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Lozfox1978 Posted on 07/06/2019 10:04
The life has gone out of football

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Feel quite depressed this morning[|)] Yesterday’s match somehow demonstrated how the game will be from now on - sterile with constant stoppages, referees emasculated by VAR, absurd periods of injury time. RIP football as we have loved it.
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CityFox Posted on 07/06/2019 10:26
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Agreed. Those things you mentioned, and loads more besides.

I've renewed ST for next season, but I have this feeling already that it may be the last time.
The only thing that keeps me going is the away priority points, for some good away-days, and the optimistic notion of another European campaign.
Plus a few beers with mates after home games.
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Oadlad Posted on 07/06/2019 10:59
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A couple of weeks ago I complained that the game is now a fat duck solely designed to extract money from us via admissions and TV.
Somebody replied, tongue in cheek, that I favoured nationalisation and admission tickets for five shillings (I wish).
My view is that the game was actually nationalised for years when I signed up.
Gate prices were modest enough to be affordable by anyone and the feeling was that it was our game.
Yes, those days are gone, but the game had a soul then, it does not now.
We looked away and they stole it. [sad]
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haardaarss Posted on 07/06/2019 11:56
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Our soul has been abused.
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Daz40 Posted on 07/06/2019 12:06
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So people would want referees and linespeople to make mistakes then? VAR will eradicate these mistakes (hopefully) and we can get a fair and just game without any almighty mistakes that cost teams dear.
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mickyhoss Posted on 07/06/2019 12:17
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Edited On: 07/06/2019 12:19
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The A is for my authority, which many players seem to question
Thinking they’re somehow going to make me change my mind

B is for babies, which a lot of managers cry like after a decision has not gone their way

C is for the continual criticism I receive from the touchline
Get back in your technical area!

D is for the dunderheads who seem to think we have a conspiracy against their particular team

E is for the eerie silence which echoes around the ground when I’ve booked a home team’s player and it’s obvious to everyone that he deserved it

F is the farce into which most games would descend if we weren’t there

The G is for the gnarled face of someone who’s on £90,000 a week and reckoned he should have had a throw in

H is for handball, which has to be intentional, and very rarely is
If only people would study the rules more

I is for innocence, pleaded by many a doe-eyed defender after they’ve just scythed down that tricky winger

J is for ju-jitsu, which I quite intend to display given a dark alley and some of the narky blerts I’ve encountered

K is for the kissing of the badge
How ridiculous that looks 6 months later when they’re at another club

L is for lip reading, at which you don’t have to be an expert to see how odious some people are

M is for the mistakes we sometimes make
Surely a bit of controversy is part of the game’s appeal?

The N, the N is for the numbskull who during the Boxing Day game asks me what else I got for Christmas besides my whistle
“An afternoon with your wife, mate”

The O is for offside, which many forwards tell me they simply could not have been

The P is for the penalty shootout
Great drama and no pressure on me

The Q is the quiet word which I sometimes need to have with some of the more fiery participants
I usually choose the word ‘pleat’

R is for running backwards
A difficult skill which the pundits never seem to appreciate

S is for the suggestion that I should have shown a card of some sort to a player who’s just been awarded a free kick
(Sorry I got all that wrong the S again, OK the S)
The S is the suggestion that I should show a card to an opponent
By a player who’s been awarded a free kick
He himself is more in danger of getting one for that

T is for the twenty-one man brawl
Which is basically an embarrassing scene of pushing and shoving


U is for the umpire which I sometimes wish I’d been instead
You never hear a cricket crowd chanting “who’s the XXXXXX in the hat?”

The V is for vitriol, vilification, vendetta and volley of verbal abuse
Some good bird noises there Paul

W is for Walter Pidgeon
Whose Mr. Gruffydd in “How Green Was My Valley”
I may have started to sound like during this song
“Where was the light I thought to see in your eye?”
He says that to a young Huw, played by Roddy McDowall

The X
The X represents the sarcastic kiss planted on my forehead
By a swarthy Portuguese centre half whom I’ve just dismissed

The Y is for Yate
The kind of town that referees come from

And the Z
Well the Z could be for Zidane, Zico, Zola, Zubizarreta, Zoff
Even Zondervan
But is in fact for the zest with which we approach our work
Without this zest for the game, we wouldn’t become refs
And without refs, well – zero
See also Zatopek, Zeus
Zeal Monachorum
Had a caravan there – static – naturally

Wouldn’t it be fun
If they gave the linesperson a gun
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haardaarss Posted on 07/06/2019 12:29
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I had a mate in the 70's that rode a Vendetta.
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sydrock Posted on 07/06/2019 19:07
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Excellent Micky!!
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kendalfox Posted on 07/06/2019 20:52
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Daz...Mistakes are part and parcel of the game its just being human, why bugger about with a game of football, the way its going authorities are trying to sanitise all aspects, next for VAR will be mis-timed tackles, cant anyone see the fun is gone, blimey I have yet to hear of anyone who has not made mistakes in life.
Lingaards goal he was the width of a toecap offside, now you will see players putting their arms up and appeal for anything looking suspect.
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Lozfox1978 Posted on 08/06/2019 09:20
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I hope these ‘elite’ referees have their pay reduced as all the important decisions will be taken by VAR.
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Algarfox Posted on 08/06/2019 14:08
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I understand that Var is politically correct, but I always feel it's like a scenario where a burglar gets caught in the act. He then admits to 40 other offences, then there are 41 court cases to prove his innocence or guilt in each occurrence before sentencing.

To err is to be human.
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Filbo65 Posted on 08/06/2019 21:36
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Kendall – I believe it's a yellow card for players appealing for a VAR review. Hope so, anyway.
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sydrock Posted on 12/06/2019 08:40
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For Jason and thanks Micky!

Link: H M H B
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mickyhoss Posted on 12/06/2019 08:44
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I was just speaking to Nigel Blackwell yesterday and he his writing a song about VAR.
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