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General Discussion / Re: Southend (21st August)
« on: August 18, 2021, 02:54:04 PM »
...What is the story with Alex Brown, injured, moved on ?

Potentially was on trial with Altrincham but I have just looked and he is not listed in their squad.  Also they have a current squad photo on their website unlike Lynn where you can play the 'who is still with us' game  :dontknow:

General Discussion / Southend (21st August)
« on: August 18, 2021, 01:53:40 PM »
So, just three days until the big kick-off (COVID permitting) and we can all get back to worrying about what happens for 90 minutes on that patch of grass at the Walks and (temporarily) forget about everything else at the club and maybe the world in general.

In the absence of any news coming out of the club, we have to assume Culverhouse will be limited to the squad he has had during pre-season plus the recent addition of Rowley from Chesterfield.  Not sure where we are on the injury front after Alfreton but assuming everyone (bar Jones) is fit do we think he will go for 3 or 4 at the back and how many of Dilly's nipsters should he pick?

Personally I would go for:
   McFadden, Fernandez, Bird
Barrows, Coleman, Sundire, Denton
         Omotayo, Morias

leaving a bench of Fleming, Bowry, Clunan, Rowley, Gyasi

To be fair, I have no idea as to which two from three of the new centre halves are better / are more likely to form a partnership and we do still look short of a forward on the bench.  My main hope for the season is that we can somehow get back to playing some of the football that IC encouraged at steps 3 and 2 but we got so far away from last season due to a mix of not replacing  players who couldn't handle the step up and recruiting players who didn't fit that pattern, hopefully the off season will have gone some way to addressing both issues but the squad does look paper thin

General Discussion / Re: LN's on new signing
« on: August 16, 2021, 04:50:34 PM »
Shame that a potential loanee signing for Southend and Joe Taylor doing well at Wroxham (which is to be welcomed) have overshadowed the arrival of Joe Rowley to the Walks.  Comments on a national forum seem to echo those from the guy from the Derbyshire Times - basically no 10 is his best (maybe only) position and he now needs to get his head down and work to fulfill the promise he showed as a teenager. 

I guess much will depend on King's fitness as he is the current holder of the no 10 shirt but pleased we have signed some necessary cover in that area.  If there is only to be one remaining signing then hopefully that will be cover up front but the bench still looks pretty light to me and we again don't seem to be anywhere near as active in the PL / EFL loan market as other NL sides.

General Discussion / Re: FOTL part 2.
« on: August 12, 2021, 05:27:16 PM »
Started to type my reply to Malcolm and then thought it was a bit off topic for Southend fans to have to go through

The gentleman who was going to fix the online payments has resigned so Iam back to square one on that one but someone will step forward and help get it sorted,so we need a new secretary that can help.Thanks for the plug B&G and you are so right the more fans that join the Surporters club the sooner we can move forward

Malcolm, any chance of setting a date for the FOTL open meeting (ideally pretty soon after the first home game so it can be advertised at the game) as I think until you have that you are in danger of raising (possibly false) expectations about what the FOTL is and isn't going to be doing as an organisation.

Appreciate you are still an evolving committee but are you able to put some names to roles for us?

Also are any of the previous fundraising schemes going to be running for the 2021-22 season ie 12th man?

General Discussion / Re: Season ticket
« on: August 12, 2021, 05:21:38 PM »
Where were the programs sold at 15 pounds

On the club's website, just found this email confirmation from last year.

Please quote this in any future correspondence regarding this booking.If you have ordered tickets, they will be delivered in a separate email. This is your order confirmation.

Item   Type   Value
Yeovil Programme   Purchase £15.00
Sub Total   1 item(s)   £15.00

General Discussion / Re: Southend Tickets.
« on: August 11, 2021, 06:05:27 PM »
Dilly, as Mallard has implied why spend (money we don't have) on a terrace that it could easily be argued we don't need?  There are loads of 'projects' around the Walks that we 'could' do but for me unless they open up additional revenue streams for the club it would be very difficult to justify any investment on the current site. 

One of the things that is holding the club back is off-field revenue so any upgrading of the facilities needs to have this firmly as part of the business case for investing ie if we did upgrade the hospital end could other facilities be included in that upgrade that would generate an income stream (a better sized clubhouse) or allow activities that are currently housed in the main stand (possibly the changing rooms which always seem to be a problem) to be moved to allow more income to be derived from the main stand?

General Discussion / Re: Match preview for Peterborough
« on: August 04, 2021, 05:33:29 PM »
The 11 that started. Plus Sundire, Bowery, Clunan, Fleming, Gascoigne and Jones.  Or have I missed anyone.?

I guess it depends on how you rate the players you have listed but I can't see Fleming or Gascoigne being part of a regular match day squad (plus I remain to be convinced that Gyasi is a NL standard player).  For me the balance isn't quite there yet in terms of players and positions, hence I think we ought to be looking a bringing in another couple of players if the budget will allow. 

Whilst we certainly look a lot stronger than last year both in terms of individuals and the fact that there looks the making of a formation and way of playing that has directed the recruitment, many of NL sides look a lot stronger than last year with lots of teams in the hunt for playoff places, I don't think we are in that position but have to hope now we are full time we can be more cohesive than last year and avoid being in and around the relegation scrap.

General Discussion / Re: Match preview for Peterborough
« on: August 04, 2021, 01:53:43 PM »
Think you will find it was acadamy player Tyler Knowles

Thanks GS, I was with B&G.  Still think we need a few more lads in and around the squad capable of holding their own rather than just filling a spot on the bench

General Discussion / Re: Match preview for Peterborough
« on: August 04, 2021, 01:23:00 PM »
Any information about Knowles who came on late on?  Also as he was named, rather than 'trialist' does this mean he has signed?

Given that it was a Peterborough u23s were there any potential loanees who impressed?  I would still like to see a couple of 'proper' signings and at least a couple of loanees coming into the squad as I am not sure the bench last night is really what we want to be going into a season with.  I know there were a couple of lads out injured but that would be the case most weeks

News of former Linnets / Re: Andrew Fisk
« on: August 03, 2021, 11:44:11 AM »
Must be getting towards the end of his career as he was here with the old club.  Certainly gave 100% and probably didn't get the credit he deserved as was tarnished in some eyes as being ex-Norwich, thankfully that is one of the things that has changed in the past 10 years where there is a much better view of players making the move West along the A47 (Norman, McFadden etc)

News of former Linnets / Kairo Mitchell
« on: August 03, 2021, 11:40:58 AM »
Mitchell has gone to Notts County on a two year deal.

General Discussion / Re: Tonight's friendly-Streaming available.
« on: July 27, 2021, 01:45:31 PM »
Seems like Denton is enjoying playing wing back!  Any other comments from those who watched the stream on how things worked or where we looked like we needed other options?  Also does anyone know who the keeper was and whether he is an option or was just helping out last night?  I still think we are at least an attacking midfielder and forward cover short but hopefully we can pick up two or three more to bolster the squad, possibly season long loanees from the EFL?  I know Dilly seems to think loanees were Marriotts problem last season but given we only had two and one of them was a keeper I would beg to differ - pre-furlough I would guess we must have had the lowest number of loanees in out squad throughout the NL.

General Discussion / Re: New YouTube Channel
« on: July 27, 2021, 01:37:05 PM »
What was wrong with the previous YouTube channel (King's Lynn Town TV) or is it just the new media team 'reinventing the wheel'?

General Discussion / Re: Squad
« on: July 23, 2021, 02:37:59 PM »
Speaking from a position of ignorance, as I havenít seen any of the newcomers.  Still, that position doesnít often harm some big-noises in some workplaces, so Iíll continueÖ.  Iím still a bit concerned.  From what Iíve read, I canít be confident that we have pulled in the category of player that will make us a much improved team from last season. It is a much improved team that we shall need, to survive this term.  I also have a nagging feeling that we demolished our last successful team a little too hastily. as I recall a team with Marriott, Fox and Pedro still included, that beat Maidenhead away.  Fingers remain crossed that improvements still to come, essentially in the attacking half of the team.  And, is it safe to go to the game ?  No one can answer that with confidence.

Dilly, I think most peoples assessment of the signings (given that none of us have seen them in a proper game against anything like what we will come up against in the league this season) is that we have 'upgraded' on what we had last year, although like you I still think we are a bit short of attacking options, particularly given King's previous fitness record. 

Good to see you talking of survival for this season, looking at some of the signings made by those in and around the playoffs last year the league is going to be stronger than ever at the top end (Mullin has just joined Wrexham from Cambs Utd) and I think we need to set expectations at a realistic level - if we can finish mid-table without the drama of a relegation battle that would be success for me. 

My biggest concern is that if it does all go wrong we have signed a lot of these lads on multi year deals and can we really afford to stay full time if we drop back into the NLN?  As for the previous squad, I think some could have maybe held their own at NLN level but I think NL would have been a step too far for the likes of Pedro and Fox as it proved for some who were retained last year.

General Discussion / Re: Squad
« on: July 23, 2021, 01:25:38 PM »
B&G, I would think Norwich would be looking for him to be playing higher than NL (had a few games in div 1 last season) but I guess you never know

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