Wigan first to drop in football’s great structural change


Wigan Athletic yesterday were the first to fall into administration in the world’s most financially vulnerable league, the English Championship.  They were mid-table and on a winning streak, so if they can find the money to complete their remaining games, there is a chance they will avoid relegation, despite the points deduction.

With former owner, Dave Whelan, still alive and still rich, they are probably better placed to recover from this than most in the Championship, but I doubt Dave is prepared to cover years of contracted losses to fill the bank accounts of players.

If the great structural change in football that Celtic fans have been waiting on for decades does not happen in the months to come, it never will.

Most players in the English Football League have had their wages deferred, while some have been furloughed.  Taxes have also been deferred, so the crunch lies ahead.

I am not a Mike Ashley fan but the manner in which he trolled yesterday Newco was spectacular.  Sports Direct’s Facebook page announced Newco strips would be available exclusively from the retailer they continually believe they were rid of.  The club statement that followed was an excruciating attempt to confirm nothing while not contradicting a word of the Sports Direct statement.

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  1. Phone call from the ticket office there reminding me my season ticket hasn’t been renewed. I doubt they care about me that ,much, the numbers must not be looking good.

  2. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    “The Sevco Mind”



    Chapter 8 – Merchandising ….




    Replica shirt retail price – £59.99



    Design cost – £0



    Manufacture cost – £0



    Shipping and Distribution cost – £0



    Other costs (sales, legal) – £0



    Profit margin for retail partner – £0



    Royalty to Sevco – £59.99

  3. BACK to Basics



    When King pumped his gums about only 7p in £ going to Rangers from shirt sales


    Sure question was asked what clubs should expect if they didn’t own stores etc


    Answer about 7%



    Sure that was what they were looking for 7% not 7p in pound robber


    MASH was giving them :-)








    “The Sevco Mind”



    Chapter 8 – Merchandising ….




    Replica shirt retail price – £59.99



    Design cost – £0



    Manufacture cost – £0



    Shipping and Distribution cost – £0



    Other costs (sales, legal) – £0



    Profit margin for retail partner – £0



    Royalty to Sevco – £59.99

  4. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    I applied for a refund on the perhaps flimsy basis that I had to.. apply for a refund.



    If the Club had got in touch and offered me the money I expect I would have told them to keep it, or give it to



    Mary’s Meals, or take it off this year’s book.

  5. itscalledthemalvinas on

    “From hills and farms the call to arms”


    Seventeen thousand on the waiting list. There you are Celtic,there’s the backing from the support.

  6. Nicola Sturgeon has cautioned fans not to expect an October return to matches.



    The last competitive Scottish football match was played in early March, before the shutdown was put in place that eventually saw the season being called in April.



    With the Premiership set to kick off next month, fans had been hopeful of a quick return to matches. As quoted in Record Sport, Professor Jason Leitch has said: “We cannot predict when crowds will be back. I can predict that it will not be soon, it will be phased.



    “I had another conversation yesterday with the leadership of the SFA and the SPFL, the club leadership along with some colleagues and I have suggested in media in the last two or three days, perhaps October.



    “I would maybe pencil that into your calendar but I certainly wouldn’t write over it in pen.”



    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has today advised fans that an October return is not guaranteed, saying: “Football with crowds has not been pencilled in for October. We haven’t taken that decision yet.



    “Jason was simply trying to find a way of saying, ‘Don’t assume it will be October when we get crowds back’.



    “So do not take from this that we have given football an October provisional date for crowds being back. That’s not the case and actually I don’t think it’s a fair interpretation of what Jason actually said.”



    The Premiership season is scheduled to begin on August 1, with Celtic aiming to fend off Rangers and secure a historic tenth successive league title.






    There goes my optimism



    JULY 2020 1:40 PM



    Good point well made Celtic. A friendly reminder to people who label an oft-renewed season ticket as “their” seat. Pocket or walk-it. Next!



    .hi mate.a rather terse statement by yourself if I may say.i am helping out two season ticket holders this year as my state of finance happen to be in sharp contrast to theirs.The reason why I am doin it is that one has had same seat in main stand and other in north stand since 1994.believe me they are well aware of waiting lists but it’s balanced by the fact that 25/6 years of contribution go for nowt in the eyes of your post.




    take it easy mate a lot are trying hard to make it




  8. Not being in a position to renew on the brink of ten for long-standing STH must be a really tough.



    My sympathy quickly evaporates though when some of them think everyone else shouldn’t be allowed a seat they haven’t paid for.

  9. DAVID17 on 2ND JULY 2020 3:25 PM


    Phone call from the ticket office there reminding me my season ticket hasn’t been renewed. I doubt they care about me that ,much, the numbers must not be looking good.






    Renewals are healthy and the waiting list is long. Don’t think there is much pessimism.

  10. Not wishing ill on any that can’t afford to renew due to current situation, I fully sympathise.


    I have to be honest that I am hoping that I will get a season ticket this year, been on the waiting list for 2 years now and it feels like forever.

  11. ….☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️..

























  12. Paul , the “great structural change in football” that this Celtic fan has been waiting on for decades is within the SFA

  13. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    JC2 – Lol.



    Just renewed my season tickets just now.



    Genuinely feel happy all over.



    Hail hail.



    Keep The Faith.

  14. There are a few on this blog and former members of the parish that have used my season tickets Cup Final tickets, Champions League tickets or Europa League tickets especially when I was travelling so often for work.



    For those who are able to afford to renew and don’t, I can tell you the most miserable day of the weekend is a Celtic home game not on TV. I missed more than an entire season in the last two years due to two leg operations and recovery. Sitting watching BT Sports Saturday afternoon football coverage with my FlashScore App Open hoping for a Celtic goal is horrible. Broony’s late winner against Hamilton aside.



    Could never put Radio Shortbread on, can’t suffer them.



    We renewed our two tickets, Mrs RobinBhoy and I on the 9th of March, knowing full well a lockdown was on the way. I’ll be happy to watch excellent coverage of Celtic’s BCD home games until such time’s as we can actually go to Celtic Park.



    Be careful what you wish for . .

  15. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    From the Glasgow Times…



    “…EVERTON are reportedly interested in Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos. The Ibrox ace has been the subject of increased transfer speculation this summer, with top European clubs swooping for his signature…”



    “SWOOPING”?!?! Ur they?!?! Aye ?!?!?!?!






  16. Ron – I joined the waiting list last 18 months back with an eye on the ten season.



    Celtic contacted me after I didn’t buy one last summer and asked if I wanted to remain on the waiting list or have my money back (£10).



    I remained on the list but I’ve been knocked back further down the line now. I’ve no complaints on that score. I’ll buy this season if given the chance.

  17. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    “The Sevco Mind”



    Chapter 5 – The Transfer Kitty



    Season tickets sold – 40,000



    Average ST price – £500



    ST revenue – £20,000,000



    Current staff and player salaries – £0



    Released player termination payments – £0



    Operational costs – £0



    Maintenance costs – £0



    Previous transfer 2nd / 3rd payments – £0



    VAT – £0



    PAYE – £0



    NIC – £0



    Legal costs – £0 (!!!)



    Transfer Kitty – £20,000,000

  18. Jinkyredstar on

    Back to Basics – loving your forensic examination of thems mentality 😀

  19. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    Bravo to the SMSM for providing such great marketing for Sevco’s new strip.



    I’m sure they are all over it and will tomorrow be able be able to tell their loyal readership how much their klub actually “benefits” from the 5 million (or was it trillion) strips already sold.



    Enquiring minds want to know.

  20. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    So, how are the SMSM setting up the narrative on ‘Fat Charlie’ (hat tip to Bankie)?



    Are they softening up the Orcs for a ‘too good to refuse’ headline or will it be “‘Fat Charlie’ rejects Barcelona to Stop the Ten’ with the subtitle ‘It’s like a new signing’?



    I’ll go for the former given the hype beginning to build around Dykes (when he signs he’ll declare allegiance to Scotland, which will give cover to the SMSM hype him even more) and guess they’ll sell Fat Charlie’ for £5m with a 10% sell on. They’ll assume whoever buys him next will sell on for £100m and it will be spun as ‘Morelos sold for £15m’.



    As an aside I’d say Dykes is a decent signing for them. He’s proved difficult to handle for our central defenders. Hopefully that was just a function of a dodgy bounce on a plastic pitch.

  21. prestonpans bhoys on

    The blogger



    Someone pointed out that Dykes has only scored six goals on non plastic pitches, interesting stat😱

  22. prestonpans bhoys on

    An Dun



    The Huns have a serious problem with el buffalo…….no one wants him, as slippy G said, there are no offers😂😂😂

  23. Prestonpans


    It comes to something when the assistant manager is calling on him to stay (get) fit.

  24. The Blogger/Green Man at 7:29


    I’ve seen Dykes play twice for QOS. First time he was only noticeable because of a daft hair cut. Touch like an elephant. Second time, didn’t realise he was playing. Mind you I spent most of the match looking at our loanee, Joe Thomson who didn’t have a bad game but he was surrounded with dross. Both games finished 0-0.


    Wouldn’t touch him with a 20 foot barge pole.

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