AFC Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie: I'm closer to the Premier League with Cherries

PREMIER LEAGUE DREAM: AFC Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie

PREMIER LEAGUE DREAM: AFC Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie

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WING wizard Matt Ritchie insists he is closer to realising his Premier League aspirations with Cherries than he ever was at former club Portsmouth.

Cherries' creative catalyst was one of last season's shining lights following his return from injury in November, with speculation rife in January that Crystal Palace were tracking the 24-year-old.

Having spent his formative years with Pompey, Gosport-born Ritchie signed his first professional deal towards the end of the club's heyday under Harry Redknapp but could not regularly force his way into the first-team picture.

Even during Portsmouth's fall from grace, Ritchie spent much of his time on loan before making a permanent switch to Swindon Town, with Cherries subsequently paying £500,000 for his services in January 2013.

And having become a crucial component in the upwardly-mobile Dean Court squad, the ambitious wideman believes the top flight is finally calling after years of toil in the lower leagues.

Ahead of Cherries' pre-season friendly at Fratton Park tonight (7.45pm), Ritchie told the Daily Echo: “It was always going to be tough to break through at Portsmouth. When I was there they had money at the club and they still had international players when I left.

“I have never been one to sit on the bench and watch football. Whether it was a youth game, a reserve game, I just wanted to play and the loan moves gave me a proper grounding.

“When Portsmouth went down to the Championship I had a sniff of first-team action but wasn't the manager's cup of tea at the time.

"I played the first few games and dropped to the bench again and that was when it hit me - I thought, 'am I ever going to get in this team?'

“Luckily enough, I had done well at Swindon. I learned a lot at Portsmouth but in hindsight it was probably the right move to get away, play some games and learn my trade.

"I am only 24 but feel like I have had a successful career so far and, hopefully, there is much more to come.

“Here, it has been more of a project and the gaffer has done great things with the backing of the board and the owner.

"After a good first season in the Championship, expectations are high among the fans and that feeling is just as big in the changing room. I think we can have a really good go this season.

“Hopefully, I can keep working my way up with Bournemouth, I certainly believe I can. It's a great club with real ambition and this can be the generation that makes it (promotion) happen.”

“Everything is in place now, so you never know.”

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8:17am Tue 29 Jul 14

Square Old Codger says...

He is certainly a player of quality and has the right Manager to enable him to reach his full potential, one of several young men in the squad who can get better. See that Addison is going out on loan, like Zubar a good decent "pro" hope that both get a contract with their new Clubs..
He is certainly a player of quality and has the right Manager to enable him to reach his full potential, one of several young men in the squad who can get better. See that Addison is going out on loan, like Zubar a good decent "pro" hope that both get a contract with their new Clubs.. Square Old Codger
  • Score: 12

8:50am Tue 29 Jul 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Ooh, I do like a nice RichTea at every promotion party!!

Better than the dry ships-biscuit that the poor Saints fans are currently trying to digest. Yes "poor Saints fans" I am starting to sympathise! I don't think we've had such a player sell off since the Norwich exodus in the 70's, though a couple of seasons ago came close.

Back on track, I still don't think that Matt has reached his full potential yet, which is no bad thing for all concerned. Last Friday things felt more comfortable when he came on, a bit more ball retention and tackling and he will be a Grade A midfielder. This will be an important season for Matt and I hope he stays injury free to make it a good one. Funny how things change and moving on from Pompey has put him up two leagues from them in the end. Not to mention Swindle, cheers for the bargain of that season!

SOQ: Ditto Miles (& Zoobs), great pro, all the best at Scunny
Ooh, I do like a nice RichTea at every promotion party!! Better than the dry ships-biscuit that the poor Saints fans are currently trying to digest. Yes "poor Saints fans" I am starting to sympathise! I don't think we've had such a player sell off since the Norwich exodus in the 70's, though a couple of seasons ago came close. Back on track, I still don't think that Matt has reached his full potential yet, which is no bad thing for all concerned. Last Friday things felt more comfortable when he came on, a bit more ball retention and tackling and he will be a Grade A midfielder. This will be an important season for Matt and I hope he stays injury free to make it a good one. Funny how things change and moving on from Pompey has put him up two leagues from them in the end. Not to mention Swindle, cheers for the bargain of that season! SOQ: Ditto Miles (& Zoobs), great pro, all the best at Scunny TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 0

8:57am Tue 29 Jul 14

horsted says...

I'll settle for mid table again with good football, too much talk about the P word
I'll settle for mid table again with good football, too much talk about the P word horsted
  • Score: 12

8:59am Tue 29 Jul 14

coops1965cherry says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
Ooh, I do like a nice RichTea at every promotion party!!

Better than the dry ships-biscuit that the poor Saints fans are currently trying to digest. Yes "poor Saints fans" I am starting to sympathise! I don't think we've had such a player sell off since the Norwich exodus in the 70's, though a couple of seasons ago came close.

Back on track, I still don't think that Matt has reached his full potential yet, which is no bad thing for all concerned. Last Friday things felt more comfortable when he came on, a bit more ball retention and tackling and he will be a Grade A midfielder. This will be an important season for Matt and I hope he stays injury free to make it a good one. Funny how things change and moving on from Pompey has put him up two leagues from them in the end. Not to mention Swindle, cheers for the bargain of that season!

SOQ: Ditto Miles (& Zoobs), great pro, all the best at Scunny
Morning Ted, been a while but there you are I've been busy !

Anywho, totally agree with the exodus remarks and I feel that Miles and Zoobs would genuinely struggle to force there way into this side, so best of luck to them and thank you.

As far as the Ritchie comments go I think he is spot on in reiterating the feeling within the club in general and echoing the feeling within that dressing room is right on the money.

Good words Matt, well done you and they will be well received I am sure.

U T C I A D.
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: Ooh, I do like a nice RichTea at every promotion party!! Better than the dry ships-biscuit that the poor Saints fans are currently trying to digest. Yes "poor Saints fans" I am starting to sympathise! I don't think we've had such a player sell off since the Norwich exodus in the 70's, though a couple of seasons ago came close. Back on track, I still don't think that Matt has reached his full potential yet, which is no bad thing for all concerned. Last Friday things felt more comfortable when he came on, a bit more ball retention and tackling and he will be a Grade A midfielder. This will be an important season for Matt and I hope he stays injury free to make it a good one. Funny how things change and moving on from Pompey has put him up two leagues from them in the end. Not to mention Swindle, cheers for the bargain of that season! SOQ: Ditto Miles (& Zoobs), great pro, all the best at Scunny[/p][/quote]Morning Ted, been a while but there you are I've been busy ! Anywho, totally agree with the exodus remarks and I feel that Miles and Zoobs would genuinely struggle to force there way into this side, so best of luck to them and thank you. As far as the Ritchie comments go I think he is spot on in reiterating the feeling within the club in general and echoing the feeling within that dressing room is right on the money. Good words Matt, well done you and they will be well received I am sure. U T C I A D. coops1965cherry
  • Score: 9

9:30am Tue 29 Jul 14

Afcbpete says...

These are the type of players we have at the club now, undoubted quality, ambitious, and above all else, can see what is being created at DC now, and want to be a part of it. Those are the type of players I want to support, not those holding the club to ransom by having a hissy fit. Ritchie is vital to our season, even though we have strength in depth. When asked the other day how did I think we'd get on this season, I said I'd be happy with 10th again, and I would, however, if can play to the quality we finished last season, I can see us being strong contenders, and not only for the play off's!!! UTCIAD
These are the type of players we have at the club now, undoubted quality, ambitious, and above all else, can see what is being created at DC now, and want to be a part of it. Those are the type of players I want to support, not those holding the club to ransom by having a hissy fit. Ritchie is vital to our season, even though we have strength in depth. When asked the other day how did I think we'd get on this season, I said I'd be happy with 10th again, and I would, however, if can play to the quality we finished last season, I can see us being strong contenders, and not only for the play off's!!! UTCIAD Afcbpete
  • Score: 10

9:38am Tue 29 Jul 14

Steveo123 says...

horsted wrote:
I'll settle for mid table again with good football, too much talk about the P word
Wheres your ambition ? ...... We've done "mid table" onwards and upwards...!!!
[quote][p][bold]horsted[/bold] wrote: I'll settle for mid table again with good football, too much talk about the P word[/p][/quote]Wheres your ambition ? ...... We've done "mid table" onwards and upwards...!!! Steveo123
  • Score: 7

9:48am Tue 29 Jul 14

canfordcherry says...

A couple of games last season when Eddie subbed Matt there seemed an annoyed look about him, that he had been subbed. The fact that he is still producing the goods, with no hint of any personality clashes, shows, what we all know, that EM is an excellent man manager and has players with the right attitude. Ritchie could have been allowed to sulk, building resentment and affecting his play but Eddie sorts it.
It's down to him, and players belief in him, that's why we can sign the quality we do.
A couple of games last season when Eddie subbed Matt there seemed an annoyed look about him, that he had been subbed. The fact that he is still producing the goods, with no hint of any personality clashes, shows, what we all know, that EM is an excellent man manager and has players with the right attitude. Ritchie could have been allowed to sulk, building resentment and affecting his play but Eddie sorts it. It's down to him, and players belief in him, that's why we can sign the quality we do. canfordcherry
  • Score: 8

9:52am Tue 29 Jul 14

Wackerone says...

Dream on Matt, you've as much chance of playing in the Pemiership 2015/2016 season as the 'scummers' have, unless you move on as you undoubtably will in the unforeseeable future when the offers come in! Some posters on here have it about right with 10th being an obtainable position, most others are deluded!
Dream on Matt, you've as much chance of playing in the Pemiership 2015/2016 season as the 'scummers' have, unless you move on as you undoubtably will in the unforeseeable future when the offers come in! Some posters on here have it about right with 10th being an obtainable position, most others are deluded! Wackerone
  • Score: -23

10:01am Tue 29 Jul 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

^^^^^^^
MorningCoops good to see you back!! I have despatched Mrs Ted to the Cherries ticket office and we should be the proud owners of a pair of 'Uddersfield tickets some time soon, to watch a bit of RichTea brilliance and the first three points of the season rack up!
UTMC
^^^^^^^ MorningCoops good to see you back!! I have despatched Mrs Ted to the Cherries ticket office and we should be the proud owners of a pair of 'Uddersfield tickets some time soon, to watch a bit of RichTea brilliance and the first three points of the season rack up! UTMC TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 1

10:16am Tue 29 Jul 14

coops1965cherry says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
^^^^^^^
MorningCoops good to see you back!! I have despatched Mrs Ted to the Cherries ticket office and we should be the proud owners of a pair of 'Uddersfield tickets some time soon, to watch a bit of RichTea brilliance and the first three points of the season rack up!
UTMC
Now that is what I call good delegation of man power or even woman power
in Mrs Teds case well done you.

I agree, that would be a great start to the season and there is no reason that we should not start with three points there.

I think that Rich T can indeed step up and perform at the top level and this must be his season and I think he knows it as well.

U T C I A D.
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: ^^^^^^^ MorningCoops good to see you back!! I have despatched Mrs Ted to the Cherries ticket office and we should be the proud owners of a pair of 'Uddersfield tickets some time soon, to watch a bit of RichTea brilliance and the first three points of the season rack up! UTMC[/p][/quote]Now that is what I call good delegation of man power or even woman power in Mrs Teds case well done you. I agree, that would be a great start to the season and there is no reason that we should not start with three points there. I think that Rich T can indeed step up and perform at the top level and this must be his season and I think he knows it as well. U T C I A D. coops1965cherry
  • Score: 1

10:23am Tue 29 Jul 14

coops1965cherry says...

Wackerone wrote:
Dream on Matt, you've as much chance of playing in the Pemiership 2015/2016 season as the 'scummers' have, unless you move on as you undoubtably will in the unforeseeable future when the offers come in! Some posters on here have it about right with 10th being an obtainable position, most others are deluded!
Seriously wacker nobody gave us a chance last year and look what we achieved. We have a better squad this season and are better prepared where is your optimism man, seriously why the negativity ?

I do not see other than maybe Norwich and Cardiff anyone that much better than us.

U T C I A D.
[quote][p][bold]Wackerone[/bold] wrote: Dream on Matt, you've as much chance of playing in the Pemiership 2015/2016 season as the 'scummers' have, unless you move on as you undoubtably will in the unforeseeable future when the offers come in! Some posters on here have it about right with 10th being an obtainable position, most others are deluded![/p][/quote]Seriously wacker nobody gave us a chance last year and look what we achieved. We have a better squad this season and are better prepared where is your optimism man, seriously why the negativity ? I do not see other than maybe Norwich and Cardiff anyone that much better than us. U T C I A D. coops1965cherry
  • Score: 6

10:47am Tue 29 Jul 14

canfordcherry says...

coops1965cherry wrote:
Wackerone wrote:
Dream on Matt, you've as much chance of playing in the Pemiership 2015/2016 season as the 'scummers' have, unless you move on as you undoubtably will in the unforeseeable future when the offers come in! Some posters on here have it about right with 10th being an obtainable position, most others are deluded!
Seriously wacker nobody gave us a chance last year and look what we achieved. We have a better squad this season and are better prepared where is your optimism man, seriously why the negativity ?

I do not see other than maybe Norwich and Cardiff anyone that much better than us.

U T C I A D.
Talking about Norwich, I see Grabban scored for them yesterday in there rout.
[quote][p][bold]coops1965cherry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wackerone[/bold] wrote: Dream on Matt, you've as much chance of playing in the Pemiership 2015/2016 season as the 'scummers' have, unless you move on as you undoubtably will in the unforeseeable future when the offers come in! Some posters on here have it about right with 10th being an obtainable position, most others are deluded![/p][/quote]Seriously wacker nobody gave us a chance last year and look what we achieved. We have a better squad this season and are better prepared where is your optimism man, seriously why the negativity ? I do not see other than maybe Norwich and Cardiff anyone that much better than us. U T C I A D.[/p][/quote]Talking about Norwich, I see Grabban scored for them yesterday in there rout. canfordcherry
  • Score: -2

10:47am Tue 29 Jul 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

coops1965cherry wrote:
Wackerone wrote:
Dream on Matt, you've as much chance of playing in the Pemiership 2015/2016 season as the 'scummers' have, unless you move on as you undoubtably will in the unforeseeable future when the offers come in! Some posters on here have it about right with 10th being an obtainable position, most others are deluded!
Seriously wacker nobody gave us a chance last year and look what we achieved. We have a better squad this season and are better prepared where is your optimism man, seriously why the negativity ?

I do not see other than maybe Norwich and Cardiff anyone that much better than us.

U T C I A D.
I might add Forest & Brighton should be quite strong too but WTF, let's shoot for the moon, boys!!
[quote][p][bold]coops1965cherry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wackerone[/bold] wrote: Dream on Matt, you've as much chance of playing in the Pemiership 2015/2016 season as the 'scummers' have, unless you move on as you undoubtably will in the unforeseeable future when the offers come in! Some posters on here have it about right with 10th being an obtainable position, most others are deluded![/p][/quote]Seriously wacker nobody gave us a chance last year and look what we achieved. We have a better squad this season and are better prepared where is your optimism man, seriously why the negativity ? I do not see other than maybe Norwich and Cardiff anyone that much better than us. U T C I A D.[/p][/quote]I might add Forest & Brighton should be quite strong too but WTF, let's shoot for the moon, boys!! TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 4

10:50am Tue 29 Jul 14

smhinto says...

Afcbpete wrote:
These are the type of players we have at the club now, undoubted quality, ambitious, and above all else, can see what is being created at DC now, and want to be a part of it. Those are the type of players I want to support, not those holding the club to ransom by having a hissy fit. Ritchie is vital to our season, even though we have strength in depth. When asked the other day how did I think we'd get on this season, I said I'd be happy with 10th again, and I would, however, if can play to the quality we finished last season, I can see us being strong contenders, and not only for the play off's!!! UTCIAD
Agreed 10th spot again would be satisfactory. I believe we need another forward we only have Kermogant and Wilson (who is untried at this level) that are likely to hit the target at this level, unless Rantie starts to show his potential.
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Both Pitman and Stockley are not at this moment Championship material.
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We seem to be well catered for in defence and in midfleld.
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Just worried that with 11 days left to the start of the season we have a number of injuries that may hamper our start to the campaign i.e. Camp, Flahaven, Ward, Fraser, Kermogant and zimmer frame Partington are injured.
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Going away to 'ta-Uddersfield' without Camp and Kermogant would be fatal.
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Tonight I hope will be an exercise in avoiding further injuries.
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Regards
[quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: These are the type of players we have at the club now, undoubted quality, ambitious, and above all else, can see what is being created at DC now, and want to be a part of it. Those are the type of players I want to support, not those holding the club to ransom by having a hissy fit. Ritchie is vital to our season, even though we have strength in depth. When asked the other day how did I think we'd get on this season, I said I'd be happy with 10th again, and I would, however, if can play to the quality we finished last season, I can see us being strong contenders, and not only for the play off's!!! UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Agreed 10th spot again would be satisfactory. I believe we need another forward we only have Kermogant and Wilson (who is untried at this level) that are likely to hit the target at this level, unless Rantie starts to show his potential. . Both Pitman and Stockley are not at this moment Championship material. . We seem to be well catered for in defence and in midfleld. . Just worried that with 11 days left to the start of the season we have a number of injuries that may hamper our start to the campaign i.e. Camp, Flahaven, Ward, Fraser, Kermogant and zimmer frame Partington are injured. . Going away to 'ta-Uddersfield' without Camp and Kermogant would be fatal. . Tonight I hope will be an exercise in avoiding further injuries. . Regards smhinto
  • Score: -10

11:34am Tue 29 Jul 14

Pjb1970 says...

Eddie please please please sign another striker.im so excited about this season but our striker situation is giving me butterfly's.just one more and I can sleep again at night.
Eddie please please please sign another striker.im so excited about this season but our striker situation is giving me butterfly's.just one more and I can sleep again at night. Pjb1970
  • Score: -4

11:53am Tue 29 Jul 14

Minty Fresh says...

I fear the dreaded second season syndrome. Sorry!
We had a great first year in the Championship and although our players have learned a lot, opposition teams will have learned a lot about us and the way we play too. If we finish 10th again I will be pleased. If we hit the play-offs that would be an amazing achievement. Remember we are competing against huge clubs with massive resources and until we have a ground with 20,000+ seats that we can fill regularly we will always struggle to compete. Having said that, EH is a fantastic manager who knows how to get the best out of his players, so I'm buzzing for the new season! UTCIAD!
I fear the dreaded second season syndrome. Sorry! We had a great first year in the Championship and although our players have learned a lot, opposition teams will have learned a lot about us and the way we play too. If we finish 10th again I will be pleased. If we hit the play-offs that would be an amazing achievement. Remember we are competing against huge clubs with massive resources and until we have a ground with 20,000+ seats that we can fill regularly we will always struggle to compete. Having said that, EH is a fantastic manager who knows how to get the best out of his players, so I'm buzzing for the new season! UTCIAD! Minty Fresh
  • Score: 3

12:00pm Tue 29 Jul 14

RED LETTER DAY says...

smhinto. . . . . BRETT is not a Championship player ????. . . He has scored 24 goals in the Championship. . . . You made the same statement last year about Grabben. . . . . . . TELL US THEN, exactly how many AFC BMTH games did you attend last season. . . . . PROBABLY NONE
smhinto. . . . . BRETT is not a Championship player ????. . . He has scored 24 goals in the Championship. . . . You made the same statement last year about Grabben. . . . . . . TELL US THEN, exactly how many AFC BMTH games did you attend last season. . . . . PROBABLY NONE RED LETTER DAY
  • Score: 7

12:17pm Tue 29 Jul 14

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

Pjb1970 wrote:
Eddie please please please sign another striker.im so excited about this season but our striker situation is giving me butterfly's.just one more and I can sleep again at night.
Yeh, come on Eddie, give your mate Brendan a call, im sure he has a half decent striker and centre half we can have on loan for a while. Alternatively you can stop off at the summer sales on your way to pompey later. Not a lot left in the shop window at SCG(snigger) now, but they are holding a car booty in the carpark to clear the rest of last seasons stock. Tell em you are shopping for Brendan, and they will let you take your pick.!!!
[quote][p][bold]Pjb1970[/bold] wrote: Eddie please please please sign another striker.im so excited about this season but our striker situation is giving me butterfly's.just one more and I can sleep again at night.[/p][/quote]Yeh, come on Eddie, give your mate Brendan a call, im sure he has a half decent striker and centre half we can have on loan for a while. Alternatively you can stop off at the summer sales on your way to pompey later. Not a lot left in the shop window at SCG(snigger) now, but they are holding a car booty in the carpark to clear the rest of last seasons stock. Tell em you are shopping for Brendan, and they will let you take your pick.!!! STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
  • Score: 3

12:19pm Tue 29 Jul 14

smhinto says...

RED LETTER DAY wrote:
smhinto. . . . . BRETT is not a Championship player ????. . . He has scored 24 goals in the Championship. . . . You made the same statement last year about Grabben. . . . . . . TELL US THEN, exactly how many AFC BMTH games did you attend last season. . . . . PROBABLY NONE
7 AFCB games last season all away. Pitman may have his strengths and abilities in certain areas, but overall he will struggle to maintain a regular start. His spell at Bristol City was indifferent. He struggled last season when called upon.
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If he proves me wrong after a run in the side than fair play, but I can't see it somehow.
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Even if Pitman produces the goods I still think we are a striker short. You must remember we are up against a far stronger division than last season by far with the introduction of Cardiff, Norwich, and Wolves, who replaced weaker opposition such as Yeovil and Doncaster. Remember Wilson is untried.
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Regards
[quote][p][bold]RED LETTER DAY[/bold] wrote: smhinto. . . . . BRETT is not a Championship player ????. . . He has scored 24 goals in the Championship. . . . You made the same statement last year about Grabben. . . . . . . TELL US THEN, exactly how many AFC BMTH games did you attend last season. . . . . PROBABLY NONE[/p][/quote]7 AFCB games last season all away. Pitman may have his strengths and abilities in certain areas, but overall he will struggle to maintain a regular start. His spell at Bristol City was indifferent. He struggled last season when called upon. . If he proves me wrong after a run in the side than fair play, but I can't see it somehow. . Even if Pitman produces the goods I still think we are a striker short. You must remember we are up against a far stronger division than last season by far with the introduction of Cardiff, Norwich, and Wolves, who replaced weaker opposition such as Yeovil and Doncaster. Remember Wilson is untried. . Regards smhinto
  • Score: 1

12:35pm Tue 29 Jul 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

smhinto wrote:
RED LETTER DAY wrote:
smhinto. . . . . BRETT is not a Championship player ????. . . He has scored 24 goals in the Championship. . . . You made the same statement last year about Grabben. . . . . . . TELL US THEN, exactly how many AFC BMTH games did you attend last season. . . . . PROBABLY NONE
7 AFCB games last season all away. Pitman may have his strengths and abilities in certain areas, but overall he will struggle to maintain a regular start. His spell at Bristol City was indifferent. He struggled last season when called upon.
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If he proves me wrong after a run in the side than fair play, but I can't see it somehow.
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Even if Pitman produces the goods I still think we are a striker short. You must remember we are up against a far stronger division than last season by far with the introduction of Cardiff, Norwich, and Wolves, who replaced weaker opposition such as Yeovil and Doncaster. Remember Wilson is untried.
.
Regards
Without wishing to be pedantic Smhinto remember Grabban was untried this time last year. I've only seen Wilson once but it was enough to instil confidence in me that he has energy, strength and desire, he should do well for us. . Regards
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RED LETTER DAY[/bold] wrote: smhinto. . . . . BRETT is not a Championship player ????. . . He has scored 24 goals in the Championship. . . . You made the same statement last year about Grabben. . . . . . . TELL US THEN, exactly how many AFC BMTH games did you attend last season. . . . . PROBABLY NONE[/p][/quote]7 AFCB games last season all away. Pitman may have his strengths and abilities in certain areas, but overall he will struggle to maintain a regular start. His spell at Bristol City was indifferent. He struggled last season when called upon. . If he proves me wrong after a run in the side than fair play, but I can't see it somehow. . Even if Pitman produces the goods I still think we are a striker short. You must remember we are up against a far stronger division than last season by far with the introduction of Cardiff, Norwich, and Wolves, who replaced weaker opposition such as Yeovil and Doncaster. Remember Wilson is untried. . Regards[/p][/quote]Without wishing to be pedantic Smhinto remember Grabban was untried this time last year. I've only seen Wilson once but it was enough to instil confidence in me that he has energy, strength and desire, he should do well for us. . Regards TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 6

12:35pm Tue 29 Jul 14

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

A very rare article (possibly the first) on Matt since his cut price (snigger) arrival from the travellers site.
Matt and Franno are a formidable weapon down our right wing and will terrorise championship defences again this season. If we get off to a decent start to the season the play-offs are certainly not beyond reach but realisticly, any improvement on last year would be acceptable.!!!
A very rare article (possibly the first) on Matt since his cut price (snigger) arrival from the travellers site. Matt and Franno are a formidable weapon down our right wing and will terrorise championship defences again this season. If we get off to a decent start to the season the play-offs are certainly not beyond reach but realisticly, any improvement on last year would be acceptable.!!! STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
  • Score: 2

12:35pm Tue 29 Jul 14

....utc says...

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road wrote:
Pjb1970 wrote:
Eddie please please please sign another striker.im so excited about this season but our striker situation is giving me butterfly's.just one more and I can sleep again at night.
Yeh, come on Eddie, give your mate Brendan a call, im sure he has a half decent striker and centre half we can have on loan for a while. Alternatively you can stop off at the summer sales on your way to pompey later. Not a lot left in the shop window at SCG(snigger) now, but they are holding a car booty in the carpark to clear the rest of last seasons stock. Tell em you are shopping for Brendan, and they will let you take your pick.!!!
Yeah I agree on the way past tonight pick up Billy Sharp and that is the striker situation sorted
[quote][p][bold]STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pjb1970[/bold] wrote: Eddie please please please sign another striker.im so excited about this season but our striker situation is giving me butterfly's.just one more and I can sleep again at night.[/p][/quote]Yeh, come on Eddie, give your mate Brendan a call, im sure he has a half decent striker and centre half we can have on loan for a while. Alternatively you can stop off at the summer sales on your way to pompey later. Not a lot left in the shop window at SCG(snigger) now, but they are holding a car booty in the carpark to clear the rest of last seasons stock. Tell em you are shopping for Brendan, and they will let you take your pick.!!![/p][/quote]Yeah I agree on the way past tonight pick up Billy Sharp and that is the striker situation sorted ....utc
  • Score: 1

12:40pm Tue 29 Jul 14

mark.s says...

Let's get to January/Feb time and ensure we're in a midtable spot with the relegation fight at arms length, then see how high we can go. Walk before we can run, there's about 18 clubs at this level who fancy a crack at promotion, and many of them are more experienced than us.

No doubting the quality we have though, both on the pitch and in the dugout. We'll be a force against any side, injuries permitting.
Let's get to January/Feb time and ensure we're in a midtable spot with the relegation fight at arms length, then see how high we can go. Walk before we can run, there's about 18 clubs at this level who fancy a crack at promotion, and many of them are more experienced than us. No doubting the quality we have though, both on the pitch and in the dugout. We'll be a force against any side, injuries permitting. mark.s
  • Score: 0

12:56pm Tue 29 Jul 14

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

smhinto wrote:
RED LETTER DAY wrote:
smhinto. . . . . BRETT is not a Championship player ????. . . He has scored 24 goals in the Championship. . . . You made the same statement last year about Grabben. . . . . . . TELL US THEN, exactly how many AFC BMTH games did you attend last season. . . . . PROBABLY NONE
7 AFCB games last season all away. Pitman may have his strengths and abilities in certain areas, but overall he will struggle to maintain a regular start. His spell at Bristol City was indifferent. He struggled last season when called upon.
.
If he proves me wrong after a run in the side than fair play, but I can't see it somehow.
.
Even if Pitman produces the goods I still think we are a striker short. You must remember we are up against a far stronger division than last season by far with the introduction of Cardiff, Norwich, and Wolves, who replaced weaker opposition such as Yeovil and Doncaster. Remember Wilson is untried.
.
Regards
Ha Ha Ha....7 away Afcb games.??? Come on Smhinto, stop telling porky's. When did we play anyone in the Lincs combination Lg, where you by your own admission were far to busy scouting.
Replace- Leicester & QPR with Cardiff & Norwich.....
Yeovil & Doncaster with Brentford & Rotherham and suddenly the chamionship doesn't look any stronger at all.!!!
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RED LETTER DAY[/bold] wrote: smhinto. . . . . BRETT is not a Championship player ????. . . He has scored 24 goals in the Championship. . . . You made the same statement last year about Grabben. . . . . . . TELL US THEN, exactly how many AFC BMTH games did you attend last season. . . . . PROBABLY NONE[/p][/quote]7 AFCB games last season all away. Pitman may have his strengths and abilities in certain areas, but overall he will struggle to maintain a regular start. His spell at Bristol City was indifferent. He struggled last season when called upon. . If he proves me wrong after a run in the side than fair play, but I can't see it somehow. . Even if Pitman produces the goods I still think we are a striker short. You must remember we are up against a far stronger division than last season by far with the introduction of Cardiff, Norwich, and Wolves, who replaced weaker opposition such as Yeovil and Doncaster. Remember Wilson is untried. . Regards[/p][/quote]Ha Ha Ha....7 away Afcb games.??? Come on Smhinto, stop telling porky's. When did we play anyone in the Lincs combination Lg, where you by your own admission were far to busy scouting. Replace- Leicester & QPR with Cardiff & Norwich..... Yeovil & Doncaster with Brentford & Rotherham and suddenly the chamionship doesn't look any stronger at all.!!! STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
  • Score: 7

12:57pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Afcbpete says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
smhinto wrote:
RED LETTER DAY wrote:
smhinto. . . . . BRETT is not a Championship player ????. . . He has scored 24 goals in the Championship. . . . You made the same statement last year about Grabben. . . . . . . TELL US THEN, exactly how many AFC BMTH games did you attend last season. . . . . PROBABLY NONE
7 AFCB games last season all away. Pitman may have his strengths and abilities in certain areas, but overall he will struggle to maintain a regular start. His spell at Bristol City was indifferent. He struggled last season when called upon.
.
If he proves me wrong after a run in the side than fair play, but I can't see it somehow.
.
Even if Pitman produces the goods I still think we are a striker short. You must remember we are up against a far stronger division than last season by far with the introduction of Cardiff, Norwich, and Wolves, who replaced weaker opposition such as Yeovil and Doncaster. Remember Wilson is untried.
.
Regards
Without wishing to be pedantic Smhinto remember Grabban was untried this time last year. I've only seen Wilson once but it was enough to instil confidence in me that he has energy, strength and desire, he should do well for us. . Regards
It's VERY rare I agree with Smhinto, but on this occasion I'm going too. Brett looked anything but a Championship player last season, although by all accounts, he's looking leaner, and fitter in the friendlies so far, perhaps he's got the message, and is getting his act together, because he has undoubted ability, he just never shone when called upon last season IMHO. I also agree that our list of injuries yet again, is worrying, and you can add to that, the fact we are still looking to sign one or two, would mean they haven't had the benefit of a close season to bed themselves into the squad. I really want to see Rantie getting a good run out now, much as I love the guy, he HAS to be delivering this season, otherwise it's plenty of humble pie for me, he has a tremendous amount of ability, but it has to be turned into goals for himself, not just assists. I'm not getting carried away, too long in the tooth for that, but I'm very excited about our prospects for the coming season, but we need cover for Yann, not so many injuries, Arter staying on the right side of the officials, a better standard from the officials, and we might, just might, surprise many people this season!! UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RED LETTER DAY[/bold] wrote: smhinto. . . . . BRETT is not a Championship player ????. . . He has scored 24 goals in the Championship. . . . You made the same statement last year about Grabben. . . . . . . TELL US THEN, exactly how many AFC BMTH games did you attend last season. . . . . PROBABLY NONE[/p][/quote]7 AFCB games last season all away. Pitman may have his strengths and abilities in certain areas, but overall he will struggle to maintain a regular start. His spell at Bristol City was indifferent. He struggled last season when called upon. . If he proves me wrong after a run in the side than fair play, but I can't see it somehow. . Even if Pitman produces the goods I still think we are a striker short. You must remember we are up against a far stronger division than last season by far with the introduction of Cardiff, Norwich, and Wolves, who replaced weaker opposition such as Yeovil and Doncaster. Remember Wilson is untried. . Regards[/p][/quote]Without wishing to be pedantic Smhinto remember Grabban was untried this time last year. I've only seen Wilson once but it was enough to instil confidence in me that he has energy, strength and desire, he should do well for us. . Regards[/p][/quote]It's VERY rare I agree with Smhinto, but on this occasion I'm going too. Brett looked anything but a Championship player last season, although by all accounts, he's looking leaner, and fitter in the friendlies so far, perhaps he's got the message, and is getting his act together, because he has undoubted ability, he just never shone when called upon last season IMHO. I also agree that our list of injuries yet again, is worrying, and you can add to that, the fact we are still looking to sign one or two, would mean they haven't had the benefit of a close season to bed themselves into the squad. I really want to see Rantie getting a good run out now, much as I love the guy, he HAS to be delivering this season, otherwise it's plenty of humble pie for me, he has a tremendous amount of ability, but it has to be turned into goals for himself, not just assists. I'm not getting carried away, too long in the tooth for that, but I'm very excited about our prospects for the coming season, but we need cover for Yann, not so many injuries, Arter staying on the right side of the officials, a better standard from the officials, and we might, just might, surprise many people this season!! UTCIAD Afcbpete
  • Score: 1

1:07pm Tue 29 Jul 14

canfordcherry says...

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road wrote:
Pjb1970 wrote:
Eddie please please please sign another striker.im so excited about this season but our striker situation is giving me butterfly's.just one more and I can sleep again at night.
Yeh, come on Eddie, give your mate Brendan a call, im sure he has a half decent striker and centre half we can have on loan for a while. Alternatively you can stop off at the summer sales on your way to pompey later. Not a lot left in the shop window at SCG(snigger) now, but they are holding a car booty in the carpark to clear the rest of last seasons stock. Tell em you are shopping for Brendan, and they will let you take your pick.!!!
Instead of sending their new striker Origi (the Belgian) back to France on loan send him to the South Coast for a season!
[quote][p][bold]STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pjb1970[/bold] wrote: Eddie please please please sign another striker.im so excited about this season but our striker situation is giving me butterfly's.just one more and I can sleep again at night.[/p][/quote]Yeh, come on Eddie, give your mate Brendan a call, im sure he has a half decent striker and centre half we can have on loan for a while. Alternatively you can stop off at the summer sales on your way to pompey later. Not a lot left in the shop window at SCG(snigger) now, but they are holding a car booty in the carpark to clear the rest of last seasons stock. Tell em you are shopping for Brendan, and they will let you take your pick.!!![/p][/quote]Instead of sending their new striker Origi (the Belgian) back to France on loan send him to the South Coast for a season! canfordcherry
  • Score: 3

3:07pm Tue 29 Jul 14

smhinto says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
smhinto wrote:
RED LETTER DAY wrote: smhinto. . . . . BRETT is not a Championship player ????. . . He has scored 24 goals in the Championship. . . . You made the same statement last year about Grabben. . . . . . . TELL US THEN, exactly how many AFC BMTH games did you attend last season. . . . . PROBABLY NONE
7 AFCB games last season all away. Pitman may have his strengths and abilities in certain areas, but overall he will struggle to maintain a regular start. His spell at Bristol City was indifferent. He struggled last season when called upon. . If he proves me wrong after a run in the side than fair play, but I can't see it somehow. . Even if Pitman produces the goods I still think we are a striker short. You must remember we are up against a far stronger division than last season by far with the introduction of Cardiff, Norwich, and Wolves, who replaced weaker opposition such as Yeovil and Doncaster. Remember Wilson is untried. . Regards
Without wishing to be pedantic Smhinto remember Grabban was untried this time last year. I've only seen Wilson once but it was enough to instil confidence in me that he has energy, strength and desire, he should do well for us. . Regards
Yes I hope Wilson is successful I saw him three time last season at League One level and looked a handful. But this is the Championship. As you can appreciate there is a difference between seeing him perform in a pre-season friendly and the rigours of the Championship.
.
But I am with you, he should do well under Eddie's tutorage but it may take time for him to adjust.
.
Regards
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RED LETTER DAY[/bold] wrote: smhinto. . . . . BRETT is not a Championship player ????. . . He has scored 24 goals in the Championship. . . . You made the same statement last year about Grabben. . . . . . . TELL US THEN, exactly how many AFC BMTH games did you attend last season. . . . . PROBABLY NONE[/p][/quote]7 AFCB games last season all away. Pitman may have his strengths and abilities in certain areas, but overall he will struggle to maintain a regular start. His spell at Bristol City was indifferent. He struggled last season when called upon. . If he proves me wrong after a run in the side than fair play, but I can't see it somehow. . Even if Pitman produces the goods I still think we are a striker short. You must remember we are up against a far stronger division than last season by far with the introduction of Cardiff, Norwich, and Wolves, who replaced weaker opposition such as Yeovil and Doncaster. Remember Wilson is untried. . Regards[/p][/quote]Without wishing to be pedantic Smhinto remember Grabban was untried this time last year. I've only seen Wilson once but it was enough to instil confidence in me that he has energy, strength and desire, he should do well for us. . Regards[/p][/quote]Yes I hope Wilson is successful I saw him three time last season at League One level and looked a handful. But this is the Championship. As you can appreciate there is a difference between seeing him perform in a pre-season friendly and the rigours of the Championship. . But I am with you, he should do well under Eddie's tutorage but it may take time for him to adjust. . Regards smhinto
  • Score: 3

3:14pm Tue 29 Jul 14

nonnogeppetto says...

Afcbpete wrote:
TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
smhinto wrote:
RED LETTER DAY wrote:
smhinto. . . . . BRETT is not a Championship player ????. . . He has scored 24 goals in the Championship. . . . You made the same statement last year about Grabben. . . . . . . TELL US THEN, exactly how many AFC BMTH games did you attend last season. . . . . PROBABLY NONE
7 AFCB games last season all away. Pitman may have his strengths and abilities in certain areas, but overall he will struggle to maintain a regular start. His spell at Bristol City was indifferent. He struggled last season when called upon.
.
If he proves me wrong after a run in the side than fair play, but I can't see it somehow.
.
Even if Pitman produces the goods I still think we are a striker short. You must remember we are up against a far stronger division than last season by far with the introduction of Cardiff, Norwich, and Wolves, who replaced weaker opposition such as Yeovil and Doncaster. Remember Wilson is untried.
.
Regards
Without wishing to be pedantic Smhinto remember Grabban was untried this time last year. I've only seen Wilson once but it was enough to instil confidence in me that he has energy, strength and desire, he should do well for us. . Regards
It's VERY rare I agree with Smhinto, but on this occasion I'm going too. Brett looked anything but a Championship player last season, although by all accounts, he's looking leaner, and fitter in the friendlies so far, perhaps he's got the message, and is getting his act together, because he has undoubted ability, he just never shone when called upon last season IMHO. I also agree that our list of injuries yet again, is worrying, and you can add to that, the fact we are still looking to sign one or two, would mean they haven't had the benefit of a close season to bed themselves into the squad. I really want to see Rantie getting a good run out now, much as I love the guy, he HAS to be delivering this season, otherwise it's plenty of humble pie for me, he has a tremendous amount of ability, but it has to be turned into goals for himself, not just assists. I'm not getting carried away, too long in the tooth for that, but I'm very excited about our prospects for the coming season, but we need cover for Yann, not so many injuries, Arter staying on the right side of the officials, a better standard from the officials, and we might, just might, surprise many people this season!! UTCIAD
Steady afcbpete you'll be agreeing with mrs nonno's list of chores she produces on a weekly basis!!!!

SMHINTO you are a star good to read your observation and I hope we will lock horns again (in fun of course) this coming season. Up the mighty Cherries
[quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RED LETTER DAY[/bold] wrote: smhinto. . . . . BRETT is not a Championship player ????. . . He has scored 24 goals in the Championship. . . . You made the same statement last year about Grabben. . . . . . . TELL US THEN, exactly how many AFC BMTH games did you attend last season. . . . . PROBABLY NONE[/p][/quote]7 AFCB games last season all away. Pitman may have his strengths and abilities in certain areas, but overall he will struggle to maintain a regular start. His spell at Bristol City was indifferent. He struggled last season when called upon. . If he proves me wrong after a run in the side than fair play, but I can't see it somehow. . Even if Pitman produces the goods I still think we are a striker short. You must remember we are up against a far stronger division than last season by far with the introduction of Cardiff, Norwich, and Wolves, who replaced weaker opposition such as Yeovil and Doncaster. Remember Wilson is untried. . Regards[/p][/quote]Without wishing to be pedantic Smhinto remember Grabban was untried this time last year. I've only seen Wilson once but it was enough to instil confidence in me that he has energy, strength and desire, he should do well for us. . Regards[/p][/quote]It's VERY rare I agree with Smhinto, but on this occasion I'm going too. Brett looked anything but a Championship player last season, although by all accounts, he's looking leaner, and fitter in the friendlies so far, perhaps he's got the message, and is getting his act together, because he has undoubted ability, he just never shone when called upon last season IMHO. I also agree that our list of injuries yet again, is worrying, and you can add to that, the fact we are still looking to sign one or two, would mean they haven't had the benefit of a close season to bed themselves into the squad. I really want to see Rantie getting a good run out now, much as I love the guy, he HAS to be delivering this season, otherwise it's plenty of humble pie for me, he has a tremendous amount of ability, but it has to be turned into goals for himself, not just assists. I'm not getting carried away, too long in the tooth for that, but I'm very excited about our prospects for the coming season, but we need cover for Yann, not so many injuries, Arter staying on the right side of the officials, a better standard from the officials, and we might, just might, surprise many people this season!! UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Steady afcbpete you'll be agreeing with mrs nonno's list of chores she produces on a weekly basis!!!! SMHINTO you are a star good to read your observation and I hope we will lock horns again (in fun of course) this coming season. Up the mighty Cherries nonnogeppetto
  • Score: 1

3:21pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Ahtafcb says...

ritchie is a key player, without doubt this season. Id think him and pughy will be eddies first choice wingers, especially as pugh always seems to start the season well, then fade away. Hopefully if fraser stays fit he will also cause selecion headache for eddie. As for stanislas, just havent seen enough to judge him, im sure hell be useful as a substitute at the very least. Our squad is looking pretty good, very few weak links now that addison has gone. I still believe brett can do a job for us, not as a starter but as a sub every now and again he will do something useful, the only player I am afraid i just cant understand we have kept is josh mcquoid, he lacks pace, poor touch and work rate, would much rather have kept coulibaly. Looking forward to see us beat our 'freindly' neighbours tonight, utc!
ritchie is a key player, without doubt this season. Id think him and pughy will be eddies first choice wingers, especially as pugh always seems to start the season well, then fade away. Hopefully if fraser stays fit he will also cause selecion headache for eddie. As for stanislas, just havent seen enough to judge him, im sure hell be useful as a substitute at the very least. Our squad is looking pretty good, very few weak links now that addison has gone. I still believe brett can do a job for us, not as a starter but as a sub every now and again he will do something useful, the only player I am afraid i just cant understand we have kept is josh mcquoid, he lacks pace, poor touch and work rate, would much rather have kept coulibaly. Looking forward to see us beat our 'freindly' neighbours tonight, utc! Ahtafcb
  • Score: 4

5:21pm Tue 29 Jul 14

holdinkæft says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
coops1965cherry wrote:
Wackerone wrote:
Dream on Matt, you've as much chance of playing in the Pemiership 2015/2016 season as the 'scummers' have, unless you move on as you undoubtably will in the unforeseeable future when the offers come in! Some posters on here have it about right with 10th being an obtainable position, most others are deluded!
Seriously wacker nobody gave us a chance last year and look what we achieved. We have a better squad this season and are better prepared where is your optimism man, seriously why the negativity ?

I do not see other than maybe Norwich and Cardiff anyone that much better than us.

U T C I A D.
I might add Forest & Brighton should be quite strong too but WTF, let's shoot for the moon, boys!!
you forgot Wigan and Derby.
best teams in the league,
we need another goal scorer and a midfielder.
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]coops1965cherry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wackerone[/bold] wrote: Dream on Matt, you've as much chance of playing in the Pemiership 2015/2016 season as the 'scummers' have, unless you move on as you undoubtably will in the unforeseeable future when the offers come in! Some posters on here have it about right with 10th being an obtainable position, most others are deluded![/p][/quote]Seriously wacker nobody gave us a chance last year and look what we achieved. We have a better squad this season and are better prepared where is your optimism man, seriously why the negativity ? I do not see other than maybe Norwich and Cardiff anyone that much better than us. U T C I A D.[/p][/quote]I might add Forest & Brighton should be quite strong too but WTF, let's shoot for the moon, boys!![/p][/quote]you forgot Wigan and Derby. best teams in the league, we need another goal scorer and a midfielder. holdinkæft
  • Score: -2

5:22pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Afcbpete says...

nonnogeppetto wrote:
Afcbpete wrote:
TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
smhinto wrote:
RED LETTER DAY wrote:
smhinto. . . . . BRETT is not a Championship player ????. . . He has scored 24 goals in the Championship. . . . You made the same statement last year about Grabben. . . . . . . TELL US THEN, exactly how many AFC BMTH games did you attend last season. . . . . PROBABLY NONE
7 AFCB games last season all away. Pitman may have his strengths and abilities in certain areas, but overall he will struggle to maintain a regular start. His spell at Bristol City was indifferent. He struggled last season when called upon.
.
If he proves me wrong after a run in the side than fair play, but I can't see it somehow.
.
Even if Pitman produces the goods I still think we are a striker short. You must remember we are up against a far stronger division than last season by far with the introduction of Cardiff, Norwich, and Wolves, who replaced weaker opposition such as Yeovil and Doncaster. Remember Wilson is untried.
.
Regards
Without wishing to be pedantic Smhinto remember Grabban was untried this time last year. I've only seen Wilson once but it was enough to instil confidence in me that he has energy, strength and desire, he should do well for us. . Regards
It's VERY rare I agree with Smhinto, but on this occasion I'm going too. Brett looked anything but a Championship player last season, although by all accounts, he's looking leaner, and fitter in the friendlies so far, perhaps he's got the message, and is getting his act together, because he has undoubted ability, he just never shone when called upon last season IMHO. I also agree that our list of injuries yet again, is worrying, and you can add to that, the fact we are still looking to sign one or two, would mean they haven't had the benefit of a close season to bed themselves into the squad. I really want to see Rantie getting a good run out now, much as I love the guy, he HAS to be delivering this season, otherwise it's plenty of humble pie for me, he has a tremendous amount of ability, but it has to be turned into goals for himself, not just assists. I'm not getting carried away, too long in the tooth for that, but I'm very excited about our prospects for the coming season, but we need cover for Yann, not so many injuries, Arter staying on the right side of the officials, a better standard from the officials, and we might, just might, surprise many people this season!! UTCIAD
Steady afcbpete you'll be agreeing with mrs nonno's list of chores she produces on a weekly basis!!!!

SMHINTO you are a star good to read your observation and I hope we will lock horns again (in fun of course) this coming season. Up the mighty Cherries
Think I've had too much sun!!!
Mrs Nono never ceases to amaze me at the amount of chores she can conjure up LOL
[quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RED LETTER DAY[/bold] wrote: smhinto. . . . . BRETT is not a Championship player ????. . . He has scored 24 goals in the Championship. . . . You made the same statement last year about Grabben. . . . . . . TELL US THEN, exactly how many AFC BMTH games did you attend last season. . . . . PROBABLY NONE[/p][/quote]7 AFCB games last season all away. Pitman may have his strengths and abilities in certain areas, but overall he will struggle to maintain a regular start. His spell at Bristol City was indifferent. He struggled last season when called upon. . If he proves me wrong after a run in the side than fair play, but I can't see it somehow. . Even if Pitman produces the goods I still think we are a striker short. You must remember we are up against a far stronger division than last season by far with the introduction of Cardiff, Norwich, and Wolves, who replaced weaker opposition such as Yeovil and Doncaster. Remember Wilson is untried. . Regards[/p][/quote]Without wishing to be pedantic Smhinto remember Grabban was untried this time last year. I've only seen Wilson once but it was enough to instil confidence in me that he has energy, strength and desire, he should do well for us. . Regards[/p][/quote]It's VERY rare I agree with Smhinto, but on this occasion I'm going too. Brett looked anything but a Championship player last season, although by all accounts, he's looking leaner, and fitter in the friendlies so far, perhaps he's got the message, and is getting his act together, because he has undoubted ability, he just never shone when called upon last season IMHO. I also agree that our list of injuries yet again, is worrying, and you can add to that, the fact we are still looking to sign one or two, would mean they haven't had the benefit of a close season to bed themselves into the squad. I really want to see Rantie getting a good run out now, much as I love the guy, he HAS to be delivering this season, otherwise it's plenty of humble pie for me, he has a tremendous amount of ability, but it has to be turned into goals for himself, not just assists. I'm not getting carried away, too long in the tooth for that, but I'm very excited about our prospects for the coming season, but we need cover for Yann, not so many injuries, Arter staying on the right side of the officials, a better standard from the officials, and we might, just might, surprise many people this season!! UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Steady afcbpete you'll be agreeing with mrs nonno's list of chores she produces on a weekly basis!!!! SMHINTO you are a star good to read your observation and I hope we will lock horns again (in fun of course) this coming season. Up the mighty Cherries[/p][/quote]Think I've had too much sun!!! Mrs Nono never ceases to amaze me at the amount of chores she can conjure up LOL Afcbpete
  • Score: 1

5:26pm Tue 29 Jul 14

holdinkæft says...

RED LETTER DAY wrote:
smhinto. . . . . BRETT is not a Championship player ????. . . He has scored 24 goals in the Championship. . . . You made the same statement last year about Grabben. . . . . . . TELL US THEN, exactly how many AFC BMTH games did you attend last season. . . . . PROBABLY NONE
what has attending games got to do with having an opinion?
you sound like a child.
[quote][p][bold]RED LETTER DAY[/bold] wrote: smhinto. . . . . BRETT is not a Championship player ????. . . He has scored 24 goals in the Championship. . . . You made the same statement last year about Grabben. . . . . . . TELL US THEN, exactly how many AFC BMTH games did you attend last season. . . . . PROBABLY NONE[/p][/quote]what has attending games got to do with having an opinion? you sound like a child. holdinkæft
  • Score: -10

5:33pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Nat1234 says...

canfordcherry wrote:
coops1965cherry wrote:
Wackerone wrote:
Dream on Matt, you've as much chance of playing in the Pemiership 2015/2016 season as the 'scummers' have, unless you move on as you undoubtably will in the unforeseeable future when the offers come in! Some posters on here have it about right with 10th being an obtainable position, most others are deluded!
Seriously wacker nobody gave us a chance last year and look what we achieved. We have a better squad this season and are better prepared where is your optimism man, seriously why the negativity ?

I do not see other than maybe Norwich and Cardiff anyone that much better than us.

U T C I A D.
Talking about Norwich, I see Grabban scored for them yesterday in there rout.
So did surman . Has anyone one got any news on any potential signings ? The rumour sites have gone quiete on the AFCB front ..
[quote][p][bold]canfordcherry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]coops1965cherry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wackerone[/bold] wrote: Dream on Matt, you've as much chance of playing in the Pemiership 2015/2016 season as the 'scummers' have, unless you move on as you undoubtably will in the unforeseeable future when the offers come in! Some posters on here have it about right with 10th being an obtainable position, most others are deluded![/p][/quote]Seriously wacker nobody gave us a chance last year and look what we achieved. We have a better squad this season and are better prepared where is your optimism man, seriously why the negativity ? I do not see other than maybe Norwich and Cardiff anyone that much better than us. U T C I A D.[/p][/quote]Talking about Norwich, I see Grabban scored for them yesterday in there rout.[/p][/quote]So did surman . Has anyone one got any news on any potential signings ? The rumour sites have gone quiete on the AFCB front .. Nat1234
  • Score: 0

5:37pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Nat1234 says...

holdinkæft wrote:
TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
coops1965cherry wrote:
Wackerone wrote:
Dream on Matt, you've as much chance of playing in the Pemiership 2015/2016 season as the 'scummers' have, unless you move on as you undoubtably will in the unforeseeable future when the offers come in! Some posters on here have it about right with 10th being an obtainable position, most others are deluded!
Seriously wacker nobody gave us a chance last year and look what we achieved. We have a better squad this season and are better prepared where is your optimism man, seriously why the negativity ?

I do not see other than maybe Norwich and Cardiff anyone that much better than us.

U T C I A D.
I might add Forest & Brighton should be quite strong too but WTF, let's shoot for the moon, boys!!
you forgot Wigan and Derby.
best teams in the league,
we need another goal scorer and a midfielder.
Why do we need another striker we've got rantie ...
[quote][p][bold]holdinkæft[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]coops1965cherry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wackerone[/bold] wrote: Dream on Matt, you've as much chance of playing in the Pemiership 2015/2016 season as the 'scummers' have, unless you move on as you undoubtably will in the unforeseeable future when the offers come in! Some posters on here have it about right with 10th being an obtainable position, most others are deluded![/p][/quote]Seriously wacker nobody gave us a chance last year and look what we achieved. We have a better squad this season and are better prepared where is your optimism man, seriously why the negativity ? I do not see other than maybe Norwich and Cardiff anyone that much better than us. U T C I A D.[/p][/quote]I might add Forest & Brighton should be quite strong too but WTF, let's shoot for the moon, boys!![/p][/quote]you forgot Wigan and Derby. best teams in the league, we need another goal scorer and a midfielder.[/p][/quote]Why do we need another striker we've got rantie ... Nat1234
  • Score: 4

5:58pm Tue 29 Jul 14

RED LETTER DAY says...

Holdingkaeft. . . . . WAKE UP, . . . If you dont attend games its a shot in the dark. . . . . Just like the smhinto prediction last year = ( GRABBEN is not good enough for the Championship .
Holdingkaeft. . . . . WAKE UP, . . . If you dont attend games its a shot in the dark. . . . . Just like the smhinto prediction last year = ( GRABBEN is not good enough for the Championship . RED LETTER DAY
  • Score: 2

6:33pm Tue 29 Jul 14

cromwell9 says...

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road wrote:
smhinto wrote:
RED LETTER DAY wrote:
smhinto. . . . . BRETT is not a Championship player ????. . . He has scored 24 goals in the Championship. . . . You made the same statement last year about Grabben. . . . . . . TELL US THEN, exactly how many AFC BMTH games did you attend last season. . . . . PROBABLY NONE
7 AFCB games last season all away. Pitman may have his strengths and abilities in certain areas, but overall he will struggle to maintain a regular start. His spell at Bristol City was indifferent. He struggled last season when called upon.
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If he proves me wrong after a run in the side than fair play, but I can't see it somehow.
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Even if Pitman produces the goods I still think we are a striker short. You must remember we are up against a far stronger division than last season by far with the introduction of Cardiff, Norwich, and Wolves, who replaced weaker opposition such as Yeovil and Doncaster. Remember Wilson is untried.
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Regards
Ha Ha Ha....7 away Afcb games.??? Come on Smhinto, stop telling porky's. When did we play anyone in the Lincs combination Lg, where you by your own admission were far to busy scouting.
Replace- Leicester & QPR with Cardiff & Norwich.....
Yeovil & Doncaster with Brentford & Rotherham and suddenly the chamionship doesn't look any stronger at all.!!!
This season is going to be harder than last ,As you have said the lokes of Cardiff /Wolves /Norwich,.Every match will be close,
Mat Ritchie.is going to put away the goals for us this season .along with Kermogant.Bret Pitman has a role to play.Having him in the squad is a bonus.I can see him coming on 2nd half,He could be our match winner,great penalty player .
Its up to Eddie ,I think Pitman has one more season at AFCB,.
I dont think there will be any moves on upgrading the stadium this season .
Not with all this Ukraine nonsense going on,Max Demon.I think will bide his time,If all goes well this season .I think he will try and buy the stadium.Then move to upgrade it .
I am looking forward to the new season .and will try to go to some away games .I think the boys are going to nead all the support they can get.
Eddie we trust. Bring it on.
[quote][p][bold]STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RED LETTER DAY[/bold] wrote: smhinto. . . . . BRETT is not a Championship player ????. . . He has scored 24 goals in the Championship. . . . You made the same statement last year about Grabben. . . . . . . TELL US THEN, exactly how many AFC BMTH games did you attend last season. . . . . PROBABLY NONE[/p][/quote]7 AFCB games last season all away. Pitman may have his strengths and abilities in certain areas, but overall he will struggle to maintain a regular start. His spell at Bristol City was indifferent. He struggled last season when called upon. . If he proves me wrong after a run in the side than fair play, but I can't see it somehow. . Even if Pitman produces the goods I still think we are a striker short. You must remember we are up against a far stronger division than last season by far with the introduction of Cardiff, Norwich, and Wolves, who replaced weaker opposition such as Yeovil and Doncaster. Remember Wilson is untried. . Regards[/p][/quote]Ha Ha Ha....7 away Afcb games.??? Come on Smhinto, stop telling porky's. When did we play anyone in the Lincs combination Lg, where you by your own admission were far to busy scouting. Replace- Leicester & QPR with Cardiff & Norwich..... Yeovil & Doncaster with Brentford & Rotherham and suddenly the chamionship doesn't look any stronger at all.!!![/p][/quote]This season is going to be harder than last ,As you have said the lokes of Cardiff /Wolves /Norwich,.Every match will be close, Mat Ritchie.is going to put away the goals for us this season .along with Kermogant.Bret Pitman has a role to play.Having him in the squad is a bonus.I can see him coming on 2nd half,He could be our match winner,great penalty player . Its up to Eddie ,I think Pitman has one more season at AFCB,. I dont think there will be any moves on upgrading the stadium this season . Not with all this Ukraine nonsense going on,Max Demon.I think will bide his time,If all goes well this season .I think he will try and buy the stadium.Then move to upgrade it . I am looking forward to the new season .and will try to go to some away games .I think the boys are going to nead all the support they can get. Eddie we trust. Bring it on. cromwell9
  • Score: 5

6:43pm Tue 29 Jul 14

matt68 says...

Nat1234 wrote:
canfordcherry wrote:
coops1965cherry wrote:
Wackerone wrote:
Dream on Matt, you've as much chance of playing in the Pemiership 2015/2016 season as the 'scummers' have, unless you move on as you undoubtably will in the unforeseeable future when the offers come in! Some posters on here have it about right with 10th being an obtainable position, most others are deluded!
Seriously wacker nobody gave us a chance last year and look what we achieved. We have a better squad this season and are better prepared where is your optimism man, seriously why the negativity ?

I do not see other than maybe Norwich and Cardiff anyone that much better than us.

U T C I A D.
Talking about Norwich, I see Grabban scored for them yesterday in there rout.
So did surman . Has anyone one got any news on any potential signings ? The rumour sites have gone quiete on the AFCB front ..
rodriguez from the St Marys sale of the century should get him for 1.5 mill!
[quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]canfordcherry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]coops1965cherry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wackerone[/bold] wrote: Dream on Matt, you've as much chance of playing in the Pemiership 2015/2016 season as the 'scummers' have, unless you move on as you undoubtably will in the unforeseeable future when the offers come in! Some posters on here have it about right with 10th being an obtainable position, most others are deluded![/p][/quote]Seriously wacker nobody gave us a chance last year and look what we achieved. We have a better squad this season and are better prepared where is your optimism man, seriously why the negativity ? I do not see other than maybe Norwich and Cardiff anyone that much better than us. U T C I A D.[/p][/quote]Talking about Norwich, I see Grabban scored for them yesterday in there rout.[/p][/quote]So did surman . Has anyone one got any news on any potential signings ? The rumour sites have gone quiete on the AFCB front ..[/p][/quote]rodriguez from the St Marys sale of the century should get him for 1.5 mill! matt68
  • Score: 3

7:46pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Square Old Codger says...

Just a thought, I wonder whether Eddie sees Junior Stanislas as a replacement for Grabham, he is over 6', quick and with two good feet?
Just a thought, I wonder whether Eddie sees Junior Stanislas as a replacement for Grabham, he is over 6', quick and with two good feet? Square Old Codger
  • Score: 0

7:52pm Tue 29 Jul 14

holdinkæft says...

Nat1234 wrote:
holdinkæft wrote:
TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
coops1965cherry wrote:
Wackerone wrote:
Dream on Matt, you've as much chance of playing in the Pemiership 2015/2016 season as the 'scummers' have, unless you move on as you undoubtably will in the unforeseeable future when the offers come in! Some posters on here have it about right with 10th being an obtainable position, most others are deluded!
Seriously wacker nobody gave us a chance last year and look what we achieved. We have a better squad this season and are better prepared where is your optimism man, seriously why the negativity ?

I do not see other than maybe Norwich and Cardiff anyone that much better than us.

U T C I A D.
I might add Forest & Brighton should be quite strong too but WTF, let's shoot for the moon, boys!!
you forgot Wigan and Derby.
best teams in the league,
we need another goal scorer and a midfielder.
Why do we need another striker we've got rantie ...
Idiot, what happens when Yann cant play, remember he is nearly on his pension.
[quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]holdinkæft[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]coops1965cherry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wackerone[/bold] wrote: Dream on Matt, you've as much chance of playing in the Pemiership 2015/2016 season as the 'scummers' have, unless you move on as you undoubtably will in the unforeseeable future when the offers come in! Some posters on here have it about right with 10th being an obtainable position, most others are deluded![/p][/quote]Seriously wacker nobody gave us a chance last year and look what we achieved. We have a better squad this season and are better prepared where is your optimism man, seriously why the negativity ? I do not see other than maybe Norwich and Cardiff anyone that much better than us. U T C I A D.[/p][/quote]I might add Forest & Brighton should be quite strong too but WTF, let's shoot for the moon, boys!![/p][/quote]you forgot Wigan and Derby. best teams in the league, we need another goal scorer and a midfielder.[/p][/quote]Why do we need another striker we've got rantie ...[/p][/quote]Idiot, what happens when Yann cant play, remember he is nearly on his pension. holdinkæft
  • Score: -8

7:56pm Tue 29 Jul 14

holdinkæft says...

RED LETTER DAY wrote:
Holdingkaeft. . . . . WAKE UP, . . . If you dont attend games its a shot in the dark. . . . . Just like the smhinto prediction last year = ( GRABBEN is not good enough for the Championship .
WAKE UP yourself, each game can be seen on player. if you can afford a fiver a month. no eed ever to miss a match these days with the internet.
[quote][p][bold]RED LETTER DAY[/bold] wrote: Holdingkaeft. . . . . WAKE UP, . . . If you dont attend games its a shot in the dark. . . . . Just like the smhinto prediction last year = ( GRABBEN is not good enough for the Championship .[/p][/quote]WAKE UP yourself, each game can be seen on player. if you can afford a fiver a month. no eed ever to miss a match these days with the internet. holdinkæft
  • Score: -9

11:17pm Tue 29 Jul 14

St Albans Cherry says...

Hi Gents!

Great comments as ever. I will be in Huddersfield. People are saying that last season counts for little and that clubs will have target hardened their own squads. That might be so but unlike Southampton we are in euphoria at the start of our season! Another season of happiness and great fortune is about to be upon us! Even if we take a battering at Huddersfield I don't care, we are a good outfit with pride in our bellies and it's another massive season. I don't expect but hanker for the Prem and a Wembley visit!
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Beware though that our success will bring maybe one day huge disappointment if we lose EH poached or just offered a better deal somewhere in the Prem? We might see another player exodus as well...
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Gawd knows what's happening at Southampton but their team that grew with them to be a pure power house above good teams and just below great squads is now in tatters. RIP!
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SO CROSS OUR FINGERS THAT nothing LIKE THAT happens on our journey! Give us a few seasons Mr Agents! Leave us to ourselves for a while!
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I have no issues about other local clubs and would love to play Southampton and Pompey in this league or above one day. Only a few seasons ago we were doomed and never playing catch up with our southern cousins and now rightly we are in a very happy place...
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When's this season going to kick off! I am starting to talk too much! Up the Cherries!
Hi Gents! Great comments as ever. I will be in Huddersfield. People are saying that last season counts for little and that clubs will have target hardened their own squads. That might be so but unlike Southampton we are in euphoria at the start of our season! Another season of happiness and great fortune is about to be upon us! Even if we take a battering at Huddersfield I don't care, we are a good outfit with pride in our bellies and it's another massive season. I don't expect but hanker for the Prem and a Wembley visit! . Beware though that our success will bring maybe one day huge disappointment if we lose EH poached or just offered a better deal somewhere in the Prem? We might see another player exodus as well... . Gawd knows what's happening at Southampton but their team that grew with them to be a pure power house above good teams and just below great squads is now in tatters. RIP! . SO CROSS OUR FINGERS THAT nothing LIKE THAT happens on our journey! Give us a few seasons Mr Agents! Leave us to ourselves for a while! . I have no issues about other local clubs and would love to play Southampton and Pompey in this league or above one day. Only a few seasons ago we were doomed and never playing catch up with our southern cousins and now rightly we are in a very happy place... . When's this season going to kick off! I am starting to talk too much! Up the Cherries! St Albans Cherry
  • Score: 1

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