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Leicester FTW. I've given up on Utd, might as well see an ultimate underdog story with this messed up EPL season

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I've always had a soft spot for Newcastle and I'm starting to really hope they stay up as I'm really interested to see what Rafa can do with them. Everyone knows I'm a big fan of Rafa and if he gets the right support he could really turn them around. On paper the squad is solid and the fan base is one which will love him, tbh how dissimilar is this from the LFC he took over? 

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2 hours ago, FastDevil said:

Mourinho is gonna make Manchester United great again!

In the same way trump will make America great again...

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4 hours ago, M4cc4n4 said:

In the same way trump will make America great again...

That would awesome. :D

Make a wall around Old Trafford and make Man City pay for it!

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On 4/16/2017 at 00:22, samhardy said:

Well that's that. What an absolute disastrous wreck of a club we have turned into.

It's official now too. Wondering how long it'll take you guys to jump back up. Don't see that happening anytime soon tbh.

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On 4/16/2017 at 01:22, samhardy said:

Well that's that. What an absolute disastrous wreck of a club we have turned into.

Shame but I hope you guys can pick it back up.

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1 hour ago, samhardy said:

Two cracking games to start the season :D

Just me who has to watch all the sky games on mute? Terrible commentary

Watch a few MLS games - terrible meaningless stats thrown at us, first goal within 3min, first goal with left foot after 60min but before 63min, first game under X degrees, first X color ball, first ever derby game that exceeds 95min LOL f#@kkkkkk it's sh¥ttttt - and you'll learn to appreciate English commentary ;)

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At least it's not ITV, I hate listening to them. Townsend gets under my skin a stupid amount. 

Chelsea :O 

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@FuddledFox from what we were discussing the other day I found these stats on Checkatrade Trophy attendances (1st, 12th and 24th of both divisions)

Shrewsbury Town - Capacity (9,875) Checkatrade Av.Attendance (1,404)

Portsmouth - Capacity (20,620) Checkatrade Av.Attendance (1,524)

Plymouth Argyle - Capacity (17,800) Checkatrade Av.Attendance (3,870)

 

Luton Town - Capacity (10,356) Checkatrade Av.Attendance (2,101)

Grimsby Town - Capacity (9,027) Checkatrade Av.Attendance (862)

Chesterfield - Capacity (10,503) Checkatrade Av.Attendance (1,099)

Needs to be scrapped

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3 minutes ago, Ashez said:

Tickets too expensive or do people just not care? 

People don't care and rightly so, think there was a boycott going on at some clubs

It's mainly because the FA or EFL or whoever took a perfectly decent competition in the JPT and ruined it by adding PL and Championship U21 teams to help them so their young players would gain "match experience". Yet the problem is on average only 5 players in the academy's starting XI's are English!

As if the bigger clubs don't already get enough help anyway. No plans at all to help the lower league clubs with their youth prospects, they've all got to go even lower down the pyramid to get first team action. I bet there's more promising youth talent at some League 2 clubs than there is at some PL clubs.

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2 hours ago, samhardy said:

@FuddledFox from what we were discussing the other day I found these stats on Checkatrade Trophy attendances (1st, 12th and 24th of both divisions)

Shrewsbury Town - Capacity (9,875) Checkatrade Av.Attendance (1,404)

Portsmouth - Capacity (20,620) Checkatrade Av.Attendance (1,524)

Plymouth Argyle - Capacity (17,800) Checkatrade Av.Attendance (3,870)

 

Luton Town - Capacity (10,356) Checkatrade Av.Attendance (2,101)

Grimsby Town - Capacity (9,027) Checkatrade Av.Attendance (862)

Chesterfield - Capacity (10,503) Checkatrade Av.Attendance (1,099)

Needs to be scrapped

That really tells you All you need to know. When a football league club is getting under 1k to a competitive match something is wrong with the competition. Those pompey figures as well for such a well supported and passionate fan base.

I think most clubs do reduce prices but fans are staying away in protest. It seems that the under 21s being put in this competition was to softens us up to premier league B teams joining the lower league but that just isn't going to wash with fans I don't think so they stay away.

I can't see any benefit for youngsters in playing couple matches in empty stadiums against clubs with little interest. Surely loan spells at league 1 or 2 clubs would benefit them far more.

Saying all that once teams get to later rounds interest picks up and their was no boycott at final last year when we lost to Coventry. There was 70k + at Wembley that day.

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I've said this before but part of the big/little club problem is all the newer generation of football fans choosing to support say United or Arsenal when they've got absolutely no connection to them whatsoever instead of supporting their local club. So many lower league clubs are fucked because their attendances drop as people choose to support teams 200 miles away. This leads to a knock on affect of ticket prices rising as they aren't getting the support from what should be their catchment area.

The West Midlands is probably the best example with Birmingham*, Villa, Wolves*, West Brom etc yet so many choose to support a bigger club and use the traditional excuses such as "It was all Arsenal in my house growing up" Nonsense reasoning. It gets even worse lower down and at times teams like Coventry**, Port Vale** and Carlisle grounds are deserted. Fans that turn up week in week out to those teams are worth 100 of those United fans from Bristol and other places who never go to games.

Many people will disagree and I'm interested to hear other people's views tbh as subjects like this both frustrate and interest me at the same time.

*Both have suffered from major attendance drops in the past

**Currently suffering from major attendance drops

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10 minutes ago, samhardy said:

Anything less than a win v Bolton and Grayson will be gone. Ellis Short has completely ruined this club, daft pig-faced nonce

No no Sam say what you really feel

Spoiler

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The world’s worst team have fared better than Sunderland at home

The self-proclaimed worst team in the world, Brazilian outfit Íbis Sport, who were entered into the record books for their winless run of three years and 11 months, have even recorded two wins at home since September 17 this year.

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44 minutes ago, Ashez said:

The world’s worst team have fared better than Sunderland at home

The self-proclaimed worst team in the world, Brazilian outfit Íbis Sport, who were entered into the record books for their winless run of three years and 11 months, have even recorded two wins at home since September 17 this year.

That's gotta sting!

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29 minutes ago, FuddledFox said:

That's gotta sting!

Their fans actually complained about the wins saying it goes against their history lmao. 

10 minutes ago, samhardy said:

We haven't won at home in 2017 anyone that doesn't fare better is an embarrassment :P

There are actually humans on the planet and a lot of them that have never been alive for a Sunderland home win haha. 

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