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Hands on

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  1. From this point in time I can't see Marco resigning any players or exercising any options come the end on June. Sadly there are going to be a lot of pro footballers joining the ranks of the unemployed.
  2. Training they are training or at least the Nelson lad did. Platt such a good name for an Oldham player.
  3. There is no fair way of not completing this season - the matches have to be played even if that has to be behind closed doors. What would be nonsense is to start next season before completing this one when we will not be going to football matches, mass gatherings, in August until who knows when. So whenever play can restart the first priority is to finish this season. Then having done that organise a truncated season for 20/21 and let everyone know what it is before we start so there can be no complaints. Finally the testing argument is a diversion, a journ
  4. Cutting the football pitch might not seem important. Cutting the Uppermill cricket square and grounds might not seem important. Cutting our bowling green might not seem important. Should we leave all three to return to a meadow and become unplayable? To fail to behave in a way which says we will get through this is important. Cutting this grass is one way to say yes there is an end in sight.
  5. In these days of staying at home to help the NHS and save lives one can become fixated on a particular thing. For me it was the thought of a good hot chilli con carne. Having successfully got a delivery slot with Ocado three weeks ago for yesterday I added the one ingredient that I don't have - the humble tin of kidney beans well actually organic and posh kidney beans because they didn't have the humble ones. 11 o'clock yesterday arrived with rising excitement in the household as the clock ticked round and then Gareth in his cabbage van arrived. Disaster no kidney beans and this
  6. I suspect I would not do well if the coronavirus came calling but in all the calculations I don't see any evidence that the impact on the social and economic fabric of society is being taken into account. I understand why our Government is fascinated by the prospect of people dying from this manmade viral attack - you push animals/bats out of their natural environment and wonder why their close contact with us causes viruses to jump species. But understanding their concern does not take away their responsibility to consider the long term consequences of what they are asking us to do.
  7. The delay to 30th April is based on all fixtures then being completed by 30th June. So City would only have to play a maximum of 19 games in two months. The only way would be to start by playing behind closed doors. People with BT & Sky would benefit by having games to watch after a 10 week drought but no going to the pub and the season could be concluded in good time to start it all over again in August. Sounds good but the possibility is almost zilch.
  8. As usual there is a lot of crap floating about. Although this virus is not as bad as many of the statistics suggest it isn't that good for the over 70 and at risk groups. The problem is a comparison between the number who sadly die and the number of confirmed cases which paints a dismal picture. The reality is that the number catching the virus is at least ten times the number of confirmed cases so the stats overstate the downside. There are 14 in my family - self, wife, 3 children and their spouses plus 6 grandchildren - at this moment 6 (six) have the symptoms that require you
  9. Sorry to hear this. My weekly order is taking 2 & 1/2 weeks and they are not taking any more at the moment. Another case of letting people order too much and advice to book orders in advance - I didn't think to book an order for 3, 4 & 5 weeks time as well - no wonder they can't cope. So it is off to Sainsbury's but I'll go after the rush when the shelves are empty to maintain social distancing and to try the SmartShop.
  10. My granddaughter has a cough so my daughter is staying at home - she rang 111. So my wife and I will shop for her as deliveries are not the answer. We are 67 but don't feel confident that the lack of three years will make much difference. At least I won't have to queue to get out if the Sainsbury's SmartShop App actually works. People are mainly to blame but the supermarkets should have responded when they noticed the higher demand, which they would have done in a matter of hours, instead of rubbing their hands together. My daughter also works for NHS but because they are not t
  11. The next 18 months does not look good. China are now worried that the lockdown in Wuhan has created a situation where 95% of the population still has no immunity to the virus which is undoubtedly still there. Some expect another peak of infection when the lockdown ends and that is one of the things they were trying to avoid in the UK but not at the cost of 250,000 lives. Let us hope that for some reason Wuhan can get back to normal. It is almost worth, even at my age, finding someone with the virus and playing Russian roulette. If I survived stamp my forehead with "I've had it"
  12. So much for our scientists. They obviously now say they got it wrong to the tune of 260,000 deaths if the nuanced approach of last Thursday is followed. No football, no bowling and social distancing for 12 weeks (at least). Premier League and EFL did the right thing - MEA CULPA!
  13. Again I say buying a service (season card) from a business that has an adjourned administration hearing might not be protected even if you use a credit card.
  14. I do wonder how many people listened to the press briefing. That briefing was based on the science. It was not political. We have that daft idiot across the pond stopping flights. Does he think somehow that the virus isn't in the USofA? The virus is now everywhere and stopping people travelling will have no impact, zilch! The response has to be based on how the population in each country will respond. It is also a mistake to simply lock down. You need to protect the most vulnerable but let your people build up resistance to the virus. You can only do this by allo
  15. I think it is worth saying this again: Daft idea! The UK Government's scientific based advice is that games should not be cancelled. In fact you are less likely to catch Covid-19 going to a football match than you are going out to meet with friends in a busy pub/wine bar/coffee shop. It has been decided that Covid-19 can not be contained and for the safety of our society the population has to build up resistance - in other words people have to catch the virus. If we don't then there is likely to be another epidemic later in the year. The difficulty is that if we do
  16. At the moment Marco has a failing football club so there is no way he can recoup the money he has spent. If he persuades Blitz to accept less than he wanted for the stadium (and car park) he will at least have something that might give him a chance of reducing his losses.
  17. There are three certain things - death, taxes and you can’t make money from owning Oldham Athletic. Whatever Marco is up to all he can hope to do is minimise his losses. Blitz has received a ‘substantial’ amount in respect of what he is owed but not the full amount. Marco says he wants to buy stadium and car park (or surrounding land if you believe club news) so Blitz agreed adjournment but retains right to go back at any time if Marco is bullshitting. Anything else i.e. 95% of the above is speculation. Don’t believe a word that they say unless it is said to a Judge.
  18. IF you think that is a clear and unambiguous statement that explains some of the debates you have on here. It is clearly at odds with the reports of the administration hearing today.
  19. Rather foolish me thinks to buy a service from an entity that has an adjourned administration hanging over it. I would have a close look at the credit card protection to ensure it applies to these circumstances. My choice is to wait until the last possible moment on All Fools' Day before taking the plunge - we should know if things are going well by 26th March. By "going well" I mean what is going to happen - it is not a judgement on what might happen.
  20. Interesting! Implies that the club is going to buy the ground and surrounding land and has made a payment towards the final settlement figure. This is at odds with AL having paid some of the money owed but then you would not have expected both parties to be singing from the same hymn sheet. Not the outcome I was hoping for - I hope it all breaks down and we go into administration by 16.49 on the 26th March. I will still wait for All Fools' Day before renewing, if I do, my season card. P.S. It is dumb beyond belief for the owner of a football club to put ownership of
  21. Things are going to get rather grim. UK is about two weeks behind Italy with Covid-19 if you go by the number of cases and now that we have sadly heard about the first death here. Italy has just stopped all spectators going to all sporting events. If we are also two weeks away from this the outcome not only for OAFC but also for any other struggling EFL clubs could be dire. It might not be administration that does the damage.
  22. Everybody seems to have gone quiet. I suppose Barry would have been doing what "his owner" told him to. There were comments at the match that the enforcer was trying to get people thrown out and I have seen people ejected - obviously the crowd is too big! I would suggest the pitch is better than usual because it hasn't been covered as long. The benefits of global warming.
  23. Surprised they have sold any because I will wait until the last possible moment as it does seem so right to buy on All Fools' Day.
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