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1  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Head Down Hoskins on: November 04, 2018, 08:55:39 am
I am so pleased Hoskinsí mum contributes to our esteemed forum .
Did he eat his greens when he was younger ?
Nope. He couldnít finish his dinner.
2  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Hold Em Steady (For the Mods, this is about Northampton v Oldham) on: October 28, 2018, 08:38:34 am
Views on the red card? I didn't get the best view but for me looked like a free kick and nothing more.
Iíd agree with you on first glance. But having seen the highlights i would say it was late, a bit of a desperate lunge and would result in a yellow card about 95% of the time, but always the slight chance of a red. The penalty I didnít really see what happened but that was a good spot and theoretically correct, but you often see them not given.
3  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Are we strong enough to mount a play off challenge from such a lowly position? on: October 26, 2018, 09:36:53 am
I must say its testament to how well the new manager has started for people to turn a relegation battle into a promotion one after a single win. Personally I'm waiting until the Christmas period is over and having a look at the table then before getting any hopes up.
4  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Macclesfield Away on: October 23, 2018, 21:49:15 pm
Scored against Forest Green in the league, 3rd goal in 4 games
Of course - short memory here...was at Oxford in the paintpot but I missed the last home game.
5  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Macclesfield Away on: October 23, 2018, 21:45:18 pm
Commentator on Noddy reckons itís Pierreís first goal for the club? Another top draw performance from the counties journos
First L2 goal maybe.
6  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Forest Green Rovers - 13 Oct 18 on: October 12, 2018, 11:18:18 am
Interesting to see who starts this game .
I think he will play VV with Hoskins up front although it didnít work versus Bury.
Facey , Turnbull and Pierre at the back with McWilliams and Buchs .
Personally I would rather see McWilliams alongside Foley in midfield , crooks pushing on and JJOT on the bench .
I just hope someone doesnít take us apart with players out of position.
I thought Bridge looked OK in the LWB role when he came on v Oxford. I think he may be more suited to the position than Buchs. I love Buchs to bits but he is first and foremost a LB in a back 4.
7  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: Former Cobblers Exploits 2018/19 Season on: October 01, 2018, 10:38:29 am
Ron-Robert Zieler - Unexplainable f**k-up.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45701600
8  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Austin in on: September 24, 2018, 16:14:35 pm
I'm with Deepcut. I'm not sure whether changing managers is the right thing to do, but I am sure that changing threads is completely superfluous.
9  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Tranmere Rovers (h) on: August 30, 2018, 11:11:58 am
Ollie Banks, when he played for us, certainly wasn't anywhere near to being "one of the classiest midfielders in this division"
I'm not sure he even qualified to being one of the classiest midfielders in our midfield.
10  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Dean Austin on: August 22, 2018, 10:01:14 am
We have committed to Austin as a club and the players also came out in favour of him .
You canít just keep sacking managers constantly .
Itís not his fault he has been left with a bunch of mediocre players on long, hefty contracts.
JFH did things his own way and Austin had little say in matters .
Having said that , he may need to think about his demeanour which is very dour .
His signings also havenít been great so far .
You canít disagree , his overall record is poor but we have to stick with him .
The quality players simply arenít performing and the weak players continue to be weak .
If we continue to play Buchanan , Hoskins ( on the wing ) , Bowditch and Powell we will struggle . None of them are good enough .
I'd agree with all of this. DA is a new manager and as such we will need a little patience with him. I still think that unless we are in serious jeopardy of losing our league status then he should be supported. I think we're just at jeopardy at the moment - If DA can learn from his mistakes (and I think your last line plus maybe the GK are a good summary of them) AND have the luck/skill to be able to do something about it by recruiting the correct players on loan then maybe the jeopardy doesn't get serious, and we have an improved manager on our hands. But if he can't/won't do that then we're back on the market for a manager again. But I think we as fans should shelve all the thoughts of promotion/play-offs and just concentrate on slow improvement, our football is of a better quality this season (which admittedly may be mainly down to the fact that the opposition isn't) so there is something to work on.
11  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: vV takes to the written word on: August 17, 2018, 09:20:03 am
Good. I think he needed to go on a charm offensive with the fans because most of the soundbites coming out from him last year were very negative and he was being portrayed as someone who didn't care much for the club. At least this interview shows that doesn't seem to be the case. Of course, he will be ultimately judged on his actions rather than his words but he's had a decent enough start to this season for fans to be hopeful.
12  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Dean Austin on: August 15, 2018, 11:13:27 am
I see no point in getting rid unless it looks like our league status is in jeopardy - and you can't really tell that after a couple of games.
13  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Ins and Outs - Summer 2018 on: July 21, 2018, 11:47:51 am
Every player has a price and if another club is not prepared to meet that price then there is no transfer - pretty simple really and I donít care if they are disgruntled itís tough luck. That said I wouldnít be at all surprised if some move on at the 11th hour as thatís what footballís like - clubs bluffing and trying to get players on the cheap only to suddenly find that bit extra when the deadline approaches. It is likely to leave us in the sh** though.
Exactly this. Is there actually any evidence of disgruntled players? KT says 'some of them have seen offers they may have liked' but that's as far as it goes - I'm sure that if they definitely wanted to pursue these offers then it would have probably gone further. It smacks of other clubs trying to get players on the cheap - One or more may well still go but it doesn't seem like a firesale is on the cards.
14  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: It's coming home on: July 12, 2018, 10:19:54 am
The boys did OK. They're not good enough to compete with the SuperPowers at the moment and need a bit of luck to beat the Tier 2 sides, as demonstrated in the win vs Columbia and loss last night. I don't think the personnel are as good as the 2010/2012 versions but I'm much more enthused by this team going forwards (and the decent young players that will start to break through) than the rubbish served up in 2014 and 2016.
15  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: June 28, 2018, 12:38:29 pm
Why are you so pleased that he has gained control of Northampton land that will see no benefit to NTFC Hammy?

Cobblerwatch as it stands today, B is totally correct (as u say)  We have been waiting to see for 10 years


To be fair, KT can hardly be blamed for the 10 years elapsed so far. For me, the clock starts ticking from the time he could feasibly do something - and while there's still (I believe) some legalities to be completed on the East Stand proposed site we're not even there yet. Hopefully (and I do mean hopefully, I don't think I have any entitlement to any instant information) he already has plans and will start sharing them once these legalities are completed. As far as I'm aware that's what he said he would do - we can have some justification to question him if he doesn't.
16  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Ins and Outs - Summer 2018 on: June 12, 2018, 17:26:03 pm
Only two goals tho'.
The last one was pretty instrumental in firing Chris Wilder up for his post-match interview, if I remember correctly.
17  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: June 10, 2018, 18:13:30 pm
I hope all of those people who were accusing KT and his group of being on a land grab or trying to fleece the council are submitting apologies to him directly.
Well, I'm a big KT fan in the absence of anything or anyone better, and hope that his stay at the Cobblers is a long and successful one - but isn't it the truth that he's grabbed some land and gazumped the council already?
18  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: June 09, 2018, 13:08:16 pm
My thinking is now that the land ownership/leases issues have been sorted, we could more easily be sold , which may be best for all parties.
Other than promises for a few boxes which were probably subjected to enabling lands that now appear to extend little further than the 8 lanes of running track, its unlikely we will see anything any time soon.
We need owners willing to talk things up and work with the whole Town  and the supporters of the football club to get things moving, unfortunately KT has been very stand alone and quick to play down the very things that constantly hold back our club, lack of capacity leading to subsequent growth.
Any time soon is not really the issue though, Beds. I don't think anyone can really argue with your idea that to sustain high-end L1 football we should be looking at averaging 9k+ crowds, and to do that requires a 12k+ stadium. I'm happy with baby steps - a more functional ground with boxes/conference facilities but still sub 8k capacity may well be fine for this season - we don't necessarily need new owners for that. Should we (hopefully) get to L1 in the near future then we can see where KT et al go from there.
19  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: L2 Next season. on: June 08, 2018, 20:05:41 pm
Having to visit any League 2 ground next season, as opposed to watching League 1 football, is not a bonus - unless we are storming the league. Grin
If I had to list my Top 5 most enjoyable seasons while supporting the Cobblers I think all 5 would have been when we've been in the 4th tier.
20  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: June 07, 2018, 08:49:57 am
Looks to me like Team KT have something the council wants, the council has the power over vetoing any development so at the moment the football club is the one that's getting shafted the most. There must be a deal to be worked out that benefits KT, Council and NTFC - why doesn't everyone try to go down that path rather than the current impasse where no-one is going to win?
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