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General Discussion / Banbury
« on: December 01, 2023, 02:02:29 PM »
So pitch inspection at 8am in the morning per Twitter (X) although nothing on the club website.  Can't see it going ahead based on what it is likely to look like having just watched the forecast.

Potentially another week for the injuries to clear up and AL having a stronger squad on paper to select from.  Still not convinced we have the squad to play how he wants or that AL's formations have necessarily got the best out of the players we have had available (two sides of the same coin?) but we now have the opportunity with only three games before Christmas to really do some work on the training pitch to help us get out of the relegation zone and hopefully to a position of safety in the new year.

General Discussion / New signing
« on: November 07, 2023, 07:08:49 PM »
New signing available for tonights game

Strange that having said we had too many midfielders 2 out of 3 of AL's signings have been midfielders and only a teenage loanee in to address what many, including AL thought the biggest issue was - wing backs.

Wish the new lad well but does seem a strange one in that he is a long way from home, be interesting to know why it didn't work out at Kidderminster, hopefully not home sickness

General Discussion / Darlington
« on: October 14, 2023, 02:37:53 PM »
So, the new lad comes straight into the starting XI with Walker on the bench, also no sign of Ponticelli, is he injured?  Not convinced at sticking with what looks like the same formation and a front three, lets hope Darlington don't have a midfield.

Whilst it is difficult to talk about six pointers before Christmas you do feel that this game has quite a lot riding on it for both teams, both of whom have changed managers recently and will be looking to restart their seasons today.

General Discussion / Latest SC podcast with James Blower (Wroxham)
« on: October 13, 2023, 10:14:07 AM »
Just caught up with SC's latest podcast with Wroxham's chairman James Blower as the guest.  First part is how James got involved with the club and Wroxham focussed then, around 35 minutes in, James asks SC what he thinks of the future and in between the ranty bits there are some real SC gems, including
   *  the Crouch review is great for Labour (ignoring the fact that Tracey Crouch is a Concervative MP and the review was commissions by a Tory government and legislation is now being brought forward by the same/different Tory government)
   *  also again gets the wrong end of the stick with fan involvement and fan ownership when talking about his idea of a debt/equity swap of the DCMS COVID loans
   *  some interesting comments about commercial income and the cost/benefit of having someone selling the commercial side of the club which again smacks of short termism
   *  perhaps most interesting were comments about player 'trading' and how SC sees this as an opportunity for us (maybe explains some of the slightly strange signings over the summer)

The last 15-20 minutes are an update on the current situation at Lynn including an update on the TW saga and also that he sees an expansion of the academy internationally as a potential money spinner and that the gigs thing looks like much harder to raise substantial cash than he originally thought

All in all an interesting listen and can't doubt his interest in 'the business' of football but equally that his inability to truly understand what other clubs are doing and how they are doing it in terms of how they engage with their various stakeholders massively hinders us at times

General Discussion / SC's programme notes re financial situation
« on: September 06, 2023, 09:45:00 AM »
From Brackley thread...

Read SC’s programme notes this morning.  Oh my oh my.  Looks like he’s very concerned about pay back that loan.  Shame he put the Club in that situation with his failed attempt at staying in the NL.  What happened to the his brainwave of ring fencing £1 from every admission to pay back that loan ?  As for the money the Club is haemorrhaging. With the figures he’s quoting why do we have a full time playing staff and paying out for such things as overnight stays.   It seems everything is everyone’s fault where Cleeve is concerned.  Maybe the truth lies closer to home.

Think this probably needs a thread of it's own.  For those that didn't get a programme, essentially SC raised a number of issues (seems he took offence to some fan's comments made to him at an away game)
   *  in 'talks' with DCMS re loan (think it was £400k+ from memory) to convert to shares with these then being donated to the fans, really can't see this as viable and smacks of clutching at straws
   *  wants terms of the loan to be renegotiated as we have been relegated so lost £80k in central funding, surely this would have been matched by reduction in expenditure / player wages?
   *  first payment is 2025 - £58840.54 which is interest, whilst I appreciate this is getting closer it is still a good way off.  If it kept him awake at night then surely should have paid some back after Stevenage game to reduce the capital?  Further payments of £20k twice yearly after that starting in 2026.  Good to see some figures at last as to what any potential investor would be taking on
   *  direct quote "I am upset that these next two matches have not been sponsored and the club really needs the town behind it, as otherwise it simply cannot compete at this level".  For the first part of the sentence, SC has no one to be upset with than himself, he fired Rishi half way through last year and irrespective of whether he was doing a good job or not he was, at least, getting out there and promoting the club to the business community.  As SC must surely realise by now, there is not a long queue of potential sponsors lining up to sponsor games / players and these relationships must be worked on over months, seasons even and it is not just a question of putting a post on Twitter the week before a game and wait for the offers to come rolling in.  As for the second part, the club are probably at, or above, their 'natural' level but some (SC included) seem to think that things 'should' be different - the only way this will be true is if someone makes it different, merely wishing it to be the case will only end in disappointment
   *  there is lots of other stuff about how the budget hasn't been cut by that much and costs are horrendous when we are away but you would have thought by now SC would understand the cashflows of a football operation?  Also says that last home game (Alfreton att 948) left a £4500 shortfall, I do wonder if there are more season ticket holders this season and SC hasn't done his sums

All in all not the most positive of Chairman's messages, guess we wait and see what he puts in the column (assuming he doesn't get AI to write it this Saturday) after 753 turned up on a mild September evening when the league leaders were in town.

General Discussion / Boost the budget
« on: June 06, 2023, 05:29:09 PM »
Creating a separate thread rather than this getting lost in the season ticket debate.

Details of the scheme here

For those that don't want to open the link, basically there are levels of monthly contribution that get you into a draw - £5 draw for a signed ball or mascot package or hospitality for two - £10+ and the prizes are visit to morning training (can take part if you want), travel with team & go to boardroom, chairman for a (home) game, face on programme, go on a scouting mission plus other 'benefits' depending on level of monthly contribution.  On the face of it seems a good idea, we are not a fan owned club like Darlington or Chester so there will always be a degree of scepticism but this scheme does have some 'money cannot buy prizes' that might appeal to some and are relatively cost free to the club.  Hopefully there are some that will look at what they are saving on a season ticket and will consider putting some of it back into the club

General Discussion / Easter Egg hunt
« on: April 04, 2023, 02:55:03 PM »
Not directly football related but Jodie and the Linnets in the Community team are holding an Easter Egg hunt on 6th April 10am-12 noon, £1 per child.  For those that didn't manage to donate an egg (or two) at the recent home games the club will be open 9-10am tomorrow and she will be there from 9am on Thursday for those who would like to take a donation

General Discussion / SC's EDP article
« on: March 18, 2023, 12:23:23 PM »
Latest article from SC in the EDP today -

Positives around the academy but still doesn't want to seem to face the reality when it comes to crowd numbers.  For me it seems pretty straightforward, a lot of 'diehards' were lost when the old folded, new fans have replaced them but we are unlikely to 'double the gate', particularly in the short to medium term, which SC says is what is required to make us sustainable (I have my doubts on that as think it is would probably need more).  SC makes some reasonable arguments, particularly in relation as to what happens to the club should something happen to him but what the article fails to acknowledge that many of the issues are as a result of choices he has made - full time status, push for NL without supporting infrastructure etc. 

I have seen calls on Facebook for more investment or additional investors - why can't people say it for what it is - they want our club to be financially doped to a false position out of someone else's pocket, that can't work for every club and can't be right long term for the good of football as a whole.  Hopefully a football regulator will be in place sooner than later and allow a reset button to be pressed on club finances throughout the pyramid.

General Discussion / Academy
« on: March 17, 2023, 01:23:18 PM »
Couple of announcements from the academy for those that don't look at the main club website, with both u19s and u23s moving to more of a 'full-time' model.  Not really sure what that would mean in practice but if it means putting players on paid contracts then it would be helpful to explain where the money is likely to be coming from unless we are looking at a Chelsea model where we sign up every available young player and then charge loan fees to anyone who needs players - not sure that would work for West Norfolk!

News of former Linnets / Junior Moriais
« on: March 15, 2023, 04:22:28 PM »
Junior has signed a three year deal with Notts County -

Seems a strange signing based on his performances for us but hope it works out for all parties

General Discussion / Farsley at home
« on: March 07, 2023, 02:05:16 PM »
Big three points gained at the weekend with the winner coming after we had been pegged back from a two goal cushion and a chance to build on that tonight against a team in the bottom four.  I know there are some who wouldn't agree (including one who doesn't attend but seems to know our best lineup) but I would like to see us go back to 3-5-1-1 tonight as I think it gives us our best chance of creating chances rather than hoping chances will come.  Still not sure Denton was fit at the weekend, I don't think we see the best of Barrett on cold Tuesday evenings when there isn't likely to be much of a crowd and if Jones (A) is still unavailable I would go with:

         Crowther, Coulson, McFadden
COC, Clunan, Widdrington, Hughes, Jones
            Cosgrave (or Ponticelli)

General Discussion / Football independent regulator
« on: February 23, 2023, 01:43:30 PM »
Well, the government has finally published it's White Paper on football which includes plans for an independent regulator.  Still lots of work to do before it comes into law and no doubt the EPL will be doing its utmost to water down the plans but finally seems to be a bit more momentum on getting as much of the Crouch report into legislation so fingers crossed this comes to pass.

Bit of reaction for those with time on their hands:

Not entirely sure SC is fully behind the plans so will await his response in the programme on Tuesday evening or maybe the EDP next weekend

General Discussion / Squad
« on: February 21, 2023, 06:14:44 PM »
From March Town Twitter feed -
     We can confirm that @tylerknowles31 has been recalled to @officialKLtown
     We would like to thank Tyler for his contribution while he was with us and wish him all the best for the rest of the season. #upthehares

Interesting move by TW, not sure we picked up any additional injuries at the weekend?  I haven't seen enough of Tyler to have much of a view as to where he might fit in but maybe the Tuesday / Saturday slog is taking it's toll on Coulson in particular, whilst his experience and leadership almost justify a place in the team on their own he has looked a bit laboured at points in recent games.  This might also indicate that TW doesn't see J Jones as part of the jigsaw and Denton may have to have an extended spell at left wing back

I guess in an ideal world we would be playing well and TW could rotate a few each game to keep things fresh but having not really clicked in the past the three home games will he want to keep shuffling his pack or maybe hope that a settled side can start to produce a consistent performance.  There have been some positives from the three home games, thought Clunan had a really good game vs Telford where he made more forward runs than probably any game since Stevenage (Theo's injury) but ultimately still not more than the sum of the parts which we were at the start of the season. 

General Discussion / Mick Wright
« on: November 30, 2022, 01:31:34 PM »
Mick Wright's widow, Ruth, was at the club yesterday to unveil the plaque in memory of Mick's achievement of 1152 games for the Linnets.  Also special mention to David Wright who has worked tirelessly for this to be commemorated by the club.

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General Discussion / FotL EGM
« on: July 22, 2022, 12:30:00 PM »
Unfortunately there are still outstanding items from this weeks Annual General Meeting that now need to be addressed at an Emergency General Meeting.  This is to be held at the Cafe at the Walks on Thursday 4th August at 6.30pm.

The only items on the agenda are:
   *  July & August 100 Club draws
   *  Indication on what the membership would like to see the spend the balance of funds on as per the FotL Constitution - 9.1 In the event that the Supporters club were to wind up.  Any money left in the account would be used to purchase equipment and donate it to King's Lynn Town FC.

We will obviously be working with the club to get ideas for what they would like the funds to go towards but would also welcome ideas from members, even if they are unable to attend the EGM.

Apologies if you are a member of the FotL and you have not received a personal invitation to the EGM but I don't have contact details (email/mobile) for all members, if you are in this group please feel free to send me a pm.

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