Cherries: Ritchie ready for promotion push

MATT Ritchie is the player Cherries supporters hope will prove to be the final piece of the promotion jigsaw.

And having already himself completed the set, Ritchie’s aim is to see Eddie Howe playing Championship manager at Dean Court next season.

At 23, the mercurial winger is one of the youngest players in the country to have plied his trade in all four divisions of the English game.

Cherries this week ended their lengthy pursuit of Ritchie when they finally managed to prise him from League One rivals Swindon.

Two managers have gone and 14 months have elapsed since Cherries tabled the first of a number of unsuccessful bids for one of the hottest properties in the lower leagues.

However, the recent financial uncertainty at the County Ground enabled Cherries to get their man for a bargain fee in the region of £500,000.

Ritchie agreed personal terms on a lucrative three-and-a-half year contract and is in contention to make his debut when Cherries visit MK Dons tomorrow (3pm kick-off).

“I had some great times at Swindon but felt it was time to move on,” said Ritchie. “I won League Two with Swindon last season and my aim is to add another promotion to my CV this year.

“This is a great opportunity for me to hopefully reach the Championship with Bournemouth and have a successful time here. I really fancy us to do well.

“Both Swindon and Bournemouth are in a great position and I am sure will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season. I am confident we can go up because we have got good backing, a good manager and a very good set of players. I trained today for the first time and you could see the standard is high and there is a lot of ability in the squad.”

Portsmouth-born Ritchie joined his local club as a six-year-old and progressed through the ranks to make two appearances in the Premier League for Pompey in 2009-10.

As a boy, he would watch the likes of Teddy Sheringham and Paul Merson at Fratton Park, although his favourite player was former Swindon and Cherries winger Sammy Igoe.

Ritchie said: “When I was young, I was a Pompey fan and used to watch players like Sheringham, Merson and Patrick Berger, who were great. But Sammy Igoe was my idol. He was a bit like me – small – so I could relate to him!”

Ritchie cut his teeth in the Football League during a season-long loan at Dagenham & Redbridge in 2008-09, featuring in both games when Cherries did the double over the east Londoners on their way to pulling off the Great Escape.

He helped Notts County beat Cherries to the League Two title during a loan spell at Meadow Lane in 2009-10 before joining Swindon for around £200,000 in January 2011 following a loan stay at the County Ground.

League Two player of the year as Swindon romped to the title last season, Ritchie netted twice against Cherries in a 4-0 victory for the Robins in September. He also lined up in the 1-1 draw at Dean Court last month.

“It was like playing two different teams,” he said. “The personnel were similar but the way they played and set up were different. The manager has come in and turned things round.

“In the game here, the organisation throughout the team was spot on. Bournemouth were hard to break down, they had a good work ethic and you could see the mentality was good.

“When you move, people expect things of you and the manager has signed me expecting me to do well. I need to provide and score goals and, hopefully, I can do that and help Bournemouth.

“I am sure the manager can get the best out of me and am really looking forward to working with him.”

MK Dons: (from) Martin, Lewington, Otsemobor, Doumbe, Williams, Potter, Harley, Chicksen, Bowditch, Lowe, McLeod, MacKenzie, Ismail, Alli, Lines, Flanagan, Powell, Rasulo.

Cherries: (from) Jalal, Francis, Cook, Elphick, Seaborne, McQuoid, Fogden, Arter, O’Kane, Pugh, Pitman, Hughes, Grabban, Tubbs, Partington, Fletcher, Ritchie, Daniels, Allsop.

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7:29am Fri 1 Feb 13

Frankiesbackfromhollywood says...

Ritchie has come here with high expectation, we can only give him our support and hope he lives up to all the hype! His record for Swindon was outstanding, the prospect of that player added to our already very strong squad is mouthwatering!!
Ritchie has come here with high expectation, we can only give him our support and hope he lives up to all the hype! His record for Swindon was outstanding, the prospect of that player added to our already very strong squad is mouthwatering!! Frankiesbackfromhollywood
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8:04am Fri 1 Feb 13

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Let's keep the push going tommorrow with lads 3pts off the 'Dons!

Really looking forward to this one and hope there is a big turnout at the away end!

UTCIAD!!!!
Let's keep the push going tommorrow with lads 3pts off the 'Dons! Really looking forward to this one and hope there is a big turnout at the away end! UTCIAD!!!! TedMacsCherryPants
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8:07am Fri 1 Feb 13

rogthedodge123 says...

This team would have gone up anyway without Ritchie
class,class,class-bu
t with Matt we can now go up as champions and Im ready to camp out for next years season ticket
-might check the weather first and good luck tomorrow and it should be a comfortable win especially after MK Dons recent exertions.
This team would have gone up anyway without Ritchie class,class,class-bu t with Matt we can now go up as champions and Im ready to camp out for next years season ticket -might check the weather first and good luck tomorrow and it should be a comfortable win especially after MK Dons recent exertions. rogthedodge123
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8:09am Fri 1 Feb 13

smhinto says...

Food for thought folks. With all this hype over Ritchie (An excellent player i have to say). How would we look if Swindon gain promotion this season and we do'nt.
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No doubt we would take some flack from the Swindon faithfull.
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Regards
Food for thought folks. With all this hype over Ritchie (An excellent player i have to say). How would we look if Swindon gain promotion this season and we do'nt. . No doubt we would take some flack from the Swindon faithfull. . Regards smhinto
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8:15am Fri 1 Feb 13

ifordcherry says...

sm(fool)hinto i think you would be a lot better off watching bowls or even better if your mum takes your computer away for a few weeks !!
sm(fool)hinto i think you would be a lot better off watching bowls or even better if your mum takes your computer away for a few weeks !! ifordcherry
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8:22am Fri 1 Feb 13

Piston_Broke says...

smhinto wrote:
Food for thought folks. With all this hype over Ritchie (An excellent player i have to say). How would we look if Swindon gain promotion this season and we do'nt.
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No doubt we would take some flack from the Swindon faithfull.
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Regards
Personally, I'd wish Swindon well, and look forward to us ripping up League One next season. But that's all speculation. How sad to see our Wiltshire friends were unable to push through the 3 deals they had lined up yesterday due to their current financial predicament. I bet Mr DiCanio was spitting feathers!
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: Food for thought folks. With all this hype over Ritchie (An excellent player i have to say). How would we look if Swindon gain promotion this season and we do'nt. . No doubt we would take some flack from the Swindon faithfull. . Regards[/p][/quote]Personally, I'd wish Swindon well, and look forward to us ripping up League One next season. But that's all speculation. How sad to see our Wiltshire friends were unable to push through the 3 deals they had lined up yesterday due to their current financial predicament. I bet Mr DiCanio was spitting feathers! Piston_Broke
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8:33am Fri 1 Feb 13

mattbo says...

Matt ritchie ooooohhhhh matt Ritchie ooooohhhh he came from Swindon town he made there supporters frown Matt Ritchie ohhhh
Matt ritchie ooooohhhhh matt Ritchie ooooohhhh he came from Swindon town he made there supporters frown Matt Ritchie ohhhh mattbo
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8:50am Fri 1 Feb 13

CherryFarmer says...

smhinto wrote:
Food for thought folks. With all this hype over Ritchie (An excellent player i have to say). How would we look if Swindon gain promotion this season and we do'nt.
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No doubt we would take some flack from the Swindon faithfull.
.
Regards
How would you know if he is a good player? Yesterday you thought he was a left winger which means you have never seen him play!!!!
Regards
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: Food for thought folks. With all this hype over Ritchie (An excellent player i have to say). How would we look if Swindon gain promotion this season and we do'nt. . No doubt we would take some flack from the Swindon faithfull. . Regards[/p][/quote]How would you know if he is a good player? Yesterday you thought he was a left winger which means you have never seen him play!!!! Regards CherryFarmer
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9:00am Fri 1 Feb 13

TedMacsCherryPants says...

mattbo wrote:
Matt ritchie ooooohhhhh matt Ritchie ooooohhhh he came from Swindon town he made there supporters frown Matt Ritchie ohhhh
To what tune mattbo?????
[quote][p][bold]mattbo[/bold] wrote: Matt ritchie ooooohhhhh matt Ritchie ooooohhhh he came from Swindon town he made there supporters frown Matt Ritchie ohhhh[/p][/quote]To what tune mattbo????? TedMacsCherryPants
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9:01am Fri 1 Feb 13

nonnogeppetto says...

Welcome to AFCB Matt I hope that your time with the Cherries will be successful, injury free and that you will play a big part in pushing us towards (if not automatic) promotion to the Championship.

We some experience of what it is like to lose good players to other teams I hope that your Swindon supporters will remember with appreciation the work you put in whilst at their club.

Now that the 'window' is closed I hope we can get on with the football and get behind our team. Up the mighty Cherries
Welcome to AFCB Matt I hope that your time with the Cherries will be successful, injury free and that you will play a big part in pushing us towards (if not automatic) promotion to the Championship. We some experience of what it is like to lose good players to other teams I hope that your Swindon supporters will remember with appreciation the work you put in whilst at their club. Now that the 'window' is closed I hope we can get on with the football and get behind our team. Up the mighty Cherries nonnogeppetto
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9:03am Fri 1 Feb 13

molbol says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
mattbo wrote:
Matt ritchie ooooohhhhh matt Ritchie ooooohhhh he came from Swindon town he made there supporters frown Matt Ritchie ohhhh
To what tune mattbo?????
Dean Martin's Volare?
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mattbo[/bold] wrote: Matt ritchie ooooohhhhh matt Ritchie ooooohhhh he came from Swindon town he made there supporters frown Matt Ritchie ohhhh[/p][/quote]To what tune mattbo?????[/p][/quote]Dean Martin's Volare? molbol
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9:07am Fri 1 Feb 13

Bpl333 says...

cant wait fro tomorrows game......
cant wait fro tomorrows game...... Bpl333
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9:09am Fri 1 Feb 13

nonnogeppetto says...

smhinto wrote:
Food for thought folks. With all this hype over Ritchie (An excellent player i have to say). How would we look if Swindon gain promotion this season and we do'nt. . No doubt we would take some flack from the Swindon faithfull. . Regards
Smhinto will you give me until the 27th of April to answer your 'food for thought'!!

I hope that will know before then of course!!
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: Food for thought folks. With all this hype over Ritchie (An excellent player i have to say). How would we look if Swindon gain promotion this season and we do'nt. . No doubt we would take some flack from the Swindon faithfull. . Regards[/p][/quote]Smhinto will you give me until the 27th of April to answer your 'food for thought'!! I hope that will know before then of course!! nonnogeppetto
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9:13am Fri 1 Feb 13

smhinto says...

CherryFarmer wrote:
smhinto wrote: Food for thought folks. With all this hype over Ritchie (An excellent player i have to say). How would we look if Swindon gain promotion this season and we do'nt. . No doubt we would take some flack from the Swindon faithfull. . Regards
How would you know if he is a good player? Yesterday you thought he was a left winger which means you have never seen him play!!!! Regards
My dear Friend - I can assure you I have seen Ritchie play on numerous occasions and he always played on the Left. However, if he is comfortable on the right also, then all the better for us.
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I now suppose that Fogdens position may be under threat. I wonder where will we deply Ryan Frazer.
.
Regards
[quote][p][bold]CherryFarmer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: Food for thought folks. With all this hype over Ritchie (An excellent player i have to say). How would we look if Swindon gain promotion this season and we do'nt. . No doubt we would take some flack from the Swindon faithfull. . Regards[/p][/quote]How would you know if he is a good player? Yesterday you thought he was a left winger which means you have never seen him play!!!! Regards[/p][/quote]My dear Friend - I can assure you I have seen Ritchie play on numerous occasions and he always played on the Left. However, if he is comfortable on the right also, then all the better for us. . I now suppose that Fogdens position may be under threat. I wonder where will we deply Ryan Frazer. . Regards smhinto
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9:17am Fri 1 Feb 13

Justin Otherfan says...

smhinto wrote:
Food for thought folks. With all this hype over Ritchie (An excellent player i have to say). How would we look if Swindon gain promotion this season and we do'nt.
.
No doubt we would take some flack from the Swindon faithfull.
.
Regards
Wow! How can you try and get something negative out of this signing? Most people on here are trying to decide whether we will go up automatically or via the play offs. Can you not see that things are going well for us at the moment and enjoy it for a while? With things the way they are at the County Ground I think your suggestion is very unlikely. We have made amazing progress under the new manager and have slashed the gap between us and the top teams. there is now no team in League 1 that we should be worried about. Wary, yes, worried, no. We have the squad to keep our momentum going. yes we may drop points along the way and our reaction to that will be vital, but I am confident we will achieve our goal. do you think Swindon have a stronger squad than us, more capable of pushing for promotion? I would suggest not after the transfer window closed. Although your thoughts are sometimes annoying I have tried to keep this reasoned. I have tried to give my opinion in a constructive manner. I wait to see what insulting names you start to throw around today!
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: Food for thought folks. With all this hype over Ritchie (An excellent player i have to say). How would we look if Swindon gain promotion this season and we do'nt. . No doubt we would take some flack from the Swindon faithfull. . Regards[/p][/quote]Wow! How can you try and get something negative out of this signing? Most people on here are trying to decide whether we will go up automatically or via the play offs. Can you not see that things are going well for us at the moment and enjoy it for a while? With things the way they are at the County Ground I think your suggestion is very unlikely. We have made amazing progress under the new manager and have slashed the gap between us and the top teams. there is now no team in League 1 that we should be worried about. Wary, yes, worried, no. We have the squad to keep our momentum going. yes we may drop points along the way and our reaction to that will be vital, but I am confident we will achieve our goal. do you think Swindon have a stronger squad than us, more capable of pushing for promotion? I would suggest not after the transfer window closed. Although your thoughts are sometimes annoying I have tried to keep this reasoned. I have tried to give my opinion in a constructive manner. I wait to see what insulting names you start to throw around today! Justin Otherfan
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9:59am Fri 1 Feb 13

CherryFarmer says...

smhinto wrote:
CherryFarmer wrote:
smhinto wrote: Food for thought folks. With all this hype over Ritchie (An excellent player i have to say). How would we look if Swindon gain promotion this season and we do'nt. . No doubt we would take some flack from the Swindon faithfull. . Regards
How would you know if he is a good player? Yesterday you thought he was a left winger which means you have never seen him play!!!! Regards
My dear Friend - I can assure you I have seen Ritchie play on numerous occasions and he always played on the Left. However, if he is comfortable on the right also, then all the better for us.
.
I now suppose that Fogdens position may be under threat. I wonder where will we deply Ryan Frazer.
.
Regards
My dear friend.....really not sure where Ryan Frazer will play.....as he is not in our squad. We bought Ryan Fraser this week and as others have said on here, as an 18 year old, he is probably our future (not saying he won't get any game time now) but Eddie will have an eye on developing him in the squad. He may have to wait on the subs bench for a while unless injuries allow him the start games.

Regards
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CherryFarmer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: Food for thought folks. With all this hype over Ritchie (An excellent player i have to say). How would we look if Swindon gain promotion this season and we do'nt. . No doubt we would take some flack from the Swindon faithfull. . Regards[/p][/quote]How would you know if he is a good player? Yesterday you thought he was a left winger which means you have never seen him play!!!! Regards[/p][/quote]My dear Friend - I can assure you I have seen Ritchie play on numerous occasions and he always played on the Left. However, if he is comfortable on the right also, then all the better for us. . I now suppose that Fogdens position may be under threat. I wonder where will we deply Ryan Frazer. . Regards[/p][/quote]My dear friend.....really not sure where Ryan Frazer will play.....as he is not in our squad. We bought Ryan Fraser this week and as others have said on here, as an 18 year old, he is probably our future (not saying he won't get any game time now) but Eddie will have an eye on developing him in the squad. He may have to wait on the subs bench for a while unless injuries allow him the start games. Regards CherryFarmer
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9:59am Fri 1 Feb 13

smhinto says...

Justin Otherfan wrote:
smhinto wrote: Food for thought folks. With all this hype over Ritchie (An excellent player i have to say). How would we look if Swindon gain promotion this season and we do'nt. . No doubt we would take some flack from the Swindon faithfull. . Regards
Wow! How can you try and get something negative out of this signing? Most people on here are trying to decide whether we will go up automatically or via the play offs. Can you not see that things are going well for us at the moment and enjoy it for a while? With things the way they are at the County Ground I think your suggestion is very unlikely. We have made amazing progress under the new manager and have slashed the gap between us and the top teams. there is now no team in League 1 that we should be worried about. Wary, yes, worried, no. We have the squad to keep our momentum going. yes we may drop points along the way and our reaction to that will be vital, but I am confident we will achieve our goal. do you think Swindon have a stronger squad than us, more capable of pushing for promotion? I would suggest not after the transfer window closed. Although your thoughts are sometimes annoying I have tried to keep this reasoned. I have tried to give my opinion in a constructive manner. I wait to see what insulting names you start to throw around today!
Totally agree with you . However, my posts is not negative, just to ivoke some thoughts nothing more.
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Many thanks for answering the post in a sensible manner.
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Regards
[quote][p][bold]Justin Otherfan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: Food for thought folks. With all this hype over Ritchie (An excellent player i have to say). How would we look if Swindon gain promotion this season and we do'nt. . No doubt we would take some flack from the Swindon faithfull. . Regards[/p][/quote]Wow! How can you try and get something negative out of this signing? Most people on here are trying to decide whether we will go up automatically or via the play offs. Can you not see that things are going well for us at the moment and enjoy it for a while? With things the way they are at the County Ground I think your suggestion is very unlikely. We have made amazing progress under the new manager and have slashed the gap between us and the top teams. there is now no team in League 1 that we should be worried about. Wary, yes, worried, no. We have the squad to keep our momentum going. yes we may drop points along the way and our reaction to that will be vital, but I am confident we will achieve our goal. do you think Swindon have a stronger squad than us, more capable of pushing for promotion? I would suggest not after the transfer window closed. Although your thoughts are sometimes annoying I have tried to keep this reasoned. I have tried to give my opinion in a constructive manner. I wait to see what insulting names you start to throw around today![/p][/quote]Totally agree with you . However, my posts is not negative, just to ivoke some thoughts nothing more. . Many thanks for answering the post in a sensible manner. . Regards smhinto
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10:20am Fri 1 Feb 13

Afcbpete says...

Justin Otherfan wrote:
smhinto wrote:
Food for thought folks. With all this hype over Ritchie (An excellent player i have to say). How would we look if Swindon gain promotion this season and we do'nt.
.
No doubt we would take some flack from the Swindon faithfull.
.
Regards
Wow! How can you try and get something negative out of this signing? Most people on here are trying to decide whether we will go up automatically or via the play offs. Can you not see that things are going well for us at the moment and enjoy it for a while? With things the way they are at the County Ground I think your suggestion is very unlikely. We have made amazing progress under the new manager and have slashed the gap between us and the top teams. there is now no team in League 1 that we should be worried about. Wary, yes, worried, no. We have the squad to keep our momentum going. yes we may drop points along the way and our reaction to that will be vital, but I am confident we will achieve our goal. do you think Swindon have a stronger squad than us, more capable of pushing for promotion? I would suggest not after the transfer window closed. Although your thoughts are sometimes annoying I have tried to keep this reasoned. I have tried to give my opinion in a constructive manner. I wait to see what insulting names you start to throw around today!
Welcome Matt, your join the club at an amasing time, hope you have a highly successful career here. Bringing in new players halfway through a season does not mean they are going to gel imedialtely, we have no God given right to promotion. It could be the events of the last couple of days install a siege mentality at Swindon and they go on and achieve promotion and good luck to them. Spending money does not always bring success, although saying all that I honestly believe we will give it a hell of a go and won't be far away. We play many of the top teams at home soon, it goes without saying, those are vital. IF we don't succeed, NEXT season should be incredible. I'm enjoying every game as it comes along, what happens, happens. But the big thing now, is we all know the team give there all, we have an outstanding duo in Eddie/Jason, SO grateful to Maxim for his investment, we couldn't ask for much else. All we need to do in return is to give our wholehearted support, which the vast majority do anyway. Happy Days... UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]Justin Otherfan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: Food for thought folks. With all this hype over Ritchie (An excellent player i have to say). How would we look if Swindon gain promotion this season and we do'nt. . No doubt we would take some flack from the Swindon faithfull. . Regards[/p][/quote]Wow! How can you try and get something negative out of this signing? Most people on here are trying to decide whether we will go up automatically or via the play offs. Can you not see that things are going well for us at the moment and enjoy it for a while? With things the way they are at the County Ground I think your suggestion is very unlikely. We have made amazing progress under the new manager and have slashed the gap between us and the top teams. there is now no team in League 1 that we should be worried about. Wary, yes, worried, no. We have the squad to keep our momentum going. yes we may drop points along the way and our reaction to that will be vital, but I am confident we will achieve our goal. do you think Swindon have a stronger squad than us, more capable of pushing for promotion? I would suggest not after the transfer window closed. Although your thoughts are sometimes annoying I have tried to keep this reasoned. I have tried to give my opinion in a constructive manner. I wait to see what insulting names you start to throw around today![/p][/quote]Welcome Matt, your join the club at an amasing time, hope you have a highly successful career here. Bringing in new players halfway through a season does not mean they are going to gel imedialtely, we have no God given right to promotion. It could be the events of the last couple of days install a siege mentality at Swindon and they go on and achieve promotion and good luck to them. Spending money does not always bring success, although saying all that I honestly believe we will give it a hell of a go and won't be far away. We play many of the top teams at home soon, it goes without saying, those are vital. IF we don't succeed, NEXT season should be incredible. I'm enjoying every game as it comes along, what happens, happens. But the big thing now, is we all know the team give there all, we have an outstanding duo in Eddie/Jason, SO grateful to Maxim for his investment, we couldn't ask for much else. All we need to do in return is to give our wholehearted support, which the vast majority do anyway. Happy Days... UTCIAD Afcbpete
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10:57am Fri 1 Feb 13

Square Old Codger says...

It will be interesting to see where Ritchie plays tomorrow, it could well be at left back, given injuries. Fraser, who has been playing at the top level in Scotland, will I am sure be expecting to play once fit. So some difficult decisions for Eddie to make - but it looks like attacking football all the way, playing two out and out wingers..
It will be interesting to see where Ritchie plays tomorrow, it could well be at left back, given injuries. Fraser, who has been playing at the top level in Scotland, will I am sure be expecting to play once fit. So some difficult decisions for Eddie to make - but it looks like attacking football all the way, playing two out and out wingers.. Square Old Codger
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11:05am Fri 1 Feb 13

Wilkie says...

To answer about where Ryan may fit in, I wonder whether Josh might be moved inside and depitise for Lewis as the mobile, as I sense this is his best position (he scored goals for fun from there in his 1st stint). That would leave us with Pugh, Fogden, McDemott, Fraser and Ritchie vying for the 2 starting positions. My feeling is that wingers are the one position where you need to be sharpest, else it is difficult to skin full backs. For this reason it is great to have the resources to rest any of our wingers who are jaded through overplaying or niggles. Given that Ritchie may be able to deputise for either full back, I see there being plenty of scope for at least 4 of the 5 above getting plenty of game time, with McDermott perhaps being squeezed out.
To answer about where Ryan may fit in, I wonder whether Josh might be moved inside and depitise for Lewis as the mobile, as I sense this is his best position (he scored goals for fun from there in his 1st stint). That would leave us with Pugh, Fogden, McDemott, Fraser and Ritchie vying for the 2 starting positions. My feeling is that wingers are the one position where you need to be sharpest, else it is difficult to skin full backs. For this reason it is great to have the resources to rest any of our wingers who are jaded through overplaying or niggles. Given that Ritchie may be able to deputise for either full back, I see there being plenty of scope for at least 4 of the 5 above getting plenty of game time, with McDermott perhaps being squeezed out. Wilkie
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11:08am Fri 1 Feb 13

Justin Otherfan says...

Afcbpete wrote:
Justin Otherfan wrote:
smhinto wrote:
Food for thought folks. With all this hype over Ritchie (An excellent player i have to say). How would we look if Swindon gain promotion this season and we do'nt.
.
No doubt we would take some flack from the Swindon faithfull.
.
Regards
Wow! How can you try and get something negative out of this signing? Most people on here are trying to decide whether we will go up automatically or via the play offs. Can you not see that things are going well for us at the moment and enjoy it for a while? With things the way they are at the County Ground I think your suggestion is very unlikely. We have made amazing progress under the new manager and have slashed the gap between us and the top teams. there is now no team in League 1 that we should be worried about. Wary, yes, worried, no. We have the squad to keep our momentum going. yes we may drop points along the way and our reaction to that will be vital, but I am confident we will achieve our goal. do you think Swindon have a stronger squad than us, more capable of pushing for promotion? I would suggest not after the transfer window closed. Although your thoughts are sometimes annoying I have tried to keep this reasoned. I have tried to give my opinion in a constructive manner. I wait to see what insulting names you start to throw around today!
Welcome Matt, your join the club at an amasing time, hope you have a highly successful career here. Bringing in new players halfway through a season does not mean they are going to gel imedialtely, we have no God given right to promotion. It could be the events of the last couple of days install a siege mentality at Swindon and they go on and achieve promotion and good luck to them. Spending money does not always bring success, although saying all that I honestly believe we will give it a hell of a go and won't be far away. We play many of the top teams at home soon, it goes without saying, those are vital. IF we don't succeed, NEXT season should be incredible. I'm enjoying every game as it comes along, what happens, happens. But the big thing now, is we all know the team give there all, we have an outstanding duo in Eddie/Jason, SO grateful to Maxim for his investment, we couldn't ask for much else. All we need to do in return is to give our wholehearted support, which the vast majority do anyway. Happy Days... UTCIAD
I agree with a lot of what you have said Pete. I agree we do not have a god given right to go up. The hard work and efforts being put in by the squad are what will win promotion at the end of the day. I also agree that it takes time for new player to adjust to the team, but I feel the squad we had were good enough to go up. The new additions enhance and strengthen what was an excellent team playing incredibly well. Barring injuries we should have it covered while they settle in. Would you agree with this?I am just enjoying the ride and watching good exciting football again! Role on tomorrow and 3 more points!
[quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Justin Otherfan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: Food for thought folks. With all this hype over Ritchie (An excellent player i have to say). How would we look if Swindon gain promotion this season and we do'nt. . No doubt we would take some flack from the Swindon faithfull. . Regards[/p][/quote]Wow! How can you try and get something negative out of this signing? Most people on here are trying to decide whether we will go up automatically or via the play offs. Can you not see that things are going well for us at the moment and enjoy it for a while? With things the way they are at the County Ground I think your suggestion is very unlikely. We have made amazing progress under the new manager and have slashed the gap between us and the top teams. there is now no team in League 1 that we should be worried about. Wary, yes, worried, no. We have the squad to keep our momentum going. yes we may drop points along the way and our reaction to that will be vital, but I am confident we will achieve our goal. do you think Swindon have a stronger squad than us, more capable of pushing for promotion? I would suggest not after the transfer window closed. Although your thoughts are sometimes annoying I have tried to keep this reasoned. I have tried to give my opinion in a constructive manner. I wait to see what insulting names you start to throw around today![/p][/quote]Welcome Matt, your join the club at an amasing time, hope you have a highly successful career here. Bringing in new players halfway through a season does not mean they are going to gel imedialtely, we have no God given right to promotion. It could be the events of the last couple of days install a siege mentality at Swindon and they go on and achieve promotion and good luck to them. Spending money does not always bring success, although saying all that I honestly believe we will give it a hell of a go and won't be far away. We play many of the top teams at home soon, it goes without saying, those are vital. IF we don't succeed, NEXT season should be incredible. I'm enjoying every game as it comes along, what happens, happens. But the big thing now, is we all know the team give there all, we have an outstanding duo in Eddie/Jason, SO grateful to Maxim for his investment, we couldn't ask for much else. All we need to do in return is to give our wholehearted support, which the vast majority do anyway. Happy Days... UTCIAD[/p][/quote]I agree with a lot of what you have said Pete. I agree we do not have a god given right to go up. The hard work and efforts being put in by the squad are what will win promotion at the end of the day. I also agree that it takes time for new player to adjust to the team, but I feel the squad we had were good enough to go up. The new additions enhance and strengthen what was an excellent team playing incredibly well. Barring injuries we should have it covered while they settle in. Would you agree with this?I am just enjoying the ride and watching good exciting football again! Role on tomorrow and 3 more points! Justin Otherfan
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11:22am Fri 1 Feb 13

jontee says...

Phew. What a relief. It's 1 Feb and we didn't sign Bartley !
.
So let's see, we have signed 2 more wee wingers which we hardly needed, and we have shipped out a class defender, an area in which we are stretched.
.
But y'know, I've got this strange idea Eddie knows what he's doing. This is why he's AFCB manager and I'm not !
Phew. What a relief. It's 1 Feb and we didn't sign Bartley ! . So let's see, we have signed 2 more wee wingers which we hardly needed, and we have shipped out a class defender, an area in which we are stretched. . But y'know, I've got this strange idea Eddie knows what he's doing. This is why he's AFCB manager and I'm not ! jontee
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11:41am Fri 1 Feb 13

mossy 1 says...

Wilkie wrote:
To answer about where Ryan may fit in, I wonder whether Josh might be moved inside and depitise for Lewis as the mobile, as I sense this is his best position (he scored goals for fun from there in his 1st stint). That would leave us with Pugh, Fogden, McDemott, Fraser and Ritchie vying for the 2 starting positions. My feeling is that wingers are the one position where you need to be sharpest, else it is difficult to skin full backs. For this reason it is great to have the resources to rest any of our wingers who are jaded through overplaying or niggles. Given that Ritchie may be able to deputise for either full back, I see there being plenty of scope for at least 4 of the 5 above getting plenty of game time, with McDermott perhaps being squeezed out.
How about this ;the opposing full back and left midfield are relieved to see Ritchie going off after 70 mins having been given a torrid time being turned inside out and looking forward to a breather,imagine their horror when a fresh pair of legs in the form of Ryan Fraser appears,or Pughie goes off and MR switches sides and RF goes on the right,and with only 20 mins left unlikely the opposition would be able to reorganise themselves.
[quote][p][bold]Wilkie[/bold] wrote: To answer about where Ryan may fit in, I wonder whether Josh might be moved inside and depitise for Lewis as the mobile, as I sense this is his best position (he scored goals for fun from there in his 1st stint). That would leave us with Pugh, Fogden, McDemott, Fraser and Ritchie vying for the 2 starting positions. My feeling is that wingers are the one position where you need to be sharpest, else it is difficult to skin full backs. For this reason it is great to have the resources to rest any of our wingers who are jaded through overplaying or niggles. Given that Ritchie may be able to deputise for either full back, I see there being plenty of scope for at least 4 of the 5 above getting plenty of game time, with McDermott perhaps being squeezed out.[/p][/quote]How about this ;the opposing full back and left midfield are relieved to see Ritchie going off after 70 mins having been given a torrid time being turned inside out and looking forward to a breather,imagine their horror when a fresh pair of legs in the form of Ryan Fraser appears,or Pughie goes off and MR switches sides and RF goes on the right,and with only 20 mins left unlikely the opposition would be able to reorganise themselves. mossy 1
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11:45am Fri 1 Feb 13

Afcbpete says...

Justin Otherfan wrote:
Afcbpete wrote:
Justin Otherfan wrote:
smhinto wrote:
Food for thought folks. With all this hype over Ritchie (An excellent player i have to say). How would we look if Swindon gain promotion this season and we do'nt.
.
No doubt we would take some flack from the Swindon faithfull.
.
Regards
Wow! How can you try and get something negative out of this signing? Most people on here are trying to decide whether we will go up automatically or via the play offs. Can you not see that things are going well for us at the moment and enjoy it for a while? With things the way they are at the County Ground I think your suggestion is very unlikely. We have made amazing progress under the new manager and have slashed the gap between us and the top teams. there is now no team in League 1 that we should be worried about. Wary, yes, worried, no. We have the squad to keep our momentum going. yes we may drop points along the way and our reaction to that will be vital, but I am confident we will achieve our goal. do you think Swindon have a stronger squad than us, more capable of pushing for promotion? I would suggest not after the transfer window closed. Although your thoughts are sometimes annoying I have tried to keep this reasoned. I have tried to give my opinion in a constructive manner. I wait to see what insulting names you start to throw around today!
Welcome Matt, your join the club at an amasing time, hope you have a highly successful career here. Bringing in new players halfway through a season does not mean they are going to gel imedialtely, we have no God given right to promotion. It could be the events of the last couple of days install a siege mentality at Swindon and they go on and achieve promotion and good luck to them. Spending money does not always bring success, although saying all that I honestly believe we will give it a hell of a go and won't be far away. We play many of the top teams at home soon, it goes without saying, those are vital. IF we don't succeed, NEXT season should be incredible. I'm enjoying every game as it comes along, what happens, happens. But the big thing now, is we all know the team give there all, we have an outstanding duo in Eddie/Jason, SO grateful to Maxim for his investment, we couldn't ask for much else. All we need to do in return is to give our wholehearted support, which the vast majority do anyway. Happy Days... UTCIAD
I agree with a lot of what you have said Pete. I agree we do not have a god given right to go up. The hard work and efforts being put in by the squad are what will win promotion at the end of the day. I also agree that it takes time for new player to adjust to the team, but I feel the squad we had were good enough to go up. The new additions enhance and strengthen what was an excellent team playing incredibly well. Barring injuries we should have it covered while they settle in. Would you agree with this?I am just enjoying the ride and watching good exciting football again! Role on tomorrow and 3 more points!
Yes, totally agree. Expectations are very high, and rightly so. I'm just trying to take a realistic stance. Ritchie can fit in all over the park, although to have him at left back seems a waste in some ways. But this is where Fraser comes in. If he can mix it in the SPL, then I don't see Div1 being to much of a problem, but it's still an adjustment for him. This IS AFCB we're talking about, I've had more than 50 years of downs and a few ups, all I'm trying to do is remain grounded and whilst I can see us going up automatically, I dare'nt hope for that, as too often I've seen us fade away. Some of the football played 2nd half last Saturday was quite frankly brilliant, which shows how far they've come and what they're trying to attain, and that's with the current squad and no additions. It was only listening to Eddie that I realised Ritchie was so versatile, which hopefully answers a few questions, as it did for me. Eddie is building a squad for the Championship and it's great that the average age is pretty low. It's been an incredible few months and I'm loving it... UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]Justin Otherfan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Justin Otherfan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: Food for thought folks. With all this hype over Ritchie (An excellent player i have to say). How would we look if Swindon gain promotion this season and we do'nt. . No doubt we would take some flack from the Swindon faithfull. . Regards[/p][/quote]Wow! How can you try and get something negative out of this signing? Most people on here are trying to decide whether we will go up automatically or via the play offs. Can you not see that things are going well for us at the moment and enjoy it for a while? With things the way they are at the County Ground I think your suggestion is very unlikely. We have made amazing progress under the new manager and have slashed the gap between us and the top teams. there is now no team in League 1 that we should be worried about. Wary, yes, worried, no. We have the squad to keep our momentum going. yes we may drop points along the way and our reaction to that will be vital, but I am confident we will achieve our goal. do you think Swindon have a stronger squad than us, more capable of pushing for promotion? I would suggest not after the transfer window closed. Although your thoughts are sometimes annoying I have tried to keep this reasoned. I have tried to give my opinion in a constructive manner. I wait to see what insulting names you start to throw around today![/p][/quote]Welcome Matt, your join the club at an amasing time, hope you have a highly successful career here. Bringing in new players halfway through a season does not mean they are going to gel imedialtely, we have no God given right to promotion. It could be the events of the last couple of days install a siege mentality at Swindon and they go on and achieve promotion and good luck to them. Spending money does not always bring success, although saying all that I honestly believe we will give it a hell of a go and won't be far away. We play many of the top teams at home soon, it goes without saying, those are vital. IF we don't succeed, NEXT season should be incredible. I'm enjoying every game as it comes along, what happens, happens. But the big thing now, is we all know the team give there all, we have an outstanding duo in Eddie/Jason, SO grateful to Maxim for his investment, we couldn't ask for much else. All we need to do in return is to give our wholehearted support, which the vast majority do anyway. Happy Days... UTCIAD[/p][/quote]I agree with a lot of what you have said Pete. I agree we do not have a god given right to go up. The hard work and efforts being put in by the squad are what will win promotion at the end of the day. I also agree that it takes time for new player to adjust to the team, but I feel the squad we had were good enough to go up. The new additions enhance and strengthen what was an excellent team playing incredibly well. Barring injuries we should have it covered while they settle in. Would you agree with this?I am just enjoying the ride and watching good exciting football again! Role on tomorrow and 3 more points![/p][/quote]Yes, totally agree. Expectations are very high, and rightly so. I'm just trying to take a realistic stance. Ritchie can fit in all over the park, although to have him at left back seems a waste in some ways. But this is where Fraser comes in. If he can mix it in the SPL, then I don't see Div1 being to much of a problem, but it's still an adjustment for him. This IS AFCB we're talking about, I've had more than 50 years of downs and a few ups, all I'm trying to do is remain grounded and whilst I can see us going up automatically, I dare'nt hope for that, as too often I've seen us fade away. Some of the football played 2nd half last Saturday was quite frankly brilliant, which shows how far they've come and what they're trying to attain, and that's with the current squad and no additions. It was only listening to Eddie that I realised Ritchie was so versatile, which hopefully answers a few questions, as it did for me. Eddie is building a squad for the Championship and it's great that the average age is pretty low. It's been an incredible few months and I'm loving it... UTCIAD Afcbpete
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11:58am Fri 1 Feb 13

big_afcb_fan says...

Would be a bit of a shock if we didn't go up now! Ideally a play off final win against swindle with Rich Tea scoring a winner in the 90th...
Would be a bit of a shock if we didn't go up now! Ideally a play off final win against swindle with Rich Tea scoring a winner in the 90th... big_afcb_fan
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12:19pm Fri 1 Feb 13

coops1965 says...

I cannot believe that there are still so many doubters of the potential and ability of this team.
Couple that with the obvious ambition of the board it is a win win situation.
I am off to the franchise to see them get demolished by the mighty cherries.
Fear us , Fear us Fear us.

We are going up !!!!!!
I cannot believe that there are still so many doubters of the potential and ability of this team. Couple that with the obvious ambition of the board it is a win win situation. I am off to the franchise to see them get demolished by the mighty cherries. Fear us , Fear us Fear us. We are going up !!!!!! coops1965
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12:21pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Luffbracherry says...

smhinto wrote:
Food for thought folks. With all this hype over Ritchie (An excellent player i have to say). How would we look if Swindon gain promotion this season and we do'nt.
.
No doubt we would take some flack from the Swindon faithfull.
.
Regards
I would say good luck Swindon, bad luck Bournemouth, heads down and try again
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: Food for thought folks. With all this hype over Ritchie (An excellent player i have to say). How would we look if Swindon gain promotion this season and we do'nt. . No doubt we would take some flack from the Swindon faithfull. . Regards[/p][/quote]I would say good luck Swindon, bad luck Bournemouth, heads down and try again Luffbracherry
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12:25pm Fri 1 Feb 13

big_afcb_fan says...

Instant favourites with the bookies for promotion next season surely! If the unthinkable happens in April/may.
Instant favourites with the bookies for promotion next season surely! If the unthinkable happens in April/may. big_afcb_fan
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12:26pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Wilkie says...

mossy, that's exactly how I hope it will pan out. Pete, I first attended DC about 36 years ago, so missed the Bond era but was back in Bournemouth for the Div 2 Redknapp era. During both of these we were cash strapped and knew we couldn't hold on to our manager or players. This time is different. I hope Maxim is enjoying it as much as we are, that his businesses will continue to flourish and that he will find ways to write off money into the club. Also hope that we can have an announcement before too long that they have come to an agreement with Structuredene. Shame about the new houses behind the East stand though, as this is going to really stuff up future ground development if we start to look beyond just surviving in the Championship when we get there.
mossy, that's exactly how I hope it will pan out. Pete, I first attended DC about 36 years ago, so missed the Bond era but was back in Bournemouth for the Div 2 Redknapp era. During both of these we were cash strapped and knew we couldn't hold on to our manager or players. This time is different. I hope Maxim is enjoying it as much as we are, that his businesses will continue to flourish and that he will find ways to write off money into the club. Also hope that we can have an announcement before too long that they have come to an agreement with Structuredene. Shame about the new houses behind the East stand though, as this is going to really stuff up future ground development if we start to look beyond just surviving in the Championship when we get there. Wilkie
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12:27pm Fri 1 Feb 13

coops1965 says...

Luffbracherry wrote:
smhinto wrote:
Food for thought folks. With all this hype over Ritchie (An excellent player i have to say). How would we look if Swindon gain promotion this season and we do'nt.
.
No doubt we would take some flack from the Swindon faithfull.
.
Regards
I would say good luck Swindon, bad luck Bournemouth, heads down and try again
You see this is just the negative garbage I am talking about, utter rot !

Half full or as in your case half empty, we have had so many years of no success you have got to relish and revel in the good times.

Oh by the way stuff Swindon they would have no sympathy for us or anyone else for that matter.
We go up this season and yes even if we don't Swindon certainly will not either because Mr stroppy pants Di Canio will have left by then !
[quote][p][bold]Luffbracherry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: Food for thought folks. With all this hype over Ritchie (An excellent player i have to say). How would we look if Swindon gain promotion this season and we do'nt. . No doubt we would take some flack from the Swindon faithfull. . Regards[/p][/quote]I would say good luck Swindon, bad luck Bournemouth, heads down and try again[/p][/quote]You see this is just the negative garbage I am talking about, utter rot ! Half full or as in your case half empty, we have had so many years of no success you have got to relish and revel in the good times. Oh by the way stuff Swindon they would have no sympathy for us or anyone else for that matter. We go up this season and yes even if we don't Swindon certainly will not either because Mr stroppy pants Di Canio will have left by then ! coops1965
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12:28pm Fri 1 Feb 13

bobsworthforever says...

Surely Wee Willie wont be ready for League 1 football yet coming from the SPL but could come in useful off the bench.as for Ritchie if we play Pugh as well we will need Macdonald back pronto.You never know in football but with just reasonable luck should we should be promoted particularly if the keeper issue is sorted.
Surely Wee Willie wont be ready for League 1 football yet coming from the SPL but could come in useful off the bench.as for Ritchie if we play Pugh as well we will need Macdonald back pronto.You never know in football but with just reasonable luck should we should be promoted particularly if the keeper issue is sorted. bobsworthforever
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12:44pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Afcbpete says...

Wilkie wrote:
mossy, that's exactly how I hope it will pan out. Pete, I first attended DC about 36 years ago, so missed the Bond era but was back in Bournemouth for the Div 2 Redknapp era. During both of these we were cash strapped and knew we couldn't hold on to our manager or players. This time is different. I hope Maxim is enjoying it as much as we are, that his businesses will continue to flourish and that he will find ways to write off money into the club. Also hope that we can have an announcement before too long that they have come to an agreement with Structuredene. Shame about the new houses behind the East stand though, as this is going to really stuff up future ground development if we start to look beyond just surviving in the Championship when we get there.
Mossy is SO right, I was thinking pretty much the same myself. Who'd be a defender. As you say Wilkie, it's a shame about the ground, I believe it was built in such a way we can fill in the sides and even go up another tier if needed, but that won't happen unless we own it again. I am surprised there is no temporary stand, reasons we obviously no nothing about, because it makes no economic sense.
[quote][p][bold]Wilkie[/bold] wrote: mossy, that's exactly how I hope it will pan out. Pete, I first attended DC about 36 years ago, so missed the Bond era but was back in Bournemouth for the Div 2 Redknapp era. During both of these we were cash strapped and knew we couldn't hold on to our manager or players. This time is different. I hope Maxim is enjoying it as much as we are, that his businesses will continue to flourish and that he will find ways to write off money into the club. Also hope that we can have an announcement before too long that they have come to an agreement with Structuredene. Shame about the new houses behind the East stand though, as this is going to really stuff up future ground development if we start to look beyond just surviving in the Championship when we get there.[/p][/quote]Mossy is SO right, I was thinking pretty much the same myself. Who'd be a defender. As you say Wilkie, it's a shame about the ground, I believe it was built in such a way we can fill in the sides and even go up another tier if needed, but that won't happen unless we own it again. I am surprised there is no temporary stand, reasons we obviously no nothing about, because it makes no economic sense. Afcbpete
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12:58pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Is that you Lovesey says...

Good luck Matty thanks for everything you have done for the Town great player who will be missed....

To you Bournemouth fans, you keep going on about how good your team is, well look up the table and Matty was one of the reasons we are above you, the player is absolute class, he has the odd off game but delivers in 95% of the games he plays in, IMO he is better than the other players you have in that position and the number of goals he scores and chances he creates will make you a better team, his workrate is fantastic.

Good luck for the rest of the season.
Good luck Matty thanks for everything you have done for the Town great player who will be missed.... To you Bournemouth fans, you keep going on about how good your team is, well look up the table and Matty was one of the reasons we are above you, the player is absolute class, he has the odd off game but delivers in 95% of the games he plays in, IMO he is better than the other players you have in that position and the number of goals he scores and chances he creates will make you a better team, his workrate is fantastic. Good luck for the rest of the season. Is that you Lovesey
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1:03pm Fri 1 Feb 13

golfer33 says...

Our team will not be comlete untill the welsh wizard comes back fom injury.
Think its about time Fletcher hung up his boots.
Our team will not be comlete untill the welsh wizard comes back fom injury. Think its about time Fletcher hung up his boots. golfer33
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1:22pm Fri 1 Feb 13

LeGod says...

Matt Good Luck tomorrow in your first game for the cherries. As a Swindon fan they dont know what they are getting yet at Bournemouth as a player but soon you will see what a class act he is. As Lovesey has said already his work rate is unbelievable and his quick feet leaves defenders mesmorised and all over the place. He had a poor game at your place but that happens once in a blue moon and we are gutted we have lost him especially for the paultry fee but hey its done and dusted now.

i seriously hope he does well at your club and i've no gripes with Bournemouth even though i've come on here and wound a few up but all tongue in cheek stuff.

Good luck Bournemouth for the rest of the season.

Good Luck Matt
Matt Good Luck tomorrow in your first game for the cherries. As a Swindon fan they dont know what they are getting yet at Bournemouth as a player but soon you will see what a class act he is. As Lovesey has said already his work rate is unbelievable and his quick feet leaves defenders mesmorised and all over the place. He had a poor game at your place but that happens once in a blue moon and we are gutted we have lost him especially for the paultry fee but hey its done and dusted now. i seriously hope he does well at your club and i've no gripes with Bournemouth even though i've come on here and wound a few up but all tongue in cheek stuff. Good luck Bournemouth for the rest of the season. Good Luck Matt LeGod
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1:55pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Bpl333 says...

jontee wrote:
Phew. What a relief. It's 1 Feb and we didn't sign Bartley !
.
So let's see, we have signed 2 more wee wingers which we hardly needed, and we have shipped out a class defender, an area in which we are stretched.
.
But y'know, I've got this strange idea Eddie knows what he's doing. This is why he's AFCB manager and I'm not !
We did need another winger as our right hand side is the weak link to the side at the moment.
Fraser is for the future, and Ritchie is a class act.
[quote][p][bold]jontee[/bold] wrote: Phew. What a relief. It's 1 Feb and we didn't sign Bartley ! . So let's see, we have signed 2 more wee wingers which we hardly needed, and we have shipped out a class defender, an area in which we are stretched. . But y'know, I've got this strange idea Eddie knows what he's doing. This is why he's AFCB manager and I'm not ![/p][/quote]We did need another winger as our right hand side is the weak link to the side at the moment. Fraser is for the future, and Ritchie is a class act. Bpl333
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2:05pm Fri 1 Feb 13

LeGod says...

Lets get one thing clear about Di Canio with some of the ridiculous commets opposing fans say about him.

He is a passionte and dedicated manager who is very intelligent and has learnt very quickly. Do not underestimate him he is clever and a good tactician. He demands 100% from his players not just in training but during games and anything less he will pull you off the pitch even if the game is 15 -20 minutes old.

Yes he very animated on the touchline but he's always been like that as a player and now manager.

He has been the best thing for our club for a long time and one day we know he will leave but he is totally dedicated to the cause and loved by the fans and he would be felt in exactly the same way if was at any other club.

There are too many average dull boring managers in football and i like characters in the game and he is certainly one but dont knock him for the way he is.

He's been in management 18 months got us promoted to a final and third in the table this season and gave us our best fa cup run last season for a long time.

You have a good manager who goes about his business in a quiet manner ours is different but if they were all the same it would be boring.

One thing you can say is because of his excellent playing career he brings alot of media attention for us and bigger sponsorship.
Lets get one thing clear about Di Canio with some of the ridiculous commets opposing fans say about him. He is a passionte and dedicated manager who is very intelligent and has learnt very quickly. Do not underestimate him he is clever and a good tactician. He demands 100% from his players not just in training but during games and anything less he will pull you off the pitch even if the game is 15 -20 minutes old. Yes he very animated on the touchline but he's always been like that as a player and now manager. He has been the best thing for our club for a long time and one day we know he will leave but he is totally dedicated to the cause and loved by the fans and he would be felt in exactly the same way if was at any other club. There are too many average dull boring managers in football and i like characters in the game and he is certainly one but dont knock him for the way he is. He's been in management 18 months got us promoted to a final and third in the table this season and gave us our best fa cup run last season for a long time. You have a good manager who goes about his business in a quiet manner ours is different but if they were all the same it would be boring. One thing you can say is because of his excellent playing career he brings alot of media attention for us and bigger sponsorship. LeGod
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2:21pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Court Side says...

Can i just say to those that are asking if we're going to play Ritchie at left back whilst Daniels is injured,not a chance!Just cos he can play there doesn't mean he's going to fill in there for us,that's what Dan Seaborne was brought in for,(prodominently for centre back but just as comfortable at left back).Matt Ritchie has been brought in for one reason and one reason only,to tear strips off and cause panic in the left backs that he will be facing as he marauds up and down the right wing.Can't wait to see him and Pughey flying up their respective wings starting for me,(work will unfortunately prevent me from going to MK franchise),against those lambs to the slaughter PoorOldPompey.
Can i just say to those that are asking if we're going to play Ritchie at left back whilst Daniels is injured,not a chance!Just cos he can play there doesn't mean he's going to fill in there for us,that's what Dan Seaborne was brought in for,(prodominently for centre back but just as comfortable at left back).Matt Ritchie has been brought in for one reason and one reason only,to tear strips off and cause panic in the left backs that he will be facing as he marauds up and down the right wing.Can't wait to see him and Pughey flying up their respective wings starting for me,(work will unfortunately prevent me from going to MK franchise),against those lambs to the slaughter PoorOldPompey. Court Side
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2:47pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Wilkie says...

LeGod, I wouldn't take the ribbing some are giving the Swindon fans too much to heart. I seem to recall that after you had given us a lesson in football at your place the majority on here were praising Paolo. I suspect including some of the ones that are trying to wind your lot up now. We have been where you presently are here at Bournemouth 2 years ago. Then we were flying high with one of the most brilliant young managers in the game. It all came crashing down in a matter of weeks with Eddie gone as well as half the first team for firesale pices. At least you still have Paolo and have lost just the one player. I hope the club can now stabilise, although I stop short of wishing success on the pitch as I don't discriminate between clubs (all clubs can't be successful on the pitch) in that respect and my wish is for all clubs to remain solvent and be here for the next generation
LeGod, I wouldn't take the ribbing some are giving the Swindon fans too much to heart. I seem to recall that after you had given us a lesson in football at your place the majority on here were praising Paolo. I suspect including some of the ones that are trying to wind your lot up now. We have been where you presently are here at Bournemouth 2 years ago. Then we were flying high with one of the most brilliant young managers in the game. It all came crashing down in a matter of weeks with Eddie gone as well as half the first team for firesale pices. At least you still have Paolo and have lost just the one player. I hope the club can now stabilise, although I stop short of wishing success on the pitch as I don't discriminate between clubs (all clubs can't be successful on the pitch) in that respect and my wish is for all clubs to remain solvent and be here for the next generation Wilkie
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3:03pm Fri 1 Feb 13

4stands says...

Great news keeps coming out of Dorset's Theatre of Dreams!!!, My only concern is that we maintain the favour of our Russian friends and don't get left financially high and dry like our blue neighbours 60 miles away......
Great news keeps coming out of Dorset's Theatre of Dreams!!!, My only concern is that we maintain the favour of our Russian friends and don't get left financially high and dry like our blue neighbours 60 miles away...... 4stands
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3:08pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Piston_Broke says...

The jury is considering their verdict at The Old Bailey. The Argus in Brighton have covered the case live, unlike the Ohec!
The jury is considering their verdict at The Old Bailey. The Argus in Brighton have covered the case live, unlike the Ohec! Piston_Broke
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3:17pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Mike Oxbig says...

Piston_Broke wrote:
The jury is considering their verdict at The Old Bailey. The Argus in Brighton have covered the case live, unlike the Ohec!
Silly-Billy..... http://www.bournemou
thecho.co.uk/news/10
200554.Steve_Cook_tr
ial__accuser__would_
resort_to_saying_any
thing_/
[quote][p][bold]Piston_Broke[/bold] wrote: The jury is considering their verdict at The Old Bailey. The Argus in Brighton have covered the case live, unlike the Ohec![/p][/quote]Silly-Billy..... http://www.bournemou thecho.co.uk/news/10 200554.Steve_Cook_tr ial__accuser__would_ resort_to_saying_any thing_/ Mike Oxbig
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3:21pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Piston_Broke says...

Mike Oxbig wrote:
Piston_Broke wrote:
The jury is considering their verdict at The Old Bailey. The Argus in Brighton have covered the case live, unlike the Ohec!
Silly-Billy..... http://www.bournemou

thecho.co.uk/news/10

200554.Steve_Cook_tr

ial__accuser__would_

resort_to_saying_any

thing_/
Doh! Should have gone to Specsavers. For afcbpete's benefit, that is should HAVE gone, not should OF gone!
[quote][p][bold]Mike Oxbig[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Piston_Broke[/bold] wrote: The jury is considering their verdict at The Old Bailey. The Argus in Brighton have covered the case live, unlike the Ohec![/p][/quote]Silly-Billy..... http://www.bournemou thecho.co.uk/news/10 200554.Steve_Cook_tr ial__accuser__would_ resort_to_saying_any thing_/[/p][/quote]Doh! Should have gone to Specsavers. For afcbpete's benefit, that is should HAVE gone, not should OF gone! Piston_Broke
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3:39pm Fri 1 Feb 13

jontee says...

If Ritchie was that goodhe would have gone long since to a championship club.
.
Whee is all this talk of auto promotion/title coming from ? Have these people seen how far ahead the top 2 are ?
.
We have too many top teams to play and I doubt if we will make the play-offs. Certainly that is the best we can hope for. Our season didn't start until October. We can't keep up the form from Oct/Dec right through.
If Ritchie was that goodhe would have gone long since to a championship club. . Whee is all this talk of auto promotion/title coming from ? Have these people seen how far ahead the top 2 are ? . We have too many top teams to play and I doubt if we will make the play-offs. Certainly that is the best we can hope for. Our season didn't start until October. We can't keep up the form from Oct/Dec right through. jontee
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3:49pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Bpl333 says...

jontee wrote:
If Ritchie was that goodhe would have gone long since to a championship club.
.
Whee is all this talk of auto promotion/title coming from ? Have these people seen how far ahead the top 2 are ?
.
We have too many top teams to play and I doubt if we will make the play-offs. Certainly that is the best we can hope for. Our season didn't start until October. We can't keep up the form from Oct/Dec right through.
Talk about Mr Optimistic.....

We need to keep our form up, but hey we are in the mix and there is still a lot of points to play for....for me tomorrow is mightly important for both a warning to the league and confidence if we can go and get 3 points there!
[quote][p][bold]jontee[/bold] wrote: If Ritchie was that goodhe would have gone long since to a championship club. . Whee is all this talk of auto promotion/title coming from ? Have these people seen how far ahead the top 2 are ? . We have too many top teams to play and I doubt if we will make the play-offs. Certainly that is the best we can hope for. Our season didn't start until October. We can't keep up the form from Oct/Dec right through.[/p][/quote]Talk about Mr Optimistic..... We need to keep our form up, but hey we are in the mix and there is still a lot of points to play for....for me tomorrow is mightly important for both a warning to the league and confidence if we can go and get 3 points there! Bpl333
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3:51pm Fri 1 Feb 13

vikingred says...

Good luck Matt. Quality player and will be the fittest player in the Bmth squad. Sorely missed at STFC.
Good luck Matt. Quality player and will be the fittest player in the Bmth squad. Sorely missed at STFC. vikingred
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3:58pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Afcbpete says...

Piston_Broke wrote:
Mike Oxbig wrote:
Piston_Broke wrote:
The jury is considering their verdict at The Old Bailey. The Argus in Brighton have covered the case live, unlike the Ohec!
Silly-Billy..... http://www.bournemou


thecho.co.uk/news/10


200554.Steve_Cook_tr


ial__accuser__would_


resort_to_saying_any


thing_/
Doh! Should have gone to Specsavers. For afcbpete's benefit, that is should HAVE gone, not should OF gone!
I'm past saving :)
[quote][p][bold]Piston_Broke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mike Oxbig[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Piston_Broke[/bold] wrote: The jury is considering their verdict at The Old Bailey. The Argus in Brighton have covered the case live, unlike the Ohec![/p][/quote]Silly-Billy..... http://www.bournemou thecho.co.uk/news/10 200554.Steve_Cook_tr ial__accuser__would_ resort_to_saying_any thing_/[/p][/quote]Doh! Should have gone to Specsavers. For afcbpete's benefit, that is should HAVE gone, not should OF gone![/p][/quote]I'm past saving :) Afcbpete
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5:37pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Justin Otherfan says...

jontee wrote:
If Ritchie was that goodhe would have gone long since to a championship club.
.
Whee is all this talk of auto promotion/title coming from ? Have these people seen how far ahead the top 2 are ?
.
We have too many top teams to play and I doubt if we will make the play-offs. Certainly that is the best we can hope for. Our season didn't start until October. We can't keep up the form from Oct/Dec right through.
Jontee, we are all aware how far ahead the top two are. we are also aware of what has been happening on the pitch and in the transfer market. There are still 17 games to go! We are only 7 points from the top two places. After beating Orient in October (18 games ago) we were 19 points off the top spot. We have made up 12 points in a similar number of games to those that remain. In that run of games we have played some of the top teams, including victories against Tranmere at home (3-1) and Doncaster away (0-1). Most of our toughest games coming up at the moment are home matches which should give an extra advantage. Hopefully this will show you that automatic promotion is possible. You can't blame people for being optimists.
[quote][p][bold]jontee[/bold] wrote: If Ritchie was that goodhe would have gone long since to a championship club. . Whee is all this talk of auto promotion/title coming from ? Have these people seen how far ahead the top 2 are ? . We have too many top teams to play and I doubt if we will make the play-offs. Certainly that is the best we can hope for. Our season didn't start until October. We can't keep up the form from Oct/Dec right through.[/p][/quote]Jontee, we are all aware how far ahead the top two are. we are also aware of what has been happening on the pitch and in the transfer market. There are still 17 games to go! We are only 7 points from the top two places. After beating Orient in October (18 games ago) we were 19 points off the top spot. We have made up 12 points in a similar number of games to those that remain. In that run of games we have played some of the top teams, including victories against Tranmere at home (3-1) and Doncaster away (0-1). Most of our toughest games coming up at the moment are home matches which should give an extra advantage. Hopefully this will show you that automatic promotion is possible. You can't blame people for being optimists. Justin Otherfan
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6:12pm Fri 1 Feb 13

swindonbob says...

Agree 100% with LeGod's earlier post. Love him or loathe him Paulo raised the profile of league 2 last season and is still the biggest named manager in this division. I follow Swindon home and away even at Dean Court's monsoon without a ticket, blagging my way in like so many loyal Swindon fans in the 'Home', end. Matt Ritchie is a quality player, but he is not bigger than Swindon Town. We will continue to be 'the team to beat' in this division. Watch us live on Sky against Crawley, Yeovil or Rotherham .we're the team people want to see. Good luck for the rest of the season, Bournemouth are probably the best footballing side we've played this season (away from home that is!)
Agree 100% with LeGod's earlier post. Love him or loathe him Paulo raised the profile of league 2 last season and is still the biggest named manager in this division. I follow Swindon home and away even at Dean Court's monsoon without a ticket, blagging my way in like so many loyal Swindon fans in the 'Home', end. Matt Ritchie is a quality player, but he is not bigger than Swindon Town. We will continue to be 'the team to beat' in this division. Watch us live on Sky against Crawley, Yeovil or Rotherham .we're the team people want to see. Good luck for the rest of the season, Bournemouth are probably the best footballing side we've played this season (away from home that is!) swindonbob
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7:03pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Exiled Red says...

Justin Otherfan wrote:
jontee wrote:
If Ritchie was that goodhe would have gone long since to a championship club.
.
Whee is all this talk of auto promotion/title coming from ? Have these people seen how far ahead the top 2 are ?
.
We have too many top teams to play and I doubt if we will make the play-offs. Certainly that is the best we can hope for. Our season didn't start until October. We can't keep up the form from Oct/Dec right through.
Jontee, we are all aware how far ahead the top two are. we are also aware of what has been happening on the pitch and in the transfer market. There are still 17 games to go! We are only 7 points from the top two places. After beating Orient in October (18 games ago) we were 19 points off the top spot. We have made up 12 points in a similar number of games to those that remain. In that run of games we have played some of the top teams, including victories against Tranmere at home (3-1) and Doncaster away (0-1). Most of our toughest games coming up at the moment are home matches which should give an extra advantage. Hopefully this will show you that automatic promotion is possible. You can't blame people for being optimists.
Bang on

and if we do win tomorrow MK will be 9 points behind with 2 games in hand

Like us they have a rearranged game away to Crewe but the other two games are Doncaster home and away

Results of games like this
a) consolidate play off position
abd/or b) enable us to close in on top two
[quote][p][bold]Justin Otherfan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jontee[/bold] wrote: If Ritchie was that goodhe would have gone long since to a championship club. . Whee is all this talk of auto promotion/title coming from ? Have these people seen how far ahead the top 2 are ? . We have too many top teams to play and I doubt if we will make the play-offs. Certainly that is the best we can hope for. Our season didn't start until October. We can't keep up the form from Oct/Dec right through.[/p][/quote]Jontee, we are all aware how far ahead the top two are. we are also aware of what has been happening on the pitch and in the transfer market. There are still 17 games to go! We are only 7 points from the top two places. After beating Orient in October (18 games ago) we were 19 points off the top spot. We have made up 12 points in a similar number of games to those that remain. In that run of games we have played some of the top teams, including victories against Tranmere at home (3-1) and Doncaster away (0-1). Most of our toughest games coming up at the moment are home matches which should give an extra advantage. Hopefully this will show you that automatic promotion is possible. You can't blame people for being optimists.[/p][/quote]Bang on and if we do win tomorrow MK will be 9 points behind with 2 games in hand Like us they have a rearranged game away to Crewe but the other two games are Doncaster home and away Results of games like this a) consolidate play off position abd/or b) enable us to close in on top two Exiled Red
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7:56pm Fri 1 Feb 13

UTCIADjack says...

Di canio considering his position at Swindon accordin to sky..... Are arrogant friends down the road don't seem so happy now!
Di canio considering his position at Swindon accordin to sky..... Are arrogant friends down the road don't seem so happy now! UTCIADjack
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8:54pm Fri 1 Feb 13

West moors 1 says...

Great signing, when he played against us on an aweful day, soaking pitch and strong winds, he still looked the part and was dangerous at all times, getting in crosses and with an attacking mentality. Glad he's with us because he can contribute to the promotion push. Up the cherries!
Great signing, when he played against us on an aweful day, soaking pitch and strong winds, he still looked the part and was dangerous at all times, getting in crosses and with an attacking mentality. Glad he's with us because he can contribute to the promotion push. Up the cherries! West moors 1
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9:37pm Fri 1 Feb 13

curryandstella says...

im going tomorrow, who else? utc
im going tomorrow, who else? utc curryandstella
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10:48pm Fri 1 Feb 13

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

UTCIADjack wrote:
Di canio considering his position at Swindon accordin to sky..... Are arrogant friends down the road don't seem so happy now!
He will be named Nottingham Forest manager next week.!!!!.
[quote][p][bold]UTCIADjack[/bold] wrote: Di canio considering his position at Swindon accordin to sky..... Are arrogant friends down the road don't seem so happy now![/p][/quote]He will be named Nottingham Forest manager next week.!!!!. STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
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11:04pm Fri 1 Feb 13

TedMacsCherryPants says...

curryandstella wrote:
im going tomorrow, who else? utc
I'll be there along with Mrs TedMacs!!!

Some gracious comments from the Swindle faithful, not such bad lads after all and good luck to them! Rest assured we will support young Matt R as well of the rest of our boys, the rest of the season looks interesting.

Said it before and say it again ....bring on the 'Dons we go for 3pts...UTC!!!!
[quote][p][bold]curryandstella[/bold] wrote: im going tomorrow, who else? utc[/p][/quote]I'll be there along with Mrs TedMacs!!! Some gracious comments from the Swindle faithful, not such bad lads after all and good luck to them! Rest assured we will support young Matt R as well of the rest of our boys, the rest of the season looks interesting. Said it before and say it again ....bring on the 'Dons we go for 3pts...UTC!!!! TedMacsCherryPants
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11:47pm Fri 1 Feb 13

bigfatsteve says...

curryandstella wrote:
im going tomorrow, who else? utc
Looking forward to seeing Matt's debut game tomorrow. Here's hoping it'll be well worth the trip. Three points will put us in a good position in the league, ready for the big push. Expectations will now, be really high, very soon we are going to tear some team apart, let's hope it's tomorrow.
[quote][p][bold]curryandstella[/bold] wrote: im going tomorrow, who else? utc[/p][/quote]Looking forward to seeing Matt's debut game tomorrow. Here's hoping it'll be well worth the trip. Three points will put us in a good position in the league, ready for the big push. Expectations will now, be really high, very soon we are going to tear some team apart, let's hope it's tomorrow. bigfatsteve
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8:55am Sat 2 Feb 13

golfer33 says...

Justin Otherfan wrote:
jontee wrote: If Ritchie was that goodhe would have gone long since to a championship club. . Whee is all this talk of auto promotion/title coming from ? Have these people seen how far ahead the top 2 are ? . We have too many top teams to play and I doubt if we will make the play-offs. Certainly that is the best we can hope for. Our season didn't start until October. We can't keep up the form from Oct/Dec right through.
Jontee, we are all aware how far ahead the top two are. we are also aware of what has been happening on the pitch and in the transfer market. There are still 17 games to go! We are only 7 points from the top two places. After beating Orient in October (18 games ago) we were 19 points off the top spot. We have made up 12 points in a similar number of games to those that remain. In that run of games we have played some of the top teams, including victories against Tranmere at home (3-1) and Doncaster away (0-1). Most of our toughest games coming up at the moment are home matches which should give an extra advantage. Hopefully this will show you that automatic promotion is possible. You can't blame people for being optimists.
30 pts maximum needed for play off places thats 9 wins 3 draws from 17 matches should be an odds on bet.
cant see us losing over 2 legs in the play offs so we should have a good chance of going up.
[quote][p][bold]Justin Otherfan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jontee[/bold] wrote: If Ritchie was that goodhe would have gone long since to a championship club. . Whee is all this talk of auto promotion/title coming from ? Have these people seen how far ahead the top 2 are ? . We have too many top teams to play and I doubt if we will make the play-offs. Certainly that is the best we can hope for. Our season didn't start until October. We can't keep up the form from Oct/Dec right through.[/p][/quote]Jontee, we are all aware how far ahead the top two are. we are also aware of what has been happening on the pitch and in the transfer market. There are still 17 games to go! We are only 7 points from the top two places. After beating Orient in October (18 games ago) we were 19 points off the top spot. We have made up 12 points in a similar number of games to those that remain. In that run of games we have played some of the top teams, including victories against Tranmere at home (3-1) and Doncaster away (0-1). Most of our toughest games coming up at the moment are home matches which should give an extra advantage. Hopefully this will show you that automatic promotion is possible. You can't blame people for being optimists.[/p][/quote]30 pts maximum needed for play off places thats 9 wins 3 draws from 17 matches should be an odds on bet. cant see us losing over 2 legs in the play offs so we should have a good chance of going up. golfer33
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9:27am Sat 2 Feb 13

big_afcb_fan says...

See you all @ Mcdons fc, 2-0 to us.
See you all @ Mcdons fc, 2-0 to us. big_afcb_fan
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10:32am Sat 2 Feb 13

curryandstella says...

just leaving 3-1 utc
just leaving 3-1 utc curryandstella
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1:32pm Sat 2 Feb 13

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

2-1 cherries.!!!!
2-1 cherries.!!!! STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
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