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Everything posted by mattitheowl

  1. People like that won't be able to keep it a secret. They'll be showing off to their mates about it. Otherwise why else do it?
  2. Good that a club sack a manager because he won't play a youth team player! Says a lot about the way the club is run.
  3. What were the prices the season before out of interest? I don't feel like my season ticket has gone up significantly in ages.
  4. I don't get why everyone hates on social media. It's great. Now you KNOW who the racists and bigots are. You used to have to either wait for them to be arrested or be shocked when you sat next to them at football. I've binned off loads of "friends" because they've turned out to have the most abhorrent views.
  5. Not being too close to the issue, what exactly are those actions? Are we just talking about the not wearing the Poppy issue or is there something more?
  6. This scoreline really helps some of the teams just above the relegation zone. Hull's GD is now basically an extra point against them. Unbelievable.
  7. I've just put it on, the commentators on the stream are obviously Hull ones and they sound shell shocked. Wigan have only had 13 shots and scored 7! What has happened for them to suddenly pack up and go home, do they know something that hasn't been announced yet (admin?)?
  8. One of the lads sat by us at that game missed 4 of the 6 goals (including our 3rd and 4th) because he kept going to the toilet he was that hammered. He came back after our 3rd and didn't realise we were winning. He kept muttering about it going to penalties.
  9. First Wednesday game. My parents weren't really in to football so I had free choice as a kid which my uncle made sure went to Wednesday. He gave me all his stuff from the '91 cup final (ticket, programme, flag) and bought me a kit around the same time but until '93 I'd never got to a game (I don't think my parents trusted him to take me on his own). My first ever football game was a dreadful 0-0 between Forest and Leeds at the City ground. My junior football club got some free tickets (christ knows why when we were in Wakefield). But come '93 my uncle was struggling to get tickets for some reason and my mum's boss knew Chris Kamara. For whatever reason my mum asked for 3 tickets rather than just 1 and he sorted it. We had no idea which end we'd be in until we arrived. My uncle, my dad and me drove down to Stanmore and parked up and got the tube to Wembley. My dad wouldn't let me listen to the second half of the replay either in the week (my uncle went) and made me go to bed. I remember listening at the top of the stairs as they scored and I went to bed in tears.
  10. Henry Gabay lent £81m to Derby owner Mel Morris By Ryan Conway and Matt Slater Jul 9, 2020 83 Derby County’s owner Mel Morris has received loans from a company linked to Henry Gabay, the businessman who was detained in France last week and faces German extradition charges in connection to an unrelated tax scandal, The Athletic can reveal. Up until now, it was believed Gabay had only held talks with Morris about investing in Derby but The Athletic has uncovered that his involvement goes far beyond talks with the Derby owner. The Swiss-Turkish financier has already lent Morris the £81.1 million he used to buy the club’s stadium in 2018. That purchase is already controversial as it has resulted in an English Football League disciplinary charge related to Derby allegedly overstating the value of Pride Park in an attempt to avoid a breach of the league’s profitability and sustainability rules. Derby were the first side to spot the loophole in the rules that allowed clubs to sell their stadiums to their owners and then lease it back, thereby recording a one-off profit. The EFL believes Pride Park is worth about £50 million, which would turn their 2017-18 profit of £14.6 million into a £16.5 million loss, a sum that would tip them over the £39 million limit that clubs are allowed to lose over a three-year period. The case is set to be ruled on by an independent disciplinary commission and if it finds Derby guilty of overstating Pride Park’s value, the club could face a significant points deduction. The club deny any wrongdoing. The EFL charged Derby on January 16, only a month after Gabay’s interest in buying the club was widely reported, with Morris suggesting a takeover was imminent. But, six months on, there has been no movement whatsoever on that front. Most observers had assumed that was because of the uncertainty related to the EFL charge and the COVID-19 pandemic but it now seems Gabay has more pressing concerns and Morris’ chance of bringing in investment through him look bleak. Most Derby fans will wonder what this has to do with them but The Athletichas discovered that Gabay has already indirectly invested in their club by providing Morris with the cash he needed to buy the stadium. According to documents on Companies House, Morris’ Gellaw Newco companies have borrowed £81.1 million in two separate payments from Rams Investment, a company set up by Duet Group owner Gabay. The loans from Rams Investment Limited were signed off in November 2019 by Amit Haria, Gabay’s chief financial officer who is listed as the director of Rams Investment. The company, along with Rams Sports Management Limited, is listed at Gabay’s London address. The Swiss-Turkish businessman is also listed as a person with “significant control” with both companies. Of the loan, £7.7 million went to Gellaw Newco 202 Limited (the company that owns Pride Park) while the remaining £73.4 million was lent to Gellaw Newco 204 Limited. According to Land Registry records, Morris bought Derby’s stadium, Pride Park, via Gellaw Newco 202 Limited for £81.1m on June 28, 2018, two days before the June 30 year-end for the club’s 2017-18 financial accounts. According to its accounts, Gellaw Newco 202 has fixed assets of £81.1 million but no cash and debt of £81.1 million. While Gabay has been detained, he has not been charged with a crime. He was the first person apprehended in connection to the CumEx scandal — a controversial stock trading practice under investigation in several European jurisdictions— and posted bail of $113,000 (£89,313). The businessman insisted he would have cooperated with German authorities if he was notified but claims no contact was ever made with him. According to his lawyer Jean-Marc Fedida, he was left “stunned in front of his wife and children” and insisted his client was “not on the run”. If found guilty he could face up to 15 years in prison. He insists he is innocent. The Athletic revealed in April that Gabay’s Duet Asset Management had survived its fourth winding-up order from HMRC in three years. His company appearing on the list of companies to wind up is believed to be part of the reason the Derby deal stuttered. It’s believed it was incredibly close at one stage and was expected to be concluded before January 2020. As of April, it was believed Gabay was still interested in the club but faced fresh competition from MSD Partners, fronted by technology giant Dell’s founder Michael Dell. Investment is even harder with possible EFL charge hanging over the club, though Morris is insistent he did nothing wrong. “The situation is, if you are going to tie profitability and sustainability to accounting, and the regulations say you can effectively add back in profit on the sale of fixed assets, then the fact I sold my biggest asset doesn’t change the fact the rules say you can do this,” Morris told talkSPORT in June 2019. Derby are confident that they will not be punished by the EFL but are under considerable financial pressure. In recent weeks, they have let Tom Huddlestone become a free agent after the two parties could not work out a contract extension and Chris Martin is yet to secure a long-term deal, although he has agreed to stay on until the end of the season. Both players command high salaries. Part of the financial burden was eased due to their deal with 32Red, which allowed for a “star player” clause. They activated the clause when appointing Frank Lampard last season and when signing Wayne Rooney this term. The clause allows for an extra £1.5 million in funding from the betting company to which Derby can use as they please. At head coach Phillip Cocu’s unveiling in August, Morris told the press that the club had never been aggressive in finding investment but it would be welcomed. “We said we’re open to offers but that’s a tough decision. We’re building something here and you have to have someone who wants to support that or somebody who, if they’re going to take me out of that, is going to continue what we’re building. We’ve got to be mindful of that and that makes it harder. “You have lots of enquiries. Some you think wouldn’t fit at all, others you have slow conversations with. If somebody’s interest is still around after three months of talking, then that’s a better one to have than somebody who wants to come in within a week and then you find it all falls apart. We have to be careful, but we continue to be open to discussions.” The lack of clarity at Pride Park is not helped by the fact that Morris is late in filing last season’s accounts for the club or any of the companies he has set up to buy and run the stadium. They were due at the end of June and he can expect to receive late-filing fines of £150 for each company. These will increase in time. It’s believed the pending EFL charge for breaching profitability and sustainability regulations has no part to play in those accounts being delayed. Derby’s standard practice has been to submit their accounts late as far back as 2014.
  11. I can't wait for all the threads on here loving them before the game for 2012 then going mental when they beat us with their long ball game.
  12. There's a plethora of reasons you might not remember a game too well but what games have you been to that you wish you had better memories of? For me, it's the 1993 cup final (first game). It was my first ever Wednesday game, I was 7 years old. I remember getting to Wembley about 12 and my uncle (who got me in to Wednesday) found us a pub and took us in. I kept asking about every 5 minutes if we could go in yet. I remember talking to a kid about my age who was an Arsenal fan. I also remember my dad kept saying to my uncle that we should get going or we'd miss the kick off but my uncle always wanted another pint. My next and only real other memory of the day is getting in the ground and finding our seats (we'd got tickets from Chris Kamara at Leeds and didn't know which end we'd be in) right above the tunnel. I remember the massive flag going over us and being under it for what seemed like forever but after that, it's a blank. I didn't realise until quite recently that the game had gone to extra time! I just have no memory of the football or anything that happened the rest of that day.
  13. You find me a clip of one slagging him and I'll happily change my mind.
  14. The only people who criticise Atdhe are our fans. I've never heard a manager have a go about him, his team mates all seem to love him, Commentators and pundits never criticise him. Is he the most prolific striker we've ever had? No. Does he do a job for us? Absolutely. I'd give him another contract for next year. If nothing else he's good to have on the bench to kill a game off or as a wild card if things need changing up.
  15. I wouldn't be at all surprised if this didn't get announced until after the season has concluded on the pitch. We're not what, 3 full weeks in to this? Why would it take so long, there can't be THAT much evidence to review from either side surely.
  16. Surely Henderson (spits) has worked his way in to the conversation? Broadly agree though. The worry would be in our own half, not the opposition's.
  17. He's sh*t. I don't like Graham Souness but he absolutely pulled him apart in analysis the other day. They were talking about him being the most fouled player in the league, to which GS said "it's because he holds the ball too long, takes too many touches and doesn't pass it well enough". He's such a big time charley. All he does is get the ball, wait for contact then fall over.
  18. We'll likely take Eric (is) Dier too though...
  19. Keane and Neville are as objective as it comes in their analysis. If anything they are more critical of United than others not associated with them!
  20. I don't think I've ever seen a striker who hits a ball so cleanly so consistently. He just smashes goals in from anywhere! They're past the keeper before they've had chance to move!
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