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  1. Agree. Had the skill, but wrong mentality with huge chip on his shoulder. Sounds like it was identified at Lillieshaw when he was starting out, shame he couldn't sort it out. Came across as a nightmare to work with and totally unable to take direction. Neon Lights says it all
  2. Tony Galvin needs a place on the wing
  3. Sods law, we come down just before parachute payments introduced and we go up just after their scrapped.
  4. We seem to be doing same with keepers as we did with strikers last year. We don't need 5 professional keepers. The interview suggests McCulloch is expecting to play for U23's...surely that's where Wildsmith and/or Westwood should be playing whilst Dawson is no 1. It's great we're bringing kids through and have strength in depth, but we can't afford it. Even if we could afford it l, we can't keep them all happy and shouldn't be doing it. The academy isn't just to bring players through for first team, surely its also to bring the others through at a good enough standard so we can sell them on to othersl teams. At least, that's what everyone else academy seems to do - perhaps after a few first team run outs. We can't just stockpile them and/or wait till they leave us for free. Well we can, but doesn't make any commercial sense I guess we could be in the cycle now, building up a squad with some young saleable assets, but I fear we are repeating previous mistakes. I'm sure it isn't just related to keepers either.
  5. Agree with alot of the earlier comments. The aim should be to increase attendance at each game with an acceptance that the average ticket price will drop as attendance grows. Totally agree the pricing structure is too high to encourage more people. However, it's a difficult balance because X amount of non season people will come to game almost regardless of price because it fits their commitments (they're free that day and we want to come - usually known weeks in advance). The higher the pricing the more this number drops. But X would have come whatever, so reducing the price means less revenue overall. To justify, the price reduction has to encourage another group of people, Y, to attend. (X+Y) * £30 > X * £25 (or whatever ave prices are). Like the idea of a bundle but I think you need to be able to cherry pick. Although opposition plays a part, my decision of whether to travel up for a game is more if I am free for a particular weekend. If I am I come up (from London) and go to a game. I might move commitments for a big game (Blades etc) but usually it's other way around. A pack of 6 games is no good if I can't make 3 of the ones chosen. I think this reduces the potential people who's buy significantly. It only really helps people who want to come regulatly but can't afford it...an important group but I guess much smaller than those whose can't commit to 6 specific games (which also includes loads who also can't afford it) I'd open up online sales for every game at start of the season. Sell membership (preferably with a cheaper and less complicated structure, but with whatever incentives they want). Encourage people to buy multiple tickets at once (games they can choose to commit to) Allows game bands to apply to charge at different prices (ideally less complicated than now) Apply any membership discount Apply another discount ontop for a multiple purchase. Eg. 6 tickets gets an extra 10% or £5 off per game or maybe tiered. 3 games 5%, 6 10%, 9 15% etc. The discount needs careful planning as per equation above, it's got to increase revenue overall compared to not doing any discount. It also needs to keep prices above that of season ticket average although the more games you go to, the closer you should get to that average. Someone who pays individually for 15 games but can't do rest because of whatever reason so doesn't take a ST ought to be treated better (charged less) than someone who can only make 1 or 2 games. In an ideal world, I'd allow the sales to be done over the season rather than having to commit at once. Build up points or something as per away tickets. The more points you get the bigger the discount. If you buy a batch younger there quickly, so encourages commuting early and bring cash in early, but still gives a benefit to those who can only commit on the day each time but do it regularly over the reason. The aim should be to get each fan to go to more games. That might be for 16 to a ST, 8 to 10, 2 to 5 or 0 to 1 (prob no discount here). Everyone has different circumstances and reasons for going/not going. Price it to encourage people to come (cheaper) but calculated so we still make money, so whatever the prices/discount X+Y > X.
  6. Assuming you are right re first team appearances, it makes it an even stranger decision to lock him out. Getting blooded into first team action (ala Clare) would seem to increase his tribunal transfer value, so even if he leaves, we'd be in a better position to be in. Plus he'd have been more likely to see us as the place to stay and develop his career as well as sending out a better message to the rest of the development squad about their futures. I don't really mind if he is picked or not, I'm happy for the manager(s) to decide if he offers more than the rest of the forwards to merit a place. No problem not picking him for football reasons (although it would obviously have been nice to see him) but to lock him out seems to be cutting our nose of to spite our face. I'd still argue for him to available to be picked on merit regardless of the contract position which seem to give upside to everyone - the Owls, Hirst and other youngsters developing or choosing whether to come to us in the future, but assuming the contract value point is correct, it also makes it a poor commercial decision alongside a footballing one.
  7. Hayden White Senior career* Years Team Apps (Gls) 2013–2016 Bolton Wanderers 5 (0) 2014 → Carlisle United (loan) 8 (0) 2014–2015 → Bury (loan) 2 (0) 2015 → Notts County (loan) 3 (0) 2015–2016 → Blackpool (loan) 29 (1) 2016–2017 Peterborough United 6 (0) 2017 → Mansfield Town (loan) 18 (1) 2017– Mansfield Town 0 (0) * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:25, 10 May 2017 (UTC).
  8. Geek post! I've just played around with the percentages and worked back, and it gives a very suspicious round number with only 5k, 10k, 15k, 20k (multiples of 5,000) generating the percentages given for both questions. Whilst possible, the probability of an exact round number of 5,000 multiples responded is very low. Its a pet hate quoting %'s to 2dp - why do we need to know 29.94% responded Yes rather than 29.9% or even better 30% (I could even live with 1/3), just keep it simple. However, the detail allows you to work backwards to estimate the number of respondents. *** To be fair to the club, you can get close to these percentages from a lot of other number of respondents, it you round the results to 2dp, so there are plausible reasons why the number isn't a multiple of 5k, but it is still very suspicious that the only way to get these exact results is in 5k multiples. I think the club need to give more information, ideally with some independent verification, to explain the results. Even if the numbers are verified, as others have pointed out, the survey questions are poorly worded and biased which makes any meaningful analysis impossible. They seem to be designed solely for marketing/PR use rather than to give meaningful insights to help management decision making (or designed by someone who doesn't know what they are doing). The whole exercise seems like a complete waste of time to me (but I've been involved in plenty of similar situations in the past so its no real surprise)
  9. The swfc page http://www.jamiecooperartist.com/swfc/ has some nice pics, but horrendous collages. I love the one of Waddle with Brighty pixelated out!
  10. I've done the same and my supporter ID has remained the same, so your original details should work. Try and log in with them and should see details in your account, pretty sure Foundation membership appears there as needed for ticket priority generally, not just playoffs.
  11. Would have thought the Pound:Thai Baht exchange rate that is the most important one for us
  12. The accounting treatment of the 3 years season tickets will be matched to the correct period as said. The cash however is in the bank and available to spend now. Whilst on obviously connected, the P&L, B/S and cash flow represent different things. What would the point of selling in advance at a discount if the money for years 2 and 3 was just going to sit in a bank account protected till we could spend it...good for the fans who can afford to take it , but not exactly commercially sensible for club if it worked this way. The point of doing it is to generate cash.... We have a lot more cash than normal now/for next season. We won't have as much for the two seasons after unless we get it from elsewhere....ie. Premiership, owner loans, investment, (sponsorship) etc. A good decision if the investment delivers the intended result, not so good if it doesn't. There are 23 other teams each with their own plan to get the same intended result at same time. Our position ought to be up there nearer the top of those than the bottom to give us a good chance, but nothing guaranteed. Leicester and Tottenham are pretty good current examples that it isn't all about the biggest investment, it's about implementing your plan better than anyone else. Money obviously important, but just as important in years two and three too
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