2013-2014 ITFC Darts night winner - Aaron Cresswell - sold in summer to West Ham 2014-2015 ITFC Darts night winner - Tyrone Mings - sold in summer to Bournemouth. 2015-2016 ITFC Darts night winner - Freddie Sears - sold in summer to ???
...in light of new TV deal (where bottom club will receive £99m...!) which means that clubs could let all fans in for free and not have a lower revenue next season - does anyone think there is a chance that Prem clubs end up slightly cheaper than Champ clubs outside the big few?
A band 5 season ticket at West Ham allows a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 under 16s) to watch every game for £776 - at ITFC a ticket in the family enclosure (no early bird prices) for 2 adults and to 11-16 year olds is £1,268 - even with £10 U11 tickets it's over £1k.
£500 less to watch Premiership football, in a world class stadium. I fear for the future of our fans in one of our traditional bases in North Essex with the rail links to Stratford being so easy.
Have had enough of Ravenswood, works ok for me but the system of only being able to get an appointment on the day you phone just doesn't work for my wife who works in a job where she can't have phone next to her all day.
That, and the receptionists are so rude with it anyway, and that we live further away from it anyway since we moved.....
Good win, probably just about deserved it and kept a dangerous but in reality fairly average side quiet.
Thought defence looked much more solid although took Bart a little while to settle back into things and he looked a bit nervous I ended up feeling far more comfortable with him between the sticks - big opportunity for him to impress.
Hyam and Skuse did well in the middle when the shape changed to 4231, Hyam's bite has been missed. The penalty Skuse gave away was an absolute brainfart, what on earth was he doing - normally so composed but such a silly foul.
Sears and Fraser are pure class - Maitland-Niles looked like a competition winner, what has happened to him in recent weeks?
Bru looked ok when on, think praise I saw on Twitter was very overstated - it was more the pockets of spaces he managed to occupy rather than anything he did as his passing was well below standard. What I'd give to have Johnny Williams back playing in that role, think that is where we are weakest and the return of Bishop would stregthen us immeasurably.
Murphy had a really poor game, didn't win his headers and the ball didn't stick to him at all, constantly allowing one of the full backs to take it off his toes. Would have introduced Pitman a bit earlier personally as just wasn't his night. I'll give Murph the benefit of doubt that he picked up a knock as early in first half he gingerly got up and hobbled off after winning a corner.
What I liked most about thewinner, was the way that Berra calmly passed the ball to Fraser in the build up - more of that please rather than a hurried clearance.
Looking forward to getting on the party bus to QPR - the football is much better than the talking about it....!
We've filled the squad with numbers, rather than quality and now we can't bring any more players in?
“We’ve had 22 [outfield] players training this morning, who are all contenders for first-team places,” he said.
“I’m not really at liberty to bring another two or three in and add to that while there are 24 players who could play there.
and that is coming on the back of
“And unfortunately, that’s why some of them had to play [this evening]. Did any of them give me a problem about picking my team over the next few weeks? I don’t think so, no. But I know the ones who are capable of playing.”
SO we have a first team squad of 24 players, but some (many?) aren't capable of playing....but because we have so many first teamers we can't bring anyone in as the squad would become too bloated.
I wonder if Mick has learnt from this, and will be looking to keep his powder dry in the summer and starting season with a smaller squad of greater quality - and allowing himself a bit of wriggle room to increase it to the 22 players as and when it is required.
It's a difficult balance between developing youngsters like Clarke and Yorwerth, but keeping a replacement in the squad at the time not easy but we have too many sub standard senior first teamers that aren't adding anything.
...Dack seems a very promising player and a regular on highlights on Football League Show with set pieces and goals.
Would be the sort of signing (regardless of fee) that improves the side, adds a player with potential (in both ability and sell on) and would be good enough to go straight into an area of weakness with something different to what we have.
Let's hope there is some substance to it, but I would be very surprised if it goes through.
I watched Needham a couple of times last year in their FA Cup run - and despite playign alongside likes of Ian Westlake, Kem Izzet and others this kid was seriously impressive.
I'd kept an eye on him as he'd previously trialled for us and he sat in a holding midfield role reading the game well and pulling the strings witha good range of passing, and making tackles as and when required.
He looked as though he could easily play at a higher level, so be interesting to see if anything happens with him and how he looks today.