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19 Jun 2019 15:47 #301 by Markovitch
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Anyone old enough to remember the original football manager that came out in about 82? The players were the England squad at the time and there was just the Premier (1st). No tactics, no transfers. It just used to show the goals

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19 Jun 2019 16:01 #302 by triskelionblue
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I think Forest Green signed 2 players today on 2 year deals one ex Morecambe... so a field somewhere near Cheltenham can afford more than a City the size of Carlisle... how low have we sunk under this shambles?

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19 Jun 2019 17:38 - 19 Jun 2019 17:50 #303 by Wukkie
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Markovitch wrote: Anyone old enough to remember the original football manager that came out in about 82? The players were the England squad at the time and there was just the Premier (1st). No tactics, no transfers. It just used to show the goals


The first one I remember was Football Manager on the Spectrum ZX81-128Kbut there was Four Divisions with around 20 in. All the early games seemd not to include Carlisle for some reason. Perhaps they had an NDA out or summat. :-)

I was hooked on The Double in the late 80's and usually play CM 03-04 now and again where I've taken Northwich Victoria from the bottom of the Conference to winning the Champions League five years running without spending a penny.

As for Holdwsworth, I see him as the new Abbott-type spouting his bullshit only from a senior management position rather than the touchline.
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19 Jun 2019 17:42 #304 by munchymagic
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Wukkie wrote:

Markovitch wrote: Anyone old enough to remember the original football manager that came out in about 82? The players were the England squad at the time and there was just the Premier (1st). No tactics, no transfers. It just used to show the goals


The first one I remember was Football Manager on the Spectrum ZX81-128Kbut there was Four Divisions with around 20 in. All the early games seemd not to include Carlisle for some reason. Perhaps they had an NDA out or summat. :-)

I was hooked on The Double in the late 80's.


Yeah I had that one as well, green cover, think it only cost two or three quid - a bargain.

The best 8bit management game in my opinion is Tracksuit Manager - won The World Cup/European Cup with England on that one loads of times.

Wasn't hard with the squad you had on offer at the time.
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19 Jun 2019 17:46 #305 by Dancingbear
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Used to love the double as a kid. Luckily we were in division 3 so you could get us. Seem to remember Sunderland we’re also in div 3 and had the best team by far.

There's only one way of life and that's your own!!!
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19 Jun 2019 17:52 #306 by Wukkie
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A lot of the players in the Fourth division were on less than £200 p.w. Maybe that's where Holdwsworth gets his figures from.

I could never seem to get past Germany on Tracksuit Manager. [censored]. :-)
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19 Jun 2019 17:54 #307 by munchymagic
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Wukkie wrote:

Markovitch wrote: Anyone old enough to remember the original football manager that came out in about 82? The players were the England squad at the time and there was just the Premier (1st). No tactics, no transfers. It just used to show the goals


The first one I remember was Football Manager on the Spectrum ZX81-128Kbut there was Four Divisions with around 20 in. All the early games seemd not to include Carlisle for some reason. Perhaps they had an NDA out or summat. :-)

I was hooked on The Double in the late 80's.


Strangely enough a pal of mine knows Kevin Toms, the creator of the original Football Manager and recently went out for a beer with him and I believe he asked him that question so I might be able to get an answer on that one.

Think he said he was a Torquay fan and he has just re-vamped Football Manager for portables and the likes.

My phone is an old thing, I insist on this as they are a hell of a lot smaller than those small monitors that people call phones these days so I unfortunately cannot currently play it.

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19 Jun 2019 18:03 #308 by Urban Designer
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There were only 20 teams in each league so they had to leave 4 teams out of Division 3 & 4.

Carlisle was one of them

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19 Jun 2019 18:05 - 19 Jun 2019 18:06 #309 by munchymagic
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Urban Designer wrote: There were only 20 teams in each league so they had to leave 4 teams out of Division 3 & 4.

Carlisle was one of them


I noticed that, I just wondered if there was a grudge or anything on his behalf.

As in I know who I would leave out if it was my game, Stevenage would be one.
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20 Jun 2019 07:14 #310 by CCU
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Part 3/6:


Win or Lose, Up The Blues!

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21 Jun 2019 08:09 #311 by CCU
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Part 4/6:


Win or Lose, Up The Blues!

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21 Jun 2019 08:11 #312 by nobbyblue
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What valuation do yoi think he's put on Hope. £100k would be my guess. :-D

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21 Jun 2019 13:11 #313 by HuntingHorn
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Read this latest outburst of drivel on Facebook.

He must realise he's going to eat those words the second someone offers £50 and a chocolate eclair for one of our team?

He's talking like we're Man City when the reality is we broke even with the same level of debt as last year....
Is he really so stupid to actually believe what he's coming out with...the second we need £50,000 to stop a leak in the main stand or resurface a car park what do you think they'll do?
What have they always done?

Someone stuff a sock in his gob and gaffer tape it in before he really gets going.

It's better to be silent and assumed a fool than to speak and remove all doubt
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27 Jun 2019 11:00 #314 by HuntingHorn
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It took a week......

What price the deal is signed off as an "Undisclosed Fee"
That's a contracted player being punted on a week after saying none of our squad need to be sold and certainly not sold cheaply.

It's better to be silent and assumed a fool than to speak and remove all doubt
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27 Jun 2019 14:14 #315 by munchymagic
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Holdsworth reminds me a bit of the club owner from that old comic strip 'Striker' in The Sun where Striker was made to sell his best players as the owner said there was loads of talent up and down the country playing on Muddy pitches on a Sunday to replace them with.
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27 Jun 2019 18:34 #316 by Croydonblue
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Even those Sunday League players would probably be better off keeping their jobs than accepting thar [censored] one year contract.
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27 Jun 2019 20:10 #317 by Urban Designer
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The Scottish blood out of 'Sunderland till I die' comes to mind!

Ended up getting no-one

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23 Jul 2019 11:14 - 23 Jul 2019 11:14 #318 by CCU
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The full interview deserves it place in this Thread:


Win or Lose, Up The Blues!
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23 Jul 2019 11:37 #319 by crunchblue
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His actions and words are that of a man not telling the truth.
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23 Jul 2019 12:13 #320 by lummy8
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Its a tough read, basically the old board have ran out of money or stopped putting money in, EWM simply want a football club in the area, I do not think now that they are bothered about how good, they just want it to have league status.

DH has been brought in to balance the football side of the books, which he is doing. I think he is running the show, as he talks about players "I like him".
To be fair to him, he says we are better off and budget is there so he has done what was asked of him, so it is over to DH and SP now to get the players, though I think he aims that more at SP.

Why is it a tough read......because never ever in 2009 did I think Carlisle would be a shadow of its former self and the plus point being quoted everywhere is "look at Bury"...brilliant.
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23 Jul 2019 14:18 #321 by MerseysideBlue
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lummy8 wrote: Its a tough read, basically the old board have ran out of money or stopped putting money in, EWM simply want a football club in the area, I do not think now that they are bothered about how good, they just want it to have league status.

DH has been brought in to balance the football side of the books, which he is doing. I think he is running the show, as he talks about players "I like him".
To be fair to him, he says we are better off and budget is there so he has done what was asked of him, so it is over to DH and SP now to get the players, though I think he aims that more at SP.

Why is it a tough read......because never ever in 2009 did I think Carlisle would be a shadow of its former self and the plus point being quoted everywhere is "look at Bury"...brilliant.


It's fine him saying there's money etc Lummy but then you ask why we couldn't offer players two-year deals if that's the case? The bit about Devitt is baffling... "He would definitely have been here for two years" - well just offer him a sodding two-year deal then!

Trying to use the likes of Stockport, Bury, etc as reason for not offering longer deals as if that is the reason they have (or are currently) going bust. Absolute nonsense.

I think the thing I find most infuriating is the idea they still try to promote that DH was brought in by the board to fill a role that was needed. They must think we are all stupid and don't know that he's basically there as a puppet to carry out EWM's wishes, and nothing else.

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23 Jul 2019 14:34 #322 by lummy8
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I thought DH has said in an interview that he was EWM's man and was there to control finances after the last couple of years of over spend?

I am just saying that DH and NC have said the budget is good this year, so I expect some signings, decent ones at that, DH seems to say in the interview that it is SP choice to rely on loans.

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23 Jul 2019 14:46 #323 by Arragorn
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So SP has been thrown under the bus before the season has even started. What a self opinionated gobshite Holdsworth is.
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23 Jul 2019 14:56 #324 by Mush
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Looks like If we finish third bottom EWM will be happy.
Enjoy the season all!
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23 Jul 2019 15:19 #325 by Sammy Taylor
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DH seems to be distancing himself from SPs policy of waiting to the last minute for better quality loans. If it works great if not we could be in shit street.
But where Holdsworth is totally wrong is as DOF he should be seen to back the Manager no matterwhat........Pressley must be so pissed off with statements like this.

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23 Jul 2019 15:27 #326 by Markovitch
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Maybe Holdsworth is as pissed off as we are. The only difference between this year and last year is Pressley

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23 Jul 2019 16:05 #327 by Arragorn
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Holdsworth is stealing a living from CUFC......or should that be EWM?
Surely as I have said before if we needed a DoF why not get someone who has done the job before.

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23 Jul 2019 16:36 #328 by Lakelandterrier
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Markovitch wrote: Maybe Holdsworth is as pissed off as we are. The only difference between this year and last year is Pressley


Ask your mate Jenkins. He has sold the Club's soul to EWM.

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23 Jul 2019 17:40 #329 by Croydonblue
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yeah and what a great difference. I would have Sheridan back today but I think he would have to get rid of DH Gobshit.

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23 Jul 2019 17:50 #330 by Piglet_Phoenix
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Stop talking garbage, Panface.

Greg Abbott compared us to a "Rochdale or a Bury" when you were still playing. Short memory.

I'd like to see a few objective posts from you for a change instead of your constant stream of negativity.

The media can help put bums on seats, you seem to have made it your mission to do the opposite.

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23 Jul 2019 18:05 #331 by CCU
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Arragorn wrote: Holdsworth is stealing a living from CUFC......or should that be EWM?
Surely as I have said before if we needed a DoF why not get someone who has done the job before.


As I keep saying, football is moving towards the Director of Football (Contracts etc) and Head Coach (Runs the team) set-up...

Win or Lose, Up The Blues!

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23 Jul 2019 18:16 #332 by franksidebottom
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Fair enough having a policy of offering only one year contracts as it’s a gamble offering anything longer as you may have to pay up deals if things don’t work out, but we know Devitt, we know what he can do and our manager wanted to build the team around him. Surely we can deviate from policy once in a while if the opportunity suits the club.

Also I don’t understand why we weren’t in a financial position to offer two years but only one. Surely the second year is out of next year’s budget and wouldn’t affect this years?

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23 Jul 2019 21:32 #333 by carwash
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Frank a 2 year contract creates a 2 year liability for the club. Ironically if the Club pays a transfer fee then the player registration can become an asset. The length of contract for our players is all about managing risk as Holdsworth explained in his interview. His worst nightmare is paying wages in a new season for injured or out of form players.

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23 Jul 2019 22:13 #334 by lummy8
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Piglet_Phoenix wrote: Stop talking garbage, Panface.

Greg Abbott compared us to a "Rochdale or a Bury" when you were still playing. Short memory.

I'd like to see a few objective posts from you for a change instead of your constant stream of negativity.

The media can help put bums on seats, you seem to have made it your mission to do the opposite.


Wrong again.

Was I still playing.....think you better check.

Did DH not mention Bolton or Bury?

Anyway, you hide behind that keyboard getting your facts wrong again and I’ll say what I want media wise, you don’t have to listen.

You keep to your player ratings when not even at the game.

Remember, I have seen you in the flesh.....I’m sorry it’s not gone your way ;)
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23 Jul 2019 22:33 #335 by Dazwacky
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Lummy please explain what he looks like! I flip between a little cutie then the other side some desperate old perverted geezer? and why he call you Panface? Iv'e stood beside you and thought Dustbin lid? but hey I'm not prejudice!

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23 Jul 2019 22:43 #336 by Piglet_Phoenix
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Panface was his nickname when played for us.

Specifically "Ginger Panface".

It's an affectionate term, I'm not sure why it upsets him so.

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23 Jul 2019 22:52 #337 by Dazwacky
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Well Lummy might be a fanface but he is a Blue and that is all that counts ;-)
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23 Jul 2019 23:02 #338 by markredfox73
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Dazwacky here you are Piglet once starred in the film Gran Torino as the priest..Hasn't changed a bit ☺

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23 Jul 2019 23:53 #339 by Kessler
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Piglet_Phoenix wrote: The media can help put bums on seats


Yes but that's something which requires the club and the media working together, something which is very difficult when the BOD seem to take any and all criticism as a personal attack, and accuse the media of "negativity" for daring to ask difficult questions. Seriously anyone who truly thinks the media is negative about the club should listen to their reactions on the commentary whenever we score a goal.
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24 Jul 2019 02:43 #340 by seesaw50
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Piglet_Phoenix wrote: Panface was his nickname when played for us.

Specifically "Ginger Panface".

It's an affectionate term, I'm not sure why it upsets him so.


Because you're not his mate and that's what his mates used to call him

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24 Jul 2019 07:09 #341 by crunchblue
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carwash wrote: Frank a 2 year contract creates a 2 year liability for the club. Ironically if the Club pays a transfer fee then the player registration can become an asset. The length of contract for our players is all about managing risk as Holdsworth explained in his interview. His worst nightmare is paying wages in a new season for injured or out of form players.


Yet they handed a 2 year contract to a player who will miss the whole season with an ACL injury.

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24 Jul 2019 07:54 #342 by kickergold
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I think that was more of a show of good faith since they're probably only paying him youth wages. They must have seen a lot in him though.

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24 Jul 2019 13:27 #343 by Flatcap
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crunchblue wrote:

carwash wrote: Frank a 2 year contract creates a 2 year liability for the club. Ironically if the Club pays a transfer fee then the player registration can become an asset. The length of contract for our players is all about managing risk as Holdsworth explained in his interview. His worst nightmare is paying wages in a new season for injured or out of form players.


Yet they handed a 2 year contract to a player who will miss the whole season with an ACL injury.


The most recent being Arthur Gnahoa who lasted 20 minutes and Mark Cullen..

We have a history of signing or getting on loan players with injuries or prone to them.

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24 Jul 2019 14:52 #344 by Kessler
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Sammy Taylor wrote: DH seems to be distancing himself from SPs policy of waiting to the last minute for better quality loans



Then people should be asking "Do you personally agree or disagree with SP's choices here?". So at a later date if he tries to wriggle out and shift the blame to Pressley, people can refer back to his earlier comments and say no, you also said you agreed with this so you are just as much to blame.

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08 Sep 2019 11:06 - 14 Oct 2019 20:03 #345 by whytakemypostcode
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Holdsworth out!

In this time of EWM austerity, how hard is for the manager to offer a potential player £600 a week or whatever, take it or leave it on a X year contract - job done! No need for Holdsworth whatsoever. With the quality of this squad, he has to take as much blame as Pressley.
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08 Sep 2019 11:35 #346 by 182blue
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No prizes for guessing who will get the blame.
Elvis will be given the mallet in a couple of months and will be heavily criticised by Holdsworth.

Unfortunately the season so far just highlights how poor some of these U/23 teams are.
Some of these lads that are on the books of a Premier League and Championship clubs, you have to ask yourself why on earth that is the case, in some instances at least.
It is crackers.
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08 Sep 2019 12:16 #347 by CarlisleWhite
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Get the sentiment 182, but I think its more the players chosen than the fact the u-23 system is shit.
Yes, some soft players in them, but lots of pearls if the right ones are picked. Holdsworth does not seem to be able to.
The shitter players we have are from lower leagues, non-league and over the border are they not?

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08 Sep 2019 12:19 #348 by CarlisleWhite
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Should also say, if the team are playing the high press fitness orientated game he says (dreams) we are, the players from u-23 teams up the leagues should be ideally suited.

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08 Sep 2019 13:17 - 08 Sep 2019 13:17 #349 by beefsister
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Waste of a wage, Billy Big Balls and a horrible [censored] as well (ask anyone who was at Gretna whilst he was there).
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08 Sep 2019 13:45 #350 by 182blue
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CarlisleWhite wrote: Get the sentiment 182, but I think its more the players chosen than the fact the u-23 system is shit.
Yes, some soft players in them, but lots of pearls if the right ones are picked. Holdsworth does not seem to be able to.
The shitter players we have are from lower leagues, non-league and over the border are they not?


Yes, fair enough
The plan was to rely very heavily on these young loanees to give us the quality needed in a more cost effective way.
Hardly fair on them, I suppose.
On a bad day at the office like yesterday, you think I would far rather watch a bunch of lower league plodders, as it was a soul destroying day.
We have had the occasional good un eg O'Hare but we do seem to have a habit of picking up the duffers , in the main.

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