WHO Poll
Q: 2022 Summer Transfer Window - How many 1st team players will we sign before August 6th
a. None as Sullivan will wait until the last week before he gets his scattergun out the cupboard
28%
  
b. A couple of freebies paraded as superstars, usual hype to follow
26%
  
c. I'm more optimistic as surely they know we need to strengthen, 3-4 with decent money spent.
43%
  
d. Who gives a toss as we have a great squad already, I've already ordered the new replica kit, socks and all and can't wait to wear it at our first game, down the pub of course, I bleed claret & blue
3%
  



Manuel 11:40 Fri May 6
The Europa Conference League 2022/23
So it looks like we are going to be in this comp next season, entering at the final play-off stage, I believe. So, are you IN, or OUT?

BENEFITS:

Another season in Europe, giving us some continuity and continued progress as a club, albeit, it is a second rate competition.

A chance of some silverware, although again it cannot be classed as a major trophy.

Winning the thing gives you entry into the Europa League group stages the following season.

More away days for our fans.

NEGATIVES:

It won't help attract any good players.

Thu - Sun football, and more complaints about player fatigue, especially if going deep into the tournament and playing our first team, much like this season.

The group stages will be full of pub sides, so will be able to play youth and back up players, again much like this season.

If we get into the latter stages and we start playing our first eleven, it could affect league form.

A lot of Sunday games - which is shit.

So, in or out?

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Mex Martillo 9:29 Mon Jun 27
Re: The Europa Conference League 2022/23
Nice one, WorldCupWilly, thanks

WorldCupWilly 2:03 Mon Jun 27
Re: The Europa Conference League 2022/23
Sarge - who plays second leg at home is part of the draw:

There's 34 teams on our play-off path round with the top 15 teams seeded based on club coefficient (which includes us), plus the 2 teams that drop down from the Europa are seeded. The draw works by placing the half of the teams in that round that are seeded in one bowl and the non-seeded teams in another bowl. Then one ball from each pot is picked and placed in another bowl to determine who plays at home in the first leg. Whichever of the 2 balls in there that are then picked out first will be at home for the first leg of the tie.

⚒️ 1:47 Mon Jun 27
Re: The Europa Conference League 2022/23
I think that’s correct Sarge son.

I recall Spurs being at home in the 2nd leg last season. They turned around a 1 goal deficit to progress to the group stage.

Sarge 12:28 Mon Jun 27
Re: The Europa Conference League 2022/23
If we are seeded does that mean second leg at home?

Miss the first leg - last night of our hols

Swiss. 11:53 Mon Jun 27
Re: The Europa Conference League 2022/23
Joyo

2004 actually but she'd be a bit too old for me now.

joyo 5:49 Thu Jun 23
Re: The Europa Conference League 2022/23
Swiss 2.37....is that so you can meet up with miss Sweden of 1968 again?

Mex Martillo 3:37 Thu Jun 23
Re: The Europa Conference League 2022/23
I guess it's in this tread, but I didn't find it and just looked it all up.

We go straight into the Group qualification games.
Qualifying is two legs, 18 and 25 Aug, winner qualifies for group stage.

The draw for who we play will be 1 Aug.
Right now teams in the draw are us, Villarreal, Fiorentina, FC Köln and Nice. The rest will come from two previous qualifying rounds and dropping down from Europa and Champions qualification.
For the draw teams will be seeded by some UEFA scoring thing. At present, just us and Villarreal are definitely seeded, we have the second best seeding. We will not play Villarreal.

That's it cunts, watch out for the 1 Aug.

Swiss. 2:37 Tue Jun 21
Re: The Europa Conference League 2022/23
OK won't be playing the most exotic teams in the beginning but some fun away days. Would be great to get like Djurgården a Stockholm team in Aug-Sep for example.

Hammer-ed 11:16 Mon Jun 20
Re: The Europa Conference League 2022/23
Besides I would prefer winning the Europa Conference League rather then the League Cup. Wining the League Cup only get you entry to the Europa Conference League plus the winners of the League Cup only wins about £100K where as winning the Europa Conference League gets you £4.25m plus entry to the Europa League.

I know which one I would go for!

swindon hammer 10:44 Mon Jun 20
Re: The Europa Conference League 2022/23
Yep which is why I said ALMOST impossible and mentioned Leicester were the rare exception in the past 9 years.

It’s no coincidence that the same club that broke the monopoly of the Premier League title were the ones that did it for the FA Cup as well.

Gone are the days when a Wimbledon, Coventry or a second division team can win the FA Cup.

It’s much harder to do it now. The financial gap is much greater between the “big 4 or 5” and everyone else.

⚒️ 10:35 Mon Jun 20
Re: The Europa Conference League 2022/23
“It’s almost impossible for a club like ours to win a domestic competition anymore.”

Except for Leicester in 2021.

swindon hammer 8:25 Mon Jun 20
Re: The Europa Conference League 2022/23
Far Cough,

Wigan won the FA Cup 9 years ago.

Since 2014 every FA Cup and League Cup (apart from Leicester in 2021) has been won by the “Big 5” of Liverpool, Man City, Man Utd, Arsenal & Chelsea.

It’s almost impossible for a club like ours to win a domestic competition anymore.

Hammer-ed 7:21 Mon Jun 20
Re: The Europa Conference League 2022/23
Far Cough but didn't Wigan get relegated on the same season? Their player were focusing too much on the cup then on their league position.

In any case now the domestic trophies seems to be in the hands of the so-called "big teams". The Europa Conference League seems to be something that we have a better chance of winning, all depends on who drops down from the Europa League.

Far Cough 2:23 Sun Jun 19
Re: The Europa Conference League 2022/23
The FA cup can be won nowadays, look at Wigan, those cunts won it.

Coffee 2:09 Sun Jun 19
Re: The Europa Conference League 2022/23
It's possible, Manuel, but we're just going to have to cross that bridge if and when it happens.

Manuel 1:23 Sun Jun 19
Re: The Europa Conference League 2022/23
Coffee - True, but I can see a situation where we get to say March and all our eggs go into this basket, which is pretty much what happened this season in the EL. Losing to Soton in the FA Cup was an awful result, mind.

Coffee 1:15 Sun Jun 19
Re: The Europa Conference League 2022/23
Let's see what happens in the transfer window before we start getting too morose.

Manuel 1:06 Sun Jun 19
Re: The Europa Conference League 2022/23
Swiss - Hard to disagree with that.

I think being in this is going to be a real saving grace for us as we move through the season. Crap in the league? Well at least we have the CL to look forward to. Man City away in the FA Cup? Well at least we have the CL. Think it will give us a bit of comfort if the season turns to shit.

Swiss. 11:52 Sun Jun 19
Re: The Europa Conference League 2022/23
We have little chance in the domestic cups and tbh we will struggle to get 7th next season.

In the EC we might only play 2-3 tough games and win it . Then we have EL next season.

No brainer we have to go for it.

Pedro 1:20 Sun Jun 19
Re: The Europa Conference League 2022/23
Moyes and Rice banned and club fined for fans behaviour.

Any news about Frankfurt?

fraser 9:57 Sat Jun 18
Re: The Europa Conference League 2022/23
Manuel - obviously as it wasn't here.. By definition most info posted here is from elsewhere, if it was already here no point posting it..

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