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#41

I've followed city since 1974, the vast majority of that time has been in the southern league and much of the early days in what's now SLSW or SLM divisions although restructuring has changed the exact step level of course.
Winning at any level is great, struggling at any level is just awful, so yes not all doom and gloom as long as any relegation doesn't continue a downward spiral and further struggle AGAIN.
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(09-02-2024, 02:45 PM)Kingsway Casual Wrote:  A very good point. I've seen this same cycle since the 90s days of Keith Gardener chasing "the dream". Gamble on going up, miss out, club lumped with debts.

Life is a rollercoaster.

Oh, wrong thread.

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(09-02-2024, 04:34 PM)Severnside Wrote:  I've followed city since 1974, the vast majority of that time has been in the southern league and much of the early days in what's now SLSW or SLM divisions although restructuring has changed the exact step level of course.
Winning at any level is great, struggling at any level is just awful, so yes not all doom and gloom as long as any relegation doesn't continue a downward spiral and further struggle AGAIN.
I go back a few more seasons than 74 and have seen more downs than ups in that time.
As you say restructuring has changed the football pyramid over the years.Looking back at the SLP then it included Weymouth,Barnet,Dover,Bath City etc.
IMO the SLP today is of a lesser standard,just by looking at the respective tables.
I don't have a problem watching SL football, been to Ciren several times this season.Many sides will be better run than City for sure and we must not demean their efforts.
Someone said it doesn't matter who we play, but it does, because the crowds will disappear.Will they come and watch a game against Cribbs?
I get the feeling this will be a long road back.I watched Matt Rose leave last week with 10 minutes to go, I guess he was not impressed.
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#44

(09-02-2024, 01:33 PM)Neil Wrote:  Did we take the grant? That was the second payment that wasn't given away and argued over by those clubs who thought they should get more because they got bigger crowds wasn't it?

We did take that grant, and the repayments start in August 2025. A good 6 figures and repayments close to a grand a month if my memory serves me right. 

Not the most attractive attribute for any potential buyer, and would presumably be knocked off any asking price?

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#45

Seems a futile decision given that the season was curtailed.

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(09-02-2024, 02:45 PM)Kingsway Casual Wrote:  A very good point. I've seen this same cycle since the 90s days of Keith Gardener chasing "the dream". Gamble on going up, miss out, club lumped with debts. You see clubs in the Championship doing this then dropping down the leagues, it's a numbers game with too many teams chasing too few promotion spots (before we even get to null and void...). 

AP championed his "Don't go bust, don't go down" mantra yet here we are, and for me that deserves explanation and reassurance about what comes next. What we need is a long term, sustainable growth plan regardless of what league we are in. Relying on individuals putting their hands in their pockets has not worked in the past and we need to learn our lessons from that. 

Look at the teams that are doing well throughout football. They have a plan, they have a style played from youth team to first team, they have a succession plan for players and managers. Let's learn from them and replicate that. Growth has to be sustainable, there needs to be a long term plan, and we all have to be involved and engaged with it. The current mess and silence is so far away from that, yet again.

Despite all this, I don't see relegation as all doom and gloom. I'll continue to come along, as will my mates, and it doesn't really matter who the opposition is. It's not like the teams we're playing at the moment are household names apart from the occasional Hereford or Chester. Focus on making a day at the footy a good day out, have some entertaining attacking football on display and win more than we lose and we'll get people through the gates.

Amen and om ba.

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#47

Interesting Facebook post by Patrick which gives a bit of insight into the Jeacock loan situation:

‘TF brought Jeacock in on a fantastic deal for GCAFC to the end of January. The parent club generates loan paperwork and decides whether it is a fixed loan or month or two at a time. Sadly we know now that they had decided to get him off their books come end of January.’

“There’s a mole. Right at the top of the circus. He’s been there for years.”
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#48

I bet Patrick could tell all sorts of home truths that would surprise a few people. It’s like Traitors where the traitor (Alex) is playing the faithful for fools.
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(10-02-2024, 12:31 PM)Darran Wrote:  I bet Patrick could tell all sorts of home truths that would surprise a few people. It’s like Traitors where the traitor (Alex) is playing the faithful for fools.

I imagine I’d understand that if I watched more telly.

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(10-02-2024, 12:17 PM)Tigermatty 2.0 Wrote:  Interesting Facebook post by Patrick which gives a bit of insight into the Jeacock loan situation:

‘TF brought Jeacock in on a fantastic deal for GCAFC to the end of January. The parent club generates loan paperwork and decides whether it is a fixed loan or month or two at a time. Sadly we know now that they had decided to get him off their books come end of January.’
That makes a lot of sense. I did wonder whether the issue over the loans would have made any difference when Brum got rid of him.
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