Cherries: Ritchie is another big statement of intent says Howe (with video)

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Matt Ritchie scores for Swindon against Gillingham in League Two last season...

MANAGER Eddie Howe has hailed as “another statement of intent” Cherries’ capture of sought-after Swindon Town winger Matt Ritchie.

The 23-year-old, who was being tracked by a host of Championship clubs, this evening pledged his future to Cherries when he signed a three-and-a-half year deal at Dean Court.

He joined Cherries for a fee in the region of £500,000 and became Howe’s fourth addition of the transfer window, following the arrivals of Brett Pitman, Ryan Allsop and Ryan Fraser.

The move – revealed exclusively today on the Daily Echo’s Twitter feed – ended Cherries’ lengthy pursuit of the gifted playmaker, which had started some 14 months ago.

Ritchie, who first came to Howe’s attention when he had a trial with Cherries in 2008, had been the subject of a number of failed bids by the Dorset club.

Speaking to the Daily Echo, Howe said: “I have known Matt for a number of years and was first made aware of him when came in on trial with Joel Ward. They were both young lads just starting to come through at Portsmouth.

“Matt is a talented player and very good technically. He did really well during a loan spell at Dagenham and ended up getting a move to Swindon. From there, he has really flourished and done ever so well. He is regarded as one of the best players in League One and his signing is a real coup for the club. It is also another statement of intent.

“He is a goalscorer and has scored nine times this season. He is also a goal creator and a set-piece specialist. He can play a number of positions, including all across midfield, and can also cover at left-back in an emergency, which is another string to his bow and something we need.

“For various reasons, his age is very important to us and he will only get better with us. His attitude is probably his stand-out quality. He wants to do well, he is very conscientious and keen to learn and improve. Those are all the hallmarks we look for in a player.”

Ritchie, who was also a target for Crystal Palace, Charlton, Bolton and Bristol City, has this season enhanced his growing reputation, his nine goals and nine assists helping Swindon sustain a promotion bid.

Gosport-born Ritchie, who progressed through the ranks at local club Portsmouth, also played a starring role last season for the Robins and was named League Two’s player of the year as they romped to the title.

He is expected to go straight into the Cherries squad for Saturday’s trip to MK Dons and his arrival will certainly spice up competition for places with Marc Pugh, Josh McQuoid, Wes Fogden, Donal McDermott and new boy Fraser all able to operate as wingers.

“We have strength in depth,” added Howe. “Matt’s signing gives us real competition for places and flexibility.”

Meanwhile, Howe said he anticipated no further incoming activity ahead of the closing of the transfer window at 11pm tomorrow.

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10:00pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Afcbpete says...

Welcome Matt, certainly a VERY exciting time to join us... UTCIAD
Welcome Matt, certainly a VERY exciting time to join us... UTCIAD Afcbpete
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10:02pm Wed 30 Jan 13

The Renegade Master says...

PDC and the Swindle fans will be spitting their dummies out tonight! Mid table finish for those losers while we will be playing Stains in the Championship next season! Well done to Maxim Demin for providing the funds to make us the best team in the league by miles. MK Dons had better watch out at the weekend we're gonna give you your hardest game of the season!
UTCIAD!!
PDC and the Swindle fans will be spitting their dummies out tonight! Mid table finish for those losers while we will be playing Stains in the Championship next season! Well done to Maxim Demin for providing the funds to make us the best team in the league by miles. MK Dons had better watch out at the weekend we're gonna give you your hardest game of the season! UTCIAD!! The Renegade Master
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10:05pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Couchy125 says...

Somebody pinch me please.
Somebody pinch me please. Couchy125
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10:07pm Wed 30 Jan 13

cherriesforlife79 says...

What a signing, truly am gobsmacked and this is clear intent from the board what they want this season........ We truly could be a championship side next season and what a few players we may have in that squad!!!!! Being a Bournemouth fan is truly magical at the minute I have always loved it but its amazing at the minute. Eddie I salute you :)
What a signing, truly am gobsmacked and this is clear intent from the board what they want this season........ We truly could be a championship side next season and what a few players we may have in that squad!!!!! Being a Bournemouth fan is truly magical at the minute I have always loved it but its amazing at the minute. Eddie I salute you :) cherriesforlife79
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10:09pm Wed 30 Jan 13

big_afcb_fan says...

So pleased i bought a ST. Just never knew the good times that were ahead when i was watching the dross that PG served up every week...!
So pleased i bought a ST. Just never knew the good times that were ahead when i was watching the dross that PG served up every week...! big_afcb_fan
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10:13pm Wed 30 Jan 13

bobsworthforever says...

What great news cant wait for the next few games reckon there must be a big striker on the way
What great news cant wait for the next few games reckon there must be a big striker on the way bobsworthforever
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10:16pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Couchy125 says...

Lets give Eddie Mitchell and the board a huge round of applause next home game. Because they sure do deserve it. Up the cherries.
Lets give Eddie Mitchell and the board a huge round of applause next home game. Because they sure do deserve it. Up the cherries. Couchy125
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10:58pm Wed 30 Jan 13

OfCourse says...

Couchy125 wrote:
Lets give Eddie Mitchell and the board a huge round of applause next home game. Because they sure do deserve it. Up the cherries.
Thanks Maxim Demin, and Eddie Howe, I'm guessing the director of football missed him on Fifa 13!
[quote][p][bold]Couchy125[/bold] wrote: Lets give Eddie Mitchell and the board a huge round of applause next home game. Because they sure do deserve it. Up the cherries.[/p][/quote]Thanks Maxim Demin, and Eddie Howe, I'm guessing the director of football missed him on Fifa 13! OfCourse
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11:24pm Wed 30 Jan 13

jakeysredd says...

YOU'L NEVER SIGN MATT RICHIE, YOU'L NEVER SIGN MATT RICHIE,
Now where did I hear that ?????
YOU'L NEVER SIGN MATT RICHIE, YOU'L NEVER SIGN MATT RICHIE, Now where did I hear that ????? jakeysredd
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11:43pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Auzzi Cherry says...

Well done all round, Maxm, EH & JT & EM !!!

What a squad we have ! Mark my words, it will be Auto's for us this year !
Well done all round, Maxm, EH & JT & EM !!! What a squad we have ! Mark my words, it will be Auto's for us this year ! Auzzi Cherry
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12:19am Thu 31 Jan 13

YafcbY says...

jakeysredd wrote:
YOU'L NEVER SIGN MATT RICHIE, YOU'L NEVER SIGN MATT RICHIE,
Now where did I hear that ?????
YOU'LL NEVER SIGN MATT RITCHIE, YOU'LL NEVER SIGN MATT RITCHIE!
[quote][p][bold]jakeysredd[/bold] wrote: YOU'L NEVER SIGN MATT RICHIE, YOU'L NEVER SIGN MATT RICHIE, Now where did I hear that ?????[/p][/quote]YOU'LL NEVER SIGN MATT RITCHIE, YOU'LL NEVER SIGN MATT RITCHIE! YafcbY
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12:20am Thu 31 Jan 13

YafcbY says...

Brilliant signing, and all the more pleasing we signed his for significantly less money than his worth...

and from Swindon! :-)
Brilliant signing, and all the more pleasing we signed his for significantly less money than his worth... and from Swindon! :-) YafcbY
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1:01am Thu 31 Jan 13

RED on tour says...

I will not goad the Swindon fans who will, I am sure, be feeling somewhat disgruntled by the news that one of their best players has transferred to The Cherries. To lose a player with the skill of Matt Ritchie is disheartening as we cherries fans know from past experience.

So Swindon, we know the problems of the threat of administration so best of luck on that particular front, but welcome Matt to Bournemouth Swindon's loss is our gain and will, I am positive, send a message of intent to the other clubs in Div1.

The message is "Get out of the way because Bournemouth are coming"

Play off's?

No chance we want to go up as League 1

CHAMPIONS


UTCIAD
I will not goad the Swindon fans who will, I am sure, be feeling somewhat disgruntled by the news that one of their best players has transferred to The Cherries. To lose a player with the skill of Matt Ritchie is disheartening as we cherries fans know from past experience. So Swindon, we know the problems of the threat of administration so best of luck on that particular front, but welcome Matt to Bournemouth Swindon's loss is our gain and will, I am positive, send a message of intent to the other clubs in Div1. The message is "Get out of the way because Bournemouth are coming" Play off's? No chance we want to go up as League 1 CHAMPIONS UTCIAD RED on tour
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6:32am Thu 31 Jan 13

TedMacsCherryPants says...

OMFG only just heard!!! Can't believe the turn-around "in all departments" at AFCB this season.

To all the Swindle fans that have been giving the mouth on here....so much for your £2M valuation, you caravan is sinking!

To the decent Swindon fans, we know what it feels like to lose our rated players and all the best for the rest of the season.

Roll on Saturday Franchise are gonna get it!! COYR!!!!!
OMFG only just heard!!! Can't believe the turn-around "in all departments" at AFCB this season. To all the Swindle fans that have been giving the mouth on here....so much for your £2M valuation, you caravan is sinking! To the decent Swindon fans, we know what it feels like to lose our rated players and all the best for the rest of the season. Roll on Saturday Franchise are gonna get it!! COYR!!!!! TedMacsCherryPants
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6:52am Thu 31 Jan 13

Chish and Fips says...

We are puzzled at this move but even more puzzled at the selling fee, so much was going on with the takeover etc..that most think it was a way of raising quick cash to cover the time difference of the new takeover and the transfer thingy closing.

Matt on his day is magic .. hasn't played so well this season granted but this move may spark him back to life.

We have to move on now and worry what else is the pipeline with the new owners.

Take this situation as a clue what can happen if your owners decide to pull out - what was a comfortable open cheque book can be become a closed account.

Hope it doesn't happen to you lot again .
We are puzzled at this move but even more puzzled at the selling fee, so much was going on with the takeover etc..that most think it was a way of raising quick cash to cover the time difference of the new takeover and the transfer thingy closing. Matt on his day is magic .. hasn't played so well this season granted but this move may spark him back to life. We have to move on now and worry what else is the pipeline with the new owners. Take this situation as a clue what can happen if your owners decide to pull out - what was a comfortable open cheque book can be become a closed account. Hope it doesn't happen to you lot again . Chish and Fips
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7:05am Thu 31 Jan 13

snake hips says...

Well done to Eddie and Jason for turning things around and thanks to maxi for financially sorting the club and backing Eddie n Jason..
Well done to Eddie and Jason for turning things around and thanks to maxi for financially sorting the club and backing Eddie n Jason.. snake hips
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7:24am Thu 31 Jan 13

dc addict says...

I'm not going to gloat. The Swindon fans have already spread enough egg over their own faces on the Echo forum. The obvious question is how will Eddie keep them all happy?
Now is the time to stay level headed about promotion. It will still be a miracle if we get automatic promotion but play offs promotion is now a real possibility.
I'm not going to gloat. The Swindon fans have already spread enough egg over their own faces on the Echo forum. The obvious question is how will Eddie keep them all happy? Now is the time to stay level headed about promotion. It will still be a miracle if we get automatic promotion but play offs promotion is now a real possibility. dc addict
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7:35am Thu 31 Jan 13

Chish and Fips says...

"I'm not going to gloat. The Swindon fans have already spread enough egg over their own faces on the Echo forum."

Hmmm nice one ...Contradiction there pal. Enjoy the moment.
"I'm not going to gloat. The Swindon fans have already spread enough egg over their own faces on the Echo forum." Hmmm nice one ...Contradiction there pal. Enjoy the moment. Chish and Fips
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7:49am Thu 31 Jan 13

Wilkie says...

Hopefully, it's Marvin coming back in and Stefan on a recall from Bury, that'd complete the jigsaw IMO. Of course, we also need to ship about half a dozen out.
Hopefully, it's Marvin coming back in and Stefan on a recall from Bury, that'd complete the jigsaw IMO. Of course, we also need to ship about half a dozen out. Wilkie
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7:52am Thu 31 Jan 13

ifordcherry says...

Who gives a toss about that small club in OXFORD ???Not me and not 99% of Bournemouth fans....End of the day gypos we have stole one of the top players in league one.AND...all he cost was your staple diet from up your Oxford homes...PEANUTS !!!
Who gives a toss about that small club in OXFORD ???Not me and not 99% of Bournemouth fans....End of the day gypos we have stole one of the top players in league one.AND...all he cost was your staple diet from up your Oxford homes...PEANUTS !!! ifordcherry
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7:58am Thu 31 Jan 13

common dog says...

The Renegade Master wrote:
PDC and the Swindle fans will be spitting their dummies out tonight! Mid table finish for those losers while we will be playing Stains in the Championship next season! Well done to Maxim Demin for providing the funds to make us the best team in the league by miles. MK Dons had better watch out at the weekend we're gonna give you your hardest game of the season!
UTCIAD!!
Enjoy this time in that way if you have to but remember it wasn't that long ago that we nearly went out of business ourselves. We got upset when clubs came in and snapped Vokes up for a lot less than he was worth.
.

We can't afford all of these player's wages on gates of 8000, it is only because MD is prepared to splash his cash.
.

Hope and pray that this lasts a long time because we are more in debt now than we ever have been. At least it is to one of our owners this time.
[quote][p][bold]The Renegade Master[/bold] wrote: PDC and the Swindle fans will be spitting their dummies out tonight! Mid table finish for those losers while we will be playing Stains in the Championship next season! Well done to Maxim Demin for providing the funds to make us the best team in the league by miles. MK Dons had better watch out at the weekend we're gonna give you your hardest game of the season! UTCIAD!![/p][/quote]Enjoy this time in that way if you have to but remember it wasn't that long ago that we nearly went out of business ourselves. We got upset when clubs came in and snapped Vokes up for a lot less than he was worth. . We can't afford all of these player's wages on gates of 8000, it is only because MD is prepared to splash his cash. . Hope and pray that this lasts a long time because we are more in debt now than we ever have been. At least it is to one of our owners this time. common dog
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8:09am Thu 31 Jan 13

LeGod says...

Good Luck to Matt Ritchie who has been a fantastic player for our club and i cant believe the price you got him for as it seems our owner panciked incase the takeover dodnt happen and we have given him away.
As a player his work rate is unbeleivable and his ball skills and balls into the box are second to none. He had a poor game when we played you recently but without a doubt you have one of the best players in L1 and you have payed peanuts for him especially when you consider you paid 800k for Tubbs who to me is L2 at best.

You have got some knobs as fans coming on our website winding us up so we all know now you got Ritchie really surprised he went to you for the money and surprised he didnt go to a bigger team but its happenned now so Good Luck Matt Ritchie.
Good Luck to Matt Ritchie who has been a fantastic player for our club and i cant believe the price you got him for as it seems our owner panciked incase the takeover dodnt happen and we have given him away. As a player his work rate is unbeleivable and his ball skills and balls into the box are second to none. He had a poor game when we played you recently but without a doubt you have one of the best players in L1 and you have payed peanuts for him especially when you consider you paid 800k for Tubbs who to me is L2 at best. You have got some knobs as fans coming on our website winding us up so we all know now you got Ritchie really surprised he went to you for the money and surprised he didnt go to a bigger team but its happenned now so Good Luck Matt Ritchie. LeGod
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8:32am Thu 31 Jan 13

Chish and Fips says...

ifordcherry wrote:
Who gives a toss about that small club in OXFORD ???Not me and not 99% of Bournemouth fans....End of the day gypos we have stole one of the top players in league one.AND...all he cost was your staple diet from up your Oxford homes...PEANUTS !!!
Oxford - ?? bit transparent that wind up pal.... or is it and you really think that - oh dear try going out and meeting people a bit more.

I know - find a dark corner somewhere close your eyes and chant to yourself over and over ' I must not make an idiot of myself on here' it may work. :o)
[quote][p][bold]ifordcherry[/bold] wrote: Who gives a toss about that small club in OXFORD ???Not me and not 99% of Bournemouth fans....End of the day gypos we have stole one of the top players in league one.AND...all he cost was your staple diet from up your Oxford homes...PEANUTS !!![/p][/quote]Oxford - ?? bit transparent that wind up pal.... or is it and you really think that - oh dear try going out and meeting people a bit more. I know - find a dark corner somewhere close your eyes and chant to yourself over and over ' I must not make an idiot of myself on here' it may work. :o) Chish and Fips
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8:35am Thu 31 Jan 13

djd says...

Seems the new Swindon owners are intent on selling the family silver.
I feel sorry for the club which has done so well over the past two seasons.
But, onwards and upwards. Certainly seeing The Cherries up there next season now.
Seems the new Swindon owners are intent on selling the family silver. I feel sorry for the club which has done so well over the past two seasons. But, onwards and upwards. Certainly seeing The Cherries up there next season now. djd
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9:20am Thu 31 Jan 13

CherrySi says...

LeGod wrote:
Good Luck to Matt Ritchie who has been a fantastic player for our club and i cant believe the price you got him for as it seems our owner panciked incase the takeover dodnt happen and we have given him away.
As a player his work rate is unbeleivable and his ball skills and balls into the box are second to none. He had a poor game when we played you recently but without a doubt you have one of the best players in L1 and you have payed peanuts for him especially when you consider you paid 800k for Tubbs who to me is L2 at best.

You have got some knobs as fans coming on our website winding us up so we all know now you got Ritchie really surprised he went to you for the money and surprised he didnt go to a bigger team but its happenned now so Good Luck Matt Ritchie.
Fair play LeGod, we've been on that side of the fence plenty of times....never nice. Good luck STFC hope everything sorts itself out down there. And UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: Good Luck to Matt Ritchie who has been a fantastic player for our club and i cant believe the price you got him for as it seems our owner panciked incase the takeover dodnt happen and we have given him away. As a player his work rate is unbeleivable and his ball skills and balls into the box are second to none. He had a poor game when we played you recently but without a doubt you have one of the best players in L1 and you have payed peanuts for him especially when you consider you paid 800k for Tubbs who to me is L2 at best. You have got some knobs as fans coming on our website winding us up so we all know now you got Ritchie really surprised he went to you for the money and surprised he didnt go to a bigger team but its happenned now so Good Luck Matt Ritchie.[/p][/quote]Fair play LeGod, we've been on that side of the fence plenty of times....never nice. Good luck STFC hope everything sorts itself out down there. And UTCIAD CherrySi
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9:23am Thu 31 Jan 13

denisjames says...

Best man on the pitch at the recent game so top signing. I wonder who will be going out?
Best man on the pitch at the recent game so top signing. I wonder who will be going out? denisjames
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10:05am Thu 31 Jan 13

Square Old Codger says...

A fine player and if the BBC's quoted price of £400K is correct a real bargain. I have sympathy for Swindon fans, we all know here , how it feels to have all your best players sold off and hope that it isn't necessary to sell any more, nor can I see De Canio accepting it, any more than Eddie did should that happen. But what a dilema for Eddie in team selection, we are already very strong in midfield and when Fraser and McDonald are fit !!! But we have the foundation for a Championship side in place - just have the task of getting there and that wont be easy. I would however urge those who can afford to and haven't Season tickets to get a half Season one - expect sell outs for the remaining home games and disappointed fans.
A fine player and if the BBC's quoted price of £400K is correct a real bargain. I have sympathy for Swindon fans, we all know here , how it feels to have all your best players sold off and hope that it isn't necessary to sell any more, nor can I see De Canio accepting it, any more than Eddie did should that happen. But what a dilema for Eddie in team selection, we are already very strong in midfield and when Fraser and McDonald are fit !!! But we have the foundation for a Championship side in place - just have the task of getting there and that wont be easy. I would however urge those who can afford to and haven't Season tickets to get a half Season one - expect sell outs for the remaining home games and disappointed fans. Square Old Codger
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10:10am Thu 31 Jan 13

LeGod says...

common dog - what you have stated is what has happenned to us we were only in debt to the owner and he got fed up pumping money in the club. Its great while it lasts and i hope Bournemouth dont get the same treatment we have been dealt with in the last 24 hours. we have our best chance this season of getting promoted with Di Canio at the helm and likewise you have a good manager in Eddie Howe but if the ownr pulls the plug or falls out with Mitchell beware!!
If you get promoted they reckon the average annual wage bill is 8m in the championship so theres alot of cash to find and you would need to increase your ground capacity and fill it every week to increase revenue and bigger sponsorship.
Very disappointed we have let Ritchie go for stupid money he is probabaly worth 1.5 million but seems our owner panicked and i feel has c*****d us fans from a great height.
There are many twists and turns in football and peaks and troughs and there will be more clubs that this happens to in the not too distant future as alot of the owners of clubs seem to like the idea of owning clubs as a bit of a hobby but then reliase the cost involved and either manage them badly or decide to get out.
Any way you have got a Gem of a player in Ritchie and you will soon see he is a high quality player and will be a real assett to your team.
common dog - what you have stated is what has happenned to us we were only in debt to the owner and he got fed up pumping money in the club. Its great while it lasts and i hope Bournemouth dont get the same treatment we have been dealt with in the last 24 hours. we have our best chance this season of getting promoted with Di Canio at the helm and likewise you have a good manager in Eddie Howe but if the ownr pulls the plug or falls out with Mitchell beware!! If you get promoted they reckon the average annual wage bill is 8m in the championship so theres alot of cash to find and you would need to increase your ground capacity and fill it every week to increase revenue and bigger sponsorship. Very disappointed we have let Ritchie go for stupid money he is probabaly worth 1.5 million but seems our owner panicked and i feel has c*****d us fans from a great height. There are many twists and turns in football and peaks and troughs and there will be more clubs that this happens to in the not too distant future as alot of the owners of clubs seem to like the idea of owning clubs as a bit of a hobby but then reliase the cost involved and either manage them badly or decide to get out. Any way you have got a Gem of a player in Ritchie and you will soon see he is a high quality player and will be a real assett to your team. LeGod
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10:15am Thu 31 Jan 13

smhinto says...

LeGod wrote:
Good Luck to Matt Ritchie who has been a fantastic player for our club and i cant believe the price you got him for as it seems our owner panciked incase the takeover dodnt happen and we have given him away. As a player his work rate is unbeleivable and his ball skills and balls into the box are second to none. He had a poor game when we played you recently but without a doubt you have one of the best players in L1 and you have payed peanuts for him especially when you consider you paid 800k for Tubbs who to me is L2 at best. You have got some knobs as fans coming on our website winding us up so we all know now you got Ritchie really surprised he went to you for the money and surprised he didnt go to a bigger team but its happenned now so Good Luck Matt Ritchie.
Agree, I have always said that Tubbs is A L2 player, but I always get flack for it on here. We definately overpaid for Tubbs. Tidy little player but as I have said many times he is certainly not L1 material.
.
Regards
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: Good Luck to Matt Ritchie who has been a fantastic player for our club and i cant believe the price you got him for as it seems our owner panciked incase the takeover dodnt happen and we have given him away. As a player his work rate is unbeleivable and his ball skills and balls into the box are second to none. He had a poor game when we played you recently but without a doubt you have one of the best players in L1 and you have payed peanuts for him especially when you consider you paid 800k for Tubbs who to me is L2 at best. You have got some knobs as fans coming on our website winding us up so we all know now you got Ritchie really surprised he went to you for the money and surprised he didnt go to a bigger team but its happenned now so Good Luck Matt Ritchie.[/p][/quote]Agree, I have always said that Tubbs is A L2 player, but I always get flack for it on here. We definately overpaid for Tubbs. Tidy little player but as I have said many times he is certainly not L1 material. . Regards smhinto
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10:39am Thu 31 Jan 13

adyb1967 says...

how can you POSSIBLY say that about Matt Tubbs. The poor bloke has NEVER had the opportunity to prove he is or isn`t a League One player! he`s managed 4 goals from just 6 starts though!
how can you POSSIBLY say that about Matt Tubbs. The poor bloke has NEVER had the opportunity to prove he is or isn`t a League One player! he`s managed 4 goals from just 6 starts though! adyb1967
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11:09am Thu 31 Jan 13

coops1965 says...

Hey Brush if you're still out there please keep winding those poor souls up, you know the ones from Wiltshire that can barely read and write.
I must confess that I have been dying laughing at the banter between our two parties, don't you just love football and all the good natured banter that it brings.

HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAA

Swindon, you are finished !!!!!!!!!
Hey Brush if you're still out there please keep winding those poor souls up, you know the ones from Wiltshire that can barely read and write. I must confess that I have been dying laughing at the banter between our two parties, don't you just love football and all the good natured banter that it brings. HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAA Swindon, you are finished !!!!!!!!! coops1965
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11:29am Thu 31 Jan 13

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

smhinto wrote:
LeGod wrote:
Good Luck to Matt Ritchie who has been a fantastic player for our club and i cant believe the price you got him for as it seems our owner panciked incase the takeover dodnt happen and we have given him away. As a player his work rate is unbeleivable and his ball skills and balls into the box are second to none. He had a poor game when we played you recently but without a doubt you have one of the best players in L1 and you have payed peanuts for him especially when you consider you paid 800k for Tubbs who to me is L2 at best. You have got some knobs as fans coming on our website winding us up so we all know now you got Ritchie really surprised he went to you for the money and surprised he didnt go to a bigger team but its happenned now so Good Luck Matt Ritchie.
Agree, I have always said that Tubbs is A L2 player, but I always get flack for it on here. We definately overpaid for Tubbs. Tidy little player but as I have said many times he is certainly not L1 material.
.
Regards
Shminto, without wishing to descend into an all out row with you today, could you enlighten us as to exactly how much we overpaid for tubbs.
As i was aware the actual fee was undisclosed, therefore none of us are privvy to the terms of the deal. I suspect that you have based your assumption on the paper-say which as we all know is not necessarily always accurate.
Finally, you are constantly telling us that Tubbs is L2 at best, which seems to be at odds with Eddie Howe's opinion of the player, unless of course you know more than King Eddie.!!!!!.
Please note- no insults, just intrigue.REGARDS
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: Good Luck to Matt Ritchie who has been a fantastic player for our club and i cant believe the price you got him for as it seems our owner panciked incase the takeover dodnt happen and we have given him away. As a player his work rate is unbeleivable and his ball skills and balls into the box are second to none. He had a poor game when we played you recently but without a doubt you have one of the best players in L1 and you have payed peanuts for him especially when you consider you paid 800k for Tubbs who to me is L2 at best. You have got some knobs as fans coming on our website winding us up so we all know now you got Ritchie really surprised he went to you for the money and surprised he didnt go to a bigger team but its happenned now so Good Luck Matt Ritchie.[/p][/quote]Agree, I have always said that Tubbs is A L2 player, but I always get flack for it on here. We definately overpaid for Tubbs. Tidy little player but as I have said many times he is certainly not L1 material. . Regards[/p][/quote]Shminto, without wishing to descend into an all out row with you today, could you enlighten us as to exactly how much we overpaid for tubbs. As i was aware the actual fee was undisclosed, therefore none of us are privvy to the terms of the deal. I suspect that you have based your assumption on the paper-say which as we all know is not necessarily always accurate. Finally, you are constantly telling us that Tubbs is L2 at best, which seems to be at odds with Eddie Howe's opinion of the player, unless of course you know more than King Eddie.!!!!!. Please note- no insults, just intrigue.REGARDS STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
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11:38am Thu 31 Jan 13

Afcbpete says...

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road wrote:
smhinto wrote:
LeGod wrote:
Good Luck to Matt Ritchie who has been a fantastic player for our club and i cant believe the price you got him for as it seems our owner panciked incase the takeover dodnt happen and we have given him away. As a player his work rate is unbeleivable and his ball skills and balls into the box are second to none. He had a poor game when we played you recently but without a doubt you have one of the best players in L1 and you have payed peanuts for him especially when you consider you paid 800k for Tubbs who to me is L2 at best. You have got some knobs as fans coming on our website winding us up so we all know now you got Ritchie really surprised he went to you for the money and surprised he didnt go to a bigger team but its happenned now so Good Luck Matt Ritchie.
Agree, I have always said that Tubbs is A L2 player, but I always get flack for it on here. We definately overpaid for Tubbs. Tidy little player but as I have said many times he is certainly not L1 material.
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Regards
Shminto, without wishing to descend into an all out row with you today, could you enlighten us as to exactly how much we overpaid for tubbs.
As i was aware the actual fee was undisclosed, therefore none of us are privvy to the terms of the deal. I suspect that you have based your assumption on the paper-say which as we all know is not necessarily always accurate.
Finally, you are constantly telling us that Tubbs is L2 at best, which seems to be at odds with Eddie Howe's opinion of the player, unless of course you know more than King Eddie.!!!!!.
Please note- no insults, just intrigue.REGARDS
The 800k seemed at the time to just be talk with no substance. Possibly with ALL add on's yes, but those add on's as in percentages of transfer fee should we sell him are unlikely to materialise, so 800k I would say if very wide of the mark. I doubt we paid more than we did for Fraser or indeed Ritchie. In fact, when you look at the signings made under Eddie, although obviously there are the wages to take into account, we've not spent stupid money, FAR from it, and those signings should we get promoted, will increase massively in value. So Maxim's money is certainly going to be an investment.
[quote][p][bold]STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: Good Luck to Matt Ritchie who has been a fantastic player for our club and i cant believe the price you got him for as it seems our owner panciked incase the takeover dodnt happen and we have given him away. As a player his work rate is unbeleivable and his ball skills and balls into the box are second to none. He had a poor game when we played you recently but without a doubt you have one of the best players in L1 and you have payed peanuts for him especially when you consider you paid 800k for Tubbs who to me is L2 at best. You have got some knobs as fans coming on our website winding us up so we all know now you got Ritchie really surprised he went to you for the money and surprised he didnt go to a bigger team but its happenned now so Good Luck Matt Ritchie.[/p][/quote]Agree, I have always said that Tubbs is A L2 player, but I always get flack for it on here. We definately overpaid for Tubbs. Tidy little player but as I have said many times he is certainly not L1 material. . Regards[/p][/quote]Shminto, without wishing to descend into an all out row with you today, could you enlighten us as to exactly how much we overpaid for tubbs. As i was aware the actual fee was undisclosed, therefore none of us are privvy to the terms of the deal. I suspect that you have based your assumption on the paper-say which as we all know is not necessarily always accurate. Finally, you are constantly telling us that Tubbs is L2 at best, which seems to be at odds with Eddie Howe's opinion of the player, unless of course you know more than King Eddie.!!!!!. Please note- no insults, just intrigue.REGARDS[/p][/quote]The 800k seemed at the time to just be talk with no substance. Possibly with ALL add on's yes, but those add on's as in percentages of transfer fee should we sell him are unlikely to materialise, so 800k I would say if very wide of the mark. I doubt we paid more than we did for Fraser or indeed Ritchie. In fact, when you look at the signings made under Eddie, although obviously there are the wages to take into account, we've not spent stupid money, FAR from it, and those signings should we get promoted, will increase massively in value. So Maxim's money is certainly going to be an investment. Afcbpete
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2:56pm Thu 31 Jan 13

swindonbob says...

After my obvious disappointment I've moved on.The club is bigger than Matt Ritchie alone. He's been a good servant to Swindon and I wish him further success. We still have to beat the 'Creepies' Saturday and as it's live on TV, everyone will see if we've if we are still promotion candidates. I think our annual double is still the most likely outcome and Matt Ritchie will be a distant memory.
After my obvious disappointment I've moved on.The club is bigger than Matt Ritchie alone. He's been a good servant to Swindon and I wish him further success. We still have to beat the 'Creepies' Saturday and as it's live on TV, everyone will see if we've if we are still promotion candidates. I think our annual double is still the most likely outcome and Matt Ritchie will be a distant memory. swindonbob
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3:42pm Thu 31 Jan 13

kangman2012 says...

Let's just hope he doesn't get injured in his first training session - UTC!
Let's just hope he doesn't get injured in his first training session - UTC! kangman2012
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6:07pm Thu 31 Jan 13

kenbaileysteeth says...

Well done all the staff at AFCB. What a great turn around at the club this year. Lets hope that we finish the season on a high.
It would be very easy to gloat and be smug at the swindle fans who trolled the Echo the other week. But as we have had some close shaves and finacial problems over the years some sympathy goes out to you. And for the hard core swindle fans get yourself a tissue coz youve got egg all over ya face!!!
Well done all the staff at AFCB. What a great turn around at the club this year. Lets hope that we finish the season on a high. It would be very easy to gloat and be smug at the swindle fans who trolled the Echo the other week. But as we have had some close shaves and finacial problems over the years some sympathy goes out to you. And for the hard core swindle fans get yourself a tissue coz youve got egg all over ya face!!! kenbaileysteeth
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7:12pm Thu 31 Jan 13

mossy 1 says...

Is it me or does he look a lot like that evil geezer Voldemort from the Harry Potter films?
Is it me or does he look a lot like that evil geezer Voldemort from the Harry Potter films? mossy 1
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7:38pm Thu 31 Jan 13

nonnogeppetto says...

I have read a lot of gloating and some very ‘close to the bone’ ‘banter’ (I am giving everyone the benefit of doubt!!)
Not so long ago when we had an exodus of players (in order to survive) I remember reading similar comments aimed at us. The comments came from all over the place but primarily from supporters of local clubs, I can say that the feeling was far from pleasurable. In this respect I feel sorry for the Swindon fans especially the more moderate ones who remain silent in these sorts of circumstances.


It’s fair enough to accuse each other of starting the slugging match however where has that famous word ‘humility’ has gone?

I take great pleasure that our club is now able to spend money on good players and with Eddie Howe in charge I am sure that the team will improve by adding players such as Ritchie and others. However let us not forget what happened at Pompey and few other clubs. I hope that our GLOATING will not turn around to bite us!!!

There is always one who try and spoil the fun I hear you say!!!!
I have read a lot of gloating and some very ‘close to the bone’ ‘banter’ (I am giving everyone the benefit of doubt!!) Not so long ago when we had an exodus of players (in order to survive) I remember reading similar comments aimed at us. The comments came from all over the place but primarily from supporters of local clubs, I can say that the feeling was far from pleasurable. In this respect I feel sorry for the Swindon fans especially the more moderate ones who remain silent in these sorts of circumstances. It’s fair enough to accuse each other of starting the slugging match however where has that famous word ‘humility’ has gone? I take great pleasure that our club is now able to spend money on good players and with Eddie Howe in charge I am sure that the team will improve by adding players such as Ritchie and others. However let us not forget what happened at Pompey and few other clubs. I hope that our GLOATING will not turn around to bite us!!! There is always one who try and spoil the fun I hear you say!!!! nonnogeppetto
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8:32pm Thu 31 Jan 13

raynad says...

Saw DeCanio on south west tv tonight he found out RItchie had left when the PLAYER told him, was not happy!
Saw DeCanio on south west tv tonight he found out RItchie had left when the PLAYER told him, was not happy! raynad
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9:52pm Thu 31 Jan 13

hg191a says...

Good luck Ritchie will be missed all at swindon know it was financial reasons why left and not football although looking at the echos thread little bit embarrassing that most of the coverage has been about swindon lol pathetic
Good luck Ritchie will be missed all at swindon know it was financial reasons why left and not football although looking at the echos thread little bit embarrassing that most of the coverage has been about swindon lol pathetic hg191a
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9:54pm Thu 31 Jan 13

smirg kcab says...

Life must go on.
Looks like we have just signed only 3 more players to cover matt
Bradley wright Phillips
Maroon pack
And Darren green
Oh we'll looks like champions again
Onwards backwards sidewards upwards
Life must go on. Looks like we have just signed only 3 more players to cover matt Bradley wright Phillips Maroon pack And Darren green Oh we'll looks like champions again Onwards backwards sidewards upwards smirg kcab
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