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General Discussion / Re: Grant money coming through next week
« on: October 22, 2020, 12:15:16 PM »
Grants without a transfer embargo just feels wrong.

General Discussion / Re: King's Lynn v Boreham Wood - Tuesday 13th
« on: October 14, 2020, 06:16:54 AM »
It seemed to me that whilst Mair has proven himself to be a fantastic shot-stopper, his ability to command and organise his defence isnít quite up to scratch at the minute, and no one else in the backline is stepping up to organise it in Pedroís absence.

I think dropping pedro has unbalanced our defence as a whole, and I present not only the 8 goals conceded, but the general sense of being lost from the last two games as evidence for such.

General Discussion / Re: Indecent Proposal
« on: October 07, 2020, 11:35:22 PM »
This on SCís Twitter

Stephen Cleeve

Looks to me that the Govt may be backtracking on the amount of money being given to The National League.  £1.6 million to the Arts, hundreds of millions to hospitality but the League can't even get £ 3 million a month! Shifting sands from either the DCMS or The Treasury DANGER

As the unemployment rate creeps up, the government will find it an ever harder sell to justify giving taxpayers money to clubs, many of whom have multi-millionaire/billionaire owners, who were active in the transfer market at the same time as saying they needed a bailout.

General Discussion / Re: Deal agreed
« on: October 01, 2020, 07:45:24 PM »
It said Ďaroundí 3M, so who is to say it might even be over that figure.  Think Lynn should be looking at 40k plus.   We are around the 22nd best supported club in the 66 team structure.  So should look to be. In the top 33% of payouts.

3m divide by 66 clubs comes out around the 45k mark

Depends if there is divisional weighting applied. Any idea if there will be a transfer embargo linked to these payments. Itís not beyond the wit of man that some unscrupulous owners would use the bailout money for means beyond those intended, and I hope there are some tight restrictions to prevent such.

General Discussion / Re: home vs Yeovil (3rd Oct)
« on: October 01, 2020, 07:42:30 PM »
Is the game being free streamed for season ticket holders?

I have seen nothing about streaming? :dontknow: :dontknow:
Donít think itís streaming as itís on bt , I maybe wrong thought I read somewhere


General Discussion / Re: Fundraising idea
« on: September 27, 2020, 04:00:25 PM »
Good idea, if it is about the club, staff and the players and not full of adverts.  Possible £3000 profit or more so why not.
Have you ever seen a programme without adverts? Its the sponsorship of the adverts by the said businesses which will also be forthcoming as well as the customers paying X£ for it.

Iíd imagine part of the prompting of this is that the club wonít be allowed to stream this game as BT have picked it.

General Discussion / Re: The Future of the Club
« on: September 22, 2020, 08:46:22 PM »
If clubs canít survive without crowds in at our level ( the elite few apart)  then sadly the League will need to pull the plug and clubís forced to mothball the Clubs for 12 months...   

Just to pick up on this, what would 'mothballing' actually look like?  SC made the comment that when it was announced the new season wouldn't start on 1st August, that most players had agreed to defer their start date until the season actually started (at the time he said one hadn't agreed).  Obviously players have come and gone since then but we are still probably in a much better position than many NL clubs with 'full-time' contracted squads and I would assume the PFA will pretty quickly get involved if the NL proposed cancelling all contracts for 2020/21

Puts the NL in a difficult place. Try to hold the league this season, and probably bankrupt most clubs into doing something they canít afford. Or cancel (perpetually delay) the season, breaking the pyramid, and necessitating the cancelling/deferring of over a thousand players across the three divisions they control. It would probably Be better to just cancel, rather than defer it for a month at a time, to provide some clarity. Mini-tournamentís in spring/summer for some kind of football, kick off 2021 in August.

If there was the will, the government could require the PL to keep the lower tier clubs afloat in exchange for still being allowed to play and rake in their tv money, but that likely wonít happen. Possibly some hope of an entertainment targeted furlough type scheme given the mood music on the backbenchís. That or 50+ phoenix clubs come 2021, including us.

General Discussion / Re: Could be 1000 allowed in on opening day
« on: September 22, 2020, 12:21:16 PM »
Apparently could be looking at several months of no fans.

Clubs that have spent loads this summer outside Premier League will be screwed, especially in Non-League. Because they'll need to refund season tickets too, unless fans make it a donation.

Merthyr Town asked to be mothballed for this season, and I think a lot more will be trying to do same otherwise they'll be folding.

Given the 6 months mentioned in the scientists broadcast yesterday, thereís an argument for mothballing the whole non-league system for the season.


General Discussion / Re: Could be 1000 allowed in on opening day
« on: September 16, 2020, 07:11:09 PM »
The simple fact is B & G that the test and trace system should be THE most important thing on the Government agenda.....if we have a reliable system, then everything can open up.. ... without one we will be over run. (again). The Government has had 6 months to get something reliable in place. Some other European countries have got something suitable in place. I suspect energies are being so dispersed by Brexit, that ministers have let things slip and the country sits in a precarious position. I work in 'close contact services'
and the last 2 months have been an absolute nightmare due to regular changing of advice and no reliable test.
Our neighbours are teachers, both with rasping coughs, who can't get a test... apparently 230,000 people are waiting for test results....I would wager at least the same again who need a test and can't get one....... it's very concerning

The lack of testing is already causing the system to creak, before we even get to the predicted Winter Crunch.

Picture this in a hypothetical school. A number of staff (less than 10) are off waiting for a test. Not results, waiting to have an actual test. Likely theyíre fine, but they have to be off for 10 days or until they get a negative result. If a couple more off, the school will have to send a year group home as there wonít be the bodies to supervise them, all without anyone actually testing positive. And no doubt theyíll get complained at, in-spite of everything being done according to the ever changing PHE rulebook. This is the situation pretty much every secondary school is in at the moment.

The normal solution of supply teachers is trickier than normal, as they are understandably being far choosier in which schools they go to; as if theyíve been in a school that has to shut down, they have to not work for 14 days and have no income. So theyíre asking how many are isolating in the school and weighing up whether itís worth them coming in.

The trace part of the systems problem is small fry, compared to the test element. Itís like no-one from the DfE and the DoH realised the impact their policies would have on each other before schools went back.

So back to football, given how things are starting to crumble at the edges, I actually think starting the season in October as scheduled is unlikely, and probably irresponsible, given behind closed doors arenít viable at this level. Have a feeling some regional mini-league might happen come the spring, before the level starts in earnest this time next year. Hope Iím wrong.

General Discussion / Re: Club Statement
« on: September 11, 2020, 10:49:54 PM »
This may cause havoc to most leagues this year with teams calling off games at short notice. Will we be able to finish the season in full or are there contingency plans in place to manage curtailed league/s  :dontknow:

Best wishes to the affected family and all others concerned - keep safe all.

Once the season kicks off, I can see plenty of situations like St. Mirrenís current one. It seems the emphasis may be on the games happening so long as a team can put 11 bodies, any 11, on the pitch. Could lead to some odd fixtures over the course of the season.

General Discussion / Re: Fixtures
« on: September 08, 2020, 11:01:59 PM »
Letís hope that at least some get to witness our first game back at this level.  A truly fantastic day in store for many, though I fear nowhere near enough.

Fingers crossed the game is streamed for those of us who cannot be there.

Given the new 6 person rule, Iím increasingly doubtful of any fans being let in.

General Discussion / Re: Non League Football
« on: August 20, 2020, 09:11:04 AM »
I thought they were playing at Downham ? 

I believe that was the plan but apparently the two clubs haven't agreed on terms yet.   :dontknow:

Hopefully it will get resolved soon.

Given the announcement from the FA, I hope they at least start the season playing at the walks. Will give the club a chance to test systems for when/if the first-team are allowed to play in front of reduced crowds.

General Discussion / Re: HIJACKED
« on: August 17, 2020, 02:55:58 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.

Iíd agree. This year doesnít seem the most sensible year to start increasing ancillary over-heads, given all the uncertainty around the season.

General Discussion / Re: Darlington and changing ground for a year
« on: August 15, 2020, 06:32:19 PM »
What has the old ground been used for, recently?

Itís now owned by a third tier Rugby Union side.

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