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    Did anyone attend football matches when they were growing up?

    I started going to my local non-league team's home fixtures when I was 12 or so. At that time, I think the ground was mostly or possibly all standing. The ground was about a 30 minute walk away, so I would start off at 1.30pm on a saturday to get a good position and almost always buy a programme and take a look around the club shop. There was also a club bar that was open until match time, though I was too young for that. At half-time, there was a burger van, fish and chips van, and in warmer weather an ice cream van. It was almost traditional to buy a burger or bag of chips during the interval, and that would warm you up a bit in the cold weather. There would be mid-week matches, but as they wouldn't end until 9.45pm, I would only go if I didn't have school next morning. I went to occasional away games, maybe 6 or so per season. If the away game was local, I would catch a bus, but for longer trips, there was a coach from the ground. The standard of football, as you might expect, wasn't very high, but I had some very enjoyable times and got to know men who had been going there for decades. Female fans were few and far between back then, and banter between fans and aimed at players and officials was robust, though good-natured. I attended games for 3 or 4 years, then more sporadically for a further couple of years after that.

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    Exeter City home games in the late 70s/early 80s - happy times!
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    My brother in law had a Nottingham Forest season ticket in the early 1990s around the time when Brian Clough retired and things were changing very fast at the club (Stan Collymore take a bow); and he (my brother in law) mostly went to home matches, although he went up the M1 to a Sheffield Wednesday one once - he won a ticket for a Boxing Day match around five years ago and took my niece along with him.

    I suppose that watching them on television doesn't count of course...
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    I've never really been into football but I did go to PNE with a mate early seventies

    Nowadays the gate prices & season tickets are a total rip off

    Also the footballers are payed far too much for just kicking a ball around

    Because of that I now boycott football matches except local grass routes with kids playing better than these so called professionals

    Why is it a footballer is payed thousands a week when a nurse or police officer or firefighter etc recieve only a fraction of what footballers get payed?

    Do you really believe the other side without provocation would launch so many ICBM's, subs and ships knowing that we would have no option to launch as well? It would break our MAD Treaty (Mutually Assured Destruction) not to mention the end of the world as we know it.


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    I am an avid Arsenal supporter, one thing my father gave me (the gift to appreciate good football) anyone who becomes friends or can see my profile gets an eyeful of me in my shirt... Very proud. I attended matches regularly in the mid 90s with my Dad, back then it was Highbury for home with the odd away match. We would get on the train here in Cambridge and head into London for a breakfast and then a walk around the ground and then the match. Following Arsenal through the nineties was a good experience with the Champions league games at Wembley. Sometimes we would go into London early and see some sights before heading to the ground.

    Having two kids is tough but we still watch the football and me and dad do still go to the odd game at the new stadium but we have also started going to watch our local team in Cambridge United. Which is a bit different but good fun. When my children are old enough I do intend taking them to football if they wish. However, I do feel it is a bit different today just feel the sole has been taken out of today's sport, maybe it's just me. I will also be honest, being a girl going to a male dominated past time was fun and I never felt threatened, there is always a great camaraderie with a football crowed whether you are a female or a male everyone felt equal.
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    Back in April 1989 I was staying for Sunday lunch with a neighbour, and I found out that a friend of my neighbour's actually attended the infamous Hillsborough match of Nottingham Forest v Liverpool and thankfully he survived it completely unharmed, but it was shocking and alarming to think in hindsight that he was there at the time. Apart from the 96 people who lost their lives on that day, it's a pity that (as a Nottingham person writing this) that only Liverpool gets mentioned in news bulletins and Nottingham Forest hardly ever gets mentioned.

    The fact that they played on neutral ground (Hillsborough is Sheffield Wednesday's home ground, isn't it?), it does make me annoyed a little bit - I thought that the objective of a football match was so that both teams are seen as impartial from an outsider's (usually the media's) perspective. I know that the Nottingham Evening Post had a huge front page the following Monday. I would just like to see a bit more impartibility when it comes to things like this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Twocky61 View Post

    Why is it a footballer is payed thousands a week when a nurse or police officer or firefighter etc recieve only a fraction of what footballers get payed?
    That old chestnut! - People are far more likely want to see a fotoball match & would you pay more tax to have the other paid better?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Twocky61 View Post

    Why is it a footballer is payed thousands a week when a nurse or police officer or firefighter etc recieve only a fraction of what footballers get paid?
    Adding on to Richard's answer above, I believe that it is a fact sadly that having a glamorous occupation obviously means more money. I would rather have those people who do good for their community such as doctors, teachers, police officers, and even council workers who pick up crisp packets off the pavement every day - including those people who save lives to have a pay rise rather than some soap opera actor, entertainer, or dare I say it - a footballer. Those everyday people are more deserving of MBEs and other awards in the Queen's birthday and New Year's honors' list than some millionaire footballer.

    Is the FA, FIFA or UEFA the equivalent of a footballer's Trade Union? One never hears rich people doing a "Scargill" and going on strike - or at least we don't seem to notice it when it does happen. I am not a trade unionist as such, but I would put teachers, doctors, police officers and council workers a lot higher on the list of importance of people who serve society in general than a talented footballer.

    And at the end of the day, these overpaid sportsmen often entice thousands of people to watch them kick a leather sphere full of hot air for two sessions of 45 minutes on a Saturday afternoon. Mind you, football clubs are also part of local communities, but not as much as the occupations that I have just mentioned.
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    Currently planning to go to Chelsea's next home game, against Cardiff - should be a nice, friendly atmosphere!
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