The Chelsea tie is potentially fantastic for everyone at Town.

The revenue should ensure a trading profit for this financial year (previously a small loss had seemed likely) and full clearance of all remaining debts left over from insolvency.

The individual performances of our fantastic players will be judged against some of the best players in the world, and outstanding performances could well result in substantial transfer bids.

But Jacko and his staff will have a tough time maintaining performances in the interim and after the tie.

Fans may not relish the outcome if our best players are tempted to leave.

We must all support all Town staff and the Board, who must act wisely.

Chelsea have the potential to make or break our season.



League main aim

PERSONALLY, I would have preferred Histon at home in the third round, Tamworth in round four and then have got the draw!

Wycombe, Chesterfield and Millwall, alongside Germany in the last World Cup, have shown just how far sides can go with a few lucky home draws.

The prospect of playing well and getting beaten 4-0 doesn't do a lot for me!

It's hardly what you need in a prospective promotion season.

Last night's game at MK Dons was 1,000 times more important than Chelsea away and it's a shame we didn't get all three points.

By the way, two blunders by Rabs meant that he had to save brilliantly to recover.

I also don't want Mirf to be featured again on Match of the Day during the January transfer window.

I'm not being scroogelike, I just would give all of this Cup stuff up for automatic promotion without a moment's hesitation.

By being out of the Cup, Swansea have, in my opinion, an advantage.



Big surprise

I FIND it surprising that there have been some adverse reactions to our FA Cup draw at Chelsea.

It is, after all, just one (presumably) Cup distraction from our aim of automatic promotion (who wants several!).

It will pay handsomely, give us a real stage to show our talent, and offset the memory of the Worcester hustle. Perfect!

Even if we lose heavily, if we keep our heads we'll show our class - and lack of strikepower!



Jacko favourites

SAME as everthing with PJ, he has his favourites and Phil Senior is not on his Xmas list.

I believe Senior is a better keeper than Rachubka, who makes so many mistakes in most games, yet he his never dropped. WHY?

I feel really sorry for Senior, as he is a very loyal servant to the club and deserves a chance.

His contract is up in the summer, yet nothing is being done by PJ to get him to sign a new contract.

I just hope PJ is not looking at the young keeper we have because he definitely is not good enough. Again, PJ failed to use his subs to full effect. The midfield lads were all tired because they grafted on a heavy pitch with 10 men for most of the game. Why not bring on fresh legs in midfield?

I think PJ frightened the players before the match because for the first 30 minutes they were poor.

Chelsea won't get it all their own way against Town. If they play well it could be alot closer than a lot of people think.

stephen Littlewood


Big admirer

I HAVE just read Jacko's comments regarding Jon Stead.

I have to be honest and admit as much as I rate Abbott I would gladly swap him for Stead.

This is no reflection on Abbot,who I rate as a potentially Premiership striker, but merely a reflection of my admiration for Stead.

Who knows, when we gain promotion, Stead might return.

I for one would welcome him back with open arms.

Will Goodall


No to Stead

I AM afraid I am not sure that I would want Stead as I cannot understand why his career has stalled from that first year at Blackburn.

I equally can't understand why he went to Sunderland over Charlton, who ever is advising him wants shooting!

Warnock staying at Sheffield United could see a bid for one of the kids though, it certainly wouldn't surprise me.

D Barnett


Run the risk?

I HOPE the Giants are not overdoing it on the pre-season friendly front.

I can understand the logic of Jon Sharp wanting to play five warm-up matches so his side can `hit the ground running' in Super League XI.'

But playing five games means there's a greater risk of picking up injuries etc.

Don't get me wrong, I'm delighted at having the chance to watch more Giants matches than normal.

I just hope we can come through this very tough pre-season programme injury-free and make an immediate and positive impact in Super League.

On paper, we have the squad to do it.



Perfect time

VIVE la France! or whatever it is in Catalan.

Check out the flights to Perpignan, BMI baby from Manchester is about £3.50 each way at the moment!

Then it's just a short train or coach journey to Narbonne to see the Giants in Super League action in France.

Furthermore, when Huddersfield are in town in September, it's slap bang in the middle of the wine picking season as well!

James Blakeborough


Full of promise

THIS should be the most promising season ever for the claret and golds in the modern era.

This squad can match ANY in Super League.

It's gonna be very interesting.

Mr B


Fans forum

I RUN the Giants unofficial website and it has a message board where you can exchange views and opinions.

Everyone is welcome, the more the merrier!

The club read our message board, so if you've got something you want them to know, but don't feel like contacting them in person then post it on our forum and chances are they'll read it.

Next season is going to be massive season for the Giants, and with the help of the Examiner, our forum and word of mouth we can make our club the greatest once again!



Fitness first

IT'S good to hear that Jon Sharp is giving his players such a tough time on the training front.

The Giants already look a fit squad.

But with next season expected to be more competitive than ever, the fitter the squad, the better.