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General Discussion / Re: From Home page.
« on: March 05, 2021, 06:10:11 PM »
B&G, without getting into the 'moral' aspect of furlough, the scheme isn't really designed for sport where most employees are on short term contacts with no guarantee or even expectation that they will be offered a contract for next season.

Personally I think the club is doing the right thing for our circumstances - reduce the wage bill of current players as much as possible (through the furlough scheme) and bring in loanees such as the lad from Bolton who is able to use us as a shop window to maybe stay as a full-time footballer next year, Coventry let him go on a free and seems he isn't in Bolton's plans and contract up at the end of the season, so chance to impress someone in the NL?  I would like to see a few more loanees coming in from more local clubs which might make training a bit more practical in terms of non-wage expenses but again I guess it would depend on who is picking up the tab and also would be a chance to forge some longer term links.

General Discussion / Re: Notts Co away. Tuesday
« on: March 03, 2021, 08:40:57 AM »
Great result and all credit to IC and the squad in what must be difficult circumstances all round

General Discussion / Re: Saturday Weymouth at home. The last one.
« on: February 27, 2021, 02:39:43 PM »
Is there a Programme being produced for the game ?  As it may well be the last one. Would be good to get hold of one.

I haven't seen a link for a programme, has anyone else?  Maybe it just got too expensive to produce with a low uptake from fans?

General Discussion / Re: Trust
« on: February 27, 2021, 11:15:56 AM »
I donít get involved with the financial discussions on here because I donít know anywhere near enough to enable me to enter a relevant point.  However, it needs to be re-iterated that the financial difficulties at the club are almost entirely the result of bad luck...   

Sorry Dilly, but having said you don't know enough to get involved you then make a statement that doesn't square with the information that is in the public domain.  We still don't have details of the loss incurred in the NLN promotion season, nor obviously the current season, but the position at the end of the step 3 promotion season certainly wasn't 'magnificent'.  Yes, lots of progress has been made on the pitch under SC/IC but it was very clear well before the pandemic that the off pitch operation was lagging behind and falling short of what was required and unfortunately COVID has brutally exposed those weak foundations.

Fingers crossed we still have a club when the 2021/22 season kicks off and hopefully crowds will be back at the Walks to support the team at whatever level we find ourselves at and hopefully all parties who have the good of KLTFC at heart can find a way to work together.

General Discussion / Re: Trust
« on: February 26, 2021, 07:16:33 PM »
Realist, I have taken you at your word and gone back to your original post (edited below) and would give you my personal response (again this is just the views of one member, not that of the Trust)...

It is admirable that these fine souls keep to the constitution and principles of the original organisation and how they have maintained that in such a disciplined manner. However it is, on the other side, a very poor show for  a constitution drawn on normal times to not re-write the constitution in times such as a pandemic.  To this end the Government has had to do this in ensuring the country was provided the furlough system and other changes to ensure that people in this country were not found dead lying in the streets in which we live. So the trust must consider constitutional amendment.

I have heard nothing from any other Trust, not those clubs that are 100% Trust owned, those who own part of their club or even those Trusts who have no direct ownership, looking to amend their constitution.  As B&G has earlier said members can propose changes, although certain things are 'set in stone' which is, in part, down to how Trusts are regulated through the Financial Conduct Authority.

To this point it is understandable that they may find it to much of a risk to part with even some of their "foodbank" to this particular cause, but we must see some "noise" from this group before kick off on Saturday. One way or the other, yay or nay, with reasoning is required. Without this any respect the trust has within the terrace will be lost and the trust will in turn lose all credibility, and I suspect some membership. Here will be opposition to any future ambition the trust has for the continuation of football in Lynn and opposition to their future involvement.

I don't really understand what you are asking for here?  There are procedures in place if enough members want to ask for an EGM to discuss a particular issue (and vote where necessary) and equally the board have a duty to consult the membership before certain actions are taken but what you probably have is a board that speaks to / gauges their memberships views reasonably regularly so neither party (members or board) see that any action is relevant at this time.

What I would say is I know the dialogue between Trust board and the chairman is not what it could be, as evidenced by the fact that the Trust is still sitting on £3.5K of supporters generated money for ground development waiting for the club to put forward what they would like this money to be spent on.  The GDF (which is not a Trust scheme, nor Trust money but the Trust board administer it because, as noted above, they are a regulated organisation) previously paid money towards the new turnstyles at the away corner but for whatever reason this never really became the bridge between the club and the Trust/supporters that it could have been.

General Discussion / Re: Help the Linnets!
« on: February 26, 2021, 01:35:06 PM »
Without knocking anyone trying to raise money for the club, I do wonder why an individual raising money has been able to attract donations that presumably the people paying them were unwilling (or maybe they thought unable) to donate direct to the club.  Maybe it's a generational thing and I am just not part of the 'crowdfunding' generation?

I am also at a loss as to why we haven't heard anything from the Friends of the Linnets when their whole MO is to find ways and means of fans helping to support the club financially

General Discussion / Re: Trust
« on: February 26, 2021, 08:44:54 AM »
Shame a post that Loopy started to obviously get a reaction (which he has quite successfully), has more comments that the win against Barnet - but I guess that's not unusual on here.

Paul, appreciate what you are saying and whilst it would be great to 'just' talk about the football, Tuesday's game may soon be seen as an irrelevance if the club can't find a way to resolve it's financial issues and it is reasonable for people to question the Trust's role in the situation.  What I find disappointing is that there have been a number of Trust members on here explaining their (and the wider Trust) position but it seems the clamour for 'the Trust to do something' seems to be almost exclusively to be from non-Trust members.

Now may not be the time but there is a debate to be had about why the Trust is not more representative of the 1200 average home attendance from last season and how it is perceived by non-members

General Discussion / Re: Trust
« on: February 25, 2021, 05:42:07 PM »
Pandemic has put us in this position nothing else , but then again when you got a supporters trust with supporters money not helping club they should hang their heads with shame , itís common knowledge that those at the helm of the trust only have on interest and thatís gaining control of the club , they are not supporters only leeches

An alternative view is that we have a Supporters Trust, who follow their constitution and the elected board (each board member has to stand for re-election every three years) continues to work within the remit given to them by the membership and spending any money raised by the trust in a manner consistent with the aims and objectives of the Trust.  Sorry if that doesn't fall into your narrative but the only real people to ask about whether the Trust board is or isn't doing it's job is the Trust membership. 

I would also say members of the Trust are Lynn fans, many are also members of the FotL and many contribute to other fundraising schemes within the club.  For most of the membership I don't think there is such an 'us and them' attitude as you would like to promote.

General Discussion / Re: Trust
« on: February 25, 2021, 08:46:43 AM »
Loopy, thanks for the question which I am sure the Trust board are considering.  Unfortunately their AGM which should be in February has been delayed due to COVID regs but they have at least circulated their accounts to their membership which is one up on the FotL which haven't communicated to their membership at all this season to my knowledge and their AGM should have been around August last year.

For the Trust to 'give' any money to the club they would have to get authorisation from their membership and my gut feeling is that many would say in the present climate and without a change in the way the club operates it could be seen as throwing good money after bad (again this is just my personal opinion).  Remember the club was heavily in debt prior to COVID and that was playing at a lower (and presumably cheaper) levels than where we are now, so thought needs to be given as to how any future seasons could be funded not just the current one.

One bit of money the club could easily have access to is the GDF - I think I heard on commentary recently that the ground had passed it's grading assessment and there is £3.5K of fan raised cash sitting waiting for the club to communicate what they wanted that to be spent on - remember Loopy communication works both ways.

General Discussion / Re: WHAT A RESULT
« on: February 24, 2021, 08:37:53 AM »
Lets be brutally honest about it - Barnet are nowhere near NL standard and all of the commentary comments about they were good last year is irrelevant, they are a completely new team and looking at last night they would struggle at step 2 (not sure of the depth in NLS but would be bottom half NLN last season).  That said Lynn could only play against what was in front of them and good to see we tried to pass the ball which gave us the early two goal lead, also good to get Southwell and Marriott on the scoresheet confidence wise.  I think last night just shows how well the rest of the NL sides are organised and are that much sharper all over the field as when we do get a bit of space and time we can create, the trick now is trying to be competitive against those clubs rather than the likes of Barnet.

General Discussion / Linnets Donation Pledge
« on: February 23, 2021, 04:37:10 PM »
So, the club's latest response to the NL continuing and the lack of any further grant funding is "The Linnets Donation Pledge"

I appreciate SC is between a rock and a hard place in terms of how the NL's has responded to the COVID situation but this just smacks of more of the same without addressing the mammoth sized elephant in the room - for whatever reason KLTFC supporters seem unwilling to back the club sufficiently to sustain the costs of NL football.  Maybe once a decision has been made after the weekend those inside the club will sit down and reflect if the current approach is the right one in terms of financial viability going forward but all that can really be seen from the outside is that the model as it stands doesn't look sustainable.

General Discussion / Re: Barnet Tuesday
« on: February 19, 2021, 01:48:22 PM »
I can see a few changes for this one.

Am going for: Pedro, Admin,B&G, Grissles, Loughborough Linnet, Dazzarugby, TonyM, Mallard, Paul47, Kes, Dillydilly. Subs tba

Think Pedro might be busy :)  Not sure I am a 'natural' no 7, far happier in the 'Clunan' role of constantly being in the ref's ear (basically anywhere in the same half as me) giving him a 3rd assistant for the evening.  At least we have Dilly to provide some slippery, nipster balance to the side. 

General Discussion / Re: Culverhouse in Lynn News
« on: February 17, 2021, 02:06:34 PM »
Shame our owner canít come out and give the fans his thoughts.    He is never normally slow at expressing his opinion on a range of subjects.  It must be 3 weeks since his last podcast.  Last season when we were in for Promotion PPG etc he on way occasion he did 3 podcasts inside a week.

Come on Stephen letís be having your thoughts at the very least.

I think he knows he is in a no-win situation.  There was a bit on the commentary last night when he said he thinks the league now have enough votes to call it and he thought it would be NL continue with the NLS and NLN stopping.  What he then advocated would be for those clubs that voted N&V in the NL to be able to cease for the season, effectively without penalty, which I just think is wishful thinking but until the league actually make some decisions I guess he doesn't want to give up our NL place in the way Dover have given up theirs for next season.

General Discussion / Re: Notts Co at home
« on: February 17, 2021, 01:30:24 PM »
Once again...negativity in the first period set the tone for the result...second half with the middle of midfield slightly tweaked there was an excellent improvement...jarvis & Richards were poor on the night, king & Carey were in fine form..felt sorry for Mitchell who ran his socks off and very unlucky to be subbed. As we all know we have only plan A, so to play a lone striker against a very solid defence was a worthless effort..perhaps gash & Mitchell or Southwell & other would have given us a chance....must say Marriott looks well of the pace at the moment but we need his added goals desperately for the next two home games which I feel will dictate our to the lynn defence who are gradually knitting together into a tight unit, apart from a outstanding goal from reeves they coped very well👏🏻👏🏻...

Sorry but were you watching last night's game?  We started with three centre halves and finished with two, we started with one up front and finished with two plus we brought on a winger and moved King more central so how is any of that not having a plan B?  Personally I thought Mitchell ran himself into the ground and did a pretty good job as lone striker, just needed that little bit of luck in front of goal, so his substitution it was more a pair of fresh legs required rather than a slight on how he played.

I didnít stream last nightís game - only the 2nd one Iíve missed - and not because of the Champions League .  Sounds like there was real improvement - Good - but you know the Dilly stuff.....  I donít think a system like that can win more than once in a long while, because a team with 90% of the game will score at some time.  Not being negative, but it is no surprise to me that KL were a lot better in the 2nd half - it was a more balanced team, and able to keep them back more.  Still, onwards and upwards, as they say....

Lynn weren't 'better' in the second half and certainly didn't look more 'balanced' after all the substitutions as we effectively lost Carey as an attacking threat (and Kiwomya struggled to get into the game) but Notts County looked like a side that is happy to win every game 1-0 with complete confidence that one is enough which has proved to be the case against teams much higher up the table than KLTFC and whilst some of their fans (and manager?) thought they rode their luck last night that is sometimes how it goes when you are on a run.

General Discussion / Re: Notts Co at home
« on: February 17, 2021, 08:42:55 AM »
Have to say I was impressed by Lynn for the first hour last night.  Clear structure and whilst we were obviously well behind on the possession stats they didn't really break us down and we managed to carve out a couple of good half chances for ourselves.  Appreciate we went a bit more open towards the end and could of snatched something but Notts County showed why they have kept so many clean sheets lately and always looked like they were playing within themselves once they got the goal.

For me a much better performance than Torquay and maybe a model that could be adapted to keep us in this league, only tweaks I would make would be pushing the full backs up the pitch a little more when they could and to pull King and Carey inside a bit more, certainly both did their best work there rather than outside.

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