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News of former Linnets / Brett McGavin
« on: June 30, 2022, 07:43:19 PM »
Brett McGavin signs for Torquay   19:30

General Discussion / Volunteers
« on: June 11, 2022, 11:01:00 AM »
Following on from the positive meeting on Monday evening, the club (BP) are now looking for a wide range of volunteers to help at the club -

General Discussion / Community club
« on: June 01, 2022, 05:20:55 PM »
Given that BP has raised the topic of Lynn becoming more engaged with their fan base, I am guessing both he and SC will be aware of the cracking effort again by Darlington fans in raising money for next season -   Hopefully both will understand the club are a million miles from having this sort of relationship with the fanbase but it is a bit like planting trees, the best time would have been to plant them was 10 years ago but the next best time is today.  What I also hope is there is a real effort on both sides to appreciate the context that exists at the Walks with bridges needing to be built and way too much infighting (no doubt some on Facebook will be pointing fingers at the forum for being one of the roots of that but maybe that is for a different thread) that needs to be overcome.

General Discussion / Squad
« on: May 26, 2022, 02:01:41 PM »
So the squad is looking much nearer to it's final shape than many might have thought before the end of May with 17 signed and 3 offers on the table although I don't see all of the retained players being here come the start of pre-season training.  It is surprising, to me at least, given our performances last season, albeit at a higher level that it doesn't seem like there will be wholesale changes but maybe TW thinks the drop to NLN will be the difference and obviously still some new players required to balance out the squad in terms of positions:

Keeper - Jones now signed which is a big positive imo
Defenders - Coulson, Denton and Scott all look capable at NLN.  Assume Bird & Bowry to be moved on, Bird seems to have done OK at Halifax.  Altintop and Fleming are both unproven at NLN, and whilst it's always good to have players who have potential is there is space for both?  McFadden is the tricky one, can't play alongside Coulson in a back four as zero pace between them and still questions over his fitness.  Hopefully we get early decisions from Barrows and Jones so that the club can react quickly if replacements are needed.
Midfield - Knowles is a 'project' which seems fair enough but then only Sundire and Widdrington currently signed so would imagine there are more additions to come here, Clunan would obviously help massively but even then I would like to see at least one more 'starter' signed
Wingers/attacking midfields - after years of IC not playing wingers we now have Walker and Gyasi signed up.  Still don't understand Walker's signing and whilst Gyasi offers something different I am not sure that equates to a starting position in a NLN side.  Hopefully Barrett will come back in better shape for next season and turn that technical ability into a key asset in the majority of games and not go missing so often as he did this year against the better sides.
Forwards - currently Omotayo (who improved no end under TW) and Charles who never really looked on the pace at NL level.  Not sure that those two as a strike force would put much fear into NLN defences so more recruitment needed here too.

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

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

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

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

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

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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

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?

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

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

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.

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, Bowry, Coulson, Barrows, Scott
     Clunan, Phipps, Hargreaves
           Linton, Kurran-Brown

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