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30-07-2014, 01:18 PM
Has this been mentioned?

Entering his 10th year now so presumably he will be getting one?

30-07-2014, 01:36 PM
He's not entering his 10th year, he's already been here 10 years.

From what I've been told he hasn't asked for a testimonial and the player does have to request it. Maybe he's waiting until he retires.

30-07-2014, 02:10 PM
"From what I've been told he hasn't asked for a testimonial and the player does have to request it"

Is that the clubs policy Tony? I.E. the player has to ask for it.

30-07-2014, 02:13 PM
Not club policy but testimonial policy from what I was told. I didn't know that but the person who told me I'd expect to be reliable with that kind of information.

30-07-2014, 03:14 PM
Thanks Tony, from Wiki:

Clubs typically grant testimonials to players upon reaching ten years of service with a club, although they sometimes are given to players with less service under particular circumstances such as an approaching retirement. These matches are always non-competitive. Typically, the club invites (depending on the career of the honoree) football players that can be retired from the club or current or retired players from other clubs to participate in the match or with the associated festivities. All proceeds from the match go to the player which depending on the applicable country laws may be tax-free.

The practice started at a time when player compensation, even those at top professional clubs, was at a level that made it difficult to maintain it as a primary form of employment therefore retirement savings might not exist. These matches are generally well-attended and the gesture by the club can give the honoree income that enables a retirement income bas

30-07-2014, 08:36 PM
The official policy is that a supporter has to write to the Board of Directors requesting that the player be afforded a testimonial.

This starts the process and forms part of the financial audit trail pack.

30-07-2014, 08:58 PM
Who do I write to?

30-07-2014, 09:36 PM
"The official policy is that a supporter has to write to the Board of Directors requesting that the player be afforded a testimonial."

I wonder who wrote to request the Beast's?

30-07-2014, 10:02 PM
The last 3 granted/announced have been a shambles; Beast, Branch, Jimmy Mac.

They either didn't take place or barely took place. It may be that, being frank, their time has passed at this level. Unless you can persuade a bunch of truly bigs to turn out (i.e. if you played with them for Utd or the like) and therefore get 10,000 non-fans to come down to see Beckham or the like, they represent nothing but a rather flat way for long servers to leave the club.

30-07-2014, 10:04 PM
I enjoyed Branchy's testimonial thoroughly

30-07-2014, 10:14 PM
As did I, dave. Doesn't mean that it wasn't a farce overall.

31-07-2014, 01:22 AM
Perhaps, when he retires, he will have a testimonial and donate the funds to charity like Niall Quinn.

31-07-2014, 04:00 AM
I personally think Testimonials should be a thing of the past for modern day players.

31-07-2014, 03:47 PM
11 years now for a testimonial, due to the retainer

31-07-2014, 03:54 PM
How long has Niall Quinn been a charity ?

31-07-2014, 05:18 PM
You don't write to anyone John Angus...you've had yours...and a belter it was too. :D

31-07-2014, 06:47 PM
Remind me - when was, who played and what was the score in that John Angus testimonial?

I remember being there,but I was only a nipper. (Bee Hole End) but I cant remember anything about it?

Was that the game where the diggers came on directly after it to lift the playing surface?

31-07-2014, 07:02 PM
"I wonder who wrote to request the Beast's?"

Nobody, that's why it never happened ;D

31-07-2014, 07:06 PM
I was only a nipper myself Casper :-) ...but I remember a cameo appearance from Jimmy McIlroy was the highlight for me...other memories are vague (I'm sure CT will know much more;D ) but I seem to remember a lot of the earler youth team figuring along with a big turnout of many of the top clarets of that era.