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by Darlofan97
Wed Mar 03, 2021 8:34 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Nasty defenders
Replies: 8
Views: 883

Re: Nasty defenders

DJ mentioned at the AGM that the players could train whilst on furlough*.

Disclaimer: I may have mis-heard.

Players’ contracts will run until the end of May. We should be grateful furlough has been extended today as we would have had to find c£30k in May to pay the players otherwise.
by Darlofan97
Tue Mar 02, 2021 9:47 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Darlington V Hornchurch Trophy Quarter Final
Replies: 165
Views: 13041

Re: Darlington V Hornchurch Trophy Quarter Final

Their first goal was embarrassing (just watched it back). I don’t mind the original mistake, but there is little attempt by Sousa to regain possession, Hedley doesn’t block off the runner, Hunt doesn’t go with the runner and then the goalscorer starts off behind Liddle and ends up 5 yards in front. ...
by Darlofan97
Mon Mar 01, 2021 7:39 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Darlington V Hornchurch Trophy Quarter Final
Replies: 165
Views: 13041

Re: Darlington V Hornchurch Trophy Quarter Final

No way will Laing or Holmes be leaving. Sent from my moto g(6) play using Tapatalk Maybe not leave fully, but it will be very hard to justify giving both contracts in the summer given Laing will be out until the New Year and Holmes has suffered the same serious knee injury twice. I am confident bot...
by Darlofan97
Sun Feb 28, 2021 11:28 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Darlington V Hornchurch Trophy Quarter Final
Replies: 165
Views: 13041

Re: Darlington V Hornchurch Trophy Quarter Final

Unusual for Darlogramps and I to agree but there is no way Campbell should be released. His best position is behind the striker which he has hardly played this season. His vision and movement is sometimes at a higher level than the others and got him into some fantastic positions last year. Our pla...
by Darlofan97
Sun Feb 28, 2021 2:03 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Darlington V Hornchurch Trophy Quarter Final
Replies: 165
Views: 13041

Re: Darlington V Hornchurch Trophy Quarter Final

I enjoy being controversial at times so here is a suggestion that might cause some discussion. Release Campbell. Reason 1. Not really an effective enough striker because of his size. Maguire and Charman look like our most potent strikers when fit and could be the way to go next season. Reason 2. We...
by Darlofan97
Sun Feb 28, 2021 1:58 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Darlington V Hornchurch Trophy Quarter Final
Replies: 165
Views: 13041

Re: Darlington V Hornchurch Trophy Quarter Final

I enjoy being controversial at times so here is a suggestion that might cause some discussion. Release Campbell. Reason 1. Not really an effective enough striker because of his size. Maguire and Charman look like our most potent strikers when fit and could be the way to go next season. Reason 2. We...
by Darlofan97
Sun Feb 28, 2021 11:06 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Darlington V Hornchurch Trophy Quarter Final
Replies: 165
Views: 13041

Re: Darlington V Hornchurch Trophy Quarter Final

I enjoy being controversial at times so here is a suggestion that might cause some discussion. Release Campbell. Reason 1. Not really an effective enough striker because of his size. Maguire and Charman look like our most potent strikers when fit and could be the way to go next season. Reason 2. We...
by Darlofan97
Sun Feb 28, 2021 1:04 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Darlington V Hornchurch Trophy Quarter Final
Replies: 165
Views: 13041

Re: Darlington V Hornchurch Trophy Quarter Final

We have the basis of a good squad at this level; Retain on a contract: McMahon, Hedley, Storey, Liddle, Watson, Hatfield, Wheatley, Reid, Rivers, Sousa, Charman, Campbell, Maguire Retain on a non-contract basis: Laing (ACL/MCL injury), Atkinson, Holmes (ACL injury) Sign: GK, CB (x2) & CM. Hunt is a...
by Darlofan97
Sun Feb 28, 2021 12:26 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Darlington V Hornchurch Trophy Quarter Final
Replies: 165
Views: 13041

Re: Darlington V Hornchurch Trophy Quarter Final

As the evening's moved on I've become a tad annoyed about this result today, as we've missed such a good opportunity here :thumbdown: The reoccurring problem with this present team is that we can't beat the scrappy, men behind the ball type teams that turn up at Blackwell Meadows, yet we can quite ...
by Darlofan97
Sun Feb 28, 2021 12:07 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Darlington V Hornchurch Trophy Quarter Final
Replies: 165
Views: 13041

Re: Darlington V Hornchurch Trophy Quarter Final

And what about up front? Are we happy with the forwards we have? We appeared to be missing Charman today. So what is the answer when he cannot play? And against sides that have big no nonsense defenders do we need a bid no nonsense attacker to mix things up and provide a plan B? We can bring in a l...
by Darlofan97
Sat Feb 27, 2021 10:14 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Darlington V Hornchurch Trophy Quarter Final
Replies: 165
Views: 13041

Re: Darlington V Hornchurch Trophy Quarter Final

We have the basis of a good squad at this level; Retain on a contract: McMahon, Hedley, Storey, Liddle, Watson, Hatfield, Wheatley, Reid, Rivers, Sousa, Charman, Campbell, Maguire Retain on a non-contract basis: Laing (ACL/MCL injury), Atkinson, Holmes (ACL injury) Sign: GK, CB (x2) & CM. Hunt is a ...
by Darlofan97
Fri Feb 19, 2021 8:20 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Season null and voided
Replies: 114
Views: 7708

Re: Season null and voided

It isn’t as simple as that. Unlike you or I, players have other employers in their ear, offering them £50+ more a week and a signing on fee. This was typified in the Croasdale case last summer. Like I said, football is a completely different market compared to general employment. If players want to ...
by Darlofan97
Fri Feb 19, 2021 6:24 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Season null and voided
Replies: 114
Views: 7708

Re: Season null and voided

theoriginalfatcat wrote:
Fri Feb 19, 2021 6:19 pm
Getting 80 % of your wage for not working sounds a good deal to me.
Rightly or wrongly, football & football players are a completely different market.
by Darlofan97
Fri Feb 19, 2021 6:02 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Season null and voided
Replies: 114
Views: 7708

Re: Season null and voided

Does the 20% have to be found? We are not legally-bound to do so, but failure to provide the 20% top-up would allow the players to terminate their contracts and leave for free. Are you sure of this? Yes. Ryan Croasdale terminated his contract with Fylde over the summer under similar circumstances. ...
by Darlofan97
Fri Feb 19, 2021 4:46 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Season null and voided
Replies: 114
Views: 7708

Re: Season null and voided

Does the 20% have to be found? We are not legally-bound to do so, but failure to provide the 20% top-up would allow the players to terminate their contracts and leave for free. Are you sure of this? Yes. Ryan Croasdale terminated his contract with Fylde over the summer under similar circumstances. ...
by Darlofan97
Fri Feb 19, 2021 1:36 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Season null and voided
Replies: 114
Views: 7708

Re: Season null and voided

Vodka_Vic wrote:
Fri Feb 19, 2021 1:24 pm
Furlough now extended. Details on March 3rd.
Good. If it’s at the current 80% in May then it’ll save us about £30k-£35k.
by Darlofan97
Fri Feb 19, 2021 11:32 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Season null and voided
Replies: 114
Views: 7708

Re: Season null and voided

theoriginalfatcat wrote:
Fri Feb 19, 2021 11:26 am
Does the 20% have to be found?
We are not legally-bound to do so, but failure to provide the 20% top-up would allow the players to terminate their contracts and leave for free.
by Darlofan97
Fri Feb 19, 2021 11:23 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Season null and voided
Replies: 114
Views: 7708

Re: Season null and voided

What happens when the government stop the furlough scheme? Who pays the players wages then? I think we may have to pay the players/management in May in full, and find the funds to top-up the players/management wages by 20% in Feb, March & April. Although, I am unsure what occurs to players contract...
by Darlofan97
Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:47 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Season null and voided
Replies: 114
Views: 7708

Re: Season null and voided

The right decision has been made. Well done the club for making the right call and continuously backing other clubs that were in a similar position to us.

Conscious is now clear for the FA Trophy tie. The league would have been null & voided anyway, regardless of our vote.
by Darlofan97
Wed Feb 17, 2021 6:18 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Board Statement 15 Feb
Replies: 67
Views: 4030

Re: Board Statement 15 Feb

To then switch the lights back on for a chance at Wembley does not particularly sit right (unless Step 2 becomes N&V before the tie is played). Conversely. If we have cut our costs by furloughing (I think DJ mentioned we have in an interview the other day with another club chairman) then there is a...
by Darlofan97
Wed Feb 17, 2021 4:59 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Legal challenge?
Replies: 19
Views: 1063

Re: Legal challenge?

Clubs taking on loans in their hundreds of thousands would also result in redundancies in the medium & long-term.

In the immediate short-term there is the furlough scheme to safeguard jobs until the end of April.

His argument does not stack up.
by Darlofan97
Wed Feb 17, 2021 4:56 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Board Statement 15 Feb
Replies: 67
Views: 4030

Re: Board Statement 15 Feb

I think we have to go as far as we can in the TROPHY, it's FA competition rules ,which are different from national league rules, I am led to believe. Financial rewards no matter how small is money into the club, the national league has no grant funding so no money comes into the club , The national...
by Darlofan97
Tue Feb 16, 2021 4:25 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Board Statement 15 Feb
Replies: 67
Views: 4030

Re: Board Statement 15 Feb

Further information supporting the club's stance to refuse to take on loans from Sport England: https://www.thenonleaguefootballpaper.com/latest-news/31987/national-league-working-with-sport-england-and-the-dcms-to-avoid-clubs-breaking-league-rules-over-loans/ Basically, it is a standardised rule ac...
by Darlofan97
Tue Feb 16, 2021 11:24 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: David Johnson : We are in a sad position
Replies: 93
Views: 13998

Re: David Johnson : We are in a sad position

Good to see the players taking advantage of the community testing. A very responsible approach and hopefully encourages anyone else who is out there in the community regularly to do the same https://darlingtonfc.co.uk/news/darlington-fc-supports-community-testing-scheme?fbclid=IwAR1f5bO9Q77R9gMmMen...
by Darlofan97
Tue Feb 16, 2021 9:46 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: David Johnson : We are in a sad position
Replies: 93
Views: 13998

Re: David Johnson : We are in a sad position

Good to see the players taking advantage of the community testing. A very responsible approach and hopefully encourages anyone else who is out there in the community regularly to do the same https://darlingtonfc.co.uk/news/darlington-fc-supports-community-testing-scheme?fbclid=IwAR1f5bO9Q77R9gMmMen...
by Darlofan97
Mon Feb 15, 2021 10:27 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Board Statement 15 Feb
Replies: 67
Views: 4030

Re: Board Statement 15 Feb

DF97. It’s tricky I agree. I know others who aren’t happy about this cup/league situation but I think DJ is being strong and keeping our options open. We’re not in a popularity contest here and it could work out okay(ish) Yes, as a club we have played it brilliantly so far and have stood up for not...
by Darlofan97
Mon Feb 15, 2021 10:14 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Board Statement 15 Feb
Replies: 67
Views: 4030

Re: Board Statement 15 Feb

So, effectively, we will stop playing league fixtures from now, but we will come back if there is a sniff of making some money. Isn't this the point of all football. It is not played for esoteric reasons but in the hope that success will lead to pounds in the bank. Some will search for that in a pr...
by Darlofan97
Mon Feb 15, 2021 10:12 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Board Statement 15 Feb
Replies: 67
Views: 4030

Re: Board Statement 15 Feb

TOFC, I see other points too. I am playing devils advocate. My posts are only with the worry that perhaps the club’s reputation will take a hit should it selectively choose which fixtures to play, and also find itself in a difficult position in front of an independent panel, explaining why it didn’t...
by Darlofan97
Mon Feb 15, 2021 9:43 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Board Statement 15 Feb
Replies: 67
Views: 4030

Re: Board Statement 15 Feb

I doubt we'd even make money out of playing the Trophy game, we'd probably just break even. The point being that we would like to play football without endangering the future financial stability of the club. The trophy, we can. If we continue in the league, we will drive the club into debt. That's ...
by Darlofan97
Mon Feb 15, 2021 9:36 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Board Statement 15 Feb
Replies: 67
Views: 4030

Re: Board Statement 15 Feb

Disappointed to read some of these comments. We as a club are effectively suspending league fixtures on the basis of a lack of adequate funding and lack of testing. Yet what we would be doing by participating in the FA Trophy is incurring additional costs via player/management wages, rent, testing e...