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Everything posted by Rocky

  1. With the late finish to the season and the early start to the new one they probably feel fitness levels won't be dropping to a level they need a lot of friendlies for.
  2. Agree. The Telford rumour is a great example of this. Unfortunately there's a minority of fans (I'm talking more on the FB group) that read a rumour and in their head they're already a Port Vale player and when they don't sign and go somewhere else they get frustrated with the club, when the reality is they probably weren't even in comms with the player. How quickly football fans go from acting like a beaten dog, that don't deserve anything, to expecting signings when they say they want them. And I'm talking generally here, not just our club. I love the buzz of a rumour but some fans need to manage their expectations better when it comes to them. I said this last week when Telford had gone to Crawley and some fans were frustrated - if the recruitment team, DoF, management haven't earned your trust after the season we have just had then you're supporting the wrong club. EDIT: Typo
  3. Sorry for taking the thread off subject slightly but all this talk of whether x,y or z can do a job in League 1, I thought I'd link a pretty informative article on the different playing styles you can expect in each football league in comparison to each other. How Does the Style of Football Change as You Journey Down the English Football League? | The Analyst THEANALYST.COM
  4. Looks like he played pretty much every game for Wigan since January to the end of the season when he went there on loan so be used to the quality of the league. Flitcroft hinting towards him being an acquisition to allow a different formation/strategy. Doesn't score many goals but he did score this against Walsall so he's instantly a club legend
  5. A few factors will make it impossible to compare to what happened last summer. Clarke knew who he was going to let go weeks before the season finished last year and he knew he was preparing for League 2. This year our season ended a lot later than normal and as much as you can have two plans, one for League 2 and another for League 1, making moves, and actually negotiating with agents takes time. I have full faith that we will be in a strong place come the start of the season. I’m not sure how far off we are from a signing though as I thought if we were close they would have announced one to soften the blow of Gibbo leaving to soothe the panickers. Regardless, it will come and when it does we will judge them 😂
  6. I know I shouldn’t and that everyone is entitled to an opinion but this sort of post/view really frustrates and annoys me. It’s the problem with the social media age, getting carried away with rumours. He was a Port Vale player already in some peoples eyes and then questioning where we stand financially against other clubs. It’s no secret that we don’t have thousands of pounds to pay every week to a player. What we have is organisation and a roadmap. The roadmap doesn’t include taking huge risks on a player that has had one good season. I’m actually thankful we haven’t signed Telford, it screamed single digit return. If you’re going to drop in that you’re regretting buying your season ticket then I’ll mention that if that’s how little you think of the club then it wouldn’t bother me if you didn’t buy the season ticket. We’ve just got promoted out of a dog 💩 league after the first try with a big squad rebuild. If the owners, DoF and management haven’t earnt your trust after the season we’ve just had then go and support Man City or Crawley because we don’t need you.
  7. I’m speculating as we all are but going to Rovers suggests he wasn’t flooded with offers to pay him a lot more than we were. If you’re from the north, Bristol is a pain to get to and from to see family etc.
  8. Has the last 12 months not taught you anything? Some of the comments in here are so ridiculous. Gibbo would have gone in January if not for the injury. If he has gone we would have got a fee, but he stayed and he was vital in the last two games of the play offs and yes I’m speculating but if he hadn’t played in that back 3 against Swindon at home I think we would still be in League 2 so just for that alone I will always be grateful. I cannot believe that the club are being questioned over their wage structure. We are not a club that players come to for a big pay day. I doubt we ever will be. It’s clear that what we lack in money we make up for in development and success. Players come and go, but some “fans” need to open a window or go for a walk after the season we’ve had and are questioning what the club is doing.
  9. I imagine he played for Barton at Fleetwood. I feel like Telford is becoming someone fans want just to say it's their club he signed for. If he signs, it's a great addition but if he doesn't it isn't the end of the world.
  10. Gibbo is a great example of why you shouldn't get too attached to players. If he leaves I would be more gutted than I have been for a long time that a player has moved on. I'll never forget his return to the side and the impact his energy had on the team down the left. One of his first touches (I think it was Colchester at home, just before he scored), he knocked the ball around their right back and sprinted past him like he wasn't there. I'll also miss his ability to cover multiple positions. Dropping Martin after the 1st leg against Swindon and putting Gibbo in the back 3 was a huge factor why we didn't concede in the 2nd leg at home and in the final (with a couple of bits of luck) I won't be angry if he leaves but I would be disappointed if we don't get anything for him. Under previous owners it wouldn't surprise me if an oversight caused one of our best players to leave on a free but we have a shrewd and economically efficient business person at the helm and a DoF that is well-equipped at getting the best out of what we have. Could be worse though, I hear Swindon Town are going to announce Scott Lindsey as their new...new manager today. He was their assistant manager last season. I don't share the obsession that some fans do knocking that club, but wow, that is some statement. Aimed for the stars, ended up in a ditch in the A3102. EDIT: Spelling.
  11. The user experience on their website is dreadful, loads in, and then as you're scrolling just crashes. It was easier to navigate through websites 20 years ago. A real shame what has happened to The Sentinel, it used to stand for so much and now it's clickbait after clickbait. Agree with you on Baggers, when he's on RS he always comes across well.
  12. It isn't that big of a deal, the fixtures are not released until later in the week so technically we are in the strange space between League 2 and League 1. It will be updated before the new season starts, it isn't even July yet.
  13. The tease looks like Elliot List from Stevenage. EDIT: It's Max Melbourne.
  14. Forest Green have got a signing to announce today. Isn't them, they've announced three today, David Davis, Alfie Burnett and Kyle McAllister.
  15. It's nowhere near water-tight but yeah as Olly said, it's on Twitter but every club in League 2 and half in League 1 are linked to him at the moment. I'm doubtful he is coming to Burslem. I know there are other factors involved other than money. Location, coaching setup etc, but if you've just had the season of your life, at a club that took a punt on you I think there's a good chance he'll be leaving for a League 1 club.
  16. Telford looks like he could be Morecambe-bound.
  17. He isn't afraid to get into the six yard box when the ball is knocked across the face of goal which is great to see, has a natural instinct for where the ball will land. He isn't afraid to take on a man or two either. Different positions but there is something of the Politic about him, it's a very loose comparison but it is there for sure.
  18. We've both got a minority of fans with little between the ears. More Port Vale fans should recognise this and so should Swindon. The team that lost on that night were always going to be the ones that moaned the loudest about what happened. I'm tired of seeing both sets of fans pointing fingers with "yeah but..." like their own fellow supporters haven't a history of fighting and throwing objects. Let the authorities deal with it with the appropriate actions and I'd love to see less of the "whataboutisms" from both supporters and just concentrate on the season ahead.
  19. I don’t know Paddy personally but there are a couple of things I’ve seen that I like about the guy. There’s a video on YouTube of a guy who filmed cycling around the Brit stadium and then rides to Vale Park and Paddy is there and let’s him into the ground and walk the tunnel. And against Rovers at home a few months back, instead of sitting in the executive seats, he was in the Paddock with his mates, seems like a level-headed guy.
  20. You're seriously blaming Cov for our ballsing up being 5 points clear with about 4 games to go when he hadn't played since Swindon at home? On that basis, let's blame Wilson and Proctor for being out injured for 2 months, Conlon for half the season, and DC for not being here until the last league game. Get a grip man Calm down Phil. There’s a way to object to someone’s view without the condescending tone. There’s plenty of your posts I disagree with but I don’t feel the need to respond in such a childish manner. You can’t compare Clarke’s absence or any injuries to the team as they were unavoidable. Kung fu kicking a player in the chest and getting sent off for the second time in a season when you’re a goalkeeper is avoidable, the second red card especially. I wasn’t saying he single handedly derailed our chances of automatic promotion but in comparison to Holy, Cov’s actions contributed more to it than Holy did.
  21. I know you're only (half) joking but Covolan is the reason our auto ambitions were derailed. Holy came in when the spotlight was on that position and there was an over-reaction imo to him between the sticks. It's all fine margins, Stone was fortunate in the final, his mix-up went straight at him and he had one cleared off the line. No light is shone on it because we won. Holy will be solid for his new club, his stats are as good as the two keepers we have.
  22. I agree to certain extent but I also think it depends on the kind of people. A problem with Burslem for a number of years is that it is populated by people that are addicts. Burslem has flats designated to people out of work and trying to wean themselves off their addictions and they are in the town centre throughout the day which over the years has put off people visiting and walking into town. I do want to follow that up with saying that Burslem is also populated by people that care about their town but feel powerless in how to make it better and solve the problems that it is dealing with. If you're a business and you look at the town now, there is nothing there but takeaways and pubs mostly, if you have a small business that falls outside of those industries you will avoid Burslem, it will take a monumental shift to get it out of the hole it is in now. Tunstall is in a similar state unfortunately.
  23. The problem is, we thought that when Sadlers Park was developed. New houses went up, Burslem became a great night out around 2008-2012 and then it dived. I lived on there from 2008 to 2019, and I witnessed the decline. It would have declined faster if it wasn't for the housing crash in 2008. The good folk that bought on there from the beginning couldn't sell up so were trapped there for a lot longer than they wanted to.
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