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Horrendous cost of supporting your football team
April 4, 2016

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Horrendous cost of supporting your football team

April 4, 2016

Bob, Even before I moved home well away from LFC, I had stopped attending the matches, not only because of the escalating costs (travel, parking including your scally security "guard", something to eat & drink, extortionate entrance fee etc), but the "crush" factor and often disgusting toilet facilities were a definite turn off too. To answer your Q re "has the game improved?", I have to say it has, the skill level, fitness & tactics these days are far higher IMO. I well remember Larzac & our magnificent World Cup win, an all English team bringing the nation together as one (the English part anyway !). Your other Q, re English players in the PL, whilst owners (& fans) demand instant success then "imports" are necessary to get the desired results, because, to be fair, foreign players can bring brilliance to a team - unfortunately, following such a policy stunts the development of our "home grown" talent, definitely affecting our national team. Totally agree with you - BREXIT  won't make any difference to the game here, players of any nationality know the English Premier League is way ahead of the others in both talent, ambition and money available, so will still want that permit to play here. Back to the cost - quite how supporters can afford such weekly outlay to attend the games is beyond me, and for those who also travel abroad too, that utterly astounds me - they cannot be in work !! The Liverpool fans recent protest against the price rises was a sign of things to come I reckon - even the EPL team at the bottom of the pile at season's end will pocket about £100 million - if a sensible "cap" was put on salaries and transfer fees, much more of the Sky money could be used to help drastically reduce admission prices, but while fans continue to fill stadiums paying such extortionate admission charges, the Clubs won't change their policies & it will remain, a rip-off. John (JKW)  

April 4, 2016

Joined: May 14, 2014
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Horrendous cost of supporting your football team

April 4, 2016

When I first arrived at Catterick as a radio Instructor QOH were the trg Regt, then soon after, 1RTR took over, a load of Scousers, and I started playing for the RTR radio wing as a left half. After a while, in one game, somebody sat on my right shin very hard, and it broke both lower bones. Some while later, when in plaster and allowed to move around, just before getting to Rehab in the rehab unit at Saighton, Chester, 3 of the Tankies took me (In plaster still) to Anfield for the match against the toffees, and we were in the Kop. So, the tankies stood me in the I girders with plastered bad leg in the I bit of the girder, so it was protected. We had a good match (won) and no problems. I even got a pie and the proverbial rolled up Liverpool Daily Post in case I needed relief!!! Great lads, true Scousers. Left 3DG in 1969, and bought 2 x Anny Rd end season tickets for LFC. Never looked back, but the worst visiting fans were Man U, where even their female fans flicked lit fags at all LFC fans within range. (ps: I did not need the Daily Post that day!!!) My 2 season tickets cost £95 each, Must be 4 times or more  times that now. The best fans visiting were the Newcastle lads, they always brought Newcastle Brown ale each year, so we had a great match, lots of brown ale, and jokes all match,they were fun, and never any trouble. I miss the atmosphere at live matches, but too long in the tooth now!!! So it is SKY or BT these days. Great players, Tommy Smith, Emlyn Hughes, Brian Hall, Ray Clemence, Stevie Heighway et al.... AND BIG RON YATES!!!! Great players, great matches...

April 5, 2016

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Horrendous cost of supporting your football team

April 5, 2016

Tom got ask the question ," what's a left half " , l mean  I know what a " left footer " is but a " left half " mmmmmnnnn let me see  I know ,,Emlyn  Hughes right ,???????

April 5, 2016

Joined: May 14, 2014
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Horrendous cost of supporting your football team

April 5, 2016

OK Bob, stop showing off!!!!! So why was the Liverpool Daily Post an item taken into the Kop??? Replies in words of one syllable just to make it easy for you..... Ho Ho Ho. The one player LFC fans hated most was "Bite Yer Legs" Norman Hunter of Leeds United, hardly ever kicked the ball all match, but he kicked everything and everyone else. He was a bloody cannibal.....

April 5, 2016

Joined: May 14, 2014
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Horrendous cost of supporting your football team

April 5, 2016

And also, for your info, a left  half was the guy who wore the number 4 on his shirt for LFC, or any other soccer team. After my broken leg, I could have changed the number to Three and Threequarters.... Don't ask......!!!

April 5, 2016

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Horrendous cost of supporting your football team

April 5, 2016

As a totally ill informed, mildly interested, football supporter I would offer the following comments apropos the cost of supporting one's local team. As I understand it most fans want their teams to have the best players, regardless of those players' nationality?? Those " best"players cost extortionate amounts in transfer fees and wages, prices that have been allowed to escalate beyond any semblance of reasonableness or sanity. Those costs have to be recouped somewhere and I am guessing a disproportionate element of the costs fall upon the loyal fan bases. Without the best players (sometimes even with them) success is not forthcoming, no success means lesser income streams from televised matches, competition match gates, advertising and sponsorship income et al. But the costs remain the same. it is a never ending circle with no one willing or able to curb the excesses of players wages or transfer fees. Add into the equation the fact many teams franchise out their in- stadium facilities, food, drink, car parking etc and extort huge franchise costs from the firms who take those facilities on and you have prime a recipe for making attendance at matches beyond many supporters pockets. As an aside I have attended one match in my life. Whilst in Catterick I went with Mick Mooney ( our PTI  SNCO) and a couple of other SNCOs to Middlesborough (I seem to recall) for a premier league match. It was horrendous, we were pushed about 20 feet down the stands by the crowd behind us, we were all strapping, fit young guys but we had no chance whatsoever of stopping until the pushing subsided. Luckily it did. outside, post game, there were fights going on everywhere with mounted police baton charging rioting mobs. That was my first and last ever attendance at a football match.

April 5, 2016

Joined: May 14, 2014
Posts: 977
Horrendous cost of supporting your football team

April 5, 2016

Bob. Made a mistake, I hit the 4 key when I was aiming at the 6!!! I then did not check my data. Sorry to confuse you, but my finger was quicker than the brain cell.... too much coffee, not enough alcohol ! I will try to correct speed of brain next time...about a bottle or 2 of malt should do it.... Hic!!!


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