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  1. It would be interesting to see the stats on Hanley, Klose, Zimmerman and Godfrey all being available for selection at the start of each match. I doubt even three on them were fit on matchday very often. It has had a profound effect on our season tho that isn't to hide from the deficiences and errors elsewhere.

    I don't know whether that is bad planning, bad training regimes or just bad luck but it does need to be addressed.

  2. 4 hours ago, nutty nigel said:

    I wonder if this will be a permanent change in supporters attitudes about football being more about the money than the sport itself. Or will this concern quickly get consigned to history and the old values come back to the fore.

    I still can't see any fixtures published anywhere. I haven't followed this too closely so may have missed something?

    Think they have only published the first three games for now as they have no idea if this will work.

  3. The reality is football needs to have a wage cap. Its been introduced in many sports over the years with success.

    The problem in top level football is that the rewards are potentially huge for thsoe employed by the clubs, especially those actually running the club ( not the owners).

  4. Read this thread till about page 3 and then gave up.

    Let's be honest, until football is played in front of a full crowd again, it's not a football I would bother with and I know I am not alone.

    Unless something dramatic happens in the next couple of months, I thinks that is unlikely until 2021 at the earliest. Even the brightest of scientific minds have no idea what the rest of this year holds for any of us.

    Imagine Leeds in the Prem for the first time in years and the whole season is behind closed doors. ?

  5. If the PL season is not completed in the same way it started then it needs to be voided. Those are the only two fair options. Anything else is a fudge and NOT sport.

    Sky can forget about receiving any money from me in the future if it becomes a fabrication to suit the big clubs.

  6. 20 hours ago, Mr Gilbert said:

    you will have to go some to beat these for miserable away trips only 3 days apart... I seem to recall both our goals were 90th min consolations too

    18 December 1996           West Bromwich Albion  A             1–5         7,483     O'Neill

    21 December 1996           Port Vale A             1–6         6,278     Fleck




    This ^^. Two awful no shows. Mike Walker was manager in his second spell, IIRC.



  7. 54 minutes ago, TIL 1010 said:

    I miss going to games but not games on the tellybox.

    If i could pay to watch NCFC matches only on the TV i would do that.

    I often put the football on because there isn't a lot else I want to watch but i have to confess i have not missed it.

    I do understand though that would just make the bigger clubs wealthier still and the gap between us and them ever bigger.


  8. 5 hours ago, The Real Buh said:

    The question persists why western, developed countries have been so badly hit even with their sophisticated health systems and resources.

    There has to be some sort of genetic link or other thing going on here to see western immune response to be so much worse than elsewhere

    There are strong links to obesity being reported. Statistics show men over 55 who are overweight are far more susceptible but it's not certain if the weight itself is to blame or associated problems that obesity can cause.

  9. 2 hours ago, keelansgrandad said:

    "There will be ambulances at training and games. Is it fair to take those from the NHS? I don’t know.

    Well they will have to be private ones because the NHS will not be giving them any.

    I doubt there will be any private ones available to hire either. You would hope NHS and care homes have first dibs on those.

  10. 48 minutes ago, Bill said:

    or more accurately football will not survive unless the TV income (or replacement) is not handed over

    It is quite staggering to see how many fail to grasp even the basics of finance in this regard


    clubs cannot simply go into suspended animation and re-appear a few months hence, they either get the money or go bust

    and before any squeaks sound off, I am not endorsing playing these games, merely pointing out the stark facts

    More importantly, the industry needs to understand that for the time being at least the unlimited flow of money has stopped and it has to cut its cloth accordingly, just as every other person and business is doing.

    The PFA need to agree a cut in players wages that allows clubs to survive otherwise the players might well find they have no jobs at all come August..

    Football is not immune to basic economics.

  11. Football cannot resume until August/Sept. IMHO.

    Watching multi million pound footballers playing football behind closed doors( which personally i would not pay for anyway) whilst the majority of the country cannot go to work nor see other family members would be a serious PR own goal but those in charge.

    Teams playing three games in a week and one player ( or even one person at the match) in one team being tested positive during that week means half the teams would suddenly no longer be able to play for another two weeks which ends the whole thing anyway.


  12. 18 minutes ago, Barry Brockes said:

    According to the Sun this morning (yes I know it's the Sun) Boris seems to have agreed to the principle of completing the season behind closed doors as 'it will be good for the country's morale'. 

    This would be the same Boris who didn't adher to the guidelines on safety and social distnacing he was telling everyone else to do.

    The world is about to change, the plans of people like Boris are no longer relevant.


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