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  1. New FA Plans

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/32024808 The proposal includes: A player will have to have been registered with his club from the age of 15 - down from 18 - to qualify as 'home-grown'. The minimum number of home-grown players in a club's first-team squad of 25 will increase from eight...
  2. Save Grassroots Petition

    Good afternoon. Some of you may have seen the @savegrassroots account on Twitter to force the Premier League, through broadcasting fees, to properly back grassroots football. Costs of everything are going up every year and local governments can no longer fund it. 100,000 people hung up their...
  3. Earls Hall Blue

    Academy Schools

    Does anyone on here have some knowledge on Academy school's? I ask because in a certain Academies case I find the whole set-up a bit worrying. In question for me is The Basildon Academies. I have a daughter at the lower site since September 2011 and my dealings with it have led me to go as far...
  4. OldBlueLady

    Academies......maybe not the answer to everything for all schools!

    http://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/9107857.17_staff_at_academy_to_face_axe_due_to_cuts/ I know there was a discussion on here recently about academies but it's too hot to trawl through loads of threads and posts to try and find it. I also know that the immediate reaction of a lot of you will be...
  5. pickledseal

    Vote of no confidence for Gove

    This would be an interesting move.... <link> I loved this quote: I do thing that general contentment amongst teachers, as with many public sector workers, must be at record low in recent times. Now before we get into "public sector workers don't know how good they've got it" debate - and...
  6. Elite Player Performance Plan

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/competitions/premier-league/8324495/Henry-Winter-Premier-Leagues-elite-plan-radical-overhaul-of-academy-system-to-help-top-schoolboy-talent.html So, this is the EPL's new scheme to restructure youth development. Effectively, it's a plan to increase the...
  7. Slipperduke

    Time For Chelsea To Grow Up

    WHAT’S GONE WRONG AT CHELSEA? For six years, Chelsea have been a relentless winning machine, but that arrogant sense of superiority has faded away. In its place is hesitancy, vulnerability and a worrying inability to dictate the flow of games. Chelsea are dropping points so frequently that...
  8. Davros

    Joe Martin

    Blackpool, 20 Left mid/Left Back made available for Loan by Ian Holloway today, who wants him to get first team action. Played England U16/17 level, was at West Ham/Spurs academies, and hails from Dagenham. Surely a good replacement while Herd is out injured??
  9. Can of Worms Opened, Europe turns on the Premier League Bully Boys

    Like the Headmaster at a School, FIFA are now rounding up the bullies of the football world and taking them to task... Manchester City the latest club to be investigated for illegal transfer activity. When Lens were succesful in their pursuit of a just punishment for Chelsea FC over the Gael...
  10. Tommy2holes

    Lets get promoted on a shoestring

    Lets be honest we have no money , well atleast until the new stadium is built (still not sure if it will). But when we last won this league, a different and much easier league back then, we had lower league players who where hungry aggressive and although not blessed with skill where the type...
  11. Slipperduke

    Return Of The Old Guard

    How very retro. There was a time when any game between Arsenal and Manchester United was epoch-shaking. They were the two giants of the domestic game, battling out their own private war while the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and, this'll make you laugh, Newcastle could only look on from the...
  12. Slipperduke

    Victory For Football? Not Quite...

    Finally someone listened to Kaka. Throughout this entire silly episode, the Brazilian midfielder has begged and pleaded with the AC Milan management not to sell him to Manchester City. He has told them that he wants to stay and captain the side. He said that he wanted to grow old at the San...
  13. pickledseal

    Faith Schools

    Apparently there is to be a new report out on Monday trying to persuade Ed Balls to get rid of faith schools (including Catholic, CoE as well as Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and even Greek Orthodox and Seventh Day Adventist). BBC Radio Essex have asked me to briefly speak on their Sunday morning show...