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  1. Slight irony that "hucks6" was the poster that started this thread. Not sure the actual Hucks will be particularly mourning him.
  2. My tuppence worth (for what it is actually worth) When people say "All Lives Matter" I tend to agree. I'm not for one minute thinking about myself as a white middle class Englishman, but black people are not the only people treated with discrimination - the problem is more multi-faceted. Racism isn't just limited to black people (I would suggest there is more racism against people from the middle east in the UK than there is against black people) and I can't believe we still live in a world where in some countries you can be executed for your sexual preferences. Plus we also need to be able to say that people from a BAME background can also be guilty of racism. Some of the worst racism I've seen personally has been Black on Asian. The Black Lives Matter political movement seeks to go far beyond inclusivity for black people and there have been elements of the movement that have been anti-semitic. One of the main issues I've seen with BLM (as a statement, rather than a movement) is that you hear that you are far more likely to be murdered in the US if you are black, however these murders are predominantly committed by black people (about 90%). So if Black Lives Matter so much, why are we focusing on the 10% of black lives lost and not the reasoning behind the 90%. Why are we focused on the instance of the fate of a black man detained in the process of committing a crime and making it a racial matter (when there is little to no evidence of it being racially motivated) and not also the instances of where this has happened to other races. While I don't necessarily believe that the BLM movement is feeding racism, there are people that ask these questions and the lack of a sensible response (often twisted into accusations of racism) is then, in my opinion, what makes the BLM statement, movement and knee gestures lose a bit of credibility. My issue with just saying "Black Lives Matter" is that I think that does serve to divide by focusing on putting people in a racial group.. The approach I believe we should take as a culture is to focus on promoting inclusivity and acceptance as a whole and across all cultures in the UK, not what are becoming empty gestures for one facet. Within a multicultural country, it's inevitable people are going to still group within their own cultures and certain elements of those cultures are going to be incompatible with other cultures. To progress, we have to be able to have difficult conversations about appropriate ways to mitigate this without being offensive and without being labelled as racist. How we do this.... well, as I said, I'm just a middle class white man who thinks it would have been far better had the Millwall fans just burst into a good old Cockney rendition of "Knees Up Mother Brown".
  3. The thing that makes this type of virus different and more dangerous than the aforementioned strains of flu type virus is that humans have previously had exposure to similar strains as bird flu/swine flu etc and as such our immune systems had some kind of idea as to how to overcome them. Covid-19 is completely different and new so we are having a much harder time fighting it.
  4. One of the few moments I saw yesterday, Kenny blocked a shot with his gentleman area. Respect to that alone.
  5. This post is what is idiotic. Those defending Delia who think we want a stinking rich Chinese owner or want us to be Man City or think that spending at the start of the season = getting us stuck with overpaid players are wrong. Stop going to the other extreme and then attacking that approach. You don't know any better that no-one has approached the club.
  6. How do we know there isn't a billionaire out there. Or even someone with a decent sized wallet? Because of the fact Delia has categorically written the idea off, we will never know. I don't hate her but because of her holding us back with her approach, I certainly don't like her.
  7. Absolutely all of this. Selling Maddison, fans funding the academy, £50 home/away memberships, almost non existent investment in the squad prior to a PL season. All things that has have happened because of a self funding approach necessitated by the relatively shallow pockets of our owners. Still astounded by the fans that laud all of this as a good thing.
  8. She has put a modest amount of money in (although probably a large amount of her net wealth) but had that repaid and her shares are now likely worth a decent amount so she's done well from it. Today we will become the first club to be relegated 5 times. 3 times in the last 10 years we have failed to capitalise on an opportunity and consistently we have failed to put the money in at the start of the campaign and we've either got in trouble when we've thrown money at the situation in the January transfer window or acquired players that we couldn't afford at the start of the season. The reason for this is that we have owners who will not or cannot put money into the club. We had the nucleus of a great young side at the start of the season that with a few sensible additions at the start could IMO have easily reached mid table. As it it, we stand to be relegated again and stand to lose these potentially great young players. At this point it becomes negligent. Their insistence on not selling up and bequeathing the club to their nephew is holding the club back. Look at Sheffield United this season. They identified the gaps in their squad, sensibly invested what was still a relatively small amount in their side at the start of the season and reaped the benefits. That investment will be repaid by another season in the Premier League. The purchases they made weren't financially suicidal and on players with resale value (I make that point to counter any "well what about Aston Villa" comments - I'm nowhere near suggesting we should spend >£100m). I'm also not suggesting that we should be selling out to a stinking rich Chinese owner but I also cannot believe there is no-one out there that wants to put money into a club with a large fan base and good infrastructure. So that leaves me with the conclusion that Delia is obstructing outside investment. It still amazes me that people buy into this sustainable, top 26 club ethos, unaware that it is the only method that enables Delia to remain in control.
  9. As you asked so nicely.... Zoom board meeting 12/5/2020 Webber: So guys, we've put out the presser about how we're going to rebate the fans, but you know, we need that money. Any ideas? Kensell: We gotta be careful boss, you know the sh.tstorm caused by the away membership fiasco. Webber: Yes, we need to be a bit more delicate with this. Delia, what are your thoughts? Delia (after her 11th gin of the morning): We have the besht fooshball shuppoters in the world. Kensell: Quite. Well boss, why dont we ask the fans to donate to the academy. That's probably the least contentious way of going about it. But here's the kicker - however much they donate, we dont need to spend on the academy next year. Mwahahahahaha Webber: Brilliant, quite brilliant. Delia (after misplacing the gin bottle): We need a 12th drink, where aaarrrrrre you?
  10. It wasn't praise. Fully believe we're being held back as a club by the owners inability to put money in where needed.
  11. Perspective on Norwich's owners - they account for 1/3000th of the total value of Premier League owners.
  12. Arsenal fans are just gonna complain when Bournemouth insist on being called AFC Bournemouth
  13. All anything is right now is speculation. I would say there is an extremely high chance that the Premier League have something written into their "rules" which will say what happens in the event of the season needing to be voided. This might be a little naive of me from a legal perspective but as all teams sign up to these rules, would that not head off any legal challenges?
  14. Not the first time hes stuck one in to something that already screwed
  15. Anything must be better than a board with Morty as a moderator
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