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Going Cold Turkey

  1. As someone who focuses on the Bundesliga and non league football, I have found it very hard to sustain an interest in English pro football, especially after handing in my season ticket.The EPPP has left me feeling very sad about the direction of English football and while I’m not about to boycott it, I can’t see my interest in the the professional game rekindling anytime soon. Besides, I’m having so much fun with other leagues.

  2. Blub.

  3. I’ve done likewise – my blog and Twitter feeds will feature no more mentions of the Premier League other than to criticise their financial bullying. The time has come to say “enough is enough”.

    • Damon Threadgold

      Can we keep it up? Football club owners know they have us over a barrel, will we be able to sustain the aversion to something so ingrained in our psyche?

  4. It’s sad that it has come to this, Damon, but I can understan your reasoning. I’ve been toying with this kind of thinking for a while now myself. I’m not going to follow your lead just yet – Kenny Jackett still gives me some hope for the future. But I wish you well. Just don’t throw the writing out with the bathwater.

  5. As a fan of a professional non-league club where does this leave me?

    In all seriousness, football is heading towards a dark place in this country. Why should Abu Dhabi United Group keep their £200m investment in Manchester? Eventually they’ll uproot them and we’ll see a bizarre international league purely for the television. Money skews the game at all levels now, it needs sorting.

    • Damon Threadgold

      A fair point. As with many things, not black and white. I’m sure I’ll come across many shades of grey!

  6. Damon,

    Agree with much of what you say here. It won’t surprise you to hear that I have shunned the professional game for a number of years now – ROI just doesn’t stack up.

    As the Pigeon Stands is south London focused (regardless of league or non league team) James and I often talk about having to do the league clubs being more like a chore. As we don’t focus so much on the game itself we find ourselves hard pressed to say much in blog pieces about league clubs (AFC Wimbledon aside – and only because they play at the Kingsmeadow and the fabulous Terry’s badges turns up for the games). Surely this shows just how bland the experience is compared to most non league visits.

  7. Oooh, ‘ark at me getting name checked and everything.

    As my Twitter explosion may have indicated, it’s a load of old Horlicks, and Saturday afternoon football has gone the same way as Saturday night TV in that is it is more X-Factor rather than Two Ronnies.

    The worm may not have turned, it may never never turn. But we all do what we think is best.

  8. Excellent sentiments all round. On examining my own football consumption, I concluded I am largely professional football free already, but I do confess to watching Ipswich if they are ever on terrestrial, and will probably see the odd game if I happen to turn out for the supporters team (for which I am largely too old and rotund now). Damon is largely to blame for my non league conversion, and I feel all the more smug and superior for it- as well as more contented generally!

    The malaise reaches all the way down to the Blue Square, where my local boys (Bath) simply don’t have funds to compete and are looking at a swift return to the lower reaches despite having tried very hard to play some decent stuff. Might do a piece on that some time…

    Anyway- it seems to me that your stance is going to be a bit like vegetarianism Damon. Very commendable and in principle something I agree entirely with. But tricky to maintain when faced with a bacon sarnie in cheap white supermarket bread.

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