Hail Hail for the VST holders!
The latest crushing brake on social integration north and south of the border must have hit the power brokers in football like a boot in the baws. It is no secret down here in Englandshire that clubs are screaming out for help-in fact the EFL,which represents the club’s in tiers two to four-has been handing out the begging bowl to the big boys for around £200m. Which was disdainfully rebuffed,of course.
Mind thyself. Or,we are not communists,after all…
The leagues down south have already started,of course. As such,if the worst comes to the worst,they will have to be stopped,and a solution found on final placings. And it may well be that those leagues don’t get that far,just not enough games to make a decision. The dreaded null and void.
My concern,if I was in charge of English football outside of the top tier would not be how long the government lets games continue,nor when that comes to a grinding halt. It would be how many clubs have already filed for administration/bankruptcy before then and are unable to fulfil their fixtures. And I don’t think it will only apply to “the diddy teams” like Swindon or Bristol Rovers. There’s some big boys in the second tier who are already living on borrowed time,and if I supported the likes of Blackburn or Birmingham or Middlesbrough,I’d be taking up golf.
And you can add Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday to that list,just as a start.
Meanwhile back at the ranch,the lower tiers in Scotland haven’t yet started their leagues. Aye,there is some flurry of activity around midweek games,probably using them as pre-season warm-ups. If those clubs-and let’s face it,some of them have a smaller annual income than a decent electrician-have to play around 45 or 50 games a season with no chance whatsoever of a pound at the turnstile,what chance have they of paying a wage and win bonus all round?
So that’s the lower tiers in both countries,both sides of the borders,taken care of. I genuinely don’t believe people when they say-aw,life will never be the same again-I mean,come on. But I’ll betcha football life won’t. Remember the wee scouser lad with the famous comment?
Accrington Stanley? Who are they?
The game in the UK is in deep peril. Only clubs with owners who have deep pockets are likely to come through this. It ISN’T just going to be those diddy clubs that go to the wall. There’s gonna be some high-profile casualties. But in Scotland,we have a specific and particular problem,that our clubs rely so much on ST sales,footfall,match day income.
Most of the fans have stepped up to the plate and effectively donated the purchase price of their season ticket to the club that they have spent a lifetime supporting,and they are to be commended for that. I guesstimate our income for the current season,outwith transfers,will be c£55m. About 60% of that will have come from our heroes,the folks who collectively stepped up to the plate and saved the club. Same as Fergus did,the VST holders have saved our club.
Hail Hail indeed.
I couldn’t believe what I was reading yesterday,that Celtic and Aberdeen have both been fined for the indiscretions of their players in August. Aye,it’s only £8,000 with £22,000 suspended,but it’s about precedent.
I remember being at the infamous Rennes game in 2011,and we were right next to The Green Brigade. I know what was sung that night. It wasn’t what the match commander Eddie Smith was encouraged to report to UEFA,which wasn’t in his remit to send,nor of UEFA to consider. He wasn’t a UEFA official,after all.
Still,we got an £11k judgement and a summary which was literally begging the club to appeal it. They didn’t,because it suited them to play the GB as the bad guys.
And it set a precedent,we effectively pay UEFA a tax to host their games since!
The club may well have bigger issues to deal with-see above-but that’s no excuse for letting a snide one sneak under the radar. We should fight that judgement,simply because we know our history.
Above article by BMCUWP,who is genuinely concerned.