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  1. Thanks OT, I do share your passion but things are as they are. Would be nice to know who, if any, are staying.
  2. As I said on an adjacent post (The Return of Football) it's good to be kept informed. I await to hear if we have still got a manager. But don't hold your breath.
  3. I understand your frustration OT but in view of the current virus there is very little to comment on. Even then from top to bottom very few people know what will happen next. In the past few weeks many of us have been concentrating trying to keep the club going by making donations. On which much has already been said. However, I am sure many will return to air there thoughts once we hear more about the position about the playing staff for next season, when ever it starts. SO far we know about ground improvements but nothing much relating to team affairs. So as far as I am concerned for once I have very few observations to make. It seems that once again we are left with having to learn from outside sources about who is leaving but very little, if anything at all, about those staying or coming. Even if the was no Virus, I have learnt that under this current playing management this position is to be accepted as the norm. Consequently until there is movement on this aspect I feel I have very little constructive to add. I will await further developments and will continue to read the forum regularly and will enter again once I feel I have something to contribute. In the mean time I wish that everyone will stay safe.
  4. Even for me, having been retired for 20 odd years, my life hasn't change a great deal other than the self isolation. But there is one thing that is becoming evident from my daily walks. That is the great spirit of all the people I pass, at a safe distance of course. It is almost back to my younger days when you always got a halo and smile from people you even didn't know. It reminds me of the family who looked after me as a evacuee during WW2. It certainly has the feeling of we are " all in this together ". What ever happens in the next few months I hope this attitude carries on. In the meantime I hope you all will remain safe and that we soon see this thing through.
  5. I have to agree with Andy and OT. At the present time I am only concentrated on hoping as many of us stay clear of the virus and through out the nation come out of this fit and healthy. The sooner that it's over we can all get back to what we do best on this forum, see things differently. Until then lets all hope for a better future for all of us Old and Young alike.
  6. I am afraid life is going to be put on hold but if we save one life by doing so it will be worth it. Whether how we are going about it is the right way only time would tell. At least something is being done.
  7. You have put your finger on the true reality 55S. But to day it would be hard even if we had a benefactor as times and peoples expectations are different. Many a time when the TV came to Southbury Road they would show all the teams playing on the Playing fields. Where are they now?? Unfortunately, as things stand, the only thing that would immediately improve our position is to increase entrance charges but with our product that would only be counter productive and we would start to lose even the ardent supporters.
  8. CC I hope you ate it after you had read it, the message not the pigeon I mean!!!!! Don't want to be admonished again by the senior member of the Politburo. I assume you did signed the ETFC's Official Secrets Act when joining the forum.
  9. Is it me or is the league table not up to date?? According to the played grid we have played 29 games and should now have 51 points. Pleased to see another win achieve. Once again Steph makes a valid point we must maintain our form and keep up the current momentum. Also,some seem to be concerned about whether Shaun is fit for week. But who will he replace I hope it it is Charles especially as he seems back to his scoring form? Also his pace is a great advantage to us now Mo has gone.
  10. Theo, yes I was happier because we at least showed some idea how to play. As I have said before achieve this and you begin to take some pressure off the defence. It also left Thomas to control better the centre midfield because he had someone near to him to inter pass with. Also as I have said,see quote: Urguhart played quite a part in this as began to organise the back by continually looking across the defensive line. But one or two of the usual suspects still insisted in long balls when not under pressure. But I can live with that. If I were marking them I would give 8 out 10 for trying but can still do better. I believe that Taafe's midfield display was the undoubted the catalyst that influenced this. I hope he can inspire some of the others to follow suit. If so I will continue to feel a lot more satisfaction. Yes I am a hard man to please!!!!!! The later!!!!
  11. Thank God this week Dr Jekyll turned up, in the place of Mr Hyde this week, in the form of Lewis Taafe. A midfielder who kept his position and made passes to members of his own team. Which is what some of us have been looking for for some time. I too was surprised at his substitution LS, but assumed after his long lay-off it was precautionary. The defence was somewhat more tighter than for many weeks although they still keep trying to hit 50yd killer balls when a simpler pass was on. But for once AL and his companions stopped screaming out useless advice. Of course if it wasn't for their goalie we could have had several more. I did suggested to my companion shortly after Taafes' goal it was time to introduce Charles' pace whilst we had them on the ropes. But later was better than never But that said from our point of view it was more entertaining to watch. Subject to injuries I do hope AL does not tinker with the team too much next time out. His first problem is what does he do with Blackman, assuming he is still not under suspension. As for the team as a whole so long as Mr Hyde doesn't immediately return next Tuesday and Saturday we may be in with a chance yet!!!!
  12. Point taken Theo, I too agree that enough has been said. So I will let it go and just take each game as it comes and and see what transpires. Deep down I still have hope.
  13. Dj, It could be that 3/4 years ago our ambitions were set higher. Partly due to some success our revenue has had to be distributed differently since the increase of our overheads; ie. New Stadium, Travel expenses etc. In addition, if my understanding is correct, the Football Supporters Society appears to have now move into having a Charitable Trust Foundation status. This may have some affect on the Football Club finances, as in law, all donations received will have to be used in connection with the Charity's declared aims which I believe includes some community projects. Although we may benefit by the tax exemptions currently in place. So we are back to square one. Unless we cannot encourage more people through the gates we are going to struggle even more financially. Like any other business the best way to do this is by improving ones product. This means considering how best this can be achieve. I, for one, think this could begin by looking into with how the administration playing side of the club is being run and whether it can be improved. If some people want to call this whingeing and others an obsession so be it, I call it logic.
  14. LH much of what you say has merit and of course most people understand what is entailed should we ever be promoted. But that is not the issue right now. The reality is that a high proportion of members are not happy as to how the playing side of the club is being managed... NOW. As WR says gates are falling already. Get these right and quite a few other things will start to fall into place. Ps. You forgot to complete your paraphrase of Kennedy's speech as he went on to call all the crowd "doughnuts" by his use of the word Berliners. I hope I am not construing too much from this omission!!!!
  15. I understand what you are saying W72. But unless the immediate problems aren't addressed the club will find it hard to even stand still but will start digress. Not only as a football club but in it's position within the community. Consequently if this can't be resolved with money then it needs a bold change of personnel in order solve this. A philosophy of working for the future is admiral but if you have a weak foundation it is hard to progress. For many it is not about winning and losing, it's how we win or lose. Consequently they find it hard to buy into AL's style of playing. It went out years ago. Supporters want at least some value for their money. This starts with a manager who can inspire his players to play up to their full capabilities. Also with the empathy to encourage the young players to become better players. Unfortunately AL's does not show to me he has this ability. That is if his shouting and gesticulating from the touch line is anything to go by. As previous posts have said, rather we paid an up and coming young manager with a plan for the future or stay with one who only ability is to acquire players of whom it is said are fantastic acquisitions but who have gone in no time. We all care enough for the club to see the club fail because of one man's intransigence. But unless he shows some leadership within the next few weeks I am afraid you will see a slump in gates. With the number of posts saying similar things we cannot all be wrong!!!!!!
  16. Oh for the days when we disagreed Theo. Now days you leave me very little to add!!! Keep up the good work.
  17. I am amazed to read the above even if true. Probably the worst form of publicity you could put out. It certainly going to deter any changes in manager in the near future. One almost concludes that perhaps this is why it has been said...ie, to ensure AL remains!!!! Also how do you expect us to deliver more revenue whilst it is widely accepted that AL's type of football is seen by many supporters as unacceptable to them. If being the case it will hardly encourage more people to pass through the gates. Nor will you have sponsors queuing up to align themselves with a poor product. If not paying a manager is worth alienating your income stream and reducing your chance of increased income I can only say if this is considered the way forward then heaven help us. This is amplified by WR's quote below. Thanks for your comment WR. At last someone has at last recognised what I wrote about AL's attitude to criticism 3 years ago. I refer to your reference to his arrogance!!! Especially when things aren't going his way.
  18. Theo that's exactly the argument I put forward a couple of season ago. I have now come to the conclusion that the senior football team forms only part of the overall structure of the organisation as a whole. If true then it would be acceptable if only we were informed that this is the plan. Also where management is concerned I am also naturally suspicious of the motives of people who work for nothing. It is not usual for for football managers to be so philanthropic. That's the cynic in me. As for BQ I would also welcome him back but I believe it was announced recently that he had taken up another appointment. After all he did achieve leading Braintree back to the National Premier League. Even though they proved not quite up to the task of staying up. But I am sure there are other young would be managers out there waiting for their first chance. At least they would bring with them some up to date ideas.
  19. I finally got out and was taken to Hornchurch. If nothing else I saw for myself what people have been complaining about for weeks. What I saw was a good resolute well drilled side. Obviously knowing what their game plan was. With quick forwards who were not easily knocked of the ball. Some much for the home side!!! The Town, however, I saw several good players having been reduced to look like poor ones, not necessarily by the opposition, but due to the complete ineptness of AL and so called coaching staff. At times it was hard to detect who was playing where!! Against a strong wind I saw players trying to make 40 to 50yd passes to BB with 3 players surrounding and no support within sight. Which sums up AL ethos to how he wants the team to play, no matter what he might say in the bar afterwards. The fact that the team improved slightly with the wind in their favour in the second half had to be expected. But their finishing was poor no doubt was due to their humiliation in the first half. An observation I have continually raised over the period of AL's tenure is that he is obviously very conditioned by the length of players CV's. Does he not ever ask why so many clubs in such a short space in time. I often wonder if he would be interest in a making a space for someone who played for Walthamstow Ave, Frinchley, a long side George Robb ( Who???... old Spurs and England fans will know ) and Bristol City. Perhaps his CV is to short for AL. Oh yes ...... he is now entering his late 80s.... probably not, but then he might perhaps he might be a bit too speedy for him. The only thing that comes out of today is his luck in so many clubs around us losing today
  20. Sorry W72, but then perhaps, I should have said we have to play 4 out of 6 teams . But then if we assume that having to play East Thurruck Home /Away, who have 3 games in hand and only 3 points less than us, by the law of averages, should we not considered them at least on a parity with us. Unless you feel strongly they will lose the next 3 games and we win all of ours. That would make it 5 against 7. But all of this is pure conjecture.. All we can do is to continue to win. I too am pleased that AL is willing to utilise some of our younger players. I have been requesting this for some time. But wonder if it will only be when he is forced to do so in the absence of others As for AT, I agree with his point about livings. I have always believed he would enhance the midfield for the reason that he states. We will just have to wait and see as each week bring a new scenario.
  21. BTG, I have always said a wins a win and we all should be pleased. But I believe we have to play away at the majority of those teams above us. Let's see how we get on then take stock.
  22. MTH, I think when AL was appointed I did say the Board had had the choice of two young managers. One who as an assistant manager/coach had help a club not too distant from us to the National League play off final. At the time I believe the Board felt that both of them would put a strain on our finances because they had no experience of a club like ours. I don't think football management ability had much to do with their decision, hence they went with AL and DP. Who were considered to be a safe pair choice. But with the current philosophy I'm afraid this will always happen. I also said at the time that a Stadium like ours needed a team worthy of bringing in large enough crowds which add to more revenue so as to make the playing side self sufficient. To achieve this you must have a better product.This would then give more of the other sources of income available towards the Charitable works in which the club wishes to engage in. But then some will say what do I know. I do know that the accounts show an untenable bias to playing expenditure over income. This has to changed but if gates continue to fall all aspects of the club will suffer and will lead to the undoing all the achieves so far acquired by so many hard working people. "He who dares wins." A cliche I know but there is some truth in it.
  23. Hi Thoe, you must have just read one of my posts of 3 Seasons ago. We are finally singing from the same song sheet. But it doesn't mean we are bad supporters!!!!!!! Like you, my concerns have always been for the club and I was hoping that after Paul Reeds uplifting report of his plans and hopes for the future we would start to tidy up the back room. I suppose it may happen soon but I still worry that we may have left it too late. Also like me, I am sure you don't delight in seeing everyone's dreams start to diminish because of one persons intransigence and those who think that nothings wrong. All we others can do is hope for a miracle. For me I am not persuaded to sign up next year if he is still in place. Nb. It's interesting to read in the official report that "the chaotic defending is still continuing" and that " Blackman picked up a second yellow card... both were cheap and unnecessary". Then it isn't just us few!!!!!
  24. R, not sure the whether the last 3 words of your post were meant to be praising our derogatory ...... my only reply has to be " Up yours"!!!!!! No offence intended.
  25. AsI have just said CC actions mean more than words.
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