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About mcgannd

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  1. It would appear that I am one of a small minority who actually saw him play. Undoubtedly one of the better keepers that have been regulars at Boro. Was he better than Pears? ....... possibly, maybe even probably - Jim Platt ? now that's a tricky one and the answer is maybe not. Schwarzer was also one of our better keepers and I always felt safe with these guys in goal Ugolini however was from an era when goalkeepers had to be much stronger. Shoulder charging a goalie into the net was perfectly acceptable in his day. His stories of battles with Trevor Ford, a***st others, is an in
  2. I'd be devestated. We certainly wouldn't be playing Premier League football. I found your response interesting. I tend to assume that you think Morris is too young and Smallwood not good enough. I'm not sure I agree. All I would say is given another 2 years Morris ought to be in a completely different place. A***st his peer groups at the club he has been the "go-to" man when you are struggling to keep the ball. It was very apparent at the England u18 game that he has the same role with that team. Hence he should be he man for the ist team in that role in a year or two as he's
  3. The Boro won 1-0 through a goal in the first 10 minutes from Mc Carthy. and 10 minutes later he lifted the ball over the keeper but one of the Everton centre backs got back to clear as the ball bounced gently towards the empty net. There were a couple of other chances as Boro dominated and outplayed the Everton lads. I was very surprised at the ineffectiveness of the Everton team but balance that with an outstanding performance from Adam Jackson against their most potent attacking threat ( wearing a headband as he had 10 stitches in his head!). McAloon and McCarthy kept the defence busy
  4. as Morris has spent the last few weeks on the bench then the logical conclusion would be yes. Fewster has played most of the season for the u21s. I assume if he's playing England u 18 he's a club u 18 ( doesn't always follow) hence he has to be regarded as very promising and assuming he works hard then yes. He is not small but not particular large either. If he were to go 1st team now he would be too lightweight to cope with the big clumsy thugs masquerading as centre backs in the Championship. I hope that adequately answers your query
  5. There's a short description on the junior sectoin of this site but they both played ok. Morris perhaps took the eye rather more than Fewster as he had more of the ball
  6. I was at Rotherham last evening and the news about Richie Smallwood's new contract was filtering through. I was surrounded by Rotherham supporters who were a little disappointed that he'd decided to go back to Boro and fight for his place. They were not gutted nor were they highly delighted to see the back of him. Sounds like he has been good for them rather than ok With Bryn Morris running England's midfield are we to see Morris and Smallwood take over from Whitehead and Leadbitter in the next season or two. I don't think I'd be too upset if that were to be the case.
  7. last night Morris and Fewster both played 90 minutes for the England u 18 team against Germany. We won 2-1 and it was played at Rotherham in front of a crowd in excess of 9,000 Fewster ploughed the lone furrow that is the role of a Boro striker these days. He was unlucky right at the death to see the ball bounce out off the post as he tried hard to score England's third of the night. He worked fairly hard without much support up against two good German centre backs. Morris was the captain and ran the midfield for England. I was interested to see that he was often the player of choic
  8. There's been a debate about how good Steele is or how he has upset AK. I am wondering if this is what it is really all about Cast you minds back through the academy goalkeepers. I'm struggling to remember one of the first choice keepers who have not played for England at Age Group level. Turnbull, Steele, Ripley, Coddington and Fryer have all played. You have to conclude that the Academy is one of the best, if not the best, training ground for young English goalkeepers. Should we be crediting Steve Pears with this achievement ? It would seem a logical conclusion. We now have a ne
  9. Mark Kitching is a tall midfielder who is currently playing for the u 21s See reports on the games against the Manchester clubs. H e scored the goal against City at Hyde by picking up the ball in the centre circle and outpacing the central defenders. He covers the ground very well and has a good stride length which means that he appears to be moving slower than he actually is. I can easily see him fitting into the Karanka pressing game better than many of his peers
  10. Whilst Adomah's second was due to a defensive error. I was very impressed with Graham's peel off to the left. This left the centre back with a problem and whilst the split second of indecision was just that a split second Adomah was through. Excellent work The Well's goal was worth the admission money on its own. I could see from the stand the opportunity. How he saw it I don't know. He had only a small window of goal to aim at and to hit it exactly right was a remarkable achievement. Williams looked a different player. I do wonder if he is the number 10 we're all hoping Tomlin wi
  11. not a patch on Spam Fritters
  12. Whilst in theory he did poorly as his winger scored twice and he was the wrong side of the no9 on the first goal, that is not a fair reflection. I guessed he might be an u 16 as had not seen him before. He did not look out of place in this company The no 9 had come from nowhere and the goals were both during the "three pots in" period in the second half when were fighting a rearguard action. Etherington was under pressure all the time with a defender always at his back until Armstrong came on and he moved a little further back. A bit more space give him that little bit more time and
  13. Of course it was !! .................. but they'd spelled it Etherington. I've no idea which is correct. Hetherington is the usual spelling but I did play Rugby with a bloke called Keith Etherington. You'd think I'd have remembered as when I saw it on the team sheet, I thought of Keith as he'd gone to University in Manchester and played rugby for Lymm. Sadly he died a couple of years back. Apologies to Mr (H) Etherington and yourself I'll put it down to age and stupidity particularly as it says Etherington on the "post it" note next to me. Well I can read it as that. My writing
  14. Whilst most of you lads and lasses were getting ready to go to see the "big lads" at the Riverside I was stood at the side of the pitch at Platt Lane Manchester with some bright sushine but a stiff cool breeze. The young men were beaten 4-0 The side we put out was 1 Fryer 2 Wyke M. 5 Fry 6 Eldon 3 Coulson 4. Wheatley 7 Griffiths 8 Jowers 10 Johnson 11 Mondail 9 Emmerson I was scratching my head as there was no Helm, Tinkler or Cooke. It was only when I got home that I found out they were at Chelski getting beaten 1-0 as part of the u21s The under 16s were also
  15. Sorry if I've taken things off track with my recollections of Mannion and Clough. Your reference to Sunderland being a Bank of England club rings a vague bell but I cannot be more specific. It must be nigh on 50 years since Clough moved to Sunderland. Even my memory loses some of the peripheral detail over that period
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