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61  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
62  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
63  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?

64  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
65  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
66  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!
67  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Northampton Town Supporters Trust has withdrawn its support for a land deal which could see the club's East Stand finally finished.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.
68  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



69  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!
70  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
71  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!
72  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!!!
73  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...
74  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2021 Transfer Window on: June 19, 2021, 13:46:03 pm
Promised is a bit of a stretch, but confirmation didn’t materialise…

Don’t think it’ll be too far away

Can you confirm the position ntfclad?

Also, any news on at least one keeper yet?

Do you know how long the notice period Calderwood has to serve is?
75  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2021 Transfer Window on: June 18, 2021, 10:44:02 am
So, anyone expected in today ntfclad?
76  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Redevelopment Closer Than Ever? on: June 17, 2021, 19:29:54 pm
Still infuriates me that we should have had this...



Instead of anything resembling this...



Still, at least they never got round to putting that comedy portacabin on stilts in front of the West Stand!

77  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: New Assistant Manager on: June 17, 2021, 14:56:33 pm
You'd think after all he's done for Blackpool, they'd waive the "period of notice" wouldn't you?...plus they mugged us off with the prolific Joe Nuttall... Roll Eyes

Blackpool Football Club can confirm that Colin Calderwood is to leave his position on the coaching staff in order to pursue an opportunity with Northampton Town.

The 56-year-old, who lives in Northamptonshire, is now working a period of notice, having joined the Seasiders as an Assistant Head Coach in October 2020.

The Club would like to place on record its thanks to Colin for all his efforts throughout the season and wish him the very best of luck for the future.
78  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: New Assistant Manager on: June 17, 2021, 14:14:34 pm
Welcome back Colin!...a fantastic appointment and another "local" too  Grin
79  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: New Assistant Manager on: June 16, 2021, 22:14:05 pm
What's Page got to do with this thread?!

Back on topic...

When is Calderwood back off his hols?
80  The Hotel End / Cobblers Corner / Re: Summer 2021 Transfer Window on: June 15, 2021, 15:52:00 pm
Proper left & right wingers now...ooooohhh, I do love a winger!
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