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The so called perks were just a small part of the point I was making...
It more raises the question why other clubs owners can do it and ours won't.
I remember way back when I was a junior hammer... I'm sure I remember getting free tickets to games and have a brief memory of a Christmas party that players attended... that I'm sure was free... does that still happen?
See as a kid that stuck in my mind, think they used to send birthday cards too... it was more the impression of being involved with the club than considering it a free perk.
It's about the long term gain of doing things, unfortunately the current lot only seem to think about short term cash flow and raising funds.
They are also the only owners shouting from the rooftops that they are "fans" every five minutes...
Actions speak louder than words
In fairnesss we did get t-shirt and light up thing on the last game at the Boleyn but it was a special occasion
Oh yeah and the first game at the OS... I remember seeing something laid out on all the seats... looked like another t-shirt, thought that was good... got to my seat and discovered it was a free plastic carrier bag to hold up
Was speaking to Tony Cottee at Lingfield races yesterday and to be fair he isn't a fan of the owners but a huge one of the manager. He was surprised at the level of investment like mist on here after the bravado by Mr Sullivan.
Allardyce was on great form yesterday at the races too and was very complimentary about the 4 years he had here.
So he should be, the money he earnt, shame he was "complimenatry" towards the end of his time here, the arrogant bast*rd
Lots of talk on other threads about how little old Palace shouldn't be ahead of us in the league...
Why not? They have spent more....
So how over the last 2 transfer windows have Palace with a capacity of just 25k been able to out spend us?
Because massive TV money has lessened the separation effect of match day revenue.
New American investment on their side, no real investment by our owners.
I would have thought that we would have earned a fair bit more than Palace on sponsorship, corporate and ticket sales... is that not the case?
So we should be at least still out spending them by that figure...
Both Sullivan and Gold have gone on record saying that a bigger capacity would bring greater success
Both have gone on record saying we can look to compete with Spurs and Arsenal in the future
How does that work out if we can't compete with Palace?
Only been one year in the new place to be fair.
I doubt they will invest more but can't really judge after a season.
There is a huge difference between can't and won't .
I would have been disappointed to be out spent by Palace if we had still been at the Boleyn...
Ok so moving doesn't bring instant success or funds.... but surely it shouldn't put us behind Palace in terms of financial clout?
How or why have Palace been able to spend more over the last two windows?
This should be answered move or not...
Tbf is a whole hostof reasons palace spent more than us in the past year. They spent more than Spurs as well, and Arsenal.
A) they needed a striker even more than we did and decided to go big with Benteke
B) Pardew was less satisfied with his squad than Bilic last summer (we had just come 7th)
C) they got a new manager who wanted to change the squad
D) they were in the relegation zone in january so spunked a load of cash on average players like schlupp to help survival
E) there was rumours of an American cash injection at Palace. No idea if true though
Do I care if Palace spend more than us? No. Do I care if they make better, more targeted signings than us? Yes
Would I liked us to have spent £30m on benteke? Yes probably, but I can see why people wouldn't (and most people on here didn't want us to as they prefer Carroll)