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1  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Play-off watch on: April 16, 2024, 21:12:03 pm
Lincoln won the big game at Oxford to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Imps have to play Cheltenham and Portsmouth in their final two. Oxford have Stevenage and Exeter to play. I can see both picking up points and as a result dragging Barnsley into things. The Tykes looked assured of a playoff spot but now have to play Blackpool, themselves still in the picture, and of course us at home on the last day.
Chances are they will need something from the game with us.

Friday 19th         Oxford v Stevenage

Saturday 20th     Blackpool v Barnsley
                          Cheltenham v Lincoln

Saturday 27th     Barnsley v Northampton
                         Exeter City v Oxford
                          Lincoln v Portsmouth
                          Reading v Blackpool
2  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Kieron Bowie on: April 16, 2024, 21:01:07 pm
With him out of contract, in theory we would not need to bid anything!

Unless of course Fulham offer him another contract which then also means we wouldn't put a bid in as it would be pointless!!

It will come down to wages, and there will be plenty of suitors that we could not compete with on that score.
3  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Ups & downs on: April 16, 2024, 20:53:18 pm
Congratulations to Portsmouth, promoted back to the Championship. Well done too to Stockport (Champions) and Mansfield, both of whom gained promotion to League 1 tonight.


Forest Green dropped back out of the League.....
4  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: April 16, 2024, 15:48:37 pm
I was chatting to someone earlier who is very close to this football world:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cv27e9qn4qno

The main team in Bedford are next door but they hate each other. This guy is clearly on the hunt for someone to swallow up and develop his 'Real Bedford' dream. I couldn't help think of the coming together of Rushden Diamonds. He ran loads of free buses and free tickets to get 1,000 in to watch their latest 0 v 0 draw. Some of their players on silly money for a team about to reach tier 8.

Anyone for some 'Real Cobblers'?

At that level it doesn't take much cash to make a difference.

Real Bedford (renamed from just plain old Bedford) played alongside the likes of ON Chenecks, Raunds and Sileby Rangers in 2023 winning Division 1 with 32 wins from 38 games to earn promotion to the Premier Division. This season at that level they have had a right battle with MK Irish, those two teams sitting over 20 points clear of the rest. A goalless draw between the top two last month attracted a crowd of over 500, Real Bedford sit three points ahead with two games left to play.

Fair to say that the public had not brought into the dream as before their last game which as you say was supplemented by freebies and free travel, their crowds at McMullen Park have been in the 140-180 range.
5  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Welcome Nigel Le Quesne on: April 16, 2024, 15:38:34 pm
I believe he actually paid £5.8m.

You seem to be in the know but I don't know whether you are making this one up!

When 5USports bought the club it was valued at £6.68m, so if the leases have boosted the clubs value up to north of £23m that would give you an indication of what the land is really worth!

I am a interested in this stuff so it will be good to see which 25% he has bought....

The latest changes (as per Confirmation Statement lodged with Companies House) to the shareholding of NT Ventures was made in 2018 and that left Kelvin with 10%, Belle De Jour (David and Jane Bower) with 80% and David with 10% in his name only.
In 2021 BDJ ceased to be a "person" with significant control however both David and Jane were named individually as persons from this point, this has not been reflected in any of the confirmation statements since though.

Its possible that Nigel has bought both Davids and Kelvins personal shares plus another 5% thereby leaving the Bowers still in "significant control" (threshold 75%)

Means nothing really to us of course......!!
6  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: 25% stake on: April 15, 2024, 14:24:32 pm
Will provide leadership and management on whatever is on the horizon, and with the club needing £3m to pay for the land and/or money to finish the stand it’s pretty easy to see where this ‘investment’ is going….

Still, any investment in the club is good for us fans eh?!
7  General Category / General Chat / Re: War on: April 13, 2024, 21:16:06 pm
Iran will attack Israel and that’s the beginning of the end.

And they're off......
8  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Play-off watch on: April 13, 2024, 19:26:43 pm
Classic case of 'getting there' with the chase, and then fcuking it up as soon as they arrive!

Donny in league2 - 8 wins on the trot. Now that is an incredible run. They are now one win away from the play offs having been about 19th/20th a few weeks ago. Football eh!


1st February they were 22nd with 28 points, sixteen points away from seventh. Now after one defeat in 16 they are just a point behind Crawley in that last spot and three behind Barrow. Big game next Saturday as Donny host Barrow!
9  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Play-off watch on: April 13, 2024, 19:12:00 pm
Well it looks like Lincoln should have kept their money in their pockets for the summer!  Wink

 Grin Grin

A first defeat in 17 which leaves them five points behind Oxford, each with three games to play. Tuesday night....Oxford v Lincoln! 

Oxford have themselves  "done a Lincoln" in winning their last three scoring 4, 4, and 5 in the process, conceding none.
10  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: The Hotel End Grand National Sweepstake 2024 - RUNNERS AND RIDERS on: April 13, 2024, 17:38:36 pm
Grumpy Old Man will not be so grumpy now!!

Mr Incredible was Mr Invisible....maintaining my poor record in this. Oh well, there's always next year!!
11  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Ups & downs on: April 13, 2024, 16:46:38 pm
Mansfield only need 1 more point.

Decent following of 3,653 at MK today
12  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Ups & downs on: April 13, 2024, 16:06:19 pm
Stockport and Wrexham both promoted from League 2. Nobody else down from League 1 yet, nobody up yet either, and the picture at the bottom of the Championship is still messy!
13  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Fleetwood away 13/04/24 on: April 13, 2024, 16:04:28 pm
Every now and then you get a reminder that we're not all that!! For all the talk of "excellent season" we have these dire results and performances, losing to a team who'd only won 4 at home all season, a defeat which was actually our 23rd, yes 23rd defeat of the season in all competitions.
14  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Fleetwood away 13/04/24 on: April 13, 2024, 15:54:59 pm
0-2 FT
15  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Fleetwood away 13/04/24 on: April 13, 2024, 14:50:48 pm
HT: 63% possession but only 2 shots to their 11, no corners to their five......speaking of five, we're probably lucky not to be five down!
16  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Fleetwood away 13/04/24 on: April 13, 2024, 14:32:31 pm
This really isn't right

Its the norm for us at Fleetwood unfortunately.....we just don't turn up there!
17  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Sky Sports EFL confirmed on: April 13, 2024, 11:54:51 am
More details here....

https://www.skysports.com/football/news/21564/12873679/sky-sports-agrees-new-five-year-efl-deal-over-1000-matches-per-season

Main takeaways, with 248 games per season that will work out at around 7 per week for League 1. Greater parity across all clubs in the league, therefore they won't necessarily show a Derby County game every week for example!

Minimum camera coverage is mentioned, a minimum of four cameras for streamed games and eight for televised games.

The 3pm blackout remains, therefore we will still be unable to watch Saturday 3pm games without a VPN!

Notice period for movement of fixtures.....before the season starts all the games before FA Cup 3rd round weekend (January) will be announced so there will be up to four months notice.

Games shown on existing channels...ie it doesn't look like this will be a "pay extra service"...as long as you pay for Sky Sports already. Non-subscribers will be able to buy day/month passes for Sky Sports and Now TV.

Looking at another article it suggests that SIX games will be shown at 1230 on a Saturday across all three EFL Leagues and with 328 Championship games against 248 from each of League 1 and 2 there should be a fairly even spread. Four other games will be shown every Saturday with evening (1715-2000) kickoffs.
18  General Category / The Games Room / Re: GTA game 49 Fleetwood away on: April 13, 2024, 00:41:54 am
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19  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Ups & downs on: April 12, 2024, 23:10:19 pm
I think Blackburn might end up dropping.....games against Leeds, Coventry and Leicester still to play, along with a big 6 pointer at home to Sheffield Wednesday.

EDIT: They've only just gone and won at Leeds..... I reckon they're safe!
20  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Fleetwood away 13/04/24 on: April 11, 2024, 22:46:05 pm
We are at the business end of the season and whilst there is nothing to play for for us, there certainly is for our opponents on Saturday, The Cod Army of Fleetwood.

After defeat at near neighbours Blackpool on Tuesday night the Cods find themselves six points from safety with four games to go. Realistically they need three wins to stay up and with only three wins in their last 28 (yes TWENTY-EIGHT) games in all competitions thats going to be a tough ask! Trips to Peterborough and Leyton Orient follow the game with us, and if they are still in with a chance of staying up then the last day game at home to Burton will be fun!!

The Cobblers are set to take around 700 fans to the Fylde Coast on Saturday, a decent following which might boost Fleetwoods average gate a bit higher than the current 3,450.

The Cods have only won four league games at home this season with Leyton Orient, Port Vale, Exeter and Wigan the only ones to leave with their tails between their legs. 12 defeats in 21 home games tells a story and is a large part of why they are struggling at the bottom end of the table, picking up just 17 points at home, the same as they have picked up on their travels. Their current run is six games without a win, failing to score in four of those games, a goalless draw at Stevenage probably the stand out result in this frame.

Fleetwood are new to the Football League, only gaining promotion to the EFL in 2012, promotion followed in 2014 thanks to a playoff final victory over Burton Albion, and they are now in their 10th consecutive season in League 1, not bad for a club who have averaged 3000-3500 every season over that period. They actually made the playoffs for promotion to the Championship twice too losing in the semi finals both times, but after a 20th placed finish in 2022 it looks like the trap door will stay open this season.

Charlie Adam is the man at the helm, he took over after Lee Johnson (son of our Gary) had a short and unsuccessful spell of just 22 games in charge, winning only 6. Scott Brown and Steven Crainey are other names who have tried to steer the Cods ship since 2021, Adam being the eighth different manager (including temporary managers) in the last three years.

Goals for the team have been hard to come by this season, the experienced Jayden Stockley is their leading scorer with ten (nine of them in the League). Promise Omochere is likely to be the other threat up front, he has bagged five goals which leave him level with Jack Marriott, a player who departed for pastures new three months ago. Danny Mayor, a forward player who scored quite a few for Bury a few years back is probably due a goal..... 36 appearances in all competitions this season have brought him the princely total of zero so far!

We met once in the FA Cup before Fleetwood joined the League, Luke Guttridge scoring twice in a 2-1 Cobblers win back in 2009. This will be the twelfth League encounter between the sides, they have five wins to our four. Our first four visits to Highbury ended in defeat, we didn't score a goal in any of them. Slightly improving that record was our 0-0 draw in the last meeting there back in January 2021, a game played behind closed doors. So will Saturday be the day we score our first goal at Fleetwood?? Earlier this season at Sixfields we recorded a routine 3-0 win, two Mitch Pinnock goals either side of a Sam Hoskins penalty.

Thomas Kirk is assigned to be the ref, he has flashed 124 yellow and four red cards so far this season, three of the reds in his last six games. He has already trodden the Highbury turf this season handling one of those rare Fleetwood wins (3-0 over Exeter) We last saw him for our 1-1 draw at Hartlepool last March, a game in which he didn't book a single Cobbler!

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