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Already we know that several changes in football are being discussed by the game's lawmakers in this country, such as a free kick taker being able to take more than one touch from any given set piece, and stopping the clock rugby-style when the ball goes out of play, then ending the game at 90 minutes. But here's a gem I've found on Twitter (courtesy of @dwafc_). Almost as radical as "added time multi-ball" (if anyone remembers that old American p**s-water advert from 10-odd years ago). Feel free to pass judgement on this, as well as mention your own ideas (as farfetched as you like!)...
From BBC Sport: A proposal to scrap 45-minute halves is to be looked at by football's lawmakers to deter time-wasting. Instead, there could be two periods of 30 minutes with the clock stopped whenever the ball goes out of play. Lawmaking body the International Football Association Board (Ifab) says matches only see about 60 minutes of "effective playing time" out of 90. The idea is one of several put forward in a new strategy document designed to address football's "negativities". Another proposal would see players not being allowed to follow up and score if a penalty is saved - if the spot-kick "is not successful", play would stop and a goal-kick awarded. Other ideas include a stadium clock linked to a referee's watch and a new rule allowing players to effectively pass to themselves or dribble the ball when taking a free-kick. Read the full strategy document here Any thoughts on these proposals?
Okay, so I was thinking after reading the review myself and @Joe Jones did of the Mitre Delta (which is set to be the official match ball for the EFL this upcoming season) about football's I've owned or like the design of. I'm curious to see what members of #PON have to say. There's been some great designs and the technology that goes into making football's is advancing all the time. I mean, they're actually safer to head and cause less damage. Whilst I also think of revolting it would be to kick around a pugs bladder or anything animal related as they once used to made from. They don't pop easily these days too! Hey Super Ram! Here's mine... I'm a sucker for the Champions League ball, over the years they've had some very nice designs - many are similar but each one generally looks superb. The golden Premier League ball is another I really like. There was another used during a World Cup that was nice, I forget which one it was mind. Yours?
Is the Hardy Era the Real Deal? In the summer of 2009 I received a text message from my dad informing me that BBC Radio Nottingham had just reported that a Middle Eastern consortium were close to completing the purchase of my beloved Notts County Football Club. What followed was numerous statements of intent which included the record breaking signing of Kasper Schmeichel, the unveiling of Sven Goran Eriksson as Director of Football and promises of Premier League football within five years. We dared to dream. And that we did – in abundance. We waved £20 notes in the faces of visiting supporters, we sang Sven's name from the Kop and we followed in massive numbers all over the country. What a difference to the 2008/09 season which saw us graced with a strike partnership of Sean Canham and Spencer Weir-Daley. It was a pipe dream which of course, turned into a worldwide talking point – for all the wrong reasons. In between now and the collapse of Munto Finance was the ‘Trew Era’. What started so positively ended so badly. As Notts Fans, I think the vast majority believed that Ray Trew always had the best of intentions for our club – he put his hand in his pocket, he provided managers with big budgets and always promised the world to his supporters. Is this what we needed? Did we need big promises of Premiership strikers? Championship football? This, that and the other? Its difficult to envisage what the reaction of our growing fan base at the time would have been if Trew would have earmarked his intentions as stabilising and steady business growth instead of making unrealistic promises which ultimately, he failed to deliver. His stubbornness to hire proven managers proved to be his ultimate stumbling block – especially towards the end of his tenure – with appointments of novices Chris Kiwomya, Shaun Derry and Ricardo Moniz eventually saw us relegated back to where 2009 all began. By the time of Moniz's sacking, Notts fans had very little patience left and Trew's ‘Football Manager Dream’ was very close to being in tatters. Then without doubt – the final nail in the coffin had well and truly been smashed in – in the form of Jamie Fullarton – the less said about that the better. Mark Cooper and John Sheridan were arguably the best options available at this point but the underlying issue was clear – the problems were higher up the food chain. Then welcome Mr Alan Hardy. What a transformation you have made to our football club. Within weeks, Hardy recognised what would make our football club start ticking again. The Fans! He understands what as football fans, we all want – honesty, transparency, desire, passion, communication and most importantly of all; a clearly set out, aligned and carefully structured direction to take this football club forwards again. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realise what Alan Hardy’s intentions are. Do things the right way, put energy into the community, grassroots, give the fans what they really want and start forming a relationship between the product and its customers. The reaction from not just Notts fans, but the community as a whole has been remarkable. Our average attendance under Alan has doubled already under his tenure and the team have responded magnificently, albeit to coincide with brilliant match day offers. Most importantly however, we feel proud to be fans of Notts County again. Alan Hardy has engaged in a way to build trust with the fans. He has been transparent. He hasn’t promised big money signings, he hasn’t promised Championship football. What he has done, he has engaged in a way that has been passionate but honest and realistic. He has identified the need to get the fans back through the gates which is what ultimately, matters most. Currently, everything is positive; second form team in the division, unbeaten home record, heart and desire being shown from the top down to the players, free pies, reduced match day tickets and a new vibrant and positive match day experience. That’s been achieved by simple communication, listening and gaining a mutual respect with the supporters. However, It’s crucial that we stay grounded, and remember that football can change ever so quickly, and live in hope, that when the road becomes bumpy, which it will, we remain strong, united and continue to pull in the same direction. Hardy has created a real buzz - we are excited to not just go to Meadow Lane, but to travel away in numbers, to have a feeling of not crumbling when the first goal goes against us, to see heart and fight from the touchline and the players again, is a joy to behold. That touchline fight of course comes from one man. Welcome to Notts County Kevin Nolan. Nolan and Hardy clearly have an aligned approach on how to take this football club forward. The unity that has been created in such a short amount of time has been breath-taking. Forget the CV’s. Forget management experience. Forget past promotions. When you have a man in your corner that demands respect, loyalty, trust, effort and a real desire to fight for this football club – the rest is easy. We are a League Two outfit. We don’t need a Jose Mourinho on the touchline, we need someone that understands what makes our team tick and what the fans really want. Alan Hardy identified the type of character to take this club forward immediately and has got his first appointment absolutely spot on. The past five years have been tough, loyalties have been tested, patience has ran thin, but the future looks bright. The future looks exciting again, and finally, once again, its time to start being proud to be a Notts County fan. See you all at Stevenage – COYP. 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Unbeknownst to many people, there's a competition starting this week called the African Nations Championship. Played once every two years, it's a tournament for national teams, but with one twist: players MUST be currently playing in a league in Africa. Every alternating year, it's the Africa Cup of Nations, which is the all-out, anyone can play, clubs-falling-out-with-players-and-national-federations festival of African football. Anyone looking to follow the games this year, has followed a ACN or CHAN tournament, or anything like that?
Martin Allen will no doubt be looking forward to this game which will make it very interesting. We're on a very good run, so I'm hoping it will continue by having a good result today. MK are being touted for promotion, though I think this is the type of game we're we should come out strong. BBC Match Article MK Dons 01 Martin 03 Lewington 04 Doumbe 05 MacKenzie 06 Beevers 08 Potter 13 Williams 26 Chadwick 09 Bowditch 11 Balanta 29 Morrison Subs; 16 McLoughlin, 12 Chicksen, 15 Flanagan, 17 Powell, 27 McNamee Notts County 17 Nelson 02 Kelly 03 Sheehan 04 Edwards 05 Pearce 10 Bishop 11 J Hughes 14 Judge 31 Mahon 09 L Hughes 30 Montano Subs; 01 Burch, 12 Sterling, 18 Sodje, 19 Allen, 08 Hawley Ref: Sheldrake
Match Article Notts County Stuart Nelson Mike Edwards Jon Harley Kristian Pearce Hamza Bencherif Ricky Ravenhill John Spicer Charlie Allen Alan Judge Karl Hawley Ishmel Demontagnac Subs Fabian Speiss Sam Sodje Mitchell Clarke Curtis Thompson Lee Hughes I think this is a game most of us would expect to win. I heard the line up at super rams, which sounding very interesting. I think Uncle Colin mentioned that 4 fringe players was starting and I see we're 1 - 0 up now. Karl as finally scored!! I hope it gives him a good push to get a few more.
I've just been reading this article found on our official website. Link Here I think it's pretty awesome, although probably sounding knit picky It's hardly anything new in terms of design. Striped flag with our logo on, still none the less it's good to see we've changed from the old one's. I'm also slightly confused with this part of the article. We've only won the FA cup once, so how can we have our logo on? Okay I am being picky. Wonder if we will keep them after the two games that they're planned to be used for. I bet the fan is loving the fact he also got to keep the old one's, which is quite the souvenir. What do you guys think?