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General Discussion / Re: Soft drinks at the ground.
« on: July 27, 2016, 01:42:26 PM »

From the Chairman, he wanted to me to post this

Hi Rob
Thanks for your email. Drink pricing is very difficult to get right. Pubs open 7 days a week for 12 hours a day, we as a club have just a few hours a week to make enough money to pay for all our costs and make some money that benefits the football team.
As you know we have made a day out as cheap as possible increasing the concession rate from u16 to u19 and keeping free admission for the u11s .  Somewhere along the line we need to make some money, as I cannot fund the team forever and the club needs to stand on its own two feet as soon as possible and ideally make enough money for budgets to be increased.
Just to give you an idea of what it costs to run a club in the last 2 weeks I have had to spend personally 1,500 on disco equipment that Buster took back with him, 1,500 on BBQs, pie warmers and other kitchen equipment to replace the stuff Buster took back to the speedway,  2,000 on fertilizers etc for the pitch, 3,600 on getting the floodlights fixed (bill I still need to pay), 5,000 restocking bars, cafes etc, 3,500 on insurances for the club and players, and 7,000 on a new ticketing system.  This is in addition to the usual expenses that need to be paid our pre season, rent, rates, electric, players travelling costs, kit, stocking new club shop etc.
I really dont think people realize just what it costs to run a small football club. Onto beer and drinks prices. If our supporters support the club, i.e. they come early to the games and drink instead of drinking at other establishments (where none of the money benefits the club) then our volumes go up and prices can be reduced. If however they just use us at half time for a quick pit stop our volumes are low and prices increase, basic economics.
We have done our bit by putting in deals that give reduced  prices for food and drinks to club members which I note that with your hard work, fans are taking up. So the beer price for members is 3.15, which is actually a 35p reduction on last season. Setch had a pint at the weekend in Lynn and he said it was 4, so our prices are very reasonable. In addition we are cleaning the lines every week and the beer now tastes great and is super cold (after I fixed the cellar another bill I received last week).
So beer prices have been reduced, spirits include a mixer (unless it tonic) and have remained unchanged, tea remains the same as do fruitshoots at just 1 and the prices of beer cans and ciders have been reduced to members by 35p and remain the same as last season for everyone else.
There are only 2 prices that have gone up. Our branded pre packed coffee and Cadburys hot chocolate has increased by 50p. We do not have the buying power on our own for this range of drinks that Buster had at the speedway so we were left with a simple choice increase the price by 50p or switch to a polystyrene cup and a spoonful of instant. Rightly or wrongly we chose to increase prices as well as bring back Bovril.
That leaves the prices of coke and diet coke and the rather confusing price list that someone posted on twitter, which only works when explained, something we need to fix.  The cokes at 2.50 are the bottled cokes that you cannot buy in supermarkets, it is only Coke zero and should never have been ordered, the price has been reduced to 2 and once finished will be gone for ever. The price of cans has risen to 1.50 from 1 and the price of a coke in the bar is 1.50 with a pint being 2.50. The coke is not multipack, however after the boxing we ran out of diet coke and the only ones we could get at short notice were from a supermarket (remember fans get the same prices for drinks that the club gets, we cant even usually buy at supermarket prices, some refuse to sell if its for commercial use), they are the same size as normal cans just have the word multipack on them, the same applies to the Fanta as its all we could get at short notice.
You must also remember we have to pay 20% VAT on everything that we sell, supermarkets do not so if we increased the supermarket price by 20% we would make no money at all.
Whenever I am out with my children at cinemas, kids parks etc I look at drinks prices and I really believe that 1.50 is not that much out of the ball park. It could be 20p too high but I am trying to keep our change order for our tills simple and I really thought that fans would not mind putting a few pennies into the club if they happen to drink Coke.
I also went to Costa and Starbucks in Lynn all coffees and chocolates are over 2 many over 3 and again it compares favorably with other establishments, sure a caf is cheaper but they work on volume which we have not got.
If fans actually support the club and pack out the bars from 1pm it will enable us to reduce our prices, so the power rests with them.
As you know someone stole 40 cash from the club office yesterday taken from a fans season ticket renewal money, and that made me very sad that someone who is supposed to be supporting the club is actually stealing from it and its another 40 that I now need to make up.
I hope that the fans realize I am working flat out trying to find a sponsor plus I am pouring thousands into the club so it would be a massive help to the club if they bought people along to the first game and helped the club go forward in a positive manner.

was the chairman expecting all this equipment to be included in the purchase price? and or has buster pulled a flanker.

General Discussion / Re: Freedom of Borough
« on: July 16, 2016, 05:02:40 PM »
Yesterday we met the New Council Leader Brian Long and Elizabeth Nockholds (cabinet member for culture, heritage and health)! Some 10 nominees had been submitted by Rob! After some 6 months we were told that rather than put it to the Council Chamber, ( as is our right) and embarrass Mick, They had held an informal meet (attendee's unknown to us) and made quite an aggressive assertion that he did not meet the CRITERIA!!
We were talked over, when asking what the Criteria was!
We left knowing this was an un- democratic resolution to the Submission.

obviously no photo opportunity for mrs nockolds then.

General Discussion / Re: Sponsor.
« on: July 14, 2016, 07:45:50 PM »
It can cost a grand for a full page advert in a local paper at times, more so for a back page as well as a full page on a Tuesday.  So with guaranteed exposure for 9 months of the year in three papers, plus any self-generated media as well as well the match day entertainment and hospitality i don't think 20k is a lot to ask..........

It's probably worth more in advertising speak, if the sponsor used the corporate side of the side to network and entertain clients and potential clients, the income generated for the sponsor will be a damn site more than 20k if played right.

One question though..... who said anything about 20k?  has that come from the club?  I had a two hr meeting with the Chairman and no costs were mentioned to me.  the advertising booklet going around says price on application....

Everything is negociable

He states that no costs were discussed during his meeting. Fair enough, but did the Chairman say "everything is negotiable". If not, is it really the place of a Trust Director to say such things?

If the Club are out there trying to get 50k for kit sponsorship (as are the rumours), would they really want people broadcasting the words "everything is negotiable"?

Somehow I doubt it!

If things are negotiable, that's for the Club to say!

its nice to see a trust director having an opinion.  some come and go, without being noticed or doing or saying anything. 

General Discussion / Re: Stand seating prices
« on: June 17, 2016, 10:24:51 PM »
haven't you heard peter. they be reserved for people on the new norfolk sporting weekend break. top seat at the walks followed by courtside seat at lynnsport. incl b&b & em at the george.  :cheers:

General Discussion / Re: Volunteers Day At The Walks
« on: June 15, 2016, 10:18:33 PM »
I'm with Mallard on this,how difficult is it to find someone to cover a bar for a few hours,not like you need a degree or anything? Bit disappointing really,I'm off work would have been a good place to be. :cry:

have you offered to help out grissles.  :cheers:

General Discussion / Re: Would now be a good time for a Fans Forum?
« on: May 27, 2016, 04:35:49 PM »
Would be nice if one of the home friendlies could be made a meet and greet day for the new owner and players,get face painters etc on site,also maybe a pay what you think it is worth day,big up the publicity? :scarf: :scarf: :scarf: :scarf: :scarf:

you're wasted as a supporter grissles. you should be head of community/ fund raising at the least. so many good ideas, but all left to fall by the wayside.

General Discussion / Re: Breaking News
« on: May 26, 2016, 09:49:47 PM »
It appears in some quarters the knife has been pulled out of Busters back and plunged into his successors without him being given a chance. It seems the anti brigade just move victims. Who knows who will be proven right or wrong,its early days lets sit back and see before passing any premature judgements.

hmm i think mr cleeve will have his work cut out rebuilding your bridge graham.

General Discussion / Re: Would now be a good time for a Fans Forum?
« on: May 26, 2016, 09:47:37 PM »
That's great Backie let us hope we do not get too many people who want to question his past, we already know about that. What we really need to know is what the plans for the future are. Will the Trust want to talk to Stephen? Let's hope so.

the trust have always been willing to talk to the club owner.  now there is an owner who wants to talk back.

General Discussion / Re: Breaking News
« on: May 25, 2016, 08:44:59 PM »
welcome to the walks mr cleeve. am glad your long search for a club has finally ended.
here's to the future.   :cheers:

General Discussion / Re: KING'S LYNN TOWN RESERVES - The future
« on: May 17, 2016, 02:00:34 PM »
no dramas here mr wilson, and no agenda either mr tazzywazz.  just taking an interest in whats been going on. at most clubs the club shop is a valuable source of income for the club. i was not expecting the lynn club shop to be any different. when you say "we had an arrangement" andy, do you mean ikon or the fotl? its not a trick question, and you are not obliged to answer.


General Discussion / Re: KING'S LYNN TOWN RESERVES - The future
« on: May 16, 2016, 08:19:25 PM »
Correct Marcus, certainly for the time Andy Wilson was selling it.

well that has surprised me tazz. you got any more gems like that?  i hope not.

General Discussion / Re: KING'S LYNN TOWN RESERVES - The future
« on: May 16, 2016, 11:53:04 AM »
I am sure Setch/Robbie are busily working on retaining the players they want to keep and recruitment of new ones. You can be assured that everything that can be done to encourage new/old supporters will be done. The link with community and college is a pretty good way to start, the club will be in touch with a lot of people and I am sure that will be utilised. All entrance fee money goes to the playing budget. Replica kit will be sold by the club, supplied by Joma and G&G, and all profits will go to the club, a lot different than the last few seasons.

so are you saying all the replica kit profits did not go to the club?

General Discussion / Re: Lowestoft relegated
« on: May 02, 2016, 05:10:41 PM »
budget cut at lowestoft this season. so operated with a small squad. were hit with a lot of injuries towards the end of season. only one sub on bench on sat for a must win game. obviously didn't have the backing of a well run reserve side to help out when needed.

General Discussion / Re: Can Supporters trusts help in football?
« on: April 08, 2016, 10:44:23 PM »
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Re: Old Chestnut
Reply #51 on: April 03, 2016, 08:24:01 PM
Please for fox ache let us not get started on the trust v Chapman chute,got rather monotonous before, many trust supporters saying they thought Buster was a Canute, the other camp claiming anyone involved with the trust were our soles. Thought people had matured enough to leave all that carp behind!!  :banghead; :banghead; :banghead;

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