Saturday, 29 August 2015

Well, so far so...

... Well, ok really. A couple of draws, a defeat and a win in the league and of course today's defeat in the FA Cup.

There are many positives that can be taken from the games so far. The players look like they want to play for each other, we seem difficult to beat and we clearly haven't reached our potential yet... Which is definitely a positive.

Negative wise, we haven't been clinical enough (Prescott aside), we have conceded soft goals, we haven't really had any luck with refs and we haven't met the standards of pre-season... Yet!

I hope I speak for all supporters in saying we are still very confident and optimistic. One thing we definitely appreciate is the way the lads are playing for Tom and the shirt, highlighted in the away draw against Mossley.

We go again on Monday, at home against Warrington. Us supporters will be right behind you and hopefully we can move on from today's defeat... Another combination of wasted opportunities, a bit of slack defending and poor refereeing (how was that not a penalty... And how was that their throw-in?). Once we click we know we'll be up there.

In terms of my own performance, well everyone who knows me knows I'm passionate... Sometimes overly so and I apologise to anyone I offended on the away day to Scarborough. A combination of alcohol and a wee bit more alcohol, (plus a bit of Matt B planting some seeds) equated to some loud and naughty language from yours truly! I know it's hard to believe!!!! Lesson learned, I mean what was I doing talking about politics anyway! Haha! But seriously,  all I really care about is this club and winning games!!! Plus, I always get a bit giddy on the first 'away day' of the season!

I just want to say one last thing, it is ace to see Chrissy Mac playing the way he is, especially after last season where, and I hope he doesn't mind me saying this, he didn't look interested. He has come back looking fit,hungry and with tons of desire. Hopefully this will rub off on the other lads.

Up the Trafford!

Glinks (on his best behaviour)

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Q&A's With Tom Baker

With less than a week before our first pre-season friendly (a trip on the fun bus to North Wales), the buzz around everyone at the club is getting bigger.

In the time since the end of last season and now, Trafford have brought in a new manager... Tom Baker. Tom had a great playing career himself and although it was cut short through injury, he is clearly motivated and excited by his new role as manager of our super, little club.

To get to know Tom a bit better and to wet the appetite ahead of the new season, Tom kindly answered some questions this weekend:

Supporters Club: I know its early days, but how have you found the transition from player to manager?
Tom Baker: Relative ease so far. Possibly the type of player and character I am and was has made the transition not to difficult, although I'm sure I will have some stumbling blocks along the way. The most difficult part is not wanting to kick a ball myself.

SC: Before you came to Trafford FC, what were your thoughts on the club and have they changed since you became manager?
TB: Always look on Trafford as a good, family club that play an attractive brand of football and are renown for a great pitch.
Since becoming manager I have now seen all the hardwork that goes on in the background by people to make it the club it is.

SC: Who do you support?
TB: Manchester United

SC: If you could have anyone in your team, past or present, who would it be?
TB: Andres Iniesta

SC: Who is the best manager you have played under?
TB: Garry Flitcroft

SC: Lager, ale or cider?
TB: Lager

SC: Is Chris Denham at the club just as your assistant or as a player too?
TB: Firstly assistant, will be used as player if needed

SC: What has been your biggest achievement in football?
TB: Football league debut, Captaining FC Halifax in FA cup first round on ITV and appointment at Trafford.

SC: … and biggest disappointment?
TB: Having to retire at the age of 28 due to knee.

SC: You said recently (in local paper) that a goal keeper is a priority after Tom Read left. Is Russ Saunders still on the books for the coming season?
TB: Russ is still here!

SC: What are your thoughts on the season ahead?
TB: Looking forward to hopefully a successful season at fantastic club, hoping to build a group of players that we can all be proud off. 

Thank you to Tom and good luck to everyone at the club for the coming season from us supporters.

Andy Glinka







Friday, 19 June 2015

New signings

When your team makes a pre-season signing, it creates a buzz. So imagine how we feel after the club announced six (6) new signings today!

It had been a quiet few weeks and although I'd heard some strong rumours recently, nothing had been confirmed. However, this morning it was announced that we'd signed Ben Deegan and Mark Haslam from Ashton United, Danny Lambert and Danny Lafferty (Radcliffe), Scott Sephton (Congleton) and Matty Kay from FC Utd!

Good luck to all the new lads and obviously those that will remain from last season... I don't want to expect too much but I think it could be a really exciting year!

#traffordfamily

Andy Glinka

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Welcome Tom Baker

Yesterday, Trafford FC announced Tom Baker as our new manager.

On behalf of all our supporters, I would  like to welcome Tom to the club and we wish him all the best. Personally, I'm delighted that the club have gone with a young, up and coming coach and hopefully he will bring some enthusiasm and freshness to the team.

Roll on next season... I can't wait!

Andy Glinka

Friday, 10 April 2015

POTM - March

Now a bit of positive news...
TOM READ...

... For someone who can't kick and is a fat bastard (according to all other teams supporters), he ain't half bad.

He's been cracking all season but especially the last couple of months.

So whilst there are commiserations all round on being relegated, we'd still like to acknowledge TOM READ as the supporters POTM for March. Well done Reado!

Relegation...

First of all let's do the bad/sad news...
We are down!!!!!
I've spent most of this week trying not to think about football, never mind write about it. The truth is we've been expecting the inevitable for a while and the greater truth is we just haven't been good enough, under both the managers we've had this season.
It's been a hard season with so much turmoil. Too many draws and a lot of bad luck. Red cards, conceding late goals, bad refs... Blah, blah, blah!

The season has definitely been one of two halves, both with similar results... Not enough points! It's easy to blame Graham, especially as we still haven't won a game but results haven't really changed since he took over, just the personnel.
Whilst I still believe that GV deserved until the end of season, especially after such a great season the year before, I think it would've been tough to stay up even if he did stay, considering our position at the time.
With the decision taken, Graham's already tough job was made nigh on impossible when nearly all the 1st team moved on within the first few games.

Since then the football has been scrappy, we have looked like a mish-mash of a team. The fight has been there but not enough quality to finish games off. I just hope the players keep fighting and play with a bit more freedom now the pressures of staying up are now a moo-point. I think us fans deserve something to smile about.

Bring on next season and hopefully some wins!!!!

Andy Glinka

Monday, 9 March 2015

POTM Picture

As previously announced, Adam Jones won the supporters POTM award for January/Febraury.
On Saturday, Adam received his award before the game against Curzon (where our luck continued in the same vain as other recent games... just a shame it's all been bad!)

Anyway, congrats again Adam and good luck against Buxton and Stamford this week... we're right behind you!

Melody of the supporters' club giving adam Jones his award and bottle of fizz.