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1  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Kevin van Veen on: August 18, 2018, 19:45:10 pm
Grin Grin Grin

I still make no apology for what I said back in May, and I still don't accept that the standard of the performances he put in was down to anything other than his heart not being in it.

Clean slate this season though, as others have said. Glad to see him taking the second chance he's been given.
2  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Unsettling the U's - Saturday 18 August on: August 18, 2018, 16:53:17 pm
Yep, that pre-season optimism is officially up in smoke now. I no longer believe that as a team, we're play-off standard. There are individuals in this squad who are League One standard, and them carrying the rest is what will keep us out of any trouble.
3  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Well Done!! on: August 04, 2018, 22:50:17 pm
I understand the mentality of wanting to go to a big away game, not being able to get a ticket in the away end and buying one in the home end instead. I'e never needed to do it before but might consider it if push came to shove.

What I don't get is jumping out of your seat to goad the home fans around you, throwing a couple of punches when they square up to you, and refusing to move when security appear - thereby deliberately getting yourself arrested, missing half of a game you spent £22 to see, potentially spending a night in a cell and probably ending up in court (he threw the first punches and the cops have it on camera).

And for what? What did he gain from purposefully ruining his own afternoon? You can only imagine all this guy really went for was a bit of a fight, and he got what he wanted, just annoying some of our fans took the bait. Fair play to the Cobblers fans trying to protect this numpty, he didn't deserve them putting themselves in harm's way for him.

A few years back (during Wilder's first full season) we played Oxford at home and I worked out fairly early on that the dad next to me with his two kids, probably about 6 and 4 I'd say, was an Oxford fan. His kids knew all the Oxford players' names but none of the Cobblers players which was a bit of a giveaway! They beat us 3-1 but after each of their goals they sat quietly - the young lad quietly fistpumped once before his dad stopped him - and during our goal they just stood up and clapped. THAT'S how you conduct if you're in the opposing end and if you behave like that, funnily enough, no-one around you actually gives a ****. I can't have been the only one who worked out they were Oxford fans but no-one said a peep to the stewards. The were a credit to their club and the Lincoln twat today was an embarrassment to his.
4  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Lincoln game on: August 04, 2018, 17:06:17 pm
Missing three clear one-on-ones with the keeper in the same game and getting no points is obviously deflating but, the silver lining is that if Lincoln are one of the best teams in this division, we'll be up there too. Not every team we come up against will have a keeper as good as theirs. Get a few goals and the confidence will start flowing again.
5  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Opinions greatly appreciated on: July 26, 2018, 17:54:17 pm
Top 3 is the hope, top 7 is the expectation, I'd say.
6  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Kevin van Veen on: July 24, 2018, 23:19:42 pm
Well it looks like he's being given a second chance here that, in my books, he doesn't deserve, but maybe he'll follow in O'Toole's footsteps from when he first joined, take last season as a massive wake up call, roll his socks up and show us what he's capable of. We can but hope.
7  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Northampton Town 2018/19 Season Preview on: July 24, 2018, 23:13:44 pm
Given that we presumably have one of the highest budgets in this division and we've kept the bulk of the squad that a lot of people seem to think should have been good enough on paper to stay up comfortably last season...surely it has to be playoffs minimum?
8  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Which players would you like to see the club try to sign? on: May 10, 2018, 19:14:58 pm
Zander on the transfer list at Mansfield:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44075117

Would have him back in a heartbeat alongside Ash.
9  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Kevin van Veen on: May 10, 2018, 19:08:41 pm
I make no apologies for calling him a bellend. Respect works both ways and he's never shown us any, from the moment he first took to the turf at Sixfields for Scunny and baited the North Stand, to the half-arsed displays he's put in since he signed for us (on big money I might add).
10  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Kevin van Veen on: April 29, 2018, 21:10:57 pm
The most passion I've ever seen from that man at Sixfields was his antics in front of the north stand after he scored for Sc***horpe. He's continued to take the **** in front of the Sixfields crowd since he got here, but more in a wage-thieving fashion. I make no apologies for calling out a big-name, doubtlessly well-paid player who treats us with such contempt.
11  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Kevin van Veen on: April 28, 2018, 21:46:24 pm
To be fair, I think Van Veen is a decent player and (like many people) I was pleased when we signed him. Granted, he's been absolutely **** in every appearance for us so far but it seems he has been carrying a knock for that time. Either way, he's only been here for a short time and he's likely to be a key player for us next season, so let's not make him a scapegoat for this whole, sorry car crash of a season.

Nah **** him, let's scapegoat the lazy prick. He gets brought on for 10 minutes at the end of a game and if we score, we're on course to stay up, if we concede, we go down. He then produces possibly the most half arsed 10 minute cameo I've ever had the misfortune of witnessing. I really hope he's not a key player for us next season because that'll mean the wage-thieving dickhead is still here. I can cope with players whose ability is limited, but not with those who really can't be bothered.
12  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: The 'Clare Balding' POTS: Warsaw (a) 28/04/2018 on: April 28, 2018, 18:22:03 pm
Powell
13  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Kevin van Veen on: April 28, 2018, 17:07:36 pm
Well I agree with 78...I'd have rather had Foley on. That would have actually been a more positive change rather than willingly going down to 10 men.
14  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Kevin van Veen on: April 28, 2018, 16:57:43 pm
Can we get this lazy feckless **** on the transfer list tonight please? Think I could have contributed more in that last 10 minutes. His continual flopping about like a dying salmon when competing for headers, and casually wandering round the pitch like a lost child, typified what has gone wrong for us this season. Not a lack of quality but a lack of application.
15  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: Luton - 'Best team in League Two' on: April 23, 2018, 01:13:56 am
What an absolute c0ck. Bit embarrassing if they've had a 'League One side' all season and couldn't even see out a 12 point lead at the top of League Two. Stanley are not only six points clear of them but also beat them on their own turf...lots of parallels with Appleton's delusions here.
16  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: NTFC next manager on: April 02, 2018, 18:52:39 pm
As those who were posting on here at the time will remember, I thought Sammo was treated very harshly when sacked (he'd actually only lost one of the previous seven when dismissed and although we were 16th in League Two at the time, we were as close to the playoffs as we were to the bottom two. Gary Johnson then came in and proceeded to nearly get us relegated that same season).

That said, I don't think he's the answer. in our current predicament. That team that he fired up for the cup games against Liverpool/Reading and nearly took the the playoffs the previous season was his team - players that either he'd signed, or he'd worked with as a coach before being appointed manager. He was an integral part of the club then, who'd been here continuously in several capacities for donkey's years and commanded respect. Coming back into the club now, he'd be an outsider, legend or not, trying to instil passion for the club's future into players who'd never heard of him before and are probably well aware in most cases that they'll be off in the summer.

The reality is that we need four wins from our last five games to have a fighting chance of survival and I don't think Mourinho could get that kind of return from this group of  players. Our next appointment has to be someone to rebuild in League Two next season with the bones of this squad and ideally get a team together that can compete for a playoff spot, on what will probably not be a top-7 budget. I'd make Mark Warburton my number one target if I was KT but not sure how realistic that is.
17  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Charlton (H) Good Friday on: March 30, 2018, 15:36:32 pm
Well, this is a meek **** surrender all round. Throughout the club, top to bottom, from board level to manager to players to fans, do you think anyone actually honestly still believes that we're going to stay up? The saddest thing about it is that post January, I don't think we've even got one of the four worst squads in this division in terms of ability.
18  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: New Posh kit vote on: March 01, 2018, 21:47:24 pm
Surely we want them wearing the vaguely claret one? Tongue
19  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Oxford. on: February 24, 2018, 15:16:11 pm


Never knew we had two number 37s... Tongue
20  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Scunny (A) 17th Feb on: February 17, 2018, 16:58:38 pm
Not a bad point, that. In spite of, rather than because of, our esteemed manager though by the sounds of things...
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