York City sign Swansea City's Curtis Obeng on loan

Curtis Obeng, pictured on Wrexham duty against York City last season before his January switch to Swansea City

Curtis Obeng, pictured on Wrexham duty against York City last season before his January switch to Swansea City

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GARY MILLS feels Curtis Obeng will prove a “good attacking full-back” for York City after signing the defender on a month’s loan from Premier League Swansea City.

The 23-year-old, a former England Under-19 international who shone for Wrexham in the Blue Square Bet Premier before being snapped up by the Swans for £200,000 in last year’s January transfer window, is likely to go straight into the Minstermen squad for Saturday’s visit of Morecambe to Bootham Crescent.

Obeng played in the same Manchester City youth team as Micah Richards and Daniel Sturridge before being released and signing for the Robins in 2009, and has recently had a loan spell at the Minstermen’s League Two rivals Fleetwood Town.

He will shore up the defence following the loss of Lanre Oyebanjo for six weeks with a fractured skull and the move came about, said City’s communications and community director Sophie Hicks, because the pair share the same agent.

“Jason (McGill, chairman) has taken a keen interest in Lanre’s well-being,” she said. “Lanre’s agent is also Curtis’ and Jason asked if Curtis would be interested in coming to York. Gary was keen for him to come and we would like to thank Swansea City for their co-operation.

“We look forward to welcoming him to the club.”

Boss Mills said: “He’s a good attacking full-back. We have left ourselves a bit short because of injuries in that area and we felt we needed to bring another one in.

“He is right-sided but Daniel Parslow proved how versatile he is and had an unbelievable game against Gillingham at left-back.”

Obeng’s signature means City won’t be picking up Northern Irish defender Dean Jarvis for the time being. The 20-year-old played for the Minstermen at Blackburn reserves yesterday, a game Mills’ men lost 6-0.

The two sides were scoreless for about an hour but, as the likes of Oli Johnson, John McReady, Ben Everson, Alex Rodman and Jon Challinor tired as the second half wore on, a strong Rovers outfit – including international strikers David Goodwillie and Nuno Gomes – took control.

“We looked at him yesterday and decided that, at the moment, we are not going to do anything,” Mills added of Jarvis.

“David McDaid got a run-out in the game and Lee Bullock, Jameel Ible and Tom Allan also played.

“We lost 6-0 but it was a very strong Blackburn side with a lot of first-team players.

“It was a good work-out and, although it’s easy to say, the scoreline doesn’t really reflect the game. It was 0-0 at half-time and the players had done superbly well. We had a few young players in there and others that needed a game.”

Added the City boss: “It was a work-out. We needed it for fitness and they probably had £30 million to £40 million (worth) of players out there. There were a lot of internationals.

“The players all need these games. In the last quarter they got tired and that’s when the goals came, but it’s the last half-hour that was good for the fitness.”

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4:48pm Tue 29 Jan 13

duffy says...

Wrexham fans loved him.
Wrexham fans loved him. duffy
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4:48pm Tue 29 Jan 13

OLD - HEAD says...

Not surprised that the Manager has brought in another defender. For we are not completely clear of the drop-zone yet. But it does not send out much encouragement to players already at the club, who were hoping for a chance to get back into the team.
Not surprised that the Manager has brought in another defender. For we are not completely clear of the drop-zone yet. But it does not send out much encouragement to players already at the club, who were hoping for a chance to get back into the team. OLD - HEAD
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4:51pm Tue 29 Jan 13

duffy says...

OLD - HEAD wrote:
Not surprised that the Manager has brought in another defender. For we are not completely clear of the drop-zone yet. But it does not send out much encouragement to players already at the club, who were hoping for a chance to get back into the team.
To be fair though Oyebanjo is out which leaves us with Challinor or Parslow. This guy is way better from what I saw.
[quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: Not surprised that the Manager has brought in another defender. For we are not completely clear of the drop-zone yet. But it does not send out much encouragement to players already at the club, who were hoping for a chance to get back into the team.[/p][/quote]To be fair though Oyebanjo is out which leaves us with Challinor or Parslow. This guy is way better from what I saw. duffy
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4:56pm Tue 29 Jan 13

sandersonster says...

OLD - HEAD wrote:
Not surprised that the Manager has brought in another defender. For we are not completely clear of the drop-zone yet. But it does not send out much encouragement to players already at the club, who were hoping for a chance to get back into the team.
Who are the players coming back from injury that could effectively cover for Banjo? Yes, we have Challinor but he's not an actual right back & a number of times last season he got found out regarding pace, he'd be found out even more this year. So this is excellent news all round IMO.
[quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: Not surprised that the Manager has brought in another defender. For we are not completely clear of the drop-zone yet. But it does not send out much encouragement to players already at the club, who were hoping for a chance to get back into the team.[/p][/quote]Who are the players coming back from injury that could effectively cover for Banjo? Yes, we have Challinor but he's not an actual right back & a number of times last season he got found out regarding pace, he'd be found out even more this year. So this is excellent news all round IMO. sandersonster
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4:59pm Tue 29 Jan 13

YorkCityLuke says...

If he was worth 200K to Swansea this time last year, I'm quite hopeful he can make a positive impact on our season.
If he was worth 200K to Swansea this time last year, I'm quite hopeful he can make a positive impact on our season. YorkCityLuke
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5:01pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Fergie says...

This guy is quality, was rated the best RB in the conference when at Wrexham. Saw him play a few times solid and quick. Very happy with this signing.
This guy is quality, was rated the best RB in the conference when at Wrexham. Saw him play a few times solid and quick. Very happy with this signing. Fergie
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5:25pm Tue 29 Jan 13

RooBeck says...

Sounds like a very astute move by GM and a good signing- we need the Back Four to remain strong through to the end of the season but we also need our new frontmen, (together with Matty Blair, Jason Walker and Alex Rodman) to start hitting the back of the net, commencing with Saturday's game against Morecambe!! COYR.
Sounds like a very astute move by GM and a good signing- we need the Back Four to remain strong through to the end of the season but we also need our new frontmen, (together with Matty Blair, Jason Walker and Alex Rodman) to start hitting the back of the net, commencing with Saturday's game against Morecambe!! COYR. RooBeck
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6:11pm Tue 29 Jan 13

openallhours says...

Potentially a very good signing and I remember his impressive displays against us for Wrexham. Can't wait to see the 'new look' City on Saturday.
Potentially a very good signing and I remember his impressive displays against us for Wrexham. Can't wait to see the 'new look' City on Saturday. openallhours
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7:10pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Dortmun says...

Anyone know if Jamie Reed has signed for kiddy yet?
Anyone know if Jamie Reed has signed for kiddy yet? Dortmun
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7:11pm Tue 29 Jan 13

tomwillo1 says...

Great signing, similar player to Oyebanjo! Quick and likes to push on, hopefully we'll get him until the end of the season if he impresses! Roll on Saturday!!!
Great signing, similar player to Oyebanjo! Quick and likes to push on, hopefully we'll get him until the end of the season if he impresses! Roll on Saturday!!! tomwillo1
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7:21pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Tug job says...

Dortmun wrote:
Anyone know if Jamie Reed has signed for kiddy yet?
Don't you mean Chester? I'm sure coin pratt's brother had it on good authority that he was going to sign for Chester.
[quote][p][bold]Dortmun[/bold] wrote: Anyone know if Jamie Reed has signed for kiddy yet?[/p][/quote]Don't you mean Chester? I'm sure coin pratt's brother had it on good authority that he was going to sign for Chester. Tug job
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7:31pm Tue 29 Jan 13

kirkbride1979 says...

Great signing by Gary mills but still think we need a left back and a youth goalkeeper (someone to learn from Ingham and Musselwhite )
Great signing by Gary mills but still think we need a left back and a youth goalkeeper (someone to learn from Ingham and Musselwhite ) kirkbride1979
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7:45pm Tue 29 Jan 13

nick clogg says...

kirkbride1979 wrote:
Great signing by Gary mills but still think we need a left back and a youth goalkeeper (someone to learn from Ingham and Musselwhite )
First time for everything!
[quote][p][bold]kirkbride1979[/bold] wrote: Great signing by Gary mills but still think we need a left back and a youth goalkeeper (someone to learn from Ingham and Musselwhite )[/p][/quote]First time for everything! nick clogg
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7:51pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Dortmun says...

Tug job wrote:
Dortmun wrote:
Anyone know if Jamie Reed has signed for kiddy yet?
Don't you mean Chester? I'm sure coin pratt's brother had it on good authority that he was going to sign for Chester.
Do not believe all you read in the papers lol.
No I mean Kidderminster.
As reported yesterday city had agreed a fee for him. Anyone know if he has signed?
[quote][p][bold]Tug job[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dortmun[/bold] wrote: Anyone know if Jamie Reed has signed for kiddy yet?[/p][/quote]Don't you mean Chester? I'm sure coin pratt's brother had it on good authority that he was going to sign for Chester.[/p][/quote]Do not believe all you read in the papers lol. No I mean Kidderminster. As reported yesterday city had agreed a fee for him. Anyone know if he has signed? Dortmun
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7:56pm Tue 29 Jan 13

nick clogg says...

Dortmun wrote:
Tug job wrote:
Dortmun wrote:
Anyone know if Jamie Reed has signed for kiddy yet?
Don't you mean Chester? I'm sure coin pratt's brother had it on good authority that he was going to sign for Chester.
Do not believe all you read in the papers lol.
No I mean Kidderminster.
As reported yesterday city had agreed a fee for him. Anyone know if he has signed?
Has gone for a bag of chips and large sausage!
[quote][p][bold]Dortmun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tug job[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dortmun[/bold] wrote: Anyone know if Jamie Reed has signed for kiddy yet?[/p][/quote]Don't you mean Chester? I'm sure coin pratt's brother had it on good authority that he was going to sign for Chester.[/p][/quote]Do not believe all you read in the papers lol. No I mean Kidderminster. As reported yesterday city had agreed a fee for him. Anyone know if he has signed?[/p][/quote]Has gone for a bag of chips and large sausage! nick clogg
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7:59pm Tue 29 Jan 13

kirbylad says...

Anyone know if David Mcdaid has completed his move to city.Well impressed signing Curtis obeng well done Gary.
Anyone know if David Mcdaid has completed his move to city.Well impressed signing Curtis obeng well done Gary. kirbylad
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8:38pm Tue 29 Jan 13

tips says...

Great signing and yes McDaid has signed it's even on the club website
Great signing and yes McDaid has signed it's even on the club website tips
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8:50pm Tue 29 Jan 13

lord_love_rocket says...

nick clogg wrote:
Dortmun wrote:
Tug job wrote:
Dortmun wrote:
Anyone know if Jamie Reed has signed for kiddy yet?
Don't you mean Chester? I'm sure coin pratt's brother had it on good authority that he was going to sign for Chester.
Do not believe all you read in the papers lol.
No I mean Kidderminster.
As reported yesterday city had agreed a fee for him. Anyone know if he has signed?
Has gone for a bag of chips and large sausage!
Deal broke down due to no mention of curry sauce, I've heard that has been resolved and his bags are packed
[quote][p][bold]nick clogg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dortmun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tug job[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dortmun[/bold] wrote: Anyone know if Jamie Reed has signed for kiddy yet?[/p][/quote]Don't you mean Chester? I'm sure coin pratt's brother had it on good authority that he was going to sign for Chester.[/p][/quote]Do not believe all you read in the papers lol. No I mean Kidderminster. As reported yesterday city had agreed a fee for him. Anyone know if he has signed?[/p][/quote]Has gone for a bag of chips and large sausage![/p][/quote]Deal broke down due to no mention of curry sauce, I've heard that has been resolved and his bags are packed lord_love_rocket
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12:21am Wed 30 Jan 13

Killieboy says...

Not at all relevant but I noticed only 75 fans followed the mighty coin chuckers to Grimsby last night. I've seen bigger bus queues. Big club my a*se!!!
Not at all relevant but I noticed only 75 fans followed the mighty coin chuckers to Grimsby last night. I've seen bigger bus queues. Big club my a*se!!! Killieboy
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1:00am Wed 30 Jan 13

YoRkIe59 says...

Luton are a big club when they are at home Killieboy but they havnt got the bottle to travel and have other home supporters not being nice and friendly with em after the treatment they dish out down at there place,but at the end of the day whos bothered about that lot anymore eh.Far more exiting to see some of G,m,S new signings loan and otherwise featuring in the team.
Luton are a big club when they are at home Killieboy but they havnt got the bottle to travel and have other home supporters not being nice and friendly with em after the treatment they dish out down at there place,but at the end of the day whos bothered about that lot anymore eh.Far more exiting to see some of G,m,S new signings loan and otherwise featuring in the team. YoRkIe59
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7:04am Wed 30 Jan 13

kirbylad says...

sorry for some of my past comments I lost faith for a short while.but ive followed city for 44yrs just want conference football to be a distant memory and hopefully after our first season back in lge 2.With increased gates and revenue we can be a real force.onwards and upwards we are York.
sorry for some of my past comments I lost faith for a short while.but ive followed city for 44yrs just want conference football to be a distant memory and hopefully after our first season back in lge 2.With increased gates and revenue we can be a real force.onwards and upwards we are York. kirbylad
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9:55am Wed 30 Jan 13

Tug job says...

YoRkIe59 wrote:
Luton are a big club when they are at home Killieboy but they havnt got the bottle to travel and have other home supporters not being nice and friendly with em after the treatment they dish out down at there place,but at the end of the day whos bothered about that lot anymore eh.Far more exiting to see some of G,m,S new signings loan and otherwise featuring in the team.
YoRkIe 59 you should refer to them as 'non league Luton Town', for that's what they are these days!
[quote][p][bold]YoRkIe59[/bold] wrote: Luton are a big club when they are at home Killieboy but they havnt got the bottle to travel and have other home supporters not being nice and friendly with em after the treatment they dish out down at there place,but at the end of the day whos bothered about that lot anymore eh.Far more exiting to see some of G,m,S new signings loan and otherwise featuring in the team.[/p][/quote]YoRkIe 59 you should refer to them as 'non league Luton Town', for that's what they are these days! Tug job
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12:20pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Tug job says...

That doesn't even make sense - are you literate? One thing that is beyond doubt, however, is that Luton Town are now firmly established and recognised as a non league football club.
That doesn't even make sense - are you literate? One thing that is beyond doubt, however, is that Luton Town are now firmly established and recognised as a non league football club. Tug job
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1:06pm Wed 30 Jan 13

dangermoose says...

Oh dear, looks like we are going into the rest of ther season without a 'proper' left back.
Oh dear, looks like we are going into the rest of ther season without a 'proper' left back. dangermoose
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1:07pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Some old bloke says...

Was Paddy robbed?
According to the BBC reports, Charlie Lee strongly denies scoring an own goal for Gillingham on Saturday. He says it went straight in from the corner without him touching it. If it's true, McLaughlin should be getting the credit - time to look at the Sky highlights again.
Was Paddy robbed? According to the BBC reports, Charlie Lee strongly denies scoring an own goal for Gillingham on Saturday. He says it went straight in from the corner without him touching it. If it's true, McLaughlin should be getting the credit - time to look at the Sky highlights again. Some old bloke
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1:43pm Wed 30 Jan 13

YoRkIe59 says...

if your so fond of em and slagging off our own club nick i suggest next time they are at Wrexham you join em and make it 76 Luton fans
if your so fond of em and slagging off our own club nick i suggest next time they are at Wrexham you join em and make it 76 Luton fans YoRkIe59
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3:51pm Wed 30 Jan 13

cambersdad says...

so gm has signed a good attacking fullback any chance he could sign a good attacking striker ?
so gm has signed a good attacking fullback any chance he could sign a good attacking striker ? cambersdad
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7:32pm Wed 30 Jan 13

lord_love_rocket says...

Rumours on Internet that Walker turned down Sheffield united anyone else heard this?
Rumours on Internet that Walker turned down Sheffield united anyone else heard this? lord_love_rocket
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7:33pm Wed 30 Jan 13

lord_love_rocket says...

And reedy going to Perth Australia, hope club know what they're doing if true will be left with no forwards
And reedy going to Perth Australia, hope club know what they're doing if true will be left with no forwards lord_love_rocket
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7:37pm Wed 30 Jan 13

tomwillo1 says...

lord_love_rocket wrote:
Rumours on Internet that Walker turned down Sheffield united anyone else heard this?
Not a chance of that happening, they wouldn't go for him. Not proven at this level yet, never mind the division above!
[quote][p][bold]lord_love_rocket[/bold] wrote: Rumours on Internet that Walker turned down Sheffield united anyone else heard this?[/p][/quote]Not a chance of that happening, they wouldn't go for him. Not proven at this level yet, never mind the division above! tomwillo1
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7:45pm Wed 30 Jan 13

lord_love_rocket says...

tomwillo1 wrote:
lord_love_rocket wrote:
Rumours on Internet that Walker turned down Sheffield united anyone else heard this?
Not a chance of that happening, they wouldn't go for him. Not proven at this level yet, never mind the division above!
I'm sure he signed a 3 year contract when he came so we'd be entitled to a fee at least
[quote][p][bold]tomwillo1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lord_love_rocket[/bold] wrote: Rumours on Internet that Walker turned down Sheffield united anyone else heard this?[/p][/quote]Not a chance of that happening, they wouldn't go for him. Not proven at this level yet, never mind the division above![/p][/quote]I'm sure he signed a 3 year contract when he came so we'd be entitled to a fee at least lord_love_rocket
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7:48pm Wed 30 Jan 13

lord_love_rocket says...

Striker Jason Walker has re-iterated his commitment to York, although he admits he wants to play at the highest level


The 28-year-old, who is out of contract in the summer, has scored eight goals for the Minstermen this campaign in their first year back in the Football League.

He caught the attention of a number of clubs last year and could still be the target of further interest before the January transfer window shuts on Thursday night.

Walker remains committed to the Minstermen, but is keen to test himself at a higher level.

"Obviously I'm hungry to play and prove myself at the highest level possible," he said.

"But I'm a York City player and until I hear otherwise I'm 100 per cent focused on helping us get into the play-offs."
Striker Jason Walker has re-iterated his commitment to York, although he admits he wants to play at the highest level The 28-year-old, who is out of contract in the summer, has scored eight goals for the Minstermen this campaign in their first year back in the Football League. He caught the attention of a number of clubs last year and could still be the target of further interest before the January transfer window shuts on Thursday night. Walker remains committed to the Minstermen, but is keen to test himself at a higher level. "Obviously I'm hungry to play and prove myself at the highest level possible," he said. "But I'm a York City player and until I hear otherwise I'm 100 per cent focused on helping us get into the play-offs." lord_love_rocket
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8:28pm Wed 30 Jan 13

duffy says...

lord_love_rocket wrote:
Rumours on Internet that Walker turned down Sheffield united anyone else heard this?
No and frankly it's laughable that it's even started as a rumour.
one that they would interested, and two that he would turn ever turn them round. Reed to move across the world also made me chuckle.
[quote][p][bold]lord_love_rocket[/bold] wrote: Rumours on Internet that Walker turned down Sheffield united anyone else heard this?[/p][/quote]No and frankly it's laughable that it's even started as a rumour. one that they would interested, and two that he would turn ever turn them round. Reed to move across the world also made me chuckle. duffy
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8:51pm Wed 30 Jan 13

lord_love_rocket says...

duffy wrote:
lord_love_rocket wrote:
Rumours on Internet that Walker turned down Sheffield united anyone else heard this?
No and frankly it's laughable that it's even started as a rumour.
one that they would interested, and two that he would turn ever turn them round. Reed to move across the world also made me chuckle.
It's on sky now I'm told, plus they have just sold Blackman to reading, dunno lets see
[quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lord_love_rocket[/bold] wrote: Rumours on Internet that Walker turned down Sheffield united anyone else heard this?[/p][/quote]No and frankly it's laughable that it's even started as a rumour. one that they would interested, and two that he would turn ever turn them round. Reed to move across the world also made me chuckle.[/p][/quote]It's on sky now I'm told, plus they have just sold Blackman to reading, dunno lets see lord_love_rocket
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10:17pm Wed 30 Jan 13

johnboy2882 says...

so we are not going to sign jarvis just yet we need a left back which has been a problem all season come on mills sort it out
so we are not going to sign jarvis just yet we need a left back which has been a problem all season come on mills sort it out johnboy2882
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11:26pm Wed 30 Jan 13

bazza ycfc says...

Duffy why would reed to aus shock you he's played over there before and he also mentioned Australia in a tweet earlier
Duffy why would reed to aus shock you he's played over there before and he also mentioned Australia in a tweet earlier bazza ycfc
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7:32am Thu 31 Jan 13

lord_love_rocket says...

Because duffy knows everything I expect, and he's "in the know"
Because duffy knows everything I expect, and he's "in the know" lord_love_rocket
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10:30am Thu 31 Jan 13

walwynwasgod says...

Think Nick Clogg will be one of those Bitter and Twisted Supporters Trust Committee lot !
Think Nick Clogg will be one of those Bitter and Twisted Supporters Trust Committee lot ! walwynwasgod
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2:01pm Thu 31 Jan 13

YoRkIe59 says...

do Luton town have a supporters trust walwynwasgod ?he,s clearly a hatter and a proper little ray of sunshine to boot.
do Luton town have a supporters trust walwynwasgod ?he,s clearly a hatter and a proper little ray of sunshine to boot. YoRkIe59
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