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General Discussion / Re: Champions
« on: July 12, 2020, 01:08:53 PM »
This seems to be the complacent mindset of footballers at all levels, unfortunately.  In all the far too many games on the box at the moment, players and officials arrive at the ground touching elbows.  Then a goal is scored, and the players hug and kiss.  At the end of the game, the players get quite close to making love.  Ridiculous.  Johnson’s “ British common sense” I suppose.  And this post is definitely not an example of the ridiculous idea that it is insulting the club or players who “ won us promotion” !  There is a deadly virus about that we have to kill......

General Discussion / Re: Club and Community Football.
« on: July 10, 2020, 12:06:33 AM »
I admit I know virtually nothing of the. Community scheme, so I apologise in advance if my opinion is ill-informed or ignorant.  What does occur to me, however, is that the level we have now reached means that players in the first team now have to be near League standard or National league level.  Such is the population level in our area that I believe any youngster capable of league level will go to a club higher than our status, but our smallish population will be unlikely to find many players who are not at league level talent but who can make the current first team level, regardless of the “coaching”.  In short, they’ll either be too good or not good enough to help us in the National League.

General Discussion / Re: Jamar Loza
« on: July 04, 2020, 11:36:20 PM »
On YT videos of action with previous clubs, Southwell looks a really good bet.  I hope he gets a real chance to get that “wanted” feeling that enables people to perform at their best, in any area of life.  Any news on Simon Power ?  Certainly good enough to do well at level One.

General Discussion / Our choice.
« on: June 23, 2020, 10:09:29 AM »
OK, I relent.  My suggestion for funding success in the National League has been beaten, I have to admit, by the Chairman’s hope for funding.  Mine was basically £7.50 per week, but his request for £5 per week, ( ie £20 per month) from 700 supporters is more affordable for most people, and he’s asking for 700 donors.  I go with that.  This awful period will reduce the income of many people, but most should still be able to afford the price of a coffee and a biscuit.  The competitive ability of the team is in our hands.  IT IS OUR CHOICE whether we have the most successful season possible.  Of course, the donations must be regular, and the DD details are already on site.  Don’t go to matches if it is not safe, but go to all of them when it is.  Let’s make the first objective to beat the York attendance of 4,000 !!

General Discussion / Re: The big vote
« on: June 19, 2020, 09:51:00 AM »
I agree with Non League in general, apart from his opinion that other clubs have better catchment areas.  I don’t think there are many better catchment areas in the country.  More populated areas also have more choice of clubs and games, which couldn’t be any help to the smaller clubs.  However, our area has something like 120,000 people with no other pro clubs for almost 40 miles, and more. If we draw a circle around the area in question , it would roughly encompass a map of Hunstanton and the NN coast, Fakenham, Swaffham, (even Dereham), Wisbech, KL, and back to Hunstanton - plus all the dozens of villages within that area.  That’s a lot of football fans nearly all of whom have never considered going to The Walks because they’re not attracted to the level.....   perhaps until now !  All financial initiatives must include that circle from now, and not just those people who already go to games.  It wouldn’t disrespect or steal from the smaller semi-pro clubs mentioned, because fixture congestion could be deliberately avoided. ..... That’s me for the day- too much mouth !! 

General Discussion / Re: The big vote
« on: June 18, 2020, 11:42:33 PM »
OK, I can see all the snags brought up by others, and, coupled with the fact that I have neither the time nor the energy to carry it out myself, It is just a suggestion to those already helping the club with efforts like the war chest and ground improvement initiative.  Just two points to conclude the suggestion.......  One, we have for the first time, potentially a catchment area with no other pro-clubs with a league level capable of attracting  people who don’t usually or ever come to The Walks, and , Two, only a focused system is likely to pull in the regular donations needed for the initiatives to succeed.    Bye !!   Finally, more congratulations to everyone involved in pushing the club on, from the Chairman down.  Magnificent achievement......

General Discussion / Re: The big vote
« on: June 18, 2020, 06:26:59 PM »
Advert s in the Lynn News AND EDP ?  I’ll shut up now, but I think that excellent catchment area must now be tapped, & not just our current regulars.....

General Discussion / Re: The big vote
« on: June 18, 2020, 05:52:15 PM »
It’s already there.  The War chest.  My suggestion is only a way, at least as I see it, of getting consistent donations into it.  Perhaps the War chest admins could set it up, if they’re interested.  It’s not a replacement, but a way of finding 2,000 people who want us to really compete next season, and can afford to pay 7.50 per week into the war chest.  How do people pay into it now ?  Direct Debit account would need setting up, but, to be honest, it’s beyond me  these days !  But just to “enthuse”, if it got set up, the exciting (but prob optimistic) maths are ...  £7.50 x 2,000 x 52 weeks = £780,000 !  I know throughout the club’s history 2,000 donors would be a pipe dream, but we could have a lot more people interested now, in our untapped catchment area....

General Discussion / Re: Going up !
« on: June 18, 2020, 12:37:41 PM »
Huge congrats to the Chairman for his ambition and financial assistance, and to the management and players.  I knew Stephen meant business when he changed the colours back to Blue and Gold !  Unfortunately the club and the game itself are still under the yoke of this hideous pandemic, plus the economic hardship that it is likely to bring.  BUT, what great occasions approach if normality ever returns.  In the meantime, and to make sure we compete as well in the National as we did last season, we need to fill that war chest, with regular affordable donations.  Please take a look at the suggestion for doing that on pages 19 and 20 of the forum heading “the big vote”.  Surely there must be 2,000 people out there who could commit to this, including football fans in our big catchment area who are never, up til now, attracted to the Walks.

General Discussion / Re: The big vote
« on: June 18, 2020, 12:18:37 PM »
Thanks Admin - but that wasn’t to the same level of opposition we’ve now reached.  The war chest needs a focus or it will just dwindle to a halt IMO.  This is surely the time to galvanise people, at least those who could afford to donate the price of 2 pints and a coffee once a week, even in this era. 

General Discussion / Re: The big vote
« on: June 17, 2020, 06:27:56 PM »
Yes, I do agree that unemployment etc will have a major impact, so I certainly understand Mallard’s point that people in that unfortunate position will not have football expenditure as a priority.  However, I think the crowd estimate of something like 1500 is rather pessimistic, as, should we gain the promotion, most games will be as attractive as the York game last season.  As for not paying the price of 2 pints and a coffee per week to acquire and thrive in the top non-league in the country - IF, and only if people’s finances had improved in a year’s time, it would show we aren’t up to the level to which we aspire...

General Discussion / Re: The big vote
« on: June 17, 2020, 04:42:19 PM »
Thanks for the inputs.  Yes, I do appreciate the problems that could arise, either through a degree of apathy, or from the point of personal financial circumstances.  However, to simplify the idea, and to make support and donations consistent, I’m basically suggesting £7.50 a week from those in a position to donate, AND provide such a high level of football when possible...  Just for fun, if the York crowd was 4,000, and we get promoted which may attract say half that crowd, and the “behind closed doors” continues for, say a year, we would have £7.50 x 2,000 x 52 weeks = £780,000 !!  That would all have gone in the war chest.  So, are there 2,000 out there who would love to see National League top level football who would be willing and able to set-up and pay £7.50 a week for a year to do it ?  It’s a couple of pints and a coffee a week !!

General Discussion / Re: The big vote
« on: June 17, 2020, 02:12:52 PM »
Yes, Dazza, I see your point entirely.  My idea was probably a bit wishful thinking, especially in the current circumstances, and those that could even be added when we try to build trade deals worldwide.  However, I do feel that fund-raising initiatives need to be focused by an aim, rather than just a final target, if they are to achieve consistent support and donations.  I do wish the current war chest success, but I haven’t yet contributed, although I shall do if that consistency becomes apparent.

General Discussion / Re: The big vote
« on: June 17, 2020, 10:40:38 AM »
Fair comment, B & G.  The existing fund though, IMO, isn’t focused or likely to bring in regular donations.  I just feel that the “Admission” charge would make it regular and consistent.  BTW, I do appreciate that many people will feel the pinch, or even lose jobs in the current situation, but still perhaps many could do this...  ah well - each to their own opinion...

General Discussion / Re: The big vote
« on: June 17, 2020, 09:47:43 AM »
Radical plan coming up that will probably be stamped on rather than adopted, but here it comes.  The York crowd of 4K showed just what potential KLT have to attract very impressive crowds when “big games” turn up.  If we are fortunate enough to have last season’s incredible effort rewarded with promotion, “big games” will be available on a regular basis.  There are supporters and neutrals who are obviously able to pay the relevant price basically once a fortnight, to watch a home game.  The money they pay must be budgeted into their general life expenditure, and they have not had that outlay in recent weeks and months.  Here’s the rub...  From now on, why couldn’t or wouldn’t a high proportion of regular supporters start paying their usual entrance fee, money they have already shown they can afford, and are usually willing to pay.  If the average outlay in normal times is, say, £15 Per fortnight, would those  supporters be willing to start putting that money again into the club, into a special fund and account, at the rate of £15 a fortnight, having set up (usually digitally) a payment system.  What a boost to the club, the Chairman, and players that input would be, with a likely excellent season to follow (eventually !).  Ironically, I don’t believe football should re-start until the virus is vanquished - but we could do this to build the club in a big way....   I’ll sit back for the brickbats !

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