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    72wemblyfinal reacted to djwilf in Muhammadu Faal   
    Let's just enjoy his quality whilst he's here.
    Never met him but sounds a lovely guy and quite grounded too.   Always think it's great when some of our players score then run over to friends/family to celebrate as doesn't really happen in bigger stadiums.
    He's been a breath of fresh air this year and we should make the most of his massive contributions when he pulls on a Town shirt.
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    72wemblyfinal got a reaction from djwilf in Muhammadu Faal   
    @The Crowing Cockerel
    I had the opportunity to have a lengthy chat with Mo recently,and what I gleaned from the conversation was that he would only be interested in leaving us to progress his career at a team in the football league.And him turning down two offers confirms this.Which I think speaks volumes for our club.
    I also saw the Maldon game but I do wish the commentators named us correctly as Enfield Town, they just called us Enfield ! They always do.
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    72wemblyfinal got a reaction from Barney in Muhammadu Faal   
    @The Crowing Cockerel
    I had the opportunity to have a lengthy chat with Mo recently,and what I gleaned from the conversation was that he would only be interested in leaving us to progress his career at a team in the football league.And him turning down two offers confirms this.Which I think speaks volumes for our club.
    I also saw the Maldon game but I do wish the commentators named us correctly as Enfield Town, they just called us Enfield ! They always do.
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    72wemblyfinal got a reaction from littlehampton in Enfield Town v Wingate & Finchley   
    Well what I saw today was our team not giving up trying there hardest right to the end,ok it was not the best display of passing football they have produced this season but that had a lot to do with Wingate,they pressed hard gave us no time on the ball,they will be gutted to have drawn after going 2 up.
    How many times last season did we lose and draw games we should have won.This season it's different we are hanging in there and getting a result.
    Full credit to out guys pulling this one back whilst not playing at there best.
    COYT
     
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    72wemblyfinal reacted to lovely stuff in FA Trophy draw. 1st round.   
    I think the simple answer is that home league attendances have the season ticket holders added to the gate whether they attend or not..So about 100 is added to every one of our league attendance,even if only a few season ticket holders actually attend..With cup games these ticket holders are not counted .Also season ticket holders can be unwilling to pay to attend games,so skip cup ties.Plus if you have to pay the opposition a percentage of the gate with FA cup/trophy games.The official attendance will be kept to a minimum.Every club does it.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    72wemblyfinal reacted to MbrunoB in FA Trophy draw. 1st round.   
    Fa Trophy 1st round draw. Enfield Town v Ebbsfleet United 14th December
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    72wemblyfinal reacted to seemgee in Enfield Town v Maldon & Tiptree   
    Faal scores in the first minute  1-0
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    72wemblyfinal reacted to AnfieldTowner in Brothers in Arms   
    Having read the well put together tribute to Corinthian-Casuals club history whilst down at Tolworth on Wednesday (where Kingstonian are currently ground sharing), I finally just caught up with the amazing documentary about the club and their Brazilian history that was on ITV on Thursday night (called 'Brothers in Arms').
    Recommended viewing for any and every fan of non league football - I promise you you won't be sorry to watch it. Made me proud to be a supporter at this level of football - well done to all at Corinthian-Casuals, and particularly the players and staff that went to Brazil for an amazing match with SC Corinthians Paulista, what a story!
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    72wemblyfinal reacted to littlehampton in ENFIELD TOWN v MALDON & TIPTREE   
    Hi WR, from a personal perspective I think we have a good, strong squad of players this season, who are blending well as a team, and I believe we all might be pleasantly surprised by our team line-up tomorrow. Don't know about us being down to " bear bones ", but I do hope all our supporters are there in numbers for this FA Trophy match, to get behind our team, and create a ' bear pit ' atmosphere throughout the game, to drive our players on and produce the win we need to be in the FA Trophy next round draw on Monday. COYT.
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    72wemblyfinal reacted to Barney in Enfield Town v Folkestone Invicta   
    Frustrating afternoon, and I would say that the side that made the fewest mistakes won the game. Their second goal with the mix up between Hatton and Thomas (I think it was these two) in the build up put us completely on the back foot - you can't give a 2 goal lead to a decent side, and they clearly were a decent, well drilled side. Having said that, I don't think we were any worse than them over 90 minutes and our second half performance in my view deserved to get us at least a point - on another day, with better finishing and slightly more luck we could have turned the scoreline around. I'm not too dejected as a result, I think if we cut out the mistakes and keep people fit, we'll still be there or thereabouts competing for the play off places at the end of the season.
    There were plenty of positives for me from the game too - Bricknell looks a lot sharper than he did when I saw him last (against Stortford away), and seems to be linking better with Mo. Mo's goal was taken very nicely, as we've come to expect, and assuming the two of them stay injury free (and remain at the club), we will carry a goal threat against any side. Bobson looked lively throughout and gives us a slightly different attacking dimension with the ability to beat a man, get behind and put balls into the box which the forwards should thrive on. I was side on, so couldn't tell for sure, but if their keeper tipped his shot onto the post in the second half it was a superb save. Thomas as well deserves a lot of credit - each game I've seen him play he looks assured, is positionally very good, wins the ball back and gives it simply - I thought we'd miss Johnson when he left, but actually feel that Thomas is equally as good in that role.
    On the negative side, apart from the mistakes in the first half, I think we got impatient way too early at 2-1, tried to force things too much and started to go far too direct, which really doesn't suit our game. Although Mo and Billy competed well in the air, I'm sure their centre backs were rubbing their hands together once we started pinging long balls at them instead of trying to pay around them. I know I've disagreed with 4WF previously, but I think he's exactly right in a lot of respects, what we needed was patience someone to put their foot on the ball in midfield and keep recycling the play so that we worked their back four out of position and then pick that killer pass to the forwards once space was made. I don't think Ryan going off helped in this respect - ideally we needed another centre mid coming on, rather than a forward, but we are where we are - someone like Taafe (or Mulley, who played in the week, or Noto from a few years ago 😉 ) on the bench could have made a huge difference. Having said this, I'd be amazed if it was a management decision to go direct - I could hear Weatherstone shouting at the team to keep their shape and stay patient as we had so much time left, and I'm sure the management were saying the same.
    Regarding the tackle on Ryan, I don't think it was an absolute horror tackle, the Invicta player was trying to get the ball, and was only marginally late, but flew in recklessly and once you don't get the ball in that situation and catch the opponent you certainly can't complain if you see red. On another day, they would have been reduced to 10 with all the benefits that the extra space would have brought us. Hopefully the injury isn't bad - I head someone mention on the way out of the ground that it was a badly gashed shin - no idea if their info was correct, but if so hopefully he'll not be out too long.
    Anyway - we go again next week, lets hope we bounce back - I like this team, I like the way they play (most of the time), and I enjoy watching the exciting forwards, so I'm still very positive about the team and the management.
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    72wemblyfinal reacted to 55 seasons in Enfield Town v Bishop's Stortford   
    The change of Hatton to right side defence worked because it also brought more composure in central defence with Jon Muleba taking that position and largely controlling their number 20 who had been a threat all night. I also felt we were poor first half but were the better side from half time onwards.
    Very unfair to describe Stortford as a 's****y little team Seaside Towner. They played well throughout although I agree they did indulge in too much feigning injury and diving. No worse though than many sides at this level who are allowed to get away with it by often poor and naive referees.
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    72wemblyfinal reacted to Steph in Enfield Town v Bishop's Stortford   
    I disagree with Seaside Towner as I thought that we had the second half throughout.
    In the first half they had a tightly disciplined back 4 with a playmaker in front of the line. We tried balls over the top but two forwards not talking or communicating with each other were never going to break them down
    Second half we played the ball on the ground. There back 4 got more ragged and we gradually took control with a more methodical passing game. 
    Extra time their goal was completely against the run of play as we  were dominant. I do agree that the save by Natham was probably the save of the year, truly in Bank's class.
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    72wemblyfinal got a reaction from littlehampton in FA Cup   
    And I do believe Chichester City have pledged to make a donation to the consortium of fans trying to resurect Bury FC as a football club/team again.
    Well done Chichester and good luck to them.
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    72wemblyfinal got a reaction from Albury_Walker in FA Cup   
    And I do believe Chichester City have pledged to make a donation to the consortium of fans trying to resurect Bury FC as a football club/team again.
    Well done Chichester and good luck to them.
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    72wemblyfinal reacted to Wildlife rescue in FA Cup   
    Lovely gesture from Chichester they are a top club for sure.
    Not including any revenue they receive from there 2nd round match to date I think they have pocketed just under 83k 
    Well done guys.
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    72wemblyfinal got a reaction from Barney in FA Cup   
    And I do believe Chichester City have pledged to make a donation to the consortium of fans trying to resurect Bury FC as a football club/team again.
    Well done Chichester and good luck to them.
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    72wemblyfinal reacted to littlehampton in FA Cup   
    Yes Andy, I'd believe it, and wish them the very best of luck in the second round draw.

    They played and won six matches to reach the first round draw, and have generated a fair amount of prize money along the way. This is what every non-league dreams of doing. They deserve their success, even if they did leave it very late to score that winner against Town at Oaklands Park, when a replay looked on the cards.

    Nice club, nice people. Who knows, they might win promotion to the IPL this season, and be playing us again, unless of course we get promoted this campaign!
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    72wemblyfinal reacted to AnfieldTowner in Northwood   
    Disappointing to go out of the Middlesex Senior Cup last night against a team we should have beaten.
    Andy took the opportunity to play many of the squad players and, in truth, the game wasn't as bad as the 1-0 scoreline suggests - we hit the woodwork 3 times and whilst I've not yet seen the footage I thought we had the ball over the line at one point. The officials did not agree.
    Good performances in particular from Roman Campbell, Samson Esan and Gideon Nsiah who were a constant threat despite not quite managing to break the deadlock.
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    72wemblyfinal reacted to Barney in Chichester City FC / FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round   
    Caveat: I'm no expert on this, so this post is very much as I understand things, and may well be a long way from the reality - apologies if this is the case.
    As much as I'd love to see a much lower turnover of players at our level and more loyalty, as the system stands I think that we are doing as much as can be reasonably expected to retain players. If a good young player who has ambitions to player higher up in the leagues doesn't want to sign a contract with us, we can't force them to. Doing so would effectively mean that we hold their registration, and can ask for a fee when an opportunity arises to move up. What's in it for the player in this scenario? Assuming they are good enough to play higher, very little - a club higher up would be much less likely to take a punt on them for a fee when they could take a punt on a non-contracted player instead, without the risk of financial outlay.
    Of course players that we want on contract, but who aren't willing to sign could be shown the door, but does that really help us? Personally, I'd rather have exciting young players like Mo (or Corey, or whoever) for a period of time at the club where they can help us, and accept that they will at some point move on as they're ambitious to play higher. The alternative is them playing on a non-contract basis for one of our rivals, strengthening them in the process. Of course the whole situation is frustrating, but it's a fact of life for a club like ours unfortunately.
    To the point about introducing a club policy of players signing nominal contracts of £5 a week, I only see that being detrimental to us - there's little or nothing in it for the players, especially for the good young ambitious players mentioned above, so why would they come to Town over a rival that didn't have this policy? The only way things are likely to change in this respect would be if the whole transfer system was overhauled for all clubs, so that every non-league club had to do this, effectively giving players no alternative (and don't get me wrong LS - I think this would be great, the idea itself is good, it's just that I don't think any club can go it alone on this).
    The players that we do have on contract I think we've have about right - they're players that are nearer the end of their careers who have already played higher and aren't likely to do so again, so the incentive of stability of income and employment that comes with a contract outweighs the fact that if they were to move on, it would involve a fee. Putting these guys on a contract effectively stops them moving on should someone turn up wanting to offer them loads of money, but on the flip side, as I understand it, means that we have to pay them regardless of whether they're playing well, in form, injured etc.
    Just my two penneth as always, nice to see some healthy debate, but I don't think the club can be held to blame here for what goes on as it's much more a systemic issue. Lastly, I would strongly recommend supporters get along to one of the members meetings to speak with the board and the management about our policy on contracted players - they're clearly going to have the facts (unlike me), and as someone said upthread: we're a members owned club, so we have a right to be able to question these things and get honest and factual answers. Certainly the club website or an unofficial forum like this isn't the place for the board to be formally discussing these issues.
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    72wemblyfinal got a reaction from littlehampton in Chichester City FC / FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round   
    As far as I am aware the club only ever operates within its means and the money committed to the playing budget is what we can afford.We are very lucky to have a manager like Andy L who works within these constraints and controls his limited budget extremely well.
    Disappointing result yesterday of course,but I am very proud of what our club has achieved so far this season.
    COYT
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    72wemblyfinal got a reaction from Barney in Chichester City FC / FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round   
    What makes me laugh is when we win some people don't comment because "apparently" they were not at the game,but when we lose different story!.
    COYT
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    72wemblyfinal got a reaction from ETFC Interested Observer in Chichester City FC / FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round   
    What makes me laugh is when we win some people don't comment because "apparently" they were not at the game,but when we lose different story!.
    COYT
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    72wemblyfinal reacted to Barney in Chichester City FC / FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round   
    What a disappointing result (pretty much ruined my weekend, and I'm still thoroughly annoyed with how things played out). I'm told by a couple of reliable sources that went to the game that we were much the better side on paper, played OK first half, but switched off and invited pressure in the second, effectively trying to play for a replay for the last 15... That said, that's cup football - teams in lower leagues can and will raise their games and come into fixtures like this treating it as their 'cup final' - we did exactly the same to Braintree, and it's really frustrating that our players didn't seem to have the same mindset that they’ve shown over the previous games that's seen us win two really difficult cup ties and climb up the league table. 12 months ago, I'd possibly be questioning Blackman if he'd had a bad game, but given the fantastic performances he's put in over the previous few games, I've got no issue whatsoever - the dive, mobility, commitment and attitude he shows more than makes up for any shortcomings in my opinion - at this level, playing like he has been, he's a very good player that I’m proud to see wearing a Town shirt.

    For me, it's how we respond to this that's key - bounce back against Cray with the same attitude, organisation and commitment that we've shown over the last month and we'll be fine, let this setback affect us and it will be doubly disappointing. It's up to the management to get our players mindsets back in the right place, but more so up to the players to have a long hard look at themselves and know that Saturday wasn't nearly good enough and it absolutely can't happen again regularly if we are going to progress.

    Regarding player recruitment, I don't think there will be many Town fans that will a) begrudge Mo a move up the leagues (as shaky as Bolton are financially) or b) be unhappy that we signed him in the first place, given that he's contributed considerably in his time at the club. He's a player that can play higher in my view, so good luck to him. Ultimately if he didn't want to sign a contract with us, then what can we do - bottom line, doing so would severely hamper his chances of progressing, and from what Andy has said, it was always clear that he was looking to get into the professional game at some point. Signing Read to me looks like pretty shrewd business, with Bricknell injured (any update?), and now Mo departing. It's very easy to say that we should have signed him way back when, but if another club offered him better terms, what can we do?

    Lastly a shout out to Littlehampton, who's 'euphoric' comments upthread were for me all about drumming up support, interest and enthusiasm for a really important cup tie for the club - if doing so encouraged just one extra fan to make the trip down south, or the ultras to sing just a tiny bit louder, then his efforts were more than worthwhile. Most fans are excited, positive and encouraging about the club, win or lose (and clearly we will lose games along the way - we're not Liverpool), but I do wonder whether some are more content with us playing badly as it justifies their preconceptions about the management, style of play and direction that the club is going. Food for thought…
     
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    72wemblyfinal reacted to ETFC Interested Observer in Chichester City FC / FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round   
    What a shock to see a couple of the usual suspects back moaning straight after a defeat
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    72wemblyfinal got a reaction from Barney in Chichester City FC / FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round   
    As far as I am aware the club only ever operates within its means and the money committed to the playing budget is what we can afford.We are very lucky to have a manager like Andy L who works within these constraints and controls his limited budget extremely well.
    Disappointing result yesterday of course,but I am very proud of what our club has achieved so far this season.
    COYT
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