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Thanks KD that's why I don't read every piece we put out - we never know when to tone down the puffing up stuff.
30th May 2024 12:33:11 
[147.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
Here you go, Lurks [Link]
30th May 2024 12:31:15 
[62.lo.gg.ed] 
'Prolific scoring pedigree' etc
Out of interest wasn't the reason the West stand is permanent because it needed to be for those facilities? Or did I get that wrong?
30th May 2024 12:30:40 
[147.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
DO - Hopefully you're right and Kelly will only have flopped in his first half-season.
30th May 2024 12:28:38 
[62.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
kentish who sold him to us as an unstoppable scoring machine - I can't remember anyone presenting him that way but I'm happy to be proved wrong (as I don't read every piece we put out) if you can link to it.
30th May 2024 12:27:16 
[147.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
KD - I think we were short of an apple, but signed an orange - as no apples available in our price range. Hopefully we'll use him better next season.
30th May 2024 12:26:43 
[82.lo.gg.ed] 
But he does not look like a lemon, AFAIC.
Worth remembering with Pell there were how many penalties he won us in his first season that statistically saved us from a second relegation.
30th May 2024 12:25:36 
[147.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
DO - That's the narrative now, yes, but I still believe 2 in 17 is pisspoor for a £350,000 signing regardless. Good players find a way.
30th May 2024 12:22:08 
[62.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
*reposted 2 weeks ago
30th May 2024 12:16:10 
[104.lo.gg.ed] 
Bloody predictive text
Russ, looks like was ready posted 2 weeks. Clearly not enough good applicants
30th May 2024 12:15:46 
[104.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
KD - and if we'd played to his strengths, he would probably looked far better! A bit like if we'd played Terry Gibson as a lone target man when we signed him!
30th May 2024 12:11:51 
[82.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
Easy to share $6m's pessimism. On the current trajectory, we're running just to slide backwards (slowly, for now).
30th May 2024 12:04:04 
[62.lo.gg.ed] 
Costs up, losses up, bond-repayment chickens about to come a-roostin'
Nicander - That's as maybe but the narrative around Kelly was not about potential, but his oven-ready pedigree.
30th May 2024 12:03:12 
[62.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
OI/Nicander - thanks re: Stadium Card+. So last season for £30 you got £5 off an adult ticket - so 6 matches was 'break even'. This year for £50 you get £3 off an adult ticket - 17 matches to break even. This rather defeats the object, so would be amazed if they sell any to people who previously had S+ cards.
30th May 2024 12:03:10 
[82.lo.gg.ed] 
With an S+ card, a holder would try to make sure they came to at least 6 matches. Now, no incentive to do that and will be paying full price, so even less likely to attend. Another short-sighted move, I fear.
TSO - is that a live vacancy? Think it previously closed in mid April.
30th May 2024 12:00:17 
[86.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
6MDM - are there any figure for how much we would have saved by having a two tier West Stand? It would be much easier to form an opinion, albeit with hindsight, if we knew that figure.
30th May 2024 11:58:04 
[86.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
$6m - I didn't listen, but presumably the total lack of car parking horrified him. [smelling salts applied after Gregory faints] "Steve, it's okay, the transport links are great, loads of trains and buses" [Gregory goes white and passes out again]
30th May 2024 11:56:18 
[90.lo.gg.ed] 
nicander
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
We are undoubtedly fishing in the bargain basement for all recruitment, both on and off the pitch. If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys but if all you have is peanuts, then what? Clubs with oversized stadiums eventually get in to trouble. Darlington went bust. Rushden had to move. We live in hope about the scum. Our capacity is not oversized but the way it has been constructed is. Most can see now the west stand was a case of decision made by ego or delusions of grandeur at a time when it was thought we would fund the shortfall through a community share offer or crowd funding. Some believe our story us so compelling that it will override basic business economics. Whilst there may be the odd philanthropic gesture, most is for profit.
30th May 2024 11:53:58 
[81.lo.gg.ed] 
If anyone seriously thinks players join us for our lovely ground, the history and the fans, wake up. Listen to interview Lee Finch did with Steven Gregory on his WHAD podcast. It was refreshing to hear a player being honest about his impressions of our stadium, what motivated him to join and then leave.
Kelly is overall a 1 in 3 scorer in the Conf, but that's really the result of one good season with Maidenhead and the first half of last season at Solihull. If you exclude those 18 months (which were not consecutive), he's 1 in 6 at Conf level.
30th May 2024 11:51:45 
[90.lo.gg.ed] 
nicander
That says to me "player with potential if used in the right way", which seems to be what we have. Whether that is worth £350k YMMV
We’re recruiting for a Head Of Operations for anyone who might be interested [Link]
30th May 2024 11:43:09 
[104.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
We pay our staff poorly compared to what is paid in London generally. When we recently had roles open for a marketing manager and finance manager the salaries were 40-50% below comparable London based roles in other companies. Because of this we end up with volunteers/supporters in these roles as they see past the wages and do it for the love of the club. Are they the best qualified? Almost certainly not but will they work harder, probably.
30th May 2024 11:34:29 
[104.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
The thing with Kelly is he was very much sold to us as some sort of unstoppable goal machine. But 2 goals in 17 (with the 2 in one game when our season was over) is most definitely flopperooni stuff.
30th May 2024 11:34:08 
[62.lo.gg.ed] 
I'd expect more from a £350k L2 signing regardless of style of play
It reminds me of the old business saying: “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half.” Football, as a business, is about taking risks - the more you pay, the lower your risk.
30th May 2024 11:22:22 
[208.lo.gg.ed] 
Even after we have had some of these players for a couple of years, there is still some room for debate about their value to the club.
Davison and Pell are pre-Cope signings, and we got them when we went down and had a manager who just got into the job with little backroom support, so there's mitigating circumstances there. And you can scout and scout and rescout a player for about a year, then sign him and he turns out to be unsuitable after all.
30th May 2024 11:18:10 
[147.lo.gg.ed] 
Football is a tough industry.
I don't think any of Davison, Pell or Kelly were "flops" per se. Pell was available experience in midfield at a time when we really had none. Felt an important signing at the time. Has drifted away from 1st team as we've recruited better players and also due to his age isn't getting another contract. Davison has had his moments and Jackson clearly believed he could make something of himself given a run of games. Didn't turn out that way, but not sure it was a crazy thought to have given his attributes. I think his form dropping away even from where it was has been attitude-related, given whispers the player has wanted out for about a year now. Kelly had a difficult first half-season, but he showed enough for me to think his potential ceiling is higher than what he's shown so far. We've not played to his strengths and will know more next season.
30th May 2024 11:15:04 
[90.lo.gg.ed] 
nicander
Every player's a gamble. Both Davison and Pell I would say have made more than a handful of useful contributions, even though they are not near our 1st choice XI and clearly that's what you'd want if you're shelling out cash.
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