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General Discussion / home vs Yeovil (3rd Oct)
« on: Today at 01:39:59 PM »
OK, all the smoke signals are that the season is going to start this coming weekend, so with all the usual COVID caveats what are peoples views on starting 11 and prospects for the season - yes a FOOTBALL thread  :clap:

Personally I still think we are a center half light and without Gash I do fear for us defending set pieces.  I think going forward we will still create chances even in a league above although whether Mazz can continue such a fantastic rate is unlikely at step 1 but still think he will convert his fair share, the rest of the forward line are hardly prolific so we really need King to weigh in to fill Henderson's goals from midfield and hopefully Carey will continue his development with more opportunities (the silver lining from Henderson's departure?). 

I haven't watched any of the pre-season but I would go with:
Burrows, Smith, McAuley, Brown
      Richards, Jarvis, Kelly
          Loza, Southwell

leaving a bench of Jones, Clunan, Power, Carey and Mazz

Pretty sure IC will go with something much different but I just don't think we will have enough in midfield if we play Loza and Power together out wide and I just can't see Southwell being a threat on his own up front at this level.

General Discussion / Re: The Future of the Club
« on: September 28, 2020, 02:07:20 PM »
Looks like the noises coming out of various NL clubs is that the season will start on Saturday, whether that is with government and/or Premier League support remains unanswered but would imagine we are in a pretty similar position to Wealdstone who have put together a pretty well worded board update here

General Discussion / Re: The Future of the Club
« on: September 24, 2020, 01:47:31 PM »
...Feel a bit for Tony M. Great piece of Club PR there toward one supporter whose views donít match their own.

Now if he was to invite Tony M onto his Podcast to discuss the various points that would make for interesting listening.

It wonít happen of course.

Mallard, just managed to catch the first bit of SC's pod which is I assume the bit you were referring to.  To be fair to SC I think he has been a little selective when reading my posts but that probably comes from a place, like many business owners in the current climate, of being worried about what is to come over the winter so is understandably a bit defensive. 

We are probably not as polar opposites as some (maybe even SC himself) might think and he is right in pointing out that he has access to all the facts and figures and I am sitting behind my keyboard with far, far less information so it is much easier to gloss over of some of the colder facts of life in running a club.  I do understand his point about government regulations cutting the club's main income stream off at the knees but I am not as convinced as him that it should be solely down to the government to fill that void - there are many industries is similar positions who are having to make hard decisions.  Personally I think the football authorities, the FA and most importantly, the PFA really need to step up and be part of the solution but unfortunately the NL seems to be split so will not be able to apply the collective pressure to these organisations that will make them act.

Lets see what comes out of todays NL meeting, my fear is that it will show the cracks at the top of non-league between those ex-league clubs / those who think they are EFL league 3 and those who think they are playing at step 1 of non-league and may have more sympathy with the plight of NLN and NLS south clubs who have a massive decision to make next weekend when it comes to starting contracts by playing in the FA cup.

General Discussion / Re: The Future of the Club
« on: September 24, 2020, 08:31:42 AM »
Haven't had chance to listen (yet) but care to give me the highlights Mallard?

General Discussion / Re: The Future of the Club
« on: September 22, 2020, 07:41:19 PM »
If clubs canít survive without crowds in at our level ( the elite few apart)  then sadly the League will need to pull the plug and clubís forced to mothball the Clubs for 12 months...   

Just to pick up on this, what would 'mothballing' actually look like?  SC made the comment that when it was announced the new season wouldn't start on 1st August, that most players had agreed to defer their start date until the season actually started (at the time he said one hadn't agreed).  Obviously players have come and gone since then but we are still probably in a much better position than many NL clubs with 'full-time' contracted squads and I would assume the PFA will pretty quickly get involved if the NL proposed cancelling all contracts for 2020/21

General Discussion / Re: The Future of the Club
« on: September 22, 2020, 05:23:34 PM »
On the face of it sounds great that SC thinks he could cover the overheads so long as the streaming income covered the wages, until you read on that the "weekly budget that is now into five figures" £10K a WEEK and we still class ourselves as part-time!  On these figures I think SC would have been struggling massively to cover wages with matchday income had we not had any restrictions so to now expect streaming to plug that gap doesn't seem so reasonable.

Is it any wonder that the government doesn't view football with any sympathy with these sorts of numbers and when some are calling for a rescue package in the £15-20m range for National League

Whatever happened to 'Project reset'? 

General Discussion / Fixtures
« on: September 08, 2020, 01:30:24 PM »
So they are out - 7 league games plus an FA Cup tie in October will certainly stretch the squad but at least we have 4 home games, including the opener vs Yeovil, combined with trips to Maidenhead, Solihull Moors and Weymouth.

Christmas does look like it 'comes all at once' - home and away to Notts County (H - 26th Dec, A - 2nd Jan) and Chesterfield away squeezed in between (28th Dec), although I still think the odds are against any away fans this season.

Roll on the season

General Discussion / Re: Next season's squad
« on: August 24, 2020, 05:21:47 PM »
So, updated squad is now

GK - Mair, Street
Full backs - Jones, Burrows, Brown
Centre halves - Smith, McAuley, Fleming
Central Midfield - Clunan, Richards, Jarvis
Attacking Midfield - Henderson, Carey, Kelly, Hawkins, Power, King
Forwards - Marriott, Gash, Loza, Southwell

with potentially one more to come as the EDP quoted IC as saying he hoped to have two more signings - one on which now confirmed as King, presume the other will be Kyle Callan-McFadden as centre half still looks suspect.  Heaven only knows how this is all being paid for, also gives IC more of a challenge than he has had previously in managing a bigger squad and keeping them all happy, has anything been announced about how many subs teams will be allowed in the NL this season - might we still be on COVID regs?

General Discussion / Re: Pre Season starts
« on: August 21, 2020, 01:32:48 PM »
Stowmarket ask for no Linnets fans to attend tomorrow, hope people are responsible enough to follow the request

General Discussion / Re: ground capacity
« on: August 21, 2020, 01:31:13 PM »
With the talk of 30% being the magical figure will 1650 be about right for our gate next season ?

I think there are a couple of 'unknowns' at present.  I still think there is the possibility of the FA / NL restricting away fans which will allow clubs to better plan for social distancing / make full use of the space they have available.  The other point, is how many of our older supporters will feel happy about coming back to the Walks, particularly if there is rise in infection rates as expected in the winter?  Therefore I think 1650 may well be enough in the beginning but how the club will police numbers in certain areas of the ground (main stand / far side when it is raining for example) may cause further problems even with the 1650 limit.

General Discussion / Re: Linnets membership scheme.
« on: August 21, 2020, 01:24:05 PM »
Call me naive etc but I see the good in everything our club is trying to do to take it forward etc
But as a season ticket holder and non drinker I canít see  why joining would benefit me  , I know itís hard to see forward regarding Covid etc but other perks could of been discounted away travel or  off a meal before a game , or off any events the club may hold ... shame as it potentially can be a good idea

BB, I don't think it is naÔve, more a case that I don't think this scheme is marketed at you, or rather season ticket holders in general. 

I would imagine there are a number who haven't renewed / purchased season tickets this season who can still see the value in paying 'something' to secure some reassurance that they can still get in on a match day in the likely event that attendances are restricted throughout the season.  For me I think it is priced 'top end' (big surprise for KLTFC!) but that is maybe because I won't benefit from any of the discounts but in all likelihood will still buy one. 

Fully take KES80's point that it makes a match ticket a bit more pricey but (without wishing to open another debate about the current regime's capability / business plan) the club needs fans to back it and this is one way that we can do that.  Going back to KES80's early point about what else could be offered in the membership scheme - maybe now is the time to ask how many are prepared to give to the club without something material in return?

General Discussion / Re: Non League Football
« on: August 19, 2020, 02:09:28 PM »
Presumably theres now a chance our supporters will be allowed in to our friendly against Stowmarket?   :dontknow:

Really don't think we should be putting any such thoughts into people's heads.  New guidance from the FA issued here

But won't apply to NL/NLN/NLS as classed as 'elite' - something SC was fully behind when play-offs were being considered, unfortunately NLN and NLS got bundled into this nonsense then and will have a pretty difficult argument getting reclassified.  I never understand the desire to go and watch a training session so am just hoping things are clearer come the start of October (or whenever the NL decides it is appropriate to start)

General Discussion / Re: Non League Football
« on: August 19, 2020, 08:52:31 AM »
Only for steps 3 and below which seems fair given how their seasons were ended.  I guess they may provide some additional data for those a bit higher up the pyramid as to when we can hope to have fans in grounds and at what level.  I still think anything much above 25% at the Walks this side of Christmas will be wishful thinking

General Discussion / Re: HIJACKED
« on: August 17, 2020, 01:25:55 PM »
Fair point Normski, personally whether volunteers pay an entrance fee or not is between them and the club, end of story.

Anyway to go back to your original post, I would be disappointed if either of the two recent appointments are 'paid' positions, not because I have anything against either of the lads or the job they will be doing but given how far ahead the on-field activities already are compared to the off-field, I don't understand spending more on the on-field side than is necessary and IC already seems to have a pretty good handle on what he is watching and what he expects from his players.  For me all the focus should be on creating a more stable club off the field to catch up to where IC has already taken us.

General Discussion / Fundraising
« on: August 10, 2020, 01:31:32 PM »
So with the Trust's GDF season ticket raffle being drawn tonight and putting over £1000 into the GDF pot, what can be learned and where do we go next? 

For me, the big thing is that if the Trust hadn't taken some initiative there wouldn't be an extra £1000 - donations to the GDF II are currently just over £2400 (+ the raffle money) and it seems it's much better to run 'a fundraiser' whether that is a raffle or a quiz (that raised money for GDF I) than to just ask for donations.  Hopefully there will be something else in the pipeline between now and Christmas with a push to again raise a sum for a specific item that will be required for the ground grading improvements - I think a 'target' helps focus the minds and also shows those contributing where their money is going.

I appreciate that it is difficult in current times, both physically with social distancing and financially with many unsure of their incomes, to raise money but what are other people's views on how the fans can be encouraged to contribute (over and above match days) to the club? 

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