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  1. sympatheticclaret

    Derby V Rovers

    In all seriousness, it looks a very even Championship this year, they'll probably suspend FFP, so your backers in India will be able to put funds in .... the relegated sides don't look particularly good, nor do the promoted ones. Of the bigger Clubs, Forest, Derby, Boro', QPR and Birmingham all have various issues ( mainly Financial ), Stoke are struggling and Sheffield Wednesday are starting at -12 .... If you finish above Swansea and Norwich, I think you've every chance ..... We, on the other hand, need to carry on as normal, tie some players down to extended deals, pick up wins against the lesser ranked teams and get a couple of eye-catching results such as our 0-2 win at Old Trafford, and the 1-1 at Anfield .... but I'd take 17th now if I was offered it !! Enjoy your evening, all !
  2. sympatheticclaret

    Derby V Rovers

    I'd be ordering the Trophy " Ribbons " and booking the open top bus now if I were you, ladies and gents !!
  3. sympatheticclaret

    Football Magazines

    I was waiting for that ! It does show t'Rovers in a play-off spot as well, can't believe I've been so generous ....
  4. sympatheticclaret

    Football Magazines

    You can actually buy these again from a retro site on E-bay .... It'll be good to see Barrow on one of those little tabs again !!
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    Championship season 2019-20

    If Brentford go up, they will be the 50th Club to enjoy at least 1 season of Premier League Football !
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    Championship season 2019-20

    Many moons ago in the mid 1990's, Danny Baker described the Championship ( League 1, then ) as being like the " Borgia's " ..... everyone killing each other off, people coming back when you thought they died, suicides, knifing each other when they're about to take the throne ....... He wasn't wrong then, and it's not changed !
  7. sympatheticclaret

    Premier League Stuff

    34 points could be enough to stay up on goal difference, but also 37 might not be enough, with one game left ! Arsenal v Watford West Ham v Aston Villa Everton v Bournemouth Too many combinations to contemplate, but if Bournemouth win and the others lose, then Bournemouth stay up ! NB: If Burnley beat already safe Brighton at home on Sunday, we finish above Arsenal for the first time since 1974-75 ! Ian Wright will have a fit ! Enjoy the last game tomorrow, everyone ! If you appreciate my not entirely " one eyed " contributions, then keep your fingers crossed for a West Brom win, which would turn my £18 investment at William Hills last August into £271, always pleasing, whatever your footballing colours ! Keep safe ! 😘
  8. sympatheticclaret

    Premier League Stuff

    £3.9m, the lowest in the League by over £300,000 ...... Chelsea, Liverpool. Man City and Man Utd all spent over £26m, with Liverpool top on £30.3m !! Rovers spent £1.16m, spread over 22 transactions, ( 31/1/19 - 1/2/20 ) .... Stoke and Swansea spent over £5m each ..
  9. sympatheticclaret

    Premier League Stuff

    Is the answer a EPL 2, with a more even division of funds between 40 or 44 Clubs and then two regional divisions below that with just the Champions going up automatically, but with 4 play off places in each division, with the winners of each league's playoff meeting to get up to EPL 2 ..... Do they go the whole hog and have 40/44 Clubs apply to join Prem 1 & 2, and operate them with just up and down between these two divisions ? Other clubs to go part/time or allowed to be owned by a " top 40 " Club and operate as a feeder/development club ... This would kill the " dream " for smaller clubs, of rising to the EPL ( 49 different clubs have competed in the EPL ) ... If it could be policed across Europe, I'd ban clubs from paying agents, let the player's pay their own agents that's how it works in Music, Entertainment, publishing etc ... Between the EPL and the Championship, agents have been paid £ 312m this season by clubs ....
  10. sympatheticclaret

    Premier League Stuff

    Obviously an extreme example and I don't mean Rover's being in the top three ( given my allegiance, I had to put that in ! ), but I suspect the manager might think differently, based on what's at stake ... Yes it was a burden, although those who travelled enjoyed it .... I would rather miss out by one place, which will be made easier by the Manchester City decision today. If we finished 8th instead of the 15th spot we achieved last year, we'd get a extra £13.3m ... ( Overall, the figures will be down this year due to the Sky rebates etc, though ) . Keep safe and well all !
  11. sympatheticclaret

    Premier League Stuff

    Scenario for next season ..... Rovers have a tremendous start, crowds are back at c.18 k by Christmas, the FA Cup draw is favorable and by late March, Rovers are one point off an automatic promotion place and in the Quarter final of the Cup, when you draw Manchester City away. Four of your 1st choice team are one booking away from a two game ban .... Dack's 50/50 with a hamstring, Danny Graham's having an Indian Summer with 24 League goals, but being wrapped in cotton wool between games. The City game is on a Tuesday night, but your next two League games are at home against Villa & Derby, the two teams above you ... what do you do ? Discuss ?
  12. sympatheticclaret

    Premier League Stuff

    Also happened to Hull City, I believe ..... Birmingham played in Europe when in the Championship, and Portsmouth would have, but they had failed to apply for a UEFA license, prior to administration. When UEFA suggested they quickly apply, the EPL and FA refused to back them, I presume because they didn't fancy the possibility of an English Club going bump, and being unable to fulfill Europa Cup fixtures ... Liverpool took their place and lost in the last 16 to Braga, who went on to be losing finalists ...
  13. sympatheticclaret

    Premier League Stuff

    Who is it ??
  14. sympatheticclaret

    Premier League Stuff

    To be fair Wolves have had an interest-free loan ( or investment ) of £153 m from a company controlled by Fosun International, their Chinese owners, and that's up to the end of May last year. I suspect it'll be more by now given recent events. We're not run like that .... Our squad was too small at the start of last season, and we've only added Brownhill since. The Ben Gibson fiasco will result in him going soon, and Joe Hart, Hendricks and Lennon have also left. Dyche is massively over-achieving at present, with our 2nd choice left-back playing in right-midfield, Brady & Gudmundsson are often injured, and Barnes is still out. Cork's had an operation and neither him, Lowton or Mee will play again this season. We may need to sell Tarkowski or Pope to get four or five additions in, but we need to add to this squad .....
  15. sympatheticclaret

    Premier League Stuff

    There's a strong body of opinion over here that we don't want it either, my friend ! Highest possible position not to qualify for Europe, but with the maximum Premier League merit payments possible would do us fine, thanks ! 😘
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