Stourbridge FC
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(06-11-2024, 03:34 PM)CaptainFantastico Wrote:
(06-11-2024, 03:30 PM)SuperBob2002 Wrote:
(06-11-2024, 03:24 PM)CaptainFantastico Wrote: He hasn’t syphoned anything. I said he misuse the structure of the club and reinvests badly, which is true. Just look at the difference between the state of that club and what you get down at The Grove. Chalk and cheese

Sorry, misinterpreted your original post!

No problem, it was a fair and well informed response. It’s a shame that junior football (more broadly) has become so monetised and bullshit laden that they are far from the only ones that trade a badge for more than the product they lend it to is worth

(06-11-2024, 03:32 PM)Ted Maul Wrote:
(06-11-2024, 03:24 PM)CaptainFantastico Wrote: He hasn’t syphoned anything. I said he misuse the structure of the club and reinvests badly, which is true. Just look at the difference between the state of that club and what you get down at The Grove. Chalk and cheese

Fair but in terms of the team being shit (it was good and was taken apart by teams at higher levels) and the ground being a dump (not a lot can be done given the location and the cricket club) it was probably a bit harsh.

Think we spoke after the 4-3 game last season and said until Stourbridge can sort out a long-term solution to the ground and the endless Saturday and Monday games at the start of the season they're probably stuck at the level they are currently at.

Yep, definitely they are hamstrung to a degree but simple question - when you go, do you feel like it’s a real community club that is there with the town and people at its heartbeat?

What do you mean by this? Asking as I genuinely don't have a clue Big Grin

"Trade a badge for more than the product they lend it to is worth"

Basically saying money is involved in the youth game, and it's monetised rather than concentrating on development.
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There are youth set ups that exist on the old model, community and parent led, and where all the cash goes back into the things it should & what parents pay is based on the minimum rather than maximum that is needed for a club to thrive.

Then there are those where middle class parents pay three times as much for the same product under the illusion that it means what it maybe did twenty years ago if you say “Henry plays for Stourbridge under 11s” (as an example)

No he doesn’t, you pay them to rent the badge and they churn half that money into anything but the youth set up & it props up all the other bollocks that goes on.

In fairness to Halesowen, one of the reasons they are now so well run and feel like a coherent community club is because of the mess they had to work through to the other side of.
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