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« Reply #5610 on: Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 07:15:47 »

That includes outlying Towns, and Swindon has a few less to add on - you are probably comparing with close to 250k in the same area for Swindon (before you get too far and start adding in Wiltshire Towns).

Anyway you cut it, their average is impressive as a % of the population, especially given the location of competing teams and their size vs. Swindon.

In our defence, Swindon is very much a suburb of London these days, with the vast majority of population growth having been commuter traffic.

Also, Swindon has to compete with the big clubs on our doorstep like Liverpool, Manchester United etc.

East Anglia always surprises me, smaller places like Ipswich and Norwich get decent home crowds.
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« Reply #5611 on: Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 13:42:54 »

The North East has the advantage being in the far reaches of the country, and having comparatively few league football clubs.

Draw a line across the country through Harrogate and Morecambe and, North of that, there's 2 clubs in the West, Barrow and Carlisle; and in the East, 4, Newcastle, Sunderland, Hartlepool and Boro.

The latter two draw a fair amount of support from North Yorkshire as well as Teeside. Sunderland get support from across Wearside, and scrap with the Toon for supporters in that urban, suburban sprawl that runs down the A194 into County Durham. Newcastle have pretty much the whole of Northumberland as their catchment area as well the urban area of Newcastle, Gateshead and South Shields.

Those two bigger clubs have a history of past glory so there are a good few that travel across from Cumbria as well.

In the same sort of geographical area we have the two Bristol clubs, Forest Green and Cheltenham, Oxford, Reading and Wycombe, and Bournemouth, Southampton and Portsmouth to our South.

So the far north has a population of 4.3m or so and 6 clubs. We have a population from Bristol to Berkshire and down through Hampshire of about 5.5m and 11 league clubs  trying to attract support.

That's without allowing for the fact that half the population in Swindon are descendants of London expats that can follow their family club easily enough from here.

So not surprising they get better support.
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« Reply #5612 on: Monday, December 13, 2021, 12:39:06 »

The Champions League draw having to be redrawn! Amateur hour!

Uefa's statement: "Following a technical problem with the software of an external service provider that instructs the officials as to which teams are eligible to play each other, a material error occurred in the draw for the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.

"As a result of this, the draw has been declared void and will be entirely redone at 1500 CET."
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« Reply #5613 on: Monday, December 13, 2021, 12:47:11 »

It's all getting a bit Masi.
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« Reply #5614 on: Monday, December 13, 2021, 12:48:01 »

Club lawyers sighing and cancelling their Christmas plans across Europe. Any club that gets a significantly harder draw now is going to be fuming.
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« Reply #5615 on: Monday, December 13, 2021, 13:18:47 »

I think this dog had the right idea about the UEFA conference league.

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« Reply #5616 on: Tuesday, December 21, 2021, 16:54:49 »

'ark at this joker moaning about having to play 2 games in 4 days!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/59745954

With the caveat of course that I have no idea how many fit players they have sidelined with Covid, but they have a massive squad of players so i'm sure they could field a half decent line-up with subs.
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« Reply #5617 on: Tuesday, December 28, 2021, 13:18:17 »

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/59797491

Money well spent, City  Eek
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« Reply #5618 on: Tuesday, December 28, 2021, 13:20:47 »

Must be about the 10th year in a row Shitty have had a deficit of 10m+.
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« Reply #5619 on: Tuesday, December 28, 2021, 13:30:48 »

Yeah, but 38.4m in one season - albeit a Covid season!

I keep thinking if there is a similar kind of club to ourselves in the Championship that appears to be at least half sustainable without an owner propping them up.

Edit: probably Luton
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« Reply #5620 on: Tuesday, December 28, 2021, 13:47:21 »


Be interesting to see how much the rugby club loses also.
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« Reply #5621 on: Tuesday, December 28, 2021, 13:54:53 »

The Union salary cap is 5m a season total, it's a tiny fraction of the football club. Admittedly they supposedly pay Piatau 1m outside the cap, but if you consider that would make him the best paid player in the league, it puts the two sides of Landsdown's sports empire in perspective. Football is crazy expensive.
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« Reply #5622 on: Tuesday, December 28, 2021, 13:55:24 »

Be interesting to see how much the rugby club loses also.
Shitheads forum seem to think he cares way more about rugger than he does about them, I would say that constant 10m+ losses every year, year on year proves the opposite.
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« Reply #5623 on: Tuesday, December 28, 2021, 13:58:58 »

They are getting into FFP breach territory, too, and the points deduction that could bring. Noticeable the losses are 600,000 short of the acceptable limit on losses.

Without Derby and Reading already having points deducted theyd be looking at relegation this season.
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« Reply #5624 on: Tuesday, December 28, 2021, 16:18:52 »

City did refund their season ticket holders on a game by game basis though!

Lansdown is getting more bang from his bucks spending the money on Bristol Rugby and raising the Bristol sporting profile than bumbling along in the Championship with City.
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