I am born and bred Englishman – I have served my country in various ways and I love my country of birth to bits, however, during the international Premier League breaks I’d prefer to watch Salisbury FC rather than boring England.
Ever since I was a toddler my club of choice has been Manchester City FC. In fact I can remember, (just) the days way back in the late 60’s and early 70’s when my father used to take me to Maine Road…BINGO, I was hooked. Happy days!
I’m sure my memory hasn’t slipped too much – I’m convinced The Three Lions used to play with passion, grit and determination. Win or lose, I simply didn’t care just as long as the players gave it their all. Nowadays and since the South Africa World Cup and the diabolical nonsense we had to endure, I pretty much gave up on England. I have tried to rekindle my interest, but alas, these days I’d rather watch the grass grow, or plat my nasal hair rather than having to endure the self-inflicted torture of an England match.
Saturday 3 September 2016
Salisbury v Frome Town
FA Cup First Qualifying Round
Raymond McEnhill Stadium
Due to life’s circumstances I live around 20 miles from Salisbury.
During the season’s first international break, in September I decided, bugger it, it’s about time I made the effort to go and watch Steve Claridge and his merry men take on Frome Town in the FA Cup First Qualifying Round. The Whites won 2-0 but that’s not the point! I watched a passionate former BBC Football Pundit bellow out his instructions and to be fair, I really enjoyed something I mentioned earlier in the article (grit, determination etc.). His players gave it their all. Wonderful I thought, perhaps the FA should consider Steve for the counties top-job.
I stood in the pouring rain but hey, this is grass roots football – I loved it and may go back and watch the lads at some point before the years end (thinking of the November international break).
Top level football
Halleluiah, the Premier League returns this weekend and Manchester City host Everton. Another bonus is that I’m luckily enough to support a team which is currently competing in the Champions League. Could Pep Guardiola go back to his former club and get a result? Who knows but what I do know is that 22 players on the field will give it their all (are you watching FA?).
The internationals return in a mere couple of weeks’ time (boo). However, the World Cup qualifier between England and Scotland on Friday 11 November may just, and I say just, moist my loins due to family connections north of the border.
Do I care who wins – not really!
Apathy Is Rising Amongst England Fans
The 5 live Sport panel engage in a heated debate on whether public interest in the English national football team is declining.
Neil Ashton, chief football writer for The Sun, maintains that he still gets ‘excited’ about England games, no matter what the opposition.
However former Tottenham manager David Pleat believes English fans are far more interested in the Premier League than the fortunes of the national side.
This clip was first broadcast on 5 live Sport, Wednesday 12 October 2016.
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