Mini Maureenio wrote:
Although friendlies against Football League teams are often seen as a good test & slightly more glamorous than Stourport (as a for instance, no slight intended), I don't really see what someone in Evostik gains from playing the likes of Sheff United (again, a for instance).
The 'league' team usually send a core team of under 21s, with a couple of fringe first team players - how many times in a season are Frickley going to play against an opposition team of full time 21 year old professionals? Answer - less than none, so they really don't gain a thing.
Hemsworth, Brid etc may not be exciting, but it's in & around the standard that we'll be playing against.
See Gilbertos thread on the main forum entitled 'Alternative Pre-Season Match Thread' - it sums up my thoughts very humorously.
Agreed, But the point of getting a local league club for at least one game, is much needed money in the kitty. Leeds Utd came several seasons ago and the gate was around 700-800. Stocksbridge had nearly 900 in attendance for a game against Barnsley last night, around 2000 for the Sheffield Wednesday game....Nice little earners. We will be lucky to muster up 100 this Saturday.
Pre season is all about getting some fitness,cohesion and looking at players. But to get one league team attracts the Non regulars as well, maybe we could just grab one or two of those to keep coming ?.
I'm not blaming anyone at Frickley, I believe Steve wrote to the pro clubs around March, I think it's a case of more, who you know. ie. managers contacts etc. which is why Karl tried to get Barnsley to come, but it was too late.
Oh well, there's always next season...........Barcelona at the lane maybe, i'm sure we conjur up something between us Mini, we could basically lie ...we've had enough practice in liar's bar eh!!
ps. How was Greece, i imagine they are a lot better off now you've given the economy a boost.