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katie melua

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  1. Another odd decision in the world of Trevor Francis Ian Nolan was a right back at Tranmere and stared in their league cup semi final matches against Aston Villa. Yet when Francis signs him, he moves him to left back for some odd reason - clearly showing that he was not a left back. I think Francis even played Simon Coleman at left back when he played centre back for most of his career before moving to us. This included moving on Phil King who was a decent left back. A good back up to Nigel Worthington whenever he was injured. Such a strange transfer period.
  2. When Big Ron came back in for his second spell, he knew what to do with the defence. He could see that defensively, we were all over the show and I include Atherton in this Des Walker was the only decent defender we had from the days where we once had Nilsson, Anderson, Pearson and Worthington. Ron saw this and went and signed Andy Hinchcliffe, Emerson Thome, Earl Barratt and Goce Sedloski. Atkinson was also hoping to sign Matt Jackson from Everton during the summer but Richards gave him the boot before that deal could be completed. He was hoping to move Nolan, Atherton, Briscoe on during the summer as well as a lot of others Atkinson was also hoping to bring in a couple of midfielders as well, we were hoping to sign Gary Speed but he went to Newcastle in the end. I think he was looking at Steve Stone from Nottingham Forest from memory Richards decided no and that was that.
  3. Interesting that there was no mention of Chris Turner on this interview - not surprising really
  4. I think we rejected a 4 million bid from Tottenham for Quinn in the summer. Jewell wanted to build the team around him and was the only player not on the list.
  5. 15 - Garry Thompson one was a guess though
  6. From memory, the Beckham bid was done before he even went on loan to Preston North End. I think it was Francis that made the bid after watching him in Man Utds 4-0 win over Galatasaray. I believe it was something like a million, which back in those days was a decent sum of money for a completely unproven 19 year old. The striker signings, add Egil Ostenstad, Roy Makaay and Matt Jansen to that list as well. All strikers we looked at during that pre-season before ending up with two of the worst strikers ever to play in the premier league. A strike force of Richard Cresswell, Andy Booth, Gilles De Bilde and Gerald Sibon - no wonder we were relegated
  7. I can only think of Stephen McPhail regarding the midfielder he stuck with. Don't think he was useless, age caught up with him in my opinion. Bothroyd though was his downfall, playing him all the time during his August to January loan was a disaster. Ironic that our form and also the team morale picked up immensely when he returned to QPR.
  8. Keiren Westwoods 30 clean sheets Sam Hutchinsons 30 man of the match performances
  9. If memory was right, Terry Cooke was playing for us then - in that game I think it was a former Sheffield United player, Marcel Cas???
  10. John Fleck over Phil Jagielka is an insult Phil Jagielka has been their best player since the start of the millennium. It was not surprising that he stayed in the Premiership when they were relegated. He was far too good for that Sheffield United team Any combined XI has got to include Phil Jagielka in the side, whether that's centre half or central midfield. Jagielka and Sheridan would be a fabulous pairing for a dream team since the 90's.
  11. Given how broke we were, he would have ended up at Villa Park Aston Villa were definitely monitoring him and were preparing a 2 million bid before he picked up that nasty injury at Selhurst Park
  12. Was that when he did the commentary for a match?
  13. Easy one this Chelsea's 2nd goal is an absolute cracker. Matt Hamshaw's effort v Watford does come close
  14. FIrst worst defeat Would be the 3-0 defeat by Nottingham Forest to relegate us from the old first division Too young to remember the Everton semi final defeat
  15. Gilles De Bilde For someone that cannot be bothered to play football, then throw a paddy about going to the premier league because of his dogs. I wish Paul Jewell smashed [email protected] The only player i have hated big time. I couldn't stand Leon Knight and Jay Bothroyd but their saving grace was they were loans. De Bilde was a permanent
  16. Richard Hinds A very steady defender that did a decent job for us Granted he wasn't world class but given the money we were spending etc, he was a very good transfer. A decent lower league championship/top end league one defender I'll also add Burton O'Brien to this list as well. Again, no where near as bad as many made him out to be
  17. Many rave about Roland Nilssons performance in the league cup final (and quite rightly so) against Manchester United but Nigel Pearson that day was fantastic as well I think from memory, ITV game him the man of the match in that game. He was superb dealing with a top class strike force that Mark Hughes and Brian McClair were
  18. I cannot remember the season but it was away at Tottenham in the mid to late 80s. Lee Chapman was still playing for us as was Martin Hodge. Think Howard Wilkinson was still manager. We lost the game 2-0 from memory. Don't remember who scored the goals for Tottenham.
  19. Lads, look at this chant someones made up for Cameron Dawson
  20. I turned up about 5 minutes after kick off and missed the opening goal. Remember Coughlans powerful header to make it two, mainly because of Weaver turning around and celebrating big time. This is nothing compared to the one win in seventeen. 6 points, doomed to relegation on boxing day in the premier league. A strike force of Sibon, Booth, De Bilde and Cresswell (no wonder why we scored fifteen goals up till the Boro win on Boxing day). Fifteen goals, with five of those in one game! That summer trying to sign Dani, Michael Mols, Egil Ostenstad, Henrik Larsson etc - we end up with two players guaranteed to be in the worst premiership signings XI squad easily. Then the silly 'return to the premiership season tickets' when it was clearly obvious there was no chance we would be coming back up. Even the early hope when we didn't put in that bad performances v Blackburn, Wolves and Grimsby - the writing was clearly on the wall we'd struggle. First team players who refused to play but didn't want to go on loan because of their dogs as an example. Managers usually hate being sacked but from what I remember reading, Paul Jewell was relieved it was over given the toxic atmosphere at the club. Even worse was to follow with the 2010/11 season. The magnificent chairman walking out at the start of the season, tax debts increasing, almost going out of business and then a side with players who a few seasons ago finished mid table, were on the receiving end of being outplayed by Leyton Orient, Carlisle United and Exeter City. On top of that, a manager who was more scared of Hereford United's right back than setting up a side to attack the opposition. 2003/04 season we accepted we were rubbish and players needed removing from the club. It feels like this is that season (hopefully without being relegated). Then in the summer, no contracts to all players out of contract and then start a fresh again. Even if we end up being battered 3-0 at home on the opening day of the season to Derby County
  21. Derby County - FA Cup quarter final replay Set up the semi final against United Special mention to the 2-0 victory over Liverpool in the relegation season
  22. Yep, the one that a former manager of Nottingham Forest was desperate to sign whilst at another club. After he left, he was relieved he didn't sign him as would have destroyed the morale within the club he previously managed. Even Billy Davies has some interesting things to say about McGugans levels of fitness in particular.
  23. Is this the same Lewis McGugan that fell out with every single Nottingham Forest manager during his time there, plus the Watford managers?
  24. Until he takes a championship mid table side to getting their bottoms spanked by league one clubs regularly, whilst spending a fortune in that division - then he's no where near the levels of Alan Irvine in terms of worst manager in the history of Sheffield Wednesday managers It does feel like we've turned back the clock to 2000 again, Players that literally can't be bothered and a manager struggling to get anything out of them. It's like we're back with Paul Jewell and the players have all become Gilles De Bilde.
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