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Evening With Holloway at Novotel
at 11:23:43

This guy could be...

Neve mind.

He has always talked up Ipswich. Respect the guy, always thought he was the constant second choice for manager every time there was a vacancy.
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Five Subs in Papa John's Trophy
at 17:59:30

Thought the trophy would be an empty pizza box 🍕🍕🍕
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EFL Confirms Schedule For 2022/23 Qatar World Cup Season
at 18:29:57

You're wrong. I can easily think of people who think it's a good idea. Especially the ones sitting on stacks of corruption money.
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Town Aim to Pack Out Portman Road Over Christmas
at 09:57:35

Packed out in December. Hope everyone is vaccinated.
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Fan Rewrites Kingston Town in Honour of Blues
at 22:31:42

It's ok. Just feels as if it lacks a the 'attitude' of the original. Feels a bit too much backing vocals. As a track if could work, always open to new ideas!
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Nine Changes as Blues Host Colchester in Papa John's Trophy
at 22:51:36

@ArnieM Judge has been out for a while with a calf injury. Clearly wasn't ready to return.
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Home Tie With Barrow Awaits Town Or Oldham
at 07:52:08

Hopefully we can score early and Oldham from scoring then we can roll out the Barrow.
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Blues Host Oldham Aiming to End Home FA Cup Hoodoo
at 13:27:50

It isn't a 'hoodoo', it's because we play the reserve team.
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Trio Added to Community Trust Board
at 18:23:17

Good additions. We just need someone who represents the supporters rather than just the official supporters' club, which primarily represents the club to supporters rather than the other way around.
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Dyer to Need Liver Transplant
at 17:25:08

It might not feel like it but getting the diagnosis is the first step to recovery. Hope for some positive news, Kieron is still young and in otherwise good health so is a strong candidate for a transplant. Let's hope the tabloids don't get too carried away and respect his privacy. Come back stronger K, still want to see you as a future Town gaffer!
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U23s Coach Dyer in Hospital For Tests
at 11:57:34

Get well soon
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Holy's Cambridge Loan Move Confirmed
at 20:40:18

Not saying Holy is tall, just that he makes Peter Crouch look like a dwarf.
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Holy Set for Cambridge Emergency Loan
at 10:15:28

Fair enough. Good luck. Also means we can get someone on an emergency loan if the need arises.
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The Professional Footballers Who Never Play Football
at 20:30:44

It's all about the transfer window system. The result is needing deep cover for every position. For example if a goalkeeper is injured then still need someone to be on the bench. Before the transfer window it would mean get someone in on loan at short notice as emergency cover - now squads often have 5-6 keepers to cover all options. Scale that up for every position and top teams have bloated squads, it then propagates through most professional squads resulting in a huge number of professionals who struggle to play a competitive game then get farmed out to the lower leagues as younger replacements fill their squad position. Sadly it means those players are often a bit jaded by the time they find their level with the feeling they could have done so much more at a higher level.
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Cook: I'd Love Norwich at Home in the Third Round
at 10:55:47

Knowing our luck we'll scrape a win against Oldham then lose to AFC Sudbury in the second round
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Reid Could Reprise Wigan Role at Town
at 15:37:46

Any more scousers and we will need a translator
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Accrington Chairman Shares Messages Exchanged With Burgess Ahead of Town Move
at 16:32:53

It's harmless. Positive messages, affectionate, respectful, if a little unprofessional. Nothing negative and shows friendly relations between the chairmen. It's a fun way of wishing the player well after a move. There have been so many stories about moves that went roughly, nice to hear about one that went well.
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Evans: Both Town Goals Offside and We Should Have Had a Penalty
at 15:10:23

For those who want Cook out, consider he may be the replacement ;)
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Town Sign Australian Trialist
at 15:32:55

Born Nov 28, 2000, so would be 21 on New Year's Day. Therefore not eligible as a youth player.
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Cook is No Gamechanger
at 00:10:51

I was 3 when we won the Cup, a little young to fully comprehend what it meant, but still a memory I had watching it on TV. It was the whole community spirit furthered with the UEFA Cup win three years later - I remember Bobby bringing it in to my school and we were told not to touch it when it was on the teacher's desk. I suspect I'm not quite the 'woke generation of happy clappers', but I will defend them.

Using 'happy clappy' while criticising people who have disagree with your view is disingenuous. You're wrong to assume everyone is super happy with the club just because they are not booing. Consider many realise the young players we have on the field appreciate encouragement more than a knife in the back? A season without fans did offer the opportunity to hear more of what is said on the pitch - between all the swearing it has been common to hear experienced players, in particular captains, talking up the confidence of younger players, especially if they have made a mistake. Most supporters accept part of their role is to be the 12th man and more believe it's better to be a supportive captain than a grumpy fringe player.

Time to gel does have limited use. It needs to be quickly replaced with signs of improvement and development. I think September is far too early to hit the panic button, we have the squad Cook has assembled, and that's what we have until the January transfer window. It's therefore reasonable to allow him the chance to show what he can do over the next couple of months, at least. I don't think any of our former chairmen - the Cobbolds, Kerr, Sheepshanks - would be considering replacing someone at this stage in the seasons. It's far too early. What they may be thinking is appointing an assistant, even if it goes against the wishes of the manager, and I hope the current regime don't change the club's way of supporting managers that has held us as a respected team for generations.

We've had unprecedented change at the club. Yes, other teams have been busy in the transfer market, however we have also changed owners, CEO and the vast majority of the coaching staff. We also have a number of rejected players still in contract at the club, no doubt some are bouncing off the walls a bit, creating a bit of atmosphere behind the scenes. It's reasonable to accept we're still a work in progress, however it's also reasonable to accept we should have done better against the opposition we've faced.
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