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September 10, 2020, 11:24pm
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We all love him but a quick appreciation post for Neil Woods, as well as all the other lads in the academy structure. The man has worked wonders with the GTFC Academy in recent years, and we’ve seen that first hand with the likes of Clifton, Wright, and Pollock all quickly becoming Town stalwarts, as well as the likes of Curran, Battersby, Starbuck, Idehen, Hope, and young Louis Boyd all showing heaps of potential.

Well done Woodsy!
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September 11, 2020, 1:23am

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BTW why would anyone give this a red X FFS

Its hard enough remembering my opinions without remembering my reasons for them!
Brisbane - beautiful one day and perfect the next! UTM!!!

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September 11, 2020, 2:51am
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We're quietly becoming a very good destination for youth development. It will attract more promising youth players and in turn push the club further. Very very happy to see this progression.
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September 11, 2020, 9:23am
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I don't know how much it costs per year to invest in an academy but just one sale could justify the whole thing for years to come.

Obviously we'd like to enjoy watching some of the emerging talent before they're sold, but if a big club is willing to pay a serious amount of cash for someone like Pollock then that money *should* be reinvested to bring through the next batch of talented youngsters.

But given what Woods and his staff have had to work with during these extra lean times, they're performing miracles.

And it helps that they have a first team manager who is actively looking to use their players, instead of some dilbert like Slade who basically neglected the youth teams completely.

"Don't shine that light in my face, mate - I've just lost a pint of blood."
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September 11, 2020, 9:27am
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Everyone in the academy do a sterling job which I have seen first hand. Long may the great work continue UTM
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September 11, 2020, 9:33am

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This weekends opponents benefitted greatly from Neil Woods in his time there after he left us. They brought through quite a few under his guidance and he seems to be repeating the job here.

I was surprised how well we did on Tuesday night considering the amount of young inexperienced players we had on the pitch. They looked very fluent at times and it bodes well, so yeah, a big thumbs up for him and his staff.
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September 11, 2020, 10:01am
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Yes big appreciation for Woodsy Fantastic servant of the club, great memories of him as a player would be happy to see him assistant manager but then if it’s not broken!
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September 11, 2020, 10:05am
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The guy is a Grimsby Town legend. Simple as that.

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September 11, 2020, 11:02am

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I do know that when we got back into the league additional funding was available specifically for the academy, pays for additional coaching and full time physio and the likes

Batch, Crombie, Moore K, Wiggington, Cumming, Waters, Bonnyman, Ford, Emson, Drinkell, Whymark. Love you all, You are the reason I'm on here. You've had help from Todd, Handyside, Futcher P, Groves, Mendonca, Macca etc etc etc. Up The Mariners!!!!!!!!!
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September 11, 2020, 11:11am
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Quoted from Humbercod
Yes big appreciation for Woodsy Fantastic servant of the club, great memories of him as a player would be happy to see him assistant manager but then if it’s not broken!

Surprised he came back after the slating Fenty gave him for the signing of Serge and that his replacements were computer literate.
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