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1  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Swindon (h) on: September 18, 2021, 15:51:41 pm
I truly believe there’s a second goal in us…..
2  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Swindon (h) on: September 18, 2021, 14:49:26 pm
Baldy out!!

He's got to go.....!
3  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Swindon (h) on: September 18, 2021, 14:08:59 pm
I've got a very good feeling about this game.

I haven't
4  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Swindon (h) on: September 18, 2021, 13:48:31 pm
Probably got a "knock".... what's the deal with Reman from Villa? Signed three weeks ago but not involved at all yet.

5  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Swindon (h) on: September 18, 2021, 13:28:34 pm

McGowan, Guthrie, Horsfall, Koiki
Hoskins, Sowerby, McWilliams, Pinnock
Rose, Etete

Subs: Maxted, Harriman, Connolly, Flores, Lewis, Ashley-Seal, Kabamba
6  General Category / The Games Room / Re: Prediction League 18.09.21 EARLY KICK OFF on: September 18, 2021, 12:54:26 pm
Premier League
Liverpool v Crystal Palace 3-1
Manchester City v Southampton. 4-1

Huddersfield Town v Nottingham Forest. 2-1
Luton Town v Swansea City. 1-1

League One
Crewe Alexandra v Burton Albion. 2-1
Doncaster Rovers v Morecambe.  2-0

League Two
Northampton Town v Swindon Town. 1-1
Bradford City v Barrow. 1-1
7  General Category / The Games Room / Re: GTA game 11 Swindle(H) 18.09.21 EARLY KICK OFF on: September 18, 2021, 12:53:15 pm
8  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Swindon (h) on: September 18, 2021, 12:52:42 pm
With the overflow…does the club expect them to pay for the whole lot up front (as other clubs do) and therefore it was Swindon who turned down the additional 500?
Was it a police/safety instruction?
Does our club not have enough match day stewards to operate a ‘full stadium’?

Find it strange that no reason has been given for the decision to effectively turn away revenue.
9  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: player pathway on: September 17, 2021, 16:26:27 pm
What was the crack with Tom Scott going to Sunderland? did we offer him a contract?

It was never mentioned that we had. He was on the same type of scholarship contract that Chucks was.....there was plenty of noise about him being offered a deal but I didn't hear anything about young Tom.

He went on trial to Sunderland and appeared in seven games between April and May....they saw enough from him to offer him a pro deal. So far this season he has played three games for their U23 setup. Will be interesting to see if he makes the squad for their upcoming Papa Johns Trophy game at Lincoln in a couple of weeks.
10  The Hotel End / Other Football & Sport / Re: Football Managers on: September 16, 2021, 21:14:50 pm
Chris Wilder linked to the Florist job?

Before Hughton was sacked? Well, the post is vacant now and Chris is unemployed....match made in heaven!
11  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Swindon (h) on: September 16, 2021, 18:18:13 pm
West Stand OAP has already done half the preview..... anyway...the Robins come bobbing along to Sixfields for this 2.00pm kickoff!

This was of course a League 1 fixture last season, both clubs suffered relegation. Swindon had a summer of turmoil where at one point they had about six players on the books...things seemed to have stabilised somewhat now with them sitting 8th in the early table. They are unbeaten away from home in all competitions this season too.

After John Sheridans less than successful spell in charge last season, a new manager is now at the helm. Ben Garner, who himself had a less than auspicious spell at Bristol Rovers, took the reigns at the West Country side and has recorded 4 wins in his nine games so far.

A whole rake of players left over the summer including former Cobblers Hallam Hope and Christopher Missilou, as well as Brett Pitman, Joel Grant and Scott Twine. Replacements have come in...they include former Cobblers loanee keeper Lewis Ward, former MK player Ben Gladwin and loanees Anthony Gordon (Everton) and Tyreese Simpson (Ipswich).

Simpson has two goals this season, top scorer though is diminutive midfielder Jack Payne with three.

In 107 previous meetings between the two clubs Swindon hold the upper hand, 49 wins to our 36. they have won 4 and drawn three of their previous 10 visits to Sixfields. A Simon Cox hattrick helped them to a 4-3 win on our patch back in 2009 in the highest scoring game of recent times.

Last season we shared 2-1 home wins....ours thanks to Missilou and Danny Rose's first goal in Cobblers colours back in October 2020, the return game saw Ryan Watson give us the lead before we fell to eventual defeat. The previous season both games finished with 1-0 away wins.....a Jordan Lyden goal gave Swindon the points at Sixfields after Andy Williams had scored our goal in the win at their ground. Going back another season both games finished 1-1. The Swindon scorers in those games were both ex-Cobblers...Matty Taylor at the County Ground and Keshi Anderson at Sixfields.

Brett Huxtable is the man in the middle.....10 yellows in his three games this season. Last season he gave out 95 cards in 28 games (91 yellow and 4 red) and reffed our derby date with Peterborough in October, a game we lost 2-0 and which saw bookings for Hoskins, Korboa and Watson. His last Swindon assignment was their 1st round EFL Cup defeat to Charlton in September 2020.
12  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: NTFC Trust Presentation to WNC on: September 16, 2021, 17:49:43 pm one wants to buy a business (mainly running at a loss) in £7m of debt with no assets.

I've not seen anything to say the situation has changed since this article.....
13  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: NTFC Trust Presentation to WNC on: September 15, 2021, 23:17:04 pm
None of the senior off field management do but Jon Brady posts under the name Melbourne Cobbler.  Hiding in plain sight. Grin

I thought Jon Brady posted under the name of Backofthenet....the football coaching outfit he was head coach of!  Grin
14  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: NTFC Trust Presentation to WNC on: September 15, 2021, 23:00:45 pm
You will be aware however that the Council cannot lease property to a third party and then refuse planning permission without a very good reason

And I would agree with you if that were the direction we were heading. But as I said, the "Club" want to buy the freehold of the land, and then sell it off parcel by parcel to developers who will then themselves apply for their respective permissions.

From the official site "• The preferred deal for the football club is an Option Agreement with WNC to enable the club to buy the freehold CDNL land with the option only being exercised when the East Stand is complete"

Is it only me who feels slightly uneasy about the fact that "The Football Club" (which is being run to tight budgets when it comes to wages and transfer revenue for example)  is suddenly going to be in a position to pay out millions of pounds to the Council to buy some land and then "• Football club will take on any development risk"
15  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: NTFC Trust Presentation to WNC on: September 15, 2021, 22:07:49 pm
I only disagreed up to this point. As you will see if you look back on most of my posts on the matter I constantly advocated lobbying the council for a resolution. I stated repeatedly, that as the lease holders they hold the cards. Take a look Roger. You’ll see for yourself. So I am not disagreeing with recent activity, because it’s what I said they should have done from the start.

If your not happy with the state of play, you always chase the landlord not the tenant. Equally if you want to ensure appropriate future use of the property, why the fcuk would you bang at someone who doesn’t even own it, namely KT and DB.

It’s  ridiculous and childish to say I disagree with everything the Trust do. I only disagree with their approach to the whole fan ownership and the lack of democracy and transparency in their dealings on this issue. I hope that clears up some of yours and their paranoia surrounding my posts.

Regarding the first part....I've seem posts recently saying that it is nothing to do with the Council......KT and co can decide exactly what they want to do with the land (as the leaseholders) and then if the council refuse planning permission there would be a judicial review!! Honestly, you couldn't make some of the stuff up!!

There seems to be a bit of a void in common knowledge......namely that the Council own the land and are the landlords, CDNL are the leaseholders (CDNL are controlled by NTFC) and NTFC want an option to buy the freehold of the land for "best value" and that the Football club then assumes all the development risk.

Is everyone still following?
16  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: What do you think of Sixfields Stadium? on: September 15, 2021, 17:55:29 pm
I went to watch Charlton last week and the drummers (there were 2) created a right racket but did get a great proportion of the 13000 crowd clapping and cheering along. Lincoln had a drummer in their stand and when 10000 were there it had the same effect. Trumpeters and drummers at Wembley……they work when there is a big crowd. Won’t have the same effect at Sixfields!!

The Valley was all contactless, no cash taken anywhere in the ground, and the turnstiles were completely automated…bar code entry.

Reference has been made to Sixfields looking tired….and offering free tickets to local businesses in return for a bit of work….I thought this was already being done? There was a chap who was caretaker at a local school, he got a free season ticket for doing bits and bobs around the ground.

The ground itself as it is just needs tidying up and certain aspects brought into the 2020’s rather than still look all 1994…’s amazing what a lick of paint can do!
17  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Swindon (h) on: September 15, 2021, 08:43:36 am
Swindon supporter says they have sold out their 946 south stand allocation but have been refused the extra 400 for the east stand. Presumably to the recent troubles caused at Stevenage.
Not sure of the thinking on this as the troublemakers could already have bought their tickets in the south.

Explains why we took home tickets off online sale then…..
18  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Injury Updates.... on: September 14, 2021, 19:07:04 pm
Still no sign of him...not involved tonight...neither is Lewis who misses out "with a knock".....
19  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Newport Away on: September 14, 2021, 19:04:14 pm
A few changes tonight....

Koiki, Guthrie, Horsfall, McGowan
Pinnock, McWilliams, Sowerby, Hoskins
Kabamba, Rose

Subs: Pollock, Flores, Maxted, Ashley-Seal, Etete, Connolly, Harriman

Oh, and Ellison makes the bench for Newport!!
20  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: NTFC Trust Presentation to WNC on: September 14, 2021, 13:36:18 pm
I’m not bored with constructive debate. What frustrates me is that I could spend hours listening to the Trusts interpretation of the situation and come away thinking they have a point. Half an hour later, I can spend time listening to the clubs interpretation of events and feel equally compelled to believe them. I know, because I have done this frequently. In fact, I think I am one of a very small minority who actually challenge all involved.

The truth about the Trust is simple. You can’t fight on any level with an olive branch in one hand, and a baseball bat in the other. One minute it looks like serious attempts at constructive dialogue are on the table, only to find next minute it is soured by an underlying resentment, mistrust and  dislike for the current set up. That is absolutely how is comes across to most.

Then you have the approach from the club, which at best seems aloof, and at worst ambivalent and arrogant at times towards its support.

I have always been a huge advocate of openness. Both the Trust, council and the club have shown astonishing disregard in this area. I still firmly believe that all parties should submit to the arranging of an open public forum, with an independent individual or body asking the questions. The questions should be generated from supporters, who have no affiliation with any of the parties. The first part of the open debate should be pre submitted without any of the parties seeing them prior to the meeting. With the council, the Trust and the Club all in one place, it would offer those of us who remain undecided the chance to scrutinise all involved openly. Perhaps once the agreed amount of pre submitted questions are answered, those involved might be open to a 30-60 minute open Q&A session…..

Do you think this is something the Trust would be interested in doing?

I personally have (nearly! always tried to engage in constructive debate…I applaud your post and the content therein.
As for your suggestion….it’s certainly something to take away and consider, me personally…I think it sounds like a reasonable suggestion….
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