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James Collins

Postby prophet:marginal on Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:00 pm

Are we entering the last few weeks of this player's time at the club? Sad to say, but I think we might be.

It's been a long journey, punctuated by a change of badge, even if he couldn't tear himself away from the famous claret and blue.

He was, after all, an unused sub on the day we played in our last major final, in Cardiff, when...sorry I can't finish that sentence.

That itself was 12 years ago.

The kind of personality that every club needs at least one of, Ginge has never shirked a shift in an often uncertain backline. He seemed to love the challenge of Anfield, iirc ensuring at least a couple of draws, if not more, in his time. Shame, maybe, that he wasn't there for the famous 0-3.

Along with Noble, Ginge has effectively devoted most of his career to our club.

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When he's gone, I reckon he'll be sorely missed.
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Re: James Collins

Postby hammer1975 on Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:02 pm

Fella should have had a testimonial
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Re: James Collins

Postby prophet:marginal on Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:03 pm

hammer1975 wrote:Fella should have had a testimonial


Emotion duly seconded.
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Re: James Collins

Postby Doc H Ball on Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:52 pm

You would have thought that on his salary there would be a place for him in the squad. I had hoped he'd become a coach here.

For how he handled Bubbles' demonstration alone I love him.
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Re: James Collins

Postby Puff Daddy on Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:54 am

Loyal club servant, lovely bloke and all that, but fear of life without him and sentimentality, are not sufficient reasons for keeping him
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Re: James Collins

Postby S-H on Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:44 am

Puff Daddy wrote:Loyal club servant, lovely bloke and all that, but fear of life without him and sentimentality, are not sufficient reasons for keeping him


We need to move on, with regards to finding better players to play in his position, but I would make it a priority to keep him at the club in some form of coaching role.

I would imagine that he would like to play on though, a 1 year deal can't hurt, can it?

Love you Ginge!
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Re: James Collins

Postby Patito on Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:41 am

It always benefits to have people around the club who get what it means to play for West Ham. He's worth at least another year in my book.
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Re: James Collins

Postby AlfieG on Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:06 am

Ginge is a proper old school defender and if we had a few more with the heart and desire that he shows, we wouldnt be in the shyte we are in now.

For that reason, we need him involved with the team now and in future, :thup:
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Re: James Collins

Postby Ben on Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:35 am

would easily do a job for us from the bench with a year extension
and if we continue to not use the first team in cup games then he would be a good bloke to play alongside younger defenders in those games too
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Re: James Collins

Postby Ludeksgloves on Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:52 am

I think he could still be useful as a Fourth choice CB. The man bleeds West Ham, gives his all and still has put in some fantastic performances this season despite his age.

On top of this, I understand he is a fantastic bloke in the dressing room, and also helps out the kids.

Well worth a year extra, and after that get him in to youth coaching.
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Re: James Collins

Postby szola on Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:59 am

Why do we assume he is a good coach?

He clearly puts his body on the line when needed, and always puts a decent effort when called on. With the backline consisting of three defenders, and one of those is a left-back, I'd say there would be room for him, as Rice doesn't need to be registered iirc.
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Re: James Collins

Postby S-H on Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:02 am

szola wrote:Why do we assume he is a good coach?



I think it's more to do with finding him a position, in order to keep him in and around the squad.

Spurs seem to look after ex players pretty well, in that regard.
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Re: James Collins

Postby Puff Daddy on Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:06 am

Ben wrote:would easily do a job for us from the bench with a year extension
and if we continue to not use the first team in cup games then he would be a good bloke to play alongside younger defenders in those games too


Always assuming of course, he is not out nursing an injury
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Re: James Collins

Postby Pango on Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:50 am

Wish he was 5 years younger .....

The job on Suarez a few years ago was the best defensive work by a Hammer in decades ...

If he goes he needs to be Captain against Everton .... and subbed in 89th minute to standing ovation.
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Re: James Collins

Postby The Gibbins on Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:58 am

Great player, great servant and echo that he deserves a testimonial.

However, it is definitely the right time for him to move on now, he has unfortunately shows glimpses that he is on the decline. If this club is to move forward then they need to look beyond extending the contracts of ageing players and look towards the future with younger talent.
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Re: James Collins

Postby Mega Ron on Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:00 pm

I opened this thread expecting to see a post from Puff asking if Ginge was really ginger or strawberry blonde.
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Re: James Collins

Postby DasNutNock on Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:29 pm

Big fan here. If he wants regular football, he ought to look elsewhere, but if he's okay to take the role of injury cover, I think we could do worse than hold onto him.
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Re: James Collins

Postby S-H on Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:33 pm

Mega Ron wrote:I opened this thread expecting to see a post from Puff asking if Ginge was really ginger or strawberry blonde.


I believe the politically correct term is Redhead!
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Re: James Collins

Postby Smonnie on Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:45 pm

The thing for me is the quality of the bacon.

If it's good quality bacon in a decent roll, I prefer just butter (Lurpak Lighter Spreadable normally), but if it's a lower quality bacon I'd probably go with brown sauce.
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Re: James Collins

Postby Cockneyboy311 on Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:52 pm

Give him another year, then try and find a job for him as a coach or something.

What will happen though i suspect is that he will leave unwillingly. If that is the case then a previous poster said play him against Everton and sub him in the 89th minute. I certainly concur with that, although i might end up with something in my eye :cry:
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