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(26-04-2020, 11:45 AM)Alex Petheram Wrote:  Thanks Neil, I heard about your fear from Dave I think, so wanted to get that photo for you sir Smile

AP

Hi Shandy, 

I know you got confused with what day the Sunday article I commented on came out  Tongue ... So for you sir see attached (hope this works).

AP
It’s a great article and another mention...I’ll try and not let not fame go to my head.

(26-04-2020, 04:06 PM)SHANDY LOVE MACHINE Wrote:  Yep, Meadow Park feels very well connected to the new heart of the City Centre, and what a pre and post match crawl to the game taking in the bars of Gloucester Docks!

Bit different from taking your life in your hands at the Colin Campbell.
The Colin Campbell..What a place, when they could be bothered to open it!! Away fans didn’t like going past that I knew that much. The owners of Blue Bamboo down the docks are in contact with me all the time..they want City fans to go in there when we’re home and will give us deals etc.
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#12

They can sod right off. Big Grin

Sticking around a while yet, thanks to a gift from a generous angel.
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#13

(26-04-2020, 05:13 PM)Daveangel Wrote:  They can sod right off. Big Grin
Thats what Mary said

(26-04-2020, 11:52 AM)Eric Van Der Floof Wrote:  Neil - off thread topic but have you got one of Shandy as Brian Potter at Colwyn Bay ( complete with wheelchair)

Maybe a separate thread is needed for past fancy dress days
I can’t attach my pics ?
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#14

The article does highlight why it was dangerous to put players on 18 month contracts. I know this situation was impossible to predict, but as Alex points out it could become very costly for us. The other issue is unless those players take a pay cut chances are we could be over paying them in the new market. If we aren't playing football until 2021 then we could be having issues like Alex says.
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(27-04-2020, 12:09 AM)Darran Wrote:  The article does highlight why it was dangerous to put players on 18 month contracts. I know this situation was impossible to predict, but as Alex points out it could become very costly for us. The other issue is unless those players take a pay cut chances are we could be over paying them in the new market. If we aren't playing football until 2021 then we could be having issues like Alex says.

Fair points but as I have said on other threads it is these players only income and would you sign a six month contract ie 6 months of security no u wouldn’t you would want 18 months. I order to attract decent players a lengthy contract is part of the carrot dangled. It is not that these players are local they are travelling hundreds of miles. Wages it is rumoured according to the NLP articles will be less next season but would anyone offer to take a £200 a week pay cut - don’t think so.
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#16

At least it’s not most of the team on 18 month contracts...and the ones that do have our good players.
I think that the season will start but with huge restrictions and regulations,for example a ground can
Only have 30% of its capacity,2m distance etc,That will affect many clubs not only on atmosphere and potential earnings but maybe enough to keep things ticking over until we beat this.
But like everything and everyone,it’s just a guess.
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#17

Thanks for the update AP, very surprised by how much has been done during lockdown, kudos to your team on site.
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#18

Thanks everyone. At the moment positive comments are pretty much all that's keeping me pushing. I've picked up the lions share of the costs and pumped in enough money now to ensure we can and will survive as a club. So if I was still coming the under the same level of fire I was from before, I would be in a different head space... Currently the best thing we've got as a club is owners as Chairman, as we/ I can make decisions fast and as much as I've been criticised for me a solo artist in the past, that solo artist style is the sole thing moving the club forward. There are times for leadership and times for chat and debate, we're very much in the need for leadership currently. As for the ground, would that been getting built now...? I hope the ground is now a better design too and one we can afford, it also doesn't involve that dodgy old Evesham stand... I just hope we've not got it all wrong... Else i've wasted a heap of money ...

Regarding players contracts, I'd guess that a number of players will gamble on there ability and form, refuse contracts at the start of the season for less money and sign on a non-contract bases. Look to play well, get to Christmas and then move clubs. We had this last season... a number of the new players refused contracts, joined on a non contract bases to keep there options opens. I'm personally all for this approach. It means the players get what they want and the clubs aren't signing on long term deals. As for career footballers at our level, they have fixed out goings still, the same as you and I, so they still need to live. Could you afford a massive pay cut for the same job?
Yes, a number of players will become available and there will be some deals out there i'm sure. For me it will be like car shopping, you can always find a better deal then what you've just paid, but as long as the car doesn't break down and last 200k miles, you're happy.

The ground is progressing nicely, i'm keeping my cards close my chest, but Tiger Turf are staying they can have the pitch complete in 6-weeks from starting... so we're not in bad shape...

Lots of clubs could be in trouble next season and recouping from the bad times and cash invested to stay alive, we might be a dark horse .... We've a manager that wants to buy Ferrari's and I want to spend Penny Farthing money, so maybe the compromise will do well...

Like I wrote in the paper and Darren pointed out, July is the key for us... That's the start of the new season on paper ... We are fine until then and I've started to make plans for what happens in July if the season is delayed...

What we really need is people to now back the club with season tickets and sponsorship, I've heard time and time again "when we've back in Gloucester ...." well, over to you.

AP
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#19

(27-04-2020, 08:41 AM)Gladfans Wrote:  
(27-04-2020, 12:09 AM)Darran Wrote:  The article does highlight why it was dangerous to put players on 18 month contracts. I know this situation was impossible to predict, but as Alex points out it could become very costly for us. The other issue is unless those players take a pay cut chances are we could be over paying them in the new market. If we aren't playing football until 2021 then we could be having issues like Alex says.

Fair points but as I have said on other threads it is these players only income and would you sign a six month contract ie 6 months of security no u wouldn’t you would want 18 months. I order to attract decent players a lengthy contract is part of the carrot dangled. It is not that these players are local they are travelling hundreds of miles. Wages it is rumoured according to the NLP articles will be less next season but would anyone offer to take a £200 a week pay cut - don’t think so.

I never really saw the rush to sign these players up in January though as they probably would have all been available in May anyway. Players will have to get used to being paid less. I agree it is going to be tough on them, but clubs just aren't going to be able to afford the wages as they were anymore. I suspect there will be some good bargains to be had. It will be interesting as to when contracts will start though given we have no idea at this stage when the season will start. It is one reason I think the NL will be looking at a January re-start. If they said say September and then that became impossible you would have already signed up players and having to pay them without any games.

(27-04-2020, 08:55 AM)Prorsum Semper Wrote:  At least it’s not most of the team on 18 month contracts...and the ones that do have our good players.
I think that the season will start but with huge restrictions and regulations,for example a ground can
Only have 30% of its capacity,2m distance etc,That will affect many clubs not only on atmosphere and potential earnings but maybe enough to keep things ticking over until we beat this.
But like everything and everyone,it’s just a guess.

How can you police that though? I think it would be impossible to make sure people stayed 2m apart and how would you know if people lived together or not? Would also screw us over as well as when we have our first game back in Gloucester we want as many people as possible.
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#20

(27-04-2020, 11:36 AM)Darran Wrote:  
(27-04-2020, 08:41 AM)Gladfans Wrote:  
(27-04-2020, 12:09 AM)Darran Wrote:  The article does highlight why it was dangerous to put players on 18 month contracts. I know this situation was impossible to predict, but as Alex points out it could become very costly for us. The other issue is unless those players take a pay cut chances are we could be over paying them in the new market. If we aren't playing football until 2021 then we could be having issues like Alex says.

Fair points but as I have said on other threads it is these players only income and would you sign a six month contract ie 6 months of security no u wouldn’t you would want 18 months. I order to attract decent players a lengthy contract is part of the carrot dangled.  It is not that these players are local they are travelling hundreds of miles. Wages it is rumoured according to the NLP articles will be less next season but would anyone offer to take a £200 a week pay cut - don’t think so.

I never really saw the rush to sign these players up in January though as they probably would have all been available in May anyway. Players will have to get used to being paid less. I agree it is going to be tough on them, but clubs just aren't going to be able to afford the wages as they were anymore. I suspect there will be some good bargains to be had. It will be interesting as to when contracts will start though given we have no idea at this stage when the season will start. It is one reason I think the NL will be looking at a January re-start. If they said say September and then that became impossible you would have already signed up players and having to pay them without any games.

(27-04-2020, 08:55 AM)Prorsum Semper Wrote:  At least it’s not most of the team on 18 month contracts...and the ones that do have our good players.
I think that the season will start but with huge restrictions and regulations,for example a ground can
Only have 30% of its capacity,2m distance etc,That will affect many clubs not only on atmosphere and potential earnings but maybe enough to keep things ticking over until we beat this.
But like everything and everyone,it’s just a guess.

How can you police that though? I think it would be impossible to make sure people stayed 2m apart and how would you know if people lived together or not? Would also screw us over as well as when we have our first game back in Gloucester we want as many people as possible.
Nothing will be policed,it will be the responsibility of everyone for their own health,problem? Asking people to be responsible....This is not only what I think will happen at football grounds but also shops,restaurants etc etc
Untill there is an actual solution the world will 
have to adapt unfortunately.
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