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  1. nutty nigel

    Free bet next season

    Sorry Ray, I only just found this post as I was not around yesterday due to grandad duties (the 4th little lamb was born[;)] )

    You did well with Billy Dixon and it''s great that the free bet is going to continue next season. I hope we get a few winning weeks for the academy.

    I don''t know if it would be possible to organise a presentation on the pitch at a home match as I really couldn''t imagine the club agreeing to it.

    What we really need is some publicity for Dixmaar racing. This messageboard belongs to Archant who publish the local newspapers so surely it should be possible for a little publicity for the fact that they are sponsoring the messageboards tipping competition. Did you get a reply to your email about this? A presentation at his shop with press coverage could be a way forward.

    I did think last season that we were trying to predict too many results. With everybody predicting 6 each the guy with the final selection had a lot to do. I was wondering if you thought it would be a good idea if we posted two each, like a nap and a next best.

     

  2. nutty nigel

    How this forum used to be....

    What a refreshing post this is. Highly informative and certain to spark some interesting and intelligent debate. [:P]

    This kind of reminds me about the poster who told me I was "everything that was wrong with this forum" when I first posted on here. It seems to me there are good posters registering on here all the time and there are as many planks from 2003 as there are from 2007.

    I like this forum, in the main posters are respectful to others of different views. The cliques and infighting are the making of a few mischief makers who believe that posters have to be Worthy out / KTF or Realists / Apologists. Actually most posters have their own bit of ground somewhere between the two extremes.

     

  3. nutty nigel

    My problems with the board-part 1

    [quote user="jas the barclay king"]

    calling us li8ttle is just a defeatest attitude Imho..

    what sounds better "we are little Norwich/reading/whoever and we are lucky to be here" or " we are one of the 20 best teams in this country, hence we are in the top flight ahead of supposed ''big clubs''.. bring on Chelsea, Aresenal, Man utd and Liverpool.. they arent unbeatable.. and we are setting out to prove it".

    [/quote]

    I liked your post Jas and you make a lot of good points. But Steve Coppell or Delia or me in my post didn''t say that Norwich or Reading were lucky to be there or had no right to be there. You added that. Every side that gets to the Premiership deserves to be there and if so called bigger clubs are in lower divisions they deserve to be there too.

    Steve Coppell seemed quite comfortable saying what he did and his Reading team haven''t played like they were lucky to be there.

    It''s performances on the pitch that matter and not the words off the pitch. For whatever reason we have not had enough winners on the pitch over the last few seasons. We need players with the right mental attitude and leadership qualities to reflect the words in the rest of your post. Players like "Little Reading" had last season.

     

     

  4. nutty nigel

    Not More Damn Jocks!.

    [quote user="JC"]

    I smile and laugh all the time, but I am not sure how this thread was meant to be funny or make me smile, and I certainly do not think that the OP meant it as a joke? 

    [/quote]

    Other Person?

    Other Poster??

    Open Prison???

    On Pot????

    Over Prudent?????

    Old........

    Couldn''t be!

    could it?

     

     

  5. nutty nigel

    Not More Damn Jocks!.

    [quote user="7rew"]mbncfc it goes:

    [8] dadada-daada

    ie 6 7''s are 42; 7 8''s are 56; 15 15''s are 225;  all of the top of my head.

    [/quote]

    Bet you was in the top class! I never got past 2''s!

    I''ve been to Cluck''s School of Hard Knocks and Uni of Life though [co][Y][:P][<:o)][B]

     

  6. nutty nigel

    A timely reminder

    The comparisons between us and Southampton are interesting because, like somebody else said on another thread, I also believe our two clubs are very similar in terms of size and achievement. We also got relegated at the same time and we are both approaching our first season without parachute payments. It''s interesting that where as we are busy trying to sign players to strengthen our team for another season of Championship football Southampton are selling players to stay alive. Their whole strategy seems now to depend on getting the Paul Allen investment and it needs to happen soon.

    They announce today that they have just sold over 12,500 season tickets for next season and that is more than they sold for 2006/7. They are freezing their "early bird" prices until the start of the season and yet the equivalent season ticket to mine in the Lower Barclay is £100 more expensive!

    I stand by what I said, somewhere between the policies of the two clubs is a policy I would have liked from us last season, but right now I would rather be us than them.

     

  7. nutty nigel

    My problems with the board-part 1

    [quote user="Old Shuck"]

    [quote user="Mr.Carrow"]I think the "little Norwich" thing was pretty much a running theme throughout that season therefore cropped up several times in various contexts. I can clearly remember Delia saying at one point "We are a little club-we are little Norwich". I think that the context was Delia trying to downplay our chances against the big guns and play the underdog card to our advantage. I wasn`t too bothered at the time but events since have led me to the conclusion that this mentality is deeply ingrained at the club and is holding it back.[/quote]

     

    Yes, this "little old Norwich" thing annoys me as well-it was, at the time, almost like we were expecting immediate relegation when we went up; the attitude of Reading was obviously completely different & look how they succeeded!

    Delia should perhaps leave the psycology to Wenger and co!

    [/quote]

    Oh shucks Old Shuck

    Compared to the top clubs in the Premiership we are "Little Old Norwich" and they are "Little Old Reading". Just ask Steve Coppell!

    After a remarkable first season in the Premiership, Coppell knows that doing it all over again next term would only have been harder with the added burden of midweek trips abroad.

    "We have to realise we are little Reading and next year we will be one the smallest clubs — if not the smallest — in the Premiership,’ he added. "We’re the tiddlers and we have to punch above our weight."

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/sport/football.html?in_page_id=1779&in_article_id=454547

    Bet Reading fans hardly noticed those Coppell comments last month - but if they have a poor season next year they will come back and bite him in the @rse bigtime!

     

  8. nutty nigel

    Not More Damn Jocks!.

    [quote user="Kathy"]

    [quote user="megson"]er Kathy half a dozen is six, so that would be a signing every week and a half.....[/quote]

     

    Now you know why I am secretary of NCISA and not treasurer! [:)]

    [/quote]

    It''s ok Kathy, I''m cr@p at sums too!

    I couldn''t even recite my tables at school but I could sing along to the tune...

    [8]dadadada dadadada dadadada dadada dadadada dadadada ... bit like one of  Wiz''s rants [;)]

     

  9. nutty nigel

    Lay of Brown

    [quote user="alex_ncfc"][quote user="nutty nigel"][quote user="Bigmarkcanary"]

    Nutty Nigel, I don''t know if it''s escaped your attention, but we weren''t that far away from the drop in terms of points when he came here.

    If we don''t get another striker in, then Brown must be given a run in the team (say, for example, 10-12 games). If it doesn''t work, then Grant must have a rethink.

    [/quote]

    When Chris Brown signed for us we were a struggling disappointing mid-table team. 8 points clear of the relegation places and 9 points behind the play-off places. This battling against relegation just didn''t happen. If I remember rightly we spent 0 weeks in the bottom six all season.

     

     

    [/quote]

    Then you clearly don''t remember that we spent at least two weeks when we were literally 2 or 3 points off the bottom three.....

    [/quote]

    You''re right alex, I don''t remember that.

    When was it??

     

     

  10. [quote user="YankeeCanary"]

    I would imagine your good lady makes your tea each morning. If you''re true to form it must go something like this:

    Day 1 - You didn''t leave the tea bag in long enough dear

    Day 2 - There''s too much milk dear

    Day 3 - There''s not enough sugar dear

    Day 4 - The tea tastes okay dear but I wanted coffee this morning.

    [/quote]

    [8]"Right," said Wiz, "Both of us together One on each end and steady as we go." Tried to shift it, couldn''t even lift it We was getting nowhere And so we had a cuppa tea [C]and

    "Right," said Wiz, "Give a shout for Smudger [:@]." Up comes Smudger from the floor below. After strainin'', heavin'' and complainin'' We was getting nowhere And so we had a cuppa tea[C].

    And Smudger had a think[I], and he thought we ought to take off all the handles And the things wot held the candles. But it did no good, well I never thought it would[8-)] "All right," said Wiz[I], "Have to take the feet off To get them feet off wouldn''t take a mo[O]."

    Took its feet off, even took the seat off Should have got us somewhere but no! So Wiz said, "Let''s have a cuppa tea.[C]" And we said, "right-o[Y]."

    "Right," said Wiz,[I] "Have to take the door off Need more space to shift the so-and-so." Had bad twinges taking off the hinges And it got us nowhere And so we had a cuppa tea [C]and

    "Right," said Wiz,[I] " Have to take the wall down, That there wall is gonna have to go." Took the wall down, even with it all down We was getting nowhere And so we had a cuppa tea[C].

    And Smudger had a think,[I] and he said, "Look, Wiz, I get a sort of feelin'' If we remove the ceilin'' With a rope or two we could drop the blighter through."[um]

    "All right," said Wiz, climbing up a ladder With his crowbar gave a mighty blow[li]. Was he in trouble, half a ton of rubble landed on the top of his dome.[:''(] So Smudger and me had another cuppa tea[C] And then we went home.

    (I said to Smudger, "We''ll just have to leave it Standing on the landing, that''s all Trouble with Wiz is, he''s too hasty Never get nowhere if you''re too hasty.")

     

  11. nutty nigel

    Lay of Brown

    [quote user="Bigmarkcanary"]

    Nutty Nigel, I don''t know if it''s escaped your attention, but we weren''t that far away from the drop in terms of points when he came here.

    If we don''t get another striker in, then Brown must be given a run in the team (say, for example, 10-12 games). If it doesn''t work, then Grant must have a rethink.

    [/quote]

    When Chris Brown signed for us we were a struggling disappointing mid-table team. 8 points clear of the relegation places and 9 points behind the play-off places. This battling against relegation just didn''t happen. If I remember rightly we spent 0 weeks in the bottom six all season.

     

     

  12. nutty nigel

    Lay of Brown

    [quote user="jas the barclay king"]

    From 6 yards out Iwan Roberts would of headed for goal.. he wouldnt of headed it back towards the penalty spot...

    Brown is shocking! he couldnt play in a team that won Promotion and joined a team battling relegation... says all that needs to be said..

     

    if he was any good he''d be a premiership striker with Sunderland by now given his age.

    jas :)

    [/quote]

    Jas mate... I thought he came straight to us from Sunderland, did he have a spell with luton or someone first?

    I agree with the posters who say he should be given a chance. If he really is as bad as some posters would have us believe then questions need to be asked about Grant spending so much money. £325,000 plus his contract may seem cheap but in reality it''s equivalent to 1000 season tickets in The Barclay!

     

  13. nutty nigel

    Microsoft Saints?

    Some Saints fans actually believe that this whole Microsoft Saints deal is just a rumour circulated by their board in order to sell more season tickets!! Just hows you all football fans deeply distrust the people who own their clubs. In many cases they are right not to trust them. I trust our owners more than most but I''m just a trusting sort of person I guess.

    Like I put on the other thread, Southampton have been actively seeking investment for months. The Microsoft guy has been "in the frame" to be that investor for nearly a month now. It could happen, but if it really is that imminent why the haste in the sale of Bale?

     

  14. What a strange thread this is...

    It''s like a mod having a conversation with himself...

    at least I know I''m crazy..

    [:P] [:O] [H] [:-*] [<:o)] [Y] [B] [*-)] [8-)]

    Nevermoind mods it''s [O] 4 my meds [:''(]

     

  15. nutty nigel

    The Younger Sutton

    But that''s the whole point. It wasn''t hindsight from Worthington more like foresight. Like I said, I would love a fit Chris Sutton to be playing for us, but I believe, for whatever reason, Dublin has proved a better option so far.

     

  16. nutty nigel

    The Younger Sutton

    [quote user="The artist formally known as Bruces Header"]

    I''ve never seen him play, so I''m not sure. I''d much rather his brother signed but Worthy made sure that was never going to happen!!! [:@]

    “I approached Norwich City, obviously under different management,” said McGill. “He (Sutton) clearly would have given the move serious consideration.

    “Norwich definitely had an approach from me, but it was purely the manager''s decision and you have to respect individual manager''s views. Nigel Worthington did not want him - although I am certain one or two others at the club wanted Chris Sutton.”

    Worthington cited Sutton''s injury problems as a concern, although his successor, Peter Grant, last week expressed surprise that a deal had not been done a year ago, admitting he would be interested should the player become available.

     

    [/quote]

    So Chris Sutton in the end signed for Aston Villa last October where he got fit, played in 9 games, scored 1 goal and got injured again. Meanwhile Worthington had signed Dion Dublin in Septemeber who was fit, played 38 games, scored 7 goals and has signed again for another season.

    I don''t know if Worthington was right about Sutton, the evidence suggests he was, however  I would love a fit Chris Sutton to be playing for us. But what I do think is that had he taken a chance and signed Sutton last August/September we wouldn''t have signed Dublin. Right or wrong I think we have had the best deal so far.

     

  17. nutty nigel

    A timely reminder

    [quote user="Smudger"][quote user="mystic megson"][quote user="BlyBlyBabes"][quote user="mystic megson"][quote user="Saint Canary"]

     

    I don’t think I am being unfair either. City dropped out of the PL when one goal on the first day of the season against Palace would have seen us safe (overly simplistic I know but).  We were far too prudent and when our accounts showed a £3m profit for that season, that confirmed it for me.  Our board were too busy counting the money to spend it.  We then lost £500k to the tax man, how was that prudent.

     

    [/quote]

     

    Just a point of information Saint.  We made a profit of £3m in the season after relegation (2005/6), not the Prem season.  In the Prem season we made over £9m.  Hard to believe I know, so here''s the figures from the 2006 Annual Report (page 17):

     

    2004/5 (Prem season)      Gross profit £9,118,979          Net profit £7,618,979           Tax £1,500,000 (strangely round figure)

    2005/6 season                      "         "   £3,064,814             "       "   £2,484,222            Tax  £580,592

     

    By way of comparison, Birmingham in their last Prem season made a profit of about £2.5m.

     

    [/quote]

    OK Nutty, on the figures you give above we made a net (after tax) profit of 10.1 m in 2004-06 as well as giving the tax man 2.1 m.

    We know what Brum spent.

    We know that Brum got automatic promotion under an ex-canary great - and that we finished 16th after having a severe brush with the other end of the table.

    Please explain to us ignoramuses how these financials constitute good & positive leadership by our board and majority shareholders. Please, please.

    After all the business of NCFC is football at which we have been considerably less than successful over the last 3 years.

    It seems to many of us that our leadership has been less than ambitious in general - and less than prudent in allowing our main product line (football) to run down.

    So please explain.

    Pretty please.

    OTBC

    P.S. Any idea about how much we may be giving to the tax man this year?

     

    [/quote]

    Funny how some people are suddenly desperate to let this thread die . . .

     

    [/quote]

    hehehe you have to laugh don''t you Mystic???  Nutty and the truth Police would never hide from your line of questioning surely???

    As for SAINTS CANARY... Southampton have hardly broke the bank when it comes to team investment have they?

    Kelvin Davies (£1.25million), Pele (Undisclosed - minimal fee), Chris Makin (Free), Rudi Skacel (£1.6million), Jermaine Wright (Free), Mario Licka (Free), Idiakez (£250k), Jhon Viafara (£750k), Danny Guthrie (Loan only), Saganowski (Loan only), Bradley Wright-Phillips (Undisclosed but thought to be in the region of £500k to £1million), Rasiak (£2million). 

    Total Spent £5.85million to £6.35million

    Players sold... Walcott (£12.5million) and didn''t they get a few quid for the likes of Delap and Fuller?

    How little should the Saints of spent in a persuit of mid-table mediocrity in the humble opinion of the apologists on here then???

    [/quote]

    Do you ever read a thread before you reply to it Smudge? Surely the bit about the transfers has been covered already.

    And why would I hide, especially from a poster I have respect for.

     

     

  18. nutty nigel

    How do you measure a big club?

    I honestly haven''t got a clue how to measure a big club. Everyone has different ideas. Is it possible to temporarily be a big club? Were Sheffield United a bigger club than Wednesday just for last season or will Wednesday always be a bigger club regardless of league position?

    Another old chestnut is clubs who are referred to as "sleeping giants". How long can the likes of  Wolves be sleeping giants before they become an average club?

    I guess most people could accept that Manchester United are the biggest club in England but after that nobody would ever agree!

     

  19. OOPS!!!

    Your post wasn''t there when I posted Michael Starr!!

    OK ... Gallacher is truely aweso...... can''t do it...sorry! [;)]

     

  20. I guess it''s a case of whether we trust Peter Grants judgement as to how good Marshall is. I think Marshall is Grants number one A list keeper. He was determined to get him on loan last season and seems determined to sign him now. It seems Marshall wants to sign for us, which is another plus.

    I didn''t see enough of Marshall last season to form an opinion but I saw enough of Gallacher to form the opinion he needs to be replaced. We need to start the next season with a new goalkeeper as a permanent player. It''s a hugely important position and in my view our failure to get it right last season was the main cause of our defensive problems.

    In fact we probably need to sign 2 keepers because Lewis needs proper games not reserve team football and bench time. So I would loan him out to get experience and sign a keeper nearing the end of his career to  keep our bench warm.

     

  21. nutty nigel

    blame delia for everything

    [quote user="Mello Yello"][quote user="nutty nigel"][quote user="BlyBlyBabes"]

    [quote user="blahblahblah"][quote]Considering that some posters (I beleive you were one) considered me to be a club employee shows that what you believe to be employee postings are probably not.[/quote]

    I''m Neil Doncaster apparently.  And so is my wife.
    [/quote]

    Darn it!

    All along I thought your wife was Nutty (Nigel - to be safe).

    D*mn.

    OTBC

     

    [/quote]

    Would that make blahblahblah Delia''s cousin too? Or maybe Delia''s cousin-in-law?

    And as we are both employed by the club I guess you can add nepotism to your hit list now...

     

     

    [/quote]

    Nepotism? What about necromancy, as you''re able to be on this thread under a multitude of disguises?

    [/quote]

    necromancy

    n. black magic; divination by communication with spirits. necromancer, n. necromantic, a.

     

    For the others who also don''t know.

     

    If I am on this thread under a multitude of disguises then it must be others imitating me.. but surely a mod would know that?

     
  22. nutty nigel

    Derby

    [quote user="Sons of Boadicea"]

    NN - Do not be so sensitive dear boy, I merely mentioned your name as you seem clued up on all things footy and I thought you might research the issue (given that I am a lazy git!!). I also thought your post regarding Southampton was very good.

    After my post I saw a BBC teletext item that stated Derby have a "manageable debt of around £10m", apparantley their debt was around £60 million when the current investors took over.

    Having researched this a little more it strikes me that there is more of a comparison between us and Derby County than meets the eye - They have around 20,000 season ticket holders who have been there through thick and thin and their Chairman (who headed the group of investors) has a real affinity for the city of Derby and Derby County FC (he is from Derby and made his money in Derby).

    I totally accept that what Derby have done was a gamble, but it paid off for them, they may come straight back down but of course it will be yet another wealthy club we will have to compete with if they do.

    [/quote]

    Sorry mate, I guess was being a bit sensitive SOB.

    I don''t think Derby gambled in the same way as Southampton. I am not a fan of Billy Davies but he has certainly done a good job for Derby County and he admitted that it was a 3 year plan so I am sure they didn''t gamble everything on this season. Derby''s new board and especially Gadsby seem to be real Derby people and I bet there''s a real feel good factor around the club right now from the Chairman to the fans just like we had in 2004.

    When the new board took over at Derby in April 2006 they announced that the club was 52m in debt. Five businessmen then put in 5m each. They invested a large amount of that into the football and now announce a manageable debt of less than 10m. Can anyone make those figures add up?

     

     

  23. nutty nigel

    blame delia for everything

    [quote user="BlyBlyBabes"]

    [quote user="blahblahblah"][quote]Considering that some posters (I beleive you were one) considered me to be a club employee shows that what you believe to be employee postings are probably not.[/quote]

    I''m Neil Doncaster apparently.  And so is my wife.
    [/quote]

    Darn it!

    All along I thought your wife was Nutty (Nigel - to be safe).

    D*mn.

    OTBC

     

    [/quote]

    Would that make blahblahblah Delia''s cousin too? Or maybe Delia''s cousin-in-law?

    And as we are both employed by the club I guess you can add nepotism to your hit list now...

     

     

  24. nutty nigel

    A timely reminder

    At what point did I say that I agreed with the prudent policy of the board. What I said on this thread, and what I said on countless other threads since I started posting on this board was that I didn''t believe they had got the balance right.

    The point of this thread was a reminder of what can happen when a board is to reckless. Which in my opinion Southampton were. And also to show that seeking investment and getting that investment are two different things. Southampton have been actively seeking, begging, investment for months. Their strategy was reliant on this investment and I believe the sale of  Bale (I''m a poet!) was a consequence of being unable to attract that investment.

    I have no idea how much we are going to give the taxman this year. I am not an accountant and do not understand fully how the accounts work. One thing that puzzles me though is that if we spend all our surplus money before 31st May each year how are we ever going to have a "warchest" when the transfer window opens. I''m sure there is a perfectly good reason why and I am twice as sure that someone will be good enough to point it out to me.

     

  25. nutty nigel

    Spend some money on other areas!

    I think that the only player we seem to have signed (or nearly signed) so far is a defender.

    I understand the ginger disaster you want cleared out has been given a new contract which is not surprising when you consider how far ahead of Safri he was in the EDP awards [*-)]

     

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