Watford complete signing of Rochdale winger Will Buckley

Watford complete signing of Rochdale winger Will Buckley. Picture: Action Images

Watford complete signing of Rochdale winger Will Buckley. Picture: Action Images

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Watford have completed the signing of Rochdale winger Will Buckley for an undisclosed fee.

The 20-year-old, who can as play up front, was a first team regular at the League Two club and has made 69 appearances since making his debut in 2008, scoring 13 goals.

Buckley, who is 6ft tall and was 49th in the Times’ list of top 50 rising stars last year, has not played since November 24 due to injury and missed Rochdale’s 4-1 win at Cheltenham on Saturday with a thigh strain he picked up in the warm-up.

The winger, who was released by Oldham Athletic as a teenager, has signed on a three-and-a-half year contract.

Last week Malky Mackay said he didn’t expect to make any further permanent signings but yesterday’s £500,000 loan from director David Fransen is likely to have aided the move.

Watford’s number one priority remains an experienced centre half but for that the club are sure to target the loan market.

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3:33pm Tue 26 Jan 10

yellowredblack says...

Please let this be a better prospect than the other Will we spent good money on
Please let this be a better prospect than the other Will we spent good money on yellowredblack
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3:38pm Tue 26 Jan 10

djwatford says...

This is the type of signing we have to make.Some will work out while others won't.
We cannot afford to pay the silly prices for "proven" players so our youth system and the lower leagues are what we are now about.I am quite happy about this because I never want to see us make an Ellington type signing ever again.
We are what we are and I for one like that.
This is the type of signing we have to make.Some will work out while others won't. We cannot afford to pay the silly prices for "proven" players so our youth system and the lower leagues are what we are now about.I am quite happy about this because I never want to see us make an Ellington type signing ever again. We are what we are and I for one like that. djwatford
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3:56pm Tue 26 Jan 10

eltonsarmy says...

Injured one for the future then!
Injured one for the future then! eltonsarmy
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4:07pm Tue 26 Jan 10

HOOF says...

From what i've heard,a very good signing!!
But please an EXPERIENCED centre half next Malky.
From what i've heard,a very good signing!! But please an EXPERIENCED centre half next Malky. HOOF
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4:15pm Tue 26 Jan 10

eltonsarmy says...

he is 6ft maybe he can play there as clearly the manager is happy with our defence
he is 6ft maybe he can play there as clearly the manager is happy with our defence eltonsarmy
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5:02pm Tue 26 Jan 10

watters84 says...

potentially a very good signing-a question-what happened to those young forwards who looked good in the youth side last year-Sordell, Gibson,Mingoia,Which
elow and do i assume Lewis Young is not likely to break through?
potentially a very good signing-a question-what happened to those young forwards who looked good in the youth side last year-Sordell, Gibson,Mingoia,Which elow and do i assume Lewis Young is not likely to break through? watters84
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5:19pm Tue 26 Jan 10

SAHornet says...

Worried that he seems to be injury prone. That we don't need.
Worried that he seems to be injury prone. That we don't need. SAHornet
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5:22pm Tue 26 Jan 10

eltonsarmy says...

watters84 you pose a very good point what is happening at that level, these lads were knocking on the door not long ago why has there development stopped or are they just not good enough.. it is a big step as we know but good question that i would like answers to.. FAN FORUM MR TAYLOR?
watters84 you pose a very good point what is happening at that level, these lads were knocking on the door not long ago why has there development stopped or are they just not good enough.. it is a big step as we know but good question that i would like answers to.. FAN FORUM MR TAYLOR? eltonsarmy
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5:41pm Tue 26 Jan 10

WFC4L says...

Brilliant signing! Cannot believe we have got him! Heard of him ages ago and heard he was a brilliant prospect, Premier league clubs were linked with him regularly, thought he was above us a bit. Delighted, very shrewd from Malky.
Brilliant signing! Cannot believe we have got him! Heard of him ages ago and heard he was a brilliant prospect, Premier league clubs were linked with him regularly, thought he was above us a bit. Delighted, very shrewd from Malky. WFC4L
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5:45pm Tue 26 Jan 10

SuperNova says...

eltonsarmy wrote:
he is 6ft maybe he can play there as clearly the manager is happy with our defence
Size is everything.

I hope we sign Sultan Kosen even though he's got the first touch of a landmine victim.
[quote][p][bold]eltonsarmy[/bold] wrote: he is 6ft maybe he can play there as clearly the manager is happy with our defence[/p][/quote]Size is everything. I hope we sign Sultan Kosen even though he's got the first touch of a landmine victim. SuperNova
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6:07pm Tue 26 Jan 10

pstannard1 says...

This must be a good signing. no not good Excellent signing. We have a very good record for players of his standard making the england squad (well U21's anyway.)

Now for a good (non ridiculous and over priced ) centre half.
This must be a good signing. no not good Excellent signing. We have a very good record for players of his standard making the england squad (well U21's anyway.) Now for a good (non ridiculous and over priced ) centre half. pstannard1
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6:45pm Tue 26 Jan 10

dale fan says...

as a rochdale fan i am gutted to see will go,but appreciate the lad will do better in a higher league,he is the best prospect we have seen here for a few years and has helped us get to the top of the league ,good luck bucko ,its your gain and our loss watford.
as a rochdale fan i am gutted to see will go,but appreciate the lad will do better in a higher league,he is the best prospect we have seen here for a few years and has helped us get to the top of the league ,good luck bucko ,its your gain and our loss watford. dale fan
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7:42pm Tue 26 Jan 10

Rick Holden Forever says...

Great, another kid in our youth team that masquerades as a championship team; another "one for the future" when the January window should all be about making impact signings.

So tell me happy clappers, who does he replace? Or will he warm the bench along with McGinn for the remainder of the season while he "beds in"?

In the meantime, then, we are left with the same problems. An inexperienced defence that leaks goals and a striker who can't score.

As i commented in a previous thread, i think the board and management are making these kind of signings with one eye on relegation. How can we possibly be a "competitive" championship team when it is made up of kids from the lower leagues and a vastly overrated academy?

The longer we take to sign a couple of experienced defenders, the more games we will continue to lose,. and the closer we slip to the relegation zone.

I cannot fathom why the signing of a defender is clearly not a priority for the current board and management. If a defender is not signed before the weekend, it is time to let the manager and the board know they are letting down the supporters.
Great, another kid in our youth team that masquerades as a championship team; another "one for the future" when the January window should all be about making impact signings. So tell me happy clappers, who does he replace? Or will he warm the bench along with McGinn for the remainder of the season while he "beds in"? In the meantime, then, we are left with the same problems. An inexperienced defence that leaks goals and a striker who can't score. As i commented in a previous thread, i think the board and management are making these kind of signings with one eye on relegation. How can we possibly be a "competitive" championship team when it is made up of kids from the lower leagues and a vastly overrated academy? The longer we take to sign a couple of experienced defenders, the more games we will continue to lose,. and the closer we slip to the relegation zone. I cannot fathom why the signing of a defender is clearly not a priority for the current board and management. If a defender is not signed before the weekend, it is time to let the manager and the board know they are letting down the supporters. Rick Holden Forever
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8:12pm Tue 26 Jan 10

rousman 2 says...

another young midfielder for the future !! I agree with RHF. This is not rocket science, we need a centre half !!! at least. other wise the young lads will be in league 1 next year great future.
another young midfielder for the future !! I agree with RHF. This is not rocket science, we need a centre half !!! at least. other wise the young lads will be in league 1 next year great future. rousman 2
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8:23pm Tue 26 Jan 10

johnnyc72 says...

Have you not stopped to consider that perhaps Malky is looking for a centre-hgalf but is having difficulty due to the constraints he faces, in terms of transfer fees, wages, quality etc. We cannot afford the type of player you want. Are there that many players out there that we can afford better than what we have already? Unearthing another Mike Williamson may prove difficult. Let alone all the competition from other clubs. You do not know what goes on behind the scenes. Leave him alone. Security word - half-more - where do they get them
Have you not stopped to consider that perhaps Malky is looking for a centre-hgalf but is having difficulty due to the constraints he faces, in terms of transfer fees, wages, quality etc. We cannot afford the type of player you want. Are there that many players out there that we can afford better than what we have already? Unearthing another Mike Williamson may prove difficult. Let alone all the competition from other clubs. You do not know what goes on behind the scenes. Leave him alone. Security word - half-more - where do they get them johnnyc72
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8:45pm Tue 26 Jan 10

Only 2 Ross Jenkins says...

Rick Holden Forever wrote:
Great, another kid in our youth team that masquerades as a championship team; another "one for the future" when the January window should all be about making impact signings. So tell me happy clappers, who does he replace? Or will he warm the bench along with McGinn for the remainder of the season while he "beds in"? In the meantime, then, we are left with the same problems. An inexperienced defence that leaks goals and a striker who can't score. As i commented in a previous thread, i think the board and management are making these kind of signings with one eye on relegation. How can we possibly be a "competitive" championship team when it is made up of kids from the lower leagues and a vastly overrated academy? The longer we take to sign a couple of experienced defenders, the more games we will continue to lose,. and the closer we slip to the relegation zone. I cannot fathom why the signing of a defender is clearly not a priority for the current board and management. If a defender is not signed before the weekend, it is time to let the manager and the board know they are letting down the supporters.
What the fack are you on, Holden?
You sound like a broken record, "as I commented in a previous thread" - I mean, how pompous is that???
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On another note, good luck to the new lad. I'd like to think he might be like a new Nicky Wright, who, incidentally, was bought from a 4th division club (Carlisle). He never achieved anything for us, did he?
[quote][p][bold]Rick Holden Forever[/bold] wrote: Great, another kid in our youth team that masquerades as a championship team; another "one for the future" when the January window should all be about making impact signings. So tell me happy clappers, who does he replace? Or will he warm the bench along with McGinn for the remainder of the season while he "beds in"? In the meantime, then, we are left with the same problems. An inexperienced defence that leaks goals and a striker who can't score. As i commented in a previous thread, i think the board and management are making these kind of signings with one eye on relegation. How can we possibly be a "competitive" championship team when it is made up of kids from the lower leagues and a vastly overrated academy? The longer we take to sign a couple of experienced defenders, the more games we will continue to lose,. and the closer we slip to the relegation zone. I cannot fathom why the signing of a defender is clearly not a priority for the current board and management. If a defender is not signed before the weekend, it is time to let the manager and the board know they are letting down the supporters.[/p][/quote]What the fack are you on, Holden? You sound like a broken record, "as I commented in a previous thread" - I mean, how pompous is that??? - On another note, good luck to the new lad. I'd like to think he might be like a new Nicky Wright, who, incidentally, was bought from a 4th division club (Carlisle). He never achieved anything for us, did he? Only 2 Ross Jenkins
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9:24pm Tue 26 Jan 10

jalvin says...

well i'm not happy with this signing at all, why don't we spend the money we HAVEN'T got on players we CAN'T afford, i notice Rod Stan Nistleroy or whatever his name is has just gone to some german club, why didn't we get him, and Ronald Deaneo wants a move away, is he worth a punt?
Seriously though i think this is a good signing for a club of our level (a small skint average championship side for those taking notes), he's one for the future and he may be as good as everyone's saying he is, who knows for sure 'till we see him on the pitch, just stop **** and wait and see. And on the overacheiving thing how many of the TRUE and REALISTIC watford fans out there really thought we'd do much better than 18th or so this season, a couple of wins (granted i can't see where the next one is coming from) of we're right back in touch of the top 6 an a lot more confident, a couple of defeats and we're nearer 18th and still stuck in a rut. There's a hell of a long way to go yet this season and another 20 or so points woud do me fine.

security word "will-skin", is that a hint about who should be starting the next game
well i'm not happy with this signing at all, why don't we spend the money we HAVEN'T got on players we CAN'T afford, i notice Rod Stan Nistleroy or whatever his name is has just gone to some german club, why didn't we get him, and Ronald Deaneo wants a move away, is he worth a punt? Seriously though i think this is a good signing for a club of our level (a small skint average championship side for those taking notes), he's one for the future and he may be as good as everyone's saying he is, who knows for sure 'till we see him on the pitch, just stop **** and wait and see. And on the overacheiving thing how many of the TRUE and REALISTIC watford fans out there really thought we'd do much better than 18th or so this season, a couple of wins (granted i can't see where the next one is coming from) of we're right back in touch of the top 6 an a lot more confident, a couple of defeats and we're nearer 18th and still stuck in a rut. There's a hell of a long way to go yet this season and another 20 or so points woud do me fine. security word "will-skin", is that a hint about who should be starting the next game jalvin
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10:15pm Tue 26 Jan 10

dogwfc says...

SuperNova wrote:
eltonsarmy wrote: he is 6ft maybe he can play there as clearly the manager is happy with our defence
Size is everything. I hope we sign Sultan Kosen even though he's got the first touch of a landmine victim.
Very funny SuperNova. I actually though to myself " i wonder who Sultan Kosen plays for and i hope he is tall " Well i got the last bit right! Worlds tallest man at 8'1. Very amusing. Sign him up and give him a fecking run out i say! Ha Ha!
[quote][p][bold]SuperNova[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eltonsarmy[/bold] wrote: he is 6ft maybe he can play there as clearly the manager is happy with our defence[/p][/quote]Size is everything. I hope we sign Sultan Kosen even though he's got the first touch of a landmine victim.[/p][/quote]Very funny SuperNova. I actually though to myself " i wonder who Sultan Kosen plays for and i hope he is tall " Well i got the last bit right! Worlds tallest man at 8'1. Very amusing. Sign him up and give him a fecking run out i say! Ha Ha! dogwfc
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11:01pm Tue 26 Jan 10

Feff says...

We need a winger and I welcome the signing of Buckley on the assumption that he is any good. We certainly need him more than we need McGinn at the moment. However, we need a central defender, as every posting has said, and we need another striker to play alongside Helguson because Graham has lost his confidence. Above all, I say again, we need a number 2 to Malky Mackay who has the experience that Sean Dyche hasn't and we need a skipper on the field who can command the team as Demerit doesn't. Eustace? Perhaps, but is he good enough to be in the team?
We need a winger and I welcome the signing of Buckley on the assumption that he is any good. We certainly need him more than we need McGinn at the moment. However, we need a central defender, as every posting has said, and we need another striker to play alongside Helguson because Graham has lost his confidence. Above all, I say again, we need a number 2 to Malky Mackay who has the experience that Sean Dyche hasn't and we need a skipper on the field who can command the team as Demerit doesn't. Eustace? Perhaps, but is he good enough to be in the team? Feff
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11:15pm Tue 26 Jan 10

BooRaider says...

I seem to recall that BEFORE the season started, almost everyone expected religation to L1. So for all those that are going on about expecting more, does that not mean that they are the 'happy clappers' they are accusing everyone else of being?
I seem to recall that BEFORE the season started, almost everyone expected religation to L1. So for all those that are going on about expecting more, does that not mean that they are the 'happy clappers' they are accusing everyone else of being? BooRaider
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3:41am Wed 27 Jan 10

BuRP says...

Seems like the QPR fan is still getting you all going. Serves you right for responding or even reading his bile. I jump straight over his posts as soon as his name comes up and then I have no reason to be upset like a lot of you fellahs.
Try it and it's like a breath of fresh air. Nectar even, I feel as pure as the driven snow.
Please don't respond to this post and tell me what he was blabbing about. Not interested.
AAAHHH that's better. Feel like I've just had a mouthwash!
Seems like the QPR fan is still getting you all going. Serves you right for responding or even reading his bile. I jump straight over his posts as soon as his name comes up and then I have no reason to be upset like a lot of you fellahs. Try it and it's like a breath of fresh air. Nectar even, I feel as pure as the driven snow. Please don't respond to this post and tell me what he was blabbing about. Not interested. AAAHHH that's better. Feel like I've just had a mouthwash! BuRP
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10:23am Wed 27 Jan 10

WFC4ever says...

BooRaider wrote:
I seem to recall that BEFORE the season started, almost everyone expected religation to L1. So for all those that are going on about expecting more, does that not mean that they are the 'happy clappers' they are accusing everyone else of being?
There are realistic fans like me ,you and most of the Watford support and then some who have high hopes which seem unrealistic hence they get rather angry and annoyed when results don't quite go to plan.

Clearly I'd rather not only win 1 out of 10 and understand we do need an experience defender or two but also know we are pretty skint (days away from administration a few weeks ago) and we cannot always have GT/Boothroyd (05/06) inspired seasons against all odds....

Most fans know we have a certain level and would rather see us have a stable club for now without all the off field issues.

Clubs should really spend within their means but then trouble is some clubs don't so fans of teams that don't spend much start accussing the board of "lacking ambition" as some were before Aidy and co decided to get the cheque book out...
[quote][p][bold]BooRaider[/bold] wrote: I seem to recall that BEFORE the season started, almost everyone expected religation to L1. So for all those that are going on about expecting more, does that not mean that they are the 'happy clappers' they are accusing everyone else of being?[/p][/quote]There are realistic fans like me ,you and most of the Watford support and then some who have high hopes which seem unrealistic hence they get rather angry and annoyed when results don't quite go to plan. Clearly I'd rather not only win 1 out of 10 and understand we do need an experience defender or two but also know we are pretty skint (days away from administration a few weeks ago) and we cannot always have GT/Boothroyd (05/06) inspired seasons against all odds.... Most fans know we have a certain level and would rather see us have a stable club for now without all the off field issues. Clubs should really spend within their means but then trouble is some clubs don't so fans of teams that don't spend much start accussing the board of "lacking ambition" as some were before Aidy and co decided to get the cheque book out... WFC4ever
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12:32pm Wed 27 Jan 10

SuperNova says...

Rick Holden Forever wrote:
Great, another kid in our youth team that masquerades as a championship team; another "one for the future" when the January window should all be about making impact signings.

So tell me happy clappers, who does he replace? Or will he warm the bench along with McGinn for the remainder of the season while he "beds in"?

In the meantime, then, we are left with the same problems. An inexperienced defence that leaks goals and a striker who can't score.

As i commented in a previous thread, i think the board and management are making these kind of signings with one eye on relegation. How can we possibly be a "competitive" championship team when it is made up of kids from the lower leagues and a vastly overrated academy?

The longer we take to sign a couple of experienced defenders, the more games we will continue to lose,. and the closer we slip to the relegation zone.

I cannot fathom why the signing of a defender is clearly not a priority for the current board and management. If a defender is not signed before the weekend, it is time to let the manager and the board know they are letting down the supporters.
Rant on your own behalf.

I'd rather have a hungry young learning side that attacks then a bunch of arthritic ten foot journeymen.

As for your 'overrated academy quip' well thats just ignorant.

The talent thats just beginning to emerge from Harefield (who train 5 times more than Man Utd's youth) will underpin a superb future. The maths demand it.

Perhaps if Crystal Palace and every other English club had such foresight then maybe clubs wouldn't be pancaking under wage demands from foreign imports or over priced primitive English thugs.
[quote][p][bold]Rick Holden Forever[/bold] wrote: Great, another kid in our youth team that masquerades as a championship team; another "one for the future" when the January window should all be about making impact signings. So tell me happy clappers, who does he replace? Or will he warm the bench along with McGinn for the remainder of the season while he "beds in"? In the meantime, then, we are left with the same problems. An inexperienced defence that leaks goals and a striker who can't score. As i commented in a previous thread, i think the board and management are making these kind of signings with one eye on relegation. How can we possibly be a "competitive" championship team when it is made up of kids from the lower leagues and a vastly overrated academy? The longer we take to sign a couple of experienced defenders, the more games we will continue to lose,. and the closer we slip to the relegation zone. I cannot fathom why the signing of a defender is clearly not a priority for the current board and management. If a defender is not signed before the weekend, it is time to let the manager and the board know they are letting down the supporters.[/p][/quote]Rant on your own behalf. I'd rather have a hungry young learning side that attacks then a bunch of arthritic ten foot journeymen. As for your 'overrated academy quip' well thats just ignorant. The talent thats just beginning to emerge from Harefield (who train 5 times more than Man Utd's youth) will underpin a superb future. The maths demand it. Perhaps if Crystal Palace and every other English club had such foresight then maybe clubs wouldn't be pancaking under wage demands from foreign imports or over priced primitive English thugs. SuperNova
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1:35pm Wed 27 Jan 10

BuRP says...

If I remember rightly some of the Harefield kids played for Watford Schools (sorry could have been the Herts County side) that won either the National Schools Trophy (or the County Cup) last year. They'd be a lot of **** good kids over the country competing for that trophy which is arguably the premier trophy for schoolkids. It was a coup to win that - think they beat Liverpool. Yes, they have a long way to go career wise but it makes you feel proud that we have kids on our books that can win at that level.
There was a survey done once on Watford in which approx 60% of all our trainees went on to play pro-football at some level even if they didn't turn out for us. That's bloody amazing.
I think the Harefield school is one of the most innovative things to come out of Watford for years. Just watch these players come through in the next few years. I'm really excited for Watford FC.
Shame our irrational QPR supporter is interested. Cheers.
If I remember rightly some of the Harefield kids played for Watford Schools (sorry could have been the Herts County side) that won either the National Schools Trophy (or the County Cup) last year. They'd be a lot of **** good kids over the country competing for that trophy which is arguably the premier trophy for schoolkids. It was a coup to win that - think they beat Liverpool. Yes, they have a long way to go career wise but it makes you feel proud that we have kids on our books that can win at that level. There was a survey done once on Watford in which approx 60% of all our trainees went on to play pro-football at some level even if they didn't turn out for us. That's bloody amazing. I think the Harefield school is one of the most innovative things to come out of Watford for years. Just watch these players come through in the next few years. I'm really excited for Watford FC. Shame our irrational QPR supporter is interested. Cheers. BuRP
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1:37pm Wed 27 Jan 10

BuRP says...

Oh silly me! Last line should be "isn't" not is.
Oh silly me! Last line should be "isn't" not is. BuRP
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3:26pm Wed 27 Jan 10

SuperNova says...

Put it this way.

Had we had the Harefield partnership a few years ago, then today's first team would have been fielding a team with MORE top draw coaching than Barcelona's squad.
Put it this way. Had we had the Harefield partnership a few years ago, then today's first team would have been fielding a team with MORE top draw coaching than Barcelona's squad. SuperNova
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5:45pm Wed 27 Jan 10

stevyweavy says...

It's ridiculous - we should be challenging for a Champion's League place whereas we are actually in danger of going non-league. Sack the board, sack the manager, sack the supporters, sack Watford Borough Council, sack everyone!
:)
It's ridiculous - we should be challenging for a Champion's League place whereas we are actually in danger of going non-league. Sack the board, sack the manager, sack the supporters, sack Watford Borough Council, sack everyone! :) stevyweavy
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6:13pm Sat 30 Jan 10

Johnny Ryden says...

The WFC Board have said they intend to return to football 'basics'. Well the most important 'basic' is a decent pitch to play on throughout the season - not just up to the end of November! This means the Rugby has to go and a new pitch laid in the summer. Then the pitch needs to be properly prepared and reguarly maintained.The drainage must be improved and modern, efficient support systems introduced. Not too much to ask in the 21st century is it? If non-league sides in the area with no undersoil heating can play games this afternoon, why can't we?
The WFC Board have said they intend to return to football 'basics'. Well the most important 'basic' is a decent pitch to play on throughout the season - not just up to the end of November! This means the Rugby has to go and a new pitch laid in the summer. Then the pitch needs to be properly prepared and reguarly maintained.The drainage must be improved and modern, efficient support systems introduced. Not too much to ask in the 21st century is it? If non-league sides in the area with no undersoil heating can play games this afternoon, why can't we? Johnny Ryden
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