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  1. "But they do make sure they point people toward the t&cs in case anyone is thinking of asking for their money back" I don't recall being provided with such terms and conditions when I bought my season ticket on the phone. In any event I also doubt that I can pow be provided with an "equivalent seat in another area of Boundary Park" as per the website. I have a 100 club seat with padded luxury in the top 4 rows at the middle of the stand. Money back please you clowns.
  2. Interesting? Written by his ghost writer? Stevenage Sack Dino Maamria: Five reasons why EFL clubs should be interested in the Tunisian by Gabriel Sutton / 09 September 2019, 16:30 Stevenage parted company with manager Dino Maamria on Monday morning, after Saturday’s 4-2 loss at Cheltenham left them 23rd in League Two. Boro are on the hunt for a new manager - Mark Sampson has been placed in caretaker charge - but what about Maamria himself? Here’s five reasons why, being out of contract, we think he should attract interest within the EFL. Force of personality A lot of football managers use clichés and platitudes – they have been trained to handle situations, with their own players and with the media, in a very diplomatic way. When the Tunisian is proud of his players, he will shout it loud and proud: “They got away with one today”, he said of Lincoln City after February’s 2-2 draw at Sincil Bank. Equally, when Maamria is unhappy with his players, he is not shy to let them know about it. Maamria will rock the boat, he will rub some people up the wrong way, he will shout at referees, get into confrontations with other managers, praise his players, berate his players and everything in between. When an EFL club is in danger of stagnation, Maamria can single-handedly drag it forward with the sheer force of his personality. He ingrains a battling spirit When Maamria came in, he toughened Boro up so that, when the football did not flow, they were still able to protect their defensive third well, show battling qualities and grind out results. The introduction of seasoned centre-back Scott Cuthbert, then battle-hardened ball-winner Michael Timlin, meant the team acquired a more brittle dimension to their performances. Luther Wildin, meanwhile, has gone from being a young right-back rejected by Notts County, forced to ply his trade in non-league to one that will, or should, attract interest from higher up English football’s pyramid. Unique background In the modern football fandom, there is a frequent clamour for excitement and change. Whereas before, managers had spent long periods at their clubs, now supporters often want a new voice, something different. In some ways, Maamria has been a victim of that at Stevenage – he had lost a job in which he had delivered 14 months’ work of continual progress, over effectively four bad results including the 1-0 loss to Bradford, where they peppered the opposition. He was brought up in the Saharan desert in south Tunisia which shows, if nothing else, that this is somebody who has not got into football via the route everyone else has – and that means his relationship with the etiquette of the English game is different to that of other managers. There is something very raw and unpolished about him which stands out and a lot of fans take to that. Because supporters are the only ones who stick by their club while owners, managers and players come and go, there can be a tendency for some to question whether the manager feels the emotion in the same way that they do. Because Maamria is so emotionally engaged in the teams he takes charge of, fans can see how much he cares, and they therefore identify with him more – which can help create valuable momentum. Track record When Maamria took over at Nuneaton in October 2017, they were languishing one place above the relegation zone. Identifying the need to re-organize his side, Maamria soon led the club to a ten-game unbeaten run, during which time Nuneaton conceded only six goals so, when he left in March 2018, they were within five points of the Play-Off places. He took over Stevenage when they were 16th in League Two – 17 points off the top seven – and led them to a 10th-placed finish in 2018-19, just one point shy of Newport, who missed out on promotion by losing a very even Play-Off Final to Tranmere in extra-time. Essentially, this is a manager who has a history of converting teams in the bottom half, possibly looking over their shoulders, into ones that are competing for the Play-Offs – and without necessarily needing huge budgets in the process. Tactical awareness improving Boro were seven points off the Play-Offs after concluding March with a 3-0 home defeat to would-be relegated Notts County yet impressively, they still made a late charge. Part of that was down to Maamria’s incredible force of personality, which we have discussed above, as well as the form of QPR loanee Ilias Chair. However, another big factor was the change of formation to 3-4-3, with Alex Revell dropping out then Manny Sonupe and Chair flanking Kurtis Guthrie, who scored seven goals in the final six games of the campaign. Dino has admitted himself that he would not consider himself to be the greatest tactician in the world – and yes, there are question marks about his side’s use of the ball in the first seven games of the current season. However, if the 48-year-old were to take some time out of the game to reflect on his time at Stevenage, think about what he needs to learn and give himself a break, his next suitors could really benefit.
  3. Who was actually picking/managing this team and who was the guy who kept running down to Banide giving orders? De de de........
  4. Thanks Billy. I obviously fell through the net as no one contacted/emailed me. I have now spoken to Ashleigh who has confirmed alternative arrangements that do not include use of the North Stand facilities.
  5. I have been a season ticket holder for 30 years and a 100 club member since inception. I have attempted to find out information about what is happening to 100 club renewals for weeks. On each occasion I have telephoned the club I have been told they cannot update me. Last week I was told I would receive a call after a board meeting to update me. I didn't receive a call. I emailed the commercial department yesterday for clarification. No response. I tried to ring the commercial department today. No answer. I left a voicemail message. No reply. Frankly, the owners of the club need to take a long hard look at themselves and ask are they competent to run a business? If any other business treated its loyal customers like this they would fold pretty quickly. It does make you wonder whether they actually care.
  6. Thought we looked much fitter as a team than MK Dons - hence why MK Dons were hanging on in last 20 minutes. In previous seasons we would have been flagging in last 20 minutes - so all credit to the management for this. At least 4 MK players were on the verge of collapse in the last 5 minutes before injury time. I personally thought Miller was one of our better players and Coke was pretty non descript. O’Grady Is a poor man’s Miller although it would be unfair to pass too much judgement on his limited time on the pitch.
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