Leamington (A) Tues 9th July 7.45pm

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Our second pre-season friendly takes us to the New Windmill Gound, Royal Leamington Spa, to face “The Brakes” of Leamington - they compete in the same league as Alfreton Town if that gives you any idea of the quality of opposition to expect. The nickname of “The Brakes” is a bit similar to the history of ours as “The Saddlers” - a reference to a local industry that used to be the leading employer (by a country mile) but has since seen its influence very much diminished. Leamington’s good fortune was the setting up of a specialist manufacturer of brake and clutch components under the name “Lockheed”, and the football club was known as “Lockheed Leamington” for quite a while, only changing to “A P Leamington” when the business was bought out by Automotive Products. Subsequent changes have seen divisions sold off to Indian interests - the demise of BMC did no favours for Leamington!

One recognisable face that we might see on Tuesday is that of Reece Flanagan. He was named as a substitute for Leamington’s second pre-season friendly against Coventry City.

Leamington’s pre-season programme has brought these results so far:-

July 2nd Redditch United (A) Won 0-1
July 6th Coventry City (H) Lost 0-4

The difficulty in assessing Coventry City’s strength in that most recent match can be judged by the fact that Mark Robins put out two entirely different sides for the two halves of the game (Jordy Hiwula and Amadou Bakayoko appeared in the 2nd half).

Looking at reactions to our 2-1 defeat at Alfreton Town it would seem that we were strong in the opening stages (strong enough to take the lead after 6 minutes) but things started to go pear-shaped thereafter. Darrell Clarke will no doubt have much to mull over as he looks to establish winning ways in this next friendly.

Prediction? Still very much a guessing game, but let’s stick with the 0-2 away win that went so awry at Alfreton … but if the same prediction is constantly made, it has to come good at some point - right? :crazy_face:

UTS

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#2

Somebody’s forgotten their manners.you haven’t been introduced by Simon yet Welsh…:face_with_hand_over_mouth:

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#3

Here he is. The pride of UTS. It’s super Welsh Saddler!

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#4

Cheek of it…

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#5

Anybody going tonight?

Debating it

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#6

Play footy over in Warwick on a Tues night so may well take a drive over to the New Windmill…sorry, The Phillips 66 Community Stadium.

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#7

I hope DC plays a little bit more of a settled side for 90 mins tonight,making no more than 3-4 changes at the most,giving players like Cockerill-mollett & Bates a good chance to impress before we get someone else in,that then pushes them further from a first team start.

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#8

£8

I’m gonna go

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#9

anyone know if we get anything on iFollow for this game?

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#10

I’m gooin

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#11

Just had a quick look, Saddla. Site is saying that the next available match is Newport on Tue 20th August.

May not be the case overseas though.

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#12

Saturday’s match wasn’t on. I just followed on here and through Joe Masi’s twitter feed.

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#13

@LeamingtonFCTV on Twitter put a 17+ minute highlights package up after their game with Coventry so should do the same with our game. They also interviewed both managers. Nothing live but could be useful to watch tomorrow.

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#14

No ferrier or Dobson in squad…also 4 trialist I believe

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#15

Guthrie 1 of the trialist (danny)

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#16

32 years old, 6 seasons played in the Prem and 7 in the Championship. Nuff experience for ya @SidSwifty :+1::laughing:

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#17

Yes,that’s perfect @walsallswift:wink:

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#18

Let’s see what they can find to moan about him :roll_eyes:

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#19

Doesn’t score many goals :upside_down_face:

2005–2008 Liverpool 3 (0)
2007 → Southampton (loan) 10 (0)
2007–2008 → Bolton Wanderers (loan) 25 (0)
2008–2012 Newcastle United 92 (7)
2012–2015 Reading 62 (5)
2015 → Fulham (loan) 6 (0)
2015–2017 Blackburn Rovers 40 (1)
2018 Mitra Kukar 30 (2)
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Not a bad record for a goalkeeper :laughing::wink:

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