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General Discussion / Re: Altrincham and Maidenhead
« on: September 29, 2021, 01:31:32 PM »
There are only effectively about 14 games in the season we might expect to win......we have lost the first two......lose the next two and that only leaves 10......... difficult then to see how we get to the 45-50 point mark to keep us safe........these games in the mini league are absolutely vital........ something needs to change very soon I am afraid.

Couldn't agree more

This is why the likes of Barnet and Aldershot have reacted as they have....they recognise you can't hang around till 10/12 games have gone and you have say only 6/7 points.......from there it's almost impossible . Obviously for Lynn it's important for IC to stay, but we need a change to the playing personnel from somewhere very soon IMO

I think it is really interesting that 99% of the fanbase (me included) would totally back the statement that it's 'important for IC to stay' but when you speak to people outside of the club their natural reaction is that IC would be under far more pressure than is the case.  Don't get me wrong, I am not calling for IC's head and the recruitment has, on the whole, been a vast improvement on last season but I don't think it's unreasonable to question the lineups in the last two games, which as you said were some of the most important of the season.  I accept Bird has been injured but we have gone away from the back three that looked reasonable at the start of the season and brought in Walker who didn't look like he really fitted in his first game (I missed the Wealdstone defeat so can't comment on his performance then) and the I have no idea how the formation worked last night.  The fear for me is we are starting to 'search' for a winning lineup in the manner we did last season that saw 20 different lineups in the first 20 games, sometime you have to accept you were beaten by a better team on the day and it wasn't the lineup or tactics that were wrong but continually chopping and changing is even less likely to produce positive results. 

Personally I hope we go back to three at the back for Saturday and with Coleman returning from suspension we can find a front combination that will start to convert some chances.


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General Discussion / Re: Fans' Forum
« on: September 29, 2021, 01:16:01 PM »
Mallard, not sure if it's motivation and/or 'strong leadership' (which is often an excuse for 'bloody mindedness') that is required. 

Maybe I see things slightly differently because I think we are in a completely false position within the pyramid so another season of NL football against the likes of Notts County et all is a bonus, albeit an expensive one for all concerned.  Unfortunately too many seem to have bought into the idea that if we can only hold our own this season it will get better next year, I just can't see that being the case without radical change in vast areas of how the club is set up which is why going full time on the playing side was a huge risk in my opinion.  For me, I think we stand a much better chance of 'building a club' at step 2 where costs are lower and we are more likely to be competitive on the field and so drawing in those 'fair weather' fans as the club is proving that it doesn't currently have a big enough hard core of fans to be financially viable at step 1.

As for what the forum will achieve, personally I hope it is the first step towards that idea of 'building a club' however, if people think someone (anyone) will be there with all the answers then they will go away disappointed.  Much in the same way, I didn't see the FotL meeting as a 'one off' but the first step towards building some fan engagement back at the club, it wasn't perfect and imo the FotL still has a long way to go but it will only get there by being relevant to the fans and for that you need meetings like the one earlier in the month.

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General Discussion / Re: Fans' Forum
« on: September 27, 2021, 06:48:24 PM »
Good news, a positive step from the chairman.  Let's hope we see some representation from the trust and FOTL . :)

Just out of interest, what are you hoping for from the representatives of the Trust and/or the FotL?  Personally I think it would probably be counterproductive, far better to have SC, and the club, being the focus of the evening, particularly when time is limited, than to have a meeting that would be far more likely to go off on tangents.

Both the Trust and FotL have held members meetings in the past couple of months - the Trust had a Special General Meeting in August and the FotL had both an AGM in August and an open meeting (for members and non-members) earlier this month so I think their respective memberships (and they are a number of common members) are both reasonably up to date with things.

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General Discussion / Re: Fans' Forum
« on: September 27, 2021, 02:00:03 PM »
Hopefully this will be a constructive meeting, would like to think ALL parties will go with an open mind and listen.  I guess we won't have to wait too long to find out.

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General Discussion / Re: Wealdstone at home
« on: September 23, 2021, 02:18:29 PM »
Saturday starts a run of four games against teams in the bottom half so a great opportunity to put some points on the board and build a bit of momentum, a win on Saturday with a point or two in the next two away games might also see a better attendance for the Barnet game on the 5th.  We are certainly a better side than last year but so are many around us, we just need to start converting those half chances, I can't attend Saturday but would like to hear that we have gone with Linton up top with Morias as I just think that will give us a better edge than starting with Walker, elsewhere the team practically picks itself once you perm the three from four at the back.

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General Discussion / Re: Cameron King
« on: September 23, 2021, 01:39:17 PM »
The lack of news may be due to a confidentiality issue of a medical nature.

No statement from the Club may also be due to Cameron himself not wishing to make public his situation.

Is Cameron training with the team  :dontknow:

That could well be the true fact Mike.

I suppose the real issue is the lack of engagement with the supporters whatever the subject is.

Keep using this lack of engagement quote to dramatise situation, how about thinking things are kept of media for a reason whether personal or whatever like I said I’m sure when the times right we may well know … leave it to the professionals and you concentrate on getting behind lynn this weekend

I don't think calling for more (any!) engagement by the club with it's fan base is dramatising the situation, more a statement of fact that neither of the owners since reformation have really wanted to have much to do with the fans, other than take their money.  As for King's situation, there is obviously a problem and whilst it wouldn't be helpful for anyone concerned to make it a part of the weekly press conference it is bound to be raised now and again based on how thin the squad is 

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General Discussion / Re: In the Wider interest of Football
« on: September 22, 2021, 10:14:40 PM »
Great initiative and well done to the clubs that started this off and those that have subsequently signed up, although I can't see KLTFC joining them any time soon.  Hopefully another source of support for the reset button and Tracey Crouch's report but still reliant on politicians turning words into actions so the pressure needs to be maintained

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General Discussion / Re: Dagenham at home
« on: September 16, 2021, 10:42:10 PM »
Replying to Gordon’s post.  I remember well, you and Kevin running the club shop etc. and running it as a proper supporters club should be run.  The “Friends of the Linnets” is in my view, farcical.  Hitherto it appears to have been run like a secret society.  I think supporters have now begun to realise that “investing” any money into the club is putting good money after bad.  The current owner has saddled the club with unmanageable debt.  In my view it is delusional to think that a small sum raised by a few supporters will make any difference. Using the fans as a cash cow has, I believe, failed already judging by the poor attendances of home supporters so far.  To use a phrase loved by the owner “kerching”, I think might well be exhausted- let me suggest another he might like to use “chickens coming home to roost”.

For all the money raised by supporters the old club still went pop with huge debts to HMRC (and probably others) and that was playing at a lower level than we are now and without a pandemic to tip them over the edge.  It looks like we have always seemed to attract owners who hope that the club is some sort of sleeping giant and if we could only get to step x the fans will turn out in their droves which will justify the 'investment' to get there, unfortunately that doesn't appear to be any more true now than it did under Bobbins, although not sure he did much investing of his own money.

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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 / Re: Dagenham at home
« on: September 12, 2021, 09:44:58 AM »
Firstly 859 is a disappointing figure however you try to dress it up, really don't know how SC can turn this around as any drop in the standard price (if that is the fix?) will, in turn, upset those who have already committed to a season ticket.  We did catch up with him 2 minutes before kick off and he said there wasn't much uptake on the kids offer but maybe something like that can be tried again but with a bit more publicity?

On the field I think that we are much, much better than last year but think IC got it wrong playing Walker rather than Linton as we (again) didn't have enough movement in front of the midfield.  Walker is a tricky one, he looks like a decent player but does look a bit like someone who was available rather than someone who fitted into what the squad needs, obviously early days in terms of how much time he has had with us but then why throw him into so soon?  Morias certainly looks like he has the character we might need in a relegation scrap but look like he wants drop off rather than play on that last defender and get himself on the end of things in the box which was basically his primary role yesterday until we swapped it round.

So, lots of positives from yesterday, particularly McGavin, Coleman and Rowley (in patches) but need to find a front three combination that can compliment the rest of the team as I think the formation and players behind them are working pretty well.

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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 / Re: Sponsor wanted for Saturday's game.
« on: September 11, 2021, 10:57:22 AM »
One would hope that the owner has done his sums and knows what is needed to compete at this level and indeed where the funds would come from to support it.

Here’s a few ideas what he maybe looking toward.

FA Cup run
NL payment ( each season)
Outside ‘investment’
His own pocket.

At the outset SC declared his intention of bringing EFL Level to the Walks.  Surely as an experienced businessman he has done his homework on how this could be achieved.   Or maybe he is just flying it by the seat of his pants.

No CM in the building, admission prices that are seemingly not attractive to some would indicate our owner has other cards up his sleeve to make the thing work.

Having been banging on about infrastructure on here for years, I take no pleasure in seeing where the club now finds itself, off the field at least.  Mall, in answer to your question, maybe SC thought that (to misquote Kevin Costner) 'if he built it, they would come' which seems to have been a massive miscalculation, not helped by COVID or the speed at which we progressed from step 3 to 1.  Basically there is a core of fans who will go to the Walks regularly, which has probably had a net growth during SC's tenure (up to maybe around 800-1000?), plus there is a much wider group who will come to 'big games' or when the team is doing well and there is certainly more of these now that the club's profile and that of the opposition is much higher but just not sure they will turn out if we are in a relegation scrap after Christmas. 

In terms of where the money comes from now, the NL payment is already budgeted for and I would imagine SC's 'pocket' is only so deep, personally I think outside investment looks unlikely (unless it comes with a change in ownership) so we are probably hoping for a cup run which would be a welcome 'sticking plaster' but certainly can't be relied upon every season.  The underlying problem is that we achieved promotion through financial doping and IC's management and neither of these are now things that can give us an edge at step 1 - there are owners with much, much deeper pockets and/or clubs with much larger fanbases and/or managers of comparable stature to IC which is why the weaknesses elsewhere at the Walks are now more clearly visible imo.

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General Discussion / Re: 856 Foundation
« on: September 11, 2021, 10:38:19 AM »
Great post Kev and, although I didn't know Lee other than a 'known face' at the Walks and a good friend of a friend, I would fully support the idea of doing something at todays game to highlight the issue.  Probably the easiest would be for the applause idea at 8:56 into the game and then to make sure the club's media team prime todays commentary team with the fact that it is going to happen so that they are ready with an explanation and hopefully something helpful to say on the topic.  I know there is the 8:56 banner so again, if they are primed, it may be come at a point in the game where they could also cut to an image of the banner.

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General Discussion / Re: Sponsor wanted for Saturday's game.
« on: September 10, 2021, 10:47:48 PM »
Surely sponsors should be queuing up to get a piece of the televised action?

Maybe there is a credibility / trust issue with local businesses????

I still don't understand what people think sponsors will get for their money at NL level.  Realistically it is a pretty niche TV audience and in truth many advertisers in the ground are more than likely fans who want to make a contribution to the club rather than looking at it as a purely commercial investment or what sort of return they will get from it.  Either way, pricing has to be seen as 'reasonable' and judging by the number of blank spaces around the ground a large number of previous sponsors didn't think it was this season. 

No match sponsor this close to the game!? Wow what a joke.
Then again who needs to make money through sponsors when you can just rinse the supporters instead... :banghead;

Perhaps there isn't the level of sponsorship sufficient to subsidise the club to the extent required, so if not sponsorship and not fans where do you suggest SC now looks to find the money to run the club?  The Sport England grant will only go so far.

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General Discussion / Re: Sponsor wanted for Saturday's game.
« on: September 10, 2021, 02:13:02 PM »
I think it is the 'played in front of supporters' bit that makes it the first one for the new club.  I am hopeful of breaking the 1000 mark but not much more but accept that may be optimistic.

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