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Discussion in 'Domestic Cups' started by DeadlyDemon, Jun 30, 2017.

  1. DeadlyDemon

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    Manchester City and Tottenham both confirmed as new entries to be playing in this next season, I'm sure more big clubs will follow in subsequent seasons or they'll scrap it entirely.

    No mention of where Spurs will be playing if they progress beyond the groups, assume it won't be Wembley but who knows.

    There will be 12 Premier League clubs in total including some of those that participated last year.
     
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    They are the teams in top 2 div according to our local paper. We lost all of our games in the group last season.....

    Had poor attendances, doubt it will change either
     
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    I urge ALL League 1 & 2 fans to continue to boycott this toxic competition.
     
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    That was the plan last year wasn't it? Until the final at least anyway when Coventry took however many thousand.
     
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    Liverpool, Man United and Arsenal at least doing fans a favour by not entering.

    It's pointless boycotting games all through it and then taking 45,000 to Wembley. A boycott means don't go to Wembley either.
     
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    Super_horns WATFORD Till I Die
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    Like Blackpool did for the play-off.'
     
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    Coventry fans had a good day out after years of misery, and good luck to them.
     
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    It did help I suppose that Blackpool had already been to Wembley several times in recent years. Coventry was a bit of a novelty case. Oxford took about 30,000 when they'd already been there the year before in the same competition though. Yet when Oxford played their big rivals early in the competition the fans boycotted and stayed away.

    It needs to be decided whether there's an active boycott for this tournament or not though. If there is then that means Wembley is boycotted too. It's absolutely bloody pointless all the active work to boycott the group stages (early rounds of JPT were never well attended anyway) if everyone turns up en masse for the big day out at Wembley and treat it like a proper cup final.

    The more fans legitamise this competition then the more the chances of clubs being bought off for B teams in the league. The clubs have been bought off by a couple of million split 48 ways. The fans have been bought off with a trip to Wembley. That shows it can happen.
     
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    Super_horns WATFORD Till I Die
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    Probably right there - a chance to see their team at Wembley brings out a few more from the deadwood (as a Watford fan I should know!) and I think the idea was to have a massive protest against the owners but not sure if that happened.
     
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    Tbf I can forgive Coventry fans for turning out for Wembley last year given the shite theyve had to deal with lately
     
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    Yeah it was a novel situation. Oxford though had already been the previous year and celebrated promotion as well but still took 30,000.

    This time around though if there is a boycott out of the 48 clubs you'd hope there isn't a club taking 30,000+ fans there. Most of the bigger supported clubs have been to Wembley quite recently and won something there.

    It's playing with fire because the big clubs might start really pushing for B teams in the league and clubs seem easily bought off. If fans don't want B teams being legitamised then they'll have to sacrifice a trip to Wembley.
     
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    They've fixed it to put all local derbies in the same groups to try and boost crowds.
     
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    The competition has always been split north / south anyway.

    It's a competition that's needed revitalising. If you took the clubs from the top two divisions out then I don't think there'd be too many complaints about playing local rivals.

    It'll be interesting to see if fans do continue to boycott it though.
     
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    Wimbledon, Barnet, Luton, Spurs.

    Don't think there will be much chance of a boycott in our group.
     
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    Bradford, Rotherham and Chesterfield, 3 good away days, 2 new grounds, might go Bradford
     
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    Apart from Southampton and Portsmouth.

    I suspect for Spurs v Barnet/Luton you will probably get mostly Spurs fans or just locals thinking they might see some "stars" rather than the fans of Luton (and to a lesser extent Barnet) going.
     
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    Southend, Gillingham and Colchester. Three clubs that we used to play regularly in the league, but have not played for some time.

    Do not like the change to the competition, but am happy that the club took the option to play the youngsters again. Very beneficial for them.
     
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    They haven't tried to fix it with the Academy sides. They know fans don't want to play B teams but the EFL chairmen want them in the football league because they just see pound signs and get bought off.
     
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    I wouldn't attend any of our games in this toxic competition if we were playing Real Madrid or Barcelona B teams
     

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