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Footie starts in less than 4 weeks

Discussion in 'Sport Talk' started by aposhark, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. Mattecube
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    Mattecube Well-Known Member Trusted Member

    Is that his fault? If someone asked you to use your appeal and paid you peanuts or top dollar which one would you opt for?
  2. Mattecube
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    From my own point of view it became a social focus point in my youth, I used to follow Crewe Alex in the late 70's we would often meet up go the game a few drinks home shower and night club.it was the days lower league matches were played on a Friday night sometimes, one instance we went to watch crewe play Friday night at Blackpool and the illuminations were on we got home Sunday.
  3. Bluebird71
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    If he were in Sky he'd be earning much more. Not saying it's right, but that's market forces.
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  4. Bluebird71
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    I've long lost interest in the beautiful game. Now that a decent rightback costs £50m and a player joining Paris St Germain for 222m euros is viewed as a "bargain" the game has become an overhyped shambles.

    The clubs, having just started on a record breaking TV contract, have decided that players are now worth more than they were (whether buying or selling). They can run purely on advertising and TV revenue but still charge their loyal fans a fortune (bloke and 2 kids going to a game every Saturday, forget it).

    Outside the EPL bubble, clubs push themselves to extinction chasing the money pot and one season of EPL football.

    Meanwhile, the national team struggles along as always.
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  5. CampelloChris
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    England were semi-finalists in the U21 European Championships
    England U19 just won the prestigious Toulon Tournament
    England U19 just won the European Championships
    England U20 won the World Cup

    Perhaps the money invested into the game is paying dividends.

    Speaking of money....
    Johnny Depp was paid $35 million to dress up as a pirate and recite a few lines.
    Sandra Bullock was paid $20 millon to sit in front of a green screen and recite a few lines
    Mel Gibson was paid $30 million for that great steaming turd of a movie; Lethal Weapon 4

    Answers to why men's football is so popular as a spectator sport are available. Desmond Morris explored the games popularity in The Soccer Tribe (ISBN: 9780847849659) and would give you your answer. In short, we all need to belong. Supporting a football team makes you a part of that 'tribe', and your own shortcomings are compensated for by the success of individuals and clubs.

    Not everyone feels that way. For some, the game has left them behind. Others have been turned off by one or another aspect, of which they are critical. But it is undoubtedly the people's game, more so than any other sport. You can say that you 'Don't Get it', but I'm sure that you do - it just isn't for you. The same can perhaps be said for this thread.
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  6. DJB
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    Its simple for me born in Manchester, your are either Red or Blue, my Dads a red and the first match I ever went to 4 yeas old was with him to O/T.

    My Mum and Dad seperated when I was 6 and I went to live with Mum at my Grandparents house with her brothers. First thing they said to me was what team do you support and I said "Man U" .... not anymore came the reply and they dragged me to Maine rd every week to see the Blues.

    Its part off you, its part off your family, it passes down through generations. Watching City can bring you utmost joy and downright despair all in 90 minutes, (anyone remember the City v Gillingham play off Final) or more recently City winning the premier league ??? Agueroooooooooooooooow

    City I have learnt, are the masters at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

    I have spent thousands over the years, shirts and the like and most importantly attending home and away fixtures.

    My Girl in Tupi wears my City shirt with pride, she is the un-official branch off the Tupi Philippines supporters club lol
  7. Mattecube
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    Chris Evans £2.5 million and that's our money how many TV licences is that?
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  8. Bluebird71
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    He has 9 million listeners to his Radio show, so it works out at 26p per listener. How much of your shopping bill is spent on advertising to help pay for Ant and Dec's £25m plus wage?
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    Supporting football is not really about success. I can't quite understand how people choose to support clubs that are physically difficult to support. I used to watch football games weekly, at Conference level. I just loved the sport. The game isn't the same anymore, seeing De Bruyne refuse to sign young fans' books because he was "tired" was an example of just how out of touch the game at the top is, and just how many clubs have gone to the wall since the advent of the Premier League.



    Watching players leave the tennis court at Wimbledon after 3 hours play, signing autographs regardless of if they won or lost. Football has really lost its way.
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    My dad played for them, think it was in the 30's or 40's. Never watched them but found their ground accidentally. Got a day pass for the bus, just got on any bus, saw a sign Easter road, got off and there it was Hibs ground. Fate or what? Seems like dad was guiding me.
  11. Mattecube
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    Waste of my 26 pence then!
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  12. Jim
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    Even though I'm from Bolton I use to watch Man city in the early 70's when Bell, lee and Summerbee played. Great English players then. Now I don't bother watching, only on TV.
  13. CampelloChris
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    The bus driver feels that you haven't given due respect to his contribution to your guidance :p

    The first match I ever went to was Dundee United vs Derby County in the Texaco Cup (which we won) in the 1971-72 season (in which we also won the Central League and the Football League).

    The second was at the Baseball Ground against Stoke City in the same competition. I remember walking along terraced streets in the cold November night, turning a corner, and there was the ground, floodlights on. Hooked. Completely hooked from that moment.

    Three years later, with arguably a better side under Dave Mackay, we won the League again and were on course for the Double until Charlie George broke his collarbone in March. We lost the semi-final against Manchester United at Hillsborough, and finished fourth in the League after fading badly. Since then, we've done nothing more threatening than get to 5th in the First Division, just before the Premier League began.

    But your club is in your veins, and will occupy a greater slice of your life than any of your family or any marriage. You will forgive your club their failings and shortcomings more easily than you would your family too. You can't divorce your club. It's with you until you die, and due to the ever-widening search for club merchandise, possibly afterwards too, judging from the coffins in club colours now being hawked.

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  14. Markham
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    Apparently he doesn't quite get £2.5m but I read he gets paid the equivalent of 15,306 licence fees; that makes his salary £2,249,982 for one radio show and being a failed Top Gear presenter.

    Yesterdays revelations on pay rather shows that the BBC, that self-styled bastion of political correctness and liberal ideology, is — when it comes to its female employees — as biased against women as any Wall Street bank or City law firm. And the Big Male Top Nobs have been defending their position just as vigorously as they would attack and publicly condemn a private sector employer suspected of the same bad practice. Steaming hypocrites.
  15. KeithAngel
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    Ah a covert political thread:)

    My first team was Colchester United The "U"s match of all time v Leeds In the FA Cup 3-2

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  16. aposhark
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    I first went to see Everton with my Dad when I was 7 y.o..t we have supported them all our lives. My family is from Liverpool and it was normal to follow EFC or LFC.
    My dad and I still talk at length about Everton in many conversations.
    I love to see the supporters from clubs in the lower divisions really enjoying themselves at the match. I played semi-pro and the teams I played for had many supporters too. There is, and has been, so much enthusiasm for the game.
    I am still mystified why the English National football team has three lions on the shirt. I have never seen a lion out of a zoo in the UK. IMO the emblem should have been something like a British bulldog.
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  17. CampelloChris
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    The short answer is that England wear the three lions on their shirts - as they have done ever since the first international against Scotland in 1872 - because, as representatives of the Football Association, they're simply sporting the logo of the FA.

    However where that logo comes from is a much longer story. The lions have a history going back to the 12th century, when a standard with three gold lions on a red field was carried into battle to inspire the troops.

    The first one came from Henry I - known as the lion of England - who had a lion on his standard on taking power in 1100. Shortly afterwards he married Adeliza, whose father also had a lion on his shield, and to commemorate the event he added a second lion to his standard. In 1154, two lions became three when Henry II married Eleanor of Aquitaine, who - yes, you've guessed it - also had a lion her family crest.

    Later that century, Richard the Lionheart (1189-1199) used the three golden lions on a scarlet background as a symbol of the English throne and, after that, it appeared on the Royal Arms of every succeeding monarch.

    So when the FA was formed in 1863, it seemed natural enough to base their logo on this stirring royal shield. Since then, the design has only been changed once, in 1949 - when the crown that was on top of the lions was removed to differentiate the badge from that of the English cricket team.

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  18. Mattecube
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    So for our local team and like many others the new season started on Saturday, my local team Yeovil Town cruised to an 8- 2 defeat, Well done lads it was close!!!
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  19. Drunken Max
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    I'm a Red, manc born and bred. I played until I was about 13 then discovered rugby. I'm a member and go with mini-me when we can still as well as Sale Sharks. I love watching team sports and the only individual sport I can watch is boxing.

    How about some forecasts for the EFL? I need to go research some

    All four leagues top 4 / FA Cup finalist / League Cup Finalist
  20. aposhark
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    I suppose it was going to happen....

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