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General Discussion / Re: FANS FORUM ANYONE?
« on: March 03, 2022, 01:48:19 PM »
Who was The MC for the last one ?  Was it an open forum or were the questions agreed in advance and therefore ‘loaded’ ?

Chairman must be due another Podcast surely ?  Though he is generally all over the place with the timing on those.

Yes, the most recent forum earlier this season it wasn't MC'd as such, basically SC just took questions from the floor and, to be fair to him, tried to give an answer to all of them.  Obviously not everyone in attendance agreed with his take on certain situations or the decisions that had been made but SC was prepared to sit there and make himself available.  The only question that could have been classed as 'loaded' was when Backie asked about a new striker and SC said it would depend on gate revenue, the forum came just prior to the entrance fees dropping.

As for the next podcast, SC did say in the last one that he was finding it difficult to commit the time and also it would depend on finding suitable guests so I guess he has been focusing his time on adding to TW's squad.  Maybe another argument for one man not trying to do everything but starting to sound like a broken record on that one.

General Discussion / Re: FANS FORUM ANYONE?
« on: March 03, 2022, 01:26:40 PM »
Just arrange it.  Set  a date, book it up, advertise it.  It's a fans forum,  if players, management or board want to attend, great.  But i've always been of the mind that you should should crack on with good ideas until you're told it's not happening by those in authority.

Just do it, let ppl know and in between all the bitching and moaning from the regular bitches and moaners,  it'll be appreciated by most.

Not sure if you count me in the latter group, but I would question whether it is a 'good idea' as I can't really understand what would be achieved, appreciate there may be a few who want to go along and vent their anger at perceived mistakes over the past couple of months / years but unless that would lead to different decisions being made in the future and / or the fanbase better appreciating the constraints the club is working within then what is the point?

Maybe worth having one at the end of the season to gauge fans views on the direction the club takes going forward but currently the club is heavily reliant on one man's subsidy and until that changes how the club is run is really down to him.  Do I think that is right, no, but unfortunately it is the position the club finds itself in and given the level of support / engagement for the FotL and the Trust I can't see that changing anytime soon.

General Discussion / Re: CLUNAN GONE.
« on: March 02, 2022, 10:45:53 PM »
...Was it an enjoyable ride.  Has to be a big yes

What’s the point of an enjoyable ride if, as someone has suggested, the destination turns out to be Administration?

I understand the sentiment but, rightly or wrongly, as fans we have been pretty powerless to have any meaningful input in terms of how the club is run so there were basically two options - 1) focus on what happens on the pitch or 2) walk away.  There have been plenty takers on both sides (I was primarily in camp 2 during Chapman's tenure but 1 for the Cleeve years) and I have to say I agree with Mall, the two playoff years at step 3 and the half year at step 2 were the best football I have seen at the Walks, even if I didn't agree with the financial doping that came with it.  As for those who have walked away, I can understand their view but the Walks has always seems to attract 'chancers' way before the new club was established and unfortunately with a fractured supporter base it is difficult to see this pattern changing in the short term.

General Discussion / Re: CLUNAN GONE.
« on: March 02, 2022, 01:19:21 PM »
Nothing on the official club site, although I appreciate that isn't always the quickest to report things as the 'insider' grapevine seems much quicker to report news, especially where that news is negative.  Some on Facebook saying Clunan was with the squad last night, although that then begs the question as to why he didn't feature in the lineup, given his form this year, particularly compared with his teammates, he is the closest thing to a nailed on starter we have at the club but then again TW didn't see it that way at the weekend.

General Discussion / Re: Wrexham Tuesday night
« on: February 28, 2022, 01:50:03 PM »
To be honest it was always unlikely TW could save the season (I was resigned to relegation after the Aldershot defeat at home) and almost impossible for him to start 'building for next season' when the current set up is full-time and NLN is likely to see the club revert to part-time.  That said the players he has brought in since his arrival have given weight to the view that the recruitment difficulties weren't all down to the previous management as, Phipps apart, there haven't been many players who have looked better than the players they are replacing imo.

Saturdays 'performance' ensured there should be plenty of changes to the starting XI which should hopefully mean returns for Jones, Clunan and probably Denton at least, personally I would also bring Bowry back to push Phipps forward to give us something in midfield but that might be hoping too much unless TW jnr is injured as his place seems assured no matter what.  Season won't be defined by trips to Wrexham and Solihull but TW needs to find a better formation before Woking visit the Walks in a weeks time and with Coulson and Hargreaves loans coming to an end before that game maybe TW needs to think about getting more out of some of the players he has currently sidelined?

General Discussion / National Lottery
« on: February 25, 2022, 01:52:08 PM »
Some good news posted on the club's website today that there will be a 'buy one, get one free day' coming up

I have to admit to having reservations about the club taking out such a substantial loan from Sport England but this might be a (very) small silver lining to the cloud that it has created.  Hopefully the fixture can be identified asap, maybe Halifax on 26th March which is non-league day so there will be the potential for a bigger 'floating' crowd that day anyway

Will this change (or strengthen) their view on whether European qualification should be based on on-field performance

General Discussion / Re: Annual General Meeting
« on: February 24, 2022, 01:39:56 PM »
Thanks for the kind words / emojis! guys, might mean I have to be a bit conscious of posting at times but all posts will still be in a personal capacity

General Discussion / Re: Barnet 22nd Feb
« on: February 23, 2022, 01:28:12 PM »
Another game nearer the end of the season, not entirely sure about the selection last night but maybe TW doesn't rate Jones (A) or Clunan as much as some on the terraces and as for bringing Gold back when Linton has at least given us an outlet in recent matches seems a very strange call. 

Just seen a post elsewhere about promotion spots from step 3 this season and could have some more local teams in NLN than last time - sorry just trying to find something positive to post on here

General Discussion / Barnet 22nd Feb
« on: February 22, 2022, 01:30:27 PM »
Appreciate everyone may be a little detached from the football after the past weeks postponements but we do have a game scheduled for tonight  According to Radio Norfolk this morning Michael Clunan returns having been unavailable at the weekend due to illness (nothing in the match preview from the club to say he would be missing or indeed returns tonight), hopefully we will play him in midfield rather than too high up the pitch to accommodate others into the starting lineup.  Barnet was probably one of the games that TW would have been targeting when he thought we could still retain NL status but think that ship has well and truly sailed now but would still be good to get a result

Lots of chat about failure of players to go out on loan / extending Coulson's loan etc but really don't see the point in having the size squad we currently have and if that means we can't keep Coulson then it is unlikely to change the outcome of the season.  Maybe TW is thinking Coulson being part of next seasons squad and we have certainly lacked experience this year but whether he has another season in him (even at NLN level) is probably debatable.

General Discussion / Re: Bromley 19th Feb
« on: February 18, 2022, 01:12:05 PM »
Pitch inspection @ 9am tomorrow morning.

Nigel, thats a nice thought but not likely for many of the remaining fixures this season so the sooner 2021-22 is over the better for me.

General Discussion / Bromley 19th Feb
« on: February 17, 2022, 01:48:27 PM »
Lots has been said about last weeks result and performance and whether that was the final nail in the coffin or not, I am sure TW and the squad will want to show that isn't the view from within the club but that needs to be shown in the selection and performance against a Bromley side who still have something to play for being well in the playoff mix.  Main weather issues seem to be tomorrow with things calming down for Saturday and hopefully not too much in the way of rain between now and kick off it should mean the only doubts around the match would be if there was any structural damage caused by the winds tomorrow, fingers crossed that isn't the case.

My team for the game would be:
Jones, Bowry, Coulson, Barrows, Scott
     Clunan, Phipps, Hargreaves
           Linton, Kurran-Brown

General Discussion / Re: The relegation Battle
« on: February 16, 2022, 01:25:37 PM »
I have to say I am no longer really looking at what the others are doing in terms of what it means for 'us', maybe more relevant is hoping that Brackley, Kettering and Boston don't go up so as to reduce our travelling next year

General Discussion / Re: Tuesday - Woking match postponed again
« on: February 14, 2022, 05:27:45 PM »
GS, I think you can make a case for and against any one of the centre halves that currently find themselves watching, I just think that Coulson needs as much pace alongside him as possible so that would be why I would go with Bowry.  Denton is a difficult one as Scott has been one of the positives so far under TW and Hargreaves has looked OK (apart from being played on the right at the weekend) in his two sub appearances at the Walks.

Mac, I wouldn't disagree with you although I would add Clunan (for the season not last weekend) to your list.  With relegation and assuming we revert to part time, I think Barrows is possibly the only one that I would want to keep who we might lose in the summer - I think Jones (Aaron) and Clunan would probably accept going back to part-time and hopefully Jones (Paul) and McFadden would also stay but beyond that I can't make a case for keeping anyone else although we may be stuck with a few more after some poor decisions on contract lengths.  I will be there tomorrow night but think your estimate of 600 might be optimistic

General Discussion / Re: Tuesday - Woking match postponed again
« on: February 14, 2022, 02:05:58 PM »
Given Saturdays performance as Mall has said we would expect changes but in spite of the expanded squad TW's options still seem pretty limited.  Personally I would go with:

             Jones (MotM Saturday)
Jones, Bowry, Coulson, Barrows, Scott
     Clunan, Phipps, Hargreaves
           Linton, Kurran-Browne

Coulson has given us some defence against the high ball but can only play in a back three due to chronic lack of pace.  Midfield completely outplayed at the weekend, McGavin has show more willing since TW's arrival but still nowhere near where he needs to be and TW jnr not close to NL standard, Phipps has looked good at the back but we need more in the middle of the park so worth the sacrifice to move him forward.  Barrett has the ability to be a good player but we just don't have the other players to carry someone at this level, we also need to have someone closer to Linton that isn't Clunan, however willing he has been that isn't his best position so moving him to accommodate others into the starting lineup has just weakened us imo.

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