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Andrew Robinson

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About Andrew Robinson

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  1. Andrew Robinson

    Westwood

    Just watching the 2015-2016 season highlights on SKY. Accept that Loevens, Wallace and Hunt have faded since then. Westwood was magnificent. Do we believe it that has also faded that much? And the reply that “we will not see him playing in the shirt again” is an ignorant and frankly insulting reply. The question is why and most of us don’t really believe he is 3rd choice on merit. if you really know, share.
  2. Andrew Robinson

    Westwood

    Forgive me for appearing to be thick but what is obvious? The general opinion is that he has had a major fall out with Jos and that is why he isn't even training with the first team. He has made it clear that he is fit and willing and able to play. I know that the club is focusing on using our younger and cheaper players more but while he is still with us, it doesn't make sense.It would be kind of decent if the club told us at least some of the truth.
  3. Andrew Robinson

    Westwood

    We have made a decent start and I am quite prepared to accept some of the unusual tactics and selections as Jos probably knows what he is doing. But what is still really bugging me is that our best goalkeeper is being wasted. We didn't sell him, he didn't go in the loan window so we have one of the best goalkeepers in the Championship being paid serious money and being wasted. I do not accept Jos' assertions that he is third choice based on ability and performance and with our back line still looking shaky, Westwood in goal would be an immediate improvement. Does anyone know what is really going on?
  4. Andrew Robinson

    The Money's got to come from Us

    Where were you a few years ago when I was involved in a move to raise a substantial amount to pay off the debt and take back control of our own club? It would only have taken 5000 people to put in £1k at that time but the response was f-off, I buy my season ticket and that is my investment. It could have been different but most were over the moon to let Sheard or Mandarik take over and now we have Mr C. He is supposed to be not only rich but a (successful) business man. I am far from convinced. It is too late but it could have been so different.
  5. Andrew Robinson

    Credit where it’s due

    Wasn’t able to get tonight but these reports are scary. Serious basicmistakes made by the club and to blame the supporters is ridiculous. You need to understand about Sheffield and the sort of income of the average supporter. Thanks Mr C for all your money but to blame us is out of order. I have supported for over 60 years and still have a season ticket. My dream was nearly fulfilled 2 years ago at Wembley. But now I am convinced that I will never see my team where it should be in my lifetime. It’s like the early 1970s and early 1990s all over again.
  6. Andrew Robinson

    The Money's got to come from Us

    There are a range of ways of marketing products. The basic decision is where the product is on the luxury to basic necessity scale. So you either have Prada or Poundland - or somewhere in between. In the last 3 years, as well as the Chairman’s investment, he has moved prices towards the luxury end. I don’t think Sheffield can take that and so the overall income is likely to drop. Look at the model the piggies are using and with that, they beat us on average attendance and revenue last year. Football at SW6 is a volume product and needs seats and boxes full and thousands of sales of replica shirts. And we can’t use the Man Utd model. We still foot a lot of the bill but with more customers not fewer paying more.
  7. Andrew Robinson

    Deadline day is looming...

    That is a serious worry. In my view, we only have 3 players who can make/change a game. Forresteri, Banham and Kieran Lee. No one else can run at players, turn or take a shot close to a defender like them. We don’t know if Kieran will be back as he used to be. If we lose the other too it is going to be dire fare this season.
  8. Andrew Robinson

    It pains me to say this but....

    I am no lover of Leeds, in fact I prefer the red piggies to Leeds. But they both look as though they know what they are doing commercially and we do not compare well with them. Whether they end up succeeding on the pitch we will see. There are are all the hallmarks of 1997-2000 at Hillsborough. We have seriously overspent on average players who have not fitted in and not delivered. And this has driven up the wage bill for our good players. That is where FFP really comes in and it is the club’s fault. Whether it is FFP or the Chairman running out of cash I don’t know. But we seem to have taken the route of making things expensive rather than going for volume which I believe is a massive mistake. £90 for club membership to get £5 off a match ticket and cheap replica shirts which do not compare well with Nike or Adidas but still on sale at £59.99 and OTD tickets equalling the most expensive in our league.
  9. Andrew Robinson

    The tide has turned.

    I don’t know about turning, we need a biblical parting of the waves. Think you will have a massive 2 day headache when you come round from whatever you are on.
  10. I have actively supported the Owls since 1955 when I was 6. We have had season tickets in the North stand, with a few gaps, since 1961. But through the many ups and downs I don’t think I have ever looked to a new season with such a lack of hope and expectation. While I thank our Chairman for putting major investment into the club, it would seem that many of his actions seem to demonstrate that he really doesn’t understand Sheffield, our support of the club or the economics of the average supporters family. As as the club struggles on the pitch, he desperately needs the mass support of the fans. You just don’t get that by putting prices up again, making membership £90, charging £60 for a shirt where the club has the contract direct with the producers, kicking out the local radio which gives so much pleasure to older supporters who don’t even understand what streaming is or charging so much to the more wealthy for boxes such that less than 25% are booked for the season. This strategy ensures a half empty stadium and less total income than could be achieved with lower prices. So so for the first time ever, I am absolutely dispirited about the coming season - a loss today was absolutely no surprise. So let the clappers criticise me with as much vitriol as they like but how many genuinely worry that this could be the start of something that will make the early 1970s look like success?
  11. Andrew Robinson

    It's all very quiet at Hillsborough

    I am advised outside of this forum that work was delayed by 4 weeks due to the plan to use the pitch after the end of the season. The pitch has been cut today both ways and work starts next week. They are having a machine soon that just strips grass out of the pitch leaving the plastic. Then they will reseed with seed that grows quickly making it tight but achievable for the end of July.
  12. Andrew Robinson

    It's all very quiet at Hillsborough

    Well that went down like a lead piggy! I’ll stop taking an interest in the pitch in future and stick with the beer.
  13. Andrew Robinson

    It's all very quiet at Hillsborough

    I do know about looking after and maintaining quite large areas of grass, including at home. The routine at Hillsborough in the close season has been going on for decades and was only changed for the World Cup in 66 and Euro 96. It is a very limited window of time to get it done properly. But heh ho, this year everyone is on holiday instead so no worries.
  14. Andrew Robinson

    It's all very quiet at Hillsborough

    Don't think the pitch is just a "little thing". It is a critical part of the game. There is more work being done at Ecclesfield Red Rose!
  15. Quite worrying lack of activity at Hillsborough. Never mind the sign falling down, this is usually the busiest time of the year for the ground staff, preparing the pitch for the new season. Our Desso pitch was easily in its worst state since it was laid at the end of the season (I posted photos a couple of months ago). So the expectation is that there would be some quite frantic work carrying out repairs and over seeding with a loam mix. The Desso site quite clearly lists the work which should be done in the close season. And yet, nothing is happening. For the first time I can remember in the summer, no loam has been delivered, no repairs have been made, the pitch doesn't look as though anything is being done. The goalposts are still up, the nets are still on, the remains of markings are still there. Looks as though the plug has been pulled on expenditure. At this rate, we will start the season with the worst pitch in the Championship. Is anyone worried?
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