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    Athlone Again........Naturally

    Just read on their fans facebook page that Athlones planned pre season friendly at home to Harps was called off.
    Official reason, rain waterlogged the pitch.
    Fans page saying it never rained a buckin drop down there all week.
    Trouble ahead ?

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    What's the current situation with the club? Is there still a competing bid for the license? How's the squad looking?
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    Rumour mill in full flow. Talk of not being able to get a ground to play on. Apparently some big bets placed with Paddy Power Wednesday for us to win league and more rumours of an investor coming on board with it being announced Monday. Very easy get a rumour running in Athlone when it's about the club.

    My reading of it is that it'd just a rumour that is like chinese whispers as some many different versions at minute. Also footie journos would be all over it if true. But then again I could be wrong

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    Bit late to start trying to sign players now even if there is an investor. There aren't many decent ones left without a club here.
    "He mightn't always be right but he's never wrong"

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    As far as I know Colm Fortune has a squad signed.

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    Well if you're talking about a potential league winning squad there's been little word on anyone of note signing for them as yet.
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    Seems to be most of last year's season ending squad other than 4 local junior players signed.

    Also last year's captain was on the bench.with Longford last night.

    Rumour mill includes players being brought in from abroad.

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    Now in case anyone gets confused, I'm not an Athlone fan, just interested in the scenario unfolding,
    This is from their fans page again.

    This is getting out of hand. So far I've heard the following:
    1. An English business man is investing his millions in the club
    2. A group of Brazilian millionaires are taking over and bringing a team of 18 Brazilian players over.
    3. A Chinese consortium is taking over and tony o Donohue of rte is in Athlone tomorrow for the announcement.
    4. A French business man is taking over
    What a load of ******** this is ��
    I love this town

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    sorry BR who yer captain from last year that played the other night for us v Bray? I cant seem to place him.
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    Marty, Ian Fletcher was on the bench for us last night. He played for athlone for a couple of seasons. I think he came up through the youth teams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Town Legend View Post
    Marty, Ian Fletcher was on the bench for us last night. He played for athlone for a couple of seasons. I think he came up through the youth teams.
    That's him. Was captain towards end of season. He is a good one.

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    The story now seems to be that a Chinese guy with millions and is involved in a Portuguese 2nd division team is investing and bringing in 10 players from that team and 1 striker from napoli. The scary thing is that this story

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    Quote Originally Posted by ATFC-1887 View Post
    The story now seems to be that a Chinese guy with millions and is involved in a Portuguese 2nd division team is investing and bringing in 10 players from that team and 1 striker from napoli. The scary thing is that this story

    Looks like ATFC-1887 has been silenced before he had a chance to reveal the truth about the apparent bidding war for Athlone.
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    Sounds perfectly plausible I'm sure it'll all work out for ye.
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    That's a brilliant story in fairness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ATFC-1887 View Post
    The story now seems to be that a Chinese guy with millions and is involved in a Portuguese 2nd division team is investing and bringing in 10 players from that team and 1 striker from napoli. The scary thing is that this story....
    ** Insert sound of telephone line going dead **

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    I believe now there is some truth in the stories but which one is anyone's guess. Mix and match would give you the correct one. It's just a wait and see at the minute.

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    Am hearing this Chinese guy has three players from the 70s lined up to run the show.
    Tony CURRIE. Peter WITHE and Pat RICE

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeepersBall View Post
    Am hearing this Chinese guy has three players from the 70s lined up to run the show.
    Tony CURRIE. Peter WITHE and Pat RICE

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    Just got this from a man who would know.
    Colm Fortune is not going to be the manager, although I am not sure he knows that.
    A French coach with a pro licence is coming in, he will be bringing in players from the French and Portugese second divisions, youngsters whose teams feel they need game time.
    Also as they haven't paid the rent to Declan Molloy the guy who owns the stadium it is now not insured for football and they hadn't paid the insurance for the players so that's why the Harps game was off.

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