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General Discussion / Fletcher Toll
« on: May 15, 2024, 10:23:51 AM »

I'm delighted for him, more so after his unfortunate experience when on trial with us. Maybe our 'academy obsession' means we are missing out on some who don't take that route?

General Discussion / Radio Norfolk?
« on: January 23, 2024, 06:59:28 PM »
No longer seems applicable more often than not, to West Norfolk. Once again no commentary, yet a number of other non league games, including Boston, are on local BBC Radio.

News of former Linnets / Sonny Carey
« on: November 02, 2023, 12:05:24 PM »
Scored two last night in Blackpool's 3-3 draw at Fleetwood.

General Discussion / Is there anybody there?
« on: May 19, 2023, 04:40:26 PM »
As i am not a regular social media user i was just wondering if i have missed anything by way of news on such as a retained list, pre season friendlies, sponsorship etc etc?

General Discussion / Archie Mair
« on: May 13, 2023, 06:28:34 PM »
Brought on by Notts County for the penalty shootout...He saved two and Notts are back in the football league!

General Discussion / Alfreton
« on: April 08, 2023, 09:20:02 AM »
Another very tough one. Probably the form team over recent games? With Rhead and Denton in the squad we can expect an aerial bombardment? With a playoff place secure, fingers crossed for three points to keep the pressure up on Fylde

General Discussion / Judas speaks
« on: April 04, 2023, 02:52:06 PM »
Same old, same old....Only the names have been changed to protect the guilty!

General Discussion / Local talent
« on: April 01, 2023, 10:15:49 PM »
I would hope that we are aware of  him and his potential but probably not?

General Discussion / Nathan Delfouneso
« on: March 19, 2023, 11:54:26 AM »
Fylde already getting payback on what i should imagine was a sizeable investment? He scored the only goal.of the game yesterday. The difference between one point and three.

News of former Linnets / Joe Taylor
« on: March 16, 2023, 04:13:15 PM »
A sub' once again last night in Luton's latest win and the way things are looking, there is a possibility that he could be part of a Premiership squad next seadon.

General Discussion / Have things really changed for the better?
« on: March 09, 2023, 02:08:21 PM »
Not for the first time i am showing my age: coming from an era where football was considered to be a fairly simple game, with the primary objective being to score more goals than your opponents...An over simplification perhaps but i question whether the beautiful game has actually progressed. Is the entertainment now on offer, better than in yesteryear?

Almost all of my time on the terraces has been spent watching non league football....primarily the Linnets, since the late 1950's. There always then seemed to be a regular supply of ex full time professionals and  youngsters who naturally gravitated towards their local club: with the latter then in some cases moving onwards and upwards. This gave the club a natural community identity that fans could easily relate to. By way of example, watching such as Keith Rudd, Mick Rains, David Clarke, Jack Defty and his brother Charlie develop, added considerable value to my interest in attending games.

In those days - much of which has been slowly eroded over time - non league clubs relied heavily on volunteers and just a few paid, non playing employees: like a football secretary, kit man, trainer (the man with a bucket of cold water and a magic sponge!) and the manager, who sometimes but not always, had an assistant.

Players were mainly part time and had other jobs....With their football income being the financial icing, rather than the cake. Added to which they almost, without exception, played primarily because they loved the game, with time wasting and feigning injury then very much the exception rather than the rule. How different to now!

Added to which, vested interests have added layers of complication and complexity..... Many non league players are now full time and most employ agents: there are sports scientists, physio's, analysts, specialist coaches - even nutritionists...all even at non league level. Has this improved the entertainment value on offer and value for money? Questionable, in my opinion.

Players are now expected to absorb and to enact sometimes quite complicated tactical plans before games: then they often have up to three people giving them additional instructions from the touchline as the game progresses. How much of this confuses their thinking and scrambles minds? I wonder. It probably also sometimes discourages individual thought, initiative and the taking of personal responsibility - perhaps encouraging a belief that if the pre planned tactics are not working, it is the manager's rather than the player's fault?

Although manager's have always set out what was required of the team and each player ahead of the game. In days long gone, it was primarily left to the captain and senior players to manage the game as it progressed.

Teams tended to play a set system of 5 2 3 1, with two wingers who stayed wide but occasionally looked to cut in and shoot, two inside forwards with one playing slightly ahead of the other and a centre forward. Two wing halves, one of whom would drop back alongside a slightly deeper centre half and the full backs. Then the keeper who was most certainly not a sweeper keeper!

Most teams only marginally flexed this system according to how the game was going: with the decision to do so being largely made on the pitch by the players, according to how the game was progressing.

The full backs were there primarily to defend, the wingers largely tasked with beating their full back, getting to the byline and crossing to where the centre forward would be lurking in the penalty area, supported by one of the inside forwards. One of the wing halves would also be up there looking to pick up any defensive clearances from the opposition.....Admittedly much of this era was a time before substitutes were introduced and they have i believe brought about much of the change and over emphasis now placed on 'tactics'.

I can well recall a long time manager of the Linnets, Len Richley, sitting in the stand because he got a better view there with just the trainer on the touchline, whose job was not to dictate tactics but just to administer TLC to injured players! This all essentially made the players primarily responsible for what happened on the pitch.

To coin a phrase: we are where we are but if all of these changes are considered to be progressive, i fail to see it.

One of my football heroes was Brian Clough: he who exemplified the benefits of keeping it simple and was a motivator par excellence. Amongst his many memorable utterances were: -

"Players lose games not tactics. There's so much crap talked about tactics by people who barely know how to win at dominoes".

"Come and see my coaching certificates - they're called the European cup and League championships"

I admit to taking a nostalgic wander down memory lane and perhaps on occasion i am wearing 'rose tinted glasses??'.

General Discussion / By way of comparison....
« on: January 17, 2023, 03:29:43 PM »
.....Brackley's season 22/23 pricing: -

Adults: £13.00
Concessions (over 65): £8.00
U18ís: £5.00
U10's: £1.00
U5's: FREE**

Quite a contrast?

How can they sustain their club so successfully, on gates approximately 50% of ours? Do they have a wealthy benefactor or just a far more efficient off field commercial operation?

If they can do it..........?

General Discussion / Mightily impressed but.....
« on: October 22, 2022, 09:02:56 PM »
This afternoon was my first visit to the Walks since the early days of Culverhouse - the first incarnation. I don't class myself as a fair weather supporter though, as i had been a regular through the gates since the late 1950's and even when living too far away to attend games, the Linnet's result was always the first one i looked for....They are and will always be 'my team'.

My reasons for missing the recent seasons of success - probably unparalleled in Lynn's history(?) - were primarily driven by personal issues: though sometimes i freely admit, influenced by the off field direction of the Club.

Today was quite emotional for me and i have nothing but praise for what is happening on the pitch. Tommy has not only recruited a squad of quality - he has also very obviously developed within them, an all for one, one for all team spirit. It was self evident that there is quality and endeavour throughout the team, with Josh Barrett 'the icing on the cake'. A talent, who if he fulfils his obvious potential, could and perhaps should eventually play several leagues higher.

The downside though is that Tommy and the supporters deserve more from the 'off field' side.

I will never understand how or why certain supporters, who also run successful businesses and were / are potential sponsors - those that the club should be going out of their way to attract - have seemingly been alienated to a point where they look elsewhere for their Saturday afternoon entertainment and in some cases, an alternative home for their sponsorship monies.

These could and should be the clubs financial 'bread and butter'. So why 'bite the hand that could be feeding you'???

General Discussion / Full time v part time
« on: March 14, 2022, 03:22:18 PM »
For various reasons i have been unable to attend matches for some considerable time, so cannot make an objective judgement but i am Intrigued as what, if any, tangible.benefits have materialised from the move to full time?

Have the benefits outweighed the likely incremental cost?

General Discussion / A local boy!!
« on: December 08, 2021, 11:21:49 AM »

If Mr Cleeve were to seek an investment partner or even decide to sell the club....??

A local boy but he appears to have no interest in football!

Just imagine the team walking out to 'We are the Champions!!'

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