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General Discussion / Re: New loan signing
« on: January 17, 2020, 11:47:37 AM »
Talking to a colleague this morning who knows NCFC inside out, this lad is highly thought of at Norwich as a star of the future. he is one of the quickest at the club and talented on the ball , so could be seen to play more upfront just behind Gash & Marriott

Graham, that is my point, that is arguably the best position of Henderson, Carey and Hawkins (and possibly Kelly too).  Certainly in the current lineup it would be a huge compromise to move Henderson from that role and I think he is a shadow when he is asked to play that bit deeper as 'part of the midfield'.  Does your colleague think the new lad could play as an out and out striker as cover / replacement for Adam?  Obviously the pace is less at National North but as Alfie has shown standing up to the physical demands can be just as tough, also the new lad has hardly played a first team game this season so will need a bit of time to get 'match sharp'.

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General Discussion / Re: New loan signing
« on: January 17, 2020, 11:15:20 AM »
Good to see an extra 'body' added to the squad and another link to our county cousins which is also a big plus but not sure we are short of 'attacking midfielders' and the fear is that he will be splitting game time with Henderson, Carey, Kelly and Hawkins (whose place in the squad when the other three are available must be in doubt).  Can only think that IC and the Norwich set up are hoping he can play in a more advanced role as we do look woefully short of forwards - basically Gash and Marriott and nothing else close to being able to play at step 2.

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General Discussion / Re: Culverhouse signs new 2 year deal.
« on: January 16, 2020, 05:13:33 PM »
Fantastic news, irrespective of the outcome of Saturday or even the end of season this is great news for the mid term future for the club, both for the first team squad, who you would assume all enjoy playing IC's brand of football and also for the Academy and what that will mean for those players coming through.

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General Discussion / Re: Trophy game at Ebbsfleet
« on: January 11, 2020, 10:47:53 PM »
Attendance: 680, with atleast 150 from Lynn, could have been more!

Poor game between two poor (on the day) sides.  Hardly a clear cut chance all game, not because the defences were on top but the fact that neither side showed enough invention to create one, goal came from a slip / mistake by Smith.  Can't really comment on what Ebbsfleet would have been like with 11 the whole game and couldn't see the red card incident well enough to comment, ref was card happy before and after so read into that what you will, but their one real threat looked to be their no 26 out wide on the left who showed Jones up a few times with his pace.

Need to raise our game a good few levels before next Saturday, with the main question being how IC sets the side up, the big adjustment required from today is to find a way to move the ball quicker and with more purpose

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General Discussion / Re: Trophy game at Ebbsfleet
« on: January 10, 2020, 01:48:32 PM »
So will we be able to give Gash a needed rest, with his leg issue, or not ? Be interesting to see the line up for a number of reasons...

I don't think we should take the turmoil at Ebbsfleet, 2nd bottom and coming off a 7-0 thrashing last week, too much to heart.  They are still (for now) a division above us and have brought in a new keeper (having lost their regular keeper to Australia u23 duty for January) who is eligible in the trophy and another two outfield players (only one of whom is eligible) but have also lost two loanees who have returned to their parent clubs this week, in addition to their captain being suspended for Saturday.  On the one hand you could say if we can get at them early their heads might drop but equally new faces 'looking to impress' and the inevitable 'response' to last week's performance might end up making this a much harder task than it looks on paper.

Ebbsfleet preview - https://www.ebbsfleetunited.co.uk/drawing-a-line-for-the-visit-of-lynn/

Personally wouldn't like to see anyone 'rested', even with how all of the lads within the squad have performed when given the opportunity I would still like to see IC select as strong a side as he can.  K80 - is Kelly now fit and available?  Has anyone heard how Ryan got on with his scan this week?  He has been warming up with the team for a number of weeks now so assume if he was given the all clear could be an option for the bench this weekend?

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General Discussion / Re: Formations.
« on: January 07, 2020, 05:24:11 PM »
Uh oh.. obviously people are going to be chasing him, if we do end up selling. We need to make it worthwhile. As many have said might not get this chance of being promoted to the national League again!

https://www.footballinsider247.com/exclusive-stevenage-plot-raid-to-sign-striker-with-25-goals-this-season/

Tricky one for Adam if it is true - Graham Westley back in charge of Stevenage and he was the manager who signed Adam last time he was there.  They are only 2nd bottom on goal difference and five points adrift of third bottom so you might assume it is a two horse race to go down to potentially the same league as we could be in next year but lots of football to be played between now and then, this would guarantee Adam a full-time contract and at 28 would he really be in a position to turn it down?  That said he has seen to good and bad side of moving clubs so if he is getting 'enough' at Lynn and enjoying his football would he want to risk all that again?

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General Discussion / Re: Stats
« on: January 06, 2020, 06:52:12 PM »
Letís not forget Tony the bigger the gate the bigger the up sell is.  Programmes, 50/50, corporate, food, drink etc.   I would also hope the greater opportunity for Mark Hearle to get a premium prize for match day/ball sponsorships.   Must be worth more to the club with 1500 there than say the suggested 750.   

Must be a mega payday coming on fronts from the upcoming York game.

Appreciate its first vs second in the league and they should have a good following but we are not in the Chapman era of low wages / part-time manager and looking at the odd 'big game' to make sure Buster didn't have to subsidise the club.  The whole cost base of the club must be radically different to when Buster was in charge and it is there for everyone to see on the pitch, in every sense with the drainage and the appointment of the new groundsman, as well as the obvious talent we now have in the squad and the best manager we could ever hope to attract.

Yes, the gate will hopefully be a big one and that does obviously mean extra revenue inside the ground but, as with Boston, there will be additional staff and security costs plus this weekend even with 1400+ (and virtually all 'home' fans) we still couldn't get to £150 on the 50/50!  I also think you will find that the club is probably asking 'top end' prices for the various corporate packages anyway so really marketed at 'fans with businesses' rather than those looking for any return on their 'sponsorship' so to a degree the numbers through the gate are less relevant, hopefully that will change with Mark's appointment but the change won't be overnight.  I am sure York will be a welcome boost to funds but to describe it as a 'mega payday' is probably wide of the mark.

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General Discussion / Re: Stats
« on: January 06, 2020, 06:20:15 PM »
pretty sure the break even attendance is much lower than 1500.Thought it was nearer 800.

SC addressed this at his Q&A and in his programme notes (sometime in December?) and said 800 was no where near break even with the numbers to back it up.  Essentially 800 attendance includes kids, season tickets (who have paid but at a lower rate), freebies etc so it isn't as straightforward at 800x£13 (say) to give £10400 which less the VAT is still only £8666.  Basically SC said our average crowd (of between 1000-1100) still doesn't cover the wages let alone all the other running costs so I would be surprised if 1500 would actually be the break even point although appreciate any increase would help reduce SC's subsidy of our club.

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General Discussion / Re: Stats
« on: January 05, 2020, 06:03:53 PM »
Have to agree that with the whole squad fit, all we really need is possibly a striker or two to come off of the bench (not convinced Limb is the answer here).

However, with the injuries we have, a loanee or two might help. Case in point being the Ebbsfleet game; who are the back four going to be? Payne, Jones, Barrows and Hawkins? Thereís only about 13 players to pick from, so talk of rotation is a bit moot, unless reserves are drafted in.

Agree with your thoughts on Limb and would probably prefer to see Joe Taylor given a few appearances off the bench to see if he can make the step up but IC sees them all in training so maybe sees something we don't?

As for defenders, I think McAuley 'could' have played yesterday but rested as a precaution although whether he will be risked at Ebbsfleet is down to IC, Fryatt must nearly be back to being included in a match day squad and Jarvis is back should we go with a back three.  Would prefer to see us with a back three if Payne is played on the left hand side as it gives him a bit more cover and would allow him to go forward a bit more (IC asks a lot of his full backs when we play 41212)

Probably agree with KES in that it would be a big ask to get this squad to compete on both fronts - trophy run gets my vote and what happens in the league will still be a bonus on pre season expectations

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General Discussion / Re: Spennymoor at home
« on: January 04, 2020, 12:34:41 PM »
Spennymore looked pretty big and direct on the highlights of their win at Darlington so another test for us.  Will IC keep the same shape as we started vs Boston or will he mix it up with Jarvis being out?  Hopefully a chance for Payne to prove he is worth more minutes?  I personally think the lad has been unlucky not to feature more but given how well all of the squad have done this season whatever eleven is picked there are going to be some capable lads missing out.  Not sure how far away Fryatt is from being in the match day squad but would be good if he was available for next weeks trip to Ebbsfleet with Ward being cup tied. 

Fingers crossed that the pitch has recovered from Boxing Day having had a chance to dry out a bit.

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General Discussion / Re: V Boston (away)
« on: January 02, 2020, 01:33:39 PM »
Cracking result from a team that just keeps producing.  On the evidence of Boxing Day I thought we would be in for a real test with 11 vs 11 but Boston never really got going but just huffed and puffed a lot, always looking to win the physical challenge but then lacking the composure (or wit) to do anything with it in the final third.  To be fair 2-0 at half time flattered us but 3-0 at the end was a true reflection of how comfortably we beat a team who hadn't lost at home this season, they basically had no answer to our game and had given up long before the end.  Outstanding performances all over from Lynn, as others have said Richards, Henderson and Barrows caught the eye but all did their bit, only criticism (and it is a very minor one) is that IC could have introduced another couple of subs with another tough game coming at the weekend - one very nasty challenge on Marriot in the second half could have had a worse outcome.

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General Discussion / Re: New General/Commercial Manager appointment
« on: January 02, 2020, 01:22:48 PM »
Glad to see an appointment made in this area - is this SC's 'big January announcement'?  Hopefully Mark can turn some contacts into £s and we won't see the Chairman Tweeting on a Thursday that we need a sponsor for the coming Saturday.  Impressed by SC's comments at his Q&A in terms of looking at what other clubs do to raise additional funds and now he has another pair of hands to help implement some of those at the Walks - only have to look at the commercial boards / extra bits of fundraising around the ground yesterday to see we still have plenty of scope for improvement.

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General Discussion / Re: Alfreton Saturday
« on: December 28, 2019, 11:27:35 AM »
Hope we take the opportunity to give more minutes to the full squad.  Jarvis can't be expected to play a part in three games, even with his extended break to follow, and Alfie is more than capable of stepping into that role.  I would also be tempted to give Fox a breather as I think he will have his work cut out on Wednesday and we can't keep expecting the same lads to go again and again without seeing a drop off in performance.  I would go with

              Street
   Ward,  Burrows,  McAuley
Jones,   Richards,   Paine,   Kelly
               Hawkins
         Gash, Marriott

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General Discussion / Re: Boxing day v Boston.
« on: December 28, 2019, 11:18:43 AM »
http://www.bufc.drfox.org.uk/forum/index.php?PHPSESSID=c9a6f0479a949cca866928819b278781&topic=7611.0

I never buy fruit and veg when I go to Boston Market. I've always found their grapes are sour!

B&G, really don't see any of the posts to be sour grapes as many of the points are probably factually correct, things like the lack of access to the club house when supporters were asked to get there early (I know the segregated area wouldn't have access to the main stand but visitors wouldn't).  Our club has a hell of a lot to learn off the pitch - its all well and good that we are performing on the field but we knew we were no more than a decent step 3 side off it and comments like the those on the Boston forum shouldn't be belittled they should be taken as criticism from which the club has to learn from.  As KES80 has said, York are coming next month so we had better be acting quickly on anything that can be done to avoid a repeat.

O come on now. I think its obvious we have lots to learn and still a long way to go, but this lot would have found fault with something even if we had been playing at Wembley.

I really don't want my tounge in cheek comment to be taken in the wrong context, but if, as you say, you don't see any of their posts as sour grapes, are you really saying that our players went to ground too easily, the ref was a disgrace and bottled decisions against Boston, Lynn are a poor team, don't see how Lynn are top of the league, Boston should have had two penalties, we are tin pot of the highest order, Stewards were poor and looking for trouble, Refreshments were over priced, and the pitch was like a cabbage patch.

Personally, on that last point, if they really believe that I would have thought that the travelling fans would have felt very much at home!

By the way. WE WON.....fantastic result no matter what!   :scarf:

Can't comment on the penalty decisions as too far away, Lynn didn't start well and even against 10 struggled to create any real clear cut chances so valid (on that showing) to question why we are top as they haven't seen the great football we have played most of the time this season, can't comment on the stewards on the away end but probably a fair point as it seems a fairly constant feature of away fans comments for 'big' games (or are they all sour grapes given our how well we have done at home under IC), even home fans quibble at the drinks prices and the pitch was heavy on the day, again much better than previous years but what that really means is the game went ahead when I think previously the game would have been in serious doubt, nothing you can do about the weather and the new drainage must be helping but the Walks is a 'difficult' ground when we have lots of rain, mainly due to its location.

As I said, I don't think we need to be defensive about criticism of the Walks, we have stepped up massively and the ground has suffered from decades of under investment, I see the comments from Boston fans (and some others who have visited this season) to be a wake up call for everyone to realise what is needed for step 2 football, you only have to look at what Boston are moving away from at the end of the season to see where the benchmark is.

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General Discussion / Re: Boxing day v Boston.
« on: December 28, 2019, 12:14:15 AM »
http://www.bufc.drfox.org.uk/forum/index.php?PHPSESSID=c9a6f0479a949cca866928819b278781&topic=7611.0

I never buy fruit and veg when I go to Boston Market. I've always found their grapes are sour!

B&G, really don't see any of the posts to be sour grapes as many of the points are probably factually correct, things like the lack of access to the club house when supporters were asked to get there early (I know the segregated area wouldn't have access to the main stand but visitors wouldn't).  Our club has a hell of a lot to learn off the pitch - its all well and good that we are performing on the field but we knew we were no more than a decent step 3 side off it and comments like the those on the Boston forum shouldn't be belittled they should be taken as criticism from which the club has to learn from.  As KES80 has said, York are coming next month so we had better be acting quickly on anything that can be done to avoid a repeat.

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