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Next year's "home ground"

By reximus2/5/2023 23:20Tue May 2 23:20:41 2023

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The Isthmian League rules are a little convoluted, and don't appear to state unequivocably "you must tell us where you'll be playing next year by THIS date" but, from what I can determine, the cut-off date is 31st March.

https://s3.eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/files.pitchero.com/leagues/12302_1662543316.pdf

The text I've quoted below, seems to refer to Clubs that have some question over the ground grading for the season ahead, if they differ from the year preceding, but you get the gist:

"Any delay in inspection shall in no way release a Club from its obligation to have its ground ready for
inspection. If for any reason a Club’s existing ground, or any new ground in which it proposes to play its
home matches in the season following inspection, is not available for grading by 31st March prior to
commencement of the relevant season then the Club must, by the 31st March, submit to the Board in
writing its proposals for a venue for its home matches in the following season (“alternative proposal”),
such alternative proposal to be considered (and if appropriate) approved at the next Board Meeting
after 31st March."


Some people on this forum have suggested that the matter is still, perhaps, under discussion, while the Board look to explore new, fantastical, secret and confidential options. Others have suggested the Board know full well where we'll be playing next season - and their delay in telling the supporters is pure petty-minded petulance.

I leave you to make your own conclusions.

rex

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Re: Kettering O/T

By Mike (The.Cat)3/5/2023 11:38Wed May 3 11:38:36 2023In response to Next year's "home ground"Top of thread

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Seems the board and their supporters have had issues

The board have resigned en-masse and are handing over to a new board

https://ketteringtownfc.com/breaking-news/

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By Paddy (Paddy1)3/5/2023 12:19Wed May 3 12:19:12 2023In response to Re: Kettering O/TTop of thread

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"I leave the club in a much more stable position than when I took over. We achieved our aim of returning to the National League North, we are within the borough, albeit not in the heart of Kettering, and we are debt free. There have been for me more highs than lows, a few mistakes on the way but I would hope that the fan base would see my tenure as a positive period in the clubs long and rich history."

^ This bit of the article gave me a chuckle when I thought what would the Kingstonian translation of this be at this present time if this was us:

"We leave the club a little bit more buggered than when we took over. We achieved playing in 4 different postcodes, we moved back within the borough albeit not in the heart of Kingston... not that it matters either way since we are now in bloody Tooting & we might be debt free but you peasants will never get to see our accounts so we can say what we like. There have been for us more lows than highs, a catalogue of mistakes on the way but we hope the fan base will see our tenure with much delusion as a positive period in this clubs long & rich history."

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Re: Next year's "home ground"

By Gary (gekins)2/5/2023 23:35Tue May 2 23:35:29 2023In response to Next year's "home ground"Top of thread

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I don't think the club need to tell the league anything, as we will presumably be playing at the same place as in 2022/2023, and I doubt there's a requirement to confirm the status quo each year.

I also don't think the club thinks it needs to say anything to the supporters, because we'll presumably be playing in the same place as in 2022/2023.

However, I would disagree. In this video, Mark Anderson says: "Again, I need to emphasise this is not, we hope, for a long period. We've got a year with a rollover into a second year should we need it."

We can all now assume that we're going to be back in Morden next season, but the club is woefully mis-reading the room if it thinks that there's no need to say anything. Crowds are down, enjoyment is down, the budget is down, two managers are down, the team was very nearly down.

Where is the plan to change the trajectory of the club? The Under 18s seem to be doing very well at the moment, but that is almost literally the only news coming out of the club. We are, again, being treated with complete contempt.

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Re: Next year's "home ground"

By reximus2/5/2023 23:43Tue May 2 23:43:06 2023In response to Re: Next year's "home ground"Top of thread

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Yes.

My point was that, in the absence of any news to the contrary, we should assume that we'll be back at Imperial Fields next year. My point was that the Club lack the common courtesy to confirm this to the supporters when they've been raising the question for the last however many months.

rex

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Re: Next year's "home ground"

By Taimour (WeHateWombles)3/5/2023 02:51Wed May 3 02:51:41 2023In response to Re: Next year's "home ground"Top of thread

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I wonder if they're waiting until they can couple the news with "progress" on a new ground, ie. the old Lovelace-Mitcham bait and switch.

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Re: Next year's "home ground"

By BedfordshireK (BedfordshireK)3/5/2023 10:41Wed May 3 10:41:49 2023In response to Re: Next year's "home ground"Top of thread

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I wonder if they're waiting until they can couple the news with "progress" on a new ground, ie. the old Lovelace-Mitcham bait and switch.

Kingstonian are pleased to provide supporters with an update on a future home for the club:

Option 1 - The Club have had exploratory meetings with a higher education institution after a potential partnership. Cllr. Kirsch will now write to the institution, seeking a three-way meeting to explore the potential for a partnership with our Football Club. This would be similar to existing partnerships between sports clubs and educational establishments.
Option 2 - The Club has had a positive initial meeting (facilitated by a senior council officer) with a representative from a local sports facility. There is a potentially very interesting opportunity here that could entail a partnership with a well-respected local community organisation. Again Cllr. Kirsch will now write to the current tenants / leaseholders seeking a three-way meeting about the potential for Kingstonian FC to develop facilities there.
Option 3 - Finally, the Club has looked further into the potential development of an existing sports venue. Whilst the Councillors are not keen to dismiss any potential options, there are acknowledged to be complications due to the existing purpose of the site. However, this option will be examined further, in order to assess its viability for development.
Option 4 - Stay at Mitcham till we die, spunking away the wombles money on rent and shortfalls in the playing budget due to no one going to Imperial Fields.

While all four options remain on the table, Kingston Council have expressed a preference for option 4, and so we will continue to persue this option in partnership with them.

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Re: Next year's "home ground"

By Mike (The.Cat)3/5/2023 11:36Wed May 3 11:36:48 2023In response to Re: Next year's "home ground"Top of thread

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The council have bigger worries anyway- like the Kingfisher. They’re due to announce the next step to an increasingly sceptical population next month

Think Ks are very much not a priority for them or their diminishing voter support

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