SWINDON TOWN: Coventry boss denies making bid for Smith

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COVENTRY City manager Stephen Pressley has denied making a bid for Swindon Town striker Michael Smith following reports linking him with the frontman over the weekend.

A national newspaper suggested on Sunday that the Sky Blues had failed in an attempt to land Smith, who scored twice for Town against Scunthorpe on Saturday.

However, Pressley has rejected that notion, telling the Coventry Telegraph: "He's a player I admire but his valuation is too high and that is a problem. Paying high transfer fees just now is difficult, although that is not to say we won't pay transfer fees.

"He's a good player but he's a Swindon player and we've done nothing to change that."

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11:45am Mon 11 Aug 14

old town robin says...

It can only boost his confidence knowing other clubs have had him watched.
it has to be said every permanent player that Lee Power has brought in has improved and the loanee's haven't done bad either.
It can only boost his confidence knowing other clubs have had him watched. it has to be said every permanent player that Lee Power has brought in has improved and the loanee's haven't done bad either. old town robin
  • Score: 38

12:22pm Mon 11 Aug 14

LionelHutz says...

Smith has had his critics but you can't knock his goal scoring record since being at the club. Looked sharp on Saturday and it's vital we keep hold of him.
Smith has had his critics but you can't knock his goal scoring record since being at the club. Looked sharp on Saturday and it's vital we keep hold of him. LionelHutz
  • Score: 21

12:29pm Mon 11 Aug 14

port de soller says...

no smoke without fire,yet there as skint as we are so think is a NO NO
no smoke without fire,yet there as skint as we are so think is a NO NO port de soller
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12:29pm Mon 11 Aug 14

port de soller says...

no smoke without fire,yet there as skint as we are so think is a NO NO
no smoke without fire,yet there as skint as we are so think is a NO NO port de soller
  • Score: -10

12:29pm Mon 11 Aug 14

port de soller says...

no smoke without fire,yet there as skint as we are so think is a NO NO
no smoke without fire,yet there as skint as we are so think is a NO NO port de soller
  • Score: -9

1:00pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Oi Den! says...

or a NO NO NO NO NO NO?
or a NO NO NO NO NO NO? Oi Den!
  • Score: 6

1:10pm Mon 11 Aug 14

RamsburyRed says...

Oi Den! wrote:
or a NO NO NO NO NO NO?
Steady Den, doesn't no, no, no, no, no, end in 'yes'?
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: or a NO NO NO NO NO NO?[/p][/quote]Steady Den, doesn't no, no, no, no, no, end in 'yes'? RamsburyRed
  • Score: 3

1:21pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Wilesy says...

old town robin wrote:
It can only boost his confidence knowing other clubs have had him watched.
it has to be said every permanent player that Lee Power has brought in has improved and the loanee's haven't done bad either.
Smith looks to have the much desired knack of scoring goals and being in the right place at the right time. He has his strengths and weakness but is young and learning, but goals = £££

If he has 10 or 15 goals by Christmas I reckon we will see a 7 figure bid arrive in January.

Agree that in the Power era we have improved players, in stark contract to the PDC era where arguably only Wes improved of the players who weren't already at the club.
[quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: It can only boost his confidence knowing other clubs have had him watched. it has to be said every permanent player that Lee Power has brought in has improved and the loanee's haven't done bad either.[/p][/quote]Smith looks to have the much desired knack of scoring goals and being in the right place at the right time. He has his strengths and weakness but is young and learning, but goals = £££ If he has 10 or 15 goals by Christmas I reckon we will see a 7 figure bid arrive in January. Agree that in the Power era we have improved players, in stark contract to the PDC era where arguably only Wes improved of the players who weren't already at the club. Wilesy
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2:21pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Oi Den! says...

Wilesy, I'm certainly not one of Smith's detractors but, even with another 10 goals... £1m? Are you serious?
Wilesy, I'm certainly not one of Smith's detractors but, even with another 10 goals... £1m? Are you serious? Oi Den!
  • Score: 5

2:49pm Mon 11 Aug 14

JohnNeal4me says...

Am I the only one(among those who comment on here and who were about in the early 70s) who has noticed the uncanny resemblance between Michael Smith and Arthur Horsfield - not physically alike but similar in football terms. Arthur played 131 games for the Town and scored 57 goals( and that was in the old League 2 aka The Championship). Yet he is remembered more for the amusement he provided than the goals he scored. He spent most of his time looking like a Sunday morning footballer who had accidentally got onto the pitch by mistake - and yet he got goals!! Can't really see anyone paying a lot of money for him!
Am I the only one(among those who comment on here and who were about in the early 70s) who has noticed the uncanny resemblance between Michael Smith and Arthur Horsfield - not physically alike but similar in football terms. Arthur played 131 games for the Town and scored 57 goals( and that was in the old League 2 aka The Championship). Yet he is remembered more for the amusement he provided than the goals he scored. He spent most of his time looking like a Sunday morning footballer who had accidentally got onto the pitch by mistake - and yet he got goals!! Can't really see anyone paying a lot of money for him! JohnNeal4me
  • Score: 8

3:05pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Wilesy says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Wilesy, I'm certainly not one of Smith's detractors but, even with another 10 goals... £1m? Are you serious?
Absolutely serious, why do you think it should be more?

Didn't Assombalonga go to Championship for £5.5m after a year at Posh with a strike rate of about 1 in 2?

If Smith has 12 by Christmas he will have had a year at Swindon with an equally good strike rate.

Didn't we pay £200k for him initially, he would certainly have enhanced his value....
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Wilesy, I'm certainly not one of Smith's detractors but, even with another 10 goals... £1m? Are you serious?[/p][/quote]Absolutely serious, why do you think it should be more? Didn't Assombalonga go to Championship for £5.5m after a year at Posh with a strike rate of about 1 in 2? If Smith has 12 by Christmas he will have had a year at Swindon with an equally good strike rate. Didn't we pay £200k for him initially, he would certainly have enhanced his value.... Wilesy
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3:12pm Mon 11 Aug 14

mancrobin says...

JohnNeal4me wrote:
Am I the only one(among those who comment on here and who were about in the early 70s) who has noticed the uncanny resemblance between Michael Smith and Arthur Horsfield - not physically alike but similar in football terms. Arthur played 131 games for the Town and scored 57 goals( and that was in the old League 2 aka The Championship). Yet he is remembered more for the amusement he provided than the goals he scored. He spent most of his time looking like a Sunday morning footballer who had accidentally got onto the pitch by mistake - and yet he got goals!! Can't really see anyone paying a lot of money for him!
There's been a few like that John over the years. Remember Chico Bates? Always looked shocked when he scored but he got quite a few none the same. However, the master in this category has to be Steve White.
[quote][p][bold]JohnNeal4me[/bold] wrote: Am I the only one(among those who comment on here and who were about in the early 70s) who has noticed the uncanny resemblance between Michael Smith and Arthur Horsfield - not physically alike but similar in football terms. Arthur played 131 games for the Town and scored 57 goals( and that was in the old League 2 aka The Championship). Yet he is remembered more for the amusement he provided than the goals he scored. He spent most of his time looking like a Sunday morning footballer who had accidentally got onto the pitch by mistake - and yet he got goals!! Can't really see anyone paying a lot of money for him![/p][/quote]There's been a few like that John over the years. Remember Chico Bates? Always looked shocked when he scored but he got quite a few none the same. However, the master in this category has to be Steve White. mancrobin
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3:32pm Mon 11 Aug 14

the don69 says...

Wilesy wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
Wilesy, I'm certainly not one of Smith's detractors but, even with another 10 goals... £1m? Are you serious?
Absolutely serious, why do you think it should be more?

Didn't Assombalonga go to Championship for £5.5m after a year at Posh with a strike rate of about 1 in 2?

If Smith has 12 by Christmas he will have had a year at Swindon with an equally good strike rate.

Didn't we pay £200k for him initially, he would certainly have enhanced his value....
I think Den's looking for £2m Wilesy? lol!!!!!!! £5.5m for Bongo man! Forest must be made of money!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Wilesy, I'm certainly not one of Smith's detractors but, even with another 10 goals... £1m? Are you serious?[/p][/quote]Absolutely serious, why do you think it should be more? Didn't Assombalonga go to Championship for £5.5m after a year at Posh with a strike rate of about 1 in 2? If Smith has 12 by Christmas he will have had a year at Swindon with an equally good strike rate. Didn't we pay £200k for him initially, he would certainly have enhanced his value....[/p][/quote]I think Den's looking for £2m Wilesy? lol!!!!!!! £5.5m for Bongo man! Forest must be made of money!!!!!!!! the don69
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3:48pm Mon 11 Aug 14

the wizard says...

JohnNeal4me wrote:
Am I the only one(among those who comment on here and who were about in the early 70s) who has noticed the uncanny resemblance between Michael Smith and Arthur Horsfield - not physically alike but similar in football terms. Arthur played 131 games for the Town and scored 57 goals( and that was in the old League 2 aka The Championship). Yet he is remembered more for the amusement he provided than the goals he scored. He spent most of his time looking like a Sunday morning footballer who had accidentally got onto the pitch by mistake - and yet he got goals!! Can't really see anyone paying a lot of money for him!
"Calling Arthur Horsfiedd ,'cause he's the king of them all"

And do you remember how he used to stonk off over the line straight after the whistle for kick off, looking like a cart horse as he ran up towards the opponents goal. As you say, quite correctly, if ever there was a man who proved that you don't have to be fashionable to score goals then he was that man. Totally committed to the team and club.

More importantly King Arthur scored against Scunny some years ago in another 3-1 win. Perhaps some of the younger guys here should watch this , just to see the usual playing surface we had as our twelfth man and the size of the crowd,

https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=tjkv_G2g
8T8
[quote][p][bold]JohnNeal4me[/bold] wrote: Am I the only one(among those who comment on here and who were about in the early 70s) who has noticed the uncanny resemblance between Michael Smith and Arthur Horsfield - not physically alike but similar in football terms. Arthur played 131 games for the Town and scored 57 goals( and that was in the old League 2 aka The Championship). Yet he is remembered more for the amusement he provided than the goals he scored. He spent most of his time looking like a Sunday morning footballer who had accidentally got onto the pitch by mistake - and yet he got goals!! Can't really see anyone paying a lot of money for him![/p][/quote]"Calling Arthur Horsfiedd ,'cause he's the king of them all" And do you remember how he used to stonk off over the line straight after the whistle for kick off, looking like a cart horse as he ran up towards the opponents goal. As you say, quite correctly, if ever there was a man who proved that you don't have to be fashionable to score goals then he was that man. Totally committed to the team and club. More importantly King Arthur scored against Scunny some years ago in another 3-1 win. Perhaps some of the younger guys here should watch this , just to see the usual playing surface we had as our twelfth man and the size of the crowd, https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=tjkv_G2g 8T8 the wizard
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4:19pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Oi Den! says...

Wilesy wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
Wilesy, I'm certainly not one of Smith's detractors but, even with another 10 goals... £1m? Are you serious?
Absolutely serious, why do you think it should be more?

Didn't Assombalonga go to Championship for £5.5m after a year at Posh with a strike rate of about 1 in 2?

If Smith has 12 by Christmas he will have had a year at Swindon with an equally good strike rate.

Didn't we pay £200k for him initially, he would certainly have enhanced his value....
I like Smith and I would say he looked a better player on Saturday than he did last season but it is only one game. Charlie Austin was banging them in as soon as he got in the team - and looking a good all round footballer - but it was quite a while before anyone was seriously talking about a 7 figure fee for him. I really hope you're right about that value. Just can't see it at the mo. Not sure about the Assombalonga comparison either, even if we are talking relative increase in value. He's clearly a handful in terms of his all round play, as well as being able to put the ball in the net. For all the industry and his knack of being in the right place at the right time, Smith doesn't have the same powerful presence. I'm not knocking him at all. It's just that I don't think another 10 goals are likely to put him in the £1m bracket.

The Horsfield comments are interesting. He did look like a carthorse but he knew where the goal was too. I think he became an accomplished centre half after he moved to Charlton (in a swap for Ray Treacy?). Perhaps Smith will eventually do the same.
[quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Wilesy, I'm certainly not one of Smith's detractors but, even with another 10 goals... £1m? Are you serious?[/p][/quote]Absolutely serious, why do you think it should be more? Didn't Assombalonga go to Championship for £5.5m after a year at Posh with a strike rate of about 1 in 2? If Smith has 12 by Christmas he will have had a year at Swindon with an equally good strike rate. Didn't we pay £200k for him initially, he would certainly have enhanced his value....[/p][/quote]I like Smith and I would say he looked a better player on Saturday than he did last season but it is only one game. Charlie Austin was banging them in as soon as he got in the team - and looking a good all round footballer - but it was quite a while before anyone was seriously talking about a 7 figure fee for him. I really hope you're right about that value. Just can't see it at the mo. Not sure about the Assombalonga comparison either, even if we are talking relative increase in value. He's clearly a handful in terms of his all round play, as well as being able to put the ball in the net. For all the industry and his knack of being in the right place at the right time, Smith doesn't have the same powerful presence. I'm not knocking him at all. It's just that I don't think another 10 goals are likely to put him in the £1m bracket. The Horsfield comments are interesting. He did look like a carthorse but he knew where the goal was too. I think he became an accomplished centre half after he moved to Charlton (in a swap for Ray Treacy?). Perhaps Smith will eventually do the same. Oi Den!
  • Score: 4

4:26pm Mon 11 Aug 14

the wizard says...

Den, you will have to watch the you-tube clip, it's a must if only to get a glimpse of Noble's comb over, another man who knew where the goal was. We had goals in every player in that team. Am I correct in thinking they all scored during their tenure at County Ground ? It certainly wasn't through lack of effort if they didn't. Great days, and the clip shows the bank bursting at the seams. Great, team, great goals, great performances, great days, shame about the pitch, but then again that was all part of it.
Den, you will have to watch the you-tube clip, it's a must if only to get a glimpse of Noble's comb over, another man who knew where the goal was. We had goals in every player in that team. Am I correct in thinking they all scored during their tenure at County Ground ? It certainly wasn't through lack of effort if they didn't. Great days, and the clip shows the bank bursting at the seams. Great, team, great goals, great performances, great days, shame about the pitch, but then again that was all part of it. the wizard
  • Score: 1

5:31pm Mon 11 Aug 14

ciclosporindorset says...

I believe Arther was knick named Dobbin. As for Peter Noble he was king of the 1-0 win always it seems scoring the winner especially in the 69 season. Smith did well on Saturday and he is only 21 is he not? lengthy of time to build a presence. I prefer our youngsters to the journeymen on show on Saturday.
I believe Arther was knick named Dobbin. As for Peter Noble he was king of the 1-0 win always it seems scoring the winner especially in the 69 season. Smith did well on Saturday and he is only 21 is he not? lengthy of time to build a presence. I prefer our youngsters to the journeymen on show on Saturday. ciclosporindorset
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5:34pm Mon 11 Aug 14

swwindon61uk says...

JohnNeal4me wrote:
Am I the only one(among those who comment on here and who were about in the early 70s) who has noticed the uncanny resemblance between Michael Smith and Arthur Horsfield - not physically alike but similar in football terms. Arthur played 131 games for the Town and scored 57 goals( and that was in the old League 2 aka The Championship). Yet he is remembered more for the amusement he provided than the goals he scored. He spent most of his time looking like a Sunday morning footballer who had accidentally got onto the pitch by mistake - and yet he got goals!! Can't really see anyone paying a lot of money for him!
Dobbin was one of my first favorite town players.
Smith and in fact all of the squad look at lot fitter than last season already and looks like we can last 90 minutes easily, Cooper and his team deserve a lot credit for this as fitness goes a long way in this division.
[quote][p][bold]JohnNeal4me[/bold] wrote: Am I the only one(among those who comment on here and who were about in the early 70s) who has noticed the uncanny resemblance between Michael Smith and Arthur Horsfield - not physically alike but similar in football terms. Arthur played 131 games for the Town and scored 57 goals( and that was in the old League 2 aka The Championship). Yet he is remembered more for the amusement he provided than the goals he scored. He spent most of his time looking like a Sunday morning footballer who had accidentally got onto the pitch by mistake - and yet he got goals!! Can't really see anyone paying a lot of money for him![/p][/quote]Dobbin was one of my first favorite town players. Smith and in fact all of the squad look at lot fitter than last season already and looks like we can last 90 minutes easily, Cooper and his team deserve a lot credit for this as fitness goes a long way in this division. swwindon61uk
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7:47pm Mon 11 Aug 14

The Jockster says...

the don69 wrote:
Wilesy wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
Wilesy, I'm certainly not one of Smith's detractors but, even with another 10 goals... £1m? Are you serious?
Absolutely serious, why do you think it should be more?

Didn't Assombalonga go to Championship for £5.5m after a year at Posh with a strike rate of about 1 in 2?

If Smith has 12 by Christmas he will have had a year at Swindon with an equally good strike rate.

Didn't we pay £200k for him initially, he would certainly have enhanced his value....
I think Den's looking for £2m Wilesy? lol!!!!!!! £5.5m for Bongo man! Forest must be made of money!!!!!!!!
Lol! £1m for Smiffy - best laugh of the season so far, granted on his performance he immediately looked sharper than last season and he was twice in the right place at the right time, but please!!! No way is he worth £1m - his heading and holding up play needs to improve and then he might, be worth about double what we paid for him.
No comparison with Assombalonga Wonga! Who every time I've seen him play looks a right handful, strong, pacy and not easily shook off the ball - just the type of striker we could do with.

Off topic any odds on Hockaday being the next manager to walk? The Leeds owner is a bit of a loose cannon by all accounts and if they get off to a bad start? However fair play to him for having a go.
[quote][p][bold]the don69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Wilesy, I'm certainly not one of Smith's detractors but, even with another 10 goals... £1m? Are you serious?[/p][/quote]Absolutely serious, why do you think it should be more? Didn't Assombalonga go to Championship for £5.5m after a year at Posh with a strike rate of about 1 in 2? If Smith has 12 by Christmas he will have had a year at Swindon with an equally good strike rate. Didn't we pay £200k for him initially, he would certainly have enhanced his value....[/p][/quote]I think Den's looking for £2m Wilesy? lol!!!!!!! £5.5m for Bongo man! Forest must be made of money!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Lol! £1m for Smiffy - best laugh of the season so far, granted on his performance he immediately looked sharper than last season and he was twice in the right place at the right time, but please!!! No way is he worth £1m - his heading and holding up play needs to improve and then he might, be worth about double what we paid for him. No comparison with Assombalonga Wonga! Who every time I've seen him play looks a right handful, strong, pacy and not easily shook off the ball - just the type of striker we could do with. Off topic any odds on Hockaday being the next manager to walk? The Leeds owner is a bit of a loose cannon by all accounts and if they get off to a bad start? However fair play to him for having a go. The Jockster
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8:18pm Mon 11 Aug 14

liden623 says...

the wizard wrote:
JohnNeal4me wrote:
Am I the only one(among those who comment on here and who were about in the early 70s) who has noticed the uncanny resemblance between Michael Smith and Arthur Horsfield - not physically alike but similar in football terms. Arthur played 131 games for the Town and scored 57 goals( and that was in the old League 2 aka The Championship). Yet he is remembered more for the amusement he provided than the goals he scored. He spent most of his time looking like a Sunday morning footballer who had accidentally got onto the pitch by mistake - and yet he got goals!! Can't really see anyone paying a lot of money for him!
"Calling Arthur Horsfiedd ,'cause he's the king of them all"

And do you remember how he used to stonk off over the line straight after the whistle for kick off, looking like a cart horse as he ran up towards the opponents goal. As you say, quite correctly, if ever there was a man who proved that you don't have to be fashionable to score goals then he was that man. Totally committed to the team and club.

More importantly King Arthur scored against Scunny some years ago in another 3-1 win. Perhaps some of the younger guys here should watch this , just to see the usual playing surface we had as our twelfth man and the size of the crowd,

https://www.youtube.

com/watch?v=tjkv_G2g

8T8
And Kevin Keegan playing for Scunthorpe.
Lovely to see "The Don" as well. Good memories.
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JohnNeal4me[/bold] wrote: Am I the only one(among those who comment on here and who were about in the early 70s) who has noticed the uncanny resemblance between Michael Smith and Arthur Horsfield - not physically alike but similar in football terms. Arthur played 131 games for the Town and scored 57 goals( and that was in the old League 2 aka The Championship). Yet he is remembered more for the amusement he provided than the goals he scored. He spent most of his time looking like a Sunday morning footballer who had accidentally got onto the pitch by mistake - and yet he got goals!! Can't really see anyone paying a lot of money for him![/p][/quote]"Calling Arthur Horsfiedd ,'cause he's the king of them all" And do you remember how he used to stonk off over the line straight after the whistle for kick off, looking like a cart horse as he ran up towards the opponents goal. As you say, quite correctly, if ever there was a man who proved that you don't have to be fashionable to score goals then he was that man. Totally committed to the team and club. More importantly King Arthur scored against Scunny some years ago in another 3-1 win. Perhaps some of the younger guys here should watch this , just to see the usual playing surface we had as our twelfth man and the size of the crowd, https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=tjkv_G2g 8T8[/p][/quote]And Kevin Keegan playing for Scunthorpe. Lovely to see "The Don" as well. Good memories. liden623
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8:36pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Wilesy says...

The Jockster wrote:
the don69 wrote:
Wilesy wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
Wilesy, I'm certainly not one of Smith's detractors but, even with another 10 goals... £1m? Are you serious?
Absolutely serious, why do you think it should be more?

Didn't Assombalonga go to Championship for £5.5m after a year at Posh with a strike rate of about 1 in 2?

If Smith has 12 by Christmas he will have had a year at Swindon with an equally good strike rate.

Didn't we pay £200k for him initially, he would certainly have enhanced his value....
I think Den's looking for £2m Wilesy? lol!!!!!!! £5.5m for Bongo man! Forest must be made of money!!!!!!!!
Lol! £1m for Smiffy - best laugh of the season so far, granted on his performance he immediately looked sharper than last season and he was twice in the right place at the right time, but please!!! No way is he worth £1m - his heading and holding up play needs to improve and then he might, be worth about double what we paid for him.
No comparison with Assombalonga Wonga! Who every time I've seen him play looks a right handful, strong, pacy and not easily shook off the ball - just the type of striker we could do with.

Off topic any odds on Hockaday being the next manager to walk? The Leeds owner is a bit of a loose cannon by all accounts and if they get off to a bad start? However fair play to him for having a go.
Bit surprised that a comment on a potentially prolific striker being worth a few quid has raised such guffaws!

Posh paid £1.5m for Assombolongo so almost quadrupled their money (agree £5.5m is a lot of money for a L1 striker). We paid £200k for Smith so pro rata would be £750k or so, maybe a bit more with a January premium.

Regardless of Smith's perceived skills and comparison to others, If he keeps going at 1 in 2 I would be disappointed if he leaves for peanuts. Every striker has his strengths and weaknesses, but if they put the ball in the net that's the stat that counts the most.

We shall see!
[quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the don69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Wilesy, I'm certainly not one of Smith's detractors but, even with another 10 goals... £1m? Are you serious?[/p][/quote]Absolutely serious, why do you think it should be more? Didn't Assombalonga go to Championship for £5.5m after a year at Posh with a strike rate of about 1 in 2? If Smith has 12 by Christmas he will have had a year at Swindon with an equally good strike rate. Didn't we pay £200k for him initially, he would certainly have enhanced his value....[/p][/quote]I think Den's looking for £2m Wilesy? lol!!!!!!! £5.5m for Bongo man! Forest must be made of money!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Lol! £1m for Smiffy - best laugh of the season so far, granted on his performance he immediately looked sharper than last season and he was twice in the right place at the right time, but please!!! No way is he worth £1m - his heading and holding up play needs to improve and then he might, be worth about double what we paid for him. No comparison with Assombalonga Wonga! Who every time I've seen him play looks a right handful, strong, pacy and not easily shook off the ball - just the type of striker we could do with. Off topic any odds on Hockaday being the next manager to walk? The Leeds owner is a bit of a loose cannon by all accounts and if they get off to a bad start? However fair play to him for having a go.[/p][/quote]Bit surprised that a comment on a potentially prolific striker being worth a few quid has raised such guffaws! Posh paid £1.5m for Assombolongo so almost quadrupled their money (agree £5.5m is a lot of money for a L1 striker). We paid £200k for Smith so pro rata would be £750k or so, maybe a bit more with a January premium. Regardless of Smith's perceived skills and comparison to others, If he keeps going at 1 in 2 I would be disappointed if he leaves for peanuts. Every striker has his strengths and weaknesses, but if they put the ball in the net that's the stat that counts the most. We shall see! Wilesy
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8:36pm Mon 11 Aug 14

South Stand says...

Off topic..........I see that Archibald-Henville isn't playing for Carlisle tonight. I'm sure that he didn't play on Saturday either. Anyone know if he's injured?
Off topic..........I see that Archibald-Henville isn't playing for Carlisle tonight. I'm sure that he didn't play on Saturday either. Anyone know if he's injured? South Stand
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8:43pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Oi Den! says...

South Stand wrote:
Off topic..........I see that Archibald-Henville isn't playing for Carlisle tonight. I'm sure that he didn't play on Saturday either. Anyone know if he's injured?
Suspended.
[quote][p][bold]South Stand[/bold] wrote: Off topic..........I see that Archibald-Henville isn't playing for Carlisle tonight. I'm sure that he didn't play on Saturday either. Anyone know if he's injured?[/p][/quote]Suspended. Oi Den!
  • Score: 3

8:45pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Oi Den! says...

The Jockster wrote:
the don69 wrote:
Wilesy wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
Wilesy, I'm certainly not one of Smith's detractors but, even with another 10 goals... £1m? Are you serious?
Absolutely serious, why do you think it should be more?

Didn't Assombalonga go to Championship for £5.5m after a year at Posh with a strike rate of about 1 in 2?

If Smith has 12 by Christmas he will have had a year at Swindon with an equally good strike rate.

Didn't we pay £200k for him initially, he would certainly have enhanced his value....
I think Den's looking for £2m Wilesy? lol!!!!!!! £5.5m for Bongo man! Forest must be made of money!!!!!!!!
Lol! £1m for Smiffy - best laugh of the season so far, granted on his performance he immediately looked sharper than last season and he was twice in the right place at the right time, but please!!! No way is he worth £1m - his heading and holding up play needs to improve and then he might, be worth about double what we paid for him.
No comparison with Assombalonga Wonga! Who every time I've seen him play looks a right handful, strong, pacy and not easily shook off the ball - just the type of striker we could do with.

Off topic any odds on Hockaday being the next manager to walk? The Leeds owner is a bit of a loose cannon by all accounts and if they get off to a bad start? However fair play to him for having a go.
If I was having a bet it would be on Lee Clark.
[quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the don69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Wilesy, I'm certainly not one of Smith's detractors but, even with another 10 goals... £1m? Are you serious?[/p][/quote]Absolutely serious, why do you think it should be more? Didn't Assombalonga go to Championship for £5.5m after a year at Posh with a strike rate of about 1 in 2? If Smith has 12 by Christmas he will have had a year at Swindon with an equally good strike rate. Didn't we pay £200k for him initially, he would certainly have enhanced his value....[/p][/quote]I think Den's looking for £2m Wilesy? lol!!!!!!! £5.5m for Bongo man! Forest must be made of money!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Lol! £1m for Smiffy - best laugh of the season so far, granted on his performance he immediately looked sharper than last season and he was twice in the right place at the right time, but please!!! No way is he worth £1m - his heading and holding up play needs to improve and then he might, be worth about double what we paid for him. No comparison with Assombalonga Wonga! Who every time I've seen him play looks a right handful, strong, pacy and not easily shook off the ball - just the type of striker we could do with. Off topic any odds on Hockaday being the next manager to walk? The Leeds owner is a bit of a loose cannon by all accounts and if they get off to a bad start? However fair play to him for having a go.[/p][/quote]If I was having a bet it would be on Lee Clark. Oi Den!
  • Score: 0

8:46pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Wilesy says...

Oi Den! wrote:
South Stand wrote:
Off topic..........I see that Archibald-Henville isn't playing for Carlisle tonight. I'm sure that he didn't play on Saturday either. Anyone know if he's injured?
Suspended.
Suspended for first 3 games, presumably he got 4 games after the Notts County red which I think was his second red of the season so missed Rotherham in last game plus these 3.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]South Stand[/bold] wrote: Off topic..........I see that Archibald-Henville isn't playing for Carlisle tonight. I'm sure that he didn't play on Saturday either. Anyone know if he's injured?[/p][/quote]Suspended.[/p][/quote]Suspended for first 3 games, presumably he got 4 games after the Notts County red which I think was his second red of the season so missed Rotherham in last game plus these 3. Wilesy
  • Score: 1

8:46pm Mon 11 Aug 14

South Stand says...

Oi Den! wrote:
South Stand wrote:
Off topic..........I see that Archibald-Henville isn't playing for Carlisle tonight. I'm sure that he didn't play on Saturday either. Anyone know if he's injured?
Suspended.
Thanks Den, forgot about that.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]South Stand[/bold] wrote: Off topic..........I see that Archibald-Henville isn't playing for Carlisle tonight. I'm sure that he didn't play on Saturday either. Anyone know if he's injured?[/p][/quote]Suspended.[/p][/quote]Thanks Den, forgot about that. South Stand
  • Score: 0

8:48pm Mon 11 Aug 14

South Stand says...

Wilesy wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
South Stand wrote:
Off topic..........I see that Archibald-Henville isn't playing for Carlisle tonight. I'm sure that he didn't play on Saturday either. Anyone know if he's injured?
Suspended.
Suspended for first 3 games, presumably he got 4 games after the Notts County red which I think was his second red of the season so missed Rotherham in last game plus these 3.
Thanks Wilesy.
[quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]South Stand[/bold] wrote: Off topic..........I see that Archibald-Henville isn't playing for Carlisle tonight. I'm sure that he didn't play on Saturday either. Anyone know if he's injured?[/p][/quote]Suspended.[/p][/quote]Suspended for first 3 games, presumably he got 4 games after the Notts County red which I think was his second red of the season so missed Rotherham in last game plus these 3.[/p][/quote]Thanks Wilesy. South Stand
  • Score: 0

8:53pm Mon 11 Aug 14

dannyboy stm says...

I cant remember Horsfiedd, but who could forget Dave Bamber in the 1980s......hardly fashionable...but found the net very well..!!!!!
I cant remember Horsfiedd, but who could forget Dave Bamber in the 1980s......hardly fashionable...but found the net very well..!!!!! dannyboy stm
  • Score: 1

9:01pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Oi Den! says...

ciclosporindorset wrote:
I believe Arther was knick named Dobbin. As for Peter Noble he was king of the 1-0 win always it seems scoring the winner especially in the 69 season. Smith did well on Saturday and he is only 21 is he not? lengthy of time to build a presence. I prefer our youngsters to the journeymen on show on Saturday.
There was an Irish bloke who used to stand behind me at the Town End who used to yell "He's on between sixty and a hondred quid a week (yep, all that money) and he's still no faughin' good, the faughin' harsebox!"
Sorry, that's the best Irish accent I can do in writing. Come to think of it, it might be better than the best one I could do in speaking. No offence meant to any Irish person by the way!
[quote][p][bold]ciclosporindorset[/bold] wrote: I believe Arther was knick named Dobbin. As for Peter Noble he was king of the 1-0 win always it seems scoring the winner especially in the 69 season. Smith did well on Saturday and he is only 21 is he not? lengthy of time to build a presence. I prefer our youngsters to the journeymen on show on Saturday.[/p][/quote]There was an Irish bloke who used to stand behind me at the Town End who used to yell "He's on between sixty and a hondred quid a week (yep, all that money) and he's still no faughin' good, the faughin' harsebox!" Sorry, that's the best Irish accent I can do in writing. Come to think of it, it might be better than the best one I could do in speaking. No offence meant to any Irish person by the way! Oi Den!
  • Score: 1

9:06pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Oi Den! says...

dannyboy stm wrote:
I cant remember Horsfiedd, but who could forget Dave Bamber in the 1980s......hardly fashionable...but found the net very well..!!!!!
Found the deck with consummate ease too!
[quote][p][bold]dannyboy stm[/bold] wrote: I cant remember Horsfiedd, but who could forget Dave Bamber in the 1980s......hardly fashionable...but found the net very well..!!!!![/p][/quote]Found the deck with consummate ease too! Oi Den!
  • Score: 0

9:10pm Mon 11 Aug 14

dazzastfc says...

The Jockster wrote:
the don69 wrote:
Wilesy wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
Wilesy, I'm certainly not one of Smith's detractors but, even with another 10 goals... £1m? Are you serious?
Absolutely serious, why do you think it should be more?

Didn't Assombalonga go to Championship for £5.5m after a year at Posh with a strike rate of about 1 in 2?

If Smith has 12 by Christmas he will have had a year at Swindon with an equally good strike rate.

Didn't we pay £200k for him initially, he would certainly have enhanced his value....
I think Den's looking for £2m Wilesy? lol!!!!!!! £5.5m for Bongo man! Forest must be made of money!!!!!!!!
Lol! £1m for Smiffy - best laugh of the season so far, granted on his performance he immediately looked sharper than last season and he was twice in the right place at the right time, but please!!! No way is he worth £1m - his heading and holding up play needs to improve and then he might, be worth about double what we paid for him.
No comparison with Assombalonga Wonga! Who every time I've seen him play looks a right handful, strong, pacy and not easily shook off the ball - just the type of striker we could do with.

Off topic any odds on Hockaday being the next manager to walk? The Leeds owner is a bit of a loose cannon by all accounts and if they get off to a bad start? However fair play to him for having a go.
IF a player is banging in the goals on a average of 1 in 3 he will be sold for way over 1m..
Some might think its mad or it will never happen but goals win games and winning games brings loads and loads of money..
So if Smith keeps scoring as he is then he will be are biggest asset ever..
Especially in 2days market of stupid money..
[quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the don69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Wilesy, I'm certainly not one of Smith's detractors but, even with another 10 goals... £1m? Are you serious?[/p][/quote]Absolutely serious, why do you think it should be more? Didn't Assombalonga go to Championship for £5.5m after a year at Posh with a strike rate of about 1 in 2? If Smith has 12 by Christmas he will have had a year at Swindon with an equally good strike rate. Didn't we pay £200k for him initially, he would certainly have enhanced his value....[/p][/quote]I think Den's looking for £2m Wilesy? lol!!!!!!! £5.5m for Bongo man! Forest must be made of money!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Lol! £1m for Smiffy - best laugh of the season so far, granted on his performance he immediately looked sharper than last season and he was twice in the right place at the right time, but please!!! No way is he worth £1m - his heading and holding up play needs to improve and then he might, be worth about double what we paid for him. No comparison with Assombalonga Wonga! Who every time I've seen him play looks a right handful, strong, pacy and not easily shook off the ball - just the type of striker we could do with. Off topic any odds on Hockaday being the next manager to walk? The Leeds owner is a bit of a loose cannon by all accounts and if they get off to a bad start? However fair play to him for having a go.[/p][/quote]IF a player is banging in the goals on a average of 1 in 3 he will be sold for way over 1m.. Some might think its mad or it will never happen but goals win games and winning games brings loads and loads of money.. So if Smith keeps scoring as he is then he will be are biggest asset ever.. Especially in 2days market of stupid money.. dazzastfc
  • Score: 3

9:28pm Mon 11 Aug 14

smirg kcab says...

If smith puts in displays like he did Saturday the boy would be worth a fortune
If smith puts in displays like he did Saturday the boy would be worth a fortune smirg kcab
  • Score: -3

9:43pm Mon 11 Aug 14

The Jockster says...

Yes Dazzler and Grim and it's that little big word again "if". I hope you're both right but Daz that's just it isn't it- these days the stupid money only exists in the Prem- how many times have we seen our players sold for what we considered peanuts and yet they've gone because we needed the money and the market rate is what it is. Don't you think LP would flog Smiffy if a club offered 500k? And if he did there would be hoards on here saying nah too cheap.

IMO he needs to improve still further to be worth anywhere near £1m - remember it was only last season fans were saying he couldn't kick a dog!
Yes Dazzler and Grim and it's that little big word again "if". I hope you're both right but Daz that's just it isn't it- these days the stupid money only exists in the Prem- how many times have we seen our players sold for what we considered peanuts and yet they've gone because we needed the money and the market rate is what it is. Don't you think LP would flog Smiffy if a club offered 500k? And if he did there would be hoards on here saying nah too cheap. IMO he needs to improve still further to be worth anywhere near £1m - remember it was only last season fans were saying he couldn't kick a dog! The Jockster
  • Score: -3

9:48pm Mon 11 Aug 14

smirg kcab says...

Oi Den! wrote:
The Jockster wrote:
the don69 wrote:
Wilesy wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
Wilesy, I'm certainly not one of Smith's detractors but, even with another 10 goals... £1m? Are you serious?
Absolutely serious, why do you think it should be more?

Didn't Assombalonga go to Championship for £5.5m after a year at Posh with a strike rate of about 1 in 2?

If Smith has 12 by Christmas he will have had a year at Swindon with an equally good strike rate.

Didn't we pay £200k for him initially, he would certainly have enhanced his value....
I think Den's looking for £2m Wilesy? lol!!!!!!! £5.5m for Bongo man! Forest must be made of money!!!!!!!!
Lol! £1m for Smiffy - best laugh of the season so far, granted on his performance he immediately looked sharper than last season and he was twice in the right place at the right time, but please!!! No way is he worth £1m - his heading and holding up play needs to improve and then he might, be worth about double what we paid for him.
No comparison with Assombalonga Wonga! Who every time I've seen him play looks a right handful, strong, pacy and not easily shook off the ball - just the type of striker we could do with.

Off topic any odds on Hockaday being the next manager to walk? The Leeds owner is a bit of a loose cannon by all accounts and if they get off to a bad start? However fair play to him for having a go.
If I was having a bet it would be on Lee Clark.
Sam the man to be next
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the don69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Wilesy, I'm certainly not one of Smith's detractors but, even with another 10 goals... £1m? Are you serious?[/p][/quote]Absolutely serious, why do you think it should be more? Didn't Assombalonga go to Championship for £5.5m after a year at Posh with a strike rate of about 1 in 2? If Smith has 12 by Christmas he will have had a year at Swindon with an equally good strike rate. Didn't we pay £200k for him initially, he would certainly have enhanced his value....[/p][/quote]I think Den's looking for £2m Wilesy? lol!!!!!!! £5.5m for Bongo man! Forest must be made of money!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Lol! £1m for Smiffy - best laugh of the season so far, granted on his performance he immediately looked sharper than last season and he was twice in the right place at the right time, but please!!! No way is he worth £1m - his heading and holding up play needs to improve and then he might, be worth about double what we paid for him. No comparison with Assombalonga Wonga! Who every time I've seen him play looks a right handful, strong, pacy and not easily shook off the ball - just the type of striker we could do with. Off topic any odds on Hockaday being the next manager to walk? The Leeds owner is a bit of a loose cannon by all accounts and if they get off to a bad start? However fair play to him for having a go.[/p][/quote]If I was having a bet it would be on Lee Clark.[/p][/quote]Sam the man to be next smirg kcab
  • Score: -4

9:49pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Another view says...

Oi Den! says...

dannyboy stm wrote:
I cant remember Horsfiedd, but who could forget Dave Bamber in the 1980s......hardly fashionable...but found the net very well..!!!!!

Found the deck with consummate ease too!

- Brilliant!
Twinkle Toes really put the fear of God in defences when leading Lou Macari' s shock troops. For such a solid guy though he did hit the deck as often ask Klinsman.
Oi Den! says... dannyboy stm wrote: I cant remember Horsfiedd, but who could forget Dave Bamber in the 1980s......hardly fashionable...but found the net very well..!!!!! Found the deck with consummate ease too! - Brilliant! Twinkle Toes really put the fear of God in defences when leading Lou Macari' s shock troops. For such a solid guy though he did hit the deck as often ask Klinsman. Another view
  • Score: -1

9:55pm Mon 11 Aug 14

The Jockster says...

Wasn't Arfur also on about 20 Woodbines a day too - Chris "stumblebum" Jones always reminded me of Arturo - the difference being Dobbin could stick the ball in the net!
Ah Dave Bamber! The Gypsy! Who can forget "where's your caravan" and as Den said a much better diver than Tom Daley lol!
Wasn't Arfur also on about 20 Woodbines a day too - Chris "stumblebum" Jones always reminded me of Arturo - the difference being Dobbin could stick the ball in the net! Ah Dave Bamber! The Gypsy! Who can forget "where's your caravan" and as Den said a much better diver than Tom Daley lol! The Jockster
  • Score: -2

2:22am Tue 12 Aug 14

ShearerShearer says...

the don69 wrote:
Wilesy wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
Wilesy, I'm certainly not one of Smith's detractors but, even with another 10 goals... £1m? Are you serious?
Absolutely serious, why do you think it should be more?

Didn't Assombalonga go to Championship for £5.5m after a year at Posh with a strike rate of about 1 in 2?

If Smith has 12 by Christmas he will have had a year at Swindon with an equally good strike rate.

Didn't we pay £200k for him initially, he would certainly have enhanced his value....
I think Den's looking for £2m Wilesy? lol!!!!!!! £5.5m for Bongo man! Forest must be made of money!!!!!!!!
If Lambert can fetch 4M then name your price Town
[quote][p][bold]the don69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Wilesy, I'm certainly not one of Smith's detractors but, even with another 10 goals... £1m? Are you serious?[/p][/quote]Absolutely serious, why do you think it should be more? Didn't Assombalonga go to Championship for £5.5m after a year at Posh with a strike rate of about 1 in 2? If Smith has 12 by Christmas he will have had a year at Swindon with an equally good strike rate. Didn't we pay £200k for him initially, he would certainly have enhanced his value....[/p][/quote]I think Den's looking for £2m Wilesy? lol!!!!!!! £5.5m for Bongo man! Forest must be made of money!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]If Lambert can fetch 4M then name your price Town ShearerShearer
  • Score: 0

3:39am Tue 12 Aug 14

perth red says...

JohnNeal4me wrote:
Am I the only one(among those who comment on here and who were about in the early 70s) who has noticed the uncanny resemblance between Michael Smith and Arthur Horsfield - not physically alike but similar in football terms. Arthur played 131 games for the Town and scored 57 goals( and that was in the old League 2 aka The Championship). Yet he is remembered more for the amusement he provided than the goals he scored. He spent most of his time looking like a Sunday morning footballer who had accidentally got onto the pitch by mistake - and yet he got goals!! Can't really see anyone paying a lot of money for him!
Your're certainly right about Arthur being a great source of amusement. It always struck me that he had very short legs and a very long body, so his legs had to go at 100mph just to keep up with everybody. Yes for those who never saw him, it was a strange sight. But he was a very effective footballer and coupled with the really classy Peter Noble, a great striking combo.
[quote][p][bold]JohnNeal4me[/bold] wrote: Am I the only one(among those who comment on here and who were about in the early 70s) who has noticed the uncanny resemblance between Michael Smith and Arthur Horsfield - not physically alike but similar in football terms. Arthur played 131 games for the Town and scored 57 goals( and that was in the old League 2 aka The Championship). Yet he is remembered more for the amusement he provided than the goals he scored. He spent most of his time looking like a Sunday morning footballer who had accidentally got onto the pitch by mistake - and yet he got goals!! Can't really see anyone paying a lot of money for him![/p][/quote]Your're certainly right about Arthur being a great source of amusement. It always struck me that he had very short legs and a very long body, so his legs had to go at 100mph just to keep up with everybody. Yes for those who never saw him, it was a strange sight. But he was a very effective footballer and coupled with the really classy Peter Noble, a great striking combo. perth red
  • Score: 2

10:31am Tue 12 Aug 14

alchafreds says...

port de soller wrote:
no smoke without fire,yet there as skint as we are so think is a NO NO
yep we heard you the first time ;0)
[quote][p][bold]port de soller[/bold] wrote: no smoke without fire,yet there as skint as we are so think is a NO NO[/p][/quote]yep we heard you the first time ;0) alchafreds
  • Score: 0

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