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Re: Havant and Waterlooville away

PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:42 pm
by worruz
Ball behaved like a bit of a twat about Gordon Bartlett on social media after he left us.

Seems a bit of a knob.

Wasn’t missed when he left us and one of my abiding memories of him is of him coming on as sub in one game and half the crowd in the Bulla walking out.

Re: Havant and Waterlooville away

PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:50 pm
by attic
In fact if we're talking proper central midfielders over a prolonged period of time, I'd go further and say we've never really replaced Ryan Ashe or Chris Oleary when it comes to consistency and effective performances relative to the level of football. Dyer got close but was often injured or erratic. Had genuine class and an eye for goal though.

Re: Havant and Waterlooville away

PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:49 pm
by BillyByrneFan
Another Stones old boy seems to have taken off finally. Reece Grant scored twice for Braintree on Saturday. Another one that got away?

Re: Havant and Waterlooville away

PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:33 pm
by BornundertheElmslie
BillyByrneFan wrote:Another Stones old boy seems to have taken off finally. Reece Grant scored twice for Braintree on Saturday. Another one that got away?


You could see he had bags of potential but at the time wasn't ready to play Ryman Prem. He's had to learn his trade at a lower level (AFC Hayes, Hillingdon, Uxbridge, Northwood, Heybridge Swifts) before getting his chance in the Conference South a few years later. Good luck to him as well, had a great attitude. Can't see how we could have kept him at the Stones given our promotion to the National League as he just wouldn't have played.

Re: Havant and Waterlooville away

PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:51 pm
by attic
BornundertheElmslie wrote:
BillyByrneFan wrote:Another Stones old boy seems to have taken off finally. Reece Grant scored twice for Braintree on Saturday. Another one that got away?


You could see he had bags of potential but at the time wasn't ready to play Ryman Prem. He's had to learn his trade at a lower level (AFC Hayes, Hillingdon, Uxbridge, Northwood, Heybridge Swifts) before getting his chance in the Conference South a few years later. Good luck to him as well, had a great attitude. Can't see how we could have kept him at the Stones given our promotion to the National League as he just wouldn't have played.


Agreed. Him not being developed was in no way a GB failing. He was nowhere near ready or good enough for what we needed. Was he ever going to dislodge McGleish, Wright, Pett or Moore?? I think we all know the answer to that is no.

Re: Havant and Waterlooville away

PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:12 pm
by worruz
I would have still kept Grant and had him put on.loan a few times.
Said it at the time. It was obvious he'd come good eventually.