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Phil, please can we have a date for Oxford (A)
at 21:57 3 Dec 2019

or failing that, a date for when we can be given a date for Oxford (A)?
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Moan, moan, moan
at 08:44 10 Nov 2019

Top of the league with a game in hand. Still in the cup, biggest squad in the League, and managing to get game time into the entire squad, Scum are bottom of the league. FFS why is everyone moaning?? Be happy.
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Bianca Westwood
at 15:32 19 Oct 2019

Having cancelled my Sky Sports subscription (due to disgust that Bury were allowed to go bust with no support from the money in football - Sky and BT Sport) I still have access to sky Sports news. However, I just noticed that Bianca Westwood, who is at Aston Villa v Brighton, is wearing one of those Prostate Cancer badges. Has this become mandatory for any presenters on SSN? Bianca is lovely and thankfully has no chance of ever getting prostate cancer. Surely if she is wearing a badge, it should be breast cancer awareness? I do hope that she has not come under any pressure to wear a badge that is not applicable to her. That would be just another nail in the Sky coffin for me.
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Oxford (A) on 16th Nov
at 12:23 14 Oct 2019

Will it be moved due to internationals? I need to make plans if it's not on.
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Women's 100m final at 21:20
at 20:41 29 Sep 2019

on BBC2, should be worth watching. Dina Asher-Smith clocked 10.87 in the semi, pretty quick and good to see the (clean) women getting ever closer to the drug inspired world best that should have been expunged.
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So Bluefish
at 19:32 21 Sep 2019

You called me a troll.

This is the team I posted:
Holy
KVY Woolf Wilson Kenlock
Skuse
Edwards Georgiou
Dozzell
Roberts Jackson

Subs:
Norris
Garbutt
Chambers/Nsiala
Downes
Nolan/Judge
Keane
Norwood

Not far off the starting lineup was it? 8 of the 11 in a much changed lineup, and only Kenlock & Roberts who weren't in the final 18.

Thing is, I get what Lambert is doing. Unlike you and many immature fans who think it is all about picking the strongest 11 on paper, I know, as Lambo does, that its a long, long season, and when you play the weaker teams, you need you involve some of the fringe players. It isn't about 11, or even 18 players, its about the whole squad.

I think the jury is still out on Dozza, but we need to give him a chance. Roberts - who can tell, maybe he would've done well, but Judge instead, it doesn't matter.

We've rested key players. We have introduced players who will be important later in the season. We did enough to get 3 points. We're top of the league.

There are scummers on this board (too many of them) who try to unsettle the loyal fans, but maybe you need to be more open to genuine debate about team matters. Just because you post more than me or others doesn't give you any right to think you are more informed, or to call people as trolls.

Up the Town, We are Top of the League.

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Team for today
at 08:53 21 Sep 2019

Holy moly
KVY Woolf Wilson Kenlock
Skuse
Edwards Georgiou
Dozzell
Roberts Jackson

Subs:
Norris
Garbutt
Chambers/Nsiala
Downes
Nolan/Judge
Keane
Norwood
[Post edited 21 Sep 8:54]
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Shame on the PL and EFL
at 18:45 26 Aug 2019

Just ponder for a minute how you would feel it ITFC were going to be liquidated tomorrow.
No more ITFC, ground probably sold for redevelopment. What would you do? Support Colchester? Or some other local non-league team. Forever?

This is the third tier of professional football, only two levels below the PL, where there is a complete embarrassment of riches.

I do not blame anyone other than the authorities that run football for this. Sky, BT Sport, The Premier League and the EFL have stitched it up. All the riches, a far too big %, go to the Premier League. That is the reason this is happening and no one is standing up to demand change. Who will be next? (well Bury obviously) - but then who? Us, Derby, Sunderland? Mark my words, there will be more and more clubs going out of business unless the distribution of money changes dramatically. Personally, I would like to see 50% of all TV revenues go to the PL, and then a 50% reduction for each tier below. I don't know how much goes to the PL, but suspect it must be around 90%.

The only way I can think of to bring about change would be if there was a mass movement of subscribers to Sky Sports and BT Sports to cancel subscriptions. I have Sky Sports, but not BT, and if these clubs go into liquidation, I am cancelling my subscription. Does anyone else have any ideas, or are we all content to just look the other way and hope it doesn't ever happen to us?
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Bolton away, Bury and the state of football in general
at 07:49 22 Aug 2019

Some of my most memorable matches of all time are the play-off semis v Bolton. Talk about feisty affairs, that is what football is all about. Twenty years on and Bolton are fighting for survival. It could just as easily have been us in that position. Laurence Bassini has prevented a sale of the club from going through, which has meant no investment and an inability to pay staff and players.

Nobody wants to see clubs like Bolton, or Bury, go to the wall. These clubs, like ITFC, are central to their communities. The close season is bad enough, but imagine if ITFC closed down forever. (For anyone interested, Soccernomics has a chapter on mental health and the way that football improves mental health of people. There is even a statistically significant increase in suicide rates during the close season, which reverses when there is a World Cup on). What would happen in communities if your football club just ceases to exist? For some people, life would be hardly worth living (Bill Shankly anyone?)

For the fans going to Bolton on Saturday, lets show some solidarity with Bolton. We should be thankful that the match is going ahead, and that a team largely comprised of youngsters is going to turn out to try to keep the club fulfilling its obligations. If it was ITFC, I'd be proud of that. It's likely to be quite literally men against boys, so lets keep it respectful and rein in some of the usual songs about "Bolton's a s**thole" and the like. If we run them over, as we should, lets keep the celebrations in context.

However on a wider front, I am just dismayed at where football seems to be going, with the demise of once-proud football teams. Surely it is time for the fans to stand up and demonstrate against the way football is being run in this country? Greta Thunberg managed to start an environmental movement that has grown globally, so why can't football fans start a movement to demand change in the way our game is run? Why can't we have fans at every football ground calling for change?

Imagine if say 50% of the football TV income went to the Premier League, and the remaining 50% was split between the rest of the football pyramid. 25% to the Championship, 12.5% to L1, 6.25% to L2, and the rest flowing down into non-league. The Prem would still be incredibly rich, with 50% of all the money going to just 20 teams, whilst the other 50% went to hundreds. Players salaries would have to be curtailed somewhat, but frankly £300k per week is obscene and that would be a good thing.

Something has to change, and if enough of us want to see our football clubs have a future, we need to start doing something about it.
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