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Bury, Bolton, the remarkably durable English game

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I have heard a lot of nonsense as to why Bury are this morning expelled from the Football League and Bolton Wanderers are two weeks away from a similar fate.  There are not ‘too many teams’, in fact, attendances across all levels of the game in England are at historical highs and compare favourably to those in mainland Europe.  More choice has led to more attendees.

Inadequate ‘fit and proper tests’ are not to blame either.  None of those responsible for the plight of these two clubs had red flags in their backgrounds.  The suggestion that supporter representation on the board would have inhibited clubs spending their way into trouble is perhaps the most laughable suggestion.  Can you imagine a fans’ rep. at a board meeting saying, “Hang on, we can’t sign him, that’s going to push our wage levels to unsustainable levels”?

Football clubs are remarkably durable.  Most of the senior club formed in the 19th century are still in business.  The failure rate is incredibly low comparable to any industry.

The grass roots game, which Bury is a part of, is healthier in England than in anywhere in the world.  Bury over-spent, securitised their stadium and had multi-year commitments they could no longer service.  They failed because they are the worst crop in the field.

Bolton were a fixture in the Premier League when the late Phil Gartside was in charge, but the loss of revenue from that source following relegation is like nothing else in world sport.  I’m amazed we see so few failures of this nature, but by any reasonable expectation, failures like Bury and Bolton should be more common than they are.

There are those in the game who think ‘the model’ of English football is broken.  I have been reading the tea leaves of English football finances for decades.  The model looked broken before Financial Fair Play brought a correction to the market, but we will need to see a lot more Bolton and Burys fall down before that theory stands up.

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  1. Another player emerges.

     

     

    Another player gets trounced.

     

     

    Can we just break the cycle for once. Might just make us feel better about the world…

  2. If omrani is the type we are looking at why not give cosgrove at Aberdeen a try . He is one big rough lad , can fairly rumble up defences . I would also look out at January window maybe if they qualify for group stages a wee gazump for turnbull may be tried .

  3. CHAVEZ on 29TH AUGUST 2019 11:23 AM

     

    Romanian site gsp.ro is claiming we’re close to signing Omrani from Cluj for £3m. They say it could be concluded tomorrow. We’ll see. I don’t know if they’re Romania’s answer to the Daily Ranger or if they’re reliable.

     

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    They signed Traore who was a striker 2 weeks ago. Dunno if that’s cause they had guaranteed Europe League money or they are ready to sell Omrani.

     

    Omrani can also play on either wing.

  4. Cosgrove…??

     

     

    Jaysus. What has the window done to our minds????

     

     

    He’s the donkey’s donkey. Well suited to anti-football played by McInnes.

  5. Bada Bing

     

     

    I feel like you need a hug big fella…..

     

     

    Thorugh tonight, hammer the hun and bring in Wanyama by Sunday night…..:)

  6. prestonpans bhoys on

    According to that JJ fella we were going to sign Cosgrove and McKenna, must be on drugs on that site😵😱

  7. PB- worse possible scenario, French market still open,we’re linked with Ormani, Cosgrove, why do we need another striker? Eddie away?

  8. Well you guys obviously don’t care for cosgrove , my point being if a rough guy like omrani was being quoted at 3 mil cosgrove is the same type for a lot less . Pity no one else is allowed an opinion mind you . That will do me being on this site .

  9. traditionalist88 on

    !!BADA BING!! on 29TH AUGUST 2019 12:44 PM

     

     

    The success of Dembele at Lyon, where I think hes scored even more goals than he scored here, may also be on clubs minds…

     

     

    We know for sure they will be keeping an eye but doubt if any are ready to make their move.

     

     

    HH

  10. !!BADA BING!! on 29TH AUGUST 2019 12:44 PM

     

    PB- worse possible scenario, French market still open,we’re linked with Ormani, Cosgrove, why do we need another striker? Eddie away?

     

     

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    I’ve seen no MSM coverage of Cosgrove to Celtic. JohnJames the known liar puts it on the blog and suddenly twitter rumors are given consideration.

     

     

    We heard the same thing that Omrani was a done deal 2 weeks ago. Didn’t happen then.

     

     

    Even then, Omrani can operate on the wing and started LW against Celtic both legs.

     

     

    People can moan about Edouard if it happens. Right now this is “hysteria”

  11. glendalystonsils on

    Can’t see us selling a thoroughbred and replacing with a mule. Even PL wouldn’t push his luck that far.

  12. Timaloy-do we need another striker? Eddie, LG,Bayo….if we bring Cluj striker in,alarm bells will be ringing

  13. traditionalist88 on

    !!BADA BING!! on 29TH AUGUST 2019 12:54 PM

     

     

    I think Leigh might still be working through some things which is understandable but we need cover if we are going to have Europa league games. Plus he can play left wing.

     

     

    HH

  14. Whatever happens tonight PL should be voted down , at least by non major shareholders at AGM. We are a shambles in recruitment of manager /Players. Alll other income depends on success on the park. How can he jsustify picking up £”M bonus but refusing to budge 250/5000 k to secure players.. There is NO scouting network whatsoever! Incredible. Lets hope the few fit defendrers play out their skins tonight as a unit.. we will need to score at some point so make it early… ease defence’s nerves!.

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