One thing on my mind lately is the dreadful attendances at certain games and why is this the case?
I was back in Scarborough recently and chatting to someone closely involved with the club. I commented that it was good that Scarborough had got two England Under-19 games this year. He said: "Yes, but the problem is these matches don't make the club any money as the crowds are so poor."
I wonder why this is the case that people shun games such as England Lions, Under-19s, plus non-Championship county games such as county v a country "A" team. Often the attendances seem to be so poor they barely make three figures.
Yet when you look at other sports this is not the case. The junior ice hockey World Championships are currently taking place in the US, and even the very lowest-key games get four figure crowds - the Belarus-Denmark relegation playoff got 1,245 in - and that was I think the lowest crowd of the tournament.
Likewise when England Under-21s play football matches they get many thousands in. Yet in cricket, while England matches can sell out within weeks of going on sale, an England Lions game will be lucky to draw in 500 on a nice summer's day.
Also I am sure if even a quite ordinary club football side were to line up a friendly against, say, Holland Under-21s, it would draw in a very respectable crowd. But if a county are playing New Zealand "A", only a few diehards show up.