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General Discussion / Entertainment licence
« on: May 10, 2022, 01:42:13 PM »
Whilst I can understand SC's obvious frustration at a local councilor's stance on the entertainment licence, he does seem to want to pick a fight at every turn

https://www.kltown.co.uk/2022/05/10/calling-all-kings-lynn-town-fans-and-friends/?fbclid=IwAR0IO3DRDhJHrreLPHUuZhqzIbtbcCyWs20cYIAX0Pgp60cuAZNU3aQhLa4

Key quote:
"It is very important that the club continues to remain economically viable, is able to expand in order to offer more opportunities for both football and other activities to take place.  This will enable the club to continue to form an important part of the local community."

Possibly another example of how the Walks doesn't really fit the requirement of a modern football club but unless someone wins big on the Euro Lottery this evening I guess SC (and the council) have to make the best of an imperfect situation

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General Discussion / Eastleigh 30th April
« on: April 29, 2022, 01:34:26 PM »
So, aside from Downham and some local football there is also a game at the Walks tomorrow.  We are finally at the 'must-win' stage as anything less will confirm the inevitable, that said Eastleigh would have been one of the sides in our mini 'bottom third' league that we needed maximum points from when the fixtures came out so hopefully TW and the team can secure the three points and if Notts County (who also have something to play for) do their bit TW can carry on being optimistic for another couple of days.

Hoping rather than expecting to see KB in the starting lineup but other than that I guess it will be similar lineup as of late, at least the lads will have had a break after looking completely dead on their feet with half an hour to play vs Grimsby which made the lack of substitutes a little baffling

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General Discussion / GEAR
« on: April 16, 2022, 11:46:57 AM »
Just a quick post about those fundraising at GEAR in a couple of weeks. 

Hopefully many will be supporting the crowd of 8:56 Foundation runners who are doing a great job in raising awareness as well as funds to support mental heath - more info here https://856foundation.org.uk/team-856-have-entered-gear-22/

On a slightly smaller scale I will be raising money for the St Johns to get some more kit to support the fans on match days at the Walks, please feel free to come and find me at the game on Monday if you can spare a couple of quid


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General Discussion / Bromley 5th April
« on: April 04, 2022, 05:28:58 PM »
Does TW ring the changes after a disappointing point at Dover or does he stick with the team that gained another point on Aldershot at the weekend?  I guess people's answer will depend on how they saw the weekend's result.  With no news on Linton in the preview on the club site, I assume he is still out so would go with K-B for Barrett (although TW is in the paper basically saying he is happy for the side to continue to carry Barrett https://www.edp24.co.uk/sport/kings-lynn-town-bromley-bucket-list-8801810) and as well as Sundire played at right back vs Halifax I would bring Aaron Jones back into the starting lineup.  I can see TW will be tempted to bring TW jnr back into the starting lineup but the midfield of Clunan and Hargreaves (now they are playing on the correct sides) and McGavin (who has finally started to adapt to the physical side of adult football) have been playing well enough to keep him on the bench imo.

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General Discussion / Sensible suggestions
« on: March 22, 2022, 01:40:19 PM »
I finally got round to reading SC's column in last weeks programme.  Much of it continues the theme that current crowds don't support a NL (or NLN) operation but there is also an appeal for "any sensible suggestions" as to what more can be done to increase revenue and that he would be very keen "to have a call or meeting to discuss what can be done"

The cynic in me says we have been here before but equally the optimist says maybe, just maybe, SC has finally realised that his way of doing things isn't working.  Given that SC and the Trust don't have any sort of working relationship and the FotL seem to have struggled so badly this season is there any other way to develop fan engagement?  Currently the fanbase is pretty fractured both within those still turning up at the Walks as well as the many individuals who would class themselves as fans but no longer attend games for whatever reason, so is there anything that could be done to bring the fans closer together?  I personally like the idea of supporter 'shadow boards' but SC seemed pretty resistant in a recent podcast although he clearly hadn't much idea of how they worked successfully at other clubs so maybe that could still be an option.

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General Discussion / Torquay 12th March
« on: March 11, 2022, 01:44:56 PM »
Another game closer to the end of the season, TW seemed relaxed at the press conference this morning https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiSwV8J4-sI and talked of players taking their opportunity although whether we see that many changes from the side that played Tuesday evening only time will tell.  Preview on the club site saying Barrows may be fit and so for me he should come straight back into the starting XI and I don't understand why Hickman is being given game time, Jones is a much, much better player imo and more likely to be here next season so doesn't make any sense.

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General Discussion / Ask Tommy
« on: March 10, 2022, 07:39:37 PM »
Not quite a fans forum but the opportunity to have your question put to TW at tomorrow's press conference

https://www.kltown.co.uk/2022/03/10/ask-the-questions-for-tomorrows-press-conference/

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General Discussion / Solihull 5th March
« on: March 05, 2022, 12:16:13 PM »
I guess the big news going into todays game is the extension to Coulson and Hargreaves loan deals for another month.  Coulson has given us a bit more maturity and calmness at the back but as Maidenhead showed last week if you run at him he just isn't up to the pace of NL any more, Hargreaves must have been a more marginal decision and maybe you could make a case with TW jnr and McGavin / Clunan injured we do need bodies in the middle of the park, although I don't think he adds that much to what we already had so keeping him would probably be a financial decision in terms of what sort of percentage of his wages we are having to cover.

For me, today is just crossing another game off as we look to finish the season, in terms of selection decisions will Tommy go with his 4 full back formation again and which of the frozen out centre backs will come in for the injured Phipps?

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General Discussion / National Lottery
« on: February 25, 2022, 01:52:08 PM »
Some good news posted on the club's website today that there will be a 'buy one, get one free day' coming up https://www.kltown.co.uk/2022/02/25/were-in-are-you/

I have to admit to having reservations about the club taking out such a substantial loan from Sport England but this might be a (very) small silver lining to the cloud that it has created.  Hopefully the fixture can be identified asap, maybe Halifax on 26th March which is non-league day so there will be the potential for a bigger 'floating' crowd that day anyway

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General Discussion / Barnet 22nd Feb
« on: February 22, 2022, 01:30:27 PM »
Appreciate everyone may be a little detached from the football after the past weeks postponements but we do have a game scheduled for tonight  According to Radio Norfolk this morning Michael Clunan returns having been unavailable at the weekend due to illness (nothing in the match preview from the club to say he would be missing or indeed returns tonight), hopefully we will play him in midfield rather than too high up the pitch to accommodate others into the starting lineup.  Barnet was probably one of the games that TW would have been targeting when he thought we could still retain NL status but think that ship has well and truly sailed now but would still be good to get a result

Lots of chat about failure of players to go out on loan / extending Coulson's loan etc but really don't see the point in having the size squad we currently have and if that means we can't keep Coulson then it is unlikely to change the outcome of the season.  Maybe TW is thinking Coulson being part of next seasons squad and we have certainly lacked experience this year but whether he has another season in him (even at NLN level) is probably debatable.

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General Discussion / Bromley 19th Feb
« on: February 17, 2022, 01:48:27 PM »
Lots has been said about last weeks result and performance and whether that was the final nail in the coffin or not, I am sure TW and the squad will want to show that isn't the view from within the club but that needs to be shown in the selection and performance against a Bromley side who still have something to play for being well in the playoff mix.  Main weather issues seem to be tomorrow with things calming down for Saturday and hopefully not too much in the way of rain between now and kick off it should mean the only doubts around the match would be if there was any structural damage caused by the winds tomorrow, fingers crossed that isn't the case.

My team for the game would be:
                    Jones
Jones, Bowry, Coulson, Barrows, Scott
     Clunan, Phipps, Hargreaves
           Linton, Kurran-Brown

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General Discussion / New podcast 3rd Feb
« on: February 03, 2022, 05:44:20 PM »
For those with time on their hands SC has got back behind the mic for another podcast, this time with Niall Cooper of Fair Game, a group of clubs, fans and football experts who have come together to support many of the issues raised in Tracey Crouch's fan led review of football.  I haven't yet listened to the podcast but should be a good one

https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/i-bought-a-football-club-stephen-cleeve-chairman/id1507650273
https://www.fairgameuk.org/

For those who want to support Fair Game and get the Crouch Review through parliament, they are asking for people to contact their local MP, more details here https://www.fairgameuk.org/contact-your-mp or your local council https://www.fairgameuk.org/council-call  I am not a North West Norfolk constituent, nor do I live in KLWN but hopefully some of those of you that do will take the time to make contact.

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General Discussion / Southend (21st January)
« on: January 20, 2022, 01:49:56 PM »
Aside from the opening day at the Walks, Southend have had a pretty poor start to life in the NL but things seem to be picking up for them with two wins already in January and with their transfer ban lifted they are also starting to sign players, including a new centre forward signed today https://www.southendunited.co.uk/news/2022/january/blues-sign-cardwell/

Closer to home, we have signed Walker after his (unimpressive imo) loan spell earlier in the year and TW is on record saying he is signing starters not squad players so presumably we will have a change of shape tomorrow evening.  I still really don't know what to expect from a TW team, to date he seems to have picked roughly what IC did which isn't unreasonably given he has roughly the same squad but now with four TW additions (KB loan extended, TW jnr, Scott and Walker) and McFaddon and Denton back to fitness TW needs to find a set up that gets more out of his expanded squad than IC managed.  Personally I think a point would be a good result, Southend have improved and I don't think we look much closer to keeping a clean sheet or scoring than we did under IC.

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General Discussion / Expectation
« on: November 23, 2021, 01:40:18 PM »
Lots has been written both on this forum and elsewhere about the club's current state and where it is heading, much of which I think stems from what might be described as 'unrealistic expectations'

The club reached the NL due to SC's not insubstantial financial doping, IC's good management, a confident squad probably playing above their individual capabilities and a shortened season meaning that other sides in the NLN hadn't really had a chance to 'figure us out'.  Whilst we can disagree about the weighting of the factors I think each one played a part in the 2019/20 promotion.  Unfortunately many thought the success would continue and even though our performances pre-furlough meant we deserved to be relegated last year some were talking about a mid table finish this season rather than a relegation battle

I have never thought relegation would be the end of the world, although I do accept that it would put a major dent in the reputations of both SC and IC and there is no telling what either will do if this season continues to implode.  Mistakes have undoubtably been made by all parties at the club (who hasn't made mistakes at work?) but rather than apportioning blame, hopefully those still at the club can learn from them to help the club going forward, if the last 18 months have shown us anything it is that no area of the club was really ready for was required at NL, I know Rome wasn't build in a day but the club can't continue to be so reactive and has to start putting the building blocks in place to enable it to function firstly at NLN and then maybe at NL level again.

On the pitch, I am happy to stick with IC and his 'footballing principles' because basically with the squad we have assembled I don't think there is a better way for them to play but I do appreciate I am probably in the minority of Walks regulars with that view.  However, I do think we need to find a couple of loanees in attacking areas of the pitch for the remainder of the season for two reasons, one to stop the club going into freefall and secondly to prove to higher league clubs we can be trusted with their players

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General Discussion / New addition
« on: November 18, 2021, 05:16:09 PM »
New midfielder into the club https://www.kltown.co.uk/2021/11/18/lynn-sign-former-boro-midfielder/

Looks like a former teammate of Fernandez so hopefully not a complete unknown property.  Appears to have been without a club since the end of last season and a post on Twitter may explain the reason "Great player was league 2 apprentice of the year while here at Boro, was a shame to see him released as he has lots of potential had his issues with injury but if he can stay fit he’ll be some player for you".  That said he looks like he has kept himself in shape so may not need quite as long as Barrett to get up to match sharpness.

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