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  1. Snik-Snok

    Mahrez to Man City shock

    Not sure about the 'proper' big clubs always selling out. Take Spain for example... Barcelona's capacity is 98,0000. Their average attendance last season was 69,000 (on average 29,000 empty seats per game). Their lowest attendance was 49,000 (that's exactly half full, 49,000 empty seats). Bear in mind that they almost went the whole season unbeaten and won the league by a fair distance, so it was a very good season for them. Likewise, Real Madrid's capacity is 81,0000. Their average attendance last season was 65,000 (on average 16,000 empty seats per game). Their lowest attendance was 55,000 (that's 26,000 empty seats). Atletico Madrid's capacity is 68,0000. Their average attendance last season was 55,000 (on average 13,000 empty seats per game). Their lowest attendance was 35,000 (that's 33,000 empty seats). That's their first season in their new stadium where they would have had a new stadium bump in crowds, so expect them to drop off a bit going forward. For any of the top 3 in Spain, unless they're playing against each other, or it's a big European night, or it's an end of season title decider, you can just turn up at the stadium before kick-off and buy a ticket. You wouldn't be able to do that at virtually any match in the Premier League.
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    The Many Smiles of Shinji Okazaki

    Looks like Shinji's followed King and Drinkwater to the hair transplant clinic.
  3. ...and all ticket. I assume that's the initial allocation because I was expected us to be taking at least 4,000 there.
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    Adidas

    I like it. I prefer kits that are clean and simple, with no unnecessary extra bits. The kits that Nike released this season for Man City, Chelsea, Roma etc. were just about perfect. However, they've replaced them with some horrendous ones for this coming season. Looking at other clubs new/leaked kits for next season, there's some monstrosities in there. Man Utd have a copy of Watford's awful kit from a couple of seasons ago, Man City have some weird sleeves and a too wide neckline. Chelsea have daft colourful lines, Liverpool's is ok but has some white bits it doesn't need, Arsenal's is shocking. However, Spurs is ok (but would be better without the fade from white to black), and Newcastle's looks nice. In comparison I think we've got about the best of the lot. Would have preferred the gold trim on the collar to have been symmetrical though.
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    Lap of honour

    I was in 10 mins before kick off and didn't hear anything. If it was announced prior to that when the ground was mainly empty, and that's the last time it was communicated within the stadium, then it's no wonder people weren't aware. An announcement at half time and then a reminder during a break in play 2nd half were all that was needed. Regardless of recent form and yesterday's display, I think a significant number of people would have stayed behind if they were aware it was happening.
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    Lap of honour

    I didn't get an email, and I don't use Twitter or Facebook. Only time I need to go on the website is to get away tickets. Was there any announcement in the ground by tannoy or on the screen? If not then I would guess that a lot of people like me were unaware of it.
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    Lap of honour

    I didn't hear or see anything, and I was in there well before kick off and stayed in my seat at half time. However as those that did stay behind must have known about it then I guess they must have announced it, but I missed it somehow.
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    Lap of honour

    If it was a midweek cup game going to extra time, everyone would stop for an extra half an hour. Getting home slightly later wouldn't bother me. However if they want to do it on the last Saturday game so the players kids can join in, then fair enough, but they need to communicate it. They shouldnt just assume that people would assume that it was happening! The club's a shambles off the pitch as well as on it.
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    Lap of honour

    Did they announce anything in the ground today about the lap of appreciation? I didn't hear anything on the tannoy or see anything on the screens, so missed it. Nobody I was with knew anything about it. The reason so few were there is probably because most people were unaware it was happening. Surely if they are going to do it on the penultimate game rather than the last one they should at least let people know. Perhaps they should do a proper one on Wednesday, just the players without their families.
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    Name a better option than puel

    Haven't read all the thread and so I'm not sure if he's been mentioned or not, but if we are looking at replacing Puel, I wouldn't mind trying to prise Jorge Sampaoli from the Argentina national team after the World Cup. Not sure how long is left on his contract there but Copa America aside, he'd have nothing meaningful for another four years and may be tempted by a change. He's got a good track record at club and international level, seems to favour an energetic attacking style and look like the sort of feisty character that we'd love. I like the way he had his Sevilla side playing last season. On the negative side if he was available there's no doubt that bigger clubs than us would be after him, and also the langauge barrier might be a problem initially.
  11. The ridiculous thing is that if any club were to install rail seats, they would not be allowed to use them for safety reasons, and yet if that same stadium was to host a rugby match, or music concert, or in fact anything other than a football match, they would be considered perfectly safe. If any club is serious about installing rail seats, surely there's enough to challenge the current legislation on a discriminatory basis. I still can't comprehend how so many authorities deem standing still as being dangerous. Meanwhile, jumping around like a loon when a goal goes in with the back of a plastic seat digging into your shins with people barging into you in considered perfectly safe.
  12. There's no way they're going to go to the trouble of removing the roof, adding adding an additional tier above/behind an existing one(s), and then adding a new roof, with all the engineering complications, structural changes and expense that it'll entail, just for an extra 3 or 4 thousand seats. We'd be left with a tiny but very expensive new section which only contains about 7 rows, and still have the same problem that demand far exceeds supply. They've got to be looking at 40000+ surely. Since we returned to the Premier League, every game at the stadium has been full (with the exception of part of the away end a few times), and that's with an expensive membership scheme that only allows people a chance at buying a single seat, and makes it difficult for non members to get a ticket at all. Selling 30,000 season tickets is a reasonable target. then another 10,000 for non-season ticket holders, away fans and corporate means that 40,000 minimum for most games is achievable. A fair comparison is Sunderland. Capacity 48,000, average Premier League attendances were around 42,000. Rarely went below 40,000, usually full for the big games. With Swansea, Watford and Palace all looking to expand to 30,000 plus, and traditionally smaller clubs such as Brighton, Southampton and to a lesser extent Stoke, already at that 30,000 level (plus Derby and Cardiff City potentially coming up with bigger grounds than us), we need to elevate ourselves to the next level. As recent Premier League Champions, the most populous city in the East Midlands, a huge catchment area with no major clubs to the South until London and none to the east until Norwich, and with all three local rivals currently in a lower division, now is the time to tap into that.
  13. 1) Additional tiers on 3 sides of the ground (East, West and North stands), over-hanging the lower tier as much as possible (like the old double decker), to keep them close to the pitch, taking to capacity up to 45,000+. Add some nice touches such as an old style gable in the main stand roof. 2) A single-tier South Stand with a new lower pitched roof to hold in the noise. Set up some sort of membership making it clear it's ultras only (for want of a better word). Adults prices only. Unreserved seating (until safe-standing allowed) which would help get like-minding fans together and encourage those not interested to relocate. 3) Future proof the stadium by installing safe-standing throughout the South stand, and the back half of the lower tier of the East Stand. Safe-standing is a win/win for all. It's safer than standing in seated areas, the supporters want it, and football needs it. Those that want to stand will be able to, those that don't won't have people standing up in front of them. Something needs to happen to football in general. Nearly every ground is affected by a season ticket base growing older, and needs an injection of new blood but there's no room to fit them in. I've had a season ticket since my teens, and now in mid-40's. Those in their 40's then are now in their 60's or older. Ground are becoming sterile and something needs to change. We have the opportunity to take the lead in what football needs in general, the club could take the initiative and really give us a stadium to be proud of. In reality we'll end up with a huge extra tier bolted on behind the East Stand, miles from the pitch, with the same bland atmosphere.
  14. Just been on to get my tickets, having had to move from L1. Loads of tickets left in all areas of the ground, so obviously a lot of season tickets holders that haven't bought their seats.
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    Fleetwood Ticket Details

    There's a lot of people who go to every away game that aren't on the scheme, and bearing in mind that the minimum requirement when the scheme was set up was 8+ points from the previous season (i.e. the final year in the Championship with 23 away game plus cup games), and some people on the scheme could have opted out of several games a season since, it means there could be a fair number of people not on the scheme with significantly more points than some people that are. Bearing that in mind, if there's about 900 tickets for Fleetwood after the corporates etc have had their allocation, and theres about 700 people on the automated ticket scheme (complete guess but the original number was 800 I believe so 700 not unrealistic), then that wouldn't be fair if that's leaves 200 tickets when there's probably significantly more than 200 people with a higher priority than some of the people on the automated scheme. That's the point I was trying to make. When the allocation is this small then why should people on the scheme potentially have priority over people with more points that aren't? Also it would mean people like Adam's friends who can't go might not bother buying tickets, and therefore someone who earnt the right to get them eg people with 250+ points would have a chance, instead of them receiving them by default and then offloading them to someone that maybe hasn't.
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