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General Discussion / Re: Squad for next season
« on: May 14, 2021, 01:42:26 PM »
All fair points so far, really difficult decisions to be made, primarily are we looking to establish ourselves as a NL side - in which case it probably requires more full timers with all that financial gamble that entails, or are we just looking to try and stay in the division ahead of Dover and two others - which 'could' probably be achieved on a part-time model around a few key players which would be lower risk if we found ourselves back in NLN and part time again.  Whichever we opt for I just hope we don't go handing out lots of two year deals as surely we have learnt our lesson by now?

As most agree, keeper is a key, as is someone to partner McFadden (NL - personally I would only keep one of Smith & Fleming), can't see that FBT won't find another EFL team but Norman may be available.  I also think Carey will find himself an EFL side next season which will leave a big hole.  NL, appreciate the comment about the squad dynamics but I think needs must although I would have Jones back (if fit) but not Gyasi.

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General Discussion / Re: Tickets
« on: May 13, 2021, 11:56:48 AM »
SC just tweeted this
"They are back. After a great meeting today with our SAG group 1,600 fans will be back into our final home games.  Ticket details circulated later - members and season ticket holders can buy 4 tickets and they will go on general sale at 6pm Friday.  Letís get The Walks rocking"

Not quite sure why season ticket holders can buy tickets but hopefully everything will become clearer once the official announcement is made but they had better get a move on if tickets are going on general sale tomorrow at 6pm.  Will be interesting to see the reaction of fans this time - I think there will be less hesitancy in terms of the virus, which is now at pretty low levels, so it will just be whether people want to watch the current squad play a couple of meaningless games.

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General Discussion / Re: Tennyson car park
« on: May 11, 2021, 05:49:44 PM »
Really can't see that there is the finance within the club or the appetite within the council to spend taxpayer's money on a new stand.  There is also the view that it would just be 'good money after bad' and that any substantial investment would be better spent going towards a new ground (out of town) than developing the Walks which will always be massively compromised with it's location and drainage issues.

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General Discussion / Chesterfield (away)
« on: May 11, 2021, 02:21:05 PM »
Hopefully get one more ticked off tonight as we get ever nearer to the end of the season.  Chesterfield didn't look that impressive at the Walks last month but did enough to win which probably sums up both club's seasons.

Preview on the club site https://www.kltown.co.uk/2021/05/11/match-preview-chesterfield-fc-vs-kings-lynn/  says we are missing Baggot again due to Ipswich's progression in the FA Youth cup - whilst their cup run couldn't have been predicted, he does seem a strange signing as he hasn't looked NL level (mainly down to his age) and we are very unlikely to see him back at the Walks for 2021/22 so, to me, it was an opportunity missed, maybe at the time it was just a case of getting bodies into the club?

Good to read in SC's column in the EDP at the weekend that the recruitment and scouting team has been bolstered, certainly one of the areas where we are well behind other step 1 clubs, fingers crossed they and IC can put together a better squad for next season

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General Discussion / Re: V Stockport
« on: April 28, 2021, 01:11:55 PM »
Sorry NL but we are going have to agree to disagree.  Much as the past couple of performances haven't been great (I didn't see the Dagenham game but did get reports), there were signs prior to that that we were actually trying to get back to something resembling an IC team, not something that could be said of more than a few short spells in any game prior to furloughing kicking in.  Also be careful to compare like with like - it would seem that the current crop only meet up on match days whereas their semi full time counterparts from the start of the season were training regularly during the week. 

I am not saying all of the current players should be signed up for next season but given the circumstances they have been thrown together and what they also have around them is probably not the ideal situation to 'trial' players.  Maybe what we can agree on is that the squad (both furloughed and current) needs a major overhaul in the summer if were are going to be anywhere near mid-table safety next season.  There was a brief comment by SC last night about how late the current season finishes and when the next starts not leaving much time for planning which didn't really inspire much confidence as it might be hoped that planning for next season was already well underway.

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General Discussion / Re: V Stockport
« on: April 27, 2021, 02:01:16 PM »
Not sure if we are able to get anyone else in on loan now to provide a bit of cover at centre half.  Keep seeing FBT's name being mentioned as not figuring in Peterborough's match day squad so might be good for him to have half a dozen games as I would think he is still capable of picking up an EFL contract somewhere next season.

There is also a worrying report in the EDP about Coleman having to finish after Saturday as his current contract with Brackley is up at the end of the month so that when his loan spell has to end, don't know if this would also hit Alfie Payne (I think Jackson was 'released' from his contract so isn't technically here 'on loan').  Assume the likes of Howard and Babos have contracts to the end of June with their (EFL) parent clubs
https://www.edp24.co.uk/sport/ethan-coleman-kings-lynn-town-future-7922740

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General Discussion / Re: Halifax v Kings Lynn.
« on: April 18, 2021, 03:23:05 PM »
For me, that was as close as we have looked all season to the style that proved so successful over the previous two years, we kept the ball well, players we keen to show for the ball and we looked to pass the ball forward and create opportunities.  Yes, the defensive failties were still there but at least we had a better shape and some attacking intent as a team.  Shame the mistake for their fourth which effectively killed the game came from Coleman as he has been excellent since his arrival.

Hopefully IC liked (some of) what he saw, particularly after his recent comments to the press about losing his way, personally I think this was pre-season not mid-season but whenever it was hopefully yesterday gave an indication that we can be successful playing 'our way' but we just need to recruit the right players to make it work.

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General Discussion / Stockport 13.4.21
« on: April 13, 2021, 03:18:14 PM »
Tough trip tonight, particularly after the loss of Mitchell and to a lesser extent Davies who might now have featured more with Kairo's departure.  Somehow IC needs to turn the squad he has at his disposal into a competitive eleven but it looked pretty difficult on Saturday once McFadden went off and will he be risked tonight even if he did get the all clear from the QE on Saturday evening.

My team (for what it is worth)

                Robinson
Howard, Fleming, Baggott, Denton
         Coleman, Payne
      King, Carey, Babos
               Gash

I think Coleman and Howard have shown they are more than capable at step 1, Babos had a good game Saturday in his first start but still question marks about the fitness of King, Gyasi and Kiwomya as I don't think any of them can play a full 90 minutes at NL level.

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General Discussion / Re: The loan and the English Sports Council
« on: April 13, 2021, 01:15:14 PM »
Does this mean we can get our players back from furlough?

If the reports are true and we need £400K to get to the start of next season (assuming we can then have a viable number of fans back in the Walks) then why on earth would the club consider bringing players back on furlough for what, to us at least, are nothing more than training games?

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General Discussion / Re: Ground Development Fund (GDF) Ė update
« on: April 12, 2021, 07:23:35 PM »
Great news that the club have sorted out what they wanted the GDF to go towards and well done to all the fans who contributed to help making the Walks compliant for the level we are now at.  Hopefully more fundraising can be co-ordinated as and when additional works are required. 

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General Discussion / Re: Kairo Mitchell Leaves for Chesterfield
« on: April 11, 2021, 11:54:37 AM »
KES, maybe we all need to wake up.  A couple of years ago we were a 'big fish' at step 3 so could attract better players (for that level) and SC seemed to have the cash to bankroll / financially dope the club to be successful at that level.  I think we may have been able to survive at step 2 building on that model but thanks to a strong start and COVID we find ourselves at step 1 without the players or infrastructure to back that up and thanks again to COVID we look like we will have another crack at it next year.

Questions have to be asked about pre-season recruitment this year and hopefully those involved in the football side are now far more aware of what is required and also what is out there.  I think the model you and NL have suggested is probably sensible, if nothing else it avoids the situation we shell out for a lot of two year deals which we are then saddled with should we end up going down next season, we are already gambling with the long term viability of the club as it is imo.  Realistically we can't compete financially with many in the NL for a variety of reasons (bigger crowds, off field income streams, richer owners) so we will always be prone to losing our players to other clubs so the model then needs to be one of bringing players through and having a core who are less likely to leave through local ties or age, what this furlough period has shown is that there are capable players available on loans from league u23 teams if we have the contacts and will to play them

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General Discussion / home vs Chesterfield
« on: April 10, 2021, 05:41:59 PM »
Probably a fair result on the balance of play but given that Robinson hardly had a save to make Lynn will be disappointed at dropping the point(s).  On the positive side Fleming had a good game and Babos looked OK on his debut but we didn't play as well today as we have recently perhaps understandably given the changes to the squad and the loss of McFadden midway through the first half.  Still not at all convinced with Gyasi but I suppose he is getting a proper chance to prove otherwise and a shame that the final chance fell to Kiwomya who really doesn't look fit which doesn't bode well with the departures over the past few days

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General Discussion / Re: Today's stream
« on: April 10, 2021, 05:27:52 PM »
More 'technical difficulties' with the stream today than at an other point in the season but I guess the vast majority of the 1000+ who watched today won't be coming back anyway as they are likely to be Chesterfield fans given how many our 'usual' streams attract, gives some indication of what we are up against on and off the pitch now we are NL

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General Discussion / Re: Adam Marriott
« on: April 10, 2021, 05:20:30 PM »
Sad to see him go and a real shame that we never saw the best of him this season having come into the campaign injured and never really got going.  Don't think the changes made to the squad / playing style this season really helped him and just hope he can find the right move in the summer (not sure Eastleigh is that move)

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General Discussion / Re: Kairo Mitchell Leaves for Chesterfield
« on: April 10, 2021, 05:14:43 PM »
SC explained the situation on commentary - lots of interest for Mitchell but Chesterfield matched our valuation (plus sell on clause) and with them paying 52 week contracts it was a step up for the player and the club won't stand in a player's way if the club and player have done things properly.  Difficult in the current climate and squad situation but can't always choose when teams come in with bids for players

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