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General Discussion / Re: The Future of the Club
« on: September 22, 2020, 05:23:34 PM »
On the face of it sounds great that SC thinks he could cover the overheads so long as the streaming income covered the wages, until you read on that the "weekly budget that is now into five figures" £10K a WEEK and we still class ourselves as part-time!  On these figures I think SC would have been struggling massively to cover wages with matchday income had we not had any restrictions so to now expect streaming to plug that gap doesn't seem so reasonable.

Is it any wonder that the government doesn't view football with any sympathy with these sorts of numbers and when some are calling for a rescue package in the £15-20m range for National League

Whatever happened to 'Project reset'? 

General Discussion / Fixtures
« on: September 08, 2020, 01:30:24 PM »
So they are out - 7 league games plus an FA Cup tie in October will certainly stretch the squad but at least we have 4 home games, including the opener vs Yeovil, combined with trips to Maidenhead, Solihull Moors and Weymouth.

Christmas does look like it 'comes all at once' - home and away to Notts County (H - 26th Dec, A - 2nd Jan) and Chesterfield away squeezed in between (28th Dec), although I still think the odds are against any away fans this season.

Roll on the season

General Discussion / Re: Next season's squad
« on: August 24, 2020, 05:21:47 PM »
So, updated squad is now

GK - Mair, Street
Full backs - Jones, Burrows, Brown
Centre halves - Smith, McAuley, Fleming
Central Midfield - Clunan, Richards, Jarvis
Attacking Midfield - Henderson, Carey, Kelly, Hawkins, Power, King
Forwards - Marriott, Gash, Loza, Southwell

with potentially one more to come as the EDP quoted IC as saying he hoped to have two more signings - one on which now confirmed as King, presume the other will be Kyle Callan-McFadden as centre half still looks suspect.  Heaven only knows how this is all being paid for, also gives IC more of a challenge than he has had previously in managing a bigger squad and keeping them all happy, has anything been announced about how many subs teams will be allowed in the NL this season - might we still be on COVID regs?

General Discussion / Re: Pre Season starts
« on: August 21, 2020, 01:32:48 PM »
Stowmarket ask for no Linnets fans to attend tomorrow, hope people are responsible enough to follow the request

General Discussion / Re: ground capacity
« on: August 21, 2020, 01:31:13 PM »
With the talk of 30% being the magical figure will 1650 be about right for our gate next season ?

I think there are a couple of 'unknowns' at present.  I still think there is the possibility of the FA / NL restricting away fans which will allow clubs to better plan for social distancing / make full use of the space they have available.  The other point, is how many of our older supporters will feel happy about coming back to the Walks, particularly if there is rise in infection rates as expected in the winter?  Therefore I think 1650 may well be enough in the beginning but how the club will police numbers in certain areas of the ground (main stand / far side when it is raining for example) may cause further problems even with the 1650 limit.

General Discussion / Re: Linnets membership scheme.
« on: August 21, 2020, 01:24:05 PM »
Call me naive etc but I see the good in everything our club is trying to do to take it forward etc
But as a season ticket holder and non drinker I canít see  why joining would benefit me  , I know itís hard to see forward regarding Covid etc but other perks could of been discounted away travel or  off a meal before a game , or off any events the club may hold ... shame as it potentially can be a good idea

BB, I don't think it is naÔve, more a case that I don't think this scheme is marketed at you, or rather season ticket holders in general. 

I would imagine there are a number who haven't renewed / purchased season tickets this season who can still see the value in paying 'something' to secure some reassurance that they can still get in on a match day in the likely event that attendances are restricted throughout the season.  For me I think it is priced 'top end' (big surprise for KLTFC!) but that is maybe because I won't benefit from any of the discounts but in all likelihood will still buy one. 

Fully take KES80's point that it makes a match ticket a bit more pricey but (without wishing to open another debate about the current regime's capability / business plan) the club needs fans to back it and this is one way that we can do that.  Going back to KES80's early point about what else could be offered in the membership scheme - maybe now is the time to ask how many are prepared to give to the club without something material in return?

General Discussion / Re: Non League Football
« on: August 19, 2020, 02:09:28 PM »
Presumably theres now a chance our supporters will be allowed in to our friendly against Stowmarket?   :dontknow:

Really don't think we should be putting any such thoughts into people's heads.  New guidance from the FA issued here

But won't apply to NL/NLN/NLS as classed as 'elite' - something SC was fully behind when play-offs were being considered, unfortunately NLN and NLS got bundled into this nonsense then and will have a pretty difficult argument getting reclassified.  I never understand the desire to go and watch a training session so am just hoping things are clearer come the start of October (or whenever the NL decides it is appropriate to start)

General Discussion / Re: Non League Football
« on: August 19, 2020, 08:52:31 AM »
Only for steps 3 and below which seems fair given how their seasons were ended.  I guess they may provide some additional data for those a bit higher up the pyramid as to when we can hope to have fans in grounds and at what level.  I still think anything much above 25% at the Walks this side of Christmas will be wishful thinking

General Discussion / Re: HIJACKED
« on: August 17, 2020, 01:25:55 PM »
Fair point Normski, personally whether volunteers pay an entrance fee or not is between them and the club, end of story.

Anyway to go back to your original post, I would be disappointed if either of the two recent appointments are 'paid' positions, not because I have anything against either of the lads or the job they will be doing but given how far ahead the on-field activities already are compared to the off-field, I don't understand spending more on the on-field side than is necessary and IC already seems to have a pretty good handle on what he is watching and what he expects from his players.  For me all the focus should be on creating a more stable club off the field to catch up to where IC has already taken us.

General Discussion / Fundraising
« on: August 10, 2020, 01:31:32 PM »
So with the Trust's GDF season ticket raffle being drawn tonight and putting over £1000 into the GDF pot, what can be learned and where do we go next? 

For me, the big thing is that if the Trust hadn't taken some initiative there wouldn't be an extra £1000 - donations to the GDF II are currently just over £2400 (+ the raffle money) and it seems it's much better to run 'a fundraiser' whether that is a raffle or a quiz (that raised money for GDF I) than to just ask for donations.  Hopefully there will be something else in the pipeline between now and Christmas with a push to again raise a sum for a specific item that will be required for the ground grading improvements - I think a 'target' helps focus the minds and also shows those contributing where their money is going.

I appreciate that it is difficult in current times, both physically with social distancing and financially with many unsure of their incomes, to raise money but what are other people's views on how the fans can be encouraged to contribute (over and above match days) to the club? 

General Discussion / Re: FenmenRadio
« on: August 08, 2020, 11:46:30 AM »
Certainly worth considering when you think of what a good job some of clubs did in the NLN last season. 

Couple of provisos - the media team at Lynn is pretty stretched already so would probably have to be completely new people stepping forward to organise and man this service and also Radio Norfolk have done an excellent, particularly as we have risen up the leagues, so need to be careful that any new service didn't interfere with what they do.

General Discussion / Re: Win a Season Ticket and support the GDF
« on: August 07, 2020, 02:47:48 PM »
Does anyone have any details of how the winner is to be drawn, given that there are a reasonable number of tickets sold it would be good if this was public or, for those who know how to do such things, streamed?

General Discussion / Re: New sponsor
« on: August 07, 2020, 02:45:02 PM »
If there is an element of a percentage structured deal, I would think that will just be with the LinnetsBet app that will be available in September although assume that will be essentially the same Low6 app but with Linnets branding?

General Discussion / New sponsor
« on: August 07, 2020, 01:27:48 PM »
Well, those looking for more commercial activity - we now have a 'back of the shirt' sponsor

Had a quick look on Companies House - an 'interesting' Balance Sheet to say the least, but could just be a snapshot of a start up although I hope we have got the money up front.  Again SC seems to have found an obscure businesses with no apparent link to the club or area that is willing to put money into the club, not sure about the LinnetsBet idea but no doubt we will hear more as the season progresses.

General Discussion / Re: Next seasons Squad
« on: August 06, 2020, 06:05:26 PM »
I would think 600k would be the benchmark for the National League.  Some of the really Ďambitiousí clubs are paying out much more than this.

Going on MH saying 1500 would not cover our wage bill I presume we come far over 600k? :dontknow:

Not really - I think he said 1500 'standing' season ticket holders wouldn't cover the wage bill. 

1500 x £380 = £570K, less the VAT comes to £475K, still a good chunk of money but not £600K, although I appreciate all any of us are doing is speculating at a figure.

Obviously the comment from MH was a worry as we (like most many other non-league sides) are heavily reliant on turnstyle income compared with clubs further up the pyramid and even if you allow for additional income from seated season tickets and non-season ticket holders paying a bit more on a match by match basis there are still concessions that will counter balance this so heaven only knows were the funds are coming from for things like electric, travel etc

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