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Would a Celtic League work?

 



kimbo_king
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First off, I know everyone will be against it and know it will have been discussed many of times but:

Would/ Could it work?

A league consisting of Eire, N Ireland, Scotland and Wales?

I know these leagues have avid fans but how long can say the Scottish last with so many professional clubs?


Pro's -

More clubs from larger cities = higher home gates
Higher profile games = higher home gates
If marketed right it coudl raise the profile of the clubs and leagu = European revenue?
A chance to clean up the pyramid meaning less travel for lower clubs etc

Cons -

Higher traveling expenses
Lower Away support

What potential format could it take?

2 National (international) leagues of 16 then regional?
1 National league then regional?

Thoughts?


HibeeJibee
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In terms of actual potential of it happening in the real world, none.

In terms of hypothetical desirability? I don't see what enhancement it gives Scotland particularly, nor Cardiff/Swansea, versus current arrangements.


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Been discussed to death on this forum and is wanted only by rainjar. A complete non-starter for too many reasons to list.


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Quite ironic that when Scottish independence is once more in the news their two biggest clubs would jump at the chance of being allowed to jump over the border & join the English Leagues top flight, thereby strengthening the union, so to speak! ;-)



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kimbo_king
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Quite ironic that when Scottish independence is once more in the news their two biggest clubs would jump at the chance of being allowed to jump over the border & join the English Leagues top flight, thereby strengthening the union, so to speak! ;-)



Thats what got me thinking to be honest.

If Plaid Cymru got their way and got independence form England would the Welsh teams stay in the league. I'd presume so but would it cause issues to FIFA/ UEFA


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We have had this sort of proposal before from someone who wouldn't take 'no' for an answer, but I still find it an interesting topic.

To be honest, unless you intend to take Cardiff and Swansea out of the English system I can't see that it would make a better league than the current SPL. I don't think the Welsh Premier has any clubs that would make a splash and Linfield etc would be very much small clubs in the league. The SPL doesn't really need more small clubs which won't threaten the SPL.


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Quite ironic that when Scottish independence is once more in the news their two biggest clubs would jump at the chance of being allowed to jump over the border & join the English Leagues top flight, thereby strengthening the union, so to speak! ;-)


There's no group of football supporters more pro the Union than Rangers fans. There won't be many votes for independence from within their midst.



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What have you got against Cornwall, the Isle of Man and Brittany?

A Celtic League excluding three of the Celtic nations would cause a great deal of resentment.

buncranaboy is right.



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What have you got against Cornwall, the Isle of Man and Brittany?

A Celtic League excluding three of the Celtic nations would cause a great deal of resentment.

buncranaboy is right.

The original 'Manx' are a mix of Celtic and Viking. Most of today's inhabitants are probably tax-exiles though!



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What have you got against Cornwall, the Isle of Man and Brittany?


Or Galicia. Celta de Vigo would be a welcome addition



(This post was edited by PaulC on Jan 19, 2012, 1:56 PM)


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Can't see Rangers playing in a Celtic leagueSmile



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Can't see SWP-Phil being happy about losing any of his clubs either Smile


kimbo_king
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Which clubs would be involved? Would you base it on history/ current stature/ potential/ city size

How many cities are big enough to run a professional club of who could get 10,000/ 5,000 attendances? I'm guessing not many!

What populations would it need to be to get such crowds? 70,000/ 100,000 + ???

 
 


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