Saturday, 4 July 2015

You could have knocked me down with a feather!

Have you ever wanted to know what it takes to be permanently banned from a forum set-up specifically to allow members to have a say, more or less without administrative interference?

Me too.

With this in mind, I put the KTFC Forum to the test. 

From what I can vaguely recall, the KTFC Forum grew out of a bit of a spat on Poppynet when a few members fell foul of the Administrators.  Apparently it wasn't OK to have all-night sessions of boozed-up threats of violence and harass anyone you didn't like.  Who'd have thought it? 
KTFC Forum soon became home to a mixture of Poppynet cast-offs, agitators, keyboard warriors and generally mouthy sorts.  AKA common or garden Poppy fans like you and me!

Opinions on KTFC Forum seemed slightly more forceful than on Poppynet.  Perhaps due to the perceived lighter administrative touch.  Perhaps due to the fact the some members seemed to personally hate the club management and be particularly narked when Baillie and Machin managed to fumble their way to yet another win.

Given the more turbulent nature of this forum, and it's original intent to offer a platform for all Poppies opinion, no matter how outlandish (a forum where an away win could generate 8 pages of blind hatred), I thought I might struggle to earn myself a permanent ban. 

Not a bit of it!

This week I received this message from one of the KTFC Forum board's big-wigs,

"You have been permanently banned from this board.

Please contact the
Board Administrator for more information. (Tried -no reply...)

Reason given for ban: Constant digging at the forum / Always seems to be bullying people's ideas or picking faults rather than making contributions and suggestions towards the topic."

It seems that threats, abuse, pointlessly copying and pasting individual sentences from the official site, anger and vitriol AREN'T enough to earn a ban.

However,  suggesting that if supporters want something doing or changing that they perhaps look to do it themselves rather than expect someone else to do it for them IS enough to get a ban. 

It seems to be OK to demand that unspecified funds be raised in an unspecified way for an unspecified share of an unspecified stadium we don't have.  But it is NOT OK to question such a vague notion, or make the reasonable suggestion that if you think it's a good idea to raise these funds, why not instigate it.  Rather than sit around and naturally assume someone else put the effort in and do it all for you.

So, if you want to join the "I've been banned from a forum that doesn't ban people" club my best suggestion would be to hold back on the hateful posting (it's sooo last season) and merely raise the odd, innocuous question.  Providing the administrators don't agree with you, you'll be banned in no time!

Friday, 12 June 2015

Taking more shape....

Robinson? Kinniburgh? Solkhon 
Richard-Noel?  Mulligan  Gooding?
 Ogbonna         Sandy    
Still a bit thin on numbers, but a good spine!

Monday, 8 June 2015

Squad takes shape - admittedly, a small shape!

Clifton            Solkhon             Lee             Kinniburgh
Hall                 Mulligan            Jepson        
Moreman        Sandy          Kolodynski
Subs (from)
Robinson???  Ogbonna???  McAlindon???  Hull??? 
Richard-Noel???  Gooding???
Let's not kid ourselves that playing for the mighty Poppies, in front of statistically larger crowds actually counts for anything at the end of the day.  Even the likes of Micky Nuttell were known to kiss badges from time to time!

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Play that Funky Music, Ritchie

The question of what music the team run out to has again raised its head in Poppydom.  This is usually the point at which everyone throws out their suggestions, and then a club official picks an arbitrary piece of shite we all hate.

One needs to look no further than the painful, blaring dirge that's been inflicted upon us during our Latimer Park tenure.  Once upon a time we would have suggested that the "Tomahawk" 45 should be consigned to the nearest bin,  but these days it probably only needs to be highlighted and the "delete" key depressed.

As ever, "The Hustle" is suggested by most supporters.  It's not the greatest piece of music ever.  It's probably not the best tune knocked out by Van McCoy, but no other tune evokes memories of the 70's / 80's Poppies better.  I'm sure we played other songs over the years, but none of the others have remained in the memory bank.  None bring to mind the smell of Bovril and high tar cigarette smoke.  None recall foggy winter days and third rate club directors.

A member of our "Poppies Media" team has meanly suggested there is no chance of a return of "The Hustle" despite it's obvious popularity.  Most probably a modern "classic" has been lined up that will make the collection of fogies and younger-fogies that make up the vast bulk of our support moan and chatter in despair.

The "Coming Out" tune (must try and find a better expression.....) should never be hip, modern or functional.  Have people forgotten the embarrassing, home-made Wycombe song from the 90's?  Do Everton and Chelsea fans run home and play the Dixon of Dock Green theme or Liquidator after the match?  Of course not, but at the game they are expected and much loved.

Give us "The F*cking Hustle" you muppets!  What makes you think, even for a second, that you know better than us!  We've damn well earned the right to hear this middling disco-ditty.  We were watching this Poppies shite when you were still dangling off your mother's teat.  We demand some Van!

Van McCoy yesterday (ish)
This cool dude deserves a few
more royalties, surely? 

Friday, 29 May 2015

Return of the Lawman

Welcome back Marcus.

When Imraan let you drift off to Tamworth you left a club trying to recapture former glories, with some of the most fickle, unimpressed supporters in the World, at a club living on borrowed time at a stadium they didn't own.

You'll be pleased to hear we've moved on greatly since then.....

Marcus Law - stock photo until
we can locate one with a Poppies
scarf above his head.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Spot the Difference?

The Gambino "Family Business"

Fédération Internationale de Football Association 

Monday, 25 May 2015

Size - still important?

As a club we may well be a shadow of our former selves.  Playing far below Conference level.  Sharing a ploughed field as a pitch.  Rudimentary off-field facilities.  Treating an away support in double figures as something noteworthy.  Lauding players who previously wouldn't have got a sniff of playing in Poppies red.

And yet, there are still signs that others still consider the Poppies as a club of note.  One only has to recall the scenes of Bacchanalian excess amongst the opposition fans who's teams even looked like taking a point off us.  It was sometimes curious to see just how opposition players overreacted to taking a point from the Poppies.  Yes, I'm looking at you St Ives! 

And you know what?  I was never really bothered.  To me it demonstrated that success against Kettering Town still counted for something.  I would have been more worried had our rivals started to see doing well against the Poppies as something commonplace.

Another sign that we are still a club of note is the way people with some sort of sway over us continue to try to screw us over financially.  Our recent history is a catalogue of "businessmen" queuing up to fleece the club.  The owners of Rockingham Road, Nonce Park, former owners of Cambridge United and now the big knobs at Burton Latimer have seen KTFC as a bottomless pit of readies.  They all believe our stature is such that they can treat us like a personal piggy-bank.

If it wasn't for the tragic state of Rockingham Road it would have been hilarious to see the greedy Pickerings failing dismally to turn our former home into a multi-million pound pay-day.  Their unbiased estimation of the tiny site's worth being so hideously out of touch with everyone else's.  It's also tragic for the greedy bastards that forcing us out of our home has cost them rental income in the region of a quarter of a million quid.  Shame....

And the thought of Nonce Park being ploughed back into the Irthlingborough swamp it grew out of gives me nothing but happy thoughts.

Now, the owners / leaseholders / landlords (delete as appropriate, and when we actually know the facts)  of Latimer Park have lined up to drip their bread in the Poppies gravy.  Really?  It's not enough that our using their shoddy facility has kept their f*cking place going?  Not enough that we have improved their cabbage patch beyond recognition?  Or helped their club keep limping on for at least another season?

No.  Now they'd like to screw us over for all the supposed benefits of running a dismal facility if not in the middle of nowhere, one that at least shares the same postcode.  More "businessmen" seeing us as some sort of big club cash-cow to be vigorously milked.

Ritchie seems to have at least bought us another season's grace with our current landlords.  Another 12 months for them to start dreaming up plenty more charges and levies to separate us from our assumed millions.  Ritchie's performance off the pitch next season will have to surpass anything we do on it if we are to continue to put the Poppies back on the right path.