Great piece of writing .. please become a regular contributor on the Football thread.Just wanted to say that the other football Threads can all get a bit too tribal and snarky for my liking, but this one is a great credit to people who love their teams and the game, but also realise that there is a wider world and context to events both on and off the field.
Here's hoping that Benik Afobe has good people around him as he looks likely to be out for the Season with his ACL injury, plus having to deal with the emotional aftermath of his daughter's death.
Thank you to everyone for your support over Hillsborough. On a Thread about Prince Andrew and Epstein, someone wrote that evidence and proof are two separate things: Duckenfield's acquittal, sadly, shows that to be all too true when it comes to the Establishment covering its own arse. We can only hope and pray that what we've been through will never happen to another club.
And finally, here's hoping we have reached a tipping point in this country regarding racist abuse of players. I have little faith in either Italy, Spain or some other countries in Eastern Europe as they are just so backward in their thinking, and their FA's just close ranks. Both FIFA and UEFA make all the right noises but then give out half-hearted punishments, so mixed messages doesn't even come close to describing what they're doing.
The money in the PL is still too terrifying to contemplate, and I wish there was more distribution of funds throughout the footballing pyramid. I also wish there was more fan representation on Boards and more options for fan ownership, that female professional footballers were paid more so they could go full time, that there were more BAME coaches, more disabled access at grounds etc etc.
I still love the game, though!
Awww, thank you very much for the request!Great piece of writing .. please become a regular contributor on the Football thread.
You're better off here than in that other section that shall not be namedAwww, thank you very much for the request!
To be honest, I don't feel as well informed or knowledgeable as you guys. I mean, all I do is watch MOTD, MOTD2 and EFL on Quest every week. I also watch any League and FA Cup highlights too. My boss has a subscription with Virgin Media, so I catch the European highlights on BT Sport each time (why on earth is the studio so MASSIVE?!), but I have little interest in International competitions as I have no interest in national pride.
I've been following Liverpool FC for 42 years and would love to be a Season ticket holder with my adopted hometown club, Brighton & Hove Albion, but I just can't afford it.
I'll contribute from time to time if I think I have anything insightful or relevant to say, but it's the generally respectful tone of this Thread that I really like. There's piss-taking but not too much abuse. I mean, I'm always happy to see Everton and United suffer defeats, but I don't hate their fans nor their managers.
We're going to win the League, anyway!
RIP Ron, from the Wirral. I Worked briefly with his brother Irving back in the mid-90's, he was a train driver.RIP Ron Saunders.
One of the old guard from my childhood.
Ron Saunders: Former Aston Villa manager dies aged 87