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TonyM

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View from the Chair
« on: December 04, 2019, 02:07:35 PM »
The club are running another event in the B&G.  Tomorrow it is the turn of SC to face what I would assume will be a fairly gentle Q&A session with Mark Hearle.  Everyone is very keen to stress this isn't a fans forum so don't go with that expectation but even so its a chance to hear SC's take on things and maybe a nod or two towards things that are in the pipeline and there might be the odd question from the floor at the end.

Tickets are £9 in advance or £10 on the door (inc a hot dog and a pint) and as they are still pushing this on Twitter, my guess is it isn't yet a sell out.  Doors open at 6.30 for a 7pm start

Hope to see as many there as possible.

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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2019, 03:05:05 PM »
It would be interesting to know whether Mr Cleeve believes the club has the infra-structure to support a National League campaign if Lynn win promotion at the end of the season.  I live in Leicestershire so wonít be attending but some feedback on this forum on what he has to say would be appreciated.

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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2019, 03:13:26 PM »
Itís same night we go to Ballroom dancing lessons

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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2019, 03:30:01 PM »
 :nilpoints:

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« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2019, 03:39:41 PM »
Don't stop and never give up. If you have achieved all your objectives, you have set your targets too low!

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« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2019, 03:47:44 PM »
Itís same night we go to Ballroom dancing lessons

Fab-u-las darling

Not one I can make sadly.  Should be an interesting night.   Are the questions Mark is putting to Stephen ones from the supporters or questions they have agreed between them ?

Mark ?

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« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2019, 04:14:33 PM »
O' ye of little faith. He is the best chairman we have had in my life time.

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« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2019, 04:20:52 PM »
Nigel. I think I have to agree with you.  Maybe on level par with Keith Chapman.  Letís hope we all continue to think that for many years to come.

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« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2019, 05:16:11 PM »
Agree, good grief, that's more than my wife does. :banghead;

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« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2019, 09:27:13 PM »
If anyone is attending this tomorrow night would like to know if one of our players is leaving in January? as heard a rumour today? seems strange as the position we are in and the attendances we are getting ? as the fee didnít seem that great 🤷🏼‍♂️ actually think keeping this bunch of players together we could win this league and gain promotion 🤞it isnít true.

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« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2019, 07:40:07 AM »
Tony has put thing's very well about this evening.

The format will be relaxed with an informal chat about the past, present and future with some questions from the floor to round the evening off.

Will be nice to see a few of you down later.

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« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2019, 11:09:25 AM »
Itís same night we go to Ballroom dancing lessons

Is that as the Instructor, Judge or making the tea and sarnie's Malcolm (Len "it's a 7") Hill.  :dontknow:  :cup2:  :laughcry: :laughcry: :laughcry:
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« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2019, 12:53:22 PM »
Just read Mr Cleeveís tweet about answering those ďburning questionsĒ fans want to put to him tonight. He is indicating heís prepared for questions from the floor. Hopefully there will be a good turn out prepared to address some of the concerns regularly aired on this forum.  Once again, please post some accurate feedback for those of who canít be there.

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« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2019, 11:10:16 AM »
So, for those that couldn't make it here is a brief summary.  I will post my thoughts / opinions as a different post and try to keep this one 'neutral', although it wasn't a minute taking type of evening

Around 25 people came along to hear SC's thoughts on past, present and future, with Mark Hearle steering the conversation based on a chronological timeline.

* How SC came to be involved - always been a football fan, with Chelsea being 'his' team but had looked at Wrexham, Cambridge but for various reasons not the right fit.  Family commitments and location made Norfolk attractive and King's Lynn were, in effect, the only option.  Looked into the club and liked the history / potential.  Met with Buster and had a number of false starts in buying the club before eventually getting the deal got over the line.  Praise for the work Buster had done but effectively had taken the club as far as he was willing, moving up would be a greater financial risk, also added that Buster never really understood 'football'

* The first season - hadn't had contact with GS prior to buying the club but happy to give him a chance when he took over.  Thought GS did OK but with limited budget and also other work commitments didn't see him taking the club forward, got to after Christmas (ish) and could see Lynn were not going up and not going down so looked to make the change.  Met IC through a Daggenham scouting trip and 'got on' and things progressed, change mid-season was to give IC the best chance at a promotion push the following season by having a look at what was already at the club and what would be required

* 17/18 season - very happy with the progress under IC, particularly the style of football played.  Highlights being doing the double over Hereford and the Weymouth playoff semi, low point was the playoff final defeat which was combined with illness inc trips to the hospital.  Knew IC was going 2-3 months prior to the end of the season but IC wanted to stay on till the end of the year.  Also the manner that Oxford dealt with signing Cameron Norman has left a bad taste.

* 18/19 season - with IC departed the club needed a new manager and praised Simon Clark's effort but acknowledged that IC had left some big boots to fill.  Apparent fairly quickly that it was the wrong choice and thought Clarke may have 'lost the dressing room' buy overcomplicating things and being 'afraid to lose'.  Did praise Clark for the signings made.  Knew he needed IC back and B&F were always 'short term' (impression was this was a mutual thing).  Got IC back and immediately confident we would make playoffs as he thought the squad was better with Clark's signings plus Marriott & Hendo signed by B&F.  Surprised by ease at which we won the Central playoff games but critical of the off field mess that the authorities made of the playoffs / super playoff situation, but did all he could to keep this away from the players.  Warrington was relief as thought we had blown it in second half but thought only one team in it during extra time.

* current season - didn't really know what to expect as hadn't seen much step 2 football and target was to 'stay in the league' but not as surprised as some at how well we are doing, pointing to better pitches helping 'our' style, teams not having seen us before and also no longer being the big team in a league to be shot at so possibility that some of the bigger teams are struggling to be 'up' to face King's Lynn.  Now thinks playoffs are a realistic goal as squad size / budget will probably win out over the course of the season when it comes to the top spot, could be us but unlikely.

* future - step 1 achievable with existing squad / facilities / crowds but would need more infrastructure behind the scenes as more admin burden, biggest issue / block to going full time would be training facilities.  Would be a risk if crowds couldn't be maintained due to results / league position.  Extra income from being in a higher league would be swallowed up in travel / accommodation / admin costs leaving not much more for playing budget.

Other themes throughout included
* pitch - massive amount of work has been done but still much more to do (see below)
* commercial - acknowledges needs more support but bringing in a full time person, even on £20K who then produces £10K extra means a hit to the club
* facilities - work now done for this season, knows what is required if we go to step 1 (minimal) and football league (lots, inc new changing rooms 'somewhere' as they can't be fitted under the stands)

Questions (apologies if I have got some of the answers included in the above)
* volunteers need to be loved more???
* does SC want us to go up?  After consideration, yes
* will someone come in to help on the commercial side next season whether we go up or not?  Needed, so probably
* Friends / Trust need to work more together?  Not really under SC's control but grateful to both organisations for money into the club, also praised the proposed donation from a group of fans from the main stand
* Sheet for frost, possible collection to be organised in the away end at Boston?  SC said cover would be about £4K, if the collection could even raise half that (questioner thought we might have 1000 travelling so £2 average donation) SC would match it

Sorry if I have missed anything or anyone else thinks that any of the above needs correcting but it was a pretty long evening

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« Reply #14 on: December 06, 2019, 12:47:52 PM »
 Thanks to TonyM for his comprehensive report.  IMHO the Chairman showed, as he has done throughout his tenure, that, even considering the excellent standard of the players, SC is the clubís finest acquisition for decades.  Obviously the hardest thing in the future could be keeping IC and some of the players, but if we can keep SC there must be a chance of further progress....