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Wigan first to drop in football’s great structural change

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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. “McAllister pleads with Morelos to stop overeating” would be a helluva headline.

  2. prestonpans bhoys on

    Gene and An Dun

     

     

    Yes that was my interpretation of a very thinly veiled accusation, happy families again like their winter break👍👏👏

  3. These comparisons of players who played for Celtic and the new up and coming, and even better stars emerging from the Victorian Lavvy,

     

     

    I give you, our ‘cannonball kid’ vs their Andy Kennedy

     

     

    HH

  4. 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.

     

     

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    Think he’s scored something like 6 goals on a grass surface. I’d laugh if they signed him GM.

  5. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Sevco, are really ripping the piss out of their fans, 50 quid a year to be on waiting list, non refundable. Here’s a comment from a more clued up Sevco fan.

     

     

    @RangersFCSLO

     

    It’s disgraceful that the old list has been scrapped and you have to pay £50 to get on the new list and then presumably £50 per year to stay on it if you don’t get one this year.

     

    The only word for it is EXTORTION.

     

    Quite shameful exploitation of fans by the Club.

     

     

    Can you believe this?

  6. !!BADA BING

     

     

    It’s my understanding that Sevco charge their season ticket holders £40 a year for access to Europa tickets on top of the ticket prices. They’re being fleeced. MyGers – £50 for a lucky bag.

     

     

    You almost feel sorry for them.

  7. ST TAMS on 2ND JULY 2020 8:48 PM

     

    42k season tickets renewed. As of yesterday.

     

     

    Information from an employee

     

     

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    That’s low at this stage I would imagine. Uptake from the waiting list is impossible to predict. Not a disaster but certainly enough to cause budget restraint.

  8. Hrvatski Jim on

    https://mol.im/a/8483527

     

     

    Very good article about Henrik’s family problems and how he found help to get him through his brother’s death.

     

     

    I didn’t think it would be possible to hold him in higher regard but this raises him up another notch.

  9. prestonpans bhoys on

    Bada @8:54

     

     

    A rare bit of honesty there, guy will be found and put on the top of their famed bonfires on the 12th🌋

  10. Belmont Brian,

     

     

    I played with Pronto Mama in Stirling – The Toolboth. I have a feeling we maybe played with them somewhere else too but can’t remember for sure.

     

     

    I really liked them. I’ll check out the others – I already know Emma.

  11. Is there a link between Castore and Ashley? Someone alluded to it on the previous blog and I think I may have read a rumour when the contract was signed.

  12. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    I’ve only seen Dykes against Celtic and he’s done ok.

     

     

    Having said that I thought it made sense when they (re) sighed Laugherty from Hearts.

     

     

    I’m sure history will repeat😂

  13. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Some unfair comments here about Afraido More Loss.

     

     

    He’s literally worth his weight in gold.

     

     

    Last year he was worth $4m.

     

     

    This year he is worth $6m.

     

     

    Footnote : the price of gold has remained constant during this period.

     

     

    :)

  14. MAJESTIC HARTSON

     

     

    If it was the same gig, me being the driver, the van broke down, had to bump start it, in reverse, managed to get it going, that’s what dads do.

     

     

    HH

  15. I think 42 thousand tickets sold, if true is fantastic news.

     

    If I’m not mistaken the total number available for sale is approx 52,000.

     

    There will probably be a bit of a last minute rush and with 17,000 on waiting list there is every chance that the Stadium will sell out.

  16. BelmontBrian, haha. You’re a good dad.

     

     

    One of my life’s highlights was the first time playing the Toolbooth and realising that Andy from Gregory’s Girl was doing the lights.

     

     

    I love the film and we had been watching it in the van recently. We got a picture taken outside with a “Caracas” sign.

     

     

    I think he thought we were at the wind up at first when we were saying how much we loved it but soon realised we weren’t. Lovely fella.

     

     

    “That’s very interesting isn’t it?”

  17. Fairhill bhoy

     

     

    Yip Cousin Andy renewed automatically back in March

     

     

    We all did but fortunate that all of us are working from home

  18. bluegrass celt on

    Belmontbrian:

     

    Pronto Mama were my son’s wedding band in Amalfi coast 2018. Very good indeed

  19. Jimmy came home from the pub 2.30 am with the wife waiting at the door, where have you been nag nag nag. After about an hour of this jimmy had enough and got up to go to bed and accidentally pushed his wife and she fell bumping her head on the fireplace hearth and killing her. In a panic now jimmy decides to cut up her body and put into bin bags , and leave out for the bin man in the morning . Peaking out from behind the curtains he watches the bin men and thinks he’s got away with it , then there was a knock at the door and it was one of the bin men he asked hey jimmy do you have a spare black bag the arse just fell out of the last yin 😂HH

  20. hevatski jim-earlier- a superb article

     

     

    hope you don’t mind.Your link to The Mail article on the man needs a wider audience.

     

     

     

    Henrik Larsson has opened up on how he sought professional help following the death of his brother Robert in 2009.

     

    The Celtic, Barcelona and Sweden legend urged people going through similar traumas to do likewise saying: ‘You can’t be rescued if you don’t talk to someone’.

     

    Larsson said: ‘During my time in Scotland I had a brother who was on drugs. Knowing the things I knew about him and having to go out and perform week in week out it was not easy. In the end he took an overdose.

     

     

    ‘The pressure my parents felt about that and the worry that they had every night; me as well sometimes. It’s not easy so it’s important that you talk.

     

     

    ‘I talked a lot at the time, and still do, with my wife about things that maybe I didn’t want to talk about with other people because I think it is important to share how you feel so that someone can help you. And that might be professional help; which I sought after my brother passed away.’

     

     

    Larsson was on international duty for Sweden when he was told of his brother’s death aged 35.

     

    ‘I had a period where I was not feeling very good because I had a lot of questions,’ he said. ‘My wife said: “Well, you need to go and talk to someone in order to straighten a few things out”, and I did that. I went to a professional and talked with her about different things and I felt so much better afterwards.

     

     

    Larsson (bottom) talked about his life, mental health and career in football on Robert Snodgrass (top right) and Kris Boyd’s (top left) The Lockdown Tactics Podcast +8

     

    Larsson (bottom) talked about his life, mental health and career in football on Robert Snodgrass (top right) and Kris Boyd’s (top left) The Lockdown Tactics Podcast

     

    Larsson was on international duty for Sweden when he was told of his brother’s death aged 35

     

    Larsson was on international duty for Sweden when he was told of his brother’s death aged 35

     

    ‘You have to talk to somebody and open up in order to be able to be rescued because otherwise the ones that are left behind feel guilty about things. [You ask yourself] What could I have done? Could I have been a better listener?

     

     

    ‘There are so many questions. Talk to somebody would be my message.’

     

     

    Addressing podcast co-host Boyd, who lost his brother Scott to suicide, added: ‘And I think that you should talk to somebody too. It’s important.’

     

    As well as discussing mental health issues, Larsson, now 48, was asked by Snodgrass and Boyd about his days as the darling of Celtic Park and the Nou Camp.

     

     

    ‘The players he [Martin O’Neill] signed were real quality,’ he said. ‘Chris Sutton, Alan Thompson, Neil Lennon, just to mention a few.

     

     

    ‘Chris Sutton was the best partner I ever had. A big guy with vision who knew how to play the game. He was totally unselfish.

     

     

    ‘He worked very hard, never stopped running and he could score goals.

     

     

    Larsson (right) reveals that his best strike partner to play alongside was Chris Sutton (left) +8

     

    Larsson (right) reveals that his best strike partner to play alongside was Chris Sutton (left)

     

    Larsson described Sutton as ‘totally unselfish’ and was ‘easy to play with’ at Celtic Park +8

     

    Larsson described Sutton as ‘totally unselfish’ and was ‘easy to play with’ at Celtic Park

     

    ‘It was easy to play with him. When he went up for a header, I just had to judge where to run.’

     

     

    On his shock move to Barcelona aged 32, Larsson added: ‘I said I would like to go play somewhere warm. I was thinking of Spain but never though Barcelona would come in for me.

     

     

    ‘I had grown up watching Romario, [Michael] Laudrup, [Ronald] Koeman. Being able to sign for them was a dream come true.

     

     

    ‘Xavi was good but became even better. [Andres] Iniesta was a young kid. [Lionel] Messi was just a young kid.

     

     

    Larsson (left) sealed a shock move to Barcelona at the age of 32, where he played alongside the likes of Ronaldinho (centre left), Samuel Eto’o (centre right) and Deco (right) +8

     

    Larsson (left) sealed a shock move to Barcelona at the age of 32, where he played alongside the likes of Ronaldinho (centre left), Samuel Eto’o (centre right) and Deco (right)

     

    ‘The team we had was just fantastic. Training was unbelievable. Ronaldinho, at the time I hadn’t seen any other player being able to do the things he did with the ball.’

     

     

    Larsson capped a hugely successful spell in Spain by winning the Champions League against Arsenal.

     

     

    He added: ‘It was so special. Obviously being in one big final in Seville with Celtic, losing that, that wasn’t a nice experience. I still don’t really enjoy talking about that.

     

    But being able to win the final in Paris was great because it’s the biggest club competition you can win. I was so happy I didn’t even have a drink that night, because I wanted to remember it all. I can still remember almost everything.

     

     

    https://mol.im/a/8483527

     

     

    HH 😊

  21. Any news on the lad soro . Mostly I’ve seen clips of our regulars , but nothing of this lad ,who if YouTube is anything to go by is a player alright

  22. Good morning CQN from a wet and rainy Garngad

     

     

    Thank goodness it’s Friday Jobo enjoy your Annual Leave. Hope the weather picks up for you.

     

     

    If it’s 42k renewed season tickets I think that’s great in this financial climate. We should be on course by the start of the season for the 52k mark and a same as last year revenue stream. Minus match day stuff right enough.

     

     

    HH

     

     

    D. :)

  23. Good morning CQN:

     

    Just before Jobo posts his weather report from E.K. It is a damp, very damp dreich day in ML5. I suspect that Jobo will report the same. However, there is some brightness today in E.K…

     

    Hoopy Birthday Jobo, have a hooptastic day my good friend.

     

    Keep the Faith!

     

    Hail Hail!

  24. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Happy birthday to weather reporting park running and all round good guy Jobo

  25. It says a lot about our economy that it is so dependant on consumption. Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers opening is seen as the saviour – very sad.

  26. !!Bada Bing!! on

    I put my Bhoy on the waiting list last March, got a call in June to sign him up,they said there was thousands on the list then,it was a Student Ticket,so not sure if they have a quota to meet?

  27. prestonpans bhoys on

    Absolutely pissing down in East Lothian but who cares because as of today we can escape it bonny boundaries and go to our static caravans. Aberfoyle here we come😱😂

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