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at 17:39 2 Aug 2020

To be fair to them, Johnson's Press (or whoever the owners are) were supposed to be sorting out coverage.

But on a fair number of days they fielded no-one, or their stringer missed some of the proceedings. He even asked me if he could crib my notes on one occasion.

Eventually they got a nice lady who came up from Essex every day to cover things and she did a good job, particularly in the dog days of proceedings when we were backwards and forwards to court for all sorts of procedural stuff.

My point was, though, this was probably the biggest thing that had happened to Blackpool FC in decades. And the EG didn't sort something out themselves.
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"Who`s a naughty Tory?"...
at 16:04 2 Aug 2020

Not Grayling, but he is an ex-Cabinet Minister, ERG sympathiser and prize prannock, if it is who I think it is.
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EFL
at 14:39 1 Aug 2020

This from the paper that didn't actually send a representative to the court proceedings.
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Nottingham Forest
at 23:23 22 Jul 2020

Well, if you are absolutely rubbish in the play-offs, it is one way of avoiding the issue.

I'd love Cardiff v Swansea in the final. They could turn the M4 into a battlefield for the weekend.
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The Intelligence and Security Committee's report
at 18:30 22 Jul 2020

Oi spud.

My potato peeler works, you know. Think on.
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The Matt Scrafton column
at 19:22 19 Jul 2020

The only thing I took from that is that Scrafton doesn't really know what is going on.
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Rockfield Studios
at 23:03 18 Jul 2020

It was OK until Gallagher came on.
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Quiz
at 23:02 18 Jul 2020

Have they all beaten Scotland in a World Cup qualifier?
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(Un)Interesting Facts About Brighton
at 15:11 17 Jul 2020

It is a desperately poor Division this season. All the bottom twelve or so are very, very ordinary.
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BFC Online
at 11:42 15 Jul 2020

I have mixed feelings about this, to be honest.

I like ATG and Steed, they are two lads who worked hard to give fellow fans a site owned by one of their own. I've always wanted those two to succeed and maybe make a few quid out of it.

However, I also thought their laissez-faire approach to moderation was asking for trouble. A fair few of their regular posters going back were people who had been banned from AVFTT - back in the old days, probably by me. I think you can see why that might have happened. The pity of it is that some of those people were responsible for many of the Oyston related problems that the two owners subsequently had. Did it change anything in the way they posted? Nope.

It's early days for ATG's new site. It looks nice enough, but content looks like all the worst aspects of BHS so far. Hopefully that will improve.
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Plucky Little Wigan
at 15:25 13 Jul 2020

At least vultures usually have the decency to wait until the victim is dead.
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Matt Scrafton's Opinion:
at 15:23 13 Jul 2020

I must have missed MS arguing for the club buying fresh, hungry talent from Swindon.....
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Football's Best / Worst Governing Body
at 15:22 13 Jul 2020

I think I called them "event f***ers", but the point is well made.

I think City's main crime was getting caught, personally. And given that Juventus and others are still hankering after a permanent European League in the not too distant future, they wouldn't want to accidentally exclude one of the Chosen Few, would they?
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Football's Best / Worst Governing Body
at 12:29 13 Jul 2020

The game is rotten from the top down.

But if you don't show your disenchantment, you really deserve all you get. Appealing to the better nature of the crooks who run the gravy train is unlikely to work.

But ruining the gravy might be a better idea. If everyone who has a Sky subscription cancelled it for three months, I wonder whether the authorities would look to clean up their act?
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Plucky Little Wigan
at 08:59 9 Jul 2020

He's looking to spread the blame far and wide there, isn't he? He came quite close to saying it was the fault of supporters because not enough local people come forward to take clubs on.

My way of looking at it is that if :

a) the distribution of monies in the game is designed to encourage them and

b) the rules that we do have are not applied with any rigour

then it can't come as a surprise to the EFL (and the EPL, come to that) if we end up with owners with dubious motives getting their hands on what are valuable cultural assets.

Unfortunately (as the old saying goes) the game is run by people who know the price of everything, and the value of nothing.
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I almost got religion...
at 19:15 7 Jul 2020

Just a cold, move on, there is nothng for you here.
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Mark Francois
at 19:14 7 Jul 2020

He's got a good shot at becoming the Patron Saint of Bellends, if he keeps going at his current rate.
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Plagiarism
at 21:24 6 Jul 2020

That's a fair question and I don't know the answer.

I think we owe the over 80s something we don't owe others. A small number of them served in WW2. A much greater number suffered a lot of hardship because of the stand we took back then. They invested a hell of a lot in the country's long term future. They deserve to be seen as an equal part of it.
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Plagiarism
at 21:10 6 Jul 2020

I think my point was that the societal impact of the disease should be not underplayed because of the perceived economic consequences. Once you start advancing the argument that the effect on one age group matters less than that on others you are on a slippery slope.

Interesting debate though.
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Plagiarism
at 20:10 6 Jul 2020

I take the point about child abuse - though how they know is beyond me.

But the casual dismissal of the over 80s has a whiff of eugenics about it.
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