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  1. "The 'woke' crowd". We don't necessarily have the brightest fan group
  2. That's interesting. My worry would be wholly the opposite. It took a long time to find the right system and having found it, we are at our weakest when we drift away from it. My main worry is that I find our recruitment over this summer decidedly underwhelming. Most people who follow it more closely than I do think otherwise, so hopefully I am misguided. How far Moore gets the credit or blame, as the case may be, is hard to know from the outside.
  3. Ross Raisin's novel "A natural" is about a closeted young gay player at a lower league (well, ahem, division one) club. He claimed, I think plausibly, to have spoken to quite a few people in the sport, who consistently told him that players are advised to avoid club chat rooms, but few of them do. Most are simply passive readers, but some or not, and in the book one players starts controversial threads. (Stellar reviews for the book but I was mildly underwhelmed. Weaker than other things he's written).
  4. I'm far from being the target audience for this sort of video, but I completely agree. If it's not fun, what's the point? The Euros were fun. Ordinary people having a good time; lovely that England won, but if it had gone the other way, it wouldn't have been the end of the world. Nonleague football happens without an atmosphere of hysteria and malice.
  5. It's genuinely point and laugh funny that people can't see how much fitter contemporary players are than the ones even of twenty years ago. As to the realities, if we are underinvested in conditioning and dietary coaching, few will be surprised.
  6. Independent time keeper, clock stopped and restarted, no stoppage time.
  7. Agree with this. If you think about the mens game, there's no doubt that if the top teams now could travel back in time to play the top teams of forty years ago, it would scarcely be a contest. Players now are so much fitter, the game is so much quicker, there is such a premium on space. The development is impressive in its way but doesn't necessarily make the game better to watch. There was a sweet spot in rugby union about 20 years ago when fitness levels and above all technique had evolved from the amateur days, but the arms race which gave us 100kg+ backs hadn't begun, and that's true also for mens football.
  8. They all say this, don't they, the dribblewits. The shoving it down their throats cliche. Point and laugh stupid.
  9. Well. Not sure that's the way it works. I have no figures at all to back this up, but leaving aside the Euros question we seem to be worse than many other clubs at using our ground to generate non-football revenues; and for that matter match day revenues too. Fixing that would not be easy: it stems from years of decay of the basic infrastructure, and appalling management of basic facilities. All the same, it's a problem, and it makes it materially more difficult for us to compete with clubs like Derby, Sunderland, MK Dons etc.
  10. Crowd is quite nice as well. Ordinary looking people, rather than extras from Lord of the Rings. No need for segregation.
  11. Completely agree. Printing a ticket is a pain. Queues to collect tickets are a nuisance. York City can manage tickets on phones to be scanned at a turnstile. We can't.
  12. Buying tickets online isn't always as easy as it should be. Last season the website didn't have the basic functionality to allow a transaction that was part credit note and part cash. And for the wholly credit note transaction I made early in the season, I got a confirmatory email, but no ticket attached: this was apparently a common problem. But as others have said, the club has always been useless at this sort of thing. In the mid-90s I was a fairly sporadic attender. I recall realising with some bafflement that when I rang to buy tickets, they were taking my details afresh each time: they literally didn't have a data base of customers, still less a mailing list. Perhaps most alarmingly of all in terms of the club's uselessness. After having had a season ticket for a run of twelve years, I didn't renew for 2019-20. So that's the withdrawal of a customer who has been generating regular income to the value of several thousand pounds; and I heard....nothing. Absolutely nothing whatsoever. The simplest thing in the world, to generate an email to say "we're sorry you're going/are you sure you want to go/can we tempt you to stay on/we hope you'll be back/call us if you want to discuss". Hopeless.
  13. Decline of the cup's importance may have been a little accelerated by this, but the decline had started before hand and was obviously driven by the switch to a champions League with multiple places for English clubs. In the 1970s and even 80s you'd sooner have won the cup than come second in the league. Plus relegation was less of an existential crisis. Tracing incentive impacts needn't be particularly complex.
  14. A memorable game, too. Finishing aside, one of the best 45' I have ever seen us play. But we ended by drawing. It was the start of a long period where, having started the season imperiously, as often as not we failed to win home games, and began to fall behind the top two.
  15. That would slightly set alarm bells ringing for me. If he's worth 20m he's not CL standard. And high intensity not exactly a differentiating factor.
  16. Was briefly in town yesterday, quite rare for me of a weekend, and had forgotten this was happening. It looked like a really nice event, exactly as an international sports gathering ought to be, and the coverage this morning on social media is really positive both for the city and the tournament.
  17. In itself doesn't seem a problem - can't see that late June or mid July makes very much difference. But: you just can't help thinking given the extensive previous that this has plenty of scope to go wrong
  18. To be honest I've no idea about quality of any of the signings. On the face of it, though, it appears roughly like for like with the exception of a proven striker at this level. Into a team pretty much top two form in second half of season, that feels sort of ok. But it's only 8 July, be surprising if that's the end of the story and presumably we will look at some loans
  19. Heaven forfend that a broadcaster should advertise the programmes it is showing.
  20. Generally better to get someone else to read these things through before sending.... I wonder how sensible it is for them. He favours a collective deal, and surely it must be the case that Accrington would expect to do better in a collective than in a world of individual club deals. (Just as EPL rights, although favouring Chelsea etc, actually favour Chelsea less than demand patterns suggest, and do redistribute towards the Brentfords). He seems to be saying too much leaks to third parties, which seems highly plausible. But you wonder if he isn't taking a stand on principle which is going to lose them money. You can't know without the numbers, but then again he probably doesn't know the numbers for going solo. Accrington's position aside, it would be interesting to see what the evidence is on how, if at all, ifollow transmission reduces attendances.
  21. I suppose back around 1930 that city populations were pretty stable. If you were born in Sheffield, you'd likely stay in Sheffield, perhaps even live and die in the same part of the city. And similarly there was relatively little movement into the city. Whereas now, kids are likely to move away, build careers elsewhere, maybe come back. At the same time, there's a consistent inflow into the city, from across the UK and of course overseas; and as a city it's pretty good at retaining students. I'd say that a very comfortable majority of people I know who live in Sheffield weren't born there. That feels like it could be an argument for "de-Sheffielding" but I think it cuts the other way: in a world where people are more mobile, it's nice to have something that's geographically rooted.
  22. Perhaps. I dunno. If that's so then tier five and six clubs are massively overcharging and perhaps you'd think they are. I didn't have a sense paying £20 at York last season was particularly surprising or out of order. My vote would definitely be to do more to bring kids and young people in. There has been a weird price spike at age 17 which makes no sense in terms of income available to that age group. I'd also go quite hard on student discounts.
  23. £20 at York City in Nat League one last season. £21 for Halifax in the conference this coming season. The pricing strategies in the past haven't always been great but there are some unrealistic expectations sometimes.
  24. You're only just ok for a 22:10 train if KO is 19:45. Few stoppages and you'll not be finished much before 21:45. Then you've got to get out the ground, and walk through crowds...more than 1km. I'm a pretty brisk walker and it would take me nearer 15' than 10'. Put another way, you'd be wanting to clap the lads off after their 3-1 win, and might not have time to do that...
  25. Not worried about lack of rumours. We do, I think, need more options. My sense in the final games of the season was that Hunt and Johnson has both dipped below the really strong levels they'd been hitting Jan - Mar. A definite sense by the play-offs that they, and we, were running on fumes. In simplest terms, wing backs work for us, but we do need four decent options.
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