Agree about Brannigan & Hanson. I was getting at that unsung hero thing. Doing the hard graft unnoticed (to my untrained eye).Good read as always Paul. I would say though, that Brannigan and Hanson, for my money, did play their part. Granted, both were overshadowed by Browne, Whyte and Henry (and later, to an extent by Holmes) but, I think they made the midfield a less than easy place for Burton.
As for Eales, I sit in the camp that believes he became aware that there was no easy profit to be made and sought to recoup his outlay without devaluing his initial investment. He has achieved that with interest, actually making a little profit on what must have appeared to be a lost cause!
When the licence expires my understanding is that it renews automatically on the same terms.Thanks Paul, great write up of "Behind the scenes" and the match.
I really enjoyed the Eales era, he generated vibrancy for the club. What we will never know is how much of not being able to buy the ground, and "Kassam being Kassam" led to Darryl moving on. The big worry re the non-footballing side of the club must be the ground. The clock is ticking re the end of the lease, there will only be one winner when the lease is renewed and in the run up to the renewal date. I believe Jem made some progress but it is as if Kassam strings everyone along, and then it all starts again with new Chairman, probably with Kassam being charming, time delay tactics and then refusing to negotiate anything sensible in favour of the club.
The game, entertaining, good in patches and some green shoots of optimism but Burton were poor so I think we need to be realistic whether our on the pitch problems are being solved, but certainly step in right direction.
The Licence expires on 21 March 2026. It does not renew automatically. The Club has the right to renew it (once) on identical terms.When the licence expires my understanding is that it renews automatically on the same terms.
Based on that it isn't as complexes there being one winner
Reminds me of my early days as an Oxford fan watching Denis Smith's team in the early-to-mid-90s; despite MApp's best efforts, no OUFC team since has been as good. And the midfield for that team - Martin Gray & Dave Smith - hardly ever did anything flashy or noticeable. Just worked hard, broke up the opposition play and moved it simply to the talented wingers and forwards. We never got a ton of goals or assists from the centre of midfield - but we never lost the midfield battle either.Agree about Brannigan & Hanson. I was getting at that unsung hero thing. Doing the hard graft unnoticed (to my untrained eye).
RE Trevor Kettle - someone made the very same comment on Facebook. My response was - I get to the point most weeks when I've just written enough (too much for some). Trevor Kettle has been done to death over the years it's got a bit boring now but is almost a given.Excellent as usual Paul.
I do tend to think that as you say the number 9 does a lot more than score and the 3 goals yesterday shows that the goals can be shared around this team.
I am a little surprised that you didn't mention Mr Kettle a little more. I'm my view his first half performance was shocking. It was all about him and he was blowing up for all kind of 50 50 challenges ruining the game in my view.
Doubt it - I don't think any so called walking football team that doesn't do a bit of running would get anywhere near winning anything.Presumably they’re walking it.