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Articles by Geoff Toates

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Football Finances and 'Fair Play' Rules
Friday, 6th September 2013
by Geoff Toates
''Having just read Paul Walkerís excellent article, Iíd like to throw my own views into the financial fair play debating pool...''

Youth development: a solution?
Tuesday, 3rd September 2013
by Geoff Toates
''Iím sure I am not the only supporter to wonder why the once steady trickle of young players graduating from our youth set up seems to have dried up. And Iím also sure that, like me, others are speculating as to what might be the reason and what, if anything, we can do about it...''

The next generation of fans
Friday, 19th October 2012
by Geoff Toates
''BBC Sport have just produced a survey which purports to show the cost of watching football on a match by match basis for each of the 92 clubs in the English gameís top four divisions. It isnít a particularly scientific survey but, for me, it still raises an interesting question. Where will tomorrowís fans come from? ..''

So, what about this Allardyce then?
Saturday, 21st April 2012
by Geoff Toates
''Letís be brutally honest here. Before 3rd June 2010, no self-respecting West Ham fan would have believed, even in their darkest moments, that Sam Allardyce would ever have occupied the seat once graced by the likes of Ron Greenwood and John Lyall...''