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General Discussion / Re: Next season's squad ?
« on: July 24, 2019, 05:18:09 PM »
If we play 3 4 1 2,  I would think it would be in games against the top 5 eg York away. With such a formation you have Jones, Clunan, Richards, Carey, Jarvis and Henderson all fighting for 2 spots and Henderson, Richards, Carey, Hawkins and Kelly for the place behind the front two.
Against the likes of Farsley, Curzon, Guiseley, Gloucester,Leamington, Kettering I hope we go with the old diamond formation, certainly at home.
In terms of a back up striker we have Stewart and Limb in the squad and Hendo and Hawkins might also perform that role.
This is the year for Limb or Stewart to make a break through.
Given the defence now has decent cover and the midfield is bulging, a striker might be the final signing......?
Certainly will be a season where most if not all of the squad, play their part at some stage.

I think 3-4-1-2 is probably our most attacking formation and even against some of the 'lesser' teams at step 2 just don't think we will have the personnel to play the diamond.  Also not sure I would agree with your options - Henderson isn't an option for me as one of the central 2 and would be happier seeing Jones as one of the wide players, yes the 'no 10' slot does have options but again most of those you have listed would also be in consideration for either of the wide berths.

Sorry but can realistically only see Limb and/or Stewart making a breakthrough out on loan at step 4 and don't understand if you think otherwise why you think the final signing should be a striker?  Would be nice if IC could find someone but would you really want a 'Mellors-Blair' type player warming the bench any more than Toby?  I think finances may well dictate if (and where) we could strengthen but opportunities may arise as clubs above us trim their squads as we get closer to the start of the season.

Would like to see IC go with his starting line up for the last couple of pre-season games, we need to hit the season running and whilst its good to look at options in both personnel and formations early points and confidence could prove key to how the season goes.

General Discussion / Re: Next season's squad ?
« on: July 24, 2019, 08:46:37 AM »
My first look at the new lads last night and looks like we have the makings of a decent squad.  Obviously its pre-season and step 4 opposition but thought Smith looked a very good acquisition and I hope the 3-4-1-2 we played in the first half is our default set up for the new season, Kelly showed what a player from a higher standard looked like, Carey looked like we could be perming 2 from 3 (Jarvis, Clunan & Carey) for those middle two spots and we could have a really good player on our hands if he develops both as a player and physically, didn't see enough of Fox as we swapped it round 2nd half.  I still have worries that one or two from last year are a bit 'light weight' and may get found out at step 2 and with keeping the bulk of last years squad together we don't have the strength to carry anyone so hope that IC can get that additional player in that he talks about.

General Discussion / Re: THINKING BIGGER
« on: July 16, 2019, 05:59:20 PM »
Tony I guess people read things differently.  For clarification, as I understand it the GDF of The Trust is paying to have the turnstiles installed with the Club finding the rest.

Having said that maybe that arrangement has been changed.

From the post in May by the B&G Trust
"The cost of a double turnstile unit is £6,700 plus VAT, plus the costs of installation such as a suitable hard-standing and connection to a mains electricity supply.  It was agreed that the GDF would be used towards the purchase of these turnstiles...  It would be fantastic if this total could be increased  in order to further subsidise the cost of the turnstiles.  To find out more on the GDF and how to donate, click on the thermometer on the home page"

Currently the fund stands at just over £4K so still some way to go if the Trust is going to fund the full cost of the turnstiles but would be a great effort if they could manage to get there.  Presumably at some point the club will look to purchase these turnstiles and have them fitted, at which time the Trust will close down the GDF and transfer whatever has been raised to the club, so there is still time for people to add to the fund.

General Discussion / Re: THINKING BIGGER
« on: July 16, 2019, 01:54:00 PM »
Mark is that correct the Trust are jointly funding all of the work you mention ?  I was on the understanding it was the turnstiles they were assisting with through their GDF.  However I stand to be corrected.

My reading of the term jointly was slightly different - effectively the B&G Trust's GDF is 'contributing towards' the works, be that the turnstiles or the project as a whole it doesn't really matter.  Jointly also shouldn't imply equal shares, the GDF is a chance for each and everyone of us to help out as much as we can (the money is ring fenced so can only go to one place, more details here but at the end of the day the club is ultimately responsible for ensuring all of the work is completed within the FA's timescale.

General Discussion / Re: New kit
« on: July 11, 2019, 08:38:07 PM »
The very fact that admission prices were going to go up regardless of whether we achieved promotion or not should have suggested something? :dontknow: :dontknow:

The club had a deficit for 2018/19 that was unsustainable so a step towards to balancing the books???   
The club were paying over the odds for the manager/players for step 3 particularly compared to the fan base???

Delete any of the above as applicable but not really sure what admission prices has to do with the new kit unless you think the O'Neills contract is particularly good or bad financially for the club?

General Discussion / Re: FOTL AGM.
« on: July 11, 2019, 08:16:47 PM »
Thanks  :scarf:

General Discussion / Re: New kit
« on: July 11, 2019, 08:16:25 PM »
Sorry gents if there is a chance MYT owe the club money then we are creditors not debtors

SC has Tweeted that the club haven't been paid for this season, so I guess we are free to negotiate with a new sponsor, but also said we hadn't been paid the 'promotion bonus' from last season, for me that would have started alarm bells ringing and may be an indication that we weren't in close enough contact with our main sponsor as we perhaps could have been.

General Discussion / Re: New kit
« on: July 11, 2019, 04:49:36 PM »
Likewise Paul, I know little how these things work, but if we have been paid does that now make us a debtor of MYT Sports ?

Obviously will be down to the contract terms but can't see how we can be a debtor - if they paid in advance then that will have been the terms, if they are unable to benefit from this years sponsorship that is their problem, the problem for us is if the payment terms were annual.  Maybe if there is a break clause we might be able to find a more lucrative option now we have achieved step 2 but lots of ifs, buts and maybes.

General Discussion / Re: FOTL AGM.
« on: July 11, 2019, 04:45:13 PM »
Hi Tony. If you attended last nights AGM why didn't you ask same questions there, you had ample time?  You could have also volunteered to be on the Committee.

Up until last night I wasn't a member of the Friends so had no right to ask anything at the AGM, next year I may not be so quiet.  As for going on the committee, there are a couple of logistical things I need to sort first so not the right time but I had already offered to help out informally when I can.

General Discussion / Re: New kit
« on: July 11, 2019, 02:17:53 PM »

Is this the same MYT Sports as the shirt sponsor?   :dontknow:

Where does SC keep finding these people?  Not sure where the club would stand if it was a multi-year deal, I guess it depends on what has happened to MYT, could be a number of reasons for 'striking off'

General Discussion / Re: FOTL AGM.
« on: July 11, 2019, 02:14:50 PM »
The friends do have a constitution thatís that answered,the next one you asked about was why do they have the players sponcership the answer is so the club do not have to pay the V A T  if you have any more worries on how the F O T L is run you only have to ask me and will do my best to answer them has a F O T L committee member as of tonight

Thanks for the answers, please could you direct me to the said constitution to have a read at my leisure?  Also the issue I have with sponsorship is not whether the Friends process the receipts, although that does raise all sorts of other questions, but why the Friends themselves sponsor a player and also in last night's accounts sponsored a match - given that all surpluses generated by the Friends should eventually find their way to the club in one form or another it seems strange to use a route that would a) attract VAT (for match sponsorship) and b) block 'external' sponsorship income coming into the club. 

Don't get me wrong, the AGM last night demonstrated how well certain elements of the Friends operation is working and there was a good chunk of money into the club that wouldn't have otherwise been generated but that doesn't mean questions can't be asked and unless you were elected to a PR / supporter liaison role at the mini committee meeting last night after the AGM I think you would probably be better saying you would be happy to take any questions back to the committee.

General Discussion / Re: Squad
« on: July 04, 2019, 05:10:56 PM »
Was surprised that IC let Toby go to Wisbech last season given what we ended up with as cover up front, Toby a much better option off the bench than either Limb or WMB imo.  Might never end up being the 'finished article' but always gives 100% and that got him into positions to score some vital goals in the 17/18 season.  Were the reserves training on Tuesday or just selected players?  Joe Taylor in a couple of pictures, I know he did well for the reserves last year but would be a hell of a jump to step 2 football but good to see him involved in training all the same.

General Discussion / Squad
« on: July 04, 2019, 01:21:17 PM »
With the fixtures now out, I'm just hoping for a cool August, eight games in the month is going to take its toll on what looks to be another year of running with a smallish squad (IC has said he is only looking to bring in a defender plus a.n.other).  I am still concerned that we don't appear to have strengthened enough but IC is talking up the current crop of players to be able to make that step up and I guess time will tell, I also wouldn't have been that upset had we found an alternative to Bastock with some solid Conf North credentials but I guess IC is happy with him.  On the plus side retaining the bulk of the squad and IC having a full pre-season with them should mean we are reasonably cohesive come the start of the season and with Kettering and Hereford as the first two home games that gives us the potential to get a bit of confidence early on.

General Discussion / Re: QUIZ NIGHT AT THE WALKS
« on: June 28, 2019, 11:52:52 PM »
Huge thank you to all involved in putting tonight's quiz on, just shows what happens when people work together, really good, well organised evening.  No doubt in time the Trust will announce how much was raised to be added to the Ground Development Fund, looking forward to more events like this in the future

General Discussion / Re: End of an era
« on: June 28, 2019, 02:01:50 PM »
Commercial sponsorship, particularly at step 2 and below of non-league will always be a mix of 'cold financial sense' (is there a reasonable chance of a return on the cost) and 'personal' (generally a director / senior manager with a previous personal interest) or you could say a mix of head and heart.  Hopefully in Double G's case there was enough of the former as there is little doubt that Gordon's heart was always with the Linnets.  However times move on and the club shouldn't be complacent that companies will always lend their support (and cash) but equally there may be times where the club has to what it thinks is best and that may not always align with a sponsor's view.

SC is on Twitter today thanking Double G which is a much better response than the childish reaction to another sponsor pulling out a couple of weeks ago and something that most fans would echo.  Interestingly SC also Tweeted that he could see the club being close to break even for the 2020/21 season - heaven only knows what the 'mega' announcement will be but from where I am sitting that really looks a long, long way off at the present time.

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