote:
Wilesy wrote:
Agree he will become captain in January. Great signing. Shame for Flint however.
Wilesy -Flinty has been/is awesome at the moment - can't see him losing out to anybody while in that sort of form.
Flint would be my first choice every time at cb, but I can't see Ward being 4th choice, and when fit Paolo prefers Troy, and with Macca as captain I fear Flint could be down the pecking order.

But with how well he has been playing the shirt has to be Flints to lose, I hope Paolo agrees.
[quote][p][bold]Malkym[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: Agree he will become captain in January. Great signing. Shame for Flint however.[/p][/quote]Wilesy -Flinty has been/is awesome at the moment - can't see him losing out to anybody while in that sort of form.[/p][/quote]Flint would be my first choice every time at cb, but I can't see Ward being 4th choice, and when fit Paolo prefers Troy, and with Macca as captain I fear Flint could be down the pecking order. But with how well he has been playing the shirt has to be Flints to lose, I hope Paolo agrees. Wilesy
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1:45pm Sun 2 Sep 12

madterrier says...

London Red wrote:
Well I of one welcome him even if he was I that Millwall team
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To despise someone for that is pretty pathetic!
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So what if they though they would win - they were right!
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To be honest I thought they would win as I saw them turn us over good and proper only a few days earlier!
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He will play - he has not come here to be a reserve just like Miller didn't and he is 33 too
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He has quality, lots of it and experience and PdC will know that will aid our quest
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He will be a fans favourite through hard work - just like he has been everywhere else
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Wes
Devera Ward Macca McEveley
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That will be our starting back line
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Then we have Thompson Flint Troy an Bessone as back up
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That is pretty impressive!!!!
There you go again - making assumptions, putting words into people's mouth for them, and coming up with a load of sh***.

Where did I say I despise him?? I didn't. I suggested he might endear himself more to the fans if he didn't bang on about Millwall. No-one can "know" they would beat us. Without that bobble it was 1-1 and anything could have happened. I'm giving him a bit of PR advice, nothing more than that. So read a post and get your facts straight before you reply to it from your high-horse position.

And be careful about calling people 'pathetic'. That's the sort of thing keyboard warriors do but are less likely to say to someone's face.

I want to see Flint develop and I haven't seen Troy yet, and with Macca as a fixture I stand by my view that I don't think we needed a fifth centre back.
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: Well I of one welcome him even if he was I that Millwall team . To despise someone for that is pretty pathetic! . So what if they though they would win - they were right! . To be honest I thought they would win as I saw them turn us over good and proper only a few days earlier! . He will play - he has not come here to be a reserve just like Miller didn't and he is 33 too . He has quality, lots of it and experience and PdC will know that will aid our quest . He will be a fans favourite through hard work - just like he has been everywhere else . Wes Devera Ward Macca McEveley . That will be our starting back line . Then we have Thompson Flint Troy an Bessone as back up . That is pretty impressive!!!![/p][/quote]There you go again - making assumptions, putting words into people's mouth for them, and coming up with a load of sh***. Where did I say I despise him?? I didn't. I suggested he might endear himself more to the fans if he didn't bang on about Millwall. No-one can "know" they would beat us. Without that bobble it was 1-1 and anything could have happened. I'm giving him a bit of PR advice, nothing more than that. So read a post and get your facts straight before you reply to it from your high-horse position. And be careful about calling people 'pathetic'. That's the sort of thing keyboard warriors do but are less likely to say to someone's face. I want to see Flint develop and I haven't seen Troy yet, and with Macca as a fixture I stand by my view that I don't think we needed a fifth centre back. madterrier
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