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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?

General Discussion / Points shared
« on: February 24, 2024, 04:58:12 PM »
0-0 at the Walks today.

Att. 821.

General Discussion / Re: Torquay enter Administration
« on: February 24, 2024, 02:41:02 PM »
Is it really that unusual at this stage of the season to hear of Clubs in trouble.  Always seems to strike post Christmas.  Didn’t our own SC say we were gone by the end Jan if no new money was found ?

While you have people who always seem to feel they know how to make a Non League Football, successful, they always seem to reach the end of the road having had their fingers burnt.  It’s amazing really as it tends to be businessmen who have made decent money in their field yet all business logic seems to go out of the window once they walk into a Football Club.   Strange, as these business people didn’t get where they are by allowing their company’s to haemorrhage money.

Way beyond me.


Are you a Ghost writer for Cleeve these days, have contacts at Rouen Road, or know someone in the know at the Club?

Having just read Cleeve's article in the Norwich paper, it seems the post you made yesterday touched on the same matter as Cleeve does today!

If its none of the above, can you give me your thoughts on tonight's lottery numbers please?


General Discussion / Re: Saturday v Farsley
« on: February 24, 2024, 02:29:51 PM »
Where funding is concerned, for many football supporters at all levels the end justifies the means?

Which is why football needs an independent regulator, there are many walks of life where protections are deemed necessary to avoid 'the market' having a free reign (often at the detriment of individuals) and to me football fits this to a tee.  The landscape needs to be changed  to reduce the incentive to gamble to progress which just creates round after round of unaffordable wage inflation as others have to keep up to compete.

And the moral ground, where the money is sourced!

Man City, Chelsea, Newcastle. The list goes on!

General Discussion / Re: Saturday v Farsley
« on: February 24, 2024, 09:36:40 AM »
Does anyone know if he has actually made an investment?

SC’s EDP column should answer your question Cigar.   Seems our owner keeps repeating his need of the loan he took out to be written off and for money to be given for him to fund his hobby.

Mallard. Will you please lend me a Fiver?

I'm not sure I'll be willing to pay it back though.

Its still a good deal for you though.

General Discussion / Re: Saturday v Farsley
« on: February 23, 2024, 09:43:02 PM »
Does anyone know if he has actually made an investment?

If he hasn't, presumably the lights would have been turned off at the end of January.

Money to keep going must have come from somewhere, and as we were told Joe was investing, I think we'll have to go along with that until told otherwise.

General Discussion / Re: Torquay enter Administration
« on: February 23, 2024, 12:10:41 PM »
When the money runs out (part 2).

“The existence of Rochdale AFC is at stake” – chairman warns club has just six weeks to find investment

Rochdale AFC has until the end of March to find an investor or be forced into liquidation, its chairman has warned.

The bleak announcement revealed that the club is looking for an investor to gain 90% of the club at a cost of £2 million so it can continue.

Chairman Simon Gauge – who became involved in the club in June 2021 – has put in £566,000 over the last few months to keep the club going, but says he has now reached his credit limit.

Without investment, the club will be forced into liquidation after years of “perilous” finances.

The 117-year-old club is currently playing in the National League after being relegated last year. The move brought an end to 102 years in the Football League.

In a statement, Gauge said Dale’s “major asset” was the stadium, but had “little else of financial value.”

Describing the club as “asset-rich and cash-poor,” he revealed he and his family have subsidised the club with £566,000 to “buy time to find investment to take the club forward.”

He said that, had he and his fellow directors “been fully aware of what they were taking on” after the club was relegated from League One and the post-Covid period, “we would not have got involved.”

He added: “We would certainly have gone nowhere near the club had we been aware of the hostile takeover attempt that followed.



Gauge explained there have been several barriers to investment, including “club management, level of debt, the financial situation and uneconomical leases.”

An EGM has been called for shareholders on Thursday 7 March at the Ratcliffe Bar to try and agree to the proposals, including the creation of nine million new shares.

Gauge said: “We are in talks with interested parties, but they will not move forward until the conditions for investment are in place.

“In an ideal world, we would have an investor in place before calling the EGM, but we do not have that luxury of time. This EGM is essential to achieving the required conditions that an investor wants.

“If we move to a period of exclusivity with any party before the EGM, we will disclose this to shareholders.

“This resolution needs to be passed at the EGM for us to have any chance of securing the required investment that will ensure the long-term future of our club.

“If it isn’t passed, the threat of liquidation at the end of March is very real. The passing of this resolution does not guarantee saving the club, but it will certainly give it a fighting chance.

“To be clear, the existence of Rochdale AFC is at stake. The opportunity to give a long-term future is now in the shareholders’ hands.”

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