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Everything posted by Bobjfh

  1. And here we go again - many of us had had a very long 3 months, for differing reasons and personal cost. The forum has provided some much needed distraction (especially Silly Billy and Fenman’s jokes which have been a daily chuckle) - suddenly Big Al resurfaces and after this post I won’t bother coming back on - you ruin it mate. Keep safe everyone and will look forward to seeing you all as / when football actually starts again.
  2. Got to be honest, I watched St Austell a fair bit and, in my humble opinion, he was a weak link in their midfield. Very gifted player but spent too much time complaining at others and doing little - the lad Dingle did all the work. All about opinions and if St Blazey can get 90 minutes from him, he/they will do well.
  3. Keith - it looks like Tom is trying to start a site based on all non league football. which, for me. looks interesting. I don’t think anyone will match Dave for Cornish football, especially with his contacts over many years but anything that gives grassroots football advertising has to be a good thing. Not for me to suggest but a collaboration between Dave and Tom may give Cornish football a footing outside of Cornwall??
  4. WOTP - I am sure all have their own reasons and it’s not for me to criticise players making money, especially now - I just wish clubs made it clear to players who move for money that there are consequences. The season after next many of these same players will appear on similar threads and some clubs will fork out to welcome them and the merry go continues. Why don’t all clubs openly impose wage limits (and stick to them) at least then we could see who are ‘great’ coaches and managers - not simply the ones with most money.
  5. Surely this is all getting a bit farcical with no guarantees as to what is happening next season. I heard from a very reliable source that St Austell have set a wage cap for next season of £30 a game with a £5 win and £5 clean sheet bonus - to me that is reasonable, with 200 fans (£1200 income) at home games it means playing within budget - yet all these ‘loyal’ St Austell players have suddenly jumped ship, citing ‘ambition’ or its easier training in Plymouth - they have done it for cash - plain and simple. It would be nice if St Austell said (which I know won’t happen) to those players that ‘you are not welcome back as you have dumped us for cash‘. Helston / Mousehole and Falmouth have the crowds to pay more, let alone additional financial support, however the likes of St Blazey and Bodmin are clearly paying a lot more money, yet have very very small crowds - how or more realistically why - other than individuals ego. Covering travels costs and a few beers is surely enough for players who are supposed, at this level, to be playing football because they enjoy it - perhaps that’s why so few players seem to play with any heart anymore. I sincerely hope the seasons gets off to a flyer but would love it even more if all clubs, did as St Austell and started capping pointless money - and see who are the best managers / coaches and not who has the most money. Thats my rant over and I do know ‘that’s the way it’s always been’. Good luck to Alfie, back at Sticker with his dad
  6. Ignoring the hype that some clubs relish over new signings - just one question. Under league rules you cannot sign players after the end of March to play in that seasons game - as written in league / competition rules. Has there been a change in these rules about cup games rolling into next season?
  7. Dave - long term, yes it would make sense but I was assuming some of the Helston team from two years ago or their internal progression of players would get an occasional game next season? I suppose with local cups, the FA Vase and potentially the FA Cup they will need a strong squad of 22!
  8. 100% - firstly good to see you are ‘up to’ posting again, you are in our thoughts. Firstly, Helston is a very well founded community team with good support and even without Mr Massey appear financially on the right footing. However, I have to agree, last season Helston were prepared to buy the league (and good on them for their ambition). But next season, whenever that may be - they will have Calver, Tinsley, Dingle, Brokenshire, Slateford, Eddy, Goldsworthy all ex St Austell (yes a couple with Helston roots and three of them regular last season) so whilst Mr Massey has deep pockets one can only assume some current players won’t be there - perhaps some of their N Devon squad? Whatever happens they will still be very very strong and will buy the season. My only concern is that once promoted to the Western Prem - most of the players mentioned have or certainly could have played at that level but ‘chosen’ not to - for work or family reasons, no doubt - so why would they once Helston get promoted?? In reality they won’t, all the youth Helston have will play bit parts next season against weaker teams and not be ready for a league higher - so what will Helston do?? Presumably bring in players from way out of Cornwall, which if they continue to progress is a logical move - it’s just a shame that so many aspiring Cornish players will miss a couple of steps playing for a Cornish team.
  9. 100% - so so sorry for you mate, wish there was something I could do. Take care
  10. Richard / Dave et al - each year you have to come on the forum making a plea to the hundreds of people who use / read the forum for the very small running costs to keep it ad free and totally independent - and each year it’s like pulling teeth. I know money is tight for everyone at the moment with furloughs / redundancies etc and there is little football to talk about BUT there have been over 400 individual views on this link - that’s £2 each (a can of beer) for a years worth of moans and banter about the sport we all love. I know you can’t say it - but it’s pretty poor from some forum users imo Its worth the money just for the daily jokes from Billy and fenman. I don’t mean to offend, come on guys.
  11. Dave / Richard - just put £25 in the pot, keep up the great work, without you guys local football would have no ‘voice’
  12. hoppit - you are of course right and safety of everyone comes first and cannot be ignored. I think we are all just missing local football so much - and hopefully enjoy the more, once we can spectate, together, again. In that context I hope Mark Smith will do well along with any new coaches / managers taking on the reigns - it is a big step as finances and egos often dictate squads - but I believe Mark is setting off from a good footing - he built a ‘team’ with St Austell Reserves, and from rumour is looking to do the same with the firsts - looking at players based on skill and ability - and perhaps not just ‘reputation’. Good luck to all - and keep safe
  13. Slightly contentious and not a personal view, but if Jeff can get away with the Vicar joke........... Hours after the end of the world, a border dispute emerged between heaven and hell. God invited the devil for conversations to find a way to resolve this dispute quickly. Satan, the devil, proposed a soccer game between heaven and hell. God, always fair, told the devil, "The heat must be affecting your brain, the game would be so one sided, don't you know all the 'good' players go to heaven?" The devil, smiling, responded "Yeah, but we've got all the refs'..."
  14. A man visits his local zoo, for the first time. He walks around the zoo and it was completely empty, except for one enclosure with a dog in it. It was a shitzu
  15. It’s a strange one because I agree with all the posts about Helston fielding first team players - it’s frustrating but it’s in the rules and down to fist team managers to decide if they want to play (and presumably pay) their higher ranked players in Reserve sides. It happened last year in the Prem with Argyle - one week 6 or 7 full time pros the next a squad of 17 year olds. It should motivate teams to play better but does make a bit of a mockery of league positions. The flip side is when some teams play reserve players for the first side (like St Austell in last weeks Senior Cup, Mullion didn’t complain). Postman Pat summed it up best -‘ suck it up and get on with it’.
  16. RVP and WOTP - which such an important run of fixtures coming up (you can’t win the league pre Christmas but you can lose it) - what are your thoughts on your ‘senior’ players playing mid week games in the SWPL - I know WOTP, you did post about the home teams managers input on such games but if you lost a couple of players through injury in such games it would / could really impact on your final position?
  17. Good luck MTC for all at Exmouth. Please keep your Cornish friends updated with your progress
  18. Great result and start to the season. Nice to see that Tavistock and Exmouth got off to winning starts as well - same there are no contributors to the forum from those clubs so we can keep up with old friends and rivals.
  19. This is a real shame for St Just and all involved, we can’t afford to lose clubs like them from senior football. Just as an aside - is there not a team in the Combo who would want to ‘swap’ and take on each other’s fixtures (where there any teams who missed on applying for promotion to St Piran league?) Things have changed so much this season that I am sure exceptions could be made - although I appreciate it would still be a big ask for St Just - it would just keep their history going?
  20. Personally believe there will be a few ‘shocks’ this season - Everyone know what they are getting with Saltash and both Helston and Newquay were mid table teams who have added quality. Falmouth are similar but have lost a key player and St Austell / Bodmin are basing this year on majorly different teams - some old names and some untested names. None of the promoted teams have been tested at a higher level but Porthleven / Mousehole could spring surprises as could the remaining Prem teams from last season - some of whom have gone under the radar with team changes. Again personally I think we could all choose a fairly accurate top quarter of the league but I don’t think any team will run away with the title - time will tell.
  21. Fair write up Mark, personally think Penryn will do very well this season - they have a good squad and their addition(s) this year have strengthen what looked like a team who have played together for a while - Jack will fill his boots in that league. You could also tell they were on their 4th preseason game and the No 2 (sorry I can’t remember his name but he may have been the goal scorer - he seemed to play all over the place) was excellent Camels have made some very good additions this year and once settled and have a few more pre seasons game together will (IMO) have a good season - and may surprise a few in the Prem. I think Reg has stayed on for another season as last year was a nightmare (loosing 4 of the best young players in the county to university and an unbelievable run of injuries in vital positions) - hopefully if his last year it will finish much better!! I actually thought result was a fair one but would not have questioned a draw either or even a Penryn win - Camels, for me, just had that little bit more game management. Kev Knowles was excellent and his brief to the players before the game on the new rules was exceptional - I’m not sure how many players know all the changes!!! Camels always ‘utilise the facilities’ of host clubs and i’m sure there are not many teams who spend more in the bar after games!!! especially with ‘Older’ holding court at the bar and providing quality nourishment. Good luck to all involved for the coming season and hopefully catch up on a touch line soon Mark.
  22. GRTourist - great report, thank you, felt like I was there! On the Shane Krac question, IMO, he is without doubt one of the very best midfielders at this level - however his trademark “scissor’ tackle is a red card waiting to happen every game - he is at his best when combative but at this level if Parkway have to play with 10 it will cause them problems - he has played high enough to know this so his continued use of the tackle must be a concern to Mr Hobbs. Nice position to be in though to even contemplate playing without him.
  23. For what’s its worth - I think Parkway will be stronger with messers Yetton and Carter - two very experienced and proven goal scorers - especially with the service they will get from Smith and Williams. With. Mr Hobbs is undoubtedly a very good striker (arguably best in league, by a little way now) but his mobility is not that much more than Carter and he has the potential for long bans at any stage of the season. Also can’t see Rosenquest as a starter - imo not of the same standard as the other 4 up front. Just hope Parkway do really well and enjoy it.
  24. Plymouth Argyle 5 v 0 Callington Town WALTER C PARSON FUNERAL DIRECTORS CUP QUARTER FINAL (7.30PM) Tavistock 1 v 3 Plymouth Parkway CORNWALL SENIOR CUP SEMI FINAL (7.30PM) At Helston Athletic Mousehole 2 v. 2 St Austell
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