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  1. So up £3m from last year, but the club will still feel the circa £80m hole from the Champions League income. Revenue set to "plummet" back down to around £150m from the £223m last year.


    I read that the summer meeting of PL clubs could bring a compromise deal on the "big six" getting a larger share of the overseas TV rights. They don't have the 14-6 vote needed, apparently, but Richard Scudamore wants a compromise reached. Of course we're one of the three teams supporting the big six in their quest to further pull away from the teams below.

  2. I don't care if we win it or not (I mean that's not hard we won't)


    I just want to experience that buzz again. I bet 1990 and 1996 were something special, but as a kid/teen I remember 02,04 and 06 tournaments so fondly because of the hype, the belief, the joy and buzz that came from a team we thought could/would do well in the competitions.


    Whilst that won't be there for the groups, a run in the knock outs would hopefully bring a flash of that feeling back again. Whether it's to the quarters or battling through to the semis, it would be fantastic to bring that expectation back to England on those warm summer days.

  3. 39 minutes ago, Chelve84 said:

    What about when schools close for teacher days and weather etc. You hear of schools just closing without any notice to fix a leaky roof and the parents are expected to be able to take time off work to cover this

    Well, yes?


    I don't get why people seem to treat schools as some kind of creche. They're your responsibility and if the educational establishment is closed for health and safety reasons (and they don't close schools lightly) then you'll have to make an arrangement. As mentioned inset days are announced well in advance, but they can't help the weather.


    The same parents moaning about schools being closed would be the first to be onto InjuryLawyers4U if their little darling slipped over and hurt themselves in the school grounds. Also it's worth remembering some schools are closed in snowy weather because the bus companies refuse to run in those conditions, so there's nothing they can do.


    Schools are there to educate children, not look after them.

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  4. 5 minutes ago, brucey said:

    Benefit of hindsight regarding some performances going off a tall cliff this season. A long 100k contract for a 30 year old Vardy seemed a bit much at the time, but he's now worth twice that wage and the majority of us would be happy to extend it further. A long 100k contract for Kasper seemed like decent value when he was pulling out miracle saves in the CL just last season, now we rightfully want him binned. The new 90k contract for Drinkwater got us in a strong negotiating position to rinse Chelsea. The difficulty was that we couldn't double a few players wages and ignore everyone else.

    No I think that's fair comment, though I think Vardy is a special case. The man was an absolute catalyst for the title win and a total phenomenon.


    My main aim at the comment was around the extensions to the likes of Simpson, Morgan, King, Ulloa. Players who we should have been looking to significantly upgrade from as we capitalised from the title win. Morgan, as amazing as he is, was 32 signing a massive new deal taking him through to 35. That's not the long-term planning I want from my club.


    I'm not sure why we should have been pressured into giving bigger contracts to all the players. If it was the best for the long-term in the club then fine. I'm not saying flog them all in one transfer window, but they were all under contract and we should have had some succession planning, when we just seemed to chuck money at incompatible players and the existing squad.

  5. 9 minutes ago, Abrasive fox said:

    Anyone who thinks the club are suddenly going to be able to get a load of players in straight away is sadly deluded.


    There is a huge balancing act needed and players need shipping out before anyone is coming in, and if you think shipping Danny Simpson out on £60k a week is going to be easy I suggest you apply for a job at the club.

    Think this is one of the key elements we need to consider here. The desperate rush to reward some of the title winning players with big bumper contracts was short sighted at best, though you have to praise the agents for striking while the iron was red hot. They're all going to sit and see their contracts out unless something incredible happens.


    History will continue to highlight that our transfer activity in the summer of 2016 was an absolute disaster for the long-term planning of the club. It's left us with much baggage, millions wasted and, certainly for now, a handful of players on huge contracts who will be hard to shift.

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  6. I think the only issue that arises is when the "my child can do no wrong" parents have the temerity to complain if their child is under performing if they've been on a 2-3 week holiday somewhere and they inevitably miss out. Parent's entitlement game is very strong, so nothing is ever their fault, it's always the school or the system that's failed them.


    The whole argument comes down to what they can gain and when they do it. If they're getting perilously close to exam season or a critical term, I really don't see the point. One short term holiday for potential impact on their long-term education and prospects. However some holidays can be a gerat experience and if you're eight it's not the end of the world.


    If a top performing kid goes away and comes back that's fantastic, but remember as perfect as people think their kids are, some need to be in school all the time because they need that time to learn. Not everyone is a sponge and straight 9 student. Two weeks away could seriously affect some, and not others.


    Whilst it's not really the greatest deterrent in the world in terms of the fine/cost saving, it probably ensures that it's enough of a deterrent so most classes are all-but full, rather than having every kid on a two week holiday. It's unfair to force a teacher to chase their tail helping 25 kids catch up at various stages of learning if they've all been on their jollys.



  7. 3 hours ago, Wookie said:

    They didn't bottle the league. That implies it was in their hands and they let it slip, the reality is we were by far the best team in the country that season and they couldn't get near us - even if they'd beaten West Brom and Chelsea we would have beaten Everton anyway.

    Yes, this is an aspect of rewriting of history that concerns me, mainly because it'll become more blurred as the years go on.


    People talk about our miracle like we somehow bravely kept up with the dominant Arsenal and Spurs, clutching at their coat tails until the heroic Chelsea beat them, enabling us to nip in and win the title.


    In reality we blitzed the league, went top (again) in mid January and didn't relinquish it. Our fate was never our of our hands and we never looked like losing the lead. The way Sky Sports made our 2-2 with West Ham like some kind of disaster result which let Spurs in to catch us never sat well with me.

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  8. With it likely we're going to finish ninth, and on the assumption we lose to Spurs as Kane chases the golden ball, here is a list of our finishes in the PL and points totals


    94/95 - 29pts, 22nd place (R)

    96/97 - 47pts, 9th place

    97/98 - 53pts, 10th place

    98/99 - 49pts, 10th place

    99/00 - 55pts, 8th place

    00/01 - 48pts, 13th place

    01/02 - 28pts, 20th place (R)

    03/04 - 33pts, 18th place (R)

    14/14 - 41pts, 14th place

    15/16 - 81pts, 1st place :thumbup: :thumbup:

    16/17 - 44pts, 12th place

    17/18 - 47pts, 9th place


    Absolutely amazing that in six seasons since, we've only managed to beat Peter Taylor's points total once** lol

    *assuming we don't get anything from Sunday


    And I'm getting pretty tenuous at this point, but it's only our fourth single digit placing in 12 seasons. Makes 2015-16 even more incredible.

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  9. 1 hour ago, urban.spaceman said:

    Last season we had to play Liverpool away, Man Utd away, Chelsea away Spurs away, Watford away, Sunderland away, all before our Champions League group matches. We also had Man City at home on the weekend after Porto. About half of these were shifted for TV as well. Then we had Liverpool at home after the Sevilla away match, and they moved our Everton away match to a Sunday evening for TV in between the Madrid quarter finals. If we'd gone through to the semis we'd have had Man City away after them too.


    Then this season, we find ourselves playing Arsenal & Man Utd away, Cheslea & Liverpool at home in the first 6 matches, and are given the toughest festive fixtures our of the entire league.


    Pretty clear to me that these were not an accident.

    No, they're not an accident. Look at the past fixtures to know that we play these teams quite early on.


    Man Utd

    97-98 - August

    98-99 - August

    03-04 - September

    14-15 - September

    16-17 - August

    17-18 - August



    96-97 - August

    97-98 - August

    98-99 - August

    99-00 - August

    01-02 - August

    14-15 - August

    15-16 - September

    16-17 - August



    99-00 - August

    00-01 - September

    03-04 - August

    14-15 - August 

    17-18 - September


    We've also played Chelsea in October on five separate occasions (94/95, 96/97, 97/98, 01/02, 17/18)



    96-97 - September

    97-98 - August

    99-00 - September

    03-04 - September

    16-17 - September

    17-18 - September


    There are patterns like this with every team, usually. I'm all for conspiracies about the top six being kept apart at the start and end, mainly because they're not conspiracies, but I'm not having that the PL actively conspire against us to give us tough games. That kind of thinking is just paranoia and ridiculous.

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  10. BUMP


    Sorry, not shameless self promotion, but both 2015/16 and 2016/17 have moved to another destination, can be downloaded via the links.


    Just to say that I'm working on the Totally Unofficial Season Review 2017-18. Inspired by the players in recent games, and the anticipated (lack of) demand (I'll watch it even if you don't!), it really is just the highlights spliced together very simply month-by-month, rather than anything elaborate. But in anticipation of the club not releasing a season review I thought I'd get a head start. Should be out soon!

  11. 4 hours ago, TheUltimateWinner said:

    I only get programmes if it's a special event, like the quarter finals this year or the ones from the champions league nights.


    They're mementos and collectables IMO. When I was younger I remember my dad going through the programmes he got from big games so it's something I'd like to do with my future kid. 

    I'm pretty much like this. Can't remember which season it was, but I suddenly realised I was paying over £120 per season for Leicester v Blackpool and gathering dust in a box and just stopped suddenly.


    Still get the momentous ones though. Everton, all UCL home games and bought all the Wembley finals from the 1990s a few years ago cause my dad didn't go. Great retrospective read.


    Everyday, run of the mill league games though, they've had their day to be honest. 80 pages made up of adverts, club propaganda and corporate box ticking. I think the history sections and other features can be, and are great, but as mentioned these can easily (and often do) transfer online for free.


    I'll always hope and expect big games to be catered for, and whilst there's demand at the top level they'll always exist, but lower down it seems awfully draconian to force teams to design, manufacture and print a programme, especially with some of the short turnarounds they must have!

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  12. 8 minutes ago, Ric Flair said:

    I'm till baffled how Huddersfield went up with a negative goal difference? Did they take some absolute hammerings to distort the numbers? It's absurd.

    Just had a look...


    They won 22/25 games by just one goal and had four matches where they lost by three or more goals, including a 5-0, 4-0 and 3-0 loss.


    Only one game in the season did they win by three clear goals!


    So of the 22 games they won they only had a GD of +22. With 15 defeats over the season that means the GD was +7 before you count the losses and the other matches they won by more than a goal.


    Not sure this much detail was necessary

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  13. On 06/05/2018 at 20:20, FIF said:

    Humour/comedy is such a personal thing.

    Exactly. Comedy is one of the hardest things to take people's criticisms of. Look at Mrs Brown's Boys. Almost universally slated on the internet, yet raked in eight figures at peak. Now I'm going to assume people weren't tuning in just to pick fault with it...


    I tend to find with the "popular" comedians that they overdo themselves. They become very popular with a stand up show, then that snowballs into panel appearances, stand up skits in chat shows, another tour, their own TV show and suddenly they've over exposed themselves. Same joke, and modified to death.


    That's why, whatever you think of Peter Kay, he's done his career the right way. Limits his TV appearances and writes his own material. Tours aren't every year, they're almost a rare event and the stuff is gold. He's diversified his TV content over the years and not burnt himself out like, say Michael McIntryre or John Bishop has. Lots of credence in the fact they become very family friendly too, and if that deviates from their original material it can be an unwelcome culture shock!


    But on the whole comedians/comedy/sitcoms are so subjective. Some are great stand ups but rubbish on panel shows, where they have to think on their feet and can't rehash the same material over and over again.



  14. 5 minutes ago, David Guiza said:

    The same almost certainly applies for European fixtures also - I cannot imagine any side playing an away fixture 120 miles away on the Sunday before an away leg of a Champions League semi-final like we did. 


    To those who say 'well everyone has to play everyone else over the course of the season so why does it matter?', our start to the infamous title winning season when we only faced Arsenal out of the top sides in the opening weeks proves how it can effect a season, especially in comparison to this season when we seemingly had every big club in succession. 

    Except for Man City, who in 2015-16 played Southampton away on the Sunday between their semi-final against Real Madrid. :dunno:

  15. Amazing


    A beautiful day

    A terrible performance

    An underwhelming season


    People, including myself, had more interesting places to be rather than stay behind and applaud. Whether it's beer with mates or actually spending time with their family on a bank holiday weekend, it's amazing that some people posting as if staying should have been a mandatory prerequisite of entering the ground yesterday.


    If nothing else it should send a massive signal to show how sick to death we are of watching such crap.


    I am always struggling to understand why people worship at the alter of their football club. Applaud everything, warm up, players entrance, every substitution, after every lethargic defeat home or away.

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  16. 13 minutes ago, Donut said:

    Didn't we get relegated with one of the best defensive records in the league? that in itself is astonishing

    Second best defence (45)

    Worst attack (42)

    Fewer defeats than we had in 2006/07 (18 losses, 19 in 06/07)


    All those 0-1 home defeats are seered in the memory. What a disastrous season. Clive Clark onwards was a horror show.

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  17. 8 minutes ago, Wookie said:

    There'll be some flannel that will say Liverpool winning the Champion's League would be a better achievement than us winning the league

    I can see it now. Underdogs against Man City, underdogs against the Barca-slayers of Roma, and massive underdogs against Madrid.


    How can they beat Real, it's an impossible task, they'll say. There's just no way on earth Liverpool, with their superstar squad will overcome the back-to-back European Champions.


    Cue ultimate shock when they trounce Real 4-1 in the final.