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1  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Which players would you like to see the club try to sign? on: May 18, 2018, 17:32:12 pm
Nicky Law and Tony McMahon have been released by Bradford.
Always been impressed whenever I've seen Law, and just the kind of centre midfielder we could do with in League Two. Would gladly take him.
2  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: May 03, 2018, 16:08:01 pm
Still waiting for an answer to my question from above although in fairness, Fez or Barton might not have seen it.

To your knowledge is the East Stand development coming from private funds c£4million mentioned on the Thomas/Bower takeover or is it reliant on a wider development of the land around the stadium, possibly an enabling deal?
In short, I don't know the answer to your question. It's one of a thousand questions we all have. I'll add it to the list.
3  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: KELVIN THOMAS ITS ALL YOUR FAULT on: April 30, 2018, 11:26:03 am
Didn't KT have connections with the Eastleigh bloke who has taken over Sunderland? I wonder if there are any implications for us. Not sure why just pondering!
He would have known Stewart Donald yes, but strongly doubt it will affect us in any way.

Interestingly though, I seem to recall that Donald was a large part in paying off the compensation for Wilder to leave Oxford and come to us. Can't remember where exactly I read it, but pretty sure.
4  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Walsall Satdee (great escape part two) on: April 30, 2018, 11:16:50 am
The subs didn't work. And while I didn't agree with taking off either Crooks or McWilliams (they were by far our best players), and certainly didn't agree with bringing van Veen on, I can't really have a go at Dean for it.

All year I've just wanted us to go for it. A manager finally does it, but sadly it doesn't pan out. It's 50/50. Had JFH been a bit more bold some of those 50/50 chances throughout the season may have gone in our favour and we could be five or six points better off.

Dean made one poor tactical choice, but with the best of intentions. I'd rather see that then still have JFH in charge and have everyone back for corners when we're 3-0 down like we were against Rotherham.

I'm not sure yet whether I want Austin as the manager. My heart tells me he 'gets us' as a club and a fanbase, and he's clearly a great guy. But my head tells me he was part of the managerial team that is ultimately responsible. At the very least he gave us some passion and pride for a couple of weeks, even a bit of hope. We were effectively dead and buried after Posh, and all I wanted is for us not to go down with a whimper. I think DA probably did the best he could in that regards.
5  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Claret Shoemakers IFC - The Cobblers Fans Team on: April 27, 2018, 12:13:18 pm
That's pretty much our entire squad you've described there  Grin
He's not wrong Grin
6  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: April 17, 2018, 09:36:39 am
Again all guess work and supposition on my part, but I fear the council will be put into a corner by our clubs supporters trust /support base  demanding they facilitate this latest consortium to take control of land leases in order to allow our football club some unconditional  enabling monies from this windfall, that will be pitiful in the extreme, but happily accepted on our behalf by close friends of KT and co instead of hard negotiations for a pre agreed minimum acceptable amount by our supporters.
Nothing now but retaining these adjacent grounds for the future is a better option than accepting a token gesture and a lost golden oppertunity.
Basically those too cozy with this regime must be hooked from any negotiations.

How much would you consider the pre agreed minimum acceptable amount?
7  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: April 16, 2018, 16:28:18 pm
All these questions are why we've called the meeting.
8  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: April 16, 2018, 00:50:54 am
This is where you and me absolutely concur. The first thing the Trust should do before doing anything for KT is ballot its membership on what action they intend to take about not having a seat on the board. For the Trust to be considered as anything other than a total paper tiger it needs that huge issue resolving first.

In addition to this. If the Trust has been told what the discrepancy is between what NTFC and the council are saying, and are not revealing this to its membership, then I'm afraid their place as an advocate of the supporters is lost. Whilst I believe a degree of discretion is wise. This should not extend any further than it already has. I would suggest that it is high time the Trust divulge what they know, and let those they advocate for be the judges of whether or not they are happy with either the club or the council.
Thanks for the feedback Nigel. I shall pass it on.

All I can say is that we're trying to establish as much information as we can, hence we're calling for this meeting. Once we all have that, then I'm sure we'll be all ears.
9  The Hotel End / Travel/NTFC Supporters Ltd. / Trust update on East Stand and departure of 5USport on: April 15, 2018, 16:26:37 pm
Have been asked to post the following:


The Trust wishes to update Cobblers supporters on some of the work it has been doing behind the scenes in what has been a busy few weeks.

We appreciate that fans are keen for an update on the East Stand development, following the passing of the end of March deadline which Northampton Borough Council gave the Trust as a reasonable date for these lease issues to have been completed.

It was the Trust which pushed for this date to be made public in the hope that it would spark the required action. Needless to say, we are incredibly disappointed that this deadline has not been met, and will be seeking further clarification from Northampton Borough Council immediately as to why there have been further delays.

In the last month, the Trust has held meetings with both the council and the football club, and we are at the stage now where we are being told conflicting information as to who needs to take the next step to conclude these matters.

It is our intention therefore to invite both the council and the football club to a meeting where the Trust can hopefully mediate discussions and work out a way forward that will then reach a satisfactory conclusion for both the town and the football clubís supporters.

Fans are quite rightly fed up with the constant delays, and action is needed now. Therefore, we hope both the council and the club accept our invitations, which will be extended shortly.

Focusing now away from the redevelopment, fans will no doubt have seen the changes that have been made to the ownership structure of the football club - resulting in the departure of 5USport.

Following the announcement last June that 5USport had acquired a controlling interest in the club's parent company Northampton Town Ventures Ltd (NTVL), the Trust initiated its own due diligence on 5USport. 

This included checks with credit agencies, a major Chinese bank, counterparty due diligence services and other data providers in mainland China. Our checks showed no violations of the Chinese criminal or civil code, but revealed little about 5USportís finances. 

The Trust's concerns primarily related to the lack of information that was publicly available on this front, notably any profit and loss accounts and balance sheet statements to underpin confidence in 5USportís ability to support the club financially. 

This was compounded by growing unease at the late submission of the NTVL Confirmation Statement, which indicated that the company had not in fact been sold to 5USport, combined with the disclosure at Companies House of a short term loan made to the club in January by David Bower and Kelvin Thomas.

As a meeting had already been scheduled with Kelvin Thomas and other senior staff for March 29, and with the loan seemingly not having been repaid, the Trust put the question of club ownership and finances at the top of its agenda.   

This was largely negated after we were informed at the very outset of the meeting that Mr Thomas and David Bower had re-acquired the shares owned by 5USport.

Moving forward the Trust is, as always, willing to assist the club in any way it can - be it on the issues of investment in the club or the redevelopment of Sixfields.

We are keen to help all parties be as transparent as possible in regards to the development plans and how this will benefit both the town and the long-term future of the football club.

We feel this could certainly be helped if the Trust were to regain its place on the board of the football club. We are keen to discuss this issue also with both the council and the club - given that involvement of the supportersí trust was a stipulation of the memorandum of understanding agreed between the council and Mr Thomas that exonerated the football club of any liability in respect of the £10.25m loan.

As always, our goal is to secure whatever is best for the football club and its supporters, and we sincerely hope that we will be allowed to do this with the co-operation of both the council and the football club.

If supporters wish to get in touch with the Trust regarding anything covered in this statement, or indeed anything you feel hasnít been covered, we will be happy to hear from you. Please email
10  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: April 15, 2018, 16:24:55 pm
Anybody know the outcome of the Trust Board meeting the other week ? I cant find any news about it either on here or the Trust website.
Here's the latest statement from the Trust:
11  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: April 10, 2018, 12:27:48 pm
Hi Fez. Any news regarding the plans / info on lease etc following the trust board meeting?
Sorry. Been ill since Thursday. Will update later on as I'm in a rush catching up with stuff at work!
12  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: What is going on? What do the Trust actually know? on: April 05, 2018, 12:14:13 pm
My point is the use of the terminology firefighting. I don't see your presence on here as firefighting. I see it as responding to those that that choose to challenge the staus quo, and on occasions question whether or not the Trust might once again find themselves implicit in something that might not benefit the supporters above those that seek to prosper from what is NTFC and it's surrounding land. The truth is you don't know, and neither do we. I'm clear on the fact that as far as I'm concerned KT has done alright by us so far. On a personal level I am more than happy to face up to challenge on that. From the Trust boards perspective, it is even more important that they are acutely aware of which direction they take the Trust, and that they aware of who they ultimately answer to. I don't like the fact that every time the Trust board feels threatened, they close ranks and issue the party edict that you either join us or abandon your point of view. 
As said, the firefighting phrase was meant light heartedly - perhaps I should have added a smiley on the end Grin

If people insinuate that as me saying no-one has a right to criticise us then it certainly wasn't my intention. If criticism is valid I've always said that we can hold our hands up to any mistakes we may have made, but at the same time outlined the reasoning of why we made those choices people may have disagreed with.

I have no problem with people asking questions of us, I do that every day in my job and welcome it - it's why I try and answer every single point raised on here.

I have to disagree with your last point about us 'closing ranks' though. Every time I post on here I ask people to come along, invite them to meetings etc. That to me is the complete opposite of closing ranks. Perhaps it comes off as aggressive though, I've never thought of it along those lines. In reality, I just want people to get involved - no matter how small a part it may be.
13  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: What is going on? What do the Trust actually know? on: April 05, 2018, 09:28:50 am
Use Campaign Monitor for the emails. Real easy, cheap and professional service they offer.
Was not expecting a serious response from you of all people. I might have to pass to you on Saturday morning for that now Grin
14  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: What is going on? What do the Trust actually know? on: April 05, 2018, 09:27:37 am
What an interesting turn of phrase... Does it feel like "firefighting" when you choose this platform to advertise everything you do? 

Not quite sure what point you're trying to make Nigel. My comment was quite clearly not a pop at the forum, it was obviously in regard to threads such as this where people are asking what the Trust is doing and I reply to them. It was a light-hearted turn of phrase, nothing more.

You know we're grateful for THE for allowing us to promote things we're doing. However if you'd rather we didn't just let me know and I'll stop and stick to moaning about the first team!!
15  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: What is going on? What do the Trust actually know? on: April 04, 2018, 19:20:54 pm
I appreciate what a difficult position that you guys are in and respect what good work that you do.
But looking in from afar KT does not seem to want anything to do with the trust, other than keep you at arms length and feed out snippets of info when he wants..

The coach thing just about sums it all up...

What about Tony Clarke, could he be approached to advise or assist the Trust again? Has the experience and history.
Tony Clarke is actually on the Trust board at the moment. He's been a big help and was with us during the first meeting with the council I believe.

Ultimately, Kelvin isn't that keen on having a supporters' elected member on the board. We broach the subject with him at regular opportunities and our hope is that one day we will finally convince him of the merits of having us on board.
16  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: What sort of club do you want? on: April 04, 2018, 18:24:56 pm
Some good ideas here, something to discuss at the upcoming trust meeting?
Both good ideas which I will personally raise at the meeting.

But, and this is the big but, we will need people to help us do it. That is, and always has been, the stumbling block.

tcobb, feel free to PM me if there are any other things I should know about your proposal. Particularly any ideas you may have as to how we would raise the money for such a fund.
17  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: What is going on? What do the Trust actually know? on: April 04, 2018, 18:16:49 pm
The Trust is there to represent the fans. You have had at least two meeting recently, one with NBC and one with KT. You have issued statements drafted as though you are bloody politicians, saying absolutely nothing of any substance other than come across as don't worry we know what is going on and we know best.

Again sorry but you were told / warned about DC for years, you (The Trust) were even in the boardroom yet you did and said nothing until it was basically too late. so why should we trust you now ?

Beds and I (and others) have asked on numerous occasions for information regarding the exact size and location of land / leases, of which you claim to have seen and still you do not communicate any information to us fans.

I don't understand with the Trust is that you all worked bloody hard and do loads of great work, give up your own valuable time, all for the good of NTFC, however when it comes to our club progressing and growing you all seem more than happy to sit on side, say nothing, demand or even ask for less, making sure you don't upset anyone in charge. I am sure i don't need to remind you that we have one of the smallest grounds in the country, one with one of the worst facilities, yet we must be one of only a few clubs that don't have a Prem / Championship club within 40 miles, all with a population of 250k on our doorstep. Our town can and should be supporting Championship football.

For almost 10 years now we have had a chairman who will not invest in anything medium term off the pitch. Once again we are back to League 2, history repeating itself again and again and again, and why?  Because just like Sammo said we have no plan, no identity, no vision, neither on or off the pitch.

So Roger the evidence is in the lack of evidence, in the lack of information, in the lack of questioning, in the lack of action. Please please please post on here, or a proper statement giving the exact details about what the Trust knows about the land and leases, who owns NTFC and what their plans are. I stood next to James at York away and said that KT will not develop the East stand, 2 years later I am still correct, another deadline has been and gone.

We, the fans want to know what is going on with our football club.
Derek, I will ask at the meeting tomorrow whether there is a map we can make public which can go into a bit more detail about which land is leased to who and what the plans are for it. I can't guarantee whether that's something I'll be able to do, but I will ask the question on your behalf.
18  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: What is going on? What do the Trust actually know? on: April 04, 2018, 18:14:43 pm
So here's the plea for any new people to get involved.

We could particularly do with tech savvy people who could maybe help us do an email shot every month for members, update our website and help run the social media - as well as the inevitable firefighting on here.

All ideas that have been in the pipeline for ages, but we don't have the personnel to dedicate the time to do it all.

PM me or email if you can help.
19  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: What is going on? What do the Trust actually know? on: April 04, 2018, 18:02:06 pm
I'm sorry Tom but I'm not buying that. I can assure you I don't have all the time in the world myself either.
20  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: What is going on? What do the Trust actually know? on: April 04, 2018, 17:35:22 pm
I understand what Random is saying and I understand what Roger is saying.

However the stance of the Trust working stealthily in the background is one chosen by the current board. Brian Lomax was clear that fans should be partners in the running of the club not having to operate in the shadows. A proactive force rather than a reactive one.

Again, the strengthening of the Trust is one thing we need to improve to help the club as a whole. It needs new blood, it needs benchmarking against other trusts and it needs a greater turnover of personnel at the top for good governance. That will need more people getting involved but again, if the Trust is not seen as dynamic and devoid of a place on the board the more dynamic types will stay away. It's chicken and egg.

I agree though that those who have actually bothered to dedicate their time deserve a pat on the back. It must be a real headache.
Tom, you're a great guy who I have a lot of respect for.

But you said all this two years ago, why haven't you got involved with us yet? You know who I am, I'm easily accessible, but I've never had the call.

Have some courage in your own convictions and stand for the board - as you are clearly dynamic enough to do it, and I don't know why you never have.
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