Bradford City: Luke Oliver says 'mind coach' has played a blinder!

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Luke Oliver shows off the T&A Player of the Year award, voted for by City fans – one of his six trophies  Picture: Charles Hague Luke Oliver shows off the T&A Player of the Year award, voted for by City fans – one of his six trophies Picture: Charles Hague

Luke Oliver has revealed the secret behind his success this season – regular visits to a mind coach.

City’s towering centre half swept the board at the club’s prize night, where he was named player of the year as well as picking up five other trophies.

And Oliver paid tribute to the self-help guru who has helped him conquer any mental demons.

The defender has been seeing Cleckheaton-based John Muranka for the past 14 months since being introduced to him by Peter Taylor.

Former City boss Taylor had worked with a sports psychologist during his playing days at Tottenham and felt it helped his self-confidence.

Oliver admitted the visits to Muranka “struck a chord straight away”.

I went there with the intention of improving the consistency side of my game and it’s paid off because that’s what people keep complimenting me on

Luke Oliver

He said: “It’s a bit of a taboo subject in football talking about the mental side but I’ve definitely felt the positives.

“I went there with the intention of improving the consistency side of my game and it’s paid off because that’s what people keep complimenting me on.

“You learn not to be troubled by a bad game. You just move on to the next one. Seeing John goes hand-in-hand with the training and working with the gaffer on my heading and clearing.

“It helps when I prepare for the next game. I’m not stressing about it but the total opposite and it seems to have helped this season.”

For Muranka, who has also worked with former British Superbikes rider Michael Pensavalle, it is a labour of love as a Valley Parade season-ticket holder.

He could sense the unlocked potential in Oliver from their first meeting.

Speaking exclusively to the T&A, Muranka said: “He was questioning everything I asked. There was a genuine interest in what I was saying even if he wasn’t sure what to believe.

“Mind and body are totally linked. Something that affects us physically can also do so mentally and vice versa.

“You suddenly make a mistake in a game and start beating yourself up about it. Then your whole performance is affected.

“For some that can even affect how they play in the next game.

“But it’s just one mistake. Everyone makes them, even Wayne Rooney.

“You have to learn that moment has gone. Live in the present and just think about making the next header or next tackle.

“The negative side of your mind comes out much easier than the positive. That’s a natural thing that comes from deep in our own history.

“You have to work hard to bring the positive message through until it becomes habitual and self-perpetuating. That’s what we’ve done with Luke.

“We meet after every three games and look at what’s been occurring for him and what’s gone on in his mind.

“The meetings have developed into quite long sessions which we both enjoy. Luke is such a humble, self-effacing guy.

“We all love our own football team and it’s one of the joys of the job that people outside have noticed a difference in him.”

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8:07am Thu 26 Apr 12

J4CKO says...

Its a shame his mind coach didnt kick in when he ran 30 yards to slap that Crawley player!!
Only kidding Luke, a great season and lets hope your with us next season.
Its a shame his mind coach didnt kick in when he ran 30 yards to slap that Crawley player!! Only kidding Luke, a great season and lets hope your with us next season. J4CKO

9:02am Thu 26 Apr 12

KnightMcCall says...

J4CKO wrote:
Its a shame his mind coach didnt kick in when he ran 30 yards to slap that Crawley player!! Only kidding Luke, a great season and lets hope your with us next season.
I thought it was jonny mac who had the self-belief that he could take on the entire Crawley squad!

Oliver had plenty of good games last season; he was just one of the targets for the Taylor haters because he was a PT signing. Same duff treatment from fans as plenty of others. One day, supporters will realise that negativity towards players breeds negativity on the pitch...or maybe some are just too dumb to fathom this.
[quote][p][bold]J4CKO[/bold] wrote: Its a shame his mind coach didnt kick in when he ran 30 yards to slap that Crawley player!! Only kidding Luke, a great season and lets hope your with us next season.[/p][/quote]I thought it was jonny mac who had the self-belief that he could take on the entire Crawley squad! Oliver had plenty of good games last season; he was just one of the targets for the Taylor haters because he was a PT signing. Same duff treatment from fans as plenty of others. One day, supporters will realise that negativity towards players breeds negativity on the pitch...or maybe some are just too dumb to fathom this. KnightMcCall

9:05am Thu 26 Apr 12

prince35 says...

Well maybe We should give John muranka the managers job???.
Positive thinking no caution.
Well maybe We should give John muranka the managers job???. Positive thinking no caution. prince35

9:23am Thu 26 Apr 12

KnightMcCall says...

prince35 wrote:
Well maybe We should give John muranka the managers job???. Positive thinking no caution.
Perhaps not the managers job but surely it has to be worth considering what he might do for some of the other players. Can't see Branston needing a mind coach but the more fragile players could benefit. Players like Colbeck and Evans clearly had talent but so often seemed to struggle mentally (who wouldn't with the mindless fools slagging them off when they were supposed to be supporting them). Interesting that James Hanson has also been seeing this guy as his confidence has definitely improved.
[quote][p][bold]prince35[/bold] wrote: Well maybe We should give John muranka the managers job???. Positive thinking no caution.[/p][/quote]Perhaps not the managers job but surely it has to be worth considering what he might do for some of the other players. Can't see Branston needing a mind coach but the more fragile players could benefit. Players like Colbeck and Evans clearly had talent but so often seemed to struggle mentally (who wouldn't with the mindless fools slagging them off when they were supposed to be supporting them). Interesting that James Hanson has also been seeing this guy as his confidence has definitely improved. KnightMcCall

9:28am Thu 26 Apr 12

prince35 says...

KnightMcCall wrote:
prince35 wrote:
Well maybe We should give John muranka the managers job???. Positive thinking no caution.
Perhaps not the managers job but surely it has to be worth considering what he might do for some of the other players. Can't see Branston needing a mind coach but the more fragile players could benefit. Players like Colbeck and Evans clearly had talent but so often seemed to struggle mentally (who wouldn't with the mindless fools slagging them off when they were supposed to be supporting them). Interesting that James Hanson has also been seeing this guy as his confidence has definitely improved.
Can't agree more knight mccall.
Hanson has been better this year.
Do you think this positive thinking could work on shaun from Richmond???.
Then again he's no miracle worker !!!
[quote][p][bold]KnightMcCall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]prince35[/bold] wrote: Well maybe We should give John muranka the managers job???. Positive thinking no caution.[/p][/quote]Perhaps not the managers job but surely it has to be worth considering what he might do for some of the other players. Can't see Branston needing a mind coach but the more fragile players could benefit. Players like Colbeck and Evans clearly had talent but so often seemed to struggle mentally (who wouldn't with the mindless fools slagging them off when they were supposed to be supporting them). Interesting that James Hanson has also been seeing this guy as his confidence has definitely improved.[/p][/quote]Can't agree more knight mccall. Hanson has been better this year. Do you think this positive thinking could work on shaun from Richmond???. Then again he's no miracle worker !!! prince35

9:38am Thu 26 Apr 12

Pablo says...

KnightMcCall wrote:
J4CKO wrote:
Its a shame his mind coach didnt kick in when he ran 30 yards to slap that Crawley player!! Only kidding Luke, a great season and lets hope your with us next season.
I thought it was jonny mac who had the self-belief that he could take on the entire Crawley squad!

Oliver had plenty of good games last season; he was just one of the targets for the Taylor haters because he was a PT signing. Same duff treatment from fans as plenty of others. One day, supporters will realise that negativity towards players breeds negativity on the pitch...or maybe some are just too dumb to fathom this.
Agreed. I always had time for Oliver last season and could never understand the stick he got. The problem is tall guys always seem to attract abuse. Hanson has suffered, unfairly, from the same problem.

It's unfair to target players just because they were signed by an unpopular manager. As you know, I'm no fan of PP, but have greatly admired the qualities of his signings, Reid and Davies.
[quote][p][bold]KnightMcCall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]J4CKO[/bold] wrote: Its a shame his mind coach didnt kick in when he ran 30 yards to slap that Crawley player!! Only kidding Luke, a great season and lets hope your with us next season.[/p][/quote]I thought it was jonny mac who had the self-belief that he could take on the entire Crawley squad! Oliver had plenty of good games last season; he was just one of the targets for the Taylor haters because he was a PT signing. Same duff treatment from fans as plenty of others. One day, supporters will realise that negativity towards players breeds negativity on the pitch...or maybe some are just too dumb to fathom this.[/p][/quote]Agreed. I always had time for Oliver last season and could never understand the stick he got. The problem is tall guys always seem to attract abuse. Hanson has suffered, unfairly, from the same problem. It's unfair to target players just because they were signed by an unpopular manager. As you know, I'm no fan of PP, but have greatly admired the qualities of his signings, Reid and Davies. Pablo

9:50am Thu 26 Apr 12

beardedclam says...

I'm glad someone played a blinder, because it certainly wasn't you Oliver! You've been shocking this season.
I'm glad someone played a blinder, because it certainly wasn't you Oliver! You've been shocking this season. beardedclam

9:54am Thu 26 Apr 12

prince35 says...

beardedclam wrote:
I'm glad someone played a blinder, because it certainly wasn't you Oliver! You've been shocking this season.
Really don't know if your post is a wind up????.
Or your just not intelligent enough when watching a game of football to understand ???
[quote][p][bold]beardedclam[/bold] wrote: I'm glad someone played a blinder, because it certainly wasn't you Oliver! You've been shocking this season.[/p][/quote]Really don't know if your post is a wind up????. Or your just not intelligent enough when watching a game of football to understand ??? prince35

10:15am Thu 26 Apr 12

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

beardedclam wrote:
I'm glad someone played a blinder, because it certainly wasn't you Oliver! You've been shocking this season.
The moniker suits, we all know what a bearded clam is.

Oliver is a beacon of light for those who work hard to achieve a goal. He has worked his socks off, turned his form round and become undroppable.

Pity you weren't undroppable, dint-head.
[quote][p][bold]beardedclam[/bold] wrote: I'm glad someone played a blinder, because it certainly wasn't you Oliver! You've been shocking this season.[/p][/quote]The moniker suits, we all know what a bearded clam is. Oliver is a beacon of light for those who work hard to achieve a goal. He has worked his socks off, turned his form round and become undroppable. Pity you weren't undroppable, dint-head. Prisoner Cell Block A

10:46am Thu 26 Apr 12

CTID says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
beardedclam wrote: I'm glad someone played a blinder, because it certainly wasn't you Oliver! You've been shocking this season.
The moniker suits, we all know what a bearded clam is. Oliver is a beacon of light for those who work hard to achieve a goal. He has worked his socks off, turned his form round and become undroppable. Pity you weren't undroppable, dint-head.
Do not feed the troll....
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]beardedclam[/bold] wrote: I'm glad someone played a blinder, because it certainly wasn't you Oliver! You've been shocking this season.[/p][/quote]The moniker suits, we all know what a bearded clam is. Oliver is a beacon of light for those who work hard to achieve a goal. He has worked his socks off, turned his form round and become undroppable. Pity you weren't undroppable, dint-head.[/p][/quote]Do not feed the troll.... CTID

10:56am Thu 26 Apr 12

nowt fresh says...

KnightMcCall wrote:
prince35 wrote:
Well maybe We should give John muranka the managers job???. Positive thinking no caution.
Perhaps not the managers job but surely it has to be worth considering what he might do for some of the other players. Can't see Branston needing a mind coach but the more fragile players could benefit. Players like Colbeck and Evans clearly had talent but so often seemed to struggle mentally (who wouldn't with the mindless fools slagging them off when they were supposed to be supporting them). Interesting that James Hanson has also been seeing this guy as his confidence has definitely improved.
"
Interesting that James Hanson has also been seeing this guy as his confidence has definitely improved",
It won't stop some of the clowns on here and the City message board giving the lad stick for only being our leading scorer again in a poor side.
[quote][p][bold]KnightMcCall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]prince35[/bold] wrote: Well maybe We should give John muranka the managers job???. Positive thinking no caution.[/p][/quote]Perhaps not the managers job but surely it has to be worth considering what he might do for some of the other players. Can't see Branston needing a mind coach but the more fragile players could benefit. Players like Colbeck and Evans clearly had talent but so often seemed to struggle mentally (who wouldn't with the mindless fools slagging them off when they were supposed to be supporting them). Interesting that James Hanson has also been seeing this guy as his confidence has definitely improved.[/p][/quote]" Interesting that James Hanson has also been seeing this guy as his confidence has definitely improved", It won't stop some of the clowns on here and the City message board giving the lad stick for only being our leading scorer again in a poor side. nowt fresh

11:00am Thu 26 Apr 12

northyorksbantam says...

Think big Luke has become the player that PT hoped he would this season. He showed a lot of faith in him but knew if he could improve in areas of his game such as confidence and aggression then he would become alot better player for it. I think crawley know hes not just a big softie anymore! So credit to PT for seeing the potential..but not too much!
Think big Luke has become the player that PT hoped he would this season. He showed a lot of faith in him but knew if he could improve in areas of his game such as confidence and aggression then he would become alot better player for it. I think crawley know hes not just a big softie anymore! So credit to PT for seeing the potential..but not too much! northyorksbantam

11:38am Thu 26 Apr 12

northyorksbantam says...

Would also add that I'm a little bit surprised that the end of the season is upon us, but nothing has been done to tie 1 or 2 of our better players who are out of contract players down to a new contract before the vultures start circling.

It would be no surprise to see a league 1 club or someone like Rotherham or Crawley make Luke an offer, probably on better terms than we can offer and there is nothing we can do about it.
Would also add that I'm a little bit surprised that the end of the season is upon us, but nothing has been done to tie 1 or 2 of our better players who are out of contract players down to a new contract before the vultures start circling. It would be no surprise to see a league 1 club or someone like Rotherham or Crawley make Luke an offer, probably on better terms than we can offer and there is nothing we can do about it. northyorksbantam

11:58am Thu 26 Apr 12

KnightMcCall says...

nowt fresh wrote:
KnightMcCall wrote:
prince35 wrote: Well maybe We should give John muranka the managers job???. Positive thinking no caution.
Perhaps not the managers job but surely it has to be worth considering what he might do for some of the other players. Can't see Branston needing a mind coach but the more fragile players could benefit. Players like Colbeck and Evans clearly had talent but so often seemed to struggle mentally (who wouldn't with the mindless fools slagging them off when they were supposed to be supporting them). Interesting that James Hanson has also been seeing this guy as his confidence has definitely improved.
" Interesting that James Hanson has also been seeing this guy as his confidence has definitely improved", It won't stop some of the clowns on here and the City message board giving the lad stick for only being our leading scorer again in a poor side.
No, Sadly it won't. I guess people see different things, have different expectations and certainly have different levels of understanding. I would imagine that with someone of the ilk of Nicky Summerbee in the side, Hanson would have 20 goals. Hanson works hard, puts up with terrible refs, gets battered by defenders and gets abuse from some fans...but he has had his best season this year so he is doing something right.
[quote][p][bold]nowt fresh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KnightMcCall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]prince35[/bold] wrote: Well maybe We should give John muranka the managers job???. Positive thinking no caution.[/p][/quote]Perhaps not the managers job but surely it has to be worth considering what he might do for some of the other players. Can't see Branston needing a mind coach but the more fragile players could benefit. Players like Colbeck and Evans clearly had talent but so often seemed to struggle mentally (who wouldn't with the mindless fools slagging them off when they were supposed to be supporting them). Interesting that James Hanson has also been seeing this guy as his confidence has definitely improved.[/p][/quote]" Interesting that James Hanson has also been seeing this guy as his confidence has definitely improved", It won't stop some of the clowns on here and the City message board giving the lad stick for only being our leading scorer again in a poor side.[/p][/quote]No, Sadly it won't. I guess people see different things, have different expectations and certainly have different levels of understanding. I would imagine that with someone of the ilk of Nicky Summerbee in the side, Hanson would have 20 goals. Hanson works hard, puts up with terrible refs, gets battered by defenders and gets abuse from some fans...but he has had his best season this year so he is doing something right. KnightMcCall

12:01pm Thu 26 Apr 12

StaffsBantam says...

Many, many others manage to show a positive frame of mind, doing the business week in week out, which they do without the benefit of a "guru". They are called Bradford City supporters!
On the other hand, maybe we all need help!
Just joking, well done Luke!
Many, many others manage to show a positive frame of mind, doing the business week in week out, which they do without the benefit of a "guru". They are called Bradford City supporters! On the other hand, maybe we all need help! Just joking, well done Luke! StaffsBantam

12:03pm Thu 26 Apr 12

KnightMcCall says...

northyorksbantam wrote:
Would also add that I'm a little bit surprised that the end of the season is upon us, but nothing has been done to tie 1 or 2 of our better players who are out of contract players down to a new contract before the vultures start circling. It would be no surprise to see a league 1 club or someone like Rotherham or Crawley make Luke an offer, probably on better terms than we can offer and there is nothing we can do about it.
contracts tend to run to end of May or June though; you know, to cover the play offs....

I think we may struggle to hold on to prize assets if we don't sell a few more season tickets regardless of when we open contract negotiations. It is going to be an interesting summer.
[quote][p][bold]northyorksbantam[/bold] wrote: Would also add that I'm a little bit surprised that the end of the season is upon us, but nothing has been done to tie 1 or 2 of our better players who are out of contract players down to a new contract before the vultures start circling. It would be no surprise to see a league 1 club or someone like Rotherham or Crawley make Luke an offer, probably on better terms than we can offer and there is nothing we can do about it.[/p][/quote]contracts tend to run to end of May or June though; you know, to cover the play offs.... I think we may struggle to hold on to prize assets if we don't sell a few more season tickets regardless of when we open contract negotiations. It is going to be an interesting summer. KnightMcCall

12:40pm Thu 26 Apr 12

Babbsy says...

I've been advocating the use of Sports Psychologists at city for years - Sounds like Taylor might have at least got something right. 50% of the battle in any sport is what's in your mind, and probably even more so at City's lower level where there's not a lot to choose between many of the players making their trade. Players need to feel that they will win every match they go out to play and I honestly believe that for a long time at City we've struggled to carry that mindset and shown too much respect for too many teams.
I've been advocating the use of Sports Psychologists at city for years - Sounds like Taylor might have at least got something right. 50% of the battle in any sport is what's in your mind, and probably even more so at City's lower level where there's not a lot to choose between many of the players making their trade. Players need to feel that they will win every match they go out to play and I honestly believe that for a long time at City we've struggled to carry that mindset and shown too much respect for too many teams. Babbsy

2:15pm Thu 26 Apr 12

Dave2610 says...

Had a great night at the awards 300 people in Mccalls suite!!

Funny when Luke got a trophy which had a pair of boxing gloves on LOL !!!

Well done Luke on the achievement this year keep it going to next season please thats if you are offered a contract!!!!!!
Had a great night at the awards 300 people in Mccalls suite!! Funny when Luke got a trophy which had a pair of boxing gloves on LOL !!! Well done Luke on the achievement this year keep it going to next season please thats if you are offered a contract!!!!!! Dave2610

2:49pm Thu 26 Apr 12

terrysblackchicken says...

Dont always agree with these people but it obviously works for him and has been a stand out this year.
Dont always agree with these people but it obviously works for him and has been a stand out this year. terrysblackchicken

3:09pm Thu 26 Apr 12

prince35 says...

KnightMcCall wrote:
northyorksbantam wrote:
Would also add that I'm a little bit surprised that the end of the season is upon us, but nothing has been done to tie 1 or 2 of our better players who are out of contract players down to a new contract before the vultures start circling. It would be no surprise to see a league 1 club or someone like Rotherham or Crawley make Luke an offer, probably on better terms than we can offer and there is nothing we can do about it.
contracts tend to run to end of May or June though; you know, to cover the play offs....

I think we may struggle to hold on to prize assets if we don't sell a few more season tickets regardless of when we open contract negotiations. It is going to be an interesting summer.
Im hearing parkys hands are tied until the true figure of season tkt money is sorted.
I guarantee in a month or so , We will have a headline in the Telegraph saying Parky misses out on targets yet again.
[quote][p][bold]KnightMcCall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]northyorksbantam[/bold] wrote: Would also add that I'm a little bit surprised that the end of the season is upon us, but nothing has been done to tie 1 or 2 of our better players who are out of contract players down to a new contract before the vultures start circling. It would be no surprise to see a league 1 club or someone like Rotherham or Crawley make Luke an offer, probably on better terms than we can offer and there is nothing we can do about it.[/p][/quote]contracts tend to run to end of May or June though; you know, to cover the play offs.... I think we may struggle to hold on to prize assets if we don't sell a few more season tickets regardless of when we open contract negotiations. It is going to be an interesting summer.[/p][/quote]Im hearing parkys hands are tied until the true figure of season tkt money is sorted. I guarantee in a month or so , We will have a headline in the Telegraph saying Parky misses out on targets yet again. prince35

6:39pm Thu 26 Apr 12

Dave2610 says...

Its a business!! If you dont get money coming in you carnt spend it simples!!!!!

So go and purchase your ticket so Parkie can have a decent budget.
Its a business!! If you dont get money coming in you carnt spend it simples!!!!! So go and purchase your ticket so Parkie can have a decent budget. Dave2610

6:42pm Thu 26 Apr 12

beardedclam says...

prince35 wrote:
beardedclam wrote:
I'm glad someone played a blinder, because it certainly wasn't you Oliver! You've been shocking this season.
Really don't know if your post is a wind up????.
Or your just not intelligent enough when watching a game of football to understand ???
For a tall player, his positional marking is terrible, he has poor heading ability, he rarely scores despite his vertical advantage.
He really has been shocking. Best of a bad bunch perhaps? Unsure really, i can think of at least 3 other players who have played better regularly.

He has mastered the air kick though, the slice and the "get myself out of jail" last ditch tackle.
Player of the year, some of you fans are delusional!!
Muppets
[quote][p][bold]prince35[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]beardedclam[/bold] wrote: I'm glad someone played a blinder, because it certainly wasn't you Oliver! You've been shocking this season.[/p][/quote]Really don't know if your post is a wind up????. Or your just not intelligent enough when watching a game of football to understand ???[/p][/quote]For a tall player, his positional marking is terrible, he has poor heading ability, he rarely scores despite his vertical advantage. He really has been shocking. Best of a bad bunch perhaps? Unsure really, i can think of at least 3 other players who have played better regularly. He has mastered the air kick though, the slice and the "get myself out of jail" last ditch tackle. Player of the year, some of you fans are delusional!! Muppets beardedclam

6:56pm Thu 26 Apr 12

KnightMcCall says...

Dave2610 wrote:
Its a business!! If you dont get money coming in you carnt spend it simples!!!!!

So go and purchase your ticket so Parkie can have a decent budget.
Someone should have told Rangers and Pompey that Dave.
[quote][p][bold]Dave2610[/bold] wrote: Its a business!! If you dont get money coming in you carnt spend it simples!!!!! So go and purchase your ticket so Parkie can have a decent budget.[/p][/quote]Someone should have told Rangers and Pompey that Dave. KnightMcCall

6:57pm Thu 26 Apr 12

prince35 says...

beardedclam wrote:
prince35 wrote:
beardedclam wrote:
I'm glad someone played a blinder, because it certainly wasn't you Oliver! You've been shocking this season.
Really don't know if your post is a wind up????.
Or your just not intelligent enough when watching a game of football to understand ???
For a tall player, his positional marking is terrible, he has poor heading ability, he rarely scores despite his vertical advantage.
He really has been shocking. Best of a bad bunch perhaps? Unsure really, i can think of at least 3 other players who have played better regularly.

He has mastered the air kick though, the slice and the "get myself out of jail" last ditch tackle.
Player of the year, some of you fans are delusional!!
Muppets
To say that this award is voted by the fans , there must be lots of muppetts that watch bradford cty?
Also name the 3 players that you class have had better seasons.

I can't go and watch bradford cty tbh.
You come on here to just wind us season tkt holders up.
[quote][p][bold]beardedclam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]prince35[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]beardedclam[/bold] wrote: I'm glad someone played a blinder, because it certainly wasn't you Oliver! You've been shocking this season.[/p][/quote]Really don't know if your post is a wind up????. Or your just not intelligent enough when watching a game of football to understand ???[/p][/quote]For a tall player, his positional marking is terrible, he has poor heading ability, he rarely scores despite his vertical advantage. He really has been shocking. Best of a bad bunch perhaps? Unsure really, i can think of at least 3 other players who have played better regularly. He has mastered the air kick though, the slice and the "get myself out of jail" last ditch tackle. Player of the year, some of you fans are delusional!! Muppets[/p][/quote]To say that this award is voted by the fans , there must be lots of muppetts that watch bradford cty? Also name the 3 players that you class have had better seasons. I can't go and watch bradford cty tbh. You come on here to just wind us season tkt holders up. prince35

7:21pm Thu 26 Apr 12

Cityman23 says...

Does anyone else think the 'T&A' BCAFC Player Of The Season trophy (presented to Luke Oliver) looks a bit...well..er odd...like a 'catapult ready to fire conker'?!!
Does anyone else think the 'T&A' BCAFC Player Of The Season trophy (presented to Luke Oliver) looks a bit...well..er odd...like a 'catapult ready to fire conker'?!! Cityman23

7:45pm Thu 26 Apr 12

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

His positional play is improving, he rarely missed a header in our box, most of the times he's in the ops box the ball is floated too close to the keeper, his last ditch tackles have been timed to perfection, often getting other players out of the mire, and are made with just the right amount of aggression. His main job and the one he got this and other awards for was done more than adequately and he has been a big part of a solid backline.

All this from a man who would have been pushed out of the club by many during the summer, sad to say I was one then but not now, his strides made to improving his game have impressed me and I'd hate for him to leave us now.
His positional play is improving, he rarely missed a header in our box, most of the times he's in the ops box the ball is floated too close to the keeper, his last ditch tackles have been timed to perfection, often getting other players out of the mire, and are made with just the right amount of aggression. His main job and the one he got this and other awards for was done more than adequately and he has been a big part of a solid backline. All this from a man who would have been pushed out of the club by many during the summer, sad to say I was one then but not now, his strides made to improving his game have impressed me and I'd hate for him to leave us now. Prisoner Cell Block A

9:18pm Thu 26 Apr 12

prince35 says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
His positional play is improving, he rarely missed a header in our box, most of the times he's in the ops box the ball is floated too close to the keeper, his last ditch tackles have been timed to perfection, often getting other players out of the mire, and are made with just the right amount of aggression. His main job and the one he got this and other awards for was done more than adequately and he has been a big part of a solid backline.

All this from a man who would have been pushed out of the club by many during the summer, sad to say I was one then but not now, his strides made to improving his game have impressed me and I'd hate for him to leave us now.
For a big lad he Oliver should score more goals from set plays and corners.
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: His positional play is improving, he rarely missed a header in our box, most of the times he's in the ops box the ball is floated too close to the keeper, his last ditch tackles have been timed to perfection, often getting other players out of the mire, and are made with just the right amount of aggression. His main job and the one he got this and other awards for was done more than adequately and he has been a big part of a solid backline. All this from a man who would have been pushed out of the club by many during the summer, sad to say I was one then but not now, his strides made to improving his game have impressed me and I'd hate for him to leave us now.[/p][/quote]For a big lad he Oliver should score more goals from set plays and corners. prince35

10:23pm Thu 26 Apr 12

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

I'm happy enough he mastered the main part of his game and concentrated on that this season, to the extent he picked up POTS. Maybe the goal-scoring side is something he will work on in preparation for next season. Check Luke's league appearance stats before he came to City. Not much pro football up to then, he was green and has improved, he can improve further and adding goals to his attributes would be perfect.

Besides he scored in one of our brighter moments this season against the puppies. POTS and that goal is enough for me.
I'm happy enough he mastered the main part of his game and concentrated on that this season, to the extent he picked up POTS. Maybe the goal-scoring side is something he will work on in preparation for next season. Check Luke's league appearance stats before he came to City. Not much pro football up to then, he was green and has improved, he can improve further and adding goals to his attributes would be perfect. Besides he scored in one of our brighter moments this season against the puppies. POTS and that goal is enough for me. Prisoner Cell Block A

11:10pm Thu 26 Apr 12

lonniejockstrap says...

@PCBA. My information is that GG has his residence on a Street just off Whetley Lane on the border of Manningham and Girlington districts. (I got there eventually!)
@PCBA. My information is that GG has his residence on a Street just off Whetley Lane on the border of Manningham and Girlington districts. (I got there eventually!) lonniejockstrap

8:25am Fri 27 Apr 12

phil66 says...

Chaps, i got this text last night from a mate who got the text from someone thats well connected at VP... Flynn gone, Mitchell gone.Syers Duke and Fagen going. Luton want Branston. Deal agreed with Caley for Williams. Trying to folg Hannah. Someone trying to buy Jones,he's on the most cash. All new players identifed for next season.Already signed winger from Reading.After Etuhu from Pompy depends on wages. Centre mid from Port Vale. Bogdanavic from Blackpool. Full back/centre mid from Aldershot plus a few more players one from Gateshead,one from York. All dev squad told to find new clubs.... AGAIN dont shoot the messager , it was a text i got.
Chaps, i got this text last night from a mate who got the text from someone thats well connected at VP... Flynn gone, Mitchell gone.Syers Duke and Fagen going. Luton want Branston. Deal agreed with Caley for Williams. Trying to folg Hannah. Someone trying to buy Jones,he's on the most cash. All new players identifed for next season.Already signed winger from Reading.After Etuhu from Pompy depends on wages. Centre mid from Port Vale. Bogdanavic from Blackpool. Full back/centre mid from Aldershot plus a few more players one from Gateshead,one from York. All dev squad told to find new clubs.... AGAIN dont shoot the messager , it was a text i got. phil66

8:34am Fri 27 Apr 12

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Well done super sleuth. I'd consigned that to the 'maybe to do list'.

That's a lot of info to take in phil, a lot of info that will cause many posts today I'm guessing.
Well done super sleuth. I'd consigned that to the 'maybe to do list'. That's a lot of info to take in phil, a lot of info that will cause many posts today I'm guessing. Prisoner Cell Block A

9:25am Fri 27 Apr 12

BCFCBoothy1 says...

phil66 wrote:
Chaps, i got this text last night from a mate who got the text from someone thats well connected at VP... Flynn gone, Mitchell gone.Syers Duke and Fagen going. Luton want Branston. Deal agreed with Caley for Williams. Trying to folg Hannah. Someone trying to buy Jones,he's on the most cash. All new players identifed for next season.Already signed winger from Reading.After Etuhu from Pompy depends on wages. Centre mid from Port Vale. Bogdanavic from Blackpool. Full back/centre mid from Aldershot plus a few more players one from Gateshead,one from York. All dev squad told to find new clubs.... AGAIN dont shoot the messager , it was a text i got.
That is a lot of info, and I can see some of that being true, regarding Mitchel, Flynn Dog, Duke and Fagen - I can see PP doing all of what you have said, but I have to admit I would be very disappointed to see Syers, Jones and Hannah go - I think they have been and will develop into quality players and would love to see them at the club for years to come.
CTID
[quote][p][bold]phil66[/bold] wrote: Chaps, i got this text last night from a mate who got the text from someone thats well connected at VP... Flynn gone, Mitchell gone.Syers Duke and Fagen going. Luton want Branston. Deal agreed with Caley for Williams. Trying to folg Hannah. Someone trying to buy Jones,he's on the most cash. All new players identifed for next season.Already signed winger from Reading.After Etuhu from Pompy depends on wages. Centre mid from Port Vale. Bogdanavic from Blackpool. Full back/centre mid from Aldershot plus a few more players one from Gateshead,one from York. All dev squad told to find new clubs.... AGAIN dont shoot the messager , it was a text i got.[/p][/quote]That is a lot of info, and I can see some of that being true, regarding Mitchel, Flynn Dog, Duke and Fagen - I can see PP doing all of what you have said, but I have to admit I would be very disappointed to see Syers, Jones and Hannah go - I think they have been and will develop into quality players and would love to see them at the club for years to come. CTID BCFCBoothy1

5:26pm Fri 27 Apr 12

Pablo says...

phil66 wrote:
Chaps, i got this text last night from a mate who got the text from someone thats well connected at VP... Flynn gone, Mitchell gone.Syers Duke and Fagen going. Luton want Branston. Deal agreed with Caley for Williams. Trying to folg Hannah. Someone trying to buy Jones,he's on the most cash. All new players identifed for next season.Already signed winger from Reading.After Etuhu from Pompy depends on wages. Centre mid from Port Vale. Bogdanavic from Blackpool. Full back/centre mid from Aldershot plus a few more players one from Gateshead,one from York. All dev squad told to find new clubs.... AGAIN dont shoot the messager , it was a text i got.
Interestingly, the squad as detailed in today's T&A shows no Fagan, Syers or Flynn in the squad. That may well be an indication that they've no part to play next season. However, I'd be surprised if Syers is not offered terms.

We mustn't let Jones go!!
[quote][p][bold]phil66[/bold] wrote: Chaps, i got this text last night from a mate who got the text from someone thats well connected at VP... Flynn gone, Mitchell gone.Syers Duke and Fagen going. Luton want Branston. Deal agreed with Caley for Williams. Trying to folg Hannah. Someone trying to buy Jones,he's on the most cash. All new players identifed for next season.Already signed winger from Reading.After Etuhu from Pompy depends on wages. Centre mid from Port Vale. Bogdanavic from Blackpool. Full back/centre mid from Aldershot plus a few more players one from Gateshead,one from York. All dev squad told to find new clubs.... AGAIN dont shoot the messager , it was a text i got.[/p][/quote]Interestingly, the squad as detailed in today's T&A shows no Fagan, Syers or Flynn in the squad. That may well be an indication that they've no part to play next season. However, I'd be surprised if Syers is not offered terms. We mustn't let Jones go!! Pablo

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