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  1. I really don’t want any ST refund. I’m no worse off than before, the club can’t afford to give me money, so it all seems a lot of fuss about nothing. This is a unique set of circumstances and to stress about a handful of matches that we won’t get to seems over the top.
  2. No, it was Oldham Rugby helping us out with kit as we couldn’t source our normal ones due to post war shortages.
  3. To be fair most of the uncertainty comes from the wider setting. The club can’t be held responsible for lack of information about what next season will look like .
  4. England’s Greatest Defender Alfie Potts Harmer RedDoor 2019 Paperback 291pp £12.99 Stanley Matthews regarded Neil Franklin as the “greatest centre half” yet Franklin will probably never be mentioned as much as Billy Wright when talking about English defenders of the 1940s and 50s. Yet Franklin was a superstar of his time, set a record for consecutive England appearances, and was transferred for a world record fee for a defender. He was also at the centre of an international move that sent shockwaves through the game. Born and brought up in the Potteries it was almost inevitable that he signed for Stoke City as a youngster and made his debut for the Reserves as a 16-year-old in 1938. Obviously, the war disrupted his early career but, in the RAF, he played for six professional clubs due to his postings and progressed so well that he was selected for an FA XI in 1944. Lining up with players such as Len Shackleton, Stan Mortensen and George Hardwick was a clear pointer of his undoubted talent at just 22. A call up for England followed, the first of 12 wartime and victory internationals – though none were rewarded with caps. Franklin had established himself as a classy defender and, unusually for the time, a ball playing one too. Comparisons with Bobby Moore are regarded as yardstick of style although the latter was to emerge with, understandably, much greater recognition in English football history. There were tensions in the Stoke camp however, and transfer requests were denied to Neil. At a time when the maximum wage was £12 and players’ registrations could be held indefinitely by clubs, frustration built and 27 consecutive England appearances between 1946 and 1950 had attracted interest from many sources. The most notable, and the one that Franklin will forever be identified with, was from Colombia. Money was awash at some of their clubs as they tried to compete with other South American countries, and it proved an overwhelming attraction for Neil and other British players. In 1950 he (and another Stoke player, George Mountford) flew there and signed for Independiente Santa Fe. At the time Colombia was not a member of FIFA and so there were no restrictions on playing for one of its teams. The country was, however, far from stable and, in effect, there was a civil war underway. It turned out to be a move that Franklin and his pregnant wife soon realised was not to their liking. Whilst the press at home raged about the “Bogota Bandits” that had gone to Colombia (Charlie Mitten of Manchester United was another), Neil played jut six matches for his new club before bringing his family back to England. He expected some punishment and was handed a four-month ban (reduced from an initial sine die). Stoke still held his registration but, immediately his ban ended, Franklin was transferred in January 1951 to Hull City for a record defender fee of £22,500. Although in Division 2, Hull had big ambitions with Raich Carter as player-manager. Franklin’s signing put thousands on the gate but his time there was a frustrating one. Overlooked by England a time when their invincibility was shattered by the Hungarians, he began to get injuries, Carter was sacked, and Hull never got promoted. He left in 1956, joining Crewe and then Stockport where he began coaching and moved into non-league management and pub ownership. It was almost a caricatured career end for an ex-pro, but Franklin’s career was far from the mundane. Film coverage of his playing days is rare but the esteem in which he was held by other internationals is a reliable indicator of his class and position in football’s greats. Overlooked now but, for many he was certainly “England’s greatest defender”.
  5. Alan Nixon is saying that Brighton are after Zac Emmerson. Presumably they have seen more of him than the 11 minutes he has played for the first team.
  6. And next Saturday at 2pm https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05rqb6k
  7. Trailing Clouds Of Glory Nick Burnell Y Lolfa 2019 £9.99 Paperback 240pp The Euros of 2016 are the peak of Welsh international progress. A semi-final place was undoubtedly an achievement that was rightly lauded and one that drew comparison with previous forays towards the sharp ends of tournaments. The widespread impression given by the media was that there was just one: the World Cup of 1958 when Wales lost 1-0 to Brazil in the quarter finals. Consistently overlooked, however, were, as the subtitle of this book notes, “Welsh football’s forgotten heroes of 1976”. For four consecutive Home Championships, Wales had finished holding the wooden spoon amongst the British nations, yet reached the last eight of the European Championships, rekindling a passion for the round ball game at a time of Welsh rugby greatness. Why was this seemingly forgotten by the commentators in 2016? Nick Burnell, in this excellent story of the 1976 squad, suggests that the main reason was that it was only the last four teams that took part in a competition in one location (Yugoslavia). The tournament until then comprised of group qualifying matches, with the winner of each group going into a knockout quarter final. Before the fragmentation of the Soviet bloc states there were, of course, less nations but some were able to draw on much greater numbers of players than presently. The competitive edge was definitely there as England found out by finishing second in their group to Czechoslovakia and so eliminated. Scotland were third in their group, and N Ireland second in theirs. Wales topped their group impressively, winning five and drawing one of matches against Austria, Hungary and Luxembourg. The last eight match with Yugoslavia will be remembered for a contentious second leg at Ninian Park. Two goals down it was always going to be a tough task and not made easier by decisions from East German ref Rudi Glockner. Apparently miffed by not being met at the airport and the absence of his nation’s flag at the match, Glockner left his mark with controversial decisions that probably contributed not only to the exit of Wales but to crowd trouble that resulted in international sanctions. The unanswered question before reading this book is “How did Wales turn themselves from perennial no hopers to this status?”. The author skilfully draws together media comment from the time, interviews and quotes from the players, and his own insight. An analysis of the FA of Wales, the regional rivalry in the principality, and the blending together of players from all four Divisions by surprise manager Mike Smith, builds a compelling story that ensures credit is given to this period in the nation’s football. Smith had never played professional football, was a former PE teacher, and an Englishman who became Director of Coaching for the FAW in 1968. Dave Bowen was part-time manager and he and Smith were favourites for a new full-time position. Bowen was offered the job but turned it down because he wasn’t the unanimous choice. The appointment of Smith began a quiet revolution in the style of the national team as well as the introduction and development of several new players. It became the era of Terry Yorath, Leighton James, John Mahoney, Arfon Griffiths, Dai Davies, Brian Flynn, and John Toshack. And with it was a spirit that had previously been associated with the Welsh rugby squad, a competitiveness and team strength that epitomised “hwyl”. A story that’s well told, well researched and a proper acknowledgement of the success of Wales 1976.
  8. I guess the wage support just announced applies to football clubs. So staff wages up to £36k will be covered . A help to smaller clubs
  9. Here’s another idea that’s been floated. End the season now and void it . Next season give everyone half the points they have accumulated this season and start from there. It gives some reward to those that have done well this season .
  10. The intent to abuse those with different viewpoints continues unabated....
  11. Buying my ST tomorrow. I’ll be going to more than enough matches to make it worthwhile. I haven’t boycotted this season and won’t next. I understand why some people feel that it’s the right thing to do but I’m still in the 3000 or so that still attend. Each to his own but I’d rather have a club with money coming in And if things go pear shaped, credit card protection would kick in.
  12. Crisis club Oldham administered a thrashing to Newport to wind up a traumatic few days.
  13. When football was a proper game .,,https://mobile.twitter.com/sundayleaguefc/status/1101797761350094848
  14. I presume the irony about moaning is deliberate.
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