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1  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Jon Brady on: Yesterday at 22:03:02
So have we only got 1650 ST holders ? I thought we had over 3,000  Shocked

More the case that we have a high proportion of concessionary season tickets.... and the total figure is in between your two quoted figures!  Wink
2  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: Yesterday at 22:01:29
How much is a Saints price?

Yet season tickets are available for as little as 185 (limited quantity at the front of the Barwell Stand), or more commonly priced at 465 for the season, that will get you 11 Premiership games, 2 or three European pool games, 2 or three Premiership Cup games, free entry to pre season friendlies and Wanderers (second string) games.
3  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Jon Brady on: Yesterday at 21:54:53
Maybe not but you can not complain when there is little to no investment if fans are more than happy, and in some cases seemingly demanding, prices are held

I'm not sure that ticket prices come into the argument when you consider that season ticket revenue accounts for just 10% of yearly turnover, and this season only amount just under half of the Charlie Goode transfer fee.

Holding or even raising the prices would have a negligible effect on any transfer budget.....
4  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Jon Brady on: Yesterday at 19:30:46
I don't have any clue what an acceptable budget would be or whether ours was s***e or not  and I know we're in the middle of a pandemic, but most of the rest of league 1 seem to have done enough to maintain their status. We couldn't even match Gillinghams financial clout to hang on to a striker who's had a very good season, although, admittedly I wasn't too fussed if he stayed and if he had probably wouldn't have been as successful as he has been.

What I was getting at is that even if there was a figure.....and there is...... who decides whether its "s***e" or not? How do we know how it compares to the rest of the League? What are we judging it against?

We don't know how much Gillingham offered compared to how much we did, we don't know if they offered more and that has put them into more debt than it would have done had he not joined.....

Figures mean little when taken out of context and in isolation.

If I gave you a figure, you'd decide whether it was s***e or not....and the next person might not be in agreement with your assessment.....and so on!
5  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Jon Brady on: Yesterday at 19:10:01
Yes, very good post. We've still got no chance of staying up though. Who's to blame? Is it Curle, for getting in a load of dross.
Was Edmonson really one of his main targets in the transfer window, or was that just spin, hoping he'd come good because the budget was so s***e. Was the budget s***e though? Who knows, none of us that's for sure. If it was, then KT has to take the brunt of the blame considering we got 1000000 plus for Goode and it seems next to none of it was spent on transfer fees.
But, hey ho. At least most people are happy we've still got a team to support and as long as we can finish 22nd or higher next season we'll be ok in our s***ty little ground with no ambition and no chance of anything exciting happening any time soon.

Who decides what a "s***e" budget is?

What would people say was an acceptable budget for this season?
6  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Relegation Watch 20/21 on: April 13, 2021, 21:09:11 pm
The updated bottom 6....

19.  AFC Wimbledon    P 40   Pts 42   GD -18
20.  Wigan Athletic      P 41   Pts 41   GD -23
21.  Northampton T     P 41   Pts 40   GD -24
22.  Bristol Rovers       P 41   Pts 38   GD -24
23.  Swindon Town      P 41   Pts 37   GD -28
24.  Rochdale              P 40   Pts 36   GD -22
7  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh R.I.P. on: April 13, 2021, 21:05:47 pm
How come we're the only game on Friday and the rest of league 1 are playing Saturday? Don't they want to watch all day funeral coverage?

Neither us or Boro played tonight yet 16 of the other 22 teams did......
8  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Relegation Watch 20/21 on: April 13, 2021, 20:58:40 pm
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbank's a good manager. He's taken Burton from about 8 or so points from safety to complete safety in about 16 or so games and they looked proper doomed. Even we won there.
played 18, won 11, drawn 2, lost five.

When he took over on New Years Day they were bottom of the league with 13 points having played 21 games, one more than us and were eight points behind us.

Now four months later they are 17th, eleven points ahead of us on 51 having played a game less! Since Jan 1st they have picked up 38 points and we have picked up 19.

9  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Relegation Watch 20/21 on: April 13, 2021, 20:40:36 pm
I think this is the best way around if one side is going to win this match.

Think I would have preferred Dale to lose and therefore be marooned and odds on for one of the four places......this way round everyone still has a chance, Dale have a relatively easy run in on paper and have form for escaping these situations!

Good time I guess for "who's got who left".....

Wimbledon: HOME v SWINDON, home v Oxford, away v Ipswich, HOME v ROCHDALE, home v Portsmouth, away v Lincoln

Wigan: Home v Crewe, away v Shrewsbury, home v Burton, away v Hull, HOME v SWINDON

Cobblers: Away v Peterborough, home v Ipswich, away v Gillingham, home v Blackpool, away v Sunderland

Bristol Rovers: Home v Lincoln, home v MK Dons, away v Portsmouth, home v Crewe, away v Blackpool

Swindon: AWAY v WIMBLEDON, home v Portsmouth, away v MK Dons, home v Ipswich, AWAY v WIGAN

Rochdale: Home v Accrington, home v Blackpool, away v Crewe, AWAY v WIMBLEDON, home v Doncaster, away v MK Dons
10  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Relegation Watch 20/21 on: April 13, 2021, 20:28:18 pm
Rochdale 2-0 up on Swindon now.....
11  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: April 13, 2021, 16:39:46 pm
What you're going to get is some logistics/distribution warehouses.....maybe a "fans village", possibly a hotel, and maybe a car well as a completed (whatever that looks like) stand.

That's your lot...... that's the sum total of the regeneration as far as the club is concerned......
12  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Sunderland (a) on: April 12, 2021, 14:28:38 pm
Moved back to the Sunday with a 12pm k.o.

Whose funeral now?

Lucky I hadn't booked a hotel...was toying with the idea. Of course, would need to hire a 🍒 picker to get a view!

All the League 1 games have been moved to this time and date for Sky TV coverage.
13  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: April 11, 2021, 17:11:10 pm
From a report about the complex and relationship between Athletics club, Ntfc and nbc.

It was realised that Northampton Borough Council has no repairing responsibilities for the Stadium complex. The Council has the right to inspect the property twice per annum and can serve notices to require works to be completed if the Football Club is found to be in breach of the Lease.

And this has long been the way! The Council built the ground and lease it out to the club for a peppercorn rent. The Club is obliged to keep on top of general maintenance and for any redevelopment undertaken. If it wasn't this way then why does the Football Club list the unfinished East Stand as an asset on their balance sheet to the value of around 2.4 million?
Remember all the talk of the millstone around the Councils neck, the 500k a year annual upkeep of the stadium site.....that was taken on by the Club as part of the lease arrangement.
14  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: April 11, 2021, 17:02:47 pm
Fishing again Terry, I thought you would have realised that no one on the Trust board reads this anymore  Wink

They don't? Oh....ok!  Grin
15  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Rattling the Rovers 10.4.21 on: April 10, 2021, 23:12:34 pm
Such negativity. Evers won't be impressed. Have you got some sort of anti club agenda?😮

Since a great performance to beat Pompey we've won 2 in 8 and haven't scored more than one goal in any of those eight games.

I've studied the form, I've studied the remaining games and I think we'll come up just short.....

There's no doubt we can stay up....but that goes for any of the other  teams too.....and we can't all stay up!
16  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Rattling the Rovers 10.4.21 on: April 10, 2021, 22:31:17 pm
Partly agree with you as JB might have rung the changes sooner to bring on Marshall and AJones as within a few minutes we had scored. I also thought that Chucks made a difference too. What annoys me is that the attitude of a few on here who seem to think that after todays result we are going to be relegated with 15 points to gain. As Pedji points out we appear to be set out not to lose.  I often wonder what his selection team are thinking?  Actually I believe todays result favours us more than it it did Rovers. Think Brady is coming to the point where he has to be brave and chance his luck and ours for that matter. Can we do it ? 7 more points may well be sufficient and is not beyond us.

I agree that the result did Rovers no favours at all.....and if we only had to finish above one or two teams we'd look at it as a good point, but its 4 from 6 and there are a number of 6 pointers still to come for other teams....therefore teams below WILL pick up points along the way......will we pick up any? True, we have five games left, and yes we need 7 or 8 points I think.....but Wimbledon still have seven to play, Swindon still have Rochdale, Wimbledon and Wigan to play.....Rochdale and Wimbledon still have to play each other.....they can't all lose!

FWIW, I think Rochdale are gone, Rovers will join them and then probably Swindon as well.....but I can see Wigan and Wimbledon as the two to escape which leaves us in 21st......
17  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Relegation Watch 20/21 on: April 10, 2021, 22:25:51 pm
The games are not taking place at 15:00 Saturday because of the funeral. They are all changing day/time.

Most if not all of them will just change kickoff time as there are so few midweeks to go now....the season finishes in 4 weeks!! Pretty much everyone is playing all the next three midweeks already, and six teams already have a game on 4th May.

There will be 1300 starts and 1600-1700 starts I reckon
18  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Relegation Watch 20/21 on: April 10, 2021, 21:32:16 pm
Big week for Swindon, away at Rochdale on Tuesday and away at Wimbledon on Saturday.....teams below us are guaranteed to pick up points this week.

Toughest assignment is most definitely ours on Saturday......

AFC WIMBLEDON  v  SWINDON TOWN, one or both will get something from the game
BRISTOL ROVERS  v  Lincoln City, The Imps are one win in 10 now and seem to have blown their automatic promotion chances
Peterborough United  v  NORTHAMPTON TOWN
ROCHDALE  v  Accrington Stanley, Dale without a home win since October and just that solitary home win all season against Stanley who have shipped 23 goals in their last 8 games
WIGAN ATHLETIC  v  Crewe Alexandra, The Alex have gone off the boil after heavy defeats to Burton and now Oxford mean they have little left to play for.
19  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Rattling the Rovers 10.4.21 on: April 10, 2021, 20:34:16 pm
Brady is a decent coach but is he a manager? Going forward, whichever division we are in, there is a huge rebuilding job to be done in the summer as many players are out of contract. Does anyone have confidence that Brady is the man to have in that position?

Thomas was hinting at an overhaul.....perhaps a Director of Football appointment is on the cards.
20  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Rattling the Rovers 10.4.21 on: April 10, 2021, 17:11:31 pm
Five to play....

Boro away...2nd place three points off the leaders and five ahead of third places Sunderland
Ipswich home.... 8th place three points outside the playoff places
Gillingham away.... 10th place four points outside the playoff places
Blackpool home.... 4th place, two points inside the playoff zone, unbeaten in 14
Sunderland away..... 3rd place, five points behind Boro

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