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by Spyman
Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: The Team 20/21 season
Replies: 69
Views: 4126

Re: The Team 20/21 season

Equally Atkinson will also get game time where Holness did last season, again he was pretty limited this season. Based on what Armstrong said at the NetCafe ie that he is basically after two strikers a centre back and a goalkeeper. Add Lambert into the mix because I think it is a reasonable assumpt...
by Spyman
Tue Jun 02, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: The Team 20/21 season
Replies: 69
Views: 4126

Re: The Team 20/21 season

Would put Holmes as a wide forward. My guess is Atkinson will play more in midfield than defence, and Hedley would in the first instance be used as a RB, particularly if Armstrong doesn’t bring in a specialist for that position. There’s an account called Non League Guy which has linked us with Sol ...
by Spyman
Thu May 28, 2020 5:34 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Natcafe with AA
Replies: 36
Views: 2796

Re: Natcafe with AA

Wright didn't overspend against his budget (as you will defend Gray to the hilt on), but the budget was set naively based on gates that looked ambitious and a cup run (which never materialised). As far as I am aware Wright didn't go back to the board at any point telling them to give him more cash b...
by Spyman
Wed May 27, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Natcafe with AA
Replies: 36
Views: 2796

Re: Natcafe with AA

Need to dig into his thoughts on Dave Penny a bit more sounds as though they didn’t see eye to eye over football philosophy From what I remember of Penny he was happy to try to win every game 1-0. Think AA would rather win 5-4 so their football philosophies are very different. The less said about D...
by Spyman
Wed May 27, 2020 10:52 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Natcafe with AA
Replies: 36
Views: 2796

Re: Natcafe with AA

Who will Spyman blame for the over-spending that year with Martin Gray not in charge?! Sorry? Sent from my Pixel 2 using Tapatalk Alun highlighted that he inherited 9 players here last summer that were on a similar amount to what he was paying a full squad of 21 Blyth players. As you have been very...
by Spyman
Wed May 27, 2020 10:06 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Natcafe with AA
Replies: 36
Views: 2796

Re: Natcafe with AA

Who will Spyman blame for the over-spending that year with Martin Gray not in charge?! Sorry? Sent from my Pixel 2 using Tapatalk Alun highlighted that he inherited 9 players here last summer that were on a similar amount to what he was paying a full squad of 21 Blyth players. As you have been very...
by Spyman
Wed May 27, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Natcafe with AA
Replies: 36
Views: 2796

Re: Natcafe with AA

Darlofan97 wrote:Who will Spyman blame for the over-spending that year with Martin Gray not in charge?!
Sorry?

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by Spyman
Wed May 27, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: New deals for Donawa,Hatfield,Rivers,Holmes,Hedley,Reid,Storey,Campbell,Laing,Wheatley,Liddle,Watson,Atkinson
Replies: 130
Views: 12164

Re: New deal for Donawa, Hatfield, Rivers, Holmes, Hedley, Reid, Storey , Campbell, Laing, Wheatley, Liddle, Watson,

As I said, he also set-up the same way at Blyth as he predominately does here. Was that due to lack of personnel? Quite possibly, yes. I'm not familiar with his squad at Blyth other than those he's brought with him but sounds like McGuire was the only proven 'centre forward' option with a number of...
by Spyman
Wed May 27, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: New deals for Donawa,Hatfield,Rivers,Holmes,Hedley,Reid,Storey,Campbell,Laing,Wheatley,Liddle,Watson,Atkinson
Replies: 130
Views: 12164

Re: New deal for Donawa, Hatfield, Rivers, Holmes, Hedley, Reid, Storey , Campbell, Laing, Wheatley, Liddle, Watson,

Alun predominately played 1 up-front at Blyth. Maguire the focal point, the likes of Rivers, Reid, Dale, Holmes & Wrightson playing off him. We tried two up-front at stages of last season and it didn't work. O'Neil and Campbell in a front 2, with Rivers and Thommo/Donawa wide, worked Anyone who com...
by Spyman
Wed May 27, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: New deals for Donawa,Hatfield,Rivers,Holmes,Hedley,Reid,Storey,Campbell,Laing,Wheatley,Liddle,Watson,Atkinson
Replies: 130
Views: 12164

Re: New deal for Donawa, Hatfield, Rivers, Holmes, Hedley, Reid, Storey , Campbell, Laing, Wheatley, Liddle, Watson,

Wouldn't surprise me if they are three that go. We actually have the spine of a starting XI now. 4-3-3 GK Hedley Storey Laing Liddle Hatfield Wheatley Reid Donawa Campbell Rivers Holmes, Watson 4-4-2 GK Hedley, Storey, Laing, Liddle Donawa, Hatfield, Wheatley, Rivers Campbell, Holmes Reid, Watson O...
by Spyman
Wed May 27, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Potential new signings
Replies: 153
Views: 17277

Re: Potential new signings

Does anyone know if Dale Hopson is available? Played under AA at Blyth and was scoring for fun if I remember correctly. Also noticed Kieran Weledji has been realised by Whitby, could be a defender option if Gailbraith does go. Hopson was released last I heard, a month or so ago. Not sure where he'd...
by Spyman
Tue May 26, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: New deals for Donawa,Hatfield,Rivers,Holmes,Hedley,Reid,Storey,Campbell,Laing,Wheatley,Liddle,Watson,Atkinson
Replies: 130
Views: 12164

Re: New deal for,Donawa, Hatfield , Rivers, Holmes, Hedley,Reid, Storey, Campbell, Laing, Wheatley, Liddle

Galbraith, Atkinson, Watson and Holness still without contract then? I wonder if Galbraith, as Captain, is being saved until last to be announced. It would seem odd if he were moving on not to announce that at the same time Thompson did. Whatever happens now we've tied down the core of the side whic...
by Spyman
Mon May 25, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: New deals for Donawa,Hatfield,Rivers,Holmes,Hedley,Reid,Storey,Campbell,Laing,Wheatley,Liddle,Watson,Atkinson
Replies: 130
Views: 12164

Re: New deal for Donawa, Hatfield, Rivers, Holmes,Hedley,Reid,Storey, Campbell, Laing

So who are we still waiting on? Liddle, Wheatley, Galbraith, Atkinson, Holness? Anyone else?

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by Spyman
Sat May 23, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: New deals for Donawa,Hatfield,Rivers,Holmes,Hedley,Reid,Storey,Campbell,Laing,Wheatley,Liddle,Watson,Atkinson
Replies: 130
Views: 12164

Re: New deal Donawa , Hatfield Rivers

Holmes now signed on.

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by Spyman
Sat May 23, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Potential new signings
Replies: 153
Views: 17277

Re: Potential new signings

Rumours circulating that York are listening to offers for Jameson and Maguire. If we were able to get those two, and retain the rest of the current squad, I'd probably be happy enough to draw stumps. With Holmes returning and adding Maguire I think you more than offset the loss of Thompson in an at...
by Spyman
Sat May 23, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: New deals for Donawa,Hatfield,Rivers,Holmes,Hedley,Reid,Storey,Campbell,Laing,Wheatley,Liddle,Watson,Atkinson
Replies: 130
Views: 12164

Re: New deal Donawa and Hatfield

Great start to the day! Liddle, Wheatley and Campbell next please. Wheatley a big one for me. Still very young so has potential sell-on value to the club. Hatfield gets a lot of the praise (and rightly so), but when Wheatley returned to fitness last season our form really picked up if I remember co...
by Spyman
Fri May 22, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Thommo
Replies: 194
Views: 16096

Re: Thommo

You mean like this one.... "As I have said before I am not privy to the details of the Spennymoor Town finances so can't confirm or deny whether Brad has put £1 or £1m or £10m into the club. If you want to believe it is £1m then you believe it. I can't confirm or deny it as I do not have any eviden...
by Spyman
Thu May 21, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Thommo
Replies: 194
Views: 16096

Re: Thommo

One thing I’ve never understood with certain Spenny fans is why they’re so keen to deny they’re bankrolled. I don’t get it. It’s actually more effective to just admit it, as it shuts down that line of attack much quicker. “We’re bankrolled, so what?” There’s not actually any issue with them living ...
by Spyman
Sat May 16, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Thommo
Replies: 194
Views: 16096

Re: Thommo

A shame and a bit of a surprise, but I can see the reasoning from both sides.

Huge part of the club's history and will go down as a legend from r the part he's played in our rise through non-league.

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by Spyman
Thu May 07, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Happy Chris Senior Day
Replies: 29
Views: 2943

Re: Happy Chris Senior Day

Where has the time gone? That's the one consolation we can hold on to from this mess at the moment - hopefully the sands of time will sweep away this nightmare A.S.A P and we will all be standing together in the tin shed end before we know it. I'm not going to lie this lockdown is really starting t...
by Spyman
Sun May 03, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Omar Holness
Replies: 42
Views: 6015

Re: Omar Holness

Ideally I think we have two formations, both outlined above. Problem is, Campbell struggles in a 4-5-1 unless Reid plays as the advanced midfielder. That blocks Holness' path in a 4-5-1. In a 4-4-2 he is behind Wheatley and Hatfield. So unless we can bring in a centre forward who can play as a loan...
by Spyman
Sun May 03, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Omar Holness
Replies: 42
Views: 6015

Re: Omar Holness

Ideally I think we have two formations, both outlined above. Problem is, Campbell struggles in a 4-5-1 unless Reid plays as the advanced midfielder. That blocks Holness' path in a 4-5-1. In a 4-4-2 he is behind Wheatley and Hatfield. So unless we can bring in a centre forward who can play as a loan ...
by Spyman
Sat May 02, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Raj Singh
Replies: 151
Views: 17291

Re: Raj Singh

Has anybody read the recent accounts filed by Hartlepool United Football Club Ltd up to 31st July 2019? Company owes £1.5m to Clarence 18 Limited due to loans provided (company solely owned by Singh). Company also owes £1.7m to Sage investments Ltd. Paying an estimated £330k per year on this - but ...
by Spyman
Fri May 01, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Boost the budget
Replies: 262
Views: 34275

Re: Boost the budget

Maybe an element of it having been pay day yesterday/recently for most and a lot of people sat around at home less busy than usual so they've just got on with it. I'm on furlough atm, saw the email and did it straight away - I think I was the 4th one to pledge. Normally I'd get on it once home from ...
by Spyman
Fri May 01, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: The Off Topic Room
Topic: Coronavirus.
Replies: 127
Views: 10936

Re: Coronavirus.

Impressive achievement to have managed over 100k tests per day by the end of April. I must say I think Matt Hancock has done an excellent job, in a very difficult situation. Yes, because they've changed the way 'tests' are counted to now include those sent out by post. At least they're not just cou...
by Spyman
Fri May 01, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Omar Holness
Replies: 42
Views: 6015

Re: Omar Holness

Tough call if true but if it was necessary to keep Hatfield and Wheatley for example then probably the right call given the other options in the squad.

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by Spyman
Fri May 01, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Boost the budget
Replies: 262
Views: 34275

Boost the budget

Next season's scheme has been launched....get pledging!

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by Spyman
Thu Apr 30, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Chris Elliott
Replies: 9
Views: 2741

Chris Elliott

Released, along with Simon Ainge.

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by Spyman
Wed Apr 29, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Raj Singh
Replies: 151
Views: 17291

Re: Raj Singh

Personally I never wanted to hear what Singh had to say - words are just words and Singh could sicked up a platter of silver tongued B.S. if he'd turned up to speak to us as proposed. Actions speak louder than words. I was in the same camp, didn't see the point in listening to what he had to say as...
by Spyman
Sun Apr 19, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Reynolds
Replies: 28
Views: 3719

Re: Reynolds

What I can’t understand is if we were in that much debt at that point in 1999, why didn’t the club cash in on Gabbiadini, Preece, Liddle at that point. That could have brought in nearly £1m in transfer revenue. And we would have still had a side that would have been capable of mid table so not a to...