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by al_quaker
Fri Mar 26, 2021 7:51 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Punishment for the Boston game
Replies: 94
Views: 12335

Re: Punishment for the Boston game

A disgraceful day for the National League board. I sincerely hope the national press pick up on this story and they get the coverage they deserve. And putting it out on a Friday at 5pm. Spineless. Nobody disputes it's been an incredibly difficult season for everybody, including those running the lea...
by al_quaker
Wed Mar 17, 2021 9:54 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: South Shields
Replies: 14
Views: 3843

Re: South Shields

I find the timing to embark on an expensive full time team strange when, while we all hope next season will be able to be completed with normal crowds, there's no guarantee at this stage. And I'm not sure how necessary being full time is in the Northern Prem in order to get promotion, considering th...
by al_quaker
Sat Feb 27, 2021 5:04 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Darlington V Hornchurch Trophy Quarter Final
Replies: 166
Views: 25447

Re: Darlington V Hornchurch Trophy Quarter Final

Not sure what the ref was playing at there - fake injury in stoppage time, and then doesn't add a second on for it

And it looked like a pen near the end

What a frustrating game. Lets hope next season is better all round
by al_quaker
Thu Feb 25, 2021 2:11 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Darlington V Hornchurch Trophy Quarter Final
Replies: 166
Views: 25447

Re: Darlington V Hornchurch Trophy Quarter Final

Link to the article: https://www.nesportnews.co.uk/darlingto ... oalkeeper/

Be interesting to see what he's like. The Boro youth keepers we've had are normally pretty good (or better!), and Armstrong has been after him for a while.
by al_quaker
Mon Feb 22, 2021 4:49 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Season null and voided
Replies: 114
Views: 16401

Re: Season null and voided

What a “bizzare” spelling of bizarre. I don’t really understand why he said it. In the context of this discussion, what relevance is it that most of his friends are spending less, other than to imply 80% is a good deal for our players, who “shouldn’t grumble”. In context, it makes perfect sense. Yo...
by al_quaker
Sun Feb 21, 2021 10:11 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Club Accounts 19/20
Replies: 7
Views: 2539

Re: Club Accounts 19/20

Full accounts are available on YourClub to DFCSG members. Summary version available here: https://darlingtonfc.co.uk/news/online-fans-forum
by al_quaker
Sun Feb 21, 2021 7:17 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Club Accounts 19/20
Replies: 7
Views: 2539

Re: Club Accounts 19/20

I'm far from an expert at reading accounts, but it looks to have been a good year financially speaking. If I understand correctly, the figure of a small operating profit of £14k excludes BtB, which seems to me to be a decent position. Obviously we had the cup run in there, but then didn't sell any p...
by al_quaker
Sun Feb 21, 2021 6:55 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Season null and voided
Replies: 114
Views: 16401

Re: Season null and voided

In summary, in Lockdown you spend less apart from your fixed overheads, it is as simple as that. This was a pretty big assumption like. I'm spending less, most people I know are. I'm not spending nearly £1000 a year by not going to football matches. :thumbdown: Anyway, let's move on. “Most people I...
by al_quaker
Sat Feb 20, 2021 4:48 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Season null and voided
Replies: 114
Views: 16401

Re: Season null and voided

Darlogramps wrote:
Sat Feb 20, 2021 4:09 pm


Doesn’t read like that to me
In the interests of balance, reads exactly like that to me

For what it's worth, I think we should, if we can afford to, top up the 20% if/when the players are on furlough.
by al_quaker
Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:51 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: DFC Voted for League to be Null & Void
Replies: 211
Views: 33326

Re: DFC Voted for League to be Null & Void

You can't force a club to decide early - they are entitled to 28 days to make a decision. That is the equivalent of you buying something which has a cooling off period and the seller chasing you to waive your cooling off period to confirm absolute that you are happy. It would be completely unfair a...
by al_quaker
Fri Feb 12, 2021 11:12 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: DFC Voted for League to be Null & Void
Replies: 211
Views: 33326

Re: DFC Voted for League to be Null & Void

https://mobile.twitter.com/MbwLdurham/status/1360165488744148992 The Hartlepool fan just does not get it https://mobile.twitter.com/MbwLdurham/status/1360165488744148992 Or maybe we just can’t be arsed at board level....... Probably best for him to remember those fund raising ideas, considering the...
by al_quaker
Thu Feb 04, 2021 11:15 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: F A TROPHY ~ WEALDSTONE MATCH?
Replies: 47
Views: 16090

Re: F A TROPHY ~ WEALDSTONE MATCH?

Chris Stockdale on twitter has said the club are funding testing for the players for this game.
by al_quaker
Wed Jan 27, 2021 10:45 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: League restarts 6 February
Replies: 224
Views: 42533

Re: League restarts 6 February

According to Dan Roan, the government are about to announce £10m in grants to steps 3-6, so I wonder if there's been a change of heart in DCMS regarding funding of non-league. If the National League are deciding the North and South are restarting without grants then things will get very interesting
by al_quaker
Tue Jan 26, 2021 8:21 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: David Johnson : We are in a sad position
Replies: 93
Views: 23965

Re: David Johnson : We are in a sad position

The government guidance on community testing also says that authorities should make testing available to those who leave their home for work and can't get asymptomatic testing another way. Is football a critical service? I don't think we should utilise them, more-so from a moral point of view rathe...
by al_quaker
Tue Jan 26, 2021 4:12 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: David Johnson : We are in a sad position
Replies: 93
Views: 23965

Re: David Johnson : We are in a sad position

The 2 week pause will take us up to that stage but meanwhile the players will still be on full wages and training because nothing has been sorted. So bearing this in mind, the cup game could well go ahead however what about the question of safety? Darlo and other clubs in their joint letter demande...
by al_quaker
Thu Jan 21, 2021 2:00 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Season at risk of finishing early
Replies: 200
Views: 38600

Re: Season at risk of finishing early

Concord Rangers are not going to be playing this weekend

https://twitter.com/ConcordRangers/stat ... 90849?s=20
by al_quaker
Thu Jan 21, 2021 9:05 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Season at risk of finishing early
Replies: 200
Views: 38600

Re: Season at risk of finishing early

https://www.chesterfc.com/2021/01/20/cl ... n-2020-21/

Interesting statement by Chester - I can understand clubs being wary of 2 give the way that the National League handled the distribution of the initial grant
by al_quaker
Wed Jan 20, 2021 9:07 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Season at risk of finishing early
Replies: 200
Views: 38600

Re: Season at risk of finishing early

According to the DFC statement, option 2 has interest on it too

And both option 1 and 2 are unsuitable for us

https://darlingtonfc.co.uk/news/winter- ... -statement
by al_quaker
Tue Jan 19, 2021 7:57 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Season at risk of finishing early
Replies: 200
Views: 38600

Re: Season at risk of finishing early

Presumably the players could be furloughed if the season was stopped?
by al_quaker
Mon Jan 18, 2021 1:21 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Gloucester or Wealdstone
Replies: 18
Views: 7214

Re: Gloucester or Wealdstone

At least its at home, and seeing as its a home cup match we may have a chance of winning it!
by al_quaker
Mon Jan 18, 2021 9:44 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Home Kit Vote
Replies: 161
Views: 34762

Re: Home Kit Vote

Option 1 is growing on me. Was a shock to begin with, but it could be a nice change up while keeping the hoops theme. I think restricting the home kit vote to owners too is fine too. Increasing the value of DFCSG membership will hopefully lead to increases in membership, which only benefits the club...
by al_quaker
Sat Jan 16, 2021 2:57 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Weymouth V Darlington FC FA Trophy
Replies: 74
Views: 22862

Re: Weymouth V Darlington FC FA Trophy

Sound just started
by al_quaker
Sat Jan 16, 2021 10:10 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Home Kit Vote
Replies: 161
Views: 34762

Re: Home Kit Vote

Other than 2, I quite like the options. Would probably buy any of the other 3, whereas another 'normal' hooped shirt I probably wouldn't.

I just hope we get a chance to see the kit in real life!
by al_quaker
Wed Jan 06, 2021 2:14 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Brackley v Darlo
Replies: 104
Views: 28030

Re: Brackley v Darlo

Only Boston have conceded less per game than us I think. Our issue isn't the defence, it's breaking down teams who sit back against us (other than Blyth who are Northern League standard). Which is exactly what happened last night. We have some very talented attackers, but most of them like to drift ...
by al_quaker
Sun Dec 27, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Spennymoor Boxing Day
Replies: 54
Views: 17100

Re: Spennymoor Boxing Day

Probably the most direct I've seen a Spennymoor side and probably also the most dirtiest. It's not really something you associate a Spennymoor side with but I would say they more than met their match yesterday. Really? They played exactly as I expected, as they've been playing this way for a while ...
by al_quaker
Fri Dec 11, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Jason Ainsley
Replies: 86
Views: 23180

Re: Jason Ainsley

Lol so the idea that it is a requirement for the new manager to prefer a direct style of play was in reference to the style of play if their outgoing manager. I never said it was a requirement Although, as a general point, if a squad is set up to play direct football and you want someone to come in...
by al_quaker
Fri Dec 11, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Jason Ainsley
Replies: 86
Views: 23180

Re: Jason Ainsley

Are Spennymoor that renowned for being a club who wants a route 1 style of play from their manager? I am not sure when someone says Spennymoor I instantly accustom a particular style of play to the club. Whether they want it or not, they have been very route 1 the last couple of years on the occasi...
by al_quaker
Wed Dec 09, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Graeme Armstrong YOURCLUB Q&A - Part One
Replies: 3
Views: 3468

Re: Graeme Armstrong YOURCLUB Q&A - Part One

Good read :thumbup:

One of my favourite players since 2012
by al_quaker
Wed Dec 02, 2020 11:48 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Diego Maradona
Replies: 72
Views: 13565

Re: Diego Maradona

That's not fair. Any player who has deliberately fouled an opponent, committed a deliberate handball offence, exaggerated contact to get a foul / penalty, appealed for a decision they knew to be correct. All of the above are cheats and should be viewed equally. Only if you view the act of cheating ...
by al_quaker
Wed Dec 02, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Virtual Feethams
Topic: Diego Maradona
Replies: 72
Views: 13565

Re: Diego Maradona

That's not fair. Any player who has deliberately fouled an opponent, committed a deliberate handball offence, exaggerated contact to get a foul / penalty, appealed for a decision they knew to be correct. All of the above are cheats and should be viewed equally. Only if you view the act of cheating ...