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  1. This was always going to happen, the top end of the game has been in the hands of big money for years, there is no level playing field anymore and the FA , the EFL and Sky have all been implicit by allowing the monster to be created. I have gone to football since I was a young kid, I have a season ticket already purchased which will probably be valid now for next season, but will be watching my team play league 1 football for the third time in the last 21 years since relegation from the Premier League, and that is mostly because the club has been financially mismanaged chasing the Premier League 'dream'. But for the fact I go with my son and one of my grandsons I probably wouldn't bother anymore, it's just not the same as it used to be, the target audience has seen the emphasis on TV rights, coverage and viewing figures over the attraction of the traditional supporter, who is still more likely to be ignored and sometimes even demonised in that pursuit by the authorities running the game, most of them will be livid with these proposals because of the effect it will probably have on their brands rather than supporters of football clubs.
  2. The world will never be rid of out and out cranks and that is a fact, some would argue that as a society we are creating more, but what a lot of the usual commentators often fail to mention or maybe deliberately oversee, is that while ever as a society we seek to excuse, or allow bad behaviour and a general lack of respect to flourish amongst 'some' of our children, things will not improve. My better half has spent the last 20 years working as a classroom assistant in a Sheffield primary school, most of it with children with behavioral problems, some of the physical assaults and foul mouthed tirades she has endured, from children under the age of 10 and the stories she has told me, make me wonder what these kids are going to be like when they are adults. As an 'old school' member of society I was physically punished as a child by my parents and by my teachers when I did wrong, that was the way, I was taught to be respectful and to only use violence as a means of self defence, I grew up with brothers and we fought often and sometimes violently, but I have never gone out to insult, injure or assault anyone that I didn't know on the streets, unless it was in self defence and neither have they. I brought my own children up and disciplined them, I believe that when it is done in the right way at an a appropriate level it is an effective tool, but I would guess that many of those crying out for 'harsher' sentences today would probably excuse some of those ill disciplined children mentioned earlier, and I find that a little strange and hypocritical. I have now got grand children who can't and won't be disciplined the way we were, but I won't be around to see the results of the liberal modern day corrective methods, that are clearly making everything so much better than it used to be (cough cough). Allowing young people to grow up with little or no respect for others is at the heart of the problem, so just giving people harsher prison sentences will not necessarily lead to improvement in the future, we have seen it has not worked well in other areas already, nipping behavioral problems in the bud while they are young seems more of an appropriate 'long term' action to me, and yes I know there are no perfect solutions and I doubt there ever will be.
  3. This is what happens when 'someone' controls a football club, not all decisions the owner makes will be agreeable to the paying supporters or right in the long term for the club, I think they have made a big mistake letting Wilder go, he may well personally go on to manage a bigger and better club, but as a Wednesday fan who has seen dem Blades having a laugh at our expense this last couple of years, I will have a little chuckle to myself if this decision backfires when thinking of those
  4. ....... of course there would be no domestic violence under a Labour government eh, mental health issues have been recently exacerbated by a national lockdown, but have also become more prevalent by media induced paranoia, both online and in the mainstream, societies so called 'progress' over the last 30 years or so has been etched with the constant desire to claim some sort of victim hood, there has always been good and bad people and everything inbetween, but as a society we have lost perspective in a cult like self righteous pursuit, very little to do with your nonsensical claim about what people have been voting for, because people have generally just been voting against the alternatives, or have you not noticed ! Police work much like the work of many others these days is hindered by much of the modern day nonsense driven by so called progressives.
  5. Yes it is money that dictates the status of the game, has been for a long time now, calling for the season to be stopped or even cancelled has consequences for that very reason, no games = no sponsorship money, no live TV money etc because these things are all contracted in and are generally the only thing preventing the majority of clubs going under because they have no income but are paying their players, staff etc what they are contracted to. Anyone with any great ideas please step forward now, because if you are capable of resolving this issue and then maybe you can do the same with the wider economic damage caused by the virus and lockdown measures !
  6. An update or plug in can corrupt the site, sounds like your site is hosted so running anti virus or malware checks on your own computer is pointless, if your site has been maliciously removed then contacting the provider who you pay to host the site is your first move, if and when it is sorted make sure the site is backed up as Jomie wrote.
  7. Creepy Joe will get the muck raked on him and his policies dissed just as Trump's were, it's tit for tat now in politics and the media the world over, is there some common ground you can find that is suddenly going to change that ? It's the same here in the UK the opposites push each other further apart, but one side aided by the MSM and big tech wants to silence the other more !
  8. 4 people died, one of them a woman who was shot dead, but you won't see any outrage about that, what you see in the MSM is clearly deluding you, do you visit the US much or just an armchair expert ?
  9. Only turn up to see the blades lol Twenty years outside the top flight and Wednesday only twice dropped below the 20,000 average mark, in that same twenty years despite being in the Premier League twice, United averaged under 20,000 nine times, we won't even mention the previous twenty years because it's even worse and of course the banter is only valid if it's here and now, give me strength, dem 30,000 Blades !
  10. Brilliant, the definitive "my dads bigger than yours" response, your giving yourself away too easily lol Your still not willing to acknowledge the historical fact that Wednesday statistically have been the better supported team since records began, but but are happy to emphasise the point that United have had 30, 000 averages 3 times since Wednesday last have, because it makes you feel better, it's OK I get it, no need to be mardy, it's only banter fella 🤣 Who knows maybe in twenty years time if we are still around (and there is no guarantee) but you might then be able to say that United are the most successful and best supported club this city has ever seen, not that it means that much in the wider context of football and success generally, so hey enjoy your moment ! Oh BTW Wednesday had 38,000 just to watch Wycombe back in 2012 by your logic, we also gave you a reduced amount of tickets because we can sell them to our own part time supporters, we have them too just like United
  11. You keep backing up my point though, I think you are bothered about the 'my dads bigger than yours stuff, it seems blatantly evident in your reply ! I posted fact too: Quote = Re, the 'bigger' attendances /better support argument, comparably over the years in terms of numbers and more consistently ... there's only one winner ... Wednesday, home and away ! (I backed the home attendance averages up with links to the statistics) And you keep posting your 30,000 jibe, which many Blades now throw into the banter about support, which typifies the fist rule of banter, when your on top you want to dish it out but when your not you don't, selective banter is easy, lot's of posters do it, but a lot of Blade posters noticeably disappeared off here when Wednesday got promoted back in 2012 and United were stuck in League One for a few more seasons, what your implying is that because your team is better at the moment we should only have banter about the here and now, it seems that just like the support at S2 your not bothered about it unless your top dog Like I said in my earlier post, and my point is it has all been done to death over the years, posters do just come on with the 'my dads bigger than yours stuff', that's exactly what banter is .... at the moment neither side is getting any support and neither side is doing very well which in turn reduces the 'banter'. Which in fact is the point the very first poster in the thread was making.
  12. History does mean something when it comes to banter, because we all argue about it, your post just proves it ! And yes with 'history' up comes the 30,000 average thing as usual, so when both Sheffield clubs were last in the Premier League at the same time, back in the 1990's, (a time which preceded the attendance boom of recent years, and consequently has seen United average 30,000 twice), United's average attendance was lower than Wednesday's. So based on comparable 'history' how many do you think Wednesday could have averaged had they got back in the Premier League in the last 20 years ? United have averaged less than 20,000 far more frequently than Wednesday since the 1960s and once averaged less than 10,000 too, here is the proof and a bit more besides : SUFC average attendance stats SWFC average attendance stats Re, the 'bigger' attendances /better support argument, comparably over the years in terms of numbers and more consistently ... there's only one winner ... Wednesday, home and away ! You forgot to mention the state of the rust bucket compared to the cricket ground and the better Academy, as a Wednesday fan of many many years I can accept we are second to United at the moment but historically that has not always been the case and you should accept it. I have never said we are a big club BTW
  13. Brian is quite a character and well known amongst Sheffield's amateur footballing community, he is also getting on in years, he is just a WUM, there is an old thread about him somewhere on this forum BTW. As for Blades and Owls banter it died a death in it's original form on here quite a few years ago, there is the odd jab thrown now and again but many of the 'hardcore' banter merchants got banned or lost interest eventually, anyway there is only a few things to argue about really and they have all been done to death, take your pick from the subjects of best club, best team, best players, best supporters, best matches and of course barring the last twenty years Wednesday tend to come out on top most frequently 😉 Older club Built their own ground (which was bigger in capacity and much better than the cricket ground for much of it's history) Had historically 'slightly' more (and recent) success trophy wise Played in Europe Generally been the better supported club over the years Need I go on lol
  14. Always a bit of aggro at Barnsley and last season was no different, plenty of coppers but the the fans can not be kept apart very well as they mingle and cross paths going back into the town centre and the train station, there is always a face off and a bit of handbags, I have only seen video footage of the outcome of this incident and not everything leading up to it, but having read reports online it sounds like the lad was involved in an altercation and the copper gave him a crack, I have traditionally backed some of the heavy handed policing in violent situations over the years, however in recent years police 'inactivity' when dealing with some violent protests and aggressive protesters has convinced me of their double standards. Football fans generally have been treated quite badly for many years in comparison, I have seen many incidents at football up and down the country first hand, it seems the copper was out of order in this incident and his actions more comparable with how police deal with rowdy football fans on parts of the continent and not here in the UK.
  15. There is only one thing I find worse than ignorant, and that is ignorance coupled with arrogance, I disagree with Anna B frequently but she was correct in her statement that you highlighted in the quote, and that is what many people vote against, people are not voting for Trump or Johnson etc ... they are voting against the likes of you, people who think everyone should think like them or they are stupid, not educated enough blah blah blah you should listen to yourself fella. I was 30 plus years in the AEU, MSF, Unite unions even been a rep, but I will never vote Labour again in my life, because Labour has been taken over by that very same arrogant ignorance displayed by those very same 'better than you' identity politic riddled 'middle class' attitudes, little wonder that many working class people have turned against it don't you think ?
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