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11 July 2014 08:32 Post ID: #126701 - in reply to #123989
Ivor Allchurch
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Qarabag FK,Afghanistan
I mentioned the same in my previous post,and it's a bit sickening to see the scouser twins cherry picking our players and gazumping our every move in the transfer market,are they not capable of finding their own players?
If the media are to be believed,then half our team are on the move,and we are being gazumped for our transfer targets.
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11 July 2014 16:52 Post ID: #126706 - in reply to #123989
Ivor Allchurch
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Rotherham United

Not been a very good week news wise for Swans fans with at least four of the Spaniards supposedly saying adios and several tabloids seeing Bony as a target for prospective buyers, best not to think too much about it all at this stage and wait and see what develops. Can Jenkins ward off the vultures or will be left struggling with a depleted side for our rookie manager to work with, I and many other Swans fans can't wait for the window to close I'm sure.
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12 July 2014 07:56 Post ID: #126710 - in reply to #123989
Ivor Allchurch
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(IF) Skjold Saeby, Denmark

Every transfer window is a hard time for Swansea and it's fans,with our much admired players and style of football. We are not a big club and are therefore ripe pickings for the bigger clubs to take our players at will. Even though these big clubs are mis-managed and have multi-million pound deficits,with sugar daddies acting as guarantors for the debt,they are still allowed to splash huge amounts on players,making their debts astronomical. With the mercenaries that are footballers today,there is no loyalty,even from locally produced talent. We have to accept,even though it is very hard to take,that whilst we are in this league we will struggle to keep our best players. We have the added burden of two ex-managers who are at top clubs but are not capable of finding their own players,have spies in our camp,and are watching our every move waiting to pounce for our transfer targets and our players.
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12 July 2014 12:19 Post ID: #126715 - in reply to #123989
Ivor Allchurch
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Tottenham Hotspur

Sadly football is becoming rotten at the highest level with FIFA deciding on Qatar as a World cup venue due to a dubious voting system and our top clubs in the premier league buying their way to success with rich benefactors who have no real affinity with the clubs. Makes it so hard for clubs like ourselves to compete yet we have managed to do so successfully for the last few seasons. The only way we can continue to succeed is to keep working hard as a club looking for hidden gems and believing in playing football the right way, I hope for football's sake that we can still be there with the elite for years to come.
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13 July 2014 10:05 Post ID: #126722 - in reply to #123989
Ivor Allchurch
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UFC Munster, Germany

Now that Bony and Michu's departure are imminent,well according to the Press anyway,we will have lost two of our main strikers and our leading scorers in the past two seasons,together with non-producers Vasquez,Lita,and N'Gog.
We are helpless to prevent it,so,we will have to rely on newcomer Gomis and possibly Emnes for the goals next season,unless HJ loosens the purse strings. Is there enough goals in the squad to keep us up,surely not as it stands,we have to bring in another recognised striker or two,and farm out Buck's " Irish sensation",Donnelly,who hasn't played a competitive game since January,and has been a resounding failure so far,yet has been promoted to the first team squad for the USA tour.
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13 July 2014 11:37 Post ID: #126726 - in reply to #123989
Ivor Allchurch
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Valencia

Seems the weather out in the States wasn't particularly kind to our players yesterday with them forced indoors due to heavy rain in Illinois. Suppose a day in the gym won't be wasted with the facilities there being very high tech, young Fulton has travelled with them despite injuring himself before they left and is receiving treatment in the hydro therapy pool.

Am not sure we should be relying too much on youngsters to see us through next season, we have to replace quality with quality otherwise we will struggle. Watched the Swans v Cardiff game on DVD yesterday and the players that shone for me were Leon, Ben, Bony and Pablo who created our opening goal with a sublime ball through for Wayne to score. We need players of that calibre to keep us up along with the strength of Bony and the intelligence of Ben.
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14 July 2014 10:45 Post ID: #126731 - in reply to #123989
Ivor Allchurch
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Werder Bremen,Germany

Did Bony turn up,I thought he was supposed to arrive in Chicago this weekend. No word in the Press,except that Liverpool were balking on the transfer fee,with HJ supposedly asking for more than the buy out clause of £19 mill. Remember Buck refused to let Suarez go to Arsenal last season,when Arsenal matched his contract buy out fee plus a penny,hopefully he'll get a taste of his own medicine now.
Siggy to Palace after having a bid of 8 mill accepted by Spurs? Do we want him or not,or is he too expensive for HJ? We'd better make our mind up soon or that will be another slipped through the net.
Talking of which,have we still got a chance with Bosnian defensive midfielder Muhamed Besic,or has he already signed for Everton as Talksport are stating? Apparently Everton offered 2.5 mill,with 1.5 mill in future payments,whereas we offered 4 mill straight. He would probably be understudy to Gareth Barry there,but could we have offered him the incentive of regular first team football with Leon already holding that position?
Of the players you mentioned that excelled in that local derby last season,only Leon could be left when the season commences,a sobering thought.

Edited by keith margam 14/7/2014 10:47
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14 July 2014 14:00 Post ID: #126735 - in reply to #123989
Ivor Allchurch
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York City

Heard a rumour that the opening day Swans game at Man U will be shown live on BT sports with a lunchtime kick off which will mean a very early start for us travelling fans. Would like to know what other Swans matches are likely to be altered as am trying to organise flights for a break to Spain during the international break in October but daren't book anything until the sky and bt games have been officially announced.



Edited by Swan_Lady2 14/7/2014 14:01
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15 July 2014 11:25 Post ID: #126747 - in reply to #123989
Ivor Allchurch
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Zulte Waregem,Belgium

BT and Sky have released their first quarter matches -
Saturday, August 16 at 12.45pm (BT Sport) Manchester United v Swans
Saturday,October 4 at 3pm (not live) Swans v Newcastle
International break
Sunday, October 19 at 4pm (Sky Sports) Stoke City v Swans
Saturday, October 25 at 5.30pm (Sky Sports) Swans v Leicester City
Sunday, November 9 at 4pm (Sky Sports) Swans v Arsenal

Looks as if you can book your holiday between Sunday Oct 5 and Saturday Oct 18
There's another two gaps in the season,Nov 9-21 and Jan 17-31,don't know if cup games fit in these periods though.
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15 July 2014 17:08 Post ID: #126753 - in reply to #123989
Ivor Allchurch
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Abergavenny FC

Booked a week away from the 5th October, thankfully the flights had only gone up £10 since I checked last month but it seemed to take an age for the televised games to be announced, don't they realise that fans were waiting to make plans and arrange travel to these revised games. We've only got four televised games up until November a far cry from last season when we had the derbies and the Europa matches which gave us much more coverage but will be good to get back to mostly Saturday fixtures. Our first game with a lunch time kick off will mean a very early start for us on Ugo's coaches and it couldn't be much tougher than a trip to Old Trafford with new manager Van Gaal keen to get off to a winning start.
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16 July 2014 11:13 Post ID: #126757 - in reply to #123989
Ivor Allchurch
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(FC)Bekentas, Lithuania

Don't know when the away tickets go on sale,should be soon,as fans have to make sure they get a ticket before making travel arrangements. Maybe the clubs were waiting on Sky to confirm any date/time changes before printing tickets.
Jefferson Montero supposed to be having a medical in Swansea today before signing,why couldn't they do it over there before he joins up with the squad,unless of course he was in Europe anyway.
Liverpool had an 8 mill bid for Davies turned down apparently. Why bid that amount when we value him at 12 mill?
Bony deal gone all quiet after HJ asks for more money,good so far.then.
The Pablo photo released was showing him doing indoor training at Al Arabi club and wearing their training kit. Only trouble was it was claimed to have been taken before he returned here for start of pre-season! Also it's a lot further away from his daughter in Spain,which was the reason he gave for wanting to leave!
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16 July 2014 23:28 Post ID: #126762 - in reply to #123989
Ivor Allchurch
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Charlton Athletic

Heard Man U tickets on sale from tomorrow so I would think season ticket holders with jack army membership will get first chance to buy. With it being live on tv with early kick off not sure if there will be huge demand as our away support has dwindled a little each season since our premier league debut but we will probably sell the majority on offer.

On a completely different subject went to Cardiff by train today to visit the fantastic art gallery that I only recently discovered in the National museum of Wales. There are many original masterpieces by Monet, Constable, Renoir, Gainsborough, Lowrie etc on display thanks in part to two heiresses the Davies sisters who left their entire extensive collection of art & sculptures for the people of Wales to enjoy. Well worth a visit and of course entry is free.
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17 July 2014 09:03 Post ID: #126766 - in reply to #123989
Ivor Allchurch
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Dafni Troullon Aradipou,Cyprus

Swans v Chivas ended up 1-1,after Chivas scored a 90th minute penalty,Jazz foul in the box.Taylor was sent off after squaring up to a player,and both sent off in the 80th minute. Two different sides each half.
Second half Davies and Taylor both played with Tiendalli and Amat in defence,but who played centre back alongside Amat?
At £55 a ticket it's extortionate. JA ST holders have first chance,on sale from 10am this morning,only on line. Do we wait for the worst seats to sell first,before buying!

Sounds interesting that art gallery. There is such a massive difference between Cardiff and Swansea with all the investment available being ploughed into there. Latest is the M4 by-pass between Cardiff and Newport,where they're going to spend £1,000,000,000 to ease traffic congestion. What about Port Talbot traffic congestion,and what about the M4 ending prematurely at Pont Abraham,when it should have been continued on through to Carmarthen and beyond,to Pembroke,Milford Haven,and Fishguard.
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17 July 2014 15:40 Post ID: #126774 - in reply to #123989
Ivor Allchurch
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Everton

Seems the club have had a change of heart regarding the Man U tickets and have now included the cheaper ones for sale, I'm linked in with several others and was very pleased to hear that the total booking fee for 8 tickets was only £3 so at least something positive has come from us going through ticketmaster unless of course you are a single purchaser.

There is no doubt that more money needs to be spent at both Welsh ends of the M4 but I suppose the volume of traffic from Cardiff to Newport and beyond is much greater than further west as I'm sure we have all seen whilst being stuck at some point in that area. Of course I also agree that those in Port Talbot are having a bad deal with junction 41 looking likely to being partially closed and causing the residents there all sorts of problems. I do voluntary work in Baglan hospital on Fridays but use the old Briton Ferry bridge and dual carriageway to get there, of course coming out of Swansea now on Fabian Way and inbound as well of course is an absolute nightmare with the 30mph speed restriction which is likely to remain for 40 weeks apparently. Certainly will continue to put people off travelling into our city infact I usually come home via junction 45 and go the long way round but it's still a lot quicker than sitting in queues from Amazon all the way into the city and along the Mumbles road to the bottom of Sketty Lane where there are at least 16 sets of traffic lights to negotiate.

Edited by Swan_Lady2 17/7/2014 15:43
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23 July 2014 09:06 Post ID: #126788 - in reply to #123989
Ivor Allchurch
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(SC)Farense,Portugal
Is there a fire sale,are we circulating clubs that our team is available to cherry pick at cut down prices? Our most prized asset young Welsh International Ben Davies valued at only 8 mill in a straight swap deal with Spurs for Siggy,who last week was on his way to Palace for this amount.
Dutch International Vorm sold separately to Spurs,according to the Post, for a paltry 2.5 mill,leaving the poor Tremmel as our back up again. Levy and Spurs must be laughing up their sleeves at our naivety.
Another of our top players, Michu, allowed to go out on loan for a season to cut the wage bill.
Hernandez off to Arabia for a cut price fee.
Only Williams loyalty and friendship with Monk stopped us losing our captain as well.
Is this the end,or will Bony and Ki be off loaded as well?

Certainly better to buy tickets in a group to save on the booking fee. Got my Man U ticket and now there's £10 off the City game,a good incentive.

As for Port Talbot,firstly Beeching closed the Rhondda Valley/Aberavon/Baglan/Swansea railway line and cut off the Valleys link and the then thriving Aberavon Beach. Secondly,half of the towns of Aberavon and Port Talbot were flattened when the motorway bulldozed it's way through,destroying shops,pubs,and churches,even a cemetery,everything in it's path. Thirdly they suffer the final ignominy of the access slip roads being closed off and the town completely isolated.
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23 July 2014 14:18 Post ID: #126797 - in reply to #123989
Ivor Allchurch
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Genoa

Time will tell if the right decisions have been made for the Swans, we just have to stand back and watch what goes on, sometimes baffled by it all. We have to keep faith with those at the top yet I can see some decisions that have been made have been not always in our best interests, certain staff and players remain who have links with board members yet I'm sure there are better options outside the inner circle. All I can hope is that this time next season we will not be rueing decisions made this summer and that we are still in the premier league.
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24 July 2014 09:14 Post ID: #126802 - in reply to #123989
Ivor Allchurch
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Hoffenheim FC, Germany

Bony and Ki report back for training today,but we are left wondering if either will stay,as is their will,with both players linked to other clubs,and the fire sale in full flow at the moment.
We still have a small club mentality though,with amateur businessmen in charge,pitting themselves against seasoned big time professionals there is no contest when it comes to negotiating good deals for players.
On the positive side,Siggy is a good addition and will give us some much needed goals from midfield. Hopefully we can get a few more quality players in quickly and settled before the season starts,to compensate for all the departures.

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