Hunter Davies is a journalist, broadcaster and profilic author perhaps best known for writing about the Beatles. He is an ardent Tottenham fan and writes a regular column on football for the New Statesman.
I first met my wife when we were teenagers, and she was protesting the half-day we'd been given off school to watch Carlisle United.
It’s not just a financial, but a macho thing – the big clubs want to show off that they have a whopper.
Punters are encouraged to bet responsibly. What a laugh that is. It’s like encouraging drunks to get drunk responsibly, to crash our cars responsibly, murder each other responsibly.
Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar and Suárez are the four best players in the world – but none of them plays here. Bit of a puzzle.
What do players wear on the pitch? Trends seem to come and go.
Taking my son to the match on Boxing Day was going down memory lane. But who can afford season tickets for all the family these days?
Miraculously, three out of our four fab, toppermost, world-class, all-time, multitrillion-pound clubs have managed to crawl into the next round in Europe.
Gary Neville will be bossing around his younger brother, Phil, at Valencia, now that he has become manager.
“Helicopters and fleets of Mercedes limousines,” says Jon Holmes, “now ship bands of Thai supporters who come up from the metropolis. They are even selling gourmet burgers on the Upperton Road bridge.”
Modern players are not just super-toned and super-fit but super-fast. Slowcoaches are weeded out at birth.
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