SWINDON TOWN: Di Canio takes squad to 'best place in Italy'

HERE COMES THE SUN: Paolo Di Canio

HERE COMES THE SUN: Paolo Di Canio

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SWINDON Town will be going to the “best place in Italy” for their pre-season tour, according to manager Paolo Di Canio.

The Robins boss will take his squad to Lake Garda in the Veneto region of his native country for two weeks between July 1 and July 14, and he could not be happier with the venue.

The team’s hotel complex boasts two outdoor swimming pools and four football pitches and five-a-side grass pitches, as well as plenty to keep the squad entertained away from the training ground.

Town missed out on a return trip to Norcia, where they enjoyed and endured a nine-day stay last year, but Di Canio feels they have gone one better this time around.

“We are going to Lake of Garda because Norcia was too late. The people who work in the hotel were sad because they tried to contact us a few times to ask if we were available to go there but we couldn’t give an answer,” he said.

“Two hundred kids will be there in July enjoying the facilities where we were last year. But I have to be honest, where we go is the best place in Italy.

“Derby County was there when they won the Championship a few years ago, Millwall, many British clubs.

“It’s a bit hotter than Norcia, 34 or 35 degrees, but that’s not a problem. We will have three full football pitches with natural grass, one five-a-side, one eight-a-side, a little hill, a swimming pool, a gymnasium and the hotel inside the facilities.

“The players will walk down, go in the dressing room, change and train. It’s the best place to go for a pre-season. Chievo Verona used it for many years as a base so it’s amazing for the players, there is something in the hotel for them to gel together.

“It will help the players stick together, enjoy the moment and especially work, work, work, work, hard, hard and hard because this year will be harder than last year for sure.”

Swindon will play at least two friendly matches during their two-week tour, with the first set to take place on Thursday, July 5 against a collection of local Serie D players, while further fixtures have yet to be confirmed.

Di Canio is hopeful the experience will help his team blend ahead of their assault on League One next term.

He said: “Here it’s too difficult for players if they want to stay together. They come here, have lunch at the County Ground then they’re saying ‘where we going, we have one hour’s rest, we go there, we go here, I go home, you go there.’ “There they know they have rooms. In the night after dinner they have snooker and join together, speak together, understand more about each other, talk about what’s going on and suffering together.

“They will have 24-hour availability of myself, of the fitness coach, the masseur, from the physio.

“Five more days will be crucial for our work and to integrate a bit more.”

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6:35am Sat 9 Jun 12

nlorenzo says...

sounds good. Any more news on friendlies? Why not run run
Reading, we will soon be at the same level as they are (championship when they get reglegated and we get promoted). Their plastic fans always make me laugh we always easily outsing them.
sounds good. Any more news on friendlies? Why not run run Reading, we will soon be at the same level as they are (championship when they get reglegated and we get promoted). Their plastic fans always make me laugh we always easily outsing them. nlorenzo
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6:35am Sat 9 Jun 12

nlorenzo says...

sounds good. Any more news on friendlies? Why not run run
Reading, we will soon be at the same level as they are (championship when they get reglegated and we get promoted). Their plastic fans always make me laugh we always easily outsing them.
sounds good. Any more news on friendlies? Why not run run Reading, we will soon be at the same level as they are (championship when they get reglegated and we get promoted). Their plastic fans always make me laugh we always easily outsing them. nlorenzo
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6:55am Sat 9 Jun 12

castle9 says...

Yes, agree. We need some more 'higher level' friendlies in order to avoid the same slow start as we had last season.

I seem to remember this being raised as an issue by Paolo?
Yes, agree. We need some more 'higher level' friendlies in order to avoid the same slow start as we had last season. I seem to remember this being raised as an issue by Paolo? castle9
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7:00am Sat 9 Jun 12

London Red says...

Forest Green Away 24 July
Supermairne Away 30 July
Burnham Away 2 August
Salisbury Away 3 August
Palace Home 8 August
.
Personally think we need a few more games against league clubs
.
Wycombe, Exeter and Charlton would be good at gaging us at L1 level as they were all there last year
Forest Green Away 24 July Supermairne Away 30 July Burnham Away 2 August Salisbury Away 3 August Palace Home 8 August . Personally think we need a few more games against league clubs . Wycombe, Exeter and Charlton would be good at gaging us at L1 level as they were all there last year London Red
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7:04am Sat 9 Jun 12

smirg kcab says...

If paolo is to believed ?
A little hill?
Yeah right paolo,
Even I'm starting to worry now if you lie lol
Onwards and upwards
God help the new players who has never seen them train before
If paolo is to believed ? A little hill? Yeah right paolo, Even I'm starting to worry now if you lie lol Onwards and upwards God help the new players who has never seen them train before smirg kcab
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7:06am Sat 9 Jun 12

old town robin says...

Be nice if we could play someone decent on tour. One of the Milan teams or Lazio will do. Playing just locals at Narca last year didn't really provide any answers to the merit of how good or bad the new signings were going to turn out.

Apart from Reading, don't think we played anyone of a similar level. No disrespect to Ciren and Super Marine but were they testing enough for us.

On their return I know we have Palace at home on Aug 8th, which is 1 week before the season starts. Can't see us getting a Premiere team down here at short notice. So else are we going to play before then.

Be interesting to know who is going to be on that plane. When they announce the squad numbers it should be a good indicator.
Be nice if we could play someone decent on tour. One of the Milan teams or Lazio will do. Playing just locals at Narca last year didn't really provide any answers to the merit of how good or bad the new signings were going to turn out. Apart from Reading, don't think we played anyone of a similar level. No disrespect to Ciren and Super Marine but were they testing enough for us. On their return I know we have Palace at home on Aug 8th, which is 1 week before the season starts. Can't see us getting a Premiere team down here at short notice. So else are we going to play before then. Be interesting to know who is going to be on that plane. When they announce the squad numbers it should be a good indicator. old town robin
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7:10am Sat 9 Jun 12

old town robin says...

London Red wrote:
Forest Green Away 24 July
Supermairne Away 30 July
Burnham Away 2 August
Salisbury Away 3 August
Palace Home 8 August
.
Personally think we need a few more games against league clubs
.
Wycombe, Exeter and Charlton would be good at gaging us at L1 level as they were all there last year
Sorry LR, didn't see your post before posting myself, seems like we are all in agreement that the fixtures that have been set up is good for local interest, but is not going to really tell us how good the squad is.
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: Forest Green Away 24 July Supermairne Away 30 July Burnham Away 2 August Salisbury Away 3 August Palace Home 8 August . Personally think we need a few more games against league clubs . Wycombe, Exeter and Charlton would be good at gaging us at L1 level as they were all there last year[/p][/quote]Sorry LR, didn't see your post before posting myself, seems like we are all in agreement that the fixtures that have been set up is good for local interest, but is not going to really tell us how good the squad is. old town robin
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7:28am Sat 9 Jun 12

jayden says...

Happy 60 today Wiz all the best.
Happy 60 today Wiz all the best. jayden
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7:36am Sat 9 Jun 12

jayden says...

See we are allready 2 bottom of league 1 on the bbc web come on lads this is a poor start.But we are still top of league 2 LOL
See we are allready 2 bottom of league 1 on the bbc web come on lads this is a poor start.But we are still top of league 2 LOL jayden
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7:37am Sat 9 Jun 12

stfcknowitall says...

The ''small hill'' is probably a small mountain which he is going to have them running up and down every day!
The ''small hill'' is probably a small mountain which he is going to have them running up and down every day! stfcknowitall
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7:38am Sat 9 Jun 12

smirg kcab says...

Just watched paolo on the podcast, when Williams was mentioned about signing he had the biggest smile since the Bradford game.
Also if he can't get bostock in for pre season it looks a none starter (it sounded to me ).
Also jwrays interview is quality, saying we can't have upto 40 players who are great guys, but some won't be good enough for the next level.so I will trust paolo to have around 18 players who must cope in a higher league with a squad rotation.
Very exiting build up to the new season.
Keep up the ambition jwray and the rewards will follow.
Onwards and upwards
Get on eBay and get those red and white scarfs to wave.
Just watched paolo on the podcast, when Williams was mentioned about signing he had the biggest smile since the Bradford game. Also if he can't get bostock in for pre season it looks a none starter (it sounded to me ). Also jwrays interview is quality, saying we can't have upto 40 players who are great guys, but some won't be good enough for the next level.so I will trust paolo to have around 18 players who must cope in a higher league with a squad rotation. Very exiting build up to the new season. Keep up the ambition jwray and the rewards will follow. Onwards and upwards Get on eBay and get those red and white scarfs to wave. smirg kcab
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7:52am Sat 9 Jun 12

London Red says...

If Bostock is to join for the year - why would Spurs want him for pre-season?
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Surely they only want players they have not made there minds up on!
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So 5 or 6 to go and by he sounds of Wray a surprise or 2 might be in that list!
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Think we know 3 possibly 4 in Lanzano, Magera, Kerrouche and maybe Cibbochi - but who are the other 2?
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From the retained list it would to me only suggest RDV, J Smith and Connell as other possibilities
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As all others are either Key - ie Ritchie, Caddis and Co
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Or young like Bedwell, Storey and C Smith
.
Think Cox won't go as we wouldn't sign him in Jan to get shot of in July
.
Risser is too important to PdC despite fans views so think he is staying
If Bostock is to join for the year - why would Spurs want him for pre-season? . Surely they only want players they have not made there minds up on! . So 5 or 6 to go and by he sounds of Wray a surprise or 2 might be in that list! . Think we know 3 possibly 4 in Lanzano, Magera, Kerrouche and maybe Cibbochi - but who are the other 2? . From the retained list it would to me only suggest RDV, J Smith and Connell as other possibilities . As all others are either Key - ie Ritchie, Caddis and Co . Or young like Bedwell, Storey and C Smith . Think Cox won't go as we wouldn't sign him in Jan to get shot of in July . Risser is too important to PdC despite fans views so think he is staying London Red
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8:10am Sat 9 Jun 12

newburymike says...

Don't go on eBay for your scarfs, use the club shop!!!
Don't go on eBay for your scarfs, use the club shop!!! newburymike
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8:37am Sat 9 Jun 12

TheDukeOfBanbury says...

Sounds professional as ever from Di Canio.

Not long for the fixtures.
Sounds professional as ever from Di Canio. Not long for the fixtures. TheDukeOfBanbury
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9:16am Sat 9 Jun 12

smirg kcab says...

London Red wrote:
If Bostock is to join for the year - why would Spurs want him for pre-season?
.
Surely they only want players they have not made there minds up on!
.
So 5 or 6 to go and by he sounds of Wray a surprise or 2 might be in that list!
.
Think we know 3 possibly 4 in Lanzano, Magera, Kerrouche and maybe Cibbochi - but who are the other 2?
.
From the retained list it would to me only suggest RDV, J Smith and Connell as other possibilities
.
As all others are either Key - ie Ritchie, Caddis and Co
.
Or young like Bedwell, Storey and C Smith
.
Think Cox won't go as we wouldn't sign him in Jan to get shot of in July
.
Risser is too important to PdC despite fans views so think he is staying
Paolo said most/all clubs require the players for pre season to see the fitness levels.
His words not mine.
After all ferry didn't actually turn up in peak condition did he?.
Cox and Rooney I would offload.
Rooney apart from a few cameo bench appearances never set the
World alight, especially away. Maybe harsh to many but I do say it how it is.
Onwards and upwards
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: If Bostock is to join for the year - why would Spurs want him for pre-season? . Surely they only want players they have not made there minds up on! . So 5 or 6 to go and by he sounds of Wray a surprise or 2 might be in that list! . Think we know 3 possibly 4 in Lanzano, Magera, Kerrouche and maybe Cibbochi - but who are the other 2? . From the retained list it would to me only suggest RDV, J Smith and Connell as other possibilities . As all others are either Key - ie Ritchie, Caddis and Co . Or young like Bedwell, Storey and C Smith . Think Cox won't go as we wouldn't sign him in Jan to get shot of in July . Risser is too important to PdC despite fans views so think he is staying[/p][/quote]Paolo said most/all clubs require the players for pre season to see the fitness levels. His words not mine. After all ferry didn't actually turn up in peak condition did he?. Cox and Rooney I would offload. Rooney apart from a few cameo bench appearances never set the World alight, especially away. Maybe harsh to many but I do say it how it is. Onwards and upwards smirg kcab
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9:20am Sat 9 Jun 12

smirg kcab says...

newburymike wrote:
Don't go on eBay for your scarfs, use the club shop!!!
£2 cheaper on eBay.
As jwray said no room for sentiment lol.
Onwards and upwards
[quote][p][bold]newburymike[/bold] wrote: Don't go on eBay for your scarfs, use the club shop!!![/p][/quote]£2 cheaper on eBay. As jwray said no room for sentiment lol. Onwards and upwards smirg kcab
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9:42am Sat 9 Jun 12

Oxon-Red says...

I heard the squad will be joined in Italy by a new Russian Striker...

Blowmesoxov :-)

COYMR
I heard the squad will be joined in Italy by a new Russian Striker... Blowmesoxov :-) COYMR Oxon-Red
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10:38am Sat 9 Jun 12

Carlo says...

So does anyone know the name of the hotel ?
So does anyone know the name of the hotel ? Carlo
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10:51am Sat 9 Jun 12

the wizard says...

jayden wrote:
Happy 60 today Wiz all the best.
Thanks Jayden, aiming to have a great day.

Thanks also to Den, Steve and others for yesterdays best wishes.

Glad I was able to bring smiles to faces over the trip down memory lane, but I did forget to mention the brilliant, Lucky Bags, one of my faves, Saturday was never complete without one.
[quote][p][bold]jayden[/bold] wrote: Happy 60 today Wiz all the best.[/p][/quote]Thanks Jayden, aiming to have a great day. Thanks also to Den, Steve and others for yesterdays best wishes. Glad I was able to bring smiles to faces over the trip down memory lane, but I did forget to mention the brilliant, Lucky Bags, one of my faves, Saturday was never complete without one. the wizard
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11:24am Sat 9 Jun 12

Mediterranean says...

Another amazing place for bring our flags.Hopefully plannning friendlies with some
major italian team training in the nearby.COYR
Another amazing place for bring our flags.Hopefully plannning friendlies with some major italian team training in the nearby.COYR Mediterranean
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11:31am Sat 9 Jun 12

Oi Den! says...

old town robin wrote:
London Red wrote:
Forest Green Away 24 July
Supermairne Away 30 July
Burnham Away 2 August
Salisbury Away 3 August
Palace Home 8 August
.
Personally think we need a few more games against league clubs
.
Wycombe, Exeter and Charlton would be good at gaging us at L1 level as they were all there last year
Sorry LR, didn't see your post before posting myself, seems like we are all in agreement that the fixtures that have been set up is good for local interest, but is not going to really tell us how good the squad is.
I'm not sure that friendlies ever tell us how good the squad is. Whether we're playing Forest Green or Nottingham Forest, they're little more than training sessions and the results aren't a reliable indicator of what's to come when the real stuff starts. And I think non-League sides are always a bit more likely to want to make a game of it. Also these games put much needed funds in the coffers of our smaller neighbours and they also provide a useful local public relations exercise for us. So all in all, no bad thing I reckon.
[quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: Forest Green Away 24 July Supermairne Away 30 July Burnham Away 2 August Salisbury Away 3 August Palace Home 8 August . Personally think we need a few more games against league clubs . Wycombe, Exeter and Charlton would be good at gaging us at L1 level as they were all there last year[/p][/quote]Sorry LR, didn't see your post before posting myself, seems like we are all in agreement that the fixtures that have been set up is good for local interest, but is not going to really tell us how good the squad is.[/p][/quote]I'm not sure that friendlies ever tell us how good the squad is. Whether we're playing Forest Green or Nottingham Forest, they're little more than training sessions and the results aren't a reliable indicator of what's to come when the real stuff starts. And I think non-League sides are always a bit more likely to want to make a game of it. Also these games put much needed funds in the coffers of our smaller neighbours and they also provide a useful local public relations exercise for us. So all in all, no bad thing I reckon. Oi Den!
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11:42am Sat 9 Jun 12

the wizard says...

Den,
Agree with all you said, having seen the Notts Forest in 2010 game and the Super Marine game in 2011 both did little to show us of what was just around the corner. The definitive difference was PDC soon got things right. After seeing Esajas flying in thunderbolts at Marine, and then so little of him through the rest of season goes to show what a poor reflection of reality that game was, but it was very enjoyable none the less. Games against Championship sides would be better, tough opposition as opposed to a soft touch.
Den, Agree with all you said, having seen the Notts Forest in 2010 game and the Super Marine game in 2011 both did little to show us of what was just around the corner. The definitive difference was PDC soon got things right. After seeing Esajas flying in thunderbolts at Marine, and then so little of him through the rest of season goes to show what a poor reflection of reality that game was, but it was very enjoyable none the less. Games against Championship sides would be better, tough opposition as opposed to a soft touch. the wizard
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12:22pm Sat 9 Jun 12

London Red says...

Smirg - I do get the fitness thing etc - but as I said if he is not going to be there or paid by them (all or part) does it really matter?
.
Surely it is better to get him integrated into the side he will be playing with as early as possible
.
I can't believe how under rated Rooney is!
.
He got 9 assists for us and finished with the 3rd most in the entire L2 - with one of them above him being the best player in the league - Ritchie!
.
Yes he is not the finished article and needs to improve consistency - but a proper pre-season under PdC to get super fit and learn the system should see him improve this year
.
Ritchie has said how much he has improved under PdC - so I expect others like Rooney to as well
Smirg - I do get the fitness thing etc - but as I said if he is not going to be there or paid by them (all or part) does it really matter? . Surely it is better to get him integrated into the side he will be playing with as early as possible . I can't believe how under rated Rooney is! . He got 9 assists for us and finished with the 3rd most in the entire L2 - with one of them above him being the best player in the league - Ritchie! . Yes he is not the finished article and needs to improve consistency - but a proper pre-season under PdC to get super fit and learn the system should see him improve this year . Ritchie has said how much he has improved under PdC - so I expect others like Rooney to as well London Red
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12:48pm Sat 9 Jun 12

the wizard says...

LR, I think Rooney will do better this coming season working in with McEverley. I think they need to work together in forming a partnership and get some understanding going. If they do that and replicate the Caddis-Ritchie understanding we will do well with left and right flank attacking options. Both McEverley and Rooney will benefit from the pre season and after a few league games their confidence should start to grow. I think like many there is undoubted potential there, but we have to unlock it first. I for one will be disappointed if they do not gel.
LR, I think Rooney will do better this coming season working in with McEverley. I think they need to work together in forming a partnership and get some understanding going. If they do that and replicate the Caddis-Ritchie understanding we will do well with left and right flank attacking options. Both McEverley and Rooney will benefit from the pre season and after a few league games their confidence should start to grow. I think like many there is undoubted potential there, but we have to unlock it first. I for one will be disappointed if they do not gel. the wizard
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12:55pm Sat 9 Jun 12

smirg kcab says...

London Red wrote:
Smirg - I do get the fitness thing etc - but as I said if he is not going to be there or paid by them (all or part) does it really matter?
.
Surely it is better to get him integrated into the side he will be playing with as early as possible
.
I can't believe how under rated Rooney is!
.
He got 9 assists for us and finished with the 3rd most in the entire L2 - with one of them above him being the best player in the league - Ritchie!
.
Yes he is not the finished article and needs to improve consistency - but a proper pre-season under PdC to get super fit and learn the system should see him improve this year
.
Ritchie has said how much he has improved under PdC - so I expect others like Rooney to as well
agree totally with on the bostock situation, I take it you have not listened to it?.
As for Rooney as I said harsh, but I expect his all round contribution to improve massive especially in away games.
As for Ritchie I agree again but saying than they all Improved after Wilson went.
Onwards and upwards
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: Smirg - I do get the fitness thing etc - but as I said if he is not going to be there or paid by them (all or part) does it really matter? . Surely it is better to get him integrated into the side he will be playing with as early as possible . I can't believe how under rated Rooney is! . He got 9 assists for us and finished with the 3rd most in the entire L2 - with one of them above him being the best player in the league - Ritchie! . Yes he is not the finished article and needs to improve consistency - but a proper pre-season under PdC to get super fit and learn the system should see him improve this year . Ritchie has said how much he has improved under PdC - so I expect others like Rooney to as well[/p][/quote]agree totally with on the bostock situation, I take it you have not listened to it?. As for Rooney as I said harsh, but I expect his all round contribution to improve massive especially in away games. As for Ritchie I agree again but saying than they all Improved after Wilson went. Onwards and upwards smirg kcab
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1:43pm Sat 9 Jun 12

mallorca says...

Happy Birthday Wizard from us over here may you have many more
Happy Birthday Wizard from us over here may you have many more mallorca
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1:53pm Sat 9 Jun 12

the wizard says...

mallorca wrote:
Happy Birthday Wizard from us over here may you have many more
Thanks mate, well appreciated, and I do plan to have some more.
[quote][p][bold]mallorca[/bold] wrote: Happy Birthday Wizard from us over here may you have many more[/p][/quote]Thanks mate, well appreciated, and I do plan to have some more. the wizard
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2:15pm Sat 9 Jun 12

London Red says...

I have heard it an it clearly is a potential "sticking" point
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However - Arry know PdC so will know Bostock is in good hands
.
I'm going to put my neck on he line and say I think he will be here in time to fly to Italy
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Also think we will do a deal which will see him join perm in Jan - so that we don't have to go through a tribunal and that Spurs can secure a buy back and sell on clause
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Agree Rooney does need to up his game - but certainly is nowhere near the chopping block
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I said back in Nov if we landed him, Benson and kept Fooders we would be the best and win the league - sure enough that happened with that run at the start o 2012 - which Rooney played a major part in
.
As said above McEveley will also help and those 2 should give us balance and alternatives to the right hand side
I have heard it an it clearly is a potential "sticking" point . However - Arry know PdC so will know Bostock is in good hands . I'm going to put my neck on he line and say I think he will be here in time to fly to Italy . Also think we will do a deal which will see him join perm in Jan - so that we don't have to go through a tribunal and that Spurs can secure a buy back and sell on clause . Agree Rooney does need to up his game - but certainly is nowhere near the chopping block . I said back in Nov if we landed him, Benson and kept Fooders we would be the best and win the league - sure enough that happened with that run at the start o 2012 - which Rooney played a major part in . As said above McEveley will also help and those 2 should give us balance and alternatives to the right hand side London Red
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2:20pm Sat 9 Jun 12

London Red says...

Think it was mentioned on here but Kennedy has landed a L1 club in Scunthorpe
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Shows he is a good player to go to L1 and pleased for him
Think it was mentioned on here but Kennedy has landed a L1 club in Scunthorpe . Shows he is a good player to go to L1 and pleased for him London Red
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3:36pm Sat 9 Jun 12

Lazaat says...

Happy 60th wiz, I look forward to many more years of you posting on here!
Happy 60th wiz, I look forward to many more years of you posting on here! Lazaat
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4:05pm Sat 9 Jun 12

Old-Stager, Hilperton says...

London Red wrote:
Forest Green Away 24 July Supermairne Away 30 July Burnham Away 2 August Salisbury Away 3 August Palace Home 8 August . Personally think we need a few more games against league clubs . Wycombe, Exeter and Charlton would be good at gaging us at L1 level as they were all there last year
I also believe that we didn't play enough pre-season friendlies against Football League Opposition last season, which in turn contributed to our very poor start.
Traditionally clubs tend to play Football League teams except teams from the division that you will be playing in.
So Bristol City and Bristol Rovers would have been interesting and watchable games, but I suppose in this day and age the cost of Policing would have been prohibitive.
Shame really.....
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: Forest Green Away 24 July Supermairne Away 30 July Burnham Away 2 August Salisbury Away 3 August Palace Home 8 August . Personally think we need a few more games against league clubs . Wycombe, Exeter and Charlton would be good at gaging us at L1 level as they were all there last year[/p][/quote]I also believe that we didn't play enough pre-season friendlies against Football League Opposition last season, which in turn contributed to our very poor start. Traditionally clubs tend to play Football League teams except teams from the division that you will be playing in. So Bristol City and Bristol Rovers would have been interesting and watchable games, but I suppose in this day and age the cost of Policing would have been prohibitive. Shame really..... Old-Stager, Hilperton
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4:39pm Sat 9 Jun 12

Mediterranean says...

Happy Birthday Wiz
Happy Birthday Wiz Mediterranean
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4:55pm Sat 9 Jun 12

the wizard says...

Lazaat and Mediterranean, many thanks lads, all going well here and made even better by you guys, one and all adding some cheer. Very much appreciated.
Lazaat and Mediterranean, many thanks lads, all going well here and made even better by you guys, one and all adding some cheer. Very much appreciated. the wizard
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6:55pm Sat 9 Jun 12

swwindon61uk says...

Can not wait to get over there again,went last year to the games in Norcia and went to Rome and Perugia.
Norcia was hot and if this is even hotter!!!!!
Can not wait to get over there again,went last year to the games in Norcia and went to Rome and Perugia. Norcia was hot and if this is even hotter!!!!! swwindon61uk
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7:30pm Sat 9 Jun 12

Malkym says...

Carlo wrote:
So does anyone know the name of the hotel ?
Flowery ****?...and don't mention the war!!
[quote][p][bold]Carlo[/bold] wrote: So does anyone know the name of the hotel ?[/p][/quote]Flowery ****?...and don't mention the war!! Malkym
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7:31pm Sat 9 Jun 12

Malkym says...

**** = Tw@ts
**** = Tw@ts Malkym
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7:32pm Sat 9 Jun 12

wurzelday says...

Spooky- on June the first i booked a holiday with the mrs. Albeit in september, i said that id like to take her to italy and she said fine, as long as she gets to visit to venice. Anyway, i said, it will be nice just to soak up a bit of paolo di canio passion and culture. No word òf a lie, i booked an all inclusive trip to lake garda, and said 'i wonder if town will be in norcia, but lake garda would be a great training base!'
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So i read this today, obviously me and paolo - great minds :-)
Spooky- on June the first i booked a holiday with the mrs. Albeit in september, i said that id like to take her to italy and she said fine, as long as she gets to visit to venice. Anyway, i said, it will be nice just to soak up a bit of paolo di canio passion and culture. No word òf a lie, i booked an all inclusive trip to lake garda, and said 'i wonder if town will be in norcia, but lake garda would be a great training base!' . So i read this today, obviously me and paolo - great minds :-) wurzelday
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7:53pm Sat 9 Jun 12

wurzelday says...

That 'little hill, ìs probabk
That 'little hill, ìs probabk wurzelday
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12:41am Sun 10 Jun 12

joey butler says...

Anyone know what happened to ''James Altea'' who is very much missing in action??
Anyone know what happened to ''James Altea'' who is very much missing in action?? joey butler
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9:07am Sun 10 Jun 12

Malkym says...

If he's not still living in Witney he's probably hacked off by the puerile ramblings of some on here!
If he's not still living in Witney he's probably hacked off by the puerile ramblings of some on here! Malkym
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9:13am Sun 10 Jun 12

Malkym says...

mallorca wrote:
Happy Birthday Wizard from us over here may you have many more
Stu -any chance of poppin over for some sun - its dire dire pants on fire here! was in Marbs last week 26-29 lovely!
[quote][p][bold]mallorca[/bold] wrote: Happy Birthday Wizard from us over here may you have many more[/p][/quote]Stu -any chance of poppin over for some sun - its dire dire pants on fire here! was in Marbs last week 26-29 lovely! Malkym
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10:34am Sun 10 Jun 12

mallorca says...

Malkym,
is pleasant 27 c sunny will be in Albatros for lunch session,still book bands and do pop quizes tell Wiz to take it easy.
If your ever over we are up in Port De Soller 100 metres from beach.
Any more news on Williams????? if your ever over let us know OK
Malkym, is pleasant 27 c sunny will be in Albatros for lunch session,still book bands and do pop quizes tell Wiz to take it easy. If your ever over we are up in Port De Soller 100 metres from beach. Any more news on Williams????? if your ever over let us know OK mallorca
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12:00pm Sun 10 Jun 12

Malkym says...

mallorca wrote:
Malkym, is pleasant 27 c sunny will be in Albatros for lunch session,still book bands and do pop quizes tell Wiz to take it easy. If your ever over we are up in Port De Soller 100 metres from beach. Any more news on Williams????? if your ever over let us know OK
bit quiet on the transfer front- will let you know if i get Balearics way!
[quote][p][bold]mallorca[/bold] wrote: Malkym, is pleasant 27 c sunny will be in Albatros for lunch session,still book bands and do pop quizes tell Wiz to take it easy. If your ever over we are up in Port De Soller 100 metres from beach. Any more news on Williams????? if your ever over let us know OK[/p][/quote]bit quiet on the transfer front- will let you know if i get Balearics way! Malkym
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12:03pm Sun 10 Jun 12

stfc49 says...

breaking news, Dicanio slates Billy Bodin in papers tomorrow
breaking news, Dicanio slates Billy Bodin in papers tomorrow stfc49
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3:40pm Sun 10 Jun 12

jayden says...

mallorca wrote:
Malkym,
is pleasant 27 c sunny will be in Albatros for lunch session,still book bands and do pop quizes tell Wiz to take it easy.
If your ever over we are up in Port De Soller 100 metres from beach.
Any more news on Williams????? if your ever over let us know OK
why will you make sure you are out lol
[quote][p][bold]mallorca[/bold] wrote: Malkym, is pleasant 27 c sunny will be in Albatros for lunch session,still book bands and do pop quizes tell Wiz to take it easy. If your ever over we are up in Port De Soller 100 metres from beach. Any more news on Williams????? if your ever over let us know OK[/p][/quote]why will you make sure you are out lol jayden
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3:56pm Sun 10 Jun 12

swwindon61uk says...

wurzelday wrote:
Spooky- on June the first i booked a holiday with the mrs. Albeit in september, i said that id like to take her to italy and she said fine, as long as she gets to visit to venice. Anyway, i said, it will be nice just to soak up a bit of paolo di canio passion and culture. No word òf a lie, i booked an all inclusive trip to lake garda, and said 'i wonder if town will be in norcia, but lake garda would be a great training base!'
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So i read this today, obviously me and paolo - great minds :-)
I shall being visiting Venice defiantly whilst i am there,only about 80 miles from where the Town are staying.
[quote][p][bold]wurzelday[/bold] wrote: Spooky- on June the first i booked a holiday with the mrs. Albeit in september, i said that id like to take her to italy and she said fine, as long as she gets to visit to venice. Anyway, i said, it will be nice just to soak up a bit of paolo di canio passion and culture. No word òf a lie, i booked an all inclusive trip to lake garda, and said 'i wonder if town will be in norcia, but lake garda would be a great training base!' . So i read this today, obviously me and paolo - great minds :-)[/p][/quote]I shall being visiting Venice defiantly whilst i am there,only about 80 miles from where the Town are staying. swwindon61uk
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4:15pm Sun 10 Jun 12

sp2769 says...

stfc49 wrote:
breaking news, Dicanio slates Billy Bodin in papers tomorrow
STFC49 You are correct with this breaking story just hope the exact truth comes out as PDC quoted, Mr ling and Bodin senior have also been slated if my sources are correct, Billy Bodin just wants to play football, what youngster doesnt, whats wrong with that, he has never arrogantly demanded a spot in this team and anybody who has followed STFC long enough knows Bodin senior is well respected in the game and deserves better, i dont think he will hang around long being slated publicly and it will be STFC loss, he could get a job at most league clubs with his criteria.
[quote][p][bold]stfc49[/bold] wrote: breaking news, Dicanio slates Billy Bodin in papers tomorrow[/p][/quote]STFC49 You are correct with this breaking story just hope the exact truth comes out as PDC quoted, Mr ling and Bodin senior have also been slated if my sources are correct, Billy Bodin just wants to play football, what youngster doesnt, whats wrong with that, he has never arrogantly demanded a spot in this team and anybody who has followed STFC long enough knows Bodin senior is well respected in the game and deserves better, i dont think he will hang around long being slated publicly and it will be STFC loss, he could get a job at most league clubs with his criteria. sp2769
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4:50pm Sun 10 Jun 12

stfc49 says...

69er,do you mean Billy or Paul will go? Dont want to say to much until articles are printed, but Billy and Paul have more class, than to slag PDC off in public. Bet PDC hasnt spoken to Billy all summer, good man management in the press as usual
69er,do you mean Billy or Paul will go? Dont want to say to much until articles are printed, but Billy and Paul have more class, than to slag PDC off in public. Bet PDC hasnt spoken to Billy all summer, good man management in the press as usual stfc49
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5:08pm Sun 10 Jun 12

sp2769 says...

stfc49 wrote:
69er,do you mean Billy or Paul will go? Dont want to say to much until articles are printed, but Billy and Paul have more class, than to slag PDC off in public. Bet PDC hasnt spoken to Billy all summer, good man management in the press as usual
stfc49 better than that 49 led to believe he has not even watched one of his loan period games let alone spoken to him, id be surprised if he even knew that BB was even offered a new deal. I agree dont think you will hear the Bodins commenting to any articles in the papers.
[quote][p][bold]stfc49[/bold] wrote: 69er,do you mean Billy or Paul will go? Dont want to say to much until articles are printed, but Billy and Paul have more class, than to slag PDC off in public. Bet PDC hasnt spoken to Billy all summer, good man management in the press as usual[/p][/quote]stfc49 better than that 49 led to believe he has not even watched one of his loan period games let alone spoken to him, id be surprised if he even knew that BB was even offered a new deal. I agree dont think you will hear the Bodins commenting to any articles in the papers. sp2769
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6:38pm Sun 10 Jun 12

smirg kcab says...

sp2769 wrote:
stfc49 wrote:
69er,do you mean Billy or Paul will go? Dont want to say to much until articles are printed, but Billy and Paul have more class, than to slag PDC off in public. Bet PDC hasnt spoken to Billy all summer, good man management in the press as usual
stfc49 better than that 49 led to believe he has not even watched one of his loan period games let alone spoken to him, id be surprised if he even knew that BB was even offered a new deal. I agree dont think you will hear the Bodins commenting to any articles in the papers.
Billy's still at wembley now waiting to come on for Crewe.
Onwards and upwards and let's move on.
Just hope we get the fee that billy prices himself at.
[quote][p][bold]sp2769[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stfc49[/bold] wrote: 69er,do you mean Billy or Paul will go? Dont want to say to much until articles are printed, but Billy and Paul have more class, than to slag PDC off in public. Bet PDC hasnt spoken to Billy all summer, good man management in the press as usual[/p][/quote]stfc49 better than that 49 led to believe he has not even watched one of his loan period games let alone spoken to him, id be surprised if he even knew that BB was even offered a new deal. I agree dont think you will hear the Bodins commenting to any articles in the papers.[/p][/quote]Billy's still at wembley now waiting to come on for Crewe. Onwards and upwards and let's move on. Just hope we get the fee that billy prices himself at. smirg kcab
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7:56pm Sun 10 Jun 12

Redhouse Red says...

smirg kcab wrote:
sp2769 wrote:
stfc49 wrote:
69er,do you mean Billy or Paul will go? Dont want to say to much until articles are printed, but Billy and Paul have more class, than to slag PDC off in public. Bet PDC hasnt spoken to Billy all summer, good man management in the press as usual
stfc49 better than that 49 led to believe he has not even watched one of his loan period games let alone spoken to him, id be surprised if he even knew that BB was even offered a new deal. I agree dont think you will hear the Bodins commenting to any articles in the papers.
Billy's still at wembley now waiting to come on for Crewe.
Onwards and upwards and let's move on.
Just hope we get the fee that billy prices himself at.
he hates him so much he even offered him a new contract...
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sp2769[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stfc49[/bold] wrote: 69er,do you mean Billy or Paul will go? Dont want to say to much until articles are printed, but Billy and Paul have more class, than to slag PDC off in public. Bet PDC hasnt spoken to Billy all summer, good man management in the press as usual[/p][/quote]stfc49 better than that 49 led to believe he has not even watched one of his loan period games let alone spoken to him, id be surprised if he even knew that BB was even offered a new deal. I agree dont think you will hear the Bodins commenting to any articles in the papers.[/p][/quote]Billy's still at wembley now waiting to come on for Crewe. Onwards and upwards and let's move on. Just hope we get the fee that billy prices himself at.[/p][/quote]he hates him so much he even offered him a new contract... Redhouse Red
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8:18pm Sun 10 Jun 12

joey butler says...

Malkym wrote:
If he's not still living in Witney he's probably hacked off by the puerile ramblings of some on here!
James Altea is probably not living in Witney Malkym, as he claimed he had moved up North, but then had a terrible car crash and we heard nothing since.

Good job Wizard came back on the scene directly afterwards.

You must think the rest of us on here are stupid, I smell a RAT!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Malkym[/bold] wrote: If he's not still living in Witney he's probably hacked off by the puerile ramblings of some on here![/p][/quote]James Altea is probably not living in Witney Malkym, as he claimed he had moved up North, but then had a terrible car crash and we heard nothing since. Good job Wizard came back on the scene directly afterwards. You must think the rest of us on here are stupid, I smell a RAT!!!! joey butler
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9:16pm Sun 10 Jun 12

LydiardRED67 says...

sp2769 wrote:
stfc49 wrote:
69er,do you mean Billy or Paul will go? Dont want to say to much until articles are printed, but Billy and Paul have more class, than to slag PDC off in public. Bet PDC hasnt spoken to Billy all summer, good man management in the press as usual
stfc49 better than that 49 led to believe he has not even watched one of his loan period games let alone spoken to him, id be surprised if he even knew that BB was even offered a new deal. I agree dont think you will hear the Bodins commenting to any articles in the papers.
My opinion is that pdc sees Billy's potential and has acknwledged it with a contract offer, and probably a squad place. Don't forget he did play him when he came back at Christmas.

Billy feels that his best option is to establish himself as a league 2 player, probably with his Dads mate.

I would have thought the Crewe experience would have woken him up a bit.
[quote][p][bold]sp2769[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stfc49[/bold] wrote: 69er,do you mean Billy or Paul will go? Dont want to say to much until articles are printed, but Billy and Paul have more class, than to slag PDC off in public. Bet PDC hasnt spoken to Billy all summer, good man management in the press as usual[/p][/quote]stfc49 better than that 49 led to believe he has not even watched one of his loan period games let alone spoken to him, id be surprised if he even knew that BB was even offered a new deal. I agree dont think you will hear the Bodins commenting to any articles in the papers.[/p][/quote]My opinion is that pdc sees Billy's potential and has acknwledged it with a contract offer, and probably a squad place. Don't forget he did play him when he came back at Christmas. Billy feels that his best option is to establish himself as a league 2 player, probably with his Dads mate. I would have thought the Crewe experience would have woken him up a bit. LydiardRED67
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9:19pm Sun 10 Jun 12

LydiardRED67 says...

smirg kcab wrote:
sp2769 wrote:
stfc49 wrote:
69er,do you mean Billy or Paul will go? Dont want to say to much until articles are printed, but Billy and Paul have more class, than to slag PDC off in public. Bet PDC hasnt spoken to Billy all summer, good man management in the press as usual
stfc49 better than that 49 led to believe he has not even watched one of his loan period games let alone spoken to him, id be surprised if he even knew that BB was even offered a new deal. I agree dont think you will hear the Bodins commenting to any articles in the papers.
Billy's still at wembley now waiting to come on for Crewe.
Onwards and upwards and let's move on.
Just hope we get the fee that billy prices himself at.
Well put.
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sp2769[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stfc49[/bold] wrote: 69er,do you mean Billy or Paul will go? Dont want to say to much until articles are printed, but Billy and Paul have more class, than to slag PDC off in public. Bet PDC hasnt spoken to Billy all summer, good man management in the press as usual[/p][/quote]stfc49 better than that 49 led to believe he has not even watched one of his loan period games let alone spoken to him, id be surprised if he even knew that BB was even offered a new deal. I agree dont think you will hear the Bodins commenting to any articles in the papers.[/p][/quote]Billy's still at wembley now waiting to come on for Crewe. Onwards and upwards and let's move on. Just hope we get the fee that billy prices himself at.[/p][/quote]Well put. LydiardRED67
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9:29pm Sun 10 Jun 12

ciclosporindorset says...

Just as I expected, pb split loyalties as employee of stfc and father of another.impossible for pb to not share insiders perspective on sons future with club if asked should i sign or not and he wanting to play regular games. conflict of interest waiting to explode. look forwrd to reading the story.
Just as I expected, pb split loyalties as employee of stfc and father of another.impossible for pb to not share insiders perspective on sons future with club if asked should i sign or not and he wanting to play regular games. conflict of interest waiting to explode. look forwrd to reading the story. ciclosporindorset
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10:13pm Sun 10 Jun 12

Globalred says...

Billy has been at the club since he was 9 yrs old, he is now 20 yrs and so by offering him a contract, STFC will get a fee if he signs and a fee if he does not - League rules.

Watching from the sidelines last season, it seems PDC is not interested in either Bodin (Billy or his Dad). PDC runs the football side of the club how he wants and he has been very successful, but still having both Bodins at the club, shows a small threat to his management style as Paul has such a long relationship with the club and he has always been there to support the club, something PDC has not - Tenure.

So, PDC wants his own men in and Paul Boding is not in. That is how it looks to me and I work with Management in the Financial Markets **** team dynamics and building trust - this situation is the same in high pressure roles.

JW & NW - keep with the PDC revolution, but please remember to treat people with respect they deserve, Paul Bodin is STFC thru and thru.
Billy has been at the club since he was 9 yrs old, he is now 20 yrs and so by offering him a contract, STFC will get a fee if he signs and a fee if he does not - League rules. Watching from the sidelines last season, it seems PDC is not interested in either Bodin (Billy or his Dad). PDC runs the football side of the club how he wants and he has been very successful, but still having both Bodins at the club, shows a small threat to his management style as Paul has such a long relationship with the club and he has always been there to support the club, something PDC has not - Tenure. So, PDC wants his own men in and Paul Boding is not in. That is how it looks to me and I work with Management in the Financial Markets **** team dynamics and building trust - this situation is the same in high pressure roles. JW & NW - keep with the PDC revolution, but please remember to treat people with respect they deserve, Paul Bodin is STFC thru and thru. Globalred
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10:20pm Sun 10 Jun 12

ciclosporindorset says...

If bb wanted to speak to anyone at the club he should have the balls to speak with the boss. Also, why would PdC go to Crewe to watch him when he might not even get a game. I hope ling pays thru the nose compensation.
If bb wanted to speak to anyone at the club he should have the balls to speak with the boss. Also, why would PdC go to Crewe to watch him when he might not even get a game. I hope ling pays thru the nose compensation. ciclosporindorset
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