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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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General Discussion / Re: FOTL AGM.
« on: June 21, 2019, 01:28:21 PM »
This is my problem with the Friends - how can you appoint new people to the committee 'before' the AGM?  I know for many people the rules and constitution of the Trust are sited as a barrier for it being as proactive as some would like, but I think some of that is in the interpretation but that is a better option for me than the very, very loose structure that the Friends has always operated.  Its not that the Friends should have lots of rules and regulations but if they are taking peoples money and having a 'membership' then it is only right that they have a constitution so people can see what they are signing up to.

Also as a very minor 'pet hate', why the hell do the Friends get involved with player sponsorship (and last season were a fully blown match sponsor)?  Given that all their funds should find their way to the club by some means or other, sponsorship should be the last thing that they are involved in, surely the club can find enough 'external' sponsors to fill the gaps?

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General Discussion / Re: Kings Lynn Reserves
« on: June 14, 2019, 04:04:40 PM »
It seems to be the way many are moving forward. I see it more of a long term thing and not a whim. I would have thought (if its not already being done) that some scouting should be done at the local schools and colleges. I can remember when I was at KES there would be scouts at our matches (can remember a Norfolk schools guy and a guy from Peterboro) in attendance looking at one or two of our guys when we were at home to Boston Grammar.

The issue isn't necessarily the scouting in terms of getting kids to come, its what the Academy involves - this is their post-16 education and the Lynn Academy is currently untested so if, for example, you were a young lad doing your GCSEs this summer and were even thinking of committing to a two year course would you (or your parents) be keen for you to go to Lynn?  IC is undoubtedly a draw but DESA has a proven track record to point to, including many lads going to the states post qualification as did the CoWA course in the past.  Sometimes reinventing wheels doesn't look such a good idea.

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General Discussion / Re: Kings Lynn Reserves
« on: June 14, 2019, 02:29:57 PM »
All fair points KES80.  With promotion the gap down to the reserves is now too wide and with the new academy starting in September that has to be one of the main priorities for the club.  I guess it then depends on the level of games the academy can compete at as to how you then find suitable 'adult' football for those players and those that little bit older who might still be on the radar of the first team.  Personally I think loans to various local sides are a more viable option, yes it takes a bit more organisation and management, but probably a better way to develop individual players, in the way Natty Stewart and Harry Limb were sent out last season rather than trying to run another side that has very little relevance to the first team. 

If someone wanted to go through all the hassle of setting up a King's Lynn based team to compete in the Thurlow Nunn then I am sure the club would gladly look to loan players there but the focus of what is still a very limited infrastructure has to be on the first team and academy.

As for the current Wisbech move for the reserves this season, it smacks as a bit of an afterthought and I certainly wouldn't have thought this is anything more than a short term solution
How can EIGHT yes EIGHT signings be classed as an ACADEMY. at that rate they will play in a Lynnsport 5 a side league. Yet another Whim.

If eight is the number signed up then yes that is disappointing and I guess it would always be a struggle in year 1, but I am not sure the idea of an academy is just a whim, many clubs at step 3 and 2 have gone down this route so maybe it's just more an acceptance of the current footballing landscape.  That said my preference would have been for the club to have properly linked up with CoWA as that would surely be in the interests of both the player's academic and footballing education in the way DESA seems to work for Dereham FC. however, I guess SC thought the club could keep more of the cash by going down the independent model.


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General Discussion / Re: Kings Lynn Reserves
« on: June 13, 2019, 01:58:01 PM »
All fair points KES80.  With promotion the gap down to the reserves is now too wide and with the new academy starting in September that has to be one of the main priorities for the club.  I guess it then depends on the level of games the academy can compete at as to how you then find suitable 'adult' football for those players and those that little bit older who might still be on the radar of the first team.  Personally I think loans to various local sides are a more viable option, yes it takes a bit more organisation and management, but probably a better way to develop individual players, in the way Natty Stewart and Harry Limb were sent out last season rather than trying to run another side that has very little relevance to the first team. 

If someone wanted to go through all the hassle of setting up a King's Lynn based team to compete in the Thurlow Nunn then I am sure the club would gladly look to loan players there but the focus of what is still a very limited infrastructure has to be on the first team and academy.

As for the current Wisbech move for the reserves this season, it smacks as a bit of an afterthought and I certainly wouldn't have thought this is anything more than a short term solution

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General Discussion / Re: QUIZ NIGHT AT THE WALKS
« on: June 10, 2019, 01:18:17 PM »
Really good to see the Trust running a fund raiser at the Walks, the GDF is something everyone can get behind whether they are a Trust member or not.  Hoping for a good turnout and a good boost to the GDF.

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General Discussion / Re: Next season's squad ?
« on: June 05, 2019, 01:42:29 PM »
I guess the question is Tony are we looking at next season in isolation or looking to the future as well as the present?  I would suggest with the advent of the new academy and young signings coming in from lower level then IC and SC are looking at the longer term.

I think it may be difficult to bring in ‘better’ than we have unless there is a steep increase in budget.  Where does that money come from?  I know you are very much one for living within our means. So the MO of brining in younger players to improve has to be one way forward.

I appreciate we need to look longer term, but where do we plan on the 1st team being in that longer term?  We don't have a great recent history either on or off the field at step 2 so I would worry about any plan that banked on us being there long term without some fairly clear short term actions around staying at that level in the first instance.  Personally think the signings smack as much of 'speculation' as they do of investing in the future and not sure that is the right model - for every FBT there are plenty that don't go on and being saddled with a multi year contract at our level doesn't make great business sense.

I also appreciate the budget constraints but admission prices are going up, the commercial side looks better than this time last year albeit still with a fair way to go to be suitable for a step 2 operation but the playing squad doesn't really look to have been improved to any extent.  My fear is that the gap between steps 2 and 3 is that bit wider than was previously the case and there may be an element of kidding ourselves that everything is going to be OK with what we have especially as IC is quoted on the club website that we are only looking to "bring in one, or possibly two, more signings before pre-season". 

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General Discussion / Re: Next season's squad ?
« on: June 03, 2019, 01:44:30 PM »
Got to think Tony that the 4 coming in ( including the returning Stewart ) are better than the players leaving (FBT excluded of course from that).  Then again if there is a couple more coming in then it stands to reason that maybe the likes of Stewart and Carey could be farmed our on loan.  No point in those lads coming in from step 5 to play at Step 6 for The Reserves.

The target can't just be to get players in better than those who have left, we have to try and get better than we already have in the club as we make the step up next season.  I can see the attraction to Stewart and Carey in being associated with Lynn (the Norman and FBT effect) but will they be able to add anything next season?  Coming from step 5 would be a big jump going into an established step 2 team but we aren't even that yet so a huge jump for both lads, I also feel the same about Limb who added nothing at step 3 so retaining him once promotion was secured seems a very strange decision.

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General Discussion / Re: PITCH IN TO HELP THE GROUNDSMAN.
« on: June 03, 2019, 10:32:53 AM »
Is this being organised by / through the Friends of the Linnets?

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General Discussion / Re: Next season's squad ?
« on: June 02, 2019, 07:13:48 PM »
Having acquired two left sided players we can see why that potential loanee from Norwich went south. Better to have your own players than loan players in any case.

The lad who went to Eastbourne was a centre back so not sure how that would be affected by any of the 3 lads signed in the press release - left back, winger, attacking midfielder.

Two big names coming in?

Lets hope so, I personally think if its only two then we are still short of what is needed to make the step up, its all well and good staying faithful to the lads who gained promotion but you have to take sentiment out of it and look at what we have against what we will most likely need - for me that meant probably around 6 new starters (allowing for FBT going) and not sure all three of the new lads announced will be automatic starters.

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General Discussion / Re: Next season's squad ?
« on: May 31, 2019, 06:27:57 PM »
Stan, game of opinions... individually I think both McAuley and Fryatt had good seasons, I just don't think collectively they are that solid and I think the step up will leave that more exposed.  If we do go with the same starters then I think we will need a hell of a midfield to protect them.

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General Discussion / Re: Ground Development Fund (GDF) – Update
« on: May 31, 2019, 06:23:30 PM »
Some commonality between the Steering Committee and Friends committee (as much as I know who is on the Friends committee) but think they serve different purposes.  To me the Steering Committee is an internal 'information sharing' group whereas the Friends has a the sole aim of raising funds for the club.  B&G Trust is something different again but the GDF is a very sensible way for the Trust to help support the club whilst staying within the constitution of a supporters trust and I think the club would be missing a trick were it not to embrace this source of funds and potential fund raising experience.

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General Discussion / Re: Next season's squad ?
« on: May 31, 2019, 06:10:19 PM »
Just seems weird that he is dropping to (presumably) part-time football at step 2 of non-league.  I can't imagine Eastbourne are full time so training will be limited to a couple of nights a week so what is the lad going to be doing for the rest of the week?  As I said earlier, if he was at Lynn he could still be involved with some training at Norwich.  I can't see Culverhouse being too sniffy, centre half is certainly one area where we need to strengthen for next season although I would accept that the midfield and full back(s) are perhaps more pressing but personally I don't think the central pairing is capable of making the step up.

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General Discussion / Re: Ground Development Fund (GDF) – Update
« on: May 31, 2019, 06:02:38 PM »
Please can we try to keep on topic and not have the same circular argument on every thread.  I think the solar panels idea is only any good if there is a pot of money available for the initial investment and in the short term I can think of many better investments the club could make.

Anyway, in an attempt to 'practice what I preach', is there scope for the Trust to run a specific fundraiser over the summer to boost the GDF?  Given some of the sums being talked about there is still a good way to go in terms of fundraising, unless we keep expecting SC to put more money into the club, and the GDF would seem the most suitable vehicle even for those who don't fully support the Aims and Objectives of the Trust.

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General Discussion / Re: Next season's squad ?
« on: May 31, 2019, 05:39:58 PM »


Is that the same C Jones who 3 current Premier League clubs are interested in signing?



Jefferson airplane, blimey that’s going back.
 Maybe we will have an A Jones at Right back and a C Jones at left back. He won’t have to travel far up the A47 either.
Its certainly a lot closer than Eastbourne, so that's got to be in our favour!

We might be closer but just joined Eastbourne, according to online reports.

https://www.edp24.co.uk/sport/norwich-city/city-defender-set-for-first-taste-of-loan-action-1-6082650

Seems strange given IC's connections and how much the lad could learn from him plus you would have thought our 'reputation' of trying to get the ball down and play would have been the perfect fit if he was going to drop down to a step 2 non-league side.  Maybe Neil Adams is one of those who thinks the North is more physical, I don't see it myself but would still be interested to know the thinking behind the loan, if he was with us he could still train some days with the Norwich u23s.

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