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Sam Russell

Postby King George » Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:44 pm

I'm absoloutely in shock that no one has posted about Sam Russell on this forum, I red somewhere earlier he has been told he can find a new club? For me he's up there with the very best we've had at FGR on par with Perrin, Sykes, Paul Hunt etc (plastic fans use google) his service and dedication to the club is commendable and for me will go down as a club legend.
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Re: Sam Russell

Postby The Game Within » Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:59 pm

Upset to loose him always had time to talk to you. Good luck to you and family Sam.
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Re: Sam Russell

Postby stroud green » Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:00 pm

The only place this has been reported is Glos Live....
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Re: Sam Russell

Postby nwrover » Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:03 pm

SOS

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Re: Sam Russell

Postby Fartvs Antiqvvs » Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:08 pm

Could help Barrow and Ady on his way home to the North-east?
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Re: Sam Russell

Postby Kentstripe » Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:10 pm

Fartvs Antiqvvs wrote:Could help Barrow on his way home to the North-east?


Can't see it, not with Pennock there.

Wouldn't be surprised to see Barrow sign Steve Arnold though.
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Re: Sam Russell

Postby Norton Boy » Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:19 pm

I did wonder how Arnold is doing at Gillingham.Couldnt have been happy to have Ade sign him a week before he got sacked.
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Re: Sam Russell

Postby Timb » Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:22 pm

I'd put Sam top of our list of goalkeepers and I'm pretty sure his stats woukd back that up.

We went backwards with Steve Arnold and then again this season.

If Sam was to come back that wouldnt be a backward step.
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Re: Sam Russell

Postby Foggy » Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:27 pm

Timb wrote:I'd put Sam top of our list of goalkeepers and I'm pretty sure his stats woukd back that up.

We went backwards with Steve Arnold and then again this season.

If Sam was to come back that wouldnt be a backward step.


The season where Arnold came in and replaced Sam we averaged more points with him in the team, it could be argued that if Sam hadn't been replaced by Steve we wouldn't have made the play-offs, it was that close...regardless of their relative merits.
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Re: Sam Russell

Postby HappEman » Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:42 pm

Sam is truly an FGR legend. It says so much of his professionalism that he has not reacted to the appalling way he has been treated by the current management. Not even good enough to sit on the bench? What a disgrace! A prime example of our "lack of class" management.
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Re: Sam Russell

Postby The Cumbrian » Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:03 pm

Norton Boy wrote:I did wonder how Arnold is doing at Gillingham.Couldnt have been happy to have Ade sign him a week before he got sacked.


Maybe there's no coincidence there. :mrgreen:
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Re: Sam Russell

Postby twoguns » Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:07 pm

Would echo what everyone has said about Big Sam. For me he'd be my number 1 keeper of all time in a FGR shirt. Jonathan Bond probably a close second with Steve Arnold taking third place.

Not close enough to the club these days to form an opinion on his treatment but he'd be an asset to any Conference or League 2 side.
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Re: Sam Russell

Postby SkunkMan » Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:46 pm

twoguns wrote:Would echo what everyone has said about Big Sam. For me he'd be my number 1 keeper of all time in a FGR shirt. Jonathan Bond probably a close second with Steve Arnold taking third place.

Not close enough to the club these days to form an opinion on his treatment but he'd be an asset to any Conference or League 2 side.


Steve Arnold taking third place?! How many years have you been watching FGR?!
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Re: Sam Russell

Postby Equinox » Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:52 pm

Fantastic servant and ambassador to our football club Sam, hold your head up high, good luck wherever u go and remember u will always be welcome back. In relation to the third place keep, not Arnold at all, I think a certain Justin Shuttlewood should be thrown into the mix ! Hands like ruddy jcb shovels !
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Re: Sam Russell

Postby Foggy » Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:55 pm

James Bittner wasn't too shabby either.
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Re: Sam Russell

Postby NECbowler » Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:00 am

Steve Perrin- my first memories of an fgr keeper- quality.
We also had an ex England keeper Nigel Spink who stood on the line and shouted ‘head it’
Sam Russell trumps them by far.
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Re: Sam Russell

Postby twinkletoes » Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:10 am

Steve Perrin, not tall but an excellent keeper and a character to boot. Steve Arnold was devoid of any personality.
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Re: Sam Russell

Postby andymac26 » Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:00 am

twinkletoes wrote:Steve Perrin, not tall but an excellent keeper and a character to boot. Steve Arnold was devoid of any personality.


Never forget one year, last home game of the season (Alty I think), needed a point to stay up and were drawing. We had a corner on 85 minutes, Stevie Perrin runs to old lawn stand, gand-cupped over ear wanting updates on results elsewhere....priceless.

In terms of Sam, utterly bewildered and saddened by his absence this season. I spoke to him in the CE at the Crewe game. I said it surely can't be long before he gets his chance given...issues....he sort of just gave me a wry smile.
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Re: Sam Russell

Postby Cotswold farmer » Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:06 am

Sadly this has been handled like all this clubs PR the playing side badly. Sam deserved much better when will Rovers ever learn?
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Re: Sam Russell

Postby Tommo » Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:35 am

Russell, Perrin then Bittner for me. With Russell between the sticks this season I don’t think we would be in quite the position we find ourselves in but I think Bradley is improving.
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