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September 27, 2017, 9:14pm Report to Moderator

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FFS mate for the last 15years we have been getting relegated, playing non league or been in the bargain basement of the league.
What do you expect Brazil circa 1970??


In his three stints as Grimsby Town manager spanning over 10 years the club was never relegated and he also guided them to three promotions.
Only 14 managers have reached 1,000 matches in charge of a Football League team by 1998 and Buckley is one of them.
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Hurst


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I wasn't a fan but yes........Hurst.





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Buckley spoiled us i think. Never seen better football anywhere and it was brilliant in it's simplicity. Play the ball quickly and move into space. I think most footballers at this level now have nothing but speed, fitness and organisation. You don't see many truly skillful players now. They are all much of a muchness.


At our level I would completely agree with this............."We need more technical ability in the squad" so we and the existing squad where once told,


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Thank you Promotion Plaice.

Hurst isn't a dynamic manager but he knows how to instil a team spirit.
He is still learning his trade but he will go far.
And no I am not related to him in any way before the Anti Hurst brigade come out of the woodwork.
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Anyone saying Hurst has dodgy glasses on. His football ideas were cautious and pragmatic. His obsession with target men started with Damien Spencer remember, Ben Tomlinson, LJL, Scott Vernon to name a few. His refusal to find and play decent wingers on both side of the pitch left us with players constantly out of position. They guy never ever got a partner for Disley and when he did (Clay or Nolan) he played that Robinson from Luton for which he was rightly critiseductive or played Nolan on the left.
The list of naff centre midfielders adds class like Derek Niven and Anthony Church.

I could go one but what's the point. The little fella needed his frown turning upside down. He's gone to Shrewsbury good luck good riddance.  Let's not paint him out to be something better than he was. On the budgets he had available he never got near the conference title. Was lucky to get a long run without being removed for failing to get promoted. Disliked the one true talented player we signed when in the conference in Bogle and promptly let the core of a team most supporters appreciated for their efforts if not their skill all sodomist off!!


So, back to the original point.

Good football? God knows.

But it would be nice to see some players attempt some pass and move play. Maybe, controversially under Woods we played some decent stuff. Thumping Mansfield,  Histon,  hayes? But there again. That ended well didn't it.


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I agree a lot of PH's time here was "functional & pragmatic" but with non league players you get non league football. There where some bright spots both home and away,


That's why I qualified it by reference to the level we were at.

Actually that Cambridge team we played that night played some good stuff that season. I'm sure there were others that were 'easy on the eye' too.


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That's why I qualified it by reference to the level we were at.

Actually that Cambridge team we played that night played some good stuff that season. I'm sure there were others that were 'easy on the eye' too.


Yeah I thought Luton where decent after Christmas the year they went up.


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Being controversial -

I'd say Slade, in the first five or six games of his first stint at the club.

I also thought Laws started well in terms of style too, again, just the early games - he seemed to iron out the latter weaknesses of Buckleyball - playing pretty football but no goal threat whatsoever, and to some extent no excitement.

Most others have been limited by budgets and quality of players - or have been more pragmatic.
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Being controversial -

I'd say Slade, in the first five or six games of his first stint at the club.

I also thought Laws started well in terms of style too, again, just the early games - he seemed to iron out the latter weaknesses of Buckleyball - playing pretty football but no goal threat whatsoever, and to some extent no excitement.

Most others have been limited by budgets and quality of players - or have been more pragmatic.


Good calls. Not controversial IMO.


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GrimsbyBrown just basically posted what i would have said. Laws took the buckleyesque football and briefly improved it by varying it a little and making it more pragmatic.
Slade inhis first season played good football (as in on the deck/pass and move) with sestanovich being a talent on the rare occasions he could be bothered to try. i particulary remember him being the best player on the park against premiership at the time (i think) Charlton.
in the final non-league season we played our best football down the left with conor townsend, monkhouse, bogle and amond playing some lovely well worked stuff. when townsend left that stopped. i would say under Hurst it wasgenerally mixed with some good football and some less so particularly being prone to hoofs from the back and/or long balls to monkhouse/the shop.
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