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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.

General Discussion / Re: Haverhill Ladies
« on: December 06, 2020, 10:56:45 AM »
I see Weymouth are reducing the numbers to be admitted following Saturday's match

I doubt they’ll be the last. It’s seems the stadium safety group are operating a two strikes policy. 1st incident, capacity reduction. 2nd, stadium bans.

I hope Lynn fans that plan to go the Walks anytime soon take note of this.

General Discussion / Re: Proof if ever needed........
« on: November 27, 2020, 08:22:39 PM »
will streaming  be allowed if fans are allowed in

I’d hope so, given clubs are being encouraged to have home fans only policies, to try an limit people in Tier 3 going to matches in Tier 2.

General Discussion / Re: More bail out money
« on: November 24, 2020, 08:50:57 PM »


The Sports Ground Safety Authority have added an extra caveat to the number of fans who can attend games.

The number of fans allowed can't exceed 'the socially distanced capacity of the ground'.

The guide to calculating that capacity can be read here:

So one person per usable 1m2 if fans are required to wear masks at all times at the stricter measures are used.

Or one person per usable 2.6m2 if fans are required to wear masks in getting to their designated area, but not whilst in said area.

Leading to anywhere between 17% and 33% capacity in seated areas, and 20-50% capacity in standing areas.

Quite a lot is left to the clubs discretion within the guidelines by the looks of it. I guess it's to spread the blame if something goes wrong.

General Discussion / Re: More bail out money
« on: November 24, 2020, 06:06:58 PM »
Will 2000 want to attend?
What health and safety measures are needed?
Face masks to be worn!
Two metre space at the loos!
NO indoor catering. Can we bring a flask, are own multi pack chocolate bar and sandwiches!
After taking care since March I will make do with Radio Norfolk, the Championship on Quest and Match of the Day all of which constitutes an adequate diet of football !!
The live football will be enjoyed by the players/management
starting with the great occasion for them next Saturday- a great reward for their efforts in recent times.
STAY SAFE - Be patient and look forward with optimism to eradication of the virus!

With a 2 metre space in the loo queue, it’ll have to lap round the pitch.

Working in education with the high case rate we have, I’m wary to go myself. Not because I’m all that concerned with getting ill (being on the right side of 40), but I worry about being an asymptomatic carrier, having seen the impact such can cause. Having already decided it’s too much of a risk to go the mother-in-laws at Christmas (shame), I can’t really justify going to matches.

Streams and radio it is for me this season unfortunately.

General Discussion / Re: More bail out money
« on: November 23, 2020, 10:43:55 PM »
It needs more detail.
I assume away supporters will not be allowed?
It's bad enough that some home supporters might travel together.
Interesting to see on Ollie Bayliss' chart on Twitter that the Walks has an 8,200 capacity.

Meaning that the York game was only half full?

General Discussion / Re: More bail out money
« on: November 23, 2020, 07:29:09 PM »
If it’s tier one then more will be allowed in.

Taken from Ollie Baylis twitter page

Small blue diamondIn tier 1
50% of capacity or 4,000 (whichever is lower)

Small blue diamondIn tier 2
50% of capacity or 2,000 (whichever is lower)

Small blue diamondIn tier 3
No fans allowed

How quickly can the terraces be marked out into two metre squares? It’s a big leap up from the 600 that had been allowed lower down.

And you wonder how strictly social distancing will be enforced? Will enforcement be proactive or retroactive? If there’s scenes of mass congregating after the first week of fixtures, will this change be one and done?

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