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For Fax Sake...



In the modern age, which inhabits such technological advances as touch screen telephones, peer-to-peer video conferencing and streaming television on mobile devices, it still bewilders me to how the Football Association operate throughout the transfer window using a fax machine.

The device, mainly used as a primary source of transferring documents from one office to another, was invented by Alexander Bain in the late 1980s, with recent times showing just how outdated the process is, and why the Football League and Premier League should be striving to finalise top transfer dealings on a more modern, fast and accurate system.

Last week we saw the closing of the transfer window, with the usual flurry of late, late deals, no-go moves and of course, Sky Sports News panning over to London as Big Ben struck at six o'clock. Last-gasp transfers for Rafael Van Der Vaart from Real Madrid to Tottenham Hotspur, as well as big name moves for Eidur Gudjohnsen and Robinho both in and out of England brought a huge media spotlight to another frantic day in the football calendar, but it seems that Britain's 'smaller clubs' have seen the harsh side of the signing period.

Transfers for Liam Lawrence to Portsmouth, Tommy Smith and Rob Hulse to QPR as well as a handful within npower divisions one and two see managers across the country having to re-think their first team squads, with the hope that some form of ratification is reached with the FA before their respective matches, in an era which such farce shouldn't be taking place.

For some of these clubs, these transfers could make or break their season. Being a Portsmouth fan, I can speak first hand at our side's lack of fire-power and attacking flair, thus the signing of Lawrence from Stoke City is almost vital for any chance we have of surviving what has already, after four games, been a torrid season. The same sits with QPR, whose title chase could be hindered by not having the players that they not only could have, but should have.

For me it's simple - get with the times. Why can we not get the corporate 'eggheads' to make a system in which clubs can scan paperwork from their home bases up to Soho Square, with correspondence from said FA headquarters in a matter of minutes? Why must we always drag on until gone the deadline to know whether a deal can or cannot be ratified for a player to move from one club or another? For some, such a move is life changing, not only for them but also their families.

Of course, there's always the age old question. Why would Van Der Vaart's transfer be ratified within days, but the lower league deals take weeks? Is it money motivated? Is it that the Premier League has more precedent over the use of the fax machine than the Football League does? Either way, something has to be sorted, and fast...

Written by Dan Brett.

The views within this article are the views of the individual who wrote and submitted this piece, sometimes solely theirs. They are not necessarily shared by the Vital Pompey Site Journalists.

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Date:Wednesday September 8 2010

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Very true. Probably still use fax machines to add to the drama of deadline day. If they wanna know what a player is up to and who they want to sign for just read their twitter page, lol!
moley2
Great piece Dan, do you think that the Football Leagues confirmation that the paperwork didnt come through in time was sent by carrier pigeon?
dave.jolley81
fax is counted as a legal document... email is more dubious.
jim4pompey
sorry all, no idea why it repeated the posting. will run away now
dave.jolley81
jim is right (of course) that a fax which is date stamped is a legally approved document. However I now gather the fault on the Smith deal laid with QPR not Pompey. Bring back Storrie nothing like this happened in his day lol
eastneydave
Jim is right, Fax is used as it is one of the only acceptable way of transferring legal documents. In days gone by it used to be Telex that was only acceptable !! (but now I'm rambling !!). Maybe PFC laid off a couple of fax machines as part of the administration process :-)
BarneyArmy
i think we were probably late dallying about wage demands or various parts of the deal etc..this is grat for LL though...come to Pompey on loan play a blinder til January then get sild to Blackpool or AN other FC, either EPL or championship.....and we settle for Super Sonko and dicko instead....MARK MY WORDS folks...just wait and see...
plymouth graham
jim is right (of course) that a fax which is date stamped is a legally approved document. However I now gather the fault on the Smith deal laid with QPR not Pompey. Bring back Storrie nothing like this happened in his day lol
eastneydave
Nice work Dan. I've never really thought about it before but now that the issue has come up, there is no reason why they can't change their ways. Even if there is no other 'legal' or 'official' method, why not have a flurry of fax machines so there will be absolutely no chance of delaying the process. If this isn't possible, then there should be a 'buffer' extension on the deadline to deal with the congestion.
PompeyFrippy
still doesnt excuse not having enough faxes or lines
jim4pompey
The "fax" are it doesn't matter what time it the paper comes out at the receivers end, it's what time someone at Pompey pressed the send button their end. The FL & PL people work throughnthe night and following day to process the received transfer applications. As for e-mail, legally, if it is mentioned in an agreed set of T's & C's then it is legally acceptable - providing that a receipt time is mentioned the same contract. This is normally standard business working hours ie 9-5.30 or os prescribed.
russellm
Really good article Brett; particularly like the addition of the fax invention date.
russellm
we're grasping at straws, let's face it. It was a disappointment, noone likes it but we should get the right outcome with Kitson done and LL on loan witha view to a permanent move and TS going the other way. Upwards and onwards to looking forward to what loan siignings we'll bring in.
jim4pompey
 

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