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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.

I’d agree. This year doesn’t 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?

It’s now owned by a third tier Rugby Union side.

General Discussion / Darlington and changing ground for a year
« on: August 15, 2020, 05:22:27 PM »

Interesting story about Darlington finding a way to get around the crowd reduction rules by moving back to the ground that bleed them dry. Would be odd if the ground that sucked up all their money, might actually give them a financial edge this year.

And if they’re allowed, I wonder if other clubs will try and do similar, re-locate to a nearby bigger ground that they could ground share, so that they’d be allowed to have 4-5,000 fans in for a year. Would enable pretty much all there fans to attend (if they can get there), and would bolster the finances of both clubs in perilous times.

General Discussion / Re: Fixtures.......
« on: August 15, 2020, 03:43:36 PM »
With you on that boys but.  Take Halifax as an example if West Yorks is in temporary lock down how can home games be played with even a restricted gate?  Then how can a team from a lockdown area travel elsewhere to fulfill a fixture.

*. Not sure if Halifax is in the area that is on restrictions, just using it as a ‘what if’
agree mallard , this season I can see either cut short or stop start throughout as like you say
‘Halifax’ lock down means poss 3-4 games pp and then how do they then fit them in an already busy schedule ??  Just hope we have a good start can see ppg deciding  next seasons outcome .... 🤞 hope I’m wrong

I hope they write into the league regulations who an incomplete season will be decided before it kicks off, to save all the wrangling we’ve had this year.

General Discussion / Re: Fixtures.......
« on: August 12, 2020, 01:19:00 PM »
Local derby could be Boreham Wood in Hertfordshire?

From a browse on Google Maps, Notts County is closer, but Borehamwood is quicker to get to, ground to ground.

Notts County on Boxing Day would be a cracker. In normal times at least.

General Discussion / Re: Fixtures.......
« on: August 12, 2020, 10:07:36 AM »
Think the decision is final Lough.  I guess if there were to be any appeal it would have to be quick with the fixtures coming out in early Sept.

That’s our local derby changed.   Notts Co now ?

From the statement , their is no more recourse to FA appeals, leaving CAS as the only body they could go to, but given the deductions are for non-payments in the first place, it’s unlikely they’ve got deep enough pockets to take it there.

General Discussion / Re: Fixtures.......
« on: August 11, 2020, 09:58:38 PM »
Stevenage reprieved.  Macclesfield relegated to National League

Wonder if Macclesfield will try to take it up to CAS, or just accept it now.

General Discussion / Bolingoli and Scottish Football
« on: August 11, 2020, 12:12:56 PM »
It’s a case worth following as it develops today. In short, a player who returned from Spain without quarantining played in Sunday’s game, and the Scottish government are mulling halting the league two weeks in.

You wonder if a similar situation at our level would have a similar reaction.

General Discussion / Re: Next seasons Squad
« on: August 06, 2020, 08:54:10 PM »
Need to add Fleming in there somewhere, if Fleming isn't able to hold his own then think we might be a defender and/or a defensive midfielder short.  Can't see Jarvis being able to play consistently at NL level, particularly if we end up with a condensed schedule, so moving him into the 'squad player' column does leave us short unless we are planning on playing 4-2-4 with two wingers! 

I personally don't understand the Power signing from either clubs perspective.  For Lynn he adds to an area we have depth in (probably means a lot less opportunities for Carey who might end up out on loan) when we are told budgets are tight and for Norwich, I assume they are willing to accept what would probably be less game time (Loza ahead on paper?) for the convenience of having him being able to train with them?

Will Power still be allowed to train with Norwich on his ‘off’ days? Wouldn’t this be crossing bubbles under the restart rules.

General Discussion / Re: Next season's squad
« on: August 01, 2020, 05:11:49 PM »
King started 32 games in a curtailed season Tony.  Scoring 7 goals.  I’d take that from a midfield player.    First hand experience of the National League as well.

Like you say all about opinions

Henderson 7 from 27 league starts, although appreciate that was in a lower league but would you bring in a player with 'questions' concerning his fitness to effectively replace a player who was named in the NLN side of the season?  Can't see how you can fit both in the starting 11 plus we have Loza, Kelly and Carey in that area.  We can only put 11 on the pitch and however much we might like to have 'options' they all have to be paid for somehow and I think we need a centre half first.

Though with at least 2 games a week all season, you’ll expect to see the squad being used more. I would say that King when he was here was a better player than Henderson was last year (though he was team of the season good). Whether King still is, I couldn’t say.

General Discussion / Re: York clear out
« on: August 01, 2020, 05:08:40 PM »

Only 3 retained players at the minute. I wonder if this signals a spending spree on all the free agent talent available, or budget cuts for next year.

General Discussion / Re: Next Season
« on: July 29, 2020, 12:32:51 PM »
With restrictions going too be put in place with regard to limiting numbers into grounds it makes perfect sense for those wanting to watch Football at The Walks in October to buy a season ticket.   Least that way you will be guaranteed admission.

Must be a logistical nightmare for the Club once it’s determined how many fans will be allowed into the ground.  Members from the same family can sit/stand together yet others have to kept two metres apart where possible.  How will people be kept from moving around the stadium ?   What about use of toilet facilities.


Very much so.

So many other things that have to be taken into account.

For example, players travelling to games. You can't fit many on a Coach and still observe social distancing. Will they all need to travel in their own personal vehicles?

As we get more into the "new normal", I'm sure many other things will pop up that we hadn't even considered.

Will likely mean the club will need to introduce allocated seating, and mark out zones on the terraces. How long terraced zones would be adhered to when a match kicks off, is a different story.

Earlier saw that there was talk of no away fans when fans are allowed back in, to try and minimise the confrontational nature of some matches. Wonder if that will be part of the plan.

It also struck me as a bit odd that the season is due to start on the 3rd of October, but the international friendly serving as a trial for crowds isn’t until later in the month, meaning that the first few games will be without fans (as it stands). They could have gone for a November to June season.

General Discussion / Re: Next season's squad
« on: July 26, 2020, 05:06:42 PM »
No need for Power now we have Loza

From what I’ve seen, Power is quicker than Loza (who is still pretty quick), but Loza is a bit more skilful than Power.

Don’t think we need Power, but if he’s offered on a loan, we’d be remiss if we didn’t take him.

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