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1  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2020 Transfer Window on: Yesterday at 18:11:02
Where did you see this?

Madness if true.

I doubt it will have ever been written anywhere, but there's a general understanding that loans are not free, we would pay a proportion, perhaps the full amount of his wages......unless you think Blackpool were doing us a favour and letting us have him for nothing! A lot of loans this summer have been because clubs have needed to get their wage bill down to comply with the new salary caps.....I'd suggest that this was one of them.
2  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: Former Cobblers Exploits 2020/21 on: October 18, 2020, 21:04:56 pm
Another clean sheet? Was that not his first?


That was indeed his first. He is yet to appear in the League but has started three games in the Cups (2 in the EFL Trophy and one in the EFL Cup)
3  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: Former Cobblers Exploits 2020/21 on: October 18, 2020, 21:01:48 pm
Alex Dyer, who was on our books as a youngster 13 years ago, scored his first goal of his second spell with Wealdstone in the National League yesterday.
Dyer made his debut in 2007 and scored three goals for us before moving into non-league with Wealdstone in 2010. After spells playing in Denmark, Norway and Kuwait he signed a short term deal with The Stones a couple of weeks ago.
4  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Plymouth Argyle (a) on: October 17, 2020, 15:49:39 pm
Watson booked for the fourth consecutive game......already close to a ban.
5  General Category / The Games Room / Re: Prediction League 17.10.2020 on: October 17, 2020, 12:22:53 pm
Championship
AFC Bournemouth v Queens Park Rangers. 2-1
Brentford v Coventry City. 1-1

League One
Plymouth Argyle v Northampton Town. 3-0
Portsmouth v Doncaster Rovers. 1-2

League Two
Harrogate Town v Barrow. 3-1
Mansfield Town v Bradford City. 1-1

National League
Torquay United v Dover Athletic. 2-0
Wealdstone v Wrexham. 1-3
6  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: October 14, 2020, 16:18:39 pm
Thing is though GPC itís not like clubs were operating at a profit prior to Covid? I would suggest sticking an extra million loss on a number of clubs balance sheet in the lower divisions is probably all itís going to take?

This is true....and in some cases Covid will only be the straw that breaks the camels back.....shouldn't hide away from the fact that any club who goes to the wall if indeed any do, will only do so because they were run badly/irresponsibly in the first place....
7  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: October 14, 2020, 09:14:36 am
quite difficult to compare one profit and loss account against no profit and loss account.

but yes, i think we all know the situation - clubs have no income so will be losing more money - its not rocket science.


In our case we still have the season ticket income (3000 tickets at £250 average = £750k), we get extra income from the league solidarity payment (extra 250k) and the TV revenue package (extra 175k) in League 1, and we also sold our prize asset for a reported 7 figure sum. We are also getting some income from IFollow subscriptions. We don't have the costs involved with "hosting" games either. As far as I know sponsorship held up well, pitch boards, player sponsorship, matchday and match ball etc)

Balance that against the loss in gate money, and there isn't too much difference. (3000 tickets @ £16 average x 23 games= £1.1 million)

Of course not every club is as fortunate as we are.....and of course if we refund season ticket holders then we take a big hit......
8  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: Macclesfield on: October 13, 2020, 17:02:35 pm
They're back...... well, at least a Phoenix club may be, playing at the same venue in the same colours with almost the same name....Macclesfield FC

A big name on board too.......

https://www.cheshire-live.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/new-hope-macclesfield-town-fans-19096531
9  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2020 Transfer Window on: October 13, 2020, 16:20:35 pm
So, a new centre back eh?

Is this to

a) Provide competition to the current centre backs as Keith says in his interview or is it to

b) Come in as a first choice because its clear that none of the three so far (Racic, Horsfall and Bolger) have performed adequately?

I'm sure Keith never wanted to be in the b) position......with those three and then Martin and Harriman who would be the back up. We went the vast majority of last season with a stable Goode, Wharton, Turnbull trio.....this current three don't seem to be a patch on them sadly.
10  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2020 Transfer Window on: October 13, 2020, 12:20:52 pm
I am pleased to see that we have moved on from jigsaws to dominoes....tangible progress this season!
11  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Keith Curle appreciation thread on: October 12, 2020, 20:12:08 pm
Yes, I've seen most of our games, and yes, I consider 5-0 against a premier league U23 side to be a good result. Having said that I agree re Smith and regarding the failure of our tactics in general at the moment, but you're assuming the problem is that we haven't got the players, whereas KC might still be looking for the best way to use them. Some of our new signings have only played 2-3 games (or less!). Why are you presuming that Ashley-Seal or Nuttall can't be the striker we need? We haven't seen enough of either of them to be sure. I think most of our signings could be good enough, if we play to a system that suits them, or if KC can make them play his way. It's not going to be easy this season though.


Just bloody allow our players to play!!

I found Darren Ferguson's post match comments really interesting. Posh, the away team, worked out our weaknesses beforehand and exploited them, ie he said we were strong in the middle but knew they would have joy out wide. He was also surprised that we man-marked Szmodics......as that allowed him to take his marker for a walk and open up other space.
By man-marking for example, we as the home side went out to negate what we saw as the strengths of the opponent first and foremost. Playing our own style and being on the front foot is not often the way we go out and play, far too often more worried about the opposition rather than trusting in our own (players) ability to impose themselves on the game.
12  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: Football Managers on: October 12, 2020, 17:39:48 pm
So far this season....

Gerhard Struber resigned as Barnsley manager to take up the reins at MLS side New York Red Bulls....he has yet to be replaced by the Tykes
Sabri Lamouche was fired as Nottingham Forest boss, swiftly replaced by Chris Hughton
Graham Alexander has gone from Salford, replaced on a temporary basis by Paul Scholes.
13  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Keith Curle appreciation thread on: October 12, 2020, 17:33:24 pm
Graham Alexander incoming.......
14  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: Former Cobblers Exploits 2020/21 on: October 12, 2020, 17:32:58 pm
Vadaine Oliver with his 1st Gills goal, Luke Chambers for Ipswich, Andy Williams for Cheltenham and JJ Hooper nets 2 for Barnet.

Chambers goal was a corker!

Byron Webster also netted his first Bromley goal.
15  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Keith Curle appreciation thread on: October 11, 2020, 18:09:26 pm
Please explain how Thomas is to blame for the teams recent poor performances when he has provided an adequate budget. KC and his team chose the players and the method to play!

Correct! We have played five league games, 2 in the EFL Trophy and another 2 in the EFL Cup, and have selected 29 different players already. 25 of them have been on the pitch at one time or another, yet we still seem to be at least two if not three players short of a decent 11.....
16  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: The P*sh (Saturday 10th October) on: October 10, 2020, 16:29:22 pm
No Marshall....but Rocky Balboa is on for an injured Mills
17  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: The P*sh (Saturday 10th October) on: October 10, 2020, 15:45:06 pm
Curle out!!
18  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: The P*sh (Saturday 10th October) on: October 10, 2020, 14:17:31 pm
                        Arnold
         Harriman, Bolger, Horsfall
Adams                                     Mills
            Missilou         Sowerby
                       Hoskins
          Smith                     Rose

subs: Mitchell, Racic, Watson, Marshall, Korboa. Ashley-Seal, Chukwuemeka
19  General Category / The Games Room / Re: Prediction League 10.10.2020 on: October 09, 2020, 23:49:30 pm
Scottish League Cup
Annan Athletic v Stranraer. 2-1
Edinburgh City v Stenhousemuir. 1-4

League One
Northampton Town v Peterborough United. 1-3
Plymouth Argyle v Burton Albion. 2-1

League Two
Cheltenham Town v Crawley Town. 3-0
Mansfield Town v Stevenage. 1-1

National League
Bromley v Torquay United. 1-2
Chesterfield v Woking. 2-2
20  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: The P*sh (Saturday 10th October) on: October 09, 2020, 18:55:05 pm
OK Horsfall

Thanks all the same

And Martin??
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