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41  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2021 Transfer Window on: July 12, 2021, 13:54:47 pm
I see young Chucks is signing a pre contract with Club Bruges, so yet again we get fvck all transfer fee!  Angry
42  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2021 Transfer Window on: July 10, 2021, 22:22:16 pm
Did suggest he might get resigned. Spent last year with Cardiff U23s which would have helped his improvement. If he's injury-free definitely worth a contract. 

Thought the left back who played in the first half looked far superior to young Cameron...
43  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2021 Transfer Window on: July 04, 2021, 16:55:33 pm
Efl zone states that northampton are in advanced talk to sign former Liverpool striker Joe Hardy

ACCRINGTON STANLEY; Appeared to have beaten Northampton to former Liverpool striker Joe Hardy
#ASFC #NTFC
44  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: New Trust statement on club finances on: July 04, 2021, 10:32:45 am
PLEASE CAN THE TRUST CLEARLY EXPLAIN THEIR ALTERNATIVE TO KT/DB ONCE & FOR ALL?

If you don't have one, what is the point in continually harrasing the current owners?

No one else came calling when Cardoza's were forced out...
45  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: New Trust statement on club finances on: July 03, 2021, 19:53:37 pm
So to summarise, the trust want:

The East stand finished to a "good" standard.  An Increased capacity.  Conference centre, hotel etc.  An expansion to the South and North Stands.  An improved playing budget contributing to a side that is capable of maintaining league one football eventually pushing for the Championship.  Add in a better youth setup where the first team is built mainly on good young prospects.    

Oh and we want to own our own training ground with much better facilities than we have currently.

In addition we don't like private ownership, in particular you Kelvin and David.  Oh and we don't like land deals unless you build a velodrome, swimming pool....but we are happy to break this principled stance if you are willing to commit to funding all of the above requirements from it.  You can make a small profit evetually if there is anything left over but don't make it too big and if you could pay for everything up front that would be great.  Oh to add, In the meantime we want no club debt, irrespective if you have to sack a manager, sign dud players, have a global pandemic and we want the club run on a break even basis....don't forget to get us promoted.  We would also like you to write off all £6 Million + of the loans you have made to the club as gifts.

Can we also be given a seat on the board so we can tell you how badly you run the club face to face at board meetings rather than via monthly statements on our website.  Eventually you can sell the club to us for the £1 you bought it for and we will take it from there.

I should warn you that while all this is ongoing we will continue to publicly insinuate you are unfit owners and call you out at every opportunity suggesting many ways in which you are failing as a club without offering any alternatives that will actually work without the whole English footballing structure being torn down and rebuilt from scratch.  Also known as the Bundesliga 50+1 method.

Good luck, let us know when you have done all that we have the £1 ready and waiting.  In fact thinking about it you still owe us £10k from when we paid the staff so you can pay us £9999 to take it off your hands.

.....you'd like to think I was joking here wouldn't you?

Great post...

Absolutely how most supporters (trust members or otherwise!) see things...
46  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: New Trust statement on club finances on: July 03, 2021, 18:22:10 pm
Whether it was promised by this regime or the last, the fact remains that the land was supposed to be the clubs golden egg...... does anyone actually think that's going to be the case with what is currently proposed?

If only the Football Club was about the football, instead of the Football Club playing second fiddle to some land deal.

Agree, but wasn't the land tied up with dodgey leases created by the Cardoza's, which KT/DB eventually sorted out after years of red tape?

Who else was prepared to buy the club at the time?

These public spats ain't helping anyone...

47  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: New Trust statement on club finances on: July 03, 2021, 17:39:23 pm
The Trust "agenda" as you call it is that it has concerns that the deal on the table with the Council is not the best for the club. I suppose the other half of the agenda (exploring fan owned options) is in case this whole thing goes sour. As I said, no council deal = no stand = no land = big debt unpayable.

I get that most people are tired of this now, and if all they want is a "finished" East Stand with some boxes and a total stadium capacity of 8040 then fair enough.....but the big opportunity for the club to develop...the Conference Centre, the hotel, the rest of the 24/7 operation seems to have fallen by the wayside. So what next?

Was all this actually ever promised by KT/DB? Thought this was all promised under the Cardoza reign, before they "lost" 10.25 million quid (with a trust member on the board at the time)

Thought KT/DB only ever promised a finished East Stand and a more sustainable club....

What do the trust expect to happen releasing this latest statement?...on today of all days with an England quarter final to look forward to Roll Eyes

The trust never put anything to their members before releasing these statements, yet are supposed to represent them.

Like most, I'm sick or all this he said she said bulls#it, and can't see happy ending either way for the supporters.

The trust had an opportunity to work with the club moving forward but that's now completely gone for good.

Sad times for the most important people associated to the club...it's supporters!

48  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2021 Transfer Window on: July 02, 2021, 17:43:29 pm
Steve Arnold's found a club, dodgy back and all.

Signed a 2 year deal  Shocked at Southend. I hope they carried out a thorough medical  Grin

They'll probably announce Nuttall next!  Grin
49  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2021 Transfer Window on: July 02, 2021, 15:16:27 pm
Right, back on topic yet again!  Grin

JB latest interview mentions a couple of trialists in now & more in over the next few weeks...

ntfclad care to enlighten us?  Wink
50  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2021 Transfer Window on: July 01, 2021, 23:26:02 pm
Seems Gillingham are in for Tshimanga now too..

Were we actually in for him ntfclad?

51  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2021 Transfer Window on: July 01, 2021, 17:32:26 pm
Twitter latest...

Notts County have now made an offer for Tshimanga. Northampton have been in unsuccessful discussions with Boreham Wood for days. #ntfc #ncfc #nottscounty #cobblers
52  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2021 Transfer Window on: June 29, 2021, 16:38:28 pm
Confirmed? As from quick search of name I would disagree (from limited pictures available)

Chron have confirmed it's him
53  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: The Trust, is it lost? on: June 29, 2021, 10:10:13 am
Is the New hotel end project being run by the trust? it would be pretty damning if something like that had chosen to circumvent the trust as by its nature it should be the logical group to spearhead an initiative like that.

Tom Reed is one of the main "backers"

The same Tom Reed who recently tweeted the infamous Brian Lomax quote regarding not trusting "two-bit conmen"

Not the best idea if your looking for support from the current owners!
54  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: June 25, 2021, 10:09:23 am
Wow, mic drop moment from KT!

No coming back from this from the Trust (oh, and cheers for asking your members if WE wanted to be part of the offered zoom call!!!)


Supporters Trust pulls plug on backing for Northampton Town land deal...but club chairman hits back at criticisms
Trust "unconvinced the deal would be in Cobblers best interests "Kelvin Thomas: "We will no longer be bullied"

Northampton Town Supporters Trust has withdrawn its support for a land deal which could see the club's East Stand finally finished.

Cobblers want to build on club leased, council-owned land next to Sixfields stadium and the club and West Northamptonshire Council — which took over negotiations from Northampton Borough Council — are agreed on the stand being finished first.

The supporters trust had previously backed the plan but added it wanted to see see detailed financial plans to show how it would put the club on a sustainable financial footing.

This week the trust's board confirmed it remains "unconvinced the deal would be in the best interests of Northampton Town FC" after getting no replies in the format they wanted to its questions posed to Cobblers chairman Kelvin Thomas.

Mr Thomas issued a response to the trust in which he said he was "pretty unmoved by it" and said the timing of the statement release was "strange".

The trust's statement said: " More than a month has now passed since Kelvin Thomas invited questions from the Supporters Trust board about the Sixfields land deal the club is negotiating with West Northamptonshire Council.

"The Trust has to date received no replies to any of the questions it submitted, having asked for written responses so that they are clear, understood and on the record and could therefore be shared with members and the wider fanbase.

"Accordingly, in the absence of full and satisfactory written answers, the Trust is no longer in a position to support the land deal going forward."

In a statement released to the Chronicle & Echo, Cobblers chairman Thomas said: “We saw the statement from the Trust and are pretty unmoved by it to be honest.

“It all seems rather strange timing to everyone at the club that they would pull their support of a proposal they have previously supported just because we haven’t answered questions in a format they demand three days before an open and public event which is designed for people to ask questions.

“Maybe they think their questions are more important than anyone else’s or other fans don’t have the ability to ask sensible or important questions. It makes little sense to us all at the club.

“We have explained our position very clearly to them in letters and subsequent emails. We explained that we didn’t understand some of their questions, some of the questions have been answered previously either in writing or verbally or both, we asked what some of the questions even had to do with the development and we also felt there was an agenda to their overly aggressive tone and approach.

“A quick review of social media and online forums shows that a lot of fans seemed to feel the same way.

“Interestingly their last question asks if we would sell the club for a pound. Do they honesty think we would sell the club to them for a pound? Firstly, the staff would never forgive us and nor would many fans who send us emails or messages on social media regularly saying that the Trust do not represent them or their views

“We have no idea how they think this public grandstanding is in the best interests of the club or the supporters and therefore we will not be responding to it any further.

“We are more than happy to share our recent and then any future communication (if there is ever any), which will allow all fans, trust members or not, to decide who is being more transparent in this matter.

“While the trust mentioned in their most recent statement that we only offered a Zoom meeting with them, what they did not mention was that we also offered for that meeting to be open to all their members and even all fans. We are just not sure how much more transparent the club can be.

“We have been here a long time and since saving the club from going under, we have invested millions of pounds, we have paid bills and staff on time, we have settled some very hefty bills that were incurred from the previous ownership and board of directors, which included a Supporters Trust representative, we have not charged interest on any of the money loaned or taken salaries ourselves and we even topped up everyone’s wages during the pandemic.

“Many of the staff at the club are lifelong fans, they are passionate about the club and its place in the community. We all know what the club means to the town and the people of Northampton.

"Even this summer we have seen people like Graham Carr, Colin Calderwood, Marc Richards and Jon Brady, some of whom have long standing affiliations to the club be appointed to senior positions.

"If there really were underlying issues at the club, they would be well known by now, but the Trust cannot actually pinpoint anything except we haven’t answered their questions in the way they want us to.

“We will no longer be bullied and if the trust do not want to support the club’s plans, then so be it. We will all have to continue our hard work for the club without them.

“However, their constant attempts to politicise the matter is probably the most disappointing and definitely the most damaging to the club.

“Luckily the process we are going through with the council cannot be a political one. The officers are rightly tasked with going through an independent process to ensure that any discussion or future agreement will stand up to internal and external scrutiny.

“In addition, any decisions made by members at a later date will be based on the facts presented and not the opinions of a disaffected group, just like as it should be at local government. We have to trust the politicians that they will see this for what it is.

“We are very confident that we are working in the best interests of the club and all at the Council are working in the best interests of the Council and the taxpayers of West Northamptonshire. We are just not sure what the Trust are working towards.

“We will now concentrate on the important business of preparing for the new season and the open house event. We look forward to talking to a wide range of supporters on Friday and thank all supporters for their continued support.”

Offers from the club of a Zoom meeting to discuss the questions were turned down by the trust, which was formed in 1992.
55  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2021 Transfer Window on: June 24, 2021, 18:45:25 pm
I'm excited by all the signings tbh...

Two proper youngish but experienced keepers as appose to one who was constantly injured and one who was nowhere near football league level...

Proper wingers...

Creativity & balance in midfield...

Guthrie a shoe in to be our new captain & looks a fantastic signing for us...

NO HOOF BALL!!!  Grin



56  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2021 Transfer Window on: June 24, 2021, 08:52:18 am
Any bids in yet for Harry ntfclad?

4 clubs allegedly interested, but is it just rumour at this stage?

Again, if we get anything for him it'll be a bonus, just hasn't worked out for him here (saying that, he was never a target man so might suit Brady style of play?!)

Was signed on a 3 year deal pre-covid so must be a decentish wage, which could be used elsewhere

Really thought/hoped he'd be our new Stevie Howard!
57  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Next week's open house on: June 22, 2021, 17:56:34 pm
Trust withdraws support for Sixfields land deal

https://www.ntfctrust.co.uk/news/article/trust-withdraws-support-for-sixfields-land-deal
58  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2021 Transfer Window on: June 22, 2021, 17:55:06 pm
Good luck with your new keeper Roberts, boy you are going to need it !

You didn't see who we had between the sticks last season!
59  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2021 Transfer Window on: June 22, 2021, 15:44:53 pm
Keeper signing imminent according to Twitter!

Imagine, if it was MITCHELL!!!
60  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2021 Transfer Window on: June 22, 2021, 13:03:31 pm
There is NO WAY we will be signing Mitchell permanently, easily one of the worst keepers we've ever had imo (before a certain person comments!)

No doubt, he'll drop into non league obscurity...
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