Putting Nailsworth On The Map: EFL 22/23

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Up yours Derby. Exeter are *checks notes* second? Keep it up lads

ban, buddy (imago), Saturday, 6 August 2022 19:56 (one month ago) link

Often the predictable decline takes months or even years, but this season it just took a few weeks for a Greek oligarch to gut my club and then our shit chairman days to apply the coup de grace by not bothering to appoint a new manager after a woefully inadequate pre-season. I spent most of my life watching third tier football - so fuck it all anyway!

calzino, Saturday, 6 August 2022 23:24 (one month ago) link

Dare I say it, we looked all right yesterday against one of the pre-season favourites. A thoroughly entertaining 3-3 and if we hadn't had two penalties by the time we got to 3 goals we would surely have had at least two more which were far more blatant.

Long enough attention span for a Stephen Bissette blu-ray extra (aldo), Sunday, 7 August 2022 14:31 (one month ago) link

Should have said 'EFL+' in the title, oops

ban, buddy (imago), Sunday, 7 August 2022 14:42 (one month ago) link

I assumed we weren't having a specific non league thread. ;-)

Long enough attention span for a Stephen Bissette blu-ray extra (aldo), Sunday, 7 August 2022 14:46 (one month ago) link

it's can also encompass teams which are on their way to the football league

link.exposing.politically (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Sunday, 7 August 2022 14:49 (one month ago) link

But there’s already a Wolves thread

crisp, Sunday, 7 August 2022 14:52 (one month ago) link


calzino, Sunday, 7 August 2022 15:09 (one month ago) link

Shit noddy teams sandwiched between repeats of minder and episodes of the chase or maybe british touring car championships

Led By Honkies (Bananaman Begins), Sunday, 7 August 2022 16:38 (one month ago) link

welp there's the first KDB -> Haaland -> goal

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Sunday, 7 August 2022 16:59 (one month ago) link

this is the Brodsworth Colliery won't win the combined unibond div IV thread!

calzino, Sunday, 7 August 2022 17:16 (one month ago) link

make me a mod, I beg you

ban, buddy (imago), Sunday, 7 August 2022 17:38 (one month ago) link

What a goal from Sarr. How is he still there?

Scampo di tutti i Scampi (ShariVari), Monday, 8 August 2022 19:15 (one month ago) link

loves a pedestrian underpass

ban, buddy (imago), Monday, 8 August 2022 19:34 (one month ago) link

We are coasting along on the momentum and team spirit of the good-enough-for-League-One first 11 that got us promoted last year, only one major player gone (Cam Dawson back to being Wednesday's second keeper, god knows how good their first choice is because Cam was amazing last year) and one arrived (Jamal Blackman, also a keeper, would be interested in Calzino's view of him but he was very good indeed amd very tall indeed when we demolished Vale on Saturday). Lost seven or eight fringe players, meaning a couple of injuries to the wrong people and we are knackered. We'll see.

Bought a season ticket again, partly because I need to be in Devon more for family reasons (not good ones, sadly), but a moderately successful season would be very welcome.

Tim, Tuesday, 9 August 2022 15:41 (one month ago) link

First league managerial casualty of the season, Blyth have sacked Terry Mitchell for losing to Kiddy on the opening day.

Long enough attention span for a Stephen Bissette blu-ray extra (aldo), Tuesday, 9 August 2022 18:54 (one month ago) link

Jamal only started once for Town and I think it was a cup game in which he didn't have much to do and I think wasn't at fault for the goal, Nicholls was in such good form at the time he didn't have a chance of breaking into a side on a long unbeaten league run. He was signed because our 2nd choice goalie at the time, the terrible Ryan Schofield - his confidence was shot/was never any good in the first place. Now we've got a terrible rookie manager called Schofield whose confidence is shot/is way out of his depth, which is a shame because I liked him as a player. Soon we'll be a L1 club without any momentum/team spirit. We've signed a striker who is two inches taller than Jamal, in fact at 6"9 the tallest player in England, but haven't seen anything of him since he went to the Dons on loan.

calzino, Tuesday, 9 August 2022 19:35 (one month ago) link

I don't think it was a case of them letting Jamal go because of him not being good enough, more a case of the club wanting to give current 2nd choice Bilokapic his chance because our tightarsed chairman doesn't even like turning the lights on and wants the club to rely more on players from the development squad.

calzino, Tuesday, 9 August 2022 19:47 (one month ago) link

We put out a team with 5 changes away at Cheltenham in the league cup tonight, but they had the decency to put out a team with 8 changes and we won 0-7, can’t say fairer than that. Told you our squad was paper-thin! (It still is though.)

Tim, Tuesday, 9 August 2022 22:14 (one month ago) link

(There were 8 players who’ve come through our youth system on the pitch by the end, although one of them, Liam Sercombe, must be pushing 30 and plays for Cheltenham, having left us years ago)

Tim, Tuesday, 9 August 2022 22:17 (one month ago) link

I reckon a 7-0 win with weakened squad is a strong case for momentum!

calzino, Tuesday, 9 August 2022 22:40 (one month ago) link

it's a shame all the qpr fans left tbh

ban, buddy (imago), Tuesday, 9 August 2022 22:57 (one month ago) link

rip rtc

calzino, Tuesday, 9 August 2022 23:26 (one month ago) link

Jamalwatch update: started off very nicely thank you. And this was fun:

@Big_Blacks @@OfficialECFC 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/NW3RdoKtOE

— PapiBobito (@bobbymmk) August 16, 2022

Tim, Wednesday, 17 August 2022 12:29 (one month ago) link

An especially good night for Exeter fans thanks to events at The Valley too

ban, buddy (imago), Wednesday, 17 August 2022 12:36 (one month ago) link

I had a feeling Jamal just needed a regular peg to hang his gloves on and be given a decent run of games after a few nomadic and unsettled career years and he might just shine, bless him!

calzino, Wednesday, 17 August 2022 14:11 (one month ago) link

Yep he looks a cut above our level tbh.

Also yep Charlton did very nicely against the snot, vg. They have a much, much more expensive squad than ours so it’s doubly pleasant to be above them in the league. (We started last night with 7 academy products on the pitch, so there can’t be many cheaper).

Tim, Wednesday, 17 August 2022 14:58 (one month ago) link

we're looking to offload a couple of centre mids on the cheap if you want to bolster that! gwan give Gilbey and Forster-Caskey a caring home

ban, buddy (imago), Wednesday, 17 August 2022 15:01 (one month ago) link

All we want is two brilliant strikers with great physical presence who don’t want to be paid much and don’t mind waiting around on the bench on the off-chance that one of our forwards gets injured. Is that so much to ask?

Tim, Wednesday, 17 August 2022 15:03 (one month ago) link

We've got one of those in Chuks Aneke. The catch is that he is literally always injured himself. Stockley meanwhile turns out to be able to actually play it on the deck in a possession system, surprising even me

ban, buddy (imago), Wednesday, 17 August 2022 15:09 (one month ago) link

He can, the problem with him IMO is he’s so good at dealing well with balls pumped up to him early that lots of players (and managers) find it just too tempting.

Tim, Wednesday, 17 August 2022 15:12 (one month ago) link

Yes, a temptation that Bowyer/Adkins/Jackson couldn't resist. Garner is the real deal though - people were taken aback when he made Stockley captain, thinking he couldn't play the system, but it's working.

Speaking of Jackson, Wimbledon appear unable to hold a two-goal lead atm, which is a grim sign

ban, buddy (imago), Wednesday, 17 August 2022 15:14 (one month ago) link

Pat Jones with the goal #htafc pic.twitter.com/2W4bNMNnK0

— Matt Jaggar (@MattJMedia) August 16, 2022

last night our 19 yr old "Welsh wing wizard" Pat Jones did more in 10 minutes on his senior debut from the bench than Sorba Thomas has done in 4 games. One of them great unexpected moments in a dismal away game when they are down to 10 and losing 2-0 and you are thinking about shopping lists and wondering if they can keep it to a respectable 3-0 at least. He almost set up the equaliser at the death as well, impressive debut.

calzino, Wednesday, 17 August 2022 15:45 (one month ago) link


Tim, Wednesday, 17 August 2022 19:39 (one month ago) link

Our winner last night was a bit special, only saw it briefly in a now-deleted tweet

Long enough attention span for a Stephen Bissette blu-ray extra (aldo), Wednesday, 17 August 2022 19:59 (one month ago) link

if you find it again please do share.

i'm visiting my dad in somewhere-near-Hereford at the end of the month and thinking of taking my football-mad 7-year-old along to the game against Gloucester City on the 29th.

link.exposing.politically (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 17 August 2022 20:31 (one month ago) link

all of your teams' goals are very impressive, yes yes


Sean Clare’s goal from Charlton Athletic’s 5-1 win against Plymouth Argyle yesterday.

WHAT A STRIKE.#cafc #pafc #LeagueOne #goal #EFL pic.twitter.com/n5Rss7Q7B0

— The Garnerama (@TheGarnerama) August 17, 2022

imago, Wednesday, 17 August 2022 20:33 (one month ago) link

Sorry not to be a the Gloucester game, should be a good day though. They've got off to a flyer, and bought half our team from last year.

Long enough attention span for a Stephen Bissette blu-ray extra (aldo), Wednesday, 17 August 2022 20:44 (one month ago) link


look at those headless chickens defending tho!

calzino, Wednesday, 17 August 2022 20:46 (one month ago) link

and managed by a former bantam

calzino, Wednesday, 17 August 2022 20:48 (one month ago) link

well yes in mitigation, plymouth had just had a defender sent off. but still. still!

imago, Wednesday, 17 August 2022 20:53 (one month ago) link

not trying to take anything away from that Clare goal really, beautiful shot!

calzino, Wednesday, 17 August 2022 20:57 (one month ago) link

ty, and likewise, may your wing wizards keep you away from trouble

imago, Wednesday, 17 August 2022 21:02 (one month ago) link

Not the angle I saw earlier, but...

We haven't stopped watching this strike from @LukeHaines9 😍#COYW | #CHEvHFC pic.twitter.com/oPYsjdffpm

— HerefordFC (@HerefordFC) August 17, 2022

Long enough attention span for a Stephen Bissette blu-ray extra (aldo), Wednesday, 17 August 2022 21:08 (one month ago) link

I knew there would eventually be a good Luke Haines!

calzino, Wednesday, 17 August 2022 21:16 (one month ago) link

I keep making this joke on Twitter but I don't think the Venn diagram of Hereford FC and people-who-know-who-the-other-Luke-Haines-is has much overlap. sadly.

link.exposing.politically (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 17 August 2022 21:58 (one month ago) link

goal is a beauty btw

link.exposing.politically (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 17 August 2022 22:00 (one month ago) link

No I suspect it's just a sliver in the middle

Long enough attention span for a Stephen Bissette blu-ray extra (aldo), Wednesday, 17 August 2022 22:40 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

Town have just allegedly spent a whole million on the very impressive Polish international CB Michael Helik. I fell asleep before it was announced and assumed this morning it would be another of their long list of transfer fails or they'd get gazumped by Luton or something. Barnsley turned a down a £5m offer for him last season. I'm also very happy with the Tyrone Simpson signing even though he's won't be available for selection for months. He was originally a RU player and was offered a pro deal at Leicester Tigers 4 years ago and is still a work in progress, but it's always worth taking a gamble on raw talent.

calzino, Friday, 2 September 2022 07:53 (three weeks ago) link

I meant Tyreece not Tyrone, always get those two names mixed up.

calzino, Friday, 2 September 2022 08:01 (three weeks ago) link

Just have a back-up camera installed inside each post ffs

imago, Monday, 5 September 2022 12:17 (three weeks ago) link

the ref had a good enough view to see it was over the line if he was switched on and doing his job properly. Every player in the box knew it was a goal. If the technology fails then they should use their eyes and experience to make good decisions, rather than pedantically ruling out a goal just cos the watch doesn't buzz.

calzino, Monday, 5 September 2022 12:35 (three weeks ago) link

God, just catching up on this, looking forward to that ref being demoted to our hellscape league.

Tim, Wednesday, 7 September 2022 08:38 (two weeks ago) link

*half-heartedly drums up phony war with Tim*

imago, Wednesday, 7 September 2022 08:42 (two weeks ago) link

fancy a pint after?

imago, Wednesday, 7 September 2022 08:43 (two weeks ago) link

I didn't even take note of his name, but I can only commit to one fatwah at a time and Jon Moss is still top of the list. I won't be happy until he's been arrested on match-fixing charges.

calzino, Wednesday, 7 September 2022 08:52 (two weeks ago) link

Can't hang around after I'm afraid - got to be back somewhere near town for some family stuff.

Was trying to persuade some of my friends to do a tour of dicey Woolwich boozers pre-game but they've sensibly opted for Greenwich I think. We're all fairly pleased with our start to the season, we seem to be able to compete (at least with the teams you'd imagine by reputation would be middling or towards the bottom). After a decade in the division below, it's hard to know what to expect. That competitiveness was with only one new signing (a great big keeper) over the summer.

Also please to note we've tugged at the nation's heartstrings with the loan of Jay Stansfield, a balm in these terrifying times, not a dry eye etc etc.

Tim, Wednesday, 7 September 2022 09:06 (two weeks ago) link

Early days and all that but there seem to be a few clubs who are making an early bid for cast-adrift status.

I would love a website that gave a decent brief summary on what's going on at maybe-crisis clubs up and down the land. What's going on at Morecambe (up for sale by the owners who are in trouble at some boring rugby club somewhere?), Coventry (can our resident sky-blue shed some light, perennial stadium nightmares or something worse?), Gillingham, Rochdale, Burton...?

I have an idea Cheltenham might be in trouble - their points haul looks OK but their solitary win was a gross display of shithousery at our place, time wasting from the first minute, one attack one goal, all after we beat them 0-7 in the league cup.

Tim, Wednesday, 7 September 2022 09:17 (two weeks ago) link

xp Yes, that was a beautiful moment, although if he scores the winner on Saturday I can't promise to feel quite as sentimental as the rest of the nation

Lower-league football is one conjoined crisis zone atm; the only way out of crisis is to incur the sort of losses that would mean crisis to all but the most loaded of owners

imago, Wednesday, 7 September 2022 09:20 (two weeks ago) link

As for Greenwich boozers, I'd recommend the River Ale House, not far from the ground - it's a home pub but historical Charlton/Exeter beef is, I am fairly certain, negligible. Failing that, the Prince of Greenwich in proper Greenwich is as good as it gets, probably. They closed the lovely craft-ale pub a few doors down and incorporated it into hideous hellhole Richard I a few years back :(

imago, Wednesday, 7 September 2022 09:24 (two weeks ago) link

Ooh, or the Pelton Arms, that's a good one. I'd generally say to avoid the Trafalgar or the Cutty Sark, chintzy tourist traps as they are

imago, Wednesday, 7 September 2022 09:25 (two weeks ago) link

We're debt-free but relatively poor, having no rich owners to fall back on, instead relying on transfer income to top up our playing budget. Our promotion last year was based around a team of mostly youth team products, we regularly have five of our own in our starting line up, sometimes as many as seven) topped up with talent funded by our slice of Ollie Watkins's transfer to Villa. Our crowds this year are roughly average for L1.

Still, though, reports are that we were being outbid on player wages all summer by L1 clubs, L2 clubs and even conference clubs - if the lower divisions are a crisis zone it hasn't stopped them collectively spending massive whacks of cash on average players.

I for one would welcome a proper crisis, points deductions flying around like confetti for clubs who've indulged in the miserably small-scale financial doping you see down here. Where's the reward for running a club "sustainably"?

Tim, Wednesday, 7 September 2022 09:31 (two weeks ago) link

xp thanks, I know all those places! Haven't been boozing in Greenwich in a few years but I hated that craft beer place next to the R1, and rather liked the R1.

Tim, Wednesday, 7 September 2022 09:33 (two weeks ago) link

i hope stockley scores 5 goals and celebrates them all

imago, Wednesday, 7 September 2022 09:36 (two weeks ago) link

j/k i'll accept one, non-celebrated scuff

imago, Wednesday, 7 September 2022 09:36 (two weeks ago) link

and look, yeah it was a slick modern gastropub, but it had a goddamn gueuze fridge. an entire fridge

imago, Wednesday, 7 September 2022 09:38 (two weeks ago) link

as for lower-league finances, clearly there are quite a lot of loaded chancers knocking about. for a 'rockstar owner', our own T Sandgaard is running a very tight ship indeed. not much at all in the way of coked-up splurging. consequently our natives are restless. L1 will be so much nicer and easier to make waves in once Wednesday and Ipswich have finally gone up

imago, Wednesday, 7 September 2022 09:41 (two weeks ago) link

My default position is that I'd generally take a draw away from home; we're not too bad so far this year though, so hopefully we can come away with more and leave you disappointed.

I hope Stockers scores an own goal and celebrates it.

Tim, Wednesday, 7 September 2022 09:53 (two weeks ago) link

I note that FGR attracted a crowd of 2007 for their tie against Accrington last night, 64 away fans.

Tim, Wednesday, 7 September 2022 09:57 (two weeks ago) link

we have that away game on valentine's day evening. i shall not be stopped

imago, Wednesday, 7 September 2022 09:59 (two weeks ago) link

I hope you can find Nailsworth on the map

Tim, Wednesday, 7 September 2022 10:06 (two weeks ago) link

just a short 2-hour stroll from Stroud station right

imago, Wednesday, 7 September 2022 10:11 (two weeks ago) link

Ex players should be obliged to celebrate by doing the ears in front of the disappointed fans, yellow card if insufficient gusto shown

Led By Honkies (Bananaman Begins), Wednesday, 7 September 2022 10:57 (two weeks ago) link

OTM. Love a wind-up merchant.

Tim, Wednesday, 7 September 2022 11:02 (two weeks ago) link

coventry have had a rough start but we have 3 games in hand (all at home) as the commonwealth rugby 7s messed up the pitch

we've kept hold of our two best players ohare and hamer, but just sold our only quick centre back

obvs losing to preston at home is worrying but might not be as bad as it looks basically

nxd, Wednesday, 7 September 2022 15:29 (two weeks ago) link

Ah OK - fingers crossed then.

Rugby eh? Shouldn't be allowed.

Tim, Wednesday, 7 September 2022 16:56 (two weeks ago) link

rugby's a near enough town for a local derby soon I guess

nxd, Wednesday, 7 September 2022 17:59 (two weeks ago) link

but yeh fingers crossed, cheers
good luck to Exeter 👍

nxd, Wednesday, 7 September 2022 18:01 (two weeks ago) link

oh so it's like that is it

imago, Wednesday, 7 September 2022 18:24 (two weeks ago) link

the nation's darlings

imago, Wednesday, 7 September 2022 18:25 (two weeks ago) link

ha, and to Charlton obvs too x

nxd, Wednesday, 7 September 2022 18:39 (two weeks ago) link

I got nothing but hatred and ill will for at least 91 clubs in the pyramid. But Exeter and Charlton, well they can especially go fuck themselves. joeks obv!

calzino, Wednesday, 7 September 2022 19:04 (two weeks ago) link

aw I'm very sad to read about Marcus Stewart's MND diagnosis. I hero worshipped him when he was at Town and was in a complete rage when our dickhead chairman flogged him to Ipswich. This is the real sad news today :(

calzino, Thursday, 8 September 2022 19:12 (two weeks ago) link

I used to have this friend known as Rocky who we called "the football groupie" because he always seemed to hang with shit Town players like Simon Baldry. But when I found out he was drinking with Marcus Stewart I was massively impressed and was all wide-eyed and saying wow you were drinking with Marcus fucking Stewart... what's that like!

calzino, Thursday, 8 September 2022 19:27 (two weeks ago) link

Agh these bastards are gonna call off all the games aren't they

imago, Thursday, 8 September 2022 20:22 (two weeks ago) link

there could be a compromise, perhaps an hour's silence before KO?

calzino, Thursday, 8 September 2022 20:27 (two weeks ago) link

wrongheaded morons

imago, Friday, 9 September 2022 10:45 (two weeks ago) link

absolutely ridiculous decision. The government have released a statement which included that there is no obligation to postpone fixtures in the mourning period. Only the day the parasite get's planted.

calzino, Friday, 9 September 2022 11:16 (two weeks ago) link

the rugby going ahead of course. only the lower orders must be made to bend the forelock

imago, Friday, 9 September 2022 11:58 (two weeks ago) link

Welsh rugby is cancelled though, which makes it even more obvious lol

Led By Honkies (Bananaman Begins), Friday, 9 September 2022 15:23 (two weeks ago) link

Next week's Brighton v Palace was already postponed because of the planned rail strike. Now that that's not happening (terrible decision by rmt btw), I wonder if it'll get reinstated. If not, both teams next game will be on 1st October lol

Led By Honkies (Bananaman Begins), Friday, 9 September 2022 15:25 (two weeks ago) link

What's going on at Preston? Somehow they've scored 2 and conceded 1 total in 8 games!

cajunsunday, Tuesday, 13 September 2022 19:01 (two weeks ago) link

the return of Wagner could be on once his young boys issue is resolved. I'm not even sure if it is a good idea but he's such a vibe and despite it going very wrong he left a positive legacy at the club and wasn't responsible for some of the garbage we signed. Actually I'll be very happy if this happens.

calzino, Sunday, 18 September 2022 14:57 (one week ago) link

erm couldn't find a European football thread, but Corbaren has just been sacked by Olympiacos after 8 games.

calzino, Sunday, 18 September 2022 20:47 (one week ago) link

lol that is fucked

imago, Sunday, 18 September 2022 20:56 (one week ago) link

same guy is probably about to pull the trigger on Cooper and I don't care!

calzino, Sunday, 18 September 2022 21:01 (one week ago) link

"losing to Alan Pardew’s Aris on Sunday cost the former Huddersfield Town boss his job"

it seems losing to Pards' Aris was the last straw. I still think my club should pursue a compensation package from Olympiacos. They tapped him up and he lied to the chairman about not having another job lined up. They severed his contract in a good faith gesture for the good work he'd done.

calzino, Monday, 19 September 2022 10:59 (one week ago) link

Wagner now 1/10 for a return. The wife of his no.2 Bhuler has practically confirmed it on instagram. This is happening!

calzino, Saturday, 24 September 2022 12:21 (three days ago) link

my dream Wagner return is now in tatters ;; Some Scottish guy called Mark Fotheringham (assistant manager at Hertha BSC) is getting absolutely wellied on the betting sites.

calzino, Sunday, 25 September 2022 20:37 (two days ago) link

One of the various Rob Edwardses knocking around (this being the one who fairly acrimoniously walked out on FGR at the end of last season) has been sacked by Watford after 10 games, never mind eh? I'm sure Slaven Bilic will do an excellent job.

Tim, Monday, 26 September 2022 12:20 (yesterday) link

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