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General Discussion / Re: Trust
« on: Today at 08:46:43 AM »
Loopy, thanks for the question which I am sure the Trust board are considering.  Unfortunately their AGM which should be in February has been delayed due to COVID regs but they have at least circulated their accounts to their membership which is one up on the FotL which haven't communicated to their membership at all this season to my knowledge and their AGM should have been around August last year.

For the Trust to 'give' any money to the club they would have to get authorisation from their membership and my gut feeling is that many would say in the present climate and without a change in the way the club operates it could be seen as throwing good money after bad (again this is just my personal opinion).  Remember the club was heavily in debt prior to COVID and that was playing at a lower (and presumably cheaper) levels than where we are now, so thought needs to be given as to how any future seasons could be funded not just the current one.

One bit of money the club could easily have access to is the GDF - I think I heard on commentary recently that the ground had passed it's grading assessment and there is £3.5K of fan raised cash sitting waiting for the club to communicate what they wanted that to be spent on - remember Loopy communication works both ways.

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General Discussion / Re: WHAT A RESULT
« on: February 24, 2021, 08:37:53 AM »
Lets be brutally honest about it - Barnet are nowhere near NL standard and all of the commentary comments about they were good last year is irrelevant, they are a completely new team and looking at last night they would struggle at step 2 (not sure of the depth in NLS but would be bottom half NLN last season).  That said Lynn could only play against what was in front of them and good to see we tried to pass the ball which gave us the early two goal lead, also good to get Southwell and Marriott on the scoresheet confidence wise.  I think last night just shows how well the rest of the NL sides are organised and are that much sharper all over the field as when we do get a bit of space and time we can create, the trick now is trying to be competitive against those clubs rather than the likes of Barnet.

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General Discussion / Linnets Donation Pledge
« on: February 23, 2021, 04:37:10 PM »
So, the club's latest response to the NL continuing and the lack of any further grant funding is "The Linnets Donation Pledge" https://www.kltown.co.uk/2021/02/23/linnets-donation-pledge/

I appreciate SC is between a rock and a hard place in terms of how the NL's has responded to the COVID situation but this just smacks of more of the same without addressing the mammoth sized elephant in the room - for whatever reason KLTFC supporters seem unwilling to back the club sufficiently to sustain the costs of NL football.  Maybe once a decision has been made after the weekend those inside the club will sit down and reflect if the current approach is the right one in terms of financial viability going forward but all that can really be seen from the outside is that the model as it stands doesn't look sustainable.

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General Discussion / Re: Barnet Tuesday
« on: February 19, 2021, 01:48:22 PM »
I can see a few changes for this one.


Am going for: Pedro, Admin,B&G, Grissles, Loughborough Linnet, Dazzarugby, TonyM, Mallard, Paul47, Kes, Dillydilly. Subs tba

Think Pedro might be busy :)  Not sure I am a 'natural' no 7, far happier in the 'Clunan' role of constantly being in the ref's ear (basically anywhere in the same half as me) giving him a 3rd assistant for the evening.  At least we have Dilly to provide some slippery, nipster balance to the side. 

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General Discussion / Re: Culverhouse in Lynn News
« on: February 17, 2021, 02:06:34 PM »
Shame our owner canít come out and give the fans his thoughts.    He is never normally slow at expressing his opinion on a range of subjects.  It must be 3 weeks since his last podcast.  Last season when we were in for Promotion PPG etc he on way occasion he did 3 podcasts inside a week.

Come on Stephen letís be having your thoughts at the very least.

I think he knows he is in a no-win situation.  There was a bit on the commentary last night when he said he thinks the league now have enough votes to call it and he thought it would be NL continue with the NLS and NLN stopping.  What he then advocated would be for those clubs that voted N&V in the NL to be able to cease for the season, effectively without penalty, which I just think is wishful thinking but until the league actually make some decisions I guess he doesn't want to give up our NL place in the way Dover have given up theirs for next season.

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General Discussion / Re: Notts Co at home
« on: February 17, 2021, 01:30:24 PM »
Once again...negativity in the first period set the tone for the result...second half with the middle of midfield slightly tweaked there was an excellent improvement...jarvis & Richards were poor on the night, king & Carey were in fine form..felt sorry for Mitchell who ran his socks off and very unlucky to be subbed. As we all know we have only plan A, so to play a lone striker against a very solid defence was a worthless effort..perhaps gash & Mitchell or Southwell & other would have given us a chance....must say Marriott looks well of the pace at the moment but we need his added goals desperately for the next two home games which I feel will dictate our season.....credit to the lynn defence who are gradually knitting together into a tight unit, apart from a outstanding goal from reeves they coped very well👏🏻👏🏻...

Sorry but were you watching last night's game?  We started with three centre halves and finished with two, we started with one up front and finished with two plus we brought on a winger and moved King more central so how is any of that not having a plan B?  Personally I thought Mitchell ran himself into the ground and did a pretty good job as lone striker, just needed that little bit of luck in front of goal, so his substitution it was more a pair of fresh legs required rather than a slight on how he played.

I didnít stream last nightís game - only the 2nd one Iíve missed - and not because of the Champions League .  Sounds like there was real improvement - Good - but you know the Dilly stuff.....  I donít think a system like that can win more than once in a long while, because a team with 90% of the game will score at some time.  Not being negative, but it is no surprise to me that KL were a lot better in the 2nd half - it was a more balanced team, and able to keep them back more.  Still, onwards and upwards, as they say....

Lynn weren't 'better' in the second half and certainly didn't look more 'balanced' after all the substitutions as we effectively lost Carey as an attacking threat (and Kiwomya struggled to get into the game) but Notts County looked like a side that is happy to win every game 1-0 with complete confidence that one is enough which has proved to be the case against teams much higher up the table than KLTFC and whilst some of their fans (and manager?) thought they rode their luck last night that is sometimes how it goes when you are on a run.

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General Discussion / Re: Notts Co at home
« on: February 17, 2021, 08:42:55 AM »
Have to say I was impressed by Lynn for the first hour last night.  Clear structure and whilst we were obviously well behind on the possession stats they didn't really break us down and we managed to carve out a couple of good half chances for ourselves.  Appreciate we went a bit more open towards the end and could of snatched something but Notts County showed why they have kept so many clean sheets lately and always looked like they were playing within themselves once they got the goal.

For me a much better performance than Torquay and maybe a model that could be adapted to keep us in this league, only tweaks I would make would be pushing the full backs up the pitch a little more when they could and to pull King and Carey inside a bit more, certainly both did their best work there rather than outside.

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General Discussion / Re: Notts Co at home
« on: February 16, 2021, 05:09:46 PM »
Think if we try to go toe-to-toe with them we will come off second best.  Their fans on the national forums are constantly moaning about their defensive approach to games where they sit and hit teams on the break (the one exception being last week when they went down to 10 men and went on the attack!).  Would like to see us keep possession and move the ball quicker and try and create some openings to test their 2nd keeper but just not sure we have the quality to do that at this level. 

Whatever the result of this game and indeed the impending vote, tonight has to be one of the high points in the club's history.

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General Discussion / Re: Dumb and Dumber
« on: February 11, 2021, 01:38:37 PM »
Mall, much as there is no such thing as a bad idea, I really can't see you finding a dozen, let alone 49 people willing to part with £2K even if you could convince SC selling half his share in the club with nothing going to him was a good idea.  KES has hit the nail on the head when you have called it an investment, lets call it what it is, a subsidy for running step 1 football at the Walks.  Might also be worth a mention in the prospectus for these shares that further "investment" at least equal to if not above the initial amount (without any additional ownership %) will be required year on year?

Have no idea why FotL would want shares, they are set up for all their fundraising proceeds to go to the club anyway so why would they buy shares?  I guess I was also unsure of why they sponsored matches in the past as that too seemed to be a pointless exercise.

Appreciate that people are looking around wondering what on earth is going to happen both to the Linnets and non-league clubs as a whole but hopefully as more votes come in and the short term future for the 2020/21 season is clearer, decisions can be made based on facts rather than ifs, buts and maybes.

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General Discussion / Re: Dumb and Dumber
« on: February 09, 2021, 06:12:38 PM »
Whilst there is some sense in your post Cap'n, you lost an awful lot of credibility when you seem to imply that Mr Parmenter has somehow acted in a professional and morally correct manner - I can only assume that was some sort of misplaced joke?  I guess time will tell if he follows through on his threats to 'withdraw' from the league but lets just say he has form in making bold threats that then come to nothing.  I think he has seen the writing on the wall and now he can't influence the board in his (and his club's) favour he is jumping ship.

As for the situation at the Walks, we all knew that the benefactor model was likely to be a rollercoaster, the only question was how high the ride got before the stomach churning descent came.  I am also not sure the 'options' are really options:
   a) follow the lead of others is pretty much a given in that it looks likely the NL will continue, irrespective of how Lynn vote.  The NL board have deliberately thrown this back to the clubs to avoid any comeback as it is the 'democratic choice of the member clubs'
   b) carry on financing.  I guess this depends on the depth of pockets and what happens should SC decides it has become 'too much'.  Do we adopt the Billaricy policy and play kids / non-contract and accept NLN next season or gamble on the current squad staying in the division which just means greater funding will be needed next year.  Much as I hate the benefactor model we are in an 'arms race' and until external forces change the playing field it will continue.
   c) I still think supporters could do more, even if I understand why at present they might be less willing.  I would like to bring up the FotL here but not sure they are even still in existence?
   d) I think administration is a dangerous option as it would bring a great deal of uncertainty and are we sure the club could come back again?
   e) It's much easier to talk about cancelling footballers contracts than it is to do.  I think we need to get away from assuming all the squad are here to play 'for Lynn' - it is a job to many and that is part and parcel of step 1 football, the standard of player who would 'play for nothing' isn't likely to keep us in NLN let alone NL.  Going Tuesday/Saturday for the rest of the season is a commitment and whilst we can all debate what level of reimbursement is 'appropriate', the hard facts are there aren't dozens of people lining up to play for Lynn for peanuts.
   f) I guess Mr Parmenter is going to be the litmus test for what happens to teams that refuse to fulfill their fixtures but my guess is if he follows through on the threat Dover won't be playing NL or NLS next season

Much as football is in dire need of a reset, this needs to be thought through across all the tiers of the game.  Personally I would love to see an end to financial doping and money being put in as loans but to move to such a system, particularly in the current climate may well cause more harm on top of what COVID is doing to the game.  It also doesn't help when the PFA win their case against salary caps in the lower reaches of the EFL (again a knee jerk policy that may have been a step in the right direction but very, very poorly implemented)

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General Discussion / Re: Bromley away
« on: February 09, 2021, 02:31:46 PM »
I won't get into the merits of continuing other than to say we (the club) were big supporters of both step 1 AND step 2 being classed as elite last year and that is now the factor that could well bring some clubs down (I really can't see the government bailing out clubs under anything but the most extreme circumstances).

As for tonight, much to Dilly's disgust I would like to see us try again with 3 centre halves as I really don't think we have been much better with just the two as it has effectively robbed us of any width in the side over the past few weeks and at some point this season I would like to see us be more than the sum of the parts which I saw plenty of times last year but we haven't looked close to this season.  Assuming Kiwomya is still unavailable I would go with:

                 Mair
   McFadden, Smith, Barrows
Jones, Richards, Jarvis, Denton
                Carey
          Marriott, Gash

subs, Fleming, Kelly, King, Mitchell, Southwell

To be honest, pretty much every player not in the starting eleven can make a case that those ahead of them haven't done enough to justify their place but equally the same could be said for anyone left out.  Really only Jones, McFadden, Richards, Gash, Mair and possibly an improving Smith have consistently shown they have both the ability and attitude to play at this level to this point in the season

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General Discussion / Re: Stockport at home Tues night.
« on: January 26, 2021, 01:27:37 PM »
Tonight's game is off per Twitter

Update | Tonightís scheduled @TheVanaramaNL game against
@StockportCounty has been postponed due to a frozen pitch.

New date to be announced once arranged

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General Discussion / Re: Stockport at home Tues night. POSTPONED
« on: January 25, 2021, 05:45:47 PM »
KES, no problem with you having a different opinion, I wish more could have a sensible conversation on here without it turning personal.

I don't disagree with your point about fostering links elsewhere, although I don't think there as many older heads looking to move down as maybe there maybe used to be and loans would still tend to be younger players, particularly if you are looking at season long loans.  As for Norwich being too high, Weymouth have signed a loanee from Aston Villa and Barnet one from QPR so I think that is the how the football world is now structured with PL & Championship u23 sides looking for a good chunk of their lads having some time in 'adult' football via the loan system.

We obviously have a different opinion on Mair, I think he is already a better keeper than Street and IC was obviously concerned about that area otherwise he wouldn't have agreed to take Mair on loan in the first place.  Given Bedford haven't played much since Street went there and there have been no (public) moves  to bring him back suggests we will be looking elsewhere for 2021-22 - this was my main concern with having a loan keeper in that it is an all or nothing arrangement and does leave us looking to fill that spot again next season.

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General Discussion / Re: Stockport at home Tues night. POSTPONED
« on: January 25, 2021, 02:26:29 PM »
need to have close relationship with Norwich however when you have a loan player think they should be part of the squad and not automatic choice.

I would agree with that and from the outside I wouldn't say it looks like Norwich have ever insisted on players being given preferential treatment.  Neither Payne last year nor Power last year or this were automatic choices and Mair is only an 'automatic' due to Street leaving, without wanting to open an old argument I think IC was right to swap the keepers when he did, yes Mair has parts of his game to work on but equally has been one of the most consistent performers this season imo.

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General Discussion / Re: Stockport at home Tues night. POSTPONED
« on: January 25, 2021, 01:57:14 PM »
:laughcry:Think you'll find we had one........better not go over all that again.

I do hope that by next season Lynn are in a position where Lynn can say "thanks, but no thanks to Norwich loanees. Inevitably they need to be played, inevitably this can cause squad disruption and inevitably they will use Lynn as a stepping stone before shooting off as soon as an improved opportunity presents itself, when the time feels right for the player. (All my opinion only of course).

I hope Mair stays for the rest of the season...think he has performed ok, but obviously lacks experience........and wherever he decides to go I wish him well. ......same applies to Power.
This league is so tough though....you can't afford many in the squad who are just using it as a learning experience without putting firm foundations down for the club. (IMHO)

KES, just look around our league... I would guess that we have the lowest loanee count of all teams in the league (maybe held that title even when Power was still here).  The fact of the matter is NL clubs need loanees both in terms of quality and in terms of getting that quality at a reasonable cost so having a good relationship with Norwich should be a win-win, the question is why haven't we managed to build a similar relationship with any other club(s), I can't imagine the deal earlier in the season with Peterborough reflected well on either side.

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