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1  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Ins and Outs - Summer 2018 on: June 25, 2018, 23:16:56 pm
I'm not really fussed about ROD going - don't get me wrong he's a good keeper, but in the last few years we've had Ingram, Smith, Duke, Clarke and Nicholls who were all as good if not better - he's not irreplaceable.   I do think that we need to replace him though as Cornell is more Freddy Hall than Freddie Woodman
2  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: June 25, 2018, 22:58:25 pm
Absolutely correct and my term original plan was incorrect - originally specified at just short of 12k but soaring costs, the methane ventilation issues and some definite council detractors saw a plan that had the west stand identical to the east one - fortunately a compromise was reached and a reasonably respectable west stand was the outcome.
The original spec was around £12k, but had the athletics track around the pitch and (I think) just two stands. That changed to a separate athletics and football stadium which obviously cost more, and as you say costs increased significantly due to methane management and ground quality issues.
3  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: June 14, 2018, 14:18:10 pm
There's the difference between us and them. 
We are fans who want everything for the club, they are businessmen who would like to make money from the current thing that occupies their day before moving onto their next 'project'.

Spot on.

Kelvin certainly has more options available to him following the Council resolution. But as others have said we wont hear anything until its all signed sealed and delivered.

I think his choices to make the money and move on are probably...

Option A - Sell the club with infrastructure as is. Once the land issues are finally sorted he could market it as a clean slate and an opportunity for someone to come in and shape the future. If he is thinking this way then we may see them cashing in on players as much as they can. He may even apply for planning permission for a conference centre or hotel or something else to make the club more saleable. He may also choose not to have a fire sale as a club near the top of league 2 or on the brink of promotion would be more saleable.

Option B - He sticks around for a while longer, does a basic completion of the East stand shell, bolts on a conference centre at the back, possibly with a hotel that could be sold off or franchised out to a hotel operator. Not sure that doing this makes financial sense if he's planning on selling up in the short to medium term.

Option C - Demolishes the East stand and build a stand/ conference / hotel / employment/ retail area on the land that is now available - you know the sort of thing that we should have got out of the original loan. that could make us a very sustainable club at League 1 level...or it could give the owners a larger financial return, albeit on a significant level of outlay.

Personally I'm not sure that he'll view any level of major expenditure as being worthwhile and it will be interesting to see what happens to CDNL as an entity and their remaining leaseholds in particular. So from a purely financial point of view Option A and riding off into the sunset with CDNL has to be his choice? Hopefully though he can see something bigger and better in the longer term as he's obviously an astute businessman.

Whatever happens he can rightly claim to have left the club in a better position than he found it - but its still a big opportunity lost on and off the field from where we could have been after promotion and scope to develop.
4  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: June 13, 2018, 22:51:51 pm
£4 million is a red herring!!

In the original interview with the BBC after taking over the club, Thomas stated that there was £4 million "to finish the stand and provide working capital"

Bearing in mind the takeover was 2 and a half years ago now, how much of that £4m has been used to keep the club ticking over? There was the HMRC bill at the beginning to start with. What about the £1.1m "loaned" to the club in January? What about the work already done to get the stand in the position it is now (there were no seats in it when he took over were there?)

So he spends a million finishing off the stand and then say's he's done.......he'll have probably have carried out his original promise and nobody could complain!

I don't think KT ever said he'd spend £4m on the ground alone.

I agree. IIRC he also mentioned a figure of "£1 Million or £2Million for the stand" when he was interviewed on RN after issuing the statement criticising the Council last month
5  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: June 06, 2018, 23:42:19 pm
Yes it would have been safer if NBC had time to secure the leases. On the papers I viewed this week NBC did acknowledge there was a 'risk' posed by someone moving in and gazumping them on securing the CDNL leases held by the liquidators. But, and here's the thing, NTFC were only days away from HMRC's court petition, and the Thomas group wouldn't complete with the 10 million debt still overhanging the club. If the council had held out until everything was wrapped up nicely, NTFC faced going out of business.

This is why the council have remained tight lipped. Because, yet again, they allowed themselves to get mugged. But, and it is a big but, if NBC hadn't allowed the deal to go through the Cobblers may well have gone to the wall.
Northampton Borough Council gambléd because they were trying to preserve the status of NTFC. Unfortunately, they then got shafted by the very same people who shook hands with them and signed an MoU aimed at preserving the club and recovering lost monies.

Did NBC act with due diligence? Possibly not. But what they did do was to act in the best interests of Northampton Town Football Club. And then our saviors screwed them over.

And just to add, on the MoU the Thomas group stated it was their intention to complete the East Stand with funds available. That was in 2015. 'Nuff said!

But wasn't the issue of the leasehold covered in the CVA for CDNL, which proposed that if KT & Bower paid the £170k to get the CVA through then no further action would be taken to realise the leasehold?
6  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Disappearing Punters? on: March 15, 2015, 20:54:43 pm
Well I'm one of the disappeared.

I stopped going towards the end of last season. I was  fed up after Wembley and years of watching a poor team and convinced we were going finally going down, so I stopped going after Wimbledons last minute equaliser last season and then didnt renew my season ticket for this year by the early bird deadline.

I've been a few times this year, picking and choosing the odd game and using mates season tickets when they arent going,  but havent been since Christmas despite the upturn in form and the late push for the play offs.

Its a lot easier to stop going than it is to start back going again - with the main reason being the pay on the day price.

Have to say that the club havent done much to entice me back either - I've had no direct communication about season tickets for next season for example, despite being on the database.
7  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Shirts for next season on: June 22, 2012, 22:29:07 pm
The home kit is mint.... (well I guess the green one is more mint lol)....

My two little ones (12 and 10) said they want the green one straight away....

same here. I'll definitely get the home shirt and the kids want the away one.

8  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: June 22, 2012, 22:26:26 pm
Crack on with Eagle Drive and things that can be achieved in my lifetime.

I reckon Eagle Drive will be Wootton mark 2. Might free up some space down the road though. Roll Eyes
9  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: June 13, 2012, 17:55:35 pm
It'll be the rushden one. The one they complained about a month ago.

Indeed. Of course if they'd got on with it and extended the Grosvenor years ago then it wouldn't now be an issue.
10  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Michael Jacobs on: June 13, 2012, 17:51:26 pm
Radio bloke on BBC Northampton "If you were offered £400k for Jacobs would you take it?"

DC "Cash?.....that's probably not too far off the mark of what we'd accept"
11  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Michael Jacobs on: May 25, 2012, 14:22:45 pm
That was according to the bloke on the mic in the players lounge talking about what the players in last nights teams were up to ..."Ian was at Sunderland, now at Newcastle".

It was hot, and I'd had a couple so might have got it wrong  Undecided Grin

I think he also said Christian Lee is a window cleaner
12  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Michael Jacobs on: May 25, 2012, 13:50:20 pm
Graham Carr (who's chief scout for Newcastle United) said at the end of last season, he rated the two best players in our division as Jacobs along with Powell from Crewe...

Atkins is also now a scout at Newcastle.
13  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Richard Butcher Memorial Match on: May 25, 2012, 13:47:10 pm
Macc Chairmans speech

This season has been a challenging one at Moss Rose as the Silkmen finally succumbed to a return to Conference football after a 15 year stay in the Football League. In the small hours, between long days attempting to plan a rapid return to the bigger stage, I simply can't help dwelling on thoughts of what might have been. How would things have turned out if Richard had been around to set the perfect example for our talented but inexperienced squad?

When Richard agreed to join the Silkmen I was delighted. And it wasn't just Richard the player that it was good to have around, it was Richard the man.

His impact on the squad was immediate and obvious from the first day of training. Disciplined on and off the pitch, he set the tone. He was a role model for the younger players, exemplifying just how they should set out to make the very most of their talents.

Richard was proud to be a professional footballer. Never arrogant, he was always aware that it was a privilege to be allowed to pursue a career playing a game that he loved. And he was truly a credit to that game. In an era dominated by publicity and image, he quietly and effectively exemplified the potential that football has to be a positive force in the world.

Few players generate such empathy. Few connected so well with the football fraternity. With Richard it was always a case of "what you see is what you get" and people simply liked what they saw.

In Lincoln last year, the city where just a few months before we'd gathered to bid farewell to Richards erstwhile mentor, Keith Alexander, we mourned Richard's loss and celebrated his life. I was able to say then that he would be sorely missed but his spirit, through the memories of all who knew him, would truly live on.

At Moss Rose, I can now say with absolute certainty that he was, and it does.

Mike Rance Chairman MTFC
14  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Relegation Watch!!! on: March 18, 2012, 17:56:14 pm
Cue for them to appoint the mad dog and do a Barnet?

gary simpson asked to step down as boss of Macc as well,,10393~2664450,00.html
15  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: The scary facts on: January 17, 2012, 00:42:12 am
.... there and still plenty of time to avoid the drop. We've shown signs that we can turn it around, a draw and a win for starters!

There are signs, there is still time and I still believe we have a chance and there is hope.

But we can't afford any more bad luck or throwing away winning positions.
To get to 50 points we need to pick up 7 or 8 points every 5 games, or to put it another way we need a 20 game record that reads something like
W8 D5 L7 (roughly equating to play off form) that's a big transformation - and we still have to go to Crawley, Swindon and Torquay, and Cheltenham.

However the current average league position of the teams we've played in our last 5 games is 6th - the average league position of the teams we play in our next 5 is 16th - we really need to win 3 of those 5!

And if you don't believe that's do-able, then feel even worse by knowing that of the 16 teams relegated to the conference between 2003 & 2010 - 5 are now back in the league, and on average it took them 3 years to get back.... and out of the other eleven, 4 of those have all but disappeared.

But whatever the outcome I'll be there.  Wink
16  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Barnet (Home) on: January 15, 2012, 14:12:06 pm
I am literally exhausted with depression today. No job, no girlfriend, house a tip, alcoholic, can't give up smoking, long nights, nothing on TV, **** weather and..... my team is 92nd in the league.

Does anyone know a **** dealer in SW London?

You lucky, lucky f***er!!

My job sucks
My Mrs is a nagging ****
I never get time to go to the pub
I have to go out in the freezing weather to have a smoke
Wouldn't know if there is anything on tv as daughters always hog the remote
my team is 92nd in the league and my father and brother have season tickets at Man City

17  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: new manager odds on: November 17, 2011, 17:28:24 pm

"I think you've got to evaluate the squad first and work with the players you have. Then you try and improve them. Try and get them to play how you want, assuming they can play you want or within the system that you want.

"Only after that do you start to find players for the system, not the other way around. I don't believe in mass wholesale changes anyway.

that would be music to dc's ears, Not sure if his experience in Cyprus is equivalent to BSP or UCL though. He is well qualified, but then GJ was probably the most qualified manager in Division 4.

I just don't know what to think or believe anymore  Huh?
18  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: What is a 'supporter'? on: October 27, 2011, 17:10:47 pm
Big fat Johns Barmy Army  Undecided
19  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Plymouth Away on: October 27, 2011, 17:10:04 pm
The last time I was there Dean Peer had an absolute stormer, I seem to remember him picking up the ball deep in his own half beating several players to score the winner.*

 *I'm afraid  was rather drunk at the time so this might not have actually happened.
20  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: The Sixfields crowd... on: October 27, 2011, 15:33:36 pm
On tuesday my younger son, bored watching the game, started messing about and kicking the back of the seat in front.

Thankfully the chap sitting there didn't wake up, and my threat of "stop that now or I'll make you come back on Saturday" worked perfectly and he has been as good as gold every day since.

He's 6, been to a dozen or so games since the middle of last season, and has never ever seen us win.

I'm not expecting so much as a card next fathers day.
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