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#21 thenodrog

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 08:22 AM

National newspaper journalism has changed significantly over the past 20 years or so. Back in the good old days of hot metal and old techonology nearly all the nationals had Manchester production bases where papers were printed with a local / regional bias by a specialist team of editors each night. For instance, the Express had Midlands, Welsh, Lancashire, Yorkshire and North East editions and on big football nights would often produce Manchester or Liverpool slip editions.

With the advent of new technology in newspaper production (Murdoch, Shah etc) all those Manchester production bases have now closed and all the papers are produced in London with usually one early edtions for the whole country (often without football results) and fewer late editions. Combined with the decline in the number of reporting staff the result is fewer stories on the "smaller" clubs and of course a greater focus on the so-called big clubs, which of course help to sell the newspapers.

Rovers were very big news when Jack Walker arrived and we were a Premier League force. It also helped when we had high-profile managers such as Hodgson, Hughes, Souness and Allardyce who were always good for quotes and made the headlines. However the sad fact is now we are relegated we are no longer newsworthy and papers certainly do not have the resources to allocate manpower to a possible story about possible corruption at a club certainly seen to be in terminal decline.

Correct. MU owed a lot to the Manchester based newspapers in those days.
btw your final sentence is one of my main reasons for suggesting that 92 league clubs is way too many and that this area in particular would be better served by just 1. Wecome aboard. ^_^

Edited by thenodrog, 11 June 2012 - 08:22 AM.

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#22 jim mk2

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 08:34 AM

Correct. MU owed a lot to the Manchester based newspapers in those days.
btw your final sentence is one of my main reasons for suggesting that 92 league clubs is way too many and that this area in particular would be better served by just 1. Wecome aboard. ^_^


Wrong. The Manchester-based production and writing staff at the Mirror, Mail, Express (tipped off by the likes of Alf Thornton, Peter White etc) covered clubs such as Rovers, Burnley in far greater depth than over the past 15 years or so. The inexorable rise of MUFC is a worldwide TV phenomenon and has nothing to do with a Manchester-based press.

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#23 thenodrog

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 09:22 AM

Wrong. The Manchester-based production and writing staff at the Mirror, Mail, Express (tipped off by the likes of Alf Thornton, Peter White etc) covered clubs such as Rovers, Burnley in far greater depth than over the past 15 years or so. The inexorable rise of MUFC is a worldwide TV phenomenon and has nothing to do with a Manchester-based press.

Lancashire United would never work and you know it.

Well BRFC, PNE, BWFC and BFC certainly aren't working in the 21st Century are they? None of em can stand on their own feet, all of them are looking in vain for some billionaire with a death wish to sub their excesses forever. Financially unviable, we are effectively are the OPIGS of football.

Be interesting to know what is the combined debt and what is the combined income.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 09:25 AM

Those Thames Valley Royals could have been a powerhouse by now...




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