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General Discussion / Every little helps
« on: November 18, 2021, 01:28:45 PM »
Extra money coming to the NL from the Premier League - 5m with 2m this year and then a further 1m over the following 3 seasons.  NL has announced that the 2m will be split 1m to NL and 1m to NLN/NLS so 40k coming our way.  Being cynical I assume this is an attempt to deflect some of the criticism coming the PL's way when the Crouch report comes out.

More info
https://www.premierleague.com/news/2355609?sf251331492=1
https://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/national-league-statement-premier-league-new-fundi-68287   
https://www.fairgameuk.org/blog/half-a-grealish

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General Discussion / Walsall at home
« on: November 05, 2021, 01:43:43 PM »
So, aside from the off-field issues around tomorrow, what are we looking for on the pitch?

IC has said he has a fully fit squad apart from Tyler Denton, not sure if this means Bird is back in contention with no follow up question raised at the press conference.  He is one of the players being put forward for Football Focus so maybe that will be his contribution tomorrow but would be good to see his return to the starting XI.  I would also hope this means Millwall have allowed Davis to be part of the team tomorrow.  Given Taylor is cup tied I would go with the Omotayo/Morias combination up front to give them more minutes together but whether they can become an effective combination is probably still open to debate.  Lets just hope for a good performance and what looks to be a sizable crowd will have something to get behind

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General Discussion / Under 21s / reserves
« on: October 29, 2021, 01:22:57 PM »
One of the points raised by Westlandallstar in his now deleted post from yesterday concerned the disbanding of the u21s / reserve team and criticism of SC for not wanting to fund them.

Personally I think this has proven to be the right decision in that those who might have been considered the better players in that side (Taylor, Fleming, Gasgoigne, Guimdo-Tsaguim) have been able to play at a higher level than step 6 and Taylor has done enough to come back to join the first team squad.  The under 19s as part of the academy are playing regularly but realistically there are only ever likely to be a couple in any year group who might make it to the first team so the loan model looks better for both the players and club alike.

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General Discussion / Altrincham away
« on: September 13, 2021, 02:09:18 PM »
So a quick turnaround for the squad and a long trip to the North West on Tuesday evening. 

IC swapped his back 3 round at the weekend and might be tempted to do so again if Bird has any effects from the weekend but unlike last year we have genuine options for those spots and I don't think anyone would consider McFadden to be weakening the side.  Both wing backs have started the season well and Jones may have to bide his time, even when he is back to full fitness.  Personally I think we are as strong as we have ever been in the middle of the park with McGavin, Coleman and Rowley so it is really a case of what IC can do with the two remaining spots to give us a viable goal threat.  In his post match interview IC said he was still looking for another forward (presumably a short term loan until Gold is fit again) but acknowledged that so is everyone else and budget constraints mean we don't have loads of options.  Personally I would prefer Linton to Walker but neither has really grabbed their (limited) opportunity as of yet which is what you are ideally looking for with loanees. 

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General Discussion / Dagenham at home
« on: September 11, 2021, 11:08:16 AM »
Personally think we look at much better side, particularly at the back, than last season but still seem to be making silly mistakes that are getting punished - 7 conceded in 4 games is hardly something to shout about.  Hopefully the Walks can witness a better display going forward than the last game where IC's options were severely limited but with Rowley and Morias available and with the new loan signing we will be able to pick a side with more threat in attack plus attacking options on the bench.  My team for today

                Jones
      McFadden, Bowry, Bird
Barrows, McGavin, Coleman, Denton
                 Rowley
            Linton, Morias

subs - Jones, Fernandez, Clunan, Sundire, Walker (maybe a case for Gyasi for Sundire as we are at home?)

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General Discussion / Season so far / squad
« on: August 31, 2021, 02:00:25 PM »
So, three games in and two home defeats without a goal for the Walks faithful (those that are left) to cheer what are people's early season thoughts?  Personally I am reasonably happy, (bear with me) particularly as some of the big problems of last season seemed to have been addressed -
  *  we now look like all (most) of the squad are on the same page
  *  we have a more commanding keeper, although I would still like him to come and collect crosses a bit more
  *  the centre of the defence looks pretty solid, given Bowry's contribution yesterday we now look like we have four genuine NL standard players to select 3 from
  *  Denton and Barrows have done OK and the swap in formation seems to play on their strengths rather than times last season where they were asked to do too much, both attacking and defensively, and came up sort plus Jones must be close to full fitness to add to the competition
  *  in midfield, I thought Coleman was excellent yesterday and Rowley had a good game vs Southend and also took plaudits from Yeovil and was sorely missed yesterday.  I thought Clunan did OK yesterday but he isn't a driving/attacking midfielder that we are crying out.  Sundire and Gyasi were both well off where we needed them to be yesterday and when they came on vs Southend, lets hope it is just a case of adjusting to the step up for Sundire.  Gyasi is a different case - he played almost half a season last year but doesn't appear to have much idea about how to beat NL standard defenders or much else - Culverhouse has always looked for players with 'football intelligence' and unfortunately I don't think Gyasi is learning quickly enough.  The new lad from Ipswich struggled to get into the pace of the game yesterday but hopefully with more time with the squad and game minutes he can stake a claim for a starting spot.
  *  up front is difficult to assess as yet with Morias' sending off limiting IC's options and Linton missing yesterday didn't help, we still look light here but just hope that at some point Omotayo has someone to play alongside him otherwise it is going to be a long season for the lad, I don't think you can doubt his effort but its been a pretty thankless task so far at home.  As others have said elsewhere, getting NL standard forwards isn't easy or cheap so if the current crop don't work out it may be we have to look to get another loanee
  *  off field still looks step 3 at best with so much seemingly reactive rather than having the right people in the right positions to make the right decisions at the right time.  Running a club at step 1 with a predominately volunteer workforce is almost impossible but Lynn seem intent to continue with this model.  I appreciate this probably means more money, than would otherwise be the case, for the playing budget but it just isn't sustainable and could easily be argued that it is already having a negative financial impact.

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General Discussion / Media
« on: August 25, 2021, 01:11:18 PM »
Good news on the media front, the main page on the club's website now has a current squad photo replacing the picture of the squad from two years ago receiving the NLN trophy.

The club are also looking for various volunteers to help out on the media side https://www.kltown.co.uk/2021/08/25/media-communications-volunteers-required/ which might be useful experience as the article suggest but I do worry that there isn't a 'guiding hand' there to oversee, advise and generally give some direction to the media output and the individuals producing it.

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General Discussion / Season preview
« on: August 18, 2021, 05:42:13 PM »
Thoughts from a Dagenham & Redbridge fan who does a season preview every year, as we are still 'new' and last year could hardly be described as normal thought this might interest a few

https://leewilsonfootball.blogspot.com/2021/08/the-vanarama-national-league-202122.html

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General Discussion / Southend (21st August)
« on: August 18, 2021, 01:53:40 PM »
So, just three days until the big kick-off (COVID permitting) and we can all get back to worrying about what happens for 90 minutes on that patch of grass at the Walks and (temporarily) forget about everything else at the club and maybe the world in general.

In the absence of any news coming out of the club, we have to assume Culverhouse will be limited to the squad he has had during pre-season plus the recent addition of Rowley from Chesterfield.  Not sure where we are on the injury front after Alfreton but assuming everyone (bar Jones) is fit do we think he will go for 3 or 4 at the back and how many of Dilly's nipsters should he pick?

Personally I would go for:
                Jones
   McFadden, Fernandez, Bird
Barrows, Coleman, Sundire, Denton
                  King
         Omotayo, Morias

leaving a bench of Fleming, Bowry, Clunan, Rowley, Gyasi

To be fair, I have no idea as to which two from three of the new centre halves are better / are more likely to form a partnership and we do still look short of a forward on the bench.  My main hope for the season is that we can somehow get back to playing some of the football that IC encouraged at steps 3 and 2 but we got so far away from last season due to a mix of not replacing  players who couldn't handle the step up and recruiting players who didn't fit that pattern, hopefully the off season will have gone some way to addressing both issues but the squad does look paper thin

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News of former Linnets / Kairo Mitchell
« on: August 03, 2021, 11:40:58 AM »
Mitchell has gone to Notts County on a two year deal.  https://www.nottscountyfc.co.uk/news/2021/august/kairo-mitchell-signs-030821/

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General Discussion / Fixtures
« on: July 07, 2021, 01:14:49 PM »
So, opening day at home to Southend should put a smile on SC's face as you would expect them to bring a fair few to the Walks, as you would for Chesterfield on Bank Holiday Monday.  Christmas looks tough - home to Notts County then away to Grimsby and Chesterfield but have to play everyone during the season so a couple of attractive games for the travelling contingent to look forward to if away fans are still allowed then.

Full fixtures here https://www.thenationalleague.org.uk/match-info/fixtures/24083311/2021-08

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News of former Linnets / Adam Marriott
« on: July 05, 2021, 04:56:45 PM »

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General Discussion / Fans
« on: June 01, 2021, 02:05:17 PM »
Thankfully the 2020-21 season has now history and we can all now look forward and whilst we still can't say for certain what capacities, regulations etc will be in place for 2021-22, the chances are it will look more like pre-pandemic football as we knew it.

Whilst the pandemic seems to have galvanised some fanbases, that doesn't appear to be the case at the Walks, streaming numbers were low (even before furloughing the bulk of the squad), the FotL seem to have hibernated and the B&G Trust paid over the GDF funds but have still been pretty quiet (albeit they did at least publish their accounts in lieu of a full AGM).  Hopefully with restrictions easing both supporter organisations will hold their delayed AGMs well before the start of the new season and either individually or collectively come forward with ideas as to how the fans can be more engaged with the club and give a route for those fans that are willing to help support the club financially.

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General Discussion / Gash & Jarvis leaving at end of season
« on: May 27, 2021, 02:17:46 PM »
Gash and Jarvis can't commit to Lynn next season
https://www.kltown.co.uk/2021/05/27/gash-and-jarvis-to-depart/

Would just like to thank them both, some of the football that has been played during their time is probably the best ever witnessed at the Walks and both lads have more than played their part in the club's rise to the NL but squads change over time and neither is getting any younger.  Best of luck to them both, wherever they end up next year

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General Discussion / Home to Solihull (with fans)
« on: May 25, 2021, 01:34:22 PM »
So, aside from the attendance - which I think will be small reflecting the lack of anything riding on the game and still concerns over COVID - what are we expecting from tonight?  Note on the front page saying McAuley is back available after suspension so will IC revert to a back three that he started with on Saturday or go with another forward from the start given we are at home with fans in?

My team (and can't see this being the starting eleven):
                    Richardson (sorry for my typo gs)
   Fleming, Barrows, McAuley/McFaddon
Howard, Clunan, Payne/Babos, Denton
                     Carey
              Gash, Jackson

With it being not much more than a pre-season game the disappointing thing is that there are probably very few of the squad playing for their place as I expect most to be moving on with the exception of McFadden (if fit tonight), possibly Clunan and maybe Jackson has done enough to warrant a place next year?  Could also make a case for Denton and/or Barrows but will travelling distance mean there are other closer / cheaper options of a similar ability?

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