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Banter / From Champions to Championship - A New Blades Era
« on: May 02, 2017, 12:02:00 pm »
As no-one else was doing it, and there's now no chance of jinxing anything, I thought I'd kick off the discussion around our thoughts, feelings and preparations for the next campaign.

Here's my view on who's good enough to help us establish ourselves in the Championship.  I'm assessing them on the basis that our realistic goal is to finish mid-table ready for an assault on the top 6 the following season...


- Moore - Good enough IMHO
- Long - Needs to start commanding his area.
Would like to see Connor Ripley come in as understudy to long.

Central Defenders

Allot depends on CW's tactics for next year, I'm assuming 3-5-2 will prevail.

- Wright - Not sure he's quick enough.  His organisational skills are obviously brilliant though. I think we'll have to look see.
- O'Connell - reminds me of Maguire but with more composure on the ball.  Definitely good enough.
Basham - I think he'll cut it a level up
- EEL - I like EEL but not worth what I think Wolves will want for him.  Let him go back.
- Wilson - didn't see enough of him to be fair

Wing Backs

- Freeman good enough
- Lafferty good enough
- Hussey probably not good enough but again, haven't seen much of him to be fair

We do need cover though.  Maybe Harry Chapman will come in for this purpose.  I don't think Done is good enough as cover at the new level.


- Fleck - yes
- Coutts - yes
- Carruthers - yes
- Duffy - yes but concerns about stamina - maybe a switch so he becomes the impact player off the bench, rather than making way
- Chapman - get him in, I like his attitude and his play
- O'Shea - not convinced
- Scougall - League 1 is his level
- Reed - still one for the future & worth holding onto in case he suddenly flowers
- Brooks - one for the future, maybe an early season loan to L1 to get playing time?


- Sharp - good enough.  Yes he's a year older but if you feed him the right balls in the right area, he'll score.  Expect 10+ goals from him.
- Hanson - will cause problems, but think we need to be looking for a better goals haul form our forwards.  Impact player when we need to mix it up.
- Clarke - I would have said no until about a month ago.  He certainly still knows where the onion bag is.  I'd give him a go.
- Lavery - has the potential to be a star but needs to get more consistency and more impact if he starts (rather than just being a bench impact player)

In conclusion, I think we've got a strong midfield and a more than capable forward line perhaps with another goal scorer coming in to play alongside Billy.  Not sure Ched is the one for this but can see why CW feels it's worth a gamble.

Defence is a tricky one.  We tend to rely on scoring more than we concede and our style of play is always going to leave gaps at the back, especially down the flanks and our midfield is more concerned with forward play than holding or defending...  If Wright isn't up to it (I'm not sure either way to be honest) then we could do with some experience back there to hold things together.

To be completely honest, I think if you took the whole of the current team and, with a bit more cover for injuries etc, stuck them out there, I think we'd avoid the bottom three...

Banter / Who's Chris Wilder's Best Signing?
« on: March 29, 2017, 02:47:03 pm »
Thought I'd play with the polling feature.  So who's been CW's best permanent signing?

Banter / Double Decision Day
« on: March 22, 2016, 03:17:47 pm »
So today is a double decision day.

Ched Evans's Appeal outcome is expected today.

Baxter's drugs panel outcome is expected today.

I'm going:

Baxter - 12 month ban

Evans - conviction quashed

Question for me is - if the latter proves correct, will he have a route back to the Lane.  Personally I would say let's move on and not associate ourselves with the backlash.  On the other hand, I can see McC giving him a way back - owt for nowt where McC is concerned.

What's the general opinion on here?

Banter / Our Financial Position
« on: February 08, 2016, 03:24:03 pm »
Just done some digging around the internet and according to Companies House, Sheffield United FC Ltd's accounts (i.e. the football club's) are due to be returned by tomorrow (9th Feb).  This means that they should be available for perusal on Companies House in a few days time.  The problem is that these will be the accounts to June 2015, so might not tell us much regarding our current status.

Whilst taking a look at the previous accounts, I found some interesting information.  The problem we now have as fans is that as a Ltd company (rather than a PLC) the company no longer needs to provide much detail in the accounts. That said, I've spotted a few interesting items:

In the June 2014 accounts, we reported a 30,754,476 profit (yes 30m).  Before we get excited this was mainly down to the waiver of an "inter company" loan of 34.5m (this amount also appears in the accounts of Sheffield United Ltd (what was Conrad and wholly owned by the McCabes). So McC wrote off his 34.5m of debt in 2014, probably to allow HRH to buy the club. 

However, before you think it was an act of generosity, also in the McC's SU Ltd accounts is a new tangible asset worth a very similar amount to the loan write-down - Bramall Lane....  In McC's SU Ltd accounts is also the profit for this company which looks to be almost entirely rent of about 350k.

So McC took Bramall Lane  in exchange for writing off his loan. Considering of what BDTBL consists of (land, offices, hotel etc) 34m isn't a bad deal..

The accounts of the SUFC Ltd company also show profit of 959k on disposal of player registrations (in 2013 this figure was 3m).

The football club only has 941k in tangible assets and 487k intangible.

There is another loan in the accounts this time to K McCabe directly with an outstanding balance of 621k and interest paid of 14k for the year.

Will be interesting to see how the accounts changed following HRH buying half the club.

Banter / Alpha and Beta Testers Wanted for new Footy App
« on: July 20, 2015, 08:00:14 am »
A client of mine is nearing launch of a new social media sharing app specifically aimed at football fans.

They are looking for individuals to take part in their alpha and/or beta trials of the new app.

The app allows football fans to share content (photos, videos and banter) relevant to a specific upcoming, in-play or previous match.  The content is conveniently grouped and you can view both the content posted by both home and away fans, to get a complete feel for the match.

You can also create a "squad" of mates so you can focus only on the content posted by those you follow or who follow you.

Eventually, in future releases, content can be shared across other media sharing platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook etc, meaning you only need one place from which to post content about the match.

If you're interested in helping out as a user tester, can you PM me your name, email address and make/model of phone (Android or iOS). The app doesn't support tablets yet, though it will still work on them.



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