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1  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Down memory lane on: February 12, 2018, 10:46:03 am
I remember the trip to the Tan Hill on the way to Darlington. There was a picture taken with an NTFC flag outside the pub, don't suppose anyone has it still do they?
2  The Hotel End / Travel/NTFC Supporters Ltd. / Re: Trust statement on decisions made following Crowdfunding consultation on: February 12, 2018, 10:23:56 am
Hi guys. The Trust made a 1,000 donation to the Hartlepool United Supporters' Trust last month.
3  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: The 'Clare Balding' POTS: Blackburn (a) 27/01/2018 on: February 01, 2018, 09:46:24 am
Bit late to this, but Turnbull was exceptional.
4  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: Alistair Slowe on: January 21, 2018, 17:56:14 pm
Sorry Fez, couldn't resist  Grin
Not my finest post on here Grin

I was young and naive and still yet to be cynical about the world!!
5  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Bradford (Away) on: January 14, 2018, 10:43:22 am
Fantastic day out. Headed off at 6am to play the Bradford fans' team up there in the morning in a charity game for the Burns Unit. A 3-1 win got us all off to a good start.

Bantams team were top class, inviting us back to the pub for some pints before helping us get parking right near the ground and some more drinks at a Latvian bar nearby.

On the pitch for the Cobblers, the best away performance since Oxford. Every player was battling and it was refreshing to see us both attack and press the ball away from home. Fully deserved win, and the fans were superb throughout. Noticed there were a few hoarse voices with the fans' team lads when went back for some more beer with the Bantams post-match.

Yesterday was everything that was good about being a lower league fan - a great day out, a good laugh with the opposition, and seeing your team go for it. Lovely Smiley
6  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: January 2018 Transfer Rumours Thread on: January 05, 2018, 11:21:37 am
Were we this negative when we first signed Bayo?? An overwieght unfit centre forward!
But the look of the leeds defence faces when he started to run towards them on his debut was something I will never forget!
I haven't judged a single Cobblers player before he has kicked a ball since then.

I was dismayed when we first signed Bayo, having laughed my arse off when he waddled on against us for Millwall just a few weeks before he ended up moving to us.

I was also delighted when we signed Leon Constantine...

You just never know how it's going to end up.
7  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: January 2018 Transfer Rumours Thread on: January 04, 2018, 14:37:17 pm

They didn't reject a 4m bid as it never happened.
Yer, just found the follow up article on Sc***horpe Telegraph.

Thanks for clarifying.
8  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: January 2018 Transfer Rumours Thread on: January 04, 2018, 14:06:53 pm
Van Veen at Scunny was the subject of a 4m from a Chinese Super League Club this time last year, The Iron rejected it and were holding out for a figure nearer 8m.

Somehow I doubt we'll be able to get him this year for an undisclosed (10k) fee!!
Having looked this up I can't believe they rejected 4m for a player who had scored, when the bid was lodged, 12 goals in League One for them over more than 70 appearances spread across three years.

Utter madness Shocked Shocked
9  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: NORTHAMPTON TOWN PARTNER WITH 5USPORT on: January 01, 2018, 11:39:31 am
Have the Trust found out anything more about our owners/investors than those of us on here?
Not really, no. When they first took over the Trust invited the Chinese owners to come to an Open Forum or meeting, but we were told that their English wasn't too great.

I'm going to push for us to extend that invite once again when we meet again soon.
10  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: January 2018 Transfer Rumours Thread on: January 01, 2018, 11:32:17 am
Having seen Chelsea U21s absolutely batter MK Dons 4-0 earlier this month, I'm sincerely hoping Jimmy uses his Chelsea contacts to potentially look at some of their young players on loan.

I get people's reluctance against loans, I really do, but I think when used correctly then they can get you some very good young players.

Callum Hudson-Odoi looked a frightening prospect, with electric pace and he absolutely tormented some established League One defenders. In fact all their attackers were absolutely rapid. Pace hurts at any level, we don't have anyone who can run with the ball currently. They had plenty of attacking talent in that mould who looked like they would stand out like a sore thumb in our team.

I don't know how realistic it would be to get the likes of Hudson-Odoi. I would think they would have a host of clubs after them and I'd imagine the likes of Chelsea might be reluctant to send young players out for a relegation scrap so early in their careers. But I'd hope with Jimmy's connection he might perhaps persuade them.

Of course, kids aren't the overall answer - and as many have alluded to I'd like to see some 'League One' type battlers signed on.

We need someone in the mould of Nicky Law at Bradford (I'm not suggesting for a second that he would dream of coming to us). Someone who can just sit in the middle of the park and dominate alongside JJOT. Hopefully this would allow Crooks to move further forward as an attacking CM, where I thought he looked a great player in the first few games under JFH supporting the strikers. Bizarrely hasn't been played in that position since.
11  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Walsall (H) 16th Dec on: December 17, 2017, 12:56:49 pm
Yesterday was the best performance I've seen us put in since Oxford away. Disastrous start, and I'd say neither Pierre or Cornell covered themselves in glory, but the response to that setback was great.

Not usually a fan of O'Toole playing a number 10 role, but I thought his physicality and mobility caused Walsall some problems and gave Chris Long some overdue support up top.

Thought Foley had an excellent game in a more wide position, and he could be a short-term answer there until we get the wingers required in January.

Much more positive, but we need to make that a consistent match performance level. It can't come around once every month.
12  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Cornell on: December 17, 2017, 12:49:37 pm
According to Soccerbase yesterday was Cornell's 21st game for us, and only his SECOND win (the other was the 3-2 away at Port Vale under Rob Page).

The full stats are: P21 W2 D5 L14

Those stats are alarming across two seasons and three different managers. While obviously he's not at fault for every single one of those results, it's quite clear he doesn't inspire confidence in defenders.

He's a decent penalty saver, and has got a good kick, but I'm not convinced that he's up to scratch on any other levels of his game.

If he's our number one for the rest of the season I have grave doubts as to whether we would survive, and Lee Harper hinted at the same thing in his summarising on Radio Northampton. So it's imperative we replace Ingram properly IF he is out.
13  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Sixfields Asset of Community Value application. on: November 29, 2017, 17:51:09 pm
What is the Clubs view of the application ?  Must admit that i have'nt given it too much consideration if its a good or bad thing to have.  What do the supporters think as a whole ?
Kelvin knows about it and has absolutely no problems with it. I can only see it as being a good thing myself, it gives it extra protection from development and effectively helps to keep it as a sports stadium. IF it is granted, that is.
14  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Sixfields Asset of Community Value application. on: November 29, 2017, 10:18:59 am
I thought that that was talked about a while ago and had already been done?
It's been talked about for a while, and we've actually made several applications stemming back from a few months without hearing back from the council.

The latest application was physically handed to the council leader, Jonathan Nunn, in a meeting the Trust held with the council a few weeks back.
15  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: November 03, 2017, 18:46:04 pm
Unfortunately barton the trust (mainly a certain mr lomax) alienated a large section of cobblers fans shortly after the move to sixfields and the memory lives long. I'm a lifelong cobblers fan, a 30yr + season ticket holder and the bitter after taste remains to this day so unfortunately the trust is tarred and therefore open to abuse. Feel free to pm me for details.
And I think this is perhaps also a little case of why we get fed up sometimes.

I was three years old when we moved to Sixfields and I'm now a board member of the Trust. So this makes me 'open to abuse'Huh?
16  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: November 03, 2017, 18:43:40 pm
Fez, I was referring to communication/information on a wider scale so no U-turn by me and to the structure of the Trust itself with 16 directors.  I made no mention of the Trust in reference the East Stand.  As I said, I am trying to be balanced & objective and not rush to judgment.  But taking the Trust website as an example, a weekly or twice monthly update is surely possible if you want to get more people interested plus using other social media daily when possible.  The "Latest News" is dated 27 July. No further comment on that needed.  

It is no good the likes of Barton coming on here every time there is a word of criticism (what is this site for if not for a lively exchange of supporters' views?), reacting like a hurt child and then trotting out the same tired old lines.  It doesn't work as is shown by what appears to be stagnant membership numbers so something is wrong. The key is recognising that this is the case.  Supporters' apathy and in some cases disenchantment in relation to the Trust is widespread.  On a personal front distance is a problem on weekdays.  However, this is not just me or even about me.  Much of our support comes from a similar distance. I know regular supporters who are based in London, Herts and Birmingham. A fair number also appear to live in the north. I was told some years ago that over i/3rd of season tickets holders live outside the Northants postcodes. Even allowing for a good number with MK postcodes living in north Bucks this is a sizeable number.  There is not much that can be done about involving us exiles in person except on Saturdays and that is not feasible since the club needs the few rooms it has for hospitality.  
Your comment on the news section of the website I have no arguments with. We do obviously have programme notes for every home game, and maybe it's a case of just copying and pasting them onto the website for a start to keep it more updated.

We have around 800 members which I consider a very healthy number compared to a lot of other Trusts, and is a healthy percentage of our fan base. But of course, we'd love it to be higher.

With regards to the apathy, again, while we can take a look at how to improve this, I'm not entirely sure we are entirely to blame for this. Do we need people with fresh ideas on how to attract people - yes. I've always said this, but no such person has come forward yet. That is, whether you like it or not, reliant on said person having the attitude of wanting to change things.

You may not like the way Barton replies to things, but I'm sorry, I think he has every reason to get a little aggrieved when it's the same old four or five people (and it really is only that small a number) who trot out the same old lines themselves. There's always an offer to get involved with the Trust extended to said people at the end of all of our posts, and that offer is always declined for one reason or another. And I'm sorry, but that does grate with both Barton and myself. We can't do any more, and we can't do it all by ourselves. The people throwing out the criticisms need to reciprocate in some way.
17  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: November 03, 2017, 18:07:20 pm
I understand certain facts need to be kept under wraps during negotiations BUT can you say if you feel progress is being made, especially with the Council?
I definitely feel progress has been made, but whether that transcends into an end result we all want to see I wouldn't be able to say. This is rather complex in that effectively we're hearing contrasting accounts from the council and the football club. That requires, frustratingly, a bit more patience to unearth the true position - and I can totally understand why patience is thin from the supporters. We're all Cobblers fans, we all want the damn thing built to the best standard it can possibly be.
18  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: November 03, 2017, 17:51:54 pm
The Trust have held three meetings alone in the last week. One was only yesterday evening. We'd love to publicise the contents of them straight away, we really would. But it requires patience on our behalf, and if we have to take a bit of a pasting on here, then so be it.

In fact Vintage, I seem to recall you saying we were doing the right thing by finding out the full picture of things before commenting. That was just a few weeks ago, so I'm a little surprised to see you take what is effectively a u-turn.

I know the game, I really do. Once people have had their say here on the council, and then the club, they turn to the Trust. It's a circle I know won't end until the stand is built.

All I'll ask is for people to trust us. Trust us that we're working behind the scenes and that when we have something to say, we'll say it.

We may not be doing things the way you like. But just consider how split debates are on here, and consider that we're in rather an impossible position to please everyone.

I know being a bit quiet on this is not a popular position to take bearing in mind it's the one that's getting the club criticism, but it's all we can offer at the moment because if we come out all guns blazing it undoes quite a few weeks of work.

Vintage, you raise some interesting ideas r.e how we operate. If you want them to become more than ideas you have to bite the bullet, make the journey of 70 miles and come along and propose it at the AGM. I'm sorry, but that's the way it works.
19  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Playing for their futures on: October 14, 2017, 19:23:24 pm
Have waited for a couple of hours to gather some thoughts. But for me, there's clearly not been enough background research done on the players we have signed.

Without wanting to constantly harp back to Wilder and Knill, they did just as much research on a player's character as they did into their ability.

Clearly the recruitment has been woefully lacking in that department since those two left, whether it's now down to the managers or Melville, I don't know. What I do know is that we have effectively been left with a group of shrinking violets.

Unless we take the lead, which with our scoring record at the moment is highly unlikely, we just don't stand a chance.

With the exception of Buchanan, and possibly Ash Taylor and McWilliams, there's absolutely no leaders, characters or grafters out there. Hardly anyone geeing others up when the going gets tough, dropped heads all around the place, nobody taking the game by the scruff of the neck to inspire their teammates.

I don't like to say this, but I think it's already too late. I think we're going to have too much to do by January. I sincerely hope I'm eating these words in a couple of month's time.
20  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Stats - Easier Games to come on: October 14, 2017, 18:31:56 pm

Total Projection 31 points = Relegation
Lips Sealed
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