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    lovely stuff reacted to Barney in Just seen today's result   
    Very disappointing result, albeit against a side flying high in the league... but we can't keep using the excuse that we're playing opponents higher up the table than we are, as most sides are at the moment Yet another late goal, and even though it sounds like we competed well and were unlucky, it still seems to keep happening. That said, I'm very much sticking to my view that we should judge things after 10 games, and no sooner - and although from what I've read we've not been setting the world alight with our performances, we also aren't being completely outplayed, and things could have turned out differently with a little more luck.
    Look forward to getting along to a game soon so I can share my views.
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    lovely stuff reacted to andyetfc in Updates   
    There’s more to a team than just one player.
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    lovely stuff got a reaction from Albury_Walker in Updates   
    If his form hadn't dropped off in the final part of last season he could have been playing for us in the Conference South rather than Havant & W.
    Nevermind.I think we need to move on from Mo.In the short term he did well for us and we did well for him.Good whilst it lasted but just another player going through the ever spinning revolving door.
     
     
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    lovely stuff reacted to Raingod in HAYES V ENFIELD   
    Managed to get to my first Enfield game of the season at the weekend after 2 weeks in Turkey .. new ground, although Yeading's previous ground was apparently where the car park now is!
    Ground was very impressive as you approach, nice stand down one side, though not much behind either goal ... and apparently looks half finished inside!
    As for the game, well difficult to read too much into it - their side was largely their first XI as they kick off next week .. in reality we had probably no more than 4 or 5 of the expected starters against Folkestone ... 
    They were by far the better side and could have had more .. we had a couple of chances falling to Bilal and Taafe, but not much.. Our new centre back Richmond had a mare in the first half, but was better in the 2nd ...
    Great to see Shulton back at the club, one trademark late tackle and some good interceptions!
    All the goals we conceded were good but from distance, and I felt we could have closed down earlier  - I thought the same when I saw our Maidstone goals against (has there been any other pre season recordings? Not seen anything)
    Right back Spencer looked decent too ...
    Second half we looked far better, moving to 3 at the back and a number of changes ... great to see McLean back, bulked out as a pro, and that experience will be invaluable ..
    Our no 19 (collectively unsure who he was?) put in an energetic showing in the middle ..
    Marcus looks like he has a lot of potential up front .. took his goal well and set up the 2nd well ..
    Really impressed with the  touches from Wilkes when he came on - including a great through ball for Marcus' goal - really pleased he has signed today ..
     
    So mixed thoughts at this stage for the season  .. great we have kept the majority of the squad together - hats off to the management team for doing so ... Jerry and Mani are ambitious and I assume would have stayed had we gone up; PK dropping a level is surprising - there is the social media angle; Harold to Cray was a surprise - he was great until his injury then couldn't get back in the side .. And Mo is expected to go anyway ..  
    .. better pre season than last year where we finished 3rd ..
    Defence was our biggest issue last season - on paper Spencer looks great and a fit Josh is key to play the ball out from the back more ... but  not a settled unit yet ...
    Tough league but play offs have to be the aim again ...
     
     
     
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    lovely stuff got a reaction from Barney in 7 day approach rule breach.   
    It's £20 membership.That business model ensures that the club will never shink.As does the 99 year lease on our stadium..I would say clubs that have good potential real estate and a single owner/chairman that can sell up at anytime are at far more risk than our business model..But the short term success that the later business model can achieve is harder to do with a supporter run club. Swings and roundabouts.After what happened to Enfield Fc i know which once i would prefer to rely on.
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    lovely stuff got a reaction from The Crowing Cockerel in 7 day approach rule breach.   
    It's £20 membership.That business model ensures that the club will never shink.As does the 99 year lease on our stadium..I would say clubs that have good potential real estate and a single owner/chairman that can sell up at anytime are at far more risk than our business model..But the short term success that the later business model can achieve is harder to do with a supporter run club. Swings and roundabouts.After what happened to Enfield Fc i know which once i would prefer to rely on.
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    lovely stuff got a reaction from djwilf in 7 day approach rule breach.   
    It's £20 membership.That business model ensures that the club will never shink.As does the 99 year lease on our stadium..I would say clubs that have good potential real estate and a single owner/chairman that can sell up at anytime are at far more risk than our business model..But the short term success that the later business model can achieve is harder to do with a supporter run club. Swings and roundabouts.After what happened to Enfield Fc i know which once i would prefer to rely on.
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    lovely stuff got a reaction from Albury_Walker in 7 day approach rule breach.   
    Form (and big spending owners) are temporary..Class is permanent.
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    lovely stuff got a reaction from Raingod in 7 day approach rule breach.   
    Form (and big spending owners) are temporary..Class is permanent.
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    lovely stuff got a reaction from djwilf in 7 day approach rule breach.   
    Form (and big spending owners) are temporary..Class is permanent.
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    lovely stuff reacted to The Crowing Cockerel in 7 day approach rule breach.   
    I suppose the main point for me is more about Cheshunt than ETFC. Cheshunt have some money, they've secured promotion and seem to have some exciting plans for the future. Their stated desire is to become a big non-league club. All very laudable for a club in a town with a population of only 45,000 people. At the same time, they've handled this situation with a rather 'small club' mentality. Its even reached the point where Cheshunt's manager (- who I know has something of a reputation,) is poking fun online. Perhaps the Cheshunt board and management have decided that they want to be seen as the new Billericay? We all know how that ended.
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    lovely stuff got a reaction from Barney in 7 day approach rule breach.   
    I think this incident also higlights the bigger issue of player loyalty and the bond between supporters and the playing squad at this level.
    The current league/FA rules on registartions and contracts allows and encourages a lack of loyalty from players to their clubs.This results in a revolving door policy for most clubs at this level.With high levels of players constantly coming in and going out of the door.As such the bond between supporters and the playing squad is hard to maintain and this results in an apathy amounst fans that effects revenue and attendances in the long term.
    I still maintain that we should encourage players to commit for a whole season (or at least half a season).This need not cost the club much more money as a token/peppercorn weekly  payment can be arranged in the contact (with expenses being payed as usual on top of that)..I know we would probably lose out on some players as a result as some would not want to commit to the club for any lenghth of time .Maybe we would miss out on players such as MO who were looking to move on at short notice is any offers came in,but having this new poilcy would ensure only players with some sense of loyalty or commitment would want to sign for the club.A settled squad for the whole season would encourage the bond the fans used to have with players in the old days.
    As a supporter who now can only make about one in three games,i find it very hard to keep track of which players we have .Who they are and what positions they play in.As soon as i get a sense of our squad it changes quickly and i am back to square one.
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    lovely stuff got a reaction from Albury_Walker in 7 day approach rule breach.   
    Maybe the 7 day rule only becomes active once the season starts? Or doesn't include friendlies.
    Whatever the rules i think we need to end the players registration with our club
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    lovely stuff reacted to Wildlife rescue in 7 day approach rule breach.   
    Official statement from our board
    The matter has been referred to the F.A for investigation and as a result we have pulled out of Saturdays tournament at Cheshunt.
    Well done our board 👏 👏👏
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    lovely stuff reacted to The Crowing Cockerel in Updates   
    We're normally very very careful about announcing signings, so this seems very strange. Can't imagine it'd be any kind of dual registration situation as we'd've made that clear from the outset.
    Cheshunt must've known we'd announced the signing before playing him at the weekend. I'd suggest we politely withdraw from our place in this Saturday's tournament and leave Cheshunt and Haringey to have a friendly. Thereby avoiding any possible issues on the pitch.
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    lovely stuff got a reaction from Barney in Congratulations Cheshunt.   
    I think we have to accept that we (as a club) decided to secure and guarantee our long term future by putting in place a fan owned system that prevents one person being able to buy and sell the club (and the stadium).We put that in place because of how events unfolded with the chairman at Enfield fc.
    Unfortunately when you run a club based on just reinvesting gate money and bar money,you will always find 4 or 5 teams in your given league that are currently being funded by a businessman chairman.Sometimes this investment last 5 years or maybe even 10/20/30 if they are lucky.And success will come with that cash investment.
    Even this week we learn that the historic Basingstoke Town Ground has just been given planning permisssion for a new housing estate with no prospect of a new ground to play at.The money man chairman who purchased the club 10 years ago is now using the site for housing.Sounds very familiar to what happened at Enfield FC..A chairman that owns a club outright is very risky nowadays what with the price of building land..And even if your current chairman is honourable and doesn't sell you dowin the river ,there is no guarantee the next person he sells it to will not do just that!
    Supporter owned clubs will grow more slowly than financed clubs and maybe not win as much, but they are ensuring the club and the stadium will be right there at the heart of the community for their own lifetimes and for many generations to come
     
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    lovely stuff reacted to The Crowing Cockerel in Congratulations Cheshunt.   
    Agreed, LS. It seems as if we're heading in the right direction - getting a crowd of 2,000 into the ground shows that. Plus there definitely seems to have been a growth in sponsorship. If we can find a way of growing crowds to 'Dulwich levels' (- and I don't see why we can't in the long term), then surely we can be competitive at NLS level? Its hard to be patient as a football fan, but I guess we're in it for the long haul. I think we'd all rather that than going through a repeat of the demise of Enfield FC. You never know, perhaps a fan might win the Euromillions this week and decide to chuck a couple of million our way?
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    lovely stuff got a reaction from Steph in Enfield v Hornchurch Play Off Semi   
    Firstly i'd like to praise our players for giving 100% effort and commitment last night.And to our management team for lots of hard work on getting us to this play-off semi final.
    Unfortunately the pitch made it impossible to play decent football on for both sides.We need to find a way of getting water on the pitch.If we couldn't manage it for the most important game in 25 years i do worry.
    Now to the actual action: The looks of surprise on the faces behind the goal when the starting 11 was read out was telling.To play a formation and three man frontline that has hardly been played all season was surprising.Hornchurch won the game by width and targeting our full backs..We decided to go extremely narrow and drop our only wide player (and one of our best players) in order to fit 3 up top.Our two in midfield worked their socks trying to cope with being outnumberd in the centre of the park.
    The end of the game was a sour note also. Joe Wright goading the Enfield fans was poor show.So was the idiot who ran onto the field to confront him.
     
     
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    lovely stuff reacted to cup of tea in Enfield v Hornchurch Play Off Semi   
    Very rarely post on other people’s forums but will do this time. Like to thank Enfield for the hospitality and the way you treated the opposition fans. Good luck for next season unless you’re playing us of course (hopefully not!) 
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    lovely stuff reacted to djwilf in Potters Bar Town v Enfield Town   
    We have the best home record of teams 2 to 5 and worst away record.
    All comes down to one game   😐
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    lovely stuff got a reaction from Albury_Walker in Brightlingsea Regent v Enfield Town   
    Only if we get them at home.Can't see us turning them over twice at their ground in the same season
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    lovely stuff reacted to 4wembleyfinals in Now starts the Final Chapter.   
    As BU correctly pointed out earlier in the week that, following the Merstham game, we will still need to win all our final 5 games to be in a position to have a chance of a home tie in the first play-off rounds. 
    But we can still make sure of a playoff place by winning 3 from our 5 remaining league games. Even if Lewis and Folkestone win all of their last five. So that must be our first goal. 
    But strangely there another way, if my understanding of the fixture position is correct. It involves Cheshunt, who hold the key to the final line up, since they have home games against  Bishop Stortford, Hornchurch, Lewis. A Cheshunt win in any of these games could alter the final position at the top of the table.
    There is also another additional  fixture between Bishop S v Folkestone to be considered in the mix.
    Finally, now is the time to forget our differences expressed on this forum over the past months and united to help the team succeed in winning our final games. Disregarding how well we play or do not play so long we get the points to stay in the race. A Win is a Win!!!!! Although any points will be welcome!!!! 
     
    ( Note.   My observations above have not mentioned Worthing as I have assumed they will get the 6 points, from their last five games, needed for them to win the League Title and Promotion. )
     
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    lovely stuff got a reaction from djwilf in Enfield Town v Carshalton Athletic   
    Well done town.Loving the consistant line-up and formation.Loving the ability to pick up wins on a regular basis.Been a long time coming.Got to be the best team we have assembled since Bradley Quintons last season as manager..Lets hope it continues
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    lovely stuff got a reaction from Albury_Walker in Cheshunt v Enfield Town   
    3 out of your 4 were Herts Charity Cup😅 The other was Isthmian Div2 19 years ago
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    lovely stuff got a reaction from Barney in Cheshunt v Enfield Town   
    3 out of your 4 were Herts Charity Cup😅 The other was Isthmian Div2 19 years ago
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