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Football is taking a bit of a cue from 6 Nations, but going even further and making it a league and knock out tournament. It means there will be a major international European football tournament every summer from 2018. 

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/england/10722834/England-ready-to-play-in-new-Nations-League-as-revolutionary-Uefa-plan-earns-unanimous-backing.html

 

 

England will take part in a new Nations League from the 2018-19 season after all 54 of Uefa’s members agreed to back the revolutionary competition at its annual Congress this week.

The Telegraph has learnt that a resolution giving European football’s governing body permission to devise a third major international tournament is expected to be waved through in Kazakhstan this week, paving the way for the biggest shake-up in the football calendar in years.

The precise format of the competition has yet to be confirmed but it is understood that there is almost unanimous support for a biennial event which would replace friendly games and run in parallel with the World Cup and European Championship from 2018.

As it stands, Uefa wants to divide the event into three or four divisions, with promotion and relegation between them.

England would qualify for a 16-team top flight, which would be split into four groups of four, with home and away fixtures taking place alongside qualifying matches for the World Cup and European Championship. Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Holland and Portugal are all likely to join England in the top division.

The winners of each of the four groups would then advance to a ‘Final Four’ tournament at a neutral venue, with two semi-finals and a final taking place over several days during the summer of odd-numbered years.

As well as the carrot of promotion, winners of the lower divisions could be rewarded with wild-card places at future European Championships.

The concept of a Nations League was first proposed by Uefa last year as Michel Platini, the European governing body’s president, sought to restore the prestige of international football.

The success of the Champions League, in particular, sparked concern that what was traditionally considered the highest level of the game had been overtaken by elite club competition.

Uefa’s expansion of the European Championship finals from 16 to 24 teams was also criticised for diluting the quality of its flagship international tournament.

The draw last month for the 2016 European Championship threw up a particularly unattractive set of fixtures for England, who can finish third in Group E and still qualify for the finals.

Greg Dyke, the Football Association chairman, reacted enthusiastically this month to the possibility of playing the likes of Germany, Spain and Italy on a regular basis.

He said: “In principle, we’d be quite interested. The hard thing about that is the detail but I think a Nations League where we played the top nations would be very attractive.”

The FA faces a huge challenge to drum up interest in England’s Group E fixtures and will endeavour to secure a series of glamorous friendlies in the coming years to entice fans to Wembley, on which it still owes £277  million.

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And Celtic are champions!  What a surprise...

Scottish leagues are a joke,even when Rangers get back up,back to a 2 horse race

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Scottish leagues are a joke,even when Rangers get back up,back to a 2 horse race

 

The title is always a joke but I've always enjoyed going to Scottish football far more than I ever enjoyed the equivalent over the border.  Sadly, even Queen of the South is a smidge too far for me now.

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The title is always a joke but I've always enjoyed going to Scottish football far more than I ever enjoyed the equivalent over the border.  Sadly, even Queen of the South is a smidge too far for me now.

 

There's always Gretna (2008) in the Lowland League.

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There's always Gretna (2008) in the Lowland League.

 

Many happy days at Raydale Park ...

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Eastbourne United AFC and Sholing draw their FA Vase semi final first leg.  Everything to play for next week.

 

In other news, at the encouragement of my father in law, I looked up the prices for taking Tiny Ginger to Brighton & Hove Albion.

 

So, that'd be £50 (for any decent game) I'd not be seeing again ...

 

Just a little reminder of just how cheap Super League is compared to other professional sport.

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Eastbourne United AFC and Sholing draw their FA Vase semi final first leg.  Everything to play for next week.

 

In other news, at the encouragement of my father in law, I looked up the prices for taking Tiny Ginger to Brighton & Hove Albion.

 

So, that'd be £50 (for any decent game) I'd not be seeing again ...

 

Just a little reminder of just how cheap Super League is compared to other professional sport.

Season tickets for my daughter and I at Wigan Athletic cost a total of £250 if we'd managed to go to every home game this season of which there have been far to many, it would have worked out at £13 a match for the pair of us.  Its just your namby pamby southern teams that cost a fortune to watch - whatever the sport!

 

The best value sport for my money in our neck of the woods is Ice Hockey at £17 for a family of four.

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Season tickets for my daughter and I at Wigan Athletic cost a total of £250 if we'd managed to go to every home game this season of which there have been far to many, it would have worked out at £13 a match for the pair of us.  Its just your namby pamby southern teams that cost a fortune to watch - whatever the sport!

 

The best value sport for my money in our neck of the woods is Ice Hockey at £17 for a family of four.

 

The more I compare the more Brighton's prices seem extraordinary.  An equivalent for you and your daughter's tickets to support these blue and white stripes would be £560.

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The more I compare the more Brighton's prices seem extraordinary.  An equivalent for you and your daughter's tickets to support these blue and white stripes would be £560.

Crazy money, next season I think it will costs something like £290 for the two of us, seemingly regardless of what division were in, at that money I don't mind the wondering attention span of a 5/6 year old, double it and I wouldn't bother, there's to many cheaper/better value alternatives.

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give him a ten year contract extension please

Be careful what you wish for. Remember Frank O'Farell?

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Eastbourne United AFC and Sholing draw their FA Vase semi final first leg.  Everything to play for next week.

 

A couple of thousand there to see Sholing lead 3-0 at half time before holding out 4-2.  They get to play former world champions West Auckland at Wembley at 10 May.

 

I'm sure the Vase and Trophy finals used to be on the same weekend - but now the Trophy final has already been and gone.  Professionalism and Conference play-offs getting in the way, I imagine.

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England spank Montenegro 9:0 and our cricket team is in the world T20 final!

 

Bit of a shame that we have men's teams in both sports too,,,

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I read in the local paper that Bradford City played Coventry in midweek and the crowd was about 1600. They are playing in Northampton apparently. ...what on earth has happened to them?

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I read in the local paper that Bradford City played Coventry in midweek and the crowd was about 1600. They are playing in Northampton apparently. ...what on earth has happened to them?

I seem to remember it was a dispute with the owners of the Ricoh Arena.

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A couple of thousand there to see Sholing lead 3-0 at half time before holding out 4-2.  They get to play former world champions West Auckland at Wembley at 10 May.

 

I'm sure the Vase and Trophy finals used to be on the same weekend - but now the Trophy final has already been and gone.  Professionalism and Conference play-offs getting in the way, I imagine.

Wasn't there a TV version a few years back of the story of West Auckland winning the first World Cup in Turin? It was sponsored by Lipton's Tea IIRC.

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I seem to remember it was a dispute with the owners of the Ricoh Arena.

It has gone horribly wrong for Coventry - they don't even play in Coventry any more, from what I've read. It wasn't that long ago when they had a decent and very watchable Premiership team.

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I seem to remember it was a dispute with the owners of the Ricoh Arena.

 

There seem to be at least three interested parties all acting like bald men in search of a comb but the upshot is that Coventry City cannot play at the Ricoh.  There are various splits within the City support now - some who go to Northampton and pay to watch, some who go and stand on a hill nearby and the majority who don't go at all.  They have more supporters at away matches.

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Wasn't there a TV version a few years back of the story of West Auckland winning the first World Cup in Turin? It was sponsored by Lipton's Tea IIRC.

 

I'm not sure but probably.  The whole story is filled with myths as I don't think anyone really knows why they were there or if they really were called World Champions or anything similar.

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Wasn't there a TV version a few years back of the story of West Auckland winning the first World Cup in Turin? It was sponsored by Lipton's Tea IIRC.

 

Yes, Dennis Waterman captained the side.

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Dancing on the streets of Raith as they beat Rangers in the final of the Ramsden's Cup.

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Dancing on the streets of Raith as they beat Rangers in the final of the Ramsden's Cup.

 

Can't even win the 'diddy' cup!

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It seems Rangers battled bravely against a higher league club.  It will be interesting to see if they are able to compete with the big boys next year.

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