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Eddie Hitler

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  1. Sack the useless incompetent. He's never succeeded anywhere and simply lucked into that job.
  2. Dwane Developments is Wael, used to be also Hani, though the last set of accounts showed nothing much happening and little in the way if assets. The (my) expectation is that the Colony is currently owned by Dwane Sports and will be transferred into Dwane Developments. It isn't showing as an asset in the UK accounts of DD or 1883 (unless it's now gone into it in the latest as yet unavailable set of accounts). Dwane Sports' ownership is thought to have been under family ownership similar to the Lansdowns for City but following the death of Al Qadi senior it looks to have been bought out entirely by Wael as the loan to 1883 was then allowed to exceed by some way the security in the stadium. Initially it was set up capped at the stadium value of £20m. Then this (last) year the £15m interco balance between the football club and 1883 was converted into shares. As you can see there is a lot of speculation there but it is based upon the financial changes that have occurred and the ownership change to Dwane Developments. Nobody, for instance, has seen a copy of Dwane Sports' accounts though if they did I suspect the ownership might be through at least one other company so they might not tell us anything.
  3. Are you edging towards revealing that it was, in fact, you then John by dropping such hints?
  4. I didn't think that was any longer the case Bert. Hence Hani coming off Dwane Developments' board. Edit: 1883 accounts filed but not yet available.
  5. A big football match always brings the country together for a big fight. I don't think the byline to that unedifying bit of footage particularly helpful; there were several blokes who were simply taking a swing at anyone within range. There was nothing targeted about it; simply some individuals pissed up and wanting a fight with anyone they could find.
  6. I don't see that having the "guts to have a go" has any value. Southgate given his history should have been drilling them mercilessly in penalty taking and had the full listing in order ready for a shoot out in order to take as much emotion out of it as possible. If Sako was that nervous he should not have been taking it and that is entirely down to Southgate to recognise that and replace him. I am not having a go at Sako or the other two that missed. The blame lies squarely with Southgate.
  7. Bottlers. Which was always the likeliest outcome.
  8. Laugh at them when they're laughable. They do that enough that there is no reason to make things up.
  9. I don't think they're going to contain any surprises; the result is basically as it stands. That £15m debt was owed to 1883 and therefore hence on to Dwane Sports but has been cancelled and now 1883 owns more shares in the football club which it did anyway. I'd suggest that it doesn't matter much whether the reamining debt sits in 1883 - owed to DS - or in DS because if there ever is a sale then it could be either DS or 1883 that is sold. It will be interesting to see what is the position betweeen 1883 and DS but an owner with the intention of flogging off the club or asset stripping it is not going to convert debt to equity if only because of the tax advanatages of having it as debt - tax free repayment unlike dividends or sale proceeds / gains. I flagged it up when it looked like Rovers were heading into losing their stadium under the charge set upon it but I am happy to now flag up that the club looks financially solid. Or as financially solid as any non-premier league club does!
  10. The accounts have been filed for the football club; though are still outstanding and overdue for the Memorial Stadium and BRFC 1883 which is the holding company of both. This is to June 2020 so the year before last missing most of Covid's financial effects. The loss is down year on year from £3.3m to £2.4m. More importantly WAQ has followed the Lansdowns in capitalising debt to the order of about £15m in teh football club meaning that the net liabilities have massively fallen from £15.9m to £1.8m which looks a lot healthier. I have no idea what his personal wealth is but Rovers no longer look the time-limited financial basket case they did when they were being funded by a rapidly exhausing credit facility secured by a charge on the ground. This last season - the season of the three managers and no spectators through Covid - will be much worse as it will be for all football clubs. https://find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk/company/00051828/filing-history
  11. Funny that it mentions Bury because I was going to suggest emulating their fans. Set up a fans' consortium owned Swindon Town 2021 in non-league and work your way back up; rent the ground off the council as did the previous company. The current legal entity doesn't even own the ground so if the fans depart to another club then it may as well be wound up at nil value.
  12. David Moyes for his subsequent managerial career would be probably the biggest football star to have played for us.
  13. Absolutely. I remember one season where I had to stop going to AG because it was defeat after defeat and it was ruining my weekend each time we lost. I was that emotionally invested in the club. Now the long years of disappointment, the brief starburst of Cott's season excepted, has my expectations and engagement on the floor. There wasn't just a temporary financial cost in first appointing and then persisting with LJ long after he should have been given the push; those years and the owners' attitude to the fanbase through those years will cast a very long shadow.
  14. I suppose I'm not bothered if they win or not. I think it's the combination of my getting older (early fifties) or it's watching some games without crowds over lockdown which now make the games look like a bunch of schoolboys running around a park. When you're at school and the players are much older than you and you're still dreaming that you might one day play for England then yes it's all about dreams of cup glory and hero-worshipping the players. I don't think that the money swirling around and the number of foreign players in the big teams helps either because these days the big stars of the English top league are mostly representing foreign countries. Back in the day the team would be the best players of the six or so best teams in the league; now I genuinely haven't heard of most of them because they're languishing in the U23s with only League Cup games seeing them getting a first team run out. The only game I've seen was England Germany and the only players I immediately recognised were Kane, Sterling and Grealish. For most of them it was "Who?". My interest in football is seriously on the wane.
  15. It is fortunate that no clubs in Bristol might find themselves in such an invidious position.
  16. This looks to be the stereotypical game that happens when a cash-strapped seller of a club wants to receive top dollar but the buyer wants to pay the absolute minimum and it is therefore in their interest to hold back until the club is placed into administration. The current owner looks to be running out of funds, players and staff were not paid last month, so all the buyer has to do is wait and they will be able to buy the club at a rock bottom price and put the money saved into the club rather than the pocket of the seller. These games always run the same way with fans fearing that their club may fold - you may remember the "don't let Torquay die!" fundraising efforts - when all that is really happening is the jockeying between a motivated seller apparently running out of funds and a canny buyer wanting to buy at fire sale prices. Usually when the buyer is in the position of strength that this buyer appears to be they will simply sit back and let the club go into administration before taking over as, with no other buyers in the frame, this is going to be their cheapest option. It doesn't matter if half the squad and staff have gone because the buyer has the money set aside to re-employ them. One interesting factor will be the approach taken by Swindon council who are owed IIRC £1.5m of back rent on the County Ground. The buyer will be looking to negotiate with them to have this reduced or waived because without this, they will claim, the takeover "cannot" take place. Which would effectively mean that Swindon council tax payers will be part-funding the takeover to the tune of £1.5m. Tell me the old old story.....
  17. I expect that Rovers pays peanuts to their admin staff as, so it happens, does City. I know this because maybe ten years ago a couple of senior financial jobs came up at City, my dream job, but when I saw the salaries I wasn't prepared to take that big a pay cut. The salary offered was verging on being rude it was so low. Football clubs seem to all operate like this: stupid money for the inner circle like Ashton and poverty wages for their professional office staff. And if you pay peanuts...
  18. The last time I thought the bookies had it wrong was John Ward's first or second season when I thought we were promotion certs so put money on us to go up and we did. That was the only time I've put money on us and I'm not getting that same feeling this time.
  19. That is the usual excuse by CH. There is working from home and then there is working from home when in the civil service. Though Dwane Developments' Confirmation Statement is more than two months' overdue. https://find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk/company/11253528
  20. He's no Steve Lansdown but the money he inherited from his father allowed him to take full control of the club from his family and has already done his first substantial debt to equity conversion that the Lansdowns do most years which commits that money into the club; which debt doesn't do especially given the charge on the ground. He is certainly behaving as if he has enough money to run a Div 3 or Div 4 club for the foreseeable future whereas previously, under family ownership, it very much looked like the click was ticking on their ownership. The years when the Rovers' accounts were worth scanning to gauge their life expectancy prior to a forced sale are in the past. For now.
  21. They are late in filing accounts again though the penalties are minor. This is simply slack. There's going to be nothing exciting in them when they are published - big Covid losses but Wael is covering them so no issue - so why not file them on time? https://find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk/company/04501223
  22. We will disagree then. The one thing that IMO makes the women's game worse than the men's is not technical ability nor effort put in but the plethora of soft goals caused by having shorter keepers.
  23. When I went, good old corporate entertaining, the ticket bought you access to centre court for a particular day rather than a particular match. I saw a women's semi-final and some doubles. If it's anything like the Queen's Club tournament then the outer courts are unrestricted. As the men's final and the women's final are on different days then you know for which one you are buying tickets unless there is huge weather disruption of the tournament.
  24. I watched a couple of women's football ("soccer") games when in the US. There were some really soft goals because the goalposts are suited for the men's game with 6'3" goalkeepers. If you want a decent chance of scoring then simply lift a lob into the goal and the keeper will struggle to reach it. Women seem to take it as a criticism when it is suggested that the goalposts are reduced in size as though this means that they are playing a softer version of the game but it is simply a reflection that women are on average shorter than men. The ticket answer was nailed upthread: tickets are priced at the level at which people will buy them.
  25. Well yes technically. Though he had been living in Swindon for a few years prior to his joining XTC. Jonathon Perkins was on keyboards prior to Barry Andrews; I saw his band Miss World at The Marquee in the early 90s and they were excellent. There is very little of them recorded with this the most representative of their live act. This was a great song and they did an excellent cover of What a Wonderful World.
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