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  1. John

    Louie Barry

    I really hope we have inserted a minimum number of starts or playing minutes into the deal, particularly if we are paying 100% of his salary. Yes, I doubt that anyone at Ipswich would argue with Jedi, when he tells them exactly what he expects them to do as part of the loan agreement.
  2. John

    Louie Barry

    Ipswich simply need to be told to start using him or risk losing him. He went there for game time and would arguably got as many minutes with us in cup ties, when we rest our usual starters. I'm sure there are other clubs out there that would give him games in the New Year. We could even sound out the likes of Nigel Clough at Mansfield and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink at Burton, who as former strikers themselves, might well pass on some good learning points to him. Like another player that we loaned out to Notts County in the past (who did get games with them) whatever Louie may currently lack strength wise, he compensates for in ability, in my opinion.
  3. John

    Louie Barry

    The new Ipswich owners have backed their manager with signings and they are still in the bottom four. Cook may well have decided to rely on his more experienced players to keep him in a job and that decision doesn't seem to be working for him. Perhaps a new boss, would recognise that Louie has something that their more experienced players lack, the class and the ability to win League One games for him. We may soon find out. By the way, here is my response to villalad21's stunning post above:
  4. 5 points out of 15. It could be more though, perhaps we should:
  5. Axel will get better the more games he plays with us in my opinion. He has stood still at his club and has not played often enough in the PL for them to grow into it, following the end of his previous loan with us.
  6. I remember him and his son. Looks like he had a few quid on Bayern in this one:
  7. Our 1887 FA Cup Winners: Frank Coulton, James Warner, Fred Dawson, Joe Simmonds, Albert Allen; Richmond Davis, Albert Brown, Archie Hunter, Howard Vaughton, Dennis Hodgetts; Harry Yates, John Burton.
  8. I have a silk scarf that my grandmother gave me, that I tied around my wrist (old style) for all of our cup finals and Wembley appearances from 1975 to 2000, and we went all of those games without defeat until the 2000 FA Cup final when the good luck finally ran out. It still makes the odd appearance at big games, although it's been a bit hit and miss since then.
  9. This will be the third book by Brian that I have in my collection. The first two were excellent reads and I'm sure this one will be too, with topics not covered or not covered in the same way in it. Brian is my favourite ever Villa player. I was at every game that he played at Villa Park from debut to testimonial and at a number of his games at neutral/away games, including the LCSF & F replays when his hat-trick at Highbury and his brace at Old Trafford won us the cup. I told him when he signed his last book for me, that he's probably heard it a lot, but he's my favourite ever Villa player. His reply, " I don't hear it very often these days" with a smile and a hand shake.
  10. Interesting to see that of those of us that have voted so far (29) nobody has gone top six (which shows an acceptance that this is currently something for us to aim towards) or bottom three (which is real progress). I think 9th-13th is a realistic expectation and I would welcome a top half finish.
  11. Agreed. I would probably increase the overall mark to a B though, because I've used an algorithm to calculate my grades. It was always going to be tough to replace our previous captain in one window, but I agree that the signings that we have made are absolutely top drawer. I also viewed this as a window in which we could have made a couple more signings that would have seen us kick past those clubs that were directly above us last season. We started strongly by signing Buendia and going on to sign Ings along with Bailey, with the income from Citeh further strengthened us. Trouble is we then didn't go on to land another target and we are therefore left with a zero net spend on transfer fees, at a time when we had been anticipating a net spend of somewhere around £70m. I hope that when we have all our players available to select from we will be able to finish where we did last season or even a couple of places higher, but I will always have the nagging question of what might have been, if we had been able to get another couple of players over the line during this window. All that I wanted was a little more...:
  12. Less than 12 short hours to go until: & sadly it's looking increasingly like:
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