Cherries: Fraser and Allsop set to join Seaborne at Dean Court

Bournemouth Echo: TOP TALENT: Ryan Fraser TOP TALENT: Ryan Fraser

CHERRIES boss Eddie Howe was today expected to win the race to sign coveted duo Ryan Fraser and Ryan Allsop.

Fraser and Allsop’s proposed deals would come hot on the heels of Southampton defender Dan Seaborne yesterday signing on loan until the end of the season.

Highly-rated teenage winger Fraser and sought-after goalkeeper Allsop are both understood to be close to finalising moves to Dean Court.

It is believed the pair have already agreed terms on three-and-a-half year contracts, with the deals set to be rubber-stamped once both players have completed medicals.

Fraser, who is one of the hottest properties north of the border, is poised to join Cherries after the Dorset club agreed an initial fee of £300,000 with Scottish Premier League outfit Aberdeen.

Cherries are understood to have fended off interest from several higher-level clubs, including Huddersfield and Swansea, to land the 18-year-old Scotsman, who recently turned down a new deal at Pittodrie in favour of a switch to England.

Fraser, who has earned rave reviews in Scotland despite having only made 23 appearances for the Dons, has been capped at under-19 level by his country and was among the crowd for Cherries’ FA Cup clash against Wigan on Tuesday.

Cherries have snapped up goalkeeper Allsop from under the noses of a host of Championship clubs, the 20-year-old on the verge of joining the club on a free transfer.

The former West Brom and Millwall stopper left Cherries’ League One rivals Leyton Orient on Wednesday following the expiry of a six-month contract at the club.

Birmingham-born Allsop, capped five times for England under-17s, had been first-choice at Brisbane Road until he fell out of favour after turning down no fewer than three contract offers from the club.

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7:21am Fri 18 Jan 13

oxoncherry2 says...

Boy, do I get nervous when I read about such large sums of money!!!
Boy, do I get nervous when I read about such large sums of money!!! oxoncherry2

7:52am Fri 18 Jan 13

smhinto says...

oxoncherry2 wrote:
Boy, do I get nervous when I read about such large sums of money!!!
Yes - I agree. All it takes is for the likes of Denim and Co to lose interest in the club and start asking for their investment back and then down we go like a like led balloon. With the Pink Circle Ford Second Hand Spare Part League Premier awaiting us.
.
No doubt we have all seen this happen to a number of clubs over the years with Pompey and now Swindon being he latest. I.E. the boom and cycle.
.
But I suppose in the meantime we should all sit back ad enjoy the ride.
.
Regards
[quote][p][bold]oxoncherry2[/bold] wrote: Boy, do I get nervous when I read about such large sums of money!!![/p][/quote]Yes - I agree. All it takes is for the likes of Denim and Co to lose interest in the club and start asking for their investment back and then down we go like a like led balloon. With the Pink Circle Ford Second Hand Spare Part League Premier awaiting us. . No doubt we have all seen this happen to a number of clubs over the years with Pompey and now Swindon being he latest. I.E. the boom and cycle. . But I suppose in the meantime we should all sit back ad enjoy the ride. . Regards smhinto

7:59am Fri 18 Jan 13

AFCB_Lanky says...

smhinto wrote:
oxoncherry2 wrote:
Boy, do I get nervous when I read about such large sums of money!!!
Yes - I agree. All it takes is for the likes of Denim and Co to lose interest in the club and start asking for their investment back and then down we go like a like led balloon. With the Pink Circle Ford Second Hand Spare Part League Premier awaiting us.
.
No doubt we have all seen this happen to a number of clubs over the years with Pompey and now Swindon being he latest. I.E. the boom and cycle.
.
But I suppose in the meantime we should all sit back ad enjoy the ride.
.
Regards
If Demin wasn't interested he wouldn't have got his buddies on the board. I reckon they're in for the long run and if we don't get promoted this season, EH will look at the squad in the summer and construct it to his preference to get promoted next season.
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oxoncherry2[/bold] wrote: Boy, do I get nervous when I read about such large sums of money!!![/p][/quote]Yes - I agree. All it takes is for the likes of Denim and Co to lose interest in the club and start asking for their investment back and then down we go like a like led balloon. With the Pink Circle Ford Second Hand Spare Part League Premier awaiting us. . No doubt we have all seen this happen to a number of clubs over the years with Pompey and now Swindon being he latest. I.E. the boom and cycle. . But I suppose in the meantime we should all sit back ad enjoy the ride. . Regards[/p][/quote]If Demin wasn't interested he wouldn't have got his buddies on the board. I reckon they're in for the long run and if we don't get promoted this season, EH will look at the squad in the summer and construct it to his preference to get promoted next season. AFCB_Lanky

8:25am Fri 18 Jan 13

seuthsayer says...

....you have to wonder how much promotion is required THIS season?...in Howe we trust!
....you have to wonder how much promotion is required THIS season?...in Howe we trust! seuthsayer

8:49am Fri 18 Jan 13

nonnogeppetto says...

Ryan I wish I could say that Bournemouth was warmer than Aderdeen but welcome to sunny Bournemouth anyway!!!! (when finally it happens)

I am looking forward to see you play.

and Mossy1 I was pleased to see you back posting on here hope all is well. and AFCBpete you are right I am on the same stuff as the rest of the wrinklies on here!!!

As for spending so much money! Not too long ago we were urging the board to spend some money on some decent players and now we are concerned about overspending oh well what can I say!
Ryan I wish I could say that Bournemouth was warmer than Aderdeen but welcome to sunny Bournemouth anyway!!!! (when finally it happens) I am looking forward to see you play. and Mossy1 I was pleased to see you back posting on here hope all is well. and AFCBpete you are right I am on the same stuff as the rest of the wrinklies on here!!! As for spending so much money! Not too long ago we were urging the board to spend some money on some decent players and now we are concerned about overspending oh well what can I say! nonnogeppetto

9:04am Fri 18 Jan 13

Redline21 says...

We should enjoy the good football and decent players while they are here...Surely their value will rise and we will be on a more financially footing in the future.....after all who would have thought that a 6 million pound striker would score for wigan when they were playing us in the old division 2, 20 years ago.
We should enjoy the good football and decent players while they are here...Surely their value will rise and we will be on a more financially footing in the future.....after all who would have thought that a 6 million pound striker would score for wigan when they were playing us in the old division 2, 20 years ago. Redline21

9:30am Fri 18 Jan 13

paulhanlon says...

AFCB_Lanky wrote:
smhinto wrote:
oxoncherry2 wrote:
Boy, do I get nervous when I read about such large sums of money!!!
Yes - I agree. All it takes is for the likes of Denim and Co to lose interest in the club and start asking for their investment back and then down we go like a like led balloon. With the Pink Circle Ford Second Hand Spare Part League Premier awaiting us.
.
No doubt we have all seen this happen to a number of clubs over the years with Pompey and now Swindon being he latest. I.E. the boom and cycle.
.
But I suppose in the meantime we should all sit back ad enjoy the ride.
.
Regards
If Demin wasn't interested he wouldn't have got his buddies on the board. I reckon they're in for the long run and if we don't get promoted this season, EH will look at the squad in the summer and construct it to his preference to get promoted next season.
I am not totally aware of what happened at Swindon but I think it is much the same as Pompey and quite different to Cherries in one respect. They were takeovers where the old guard sold the club and therefore had relatively little interest in who they sold it to. Now I know there are plenty on here who don't trust EM but I choose to do so and therefore I imagine he has safeguards in place to ensure we don't meet the same fate.
I also recall Eddie refused to sell previously to a group he didn't trust. So I may be accused of being naive, but for the time being I am loving the football, loving the fact that this year I look forward to a transfer window where I dreaded 2012 & more so 2011 and I am loving the atmosphere at grounds home and away. I will probably even drive to Hartlepool if this weather subsides.
And one day, if I am proved wrong, I will come back and eat humble pie. I wont ask the nay sayers to do the same as they will always be able to say "not yet!"
[quote][p][bold]AFCB_Lanky[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oxoncherry2[/bold] wrote: Boy, do I get nervous when I read about such large sums of money!!![/p][/quote]Yes - I agree. All it takes is for the likes of Denim and Co to lose interest in the club and start asking for their investment back and then down we go like a like led balloon. With the Pink Circle Ford Second Hand Spare Part League Premier awaiting us. . No doubt we have all seen this happen to a number of clubs over the years with Pompey and now Swindon being he latest. I.E. the boom and cycle. . But I suppose in the meantime we should all sit back ad enjoy the ride. . Regards[/p][/quote]If Demin wasn't interested he wouldn't have got his buddies on the board. I reckon they're in for the long run and if we don't get promoted this season, EH will look at the squad in the summer and construct it to his preference to get promoted next season.[/p][/quote]I am not totally aware of what happened at Swindon but I think it is much the same as Pompey and quite different to Cherries in one respect. They were takeovers where the old guard sold the club and therefore had relatively little interest in who they sold it to. Now I know there are plenty on here who don't trust EM but I choose to do so and therefore I imagine he has safeguards in place to ensure we don't meet the same fate. I also recall Eddie refused to sell previously to a group he didn't trust. So I may be accused of being naive, but for the time being I am loving the football, loving the fact that this year I look forward to a transfer window where I dreaded 2012 & more so 2011 and I am loving the atmosphere at grounds home and away. I will probably even drive to Hartlepool if this weather subsides. And one day, if I am proved wrong, I will come back and eat humble pie. I wont ask the nay sayers to do the same as they will always be able to say "not yet!" paulhanlon

11:00am Fri 18 Jan 13

Square Old Codger says...

Eddie is certainly building for the future bringing in young talents and with Cook's trial set to start on Monday, Seaborne is a very welcome addition. Sad to see Marc Molesley move on though, always rated him and wish him well for the future. From the weather forecast, both tomorrows and Tuesdays game must be in doubt though and and quite a fixture backlog building up, we may be very glad that we have such a large squad..
Eddie is certainly building for the future bringing in young talents and with Cook's trial set to start on Monday, Seaborne is a very welcome addition. Sad to see Marc Molesley move on though, always rated him and wish him well for the future. From the weather forecast, both tomorrows and Tuesdays game must be in doubt though and and quite a fixture backlog building up, we may be very glad that we have such a large squad.. Square Old Codger

11:08am Fri 18 Jan 13

Afcbpete says...

Square Old Codger wrote:
Eddie is certainly building for the future bringing in young talents and with Cook's trial set to start on Monday, Seaborne is a very welcome addition. Sad to see Marc Molesley move on though, always rated him and wish him well for the future. From the weather forecast, both tomorrows and Tuesdays game must be in doubt though and and quite a fixture backlog building up, we may be very glad that we have such a large squad..
More wise words SOC. With the potential signing of the calibre of Fraser, if he can play to his potential, he could be worth many times what we're paying for him. These younger lads are our team of tomorrow if not right now and Eddie is spending wisely, and Demin's money will turn out to be a VERY good investment, not Eddie's fault he has a lot to clear out due to poor judgement. On tender hooks awaiting to see confirmation of Fraser signing in particular.
[quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: Eddie is certainly building for the future bringing in young talents and with Cook's trial set to start on Monday, Seaborne is a very welcome addition. Sad to see Marc Molesley move on though, always rated him and wish him well for the future. From the weather forecast, both tomorrows and Tuesdays game must be in doubt though and and quite a fixture backlog building up, we may be very glad that we have such a large squad..[/p][/quote]More wise words SOC. With the potential signing of the calibre of Fraser, if he can play to his potential, he could be worth many times what we're paying for him. These younger lads are our team of tomorrow if not right now and Eddie is spending wisely, and Demin's money will turn out to be a VERY good investment, not Eddie's fault he has a lot to clear out due to poor judgement. On tender hooks awaiting to see confirmation of Fraser signing in particular. Afcbpete

11:14am Fri 18 Jan 13

RED LETTER DAY says...

. Is it BOOM or BUST for AFC ?. . . . Lets face it,none of us know We will just have to go along with it and enjoy the great football being dished out at the moment. . . . This spirit of expectation may last a year or many years as we climb the football league ladder. . . Who knows ?............ So I say bring on RYAN FRAZER.
. Is it BOOM or BUST for AFC ?. . . . Lets face it,none of us know We will just have to go along with it and enjoy the great football being dished out at the moment. . . . This spirit of expectation may last a year or many years as we climb the football league ladder. . . Who knows ?............ So I say bring on RYAN FRAZER. RED LETTER DAY

11:30am Fri 18 Jan 13

mossy 1 says...

nonnogeppetto wrote:
Ryan I wish I could say that Bournemouth was warmer than Aderdeen but welcome to sunny Bournemouth anyway!!!! (when finally it happens) I am looking forward to see you play. and Mossy1 I was pleased to see you back posting on here hope all is well. and AFCBpete you are right I am on the same stuff as the rest of the wrinklies on here!!! As for spending so much money! Not too long ago we were urging the board to spend some money on some decent players and now we are concerned about overspending oh well what can I say!
Thanks,my abscence from this site is nothing more sinister than keyboard malfunction(due to my five year old`s exploring fingers)and for some reason my account closing every so often and then me not bothering to sign up again straight away.
Apart from that,I have been keeping up with everything on here(weren`t those swindon fans a bore?reminds me of all the rubbish we had to endure when stains fans hijacked this site)and been to almost all games,admittedly I confess I did miss a couple of games at season`s start because I couldn`t stomach the fare being served up.
[quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: Ryan I wish I could say that Bournemouth was warmer than Aderdeen but welcome to sunny Bournemouth anyway!!!! (when finally it happens) I am looking forward to see you play. and Mossy1 I was pleased to see you back posting on here hope all is well. and AFCBpete you are right I am on the same stuff as the rest of the wrinklies on here!!! As for spending so much money! Not too long ago we were urging the board to spend some money on some decent players and now we are concerned about overspending oh well what can I say![/p][/quote]Thanks,my abscence from this site is nothing more sinister than keyboard malfunction(due to my five year old`s exploring fingers)and for some reason my account closing every so often and then me not bothering to sign up again straight away. Apart from that,I have been keeping up with everything on here(weren`t those swindon fans a bore?reminds me of all the rubbish we had to endure when stains fans hijacked this site)and been to almost all games,admittedly I confess I did miss a couple of games at season`s start because I couldn`t stomach the fare being served up. mossy 1

11:31am Fri 18 Jan 13

bigfatsteve says...

I'm looking forward to Ryan Fraser signing, everybody seems to be raving about him. The weakest position in the team is on the right wing, he might be an even better signing than Matt Ritchie. He'll tower over Wes Fogden according to Wikipedia, Fogden 5' 9", Fraser 5'4". Hobbit genes apparently, he should be able to run between most defenders legs. Happy Days!
I'm looking forward to Ryan Fraser signing, everybody seems to be raving about him. The weakest position in the team is on the right wing, he might be an even better signing than Matt Ritchie. He'll tower over Wes Fogden according to Wikipedia, Fogden 5' 9", Fraser 5'4". Hobbit genes apparently, he should be able to run between most defenders legs. Happy Days! bigfatsteve

11:50am Fri 18 Jan 13

nonnogeppetto says...

mossy 1 wrote:
nonnogeppetto wrote: Ryan I wish I could say that Bournemouth was warmer than Aderdeen but welcome to sunny Bournemouth anyway!!!! (when finally it happens) I am looking forward to see you play. and Mossy1 I was pleased to see you back posting on here hope all is well. and AFCBpete you are right I am on the same stuff as the rest of the wrinklies on here!!! As for spending so much money! Not too long ago we were urging the board to spend some money on some decent players and now we are concerned about overspending oh well what can I say!
Thanks,my abscence from this site is nothing more sinister than keyboard malfunction(due to my five year old`s exploring fingers)and for some reason my account closing every so often and then me not bothering to sign up again straight away. Apart from that,I have been keeping up with everything on here(weren`t those swindon fans a bore?reminds me of all the rubbish we had to endure when stains fans hijacked this site)and been to almost all games,admittedly I confess I did miss a couple of games at season`s start because I couldn`t stomach the fare being served up.
Good to hear that.

Yeah the Swindon fans did get somewhat boring but I guess some of our provoked them.

Enjoy the snow!!!
[quote][p][bold]mossy 1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: Ryan I wish I could say that Bournemouth was warmer than Aderdeen but welcome to sunny Bournemouth anyway!!!! (when finally it happens) I am looking forward to see you play. and Mossy1 I was pleased to see you back posting on here hope all is well. and AFCBpete you are right I am on the same stuff as the rest of the wrinklies on here!!! As for spending so much money! Not too long ago we were urging the board to spend some money on some decent players and now we are concerned about overspending oh well what can I say![/p][/quote]Thanks,my abscence from this site is nothing more sinister than keyboard malfunction(due to my five year old`s exploring fingers)and for some reason my account closing every so often and then me not bothering to sign up again straight away. Apart from that,I have been keeping up with everything on here(weren`t those swindon fans a bore?reminds me of all the rubbish we had to endure when stains fans hijacked this site)and been to almost all games,admittedly I confess I did miss a couple of games at season`s start because I couldn`t stomach the fare being served up.[/p][/quote]Good to hear that. Yeah the Swindon fans did get somewhat boring but I guess some of our provoked them. Enjoy the snow!!! nonnogeppetto

12:04pm Fri 18 Jan 13

andyjb10 says...

smhinto wrote:
oxoncherry2 wrote:
Boy, do I get nervous when I read about such large sums of money!!!
Yes - I agree. All it takes is for the likes of Denim and Co to lose interest in the club and start asking for their investment back and then down we go like a like led balloon. With the Pink Circle Ford Second Hand Spare Part League Premier awaiting us.
.
No doubt we have all seen this happen to a number of clubs over the years with Pompey and now Swindon being he latest. I.E. the boom and cycle.
.
But I suppose in the meantime we should all sit back ad enjoy the ride.
.
Regards
Stop complaining
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oxoncherry2[/bold] wrote: Boy, do I get nervous when I read about such large sums of money!!![/p][/quote]Yes - I agree. All it takes is for the likes of Denim and Co to lose interest in the club and start asking for their investment back and then down we go like a like led balloon. With the Pink Circle Ford Second Hand Spare Part League Premier awaiting us. . No doubt we have all seen this happen to a number of clubs over the years with Pompey and now Swindon being he latest. I.E. the boom and cycle. . But I suppose in the meantime we should all sit back ad enjoy the ride. . Regards[/p][/quote]Stop complaining andyjb10

12:51pm Fri 18 Jan 13

RED on tour says...

Well today's news brings both benefit and burden. The burden being Marc Molesley going to Exeter. When he graced the team he displayed star quality but injury robbed him of frequent inclusion in the team. Our loss will Exeter's gain. Good luck in Devon. The benefit will, hopefully, be the new signings. Dan Seaborne could have looked a little happier on the Cherries website! A new goalkeeper will be important addition as the end of season contracts for some of our present keepers expire. Ryan, I must admit, is completely unknown to me but if Eddie is paying the sum being suggested on this forum he obviously thinks he is worth the gamble. I say gamble because at 18 he is far from the finished article. In Eddie we trust. smhinto, unlike others on here I will not join the "Bash smhinto club" just because your glass in always half empty, however, please try to fill the glass from the merry tap once in a while. Regarding your concerns as to finances the solution is, in part, in our own hands. We will never cover the costs with the stadium half empty (and half built for that matter) but we can make a significant contribution by attending matches in greater numbers.The game against Wigan was as close to a sellout as we have seen for some time.The half empty brigade comments with regard to ticket prices of £10 will follow thick and fast now. But in my opinion these comments will be justified. We get good value for our entrance fee at the moment but I ask was the increased attendance due to the reduced cost of the ticket or the attraction of a team from the premier league? I for one have seen the light and returned to the fold. Became unhappy with the entertainment during the latter part of Bradbury,s tenure and Mr Groves time in the hot seat was, I'm sorry to say, a complete turn-off. Now with a new card enabling me to attend the remaining home matches costing less than a trip to L4 for a single match the future's bright, the future's cherry. UTCIAD
Well today's news brings both benefit and burden. The burden being Marc Molesley going to Exeter. When he graced the team he displayed star quality but injury robbed him of frequent inclusion in the team. Our loss will Exeter's gain. Good luck in Devon. The benefit will, hopefully, be the new signings. Dan Seaborne could have looked a little happier on the Cherries website! A new goalkeeper will be important addition as the end of season contracts for some of our present keepers expire. Ryan, I must admit, is completely unknown to me but if Eddie is paying the sum being suggested on this forum he obviously thinks he is worth the gamble. I say gamble because at 18 he is far from the finished article. In Eddie we trust. smhinto, unlike others on here I will not join the "Bash smhinto club" just because your glass in always half empty, however, please try to fill the glass from the merry tap once in a while. Regarding your concerns as to finances the solution is, in part, in our own hands. We will never cover the costs with the stadium half empty (and half built for that matter) but we can make a significant contribution by attending matches in greater numbers.The game against Wigan was as close to a sellout as we have seen for some time.The half empty brigade comments with regard to ticket prices of £10 will follow thick and fast now. But in my opinion these comments will be justified. We get good value for our entrance fee at the moment but I ask was the increased attendance due to the reduced cost of the ticket or the attraction of a team from the premier league? I for one have seen the light and returned to the fold. Became unhappy with the entertainment during the latter part of Bradbury,s tenure and Mr Groves time in the hot seat was, I'm sorry to say, a complete turn-off. Now with a new card enabling me to attend the remaining home matches costing less than a trip to L4 for a single match the future's bright, the future's cherry. UTCIAD RED on tour

4:37pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Court Side says...

RED on tour wrote:
Well today's news brings both benefit and burden. The burden being Marc Molesley going to Exeter. When he graced the team he displayed star quality but injury robbed him of frequent inclusion in the team. Our loss will Exeter's gain. Good luck in Devon. The benefit will, hopefully, be the new signings. Dan Seaborne could have looked a little happier on the Cherries website! A new goalkeeper will be important addition as the end of season contracts for some of our present keepers expire. Ryan, I must admit, is completely unknown to me but if Eddie is paying the sum being suggested on this forum he obviously thinks he is worth the gamble. I say gamble because at 18 he is far from the finished article. In Eddie we trust. smhinto, unlike others on here I will not join the "Bash smhinto club" just because your glass in always half empty, however, please try to fill the glass from the merry tap once in a while. Regarding your concerns as to finances the solution is, in part, in our own hands. We will never cover the costs with the stadium half empty (and half built for that matter) but we can make a significant contribution by attending matches in greater numbers.The game against Wigan was as close to a sellout as we have seen for some time.The half empty brigade comments with regard to ticket prices of £10 will follow thick and fast now. But in my opinion these comments will be justified. We get good value for our entrance fee at the moment but I ask was the increased attendance due to the reduced cost of the ticket or the attraction of a team from the premier league? I for one have seen the light and returned to the fold. Became unhappy with the entertainment during the latter part of Bradbury,s tenure and Mr Groves time in the hot seat was, I'm sorry to say, a complete turn-off. Now with a new card enabling me to attend the remaining home matches costing less than a trip to L4 for a single match the future's bright, the future's cherry. UTCIAD
Don't worry,there was a hardcore of 4k or so that still attended and kept the red flag flying high while Bradbury started slowly losing the plot,(not that he had much plot to begin with),and Groves dished up some of the most dire football i've ever had the misfortune to witness.From our attendence in those difficult times and our pressure on Mitchell to remove Groves from his position you and many others,having graced us with your return,are now enjoying the fruits of our labours with the return of EH,(thankyou Max),and the winning football that is now on show.Forgive my flippancy,i did nearly stop going myself but couldn't quite bring myself to stop offering my support to the lads who were still trying to put a shift in on the pitch.People are always entitled to excercise they're right to attend or not but it did used to wind me up when our own supporters would come on here and gloat at the ones still attending.Supporting your team,to me,should always be as the song/chant suggests.."Through good times and bad times,we follow our team".........
[quote][p][bold]RED on tour[/bold] wrote: Well today's news brings both benefit and burden. The burden being Marc Molesley going to Exeter. When he graced the team he displayed star quality but injury robbed him of frequent inclusion in the team. Our loss will Exeter's gain. Good luck in Devon. The benefit will, hopefully, be the new signings. Dan Seaborne could have looked a little happier on the Cherries website! A new goalkeeper will be important addition as the end of season contracts for some of our present keepers expire. Ryan, I must admit, is completely unknown to me but if Eddie is paying the sum being suggested on this forum he obviously thinks he is worth the gamble. I say gamble because at 18 he is far from the finished article. In Eddie we trust. smhinto, unlike others on here I will not join the "Bash smhinto club" just because your glass in always half empty, however, please try to fill the glass from the merry tap once in a while. Regarding your concerns as to finances the solution is, in part, in our own hands. We will never cover the costs with the stadium half empty (and half built for that matter) but we can make a significant contribution by attending matches in greater numbers.The game against Wigan was as close to a sellout as we have seen for some time.The half empty brigade comments with regard to ticket prices of £10 will follow thick and fast now. But in my opinion these comments will be justified. We get good value for our entrance fee at the moment but I ask was the increased attendance due to the reduced cost of the ticket or the attraction of a team from the premier league? I for one have seen the light and returned to the fold. Became unhappy with the entertainment during the latter part of Bradbury,s tenure and Mr Groves time in the hot seat was, I'm sorry to say, a complete turn-off. Now with a new card enabling me to attend the remaining home matches costing less than a trip to L4 for a single match the future's bright, the future's cherry. UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Don't worry,there was a hardcore of 4k or so that still attended and kept the red flag flying high while Bradbury started slowly losing the plot,(not that he had much plot to begin with),and Groves dished up some of the most dire football i've ever had the misfortune to witness.From our attendence in those difficult times and our pressure on Mitchell to remove Groves from his position you and many others,having graced us with your return,are now enjoying the fruits of our labours with the return of EH,(thankyou Max),and the winning football that is now on show.Forgive my flippancy,i did nearly stop going myself but couldn't quite bring myself to stop offering my support to the lads who were still trying to put a shift in on the pitch.People are always entitled to excercise they're right to attend or not but it did used to wind me up when our own supporters would come on here and gloat at the ones still attending.Supporting your team,to me,should always be as the song/chant suggests.."Through good times and bad times,we follow our team"......... Court Side

11:13pm Fri 18 Jan 13

ColinOrient says...

Us O's fans miss Charlie Daniels but we won't miss this dodgy keeper. What on earth is Howe doing? See him in ten or so games and you'll know what I mean. If Jones and Butcher were fit, Allsop would be our THIRD choice. Millwall and WBA both let him leave. Stick with Jalal !
Us O's fans miss Charlie Daniels but we won't miss this dodgy keeper. What on earth is Howe doing? See him in ten or so games and you'll know what I mean. If Jones and Butcher were fit, Allsop would be our THIRD choice. Millwall and WBA both let him leave. Stick with Jalal ! ColinOrient

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