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General Discussion / Re: Torquay away
« on: October 24, 2021, 05:04:21 PM »

However unpalatable Mall is right in that step 1 probably isn't a sustainable level for KLTFC

Careful Tony, you'll have the people involved with Clubs media crawling all over you and accusing you of all sorts of things if you post things like that.

Of course, it won't matter that you're 100% correct.

I would hope the club's media department have better things to worry about than a post on this forum.  Also, the issue isn't one of being right or wrong, it is actions that matter, unfortunately very few of us are in a position to be able to take meaningful actions

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General Discussion / Re: Torquay away
« on: October 24, 2021, 04:59:26 PM »
So the aim is to drop a level and compete but not to gain promotion ...that's laughable

OR... play at a level where the club is more likely be sustainable and then build the infrastructure required to make the step up.

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General Discussion / Re: Scouts
« on: October 24, 2021, 04:55:38 PM »
Personally think we should keep well clear of any other loanees Mall.
We need someone upfront who is going to be with us for the next 24 months on a consistent basis.
We don't seem to be in the market for someone of the calibre required from clubs around or above us, do we....so that's why we may have to look below.......is there anyone in NL north/south that we know of or played against in recent times who may fit the bill ?

The looking for 'rough diamonds' was easier when we were step 2 or 3 as the commitment was likely to be comparable from where the player was already playing but we lost Henderson when we stepped up to NL and Gash this year when we went full-time so it is a tough decision for a potential player to make that jump and they might even be better off financially sticking to part time.  Likewise there are no guarantees we will be full-time next season if we get relegated and imo we already have enough contracts on the books without adding more to the list.

Whilst step 1 is great with the visits of Southend, Chesterfield plus Wrexham, Grimsby and Notts County to come it is nigh on impossible for KLTFC to build the structures (that have so obviously been missing under SC) required as every penny has to go into the playing budget and even then that is unlikely to be enough at some point, be it this season or in the coming couple of years.  As for loan players, I think in our situation they are the better option but our recruitment has to improve massively, Saturday was another example - Torquay have been having problems finding the net but managed to secure a loan from QPR, not saying he is the answer to all their problems but the players are out there but we just don't seem to have the contacts to attract them to the Walks

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General Discussion / Re: Torquay away
« on: October 24, 2021, 04:34:50 PM »
The simple truth is the admission cost was set too high and this was enough to deter the floating fan and probably 25% of the regular punters.
This coincided with an average side this year and a poor matchday experience for home and away fans.
Add to this the financial crisis brewing in the background and you have the perfect storm.
If Lynn played well and climbed up the table and all the other issues were addressed then gates of 3-4 thousand would be the norm and this league would definitely be our level.

Sorry but that just isn't the case - the admission has been reduced and seen a minimal increase in the gate so to suggest we lost 25% of the potential gate is fitting a conclusion to your narrative rather than something borne out by the facts.  Also to suggest we could see gates of 3-4 thousand (unless you are talking one off games) is again failing to acknowledge the facts over the past decades, however unpalatable Mall is right in that step 1 probably isn't a sustainable level for KLTFC

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General Discussion / Re: FA Cup Draw
« on: October 22, 2021, 03:52:52 PM »
New box office manager.
Unable to buy tickets online for FA Cup game although a season ticket holder.
Why is the phone never answered? Strange way to run a football club

Peter, is there a new box office manager in post?  From what has been said previously and at the recent fans forum, I didn't think there was a member of staff on-site at the club currently although SC did say that he is looking to appoint a local replacement to Mark Hearle who I guess would be another body in the office.  I initially had problems with my membership (I am not a season ticket holder) and had to ask the club to activate it manually before I could buy tickets so I guess the same maybe true for you as I bought my Walsall ticket earlier.

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General Discussion / Re: FA Cup Draw
« on: October 22, 2021, 01:58:42 PM »
Thanks Admin, not sure where the members 24 hour window went but thankfully not looking at a sell out so tickets should still be available today.

Mall, think we need to win at least two of the three fixtures between now and Walsall to really attract the floaters in at the rate set (20 adult standing) and whilst that isn't impossible looking at the opposition, unfortunately the one home game looks the hardest on paper but lets hope a good crowd (lured by the ticket offer) and the Walks under floodlights might be enough to push the team on.

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General Discussion / Re: FA Cup Draw
« on: October 21, 2021, 05:27:14 PM »
I think we would need more than 'a little run' to average those figures over the season.  Might hit 3000 for a couple of the big games (Notts County & Grimsby) but not others that SC will class as Cat A (Wrexham? Stockport?) and unlikely to average anywhere near 1500 for the rest, so if we average 1500 across the season I think that would be more realistic - we are currently on 1375 and that includes the visits of Southend and Chesterfield who I would imagine are likely to be in our top 6 league attendances come the end of the season.  I think the only way we will get near 3000 for Walsall is if SC can agree a price reduction, at least to our 'standard' 3 discount on the Cat A pricing.

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General Discussion / Re: FA Cup Draw
« on: October 21, 2021, 05:07:12 PM »
Has to be close to a sell out.  TV might fancy it as well

Lets hope your first prediction has better luck than your second - TV didn't fancy it:

FA Cup first-round televised games​
Friday, 5 November

AFC Sudbury v Colchester United 19:55 kick-off - live on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer

Saturday, 6 November

Banbury United v Barrow 17:15 - live on ITV4

Sunday, 7 November

Sheffield Wednesday v Plymouth Argyle 12:15 - live on ITV

Stratford Town v Shrewsbury Town 15:00 - live on ITV4

St Albans City v Forest Green Rovers 17:15 - live on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer

Monday, 8 November

Dagenham & Redbridge v Salford City 19:45 - live on ITV4

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General Discussion / Re: Torquay away
« on: October 21, 2021, 01:45:58 PM »
Tony it was his skill that made the second goal,I think we have found a real Diamond in this lad

Happy to 'agree to disagree' Malcolm and appreciate different people watch games differently, whilst it was a nice ball to Linton, I wouldn't say that the second goal was primarily down to Barrett's contribution.  Equally I thought we looked a lot less secure defensively when Rowley went off as neither Barrett or McGavin look like they want to close people down with enough urgency, last Saturday we got away with it against a step 3 side, heaven only knows what would happen against the hoards of nipsters that Dilly sees in every NL opponent. 

That said, if Barrett can get himself up to NL standard fitness (and I think he always looked 'solid') then yes there is plenty of potential there.

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General Discussion / Re: Torquay away
« on: October 21, 2021, 01:22:32 PM »
Don't think he's any way fit enough for that Mall......he shouldn't be rushed back in. Last 30 mins would be my guess and Sundire can play the other 60....he's more than capable and could do with more game time.

I agree with that view of Barrett KES, and whilst I can understand the desire of some to speed up the process I think he is still a good way off being the first name on my team sheet Malcolm

As for Sundire, yes maybe this could be his opportunity and he could certainly do with more game time but I really couldn't comment on his 'capability', primarily down to the limited opportunities he has had to impress.

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General Discussion / Re: Covid.
« on: October 21, 2021, 01:14:21 PM »
Seems KLTFC are above average for the Premier League with 45% not having had a single dose

https://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2021-10-14/why-are-some-footballers-still-worried-about-getting-the-covid-vaccine

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General Discussion / Re: Torquay away
« on: October 20, 2021, 11:00:58 PM »
On paper this should be the sort of game we are looking to get something out of, I know people will point to Torquay being an 'ex-league team' but we have to judge teams on their current position not history and the truth is, if we win on Saturday we go above them and a 4-2 defeat at Havent this evening is perhaps a better indication of where they currently are.

All that said, we are hardly in the best of states ourselves, hopefully Bowry will be back fit and maybe even Bird and/or Denton for a spot on the bench.  The worries for me are further up field as Rowley will be a huge loss, particularly until Barrett regains some level of fitness that will allow IC to consider starting him

                 Jones
   McFadden, Bowry, Fernandez
Jones, Coleman, Clunan, Barrows
                 Gyasi
          Linton, Omotayo

subs - McGavin, Sundire, Barrett, Taylor plus hopefully one of the returning defenders

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General Discussion / Re: FA Cup Draw
« on: October 17, 2021, 08:53:59 PM »
Has to be close to a sell out.  TV might fancy it as well

How many televised games in the first round?  Obviously still lots to be decided with the replays from yesterdays games but I don't think our game is that attractive to the neutral - team in bottom half of NL with poor home record vs team in bottom half of L2.  To be honest there are much bigger teams coming to the Walks in the league this season and I can't see Walsall bringing that many so think if we get 2000 that would be a good figure

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General Discussion / Re: Klfc v Peterborough sports
« on: October 17, 2021, 12:02:12 PM »
Thought it said in match report that Bowery was injured in training.

Thanks, the just read the report on the club site which I couldn't see earlier (cache issues or not posted?), report says Bird and Denton were rested - hell of a rest for them having not played since 11th September and 28th September respectively so would have thought one could have been on the bench if fit.  Also says Bowry should be fit for next week so that will help too.

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General Discussion / Re: Klfc v Peterborough sports
« on: October 17, 2021, 10:13:51 AM »
A good cup tie which Peterborough Sports more than played their part in and certainly hard to say there were two steps between the sides, probably won't be next season.

Squad looked very stretched, was Bowry injured or had Cheltenham not cleared him to play in the cup?  No update in the preview on how long Bird and Denton will be out but I don't think we can go to Torquay with Sundire as emergency left wing back.  On the positive front Clunan had another good game and Omotayo (and Linton when he came on) had better games so can hopefully both draw some confidence from yesterday when we return to league action.  Obviously the game was overshadowed by the injury to Joe Rowley who will be a huge loss, Barrett had some nice touches when he came on but I can't see how you can play him and McGavin in the same midfield, Coleman can't do the closing down for all of them. 

Good to get the income from the win but I think IC may be hoping that our 'big game' comes in the next round and he can then get back to trying to secure NL survival with the resources available to him

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