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General Discussion / Re: Play off dates ?
« on: July 12, 2020, 07:32:04 PM »
Apparently our Chairman has predicted that there will be 40,000 people watch the York game at a tenner a head and thatís where future is.

Canít see the 40,000 myself but paying to watch a game on line could become common practice for some in the future. The price they are prepared to pay will be interesting.

One of the problems I can see is the games will obviously be broadcast to a worldwide audience.

How many will want to tune in to a Lynn or York match when for the same price they can tune into a Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenal or United?

40,000 does seem optimistic for a team with an average attendance of 2700. Might be an uptick because itís the playoffs, but 5,000 seems a more reasonable figure. Have to remember as well, that a family who wouldíve bought 4 tickets and spent money on concessions, will instead spend £10. Likely to become a minimal additional stream, rather than the way forward. For a point of contrast, what is the average number of people viewing the live-text for matches on this website?

General Discussion / Re: Champions
« on: July 06, 2020, 04:14:08 PM »
Yep, can't argue with your last sentence...... ultimately the problem lies with those at the top IMO.... absolute shambles

Not so sure on that one Kes. I'm sure that the people at the top haven't got it 100% correct, but the general population has to take a big part of the responsibility on themselves.

The Govt have actually said that if it all starts getting out of hand, they will apply the handbrake very quickly.

They have been warned!

Yes B &G and they keep saying that but doing very little or acting too  late (Leicester) because they haven't put adequate systems in place.. The problem is "adhere to advice or we will act "has been undermined so many times that it's almost ignored by although many still do the right thing, many don't and that is at least in part due to Boris and his entourage.

Confidence has been eroded so much, that advice is being ignored. Though that does enable the blame to shift from focussing at the top to the bottom. Conveniently.

Does seem smart business by Boston picking up Fryatt if true.

General Discussion / Re: NLP SURVEY
« on: July 05, 2020, 07:03:42 PM »
The Non League paper are running an online survey to gauge the feelings of fans of the game on the return of watching live Football.   The survey is being run in conjunction with the FSA.

Go to

Some interesting ideas in the survey. Banning away fans for a season seems like a reasonable measure to take; enforced by only allowing pre-booked tickets, and addresses being allowed to be registered to one club only.

Is a mitigation rather than fix, but seems reasonable.

General Discussion / Re: Jamar Loza
« on: July 02, 2020, 05:21:48 PM »
:scarf: Jamar Loza has been signed by KLTFC, the old Norwich connection reemerging, welcome on board. Does this mean Adam Marriott has gone? Not the most prolific striker but been around our new level for a few seasons now.

A good signing. Not exactly a like for like for Marriott, but a good player.

General Discussion / Re: Archie Mair - goalkeeper
« on: June 28, 2020, 09:31:13 PM »
Pedro is the last man standing.    Itís comes with the higher we go.

Pedro has always been one of the best (if not the best) Keepers at whatever level Lynn have been playing at in recent seasons. He has been a massive part of the Clubs success and I believe still has a lot to offer at the higher level we are now  at.

Having to compete for his place next season is something I'm sure he will understand and expect as we progress through the league's.

 :comeon: :comeon: My opinion on this one is exactly the same as yours. We really do need to have competition in all positions on the pitch, not saying we need 2 players per position, just people who can cover other positions, obviously a goalkeeper was needed as we really have to have a back up on the bench this season, whoever it maybe. :comeon: :comeon:

Even if Archie Mair does become No.1 this season, Pedro will still be called upon for - fair few games, as Archie is likely to be involved in Scotlandís U21 set-up, and the National League doesnít stop for internationalís, and I think you need 3 absent internationals to apply for a postponement.

A fair few ifs in their, but it shows the level Lynn have climbed to in that internationalís my have a genuine impact on Lynn.

General Discussion / Re: Next season's squad
« on: June 28, 2020, 01:17:00 PM »
Couple of names to throw in the hat, but I suppose a lot of it hinges on what Marriot decides to do, which in turn could apparently depend on where York end up.

Ian Henderson, ex Norwich and comes from Thetford, has just been released by Rochdale (same age as Jarv).

Mason Bloomfield, another Norwich under 23, a striker who was out on loan at Crawley last season.

If weíre looking for Norwich loanees, theyíve an Icelandic midfielder in the U-23ís thatís meant to be highly rated.

General Discussion / Re: Play off dates ?
« on: June 26, 2020, 09:43:45 PM »
I fancy Brackley or Alty to win promotion.

I kinda hope it's Boston that go up, if only for one nearish away game a season.

General Discussion / Re: Next season
« on: June 24, 2020, 07:17:50 PM »
If there is significant TV coverage of matches going forward, then prices of advertising opportunities in the ground need to reflect that .

At the same time Mr. Hearle needs to be careful not to burn too many bridges with the small local firms on the way, incase they are needed on the way down.

On a slightly different note, will we be the only PT teams in the National League next year, (if none of the FT go PT for corona costs)?

General Discussion / Re: Next season start date
« on: June 21, 2020, 06:30:19 PM »
Polish Speedway ( currently running behind closed doors) is allowing 50% capacity into stadiums from next weekend.

Steps 5 & 6 are hopeful of getting underway in Sept with a 30% of capacity into the grounds.

Anyone know what our official capacity is? Iíve seen both 6,000 and 8,400 quoted before. Both seem a little high based on how full the York game seemed.

General Discussion / Re: Next season start date
« on: June 20, 2020, 03:43:02 PM »
With Schools seemingly struggling to have 30 kids in a class room come September I think any talk of Football in front of a paying audience in Sept is rather premature. 

Then again when you look at the FA guidelines above, how can Clubs set up for the season with things like season tickets ?   Maybe sell a block of say 10/11 tickets ?

I can see fans being up for that

Ití could be somewhat linked to the fundraising ideas suggested. Sell the season ticket at last years price, with the understanding that you might be buying less than full seasons worth of football. If there is a full season of games, clubs will take in increased revenue so wonít need as many donations. If there isnít, season ticket holders have Ďdonatedí payment for matches that didnít happen. Seems win-win to me.

General Discussion / Re: Ground Development Fund.
« on: June 19, 2020, 07:27:34 PM »
There were two turnstiles installed at the hospital end last season between the hotdog stand and the exit gates. They were fitted after the two in the corner designated for away supporters when segregation needed. Think that means we have six altogether

Shows how little I went past my seat.

So we need two more somewhere to meet the grade A requirements. I wonder if thereís scope to expand a current entrance (or two) , rather than a whole new one.

On I slightly different tact, I wonder if the March of first season deadline for ground grading improvements might be relaxed in light of the delay in confirming promotions.

General Discussion / Re: Ground Development Fund.
« on: June 19, 2020, 10:32:37 AM »
Thought we got grant start of last season.

We did, but that was to meet step 2 requirements. We now need to meet the slightly more stringent step 1 requirements, and I donít know if weíre eligible for grants in successive years.

The turnstile issue will probably be best solved by putting some in at the hospital end if the main stand, as was kind of brought in for the play off games a year ago.

General Discussion / Re: Going up !
« on: June 19, 2020, 06:25:04 AM »
Interview with Culverhouse about the promotion from 30:00 minutes in:

General Discussion / Re: The big vote
« on: June 11, 2020, 02:48:20 PM »

No step 2 play-offs because it isnít Ďeliteí football but step 1 is.

General Discussion / Re: The big vote
« on: June 11, 2020, 12:20:12 PM »
Bradford PA are predicting Lynn and York both promoted, many National clubs can not afford to have there players Covid tested after every play off game, at £125 a test, if you have 30 - 40 players, no income, wages to pay, I have to say I agree with that statement.

If you do the sums, teams in 6th for example, would have to play 3 games to go up (if the current structure was used.) if they used the same protocol as the championship, that would mean paying for at least four rounds of testing. Assuming only 25 were tested, (players, coaches and minimal ground staff) that gives sum nice easy sums.

25*4*£125=£12,500 - not exactly pocket change.

If/when football restarts, thatís likely to be an additional monthly cost of running a team for the foreseeable, up and down the pyramid. How many clubs have that, without gate receipts? Canít imagine itís many.

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