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  This Bored
Posted by: Birdman1811 - 08-05-2016, 11:09 AM - Forum: WBAunofficial - Replies (10)

Hi all, in the 2 hours it'll take to post this message I shall have started looking at new hosts for the server and therefore this Forum.

This is the result of them 'fixing' the problem, it's somehow got even bloody worse, the issue is with connecting to the server itself, out of my control, and I am supposed to have unlimited bandwidth.

I'm moving next week so won't have internet for a couple of weeks so just please be patient everyone, by September should ahve a nice new server which works, and nothing will be wiped, be a nice simple move.

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Big Grin Greater Birmingham Villbion City Wanders
Posted by: Lurkerreborn - 08-05-2016, 10:57 AM - Forum: WBAunofficial - Replies (2)

Now we're all owned by Chinese investors.....

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  Rather quiet considering the news
Posted by: P_K - 08-05-2016, 10:34 AM - Forum: WBAunofficial - Replies (19)

Bit like the whole Brexit thing, which ironically was the same day that the takeover was completed. 

Loads of gnashing of teeth, "JP needs to leave" etc, and "give us some fucking news" blah di blah. Now it's happened, are people thinking "Errrr, fuck, didn't actually think it would happen. So...............what now?" As happened back in June. 

Obviously details are sketchy, but I was anticipating much more of a reaction, not just on here but on other places. 

My two penneth, I doubt anything will really change at least in the next 12 months. Other than JP haters will have to find someone else to blame when we don't sign 15 players by August, and spend cash as if it was in liquid form through the ceiling sprinklers of the Transfer Window Supermarket.

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  Historic Photograph
Posted by: baggiebloke - 08-05-2016, 09:27 AM - Forum: WBAunofficial - Replies (3)

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  What's for tea?
Posted by: MGalea - 08-05-2016, 09:00 AM - Forum: WBAunofficial - Replies (14)

That's what you say right? I say dinner....

Might have some spicy ho fun tonight myself.

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  John Williams
Posted by: Old Stroller - 08-05-2016, 08:56 AM - Forum: WBAunofficial - Replies (20)

Quite a long read, but an interesting background piece to our new chairman and the regard he was held in at Blackburn. Taken from the MEN in 2011 when he joined Citeh.

I must say, (very) early impressions of the takeover are encouraging. A new owner who talks with much more sense and gravitas than Tony Xia, and a liked and respected man within the game as our next chairman.


'Ask almost anyone with Ewood Park connections about John Williams and they will tell you that the Blues have made a very shrewd appointment. 

This is a man who commands so much respect that his departure from Blackburn even prompted a tribute from former Home Secretary Jack Straw, the local MP. 

His experience at ensuring a football club runs smoothly is unquestioned after 13 years at Blackburn, eight as chief executive and five as chairman – before leaving in February. 

And before entering football, he showed himself to have a good business head and a creative flair. He was the man who gave the public the chance to walk down Coronation Street by creating the Granada Studios Tour attraction in the late 1980s. 

His departure from Ewood Park was prompted by an increasingly troubled relationship with Rovers’ new Indian owners Venky’s, who took over in October, which eroded his power base and then forced him to sack manager – and friend – Sam Allardyce. 

Few within football expected Williams to be out of football for long. During his time at Blackburn, he developed good relationships with each of his managers while ensuring the club lived within its means as costs were cut in the years following the death of benefactor Jack Walker in 2000. 

He ensured the club remained on an even keel as they sought new ownership, which came with the Venky’s takeover last autumn. 

Although City exist in an entirely different financial stratosphere, that ability to keep things running smoothly on the administrative side will be vital at Eastlands, where Williams’ role will involve keeping on top of player contracts. 

In addition to keeping on top of contracts, Williams also offers an ability to build strong relationships with the players. For as well as being respected within the game for his work at Blackburn, Williams was also considered one of its more approachable chairmen. 

Brad Friedel, the former Blackburn keeper who recently left Aston Villa for Tottenham, has nothing but praise for him. 

“While John Williams was with Blackburn, he did an impeccable, flawless job and I honestly don’t think anyone could have duplicated what he has done over the past decade,” Friedel said. 

“John will have to go down very, very high up in the club’s history. In fact, I would put him up there with the club greats and only a little bit under Jack Walker. 

“John was Jack’s right-hand man and his contribution can never be forgotten.” 

Around the time that Williams left Ewood Park, Blackburn captain Chris Samba revealed just how approachable a chairman he had been. 

“Every time we have a problem, we speak to John,” Samba said. “Every time we have something in our heart, we can speak to John. But he has gone and it will be a bit empty without him.” 

One paper went as far as to suggest Williams deserved to be remembered as a Blackburn legend and Blackburn MP Straw felt that his shrewd financial skills were vital to keeping Blackburn in the Premier League. 

“John Williams helped dig us out of the Championship and ensured that Blackburn survived for one of the longest periods we’ve had in the top flight of football with very limited resources,” Straw said. 

An adopted northerner, Williams was born in the Hampshire village of Totton and grew up a Southampton fan. 

After studying science at the University of London, his early career took him into horse racing as he joined the Levy Board and became general manager of Sandown Park racecourse. 

He then joined Granada in the late 1970s, working as head of studio operations, head of design and head of film, before being asked to help design the Studios Tour on Quay Street. 

That led to him becoming chief executive of the company’s Entertainments Division, which included theme parks in Lancashire and Derbyshire, a dozen nightclubs and six hotels. 

He was involved in Granada’s 1996 takeover of the Forte Group, which include the Travelodge and Little Chef chains, before Walker invited him to join Blackburn. 

Straw’s comments suggest that Rovers fans will always be grateful for Williams’ contribution and that City have made an excellent signing. 

“I think the club, the fans and the area owe him a great debt,” Straw said. “I’ve never heard a bad word said about him.” '

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Posted by: Hopalong - 08-05-2016, 08:41 AM - Forum: WBAunofficial - Replies (32)

Sounds a cracking bloke.

Bit disappointing that he's not mega rich but sustained continuous improvement is fine by me.

The main thing for me is to get a better balanced squad so we can be more on the front foot.

I don't think we will ever be able to thank only baldilocks for what he has done for WBA. 

Be interesting to see if Saido buys into this new adventure.   Surely more chance of success than poxy Stoke and Palace.


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Posted by: col lard - 08-05-2016, 08:33 AM - Forum: WBAunofficial - Replies (2)

reaction to Sakho failing his medical "I'm a little surprised.........."

What he should have said was "How come my expensively assembled medical team have either failed to spot a problem in one of our assets OR why did the said medical team not inform me of his problems as I am a week away from the start of the season?"

Smacks of complicity, in my view. We are probably well rid.

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Posted by: RonnieWallwork - 08-05-2016, 08:32 AM - Forum: WBAunofficial - Replies (13)

can't say I know much about new owner but....

JP hanging around is a sign he still wants a little part in it. That suggests he trusts this guy as why would he risk his reputation 

John Williams-masterstroke IMO. Good man. Just ask Blackburn faithful. 

New owner-head screwed on from first impressions. Excited

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  Into the unknown
Posted by: Duffmon - 08-05-2016, 08:07 AM - Forum: WBAunofficial - No Replies

we go.

It's both exhilarating and terrifying.

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