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48 minutes ago, Shaytrev said:

Drove past the ground last year going over the bridge crossing the Moray Firth, much more picturesque than Salford.

Pretty much as far north as their main leagues go. 

There might be one or two Highland league teams further north but not many.

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27 minutes ago, Flea said:

Interesting how some financial doping is deemed worse than others.

Wasn't it Real Madrid that sold their training ground to the Spanish government, then immediately bought it back for pennies when they were close to hitting the wall financially a few years ago? Then we have the match rigging that plagues Italy....

I don't like what Man City are doing in their spend to win model, however they are far from the only team to do it, and the landscape is set up for certain clubs due to location rather than others. A club like Ajax for example can dominate domestically, however they get less than the team finishing bottom of the Premier League in terms of prize money. In many ways they will never be able to compete consistently at the top table. 

The answer to the first sentence is that Man City are new money and the elite don’t like new, they like the status quo, they want to ensure that the elite stays as the elite. Financial Fair Play wasn’t introduced to prevent clubs heading for disaster, it was introduced by the elite to make sure the small clubs remain just that, small. To stop clubs like Man City from smashing down the barriers and joining the party. Another club taking from the pot means less money for the already established elite.


During the noughties the four English champions league places (apart from one or two exceptions) were taken by Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool. Then a decade ago Man City’s billions came into play and those four became scared that one would be missing out on champions league revenue (after all everyone knows 5 won’t go into 4) and that had to be protected. Hence FFP was created. Another club also now competing for the few genuine world class players also makes it harder for those that have been pushed out to now attract those players. How many world class players now want to join Arsenal, or even to a lesser extent Man Utd. The mediocrity that has now come at these clubs that have suddenly missed out on a couple of seasons of champions league revenue is partly why clubs like Leicester and Wolves are now forcing their way in and creating competition to a league that was dominated by the big few.

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9 minutes ago, neilstewart said:

The answer to the first sentence is that Man City are new money and the elite don’t like new, they like the status quo, they want to ensure that the elite stays as the elite. Financial Fair Play wasn’t introduced to prevent clubs heading for disaster, it was introduced by the elite to make sure the small clubs remain just that, small. To stop clubs like Man City from smashing down the barriers and joining the party. Another club taking from the pot means less money for the already established elite.


During the noughties the four English champions league places (apart from one or two exceptions) were taken by Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool. Then a decade ago Man City’s billions came into play and those four became scared that one would be missing out on champions league revenue (after all everyone knows 5 won’t go into 4) and that had to be protected. Hence FFP was created. Another club also now competing for the few genuine world class players also makes it harder for those that have been pushed out to now attract those players. How many world class players now want to join Arsenal, or even to a lesser extent Man Utd. The mediocrity that has now come at these clubs that have suddenly missed out on a couple of seasons of champions league revenue is partly why clubs like Leicester and Wolves are now forcing their way in and creating competition to a league that was dominated by the big few.

New money, and Muslim money too.

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30 minutes ago, Erik Everhard said:

Pretty much as far north as their main leagues go. 

There might be onepe two Highland league teams further north but not many.

Ross County, SPL. 

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18 minutes ago, Erik Everhard said:

Are they further north? Never knew that. Are they more central?

About 15 miles North West of Inverness

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7 hours ago, Erik Everhard said:

Pretty much as far north as their main leagues go. 

There might be one or two Highland league teams further north but not many.

Ross County are the most northerly Pro Club in Britain. They are based in Dingwall, not that far from Inverness.

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Seem to remember a cracking pre season trip v raith rovers few years ago when they had nacho novo playing for them , followed by an equally cracking overnight stay in Dunfermline 

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8 hours ago, Erik Everhard said:

Pretty much as far north as their main leagues go. 

There might be one or two Highland league teams further north but not many.

I’ve been past forres mechanics...nice ground, loads of ‘nice’ grounds in the Scottish league. Brora and wick in the highland league are further north. 

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23 hours ago, neilstewart said:

The answer to the first sentence is that Man City are new money and the elite don’t like new, they like the status quo, they want to ensure that the elite stays as the elite. Financial Fair Play wasn’t introduced to prevent clubs heading for disaster, it was introduced by the elite to make sure the small clubs remain just that, small. To stop clubs like Man City from smashing down the barriers and joining the party. Another club taking from the pot means less money for the already established elite.


During the noughties the four English champions league places (apart from one or two exceptions) were taken by Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool. Then a decade ago Man City’s billions came into play and those four became scared that one would be missing out on champions league revenue (after all everyone knows 5 won’t go into 4) and that had to be protected. Hence FFP was created. Another club also now competing for the few genuine world class players also makes it harder for those that have been pushed out to now attract those players. How many world class players now want to join Arsenal, or even to a lesser extent Man Utd. The mediocrity that has now come at these clubs that have suddenly missed out on a couple of seasons of champions league revenue is partly why clubs like Leicester and Wolves are now forcing their way in and creating competition to a league that was dominated by the big few.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-8005751/Financial-Fair-Play-UEFA-protection-racket-payback-clubs-hate-Manchester-City.html

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