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General Discussion / Re: Resolutions
« on: February 02, 2021, 06:37:47 PM »

Ollie Bayliss


AFC Fylde will vote to continue playing the 2020/21 season.

"Having received public funds to cover the loss of gate revenue in the first part of the season, we are of the opinion that we have a moral obligation to our fans and community to continue."


“Our owners already spent millions chasing league football with our new ground, so what’s a few more.”

General Discussion / Re: Resolutions
« on: February 01, 2021, 09:49:55 PM »

I see that clubs have 28 days to vote....... hopefully everyone votes within a couple of days otherwise it will be chaotic.

Interesting that resolution one needs 75% of the combined step 1 and 2, so 50 or 51 of the 67 clubs (depending on their rounding rules). If the N/S are as unified on ending their tier as has been suggested, would only need 7 or 8 of the NL to side with it to pass.

Some of the bigger clubs with deeper pockets in the NL who’ve stated they want to carry on, might hold off on voting until the end of the window.

General Discussion / Re: Season under threat
« on: January 28, 2021, 10:26:43 AM »
Funds not to be used for Transfers or Players wages.

Hmm why apply that rule now?    :laughcry:

Because they saw what happened at step 1 and 2 when they didn’t have that rule?

General Discussion / Re: Season under threat
« on: January 23, 2021, 09:22:02 AM »
You can see where this is heading.

Any money made available will only be for step one Clubs.

Nice maneuver.


I get confused over the whole business at the moment  as to why we are still playing

I don't think you are the only one!  :dontknow:

It might be that the N/S’s feedback has been overwhelmingly for stopping, whereas the top tiers feedback might be more mixed. Notts county have previously said they’ve got the backing to go to the end come what may, might be the case that some of the other full-time clubs with genuine league aspirations have got deep enough pockets. Could be the cause of quite a schism in our league

General Discussion / Re: The options
« on: January 21, 2021, 11:55:08 AM »
If the league takes on the loan, is it future members of the national league that are liable to repay the league in years that they’re in the national league, or do the clubs currently in the league become liable to the debt to the league?

I’d assumed it’s the former, but wondered if it might end up being the latter. Either way creates unfairness going forward though; either clubs paying a debt they didn’t accrue, or having a mixture of clubs in the league that owe the debt and don’t, creating competitive balance issues.

General Discussion / Re: Season under threat
« on: January 18, 2021, 10:47:40 PM »
Might be a controversial opinion, but J don’t think NL clubs should get grants this time around. In the first, quite generous tranche of grants, it prompted a signing spree across the league. To speculate with a grant (which is what signing new players is) when it was unclear that any more would be forthcoming was naive at best.

Given what the first batch went out, one cannot blame the government, of whichever I’m not much of a fan off, for wanting security for the taxpayers funds this time around. And on broader point, given the miserly FSM boxes being sent out and the current furore over £20, I don’t think football should be near the top of the list for more funds.

SC certainly still needs some help with his PR, he seems not to appreciate the cognitive dissonance of his two pronouncements today.

General Discussion / Re: V Hornchurch
« on: January 14, 2021, 06:20:03 PM »
I wonder how he’ll spin this one?

General Discussion / Re: Is it time to call a halt ?
« on: January 12, 2021, 12:03:17 AM »
It was overly optimistic (foolish) to think that this season would be able to be a normal 46 game season, especially given how the last ended. I’d advocate knocking this one on the head, and maybe regional tournaments April-June, in preparation for hopefully a normal(ish) 2021/22 season, post vaccine rollout.

General Discussion / Re: Elite sports continues
« on: January 09, 2021, 07:18:51 PM »
Ollie Bayliss
Regarding the DCMS/Sport England 'Winter Survival Fund':

The National League met with the FA this week to emphasise the need for their allocation to be in grants rather than loans.

I understand the FA is also 'pushing very hard' for Steps 3-6 to receive the funding in grants.

Why are the FA only pushing for grants for 3-6 and not steps 1-6.  Ok they have had a 10m hand already but they have much higher overheads. 

With the expectation that step 3 and under will be abandoned and declared Null and Void why do these clubs need all these millions ?

If the money is not forthcoming to the NL in the form of a gift then the plug might as well be pulled on those Leagues as well.  Better than letting clubs go bust.   Or maybe the prudent clubs have tucked some of their of the 10m away for a rainy day.

It’s likely that they saw how the first grants were spent, and if they’re loans it’s unlikely clubs will use them to sign new players, rather than their stated purpose.

General Discussion / Re: Lockdown help needed
« on: January 09, 2021, 07:16:10 PM »
The crux of it tis that people are comparing it to the Lockdown in March last, but rather than go back to those rules, we’ve reverted to the rules we had just before that Lockdown ended. They’d spent months being gradually eased as cases dropped, prior to the switch to tiers. But we’ve now got more cases, more deaths and busier hospitals, but haven’t gone whole hog. The rhetoric is of full lockdown, the rules are not.

General Discussion / Re: January to March Finance
« on: December 28, 2020, 06:11:17 PM »
Still think the first lot of money should have come with an embargo, it prompted a flurry of signings across the league, which means that now attempts to plead poverty will likely fall on deaf ears.

How to pay off the loans; share issue?

General Discussion / New Signing - Michael Gyasi
« on: December 21, 2020, 03:11:57 PM »

“The club are pleased to announce the signing of Michael Gyasi from St Ives Town. The 20 year old winger can play on either the left or right flank and in his time at St Ives this season he has netted five goals from ten appearances, winning three ‘man of the match’ awards in the process. Gyasi has also seen service at both Chelsea and Leicester City’s Academy sides.

Speaking following the announcement Lynn’s director of football Rob Back said ‘ Michael is a very good prospect and one we are pleased to have with us at The Walks. He is still young and keen to learn and he is looking forward to doing that here. He’s not a direct replacement for Jamar Loza and we are still in the market for another player.

Gyasi is cup tied and not available for tomorrow evening’s rearranged FA Trophy tie at Alfreton Town but will be available for selection for the Linnets Boxing Day encounter with Notts County.“

General Discussion / Re: Saturday’s Trophy game now on at Alfreton
« on: December 17, 2020, 10:54:06 AM »
Pick the team that's best to win the game, simple. Quite a few good sides below already gone out, suspect more this weekend, and with Lynn showing against best in the league last weekend they can go toe to toe on a one off game, there's no reason to not think winning this trophy isn't viable if you get some luck along the way.

Agree. Looking at the league, it looks like we’re comfortably good enough to stay out of the bottom three, but not good enough to get into the playoffs this year.

With that being the case, the club should try and go as far in the Trophy as they can, putting out the best side possible. (Though having said that I’d rest Jarvis, as you seem to get the best out of him playing him every other game with his advancing years).

General Discussion / Re: Torquay Ticket Sales
« on: December 09, 2020, 07:24:48 PM »
Priced quite a few people out,people who would have taken children at the childrens rate etc! :bankrupt: :dontknow:

He might have found the tipping point when it comes to pricing. Up until know demand has remained high whatever the price. Now, due to Covid, demands fallen, prices might need to fall too. Or at least offer a accompanied kids price. Clearly they’re not taking up a full paying adults space as they thought they might, and you might even get a few more adults in if they can have an outing at a reasonable price.

A similar approach to seated season tickets at the start of the year would’ve netted them a few more quid as well.

General Discussion / Re: Torquay Ticket Sales
« on: December 09, 2020, 09:37:25 AM »
Given that they’re still trying to drum up sales today, one might presume they’re not flying off the shelves as hoped for by the chairman.

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