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General Discussion / Home to Solihull (with fans)
« on: May 25, 2021, 01:34:22 PM »
So, aside from the attendance - which I think will be small reflecting the lack of anything riding on the game and still concerns over COVID - what are we expecting from tonight?  Note on the front page saying McAuley is back available after suspension so will IC revert to a back three that he started with on Saturday or go with another forward from the start given we are at home with fans in?

My team (and can't see this being the starting eleven):
                    Richardson (sorry for my typo gs)
   Fleming, Barrows, McAuley/McFaddon
Howard, Clunan, Payne/Babos, Denton
                     Carey
              Gash, Jackson

With it being not much more than a pre-season game the disappointing thing is that there are probably very few of the squad playing for their place as I expect most to be moving on with the exception of McFadden (if fit tonight), possibly Clunan and maybe Jackson has done enough to warrant a place next year?  Could also make a case for Denton and/or Barrows but will travelling distance mean there are other closer / cheaper options of a similar ability?

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General Discussion / Re: Squad for next season
« on: May 24, 2021, 01:50:51 PM »
Pleased to see Coleman signed as he didn't really look out of place at this level in a patched together side, so can only expect more when he (hopefully) has better players around him next year.  Still don't understand what the club are thinking giving two year deals but no doubt they have their reasons, just feel we always seem to have a few players retained in the squad (and on the payroll) that the manager won't select but can't be moved on at the end of a season.

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General Discussion / Re: Squad for next season
« on: May 20, 2021, 02:20:49 PM »
More weight to the 'reset' button being pressed and player wages coming back to some sort of normality, although for how long is anyone's guess
https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/sport/football/portsmouth-fc/why-player-wages-have-halved-as-portsmouth-and-football-adjust-to-post-covid-financial-challenges-3241536

Also saw that Southend have taken up an option on Howard's contract so you could argue that his stay with us was a win-win - we got a much needed player and he proved he could hold his own at this level which is where Southend find themselves next season

Dilly, I think Carey has shown he is more than ready for a step up so don't think we should be standing in his way however big a hole it will leave.  Masssive off-season coming up for the recruitment team, I just hope they make the (multiple) changes necessary and don't stick with too much of what we have, also note in the article about about many one-year deals being offered, whilst it might not help in terms of potential transfer fees we have now been burnt a number of times with offering multi year deals to unproven players

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General Discussion / Re: Squad for next season
« on: May 14, 2021, 01:42:26 PM »
All fair points so far, really difficult decisions to be made, primarily are we looking to establish ourselves as a NL side - in which case it probably requires more full timers with all that financial gamble that entails, or are we just looking to try and stay in the division ahead of Dover and two others - which 'could' probably be achieved on a part-time model around a few key players which would be lower risk if we found ourselves back in NLN and part time again.  Whichever we opt for I just hope we don't go handing out lots of two year deals as surely we have learnt our lesson by now?

As most agree, keeper is a key, as is someone to partner McFadden (NL - personally I would only keep one of Smith & Fleming), can't see that FBT won't find another EFL team but Norman may be available.  I also think Carey will find himself an EFL side next season which will leave a big hole.  NL, appreciate the comment about the squad dynamics but I think needs must although I would have Jones back (if fit) but not Gyasi.

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General Discussion / Re: Tickets
« on: May 13, 2021, 11:56:48 AM »
SC just tweeted this
"They are back. After a great meeting today with our SAG group 1,600 fans will be back into our final home games.  Ticket details circulated later - members and season ticket holders can buy 4 tickets and they will go on general sale at 6pm Friday.  Letís get The Walks rocking"

Not quite sure why season ticket holders can buy tickets but hopefully everything will become clearer once the official announcement is made but they had better get a move on if tickets are going on general sale tomorrow at 6pm.  Will be interesting to see the reaction of fans this time - I think there will be less hesitancy in terms of the virus, which is now at pretty low levels, so it will just be whether people want to watch the current squad play a couple of meaningless games.

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General Discussion / Re: Tennyson car park
« on: May 11, 2021, 05:49:44 PM »
Really can't see that there is the finance within the club or the appetite within the council to spend taxpayer's money on a new stand.  There is also the view that it would just be 'good money after bad' and that any substantial investment would be better spent going towards a new ground (out of town) than developing the Walks which will always be massively compromised with it's location and drainage issues.

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General Discussion / Chesterfield (away)
« on: May 11, 2021, 02:21:05 PM »
Hopefully get one more ticked off tonight as we get ever nearer to the end of the season.  Chesterfield didn't look that impressive at the Walks last month but did enough to win which probably sums up both club's seasons.

Preview on the club site https://www.kltown.co.uk/2021/05/11/match-preview-chesterfield-fc-vs-kings-lynn/  says we are missing Baggot again due to Ipswich's progression in the FA Youth cup - whilst their cup run couldn't have been predicted, he does seem a strange signing as he hasn't looked NL level (mainly down to his age) and we are very unlikely to see him back at the Walks for 2021/22 so, to me, it was an opportunity missed, maybe at the time it was just a case of getting bodies into the club?

Good to read in SC's column in the EDP at the weekend that the recruitment and scouting team has been bolstered, certainly one of the areas where we are well behind other step 1 clubs, fingers crossed they and IC can put together a better squad for next season

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General Discussion / Re: Adam Marriott
« on: April 10, 2021, 05:20:30 PM »
Sad to see him go and a real shame that we never saw the best of him this season having come into the campaign injured and never really got going.  Don't think the changes made to the squad / playing style this season really helped him and just hope he can find the right move in the summer (not sure Eastleigh is that move)

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News of former Linnets / Alfie Payne
« on: November 27, 2020, 02:12:31 PM »
Alfie Payne has moved to Lowestoft during the lockdown https://www.edp24.co.uk/sport/norwich-alfie-payne-signs-lowestoft-6499858

Never thought we quite got the best out of him, maybe he didn't have the physical stature required to replace Jarvis but certainly had the footballing nous to fill that role (outstanding in the York home game when he came off the bench and just made us tick all day).  Wish him all the best and think if they play him deeper than we did can see him opening up defences for Hawkins and others to get a hatfull.

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