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English players quota: yes or no?
Sunday, 19th July 2015
by Geoff Toates
''His holiness, Greg Dyke, who to the best of my knowledge has never previously been involved in football in either a playing, or administrative, capacity has decided, demanded almost, that in order to save the English national team from international oblivion Premier League clubs must adhere to a quota, whereby a minimum number of players should be 'home grown'...''

Financial fair play is the death of competition
Tuesday, 21st April 2015
by Geoff Toates
''We are soon to begin what should be an exciting new chapter in our clubís history. ..''

David Sullivan, it's time to make your mind up
Monday, 6th April 2015
by Geoff Toates
''Indecision and uncertainty, in any business, inevitably leads to reduced performance and profitability. ..''

What has happened to our production line of talent?
Friday, 20th March 2015
by Geoff Toates
''The history of West Ham United shows that until relatively recently we have a good record of producing a steady flow of players who have gone on to achieve great things in the game, albeit in all too many cases with clubs other than our own. ..''

Come in Big Sam, your time is up
Monday, 9th March 2015
by Geoff Toates
''I occasionally scan West Ham forums such as KUMB's, West Ham Online and, until it committed hari kari by asking for money to experience an advert-free website, Hammers Mad. ..''

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...''

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