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  Brunty
Posted by: wba13 - 1 hour ago - Forum: West Bromwich Albion - Replies (2)

The end of an era, as our captain and Albion legend Chris Brunt we leave the Albion when the season ends. 
Good luck Chris where ever your journey takes you next.  Thumb up

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  Another Musically Related Post
Posted by: Arcane Astral Aeons - Yesterday, 22:11 - Forum: West Bromwich Albion - Replies (9)

just a bit of fun

A: First Album You Ever Bought
B: The Band/Artist That Has Influenced Your Taste In Music The Most
C: The Last Album You Bought
D: Best Album Cover You Have Ever Seen

should get the grey matter going

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  SPFL strikes a deal with SKY Sports!!
Posted by: 0762 - Yesterday, 18:27 - Forum: Scottish Premiership Discussion - Replies (2)

https://www.glasgowtimes.co.uk/sport/184...21-season/

Virtual footie on offer but without attending fans. There was a famous quote by the late Jock Stein all those years ago - "Football is nothing without fans". IMO That says it all and a sterile presentation of the beautiful game is a compromise that has to be endured in hopefully the short term.

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  Blackout Tuesday
Posted by: derbybaggie - 02-06-2020, 20:39 - Forum: West Bromwich Albion - Replies (6)

https://twitter.com/wba/status/1267782065560395777?s=21

Proud of my club

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  Poor Macc
Posted by: themaclad - 02-06-2020, 12:55 - Forum: Macclesfield Town - Replies (1)

Macclesfield Town have been issued with further misconduct charges by the English Football League, relating to the payment of salaries due in March.

The League Two club say they will be "appealing these charges vehemently".

Macclesfield have already been deducted 11 points this season as a result of previous charges, leaving them three points clear of bottom side Stevenage.

League Two clubs have indicated they wish to end the regular season at its current point because of coronavirus.

If Macclesfield are found guilty of the latest charges, they could be at risk of incurring another points deduction which may drop them to the bottom of League Two and leave them at risk of relegation to the National League.

On 8 June, clubs are set to vote on the EFL's recommended framework of how to conclude a season if teams decide to curtail the season early. The framework includes promotion and relegation between divisions.

Macclesfield have twice been deducted points during the 2019-20 campaign:

December 2019: A 10-point deduction, with four suspended, for non-payment of salaries and failing to fulfil a fixture against Crewe. In March, this was reduced to a seven-point penalty with three suspended after Macclesfield appealed.
May 2020: A seven-point deduction for failing to play a match against Plymouth and non-payment of wages, including the suspended three points from the first case being applied to the second punishment.
An EFL statement said: "Macclesfield Town has been issued with further misconduct charges for alleged breaches of EFL regulations and will be referred to an independent disciplinary commission.

"The club has been charged with failing to pay a number of players on the applicable payment dates due in March 2020, whilst also failing to act with utmost good faith in respect of matters with the EFL and for breaching an order, requirement, direction or instruction of the league."

Macclesfield said in a statement that they are "deeply surprised" by the charges.

The club also pointed to part of the independent panel's findings from their most recent hearing, which stated: "The commission should make it clear that it does not consider MTFC's tardiness (yet again) to pay the players' remuneration for March on time necessarily requires a further charge. Given its reasoning and conclusions as above, it would require strong persuasion to impose a yet further points deduction for any such breach."

Last week, the Silkmen Supporters' Trust confirmed it had provided a loan of £10,000 to help towards the payment of players' wages for April.

BBC Radio Manchester reports that wages for May were paid in full and on time.

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  He's been gone too long
Posted by: themaclad - 02-06-2020, 12:52 - Forum: Luton Town - Replies (1)

Newly reappointed Luton boss Nathan Jones says he must regain the respect of fans after he "betrayed" them in the way he left for Stoke last year.

The Welshman, 46, has signed a "long-term" deal to return to Kenilworth Road 16 months after choosing to leave.

Jones led Luton to promotion from League Two in 2017-18, before departing in January 2019 when they were second in the League One table.

"I went against everything they'd [Luton supporters] given me," he said.

Jones told BBC Three Counties Radio: "I love the club and I wholeheartedly regret how those events came about because I could've handled that so much better.

"I had a fantastic relationship with the fans - I betrayed that. But I had to earn that, let's not forget, because I wasn't embraced immediately and that's exactly what I intend to do again."

The former Brighton and Yeovil coach - who will be assisted by Hatters legend Mick Harford - was sacked by Stoke in November after winning just six of his 38 matches with the club.

Luton are second-bottom of the Championship, six points from safety, with many second-tier clubs returning to training this week more than two months after the season was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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  Greatest Singing voices
Posted by: Blue Baggie - 31-05-2020, 13:48 - Forum: West Bromwich Albion - Replies (11)

As the D.I.D. uptake was well received - I thought I'd try this one while the footy is quiet.
Not necessary the best artists but IMO the best voices.
Here's my starter for 10 
Mine are all females !

1.  Karen Carpenter
2.  Katherine Jenkins
3.  Whitney Houston
4.  Adele
5.  Amy Winehouse
6.  Diana Ross
7.  Nicole Scherzinger
8.  Steve Nicks
9.  Charlotte Church
10. Elaine Paige.

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  1968 Final
Posted by: Stairs - 30-05-2020, 23:26 - Forum: West Bromwich Albion - Replies (4)

I played golf today with an Evertonian.

Great game and we played as if it was Everton v Albion 1968.

He brought music (Liquidator and Z Cars) and we joked about stuff.

But neither could remember why both teams wore away shirts for the final.

Anyone know why?

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  The Future Of Football
Posted by: spireitematt - 30-05-2020, 03:30 - Forum: Chesterfield - Replies (2)

I have been doing a lot of thinking lately about the future of football and the future of Chesterfield in this crisis. Not only is the Coronavirus going to change our social lives, the way we live, the economy etc but it's also going to change sport and I think it's going to change football drastically and dramatically.

The Premier League and some teams in the Championship will be able to come through this pandemic but I reckon majority of L1, L2 and I would say nearly all non-league clubs will go bust including ours. Grassroots football should bounce back as they will rely on fundraising and the local community to help those Saturday and Sunday amateur teams and players will come together as a collective. Premier League will rely on merchandise, shirt sales and also TV revenue from Sky and BT so it would be financially viable for them to continue behind closed doors, unfortunately the same cannot be said for teams in the Championship, L1, L2 and non-league. Majority of L1, L2 and non-league clubs heavily rely on gate receipts, programme sales, food and bar to keep them going and also sponsors from local businesses in the area. A lot of small businesses are going to struggle to get through this crisis and keep themselves a float and a lot will not reopen again. Now if businesses go under or are financially struggling themselves then they are going to pull there sponsorship deal or advertising deal with a football club. Like every business currently furloughing staff, clubs will also have to adapt their expenditure to match their income and that will mean releasing players who are on large money or on lengthy contracts, it could mean letting managers, coaching staff go too.

The Premier League and the Football League are currently talking about how to restart the season and finish it but I think it's more important to talk about the future of football and the football pyramid and that would mean getting the Premier League, Football League, National League and representatives from each league in non-league and FA officials in the same room. There needs to be discussions, negotiations and a collective decision on how to come through this but unfortunately the Premier League and the Football League seem to be looking out for there own interests. Before the Coronavirus came about there were several teams in non-league and the Football League struggling financially and look at what happened to Bury and Bolton at the start of the season. If the FA and the Football League continue to bury their heads in the sand then we will see the end of the football pyramid as we know it and you know what will happen don't you? The teams which go bust will be replaced by Premier League B teams and that means we will see the majority of L1 or L2 with Premier League B teams in them which would mirror a lot of the lower leagues in the rest of Europe. In time we will see a lot of clubs which will go out of business rise like a phoenix from the ashes and they will more than likely be fan owned clubs until a buyer comes in. They will be like Hereford, FC United or AFC Wimbledon etc.

My suggestion would be these:

  • Call the current season null and void in all divisions including the FA Cup
  • Come together as a collective and discuss the future of all football right down to grassroots level
  • Look at setting up a draft system for players once the next football season resumes whenever that will be and I say a draft system because a lot of clubs won't be able to afford to buy players in a transfer market so therefore if players are drafted then it will help clubs financially in the long run
  • Introduce a Salary cap for each division
  • Introduce a spending cap for each division now this would mean spending on transfers and wages as a whole
  • Introduce a ticket price cap on all divisions

Clubs would have to do there own incentives as well on trying to get people through the turnstiles when it comes to ticket prices and offers. They will need to attract the armchair and glory hunters to go to games and to get behind their local teams and teams working with their communities more as well.

Football is more than 22 players chasing a ball on blades of grass for 90 minutes. A lot of clubs are the heart and soul of cities, towns and villages across the length and breadth of the country, it gives people hope, something to look forward to on a Saturday afternoon, it creates friendship and camaraderie between fans. If a club is successful then it could turn the city, town or village successful. They help businesses generate income especially those businesses which work in the catering and hospitality sector.

I really really hope that clubs manage to come through this successfully but unfortunately it's difficult to see especially with the way football is run in this country by the FA.

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  Galatasaray in for Ryan Porteous?
Posted by: 0762 - 29-05-2020, 20:25 - Forum: Hibernian - No Replies

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/s...rs-2868327

This is a sudden unexpected revelation and one wonders what price tag Hibs would attach to Porteous especially with that doubt that "hangs over him" re ever overcoming the injury issues that have plagued him since he innocuously twisted the wrong way in his own pen box early last season v Rangers.

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