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Posted by: Tangerine Chris, October 20, 2014, 7:48pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-29688590
Posted by: GYinScuntland, October 20, 2014, 8:36pm; Reply: 1
Quoted from Tangerine Chris


And in another story Lincoln City are fed up of losing to Grimsby on boxing day and call on the league to allow them the chance of losing to Alfreton for a change.
Posted by: Grimsbys finest, October 20, 2014, 8:42pm; Reply: 2
Lincoln making excuses. Now there's are surprise...
Posted by: WappingMariner, October 20, 2014, 8:45pm; Reply: 3
Ah Mr Dorrian. Not like him to push for something completely void of any sense or logical thinking. He's the same Mr Dorrian who said in September 2010 that he had "thought seriously" about a five-year plan to get Lincoln to the Championship.
Posted by: GYinScuntland, October 20, 2014, 8:51pm; Reply: 4
Quoted from WappingMariner
Ah Mr Dorrian. Not like him to push for something completely void of any sense or logical thinking. He's the same Mr Dorrian who said in September 2010 that he had "thought seriously" about a five-year plan to get Lincoln to the Championship.


Well ahead of plan then, already premier league.
Posted by: DocTower, October 20, 2014, 10:51pm; Reply: 5
Personally I believe it is an idea that should be looked at . Lets face it , without a sugar daddy , teams in this division and division 2 will struggle in the near future to survive on gates of less than 2000 without a good business plan .

Football is a strange business in itself but it must be sustainable . The Premiership is away with the fairies , if your not in the premier you don't exist . The money is obscene and will never ever filter down to the lower levels ,

How teams must love Grimsby to visit knowing that its going to be a good pay day for them , when we open a stand which  holds 2000 for less than 30 . By regionalisation , although not popular the potential extra revenue from away fans could stimulate future investment . Nothing is guaranteed but can the country as a whole accommodate  over 100 professional football clubs that loose money every week .
Posted by: WOZOFGRIMSBY, October 21, 2014, 6:13am; Reply: 6
But isn't an away trip half the fun of being a football supporter?? How many weekends away have given people the chance to meet up with friends and family? Maybe I see it as being selfish, being an exiled supporter, but look at the amount of supporters we get at games around the London area.

Some teams also just don't take supporters. Fgr had +/- 50 more fans at Bristol rovers (30 mins down the m5) than we took to torquay. Yes, we do lose out by not getting more away support, but maybe the club could address this by getting more home support in. Offering reduced admission charges maybe? Is it really going to make much of a difference when some teams bring 40 fans anyway? How many youngster were swayed by the offer of £5 to get in at brizzle rovers on the opening day of the season
Posted by: aldi_01, October 21, 2014, 6:14am; Reply: 7
Sadly though the leagues hold all the power in this country, not the FA so unless they want it it will never happen.

I'm sure they would cite reasons that are similar to why they did away with the North/south split way back when.

As for lincoln, Dorrian does make some silly comments but then again, none can be more silly than our own chair... Sorry, majority shareholder. Fact of the matter is after a kind of decent start the clodhoppers who like to kick their way through games and have a terrible discipline record have once again found themselves staring a bottom of the table scramble of a season.
Posted by: RoboCod, October 21, 2014, 7:34am; Reply: 8
Just as well that absolutely nobody takes any notice of Lincoln or particularly the hapless Chicken Bob.
Posted by: GrimRob, October 21, 2014, 7:47am; Reply: 9
Lincoln a team approximately in the middle of the country are maybe not the best team to propose this. Maybe Gateshead or Torquay would be a better example.I can't see it happening because it would mean transferring the best clubs from the Conference to the FL, and also lowering the standard in L2.
Posted by: jock dock tower, October 21, 2014, 9:49am; Reply: 10
Haven't read the proposals, but let's not forget that the professional game used to be regionalised in the 3rd tier until 1958-9, when you had the 3rd Divisions north and south, with the only champion of each going up into the 2nd Division (now the Championship)

Financially it makes sense. We have regionalised football all the way up to the Conference and it would make sense to regionalise it like the old 3rd Divisions to cut down on travel expenses, which must be huge for the likes of Torquay and Gateshead.

We regionalised the game at Scottish Junior level in 2003 and have never looked back, and it does mean that the smaller clubs can eventually find a safe level if they do get promoted without having to break the bank to do so.
Posted by: Garth, October 21, 2014, 10:40am; Reply: 11
Quoted from aldi_01
Sadly though the leagues hold all the power in this country, not the FA so unless they want it it will never happen.

I'm sure they would cite reasons that are similar to why they did away with the North/south split way back when.

As for lincoln, Dorrian does make some silly comments but then again, none can be more silly than our own chair... Sorry, majority shareholder. Fact of the matter is after a kind of decent start the clodhoppers who like to kick their way through games and have a terrible discipline record have once again found themselves staring a bottom of the table scramble of a season.


Blimey we are not that bad are we the last time I looked we were three points from the playoffs ;)
Posted by: BottesfordMariner, October 21, 2014, 11:08am; Reply: 12
There was an article a year or two back that proposed this.

i thought it was a good idea then and said so in a post on here. I still think it is a decent idea. The standard between most of the Conference and League 2 is not that great. Gates for the ex league clubs compare ok with the league 2.

league 2 North
Accrington
Alfreton
Altrincham
Burton
Bury
Carlisle
Chester
Gateshead
Grimsby
Halifax
Hartlepool
Kidderminster
lincoln
Macclefield
Mansfield
Morecambe
Northampton
Nuneaton
Shrewsbury
Southport
Telford
Tranmere
Wrexham
York

League South
Aldershot
Barnet
Braintree
Bristol R
Cambridge
Cheltenham
Dagenham
Dartford
Dover
Eastleigh
Exeter
Forest Green
Luton
Newport
Oxford
Plymouth
Portsmouth
Southend
Stevenage
Torquay
Welling
Wimbledon
Woking
Wycombe

more local derbies, bigger crowds, less expense for teams. There are a lot of league 2 clubs with gates around Towns level or indeed less.

the stumbling block would be the FL wanting to increase its membership by 24 teams and may be not so popular with the teams in the FL as much as the teams out of it.
Posted by: Paris Mariner, October 21, 2014, 5:22pm; Reply: 13
Quoted from BottesfordMariner
There was an article a year or two back that proposed this.

i thought it was a good idea then and said so in a post on here. I still think it is a decent idea. The standard between most of the Conference and League 2 is not that great. Gates for the ex league clubs compare ok with the league 2.

league 2 North
Accrington
Alfreton
Altrincham
Burton
Bury
Carlisle
Chester
Gateshead
Grimsby
Halifax
Hartlepool
Kidderminster
lincoln
Macclefield
Mansfield
Morecambe
Northampton
Nuneaton
Shrewsbury
Southport
Telford
Tranmere
Wrexham
York

League South
Aldershot
Barnet
Braintree
Bristol R
Cambridge
Cheltenham
Dagenham
Dartford
Dover
Eastleigh
Exeter
Forest Green
Luton
Newport
Oxford
Plymouth
Portsmouth
Southend
Stevenage
Torquay
Welling
Wimbledon
Woking
Wycombe

more local derbies, bigger crowds, less expense for teams. There are a lot of league 2 clubs with gates around Towns level or indeed less.

the stumbling block would be the FL wanting to increase its membership by 24 teams and may be not so popular with the teams in the FL as much as the teams out of it.


Another stumbling block would be promotion between Conference North and South and the new regionalised League 2 North and South. A big gate at this level is 600 which is way below the average at the next level. Very few clubs are hitting 1000+
Posted by: HackneyHaddock, October 21, 2014, 7:49pm; Reply: 14
Once Dirty Lincoln are relegated their wish will come true.
Posted by: KingstonMariner, October 21, 2014, 9:44pm; Reply: 15
I hope it doesn't happen. At least until I retire and I'm free to move back up north.
Posted by: KingstonMariner, October 21, 2014, 9:46pm; Reply: 16
Quoted from Paris Mariner


Another stumbling block would be promotion between Conference North and South and the new regionalised League 2 North and South. A big gate at this level is 600 which is way below the average at the next level. Very few clubs are hitting 1000+


Very good point.
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