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expat_smoggie Posted on 19/05/2020 19:06
Forgetting about football — is there life after football?
 
Ok we’re only a few months in to this crisis but I was wondering how much time would you give the game to restart with the normal match day routines before you throw in the towel? Moreover is it so important to have pro football as a leisure/past time focus— if not then what would you do instead?
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Uksake Posted on 19/05/2020 21:00

Forgetting about football — is there life after football?
Really worrying for me is that I've not missed it one single bit. I used to live for a Saturday to see us play and Sundays in the pub watching a game, occasionally popping out to see Redcar play and enjoying that too

Now, couldn't care less which really concerns me
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since1970 Posted on 19/05/2020 21:30

Forgetting about football — is there life after football?
Pretty much the same for me. Prior to the shutdown I hadn't missed a home league game since March 2007 and to be honest I'm not missing going/watching on TV at all. Maybe being very busy at work in recent months has something to do with it, I don't know? But if the club aren't prepared to play ball with regards to a compensation element for season card renewals I'm done.
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SirGooner02 Posted on 19/05/2020 23:07

Forgetting about football — is there life after football?
I agree I have not missed it for a second its worrying but also reliving.

Its weird 30 years of obsessively loving the sport but since its been switched off I have discovered new things
poetry, reading more , started a drawing course.

Look when it comes back I will be watching..probabaly but I am more uncertain about that than ever..

If it never came back I would not miss it the sport fundamentally has gone far to far away from the one I grew up with to miss it, Gucci handbags of selfish players and stale atmosphere at games, whats to miss really.
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loftusloyal Posted on 20/05/2020 07:23

Forgetting about football — is there life after football?
Talking to neighbour he had 800 pounds put aside for 2 season cards for next season .that money has now gone after him and wife furloughed .he said he now probably won't renew whenever it is ,not due to finance but the fact he's found other things to do.wonder how common this is.
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GtBB Posted on 20/05/2020 07:43

Forgetting about football — is there life after football?
Agree,Gooner, except for me it's fifty years. I too have discovered new things, astronomy and stoning buses and police cars at roundabouts.
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Anton_Berg Posted on 20/05/2020 08:13

Forgetting about football — is there life after football?
If you deprive people of football for a long time, they will come back in droves when it's back on, just like 1946.
What's different this time is that we've never stopped hearing about what the agents want, what Gordon Taylor wants, what Sky wants, what Danny Rose thinks, which player has ignored the lockdown this week and so on. People have had enough.
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GtBB Posted on 20/05/2020 08:34

Forgetting about football — is there life after football?
Any fool knows what Sky wants. They want us watching on TV with gambling apps on the arm of our settees.
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1finny Posted on 20/05/2020 08:40

Forgetting about football — is there life after football?
‘stoning buses and police cars at roundabouts’
[:D]

There is a blast from the past.
Remember stood on the white bridge tipping paint onto trains in the 60s
In the 70s would go oggy raiding then bombard one of the last buses at night putting the sh 1ts up the passengers and driving.

Kids of today eh?
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GtBB Posted on 20/05/2020 08:47
Edited On: 20/05/2020 08:48
Forgetting about football — is there life after football?
A hobby and a sense of humour will see us through this Finny
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McMordie Posted on 20/05/2020 09:01

Forgetting about football — is there life after football?
I'm not missing the football of 2020 at all but I am quite enjoying listening to some of the old commentaries.

Chelsea v Boro in the play-off final second leg today. We're hanging on at the moment but I've got a feeling there might be trouble at the end of this one.
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Emmersons_BrazillianDong Posted on 20/05/2020 09:02

Forgetting about football — is there life after football?
Its nice to hear that I'm not the only one who couldn't give a toss about football anymore.

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MightyDuck Posted on 20/05/2020 09:43

Forgetting about football — is there life after football?
This is how I feel about football.

Its not really about siting and watching the game from a technical point of view. Its about the event. The day out with family & friends. A laugh in the pub with people you haven't seen since the last game. Taking the kids and seeing how excited they are as you walk into the stadium. The noise of the crowd. The oohhh & aahhhs. The things that you catch from the corner of your eye. The discussion over things that happened.

Its not about sitting in front of a TV on your own watching two sides going through the motions in front of empty stands.
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BigmetsBoro86 Posted on 20/05/2020 09:45
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Forgetting about football — is there life after football?
I have realised how much money I spend on watching football....or should I say the dross we've served up this season.

Its noticeable how much more money i have left each month between not going too Boro / no football betting and reduced sky. I guess it really does make me question 'is football worth it?'

I could easily spend in excess of £200-£300 a month on football. I guess my location on the south coast doesn't help.

I have to say other than the first 2-3 weeks I've not missed it. I am definitely not fussed about it coming back in empty stadiums. Also if it does come back its very possible we could go down...a sh*t end to a sh*t year.

I guess maybe it's down to the woeful season we've had. I think all fans come back with a new positivity after a pre season and new hope (that said we lose 6 players and will still have woody with less funds).

I also like cricket. So I'm definitely looking for none sport forms of entertainment. I have massively improved at running and lost 9 pounds during lockdown[^]. I think it's as much down to less booze.. Again directly linked to football.

I think its as stated above. The football thing isn't just going to games. It's meeting mates and having a beer. Then watching the game on sky afterwards in the pub before a curry. Its a whole social event rather than the 90mins. This isn't coming back once the season resumes.
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FrozenHorse Posted on 20/05/2020 10:08

Forgetting about football — is there life after football?
I think it's easy not to miss going to football when there's no football happening.

When there are matches on, and you're not there might feel different.

I think there will be a spike in attendance when lockdown ends, which will fall away at some clubs if fans don't like what they see.

But that's the same as it ever was.
I've see Boro's attendance spike three times from low levels while supporting them:
86-88
93-95
13-16

I've heard the opinion "once fans leave, they never come back" several times, but history says this isn't true. They always come back when performance is good.
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McMordie Posted on 20/05/2020 10:42

Forgetting about football — is there life after football?
I'm not sure that the past peaks and troughs were necessarily the same.

They were down to floating supporters who would go along when we were doing well but weren't committed enough to be bothered to do so at other times.

The present situation is about supporters who were previously committed enough to want to be there for every match realising that there's more to life.

This thread illustrates the point - posters above who are season ticket holders who spend their time on this message board are having second thoughts.
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FrozenHorse Posted on 20/05/2020 10:47

Forgetting about football — is there life after football?
Fair enough; right now I'd argue everyone is mentally comparing where we are now to the fairly grim season we've had.

I still think when what's on the pitch is worthwhile, they'll all remember why they loved it so much.
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McMordie Posted on 20/05/2020 11:03

Forgetting about football — is there life after football?
You may well be right.

Let's hope there are some good times ahead fairly shortly to prove it!
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glover_elbow Posted on 20/05/2020 11:25

Forgetting about football — is there life after football?
I enjoy watching the championship on tv on Friday nights but rarely watch the premier league at all. Watching all the old games in lockdown has highlighted how much football in this country has changed for the worse. The premier league was at its peak for me in the 90s when the likes of arsenal and man utd were on top that era had skill but still had the physicality. The last 20 years has seen a decline in the british physical aspect mainly through refereeing changes and its now as dull as watching la liga. I really do hope the sky Premier league bubble bursts and football returns to a more honest down to earth sport
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jonny_greenings_sock Posted on 20/05/2020 12:52

Forgetting about football — is there life after football?
Can't wait for it to come back, I love it. My favourite hobby.

Really miss the Premier League and the Boro.
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UKLL1981 Posted on 20/05/2020 13:11
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Forgetting about football — is there life after football?
I honestly couldn’t care less about football, wouldn’t be fussed if it never started again. All my time and thoughts are concerned about my job at the moment. We’ve been that XXXXXXe the last few years or I’ve been that busy I usually don’t even watch us on tv.
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BigmetsBoro86 Posted on 20/05/2020 16:16

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To be honest it's definitely down to the dross season (seasons). I imagine I would feel differently if we were top[;)]
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GusboroughSteve Posted on 20/05/2020 18:06

Forgetting about football — is there life after football?
I stopped going at the beginning of this season but ended up going to a few shockers.
Lived for it since 76 but kind of just drifted away from it. Too much money to watch XXXXXXe players getting paid far too much. The last 10 or 12 years really have been awful to watch.
When you watch all the Robson and McClaren stuff now you realise how boring and negative it's been since.
The current manager is clueless.
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PhillyMac Posted on 20/05/2020 20:16

Forgetting about football — is there life after football?
I pretty much switched off since our last Premier League season.

The two seasons before were pretty exciting and enjoyable. They said "never meet your heroes" and that's what the aftermath of that PL season felt like. What is the point of striving for something after you find out it's rubbish.

The whole set-up of the sport at the top level is wrong. It shouldn't be about which team has the richest person to bankroll a team of mercenaries.

Since the live sport has stopped, the PL channel in the States has been showing 'classic EPL' games (a brilliant game from the 90's and 00's shaved down to 20 minutes of highlights). So much better than the live games they would rather be showing.
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Barnsy Posted on 20/05/2020 21:12

Forgetting about football — is there life after football?
Posts like the majority of those above aren't unusual to be honest.

We have seen many similar prior to the current situation.

How many times have we heard that someone is disenchanted? It's amazing how many times these pronouncements are preceded by, for example, 'I've been a season ticket holder for 30 years....'.

Many talk about the great days of Ayresome without acknowledging some dire attendances.

When things aren't going well on the pitch, it's no mystery that some fans decide to continue to stay away,

It's how it is.

Up the Boro.
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FrozenHorse Posted on 20/05/2020 22:11

Forgetting about football — is there life after football?
"Many talk about the great days of Ayresome without acknowledging some dire attendances."

Agreed. I recall gates of around 6k at AP in 1993; barely 18 months later we had 27k ST holders.

No one ever comes back until they do.
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