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General Discussion / Re: Lynn v south shields
« on: March 02, 2024, 08:02:57 PM »
Impressive result that.   Looks as though AL has really turned things around since the beginning of the year.    I wonder if this ties in with Joe’s money filtering into the Club?  Let’s face it without him we were sunk.

Mallard. Can you do a post without giving Joe a mention.  :laughcry:

Yeah. Where do you think you are? On Facebook!   :laughcry:

General Discussion / Re: Saturday
« on: March 02, 2024, 01:01:41 PM »
Just seen the pictures of the pitch.

Credit due to someone. Looks superb when considering the amount of rain we have had, and when you look at how wet, with standing water, some other parts of the Walks still are.

Lots of farm land outside of town still under water as well, and the dykes are full. That makes the work done on the pitch to make it look like it does even more impressive.


General Discussion / Re: Alfreton
« on: February 28, 2024, 05:57:36 PM »
Do you get a better choice of player if you are Part time?

Maybe.  :dontknow:

Gash wanted to play part time, as did Clunan before he moved on.   

General Discussion / Re: Alfreton
« on: February 28, 2024, 12:29:32 PM »
They have two decent joint  managers in Luke Steele and Michael Gash who both still play when needed and they attract the right sort of players who seem to fit in well  with players all ready there.  they also have a decent catchment area to pick from so they most probably don't have to pay over the odds to players. they also have a decent
ground and set up assume that's due to there commercial side . been there a few times and  i thought the facilites were good, they don't charge over the odds so people spend.

I think that sums it up.

Good commercial activity. Good recruitment. Reasonable facilities. Good pricing. 

Good catchment area for players? Yes, but being on the A1 they will also have a lot of competition for players, as lots of Clubs in a 50 mile catchment area/ one hour travelling time. Swings and roundabouts on that one.

General Discussion / Re: Alfreton
« on: February 28, 2024, 09:45:21 AM »
Interesting results last night.  Comfy wins it seems for Darlo and Rushall.  Sports did us a favour by winning at Banbury.  Their 3rd goal coming from Ex Linnet Rory McAuley.
Sports appear to be doing surprising well this season. Small gates, no big money man pumping it in anymore. Proof that it can be done.

They are away to Southport on Saturday. Can they do it again?

Darlo v Banbury will be another one for us to watch out for on Saturday.

In form Linnets have a chance of revenge from earlier in the season and a 2-0 defeat against South Shields, who didn't play mid week.

General Discussion / Re: Alfreton
« on: February 27, 2024, 09:51:35 PM »
1-1 FT.

General Discussion / Blyth Spatans new owner targets The Championship.
« on: February 26, 2024, 06:59:57 PM »

A new era began at Blyth Spartans yesterday as Irfan Liaquat’s takeover of the club was announced, but who is the new owner?

The takeover comes following a tricky few years at Blyth, the Spartans currently sit 15th in the National League North, having narrowly avoided relegation in the last two seasons with consecutive 19th place finishes.

James Raine, of the North East non-league show, said: “This is massive news for Blyth Spartans. The past few seasons have been low for Blyth starting with the Lee Clark season followed by the great escapes.

“You look at other clubs in the area like South Shields, who are looking to progress and teams such as Blyth are getting left behind by teams and specifically attracting players.”

In his first press conference after taking over Liaquat said: “The vision is to get them (Blyth) right up there at Championship level, but that will happen over time,” before adding: “We’re not naïve, we know we have to work hard to achieve that goal but we’re going to take it on a step-by-step basis.”

Mark Carruthers, a North East football writer, said: “Reaching the Championship is something very, very few non-league clubs have ever managed to achieve.”

“Ambition is never a bad thing, indeed every club should show that, but it needs to be realistic and given the costs that it would require to reach such a level, not to mention the sporting challenges they would have to overcome, I would suggest such a target at this point in time would be unrealistic.”

There are also concerns about Liaquat’s legitimacy.

The 41-year-old is currently Chairman of Winners Worldwide Limited, which is described on Liaquat’s website as: “a UK-based trade and investments platform that allows investors to grow their wealth on an international scale.”

However the company, which was founded in March 2023, has just one share which is valued at one pound, according to Companies House.

Companies House also confirms Liaquat has been the director of at least two companies that have been dissolved, City Blue Investments LTD and Million Dollar Listings LTD. 

“I have witnessed a few horror stories in over a decade of working in North East non-league football and although it is not for me to suggest Spartans could follow a similar pattern, I do believe there is a need for further clarity and for actions rather than words, to be shown by the owners,” Carruthers said

General Discussion / Re: Torquay enter Administration
« on: February 26, 2024, 06:40:10 PM »
I wonder if Lim knows Joe?   :dontknow:

General Discussion / Re: Points shared
« on: February 26, 2024, 11:37:07 AM »
And we’re NOT outside the drop zone ….

I think you will find we are:

20   King's Lynn Town   
21   Rushall Olympic   
22   Gloucester City   
23   Darlington      
24   Bishop's Stortford

General Discussion / Another Great passes
« on: February 24, 2024, 09:10:12 PM »
Stan Bowles died today, aged 75.


General Discussion / Re: Points shared
« on: February 24, 2024, 05:56:02 PM »
Disappointing to drop two points after Tuesday’s excellent result. On the plus side we move out of the bottom 4 ( thanks Sport) and the gates seem to be on the up at 800.  Can’t complain about the fans not turning up.


Turned up where?

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