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General Discussion / Re: Link with Gibraltar
« on: August 28, 2019, 06:59:18 PM »
Bolton survive as the take over has now completed.

General Discussion / Re: Link with Gibraltar
« on: August 27, 2019, 05:18:14 PM »
C & N Sporting Risks Ltd pull out of deal 90 minutes before the deadline.

Looks as if its curtains for Bury.

General Discussion / Re: Link with Gibraltar
« on: August 23, 2019, 08:39:55 PM »
Seems rather unfair on the Chairman that he should fail a fit and proper test in somewhere like Gib after being passed as fit and proper in this Country.  Surely both are Governed by UEFA.

My understanding is that there were no fit and proper tests at the level the Club was at when it was purchased from Chapman.

My understanding is there are no fit and proper tests at any level, given the financial state of teams at all levels.

FSA statement with regards to situation at Bury:

"The situation faced by supporters of Bury FC is a result of extremely poor stewardship of the club, allowed by the inadequate governance of the game.

The EFL have admitted that they ‘had their doubts’ about Steve Dale’s takeover of Bury but it was still permitted under its current self-regulatory regime.

That decision and the passive disregard for the overspending of the previous owner Stewart Day have created a situation where FA Cup winning, 134-year-old Bury are on the brink of extinction.

Now the debts accumulated under the profligate ownership of Stewart Day are being used by current owner Steve Dale to hold the club to ransom.

The FSA has been providing support to Bury supporters for some months now and we met with Bury supporters yesterday to hear the latest updates on efforts to save the club.

Once again, we offered the continued support of our staff resource and solidarity of the FSA’s wider membership. Sadly, without a credible buyer and willing seller the club may not see out the next 24 hours.

Football needs owners who are ambitious, but that ambition should not be allowed to threaten the very existence of the clubs themselves. The football authorities and in this case the EFL have to take their own share of the blame. Every club in League One is suffering due to the inadequate self-regulation provided by the EFL. Those very same clubs have collective responsibility for their own inaction.

In 2017, the EFL consulted its clubs on tightening up regulations around owners, described on the EFL’s own website as a ‘review of Owners Conduct’ to specifically “address some of the reputational issues facing the EFL and its Clubs.”

This included “the adoption of a new policy in circumstances where it is considered appropriate to take direct action against individuals who fail to meet the standards that are expected of them under the Regulations”.

The policy outlines that it should be reserved for the following circumstances:

A very serious single act or persistent serious acts.
Relating to the operation of an EFL football Club.
Where the individual’s conduct is clearly damaging to the standing and reputation of the wider profession and the game of football.
This policy was due to be put to the EFL Board back in July.

The FSA welcomes the statement made by EFL Executive Chair Debbie Jevans yesterday when she said: “What we need to do is understand how this happened, we have got to go around the clubs and ask them how we can make this better. The owners and directors test shows that a person can run a business in company law but we need to look at what we can do outside of that.”

The FSA has been working for some time on proposals for more effective regulation and preventative measures in football and would welcome the opportunity to be involved in this process of improving the EFL’s regulatory regime. Supporters can make a vital contribution to reform.

Our proposals, which have also been presented to the FA Board, would prevent the situations that we see at Bury, Bolton Wanderers, and other clubs facing similar jeopardy. These proposals have been drafted in the light of the agonising experience of our members and football fans across the country over many years.

The clubs themselves have demonstrated an inability to take collective action against the likes of Steve Dale and in doing so highlighted the FSA’s demand for robust regulation independent of the clubs and leagues.

Once the dust has settled it will be Bury supporters left to pick up the pieces".


Latest update on Bury situation is that a Company called C&N Sporting Risks Ltd have agreed a deal to buy the Club.

C&N Sporting Risks Ltd were formed just over 2  years ago and have two Directors aged 30 and 32.

What sort of deal can be reached when a Club is (reportedly) so many millions in debt, I don't know.  :dontknow:

General Discussion / Re: Website sponsor and GDF Update
« on: August 22, 2019, 07:45:15 PM »
Website Sponsorship
The Blue & Gold Supporters’ Trust would like to express their grateful thanks to the Blackfriars Barbershop for agreeing to sponsor this website for the next 12 months.
We wish their business well and sincerely hope that they see benefit from advertising on this website.

Ground Development Fund (GF) – Update
The Trust has received communication from Stephen Cleeve expressing his appreciation for our fundraising efforts towards the GDF.  He further informed us that he has ordered the additional turnstiles required to meet the new ground grading standards.
He also attached an invoice for the required deposit.
You will be aware that it was agreed that any funds raised in the GDF (£4,052 at the time of writing) would be used towards the purchase of these turnstiles.
To that end, The Trust has forwarded a cheque for £4,052 to Stadium Solutions who will manufacture the turnstile units.
This sum covers the required deposit less the VAT.

 :clap: :clap: :clap:

General Discussion / Re: Link with Gibraltar
« on: August 22, 2019, 04:20:00 PM »
Seems rather unfair on the Chairman that he should fail a fit and proper test in somewhere like Gib after being passed as fit and proper in this Country.  Surely both are Governed by UEFA.

My understanding is that there were no fit and proper tests at the level the Club was at when it was purchased from Chapman.

General Discussion / Re: TV Documentry’s
« on: August 19, 2019, 02:55:13 PM »
Loads of these being produced now, some good some not so.

Sunderland till I die was excellent as was the one on Man City. Class of 92 as well. Just finished one on Leeds of last season called Take is Home.  There was another new one out last week 90 mins based on 5 National
League Managers at the business of end of last season.   One of the Clubs was Harrogate Town with
ex Linnet Simon Weaver. 

All these got me thinking.  Wouldn’t be surprised if BT or Netflix would look a little further down the food chain and where better an upwardly mobile Club with a great Manager and charismatic Chairman
With a little bit of a dodgy past.

Any suggestions ? :countingmoney:

That would certainly put the Club (and the Town) "on the Map"!

General Discussion / Re: From Hereford site
« on: August 12, 2019, 12:47:50 PM »

General Discussion / Re: Chairman
« on: August 11, 2019, 03:42:33 PM »

The subject of ‘Volunteers’  was raised by Mr Cleeve.  He would like those that can afford it to buy a season ticket, but it is up to the individuals own conscience.  The programme Editor and hospitality lady, Sue Wilson has bought 2 VIP Tickets ( all credit to her.  Great support for the Club)

Don't know her myself, but everything I hear about Sue Wilson is positive. She seems to be the be extremely hard working and very capable.

Just the sort of Volunteer that Clubs such as ours need.

 :scarf: :scarf: :scarf:

News of former Linnets / Re: Julian Joachim
« on: August 10, 2019, 12:31:48 PM »
Joins Europa Point FC.

A Gibraltar Linnet.

Exciting times!


anything to do with the massive King's Lynn set up in Gibraltar?

No idea, although I woukd think Global Player Trader Ltd are worth keeping an eye on.

News of former Linnets / Julian Joachim
« on: August 09, 2019, 11:34:33 AM »

News of former Linnets / Luke Peason
« on: August 07, 2019, 10:24:56 PM »
Now at Norwich United.

News of former Linnets / Tom Mcleish
« on: August 07, 2019, 10:24:18 PM »
Now at Norwich United.

In the team that best Gorleston 8-0 last night

News of former Linnets / Danny Beaumont
« on: August 07, 2019, 10:23:37 PM »
Now at Norwich United.

In the team that best Gorleston 8-0 last night.

General Discussion / Re: Opening Day Defeat
« on: August 04, 2019, 12:50:44 PM »
Went up to watch Boston Utd v Chester  yesterday. Not the prettiest of games.  War of attrition in the middle of park. Plenty of meaty challenges going in.  Nothing to fear from either side, but the physical battle.  I do wonder if certain individuals in our squad will cope with that in the middle.

Certainly off the pitch we have plenty to learn, if Boston is the benchmark. Crowd as just shy of 1400.  Both sets of fans made themselves heard from opposite ends of the ground.  Admission was £15.  Programme  ( which was excellent, 60 pages yes Sixty) was £3

Food and drink?

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