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  1. Ben Futcher was on the touch line yesterday , Asst Mgr at Mansfield
  2. Don’t know what the fuss is about. i sit in the MSU and if I have to move for one match it doesn’t bother me. Plenty of space. And I really can cope with a week’s notice - I doubt if the trauma will take that long to get over...
  3. True. But that's possibly because they play at Prenton Park..
  4. Don’t we say that no one individual is bigger than the club? I’m in s group of 10 Main Standers , ages 35 to late 60s, all been going for donkeys years, dislike much of what AL seems to be doing, or not doing, but will be there Saturday supporting the team. And any protest or boycott needs convincing people like us that it’s needed.
  5. Coach breaking down? Wouldn’t have been an away trip on Barlows in the 60s if that didn’t happen.
  6. That’s not what I was talking about. Jorvik said that he wasn’t going. BigDog indicated that he disagreed with that stance. Both are entitled to their own opinion- and shouldn’t be outraged if someone disagrees with it. I felt “f off for judging people” was ott. Some of us will boycott, some of us will continue attending.
  7. But if you proclaim (probably a bit strong) that you are not going, and give your reasons ( “a disconnect with the club”), then you have to expect a critique of them surely?
  8. Whilst I cannot upvote this as it promotes and prolongs outdated sexist attitudes...it did make me smile. I apologise.
  9. We will never know if he would have been successful long term but before he is condemned unequivocally let’s remember that without last minute (or thereabouts) goals he would have accumulated 5 more points. That would have made his record look much better. Was he to blame for those goals or was it brain freeze on the part of players in not recognising what needed to be done at that point of a match? Maybe he credited them with too much nous, and he would have learned from that I believe . Anyway, good for Pete Wild in once again seizing his chance . COYB
  10. I know what you are trying to say but his race is irrelevant .
  11. As most of you know I’ve been a Latics supporter for many many years. Thick and thin. I’ve been frustrated and annoyed at some of the hyperbolic statements by people on here about anything that the club has in their opinion done wrong. However I can’t recall feeling as p****d off and down than I am right now. I believed that Scholes was a very good appointment and that he’d got AL reined in . Now we are a laughing stock, unstable and rudderless. I’m not going to make what I think is an over emotive response such as “ I’m finished with Latics” or “I’m never going again”. Latics is part of me and always will be. But I am disullusioned, despairing , and apprehensive about the future. I’ve got my ticket for next season . Don’t know whether I’ll look forward to using it. Sorry for the ramble but I needed to unload a bit.
  12. Goal! The Ted MacDougall Story Neil Vachter & Ted MacDougall Pitch Publishing 2018 Paperback 381pp £12.99 A player who scored 308 times in 617 matches is entitled to a soubriquet and “Super Mac” was certainly appropriately applied to Ted MacDougall as he racked up the goals in the 1960s and 70s. His was a career that saw him succeed at nearly every level and club. Whether as part of a striking duo, as with Phil Boyer at Bournemouth and Norwich, or operating more alone, he invariably delivered the goods. Ironically his first three seasons as a league player saw York twice have to apply for re-election to the Fourth Division, and Bournemouth relegated. However, after that his “jinx effect” disappeared and he became part of the Cherries’ promotion line up and scored goals at a rapid pace in the Third Division. From 1970 to 1972 his record was 96 goals in 102 games, including nine in one match in the FA Cup. The 70s was a period when top flight clubs had no problems in signing players from further down the league and Manchester United paid £195,000 to take him to Old Trafford. The title of the chapter in his book is “Nightmare at the Theatre of Dreams” and that sums it up. Signed by Frank O’Farrell and jettisoned by Tommy Docherty after 26 games, MacDougall then moved to another club where he became a legend - Norwich City. Taking off from before he reclaimed his reputation as one of the country’s top strikers and maintained it after further moves to Southampton and back to Bournemouth. He makes no bones about what he saw as his role in the team: to score goals. The concept of a workhorse, covering the pitch is not one that sits easily, but he relished learning about how to do his job better. When John Bond, manager at Bournemouth, said that he had the best striker in the land, Bond made it clear that the rest of the team had the responsibility to get the ball to Ted. Then, after hours honing movement, finding space and working on angles, Mac would more often than not put the ball in the net. Despite his time at a “top club” not working out he maintained a fantastic strike rate in teams with so-called less able players. In all four divisions he appeared near, if not at, the top of the goal scorer charts. Whilst capped just six times by Scotland he still managed three goals, a 50% strike rate that mirrors his total career. Super Mac is now long retired, but he is not short of opinions on the modern game. Like many former centre forwards he regrets the “softening” of the game, with defenders not allowed to make rugged challenges and almost yearns for the return of Gordon McQueen and his like! There’s a continuing relationship with several of his former clubs despite him now living in the USA. Returns to Portsmouth, York, Norwich and, of course, Bournemouth, prompt him to offer a perspective on their stories between his time and more recently.
  13. Not so. Often scouts at Latics matches, sat in the rows of seats in front of Roy and Mike.
  14. I’ll just say ...1973/4 Ten in a row.
  15. I was hoping that Salford would be forced to hand back all investment , forced to merge with FCUM , and the new club be docked 10 pts (each season).
  16. A great local journalist. Excellent turns of phrase. Moved , I think, from Latics reporter to Sports Editor when the Chron was an indispensable part of Oldham life. A line from one of his reports describing Colin Garwood and David Shaw as “goal bagging brigands with penalty area panache” is still a joy to recall.
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