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  1. It wasn't part time clubs it was full time and part time clubs - don't recall any real effort by the full time clubs trying to bring about a pyramid or end the closed shop over those decades. Indeed they preferred to cast smaller clubs out and restrict access - hence proposals over the years to reduce the size of the SFL and then the breakaway SPL with its self protecting rules. Over and above that the Leagues not in the SFL were regional and worst of all the juniors on their own volition wished to more or less sit outside it all thus inhibiting the credibility and standing of the senior game outwith the SFL.
  2. That would seem to be roughly what democracy is - where individual desires are expressed as votes and the majority wins. Indeed any selfishness in the system is primarily because full time clubs exercise the majority of the voting power.
  3. Well yes Rangers for one did so when there was no need for it. All the points made on this are subjective but maybe your overall inference could be considered grossly selfish. Some gratitude for the assistance actually received in these hard times might be more apt rather than casting envious eyes elsewhere.
  4. There certainly is - my own club when it competed in the Championship had a much larger 'spend'/ cost base than when it was in L2. That is a competitive issue nothing to do with full time v part time. A full time team in L1 wouldn't normally be paying the same level of wages as a full time club in the Championship. A part time team in the Championship would normally be paying an appreciably higher level of wages than a part time team in L1.
  5. Grants weren't meant to be means tested on average attendances. That was only a suggested possible methodology and clubs submitted that and other data. Average attendances of course are skewed by many factors such as some clubs include all season ticket holders in their attendance others exclude non-attending season ticket holders from the attendance figure (my own included). Then again some clubs issue free season tickets to some groups of supporters or allow kids in free. All impact on average attendances. Per division seems a reasonable and justifiable approach.
  6. I spoke to Ross yesterday. There was a 6 week review with x-rays carried out and the bones are healing in the manner hoped. So he is now able to get on his feet and walk with aid of one crutch. Pain from leg is not too much but foot pain now caused by not being walking for a period. Physio is required to help recovery - hopes then to be able to maybe start some sort of running by the 12 week stage.
  7. I am not sure there is any great insight generally held as regards the quality of any presentations made by Chemical Ali. Comical Ali though might be a more apt comparison.
  8. That's maybe an overly simple view. A curtailed season raises many of the questions about sporting integrity again - teams doing well will be all for it those at the other end of the League will be agin it. Instead of say 17/19 more games to turn your season round you get only 8/9. A bad run of form or injuries gives little chance to recover as compared to a normal season. Then you will get a debate about whether play offs will apply. Clubs already submitted their individual views as to what should be done/process if season was curtailed - I expect these would show a wide range of opinions and all these views would likely now be impacted by that club's current situation/position.
  9. Hmm it's a pity you don't grasp the difference between conjecture and an informed comment - you try the old fake news tactic - maybe trying to appreciate the factors at play and the nuances instead of the one dimensional Trump like approach would serve you better likely as not. Nuff said though.
  10. Ah I see you are choosing to go for an absolutely literal interpretation rather than a more nuanced one. In reality relatively moneyed and full time clubs like Falkirk and Partick and QP were ready and willing to step up and play other full time clubs and/or at a higher level if part time/less affluent clubs were inclined not to play. L2 clubs places could have been filled by clubs from LL/HL stepping in to make up the numbers. There was no suggestion these artificial advancements would later be reversed to restore the clubs in abeyance to where they had been. The word most refers to the clubs who might have decided not to play - likely a small number of clubs not a whole league.
  11. It does apply in practice as many clubs have already signed players in January
  12. Not true - clubs in Championship/L1/L2 were asked to commit to playing a season and deciding how many games would constitute said season. They could hibernate but that would likely have meant demotion for most of them when they restarted. With that in mind and with the prevailing views/wisdom in the game being that full testing would not be required at these levels and that crowds would return in a few months, clubs went ahead.
  13. It's not as simple as that for qualifying for Furlough - rules include : You can only claim for furloughed employees that were employed and on payroll on 30 October 2020. This means you must have made a PAYE RTI submission to HMRC between 20 March 2020 and 30 October 2020, notifying a payment of earnings for that employee. Thus if you brought in any new players in current window you cant get furlough payments for them
  14. Other than they might be signed on Monday and available to play on Tuesday? Unless there's a registration rule I'm unaware of? For a postponed match in the Scottish Cup only players registered with the club at the time of the originally scheduled match can play
  15. Incoming players has no relevance as regards this Scottish Cup tie
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