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6 hours ago, Leaping Lannys Perm said:

1996-97

26/7/96 Brighton 1-7 SWFC (Hirst 3 [1 pen], Pembridge 2, Donaldson, Booth) - Testimonial for Foster

28/7/96 Peterbrough 2-0 SWFC

30/7/96 Rotheham 0-1 SWFC (Nolan) - Testimonial for Goodwin

 

Then a long tour of the Netherlands:

2/8/96 FC Gouda 0-12 SWFC (Booth 3, Whittingham 3, Pembridge 2, Hyde 2, Blinker.

3/8/96 NEC Nigmegen 1-0 SWFC

4/8/96 HV & CV Quick 0-5 SWFC (Hirst 3, Whittingham, Pembridge)

7/8/96 Twente Enschede 1-1 SWFC (Worthington).

9/8/96 FC Zwolle 1-4 SWFC (Humphreys 2, Oakes, Blinker)

10/8/96 FC Utrecht 1-2 SWFC (Booth, Humphreys)

27/8/96 Pigs 4-1 SWFC (Hyde) - Steel City Challenge Cup

12/11/96 Merthyr Tydfil 0-3 SWFC (Blinker, Humphreys, Trustful.

 

 

I'll post more later. Going to try and drag Mrs LLP out to the pub.

 

12-nil, a defeat like that has Gouda sting a bit.

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4 hours ago, Leaping Lannys Perm said:

Last one for tonight:

 

1999-2000

20/7/99 QPR 1-2 SWFC (Donnelly, own goal)

23/7/99 Peterborough 0-1 SWFC (De Bilde)

27/7/99 West Brom 1-2 SWFC (De Bilde, Alexanderson) - Testimonial for Raven)

29/7/99 Stockport County 0-1 SWFC (Donnelly)

31/7/99 Rotherham 0-1 SWFC (Carbone)

 

Wow, 5 wins out of 5. I think we might be on for a great season in 1999-2000.

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12 hours ago, Leaping Lannys Perm said:

1998/99:

 

15/7/98 Reading 3-0 SWFC

17/7/98 Peterborough 1-2 SWFC (Booth, Magilton)

23/7/98 Man City 0-0 SWFC

25/7/98 Blackpool 1-0 SWFC

29/7/98 Lincoln City 0-3 SWFC (Booth, Di Canio, Atherton)

1/8/98 Birmingham 4-0 SWFC

3/8/98 Wasall 2-1 SWFC (Booth)

Also 3/8/98 Shrewsbury Town 1-0 SWFC - Shropshire Senior Cup.

18/5/98 Chesterfield 1-1 SWFC (Own Goal) - Testimonial for Hewitt.

 

Certainly our worst pre-season yet posted. 

9 games against lower league opposition and only won two of them. Lost 5 of them.

 

I remember going to the Blackpool one, a red hot Saturday afternoon but an awful game and I recall wondering just how Di Canio could look so bad against 3rd division Blackpool (answer - he couldn't be arsed). Think Nigel Worthington was their manager.

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Back for another update:

 

2020-21

15/7/00 Chesterfield 3

2-1 SWFC (Holmes)

17/7/00 Crawley Town 1-3 SWFC (Sibon, Cresswell, Humphries [pen])

19/7/00 Stevenage 0-3 SWFC (Sibon 2, Muller)

22/7/00 Wrexham 1-4 SWFC (Sibon 2 [1 pen], Booth, Hamshaw)

29/7/00 Scunthorpe 3-2 SWFC (Quinn, Jonk)

2/8/00 SWFC 2-2 PSV (De Bilde, Booth)

5/8/00 Brighton 2-0 SWFC.

 

Interesting note, the PSV was our first home friendly in seven years, with the previous being Worthington's Testimonial against Derby in 1993. Whilst we had been a Prem team throughout that period, and Prem the higher teams are usually away, 7 years without at friendly seems extreme.

 

Also interested as to who Holmes was. Looking at the player record in the same book, he never played a competitive game for us.

 

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1 minute ago, Leaping Lannys Perm said:

Back for another update:

 

2020-21

15/7/00 Chesterfield 3

2-1 SWFC (Holmes)

17/7/00 Crawley Town 1-3 SWFC (Sibon, Cresswell, Humphries [pen])

19/7/00 Stevenage 0-3 SWFC (Sibon 2, Muller)

22/7/00 Wrexham 1-4 SWFC (Sibon 2 [1 pen], Booth, Hamshaw)

29/7/00 Scunthorpe 3-2 SWFC (Quinn, Jonk)

2/8/00 SWFC 2-2 PSV (De Bilde, Booth)

5/8/00 Brighton 2-0 SWFC.

 

Interesting note, the PSV was our first home friendly in seven years, with the previous being Worthington's Testimonial against Derby in 1993. Whilst we had been a Prem team throughout that period, and Prem the higher teams are usually away, 7 years without at friendly seems extreme.

 

Also interested as to who Holmes was. Looking at the player record in the same book, he never played a competitive game for us.

 

Obviously mean 2000-01

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2001-02

18/7/01 Dunfirmline Altheltic 3-1 SWFC (Sibon)

20/7/01 Kilmarnock 0-0 SWFC

25/07/01 Hull City 0-0 SWFC

28/07/01 SWFC 0-0 Derby

31/07/01 York City 1-2 SWFC (McLaren, Quinn)

4/8/01 SWFC 1-0 Deportivo Alves (McLaren).

 

What an exciting pre season campaign. 6 games, 4 goals scored, 4 goals conceded and three consecutive goalless draws.

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Only home pre season games I've been to were PSV Eindhoven in 2000 and Bolton in 2004. Think they were both draws. Would potentially go if we were playing Rangers again having missed their previous two visits. 

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On 16/06/2022 at 17:37, Leaping Lannys Perm said:

12/11/96 Merthyr Tydfil 0-3 SWFC (Blinker, Humphreys, Trustful.

 

I remember the Merthyr Tydfil game really well. As a 12 year old from South Wales it wasn’t always easy to get to watch games regularly but we went to this pre-season game.
 

There were a few kids like myself that got to go on the pitch before the game and do keepy uppies with some of the players like Pembridge and Blinker. All whilst wearing a Blinker wig. 🤦🏻‍♂️
 

Stuff of dreams for a 12 year old though.

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15 minutes ago, BridportOwl said:

I went that Alves match, think that was the year that had just been beaten by Liverpool in the UEFA cup final.

Boring game, but for years I have remembered it being a draw. 

I was at that Alaves match too. Remember it hammering it down before the match and getting soaked on the way down. 

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19 hours ago, Garryswfcowl72 said:

Remember playing PSV 2-0 down & getting a 2-2 draw in 2000 Sure there was about 5 psv fans in the leppings lane or did I imagine this 🤷🏻

Remember that too 🙂

 

One of their players scored a class goal, and the Kop clapped it. Think it might have been Van Bommell

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2 hours ago, Leaping Lannys Perm said:

 

 

Also interested as to who Holmes was. Looking at the player record in the same book, he never played a competitive game for us.

 

i remember peter holmes .... midfielder went to luton and then on to rovrum 

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I remember we beat Newcastle 4-3, we were league 1 and they were PL. I thought wow we are going to be great this season! 

 

The great Sir Bobby Robson (RIP) said afterwards that you get weird and wonderful results in pre-season and they don’t mean anything.  I thought booo you’re wrong Bobby. Sour grapes!

 

They went on to quality for the champions league,  we had our lowest finish in English football in most of our history.

 

I realised that pre-season results meant diddly squat from then onwards 
 

 

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On 16/06/2022 at 19:05, Leaping Lannys Perm said:

Back already. Daughter's hay-fever is out of control so only managed to be out for about 45 minutes.

 

First of all, missed on from 1996-97

10/2/97 Shelbourne 3-2 SWFC (Booth 2)

 

1997-98

21/7/97 Exeter City 1-3 SWFC (Blinker 2  Hirst)

23/7/97 Torquay United 0-1 SWFC (Pembridge) 

25/7/97 Plymouth 2-0 SWFC.

 

Then another (briefer) tour of the Netherlands:

29/7/97 Leiden Select XI 1-4 SWFC (Carbone 2, Donaldson 2)

1/8/97 T.O.P Oss 1-3 SWFC (Humphreys, Whittingham, Donaldson)

2/8/97 Sparta Rotterdam 2-1 SWFC (Pembridge)

4/8/97 Huddersfield 1-0 SWFC.

28/4/98 Rangers 2-2 SWFC (Carbone, Di Canio) - Testimonial for Ian Durrant.

 

 

Christ that Rangers trip was 24 years ago 😲

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On 17/06/2022 at 22:41, Southie_Owl said:

I remember we beat Newcastle 4-3, we were league 1 and they were PL. I thought wow we are going to be great this season! 

 

The great Sir Bobby Robson (RIP) said afterwards that you get weird and wonderful results in pre-season and they don’t mean anything.  I thought booo you’re wrong Bobby. Sour grapes!

 

They went on to quality for the champions league,  we had our lowest finish in English football in most of our history.

 

I realised that pre-season results meant diddly squat from then onwards 
 

 

 

I remember that one. It was on a friday night and the game itself was more like a cup tie than a friendly. 

 

The worst one I can remember watching was against Stoke in 2011. Padraig Amond played on trial. Ended 0-0 I think.

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On 17/06/2022 at 22:41, Southie_Owl said:

I remember we beat Newcastle 4-3, we were league 1 and they were PL. I thought wow we are going to be great this season! 

 

The great Sir Bobby Robson (RIP) said afterwards that you get weird and wonderful results in pre-season and they don’t mean anything.  I thought booo you’re wrong Bobby. Sour grapes!

 

They went on to quality for the champions league,  we had our lowest finish in English football in most of our history.

 

I realised that pre-season results meant diddly squat from then onwards 
 

 

 

That match genuinely remains one of the best games I've ever been to.

 

Thought we'd absolutely smash the league that year.

 

A few weeks later, 2 0-0's against Stockport and Grimsby had me doubting my early optimism.

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Right, time for another update:

 

2002-03

Starts with a tour of Scandinavia.

16/7/02 FC Copenhagen 1-1 SWFC (O'Donnell)

18/7/02 Trelleborgs XI [SWE] 1-4 SWFC (Crane 2, Sibon, Armstrong)

20/7/02 Ystads [SWE] 0-3 SWFC (Sibon 2, Crane)

24/7/02 Partick Thistle 2-0 SWFC (Sibon, Knight)

27/7/02 Kilmarnock 2-1 SWFC (McLaren)

30/7/02 SWFC 1-2 Middlesbrough (Beswetherick)

3/8/02 Oldham 1-2 SWFC (Donelly, Sibon)

 

I'd managed to delete Leon Knight from my mind. What a ********.

 

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2003-04

Starts with a short tour of the Netherlands:

8/7/03 VV Dovo 0-5 SWFC (Lee 3, Owusu, Watson)

10/7/03 DOS Kampen 0-4 SWFC (Evans 2, Holt, Shaw)

15/7/03 Donny Rovers 0-2 SWFC (Watson 2 [1 pen])

19/7/03 Macclesfield Town 1-3 SWFC (Kuqi 3 [1 pen])

22/7/03 SWFC 1-2 ADO Den Haag (Quinn [pen])

26/07/03 Hartlepool 1-3 SWFC (Owusu, McLaren, Armstrong)

1/8/03 SWFC 4-3 Newcastle (Owusu, D.Smith, Armstrong, Kuqi)

12/5/04 Rotherham 2-1 SWFC (Quinn) - Testimonial for Hurst.

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