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Great piece on Two ex Darlo players

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Post by eddie-rowles » Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:57 pm

bloody good read thanks for that

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Post by onewayup » Tue Mar 30, 2021 2:40 pm

I remember when jamie and Paul were bought by Kenny dalglish, a really good deal done by hodgy for Darlington FC.

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Post by Norm_D_Ploom » Tue Mar 30, 2021 3:22 pm

One of the lads in the picture from the changing room at Anfield used to work for me, I remember him telling me about that final.

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Post by Alfie » Tue Mar 30, 2021 4:16 pm

Wasn't there a young lad Paul Robinson who we sold to Newcastle around the same time. - wonder what happened to him. That's unless I am misremembering yet again in which case just forget it.

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Post by Old Git » Tue Mar 30, 2021 4:33 pm

Alfie wrote:
Tue Mar 30, 2021 4:16 pm
Wasn't there a young lad Paul Robinson who we sold to Newcastle around the same time. - wonder what happened to him. That's unless I am misremembering yet again in which case just forget it.
You are correct we sold Coppinger and Robinson to Newcastle for a joint fee of £500k. Robinson played a few first team games including being selected ahead of Shearer for a home defeat by Sunderland. Seem to recall it made Rudd Gullit very unpopular with many Geordies.
Robinson moved to Wimbledon and had a spell at Torquay. I think he may have played at the Arena for them against us. He ended up in the Northern League and played for the likes of Jarrow Roofing Newton Aycliffe and Hebburn.

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Post by theoriginalfatcat » Sat Apr 03, 2021 5:50 pm

A great read :thumbup:
Mr Singh said this " I'm not expecting to get back any of the money I've already put in, I'm prepared to write it off for the future of the club. I'm not hanging in to make any kind of financial gain in the short or long term - if someone was prepared to come in and take the club off my hands, I'd be more than willing to discuss it"

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Post by Comfortably_numb » Mon Apr 05, 2021 8:23 am

Great article - remember thinking the money we got for those lads was incredible

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Post by Old Git » Mon Apr 05, 2021 8:31 am

Comfortably_numb wrote:
Mon Apr 05, 2021 8:23 am
Great article - remember thinking the money we got for those lads was incredible
It was incredible. I think we owed a big thank you to Kenny Dalglish and were lucky that he was mates with Hodgy and willing to do him a favour.

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Post by bga » Mon Apr 05, 2021 11:34 am

Old Git wrote:
Mon Apr 05, 2021 8:31 am
Comfortably_numb wrote:
Mon Apr 05, 2021 8:23 am
Great article - remember thinking the money we got for those lads was incredible
It was incredible. I think we owed a big thank you to Kenny Dalglish and were lucky that he was mates with Hodgy and willing to do him a favour.
Think you are stretching it a bit to say King Kenny was doing his old team mate a favour! I would say Dalglish was a rather successful Manager, wouldn't you, so he obviously saw something in both players he signed.

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Post by Old Git » Mon Apr 05, 2021 3:39 pm

bga wrote:
Mon Apr 05, 2021 11:34 am
Old Git wrote:
Mon Apr 05, 2021 8:31 am
Comfortably_numb wrote:
Mon Apr 05, 2021 8:23 am
Great article - remember thinking the money we got for those lads was incredible
It was incredible. I think we owed a big thank you to Kenny Dalglish and were lucky that he was mates with Hodgy and willing to do him a favour.
Think you are stretching it a bit to say King Kenny was doing his old team mate a favour! I would say Dalglish was a rather successful Manager, wouldn't you, so he obviously saw something in both players he signed.
And I bet you still believe in the tooth fairy. Oh Bless.

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Post by don'tbuythesun » Mon Apr 05, 2021 4:31 pm

Old Git when you're going at it with Gramps it becomes tedious but at least most of the time he argues intelligently and has a well thought through view. I'm not sure why the patronising behaviour but if King Kenny bought these lads I'm sure it was because he saw their potential and not to do Hodgy a favour. He's a true legend for many reasons...sorry I'll have to go as the Easter Bunny's at the door.

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Post by bga » Mon Apr 05, 2021 6:18 pm

Old Git wrote:
Mon Apr 05, 2021 3:39 pm
bga wrote:
Mon Apr 05, 2021 11:34 am
Old Git wrote:
Mon Apr 05, 2021 8:31 am
Comfortably_numb wrote:
Mon Apr 05, 2021 8:23 am
Great article - remember thinking the money we got for those lads was incredible
It was incredible. I think we owed a big thank you to Kenny Dalglish and were lucky that he was mates with Hodgy and willing to do him a favour.
Think you are stretching it a bit to say King Kenny was doing his old team mate a favour! I would say Dalglish was a rather successful Manager, wouldn't you, so he obviously saw something in both players he signed.
And I bet you still believe in the tooth fairy. Oh Bless.
So to be clear are you saying Daglish didn't want to sign the players in the first place but convinced his Board to splash the cash? Or that he did want the players but he agreed an inflated transfer fee? Which is it?

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Post by lo36789 » Mon Apr 05, 2021 7:51 pm

Old Git wrote:
Mon Apr 05, 2021 8:31 am
Comfortably_numb wrote:
Mon Apr 05, 2021 8:23 am
Great article - remember thinking the money we got for those lads was incredible
It was incredible. I think we owed a big thank you to Kenny Dalglish and were lucky that he was mates with Hodgy and willing to do him a favour.
Coppinger was highly rated (can see what that came from now given the story in the article) and Robinson had actually burst into our first team I thought.

Arsenal paid a considerably higher fee to Notts County for Jermain Pennant at about the same time if I remember rightly?

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Post by theoriginalfatcat » Mon Apr 05, 2021 8:14 pm

Robinson had well and truly burst into our first team. I remember in one game at Feethams he was just ripping through the oppositions defence with his pace, and they were reduced to tugging him back and fouling him.

I'm sure Hodgson's connection with Dalglish would have helped this deal go through. If you read through Hodgson's book there's a number of times that friendships are mentioned in relation to deals being struck.
Mr Singh said this " I'm not expecting to get back any of the money I've already put in, I'm prepared to write it off for the future of the club. I'm not hanging in to make any kind of financial gain in the short or long term - if someone was prepared to come in and take the club off my hands, I'd be more than willing to discuss it"

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Post by Old Git » Mon Apr 05, 2021 8:35 pm

No intention to offend anyone but have always thought it was not just a coincidence that we were strapped for cash as usual and Kenny Dalglish stepped in to pay 500k for 2 relatively unknown youngsters from a 4th Division team. Robinson had played several games in the first team and Coppinger had not even broken into the team.
Not suggesting anyone did anything wrong but that it was very fortunate for us that the two managers were friends and the deal was a massive boost for our coffers. Think this deal was done in 1988 and about a year later the club was in a bad financial position and George Reynolds had to come in to rescue the club. Where would we have been without that half a million from Newcastle ?

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Post by theoriginalfatcat » Mon Apr 05, 2021 9:07 pm

1998 surely :D
Mr Singh said this " I'm not expecting to get back any of the money I've already put in, I'm prepared to write it off for the future of the club. I'm not hanging in to make any kind of financial gain in the short or long term - if someone was prepared to come in and take the club off my hands, I'd be more than willing to discuss it"

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Post by Old Git » Mon Apr 05, 2021 9:18 pm

Yes I stand corrected 1998.

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Post by lo36789 » Mon Apr 05, 2021 10:00 pm

Old Git wrote:
Mon Apr 05, 2021 8:35 pm
2 relatively unknown youngsters from a 4th Division team.
To be fair the BBC report suggests they were anything but unknown amongst scouting networks though.

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