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1  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer Transfer Rumour Thread 2024 on: July 19, 2024, 15:40:02 pm


His form has led to increased speculation around his future


TBF his Prem form was very poor at the end of last season, although heíll get better offers than Brentford can match.
2  General Category / General Chat / Re: Switch it off and on again on: July 19, 2024, 13:12:10 pm
Told ya....my rates are reasonable.

3  General Category / General Chat / Re: Switch it off and on again on: July 19, 2024, 12:13:10 pm
After missing a flight a few weeks back due to the crazy delays through security (nearly three hours to get through on a short haul, costing me £200 and a lost day), I'm glad I'm not at Stansted today.
I can only imagine the absolute carnage there and would most definitely be back at home by now if that happened again!
It's almost enough to put you off flying anywhere and will be throwing money at lounges, fast check-in's and first class next time....or drive!!
4  General Category / General Chat / Switch it off and on again on: July 19, 2024, 11:29:36 am
Anyone having any IT issues today?  Tongue
5  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Fan engagement policy on: July 19, 2024, 09:36:00 am
I can't see why. It is all part of a bigger movement that has been wanted by most supporters groups for years. Had they spent their time more constructively, in active dialogue with the support and the club, they might well have been viewed as an interested party. Instead they chose to take on the club in an embarrassing series of clandestine meetings with third parties that bared no fruit, and just served to distance themselves further from the club. In my opinion. If they really had the supporters interest at heart, they would step aside. In turn this would more than likely allow the new board to re-engage with the club, and hopefully exert some influence. Otherwise they will continue to limp along, whilst the whole fan and club relationship structure is established in their absence. A shame really. As there is, and should be, a place for what was historically a pioneering force for good.

Sorry I meant 3 or 4 individuals and not all Trust members. Lazy to paint everyone with the same brush.
Iím sure the vast majority of fans will welcome this initiative with open arms and as a force for good.
6  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Fan engagement policy on: July 18, 2024, 14:28:32 pm
The new directive reminds me of the 'consultation of employees regs' which came into force in 2005, something I was heavily involved in for many years. In essence a business (NTFC) consulting with its customers (fans) via a forum. If I was the club I would very quickly demonstrate a couple of easy wins that have come from a meeting/suggestions.

With these things you go in thinking you can change the world but quickly realise you are providing a barometer on the feelings of the masses and influence/challenge where you can.
I certainly don't see that it will be an echo chamber but if it grows organically in the right way I can see both the club and fans benefitting from some positive outcomes.

The Trust will hate it, criticise it but ultimately in 2024 this new forum is the 'Supporters Trust' and will be for many clubs across the country. It is exactly why this directive has been brought in to connect fanbases with their clubs.


7  General Category / General Chat / Re: Politics on: July 17, 2024, 09:33:23 am

And by the way, your opening paragraph is a complete contradiction.


I meant the murky waters of the internet.
It's hard to avoid office 'noise' but unless they want to talk about pensions or football I don't engage with the fantasists.
I'm a massive fan of the boring truth.
8  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: Southgate Gone on: July 17, 2024, 09:25:03 am
Eddie Howe, Graham Potter and Lee Carsley current bookies favourites in that order.

I wouldn't mind seeing what Pep could do with them but other than that anyone will do amazingly well to improve on Southgate's record.
I'd probably choose Howe out of the names in the frame.
9  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: Southgate Gone on: July 16, 2024, 15:25:15 pm
It's bizarre. People look back through rose tinted specs at Sir Bobby Robson. I think we'll look back at the success of Southgate in a much more tangible way. By far the most successful manager in most of our lifetimes.

If we get some of the names being bandied around, we'll have a fair few years of 're-building' by which time the likes of Foden will have retired.  Grin
10  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: Southgate Gone on: July 16, 2024, 10:30:29 am
Tough act to follow. Anything short of winning the World Cup isnít really an improvementÖ.unless people are content with the football being a bit prettier.
11  General Category / General Chat / Re: Politics on: July 16, 2024, 10:15:02 am
If nothing else, its given the conspiracy theorists something new to get their teeth into. Some of the comments on social media are hysterical, ranging from set up, to more like a WWE staging. And its amazing how many ex military snipers are suddenly prepared to appear in front of a camera.
Give it a couple of weeks, and it will all die down, and can be filed away with the Jay Slater armchair detectives, and experts on the Earths magnetic field, and the melting point of steel.

I don't think I fish in those waters to pick up on the conspiracies. I overheard someone saying something in the office yesterday about Jay Slater, drugs and owing money? The Nicola Bulley disappearance was the talk of the office too.

Sometimes the truth is just too boring.

I can imagine the Trump stuff going into overdrive, it's not new but must be so much worse with the internet.
12  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: England at the Euros 2024 on: July 15, 2024, 12:35:16 pm
Not sure about that, well, not English people anyway.

I stand by that....there are also Cobblers 'fans' who prefer it when we lose, it feeds their existence. Crazy but true, the evidence is there to read and the overriding motivation is to whinge or be proved 'right', whatever that is? You see how quiet some go when there is a whiff of positivity in the air.

I do find it hilarious reading the armchair managers. Leading a national side must be one of the toughest jobs.
I think with the talent on paper people expect us to play like Man City. If Pep was in charge I'm sure we wouldn't be playing like Man City.
You don't reach two consecutive finals by luck.

He clearly massively has the players on his side and holds himself fantastically. I'm sure if he moves on now we'll look back with fondness when the likes of Potter, Howe or Lampard take over.

I think we ran out of energy and (as one of those armchair managers) the only change I would have made was to take Bellingham off and pushed Rice further up to play to his strengths. Spain were a very good side though.
13  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: England at the Euros 2024 on: July 15, 2024, 09:50:51 am
The negativity has been there throughout the tournament and some people would have genuinely hated it if we'd won, or at least not given us the credit deserved.

Our recent past has been far, far more successful than most people around have ever witnessed. Easy to manage from the sofa but Southgate as a figurehead and coach is everything you need as an England manager.
Even the pelters at Kane. He hasn't been fully fit but still the (joint) top scorer of the tournament and the subs have had the desired impact when needed. I've always thought he looks a bit of a donkey but you don't score the sheer volume of goals he has without being world class at what he does. TBF he didn't get a lot of service.
I heard some calling for Toney to replace him in the starting line up, what's he scored 3/4 goals in his shortened season?!

I'm disappointed we didn't go for it a bit more when it was 1 v 1, that was probably our best change to nick it and it was always going to be close.
It makes a really nice change though to have some interest into the latter stages of tournaments. 
14  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: England at the Euros 2024 on: July 14, 2024, 20:56:34 pm
They laid on the floor for two minutes of the four of injury time but donít think we would have scored again.
Beaten by the better team but did great to reach the final again.
15  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: England at the Euros 2024 on: July 12, 2024, 19:31:34 pm
Club before country.

The better dilemma is promotion to the Championship or England winning the Euros. The majority will have witnessed neither, the proper olds both.
16  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: VAR on: July 12, 2024, 12:36:04 pm

Listening to other peoples views and looking at other posts I would say 90% of people think it wasn't a penalty.


You know when Deepy doesn't come on to defend a decision or make a rational argument that it is deemed a 'dodgy decision' in the reffing community.
The female 'expert' was on the telly saying how it wasn't a pen seconds before he went trotting over to the screen. The only thing that is certain is when they go to view the monitor you know what's coming next, I was celebrating the moment he set off!!

In this instance I don't think any of us mind.  Grin
17  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer Transfer Rumour Thread 2024 on: July 12, 2024, 10:17:57 am
People do realise that there isn't a fan share scheme when any money received for selling our most prolific goal scorer doesn't go in their pocket?  Huh
Fortunately I think that we'll witness many more goals from him in a claret shirt this coming season.
18  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Welcome Tom Eaves on: July 12, 2024, 10:13:48 am
Two years as a Cobbler....may you be more 'Hoskins' and less 'Hylton'.

Good luck and congratulations for escaping Rotherham.
19  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer Transfer Rumour Thread 2024 on: July 12, 2024, 08:29:15 am
Looks like we might have Jack Wells-Morrison for the season at last. Brady been trying to get him for about a year now.

First post with a random name. Either a relative, agent or someone proper in the know.
No idea who he is but a bit of youth!
20  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer Transfer Rumour Thread 2024 on: July 12, 2024, 08:00:00 am
'cups ball sack' "cough".....here's a two year contract.
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