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Old 12th June 2018, 15.21:10   #31-0 (permalink)
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No it won't. jurgen klopp has stated he is sending the strongest squad he can.
There are just 8 of their squad involved in the world cup so quite a few will be getting a run out. But as stated liverpool can send who they want and still draw a decent crowd.
We also have Everton u23 (july 28th) Morecombe (july 24th) and Bury (july 21st) So some decent home matches there.
Having the Stereophonics gig has deprived you of some decent home money spinners so not sure that you are quids in by having these gigs given it knackers up the pitch and means you can't use it.
We were guaranteed quids in with the Stereophonics in a way that could only be matched by one of the Liverpool or Manchester teams coming. Home friendlies just don't make money otherwise.
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So the much awaited home friendly has now been announced as Forest Green!

The Racecourse is going to be rocking that day
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That might be a deeply boring game but it's exactly the kind of useful game we need.
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looking at the last three fixtures, they are perfect for our pre season prep. teams of similar level as a warm up is far better than a trouncing by Stoke City reserves
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It's all subjective though.
Alternatively if we played higher league opposition (including Stoke City reserves) we would be playing better quality players. By the time the season arrived it could be argued the standard of opposition would drop to a lower level.
I feel there is more to it than just the opposition - a chance for those that don't travel to away games, in fact the only chance to see the new manager and newly assembled squad on home soil and we needed something attractive to bring in the new season - no disrespect to FGR but they have no appeal whatsoever in this neck of the woods. Interestingly prior to playing us they have games in the previous week against Bristol Rovers, Hereford and even a lower placed league team on the Friday night before arriving here on the Saturday.
Stoke City reserves might have trounced us but from a fitness point of view it should be no different and actually an opportunity to pit ourselves v high class opposition - they would also pull in a crowd including a few away fans - all buying food, drink and a bit of merchandise.
Also peoples calendars are filling up quickly especially during summer holiday season - there was a time when we would advertise 'Open Day' if indeed we are having one - they used to be incorporated in with a pre season fixture sometimes.
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I don't miss us playing friendlies against Man Utd or Liverpool. All those sickening plastic Mancs and Scousers- from North Wales!!
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Can remember us playing both Newcastle United (4 - 3 win) and Liverpool in the same pre season, at home pulling in very good crowds and big money in the till - appealing opposition that generated high interest and money being spent. And then there's Forest Green..........
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Can remember us playing both Newcastle United (4 - 3 win) and Liverpool in the same pre season, at home pulling in very good crowds and big money in the till - appealing opposition that generated high interest and money being spent. And then there's Forest Green..........
Raising money is what the Stereophonics was for. Playing Forest Green is what a meaningful football test is for.
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Raising money is what the Stereophonics was for. Playing Forest Green is what a meaningful football test is for.
Surely we should maximize all our opportunities to make money - not pick and choose - with more appealing opposition it could bring in floating or new punters for the first time perhaps hooking them for life - FGR wont even pull in the diehards. I suppose the balance would be to aquire opposition to provide a good test but at the same time put on a showpiece and attempt to get a good number of bums on seats spending some money at the only game we have before the league season starts.
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Surely we should maximize all our opportunities to make money - not pick and choose - with more appealing opposition it could bring in floating or new punters for the first time perhaps hooking them for life - FGR wont even pull in the diehards. I suppose the balance would be to aquire opposition to provide a good test but at the same time put on a showpiece and attempt to get a good number of bums on seats spending some money at the only game we have before the league season starts.
You say this as if it wouldn't have dawned on the club to ask a top team to come. Loads of clubs want them, only a handful can get them. Plus there is no balance between a hot ticket in a friendly and a worthwhile test; the hot tickets put on an exhibition that is no use from a football point of view and anyone who is useful is only of interest to diehards. People would shriek less if we played Rochdale instead of FGR but it would amount to the same thing in practical terms.
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