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1  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Fan Ownership on: Yesterday at 23:29:59
Heart says great idea, reality says otherwise...

KT said in response to @NQNTFC questions on Twitter last week that funding is still in place to complete the East Stand, he's finally got Council back on board after the mess DC left us/them in. I know it's been a painful process but surely we need to see how this pans out...

Have the trust got a backer who will have the funds to actually complete East Stand as I like everyone else am sick to death of looking at that current monstrosity?
2  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: January Window - Rumours, Ins and Outs on: January 20, 2019, 17:00:18 pm
Out of interest, what players haven't been transfer listed? Genuine question.   

Just the newly signed youngsters by all accounts...

Salford interested in Andy Williams is the only outgoing rumour I've heard...

I guess any signings we bring in will be just be loans til the end of the season to try & secure our league status...

Desperate times...
3  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Relegation Watch on: January 19, 2019, 23:13:17 pm
Please explain why we are 'sleepwalking' into a relegation battle?

Because the players are still mentioning the play offs!  Roll Eyes

Listen to the Pierre interview after the game...and he was the captain!

46 points seem a long way off...
4  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: January Window - Rumours, Ins and Outs on: January 19, 2019, 23:01:43 pm
Whole club is a total mess on & off the field...Sleepwalking into a needless relegation battle...

Only positive is the youth set up...

I too have heard pretty much the whole squad (bar the youngsters) have been made available for transfer with their names being circulated to all L1, L2 & National league clubs...not necessarily a KC decision but a Club decision.

If true, KC doesn't strike me as someone to keep quiet about this if asked, but the local press seem pretty scared to ask him any direct questions so I'm sure we'll all be kept in the dark as per usual.

5  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Relegation Watch on: January 19, 2019, 20:23:57 pm
Sleepwalking into a relegation battle...

Have we the fight to stay clear or is it finally our time after many close calls...
6  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: January Window - Rumours, Ins and Outs on: January 17, 2019, 14:03:50 pm
Someone in today according to a Twitter name mentioned...could be bollox
7  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: January 17, 2019, 11:09:50 am

Northampton Borough Council and Northampton Town Football Club (NTFC) have today jointly confirmed that positive discussions are continuing to be had on a range of topics including the development of the East Stand at the PTS Academy Stadium.

The Borough Council and NTFC are not able, at this stage, to provide detailed information or a time frame for these discussions to be completed but they have both confirmed the outcomes will be to everyone’s benefit including both supporters of the club and the wider public and be deliverable within a realistic timeframe. Whilst discussions have included nearby land under the control of CDNL (County Development Northampton Limited) both parties are clear that the completion of the East Stand will come first.

Further information will be provided as and when possible, but this is a complicated and technical discussion with both the Borough Council and NTFC very anxious to avoid creating any further difficulties or delays, and it is now important to allow these discussions to complete to ensure a positive conclusion is reached.
8  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Views on Keith Curle on: January 16, 2019, 13:49:25 pm
Worth a read...
9  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: January Window - Rumours, Ins and Outs on: January 16, 2019, 12:00:04 pm
I was one of those and while I concede at this point a top 7 finish is at this point in time looking very unlikely (but not impossible) I haven't changed my mind one bit on my estimation of the quality of the squad as it stood at the start of the season.

Under Austin the team won once and only got 7 points from 10 matches. An absolutely horrendous run, which extrapolated for 28 matches, would have seen us bottom of the table. For this I place the blame almost entirely on Austin who, while perhaps a good coach, I am of the opinion was incompetent as a manager.

Under Curle the team has 26 points from 18 matches, a little under 1.5 points a game, which extrapolated for a whole season would see the team almost reach 70 points, likely finish in the top 10 and be within touching distance of the play-off places. We have only lost 3 of those 18 matches and are still unbeaten at home in the league in his tenure. Considering that Morias has been unavailable for most of Curle's reign also I believe the team would have registered more points if he had been playing over the full course of those 18 matches.

I believe there isn't a great deal of competition in this league and I maintain the current squad (as Curle's record shows) even without Crooks and Van Veen is much closer to play-off standard than it's position would suggest but unfortunately the terrible run during Austin's tenure has ultimately probably left too much ground to make up this year.

I'm not one for giving up while anything is mathematically possible though.  Grin

Cheers Mr Oglethorpe!  Grin
10  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: January Window - Rumours, Ins and Outs on: January 16, 2019, 09:57:41 am
Or there seems to be a lot of players having contracts mutually terminated at the moment 2 for Wolves yesterday, Larnell Cole at Tranmere, The lad already mentioned from Notts County.

Maybe we are just take the opportunity to run the rule over a few of these?

If we are going to be in need of players with others potentially leaving it seems like decent practise to me.

Agree, what's the point of paying over the odds for someone now? (January is notoriously a sellers market)

We certainly ain't going up this season & hopefully not the other way either, so I'd rather we make sure we've enough in the squad to cover should any other players leave, and then give proper game time to the likes of Cam McWilliams & Morgan Roberts etc once we've 46ish points.

Proper recruitment will start in the Summer...
11  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: January Window - Rumours, Ins and Outs on: January 15, 2019, 23:25:59 pm
Can't see us signing a defender from a team who have shipped over 2 goals a game in league 2 this season. Makes our defensive record look good!

I can...

Nice cheap option if Pierre is next to leave #housekeeping
12  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: January Window - Rumours, Ins and Outs on: January 15, 2019, 20:23:40 pm
Jamie Turley...just turned down new contract offer from Notts County. Lad in centre looks very much like him (15 is Cam McWilliams)
13  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: January Window - Rumours, Ins and Outs on: January 15, 2019, 14:30:00 pm
There really is a lot of unqualified rubbish talked on here about Taylor which people spout off as though it is gospel truth .
You really do have no idea whether he is a good or bad influence on the team unless you are in that changing room. I would suggest not many know what sort of character he is or whether he is a positive person in the team.
He must have something going for him to be named captain and for Austin to refuse to let him go in the summer .
I am not particularly defending his performances this season, the statistics don’t lie and he travels from Merseyside but he did perform well last season when all is said and done.
I just think the criticism is a bit over the top .

It's called having an opinion... Grin

I agree, no need get personal with any player, but the facts do speak for themselves...

No idea what type of character he is in the dressing room, but it's plain to see when he plays, the whole team are alot more anxious esp the defensive unit as a whole.

Oh, and Austin did not refuse to let him go in the Summer, there was simply no interest from any clubs regarding AT (direct from DA on twitter)

I just hope he moves on for all concerned as we're certainly not getting value for the money with his performances this season so far...
14  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: January Window - Rumours, Ins and Outs on: January 15, 2019, 10:42:13 am
More detail is here:

Same source "We have 22 points from a possible 30 without Taylor in the side, compared to 11 from 36 when he does play."

Surely KC realises that AT is a liability when in the side...

It's not just his own poor form but the fact that he completely unsettles the whole team when he plays...

After initially thinking we had no chance of a win on Saturday, my hopes were considerably raised on my walk to the stadium, hearing that AT wasn't playing...

The fact is, a home grown 18 year old on his full home debut showed more composure and quality distribution, than AT has all season...

If he gets straight back in the team when fit again then KC will lose all respect...

This isn't a witch hunt against the fella but it's blatantly obvious we're a much better team when he's not in it.

Really hope he goes during this window/Summer window but as DA said on his twitter q & a the other weekend, no-one showed any interest in taking Taylor during last Summer & I can see why....
15  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: January Window - Rumours, Ins and Outs on: January 13, 2019, 00:20:41 am
not sure I not sure if it has been mentioned but there are suggestions that we are in for Nile ranger. Apparently a number of the players have started following him on Instagram and a suggestion he was spotted in the West stand. He has been sacked by 4 clubs which is insane. Lad has huge ability though. Just listening to a podcast with him and he’s saying all the right things, just unsure if he is able to keep the wrong folk out his life.

Could all be rubbish of course!

If KC thinks he's worth a non contract/short term deal then so be it. If he's been training with us then I'd trust the judgement of KC over our mixed bag of supporters. Could be a cult figure for us & public enemy for opposing fans. If he does well for us no one else will want him anyway due to his previous misdemeanors!

Also be worth it just to see the official meme when he scores!  Grin
16  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: The 'Clare Balding' POTS: Carlisle United (h) 12/01/2019 on: January 12, 2019, 22:14:13 pm

Great team performance though & much more calm without calamity Taylor in the ranks. Surely KC can see he's an absolute liability.

Special mention for Jay Williams such a calming influence for such a young lad on his home debut too...
Looks to pick a pass or play a proper driven long pass if nothings on...rather than just hoof it!
17  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: January Window - Rumours, Ins and Outs on: January 12, 2019, 12:35:24 pm
Any danger of some actual rumours on this thread?
18  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Carlisle United (H)- Saturday 12th January on: January 12, 2019, 12:32:18 pm
Not a good idea to blood youngsters when we're out of form. Puts pressure on them, we end up losing - crowd gets hostile, the manager panics, opens the revolving door of journeymen, results still don't improve, manger leaves by mutual consent, new manger promises new broom in summer, rebuilds team with another lot of journeymen - results don't improve - and off we go again..........

In other words we've had too many players and too many managers in the past 2 years. We need stability. But where we get from I don't think anyone knows.

I get your point, especially on the back of the sales of KVV & Crooks...could get a bit toxic out there today if we go behind...

But we've tried established/experienced players continually since CW left and look where we another 4 managers down the line
At least the youngsters have an affinity with the Town/Club and will actually put in a shift...
19  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Carlisle United (H)- Saturday 12th January on: January 12, 2019, 12:12:35 pm
I'd love to see young Cam McWilliams start at RWB and Cox LWB today...
20  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: January Window - Rumours, Ins and Outs on: January 11, 2019, 15:42:58 pm

This one could be Crooks?!
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