Is it possible to get a decent referee's whistle that can be personalised? 40th birthday gift idea for a friend but I have no idea if the whistles I've seen that can be personalised would be any good to actually use whilst refereeing.
With apologies to Durham, Wessex and other exiles is it time to bring back North and South divisions? With ever increasing costs both financial and environmental would having more local games reduce travelling costs for both clubs and fans whilst increasing revenue and having a lesser impact on the environment? I'm sure I'm not the only one that thinks being in a division that looks like this seems a lot more attractive?
South AFC Wimbledon Bristol Rovers Cambridge United Charlton Athletic Cheltenham Town Colchester United Crawley Town Exeter City Forest Green Rovers Gillingham Ipswich Town Leyton Orient Milton Keynes Dons Newport County Northampton Town Oxford United Peterborough United Plymouth Argyle Portsmouth Stevenage Sutton United Swindon Town Wycombe Wanderers
The Northern division would look like this:
North Accrington Stanley Barnsley Barrow Bolton Wanderers Bradford City Carlisle United Crewe Alexandra Derby County Doncaster Rovers Fleetwood Town Grimsby Town Harrogate Town Hartlepool United Lincoln City Mansfield Town Morecambe Port Vale Rochdale Salford City Sheffield Wednesday Stockport County Tranmere Rovers
The Southern division is currently one team short and the Northern division two teams short as I can't decide where these poor Midlanders should go!
Midlands Burton Albion Shrewsbury Town Walsall
Geography is not my strong point, so if anyone has any better suggestions on the makeup of the divisions please feel free to put them forward.
The winners of each division would be promoted to the Championship with the next four teams in each division going into the North V South play offs. So 2nd in the Northern division plays 5th in the Southern division and 3rd in the Northern division plays 4th in the Southern division and so on. One legged quarter finals with the team finishing higher having home advantage, two legged semi finals and then the final at Wembley as normal. Bottom of each division would find themselves relegated to the National League.
For me unless he was set a points target that he didn't achieve, seems unlikely, I can't see how the job won't be his should he want it.
When he took over from Mullins we were 22nd in the table with 22 points from 24 games and only Scunthorpe (19 from 25) and Oldham (18 from 24) were below us at the time. We’d lost seven of our last eight games in all competitions, the other being a 0-0 draw, and hadn’t won in the league for nearly two months. Brown was in charge for 22 league games and managed 33 points from those games. His record is as follows:
Manager Season Pos Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts PPG GFPG GAPG Brown 2021-22 22 9 6 7 29 25 4 33 1.50 1.32 1.14
1.5 points per game put us 9th in the form table for the period that Brown was in charge for. Incidentally Mullins/Tisdale also managed 1.5 points per game from the eight games they were in charge for at the end of last season. 1.5 points per game over the course of a full season (69 points) is generally good enough for 8th or 9th in League Two but has snuck into the play off’s a few times. I think to get 33 points from the 22 games he was in charge, I think Sutton were the only side we didn’t play, was quite some achievement given the position and confidence of the team when he took over. Under Brown I think we’ve shown a lot more fighting spirit and gained points from losing positions eight times. We’ve also looked more dangerous going forward, goals per game up by over 66%, and defensively more solid. There have been disappointing performances, Stevenage, Northampton and Exeter especially, but there were some really good ones as well, Bradford and Salford for instance. A high percentage of this squad are contracted for next season and with a few additions and the confidence they can take from the end of this season I see no reason why we shouldn’t be competing in the top half of the table.
Our record since we’ve been back in League Two is as follows:
Brown’s record is very similar to McGreal’s first season, which was good enough for 8th position, and obviously he’s still pretty inexperienced at this level so you’d like to think he’ll improve. For me Brown has done enough to be given the job permanently and hopefully next season we won’t have to look at the wrong end of the table for the first time in a while.
Has there been a reason given as to why Hornby played the last two games of the season rather than George? He was fit enough to be on the bench which would imply he was fit enough to play if required. Was Wayne Brown preparing for next season perhaps? A similar thing happened when we knew Walker was leaving and Barnes played the last couple of games of the season. Will be a shame if George does leave but we'll be due a fee and Hornby seems like an able replacement.
When it comes to football I'm generally pretty sentimental and, if his body is up to it, I'd like to see Gerken get some minutes on the pitch on Saturday. He's been a very good keeper for us over two spells and it's a shame that physically he's been unable to be more involved this season. I always thought it was a pretty poor that Walker didn't get the chance to get a proper send off as he didn't play in the last two games of his final season.
Annoyingly I forgot to vote before the closing date but my picks would've been as follows:
Player of the Season: Freddie Sears Young Player of the Season: Noah Chilvers Goal of the Season: Alan Judge V Rochdale (a goal I saw live from the South Stand).
I think George has had a good season, red cards apart, and I also thought Skuse has been decent on the whole. Lots of others would have "could do better" on their report card. Special mention for Junior who despite still being raw and naive is continuing to improve and progress.
Is the Family Enclosure, if it's still called that, E7 and E8 at the stadium or just E8? Thought it was probably quicker to ask on here than contacting the club. Going to take my daughters to the Bradford game and want to make sure we're sat in the right part.
I saw this on Col U TV and it struck me how much quicker we seemed to move the ball back then. This was the second game of the 2018/19 season and Eastman and Nouble are the only players from the squad that day still at the club. Incidentally Hannant started for Port Vale and Hornby was on the bench. I look at that side and would take the majority of them over our current crop although I did see Comley has just signed for Dagenham and Redbridge after barely playing in his one and a half seasons at Bolton.
Surely this season must be a record for debuts for the U's? 19 and counting...
Jake Turner Ted Collins Luke Chambers Tom Dallison Myles Kenlock Gene Kennedy Charlie Daniels Cameron Coxe Cole Skuse Luke Hannant Alan Judge Owura Edwards Sylvester Jasper Emyr Huws Chay Cooper Corie Andrews Armando Dobra John Akinde Shawn McCoulsky
Anyone I've missed? That's a full match day squad plus one right there!
I’m not sure anyone is going to agree with the title of this post but you can pretty much prove anything with stats. Obviously Freddie’s nine goals in the league doesn’t even come close to Mitrovic’s 27 for Fulham, Stewart’s 18 for Sunderland, Telford’s 18 for Newport or Salah’s 16 for Liverpool. It’s probably safe to assume though that it’s much easier to hit the back of the net regularly when you’re playing for a free scoring Fulham or Liverpool but what if you’re playing for a shot and goal shy team like say Colchester United? Well then your percentage of your team’s goals becomes the key stat and that is where Freddie reigns supreme.
Freddie has scored nine of our measly 19 goals this season, a whopping 47%. This is better than any other player at one of the other 91 clubs in the league.
The Top 10
Player Team Goals Team Goals % F Sears Colchester United 9 19 47% C Stockton Morecambe 16 35 46% B Brereton Blackburn Rovers 20 44 45% Dominic Telford Newport Co 18 42 43% D Solanke Bournemouth 18 43 42% J Piroe Swansea City 11 27 41% A Mitrovic Fulham 27 70 39% A Weimann Bristol City 12 32 38% M Cornet Burnley 6 16 38% E Dennis Watford 8 23 35%
Salah, arguably the best footballer in the world right now, is way behind Freddie with 29% and Ronaldo, who could be the best footballer of all time, is even further back on 23%. Proof, if any was needed, that as well as being the best striker in the country Freddie Sears is in fact the best footballer on the planet.