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Churchdown man: Why I hate football

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: June 09, 2010

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David Mills, 69, of Hucclecote explains why he believes the beautiful game is overrated:

I HATE professional football and everything which goes with it.

I am of the opinion that the majority of players in the 1st and Premier Division are grossly overpaid, egotistical little boys.

I have never liked the game or understood it. I come from a rugby background and have been a supporter of Gloucester at Kingsholm for more years than I can remember.

I object to the way in which the whole of the media assume that everyone likes and supports the game, the fact that normal TV programmes are cancelled or start late due to football matches whether they be at club or international level.

Why can't we have a dedicated sports channel, not everyone has Sky Sport.

Why does the BBC have to send so many staff on a jolly to report on the World Cup, they spend a disproportional share of the license fee on sport, especially football then claim they have no money to spend on other entertainment?

I also object to government ministers and some senior civil servants going on jollies to support the national team.

If England got through to the final then perhaps the attendance of the sports minister might be appropriate.

Saturday and Sunday nights used to be for light entertainment now we are just as likely to have football on both channels during the afternoon and the evening plus a further one or two matches during the week. Except for Wales, how often do we get club rugby on TV except for a few Saturday matches?

The managers and players are grossly overpaid for what they do and the behaviour of some leaves a great deal to be desired, especially when so many young people look up to them and use them as examples.

They inflame those watching with their antics on the pitch when scoring. I can understand one being proud of scoring for their club or country but to show-off in the way they do is ridiculous.

The financial side of the game is a shambles with clubs running up debts which will be very difficult to overcome and who suffers? The supporters who are charged ever increasing entrance fees.

The big clubs constantly change their "strips" and, of course, their supporters are then cajoled into spending money to keep up to date. It's just money, money, money

Matters are not helped by the way some of the players girlfriends/spouses act when they are on the town, but I suppose this could be said about anyone associated with the business of "entertainment". It just feeds the glossy magazines and gossip writers.

I am probably coming over as a grumpy old monster but at a time when our country is in such a dire financial situation, the money spent on football and some other sports is gross. There, I have had my say; it won't make any difference and will probably upset those that do support the professional game of football.

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    citizen, gloucestershire  |  June 11 2010, 10:56PM

    Here we go, i hate sports on .T V , reason because it should be put only on 2 channels, the BBC on theirs & the independants splitting the cost & putting it on theirs. the amount they get paid for playing soccer can amount to more than i earn in 5 years for a weeks work. but i have to do 8 to 10 hours a day, i sometimes wounder if the 2 countries, if they were in the final, were in conflict with each other,all conflict on that day would cease just like on xmas day. now theres another thing to think about, religon/politics/SPORT. which rules !!!! Please lets have sports only stations & leave the others alone so they can continue with the normal viewing, Lets not ram it down everyones neck.how long before we get sports people canvasing at our doors. WILL YOU SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL, OR WE HAVE NOT SEEN YOU AT OUR GROUNDS . if you get my meaning. I have nothing against sports fanatics we all have our preferences, i loved playing sports / watching it LIVE where there is a real atmosphere but on the T.V in the pub & clubs where people get drunk and disorderly in the city / town centres,no, however if they had cinemas only projecting the game with no Booze allowed would be better

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    geraint, gloucester  |  June 11 2010, 10:08AM

    Rik, Tredworth What an excellent and revealing post albeit a bit late in the day so to speak. Why not copy and paste it to a more recent discussion? Hopefully someone on the TIG team might pick it up and attempt to get some answers.

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    Rik, Tredworth  |  June 10 2010, 4:53PM

    I actually play rugby locally every saturday and train twice a week to do so, but guess what? I'm a huge football fan as well. Because newsflash mate, YOU CAN LIKE BOTH. Both sports have a lot of faults but i love them BOTH the same. I cant stand cricket, but you dont see me moaning and whingeing when the Ashes win was blazed all over the telly. This might surprise a few, but I have no time whatsoever for Gloucester Rugby Club. For a club BUILT on the support of local grassroots rugby, they provide absolutely nothing for it and local clubs still plough on through despite cold showers, rotting club houses and declining player numbers (mostly due to kids being dragged to Gloucester games to learn precisely nothing about the actual game because they're bombarded by thousands of RFU law changes and they'll never actually play the game.) A friend of mine works with a grass roots football team for under priviledged kids in London, and Arsenal football club provide 70% of their funding. When was the last time Gloucester RFC did anything like that for the local clubs that provided all the playing legends of the past and keep hundreds of kids off the street every week? Their selfishness is precisely the reason Gloucester City have had to play in Cirencester and God knows where for the last few years. This is a team that represents the city to the rest of the country and they dont even have a place in the city to call home! Why cant we be proud of both sports teams in the city?

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    makersnameplate, Gloucester  |  June 09 2010, 8:56PM

    *******? That's rich coming from someone in Eastington!

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    Simon henly, Eastington  |  June 09 2010, 7:15PM

    I don't hate football per se (that's latin for "as such" *******) I just hate footballers and the fact that they seem to be held up as "heroes" and role models. No unintelligent retard who takes drugs, has extramarital affairs, assaults people in nightclubs, carries out racist attacks and helps their mates cover it up (allegedly NOT) is a hero or a role model. The above statement covers at least the last 3 english football team captains, plus most of the squad.

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    Glawsrugby, Kingsway  |  June 09 2010, 6:22PM

    Ok on a serious note, why did my phone find it neccesary to post the laws comment three times!!

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    Glawsrugby, Kingsway  |  June 09 2010, 6:19PM

    Sorry. Football has laws.

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    Glawsrugby, Kingsway  |  June 09 2010, 6:19PM

    Sorry. Football has laws.

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    Herman Cockrobin, Longford  |  June 09 2010, 6:13PM

    Ok, I am not looking forward to the world cup much, but I'd rather have that than watch rugby any day. Rugby is still a 'minority sport' - despite the fact that small minded people from Gloucester seem to worship it. Everytime I see someone wearing one of those vile Glos rugby shirts I despair. Notice how they make them in very large sizes - to fit all the fat, beer bellied folk (yes, that includes the women). Football requires so much more skill than rugby. Yes, the players are all overpaid, but at least they don't all look like they are the 'missing link'.

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    Glawsrugby, Kingsway  |  June 09 2010, 5:57PM

    Sorry. Football has laws.