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General Discussion / Re: Next season start date
« on: June 21, 2020, 06:30:19 PM »
Polish Speedway ( currently running behind closed doors) is allowing 50% capacity into stadiums from next weekend.

Steps 5 & 6 are hopeful of getting underway in Sept with a 30% of capacity into the grounds.

Anyone know what our official capacity is? Iíve seen both 6,000 and 8,400 quoted before. Both seem a little high based on how full the York game seemed.

General Discussion / Re: Next season start date
« on: June 20, 2020, 03:43:02 PM »
With Schools seemingly struggling to have 30 kids in a class room come September I think any talk of Football in front of a paying audience in Sept is rather premature. 

Then again when you look at the FA guidelines above, how can Clubs set up for the season with things like season tickets ?   Maybe sell a block of say 10/11 tickets ?

I can see fans being up for that

Ití could be somewhat linked to the fundraising ideas suggested. Sell the season ticket at last years price, with the understanding that you might be buying less than full seasons worth of football. If there is a full season of games, clubs will take in increased revenue so wonít need as many donations. If there isnít, season ticket holders have Ďdonatedí payment for matches that didnít happen. Seems win-win to me.

General Discussion / Re: Ground Development Fund.
« on: June 19, 2020, 07:27:34 PM »
There were two turnstiles installed at the hospital end last season between the hotdog stand and the exit gates. They were fitted after the two in the corner designated for away supporters when segregation needed. Think that means we have six altogether

Shows how little I went past my seat.

So we need two more somewhere to meet the grade A requirements. I wonder if thereís scope to expand a current entrance (or two) , rather than a whole new one.

On I slightly different tact, I wonder if the March of first season deadline for ground grading improvements might be relaxed in light of the delay in confirming promotions.

General Discussion / Re: Ground Development Fund.
« on: June 19, 2020, 10:32:37 AM »
Thought we got grant start of last season.

We did, but that was to meet step 2 requirements. We now need to meet the slightly more stringent step 1 requirements, and I donít know if weíre eligible for grants in successive years.

The turnstile issue will probably be best solved by putting some in at the hospital end if the main stand, as was kind of brought in for the play off games a year ago.

General Discussion / Re: Going up !
« on: June 19, 2020, 06:25:04 AM »
Interview with Culverhouse about the promotion from 30:00 minutes in:

General Discussion / Re: The big vote
« on: June 11, 2020, 02:48:20 PM »

No step 2 play-offs because it isnít Ďeliteí football but step 1 is.

General Discussion / Re: The big vote
« on: June 11, 2020, 12:20:12 PM »
Bradford PA are predicting Lynn and York both promoted, many National clubs can not afford to have there players Covid tested after every play off game, at £125 a test, if you have 30 - 40 players, no income, wages to pay, I have to say I agree with that statement.

If you do the sums, teams in 6th for example, would have to play 3 games to go up (if the current structure was used.) if they used the same protocol as the championship, that would mean paying for at least four rounds of testing. Assuming only 25 were tested, (players, coaches and minimal ground staff) that gives sum nice easy sums.

25*4*£125=£12,500 - not exactly pocket change.

If/when football restarts, thatís likely to be an additional monthly cost of running a team for the foreseeable, up and down the pyramid. How many clubs have that, without gate receipts? Canít imagine itís many.

General Discussion / Re: The big vote
« on: June 07, 2020, 08:20:54 AM »
Let's just be thankful we didn't get the alternative!

And even more thankful we don't live in Scotland!

Couldnít have done a worse job than old de Pfeffel.

General Discussion / Re: Next season's squad
« on: June 01, 2020, 11:28:58 AM »
With Jarvis, I wonder if his delay may be because he still wants to play most weeks, and if we end up in the NL, rather than NLN, heíd probably only be viewed as a squad player at best. Heís been a fantastic player for the club, but over the last two years heís just not quite what he was; father time and all that.

So, my guess is that weíll only end up keeping one of Marriott and Jarvis, depending on which league we end up in, for slightly different reasons. (Am willing to be wrong on this.)

General Discussion / Re: Next season's squad
« on: May 30, 2020, 11:45:56 AM »
We have posted our 'retained list' here although it doesn't include Pedro who signed at the same time as Hawkins and Gash who was reported as signed earlier in the week which is a bit strange.

I guess the focus will be on Marriott's omission but I still think we haven't got the balance right when it comes to offering long term deals - I assume Kelly (who really ended up as a squad player last year) and Southwell (who didn't look the part either against us for Boston or in a Lynn shirt) are only on the list because of multi-season deals?  When you look further up the pyramid, the COVID situation has shone a light on div 2 where it seems lots of players are signed year to year, we are two steps below that (OK it could end up being one if the NL ever make a decision) but seem keen to offer multi year contracts.  Think we need to concentrate on the 'here and now' not the potential prospect of a 'big pay day' should a player go on to a higher level.

Ward is the one that has struck me as odd, with Fryatt gone. Fryatt is clearly the better player, makes me wonder if Fryatt wanted to go elsewhere, or if his injury has permanently crocked him. Either would be a shame for such a long-serving player.

The rumour around Marriott before all this started was that he was willing to stay if we went up, but would leave for a NL club if we didnít. Iíd imagine this still stands, and is fair enough really given his record over the last two years.

General Discussion / Re: Next season's squad
« on: May 22, 2020, 08:30:54 PM »
With a reported 1400 players out of contract in the Pro game at the end of June the Non League market could be Ďfloodedí with players.  Can see it being a case of tight, quality sides at budget prices.  Hopefully part of the savings will be passed on to Joe Public to encourage people back through the gate,  at the appropriate time.

One other item Mr Cleeve mentioned was theft from the club by person/S who enjoyed full access and who are no longer involved.

If, as suggested, L1 and L2 will be limited to 20 professionals per club, that means theyíll only be 960 professional players in those leagues. 1400 out of contract this summer, and if only 500 players were on multi-year deals, that would mean half of last years L1&L2 players being available for non-league clubs. (Also says something about how big professionals squads had become.)

The above being said, it might be premature of Culverhouse signing too many up for next year, as potentially better players who this season were playing 3 tiers higher might be available.

General Discussion / Re: Next season's squad
« on: May 22, 2020, 04:00:42 PM »
Pedro and Hawkins added to the retained list.

Glad to see Pedro kept on. Hawkins, think if weíre still in NLN, then heís got a role to play, but think if weíre in the NL, he might struggle to make an an impact even as a squad player.

Thatís if thereís any playing to be done next season at all. Itís good that our chairman is signing up our players for next year, though is out of step with some other clubs who arenít renewing anyoneís deal until they can see whatís occurring.

General Discussion / Re: The big vote
« on: May 17, 2020, 02:27:49 PM »

Is a pretty reasonable plan. Seemís likely Lynn would miss out if this came to pass, but in the long run I think is the right thing to do. 3 Nationwide leagues rather than the current 5.

General Discussion / Re: The big vote
« on: May 14, 2020, 07:05:39 PM »
Sorry to correct you Mac but the good book says it is the love of money that is the root of all evil not money itself :-)

Not quite right either, all kinds of evil, rather than all evil.

íFor the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.Ď 1st Timothy 6:10

And I didnít expect this thread to end up in theology.

General Discussion / Re: The big vote
« on: May 12, 2020, 09:34:35 PM »
My glass is no longer half full because I downed my 3rd and final 5 minutes ago - hence this post of what some will call doom and gloom, but I call reality.  I can imagine no football at all until Sept 21 at the earliest.  Even then, I feel the competitions at every level could only re-commence in the same position they were at the start of this very unfortunate season.  Iíve no idea how the finances of clubs, Chairmen, Directors, players, and workers can be calculated, but must hope that they will all engage generosity and good grace in the discussions to come.  So, no answers, just hopes for all concerned....

Iím starting feel as you do, except I think the Prem will run some sort of pseudo-bubble league for SKY. How the pyramid works with only the top tier in action, ???. Possibly some extended pre-season sort of thing for lower tiers from spring next year, but thatíll be that.

With the annual winter crisis in the NHS, theyíll want to avoid a third peak over winter.

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