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Maybe Glen Roeder would be able to take over.!!!!

All together, now

"We're going back to the Ryman, back to the Ryman..."

 

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The face of the Fleet at the supporters trust meeting was none other than Liam Hatch and now he's left us frown.gif... Liam thanks for your efforts, im sure if you can practice your finishing now that you're full time you can go a very long way in football. I look forward to reading the press release...Im a pessimist at best as you all know !!

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This is not what I wanted to log on and see this morning. This was meant to be a good day. Weather back to normal, a couple of decent signings this week and footie tonight. And now this!!!!!!!. Absolutly gutted. frown.gif frown.gif frown.gif frown.gif

 

Good luck beast

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Lets not all go overboard about this, the reason Liam was so popular was because he put 110% into every game and was willing to fight for every ball...we ought to expect that from anyone playing for the Fleet.

I don't want to belittle Liam and I certainly wish him all the best for the future but lets be honest his finishing was not great he often dribbled up his own [****!!****] and he missed too many matches through injury. He is good in the air and because of his work rate he upsets a lot of defenders but getting £23,000 for him has got to be good business.

We have just signed Andy Drury from Sittingbourne in similar circumstances and at a similar age to the signing of Liam from Herne Bay. If we get two seasons a few goals and some good memories from him and then sell him for £25,000 then I'd say thats a bloody good signing.

I know Gravesend fans always like to have a moan but there seems to be an awful lot of doom and gloom and relegation talk when we haven't even started the season yet.

Last year we had a lot of " Gravesend till I die " which suddenly became " Gravesend till they have a bad spell " this year it seems to be " Gravesend till my favourite player leaves "

 

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Awful timing to say the least. I cannot see a rush to join the Trust

given the current state of the Striker situation. However, we MUST not get panicked into signing a money grabbing journeyman Donkey.

 

Having released Stadhardt, Wilkins and Booth, it is now up to the Manager to find a solution to the striking problem which was evident last season. This next signing will be extremely important to the Club. As far Liam is concerned, I believe there are mitigating circumstances so please no stampede to build the gallows for the Manager and Chairman, just yet. Let us judge the Manager on his ability to find this Striker. There can be no excuses about goalscorers are hard to find etc.etc......Margate found one that scored 12 Conference goals and he cost them nothing!!!!

 

So be patient, we have 3 weeks and lets not forget, the midfield and defence is looking sound with some quality players having come in.

 

But please Mr Chairman, sort out the bloody kit situation, let us at least have a 'professionally' turned out team instead of the 'Dog and Duck' with pathetic letters pealed on and off as players come and go.

 

Who ever organised that lettering shold be sold to Barnet along with

Liam !!

 

Down but not out.

 

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Super Daz said:
Reading the Barnet statement - was this done over Andy's head at chairman level?


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Alan W (GNFC) said:
Illegal approach??


Complete and utter [****!!****]!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I would have thought that it was pretty clear <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> which part is giving you a problem. <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

 

It wasn't done over Andy's head and it wasn't an illegal approach.

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Complete and utter [****!!****]!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

I think this is a subtle hint from Dave that he does not think there is a problem between Andy and Brian. Best we wait for the press release shrug.gif shrug.gif

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I see the sale made the front page of the Sun today <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

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I agree Matt. Having thought this through it was good business for the club. Pity that the amount has been made pulic so quickly. Now if Andy tries to sign a player everyone knows that he has 23k in his pocket and the price goes up.

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On a personal note what pisses me off is the fact that if you read the terms of use on the Barnet website there is a lot made about not being able to use anything on their site without permission and you must give a credit to the website as the source, and so on and so on, and then the bastards just take the NOTN photo of Liam and put on their site without asking and without a credit and link back.

 

I think the word I am looking for will be censored out so I'll stick to Hypocrites

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Quite frankly this is becoming a bloody joke!

 

One of the few players the club has got with conference experience is allowed to go, not to a league club which perhaps you could understand, but to a rival club in the same league.

 

Some weeks ago the Gravesend Reporter quoted Ford as saying that supporters would be "surprized" when the new signings were announced, or words to that effect. Well Andy the only surprize is that once again the club have not failed to dissapoint.

 

It doesn't matter whether we think we are favourites to sign someone, the truth of the matter is that the club are unable to turn that favourites title into reality whoever the particular player is.

 

The pre-season friendlies have started and the club still does not have a settled squad of players, it looks like we will still be trialling unknowns from the whatever league well into the start of the season.

 

Relegation.........no wonder we are favourites.

 

 

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What has really irked me about the whole situation has been Craig Wilkins departure. His deal with Dover was all signed and sealed before the season ended yet he is just the sort of player Andy is looking for to play up front. Also, yes signings have slightly disappointed as at the Trust meeting i clearly remember Andy saying to the crowd "Lets make the next 3 signings big ones"..As yet, all the big names have gone out of the Fleet exit door bar Francis.

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How many Strikers do you guys actually have now and how many have left? <img src="/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" />

 

 

Matt CIFC <img src="/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

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Apologies Dave for any offence caused - the Barnet report of the signing and your comment that there is more to this than has been announced, has no doubt left most second guessing the situation - my comment had question marks after it as it was clearly just a thought.

 

I'm glad thats not the case and the matter hasnt been decided over Andy's head.

 

Once again (grovel, grovel) my apologies.

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David Holden said:

The club is having an e-mail problem today and so I will have to pick it up when I get to the ground this evening and paste it in when I get home.

Sorry about that, but it's just one of those days.

It's in the "relegation"thread.

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While I have a lot of sympathy with the dissappointment felt by everyone,let's not get too negative.

Andy has proved to be pretty cute in the transfer market in the past,considering the financial constraints he's under,let's see what's in the press release ,i'm sure Andy is as aware as we are of our lightweight strike force,but does anybody really expect the club to turn down an offer like this?

My only problem would be if there is a lack of a sell on clause,like the Bullard sale,and if obviously adequate replacement(s)are not signed.

For now let's keep the faith and give Andy our support.

 

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After the morning coffee, the reality has set in..We can buy some bloody good strikers with 23k. I think the deal was too good to turn down.


Well, yes Matt, it's hardly surprising that the club accepted the offer with such a large fee involved, and I agree that £23,000 is a tidy sum considering that Liam has had just two seasons with us (and has hardly bagged a hatful of goals) since his exploits in the Kent League. It's just the timing of it that is the problem. All good strikers willing to move clubs this summer have probably already done so, leaving us with the lower quality remnants for the start of the season.

Yes, the sum of money should be very useful in the long term, but whether or not Andy will be able to spend it wisely for this season remains to be seen. Much has been made of Liam's apparent tendency to go AWOL and the fact that he doesn't always finish as well as he hares around the pitch, but I still don't think that at this stage, with seemingly no ready replacement available, we could afford to lose him. This isn't a criticism of the club though - they really couldn't afford to reject such a handsome offer. I just hope Andy proves me wrong (as he admittedly has many times in the past blush.gif) and comes up trumps in the transfer market.

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