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Title: More like the close season?
Post by: rod on December 08, 2015, 12:24:29 PM
So little activity or comment on this forum..................Even Setch' is keeping a very low profile..........No post match thoughts which were always honest, enlightening and sometimes even entertaining!
Title: Re: More like the close season?
Post by: rod on December 09, 2015, 02:29:29 PM
Game, set and match - regrettably...........................165 views and not one comment!
Title: Re: More like the close season?
Post by: Grissles Oleary on December 12, 2015, 10:19:46 AM
Regretfully I think the past actions of some people put some contributers from posting, many get fed up with the constant sniping and back stabbing. The fun side of it seems to have disappeared as well, which is a shame, banter turned to bile. :cry:
Title: Re: More like the close season?
Post by: rod on December 12, 2015, 11:09:41 AM
A great shame Grissles, as this forum used to be mainly about good football debate and banter?
Title: Re: More like the close season?
Post by: westlynnmike on December 12, 2015, 12:21:34 PM
Part of the problem was the changes to this Forum site. Many are only just coming back to it.
Title: Re: More like the close season?
Post by: m a hill on December 12, 2015, 12:32:07 PM
That's very true Mike :oldman"
Title: Re: More like the close season?
Post by: robbo84 on December 13, 2015, 11:11:24 AM
In my opinion a huge opportunity was missed yesterday. Over a month since our last game and was any marketing or advertising done? Many regulars wouldn't have done any of the aways. I'm also not convinced that over 100 fans from the Slough game were Christmas shopping or put off by the weather.
Title: Re: More like the close season?
Post by: rod on December 13, 2015, 11:51:22 AM
Robbo - my feelings also...............That is why I posted that in many respects it felt more like the close season. Almost a complete disconnect, not helped by the lack of feedback from the club / Setch' about the away performances and perhaps an update on injuries etc..Anything to keep that connection with the fan base at a time when they have other things on their mind anyway....like Christmas looming!

A lack of basic common sense IMO!

It is so easy to lose the habit and become apathetic...........I freely admit that it crossed my mind on such a miserable day not to bother.and at half time I began to question my judgement but at least we got a result!!
Title: Re: More like the close season?
Post by: Mallard on December 13, 2015, 12:49:40 PM
After yesterday's poor gate ( the worst Home League, Saturday since 1995) what can the loyal fans and the club do to try and arrest the situation. What is wrong with our match day experience for the fans these days ?

Let's have some positive suggestions
Title: Re: More like the close season?
Post by: sworn 2 secrets on December 13, 2015, 06:36:09 PM
I know the start of discussions are taking place but it will need a lot more  engagement with all interested parties to arrest the slide in gates,and maybee some feedback action planned for the match day experience,  also needs more activity at the walks on a daily basis.
Title: Re: More like the close season?
Post by: MARCUS ROSE on December 13, 2015, 08:34:47 PM
Regretfully I think the past actions of some people put some contributers from posting, many get fed up with the constant sniping and back stabbing. The fun side of it seems to have disappeared as well, which is a shame, banter turned to bile. :cry:

don't think so grissles. this is the most heavily moderated forum i know of. so any people using that as an excuse must be made of jelly. i would like to say the new official forum has enticed people away. but after having a look, it is a a lot quieter there, than over here. i used to enjoy the grissles/loopys love affair. 
Title: Re: More like the close season?
Post by: rod on December 14, 2015, 12:37:20 PM
After yesterday's poor gate ( the worst Home League, Saturday since 1995) what can the loyal fans and the club do to try and arrest the situation. What is wrong with our match day experience for the fans these days ?

Let's have some positive suggestions

If marketing initiatives are restricted to the official and this site primarily, that will IMO not dramatically improve the situation as it is a case of preaching to the converted.......The key as has been mentioned many times in the past is community engagement - an all encompassing term I admit but within that it is about encouraging youngsters with their parents to come along and to somehow re-engage with those that we have lost through giving them a reason to come back....Easier sad than done I admit but is there an opportunity to get better coverage from local media??........Perhaps a simple competition offering free tickets. A family enclosure has been mentioned...What about some kiddies fun packs - a local sponsor could surely be found? Some pre match entertainment..........I just wonder if Santa Claus had been encouraged to attend last Saturday's game and that had been ADVERTISED beforehand?????? Buy one get a ticket for the next home game at a reduced price?............Better COMMUNICATION all round.............Recently an almost complete vacuum developed during that run of away games - at a time when it was vital to keep supporters in the loop and interested?!

Just a few thoughts 'off the top of my head' and there are others out there with far more hands on experience than I have..........Fenman who used to post regularly with many suggestions and who I believe has that hands on experience, to name but one? By way of example his knowledge of the meteoric rise of Dulwich as a club at the heart of the community and just how that has been achieved could surely point us in the right direction?

These are just a few thoughts 'off the top of my head' and i do appreciate that certain initiatives are being made - pre match beer deals, BT etc

Although we are comparatively still better supported than most at our level it is the trend that is most concerning.........Just look at the gate when we last played Stratford at the Walks (front page) when we were a UCL team.............!
Title: Re: More like the close season?
Post by: Mallard on December 14, 2015, 12:50:13 PM
I didnt realise the gates had fallen so much.  866 For that Stratford game in 2011 down to 376 on Saturday.  Maybe the footballing public of Lynn were happy with step 5 football.  It is interesting with the Reserves playing at Step 6 their gates look as though they are holding up.  Or is their marketing of the games somewhat better than The First team ? ( Tazzy Please).  If so could it be suggested that once it all comes under one umbrella next season the People in charge of the marketing with The Reserves be given the job for the whole club.
Title: Re: More like the close season?
Post by: Nemesis on December 14, 2015, 01:07:36 PM
http://www.thelinnets.co.uk/attendances-compared.php
Just three better then at this stage last season and I doubt whether the Boxing Day game with Kettering will better last season's FCUM gate.
Title: Re: More like the close season?
Post by: tazzywazz on December 14, 2015, 03:20:30 PM
We can all pick numbers out of a hat and go with any comparison we like, I think Nemesis figures are more accurate. S**t weather, average opposition, two weeks to Christmas, b****y freezing, doesn't sound an attractive proposition. As for advertising etc., I totally agree with you, is there any? The Reserves are what they are, resurrected after Buster/Setch didn't want them, all local young lads and we we are successful. The lads are proud to be wearing the shirt and playing at the Walks and generally they always do their best, many, many games have been salvaged in the last 15 to 20 minutes. Also we have always attracted supporters who, for whatever reason, do not want to support the 1st team. Hopefully now the 1st team squad are mainly local lads their crowds will improve.
Robbie has introduced local clubs young players, U9's etc, to escort the players onto the pitch, all wearing there team kit. Robbie shows them round the ground and dressing room, and they have photo's taken. I think this is a massive media positive, I hope Robbie reads this, we are not exploiting. It should be all over the local media and the 1st team should be doing something similar. Is that me applying for the job? If you're offering Mallard?
Title: Re: More like the close season?
Post by: Dennis Stone on December 14, 2015, 06:33:39 PM
The Reserves are what they are, resurrected after Buster/Setch didn't want them
I keep on reading this , perhaps its my age , but I thought that all Buster did was keep to his budget and Setch wouldn't have had a lot of choice in the matter. The reason the reserves were dropped was because Boon wanted extra monies for his first team. A thing he had done at clubs in the past. As always I stand to be corrected.
Title: Re: More like the close season?
Post by: Mallard on December 14, 2015, 06:53:27 PM
Boom has been gone since 2011. The likes of Tazzy and his team have kept the Reserves alive. No one else. The way they have grown their support should be applauded, whatever they are doing to get people through gates the people involved in the first should copy.
Title: Re: More like the close season?
Post by: sworn 2 secrets on December 14, 2015, 07:03:33 PM
I think the sum of 14 000 was stated as cost to run the reserves when last run by club,if so the efforts of the current commitee even more to be applauded,plus many players have gone on to play in first team.
Title: Re: More like the close season?
Post by: Mallard on December 14, 2015, 07:15:52 PM
And with gates like Saturday's 370 odd what would Setch do with out the locals coming through ? That kind of gates isn't going to support too many expensive imports
Title: Re: More like the close season?
Post by: MARCUS ROSE on December 14, 2015, 07:43:59 PM
Boom has been gone since 2011. The likes of Tazzy and his team have kept the Reserves alive. No one else. The way they have grown their support should be applauded, whatever they are doing to get people through gates the people involved in the first should copy.

erm, run by committed people, embracing the community, and all surplus money staying within the reserve set up.  lets hope it stays the same next season. but i somehow doubt it.
Title: Re: More like the close season?
Post by: Mallard on December 14, 2015, 08:10:31 PM
Boom has been gone since 2011. The likes of Tazzy and his team have kept the Reserves alive. No one else. The way they have grown their support should be applauded, whatever they are doing to get people through gates the people involved in the first should copy.

erm, run by committed people, embracing the community, and all surplus money staying within the reserve set up.  lets hope it stays the same next season. but i somehow doubt it.

Surplus money ? I thought it was a hand to mouth operation. Sounds like the people behind the Reserves have been even more successful at running the club. All credit to them. Sounds like when they join up with Club next season, they will come bearing gifts.
Title: Re: More like the close season?
Post by: Mcl1970 on December 14, 2015, 10:18:35 PM
I doubt that its running at a surplus. If it was and knowing that Club is going to run Reserves again next season, there would be no point waiting before funds were transfered. Setch could use money now!
Sorry but why would we give money to setch when we need it to run the reserves for the rest of the season ??? Some people can talk utter rubbish sometimes. :banghead; :banghead;