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On 04/07/2019 at 20:45, lichtie23 said:

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Hope Stevenage get relegated simply for these eyesores

The navy one is a load of Jackson Pollocks.

Imagine getting that monstrosity for your birthday or Christmas! 😂

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The Wendies doing a Derby and Villa  with the owner buying the ground.

From the BBC football website:-

Sheffield Wednesday sold their Hillsborough stadium for about £60m to owner Dejphon Chansiri to try to ensure they did not breach spending rules.

Sheffield Wednesday Football Club Limited sold the ground for a profit of more than £38m, helping them record a pre-tax profit of £2.5m for 2017-18.

The accounts say an "income" of £61.2m is to come from "related parties".

Chansiri, their only active director, had previously said the club broke financial rules by "eight figures".

Without the sale of the ground, Wednesday would have posted a pre-tax loss of £35.4m.

Thai-owner Chansiri, who in June set up a new parent company - Sheffield Wednesday Holdings Limited - registered in Hong Kong, said in December 2018 that he was putting the club up for sale and admitted they had "problems" with the English Football League's profitability and sustainability rules (previously known as financial fair play, or FFP).

Both Derby County and Aston Villa have also sold their stadiums to their owners, who in turn have leased them back to their respective clubs, in recent months to help meet the spending rules.

With information on Hillsborough at the Land Registry showing the ground is still registered to the Championship club, football finance expert Kieran Maguire from the University of Liverpool said Wednesday should "clarify the situation".

He told BBC Radio Sheffield: "Wednesday needed to sell Hillsborough as they certainly would have breached financial fair play (rules) and been subject to a points penalty."

Spending rules in the Championship allow clubs to lose as much as £39m over three years. In the previous two years, the Owls recorded combined pre-tax losses of more than £30.5m.

Birmingham City were deducted nine points by the EFL last season for breaching profitability and sustainability rules.

Analysis

Mike McCarthy, BBC Radio Sheffield

There are some confusing things about the sale. I've asked Sheffield Wednesday when exactly it took place and they haven't been able to tell me. That immediately sets off some alarm bells.

In December, Mr Chansiri told a fans forum the club had broken the financial rules by an eight-figure sum - so at least £10m. Now for the same accounting period, Wednesday are showing a profit.

So if the ground had already been sold, or a contract was in place to sell it, why didn't Sheffield Wednesday tell anyone about it at that fans forum and put fans' minds at ease?

And why does the land registry still show Sheffield Wednesday as the owners of Hillsborough if it was sold months, possibly years ago?

Already we understand Sheffield Wednesday are working under a soft transfer embargo - that means they can sign some players, but they can't go big on transfer fees or wages.

And, long term, selling the stadium doesn't help much. You can only do it once, and that means Sheffield Wednesday's next accounts are likely to show another big loss. Without the stadium sale they'd have lost £35m this time.

So they still have to cut costs, and that has begun this summer with the release of half a dozen players from the first-team squad. But there's probably a lot more work to do.

 

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What's happening at Bury ?IMG_20190713_190137.thumb.jpg.16999fd6b99fe1eb075f89faaa574d32.jpg
They only have 7 registered players at the moment but due to non payment of wages they can give the Club notice to leave at any time so naturally they don't want to play. Manchester City have kicked them out of their old training ground, which they were using for free, due to failure to maintain the facilities. They also owe taxes so a winding up petition is on the horizon. If they get to the end of the season I will be amazed.

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Hopefully Chris Hughton is the man to get the season back on track and get us where we want to be
Or he knocks you back

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Steve Bruce in talks to manage Newcastle having managed Sunderland. Managing Sheffield Wednesday having managed Sheffield United. Managing Aston Villa having managed Birmingham City. His lack of loyalty to previous employers is curiously reassuring.

Pretty mental

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3 hours ago, G_Man1985 said:

Steve Bruce in talks to manage Newcastle having managed Sunderland. Managing Sheffield Wednesday having managed Sheffield United. Managing Aston Villa having managed Birmingham City. His lack of loyalty to previous employers is curiously reassuring.

Pretty mental

That's  how he got his bif flat nose.

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Bury given a 12 point deduction to start the season


So that’s both Bury and Bolton starting with a deduction in League One.

They’re both in such a state I don’t see them lasting the season.

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Has anyone done a Leeds game recently? If so, how did you find getting tickets? Guy at work is from Leeds and seems to reckon they sell out practically every week (or at least did last season).

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20 hours ago, Calvin Johnson said:

Has anyone done a Leeds game recently? If so, how did you find getting tickets? Guy at work is from Leeds and seems to reckon they sell out practically every week (or at least did last season).

Due to season ticket renewals and Gold membership uptake no tickets are going to be on sale to the general public this season.

 

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5 minutes ago, WALMOT said:

Due to season ticket renewals and Gold membership uptake no tickets are going to be on sale to the general public this season.

 

Cheers! Knocks that on the head then.

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On 23/07/2019 at 10:47, Calvin Johnson said:

Cheers! Knocks that on the head then.

More info from the OS:-

Details for supporters ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.

For the 2019/20 season, Members will continue to have an exclusive period to book their tickets ahead of general sale.

General sale commences upon conclusion of the Gold Members priority period, subject to availability. 

Due to the anticipated high demand for home match tickets, the number of tickets a Gold Member can purchase will be determined on a match by match basis.

It is highly likely that it will be capped at one ticket per Member, in order to make tickets accessible to more Members.

Therefore we strongly recommend all supporters purchase a Membership*.

This decision has been made in an effort to ensure paying Members have a greater chance of getting hold of a ticket for home games.

We currently have approximately 22,500 Gold Members, whilst there are just 7,000 general admission tickets available to purchase.

Reducing the amount of tickets each Member can purchase therefore opens up the opportunity for more paying Members to be able to attend home games. 

Whilst we appreciate this decision may be unpopular with some, we believe that this is the fairest way of operating our home ticket policy this coming season, especially given the rise in tickets appearing on unofficial ticket resale websites during the 2018/19 season. 

Our match ticket prices for the 2019/20 season have been frozen, however, we have introduced a new age category for those supporters aged 16 to 18 years.

Home match tickets can be booked online, via the Leeds United Call Centre on 0371 334 1992 or in person at the West Stand Ticket Office.

The Club are no longer accepting postal applications. 

Due to high demand for tickets and to ensure that all fans have the same opportunity to apply for match tickets, we do not currently offer a ‘guaranteed’ ticket booking service for group bookings. However, this is reviewed on a game by game basis. 

 

* Please note, a membership does not guarantee a ticket.

 

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Bury's first game of the season has now been postponed for failing to provide financial guarantees - what an absolute tinpot league the EFL is. Say what you like about the rest of Scottish football is managed, but the authorities (and, by extension, the fans who generally force their hand) are far better at dealing with financial basketcases than the piss-poor measures adopted south of the border. Bury should have been kicked out of the league weeks ago. 

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