Spotafan Trophy 2017-18 / #BTeamBoycott

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Spotafan Trophy 2017-18 / #BTeamBoycott

Post by Kairdiff Exile » Fri Jul 07, 2017 11:19 am

So, for what it's worth, we've been drawn with Franchise, Stephen Hedge and an as-yet-unnamed B Team (which the Football League say they will 'place' into groups based on keeping travel commitments down).

Not that it matters, as no proper fan would attend this aberration of a competition anyway. :o #BTeamBoycott

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Re: Spotafan Trophy 2017-18 / #BTeamBoycott

Post by Boogie » Fri Jul 07, 2017 12:36 pm

Until we reach the final...

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Re: Spotafan Trophy 2017-18 / #BTeamBoycott

Post by Hog » Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:51 pm

If we got to the final and if it wasn't against a B team I'd go. Otherwise I'm boycotting it all again! :lol:

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Re: Spotafan Trophy 2017-18 / #BTeamBoycott

Post by Jimski » Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:36 am

Jeez, we really need to get knocked out of this early this time.

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Re: Spotafan Trophy 2017-18 / #BTeamBoycott

Post by SmileyMan » Sat Jul 08, 2017 11:52 am

My stance: I will not support the competition while B teams remain in the draw. My apologies to the club for this. Once B teams have all been eliminated, I will support the club if it's still in it - at that point the competition is between the clubs that it should be, and so has become valid. Also, there's a pragmatic element of not cutting off one's nose etc. etc.

I know other people have different views, but that's mine.

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Re: Spotafan Trophy 2017-18 / #BTeamBoycott

Post by The Enforcer » Sun Jul 09, 2017 5:13 pm

I struggle to make midweek matches, so ignoring this tournament is fairly easy for me. The primary stated reason for including U21 teams in the competition, to help develop youth players, is undermined by allowing older first team players t sneak in (for example Zouma and Van Ginkel played against OUFC - you'd think Chelsea would have enough youth players available).

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Re: Spotafan Trophy 2017-18 / #BTeamBoycott

Post by Dr Bob » Sun Jul 09, 2017 5:24 pm

The Enforcer wrote:
Sun Jul 09, 2017 5:13 pm
I struggle to make midweek matches, so ignoring this tournament is fairly easy for me. The primary stated reason for including U21 teams in the competition, to help develop youth players, is undermined by allowing older first team players t sneak in (for example Zouma and Van Ginkel played against OUFC - you'd think Chelsea would have enough youth players available).
With the hypocrisy further highlighted by imposing fines on proper clubs if they try to play too many youngsters...

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Re: Spotafan Trophy 2017-18 / #BTeamBoycott

Post by Dr Bob » Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:27 pm

I am not the only one for whom missing these games is a practical inevitability, rather than a statement against the competition, but any sense of how many are likely to turn out for this?

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Re: Spotafan Trophy 2017-18 / #BTeamBoycott

Post by Kernow Yellow » Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:21 pm

I've been intending to boycott any thread about the Trophy this year, but can't help chuckle at the predicament we find ourselves in this evening - a win will be met with angry howls of 'why couldn't we beat Vale instead?' and another loss will get an even worse reaction! A meaningless penalty shootout 'draw' is probably the only fitting outcome...

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Re: Spotafan Trophy 2017-18 / #BTeamBoycott

Post by tomoufc » Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:13 pm

Kernow Yellow wrote:
Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:21 pm
I've been intending to boycott any thread about the Trophy this year, but can't help chuckle at the predicament we find ourselves in this evening - a win will be met with angry howls of 'why couldn't we beat Vale instead?' and another loss will get an even worse reaction! A meaningless penalty shootout 'draw' is probably the only fitting outcome...
I was intending to boycott this post.
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Re: Spotafan Trophy 2017-18 / #BTeamBoycott

Post by Jimski » Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:17 pm

So did more than 1000 Us fans (1073 to be exact) really go to Stamford Bridge last night? To watch us play a bloody U21 side? Bloody hell. Whatever happened to the boycott...?

Glad we finally got knocked out.

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Re: Spotafan Trophy 2017-18 / #BTeamBoycott

Post by Hog » Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:23 pm

Shaun Harvey really is a two-faced gimp isn't he? Suspect Chelsea may boycott it next season now!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/42980413

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Re: Spotafan Trophy 2017-18 / #BTeamBoycott

Post by Kernow Yellow » Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:22 pm

I see that Half Man Half Biscuit's forthcoming album will have a track called 'Swerving the Checkatrade'.

That is all.

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Re: Spotafan Trophy 2017-18 / #BTeamBoycott

Post by Kairdiff Exile » Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:11 pm

Kernow Yellow wrote:
Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:22 pm
I see that Half Man Half Biscuit's forthcoming album will have a track called 'Swerving the Checkatrade'.
Very much looking forward to the new album. It feels like ages since the last one.

Back on topic, this is a damning an analysis of the revised format and its failure. No one - not even Shaun Harvey and the English Football League - can pretend that fans have embraced the competition. The only thing that is keeping it going is the League's cynical commitment to under-write clubs' losses and buy them off with the promise of prize money subsidised by Premiership gold. It says a lot about lower league owners that they are prepared to support that arrangement in the face of the clear views of their customers.

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