For all the billions flying around the Premier League, the sad plight of financially stricken EFL clubs has marred the beginning of the new season.
Bury have seen their first three games of the campaign postponed and they face expulsion from the Football League altogether if they can't demonstrate how they're going to pay off their debts.
Bolton Wanderers also find themselves in a perilous position, having been in administration since May.
Their supporters are having to face up to the very real fear that 145 years of history could soon be washed away thanks to irresponsible ownership.
Against all the odds, the Trotters did manage to secure a goalless draw against Coventry despite fielding a starting XI with an average age of 19. That takes them up to a points tally of -11.
Seven of those players, as well as all the substitutes, were born this century. Four of them aren't even old enough to buy a pint, so no wonder their captain, Harry Brockbank, is just 20.
That said, it's a miracle they are playing at all when in the middle of June, they had just six players on the books - and two of them were goalkeepers.
How better to demonstrate the problems that the club faces than by a quick look at the FIFA20 Beta.
EA Sports have had to resort to creating 'FakePlayer' as an option due to Bolton's lack of squad numbers. He's definitely got potential, mind:
If any good comes of this, it will draw further much-needed attention to what's going on in the north-west.
The thought that two of English football's oldest clubs face extinction is nothing short of tragic given the money circulating in the game.
Until their future is sorted one way or another, Bolton fans can only continue to cheer on their young, makeshift side as they take on Rochdale in the first round of the EFL Cup.News Now - Sport News