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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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General Discussion / Re: Where was the collection?
« on: December 27, 2019, 01:16:51 PM »
Bucket collectors were standing near the turnstyles so presume most home fans would have passed them coming into the ground, don't think they came round but guess they were watching the game?

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General Discussion / Boston (New Years Day)
« on: December 27, 2019, 01:13:53 PM »
Do we know what areas of the ground Lynn have been allocated, presume the Jakeman's terrace and some of the seated area at the other end of the ground?  Don't think they operate the same sort of box office as Lynn so just pay at the turnstyle?

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General Discussion / Re: Boxing day v Boston.
« on: December 27, 2019, 01:10:04 PM »
Thought IC got it spot on with his post match comments - Boston the better side until the sending off which changed the game (but was clearly a sending off) and Lynn came more into the game as Boston sat back, both sides struggled with the conditions and it was difficult to play any sort of flowing football.  We looked better when we went to a back three and IC kept tinkering with his attacking options which finally paid off.

Personally thought they played Gash & Marriott as well as anyone and with the conditions our midfield struggled to add that bit of extra quality to really open them up.  Unfortunately my fears about the prospect of two games in a week seem to be well founded with two red cards and further scuffles meaning next weeks trip up the A17 is also likely to be another feisty affair, lets hope for better weather and a good consistent ref.

As for the comments from the Boston fans re segregation etc, probably reasonable as that seemed by far the most densely populated area of the ground so if it is possible it might be better to extend the covered area segregation - looking at the Walks compared to many grounds in the league, it does look 'tired' but improvements are being made and hopefully lessons will be learned from yesterday's experience of a big away following.

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General Discussion / Re: Adam Marriott
« on: December 27, 2019, 12:54:43 PM »
I really, really hope that the club don't stand in Adam's way should a league side come in for him or make things any more awkward than necessary.  Not saying it wouldn't be disappointing to lose him BUT looking at the wider picture we have to accept where we are in the pyramid and, as SC said recently in his Q&A evening, part of making Lynn an attractive club for good players to come to is that we can clearly demonstrate that we can improve them and if league / full-time football is their goal then we can help make that happen.  Maybe in the fullness of time that could be with the club itself, but for now that will mean players "moving up".




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General Discussion / Re: Gloucester
« on: December 23, 2019, 01:45:46 PM »
With nothing coming out about a new arrival prior to the trip to Gloucester, can we assume IC is looking to get through the next three games with existing resources and hope that players start to recover quicker than new injuries are incurred?  I guess it will depend on how serious Hawkins, Jarvis and Henderson were after Dover as in effect we finished with 12 fit first team players - the 10 that finished plus Kelly and Ward.  Stewart is now back at Lynn and the reserves are only playing the next two Saturdays so the likes of Joseph Taylor could at least make the bench look a little healthier for the two Boston games.

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