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General Discussion / Re: u21/RESSIES
« on: June 11, 2021, 10:03:17 PM »
Where do you envisage this team that are going to rise through the steps playing tho Mall, when there isn't "room" at The Walks. I am not personally aware of any team that has played at The Walks having been self financing, even with the cheap deal on the ground (though I am willing to be proved wrong).

Going back to the Academy set up, I believe there is greater opportunity for youngsters to develop than with the old reserve set up. Playing against other Academy sides (some stronger, some weaker) gives an opportunity for lads to assess their progress against others of a similar age and also gives the opportunity for" lateral movement" between clubs at the end of The Academy term.
The reserves in Busters time were self funding even having to pay to use the pitch and extra when floodlights were required. They were the most successful team (Reserves) for many seasons thanks to a great bunch of parents/volunteers/ sponsors and of course players.

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General Discussion / Re: u21/RESSIES
« on: June 11, 2021, 09:56:18 PM »
Thanks for the clarification B & G.

My personal take on it is this.

The Walks facility cannot now really support a reserves team.

As the first team progress, the club will hopefully attract many new fans and lose a few.

Hopefully people will get behind the Academy side.

If people would prefer to go to watch a rehashed Lynn reserves away from The Walks, then that is their prerogative.

Lost revenue......100at say 10 times 20 matches is 20,000 less salary costs, travel to away matches, kit costs etc...... personally don't think that's a huge financial loss for a successful NL side to bear. If you compare that, to say, the costs already spent on the pitch
For one Kes kit cost does not come into it. FREE kit is normally part of the kit deals (matchday kit, training kit, travel kit, management, coaches, kitman etc included with the likes of Kappa, O'Neills, DEFINITELY Joma from my time as the go between. Yours eyes would water if you new how much those deals came to. Then had the gaul to demand more free kit to sell at retail in the clubshop and online.
I still have a copy of the JOMA contract! Very interesting reading.

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General Discussion / Re: u21/RESSIES
« on: June 11, 2021, 09:47:19 PM »
Everything is probably fine as things stand at the moment  but what happens if the club suffers a massive fall and gets a double relegation? Obviously we/I hope they don't, but stranger things have happened.
the rise and fall of Boston United and Lowestoft Town are clear examples

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General Discussion / Re: u21/RESSIES
« on: June 09, 2021, 08:58:37 PM »
Name some players over the years who came through  reserves.
Dom Dwyer USA international, Mark Heath Preston and the lad Nicholls now enjoying an amazing lifestyle in the States. Just to name a few.

Mark Howard 80s Andy Hunt 90s both went on to play football league.

Defty bros would have played a lot of res football before breaking into the first team.

We've also seen many reserves step up to effectively become the first team for short or not so short spells over the years when a manager has left and a large swathe of his first team have followed him!

But as others have said never has the gap between first and reserves in terms of divisions been as great as it is now. How many other full time National league sides have a second string playing in a step 6 league? The times are a changing at the Walks for sure.

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General Discussion / u21/RESSIES
« on: June 08, 2021, 08:36:27 PM »
Been very reliably informed that the U21/Ressies has had the plug pulled on them. So whats the good of telling all these youngsters to join the academy if you want to play for KLTFC. What chance is there of being elevated straight into the 1st team directly from say the U19s? Surely if a player is that good he will be scouted by someone far bigger than Kings Lynn.
Sad day, the last time this happened i believe was under the Gary Mills leadership.
On thge plus side the teams such as Fakenham, Swaffham, Downham etc will surely benefit from this folly.

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General Discussion / another departs
« on: May 30, 2021, 07:53:07 PM »
According to social media Steve the grounds man has left the club.

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General Discussion / leading goalscorers
« on: May 30, 2021, 07:51:26 PM »
Just noticed that Simeon Jacksons 6 goals are not listed on the home page, leading goa lscorers.

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General Discussion / Re: Reserves
« on: May 20, 2021, 08:06:00 PM »
Yes at Dereham Town FC. I saw them play at Heacham a few weeks ago and they are  definitely capable of holding their own next season.

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General Discussion / Re: Reserves
« on: May 19, 2021, 07:58:28 PM »
There's some journeys in there for step 6 football. Huntingdon to Sheringham, Bourne to Great Yarmouth
Bourne to Ipswich. What an horrendous journey.

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