Wilder reflects on four years in charge at Oxford United

The Oxford Times: Chris Wilder after the U’s beat Swindon Town 2-1 last season – their first away derby win since 1973 Chris Wilder after the U’s beat Swindon Town 2-1 last season – their first away derby win since 1973

IN AN occupation where P45s are dished out like confetti, mere survival is an achievement in itself for football managers.

There cannot be many jobs where achievements in the past can be so quickly obscured by indifferent results in the present.

A bad month can push even the most cherished touchline idol towards the exit door, with the boos of thousands ringing in their ears.

It all makes Chris Wilder’s fourth anniversary in charge of Oxford United, which falls today, significant.

The 45-year-old has seen plenty of ups and downs since taking over the reins for a game away to Salisbury City on Boxing Day 2008.

A 2-1 defeat was not the most promising of starts, but Wilder is in no doubt the club – and his ability as a manager – has improved with time.

“I think when you sit down and look where the club was, the attendances, the assets in the team, the reputation of the club on and off the pitch we have moved it forward,” he said.

“As I keep saying it’s not always as quick as other people would like it to be, but I don’t think we’re a million miles off.

“This week we’ve got into the third round of the FA Cup for the first time in ten years.

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“I think any manager will tell you that the experiences they’ve had will improve them.

“I don’t think some people will see it that way, but I think I’m miles better as a manager than when I first started here.

“That happens with everyone, speak to any manager in the game and they’ll say the same thing.”

The U’s boss may not particularly feel like celebrating today, with his side sitting 18th in the npower League Two table, adrift of the pack in promotion contention.

A thick skin is essential in football management and Wilder’s has been tested like never before in the past few months.

But after weathering some tough times in his first managerial job at Halifax Town, it is not a surprise.

“You do make mistakes and try to learn from them,” he said.

“Some stuff you can’t control, I can’t control what’s happened in the last nine months in terms of the massively important players that we’ve not been able to choose from.

“It’s been the toughest and most frustrating time.

“But there it is, the sun doesn’t always shine so you have to go through these periods and I really enjoy working for the club.”

Injuries have been a recurring theme for the best part of a year and for Wilder, it was the reason a play-off place slipped through their fingers last season.

If anything, the toll on the squad has been even heavier this season and the United manager believes it is a key reason why they are languishing in the bottom half.

His critics argue it is just an excuse, used to cover up a lack of progress, as the prospect of promotion to League One recedes.

Wilder is well aware of the implications a prolonged slump would have for his job, but responds with the assertion this is a rough patch which will end.

“You have to go through the tough times, but I’m sure they don’t last for long,” he said.

“I’m tough and have been in management for ten years, I plan on being in the business for a lot longer so you have to experience these periods.

“It’s a challenging time, but I’m sure going into the Christmas period and the second part of the season there’s a lot for usto look forward to.

“There’s two decent cups to go at and I’m sure there’s an improvement in our league position.

“I’m sure there will be an improvement in the injury situation, it can’t go on.

“Hopefully we can look forward to a little bit more luck on that front going into the new year.”

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10:56am Fri 21 Dec 12

Highworth red says...

As a STFC fan I am a bit puzzled by way you have struggled this season. You have won the last 3 against us and Wilder seems on paper to have a pretty strong squad. Happy Christmas to you all and here's looking forward to the next derby game, I think we're about due a win.
As a STFC fan I am a bit puzzled by way you have struggled this season. You have won the last 3 against us and Wilder seems on paper to have a pretty strong squad. Happy Christmas to you all and here's looking forward to the next derby game, I think we're about due a win. Highworth red

1:10pm Fri 21 Dec 12

LeagueOneOx says...

CW has done a good job overall during his tenure but the last 10 months have seen us crippled by a series of injuries that have still to fully clear up.
Even today, Adam Chapman is ruled out for six weeks with an ankle injury.

Four years ago the club was in a terrible state in the Blue Square
and was just about to suffer a points deduction too. Slowly CW turned things around, got rid of under performing personnel and brought in good players and we got promoted back to the FL 2010.

Our league position this season is terribly disappointing but I am hoping we can find some form and freshen the squad up in January.
CW has done a good job overall during his tenure but the last 10 months have seen us crippled by a series of injuries that have still to fully clear up. Even today, Adam Chapman is ruled out for six weeks with an ankle injury. Four years ago the club was in a terrible state in the Blue Square and was just about to suffer a points deduction too. Slowly CW turned things around, got rid of under performing personnel and brought in good players and we got promoted back to the FL 2010. Our league position this season is terribly disappointing but I am hoping we can find some form and freshen the squad up in January. LeagueOneOx

1:18pm Fri 21 Dec 12

adlibber says...

Well considering its nearing the fakery of xmas with its false idolatry and overpriced garbage in shops I shall refrain from putting the boot into CW for now. Don't accept the injuries as an excuse for last 3 years and this season has been pretty poor. I'm concerned that CW seems to be focussing on cup runs and its almost as if he accepts that we'll not reach play offs or higher. I think if we're still in this league at end of season it's time for a change of entire 1st team coaching squad.
Well considering its nearing the fakery of xmas with its false idolatry and overpriced garbage in shops I shall refrain from putting the boot into CW for now. Don't accept the injuries as an excuse for last 3 years and this season has been pretty poor. I'm concerned that CW seems to be focussing on cup runs and its almost as if he accepts that we'll not reach play offs or higher. I think if we're still in this league at end of season it's time for a change of entire 1st team coaching squad. adlibber

1:47pm Fri 21 Dec 12

jack smart says...

well, may i wish chris wilderf and all the squad a happy christmas and a great new year and congratulations on getting through to the third round of the F,A cup ,

i have seen them play lots of times this year and i think our new year resolution should be stop kicking wild balls into the air all the time , keep the ball down and start passing to each olther ,

come on ye yellows
well, may i wish chris wilderf and all the squad a happy christmas and a great new year and congratulations on getting through to the third round of the F,A cup , i have seen them play lots of times this year and i think our new year resolution should be stop kicking wild balls into the air all the time , keep the ball down and start passing to each olther , come on ye yellows jack smart

2:22pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Chish and Fips says...

Highworth red wrote:
As a STFC fan I am a bit puzzled by way you have struggled this season. You have won the last 3 against us and Wilder seems on paper to have a pretty strong squad. Happy Christmas to you all and here's looking forward to the next derby game, I think we're about due a win.
Yep Happy Crimbo you lot.

HR - there lies the problem last season, the 3 wins appeared to take their eye off of the real target which we achieved. These were quick fixes at the time and kept the supporters happy - this season they haven't had this so far.

I'm not sure they are underachieving - or just due to money constraints they are unable to bolster their squad to cover injuries and suspensions - really do I care - nah - don't wish them though to drop out of the league again...
[quote][p][bold]Highworth red[/bold] wrote: As a STFC fan I am a bit puzzled by way you have struggled this season. You have won the last 3 against us and Wilder seems on paper to have a pretty strong squad. Happy Christmas to you all and here's looking forward to the next derby game, I think we're about due a win.[/p][/quote]Yep Happy Crimbo you lot. HR - there lies the problem last season, the 3 wins appeared to take their eye off of the real target which we achieved. These were quick fixes at the time and kept the supporters happy - this season they haven't had this so far. I'm not sure they are underachieving - or just due to money constraints they are unable to bolster their squad to cover injuries and suspensions - really do I care - nah - don't wish them though to drop out of the league again... Chish and Fips

3:51pm Fri 21 Dec 12

karatavuk says...

Thanks for getting us back into the Football League Chris.

Good luck in your next job.
Thanks for getting us back into the Football League Chris. Good luck in your next job. karatavuk

4:12pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Manor Born says...

Highworth red wrote:
As a STFC fan I am a bit puzzled by way you have struggled this season. You have won the last 3 against us and Wilder seems on paper to have a pretty strong squad. Happy Christmas to you all and here's looking forward to the next derby game, I think we're about due a win.
I think you'll fine it's now four in a row... Can we play you every week?
[quote][p][bold]Highworth red[/bold] wrote: As a STFC fan I am a bit puzzled by way you have struggled this season. You have won the last 3 against us and Wilder seems on paper to have a pretty strong squad. Happy Christmas to you all and here's looking forward to the next derby game, I think we're about due a win.[/p][/quote]I think you'll fine it's now four in a row... Can we play you every week? Manor Born

4:13pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Manor Born says...

*find* even.
*find* even. Manor Born

5:33pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Highworth red says...

Chish and Fips wrote:
Highworth red wrote:
As a STFC fan I am a bit puzzled by way you have struggled this season. You have won the last 3 against us and Wilder seems on paper to have a pretty strong squad. Happy Christmas to you all and here's looking forward to the next derby game, I think we're about due a win.
Yep Happy Crimbo you lot.

HR - there lies the problem last season, the 3 wins appeared to take their eye off of the real target which we achieved. These were quick fixes at the time and kept the supporters happy - this season they haven't had this so far.

I'm not sure they are underachieving - or just due to money constraints they are unable to bolster their squad to cover injuries and suspensions - really do I care - nah - don't wish them though to drop out of the league again...
Mind you chish, Brizzle Rovers have replaced them for giving us a chuckle.
[quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Highworth red[/bold] wrote: As a STFC fan I am a bit puzzled by way you have struggled this season. You have won the last 3 against us and Wilder seems on paper to have a pretty strong squad. Happy Christmas to you all and here's looking forward to the next derby game, I think we're about due a win.[/p][/quote]Yep Happy Crimbo you lot. HR - there lies the problem last season, the 3 wins appeared to take their eye off of the real target which we achieved. These were quick fixes at the time and kept the supporters happy - this season they haven't had this so far. I'm not sure they are underachieving - or just due to money constraints they are unable to bolster their squad to cover injuries and suspensions - really do I care - nah - don't wish them though to drop out of the league again...[/p][/quote]Mind you chish, Brizzle Rovers have replaced them for giving us a chuckle. Highworth red

5:40pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Highworth red says...

Manor Born wrote:
Highworth red wrote:
As a STFC fan I am a bit puzzled by way you have struggled this season. You have won the last 3 against us and Wilder seems on paper to have a pretty strong squad. Happy Christmas to you all and here's looking forward to the next derby game, I think we're about due a win.
I think you'll fine it's now four in a row... Can we play you every week?
Be careful what you wish for, despite your last 3 fortuitous wins against us, we are light years ahead of you. Hope you don't go down, but I bet you are looking over your shoulder, where we are looking for at least the playoffs and have the financial clout to sustain a promotion push.
[quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Highworth red[/bold] wrote: As a STFC fan I am a bit puzzled by way you have struggled this season. You have won the last 3 against us and Wilder seems on paper to have a pretty strong squad. Happy Christmas to you all and here's looking forward to the next derby game, I think we're about due a win.[/p][/quote]I think you'll fine it's now four in a row... Can we play you every week?[/p][/quote]Be careful what you wish for, despite your last 3 fortuitous wins against us, we are light years ahead of you. Hope you don't go down, but I bet you are looking over your shoulder, where we are looking for at least the playoffs and have the financial clout to sustain a promotion push. Highworth red

6:12pm Fri 21 Dec 12

BigCrompy says...

Highworth red wrote:
Manor Born wrote:
Highworth red wrote:
As a STFC fan I am a bit puzzled by way you have struggled this season. You have won the last 3 against us and Wilder seems on paper to have a pretty strong squad. Happy Christmas to you all and here's looking forward to the next derby game, I think we're about due a win.
I think you'll fine it's now four in a row... Can we play you every week?
Be careful what you wish for, despite your last 3 fortuitous wins against us, we are light years ahead of you. Hope you don't go down, but I bet you are looking over your shoulder, where we are looking for at least the playoffs and have the financial clout to sustain a promotion push.
It's still four wins (and I can list them if you like, although counting does seem to be quite the difficulty for you), and please be assured that as long as Coco the Clown is still in your employ, you remain the subject of giving US quite a laugh as well.

I'm not sure you'll convince anyone that ANYTHING in Wiltshire is 'light years' ahead of anything else anywhere, but at least with last year's introduction of the seed drill and crop rotation things are slowly moving in the right direction.
[quote][p][bold]Highworth red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Highworth red[/bold] wrote: As a STFC fan I am a bit puzzled by way you have struggled this season. You have won the last 3 against us and Wilder seems on paper to have a pretty strong squad. Happy Christmas to you all and here's looking forward to the next derby game, I think we're about due a win.[/p][/quote]I think you'll fine it's now four in a row... Can we play you every week?[/p][/quote]Be careful what you wish for, despite your last 3 fortuitous wins against us, we are light years ahead of you. Hope you don't go down, but I bet you are looking over your shoulder, where we are looking for at least the playoffs and have the financial clout to sustain a promotion push.[/p][/quote]It's still four wins (and I can list them if you like, although counting does seem to be quite the difficulty for you), and please be assured that as long as Coco the Clown is still in your employ, you remain the subject of giving US quite a laugh as well. I'm not sure you'll convince anyone that ANYTHING in Wiltshire is 'light years' ahead of anything else anywhere, but at least with last year's introduction of the seed drill and crop rotation things are slowly moving in the right direction. BigCrompy

6:48pm Fri 21 Dec 12

cleverswindler says...

Big Crompy, this is a great riposte, it made me chuckle.....
Big Crompy, this is a great riposte, it made me chuckle..... cleverswindler

6:53pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Chish and Fips says...

BigCrompy wrote:
Highworth red wrote:
Manor Born wrote:
Highworth red wrote:
As a STFC fan I am a bit puzzled by way you have struggled this season. You have won the last 3 against us and Wilder seems on paper to have a pretty strong squad. Happy Christmas to you all and here's looking forward to the next derby game, I think we're about due a win.
I think you'll fine it's now four in a row... Can we play you every week?
Be careful what you wish for, despite your last 3 fortuitous wins against us, we are light years ahead of you. Hope you don't go down, but I bet you are looking over your shoulder, where we are looking for at least the playoffs and have the financial clout to sustain a promotion push.
It's still four wins (and I can list them if you like, although counting does seem to be quite the difficulty for you), and please be assured that as long as Coco the Clown is still in your employ, you remain the subject of giving US quite a laugh as well.

I'm not sure you'll convince anyone that ANYTHING in Wiltshire is 'light years' ahead of anything else anywhere, but at least with last year's introduction of the seed drill and crop rotation things are slowly moving in the right direction.
Oh dear look what the floods have washed up from the depths of despair- its ol misery guts Grumpy.. with his usual words of wisdom and attempts of wit that fall flat yet again.

Cheer up Grumpy !!! it ain't that bad for you lot.
[quote][p][bold]BigCrompy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Highworth red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Highworth red[/bold] wrote: As a STFC fan I am a bit puzzled by way you have struggled this season. You have won the last 3 against us and Wilder seems on paper to have a pretty strong squad. Happy Christmas to you all and here's looking forward to the next derby game, I think we're about due a win.[/p][/quote]I think you'll fine it's now four in a row... Can we play you every week?[/p][/quote]Be careful what you wish for, despite your last 3 fortuitous wins against us, we are light years ahead of you. Hope you don't go down, but I bet you are looking over your shoulder, where we are looking for at least the playoffs and have the financial clout to sustain a promotion push.[/p][/quote]It's still four wins (and I can list them if you like, although counting does seem to be quite the difficulty for you), and please be assured that as long as Coco the Clown is still in your employ, you remain the subject of giving US quite a laugh as well. I'm not sure you'll convince anyone that ANYTHING in Wiltshire is 'light years' ahead of anything else anywhere, but at least with last year's introduction of the seed drill and crop rotation things are slowly moving in the right direction.[/p][/quote]Oh dear look what the floods have washed up from the depths of despair- its ol misery guts Grumpy.. with his usual words of wisdom and attempts of wit that fall flat yet again. Cheer up Grumpy !!! it ain't that bad for you lot. Chish and Fips

7:00pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Chish and Fips says...

Highworth red wrote:
Chish and Fips wrote:
Highworth red wrote:
As a STFC fan I am a bit puzzled by way you have struggled this season. You have won the last 3 against us and Wilder seems on paper to have a pretty strong squad. Happy Christmas to you all and here's looking forward to the next derby game, I think we're about due a win.
Yep Happy Crimbo you lot.

HR - there lies the problem last season, the 3 wins appeared to take their eye off of the real target which we achieved. These were quick fixes at the time and kept the supporters happy - this season they haven't had this so far.

I'm not sure they are underachieving - or just due to money constraints they are unable to bolster their squad to cover injuries and suspensions - really do I care - nah - don't wish them though to drop out of the league again...
Mind you chish, Brizzle Rovers have replaced them for giving us a chuckle.
You never know we could have a double chuckle H Red looking at the table - didn't realise how low they are placed.

See they are still clinging on to those wins as their retort for any comment thrown at them. oh dear..... it will all end all in tears at bedtime ....
[quote][p][bold]Highworth red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Highworth red[/bold] wrote: As a STFC fan I am a bit puzzled by way you have struggled this season. You have won the last 3 against us and Wilder seems on paper to have a pretty strong squad. Happy Christmas to you all and here's looking forward to the next derby game, I think we're about due a win.[/p][/quote]Yep Happy Crimbo you lot. HR - there lies the problem last season, the 3 wins appeared to take their eye off of the real target which we achieved. These were quick fixes at the time and kept the supporters happy - this season they haven't had this so far. I'm not sure they are underachieving - or just due to money constraints they are unable to bolster their squad to cover injuries and suspensions - really do I care - nah - don't wish them though to drop out of the league again...[/p][/quote]Mind you chish, Brizzle Rovers have replaced them for giving us a chuckle.[/p][/quote]You never know we could have a double chuckle H Red looking at the table - didn't realise how low they are placed. See they are still clinging on to those wins as their retort for any comment thrown at them. oh dear..... it will all end all in tears at bedtime .... Chish and Fips

7:31pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Doctor69 says...

Chish and Fips wrote:
Highworth red wrote:
Chish and Fips wrote:
Highworth red wrote:
As a STFC fan I am a bit puzzled by way you have struggled this season. You have won the last 3 against us and Wilder seems on paper to have a pretty strong squad. Happy Christmas to you all and here's looking forward to the next derby game, I think we're about due a win.
Yep Happy Crimbo you lot.

HR - there lies the problem last season, the 3 wins appeared to take their eye off of the real target which we achieved. These were quick fixes at the time and kept the supporters happy - this season they haven't had this so far.

I'm not sure they are underachieving - or just due to money constraints they are unable to bolster their squad to cover injuries and suspensions - really do I care - nah - don't wish them though to drop out of the league again...
Mind you chish, Brizzle Rovers have replaced them for giving us a chuckle.
You never know we could have a double chuckle H Red looking at the table - didn't realise how low they are placed.

See they are still clinging on to those wins as their retort for any comment thrown at them. oh dear..... it will all end all in tears at bedtime ....
Still obsessed with us tho, eh scummers?!
Run run run run Swindon! X
[quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Highworth red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Highworth red[/bold] wrote: As a STFC fan I am a bit puzzled by way you have struggled this season. You have won the last 3 against us and Wilder seems on paper to have a pretty strong squad. Happy Christmas to you all and here's looking forward to the next derby game, I think we're about due a win.[/p][/quote]Yep Happy Crimbo you lot. HR - there lies the problem last season, the 3 wins appeared to take their eye off of the real target which we achieved. These were quick fixes at the time and kept the supporters happy - this season they haven't had this so far. I'm not sure they are underachieving - or just due to money constraints they are unable to bolster their squad to cover injuries and suspensions - really do I care - nah - don't wish them though to drop out of the league again...[/p][/quote]Mind you chish, Brizzle Rovers have replaced them for giving us a chuckle.[/p][/quote]You never know we could have a double chuckle H Red looking at the table - didn't realise how low they are placed. See they are still clinging on to those wins as their retort for any comment thrown at them. oh dear..... it will all end all in tears at bedtime ....[/p][/quote]Still obsessed with us tho, eh scummers?! Run run run run Swindon! X Doctor69

7:49pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Chish and Fips says...

Doctor69 wrote:
Chish and Fips wrote:
Highworth red wrote:
Chish and Fips wrote:
Highworth red wrote:
As a STFC fan I am a bit puzzled by way you have struggled this season. You have won the last 3 against us and Wilder seems on paper to have a pretty strong squad. Happy Christmas to you all and here's looking forward to the next derby game, I think we're about due a win.
Yep Happy Crimbo you lot.

HR - there lies the problem last season, the 3 wins appeared to take their eye off of the real target which we achieved. These were quick fixes at the time and kept the supporters happy - this season they haven't had this so far.

I'm not sure they are underachieving - or just due to money constraints they are unable to bolster their squad to cover injuries and suspensions - really do I care - nah - don't wish them though to drop out of the league again...
Mind you chish, Brizzle Rovers have replaced them for giving us a chuckle.
You never know we could have a double chuckle H Red looking at the table - didn't realise how low they are placed.

See they are still clinging on to those wins as their retort for any comment thrown at them. oh dear..... it will all end all in tears at bedtime ....
Still obsessed with us tho, eh scummers?!
Run run run run Swindon! X
Nah - just gloating ! jog on pal ... :o)
[quote][p][bold]Doctor69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Highworth red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Highworth red[/bold] wrote: As a STFC fan I am a bit puzzled by way you have struggled this season. You have won the last 3 against us and Wilder seems on paper to have a pretty strong squad. Happy Christmas to you all and here's looking forward to the next derby game, I think we're about due a win.[/p][/quote]Yep Happy Crimbo you lot. HR - there lies the problem last season, the 3 wins appeared to take their eye off of the real target which we achieved. These were quick fixes at the time and kept the supporters happy - this season they haven't had this so far. I'm not sure they are underachieving - or just due to money constraints they are unable to bolster their squad to cover injuries and suspensions - really do I care - nah - don't wish them though to drop out of the league again...[/p][/quote]Mind you chish, Brizzle Rovers have replaced them for giving us a chuckle.[/p][/quote]You never know we could have a double chuckle H Red looking at the table - didn't realise how low they are placed. See they are still clinging on to those wins as their retort for any comment thrown at them. oh dear..... it will all end all in tears at bedtime ....[/p][/quote]Still obsessed with us tho, eh scummers?! Run run run run Swindon! X[/p][/quote]Nah - just gloating ! jog on pal ... :o) Chish and Fips

9:46pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Highworth red says...

BigCrompy wrote:
Highworth red wrote:
Manor Born wrote:
Highworth red wrote:
As a STFC fan I am a bit puzzled by way you have struggled this season. You have won the last 3 against us and Wilder seems on paper to have a pretty strong squad. Happy Christmas to you all and here's looking forward to the next derby game, I think we're about due a win.
I think you'll fine it's now four in a row... Can we play you every week?
Be careful what you wish for, despite your last 3 fortuitous wins against us, we are light years ahead of you. Hope you don't go down, but I bet you are looking over your shoulder, where we are looking for at least the playoffs and have the financial clout to sustain a promotion push.
It's still four wins (and I can list them if you like, although counting does seem to be quite the difficulty for you), and please be assured that as long as Coco the Clown is still in your employ, you remain the subject of giving US quite a laugh as well.

I'm not sure you'll convince anyone that ANYTHING in Wiltshire is 'light years' ahead of anything else anywhere, but at least with last year's introduction of the seed drill and crop rotation things are slowly moving in the right direction.
We beat top of the table Tranmere at home tonight 5-0, that says to me that we are light years ahead of you. Don't forget now, LIGHT YEARS, up to 5th now, how's league 2 looking.
[quote][p][bold]BigCrompy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Highworth red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Highworth red[/bold] wrote: As a STFC fan I am a bit puzzled by way you have struggled this season. You have won the last 3 against us and Wilder seems on paper to have a pretty strong squad. Happy Christmas to you all and here's looking forward to the next derby game, I think we're about due a win.[/p][/quote]I think you'll fine it's now four in a row... Can we play you every week?[/p][/quote]Be careful what you wish for, despite your last 3 fortuitous wins against us, we are light years ahead of you. Hope you don't go down, but I bet you are looking over your shoulder, where we are looking for at least the playoffs and have the financial clout to sustain a promotion push.[/p][/quote]It's still four wins (and I can list them if you like, although counting does seem to be quite the difficulty for you), and please be assured that as long as Coco the Clown is still in your employ, you remain the subject of giving US quite a laugh as well. I'm not sure you'll convince anyone that ANYTHING in Wiltshire is 'light years' ahead of anything else anywhere, but at least with last year's introduction of the seed drill and crop rotation things are slowly moving in the right direction.[/p][/quote]We beat top of the table Tranmere at home tonight 5-0, that says to me that we are light years ahead of you. Don't forget now, LIGHT YEARS, up to 5th now, how's league 2 looking. Highworth red

9:58pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Chish and Fips says...

Cat got your tongue Big Grumpy .... ho ho ho...
Cat got your tongue Big Grumpy .... ho ho ho... Chish and Fips

2:09am Sat 22 Dec 12

BigCrompy says...

Chish and Fips wrote:
Cat got your tongue Big Grumpy .... ho ho ho...
Now this is gonna confuse you something rotten, but people in different parts of the world (it's a sphere, you know) sleep at different times.

Much as you spend every waking moment on OUR site, I don't spend too many sleeping moments on it.

And if the cat had got my tongue, the chances are a rather smaller, more intimate part of YOUR anatomy would be found in its mouth too.
[quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: Cat got your tongue Big Grumpy .... ho ho ho...[/p][/quote]Now this is gonna confuse you something rotten, but people in different parts of the world (it's a sphere, you know) sleep at different times. Much as you spend every waking moment on OUR site, I don't spend too many sleeping moments on it. And if the cat had got my tongue, the chances are a rather smaller, more intimate part of YOUR anatomy would be found in its mouth too. BigCrompy

2:14am Sat 22 Dec 12

BigCrompy says...

Chish and Fips wrote:
Cat got your tongue Big Grumpy .... ho ho ho...
I did rather enjoy the priceless wit of my new nickname though, Speverend Rooner...

...but as I know you care rather for my well-being, it may please you to hear that far from 'feeling grumpy' that since summer is coming in Australia, there really aren't any floods here, I'll be having Chrimble on the beach and when I go to a sports event, unlike you each and every person I sit with, unlike an entire row of attendees at the Kewnty Grewnd, numbers an impressive 46 chromosomes. Not grumpy at all!

So are you now 'feeling dopey'..?
[quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: Cat got your tongue Big Grumpy .... ho ho ho...[/p][/quote]I did rather enjoy the priceless wit of my new nickname though, Speverend Rooner... ...but as I know you care rather for my well-being, it may please you to hear that far from 'feeling grumpy' that since summer is coming in Australia, there really aren't any floods here, I'll be having Chrimble on the beach and when I go to a sports event, unlike you each and every person I sit with, unlike an entire row of attendees at the Kewnty Grewnd, numbers an impressive 46 chromosomes. Not grumpy at all! So are you now 'feeling dopey'..? BigCrompy

6:21am Sat 22 Dec 12

Chish and Fips says...

Am I 'feeling Dopey' - you can arrested for things like that you pervert. ;0)

After last nights game thrashing the top team of L1 - you guess how we are feeling.

Cheer up Big Grumpy no matter how bright a picture you try and convince yourself with.
Am I 'feeling Dopey' - you can arrested for things like that you pervert. ;0) After last nights game thrashing the top team of L1 - you guess how we are feeling. Cheer up Big Grumpy no matter how bright a picture you try and convince yourself with. Chish and Fips

7:54am Sat 22 Dec 12

oldun says...

Bottom line is Swindon are doing much much better than we are - it is so many years since we ended a season above them - certainly pre 1999. Of course we beat them on the last 4 occasions we played them - great - but each season they did better than us. Regarding the Conference - our highest position was not under CW - it was our first season - we came third under him then beat mighty Rushden and then little York. to get back into the 4th division (well done CW and the players) . Most managers last less time than has CW - he knew the score when he entered the job. Since returning to 'the League' our form has been nothing special - since February it has been awful. Much improvement is needed if we are to reach the lottery of the play offs. Were we half way up in the third tier (that won't happen within 3 years unless ...) , I would not be happy - if I were a Stevenage fan I would be . This was an amazing article, wasn't it!
Bottom line is Swindon are doing much much better than we are - it is so many years since we ended a season above them - certainly pre 1999. Of course we beat them on the last 4 occasions we played them - great - but each season they did better than us. Regarding the Conference - our highest position was not under CW - it was our first season - we came third under him then beat mighty Rushden and then little York. to get back into the 4th division (well done CW and the players) . Most managers last less time than has CW - he knew the score when he entered the job. Since returning to 'the League' our form has been nothing special - since February it has been awful. Much improvement is needed if we are to reach the lottery of the play offs. Were we half way up in the third tier (that won't happen within 3 years unless ...) , I would not be happy - if I were a Stevenage fan I would be . This was an amazing article, wasn't it! oldun

10:00pm Sun 23 Dec 12

Brenda Jackson says...

''You're only as good as your last game''

I can't remember the last game CW's team were anything but very very poor.

I just hope that bumper book of excuses he must have tucked away somewhere has been exhausted, and at long last the chairman sees through his masquerade.
''You're only as good as your last game'' I can't remember the last game CW's team were anything but very very poor. I just hope that bumper book of excuses he must have tucked away somewhere has been exhausted, and at long last the chairman sees through his masquerade. Brenda Jackson

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