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at 17:17 20 May 2020

Yes, I walked all the way around the ground & nothing open, no touts left with stand tickets etc.
There was also an official attendance of over 32,000 when we were at home to Liverpool.
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at 16:49 20 May 2020

This was the only Town game from which I've been locked out and while it was disappointing at the time, after we lost I was actually pleased to have missed it.
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at 16:08 20 May 2020

I was in Churchmans against Liverpool in 1975. I don't remember the crush being appalling. I do remember huge queues to get into the station after the game & suddenly a bunch of Liverpool fans getting excited as a result of totally spurious rumour that Town's goal had been "cancelled" because we had fielded an ineligible player or some other nonsense.
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at 14:38 20 May 2020

You may be right, but equally we unloaded Hourihane, Rhodes & Marriott without taking the trouble to find out if they were up to it.
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League One cap proposals
at 13:31 20 May 2020

Football needs a monumental shift in wage levels & this crisis could be what brings it about, especially if there is no football with crowds in 2020.
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at 12:23 20 May 2020

But as we saw with QPR & their flat refusal to pay their FFP fine after being relegated back to the Championship, you can regulate all you like but it's often near impossible to extract money from financially challenged football clubs.
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When the going gets tough, give out a knighthood ...
at 12:16 20 May 2020

Indeed, rather like the eleven VCs awarded to the Rorke's Drift defenders. While I'm sure some of them were well earned, the intention was to deflect attention from the cataclysmic debacle of Isandhlwana earlier that day.
The posthumous VC was only started in 1905, among the first recipients in 1907 were Lts Melvill and Coghill who were killed whilst saving the colours from Isandhlwana. .
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What's your favourite Town song/chant?
at 12:09 20 May 2020

Yes, but the Mowbray song was ripped off from an Arsenal one about Tony Adams.
There has long been little individuality in English football songs. The Scottish clubs (& I'm ignore the Glaswegian sectarian nonsense) have always had far more songs directly related to their club.
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League One cap proposals
at 11:48 20 May 2020

There's always an exception, unfortunately, which keeps people chasing the dream e.g Sheffield United going up without a huge wage bill, while Leicester fluking the PL title will also keep the supporters of the large number of PL also-rans continuing to dream.
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We don't deserve to be in any extended play-offs (n/t)
at 11:46 20 May 2020

The latest bonkers proposal for half the division to go into a hideous play off lottery is designed to silence the protests from MacAnthony etc. Whatever is decided, someone is going to be unhappy.
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League One cap proposals
at 11:41 20 May 2020

I don't see the sense in "Premier League 2" as all the media & casual fan interest will remain focused on the giants at the top of the PL. Why would they want to filter more money down to the 2nd tier? There are always plenty of clubs throwing money at assembling a squad with the objective of promotion. A European League or a closed shop PL is a more likely eventual outcome.
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League One cap proposals
at 11:23 20 May 2020

The ideas are sound, but as it seems near impossible to get the clubs to agree what to do about finishing/deciding this season, I expect it will be disputed & end up being watered down considerably. Football could really benefit from being run by an independent "commissioner" as happens in some US sports, but it's easier to do that with the US system of one, closed shop league with no relegation.
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My wife just asked if Beckham was one of the best
at 22:33 19 May 2020

Not really, because in those terms he wasn't outstanding. An excellent player who rarely had a bad game & had a great career at the top level. But a notch below the great players of the modern era. I would certainly put Rooney & Giggs both a notch above Beckham.
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Graham Potter
at 14:04 19 May 2020

That was an understandable decision at the time. Wolves were better supported, averaging 30,000 to our 23,000 & had more resources. McGarry also did well in his early years at Wolves, moving them from bottom half strugglers to Uefa Cup qualifiers & won a League Cup.
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Football Greed at its worst
at 13:46 19 May 2020

What is "100% financial support"?
Why should clubs who will already struggle to meet their commitments to wages given the absence of match day income & uncertain future income, subsidise other clubs?
Surely this is a time for a huge re-set in player salaries. The problems in the Football league are harder to work around as TV income is such a smaller part of their revenue, but no reason for the PL to subsidise them, especially as they seem incapable of playing behind closed doors (whether that is right or wrong).
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Troy Deeney
at 13:43 19 May 2020

The higher incidence among BAME people is almost certainly related to income & living & working conditions rather than ethnicity.
I would have some respect for Deeney's position if he said "We don't want to play until it's safe, but we're happy to forgo our salary until that time".
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Should Lambert be sacked now
at 14:54 18 May 2020

I don't think Lambert is likely to improve us, but given the huge financial uncertainty overhanging the whole Football League, I wouldn't sack him right now.
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Reading FC - £30m loss to finish 20th in Championship
at 14:52 18 May 2020

The Championship abandoned (or hugely relaxed) its Financial Fair Play rules after enough clubs complained that they were being prevented from "investing" that was necessary to compete with the relegated PL clubs, armed with their vast parachute payments. I thought this was a bad decision & it's basically led to an increasing number of clubs spending unsustainable amounts. The present crisis - with probably no crowds this year - will show how ridiculous the whole thing is as without massive pay cuts or huge injections from owners, most of the Championship clubs will run out of money.
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Imagine Berra just let it in and we were 1-0 down but 11v11
at 11:28 18 May 2020

I'm sure we would have found a different way of losing.
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Obscure signings XI
at 10:47 18 May 2020

Although you'd be down to 10 men pretty sharpish.
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