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My predictions…November 27th

November 26, 2010 Leave a comment

 

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Not every team playing this weekend but my predictions for my ex-clubs are below.

HEREFORD V LINCOLN CITY

A tough game for 2 sides near the bottom of the League 2 table.  Home advantage to see Hereford through to the next round.

My prediction: 2-1

SHEFF WED V NORTHAMPTON

Northampton to battle but lose by the odd goal.

My prediction: 2-1

NOTTS COUNTY V BOURNEMOUTH

Notts County to build on their midweek victory.

My prediction: 1-0

TORQUAY V WALSALL

Walsall to be in the hat for the draw.

My prediction: 1-1

MIDDLESBORO V HULL

Hull to continue their recent good form.

My prediction: 1-1

READING V LEEDS UTD

A tough game for Leeds Utd. A battling score draw similar to last week at Norwich.

My prediction: 2-2

 

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My weekend predictions for my previous clubs. Do you agree ?

November 19, 2010 1 comment

 

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Fridays will now see my weekend predictions for all of the clubs which I have played for.

Would be great to have your thoughts and suggestions. Here goes……

Derby vs Scunthorpe Utd

A tough one for The Iron. Derby seem to freeze  in front of the expectant home crowd.

My prediction: 1-1

 

Hull City v Ipswich

4 points from the last 2 games will provide the momentum for a narrow home victory against Ipswich

My prediction: 1-0

 

 

Norwich v Leeds United

Norwich is always a tough place to go. Leeds Utd find themselves in a play off spot. A high scoring draw would be a good result for Leeds to maintain a good league position.

My prediction: 2-2

 

 

 

Brighton v Bristol Rovers

Top placed Brighton will be a very difficult match to come through with anything. A comfortable home victory for Brighton

My prediction: 2-0

 

 

 

Notts County v Tranmere

A huge match at the bottom of league 1. A hard fought point each will help neither team.

My prediction: 1-1

 

 

 

Walsall v Carlisle

Walsall will be bouyant following their FA Cup replay victory in midweek but a strong Carlisle side to take all 3 points.

My prediction: 1-2

 

 

 

Barnet v Northampton Town

recent good form to see The Cobblers gain all 3 points at lowly Barnet

My prediction: 0-2

 

 Shrewsbury v Southend United

Shrewsbury to stay in the top 3 with a convincing home victory

My prediction: 3-1

 

 

 

Lincoln City v Hereford

Lincoln to win back to back matches for the first time in a long time and to grind out 3 points in a close match

My prediction: 1-0

 

 

 

Grimsby Town v Barrow

Grimsby Town to secure all 3 points to be hovering on a play off spot

My prediction: 2-1

 

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My time at…Walsall

November 5, 2010 Leave a comment

My short spell at Walsall turned out to be a bit of a non-event to be perfectly honest. I joined on loan over the Christmas period in 1999. I had left Holland for the two week winter break and was due back in Holland in January. I was looking forward to my first Christmas off as a footballer. It was something of a novelty and I raced back to England as soon as I could.

Earlier in December I had travelled to Walsall for a trial match for the loan period. I had never heard of a trial match for a loan but I was so desperate to leave Holland that I was up for it. I flew from Amsterdam Airport early in the morning into Birmingham. I then lined up in an 11-a-side match between the first team and reserve team at The Bescott later that day before flying back to Holland to be home for supper.

Walsall were in the second tier at the time. They were struggling a little bit and needed some new players. I played very well in the trial match. I really was fired up for it because I knew it represented an opportunity to be back in England.

I heard nothing for a couple of weeks and had thought it wasn’t going to happen as the Christmas break began. I didn’t know at the time that they were negotiating over a loan fee that Utrecht insisted on. I heard it was £30,000 but am not 100%. It was something out of my control so couldn’t do too much about it. . I actually received a call on Boxing Day to say that all had been agreed between the two clubs.

There was a match at home to Bolton Wanderers who were flying high under Sam Allardyce.  It came as such a shock. I hadn’t done anything since 18th December and had enjoyed my time off, if you know what I mean, so I really wasn’t prepared at all. I trained with the squad the day before and managed to play for about an hour before blowing up. I started the following match at home to Sheffield United. I was awful. I think it was the worst game of my career. Every decision I made was a wrong one. I was replaced at half time by Mark Robins who went on and scored the winner. He told me after the game that he was told that he would be on at half time from 20 minutes into the match. That’s how bad I was.

And that was that really. There were a few reserve matches in there and the odd first team substitute appearance. As deadline day approached Ray Graydon offered me the chance to ‘play in someone’s first team’. Although I wanted to play he didn’t run a particularly happy ship. If I hadn’t been sub-loaned to Northampton then I would not even have been on the bench for the first team so a good decision to move on.

To be fair Walsall looked after me. They rented a house for me and the family and moved all of our furniture over from Holland. It just didnt work out.

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