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  1. Agree with Deacs and Older, it’s not just a game of football, it’s everything that goes with it. Think any league where you pay to watch a game at certain facilities is certainly off limits. ie) Combo and East Cornwall leagues upwards. You could possibly play Trelawny and Duchy league matches if the players don’t mind changing in cars etc but I think the Junior lads should still be respected and the common sense decision is let’s go for next season when another 4/5 months may make all the difference regards vaccines for the elderly and more vulnerable and clubhouses are open again so the club
    10 points
  2. Agree with Rappo. Far too soon and too contradictory; the rule of 6 applies outdoors, yet 30 blokes from different households can play football with each other? Nothing to be gained from attempting to finish the season IMO. Knock it on the head and go again in August when hopefully far safer. Many clubs rely on elderly volunteers and many refs at this grassroots level are also in the vulnerable age bracket - why rush it and potentially put them at risk?
    9 points
  3. Yeah Bry, what I was trying to get at is exactly what Dave said really. Maybe a more localised referee to cut the costs down for clubs who are already struggling a bit and one that’s looking to use it as pre season training. Didn’t want to pick on refs specifically! I’m a big fan of our local refs! 😀👍 Also maybe charge us spectators a couple of quid to watch a friendly at any level, just to help the clubs out a bit as well. They’ve spent a lot of time over the last year making no money at all and still with bills to pay no doubt. You sound like you might be quite an aggressive ref so maybe eve
    7 points
  4. Postman Pat

    Possible new teams

    Don’t see how Truro City can just jump into a league when other clubs have worked hard on ground improvements and football squads to reach that stage. But then I suppose money talks.
    6 points
  5. Without a clubhouse open how do you finance it? Referee. Lino's. Water. Electric and gas. Kit wash. Cleaning. Sterilising. It is not just a game of football anymore. We followed all protocols in our last game and 6 individuals contracted the virus. Roll it over.
    5 points
  6. Taking the knee is purely a symbolic gesture and will never achieve anything. Racism will never go away as it comes from all sectors of life, it is not just one way. When the crowds return racism will as well, it runs through the fabric of society all across the world. The modern world is all about diversity and when this happens and cultures mix they also clash on their beliefs. Can you really be an Englishman in England anymore? When in Rome do as the Roman's do is very apt today but is not followed, but would probably solve a few problems. Diversification is
    5 points
  7. I think it's best we follow the other leagues & start again in August. Seems a little bit daft trying to fit 20 games in april & may. Also it would be a shambles with the higher leagues cancelled, it will mean there will be hundreds of peninsula level ringers looking for a game every Saturday.
    4 points
  8. Also if leagues above are cancelled but leagues below continue what would happen with regards to promotion and relegation? Call the season off and leave open the door for potential friendlies with teams that can offer covid secure facilities and want to play them without there being pressures.
    3 points
  9. le boss

    SWPL season cancelled ....

    think the precedent was set last season when promotions and relegations did not happen
    3 points
  10. Current league fixtures are not achievable from 29/3 to 31/5 most sides in Trelawny have at least 10 fixtures to go some even more. Cups would have to be null and void. Consideration could be given to a smaller World Cup format with smaller leagues and a final if the desire is to get something going for the remaining 2 months two other massive considerations for the Trelawny / duchy leagues is the possibility of the NLS being made null and void which might result in higher standard players influxing the league looking for a game making it a bit of a farce. If trelawny is to recommence in
    3 points
  11. Up in the far beyond, God and the Devil were having yet another dispute. “Let us settle it with a football match” said Satan. “You’re on”, said the all-mighty, “but why? Up in heaven we have all the very best players!” “Aha”, replied the evil one “but we have all the referees!”
    3 points
  12. So basically I can start playing & training again from 29th March with 22+ blokes all coming in to close and direct physical contact with each other on the pitch...but, for example, my Mrs can only sit socially distanced and watch a session or a match (not that she would lol) with only 1 other and can still only have up to 6 people socially distanced from 2 households in a private garden? Something doesn’t make sense here!
    3 points
  13. Bruegel the Elder

    Interesting

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU AS INTERESTING YOU DO YOU’VE KEPT US SANE THROUGH THE PANDEMIC HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU 💥🍸🍾🎂1️⃣ YEAR OLD TODAY🎂🍾🥂💥 NEARLY 888 POSTS (certainly will be before the day is out) and congratulations to Older, the instigator with nearly 500 gems of knowledge. Must be some records on there!
    3 points
  14. Rappo, as a Referee I think that asking us to officiate for petrol expenses is a bit odd. Who in their right mind is going to give up their time for a few quid?? I am sure if players want to play they would be prepared to put their hand in their own pockets and pay a fiver to play and cover costs incurred . Why should a Referee subsidise the players entertainment?? I suppose those same players who question every decision made by the Ref in the game would be jumping at the chance to officiate and help their mates and their club to get a game on........no, I didn't think so!
    3 points
  15. With 16 odd games left to play for us in duchy division 3, I think whilst getting grassroots footy back is brilliant, but I think the season should be cancelled and start again next season for 2021-22 as getting all these games played before the start of the next season will be a nightmare some teams have more than that to play, so logistically it seems unable to complete the season. But that's my opinion and we are all entitled to one and not everyone will agree.
    3 points
  16. The major problem with all football on TV is that the behaviours they focus upon, (usually repeatedly, in close up and in slow motion) swiftly transfer themselves to players outside of the privileged, elite arenas. VAR was introduced only because of the unfair scrutiny and criticism of every refereeing decision by TV broadcasters - and now they are doing the same with VAR decisions!
    3 points
  17. Thanks Roy, being a mid-Cornwaller I don’t get news from darkest Falmouth and beyond, but am impressed, both with his journalism and your knowledge. Perhaps I should just shut up about things I know nothing about (it’ll never happen)!
    3 points
  18. Mr D appears to be off to a promising start on covering ladies football. https://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/news/19105940.helston-womens-manager-paul-parfitt-believes-will-win-cornwall-womens-football-league/
    3 points
  19. It was always ridiculous, should players take the curtsy before a match to protest against sexism, or strike a pose to support LGTB etc. etc. etc.? We all know (or should do by now) that discrimination is wrong, but we don’t need to carry a placard around with us to prove it! Spend the time and effort on sanctions (legal or otherwise) against transgressors, on the pitch or the terraces and let’s get on with the game!
    3 points
  20. Go to Szekely land and get kidnapped! Talk about lawless countries! Bonkers.
    3 points
  21. No local football until everyone is vaccinated is the only safe option, null and void it all now or roll it over. There's the two choices and both are the common sense approach. The infection rates are in the right direction at last but the number of deaths says it all. You cannot take liberties with this virus or it will win. No lift on the lockdown or it will accelerate again and have us on the back foot for years. And for God's sake vaccinate the teachers, police, everyone on the frontline first.
    3 points
  22. Nets down(?) They're looking at some type of cup competition aren't they(?) Our league is still/maybe looking at finishing the season up until the end of June!!! No changing rooms, showers, bar and so on...how the hell is that football? Anyway...you could try dropping the nets into a bath of window net soak, transforms them back to white again...worth a shot maybe. Looking at cutting/slitting here on Saturday, still on soft side here in a few places, but grass moving on a bit of a pace now...and the old weeds showing up now too. Here we go again...yippee.
    2 points
  23. Who doesn't love a non sensical piece of football punditry and comments? Here's a few corkers. "I will be writing to the relevant authorities to complain, but I'm wasting my breath." Joe Royle “Cole should be scoring from those distances, but I’m not going to single him out.” Alex Ferguson "If you can't stand the heat in the dressing-room, get out of the kitchen" Terry Venables "I don't want to compare Bowditch to Matt Le Tissier, but the way he scored his goal was similar to Matt." Joe Royle "Beckenbauer has really gambled all his eggs." Ron Atkinson "If history
    2 points
  24. Fish

    Ready for the restart?

    Most teams in Combo have around 20 games to fit in to complete the season. Even if extended to end of June that is 2 games every week (without any cancellations for rain). As seen in Premier league can players sustain 2 games every week for 10 weeks solid with injuries, work, family commitments?? surely it is in everyone’s best interest to null and void the league....maybe set up a competitive cup (league format) and play every weekend. Then start pre season July for a fresh start in August.
    2 points
  25. July pre-season training and start again in August...lol.
    2 points
  26. Do I still get credited with winning the prediction league???
    2 points
  27. Good Morning All, If I was a player I’d be delighted to see football restart, but as a Manager, Chairman and Groundsman myself it is going to be difficult with all the COVID rules to still enforce and no changing rooms etc. If it does restart I don’t think we can change the rules of who can sign and play , but keep the March 31st deadline. At St Cleer we currently have 5 players/ officials with pregnant partners so they will not want to take part so I think for all teams we can’t penalise who we have playing in our squads providing players are signed to the club. It could cause mayhem
    2 points
  28. Now they want players to clap the referees onto the pitch!!! Hahaha, have you ever heard such rubbish. I'm going to clap the postman next week for doing his job and getting the right letters delivered to my house.
    2 points
  29. A picture of the culprit that started this thread a year ago.
    2 points
  30. It's total nonsense...Johnson written all over it. Incompetent scruff bag of a fool.
    2 points
  31. Well thank you Bruegal. Not just me though is it, thanks to everyone who contributes the thread, all the other grounds peeps who love working on their grounds and share their knowledge. Well done to every poster from me. And yes...we have gone full circle on a years maintenance. A great shame there has been little football played but hoping for a better year from the virus to the weather. Thank you all.
    2 points
  32. Spot on, Matt P. Nothing whatsoever to be gained by restarting the season, Everything that 'our clubs' [Western League down] are involved in should be null and void. The only result we would get from playing 6 - 8 weeks would be more people getting infected, lets remember, very few of the active participants will have had a jab by then!!! Ok there may be one or two old timers who may creep in. Billy D perhaps 🤪😁🤣
    2 points
  33. Alot of referees in pre season only charge mileage anyway. I do - although I think I did most games this year for free. At Trelawny Level, they have no bar, they have no takings so it is more often than not player contribution that pays for the referee. It's my pre season too so I often just do it for the enjoyment. Some refs will disagree with me for doing that however, it's a choice I make to try and make things easier for the club. I'm also not dependent on the extra money not need it - I appreciate that some aren't in that position so do like having the extra £20+ a week. Person
    2 points
  34. For mental health wise, I think some of us players need this to happen, because football is our only outlet in life. Without it, we’re lost, and going mad.
    2 points
  35. Paul

    Interesting

    Since i managed a quick cut on Thursday its not stopped raining. Friday Saturday and Sunday weve had some really heavy rain. Another spell of dry weather needed. Looking like from Thursday onwards were in for a spell of better weather. Got a good chance to dry out and get some grass cut hopefully.
    2 points
  36. I quite agree PP, since when have new entities been allowed to jump straight into senior football without an apprenticeship in the lower leagues, particularly when they’re up against teams who have done it the hard (proper) way! What happens if they don’t get in? Have they applied to join any other leagues, or will they fade away and try again next year? Agree with you too WOTP, absurd to try to cram another team on to your pitch. They should apply to the Trelawny league and take their chances on a pitch at Malpas!
    2 points
  37. Taking the knee has become just as pointless and as much a part of virtual signalling as rainbow boot laces once a season. The FA, Premier League and elements of print and social media are variously loose and enabling of racism in football. Witness the bile thrown at the likes of Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling on social media, and the "nudge, nudge, he's a young black man from an underprivileged background, look at how many houses and cars he has" stories that pop up in certain tabloids. Contrast that for example with the media treatment of Man City's Phil Foden. Kneeling on the pitch and
    2 points
  38. Well Keith genealogy would show a multitude of races in probably all of us across the world, but to be born here would be the first step to being an Englishman/woman. Then comes practicing the English way of life and values, we are exceptionally tolerant, polite and understanding with a passion for helping everyone, and a big dollop of respect for all. Then you are a archetypal Englishman. But most of that is slowly disappearing due to over diversificati of our society values. I have had racism directed at myself four times in my life in my own country, once by a west Indi
    2 points
  39. Fount of all knowledge Bruegel - no sir. I just watch a lot of women's football because do you know what . . . they get on and play the game (and play it well). They don't keep diving, cheating, ff ing and cussing at the officials. No spitting and blowing their noses onto the pitch etc, they just get on and play the game. I'm sick of watching Premier League football and having to watch all this - and all that is ugly about supposedly the best football league in the world. End of rant. Sorry Bruegel not attacking you sir.
    2 points
  40. Gee thanks Dave, couldn’t you have just left it for a day or two before battering me with further evidence of my ignorance? Back to the depths of Google/Wikipedia 📖📚‼️
    2 points
  41. Well done Older, having such knowledge of Szekely Land. I wouldn’t have even know where it is without Dave’s note! Much the same goes for Chalmeria (a sexually transmitted disease?), Sapmi (an invitation to get covered in plant juice) or indeed Cascadia (the land of waterfalls?).And I thought my geography was OK. Off to Google (yet again)! I must say Dave, no problems in misspelling these weird and wonderful place-names, but as you correctly spelled it in the men’s euros, Chameria, a coastal area of Epirus in Albania, doesn’t have an “L” in it, unless it’s somewhere else entirely that Goo
    2 points
  42. The Editor of the Packet Newspapers is Emma Ferguson. A she not a he!
    2 points
  43. Bruegel the Elder

    Daily Laugh

    Q) Have you heard about the new Everton Brassiere? A) It has plenty of support but no cups! ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️ Q) What do you call a boat full of honest footballers? A) A good sportsmanship! Boom Boom!
    2 points
  44. My parents used to make me walk the plank every day when i was a kid. We couldn't afford a dog!!!!!!!!!!
    2 points
  45. Agreed Older, and sadly it probably won’t be a player to succumb, more likely a tea hut worker or ground staff taking drinks in at half time, or any other of the helpers or supporters mixing unwillingly with the “invulnerable” youngsters. As I’ve said until you’re all sick of hearing it; take up in September/October where we left off last autumn.
    2 points
  46. Bruegel the Elder

    Interesting

    Amos’s horses are cheaper still, and they fertilise as they go!
    2 points
  47. unclebilltc

    Null and void

    It's the only realistic and sensible way to go. Personally I would be locking down longer than March as we are nowhere near out of the mire yet. There are still far too many people breaking the rules!!
    2 points
  48. Curtailing the season at this level makes no sense. Very few, if any, clubhouses and no gate charges so games CAN go ahead without spectators or with socially distanced spectators as we have had to in the past. Plus changing rooms and showers usage were finally approved ahead of lockdown. However the sheer volume of matches remaining surely rules out trying to complete the season by June 30. but there is no reason that we cannot simply pause the league and resume again August. Open up a cup comp and make participation optional. should a team gain promotion it’s results can be expung
    1 point
  49. I see other sports have split divisions on taking 'the knee' ,eg. Rugby Union, Formula 1--Its so embarrassing to see everyone down including Managers ,Police officers etc. -- Its on borrowed time as I can not see it continuing when the crowds are back with their ridicule-The Racism issue is showing a more BLM protest and The F A will have to demonstrate a more pro active approach to this problem.
    1 point
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