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9 hours ago, old towner said:

looks like us as a surporters owned club still dont get a say in it

You want the board to ask 200,300 or so people an opinion or does the 200,300 members nominate 1 board for an opinion.

could you imagine every club asking its supporters to give their opinions on  a subject? We’d still be waiting for a United decision next Xmas 

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The board do a fantastic job for the club - in very trying circunstances they all work extremely hard - as do all our  volunteers.

I do think, however, that something as fundamental as should we play football or not could have been put to a simple vote - the club members could have been emailed in seconds and votes collated ..and my guess is that over 70% of people would have voted to play..

It is not that I dont care about safety - but games are taking place at the levels above and below us with spectators - I genuinely do not understand the reasons .. we have successfully hosted a number this season - if all our volunteers were not attending for their own safety I would get it, but that is not the case ..

Looks like it is irrelevant anyway now with the imminent tier 3 for london - as someone lving in an area that will remain in tier 2 I am hopeful of getting to a game over xmas...

 

 

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23 minutes ago, Raingod said:

The board do a fantastic job for the club - in very trying circunstances they all work extremely hard - as do all our  volunteers.

I do think, however, that something as fundamental as should we play football or not could have been put to a simple vote - the club members could have been emailed in seconds and votes collated ..and my guess is that over 70% of people would have voted to play..

It is not that I dont care about safety - but games are taking place at the levels above and below us with spectators - I genuinely do not understand the reasons .. we have successfully hosted a number this season - if all our volunteers were not attending for their own safety I would get it, but that is not the case ..

Looks like it is irrelevant anyway now with the imminent tier 3 for london - as someone lving in an area that will remain in tier 2 I am hopeful of getting to a game over xmas...

 

 

Agree wholeheartedly, especially as our ground is purpose built for social distancing!

But sadly, as of now Tier 3 is the norm, so......😟

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11 hours ago, Raingod said:

The board do a fantastic job for the club - in very trying circunstances they all work extremely hard - as do all our  volunteers.

I do think, however, that something as fundamental as should we play football or not could have been put to a simple vote - the club members could have been emailed in seconds and votes collated ..and my guess is that over 70% of people would have voted to play..

It is not that I dont care about safety - but games are taking place at the levels above and below us with spectators - I genuinely do not understand the reasons .. we have successfully hosted a number this season - if all our volunteers were not attending for their own safety I would get it, but that is not the case ..

Looks like it is irrelevant anyway now with the imminent tier 3 for london - as someone lving in an area that will remain in tier 2 I am hopeful of getting to a game over xmas...

 

 

I partly agree with you, Putting it the way you have.

however do all members have the technology/internet/email to respond and vote? I don’t know is the answer. 
 

what would be the financial implications of returning I.e crowd limits?, bar sales? , Clubs above ETFC have state funding Clubs below I.e Step 5 downwards don’t usually pay players and only need a tea bar open to make ends meet.

I may be wrong but it appears messier restarting under restrictions and without some underpinning of potential costs.

mind you didn’t a ‘substantial majority’ of clubs vote to pause the season? So whether ETFC voted to carry on or not they’d have no one to play

 

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Our league took the gamble to come to a halt.In the hope that the matches could be played later on in the season when all teams could have fans attend and club bar's would allowed to be open.

The gamble is that if these games are never ultimately played,the clubs have forever lost the gates receipts for those games (needlessly?) cancelled

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1 hour ago, Bottoms Up said:

Would our clubs at our level and in Tier 2/3 afford to operate without a gate + bar 🤷‍♂️
steps 3+4 do not get state funding it’s only steps 1-2 that do. 
 

 

Clubs seem to be able to still play friendlies with no problem at all (With no gate or bar)..Maybe they don't have to pay squad wages when playing friendlies? Who knows?

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I think we may have lost a significant portion of players,supporters,helpers because of this second period of non-activity

With this season already looking like a null & void, think it's time for our club to take stock of what we have so far achieved since our formation and more importantly where we want to be heading and how we will achieve that

I personally feel we need three things to progress to where we want to be

1.We need an income stream.Probably via a new entertainment/bar venue

2.Always try to employ the best team manager possible as this level and to never accept second best or treading water in mid-table

3.We need to find a way to inject stability into our playing squad in order to instil some connection between fans and players.Less of a constant revolving turnstile of players and more of smaller settled squad that are willing to commit to the club for a minimum of a whole season.

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