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What is a football club? 20:39 - Jul 1 with 2428 viewsdmm

This is a thought provoking article by one of the best football journalists in the UK: Football clubs were born to represent communities and fans, not owners by Jonathan Wilson https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2023/jul/01/football-clubs-communities

QPR is owned by businessmen from Malaysia, America and India. They have made terrible mistakes but also keep the club afloat. And, of course, they've provided much of the funding for the new training ground. So maybe they really are the good guys, but I'd love to know exactly what they're getting out of it.
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What is a football club? on 00:29 - Jul 2 with 2235 viewsBazzaInTheLoft

The Guardian getting angry when there’s no skin in the game as usual.

Otherwise a great article
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What is a football club? on 08:28 - Jul 2 with 2031 viewscolinallcars

“Bifurcation” eh ?
I can just hear the Loft boys singing “We are the bifurcation boys”.
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What is a football club? on 09:08 - Jul 2 with 1971 viewsjoe90

Down voted by mistake.

Interesting article, I like Jonathan Wilson’s writing.

I think football clubs have always been first and foremost money making machines, the main difference was games were more accessible.

The intangible emotional connection fans have is something special but as the nature of football consumption changes so to does the type of fan.

Without wanting to sound like a snob, there’s definitely a new breed of fan that has to take responsibility for degradation of the game. We see it to a small extent at QPR, particularly on Twitter but thankfully not to the extent of the bigger clubs.
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What is a football club? on 10:35 - Jul 2 with 1894 viewskernowhoop

What is a football club? on 09:08 - Jul 2 by joe90

Down voted by mistake.

Interesting article, I like Jonathan Wilson’s writing.

I think football clubs have always been first and foremost money making machines, the main difference was games were more accessible.

The intangible emotional connection fans have is something special but as the nature of football consumption changes so to does the type of fan.

Without wanting to sound like a snob, there’s definitely a new breed of fan that has to take responsibility for degradation of the game. We see it to a small extent at QPR, particularly on Twitter but thankfully not to the extent of the bigger clubs.


Yes, an interesting article.
But... "I think football clubs have always been first and foremost money making machines, the main difference was games were more accessible."
The accounts of most football clubs suggest otherwise. "Playthings" for those that can afford it, maybe.
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What is a football club? on 13:33 - Jul 2 with 1813 viewsterryb

" Football clubs were born to represent communities and fans".

I would say this was very true, with a lot of those being churches or working clubs. It didn't take long though for the top clubs to become the playthings of buisness men. It was no coincidence that the northern powerhouses were owned by factory/mill owners etc.

The difference now is that the club owners are less likely to be local, or have a life long affection for the club.
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What is a football club? on 20:54 - Jul 2 with 1699 viewsTGRRRSSS

Interesting theory about the rise of clubs from Industrial revolution (and later towns becoming bigger and more successful as people moved into them for work as opposed to previously bigger medieval places which were and remain to this day smaller football clubs.

Lincoln, Exeter for example.
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What is a football club? on 21:56 - Jul 2 with 1619 viewsnumptydumpty

A football club is a business that is seemingly run by Charlie who lives in the chocolate factory !!!!

Walking in a "Mackie Wonderland"
Poll: Where will we finish next season ???

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