Ex Player Mr Wilder

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"In his first game in charge he saw them lose to Salisbury, in the process of which the best player broke his leg."

Assume they're talking about Sam Deering? Bit of a stretch, that!

Still, a good article - particularly fun seeing so many familiar names getting quoted in an article in the national press!
 

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In that season, and at that point, Sam Deering was the only small chink of light in a very, very dark period. Definitely no stretch calling him the "best player" at that time.
Shows how far we have come from those days! ?
 

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A good article on the whole, but it's wrong when it says Kelvin Thomas left OUFC when it "was sold to Ian Leneghan". (And of course it's "Lenegan".)
 

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In that season, and at that point, Sam Deering was the only small chink of light in a very, very dark period. Definitely no stretch calling him the "best player" at that time.

Not saying that he wasn't a rare ray of positivity at that time......

But Beano was already in double figures in goals by the time Wilder took over, and looking every bit the top quality Conference striker that he was.

Deering had only started eight league games, and scored only his second goal that day (less than Jamie Guy, Yemi Odubade, Phil Trainer and Eddie freaking Hutchison - and the same number as Levi Reid!)

He might have been our best hope for a decent player at the time. He was never our best player.
 

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He's right to an extent that VAR is changing football as a spectacle. However you always always play to the whistle. Throughout the history of the game linesmen have raised their flags erroneously for offside, they are human after all. But you don't stop unless that whistle goes. So in this case VAR did precisely the job it was brought in for.
 

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A reminder that this was a real sliding doors moment for Wilder.
"... with the Cobblers languishing bottom of League Two, but they clinched survival on the final day thanks to a 3-1 win over his former club."
Ryan Williams did for Wilder, what Kevin Brock did for Howard Kendall (RIP).
 

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Another piece on Wilder: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/50866397

Comments from Beano on his time at Oxford
I was the one who put the match packs together that he’s talking about. Wilder had absolutely nobody bar a couple of coaches, a physio and a kit man. There was nobody else, and we trained at basically a cricket pavilion. That’s why I’ve always said he did an amazing job here, because I was just the junior in the media department and I was putting together tactic sheets and compiling the scouting reports. That’s how little help he had and therefore how much credit he has to take for dragging us out of our darkest hour.

Forget the bloke outside of that or whatever else, anything he said that was out of order etc etc, as a manager he performed miracles at times. It ended badly and was probably overdue but he left us top of the league with a terrible squad he’d been forced to put together on a shoestring. What happened after he left showed exactly how good he was.

Nothing bad to say about him, personally. I know others will disagree but he was good to me as an individual and he did a good job as manager of the team for several years.
 

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Hands up. Upon departing the K*$$*d, who saw him having the potential to hold his own in the PL?
 

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In that season, and at that point, Sam Deering was the only small chink of light in a very, very dark period. Definitely no stretch calling him the "best player" at that time.

Sam Oh Deering with Twitter
 

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Have to say I worked in partnership with the club at that time with CW and KT . I always found that they were both stand up guys doing their best with shocking resources.

I know CW comes across as arrogant in interviews but I generally think he’s got a right to be because he is that good.
 
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I was the one who put the match packs together that he’s talking about. Wilder had absolutely nobody bar a couple of coaches, a physio and a kit man. There was nobody else, and we trained at basically a cricket pavilion. That’s why I’ve always said he did an amazing job here, because I was just the junior in the media department and I was putting together tactic sheets and compiling the scouting reports. That’s how little help he had and therefore how much credit he has to take for dragging us out of our darkest hour.

Forget the bloke outside of that or whatever else, anything he said that was out of order etc etc, as a manager he performed miracles at times. It ended badly and was probably overdue but he left us top of the league with a terrible squad he’d been forced to put together on a shoestring. What happened after he left showed exactly how good he was.

Nothing bad to say about him, personally. I know others will disagree but he was good to me as an individual and he did a good job as manager of the team for several years.

Hear hear.

Absolutely delighted he’s coming back for the 09/10 anniversary dinner. A reappraisal from some of our fans is much, much needed.

A brilliant, brilliant manager who is one of the most important figures in our history in getting us back off our knees. Also an increasing important ally to have now if we build a relationship...
 
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