A brief statement from #TeamCook

A brief statement from #TeamCook

Good afternoon from the rapidly diminishing camp known as Team Cook. I’ve never been afraid of being contrary, and not just for the sake of it either. There is considerable angst being poured out towards the fine manager of Wigan Athletic right now, and here begins a brief and potentially shortlived case for the defence.

A slightly underwhelmed 12th Man

A slightly underwhelmed 12th Man

Is it possible to be just whelmed? At Saturday’s game, I was mostly underwhelmed, never overwhelmed but by the end I just felt distinctly whelmed. Even the most dour of games can sometimes be injected into life with a thrilling finish, yet even that fell short somewhat.  Quite why we played so poorly against the

Crack the whip Cookie!

Crack the whip Cookie!

Horse racing can be a cruel sport, so forgive the analogy but we’re over two-thirds of the way around the course, the pack is slowly starting to spread out and it’s getting close to the time when Paul Cook needs to get the whip out and give it a crack. Saturday’s home game against Ipswich

Coppering up for a diamond

Coppering up for a diamond

The rumours just won’t go away that Sunderland are after our prized centre forward. So long as I get copyright on the “Will Grigg’s on Wear, our fans are terrified” punchline, Mr Kendrick. In fact, it’s a shame he’s not being linked with Fleetwood, as “Will Grigg’s on Wyre” works much better. See, you have

Cook Off

Cook Off

A Paul Cook fan writes… There’s managers who get it, and there’s managers who don’t and I’m fairly sure Paul Cook does. There’s managers who come in and win stuff and managers who just talk a good game, and I’m always prepared to give the former more chance than the latter. Losing two home games

Doing it the hard way

Doing it the hard way

Wigan Athletic do make it hard for us don’t they? Another away day, another loss and another Saturday evening left scratching our heads wondering how we lost that. I mentioned last week that we had to guard against going to Portman Road expecting that Ipswich would roll over for us. Their terrible home record looked

Melting Mowbray meets the Down and Outs

Melting Mowbray meets the Down and Outs

What to make of Wednesday night? Well I thought our goals were very scruffy, and we treated the Blackburn players very shabbily, persistently manhandling them and fouling, whilst they were playing by far the better football throughout the game. Whoops, my apologies – I thought I was Tony Mowbray then for a second! Seriously, what

Are We In A Right Royle Battle?

Are We In A Right Royle Battle?

It is a new era on Saturday but I fully expect events to unfold gradually rather than a big bang approach. There’s some different blokes in the board room but I expect that just like the last lot, they will be hoping for a home win. There’s no shame in losing a long unbeaten home

CROWDED OUT

CROWDED OUT

Yep I’m talking crowds again! Mine host of this column, Mr Kendrick recently poll on Twitter regarding how people watched or listened to the Swansea game. Twenty four hours later and we find that 63% of people were at the DW but another 23% chose to watch the game view the Sky red button, and

Boxing off Bristol

Boxing off Bristol

Let me state the obvious first. This season is proving to be one of the most exciting for a while, even though we aren’t winning every week. I don’t think we will get promoted, we’re unlikely to finish above Brentford, for a start. Yet we are having a go in every game, watching a team

JUMP OFF THE HAMSTER WHEEL

JUMP OFF THE HAMSTER WHEEL

I’m sure there are other things that people do to fill the void but just imagine for a second what life would be like without football? It is an all-consuming force which does wonderful, and occasionally terrible things to your emotions. I’m not necessarily talking about the wide gamut of feelings expressed during a typical

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