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  1. Amended up to and including Sheffield Wednesday Away with the corrections and clarifications by the Posters above. LEAGUE Games only... Currently injured- up to and including Sheffield Wednesday Away: Baker- 42 games Williams- 27 games in first spell, 14 in second spell. Walsh- 35 games in 1st spell, 3 in second spell? Weimann- 35 games DaSilva- 31 games Paterson- 12 games in first spell, 10 in second spell. Op. Edwards- 21 games. O'Dowda- 3 games in first spell, 14 in second spell, 4 in third spell?
  2. We should have some headroom- 14 or 15 out of contract. Those in the OP need keeping and tbh you talk of cheap signings, bargain hunt but there will be a lot of good Championship players and some middling to lower PL out of contract this summer- fees aren't essential. FFP is always a factor too, did we need to sell all we did to comply? Probably not. Quite a few of them though yeah.
  3. Is it that bad when fit? Bentley- We all agree is good. Kalas- Has been a high end CB at this level prior to joining us. Moore can be in and out. DaSilva- problem? When fit I mean. Williams and Walsh when fit are good, Massengo's best years are to come, Nagy is and can be cover. O'Dowda I'll grant hasn't really done much save for some great goals every now and then, and a great period prior to injury in Autumn 2017- he was really hitting straps then. Paterson (along with Weimann- especially Weimann) were a key component in our excellent start. Palmer- Ye
  4. The poster who mentioned 64 teams, was thinking about this earlier. 64 teams, 16 groups of 4. Each European National League has their Domestic Champion qualify. You then allocate the remaining places on Sporting merit. Maximum of 3, perhaps even two clubs per League in total. Or perhaps through qualifiers, unsure which? You also could do away with Group Stage and have straight open draw two leg knockouts? Would add a certain element of jeopardy, even for a big club straight knockout 2nd leg or 1st leg in November away to say Dynamo Kiev would be difficult. Hostile crow
  5. Moving into next season. The injured are in bold. 1st team signings Bentley Kalas, Moore, DaSilva, Williams, Nagy, Massengo, (Walsh- if renewed). O'Dowda, (Paterson- if renewed). Palmer Martin, Wells, (Weimann- Year option in favour of the club). Rowe was a bit of business who has delivered relative to price. Unsure if injured? Think Moore was injured but not checked for a day or two. From within- for which Ashton can't claim credit. O'Leary, Wollacott Vyner, Pring, Nurse Bakinson Semenyo Unsure if Nurse injured, was he feat
  6. Oh the general idea or theme of a general breakaway Super League has been in situ since the late 1990s. Probably longer! Is it a decisive victory or a tactical retreat by the 12? Barney Ronay thinks it maybe the latter. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2021/apr/20/chelsea-super-league-roman-abramovich-manchester-city- I think FIFA's weakness or mixed messaging didn't help. They seem to be allowing an African Super League, maybe even actively encouraging and seen a US-Mexican one mooted. Plus a mooted European Premier League that came out last year...FIFA were purportedly inv
  7. A lot of those types in football at management/boardroom level. CEOs, etc. More broadly, this shit has been building for a while as we all know- check the dates on these articles. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4434976.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4051543.stm
  8. Still probably on my own with this one, but it's notable that Infantino seems to be approving of an African Super League according to some Tweets- also saw a joint US-Mexican one floated as an idea. Not that I say that him and FIFA now report it, but I wonder if they encouraged it at some point- them and UEFA have been competitors/rivals in the past, would certainly have disrupted UEFA's power base. That would fit with their rather more circumspect reaction than UEFA, PL, FA's, Governments etc. Like I say compare and contrast both the statements, but also Blatter's statements on it when h
  9. Worse than that, I recall a piece from Henry Winter slating us a bit over it! From the archives. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/crystal-palace/6045161/Neil-Warnock-should-turn-his-fire-on-Bristol-City-players-over-disallowed-goal.html
  10. Overturned. As expected. Happy Bentley saved from Bannan, justice was done. Another to add to the list...? In terms of the pen, I missed it in real time but saw it at HT, watched it again Monday on highlights- I can see why you might think as a ref he gets fingertips to the ball or similar- but if you aren't sure you don't give it simple!! i watched it several times, then the replays on the highlights and couldn't say it's a pen- in real time, don't know then don't give!
  11. We're all but safe now, but I always thought 50 was enough- probably less needed than that? As for the division...Happy to see Derby fail, shame Blackburn weren't able to get something- am hopeful they're basically safe so can take it easy at Rotherham on the penultimate weekend. Middlesbrough also go to Rotherham- Gibson hates Derby and Warnock I am sure would love to help push Sheffield Wednesday further into the mire- treat the weekend vs Sheffield Wednesday as a bit of a Cup final and don't be all that fired up at Rotherham. Would much rather Brentford got 2nd than yo-yoing
  12. It's probably the lesser of two evils-doesn't make it particularly worthy in its own right though, not at all.
  13. Just catching up on tonight's results etc- mind the Gap! Two divisions, it happens rarely but it's back- we can look to build further now.
  14. Football needs big reform but would it be fair to say Fan Power is a big factor in this failed breakaway?
  15. Okay this is great news, all the English clubs- fair play to Man City seemingly being the first...no great lover of Abu Dhabi owners but credit where it's due! Now, how to move forward? This is probably fairly utopian so a non-starter but a few thoughts: BAN all 12 from European competition for the remainder of this and the whole of next season. Further to that, accept them back into the fold if and only if they sign a massive break-clause if they ever try it again. A massive break-clause that would in total be payable to both UEFA and domestic Leagues, how it's split unsure
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