New Albion No. 1 thought he had blown his chance

David Stockdale training with England

David Stockdale training with England

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

David Stockdale has played in the Premier League, been on the fringes of an England cap and is now Albion's new No. 1.

It is quite a turnaround for the Yorkshireman, who feared he had blown his chance of a career in professional football in his early Twenties.

Stockdale was working as a groundsman at a local cricket club in his home city of Leeds and frequenting public houses with friends after a former Albion midfielder showed him a red card.

Scotsman Billy McEwan, a midfielder for the Seagulls in the 1970's, was manager of York City when he released Stockdale after he had completed his apprenticeship at Bootham Crescent and made 27 appearances for them, the vast majority in the Conference.

Questions were levelled about Stockdale's desire and application, which gained validity as the former Huddersfield Town schoolboy started working as a groundsman and batting for the first team at his local cricket club, New Farnley, to fund his drinking with pals.

Stockdale, recalling the troubled launch to his career in an interview with the Hull Mail, said: "I got into going to the pub with my mates. Did I think my chance had gone? Yes, I did a little bit.

"You don't really train for anything as you don't think the call is going to come. I was just settling into life and working. When you're that age all you want do is go out and I wanted some cash to be able to do that."

Salvation was at hand in the shape of a move to Darlington in League Two at the start of the 2006-07 season.

Stockdale said: "When I started trialling at Darlington I said 'Okay, I'll come but I'm getting some decent money working.' They offered pretty much the same and so I went.

"I stopped all the drinking when I was at Darlo. You obviously go out with your mates still but you can't go out every week when you're playing for a Football League club and representing football in general. I think I'm still paying for those pints of beer now though!"

It was a dramatic turning point in Stockdale's fortunes. His form in two seasons at Darlington earned him a £600,000 move to Fulham in the Premier League in 2008.

Although his first team involvement at Craven Cottage was initially limited and he was loaned out to Rotherham, Leicester and Plymouth, Stockdale had by February 2011 caught the eye of England manager Fabio Capello. He was called up to understudy Joe Hart. "I had about a year in the England squad with Fabio Capello," Stockdale said. "He just kept picking me for some reason!

"I never got a cap but just to be around that sort of thing gives you a bit of a carrot.

"I didn't get picked because I wasn't playing so ever since then you know you need to go out and prove yourself again.

"It was great experience. Training with Joe Hart, Robert Green and Scott Carson can only make you better and with a coach like Capello, training and listening to what he has to say, I'll never forget those times."

Stockdale played a big part in Hull's promotion from the Championship in two loan spells two seasons ago.

He kept nine clean sheets in 24 appearances. According to Hull manager Steve Bruce, he restored "authority and presence" to the No. 1 shirt.

Now, wearing No. 13 for Albion, the 6ft 3ins shot-stopper is hoping for a similar impact with Albion after an eventful 21 appearances in Fulham's relegation from the Premier League last season, including shut-outs against Sunderland, Newcastle, Norwich and Stoke, conceding six back at Hull and five against Manchester City.

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12:37pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

What? He let in 5 against Man City.
Do we know what we're doing? Only my feeble attempt at humour again.
David has got the right attitude and ability to go on and establish himself
at the Albion and maybe put himself in the England frame again.
A few more quality signings like David and I think we can achieve something this season. UTA
What? He let in 5 against Man City. Do we know what we're doing? Only my feeble attempt at humour again. David has got the right attitude and ability to go on and establish himself at the Albion and maybe put himself in the England frame again. A few more quality signings like David and I think we can achieve something this season. UTA Joel'sGrandad
  • Score: 5

1:01pm Tue 29 Jul 14

AlanDuffy says...

Joel'sGrandad wrote:
What? He let in 5 against Man City.
Do we know what we're doing? Only my feeble attempt at humour again.
David has got the right attitude and ability to go on and establish himself
at the Albion and maybe put himself in the England frame again.
A few more quality signings like David and I think we can achieve something this season. UTA
Definately need a few more quality signings.....not sure why so many think we need another centre back, unless it's the Dunk haters, Hughes was signed as cover, so we're ok in that department, would like to see an experienced left back, possibly on loan as presumably Chicksen is being groomed for that position, midfield looks ok, but with injuries we probably need to be looking at someone like Clayton to strengthen, don't think Kemy's good enough, but with Crofts and Stephens fit, and Ince in the holding role and maybe push JFC on a bit, Solly, Kaz and Buckers, if they can stay injury free, providing the crosses, COG and CMS up front, the squad looks ok. Still think we need someone to get us 20 goals, sorry to say, not sure CMS is the man, but if COG can step up with 15 and a few assists, then he could be a very good buy. So probably 3 quality signings and a bit of luck on the injury front and we could be competitive again this year.
[quote][p][bold]Joel'sGrandad[/bold] wrote: What? He let in 5 against Man City. Do we know what we're doing? Only my feeble attempt at humour again. David has got the right attitude and ability to go on and establish himself at the Albion and maybe put himself in the England frame again. A few more quality signings like David and I think we can achieve something this season. UTA[/p][/quote]Definately need a few more quality signings.....not sure why so many think we need another centre back, unless it's the Dunk haters, Hughes was signed as cover, so we're ok in that department, would like to see an experienced left back, possibly on loan as presumably Chicksen is being groomed for that position, midfield looks ok, but with injuries we probably need to be looking at someone like Clayton to strengthen, don't think Kemy's good enough, but with Crofts and Stephens fit, and Ince in the holding role and maybe push JFC on a bit, Solly, Kaz and Buckers, if they can stay injury free, providing the crosses, COG and CMS up front, the squad looks ok. Still think we need someone to get us 20 goals, sorry to say, not sure CMS is the man, but if COG can step up with 15 and a few assists, then he could be a very good buy. So probably 3 quality signings and a bit of luck on the injury front and we could be competitive again this year. AlanDuffy
  • Score: 3

1:29pm Tue 29 Jul 14

VegasSeagull says...

AlanDuffy wrote:
Joel'sGrandad wrote:
What? He let in 5 against Man City.
Do we know what we're doing? Only my feeble attempt at humour again.
David has got the right attitude and ability to go on and establish himself
at the Albion and maybe put himself in the England frame again.
A few more quality signings like David and I think we can achieve something this season. UTA
Definately need a few more quality signings.....not sure why so many think we need another centre back, unless it's the Dunk haters, Hughes was signed as cover, so we're ok in that department, would like to see an experienced left back, possibly on loan as presumably Chicksen is being groomed for that position, midfield looks ok, but with injuries we probably need to be looking at someone like Clayton to strengthen, don't think Kemy's good enough, but with Crofts and Stephens fit, and Ince in the holding role and maybe push JFC on a bit, Solly, Kaz and Buckers, if they can stay injury free, providing the crosses, COG and CMS up front, the squad looks ok. Still think we need someone to get us 20 goals, sorry to say, not sure CMS is the man, but if COG can step up with 15 and a few assists, then he could be a very good buy. So probably 3 quality signings and a bit of luck on the injury front and we could be competitive again this year.
I am one of those that think we need another CB. We have Greer, Dunk and Hughes, I would rather that we had four just in case injuries and suspensions take their toll.
If a new starting left back arrives then I guess Chicksen becomes cover and that leaves Maksi to find a niche, cover for CB, maybe and if that becomes his role then ok, maybe we don't need another CB.
[quote][p][bold]AlanDuffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joel'sGrandad[/bold] wrote: What? He let in 5 against Man City. Do we know what we're doing? Only my feeble attempt at humour again. David has got the right attitude and ability to go on and establish himself at the Albion and maybe put himself in the England frame again. A few more quality signings like David and I think we can achieve something this season. UTA[/p][/quote]Definately need a few more quality signings.....not sure why so many think we need another centre back, unless it's the Dunk haters, Hughes was signed as cover, so we're ok in that department, would like to see an experienced left back, possibly on loan as presumably Chicksen is being groomed for that position, midfield looks ok, but with injuries we probably need to be looking at someone like Clayton to strengthen, don't think Kemy's good enough, but with Crofts and Stephens fit, and Ince in the holding role and maybe push JFC on a bit, Solly, Kaz and Buckers, if they can stay injury free, providing the crosses, COG and CMS up front, the squad looks ok. Still think we need someone to get us 20 goals, sorry to say, not sure CMS is the man, but if COG can step up with 15 and a few assists, then he could be a very good buy. So probably 3 quality signings and a bit of luck on the injury front and we could be competitive again this year.[/p][/quote]I am one of those that think we need another CB. We have Greer, Dunk and Hughes, I would rather that we had four just in case injuries and suspensions take their toll. If a new starting left back arrives then I guess Chicksen becomes cover and that leaves Maksi to find a niche, cover for CB, maybe and if that becomes his role then ok, maybe we don't need another CB. VegasSeagull
  • Score: -3

1:48pm Tue 29 Jul 14

AlanDuffy says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
AlanDuffy wrote:
Joel'sGrandad wrote:
What? He let in 5 against Man City.
Do we know what we're doing? Only my feeble attempt at humour again.
David has got the right attitude and ability to go on and establish himself
at the Albion and maybe put himself in the England frame again.
A few more quality signings like David and I think we can achieve something this season. UTA
Definately need a few more quality signings.....not sure why so many think we need another centre back, unless it's the Dunk haters, Hughes was signed as cover, so we're ok in that department, would like to see an experienced left back, possibly on loan as presumably Chicksen is being groomed for that position, midfield looks ok, but with injuries we probably need to be looking at someone like Clayton to strengthen, don't think Kemy's good enough, but with Crofts and Stephens fit, and Ince in the holding role and maybe push JFC on a bit, Solly, Kaz and Buckers, if they can stay injury free, providing the crosses, COG and CMS up front, the squad looks ok. Still think we need someone to get us 20 goals, sorry to say, not sure CMS is the man, but if COG can step up with 15 and a few assists, then he could be a very good buy. So probably 3 quality signings and a bit of luck on the injury front and we could be competitive again this year.
I am one of those that think we need another CB. We have Greer, Dunk and Hughes, I would rather that we had four just in case injuries and suspensions take their toll.
If a new starting left back arrives then I guess Chicksen becomes cover and that leaves Maksi to find a niche, cover for CB, maybe and if that becomes his role then ok, maybe we don't need another CB.
Yes, I think Maksi will be used as cover for LB or CB, as needed, although I'd like a bit more experience at the back until the young lads have some games under their belt.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AlanDuffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joel'sGrandad[/bold] wrote: What? He let in 5 against Man City. Do we know what we're doing? Only my feeble attempt at humour again. David has got the right attitude and ability to go on and establish himself at the Albion and maybe put himself in the England frame again. A few more quality signings like David and I think we can achieve something this season. UTA[/p][/quote]Definately need a few more quality signings.....not sure why so many think we need another centre back, unless it's the Dunk haters, Hughes was signed as cover, so we're ok in that department, would like to see an experienced left back, possibly on loan as presumably Chicksen is being groomed for that position, midfield looks ok, but with injuries we probably need to be looking at someone like Clayton to strengthen, don't think Kemy's good enough, but with Crofts and Stephens fit, and Ince in the holding role and maybe push JFC on a bit, Solly, Kaz and Buckers, if they can stay injury free, providing the crosses, COG and CMS up front, the squad looks ok. Still think we need someone to get us 20 goals, sorry to say, not sure CMS is the man, but if COG can step up with 15 and a few assists, then he could be a very good buy. So probably 3 quality signings and a bit of luck on the injury front and we could be competitive again this year.[/p][/quote]I am one of those that think we need another CB. We have Greer, Dunk and Hughes, I would rather that we had four just in case injuries and suspensions take their toll. If a new starting left back arrives then I guess Chicksen becomes cover and that leaves Maksi to find a niche, cover for CB, maybe and if that becomes his role then ok, maybe we don't need another CB.[/p][/quote]Yes, I think Maksi will be used as cover for LB or CB, as needed, although I'd like a bit more experience at the back until the young lads have some games under their belt. AlanDuffy
  • Score: -2

3:40pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Aldrington Halt says...

AlanDuffy wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
AlanDuffy wrote:
Joel'sGrandad wrote:
What? He let in 5 against Man City.
Do we know what we're doing? Only my feeble attempt at humour again.
David has got the right attitude and ability to go on and establish himself
at the Albion and maybe put himself in the England frame again.
A few more quality signings like David and I think we can achieve something this season. UTA
Definately need a few more quality signings.....not sure why so many think we need another centre back, unless it's the Dunk haters, Hughes was signed as cover, so we're ok in that department, would like to see an experienced left back, possibly on loan as presumably Chicksen is being groomed for that position, midfield looks ok, but with injuries we probably need to be looking at someone like Clayton to strengthen, don't think Kemy's good enough, but with Crofts and Stephens fit, and Ince in the holding role and maybe push JFC on a bit, Solly, Kaz and Buckers, if they can stay injury free, providing the crosses, COG and CMS up front, the squad looks ok. Still think we need someone to get us 20 goals, sorry to say, not sure CMS is the man, but if COG can step up with 15 and a few assists, then he could be a very good buy. So probably 3 quality signings and a bit of luck on the injury front and we could be competitive again this year.
I am one of those that think we need another CB. We have Greer, Dunk and Hughes, I would rather that we had four just in case injuries and suspensions take their toll.
If a new starting left back arrives then I guess Chicksen becomes cover and that leaves Maksi to find a niche, cover for CB, maybe and if that becomes his role then ok, maybe we don't need another CB.
Yes, I think Maksi will be used as cover for LB or CB, as needed, although I'd like a bit more experience at the back until the young lads have some games under their belt.
Refreshing to hear an honest story, sounds like our new no.1 has some character! Talking of centre backs saw this earlier;

http://talksport.com
/football/barcelona-
want-song-out-former
-arsenal-man-yet-att
ract-single-bid-1407
28104204

http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/Alex_Song

This guy is up for grabs, what do you reckon, too expensive perhaps?

Come on you Seagulls!!
[quote][p][bold]AlanDuffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AlanDuffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joel'sGrandad[/bold] wrote: What? He let in 5 against Man City. Do we know what we're doing? Only my feeble attempt at humour again. David has got the right attitude and ability to go on and establish himself at the Albion and maybe put himself in the England frame again. A few more quality signings like David and I think we can achieve something this season. UTA[/p][/quote]Definately need a few more quality signings.....not sure why so many think we need another centre back, unless it's the Dunk haters, Hughes was signed as cover, so we're ok in that department, would like to see an experienced left back, possibly on loan as presumably Chicksen is being groomed for that position, midfield looks ok, but with injuries we probably need to be looking at someone like Clayton to strengthen, don't think Kemy's good enough, but with Crofts and Stephens fit, and Ince in the holding role and maybe push JFC on a bit, Solly, Kaz and Buckers, if they can stay injury free, providing the crosses, COG and CMS up front, the squad looks ok. Still think we need someone to get us 20 goals, sorry to say, not sure CMS is the man, but if COG can step up with 15 and a few assists, then he could be a very good buy. So probably 3 quality signings and a bit of luck on the injury front and we could be competitive again this year.[/p][/quote]I am one of those that think we need another CB. We have Greer, Dunk and Hughes, I would rather that we had four just in case injuries and suspensions take their toll. If a new starting left back arrives then I guess Chicksen becomes cover and that leaves Maksi to find a niche, cover for CB, maybe and if that becomes his role then ok, maybe we don't need another CB.[/p][/quote]Yes, I think Maksi will be used as cover for LB or CB, as needed, although I'd like a bit more experience at the back until the young lads have some games under their belt.[/p][/quote]Refreshing to hear an honest story, sounds like our new no.1 has some character! Talking of centre backs saw this earlier; http://talksport.com /football/barcelona- want-song-out-former -arsenal-man-yet-att ract-single-bid-1407 28104204 http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Alex_Song This guy is up for grabs, what do you reckon, too expensive perhaps? Come on you Seagulls!! Aldrington Halt
  • Score: -4

3:52pm Tue 29 Jul 14

VegasSeagull says...

Aldrington Halt wrote:
AlanDuffy wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
AlanDuffy wrote:
Joel'sGrandad wrote:
What? He let in 5 against Man City.
Do we know what we're doing? Only my feeble attempt at humour again.
David has got the right attitude and ability to go on and establish himself
at the Albion and maybe put himself in the England frame again.
A few more quality signings like David and I think we can achieve something this season. UTA
Definately need a few more quality signings.....not sure why so many think we need another centre back, unless it's the Dunk haters, Hughes was signed as cover, so we're ok in that department, would like to see an experienced left back, possibly on loan as presumably Chicksen is being groomed for that position, midfield looks ok, but with injuries we probably need to be looking at someone like Clayton to strengthen, don't think Kemy's good enough, but with Crofts and Stephens fit, and Ince in the holding role and maybe push JFC on a bit, Solly, Kaz and Buckers, if they can stay injury free, providing the crosses, COG and CMS up front, the squad looks ok. Still think we need someone to get us 20 goals, sorry to say, not sure CMS is the man, but if COG can step up with 15 and a few assists, then he could be a very good buy. So probably 3 quality signings and a bit of luck on the injury front and we could be competitive again this year.
I am one of those that think we need another CB. We have Greer, Dunk and Hughes, I would rather that we had four just in case injuries and suspensions take their toll.
If a new starting left back arrives then I guess Chicksen becomes cover and that leaves Maksi to find a niche, cover for CB, maybe and if that becomes his role then ok, maybe we don't need another CB.
Yes, I think Maksi will be used as cover for LB or CB, as needed, although I'd like a bit more experience at the back until the young lads have some games under their belt.
Refreshing to hear an honest story, sounds like our new no.1 has some character! Talking of centre backs saw this earlier;

http://talksport.com

/football/barcelona-

want-song-out-former

-arsenal-man-yet-att

ract-single-bid-1407

28104204

http://en.wikipedia.

org/wiki/Alex_Song

This guy is up for grabs, what do you reckon, too expensive perhaps?

Come on you Seagulls!!
can you imagine his wage demands, better he tryt o head over here, the MLS has the money.
[quote][p][bold]Aldrington Halt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AlanDuffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AlanDuffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joel'sGrandad[/bold] wrote: What? He let in 5 against Man City. Do we know what we're doing? Only my feeble attempt at humour again. David has got the right attitude and ability to go on and establish himself at the Albion and maybe put himself in the England frame again. A few more quality signings like David and I think we can achieve something this season. UTA[/p][/quote]Definately need a few more quality signings.....not sure why so many think we need another centre back, unless it's the Dunk haters, Hughes was signed as cover, so we're ok in that department, would like to see an experienced left back, possibly on loan as presumably Chicksen is being groomed for that position, midfield looks ok, but with injuries we probably need to be looking at someone like Clayton to strengthen, don't think Kemy's good enough, but with Crofts and Stephens fit, and Ince in the holding role and maybe push JFC on a bit, Solly, Kaz and Buckers, if they can stay injury free, providing the crosses, COG and CMS up front, the squad looks ok. Still think we need someone to get us 20 goals, sorry to say, not sure CMS is the man, but if COG can step up with 15 and a few assists, then he could be a very good buy. So probably 3 quality signings and a bit of luck on the injury front and we could be competitive again this year.[/p][/quote]I am one of those that think we need another CB. We have Greer, Dunk and Hughes, I would rather that we had four just in case injuries and suspensions take their toll. If a new starting left back arrives then I guess Chicksen becomes cover and that leaves Maksi to find a niche, cover for CB, maybe and if that becomes his role then ok, maybe we don't need another CB.[/p][/quote]Yes, I think Maksi will be used as cover for LB or CB, as needed, although I'd like a bit more experience at the back until the young lads have some games under their belt.[/p][/quote]Refreshing to hear an honest story, sounds like our new no.1 has some character! Talking of centre backs saw this earlier; http://talksport.com /football/barcelona- want-song-out-former -arsenal-man-yet-att ract-single-bid-1407 28104204 http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Alex_Song This guy is up for grabs, what do you reckon, too expensive perhaps? Come on you Seagulls!![/p][/quote]can you imagine his wage demands, better he tryt o head over here, the MLS has the money. VegasSeagull
  • Score: -5

3:55pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Max Ripple says...

Aldrington Halt wrote:
AlanDuffy wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
AlanDuffy wrote:
Joel'sGrandad wrote:
What? He let in 5 against Man City.
Do we know what we're doing? Only my feeble attempt at humour again.
David has got the right attitude and ability to go on and establish himself
at the Albion and maybe put himself in the England frame again.
A few more quality signings like David and I think we can achieve something this season. UTA
Definately need a few more quality signings.....not sure why so many think we need another centre back, unless it's the Dunk haters, Hughes was signed as cover, so we're ok in that department, would like to see an experienced left back, possibly on loan as presumably Chicksen is being groomed for that position, midfield looks ok, but with injuries we probably need to be looking at someone like Clayton to strengthen, don't think Kemy's good enough, but with Crofts and Stephens fit, and Ince in the holding role and maybe push JFC on a bit, Solly, Kaz and Buckers, if they can stay injury free, providing the crosses, COG and CMS up front, the squad looks ok. Still think we need someone to get us 20 goals, sorry to say, not sure CMS is the man, but if COG can step up with 15 and a few assists, then he could be a very good buy. So probably 3 quality signings and a bit of luck on the injury front and we could be competitive again this year.
I am one of those that think we need another CB. We have Greer, Dunk and Hughes, I would rather that we had four just in case injuries and suspensions take their toll.
If a new starting left back arrives then I guess Chicksen becomes cover and that leaves Maksi to find a niche, cover for CB, maybe and if that becomes his role then ok, maybe we don't need another CB.
Yes, I think Maksi will be used as cover for LB or CB, as needed, although I'd like a bit more experience at the back until the young lads have some games under their belt.
Refreshing to hear an honest story, sounds like our new no.1 has some character! Talking of centre backs saw this earlier;

http://talksport.com

/football/barcelona-

want-song-out-former

-arsenal-man-yet-att

ract-single-bid-1407

28104204

http://en.wikipedia.

org/wiki/Alex_Song

This guy is up for grabs, what do you reckon, too expensive perhaps?

Come on you Seagulls!!
Even if we could afford the fee we'd be nowhere near his wages. And he's a bit flakey, isn't he?
[quote][p][bold]Aldrington Halt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AlanDuffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AlanDuffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joel'sGrandad[/bold] wrote: What? He let in 5 against Man City. Do we know what we're doing? Only my feeble attempt at humour again. David has got the right attitude and ability to go on and establish himself at the Albion and maybe put himself in the England frame again. A few more quality signings like David and I think we can achieve something this season. UTA[/p][/quote]Definately need a few more quality signings.....not sure why so many think we need another centre back, unless it's the Dunk haters, Hughes was signed as cover, so we're ok in that department, would like to see an experienced left back, possibly on loan as presumably Chicksen is being groomed for that position, midfield looks ok, but with injuries we probably need to be looking at someone like Clayton to strengthen, don't think Kemy's good enough, but with Crofts and Stephens fit, and Ince in the holding role and maybe push JFC on a bit, Solly, Kaz and Buckers, if they can stay injury free, providing the crosses, COG and CMS up front, the squad looks ok. Still think we need someone to get us 20 goals, sorry to say, not sure CMS is the man, but if COG can step up with 15 and a few assists, then he could be a very good buy. So probably 3 quality signings and a bit of luck on the injury front and we could be competitive again this year.[/p][/quote]I am one of those that think we need another CB. We have Greer, Dunk and Hughes, I would rather that we had four just in case injuries and suspensions take their toll. If a new starting left back arrives then I guess Chicksen becomes cover and that leaves Maksi to find a niche, cover for CB, maybe and if that becomes his role then ok, maybe we don't need another CB.[/p][/quote]Yes, I think Maksi will be used as cover for LB or CB, as needed, although I'd like a bit more experience at the back until the young lads have some games under their belt.[/p][/quote]Refreshing to hear an honest story, sounds like our new no.1 has some character! Talking of centre backs saw this earlier; http://talksport.com /football/barcelona- want-song-out-former -arsenal-man-yet-att ract-single-bid-1407 28104204 http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Alex_Song This guy is up for grabs, what do you reckon, too expensive perhaps? Come on you Seagulls!![/p][/quote]Even if we could afford the fee we'd be nowhere near his wages. And he's a bit flakey, isn't he? Max Ripple
  • Score: 0

4:37pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Aldrington Halt says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
Aldrington Halt wrote:
AlanDuffy wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
AlanDuffy wrote:
Joel'sGrandad wrote:
What? He let in 5 against Man City.
Do we know what we're doing? Only my feeble attempt at humour again.
David has got the right attitude and ability to go on and establish himself
at the Albion and maybe put himself in the England frame again.
A few more quality signings like David and I think we can achieve something this season. UTA
Definately need a few more quality signings.....not sure why so many think we need another centre back, unless it's the Dunk haters, Hughes was signed as cover, so we're ok in that department, would like to see an experienced left back, possibly on loan as presumably Chicksen is being groomed for that position, midfield looks ok, but with injuries we probably need to be looking at someone like Clayton to strengthen, don't think Kemy's good enough, but with Crofts and Stephens fit, and Ince in the holding role and maybe push JFC on a bit, Solly, Kaz and Buckers, if they can stay injury free, providing the crosses, COG and CMS up front, the squad looks ok. Still think we need someone to get us 20 goals, sorry to say, not sure CMS is the man, but if COG can step up with 15 and a few assists, then he could be a very good buy. So probably 3 quality signings and a bit of luck on the injury front and we could be competitive again this year.
I am one of those that think we need another CB. We have Greer, Dunk and Hughes, I would rather that we had four just in case injuries and suspensions take their toll.
If a new starting left back arrives then I guess Chicksen becomes cover and that leaves Maksi to find a niche, cover for CB, maybe and if that becomes his role then ok, maybe we don't need another CB.
Yes, I think Maksi will be used as cover for LB or CB, as needed, although I'd like a bit more experience at the back until the young lads have some games under their belt.
Refreshing to hear an honest story, sounds like our new no.1 has some character! Talking of centre backs saw this earlier;

http://talksport.com


/football/barcelona-


want-song-out-former


-arsenal-man-yet-att


ract-single-bid-1407


28104204

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This guy is up for grabs, what do you reckon, too expensive perhaps?

Come on you Seagulls!!
can you imagine his wage demands, better he tryt o head over here, the MLS has the money.
You probably right, he'd have to take a cut for the privilege to play in the blue and white.. Las Vegas F.C. could be his destination! UTA
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Aldrington Halt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AlanDuffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AlanDuffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joel'sGrandad[/bold] wrote: What? He let in 5 against Man City. Do we know what we're doing? Only my feeble attempt at humour again. David has got the right attitude and ability to go on and establish himself at the Albion and maybe put himself in the England frame again. A few more quality signings like David and I think we can achieve something this season. UTA[/p][/quote]Definately need a few more quality signings.....not sure why so many think we need another centre back, unless it's the Dunk haters, Hughes was signed as cover, so we're ok in that department, would like to see an experienced left back, possibly on loan as presumably Chicksen is being groomed for that position, midfield looks ok, but with injuries we probably need to be looking at someone like Clayton to strengthen, don't think Kemy's good enough, but with Crofts and Stephens fit, and Ince in the holding role and maybe push JFC on a bit, Solly, Kaz and Buckers, if they can stay injury free, providing the crosses, COG and CMS up front, the squad looks ok. Still think we need someone to get us 20 goals, sorry to say, not sure CMS is the man, but if COG can step up with 15 and a few assists, then he could be a very good buy. So probably 3 quality signings and a bit of luck on the injury front and we could be competitive again this year.[/p][/quote]I am one of those that think we need another CB. We have Greer, Dunk and Hughes, I would rather that we had four just in case injuries and suspensions take their toll. If a new starting left back arrives then I guess Chicksen becomes cover and that leaves Maksi to find a niche, cover for CB, maybe and if that becomes his role then ok, maybe we don't need another CB.[/p][/quote]Yes, I think Maksi will be used as cover for LB or CB, as needed, although I'd like a bit more experience at the back until the young lads have some games under their belt.[/p][/quote]Refreshing to hear an honest story, sounds like our new no.1 has some character! Talking of centre backs saw this earlier; http://talksport.com /football/barcelona- want-song-out-former -arsenal-man-yet-att ract-single-bid-1407 28104204 http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Alex_Song This guy is up for grabs, what do you reckon, too expensive perhaps? Come on you Seagulls!![/p][/quote]can you imagine his wage demands, better he tryt o head over here, the MLS has the money.[/p][/quote]You probably right, he'd have to take a cut for the privilege to play in the blue and white.. Las Vegas F.C. could be his destination! UTA Aldrington Halt
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