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  1. James Smith at right back? Glad you seem to think Alty's a guaranteed three points.
  2. Originally Posted By: Hempstead Gaz Originally Posted By: jc Originally Posted By: Hempstead Gaz Bazza stays because 1 poor game does not equal poor form. That being the case, why has Ricketts been totally omitted from your XVI? He wasn't at his best on Tuesday, but it's no exaggeration to say that it's arguably the first time you can say this since he joined the club. Put simply, he's long been the most consistent player in the squad for me, so I think he can be excused one relative off day. Not everyone is firing on all cylinders, but some of the wholesale changes being suggested in this thread to a side tenth in a congested table are somewhat risible. I think "wasn't at his best" is putting it mildly, to say the least JC. He was truly dreadful. It might be he wasn't feeling that good, I simply do not know. But that wasn't the Ricketts who is so reliable and dependable. Hawkins and Shakes were dropped after mediocre showings, so LD showed he is prepared to ring the changes where necessary. If all team selection was conducted on this basis, constant team changes would do more harm than good and the chance of formulating a settled side would be nil. I hardly think replacing our most consistent player after one weaker than usual display can be described as 'necessary'. Also, I'm not sure how you can describe Pooley as a player that 'could be considered a quality Conference player and regular first team material' when you have never seen him play a minute of Conference football.
  3. Originally Posted By: Hempstead Gaz Bazza stays because 1 poor game does not equal poor form. That being the case, why has Ricketts been totally omitted from your XVI? He wasn't at his best on Tuesday, but it's no exaggeration to say that it's arguably the first time you can say this since he joined the club. Put simply, he's long been the most consistent player in the squad for me, so I think he can be excused one relative off day. Not everyone is firing on all cylinders, but some of the wholesale changes being suggested in this thread to a side tenth in a congested table are somewhat risible.
  4. No confirmation on the official site, but according to the Messenger a couple of weeks ago, yes.
  5. Hamid Barr's spell at Carshalton was somewhat brief - he's now at Beckenham Town.
  6. But if it's absolutely necessary for a new ground to have a sponsor attached to its name (in an ideal world, hopefully not), it's vital that the ground has a more traditional, non-commercialized name (e.g. based on location) too, so that the fans can use that one and ignore the corporate one (for example, Southampton's new ground was named The Friends Provident Stadium, but everyone just called it St Mary's; a preferable scenario to, say, Burton, whose new ground is just called the Pirelli and has no alternative name).
  7. Both sides of the argument have their merits - the trouble is, the nature of funding for the new ground, and precise details on who would own it (remember that the current ground is still leased, albeit rent-free, and we can never be totally sure how Lafarge see the long-term future - how any new ground's ownership structure is comprised will be key to its attractiveness) are unclear, making it difficult to weigh it up authoritatively. Another problem with redevelopment is that Stonebridge Road, even after significant structural changes, will always be perceived as old and unwelcoming by a substantial proportion of potential supporters. A new ground would be almost guaranteed to increase average attendances by attracting a significant number of said people. Certainly, though, if it were viable to stay at Stonebridge Road and it could be proved that it would be of greater benefit in the long term to the prosperity and financial security of the club, I'd be delighted, if that were the outcome ahead of a new stadium for new stadium's sake. However, to the lay person not in possession of the full facts, it's hard to know whether that would or could really be the case. One thing's for sure, though: as someone in love with Stonebridge Road's antiquated character and charm, I know how traumatic a parting from Stonebridge Road would be for me, and so there'll always be a selfish part of me seeing a positive side to any putting off of this event, at least from this point of view anyway - even though, deep down, what's best for the Club is ultimately what is of most importance.
  8. The rent-free lease was agreed in 2005, so it runs to 2025.
  9. Especially for Jimmy: As a photo in today's NLP reveals, Tom Davis no longer has a ponytail. Former Fleet trialist and Yinka Salaam lookalike Manny Sackey now at Brentwood.
  10. It's probably fair to say the referee was more guilty of being excessively pernickety rather than of making lots of really bad decisions. A near-two-minute discussion over a second half free-kick of ours was particularly entertaining. Not too disheartened by the result - it was a fairly good, albeit not vintage performance. On another day, it could have gone another way, but Wrexham were the better side overall. A particular highlight, though, was realizing that it was probably the first time I'd watched a Fleet league game in a stand's second tier - now we know we've arrived...
  11. Ah, the in-joke paradise that is confguide...
  12. Originally Posted By: Stu M Jeff's favourite player ever Roy Parkyn is now first team coach and registered as a player for Haringey Borough. And, coincidentally, Justin 'Skins' Skinner (why did they call him that?) has taken up a similar role at Dorking Wanderers, as posted by Jeff Trice on the Margate forum.
  13. Originally Posted By: Jimmy Ludovic Quistin called up for Guadeloupe. He's without a club at the moment, though, and is currently trialling at Weston-super-Mare. It appears that PASE player Sam Callender is on loan at Whitstable. Oops, current Fleet player news included in this thread by me for a second time - hopefully I'll be able to avoid Stu and Jimmy's wrath by mentioning that Hamid Barr's at Carshalton Athletic.
  14. It should be noted, though, that our third goal was totally against the run of play, with Forest Green putting on consistent pressure after the break and looking like scoring an equalizer was only a matter of time. Thereafter it was fairly comfortable. The game could have ended in a draw on another day, but Forest Green really shot themselves in the foot with our second, giving the ball straight to Luke and then not putting in a challenge on him as he ran into the box and finished. As a result, them chasing the game allowed us to hit them on the break and finish things off - but only after riding our luck quite a bit as explained above.
  15. Wes Daly now at Boreham Wood.
  16. Originally Posted By: WebEd I don't think Soccerbase hang around for the full 90 minutes! He was subbed in the Burton (h), Weymouth (h FAT) and Aldershot (a FAT) games, but they've missed the two Burton FAT games out where he played 90. Ah yes, beat me to it - the Burton replay's a bit of a trick question, since he was subbed in extra time. So it's 11 (or 12 including KSC). How dare you steal my glory
  17. Originally Posted By: David Holden Originally Posted By: WebEd I make it a total of 11 including the 106 mins he played against Burton in the Trophy replay before being subbed. Purcell (I think) came on for him against Lewes. Yes you are right about Lewes Soccerbase doesn't have the players for the Burton FAT matches, but the matches where it shows him starting and not being subbed are: Stafford (a) Weymouth (h) Burton (h) Weymouth (h FAT) Exeter (h) Crawley (a) Torquay (a) Aldershot (h FAT) Aldershot (a FAT) Histon (a) Stevenage (a) Torquay (FAT) That's 12 though not 13 By my records Chukki came on late for him against Burton, and George came on for him late against both Weymouth and Aldershot (2nd leg) in the Trophy. However, he also played a full 90 minutes against Burton in the original Trophy tie at their place, so it's a total of 10 games - 11 if you include the KSC against Ramsgate.
  18. Originally Posted By: EUFC superb It may be a long shot here, but was it not against York he played for us? Pretty sure he came on to partner Sodje for our youngest ever combined strike force. Correct - a 2-2 draw, with Sodje getting a late equalizer. The first goal was Kim Grant's only one for the Fleet - a not-at-all-deflected free-kick, which Jimmy in fact refuses to credit to him
  19. Originally Posted By: eufckev Jamie Guy (who I believe played with us for a while?) 'A while' is overstating it somewhat. Mr Guy is a member of the 'one Fleet sub appearance' club held in such high esteem by myself, Jimmy and others.
  20. Originally Posted By: KShep The defence looked sturdy but we had nothing going forwards. I don't see the sense in taking off the man mountains of Gash and Akinde, before continuing to play long ball, but to much shorter strikers. Kezie Ibe didn't really challenge in the air- we should have adapted our style to accommodate the players we had on the pitch. The referee was atrocious- he and the linesman missed two stonewall penalty shouts after blatant fouls on Luke Moore and Ibe. However, as mentioned, we didn't really deserve to leave with three points. Hopefully this gives us a wake-up call before Oxford and Cambridge and lets us know that just because we pull the big results out of the bag, we can't shy away from the less glamorous games, as in previous years. Contact was minimal in Moore's case, and while Ibe's claim was more plausible, neither were really stonewallers. Couldn't agree more with your other points though.
  21. Adam 'he had a squad number' Cottrell now at Slade Green along with Sam Groombridge. Mark Munday's joined Whitstable Town, as has Clint Gooding.
  22. Originally Posted By: Jimmy Originally Posted By: ebbsfleet is for life how did michael bostwick play for stevenage.his goal at aldershot will be remembered for ever Poor - but he wasn't alone. Unsurprisingly there were calls from the terrace questioning whether his move was such a good idea - but those from the Stonebridge Road side that went further into the realms of personal abuse were frankly unnecessary towards a player who was arguably man of the match for us at Wembley. It wouldn't surprise me if the odd braindead individual even descends to the same levels when McPhee returns to Stonebridge Road with Weymouth in December. A superb performance yesterday, as at Torquay, but it's vital we don't take tomorrow's game for granted and assume we'll win. It would be typical of the league's inconsistency, and ours, if we lost, so ensuring over-confidence doesn't creep in is the key.
  23. Rob French was playing for Sittingbourne on Saturday. As I assume he's still technically our player, it's debatable whether this belongs in this thread - I'm sure Jimmy or Stu will set me right if I've made a gross error of protocol.
  24. In Chukki's defence, 11 goals in all competitions last season isn't all that bad for a player who wasn't really a first team regular.
  25. Grant Duff (ex-PASE player who featured in the KSC last season) to Sittingbourne; Matt Nolan to Corby. Back on-topic, in suitably obscure fashion.
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