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Interested to see if this will result in a Highland League restart.

Think there’s more to it than just getting fans in the door though

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3 hours ago, Dons_1988 said:

Great news if true.

Scottish football being Scottish football there will be plenty clubs in higher tier areas complaining it's not fair.

Celtic will have a statement out saying they could bus in the Elgin CSC safely to Parkhead.

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Redundancies at Peterhead Football Club

Oct 28, 2020

Peterhead Football Club regret to advise that 29 part-time and occasional staff are to be made redundant at the end of this month when the Government Furlough scheme comes to an end.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a catastrophic impact on the club with both the football and hospitality revenue streams having been effectively turned off since March this year.

Despite matches having resumed behind closed doors at the beginning of this month,  the fact that there are no fans and no match day hospitality at games has placed serious financial constraints on the club. The facilities at Balmoor Stadium operate normally seven days a week with meeting rooms and function rooms regularly being hired out almost on a daily basis. With the exception of the new and innovative Coffee Shop which is running on reduced hours and with a skeleton staff,  the stark reality is that there is no work for the vast majority of our dedicated team of staff. Unfortunately, the new Government Job Retention Scheme which commences in November has no provision for our part-time and occasional staff.

Many of those effected are single parents who rely on their jobs with the club to supplement their income and in many cases their jobs provide the only social interaction they have outside the family home. There are also a number of instances where more than one family member from the same household will be impacted.

Peterhead FC are extremely grateful for the financial aid received through the grant funding made available by philanthropist James Anderson via the SPFL Trust and have thanked him personally for his generous support. However, it should be noted that this funding is ring-fenced for community based projects only, and it is therefore understandable that staff may have difficulty in fully appreciating why the club can be seen to be supporting local charities etc whilst at the same time cutting jobs.

Peterhead FC’s reputation for providing top class hospitality at Balmoor Stadium is second to none and is often the envy of clubs playing at a far higher level than that of SPFL1. A large proportion of the credit for that is down to the quality of our dedicated staff, a fact that has not been lost on the Board.

Everyone at the club has taken their share of the financial cut-backs over the recent months including the players, senior staff and management. The club are indebted to everyone who has helped to shoulder the financial burden and the decision to let staff go has only been made after a great deal consideration and deliberation,  and only after every other alternative option had been explored.

Peterhead Football Club urge the Scottish football authorities to make further representation to the Scottish Government in order to address the serious financial implications of playing behind closed doors for lower league clubs before we start seeing communities throughout the country being subjected to  further devastation by their demise and ultimate disappearance altogether.

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Apparently County, ICT and Elgin are all in a "Tier 1" region so could get fans in after Mondays announcement.
Everywhere else starting at "Tier 2/3" I think.
Any idea why RC are pitching so low, 750 being about a 9th of capacity ?

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1 minute ago, Billy Jean King said:
9 hours ago, RandomGuy. said:
Apparently County, ICT and Elgin are all in a "Tier 1" region so could get fans in after Mondays announcement.
Everywhere else starting at "Tier 2/3" I think.

Any idea why RC are pitching so low, 750 being about a 9th of capacity ?

Its only home fans?

Shirley Temple Giggle GIF

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I have some concerns if this is really the questions the SPFL board are asking the clubs.

Firstly, Doncaster said in his press release last week that the board were asking for a "clearly limited and specific degree of authority in the event of the season not being completed"

But the very first question is the board asking for support for "broad powers to manage COVID-19 related disruption".

We're now at the stage where teams are going to act in self-interest. I think that 42 clubs acting in self-interest is more likely to lead to a fairer resolution of things than the 6 clubs on the board acting in self-interest.

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/54723259

Peterhead general manager Martin Johnston is "surprised" other clubs have not announced redundancies after the League 1 club let go 29 people.

When the government's furlough scheme closes at the end of October, the group of part-time and occasional staff - mainly in hospitality - will leave.

Johnston says the lack of fans has put Peterhead under "serious constraints".

"For a club that has no money coming in, it is near impossible to continue to pay staff to sit at home," he said.

"I suspect Peterhead will not be the only club going into this situation and there will be hundreds, if not thousands, of businesses that will be making similar decisions as ours this week.

"We have no impending fears on the future of the club but we do have concerns that if we are in a similar situation come December, January, February then it may well be a different conversation."

A number of clubs in the lower leagues are streaming their games in a bid to claw back some of their lost income while fans are locked out.

However, for Peterhead that has failed to fill the financial black hole that the Covid-19 crisis has caused.

"When we played Brechin City in the League Cup we had 69 pay-per-view customers," Johnston said. "That generated £690. We normally take in somewhere in the region of a five-figure fee for a home game - that is the difference."

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1 minute ago, G51 said:

We're now at the stage where teams are going to act in self-interest. I think that 42 clubs acting in self-interest is more likely to lead to a fairer resolution of things than the 6 clubs on the board acting in self-interest.

Every club will act in self-interest apart from Sevco, Hearts, Inverness CT, Partick Thistle, Falkirk and Stranraer imo.

They will do what is best for Scottish football as a whole.

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3 minutes ago, Szamo's_Ammo said:

Every club will act in self-interest apart from Sevco, Hearts, Inverness CT, Partick Thistle, Falkirk and Stranraer imo.

They will do what is best for Scottish football as a whole.

Well of course, those are the only Clubs (capital C) with any honour left in the Scottish game.

The rest of the clubs (lower case c) are little more than spineless buffoons.

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38 minutes ago, G51 said:

Well of course, those are the only Clubs (capital C) with any honour left in the Scottish game.

The rest of the clubs (lower case c) are little more than spineless buffoons.

How very true.

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2 hours ago, Szamo's_Ammo said:

Every club will act in self-interest apart from Sevco, Hearts, Inverness CT, Partick Thistle, Falkirk and Stranraer imo.

They will do what is best for Scottish football as a whole.

What would D Utd do? Or what should they do?

What is best for Scottish football as a whole? Do you think punishing teams beyond what a typical relegation represents is best for Scottish football? In some cases demoting teams only a few points behind with 24 to play for? What part of Scottish football is that good for?

If Hearts and Thistle had been relegated normally, as some on here try to make out, we would have been relegated into fully functioning leagues. It was very clear that wasn't going to be the case. We were being demoted into leagues that would be truncated at best and could possibly have to mothball due to the lack of resources of most of the teams in it.

That made the demotion much more than a regular relegation for the team at the bottom of the league. It was an additional punishment on top of an economic crisis. That's why reconstruction to ensure all the teams that could play a full fixture list and pay for testing etc were able to play was and is the best option if the games couldn't be played to a finish.

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On 23/10/2020 at 10:12, RandomGuy. said:

He still doesn't understand you can simultaneously think Doncaster/SPFL board are hopeless, and think they done nothing wrong this Summer.

You can simultaneously think that, but it makes you an idiot.

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You can simultaneously think that, but it makes you an idiot.
Dont you have a Guardian Golf article deadline to get on with?

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2 hours ago, SJP79 said:

France going into full lockdown on Friday for at least the whole of November 

Will they grow Moustaches?

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3 hours ago, Szamo's_Ammo said:

Every club will act in self-interest apart from Sevco, Hearts, Inverness CT, Partick Thistle, Falkirk and Stranraer imo.

They will do what is best for Scottish football as a whole.

^^^ click bait ^^^

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1 hour ago, Fife Saint said:

Dont you have a Guardian Golf article deadline to get on with?

One of the funny things about this whole thing is people thinking Ewan Murray is the only annoyed Jambo out there and that this annoyance is somehow unjustified. 

Because St J and any other club would of course have just accepted it without a peep. Or Dundee would of course have voted the same way if they'd been 4 points behind Utd instead of how ever many it was.

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14 minutes ago, 8GamesToGo said:

One of the funny things about this whole thing is people thinking Ewan Murray is the only annoyed Jambo out there and that this annoyance is somehow unjustified. 

Because St J and any other club would of course have just accepted it without a peep. Or Dundee would of course have voted the same way if they'd been 4 points behind Utd instead of how ever many it was.

No other club would have spent the money hearts did taking the league to court.

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15 hours ago, RandomGuy. said:

Apparently County, ICT and Elgin are all in a "Tier 1" region so could get fans in after Mondays announcement.

Everywhere else starting at "Tier 2/3" I think.

If we're still in the same boat come December, the SFA should genuinely think about moving the Scottish Cup final to Inverness, Dingwall or Elgin and letting the good people of those towns attend the game.

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/54727478

Dundee United are in talks with their players over wage deferrals or cuts.

No agreement has yet been reached and it remains unclear whether all players and staff are included in the discussions amid reports that new signings will be excluded.

United owner Mark Ogren has told the Evening Telegraph that "everything is on the table" apart from redundancies.

Scottish Premiership sides Rangers, Celtic, Hibernian and Aberdeen already have reductions or deferrals in place.

American Ogren reaffirmed his commitment to newly-promoted United, but conceded the club haven't budgeted for fans being kept out of grounds beyond October.

He said the continued absence of supporters amid the Covid-19 pandemic, coupled with a lack of financial support from government, has prompted cost-cutting measures that "could get messy".

Speaking to the Evening Telegraph, Ogren said: "We expected some fans back.

"We have to plan now for the worst-case scenario of no fans this season. We'd also like to think there will be some government assistance coming but we can't plan for that either.

"Just to be clear, we're only doing this because of Covid but I do have concerns for the future of Scottish football.

"How can businesses continue to operate when customers are banned? In this case our fans. That's a recipe for disaster quite frankly."

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