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Adam Cattell

Roar Pro

Joined August 2019







Football writer first, Teacher second, probably an entertainer third. Offering my views on the Brisbane Roar and the wider world of Football. Native of the north east of England. Darlington FC fan, I've never heard of your team too.



He’s not 33 until next September Andy. You may be well be right re: his injuries- should absolutely be a concern, he has a dreadful record with them.
Still I think its great for the A-League, will certainly have a few more eyeballs on it now and will help generate publicity and coverage (which can only be a good thing!)

Perth Glory complete massive signing with former Liverpool star

Joined the APL as director of content a few weeks back

'You can't bluff football fans': Rushden makes Stan debut alongside Bozza and Foz as UCL kicks off

For my money Young’s the best keeper in the A league. At the start of last season he was out the team in favour of -ironically- Crocombe.
Fowler mentioned at the time Young needed to work on a few things (distribution being the main one) but he’d worked hard and earned his recall.
Upon his return the roar defence did seem more assured.
He seems to pull off a ridiculous world class save every other week!

How bad are Melbourne Victory? How good is Jamie Young?

Care to revise that now Andy?!

Moon to bring in a 'Queensland mentality' back to the Roar

How’s that working out for you so far? 😂

Moon to bring in a 'Queensland mentality' back to the Roar

The owners own the land behind the dugouts.. I know there is scope to do something..a very small chance of this happening -but-maybe not complete pie in the sky

Redcliffe is Brisbane Roar's not-so-secret weapon

I was at the victory game and would agree with a lot of this Mike.. it does remain a tricky place to get to for a lot of fans though- I do wonder how a couple of defeats might affect the numbers/mood etc.
longer term the club need to get closer to the CBD IMO, Perry Park and Goodwin Park in Yeronga could be options but would need a lot of money invested!

Redcliffe is Brisbane Roar's not-so-secret weapon

Absolutely.. if the roar don’t take a punt on Lofthouse someone else surely will.
By the way Waz, met a fella the other day who tells me you may originate from County Durham.. can u confirm or deny?!

Lions FC take out NPL crown in Queensland

Roar are between a rock and a hard place on this one I feel. I went to the Dolphins for the Melbourne City game and it is perfect in terms of its size etc but for those coming in from around the City it is not an enticing option in terms of getting to.
Whether a boutique football stadium in the city gains approval remains to be seen. I’m not holding my breath though!

Brisbane Roar ditches its base and heads north

Yes Waz there certainly are and it wasnt aimed as a detractor to those players youve named.
There was (and Im sure you’d agree) a vocal proportion of fans who didnt like the heavy anglo influence.

Moon to bring in a 'Queensland mentality' back to the Roar

Hi Lionheart- I believe its a permanent move- the Roar had a fallout with Logan Council over an unpaid water bill. Alot of the squad live on the Gold Coast- so imagine it might be a popular decision.

Moon to bring in a 'Queensland mentality' back to the Roar

Nice to see you back on here Mike. What do you make of Moon’s appointment at the Roar? Would he have been your choice?

The A-League's fan-base could use an attitude adjustment

It certainly was a tough task Waz and I don’t envy FQ that job of sorting it. However as the article alludes to the Magpies have been left very disappointed by the outcome. The worry is the knock on effect of losing players to the NPL, I know they have a couple of lads who are considering relocating to Brisbane to play in this years comp.

Magpies left flapping as NPL announces restart

Thanks Waz, appreciate those comments.
I, like many others, think the establishment of a Second Division is imperative for the growth of the game here.
In terms of the NPLQ restart, you are right, midweek fixtures are going to prove a nightmare- particularly for the Magpies who will have to organise travel and accommodation on top of their part time players seeking time off work.
Interesting times ahead.

Clubs doing it tough as Queensland NPL restart hangs in the balance

JB- take your point (and agree) with the merit in remonstrating with the officials.
I’m not too sure though if it ‘for the cameras’, think RF is genuinely frustrated with the standard of officialdom in the A League since his arrival. Too be fair he isn’t the first to have a pop!
Cheers, Adam

Robbie rants at officials as the Roar move into fifth

Hello JB,
Firstly the term ‘Roar Pro’ is not a title I bestowed upon myself!
I have never managed, but would imagine it to be a pretty stressful gig. Perhaps a manager may after a perceived injustice, may need to ‘vent’ and the unfortunate fourth official usually takes the brunt of this.
Re: Fowler, he has had a running battle with officials most of the season, and has been quite scornful over their abilities. It was still a little surprising though after what had been such a good Roar display, to hear him launch such a withering assessment.
I think Robbie feels he is getting some rough treatment as a ‘Johnny Foreigner’ and it seems to have ruffled his feathers.

Robbie rants at officials as the Roar move into fifth

I’ll certainly be interested as to how he gets on. I dont think he’s played since early December, so chance of him hitting the ground running seem slim.

Five reasons why Odion Ighalo could be as important as Robin van Persie at Manchester United

Yep I’ve had one eye on the Olyroos. Would expect something to feature on The Roar 👍

Can Carl Robinson rescue the Jets?

Gotta get a cheeky Robbie mention in Waz! 😁

Can Carl Robinson rescue the Jets?

???? thank you Mark for your kind comment.
He’s amongst the hottest youngest prospects in Europe.
Mane, Salah and Firmino will need rotating at some point or could be struck by injury.
His market value would make it necessary for Liverpool or most other clubs to break their record transfer fee.
Not such a ridiculous theory to think Liverpool should go in for him.

Liverpool should break the bank for Jadon Sancho

Hey Eamonn we can only speculate as to how much Brendan Rodgers was keen on having Arzani there. As Ive tried to get across in my piece Celtic are spoilt for choice in the forward areas.
I can’t see him breaking into Lennon’s plans any time soon, so feel a move might be best for all concerned. The only crumb I can offer is Ryan Christie’s red card and Janes Forrest display on the weekend may open a door for him.

Time for Arzani to make his move

Thanks Buddy, it was more a clumsy attempt to describe the physicality of the Championship. I think Hoolahan will adapt, be interested to see how he performs on Tuesday.

Can the Irish Messi fire the Jets to glory?

Enjoyed reading that Mike, 100% agree that purpose built Football stadiums are the way forward in terms of helping the game grow over here. How easy that will be is another matter! Doesn’t make for a great atmosphere when less than 10,000 people are rattling around in a 50/60,000 capacity ground. As a word of warning though, my team back in the UK -Darlington-moved into a 25,000 stadium around 10-15 years ago. A complete act of folly by our then chairman who did this knowing we had an average crowd of around 5000 at the time. Three administrations later we now play at a local rugby club with a capacity of 3000!
If done sensibly this is definitely the way forward though. There was talk about a 20,000 stadium being proposed in Ipswich a couple of years ago….

Boutique stadiums are a must for a national second division

Indeed Nick. Derby sold their ground to Mel Morris earlier this year. Looks like a bit of creative accounting to circumnavigate FFP. To be fair their not the only ones at it!

Rooney swaps DC for Derby County