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Life President
Dec 10, 2006
At training today....5th Sept.

I was able to go and watch training today. They played an 8 v 8 with the youth goalies in goal. All the injured centre backs and Hendrie weren't there.

Cox was almost back to his best, Smashing them in, I just hope he can bring that to the 1st team games.

McLaughlin seemed to be moving much better and was sprinting faster. He seemed to be holding back lately, probably fear of breaking down.

Ranger is getting there fitness wise, but still a way to go to last a full match. He is the best I have ever seen when he's back to goal and shielding the ball from the defender behind who is trying to steal it off him, and also grabbing his shirt or pushing into his back. He sort of makes himself big and puts his arms out to stop them coming around the side. Sometimes he just steps back with strength to keep the ball at a distance from them. He had a few wrestling matches today, but it's all good because that happens in real games.

Kieran Richardson played in midfield. He showed obvious class, and clever use of the ball, but blowing a bit towards the end, so not yet fully fit.

Elvis had Timlin next to him in defence. Timlin was giving him advice when play stopped and Elvis showed the body language of someone taking it on board. Good to see. Lenny was class today playing at centre back again and orchestrated everything for his team, Franz Beckenbauer style.

McLaughlin and McGlashan still keep blasting ball over the bar. They have the power, but just need to stop getting under the ball. It's something they could easily put right with a bit of after training practise. If Mark Gower put a free kick over the bar or off target to the side, you would see him practising free kicks the next week after training. That's the mentality these two need.

The Irish travellers and their noisy mini motor bikes have gone.

Ben Coker was in full kit with no cast and no crutches. He walked around the pitch over and over as the others played their match. I bet he was itching to get out there. He only has a very slight limp now. I think he will be able to do a slow short jog in about two weeks, if the bone has mended properly.

The doping guys were there again today, but this time they weren't surprising the players as they left. The actually walked up near to the pitch as the players were playing.
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