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by Erasmus
Wed Nov 25, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: What's happened to McNeil?
Replies: 40
Views: 1967

Re: What's happened to McNeil?

From the matches I've seen, it seems clear he's being asked to come inside a lot to support the central midfielders. One problem from playing 4-4-2 is that the central two in midfield will usually be outnumbered, so I can see why this is being done. It does, however, reduce the threat Dwight poses w...
by Erasmus
Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Eze
Replies: 49
Views: 2417

Re: Eze

I would imagine that Eze has been getting advice from his agent since he was a young player. We might have been able to come up with the fee of 10m, but it is likely that the agent would have advised the player to hold on and wait for a better offer from a wealthier club. As it turned out, I'm sure ...
by Erasmus
Fri Nov 20, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: New Dave Thomas book due in April 2021
Replies: 28
Views: 1345

Re: New Dave Thomas book due in April 2021

Paul Weller made me very, very happy when I was on holiday in Italy one summer. I got hold of an English Sunday paper from a little shop and found out that we had beaten Wimbledon 1-0 with Paul as the scorer. That might have been just after a promotion. No internet in those days. I've also got a vag...
by Erasmus
Thu Nov 19, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Venkys
Replies: 36
Views: 2392

Re: Venkys

It seems that it may well be the case that Venkys are, as they see it, 'just trying to do the right thing'. It's like they feel honour-bound not to abandon Blackburn Rovers, having taken the club under their wing, so to speak. I have been to India many times and know a lot of Indian people, and I ca...
by Erasmus
Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Venkys
Replies: 36
Views: 2392

Re: Venkys

You really have to wonder what Venkys have been doing all these years with Blackburn Rovers. They've spent and are spending a lot of their own money on a club that they have no long-standing connection with. As of now, I think they are spending millions of pounds each season to keep them with an out...
by Erasmus
Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Injuries update updated
Replies: 22
Views: 1887

Re: Injuries update

According to the BBC, Johan has returned to his club. No reason given, so it could be an injury or it could be an arrangement with Burnley to get him back in time for preparation for the match against Palace.
by Erasmus
Sun Nov 15, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Bolton Wanderers v Salford City
Replies: 18
Views: 1975

Re: Bolton Wanderers v Salford City

I don't like Manchester United, Manchester City or Chelsea either. I don't like nineteen of the twenty teams in the Premier League. It just seems like the horrible ethos of the Premier League is spreading to all levels of the game.
by Erasmus
Sat Nov 14, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Bolton Wanderers v Salford City
Replies: 18
Views: 1975

Re: Bolton Wanderers v Salford City

I also have a dislike of Salford. I don't like the way that rich people can use the Football League as a place to play with their toys at the expense of long-established clubs rooted in their communities. I was glad to see Fylde drop down to the National League North, and I really hope we don't see ...
by Erasmus
Sat Nov 14, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Dwight playing for U21 7.30
Replies: 18
Views: 1852

Re: Dwight playing for U21 7.30

His corner for the second goal was superb. Flat and well struck, very difficult to defend against.
by Erasmus
Thu Nov 12, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: International friendlies.
Replies: 10
Views: 450

Re: International friendlies.

I suspect it's down to money. Don't Fifa hold the rights on international matches? If so the more that are played the more money coming to Fifa. I don't know whether or not this is the case, but that's my first thought on it.
by Erasmus
Thu Nov 12, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Dyche......is it time to go
Replies: 235
Views: 7608

Re: Dyche......is it time to go

It's backs against the wall time at the moment. The impression I've got from watching the games this season is that the players are mentally and physically exhausted. We have succeeded against the odds in recent seasons through absolute commitment to winning matches, and retaining that level is ment...
by Erasmus
Thu Nov 12, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: How Britain Won WW2 (8PM Channel 5)
Replies: 37
Views: 1548

Re: How Britain Won WW2 (8PM Channel 5)

I don't think Germany's attack on Russia was entirely a 'mistake'. It was a mistake in the sense that it was a failure, but Hitler's whole intention in starting a war in Europe was to defeat the Soviet Union and seize vast amounts of land in the East. The attack on France was just a means of ensurin...
by Erasmus
Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: One £20-30 million player every year...
Replies: 59
Views: 2355

Re: One £20-30 million player every year...

With the money we have available, we can't afford players who are certain to do well in the Premier League, or extremely likely to do well. So we have to get in those who have shown that they might become good Premier League players. As a result, it is inevitable that a fair few won't make that tran...
by Erasmus
Mon Nov 09, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: How long till a local rival makes the top flight again?
Replies: 23
Views: 1515

Re: How long till a local rival makes the top flight again?

With the exception of Blackpool, all of those named had significant subsidy from their owners that enabled them to get promotion. A better example would be Burnley. If we can do it, then Blackburn and Preston have a better chance than we did because of the subsidies they are given each season. I ima...
by Erasmus
Sat Nov 07, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: How long till a local rival makes the top flight again?
Replies: 23
Views: 1515

Re: How long till a local rival makes the top flight again?

In terms of what would be our 'natural' status, all three of us would probably be bottom half of the Championship with occasional dips down into League 1. Somehow, Burnley have been able to massively over-achieve, relying almost solely on their own means of self-elevation. Blackburn and Preston seem...
by Erasmus
Sat Nov 07, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Nigel Clough appointed Mansfield Town manager
Replies: 26
Views: 1479

Re: Nigel Clough appointed Mansfield Town manager

Mansfield have been massive underachievers for a few years now. They've had a lot of money put into them by the owner. Every season they start off as favourites for promotion and consistently fall short.
by Erasmus
Sat Nov 07, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Wow sky did not hold back about the game !!!!!
Replies: 53
Views: 2930

Re: Wow sky did not hold back about the game !!!!!

I think Sean Dyche is going about things in the right way. It is accepted wisdom that when you are on a very poor run, as we are, the first thing you do is make the defence solid. When that is established, you start to focus more on the attack side in order to win games. We are now at that first sta...
by Erasmus
Fri Nov 06, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Leicester City
Replies: 29
Views: 1666

Re: Leicester City

The new owners could have done the right thing and paid off the debts left by the previous regime. That would also have been the real world. And we shouldn't forget the people of Thailand, a very poor country. The money being spent on Leicester City is wealth derived from the Thai tourist industry. ...
by Erasmus
Thu Nov 05, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: What do you miss?
Replies: 49
Views: 1641

Re: What do you miss?

Driving up on a Saturday morning, having lunch at my daughter's house, going to the match with as many family members as can get there, getting a win, going out for something to eat with daughter and grandchildren, driving back home feeling happy.
by Erasmus
Sun Nov 01, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: ALK Capital or Farnell/Elkashashy takeover
Replies: 3940
Views: 256540

Re: ALK Capital or Farnell/Elkashashy takeover

Personally, I wouldn't want to see Dubai having anything to do with Burnley FC. It is totalitarian state with a dreadful record on human rights, and has been heavily involved in the vicious attacks on civilians in Yemen. Do we really want those sort of people involved with our football club, regardl...
by Erasmus
Sat Oct 31, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Wake up happy clappers
Replies: 89
Views: 3296

Re: Wake up happy clappers

That's the way it is if you support a football team, an unending stream of ups and downs. The joy you feel at the former is paid for by the distress experienced when the downs come. Last ten years or so have been pretty much a steady flow of up times, so we have to be prepared to take the downs, kno...
by Erasmus
Wed Oct 21, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Is the fix now worse than the problem?
Replies: 200
Views: 4284

Re: Is the fix now worse than the problem?

No need for anyone to bankrupt themselves, but most of us could manage losing 5% of our income. The moral argument for doing so appears unassailable. We just have to be honest with ourselves, and do a little more than we are doing already.
by Erasmus
Tue Oct 20, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Three Tier Lockdown
Replies: 661
Views: 21557

Re: Three Tier Lockdown

At the heart of this is the fate of those who are presently on minimum wage and will only receive two thirds of that amount. Johnson has said a 'very generous' financial package has been offered, but if you have to survive and feed your family on two thirds of the minimum wage it probably doesn't fe...
by Erasmus
Tue Oct 20, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: European Premier League from 2022
Replies: 86
Views: 2391

Re: European Premier League from 2022

Perhaps they could run two teams, one for the Europa Super-Bore League and the other for domestic competitions. The money generated from each would allow them to have twice as many players.
by Erasmus
Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Paris.
Replies: 111
Views: 2960

Re: Paris.

From Christian scripture, we have 'Spare not the Amalekites', including suckling babes. I believe Cromwell's men used it as a battle cry when slaughtering Catholics at Drogheda. Buddhist and Hindu scriptures probably less so, but don't tell totto.
by Erasmus
Sun Oct 18, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Wow BJ eviscerates the EU!!!
Replies: 864
Views: 17805

Re: Wow BJ eviscerates the EU!!!

So it's a bit of a gamble then? We would have to try to work out which is the most likely outcome and what the odds are of us winning. Isn't it just a leap in the dark that might reduce the country's prosperity?
by Erasmus
Sun Oct 18, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Wow BJ eviscerates the EU!!!
Replies: 864
Views: 17805

Re: Wow BJ eviscerates the EU!!!

So is leaving the EU going to make Britain more prosperous, and be beneficial to the people of the country? Or is it going to leave us poorer?
by Erasmus
Thu Oct 15, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Bury : No Wages
Replies: 864
Views: 100405

Re: Bury : No Wages

I've always wondered why the Nevilles chose to invent Salford FC rather than giving their support for Bury, a proper, long-established club.
by Erasmus
Wed Oct 14, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Bradford City v Harrogate Town
Replies: 23
Views: 1879

Re: Bradford City v Harrogate Town

It's not by their own efforts though is it? It's down to one person deciding to throw loads of money at it. That's the only reason, and it 's not much of an effort to say, 'Yes, please'. A good local following is fine, but many non-league teams have that and are staying non-league because nobody's t...
by Erasmus
Wed Oct 14, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Bradford City v Harrogate Town
Replies: 23
Views: 1879

Re: Bradford City v Harrogate Town

Perhaps I shouldn't feel this way, but I seem to have an instinctive antipathy towards these newly created clubs that get into the league just because some rich person wants a bit of fun running a football club. For the most part they don't have the same strong local identity as the more well establ...
by Erasmus
Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: When the ancient Greeks..
Replies: 27
Views: 989

Re: When the ancient Greeks..

Not quite right about Indian philosophy having no concept of 'ego', Pstotto. They refer to it as ahaṁkāra, or sometimes asmitā, and it is said to be one of the main elements of our mental factulties.
by Erasmus
Mon Oct 12, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Extended Transfer Window Autumn 2020 (Must Contain Link)’ thread
Replies: 221
Views: 14441

Re: Extended Transfer Window Autumn 2020 (Must Contain Link)’ thread

I would imagine the problem with signing younger players is that if they are good enough to play at Premier League level, other teams will get them before us, and they will be beyond the reach of our finances. Buying young players who might become good enough to play in the Premier League would take...
by Erasmus
Fri Oct 09, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Your top six favourite guitar players
Replies: 114
Views: 2844

Re: Your top six favourite guitar players

Agreed, Wilko Johnson was always a good turn. I saw him once in a small venue where he was so well gone that he could barely stand, but they put a guitar in his hands and pushed him on stage and he was superb. Like Lazarus, he seems to have returned from the dead of late.
by Erasmus
Thu Oct 08, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: BFC TRANSFER NEWS SUMMER/AUTUMN 2020 (MUST CONTAIN LINK)
Replies: 5338
Views: 507423

Re: BFC TRANSFER NEWS SUMMER/AUTUMN 2020 (MUST CONTAIN LINK)

Chester, I think that may be hindsight speaking. It would have been hard for the other board members to refuse Brendan Flood's offers at a time when there seemed little risk attached to them. In 2007/08 everyone seemed to presume that the strong economy would just go on and on.
by Erasmus
Thu Oct 08, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: England U19s
Replies: 6
Views: 1073

Re: England U19s

There was something on television a few days ago about people trapped in Italy because they are still testing positive weeks after recovering. They seemed to suggest that even after one has recovered and is no longer a potential source of infection, there may be still residual traces of the virus th...
by Erasmus
Thu Oct 08, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: BFC TRANSFER NEWS SUMMER/AUTUMN 2020 (MUST CONTAIN LINK)
Replies: 5338
Views: 507423

Re: BFC TRANSFER NEWS SUMMER/AUTUMN 2020 (MUST CONTAIN LINK)

Interesting point about the promotion under Coyle and whether it was a gamble. I think what actually happened was the Brendan Flood came forward with significant financial support, which we accepted and used. Then subsequently the financial crash ruined some of Brendan's business interests leaving u...
by Erasmus
Thu Oct 08, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Church of England guilty of protecting abusers.
Replies: 46
Views: 1363

Re: Church of England guilty of protecting abusers.

Strange that there is some kind of argument going on when everyone is pretty much in agreement. There is no doubt that both the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of England have behaved abominably in putting their own institutional reputation above the wellbeing of abused individuals. Nobody disa...
by Erasmus
Wed Oct 07, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Last page turner you read?
Replies: 82
Views: 3040

Re: Last page turner you read?

If you've not read it before, I would also suggest The Sea The Sea by Iris Murdoch. One of her best.
by Erasmus
Wed Oct 07, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Last page turner you read?
Replies: 82
Views: 3040

Re: Last page turner you read?

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. Highly recommended. Also just read Frenchman's Creek by Daphne du Maurier, a bit intense but I enjoyed it.
by Erasmus
Sun Oct 04, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: What or who is to blame?
Replies: 69
Views: 2803

Re: What or who is to blame?

Nothing at all is clearly obvious to us, as we have so little knowledge of the workings of the club. Guesses aren't clearly obvious, and we have no idea of how and why Hendrick left. Agnostics all of us.
by Erasmus
Sun Oct 04, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: What or who is to blame?
Replies: 69
Views: 2803

Re: What or who is to blame?

No one is to blame. Just the opposite, all those running the club deserve enormous praise for achieving what no other club of Burnley's standing has ever achieved before, unless backed by some wealthy donor. Look down the Premier League, there isn't a single club there that is in the same position a...
by Erasmus
Wed Sep 30, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: The Bud Fight, sorry Presidential Debate
Replies: 863
Views: 15371

Re: The Bud Fight, sorry Presidential Debate

Just been reading through this discussion. There's a rather nasty whiff of BNP coming across from some quarters.
by Erasmus
Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Graeme Souness
Replies: 25
Views: 2649

Re: Graeme Souness

To me Souness's argument made no sense at all. He was suggesting that people will be more entertained by bad decisions. It certainly gets people talking, but it goes completely against the sporting ethos that makes football the great game that it is. Teams score goals through the forward players get...
by Erasmus
Mon Sep 28, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Donald Trump
Replies: 2370
Views: 69461

Re: Donald Trump

It really doesn't matter whether or not he paid the full amount of state taxes. If it is true that he only paid $750 in federal taxes, he is still avoiding paying what he should do. Hardly an example of the type of civic responsibility to be expected of a President. That line of defence would be equ...
by Erasmus
Sun Sep 27, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Donald Trump
Replies: 2370
Views: 69461

Re: Donald Trump

On a slightly more sober note, I think the Trump presidency has highlighted some of the problems with a written constitution when compared to an unwritten constitution such as we have in Britain. Edmund Burke put forward the view that the constitution should evolve slowly and organically to avoid ra...
by Erasmus
Sun Sep 27, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Dyche & Garlick
Replies: 122
Views: 7780

Re: Dyche & Garlick

With regard to our Centre-back situation, Ben Mee will surely be back in a few weeks, and with Tarkowski I would guess that it is a matter of waiting to see whether an offer comes in that we think is acceptable. Something around £40 million I would expect. If it doesn't he stays, if it does then I e...
by Erasmus
Sun Sep 27, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: Dyche & Garlick
Replies: 122
Views: 7780

Re: Dyche & Garlick

It reminds me a little of the situation when ITV Digital pulled out. Those with the lowest income were hardest hit, Burnley in particular. Almost every other club in the Premier League will have something to fall back on to get them through the problem period, mostly through subsidies and loans from...
by Erasmus
Fri Sep 25, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: ALK Capital or Farnell/Elkashashy takeover
Replies: 3940
Views: 256540

Re: ALK Capital...

I'm very much with Passing Clouds on this one. Burnley have achieved something unique, and I also look down on clubs like City who have achieved nothing accept receive masses of funding from a vicious totalitarian regime. Without that they would be nowhere near. Burnley are by far the best club in t...
by Erasmus
Fri Sep 25, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: ARTICLE: Jay Rod to miss Saints game
Replies: 13
Views: 1201

Re: ARTICLE: Jay Rod to miss Saints game

Great news about Johan. He is a player who really does add something to our first eleven, and it was sickening to think that he might have to miss a good part of this season as well. And hopefully it won't be too long before Ben Mee and James Tarkowski are back in tandem again. Things are looking up...
by Erasmus
Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: The Bee Hole End
Topic: BFC TRANSFER NEWS SUMMER/AUTUMN 2020 (MUST CONTAIN LINK)
Replies: 5338
Views: 507423

Re: BFC TRANSFER NEWS SUMMER 2020(MUST CONTAIN LINK)

To those who still hold the view that we have money to spend, I suggest you look through the Magic Money Tree thread. It clearly shows how and why our projected income has gone down. Quite simply, we are going to be a lot less well off this season than was originally projected, and that of course me...