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    Benjrider10 got a reaction from ETFC Interested Observer in Any news?   
    Delighted that Ryan Blackman has committed to ETFC for another season. Unlike 4WF, I enjoy seeing him play 😜. He keeps it simple, which I like. I also remember seeing RB at the ground the Sunday after his nasty, season-ending injury when I was watching the ETFC Ladies first team play (maybe to start physio?) and was impressed by his dedication. 
    Equally delighted that Sam Youngs has signed too, and the feedback from CUFCgeneral re 2 of the 3 new signings is positive. Squad shaping up OK. 
    Keep going, Management Team!!
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    Benjrider10 reacted to MbrunoB in Any news?   
    I'll support anyone that gets injured playing for us and then works hard to get back on the training pitch and into the team.
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    Benjrider10 got a reaction from MbrunoB in Can our three players compete with FC Manchester’s 23   
    Seems to me that there is some information on the website already for those on tenterhooks - the 5 pen pictures on scroll make a decent starting point for the squad 😎. Let's see who else comes in.
    Can't understand why people expect the info to be shared any earlier. Was no different in previous years. Let the management team get on with it - we will find out soon enough.
    And now, back to the cricket and the women's World Cup .....
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    Benjrider10 got a reaction from ETFC Interested Observer in Can our three players compete with FC Manchester’s 23   
    Seems to me that there is some information on the website already for those on tenterhooks - the 5 pen pictures on scroll make a decent starting point for the squad 😎. Let's see who else comes in.
    Can't understand why people expect the info to be shared any earlier. Was no different in previous years. Let the management team get on with it - we will find out soon enough.
    And now, back to the cricket and the women's World Cup .....
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    Benjrider10 got a reaction from Barney in Can our three players compete with FC Manchester’s 23   
    Seems to me that there is some information on the website already for those on tenterhooks - the 5 pen pictures on scroll make a decent starting point for the squad 😎. Let's see who else comes in.
    Can't understand why people expect the info to be shared any earlier. Was no different in previous years. Let the management team get on with it - we will find out soon enough.
    And now, back to the cricket and the women's World Cup .....
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    Benjrider10 reacted to Barney in Can our three players compete with FC Manchester’s 23   
    But surely we have to have a balance between complete transparency and no info at all - if it's in any way detrimental to the club, I'm happy to not hear anything and in this case I'm perfectly willing to bide my time safe in the knowledge that we will get told what's going on when it's the right time to do so in the interests of the club.
    There is of course the option of speaking directly to the manager / a board member / someone in the know - I'm not sure that you'll get the specific player info that you want, but you might get more of a reassurance than you will on here that we're actually not going to be starting against FCUM with just the 3 players. Taking this one step further, as a fans owned club, you could always volunteer to get involved in the PR side of things - I'm pretty certain that any offer of help from fans will be welcomed with open arms, and would be more constructive than being the above mentioned keyboard warriors (one finger or otherwise) 😉
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    Benjrider10 got a reaction from Barney in Next season   
    Interesting that there is a remarkably similar debate to this one on the Hornchurch forum 🤔 !!!
    We're all non league fans at heart and just want the best for our club. No point in speculating who's leaving and who's joining. We'll find out soon enough.
    I think back to the "old" days when I first worked abroad and waited for a monthly letter from my dad with clippings from the Gazette. Now the same gossip is a mere tweet or post away.
    Enjoy the summer everybody, there's plenty of cricket to keep us entertained 🙂 But please renew!!
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    Benjrider10 got a reaction from 72wemblyfinal in Next season   
    Interesting that there is a remarkably similar debate to this one on the Hornchurch forum 🤔 !!!
    We're all non league fans at heart and just want the best for our club. No point in speculating who's leaving and who's joining. We'll find out soon enough.
    I think back to the "old" days when I first worked abroad and waited for a monthly letter from my dad with clippings from the Gazette. Now the same gossip is a mere tweet or post away.
    Enjoy the summer everybody, there's plenty of cricket to keep us entertained 🙂 But please renew!!
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    Benjrider10 got a reaction from MbrunoB in Next season   
    Theo, 4WF I understand your frustration and appreciate that you are both long time supporters (EFC and ETFC). You're both better placed than me to comment on the quality of the football over the last 2 seasons - I work abroad and only get to a handful of games each year.
    My point is we are a supporters owned/run club and if the funding dries up, it's not just the first team that suffers. We've seen the "old" club turn to ashes and I have no intention of seeing the "new" club start spiralling the wrong way. That's why I renewed 2  days ago - 3 season tickets and 7 ETFCSS memberships. Most of my family are members and don't even know it 😋
    The debate on the forum is healthy but let's not forget: "no club - no debate". I'd rather have sh** football than no football.
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    Benjrider10 got a reaction from Barney in Next season   
    Can somebody explain to me how NOT renewing ETFCSS membership/season tickets timely is going to help build a decent team for 2019/2020? 
    We all know that players come and go each season. I'm as disappointed as anyone that Matt Johnson and Joe Wright have chosen to move on, but that is their call. Let the management team get on with their jobs and let's do our bit by renewing. Very few clubs at our level can afford to keep players on a contract for more than a season at a time. If us supporters hold back renewing, the downward spiral begins.
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    Benjrider10 got a reaction from ETFC Interested Observer in Next season   
    Can somebody explain to me how NOT renewing ETFCSS membership/season tickets timely is going to help build a decent team for 2019/2020? 
    We all know that players come and go each season. I'm as disappointed as anyone that Matt Johnson and Joe Wright have chosen to move on, but that is their call. Let the management team get on with their jobs and let's do our bit by renewing. Very few clubs at our level can afford to keep players on a contract for more than a season at a time. If us supporters hold back renewing, the downward spiral begins.
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    Benjrider10 got a reaction from MbrunoB in Next season   
    Can somebody explain to me how NOT renewing ETFCSS membership/season tickets timely is going to help build a decent team for 2019/2020? 
    We all know that players come and go each season. I'm as disappointed as anyone that Matt Johnson and Joe Wright have chosen to move on, but that is their call. Let the management team get on with their jobs and let's do our bit by renewing. Very few clubs at our level can afford to keep players on a contract for more than a season at a time. If us supporters hold back renewing, the downward spiral begins.
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    Benjrider10 got a reaction from MbrunoB in Velocity Cup Final   
    Very enjoyable match tonight (never mind the traffic and the various magic roundabouts)!!
    Thought we played some good football at times and was very impressed with the work rate of Davison in particular, who ran his socks off and made life difficult for the Hornchurch defenders every time he was near the ball. Youngs as skilful as ever in midfield - he really is a good player. 
    Yes, we have under-achieved in the league, but we only have to look at Braintree to see what can happen to a team that gains promotion when perhaps they are not ready for it. 
    ETFC is far more than just the first team. I've had the pleasure the last 2 Saturday mornings of watching the ETFC disability squad train, and I watched the ladies 1st team play some very attractive football last Sunday afternoon. I'm very proud to be a member of the club, even more so with a new trophy to be added to the honours board. Looking forward to seeing that in the bar next season.
    I agree with Steph's post. The team/squad has improved incrementally the last 2 seasons. I take little notice of the negativity on this forum. I suspect the manager and players don't bother reading it and I don't blame them. You have to be thick skinned to be a success in this game. Everybody has an opinion. Let's have some  positive posts congratulating the team, coaching and management staff and all the directors!!!
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    Benjrider10 got a reaction from MbrunoB in Enfield Town v Kingstonian   
    Completely agree. I've questioned for some time whether the views on this forum are representative of the supporter base and don't think they are. Like TJF says, too quick to criticise, too slow to praise.
    I don't get to many games but saw 2 last time I was home. The first was the drab 0-0 against Brightlingsea which certainly didn't set the world alight (though we should have nicked a win right at the end).  The second was the away win at Tonbridge which was one of the best games I have seen for a long time. We played extremely well and looked every inch a play-off contender, if not better.  That was only a month ago and now the knives are out!!!! Give me a break. It's essentially the same team!! Us supporters are a fickle lot.
    I agree with people saying we are not playing to Bricknell's strengths when he is up front on his own. I prefer to see 2 up front (home and away). But it looks to me like the manager has tried 2 up front the last 2 games and we still lost. And he still gets criticised!! 😅
    I think it's simpler. We had the run of the ball in the first couple of months. First game of the season we could easily have lost. The 2-2 draw at Lewes which kept momentum going and confidence high - could easily have lost that one too. Haringey at home - Kirby hit the bar for them in the last minute so could have lost that one as well. The Hayes & Yeading defeat didn't disappoint me - we put out a young team. But since the Trophy loss at Basingstoke, we've not had the run of the ball. 9 times out of 10 Johnson's back pass would have gone to our right back. It didn't, their forward took his chance and we've been like a deflated balloon ever since. Confidence has evaporated. But the playing squad is pretty much unchanged.
    Brandon Adams going to Ware is disappointing but don't blame the manager. The club received a 7 day approach and the player decided to go to get regular playing time. Why is that the manager's fault? The player chose to drop a league. The manager didn't show him the door. Quite the opposite, I suspect, but it was the player's choice.
    I enjoy reading the posts. Quite often I completely disagree with people's opinions but's that's the whole point of a forum. Air your opinion.
    We have a good squad, they just need a win to get some self-belief back. We've got a tough looking December but the players need to look at how they played at Tonbridge to remind themselves they are good. We'll get out of this slump.
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    Benjrider10 got a reaction from Barney in Enfield Town v Kingstonian   
    Completely agree. I've questioned for some time whether the views on this forum are representative of the supporter base and don't think they are. Like TJF says, too quick to criticise, too slow to praise.
    I don't get to many games but saw 2 last time I was home. The first was the drab 0-0 against Brightlingsea which certainly didn't set the world alight (though we should have nicked a win right at the end).  The second was the away win at Tonbridge which was one of the best games I have seen for a long time. We played extremely well and looked every inch a play-off contender, if not better.  That was only a month ago and now the knives are out!!!! Give me a break. It's essentially the same team!! Us supporters are a fickle lot.
    I agree with people saying we are not playing to Bricknell's strengths when he is up front on his own. I prefer to see 2 up front (home and away). But it looks to me like the manager has tried 2 up front the last 2 games and we still lost. And he still gets criticised!! 😅
    I think it's simpler. We had the run of the ball in the first couple of months. First game of the season we could easily have lost. The 2-2 draw at Lewes which kept momentum going and confidence high - could easily have lost that one too. Haringey at home - Kirby hit the bar for them in the last minute so could have lost that one as well. The Hayes & Yeading defeat didn't disappoint me - we put out a young team. But since the Trophy loss at Basingstoke, we've not had the run of the ball. 9 times out of 10 Johnson's back pass would have gone to our right back. It didn't, their forward took his chance and we've been like a deflated balloon ever since. Confidence has evaporated. But the playing squad is pretty much unchanged.
    Brandon Adams going to Ware is disappointing but don't blame the manager. The club received a 7 day approach and the player decided to go to get regular playing time. Why is that the manager's fault? The player chose to drop a league. The manager didn't show him the door. Quite the opposite, I suspect, but it was the player's choice.
    I enjoy reading the posts. Quite often I completely disagree with people's opinions but's that's the whole point of a forum. Air your opinion.
    We have a good squad, they just need a win to get some self-belief back. We've got a tough looking December but the players need to look at how they played at Tonbridge to remind themselves they are good. We'll get out of this slump.
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    Benjrider10 got a reaction from 72wemblyfinal in Folkestone away   
    Fantastic start to the season!! The sign of a strong squad is the strength on the bench and that was an impressive looking bench.
     
    Won’t be back in country for over a week but just can’t wait to be able to get to a game and watch this team play. Looks full of goals to me.
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    Benjrider10 got a reaction from MbrunoB in New staff?   
    Noto was an intelligent player with vision and I am sure he will be a good coach with fresh ideas, wanting to help players improve. I didn't know he already has coaching experience/qualifications. Perfect start to the next stage of his career and a sensible appointment.
     
    I only saw Sreve Wales play one game and I think it was when he picked up an injury making a goal-saving tackle. Even in that solitary game I saw him play, I remember being impressed by his commitment. Again, to my mind another sensible appointment which brings fresh blood and purpose to the management team.
     
    Looking ahead to next season already, but need to keep reminding myself to be patient! The trouble with life these days is that, with social media, we all expect instant news/updates. I'm already wondering who is going to sign, re-sign, any new players etc? Then I kick myself - this season's only just finished! The officials, management and players are all part time and have normal lives to lead. Come end July I'm hoping to see some news on what next season's squad is shaping up to be. I know who I'd like to stay but will keep that to myself. Players come and go at this level but I do hope we don't have the level of change as 2017-2018 pre-season.
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    Benjrider10 got a reaction from 72wemblyfinal in New staff?   
    Noto was an intelligent player with vision and I am sure he will be a good coach with fresh ideas, wanting to help players improve. I didn't know he already has coaching experience/qualifications. Perfect start to the next stage of his career and a sensible appointment.
     
    I only saw Sreve Wales play one game and I think it was when he picked up an injury making a goal-saving tackle. Even in that solitary game I saw him play, I remember being impressed by his commitment. Again, to my mind another sensible appointment which brings fresh blood and purpose to the management team.
     
    Looking ahead to next season already, but need to keep reminding myself to be patient! The trouble with life these days is that, with social media, we all expect instant news/updates. I'm already wondering who is going to sign, re-sign, any new players etc? Then I kick myself - this season's only just finished! The officials, management and players are all part time and have normal lives to lead. Come end July I'm hoping to see some news on what next season's squad is shaping up to be. I know who I'd like to stay but will keep that to myself. Players come and go at this level but I do hope we don't have the level of change as 2017-2018 pre-season.
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    Benjrider10 got a reaction from Barney in New staff?   
    Noto was an intelligent player with vision and I am sure he will be a good coach with fresh ideas, wanting to help players improve. I didn't know he already has coaching experience/qualifications. Perfect start to the next stage of his career and a sensible appointment.
     
    I only saw Sreve Wales play one game and I think it was when he picked up an injury making a goal-saving tackle. Even in that solitary game I saw him play, I remember being impressed by his commitment. Again, to my mind another sensible appointment which brings fresh blood and purpose to the management team.
     
    Looking ahead to next season already, but need to keep reminding myself to be patient! The trouble with life these days is that, with social media, we all expect instant news/updates. I'm already wondering who is going to sign, re-sign, any new players etc? Then I kick myself - this season's only just finished! The officials, management and players are all part time and have normal lives to lead. Come end July I'm hoping to see some news on what next season's squad is shaping up to be. I know who I'd like to stay but will keep that to myself. Players come and go at this level but I do hope we don't have the level of change as 2017-2018 pre-season.
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    Benjrider10 reacted to vauxhallman in New staff?   
    Two very good appointments.
    Mario has done his coaching badges and has coached at boreham wood.
    Steve is a top man with loads of knowledge of the game.
    Onwards and upwards.coyt.
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    Benjrider10 got a reaction from 72wemblyfinal in Tonbridge Angels v Enfield Town   
    As I monitor from afar, what strikes me is that for the last 8 weeks or so, whatever starting eleven I see either on the website Twitter feed or on this forum, I think to myself "that's not a bad side". Same goes for the bench.
     
    Our midfield has been strong most of the season. Blackman, Youngs and now Matt Johnson are a good combination. I hope we can keep Noto too - he's a good player.
     
    We've got a good choice of forwards who have different games. Wynter, Blake, Greene and Tyler Campbell are all fast and tricky. Wadkins and Thomas make a nuisance of themselves in the air and provide a different kind of threat. Hope can nick a goal against a tiring defence and has a great footballing brain. No matter the combination, it just took them all (maybe except Wynter) too long to find, then keep wearing, their scoring boots.
     
    The defence could be strengthened. I like Bihmoutine and Parcell on the left and right respectively, but we concede too many in the middle. Can Kirby get himself match fit and challenge regularly for a starting position? Purse must be close to hanging up his boots and concentrating full time on coaching/managing. We'll see what happens.
     
    I just hope we have a relatively calm off season. It can't be as tumultuous as last season (surely!), not unless the manager decides he wants something different. He tends to stay at one club for a number of years and that, as far as I am concerned, is a good thing. We need continuity and stability, especially as the squad seems to have gelled.
     
    And our contribution, as supporters, is vital. We are a supporters-owned club and have to help as much as we can, financially or otherwise. Who knows - maybe that extra tenner a month will make all the difference!
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    Benjrider10 got a reaction from 72wemblyfinal in Burgess Hill v Enfield Town   
    Well done to the manager for a brave team selection. 4 forwards starting (I count Greene as a forward) and 2 on the bench!! Good stuff and exactly the right approach against a team lower than us in the league. Also the correct approach in light of the number of games played over a short period. I doubt the players have the energy left to chase the ball when not in possession. I think he has rotated the squad sensibly. The goals against column doesn't lie at this stage of the season. We are going to concede so the only way we are going to win is by scoring more (he types in "Doh" Homer Simpson fashion).
     
    Blake and Wynter are similar players and it's good to see they have both found their scoring boots. Shame Blake didn't find his earlier in the season but he deserves encouragement because he always works hard. Now the confidence has returned, he'll score more. Wynter will score regularly at this level too. Did Junior Mubaiyi get on in the second half? I hope so.
     
    Looking ahead to next season, we need to work out how to stop leaking goals. If we can persuade the guy who came on loan from Wealdstone to return, that would be a good start. He looked strong and pacy in the solitary game I saw him play.
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    Benjrider10 got a reaction from MbrunoB in Burgess Hill v Enfield Town   
    Well done to the manager for a brave team selection. 4 forwards starting (I count Greene as a forward) and 2 on the bench!! Good stuff and exactly the right approach against a team lower than us in the league. Also the correct approach in light of the number of games played over a short period. I doubt the players have the energy left to chase the ball when not in possession. I think he has rotated the squad sensibly. The goals against column doesn't lie at this stage of the season. We are going to concede so the only way we are going to win is by scoring more (he types in "Doh" Homer Simpson fashion).
     
    Blake and Wynter are similar players and it's good to see they have both found their scoring boots. Shame Blake didn't find his earlier in the season but he deserves encouragement because he always works hard. Now the confidence has returned, he'll score more. Wynter will score regularly at this level too. Did Junior Mubaiyi get on in the second half? I hope so.
     
    Looking ahead to next season, we need to work out how to stop leaking goals. If we can persuade the guy who came on loan from Wealdstone to return, that would be a good start. He looked strong and pacy in the solitary game I saw him play.
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    Benjrider10 got a reaction from 3spirit in Enfield Town v Leatherhead   
    Shock horror, I find myself agreeing with Albury Walker . He's well placed to comment as an impartial observer. Let's not forget that it's generally the same dozen or so contributors on this forum and I suspect several, like me, are getting put off by the niggly, negative vibe.
     
    I also agree with 53 seasons' input. I'm tired/bored (delete as appropriate) of reading posts blaming the manager when clearly the players aren't following his instructions. Yes, I know he brought most of them in, but good to see that he seems to have drawn a line and is now looking to be ruthless and start moving dead wood on. Several regular contributors find many faults with the manager but the comment I offer is that he has been too loyal to some of the players. He needed to be a bit harder earlier in the season.
     
    Just watched the interview with AL on YouTube and thought, once again, that he came across well. He has already brought new players in (and some returnees) and they will improve the team, given the chance. He also made it clear that the squad are playing for their places next season, which is exactly as it should be.
     
    The team lacks confidence, and only a run of wins will address that. The first half against Burgess Hill at home (which I got to see) showed the possibilities. The second half, when we were awful, showed how much confidence plays a part in the game. We played like we expected to lose a 3 goal lead.
     
    I hope the players play the rest of the season without fear. We're not going to get relegated or promoted, so even though some may say we have nothing to play for, I think the entire squad has everything to play for. Let's see some character and leadership on the field and in this regard, many congratulations to Ryan Blackman for being appointed playing captain. Well deserved and a good, forward-looking move.
     
    The next few weeks will prove very interesting and I trust the manager to make suitable decisions with next season in mind.
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    Benjrider10 got a reaction from Barney in Enfield Town v Leatherhead   
    Shock horror, I find myself agreeing with Albury Walker . He's well placed to comment as an impartial observer. Let's not forget that it's generally the same dozen or so contributors on this forum and I suspect several, like me, are getting put off by the niggly, negative vibe.
     
    I also agree with 53 seasons' input. I'm tired/bored (delete as appropriate) of reading posts blaming the manager when clearly the players aren't following his instructions. Yes, I know he brought most of them in, but good to see that he seems to have drawn a line and is now looking to be ruthless and start moving dead wood on. Several regular contributors find many faults with the manager but the comment I offer is that he has been too loyal to some of the players. He needed to be a bit harder earlier in the season.
     
    Just watched the interview with AL on YouTube and thought, once again, that he came across well. He has already brought new players in (and some returnees) and they will improve the team, given the chance. He also made it clear that the squad are playing for their places next season, which is exactly as it should be.
     
    The team lacks confidence, and only a run of wins will address that. The first half against Burgess Hill at home (which I got to see) showed the possibilities. The second half, when we were awful, showed how much confidence plays a part in the game. We played like we expected to lose a 3 goal lead.
     
    I hope the players play the rest of the season without fear. We're not going to get relegated or promoted, so even though some may say we have nothing to play for, I think the entire squad has everything to play for. Let's see some character and leadership on the field and in this regard, many congratulations to Ryan Blackman for being appointed playing captain. Well deserved and a good, forward-looking move.
     
    The next few weeks will prove very interesting and I trust the manager to make suitable decisions with next season in mind.
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