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General Discussion / Re: Cracking result that is
« on: April 10, 2024, 07:27:39 AM »
Good result tonight that ensures NLN safety, Peterborough's win does the same for them so pressure off both teams for the weekend.  SC can now  start making plans for next season at step 2, would like to think that includes finally addressing some off the off-field areas but experience would probably suggest otherwise.

Great result tonight.

Next season Tony? First question.Full time or part time?

With most of the income being derived from gate receipts, how can we justify a full time squad when gates are below 700 as they were again tonight...

SC addressed this issue a couple of weeks back in his EDP article, full-time next season, irrespective of the level we were playing at.  Whether that is appropriate or not isn't really up for debate, SC's club, SC's decision and he has to find a way to make it work.

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General Discussion / Re: Cracking result that is
« on: April 09, 2024, 10:12:03 PM »
Good result tonight that ensures NLN safety, Peterborough's win does the same for them so pressure off both teams for the weekend.  SC can now  start making plans for next season at step 2, would like to think that includes finally addressing some off the off-field areas but experience would probably suggest otherwise.

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General Discussion / Re: Points shared.
« on: April 09, 2024, 01:20:57 PM »
What's happened has happened we can't change it - if we lose to chorley on Tuesday  and Peterbourgh sports  and  Rushall both win  we go down 2 places  then there will be even more moaning and groaning. lets hope we win and  that should make us safe  then reset for next season

Whilst we aren't mathematically safe, I think we are in a better position than some and it is still very much in our own hands.  Personally I would like to see Peterborough win tonight as that would virtually ensure their survival and potentially make Saturday's fixture easier and a win for us at the weekend will probably be enough.  As far as I am concerned tonight is a bit of a free hit although given AL's track record against the better sides wouldn't be surprised to see us picking up a point.

Yet again NLN produces a cracking finish to the season with currently only 11th to 14th not having anything to play for, much has been made of the league being weaker this season but I am not convinced, what I find hard to justify is being full time as there doesn't seem to be that much between any of the teams.


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General Discussion / Re: Itís not gone our way tonight
« on: March 16, 2024, 11:04:18 AM »
Reading an EDP column today I did find it strange that there was no credit given to the Saviour Joe.Without him we would have probably be finished by now.Also sounded to me that we should now get used to boring football,and Chelsea are no longer the club they were,presumably thatís since the Russians have departed.

The final bit of the EDP article takes some reading with SC preaching about how important the fans are yet we must be one of the worst clubs in the NLN in terms of communication WITH the fans, the club provides next to nothing in terms of news about the team, injuries etc and the EDP columns, programme notes and podcasts from the chairman are just a one sided conversation which certainly isn't fan engagement in my book.  Appreciate many fans only care about the club at 3pm on a Saturday and are happy with owners (if he does now have a stake) like Joe - happy to throw loads of money at the club for which they want nothing in return - but that isn't how sustainable clubs are built imo.

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General Discussion / Re: Barrows returns.
« on: March 09, 2024, 08:30:00 AM »
Great signing, finally plugged what has been a massive weak link we have had all season, agree with Rod, could be the difference that keeps us up.

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General Discussion / Re: Lynn v south shields
« on: March 03, 2024, 12:09:01 PM »
Welcome three points, luck on our side but have equally been games this season where we perhaps haven't had that and tends to even out over the season.  Improved performance with a bit more passing and a bit less long ball hit and hope and hopefully Taylor is back for next weekend

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General Discussion / Re: Saturday v Farsley
« on: February 24, 2024, 01:13:00 PM »
Where funding is concerned, for many football supporters at all levels the end justifies the means?

Which is why football needs an independent regulator, there are many walks of life where protections are deemed necessary to avoid 'the market' having a free reign (often at the detriment of individuals) and to me football fits this to a tee.  The landscape needs to be changed  to reduce the incentive to gamble to progress which just creates round after round of unaffordable wage inflation as others have to keep up to compete.

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General Discussion / Re: Brackley Away
« on: February 20, 2024, 10:39:22 PM »
Good win tonight, has to be seen as a bonus in our relegation fight and hope we can follow it up with another 3 points Saturday

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General Discussion / Re: Brackley Away
« on: February 20, 2024, 04:51:55 PM »
Tomato, tomato Mall, not sure there is really that much difference between withdrawn or 'significantly reduced' but with selected fixtures?  This was the update from the league re streaming at step 2 - https://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/streaming-update-national-league-north-and-south-80142

As for the quality, I guess you get what you pay for and there was never likely to be loads of cash sloshing around at our level for a slick, multi camera, all singing, all dancing production.

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General Discussion / Re: Brackley Away
« on: February 20, 2024, 03:35:20 PM »
I notice that we are not worth streaming. Another slap in the face.

Not sure it is 'personal' to Lynn, wasn't there something that came out a few weeks back saying NLN and NLS streaming wasn't paying it's way so was being withdrawn?  Not a great surprise that clubs, the majority of whom probably don't average 1000 crowds, don't attract huge online followings. 

I know SC was keen on streaming as being a potential source of income but probably more likely to be something that at best breaks even over a season but does at least expose the club to a wider audience, to me it is a bit like away travel - those who use it are very keen for the club to provide it but is probably a lot of work for someone (who we don't have) to organise and the club might still be out of pocket.

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General Discussion / Re: Alfreton
« on: February 17, 2024, 10:52:26 AM »
Todays game is off.

At least the lads will be fresh for the trip to Brackley in midweek, it will also get rid of one of those games in hand that many around us have and, in truth, Alfreton isn't a huge midweek trip later in the year.

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General Discussion / Re: Relegation battle.
« on: February 17, 2024, 10:48:25 AM »

What has happened to " THE INVESTMENT"

Still unclear what TSI were actually going to be 'investing' in as you would imagine an investment fund would want a return on any money invested so possibly not just a case of pouring money down the same hole that SC has dug over his tenure.  Maybe the lad signed and sent to Kettering is an example where they are hoping to find a diamond in the rough and make a few quid when one comes off - like many speculator model schemes you will hear about the rare 'big win' whilst hearing nothing more about all those that didn't come off.

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General Discussion / Alfreton
« on: February 17, 2024, 07:44:50 AM »
First of two tough away games with the relatively short trip to Alfreton today.  The hosts continue to disprove Dilly's assertion that there is only one way to success and whilst they aren't pretty they are effective as they currently sit in 5th.  Much will depend on how well AL has got on reshaping his squad into an effective team over the past fortnight, lets hope it doesn't have too much in common with the side that took on Chester. 

Personally I would be happy with two points from the next two games, particularly if combined with a more cohesive shape and pattern of play, and there are still enough games remaining for us to catch one more team (which is the ultimate aim).  The truth is Alfreton, Brackley (just a point behind Alfreton but in 8th) and indeed KLTFC are where they are in the league for a reason at this stage in the season.

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General Discussion / Re: Relegation battle.
« on: February 16, 2024, 04:53:13 PM »
I am a bit confused on the matter of signing a player and then sending out on loan ?

It's speculation in the hope that the player will get better and either a) be good enough for us or b) be able to be sold on. 

Fleetwood did exactly the same thing with Devonport, signed him from Accrington Stanley (who are they?) then loaning him straight to us https://www.fleetwoodtownfc.com/news/2024/january/devonport-signing-for-development-squad/

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General Discussion / Re: Relegation battle.
« on: February 15, 2024, 02:28:10 PM »
Think it is very difficult to make sweeping judgements about any 'national' traits nowadays and I am not sure that the players coming out of the PL / EFL academies have any less technical ability than those of other countries (as might have been argued in, say, the 80s).  I think there are far more pressing issues around the club than spending lots of time (which by SC's own admission he doesn't have enough of) on looking at foreign recruitment. 

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