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Neil Baker

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  1. I was 29 when I got my first managers job at Fleet Spurs (step 6), people said I was too young after i was turned down for the job at Bracknell, however 6 years on and I am managing in the Southern Premier.... as a manager you have to start somewhere, and I was prepared to come down to a level I had never played at to cut my teeth (bit like Michael Charles is doing at Alton), and others should do the same. I applaud some of these clubs that have taken a gamble on younger lads, in particular Millers, Turks and Ben Murray are all doing superb jobs.
  2. With our game away at Histon falling foul to the weather, myself and Unders decided to take in a local game, and ended up watching Badshot Lea win 7-0 at Farnham. Is only my third CCL game this season, but have to say we both came away very impressed with Baggy Lea... worked hard all over the pitch, defended well and were very clinical in front of goal... from my point of view if they were to play like that week in week out they will beat a lot of teams, and could be contenders for the title next year if they keep the lads together and grow as a unit. Really enjoyable game, however probably
  3. Surprised you think Dorking Wanderers ground is poor?? I went there with Godalming in the Surrey Senior, and I thought it was a great set up, with a cracking pitch... think they would be a credit to the CCL if they were moved over.
  4. Interested in your view on the Badshot keeper who is actually on loan from us (Slough) and is a 16 year old lad still at school. Has played twice for us this season already, and has been superb, but good to get a neutrals view on him and how he did, as have had the Badshot managers view. Cheers
  5. You say extend the season, well I am afraid I don't agree, it is the same for everyone... we managed to get games on over Christmas as our pitch drains well, when in reality we would have wanted them off, as we had lots of injuries.... and that affected us and our results (games in quick succession also)... same way it will affect teams who have to cram them in. Also people book stag do's/holidays to co incide with the season finishing... by extending the season throws those plans into disarray... I always tend to have stag do's etc to go on, and normally persuade the lads involved to book
  6. Yes Ryan Lake was sent off for us for a "professional foul" which nobody appealed as Lakey had clearly won the ball, and even the ref played on for 10 seconds before pulling the game back as linesman was flagging. Luckily our games are filmed, and the video evidence was so concrete that the red card decision was an embarrassment for the 2 officials involved, and overturned, however as stated we were fined and got the penalty points still (go figure). Problem we had was for the first time in my management career I and Jon went into the officials room 50 minutes after the game with ref 2
  7. I believe that Windsor were let down by a keeper the day before the game (possibly an illness) as Mick was in contact with us trying to get one of our keepers on loan, however as our first team keeper had a slight groin issue, we had to take our second choice keeper on the bench as cover in case. So guessing Mick did his utmost best, but just didn't quite happen in time.
  8. I don't think Guildford are too happy as they need a new management team and need to build a new side i guess, and therefore that might have been easier in the Central, but we are looking at it from a point of view that the Southern Central will have a number of sides who will be throwing money at it (by all accounts Dunstable, Royston, Rugby Daventry, plus who knows what Slough will do) and in reality although there is more travelling in the south and west, we have in my opinion a better chance of winning it, which will be our aim... Personally I used to play in that league and really enj
  9. Tommo this is the FA they will do things in their own time, if it does come out today it will be a lot earlier than last year, and with some of the uncertainty of a few clubs, I would not be surprised if it was delayed... In terms of Thatcham, some people have you down in Central and some in South West, at the end of the day NOBODY knows as they do not tip clubs off, they make the decisions, and then let people know.. So everyone is guessing... My personal guess, there is no way Walton and Hersham etc will be transferred over from Ryman with the Theo Paphitis connection, so there should be p
  10. Not sure I would constitute that a late night Duncs... Listen I am not saying if it is the right appointment for Ash or not, as if I am honest I am not fussed either way, all I a, saying is that is refreshing to see a club give someone a chance, if no club gave a manager a chance how would people progress???
  11. He is the guy who runs Old Farnboronians, and when I have come across him he seems a nice guy, and he put a decent side together there, think he has good local contacts, as he works/ed at the 6th form college, so will know a number of local players... Whether he has the experience does not matter, fair play to Ash for giving him the chance, if clubs don't give lower league managers the chance they will never get the experience, 3 years ago I was managing at step 6, but was giving a chance at Godalming 2 levels up.. I had no experience of managing at that level, and I think if you asked them,
  12. We almost did.. Only 2 late goals won it, a day I would never like to repeat ;-)
  13. Sorry to hijack the CCL forum, but anyone not going to a CCL game tomorrow, and wanting a football fix, then we are at home to Biggleswade in the Southern Central Play off semi final, this will be a very tight game, and any support we could get would be great.
  14. Ha ha, and you believe Lakey....??? Come round will show you my spreadsheet....
  15. Ha ha, I don't think that is a requirement, however I stand to be corrected, I think there are a few bits that need to be completed within a year, but I am not 100% sure what... But the main work will be a new stand going in on the far side, similar I guess to what Frimley Green have just put in.
  16. Yep a few ex Ashford boys in the team, however Gav Smith only plays when we are short (think he has only played 3 times this season) and we released Brett Cooper about 6 weeks ago. In terms of work on the ground, then we will go up this year if promoted, but would need some more seats and toilet facilities improved by the end of next season, but they started a ground development fund about 2 years ago, and have a lot of the money needed to do this, so should be no issue.
  17. Ha ha cheers Mark, yep heard it is pretty wet, guess will depend on if we get any rain between now and then, was like a swimming pool in the game against Leighton last Wednesday. Yep Fleet did us a huge favour, but we have to now go and beat Slough again, which will be a tough ask, but if we did win that then we have a real chance of winning it I think.
  18. Errrmmmm do you know our budget then Johnno, because I am afraid if you did you would know we are nowhere near the likes of who you said.... Yep ours is better than the likes of yours and Fleets etc, but I can tell you now for FACT that not one player in our side earns 3 figures..... We have built a side on team spirit, and hard workers.... And just shows you how little the money actually means to our players, Blounty who we signed from you less than 6 weeks ago, tore his anterior cruciate, and medial cruciate at Thatcham on Monday and the lads not only clubbed together to pay for an MRI sc
  19. Also Surrey Cup Semi Final tonight at Wey Court, Godalming Town v Met Police... Though it looks like it might be quite fresh..
  20. Doing yourself an injustice there Johnno, is 38 league games since we had not scored in a game!! Just try and raise your lads for every game and you will finish comfortably up the table, at the same time doing us a favour or two.
  21. Well the question of if we will go full strength or not, does not come into the equation, we have 17 players in our squad, all who are good enough to start for us and have been with us since the start of the season, so we will go to Dorking Wanderers with a strong 15 as 2 are unavailable due to suspension and another with a conference in Harrogate. Looking forward to it, however again with the forecast, I will be surprised if any football is played at all next midweek... Fingers crossed the snow that is due tomorrow will thaw quick!!
  22. Badshot v Cove game off according to my secretary.
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