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  1. It seems people are of the opinion that you're over-reacting. In 97/98 we lost to Frickley Athletic and Doncaster Rovers, a league team admittedly but they were getting tonked 5- and 6-0 every game, and broke records on their way to relegation. In 87/88 we won every friendly but it didn't mean a damn thing. In 62/63 we beat Huddersfield Town 5-2 in a pre-season friendly, ended up getting relegated. These are the three seasons I'm working on in SOL right now, I'm sure I could pull up a dozen more examples. Pre-season friendlies do not give any indication of how the season will go. The only exce
  2. I'm on the verge of joining Positively Shaymen!
  3. It's all about brand recognition, keeping the brand in your psyche. The whole world knows about Coca-Cola, it's pretty much everywhere, and whether you drink it or not, it's the adverts that keep it in your brain - the same reason why they insist on having a whole aisle in the supermarkets, that kind of thing. Betting companies like to advertise not because it gets new customers - because you're either a gambler or your not - but because it keeps their brand in your head. Ban the adverts, problem gambling would massively reduce. Same as taxing sugary drinks has reduced the consumption of said
  4. There's a reason why coca cola still advertise.
  5. Belgium's approach to online gambling is much better than the UK's - all online sites must be affiliated with a local physical casino, and they must share the legal burden if/when things go wrong. All other online casinos are blocked. In addition to this the gambling authority keeps a central register of players who are barred from playing, and those who elect to self-ban, which means they simply can't register at the online sites or go into the physical sites (ID must be shown) - punishment for allowing a banned player is punitive, and players who successfully bypass the ban (by using a relat
  6. Hoddie

    No fans

    Almost 1 in 1,000 Brits have died since the pandemic was declared, over and above what would normally have been expected for the same period. Not all have been ascribed to Covid-19 but this figure represents the 'excess' deaths. I'm not discounting the notion that it would be better to carry on as normal and accept that some people will die, I can't in good conscience argue either way, but I do wonder at what figure of excess deaths does everyone accept that a lockdown is necessary? 5 in 1,000? 10 in 1,000? 50? 100? I just wonder if we'd be having the same discussion if excess deaths had reach
  7. If streaming is a short-term thing then, to use your example, more Dover fans may choose to pay for it than the number who would have normally travelled to the Shay. But if streaming goes on for the entire season then numbers will drop unless Town or their rivals on any given day are involved in a promotion push or relegation battle. Let's assume its £10 per game, I doubt very many will pay to stream all 44 games. That's some wedge to pay out.
  8. Hoddie

    No fans

    Not much of a risk if you expect your cake either way. Indeed, but I won't be paying it.
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    No fans

    I wouldn't pay £15. It's too much imo.
  10. Hoddie

    No fans

    They are climbing, albeit slowly. It's a classic no-win situation for the government. If they lock down and successfully prevent a return to the large number of deaths we saw earlier in the year, they'll be accused of taking unnecessary draconian action (difficult to show success); or if they keep opening up as was planned until this week, only to then see a spike in deaths, they'll be criticised for not taking the warning signs seriously. The issue with this government is that they can't seem to make up their minds. It's one step forwards, two to the side, three back, another forwards, e
  11. Hoddie

    No fans

    Your first sentence may be correct but that doesn't make it acceptable. If everyone over the age of expectancy started dying off, the age of expectancy would come down pretty rapidly. Deaths are low in comparison to the recorded number of cases, but they are climbing and if it follows Spain the trend would remain upwards without further restrictions. I'm all for the Swedish model actually, life must go on and all that, but it relies on people using common sense and taking measured approaches to risky situations. Sadly there's a distinct lack of common sense everywhere you look, so I'
  12. Hoddie

    No fans

    If they award that to Serco we're all f****. Researching a vaccine is a specialised task. Testing is not, at least not anywhere near the same level of complexity. They're hiring people with no previous medical or lab experience to do it. I personally don't think we'll see a vaccine, at least one that gives permanent immunity like most.
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    No fans

    The fact they awarded Serco the contract says it all. It's been reported more than once that the NHS has spare capacity, but Serco won't pay to access it. We're in a pandemic - testing should be government-led, not done for profit imo.
  14. Hoddie

    No fans

    Ah yes, the Labour recession, not connected in any way to the global banking crisis. Funny how the Tories will get a free pass with the Covid-19 recession, just as they did with John Major's and Thatcher's, and Ted Heath's and Macmillan's, and Eden's and MacDonald's, and Disraeli's and Gascoyne-Cecil's, and Smith-Stanley's and Disraeli's other one. Truth is, you like most people have fallen for the Tory lie that you can't trust Labour with the economy. The media repeated it so often you didn't really stand a chance. I'll remind you again, even before Covid-19 was a thing, the Tories, sinc
  15. Hoddie

    No fans

    I'm exactly the same. I thought that they were initially acting based on what little was known about the virus, and with an eye on what happened elsewhere, albeit it a little later than they could have done. Since then they've increasingly pushed the science to one side while at the same time misusing parliamentary procedure and ignoring their own rules and guidelines as it suits them. There's very little about BoJo that is statesmanlike in the way he likes to think - I doubt very many currently have any faith in what he says, if only because he changes his mind every few days.
  16. Hoddie

    No fans

    So you think BoJo has done a better job than what Corbyn would have done? Why didn't you say that in the first place without insulting me? I actually agree with you. But that's not what you said.
  17. Hoddie

    No fans

    Of course others would have done better, and if you don't believe that then you're suggesting BoJo's response has been the best possible response that a UK government was capable of providing, which is absolute nonsense. They've stumbled from one idiotic decision to the next, even cancelling the daily press briefings so as to avoid scrutiny, all because Cummings got caught with his pants down.
  18. Hoddie

    Brown

    A footballer is paid by salary, not by the hour.
  19. Hoddie

    No fans

    This government has been a disgrace throughout. The term shambolic is generous. Not two weeks ago BoJo and his willing lapdog Gove were out there - against scientific advice - telling everyone to get back to work, the country needs you, etc., etc. Today both have changed it back to 'work from home if you can' - this type of reactionary Trump-esque government, driven by ideology and rhetoric is the worst kind of government you can have at a time like this. The economy, business and Joe Public need certainty right now. And this government has provided none of it. The science hasn't changed
  20. Hoddie

    No fans

    They should not have started this season. I said back in March that the 2019/20 season should be completed over the summer as restrictions allowed (behind closed doors if necessary), and that 2020/21 should be delayed indefinitely, maybe even skipped, until society could get back to some sort of normal. Clubs at this level cannot function without supporters, it took certain people almost a decade to learn that fact, seems that others still haven't. They should have furloughed everyone, mothballed the clubs and sat it out, paying off players as it became necessary. We were always going to
  21. Well, at least I think it's on about Spring Hall. I haven't found Elm Grove, but Elm View Nursing Home is over the road, as is Elm Gardens, and then there's the Elmwood Bus Garage adjacent. It could of course also be on about the Shay Estate, but that area was already widely known as the Shay Estate in 1913 and the Shay mansion had been demolished in or around 1903. Sandhall Lane was an appalling ground, with games regularly affected by fog and harsh winds, and it's fair to say that the club's progress was somewhat curtailed by the ground. It was a constant source of complaints in the Cou
  22. Hoddie

    Sundays

    I think playing a foreign team relies on that team coming to England on tour. Or us going to them like we did in Ireland a few years ago. Even a 'tour' elsewhere in UK would make a refreshing change from the usual friendlies, maybe along the south coast or Wales or something, but from a 'preparing for the season' perspective probably not a good idea.
  23. Hoddie

    Sundays

    I haven't done a second pass of the FCHT results yet, but I think I have most. Possibly missing some minor cups from the Unibond/Evo-Stik days but I haven't got to the final swing through that period yet.
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