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Obscure signings XI
at 03:18 17 May 2020

Bored again. XI of players who people forget signed for us.

GK - Jaroslav Drobný
CD - Amir Karić
CD - Ívar Ingimarsson
DR - Troy Brown
DL - Dan Harding
CM - Lee Bowyer
CM - George O'Callaghan
RW - Martin Brittain
LW - Alex Henshall
ST - Bálint Bajner
ST - Larsen Touré

Subs:
GK - Nick Colgan
CB - Ibrahima Sonko
LB - Kelly Youga
CM - Paul Digby
CM- Vemund Brekke Skard
LW - Jack Doherty
ST - James Alabi

We haven't half signed some duds.
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Hopeful XI
at 02:27 14 May 2020

Got reminiscent about some past players after refusing to let a few current ITFC players go on my FM20 save. Decided to make a "Wish they became a fan favourite/actually decent signing or Academy grad" XI. Obviously not the "Best XI ever", 'cause nearly all of them were awful or became awful. Just those I hoped would turn out well. Curious about what other players people had a secret fondness or hope for.

GK - Scott Loach - Was hoping he'd be Richard Wright reincarnated. Town fan, former Halstead resident like myself. I hoped he'd throw his life on the line for us, instead of waving around in the area or standing still and looking as the ball went sailing by.

RB - Jaime Peters - That Arsenal game aside, and his fat ass, the fact we nabbed him from a number of Premier League teams really gave me hope that he'd be something special. Plus he's Canadian so instant brownie points with me.

LB? - Vemund Brekke Skard - You know how we all like a random lower league signing that goes on to great things? I was hoping this guy would be one. The whole part-time footballer, full-time teacher thing gave me hope that I'd be snapped up by Ipswich one day. Pretty sure he was naff as all hell.

CD - Gerard Nash - Remember a lot of hype about him and then those injuries happened. Glad he's making a good career out of coaching with us.

CD - Ian Miller - From the nonleagues, he'll boss the defense around. That's what I said as a dumb teen. Had to look up how many games he actually played to realize what an idiot I was.

CM - Jimmy Juan - Thought he did pretty good with us. Did he get injured with us or is my memory just bad? I remember thinking he'd be the new, younger Legwinski but seem to recall injuries causing him some serious setbacks.

CM - Ian Westlake - Thought he'd be with us until he retired. Was extremely unhappy he was traded to Leeds. When he hit the U21s with England, thought we hit the jackpot and would be in the Prem with Westlake in the middle. Leeds ruined him, obviously. Not that he was a bit naff.

RM - George O'Callaghan - One of those that I thought "he tried, didn't make it as a teen but stuck with it and will turn out to be a hard working player". Like Walters. Ended up more like Gleeson.

LM - Josh Carson - Caught a few games abroad with him involved. Thought he'd turn out to be something good and then nothing. He had a few really good games with me on FM though so obviously it was our managers fault.

ST - Danny Haynes - That Norwich game. Enough said. Club legend. None of you respect him enough. Ruined as a winger. Could have been the next Defoe. Only against Norwich. Always against Norwich.

ST - Dean Bowditch - Him and Haynes reaching their potential would have been one pacy forward line. Won the Academy Player award right as I was getting serious as a Town fan. Thought he'd go on to play in the Prem based on what coaches/managers were saying about him. Saw him player, realized I'd be lied to.

Apparently I was really hopeful with the 2003-2006 Academy grads and nonleague signings. Probably 'cause I was an idiot teenager.
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Late subs
at 21:46 26 Nov 2019

Really dislike how recent trends have been to using subs in the last ten minutes.

Has PL mentioned why he does this, instead of giving a player 30+ minutes to make an impact on a game?
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Player Ratings
at 22:03 8 Oct 2019

Warning: could only see the iFollow feed, so probably missed a few things thanks to the cameraman.

Will Norris - 6/10 - Didn't really have anything to do so nothing to really rate on. Solid enough, happy he's got a clean sheet. Odd pass that was too hard/far for Ipswich to connect on.

Luke Woolfenden - 6.5/10 - Decent performance. Recall one mistake in the first half. I can see where Lambert is coming from with the relaxed attitude *but* it is the EFL cup. Thought he linked well with El Miz and Huws with his passes.

Toto Nsiala - 6.5/10 - First half mistake like with Woolf. Solid defending, nothing too fancy. I recall the odd misplaced pass to midfield/Kenlock but nothing too dangerous. Seemed like a quiet captain on the feed but the warning applies here.

James Wilson - 6.5/10 - Thought he expanded his game a little bit more outside of his usual no-nonsense style. A few long balls that were off, a few that we could control. Nothing really else noted.

Janoi Donacien - 6/10 - Moved forward well. Thought his defending was a bit off in places, not sure if just him or the lack of game time recently. "He was alright." is the best I can come up with.

Miles Kenlock - 6.5/10 - Good attacking runs in the Gills half, the odd misplaced pass. Unlucky with his cross to Roberts. Some intelligent defending. Think he's getting better with the game time in a less skilled environment but not sure he'll be Championship quality.

Idris El Mizouni - 7.5/10 - Thought he did really well in this game. Confident on the ball, decent passes and vision. Might be biased 'cause I love him on FM19 but think he'll be a great player for us in the future. Really good combination with Dobra in the second half. Corners are a bit eh.

Emyr Huws - 8/10 - Controlled the game. Love that he's shooting from outside of the area. Put a great game in for Lambert to consider for the next league game. Forgot how good his passing is.

Danny Rowe - 7.5/10 - Good runs and forward play. His shooting definitely needs work. Really unlucky that Dobra didn't connect to his cross. Think he's a good backup/sub for us in the league. Workrate is a really benefit.

Will Keane - 6/10 - Looks like he's trying to be a targetman but doesn't win balls often. Happy he got his first goal. He's a different option to what we have but think his first touch/heading is awful. Didn't combine too well with Dobra's style of play.

Jordan Roberts - 5.5/10 - Not sure what was up with him. Unnecessary fouls, just seemed angry. Good poachers goal but the rest of his play was eh.

Gwion Edwards - 6.5/10 - Not much to do defensively or that I noticed. Attacking play was decent, good combination with Dobra and El Miz.

Armando Dobra - 7/10 - As Ambrose says "you love to watch him play". First touch and dribbling is amazing. Won things that he had no right to. A bit concerned that Tottenham was watching the game. He's a talent and a half. Just feel he needs to break the goal barrier and he'll be insane to play against.

Thomas Hughes - 5.5/10 - Did decently enough. Seems he was playing DM. A few good passes and linkup with his Academy teammates. Well done to the lad for getting his debut.

Fans - 9/10 - Quiet on the feed in the first half, loud on the second. Kudos to those that attended!
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Macedonian Gerrard
at 05:51 15 Sep 2019

Apparently played 42 games for us. Did I just blank that entire season?
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All or Nothing: Man City - Richard Wright
at 03:45 30 Aug 2019

Currently binge-watching it whilst waiting to go on vacation, mostly because I wanted to catch a few glimpses of Richard Wright.

He came across quite favorably with regards to goalkeeper training and there was a segment with Bravo's penalties that made it seem like he was a key part in the preparation. I dread to think how many penalties he had to watch to give Bravo the information required for Bravo to be prepared.

A shame he never met the heights that we were wanting for him. He definitely inspired me towards goalkeeping as a teen. Glad he's found his footing as a coach with Man City.

I'd strongly recommend the All or Nothing series on Amazon if you haven't tried it yet. They've got a few teams across different sports. Very well made and gives you a very personal insight into professional sports.
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Judge for Rowe
at 21:18 20 Aug 2019

Thought Rowe had done decently. A few wayward passes and some runs that didn’t pan out.

Hope we get something from this game. Bit embarrassing so far.
[Post edited 20 Aug 2019 21:18]
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4-4-2 only
at 20:40 20 Aug 2019

4-3-3 doesn’t work with Norwood as the lone striker. So many long balls go flying over his head.

Dozzell off, Jackson on.

El Miz looks class but has been frustrated with his teammates. As was Rowe at the end.
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OWNAFC
at 01:22 6 Mar 2019

Their project to have fans replace the board chairman via an app seems to be the hot topic on twitter at the moment. They’re reporting several clubs have contacted them regarding licensing the software to use for their clubs.

Would you want that for Town?

I think it’a going to be an absolute disaster for any club that buys into it. Tens of thousands of fans voting on big club decisions with no knowledge or experience in running a football club. Yikes.
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Documentary - Sunderland til I Die
at 01:13 3 Jan 2019

Finally able to watch it here in Canada. Quite enjoyed it although the comparisons with Sunderland last season and us this season aren't the greatest! The episode on the Jan transfer window and their struggles getting players in that we'd snap up in a heartbeat was a bit of a knife in the heart.

If you haven't seen it, I'd recommend. Some decent bits with Jonny Williams and a few clips of Ipswich. Even a bit with us 2nd in the table!
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Pitch at PR
at 02:20 4 Jul 2018

Looking pretty decent! Bit annoyed at the fancy pattern though (too much for my liking). Did we ever have those with Alan Ferguson?
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