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  1. Cotts inability to accept that 352 wasn't working was his downfall. People say he wasn't backed... But he was putting 9 million pound bids in for players like gray... Thats enough to cover Diedhious transfer and wages for pretty much the duration of his contract. Perhaps cotts should of been a bit more savy in his transfer targets? This was off the back of 2 years of league one earnings during a time that we were desperately trying to sort our books out (from the last time we had overspent trying to push on in the championship). He also sold very few players and those he did werent for big money- although LJ may not have signed them, the club has recouped over £30 million selling kodjia, Bryan, Reid and flint during his time in charge. So a couple of championship seasons revenue, players sold for millions and a completed new stadium. Is it really a suprise LJ been able to spend a bit more freely? I love cotts for what he did for us in league 1 - he gave us one of our greatest seasons. But he was taking us back down.
  2. Went to high school with a lad who went pro and big things were expected of him. But the truth was he hated playing football proffesionally. He hated missing out on seeing his friends on a friday night. He hated being told what to eat. He hated missing christmas with his family. He hated not being able to go on lads holidays as he could only go on certain dates etc it wasn't that he didn’t like football... More that he prefered the things football was causing him to miss. Whilst he accepted he was in a position that lots of young lads would kill for... He didn’t see the point earning lots of money if you can't spend it how you want to. He basically missed being young and carefree with his mates and felt a little bit lonely. But because of the potential money involved he didn’t feel he could walk away. He hated that as well. As it turned out a series of injuries ended his potential career before he was 21 and the decision was made for him. Hes a sparky now and never been happier.
  3. In fairness - 1 the replay showed he was onside. 1 was touch and go and the other we didn’t get a replay of... so he could have possibly been onside in all 3!
  4. What i don't accept is the club werent trying to get one in - they failed and that is hard to take as it could of given us the push needed. But people comment like we werent even really trying when there could be muliple reasons we didn’t get one over the line that are not the clubs doing. It could be that the players simply didn’t want to come here. It could be that the other club changed it's mind at the 11th hour. It could be that the players agent started playing silly beggars and changing terms. It could be that the player didn’t want to take the risk of not getting game time as we play with one up front. It could be that another club is prefered by the player (hogan going to sheffield united). It could be that a deal fell through for one of our sacrificed player? COD was heavily linked with leaving and we would probably have got a tidy sum for him (Might also explain why he is playing like hes already elsewhere at the min). Or maybe chelsea pulled the plug on a deal for semenyo due to their impending transfer band and the new rules regarding player loans. A deal for either might have set the wheels in motion for deals across several clubs like when buying a house in a chain. Truth is we don't know.
  5. Some of the responses on here.... He basically said he was happy with a point as we were playing crap and 1 point is better than 0. In that respect he is absolutely correct. Smith and Walsh are the credible cover for pack (and brownhill) . Unfortunately both have been out with long term injury. Our new goalkeeper was crap. But has anyone thought that perhaps LJ was expecting a better team performance and was perhaps trying to ease him into the championship against the bottom of the league? We tried to get another striker in January. People act like we didn’t just because we didn’t manage to. Yes it hasn't been good enough the last 6 games and home form really needs to improve but some if the comments on here when we are currently 6th is laughable.
  6. I often wonder if Leeds fans even know the words. They seem to mumble through and then just belt out "marching on together" as loudly as they can before returning to a mumble. I do also wish that we wouldn't revert to singing "we all hate leeds scum" when we play them. They revel in it and its one of the reasons they think they are so relevant to everyone - Most couldn't care less except when we are playing them. Some of their fans can be gobshites as proved after the game, but most are simply making their way home and keep themselves to themselves. Newcastle fans were far worse down the gate imo yet no one seems to really go on about it like they do with Leeds.
  7. Promotion season. Right at the end of the game and kept our unbeaten start going as game finished 1-1. (i might have been over the top comparing it to banks!)
  8. Was talking about it the other day. Closest thing ive ever seen to the famous banks save from pele!
  9. That was the home game. We played them away at the begining of december and won 2-1 with flint scoring in the last minute.
  10. But he also kept us in the game against sheffield united a month before.Thats the life of a goalkeeper. The bloke made the best save ive ever seen live away at Rochdale. Don't get me wrong i'm not saying we can't do better but ff is a decent championship goalkeeper.
  11. With all the money paid for a ticket system you would think a fan to fan sales section would be available. However it's something that will probably only be introduced if we start selling out every game. At the moment it would prevent the club from making more money - every penny counts in the age of FFP.
  12. Ive renewed- even though it really hasn't been value for money for me this season due to moved games and personal commitments. I look at it from the view that i want to stand with my friends in the singing section and without my season ticket that would be an unlikely senario. I normally make between 10-15 home games a season so it probably works out more than a membership plus that amount of games anyway. But the idea of driving (or getting the train) 3 hours each way by myself and then also watching the game by myself doesn’t really appeal if i'm honest. Football to me will always be more about seeing my mates than anything else.
  13. cider-manc


    He achieved Champs League qualification at chelsea before Abramovichs millions came in. Chelsea were on the verge of going bust and had signed next to no one. The only season he had money to burn he finished second to the invincibles in the Prem and got to a Champs League semi final - which is still pretty good even with loads of money. Look how long it took manchester City to establish themselves at the top table. Not only did he sign lampard but he also brought john terry into the first team set up. Chelsea fans have a lot to be thankful to him for - perhaps this is why the fulham fans never really took to him?
  14. cider-manc


    Their chairman really has his head screwed on. This is a good read on him: http://www.espn.co.uk/football/english-premier-league/23/blog/post/3307399/burnley-chairman-mike-garlick-talks-espn-fc-about-premier-league-sustainance My favourite quote (which perhaps some on here could really do with hearing) : "If we acted in an oligarch's way during one transfer window, the damage done could last for five years. It doesn't just damage you for one season. Bradford City is probably the best example: They had 14 to 21 days of summer madness [in 2000], and it took the club five to 10 years to turn around from that. We simply don't want that to happen. We want to be as ambitious as we can, but we have to live within our means, and whatever we do has to be sustainable"
  15. Matt Smith at gillingham in the jpt. I wasnt there and I realise he wasn't our player and it was only the jpt but... Two great headers, a back heel and a stunning half volley from 25 yards- If memory serves also the perfect hattrick of header, right foot, left foot.
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