Accrington Stanley Irked By FA’s Proposal For ‘Premier League B-Team League’, Vow To Start B-Team And Apply To Join Premier League

By Chris Wright

Soccer - Greg Dyke Press Conference - Wembley Stadium

“Wibble wobble wibble young English talent wobble wibble”

As you may well be aware, the FA Commission presented their plan to save English football yesterday with one of their ideas being the inclusion of a new tier within the Football League, between League Two and the Conference, to accommodate Premier League B teams.

This being the FA Commission panel that features Greg Dyke; the man responsible for bringing Roland Rat to our television screens; Danny Mills, who recently failed to keep a Cornish pasty from going belly up, and Rio Ferdinand: a man who routinely films himself singing in his car – but that’s all by-the-by, we suppose.

Anyway, this proposal went down like a turd in the bath with both the clubs and fans of lower league sides (as well as conscientious onlookers such as Pies), attracting widespread criticism for being utterly self-serving, short-sighted and, of course, resolutely Premier League-centric.

Indeed, Accrington Stanley issued the following counter-proposal to the FA upon hearing the news…



Fighting stupid with stupid.

The club then Tweeted again just to assure their fans that they were joking, presumably after realising their suggestion was no more ludicrous than the FA’s original idea.

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  1. marmafnarf says:

    Accrington Stanley? Who are they?

  2. Vimes says:

    Given that some of the defending in the Conference can be, shall we say, “uncompromising”, is it really that good an idea to put the cream of young British (not just English, Greg) talent up against battle-hardened, grizzled veterans, on a weekly basis? The Premier League clubs might be well-advised to check their insurance cover.

  3. Joe says:

    I suppose, if you don’t think that the gap between League football and Premier League football isn’t already wide enough, then it is self-serving. Or if you think that only one-in-three English players starting any given Premier League game is no cause for concern for the future of the national team (The FA’s prized asset) is no problem. Perhaps you think that the current situation in present at most top-level clubs, where the academy system resembles work-experience and a lot of unfulfilled talent, is acceptable.

    If you think that the Football League could do with whatever ‘glam’ it can get to pull some attention back to the lower leagues, whilst at the same time avoiding the ridiculous eventuality that every match in the Premier League will at some point contain at least one player that belongs to the opposition, then its a good start.

    Personaly, I think an overhaul of the loan system is all that is needed, but this still wouldn’t have solved the main concern as far as The FA can see it; namely that of the home of the world’s most popular football league keep sending a team of never-rans to international tournaments every two years because their home-grown players do not get enough opportunities to develop, in ability or mentality, sitting on a bench. In a suit.

  4. Gazz says:

    Danny Mills played most of his career in the premier league, so there is proof that there is plenty of space for English players who aren’t good enough to play for England.

    “Only 32% of starters in last season’s top flight qualified to play for England, compared to 69% 20 years ago.”
    Can someone remind how far we got in the 1994 World Cup???

  5. Andy Boda says:

    Watching from the U.S., one of the aspects of the football culture in England I admired was how widespread it is. Every town, no matter how large, had their team and supported it faithfully, no matter what division or conference it played in.Since there seems to be no doubt that the creation of a “B” will adversely effect many of the smaller, less financially secure sides, is it worth it if the only reason is to improve the national sides performance every other year? If the team that a fan has been devoted to all their life folds, will they automatically switch their loyalty to another side or will they drift away?

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