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  1. Impressive stats here, but seriously concerned at the "guesstimated" figures for player wages... I'm sure that the HMRC would be interested to read this. If a player is signed on a professional contact then he is obliged to receive the NMW for their age regardless if they play for the U17s, U20s or 1st team. Players hours include the time they arrive until the time they leave the stadium on a match day, training hours and time spent on club transport travelling to and from games. Players also must receive holiday pay and all the other benefits under employment law. It would be illegal to pay a professional player anything less than an average of £110 per week based on training twice a week and a match on a Saturday. So there are 2 possible situations here... Highland League clubs (From Fort William to Formartine) are either working within the law.... or they aren't! ...answers on a postcard!
  2. Interesting article from a few years back... https://caleythistleonline.com/topic/26107-formartine-club-crest/
  3. Cove regularly drew crowds of 70 to 80 when they were at Allan Park and would break into 3 figures for bigger ties. This doubled when they groundshared at Inverurie presumably because the locos fans don't really travel to their away games. Cove had decent crowds for their play off games and there will be a fair bit of interest initially in SPFL2 but I will be surprised if they will have crowds exceeding 200 once the have settled in to the new league and the novelty factor has worn off.
  4. Appropriate term cos both sets of fans were "trading" insults!
  5. Certainly got the impression that many of the Cove "fans" travelling to Berwick had never been to a game of football before let alone a Cove game. They seemed at a loss as to how to celebrate with their "heroes" at the final whistle...(what was the steward thinking about when he opened the gate to let them into the pitch?). Coves real support was there however as I spotted the 1 man and his dug wandering aimlessly around the goalmouth! On a more serious note... will Cove find themselves up in front of the SPFL beaks for allowing their fans to make a bee lined for the home support after the game. Bazaar situation on the far side of the pitch when the away fans were on the pitch and goading the home fans with anti English jibes!
  6. That's a pretty accurate figure I would say... the minimum cost to a club signing any player on a professional contract based on the NMW and NI & EC is £85 per week taking training, match time and traveling (if on the a club bus). A squad of 20 players over a 40 week contract works out at £68k a year not including bonuses. Many clubs budget on another 12 players eligible to play at U21 and/or U18 level so its fair to work out that the most basic of wage bill for a club signing professional players is circa £100k a year. Remember, this is the MINIMUM due to NMW legislation!
  7. Obviously once a ref always a ref... whit does this guy know about the people of Moray? Stick to running the red, white and blue toon! https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/politics/1349233/former-ref-defends-ross/
  8. Excellent display by the Blue Toon today. The jury is still out as far as McLean is concerned but full credit to him for that wonder strike from all of 25+ yards! His goal was almost upstaged by the brawl (handbags) on the touchline between the 2 goalkeeping coaches! Amazed that the Clyde number 6 did not join them in the stand. How can a sliding tackle (his boot caught the Peterhead player on the chest) made on a player AFTER the ball is already out of play, not be deemed anything other than a red card is beyond me?
  9. Tickets possibly offered to Elgin in advance to avoid ticket office congestion on the day. Elgin poster slightly misleading as tickets definitely will be readily available on the day. Peterhead appear to be trying to address the issue of fans arriving at 5 to 3 then complaining about missing kick off cause they havnt bought their tickets. Also now policy that you can't get into the bar at Balmoor prematch unless you've purchased your ticket. A couple of times last season there were lengthy delays caused by punters coming out of the bar at 5 to 3 expecting to have time to go and buy a ticket and still make kick off time. System seems to be working quite well!
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