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Re: Squad numbers Fri Jan 08, 2021 6:25 pm  

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Fantastic Mr Catpiss wrote:
Genuine question, can you not tell that just by peoples positioning, and play?


More difficult in rugby league than in football.

It does throw me a bit when you have a number 1 playing centre (to give just one example, which often happens now). Because my eyesight isn't brilliant I think for a split second "what the hell is the full-back doing?"
Re: Squad numbers Sat Jan 09, 2021 3:51 am  

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Fantastic Mr Catpiss wrote:
Genuine question, can you not tell that just by peoples positioning, and play?

I didn’t say, and don’t think implied, I had a problem with players position during a match. My point was, not giving a comfort pad to any squad player. No one is bigger than his selection into the first team. If a player comes in and plays well, he keeps that shirt with that number. A starting shirt number promotes competition, and that is healthy...I don’t want to see undroppables,

Edited, sorry, I just realised your post was not a question to me.
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Re: Squad numbers Sat Jan 09, 2021 9:20 am  

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Apart from making money selling shirts I don't see much point in squad numbers. As a coach I would hate to show my hand of who I think should play where so early in the season. Must be de-motivating for those on the edge of the team. I used like training at the start of the season before the first selection.

When watching teams I don't follow, like the Aussie games, I seem to be able to work out what's going on a bit quicker with the traditional numbering.
Re: Squad numbers Sat Jan 09, 2021 10:29 am  

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Smiffy27 wrote:
I seem to be able to work out what's going on a bit quicker with the traditional numbering.


This is basically the point I was trying to make. Someone wearing 20 playing on the wing doesn't bother me. Someone wearing 6 but playing the loose forward role does, especially if the club's number 7 is then playing stand-off (have seen it happen), although I accept that a reshuffle could take place like this with traditional numbering it was at least set right at the beginning of most games.
Re: Squad numbers Sat Jan 09, 2021 12:18 pm  
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I dont see that its that big a deal, I see where people line up on the field in defence, that tells me what position they're defending in.

In attack, I see where people are standing and what they do, that tells me what positions they're attacking in.

Theres no point getting overly concerned about 6 and 7 in most cases now, when most teams play split half backs.
Re: Squad numbers Sat Jan 09, 2021 2:35 pm  

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I can understand why some can't see the difference but I assure you when you don't know all the players (so not your own team) it just seems to make it easier. Not a big deal ... but there is not much to talk about.
Re: Squad numbers Sat Jan 09, 2021 3:44 pm  
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Smiffy27 wrote:
Apart from making money selling shirts I don't see much point in squad numbers. As a coach I would hate to show my hand of who I think should play where so early in the season. Must be de-motivating for those on the edge of the team. I used like training at the start of the season before the first selection.

When watching teams I don't follow, like the Aussie games, I seem to be able to work out what's going on a bit quicker with the traditional numbering.

I take your point on all matters, here.

Judging by what the club do, 48 hours before kick off (where our squad is released alphabetically), why not have squad numbers that way. It might give Fitzpatrick a wacky idea.
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Re: Squad numbers Sat Jan 09, 2021 5:54 pm  

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lefty goldblatt wrote:
I take your point on all matters, here.

Judging by what the club do, 48 hours before kick off (where our squad is released alphabetically), why not have squad numbers that way. It might give Fitzpatrick a wacky idea.

I’ve no issue. A bit like Leicester...if they still do it.
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Re: Squad numbers Sat Jan 09, 2021 6:29 pm  
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rubber duckie wrote:
I’ve no issue. A bit like Leicester...if they still do it.

They did it by alphabet, i.e.
A = prop
B = Hooker
C = Prop.
etc

You don't need to be Stephen Hawking to work it out.


If we had someone called Aardvark, he'd be 1, etc


Yes, I know we can all "work out a team", when squads are released, but I find the urge to give out a "perfect" 1-13 a bit old hat.

Football don't do it
Teams in crap Americana sports don't do it.
Cricket don't do it.
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Re: Squad numbers Sat Jan 09, 2021 7:29 pm  

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lefty goldblatt wrote:
Teams in crap Americana sports don't do it.


Actually, the NFL does have a system the teams have to conform to, but not many British viewers realise it,

You can tell a player's position by his shirt number

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nationa ... rm_numbers
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