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  1. 4 points
    Even with no restrictions, there would be a good number of folk who would not feel safe attending and therefore crowd numbers and gate receipts would be down. But obviously there will be restrictions on numbers whenever fans are allowed to come back and therefore any likely scenario is certain to see a major drop in income for the club. Sponsorship money is also likely to be down as local businesses struggle to keep afloat. We are being told that the main cause of spread of the virus is having people in each others houses. This is because in the home environment there is not good ventilation and people do not follow the same hygiene, cleaning and social distancing practices which the indoor hospitality sector has to follow. It seems to me that in an outdoor environment of a football stadium where there is socially distanced seating, people are required to wear a face covering and there is controlled admission and exit procedures, the risk of transmission is pretty low and probably lower than in pubs and restaurants. Unless the Governments have evidence that the pilot games for allowing fans to attend has led to virus transmission, then it seems a bit perverse to put the pilot programme on hold. Surely it makes more sense to continue with the pilots in order to get firm evidence of whether allowing limited numbers of fans into grounds leads to virus transmission or not. If it doesn't, then fans could be allowed in more generally and further pilot programmes could then look at the impact of larger numbers being allowed in. It is likely that some clubs are not going to survive this crisis. If there is a prolonged delay in getting fans back into grounds then the impact on Scottish football could be catastrophic. When governments are telling us they are trying to get the economy moving again, they need to explain why they seem hell bent on preventing football clubs from generating any income.
  2. 4 points
    Seen Robbo at the wkend in Brora did have a discussion about signings hoping he took my expert opinion on board not often u get 2 legends in Brora
  3. 3 points
    I am sure that we have tried to but, even in normal times, we struggle to survive financially outwith the top tier so there is bound to be a shortfall. It is looking likely that there will be some government cash the professional football industry announced in the next few weeks. It won't be a fortune and it won't remotely fill the income gap from having no fans or hospitality but, if forthcoming will be very welcome. That combined with prudent housekeeping, a bit more merchandising and some financial support from the fans who can afford it might just see us through. Normally we need to look to future planning, youth development and where possible, improving the first team squad. However, for this season, the one and only objective is to survive to hopefully get back to normal next season by which time there will, with any luck, be a vaccine and a return to normality.
  4. 3 points
    I think what the County fans who were at the game found most difficult was not being able to leave before the end of the game.
  5. 2 points
    My glass is half full 🥃 Can our club survive with the existing sponsorship and season ticket sales? I hope that is the case.
  6. 2 points
    That's a bit harsh on O'Connor , considering the well publicised demons he has had to deal with since he shot to fame. Fighting addiction and dealing with suicidal thoughts isn't quite what comes to mind when you call someone " least disciplined " . At least he is involved with trying to help others now, something I'm not sure Stokes would bother with if and when the wheels come off his gravy train.
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  8. 2 points
    Obviously pushed back now. If the idiots who have been flouting the rules now start obeying the new stricter measures their conduct has brought about rather than carping about them then we may still get back into grounds by the end of the year.
  9. 1 point
    I have sources way above your minutes research my man way above believe me Kim Jong is taking home an eye watering pay packet for her "hard graft"
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  11. 1 point
    I think, when we look back on this saga, we can all agree to blame rugby fans for the situation we found ourselves in.
  12. 1 point
    Boris J, much as he would like to , has no say in the matter north of Gretna.
  13. 1 point
    Agreed. If the club is in difficulty then I hope that they will be candid and say so and I am sure that those of us in a position to do so will chip in what we can afford to keep things afloat. The new measures announced today seem sensible and proportionate given the recent upsurge in infections.
  14. 1 point
    It's been a while folks since we've played this. I just have to remember how to do it all again after a six months. Not sure if you've seen the Rules update or not but, just to remind you all, I've suspended the Crowd Section for obvious reasons. I just can't have you all scoring 10 points every match 😂. If it ever gets back to normal I will reintroduce the section. I'd also like to thank you all for your support and kind comments about the NPL. It will continue in it's usual format. So, without further ado.....predict away for Game 01 HT: FT: 1st Scorer ICT: 1st Scorer Hearts:
  15. 1 point
    5th 6th and 7th in our house then...lol
  16. 1 point
    Cheers Gringo, good that you are keeping this going. Hopefully you are able to reintroduce the crowd section soon, but I suspect it won’t be for a long time. Is it worth putting up a list of joker entitlement? Maybe we should all use them in the first games in case we get another season suspended!
  17. 1 point
    St. Iturnan, somehow became Killearnan
  18. 1 point
    Great credit to those who give up their time for no financial reward to administer the Highland League for organising even a truncated competition in the current circumstances.
  19. -1 points
    Two things. I agree that O'Connor has been brave in speaking about his issues which may have been the reason for his ill discipline but it doesn't distract from the fact that he was extremely ill disciplined. Secondly; you, like me, have no idea whether or not Stokes also has similar issues. Many people who do, quite understandably, do not wish to go public with them.
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