Anniversary Appleby-isms: Our favourite quotes from Steve’s first year as Wisbech Town boss
AS Steve Appleby prepares to celebrate a year in charge of the Fenmen we take a look back at Apps’ most memorable quotes from his time as Wisbech boss.
Appleby on taking charge (February 2010): “We have a great bunch of players here and myself, Chris (Dear) and Mark (Jimson) are looking forward to working with the lads during this season and into next season at the new ground.”
Appleby on his first signing (March 2010): “Tommy’s strong, got a good physical presence and he scores goals. I didn’t want to sign anyone until the summer but I feel a few players need a bit of a kick up the backside and our season was at risk of fading out.”
Appleby on moving from their temporary home (Outwell) back to Wisbech (April 2010): “Moving into the new stadium is massive progress. We are hopeful that the people of the town will get behind us. We have been a sleeping giant for years and now look to bring some success to this football club.”
Appleby on losing Alex Street, Scott Cubberley and Billy Smith to King’s Lynn (June 2010): “I have to act in the best interests of our football club and although I wanted to keep the players who have left and build my side around them, I will not have them dictating where they will play in the side and will not be held to ransom regarding this or over financial matters.”
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Appleby on his side’s early-season inconsistency (September 2010): “It’s killing me. I’m angry, disappointed, gutted and confused at how we gave a complete performance on Saturday and then were so inept on Tuesday. We’ve been more than a little Jekyll and Hyde.”
Appleby on communicating (September 2010): “I wish the players were as noisy on the pitch as they are off it. We’ve got a good set of lads in changing room but sometimes we can be a bit quiet when we cross the white line. I know certain players can be a bit quieter but I’m a bit old school.”
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Appleby on friendships (September 2010): “I couldn’t stay loyal at all costs and the 1-1 draw with Brantham Athletic was the final straw. There was nothing personal in moving Craig Parker, Ash Murrell and Wayne Morris on - I’ve played with them, they are my friends so it wasn’t easy but we needed to freshen things up.”
Appleby on the fans (October 2010): “The fans can be ferocious and that’s brilliant to have behind you.”
Appleby on his captain Paul Cousins (October 2010): “You want to build teams around players like Paul. I’d never want him to leave because not only is he a great player but his presence is massive.”
Appleby on the festive football schedule (December 2010): “We don’t want fair weather players who only want to play when the sun is shining. At this time of year it’s about character and rolling up your sleeves to grind out wins.
“Like everyone else, I will love plenty of ale and plenty of turkey but it’s what else you do. You need to make sure you’re ready to play.”
Appleby on the professional game (December 2010): “Unlike Premier League players, who seem to complain about playing every three to four days, our lads just want to get out there.”
Appleby on online forums (January 2011): “I’d ask fans to have a little think before you type because some comments overshadowed Monday’s victory.”
Appleby on referees (January 2011): “We’ve already had more than enough refereeing decisions go against us this year but a couple of decisions on Saturday defied belief. I can’t say too much more than that or I’ll get myself in trouble.”
Appleby on waterlogged pitches (January 2011): “When I was playing we used to love sliding around in puddles. Now it’s thought of as dangerous.”