I actually watched all of the game, unlike some who have posted, because is they did not realise that Lee Turner played the whole of the game, then they may well have spent too much time in the Bar.
He was outstanding in the first half, not so much the second, but the team was changed round to ensure most players got a part game.
These are friendlies after all, a time when the Manager tries out players in different positions, that's why Shearer played part of the game up front as he did sometimes for Margate, OK it wasnt too great but at least Andy has some idea about that, for future games.
I was fairly impressed with everyone's level of fitness, most looking very sharp, no one carrying weight and everyone but everyone committed ( good to see Matt Lee) after his long spell on the injury list, even though Dennis Wise did his best to put him back on the sick couch.
The sale of Liam is good business for the Club and does enable Andy to buy in, lets give him more than twenty four hours to look around shall we.
I have no more real knowledge than you, but this deal was not done over Andy's head that I can assure you and perhaps we should at least give the Club credit for having a contract with Liam so that we did not lose him for no fee as with Mark Bentley who would only agree to a one year when he signed.
I think more worrying is everyone saying that people will not join the Trust, or are we wasting our money.
The Trust was never a quick fix for anything and players will come and go, I was upset when Paul Booth left last season, but it was for the best and he has done well and by staying up last season so did we.
Last nights performance was by far one of the best bunch of players I have seen in pre-season friendlies, apart from an out and out striker although our goal was a cracker.
Andy does have time to look around and at least we have some money to back the looking up with.
The Trust although it will eventually buy shares and help the Club financially have already made an impact,
The ground is looking very smart with loads of cleaning and painting, the players shower has been part re-tiled, all the dressing rooms have been cleaned and re-painted, lights have been fixed, the office has been re-vamped, the bad sheets on the roof are going to be replaced,all the signsare being re-painted ( even my hut has been painted)the telephone system is being sorted out.
All these things go to make the Club run more smoothly, the fans get a better deal when the pay over the turn-stile,
What we do need is Members of the Trust encouraging more people to join not saying I can't see anyone wanting to join, with strength in numbers, comes more money, then and only then can we support the Club with the large amounts needed to help them survive and compete with some of the bigger fish in the pond who are snapping up all the players we want, by offering more cash per week and more goal bonus payments.
The Trust committee have worked wonders in just over a month ( yes thats all the time we have been officially running) we are striving along with the Club to encourage large sponsors to get involved, how can we encourage them that we are worth investing in if our own fans do not seem to think we are!!!
I am very optimistic about the coming season, we must trust Andy and his team to do the very best they can for GNFC, but we must also do our part, and yes everyone is entitled to an opinion, but if it is negative even before we start our fixtures perhaps you should come dwon the ground tomorrow and help out with some of the jobs that still needs doing, and work off your frustration on the other end of a paint brush, Commander Bond makes a mean cup of tea and the supporters down helping will cheer you up and get you ready for the season ahead.
Sorry is such a long winded response, but I thought I would like to put the position of the Trust forward, after all we are all Supporters of the Club.
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