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11 Jun 2019 13:26 - 11 Jun 2019 13:29 #1 by CCU
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Released by Aston Villa, was on Loan at Newport this Season just finished:


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11 Jun 2019 13:49 #2 by kickergold
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It happened. We got a striker who's actually scored goals at this level. More like this, young, hungry players and maybe we'll have a good season. Hope this is the first of many more signings coming up.

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11 Jun 2019 13:55 - 11 Jun 2019 13:55 #3 by CCU
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5 League Goals in 39 appearances, although 26 of those were from the bench, for Stevenage, Crewe and Newport in Loan Spells...

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11 Jun 2019 13:56 #4 by oscarsnowball99
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Don’t like the way he wears his shorts, but nice to see a striker signing!


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11 Jun 2019 13:56 #5 by Waltero
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Newport played 12 goals - 1

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11 Jun 2019 13:58 #6 by nobbyblue
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kickergold wrote: It happened. We got a striker who's actually scored goals at this level. More like this, young, hungry players and maybe we'll have a good season. Hope this is the first of many more signings coming up.

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He's not a striker.

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11 Jun 2019 13:59 #7 by kickergold
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You're never going to get the finished article, if he was incredibly prolific we'd never have got him in the first place on a free would we? But I always think back to Yates, his numbers looked shit up until right at the end of his loan, if he'd left a month earlier we'd never have thought of him again probably. Put some faith in him to succeed and get behind him.

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11 Jun 2019 14:00 #8 by kickergold
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Transfermarkt has him as a 2nd striker, sofifa has him as a striker, what do you know him as?

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11 Jun 2019 14:01 #9 by nobbyblue
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Attacking midfielder/winger.

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11 Jun 2019 14:02 #10 by kickergold
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Fair enough, maybe I got excited preemptively

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11 Jun 2019 14:03 - 11 Jun 2019 14:06 #11 by nobbyblue
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I've no idea what he is but it's a good Scottish name and that'll do for me.

I think maybe he's a bit like a Peter Beardsley type player according to Villa website.
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11 Jun 2019 14:07 #12 by Southernblue
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Says on the article

Former-Villa striker joins United

So guess he's been signed to play as a striker

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11 Jun 2019 14:07 #13 by ParcelPete
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nobbyblue wrote: I've no idea what he is but it's a good Scottish name and that'll do for me.

I think maybe he's a bit like a Peter Beardsley type player according to Villa website.


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11 Jun 2019 14:16 #14 by Wukkie
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Another Smurf at 5'7" to be left all alone upfront to outmuscle 6'3 or 6'4 centre-backs. Sounds like a good plan. 5 in 40 at L2 level will get your team relegated.

Hoping there's better to come.
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11 Jun 2019 14:19 - 11 Jun 2019 14:24 #15 by pacirv
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Was out for 12 weeks with hamstring injury late last year hope he’s fully recovered. Wukkie he’s 5’ 9”. Same height roughly that Hughie Mac was when he played for us. At 22 he’s more about potential.
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11 Jun 2019 14:20 #16 by Mullen103
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It's getting to the point if we signed Stevie Wonder as a striker supporters would be pleased.

Another unproven player, albeit with a little tinpot 2 experience. We will need some quality loan players in if there is to be a hint of any success.

With all these cheapo players at least the matchday experience should be good, clean seats, soft toilet tissue :) mmmmm

At least we’re not Stockport
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11 Jun 2019 14:29 #17 by Zebby
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How proven was Yates,Nadesan and the lad from Villa .
Only get better by playing every week and being part of the team which he will get here

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11 Jun 2019 14:49 #18 by Mush
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oscarsnowball99 wrote: Don’t like the way he wears his shorts, but nice to see a striker signing!


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How does he wear his shorts like?

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11 Jun 2019 14:52 #19 by Mush
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Mullen103 wrote: It's getting to the point if we signed Stevie Wonder as a striker supporters would be pleased.

Another unproven player, albeit with a little tinpot 2 experience. We will need some quality loan players in if there is to be a hint of any success.

With all these cheapo players at least the matchday experience should be good, clean seats, soft toilet tissue :) mmmmm


We aren't going to get proven players with what we are offering though. This is what it will be like next season, young inexperienced lads.
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11 Jun 2019 15:00 #20 by Mullen103
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Mush wrote:

Mullen103 wrote: It's getting to the point if we signed Stevie Wonder as a striker supporters would be pleased.

Another unproven player, albeit with a little tinpot 2 experience. We will need some quality loan players in if there is to be a hint of any success.

With all these cheapo players at least the matchday experience should be good, clean seats, soft toilet tissue :) mmmmm


We aren't going to get proven players with what we are offering though. This is what it will be like next season, young inexperienced lads.


Yep - What a sad state of affairs we can no longer get proven tier 4 players.

It's going to be an interesting season one way or another.

At least we’re not Stockport

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11 Jun 2019 15:00 #21 by pedals
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Charlie Wyke scored 10 in 57 league starts prior to joining us at the same age, so 5 in 13 starts for McKirdy is hardly a really bad record comparatively. We'd be looking at a near 20 goal striker if he started every league game and continued that record. It might not go that way, of course, but I'm content with this.
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11 Jun 2019 15:04 - 11 Jun 2019 15:05 #22 by nobbyblue
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Nowt wrong with signing a load of young lads, there's plenty out there.

It's finding the right ones that's the hard part. Somebody like Coleman at Accrington is expert at it.

Being able to spot a player that can step up and do a job at this level is not easy. Simmo did it with the likes of Simon Hackney, Danny Livesey and Westwood.

I hope it's Pressley picking the players and not Holdsworth. -:D
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11 Jun 2019 15:41 #23 by CCU
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11 Jun 2019 16:05 #24 by Zebby
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nobbyblue wrote: Nowt wrong with signing a load of young lads, there's plenty out there.

It's finding the right ones that's the hard part. Somebody like Coleman at Accrington is expert at it.

Being able to spot a player that can step up and do a job at this level is not easy. Simmo did it with the likes of Simon Hackney, Danny Livesey and Westwood.

I hope it's Pressley picking the players and not Holdsworth. -:D


To be fair Abbott signed the likes of Madden and Wells who turned out to be very good players he just didn't have the balls to play them he also signed Loy who I thought was very promising before injuries

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11 Jun 2019 16:09 #25 by nobbyblue
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Zebby wrote:

nobbyblue wrote: Nowt wrong with signing a load of young lads, there's plenty out there.

It's finding the right ones that's the hard part. Somebody like Coleman at Accrington is expert at it.

Being able to spot a player that can step up and do a job at this level is not easy. Simmo did it with the likes of Simon Hackney, Danny Livesey and Westwood.

I hope it's Pressley picking the players and not Holdsworth. -:D


To be fair Abbott signed the likes of Madden and Wells who turned out to be very good players he just didn't have the balls to play them he also signed Loy who I thought was very promising before injuries


Richard Offiong was another of his signings. :-D
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11 Jun 2019 16:11 #26 by Zebby
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nobbyblue wrote:

Zebby wrote:

nobbyblue wrote: Nowt wrong with signing a load of young lads, there's plenty out there.

It's finding the right ones that's the hard part. Somebody like Coleman at Accrington is expert at it.

Being able to spot a player that can step up and do a job at this level is not easy. Simmo did it with the likes of Simon Hackney, Danny Livesey and Westwood.

I hope it's Pressley picking the players and not Holdsworth. -:D


To be fair Abbott signed the likes of Madden and Wells who turned out to be very good players he just didn't have the balls to play them he also signed Loy who I thought was very promising before injuries


Richard Offiong was another of his signings. :-D


Yea and he had scored goals previous :)

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11 Jun 2019 16:25 #27 by Taffy-P
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Good signing All the negative comments are very boring as everyone we sign is useless
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11 Jun 2019 16:32 #28 by munchymagic
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Taffy-P wrote: Good signing All the negative comments are very boring as everyone we sign is useless


Come on Taffy, it is a forum - all opinions welcome.

As always though only time will tell whether he is a Waring or a Cosgrove, or even a crock like Cullen.

If the lad scores loads of goals he will be well liked, if not then he is a donkey.

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11 Jun 2019 16:33 #29 by Zebby
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When was the last time CUFC bought or signed a so called proven striker ?

I keep seeing posts here and FB talking about previous scoring records but who have we signed in past with a good scoring record who also scored for us?

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11 Jun 2019 16:39 #30 by Jumpforfun
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Jabo Ibehre? Hardly prolific but a well respected, experienced striker.
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11 Jun 2019 16:58 #31 by wetheriggscufc
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The negativity of our fan base towards signings is becoming less of a joke and more irritating every year. 22 year old lad, if he works hard against some of the dross at this level he'll get goals from defensive errors alone.

Good luck to him, I'll certainly back anyone who runs their arse off for 90 mins in the first instance, and after that who knows the player he might turn out to be.
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11 Jun 2019 17:00 #32 by Taffy-P
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munchymagic wrote:

Taffy-P wrote: Good signing All the negative comments are very boring as everyone we sign is useless


Come on Taffy, it is a forum - all opinions welcome.

As always though only time will tell whether he is a Waring or a Cosgrove, or even a crock like Cullen.

If the lad scores loads of goals he will be well liked, if not then he is a donkey.

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go back in history and show me a player we have signed that hasn’t had some sort of criticism
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11 Jun 2019 17:04 #33 by Wukkie
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pacirv wrote: Was out for 12 weeks with hamstring injury late last year hope he’s fully recovered. Wukkie he’s 5’ 9”. Same height roughly that Hughie Mac was when he played for us. At 22 he’s more about potential.


I took his height from Transfermarkt as 1.75m so that's coverted into 5'7" in English. They might have it wrong.

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11 Jun 2019 17:07 #34 by Mullen103
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I think supporters have every right to exercise their displeasure at the calibre of players coming in.

It's no disrespect to the player/signings but we are now to embark on our 6th season in tier 4. We are now feeding on scraps and becoming a development team, its a joke.

We will get half-season loan deals in and if we are doing well in January they won't come back and we will save a bit of money. Any threat of relegation and they will spend to make sure it doesn't happen.

At least we’re not Stockport

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11 Jun 2019 17:08 - 11 Jun 2019 17:09 #35 by CCU
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Wukkie wrote:

pacirv wrote: Was out for 12 weeks with hamstring injury late last year hope he’s fully recovered. Wukkie he’s 5’ 9”. Same height roughly that Hughie Mac was when he played for us. At 22 he’s more about potential.


I took his height from Transfermarkt as 1.75m so that's coverted into 5'7" in English. They might have it wrong.


1.75m is 5ft9in

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11 Jun 2019 17:19 - 11 Jun 2019 21:00 #36 by Wukkie
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So much for Google converter then. :-)

If he bangs in 20 goals I don't care what his height is but let's face it even if he gets near ten by January he'll be away for 85K before deadline day.
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11 Jun 2019 17:22 #37 by CCU
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Google converter gives you 0.75 of a foot, which is 9 inches... ;)

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11 Jun 2019 17:29 #38 by Exiledbelfastblue
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This will be a SP signing from his Villa connection, I don't think the negative vibes are down to the lads signed but more a worry that they will not be complemented with some experience around them. If we go with 15 or 16 of these type of players I fear a return of the Roddy team.

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11 Jun 2019 17:46 #39 by crunchblue
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I like the idea of signing young players from bigger clubs who are hungry to kickstart their careers. If they are shite we can bin them off pretty quickly and if they are good we get money for them when they leave regardless of whether they are under contract or not.

But we really need to balance that with more seasoned players who’ve proven themselves a bit at this or league 1 level, and this is where we’ll need to be a bit more flexible with the lengths of our contracts.
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11 Jun 2019 18:57 #40 by Dancingbear
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Zebby wrote: When was the last time CUFC bought or signed a so called proven striker ?

I keep seeing posts here and FB talking about previous scoring records but who have we signed in past with a good scoring record who also scored for us?


Ian Stevens?

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11 Jun 2019 19:25 #41 by Zebby
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Dancingbear wrote:

Zebby wrote: When was the last time CUFC bought or signed a so called proven striker ?

I keep seeing posts here and FB talking about previous scoring records but who have we signed in past with a good scoring record who also scored for us?


Ian Stevens?


Aye probably and that's over 20 years ago even David Reeves my favourite blues striker wasn't a great record before us

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11 Jun 2019 19:56 #42 by crunchblue
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Zebby wrote: When was the last time CUFC bought or signed a so called proven striker ?


Billy Paynter.

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11 Jun 2019 21:58 #43 by pigeonpete
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That`s killed the thread
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11 Jun 2019 22:05 #44 by bluebry
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Painted right over it didn't it?

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11 Jun 2019 22:08 - 12 Jun 2019 01:03 #45 by PaddockRanger
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crunchblue wrote:

Zebby wrote: When was the last time CUFC bought or signed a so called proven striker ?




Billy Paynter.




2006 - Micheal Bridges
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11 Jun 2019 22:15 #46 by orfc
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Does Richie Bennett count (16 goals in his season at Barrow) or does it have to be proper league?

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11 Jun 2019 22:23 #47 by Zebby
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Tbh I wouldn't call either Paynter or Bridges prolific however both came with a bit of expectation

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11 Jun 2019 22:29 #48 by crunchblue
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You said proven. I’d say Paynter had proved himself at league 1 level before we signed him.

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11 Jun 2019 23:00 #49 by nobbyblue
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Paynter was a pretty mediocre striker apart from scoring 29 for Swindon one season. On the back of that he went to Leeds were he couldn't hit a cows arse with a banjo. Two in two year! :-D
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11 Jun 2019 23:07 #50 by crunchblue
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So yeah, proven, glad you agree nobby. And don’t forget He played up front in Doncaster’s promotion winning team. Proven at league one level. He was absolutely shite for us but we’re talking about when a player signs for us.

I’d put Lee Miller in the proven category as well come to think of it.

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