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Football / Latas - Bairns Ace Won't hang Up Boots
« on: August 08, 2006, 12:32:12 AM »
Our Euro Style Will Let Me Play On Til I'm 40
By Anthony Haggerty (Daily Record)

BAIRNS ACE WON'T HANG UP BOOTS - Latapy is happier than ever at Falkirk

RUSSELL LATAPY should be winding down his football career but the 38-year-old insists he can play on and on.

The little Magician ought to be passing on tips and tricks to a team in the lower divisions full of starry-eyed hopefuls this season.

However, Latapy is defying both time and logic as he continues to dazzle his SPL opponents every week with Falkirk.

For those who believe Latapy can't still kick it or hack it at the top they should watch a DVD of the Bairns' first two games this season.

There wasn't a better player on the park in either game but a modest Latapy insists it's all down to the style his team plays.

And he reckons it will allow him to play on a bit longer and even turn out in the top flight when he's 40.

He said: "John Hughes is trying to get Falkirk to play a passing game and that suits my style as it is a more European type of football.

"That is the reason I'm having fun and I'll continue to play as long as my body allows me to."

It was Latapy's intention to retire after this summer's World Cup finals with Trinidad and Tobago before changing his mind.

He insists he would never cheat his manager or the Falkirk fans but as long as he's making a positive contribution he'll stick around.

Latapy said: "Finishing after the World Cup would have been the perfect way to end my career.

"But Falkirk don't have the biggest squad and I'm still needed to do my bit which I'm happy to do.

"Falkirk don't want to just bring jersey-fillers to the club. We want quality players and until we can do that I'll have to play on.

"My body will tell me when it is time to go and I've said that the past four seasons. If it allows me to then maybe I will be okay to continue playing until I am 40.

"It is a lot easier to have fun when the team you play for are enjoying a decent run of results.

"It gets more difficult when you are struggling every week as it is a lot harder to go out express yourself.

"I am not scared to give football up as I will always play the game - even if it is on a Sunday or just with my mates.

"But I know I can still do it at this level so why give up? I truly love the game and I am still trying to make a positive contribution.

"As long as I can help the team and bring on the youngsters then I will do that.

"I would never cheat myself or the team - especially Yogi."

Hughes was the man who handed Latapy the chance to coach at Falkirk when he quit Tannadice two seasons ago and was about to be lost to the game altogether.

Latapy revealed he gets a real buzz from coaching - almost as much as he does from playing.

He has even uprooted his young family from Newton Mearns and moved to Falkirk in an effort to get closer to the action.

Latapy said: "I thought that when I left Dundee United I was going to quit football altogether but Yogi gave me the chance to continue playing and gain some experience in coaching.

"I am really enjoying the coaching aspect at the moment. I take the first team, the reserves and the kids and I'm loving it.

"I want to continue coaching here and I know Yogi is currently busy trying to get players in who will take the club forward.

"When he does that I might decide it's time to concentrate on the coaching but I can still hack it at this level.

"For the past three seasons I have been travelling 75 minutes every day to get to training which works out at two-and-a-half hours added on to your day.

"I thought that it would be much easier and in case of emergencies if I stayed in Falkirk - especially as I now have a young baby.

"I am only 10 minutes away from the stadium now. I roll out of bed and by 9.30am I have had breakfast and walked the dog and I'm ready for training."

He may be 38 but there's plenty of life left in this old dog yet.

Football / Theobald leaves Falkirk.
« on: August 03, 2006, 07:55:51 AM »
Theobald leaves Falkirk.
Falkirk Website.

Falkirk Football Club have by mutual agreement with Densill Theobald decided to terminate his contract with immediate effect. Densill had asked to be given the opportunity to pursue his career elsewhere. Unfortunately the signing of Densill has not worked as well as we had hoped and the club feels that it is in the best interests of both parties to move on. Head Coach John Hughes said" Densill contacted us and intimated that he wished to pursue his career elsewhere. We decided to accept Densill's request and wish him all the best in his future.
The Trinidad and Tobago international told the SPL side he did not want to return after appearing at the World Cup finals, claiming he can double his salary away from Westfield.
The Bairns have granted the 24-year-old his wish after the former Caledonia AIA playmaker, who signed in January on an 18-month deal, failed to make a single first-team appearance for the club.
Hughes explained: "We have got plenty of midfielders but what it does mean is that it frees up Densill's wages and we will have a look.
"We are constantly looking but it is the same scenario, I will not bring in anyone that is not going to bring something to the club.
"I am not going to bring in jersey-fillers. If I do, it will be young guys that are hungry to go and succeed."
Hughes has a good record of bringing young players in to develop, selling some of them on for a sizeable profit - such as forward Darryl Duffy, who left for Hull in January.
He continued: "We have brought in young guys, we have brought them into this environment.
"Darryl Duffy is probably the perfect example, we gave him that stage because it is a great stage."
Hughes admits he had hoped Theobald would have finally made the breakthrough to the first team this term, but is determined to quickly put the player's departure behind him.
He added: "If there is any disappointment it is because I felt this would have been a big year for him, but it's not to be so we need to move on.
"I don't know if the World Cup has gone to his head, you will have to ask him."

Football / Dog for Falkirk ?
« on: March 23, 2006, 02:35:39 AM »
A Scottish newspaper mentions that Falkirk Manager John Hughes is keen to land Marvin Andrews when his contract runs out at Rangers in the summer . 'Yogi' sees Marvin as a possible solution to Falkirk's problems in central defence .

The Sun goes on to claim that fellow countryman Russell Latapy would play a big part in enticing him to Falkirk ... and I though Latas would retire after Germany  ???

The atricle goes on the state that Bleeder has a good chance of featuring on Saturday after impressing in the reserves .

3 Bairns at The World Cup , ah love it !

Football / The Crossbar Challenge - T&T
« on: March 04, 2006, 11:57:19 AM »
the one you've been waiting for :

SoccerAM CC T&T

enjoy  ;)

Football / Crossbar Challenge - Glasgow Rangers this time .
« on: January 29, 2006, 12:37:26 PM »
you'll need to download this one - here

features Dog  ;)

Football / Dundee Utd Crossbar Challenge
« on: January 18, 2006, 07:08:42 AM »
watch out for the familiar face in the following link :

Click Here.

Football / World Cup Predictor
« on: December 11, 2005, 10:59:07 PM »

Football / Latas Watch
« on: October 21, 2005, 02:16:14 PM »
Russell has 4 games scheduled between now and the play-offs ,

22 Oct Dundee Utd (Home)
26 Oct Inverness (Away)
29 Oct Livingston (Home)
6 Nov Celtic (Away)

Dundee United visit The Falkirk Stadium tomorrow with Collin Samuel amongst their ranks , full Latas report (and maybe a bit about Collin) after tomorrow's game  ;)

Check Da Danger !!

ah love it!!

Football / Bahrain games
« on: October 12, 2005, 08:10:22 PM »
Any dates set aside for the Bahrain games ?

FFC might not let you have Latas if it clashes with an SPL game

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