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Town Launch New Home Kit
at 21:15:25

Pity they haven't gone for proper shorts instead of those baggy pantaloons that flap around the knees, if they want to pay homage. And quite why did they change the badge? The old one looks much better.
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Clubs Vote for EFL Framework
at 14:07:57

Absurd outcome. Next season, lets just play the first 23 games and then halt the season and decide places on the table at that point and save everyone a shed load of money. After all, for most teams in the bottom half there is little to continue playing for, and no one can convince me that they don't lose money and run up more losses even if playing. After all, this decision, is just about money not sport, not justice, not logic. If this season can be decided on half a programme being completed, why shouldn't every season?
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Town Propose Play-Off Expansion
at 22:51:41

Play it or bin it. No other solution makes any sense whatsoever. Clubs cannot be rewarded or penalised on the basis of an incomplete season. Nobody planned for Covid 19 to disrupt the season, but so be it. If the majority of clubs can't afford to play behind closed doors that is understandable. Nobody wants to see them go under. The remaining clubs though shouldn't be treated as if they have finished in the promotion/play-off places or the relegation zone. The latter would be a complete injustice and can't be balanced out by rewarding those only sitting near the top by virtue of being there at the point of the suspension, with many games remaining unplayed. That is just a phony and messy decision not based on any logic at all.
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Lambert: It's an Absolute Disgrace
at 11:59:55

I think that the real problem isn't whether the season is abandoned or played. It is doubtful that you'll get agreement on that from every club. The core of the problem, as I see it, is the preposterous formulas being conceived out of thin air to decide the order of finish. Nobody planned this virus and circumstances are extraordinary. However, to manufacture promotion and relegation for a season abandoned rather than completed is perverse. The season should just be written off if cannot be played. Rather than complicated formulas, it is just as rational to decide each remaining fixture on the toss of a coin. If you can predict likely promotion places or relegation places with 10 to 12 games to go then let's abandon every season at that point and save the fans and the clubs in the middle order some money. After all, it is all about money. That's why those in the middle don't want to complete now as they have nothing to play for, only costs to incur.
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MacAnthony: Fight to Play Season to Conclusion Goes On
at 14:34:06

Thai_Blue - All depends when it starts again. I think they should also vote to not resume again next season until they are sure it can be completed safely ie. when a successful vaccine has been developed, or else they may be repeating the same farce all over again come next year.
Still think it should be played out at some stage or abandoned with no relegation or promotion, as why bother at all if such issues can be decided by some arithmetical formula? The whole point of a season is that teams all play each other and have an equal number of games. Could you imagine racing a marathon and then having to abandon it at 16 miles and decide placings based on finishing order or some hypothetical based on an individual's season's performance to that point? Yet the football case is more critical because future income will be decided on the whim of whichever formula someone comes up with.
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Happy Highbury as Town Head to Wembley
at 17:01:05

Clive Thomas - surely one of the worst referees to grace the top flight. Prima donna and martinet rolled into one.
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League One and Two Seasons Could Be Ended Next Week
at 22:33:30

That's what gets me about this mess. No-one in an official capacity seems to have given a shred of thought to the reality that next season may be similarly affected to some degree. I repeat what I have posted previously. Try to finish this season from September onwards . If that is achieved, then begin season 20-21 a few weeks later, virus permitting, but only have clubs playing each other once, to enable the season to be extended if there are any more lockdowns.
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League One and Two Clubs Set to Vote on How to Decide Season
at 19:49:21

If the season is not played to a conclusion in some way then I cannot see how you can have any relegation or promotion. An incomplete season is just that, and if each club has not had the opportunity to complete its fixtures, it is a synthetic conclusion to pick winners and losers.
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League One and Two Clubs Set to Vote on How to Decide Season
at 12:30:22

If penalties are deemed good enough to settle cup games why can't there be a marathon session of penalties taken at, say two venues (maybe more to reduce risk and travel), behind closed doors, representing the outstanding fixtures? Maybe best of three to speed things up, with squads of two keepers and four outfield players, all able to maintain social distancing Failing that, why not just toss a coin to decide each fixture, which was also deemed good enough years ago to decide cup ties in European knockout games.
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League One and Two Seasons Could Be Ended Next Week
at 17:21:32

If it is abandoned I cannot see how it can be fair or logical to have any promotion or relegation. If clubs threaten legal action if forced to play during the pandemic they will almost certainly be legal action from any club relegated, as the cost of such is not negligible, as we know only too well.
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FIFA Medical Chief Sceptical About Summer Return
at 14:42:51

Saxonblue74 - It doesn't have to be played out over the summer but maybe in the autumn. If anything, it should be next season that begins late and/or is tailored to be shorter (maybe half as many games) to accommodate the horrific possibility that Covid 19 is still stalking us. Why start a new season when you can't finish the old, with no guarantee that too won't be disrupted? I think that is the real issue and not whether any football should resume whilst we still have an epidemic. That should be a given. All this cancelling seasons is a knee-jerk reaction that doesn't address the problem for league based spectator sports . That is my point. Agreed, no football in the summer but those who run the game should focus on the possibility 2020-21 may not complete either, so should planning to get at least this season finished when it is safe to do so, especially as relatively few games are left.
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FIFA Medical Chief Sceptical About Summer Return
at 10:24:35

But this season should be played out, whenever, before starting a new one, no matter what. No guarantee of a full next year either if Covid 19 breaks out again, vaccine or no vaccine, so that could leave two seasons messed up.
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My Best Town XI: Bartosz Bialkowski
at 14:35:01

Wooly74 - Has anyone else noticed Sir Alf Ramsey has been effectively played down as in his synopsis it states"...... a work of brilliance in taking Ipswich Town from the old Third Division South and Second Division as champions then achieving the seemingly impossible by winning the First Division title in their first season back in the top flight in 1961/62." First season BACK in the top flight? Obviously McNulty doesn't realise that it was Ipswich's first appearance in the top flight, and why, along with the rest of the club history, easily surpasses Leicester's recent remarkable Premiership achievement. There is a world of difference at winning the top division at a first attempt after a meteoric rise and winning it on a return to Div 1.
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Taylor: Massively Disappointing Because We Did Enough to Win
at 15:53:42

Claptrap! The only gauge of doing "enough to win" is by scoring more goals than the opposition. That is the only criterion that counts. It is a dangerous mind-set of entitlement to get into to thinking otherwise and one that can only lead to more failure in the future if pursued.
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Bury Expelled From EFL as Bolton Have 14 Days to Complete Takeover
at 16:21:58

This destination was always on the cards once the Premier League was created and TV took over and distorted football finances. Bosman only made this worse. Almost any club can find itself in this position as the economics of football just don't make sense except for the few clubs at the top who carefully protect their own interests.
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PFA Medical Review Critical of Town Academy
at 11:32:40

Phil - "However, Town have resolutely defended the claims" poor and confusing use of language. You presumably mean they have rejected the claims. To defend them means they supported them.
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Lambert: We Have to Rise to Favourites Challenge
at 18:55:51

Being favourites is meaningless. It just adds unwanted pressure. The job is still exactly the same, whether favourites or rank outsiders. Focus and determination are what are needed to succeed, as much as outright ability.
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Rowe: I Think Ipswich Might Want Me Back in the Summer
at 10:28:43

One or two people on here need to remember that though club loyalty might be in their DNA, since Bosman especially, professional footballers are just like the rest of us and are working people. Loyalty is seldom rewarded. They will want to be where they feel their best interests are met. That may not be just down to money. Generally, maybe we should just criticise players for what they do on the pitch rather what they say to interviewers, who may have their own agenda, especially as most players are probably not media-savvy and do not always articulate their points carefully.
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Lambert: We'll Know More About Keane's Injury Before Weekend
at 23:53:38

<<beornioblue>> - perhaps its because there are thirteen black cats on the prowl, possibly all smashing mirrors and walking under ladders!
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Lambert: We'll Know More About Keane's Injury Before Weekend
at 14:03:12

"beornioblue" - Can't be. Black cats are supposed to be lucky in this country.
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