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    #26
    They have been funded significantly by the owner (who is the manager's dad), but claim they aren't spending silly money. A few rumours have come out with one or two players who've left recently, including one who came along the road to York because we are apparently still offering more money. It's hard to believe they aren't spending more than they would be generating through the gates with the kind of crowds they get though. People will also say the plastic pitch plays a part too.

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      #27
      My family is from Harrogate (as am I) and I visit regularly though I haven't been to see Harrogate Town for decades - my only recent attempt to do so was for a game that was called off. I can't really add much to what jobi1 says. They only went full-time last season after a couple of seasons of going close to promotion. They have been talking of getting to the National League and beyond for some years but promotion isn't really in the club's DNA as they have generally drifted up the pyramid thanks to reorganisations, and only once by promotion (until last season's play-offs) if I remember correctly. The owner has plenty of money, as jobi1 says, though they claim to be run responsibly. Having said that, they have only recently begun to get crowds in four figures.

      The plastic pitch is probably a factor, though it is claimed it was installed without proper council permission and neighbours complain that it's being used later in evenings than agreed. But you expect that sort of thing in Harrogate. The other reason for installing the plastic pitch, other than for community use, was because of a long-standing drainage problem that caused the club to play home fixtures as far away as Doncaster a few seasons ago. The pitch would have to go if they were promoted any further and that, and the fact that the ground is pretty much hemmed in on all four sides and therefore difficult to develop further, has led to conjecture that in the event of further elevation they would have to relocate. Not easy in Harrogate, as the town's historically higher-profile rugby club discovered.
      Last edited by Capybara; 05-09-2018, 12:48.

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        #28
        12 games in, and Orient go top whilst remaining the only unbeaten side in tier 5, after dispatching former leaders Harrogate 3-0 at their place.

        Os fans aren’t used to this, but the side has really clicked. So expect us to step on a proverbial rake imminently.

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          #29
          The bandwagoners go top, but thankfully both Wrexham and Orient look poised to be title contenders until May. Fylde ominously enter the playoff zone...

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            #30
            The Magpies swept aside 0-3 by the Rich Kids. The sooner they get in the league and leave us alone the better.
            Last edited by Sits; 29-09-2018, 20:48. Reason: 0-3, not 3-0.

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              #31
              LOL. Typical Orient trod on that proverbial rake and took one full in the face quicker than even I expected on Saturday. Duffed up and mugged by Sutton at home. Let’s see how we react to that setback.

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                #32
                Interesting and well written piece on Chesterfield here: https://jogamagazine.wordpress.com/2...rt-in-england/

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                  #33
                  Originally posted by ingoldale View Post
                  Interesting and well written piece on Chesterfield here: https://jogamagazine.wordpress.com/2...rt-in-england/
                  oh man the ched evans stuff in that article is bad

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                    #34
                    Well, whaddaya know. Orient open up a 3 point gap at the top after dispatching fellow contenders Wrexham 2-0 away. Could have gone the other way in a cagey game where the hosts had plenty of possession, but we restricted them to only a couple of sniffs at our goal and took our late chances.

                    The other top of the table clash ended Solihull 0-0 Salford to give us the first signs of a breathing space.

                    Wouldn’t write Wrexham off yet, but they really need to upgrade on a striker to find the net more often & complement their decent defence and midfield work.

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                      #35
                      More fun and games at Chesterfield today as they lost 4-0 at home to Solihull Moors and fell into the relegation places. At 3-0 the game got held up for eight minutes midway through the second half as some fans came onto the pitch to protest against the board. Then when they got restarted two of their players got booked for fighting with each other.

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                        #36
                        5-1 against the nouveau riche? I'll take that, thank you very much.

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                          #37
                          Big fan of all the Salford players trying to get sent off, and also not really bothering to defend set pieces.

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                            #38
                            Maidenhead won!

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                              #39
                              Originally posted by longeared View Post
                              More fun and games at Chesterfield today as they lost 4-0 at home to Solihull Moors and fell into the relegation places. At 3-0 the game got held up for eight minutes midway through the second half as some fans came onto the pitch to protest against the board. Then when they got restarted two of their players got booked for fighting with each other.
                              Next Wednesday, it will be 3 years since Lee Novak ripped Shrewsbury a new arsehole as Chesterfield beat us 7-1.

                              On social media Chesterfield fans thought that this would be the catalyst for a play-off push. I really don't know what to make of that.

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                                #40
                                As I mentioned on the match-going thread, Dover are too good to go down. Maidstone aren’t.

                                Also, I do like this old school arrangement of playing the reverse fixture of a localish derby a few days later over the holiday period.

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                                  #41
                                  We’ve Dover at The Crabble up next, after conceding 2 late on to lose at improving Daggers yesterday.

                                  Was surprised Wrexham put 5 past Salford yesterday as scoring has been their obvious weakness so far this season. Fingers crossed they don’t take another 3 points off them in the reverse fixture.

                                  Chesterfield gave us a good game last Saturday, and have been hard to beat for a while, so I was taken aback to see them getting a pumping by Solihull. I’m not a fan of Martin Allen’s tactics as a gaffer, and thought the Spireites would sack him after the winless run they had, but he normally knows what he’s doing at this level. Maybe he’d be too expensive to bin off?

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                                    #42
                                    Originally posted by NickSTFU View Post
                                    Next Wednesday, it will be 3 years since Lee Novak ripped Shrewsbury a new arsehole as Chesterfield beat us 7-1.

                                    On social media Chesterfield fans thought that this would be the catalyst for a play-off push. I really don't know what to make of that.
                                    Only one year further back from that, in January 2014, Chesterfield came and were the only team to win in Bootham Crescent in the second half of the season in York's crazy run from 21st at Christmas to the play-offs. They were comfortably the best team I saw that season in that league and finished deserved champions. Yesterday we shipped 9 goals between us in the fifth and sixth tiers. Football, eh?

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                                      #43
                                      There's been a development at Chesterfield this morning as the much criticised Ashley Carson has resigned as a director. However he will continue to remain as company secretary, attend board meetings and retain his 3% of shares within the company as the third largest shareholder. His director's debenture remains in place and he's not requesting the repayment of a loan. That doesn't sound like much of a resignation to me.

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                                        #44
                                        And finally Martin Allen gets the tin tack at Chesterfield. 4 wins in 25 was an atrocious return (especially as 3 of the wins were in his first 3 games).

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                                          #45
                                          Originally posted by slackster View Post
                                          Was surprised Wrexham put 5 past Salford yesterday
                                          I think that makes eight thousand two hundred and eighty four of us.

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                                            #46
                                            How does the Conference work these days? The table shows a line under first, another under third, and another under seventh.

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                                              #47
                                              Play-offs: 4th plays 7th, 5th plays 6th. Winners of those play 2nd and 3rd in the semi-finals.

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                                                #48
                                                League winners are automatically promoted as previously.

                                                There are now three rounds to the playoffs, each played over one match at the ground of the team that finished higher in the league (barring the final which continues to be played at Wembley).

                                                In the first round it is 4 v 7 and 5 v 6. The winners go through to the semi finals in which they travel to the sides that finished 2nd and 3rd in the regular season.

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                                                  #49
                                                  Thats not dissimilar to the way Rugby League is done here, or was when I followed it. Maybe Aussie Rules too.

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                                                    #50
                                                    Ah. Nice.

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