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09 May 2019 21:03 - 10 May 2019 10:50 #1 by Urban Designer
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Anyone watching this Newport v Mansfield - awful match that could be due to the pitch apart from one quality finish.

Next year maybe we should train on a the sheepmount before playing them, although I'm guessing even that is a better quality pitch.

If anyone wins the playoffs apart from Tranmere they will come straight back down.

Lincoln and Mk should stay if they invest but would also be fighting a relegation battle with their current side.

We have failed in a very poor league.
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09 May 2019 21:22 #2 by bluebry
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Urban Designer wrote: Anyone watching this - awful match that could be due to the pitch apart from one quality finish.

Next year maybe we should train on a the sheepmount before playing them, although I'm guessing even that is a better quality pitch.

If anyone wins the playoffs apart from Tranmere they will come straight back down.

Lincoln and Mk should stay if they invest but would also be fighting a relegation battle with their current side.

We have failed in a very poor league.


So has 21 other teams then!!

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09 May 2019 21:31 #3 by seesaw50
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0-1 Mansfield about 10 min to go

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09 May 2019 21:32 #4 by Urban Designer
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If you see this as Carlisle's level maybe we deserve to be where we are.

PS - goalkeeper hit the ball first - is that a penalty?

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09 May 2019 21:38 #5 by seesaw50
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09 May 2019 21:48 #6 by seesaw50
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09 May 2019 21:53 #7 by Urban Designer
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bluebry wrote:

Urban Designer wrote: Anyone watching this - awful match that could be due to the pitch apart from one quality finish.

Next year maybe we should train on a the sheepmount before playing them, although I'm guessing even that is a better quality pitch.

If anyone wins the playoffs apart from Tranmere they will come straight back down.

Lincoln and Mk should stay if they invest but would also be fighting a relegation battle with their current side.

We have failed in a very poor league.


So has 21 other teams then!!


The fact that we weren,t promoted or already comfortably in the playoffs before the final day is a fail - yes. The fact that we finished behind Newport, Exeter, Colchester and Lincoln is embarrassing!
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09 May 2019 22:11 - 09 May 2019 23:02 #8 by bluebry
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Urban Designer wrote:

bluebry wrote:

Urban Designer wrote: Anyone watching this - awful match that could be due to the pitch apart from one quality finish.

Next year maybe we should train on a the sheepmount before playing them, although I'm guessing even that is a better quality pitch.

If anyone wins the playoffs apart from Tranmere they will come straight back down.

Lincoln and Mk should stay if they invest but would also be fighting a relegation battle with their current side.

We have failed in a very poor league.


So has 21 other teams then!!


The fact that we weren,t promoted or already comfortably in the playoffs before the final day is a fail - yes. The fact that we finished behind Newport, Exeter, Colchester and Lincoln is embarrassing!


Give over you daft bugger, 'its embarrassing we finished behind Lincoln', are you kidding??
Despite the fact I despise Lincoln one of the best days of last season was giving them a good hiding at Brunt, you cant argue for one moment that they are by far the best side in this division, and we didn't do the double over any of the other clubs, so why on earth do you think we are far superior to those clubs???
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10 May 2019 00:12 #9 by CCU
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We did the double over second placed Bury...

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10 May 2019 02:41 #10 by nobbyblue
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It's interesting that 15% of our total points tally came from games against Lincoln & Bury.

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10 May 2019 10:08 #11 by bluebry
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nobbyblue wrote: It's interesting that 15% of our total points tally came from games against Lincoln & Bury.


Very true but I thinks thats where you've hit the nail on the head 'inconsistency', if we could have had the same points ratio against some of the lesser lights then we might have not found it so 'embarrassing' as the other poster suggested. At the end of the day he was right in a lot of ways it is a very poor division, but also that means we are poor, because under Sheridan and Elvis we showed absolutely no signs of consistency.

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10 May 2019 10:10 - 10 May 2019 10:13 #12 by bluebry
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CCU wrote: We did the double over second placed Bury...


He didn't mention Bury.
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10 May 2019 10:18 - 10 May 2019 10:50 #13 by CCU
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bluebry wrote:

CCU wrote: We did the double over second placed Bury...


He didn't mention Bury.


I know. I merely pointed out we beat Bury twice, given they were promoted and UD is off on one about the standards of teams who finished above us!

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10 May 2019 15:22 #14 by Urban Designer
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Take away Lincoln and replace with Stevenage.

I meant the 5 teams that were in contension for the last playoff spot.

Stevenage and Newport are glorified non league sides.

Colchester has always had one of the lowest support in the football league and Exeter has spent more time in the bottom division that we have!

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10 May 2019 15:31 #15 by Dancingbear
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Is it not down to the players and manager rather than being a glorified non league team?

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10 May 2019 20:07 #16 by CCU
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Forest Green down to ten men early on...

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10 May 2019 20:45 #17 by pie
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Damage limitation territory surely and go again at home?

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10 May 2019 20:50 #18 by Markovitch
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Gavin Gunning, an even more amusing footballer than Anthony Gerrard. Who can forget that infamous night at Tannadice when his own manager bollocked him on the pitch for feigning injury after the best handball ever. Superb entertainment

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10 May 2019 21:42 #19 by seesaw50
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Tranmere 1 FGR 0

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11 May 2019 16:03 #20 by Wukkie
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Poor game and Newport&Mansfield looked a better standard. Think Tranmere will regret not getting more than one as I fancy FGR to progress now.

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12 May 2019 20:56 #21 by CCU
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Newport beat Mansfield on Pens...

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12 May 2019 20:58 #22 by Dancingbear
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Wonder if Mansfield’s owners are getting fed up yet.

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12 May 2019 21:02 #23 by munchymagic
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Don't really like either club.

However - I have to sympathise with the Mansfield fans.

Come on, imagine if we flogged automatic promotion on the last day and then go out at home on penalties in the play offs.

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12 May 2019 21:15 #24 by Urban Designer
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Mansfield are having their Michael Knighton moment - the owners will lose interest.
But we could have a playoff final with the 3rd lowest budget team v a village!

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12 May 2019 21:32 - 12 May 2019 21:33 #25 by CCU
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munchymagic wrote: Come on, imagine if we flogged automatic promotion on the last day and then go out at home on penalties in the play offs.


End of 2008 was similar! Hammered at Millwall in the second last game when a win would’ve seen us almost up, then lose at home to Leeds in the last minute of the Play-Off game...

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12 May 2019 21:41 #26 by 182blue
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I sometimes think it's a bit unfortunate when a team gets beaten in the play-offs by one who was miles behind them in the league, but seems less cruel in our league when top 3 is automatic.
The playoffs certainly keep the interest levels going , even we were in with a shout on final day.
Mansfield have never been confident on penalties since that Glennon save in 04.

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12 May 2019 23:26 #27 by griff
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Yup. From the other board......

In the last 10 years which League Two position has most often won the promotion place in the play-offs?

7th 5 times
6th twice
5th twice
4th once

2008/09 5th Gillingham
2009/10 7th Dagenham & Redbridge (Morecambe finished 4th)
2010/11 6th Stevenage
2011/12 7th Crewe Alexandra
2012/13 7th Bradford City
2013/14 4th Fleetwood Town
2014/15 5th Southend United
2015/16 7th AFC Wimbledon
2016/17 7th Blackpool
2017/18 6th Coventry City

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12 May 2019 23:41 #28 by Urban Designer
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CCU wrote:

munchymagic wrote: Come on, imagine if we flogged automatic promotion on the last day and then go out at home on penalties in the play offs.


End of 2008 was similar! Hammered at Millwall in the second last game when a win would’ve seen us almost up, then lose at home to Leeds in the last minute of the Play-Off game...


We got 1 win and 3 draws in the last 8 matches - then the drab 4 took over and we have been on the way down ever since
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13 May 2019 00:43 #29 by munchymagic
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Urban Designer wrote:

CCU wrote:

munchymagic wrote: Come on, imagine if we flogged automatic promotion on the last day and then go out at home on penalties in the play offs.


End of 2008 was similar! Hammered at Millwall in the second last game when a win would’ve seen us almost up, then lose at home to Leeds in the last minute of the Play-Off game...


We got 1 win and 3 draws in the last 8 matches - then the drab 4 took over and we have been on the way down ever since


Bit of a difference in importance as well I guess as we were trying to get into The Championship.

Never seen anything as harsh as when I believe it was Brentford got a penalty against Doncaster in the last league game in a winner takes all League One game and a last gasp penalty for Brentford was either saved or smashed against the bar and Doncaster nashed upfield and scored securing promotion.

(it was something like that)

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13 May 2019 09:27 #30 by wetheriggscufc
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Yep, I watched (suffered) it. Sky were doing the old 'best 0-0 we've seen all season', but in reality it was absolutely dreadful. Not a good advert for L2 at all.

Mansfield fans calling on Flitcroft as a bottler, and the majority basically just wanting more money thrown at them. Newport third worst budget in the league, but shrewd signings and a young, hungry manager has done it for them. Our result there was telling for how our seasons would go.

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13 May 2019 13:36 #31 by franksidebottom
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Mike Flynn’s done a great job at Newport on very limited resources. He took over 2 years ago when they were about 12 points adrift with 2 months of the season left. Somehow kept them up that season, mid-table last season and now play-off finalists this season.

They reached the fourth round of the FA Cup both seasons aswell, taking Spurs to a replay last season and beating Leicester this season.

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13 May 2019 20:40 #32 by CCU
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Forest Green 1 Tranmere 1 at HT, Tranmere lead 2-1 on Agg...

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13 May 2019 21:33 - 13 May 2019 21:34 #33 by nobbyblue
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Bumper crowd at Forest Green Rovers.

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ATTENDANCE | Tonight's crowd at The New Lawn is a superb 4,492, with 1,188 making the trip from Tranmere
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14 May 2019 15:58 #34 by Wukkie
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FGR done nowt in two legs and right team went through. Quite a few teams get right through to L1 after being promoted from the Conference. Momentum.

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25 May 2019 13:19 #35 by CCU
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Reckon today’s crowd will be around the 25k mark judging from the two Clubs on their Twitter accounts...

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25 May 2019 13:26 #36 by 182blue
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Thought Tranmere would have a good following.
It doesn't have the same appeal as it used to, Wembley, though maybe that is just because I'm old.
There something a bit sterile about it, the tedious trudge to queue up r trains , the rip off prices etc, but still , if you win a good day, no doubt.
Hoping Newport do it so we don't have to play them next season.

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25 May 2019 13:54 #37 by CCU
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Looked to be roughly 13k from Tranmere and 11k from Newport last I saw...

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25 May 2019 15:26 #38 by munchymagic
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Before anyone says it I am not claiming that we should sign him but Mark Ellis got a fair bit of criticism on here yet if Tranmere go up today it will be the third successful promotion campaign that I am aware about that he has been a part of, which is hardly shabby to say the least.
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25 May 2019 16:41 #39 by CCU
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25 May 2019 17:35 #40 by CCU
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Late winner in Extra Time for Tranmere...


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25 May 2019 17:44 #41 by crunchblue
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Remember when us and Tranmere got relegated from League 1 together?

They were in an even worse state than us. They went down again the following season, we survived by the skin of our teeth.

Yet somehow despite all that, here we are, 4 years down the line, and even they’ve managed to bypass us to get back to that level, leaving us to continue plodding away with no hope of a return.

It’s just another thing that highlights what a shower of shite our owners are and what a cancer they are to our club. 11 solid years of nothing but failure, disappointment, cuts and a big downward slide on and off the pitch.
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25 May 2019 17:55 #42 by 182blue
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Tranmere's average support surprised me a but as I see them as a well supported club.
They have done well to bounce back but I am not particularly surprised , I expect Orient and Salford will be up there next year.
As for Ellis, he seems to have made some particularly shrewd moves and no doubt he'll be on the move again in the summer. He is one of those players that seems equally capable if looking terrible one day and commanding the next. You've just got to keep moving before your stock falls too much. I didn't mind him but thought he was a very average player.

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25 May 2019 17:56 #43 by Wukkie
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......and yet people cannot wait to renew their season tickets to save a few quid.

Poor game and a poor attendance. Glad Tranmere won, decent sized club and it's not as if we'll ever cross paths with them again.

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25 May 2019 18:05 #44 by aberdeenblue28
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Regan Slater was in the Tranmere end today.

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25 May 2019 18:38 #45 by HuntingHorn
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Gutted we didn’t get rid of those plastic leek munchers and that horrible cow field.... :-(

Tranmere at least were closer for away travel too.... swings and roundabouts though I guess, we lose Yeovil only to have that replaced by Plymouth!

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25 May 2019 19:23 #46 by munchymagic
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Well done Mark Ellis, another promotion.

Weird that out of the three times he has achieved this one of them was whilst he was still a Carlisle United player yet we unfortunately didn't go up....
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26 May 2019 08:27 #47 by Mush
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From the highlights I watched it looked like Newport were the better team and should of had two penalties in normal time. Sending off done them, first yellow was really harsh.

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