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WEB CHAT: Lincoln City chairman Bob Dorrian takes your questions

By JohnPakey  |  Posted: March 03, 2014

Lincoln City chairman Bob Dorrian (right) with Echo sports editor John Pakey. Dorrian is tackling your questions in our live web chat

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Lincoln City chairman Bob Dorrian popped into the Lincolnshire Echo offices to take your questions in a special Lunchtime Kick-Off.

The Imps supremo answered your questions on finances, the new stadium and a host of other topics.

You can review it all in the live blog below.

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  • MightyGordon  |  March 07 2014, 5:19PM

    Thanks for answering my question Mr Dorrian. You have said some very interesting things in the session and I hope you will be able to do this on a regular basis. You are correct that the backroom office staff are very hard-working. It is true that they are a great bunch of people and deserve great credit for their work in times of adversity, especially having lost so many of their colleagues. My one regret is that you did not remove the overpaid CEO much sooner. His salary would then have allowed several of the office staff to have been retained. I realise it has been tough times, but when (as you admit yourself) three-quarters of the brilliant office staff lost their jobs (some are still struggling to find work even now), it does stick in the craw that a high paid CEO remained on the payroll for some time afterwards.

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  • Mikecadwel  |  March 03 2014, 2:48PM

    Thanks Bob for answering our questions so honestly. Lets hope in the future all those involved with the club will pull together and not rest untill the club is back in the football league! Thank you again for your answers, Regards Mike Cadwell

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  • Croozey  |  February 26 2014, 12:39PM

    Bob, Just wanted to give you some customer feedback. I managed to get my 74 year old dad(who listens to the Radio Lincs match commentary every game) and his next door neighbour, and my 7 year old nephew to come along to watch the FA Cup 1st round against Plymouth a few months ago. Do you know how ridiculous the turn-style entry system is at the co-op stand. We were stewarded to keep walking all the way to the far end as we had a child with us. When we got there we were told children's entry via that gate was ticket only. So we had to walk back to where we started. My 7 year old nephew then had a full un-opened tin of Dr Pepper confiscated. When at the front of the queue for the turn-style my father was then told he had to pay the full entry fee rather than concession at this gate. He'd need to go back out and walk to another gate to get a concession rate. What a load of ollocks !! I'm trying to ween the nephew off supporting Tottenham Hotspurs and support Lincoln. But by the second half of watching the total lack of any 'interesting' football on the pitch and to my dismay, he pulled his tablet out of his little rucksack and played on that. I actually think he's lost all interest in football ever since.

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  • Mikecadwel  |  February 26 2014, 11:14AM

    Hello Bob again , You have recently publicly stated that it is your "dream " while chairman of L.C. F. C to get the club back into the football league. Do you think this "dream " will be possible to bring to reality without the investment of big money into the playing staff ? Regards Mike Cadwell

  • MightyGordon  |  February 26 2014, 12:52AM

    Mr Dorrian, could you tell us how a bit about the backroom operation has been adjusted since the departure of the former CEO. Things seem to be running just as efficiently in the Club office as they were before, suggesting that you made a good decision when you decided that a highly paid CEO was a waste of money at the Club. In more general terms, how are the back room staff coping with the staffing changes and job losses that the Club has gone through over the last two years?

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  • eatmygoal  |  February 25 2014, 5:08PM

    I hope we are allowed to use 3G pitches for a number of reasons. Firstly it reduces the number of postponed games. That would not only have an effect on regular cash flow for home games but eliminate the away trips that are wasted for clubs and fans. Secondly it could be rented out daily as a source of income. The reason against are dwindling. If it is good enough for Russia and The Netherlands' leagues then it should be good enough for ours. Also it is partially used already, the Emirates pitch has artificial grass woven in and makes up 5% of the pitch but it is also used at Wembley and solved the problem of having to relay the pitch after the various events there. I see the value of grass but I also see the value of 3G and for cash strapped sides it makes sense.

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  • Mikecadwel  |  February 25 2014, 1:11PM

    E. M. G . Thank you for taking so much time and trouble to answer my question to Bob, ref 3 G pitches,. I have taken on board what you have said and must say you have enlightened me on a lot of points that I didn't know about them . Thank you once again for your comments ! I do know that city hope in the future ( not in my life time , the way things are at the moment) to get back into the football league , and if they were successful and had a 3G pitch , then an expensive rethink would have to be carried out , as I do know that as things stand, they are not legal ( as yet ) in the football league. Thanks again for your lengthy reply to my question . Regards Mike Cadwell

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  • eatmygoal  |  February 25 2014, 11:43AM

    Can you imagine?! The idea of a new ground is already going to face resistance and then to plan for having a 3G pitch that is not allowable? Would be asking for trouble. For the record I think they are a great idea and would solve Braintree's problems and has been brilliant for Maidstone as they have weekly income from it. However the conference clubs have banned it for another season and we would have to be careful if that continues. The drainage that was invested in at sincil bank with the sponsor a sod campaign has paid for itself this season "Following an Extraordinary General Meeting in Telford on Wednesday afternoon, a Conference statement said: "The vote by the member clubs in compliance with competition regulations saw the proposal defeated by 21 votes to 11 votes. This means for the 2014-15 season only natural grass turf surfaces will be permitted in all three divisions of the Conference."

  • Mikecadwel  |  February 25 2014, 10:59AM

    E.M. G. Worthing obviously don't share your opinion or they wouldn't be spending ( and I quote ) in excess of £300 , 000 on a "plastic pitch. Just because (you say ) they are banned now , doesn't mean they will be by the time city's new stadium gets up and running . The powers that be might have been forced by then( because of their popularity) to have had a rethink on the whole issue of 3G pitches in lower league football. I don't know ! It's a grey area for me. Untill Bob has had chance to read and answer my question, I will ignore your comment. If he tells me they are banned in his answer, then so be it ! Regards Mike Cadwell

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