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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. FAVOURITE UNCLE on

    WILLIAMKENTIGERN67 on 4TH JULY 2020 12:10 PM

     

     

    What street did he live in.

  2. !!Bada Bing!! on

    TBB- Shocking story about Wigan, very easy to join the dots,governing body has a lot to answer for.

  3. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Tony Hamilton from Celtic Foundation on BBC Sportsound at some point before 5pm.

  4. FAVOURITE UNCLE on

    Dismissal

     

    Posted at

     

    90’+4′

     

    Martyn Waghorn (Derby County) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

     

     

    PLUS CA………..

  5. TURKEYBHOY on 4TH JULY 2020 11:46 AM

     

     

    But they won the war, so anything is possible.

     

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    I know that your post was about pubs, Turkeybhoy. But your parting shot was so telling. That Britain won the war is demonstrably untrue. But millions actually believe in the lie. British history over the last 75 years has been informed by this absurd myth. It explains every mad adventure from Suez to Cyprus to the Falklands and on to Brexit

  6. Just watched an interview with Elyounoussi .

     

     

    Comes across as an articulate , intelligent and personable young man .

  7. EMERALDBEE \O/ A DOUBLE NINER!! on 4TH JULY 2020 1:57 PM

     

     

     

    That was a good though disturbing read. I hadn’t heard the Gob5hite Johnson making that speech but it is utterly disturbing that someone in that position can hold those views.

     

     

    Fasten your seatbelts folks, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

     

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    Fintan is a good read C.he excelled with this observation

     

     

    “The Brexit mindset is a binary of greatness and nothingness. ”

     

     

    hope you and yours are well my friend

     

    stay safe

     

     

    hh

  8. Bass

     

    As someone pointed out Sports direct has the exclusive deal. Don’t think you’ll find our gear on the Adidas site.

  9. An Tearmann

     

     

    Among a host of brutally accurate prose, this paragraph stood out. You have to laugh…except their folly has killed additional thousands of our most vulnerable citizens

     

     

    HH jg

     

     

    Even in relation to medical equipment, Britain had to be special. It did not bother to join the EU’s joint procurement programme for personal protective equipment and ventilators. (This was “a political decision”, according to the Foreign Office, but a “mix-up” according to the government, prompting the question of how, with the state of British governance, one might possibly tell the difference.) It could not concentrate its mind on the problem of getting enough ventilators into hospitals. Instead of simply licensing existing designs, there had to be special, new British ­ventilators to serve as exemplars of the native ­genius for invention and can-do spirit. The ­government launched what ­Peter Foster of the Financial Times called “an Apollo-19 style great leap forward type campaign to invent, in six weeks, what had already been invented”.

  10. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Gene- Castore disputed the Sports Direct quote,they say it’s their top deal,why not on the website of a small company? Seems strange

  11. Little known facts # 223

     

     

    Ryan Jack played in the Celtic 9 Aberdeen 0 game

  12. Bada

     

    Probably erring on the side of caution until they check the small print. Big Mikey loves a court case.

  13. Fred

     

    Little known facts # 223

     

     

    Ryan Jack was on the pitch in the Celtic 9 Aberdeen 0 game

     

     

    Sorted

  14. Little known fact #225

     

     

    Rangers were liquidated and the team playing out of Ibrox is a new club.

  15. balornock bhoy on

    Favourite Uncle

     

    it was posted last night that he stayed near the 16 bus terminus on Wallacewell Road.

     

    My cousins stayed in Wallacewell but just at the white walls.

  16. FAVOURITE UNCLE on

    BALORNOCK BHOY on 4TH JULY 2020 4:58 PM

     

     

    Thanks for that .it was 16 a .Don’t know how old you are but it caused a big problem when 16a came on stream as the original 16 started going through BARMULLOCH and all the people going to STOBHILL HOSPITAL had to get of and walk for miles.

     

     

    Don’t remember LORD CLARK when he was young i think he must have gone to different school from me.

  17. balornock bhoy on

    Favourite Uncle

     

    I remember the 16 and 16A well. I used to get the 46A from the bundy to Duke Street when going to games as a young teen.

     

    Suspect Lord Clark may have went to Albert, like me but all my cousins went to All Saints.

     

     

    Lost count of the number of times I forgot i had got on a 12 bus and not the 16 bus as it turned from Red Road towards All Saints chapel rather than going to Balornock School. Cue a mad panic to get off at petrol station at the Broomy. Still a wee bag of chips from Ralphs made it not so bad :-)

  18. jamesgang

     

     

    hoping you and yours keeping well 😊

     

     

    Procurement of equipment is a mess.seem to recall Boris giving good brexiteer,offshorist,James Dyson the go ahead to manufacture ventilators.

     

    great you would think?

     

    Dyson moved his manufacturing base to Singapore

     

    Singapore locked down.

     

    even if Dyson could have made them they would only have got as far as a maersk box in the harbour there.

     

    some total fantasies pumped out by them.

     

     

    smile big man 9 go in for 10 woohoo.😊

     

     

    hh

  19. If we are going to have to have BCD games, I hope we have got the Seville crowd scenes for banners. Another possibility might be the 125 game v Barcelona. Thoughts?

     

    HH

  20. itscalledthemalvinas on

    Little known facts #225

     

    5 players in the scottish cup final in 2016 were killed by marauding Hibs fans at the final whistle.