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Bearwood Owl1

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  1. I remember as a kid being gutted when some of my heroes of the 80s moved on. It wasn't right that Sterland or Chapman were to play elsewhere. They were my players. For my team. Fast forward 30+ years, and the news about Atdhe comes out. I wanted to kick the proverbial cat. Not Atdhe, surely. Atdhe of Man City away. Atdhe of the wonder goal against Preston. Atdhe who when somebody put a rocket up his bum could win games single-handedly. Atdhe the scourge of L***s. Atdhe of the 90+ minute winner/equaliser more times than I can remember. Atdhe the humble guy who loved his club and cou
  2. 'This (non) statement is a disgrace. Trying to deflect blame onto the Independent Disciplinary Commission. The end of the Championship season is a farce. Relegation from D2 is a farce. The EFL is not fit to regulate- there is a clear and present need for an independent regulator.' My polite response to the EFL tweet. At home I was a bit more sweary and angry.
  3. I've joined, and wish them good luck. I'll help if I can, and hope that other supporters join and do the same.
  4. Of course, the EFL is the clubs - and I can't see a group with so many different positions voting for that external regulation. It therefore needs action from the government. And I really can't see our current lot with their laissez-faire approach (wear masks in shops - up to you guys, be aware!) adopting a more muscular approach to football. It's interesting I think that Rick Parry at the EFL recognises the problems. I suspect even he knows that the EFL cannot provide the solutions though.
  5. Or for Derby who's accounts were out before ours, and were charged in January. And for Macclesfield, who may or may not still be in the league next season. Regardless of the rights and wrongs of the individual cases. The EFL's processes and communication is abysmal. The organisation is simply not fit for purpose and should be replaced ASAP with an external regulator.
  6. Sadly, at the minute I agree that there is not a lot of those things. I know that the EFL is the clubs effectively. Clear that as an organisation it is too self interested and riven with rivalries to be effective. There needs to be some form of outside governance. Having said that, Rick Parry has said a few things that suggest he has an idea about the problems if not how to solve them. As for Lgs1 and 2 next season, gawd knows how that can be sorted
  7. I don't disagree with the point that if we've done wrong we should be punished. My issue is with the lack of transparency which to my mind has not only negatively affected the Owls this season, but also much of the championship. Added in Birmingham and Derby then much of the middle/lower half of the table has been waiting for decisions from the EFL/ the impartial commission for months. It's impossible to know what the table 'really' looks like when any potential points deductions have been applied. Never mind the psychological effect on teams and their supporters as they wait the
  8. Was it beyond the wit of the EFL to issue a statement saying that the hearing would begin on X date, with a decision expected on Y date? If Y came and no decision, a brief update as to when it would now be expected. Regardless of the rights and wrongs of the case, that simple failure to communicate shows yet again that the EFL are not fit for purpose.
  9. Yes, I saw that bit. Somebody from the EFL (maybe Rick Parry?) described parachute payments as evil recently as well I think. So, longer term maybe they are grasping the issue. I wouldn't say it's fair using that new found zeal against SWFC for events in previous seasons, under a previous EFL regime though Hopefully, we'll win to draw a line under it all, and the EFL acts with much more clarity in future.
  10. The EFL have certainly been busy writing a lengthy update on th Wigan situation. https://www.efl.com/news/2020/july/efl-update-wigan-athletic/
  11. Great stuff - thank you. Hope you both enjoy it
  12. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08CHHKTXT/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=our+lowest+ebb&qid=1594127510&sr=8-2 If anyone likes an e-book then the book is now available on Kindle via Amazon. Bargain price of £8.99 as well
  13. In two parts. Tommy Craig is a fascinating bloke I think (footballer). Then actor's a good guy as well I reckon
  14. Thank you, glad you enjoyed it. You're right that much of the football was depressing I am sure. And, thanks for the heads up on the typo - I'd already fixed a few from the first print run. I'll get it altered for the next lot. Somebody said to me that you'll never spot them all - I still get annoyed if I spot anything though
  15. I'll pop the links up tomorrow. Both Tommy's came across as humble, down to earth people with a good sense of humour. It will be an excellent show I think (with only a little of me flogging some book I've written!) Cheers and UTO John
  16. The good news this week is that Tommy Craig agreed to an interview. So, this week's Alan Biggs show is an 'Our Lowest Ebb' special with me and (much more interestingly) Tommy. Thursday on Sheffield live TV at 7pm and then on YouTube. I'll pop the links up on Thursday Cheers and UTO John
  17. Hope we can read the numbers on the back this time. Other than that: blue and white stripes, black shorts and I'm happy
  18. I think the Owls fans were particularly excited by the goal given the goading from Wolves and that at least one of the Wolves goals was clearly offside. Didn't help the 13/14 year old me feel less scared though
  19. Couple of stories. One SWFC related one not. Scared at the match? Wolves away c1989. At the time half of Molinieux was out of use. So both home and away fans were standing behind one goal. Plenty of abuse flying both ways. It wasn't the abuse that scared me - rather the distance I was carried off my feet when Wednesday scored before being bashed into a barrier and thoroughly winded. For what felt like an age, but was probably only a minute or two, I couldn't get up as the crowd was still surging behind me. I still feel a bit shaken now thinking about it. Not Owls relat
  20. Hello everyone, I'm slowly beginning the process of researching and writing a follow-up to my recent book 'Our Lowest Ebb'. This time, I'm focusing on more positive times as Howard Wilkinson's team took on the big boys on the club's return to the big time. I'm interested in the views and memories of fans from the time. Players, games, away days and tall tales. The things that supporting a team are all about If it's your era therefore and you're happy to share a few thoughts, please head to: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9MJJVBF C
  21. I agree. I think they've done a great job so far. They are also honest about possible issues with the survey at the end. Bodes well I think.
  22. 1500+ fans filled it in. I suppose the debate is whether that's a large enough sample. They do put some thoughts about the survey on the final page
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