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Kane. Vincent. Young.
at 19:03 14 Sep 2019

Da da da
Full backs never seemed so good
So good
So good
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Anyone else feel like a lot is going our way?
at 16:31 9 Sep 2019

The complete opposite to last season.

A long season ahead and by no means getting carried away but all the little bits of fortune possible feel like they are falling into place.

Bolton have got their act together just after we thumped them and so everyone else will play a much harder Bolton side who will take points off them.

Coventry, one of the teams I expected to be up there, have to play all their games away from home. I know it's not slowed them down yet, but in the cold months when fans won't be so inclined to travel …..

Lincoln have so much momentum and it's hard to imagine them appointing anyone on their budget who can get close to what the Cowley's would have brought to them this season.

Sunderland's takeover won't have any real teeth because of the League One rules and at best, they'll have a bit of budget January.

Oxford and Pompey have had abysmal starts that put them well behind us.

Peterborough have only just got their act together after we played them.

It's nice to have a few things go for us for once as usually it feels like everyone else around us gets breaks.
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Twitter
at 12:48 4 Sep 2019

I assume you can block things that people post on your tweets? ITFC may want to act a bit quicker!

They have tweeted congratulating Dobra and the comments have been somewhat overtaken by some XXX rated content that's still their 5 hours later.

I know of a few kids (older primary school) that don't have Twitter accounts but check the ITFC Twitter page for highlights, interviews and so on.

What a way to find out about the birds and the bees! Indirectly through Armando Dobra!
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The Leasing.com Trophy
at 10:43 4 Sep 2019

Doesn't the picture on the homepage just sum it up!

Numbers 58, 71, 36, 41 and 43 in shot! Lol.

Still, I enjoyed it! Not sure I'd say the same if we were still in it in a few years and the U21 teams should be nowhere near it.

As someone said yesterday, it reminded me of the Anglo Italian Cup! Salernitana, Foggia, Brescia and Port Vale!
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Whatever way you want to dress it up
at 10:08 4 Sep 2019

It's four wins on the bounce at first team level.

Sure, it was Spurs kids, Bolton's kids, a side that had 10 men for more than a half and a team we nicked a last minute winner against, but you don't win four matches in a row without gaining considerable confidence from it.

It has, in the first month of the season, obliterated the losing mentality from last season which I was worried, like Huddersfield, we may not have been able to shift easily.

Huge credit to the players for that.
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Dozzell
at 09:57 4 Sep 2019

Most of us agree he has talent and we all want him to come good, but last night only further served to highlight, as did Saturday actually, why I am really concerned about where he goes from here.

Make no mistake. When you are a player like Abraca-Dobra, it is easy to wow the crowd with tricks and flicks but the boy has played two games now, including against a Championship side and done everything possible to stake his claim for a place in the side.

Yes he has a lot to learn at 18 but he has come in, performed very well twice and massively improved his chances. Dozzell is a different player and one that may find it harder to wow the supporters but look at the impact of KVY.

Full backs can't usually shine like midfielders and forwards can but in his one game at PR, he stood out and was absolutely excellent.

Every time Dozzell is given a chance to impress the game seems to pass him by. How long before Dobra is more likely to be in the 18 than Dozzell?

Downes has gone up a level, Woolfenden has, Lankester grabbed his chance, El Mizouni has looked good in spells. It seems as if Andre is getting left behind and with Nolan, Huws and then Sears, Morris, Folami etc coming back, how long before Dozzell can't even get in the 18?

At a lower level, this should be the season where he shines but he looks no more likely to do that now than he ever has, which is a shame as he clearly has some talent, but doesn't seem to do everything required in matches to take his chance.
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Good chance of penalties tonight
at 16:38 3 Sep 2019

Draw after full time means straight to penalties

So here’s one for you.

Your dream ITFC five penalty takers in a shootout

1 Miller
2 Wark
3 Thompson
4 Stewart
5 Whitton
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Kane Vincent-Young
at 22:02 31 Aug 2019

In one home game he played a level above anything Kenlock or Emmanuel
have ever played for us, even in their very best games.

A home debut up there with Whitton and Finidi. Phenomenal.

Just goes to highlight how much better we could be at left back.
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How funny was that Shrews fan!
at 20:12 31 Aug 2019

For those that were down the other end, one Shrewsbury fan who looked and acted like an irate Italian manager was going absolutely mental for the last ten minutes.

Every few seconds he stood up and threw his hands in the air. The crowd were doing the ‘wooooooooooah’ and cheering every time his hands went up whilst this guy was seemingly unaware.

Grown ups with tears of laughter streaming down their face. You probably had to be there. But this guy was going nuts about everything.
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Over a month without a home game during the middle of the season
at 17:12 28 Aug 2019

Has that ever happened to us before?

I assume it must have around January / February time with postponements once upon a time, but strange to look at the fixtures and see we host Rotherham on 22 October and then are not at home until 23 November against Blackpool.

Obviously we could have an FA Cup tie down here depending on the draw, but seems incredibly odd to have three league away games on the spin, four in total with the FLT, perhaps even 5 if drawn away in the cup.

If the home game with Wycombe at the start of October is called off for internationals we could even have one home game in two months!
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Steve Dale is now asking the EFL to rescind their expulsion
at 15:47 28 Aug 2019

Not entirely sure on what basis?

https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11774/11796208/bury-owner-steve-dale-wan

He doesn't like the fact that they have followed the rules because it's not what is best for him? He's given no reason for what the EFL have done wrong, but thinks it should be up to the clubs to decide instead. Presumably he knows there is no chance of it happening and it's just smoke and mirrors to pretend he cares about saving the club.

Meanwhile, Debbie Jevans, the head of the EFL seems to be made up of the left side of Nicola Walker and the right side of Geoffrey from Rainbow.
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If Bolton also go
at 14:57 28 Aug 2019

How long do you give it before there is speculation that the EFL is talking with Celtic and Rangers?

Two clubs missing. Two much more high profile clubs desperate to join our league. Precedent set with the likes of Catalan Dragons in Rugby.

Wouldn't surprise me at all with the EFL.
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Bury are no more. Expelled.
at 23:07 27 Aug 2019

Absolutely awful news, despite being pretty inevitable.
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Wow
at 16:37 27 Aug 2019

The statement issued by Bury ten minutes ago is reminding people not to gain entry to the stadium or they will be prosecuted.

30 minutes to save the clubs 150 year history and that's what they've released.

I am sure we can all work out who has been responsible for that.
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If you were the EFL
at 16:33 27 Aug 2019

And you could save Bury and Bolton but in their place you had to remove two other EFL clubs from the 72 remaining, who would you pick to join Reading?
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From a selfish point of view
at 12:26 27 Aug 2019

I note that we are due to play Bury and Bolton in the space of three games at the end of the season.

If they were to both vanish, assuming the fixtures didn't change, which is impractical bar the final weekend, I wonder if it would help or hinder.

Assuming we are up there, it could be a really handy break before the last five games, likely to be crucial, but also a risk of losing form or momentum.

Impossible to know, but if the two clubs were to sadly go - which we can do nothing about - then potentially from a selfish point of view it could be a slight helping hand.

Would probably just even itself out over the advantage we've arguably had (and would lose) if Bolton went bust now and we lost our 5-0 win.
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If Norwich were in Bolton's situation, what would you be hoping for?
at 11:05 27 Aug 2019

If Norwich were in Bolton's situation, what would you be hoping for?


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The roof is getting cleaned!
at 11:04 7 Aug 2019

Confirmed by Marcus himself. Oh and we have money available for 2-3 new players.

https://www.itfc.co.uk/news/2019/august/marcus-evans-on-new-season/

It's always pleasing when Evans speaks like this. So many myths perpetuate in the years between him speaking but when it is all laid out like this he comes across very well and sensibly explains why he won't jeopardise the club.

In the cold light of day, it's not his fault football has got absolutely ridiculous over the last decade and what he thought was a competitive amount of money to succeed has now become a drop in the ocean. Nor do I blame him for not increasing his commitment to stupid levels of money.

Pleasing that he's committed to all the things we wanted, the academy, adding a couple of players and sorting out smaller issues like the ground looking tired, the PA not working and the bars being shocking.
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As I've said before, Evans is free to make mistakes
at 13:21 2 Aug 2019

But making the same mistakes is something that nobody should do, let alone a man of his supposed business acumen.

He gave Keane millions to spunk on rubbish like Priskin and Leadbitter, then gave Mick peanuts, even when he was performing miracles, even when we were top of the league at Christmas and even when we sold Murphy and needed a quality replacement and even when we made a 800 times profit on Mings.

Last season he loosened up the purse strings a bit and trusted it to Hurst, a man we had high hopes for, but an inexperienced manager at this level.

Now we have a genuine chance of promotion, a manager who knows how to get out of this league, like Mick did with the Championship and the signs are Lambert will get absolutely nothing.

That from Evans would be unforgivable and should be the final straw for the fans.
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Delapidated stadium XI
at 10:48 2 Aug 2019

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