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News of former Linnets / Re: Frazer Blake-Tracy
« on: May 08, 2024, 01:13:35 PM »
Aldershot ?

General Discussion / Re: New signings
« on: May 08, 2024, 01:12:09 PM »
Listening to Ian Culverhouse after promotion, saying that he made 16 signings from the end of the previous season to now. Lynn are in a similar position to where Boston were a year ago....puts into perspective the amount of work to be done.

General Discussion / Re: New signings
« on: April 27, 2024, 05:15:06 PM »
Would have thought it very likely that Hargreaves will join Widdler.....both at Bristol Rovers before.

Some names as possibles...Mols and Spenser at Curzon, and the one that got away earlier who is with Solihull and ended up at Brackley on loan whose name I can't recall.

I expect to see some signings early....take Crowe and Margetts out of our current retained list and it's pretty well the lot that struggled in the bottom 4 for most of the season.

General Discussion / Re: Play offs
« on: April 24, 2024, 01:00:05 PM »
All absolute madness...throw in VAR too......anything to hype the game up to a frenzy while the fundamentals of the game get ever more diluted in terms of stature and meaning.

The teams most deserving of promotion and best equipped to stay in the higher league are those that finish in the top spots after 42/46 games. (depending on the league format). That is especially true of the NL set up. How a team that just makes the playoffs and finishes well behind the top two in the NLN or NLS is supposed to be able to cope in the NL, heaven knows.

General Discussion / Re: Season ends with a loss.
« on: April 23, 2024, 12:15:53 PM »
Certainly one to forget this one.   In the end it was job done.  AL has an important couple of months ahead in terms of recruitment.   

Which of the Lynn owned players would you keep for next season ?

Walker ( a given)

Jones as back up to Dixon-Hodge, Hargreaves, Margetts and Crowe.

If the budget allows Stephens as Hughes as squad players.

Need someone like Barrows (right back who can also play centre half) plus two new centre halves, 2 new midfielders and a couple of forwards as a minimum, I would think.

All need to be hard working fit individuals with experience at this level. If they have a bit of flair, that's a bonus. Times have moved on........Bowles, Marsh, Currie etc, although fun in the day wouldn't get in a starting eleven these days unless their fitness and work rate improved dramatically .
Any player who has the required fitness level for NL and great flair to go with it , will be in the EFl.......we have to be realistic in terms of the football we expect, I feel.......the only exception would be the inducement of a huge budget and wages to attract EFL players in (Wrexham for example).

General Discussion / Re: Bishop's Stortford Away
« on: March 11, 2024, 12:13:02 PM »
I smell a banana skin.......Aldershot probably thought they were odds on.....6-1 I believe.

General Discussion / Re: Home draw for the Linnets
« on: January 28, 2024, 01:25:16 PM »
Agree with Happy - Barrett was too good for our current team, and probably felt the manager knew the talk (the cliches) but not the walk (the game).  I donít see how AL can come up with anything for the next game, because only the players can, and we donít have the players of the type needed.  Sad indeed, but I think we could finish last.

No surprise there Dills  :laughcry: Barrett has, in my view 3 months to get himself fit and prove he's worth a contract with Widdrington at Aldershot or his full time football is over. Very telling that no other offers came in for him, despite his availability being touted......different class indeed.

I am hoping for a win at Gloucester next week ......and then a little run which might just pull us clear. Some will think me over optimistic, but I feel that's the way to be. Don't see the point in being so negative, when we know the squad is short and there's little that can be done about it currently. Typical of some on here to really go the full hog on negativity.........very helpful Dilly to predict that Stortford might overtake us.

I guess if we get a minor miracle and AL turns it around, you will be saying it's because he has had his Eureka moment and has now caught up with you, in his thinking.  :red card:

General Discussion / Re: Hughes next to go?
« on: January 26, 2024, 03:37:05 PM »
Hughes may well have picked up a knock for all we know.

Managers really earn their corn recruiting and moulding a team and getting in the characters that fit their preferred set up and way of playing. When a manager takes over mid season it can be very hit and miss. TW failed to keep Lynn up, IC struggled at Kettering and then with Boston the year after. It's now getting desperate, so new players and formations are being played with to try and find a winning formula.

One things for sure, the NLN is a tough old league. The variety in the quality of surfaces to play on, the poor climate, the physicality and streetwise-ness of sides, long travel distances all make playing pretty football redundant. You have to play effective football. IC's side were struggling when Covid came and would not have remained in contention had the season played out through heavy Winter pitches. So I can see why AL keeps harping on about work rate combined with experience, doing the ugly side well and being clinical in both boxes is what gets results. Currently Lynn have the work rate, but seem to lack the rest. Margetts will help in one box, if he can get some supply, but losing Crowther has really exposed our own box. Last season we had 2 speedy, competent wing backs, Crowther, Coulson was a year younger and there was a defensive midfielder just in front of them. Finding a way, anyway, to be effective and get some wins, is currently all that matters.

General Discussion / Re: Barrett goes
« on: January 23, 2024, 11:28:11 AM »
Can only think he has gone on a free because it was perhaps getting toxic and affecting the squad. BUT what a terrible bit of business financially. I mean, honestly, does any other NLN club appear so naive on a regular basis......Taylor, Stokes, the ridiculous situation with Olly Scott and now Barrett. It looks like Lynn are out manoeuvred at every turn and it costs them big time. Just looking at the last two, I believe offers were made earlier in the piece, Lynn turn them down, fail to negotiate further and end up with diddly squit. Appears laughable...yes we are not party to all the info, but when I see talented people apparently being given away, even when their heart is no longer with Lynn, I have little sympathy when the club has financial issues. Tommy must be having one huge laugh......probably will need stitches for the splits in his sides.

General Discussion / Re: Not looking good.
« on: January 22, 2024, 11:39:02 AM »
Personally, I am not really bothered about the communication issues for the rest of the season, as long as the results are good enough to keep the club in the NLN. I am sure a top down review of what goes on at the club will be necessary and be carried out before the start of next season........but get relegated and the whole structure is in jeopardy

General Discussion / Re: Not looking good.
« on: January 21, 2024, 12:36:54 PM »
For me, new investment or not, nothing will fundamentally change as long as Mr Cleeve remains at the helm. We are there to pay up and to accept what is offered, without question. Human mushrooms, customers?

Quite right....that's the pay off under the current regime.....decent level of funding/step 2 football...but little fan info.As you say , it probably won't why moan.....SC could be around in some form at the club, for a good while yet.

General Discussion / Re: Important point on the road.
« on: January 21, 2024, 12:33:44 PM »
Think we need 6 points Tony.....and with the way everybody is beating everyone else, probably  8/9 wins including the next two matches to be safe at the season end.

General Discussion / Re: New years day defeat for Linnets.
« on: January 03, 2024, 01:20:42 PM »
To be honest, Lynn are in a real scrap and all that matters at the moment is points on the board. MH had 8 points from 10 and AL has 18 from 16. People were quick to label MH as out of his soon as the Kidderminster game. By that stage of the season, I felt Lynn were shot anyway, after a long hard chase in second place. They then came up against a team on a winning runand a lively Ashley Hemmings and the rest is history. I personally doubt that if TW had stayed, we would have beaten Harriers at that stage of the season.

We never did hear the full story of why TW left. My own thoughts are that he had probably wanted to strengthen the squad on the run in , funds were running out and he sensed the following season could be a downhill slide.
People blame MH for poor recruitment.......but did he have full control over those that came in..........bearing in mind we have the current manager wasting a couple of weeks "securing " a top forward and then not being able to get it over the line.Given  that most managers stand or fall according to "their" recruitment , it's difficult, I feel, to rationally assess any of their performances under the current regime.

General Discussion / Re: The Future
« on: December 27, 2023, 12:00:45 PM »
First thing first....this chairman has brought previously the best memories of my 64 year old lifetime
Watching the linnets 🫴🫴  credit where credit is due..BUT today was the catalyst for a complete nightmare on and off the pitch..ignore scunthorpe, this is the huge fixture in this clubs season..
Yet from the turnstile/ground atmosphere/catering & then the performance on the pitch, I felt this is the end for all involved at the club ...ž have for a long period defended Mr Cleeve but perhaps now is the time to vacate on every level....Toxic doesn't even come close🫡

From Bostons viewpoint:

Sadly, it is difficult to argue with much of that and to think that this was once labelled 'the beautiful game!'. Without question the owner brought a higher level of football to the Walks than many supporters had previously enjoyed, yet it really was always just a matter of time before reality took over from fantasy. Unless you have very deep pockets you cannot alienate so many people at all levels before the Project implodes. This chain of events has also divided supporters (customers): some want success at almost any cost with the end product justifying the means, with others preferring to support a club built on solid foundations that lives within its means. I'm firmly in the latter group.

For me, it goes much deeper than that Rod. If you haven't already, just look at the posts on the Boston Forum highlighted above. The whole image and feel of the club is and for as long as I can remember, has been, all wrong.
Hostile, unwelcoming, rough and ready, not the place you would want to take family and kids etc etc This doesn't just emanate from the ownership down...there have been many different owners over the years, but the issues remain. How on earth you build a community club from where it is currently, I honestly don't know. Just imagine you are running a new club on limited income and staying within budget and you suddenly get hit with a £5k fine for unruly crowd behaviour and more on top for damage to the ground which just happened along the way. It feels to me that a massive change of culture and attitude both within the club and from outside is required.......whether that's possible in Kings Lynn....well history seems to be against it.

General Discussion / Re: Lynn lose to Boston
« on: December 26, 2023, 09:38:41 PM »
Too many idiots in the ground today I wonder if they shout obscenities at the TV when they donít agree with whatís occurring. They are not real supporters and give the club a bad reputation and a probable hefty fine.

But that's nearly always the case when there's a big game. Has been happening for the last 60 years.......the Club never seem to stamp it out and the so called fans seem to think that it's ok to do it. As with so many off field aspects I find it really painful that the town and the club  just don't seem to have the combined will or nous to progress.

I am left with the conclusion, that the town isn't a footballing town and doesn't deserve a football club. If the huge efforts of SC, IC and TW all end up in nothing more than the club collapsing, at least we have the memories of a great journey and some fantastic football over the last 6/7 years. I doubt that anyone could actually pull this club up to the EFL.......there are just too many counter productive aspects going on. I personally feel enough is enough. If SC can't make it work financially over the next month, then I thank him for all that he achieved on the field through his energy, management recruitment and investment and respectfully suggest the club is wound up for good. Pull the shutters up, bulldoze the ground and put up some affordable homes......all those that have used the club as a means of letting of vitriol will have to take it somewhere else....honestly some aspects of the Club seem to me to be like  a nagging wound that doesn't want to heal. Enough is enough.

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