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OldBlueLady

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Best attended AGM in years, no doubt due to the guest speaker last night. There were a few Zoners there.

Nothing controversial in the business part of the meeting though there was discussion about charging non members to come into the Shrimpers on matchdays and providing a matchday "village" outside to provide further revenue. The Trust intends to push for some investment in facilities and our investment in the Shrimpers itself was pointed out.

I'm not going to go into any great detail about what Adam said, but he spoke candidly. He didn't "slag off" the manager and he didn't criticise any player. Said he wants and sees a management future for himself at the club some years down the line and he is currently taking his B coaching badges.

His academy is doing well and provides the club's academy with "first dibs" on the best players and has done since he set it up. He thinks there are some really good players coming through but that Ted Smith should be playing regularly somewhere. He thinks Jack Bridge is a really good prospect.

He was asked about his biggest disappointment in a player (Edgar Davids); worst opponent he played against (Mark Hughes - I think this was as the trickiest opponent); how he felt when he scored against us for Wimbledon (gutted! Never liked playing against us, he is, first and foremost a fan); the best goal he scored for us (Southampton away in the "Alan Ball" game when we were relegated from the Championship and Colchester last season) and told a great story about his penalty at Wembley last season - all he kept thinking about was his family's feelings as apparently they get quite nervous for him!

It was a really enjoyable session, and I'm certainly going to be moving for him to be invited back when we put together our next "Pie and a Pint" night - Maher, Tilson and Barrett.....that'd be a draw for many, wouldn't it?

Of course, it was made all the nicer because I got a kiss when he arrived and when we left! :blush:
 
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